How Higher Education Can Keep Pace with Growing Sustainability Aspirations: Lessons on Building a Better Plan, Setting Goals, and Bolstering the Sustainability Organizational Structures

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How Higher Education Can Keep Pace with Growing Sustainability Aspirations: Lessons on Building a Better Plan, Setting Goals, and Bolstering the Sustainability Organizational Structures

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Our planet is in crisis. Higher education stakeholders are among the many to recognize concerns, as challenges like climate change pummel institutions directly in incidents ranging from natural disasters to increased energy consumption. Left unchecked, universities even have the capability to contribute to our sustainability crisis, as resource consumption, carbon production, and waste generation increase. Understandably, students, faculty, alumni, and even governments demand action and response from their institutions.

However, sustainability officers face a number of challenges in their efforts to make a greener and more sustainable campus. For one, institutions must pursue an ever-expanding array of initiatives to keep pace with sustainability scope creep. Second, many institutions set lofty, ambitious sustainability goals that are increasingly difficult to achieve. Finally, this must all be accomplished with limited resources and a sustainability office that is often siloed from the rest of the institution.

The pandemic forced many of us to pause our sustainability efforts. However, it also means institutions now have an opportunity to evaluate their strategies and come out stronger.

These executive roundtables will guide leaders as they consider how to revamp their sustainability strategy. First, we’ll review frameworks to prioritize best-fit sustainability initiatives by mapping them to an institution’s priorities. Next, we’ll consider how to best organize a sustainability plan to fit achievable and meaningful goals by utilizing assessment and reporting systems. Finally, using case studies from higher education institutions across the globe, we’ll explore how to create a coordinated sustainability organization that effectively works with multiple stakeholders around campus.

Sessions

Attendees will benefit from the extensive research of the EAB team, case studies from their peers, and live discussion from the other institutions virtually represented.

  • Audit current and future sustainability initiatives to prioritize best-fit opportunities
  • Improve sustainability plans with more focused frameworks and targeted and achievable goals
  • Better manage relationships outside the sustainability office to coordinate campus-wide sustainability efforts

This will be a mostly didactic session with opportunities for discussion and interactive activities.

Use the drop-down in the banner above to register for one of the sessions. Sessions are best suited for Director/Head of Sustainability, AVP/VC/Director/DVC/PVC/Head of: Facilities, Campus Operations, Business, or Estates, Chief Business Officer, Chief Operating Officer or Chief Resource Officer. Registration for each session is limited to two attendees per institution.

  • Tuesday, February 9, 2021 | 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time
    For UK and European partners, please note the session is scheduled at
    15:00 Greenwich Mean Time or 17:00 Eastern European Time
    (This session is at capacity)
  • Thursday, February 11, 2021 | 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time

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