In addition to our standard topical tracks, AASHE is piloting a new approach to program design called curated tracks for AASHE 2019. In this model, groups with expertise in a particular subject work with AASHE to select relevant sessions and design a cohesive program focused on that subject. We hope this alternative approach to program design will foster programmatic innovation and generate the kind of focused and higher-level content that attendees are seeking. Proposal submitters have the option to suggest their session for consideration for a relevant curated track via the Session Management System.
This year, we will be featuring two curated tracks, as described below. We aren’t able to accept additional curated tracks for AASHE 2019, but we are hoping to feature more in subsequent years. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are potentially interested in curating a track.
Campus as Living Lab Track
The networking and educational sessions provided through the Campus as a Living Lab (CAL) Track will help participants to learn more about how to support applied learning and research opportunities that improve sustainability outcomes for campus and/or the community.
The organizers are especially seeking proposals that relate to the following topics: evaluating CAL programs/courses; navigating the first few years of a CAL program; funding or financing CAL projects and programs; tracking and documenting CAL work; and communicating about CAL programs and projects. They also hope to feature CAL programs at a diversity of institution types, from community colleges to research universities.
Organizing Team: Caroline Savage (Princeton University), Rachelle Haddock (University of Calgary), Elke Schreiner (California State University), Emily Quinton (Portland State University) and Meghan Hoskins (Pennsylvania State University).
Communications play an increasingly important role in advancing higher education sustainability. Yet many sustainability professionals must balance other responsibilities alongside communications tasks, leaving them little time to develop coherent strategies, pursue creative projects, or dive into analytics. Meanwhile, dedicated communications staff have much to offer each other in terms of comparing best practices and sharing insight into specialized topics. The Communications Track will cover a range of subjects designed to serve both new and experienced sustainability communicators. Participants will have the opportunity to develop and refine their own communications strategies as well as build their professional networks.
The organizers are especially seeking proposals that relate to the following topics: university and departmental branding; newsletter basics and innovations; social media do’s and don’ts; best practices for news and blog writing; audience and analytics; web content management; video and content creation; graphic design; survey creation; analytics; marketing; event promotion; and relationship building with your university’s communications department or student assistants. In addition, the track also hopes to emphasize communications that lead to behavior change and are asking that proposals include relevant psychology/behavioral science research findings where applicable.
Organizing Team: Lisa Nicolaison (Princeton University), Nathan Jandl (University of Wisconsin–Madison) and Pamela Gramlich (Colgate University)