Wellbeing & Work

Introduction

An institution’s people define its character and capacity to perform; and so, an institution’s achievements can only be as strong as its community. An institution can bolster the strength of its community by offering benefits, wages, and other assistance that serve to respectfully and ethically compensate workers and by acting to protect and positively affect the health, safety and wellbeing of the campus community.

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Preparing Students for Life Beyond the Campus through Integrative Learning and Employability Coaching

  • University of South Carolina (SC)

Pressure is mounting for colleges to graduate students in four years with jobs. As professionals in higher education, how do we help students turn content into currency? The answer: integrative ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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The Role of Biophilic Design in Supporting the Student Athlete

  • Liberty University (VA)
  • VMDO Architects, PC (VA)

Biophilic design can enhance well-being, support physical performance, and expedite healing. These outcomes are particularly nourishing for student athletes - who experience intensive physical wear and tear as well as emotional ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Overcoming Superhero Syndrome

  • GreenerU (MA)

When sustainability pros see a problem, our unique mixture of self-efficacy, personal responsibility, and influential competency often mean that we take the problem head-on. And that other problem. And all ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Is Everybody Present? Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and a Creative Curriculum to Teach Sustainability, Healthful Eating, and Stress Reduction

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (IL)

Mindfulness based training and practice is an effective tool promoting resilience, positive health outcomes and awareness of those around us and connection to all living things. This sustainable approach reinforces ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Healthy Materials: Agents of Change

  • Bruner/Cott Architects (MA)

Building materials can create adverse effects in built and natural environments. In addition to depleting natural resources and causing pollution, certain materials expose us to harmful chemicals. Advocating for transparency ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Agentic educators for a sustainable future: Hopeful voices from the field

  • Manhattanville College (NY)

At last year's AASHE conference, representatives of a band of autoethnographic researchers presented a case study in which conference participants explored the ways in which theories of collective hope ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Student wellbeing : handbook and practical tools to help French campuses

  • Graines de Changement

In 2012, the network Campus Responsables concluded a partnership to display interactive plays within campuses regarding studend alcohol consumption. In 2013, the network published a practical guide about stutent wellbeing ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Sustainability, Dignity and Higher Education

  • Widener University (PA)

Sustainability discourse in higher education seldom considers human dignity as an institutional objective or a means to achieve it. Dignity embodies subjects as diverse as health care, imprisonment, privacy, education ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Creating Conscious Cultures through Mindfulness

  • Princeton University (NJ)

Better known for its ability to benefit people personally, mindfulness is increasingly being linked to encouraging sustainable behaviors that could lead to more conscious, compassionate cultures. Participants will learn why ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Verdant, Active, Elder-Centered Climate Resilience: Climate-Hardy Community Building For All, Via Senior Centered Programming

  • Maryville College (TN)

American communities lag in efforts to respond to climate change stressors, with large gaps found in programs targeting a growing, vulnerable population - the elderly. Expected to nearly double in their ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Sustainability at Work: careers that make a difference

  • Routledge

Building upon the SURF Framework developed by the author, this presentation explains how people in a plethora of sectors can have impact on the quadruple bottom line: environment, economy, society ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Building a Sustainable Food Future: The BCFN Youth Manifesto

  • Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition

The Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition (BCFN) Foundation strives to give voice to an international network of young researchers who are working to create a more sustainable and equitable ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Consolidating the foundation of sustainable solutions: Rice University's Environmental Science program

  • Rice University (TX)

To address environmental challenges new generations are required not only to have a solid scientific or technological basis, but to propose sustainable solutions. We often look at sustainable solutions as ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Bikes@Naz: A Sustainable Wellness Program

  • Nazareth College (NY)

Bikes@Naz is one of the best Bike Share programs in the country. With over 60 bicycles, we also have one of the largest programs. Bikes@Naz was founded on ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Embodying Tao in the ‘Restorative University’

  • Universiti Sains Malaysia
  • Schumacher College

This paper proposes a new generative metaphor, the ‘Restorative University’ which embodies an associated Taoist human–nature narrative. It aims to counter what is contextualized here as the bio-cultural disconnection ...

  • Posted Nov. 10, 2016
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Campus prosociality as a sustainability indicator

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • University of Maine (ME)

Purpose - Prosociality may in part determine sustainability behavior. Prior research indicates that pro-environmental behavior correlates with prosocial attitudes, and separately, that prosociality correlates with social support in homes and communities ...


Struggling to Serve at the Nation’s Richest University

  • Harvard University (MA)

A New York Times article about the 2016 university dining hall workers' strike at Harvard University. Employees were dissatisfied with a health insurance increase in the face of low wages ...

  • Posted Oct. 26, 2016
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Food Insecurity Among University of California Employees

Executive Summary The University of California (UC) is the third largest employer in the State of California. It comprises ten campuses, five medical centers, and three national laboratories, all of ...

  • Posted Oct. 25, 2016
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Safety Advancement Program

  • Campus Safety, Health, and Environmental Management Association (IN)

CSHEMA’s Safety Advancement Program is designed to help colleges, universities, and other campus environments assess and address health and safety performance. At the core of the Safety Advancement Program ...


Hunger on Campus: The Challenge of Food Insecurity for College Students

  • Student Public Interest Research Group (IL)
  • Student Government Resource Center (MA)
  • College and University Food Bank Alliance (CUFBA) (MI)

This report, based on a survey of nearly 3,800 college students in United States, finds that nearly half of the students surveyed were food insecure and 22% qualified as ...

  • Posted Oct. 17, 2016
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Sustainability Matters in the Battle for Talent

This Harvard Business Review article describes a survey conducted by Bain & Company showing that "sustainability is an increasingly important factor in attracting and managing talent." Roughly two-thirds of 750 ...


Well-Being and Higher Education: A Strategy for Change and the Realization of Education's Greater Purposes

  • Association of American Colleges and Universities (DC)

The newest release from Bringing Theory to Practice, Well-Being and Higher Education, explores the multiple connections of well-being to higher education and why those connections matter—for the individual lives ...


Get Healthy! ACG Health & Wellness Center

  • The American College of Greece (Aghia Paraskevi)

The ACG Health & Wellness Center offers Health Services, Wellness Coaching. Its Mission is based on the truth that lies in the idea of balancing the mind, body and spirit ...

  • Posted Sept. 15, 2016
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American College of Greece Athletics

  • The American College of Greece (Aghia Paraskevi)

A heated, Olympic size, eight lane swimming pool affords a breathtaking view of the mountain, soccer field, Aghia Paraskevi, and city of Athens. During the winter, the pool is enclosed ...

  • Posted Sept. 15, 2016
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Fitness Center

  • The American College of Greece (Aghia Paraskevi)

Making time for exercise is easy at The American College of Greece. With multi-purpose rooms, easily accessible workout equipment, class schedules and operating hours scheduled into the evening, the entire ...

  • Posted Sept. 15, 2016
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Seattle University Wellbeing & Work Initiatives

  • Seattle University (WA)

The LiVE (Lead, Inspire, Value, and Enrich) wellness program at Seattle University is designed to reward employees for taking the small steps that lead to healthy habits. Employees can earn ...

  • Posted Sept. 14, 2016
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Transylvania University Big Green Get Around

  • Transylvania University (KY)

Faculty, staff and students participated in a variety of low or no-carbon activities during Transylvania University's Big Green Get Around

  • Posted Sept. 14, 2016
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Columbia University Bike-Share Program

  • Columbia University (NY)
  • Zagster (MA)

Columbia recognizes the many benefits of bicycle travel and is continuing its efforts towards growing bike culture as part of the University’s commitment to a healthy and sustainable Columbia ...

  • Posted Sept. 12, 2016
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FIU - Wellbeing & Work, 2016 Sustainable Campus Index image submittal

  • Florida International University (FL)

Empower is a new recognition program launched in fall 2015 at Florida International University that provides instant peer recognition to employees who provide excellent service, demonstrate an FIU core value ...

  • Posted Sept. 12, 2016
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SMC - Wellbeing & Work (SCI Index)

  • Saint Mary's College of California (CA)

The Legacy Garden is a space on campus where both students and employees visit and volunteer. The 3,200 lbs of produce produced annually is entirely consumed by students and ...

  • Posted Sept. 12, 2016
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Doctorate of Public Health in Environmental & Occupational Health

  • George Washington University (DC)

The goal of the EOH DrPH program is to prepare students for advanced level professional work in research, policy, and program design and administration in the field of Environmental and ...

  • Posted Aug. 24, 2016
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MPH in Global Environmental Health

  • George Washington University (DC)

The Mission of the Global Environmental Health MPH program – a joint program between the Departments of Global Health and Environmental and Occupational Health – is to educate individuals who are committed ...

  • Posted Aug. 24, 2016
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MPH in Environmental Health Science and Policy

  • George Washington University (DC)

The Mission of the Environmental Health Science and Policy MPH program is to educate individuals who are committed to public health protection to apply critical analytic skills to the development ...

  • Posted Aug. 24, 2016
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Environmental Compliance Assistance Guide for Colleges and Universities

  • APPA: Leadership in Educational Facilities (VA)
  • Campus Safety, Health, and Environmental Management Association (IN)

This second edition of Environmental Compliance Assistance Guide for Colleges and Universities updates the key environmental rules and regulations affecting physical surroundings of our campuses. Facilities and campus safety professional ...

  • Posted July 21, 2016
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Sustainable Happiness, Living Campus, and Wellbeing for All

  • Dawson College (QC)
  • Cape Breton University (NS)

There is a definite and heartening movement afoot in many education circles. The widespread recognition that formal education is destined for sweeping changes begins with redefining its very purpose. This ...

  • Posted June 21, 2016
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Improving the High-Rise Life

  • Rice University (TX)

Our paper analyzed various "green" methods for a hypothetical future dorm on Rice University's campus in Houston, Texas. The cumulation of a semester's work, this project delved into ...

  • Posted June 10, 2016
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Ohio University's Professional Development Program for the Advancement of Sustainability

  • Ohio University (OH)

Ohio University's Office of Sustainability designed a Professional Development Program to advance the university's sustainability profile, particularly with its built environment. On a monthly basis staff from Architecture ...

  • Posted June 10, 2016
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Brown's- A California Cafe

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

This August, Cal Dining opened brown’s- a california café. By design, over 80% of the ingredients used are sourced locally from within 250 miles of the UC Berkeley campus ...

  • Posted June 10, 2016
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Avoiding Chemical Flame Retardants on Campus

  • Harvard University (MA)

Harvard University’s Sustainability Plan, created in partnership with faculty, students, and staff, is rooted in a sustainable development vision focused on enhancing community and individual well-being within and across ...


USF “Share-A-Bull” Bicycle-Share Program

  • University of South Florida (FL)

Deployed a smart bike-sharing program with 100 GPS enabled bikes, multiple bicycle parking stations, and a mobile phone app to facilitate locating, reserving and returning bikes. With this program, USF ...


University of Toronto Community Connects With Nature

  • University of Toronto (ON)

Many people think that to explore nature you need to get in a car and drive for an hour. For U of T staff and students, it was a 15-minute ...


The Unintended Consequences of Changes in Beverage Options and the Removal of Bottled Water on a University Campus

  • University of Vermont (VT)

Objectives. We investigated how the removal of bottled water along with a minimum healthy beverage requirement affected the purchasing behavior, healthiness of beverage choices, and consumption of calories and added ...


PACES: A Physical Activity Campus Environmental Supports Audit on University Campuses

  • University of Florida (FL)
  • Kansas State University (KS)
  • Purdue University (IN)
  • South Dakota State University (SD)
  • Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, Central Office (NJ)
  • Syracuse University (NY)
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)
  • East Carolina University (NC)
  • University of Rhode Island (RI)
  • Michigan State University (MI)
  • West Virginia University (WV)
  • University of Maine (ME)
  • University of New Hampshire (NH)

Purpose. This study evaluated the policy and built and recreation environmental supports for physical activity on 13 university campuses.

Design. Environmental audit survey.

Setting. Thirteen U.S. universities, 2009.

Subjects ...

  • Posted April 28, 2016
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Evaluation of the Food Store Environment on and Near the Campus of 15 Postsecondary Institutions

  • University of Florida (FL)
  • Tuskegee University (AL)
  • Kansas State University (KS)
  • Purdue University (IN)
  • South Dakota State University (SD)
  • Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, Central Office (NJ)
  • Syracuse University (NY)
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)
  • Michigan State University (MI)
  • West Virginia University (WV)
  • University of Maine (ME)

Purpose. This study evaluated the food stores on and near postsecondary campuses varying in institutional size.

Design. The design of the study is an environmental audit survey.

Setting. Fifteen U ...

  • Posted April 28, 2016
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Menu Psychology to Encourage Healthy Menu Selections at a New Jersey University

  • Montclair State University (NJ)

The objective of this research was to investigate whether merchandizing strategies could encourage college students to make healthy foodservice menu selections. Two hundred sixty-six Montclair State University, New Jersey, students ...

  • Posted April 28, 2016
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Job Market Sees Growing Demand For Sustainability Managers

Way back before the turn of the century (when we partied like it was 1999), I could count the number of real "sustainability managers" on my fingers and toes and ...

  • Posted April 15, 2016
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Voluntary Simplicity and Consumerism Discussion Activity

  • EcoChallenge.org (OR)

Active, personally relevant learning is at the heart of an effective education. This discussion activity takes participants through a process of exploring sustainability through small group discussion and personal reflection ...

  • Posted April 13, 2016
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Faculty, Staff, and Adjunct Salary Database

  • Chronicle of Higher Education (DC)

This interactive database gives you key data and insights on faculty, staff, and adjunct pay at more than 5,000 colleges and universities.

Explore Chronicle Data today and get industry-wide ...


Bicycle Friendly University Program

  • League of American Bicyclists (DC)

The Bicycle Friendly University (BFU) program recognizes institutions of higher education for promoting and providing a more bikeable campus for students, staff and visitors. Specifically, it evaluates applicants’ efforts to ...


A New Course: How Innovative University Programs Are Reducing Driving on Campus and Creating New Models for Transportation Policy

Universities and colleges across the country are taking steps to encourage their communities, students, faculty and staff to decrease their reliance on personal vehicles. These efforts are working well – saving ...

  • Posted March 29, 2016
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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).

Wellbeing & Work Partners

Legrand North America, LLC

Carlsbad, CA
Business Leader
Legrand Building Control Systems provides digital lighting controls, shading and remote services.

Dot Cup

Evanston, IL
Business Affiliate
Dot Cup manufactures and sells the patented Dot Menstrual Cup and is passionate about making the best, most sustainable products accessible to all people with periods.

Fairware Promotional Products Ltd

Vancouver, BC
Business Affiliate
Fairware is the leading provider of sustainable and ethically sourced promotional products and event merchandise.

Herbicide Free Campus

San Francisco, CA
Business Affiliate
Herbicide-Free Campus’s mission is to eliminate synthetic herbicide-use on school campuses and advocate for a transition to organic landscape management.