Public Engagement

Introduction

Engagement in community problem-solving is fundamental to sustainability. By engaging with community members and organizations in the governmental, non-profit and for-profit sectors, institutions can help solve sustainability challenges. Community engagement can help students develop leadership skills while deepening their understandings of practical, real-world problems and the process of creating solutions.

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Student Healing in a Time of Climate Crisis

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

Against a global backdrop of climate strikes in the Fall of 2019, students and youth everywhere are demanding an immediate shift toward climate change solutions and policies that address the ...

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Examples and Conversation about Elevating Equity and Justice in Sustainability Literacy

  • Agnes Scott College (GA)
  • Emory University (GA)
  • Georgia Institute of Technology (GA)
  • Spelman College (GA)

This workshop will provide participants with opportunities to explore a diverse set of strategies for elevating equity and justice components of sustainability across the college curriculum and through co-curricular opportunities ...

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The Power of Multistakeholder Collaborations in Centering Equity and Working for a Just Transition

  • Coastal Carolina University (SC)
  • Georgia Institute of Technology (GA)
  • Georgia State University (GA)
  • Middlebury College (VT)
  • University of Texas at Arlington (TX)
  • University of Illinois Chicago (IL)

Universities and community, government, and business stakeholders are uniting - through a variety of different networks and collaborations to achieve Agenda 2030 and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) in ...

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How to Ban Fracking, Divest, and Win a Green New Deal - 5 Successful Steps for Leaders to Win Change

  • Elected Officials to Protect America (SC)

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, and then you win - Gandhi Led by a nationally-renown changemaker and former elected official, this dynamic, interactive ...

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Another Just Transition: Community-Engaged Research and Learning for Environmental Justice

  • Santa Clara University (CA)
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (WI)

To contribute to a just transition to a regenerative economy and an equitable society, academia can accelerate its own shift toward conducting more community-engaged research (CER) for environmental justice (EJ ...

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Beyond Campus Boundaries: Transferring your Skills to Support Climate Action in Local Government

  • Hampshire College (MA)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA)
  • University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (MA)

The climate crisis and lack of national-level action has left many of us feeling like we need to do more - both on campus and beyond. As students, staff, and faculty ...

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Lots of Watts: Four Campuses Join Forces to Build a Giant Solar Farm

  • Dickinson College (PA)
  • Lafayette College (PA)
  • Lehigh University (PA)
  • Muhlenberg College (PA)
  • CustomerFirst Renewables (MD)

Large-scale renewable energy power purchase agreements can eliminate greenhouse gas emissions from purchased electricity, while saving money and mitigating energy price risk over time. However, most campuses are too small ...

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Investing in the Just Transition: How to Leverage Your Institution's Endowment

  • University of New Hampshire (NH)
  • Intentional Endowments Network (MA)
  • RBC Global Asset Management
  • Low Income Investment Fund (CA)

When exploring how to finance the just transition, the over half-trillion dollars in endowment funds invested by the nation's higher education institutions represent a relatively untapped resource containing immense ...

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Bold Leadership and the Refugee Crisis

  • Colorado State University (CO)
  • Minnesota State University Moorhead (MN)

Bold leaders are needed to address the current global refugee crisis. Through our interactive presentation we will provide attendees the information they need to become those leaders. We will walk ...

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Facilitation for Organizational Change

  • Trust (MA)

One of the most important, yet often underappreciated, skill sets of any profession is the ability to be a strong group meeting facilitator. Whether it is a small staff meeting ...

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The Offset Network: Campus-driven Carbon Offset Projects

  • Duke University (NC)
  • Hamilton College-Clinton.NY (NY)
  • Second Nature (MA)

Most campuses need to use some amount of carbon offsets to meet climate goals. However, few options through traditional carbon markets are affordable and provide the local co-benefits and connection ...

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The Union of the Preposterous: Playfully Engaging with Climate Change

  • Western Technical College (WI)

We are entering a decade in which the world requires massive climate action. Yet, as sustainability professionals we still struggle to engage people to take meaningful climate action. Equally problematic ...

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Applied Sustainability: Leadership Lessons From the Field

  • Ohio University (OH)
  • University of Oregon (OR)
  • Local Government Commission (CA)

In order to empower leaders and build momentum for the sustainability movement, we need to embrace the full leadership pathway before, during and after the higher education experience. While much ...

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Transforming Sustainability Storytelling Through GIS: an Introductory Learning Lab

  • University of Maryland, Baltimore County (MD)

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a tool traditionally associated with the management and display of geospatial data. The tool is very prevalent, in both the academic and professional realm, with ...

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Teaching Learners, Preparing Leaders: Using Peer Education to Complement the Academic Experience

  • Cornell University (NY)
  • Ithaca College (NY)

Grappling with the effects of the climate crisis will require new and innovative ways of teaching, learning, and leading to ensure emerging leaders are equipped with the skills necessary to ...

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Developing Sustainability Internships Through an Employer Relations Lens: A Pilot

  • The College of Saint Scholastica (MN)

A brief talk on how grant funding and new academic programming in sustainability fostered a pilot to increase experiential learning opportunities. This session presenter is not a subject matter expert ...

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A Community College Partnership: Forty-Eight Members in One State

  • Illinois Green Economy Network (IL)

The Illinois community college system is the third largest in the United States, educating nearly one million students each year. The Illinois Green Economy Network (IGEN) is a consortium of ...

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Visualizing sustainability: building a robust online sustainability dashboard

  • University of Washington, Seattle (WA)

The University of Washington's recently redesigned its sustainability dashboard. Starting with a group of static graph images presented largely without context, we moved all of our data into Tableau ...

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Enhancing Sustainable Approaches to Food Security and Community Engagement through Design of Space

  • University of Kentucky (KY)

The Campus Kitchen at the University of Kentucky (CKUK) is a student-led service organization that is a partner agency of God's Pantry Food Bank within the Feeding America's ...

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Green Advisors, Sustainability Advocates, and More: Building Engaged Community

  • Swarthmore College (PA)

This session will focus on innovative, action-oriented engagement opportunities in sustainability for a diverse range of stakeholders at the college and university level. At Swarthmore College, more than 80 faculty ...

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Using Hand-crafts to Engage a Campus on the Climate Crisis: 50 Years of Tempestries & a Sketch-crawl

  • University of California, Davis (CA)

For the 50th anniversary of Earth Day in April 2020, the UC Davis Office of Sustainability coordinated a master list and website (https://earthday.ucdavis.edu/) of more than 60 ...

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Skill Development Workshops for Impact at UC Berkeley‚ Green Initiative Fund

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

Established in 2007, The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) at UC Berkeley provides funding, via grants, for projects that improve and support UC Berkeley's campus sustainability efforts. TGIF allocates funds ...

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Creating a Sustainability Professional Learning Network

  • Colorado State University (CO)

Professional Learning Networks are commonly used by educators to share innovative and unique teaching and learning ideas. In this presentation I will build from the idea of a professional learning ...

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Food Waste Warriors: Combating Food Waste with Strong Relationships and Education

  • University of North Carolina, Asheville (NC)

Through strong partnerships with community members both on and off campus, UNC Asheville Dining Services continues to reduce waste, while increasing educational opportunities around food waste. UNC Asheville Dining Services ...

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Land Acknowledgements

  • Bemidji State University (MN)

A Land Acknowledgement is a statement that 'recognizes the Indigenous peoples who have been dispossessed from the homelands and territories upon which an institution was built and currently occupies and ...

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Leveraging Town Gown Relationships to Promote Community Sustainable Development Initiatives

  • Denison University (OH)

Colleges and Universities are uniquely positioned to leverage resources to drive sustainable development initiatives in their respective communities. These efforts can and should be mutually beneficial to the school and ...

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Implementing the Renewable Energy Rider Program

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)

In 2020, the University of Wisconsin-Madison partnered with its electric utility, Madison Gas and Electric (MGE), to invest in a 10 megawatt (MW) solar development through the Renewable Energy Rider ...

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Just Transition in Action: Lessons from Freiburg, Germany and New York

  • Elected Officials to Protect America (SC)

This dynamic workshop inspires participants with detailed case studies of just transition in action. It challenges participants to engage in practical solutions in ways that build economic and community solidarity ...

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Climatepedia.org: A Nationwide Student Effort to Spread Climate Change Information

  • University of California, Irvine (CA)
  • Climatepedia (CA)

Over 97% of publishing climate scientists agree that climate change is a real, anthropogenic threat to all life on earth. However, various polls show that amongst the American public, there ...

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EchoWorks: a Cooperative e-Recycling Program

  • Western Dakota Technical College (SD)

Globally, electronic waste is the fastest growing segment of municipal waste. Unfortunately, there is a widespread lack of availability of safe disposal options for the often-toxic e-materials. To provide this ...

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A Communiversity Resiliency Mobilization

  • Indiana University South Bend (IN)
  • University of Notre Dame (IN)

In response to partisan and divisive politics and relationships in our nation and our communities, the University of Notre Dame, in partnership with Indiana University South Bend and the city ...

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Teaching the UN SDGs: Developing local goals in the classroom

  • Central Community College (NE)

In 2015, Central Community College (CCC) developed a faculty-driven program to incorporate sustainability issues across the curriculum. The presenter is co-chair of the Environmental Sustainability Across the Curriculum (ESATC) committee ...

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From Dissonance to Harmony: Transforming Campus Events to Align with Institutional Priorities

  • Colgate University (NY)

Campus events bring together students, faculty, staff, and community members together; while they often build community and enhance academics, they also frequently diverge from institutional wellness and sustainability goals. Hundreds ...

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Empowering Underserved Populations Through Community Programs

  • Weber State University (UT)

Learn about Weber State University's focus on sustainability-forward community programs over the last five years and how they have become more focused on serving underserved and underrepresented populations over ...

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Building Campus-Community Relationships and Resilience

  • Bemidji State University (MN)
  • Precipitate, PLLC (MN)

Located in Northern Minnesota, Bemidji State University (BSU) operates within a dispersed, rural, and diverse community. Bemidji State staff and faculty will be joined by planning consultant Precipitate to share ...

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Veterans and Sustainability Education: Why Aren't we Taking Better Advantage of it?

  • University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (WI)

While many veterans take advantage of the educational benefits provided by the Post 9/11 GI Bill, the number of student veterans participating in the earned benefit by the Veterans ...

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Managing from the Side: a Sustainability Officer's Role Institutionalizing Campus Civic Engagement

  • Emory University (GA)

As the contentious 2018 mid-term elections approached, our sustainability office looked across the campus landscape for a coordinated, unified entity raising up voter registration and education, improving voter access, and ...

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Own Your own Backyard: Farm to Keg

  • Grand Valley State University (MI)

This presentation will be a reflective narrative of multiple voices from a research project intended to assess the transformational learning of students engaged in a partnership between Grand Valley State ...

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SDG101: Sustainable development integration in the classroom with the SDG Academy

  • Sustainable Development Solutions Network (NY)

The SDG Academy creates and curates the best available educational content on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and makes it available as a public good. As the flagship education ...

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Developing and Executing an Equity-Focused Mobility Strategic Plan

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

Employers and universities are challenged to make their buildings, facilities, and programs more inclusive and welcoming. The absence of transit access and inclusive mobility programs or amenities may create barriers ...

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Environmental Activism in the age of Social Media

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

Whether or not you're an active user of social media, you cannot deny the power that it possesses to spread information and ideas globally. In the last few years ...

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SCP Arts: A Collaborative, Applied Learning Partnership Model for Creative Community Engagement

  • University of St. Thomas (MN)

Communities locally and globally face the challenge of re-imagining and implementing systems that restore interconnected human and environmental well-being. Creative forms of engagement can inspire broad-sector participation with community sustainability ...

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A Sustainability Institute at a PUI: Vision, Formation, and Our First Three Years.

  • University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (WI)

In 2017 the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh launched the Sustainability Institute for Regional Transformations (SIRT). As an Institute at a Primarily Undergraduate Institution (PUI) and with a focus on fostering ...

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Developing an introductory Chemistry and Sustainability course for Sustainability majors

  • The College of Saint Scholastica (MN)

This talk will discuss the pedagogical experiences and challenges of developing and teaching an introductory level Chemistry and Sustainability course as part of a new Sustainability Studies major at The ...

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Visualizing Climate Change/Justice in 2020 Political Campaigns: Deep Democracy or Greenwashing

  • Maryville College (TN)

Environmental issue salience in the 2020 election cycle is the highest in two generations. How are candidates presenting their sustainability and climate justice records to prospective voters? Campaign branding, print ...

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Mushroom Canoe, Algae Biofuels, and Earthwalls at the Nebraska State Fair Sustainability Pavilion

  • Central Community College (NE)

CCC's environmental sustainability office has hosted student projects at the Nebraska State Fair Sustainability Pavilion and at on campus Earth Month events. Sustainability Director Benjamin Newton will give an ...

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Green Career Planning Toolkit: Helping You Help Students Prepare for Sustainable Jobs

  • National Wildlife Federation (VA)

Learn about a free, online Green Career Center featuring an annual two-day online conference, webinars, interviews, and more. View an illustration of the Green Career Planning Tool developed by the ...

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Organizing a Campus-Community Resilience Building Workshop

  • Second Nature (MA)

This workshop will train participants in how to organize and facilitate a Community Resilience Building (CRB) Workshop. The CRB Workshop is a community-driven process, rich with information, experience, and dialogue ...

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Breaking into Academics Without a PhD: Creating Sustainability Curriculum from Facilities

  • Florida State University (FL)

How can Offices of Sustainability change the academic culture of their institutions without an academic home? Colleges and universities are institutions of learning, and sustainability curriculum that engages students in ...

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Stories from the Real Meals Campaign: Student Organizers Building a Just Food System on Campus

  • Real Food Challenge (MA)

Students at campuses all across the country are building power to transform our current food system to one that is grounded in racial equity, justice, and dignity for us and ...

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