Welcome to the 10th annual Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference. “Honoring Our Past, Charting Our Future” will be our focus in 2015 as we look back on sustainability transformation in higher education over the past decade.
When the inaugural conference was held in 2005, our institutions were just beginning sustainability efforts. The American College and University President’s Climate Commitment and the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education were still on the horizon. The term “sustainability” was not well known and few institutions placed a high priority on the issue. The purpose of the first conference was to create a new focus and energy that largely centered on smart growth and operational sustainability.
Celebrating 10 years of the Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference allows us to reflect on the distance that colleges and universities have come in their path to a more sustainable future. Since 2005, your institutions have incorporated sustainability into mission statements, strategic plans, and organizational structure. 680 schools have signed the President’s Climate Commitment, and many more have established carbon mitigation goals. Students have become organized, curricula has expanded to include sustainability outcomes, and our community partners have joined us as we look to the future.
The Conference Planning Committee invites you to join us as we celebrate our success and continue to learn, share, and explore emerging issues. As we journey forward together, we see many new opportunities to evolve and expand our focus and learn from our collective challenges and successes. Welcome to the 2015 conference as we honor our past and chart our future.
Hyatt Regency Baltimore in the Inner Harbor is our conference and lodging location for 2015. 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:
AASHE (Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education)
APPA (Leadership in Educational Facilities)
Sustainable Futures Academy
U.S. Green Building Council
University of Alberta
University of Hawaii
University of Maryland, College Park
VHB – Vanasse Hangen Brustlin