AASHE Advisory Council

AASHE’s Advisory Council promotes and supports the organization’s growth and development, and advises staff on complex or specialized matters as well as general programmatic goals. Changes to the Advisory Council structure, criteria or responsibilities are approved by the Board of Directors. The current description was approved in May 2014. See current membership.

Criteria for membership

Advisory Council members:
* Have 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.

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.
  • Steer the Listening Project, which is a strategic communication project for AASHE membership and programs.
  • 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.

Advisory Council Structure & Nomination Process

  • The Advisory Council consists of 25-50 leaders from higher education, business, nonprofit, and government sectors, nominated by AASHE members, volunteers and staff, and approved by the Board of Directors.
  • Members are chosen via a nomination process.
  • Nomination Process and Timeline:
  • November - Executive Director opens a simple and online nomination process. Nominations to the Advisory Council may be made by members of the Advisory Council and Board. A designated board member will collect all nominations and bios, distributes them to board members in advance of the meeting, and prepares recommendations.
  • December – Board of directors will review nomination and criteria for selection
  • January – The term will begin for selected Advisory Council Members
  • Term of service for Advisory Council members is three years, renewable via the process above each year.

Advisory Council Meetings

  • AASHE’s Executive Director will convene the Advisory Council at least once a quarter.
  • Advisory Council Members will be contacted via email and provided content in advance of the meeting and discussion.
  • All Advisory Council members are invited to attend the annual business meeting and hosted receptions at conferences.