Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education Conference Opportunity

February 14, 2012

Hey, Campus Sustainability Folks! There’s a really great opportunity coming up that I wanted to make sure the William & Mary community was getting ready for – the AASHE conference’s call for presentations!

Each year, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) hosts the largest campus sustainability conference in North America. On February 21, AASHE opens its Call for Presentations for the 2012 conference, held in Los Angeles, from October 14-17 (what a great way to spend Fall Break, right?). Presenting at AASHE is great exposure for the W&M sustainability program & an amazing opportunity for any students interested in sustainability.

Last year, 3 of us from W&M presented at the AASHE conference. Sarah Hanke, the W&M sustainability fellow, presented on the Dining Sustainability Interns program; she talked about how that program runs & highlighted some of the awesome projects the interns have created. Max Cunningham ‘13 presented the carbon offset program he helped start. And I presented research I had done for my honors thesis the year before. Being able to present at AASHE was an amazing experience. I got some really good feedback from the audience & I got to see how useful my research was in the real world.

So as you can see, there are many different approaches you can take to sustainability topics. They also have a variety of ways you can present at AASHE, including solo presentations, panel discussions, and a poster session. One of the really exciting things about the AASHE conference is the diversity of subjects within sustainability and the different ways people share what they’re working on.

While going to LA for a long weekend isn’t cheap, don’t let the costs of the conference keep you from submitting. As a W&M student, you have lots of access to funding for things like attending conferences. There’s a specific Conference Fund in Student Activities and The Committee on Sustainability offers its own conference funding. Don’t hesitate to ask around campus, either – in 2010 another student & I got help from the Parents’ Fund to go to the AASHE conference in Denver.

Sign up here to get notifications about AASHE 2012, like the Call for Presentations or the opening of registration.

If you have any questions, you call always email me at or talk to Sarah Hanke.

-Lauren Edmonds, class of 2011

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