AASHE Advisory Council Description

AASHE’s Advisory Council (AC) promotes and supports the organization’s growth and development, and advises staff on complex and/​or specialized matters as well as general programmatic efforts​. The AC consists of leaders from higher education, business, nonprofit, and government sectors, nominated by AASHE members, volunteers and staff, and approved by the board of directors. The current description was approved in September 2015. See current membership.

Roles & Responsibilities of AASHE Advisory Council Members

  • Provide advice to AASHE staff leadership and feedback on strategic direction taken by AASHE’s board of directors.
  • Promote AASHE to colleagues and connect the organization with leaders and donors who can assist in advancing the organization’s mission.
  • Sponsor/support AASHE activities and attend AASHE-sponsored events.
  • Promote linkages between sustainability in higher education and in businesses, nonprofits, and government.

Desired Characteristics

  • Have proven knowledge of the principles of sustainability and a strong commitment to achieving a just and sustainable society.
  • Have a demonstrated commitment to AASHE’s activities.
  • Are from member institutions or organizations.
  • Are firmly committed to improving the learning experience of college and university students and to seeing sustainability modeled on campuses and in their surrounding communities.

Time Commitment

The council meets virtually four times a year via tele-conference. AC members are contacted via email (using Basecamp platform) and provided content in advance of the meeting and discussion. AC members are asked to attend the annual conference and members meeting, and may also be asked to attend special events or meetings during the year. In addition, each AC member is expected to participate in at least one AASHE committee or task force. At the beginning of 2016, standing committees will likely include the following: awards, conference, communications and marketing, member recruitment and retention, resource center, publications, and training and professional development. Other committees may be formed as needed. Committees may meet by phone two to five times per year, depending on their respective work agenda. Overall, AC members can expect to contribute an average of two to four hours per month to AASHE.


Term of service for AC members is 2 years, and is renewable.


Must be associated with a current AASHE member organization.

Advisory Council Meetings

  • The AC meets approximately quarterly via GoToWebinar.
  • AC members will be contacted via email and provided content in advance of the meeting and discussion. Basecamp is the platform used for AC communications.
  • All Advisory Council members are invited to attend the annual business meeting and hosted receptions at conferences.


AC members are not compensated for their service.