Institutions of higher education across Northwest Ohio, in affiliation with the University System of Ohio, are pleased to announce their third annual conference on sustainability. Participation also is welcome from regional industries and agencies, and anyone interested in learning more about sustainable practices, education and research.This meeting provides a forum to share approaches, successes and lessons learned. Targeted outcomes are new collaborations and insights that help us move our institutions forward in achieving sustainable campuses and communities. The conference is organized around four tracks:
1. University initiatives. Addressed will be past, current and projected activities to green our campuses. Success stories, pitfalls, and opportunities will be shared.
2. Sustainability pedagogy. The multi-disciplinary nature of sustainability presents pedagogical challenges, while the need and value of student understanding of key issues is increasing. Presentations will consider successful approaches, lessons learned, and useful tools.
3. Sustainability research. Achieving sustainable societies requires new information garnered from throughout the Academy. Industry, agencies and communities also have much to contribute as we develop tools, measure effectiveness, and explore opportunities for implementation.
4. Student contributions. Students will make unique contributions to this conference, particularly from the perspective of active involvement in bringing about rapid change. This student organized track will offer much to students, and also should be of great interest to all in learning of the potential contributions of our current students and future leaders.
The registration fee of $25 covers the costs of lunch and breaks. Full-time students may register for free, although needing to forego the lunch and break refreshments. Please register by September 1, 2011. Registration can also be made at the door the day of the conference. No fee will be charged and participation in the lunch will not be available.
For those interested in presenting, please submit your idea for a podium presentation, poster presentation, or panel discussion by October 1, 2011. Earlier submissions are helpful. Institutional representatives are available to discuss presentation ideas, or contact Gary Silverman at BGSU.