UIC belongs to AASHE, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. AASHE is a membership-based organization of colleges and universities working to advance sustainability in higher education.
As AASHE members, we have access to an array of online resources and numerous opportunities for networking, information sharing, collaboration, and professional development. In addition, anyone at UIC can take advantage of the following benefits:
We are eligible for reduced registration fees for conferences, workshops, and other AASHE-sponsored events, and receive discounts on products and services offered through AASHE.
AASHE administers a professional awards program to recognize outstanding efforts in advancing campus sustainability. The Campus Sustainability Achievement Award is presented to institutions that have demonstrated outstanding commitment to sustainability. The Student Sustainability Achievement Award is given each year for superior work in campus sustainability by an undergraduate from a member institution, such as UIC.
As a Charter Participant in AASHE, UIC has the opportunity to also be a participant in the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS). STARS is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. It encompasses long-term sustainability goals for already high-achieving institutions and promotes understanding of sustainability that includes its social, economic and environmental dimensions.
In 2011, UIC received STARS Bronze level recognition. As we constantly improve and expand our “green” programs on campus, we anticipate our inclusion in STARS 2.0 which will occur in the 2014 year. More information on STARS can be found on the STARS website.
AASHE maintains online directories of Campus Sustainability Coordinators and other sustainability contacts at campuses that can directly benefit us.
As members we can access AASHE’s extensive online resources, including assessment tools, fact sheets, publications, presentations, policy databank, reports, and other resources. To establish an account, visit www.aashe.org/members/memberlogin.php and click “create new account.”
Use your campus email address as your username (i.e. firstname.lastname@example.org). AASHE’s database will then send a password to your campus inbox.
Go back to the login page, enter your username, and type or paste the emailed password into the password box. That will give you access to all of the locked resources in AASHE’s Resource Center. Each person on our campus (faculty, staff, or student) creates login credentials for themselves. Email email@example.com if you have difficulty with this process.
Publicity and Recognition
AASHE publicizes and celebrates member achievements through its newsletters, website, and other communications. The Member Spotlight highlights sustainability efforts of individual campuses such as ours.
Authorized Use of Member Logo
We can use the AASHE Member Logo to emphasize our commitment to sustainability. This logo may also be used on signage, reports, brochures, and other publicity or display materials.
AASHE events offer premier opportunities to connect with our colleagues at regional, national, and international levels, to share resources, and to collaborate with others on projects and publications.
AASHE offers workshops and trainings at member campuses such as ours, and Interest Groups for us to connect with others and share our knowledge, ideas, and resources.
AASHE offers individual phone and email consultation to members.
We can participate in AASHE governance, committees, and working groups.
In addition to the member benefits listed above, we can take advantage of the following AASHE resources:
A free weekly e-newsletter that keeps subscribers up-to-date on the latest news, resources, opportunities, and events related to campus sustainability. You can sign up here:http://www.aashe.org/publications/bulletin.php.
AASHE’s bimonthly newsletter keeps all members informed about AASHE activities, programs, new resources, special announcements, and opportunities to get involved.Annual Conference – AASHE’s annual conferences brings together every sector of higher education as well as business, government, and NGOs.
If you have any questions, you can write to firstname.lastname@example.org. An AASHE staff person will be more than happy to help you. We hope you take advantage of these membership benefits from AASHE.