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Sustainability Science at a Land Grant Institution: Linking Community Visioning and Scientific Analysis Membership Required

The need for academic researchers to have meaningful co-learning experiences with leaders in the broader community has been highlighted in much of the literature on sustainability. Scientists and community leaders ...

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Progress along the Path of Transdisciplinary Action Research. Experiences and Challenges in the Integration of Engineering and Community Development to Address Water Quality Issues in rural Honduras. Membership Required

Sustainable development presents complex, multidimensional issues that require approaches extend well beyond conventional academic disciplines. Bridging disciplinary boundaries is challenging, and sustainable development requires more than interdisciplinarity. It requires integrating ...

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Students Doing Research on Sustainability Reaching Out Beyond the Campus Membership Required

The concept of education for sustainable development has been acknowledged by institutions of higher education and underscored by the UNESCO Decade of Education for Sustainable Development. On the demand side ...

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Tribal College Sustainability Indicators Membership Required

The Sustainable Development Institute (SDI) within the College of Menominee Nation (Menominee Indian Reservation, WI) is spearheading the Tribal College Sustainability Indicators Research Project. Prompted by the success of the ...

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Hocking College Energy Institute Membership Required

Construction of the Hocking College Energy Institute will commence in the summer of 2008. Hocking College was recently awarded a $1.6 million grant from the Economic Development Administration for ...

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Agenda 21 at Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil Membership Required

Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) is the largest university in Minas Gerais State, Brazil, with more than 30.000 students, and 3000 professors. In the last two years it ...

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Economics and Sustainability: Using the Campus and Community as a Laboratory Membership Required

Economics is not always at the center of sustainability discussions, but it is an essential consideration as universities and communities transition from discussion to policy formation. The answers to questions ...

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Using IPCC DDC Scenarios and MAGICC-SCENGEN Model for Teaching Global Climate Change Membership Required

Global climate change is a very complex phenomenon: students need to understand the causes of climate change, its potential environmental and socio-economic consequences, and the adaptation and mitigation options to ...

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Center for Research and Sustainable Living, Yucatan, Mexico Membership Required

The Helen Moyers Biocultural Reserve, located in Yucatan, Mexico ranks in the top third of privately held reserves by size in Latin America. The 1600 hectare tropical deciduous forest tract ...

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Bringing Biophilia to Life - Connecting Living Systems to the Built Environment Membership Required

Originally crafted by German social psychologist Erich Fromm around 1965, the term Biophilia means "love of life or living systems." The philosophy of Biophilia pairs well with the current flurry ...

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Promoting Sustainable Agriculture Careers for Undergraduates through a Collaborative Experiential Learning and Research Program at Cornell University: The Sustainable Agriculture Scholars Program Membership Required

The number of undergraduate students majoring in agricultural fields is steadily declining, resulting in fewer trained agricultural professionals able to address complex problems concerning agricultural sustainability. We developed and piloted ...

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Developing Integrated Research, Education, and Outreach Programs in Sustainable Agriculture at NC State University: A Model for Land Grant Universities Membership Required

Land grant universities (LGUs) play a vital role in educating students and training extension agents in organic and sustainable agriculture. Incorporating research, education and extension outreach into their missions, LGUs ...

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Like, Why do I Need to Know my Watershed? Membership Required

Progressive educators have promoted the concept of place-based education for more than 100 years. For example, John Dewy advocated: "Experience [outside the school] has its geographical aspect, its artistic and ...

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The Revitalization Institute Membership Required

Revitalization Institute (RI) is the academy and advocate for what Storm Cunningham (reWealth: 2008) calls the magic of restoration in which natural, built, and socio-economic assets are continuously enhanced rather ...

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Ecovillages and Campuses: The Potential of Collaboration for Sustainability Research and Education Membership Required

Universities are increasingly looked to as centers of research on and education about sustainable solutions to socio-environmental challenges. However, theoretical and experimental approaches to sustainability do not easily translate from ...

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Sustainability Assessment of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of British Columbia Membership Required

The Chemical and Biological Engineering (CHBE) Sustainability Club of the University of British Columbia (UBC) has conducted a departmental sustainability assessment (DSA). The DSA was adapted at a departmental level ...

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Sustainable Laboratories: Occupants Make a Difference Membership Required

At UCSB the Laboratory Research And Technical Staff (LabRATS) program evaluates laboratory practices to save energy, plastic, water, electronics and chemicals, while making the research itself more efficient. Our efforts ...

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Rethinking Diversity: Social Sustainability in U.S. Higher Education Membership Required

The overarching objective driving this session is the incorporation of social sustainability into U.S. higher education. As a movement gaining in momentum and popularity, sustainability has the ability to ...

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Sustainability Education and Vladimir Vernadsky's Theory of Biosphere and Noosphere Membership Required

After years of silence, the West finally started to discover and scientifically recognize a prominent Russian researcher, philosopher, and thinker - Vladimir Ivanovich Vernadsky (1863-1945). Paradoxically, Vernadsky's name was not ...

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Reaching Sustainable Research Goals through Co-curricular Learning: An Example in Starch-based Plastics Membership Required

Conventional plastics, derived from petroleum, contribute to the depletion of non-renewable resources and landfill space when recycling or reuse is not viable. Starch, a renewable and abundant polymer, offers an ...

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Ecocritical Praxis: Re-establishing the "Principle of Relevance" Membership Required

The term "ecocriticism" was coined by William Reuckert, who proposed, in 1976, that literary criticism shift its locus to "a principle of relevance": he suggested that critics "experiment with the ...

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The Learning Barge Initiative: Advancing Sustainability through Multi-disciplinary Research Service Learning Membership Required

The Learning Barge Initiative is a unique example of university students and community partners collaborating on a project with wide-reaching social, educational and environmental benefits. The research, design and construction ...

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No Child Left Inside Membership Required

No Child Left Inside is a movement, both grassroots and political, with implications for sustainability, higher education, Public Land Management Agencies, and the environmental justice movement. This presentation begins by ...

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Written in the STARS: Correlations Between Performance & Best Practices Membership Required

The STARS assessment framework presents a very interesting and informative set of data that measures both environmental performance and adoption of best practices. Gathering both types of information allows for ...

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Center for Organic and Sustainable Agriculture Membership Required

Alfred State has established the Center for Organic and Sustainable Agriculture (COSA) to serve students, faculty, and the community through education, research, and demonstration of organic and sustainable farming practices.

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Center For Sustainability Membership Required

Cal Poly's College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences (CAFES) manages nearly 10,000 acres of land on two campuses dedicated to instruction and research and serves as a ...

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Center for Regional Food Systems Membership Required

The mission of the MSU Center for Regional Food Systems is to engage the people of Michigan, the United States and the world in applied research, education and outreach to ...

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Center for Environmental Farming Systems Membership Required

CEFS develops and promotes just and equitable food and farming systems that conserve natural resources, strengthen communities, improve health outcomes, and provide economic opportunities in North Carolina and beyond.

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New Entry Sustainable Farming Project Membership Required

Working with new farmers to build strong businesses, expertise in the field, and a resilient food system. Programs include farmer training, food systems development, and a World Peas food hub.

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Agricultural Sustainability Institute Membership Required

The Agricultural Sustainability Institute at UC Davis is a group of researchers, educators, and agricultural extension professionals working to answer big questions on how to make agriculture and food systems ...

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Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems Membership Required

The mission of the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS or the Center) is to research, develop, and advance sustainable food and agricultural systems that are environmentally sound ...

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Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture Program Membership Required

ASAP’s current mission is to build and sustain an organization that empowers the on and off campus community working to advance sustainable and organic food and farming systems in ...

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Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources Membership Required

The Center has been working for two decades to bring sustainable solutions to the citizens and agricultural industry of Washington State. Its faculty and affiliates are working on exciting projects ...

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Green Design Institute Membership Required

The Green Design Institute is a major interdisciplinary education and research effort to make an impact on environmental quality by partnering with companies, government agencies and foundations to develop pioneering ...

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Brooke Byers Institute for Sustainable Systems Membership Required

The Brook Byers Institute for Sustainable Systems enhances Georgia Tech’s research, education, and service missions, and campus operations through leadership, communications, development, and decision making inspired and defined by ...

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IITAC Research Center Membership Required

The keynote of the IITAC Research Center is "Rethinking Metropolis," the architecture of the multiple, competing entities defining urban life in the new millennium. Urban migrations and the proliferation of ...

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Center for Sustainable Design Membership Required

The center focuses on developing, systematizing, and promulgating methods that will allow growing populations to live in a sustainable manner.

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Institutes of Energy and the Environment Membership Required

The mission of the Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment is to foster and facilitate interdisciplinary scholarship and collaboration to positively impact important energy and environmental challenges.

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Engineering and Design Institute Membership Required

Founded in 2000, the Engineering and Design Institute is an interdisciplinary research center focusing on green materials, sustainable design and education. The Institute works on a variety of projects to ...

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Golisano Institute for Sustainability Membership Required

Golisano Institute for Sustainability is a multidisciplinary academic unit at RIT whose mission is to undertake world-class education and research programs in sustainability with major foci on sustainable production, sustainable ...

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Design Center for Global Needs Membership Required

The Design Center for Global Needs has been the research and development component in the Department of Design & Industry (DAI). The Center promotes and fosters community, national and international ...

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Center for Sustainable Communities Membership Required

The Center for Sustainable Communities (CSC) develops and promotes new approaches to protect and preserve quality of life through sustainable development. The Center acts as a resource for government agencies ...

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College of Environmental Design Membership Required

CED stands among the nation’s top environmental design schools. It is one of the world’s most distinguished laboratories for experimentation, research, and intellectual synergy. The first school to ...

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Powell Center for Construction and Environment Membership Required

The Powell Center for Construction and Environment is primarily a research organization dedicated to the resolution of environmental problems associated with planning and architecture activities and the determination of optimum ...

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Center for Sustainable Cities at University of Kentucky Membership Required

The CSC Design Studio is a full service architecture and urban design firm with 30 years of award-winning solar and sustainability-driven design experience. Using advanced energy-efficient building standards and technologies ...

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Center for Urban and Community Design Membership Required

The Center offers exhibitions and symposiums, and local and international outreach events related to urban and community design and planning.

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Center for Sustainable Systems Membership Required

Center for Sustainable Systems advances concepts of sustainability through interdisciplinary research and education. CSS collaborates with diverse stakeholders to develop and apply life cycle based models and sustainability metrics for ...

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Center for Sustainable Building Research Membership Required

The Center for Sustainable Building Research's mission is to lead and support—through research, outreach, and education—the transformation of the regional built environment to provide for the ecological ...

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Ecological Design Center Membership Required

The Ecological Design Center (EDC) promotes a sustainable relationship between the built and natural worlds. The EDC educates University of Oregon design students with the awareness, sensitivity, and expertise necessary ...

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ecoMOD Project Membership Required

ecoMOD / ecoREMOD is a research and educational project at the University of Virginia, striving to create sustainable modular and renovated housing units for affordable housing organizations

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This tab provides access to data collected through AASHE’s Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS). STARS is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. STARS enables meaningful comparisons over time and across institutions using a common set of measurements developed with broad participation from the campus sustainability community. Additional content and advanced benchmarking tools will be added to this tab over time.

Programs and Initiatives

The following links connect to specific Content Displays on the STARS website (AASHE membership and log-in required).

Scores

The following link connects to the Score Display on the STARS website (AASHE membership and log-in required).

Research Partners

RRS

Ann Arbor, MI
Business Affiliate
RRS is a sustainability and recycling consulting firm that possess core strengths in recovery, organics and collaborative action development serving both public and private sectors.