Conference Presentations

Introduction

AASHE’s database of conference presentations includes thousands of abstracts and presentation materials from AASHE’s annual Conference & Expo as well as presentation materials from other sustainability in higher education conferences.

At a Glance

6277
Total Resources
1474
Organizations
35
Countries
55
U.S. States & Territories
8
Canadian Provinces

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Minding the Gap: Connecting Academic and Operational Sustainability

  • Appalachian State University (NC)
  • North Carolina State University (NC)
  • University of North Carolina, Greensboro (NC)

This workshop considers three different models currently in practice to bridge operational and academic sustainability in the University of North Carolina (UNC) system. An interactive beginning will lay the groundwork ...

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Advancing Student-Led Community-Based Health Equity Research: CPHE

  • Portland State University (OR)

Since 2009, the Community Partnership for Health and Equity (CPHE), an interdisciplinary group of students, faculty, and community leaders, has focused on promoting social sustainability in the Portland, OR metropolitan ...

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Redefining the Norms of Waste Management Through Behavioral Changes

  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)

The UC-wide goal of Zero Waste by 2020 continues to encourage campuses to increase their waste diversion practices. At UCSB, we believe that we need to gain a better understanding ...

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Integrating Sustainability- the Land Grant University Lesson

  • College of Charleston (SC)

Programs in sustainable agriculture do more than teach how to farm sustainably. They actually expand and deepen the understanding of many dimensions of sustainability. When a sustainable agriculture curriculum is ...

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Evolution of Zero Waste in a Retail Food Court

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

The objective of UC Irvine’s Zero Waste Food Court Pilot Program is to expand practices from campus residential dining locations to Phoenix Food Court as a model for additional ...

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Blending Sociology and Environmental Science at a Community College

  • Highline Community College (WA)

We developed and co-taught a coordinated study class combining Sociology 101 and Environmental Science 101 at Highline Community College. In this class, we explored the foundations and intricacies of the ...

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Campus Models for Sustainability from Audubon International

  • University of Florida (FL)
  • Audubon International (NY)

During this presentation, AI staff will describe how two of its programs, the Signature Program and the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program, have promoted sustainable practices at educational institutions. The presentation ...

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Permaculture pedagogy: Critically engaging students through place

  • Portland State University (OR)

The Learning Gardens Laboratory (LGL) is a 4-acre garden-education site in southeast Portland that facilitates hands-on and place-based education in sustainable gardening, healthy nutrition, and permaculture design for k-12, college ...

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Say Goodbye to Green: How to Mainstream Sustainability Messaging

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

Over the 50 years since the publication of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, sustainability has been linked primarily with environmentalism—and guilt. The earth has been hurt, and we are ...

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Water Action Plan - How to achieve real water savings

  • University of California, Office of the President (CA)
  • University of California, Los Angeles (CA)
  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)
  • University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)

The University of California (UC) has committed to reducing their per capita potable water use by 20% by 2020. All UC Campuses are writing water action plans that outline strategies ...

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Making Greener Labs Programs a Value Add

  • Brown University (RI)
  • University of California, Los Angeles (CA)
  • University of California, Riverside (CA)
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute (MA)
  • GreenerU (MA)

Research and teaching laboratories have a special set of circumstances that impact sustainability intervention efforts. Labs are high-impact both in terms of resource use and in terms of student learning ...

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Learning by Living: The Berea College Deep Green Student Residence Experience

  • Berea College (KY)
  • Hellmuth + Bicknese Architects (MO)

The Berea College LEED Platinum Deep Green Residence Hall, also seeking Living Building Challenge Petal Recognition, will have over a full year of occupancy by October 2014. Residential life, facilities ...

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STARS 101: Everything You Need to Know

  • Santa Clara University (CA)
  • AASHE (PA)

Since 2006, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), a membership organization of colleges and universities committed to building a sustainable world, has engaged in a ...

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Can you Hear me Now? Metrics for Sustainability Communications

  • American University (MD)
  • College of Charleston (SC)
  • Duke University (NC)
  • Northwestern University (IL)
  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)
  • Princeton University (NJ)

Whether you are marketing an event, campaign, or simply advertising a service your office offers, tracking your communications success is essential to growing your audience and engaging your community. Every ...

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Preparing for the Real World: Kickstarting Your Sustainability Career Pathway

  • Northwestern University (IL)
  • University of Vermont (VT)

While students will still have to determine the exact career they would like to pursue, and maybe pick out what they will wear on interview day, at the end of ...

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Building Bike Culture from College Campus to Corporate Campus

  • Michigan State University (MI)
  • University of California, Davis (CA)
  • Bikes Make Life Better (CA)
  • Meet your Bike (CA)

Building Bike Culture from College Campus to Corporate Campus Sustainable transportation strategies in all fifty states embrace the bicycle to meet their sustainability goals. But not all efforts are successful ...

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Vegetated roofs at UAB: Operations and research collaboration

  • University of Alabama at Birmingham (AL)

The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is the largest single-site employer in Alabama, with more than 120 buildings encompassing 93 city blocks. As a core component of Alabama’s ...

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Repair Fairs: Promoting waste reduction in community involvement

  • Oregon State University (OR)

One of the largest challenges in engaging students in sustainability is creating meaningful experiences. Encouraging students to practice reuse is particularly challenging, as it requires a personal commitment. Likewise, educating ...

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Food Bikes: Mobile Food That’s Low Capital, Low Footprint

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

The Food Bikery seeks to prove that food bikes are a safe, legal, low-capital, and low-footprint alternative to food trucks. In transitioning mobile food off of trucks and onto bicycles ...

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Sustainability Officers’ Workshop: Essential Facilitation Tools & Technology to Advance Communication Skills, Leadership, and Project Management on Your Campus

  • University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)
  • University of Hawaii at Manoa (HI)

Having strong facilitation skills enables sustainability staff and leadership to engage their communities in designing and implementing successful programs. From effectively facilitated meetings to purposeful project designs, these skills are ...

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Green Building Education through Certification

  • Roosevelt University (IL)
  • SERF Foundation (MI)

The Society of Environmentally Responsible Facilities (SERF) is a green building certification system that promotes a streamlined, user-friendly and cost effective approach to certification. In addition to certification, SERF is ...

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Building a Statewide Sustainability Strategy in Higher Education (2014)

  • University of Hawaii at Hilo (HI)

This case study will describe the first two years of developing the system-wide University of Hawaii (UH) Sustainability Strategy. In January 2014 the Board of Regents of the University of ...

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At the Intersection of Wellness and Sustainability is your Worksite

  • Lane Community College (OR)

This workshop will define the links between worksite wellness and sustainability. Employees spend a large portion of their daily lives at work. Workplace wellness is a key element in the ...

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A Balancing Act: St Louis Higher Education Sustainability Consortium

  • Maryville University (MO)
  • Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (IL)
  • Southwestern Illinois College (IL)
  • University of Missouri-St. Louis (MO)
  • Missouri Botanical Garden (MO)

At a time when colleges and universities and communities are under ever-increasing economic pressure to do more with less the values at the heart of sustainability in higher education offer ...

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Implementing a Student-Led Move-Out Waste Program: UMass Amherst

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst (MA)
  • Post-Landfill Action Network (NH)

For the last year, UMass Amherst has been partnering with a newly-formed nonprofit organization, The Post-Landfill Action Network (PLAN), to launch a student-led move-out waste collection and resale program. PLAN ...

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Designing and Assessing Learning Outcomes in Co-curricular Sustainability Programs

  • Portland State University (OR)

In recent years, co-curricular sustainability programs have been established at many higher education institutions. However, few such programs have developed learning outcomes (LOs) or assessment processes to measure the types ...

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Sustainability at Scale: LEED EBOM and The Next Big Step Toward the Sustainable Campus

  • California State University, Channel Islands (CA)
  • University of California, Office of the President (CA)
  • Brightworks Sustainability (OR)

To emphasize the high importance but low attention paid to existing facilities in environmental stewardship, in 2012 the U. S. Green Building council published an article calling existing buildings “the ...

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It doesn’t have to be LEED to be green

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

In the summer of 2013 the University of Minnesota completed construction on the 17th Avenue Residence Hall. The facility was built to meet the State of Minnesota’s sustainable building ...

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Smart Labs: Because no one wants a dumb one

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

The University of Minnesota’s 2011 Climate Action Plan identified laboratory energy consumption as a key driver of campus emissions and as a prime opportunity for reducing those emissions. At ...

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Saving $370 Million while Reducing Emissions by 35%

  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)

In 2014, the President of the University of Maryland announced several new initiatives that will allow the university to save money while reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. These ...

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Encouraging the Design and Development of High Performance Landscapes with the SITES Rating System

  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)

As the world’s population grows, so too does the pace of urbanization and development. What is built on the land profoundly impacts ecological systems as well as the health ...

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Road Scholars: Promoting a Car-Free On-Campus Experience with Bikes

  • University of Kentucky (KY)

The Wildcat Wheels Bicycle Library has 10 years of experience in providing free bicycle check-out and on-campus repair service at the University of Kentucky. In the fall of 2014 WWBL ...

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Mapping Sustainability - Interactive tools for tracking and outreach

  • Loyola University Chicago (IL)

This presentation will share the latest tools in interactive mapping of sustainability features for a campus. GIS Specialist, David Treering and Director of Sustainability, Aaron Durnbaugh will share their experience ...

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STARS Advanced Workshop (2014)

  • University of California, Los Angeles (CA)
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (NC)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • GreenerU (MA)

This workshop is geared towards conference participants that would like to engage in high-level discussion about AASHE’s Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS). AASHE staff will provide a ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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A Sustainability Liaison Network

  • Santa Clara University (CA)

We think we have found the key to establishing a community of engaged and active citizens for sustainability! By targeting our programming toward individuals (rather than whole departments or organizations ...

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Creative Strategies at the Nexus of Academics & Operations

  • U.S. Green Building Council (DC)
  • Purdue University (IN)

In order for campuses to achieve climate neutrality and reach a future state of sustainability and resiliency, more attention needs to be paid to existing facilities and infrastructure. However, this ...

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Energy Reduction in Campus Labs—Equipment Inventory and the UF Freezer Challenge

  • University of Florida (FL)

In 2014, the University of Florida implemented a pilot program of the Freezer Challenge. This friendly competition is geared towards university lab staff around the nation to encourage good laboratory ...

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Growing Community, Education, and Action through UC Berkeley’s Student Environmental Resource Center

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

The Student Environmental Resource Center (SERC) at UC Berkeley cultivates a collaborative space for strengthening the collective effectiveness of the sustainability community, and provides resources for students to actualize their ...

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Assembling a canon for graduate curriculum in sustainability science

  • Saint Louis University (MO)

Sustainability is vast in the intellectual domains it covers. While such breadth engenders its appeal to diverse interests, this same universality confounds operationalizing sustainability into a graduate curriculum. In this ...

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Integrating Sustainability into Greek Life: Empowering Students and Creating a Sustainable Campus Culture

  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)

For hundreds of years Greek organizations across the country have instilled in students the distinct values of tradition, scholarship and positive social influence through leadership. Due to the high diversity ...

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Plan-Do-Check-Act: A Community College Sustainability Plan Rollout

  • San Mateo County Community College District Office (CA)
  • Skyline College (CA)

In 2013, the San Mateo County Community College District (SMCCCD: College of San Mateo, Skyline College, and Canada College), just south of San Francisco, completed and made public a sustainability ...

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Building the Business Case for Sustainability in Higher Education

  • Niagara College Canada (ON)

This concurrent workshop will provide an informative presentation and case study to help professionals communicate the benefits of sustainability projects that can satisfy economic, social and environmental criteria. The economic ...

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Developing partnerships with students around energy use: the role of energy literacy

  • Simon Fraser University (BC)
  • University of Plymouth (Devon)

Carbon reduction and climate change are key agendas in UK higher education (HE), as they are internationally. Existing research has highlighted the importance of developing partnerships for sustainable development in ...

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Using a contemporary art gallery to communicate sustainability

  • University of Plymouth (Devon)

There is the potential for universities to be beacons of good practice in sustainability through the ‘greening’ of estates, operations and curricula. However, greening is often invisible, resulting in missed ...

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Knowing is not Enough: Linking Behavior to Knowledge and Other Factors

  • The Ohio State University (OH)

Efforts to promote sustainability literacy come naturally to many colleges and universities, as imparting knowledge is part of the core mission of higher education. But “sustainability across the curriculum,” sustainability ...

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Online Training as a Gateway to Stakeholder Engagement

  • University of Michigan (MI)

No campus can reach their sustainability goals without deep engagement of students, faculty and staff. A key struggle for many campuses is how to initiate and maintain this engagement across ...

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Personal Choices- Minimizing Food Waste in Cornell Dining Halls

  • Cornell University (NY)

Although Cornell University composts leftover food, the Cornell Dining Sustainability Coordinators (SSCs) wanted students and staff to realized to problems with wasting food. Through an online survey, the SSCs found ...

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Finding Solutions through Cycles of Hope

  • Portland Community College (OR)

Knowledge is a powerful thing but it also can be debilitating, leading to cynicism and apathy. This is especially the case when we teach about topics like environmental crises and ...

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The Wisdom Project: The Native American Youth Leadership Initiative

  • Portland Community College (OR)
  • Wisdom of the Elders, Inc. (OR)

America needs the talents and perspectives of Native Americans, America’s first scientists, to enhance innovation and diversity across disciplines. However, the lack of Native representation in programs, particularly STEM ...

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Campus as a Living Lab

  • California State University, Chancellor's Office (CA)
  • Central New Mexico Community College (NM)
  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)
  • Portland State University (OR)

Current research demonstrates that when real world problems are infused into education, students become more engaged in learning. Students in all disciplines can benefit from courses that introduce elements of ...

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