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

5696
Total Resources
1384
Organizations
35
Countries
54
U.S. States & Territories
8
Canadian Provinces

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Worm Poop Creates Sustainable Economy!

  • University of Louisville (KY)

After almost fifteen years of trying to turn worm poop into sustainable community and economy, the good news is that this is possible. It's a good deal of work ...

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MOVING to Zero Waste: Diverting from Res Hall Move-Out Using Community Resources and Partnerships

  • The Ohio State University (OH)

Residence halls across the United States struggle with the amount of waste that is left behind by students when they leave for the summer, particularly at large, midwestern research institutions ...

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Outdoor Waste Receptacle Removal: A Creative Approach to Waste Management

  • Indiana University Bloomington (IN)

Institutions across the country have found success in strategically phasing out outdoor waste receptacles and focusing their waste efforts on the management of indoor waste streams. Though perhaps counterintuitive to ...

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Weigh the Waste: Assessing Food Waste at Winthrop University

  • Winthrop University (SC)

Food waste makes up nearly half of all municipal solid waste produced in the United States. EPA estimates that 40% of all food produced for human consumption is wasted. The ...

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Raising Food Waste Awareness in Residential Halls - Michigan State University

  • Michigan State University (MI)

A large factor in creating a more sustainable economy will come from changes in human behavior with an effort to live more sustainability. Part of this change will be individuals ...

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Clean Plates at State-Raising Food Waste Awareness in Residential Halls at Michigan State University

  • Michigan State University (MI)

Clean Plates at State is a food waste audit conducted in all nine residential dining halls on Michigan State University's campus. This program helps to put environmental sustainability into ...

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University of Kentucky Organic Waste Composting Pilot Project: Growing Sustainability Partnerships

  • University of Kentucky (KY)

In 2019, the University of Kentucky (UK) College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, UK Dining, Aramark, UK Physical Plant (Waste, Recycling, & Grounds), and UK Sustainability began a strategic partnership ...

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Don't Let it Go to Waste: Three Scrappy Strategies for Managing Food Waste and Organics in Kentucky

  • University of Kentucky (KY)
  • University of Louisville (KY)
  • Western Kentucky University (KY)
  • Aramark Higher Education (PA)

Food waste is all too often seen as nothing more than 'trash.' Yet capturing food waste for positive transformation can and should be a key component of campus sustainability efforts ...

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Closing the Loop: Connecting Education and Operations with a Food Waste Dehydrator Project

  • Western Technical College (WI)

In October 2018, in order to meet our sustainability goals and provide relevant connections to coursework in several of our program areas, Western Technical College student government and the facilities ...

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Fighting Irish, Fighting Food Waste: Converting Food Waste into Energy at Notre Dame

  • University of Notre Dame (IN)

Nearly 40% of all food in the United States goes uneaten, and 95% of all wasted food winds up in the landfill. At Notre Dame, food and hospitality is a ...

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Social Sustainability at NAU: Implementing Menstrual Cups on Campus

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)

This presentation describes an initiative carried out in Spring of 2019 at Northern Arizona University (NAU) that made free menstrual cups available to the NAU student body. The NAU Green ...

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Pursuing Zero Waste Goals Through Student-Led Projects

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

Implementing a closed loop waste processing system at University of California, Berkeley is of high priority to achieving the campus' and the larger UC system's goal of reaching Zero ...

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Zero Waste

  • Post-Landfill Action Network (NH)

This is a meetup for all students, staff, companies, and professionals that are working on campus Zero Waste efforts. Whether you're helping your campus achieve Zero Waste goals, or ...

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A Proven Upstream Funding Model for Waste Management from the University of Kentucky

  • University of Kentucky (KY)

The University of Kentucky funds several of its materials management programs by charging all university accounts a disposal fee each time they purchase materials and supplies. This system has been ...

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Planning for Zero Waste and Beyond

  • Indiana University Bloomington (IN)
  • Stanford University (CA)
  • Cascadia Consulting Group, Inc. (WA)

Zero waste has been the ultimate goal for many campus recycling and sustainability departments for the last two decades. Stanford has made great strides towards this target, increasing its landfill ...

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Piloting a Pay-As-You-Throw Program at an Institution of Higher Education

  • Yale University (CT)

In January 2019, Yale University launched a Pay As You Throw (PAYT) pilot program, the first of its kind at an institution of higher education within the United States. PAYT ...

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Game Changer: How Recyclemania Caused Lasting Change in Facilities

  • University of Houston (TX)

Participation in Recyclemania, a yearly recycling competition between campuses, has become fairly standard in the world of higher education sustainability efforts. While the competition itself is great for awareness building ...

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Driving Zero Waste Programming with Data in Dorms and Dining at Stanford

  • Stanford University (CA)

Stanford is on the path to zero waste by 2030. Stanford's Residential & Dining Enterprises represents one-third of the campus where over 12,000 students live and eat. In ...

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Promoting Sustainable Behavior Through the use of Personal Recycling Bins in Residential Halls

  • Oklahoma State University (OK)

College campuses provide a unique stage for waste diversion and sustainability efforts, especially in on campus housing. As students from all over the nation and world come and go from ...

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Small Changes Make a Big Impact: Sustainability Matters with Today's Students

  • Boxed Water is Better (MI)

In today's environment, there is more discussion than ever about sustainable alternatives to single-use plastic and single-use aluminium. However, there is even more confusion about what steps each of ...

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Breaking the Disposable Mindset: How to Reuse Garment Waste on University Campuses

  • University of Louisville (KY)

Textile waste has become one of the leading issues in sustainability. With millions of tons of this waste produced annually, it can begin to seem as if there's no ...

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Help Your Campus POP (Pass on Plastic): An Applied Research Project to Evaluate Behavior Change

  • University of Kentucky (KY)

In 2018, the University of Kentucky launched a campaign called 'UK POPs' (Passes on Plastics) as a combined effort of the campus offices of UK Dining, Recycling, and Sustainability. UK ...

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Reducing Waste on Campus Through Reusable Bags

  • University of Denver (CO)

Plastic banners used for advertising purposes often end up in the landfill after being used. To prevent this waste, we partnered with Mile High Workshop to re-purpose these banners into ...

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Learning From Failure: Designing an Accessible Waste Management System

  • Humber College (ON)

Along with institutions around the world, Humber College in Toronto Canada (over 31,000 full-time students on two campuses), continues to struggle to reduce and manage waste effectively. In 2017 ...

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Managing (and Surviving) a Paradigm Shift to Achieve Zero Waste - Infrastructure, Process & Culture

  • University of California, Los Angeles (CA)
  • CleanRiver Recycling Solutions (ON)

Right-sizing and streamlining waste management infrastructure, while rolling out operational programs is essential in reducing contamination and increasing community engagement. Attendees will hear a case study on UCLA's journey ...

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The Compost Catastrophe: Our Adventure to Residence Hall Composting at Appalachian State University

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

Appalachian State University has been composting on campus since 1999 and has grown and developed into one of the most successful programs in the country. Our facility has the ability ...

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Waste Reduction - Connecting the Student Experience, Academics, and Sustainability

  • Wayne State University (MI)

Wayne State University embarked upon an expansive campus-wide waste reduction program to support the goals of the Strategic Plan and Sustainability Plan. These planning documents call for increased operational efficiency ...

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A Zero Waste Campus is Possible!

  • Post-Landfill Action Network (NH)

In this workshop we will facilitate a discussion around how students can lead specific efforts to solve waste issues on their campuses. We start with a short presentation on the ...

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The Compost Stewards Program: A Case Study in Campus Composting

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)

This informational session will describe the Compost Stewards Program operated by the Office of Sustainability at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. This program originated from a proposal to our campus Green ...

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Waste Not, Want Not: How Campus Waste Reduction Becomes Part of the Circular Economy

  • University of Washington, Seattle (WA)
  • University of Washington, Tacoma (WA)

Rising carbon emissions and the increasing visibility of waste from our linear system of production and consumption have precipitated urgent conversations about how to grow an effective circular economy. Aimed ...

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A Solar-Powered Automatic Composter: Students Combine Engineering, Science and Community Engagement

  • University of Houston - Downtown (TX)

The University of Houston-Downtown's Center for Urban Agriculture and Sustainability (CUAS) has a number of student initiatives focused at creating future sustainability leaders. One area of focus is to ...

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Recycling Communications and Behavior Change

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)
  • Thompson Rivers University (BC)

At Thompson Rivers University (TRU) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, much work has been done to reduce waste, divert it from landfills, and improve the integrity of waste streams. Still ...

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Diverting Waste, Fostering Community, and Making "Used" Useful

  • Earlham College (IN)

In recent years, the Earlham College Student Sustainability Corps has experienced success and growth in their waste diversion programs. These include a permanent Free Store, a yearly Move-Out Program, and ...

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Good as New: A Discussion on Reducing Waste While Increasing Equity

  • The New School (NY)

For the past three years, the Tishman Environment and Design Center at The New School has coordinated and executed a free sale event for students called 'Good as New' in ...

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E-Waste: A Catalyst for Campus Innovation and Collaboration

  • Temple University (PA)
  • University of Montana (MT)

Electronic waste is increasingly recognized as the fastest growing component of our waste stream and presents a global challenge that will continue to grow as technology advances. So, how do ...

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Beyond Diversion: The New Zero Waste Roadmap Strategy - PLAN's Atlas Project

  • Post-Landfill Action Network (NH)

While diversion has been the go-to metric for evaluating our waste reduction efforts, it skips over several levels of the waste reduction hierarchy, resulting in the prioritization of recycling and ...

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Dishing the Dirt: Challenges and Successes with Campus Compost

  • Post-Landfill Action Network (NH)
  • US Composting Council (MD)

What's the difference between windrows and in-vessel composting? What's the story with PLA? How do you build successful source separation? Whether you're revamping your compost collection system ...

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Implementing a Better Deskside Recycling System

  • Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) (IN)
  • Busch Systems (ON)

A 2015 Keep America Beautiful study found that converting deskside waste collection to a system of small trash baskets alongside a regular-size recycling bin could improve recovery and decrease contamination ...

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A Shareable Economy and the Use of Ride Shares

  • University of Louisville (KY)

A 'shareable economy' is where profit is still made, but the environmental impacts are mitigated or reduced. This type relies on the temporary ownership of goods and/or the purchase ...

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Bikes and Scooters on an Urban Campus

  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock (AR)

Our campus has gone through two bike share launchings. For the first, we were ill prepared. We just let it happen. After six months, the provider pulled the bikes off ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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A Better Way To Move People on Campus

  • Polaris Industries (MN)

Your higher education campus needs to move people. Join us for a discussion on how to do it safely, sustainably and affordably. We will discuss outdated methods of campus transport ...

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Dynamics of Campus Interconnectivity: The Mobility-Energy-Productivity Metric

  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory (CO)

Campuses are microcosms of emerging mobility advancement to connect people with opportunities, employment, goods, and services, and where modes such as bike and car shares, electric scooters, ride-sourcing, and ride-sharing ...

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Do It Yourself Employee E-Bike Purchase Programs

  • Thompson Rivers University (BC)

Thompson Rivers University (TRU) wants to encourage its employees to start commuting more sustainably, and with our hilly topography, electric bikes are a great choice. The problem we encountered is ...

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Financially Justifying Sustainable Transportation Changes Through Right-Sizing the Fleet

  • University of North Carolina, Charlotte (NC)
  • University of California, San Diego (CA)
  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)
  • Polaris Industries (MN)

The campus fleet is one of the most visible areas a university can make improvements to its sustainability. However, the vehicles have a job to do, so the solution needs ...

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Employer-Provided Mobility: Energy Efficient Commuting to Empower Early Career Workers

  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory (CO)

Higher education prepares students to succeed in their careers. This should include the knowledge that those entering the job market have substantial power toward co-creation of sustainable economic practices. One ...

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Benefits of Technology Platforms for Improving Alternative Transit Modeshare

  • University of Denver (CO)

Biking is one of the most efficient, environmentally-friendly, and economically sustainable ways to travel in an urban environment. Not only does it have huge financial and environmental benefits by eliminating ...

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Charging Ahead: Plan and Collaborate to Support Electric Vehicle Adoption by Commuters and Fleets

  • University of North Carolina, Charlotte (NC)
  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)
  • University of Florida (FL)

Vehicle electrification is creating new demands on universities to provide electrical charging stations for commuters, visitors, and campus-owned vehicles. Rapidly increasing demand for these services is evidenced by the exponential ...

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Safer Streets: Applying the Volpe National Side Guard Standard for Large Trucks on a Campus

  • Harvard University (MA)

In February 2018, Harvard University announced a new initiative to improve pedestrian and cyclist safety by becoming the first higher education institution on the East Coast to install side guards ...

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How Providing Public Transit Passes Not Only Helps Students Financially, But Empowers Them Too

  • Augsburg University (MN)

Environmental Action Committee (EAC) is a student led campus organization working on sustainable initiatives that benefit both the campus and student body at Augsburg University. One of the group's ...

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Don't pack your bags. We can create interactive, fun and transformative e-conferences.

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)
  • University of Alberta (AB)

Don't stress! Yes, conferences create connections and inspire new ideas; however, traveling to conferences costs time, money and increases our carbon footprint. But no, it's not the only ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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