Campus Sustainability Case Studies


Taking Action for the Climate


Campus Ecology has been helping individuals and campuses address sustainability and climate change since 1989, and our members have been making a difference. We have their stories to prove it.

You can browse through these case studies by year, topic, state, or school. Campus Ecology gathers these case studies to document and celebrate the great work being done at colleges and universities across the country, and to help others learn from these projects.

We hope you gain inspiration from these accounts, as well as insight into effective methods for implementing your own projects. The annual compendium is well-publicized as a valuable resource of sustainability practices and has been featured in the Princeton Review and other national, local, and campus newspapers.

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) also has a sustainability case study database, check it out.


Best of 2012: The 2012 campus sustainability case studies are online now.  

We will not be calling for 2012-2013 case studies. However, we will resume our call for campus sustainability case studies in spring 2014.


Benefits to Campuses:

  • Share your efforts with campuses nationwide through NWF's case study database, accessed by hundreds of students, faculty & staff
  • Case studies will be shared with our contact list of more than 25,000 students, faculty and staff, plus our social media networks
  • Documentation of your efforts in a searchable database (searchable by topic, state, year, and school); currently the database has more than 650 case studies!
  • National press release promoting the 2012 case studies 

Take these steps to submit a case study:

Step 1: Review the 2011-2012 Case Study Guidelines and Use the Template to Create your Case Study; Campuses are welcome to submit more than one case study on multiple topics: 

Step 2: Submit case studies, photos, and image release forms to

If your images are too large for email, please let us know and we will suggest other options.

Please contact or 703-438-6000 with questions.

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