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By Sarah Brylinsky, Program Associate, Second Nature
(Download the symposium agenda, or a PDF version of this summary here.)


The first American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) Regional Collaborative Symposium – the 2012 Northeast Regional Symposium – took place at Bunker Hill Community College November 3-4, 2011. The Regional Symposiums focus on fostering collaboration among ACUPCC signatories facing similar challenges and opportunities in their geographic regions. This inaugural conference garnered participation from 36 universities in 19 states throughout the Northeast, achieving cross-institutional dialogue, knowledge exchange, and solutions to climate action planning, curriculum reform, and other key issues.

Jennifer Andrews Clean Air Cool PlanetPre-Conference Change Agent Forum

This pre-conference event offered new signatories and schools striving to be compliant with ACUPCC requirements and their pledge to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions a series of “Climate Clinics” presented by representatives of colleges and universities, non-profit organizations, and private consulting companies.

Symposium Sessions

Opening Speakers
Dr. Anthony Cortese, President of Second Nature, opened the Symposium evening of November 3 with David Hales, President Emeritus, College of the Atlantic and Chairman of the Second Nature Board of Directors, and Dianne Dumanoski, Environmental Journalist, with a discussion of the ever- increasing need for leadership in higher education to teach innovative, bold, and necessary climate and sustainability theory. The November 4 sessions were opened by Philip Giudice, the former Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Energy.

World Café: Moving Beyond the Climate Action Plan
Participants delved into dynamic discussion and planning during the World Café, which allowed for reflections on the planning process, how to move the campus forward by assigning priorities, key stakeholders, and core values, and engaging with regional partnerships and initiatives. Facilitated by Bonny Bentzin of GreenerU, discussion reflected the need for institutionalizing engagement, the importance of connecting long-term climate planning to the needs of the local community and regional partners, and the potential for creating campus engagement with the Climate Action Plan as a living and strategic institutional document.


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Participants at the April conference. Photo courtesy of Craig Mosher, Luther College.

By Susan Jane Gentile, STARS Content Specialist
Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education

The Integrating Sustainability into the Undergraduate Curriculum: Best Practices and Pedagogical Resources conference was held at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa April 3-4, 2011. Each participant received a copy of Jim Farrell’s book, The Nature of College: How a New Understanding of Campus Life Can Change the World, and Jim was the keynote speaker on Sunday.

Discipline groups met at the beginning and end of the conference to discuss sustainability in the curriculum in their fields. On Monday the following presentations were offered in three concurrent sessions:

  • Using STARS to Evaluate and Enhance Sustainability in the Curriculum,
  • Sustainability in General Education,
  • Using Campus Operations as a Teaching Tool,
  • Place-based Education as Pedagogy for Sustainability,
  • Curriculum Component of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment and Climate Action Plans,
  • Faculty Development for Sustainability,
  • Learning Outcomes for Sustainability.

Keynote James Farrell (center), St. Olaf College in a small group discussion with Kent Simmonds, Luther College and Candace Eudaley, East Central Intergovernmental Association. Photo courtesy of Craig Mosher, Luther College.

Also, Luther College’s director of sustainability gave a brief presentation on sustainability on their campus. There were about 60 participants at the conference from a number of Midwest colleges and universities, most in Iowa and Minnesota.

The conference was co-sponsored by Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM) and Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability (UMACS). Participants from the workshop will continue to share information and work together informally while using existing gatherings like the UMACS and AASHE conferences to continue the dialogue.

Participants at the April conference. Photo courtesy of Craig Mosher, Luther College.

For more information about the conference and the Integrating Sustainability into the Undergraduate Curriculum project, visit: http://serc.carleton.edu/acm_face/sustainability/

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