Nobel Peace Prize for Sustainable Development
A group of teachers and practitioners of Ecological Economics invite nominations for "Sustainable Development" as the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize. Organizers propose that the Nobel Peace Prize be awarded to The Club of Rome, Herman Daly and Pope Francis for their roles in the advent, creation of guiding principles and institutions, and refocusing society’s attention on the urgent need for sustainable development. Nominations from qualified individuals are being accepted through Feb. 1. Nominations that are sent after Feb. 1 will be accepted into the 2018 prize.
Higher Education Sustainability Staffing Survey
The Higher Education Sustainability Staffing Survey is a biennial survey conducted by AASHE that seeks to understand the continuously growing career field of sustainability professionals in higher education. A follow-up report will be published in late 2017 that summarizes the results. The deadline to complete the survey is March 3.
2017 Green Schools Conference & Expo
Registration is open for the 2017 Green Schools Conference & Expo taking place in Atlanta, Georgia, March 21-22. The conference offers the opportunity for higher education leaders in sustainability to join industry leaders, educators and green building professionals to share ideas, network, and learn about leading research in green schools.
2017 RecycleMania Sign-Ups Open
Interested parties can now sign up to participate in RecycleMania, a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities. Over an eight-week period each spring, colleges across the U.S. and Canada report the amount of recycling and trash collected each week and are then ranked in various categories based on most recycling on a per capita basis, best recycling rate as a percentage of total waste, and amount of combined trash and recycling. Full registration in the competition must be completed by Feb. 3.
Call for Abstracts: Ninth Annual World Environmental Education Congress
Abstracts are now being accepted for the ninth annual World Environmental Education Congress (WEEC), held in Vancouver, Canada, Sept. 9-15, 2017. WEEC is an international congress addressing education for environment and sustainable development. The 2017 conference's theme is culture/environment. Abstracts are due by March 31.
2017 AASHE Conference & Expo: Call for Reviewers
Reviewers are needed to ensure a conference program that includes a well-balanced mix of high-quality sessions that meet the diverse interests of attendees. Based on a predetermined set of criteria, reviewers will assess conference abstract submissions for the 2017 AASHE Conference & Expo. All reviewers examine roughly 25 proposals using a quantitative scale on topics in which they offer a high level of expertise. Deadline to sign up is Feb. 15.
Course on Forming a Library Action Plan for Engagement
This online, asynchronous course, offered Jan. 2-27, will focus on the role of the academic librarian in the sustainability movement. Through a reflective process, readings, exercises and participation in a discussion forum, participants will create an action plan that matches the needs of their library and institution. Instruction includes readings and assignments in one-week segments.
Call for Proposals: 2017 Collegiate Sports Sustainability Summit
Proposals for the seventh annual Collegiate Sports Sustainability Summit are being accepted. The Collegiate Sports Sustainability Summit is seeking presentations that model innovative, novel approaches to ways that athletic and sports programs can join the campus movement to engage students, fans and alumni in making collegiate sports socially, economically and environmentally responsible. Conference organizers aim to go beyond the basics by encouraging more meaningful conversations around behavior change, innovation and social sustainability. Deadline to submit is Jan. 6.
'Case Studies in the Environment' Call for Manuscripts
Case Studies in the Environment is a journal for peer-reviewed case study articles with slides and teaching notes, and articles on case study pedagogy. The journal aims to inform students, faculty and educators on case studies and best practices in environmental sciences and studies.
AESS 2017 Conference Call for Proposals
The ninth annual Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS) Conference will be held June 21-24 at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. AESS is accepting proposals for individual paper and poster presentations, and proposals for full panels, workshops, discussion symposia and mealtime roundtables. The conference theme, Environment, Wellness and Community, will allow AESS to showcase its interdisciplinary strengths on this vitally important topic, including such issues as problem-solving through multi-disciplinary data and analysis, multiple perspectives, team building and collaborations, and future-oriented teaching across disciplines. Submissions are due by Jan. 27.
Call for Presentations: Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council 2017 Summit
Presentations are being accepted now through Jan. 15 for the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council's 2017 Summit happening in Denver, Colorado, May 8-10. With a variety of presentations types, desired themes include sustainable purchasing programs, product sustainability, supplier sustainability, impact, and policy and regulatory affairs.
NWEI Campus EcoChallenge
The Campus EcoChallenge, offered by Northwest Earth Institute, is a platform for campuses or classes to engage in sustainability challenges over a two week window. Challengers can set their own two-week window between the period of January and June 2017. Challenges, which can complement syllabi and/or campus-wide initiatives, include but are not limited to energy, waste, transportation, food, water and community engagement.
SPLC Leadership & Case Study Awards
The Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council is accepting applications for its annual awards program, which recognizes public and private sector organizations for leveraging their purchasing power to advance the long-term health and vitality of society, economies and the planet. Submissions are due March 10.
NCSE 2017: Integrating Environment and Health
The National Council for Science and the Environment is holding its National Conference and Global Forum on Integrating Environment and Health this Jan. 24-26, in Washington, D.C. The NCSE conference will address the critical, complex and interconnected issues of environment and health. AASHE members can receive a 10 percent discount off a three-day registration. Enter the code AASHE2017 when registering for the conference.
Letter to President-Elect from Higher Education Leaders on Climate Action
Collaboratively developed by a diverse group of higher education institutions and Second Nature, an open letter to the incoming President and members of Congress asks for participation in international climate efforts, support for climate research and investment in climate solutions. Any institution of higher education can add their name to the letter to be included in the national release of this letter. The deadline to add signatures to the letter has been extended to Dec. 19.
Princeton Review & Sierra Magazine Reporting Deadline: March 3, 2017
AASHE is continuing its collaboration with the Princeton Review and Sierra magazine to reduce the data collection and reporting burden for members. Campuses wishing to earn a Princeton Review Green rating and a Sierra Cool Schools ranking can submit data by March 3 through the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) Reporting Tool.
2017 AASHE Conference & Expo: Call for Proposals
Submissions are now being accepted for the 2017 AASHE Conference & Expo, themed Stronger in Solidarity, in San Antonio, Texas, on Oct. 15-18. Submit your proposal today and join us as we focus on how the campus sustainability community can break down walls, build bridges and continue to make progress toward a healthy and equitable future for all. The submission period closes Feb. 13.
Community College Innovation Challenge
The National Science Foundation and the American Association of Community Colleges present the third annual Community College Innovation Challenge that asks student teams to innovate a STEM-based solution to a real-world problem. Teams must submit projects in one of three themes: Maker to Manufacturer, Energy and Environment, or Security Technologies. Submissions are due by Feb. 15.
Call for Proposals: Green Sports Alliance Summit
The Green Sports Alliance is currently accepting proposals for its 7th annual summit, being held June 27-29, in Sacramento, California. This year the summit will focus on mobilizing members and partners to bring about positive environmental and social impact across the fan-base and surrounding communities. Proposals are due by Nov. 18.
Call for Proposals: SSCC Student Summit
Call for proposals and registration is open for the second annual Student Summit as part of the Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference on March 26, hosted by American University. The Student Summit program will include specifically focused workshops and presentations that allow for in-depth analysis and exploration of the four tracks of the summit, which are Renew, Restore, Regenerate; Food, Consumption and the Built Environment; Outreach; and Climate Justice. Proposals are due by Jan. 30.
Survey on Edible Food Recovery at Higher Education Institutions
As part of a senior honors project by a student at Messiah College, this survey will attempt to examine edible food recovery programs at higher education institutions. Edible food recovery programs divert edible food from the waste stream and redirect it to people facing food insecurity. The data collected from this survey will be used to examine the drivers behind an institution's choice of whether or not to employ an edible food recovery program as one of its sustainability efforts. Included at the end of the survey is an option to receive the results of this study upon this project's completion.
Sustainable Horticulture Student Scholarships
The GWA Foundation, a subsidiary of the GWA: The Association for Garden Communicators, is offering financial assistance to deserving students who wish to pursue or further a career in horticultural communications. This year's scholarship awards are $500 or $2,000 per student and include a complimentary full year membership to GWA. Annual scholarship awards are intended as a tuition aid or as an aid in the purchase of textbooks, garden books and special horticultural projects to further a student’s horticultural journalism skills.
Early Bird Registration Deadline Extension: 2017 Presidential Climate Leadership Summit
The 2017 Presidential Climate Leadership Summit, designed for campus sustainability teams, will focus on climate commitments, actions and innovations by U.S. higher education, and how to accelerate progress in this field. AASHE members can receive reduced registration pricing by choosing "AASHE Members" from the dropdown list. Institutions that are both AASHE members and part of the Climate Leadership Network should choose the Climate Leadership Network pathway to receive the greatest discount available. Deadline to register is Dec. 9.
Open Nominations: 2017 Newman Civic Fellowship
The Newman Civic Fellowship is a fellowship program for community-committed students at Campus Compact member institutions. The fellowship provides training and resources that nurture and develop students’ assets and passions to help them develop innovative and collaborative strategies to bring about social change. Presidents and chancellors from member institutions may nominate one student. Nominations are due by March 3.
Call for Proposals: Greenbuild International Conference & Expo
Greenbuild invites session proposals for its International Conference & Expo happening Nov. 8-10, 2017, in Boston, Massachusetts. This conference features educational sessions covering all aspects of sustainable design, construction and operations practices for buildings and communities, including their impact on people, the environment and the economy. The call for proposals closes on Jan. 13.
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. The ISSP-SA exam will be available Nov. 18 through Feb. 18.
2017 Presidential Climate Leadership Summit: Early Bird Rates End Nov. 21
The 2017 Presidential Climate Leadership Summit, designed for campus sustainability teams, will focus on climate commitments, actions and innovations by U.S. higher education, and how to accelerate progress in this field. AASHE members can receive reduced registration pricing by choosing "AASHE Members" from the dropdown list. Institutions that are both AASHE members and part of the Climate Leadership Network should choose the Climate Leadership Network pathway to receive the greatest discount available.
Call for Proposals: New England Farm to Institution Summit 2017
Farm to Institution New England is accepting session proposals for the second biennial New England Farm to Institution Summit, taking place on April 6-7, 2017, in Massachusetts. The 2017 Summit will gather farmers, food service operators, advocates, administrators and elected officials dedicated to cultivating the power of New England institutions to develop an equitable and resilient food system.
'Before the Flood' Movie: Free Copy for Colleges & Universities
Schools interested in screening Before the Flood can obtain a free copy. Before the Flood is a 2016 documentary featuring Leonardo DiCaprio that presents global climate change impacts and actions that individuals and societies can take. The film follows DiCaprio as he travels to five continents and the Arctic speaking to scientists, world leaders, activists and local residents to gain a deeper understanding of this complex issue and investigate concrete solutions.
AASHE Member Discount: 30% Off Island Press Books
Through Dec. 31, AASHE members can receive 30 percent off all Island Press books including titles about sustainable urban planning and design, environmental conservation and ecosystems management.
Call for Proposals: Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference 2017
The call for proposals deadline for the Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference 2017, happening from March 26-28 has been extended to Nov. 13. Proposal tracks are renew, restore, regenerate; education for sustainability; innovating curriculum and research; the built environment; change management; toward transformation; and expanding the sustainability community.
Survey on Energy and Water Efficiency of Stadiums and Arenas
The Green Sports Alliance, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR program, the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Institute of Building Sciences have developed a survey aimed at better understanding the characteristics of stadiums/arenas and their energy and water impacts. The findings from this survey will help identify opportunities to reduce energy and water use, save money and potentially develop an ENERGY STAR score and certification for stadiums and arenas.
Opportunity to Host 'Land Grab' Film Director
Campuses have the opportunity to host a screening of Land Grab that brings the film’s director, Sean O’Grady, to campus to talk about the film. Land Grab is a new documentary about one man's (John Hantz) effort to clear one square-mile of blighted Detroit neighborhood with his own money in an effort to green the neighborhood while at the same time making it safer and increasing property value.
North American Laboratory Freezer Challenge
The International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories and My Green Lab have partnered to establish the first annual North American Laboratory Freezer Challenge. This challenge is designed to encourage all laboratories to recognize the benefits of good cold storage management, such as reduced costs associated with maintaining refrigeration units and development of ongoing cold storage management practices that support efficiency and maximize space utility. The registration deadline is Jan. 15.
EAUC Conference 2017 Call for Proposals
Session proposals are now being accepted to the U.K.-based Environmental Association of Universities and Colleges (EAUC) annual conference. This year’s theme, Global Goals: Local Action, aims to recognize the critical role higher education institutions play in developing and implementing solutions to climate change and realizing the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals on a local level within their communities. The conference takes place from March 28-30 at Lancaster University (England). Deadline for submission is Nov. 18.
No-Cost Solar Screenings and Implementation Assistance for Universities
In support of the U.S. Department of Energy's SunShot Initiative, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is offering approximately 40 hours of no-cost technical assistance to universities seeking to increase the deployment of mid-scale solar photovoltaic systems at universities. Assistance will provide project development support to higher education institutions as they deploy solar on-campus, which includes assistance writing and/or evaluating request for proposals, advice on financing structures and interconnection agreement facilitation. Applications are due November 18.
Registration Deadline Extension: Sustainability Across the Curriculum Workshop
Apply by Nov. 11 for the Sustainability Across the Curriculum Leadership workshop from Jan. 5-6, at Emory University. Participants will experience a range of strategies, hear local experts, enjoy outdoor, place-based activities, dialogue with faculty from around the country, and reflect on their own roles in the transformation of higher education. Readings and organizational materials are provided.
AACC Climate Leadership Awards Call for Applications
Solution Generation, in collaboration with the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), will honor one AACC member college with a $10,000 award for its excellence in climate leadership. Solution Generation will reward the institution that demonstrates a clear commitment to advancing environmental sustainability and climate change awareness in the classroom, on campus and in the community through implementation of innovative sustainability and sustainable development policies, practices and curricula. Applications are due by Nov. 1.
Sustainability Across the Curriculum Leadership Workshop
Oct. 28 is the last day to apply for the Sustainability Across the Curriculum Leadership workshop from Jan. 5-6, 2017, in Atlanta, Georgia at Emory University. 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 experience a range of workshop strategies and enjoy outdoor, place-based activities to adapt the Piedmont/Ponderosa model to their own campus.
Call for Campus Sustainability Month Submissions
AASHE invites campuses to share engaging and action-oriented pictures from Campus Sustainability Month through the Campus Sustainability Hub. Photos may be featured in AASHE publications and communications.