Mennonite Higher Education Sustainability Summit


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Thursday, August 4 

3-5:30pm: Registration check-in, lower concourse of the Suter science center.  After 5:30, we will leave the packets on a table in the concourse.  If building is locked, call Doug. 

3pm: Rooms open (dorms at EMU), check-in. 

5:30pm: Picnic dinner at forest river park (Riven Rock), Rawley Springs (15 min from EMU).  Shelter #4.


Friday, August 5

7:30 – 8:30am: Breakfast (dining hall)

8:30-9:00am: Worship (Park Woods)

9:00-9:30am: Welcome and Introduction (SC104)

9:30 – 10:30am: Goal-setting discussion (SC104)

10:30am: Break (coffee and snacks) 

11am-12:00pm: Case studies in campus sustainability (SC104)
  We will share together a set of stories from two campuses, Fresno Pacific University and Canadian Mennonite University, that illustrate some of the complexities of sustainability change over time: how did the campus set the stage for changes? Which parts came easier, and which harder? Where has time/inattention/lack of maintenance eroded some of those gains? These profiles highlight some of the realities of this change on our campuses. 

12:00-1:15 pm: Lunch (Dining hall)

1:15-2:15 pm: Workshop Session #1; The Context for Sustainability in Higher Education 

  1. Hope and despair in times of climate change (SC 104)
  2. How does sustainability relate to reconciliation with indigenous communities? (SC109)

2:15-3:15 pm: Workshop Session #2; Institutional Efforts at Sustainability

  1. Institutional support in times of financial constraint: Taking steps to incorporate sustainability commitments in our planning (SC104)
  2. Counting the cost: carbon and nitrogen footprinting (SC109)

3:15-3:45pm: Break

3:45-5pm: Solar energy field trip
  We will have the chance to see local solar installations, and talk with a local company involved with solar installation on EMU’s campus.

5:30pm: Dinner (Dining hall)

6:30-7:30pm: Workshop Session #3; Student-focused Efforts at Sustainability

  1. Curricular and co-curricular models for sustainability education (SC104)
  2. Encouraging and supporting student-led initiatives (SC109)

7:45pm: Summarizing the day (SC104)


Saturday, August 6

7am – 8am: Breakfast (Dining hall)

7:30am – 8am: Morning devotions (Park Woods)

8:00am – 4pm: Shenandoah National Park Field Trip.   You have the chance to join a field trips to beautiful nearby Shenandoah National Park. We will have opportunity to hike, speak with park rangers, and otherwise spend a day enjoying this amazing bit of creation!  This is a chance to have conversations with your colleagues, and to think about the larger context of sustainability within our society.  All costs are covered by CSCS.

5:30pm: Dinner (Dining hall)

7:00pm: “How Universities Engage with Indigenous Histories : A Conversation with Archeaologist Dr. Carole Nash”.

Dr. Carole Nash, Professor in the School of Integrated Sciences at James Madison University, is a specialist in the archaeology of the Middle Atlantic uplands.  She received her PhD in Anthropology from the Catholic University of America.  Currently the Director of the Environmental Archaeology Laboratory at JMU, and Director of Diversity/Equity/Inclusion for the College of Integrated Science and Engineering, Nash has four decades of experience in cultural and environmental studies for the National Park Service, National Forest Service, Commonwealth of Virginia, and private firms. When not digging at archaeological sites, she can often be found digging in her garden.


Sunday, August 7

7:30-8:30am: Breakfast (Dining Hall)

8:45-10am: Processing Results of Workshop Sessions (SSC104)

10-10:30am: Break (coffee and snacks)

10:30am-11:30am: Conclusions and next steps (SSC104).  Conference evaluation

11:30am-12:00 pm: Closing worship (SSC104)

12-1:30 pm: Lunch with CSCS Oversight Board and donors.  Panel discussion with students. (West Dining Hall) 


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