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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U.S. States & Territories
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Campus Sustainability Reporting and WikiRate

  • University of Michigan (MI)
  • University of Worcester

The University of Michigan (US) and the University of Worcester (UK) are using their sustainability data (STARS and HESA [UK Higher Education Statistics Agency]) to create and test a common ...

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Sulitest Presents "The Updated Sustainability Literacy Test"

  • U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development
  • KEDGE Business School (Bordeaux)

Come Experience the Updated Sustainability Literacy Test (http://www.sulitest.org). This is a fun learning and assessment tool designed to improve the quality of sustainability education. Up your STARS ...

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The Sulitest: How to Raise Awareness and Assess Sustainability Literacy Worldwide?

  • U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development
  • KEDGE Business School (Bordeaux)

This session covers how the Sulitest can be used to raise awareness of sustainability and assess sustainability literacy.

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Nudging commuters, big data and bold partnerships: A research-based approach to impacting commuter mode choice at MIT

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA)

Researchers at MIT's Transit Lab, alongside MIT's operational decision-makers, have been examining commuter patterns at MIT for years. They helped launch a pilot collaboration between MIT and the ...

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Benefits for Transitioning to in-House Dining - A Panel Discussion

  • Sewanee - The University of the South (TN)

This panel will explore the process, benefits, and challenges of using an in-house dining service. The panel will examine how a switch from an outside provider to an in-house dining ...

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Building Blocks for Assessing the Impact of Energy Dashboards

  • Princeton University (NJ)

Energy Dashboards can be effective tools in communicating about sustainability by providing real-time feedback on campus energy usage. The challenge many schools are faced with is how to use their ...

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A Sustainable Energy Laboratory Course for Non-Science Majors

  • Eastern Connecticut State University (CT)
  • Trinity University (TX)

Using sustainable energy to address climate change is of growing importance as society tries to balance its energy needs while minimizing environmental impacts. To help students better understand this balance ...

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A study-away experience in Costa Rica through the eyes of students and faculty from Trinity University.

  • Trinity University (TX)

Few places in the world are as biologically diverse as Costa Rica and as such it is a captivating and educational place to visit for students interested in sustainability. Trinity ...

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Visual Art and Poetry in Environmental Education

  • Trinity University (TX)

The presenters, an artist and a poet, have co-taught several courses incorporating student production of art and poetry in environmental education. The presentation will describe and show how specific experiences ...

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Developing a Doctoral Program in Sustainability

  • University of South Dakota (SD)

The University of South Dakota (USD) has proposed a new graduate program in sustainability that would build upon USD's existing academic and research leadership in sustainability in the state ...

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Student Learning Outcomes in Sustainability Education: Faculty Participation and Measured Student Learning

  • University of South Dakota (SD)

Sustainability degrees are becoming increasingly common in higher education. There are over 420 institutions now offering programs related to sustainability that range from certificates to doctoral degrees. There are at ...

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Utilizing the Garden to Integrate Community-Based Learning in the Classroom

  • Portland Community College (OR)

The purpose of this presentation is to explore, discuss and reflect on Community-based Learning (CBL) as a form of civic education utilizing a school learning garden or community garden. CBL ...

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Sustainability Council-- Collaboration Among Student Organizations Is Key to Sustainable Success at Ohio State

  • The Ohio State University (OH)

As a major land-grant institution, The Ohio State University offers many opportunities for student involvement in sustainability. The University has over 100 sustainability-oriented organizations-- each with is own mission. Recently ...

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Leveraging Student Activity Fees to Catalyze High Impact Sustainability Projects

  • Bowling Green State University (OH)
  • Sightlines (CT)

According to the AASHE Campus Sustainability Revolving Loan Funds Database, the growth of Green Revolving Funds (GRFs) has exploded to include over 80 institutions representing over $100 Million. Techniques behind ...

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Sustainable Collaboration: Solving the Commuter Crisis

  • University of Houston (TX)

Minimizing the number of vehicles traveling to and parking on campus, while also reducing Houston's carbon footprint and improving the region's air quality is a critical goal of ...

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Riverbank Climate Collaboration: How MIT and BU are preparing for Climate Change from Both Sides of the River

  • Boston University (MA)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA)

Preparing urban university campuses for the complexities and uncertainties of new and intensifying climate risks requires aggregating diverse expertise and resources including climate science, urban planning, utility and building systems ...

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Sustainability Ambassadors: Modeling a Culture of Sustainability at New Student Orientation

  • Boston University (MA)

The mission of the Sustainability Ambassadors program is to motivate, inspire, and lead Boston University's efforts in supporting a culture of sustainability during new student orientation. The approach to ...

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Leveraging AASHE STARS for Organizational Change

  • Boston University (MA)

Boston University's Sustainability Director and sustainability@BU Intern for STARS will review their process for gathering, vetting, and reporting data for submission to STARS. STARS has allowed the University ...

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It's not just Earth Day, it's Every Day! Building a Sustainability Movement

  • New York University (NY)

With the new administration in the White House it is imperative that sustainability offices and clubs build a strong, effective movement to act on climate change by unifying with other ...

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Needed: Systemic Change and Collaboration to Confront Shared Challenges - PepsiCo, UC Boulder, and other Universities break new

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)
  • PepsiCo (IL)

Sustainability leaders are no longer asking themselves 'how can we do better,' and instead are asking, 'how can we do enough?' To answer that question we are partnering with universities ...

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University-Local Government Collaborations on Sustainability

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)

Climate change can be effectively addressed at a local, rather than national, scale. Cities and universities represent the centers of commerce and culture, as well as the world's population ...

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Students Put Their Money Where Their Values Are: The JCCC Sustainability Initiatives Fund

  • Johnson County Community College (KS)

This poster describes Johnson County Community College's Student Sustainability Committee. The Committee, formed in 2011 as part of a student-led initiative for a dollar-per-credit hour fee to fund sustainable ...

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Introducing Students to Campus Sustainability through Interactive Tree Labeling

  • Frostburg State University (MD)

Frostburg State University, recognized as Tree Campus USA for five years, has recently introduced an interactive tree labeling system. The labeled trees directly connect to a customizable webpage through smartphones ...

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Peruse the Used; Campus Thrift Shop and Move out Program

  • Western State Colorado University (CO)

At the beginning of the year students come to campus with carloads of excessive 'must have' college products. These items often have a short lifespan with their student as space ...

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Carbon Footprint of Higher Education

  • Loyola University Chicago (IL)

Loyola University Chicago set out to inventory the greenhouse gas emissions of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. In doing so, they found interesting trends and ...

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Saving Energy and Creating a Constant, Consistent, Repeatable Lab Environment at The University of Maryland IBBR

  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)
  • Optimum Energy (WA)

The University of Maryland Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research will outline the steps they took to reduce their energy consumption, further improve their environmental stabilization plant's reliability and ...

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Resilient Randolph: analyzing risks and establishing measurable strategies for campus-community climate resilience

  • Randolph College (VA)

Institutions, businesses, and communities are increasingly incorporating resilience strategies as an essential element of climate action planning to help prepare for the adverse impacts of climate change. In January 2017 ...

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High Priests of Sustainability?! The Promise and Perils of Becoming Your School's Moral Compass

  • University of Louisville (KY)

It began as a joke. When I first arrived, colleagues introduced me as the university's 'Green Guru.' Later I got a surprising compliment: 'You are the conscience of this ...

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Student-Led Pollinator Habitat Restoration Project: Low-Cost Implementation and Potential Applications

  • University of Kentucky (KY)

Even at its outset, the new presidential administration has made it clear to the public that it is unwilling to support environmental protection at the federal level. In particular, the ...

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Gathering at the Table: Cultivating Future Leaders of a Thriving Community Food System

  • University of Kentucky (KY)

Gathering at the Table brings together passionate student leaders, community food justice advocates, and eaters of all kinds to grow a sustainable, community food system. It is an innovative program ...

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Advancing the Green Building Movement through Community Action & Learning

  • U.S. Green Building Council (DC)

Every story about a green building is a story about people.' While many academic courses train students on the technical and philosophical aspects of sustainability, professional skills working with people ...

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North Carolina State University: Performance, LEED, and the Arc Platform

  • U.S. Green Building Council (DC)

This panel will present a case study on the experience of the North Carolina State University leveraging the Arc Platform and the performance approach as part of their LEED lab ...

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Advancing Sustainability Through Health and Wellness Partnerships

  • Indiana University South Bend (IN)
  • Washington University in St. Louis (MO)

Thomas will highlight key partnerships between the Office of Sustainability and Human Resources at Washington University (WashU): the expansion of a Community Supported Agriculture program that encourages students and employees ...

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Getting Started with Local Carbon Offsets: Spotlight on Urban Forestry

  • Davidson College (NC)
  • Duke University (NC)

For many schools working towards carbon neutrality, carbon offsets will play an important role. While offsets can be purchased on the open market, it is possible to have an even ...

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Climate Leadership Network Carbon Offset Projects Networking

  • Duke University (NC)
  • Second Nature (MA)

This networking meeting will focus on the development of 'peer reviewed' and 'innovative' carbon offset projects for colleges and universities. Please join us if you are interested in exploring options ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Utilizing Innovative and Peer Reviewed Carbon Offsets with the Second Nature Climate Leadership Commitments

  • Duke University (NC)
  • Second Nature (MA)

Many institutions use carbon offsets to help them attain carbon neutrality and achieve their goals under the Second Nature Climate Leadership Commitments. Since 2008, Second Nature has provided guidelines for ...

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Growing the BULB; Urban Ecology and Butler University's Living Building

  • Butler University (IN)
  • Hellmuth + Bicknese Architects (MO)

The BULB sits at the highest and most iconic location on campus adjacent to Holcomb Observatory and within 100' of the Carillon Tower which connects to an 'organ' at the ...

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Sustainable Campus Competition LIVE!: How $50,000 Created a Replicable Model for Citywide Composting

  • Butler University (IN)
  • Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IN)

At the 2016 AASHE Conference, IUPUI and Butler University were awarded $50,000 as part of the Sustainable Campus Competition LIVE!, a collaboration between AASHE and Kimberly Clark. Because both ...

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Promoting Sustainability Through Partnerships - A Collection of Case Studies

  • Colorado State University (CO)

Colorado State University has achieved some remarkable successes through a variety of partnerships across campus. These range in scale from a single researcher purchasing a piece of efficient lab equipment ...

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The High Touch Approach: Making Inclusivity and Social Sustainability Core to Mission

  • Dartmouth College (NH)

A pressing issue facing university campuses is concern about social community. Dartmouth College and its peers is being held accountable for high-risk behavior and a lack of inclusivity. How can ...

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Oscar is grouchy for a reason! Campus recycling behavior research and action

  • Colorado Mountain College (CO)

Presents findings from phase one of a multi-phase study on recycling behavior at Colorado Mountain College. Findings are based on surveys of trash and recycling bin contents completed in spring ...

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Engaging Students in Sustainability through High-Impact Teaching Practices: Two Case Studies

  • Saint Joseph's College - ME (ME)
  • University of North Carolina, Pembroke (NC)

This session (1) describes activities at diverse institutions to involve and instruct students in sustainability and (2) engages audience members in sharing experiences, identifying barriers to success, brainstorming solutions, and ...

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The Solo Cup Challenge: Waste Less, Raise More

  • University of North Carolina, Charlotte (NC)
  • GreeniPhi (VA)

Trash shouldn't be Greek Life's legacy. It's estimated that sororities and fraternities purchase nearly a billion red plastic cups per academic year. A majority of these cups ...

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Tracking Campus Energy & Water Performance with ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager

  • University of North Carolina, Charlotte (NC)

Keeping a university campus sustainable can start with tracking energy and water performance for a building. In this session, we will describe our experience with tracking building performance with an ...

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The Growth of Renewable Energy in Higher Education: Can It Get Us to Our GHG Goals?

  • University of New Hampshire (NH)
  • Edison Energy (CA)

Is higher ed on track to achieve its GHG reduction targets? Not without massively ramping up renewables. A new study by the University of New Hampshire and Altenex compiles and ...

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A New Tool for Campus Carbon and Nitrogen Footprints: Perspectives from Users

  • University of New Hampshire (NH)
  • University of Virginia (VA)

A new online tool for calculating and managing both campus carbon and nitrogen footprints has been created by combining the Campus Carbon Calculator tool and the Nitrogen Footprint Tool for ...

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Sustainability across the Life Cycle of Higher Education Facilities: Nationwide Trends & Practical Tools for Improvement

  • University of New Hampshire (NH)
  • Sightlines (CT)

We will highlight key findings from the second annual 'State of Sustainability' report from Sightlines and University of New Hampshire. This report examines publically available data across each stage of ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Elevating Your Campus Sustainability Month

  • Saint Louis University (MO)
  • University of Washington, Seattle (WA)

This combined session will be split into two parts. The first half of the session will be conducted by Toren Elste of University of Washington. Both the UW sustainability office ...

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Arizona Tri-University Meet and Greet

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)
  • University of Arizona (AZ)

Group meeting for Arizona higher education staff and students from Arizona State University, University of Arizona, and Northern Arizona University to plan a future in-state student summit. This meeting not ...

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Effects on Associate Faculty Engagement through Initiating PLCs

  • Ashford University (IA)

Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) are created when groups of teaching professionals meet to achieve together what they cannot achieve individually. However, in our ever changing educational environment, we must consider ...

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