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2022 Sustainability Change Leadership Development Program

March 8 @ 11:45 am - 5:00 pm EST


The AASHE Sustainability Change Leadership Development Program is a 6-month, virtual, hands-on, cohort-based collaborative program that trains you in a diverse set of frameworks, tools, and models for leading organizational change that you can apply now and throughout your career. Expert faculty and guest lecturers guide you through the design and implementation of a change management project at your institution that culminates in a final presentation that you share with your colleagues (e.g., develop a sustainability/climate plan for your department or institution, conduct a STARS assessment, develop a new initiative, policy, or program, etc.). One-on-one and collaborative coaching from faculty and your peers provide you with ongoing support and feedback that help you refine your skills and iterate on your project through the course of the program. Join a network of peers, build relationships that will last a lifetime, and hone your skills as a transformational change leader!

Participate in this program to:

  • Accelerate your capacity to design and implement effective, sustained change projects
  • Design, refine, and implement a specific organizational change project at your institution (e.g., update your climate action plan; develop a sustainable purchasing policy; redesign your sustainability governance structure; add or expand on your office’s diversity, equity, and inclusion goals; launch a new initiative, etc.)
  • Hone skills to engage diverse campus stakeholders in each stage of the change process
  • Build a practical toolkit of frameworks and techniques you can use to align vision, purpose, and outcomes and inspire action
  • Cross pollinate ideas with a cohort of peers from across AASHE’s community
  • Establish lasting relationships and expand your network with this highly interactive and fully virtual program
  • Receive one-on-one coaching from faculty and peer-to-peer coaching with your colleagues
  • Build buy-in for your efforts and invite participation from colleagues in your organization through an optional advisory board and a culminating final presentation  

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Key Details
Who Attends?
Program Design & Tentative Schedule
How Much Time Will I Spend?
Faculty, Facilitators and Program Designers

Key Details

Program DatesThe change leadership development program will happen over 6 months between March – August, 2022. See tentative schedule below for meeting dates & times.
LocationThe program will take place online via Zoom.

Registration Fee (check to see if your institution is a member)

  • $975 (AASHE member institutions, non-profits, and government agencies)
  • $1250 (Non-member institutions, non-profits and government agencies) 
  • $1950 (AASHE member businesses), 
  • $2500 (Non-member businesses)

Application Process

  • A short application is required 
  • Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
  • The program is intended to be a small cohort size. If the event fills-up, we may close the application process early. 
  • The deadline for submitting the application is February 25, 2022.
  • You will be notified of your application status by no later than 1-2 weeks after you submit your application. At that time, all approved applicants will be provided with a request for payment.

Registration Process & Policies

As further detailed in our terms & conditions:

  • Payment will be accepted in the form of Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover cards.
  • Payment is required within 10 business days after being accepted to secure your seat.
  • Deadline to pay is Monday, March 7, 12:00 p.m. ET.
  • No cancelations are allowed.
  • No substitutions are allowed.

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. 

Program Design & Tentative Schedule

The program will be comprised of the following elements:

Tentative Group Seminar Schedule (all times are listed in ET):

  • March 8, 11:45 a.m – 5:00 p.m. – Introductory Hands-On Seminar
  • March 22, 11:45 a.m – 5:00 p.m. –  Introductory Hands-On Seminar
  • April 5, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. 
  • May 10, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
  • June 7, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
  • July 12, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
  • August 9, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
  • August 23, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. – Final Presentations

Additional Elements of the Program Include: 

  • Monthly Pod Time with a designated group of your colleagues enrolled in the program (scheduled with your pod)
  • Professional and Peer-to-Peer Coaching (scheduled to work with your calendar)
  • Individual Project Work (or Team Work, if registering as a Team)
  • Required Readings 
  • Optional Elements:
    • Create an Advisory Board of colleagues and peers to support your work
    • Optional Readings

How Much Time Will I Spend? 

The Time Commitment is estimated to be approximately 60-72 hours (minimum)

  • Group Seminars, Pod Time, Readings, Final Presentations (33 hours)
    • Group Seminar Time (18 hours, total) 
    • Required Readings (6 hours, approx.) 
    • Pod Time (6 hours, approx.)
    • Final Presentations (3 hours, tentatively) 
  • Individual Work (Minimum 27 hrs) 
    • 1:1 Coaching with Lead Faculty (1 hour; Two 30-minute sessions included in program)
    • 1:1 or Group Coaching with Assistant Faculty and/or Peers (2 hours) 
    • Project Work (24 hours; minimum 1 hour/week; Actual time spent will vary)
  • Recommended/Optional Activities (Approximately 12 hours)  
    • Additional Optional Readings (6 hours; approx.) 
    • Advisory Board of colleagues and peers (6 hours, approx.) 

Faculty, Facilitators and Program Designers

Lead Faculty: Aurora Winslade, Director of Sustainability, Stanford University; Faculty, Bard Sustainable MBA 

Aurora Winslade

Aurora 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. 

Coach: Leanne Bilodeau, Associate Director Sustainability Operations, The University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus – Syilx Okanagan Nation Territory

Leanne BilodeauLeanne Bilodeau is the Associate Director of Sustainability Operations at the University of British Columbia Okanagan Campus. With over 10 years of experience, Leanne is responsible for operational sustainability planning and policy development, community engagement programs, sustainability and carbon reporting and supporting the sustainability process for capital projects. Leanne is a Registered Professional Planner and Member of the Canadian Institute of Planners. She holds an MA from UBC and is a Certified Sustainability Professional and LEED Green Associate. Her most recent projects include the UBCO Whole Systems Infrastructure Plan, the UBCO Rainwater Management Plan, UBC LEED Guide V4.1 update for UBCO, and the UBCO Climate Action Plan, recently endorsed by UBC’s Board of Governors.
Prior to her current role, Ms. Prata served as the first named Corporate Sustainability Officer at NewYork-Presbyterian (NYP), of the top ten hospitals in the nation by US News & World Report where she launched an expansive sustainability program that functioned at both the grassroots and executive level and sparked an organizational shift towards sustainable practices and policy. Ms. Prata received a Bachelor of Arts degree at Colgate University, and a Masters of Public Administration degree at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA).

Coach: Jessica Prata, Assistant Vice President, Office of Environmental Stewardship at Columbia University in New York City

Jessica PrataMs. Prata is the Assistant Vice President in the Office of Environmental Stewardship at Columbia University in New York City. She leads a University-wide initiative that brings together staff, students and faculty to set and achieve goals towards a more Sustainable Columbia. In collaboration with leadership in both University Facilities and Operations and The Earth Institute, Ms. Prata and her team designed a governance model to centralize this important work through a new Senior Sustainability Advisory Committee and a number of focus teams. Together with these key stakeholders, Prata and her team are working to create the University’s first three-year sustainability plan. Ms. Prata serves as the Co-Chair of the Ivy Plus Sustainability Consortium, and as an Advisory Board member for the International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN).

Coach: Matthew St.Clair, Chief Sustainability Officer, University of California’s Office of the President

Matt StClairMatthew St.Clair is the first Chief Sustainability Officer for the University of California’s Office of the President and has been leading sustainability efforts across the 10-campus UC system since 2004. Mr. St.Clair was a founding member of the Board of Directors for the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Strategic Energy Innovations, an environmental nonprofit building leaders to drive sustainability solutions.
Mr. St.Clair has delivered lectures at numerous universities, been an invited keynote speaker at several regional and national conferences, and has advised the U.S. House of Representatives on the formation of an Office of Sustainability for the U.S. Capitol. Mr. St.Clair has a Masters degree in environmental policy from the Energy and Resources Group at UC Berkeley and a Bachelors degree in economics from Swarthmore College. He is a LEED Fellow and a Certified Energy Manager.

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


March 8
11:45 am - 5:00 pm EST
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