AASHE Award Winner Webinar Series - 2017

Join us for our first webinar series of 2017 where we will take a deeper look into the winning submissions from the 2016 AASHE Sustainability Awards. In an effort to share best practices and nuanced strategies of what makes these institutions and individuals winners, each webinar will look more closely at the approaches used to effect institutional change, demonstrate student leadership, and advance campus sustainability research.

Webinar #1 (February 15, 2017, 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET)

Developing Energy Efficiency and Water Conservation Strategies Through Student Research

Featuring Brittany Szczepanik, University of Michigan (Winner of 2016 Campus Sustainability Research Award), Joanne Ma and Itay Porat, University of Houston (Winner of 2016 Campus Sustainability Research Award).

Webinar Description:
Student groups at the University of Houston and University of Michigan have developed strategies for energy efficiency and water conservation on campus through research. At the University of Michigan, a team of six graduate students worked closely with Johnson Controls, Inc. and campus stakeholders to establish a baseline for energy consumption at the University, and to identify key areas for improvement. At the University of Houston a student group made it their mission to investigate areas of high on-campus water consumption, discover practical conservation methods and map out implementation strategies for the University of Houston.
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Webinar #2 (February 22, 2017, 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET)

Taking Carbon Off-Setting Beyond the Campus

Featuring Weston Dripps and Kelly Grant Purvis, Furman University (Winners of 2016 Campus Sustainability Achievement Award).

Webinar Description:
This webinar will tell the story of the Community Conservation Corps (CCC), a community weatherization program run through the David E. Shi Center for Sustainability at Furman University. The CCC was developed to help Furman meet its goal of carbon neutrality by 2026 while making positive changes close to home. The CCC provides free home weatherization to low-income homeowners in the greater Greenville community. Through partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County, the CCC reduces energy consumption and promotes the financial stability of homeowners through weatherization, energy conservation, and education. Program participants save an average of 25% on their monthly utility costs, freeing up funds to support other areas of need for their families. To date, the program has weatherized more than 100 homes in Greenville and has generated more than 100 mTCO2e emissions reduction which the university applies as an offset in its annual greenhouse gas reporting.
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Webinar #3 (March 1, 2017, 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET)

Using a Design Competition to Expand Bee Habitat On and Off-Campus

Featuring Robert Currie and Jason Hare, University of Manitoba (Winner of 2016 Campus Sustainability Achievement Award).

Webinar Description:
BEE / HOUSE / LAB was an international design competition at the University of Manitoba that resulted in innovative bee houses built, installed around campus and used for research. The reasons for the competition were to help bees in a time of rapid decline due to habitat loss and severe weather brought on by climate change. Partnerships were what made this project a success. In this webinar, you will learn more about the process of this project and see the winning designs. You will also be asked to participate in a short, interactive design activity.
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Webinar #4 (date TBD, 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET)

Embedding Sustainability Into a College

Featuring Maria Boccalandro, Cedar Valley College (Winner of 2016 Campus Sustainability Achievement Award).

Webinar Description:
This webinar will present Cedar Valley College's experience in becoming a Center of Excellence of Sustainability, including: how CVC utilized AASHE and community resources to create a robust sustainability curriculum through an innovative/unique and easy faculty training, where CVC certifies instructors with 'Q-TIPS'; how CVC is educating the next generation of leaders in sustainability by increasing the number of green cord graduates; how CVC is using problem/ project-based learning as a mechanism to ensure students are 'job ready' by using hands-on experiences to solve sustainability issues at CVC, increasing student/faculty/employee awareness and engagement in the triple bottom line; how CVC is working with its neighboring community as a 'think tank' for a sustainable development model for southern Dallas and northern Ellis counties, that improves the quality of life for all.
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Webinar #5 (November 1, 2017, 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET)

Generating and Maintaining Hope and Agency through Sustainability Education

Featuring Tina Evans, Colorado Mountain College (Winner of 2016 Campus Sustainability Research).

Webinar Description:
Indigenous educator Gregory Cajete articulates the motivations and questions that drive the presenter's research. For Cajete, effective education entails 'finding heart,' an active process within and beyond the person evident in ethically and spiritually grounded work and being that embodies meaningful connection to and care for others and nature. Finding heart is also a foundation to sustainability practice and leadership on and beyond the campus. The presenter will discuss her research related to finding heart through sustainability education. This research entailed a grounded-theory-based study of aspects of sustainability education that motivate or detract from activating hope and agency among undergraduate students. Specific aspects of conceptual and social engagement were examined. The presenter suggests that generating hope and agency among students is a vitally important outcome for sustainability education and suggests relevant curriculum designs for doing so.
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