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Smart & Sustainable Campuses Conference 2016

Measuring our impact is an important part of the work we do in sustainability. We are asked to measure our success through the lens of various key performance indicators and payback periods. To that end, our accounting includes traditional metrics: greenhouse gas reductions, ROI, LEED certifications, and waste diversion rates.

However, metrics and measurement are not always the preferred currency. There are new indicators that serve our more process-oriented efforts to address community resilience, employee happiness, decision-making agility, innovation and student learning. We need to find ways to share the stories, champions, research and community building that impacts and is integral to our work. As we consider the path forward in measuring our impact, we must find the balance between capturing and communicating and showcasing the stories and storytellers that translate the value of what we do most powerfully.

Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference aims to be the best participant-driven conference you can attend. We challenge you to embed community building methods and facilitation into your presentations, workshops, and interactions with each other. Let’s commit to transitioning from PowerPoint and unleash ourselves with new strategies such as World Café and Appreciative Inquiry, using our gathered brain trust to find solutions to collective challenges. This year we gather for a conversation about Measuring our Impact. Whether you are a number cruncher or a storyteller, we want to hear how you measure impact - in your community and on the planet.

Join us in Baltimore on April 4th & 5th, 2016

Hyatt Regency Baltimore in the Inner Harbor is our conference and lodging location for 2016.  This AAA Four Diamond hotel on Baltimore's picturesque Inner Harbor offers a luxury gateway to "Charm City.”  With easy access to Amtrack, Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI) and public transportation, getting in and out is easier and more sustainable than ever. 

For more information, contact:

Aynsley Toews


Conference Planning Committee Members

APPA (Leadership in Educational Facilities)
Purdue University
Second Nature
U.S. Green Building Council
University of Alberta
University of Maryland, College Park
University of Virginia
University of Washington