Resources for Students
Are you interested in playing an active role in sustainability efforts at your campus or alma mater? Whether you're a student, staff member, faculty, or alumnus, there are many actions you can take to move sustainability forward. This page brings together some of the many valuable resources AASHE offers for students.
Quick links to topics below:
- Get Involved with AASHE
- Publicize Your Efforts
- Join the Sustainability Conversation in Higher Education
- Take ACTION on Your Campus
- Find What You Need in AASHE's Resource Center
1. Create an AASHE account
Both non-members and members need an individual website account to participate in certain sections of AASHE's website, such as the Discussion Forums. Through your account you can also manage your newsletter subscriptions and create a profile. Create an account now!
2. Is your institution an AASHE member?
Is your college or university on the list of AASHE members? If not, here are some materials to help convince your institution to join, and to learn more about AASHE.
3. Has your campus conducted a sustainability assessment?
AASHE's Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) offers an excellent road map for any campus interested in assessing its sustainability achievements. Campuses that participate in STARS may earn a sustainability rating and achieve recognition for their efforts. Download the technical manual today, and help conduct the research for your campus to earn STARS credits!
4. Volunteer for AASHE!
Volunteering is a great way to attend the annual conference, work with AASHE on various projects, or shape AASHE's direction by serving on its Board of Directors (there are two student positions) or Advisory Council. Contact Stephanie Herrera if interested in any of these opportunities.
1. Submit a "Student Diary"
College and university students may submit an entry for AASHE's Sustainability Student Diary series. Diaries provide a snapshot of a student-led sustainability effort. Past examples include the creation of a campus-wide composting initiative and a behind-the-scenes look at the making of a campus food cooperative. Selected diaries will be featured in AASHE's Campus Sustainability Perspectives blog to invite comment and encourage interactivity among peers, and in the AASHE Bulletin. Learn more about submitting a student diary.
2. Apply for an award
Each year several students win or receive special recognition through AASHE Awards. Two awards in particular are aimed at students: the Student Sustainability Leadership Award and the Student Research on Campus Sustainability Award
3. Submit your research papers
All students at AASHE member institutions are invited to submit unpublished research papers, theses, and dissertations to AASHE's Student Research on Campus Sustainability database (member resource). You may at the same time elect to submit your paper for an award (see above).
4. Spotlight sustainability initiatives at your campus
AASHE spotlights the sustainability achievements of a different member campus every week on our website and in our weekly e-newsletter, AASHE Bulletin. Submit to be the weekly campus spotlight
1. Contribute to AASHE's Discussion Forums
The Campus Sustainability Discussion Forums offer a central place to share ideas and best practices. You can post and respond to queries in different topic areas, and subscribe to receive notifications of posts by email. Forum discussions are public; anyone may post (you just need to create a website account), and the posts are frequently found on internet searches.
2. Stay connected
Stay informed about the higher education sustainability movement and AASHE's programs through our newsletters and blog!
- AASHE Bulletin
Free weekly e-newsletter with the latest news, opportunities, events and resources.
- AASHE Announcements
An e-newsletter with occasional announcements about important AASHE events and programs
- AASHE Events
An e-newsletter with updates on AASHE events such as curriculum workshops, conferences, webinars, and more.
- AASHE Campus Sustainability Perspectives Blog
A blog to encourage the campus sustainability community to report, raise questions and interact with each other.
3. Meet other students
- Attend AASHE's Student Summit
- Find friends on AASHE's Facebook page as well as LinkedIn; and Twitter (AASHEnews).
1. Energy and climate change
- Organize a dorm vs. dorm sustainability competition (hosted on AASHE's YouTube channel)
- Compete in the Campus Conservation Nationals
- Submit your institution's climate initiatives to AASHE's climate resources
- Get involved in the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment
- Contribute to the climate action planning wiki
2. Food, procurement, and waste
- Start a campus farm
- Introduce your campus to fair trade practices and policies
- Start a campus composting program
- Work toward bottled water elimination and reduction
3. Outreach and education
- Start a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach campaign
- Create your own posters, flyers and tabletop materials
4. Financing sustainability efforts
Many mechanisms for funding campus sustainability are led by students and alumni. This link connects you to resources to help start a student green fee, revolving loan fund, alumni sustainability fund, and more.
5. Participate in a student-focused organization
Choose from a variety of student-oriented campus sustainability organizations. Use their resources and support to take action at your campus.
AASHE resources that are particularly relevant to students include:
- Database of student research on campus sustainability (member-only)
- Bulletin database (member-only)
- Student sustainability educator programs(Eco-Rep programs, etc.)
- Dorm vs. dorm sustainability competitions (hosted on AASHE's YouTube channel)
- Outreach materials for campus sustainability (Posters, flyers, tabletop signs, etc.)
- Raise the Funds: Campus Action Toolkit(pdf)
- Creating a Campus Sustainability Revolving Loan Fund: A Guide for Students (pdf)
- Browse other AASHE resources