Help your university become sustainable through collaboration! The Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education (SOCHE) and the Ohio Board of Regents are hosting a statewide sustainability conference. On April 12, the Ohio Higher Education Sustainability Conference, held at Sinclair Community College will explore: collaboration, campus initiatives, student involvement, community, outreach, curriculum and more from Ohio institutions and beyond. Planned by faculty and staff members from colleges and universities across the state, this event will have something for everyone!
The focus of the Higher Education Sustainability Conference is enhancing collaboration within and among our state’s institutions. To help reach this goal the event will include lectures, student presentations, a President’s and Provost’s Panel, breakout sessions highlighting best practices, and an information fair with vendors and institutions that want to share their efforts and initiatives.
Jaime Van Mourik, the Higher Education Manager for the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council, will deliver the keynote address, “The Journey to a Green Campus: From Commitment to Realization.” She will offer strategies for taking college sustainability from a commitment to broad-based implementation and practice, presenting a holistic approach to campus sustainability.Additionally, Noelle Studer-Spevak, Sustainability Coordinator at Portland State University will provide a lecture titled, “What is Ohio’s Apollo program? Insights from Oregon’s race to build a sustainable future.”
Breakout session topics include, but are not limited to: campus bike share programs, food sustainability, becoming sustainable through collaboration, green programs and curriculum, engaging the campus and community, and fuel cell education.