Maybe it was the proximity to the Country Music Hall of Fame, or inspired by the late night live music, but the energy and ideas at this year’s AASHE Conference & Expo in Nashville were reminiscent of celebrated inductee Johnny Cash, described as “part rockabilly rebel, part campfire storyteller, part outlaw in black.”
“Resisting authority, control or convention” as rebels do, the dialogue at AASHE 2013 steered outside the established lines when addressing higher education resiliency and adaptation. Solutions like collective organizing, involving underrepresented communities, and modeling innovative resiliency were focused on breaking new ground and creating change at the root level.
And much like Cash’s stark baritone, we hope the voices of the AASHE 2013 storytellers will resonate with the higher education sustainability audience long after leaving the Nashville stage.
If you’re ready to channel your inner Johnny Cash, here are ways that this year's presenters suggest defying convention to create real change toward climate resiliency and adaptation in your campus community: