Last week the campus ecology team (along with my dog Pint) attended the largest conference on sustainability in higher learning to date in the United States. Put on by AASHE, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, the conference had over 700 participants representing 225 colleges from from 46 states and 5 countries. NWF had a blast hosting a workshop on the Campus Climate Challenge, and Julian Keniry (our fearless Campus Ecology leader) was the moderator at a packed plenary on “Higher Education and Global Warming”. Julian was poised and eloquent, and reminded me of how much I have to learn in this field. It’s amazing the feeling you get when you are surrounded by pioneers in the sustainability field. It’s motivating and frightening and informative and inspiring. You realize how far we’ve come and what still has to be accomplished.
This inaugural conference was held on the Arizona State University campus. ASU has a new interdisciplinary sustainability major. As the sustainability sector continues to boom, programs like that are going to be in high demand!
NWF has been working on campus greening issues since 1989. Check out how you can get involved and see what campuses are doing to curb global warming!