Sustainability Education Related Events & Announcements

June 11th & 12th, 2015
Medical University of South Carolina
College of CharlestonCharleston, SC
Cost: $75 General Attendees

$30 Students

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Join campus recycling colleagues for this workshop focused on setting and implementing strategic recycling and zero waste goals.

Colleges and universities do not achieve or even approach zero waste without a clear vision and a path to follow. More importantly, developing a successful program requires institutionalizing waste reduction across all areas of campus through the collaborative involvement of on and off-campus stakeholders. This workshop will feature case study presentations from a range of schools along with group discussion from attendees sharing what’s worked and what hasn’t at their campuses.

Thursday, June 11

3:30 – 5:15pm       Tour of the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC)’s
recycling program in laboratory and clinical settings.

5:30 – 7:30pm       Casual networking dinner in downtown Charleston

Friday, June 12

9:00 to 3:00pm      Workshop at the College of Charleston
Each session includes presentations and breakout group discussion

  • Opening session:           Goal setting & strategic planning
  • Late-morning session:   Implementation -Leveraging internal &
    external collaboration to advance goals
  • Afternoon session:        Tracking progress

3:15 to 4:30pm      Tour of College of Charleston’s recycling & sustainability


“A State System Approach to Creating a Green Talent Pipeline”
When: Wednesday, May 6, 2015
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Register here

The Illinois Green Economy Network (IGEN) is a network of 48 Illinois community colleges working together to grow the state’s green economy. By leveraging a TAACCCT grant, 17 of those colleges formed a consortium that created 32 certificate and degree programs and over 180 online or hybrid courses within industry clusters like architecture, STEM, manufacturing, agriculture, and transportation. Each includes core sustainability-related outcomes and was developed in a coordinated way across the state system. Learn how IGEN has expanded training and education in clean energy technologies and is increasing employment opportunities, improving environmental and human health, and fostering community engagement while implementing clear career pathways.


  • Stephen Bell, Executive Director, Illinois Green Economy Network (IGEN)
  • Sherry M. Burlingame, Ph.D., Career Pathways Project Director, College of Lake County
  • Todd Cohen, Director of Workforce Strategies and Sustainability, American Association of Community Colleges

Sustainability Sit-Downs #9
This week’s video features Wim Wiewel, President of Portland State University, discussing town and gown partnerships and higher education’s sustainability leadership role. Sustainability Sit-Downs is a new Second Nature video series consisting of 12 short interviews with sustainability leaders in higher education and partner organizations. A new video will be released every Wednesday.

IslandWood is launching a ground-breaking Masters program in Urban Environmental Education in July 2015 that focuses on building resilient and sustainable urban communities.

Cities matter because they represent our greatest hope for long-term survival, not only for humans but for all species.  Education has the power to transform the way people live in urban areas, viewing humans as nested within and able to take action to improve communities and ecosystems.  to learn about the program:!
Attracting a diverse cadre of educational leaders to the inaugural class is key to its success. To that end, we ask that you share this video broadly among your contacts and networks.  Please also note that significant scholarships are available.
We are also looking for itinerant instructors who can address sustainable infrastructure, complex urban ecologies and sustainable solution generation.  Please contact

Sustainability Sit-Downs #8

This week’s video features Richard Cook, President Emeritus of Allegheny College and Second Nature Board Chair, discussing trans-disciplinary sustainability education and our effects as humans on the environment. Sustainability Sit-Downs is a new Second Nature video series consisting of 12 short interviews with sustainability leaders in higher education and partner organizations. A new video will be released every Wednesday.
Watch the video:

M.A.Ed. in Urban Environmental Education

Are you one of the new generation of educators and leaders needed to create livable, resilient and sustainable urban environments?  

If cities are to be places where people live healthy lives, then urban communities must have the capacity to create resilient and sustainable solutions to address immediate and future environmental challenges. We believe education has the power to help people transform urban areas through collective action that improves communities and ecosystems.

Learn More.

IslandWood’s M.A. Ed. in Urban Environmental Education program prepares educational leaders to understand how and why cities work the way they do and to build community capacity to create thriving, sustainable urban environments.

The initial launch of the M.A. Ed. in Urban Environmental Education will take place in Seattle in partnership with Antioch University Seattle beginning July 2015.

Learn more about joining the inaugural class of this groundbreaking program, seattle contact Cindy Thomashow at  or Sue Byers at

Water in The World: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Access & Sustainability
November 6-7, 2015
Winthrop University
Rock Hill South Carolina

Call for Papers
The conference focuses on the uses, politics, art, history, and economics of water worldwide. It is open to faculty, graduate students, undergraduate students, activists, and community professionals.

Examples of possible topics include but are not limited to:
* The privatization of water
* Climate change
* Development goals and their water implications
* Water security and insecurity
* The politics and economics of water reuse
* Capacity building
* Food, water, and the environment
* Art and design contributions to water management
* Financing and investment schemes
* Historical droughts and floods
* Climate justice, ethical, cultural and religious values
* The role of water in post-conflict peace building
* The impact of water policy on the poor
* Creative solutions to water challenges
* Water in creative practice
* Media coverage of water issues
* Perceptions of risk and water quality

Abstracts (limit 500 words) for individual papers or panels should be sent by April 10, 2015 to Dr. Ginger Williams (History) @ AND Dr. Laura Dougherty (Theater and Dance) @

Abstracts (limit 500 words) for posters should be sent by April 10, 2015 to Dr. Simone Camel (Human Nutrition) @ AND Dr. M. Gregory Oakes (Philosophy and Religious Studies) @

General questions can be addressed to Drs. Williams or Dougherty.

All participants will be notified on or before April 30, 2015.

For more information on the Winthrop University Water Conference and for conference updates, visit our
website at:

New Release: Second Nature Sustainability Sit-Downs Video #7

Sustainability Sit-Downs #7 is out. This week’s video features Rebecca Edler, Sustainability Coordinator at College of Menominee Nation, discussing higher education’s role in making a sustainability society and the her hopes for the future. Sustainability Sit-Downs is a new Second Nature video series consisting of 12 short interviews with sustainability leaders in higher education and partner organizations. A new video will be released every Wednesday.
Watch the video:

Call for Abstracts: “Sustainability and the Library” – special issue of Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy

Call for Abstracts Deadline: May 1, 2015
submit via email to Dr. Maurie Cohen 
Review decisions by: October 31, 2015
Publication: Spring 2016

This special issue aims both to review how the LIS community has to date sought to advance sustainability and to chart a course for the next generation of effort. We are looking to identify contributions that bring forth new and innovative solutions and/or challenges focusing on issues such as:

  • Assessing the strategic role of library and information science in environmental protection, social equity, and economic development
  • Identifying the ways in which information research and information practices link to sustainability through, for example, access to information, intellectual freedom, literacy
  • Designing sustainable information
  • Greening the library
  • Measuring the environmental impact of different resources that libraries provide
  • Making sustainable decisions that help to positively address climate change and respect natural resources
  • Creating healthy indoor and outdoor environments through sustainable building practices
  • Motivating libraries/librarians to be change leaders
  • Evaluating the role of libraries in pursuing local sustainability through programs and services for public education and local policy/government

More here:

Our colleagues in Europe asked us to share this opportunity

WHOLE EARTH? Exhibition

WHOLE EARTH? exhibition will launch simultaneously at universities around the world in September 2015. It is designed to be displayed outdoors to reach a wide audience, not just students who have chosen to take subjects that directly relate to sustainability. The banners may also be shown indoors if space permits – the display measures approximately 60 metres long by 1 metre high.

The project is based on the premise that the future belongs to today’s young people, and students, universities and young people everywhere can play a major role in making society more sustainable.

WHOLE EARTH? supports a program of talks by leading thinkers in sustainable development which may be used at launch events and in the class room. Dissemination includes online, new media and social networks, bringing in student creativity and talent from all participating universities. Each university is invited to stream talks, discussions and events they arrange at their WHOLE EARTH? venues.

A new alliance, Students Organising for Sustainability (SOS) is launching with WHOLE EARTH?. SOS is designed as an informal alliance of student organizations in countries hosting WHOLE EARTH?. The alliance will allow student organizations to collaborate internationally on research, campaigns and communications, with the aim of getting young people a stronger voice to participate in creating solutions and to hold today’s leaders and cultures accountable to create a sustainable future.

WHOLE EARTH? is the successor project to Hard Rain, a collaboration with Bob Dylan, which launched in 2006 and has since been seen by some 15 million people on every continent.  For more information on WHOLE EARTH?, visit the website at

Costs and commitments

The fee for the exhibition is £2,500 (British pounds) per venue. This fee includes the shipping costs to the exhibition venue but not the cost to return the banners to the UK – or to a second venue in the US.

(Contact your courier company to get a quote for the return shipping cost to London; the exhibition banners will be packed in two boxes, each weighing 30kg and measuring 120 x 30 x 30 cm.)

Each venue is responsible for displaying the exhibition which measures 60 metres by 1 metre.

We will send a diagram for a scaffolding frame which can be erected by a local scaffold company. Alternative ways to present the exhibition can be seen on Exhibitor guidelines on our website: Venues are also responsible for insurance in case the banners are damaged – the reprint cost for insurance purposes is £5,000.

Hard Rain Project is a charity registered in England (Charity Number 1153955). The exhibition hire fees will be billed by the charity’s wholly-owned subsidiary Hard Rain Project Trading Ltd which pledges any profits it makes back to the charity.

Call for Proposals for “Strengthening Ties for Collective Impact: Campus Sustainability in the Northeast Region”The Northeast Campus Sustainability Consortium and the New England Campus Sustainability Forum are accepting proposals for the “Strengthening Ties for Collective Impact: Campus Sustainability in the Northeast Region” conference being held at UMass Amherst on April 9-10, 2015.Details for the conference will be posted here as they develop: Key Conference Objectives:-Collectively understand and discuss the most important and urgent sustainability issues in our region-Determine what our collective impact could be to address these issues-Grow as sustainability professionalsImportant dates (subject to change)

  • December 19, 2014: call for proposals submissions open
  • January 23, 2015 (5 p.m.): proposals submission deadline
  • February 6, 2015: Proposal Notification
  • March 20, 2015: session editing deadline (if proposal is accepted)
  • April 9-10, 2015: Conference

**PLEASE NOTE: Your proposal does not need to be a refined proposal by any means. This call for proposal/ideas/input is our attempt at casting a wide net to capture as many ideas as possible and identify who is interested in exploring ideas with the planning committee, and doing the work to develop those ideas and convening colleagues to deliver them into interactive sessions.



Geothermal Conference III
April 8, 2015

Registrations are now being accepted for the third offering in the Ball State University (BSU) Geothermal Conference Series: Geo Con III

This professional gathering will offer participants proven financial and institutional strategies for the implementation of geothermal technologies.

Four nationally-recognized presenters will cover the innovative capital sourcing, technical assessment, and project packaging used to apply this technology in a campus setting.

Financial reviews and tours of the BSU geothermal heating and cooling system – the largest of its kind in the nation – will be included.

Colorado State University is pleased to announce the launch of a new Master’s Degree in Greenhouse Gas Management and Accounting (MGMA). As I’m sure you know, the U.S. and China just committed to accelerating efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. To meet these shared goals, we will need technically-adept professionals capable of quantifying and reducing our emissions. MGMA is the first program of its kind to directly address that need.

MGMA is an interdisciplinary, professional/non-thesis master’s degree that combines environmental knowledge and the technical skills necessary to accurately quantify and reduce greenhouse gas emissions with an emphasis on agricultural and forestry systems.  The program is designed for students from a wide variety of academic and professional backgrounds, such as environmental studies, forestry, business, engineering and agriculture. The degree can be completed in three semesters and also includes a required internship to ensure high-quality, on-the-job training for graduates.

We will be admitting our first cohort of students for Fall 2015 and would appreciate your referring promising students to us for admission. If you know of specific students whom we should contact directly, please send their names and contact information to me, and I’ll be glad to followup directly with them.

Best wishes for the spring semester!

Kaye Holman

(970) 491-2139

CSU MGMA Program Link:

Asia/Environment Student Research Conference, April 16-17, Bard College

–Please forward widely–

Undergraduate and graduate students engaged in research related to Asia and the environment are invited to submit posters and papers for presentation at this first in a series of annual conferences.

Today it is impossible to think seriously about the challenges of sustainable development and the environment without understanding the local and global environmental footprint of rapid economic growth in Asia—and the Asian response. At the same time, Asian Studies students increasingly require familiarity with the scientific, cultural and political dimensions of environmental crises and sustainable development.

With the support of the Henry Luce Foundation, Bard College is sponsoring an annual student research conference, providing a venue for students to present undergraduate, masters and PhD level research at the intersection of these critical issues. The conference seeks to shed critical light on how we all might live sustainably—or not—in a 2050 world with three billion more people, limited resources, a thickening blanket of carbon dioxide heating the planet, and a global economic development process increasingly defined by Asian models and leadership.

The conference will be held on the campus of Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, which is easily accessible by train from New York City. Registration is $30, and housing and meals will be provided for student participants. Meals are included for non-student registrants. The conference will begin at 4 PM on Thursday, April 16, and end at 9 PM on Friday, April 17.

To learn more about the conference, please sign up for our mailing list here.

To submit a paper for a panel, or a proposal for a poster presentation, please send a one paragraph abstract to Undergraduate students must also include a letter of support from a professor.

6th Annual Environmental Conference “EnviroFest – 6 Degrees of Sustainability” @ Towson University

On Saturday April 18, 2015 Towson University will be hosting the 6th Annual Environmental Conference “EnviroFest – 6 Degrees of Sustainability”. The event will take place in the West Village Commons building from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

EnviroFest is designed to raise awareness among students, faculty and staff around the topics of sustainability and environmental engagement. Members of the campus community will gather to participate in workshops and hear presentations from faculty, students, and environmental leaders in the Baltimore / Maryland area.

This year’s conference theme is “6 Degrees of Sustainability”.  We would like the workshops to focus on at least one of our 6 degrees. The degrees are:

  • In the Home: A look at what individuals can do at home and in their personal life to increase their sustainability
  • In Business: A look how businesses are going green and how we can work towards a green economy
  • In the Community: How do we achieve sustainability at the neighborhood, city, state or global?
  • In Health Care: Where does sustainability intersect with our health? How does living “sustainably” or “unsustainably” impact our health, and what role can our healthcare providers play in shifting toward sustainability?
  • In Politics: The role of politics in moving our society toward sustainability. What are the hot topics right now and what still needs to be addressed? What are the political mechanisms for sustainable change?
  • In College & Education: Role of educators and education institutions in the sustainability movement. How is sustainability being integrated, expanded, and achieved in education?

We would like to invite you to apply to be a presenter at one of our workshops during the conference

We anticipate on having over 200 attendees participate in this year’s conference. This would be a great opportunity to engage students and other attendees on the importance of sustainability, as well as meet prospective interns, employees, and customers. This is the perfect way to show them just what your company or organization is doing to go green and help us work towards a sustainable future

The proposal form is due by February 25, 2015.

There is also an online version of the submission form here.

Brief description
DURATION: 5-WEEK Full Immersion Summer Program
WHEN: 18 MAY 2015 – 20 JUNE 2015
The program is open to all majors, and all students, degree-seeking or not.
Critical Studies on Food Culture (3 credits) COURSE
Food media, communication and trends (3 credits) COURSE
Food, Nutrition and Culture in Italy (3 credits) COURSE
Elementary Italian Language UMASS ITAL 110 (3 credits) COURSE
Italian Lexicon for Food Studies (3 credits) COURSE
For more information about the program, please visit:

If you have any questions or to request an application, please write to

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Food Studies Programs

Florida Gulf Coast University Colloquium:  A Sustainable Future

Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU)’s IDS 3920 University Colloquium:  A Sustainable Future is a graduation requirement for all undergraduate students.  Students explore issues related to their own ecological perspective and sense of place and explore social, historical, economic, ecological, environmental, and political contexts of sustainability.

The course dovetails with FGCU’s Service Learning graduation requirements because students must compete a portion of their Service Learning hours while enrolled in the University Colloquium. (80 Service Learning hours are required of students entering FGCU as freshmen and sophomores and 40 hours for students entering as juniors and seniors.)

Please see these webpages for more information about FGCU’s Colloquium and Service Learning:

AASHE’s Guide to Creating and Managing Sustainability Internship Programs and Sustainability Internship Program (SIP) Resource Toolkit.  The How-To Guide explores best practices for establishing and managing highly effective Sustainability Internship Programs (SIPs). It presents information for individuals seeking guidance on creating new SIPs (Chapter 2), or for those looking to change or improve the ongoing management of existing SIPs (Chapter 3).

Additional SIP resources have been compiled into an accompanying SIP Resource Toolkit. The toolkit provides access to SIP resources crowdsourced from sustainability managers across the U.S. References to specific resources within the toolkit are linked throughout this publication, and readers are encouraged to use both this guide and the toolkit as a reference.
This is just the beginning of a larger effort to connect SIP managers dedicated to providing students rich, meaningful opportunities to engage in the campus sustainability project. Please consider the following opportunities to contribute:
  • Join the SIP Managers Google Group: We hope this will be a space for sharing resources, telling stories, and overcoming obstacles. Please consider joining and encouraging fellow SIP Managers to do so as well.
  • Submit a resource to the SIP Resource Toolkit: The toolkit is far from comprehensive, and would so benefit from all the good work you’re doing on your campuses. We know many of you have already submitted items, but we hope browsing the contents of the toolkit will remind you of another resource gem you’d like to submit. All resources can be emailed to
  • Give us Feedback: Love it? Hate it? Need more resources? We want to hear from you. Click here to access the feedback page, which we promise to expand in the next week or so.

2015 ACPA Sustainability Institute: Eco-Justice and Student Affairs

The ACPA Sustainability Advisory Committee is excited to present the 2015 ACPA Sustainability Institute: Eco-Justice and Student Affairs.

In a new format this year, the Sustainability Institute will be offered as a morning pre-conference on Thursday, March 5, 2015 prior to the opening of convention in Tampa. We will introduce the concept of eco-justice and further examine the connections between environmental sustainability and social justice. The institute will offer attendees opportunities to learn about best practices in the area of eco-justice and the chance to generate ideas to take back to their respective campuses.

More information can be found at the link below. Registration is now open for both ACPA and all pre-convention colloquia:

Additional questions can be directed to Dillon Kimmel at

Strengthening Ties for Collective Impact: Campus Sustainability in the Northeast Region — UMass Amherst April 9 -10, 2015

Join us for “Strengthening Ties for Collective Impact: Campus Sustainability in the Northeast Region”, a conference hosted by UMass Amherst April 9 -10, 2015, and brought to you by the Northeast Campus Sustainability Consortium, the New England Campus Sustainability Forum, and their partners.

Prior to the conference, Farm to Institution New England (FINE) will be hosting a conference earlier in the same week at UMass Amherst:  Participants are encouraged to participate in both events and more information will be available soon about the FINE event.  Meanwhile, check out sustainability/northeast for the NECSC/NECSF conference.  Anyone interested in joining the conference planning committee is welcome to email Ezra Small at

Seattle University: Sustainability Leadership and the Sports Industry

Seattle University will be launching a sequence of five asynchronous online classes focused on environmental sustainability leadership within the sport industry through the Master in Sport Administration and Leadership (MSAL) graduate program starting in the spring quarter (April 2015).  Each of the classes will feature a newly written textbook designed specifically with the respective class topic in mind (i.e., introductory text, marketing, finance and policy, facilities).  Individual chapters will open with a case study to orient and illustrate the focus of the content of each chapter.  The content will be theoretically based and empirically driven.

The classes are open to anyone with an undergraduate degree and will ultimately be part of a certificate program (pending certification) for those not currently enrolled in Seattle University’s MSAL program or as a specialization for those who are enrolled in the MSAL program.

If you are interested, please contact


Three inspiring and informative weekends: March 27-29 and April 18-20

Enroll in the Weekend Series Course at Sirius EcoVillage near Amherst MA.

Gain ecological design experience for your home landscape, as well as an internationally recognized permaculture design training and certification. Gather sustainable living skills alongside leading permaculture designers and educators while participating in life at a world-renowned ecovillage.  Optional: 3 college credits are offered through UMASS and the Five Colleges.  

Attend an experiential and life-changing permaculture training!!

Register Here!

New Release from Bullfrog Films

The Nature of Things: Where I Am? is a new documentary about the skills we use to find our way around. Whether you are an Inuit hunter, a foraging insect, or just someone out for a stroll, your brain is performing one of its most fundamental services — it is navigating. Why are some of us good at finding our way, while others are not?

It’s all about using both memory and imagination: remembering where we’ve been and imagining where we’re going. Are some strategies simply better than others? It looks at the navigation skills we share with animals. The program also examines how GPS has affected wayfinding, and why some researchers think it’s so bad for our brains that it may even lead to early senility.

44 minutes on DVD
Grades 7-12, College, Adult
SDH captions and scene selection
Written and directed by Bruce Mohun
Produced by Sue Ridout, Dreamfilm Productions Ltd. For CBC’s “The Nature of Things” with David Suzuki

View the trailer and order online here. Streaming preview available!

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