AASHE Holds Largest Campus Sustainability Gathering

November 9, 2008 - For Immediate Release
Contact: Julian Dautremont-Smith, AASHE Associate Director - (610) 349-5994

AASHE Holds Largest Campus Sustainability Gathering

Raleigh, NC: The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education's AASHE 2008 Conference and Expo begins today. With over 1,700 registrants from over 400 colleges and universities in 48 states and 15 countries, the conference is the largest gathering focused on campus sustainability to date in North America.

The conference, with a theme of "Working Together for Sustainability – On Campus and Beyond," is hosted by Appalachian State University, Duke University, North Carolina State University, and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. It features over 300 presentations on all aspects of campus sustainability and keynote addresses from: Lester R. Brown, Founder of the Earth Policy Institute and the author of Eco-Economyand Plan B 3.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization; Van Jones, the Founder and President of Green for All; Peter Senge, author of The Fifth Discipline: The art and practice of the learning organization and chair of the Society for Organizational Learning (SoL); and Vandana Shiva, a physicist, environmental activist, and the author of Stolen Harvest, Earth Democracy, and many other books.

"The amazing turnout demonstrates the strategic importance of sustainability to higher education," said Judy Walton, AASHE's Acting Executive Director. "We're delighted to see so many institutions working to lead the sustainability transformation."

The "Sustainable Solutions Expo: Green Solutions for Campuses, Businesses, and Institutions" is taking place in conjunction with AASHE 2008. It features over 120 exhibits showcasing products, technologies, and services that can help your campus become more sustainable and save money through resource efficiency. There are also a variety of preconference events for professors, students, and campus sustainability officers.

The conference is the site for a variety of related announcements and activities, including:


Conference Statistics


Total attendees: ~1750
Institutions represented: over 400
States represented: 48
Countries represented: 15

Higher education attendees: ~1,300 (74%)
       Presidents/Chancellors: 15
       Provosts and VPs: 25
       Deans: 21
       Students: ~350 (20%)
Businesses attendees: ~300 (17%)
Non-profit and other attendees: ~150 (9%)


Number of presentations: over 300
Number of posters: over 100
Number of exhibits: over 120

AASHE, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, is an association of colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada working to create a sustainable future. It was founded in 2006 with a mission to promote sustainability in all sectors of higher education - from governance and operations to curriculum and outreach - through education, communication, research and professional development.