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2022 Sustainability Leaders Impact Accelerator

July 18 @ 3:00 pm - July 21 @ 5:00 pm EDT


This year’s Impact Accelerator is an immersive, interactive virtual program designed to equip you with change management tools to engage diverse campus stakeholders in today’s fast-paced, hybrid work environment and an opportunity to establish and strengthen relationships with your peers. 

Explore emerging topics in change leadership, build skills to advance sustainability and build buy-in across your institution, and recharge your battery as we cover topics such as:

  • Transformative Leadership (Lincoln Bleveans, Meghan Chapple, Mick Dalrymple & Meghna Tare): Advancing the sustainability movement beyond incremental change – root cause analysis and leadership vision.
  • Racial Justice & Healing (Erika Bailey-Johnson, Anthony Dandridge, Michelle Gabrieloff-Parish & Janika McFeely): Interconnections between truth, racial healing, transformation, and sustainability leadership in higher education.
  • Change Management (Aurora Winslade): Change leadership skills to build buy-in, engage senior leaders, and create lasting systems for sustainable transformation.
  • Activist Donors (Chris Bentley, Scott King & Dave Newport): 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 (Andy Feick, Ron Gawer, Kira Stoll, Dano Weisboard & KyuJung Whang): Designing zero emission energy master plans that bring together electrification, heat recovery, and optimization to drive change.
  • Scope 3 Emissions (Joey Shea, Moira Zbella & others): 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 (Steve Mital & Aurora Sharrard): How to increase your program’s visibility & impact by sharing institutional progress via online dashboards.

Multiple tracks will offer options that appeal to diverse participants. A highly interactive format and creative use of virtual tools allows for building meaningful connections across geographies. 

Thank you to our Sponsor for your support!

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., 7/04/2022) to be considered for a scholarship for this workshop.

Registration Policies:

  • Registration deadline is Friday, July 15.
  • 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 July 8, 2022. No refunds will be given after July 8, 2022.
  • 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. 

Program Design & Tentative Schedule

The program will be comprised of the following elements:

    ●   Interactive workshops and armchair conversations on cutting edge sustainability leadership topics
    ●   Use of immersive online collaboration tools to share ideas
    ●   Connecting activities that foster meaningful connections with peers
    ●   Optional Activities:
            ●   The Council on the Uncertain Human Future
            ●   Breathing and grounding exercises to deepening our sense of purpose

Tentative schedule:
   Day 1 – Monday July 18, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm EDT
     ●   Welcome & Orientation
     ●   Strategic Focus: How to focus on what matters most in your work
     ●   Connecting Activity

   Day 2 – Tuesday July 19, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm EDT; 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm EDT
     ●  Optional Activity: Grounding and healing as a community around the issues raised in the Council using breathwork as a modality with Sandy Wiggins
     ●   Two tracks offered on cutting edge sustainability leadership topics

Day 3 – Wednesday July 20, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm EDT; 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm EDT
     ●  Optional Activity: Council in this time of Reckoning – Developed as part of the Council on the Uncertain Human Future, this dialog-based learning practice arose in response to the intersections of racism, ecocide, pandemic and rising authoritarianism. 
     ●   Two tracks offered on cutting edge sustainability leadership topics

Day 4 – Thursday July 21, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm EDT; 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm EDT
     ●   Two tracks offered on cutting edge sustainability leadership topics
     ●   Envisioning your path forward
     ●   Closing / Reflection / Integration

Facilitators and Program Designers

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.

Guest Speakers

Online Dashboards

Steve Mital, Sustainability Director, University of Oregon
Steve MitalSteve Mital is the founding director of the University of Oregon’s Sustainability Office. He was part of the three-person team that developed the Oregon Model for Sustainable Development, a landmark campus energy policy that required all new buildings to harvest 100% of their energy needs from existing building stock. He also led the initiative to create the Oregon Leadership in Sustainability graduate certificate program that launched in 2011. Steve spent eight years (2013-21) as one of five commissioners elected to govern the Eugene Water and Electric Board. He was recently elected to Lane Community College’s Board of Trustees. Steve holds two masters degrees from the University of Oregon.

Aurora Sharrard, Director of Sustainability, University of Pittsburgh
Aurora SharrardDr. Aurora Sharrard is the Director of Sustainability at the University of Pittsburgh, leading Pitt’s Office of Sustainability, cross-departmental sustainability staff, and University-wide sustainability strategy, activities, policies, collaborations, and partnerships. The Pitt Sustainability Plan guides these efforts with 61 sustainability goals at the intersection of equity, environment, and economics. Building on decades of Pitt progress and successes, Dr. Sharrard and her colleagues work daily across the spectrum of sustainability, including reducing greenhouse gas emissions, incorporating sustainability into the curriculum, providing access and opportunity to all, transparently communicating progress, and embedding a culture of sustainability into the University of Pittsburgh so that it’s a sustainability leader in every scale, from campus to international.

Transformative Leadership

Lincoln Bleveans, Executive Director – Sustainability & Energy Management, Stanford University
Lincoln BleveansLincoln Bleveans has been an executive in the global energy industry for nearly 30 years, focused on electric power and sustainability, from start-ups and emerging technologies to independent power project development to utilities and 24/7 operations. He currently leads Stanford University’s mission-critical operations and world-leading innovation in sustainability, resilience, energy, water, civil infrastructure, building energy management, and waste management. He is a frequent speaker and writer on these topics and is also active as a mentor and board member for technology start-ups in the US, Europe, and India.

Meghan Chapple, Vice President of Sustainability, Georgetown University
Meghan ChappleMeghan oversees a unique set of operational, financial, and engagement responsibilities to position Georgetown as a prominent academic contributor both nationally and globally on sustainability. Meghan has worked as a visionary, strategic, systems-thinking change agent for sustainability and innovation in the nonprofit and corporate sectors. Most recently she led the George Washington University (GW) through its comprehensive sustainability strategy process, and established GW’s reputation as a leader in sustainability. Meghan advised F50 corporations at SustainAbility and Odwaga, managed the global business education network at World Resources Institute, led youth education for The Nature Conservancy on the southside of Chicago, served in Americorps with Public Allies Chicago, and has supported many social innovation and sustainable enterprises. She has an MBA in Corporate Strategy and a MS in Environmental Policy from the University of Michigan, and a BA in Environmental Science from Northwestern University.

Mick Dalrymple, Chief Sustainability Operations Officer, University of Southern California
Mick DalrympleAs Chief Sustainability Officer, Mick Dalrymple helps the University of Southern California reach its ambitious Assignment Earth sustainability goals. With 21 years of accomplishment in the sustainability field, he helped Arizona State University earn the #1 ranking in Sierra Magazine’s Coolest Schools list and carbon neutrality six years early. Dalrymple is also a produced feature film screenwriter and an author of more than fifty published green building and sustainability articles. He earned his Masters of International Management from Thunderbird, an MBA from ASU, and a Bachelor of Arts with High Distinction in Electrical Engineering, Engineering Math, and International Relations from the University of Arizona.

Meghna Tare, Chief Sustainability Officer, University of Texas at Arlington
Meghna TareAs UT Arlington’s Chief Sustainability Officer, Meghna works collaboratively to foster partnerships among academic, research, and operational departments at UT Arlington, and to address opportunities to promote sustainability in several areas such as energy efficiency, waste management, transportation, education, outreach, community engagement, and interdisciplinary and sustainability-focused curriculum. Meghna has spearheaded launching a Regional Center of Expertise for Education in Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in North Texas, a program of the United Nations University, and the North Texas Food Policy Alliance.

She was awarded Women of the Decade in Corporate Social Responsibility by the Women Economic Forum, and 2020 Women in Sustainability-Transformational Leader by Wells Fargo/Envision Charlotte. Meghna graduated with an MBA in Sustainable Management, MS in Environmental Science, and MS in Chemistry.

Achieving Zero Carbon

Andrew Feick, Associate Vice President for Sustainable Facilities Operations and Capital Planning, Swarthmore College
Andy FeickAndy has spent the last 25 years as a higher education facilities management professional after serving as an officer in the US Army Corps of Engineers. His experience includes service to small, private colleges and large, urban, public, research institutions, including Temple University, Babson College and Olin College of Engineering. In Andy’s current role, he is responsible for leading Swarthmore College’s capital program and facilities operations in a manner that achieves the college’s 2035 carbon neutrality goals, including a campus-wide heating and cooling infrastructure replacement and a new, net zero energy dining facility and a comprehensive accumulated deferred maintenance action plan.

Kira Stoll, Chief Sustainability & Carbon Solutions Officer, University of California, Berkeley
Kira StollKira Stoll is a sustainability professional with expertise in higher education administration and planning. In her current role at the University of California, Berkeley’s Chief Sustainability and Carbon Solutions Officer Kira provides strategic leadership advising to transform operations and align practices with institutional, state and federal priorities. Her work includes actuating cutting-edge decarbonization solutions, renewable energy, waste and water use reduction and green building initiatives. Additionally she coordinates with the academic community on living-labs and curriculum, and fostering an inclusive culture of sustainability.

Dano Weisbord, Associate Vice-president for Campus Planning and Sustainability, Smith College
Dano WeisbordAt Smith College, Dano is responsible for aligning strategic goals with physical assets, which currently includes a focus on teaching and learning spaces, a landscape masterplan and a zero-carbon infrastructure plan. He oversees the Center for the Environment, Ecological Design and Sustainability (CEEDS which fosters learning through connecting real-world problems to research, curriculum, internships, and campus life. Since April 2020 Dano has served as the COVID-19 Administrator at Smith. He has developed operational plans and guidance for the college while monitoring external conditions and public policy.
Previously, Dano was the Senior Advisor for Organizational Sustainability for ActionAid Intentional in London UK, a Senior Project Manager for CLF Ventures in Boston MA and served as a director of the Global Association of Corporate Sustainability Officers in London. He holds a BFA in Industrial Design from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MA in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University.

KyuJung Whang, Vice President for Facilities, Princeton University
KyuJung WhangKyuJung Whang was appointed Vice President for Facilities at Princeton University effective January 2017. Prior to his appointment he led Cornell University’s Division of Infrastructure, Properties and Planning and was Rutgers University’s Vice President for Facilities and Capital Planning. He has extensive backgrounds in capital project management, facilities management and campus planning in the private and public sectors and is a licensed architect and professional planner. Read more about his work.

Racial Justice

Erika Bailey-Johnson, Sustainability Director, Bemidji State University
Erika Bailey-JohnsonErika Bailey-Johnson is in her 15th year as the first Sustainability Director at Bemidji State University in Bemidji, Minnesota. She was also appointed the Coordinator of the People and the Environment academic program in 2016 and teaches one class per semester. She works in the Ganawendakamigaawigamig (Office of Earth-Caretaking or Sustainability Office). She completed her BA in Biology from the University of Minnesota, Morris in 1998 and her Master’s degree in Environmental Studies from BSU in 2006. Her background is in science teaching, and Erika and her husband taught for two years in Mexico and three years in Kuwait before returning home to Northern Minnesota. She speaks at regional and national conferences on BSU’s unique sustainability model which includes a wellness component and an emphasis on integrating Indigenous voices. She is a founding member of the City of Bemidji Sustainability Committee, and for the past four years has been the Director of the Niizhoo-gwayakochigewin project to integrate an Indigenous lens into campus sustainability work and academic programs and the Co-PI of Endazhi-manidoowaadak to work on race relations in her community. Her first book project was recently published and is a bilingual Ojibwe/English children’s book to connect children to the Ojibwe language and Mother Earth. Erika is an enrolled member of the Red Lake Band of Ojibwe.

Anthony S. Dandridge, Visiting Lecturer Black Studies, SUNY New Paltz
Anthony DandridgeAnthony is a faculty member in the Department of Black Studies at the State University of New York at New Paltz. His pedagogy, scholarship and activism are grounded in interdisciplinarity, interdependence, and identity as they inform wide-ranging, yet compatible, interests including metaphysics, environmental justice, mindfulness, cultural trauma and sustainability. As an Afrocentrist, he prioritizes cultural frameworks as productive ways of understanding phenomena in our socio-natural world. He operationalizes his work in a very flexible way that recognizes the value and impact of diverse methods, mediums and communities while also being grounded in a set of core principles. Committed to bridging the socially constructed gaps between the college and community, he models a host of roles internal and external to his academic institution. In part he is a Sustainability Faculty Fellow at SUNY New Paltz, co-founder of Eddy at SUNY New Paltz, co-founder of Black Lives Matter at School at SUNY New Paltz, co-founder of the SUNY Black Faculty and Staff Collective, a member of the D.E.I. Council at New Paltz, a D.E.I. Faculty Fellow, and co-director of the Faculty and Staff Contemplative Group.

Michelle Gabrieloff-Parish
Michelle Gabrieloff-ParishMichelle brings over 20 years of experience uniting the fields of sustainability, justice, culture, nature, and art. She is a former US State Department BoldFood fellow (Uganda) and served as a US delegate for the Colorado River in San Luis del Rio Colorado, Mexico. In her previous position as Assistant Director for Energy and Climate Justice at CU Boulder, she managed a staff of over 30, founded the award-winning “FLOWS” program, co-founded the Just Transition Collaborative, and taught permaculture design. She serves on the advisory board for Frontline Farming, a food justice and policy organization in Denver, CO. Michelle facilitates and consults for frontline communities as well as institutions to forward community-driven solutions with transformative anti-oppression and ecological design tools.

Ramon Gabrieloff-Parish, Adjunct instructor Environmental Studies, Naropa University

Janika McFeely
Janika McFeelyJanika is an architect and sustainability consultant with over fifteen years of experience in strategic planning for accelerating sustainability and decarbonization strategies in the built environment. She has worked from the individual building to the regional scale and everything in between to develop and implement meaningful sustainability, climate, and resiliency solutions for commercial and public clients. Her depth of technical expertise coupled with my understanding of organizational change management enables me to help guide project teams towards solutions that are both ambitious and implementable. Janika designed net zero carbon projects, facilitated strategic equity-centered climate action and sustainability planning, developed building and energy policies, and managed complex building projects, allowing me to build up a portfolio and team that tackles the most pressing challenges of today and tomorrow.

Quantifying & Mitigation Scope 3 Emissions in a University Setting

This workshop will review the applicability of scope 3 emissions in a university setting and provide tips and key takeaways from highlighted institutions.

Moira Zbella, Scope 3 Emissions Program Manager in the Office of the Vice President of Business Affairs, Stanford University
Moira ZbellaMoira serves as the Scope 3 Emissions Program Manager in the Office of the Vice President of Business Affairs at Stanford University. Her work includes evaluation and mitigation of the university’s scope 3 (indirect) emissions from all sources, including employee commuting, business travel, and purchased goods, among others. Moira previously managed sustainability assessment and conservation programs in the Office of Sustainability at Stanford for eight years and served as the Program Manager for a residential energy efficiency program at an environmental non-profit organization for two years. Moira also earned her undergraduate degree at Stanford and later completed her MBA at the University of California, Berkeley.

Joey Shea, Manager, Mission Activation, Interface


Sustainability Programming and the Activist Donor

Be careful what you wish for, you might get it! This session is about 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.

Chris Bentley, Mission Zero

Scott King, Executive Director, Mission Zero
Scott KingScott King is the Executive Director of Mission Zero and is passionate about helping university students work on climate action.  With an educational background in electrical engineering and work experience in sales, marketing and product development, Scott brings an entrepreneurial approach to building Mission Zero; with the goal of creating a global movement that will develop the next generation of leaders to tackle society’s most pressing challenge; our climate crisis.  As a University of Colorado graduate, mentor and entrepreneurial coach, Scott understands the impact university faculty can have on the curriculum of a university.  With an eye to expanding Mission Zero to other Universities, Scott is laying the foundation for an impactive and scalable program to create climate education as a core element of every student’s educational experience.

Dave Newport, Director, Environmental Center, University of Colorado Boulder
Dave NewportDave Newport was appointed Director, Environmental Center, University of Colorado-Boulder, in December 2005. Dave’s background is in environmental and sustainability research, teaching, publishing, and public service. Established on Earth Day 1970, the award winning CU Environmental Center’s 17 professional staff and ~150 student employees and partners operate the nation’s first campuswide recycling & zero waste program, first student-powered renewable energy installs, student bus pass funding and management, comprehensive sustainable athletics program, campus and community climate action/climate justice and water restoration improvements, an incentivized student engagement app, events, competitions and incentives program, a nationally respected green labs program across ~400 research labs, and a bicycle share/repair and facilities program serving ~15,000 bikes in a campus and community with >200 miles of dedicated off-street connected bikeways. With these and many other efforts, CU was named Sierra magazine’s most sustainable US campus in 2010, became the first STARS Gold campus, and with 52 years of collective achievement, remains the most accomplished campus sustainability program in the US. Read more about Dave’s work. 

Testimonials from past participants

“I loved addressing the deeper levels of our work. While also providing options for other professionals to take different content. I liked seeing others (especially our older white men) being challenged to step into a more feminine, listening role.”

“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!”

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

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July 18 @ 3:00 pm EDT
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