Expected to draw over 2,000 participants, AASHE’s annual conference is the largest stage to share effective models, policies, research, collaborations and transformative actions which advance sustainability in higher education and surrounding communities. 

AASHE offers many services for its members, but none of them are more visible than the AASHE Conference & Expo. The conference helps fulfill AASHE’s mission to inspire and catalyze higher education to lead the global sustainability transformation. Proceeds from the conference are reinvested into our community by supporting AASHE programs and services. AASHE works throughout the year to build a supportive community that enables us to reach towards our vision for higher education to be a foundation for a thriving, equitable and ecologically healthy world.

Theme: Stronger in Solidarity

With a theme of “Stronger in Solidarity,” AASHE 2017 will focus on how the campus sustainability community can break down walls, build bridges, and continue to make progress toward a healthy and equitable future for all. Join us for an inspirational exploration of the value of community, the power of empathy and the importance of diversity.

Conference Goals

As you prepare your proposal and presentation, please consider the following goals for the 2017 AASHE Conference & Expo:

  • Attend a high-quality, participatory and interactive event delivered in a professional manner
  • Be inspired, motivated, energized and empowered to advance sustainability in higher education and beyond.
  • Learn how to build or strengthen alliances and coalitions with diverse stakeholders.
  • Develop skills to integrate diversity, inclusion and social justice goals into the core culture of their institution, organization or community.
  • Gain lessons, ideas and tools to bring back to their institution, organization or community.
  • Learn from and network with a diverse audience of faculty, administrators, students, sustainability professionals, non-profit leaders and business partners.

Who Attends

AASHE Conference & Expo convenes a diverse group of campus representatives including faculty, students, sustainability officers, staff and administrators together with business, nonprofit, government, community leaders and members.  

  • Senior campus administrators
  • Campus planners, purchasers and other staff
  • Facility, dining and transportation officers
  • Administrators of system offices
  • Campus faculty
  • Sustainability officers
  • Undergraduate students, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows
  • Business managers and owners
  • Consultants
  • Environmental and energy-related government agencies
  • Business sustainability directors and managers
  • Construction project managers, builders, contractors, architects and designers

Who Exhibits

AASHE offers an exciting and unique opportunity for businesses, higher education institutions and non-profits to reach decision makers and demonstrate to colleges and universities how their products or services can lead the way to a sustainable future. Past exhibitors have come from the following industry sectors:

  • Air & Climate
  • Buildings
  • Campus Engagement
  • Coordination, Planning & Governance
  • Curriculum
  • Dining Services
  • Diversity & Affordability
  • Energy
  • Grounds
  • Health, Wellbeing & Work
  • Investment
  • Public Engagement
  • Purchasing
  • Research
  • Transportation
  • Waste
  • Water


Conference Program

Sunday, October 15, 2017

  • Student Summit
  • Pre-Conference Workshops and Tours
  • Opening Keynote & Ceremony
  • Opening Reception & Expo

Monday, October 16, 2017

  • Concurrent Educational Sessions
  • Poster Session
  • Networking Meetings
  • Expo

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

  • Concurrent Educational Sessions
  • Networking Meetings
  • Closing Keynote & Ceremony
  • Expo

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

  • Post-Conference Workshops and Tours

Conference Location

Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
900 E Market St, San Antonio, TX 78205 

Thank You to Our 2017 Sponsors