With hundreds of educational sessions that span 8 tracks – all in a variety of different formats, attendees will have access to a wealth of education and knowledge. Browse our session and track types below to learn more. 

  • Session Types

    On-Demand Lightning Talk

    These fast-paced pre-recorded presentations are up to 15-minutes in length and typically focus on a single idea or concept. They are available for viewing at any time throughout the conference. 

    On-Demand Educational Session

    These pre-recorded presentations are up to 40-minutes in length and typically include presenters from one or two institutions who share research findings, case studies, and experiences about a specific topic. They are available for viewing at any time throughout the conference. 

    Simulive Educational Session

    These sessions are up to 40-minutes in length in total and include a pre-recorded presentation followed by a digital chat Q&A with the presenters, who can also opt to include video Q&A, breakout groups or polls. They are broadcast at a specific date and time during the live conference and will be available for viewing on-demand after the live broadcast has concluded.

    Live Educational Session

    These sessions are up to 40-minutes in length in total and include a live presentation and Q&A with the presenters who can also opt to include video Q&A, breakout groups or polls. They are broadcast at a specific date and time during the live conference and will be available for viewing on-demand after the live broadcast has concluded.

    Live Networking & Discussion Groups

    These sessions are an opportunity for topical interest groups, regional networks, and other affinity groups (e.g., engineers or community college representatives) to convene, network and discuss issues that are relevant to the group. They are interactive in nature and typically do not include a formal presentation. These 60-minute sessions will take place on a specific date and time during the main conference.

  • Tracks
    To help attendees navigate the conference program and find the content most relevant to their needs, educational sessions at GCSHE are organized into the 8 thematic tracks described on this page. Attendees also have the ability to search the conference program by keyword and filter sessions by STARS topic area, session-level, and target audience.

    Campus Operations

    This track focuses on the sustainability impacts created by the construction, operation and management of campus facilities and grounds. Among other things, it includes sessions on energy and water use, carbon emissions, waste minimization, food service, low-impact transportation, biodiversity on campus lands, procurement of more sustainable products and more.

    Culture & Communications

    This track focuses on efforts to cultivate a sustainability-oriented culture on campus. Among other things, it includes sessions on behavior change, storytelling, peer-to-peer educational programs, outreach campaigns, green events and more.

    Emerging Issues

    This track focuses on topics that have arisen since the initial call for proposals closed in early March, particularly COVID-19 and the widespread protests against police brutality and racism. It includes sessions on authentic inclusion, advancing food security and climate action during a pandemic, equity in online learning, and redefining sustainability to meet the moment. 

    Governance & Administration

    This track focuses on institutional leadership for sustainability. Among other things, it includes sessions on sustainability planning, responsible investing, assessment and reporting, green funds, employee compensation and support,  organizational change and more.

    Public Outreach & Engagement

    This track focuses on relationships between higher education institutions and external entities such as local community groups, employers, and government bodies at all levels. Among other things, it includes sessions on civic engagement, community partnerships, policy and advocacy, and inter-institutional collaborations.

    Racial Equity & Social Justice

    This track focuses on the advancement of racial equity and social justice within higher education. Among other things, it includes sessions on environmental justice, accessibility, intersectionality, inclusion and more. 

    Student Organizing & Activism

    This track focuses on student leadership for sustainability. The sessions in this track showcase student campaigns and projects and are primarily presented by students and student organizers.

    Teaching & Learning

    Co-organized with the Sustainability Curriculum Consortium, this track focuses on pedagogy, content and leadership for sustainability education. Among other things, it includes sessions on online learning, the campus as a living laboratory, sustainability competencies, faculty learning communities, climate education and more.

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