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2023 Sustainability Leaders Impact Accelerator

August 21 @ 12:00 pm - August 23 @ 5:00 pm EDT


SAVE THE DATE: August 21-23, 2023!

Last year’s Impact Accelerator was an immersive, interactive virtual program comprised of the following elements:

    ●   Interactive workshops and armchair conversations on cutting edge sustainability leadership topics
    ●   Connecting activities that fostered meaningful connections with peers
    ●   The Council on the Uncertain Human Future
    ●   Breathing and grounding exercises to deepening our sense of purpose

These timely topics were explored in depth:

    ●   Transformative Leadership Advancing the sustainability movement beyond incremental change – root cause analysis and leadership vision.
    ●   Racial Justice & Healing Interconnections between truth, racial healing, transformation, and sustainability leadership in higher education.
    ●   Change Management Change leadership skills to build buy-in, engage senior leaders, and create lasting systems for sustainable transformation.
    ●   Activist Donors How to coordinate and manage activities when your program receives substantial additional funding and staff support from a donor that is keenly focused on the same mission as the sustainability office.
    ●   Achieving Zero Carbon Designing zero emission energy master plans that bring together electrification, heat recovery, and optimization to drive change.
    ●   Scope 3 Emissions What is the overall strategy and applicability of scope 3 emissions in a university setting are we measuring everything we should be measuring.
    ●   Online Dashboards How to increase your program’s visibility & impact by sharing institutional progress via online dashboards.

The 2023 event is still being designed. Save the date August 21-23 and come back to this page for updated information.

Do you have a topic and speakers to recommend? Contact us at education@aashe.org!

Key Details

Registration Fees

Registration Type Registration Fee
Individual (non-student) associated with an AASHE member organization* $250
Individual (non-student) not associated with an AASHE member organization $325
AASHE member businesses $500
Non-member businesses $650
* To check if your organization is a current AASHE member, please search the AASHE Membership Directory.

Discounts are available for group registration. A limited number of scholarships are available to individuals who need financial assistance to participate. Please apply two weeks before the program begins (i.e., 6/12/2023) to be considered for a scholarship for this workshop.

Registration Policies:

  • Registration deadline is Friday, June 22, 2023.
  • Payment is accepted in the form of Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover cards.
    If you need to pay by check or ACH, please contact us at least 5 weeks prior to the event start date. Registration using these forms of payment must be received 4 weeks prior to the event start date and full payment must be received by AASHE within 2 weeks of event start date.
  • Cancellation Policy: A 20% processing fee applies to any cancellation prior to June 16, 2023. No refunds will be given after June 16, 2023.
  • No substitutions are allowed.
  • Registered participants will receive access to the recording after the live event.
  • Review all Terms & Conditions.

Who Attends?

This event is intended for change leaders both new and experienced who are charged with playing a facilitative role in their organizations to catalyze change. If you are in a role where you are working relentlessly to engage your community in transformation, and you want to connect with others who are in similar roles, this event is for you. If you are unafraid to listen and share about your experiences and would like to deepen your skills to connect in meaningful ways, and help others to do the same, despite and even using the tools of the virtual environment we are working within, this event is for you. 

Facilitator and Program Designer

Aurora Winslade, Director of Sustainability, Stanford University; Faculty, Bard Sustainable MBA 
Aurora WinsladeAurora has nearly twenty years of experience in higher education and private sector sustainability and clean energy work. She is passionate about equipping leaders with the tools to lead successful organizational change and build healthy, just, and resilient communities, and has been leading and facilitating professional development workshops since 2008. She co-created AASHE’s first sustainability officers retreat in 2011 and has led statewide and national workshops in California, Hawaii, New York, and Taiwan. Aurora recently became the Director of Stanford University’s Office of Sustainability and she is a faculty member in Bard College’s Sustainable MBA program, where she has taught Leading Change in Organizations to working professionals since 2017. She previously served as Swarthmore College’s Director of Sustainability from 2015-2021, where she launched and co-led the development of the Roadmap to Zero Carbon, an energy infrastructure plan that will eliminate 98% of Swarthmore’s Scope 1 & 2 greenhouse gases by 2035, launched the award-winning Carbon Charge program, and co-founded and taught in the President’s Sustainability Research Fellowship program. Aurora previously founded new sustainability programs at the University of California Santa Cruz and the University of Hawaii. She also worked for Leidos Engineering as the Market Transformation Manager for Hawaii Energy, the state’s energy efficiency program, and worked with MA’O Organic Farms, a non-profit social enterprise that serves at-risk youth in Hawaii, and the University of Hawaii West O`ahu to launch a B.A. program in Sustainable Community Food Systems. She has a B.A. from the University of California, Santa Cruz and an M.B.A. from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.

Testimonials from past participants

“Thank you so much for all of the hard work that went into this. The facilitation was flawless, I especially loved how each speaker became a small group facilitator for discussion. It was really wonderful and really clear how much time and planning went into this. I really appreciate it.”

“I loved the deep well of knowledge and experience that the facilitators brought to the discussion. Your willingness to share lessons from your experiences really added a lot of depth to the event for me. “

“This event honestly turned me around from the brink of quitting and burning out to a feeling of renewed purpose, energy, excitement, and solidarity. I’m committed to making this an annual tradition for myself to attend. The benefits cannot be overstated.”

“I experienced significant personal and professional growth. Fun and emotional, great ways to come to terms with our climate situation.”

“ Not what I was expecting (not really sure what I was expecting) but, loved it! This was actually the best thing for me at this time. Thanks!”

“Just being around other sustainability professionals in this format was inspiring. The format was nice to make connections, I appreciated that the “being talked at” portions were de-emphasized.”

“Most of my interactions were fantastic and the materials presented had a lot of value, both in an “applied/pragmatic” way and in a “rejuvenating of my energies and motivation” way. Well organized and facilitated, clearly thought through, supportive and meaningful.”

Any questions about the event?
Please contact Daita Serghi, education@aashe.org


August 21 @ 12:00 pm EDT
August 23 @ 5:00 pm EDT
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