Sustain What?

Eager to go green? The Environmental Consortium’s 10th Annual Conference is coming to Pace PLV on November 8 and 9.

On November 8 and 9, in celebration of the Environmental Consortium’s 10th year anniversary, we are returning to the theme of campus greening and the role of higher education. Much has changed in the sustainability landscape since our 2006 campus greening conference, so this year’s program will highlight current trends, best practices, and curriculum design.

Join teams from around the region in keynote, plenary, breakout, and poster sessions. Share new ideas, gain renewed inspiration, and bring back plans to your institution. This year’s conference will feature keynote addresses by:

David Hales, Second Nature

David Hales will deliver the conference opening keynote on Friday, November 8.

  • In August, 2012, David Hales was selected President and CEO of Second Nature, the Boston-based advocacy organization committed to promoting sustainability through higher education
  • Under his leadership as the fifth president of College of the Atlantic, it became the first institution of higher education in the United States to be a “NetZero” emitter of greenhouse gases
  • Directed environmental policy and sustainability programs of the United States Agency for International Development throughout the Clinton administration
  • Served in the Carter administration as Deputy Assistant Secretary at the United States Department of the Interior
  • Was Director of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources
  • Represented the United States in numerous intergovernmental negotiations, including the Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Convention on Biodiversity, as well as in meetings of the United Nations General Assembly and Commission on Sustainable Development
  • Served on the steering committee of the American College and University President Climate Commitment and chaired the Higher Education Committee for the American Council on Renewable Energy

James Gustave “Gus” Speth, Vermont Law School

Professor Gus Speth will be presented with the Environmental Consortium’s “The Great Work Award” in honor of Thomas Berry and deliver a keynote on Saturday, November 9.

  • A Distinguished Senior Fellow with Demos, he completed his decade-long tenure in 2009 as dean of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
  • From 1993 to 1999, he was administrator of the United Nations Development Programme and chair of the U.N. Development Group
  • Co-Founder of the Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Founder of the World Resources Institute
  • Chairman of the U.S. Council on Environmental Quality in the Carter administration
  • Provided leadership and entrepreneurial initiatives to many task forces and committees whose roles have been to combat environmental degradation, including the President’s Task Force on Global Resources and Environment; the Western Hemisphere Dialogue on Environment and Development; and the National Commission on the Environment
  • Author, co-author or editor of six books, including the award-winning The Bridge at the Edge of the World: Capitalism, the Environment, and Crossing from Crisis to Sustainability and Red Sky at Morning: America and the Crisis of the Global Environment

To see a full conference agenda or to register to attend, click here.