SSCC sets itself apart from other conferences by creating a program that features in-depth presentations and workshops. Sessions are 50 and 80-minutes in length allowing for dialogue and shared learning. Proposals are also accepted for poster presentations.
The 80-minute interactive sessions will allow facilitators and attendees to dig deeper into a particular topic area using active and participatory learning strategies. New for 2014, our presentation sessions will be 50-minutes in length allowing more time for questions and contributions by attendees.
We welcomes presentation proposals linked to the 2014 conference tracks:
1. Adaptation & Resilience
How does your institution manage risks associated with climate change and resource scarcity including energy, water, and food supply issues? Submissions on both "adaptation" and "resilience” are welcome, especially as they relate to risk management. Adaptation is the practice of implementing solutions to address current climate impacts - strategies and practices that deal with the here and now. Resilience strategies are those which look to reduce vulnerability to uncertainty and are focused on long-term planning. Has your campus already improved its resilience to drought and flooding conditions? Is your campus prepared to handle a disruption in food or potable water delivery? How well is your college or university preparing students – through curricular and extracurricular activities – for the sustainability challenges they will face during their lifetimes?
2. Change Management and Implementation
Getting buy-in for change means building consensus with stakeholders and finding collaborative ways of mitigating/managing risk. Submissions in this track should include an examination of your process rather than your content. What path did you take to strategic planning or goal setting? How did you overcome change resistors and/or obstacles? How did you apply a systems approach to root causes? What challenges did you face? Bumps in the road are often our greatest teachers. Submissions to this track can also include development or operation of behavior change, social norming or community-based social marketing programs.
3. Social Sustainability
The social realm of sustainability is often our most vexing because it can encompass a wide range of topics that are challenging to define and measure. Yet it may be our most important because it is the basis of a democratic society. How is your institution or community building positive and inclusive campus climates in which everyone can achieve their full potential? Proposals submitted to this track should include challenges and successes in social justice programming, purchasing practices and strategies for promoting individual, community, and ecological health and wellness. Share your model on finding the intersections between sustainability, diversity awareness, and cultural competence.
4. The Built Environment
Presentations and workshops within this track will examine issues ranging from design and construction to ongoing operations and maintenance. Your proposal should include innovation in space use efficiency, energy management, green renovations, or net zero buildings. How is your project inclusive of environmental restoration, optimizing new facility construction, alternative transportation, dining, or utilities? Proposals should include how your institution has tapped into local expertise, alternative funding sources and/or curricula.
5. The Campus as a Learning Laboratory
As the workplace and industry continue to change to meet the demands of the new green economy we need to be preparing our students to take on the complex problems of the 21st century. The places we inhabit and where we spend our time teaching and learning offer ripe opportunities for innovative pedagogy. How is your institution handling curriculum and research integration for sustainability? What pedagogical models do you have to share which can be utilized by others in the community? Submissions should include the process for implementation, parties involved, challenges, and lessons learned along with successes.