ACUI Excellence in Innovations in Sustainability Award
The Excellence in Innovations in Sustainability award recognizes campuses that solve environmental challenges through innovative and sustainable practices or creative partnerships. The award is designed to encourage and reward a campus on the leading edge of facilities trends through its production and application of sustainability outcomes. The application deadline is Dec. 6.
2019 Campus RainWorks Challenge
The Campus RainWorks Challenge seeks to engage undergraduate and graduate students to foster a dialogue about responsible stormwater management and showcase the environmental, economic and social benefits of green infrastructure practices. Student teams will design an innovative green infrastructure project for their campus that effectively manages stormwater pollution while benefiting the campus community and the environment. Registration is open until Oct. 15, and participating teams must submit completed entries by Dec. 17.
RCE Awards 2019
The Global RCE Service Center at the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability invites nominations for the 8th annual RCE (Regional Center of Excellence) Awards. RCEs are encouraged to nominate one or more of their education for sustainable development (ESD) projects for the award. ESD projects should illustrate how RCEs address local sustainable development challenges, and therefore provide an example of how the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can be implemented at the local level through quality education. Nominations are due by Oct. 31.
Eric Zencey Prize in Ecological Economics
The Gund Institute for Environment at the University of Vermont invites submissions for the inaugural Eric Zencey Prize in Ecological Economics, which celebrates outstanding writing on the environmental limits of our planet. Named after scholar Eric Zencey (1954-2019), the prize will recognize the best current affairs book or long-form journalism that addresses real-world environmental challenges using the principles of ecological economics, a field that explores the relationships between economics and Earth’s limited natural resources. The submission deadline is Jan. 6.
Call for Submissions: Special Climate Change Issue: 'Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics'
The Department of Health Sciences at California State University, East Bay invites submissions for a special issue of the "Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics" on the legal and ethical issues facing healthcare and public health systems as they wrestle with the challenges of climate change. The issue will be published in December 2020. Abstracts are due Nov. 30.
Clinton Global Initiative University Call for Applications
The Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) is looking for higher education student leaders who are committed to taking action in their community to address a pressing challenge. Students accepted into CGI U will participate in a year-round program that includes access to: high-touch mentorship; a social impact curriculum; funding streams; and student engagement events, including an invitation to the annual meeting from April 17-19 at the University of Edinburgh in Edinburgh, Scotland. Applications to join the class of 2020 must be received on or by Nov. 4.
Call for Proposals: FIE 2020 Student Global Leadership Conference
The Foundation for International Education invites conference proposals for its annual Student Global Leadership Conference, happening April 3-5, 2020 in London. The theme will be Leadership for Change in an Uncertain World. The deadline to submit a proposal is Dec. 6.
Recyclemania 2020 Registration
Colleges and universities can sign up to participate in the 2020 competition, which is a platform for colleges and universities to have a friendly waste reduction competition over an eight-week period in the spring. Institutions will report recycling and trash amounts each week and are ranked in various categories.
Call for Applications for Student Nurse Committee: Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments
The Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments is seeking applications for its new nursing student committee. The Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments is a national nursing organization focused on promoting healthy people and healthy environments by educating and leading the nursing profession, advancing research, incorporating evidence-based practice, and influencing policy. As members of the committee, student nurses will be taught leadership skills and will connect and collaborate with fellow students and nursing leaders from across the country. The deadline to apply is Oct. 15.
AASHE Member Discount: Subsidized Sustainability Consulting
The Chrisner Group LLC is offering qualified AASHE member institutions the opportunity to obtain subsidized support for the institution’s ongoing sustainability performance measurement through its Subsidized On-Call Sustainability Strategy Program.
Racialized Students Caucus, Digital Storytelling Workshop
The three-day workshop, offered by Meal Exchange, taking place on Nov. 22-24 at the University of Guelph, aims to bring together racialized students with lived experience of food insecurity to build skills in video making and gain knowledge of artistic methods for community dialogue, policy action, and challenging dominant narratives. All costs of the workshop (registration, travel, accommodations and food) will be covered. Students from all campuses across Canada are welcome to apply to attend.
Campus Farmer Summit Request for Proposals
The Martin Institute at Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts, will host the New England Campus Farmer Summit on Feb. 22, 2020. The summit program will focus on the theme of nourishment. Organizers are accepting proposals from campus farmers, students and representatives. Proposals are due Oct. 25.
Global Climate Change Week
Global Climate Change Week, scheduled for Oct. 14-20, aims to encourage academic communities to engage with each other, their communities and policy-makers on climate change action and solutions. During the Global Climate Change Week, teaching staff coordinate their teaching to be on an aspect of climate change. They also organize various other activities focused on awareness, behavior change and political transformation in relation to climate policy.
AASHE 2019 Workshop: Lots of Watts: Building an Energy Cohort to Buy Big Renewables
During this pre-conference, half-day workshop, participants will examine large-scale renewable energy aggregation at MIT, Lehigh University and Swarthmore College. Attendees will learn best practices for pursuing aggregated renewable energy power purchase agreements by understanding the economic, risk-management, reputational and academic benefits. Participants will work in small groups to conduct exercises that will help prepare them for a renewable energy buyers cohort.
Student Opportunities at Life Cycle Assessment Conference
The upcoming The American Center for Life Cycle Assessment (ACLCA) conference, LCA XIX, being held from Sept. 23-26 in Tucson, Arizona, has several student-focused opportunities. Students can apply to volunteer, attend the student-focused events at no charge, and/or attend the pre-conference workshops for 50 percent off.
Investments & Climate Survey by Columbia Law School
This global survey from Millstein Center for Global Markets and Corporate Ownership at Columbia Law School seeks to understand how institutional investors and board directors incorporate climate-related issues in their investment decision-making and their oversight responsibilities, respectively.
2019 GameDay Recycling Challenge
Presented through a partnership with the National Wildlife Federation, RecycleMania Inc., the College & University Recycling Coalition, and EPA’s WasteWise program, the GameDay Challenge seeks to reduce trash generated inside and outside stadiums during home football games. During the competition, participating schools track and report how much recyclable and organic materials they collect, donate, reduce and recycle.
An Interactive Summit: BE.Hive on Campus: Climate Change Needs Behavior Change
Rare and Dickinson College are hosting BE.Hive on Campus: Climate Change Needs Behavior Change to explore how campus communities can be at the forefront of promoting sustainable behaviors and curbing the climate crisis. Held at Dickinson College on Oct. 5, participants will learn about the latest academic insights from behavior science, hear from leading environmentalists, artists, storytellers and explorers, and identify some of the greatest opportunities for shifting human behavior to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
SDGs Design International Awards 2019
These awards invite students from all over the world to use their design skills to create new, bold and innovative solutions. Designs can be submitted for SDG 13 (designs to counter damage caused by natural disasters), SDG 14 (designs to protect the ocean's abundance and beauty), or SDG 10 (designs for human coexistence beyond nationality, ethnicity, or age). Any genre of design is accepted, with students from any university, vocational school or graduate school eligible to apply. The grand prize to be awarded is $2,800 (300,000 Japanese yen). The initial review period closes on Oct. 31.
Green Launchpad Educators Workshop
This interactive workshop presented by VentureWell is designed to equip participants with the knowledge and skills to integrate sustainable invention and innovation curriculum and practices into courses, whether they are existing core courses or sustainability-specific ones. Early bird registration ends Oct. 1.
Washington Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference (WOHESC) Call for Proposals
Higher education sustainability stakeholders in Washington State and Oregon are encouraged to submit proposals to the Washington Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference (WOHESC), happening March 2-3, 2020, at the University of Oregon. The conference theme is Root Causes and Positive Actions, focusing on root causes to
sustainability challenges and positive actions to address them while simultaneously intersecting with diversity, equity and inclusion. The deadline to submit a proposal is Oct. 11.
AASHE 2019 Workshop: Leading with Circular Economy Concepts, Business Cases and Tools
This pre-conference, half-day workshop will focus on the key leadership skills for sustainability administrators and directors who need to make effective cases for circular economy programs (like zero waste), deliver successful metrics, and have a thriving campus program on sustainability that is deemed essential and value added by all. Some topics covered will be the process mapping for circular economy concepts and triple bottom line; business case development; metrics development for useful KPIs; project and program management tools; and how to connect to AASHE STARS.
ACE Leadership Awards
The American Council on Education is accepting nominations for three ACE awards honoring individuals or programs that work to diversify the ranks of higher education leadership. Nominations will be accepted until Oct. 18.
The People's Ecochallenge
The People's Ecochallenge is a 21-day environmental and social engagement program presented by Northwest Earth Institute that challenges participants to connect the dots between their values and actions. From Oct. 2 - 23, individuals make a 21-day commitment to complete specified actions. For every completed action, participants earn points, which will, if they are part of a team, contribute to the team's total points. The challenge is free to join and everyone is welcome.
APPA Sustainability Innovation Award
APPA’s Sustainability Innovation Award in Facilities Management is designed to recognize and promote unique and innovative sustainable practices in the educational facilities and campus environments. It is awarded to educational institutions that have implemented a significant or transformative program and/or processes that enhance service delivery, lower costs, create a green and/or sustainable environment, or otherwise benefit the educational institution supporting student success and environmental stewardship. Applications are due Nov. 30.
2019 Campus Sustainability Month
Held every October, Campus Sustainability Month (CSM) is an international celebration of sustainability in higher education. The goal of CSM is to raise the visibility of campus sustainability and provide advocates with a platform through which to deepen campus engagement. Teach-ins, pledge drives, zero-energy concerts, waste audits and green sporting events are just a few ways campuses can engage and inspire the campus community to become sustainability change agents. Contribute to and follow the activity using #campussustainabilitymonth.
Sustainability Policy Updates
The Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium (HEASC) welcomes sustainability stakeholders to become Sustainability Policy Partners. Partners will receive state-level climate and environmental organizations policy alerts and civic engagement opportunities to share with their campus. HEASC will support partners through regular check-ins, email templates, and a connection with a network of other partners across the country.
Club Car Campus Sustainability Grant Program
Facilities and fleet decision-makers on campus can apply to receive a grant from the Club Car Campus Sustainability Grant Program. Applicants to the grant program are eligible to receive a custom Club Car Carryall vehicle, up to a value of $10,000, for pilot use on their institution’s campus. Three additional applicants will receive a complimentary fleet audit to evaluate the potential for their transportation fleet to better align with sustainability goals. The deadline to apply is Oct. 20.
An Interactive Summit: BE.Hive on Campus: Climate Change Needs Behavior Change
At the BE.Hive on Campus: Climate Change Needs Behavior Change, being held at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, on Oct. 5, participants will learn about the latest academic insights from behavior science, hear from leading environmentalists, artists, storytellers and explorers, and identify some of the greatest opportunities for shifting human behavior to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Campus Care Grant
The Campus Care Grant awards up to $25,000 annually to programs or services that support student achievement by addressing a basic need of students on campus, such as housing, food, mobility, safety, academic resources and counseling. The grant application deadline is Aug. 31.
Cornell Climate Online Fellows
The Cornell Climate Online Fellows will work together over a 14-week period to identify, discuss, implement and assess greenhouse gas mitigation actions they take locally and within their social networks. Applications are due by Aug. 25.
Online Certificate on Education for Sustainable Development
Offered through the Earth Charter Center for Education for Sustainable Development at the University for Peace, this program is designed to provide participants with the opportunity to deepen understanding, knowledge and skills to integrate Education for Sustainable Development and Education for Global Citizenship into classrooms, schools and curricula. It contributes to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, with a specific focus on SDG 4, target SDG 4.7. Participants who successfully complete this online program will be invited to join the Earth Charter Educators Network.
Montclair State U RFP for Facilities Sustainability Plan & Roadmapping
The university is soliciting proposals from qualified vendors for professional consulting services to assist in the creation of facilities-specific sustainability plan and roadmapping of the implementation, services and support, and recommendations for how to expand the plan beyond the Division of University Facilities.
AASHE 2019 Workshop: Using Endowment Investing to Help Create a Sustainable Economy
This pre-conference, half-day workshop will outline successes to date and how stakeholders can align endowment investments with institutional leadership across academics, operations and research. Guided by the Roadmap for Intentionally Designed Endowments, it will cover how to address the challenges higher education institutions face in building campus stakeholder consensus, aligning investment policies with mission, and implementing sustainable investing strategies across the endowment portfolio.
Call for Nominations: Students for Zero Waste Awards
The Post-Landfill Action Network invites nominations for student leaders deserving of recognition for their efforts. There are seven award categories from which to choose. Award nominations will be accepted until Sept. 2. Recipients will be announced at the close of the 2019 conference, happening Oct. 11-13, in Philadelphia.
AASHE 2019 Workshop: Facilitation for Organizational Change: Part II
Building off the pre-conference facilitation workshop, Facilitation for Organizational Change, in which participants are introduced to core facilitation strategies and have opportunities to practice multi-meeting stakeholder process, this post-conference, half-day workshop will delve deeply into specific facilitation skills needed for challenging, in-person decision-making meetings. This workshop provides participants essential tools to engage campus stakeholders in difficult conversations necessary for productive meetings, create clear outcomes, and avoid group-based decision paralysis.
AASHE 2019 Workshop: Crafting Communications Campaigns with Impact
This post-conference, half-day workshop will help attendees craft communications campaigns that use technology and research-based methods to reach and engage a variety of audiences. The workshop will review best practices and guidelines in communications, with hands-on practice in designing communications and messaging for social media, newsletters, websites/blogs, and signage; incorporating principles from psychology and behavioral science; and understanding communications impact through analytics. The workshop is at the intermediate level but will offer material for both the beginner and advanced participants as well.
Call for Applications: Indigenous Youth Delegation to COP25
This year, SustainUS will be sending sending its first-ever indigenous delegation to the 25th U.N. climate negotiations (COP25), happening in Santiago, Chile from Dec. 2-13. The delegation will be comprised of indigenous youth leaders who have first-hand knowledge and experience with the impacts that climate change is having on frontline communities. Nominations due Aug. 11, and applications are due Aug. 18.
Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Award
Through the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Award, the International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL) recognizes institutions that have demonstrated initiative or progress in sustainable procurement. Nominations are open to any institution with laboratory facilities that meet the criteria. The deadline to submit a nomination is Aug. 8.
AASHE Member Discount: Free Year of Syllabi
AASHE members get a free year of Syllabi as part of the #GreenSyllabusChallenge. Syllabi is a digital, syllabus-based student planner that aggregates all course curriculum and due dates to the calendars of your choice. This discount expires on Dec. 31.