Opportunities

AASHE Sustainability Professionals Retreat Deadline to Sign Up: April 14

Join facilitators Leith Sharp from Harvard University and Aurora Winslade from Swarthmore College, and guest speakers Peterson Toscano, Lizza Robb and Emilie Rex, at the AASHE Sustainability Professionals Retreat, which will allow for creative and open-ended discussions that encourage professional growth and skills-building. Held June 19-22 at Pendle Hill, a retreat center outside of Philadelphia, the three-day workshop is designed to teach skills that professionals can take back to their campus to address sustainability challenges. The deadline to apply is April 14.
  • Posted Apr 6, 2017

Education, Ethics & Values for Sustainability: Transformative Teaching & Learning with the Earth Charter

This program aims to deepen participants' understanding of the concept of sustainable development and its implications for education, learning and change. It explores practical methods for introducing sustainability values into educational settings, and uses the Earth Charter as an essential foundation for sustainability. The one-week intensive program will be held at the Earth Charter Center for Education for Sustainable Development at the University for Peace, Costa Rica, from July 3-7.
  • Posted Apr 3, 2017

Campus Sustainability Leadership Professional Certificate

The University of Vermont is offering the five-day Campus Sustainability Leadership program from June 12-16, which will focus on change through transformative and financially sustainable innovations to help campuses become sustainability models. Participants will have the opportunity to expand their professional network and learn from leaders in the field.
  • Posted Apr 3, 2017

NWF EcoLeader Certification

The National Wildlife Federation's EcoLeaders program now offers a Certified Campus Ecoleader badge to those showing project-based leadership by advancing sustainability projects on campus or in the community. The EcoLeaders program is designed to help young professionals secure employment that help the planet.
  • Posted Apr 3, 2017

Future Organic Farmer Education Grant Funding

The California Certified Organic Farmers Foundation is accepting applications from students pursuing organic agriculture programs for educational grant funding that is intended to help with tuition and education expenses. Applications must be submitted by May 15.
  • Posted Apr 3, 2017

AASCU Excellence & Innovation Awards

The purpose of these awards is to recognize and honor American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) institutions that demonstrate excellence and innovation in their approach to sustainability and sustainable development, civic learning and community engagement, and leadership development and diversity. Applications are due by April 21.
  • Posted Mar 27, 2017

Livestream National Geographic Episode and Panel Discussion About Carbon Pricing

On April 5, the Bard Center for Environmental Policy at Bard College will host a national screening of Priceless, an episode from the National Geographic series, Years of Living Dangerously. The one-hour show, focusing on both carbon pricing and the threat to biodiversity caused by climate change, will be followed by a webcast panel discussion. Participating schools will be able to watch the episode at no charge, and the panel will welcome questions from a national viewing audience.
  • Posted Mar 27, 2017

Invitation from Religious Group to Sign Climate Change Letter to Trump Administration

Chaplains for Earth, a collaboration among U.S. deans and directors of college and university religious and spiritual life departments, invites anyone in a leading or directing position in a religious and spiritual life department at a higher education institution, including head campus chaplains, to sign the open letter to President Trump, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt calling on them to honor U.S. commitments made at the 2015 United Nations Climate Conference in Paris.
  • Posted Mar 27, 2017

Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition

The Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition is a global program intended to support the implementation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Young people from around the world are invited to submit innovative ideas and projects that contribute to one or more of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The deadline to apply is July 31.
  • Posted Mar 27, 2017

Sustainability Across the Curriculum Workshop at Ramapo College of New Jersey

Participants of this two-day workshop will explore how to permeate sustainability, very broadly defined, across the higher education curriculum while disrupting as many disciplinary divides as possible. Ramapo College of New Jersey is one of 13 regional AASHE Centers for Sustainability Across the Curriculum.
  • Posted Mar 27, 2017

CURC Board of Directors Nominations

The College and University Recycling Coalition (CURC) seeks individuals who will provide its board with a diverse range of professional experience and knowledge with recycling and sustainability specific to colleges and universities. CURC aims to include representation from different types and sizes of higher education institutions across the U.S. and Canada. Nominations are due by April 7.
  • Posted Mar 27, 2017

Call for Interest: SustainUS COP23 Delegation

SustainUS is gathering a U.S. youth delegation to attend the 2017 U.N. Climate Negotiations Conference of the Parties (COP23) happening from Nov. 6-17, 2017, in Bonn, Germany. COP23 is a continuation of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change initiative, where almost 200 countries gather annually to negotiate lowering global greenhouse gas emissions. The deadline to apply for the SustainUS youth delegation is April 3.
  • Posted Mar 24, 2017

Sustainability Across the Curriculum Workshop at Dickinson College

In collaboration with the AASHE, Dickinson College invites faculty from other colleges and universities to participate in Valley & Ridge Faculty Development Workshop, May 22-24 in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Valley & Ridge brings together faculty members from all academic disciplines to work collaboratively to introduce and enhance sustainability content in new and existing courses across the curriculum. Faculty that are thinking about integrating social, economic and/or environmental sustainability into their undergraduate teaching are encouraged to apply no later than March 31. Dickinson College is one of 13 regional AASHE Centers for Sustainability Across the Curriculum.
  • Posted Mar 24, 2017

Sustainability Across the Curriculum Workshop at Colorado College

The workshop, May 18-19 in Colorado Springs, is designed to help faculty develop an outline or course module that broadens the sustainability course offerings at their institution. Participants will engage in exercises that foster a broad and deep understanding of sustainability, including reflection, field trips and group discussion to support the development of a greater sense of place. Faculty from all disciplines at higher-ed institutions are encouraged to participate. The deadline to apply is March 31. Colorado College is one of 13 regional AASHE Centers for Sustainability Across the Curriculum.
  • Posted Mar 24, 2017

21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge

The challenge is designed to create dedicated time and space to build more effective social justice habits. Participants will explore the impact of race in the food system, uncovering racial inequities and injustices to discover ways to collectively promote a more just food system for all. The challenge is hosted by Food Solutions New England, a regional network coordinated by the Sustainability Institute at the University of New Hampshire. The challenge will take place from April 9-29.
  • Posted Mar 23, 2017

Urban Environmental Education Online Course

This eight-week course, offered by Cornell University’s Civic Ecology Lab from April 10-June 4, is designed to help participants improve their knowledge of urban environmental education. Urban environmental education includes any learning practices that foster individual and community well-being and environmental quality in cities. Course participants will learn about urban contexts, theoretical underpinnings, educational settings and educational approaches in urban environmental education.
  • Posted Mar 21, 2017

Energy Dept. Smart Labs Accelerator

The U.S. Department of Energy's Smart Labs Accelerator works with partner organizations to set a target to improve energy efficiency across their portfolio of laboratory buildings by at least 20 percent in 10 years or less. Partners will work together to develop standardized approaches to overcoming common barriers to energy efficiency in laboratories such as insufficient energy performance measurement methods and resistance to implementing efficient operational procedures.
  • Posted Mar 20, 2017

Our Climate Fellowship

Students will train and organize other students, rallying public support for carbon pricing policy, and engage directly with elected officials on the local, state and national level. Applications are currently being accepted for summer 2017, fall 2017 and spring 2018 fellowship positions.
  • Posted Mar 20, 2017

AASHE Workshop: Sustainability, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Workshop

This workshop, happening June 28–30 at University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment, is for faculty, administrators and staff of all disciplines, as well as community organizers and city officials and planners, who wish to interconnect and integrate sustainability, diversity, equity and inclusion into their campus, curriculum and departments. The format will include opportunities for participants to bring forward topics from their own experiences to inform the discussion and gain insight from the perspectives of the presenters as well as fellow participants. The deadline to register is June 2.
  • Posted Mar 20, 2017

International Center for Sustainability Across the Curriculum Conference 2017

Growing out of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s successful Project Sin Fronteras, the workshop, happening May 19-20 in McAllen, Texas, aims to bring together faculty from all fields, allowing for an exchange of ideas in a nurturing and enriching collaborative atmosphere. The intensive two-day interdisciplinary exercise helps faculty to explore the shifts in pedagogy needed to incorporate sustainability concepts, problems and/or solutions into new or existing courses. The deadline to register is April 20. The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is one of 13 regional AASHE Centers for Sustainability Across the Curriculum.
  • Posted Mar 16, 2017

Student, Educator Scholarships Available to Energypath 2017

The Sustainable Energy Fund is providing 150 scholarships to professional educators and college students to attend Energypath 2017 on July 27 at DeSales University in Pennsylvania. Scholarships cover the cost of the conference, exposition, science fair, a pre-conference energy camp and the keynote dinner.
  • Posted Mar 14, 2017

Harvard Executive Education for Sustainability Leadership Informational Sessions

Three informational sessions are available to choose from that will discuss the Executive Education for Sustainability Leadership program, happening Nov. 13–17 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Leith Sharp, director of Executive Education for Sustainability Leadership, and past program participants and faculty will respond to questions from prospective applicants and those interested in promoting attendance to a senior leader in their organization or network. Information sessions are planned for March 27, April 26 and May 31.
  • Posted Mar 14, 2017

Livestream the EarthEd Symposium

On April 20, the Worldwatch Institute is launching its newest State of the World report, EarthEd: Rethinking Education on a Changing Planet, at Appalachian State University. Worldwatch invites other schools to host a satellite event by livestreaming all or a portion of the event and include local speakers. The symposium is organized into a three-hour morning session on the fundamentals of Earth education, and an afternoon session focusing on higher education. The new report explores how teachers can equip students with the skills necessary to navigate the turbulent century ahead. Those interested in hosting an event or learning more may contact Erik Assadourian.
  • Posted Mar 14, 2017

Three Days to Apply: On-Campus Solar Project Support

The Green Gigawatt Partnership is offering cost-free support for up to five campuses to develop and implement on-campus (or near campus) solar projects. Support will include site screening, stakeholder education, RFP development and support, and contract negotiation support. Applications are due March 17.
  • Posted Mar 13, 2017

Judges Needed: AASHE Sustainability Awards

Discover what institutions are doing to advance sustainability at their campus and the surrounding community by signing up to be a judge for the AASHE Sustainability Awards. Judging will take place in May and June. Sign up by May 12.
  • Posted Mar 10, 2017

AASHE Workshop: Sustainability Professionals Retreat

The Sustainability Professionals Retreat, hosted by AASHE, is now accepting applications. This retreat is designed to encourage professional growth and build targeted skills in facilitation, meeting design, organizational design, governance, idea flow, senior leadership engagement and decision-making. Facilitated by Leith Sharp, from Harvard University, and Aurora Winslade, from Swarthmore College, this retreat will take place June 19-22, near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The deadline to apply is April 14.
  • Posted Mar 10, 2017

The GREEN Program

The GREEN Program is an accredited, short-term model that fuses academic credit, adventure, culture and service learning into a transformational experience abroad. As commitment partners to the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals, The GREEN Program exposes students to the heart and guts of these sustainability challenges and initiatives.
  • Posted Mar 6, 2017

Sustainability Across the Curriculum Workshop at U Kansas Edwards Campus

The workshop, May 15-16 in Overland Park, Kansas, is designed to help faculty develop an outline or course module that broadens the sustainability course offerings at their institution. Day one offers two different attendance formats in order to accommodate a range of travel schedules and learning styles. Faculty from all disciplines at higher education institutions are encouraged to participate. Registrations will be accepted until May 9 or until the workshop reaches a reasonable capacity to provide all attendees with a quality collaborative hands-on experience. The University Kansas and Johnson County Community College are one of 13 regional AASHE Centers for Sustainability Across the Curriculum.

AASHE Member Discount: $100 Off ISSP Certification

The International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) offers students, faculty and staff from AASHE-member schools a $100 discount on the ISSP Sustainability Associate (ISSP-SA) credential exam. The program is designed to recognize the knowledge, skills and abilities of those in the sustainability field, including students with knowledge of core sustainability concepts.
  • Posted Mar 6, 2017

On-Campus Solar Project Support: Application Deadline March 17

The Green Gigawatt Partnership is offering cost-free support for up to five campuses to develop and implement on-campus (or near campus) solar projects. Support will include site screening, stakeholder education, RFP development and support, and contract negotiation support. Applications are due March 17.

2017 Green Sports Alliance Innovators of the Year Awards

The award recognizes organizations and individuals that demonstrate excellence and innovation in environmental and social stewardship in the world of sports. Innovators of the Year embody sports sustainability across their organization and operations, implementing projects that not only reduce environmental impact but encourage fans, athletes and community stakeholders to do the same. The deadline to submit an application is March 8.
  • Posted Mar 6, 2017

Three Days Remain: Higher Education Sustainability Staffing Survey

Participate in the 2017 Higher Education Sustainability Staffing Survey by March 10. Participants are encouraged to share the survey link with any colleagues who have a sustainability role. Survey respondents can opt to receive a complimentary copy of the follow-up report.
  • Posted Mar 2, 2017

Solar Ambassador Program

The Solar Ambassador Program offered through RE-volv is a year-long fellowship for college students who want to help a community-serving organization near their campus go solar. RE-volv will train ambassadors in crowdfunding, solar policy, community engagement and project management. In turn, the solar ambassadors educate their campus communities about solar energy, develop a deep understanding of the energy sector, produce a tangible reduction in carbon emissions and build a national network of environmental stewards.
  • Posted Feb 27, 2017

2017 Food Solutions Challenge

The Food Solutions Challenge is designed to generate awareness and holistic thinking around issues stemming from food production and distribution. Participants are asked to design a blueprint that will move toward a carbon neutral food supply chain for a chance to incubate their ideas at a global food solutions conference. Six groups will be selected to attend the Net Impact Local Global Food Solutions event to pitch their event to a panel of experts. The top team will be awarded $5,000.
  • Posted Feb 27, 2017

2017 International Essay Contest for Young People

Students are invited to submit a 700-word essay based on the theme Learning from Nature. The essay should focus on what we learn from nature and how we can make use of that learning for the future. Organized by the Goi Peace Foundation, the deadline to enter the contest is June 15.
  • Posted Feb 27, 2017

Make for the Planet

Staff and faculty are invited to submit an application to participate in Make for the Planet, a team competition to create hardware and/or software solutions to specific conservation challenges. Multidisciplinary teams will compete on-site at the Smithsonian Institution's Earth Optimism Summit in Washington, D.C., from April 21-23, 2017. Teams will have access to a pop-up maker's space with equipment to create prototypes and models of hardware and/or software solutions. Applications will be accepted through March 1.
  • Posted Feb 27, 2017

AASHE Member Discount: 10% Off Sustainability & Behavior Change Certificate

AASHE members are eligible for a 10 percent discount for courses within the Sustainability and Behavior Change Certificate offered through the University of California San Diego Extension. The new certificate in Sustainability and Behavior Change provides an online setting for an advanced educational training in conversation psychology, behavior change strategies and community engagement tools. The aim is to help practitioners build successful sustainability projects and programs.
  • Posted Feb 27, 2017

AASHE Sustainability Awards: Call for Submissions

The annual AASHE Sustainability Awards recognize sustainability achievements, research advancements and student leadership. By raising the visibility of high-impact sustainability projects and pioneering research, the awards program helps to disseminate innovations and inspire continued progress toward sustainability. Submissions are due by May 12 to be considered for one of 10 awards, to be given at the 2017 AASHE Conference & Expo.
  • Posted Feb 27, 2017

Sustainability Across the Curriculum Workshop at Colorado College

The workshop, May 18-19 in Colorado Springs, is designed to help faculty develop an outline or course module that broadens the sustainability course offerings at their institution. Participants will engage in exercises that foster a broad and deep understanding of sustainability, including reflection, field trips and group discussion to support the development of a greater sense of place. Faculty from all disciplines at higher-ed institutions are encouraged to participate. The deadline to apply is March 31. Colorado College is one of 13 regional AASHE Centers for Sustainability Across the Curriculum.

Sustainability Across the Curriculum Workshop at Dickinson College

In collaboration with the AASHE, Dickinson College invites faculty from other colleges and universities to participate in Valley & Ridge Faculty Development Workshop, May 22-24 in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Valley & Ridge brings together faculty members from all academic disciplines to work collaboratively to introduce and enhance sustainability content in new and existing courses across the curriculum. Faculty that are thinking about integrating social, economic and/or environmental sustainability into their undergraduate teaching are encouraged to apply no later than March 31. Dickinson College is one of 13 regional AASHE Centers for Sustainability Across the Curriculum.
  • Posted Feb 20, 2017

ISCN 2017 Sustainable Campus Excellence Awards

The International Sustainable Campus Network invites submissions for projects that demonstrate how the environmental, social and economic issues of our time provide opportunities for university administrations and faculty alike to improve campus infrastructures and recognize opportunities to integrate them into their research and learning activities. Applications are due by March 3.
  • Posted Feb 17, 2017

2017 Newman Civic Fellowship Nomination Cycle

The Newman Civic Fellowship recognizes and supports community-committed students who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country. The fellowship provides training and resources that nurture students’ assets and passions to help them develop strategies to achieve social change. Nominations are due by March 3.
  • Posted Feb 14, 2017

SPLC Summit 2017 Volunteer Application to Attend for Free

Students interested in learning about the sustainable purchasing movement can register for the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council's 2017 Summit for free in exchange for volunteering for eight hours or two four-to-six hour shifts. The Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council's annual conference is May 8-10 in Denver, Colorado. The application deadline is April 1.
  • Posted Feb 13, 2017

Bard’s Center for Environmental Policy Sustainability Leadership Workshop

Applications are being accepted for the 2017 spring Campus-to-Congress Sustainability Leadership Workshop for undergraduate and recent graduates that will focus on key leadership skill development: vision, courage, developing a network, storytelling and raising funds. The workshop is at Bard College from March 3-5.
  • Posted Feb 13, 2017

2016-2017 Prizes in Higher Education Policy Research

The International Association of Universities and COPERNICUS Alliance are holding an essay competition themed on higher education and research for sustainable development. The research-based essays may take the form of an analytical case study, an analysis of trends, provide an overview of relevant policies or offer the results of impact assessment. Abstracts are due no later than Feb. 28.
  • Posted Feb 13, 2017

Earth Optimism Student Video Competition

The Smithsonian Institution invites undergraduate and graduate students to share a success story that involves them personally or highlights a story that needs to be told through a compelling two-minute video. The theme of the competition is Conservation Success. The student with the best video, as selected by a panel of judges, will receive $1,000. Up to three winners will receive funding to attend the three-day Earth Optimism Summit in Washington, D.C., April 21-23. The deadline to submit is March 3.
  • Posted Feb 13, 2017

The Witnessing Change Video Competition

The Witnessing Change Video Competition invites student documentarians to record the impacts of climate change happening in their own communities, and to use their work to inform the public. The videos should highlight the emotional and financial costs of climate change. Due to additional grant support, the fee for the 2016/2017 competition has been waived for all applicants. Submissions are due May 1.
  • Posted Feb 13, 2017

AASHE Workshop: Sustainability Professionals Retreat

The Sustainability Professionals Retreat, hosted by AASHE near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from June 19-22, is designed to encourage professional growth and build targeted skills in facilitation, meeting design, organizational design, governance, idea flow, senior leadership engagement and decision-making. Facilitated by Leith Sharp, from Harvard University, and Aurora Winslade, from Swarthmore College, this three-day retreat will allow for creative and open-ended discussions. The deadline to apply is April 14.
  • Posted Feb 13, 2017

Deadline Extension for AASHE 2017 Call for Proposals & Reviewers

Proposals for the 2017 AASHE Conference & Expo will be accepted until Feb. 20 at 5 p.m. Eastern. Accepted presenters have the opportunity to showcase their work and advance their position as a thought leader in the higher education campus sustainability movement. All accepted presenters receive a discount applicable to conference registration. Volunteers are needed to review abstracts and need to sign up by Feb. 19.
  • Posted Feb 13, 2017

On-Campus Solar Project Support Through Green Gigawatt Partnership

Five AASHE-member campuses will be selected to receive integrated on-site solar advisory services from the Green Gigawatt Partnership, including site screening, stakeholder education, RFP development and contract negotiation support. The Green Gigawatt Partnership is designed to help the higher education sector catalyze at least one gigawatt of new renewable energy by the year 2020. The application deadline is March 17.
  • Posted Feb 6, 2017