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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Canadian Provinces

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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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PLASTIC - How to Organize a Movement to Ban Disposable Plastics on Campus!

  • Eckerd College (FL)
  • The Student PIRGs (OR)
  • Post-Landfill Action Network (NH)

Coffee cups, bags, straws, take-out containers, swag, etc. Let's talk about how to build a movement to eliminate all disposable items from campus! Organizing around eliminating disposable plastics can ...

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Catalyzing Sustainable Communities through Change Management

  • Oberlin College (OH)
  • University of Pennsylvania (PA)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • Trust (MA)

Sustainability practitioners are at the forefront of building just, sustainable communities. But how many of us have research-backed tools and principles to help us be effective change makers? Join us ...

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Strengthening Social Sustainability in the Face of Declining Community Trust

  • College of Charleston (SC)

A just transition to a more sustainable world requires a strong understanding and application of social sustainability. Yet, social sustainability is often misunderstood, underrepresented and excluded, particularly in higher education ...

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Integration of the SDGs Across Curricular / Co-Curricular Programs: Shared Best Practices

  • Furman University (SC)
  • George Mason University (VA)
  • Mount Holyoke College (MA)
  • University of South Florida (Tampa) (FL)

The United Nations' 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by ...

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Biodiversity Assessment for Non-Biologists: Tools for Completing the STARS Credit

  • University of Dayton (OH)

Are you intimidated by the STARS Biodiversity Assessment credit? If so, you're not alone. Thirty percent of STARS reporters do not complete this credit. And yet biodiversity loss and ...

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Don't Just do Something, Sit There: The Role of Meditation in Mobilizing a Just Transition

  • Colorado Mountain College (CO)

This presentation will focus on the challenges and successes the presenter has experienced while trying to get his students, co-workers, and neighbors to meditate. Meditation has proven benefits for physical ...

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Sustainable Menstruation: Making Periods Sustainable and Accessible to all

  • California State University, Northridge (CA)
  • California State University, San Marcos (CA)

Did you know that the average menstruating person throws away 1200 menstrual care products during their time in college? Disposable menstrual care products are wasteful and costly, especially for students ...

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Niizhoo-gwayakochigewin: Two Ways of Doing the Right Thing in the Right Way

  • Bemidji State University (MN)

Named for an Ojibwe phrase which translates to 'two ways of doing the right things in the right way,' Niizhoo-gwayakochigewin draws from Bemidji State University's (BSU) Sustainability Office, Department ...

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Learning from Nature to Become a Better Change Maker

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

As sustainability staff, building relationships between other staff and students can be critical to making change. Pulling from the lessons learned in adrienne maree brown's book, Emergent Strategy, this ...

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Sustainability Across the Curriculum: Best Practices Mini-Workshop

  • Central College (IA)
  • Dickinson College (PA)
  • Furman University (SC)

Join four members schools of the AASHE Centers for Sustainability Across the Curriculum network, that regularly offer workshops and other professional development opportunities, in an experiential mini-workshop where participants will ...

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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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Tackling Plastic from Policy to Implementation

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

Recent changes in the recycling markets have made it more important than ever to prevent waste from being generated before it needs to be managed at the end of life ...

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Encountering Unjust Transitions: Sustainability, Masculinities, and (m)Anthropocene Collapse

  • College of Charleston (SC)

This session builds on the Just Transition insight that, 'The transition itself must be just and equitable' and must include 'redressing past harms and creating new relationships of power for ...

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Creating Change Agents for Campus Sustainability Through Applied Learning Projects

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

This session will explore how the framework of key competencies in sustainability can be useful for campus operations. Our session will focus on how applied learning projects can generate both ...

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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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Not Just an Efficient Toilet: Shifting from Water Management to Water Stewardship

  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (WI)
  • Alliance for Water Stewardship

Universities have employed traditional water efficiency strategies effectively. But what if your institution's water is sourced from communities adversely impacted by water withdrawals? Or if rainfall on your campus ...

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The Roadmap to Zero: Decarbonizing Swarthmore's Energy Systems

  • Swarthmore College (PA)

Climate change poses a grave threat to human health, safety, and well-being. Building on Swarthmore's mission to educate for the common good, the College seeks to model the transformation ...

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Keys to Safer Disinfection in a COVID Environment

  • University of Virginia (VA)
  • Healthy Schools Campaign (IL)

Sustainability in higher education often follows a top-down approach, focusing on student enrichment and project-based solutions. What has been missing is the willingness to consider who has been left out ...

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Integrating Wellness and Diversity into the Sustainability Model: A Faculty and Staff Perspective

  • Augsburg University (MN)
  • Bemidji State University (MN)

The Bemidji State University (BSU) Sustainability Office realized in 2008 that the work they felt called to do required a different visual representation than the typical Venn diagram that includes ...

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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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Herbicide Free Campus: Transitioning Away From Synthetic Herbicides Use on School Campuses

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)
  • Herbicide Free Campus (CA)

Herbicide Free Campus is a student-founded organization that work directly with groundskeepers and school campuses to end campus reliance on synthetic herbicides. Modern science has proven time and time again ...

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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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A Competency Framework for Sustainability Studies Program Development

  • Colorado Mountain College (CO)

The presenter will discuss methods and findings from her recently published research on competencies for sustainability studies and related academic programs ('Competencies and Pedagogies for Sustainability Education: A Roadmap for ...

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Conversations on STARS as a Strategic Tool for Advancing Sustainability

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

This panel will dive into the different opportunities that exist to use AASHE's STARS as a tool to advance sustainability within an institution. Each panelist will dive into their ...

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Your Mileage May Vary: Creating Your Institution Roadmap to Just Employment

  • Saint Joseph's University (PA)

An increasing number of institutions have adopted living wage policies or practices to ensure that their employees (and in some cases contractors' employees) are paid an adequate income to make ...

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Centering Equity within Sustainability Offices

  • Humber College (ON)

At the 2019 AASHE Conference & Expo, Meghan Fay Zahniser (Executive Director) spoke in her closing remarks that sustainability staff and administrators have a professional and moral duty to incorporate ...

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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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Queering Sustainability

  • University of Montana (MT)

Queering Sustainability...What does that mean and why should we care? If we truly want to talk about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and 'Mobilizing for a Just Transition,' we have ...

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Solastalgia: Reconnecting With the Natural World and Mobilizing for the Greater Good

  • The College of Saint Scholastica (MN)

Solastalgia is a term coined by Glenn Albrecht used to describe mental distress (anxiety, grief, depression) caused by experiencing changes in one's environment. Though Western science has started to ...

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Leveraging the Buying Power of Universities for Sustainable Procurement and Market Transformation

  • Boston University (MA)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA)
  • University of California, Office of the President (CA)
  • Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (DC)

College campuses are seeking to use purchasing power to drive sustainability goals, yet lack the leverage, as single institutions, to shift supplier behaviors. This session will begin with the compelling ...

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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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What Motivates Change Agents and Supports Their Resilience in the Face of Adversity?

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Yale University (CT)

One of the key features that distinguishes sustainability from other fields is its normative aspect. Sustainability is about creating a better world starting today based on a just vision of ...

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Competencies for Advancing Transformations Towards Sustainability and their Assessment

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

Sustainability competencies have been articulated in diverse disciplines, from engineering to public education. Yet, there still remains a lack of clarity and coordination regarding a unified set of sustainability competencies ...

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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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Strengthening Sustainability Programs and Curricula at the Undergraduate and Graduate Levels

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)
  • University of Michigan (MI)
  • The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (DC)

Sustainability education is crucial to address urgent environmental, economic, and societal challenges. The number of undergraduate and graduate degree programs, research institutes, and centers focused on sustainability has markedly increased ...

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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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A Student Club Revolutionizes the Meaning on Green at a Community College in Dallas

  • Dallas College (TX)

The Green Club is a group of Cedar Valley College students who are spreading awareness of the importance of taking care of our environment by being involved with the external ...

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Unlikely Relationships: Multidisciplinary Cooperation to Divert Textile Waste

  • Iowa State University (IA)

Hands-on design courses are an essential component of apparel design curriculum and make up a sizable portion of the classes offered in many university apparel design programs worldwide. However, sewing ...

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Celebrating 20 Years of RecycleMania: Campus Impacts, Best Practices and Leadership

  • National Wildlife Federation (VA)

This is a proposal to submit a video instead of a poster due to the transition to a virtual conference platform for AASHE 2020. This video will tell the story ...

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Using Research to Improve Water Sustainability at Weber State University

  • Weber State University (UT)

Our student session will focus on undergraduate research done in Ogden, Utah at Weber State University. This research investigates attitudes, beliefs and perceptions towards water and water use held by ...

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Integrating Sustainability and Development With Gala at the University of Michigan

  • University of Michigan (MI)

Sustainability is a necessary transition that poses unprecedented challenges for ensuring widely shared well-being and prosperity. Sustainable development seeks to illuminate specific pathways to sustainability, especially in geographic areas that ...

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Promoting Sustainability Through Diverse Children's Literature

  • University of Wisconsin-River Falls (WI)

Since 2013 this unit on assessment within the elementary Educational Psychology course introduces aspiring educators (>860 students) to the topic of constructing informal formative and summative assessments, rubrics and extension ...

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Democratizing Campus Sustainability Through Student Empowerment

  • University of Kentucky (KY)

The University of Kentucky Student Sustainability Council was established in 2009 to steward the Green Fee collected annually from students. By bringing together student leaders from many disciplines and backgrounds ...

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Everything I Learned in a Kindergarten Classroom: Designing Timeless Spaces for Equity, Learning and

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)

Sustainability is more than energy efficiency and materials management. Designing sustainable learning spaces requires addressing multiple desired outcomes with limited resources. Truly sustainable spaces account for how the space welcomes ...

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A More Bird-Safe Campus: The JCCC Bird Collision Study in Practice and the Classroom

  • Johnson County Community College (KS)

Johnson County Community College has since 2018 collected data on bird/window strikes across its xxx acre, suburban campus, assembling an impressive dataset on bird species and strike location(s ...

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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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