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I am a graduate from the University of Florida, where I studied Psychology, Business Administration and Entrepreneurship. I recently realized my passion for global awareness and cultural exchange while independently volunteering and traveling across Europe. My favorite aspect of the journey by far was meeting so many wonderful individuals from all over the world whom I now call close friends. I loved exchanging ideas and learning about different cultures and ways of life from so many perspectives, and now find myself viewing my surroundings with a broader perspective. I've also become very eager to get involved with a global-minded cause, which made finding the OpenIDEO community a refreshing discovery. I can't wait to collaborate and make an impact!
In regards to the University network, the AASHE (Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education) has a mission to catalyze higher education to lead the global sustainability transformation. They led a collaborative effort that resulted in development of a standardized self-reporting system called STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System), where universities measure their sustainability progress over time, compare with other universities around the world, and achieve recognition for different levels of accomplishment.
I think the data provided by both websites are helpful resources to reference and potentially collaborate with the sustainable leaders in higher education!
Below is a link that shows a world map of participating universities and their sustainability rankings: https://stars.aashe.org/institutions/data-displays/dashboard/
And, resources to help broaden perspectives on the future of sustainable campuses and provide tangible examples of implementation. http://www.aashe.org/resources