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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