AASHE 2014: Innovation for Sustainable Economies & Communities is open for proposals due Feb 28 2014. The conference will be held in Portland, OR October 26-29. There is a growing number of librarians involved in AASHE and I encourage other academic librarians to consider a proposal for this conference! AASHE is the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s and is a membership association of colleges & universities, businesses, and nonprofits who are working together to lead the sustainability transformation. Learn more about AASHE’s mission here.
The AASHE Conference & Expo is coming up in October 6-9, in Nashville, TN. There are a couple librarians presenting at the conference: (9/20/13 update) Bonnie Smith will be presenting instead for this session
Dr Maria Jankowska on Librarians as Partners and Madeleine Charney on The Library and You: sharing our vision,
Check out some of the AASHE 2013 Finalist for the Campus Sustainability Case Study Award, Student Sustainability Leadership Award, and Student Research on Campus , which will be awarded at the conference.
AASHE’s Academic Commons contains curriculum materials from across disciplines organized by type (lesson plans, syllabi, lab assignments, etc.), discipline, and tag. Search for an idea or find out how you can add you own! Also curriculum case studies are available to provide insight into the work of faculty who are teaching sustainability.
Please add feedback to STARS 2.0 (background info) before Fri. 11/30 6pm PST. All the info to plug in is below — or add your own comments! Help AASHE see that libraries are a vital part of sustainability! Anyone can comment. You don’t have to be an AASHE member.
1) Go to the Public comment form
2) Select: Individual
3) Select Other: Academic Librarian (or whatever title you choose to use)
4) STARS subcategory: Research
5) Enter text box: ER 10: Support for Research (tweak if you wish!)
Librarians as a resource and partner in research, teaching, and outreach to support sustainability across the campus, including curriculum development, sustainability literacy, materials selection, research guides, and e-learning objects, covering topics related to social equity, diversity, and the environment. The preservation and sharing of campus sustainability output via the Institutional Repository that has global reach.
By 6pm PST – Friday Nov 30 2012
See the original text (go to section ER10 B. #4)
Only ONE WEEK LEFT for registration as Monday, October 8, is the last day to register for AASHE 2012. Register Now! The conference is always packed with good information, networking, and ideas! Some great keynotes too like L. Hunter Lovins talking about “Innovation in Higher Education: Leading the Change; and the ” The Crossroads Project, a live musical performance along with physicist Dr Robert Davies combining music, information and intellect for a unique session! There are plenary speakers, Lunch Meetings, networking events, and of course the conference sessions…I hope some are by librarians but there was no way to search and find sessions by librarians. So if you are presenting or know of something there, comment here or send me an email!
AASHE‘s “2011 Higher Education Sustainability Review” is now available for Amazon Kindle to members and non-members at just $1.99. (Also available to members in PDF format ) This review reveals an increased focus on higher education access, affordability and success; more green building efforts than ever; and growing campus community engagement with food security initiatives, among many other achievements. Contributors include Lumina Foundation’s James Applegate, Sustainability Education and Economic Development (SEED) Center’s Todd Cohen, Ball State University Council on the Environment’s Robert J. Koester, and the University of Vermont’s Mieko A. Ozeki. The review also takes a look at “what’s next,” profiling four innovative campus-community partnerships toward resilient, secure, sustainable communities to keep an eye on in the coming years.
The AASHE blog allows for members to express thoughts and ideas with the wider AASHE audience. With the recent Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development, the blog has offered summaries and thoughts on the conference’s effects on higher ed. I liked this particular quote and can see how libraries can be a part of these efforts though providing access and hence education to all:
I truly believe that higher education must be a leader in these efforts but we will not be effective unless we have a systems-based approach where our political, economic and social institutions work closely in collaboration with education across all ages and in much more applied and practical ways. The Higher Education Sustainability Initiative, launched by UNESCO and led by UN Asst Secretary Elizabeth Thompson, is a start, as it raises the recognition of higher education’s contributions to sustainable development efforts. (from Kim reports from #Rio20 post)
AASHE (Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education) now has available all of the conference posters, panels and presentations from 2011 conference in Pittsburgh last October and the 2010 in Denver. The conference materials are in one searchable database, searched by conference year, category, organization, session type and keyword. Blog posts, photos and videos can also be found on the AASHE conference website.
Librarians who attend the AASHE Conference in early October gathered together for a networking event called “Libraries for Sustainability”. Though the participants mostly included sustainability officers there were also a handful of librarians. Their discussion resulted in 10 ideas for connecting campus libraries as partners in the sustainability movement. Madeleine K. Charney, University of Massachusetts Amherst and Bonnie J. Smith, University of Florida wrote up a summary of the discussion which is a must read for any academic librarian to review! Read the full report here.
Thanks to those who participated and wish I had been there in person too!