This Call for Proposals provides a streamlined way for you to share your experience, knowledge and skills in higher education sustainability at the AASHE’s annual in-person conference and/or via AASHE’s virtual educational programs (e.g., webinars, virtual workshops, online courses, etc). Review and acceptance of proposals will start after the submission deadline of XXX (deadline will not be extended). All proposals must be submitted electronically through AASHE’s Proposal Submission Form. We strongly recommend you review the submission packet, the best practices for building your session and the submission template. All these resources provide you with all the information you need to submit a successful proposal. Please visit the AASHE 2024 Conference & Expo and the AASHE Education website or email education@aashe.org with any questions regarding this Call for Proposals

Why Present with AASHE?

    • Demonstrate thought leadership: Gain recognition for your successes by sharing your experiences and lessons learned on the largest stage for sustainability in higher education. 
    • Advance the higher education sustainability movement: From engaging attendees with your sustainability story to empowering others with insight, tools and solutions that have helped you, your participation will enhance the community’s sustainability knowledge, skills and competencies.
    • Strengthen your skills: Each presentation is an opportunity to refine your presentation skills and to experiment with new audience engagement techniques.
    • Build community: Sharing your work is a great way to make connections and find partners within the AASHE community. It encourages increased peer-to-peer learning, networking and collaboration to support a stronger campus sustainability community.
    • Save money: Accepted presenters for conference sessions receive a discount applicable to the cost of a full conference registration.

Session Types

In-person AASHE Conference & Expo Session Formats

The conference will take place XXX in XXX.

Field Reports (45 minutes): Field reports provide a great way to spotlight innovative and high-impact approaches for advancing sustainability based on the real-world experiences of higher education sustainability leaders. 

Learning Labs (2 hours)Learning labs provide in-depth learning experiences focused on advancing sustainability-related competencies or skills. They allow deeper dives into specific topics than provided in a field report and should include significant opportunities for audience interaction. 

Networking Meetings (45 minutes): Networking meetings allow regional networks and other affinity groups (e.g., zero waste managers or community college representatives) to convene, network, and discuss issues relevant to the group. They are interactive and, besides a brief introduction to start the conversation, should not include a formal presentation. 

Virtual Education Session Formats

AASHE Webinars (1 hour): AASHE webinars provide a great way to share innovative and high-impact approaches for advancing sustainability in higher education. These 60 minute interactive presentations and discussions are offered live, typically on Wednesdays at 2 p.m. ET via Zoom. Free to everyone to attend, they are engaging sessions in which a speaker, or small group of speakers, delivers content to an audience that participates using a variety of interactive tools. Webinars are recorded and made available to AASHE members for on-demand viewing via the Campus Sustainability Hub

AASHE Virtual Workshops (3 hours): AASHE Workshops are one-time events typically held on Thursday at 2 p.m. ET via Zoom. These educational opportunities provide in-depth learning experiences focused on advancing sustainability-related competencies or skills. Workshops will allow deeper dives into specific topics than otherwise provided in a webinar or conference session. Workshop facilitators receive modest compensation in acknowledgement of the time and effort that goes into organizing these programs.

AASHE Online Courses (multiple sessions of 1 hour or more): Providing in-depth learning experiences typically spread over 6-12 sessions, courses include live education sessions and may include homework between meetings. In addition to advancing sustainability-related competencies or skills, courses also develop relationships among participants. Course facilitators receive modest compensation in acknowledgement of the time and effort that goes into organizing these programs.

Alternative Formats: To propose an educational program that doesn’t fit any of the formats listed above, please select this option in the submission form and describe what you have in mind. 

Topic Areas 

Topic areas describe the focus of your proposal and help participants find programs that are relevant to their interests. They generally align with the subcategories of the Sustainability Tracking Assessment & Rating System (STARS) version 3.0. 

  • Curriculum (e.g., academic programs in sustainability; sustainability across the curriculum efforts; sustainability literacy assessment; pedagogy for sustainability; and teaching/assessing sustainability competencies)
  • Research (e.g., sustainability research institutes; incentives for sustainability research; research partnerships; and responsible research and innovation)
  • Campus Engagement (e.g., communications and social media; co-curricular programs; student organizations; staff engagement and training; and sustainability culture assessment)
  • Public Engagement (e.g., civic engagement and community service; advocacy; community partnerships; and inter-campus collaboration)
  • Buildings & Grounds (e.g., building design and construction; building operations and maintenance; water use; ecologically managed grounds; and campus biodiversity) 
  • Energy & Climate (e.g., campus decarbonization; renewable energy; energy efficiency; greenhouse gas emissions inventories; and carbon offsets)
  • Food & Dining (e.g., plant-based dining; sustainable food; and food recovery)
  • Procurement & Waste (e.g., supply chain sustainability; zero waste programs; reuse; ecolabels; and recycling)
  • Transportation (e.g., electric vehicles; air travel; commuting; bike programs; alternative fuels; and fleet management)
  • Coordination & Planning (e.g., change leadership; sustainability plans; sustainability staff and offices; and assessment and reporting)
  • Investment (e.g., investor engagement; divestment; and sustainability funds)
  • Social Equity (e.g., racial equity and social justice; diversity and inclusion; and affordability)
  • Wellbeing & Work (e.g., employee compensation; worker safety; mental health; avoiding burnout; eco-anxiety; and wellness programs)

Submission Details

Read the 2024 Call for Proposals Submission Packet for complete information about the submission process.
Review tips for preparing a successful proposal and the three stages of designing, building, and delivering an interactive session that will leave attendees feeling energized and inspired. The more engaging the content, the more valuable the session will be both for your audience and you as the presenter.
Use this template to review all the questions asked and prepare your proposal for submission. This is especially helpful for presentations involving more than one person.
Find answers to the most frequently asked questions related to this Call for Proposals.
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