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

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Countries
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U.S. States & Territories
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Canadian Provinces

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Green in a Red State: Working Towards Sustainable Development Goals in a Conservative Environment

  • University of Central Oklahoma (OK)

The era of Trump may have officially begun on in 2017, but Trump era ideas on issues of sustainability, inclusion & equity have existed in parts of the country for ...

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Campus Controversies: How Should Sustainability Offices Respond?

  • Dartmouth College (NH)

Election results, sexual misconduct allegations, racist graffiti, controversial op-eds, poorly worded emails are resulting in cycles of anger, backlash, emotional release, exhaustion and division on many of our campuses. At ...

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#stopsucking: Leveraging Coalitions to Turn #strawlesssummer into an Endless Summer

  • College of Charleston (SC)

Approximately 630000 straws are used daily in Charleston, South Carolina. This single-use plastic often finds its way to the environment. Local branches of national organizations such as Surfrider, Lonely Whale ...

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Sustainability Surveys for Program Enhancement

  • Colorado State University (CO)
  • California State University, San Bernardino (CA)
  • Lehigh University (PA)
  • Ramapo College of New Jersey (NJ)
  • College of Charleston (SC)
  • Indiana State University (IN)

For this session, panelists from Indiana State University (ISU), The College of Charleston (CofC), Ramapo College of New Jersey, California State University San Bernardino (CSUSB), Colorado State University (CSU), Lehigh ...

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Undergrads as Consultants: Sharing Strategies and Experiences From a Student Intern Program

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)

The UW-Madison Office of Sustainability (OS) employs student interns year-round to work on campus sustainability projects. The model for their efforts is one of consultation; the students serve as a ...

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Learning From the Past to Inform the Future: Leveraging Campus-Community Partnerships With Dialogue

  • Slippery Rock University (PA)

Achieving complex sustainable development goals that integrate human and natural systems, including health and wellbeing as well as sustainable cities and communities, requires open and transparent collaboration with stakeholders. At ...

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Sustainability Week: A Case Study in Diversity of Programing to Maximize Outreach Across Barriers

  • College of Charleston (SC)

The College of Charleston's Office of Sustainability has had several flagship programs and series over the years, but none near the scale and dynamism of the annual Sustainability Week ...

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Graphic Design Strategies for Sustainability

  • Western Michigan University (MI)

Graphic designers can create positive change by integrating sustainability into their work. Graphic design is often not a sustainable practice, even so, sustainable design guidelines can reduce its impact. Energy ...

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Visual Storytelling for Sustainability: Raising Your Game in Photo and Video

  • Princeton University (NJ)
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)

Do you struggle to take photos that look 'professional' rather than run-of-the-mill? Is the idea of making a video, or even the occasional Boomerang clip, intimidating? In short, are quality ...

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Instilling Professional Development Into Eco-Reps Programs

  • University of Southern Maine (ME)

This presentation will present key areas where you can grow professional development within your Eco-reps program, drawing on experience at four institutions of higher education. We will cover why it ...

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Environmental Justice Grant Funding: Piloting Equity Efforts in Campus Green Funds

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) at UC Berkeley has a 10-year history of funding environmental sustainability projects for its campus community; however, the program has not specifically prioritized environmental justice ...

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Incorporating Environmental Justice Into Peer Mentor Programs

  • Western Washington University (WA)

Many of us have been grappling with the question of how to intentionally incorporate environmental justice into higher education sustainability work. This session will identify key areas where a holistic ...

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Intersections: Integrating the UN SDGs to On-Campus Living Environments

  • Texas A&M University (TX)

The goal of this presentation is to discuss how on-campus housing programs, in conjunction with academic partnerships & campus sustainability staff, can weave the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into ...

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Transformative Change, the SDGs, and the Future of Sustainability in Higher Education

  • Middlebury College (VT)
  • Western Washington University (WA)
  • National Wildlife Federation (VA)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • Mary Ann Liebert Publishing (NY)

This session uses a panel discussion format to explore transformative change, the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the future of sustainability in higher education by drawing on the wisdom ...

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Implementing a Sustainable Living Program on Campus: Encouraging Students to Walk the Talk

  • Lehigh University (PA)

The Lehigh University Eco-Rep Leadership Program has successfully designed and implemented a Sustainable Living Program where Eco-Reps work with their peers in residential halls and Greek houses to make their ...

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Green Office Programs and Certifications

  • Lehigh University (PA)
  • Washington University in St. Louis (MO)

Green Office Programs can be an effective strategy to engage the campus community by identifying and training allies that may otherwise be out of reach. Engaging sustainability champions can become ...

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Beyond the Ball: Sustainability Success in Nontraditional Athletics

  • Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) (IN)
  • The Ohio State University (OH)
  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)
  • University of Louisiana at Lafayette (LA)

By leveraging sports like synchronized swimming (The Ohio State University), diving (IUPUI), or engaging K-12 students through on-campus sports sustainability games (University of Colorado/University of Louisiana), campuses are able ...

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Selling Sustainability: 5 Principles of Persuasion

  • Kirksey (TX)

In today's political and social climate, an understanding of the science of persuasion is the most important tool for any environmentalist. Led by two Texas-based sustainability consultants and green ...

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How Knowledge Can Create a Culture of Sustainability

  • Gonzaga University (WA)
  • Lucid (CA)

In the United States, buildings account for nearly 70 percent of electricity consumption. According to the EPA, up to 30 percent of electricity is inefficiently or unnecessarily used. In light ...

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Sustainability in Corl Street Elementary School

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

Corl Street Elementary is undergoing a renovation to meet the gold standard LEED Certification. The certification is more likely to be awarded if the school building serves as a teaching ...

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If I Can Market Manure, You Can Market Anything

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

Practical problem solving with marketing involves more than just visualization or applying the latest techniqual skills. Intuition, domain knowledge, and reasonable approximations can mean the difference between a successful model ...

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Breaking Down 'Drawdown' - Explaining Global Sustainability Solutions at the Community Level

  • University of Virginia (VA)

There's a new framework for climate action in town - Project Drawdown is self-described as a comprehensive efforts to 'identify, research, and model the 100 most substantive, existing solutions to ...

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The Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement and Student Activism at Syracuse University and SUNY-ESF

  • The Ohio State University (OH)

On April 1, 2015, Syracuse University announced that it would divest its $1.18 billion endowment from fossil fuels. Shortly thereafter, its partner institution, SUNY-ESF, made the same commitment. These ...

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Phase Change Materials

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)

The phase change material is an easy solution to temperature fluctuations from the weather outside. These materials are a new way to insulate a building. The materials go into the ...

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Making Positive Impacts With Zero Energy Buildings

  • California State University, Northridge (CA)
  • Millersville University (PA)
  • Spillman Farmer Architects (PA)

Zero Energy buildings generate all the energy that they need onsite from renewable sources. Getting there requires significant energy efficiency, onsite renewable energy generation, ongoing occupant engagement, and performance-based energy ...

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Green Nerds in FM: Building Automation Strategies to Support Sustainability Goals

  • Eastern Mennonite University (VA)

Efficient use of energy is an important part of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 7 of affordable and clean energy. While many building systems efficiency improvements require a capital ...

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Optimizing Sustainability Over a Building's Lifecycle

  • AKF Group (NJ)

From the U.S. Department of Energy Website: 'The higher education sector spends over $6 billion on annual energy costs and totals about 5 billion square feet of floor space ...

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State of Sustainability in Higher Education: Charting a Course for Continued Success

  • Texas A&M University (TX)
  • Sightlines (CT)

Facilities leaders have invested a great deal of effort and financial resources towards pursuing the ideals enumerated in the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities), 12 ...

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Transforming Existing, Iconic, Landmark Buildings Into Modern, High-Performance Buildings

  • Duquesne University (PA)
  • AUROS Group (PA)

The challenge most universities face today is modernizing building performance (high indoor environmental quality and low energy consumption) cost effectively, while preserving the image of iconic structures dedicated to learning ...

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Green Globes Certification: A Practical Approach for Sustainable Campuses

  • University of Florida (FL)
  • Green Building Initiative (OR)

Green Globes is an affordable and practical, yet comprehensive nationally recognized sustainability certification for commercial and multifamily buildings. The Green Globes platform was modified and developed through the public, collaborative ...

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Evolving Building Sustainability: United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Framework Principles

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)
  • Rochester Institute of Technology (NY)
  • University College Dublin, National University of Ireland

Buildings consume 40% of energy globally. As buildings are continuously enhanced to be more sustainable and healthy, a number of strategies have been employed to achieve energy reduction targets. This ...

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Green Revolving Reserve and LEED Platinum buildings at the U

  • University of Miami (FL)

Poster will explain: - The mechanisms of the U Green revolving Reserve that has been financing close to $1 million in energy efficiency retrofit. - Highlight of the sustainable features of a ...

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Performing at a Higher Level - Healthy Buildings for Your Campus

  • Agnes Scott College (GA)
  • U.S. Green Building Council (DC)
  • JLL (IL)

University campuses offer a unique opportunity to drive progress at the intersection of sustainability, education, public health, and the built environment. This session will explore how one institution is leveraging ...

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New Best Practices for Resilient Design: From Theory to Application

  • Arup (NY)
  • HGA (WI)

Taking resilient design beyond theory, speakers will illustrate how new tools and resources can inform design, including developing and piloting resilient design guidelines for university campuses. When clients, designers, engineers ...

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Computer Networks Doing Their Part to be Sustainable - New Industry Standards

  • The Sextant Group (PA)

College and University planners are challenged by the exploding demand for data services, as more and more devices are added to campuses. Administrators and students are asking whether this trend ...

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Becoming BREEAM: How UC Davis Achieved the First Institutional BREEAM In-Use Certification in the US

  • University of California, Davis (CA)
  • Healthy Buildings (VA)

In November 2017, University of California at Davis became the first academic institution in the country to achieve BREEAM In-Use (BIU) Certification for a building on their campus. BREEAM stands ...

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US Department of Energy Funding to Simplify Sustainable Campus Design

  • Seventhwave (WI)
  • MIST (IL)

Campuses that use fewer natural resources and buoy health, learning and happiness are increasingly vital for educational institutions, as students and faculty voice demand for it. To deliver a sustainable ...

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Biophilic Design Principles and Green Infrastructure: Forging New Possibilities for Nature, Harmony and Resiliency in Urban Environments

  • Urban Horticulture Consulting, LLC (GA)
  • GreenStructure, Ltd (IL)

Green Infrastructure practices are being mandated and implemented in urban communities for multiple beneficial outcomes. Often referred to as grey infrastructure alternatives, these practices include the design, installation, and maintenance ...

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Earning AASHE STARS credits via the ENERGY STAR Buildings program

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (DC)

Colleges and universities can use ENERGY STAR's free tools and resources to earn credits in all four categories of AASHE STARS v2.1 -- Academics; Engagement; Operations; and Planning & ...

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Hampshire College's R.W. Kern Center- A Living & Learning Building

  • Hampshire College (MA)

Located at the heart of Hampshire College campus, the R.W. Kern Center is a certified Living Building: generating its own energy, capturing and treating its own water, and processing ...

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The Trials and Tribulations of Building a Living-Learning Sustainable Campus

  • Chatham University (PA)

What does it truly mean to be a living-learning sustainable campus? Eden Hall, just outside Pittsburgh, is a new 388 campus site, encompassing farmland, forests and two head-water catchments. Acquired ...

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Rising to the Challenge of Creating and Maintaining Living Buildings and a Living Campus Community

  • International Living Future Institute (WA)

Campuses have been early adopters of livability, equity, and climate commitments. This session takes a deep look at how campuses can and are taking action to achieve these commitments and ...

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Evolving Pennsylvania State University's Sustainability Policy Within a Regenerative Paradigm

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

Penn State University (PSU) is a public research university serving Pennsylvania and the global community with a vision to integrate sustainability throughout its campuses and to prepare students to be ...

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Creating an Ecologically Restorative, Socially Just, and Culturally Rich Campus

  • International Living Future Institute (WA)

The higher education campus, what better place to implement the most innovative & forward-thinking design frameworks? As HEIs support the next generation's transition into the workforce, it's time ...

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Nailing Net Zero, From Design to Certification

  • Allegheny College (PA)
  • Community College of Allegheny County (PA)
  • United States Department of Energy (DC)

More than 400 firms have signed onto the American Institute of Architects' (AIA) 2030 Commitment, targeting 70%+ EUI savings; however a 2016 AIA survey of participating firms revealed the portfolios ...

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Achieving Large-Scale Campus Emissions Reductions: The Plan, Team, & Relationships Required

  • University of Dayton (OH)

After President Trump announced plans to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Accord, numerous Institutions indicated they would rise to the challenge by signing the 'We Are Still ...

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Carbon Pricing on Campus: Four Models for Higher Ed Engagement on a Climate Solution

  • Smith College (MA)
  • Swarthmore College (PA)
  • University of Oregon (OR)
  • Yale University (CT)

To combat climate change, schools are using carbon pricing as a powerful tool for reducing campus emissions and advancing national policy solutions. Pricing has been used by both governments and ...

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Do It Yourself Green Challenge - Cost Effective Way to Improve Health, Environment, & Climate Change

  • My Open Road (CA)

87% of all human produced CO2 emissions comes from burning fossil fuel for electricity/heat, transportation, and industry. The transportation sector is the second largest source of CO2 emission. The ...

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GHG Accounting in Higher Education - The Case for Forging Our Own Path

  • Amherst College (MA)

Quantifying Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emission inventories and setting reduction goals started at the national level in the 1990's with the formation of UNFCCC and the first guidelines for inventory ...

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Beyond Offsetting: Onsetting Scope 3 Emissions and Supporting Innovative Local Projects

  • Earth Deeds (MA)

Universities struggle to find meaningful ways to address their Scope 3 emissions, especially with regard to staff travel and study abroad. This session will explain carbon 'onsetting' as a positive ...

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