Call for Presenters


We welcome best practices, research, and resources for campus and community sustainability.

Please email your name, title, organization, contact information, and 100-250 word session proposal before December 20, 2015 to jenboudrie@gmail.com.  Proposals received after December 20 will be considered but early ones have priority.  The student proposal deadline is February 19, 2016.

Specify which day you would like to present:
April 15, 2016    Hampshire College
April 16, 2016    Northampton, MA

Possible topics:

CAMPUS and COMMUNITY SUSTAINABILITY

  • A project that connects campus and community sustainability
  • Student projects in communities
  • Faculty research
  • Alumni-supported initiatives
  • Internships and job placement opportunities in communities
  • A community and campus partnership success story
  • Campus support to implement community action plans
  • Emerging “Town and Gown” sustainability relationships
  • Topic of your choice

SUSTAINABILITY ON CAMPUS

  • The campus as sustainability learning lab
  • Virtual tour of campus sustainability practices
  • Sustainability measures and metrics (energy, food, green building, pollution reduction, land use, materials, transportation, etc.)
  • Sustainability across the curriculum
  • Local food on campus
  • Mobility:  walking, biking, transit, ride share, fuel efficient vehicles
  • Getting to zero waste:  refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle, restore, compost
  • Investment, divestment, and purchasing power options
  • Student leadership and movements
  • Communicating about climate change and sustainability
  • Curriculum Frameworks, STEM, and education for a more sustainable future
  • Climate mitigation, adaptation, resilience
  • Social equity
  • Alumni influences on campus and community sustainability
  • College to career sustainability connections
  • Incubators for gigs and entrepreneurs
  • Workforce development and sustainability opportunities
  • New paradigms for career preparation
  • Resources to improve campus sustainability
  • Topic of your choice

SUSTAINABILITY IN COMMUNITIES

Management

  • Sustainability practices on Main Street
  • Land use:  energy, building, food, water, transportation, parks/conservation
  • Sustainability planning and implementation in communities
  • Assessment tools
  • Sustainability Master Plans for desirable places to live, work, play:  safety, environment, health, historical significance, diversity, parks/recreation, public transit, complete streets, trees, housing, vibrant downtown/neighborhood centers, and more
  • Applying new standards and policies
  • Future frontiers in community development
  • Green economic development
  • Social justice:  policies, practices, resources
  • Environmental protection, health and safety
  • Government and grassroots engagement
  • Inspiring and motivating people:  project-based organizing, champions, events
  • What motivates municipal leaders to foster sustainable development?

Energy

  • Renewable energy systems
  • Smart grids and microGrids
  • Conservation & efficiency:  saving energy and money
  • Carbon pricing
  • Net metering
  • Net-zero-home-energy neighborhoods
  • Net-zero-community plans
  • Green Communities, community solar, green aggregation
  • Fossil fuel infrastructure problems and solutions: pipelines, fuel leaks, pollution
  • Expanding clean energy incentives

Food

  • Pioneer Valley farming and food
  • Local, organic farming
  • Community farms, gardens & orchards
  • Co-ops, farmers markets, farm to school, farm to table
  • Food for all:  safety & security
  • Food rescue

Landscapes & Water

  • Limited Impact Development (LID) benefits
  • Green infrastructure:  trees, parks, reduced chemicals and watering in recreation fields and yards, edible landscapes, rain gardens, vertical gardening
  • Water resources:  protection and management

Transportation

  • Multi-modal transportation options
  • Mobility infrastructure:  complete streets, public transit, biking, walking, fuel efficient vehicles
  • Walkable, bikeable neighborhoods

Materials

  • Zero waste
  • Resource management and closed loop systems
  • Green procurement as a sustainability driver
  • Plastic bans in communities

Green Economic Development

  • Economic growth based on sustainable development strategies
  • Reinvesting in community by supporting local businesses

Social Justice

  • Opening the doors of access and opportunity to all
  • Meaningful engagement of people regardless of race, color, national origin, faith, income, age, or sexual orientation
  • Advocacy for environmental justice issues in neighborhoods

Other

  • Tours & tourism
  • Demonstration projects
  • Green chemistry
  • Health and the Environment
  • Schools:  Safe Routes to School, Green Schools, life-long-habits education
  • Climate change:  community adaptation and resilience plans
  • Restoring ecosystems
  • Working with local campuses
  • Business products and services dedicated to sustainability
  • Nonprofit and community organization advocates for sustainability/environmental health
  • Cooperatives in communities
  • Industries going green
  • The politics of sustainable development (advocacy > politics > education > business)
  • Resources to improve community sustainability
  • Topic of your choice