Please mark your calendars for these upcoming AASHE webinars. AASHE webinars are free for everyone and video recordings and presentation materials are available for AASHE members in the webinar archive at any time.
The AASHE Award Winner webinar series of 2017 will take a deeper look into the winning submissions from the 2016 AASHE Sustainability Awards. In an effort to share best practices and nuanced strategies of what makes these institutions and individuals winners, each webinar will look more closely at the approaches used to effect institutional change, demonstrate student leadership, or advance campus sustainability research.
Developing Energy Efficiency and Water Conservation Strategies Through Student Research
Feb. 15, 2017, 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET
For more information and to register please visit: http://www.aashe.org/events/webinars/2017/AASHE-2017-Award-Winner-Webinar-Series-1.
Taking Carbon Off-Setting Beyond the Campus
Feb. 22, 2017, 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET
For more information and to register please visit: http://www.aashe.org/events/webinars/2017/AASHE-2017-Award-Winner-Webinar-Series-2.
Using a Design Competition to Expand Bee Habitat On and Off-Campus
Mar. 1, 2017, 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET
For more information and to register please visit: http://www.aashe.org/events/webinars/2017/AASHE-2017-Award-Winner-Webinar-Series-3.
Read the full story in the Daily Herald.
The new Sustainable Urban Agriculture degree and certificate program at College of DuPage uses a hands-on approach to help students become professionals in urban farming.
Wednesday, February 1, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: Marriott St. Louis Grand Hotel, St. Louis, MO
Register at https://www.newpartners.org/pre-conference-activities/
Sponsored by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), this all-day workshop is designed to introduce university and local government representatives to the Educational Partnerships for Innovation in Communities (EPIC) Framework. This adaptable and replicable campus-community partnership model is now succeeding at more the two dozen higher-education institutions across the country. The model focuses the energy, expertise, and effort of a university campus in a single location to help advance local priority sustainability and resiliency initiatives.
- An introduction to the EPIC Framework, calendar, logistics, and benefits including case studies from proven EPIC Partnerships
- A panel discussion with university and city representatives that have implemented the model
- Guidance on setting up a pilot year
- Highlight of available EPA Decision Support Tools to support EPIC projects
EPIC Programs help universities build capacity by providing resources including ready-made experiential learning projects. Universities provide their students with hands-on experience assisting local governments achieve the sustainability and resiliency goals as identified in the local government’s own work plans. EPIC Partnerships enable cities to reach their goals in an affordable manner while transforming higher education into an arena where students learn through real-life problem solving and develop valuable skills. The projects are as diverse as the universities and their local government partners. As an example, San Diego State University implemented the Sage Project based on the EPIC Framework developed through the University of Oregon Sustainable City Year Program.
The long-term objective of these programs is to establish partnerships that help communities become more sustainable and resilient, build resource capacity within the universities, and provide students with real-world experience.
EPA encourages interested university representatives to attend and to identify a local government representative that might want to pilot the EPIC Program with them to attend the workshop as well.
The intended workshop participants include:
- University Representatives (faculty, administrators, sustainability professionals, service learning / community engagement professionals). Ideally, there will be at least two representatives from each university.
- Local Government Representatives (Local government managers, staff, and other representatives)
- Nonprofit / Philanthropic organizations that support municipal or community related projects or issues
- Federal representatives that support community projects
For questions regarding the workshop program, please contact Dr. Laura Bloch or Dr. Jose Zambrana. For questions regarding registration contact Khrystyna Platte at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is a $69 registration fee to attend this workshop. Coffee and lunch will be provided.
Read the full story in the Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette.
A new “biomass boiler” from Germany will burn perennial grasses grown on the University of Illinois Energy Farm to keep the greenhouse at a toasty 80 degrees all winter.
Wed, Mar 1, 2017 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM CST
Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2860146782187308801
Are you or your students worried about climate change impacts and not sure how to help create significant improvements? Are you connecting your students to ways to be involved in solutions? This webinar focuses on expert curricular materials to engage students in current and future solutions that can be used in any course and in any discipline.
Read the full story from Iowa State University.
Iowa State University will bring its expertise in biorenewable technologies and pilot plant operations to the country’s 10th Manufacturing USA Institute.