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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Food Waste Warriors: Combating Food Waste with Strong Relationships and Education

  • University of North Carolina, Asheville (NC)

Through strong partnerships with community members both on and off campus, UNC Asheville Dining Services continues to reduce waste, while increasing educational opportunities around food waste. UNC Asheville Dining Services ...

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Land Acknowledgements

  • Bemidji State University (MN)

A Land Acknowledgement is a statement that 'recognizes the Indigenous peoples who have been dispossessed from the homelands and territories upon which an institution was built and currently occupies and ...

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St. Scholastica's Free Store Creation

  • The College of Saint Scholastica (MN)

During this presentation we will discuss the processes that enabled St. Scholastica to establish a free store within the sustainability office. The initial inspiration for creating a free store on ...

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Looking ahead to 2030: Updating the University of California Sustainable Food Policy

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

In 2009, the University of California (UC) developed a goal to meet 20% sustainable food by 2020, asking each UC campus to integrate sustainable food into their menus while remaining ...

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Catalyzing a Culture of Sustainability at McGill University with the Sustainability Projects Fund

  • McGill University (QC)

The Sustainability Projects Fund (SPF) is a crown jewel of McGill's sustainability efforts and a best-practice model for universities. The SPF's main goal is to build a culture ...

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From Baby Steps to the High Dive: Bringing Circular Principles Into 2020 Action Plans

  • Rheaply, Inc (IL)

What will it take to scale circular efforts in higher education? In this presentation, we will discuss an ingredient of a circular economy that's missing in higher education: using ...

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Climate Action Planning: How to build momentum for a new plan despite missing the deadline

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)

Northern Arizona University (NAU) launched an ambition Climate Action Plan in 2010 with the target date of Carbon Neutrality of 2020. This set in motion a series of efficiency upgrades ...

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Sustainability Professionals: Helping Students Prepare for Sustainability Related Careers

  • Denison University (OH)

In 2019, Denison's Office of Sustainability launched a new program called the Sustainability Professionals Initiative. Today's organizations, big and small, public and private, are being required to take ...

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Living up to the UN SDG's with the Living Building Challenge

  • International Living Future Institute (WA)

Many colleges and universities have aligned their sustainability plans with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDG's). These 17 global goals aim to end extreme poverty, fight inequality ...

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How to create a culture of empowerment around your campus zero waste program

  • CleanRiver Recycling Solutions (ON)

This presentation is a critical must-see for anyone seeking tangible strategies to drive engagement in their campus zero waste program. Slides and visual aids will be used to present a ...

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Food Sustainability Beyond the Dining Halls

  • College of William & Mary (VA)

In recent years, William & Mary has made some great advances in sustainability throughout the dining halls. However, there are also a lot of functions involving food that happen away ...

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2 Universities, 1 Climate Goal

  • College of William & Mary (VA)
  • University of Virginia (VA)

William & Mary and the University of Virginia jointly announced a carbon neutrality date of 2030 along with a climate action partnership between the two. Choosing to collaborate, each university ...

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Leveraging Town Gown Relationships to Promote Community Sustainable Development Initiatives

  • Denison University (OH)

Colleges and Universities are uniquely positioned to leverage resources to drive sustainable development initiatives in their respective communities. These efforts can and should be mutually beneficial to the school and ...

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Implementing the Renewable Energy Rider Program

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)

In 2020, the University of Wisconsin-Madison partnered with its electric utility, Madison Gas and Electric (MGE), to invest in a 10 megawatt (MW) solar development through the Renewable Energy Rider ...

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Just Transition in Action: Lessons from Freiburg, Germany and New York

  • Elected Officials to Protect America (SC)

This dynamic workshop inspires participants with detailed case studies of just transition in action. It challenges participants to engage in practical solutions in ways that build economic and community solidarity ...

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Climatepedia.org: A Nationwide Student Effort to Spread Climate Change Information

  • University of California, Irvine (CA)
  • Climatepedia (CA)

Over 97% of publishing climate scientists agree that climate change is a real, anthropogenic threat to all life on earth. However, various polls show that amongst the American public, there ...

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Sustainability Literacy in an Undergraduate Class About Disabilities - What Are You Thinking?

  • University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (WI)

In order to mobilize for a just transition, undergraduate education majors must understand how sustainability practices can be embedded in their teaching practices. Doing so has the ability empower today ...

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New Ways to Love a Tree

  • Hope College (MI)

The tree outside your window is providing ecological, economic, and health benefits that most folks take for granted. As urban development continues to replace natural forests at a rapid pace ...

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EchoWorks: a Cooperative e-Recycling Program

  • Western Dakota Technical College (SD)

Globally, electronic waste is the fastest growing segment of municipal waste. Unfortunately, there is a widespread lack of availability of safe disposal options for the often-toxic e-materials. To provide this ...

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We Are All Educators: Preparing Staff to Act as Effective Educators in Sustainability Projects

  • Harvard University (MA)

Increasingly, staff members are encouraged to engage with students on co-curricular sustainability projects that enhance their learning. However, too often, these staff members are not trained properly to create learning ...

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A Communiversity Resiliency Mobilization

  • Indiana University South Bend (IN)
  • University of Notre Dame (IN)

In response to partisan and divisive politics and relationships in our nation and our communities, the University of Notre Dame, in partnership with Indiana University South Bend and the city ...

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Educating Students in the Business Schools through Project-Based Courses to Advance Sustainability

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA)

Recently, Business Schools have been focusing on educating student with social responsibility and sustainable practices by offering sustainability programs and sustainability project-based courses. However, there is little research about the ...

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When the Silos Break: Creating Connections and Coalescing Sustainability Efforts

  • University of Oregon (OR)

Through research, and teaching, and by serving as a testing ground or model for sustainable physical spaces, colleges and universities have the potential to help solve the most complex environmental ...

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Creating Organizational Culture Change to Advance Sustainability in Higher Education

  • University of St. Thomas (MN)

Culture is a shared set of assumptions that guides people's thoughts and behaviors. Within organizations, aligning structures and process with organizational culture is crucial for maintaining successful organizational functioning ...

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Campus as a Living lab: Building Resilient Teams Across Operations, Academics, and Administration

  • California State University, East Bay (CA)
  • San Mateo County Community College District Office (CA)
  • Strategic Energy Innovations (CA)

Building resilient systems is now more critical than ever, particularly in realizing the promise of preparing a climate ready workforce for a just and equitable transition. California institutions of higher ...

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Teaching the UN SDGs: Developing local goals in the classroom

  • Central Community College (NE)

In 2015, Central Community College (CCC) developed a faculty-driven program to incorporate sustainability issues across the curriculum. The presenter is co-chair of the Environmental Sustainability Across the Curriculum (ESATC) committee ...

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Feeding the Campus Community & Beyond Through On-Site Agriculture

  • Green Building Initiative (OR)

On campus agriculture presents students, faculty and staff the opportunity to provide for their community as well as contribute to transitioning from an extractive economy to a regenerative economy. As ...

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From Dissonance to Harmony: Transforming Campus Events to Align with Institutional Priorities

  • Colgate University (NY)

Campus events bring together students, faculty, staff, and community members together; while they often build community and enhance academics, they also frequently diverge from institutional wellness and sustainability goals. Hundreds ...

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Traveling Through STARS to Foster Sustainability on Commuter Campuses

  • Indiana University South Bend (IN)

Commuter campuses face unique challenges building a strong sustainable campus culture. Traditional colleges tend to have strong campus cultures that have been cultivated over time and may even be the ...

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From Zero to Mass-timber in 20 Months.

  • University of Denver (CO)
  • Lake Flato Architects (TX)
  • PCL Construction (CO)

How the University of Denver went from having no experience with mass-timber buildings to topping out the first entirely mass-timber structure in Denver in 20 months. We know many institutions ...

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Utilizing Geographic Information Systems to Conduct Indoor Waste Receptacle Inventory

  • Indiana University Bloomington (IN)

This presentation will highlight the methodologies and lessons learned in utilizing Geographic Information Systems to develop and implement a process to efficiently inventory all indoor waste receptacles on Indiana University ...

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Empowering Underserved Populations Through Community Programs

  • Weber State University (UT)

Learn about Weber State University's focus on sustainability-forward community programs over the last five years and how they have become more focused on serving underserved and underrepresented populations over ...

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The Post Carbon Neutrality Story: A Student Perspective on how to Pursue Meaningful Peer Engagement

  • Colgate University (NY)

In 2019, Colgate University became the first university in New York, and one of the first in the country, to achieve carbon neutrality. While the road to carbon neutrality was ...

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Recycling Data: What We've Learned

  • University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (MA)
  • NORESCO (NC)

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth has been partnering with NORESCO for the past 9 years on a number of energy savings and behavior change initiatives. One of these has been ...

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Imagining New Realities: the Green Fund and Student-Led Change

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)

Come learn from the experiences of students involved with the Green Fund at a large public university. A Green Fund offers money to student-led projects that reduce the operating costs ...

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Building Campus-Community Relationships and Resilience

  • Bemidji State University (MN)
  • Precipitate, PLLC (MN)

Located in Northern Minnesota, Bemidji State University (BSU) operates within a dispersed, rural, and diverse community. Bemidji State staff and faculty will be joined by planning consultant Precipitate to share ...

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Early College, College, and Beyond: A Sustainable Educational Initiative

  • University of Texas at El Paso (TX)

The Paso del Norte region is uniquely located in between two nations and three states. In the past, this region suffered from lack of access and support for educational attainment ...

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The Choose Earth Certificate: A Hands-on Approach to Improving Sustainability in Study Abroad

  • The Education Abroad Network (IL)

The Choose Earth certificate is an optional, add-on program that students can choose to participate in while studying abroad with TEAN. It was born from our organization's Choose Earth ...

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AIM2Flourish: Using Business for Good Education to Mobilize for a Just Transition

  • Case Western Reserve University (OH)

AIM2Flourish is an initiative of the Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit at the Weatherhead School of Management Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, USA ...

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Taste Not Waste: A Campus-Wide Initiative to Take a Bite out of Food Waste

  • Concordia College - Moorhead (MN)

America is experiencing a food waste crisis, with an estimated 30-40 percent of the food supply, approximately 35 million tons annually, never eaten. Wholesome food that could have helped feed ...

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Using Smartsheets, Dashboards and ArcGIS Insights to Track and Analyze Waste Stream's Weights

  • University of Kentucky (KY)

The University of Kentucky's (UK) Waste and Recycling Department is using Smartsheets, Dashboard and ArcGIS Insights to collect and analyze the different waste streams. UK has about 300 dumpsters ...

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The Process of Developing a Sustainability Certificate Program

  • University of North Carolina, Asheville (NC)

This talk will cover the three-year process of developing and launching an interdisciplinary Sustainability Certificate at the University of North Carolina Asheville. The multi-step process included developing campus support (with ...

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One-Stop Thrift Shop: Sustainable Thrifting on a College Campus

  • University of Denver (CO)

College students need cheap supplies for a short amount of time. This project examines the university community's material waste practices and offers alternatives that cater to community needs. Through ...

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Veterans and Sustainability Education: Why Aren't we Taking Better Advantage of it?

  • University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (WI)

While many veterans take advantage of the educational benefits provided by the Post 9/11 GI Bill, the number of student veterans participating in the earned benefit by the Veterans ...

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How to Support and Engage Students in Sustainability

  • University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (WI)
  • University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (WI)

With the climate crisis and sustainability issues increasing in urgency, it is important now more than ever to support and engage students in this topic. We hope to teach faculty ...

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Managing from the Side: a Sustainability Officer's Role Institutionalizing Campus Civic Engagement

  • Emory University (GA)

As the contentious 2018 mid-term elections approached, our sustainability office looked across the campus landscape for a coordinated, unified entity raising up voter registration and education, improving voter access, and ...

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Own Your own Backyard: Farm to Keg

  • Grand Valley State University (MI)

This presentation will be a reflective narrative of multiple voices from a research project intended to assess the transformational learning of students engaged in a partnership between Grand Valley State ...

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People of the Environment: Lessons Learned From an Interdisciplinary Liberal Education Course

  • Bemidji State University (MN)

A distinctive component of the Bemidji State University general education curriculum is the team-taught, interdisciplinary class People of the Environment. In 1998, the Minnesota State College and University system established ...

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Optimization Strategy for Glass Recycling with Positive Economic and Environmental Impacts

  • Georgia College & State University (GA)

In many rural areas, glass is a hard to recycle item. Georgia College, one of only three universities in the United States, has provided a unique, educational, and innovative method ...

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The Nature and Contents of Current Campus Sustainability Plans in the United States.

  • Texas State University, San Marcos (TX)

A campus sustainability plan is a detailed document that integrates sustainability within an institution of higher education's operational, academic, and administrative aspects. These plans are significantly different from campus ...

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