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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Organizations
35
Countries
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U.S. States & Territories
8
Canadian Provinces

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How Fair Trade Campuses are Collaborating to Amplify Their Impact

  • University at Albany (NY)
  • University of California, Riverside (CA)
  • Fair Trade Colleges & Universities

Fair Trade Campaigns is a powerful grassroots movement mobilizing thousands of conscious consumers and Fair Trade advocates on campuses and in communities across the U.S. Our Fair Trade Colleges ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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University of Wisconsin-Madison Badger Tour

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)

The UW-Madison Sustainability Interns take a tour of the campus, highlighting its sustainability features, the 10,000 years of indigenous history, and the iconic places and spaces that make the ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Keynote Presentation with Dina Gilio-Whitaker

  • California State University, San Marcos (CA)
  • University of Hawaii System Office (HI)

Dina Gilio-Whitaker (Colville Confederated Tribes) is a lecturer of American Indian Studies at California State University San Marcos and an independent educator in American Indian environmental policy and other issues ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Accelerating Big Levers of Change: Heat Trading, Ground Source Heating and Cooling, and Carbon Pricing - Second Nature Solution Center

  • Carleton College (MN)
  • Stanford University (CA)
  • Brailsford & Dunlavey (DC)

We have the tools to solve climate change today. The challenge is how to deploy these solutions fast enough, at a large enough scale and in a way that promotes ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Virginia Heat Watch: A Commonwealth-Wide Collaboration for Heat Mapping

  • University of Lynchburg (VA)
  • Randolph College (VA)

Randolph College and University of Lynchburg are both signatories to the Carbon Commitment and the Resilience Commitment, and have been collaborating on community resilience efforts since 2018. We are also ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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When Green Funds Collaborate with Community-Based Learning Courses: Lessons from the Field

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)

Community-based learning (CBL) courses engage students in an applied learning process in direct service of a campus community. Green funds offer money for student-initiated projects that improve the sustainability of ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Making "Cents" of Green Funds: How to Start One, Keep It Going, and Innovate

  • George Mason University (VA)
  • Hanover College (IN)
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)

Let's put some "FUN" in "green fund!" Come ready to explore best practices for managing a university green fund, how to engage community partners in green fund projects, and ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Taking Action on Sustainability Commitments Using IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service)

  • Clemson University (SC)
  • Duke Energy (NC)

The future will require ingenuity and innovation as well as capital to move the needle on sustainability commitments. The past decade has clearly demonstrated that our previous capitalization and decision-making ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Amplifying Our Voices: Aligning Food Procurement Standards in a New Era

  • Real Food Challenge (MA)

Anchors in Action (AiA) alliance is a national cross-sector partnership among Center for Good Food Purchasing, Health Care Without Harm, and Real Food Challenge. Together these groups represent hospitals, school ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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AIM2Flourish: Using Business for Good Education to Inspire the Future of Business

  • Case Western Reserve University (OH)

"If you want to change how business operates you have to change the way it is taught." - David Cooperrider, PhD AIM2Flourish is a program of the Fowler Center for Business ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Integrating Equity and Basic Needs Programs into Higher Education Sustainability Initiatives

  • University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)

Amidst a global pandemic the expectations and experiences for students within their higher education institutions are indicating increased challenges to well-being and student success. International to first generation and non-traditional ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Building a Resilient and Just Society Through Retirement Programs

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Natixis Investment Managers (MA)
  • PRM Consulting Group (DC)

Many colleges and universities are working to align their education, research, and operations with the Sustainable Development Goals. While many have taken steps to integrate Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Addressing the Misalignment of Retirement Options and Stated Values on a University Campus

  • University of North Carolina, Asheville (NC)

There is a growing interest in personal retirement investments that consider both building wealth and making long-term positive impacts on our planet, society, and future. However, at many colleges and ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Setting a Path for Elimination of Carbon Emissions through Electrification of Natural Gas Equipment

  • Stanford University (CA)

Stanford University has reduced its carbon emissions by 69% from peak levels in 2011 and is on track to achieve 80% reduction in the next year through procurement of 100 ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Lessons of Sustainability Learned as a Disaster Mental Health Counselor

  • California State University, Stanislaus (CA)

Providing services as a disaster mental health counselor involves the following for survivors: understanding their expectable reactions, employing short-term interventions, restoring their personal safety, utilizing multicultural competency and awareness, and ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Sustainability Dashboards: From Hopes & Dreams to Reality & Maintenance

  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)
  • University of Oregon (OR)

University-wide Sustainability Dashboards can emphasize and juxtapose the various aspects of sustainability, while increasing institutional transparency. Organizing and presenting institutional performance data helps quantify universities' progress as sustainability leaders while ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Influencing Sustainability Decision-Making: A "Simple" Triple Bottom Line Cost Benefit Analysis Tool

  • Ohio University (OH)

Making the business case argument for sustainability initiatives can be the most difficult part of a sustainability leader's job. A group of faculty, staff and students at Ohio University ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Strategic Contracting for Zero Waste

  • Boston University (MA)

How can Universities re-structure their waste contracts to secure a strategic partnership with a waste hauler aligned with their goals, and support the necessary transformation of business operations within the ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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What the Fork: A Case Study in Bioplastics

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

The University of Arizona Compost Cats was founded in 2011 by a small group of students with a mission to divert food waste from the Student Unions away from local ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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The Future of Building Science Education with the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory (CO)

Experience the future of building science education with the U.S. Department Energy Solar Decathlon, from walkthroughs of winning build projects to the opportunity to ask an expert about building ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Community College Networking Session

  • Johnson County Community College (KS)

This networking session will allow community college sustainability practitioners to share successes/frustrations as well as have a chance to provide feedback on how AASHE serves its community college members.

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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"Who's the Contact Person for That?": Creating Sustainability Hubs for More Effective Connection

  • Binghamton University (NY)

The strengths of academic institutions are often related to research, curricula, and pedagogy. While these are critical areas to highlight, there are often several additional innovative initiatives and activities occurring ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Climate Communication: Practical Applications for Educators, Students, and Service Learning Programs

  • Eckerd College (FL)
  • Student Public Interest Research Group (IL)

Join Dr. Joanna Huxster, Assistant Professor in Environmental Studies at Eckerd College, and Dan Xie, Political Director for the Student Public Interest Research Groups (PIRGs) for a session on the ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Using Black Soldier Fly Larvae for Campus Organic Waste Bioconversion and Closed-Loop Agriculture

  • The University of Findlay (OH)

Multiple studies have found that Black Soldier Fly (Hermetia illucens) larvae is highly efficient in reducing organic waste, converting it into high quality animal feed and nutrient-rich fertilizer (e.g ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Should We Be Concerned About Almost True Climate Solution Strategies and Policies?

  • University of California, Irvine (CA)

Advocates often oversimplify policy ideas or proposed climate solutions, to make them digestible by those new to an issue or proposed remedy.  However, problems develop when more understanding, evidence, and ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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What Are We Even Doing Here? Empowering Students in the Face of Overlapping Crises

  • University of Oregon (OR)

Teaching and mentoring Gen-Z students can often feel full of cognitive dissonance as we talk about career possibilities or the value of upcycling a t-shirt into a tote bag even ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Using STARS As A Change Management Tool

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Boston University (MA)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • GreenerU (MA)

STARS has the capacity to inform and encourage organizational change to advance sustainability. This session will provide tools for effectively leveraging a STARS report for tracking, assessing, and informing sustainability ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Conducting Campus Dining Operations Successfully in the Middle of a Pandemic

  • Mount Holyoke College (MA)

Mount Holyoke College started tracking food waste with the Leanpath food waste prevention system in October of 2019. With the onset of the Covid 19 pandemic in early 2020 the ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Leveraging Change Communication & Management Theories for Sustainable Employee Behavior Change

  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)

The last year has been extremely stressful with the Covid-19 global pandemic, sustainability crises looming, and employee burnout across sectors. So how do we build a suite of programs that ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Stay Rad, Post Grad!

  • Post-Landfill Action Network (NH)

Are you graduating? Are you panicking? Or maybe you know exactly what you want to do, but it's just a matter of making it happen. Join the PLAN staff ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Renewable Energy and Carbon Offset Discussions: Peer to Peer Strategy Share

  • Chatham University (PA)
  • University at Buffalo (NY)
  • Swarthmore College (PA)
  • Center for Resource Solutions | Green-e (CA)

Renewable energy and carbon offsets are key components for decarbonization and therefore higher education institutions must develop sourcing strategies both to be good stewards to their community and planet as ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Is Carbon Neutrality the Right Goal? Lessons From Leaders in the Second Nature Carbon Commitment

  • Smith College (MA)

The most important number in climate policy is zero – we need to achieve global carbon neutrality as quickly as possible to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. Nearly 800 ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Buying Carbon Dioxide Removals

  • Raritan Valley Community College (NJ)

Carbon Dioxide Removals are coming onto the market as an alternative to traditional carbon offsets. Microsoft, Stripe, and Shopify are supporting the development of CDR technologies and companies by vetting ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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BIPOCs in Sustainability Networking

  • AASHE (PA)

This networking and discussion session will ideate around best practices and strategies sustainability professionals can use to center BIPOC voices. We aim to provide a safe space while giving voice ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Benchmarking Higher Education Zero Waste Programs

  • Resource Recycling Systems (RRS) (MI)

Sometimes building a zero-waste program can feel like you are on an island. But according to recent research conducted by RRS that looked at over 300 universities and colleges across ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Advising for Sustainability

  • West Chester University of Pennsylvania (PA)

All campus spaces and interactions are pedagogical, and since NACADA, the main professional organization devoted to academic advising, maintains that advising is teaching, we can use advising as a powerful ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Building Resilient, Long Lasting Student Led Movements

  • University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (WI)

Often times university student movements come and go due to graduating leaders and loss of knowledge. These groups are full of fire and passion and at points drift into nothing ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Implementing a New Campus-Wide Bin Infrastructure: From Setting Standards to Deploying Bins

  • Austin Community College (TX)
  • Case Western Reserve University (OH)
  • Busch Systems (ON)

Have you ever dreamed about completely replacing all of the waste and recycling bins on your campus with shiny new, perfectly selected, and ideally placed bins? What would you do ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Zero Waste as a Tool for Transformation: How Swarthmore College Engages Campus and Reduces Waste

  • Swarthmore College (PA)

Swarthmore College’s Office of Sustainability hires 20 student employees annually to participate in its Green Advisor program. Green Advisors act as campus sustainability advocates and often express concern about ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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A Fresh Take on Recycling Contamination Education: Moving Beyond the Traditional Waste Audit

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

The University of Arizona began a residential waste auditing program over ten years ago. What started as a typical waste audit project with sorting and weighing has grown into something ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Preparing Our Urban Forests for Our Changing Climate

  • Urban Forest Initiative (KY)

Urban forests are vital to mitigating the negative effects of climate change to urban residents. Urban trees help reduce storm-water runoff, cool cities, filter air and water pollutants, sequester carbon ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Creating Meaningful Volunteer Opportunities for Students Online

  • University of Guelph (ON)
  • Humber College (ON)

COVID-19 has uprooted our day-to-day lives and has made it challenging to provide meaningful learning experiences for students who are now pursuing their education and extracurricular activities entirely online. In ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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A Tectonic Shift in Dining Services: Brandeis' New Metrics for Advancing Sustainability Through Food

  • Brandeis University (MA)
  • Sodexo USA (MD)

In the year leading up to the covid-19 crisis, Brandeis University was busy preparing an RFP for a new dining vendor. This presented a pivotal opportunity to incorporate sustainability in ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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SDGs Cities Challenge

  • University of Texas at Arlington (TX)
  • University of Melbourne (Victoria)
  • ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability

The United Nations' 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development recognizes that local and subnational governments are key stakeholders to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). By aligning local sustainability actions and ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Coming Together to Address the World's Greatest Challenges

  • University of Minnesota System Office (MN)

At the University of Minnesota, sustainability is a priority highlighted by our recent Systemwide Strategic Plan. Learn how our campuses work together to build a fully sustainable future.

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Fun with Food Systems: Creative Ways to Increase Food Sovereignty and Build Community Remotely

  • Portland Community College (OR)

Food shortages skyrocketed at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and community college students were notably affected. Normal campus supports such as in-person food pantries, learning gardens, and our campus ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Keeping Campus' Buildings Healthy: Managing 3D Printer Emissions for Occupant Safety and Health

  • University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas (TX)
  • UL (Underwriters Laboratories) (IL)

Years of research prove that designing, operating and managing our buildings with a focus on good indoor air quality (IAQ) is essential to protect the health and productivity of building ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Creating Alumni Connections Through a Sustainability Course

  • Connecticut College (CT)

Once per year, the Office of Sustainability offers a 2-credit course called SUS 293: Applied Sustainability. The course is designed for interns in the Office and other students interested in ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Assessing Food Security in Higher Education

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Michigan State University (MI)

Food security exists when all people in a community, at all times, have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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College Campuses as the "Great Equalizer" - Or Are They: A Critical Perspective to Sustainability

  • Winthrop University (SC)

College campuses have often been touted as the great equalizer, a place where those who are marginalized, either racially or economically, have as much ability to succeed as their non-marginalized ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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