Opportunities

Wild Kingdom College and University Grant Program

National Wildlife Federation and Mutual of Omaha invite applications for grant funding aimed at supporting universities and colleges to showcase and fund innovative and solutions-based programs or strategies that help protect and/or restore wildlife and key habitats. Grant amounts are $7,500 and $10,000. The deadline to submit an application is Dec. 15.
  • Posted Oct 25, 2023

The Climate Initiative Youth Action Grants

Youth Action Grants will be awarded to individuals or groups who demonstrate a commitment to mitigating and/or adapting to the impacts of climate change in their communities. Action projects should be student-led and community-based, and empower students to develop climate solutions in their local landscape.
  • Posted Oct 17, 2023

Anti-Racist Community Engagement: 2023-2024 Virtual Speaker & Workshop Series

This series of virtual author talks and workshops explores how students, community members, staff and faculty put anti-racist principles into practice at college and university campuses and in communities. The series is offered by Campus Compact, in collaboration with the authors and editors of the recently published book,Anti-Racist Community Engagement: Principles and Practices.
  • Posted Oct 17, 2023

Building Performance Standards in Higher Education Workshop Series

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Sustainable Endowments Institute are offering a series of virtual workshops on Building Performance Standards and what it means for higher education. This workshop series aims to provide a background on existing building policies in the U.S., discuss how the requirements of upcoming policies can be designed to better align with institutional realities in the higher ed sector, and explore how college and university leaders can prepare for these policies.
  • Posted Oct 17, 2023

AASHE Governance Call for Applications

AASHE seeks candidates to serve on its board of directors, STARS Steering Committee and Advisory Council that can lend their time, talent and expertise to advance all aspects of AASHE's mission. In particular, AASHE encourages applications from Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) and those with expertise in racial equity and social justice. Interested candidates should submit an application by Nov. 3.
  • Posted Oct 17, 2023

Sustainability Professionals Exchange 2024

Presented by AASHE, the Sustainability Professionals Exchange is a professional learning opportunity that provides space to explore challenges and opportunities for refining and progressing sustainability work on campus. The online event takes place across four half-days in January 2024 and is structured to enable participants to co-create the agenda.
  • Posted Oct 17, 2023

STARS 3.0 Consultative Weighting Exercise

This survey is designed to give the broader AASHE community a voice in the process of weighting the categories and impact areas to be included in the next version (3.0) of the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS). The results will be shared with the STARS Steering Committee to inform the final point allocation process for the new version. AASHE is soliciting feedback through Nov. 12.
  • Posted Oct 17, 2023

US EPA Environmental Education Grants

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) seeks grant applications to support environmental education projects that promote environmental awareness and stewardship and help provide people with the skills to take responsible actions to protect the environment. Up to $3.6 million is available across each of the EPA’s 10 regions, divided into grants of $50,000–$100,000 each, for a total of 30–40 grants. Applications are due Nov. 8.
  • Posted Oct 17, 2023

2024 Corporate Engagement Challenge

Intentional Endowment Network's Student Corporate Engagement Challenge invites students to pitch an investment in a publicly-traded company, and include in that recommendation a shareholder engagement strategy focused on addressing inequality and the climate crisis. The deadline to sign up is Dec. 22.
  • Posted Oct 13, 2023

Winter ‘24 Institute on Teaching Social Action

This three-day virtual event (Jan. 3-5, 2023) will introduce faculty and staff to an experiential learning approach for incorporating social action campaigns into either a semester-long course or co-curricular workshop series. During three half-days (noon to 4:00 p.m. Eastern), participants will draft a syllabus and develop a teaching plan for supporting student campaigns. The deadline to apply is Dec. 15.
  • Posted Oct 13, 2023

Call for Abstracts: Sustainability Psychology Preconference

Organizers for the 13th annual Sustainability Psychology Preconference, happening Feb. 7, 2024, invite abstract submissions by Oct. 18. This year’s theme is Individual and Structural Approaches to Addressing Climate Change.

COP28 Second Nature Delegation

This December, Second Nature will be leading a higher education delegation to the U.N. Climate Change Conference (COP28) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, happening Nov. 30 through Dec. 12. Second Nature invites those who plan to attend to fill out the form so that events, receptions and sessions can be planned.

ISO 50001 Energy Management Technical Assistance Cohorts

The U.S. Department of Energy’s 50001 Ready program is providing free technical assistance to cohorts of energy team members at colleges and universities aiming to implement energy management systems based on the ISO 50001 standard. The cohort program includes six to twelve months of support and resources developed by the Department of Energy.
  • Posted Oct 4, 2023

Large-Scale Renewable Energy Siting and Planning Grant Funding

The Renewable Energy Siting Through Technical Engagement and Planning (R-STEP) program, offered by the U.S. Department of Energy, seeks to expand the decision-making capacity and expertise of state and local governments around large-scale renewable energy planning, siting and permitting. The R-STEP program is accepting applications for the creation of new, or the expansion of existing, state-based programs or initiatives that improve renewable energy siting processes at the state and local levels. The deadline to submit is Nov. 3.
  • Posted Oct 3, 2023

Climate Adaptation Partnerships (CAP) Program Grants

This U.S. Department of Commerce grant program provides funding to teams of applied researchers seeking to expand society's regional capacity to adapt to climate impacts. The application deadline is Feb. 5, 2024.
  • Posted Oct 3, 2023

Innovative Water Infrastructure Workforce Development Grant Program

This U.S. EPA grant program provides funding to accelerate career pipelines in the water utilities sector and provide access to water utility workforce opportunities. The application deadline is Nov. 17.
  • Posted Oct 3, 2023

STEM Course & Program Grants

Higher education institutions are invited to apply for Course and Program Grants from VentureWell, which provide up to $30,000 to expand and strengthen STEM innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystems, with the end goal of accelerating sustainable and inclusive innovation. The application deadline is Nov. 8.
  • Posted Oct 3, 2023

2023-24 Engaged Research Fund

Designed to support university graduate students and faculty scholars working to develop long-term, sustainable community partnerships as a central part of their research, the program awards $6,000 to graduate students and $9,000 to faculty scholars who are currently conducting or commencing research that incorporates community engagement and supports sustained community partners. The deadline to apply is Oct. 20.
  • Posted Oct 3, 2023

Sustainability Student Leadership Symposium: Intersectional Environmentalism

The Sustainability Student Leadership Symposium, themed Intersectional Environmentalism: Bridging Perspectives for a Sustainable Future, happens on the opening day (Oct. 29) of AASHE 2023 on the Bentley University campus. As part of students’ registration, event organizers are offering a free transportation between the symposium and the AASHE conference. Through panels, workshops and keynote speeches, the event will explore the connections between social inequalities like race, gender, class and the environment.
  • Posted Oct 3, 2023

C2C Fellows Sustainability Leadership Training

Undergraduate students and recent graduates are invited to attend the free C2C (Campus to Community) sustainability leadership training, offered through Bard College. Happening Dec. 2 virtually, the training is for sustainability changemakers.
  • Posted Oct 3, 2023

AASHE Governance Call for Applications

AASHE seeks candidates to serve on its board of directors, STARS Steering Committee and Advisory Council that can lend their time, talent and expertise to advance all aspects of AASHE's mission. In particular, AASHE encourages applications from Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) and those with expertise in racial equity and social justice. Interested candidates should submit an application by Nov. 3.
  • Posted Oct 3, 2023

AASHE Member Discount: 15% Off Sustainability and Climate Change Journal Subscription

AASHE members are entitled to a 15 percent discount off the regular, full subscription rate for an online institutional subscription to Sustainability & Climate Change, a peer-reviewed journal dedicated to sustainability, sustainable development and climate change. The discount expires Dec. 31, 2023.
  • Posted Sep 15, 2023

Request for Input: Educating for Just Climate Action: Guidelines for Excellence

The North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) is seeking feedback on a new set of guidelines focused on climate change education and climate justice. These guidelines are being designed to serve a broad range of individuals and organizations as a tool for working with communities to find just climate solutions. Comments are due by Oct. 27.
  • Posted Sep 15, 2023

Wege Prize 2024

Wege Prize, organized by Kendall College of Art and Design’s Wege Center for Sustainable Design, is an annual competition that challenges college and university students around the world to collaborate across institutional, disciplinary and cultural boundaries to redesign the way economies work. Team applications are due Oct. 8.
  • Posted Sep 15, 2023

Worldwide Climate and Justice Education Week

Bard College invites faculty, staff and students to organize a class or an event focused on climate and justice on campuses and in communities for the Worldwide Climate and Justice Education Week, happening April 1 - 8, 2024. Teaching guides for discussion are available.
  • Posted Sep 15, 2023

Climate Wayfinding Facilitator Workshops

The All We Can Save Project is hosting facilitator training workshops for its Climate Wayfinding program, a program that fosters space for individual and collective navigation amidst the climate crisis. Cohorts of faculty and staff will come together to experience Climate Wayfinding as participants, then receive training to facilitate it on their campus. The residential programs are happening in Georgia in late May 2024, New York's Hudson Valley in early June 2024, and in Kingston, Ontario, in mid-June 2024, for faculty and staff at Canadian institutions. The deadline to apply is Nov. 10.
  • Posted Sep 11, 2023

2023-2024 Better Buildings Webinar Series

The U.S. Department of Energy Better Buildings webinar series showcases the latest topics, technologies and trends to help organizations accelerate efforts to save money and reduce waste and carbon emissions.
  • Posted Sep 5, 2023

Call for Papers: Libraries and Sustainable Development

The call for papers seeks abstracts that document and promote experiences from libraries and librarians on the action they are currently undertaking in order to promote sustainable development as a whole, and the SDGs in particular, within their organizations. Full papers are due Jan. 10, 2024, which will comprise a book titled Libraries and Sustainable Development: the Contribution of Libraries to Sustainability and the Implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The deadline to submit an abstract is Sept. 30.
  • Posted Sep 5, 2023

Call for Proposals: COP 28 Greening Education Pavillon

The COP28 Greening Education Pavillon, hosted by the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Education in partnership with Greening Education Partnership with its secretariat at UNESCO, seeks proposals on climate change education. The open call for proposals on greening schools, curriculum, and teacher training and education systems’ capacities is open now through Sept. 8.
  • Posted Sep 5, 2023

Call for Proposals: WOHESC 2024

Organizers of the 2024 Washington Oregon Cascadia Higher Education Sustainability Conference (WOHESC) encourage conference sessions proposals through Oct. 13. Providing an opportunity for collective direction and solidarity in higher education in the Washington-Oregon region, the conference theme is Learning From Place: Solutions Beyond Boundaries.
  • Posted Sep 5, 2023

2023 GameDay Football Challenge

The GameDay Football Challenge supports campuses to reduce the waste footprint of their home games and tailgating events by reducing single-use plastics, food waste recovery, use of reusable products, recycling and more. Participating institutions will track and report their recycling, food organics and trash for one home football game. The challenge is hosted by the National Wildlife Federation and the Campus Race to Zero Waste. The last day to register is Nov. 13.
  • Posted Sep 5, 2023

Drawdown Ecochallenge

Drawdown Ecochallenge is a customizable and solutions-oriented engagement program in the month of October that focuses on reducing carbon in the atmosphere. Participants choose actions, complete those actions, and track and share their progress. Ecochallenge is offered in partnership by Ecochallenge.org and Project Drawdown.
  • Posted Sep 5, 2023

Under-Resourced Institutions Energy Research Grant Info Sessions

Researchers at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, community colleges, Tribal colleges or universities, or Predominantly Undergraduate Institutions are invited to participate in a Second Nature listening session aimed at identifying barriers to applying for federal funding for energy research. Second Nature will select and fund a cohort of 12 research fellows and teams from those listening sessions. Cohort participants will receive funding of up to $10,000 each from the Energy Research Expansion Fund to facilitate their work. The listening sessions are Sept. 6 and 14 from 11:00 a.m. to noon Eastern.
  • Posted Sep 1, 2023

Rethinking Econ101

This free course is for students in the U.S. to understand the economy and reimagine it for the benefit of people and the planet. It aims to offer a critical, pluralist and interdisciplinary introduction to the discipline of economics and to the U.S. economic system. It is a 10-session online course starting in the second week of September and will take place each week on Zoom for 90 minutes. The deadline to register is Sept. 10.
  • Posted Aug 15, 2023

River City Project: Sustainability Education Workshop

The River City Project, hosted by the University of Richmond in Richmond, Virginia, supports the integration of sustainability across the curriculum through providing participants with a facilitated experience to develop a shared understanding of sustainability, explore sustainability competencies and pedagogy, and enhance or develop their sustainability worldview. This free, one-day workshop on Dec. 13, creates space for faculty to ideate how to incorporate the practice and principles of sustainability into their curriculum through exploring various sustainability frameworks, networking with others, placed-based education, and interdisciplinary collaboration. The University of Richmond is an AASHE Center for Sustainability Across the Curriculum.
  • Posted Aug 15, 2023

AASHE Mentorship & Peer Collaboration Program

As a benefit of AASHE membership, sustainability staff, faculty and students can apply to be a mentor, mentee or peer collaborator in the AASHE Mentorship Program for 2023-24. The program implements a semi-structured process designed to facilitate ongoing collaboration. Matches are made based on participant goals, experience and interests. Applications are open through August 25.
  • Posted Aug 11, 2023

Call for Student Abstracts: HBCU Climate Change Conference

The Deep South Center for Environmental Justice, in collaboration with The Bullard Center at Texas Southern University, invites student abstracts by Sept. 1. The purpose of the conference is to bring together HBCU faculty and students, researchers, climate professionals and coastal community residents impacted by toxic facilities and severe weather events related to climate change in order to bridge the gap between theory and the experiential realities of climate change.
  • Posted Aug 1, 2023

Call for Participation: Intersectional Climate Action Leaders Working Group

BIPOC faculty, staff and community partners working in climate action or resilience at HBCUs and MSIs are invited to become a part of Second Nature's Intersectional Climate Action Leaders Working Group. This working group brings together BIPOC higher education leaders to advance relationships within the field, accelerate institutional resilience, encourage climate action planning, and build capacity within and beyond HBCUs and MSIs in Second Nature's Climate Leadership Network.
  • Posted Aug 1, 2023

AASHE Member Discount: 15% Off Sustainability and Climate Change Journal Subscription

AASHE members are entitled to a 15 percent discount off the regular, full subscription rate for an online institutional subscription to Sustainability & Climate Change, a peer-reviewed journal dedicated to sustainability, sustainable development and climate change.
  • Posted Aug 1, 2023

AASHE Mentorship & Peer Collaboration Program

As a benefit of AASHE membership, sustainability staff, faculty and students can apply to be a mentor, mentee or peer collaborator in the AASHE Mentorship Program for 2023-24. The program implements a semi-structured process designed to facilitate ongoing collaboration. Matches are made based on participant goals, experience and interests. Applications are open through August 25.
  • Posted Aug 1, 2023

National Environmental Youth Advisory Council

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is soliciting applications for youth between the ages of 16 and 29 to fill 16 vacancies on the newly created National Environmental Youth Advisory Council (NEYAC). The NEYAC will provide independent advice and recommendations on how to increase EPA’s efforts to address a range of environmental issues. Applications are due by Aug. 22.
  • Posted Jul 18, 2023

AASHE STARS 3.0 Request for Comment: Coordination & Planning

As part of the development process for the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS) 3.0, AASHE is seeking public comment on the Coordination and Planning section slated for inclusion in the new version (projected release is currently fourth quarter of 2023). AASHE encourages feedback from stakeholders who may have relevant expertise or interest in participating. Public comment is open through Aug. 31.
  • Posted Jul 18, 2023

Ground Up Advocacy Bootcamp

Re:wild Your Campus organizers invite interested students and stakeholders to join the Ground Up Advocacy Bootcamp, a virtual training intensive designed for those looking to dive deep into advocacy and organizing around toxic chemicals, rewilding spaces, the intersection of human and environmental health, and how these issues relate to racial and social justice. The training is scheduled for July 17-18 from 6 - 8:30 p.m. Eastern. The course is free for students and has a suggested donation of $50 for other interested parties.

Youth Art Challenge: From Waste to Art

The Global RCE (Regional Centre of Expertise) Service Centre at the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability, in partnership with UNESCO, is accepting submissions for the RCE Youth Art Challenge: From Waste to Art. Open to anyone aged 35 or younger, this is an opportunity to create artwork to inspire others around the world to use resources more efficiently, reduce waste and ultimately shift to sustainable consumption and production. The deadline to apply is Aug. 15.
  • Posted Jul 4, 2023

Funding Opportunity: Decarbonization Research & Development for Engineering & Sciences

Offered through the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management, this funding opportunity up to $17.7 million will support novel, early-stage research and development for new academic curricula related to geosciences and supporting interdisciplinary training in humanities-driven science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.
  • Posted Jul 4, 2023

AASHE 2023 Conference & Expo: Call for Proposals & Registration

Registration is now open, and the call for conference proposals is currently underway, for the AASHE 2023 Conference & Expo, happening Oct. 29 - 31, in Boston, Massachusetts. The conference will debut a new program, tailored to provide higher education sustainability change-makers with an immersive learning experience that provides new ways of thinking and strategies to transform their institutions more effectively. This immersive learning experience will provide participants with innovative strategies for effective institutional transformation. Early bird registration is extended through July 14.
  • Posted Jun 29, 2023

Youth Innovation Challenge 2023

The Global Environmental Education Partnership invites students to submit innovative ideas to protect marine resources and support people of all ages to be engaged stewards for marine conservation. Winning solutions will receive global recognition and a $1,000 prize. Potential applicants can join a webinar on June 26 about how to submit a strong proposal. Applications are due July 19.
  • Posted Jun 20, 2023

Plastic Free Ecochallenge

Plastic Free Ecochallenge is a one-month challenge in July to refuse and reduce single-use plastics, created and developed in partnership with Ecochallenge.org and Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.
  • Posted Jun 19, 2023

Renew America's Nonprofits Grant Program

Second Nature is gathering information about U.S.-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit higher education institutions as potential recipients of funding from the U.S. Department of Energy's Renew America's Nonprofits program. Eligible institutions that would like to implement energy-efficiency projects will be considered for inclusion in Second Nature's portfolio and will be eligible to receive up to $200,000 per project for installation costs. The deadline to apply is June 29.

‘Climate x' Leadership Training Program 2023

Designed as a train-the-trainer program for students, this leadership program aims to highlight the synergy between climate actions and the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals. Students participate in training in July, and from August to November, they organize local training events, culminating in an event during the 2023 Global Youth Climate Week (Nov. 20 - 24). The deadline to apply is June 30.
  • Posted Jun 6, 2023