The sixth ACPA Institute on Sustainability will again bring together students, staff and faculty from colleges and universities across the country who are committed to sustainability. Now, more than ever, it is essential to implement sustainable practices that save money and reduce a campus' carbon footprint. This Institute will provide participants with tools necessary to help each campus become more sustainable.
The goal of the Institute is to provide individuals and institutional teams with a plethora of knowledge about sustainability so that they can return to their campuses prepared to contribute to the development of sustainable policies and practices and the education of campus community members. Participants will have the opportunity to hear from some of the leading sustainability scholars and practitioners; explore promising practices from campuses across the country; and develop a framework and actionable goals that can be taken back to campus and integrated into the core of the institution.
In a new format, the Sustainability Institute will be offered this year as a pre-conference on campus at IUPUI. Featuring experts on sustainability in conjunction with assessment, social justice, and work-life balance, the institute will offer break-out sessions, round table discussions, campus sustainability tours and a keynote presentation. Attendees will hear from student affairs educators about their work for sustainability and be able to discuss topics of interest with others.
The Sustainability Advisory Committee of ACPA is coordinating this year’s Sustainability Institute. The most-cited definition for the term “sustainability” is the Brundtland Commission (World Commission on Environment and Development, 1987) definition, which states that sustainable development allows for the meeting of “the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” The American College Personnel Association (ACPA, 2008) highlights the “triple bottom line” of sustainability, which includes social justice, environmental health, and economic health. In their joint professional competencies document, ACPA and NASPA (2010) state that sustainability is one of three threads that are “considered essential elements of each competency area.” We have highlighted the areas of ethical professional competencies and history, philosophy, and values because in the Sustainability Institute we will be addressing ways in which work for sustainability is related to the mission, values, and ethical practice of student affairs professionals. Student affairs professionals have a significant role to play in this transformation of higher education for a sustainable world as they work with students on fostering the kind of moral and cognitive development that promotes sustainable thinking, attention to social justice that undergirds sustainability as a whole, and transformative learning that develops the kind of learning needed for a sustainable future.
The Sustainability Institute is designed to highlight a variety of topics related to sustainability that are of interest to ACPA members. Kim Yousey-Elsener, coordinator for Assessment and Evaluation at the University of Buffalo, will address the sometimes complicated task of assessing sustainability on campus. Keith Edwards who served on ACPA’s original Sustainability Taskforce will speak about the connections of sustainability and social justice. Directors from IUPUI’s Office of Sustainability are working to coordinate a number of presentations featuring campus efforts for sustainability – from service-learning opportunities in a campus garden to regional cross-institutional efforts for sustainability. Tours of campus will highlight sustainability features at IUPUI. The keynote speaker, John de Graff, is author of Affluenza, a critique on American consumerism. He has also served as an advisor to the country of Bhutan in its work toward a gross national happiness indicator. Discussing the intersection of time balance, happiness, and sustainability, John will inspire attendees’ own professional growth as well as their work with colleagues and students.
The format of the institute is as follows:
9:00 Welcome, Introductory Remarks, Getting to know each other
10:00 Morning break out sessions
11:15 Keynote speaker, John DeGraff
12:30 Lunch -- provided on campus at IUPUI in the new University Tower dining hall
1:45-4 IUPUI tours and speakers from campus
4:00 Roundtables and idea sharing
4:45 Wrap up
All events will take place on campus at IUPUI. The campus is less than 1.5 miles from all convention hotels, though shuttles will run at the beginning and conclusion of the Sustainability Institute
Last year, some of the best feedback received from participants was from those who attended as members of an institutional team. While individual attendance is perfectly fine, if you can bring a team of students, faculty and administrators, we encourage it! Students may register at a significantly discounted rate without being ACPA members. Here is what one previous student participant who came as a part of a team said about the Institute:
"The Sustainability Institute was really enjoyable. I now think about sustainability whether hearing about a new building project, being a part of a search committee, or just thinking of how to connect various groups on campus. The social, economic, and environmental issues that make up sustainability on their own are so complicated that there of course is always much to learn and synthesize. Going as a team allowed us to reflect upon our shared experience and develop relationships from going to the conference together. We also were able to make some plans went beyond our individual departments."
–Martin Mudry, Student • Macalester College
Registrations can be paid by check, VISA, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express. All fees must be prepaid. Purchase orders are not accepted Registration for this the institute is in coordination with registration for the 2014 ACPA Convention. Click here to register today!