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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 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.
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.
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 produced record enrollment, 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; advanced sustainability from an environmental, economic, and social justice lens 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.
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 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 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 (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.
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. Situated on traditionally Patwin lands, we are recognized as the greenest university in the U.S. (and 5th internationally), a top university in diversity and internationalization, and hold a STARS 2.2 Gold rating. UC Davis is one of the first universities to complete a campuswide Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Voluntary University Review (VUR) and is demonstrating their commitment to becoming fossil fuel-free by completing a Fossil Fuel-Free Pathway Plan by 2022.
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.
The University of Pittsburgh’s sustainable solutions reach towards Pitt Sustainability Plan goals and carbon neutrality by 2037. Our AASHE STARS Gold designation demonstrates our commitments to embedding sustainability into master planning, academic courses, research collaborations, business operations, and the student experience. We’re working hard to embed sustainability into our culture, balancing equity, environment, and economics every day locally and globally.
The University of Saskatchewan’s (USask) main campus is located in the vibrant city of Saskatoon on Treaty 6 territory and the traditional homeland of the Métis. USask is one of the top research-intensive, medical doctoral universities in Canada, and is home to world-leading research in areas of global importance, such as water and food security and infectious diseases. Study and discovery is enhanced by our outstanding facilities, including the Canadian Light Source synchrotron, VIDO-InterVac, the Global Institute for Food Security, the Global Institute for Water Security and the Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation. Learn more about the USask’s sustainability initiatives here.
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.
When you’re in one of the world’s most amazing places, you need to get outside, explore and live while you learn and work. The University of Tasmania takes sustainability leadership seriously as demonstrated with a Gold STARS rating, awarded the Sustainability Institution of the Year 2021 in the Green Gown Awards Australasia and in the top 25 in the Times Higher Education Impact rankings 2022, including achieving #1 in SDG13 – Climate Action. We recognise that our whole island is our campus from where we seek to benefit Tasmania and the world. We see sustainability as an opportunity across everything we do, so as a student or staff you can explore your passion for sustainability in many ways. As one of the largest employers in the State, people are at the heart of everything we do and we strive to create a nurturing, inclusive and collaborative working environment. The University of Tasmania – where study meets sustainability.
UT Austin educates over 52,000 students in a typical year on a main campus spanning 485 acres in the middle of Austin, Texas. As a public university, we are committed to equity in educational opportunity and strong stewardship of our natural and financial resources. UT Austin participated in the pilot phase of STARS in 2008 and recently reaffirmed a STARS 2.2 Gold level. Many of our institutional programs, including our greenhouse gas inventory and sustainability course directory, can be found at the UT Austin Sustainability website.



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 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 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.