The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)
The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) has developed a Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System (STARS) for gauging relative progress toward sustainability for colleges and universities. The system is similar to the LEED (Leadership in Energy Environmental Design) green building rating system; however, STARS will be applied to an entire campus, rather than a single building or set of buildings, and will evaluate social responsibility in addition to environmental stewardship.
Take a look at the information below (provided by AASHE) to find lots of information about ways to get involved, whether you're a staff member, faculty member, or student. Since DU is an institutional member, we all have access to the wide variety of resources AASHE offers.
AASHE Academic Commons
Your talents, knowledge and best practices are needed to kick off our new Academic Commons! We envision the Commons as a place that will capture and share all of the amazing ideas and resources that you use in teaching sustainability -- all in one searchable place. These can be in the form of lesson plans, syllabi, power point presentations, or even a scan of the napkin where you jotted down an idea for a new course or activity.
AASHE's Member Resources
Have you set up your personal AASHE user account to access member-only resources on our website? Any individual at your institution can create an account using their school email address. If you don't yet have an account, take a few minutes to create one now and browse our extensive member-only resources. Click on the "Create an Account" or "Log in" link in the top right corner of AASHE's home page. Make sure your institution's efforts are represented in AASHE's comprehensive online Resource Center so that others can learn from your examples.
Connect with Others
You and your colleagues can ask and answer questions on AASHE's Discussion Forums, submit your campus accomplishments and job postings to AASHE Bulletin, and offer to write a guest article for AASHE's Campus Sustainability Perspectives Blog.