Case Studies

Introduction

AASHE’s case study library contains hundreds of detailed case studies on a wide variety of higher education sustainability initiatives from faculty development programs to whole campus energy retrofits to community partnerships. All case studies are entered in the annual AASHE Awards Program.

At a Glance

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Total Resources
256
Organizations
7
Countries
44
U.S. States & Territories
7
Canadian Provinces

Bars in graphs can be clicked to view resources that align with a particular category. Because a resource may be listed under multiple topics and disciplines, graph data may include higher total counts than what is indicated in total resources above.

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UT Farm Stand Membership Required

  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)

UT Farm Stand is a student-led project that provides local and organic fresh foods to the University of Texas at Austin students, faculty, and staff. Our mission is focused on ...

  • Posted 7 months, 1 week ago
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Rescued Food Feast Membership Required

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Aramark Higher Education (PA)

The Rescued Food Feast was an event held at Arizona State University and was a collaboration between the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, Aramark Higher Education, Sprouts Farmers ...

  • Posted 7 months, 1 week ago
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UCLA is the Largest Public University in the U.S. to achieve Fair Trade Status Membership Required

  • University of California, Los Angeles (CA)
  • Fair Trade Colleges & Universities (CA)

University of California, Los Angeles, part of a national initiative by Fair Trade Campaigns to engage college/university students in issues of global poverty, officially received designation as a Fair ...

  • Posted 7 months, 1 week ago
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RIT FoodShare Membership Required

  • Rochester Institute of Technology (NY)

RIT FoodShare is an initiative on the RIT campus that has been established to address food insecurity and food waste. It is both a campus food pantry and a facebook ...

  • Posted 7 months, 1 week ago
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Integrated educational food garden and composting Membership Required

  • California State University, Northridge (CA)

Striving towards zero waste and with a close-the-loop philosophy, CSUN students are diverting over 35,000 pounds of pre-consumer waste/year and turning it back into food via an on ...

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Plant-Powered Dining @ Cornell University Membership Required

  • Cornell University (NY)

Student Sustainability coordinators sought to do something in line with these initiatives at Cornell. Many universities have adopted versions of a “Meatless Monday” program, or have an all-vegetarian dining hall ...

  • Posted 7 months, 1 week ago
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Composting for a Greener Campus: the Texas State University Bobcat Blend program Membership Required

  • Texas State University, San Marcos (TX)

Bobcat Blend is a faculty managed, student-run and grant-supported research and teaching-oriented waste management campus composting program at Texas State University. The goals of the organization are to teach students ...

  • Posted 7 months, 1 week ago
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UW–Madison Receipt Reduction Project Membership Required

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)

Over a span of two years, teams of students, faculty, and staff at the University of Wisconsin–Madison eliminated mandatory receipt printing at campus dining centers, restaurants, markets, and cafes ...

  • Posted 7 months, 1 week ago
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Bagging the Disposable Plastic Bag Membership Required

  • Case Western Reserve University (OH)
  • Bon Appétit Management Company

The Student Sustainability Council at Case Western Reserve University removed disposable plastic bags from campus dining locations and replaced them with reusable bags.

  • Posted 7 months, 1 week ago
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Brown's- A California Cafe Membership Required

  • 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 7 months, 1 week ago
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The Learning Garden at Virginia Commonwealth University Membership Required

  • Virginia Commonwealth University (VA)

Virginia Commonwealth University's Office of Sustainability has created a new, urban, Learning Garden that produces fruits and vegetables exclusively for donation. The garden was created in response to a ...

  • Posted 7 months, 1 week ago
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CPS Café – Sustainable Food Service Operation Membership Required

  • University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (WI)

The CPS Café is an eatery operated mainly by students across campus and is a unique food service business open to the public. It is a program within the College ...

  • Posted 7 months, 2 weeks ago
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Sustainable Carolina Farm and Garden Hydroponics Membership Required

  • University of South Carolina (SC)

Sustainable Carolina is a student run organization within the University of South Carolina, working to better our campus by making it more sustainable. We work with students, staff, professors, and ...

  • Posted 7 months, 2 weeks ago
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Unifying Campus Efforts in Pursuit of Green Restaurant Certification at UC Irvine's East Food Court Membership Required

  • University of California, Irvine (CA)

UC Irvine's East Food Court became a Certified Green Restaurant on November 5, 2015 and upgraded its certification from 2-Star to 3-Star on April 22, 2016 through significant interdepartmental ...

  • Posted 7 months, 2 weeks ago
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Boston University Zero Waste Commencement Membership Required

  • Aramark Higher Education (PA)

Boston University is a private research institution located in Boston, Massachusetts with approximately 33,000 undergradate and graduate students. During Commencement week, Boston University Dining Services/Aramark serves more than ...

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UNT Community Garden Membership Required

  • University of North Texas (TX)

University of North Texas' first on-campus community garden is in the final stages of planning, with construction begining this fall, in a vacant lot next to the Legends hall, just ...

  • Posted 7 months, 2 weeks ago
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Black Hills Food Hub Membership Required

  • Black Hills State University (SD)

Black Hills State University (BHSU) and Spearfish community partners are seeking to create a culture that supports and values local food in order to expand the reach and depth of ...

  • Posted 7 months, 2 weeks ago
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Simon Fraser University's Zero Waste Initiative Membership Required

  • Simon Fraser University (BC)

In January 2014, SFU launched its Zero Waste Initiative, with the aim of diverting 70% of waste from landfill, while doubling the amount recycled or composted. This goal was adopted ...

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Smokey's Pantry: A FISH Hospitality Pantry

  • University of Tennessee at Knoxville (TN)

Erica Davis, a senior at the University of Tennessee, spearheaded a food recovery project called Smokey’s Pantry. This project provided groceries recovered from various sources and distributed them to ...

  • Posted 7 months, 3 weeks ago
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The Real Food Challenge at Lehigh University Membership Required

  • Lehigh University (PA)

The Real Food Challenge (RFC) is a national student run campaign to encourage campuses to increase the ratio of food purchased from “conventional” to “real food”. At Lehigh, the Office ...

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Campus greenhouse for local and sustainable tropical food production and education at Bellairs Research Institute Membership Required

  • McGill University (QC)

The Bellairs facility is located at Folkestone, Barbados. It hosts many students and scientists from McGill and around the world for field courses, workshops and research projects. This project's ...

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Leading by Collaboration: Institutional composting on a non-residential campus Membership Required

  • Johnson County Community College (KS)

JCCC's composting initiatives have changed operational practices and enriched campus culture in many ways. Those directly involved in our composting work are passionate about reducing food waste, handling it ...

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Gaucho Certified Farmers Market Membership Required

  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)

In the Fall of 2014, myself and a group of 5 other faculty members founded the first ever successful farmers market on the UC Santa Barbara campus.

The project was ...

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UIC Heritage Garden Membership Required

  • University of Illinois at Chicago (IL)

The Heritage Garden at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) is a hands-on learning project with an internship program where students work with faculty, staff, and community members to ...

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NC State University Students Leverage Partnerships To Eliminate Plastic Bags on Campus Membership Required

  • North Carolina State University (NC)

Over a three-year period, the NC State Stewards collaborated with the university’s Campus Enterprises division to move toward the elimination of single-use plastic bags in the most wasteful locations ...

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University of Redlands Proposal for Expanded Composting Membership Required

  • University of Redlands (CA)

We are currently living in a time with inequity, economic instability and environmental degradation. The University of Redlands campus claims to be sustainable, however, we lack many forms of renewable ...

  • Posted 8 months ago
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North D Compost Pilot Membership Required

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst (MA)
  • Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MA)

After conducting a waste audit of the North Apartment Residential Complex in October of 2014, it was found that approximately 27% of the trash stream consisted of food waste and ...

  • Posted 9 months, 2 weeks ago
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RIT FoodShare Membership Required

  • Rochester Institute of Technology (NY)

RIT FoodShare is an initiative designed to reduce food waste on campus while reducing food insecurity among RIT students. It consists of two components - a facebook group and a FoodShare ...

  • Posted 1 year, 7 months ago
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Addressing Food Insecurity at Portland Community College-Rock Creek Campus Membership Required

  • Portland Community College (OR)

Our campus community faces food and nutritional challenges like much of the nation. Portland Community College's Rock Creek Campus, with 50% of the student population receiving financial aid, chose ...

  • Posted 1 year, 7 months ago
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UNT Health Science Center Community Garden: Connecting Health and Wellness to Sustainability Membership Required

  • University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth (TX)

The University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC) is a graduate school of health care professions with over 2,100 students. The UNTHSC Community Garden broke ground in early ...

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Green Captain Program Membership Required

  • University of California, Irvine (CA)
  • Aramark Higher Education (PA)

The Green Captain Program allows UCI Hospitality & Dining student employees who are passionate about sustainability to design and implement practices to reduce environmental impacts (e.g. carbon footprint, water ...

  • Posted 1 year, 7 months ago
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Feasibility study of implementing an aerated static compost system for food waste in University of Hawaii at Manoa housing Membership Required

  • University of Hawaii at Manoa (HI)

There are no facilities on Oahu capable of converting the post-consumer food waste generated by the University of Hawaii into compost. This is an inquiry into the feasibility of implementing ...

  • Posted 1 year, 7 months ago
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Incorporating Life Cycle Analysis into Campus Dining Membership Required

  • University of Missouri (MO)

This study provides the greenhouse gas (GHG) estimates for thirty-nine meals using menu items served at the University of Missouri's Campus Dining Services. Meal size was normalized to 400 ...

  • Posted 1 year, 7 months ago
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Collaborations for growing the Virginia Tech Farm to Campus Program Membership Required

  • Virginia Tech (VA)

The Virginia Tech Dining Services Farm at Kentland began as a small 1/2 acre herb garden in 2009. Since, the garden has expanded steadily to include more than 6 ...

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Starting a Food Recovery Network chapter at Colorado Mounatain College-- Steamboat Springs Membership Required

  • Colorado Mountain College (CO)

This is an action oriented research and case study project that originated from the Capstone course of the Sustainability program at Colorado Mountain College (CMC). The study examines the process ...

  • Posted 1 year, 7 months ago
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Tribe Truck Farm Membership Required

  • College of William & Mary (VA)

Tribe Truck Farm is a micro-farm in the bed of a pickup truck. The main goal of this project is to initiate a dialogue within the William and Mary community ...

  • Posted 1 year, 7 months ago
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UA Compost Cats: Students Creating Community Partnerships to Turn Garbage into Gardens and Foster Local Food Security Membership Required

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

Located 60 miles from the largest, landlocked port for food in North America, the student-run Compost Cats program has now forged partnerships with the City of Tucson, San Xavier Co-op ...

  • Posted 2 years, 9 months ago
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Aquaponic food production as an integrating context for campus sustainability Membership Required

  • Allegheny College (PA)

The Food for Sustainability project at Allegheny College utilizes aquaponic systems for indoor, year round tilapia and lettuce production. The products are sold to Parkhurst Dining Services and are incorporated ...

  • Posted 2 years, 9 months ago
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Envisioning Sustainability: Implementing a Campus Community Food System at Virginia Tech Membership Required

  • Virginia Tech (VA)

Virginia Tech, founded in 1872 as a land grant institution, has not lost its local roots. With a nationally recognized college of Agriculture & Life Sciences, the campus has its ...

  • Posted 2 years, 9 months ago
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GreenHouse Food Buying Club Membership Required

  • University of Vermont (VT)
  • Sodexo (FL)

A student initiated program that allows on-campus students from a specific Residential Learning Community (RLC) to use a portion of their mandated meal plans to purchase a "CSA". The "CSA ...

  • Posted 2 years, 9 months ago
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UCI Zero Waste Food Court Pilot Program Membership Required

  • University of California, Irvine (CA)

The University of California, Irvine launched a pilot program for post-consumer waste diversion in retail dining in 2013. The program achieved Zero Waste under the University of California Office of ...

  • Posted 2 years, 9 months ago
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Students for Environmental Sustainability Membership Required

  • Kennesaw State University (GA)

The project is a student lead initiative aimed at improving culinary sustainability education and practices among students in both universities and k-12 institutions. The project has three primary focuses on ...

  • Posted 2 years, 10 months ago
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Food Scraps Recovery at Kean University Membership Required

  • Kean University (NJ)

Kean University began a comprehensive on-campus food scraps composting project in January 2010. Food scraps are processed in an in-vessel composting system that requires just five days to convert them ...

  • Posted 3 years, 8 months ago
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Sustainable Urban Eco-Garden at St. Louis Community College Membership Required

  • St. Louis Community College (MO)

St. Louis Community College, Florissant Valley campus, has created an educational, sustainable eco-garden that provides opportunities for participants to engage in raising food as well as providing native habitat for ...

  • Posted 3 years, 8 months ago
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Sustainable Packaging at the University of Florida Membership Required

  • University of Florida (FL)

Gator Dining Services-ARAMARK at the University of Florida eliminated foam containers from campus dining operations, making UF the only ARAMARK foam- free dining operation in the south region. Foam products ...

  • Posted 3 years, 8 months ago
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Foam Free Dining at the University of Florida Membership Required

  • University of Florida (FL)
  • Aramark Higher Education (PA)

Gator Dining Services at the University of Florida (UF) eliminated foam containers from campus dining operations, making the University of Florida the only ARAMARK foam- free dining operation in the ...

  • Posted 4 years, 6 months ago
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WE Over ME Farm Membership Required

  • Paul Quinn College (TX)

Surrounded by a food desert, Paul Quinn College has assumed the responsibility to provide the residents of Highland Hills/southern Dallas within the zip code of 75241, access to healthy ...

  • Posted 4 years, 6 months ago
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Public-Private Food Waste Composting Program Membership Required

  • Illinois State University (IL)
  • Rochester Institute of Technology (NY)

The goal of this project was to provide a viable option for businesses and institutions to divert their food waste from the solid waste stream. McLean County is a prime ...

  • Posted 4 years, 6 months ago
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Owens Community College HARVEST Project Membership Required

  • Owens Community College (OH)

The Owens Community College Harvest Project seeks to "Help all People Reap the Value of Education through Service and working Together." Our on campus food pantry and community garden serve ...

  • Posted 4 years, 7 months ago
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Growing a Local and Sustainable Food System at Appalachian State University Membership Required

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

Appalachian Food Services is working with the Office of Sustainability to incorporate local and sustainably produced food products into our campus dining with an overall goal of improving the campus ...

  • Posted 5 years, 7 months ago
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