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Sustainability Education Forum 2024

June 6 - June 7

In June 2023 AASHE piloted the first Sustainability Education Forum. Over 140 registrants from 13 countries across five continents came together to discuss and listen about the challenges and opportunities for sustainability education. Attendees felt that the event facilitated “inspiring, engaging, and meaningful discussions,” provided “a very holistic way of structuring learning and sharing,” and fostered “an inspirational sense of community.” Read more about the 2023 event in this article and these testimonials.

We’d like to build upon that experience and invite you to join the Sustainability Education Forum 2024 on June 6 & 7! Let’s come together, share our expertise and co-create our emerging future. What and how do we teach students given the urgency of the times? How do we “fall-forward” on issues related to sustainability teaching and learning in higher education? Let’s use this opportunity to 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? New and different voices need to be heard and conversations need to catalyze actionable change. On June 6 and 7, 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. See what topics registrants would like to discuss.

Intended Audience

This is the event to attend if you’re:

  • a faculty in any discipline who is engaged with sustainability education
  • interested in or just starting incorporating sustainability literacy in your courses
  • considering building a sustainability curriculum development program at your institution
  • new or a veteran at building sustainability across the curriculum programs
  • involved with sustainability-degree programs
  • a sustainability staff who is involved with curriculum initiatives
  • an instructional designer supporting faculty incorporating sustainability in their courses
  • anyone interested in sustainability education and research at higher education institutions.

At this event, you will connect with others who approach their work with the same sense of urgency that you do. It is these types of connections that serve us throughout the years; they make the hard times manageable and the good times fun. Join us and let’s make some good times — together!

See map of registered participants and join them in these important conversations!

Key Details

Event Dates: The SEF will take place on Thursday, June 6 and Friday, June 7 spanning multiple timezones. See Schedule.

Registration Fees*

Registration Type STANDARD RATE
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 by June 4 to be considered for a scholarship for this event. A pay-what-you-wish option is also available.

If you are tuning into the event from the Asia-Pacific region, contact us for significantly discounted registration rates!

Registration Policies:

  • 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 27, 2024. No refunds will be given after May 27, 2024.
  • No substitutions are allowed.
  • Registered participants will receive access to the recorded portions after the live event.
  • Review all Terms & Conditions.

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

An optional pre-event networking meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 30 at 2 p.m. EDT.

Day 1

Block 1: 9:45 a.m – 1:30 p.m. EDT
     Introduction to event
Invitation #1: Teaching at Twilight: The Meaning of Education in the Age of Collapse
     Open Space Discussions

Block 2: 2 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. EDT
Invitation #2: Indigenizing Sustainabilities, Sustaining Indigeneities: Decolonization and Sustainability Education
     Open Space Discussions

Day 2

Block 3: 10 a.m – 1:30 p.m. EDT

Invitation #3: Empowering Sustainable Futures: Integrating AI in Sustainability Education
     Open Space Discussions

Block 4: 2 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. EDT
Invitation #4: Reaching Beyond the Choir: Open Access Resources for Scaling Up Sustainability Across the Curriculum
     Open Space Discussions
     Closing/Wrap Up



These thought-provoking sessions are intended to encourage discussion, challenge conventional wisdom, and stimulate new ideas, thoughts and actions. Learn more about these sessions and speakers.

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, 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.

Although the Forum is 100% online, there’s nothing virtual about it. Participate in this event as if it were in-person:

  • Save the time you would have spent walking through the security line at TSA, and spend it with friends and colleagues by being present and engaged.
  • Save the money you would have spent on transportation to the venue, and put it towards a great meal.

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When we bring all voices and perspectives into the room, we create the conditions for powerful change. Invite your colleagues to join you at this event by using these sample messages!

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

Testimonials from 2023 participants

  • The AASHE Sustainability Education Forum was an excellent experience that provided knowledge sharing, community building, and transformative insights to help me strengthen my own work while feeling more connected to others in the sustainability education space.
  • The content, structure and dialogue in this Forum was not only unique, but in its totality, unmatched as it relates to issues in sustainability and its ability to meet the interests of participants.
  • Loved the opportunity to interact with likeminded colleagues, loved the keynotes, and LOVED the open space technology.
  • Loved seeing the open space process in action in a virtual setting, and the example it offers for good online engagement.
  • Love it! Very inspiring and interactive, a lot of engagement and meaningful discussions.
  • This conference was incredibly important and timely for me and my university. I need to spend time debriefing now! So many wonderful conversations and points made!
  • Presenters were exceptional and breakout rooms were just long enough and full of rich discussion.

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