Call for Proposals: Role of Higher Education in Creating a Sustainable World

Posted by on June 2, 2006

AASHE 2006: The Role of Higher Education in Creating a Sustainable World

October 4-6 (Wed-Fri), Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

2nd Call for Proposals, and Extended Deadline: June 19, 2006

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education has extended the deadline for submssion of abstracts of proposals to June 19th. Please see submission details below.

About the Conference
The theme of this North American conference is ?The Role of Higher Education in Creating a Sustainable World.? AASHE 2006 aims to significantly advance sustainability efforts in higher education, with an emphasis on ?next steps? and ?beyond the low-hanging fruit.? There will be a special focus on incorporating all dimensions of sustainability – not just the environment ? in decision-making.

The conference is open to participants from every sector of higher education as well as interested businesses and NGO?s. Anticipated attendees include administrators, faculty, students, sustainability practitioners, facilities officers, operations staff, consultants, vendors, higher education leaders, government representatives, and many others. The program format will promote the active exchange of ideas and knowledge through highly interactive forums, informal networking, and open, facilitated discussion.

Come join this unique and exciting gathering of the higher education sustainability community. For more information visit

Keynote Speakers
* Ray Anderson – chairman and founder of Interface, Inc.
* Hunter Lovins – president and founder of Natural Capitalism, Inc., and co-founder of the Rocky Mountain Institute.
* Bill McKibben – author and scholar whose books include The End of Nature and Hope, Human and Wild.
* Beverly Wright – founder of the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice.

Special Features
* Plenary sessions on food & dining issues, energy & global warming, and accelerating curriculum change.
* Roundtables on standardizing campus sustainability assessment, incorporating social equity in sustainability, and other key issues for the campus sustainability community.
* Outdoor expo in conjunction with ASU’s Suppliers Showcase (which adopted a sustainability theme for this event).
* AASHE campus achievement awards, certificates of recognition, and other honors following dinner on Thursday.
* Meetings/receptions for the Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium (HEASC), COPLAC (Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges), campus sustainability coordinators, regional consortia, and other groups.
* Free copy of ?The Business Case for Renewable Energy: A Guide for Colleges and Universities? by Andrea Puman and Michael Phillips for every registrant (compliments of SCUP).
* Pre-conference workshops on diversity (Angela Park), green building (USGBC), and campus planning (SCUP).
* Post-conference Student Convergence (and a strong student voice in plenary sessions).
* Purchase of carbon offsets for all greenhouse gas emissions
* A ?green? and socially responsible conference. (Attendees are encouraged to bring a coffee mug and their collections of badge holders and conference bags for reuse at the conference.)

For conference registration information see All presenters must register and pay by September 1 or your name will not appear in the program. A discount is available for teams of four or more from a single campus.

Submission Details
Proposals for papers, posters, panels, workshops, roundtables, and field reports are invited in the following categories:
? Education and Research
? Operations & Facilities
? Service and Outreach (from local to international)
? Institutional Transformation

Abstracts of proposals must be 200 words or less and should be submitted online for review at Abstracts that incorporate and show connections between all the dimensions of sustainability, including social justice, are especially encouraged. (The deadline for poster and workshop proposals is Aug. 1; all others are due by June 19.)

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