Conference Presentations

Introduction

AASHE’s database of conference presentations includes thousands of abstracts and presentation materials from AASHE’s annual Conference & Expo as well as presentation materials from other sustainability in higher education conferences.

At a Glance

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Countries
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U.S. States & Territories
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Earning AASHE STARS credits via the ENERGY STAR Buildings program

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (DC)

Colleges and universities can use ENERGY STAR's free tools and resources to earn credits in all four categories of AASHE STARS v2.1 -- Academics; Engagement; Operations; and Planning & ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Hampshire College's R.W. Kern Center- A Living & Learning Building

  • Hampshire College (MA)

Located at the heart of Hampshire College campus, the R.W. Kern Center is a certified Living Building: generating its own energy, capturing and treating its own water, and processing ...

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The Trials and Tribulations of Building a Living-Learning Sustainable Campus

  • Chatham University (PA)

What does it truly mean to be a living-learning sustainable campus? Eden Hall, just outside Pittsburgh, is a new 388 campus site, encompassing farmland, forests and two head-water catchments. Acquired ...

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Rising to the Challenge of Creating and Maintaining Living Buildings and a Living Campus Community

  • International Living Future Institute (WA)

Campuses have been early adopters of livability, equity, and climate commitments. This session takes a deep look at how campuses can and are taking action to achieve these commitments and ...

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Evolving Pennsylvania State University's Sustainability Policy Within a Regenerative Paradigm

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

Penn State University (PSU) is a public research university serving Pennsylvania and the global community with a vision to integrate sustainability throughout its campuses and to prepare students to be ...

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Creating an Ecologically Restorative, Socially Just, and Culturally Rich Campus

  • International Living Future Institute (WA)

The higher education campus, what better place to implement the most innovative & forward-thinking design frameworks? As HEIs support the next generation's transition into the workforce, it's time ...

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Nailing Net Zero, From Design to Certification

  • Allegheny College (PA)
  • Community College of Allegheny County (PA)
  • United States Department of Energy (DC)

More than 400 firms have signed onto the American Institute of Architects' (AIA) 2030 Commitment, targeting 70%+ EUI savings; however a 2016 AIA survey of participating firms revealed the portfolios ...

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Achieving Large-Scale Campus Emissions Reductions: The Plan, Team, & Relationships Required

  • University of Dayton (OH)

After President Trump announced plans to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Accord, numerous Institutions indicated they would rise to the challenge by signing the 'We Are Still ...

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Carbon Pricing on Campus: Four Models for Higher Ed Engagement on a Climate Solution

  • Smith College (MA)
  • Swarthmore College (PA)
  • University of Oregon (OR)
  • Yale University (CT)

To combat climate change, schools are using carbon pricing as a powerful tool for reducing campus emissions and advancing national policy solutions. Pricing has been used by both governments and ...

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Do It Yourself Green Challenge - Cost Effective Way to Improve Health, Environment, & Climate Change

  • My Open Road (CA)

87% of all human produced CO2 emissions comes from burning fossil fuel for electricity/heat, transportation, and industry. The transportation sector is the second largest source of CO2 emission. The ...

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GHG Accounting in Higher Education - The Case for Forging Our Own Path

  • Amherst College (MA)

Quantifying Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emission inventories and setting reduction goals started at the national level in the 1990's with the formation of UNFCCC and the first guidelines for inventory ...

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Beyond Offsetting: Onsetting Scope 3 Emissions and Supporting Innovative Local Projects

  • Earth Deeds (MA)

Universities struggle to find meaningful ways to address their Scope 3 emissions, especially with regard to staff travel and study abroad. This session will explain carbon 'onsetting' as a positive ...

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Creative Approaches for Engaging People in Climate Action

  • Care About Climate, Inc (AZ)

During this workshop participants will discuss innovative ways to engage both their campus population and general public in climate action initiatives. These approaches may include incentivizing people to take responsible ...

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Understanding the Entire Campus Carbon Footprint: How and Why to do Comprehensive Scope 3 Reporting

  • University of New Hampshire (NH)
  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)

Scope 3' emissions (i.e., those from upstream and downstream activities, such as producing the goods purchased by a campus, extracting and refining fuels, or commuting/business travel) are notoriously ...

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Profitable Carbon Capture Technology for Campus Power Plants

  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)

The University of Maryland is pursuing a partnership with technology firm, HY-TEK Bio, to install an algae based carbon capture system to mitigate emissions from UMD's combined heat and ...

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Examining Data from Across Higher Ed: Does a Commitment Drive More Progress?

  • University of New Hampshire (NH)

In November 2017, the University of New Hampshire (UNH) launched the Sustainability Indicator Management and Analysis Platform (SIMAP™), a new inventory tool replacing the Campus Carbon Calculator and the CarbonMAP ...

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Climate Resiliency Planning: What We're Learning

  • Black Hills State University (SD)
  • Verdis Group (NE)

Black Hills State University is in the process of creating a Climate Resiliency Plan in partnership with city and county partners and facilitated by Verdis Group. The planning process will ...

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NE Drawdown: A Multi-College Effort to Adapt & Implement Impactful Regional Climate Change Solutions

  • Amherst College (MA)
  • Smith College (MA)
  • Williams College (MA)

This past summer, students from Amherst, Smith, and Williams colleges investigated the global Drawdown methodology, compiled regional climate data to determine the top priorities for the area, and conducted a ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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OffsetNetwork.org: Higher Ed's Hub for Self-Generated Offset Projects and Peer Verification

  • American University (DC)
  • Duke University (NC)
  • Second Nature (MA)

The Offset Network is an online platform for colleges and universities to share experience, lessons learned and tell the stories behind developing their own carbon offset projects. The site provides ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Approaches to Carbon Offset Procurement

  • Colgate University (NY)
  • Duke University (NC)
  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)
  • Second Nature (MA)

This presentation will feature a diversity of institutions and their approaches to carbon offset procurement in pursuit of carbon reduction goals. The institutions represented on this panel share the perspective ...

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Boston University's Climate Action Plan and The Public Process

  • Boston University (MA)

Boston University's Climate Action Plan provides a roadmap to address energy use and sourcing, resiliency and climate preparedness, transportation, supply chain, and waste. Moreover it recommends the creation of ...

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From Incremental to Transformative Climate Action: Lessons Learned From Addressing Barriers

  • University of California, Office of the President (CA)
  • University of California, Los Angeles (CA)

What are the most fundamental and challenging barriers to achieving carbon neutrality at a large research university? The first University of California campus to publish a climate action plan (CAP ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Leverage Your Renewable Energy Impact Through Emerging Avoided Emissions PPA Strategies

  • Boston University (MA)
  • Carnegie Mellon University (PA)
  • Edison Energy (CA)
  • WattTime (CA)

Renewable energy procurement is a critical strategy for reducing an institution's greenhouse gas emissions. However, not all renewable energy projects avoid the same amount of GHG emissions per kWh ...

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Creating Positive Impact and Achieving Sustainability Goals through Custom Carbon Reduction Projects

  • NativeEnergy, Inc. (VT)

How can your institution achieve more through your climate goals? Carbon offsets and RECs have long been an effective way of addressing the environmental impacts of running an academic institution ...

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Assessing Campus and Community Resilience in Rural America

  • Central Community College (NE)
  • Green Mountain College (VT)
  • Second Nature (MA)

Rural colleges and universities face unique considerations when assessing campus and community climate resilience. While there are common elements to resilience at any institution, the political and economic landscape for ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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Putting A Price On Carbon: Fighting for Strong Climate Policy on the Campus, State and Federal Level

  • Our Climate (OR)

We already face the disastrous impacts of climate change: unprecedented droughts and heatwaves, stronger hurricanes, ocean acidification, sea level rise, the spread of infectious disease. The cost of these changes ...

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The Role of Campuses in Driving Climate Resilience Planning

  • Dickinson College (PA)
  • University of California, Los Angeles (CA)
  • University of Illinois at Chicago (IL)
  • Second Nature (MA)

As impacts from climate change intensify, a growing number of initiatives are emerging to increase resilience locally and globally. Campuses across the US are stepping up to prepare for climate ...

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Advancing Carbon Pricing at Your Institution

  • Smith College (MA)
  • Swarthmore College (PA)
  • Yale University (CT)

Carbon pricing is a fair, feasible, and powerful solution to accelerate a transition to a clean energy economy. With a growing number of carbon pricing policies around the world and ...

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Campus & Community Resilience: Experiences from Community College & University Partnerships

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • California State University, Northridge (CA)
  • Portland State University (OR)
  • Second Nature (MA)

Campuses in Portland, Los Angeles, and Phoenix were involved in the Climate Resilience in Urban Campuses + Communities (CRUX) project to support the implementation of resilience-related elements of the colleges and ...

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Greenhouse Gas Inventory of the University of Pittsburgh

  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)

As greenhouse gases continue to accumulate in the atmosphere and have an impact on climate, identifying and monitoring the sources of these emissions becomes increasingly important. Because residential and commercial ...

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2018 AASHE Conference & Expo Closing Keynote Address

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)
  • AASHE (PA)

Dr. Paul Shrivastava, Chief Sustainability Officer at Penn State University and the Director of the Sustainability Institute and Professor of Organizations at the Smeal School of Business, was the closing ...

  • Posted Oct. 24, 2018
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2018 AASHE Conference & Expo Opening Keynote Address

  • AASHE (PA)
  • United Nations Environment Programme

Ms. Akpezi Ogbuigwe, former Head of Environmental Education and Training at the United Nations Environmental Program, was the opening keynote speaker for the 2018 AASHE Conference & Expo.

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  • Posted Oct. 24, 2018
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Building Energy Performance in LEED 2009 vs. LEED v4

  • System WorCx (NC)

As of November 2016, newly registered LEED projects must use LEED v4. One of the key changes between LEED v4 and LEED 2009 is that option 1 under the Optimize ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Sustainability Through the Eyes of Nature

  • Atwell, LLC (MI)

Important institutions and systems-including our governments, capitalist economies, food production systems, and urban designs-often seem to produce problematic political, economic, environmental, and social outcomes. In addition, many of these human-designed ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Significant Role of Universitas Indonesia GreenMetric World University Rankings on Supporting Sustainable Campus

  • University of Indonesia

The GreenMetric World University Ranking is an initiative of Universitas Indonesia (UI) to promote sustainability at universities, including education for sustainability, and relevant policies and programmes for behaviour change. The ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Evalutation of TETFUND contributions for the management of universities for sustainable development in southeast Nigeria

  • Imo State University

Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) was established as an Intervention Agency under the Education Tax Act No. 7 in 1993 as Education Trust Fund. As an aspect of community participation ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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New App Leverages Power of Rewards Currency, Smart Tech and Games to Drive Purposeful Engagement Among Students

  • 3P Partners, Inc. (NY)

Calls by the new U.S. President to roll back environmental, health and justice protections has left many students feeling insecure and concerned for their futures. Interestingly, a campus' overall ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Occupant Engagement Leads to Substantial Energy Savings for Plug Loads

  • Keewi Inc. (CA)

Plug loads, defined as devices plugged into the wall outlet, comprise about 33% of a commercial building's total energy expenditure. Existing management technologies have overlooked the effects of building ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Bee Campus USA: Making the World Safer for Pollinators, One Campus at a a Time

  • Bee City USA (NC)

Pollinators are responsible for 1 in 3 bites of food we consume-actually, the most nutritious and, some say, delicious bites! Equally important, pollinators are responsible for the reproduction of 90 ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Student Summit Opening Keynote Speaker: Lydia D. Avila

  • Power Shift Network (DC)

Lydia D. Avila is the Executive Director of the Power Shift Network - a diverse, national network of youth-led and youth-focused climate justice organizations. Lydia is originally from a working class ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Networks as a Tool for Social Change

  • Power Shift Network (DC)

Mass social change requires mass, popular social movements that are aided by the support of a vast network of change makers. Decentralized networks, in particular, are well suited to catalyze ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Student and Staff Sustainability Surveys - expectations being met? An Australian example.

  • University of Tasmania

Traditional approaches to teaching sustainability have been through including the topic in geography and science curriculums. More recently, we have seen an expansion of Education for Sustainability across discipline areas ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Disruptive Tech: Beyond Net Zero Energy Onsite Water Reuse

  • Natural Systems Utilities (NJ)

In addition to water scarcity, drivers to consider water reuse now include aging or inadequate infrastructure, resiliency, resource recovery and increasing costs for conventional water and sewer. Many communities are ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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The Future of Campus Mobility

  • Navya Inc (MI)

Parking, congestion, and pollution are challenges that all campuses face. The future of mobility must become increasingly connected, shared, and multi-modal to realize a meaningful reduction in carbon output. Spend ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Success Stories: Community Colleges Tools for Achieving Energy Efficiency

  • Entegrity (AR)

This poster will graphically depict the steps two community colleges took to achieve energy efficiency goals on their campuses. Community college budgets and staff are often stretched more than larger ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Student-Driven Climate Outcomes: A Liberal Arts College's Journey in Energy/Sustainabiity

  • Entegrity (AR)

This poster tells a story about students that were the drivers of bringing a focused engagement to their campus to achieve climate goals. The students researched initiatives at other campuses ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Operations Research Applications in Sustainability Coursework Design

  • Wichita State Univerzity (KS)

Four major topics are listed for coursework design across academic departments (1) prairie restoration (2) plant-based industry (3) clean energy (4)population growth rate. Climate change adaptation may include: increased ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Climate Communications: Strategies to Build Political Will

  • Care About Climate, Inc (AZ)

Care About Climate is working to improve the marketing of what can be done to address climate change. We believe it is time to change the tenor of the conversation ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Opening Keynote - Katharine Hayhoe

  • Texas Tech University (TX)

Katharine Hayhoe, this year's opening keynote speaker, is an accomplished atmospheric scientist with over 120 peer-reviewed publications focusing on what climate change means for people and the environment. A ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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The effect of smoke exposure on the germination of native plant species of North America

  • Texas Tech University (TX)

Smoke exposure is known to influence germination of a wide variety of species. However, the influence of smoke on germination of grasses is poorly studied. In order to investigate the ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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