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Sustainability Education Forum 2023

June 8 - June 9

Calling all change-makers, forward thinkers and progressive educators! Let’s come together, share our expertise and co-create our emerging future. After years of global disruption, what are the challenges and opportunities for sustainability education as we progress in a post-pandemic world? How do we “fall-forward” on issues related to sustainability teaching and learning in higher education? It is time for us to share, listen and speak about the issues that matter to interdisciplinary sustainability educators. 

Are higher education institutions simply reverting to how things were done pre-pandemic or can we use this opportunity to truly redesign systems? Visions for the future – what’s possible and what needs to be done – have adjusted and are recalibrating. New and different voices need to be heard and conversations need to catalyze actionable change. On June 8 and 9, let’s talk with each other, think with each other and respectfully challenge each other’s ideas in order to advance sustainability education across the curriculum.

The Sustainability Education Forum (SEF) will provide space to explore these possibilities and more. Per the Merriam-Webster dictionary, a forum is “a public meeting place for open discussion” and this is what the SEF offers – a space for authentic conversations, where we can engage as a community and with each other. Throughout the SEF, you will have plenty of chances to exchange ideas and make new professional connections, while gaining inspiration and an opportunity to recharge your own efforts. 

How It Will Work

SEF is designed to be participatory, inclusive and collaborative and is based on an Open Space Technology (OST) format. You are invited to speak and share, pose questions and/or ask for input with the ultimate aim of refining and progressing your sustainability education approach. Guidelines will be provided to make best use of our time together and to maximize capacities for partnerships and exchange. 

In addition to several pre-scheduled sessions that we call Invitations (see schedule below), you – the participant – get to propose the topics that will be discussed and then set the agenda for discussion. The agenda will be created live each day by attendees who are present. Anyone who wants to host a session will announce the topic and choose a space and time and be assigned a session room. You and the other participants choose which discussions to attend. See what topics registered attendees would like to discuss at the event.

Intended Audience

  • Faculty in any discipline who are engaged in sustainability education
  • Leaders of sustainability across the curriculum programs
  • Sustainability staff who are involved in curriculum initiatives

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Key Details

Event Dates: The SEF will take place on Thursday, June 8 and Friday, June 9 spanning multiple timezones. See Tentative Schedule.

Registration Fees*

Registration Type Registration Fee
Individual associated with an AASHE member organization* $125
Individual not associated with an AASHE member organization $175
Groups Full price for first registrant and 20% off for each subsequent registrant
* 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., 5/25/2023) to be considered for a scholarship for this workshop.

Registration Policies:

  • Registration deadline is Wednesday, June 6, 5:00 p.m. ET.
  • 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 May 29, 2023. No refunds will be given after May 29, 2023.
  • No substitutions are allowed.
  • Registered participants will receive access to the recorded portions after the live event.
  • Review all Terms & Conditions.


These thought-provoking sessions are intended to encourage discussion, challenge conventional wisdom, and stimulate new ideas, thoughts and actions. These sessions are still being finalized. If you have any suggestions for speakers and/or topics (preferably panel conversations; suggested formats: interviews, debates, fishbowl, fireside chat, etc) please let us know at education@aashe.org.

Tentative Schedule (listed in EDT) – see schedule in other time zones

Day 1

Block 1: 10 a.m – 1:30 p.m.
     #1 Invitation
     Open Space Discussions

Block 2: 2 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
     #2 Invitation
     Open Space Discussions

Block 3: 7 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
     #3 Invitation
     Open Space Discussions

Day 2

Block 4: 10 a.m – 1:30 p.m.
     #4 Invitation
     Open Space Discussions

Block 5: 2 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
     #5 Invitation
     Open Space Discussions
     Closing/Wrap Up



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When we bring all voices and perspectives into the room, we create the conditions for powerful change. Invite others to have a seat at the table (use sharing buttons on the left)! Meet new colleagues, make new friends and expand your network!

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