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"Student Engagement in Campus Sustainability"
Author: Cairo, Allessandra,
Published In: Facilities Manager
Date: March/April 2011

Faculty, staff, and administrators are all burdened by the lack of time, budgetary constraints, and ever-changing priorities, and facilities staff are no different. With all these constraints, how can real change happen? Student engagement can make facilities work easier and more fulfilling. Involving students from the ground up on projects not only gives them hands-on experiences and better prepares them for the real world after graduating, but, if implemented well, can also lessen the burden on staff time and budgets. This article presents stories on how students are being empowered to make a difference at two- and four-year colleges and universities alike. The successes described are just a few of the many ingenious ways students are working with facilities staff, administration, and others on their campuses to create sustainable campuses. With a new level of engagement emerging, the benefits of building good working relationships between students and facilities staff will continue to grow.

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