Today, AASHE opened early bird registration for the 2018 AASHE Conference & Expo. This year’s conference will take place October 2-5, at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, PA. AASHE 2018 offers many favorite events from previous years, including the Student Summit, AASHE Sustainability Awards and an Expo Hall with 90+ exhibitors, as well as new workshops, keynote speakers and topical sessions that will be announced in the coming weeks.  

This year’s theme, “Global Goals: Rising to the Challenge”, examines the critical role of higher education in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Adopted by the world’s governments in September 2015, the 17 SDGs establish ambitious global targets to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all by 2030. As sustainability challenges intensify and the window for action grows smaller every day, the need for leadership by higher education is greater than ever.

The 2011 AASHE Conference & Expo was also held in Pittsburgh making this the second time conference attendees will visit this city. Over the past half-century, the Pittsburgh region has undergone an extraordinary urban environmental transformation. The “Smoky City,” now considered America’s “Most Livable City,” continues to rank among the top cities in the U.S. for green certified building space.

“We’re excited to bring our conference back to Pittsburgh. They have demonstrated a strong commitment to environmental stewardship and it is a perfect location for us to showcase how campuses are leading the charge for sustainability,” said Kimberly Smith, AASHE Director of Conference & Events.

Expected to draw more than 2,000 participants, AASHE’s annual conference is the largest stage in North America to exchange effective models, policies, research, collaborations and transformative actions that advance sustainability in higher education and surrounding communities.

Attendees can register for AASHE 2018 by visiting Early bird discounts apply now through May 31. Prices increase on June 1.  

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