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These institutions are committed to explore, reexamine and re-envision sustainability in higher education. Become a Host Institution today and engage your entire campus in these critical discussions.

Austin Community College

Austin Community College is committed to becoming a leader in sustainability. That means using less energy and fewer resources while minimizing waste. ACC’s Office of Energy & Sustainability hosts sustainable initiatives designed to shrink the college’s ecological footprint and increase environmental awareness. Austin Community College District has set the goal of becoming a Zero Waste by 2040 and achieving climate neutrality by 2050 while continuing to grow to meet the demand for ACC programs and services.

California State University, Stanislaus

​With our 2020 Silver AASHE STARS Report and the vision of our Council for Sustainable Futures, Stanislaus State has become a leader in sustainability teaching, service, and operations. We are doing so by facilitating interdisciplinary pathways for applied research and active learning, introducing sustainability emphases and themes in the curriculum, and using the campus as a living lab. Our 228-acre campus is an urban forest of more than 3,300 trees, featuring a “smart” irrigation system, water reclamation and cooling systems, recycling program, photovoltaic cells, energy management system, and LED lighting upgrades. Together with our physical plant, our campus provides a real-world training ground for environmental sustainability initiatives. At Stan State, sustainability is also a social justice issue, as often it is the most vulnerable and marginalized people most affected by environmental issues. As such, sustainability will be a recurring theme in strategies and programs designed to create engagement with our community, including those in our Warrior Cross Cultural Center, our culturally based clubs, organizations and affinity groups, and at our annual Social Justice and Indigenous Peoples Conferences.

Florida State University

The FSU Sustainable Campus program seeks to have our campus serve as a living model of sustainability, providing learning experiences that students, faculty and staff may develop, apply and practice at FSU and in their extended communities. Our missions is to promote a culture of sustainable living in an open forum and to promote the practice of resource conservation at FSU and within the campus community that by so doing promotes the university’s positive impact upon the local and global environment.

Portland Community College

Portland Community College is a leader in higher education sustainability, continuing to rank as a top performer among two year institutions in AASHE’s Sustainable Campus Index, and received Second Nature’s Climate Leadership Award in 2017. The college’s commitment to sustainability has resulted in a 33% reduction of scope I&II emissions, and supports an intersectional approach to train tomorrow’s leaders in sustainability and climate justice through curricular offerings and an Eco-Social Justice Student Leader Program. The college also engages in regional and international sustainability efforts, as a founding member of the Greater Portland Sustainability Education Network and a member of the America Is All In coalition. The college’s longstanding commitment to sustainability was recently renewed with a new Climate Action Plan that updates the college’s carbon neutrality goal to 2040 with an emphasis on climate justice and resiliency.

Stanford University

Stanford aims to model sustainability across all aspects of campus life, and has worked to transform its campus into a living laboratory for environmental action. View information about Stanford’s ongoing sustainability programs and other key resources in the Sustainable Stanford website. View Stanford’s latest updates on progress compared to benchmarks and other milestones in the most recent Sustainability Year in Review.

Texas A&M University

Texas A&M University (TAMU) has a long history of leading on sustainability. As a land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant institution, caring for our natural resources plays a central role in everything we do. The Office of Sustainability was established in 2008 to enhance these efforts by working to create a culture of sustainability for our campus community. Our goal is to engage campus through academics, research, and innovation to answer the challenges of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs) to transform our world.

University of Florida

With an AASHE STARS Level Silver rating, the University of Florida strives to create a more sustainable UF across all aspects of campus. In these efforts, UF supports the collaborative efforts of faculty, students, and staff, to develop the knowledge, values and practices that contribute to a sustainable, high quality of life on campus, in the state of Florida, and across the globe.

University of Southern California

The University of Southern California recognizes the formidable challenges associated with climate change, and we are emboldened to act. We leverage our deep disciplinary expertise and our commitment to broad, inter-disciplinary and inclusive thinking to effect change. Assignment: Earth, our plan for a greener campus and planet, formalizes our commitment to creating a more sustainable future. It will guide our actions through 2028 and beyond and enable us to adapt to innovations and new solutions as they emerge.

Utah State University

Utah State University is a student-centered, research university. Students access big-school opportunities, small-school feel, and incredible access to the outdoors for a great value. Diversity, human dignity, and social responsibility comprise USU’s principles of community. USU is committed to enhancing quality of life for individuals and communities by integrating sustainability in operations and academic and service missions.

West Chester University

West Chester University is a comprehensive, regional, public university, a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. With 17,500 undergraduate and graduate students, WCU’s main campus is located in Chester County with satellite campuses nearby in Exton and Center City Philadelphia. The faculty and staff of the university offer high quality, affordable learning and research opportunities that support our institutional commitments to environmental, social, and economic sustainability and diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Western Technical College

Western Technical College is a two-year public technical college located in La Crosse, Wisconsin. An inaugural signatory of the President’s Climate Commitment in 2007 and STARS Silver school, Western is committed to building—through our daily practices and educational programming—a thriving, resilient and just community now and in the future.

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