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New England Higher Education Sustainability Summit 2010
November 26 @ 6:24 pm
New England Higher Education Sustainability Summit 2010: A Climate Change on Campus
Friday, April 23, 2010 — 8:45 A.M. to 4:15 P.M.
Crowne Plaza Hotel — Worcester, Massachusetts
Seats are limited! Registration closes April 16, 2010.
The registration fee is $99 per person until March 26, 2010, and $119 thereafter.
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On April 23, 2010 NEBHE will bring together senior leaders of higher education, business and government to consider the following agenda topics and more:
The Economic Dynamics of Sustainability on Campus
The economic benefits of sustainability are becoming increasingly pervasive on college campuses often going beyond a broad array of cost savings achieved through energy efficiencies and reducing the carbon footprint on campuses. Some campuses have established alternative energy research centers, while others are exploring industry partnerships that will produce clean technology applications. New green curricula and green workforce education and training will contribute to creating economic opportunity in the not too distant future. Sustainable features including green buildings are now part of economic development projects between colleges, universities and their host communities and the wheels keep turning.
Integrating Sustainability Across the Curriculum
Being green can save New England colleges on utility bills and other costs and attract a new generation of environmentally minded students who have been leading climate action and sustainability initiatives at U.S. colleges and universities.
Advancing Carbon-Neutrality on Campus
Hundreds of signatories to the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment have expressed deep concern about global warming wreaking large-scale, adverse health, economic and ecological effects. They’ve called on higher education to reduced greenhouse-gas emissions from electricity, heating, commuting and air travel, in part by requiring new campus construction to be built at least to the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Silver standard, adopting an energy-efficient appliance purchasing policy and purchasing or producing at least 15% of their institution’s electricity from renewable sources.
Growing the Green Workforce: Higher Education and Industry Partnerships
President Obama and others have touted the prospect of green jobs for economic salvation. But will the new green economy be any more equitable than the old economy? Will the clean, green jobs go to already-working professionals and groups who have been excluded from both the broader environmental movement and economic development efforts? Massachusetts recently announced “Pathways out of Poverty” grants to jumpstart training in clean energy careers for low- and moderate-income residents. Among the grantees, Quinsigamond Community College will launch a pre-apprenticeship program and a photovoltaic “boot camp.” Massasoit Community College will train workers for positions from weatherization technician to green product sales representative. Berkshire Community College will help create a Berkshire County Green Jobs Corps. Meanwhile, a new Automotive Science and Technology Center at New Hampshire’s Manchester Community College provides auto mechanics with technical skills needed to work on hybrid vehicles. Rhode Island’s New England Institute of Technology has outlined efforts to craft a “green-collar” curriculum offering specialties in the burgeoning fields of environmental design, building and maintenance.
Renewable Energy for Colleges and Universities
If colleges and universities are to reduce global warming, they will have to research and implement renewable energy sources from solar to wind to cow manure. And they’ll need to prepare the talent to power this green revolution. Northeastern University’s College of Engineering, for example, has launched a master’s in Energy Systems that gives students cross-disciplinary grounding in an arena increasingly in high demand: developing greener ways to produce and utilize energy in ways that are both sustainable and marketable in today’s global economy. Marlboro College in Vermont offers an MBA in managing for sustainability and chemistry with a focus in “green” chemistry.
Preparing Transformative Leaders: Professional Degrees with a Green Streak
The New England Environmental Finance Center at the University of Southern Maine was recently awarded a six-year grant to develop national training programs in environmental finance, New England-wide land conservation and “quality of place issues,” and tools for climate change preparation. In Vermont, Champlain College’s bachelor’s in environmental policy teaches students how to create policy that fosters sustainable practices. Down Route 89, Vermont Law School’s Environmental Law Center offers several environmental law degrees. They are a few of the specialized New England degree programs aimed at preparing leaders who can transform society’s views environmental issues. Meanwhile, the percentage of MBA programs that require students to take courses dedicated to issues in business and society increased from 34% in 2001 to 69% in 2009, according to Aspen Institute’s latest biennial survey of how well MBA programs in more than 20 countries prepare students for the environmental, social and ethical complexities of modern business. But the only New England programs to break the Top 20 were Yale School of Management at No. 3, and Simmons School of Management at No. 15. And nationally, only 7% of faculty at the schools published scholarly articles touching on environmental, social or ethical issues in peer-reviewed journals.
Forward-looking campus leaders describe lessons learned in climate action planning and implementation of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment.
To pay by credit card: Click here for online registration
To pay by check or purchase order: Download this registration form in Microsoft Word format and return it to NEBHE according to the instructions on the form