State and Regional Campus Sustainability Organizations
Campus Consortium for Environmental Excellence (C2E2)
C2E2's mission is to support the continued improvement of environmental performance in higher education through environmental professional networking, information exchange, the development of professional resources and tools, and the advancement of innovative regulatory models. Environmental performance includes campus regulatory compliance, environmental management, and sustainability initiatives. C2E2 holds bi-monthly meetings, active workgroups, and projects identified by the consortium's membership.
Environmental Consortium of Colleges & Universities
The Environmental Consortium of Colleges & Universities was established in 2004 to advance our understanding of the cultural, social, political, economic and natural factors affecting the Hudson-Mohawk River watershed. By promoting collaboration among its members, the Consortium works to provide ecosystem-based curricular and co-curricular programming aimed at improving the health of the regional ecosystem. Comprised of more than 55 institutions of higher education, the mission of the Environmental Consortium is to harness higher education’s intellectual and physical resources to advance regional, ecosystem-based environmental research, teaching, and learning with a special emphasis on the greater Hudson-Mohawk River watershed. Pace University is the host institution of the Environmental Consortium, with headquarters located at Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies.
Higher Education Climate Consortium - Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh's institutions of higher education have accepted responsibility for leading the way in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and banded together to form The Higher Education Climate Consortium (HECC) to cooperatively implement recommendations. HECC's mission is to actively engage all Pittsburgh region colleges and universities to collaborate, share information, and set goals regarding research agenda, education curricula, operations, outreach activities, and commitments that reduce the greenhouse gas emissions in alignment with the City of Pittsburgh's overall greenhouse gas reduction goal.
New York Coalition for Sustainability in Higher Education (NYCSHE)
The NY Coalition for Sustainability in Higher Education unites representatives of higher education and supporting organizations with a common interest to promote and support environmental, fiscal, and social responsibility in New York State. Our charge is to bring together members from higher education who share interest, knowledge, and expertise and those that are in strategic positions that impact our sustainability policies, practices, and physical development; to advise members on "best practices" within the field of sustainability; to be a conduit for information about policies, practices and ideas, primarily to make them more affordable, available, uniform, consistent, and utilized in order to support environmental needs in New York State; to become a voice on promoting the best interests of sustainability stakeholders with the New York State Legislature and the Federal Government and to coordinate related activities with coalitions of similar purpose, on a local, regional and national level.
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Northeast Campus Sustainability Coalition (NECSC)
Established in 2004, NECSC represents more than 40 institutions of higher education from the northeast United States and Eastern Canadian provinces. The main event is a campus sustainability annual gathering. Steering committee consists of representatives from 9 states and 3 provinces (Massachusetts, Maine, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland.)
Environmental Initiative of the Associated Colleges of the South (ACS)
The ACS includes 16 private schools across the southeast. The mission of the Environmental Initiative is to foster collaboration in environmental studies and activities among faculty, staff, and students at ACS member institutions. The Initiative aims to raise the level of environmental consciousness at each institution. It supports an environmental liaison team of students, faculty and staff at each campus, and inter-institutional programs, including three alliances that focus on academic and extracurricular environmental issues.
Southeast Sustainability Network (SESN)
SESN is a network for the primary sustainability "coordinators" from colleges and universities in the South/Southeastern U.S. from Maryland to Texas. The group operates under a democratic, shared governance model and holds a monthly conference call to collaborate and share best practices. To request membership in the network, please fill out the Membership Request Form found in the link on the page above.
Texas Regional Alliance for Campus Sustainability (TRACS)
TRACS is is a joint effort of 4-year and 2-year universities in the Texas region of the United States. Its goal is to facilitate communication between regional schools about the successes and challenges of implementing sustainability and climate change initiatives. TRACS is hosted by the National Wildlife Federation's Campus Ecology program.
The Saint Louis Higher Education Sustainability Consortium (STL-HESC)
The Saint Louis Higher Education Sustainability Consortium (STL-HESC), as a collective organization, seeks to advance sustainability initiatives in higher education institutions located within the greater St. Louis region. To this end, the mission of STL-HESC is to connect the strengths, resources, and knowledge of St. Louis area universities and colleges, to advance collective sustainable initiatives that cultivate innovation, to eliminate non-productive competition, and to create a network that is more than the sum of its parts. The STL-HESC is led by campus sustainability champions at area institutions of higher education with support from businesses, and non-profit organizations. The STL-HESC hosts bi-annual General Assembly meetings for campus representatives as well as other collective sustainability initiatives to cultivate innovation in campus sustainability. For more information please contact Katherine Golden at Katherine.firstname.lastname@example.org
Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability (UMACS)
UMACS was established in 2005 to coordinate networking, collaboration, and biennial meetings among higher education administrators, faculty, staff and students in the Upper Midwest (Minnnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin, with adjacent states to be added later). It is sponsored by The College of St. Benedict and St. Johns University, with support from the Minnesota Office of Environmental Assistance.
California Student Sustainability Coalition (CSSC)
Founded in 2003, the CSSC's mission is to unite and empower the California community of higher education to collaboratively and nonviolently transform individuals and their institutions based on inherent social, economic, and ecological responsibilities. The CSSC creates and endorses campaigns, organizes "convergnece" events to foster community, share ideas and skills and organize action.
Illinois Green Economy Network (IGEN)
Established in 2007, Illinois Green Economy Network, IGEN, (formerly, the Illinois Community College Sustainability Network) is a consortium of all 48 Illinois community colleges dedicated to providing the training and expertise to engage in the new energy economy".
Indiana Green Campus Network (IGCN)
The Indiana Green Campus Network builds on the Alliance to Save Energy (ASE) Green Campus Program in California, which today includes nineteen participating campuses. The program’s objectives are to: 1. save energy, 2. infuse energy efficiency into academic curricula, 3. increase campus awareness of energy efficiency through outreach, and 4. develop a green workforce.
Maine Green Campus Consortium
The Green Campus Consortium of Maine's mission is to develop an effective, statewide network of colleges, universities and partners that will stimulate the continual improvement of environmental sustainability in Maine's campus-based institutions through communication and education.
New Jersey Higher Education Partnership for Sustainability (NJHEPS)
Forty member campuses in New Jersey. Projects include "NJ DEP Greenhouse Gas Action Plan" (energy reports & action plans from campuses), "High Performance Campus Design Handbook, Vol II" (endorsed by NJ Presidents Council); and "Integrating Sustainability Issues in Undergraduate Curriculum" (NSF grant). Special teams for green design, environmentally preferable purchasing, energy, and sustainability education.
South Carolina Sustainable Universities Initiative (SUI)
A consortium established by South Carolina's three research universities and subsequently joined by thirteen affiliate four-year and technical college members. SUI shares information and fosters cooperation among its members, with the dual purpose of incorporating sustainability into the curriculum and improving institutional "environmental footprints."
Tennessee Higher Education Sustainability Association
The Tennessee Higher Education Sustainability Association (THESA) is a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) organization dedicated to adding value to and promoting sustainability initiatives taking place within higher education institutions in Tennessee. As such, it is an enabling organization rather than an advocacy group. Overall, it seeks to ensure the societal movement toward sustainability is reflected in and promoted by Tennessee campuses across the state.
Vermont Campus Sustainability Network
A project of the Vermont Campus Energy Group, VCSN promotes environmental awareness and action on Vermont’s campuses and within Vermont’s larger communities through the free exchange of information, focused education and events, creative collaborations, and specific projects and initiatives.
Virginia Sustainability in Higher Education Consortium (VASHE)
The Virginia Sustainability in Higher Education Consortium (VASHE) is a network of sustainability professionals working in institutions of higher education across the Commonwealth of Virginia. Participants communicate via an email listserv, quarterly conference calls and an annual in-person day-long meeting. VASHE seeks to provide professionals with opportunities to network, share best practices, resources and lessons learned, and collaborate across a wide range of sustainability initiatives in higher education. By group consensus, membership is open to individuals who are full-or part-time sustainability employees at an institution of higher education in Virginia.
Curriculum for the Bioregion
Launched in 2005, Curriculum for the Bioregion convenes workshops, conferences, and "faculty learning communities" emphasizing the integration of sustainability concepts and content across the disciplines. The project aims to bring sustainability home to students through an emphasis on place-based learning and civic engagement. Curriculum for the Bioregion is a grant-funded initiative of the Washington Center for Improving the Quality of Undergraduate Education at The Evergreen State College in Washington State.