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
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Countries
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U.S. States & Territories
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Canadian Provinces

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Connecting Community Partnerships with Curriculum to Strengthen Sustainability Education

  • University of St. Thomas (MN)
  • Virginia Tech (VA)

This session will discuss the role of community partnerships (CP) for strengthening sustainability education at the University of St. Thomas (UST), a liberal arts university, and Virginia Tech (VT), a ...

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Barriers and Breakthroughs On the Road to Large-Scale Renewable Energy PPAs

  • Boston University (MA)
  • University of Richmond (VA)
  • Edison Energy (CA)

Conventional power prices are at historic lows. Yet, wind and solar power costs are still able to compete with 'brown' power. A new renewable energy trends report by the University ...

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Sustaining Ourselves - A Collaborative Mini-Retreat for Sustainability Professionals

  • Carleton College (MN)
  • Macalester College (MN)
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

Join sustainability professionals across Minnesota in discovering how a model of stepping away from our various institutions, discovering common challenges and building cross-institution relationships helps us sustain ourselves. The planning ...

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Using Sustainability-Themed Undergraduate Research Programs to Enhance Student Engagement in Research

  • University at Buffalo (NY)
  • University of South Dakota (SD)
  • University of Nebraska - Lincoln (NE)

Sustainability research provides a framework for engaging undergraduate students from diverse disciplinary backgrounds. This session will discuss recruitment successes and opportunities for several sustainability-focused National Science Foundation Research Experiences for ...

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Sustaining Food and Housing Insecure Students on College Campuses

  • Portland Community College (OR)

Food insecurity or the lack of reliable access to sufficient quantities of affordable, nutritious food is common at colleges and universities across the country, undermining the educational success of thousands ...

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RecycleMania's Race to Zero Waste

  • Brigham Young University (UT)
  • Keep America Beautiful (CT)
  • Aquinas College (MI)

A review of participation and analysis of data from the first full year of RecycleMania's Race to Zero Waste. In it's first year as a formal competition category ...

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Flow State Organizations: Organizational Design for Sustainability

  • Harvard University (MA)
  • University of Hawaii System Office (HI)

Our existing organization model has proven to be incapable of the pace, depth and breadth of change that the sustainability agenda requires. We need to co-create flow state organizations that ...

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Gamification and Socialization of Sustainable Habits at Boston University Using the JouleBug Mobile App

  • Boston University (MA)
  • Joulebug (NC)

This session will be an overview of the JouleBug sustainability platform, as well as a discussion of Boston University's specific experience with the platform, from both a student and ...

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Finding the Sustainability Sweet Spot: Where Operations and Education Converge

  • Portland Community College (OR)
  • University of Calgary (AB)

Education for sustainable development requires an interdisciplinary approach. Yet, few organizations are ready to embrace the dynamism that breeds collaborative academic success. Like academic disciplines, college operations are too frequently ...

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A Relay-Race, not a Sprint: Advancing Campus as Lab in Solidarity

  • Johnson County Community College (KS)
  • Princeton University (NJ)
  • University of Calgary (AB)

Campus as a Living Laboratory' is a rapidly evolving strategy for deploying innovative and utilitarian sustainability strategies. Presenters from diverse geographic locations and institution types examine the differences and similarities ...

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Jumping Through Hoops for Zero-Waste

  • University of Arizona (AZ)
  • University of Denver (CO)

This presentation will guide students in how to work with different levels of administration like Athletics, Facilities, Sodexo, and sports fans. Often as students, it's hard to make connections ...

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Student-led community food access initiative

  • Johnson C. Smith University (NC)

A student-led garden was started on the campus grounds at Johnson C. Smith University in the fall of 2012. This initiative was put into place to address food security issues ...

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Throwing in the Towel: Lessons Learned from Launching a Paper Towel Compost Program

  • Austin Community College (TX)

Waste diversion is a common thread woven throughout Austin Community College District's sustainability goals. With 11 current campus locations and new facilities added continuously, the footprint of the district ...

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Supporting Students' Sustainability Learning and Emotional Resilience with Reflection and Contemplation

  • Peninsula College (WA)
  • Evergreen State College, The (WA)
  • Western Washington University (WA)

How do we foster the cognitive complexity, ethical development, and personal resolve required for this 'sustainability century?' Tackling complex, systemic problems requires nuanced interdisciplinary understandings and the ability to engage ...

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Catch: A Face-to-Face Dynamic Simulation Game for Teaching About Renewable Natural Resource Management and Sustainability

  • Western Michigan University (MI)

Catch© is free, fun and innovative, face-to-face systems dynamic simulation game that responds to the need for new, core-competency based pedagogical resources for teaching about the challenges of transformative change ...

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Social Learning Platform and Collaborative Design Process for a Net Positive Outdoor Sustainability Learning Center

  • Western Michigan University (MI)

The Outdoor Education Space project is a process-centric approach to designing a net-positive education and retreat space that intends to procure community engagement by collectivizing the ideas presented and deliberated ...

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Learning for Sustainability Core Competencies Through an Evidence Based Internship Program

  • Western Michigan University (MI)

The Wesustain Internship Program is a semester-long, paid, discovery-driven opportunity for ambitious students seeking to gain leadership experience while exploring both on and off campus sustainability projects. This program provides ...

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Diversity Social: Solidarity Can Be Fun!

  • Indiana University South Bend (IN)
  • Princeton University (NJ)
  • Fair Trade Colleges & Universities (CA)

Continue the recent conversation on the GreenSchools listserv about diversity challenges facing our field and what your needs are as a sustainability professional striving to speak to social justice challenges ...

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Food Waste Interventions

  • Georgia Southern University (GA)
  • Portland State University (OR)
  • Sodexo (FL)

Information will be shared about Portland State's No Scraps Left Behind (NSLB) program at the PSU Dining Hall, the residential compost program, donations to PSU's food pantry, & ...

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Bees on Campus: Student Engagement in Sustainable Practices

  • Trinity University (TX)
  • Portland Community College, Rock Creek Campus (OR)

Our presentation will discuss the benefits and implications of using beekeeping to engage university students, faculty and staff in sustainable practices. Our goal is to stress the importance of pollinators ...

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Building Our Capacity for Taking Action Together

  • Daemen College (NY)
  • Green Mountain College (VT)

Sustainability education needs more emphasis on developing skills necessary for students to engage in effective collective action (CA). This presentation will showcase coursework and projects at Green Mountain College and ...

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Sustainability Solidarity on Multi-Campus Community Colleges

  • Central Community College (NE)
  • Cuyahoga Community College (OH)

Community colleges with a single sustainability office but multiple campuses in different cities and locations face challenges to create a sustainability solidarity that extends to all sites. One main campus ...

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Surplus Assets Deserve to be Reused, Not Discarded

  • Colorado State University (CO)
  • Western Kentucky University (KY)
  • IRN - The Recycling Network (NH)

Every school generates surplus assets, every day. Computers, dorm and classroom furniture, supplies, desks and chairs, bookcases and storage shelves. The list is endless. Sadly, even though they have years ...

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STARS Town Hall

  • Colorado State University (CO)
  • Loyola University Chicago (IL)
  • AASHE (PA)

This interactive session will feature a presentation from AASHE staff about the ongoing technical development of STARS and a high-level discussion about potential improvements to the program. This session will ...

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Translating sustainability education and community action into solidarity by engaging underrepresented students in living labs

  • Colorado State University (CO)
  • Dickinson College (PA)

Living laboratories are increasingly becoming an important part of sustainability education at all levels. Many living laboratories enable participants to show 'internal' solidarity with classroom learning and 'external' solidarity with ...

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Thinking Beyond the Fork: Utilizing the Campus Food Truck as a Vehicle for Teaching Sustainability

  • University of North Carolina, Wilmington (NC)
  • Aramark Higher Education (PA)

What do you get when you combine a university food truck, a chef, a farmer, and a FoodCorps service member? The University of North Carolina Wilmington's Campus Dining program ...

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Climate Action (re)Boot Camp!

  • University of New Hampshire (NH)
  • Second Nature (MA)

Join us for a climate action boot camp! This workshop will provide a refresher on the basic components of climate action planning, and bring you up to date on reporting ...

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Black Hills Food Hub: Rural Food Hubs Serving a Wider Demographic

  • Black Hills State University (SD)

Black Hills State University and Spearfish community partners are creating a culture that supports and values local food in order to expand the reach and depth of our regional local ...

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Longitudinal Sustainability Literacy and Culture Assessment for Students, Faculty, and Staff - Lessons Learned and Results

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

As more institutions increase their focus on sustainability both academically and operationally, the need for measurement increases. Currently, there is no common tool for measuring sustainability literacy, the culture of ...

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Breaking Boundaries in Sustainability Education

  • University of Minnesota, Duluth (MN)
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

What brings together faculty in Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Sports Management and Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies? A new cohort-based fellowship program, hosted by the University of Minnesota's Institute ...

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Fulfilling an Academic Mission by Building as a Teaching Tool: Virginia Wesleyan University's Greer Environmental Sciences Center

  • Virginia Wesleyan College (VA)
  • VMDO Architects, PC (VA)

The Greer Environmental Sciences Center honors former President Greer's long-standing commitment to environmental sustainability and advocacy for a thriving science program at VWU. Completing the College's main quadrangle ...

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From Gown to Town: Bringing the Benefits of Solar Energy to the Community

  • University of Minnesota, Duluth (MN)
  • Midwest Renewable Energy Association (WI)
  • Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia (VA)
  • Institute for Sustainable Communities (VT)

Solar energy programs present a unique opportunity between colleges and their communities. We'll explore three areas where collaboration on and off campus are making a difference, including programs that ...

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Innovative Financing Options and the University Solar Deployment Process

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (DC)
  • Intentional Endowments Network (MA)
  • Midwest Renewable Energy Association (WI)
  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory (CO)

This workshop session will highlight new, high-impact ways in which higher education institutions can finance solar deployment, including making investments via endowments. In this session, EPA will review emerging solar ...

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Getting Traction with Large-Scale Renewable Energy Procurement: Finding Your Sweet-Spot and Effectively Communicating About It

  • George Washington University (DC)
  • Michigan State University (MI)
  • CustomerFirst Renewables (MD)

Technology cost reductions and favorable market economics make large-scale renewable energy an increasingly compelling choice for campuses to make step-change improvements in their GHG footprint while also reducing long-term cost ...

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Learning the Language of Executive Leadership to Increase Sustainability's Value

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)
  • U.S. Green Building Council (DC)
  • Purdue University (IN)

With higher education facing a new political landscape, ongoing budget cuts and an affordability crisis, among other challenges, sustainability professionals must be able to define and communicate sustainability's value ...

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Facilitating Urban Climate Resilience Planning: Experiences from 3 Cities

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Second Nature (MA)

Climate Resilience in Urban Campuses + Communities (CRUX) is a multi-city partnership created to pilot the implementation of the resilience-related elements of the newly launched Climate Commitment. We have selected three ...

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Greeks Go Green: Engaging the Collegiate Greek Community in Sustainable Practices

  • Davidson College (NC)
  • University of Arizona (AZ)
  • University of Nebraska - Lincoln (NE)
  • University of Washington, Seattle (WA)

Greek and other social organizations are a potent force on many college campuses, yet there has been little discussion about best practices for engaging these organizations in sustainability initiatives. Case ...

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Sustainability Summer Camps on Campus

  • Central College (IA)
  • Macalester College (MN)
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

This workshop highlights examples from two schools utilizing the resources of campus during the summer months through sustainability-focused day camps for kids. At the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Sarita Wetland ...

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Communicating Sustainability Through Social Media

  • Colgate University (NY)
  • Lehigh University (PA)
  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)

In order to reap the full benefits of engaging your campus community and the public in sustainability through social media, it is important to think about strategies to better leverage ...

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Sustainability and the Arts

  • Colgate University (NY)
  • State University of New York at Geneseo (NY)
  • University of Georgia (GA)

A major challenge for sustainability in higher education is effectively engaging the campus and surrounding community. The arts allow us to visualize and vocalize the hidden and complex into narratives ...

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Being a RE-Volv Solar Ambassador on your Campus and in your Community: Practical and Curricular Training and Experiences

  • Coastal Carolina University (SC)
  • RE-Volv (CA)

Re-Volv is a solar seed fund non-profit organization from San Francisco. It sponsors teams of college students each year to work with community non-profits and provide them solar energy. Establishing ...

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Accelerating Sustainability Integration through Strategic Leadership

  • Denison University (OH)
  • Swarthmore College (PA)
  • Unity College (ME)
  • University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (TX)

Positioning the institution's highest-ranking sustainability professional within an executive level leadership team is essential for advancing institutional strategy and readiness for change. C-suite sustainability provides transformational leadership that is ...

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Teaching Climate Change Across the Curriculum

  • Southwestern University (TX)
  • Trinity University (TX)

The complexities of climate change can only be understood through multiple disciplinary lenses. Faculty at Southwestern University and Trinity University have developed curricula that promote interdisciplinary student learning about this ...

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Prioritizing Sustainable Learning

  • Loyola University Chicago (IL)
  • University of South Alabama (AL)
  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)
  • CannonDesign (NY)

Many of today's colleges and universities have prioritized sustainability and, as a consequence, highly sustainable buildings and landscapes. And, without a doubt, both prospective and current students have expressed ...

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Secrets to Campus Energy Success: Constructing a Comprehensive Renewable Energy Strategy

  • University of Richmond (VA)
  • Edison Energy (CA)

Energy is one of the largest non-payroll operating costs for most colleges and universities. Campus budgets are exposed to volatile energy price fluctuations, rising over time. Electricity and natural gas ...

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Sustainability, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Across the Curriculum

  • Bemidji State University (MN)
  • North Hennepin Community College (MN)
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)
  • Robbinsdale Area Schools (MN)

This workshop is for faculty and staff of all disciplines who wish to interconnect and to integrate sustainability, diversity, equity and inclusion into their curriculum, with particular goals of 1 ...

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Submetering: Identify, Integrate, Fix-and Cruise

  • Princeton University (NJ)
  • Smith College (MA)
  • GreenerU (MA)

Submetering is amazing! Submetering is frustrating!' It's a roller coaster to deal with submetering technology sometimes. You finally have granular data to help you identify energy hogs on campus ...

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From the Southeast to the UN: Reflections from GA & SC on Applying for and Launching New Regional Centres of Expertise

  • Coastal Carolina University (SC)
  • Emory University (GA)
  • Georgia Institute of Technology (GA)
  • Portland Community College (OR)

Using sustainability education as a platform for building community and catalyzing social and environmental change in our regions has never been more important than it is right now. Sustainability education ...

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Athletics as a Resource for Advancing Campus Sustainability Goals

  • The Ohio State University (OH)
  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)
  • Green Sports Alliance (OR)

In 2016, with the support of the White House, the Green Sports Alliance announced October 6th as the inaugural Green Sports Day to celebrate the power of sports as an ...

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Diverse Paths to Success: Three High-Impact Infrastructure Projects that Reduced Energy Consumption and Emissions

  • Bowling Green State University (OH)
  • Rider University (NJ)
  • West Chester University of Pennsylvania (PA)
  • Sightlines (CT)

Despite lower utility costs and longer payback periods, sustainability outcomes across Higher Education continue to improve through investment in utility & systems upgrades. According to data from the joint 2016 ...

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