The failure of many entities to respond effectively to a deadly pandemic, coming at a time when society is already reeling from intensifying climate-related disasters, ongoing systemic racism and rising authoritarianism, has resulted in profound apprehension about the future. With a theme of “The future is …”, this year’s Global Conference on Sustainability in Higher Education reflects the uncertainty about the future that many feel and invites participants to recommit themselves to the urgent work of building a future that is sustainable, equitable, and resilient. We seek to highlight inspiring examples of higher education leadership that empower participants to envision and create such a future. Ultimately, the future is ours to make. Are you committed to leveraging the power of higher education to forge a brighter future? Join us at GCSHE!

This year’s conference features the following STARS-related sessions (all times US Eastern):

Live Sessions

How to Start a Homegrown STARS Support Group with Peer Institutions . This panel discussion highlights how to build homegrown support and resources for STARS submissions. 10/12/2021 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM. Alex Frank, Jake Mcculloch, John Arendt, John Gardner, Wesley Enterline

Regional STARS: Challenges and Opportunities. This session will examine whether it is possible or worthwhile for a regional campus to pursue a STARS report. 10/13/2021 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM. Krista Bailey, Melanie Hughes, Rebekah Dement, Robin Frederick

Using STARS As A Change Management Tool. Learn how organizations are using STARS as a tool to advance incremental or transformational change. 10/14/2021 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM. Alex Davis, Lisa Bjerke, Monika Urbanski, Stephen Ellis

STARS Assessment as a Curricular Opportunity. The integration of STARS into a capstone course provided collaborative applied learning experiences for students. 10/12/2021 1:30 PM – 2:15 PM. Weston Dripps

Advancing Indigenization Through AASHE Stars Adaptation. This session introduces how AASHE STARS is being adapted to measure progress towards Indigenization. 10/13/2021 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM. Christina Olsen, Kory Wilson

Student-led AASHE STARS Outreach to Integrate and Coordinate Sustainability Efforts Across Campus. This session shares student-led efforts using the STARS framework to advance sustainability at Fresno State. 10/13/2021 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM. Feng Teter, Marissa Acosta, Michael Mayfield

Grow Two Goals With One Seed: Maximizing Student Engagement and the STARS Report. This session will discuss strategic practices for aligning student engagement goals with STARS Engagement credits. 10/12/2021 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM. Bonny Bentzin, Carla Fresquez, Kelli O’Day

Networking Session

STARS Town Hall. This session will provide an opportunity to learn about the technical development of STARS. 10/14/2021 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM. Chris Pelton, Tamara Wallace

On-Demand Session

Assessing Campus Sustainability Literacy and Culture: How Are Universities Doing It and To What End? This session introduces beneficial practices for conducting STARS sustainability literacy & culture assessments. Nikita Lad

Explore the full schedule.