Living Future Conference Scholarship
The purpose of the Living Future Scholarship is to help build a more diverse audience at the International Living Future Institute conference, happening online May 2-13, and to include voices from traditionally underserved and underrepresented communities.
U Massachusetts Amherst Announces 100% Renewable Power By 2032 Goal
The university on Earth Day unveiled UMass Carbon Zero–a vision to power the university's 1,500-acre flagship campus with 100 percent renewable energy by approximately 2032. Among other changes, the university plans to transition from fossil fuel-based steam and electricity production to a low-temperature hot water heating system paired with ground-source heating and cooling, and to use a combination of on-site battery-stored solar energy and purchased clean energy.
AASHE Earth Day Photo Opportunity
AASHE invites picture submissions depicting sustainability in action, whether it’s planting a garden, organizing a socially-distanced community service event, testifying at a public meeting, cooking a meal with locally sourced ingredients or something else. Images submitted to the Campus Sustainability Hub will be included in an Earth Day image gallery.
Cornell U Achieves STARS Platinum
Points of distinction in Cornell's recently earned AASHE STARS Platinum rating include its sustainability-focused module for all first-year and transfer students and a living laboratory project focused on ground-source heating.
California State Polytechnic U Humboldt Releases Climate Action Plan
The newly released roadmap introduces 35 actions to help the university achieve carbon neutrality by 2045 and build climate resilience. The actions span buildings, energy and fuels, transportation, waste and purchasing, carbon offset and sequestration, academics and research, and resilience.
Engaged Scholars Initiative
The Engaged Scholars Initiative is designed to develop a diverse group of early-career faculty and staff who want to strengthen their own critical community-engaged scholarship and lead equity-focused change with their institution and communities. Campus Compact is accepting applications through April 30.
Academics for Climate Advocacy Working Group
Second Nature invites academics interested in utilizing their institutional position and expertise to help advance climate policy at the municipal, state and federal levels in a low-lift way. Those that sign up will convene on a quarterly basis for working group meetings, be contacted when there are meaningful opportunities to engage in climate advocacy, and receive regular updates on relevant policy developments in their jurisdiction.
IAU Global Survey on Higher Education & Research for Sustainable Development
The International Association of Universities (IAU) has launched the IAU Global Survey on Higher Education and Research for Sustainable Development 2022 - Accelerating Action for the SDGs. The survey uses the 2030 SDGs as a framework to foster better understanding of how HEIs engage with sustainable development, how they work, who is working on this at the institutional level and which SDGs are emphasized. The deadline to fill out the survey is May 15.
Hamilton College Sets 2030 Carbon Neutrality Goal
The college's board of trustees voted this spring to set a new carbon neutral date of 2030, 20 years earlier than the original target of 2050. The college plans to invest in energy upgrades to campus buildings, manage parts of campus to increase carbon sequestration in its lands, and continue to study and implement additional opportunities for emission reductions.
Re-Purposing Universities for Sustainable Human Progress
This collection of 24 articles focuses on the transformational role of academic institutions by breaking disciplinary silos and bridging theory and practice through purpose-driven organizations to make societies more sustainable.
Bentley U Commits to Carbon Neutrality By 2030
The university's new Sustainability and Climate Action Plan focuses on climate resilience, equity, education and further reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. The plan sets a goal to purchase 100 percent of its electricity to power the campus from renewable sources by 2026 and to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030.
Call for Presentations: NAAEE 2022 Conference and Research Symposium
The North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) seeks compelling presentations for the annual conference and research symposium, to be held in Tucson, Arizona, in October with virtual options available. The conference theme is Education for Change. The deadline to submit is May 4.