AASHE 2018 Workshop: Leverage Your Renewable Energy Impact Through Emerging Avoided Emissions PPA Strategies
This half-day, pre-conference workshop on Oct. 2 delves into renewable energy partnerships by examining the contemporary methods for reducing an institution’s greenhouse gas emissions using renewable energy procurement. In addition to hearing about how Boston University successfully worked with both private and academic partners to choose a renewable energy project, participants will review carbon emission accounting practices including traditional and marginal emission approaches using data synthesized by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University. The workshop will be presented by Dennis Carlberg and Casey Kelly at Boston University; Inês Azevedo at Carnegie Mellon University; Christen Blum at Edison Energy; and Gavin McCormick with WattTime.
2018 Tobacco-Free Grants for MSIs, & Community & Womens' Colleges
Truth Initiative is accepting applications for its Tobacco-Free College Program, which offers grants of up to $20,000 to women’s colleges, minority-serving academic institutions and community colleges to adopt a 100 percent tobacco-free-college policy. The deadline to apply is September 13.
Projects That Matter Platform
Projects That Matter is a free nonprofit website connecting practitioners, students, faculty and volunteers with real world sustainable development projects. Researchers and practitioners can register their projects, and students and volunteers can search the database for course projects, independent study, thesis, capstone, and alternative assignments and activities. The platform is an initiative of the U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development in collaboration with Changing the Present.
Academic Bicycle Challenge
The Academic Bicycle Challenge is for college and university staff, faculty and students to track their cycled miles for a chance to appear on one of eight different leaderboard types. The competition will reveal a global comparison of cycling activities between universities, academic disciplines, self-generated teams and individuals.
AASHE 2018 Workshop: Develop Your Toolkit for Sustainability Communication
This half-day, pre-conference workshop will explore how communications plays an increasingly important role as we rise to the challenge to reach the global Sustainable Development Goals. Learn how to create a communications strategy, discover best practices and get the tools to create a strong communications strategy to promote your sustainability initiatives. It will be presented by Pamela Gramlich at Colgate University; Nathan Jandl at University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Lisa Nicolaison at Princeton University.
Divest Invest Network Global Press Event
Any school that is planning on, or close to a decision on, divesting from fossil fuels is encouraged to participate in a coordinated publicity push and press event organized by Divest Invest Network. The press event will be in coordination with the Global Climate Action Summit taking place on Sept. 12-14.
AASHE 2018 Workshop: Catch: A Face-to-Face Simulation Game for Teaching About Sustainability & Resource Management
This half-day, pre-conference workshop will introduce Catch, a face-to-face systems dynamic simulation game focused on resource management. Catch responds to the need for new, core-competency based pedagogical resources for teaching about the challenges of transformative change and the forms of learning that are necessary to meet the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals. In this session, attendees will play a full game, debrief and discuss game management so that they are prepared use Catch on their own campuses. This workshop will be presented by Harold Glasser and Isaac Green at Western Michigan University.
AASHE Mentorship Program
As a benefit of AASHE membership, the Mentorship Program connects sustainability staff and faculty with peers to share knowledge, collaborate on projects and advance the field of higher education sustainability. Participants can expect a semi-structured process that facilitates ongoing collaboration between mentors and mentees, who will be matched based on desired goals, relevant experience and overall expertise. Apply to be a mentor or mentee by Aug. 24.
Ashoka U Summer Webinar Series
The summer webinar series offered by Ashoka U will touch on change-making trends from the field, best practices, glimpses into top models from Ashoka's Changemaker Campuses, considerations for building a Change Team, and the future of field-building. The webinars are July 26, and Aug. 1 and 8.
2018 Climate Leadership Awards
Offered in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council, Second Nature's Climate Leadership Awards recognize innovation and leadership in climate action, including mitigation and resilience at signatory campuses of the Presidents’ Climate Leadership Commitments. In addition to three new award categories, Student Preparedness, Climate Innovation, and Cross-Sector Collaboration, one two-year institution and one four-year institution will be selected as the overall winner. Applications are due Sept. 20.
2018 AASHE Conference Tours & Evening Events
Tours and evening events give participants the opportunity to see sustainability projects on local campuses, visit sustainability-related attractions in the community and learn more about the city with other conference attendees. Tours and events this year include Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper Quad Facility; the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens; Chatham University’s Eden Hall; and the University of Pittsburgh’s urban campus in Oakland.
AASHE 2018 Workshop: Organizing a Campus-Community Resilience Building Workshop
This half-day pre-conference workshop will train participants in how to organize and facilitate a community resilience building workshop. A community resilience building workshop is a community-driven process that aims to equitably improve resilience to natural and climate-related hazards. This how-to workshop will be presented by Ruby Woodside at Second Nature and Adam Whelchel at The Nature Conservancy.
Call for Presentations: Sustainability and Development Conference
A collaboration between the University of Michigan and the journal World Development, this international conference seeks to bring together diverse and interdisciplinary stakeholders to engage with the best approaches to implement the Sustainable Development Goals and assess progress towards them. The conference is Nov. 9-11, at the University of Michigan. The deadline for conference submissions is July 22. Free registration is available to a limited number of undergraduates. Selected students will be paired with a senior researcher whose work best aligns with the student's interests.
AASHE Member Discount: $100 Off Sustainability Certification Through ISSP
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.
AASHE 2018 Workshop: Rising to Meet the Challenge of 100% Renewable Energy
This pre-conference, half-day workshop will cover a portfolio of approaches that can be part of a comprehensive renewable energy strategy including on-campus and community solar, off-site projects, aggregation, and academic integration. Providing a process for campuses to identify strategies, the workshop will assist participants in outlining key considerations appropriate to their institution's size, location and energy context. This workshop is presented by Christen Blum at Edison Energy, Ryan McPherson at University at Buffalo, Rob Andrejewski at University of Richmond, and Dennis Carlberg at Boston University.
AASHE 2018 Workshop: Biophilic Design Principles: Green Infrastructure, Nature, Harmony and Resilience
This pre-conference, half-day workshop will explore the principles of the Biophilic Effect, a psychological phenomenon that describes humans’ need be in natural environments. Using the principles of biophilia, participants will learn about approaches to architecture that connect building occupants more closely to nature through infrastructure such as vegetative roofs and walls, bioswales and infiltration gardens, and low impact development projects. The workshop will be presented by Joanne Rodriguez with GreenStructure, Ltd, and Mary Ann Uhlmann with Urban Horticulture Consulting.
2019 Online Certificate on Education for Sustainable Development: Registration Open
This five-month, online program is designed to provide participants with the understanding, knowledge and skills to integrate education for sustainable development and education for global citizenship into curricula. It contributes to Sustainable Development Goals 4, target SDG 4.7. Offered January through July 2019, the program is through the Earth Charter Center for Education for Sustainable Development at the University for Peace in Costa Rica. A 10 percent registration discount is offered through Nov. 16.
AASHE 2018 Workshop: Creating an Ecologically Restorative, Socially Just, and Culturally Rich Campus
Using the Living Building Challenge and the Living Community Challenge as a framework, this pre-conference, half-day workshop will offer a program overview of the philosophy, structure, intent, requirements and certification pathways, and will describe how the two programs create a comprehensive approach to facility and campus planning. Additionally, the session will cover how these programs support AASHE STARS goals and U.N. Sustainable Development Goals. Attendees can expect to understand how using these systems together creates a roadmap for designing, constructing and operating a vibrant, healthy and sustainable campus that supports the mission of the institution, the values of the campus community, and the education of the next generation of leaders. The workshop is presented by Kathleen Smith and Alicia Daniels Uhlig with the International Living Future Institute.
AASHE 2018 Workshop: Applied Learning: Interventions for Sustainability Impacts
This pre-conference, half-day workshop aims to empower staff and faculty who are involved in building and/or growing applied learning programs at their institution. Workshop participants will review techniques for building successful applied learning programs. Then, working through a series of five steps, participants will design a specific plan for their institution. The session will be presented by Katja Brundiers at Arizona State University, Fletcher Beaudoin at Portland State University, Caroline Savage at Princeton University and Rachelle Haddock at University of Calgary.
AASHE 2018 Workshop: Advancing Carbon Pricing at your Institution
This full-day pre-conference workshop will explore how schools can engage with carbon pricing. The first half of the workshop will provide background on the theory and economics of carbon pricing, and will explore case studies. The second half will focus on ways participants can engage their institutions in carbon pricing work. It will be presented by Nathaniel Graf and Aurora Winslade at Swarthmore College, Casey Pickett at Yale University, and Alex Barron at Smith College.
AASHE 2018 Workshop: Resilience Bootcamp: Turning Threats into Opportunities
Designed to complement Second Nature’s “Organizing a Campus-Community Resilience Building Workshop”, this pre-conference, half-day workshop will provide guidance on best practices in the planning, design and evaluation of resilience projects. It will use Rochester Institute of Technology’s recently updated Climate Action Plan as a case study. It will be presented by Enid Cardinal and Jennifer Schneider at Rochester Institute of Technology, Ryan Kmetz at St. Lawrence University, and Ruby Woodside at Second Nature.
Ethics in Environmental & Sustainability Programs Survey
The Aldo Leopold Foundation is conducting a survey of faculty and administrators in sustainability and environmental programs to accomplish to learn more about how ethics are currently included in curricula, and to identify the types of resources that might assist faculty with incorporating ethics content, including the work and concepts of conservationist and author Aldo Leopold.
Three Days Remain to Register: Sustainability, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Workshop
Gain the understanding and tools needed to integrate sustainability, diversity, equity and inclusion into campus, curriculum and departments by attending this workshop, happening June 20–22 at North Hennepin Community College in Minneapolis. It is designed for faculty, administrators, staff and student activists of all disciplines, as well as community organizers, city officials and planners. Registration is required by June 8.
UN Academic Impact Millennium Fellowships
The Millennium Fellows program is for students leaders who are advancing the U.N. goals on their campus and in their community. Presented by the United National Academic Impact and the Millennium Campus Network, the Millennium Fellowship is a semester-long leadership development program that provides training, networking and recognition in order to take social impact to the next level. The general application deadline to apply for the program is May 31.
NAAEE Outstanding Achievement in Environmental Education Awards
Presented by the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) and bestowed on NAAEE members, the Outstanding Achievement in Environmental Education Awards will highlight outstanding achievements through its seven award categories. The deadline to submit is August 3.
Call for Contributions: Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education
The Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education will be produced as a tool to support universities across the world to implement sustainable development in higher education in the following areas: policy-making, visioning, structures, management and strategies; teaching, learning and competencies; research and transformation; campus greening, design, operations and carbon impacts; students and stakeholders´ initiatives and involvement. Published by Springer as part of its World Sustainability Series, the peer-reviewed resource will document 500 expressions related to sustainable development in higher education.
AASHE 2018 Workshop: Facilitation for Organizational Change
This full-day pre-conference workshop is designed to provide and explain the tools, techniques and skill sets needed to be a strong group meeting facilitator to effectively accomplish goals and bring about organizational change. Presented by Dallase Scott and Lisa Bjerke of GreenerU, this workshop will cover behavior theory as it pertains to meetings, the role of a facilitator, types of meetings, basic facilitation tools and techniques, difficult conversations and personalities, adaptive facilitation, nonverbal communication, methods of building group consensus, and a holistic process approach to facilitation.
Webinar About AASHE Connect Online Community
AASHE Connect is a platform for members to exchange ideas, engage meaningfully with peers and find solutions to questions. The webinar on May 31 from 2-3:00 p.m. Eastern will help users get the most out of this new member benefit. Presenters will demonstrate key features of the new system, including how to post and reply to an online discussion, update your profile, change communications preferences and find colleagues.
AASHE Event: Sustainability, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Workshop
Designed for faculty, administrators, staff and student activists of all disciplines, as well as community organizers, city officials and planners, this workshop aims to give attendees the tools to interconnect and integrate sustainability, diversity, equity and inclusion into their campus, curriculum and departments. Participants will learn about diversity and sustainability models from Bemidji State University, North Hennepin Community College, and the University of Minnesota. The deadline to register is June 8.
AASHE 2018 Workshop: Research for Sustainability: Investigating Sustainable Urban Systems
This workshop will advance the research agenda described in the National Science Foundation’s “Sustainable Urban Systems: Articulating a Long-Term Convergence Research Agenda”. Presented by Stephen Boss and Tahar Messadi of the University of Arkansas, this full-day pre-conference workshop will dive into trends in urbanization and opportunities to redesign urban systems for improved sustainability.
Net Positive Symposium for Higher Education
In partnership with AASHE, the International Living Future Institute will host the Net Positive Symposium for Higher Education at Hampshire College from June 25-26. The event will highlight Hampshire College, Smith College and Williams College as adopters of the Living Building Challenge and the Living Community Challenge. Attendees will explore case studies from these campuses to understand the design, development and implementation of these living laboratories. This symposium will inspire, instruct and engage in order to provide attendees with the tools, information, partnerships and lessons to turn values into practice and ideas into action at their own institutions and in their own communities.
2018 State of Sustainability Survey
Sightlines and the University of New Hampshire Sustainability Institute are conducting a survey that will inform the 2018 State of Sustainability report. The survey asks about institutional operational goals, processes and outcomes. Sightlines has pledged to donate $5 to AASHE for every survey completed.
AASHE 2018 Workshop: Developing and Utilizing a Social Justice Lens in Order to Achieve Global Goals for Sustainability
Doing sustainability work through a social justice lens supports the urgent need for national and global collaboration with respect to climate, environmental and sustainability issues and greatly improves the likelihood of the development of deeply rooted and long-term climate, environmental and sustainability solutions. Presented by Heather Hackman of the Hackman Consulting Group, this full-day pre-conference workshop is designed to take campus sustainability work to a deeper level, via the use of a critical social justice lens, so as to improve its efficacy, deepen its reach and power, and ultimately align it more closely with 21st century climate realities.