In July we are hosting a smaller retreat for all types of campus sustainability practitioners: Sustainability officers, sustainability committee members, faculty who teach about sustainability, student sustainability staff, and others. If part of your role is furthering sustainability at your campus, we want you here! The intent of this activity is to provide a more intimate setting for people from each school to join this conversation. In this smaller setting we hope to carry the conversation well past introductions into targeted sessions and topics where we need the most help or have the most questions.
The Washington Higher Education Sustainability Coalition (WAHESC) invites you to learn about cutting edge sustainability initiatives on campuses around Washington State in this first ever state-wide broadcast. The purpose of this event is to inspire, engage, and connect our regional higher education institutions during Earth Week. The broadcast on April 20th from 4:00pm-5:00pm will feature eight short presentations from staff and student sustainability advocates representing these projects:
Chrissy Cooley from the Pierce Co. Conservation District presents the concept of a state-wide bottled water ban for higher education.
Emily Dunn-Wilder and Jesse Honiker from Evergreen State College present on bringing local, organic, fair-trade and humanely-raised food to their campus.
Christian Rusby and Josh Meyers from North Seattle College present on reclaiming areas on campus overrun with invasive species to foster a healthy ecosystem and sustainable campus.
Nick Lorax from Pacific Lutheran University presents on PLU’s collaboration between Facilities Management, the Sustainability Office, and Environmental Studies to design curriculum that utilizes the campus as a living laboratory.
Carol Berry from Western Washington University presents on Western’s low-cost, high impact conservation campaigns that promote community-wide participation.
Renee Maschi from University of Puget Sound presents on tackling the problem of food waste and hunger through food salvage and community gardens.
Claudia Frere-Anderson from University of Washington presents on UW’s role in the Washington Business Climate Declaration and potential for Washington State higher education institutions.
Aubrey Batchelor from University of Washington presents on the opportunities for labs to be more green and UW’s experience thus far with the green labs initiative.
Don’t miss this opportunity to get great ideas for your campus! If you are interested in broadcasting this event at your location please email Rachael.Morris@wwu.edu to receive the link to the event. Please respond by Monday, April 13th to be able to test your connection prior to the event. We look forward to connecting with you!
Advance sustainability efforts through facilitating communications and disseminating knowledge and information from and to the various campuses and their communities
Develop the understanding of sustainability among the wide spectrum of the Consortium's college and university communities as well as other individuals and groups with similar values and goals
Promote partnerships for advancing sustainability among the wide spectrum of the Consortium communities as well as other individuals and groups with like values and goals
Increase capacity for the practice of sustainability on campuses and among the WAHESC communities through building skills, transforming attitudes, and providing resources
We did it! Washington’s first ever higher education sustainability conference featured 31 sessions, 116 speakers, and over 450 attendees. Thank you for making WAHESC such a success! We look forward to our next WAHESC Conference, planned for 2017. Sustainability officers, specialists, and campus sustainability representatives are invited to this summer’s WAHESC Officers Retreat.