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

Arizona State University

Recognized by U.S. News and World Report as the country’s most innovative school, Arizona State University graduates more than 27,000 thinkers, innovators and master learners every year. ASU is home to the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory which is rooted in the conviction that we can and must make a meaningful contribution to ensuring a habitable planet and a future in which well-being is attainable for all humankind. Established in 2006, the School of Sustainability is the nation’s first school of sustainability. When it comes to a sustainable and resilient future, ASU is committed to leading the world by example

Austin Community College District

Austin Community College is a nationally recognized two-year college. ACC serves Central Texas as the primary gateway to higher education and technical training. ACC’s mission is to provide open-door access to an affordable college education for those who want to earn a degree, learn a marketable skill, and advance their careers. ACC is committed to becoming a leader in sustainability.

Bemidji State University

Located in northern Minnesota, the city of Bemidji is nestled within the pines as the “First City on the Mississippi.” Bemidji State University (BSU) hugs the western shore of Lake Bemidji and is a public four-year baccalaureate institution committed to environmental stewardship. BSU’s unique Wellness Model for Sustainability invites individuals to rethink their relationship with the environment, the all-encompassing source of resources upon which we depend, and non-human relatives, with whom we interact daily. Located between Minnesota’s three largest tribal nations, BSU is also home to the Niizhoo-Gwayakochigewin and Indigenous Sustainability Studies programs, the first programs of their kind in the country. Both programs explore how we may solve problems by simultaneously applying Western science and Indigenous ways of knowing.

California State University, Stanislaus

Stanislaus State holds a STARS Silver rating for campus sustainability efforts. Our campus community embraces diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice as vital components of educational quality. Stan State is committed to using the power of education, community, and civic engagement to prepare the sustainability leaders of the future.

California State University, Stanislaus

California State University, Chico has been building a reputation for high-quality, high-value education for more than 130 years. Better known as Chico State, we are a Hispanic-Serving Institution that offers more than 100 degrees in undergraduate and graduate studies. Chico State has a long-standing commitment to sustainability and is committed to achieving carbon neutrality by 2030.

Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon is building upon two decades of an engaged effort in support of the broader definition of sustainability afforded by the world’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), also known as the Global Goals. Our focus includes education, research, and practice in building environmentally sustainable, peaceful, just and inclusive communities. CMU has uplifted institutional commitments in the sustainability realm and in 2020 published higher education’s first Voluntary University Review.

Catawba College

Catawba College is actively working to expand its leadership in the field of Sustainability. Catawba understands that sustainability is about its students, its faculty and staff, and the local community in which it finds itself. The institution has many initiatives underway that emphasize social equity, ecological integrity, and economic strength. Related to its mission are four pillars that speak to the core of the institution’s vision and values: scholarship, character, culture and service. Catawba College has an innovative Department of Environment and Sustainability (ENV), alongside a nationally-recognized Center for the Environment, currently celebrating its 25th year anniversary. It is a historic campus that has pioneered elements of eco-design, has substantial solar power, has on-site community gardens and greenhouse space, and boasts a 189-acre ecological preserve serving as both a place of solace and as a scholarly field lab. The Catawba promise is to inspire students to transform their sense of what is possible and prepare for fulfilling lives in a place where they belong.

Coastal Carolina University

Sustain Coastal is committed to transforming Coastal Carolina University into an environmentally sustainable university through campus operations, student curriculum, engaging students through learning and outreach, and collaboration in the community through sustainable stewardship of resources. Coastal Carolina University has recently launched a new sustainability and coastal resilience major, an interdisciplinary degree program that offers an in-depth undergraduate experience while teaching students to think about important issues from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. The program embraces its location to educate students about environmental issues affecting a sustainable ecosystem, as well as economic and community sustainability and resilience.

Colorado State University

Colorado State University is one of the nation’s top public research universities and an institution on the rise. In the last decade, CSU has built on all-time highs in student diversity and student success; groundbreaking research is driven by a highly productive faculty; a campus revitalized by a transformational building campaign; and, perhaps most importantly, an unrivaled learning environment where nine of 10 recent graduates say they would choose CSU again and rate their education as excellent. At Colorado State University, sustainability is foundational to who we are. As a land-grant university, we’re compelled to steward, conserve, and protect the world around us. It’s central to everything we do – from academics, research, and operations to outreach. It’s an ongoing mission that we embrace together. Colorado State University currently holds a STARS Platinum rating.

Dallas College

Dallas College is working to become a sustainability leader in our community by continually advocating the wise use of natural, financial, and human resources through mindful education and action. Our commitment to sustainability impacts our everyday decisions — from our academic offerings to our architecture and campus operations. We are champions of sustainable solutions — those that are good for equity, the economy, and the environment. We encourage our students, employees, business partners and community members to seek sustainable solutions also. Sustainability Outreach and Initiatives is one of the three areas under the Social Responsibility and Inclusion (SRI) umbrella. The other two are Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Supplier Diversity. SRI collaborates with internal and external partners to bring about positive change in our community.

Depauw University

The Office of Sustainability at DePauw University creates opportunities for student-driven environmental initiatives at the Ullem Farm and Center for Sustainability; educates campus about the important intersections between human and ecosystem health and environmental justice; supports initiatives that demonstrate our commitment to environmental stewardship.

Duquesne University

Duquesne University is a Spiritan Catholic University located in the Uptown neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Duquesne works to promote sustainability on its campus through student organizations, community engagement, Facilities Management, and rigorous academic programs. Duquesne University hosts a number of undergraduate and graduate programs educating students about sustainability including: -M.B.A. in Sustainable Business Practices (Ranked #1 by Corporate Knights) -B.S. in Environmental Science -M.S. in Environmental Science & Management -Minors in Environmental Science and Studies

Florida State University

Florida State University’s Sustainable Campus works to educate and engage students, staff, and faculty to set an example of campus sustainability and position FSU as a leader of environmental and social action. Our educational efforts, community outreach, and programs work alongside the greater campus efforts and operations to provide everyone with the ability to develop, apply, and practice sustainability. Our efforts seek to conserve resources at FSU and strengthen the positive impact our university leaves upon the local and global environment for generations to come. Florida State aims to invest strategically in our institution and reputation. We hope to be known as a university that makes a difference in the lives of our students and in the quality of life of our society. In order to do this, FSU will incorporate sustainable living practices into all FSU activities.

Johnson County Community College

Johnson County Community College has a national reputation for excellence in sustainability leadership. We challenge our campus and community to think critically and creatively about advancing sustainable practices, from the smallest individual action to the campus as a learning laboratory, to regional applications. We are proud to have earned a Silver designation from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), reduced the college’s scope one and two emissions by 90%, and led over 50,000 students to consider new perspectives through altered course content.

McGill University

The McGill Office of Sustainability provides the strategic guidance, support, and resources to transition McGill into an institutional model of sustainability for society. In partnership with students, staff, and faculty from across the University, we advance McGill’s vision for a sustainable future across eight areas: Research & Education, Buildings & Utilities, Waste Management, Travel & Commuting, Food Systems, Procurement, Landscapes & Ecosystems, and Community Building. In doing so, we bring the University closer to achieving its three long-term targets: to attain a platinum sustainability rating by 2030, become zero-waste by 2035, and achieve carbon neutrality by 2040. The Office of Sustainability also stewards McGill’s flagship Sustainability Projects Fund (SPF). The largest of its kind in Canada, the SPF is valued at $1 million per year. Its mandate is to build a culture of sustainability on campus through the seed funding of interdisciplinary projects.

Middlebury College

Middlebury seeks to empower successive generations of students in a rigorous, immersive, and globally engaged liberal arts and sciences experience that connects their academics with the challenges of changing times. Through our commitment to academic excellence and to building experience beyond the classroom, Middlebury prepares students to share their educational gifts with a world that needs them. Our commitment to sustainability-centered leadership is integral to the experience of all students at Middlebury. Since establishing the first undergraduate environmental studies program in 1965, an institution-wide sustainability program in the early 90s, carbon neutrality in 2016, and our recent Energy2028 initiative we have led the creation of an interdisciplinary applied learning approach that prepares students to find solutions – before and after they graduate. We believe that solutions to our world’s pressing sustainability problems cannot come from one type of knowledge or way of thinking – not just from politics or chemistry or economics or history. They will come instead from leaders, thinkers, innovators, and activists who can draw from multiple fields of knowledge and work across national, cultural, and political boundaries to achieve common goals.

Mount Holyoke College

The Miller Worley Center for the Environment at Mount Holyoke College advances a culture of environmental sustainability and justice on campus and beyond through community building, programming that encourages environmental literacy and critical thinking, and opportunities for sustainable action and leadership in service of all generations.

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 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.

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara University achieved its first phase of carbon neutrality (scopes 1 and 2) in 2020. SCU employs a “three sisters” approach to climate justice and sustainability. First, its award-winning Center for Sustainability empowers SCU Broncos to build a more humane, just, and sustainable world through SCU’s people-oriented sustainability strategic plan. Second, its Environmental Justice and the Common Good Initiative lead higher education in connecting local and frontline leaders with university researchers and advocates working to address environmental racism and social justice issues. Finally, tUrn Climate Crisis Awareness & Action provides two intensive climate action weeks each year and invites everyone on campus and across many institutions and organizations internationally to lean into the reality of the climate crisis, ecological collapse, pollution/toxicity, and intercultural dialogue using an innovative interdisciplinary approach. SCU is proud of our STARS Gold rating as we work together to graduate students ready to make informed decisions and lead just and ethical social and environmental changes for the common good in a destabilizing world.

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 milestones and progress in Stanford’s recent Sustainability Year in Review.

Texas A&M University

The Texas A&M University Office of Sustainability works to respect, protect, and preserve the financial, environmental, and people resources not only for today but also for future generations of Aggies. Our office, in collaboration with the President’s Sustainability Advisory Council, implements the Campus Sustainability Master Plan which uses both a STARS and United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals lens to guide the campus to a more just and sustainable future. We also advise the Aggie Green Fund which is a student-led environmental grant-making organization and lead an undergraduate internship program that creates a culture of sustainability through education and outreach initiatives.

Thompson Rivers University

At Thompson Rivers University, student success is our priority. We empower our students to reach their goals with on-campus and online learning options, individualized student services, hands-on learning opportunities, and a diverse, inclusive environment. The beautiful 250 acre Kamloops campus is located in British Columbia’s Southern Interior region which enjoys true four-season living and a mild climate with lots of sunshine. Learn more about sustainability efforts on campus.

University of California, Davis

As one of the United States’ top public universities, UC Davis is known for standout academics, sustainability and our reputation for solving problems related to food, health, the environment and society. UC David is recognized as the greenest university in the U.S. (and 5th internationally), a top university in diversity and internationalization, and holds a STARS 2.2 Gold rating.

University of California, Santa Cruz

A campus with world-class facilities and one of the most visually spectacular settings in higher education, the University of California, Santa Cruz provides unparalleled opportunities for students to learn through hands-on experience. A commitment to environmental stewardship and community engagement are also central to UCSC’s core values.

University of Colorado Boulder

The University of Colorado Boulder has an unparalleled history of accomplishment in the field of sustainability. Decades of student, faculty and staff leadership in academics, research, operations, and community involvement have consistently advanced CU among the vanguard of sustainability leaders nationally and globally.

University of Dayton

Through deepening, existing partnerships and developing many new partnerships on and off-campus, the Hanley Sustainability Institute is working with the University and Dayton community to make progress toward the goal of a more sustainable campus and community and becoming a leader in sustainability education. In 2019, the University added sustainability undergraduate degrees to go along with the existing sustainability minor and graduate certificate.

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 Illinois Chicago

The largest university in one of the world’s most vibrant cities The University of Illinois Chicago is an acclaimed research institution with 16 colleges dedicated to the discovery and distribution of knowledge. For undergraduate students, UIC offers: 86 bachelor’s programs to explore interests and find the right program. A low student-to-teacher ratio with 1 faculty member to every 18 students. Top-tier faculty and dedicated staff to help you prepare for a fulfilling career. The University of Illinois at Chicago is committed to environmental sustainability in all aspects of its mission and will challenge itself to consistently perform all of its functions in the most sustainable ways.

University of Kentucky

The University of Kentucky, founded in 1865 as a land-grant institution adjacent to downtown Lexington, UK is nestled in the scenic heart of the beautiful Bluegrass Region of Kentucky. From its early beginnings, with only 190 students and 10 professors, UK’s campus now covers more than 918 acres and is home to more than 30,000 students. Sustainability is broadly integrated across the University and has become an important institutional initiative. The Sustainability Strategic Plan guides the University’s operational efforts on this front. A new blog, WholeSum, communicates the breadth and depth of both ongoing and forthcoming initiatives.

University of Minnesota

At the University of Minnesota, sustainability is not a passing trend, it is an integral part of our campus culture and is featured in our Strategic Plan. Through our “It All Adds Up” campaign and the Institute on the Environment we are working to create an equitable and sustainable campus environment. Building a sustainable future is not just an aspiration, it is a formal commitment across all UMN campuses.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln serves as both the land-grant and the comprehensive public university for the State of Nebraska. Through its three primary missions of teaching, research, and service, the university is the state’s primary intellectual center providing leadership throughout the state through quality education and the generation of new knowledge. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Office of Sustainability strives to integrate sustainability within the core missions of the university through teaching, research, service, and extension with a commitment to efficient use of resources for a more sustainable campus and community.

University of Northern Iowa

As one of Iowa’s three public universities, the University of Northern Iowa is known for designing robust and practical learning experiences — the kind that gives our students the career edge they need in fields like education and business. But most importantly, we’re passionate about our students. With over 90 degree programs and a community of supportive faculty, we’re here to help you chase your dreams. With a vibrant campus community, and endless opportunities to explore, we promise to keep things interesting along the way.

University of Notre Dame

The University of Notre Dame strives to be a leader in sustainable operations, education and research, and a role model for responsible citizenship. Notre Dame recognizes its responsibility to conserve the natural environment while promoting long-term economic and social justice for all members of society and works to foster a pervasive focus on the connection between environmental stewardship and the Common Good.

University of Pittsburgh

The University of Pittsburgh’s sustainable solutions, actions, strategies, and opportunities balance equity, environment, and economics, including reaching towards Pitt Sustainability Plan goals and carbon neutrality by 2037. Our AASHE STARS Gold designation demonstrates our commitments to embedding sustainability into everything from academic courses to research collaborations to business operations to vibrant student groups to master planning.

University of Saskatchewan

Sustainability lies at the heart of the University of Saskatchewan’s mission and its aspiration to be the University the World Needs.

University of Texas at Austin

The UT Austin community continuously seeks new opportunities to integrate sustainability into our educational mission and daily operations. The UT-Austin Office of Sustainability creates leadership opportunities for students and works with faculty, staff and students across campus to accomplish goals set forth in the campus Sustainability Master Plan.

University of Tasmania

The University of Tasmania is committed to being an exemplar sustainable university. We have been certified carbon neutral since 2016, are members of the Sustainable Development (SDG) Solutions Network and the Race to Zero initiative and ranked #9 of 566 universities (#1 in Australasia) in the 2021 THE Impact ranking for SDG13 Climate Action. We have a STARS Silver rating (targeting Gold in 2022) and a Modern Slavery statement guiding the management of our supply chains. We have an excellent reputation in climate and plastics impact research, with many lead authors and teams in IPCC reports. We are home to an international award-winning UN-recognised Regional Centre of Expertise in Education for Sustainable Development and have several sustainability-focused degrees. Our Sustainability Integration Program for Students (SIPS) links operational sustainability outcomes with meaningful opportunities for students to use their education and experience to tackle real-world sustainability challenges.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is a national model for metropolitan universities. In collaboration with our many regional partners, we offer an experiential learning environment with outstanding teaching scholars in bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs. The UTC Office of Sustainability is tasked with maintaining an optimum learning environment, while maximizing energy efficiency and sustainability.

University of Wisconsin Stevens Point

UWSP is committed to advancing sustainability in campus practices, across curricular programs, and in the broader community. We demonstrate our commitment to sustainability through such measures as resource recovery (recycling), composting food waste, energy reduction and continually exploring ideas to promote and support sustainability initiatives. We empower learners of all ages and types to lead for sustainable change through a wide range of campus program offerings and work with undergraduate and graduate students across the globe through in-person, hybrid, and online courses, outreach events, and certificate programs to meet the learner where they are in their life and place. To find out more information about UWSP’s sustainability efforts visit these links: UWSP Office of Sustainability, UWSP Sustainability Education Programs.

Utah State University

Utah State University is a student-centered, research university. Students access big-school opportunities, a 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 the 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, one of fourteen in 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 Michigan University

The mission of the Office for Sustainability is to guide and assist the Western Michigan University community in fulfilling and growing its sustainability commitments. Through building a diverse and flourishing learning community around sustainability, we will continually explore and develop new opportunities to create a culture of sustainability and improve the quality of life for all.

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.

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Since its founding in 1848, the University of Wisconsin-Madison has been a catalyst for the extraordinary. As a public land-grant university and prolific research institution, our students, staff, and faculty members partake in a world-class education and solve real-world problems. We’ve changed the way the nation takes its vitamins and brought flamingos to Bascom Hill. We’ve inspired satirists and senators alike. We’ve fearlessly sifted and winnowed to find today’s truths. And with the Wisconsin Idea as our guiding principle, we’re not only changing the 936 acres we call home—Badgers are also creating a better future for Wisconsin, the nation, and the world.

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