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Upcoming Events

Past Events

Upcoming Events

There are so many sustainability events being held in the United States that we stopped trying to keep an up to date calendar.  The following list provides just a snapshot of some of the activities that happened prior to July, 2009. Google can be used to find upcoming event.

Past Events

The Midwest Regional Collaborative for Sustainability Education Workshop will be held June 22 to 26, 2009 at Northland College-located in Ashland, Wisconsin along the beautiful shores of Lake Superior.  The goal of this workshop is to create a space where people across the Midwest who have a shared interest in community-based sustainability education initiatives can collaborate over an extended period to share ideas, find solutions, build innovations, and take action. Attend this workshop to learn from others' experiences, share your own expertise, discover the power of systems thinking, explore transformative learning techniques, find a team of co-collaborators, and help us build a lasting learning community for sustainability education.   All workshop participants will be eligible to seek seed grant funds to support innovate sustainability action strategies birthed at the workshop.   For more information or to register for this event visit

THE ILLINOIS GREEN GOVERNMENT COUNCIL will have something for Illinois colleges and universities over the summer. Watch the web site at:

THE EDUCATION FOR SUSTAINABILITY NATIONAL PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS SUMMIT - Washington, D.C. - October 6, 2008 - This one-day, invitation only, summit will bring together executive staff from a select group of key professional organizations whose members are directly involved with K-12 education and/or the professional preparation of K-12 teachers and administrators. The purpose of the summit is to promote development of a sector-wide strategy for integrating education for sustainability into the teaching and operations of U.S. K-12 schools.

 GREEN CALIFORNIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE SUMMIT - Pasadena, CA - October 8-9, 2008 - Community colleges are increasingly a focal point for statewide efforts to create a green economy and workforce in California. The energy and interest surrounding the emerging green economy provides community colleges with a unique opportunity to increase their perceived and actual value to the communities where they exist. Click the following links for more information and to register.

2008 ACUHO-I / APPA HOUSING FACILITIES CONFERENCE - InterContinental Dallas hotel in Addison, Texas.  October 8-11, 2008 - Our programming areas include Sustainability, Maintenance and Operations, Custodial Operations, General Administration and Leadership, and Construction and Master Planning.  In addition to a whole area dedicated to sustainability, each of the other areas will have a decidedly "green" bent.  For example, under Maintenance and Operations we will have presentations on recycling and integrated pest management.  In the Custodial area, we will talk about green cleaning.

THIS WAY TO SUSTAINABILITY  - Chico State University, November 6-9, 2008

GREEN CHARTERS SCHOOLS NATIONAL CONFERENCE - Madison, WI - November 7-9, 2008 - [links to this conference are no longer active].

AASHE 2008: WORKING TOGETHER FOR SUSTAINABILITY - ON CAMPUS AND BEYOND - Raleigh, NC - November 9-11, 2008 - AASHE's biennial conference is the largest national gathering of its kind in the country. AASHE 2008 offers an exciting and unique opportunity for every sector of higher education in the United States & Canada to come together to demonstrate how colleges and universities can lead the way to a sustainable future.  Reflecting this year's theme, "Working Together for Sustainability - On Campus and Beyond," in partnership with Sustainable North Carolina we are offering a special, two-day tradeshow: "Sustainable Solutions Expo: Green Solutions for Campuses, Businesses and Institutions."

GREENBUILD 2008 - Boston, MA, November 19 - 21 2008  - Buildings play a critical role in protecting and improving our environment and the health of the people who occupy them. USGBC's Greenbuild conference and expo is an unparalleled opportunity to connect with other green building peers, industry experts, and influential leaders as they share insights on the green building movement and its diverse specialties.

AAC&U's 2009 Annual Meeting-"Ready or Not: Global Challenges, College Learning, and America's Promise" - Seattle, Washington, January 21-24, 2009  Conference highlights include the following: Pre-Conference Symposium on January 21; Sustainability: Place, Responsibilities, and the Curriculum KeynoteAddress: Stephanie Pfirman, Barnard College; Opening Night Forum: Running the Numbers: An American Self-Portrait, Chris Jordan, Photographer; Closing Plenary: Grass Roots and Patriotism:Re-Centering Student Civic Engagement in Higher Education Melissa Harris-Lacewell, Princeton University; and Eric Liu, The New America Foundation and co-author of The True Patriot [Links to this event are no longer active]


GREENCITIES FLORIDA - Orlando, FL, March 10-12, 2009 - GreenCities Florida is the inaugural launch of the GreenCities event series. This event held March 10 - 12, 2009 in Orlando will create significant opportunities for building a green economy in Florida. This is not your usual conference; GreenCities offers interactive and collaborative workshops, nationally known experts in sustainability, best practices case studies, conversation café environments, a green jobs fair, and open space technology sessions.  This event is designed to provide attendees with short and long-term steps towards sustainable practices, opportunities to network with like-minded peers, green tools and resources, and demonstration on how the "triple bottom line" provides for people, planet, and profit.

ENGINEERS FOR A SUSTAINABLE WORLD (ESW)  - ESW is hosting its 5th national conference Friday-Saturday, February 8-9, 2008 in San Francisco, California. The event will feature over 60 presenters on the following key themes: Education for a Sustainable World; International Development; Climate Change & Practical Action; Corporate Social Responsibility. [Links to this even no longer active]

THE CAMPUS ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER AT UT AUSTIN  - Hosting a ReEnergize Texas Summit Feb 8-10, 2008  This conference is geared towards university, college and high school students as well as staff in institutions throughout Texas, but is not exclusively devoted to the Texas audience.  The conference is focusing on climate change, activism, and practical application of enrollment skills.  See for details.

THE 2008 SUSTAINABILITY SUMMIT FOR INDIANA COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES HOSTED BY BALL STATE UNIVERSITY - February 21, 2008, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Ball State University Alumni Center Ball State University, on behalf of ATAIN (Access Technology Across Indiana) and the Indiana Innovation Network, is hosting The 2008 Sustainability Summit for Indiana Colleges and Universities. Scheduled for February 21, 2008 at the Ball State University (BSU) Alumni Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the Summit will feature speakers and panelists from institutions of higher education across the state on topics related to campus sustainability, including curriculum development, facilities, student affairs, administration, and highlights of current initiatives. An optional tour of the BSU Letterman Communication Building and Straw Bale structure will follow. Agenda: Issues surrounding campus sustainability: curriculum development, facilities, green funding, student affairs, administration, and highlights of current initiatives.

THE NORTHEAST SUSTAINABLE ENERGY ASSOCIATION (NESEA) BUILDING ENERGY CONFERENCE 08 The Conference and Trade Show for Renewable Energy and Green Building Professionals March 11-13, 2008 There is a full campus/institutional track on Thu 3/13.  This is an excellent conference, and though it is a northeast organization and primarily uses regional projects as case studies.

3RD ANNUAL SMART AND SUSTAINABLE CAMPUSES CONFERENCE - University of Maryland - College Park, MD, March 31-April 2, 2008  

HIGHER EDUCATION AND SUSTAINABILITY IN TENNESSEE Lipscomb University, Nashville, TN, April 1 and 2, 2008 - The third annual conference on higher education and sustainability will be held at Lipscomb University, Nashville. The conference intends to continue the dialog from previous conferences, looking to advance environmental stewardship within the state's institutions of higher education. Last year's conference at Belmont University drew over 170 attendees, representing 22 higher education institutions in Tennessee, and this year's conference intents to build on last year's results.  This year's conference will be held in conjunction with the conference on Sustainability and Business Practice, also taking place at Lipscomb University, on April 3-5, 2008. Plan to attend both events![Links to this even no longer active]


UPPER MIDWEST ASSOCIATION FOR CAMPUS SUSTAINABILITY - Luther College - Decorah, Iowa, April 18-19, 2008

THE 2008 SUSTAINABLE OPERATIONS SUMMIT - Monterey, CA, The Hyatt Regency Monterey Resort, May 18-20, 2008 Former Vice President Al Gore will be the keynote speaker at the Sustainable Operations Summit in Albuquerque, N.M. The executive summit, produced by CraigMichaels, Inc., is an invitation-only event that will bring together leaders from the nation's largest corporations, cities and states, universities, school districts and healthcare organizations to promote initiatives that benefit both the environment and the bottom line.

AMERICAN COLLEGE & UNIVERSITY PRESIDENTS CLIMATE COMMITMENT LEADERSHIP SUMMIT  Grand Rapids, MI - June 5-6, 2008 This inspirational event will bring together ACUPCC signatories to review the progress that has been made to date and to explore several exciting opportunities associated with implementing the Commitment. It will include break-out sessions to discuss and create solutions to the key implementation challenges. This event is by invitation only.

ACAPA INSTITUTE ON SUSTAINABILITY - Cambridge, MA - June 11-14, 2008 - The ACPA Institute on Sustainability will bring together a diverse group of professionals who serve higher education and are committed to sustainability. The goal of this institute is to invite individuals and teams from institutions to create an understanding, framework and actionable goals and tasks that can be taken back to campus and integrated into the core of the institution. Leading sustainability scholars and practitioners will discuss current trends, benchmark and promising practices, as well as afford participants with the opportunity to plan the beginning of or next institutional steps to their on-campus practice. The ACPA Institute on Sustainability will seek to create education and awareness for sustainability's triple bottom line: healthy social systems, healthy environment and healthy economy.

AASHE SUSTAINABILITY ACROSS THE CURRICULUM LEADERSHIP WORKSHOP  San Diego State University, June 12 - 13 2008  - AASHE's Sustainability Across the Curriculum Leadership workshops are for faculty leaders of all disciplines who wish to develop curriculum change programs around sustainability on their campuses. Through an intensive two days of presentations, exercises, discussions, reflection, and planning, participants will become familiar with the philosophy of change in higher education developed through the Ponderosa Project at Northern Arizona University and adapted at Emory in the Piedmont Project. Participants will also experience a range of workshop strategies, hear local experts, enjoy outdoor place-based activities, and dialogue with faculty from around the country as they gain help in adapting this model to their own campus. In a supportive and stimulating environment, workshop members will reflect on their own roles in the transformation of higher education. Readings and materials will also be provided.

SUSTAINABLE ENERGY EDUCATION AND TRAINING PROJECT WORKSHOP  National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, Colorado, Jul 7 - 18 2008  The 2008 Sustainable Energy Education and Training Project (SEET) workshop will focus on energy efficiency technologies and renewable energy content presented by educators, practitioners, and researchers from across the country. The workshop will provide hands-on, inquiry-based lab experiences; take-home equipment and training; and site visits and field work assisted by professional partners of the hosting institution. The workshop participants will team up to identify teaching and learning resources and to develop materials to share with high school and two-year college educators in an online energy resources clearinghouse. High school and two-year college science, math, and technology instructors from across the U.S. are invited to apply. Twenty-five instructors will be selected to attend, with the following expenses covered: travel, lodging, meals, study materials, and optional tuition. Applications are due by January 18, 2008.

AUSTRALIAN UNIVERSITIES COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT ALLIANCE NATIONAL CONFERENCE - Sunshine Coast & Fraser Island, Queensland, Australia, July 9-11, 2008 The AUCEA National Conference 2008 will be held from 9 - 11 July on the Sunshine and Fraser Coasts, Queensland, Australia and will be presented by conference host, the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) in collaboration with the Australian Universities Community Engagement Alliance (AUCEA). The conference will commence on the campus of the University of the Sunshine Coast at Sippy Downs, but will be translocated on 10 July to Kingfisher Bay Resort on the World Heritage-listed Fraser Island. Under the banner of "Engaging for a Sustainable Future" the conference will address four sub-themes on University-Community Engagement: Responding to the needs of the region / community; Measurement and evaluation; Theory and policy development; and Local engagement with a global importance. [Links to this event are no longer available]

UC/CSU/CCC SUSTAINABILITY CONFERENCE - Cal Poly San Luis Obispo , July 31-Aug 3, 2008 - The UC/CSU/CCC Sustainability Conference was established in 2001 for the exchange of best practices between people engaged in, or seeking to learn more about, campus sustainability-from teaching and academic research to all aspects of campus operations. In 2008, the sustainability conference will be hosted at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, the first time ever at a CSU campus! For more information, visit and click on the Call for Proposals.