As regular attendees of industry tradeshows, it’s refreshing to see new ways to add to the visitor experience. One event doing just that is this month’s annual Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education conference which is being co-hosted by three universities that excel in eco-friendly living.
In line with the theme: ‘Innovation of Sustainable Economies and Communities’, Lewis & Clark College, Portland Community College and Portland State University will give tours of their campuses to attendees eager to learn more about incorporating sustainable practices.
Lewis & Clark College makes educating today’s youth a priority. Its facilities boast many sustainable products and processes, but it also offers a variety of degrees in the field including an Environmental Studies major, Environmental and Natural Resources Law program and a Ecopsychology in Counseling certificate program.
Down the road at Portland Community College (PCC), AASHE members and public attendees will see the PCC Sustainability program in action. Initiatives such as the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Day, the PCC EcoChallenge Team and the Green Initiative Fund have come together to transform the campus into a living laboratory for environmentalism – and make a major dent in carbon emissions, landfill waste, and to protect the earth’s future.
Portland State University combines research, education and action to instill eco-awareness. Its Sustainability Leadership Center allows students and staff to volunteer, educate, learn and make a lasting difference on the campus, community and environment. Just prior to the AASHE conference, the school will even be hosting its own sustainability day.
Each of these schools will offer unique and actionable insights into sustainability in practice and in education to AASHE attendees. We are looking forward to all that Portland has to offer, and all of the changes we’ll see in higher education as a result.