Webinar recording: Student Affairs Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing and Event Coordination

Need ideas about going green with purchasing? Planning large events and want to be as environmentally responsible as possible? Wondering if you really can go green? Get some tips in this archived networking and learning opportunity sponsored by the Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium (HEASC). The online gathering featured ideas and examples of how Student Affairs units have implemented green practices in purchasing and event coordination. Hear from experts from the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council and from colleagues who’ve made green a reality in their day-to-day operations.

 

Webinar: Institutionalizing Research in Sustainability in the Context of Competing University Priorities

June 10, 2015, 2:00-3:30PM CDT

This webinar will continue the conversation started in the first “Research in Sustainability” webinar webinar and will focus on different models and strategies that support integrating research with operations in the light of competing university priorities and tips on institutionalizing research in sustainability on campus and in the community. The formal presentation will be followed by a moderated discussion with participants’ input on how to brake barriers, where to find allies and how to build coalitions to support institution- and community-wide research in sustainability. Submit questions in in advance by emailing webinars@aashe.org.

Bringing behavioral psychology to composting

Read the full post at Harvard Green.

With the Environmental Action Committee’s annual Earth Day Festival following on the tail of the Presidential Panel on Climate Change, Harvard Climate Week, and Heat Week, the month of April presented ample opportunities for the Harvard community to engage with issues of climate change, sustainability, and clean energy. In addition to learning from two panel discussions on both the future of energy and divestment, I also had the opportunity to discuss the issue of composting.

Marine Debris & Plastic Source Reduction Toolkit for Colleges & Universities

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Many plastic food service ware items originate on  college and university campuses — in cafeterias, snack rooms, cafes, and eateries with take-out dining options. That’s why we created this Campus Plastic Source Reduction Toolkit. The toolkit was piloted at three University of California (UC) campuses–Santa Barbara (UCSB), San Diego (UCSD), and San Francisco (UCSF) — but we designed each of these steps to be replicable and easily implemented by other colleges and universities around the country. By following the steps in the toolkit, you can help your college or university reduce plastic waste through source reduction–the process of minimizing the amount of plastic used. Together, we can cut down on plastic waste and reduce the amount of marine debris polluting the planet’s oceans and waterways.

A Reason to Be Optimistic: The New Generation of Sustainability Professionals

Read the full story in the Huffington Post.

The task before sustainability educators is to take the inspiring energy and enthusiasm of our students and channel it into an effort to develop the conceptual and analytic tools needed to conduct high quality management and policy analyses. I’ve been involved in this work for many years and I find that while my students often start their studies as advocates and activists, many complete their studies as analysts and professionals. They still care deeply about the planet and its wellbeing, but they have the tools to speak truth to power and to even achieve power themselves.

AASHE Sustainability Awards Call for Applications

Applications for the Tenth Annual AASHE Sustainability Awards are now being accepted through June 11. During the past ten years, AASHE has recognized leaders from over 60 campuses from across the U.S. and Canada for outstanding ideas and initiatives that are furthering the higher education sustainability transformation.

Award winners will receive one complimentary AASHE 2015 Conference & Expo pass, one invitation to a special reception during the 2015 conference, an opportunity to present your winning submission at the 2015 conference and during the 2016 AASHE Award Winners Webinar Series, and featured in Sustainability: Journal of Record.

There are three categories of submissions.

  • The Campus Sustainability Case Study honors campus projects at AASHE member institutions that promote sustainability in any sector including operations, education, administration and engagement.
  • The Student Research on Campus Sustainability award seeks to honor students from AASHE member institutions who are advancing the higher education sustainability transformation with focused research of any length.
  • The Student Sustainability Leadership award honors student teams from AASHE member institutions who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in promoting campus sustainability efforts.

Apply today for a chance to join this celebrated group and receive recognition and complimentary registration to the AASHE 2015 Conference & Expo. Awards will be presented during the opening ceremony on Oct. 25 in Minneapolis, Minn. Application deadline is June 11, 2015.

NHL seeks sustainability on ice

Read the full story at Great Lakes Echo.

Think about a typical ice rink and all the energy and resources it requires. There is the need for lighting, restrooms, locker rooms, concessions, heating, cooling and obviously the ice. The NHL has been working to reduce its environmental impact. Many of the same efforts can also be implemented at your local rink.