Thursday, August 22, 2013

AASHE Events: August 2013


In this August special edition of AASHE Events, we offer a look at professional development highlights, networking opportunities and fun ways to explore (and get to) Nashville at the AASHE 2013 Conference & Expo, taking place October 6-9 at the Music City Center:

Gain Tools for the Sustainability Transformation
·         Create Student Leaders
Collaborate and Celebrate
Honky-tonks, BBQ and Biking

Gain Tools for the Sustainability Transformation

Invest in Energy Efficiency through Green Revolving Funds
Plenary panelists Mark Orlowski (Sustainable Endowments Institute), Heather Henriksen (Harvard University), Brien Lewis (Catawba College) and John Hegman (Agnes Scott College) will share their stories and offer practical guidance on designing, implementing and managing a revolving fund.
This dynamic session will cover key topics including securing seed capital from diverse sources including alumni contributions, cash reserves, endowment investments and operating budgets to strategies for engaging students in both proposing projects and helping run a fund.
Get Creative: Sustainability and Sound
This plenary will get you thinking about the emerging field of ecomusicology as it relates to sustainability issues in higher education. The panelists from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Brown University and Florida State University have backgrounds in American studies, environmental studies, ethnography, gender studies, history and music.
This session will delve into music, noise and sound; nature, culture and technology; institutions and interdisciplinarity; and the arts/humanities and sustainability in the classroom and on campus.
Create Student Leaders
Bringing together hundreds of students from around the world to share ideas, ask questions, challenge each other and be inspired by sustainability champions, the youthful energy of AASHE Student Summits is infectious and a highlight of our conferences. This year's Student Summit takes place on Sunday, October 6 and features environmental sustainability and social innovation crusader
Markese W. Bryant as the featured keynote speaker. Visit the Student Summit web page for a look at the full schedule.
For a detailed look at tools and insight you'll gain at AASHE 2013, read the full session descriptions in the conference program and schedule.

Collaborate and Celebrate

Kick Things Off with the AASHE Awards Ceremony
New this year, we will start AASHE 2013 on a celebratory note with the
AASHE 2013 Sustainability Awards ceremony on Sunday, October 6 at 5 p.m. Join us to honor campus and student sustainability wins and innovations. Stay tuned for the reveal of this year's finalists next month.
Join the Western Kentucky University Green Tour
Featuring sustainability highlights around the WKU campus including a rainwater collection system for irrigation, the Central Steam Plant upgrade from coal to natural gas, a pool-heating solar thermal array, and Office of Sustainability best practice demonstration home,
this tour will reveal how WKU was able to reduce campus energy use by 21 percent in five years despite a growing campus population and infrastructure. Before heading back to Nashville, you'll enjoy a locally-sourced lunch catered by WKU Dining Services.
Official (and Non-Official!) Networking Opportunities
AASHE 2013 is a great place to collaborate with and learn from phenomenal people working to create a sustainable world. Whether you are a young sustainability professional just starting out or a seasoned administrator, Monday and Tuesday of the conference features
opportunities for meet-ups and luncheons in your area of interest.
Want to organize a meet-up that's not on the schedule or connect with other attendees to suggest a carpool, find a roommate or ask about the best coffee shop in Nashville? RSVP to our AASHE 2013 Facebook event page to connect with other attendees.

Honky-tonks, BBQ and Biking

Choose Your Nashville Experience
Did you know that Nashville was recently named one of the
Best Urban Green Spaces in North America by USA Today? From hiking to biking to sustainable dining options, Music City offers lots of down-time options for AASHE 2013 attendees. In the mood for BBQ and live music? It's got that too! Visit our Explore Nashville page to map out your AASHE 2013 adventure. Check back on September 1 for more information about suggested restaurants and tours, discounts, and more.
Sign up for the Car-Free Kentucky Caravan by September 1
Attention Kentucky-area schools: In the spirit of good ole' fashioned Southern hospitality, the University of Louisville is organizing a caravan to help make transportation to our Nashville conference fun, affordable, productive and sustainable. Check out the details and
sign up here by September 1.
Reserve Discounted AASHE 2013 Hotel Rooms by September 16
Take advantage of heavy hotel discounts by reserving one of our AASHE host hotels, all located within a five-15 minute walk from the Music City Center. Visit the
AASHE 2013 Hotels page to book your stay.





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Thursday, April 18, 2013

AASHE 2013 Registration Now Open + Green Jobs Leader to Keynote


Upcoming Events
APRIL 23 2013
JUNE 7 2013 - JUNE 9 2013
JUNE 25 2013 - JUNE 26 2013
AUG 26 2013 - AUG 28 2013
OCT 6 2013 - OCT 9 2013
In the April 2013 issue of AASHE Events: AASHE 2013
·         AASHE Awards Due May 10
Partner Events

AASHE 2013

Early Bird Registration Now Open!
Join us in Nashville for the AASHE 2013 Conference & Expo, taking place October 6-9 at the brand new Music City Center. Early bird registration opens today and ends June 7. Stay tuned for the full conference program next month. In the meantime, plan your trip with our Hotel Information and Explore Nashville pages. We'll see you in Nashville!
Green Jobs Leader Joins Keynote Speaker Line-Up
Adding to the registration excitement, Green For All Chief Executive Officer Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins is joining AASHE 2013 as a
keynote speaker. One of Essence Magazine's 25 Most Influential African Americans, Phaedra has led Green For All in becoming one of the country’s leading advocates for a clean-energy economy. Her groundbreaking ideas for securing funding for job training and guaranteeing broad access to clean-energy jobs will be an important part of the AASHE 2013 conversation.
AASHE Awards Due May 10
The deadline to have your sustainability wins and lessons learned recognized on a national scale is approaching fast. Held during the conference, the AASHE 2013 Awards ceremony will
celebrate campus and student sustainability achievements. Email with any questions.


Developing a Campus Sustainability Living Lab
Just five days left to register for this workshop at Portland State University. If you are looking to break through the current curricular and operational paradigms and form a new model for both education and sustainability action, this is the opportunity to gain the tools you need. You'll leave this June 7-9 workshop with: a plan and a set of actions/strategies for implementing a living lab at your campus; a deep understanding about the underlying theory and value proposition in implementing a sustainability living lab on campus; clear typology and definition for a living lab program and courses that increase sustainability education; a network of peers; and more.
Register by April 23.
Next Steps for Campus Sustainability
When sustainability has been included in a few courses and all of the light bulbs have been changed, what comes next? This workshop, taking place August 26-28 at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, will focus on helping you build the connections across disciplines, across campus and into the community that will transform the way your institution works toward sustainability. You will leave this workshop with: the ability to identify both opportunities for and barriers to transformative change in academics, operations and administration; and the skills to initiate strategies for meaningful change for sustainability.
Register by July 25.


Implementation Strategies for Campus Green Revolving Funds
On the heels of our recent "Green Revolving Funds: An Introductory Guide to Implementation and Management" collaboration with Sustainable Endowments Institute, this webinar on April 23 at 2 p.m. Eastern will provide tips and insights to help you successfully design, implement and manage green revolving funds.
Register here.

Partner Events

Collegiate Sports Sustainability Summit
Representatives from student groups and athletic, recreation, sustainability, facilities, food service and recycling departments are welcome to attend this summit, now in its third year. Through networking and idea exchanges, the summit will focus on ways that higher education athletic programs can make socially, economically and environmentally responsible investments.
Early bird registration ends April 25.

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Monday, April 1, 2013

Johnson C. Smith University News: President Clinton Announces the Launch of the Clinton Global Initiative University 2013 Commitments “Bracket” Challenge


Johnson C. Smith University News

March 25, 2013

President Clinton Announces the Launch of the Clinton Global Initiative University 2013 Commitments “Bracket” Challenge

JCSU Students to Present Sustainability Village Project

Today, President Bill Clinton announced the launch of the third annual Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) Commitments Challenge, a competition of ideas from college and university students in the form of a “bracket.” This year, more than 1,000 students, including four students from Johnson C. Smith University, will be in attendance.

The sixth meeting of CGI U will be held at Washington University in St. Louis from April 5-7, falling on the same weekend as the NCAA “Final Four” men’s and women’s basketball championships.

“While we all pay attention to great student athletes during ‘March Madness,’ our CGI University Commitments Challenge celebrates great student ideas to address some of the world’s most pressing issues,” said President Clinton. “Whether empowering poor families in Nepal to start their own fish farms, launching an annual event for disability rights, or securing engineering apprenticeships for students who’ve dropped out of high school in Kenya, these 16 new CGI U Commitments to Action in our ‘bracket’ competition reflect the passion, potential, and problem solving skills of our next generation of leaders.”

Beginning today, the public can vote for their favorite CGI U 2013 commitment at

Votes will be tallied and posted in real-time, and those not attending CGI U can follow the action at The winning commitment will be announced at the closing plenary session of CGI U, which will feature President Clinton and Stephen Colbert on April 6 at 3:30 p.m. CDT. The session will also feature an interview with President Clinton that will be taped to air in a special CGI U-themed episode of Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” during the week of April 8, as well as a Q&A session with students in attendance.

The 2013 CGI U Commitments Challenge Voting Schedule:

  • The first round of voting will open today and will end Thursday, March 28 at 1:00 p.m. CDT
  • The quarterfinal round of voting will end Monday, April 1 at 1:00 p.m. CDT
  • The semifinal round of voting will end Thursday, April 4 at 1:00 p.m. CDT
  • The final round of voting will end Saturday, April 6 at 1:00 p.m. CDT

The CGI U 2013 program will feature sessions that will examine issues throughout CGI U’s five focus areas: Education, Environment and Climate Change, Peace and Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, and Public Health. The meeting will examine critical topics, such as combating prescription drug abuse among young people, what it takes to launch a business as a young entrepreneur, and how to empower the next generation of girls and women around the world. These sessions will allow students to gain further insight into today’s pressing global challenges and acquire the skills needed to make progress on their own Commitments to Action.

The full agenda for CGI U 2013 can be found at

The student commitments being featured in the CGI U 2013 Commitments Challenge include:

Takachar: Turning Urban Waste into Value
Commitment by: Kevin Kung
School: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

In 2013, Kevin Kung, a member of Engineers without Borders, committed to partner with five urban waste cooperatives that collect waste from 1,500 households in the Kibera slum in Kenya. Through this collaboration, Kung will transform the waste into affordable charcoal briquettes that can be used as cooking fuel.

The Mobile Science Lab: Toys from Trash
Commitment by: Prachiti Dalvi and Pranali Dalvi
School: Duke University

In 2013, Prachiti Dalvi and Pranali Dalvi committed to help primary school students build scientific models and conduct hands-on experiments using local scrap materials through Mobile Science Lab. They hope to make science education more accessible to children in their birth city of Mumbai.

Water Tower Construction and Clean Water Education in More Tomorrow, Belize Commitment by: Cody LaBarber; Zach Bever; Jake Pitts; Courtney Hill
School: University of Arkansas at Fayetteville

In 2013, Cody LaBarber, Zach Bever Jake Pitts, and Courtney Hill committed to build a water tower that will provide clean water to the village of More Tomorrow, Belize by the end of the year. After construction is complete, they will train the local residents to properly use and maintain the tower.

The Chester Sound
Commitment by: Kassandra Sparks and Trip Lenahan
School: Swarthmore College

In 2013, Kassandra Sparks and Trip Lenahan committed to create the Chester Sound, a hip-hop music education program that pairs Swarthmore College students with youth from Chester, Pa., a neighboring city that suffers from high rates of poverty and violence. Throughout the semester, college students will bring the youth to Swarthmore’s state of the art recording studio, where they will work together towards the creation of their own album.

Sustainability Village Project

Commitment by: Christophe Fatton; Omar Cossio; Shaquana Jackson; Sandy Mathurin
School: Johnson C. Smith University

In 2013, Christophe Fatton, Omar Cossio, Shaquana Jackson, and Sandy Mathurin committed to introduce sustainable farming techniques at a community garden in Charlotte, N.C. that will serve as an agricultural model for communities in Haiti. Fatton, the group leader and a Haitian citizen, hopes the project will help his home country recover from the devastating 2010 earthquake.

Compost Methods to Improve Soil Fertility
Commitment by: Glenda Alfaro
School: Mount Hood Community College

In 2013, Glenda Alfaro committed to replenish nutrient-poor soil and stimulate agricultural production through composting in Jardins de la Nueva, El Salvador. In November 2013, she will distribute composting bins to 12 families and teach them the basic procedures for composting at home, bringing her knowledge of environmental technology to her native country.

Education Re-engineered
Commitment by: Beatrice Mwonga and Halima Olapade
School: Drexel University

In 2013, Beatrice Mwonga and Halima Olapade committed to connect high school dropouts in Kenya with apprenticeships at local companies, with the goal of matching five young people and five companies in the first year. Born and raised in Africa, both Mwonga and Olapade believe that offering young people apprenticeships will help offset the growing income divide across the continent.

Commitment by: Davier Rodriguez
School: Arizona State University

In 2013, Davier Rodriguez committed to establish a national network of allies that will support undocumented students, offering a four-hour ally certification course that breaks down preconceived notions of undocumented students and educates participants on federal, state, and local challenges. As a first-generation college student and the son of Cuban immigrants, he hopes to increase access and support for undocumented students in Arizona.

Commitment by: Donnel Baird
School: Columbia University

In 2013, Donnel Baird committed to market and finance energy efficiency and renewable energy retrofits to 1,000 churches, charter schools, small businesses, and other non-profits in American inner cities, and hire local low-income unemployed residents to do the job. Baird’s program will address both the threat of climate change and high unemployment rates in inner cities.

Commitment by: Maria Claudia Sarta Herrera, Jessica Troiano, and Elizabeth Kelly
School: New York University

In 2013, Maria Claudia Sarta Herrera, Jessica Troiano, and Elizabeth Kelly committed to create an all-natural beverage company, UPleaft, to generate income for farmers in Colombia and give consumers a healthier alternative to traditional high-sugar soft drinks. The company will establish partnerships with urban and rural smallholder farmers to create a sustainable income source. Additionally, they hope to mobilize members of the community to train farmers in eco-friendly farming, harvesting, and processing techniques, as well as provide them with access to financial services.

Disability Rights as Human Rights
Commitment by: Kristin Duquette, Sean Snyder, and Charley Wedeen
School: Trinity College

In 2013, Kristin Duquette, Sean Snyder, and Charley Wedeen committed to develop “Disability Rights as Human Rights,” a program that will promote a broader understanding of disabled experiences. The group plans to launch a program called “A Day in a Wheelchair,” asking able-bodied students to use wheelchairs for 12-48 hour periods, and expect the program to spark a discussion regarding rights for those with disabilities.

Plan D
Commitment by: Salman Hirani and Zishan Hirani
School: University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas

In 2013, Salman Hirani and Zishan Hirani committed to create Plan D, a dermatological pathology app that analyzes abnormal growths, moles, and discolorations on the skin. Using this information, they will compare images to a database of clinically diagnosed skin malignancies and provide users with a breakdown of potential diagnoses, as well as a list of local physicians.

KHE Project
Commitment by: Emily Santos, Krupa Desai, and Henry Osman
School: Washington University in St. Louis

In 2013, Emily Santos, Krupa Desai, Henry Osman committed to create the KHE Project, a text-message based hotline to address the ongoing issue of gender violence in South Africa. Specifically, the KHE Project will connect victims of rape and sexual assault with counseling resources and educational materials, while preserving the anonymity of its users and taking advantage of the widespread use of mobile phones in South Africa.

Sustainable Engineering Solutions
Commitment by: Malini Kannan, Kyle Wilson, and Brian Li Kam Wah
School: University of California, San Diego

In 2013, Malini Kannan, Kyle Wilson, and Brian Li Kam Wah, a team of engineering students from UC San Diego, committed to work with faculty and partner organizations to provide rural residents in the Philippines with locally-sourced engineering solutions to improve their quality of life. Specifically, they will create portable ceramic water filters to increase access to potable water, design a charging circuit that will allow residents to use a solar panel and battery powered LEDs, and construct hurricane straps that will increase safety and eliminate damage done to local homes by typhoons.

Renewable Energy for Development and Sustainability
Commitment by: Daniel Sopdie, Aseya Kakar, and Linda Nkosi
School: Wartburg College

In 2013, Daniel Sopdie, Aseya Kakar, and Linda Nkosi committed to build a biogas digester that converts animal and plant waste into gas for a refugee camp in Mpaka, Swaziland. By creating an alternative gas that can be used for cooking, heating, and lighting, the group hopes to improve daily standards of living, increase the capacity of the youth to learn, and enable the Mpaka community to be more sustainable through the reduction of deforestation.

Sustainable Fish Farming Project
Commitment by: Kanchan Amatya
School: University of Oklahoma

In 2013, Kanchan Amatya committed to create the Sustainable Fish Farming Project, a microfinance initiative that will provide 500 families in Nepal with funding to start their own fish farms. By providing loans to villagers at a five percent interest rate, partnering with local NGOs to provide trainings on fish farming techniques, and using existing ponds and rice paddies in the region, Amatya hopes to build an enterprise that will bring both financial and nutritional stability to Nepal.

View and share session webcasts from CGI U 2013 by visiting: Follow us on Twitter at @CGIU and @ClintonGlobal or on Facebook at for meeting news and highlights. The event hashtag is #CGIU.

Press registration is now open to members of the media. To apply, please complete the form at:

The deadline to apply for press credentials is Tuesday, April 2 at 5 p.m. ET. Journalists may apply for credentials on-site, but pre-registered media will be given priority. For questions about press registration, please email


About CGI U
The Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) brings together college students to address global challenges with practical, innovative solutions. CGI U participants do more than simply discuss problems – they take concrete steps to solve them by creating action plans, building relationships, participating in hands-on workshops, and following up with CGI U as they complete their projects. Previous CGI U meetings have taken place at Tulane University, the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Miami, the University of California at San Diego, and the George Washington University, and have convened more than 4,500 students from nearly 750 schools, more than 130 countries, and all 50 states. To learn more, visit

Friday, December 14, 2012

AASHE: Calling all Academic Sustainability Superstars


How to Participate in the Academic Commons

AASHE's Academic Commons aggregates educating for sustainability materials from across the sustainability community.

Contributing Your Materials

Anyone can participate by providing course materials related to educating for sustainability in higher education. The course material submission includes an open-ended, rich text field for submitters to provide context, information, usage suggestions, and other tips in as much detail as they prefer and attach it to their submission. Please note: An AASHE Account login is required to upload materials.

Supported Files

Course material file attachments are supported in the following formats:
  • PDF
  • Microsoft Word documents
  • Microsoft Excel spreadsheets
  • Powerpoint presentations
  • text files
  • image files (PNG, JPG, GIF)
  • OpenOffice Document formats

Case Studies Content

In addition to curriculum materials, the Academic Commons includes curriculum-related case studies curated by AASHE staff and volunteers through interviews with figures in the educating for sustainability community. If you have a suggestion or would like to be featured in a future case study, please email our resources support address: resources @

A Work in Progress...

A variety of potential improvements are under consideration for future versions of the Academic Commons. If you would like to make a suggestion, please email our resources support address: resources @

Thursday, September 13, 2012

AASHE 2012 Hotel Discounts End September 22!


Upcoming Events
SEPT 13 2012 - SEPT 13 2012
SEPT 25 2012 - SEPT 25 2012
OCT 14 2012 - OCT 17 2012
OCT 19 2012 - OCT 21 2012
OCT 24 2012 - OCT 24 2012
NOV 14 2012 - NOV 16 2012
In the September 13, 2012 issue of AASHE Events: AASHE 2012
·         Registration Ends October 8
Partnered Events

AASHE 2012

Registration Ends October 8
Don’t miss North America’s largest gathering of higher education sustainability champions!
AASHE 2012: Investing in the Future will be held October 14-17 in Los Angeles, home to more than one million college students. This year’s conference features a new advanced session track, local campus tours, curriculum and STARS workshops, and presentations by L. Hunter Lovins, Billy Parish, Tony Cortese and the Crossroads Project.
AASHE has created AASHE 2012 event pages on Facebook and LinkedIn. Find hotel roommates, learn about impromptu networking opportunities, ask questions, and much more. Make sure to RSVP on these pages to stay in the loop!
Hotel Discounts End September 22
Register for AASHE 2012 to receive your discounted access to reservations at our host hotels. The Westin Bonaventure in downtown Los Angeles is AASHE's general attendee hotel, with $177 pre tax rates. Students receive $99 pre-tax reservations at the student hotel. Contact if you have any questions.
Hunter Lovins Slated for AASHE 2012 Opening Keynote
In her "Innovation in Higher Education: Leading the Change" keynote, Natural Capitalism Solutions President and Founder L. Hunter Lovins will outline ways that higher education institutions can take a lead role in creating the next generation of thought leaders.
AASHE 2012 Workshops, Campus Tours Filling Up Fast!
Modify your existing registration to add any of these opportunities, or complete your conference registration to take advantage of these workshops and tours before they sell out:
·         AASHE 2012 Advanced Track: Sustainability Unbound New this year, this advanced track will challenge the content, design, delivery, place, purpose, intent and future of sustainability education.
·         Communicating Sustainability to Create Change Workshop Featuring the CEO of Natural Capitalism Solutions, this workshop will explore what phrases and concepts connect, motivate and generate sustainable actions that strengthen campus communities, operations and employees.
·         Designing Introductory Courses for Undergraduate Learners Participants in this workshop will come away with a deepened understanding of sustainability learning outcomes, a chance to test their objectives for sustainability learning against those of colleagues, and several proven examples of sustainability teaching-and-learning activities that have been taught successfully in introductory courses.
·         CSU Northridge Campus Sustainability Tour Attendees will visit the one megawatt fuel cell and LEED Gold Student Recreation Center.
$100 Discount on Bulletin Sponsorships for AASHE 2012 Exhibitors
With more than 11,000 subscribers, AASHE Bulletin is a great way to get in front of the higher education sustainability decision makers that attend our conference each year. Using up to 50 words of text, your sponsorship can be customized to let Bulletin readers know that you will be at the conference. This
discount is available through October 16! Contact if you have any questions.


STARS Webinar: Highlighting Best Practices from the Innovation Category
Featuring presenters from Elon University, this
September 25 webinar will walk through the process of documenting an Innovation credit in the STARS Reporting Tool and highlight best practices in this area.
CURC Webinar: Handling Food Waste in Dining Halls, Events
Hosted by the College & University Recycling Coalition (CURC) with support from AASHE, this
September 13 webinar will take a detailed look at the challenges and solutions specific to campus composting. Participants will hear from industry and collegiate experts about the technologies and systems being used in successful dining hall composting programs, and learn about the challenges and solutions specific to special event composting programs.

Partnered Events

Take Part in Campus Sustainability Day 2012 Events!
Are you ready for the 10th Annual Campus Sustainability Day? October 24 is coming up fast. Here are a few ways you can participate:
·         Add your campus celebration to the Campus Sustainability Day Website
·         Join campus sustainability thought leaders in a live, interactive panel as they discuss best practices and challenges for preparing students for a changing climate
·         Participate in a regional conversation on the same topic (Note: AASHE is hosting the Western regional conversation)
USGBC Greenbuild 2012 International Conference & Expo
AASHE is a sector partner for the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC)
Greenbuild 2012 International Conference and Expo. This year's event, taking place Nov. 14-16, 2012 in San Francisco, will feature three days of speakers, networking opportunities, industry showcases, LEED workshops and tours of the host city's green buildings. USGBC Center for Green Schools and AASHE will present the Innovation in Green Building Award, recognizing a leading college or university that is transforming the built environment and creating living laboratories for sustainability.
AASHE Member Bioneers Conference Discount
As part of an alliance between AASHE and Bioneers’ Education for Action Program, groups of 6-10 AASHE-associated educators, students or allies will receive a
group discount of $150 per person to attend the entire conference.