2017 AASHE Conference & Expo
Registration is open for the 2017 AASHE Conference & Expo, happening Oct. 15-18 in San Antonio, Texas. Themed "Stronger in Solidarity," sessions will highlight how the campus sustainability community can break down walls, build bridges and continue to make progress toward a healthy and equitable future for all. Participants will have access to effective models, policies, research, collaborations and transformative actions which advance sustainability in higher education institutions and surrounding communities. Rates increase on Aug. 1.
CCREF Young Investigator Scholarship
The Composting Council Research and Education Foundation (CCREF) Young Investigator Scholarship, for $2,500, focuses on supporting undergraduate through Ph.D. students conducting research and education in the fields of composting and compost use. The application deadline is June 30.
AASHE Member Discount: $25 Off Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO) Membership
The Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO) is a non-profit membership organization for executives and officials in industry, government, academia and the non-profit community. ACCO’s mission is to define, develop and support the functions, resources and communities necessary for effective organizational leadership in addressing climate-related risks and opportunities. AASHE members can now receive $25 off an individual ACCO membership. The discount expires June 30.
AASHE Member Discount: 10% Off Sustainability & Behavior Change Certificate
AASHE members can receive a 10 percent discount on tuition for all courses associated with the Sustainability and Behavior Change Certificate 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 conservation psychology, behavior change strategies and community engagement tools.
AASHE Member Discount: Complimentary Access to ACCO Training Resources
AASHE members receive complimentary trial access to a subset of the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO) online training resources that can help address challenges related to climate change and sustainable energy. ACCO will provide up to three individual accounts on its online training portal to each institution. The offer expires June 30.
Coalition Statement on Paris Agreement
This joint statement from leaders of 125 cities, 183 colleges and universities, nine states, and 902 businesses and investors declares a shared intent continue to ensure the U.S. remains a global leader in reducing carbon emissions despite the Trump administration's position on climate change and its recent decision to back out of the Paris Agreement. Senior college and university leaders can still participate.
National Recycling Coalition 2017 Awards Call for Nominations
The National Recycling Coalition is accepting nominations through 5 p.m. Eastern on June 30 for outstanding higher education programs. The Outstanding Higher Education Program award will go to a college or university with an exceptional program in recycling or connecting higher education and the industry in the areas such as degrees and career services.
AASHE Member Discount: $100 Off ACCO Climate Change Professional (CC-P) Credential
AASHE members are eligible to receive a $100 discount on the Climate Change Professional (CC-P) credential offered by the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO). ACCO is a nonprofit membership organization whose mission is to define, develop and support the functions, resources and communities necessary for effective organizational leadership in addressing climate-related risks and opportunities. The discount expires June 30.
Sustainability, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Workshop: 4 Days Left to Register
June 2 is the registration deadline for this workshop for faculty, administrators and staff of all disciplines 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 workshop is happening June 28–30 at University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment.
Supporting Sustainability on Campus With a Library Action Plan for Engagement
This online course, offered June 5-30, will use a reflective process, readings, exercises and participation in a discussion forum to support the role of the academic librarian in the sustainability movement. The instructors will offer individual feedback to participants as they craft an action plan that matches the needs of their library and institution.
Teaching Business and Human Rights Survey
This survey aims to map the current state of university instruction on the subject of business and human rights issues and related corporate responsibility topics with an explicit human rights dimension. It will do so by identifying where (country, institution, discipline) and in what fashion business and human rights has been integrated into university curricula and academic activities. This online survey is a joint effort of the Principles for Responsible Management Education Working Group on Business and Human Rights, and the Teaching Business and Human Rights Forum. The deadline to contribute is June 15.
AASHE Member Discount: $25 Off Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO) Membership
The Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO) is a non-profit membership organization for executives and officials in industry, government, academia and the non-profit community. ACCO’s mission is to define, develop and support the functions, resources and communities necessary for effective organizational leadership in addressing climate-related risks and opportunities. AASHE members can now receive $25 off an individual ACCO membership. Discount expires June 30, 2017.
Global Survey on Poverty and the Sustainable Development Goals
The aim of this survey is to better understand the challenges and solutions business and management educators around the world face as they seek to include the issue of poverty and inequality into business school curricula, modules, programs and courses. As such, it aims to understand progress made since a 2012 survey on responsible management, and explore the topic of responsible management education in light of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The survey is being conducted by Principles for Responsible Management Education. The deadline to contribute is June 9.
Second Nature 2017 Climate Leadership Award Nominations
The 8th annual Climate Leadership Awards invite applications from signatory campuses of the Presidents’ Climate Leadership Commitments. These awards recognize innovative and advanced leadership in sustainability, climate mitigation and resilience. Nominees will be considered based on their commitment to climate neutrality, curriculum integration, partnerships and innovative leadership. Second Nature offers these awards in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Applications are due no later than May 26.
Early Bird Registration Open for the 2017 AASHE Conference & Expo
The 2017 AASHE Conference & Expo, themed “Stronger in Solidarity,” in San Antonio, Texas from Oct. 15-18, will bring together 2,000+ sustainability champions from around the world to share ideas and be inspired. Register before May 31 to take advantage of early bird prices.
May 19 Deadline Approaching: AASHE Sustainability Awards
The annual AASHE Sustainability Awards submission period closes in three days. Ten awards will be given in three categories: Campus Sustainability Achievement, Campus Sustainability Research and Student Sustainability Leadership. Apply by May 19 to be considered for an award.
AASHE Workshop: Sustainability, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Workshop
This three-day workshop, happening June 28–30 at the University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment, will utilize a range of workshop strategies to familiarize participants with approaches to recognize the interconnections of sustainability, diversity and equity. Participants will be exposed to diverse perspectives and dialogue with colleagues from other disciplines and campuses as they gain skills to incorporate these topics in their syllabi, lesson plans and campus projects. The deadline to register is June 2.
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.
Call for Proposals: Students for Zero Waste 2017
Post-Landfill Action Network invites proposals for the Students for Zero Waste event in Philadelphia from Nov. 3-4. Organizers are looking for workshops and presenters to have a diversity of thought, experience and background in zero waste, environmental justice and sustainability practices in general. Proposal submissions are due June 1.
FAFO Funding for Organic Research
Farmers Advocating for Organic (FAFO) is accepting letters of interest from academic and research institutions who are interested in conducting research related to organic farmers, organic farming practices and organic food, and projects that provide organic agricultural education for farmers, or educate consumers and other key stakeholders on the benefits of organic food and farming. There are two grant cycles remaining in 2017 with application deadlines June 15 and Sept. 15.
Environmental Education Research: Special Issue Call for Proposals
This special issue of Environmental Education Research will focus on investigating the relationship between research and policy in environmental and sustainability education. Contributions should examine the current state of play with respect to research-policy relationships within environmental and sustainability education. Submissions are due by May 15.
EERE Postdoctoral Research Awards
The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Postdoctoral Research Award Program supports scientific research in energy efficiency and renewable energy by attracting scientists and engineers to pursue breakthrough technologies. The award will provide an annual stipend of $65,000, allowances for health insurance and research-related expenses, and limited reimbursement for relocation expenses. The deadline to apply is May 31.
2017 Climate Leadership Awards
The annual Second Nature Climate Leadership Awards recognize innovative and advanced leadership in sustainability, climate mitigation, and resilience at signatory campuses of the Climate Leadership Commitments. They do so based on demonstrated advances in innovation, embedded opportunities and student preparedness with relation to sustainability and climate action. Applications are due May 26.
Call for Nominations: Landmark Behavior Change Case Studies
Tools of Change is soliciting nominations for its 2017 Landmark behavior change case studies in two topic areas: energy conservation and sustainable transportation. Designation as a landmark case study through this peer selection process recognizes behavior change programs and approaches considered to be best practices, which are successful, innovative, replicable and adaptable. Nominations are due by June 5.
GWA Green Medal Sustainability Award
The Garden Writers Association's new Green Medal Sustainability Award recognizes individuals or organizations who embody the highest ideals of leadership in promoting good land use and care, and have helped people see how gardening, landscaping or farming in harmony with the Earth’s natural systems is good for themselves as well as the planet. Self-nominations are welcome. Nominations are due by May 1.
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.
2017 Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award: Nomination Cycle Open
The Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award recognizes one senior faculty member each year for exemplary engaged scholarship, including leadership in advancing students’ civic learning, conducting community-based research, fostering reciprocal community partnerships, building institutional commitments to service-learning and civic engagement, and other means of enhancing higher education’s contributions to the public good. Nominations will be accepted until June 6.
Global Reporting Initiative Standards Certification
Lewis & Clark College is hosting a training for students and professionals on the Global Reporting Initiative Standards, in Portland, Oregon, May 19-20. The Global Reporting Initiative is a framework for corporate social responsibility reporting and a range of economic, environmental and social impacts. Upon training completion, participants receive a GRI Standards Certificate directly from the Global Reporting Initiative.
Share Your Institution’s Earth Day Story
AASHE invites photograph submissions of Earth Day activities and events to the Campus Sustainability Hub. Example activities and events include the March for Science, student projects on campus or in the community, and campus celebrations. A follow-up blog post in May will feature an Earth Day 2017 image gallery.
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.
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.
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.