AASHE Conference Highlights Sustainability Agenda, Colleges and Local Governments
The stated goals for the AASHE conference were to:
- Advance sustainability practices on campus and beyond through partnerships and collaborations.
- Increase the integration of social responsibility & social justice into mainstream campus sustainability.
- Promote new pathways for elevating sustainability education and student leadership development.
- Magnify the role of campuses as responsible members of communities, both local and global.
- Involve a wider range of participants in advancing sustainability in higher education.
Further conference detail may be found at http://www.aashe.org/conf2008/schedule.php.
As reported in The Chronicle of Higher Education, the closing panel highlighted ways that colleges and other sustainability interests can work with local governments. Speakers included moderator Jim Elder, the director of the Campaign for Environmental Literacy, the clerk of courts from Miami-Dade County Florida, the mayor of Chapel Hill and Debra Rowe, a professor at Oakland Community College. Professor Rowe, "who is famously involved in countless sustainability organizations and efforts, said that many campus career offices don’t tell students about the sustainability jobs that city governments will need to fill in the future. Sustainability advocates, she said, should use that potential demand to push sustainability education on campus." (This entry published by Liz Riley, a member of Womble Carlyle's construction and real estate development practice group.)