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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Growing Future Leaders: How to Foster Growth in Sustainability Leadership Programs

  • Bentley University (MA)
  • Boston University (MA)
  • Tufts University (MA)
  • GreenerU (MA)

In this session, you will hear from the sustainability offices with well-developed student leadership programs, and share your questions, suggestions, and learn lessons from being a student leader or managing ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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A Zero Waste Campus Is Possible

  • Post-Landfill Action Network (NH)

In this workshop we will facilitate a discussion around how students can lead specific efforts to solve waste issues on their campuses. We start with a short presentation on the ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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STARS Assessment as a Curricular Opportunity

  • Furman University (SC)

The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework used to measure a university’s overall sustainability performance. In most cases the STARS assessment is conducted ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Virtually Vital-Going Green, Globally

  • Dallas College (TX)

The members of the Cedar Valley Student Green Club used creativity to utilize a virtual platform to pioneer a variety of firsts for our campus at a time when many ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Current Issues in Online Sustainability Education

  • Indiana University South Bend (IN)

The future is online. Over the last five years, there has been an increased demand for hybrid and online courses. Online learning can offer multiple ways of learning and supporting ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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TreeCATs (Collegiate Arborist Trainings): A Model for Campus Tree Engagement

  • University of Kentucky (KY)

The TreeCATs (Collegiate Arborist Training) workshops, facilitated by the UK Urban Forest Initiative (UFI), promote knowledge, insights, skills, and engagement for college students, emboldening them to take a more active ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Creating an Equity-Based Climate Action Plan Through Stakeholder Engagement

  • Portland Community College (OR)
  • GreenerU (MA)

Many college campuses are looking for paths to climate neutrality - that is - reducing and sustaining zero-emissions operations. Climate action planning is one strategy to achieve this goal. But a straight ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Project-based Education Approaches to Help Communities Meet Global Sustainability Challenges

  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute (MA)

The needs and challenges in assuring a sustainable society are now greater than ever. The challenges range from water pollution and lack of potable drinking water, to solid waste management ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Converting Sustainability Case Studies From Problem-Solving to Problem-Posing

  • University of Central Oklahoma (OK)

Given that sustainability demands paradigmatic change in the current climate (Springett, 2005; Sterling, 2011; Hermes, J. and Rimanoczy, 2018), a transformative learning approach to sustainability education is essential to foster ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Grassroots to Green Energy: How Five Students Brought Five Acres of Solar to UW-Platteville.

  • University of Wisconsin-Platteville (WI)
  • McKinstry (WA)

While hundreds of United States colleges and universities have signed the Presidents' Climate Leadership Commitments, HOW to actually start and land renewable energy projects within the complex, frequently cash-strapped world ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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A Campus Sustainability Map Organized by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)

"Designing a map is not a trivial task." (1) This session discusses the purpose, process, and outcomes of developing a campus sustainability map. However, as we will demonstrate, while designing ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Change Management Campfire Stories: Telling Stories About Our Stumbles and What We Learned

  • Georgetown University (DC)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA)
  • Stanford University (CA)
  • University of California, Office of the President (CA)

This session will provide a virtual campfire story swap where long-time campus sustainability professionals will talk about their  stumbles, unexpected outcomes, how they felt, and what they learned. The saying ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Advocacy for Justice: Classrooms, Colleagues and Community

  • Catawba College (NC)

This session will provide an opportunity for an in-depth and perceptive discussion surrounding the intersections of justice across the varied social landscapes within Higher Education. Connected to this is an ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Sustainably Revisioning the Future: Insights to Build Upon from the COVID-19 Pandemic

  • Texas A&M University-Commerce (TX)
  • University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (WI)

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented a unique global opportunity to reset longstanding practices. The societal, economic, and environmental challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic have reached every facet of life ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Climate Action Simulation (With en-Roads): A Group Role-Playing Game

  • University of Massachusetts Lowell (MA)
  • University of Minnesota System Office (MN)

In a lightning fast and immersive method that the presenters have perfected in numerous online trainings, participants will learn how to facilitate a group role-playing simulation (which functions as a ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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What's in Your Toolkit? Laboratory Efficiency for Cutting Edge Labs

  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory (CO)

Cutting-edge research often hosts hazards that must be contained effectively to maintain a safe work environment for researchers. As a result, laboratories are complex buildings that can be challenging and ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Filling the Education Gap for Agenda 2030: SDG Academy Educational Tools and Partners

  • Sustainable Development Solutions Network (NY)

This discussion will cover filling the gap in higher education systems for Agenda 2030. The mission of the SDG Academy is to create and curate the best educational content on ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Learning How to Move Corporations on Climate and Racial Justice

  • Ceres (MA)
  • Intentional Endowments Network (MA)
  • As You Sow (CA)

SEC Commissioner Allison Lee recently shared with the corporate community that "A study from 2018 .. showed that 71 of the top 100 revenue generators globally were corporations while only 29 ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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COVID, Climate Action Plans and Resiliency in Davis, California: Leveraging a Town-Gown Relationship

  • University of California, Davis (CA)
  • City of Davis (CA)

UC Davis and City of Davis sustainability staff will share how the city and campus have repeatedly leveraged our college town-gown relationship for mutual benefit and support, and helped us ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Implementation of a Single-Use Plastics Ban: Navigating Contracts, Procurement, and Outreach

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

In 2020, the UC system passed a single-use plastics policy that aims to greatly reduce plastics on campuses and health systems. The policy went into effect in 2021, starting with ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Building a Climate Movement Within a Field

  • Temple University (PA)

This session will report on the founding and growth of Philosophers for Sustainability, an international organization of philosophers working to promote sustainability within and outside philosophy. Our projects include a ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Conducting a Voluntary University Review to Engage a Campus With the Sustainable Development Goals

  • University of California, Davis (CA)

In this presentation, UC Davis Sustainability staff will share how we leverage our sustainability performance assessment as an engagement tool, and we will specifically focus on the process we used ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Herbicide Free Campus: Re-Engaging Students With Their Environment

  • Herbicide Free Campus (CA)

Herbicide-Free Campus (HFC) envisions a toxin-free world created by student action. Founded by students, HFC empowers youth leaders to re-engage their campuses with creative outdoor work to end campus reliance ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Immersion & Collaboration: Engaging Students, Staff, and Faculty in Sustainability Reporting

  • Ball State University (IN)

For more than a decade, student teams from Ball State University have applied the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) principles and standards to document the operational management approach and annual sustainability ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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How To Decarbonize With Renewable Natural Gas

  • University of New Hampshire (NH)
  • Vanguard Renewables (MA)
  • ONE Gas (OK)

Many colleges and universities have set aggressive carbon neutrality targets and are struggling to find practical ways to meet the numbers. As colleges move toward reducing their carbon footprint by ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Move Out Programs: Finding the Solution for Your Campus

  • Post-Landfill Action Network (NH)

Every year when students move out of their dorms and apartments, tons of useful stuff is left behind or discarded. Over the past decade or so, campuses all across the ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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The Sustainability Mindset Indicator

  • oikos International
  • FOM University of Applied Sciences for Economics and Management

It has become clear that change is urgent in order to halt the many impacts humans have on our planet. Research has shown that if we want to promote engagement ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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A Beginner's Guide to Developing a Comprehensive Communication Strategy

  • Lehigh University (PA)

As sustainability professionals, we tend to wear many hats. This session is designed for those who are new to communications and unsure of where to begin developing a communications plan ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Approaches to Teaching Sustainability-Key Competencies

  • Colorado Mountain College (CO)
  • University of Dayton (OH)
  • University of Hawaii System Office (HI)
  • Sustainability Curriculum Consortium (MD)

As courses and programs in sustainability continue to expand in higher education, instructors are called on to develop and adapt new and innovative approaches to teaching that enable students to ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Engaging with Community Partners to Advance Sustainability Learning -- A New Affinity Group

  • Georgia Institute of Technology (GA)

Integrating Service-Learning/Community Engagement (SLCE) into Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) offers opportunities to enhance student learning outcomes and competencies across diverse disciplines. Research has demonstrated that service-learning can deepen ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Sustainable Living and Collaborative Learning on Pitt's Campus

  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)

In the Fall of 2022, the University of Pittsburgh will launch it's first Sustainability Living Learning Community for both upperclassmen and freshmen. Living Learning Communities (LLCs) are specialized living ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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University Leadership: Elevating the Value of Outdoor Spaces Using the SITES® Rating System

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)
  • Green Business Certification Inc (DC)

Landscapes are an integral part of the built environment that provide a multitude of essential services such as flood control, improved water quality, climate regulation, pollination services and improved health ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Keynote Presentation with Heather McGhee

  • Portland Community College (OR)
  • AASHE (PA)

Heather McGhee designs and promotes solutions to inequality in America. She is the author of The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together (2021 ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Moving from 'Sustaina-splaining' to Inclusion

  • California State University, San Marcos (CA)
  • University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)

This presentation will highlight the work of several professionals (2 sustainability officers, 1 diversity, equity and inclusion practitioner and 1 campus center director) at two California universities. We will will ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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University-Community Collaboration for Climate Justice Across Disciplines

  • University of St. Thomas (MN)

Communities locally and globally are re-imagining systems to restore interconnected human and environmental well-being. University-community collaborative partnerships can be a crucial part of this effort. This presentation explores how university-community ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Enhancing Sustainability Education through Biomimicry

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

Biomimicry is growing as a field in engineering to sustainability, defined as nature-inspired design, and positioned as an interdisciplinary field aiming to create more sustainable futures. However, few biomimicry-specific university ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Leadership & Sustainability in Action: A Practitioner's Case for Integrated Teaching

  • Florida State University (FL)
  • Harvard University (MA)

At colleges and universities all over the United States, instructors of leadership courses argue that they teach students about equitable, healthy leadership and prepare the next generation of leaders to ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Electrification, Distributed Energy Solutions and Campus Economics - Re-Targeting Our Commitments!

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

The future is.... all about ELECTRIFICATION, DISTRIBUTED ENERGY SOLUTIONS AND CAMPUS ECONOMICS. As we re-evaluate our commitments to sustainability, we must turn from broad goals to actionable strategies to make ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Sustainability & Environmental Career Exploration Series

  • Tulane University (LA)

This presentation will share a new approach to career exploration developed for the spring of 2021 by the Tulane Office of Sustainability. The series brought together a number of existing ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Take Advantage of 179D Government Program for Energy/Savings in Public Campuses

  • Efficiency Energy LLC (CO)

Federal legislation passed in 2021 a permanent tax benefit called 179D that reimburses for a portion of the square footage when one builds in energy efficiency. Your campus should take ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Reducing Campus Waste: Ten Years of a Campus FreeStore

  • Bemidji State University (MN)

Mother earth is crying out for help, and we are the only ones that have the power to do make things better; for this reason the Sustainability office at Bemidji ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Simplifying Sustainable Procurement: EPA's Recommendations of Standards and Ecolabels

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (DC)

EPA's Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) program harnesses the power of the over 650 billon dollar federal pocketbook to catalyze a more sustainable marketplace for all - reducing climate impacts, improving ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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The Future Is Interdisciplinary: A Campus Farm Model

  • Grand Valley State University (MI)

This presentation will focus on the GVSU Sustainable Agriculture Project, an interdisciplinary, four-acre, student operated farm. The mission of the SAP is to seed sustainable agriculture best practices, cultivate leadership ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Keynote Presentation with Dr. Michael J. Sorrell

  • Paul Quinn College (TX)
  • University of Texas at Arlington (TX)

Named one of America’s 10 Most Innovative College Presidents, Dr. Michael J. Sorrell is pioneering the “New Urban College Model” as the President of Paul Quinn College. With a ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Identifying Assessment Practices That Support Sustainability Competencies

  • MacEwan University (AB)

Have you ever wondered if your grading and assessment practices are supporting or hindering the development of sustainability competencies? When most of us think about how to improve our courses ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Regeneration & Reclamation in Environmental Justice Projects by Contemporary Artists and Educators

  • Colorado State University, Pueblo (CO)
  • George Washington University (DC)
  • Parsons (IL)
  • ViVA Virtual Visiting Artists (OH)

For many years, internationally renowned award-winning contemporary artists around the country have been leaders of community-based social practice projects that feature creative approaches to urban renewal and communal agriculture, native ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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Shaping the Future with Heat-Free Print Technology

  • Epson America (CA)

Institutions of higher learning are uniquely positioned to lead by example on environmental issues. One way to do this is by investing in heat-free printing technologies that reduce energy consumption ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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20 Paths to a Living Wage Policy: Is Fair Employment in Your Institution's Future?

  • Saint Joseph's University (PA)

Raising the federal minimum wage has been discussed by the Biden administration and a living wage is receiving increased attention by public, media, employers, and employees. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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How Swarthmore College and Vanderbilt University are Neutralizing Their Footprint with Climate Vault

  • Swarthmore College (PA)
  • Climate Vault (IL)

This session will explore how verified carbon offsets play an important role for higher education institutions to reduce and/or neutralize their carbon footprint – and how one non-profit’s approach ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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University Air Travel and GHG Mitigation: An Analysis of Higher Education Climate Policies

  • University of Tennessee at Knoxville (TN)

This presentation will detail and discuss research that examined the climate policies of 46 public doctoral institutions to understand how they address university air travel greenhouse gas mitigation. This research ...

  • Posted Jan. 21, 2022
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