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Welcome Governance Volunteers

We are pleased to welcome new members of the Board of DirectorsSTARS Steering Committee and Advisory Council. Each governance volunteer is part of a pivotal group that will help inform and advise AASHE to best serve the higher education sustainability community. We are grateful for the time and dedication from each of our volunteers.

STARS Data Sharing Deadline | March 4, 2022

STARS participants are eligible to be included in AASHE’s Sustainable Campus Index (SCI) and The Princeton Review’s Guide to Green Colleges. The submission deadline to be considered for both publications is March 4, 2022. Please note that Sierra magazine has discontinued its rankingLearn more.

New Site Catalogs Advocacy Efforts

Advocacy efforts are vital to ensure that we do what we can to advance sustainability in higher education and beyond. This new page catalogs recent advocacy efforts as we continue our work to ensure that AASHE members have their voices heard on the issues most important to them.

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New AASHE Professional Learning Opportunities

We are thrilled to announce our virtual workshop and course offerings between February and June! Seven opportunities are now available, all designed to help you expand your skillset and advance sustainability. Register early so you don’t miss out on these amazing opportunities for personal and professional growth.

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Upcoming Events

Learned Lessons and Tips for GRITS and Green Revolving Funds
1/26/2022 | 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET
This is for anyone feeling stuck with a GRF or GRITS, as well as anyone considering starting a GRF or using GRITS. Register today.

Partner Event:
Campus Race to Zero Waste
Register by 1/31/2022
The National Wildlife Federation is encouraging campuses to use the spring competition to re-invigorate efforts and educate your campus community on why it’s important to reduce waste, recycle responsibly and live lighter on the planet! Register today.

Nature Rx: Using Collaborations to Highlight and Harness the Healing Power of Nature
2/2/2022 | 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET
This webinar will explore how to integrate the healing powers of nature with courses, operations, and healthcare. Register today.

STARS 2.2 Data Quality Series: Reporting Assurance & Review Guidelines
2/3/2022 | 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET
This webinar is the second in a series of webinars to support sustainability leaders in completing a STARS Report. More specifically, this webinar will focus on STARS data quality and guide institutions through the reporting assurance process. Register today.

Community Engagement through Earth Day Celebrations
2/9/2022 | 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET
This webinar will explore how to engage with your communities through city-wide Earth Day celebrations. Register today.

From Climate Anxiety to Action: Cultivating a Radical Imagination for the Future
2/10 | 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. ET
Tackle climate anxiety head-on during this online workshop where we’ll examine the root causes of climate anxiety and uncover tangible solutions. Don’t miss out. Register today!

Gonzaga University Cataldo Project | Sustainability Across the Curriculum Workshop
2/11/2022 | Apply by 2/1/2022
Participants will explore ways of incorporating sustainability and climate pedagogy and curriculum into their classes. Apply today.

EPA P3 Funded Project to Build App to Address Food Waste and Insecurity on College Campuses
2/16/2022 | 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET
This presentation offers a new method for addressing food insecurity and reducing food waste on college campuses through technology. Register today.

Building a Curriculum Development Program for Your Institution
2/17 | 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. ET
A proven approach to curricular change is only a few clicks away! Join us from wherever you are and discover the Piedmont/Ponderosa model, a successful vehicle for curricular change. Register today!

Partner Event:
3/2/2022 – 3/4/2022
Attend the Washington Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference (WOHESC) and participate in facilitated conversations, workshops, presentations, and networking opportunities focused on advancing environmental performance at Cascadia region institutions of higher education and more. The AASHE community can receive 30% off registration applied automatically through this link.

Integrating Sustainability Literacy Across Your Curricula
3/3 | 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. ET
Give your curriculum a revamp by attending this three-hour virtual workshop and learn how to embed sustainability into your courses in a way that is engaging, transformative, and supports learning objectives! Register today.

Sustainability Change Leadership Development Program
3/8 – 8/23 | Apply by 2/25
Organizational change starts with you! Find the resources you need to be the leader of organizational change at your institution through this virtual, hands-on course spanning six months. Apply today!

Partner Event:
America East Sustainability Conference
6/7/2022 – 6/9/2022
Explore ways to drive sustainable practices forward in your programs, leverage additional resources and funding opportunities, and find support in creating joint research and teaching projects that are focused on sustainability. The AASHE community can get 30% off select registration types applied directly through this link.

Welcome New Members!

Please join us in welcoming our newest members:
Alexander College
Hanover College
Higher Colleges of Technology
Springboard Biodiesel
University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Not a member? Join today to get access to invaluable resources, professional development opportunities and more! AASHE is the place for you to exchange ideas and connect with other like-minded sustainability leaders. Learn more!

Congratulations STARS Rated Institutions!

We are excited to announce the institutions who achieved a STARS rating last month!

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
National Tsing Hua University (First institution from Taiwan to earn a STARS Rating!)
Princeton University
Skidmore College
University of Colorado Boulder
STARS Silver
Boston University
Eastern Connecticut State University
North Seattle College
STARS Bronze
The King’s University

AASHE’s STARS is used by hundreds of colleges and universities around the world to measure, report and strengthen their contributions to global sustainability.

In case you missed it, AASHE recently celebrated 12 winners selected from over 360 applications submitted into the 2021 Sustainability Awards program. David Shi is this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award winner and is only the fourth person to receive the prestigious award. Catawba College won the inaugural Racial Equity and Sustainability Collaborations Award. Ten other winners were also named across the Campus Sustainability Achievement, Student Sustainability Leadership and Campus Sustainability Research categories. Learn more about the winners.
Additionally, we wanted to extend a special thanks for the time, dedication and support of this year’s 56 judges who reviewed all the submissions to name 54 finalists and, ultimately, the 12 winners.

New Posts from the AASHE Blog

Read AASHE’s most recent blog post where Greg Valenti, Director of North American Sales for Tersano, shared how one of the best ways to increase sustainability in higher education is to eliminate traditional cleaning chemicals. Discover how institutions like Stanford University and others have eliminated hundreds of thousands of gallons of toxic chemicals from their campuses with Tersano’s Green Seal certified aqueous ozone cleaning technology. Read more.

Track Your Sustainability Success

Use the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) program to measure your institution’s sustainability performance. With more than 1,000 published STARS reports from nearly 500 institutions in 14 countries, we’re confident that this tool will help your institution determine sustainability benchmarks and provide a clearer picture on how to improve. Get started.

Sustainability and Climate Change Releases New Edition

This issue features articles with titles such as “Teaching Sustainability” and “Relative Assessment on E-Vehicle Indirect Carbon Emissions and Emission Control Strategies for Existing Automotive Fleet.”
Read the latest edition!

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