Water conservation, recycling and reuse, and effective rainwater management practices are important in maintaining and protecting finite groundwater supplies. Likewise, pumping, delivering, and treating water is a major driver of energy consumption, so institutions can help reduce energy use and the greenhouse gas emissions associated with energy generation by conserving water. Water conservation and effective rainwater and wastewater management also reduce the need for effluent discharge into local surface water supplies, which helps improve the health of local water ecosystems.

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Not Just an Efficient Toilet: Shifting from Water Management to Water Stewardship

  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (WI)
  • Alliance for Water Stewardship

Universities have employed traditional water efficiency strategies effectively. But what if your institution's water is sourced from communities adversely impacted by water withdrawals? Or if rainfall on your campus ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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Using Research to Improve Water Sustainability at Weber State University

  • Weber State University (UT)

Our student session will focus on undergraduate research done in Ogden, Utah at Weber State University. This research investigates attitudes, beliefs and perceptions towards water and water use held by ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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Findensers and Floods: A Pilot Study on Reducing Campus Laboratory Water Use

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)

Hey, there's water all over!' a department director recalled exclaiming when he discovered the chemistry building's most-recent flood. Floods occur periodically in buildings at the University of Wisconsin ...

  • Posted Nov. 15, 2021
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Data-Driven Campus Energy Management: the ENERGY STAR Higher Education Benchmarking Initiative

  • Kentucky Community and Technical College System Office (KY)
  • University of Chicago (IL)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (DC)

This webinar will dive into the inaugural round of the ENERGY STAR Higher Education Benchmarking Initiative, or HEBI. Nearly 200 campuses representing nearly 100 institutions in the United States and ...

  • Posted Nov. 9, 2021
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Water Action Plan

  • California State University, Long Beach (CA)

CSULB is committed to sustainability in all operations including the use of natural resources such as water. The campus aims to reduce water use as much as possible and use ...

Drains on the System

  • Macalester College (MN)

Macalester student volunteers stencil signs near storm drains in Saint Paul, Minn. to raise awareness about runoff pollution in the Mississippi River. This event was a collaboration between the Civic ...

  • Posted Sept. 20, 2021
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  • Florida Gulf Coast University (FL)

FGCU photos for 2021 Sustainable Campus Index (SCI)


  • State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (NY)

SUNY ESF is committed to developing creative, effective solutions that address sustainability challenges and adopting holistic practices and approaches that balance environmental, social, economic, and technological factors. This commitment starts ...

Water Management at American University

  • American University (MD)

Submission for SCI 2021. Top performer in the "Water" area.

Sterling College: Wetland Ecology

  • Sterling College (VT) (VT)

Wetland ecology students at Sterling College visit all the major wetland types occurring in Vermont. At the Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge they learn about managing wetland habitat for migratory birds ...

The Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design

  • Georgia Institute of Technology (GA)

The Kendeda Building - The Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design at Georgia Institute of Technology is the first building in Georgia to earn Living Building Challenge certification. The Kendeda Building ...

Assessing water literacy at a primarily undergraduate university in Ohio

  • Malone College (OH)

As the impacts of water quality on human health become better understood, universities have an opportunity to equip students to become more informed and responsible citizens. We define water literacy ...

SOSTAUGA project: reduction of water consumption and evaluation of potential uses for endogenous resources

  • University of A Coruña (a Coruña)

The University of A Coruña (UDC) elaborated the SOSTAUGA project, aiming to reach a higher sustainable level of its water management. SOSTAUGA defined four priority points of action: the restoration ...

Ecological Restoration on BCIT Burnaby Campus

  • British Columbia Institute of Technology (BC)

The ecological restoration of Parking Lot O on the BCIT Burnaby campus is well under way. What was a gravel parking lot is being transformed into a landscaped natural area ...

  • Posted April 30, 2021
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Bowie State University Stream Clean Up: Two distinct generations come together to help Mother Earth

  • Bowie State University (MD)

Through a partnership with the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Bowie State University invited nearby Collington Retirement Community to join together for an Earth Day stream clean up event in ...

  • Posted April 30, 2021
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Soil Erosion Service Project

  • Oregon State University-Cascades Campus (OR)

Students, staff, and faculty at the OSU-Cascades participated in an erosion control service project lead by OSU-Cascades Sustainability Program on a construction site on Oregon State University's campus in ...

  • Posted April 29, 2021
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University Stormwater Management within Urban Environmental Regulatory Regimes: Barriers to Progressivity or Opportunities to Innovate?

  • Monash University (VIC)
  • The Nature Conservancy (VA)
  • University of California, Irvine (CA)
  • University of California, Los Angeles (CA)
  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)
  • University of California, San Diego (CA)
  • University of Louisville (KY)
  • Virginia Tech (VA)

U.S. public university campuses are held directly responsible for compliance with many of the same federal- and state-level environmental regulations as cities, including stormwater management. While operating as ‘cities ...

  • Posted Feb. 10, 2021
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Decontamination of Wastewater Using Activated Biochar from Agricultural Waste: A Practical Experiment for Environmental Sciences Students

  • Universidad de Córdoba

Safe and high-quality water is essential from both the health and environmental perspectives. Water quality is so important that the United Nations has included water in the 17 Sustainable Development ...

Teaching Sustainability via the Environmental Humanities: Studying Water, Studying Ourselves

  • College of Charleston (SC)

The dawning anthropocene requires innovation and organizational change across all types of institutions, including in higher education. One area where innovation can occur is in curricula building, and the offering ...

Water Resources Minor

  • Montana State University (MT)

The Montana State University Water Resources Minor is designed to encourage students from any discipline to explore water resources beyond course work in their major. As a result, the minor ...

  • Posted Dec. 17, 2020
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Sustainable Water Resources Minor

  • San Jose State University (CA)

The minor in Sustainble Water Resources is offered by the Department of Environmental Studies. The minor requires a minimum of 21 units across courses in water resource management, water policy ...

  • Posted Dec. 17, 2020
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University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee - Alliance for Water Stewardship Partnership

  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (WI)

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has partnered with the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) to develop the first curricular program in the nation dedicated to training students in professional water stewardship planning ...

Central New Mexico Community College, Main Campus Detention Basin

  • Central New Mexico Community College (NM)

Photos # 1 & 2 Description: This detention basin slows and filters stormwater that drains from a large parking lot located at CNM Main Campus, near University Avenue. It also supplies ...

Tennessee Tech's Hydration Stations

  • Tennessee Technological University (TN)

Hydration or bottle-refill stations are installed at both indoor and outdoor areas on Tennessee Tech’s campus which allow students to refill their water bottles and monitor plastic water bottle ...

Tennessee Tech’s Sustainable Intramural Pavilion

  • Tennessee Technological University (TN)

The Tennessee Tech intramural facility features pervious pavement and an underground drainage system below the volleyball court. The pervious pavement allows rainwater to flow through it and deposit into a ...

University of Minnesota, Duluth - Pollinator Pledge

  • University of Minnesota, Duluth (MN)

Three students -- Rachel Hopwood, Michael Purtell, and Dave Herrera -- pioneered the passing of an operational policy that protects the University of Minnesota Duluth's campus pollinators in perpetuity. Referred to ...

CSU Monterey Bay - Laundry to Landscape

  • California State University, Monterey Bay (CA)

CSU Monterey Bay implemented a pilot laundry to landscape project that is connected to 8 washing machines. The greywater is filtered and then distributed to adjacent landscaping. The project was ...

Raritan Valley Community College Living Wall

  • Raritan Valley Community College (NJ)

RVCC students enjoy the two-story living wall in the student center. Captured rainwater feeds the living wall and the building's toilets.

Cal State East Bay Embraces System-wide Single-use Plastics Policy

  • California State University, East Bay (CA)

The California State University system passed a new system-wide policy in 2019 that applies to all 23 CSU campuses in banning the institutional purchase of all single-use plastics. Plastic straws ...

Concordia Institute for Water, Energy and Sustainable Systems

  • Concordia University (QC)

The Concordia Institute for Water, Energy and Sustainable Systems (CIWESS) trains students to be at the forefront of sustainable development practices. It promotes research into new systems, technologies and solutions ...

  • Posted Sept. 22, 2020
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Sustainability Education in the Food-Energy-Water-Nexus

  • University of Nebraska - Lincoln (NE)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • Sustainability Curriculum Consortium (MD)

Worldwide, there has been growing interest in research, education, and discourse around the FEW-Nexus, which serves as a framework to describe and aid in addressing complex coupled human-natural systems and ...

  • Posted Aug. 27, 2020
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Toxic Art: Sustainable Treatment of Acid Mine Drainage for Pigment Production

  • Ohio University (OH)
  • Rural Action (OH)

This exemplary sustainability project utilizes an Acid Mine Drainage (AMD)-to-Paint Pigment treatment technology developed by Guy Riefler and John Sabraw at Ohio University to simultaneously benefit the environment, the ...

Grand Valley State University - Water Sustainability

  • Grand Valley State University (MI)

Abstract - Grand Valley State University - Water Sustainability
Having success in reducing energy consumption and costs, Grand Valley State University (GVSU) located in the state of Michigan, looked at other areas ...

Evaluating the performance of a decentralized graywater treatment system in a living building at Hampshire College, Amherst, MA, USA

  • Hampshire College (MA)

Decentralized graywater treatment systems are growing in popularity as the threat of water scarcity rises and wastewater's potential as a resource is recognized. In 2016, Hampshire College in Amherst ...

Sustainability Impacts of Installing Low-Flow Toilets in a University Residence Hall

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)

This study evaluates the sustainability impact of replacing inefficient toilets with low-flow units in a residence hall at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A graduate student initiated this project through the ...

Watershed Sciences Minor

  • Auburn University (AL)

Freshwater is an essential resource but becoming increasingly scarce in many parts of the world. Watershed science and management is an expanding field that involves managing the availability, quantity, and ...

  • Posted Feb. 3, 2020
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Applied Water Science (Honours BSc)

  • Wilfrid Laurier University (ON)

The BSc in Applied Water Science will train students in not only the underlying scientific principles and theory pertaining to the physical, chemical and biological properties of water, but it ...

  • Posted Dec. 23, 2019
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Teaching Water Sustainability Through Regional and Global Studies at the University of Pittsburgh

  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)

The poster exhibits a multidisciplinary approach to understanding water equity and sustainability in the understudied region of Central Eurasia. The effort is led by faculty from the University of Pittsburgh ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Towson University Campus Sustainability Week

  • Towson University (MD)

Towson University Campus Sustianability Week contained fun and educational experiences for our students. We had tabling events for composting at home, being more sustainable with our water consumption, pollinator garden ...

Canada's colleges and universities among the greenest in the world

  • AASHE (PA)
  • Nova Scotia Community College (NS)
  • Mohawk College (ON)
  • Thompson Rivers University (BC)
  • University of Saskatchewan (SK)
  • Dalhousie University (NS)

CBC News shares the news that college and university campuses across Canada are some of the greenest schools in the world according to the 2019 Sustainable Campus Index.

  • Posted Sept. 30, 2019
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Class of 2023 receives reusable water bottles to reduce plastic waste

  • George Washington University (DC)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • Fill it Forward (ON)

George Washington University explores water savings with "Fill It Forward" campaign from Cupanion.

  • Posted Sept. 24, 2019
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Environmental and Water Resources Engineering (MS)

  • University at Buffalo (NY)

Students pursuing the EWRE degree follow a single set of course requirements with considerable flexibility in selection of elective classes.

Some of the top priorities concerning environmental engineers are the ...

  • Posted Sept. 5, 2019
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LEED Platinum Sustainability Center at CSUN

  • California State University, Northridge (CA)

LEED Platinum Sustainability Center - The new LEED Platinum Sustainability Center at California State University, Northridge is the first Sustainability Center in the California State University system, serving as an educational ...

MS Water Management & Hydrological Science

  • Texas A&M University (TX)

The Water Management and Hydrologic Science Master’s program in the College of Geosciences at Texas A&M University uses a unique interdisciplinary approach to teach critical aspects of water management ...

  • Posted May 22, 2019
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Student Sustainability Leadership Award

  • California State University Maritime Academy (CA)

California State University Maritime Academy in its continued effort to becoming most sustainable campus, engaging staff, faculty, and students, explored and identified water saving opportunities for the campus. The project ...

Do, Learn, Do: Expanding Green Roof Infrastructure at Notre Dame

  • University of Notre Dame (IN)

*See this story for more information: https://news.nd.edu/news/largest-roof-greenscape-in-indiana-lives-atop-notre-dames-joyce-center/ *

Athletics are key to campus life at the University of Notre Dame, as are the facilities that make ...

The Ripple Effect: Community Cultivated, Regionally Replicated

  • University of Louisiana at Lafayette (LA)

Last fall, the U.S. Global Change Research Program released “Volume II: Impacts, Risks, and Adaptation in the United States” from the Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4). It emphasizes that ...

Ryerson University Road Salt Reduction Demonstration Project

  • Ryerson University (ON)
  • World Wildlife Fund (DC)

In the City of Toronto, more than 120,000 tonnes of road salt is applied each year. When snow and ice on our streets, sidewalks and parking lots melt, the ...

Recycled Water Innovation at San Jose State University

  • San Jose State University (CA)

San Jose State University has a central plant that provides utilities (electricity, steam, and chilled water) to its main campus. It has been a customer of South Bay Water Recyclers ...

Starting a Sustainable Revolution in Campus Laboratories

  • University of Alabama at Birmingham (AL)

UAB Green Labs Program is an institution-wide, voluntary program designed to reduce the university’s environmental footprint while simultaneously reducing operating costs of research buildings. The program accomplishes its goals ...

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).


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

Water Partners