Pre- and post-conference workshops are extended learning sessions which take place on Sunday before the conference and Wednesday after the conference. These sessions are either full-day workshops (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) or half-day workshops (8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. or 1:00 – 4:30 p.m.). These workshops are not included in the conference registration price and are offered for a separate fee.

Sunday Full Day Workshops

'Big Data' for Sustainability Research

Sunday, Oct. 15 | 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

The digital revolution has greatly expanded the availability of and access to large data compilations, presenting significant opportunities for research and discovery. Data documenting global resources, climate change, ecological quality, and social dimensions of civilization are critical to determining the status of humanity and Earth relative to sustainability. 'Big Data' can facilitate effective research on questions of global scale that bear directly on progress toward or retreat from sustainability. Systems thinking and systems solutions require data on inputs, outputs, and transfers among system elements. While this matter crosses disciplinary boundaries, there is clear agreement that we must strive to develop unified models through which data are not merely captured, curated, analyzed and visualized, but also fused in a systematic way to invoke novel outcomes that further advance sustainability. This symposium will bring together scholars, scientists, and designers to examine the possibility of developing a more functional approach to better advance the cause of sustainability through research mining of extensive data compilations. Workshop participants will learn of novel applications of disparate 'big data' compilations and how those data are being used to better understand dynamics of the human-environmental system and prospects for a sustainable future for humanity.
Presenters: Tahar Messadi, University of Arkansas; Stephen Boss, University of Arkansas

Facilitation for Organizational Change

Sunday, Oct. 15 | 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

One of the most important, yet often underappreciated skills of any profession is the ability to be a strong meeting facilitator. Whether it is a small internal meeting with staff or a campus-wide strategic planning effort, being a confident and effective facilitator is essential not only to help accomplish your goals but also to provide the necessary structure and process for larger organizational change. What does it mean to be a strong facilitator and what are the concrete tools one can use to lead a group decision-making process? This full-day workshop provides professionals with an outstanding opportunity to develop the essential facilitation skills to support change in complex organizations such as colleges and universities. The workshop will be broken up into two parts. Part one will include facilitation refresher activities designed to guide participants through the important steps in group facilitation.In part two of the workshop, participants will have ample time to hone their facilitation skills using tried and proven techniques and to receive constructive feedback from the group in a safe environment. The workshop will provide a theoretical overview of the psychology of leadership and group dynamics to emphasize the important role of a facilitator in fostering group consensus. Participants will also review tools for adaptive facilitation and managing difficult conversations and challenging personalities.
Presenters: Dallase Scott, GreenerU; Lisa Bjerke, GreenerU

Flow State Organizations: Organizational Design for Sustainability

Sunday, Oct. 15 | 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Our existing organization model has proven to be incapable of the pace, depth and breadth of change that the sustainability agenda requires. We need to co-create flow state organizations that balance high levels of engagement and inclusion, sensing and adaptation with efficient structure, focused leadership and execution. This session addresses our shared need for unleashing human creativity, healthy social dynamics and adaptive responses to navigate the 21st Century. We will address governance, decision-making and idea flow to unleash high levels of change capability, innovation & agility throughout your organization. Case studies shared in this workshop are fresh, real and validated at executive education programs at Harvard University. They include: catalyzing rapid diffusion of sustainability across curricula by re-imagining our organizational systems (Hawaii System); whole systems campus master planning (UBC); and engaging senior leaders (Swarthmore). Participants will: earn the flow state organizational model, lexicon and visuals; advance their abilities to catalyze positive cultural shifts; learn about Idea Flow – the life cycle of an idea from inception to full implementation – so that new ideas can emerge from anywhere and succeed; discover how to improve governance decision making architecture to increase organizational agility; and identify pathways for deepening engagement executive teams, scale successful pilot projects and foster peer-to-peer learning.
Presenters: Leith Sharp, Harvard University; Matthew Lynch, University of Hawaii System Office; Leanne Bilodeau, University of British Columbia Okanagan; Krista Hiser, University of Hawaii System Office; Aurora Winslade, Swarthmore College

Learning the Language of Executive Leadership to Increase Sustainability's Value

Sunday, Oct. 15 | 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

With higher education facing a new political landscape, ongoing budget cuts and an affordability crisis, among other challenges, sustainability professionals must be able to define and communicate sustainability's value to core institutional priorities. Building on the Big Ten and Friends Sustainability Group's foundational work and contributions from Second Nature, this workshop will lead participants through hands-on exercises and discussions aimed at: 1) identifying their institution's mission-level priorities (e.g., supporting financial stewardship and affordability, increasing the value of a degree, diversity and inclusion); 2) assessing how sustainability, climate neutrality, and/or resilience contribute to these priorities; and 3) developing strategies for using this new language-which describes the value of sustainability, climate neutrality or resilience using the terms and concepts embedded in executive leadership priorities-to support everything from strategic planning to stakeholder engagement to program implementation and evaluation.
Presenters: Emilie Rex, Consultant; Joshua Lasky, U.S. Green Building Council; Denice Wardrop, Pennsylvania State University; Michael Gulich, Purdue University

Secrets to Campus Energy Success: Constructing a Comprehensive Renewable Energy Strategy

Sunday, Oct. 15 | 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Energy is one of the largest non-payroll operating costs for most colleges and universities. Campus budgets are exposed to rising energy costs over time and volatile price fluctuations. Electricity and natural gas are also large sources of greenhouse gases. Energy efficiency, conservation, and renewable energy are all needed to control costs and meet climate goals. This workshop will help attendees develop a comprehensive energy strategy including: planning, stakeholder engagement, energy conserving behavioral changes, audits, ongoing commissioning, efficiency retrofits, monitoring, on-site renewables and off-site renewables.
Presenters: Rob Andrejewski, University of Richmond; George Souleret, University of Richmond; Lindsey Cohen, Edison Energy; Chris O’Brien, Edison Energy; Tom Szarawarski, Edison Energy

Transform What's Divided Us: Utilizing a Social Justice Lens for Collective Sustainability Work

Sunday, Oct. 15 | 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Recent events demonstrate that a lack of critical understanding of social justice issues makes collaborative work across multiple lines of identity near impossible, while thoughtful attention to social justice issues can build unexpected and highly effective coalitions. The former, of course, works in opposition to the urgent need for solidarity with respect to climate, environmental and sustainability issues, thus highlighting the importance of utilizing a social justice lens in our sustainability work. As such, this cross-disciplinary workshop is designed to take campus sustainability work to a deeper level, via the use of a critical 'social justice lens' (SJL), so as to improve its efficacy, deepen its reach and power, and ultimately align it more closely with 21st century climate realities. Based on workshops Dr. Hackman has presented across the country, this interactive session begins by setting forth the core components of a critical SJL, then makes explicit connections for its use and transformative import in the current climate change / sustainability moment, and concludes with the presentation of concrete steps regarding the application of a SJL to sustainability work on our campuses via case studies and participant examples. The session is grounded in theory (for a shared framework), but spends the bulk of its time in dialogue, application and integration of the content into participants' specific settings. A range of presentation modalities will be used.
Presenter: Heather Hackman, Hackman Consulting Group

Sunday Morning Workshops

Applied Learning for Sustainability Projects: Developing High Impact Student-Community Collaboration

Sunday, Oct. 15 | 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Applied learning opportunities - from internships to community-based learning courses to student research - provide exceptional training for students in addressing complex sustainability challenges. Often, these endeavors are designed primarily to optimize the student's experience and place a secondary emphasis on the positive, real-world changes produced as a result of these engagements. This workshop will show how to design projects that offer students a rich learning experience and contribute impactful to change in the community. To this end, the workshop will combine practitioner knowledge, case studies and relevant concepts from sustainability and education literature to outline three principles for building applied learning programs that can deliver on sustainability outcomes and do so at scale. These programs unlock opportunities for students to grapple with complex sustainability challenges while at the same time making measurable progress on those issues. Participants will walk away with initial strategies for approaching applied learning for sustainability at their college or university and a strong understanding of the concepts, methods and approaches to support their strategies at home.
Presenters: Fletcher Beaudoin, Portland State University; Katja Brundiers, Arizona State University; Tamsin Foucrier, Arizona State University

Energy Engineering for Non-Engineers

Sunday, Oct. 15 | 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

As a sustainability change agent, you may not have a background in engineering, but developing a basic fluency in energy engineering terms and concepts can empower you to participate in and facilitate decisions that have significant impacts on how your campus achieves its climate goals. This workshop will equip you with knowledge of: technical concepts in energy engineering, process management for investigating and implementing projects, and tools for assessing the financial aspects of a project. Attendees will also learn what questions to ask contractors and facilities staff to ensure projects support your institutional sustainability goals. Taught by Chris Lewis, Manager of Energy Efficiency at GreenerU, and facilitated by Alex Davis, Program Manager at GreenerU, this workshop will help you feel more prepared to take on your next energy efficiency project on campus.
Presenters: Alex Davis, GreenerU; Chris Lewis, GreenerU

Gaining Hope and Resilience During Troubling Times

Sunday, Oct. 15 | 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Learning about environmental, social, and economic sustainability issues can be daunting and overwhelming, especially when considering how to create solutions to pressing problems. In these times of accelerating change and challenges where we are bombarded with negative news that numbs and overwhelms the spirit, how can we build hope and resilience? How do we build stronger internal and external supports for sustainability personally and for our communities? How do we hold hope for our planet? Using the motto 'Educate ~ Empower ~ Engage,' this half-day training provides practical strategies and tools for cultivating hope and resilience through an ecopsychology perspective. With three sections of focus - Personal, Community and Planetary - this training will consist of a combination of short lecture and group activities that give participants resources they will be able to use in their own lives and communities. Participants will discover greater personal capacity, develop leadership skills, and gain new ways to overcome psychological barriers that can inhibit our empowerment and engagement.
Presenter: Kimberley Smith, Portland Community College

Integrating Sustainability Across Disciplines: A Step-wise Process for (Re)designing a Syllabus

Sunday, Oct. 15 | 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Integrating sustainability into a course means adapting both content and pedagogy to create a learning experience that is more interdisciplinary, experiential, and focused on authentic problem-solving. How can instructors juggle all of these demands without abandoning disciplinary expertise or designing a syllabus from scratch? In this hands-on, fast-paced workshop, participants will 1) develop a transdisciplinary framing of sustainability relevant to their discipline, and 2) (re)design an existing or planned syllabus using a guided, hands-on process. Through this process, participants will: apply transdisciplinary concepts to reorient their content; develop experiential instructional approaches; create a course sequence that leads students through engagement, deep inquiry, decision-making and positive action; and apply a 'backwards design' process to align outcomes, instruction and assessment. Participants will have opportunities to work with peers within and across disciplines. Depending on the scale of their redesign, participants will walk away with a course makeover or a firm blueprint for completing one. Participants will receive an instructional design booklet with support tools and frameworks.
Presenter: Susan Santone, Creative Change Educational Solutions

Sustainability, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Across the Curriculum

Sunday, Oct. 15 | 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

This workshop is for faculty and staff of all disciplines who wish to interconnect and to integrate sustainability, diversity, equity and inclusion into their curriculum, with particular goals of: 1) closing the opportunity gap for students of color and indigenous students; 2) standing in solidarity with all students; and 3) experiencing new ways to look at sustainability. Through an intensive, lively and fun morning of presentations, exercises, discussions, reflection and planning, participants will become familiar with approaches to recognize the interconnections of sustainability and equity. Through a range of workshop strategies, participants will be exposed to diverse perspectives and will dialogue with faculty from other disciplines and campuses as they gain skills in incorporating sustainability, diversity and inclusion in their own syllabi, lesson plans and campus projects. The workshop will create space for discussion of how sustainability intersects with #blacklivesmatter, police reform, immigrant student rights, Dakota Access Pipeline and indigenous sovereignty, as well as topics brought forward by participants.
Presenters: Elizabeth Mercer-Taylor, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities; Erika Bailey-Johnson, Bemidji State University; Ana Davis, North Hennepin Community College; Robert Rivera, Robbinsdale Area Schools

Sunday Afternoon Workshops

Leading Resilient Sustainability Offices – Making a Difference Via Practical, Effective Leadership

Sunday, Oct. 15 | 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

This workshop will focus on a key leadership and professional development skill – building/leading the most effective and resilient sustainability organization possible. This workshop will cover best practices for bringing an office of sustainability up to the caliber of higher education and industry. Topics will include: project and program management tools, coalition building, managing up for budget and approval, and managing teams for results. Organizational effectiveness and resiliency are essential tools in the leadership toolbox of every sustainability officer/administrator. This workshop will equip attendees with the information, understanding, tools and vocabulary for these essential skillsets in the times of change to supplement knowledge of sustainability science and program implementation.
Presenter: Fahmida Ahmed, Stanford University

Multiple Approaches to Successfully Sustaining Your Campus as a Teaching and Living Laboratory

Sunday, Oct. 15 | 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

The concept of using campus buildings, grounds, infrastructure, resources and systems to support research and learning in sustainability is widely accepted and recognized by assessments like STARS. This workshop will address the need to make such efforts sustainable as they transition from trial projects to ongoing programs on your campus. The focus will be on the roles of campus sustainability staff as managers, advisors, subject matter experts, collaborators, funders, and matchmakers for campus-as-a-laboratory efforts. We will present several different models currently in use across six campuses that emphasize different foundations for program success, including: focus on available physical resources, such as dedicated spaces (Furman University); focus on defining projects and deliverables for capstone courses (University of North Carolina at Charlotte); facilitating non-capstone projects (NC State University); supporting research theses (Duke University); enabling on-campus field site immersion (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill); and creating curriculum modules (University of Georgia). We will also share methodologies for planning and coordination, such as: campus needs assessments and resource mapping (UNCC); managing client-based projects (NC State); using a theme to catalyze living lab activity (UGA), peer-to-peer faculty engagement (UNCCH); and assessing cost/time versus impact (Furman).
Presenters: Tracy Dixon, North Carolina State University; Laura Bain, Furman University; Tyra Byers, The University of Georgia; Tavey Capps, Duke University; Cindy Shea, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Michael Lizotte, University of North Carolina, Charlotte

Sustainability Competencies: What are They, How to Address Them, How to Assess Students’ Learning

Sunday, Oct. 15 | 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

This workshop introduces the following set of sustainability competencies: systems, future, values, and strategic thinking as well as interpersonal competence. The workshop explores how to use these competencies to design sustainability courses and how to assess students' competencies development. A competence includes knowledge, skills, and attitudes; e.g., interpersonal competence involves the concepts, methods, and mindsets required for working successfully with diverse groups of people over long periods of time. This set of key competencies emerged from a literature review on sustainability competencies. Since then, a variety of schools have used this framework to design their sustainability programs and courses to better equip students with the increasingly recognized skills and expertise needed to effectively address sustainability problems. The workshop first introduces the sustainability competencies and how they work together to address sustainability problems in comprehensive and solution-oriented ways. Second, the workshop provides examples from different schools in the US and Europe of how courses can incorporate learning activities that build students' capacities in one or more competencies. Third, we discuss how to operationalize the competencies to assess students' learning. Participants are invited to bring their course syllabus to explore how sustainability competencies can be applied to their course and how to link courses to build a pathway for students.
Presenters: Katja Brundiers, Arizona State University; Aaron Redman, Leuphana University Lüneburg; Elizabeth Lloyd-Pool, Portland State University

Supporting Students’ Sustainability Learning & Emotional Resilience with Reflection & Contemplation

Sunday, Oct. 15 | 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

How do we foster the cognitive complexity, ethical development, and personal resolve required for this 'sustainability century?' Tackling complex, systemic problems requires nuanced interdisciplinary understandings and the ability to engage multiple perspectives. It also requires profound cultural shifts and collective work among inclusive communities. This participatory session, suitable for faculty, student affairs staff, and other academic leaders, will provide a rationale as well as examples for incorporating reflective and contemplative practices into sustainability studies. These approaches help students pause, deepen their awareness, think more carefully, and work more effectively with the complexity and controversy they may face in the years ahead. Since 2009, a faculty learning community in the Pacific Northwest led by the Curriculum for the Bioregion Initiative has developed strategies to: enhance students' capacities to listen across differences; navigate their fear, grief, and despair; build their understanding of the roots, scale, and interconnectedness of sustainability problems; and engage in community as an antidote to paralysis and cynicism. Our goal is to strengthen students' resolve for long-term engagement and resilience in a future where sustainability is paramount. This workshop will share a number of these strategies and additional resources to build or deepen reflective and contemplative pedagogies with your students.
Presenters: Jean MacGregor, Evergreen State College, The; Marie Eaton, Western Washington University; Holly Hughes, Peninsula College

Wednesday Full Day Workshops

Carbon Pricing & Higher Ed: Internal Carbon Fees, Shadow Prices for LCA, Engaging Beyond the Campus

Wednesday, Oct. 18 | 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

This interactive workshop will examine different models for internal carbon pricing, including models adopted by Yale, Vassar and Swarthmore. We will cover revenue neutral prices, prices that generate funds for sustainability and incorporating shadow prices on GHG emissions into life cycle cost analysis. We will explore the role of higher education in national carbon pricing efforts, including the 'Put a Price on It' campaign and how college and university presidents are working with students to lead on this issue. Using case studies from higher education institutions and businesses that already have implemented internal carbon pricing, we will explore the benefits of, and challenges involved in, incorporating carbon pricing into your program. Also covered: how to build campus support and buy-in for carbon pricing, how it can be used as an educational tool, and as a potential internal funding source. We will support attendees in developing a plan to explore carbon pricing at their home institution.
Presenters: Aurora Winslade, Swarthmore College; Casey Pickett, Yale University; Leanne Bilodeau, University of British Columbia Okanagan

Senior Leadership Summit: Positioning Sustainability as Your Ultimate Innovation and Strategy Driver

Wednesday, Oct. 18 | 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

AASHE’s 2017 Senior Leadership Summit is an intensive professional development opportunity for senior leaders and their teams to accelerate their sustainability leadership impact by increasing the flow and adoption of new ideas in their organizations. The Summit will be led by Leith Sharp, Director of Harvard's internationally acclaimed Executive Education program for Sustainability Leadership, and is especially designed for senior leaders. Sustainability professionals can attend along with a senior leader. This unique senior leadership session will introduce best in class content that has been validated through senior leadership programs offered through Harvard’s Center for Health and the Global Environment, Sustainable Brands, Greenbuild, AASHE and more.
Presenter: Leith Sharp, Harvard University

Wednesday Morning Workshops

Catch: A Face-to-Face Dynamic Simulation Game for Teaching About Renewable Resource Management

Wednesday, Oct. 18 | 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Catch© is free, fun and innovative, face-to-face systems dynamic simulation game that responds to the need for new, core-competency based pedagogical resources for teaching about the challenges of transformative change and the forms of learning that are necessary to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Catch© was created as a response to Fishbanks, a game originally created by Dennis Meadows in 2001. Fishbanks, which has the goal of maximizing individual team's net worth, has been heralded as a superb tool for teaching about the 'Tragedy of the Commons'. Alternatively, Catch© uses two ostensibly conflicting goals to explore the possibility of eliciting a much broader and richer range of common pool resource management and decision-making strategies. Specifically, the game has two systems goals: (1) Catch as many fish as you can and (2) leave as many fish in the sea as possible. It utilizes a common pool resource setting, with realistic resource dynamics, that produces a systematic effect on the socio-ecological simulated environment. Various face-to-face groups from around the world have played the game with great effect. In this session, we propose to introduce Catch©, play a full game, debrief, and discuss game management so that attendees are fully prepared use Catch© on their own campuses or in their own organizations.
Presenters: Harold Glasser, Western Michigan University; Isaac Green, Western Michigan University; Laura Donders, Western Michigan University

Climate Action (re)Boot Camp!

Wednesday, Oct. 18 | 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Join us for a climate action boot camp! This workshop will provide a refresher on the basic components of climate action planning, and bring you up to date on reporting requirements for each Climate Leadership Commitment. Join us whether it’s your first time completing a greenhouse gas inventory, or you’ve been an Implementation Liaison for ten years. In this workshop we will cover: 1) completing a GHG inventory and using the new UNH CarbonMap; 2) best practices for creating and updating your Intuition’s Climate Action Plan; 3) Second Nature’s new Reporting Platform and reporting timelines; 4) basic elements of a Resilience Assessment for Climate Commitment signatories; and 5) how to effectively communicate these findings to Senior Leadership and inspire action.
Presenters: Janna Cohen-Rosenthal, Second Nature; Ruby Woodside, Second Nature; Jennifer Andrews, University of New Hampshire

In Serving Solidarity, Let’s Talk about Privilege: Critical Conversations About 'Unsustainable' Race

Wednesday, Oct. 18 | 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

While attention to the ways dynamics of racism, classism and gender oppression target people of color and native people, poor and working class people, and cisgender women and trans* folks is critically important to our sustainability work, too often the 'other side' of these dynamics are left invisible and thus unchallenged and unchanged. More specifically, while some campuses are willing to consider the impacts of racism on their sustainability work, less frequent is the willingness to look at the ways white privilege has impacted that work. This half-day workshop is designed to help participants dive more deeply into the complicated and often fraught conversation about race, class and gender privilege in the service of developing more collaborative campus sustainability efforts. To be sure, this is not a session mired in guilt, shame and blame. Instead, it: 1) explores dynamics of privilege through a social justice lens; 2) identifies the unconscious and unintentional ways race, class and gender privilege thwart collective sustainability work on our campuses; 3) suggests ways to interrupt and dismantle these privileged dynamics; and 4) connects this social justice work to the creation of effective and forward-thinking campus sustainability efforts. The workshop is a balance of presentation and practical application, and audience participation is important for its success.
Presenter: Heather Hackman, Hackman Consulting Group

Sustaining Ourselves – A Collaborative Mini-Retreat for Sustainability Professionals

Wednesday, Oct. 18 | 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Join fellow sustainability professionals in discovering how a model of stepping away from our various institutions, discovering common challenges and building cross-institution relationships helps us sustain ourselves. The planning team from the 4th annual Sustaining Ourselves Retreat will share their model for a retreat away from campus life that renews us for the work we do in sustainability. During this half-day workshop, we will lead a couple short sessions from the retreat format that we have found to be most helpful. The flexible framework that has been developed across our institutions includes both structured and unstructured conversations on topics of sharing our own narratives, reflecting on common values, avoiding burn-out and connecting on innovative approaches to sustainability challenges. The approach used to support others and ourselves will be available to participants to incorporate either in their own campuses or in cross-institution gatherings.
Presenters: Mary Hannemann, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities; Suzanne Savanick Hansen, Macalester College; Alexandra Miller, Carleton College

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