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  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:


  • 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


  • 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 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?


  • 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


  • 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


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


  • 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


  • 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