Opportunities

2017 Climate Leadership Awards

Offered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, The Climate Registry and the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, the Climate Leadership Awards is a national awards program that seeks to recognize the outstanding voluntary work that organizations and individuals pursue in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and building resilience to climate change. The deadline to apply is Sept. 26.
  • Posted Aug 23, 2016

SEED Center 2016 Green Genome Awards

The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) is offering cash prizes to five community colleges for their exemplary leadership and commitment to sustainability education. The Community College Green Genome Awards funds should be used to support the college's enhancement, expansion or creation of a practice or program related to clean technology education and training. Applications are accepted through Sept. 9.
  • Posted Aug 22, 2016

ACTS Sustainability Photography Competition

Aiming to raise awareness of sustainability and associated concepts through a fun and artistic medium, the Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS) invites staff and students from educational organizations to upload a photographic entry to Instagram or Facebook on the theme “River to Reef”. Finalist entries will be exhibited at the 16th International ACTS Conference, from Nov. 2-4, and the winner will be selected by a jury and awarded $1000 ($763 U.S.) from supporting partner aquaBUBBLER. Deadline to enter is Sept. 30.
  • Posted Aug 22, 2016

Politics and Environment Education Project Webinar Series

The Politics and Environment Education Project has recruited academic and non-governmental organization experts to lead discussions on politics and the environment. The format is 15 minutes of presentation followed by 45 minutes of Q&A. The first webinar is Sept. 7.
  • Posted Aug 22, 2016

Starting a Campus Kitchen Informational Session

The Campus Kitchens Project is a national nonprofit that empowers student leaders to create innovative and sustainable solutions to hunger by preparing and delivering food that would otherwise go to waste to those that are food insecure. How to Start a Campus Kitchen informational sessions will consist of a video-webinar presentation about the process of starting a Campus Kitchen at a college or university. The session will allow time for a questions and answers and will highlight information about the new Campus Kitchen planner and start-up grant opportunities. The first session is on Sept. 7.

One Month Remains for Online Registration to AASHE 2016

Themed Beyond the Campus, AASHE’s annual conference, Oct. 9-12 in Baltimore, Maryland, brings together thousands of sustainability champions from around the world to share ideas and be inspired by sustainability leaders. Rates increase to attend the conference and online registration closes after Sept. 15.
  • Posted Aug 15, 2016

Three Days Left: Sustainable Campus Competition LIVE!

Submit a 500-word summary by Aug. 19 that pitches a campus sustainability project for a chance to compete live at AASHE 2016 and win $50,000. Presented by Kimberly-Clark Professional*, focus areas of the Sustainable Campus Competition LIVE! are energy use reduction, waste reduction, food waste reduction, water use reduction and climate change.
  • Posted Aug 15, 2016

AASHE Member Discount: 25% Off Sustainability Culture Indicator Survey

AASHE members can receive a 25 percent discount through April 2017 on the Sustainability Culture Indicator, a ready-made online survey for measuring key elements of sustainability in organizational culture.
  • Posted Aug 15, 2016

Call for Proposals: 2017 Presidential Summit on Climate Leadership

Second Nature invites the Climate Leadership Network and beyond to submit proposals for sessions, workshops and presentations for the 2017 Presidential Climate Leadership Summit, happening Feb. 13-15, 2017, in Tempe, Arizona. Proposals are welcomed from all disciplines, backgrounds and perspectives. Priority will be given to presidents and sustainability teams from Climate Leadership Network institutions and Second Nature partners. Second Nature is also seeking volunteer reviewers from the higher education field.

The 2016 Nation Student Writing Contest

The Nation launched an annual Student Writing Contest to identify, support and reward progressive student journalists writing, reporting and blogging. In this year's contest, The Nation presents this premise and question: "It’s clear that the political system in the United States isn’t working for many young people. What do you think is the central issue for your generation in Election 2016?" Entries will be accepted through Sept. 19.
  • Posted Aug 8, 2016

AASHE Member Discount: ACCO Integrated Renewables Workshop

AASHE members are eligible to receive a 20 percent discount off of registration for the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO) Integrated Renewables Workshop. Taking place Sept. 7-8 in Chicago, Illinois, and hosted by the Association of Climate Change Officers, the program will be comprised of activities and trainings that allow participants to leave with an understanding of the renewables marketplace and a plan for engaging the right stakeholders to integrate cutting-edge initiatives into the energy strategies of their organizations. Discount expires Sept. 1.
  • Posted Aug 8, 2016

Kimberly-Clark Professional* Sustainable Campus Competition LIVE!

Presented by Kimberly-Clark Professional*, the Sustainable Campus Competition LIVE! offers institutions of higher education an opportunity to present a campus sustainability project live at AASHE 2016 before a panel of judges for a chance to win $50,000. Focus areas of the contest are energy consumption reduction, waste reduction, food waste reduction, water usage reduction or climate change. An idea summary of 500 words or less is due Aug. 19.
  • Posted Aug 8, 2016

Project Green Challenge 2016

In honor of Campus Sustainability Month, Project Green Challenge 2016 invites students to sign up to receive daily challenges related to living and decision-making that reflects sustainability. A cash prize and trip to San Francisco will be awarded.
  • Posted Aug 8, 2016

Global Climate Change Week

Global Climate Change Week (GCCW), Oct. 10-16, 2016, is an initiative designed to encourage academic communities to engage with each other and policy makers regarding climate change action and solutions. In addition to resources for faculty and students, the GCCW website contains information on how to organize Global Climate Change Week on campus.

Project Green Challenge 2016

Taking place Oct. 1-31, Project Green Challenge 2016 invites college students to participate in 30 days of sustainability-themed challenges. Each challenge delves into a different theme and offers four levels of engagement. Participants receive points and the top 20 daily submissions are awarded prizes. Up to 16 finalists will be flown to San Francisco to attend a four-day eco-summit in late November.
  • Posted Aug 1, 2016

2016 AASHE Conference & Expo Registration Reminder

Online registration is open until Sept. 15 for this year’s conference in Baltimore, Maryland from Oct. 9-12. Attendees are encouraged to register early to avoid price increases onsite.
  • Posted Aug 1, 2016

Sustainability Curriculum Consortium's Online Dialogue Series: The 2030 Development Agenda

The Sustainability Curriculum Consortium's (SCC) upcoming Online Dialogue focuses on the key components of the 2030 Development Agenda: the Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Climate Agreement and the Sendai Framework on disaster risk. The two remaining webinars are Aug. 9 and Aug. 23 and will cover Paris Climate Agreement and Sendai Framework respectively. While there is no fee to participate in these online webinars, registration is required. One registration includes access to all webinars.
  • Posted Aug 1, 2016

2017 Presidential Climate Leadership Summit

Second Nature and the Climate Leadership Network will meet in Tempe, Arizona, Feb. 13-15, 2017, for the 10th annual Presidential Climate Leadership Summit, designed for campus sustainability teams including presidents, faculty and staff. Second Nature is currently accepting proposals for sessions, workshops, and presentations from all disciplines.

Deadline Extension to Register for the EPA's National Building Competition

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency hosts the nationwide competition, which takes place from Sept. 1 - Nov. 30, that invites interested parties to register in a program to save energy and water. Participants are provided with toolkits focused on energy and water saving activities that they can share to make the competition fun and interactive. Top achievers by building category will be recognized. Registration closes July 31.

Living Lab Research Project

The United Kingdom's Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC) invites contributions from those in higher education any where in the world who are implementing living labs, both on and off campus. The project will research how living labs are structured, living lab scope versus institutional context, key challenges and benefits, and implementation and expansion of living labs. The results will be shared publicly.
  • Posted Jul 25, 2016

AASHE Member Discount: The MIT Press

AASHE members receive 30 percent off all MIT sustainability and environment titles through Dec. 31, 2016. The discount code can be used more than once, for multiple items, and for both print and e-books.
  • Posted Jul 25, 2016

Kimberly-Clark Professional & AASHE Sustainable Campus Competition LIVE!

Presented by Kimberly-Clark Professional, the Sustainable Campus Competition LIVE! offers institutions of higher education an opportunity to present a campus sustainability project live at AASHE 2016 before a panel of judges for a chance to win $50,000. Focus areas of the contest are energy consumption reduction, waste reduction, food waste reduction, water usage reduction or climate change. Submissions are welcomed from any higher education institution in the U.S., District of Columbia and Canada. An idea summary of 500 words or less is due by Aug. 19.
  • Posted Jul 22, 2016

TIAA-CREF Low Carbon Social Choice Fund for University Professors

This recent AASHE blog post by guest author Erica Frank, founder and president of NextGenU.org, discusses TIAA-CREF's socially-responsible fund for university professors, and provides a draft letter that can be sent to a Human Resources director requesting that faculty have the option to subscribe to the fund. In addition to meeting broad environmental, social and governance criteria that are consistent with sustainability principles, the fund selects companies that demonstrate leadership in managing and mitigating their current carbon emissions and have limited exposure to oil, gas and coal reserves.

Civic Action Planning Institutes

Colleges and universities that have committed to developing campus civic action plans by signing the Campus Compact’s 30th Anniversary Action Statement can join one of three fall Civic Action Planning Institutes being held throughout the country. The agenda includes an overview of principles and goals of the 30th Anniversary Action Statement, introduction to campus civic action planning processes and exploration of key planning concepts. While registration is required, there is no registration fee. Institutions are responsible for their own travel and lodging costs.

Invitation to Pilot a Center for Sustainability Across the Curriculum Program

AASHE is seeking four to six partner institutions or organizations to help develop and pilot a Center for Sustainability Across the Curriculum program. The overall goal of this program is to significantly accelerate the infusion of sustainability content into curriculum. The program will build on the expertise of partner institutions by supporting them in organizing workshops that are open to faculty from other institutions in the region. Applications to serve in this role are due by Monday, Aug. 1.

AASHE Member Discount: 30% Off Island Press Books

AASHE members can receive 30 percent off all Island Press books through Dec. 31 including titles about sustainable urban planning and design to environmental conservation and ecosystems management.
  • Posted Jul 11, 2016

Tier Two Pricing for 2016 AASHE Conference & Expo

Register on or before Friday, July 15 to take advantage of tier two pricing for the 2016 AASHE Conference & Expo in Baltimore from Oct. 9-12. Meeting the sustainability challenge requires collaboration across sectors and with stakeholders outside of academia. With a theme of Beyond the Campus, the AASHE 2016 will focus on the dissemination and implementation of these sustainability solutions in surrounding communities and the world.
  • Posted Jul 11, 2016

2016 Fair Trade Regional Conferences

Day-long, Fair Trade workshops, seminars and networking will be held in New England, the mid-Atlantic and southern California to gain a deeper understanding of the Fair Trade movement, learn from fellow organizers and swap stories over a cup of Fair Trade coffee. Loyola Marymount University (C.A.) hosts Sept. 10; Eastern Nazarene College (M.A.) hosts Sept. 17; and the mid-Atlantic conference will be held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Sept. 24.
  • Posted Jul 8, 2016

AASHE Member Discount: 50% Off 2016 Green Clean Schools Leadership Institute

AASHE members can receive 50 percent off the registration cost for the 2016 Green Clean Schools Leadership Institute taking place July 28 - 29 at the Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City, Maryland. Discount offer expires July 11.
  • Posted Jul 4, 2016

AASHE Member Discount: NextGen Summit Discounted Registration Fee

AASHE members can attend the GWA NextGenSummit: New Routes to Horticulture in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, at the GWA member price of $75. This full-day program includes tours at the Longwood Gardens and is followed by a reception at the Chanticleer Garden.
  • Posted Jul 4, 2016

Sustainability Across the Curriculum Leadership Workshop

Emory University, in partnership with AASHE, is offering a Sustainability Across the Curriculum Leadership Workshop from Jan. 5-6, 2017, in Atlanta, Georgia. Through an intensive two days of presentations, exercises, discussions, reflection and planning, participants will become familiar with the philosophy of change in higher education developed through the Ponderosa Project at Northern Arizona University and adapted at Emory University in the Piedmont Project. Participants will also experience a range of workshop strategies, hear local experts, enjoy outdoor place-based activities and dialogue with faculty from around the country to adapt the Piedmont/Ponderosa model to their own campus. Applications are due by Oct. 28.

EPA's National Building Competition

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency hosts the nationwide competition, which takes place from Sept 1 - Nov. 30, that invites interested parties to register in a program geared around saving energy and water. Participants are provided with toolkits focused on energy and water saving activities that they can share to make the competition fun and interactive. Top achievers by building category will be recognized. Registration closes July 17.

Outstanding Higher Education Award Call for Applications

The National Recycling Coalition is seeking nominations for its annual awards, including the Outstanding Higher Education Award. This award recognizes exceptional programs in recycling and especially those that connect higher education and industry. Winners will be honored at Resource Recycling's annual conference in New Orleans from Aug. 30-Sept. 2. Deadline to apply is July 6.

AASHE Member Discount: Last Chance to Save $50 on Organizational Change Workshop

AASHE members are eligible to receive a $50 discount off the upcoming Facilitation for Organizational Change Workshop by GreenerU, June 24 at Johns Hopkins University. The one-day workshop will provide higher education professionals with an outstanding opportunity to develop and fine-tune the essential facilitation skill-sets to support organizational change on their campus. Enter the AASHE member discount code to receive a $50 discount on your registration prior to payment.
  • Posted Jun 20, 2016

AASHE Member Discount: 25% Off Sustainability Culture Indicator Survey

Developed in 2011, the Sustainability Culture Indicator (SCI) is a ready-made online survey for measuring the key elements of sustainability in organizational culture. AASHE member institutions can now receive a 25 percent discount on implementation of the SCI. Offer expires April 2017.
  • Posted Jun 20, 2016

AASHE Member Discount: $50 Off Green Sports Alliance Summit (June 28-29)

AASHE members can secure a $50 discount to the Green Sports Alliance Summit happening from June 28-30 this year in Houston, Texas. The annual Green Sports Alliance Summit is the world’s largest and most influential gathering for the sports community to unite around sustainability. The event brings together more than 800 industry stakeholders to learn and share better practices and the latest innovations in greening operations, advancing the supply chain and engaging fans. Be sure to register by June 27 for the best price.
  • Posted Jun 20, 2016

2016 AASHE Conference & Expo Tier Two Pricing Ends July 15

There is less than one month left to take advantage of tier two pricing for the 2016 AASHE Conference & Expo, themed Beyond the Campus, in Baltimore, Maryland, from Oct. 9-12. The deadline for tier two pricing is July 15. The full schedule is now available and includes search and filtering options.
  • Posted Jun 17, 2016

Invitation for Center for Sustainability Across the Curriculum Partners

AASHE is seeking four to six partner institutions or organizations to help develop and pilot a Center for Sustainability Across the Curriculum program. The overall goal of this program is to significantly accelerate the infusion of sustainability content into curriculum. The program will build on the expertise of partner institutions by supporting them in organizing workshops that are open to faculty from other institutions in the region. Applications to serve in this role are due by Monday, Aug. 1.

Pedagogy in Education for Sustainable Development Webinar Series

The Sustainability Curriculum Consortium, in partnership with AASHE, is offering a four-part webinar series beginning June 21. Susan Santone, executive director of Creative Change Educational Solutions, and Jess Gerrior, director of Learning & Practice at the Sustainability Curriculum Consortium and a Ph.D. fellow at Antioch New England, are facilitators. One registration will secure access codes for all 4 webinars. There is no fee for this webinar series, however, registration is required.

The Sustainability Movement on Campus: Forming a Library Action Plan for Engagement

In this online, asynchronous course from July 5-31, participants will be led through the creation of an action plan that matches the needs of their library and institution and suits their comfort level for professional engagement. The instructors will offer individual feedback to participants.
  • Posted Jun 14, 2016

AASHE Member Discount: Extended Trial of Pharos Beacon

AASHE members are eligible to receive an additional 30 day extension on a 60-day free trial period of Pharos Beacon, an online interface that provides benchmarking data of the print environment. Member discount available until Dec. 31.

Education, Ethics, & Values for Sustainability Program

Using the Earth Charter principles as a guide, this program, taking place in Costa Rica from July 18-22, aims to deepen participants' concept of sustainable development and its implications for education, learning and change. It explores practical methods for introducing sustainability values into educational settings.
  • Posted Jun 14, 2016

Architecture at Zero 2016

The Architecture at Zero 2016 competition challenge is to create a zero net energy student housing project at the San Francisco State University campus. This competition is open to students anywhere in the world. Up to $25,000 in total prize money will be awarded to student and professional winners. Registration deadline is Sept. 30, and submission deadline is Oct. 28.

Last Chance: Submit for an AASHE Sustainability Award

Each year, AASHE bestows its prestigious Sustainability Awards on the institutions and individuals that are leading higher education to a sustainable future. The awards program is a vehicle for the higher education community to celebrate outstanding achievements and progress toward sustainability. Categories examine sustainability projects, research and leadership. Application period closes Friday, June 10 at 5 p.m. Eastern.
  • Posted Jun 6, 2016

AASHE Member Discount: ACCO Integrated Renewables Workshop

AASHE members are eligible to receive a 20 percent discount off of registration for the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO) Integrated Renewables Workshop. Taking place Sept. 7-8 in Chicago, Illinois and hosted by the Association of Climate Change Officers, the program will be comprised of activities and trainings that allow participants to leave with an understanding of the renewables marketplace and a plan for engaging the right stakeholders to integrate cutting-edge initiatives into the energy strategies of their organizations. Discount expires Sept. 1.

AASHE Member Discount: $50 Off Green Sports Alliance Summit

AASHE members can secure a $50 discount to the Green Sports Alliance Summit happening June 28-30 in Houston, Texas. The event brings together more than 700 industry stakeholders to learn and share better practices and the latest innovations in greening operations, advancing the supply chain and engaging fans. Be sure to register by June 27 for the best price.
  • Posted Jun 6, 2016

Call for Proposals: Students for Zero Waste Conference 2016

Proposals are being accepted now for the third annual Students for Zero Waste Conference, hosted by Post Landfill Action Network in Durham, New Jersey, Nov. 11-12, 2016. Proposals will be accepted through July 1.

Transdisciplinary Research Leadership Survey

The Leopold Leadership Program, START, Future Earth and the University of Colorado Boulder have launched an online survey to gauge global needs for transdisciplinary research around the world. The survey takes about 10-15 minutes to complete and is open to researchers.
  • Posted Jun 3, 2016

AASHE Website Redesign: Feedback Request

A website redesign has been launched for AASHE.org in an effort to improve the design and content layout to help users quickly and efficiently find information. The aim of a newly designed website will be to provide deeper engagement in AASHE’s extensive content. Ideas and observations from users are essential in helping guide the redesign process. Interested parties are strongly encouraged to participate in the short survey (approximately 5 minutes).
  • Posted May 25, 2016

Green Gown Awards Australasia

Open to all Australasian tertiary education institutions, the seventh annual Green Gown Awards Australasia recognizes institutions that are making higher education sustainability advancements. There are 11 categories including three individual awards. Deadline to apply is July 13.
  • Posted May 20, 2016