AASHE

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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.

Benefits

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:

Discounts

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.

Professional Awards

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.

STARS

STARS Silver logoAs 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 2014, we received Silver Level recognition under the much more demanding STARS V2.0. See a description of the results of the 2014 submission. More information on STARS can be found on the STARS website.

Directories

AASHE maintains online directories of Campus Sustainability Coordinators and other sustainability contacts at campuses that can directly benefit us.

Resource Center

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. myname@uic.edu).  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 info@aashe.org 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.

Networking

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.

Professional Development

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.

Individual Consulting

AASHE offers individual phone and email consultation to members.

Governance

We can participate in AASHE governance, committees, and working groups.

Resources

In addition to the member benefits listed above, we can take advantage of the following AASHE resources:

AASHE Bulletin

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 Update

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.

Contact

If you have any questions, you can write to info@aashe.org.  An AASHE staff person will be more than happy to help you.  We hope you take advantage of these membership benefits from AASHE.