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Five Track Program Announced for Washington Higher Education Sustainability Conference

Inaugural Gathering of Academic Leaders Slated for Feb. 6-7, 2014 at Western Washington University

PRLog - Jan. 10, 2014 - BELLINGHAM, Wash. -- The Washington Higher Education Sustainability Community has released an ambitious five track program for the first annual event hosted at Western Washington University, Feb. 6-7, 2014. Following an extensive call for proposals, organizers have assembled a mix of keynotes, panels, experiential “lab” sessions and workshops for attendees. Details and descriptions are available at www.wahesc.org (http://www.wahesc.org).

Featuring a diverse range of speakers from across the state, the 2014 WAHESC program will explore how to enhance sustainability at institutions of higher education, ways to build leadership capacity, and the role of colleges and universities in driving advancement on environmental issues and building sustainable communities in the Pacific Northwest. The program includes:


-   Jennifer Allen, Director, Institute for Sustainable Solutions, Portland State University

-  Nancy Lord, Author, “Early Warming: Crisis and Response in the Climate-Changed North”

Participative Panel Discussions

A mix of brief presentations & interactive moderated discussions designed to connect the dots between expert perspectives and introduce new ideas to all participants in the room.

- UW Smart Grid Demonstration Project: Advancing Environmental Educational through Campus Innovation

- Service Learning: Collaboration with External Partners

- Experiential Curriculum: Bridging Academics and Operations

- Interdisciplinary Pedagogies of Sustainability Education

- Institutionalizing Resilience: Carbon Mitigation & Climate Planning

- Resource Conservation through Behavior Change

- Using a Variety of Reflective Practices to Engage Students and Deepen Sustainability Learning

- Advancing Transportation Solutions: From Design to Infrastructure Development

- A Higher Calling in Higher Education: Preparing Students for Posterity as a Species

- Campus Operations: Practices in Facilities Management

- Whole Systems Approach: Learning Gardens, Farms and Agriculture

- Lessons and Perspectives in Advancing Sustainability Literacy

Solutions Roundtables

Experiential learning opportunities geared towards giving you applicable tools to take back to your campus.

- Teaching Climate Solutions: Help Us Plan a New Curriculum for the Bioregion Project

- Working Toward Zero Waste Across Campus

- Growing the Student Food Movement Across Washington Higher Education

- Beyond Excuses: Banning Bottled Water on Your Campus

- Washington Divestment: An Economic Tactic for Declaring Climate Justice

- Infusing Student Life with Sustainability

- Sustainability Coalitions: Coming Together to Advance NW Campus

- Community and Technical College Sustainability Solutions Summit

Interactive Workshops

Hands-on sessions with concrete lessons and guided learning.

- Envisioning Systemic Sustainability: Exploring Sustainable Higher Educational Systems

- Green Certifications: Tailor to Your College

- The Ins and Outs of Green Fund Programs

- "Sustainability's Big Ideas" — A Model Strategy for Integrating Sustainability across the Curriculum

- ECO the Art Whale: A Migrating Message of Concern and Hope

- WE ACT: Weaving Sustainable Communities through Indigenous Service Learning and Knowledge

- First Person Singular: Students' First Person Accounts of a Changing Climate

- Teaching Sustainability Interactively On-line

Student Summit

Undergraduate and graduate students from the state’s higher education institutions will gather from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, for dialogue on sustainability and to further attendee’s understanding of the interrelationship between social, economic and environmental systems with a focus on both regional and local issues.

Event Details
WAHESC 2014, hosted by Western Washington University, takes place Feb. 6-7, 2014 at the Viking Union (516 High Street Bellingham, Washington 98225). Tickets are available at www.wahesc.org. Be sure to register as soon as possible as Early Bird rates end Friday, January 10th.  General Admission Early-Bird tickets are $160 and General Admission tickets are $200. Special pricing for students, faculty/staff and one-day attendance is also available.


The Washington Higher Education Sustainability Conference (WAHESC) is a regionally-focused opportunity for those teaching, working or studying within higher education to come together and learn about sustainability in academics, operations, and research. Through facilitated conversation, workshops, presentations and networking opportunities, participants will play a role in advancing environmental performance at Washington State institutions of higher education, support regional policy goals and initiatives, and drive the development of a generation of professionals for whom sustainability is a core tenet of their work and life philosophy. WAHESC 2014 is hosted by Western Washington University. Information is available at www.wahesc.org.


Western Washington University is proud to host the first annual WAHESC 2014. With 15,000 students, 160 academic programs, and a campus energized around sustainability, Western offers prime location for this inaugural event. Ten degrees and over 100 sustainability focused and sustainability-related courses infuse the curriculum with a focus on social, environmental, and economic connections. Western has won several national and state sustainability awards for renewable energy, carbon emissions reductions, and green cleaning. Western’s beautiful campus, and the town of Bellingham, offer attractions including vibrant local businesses, nearby trails, and the Mt. Baker ski area.

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