Opportunities

Call for Proposals for the Sustainability Student Leaders Symposium Host Institution

The Sustainability Student Leaders Symposium board of curators invites proposals from schools wishing to host the 2020 symposium. The annual symposium brings together peer-to-peer student sustainability educators/leaders from many different colleges and universities in the northeast to learn and be inspired by each other for a half-day conference. Proposals are due by Feb. 20.

The Scoop Journalism Contest

Earth Day Network's Foodprints for the Future campaign invites original essay, podcast and video submissions from students for The Scoop, a journalism contest encouraging students to think about the intersection of food and climate. The deadline to submit is Jan. 31.
  • Posted Jan 17, 2020

2020 NWF EcoCareers Conference

The National Wildlife Federation EcoCareers Conference, happening online April 1-2, prepares students and young professionals for wildlife and sustainability careers by providing information on the latest career trends from leading analysts and employers, clarifying career enhancing credentials and academic offerings, and formulating a better understanding of the competencies employers seek in the sustainability sector.
  • Posted Jan 17, 2020

Call for Proposals and Reviewers: 2020 AASHE Conference & Expo

AASHE is accepting proposals for the 2020 AASHE Conference & Expo, happening in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Oct. 4-7. This year’s theme, Mobilizing for a Just Transition, focuses on centering justice within the transition from an extractive economy to a regenerative one, ensuring that it leaves no one behind. All accepted presenters receive a discount applicable to full conference registration. The submission period closes Feb. 28.
  • Posted Jan 17, 2020

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. Registration closes Feb. 1.
  • Posted Jan 17, 2020

2020 Saving Endangered Species College Student Art Contest

The Endangered Species Coalition and National Wildlife Federation invite students to submit entries for the 2020 Saving Endangered Species College Student Art Contest. The contest is part of the 15th annual Endangered Species Day, happening on May 15, 2020. The first place winner will be featured in National Wildlife magazine and promotions for Endangered Species Day 2020.

Biomimicry Global Design Challenge 2020

The Biomimicry Global Design Challenge asks teams of students and professionals to address critical global issues with nature-inspired solutions that align with one or more of the Sustainable Development Goals. The design concepts may address any aspect of climate change adaptation, mitigation and reversal in any sector of the economy. Submissions are due May 1.
  • Posted Jan 16, 2020

Circular Economy Program: From Linear to Circular Atlanta

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation encourages postgraduate students or professionals who are committed to accelerating the transition towards a circular economy to apply for the Linear to Circular program. Through expert-run sessions and collaborative team-projects, this program gives participants the opportunity to expand their circular economy knowledge and professional networks. The deadline to apply is Feb. 4.
  • Posted Jan 16, 2020

Patagonia Case Competition

Patagonia and the Berkeley Haas Center for Responsible Business seek proposals from graduate students to tackle the interconnected business and sustainability aspects of a current, real-life issue facing the outdoor gear retailer Patagonia. First place teams win $15,000, second $5,000 and third place $2,500. The deadline for team sign-up is Jan. 15 and case proposals are due Feb. 9.
  • Posted Jan 14, 2020

Climate Justice League

The Sierra Student Coalition's Climate Justice League is a 10-week organizing fellowship for high school and college-aged young people to learn key organizing and leadership skills, meet other youth activists from around the country, and take action for climate and social justice. Apply for the spring fellowship by Jan. 17.
  • Posted Jan 13, 2020

2020 International Laboratory Freezer Challenge

The Freezer Challenge is a cold storage competition for laboratories run by the non-profit organizations My Green Lab and the International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories. The International Laboratory Freezer Challenge utilizes friendly competition over a five-month period during which individual labs and institutions work at their own pace to implement optimal cold storage management practices. Any type of laboratory is eligible to participate.
  • Posted Jan 13, 2020

Higher Education Sustainability Staffing Survey

This survey, conducted every two to three years by AASHE, seeks to understand the career field of sustainability professionals in higher education. The survey link can be shared with colleagues that have a sustainability role in higher education. A follow-up report will be published later this year that summarizes the results. The deadline to complete the survey is Feb. 14.
  • Posted Jan 10, 2020

Beyond Waste Student Summits

The Beyond Waste Student Summits bring together students to understand the systemic impact of waste, from extraction to disposal. These full-day, regional leadership intensives welcome students from all levels of experience and interest. Attendees will have the opportunity to collaborate on simulated campaigns that range from building zero waste campus infrastructure to standing in solidarity with front line communities. All solution-building will address accessibility, equity, and systemic oppression. Regional events begin Jan. 18 and go through March 29 and span the northwest, northeast, south coast and mid-Atlantic regions.
  • Posted Jan 10, 2020

Sierra/Princeton Review Data Sharing Procedures

AASHE is collaborating with Sierra and The Princeton Review to allow colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada to use the STARS Reporting Tool to share their sustainability data for potential inclusion in Sierra's Cool Schools ranking and The Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges. The submission deadline for inclusion in both rankings, as well as AASHE’s annual Sustainable Campus Index, is March 6.
  • Posted Jan 10, 2020

Call for Proposals: 2020 Environmental Advocacy Symposium

Organizers for the Environmental Advocacy Symposium invite scholars, educators, practitioners and students to submit proposals to the one-day convening on the research and practice of environmental advocacy. The Environmental Advocacy Symposium will take place June 10, 2020, at Pace University, followed by the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences Conference.
  • Posted Dec 16, 2019

AASHE Member Discount: Discount on Climate Change & Health Certificate

Students, staff and faculty at AASHE member institutions are eligible for a 10 percent discount off an 18-week online certificate through Yale University's School of Public Health that teaches about tools to address the health impacts of climate change.
  • Posted Dec 16, 2019

Survey: Benefits & Challenges of Sustainability Curriculum

A student in the University of Colorado, Boulder Environmental Studies program is conducting research about the benefits and challenges of sustainability curriculum in higher education institutions. The information will be used for an honors thesis report that aims to provide data on the benefits of increasing the sustainability learning opportunities at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
  • Posted Dec 9, 2019

Sustainability Across the Curriculum Online Workshop

This online course runs from Jan. 20 through March 15 and is designed for higher education instructors wishing to infuse sustainability (ecological stability, social equity and economic vitality) into their curriculum regardless of the discipline. The intent of this course is to identify areas of intersections across disciplines. Effective assessment of critical thinking skills, collaboration, creativity, and the ability to analyze, discuss and create solutions to real world sustainability problems will be explored. Registration is open through Jan. 19.
  • Posted Dec 9, 2019

Call for Applications: NASPA Sustainability Knowledge Community Leadership Team

NASPA, Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, is seeking applications to join the Sustainability Knowledge Community Leadership Team. The Sustainability Knowledge Community is an international network of student affairs scholars and practitioners charged with the advancement of environmental justice education on college campuses.

Sustainable Retirements Survey

The Intentional Endowments Network (IEN) is conducting a survey about sustainable investing options in employee retirement plans. Information from respondents will inform a new initiative designed to make it easier for institutions to offer sustainable and ESG fund options in retirement plans. Respondents will be eligible for discounts to IEN and Second Nature's annual summit in February in Atlanta.
  • Posted Dec 5, 2019

Seeking Examples of Behavior Change Approaches

The U.N Environment Program and Behavioral Insights Team are seeking examples of approaches taken to encourage sustainable behavior on higher education campuses. These examples will be used to inform a new piece of research being developed to support behavior change in higher education institutions. The deadline to contribute is Dec. 10.
  • Posted Dec 5, 2019

Call for Abstracts: Teaching the Literature of Climate Change

Scholars are invited to submit a 250 to 500-word abstract outlining their approach to teaching the literature of climate change and its utility for students and instructors. The deadline for abstracts is Jan. 15.
  • Posted Dec 2, 2019

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.
  • Posted Dec 2, 2019

2020 Keeling Curve Prize

The 2020 Keeling Curve Prize competition will award $25,000 to each of 10 projects designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions or increase their uptake. Prizes will be awarded to two projects in each of the following five categories: transport and mobility; social and cultural pathways; energy; finance; and capture and utilization. The application deadline is Feb. 10 or when 300 applications are received – whichever comes first.
  • Posted Nov 25, 2019

Call for Proposals: This Way to Sustainability Conference 2020

The planning committee of the This Way to Sustainability conference invite presentation proposals for this year's conference, happening March 26-27, at California State University, Chico. The theme is Resiliency in a Changing World. This Way to Sustainability is a student-run conference focused on challenges, ideas, solutions and resiliency for a more sustainable future. Presentation proposals are due by Nov. 30.
  • Posted Nov 25, 2019

Washington Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference (WOHESC) 2020

The Washington Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference (WOHESC), happening March 2-3, 2020, at the University of Oregon is organized around the theme Root Causes and Positive Actions, which aims to focus on the underlying causes to sustainability challenges and positive actions to address them while simultaneously intersecting with diversity, equity and inclusion. Anyone in the AASHE network is eligible to receive a 30 percent discount on registration.
  • Posted Nov 18, 2019

Call for Papers: 'Interdisciplinary Sustainability Curricula in Higher Education'

A special issue of Sustainability aims to explore and develop the common priorities of the design and nature of undergraduate and graduate programs in sustainability-related areas. Particularly encouraged are articles that introduce and assess innovation in novel pedagogies, and curricular and course design; articles that consider transdisciplinary synthesis of ideas and practice within the context of sustainability competencies; and articles that address challenges in implementation such as institutional/structural and economic barriers.

APA-SCD Excellence in Sustainability Awards

The Awards for Excellence in Sustainability is an annual program by the American Planning Association Sustainable Communities Division (APA-SCD) that honors projects, plans, policies, individuals and organizations dedicated to supporting sustainable communities. The deadline to nominate is Jan. 18.
  • Posted Nov 12, 2019

SIILK Network Mentorship Program

The Sustainable and Impact Investing Learning and Knowledge (SIILK) mentorship program pairs students with diverse backgrounds and experiences with experts from the sustainable investing industry to provide real-world experience in sustainable investing and build their professional networks. The goal of the mentorship program is to create a more diverse pipeline of finance professionals with a solid grasp on sustainable investing.
  • Posted Nov 12, 2019

2020 Best of Green Schools Awards

The Center for Green Schools at USGBC, in partnership with Green Schools National Network, invites nominations for the Best of Green Schools 2020 awards. The Best of Green Schools celebrates significant strides toward creating more sustainable schools. Winners will be announced and awarded in 10 categories, including one for higher education institutions or faculty members who have made a significant contribution to the K–12 green schools movement, at the 2020 Green Schools Conference and Expo, to be held March 2–4, 2020, in Portland, Oregon. All submissions are due on Nov. 18.
  • Posted Nov 12, 2019

2020-2021 Newman Civic Fellows Nominations

Campus Compact is seeking community-committed students from member institutions for the next cohort of Nemwan Civic Fellows. The Newman Civic Fellowship recognizes and supports community-committed students who are changemakers and public problem-solvers at Campus Compact member institutions. Through the fellowship, Campus Compact provides students with training and resources that nurture their assets and passions and help them develop strategies for social change. Nominations will be accepted through Feb. 3.
  • Posted Nov 11, 2019

AASHE Member Discount: Free Subscription to Green Building & Design Bimonthly Magazine

AASHE members are eligible to receive a free subscription ($60 value) to gb&d’s bimonthly magazine. Green Building & Design is a trade magazine that connects and inspires green building professionals by partnering with those at the forefront of sustainable design, development, planning and policy. This offer expires on Dec. 31.
  • Posted Nov 11, 2019

Global Survey on Sustainability Publishing & Research in Higher Education

The European School of Sustainability Science and Research and the Inter-University Sustainable Development Research Program have released this survey that aims to understand the breadth and sources of research and publications on sustainability in higher education. The deadline to participate is Nov. 15.
  • Posted Nov 11, 2019

Campus 2030 Challenge

University professors, researchers and students are encouraged to submit proposals that articulate the college campus of 2030, having achieved the 17 SDGs. Project ideas should take into account the social, environmental and economic dimensions of the 2030 agenda and should include at least three of the 17 Goals. The deadline to submit a five-slide presentation that explains the idea is Feb. 16.
  • Posted Nov 5, 2019

Sustainability Survey From University of Southern Mississippi Researcher

The questionnaire is designed to obtain a more in-depth look into the political setting and identification of sustainability within universities. This survey gathers data from sustainability leaders from public and private four-year U.S. universities that have an identifiable entity that includes the word sustainability, or a similar variant of the term, in their name.
  • Posted Nov 4, 2019

COP 25 Attendance Interest Form

A contingent from Second Nature is attending the U.N. Climate Change Conference (COP 25) in Madrid, Spain, happening Dec. 2-13, 2019. Second Nature will connect those who fill out the interest form with networking opportunities, events and other opportunities.
  • Posted Nov 4, 2019

AASHE Member Discount: Free Customization on Solar-Powered Charging Stations

AASHE members can receive free customization in their university/college color and logo when ordering three or more SuperCharge35 or larger models of solar-powered charging stations from SolarSynthesis. The discount expired Dec. 31.
  • Posted Nov 4, 2019

Energy to Lead Competition 2020

Any higher education institution in New York State that is a REV Campus Challenge member is eligible to participate in the Energy to Lead Competition 2020. The competition will award up to $5 million, ranging from $500,000 and $1.5 million per award. Winning proposals will highlight cost-effective, deep and impactful energy savings projects leading to decarbonization. Proposals should also integrate student engagement and share best practices with other campuses. The deadline to submit a proposal is Feb. 20.
  • Posted Oct 18, 2019

Interdisciplinary Approaches to Integrating Sustainability & Global Engagement in the Curriculum: Call for Proposals

CARES21 (Consortium for Agro-Ecological Research and Education in Sustainability in the 21st Century), an initiative of Widener University, invites proposals for the their 2020 symposium, Interdisciplinary Approaches to Integrating Sustainability and Global Engagement in the Curriculum, happening Jan. 8-12, 2020, in Costa Rica. The deadline for abstracts is Oct. 31.
  • Posted Oct 18, 2019

AASHE Webinars: Call for Proposals

Proposals for AASHE webinars in 2020 are being accepted through Nov. 8. Proposals can be suitable for any level and on any topic relevant to AASHE’s diverse membership. AASHE staff will provide guidance on how to prepare presentation slides, training on the webinar platform, and will share best practices for presenting a webinar.
  • Posted Oct 18, 2019

Call for Applications: AASHE Governance

AASHE seeks interested candidates to serve on its Board of Directors, Advisory Council and STARS Steering Committee that will help inspire and catalyze higher education to lead the global sustainability transformation. These groups bring together leaders from diverse backgrounds to identify the opportunities and help solve the challenges facing sustainability in higher education. Applications are being accepted through Nov. 6.
  • Posted Oct 18, 2019

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.
  • Posted Oct 18, 2019

Wege Prize 2020 Call for Team Applications

Wege Prize is an annual competition that aims to ignite game-changing solutions for the future by inspiring college/university students around the world to collaborate across institutional, disciplinary and cultural boundaries to redesign the way economies work. Participants contend for over $30,000 (USD) in total cash prizes. The Wege Prize is organized by Kendall College of Art and Design’s Wege Center for Sustainable Design with support from the Wege Foundation. The deadline to submit an application is Nov. 10.
  • Posted Oct 17, 2019

AASHE Member Discount: 10% Discount on Tayst Coffee

Tayst Coffee, a distributor of compostable coffee k-cups, is offering AASHE members a lifetime 10 percent discount on all orders.
  • Posted Oct 14, 2019

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.
  • Posted Oct 14, 2019

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.
  • Posted Oct 7, 2019

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.
  • Posted Oct 7, 2019

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.
  • Posted Oct 7, 2019

AASHE Member Discount: Discount on Climate Change & Health Certificate

Students, staff and faculty at AASHE member institutions are eligible for a 10 percent discount off an 18-week online certificate through Yale University's School of Public Health that teaches about tools to address the health impacts of climate change.
  • Posted Oct 4, 2019