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Campus Pollution Prevention


Principles | Campus Operations | Curriculum | Students
Hard-Copy | Professional Organizations

The links presented here are web sources for more information about different aspects of campus pollution prevention sorted by the categories listed above.


Association of University Leaders for a Sustainable Future - Secretariat for signatories of the Talloires Declaration. Composed in 1990 at an international conference in Talloires, France, the declaration is a ten-point action plan for incorporating sustainability and environmental literacy in teaching, research, operations and outreach at colleges and universities. It has been signed by over 275 university presidents and chancellors in over 40 countries including 73 universities in the United States and 3 universities in Region 8 (Colorado State University, University of Colorado at Boulder, and Utah State University). For more information go to: A fully-refereed academic journal published in conjunction with the Association of University Leaders for a Sustainable Future (ULSF). The journal aims at addressing environmental management systems (EMS), sustainable development and Agenda 21 issues at higher education institutions worldwide.

Campus Operations - Examples

Colorado State Sustainability Web Site -

University of Colorado Environmental Center -

Greening the University of Montana -

Bowling Green State University's (Ohio) chemical tracking and reuse program -

Harvard Green Campus Initiative -

Campus Operations - Tools

Campus Climate Action Toolkit - Helps colleges and universities take steps toward more climate-friendly operations. An organized approach and instructions are offered for collecting and analyzing data, calcualting emissions (using an MS Excel-based spreadsheet calculator ), setting goals, and forming and implementing a plan. It also offers links and case studies to several institutions who have implemented the plan. The tool captures emissions from a variety of sources, including heating, cooling, electricity, steam, and transportation. If institutions become Clean Air - Cool Planet Partners, they can contribute content and suggest edits or format changes so that the resource is owned and maintained by its primary audience and users.

Energy Star School Challenge - Helps teachers and administrators use the Energy Star Program to evaluate school building energy use through "benchmarking". Provides links to funding opportunities and technical expertise and access to resources and tools.

Workbook for a Clean Energy Campus - Produced as a result of the University of Colorado Energy Summit in 2002, this workbook is for "Students interested in persuading their university to purchase renewable energy to reduce the environmental impact of their campus energy use will be able to use this
basic workbook to get started. It is based on the experience of the first few colleges in
the country to purchase renewable energy..." Includes case studies.

Labs for the 21st Century - Sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy, Labs21 is a voluntary program dedicated to improving the environmental performance of U.S. laboratories. Labs21 is designed to improve laboratory energy and water efficiency, encourage the use of renewable energy sources, and promote environmental stewardship.

High Performance Building Guidelines - Produced by the City of New York Department of Design and Construction, this manual gives best management practices for planning, designing, constructing and operating more energy and resource efficient public buildings. Such high performance buildings can earn long term life cycle savings for institutions and support markets for environmentally efficient technologies.

EPA Colleges and Universities Integrated Strategy - The site includes compliance information and contacts, a best management practices catalog, pollution prevention guidance and sustainability initiatives, news on upcoming events and adds work that New England institutions have done as it become available.

EPA Sector Strategies - Colleges and Universities - EPA's Office of Policy and Economis (OPEI) has partnered with six colleges and universities to develop sector-specific approaches to advance the use of environmental management systems, reduce regulatory performance barriers, and measure environmental progress. The site gives links to further information in each of these three priority areas.

Environmental Virtual Campus - Sponsored by the Campus Consortium for Environmental Excellence (C2E2), MIT developed this site to assist students, staff, and researchers with campus environmental management, both regulatory and non-regulatory practices. The site is organized around nine typical areas on a campus that are normally subject to environmental regulations. The C2E2 home page has links to other resources and news.


Directory of Environmental Programs, a clearinghouse for environmental program information in institutions of higher education -

Center for Sustainable Systems (CSS) contributes to interdisciplinary education at undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels at the University of Michigan through curriculum development, internships, research opportunities and special workshops in the areas of industrial ecology and sustainability. -

Greener Education Materials for Chemists (GEMs) is an interactive collection of education materials focused on green chemistry. Supported by the National Science Foundation and the University of Oregon, it includes laboratory exercises, lecture materials, course syllabi and multimedia content that illustrate chemical concepts important for green chemistry. It includes both published and unpublished materials. The tool is offered free of charge.

Students and Student Groups:

Sustainable Landscapes: a Utah State University Student Group out of the Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning Department.

Reaching Out: Broadening College-Student Constituencies for Environmental Protection, Produced by the Institute for Global Ethics

Workbook for a Clean Energy Campus - Produced as a result of the University of Colorado Energy Summit in 2002, this workbook is for "Students interested in persuading their university to purchase renewable energy to reduce the environmental impact of their campus energy use will be able to use this
basic workbook to get started. It is based on the experience of the first few colleges in
the country to purchase renewable energy..." Includes case studies.

Student and Youth Day of Action for Clean Energy Solutions - Student organized annual event to bring awareness of fossil fuel use and abuse -

Campus Ecology - works with student organizations on environmental literacy and action, a division of the National Wildlife Federation. They also offer a fellowship program to fund graduate and undergraduate initiatives -

Campus Center for Appropriate Technology (Humboldt State University, Arcata, California) - CCAT's mission is to "demonstrate appropriate technology in a residential setting, provide hands-on experiential learning opportunities to Humboldt State University and the surrounding community, collect and disseminate information about appropriate technology, examine the ethical and social consequences of technology, and dispel the myth that living lightly on the earth is difficult or burdensome." It is a student run organization that sponsor workshops and discussions, writes articles and maintains a residential complex based on appropriate technologies.

P3 Award: A Student Design Competition for Sustainability - The P3 competition provides grants to teams of college students to research, develop, and design sustainable solutions to environmental challenges. P3 stands for "people, prosperity, and the planet" – the three pillars of sustainability – as the next step beyond P2 or pollution prevention.

Recommended Reading (Hard-Copy):

Greening the Ivory Tower by Sarah Creighton Hammond, 1999 - a wealth of information including a good bibliography of resources.

Professional Organizations:

American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) -
The Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers (APPA) -
Association of College Administration Professionals -
Campus Safety, Health and Environmental Management Association -
Council of Independent Colleges -
Education for Sustainability Western Network (“EFS West”) -
National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges -

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