Mennonite Higher Education Sustainability Summit


Below is a tentative schedule 

Thursday, August 4 

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

5:30pm: Dinner.


Friday, August 5

7:30 – 8:30am: Breakfast provided

8:30am: Welcome and Introduction

9:30 – 10:30am: Goal-setting discussion

10:30am: Break (coffee and snacks) 

11am-12:30pm: Case studies in campus sustainability
  We will share together a set of stories from one or two campuses about 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. 

12:30-2:00pm: Lunch

2:00-3:15 pm: Workshop Session #1 (choosing from the following possible sessions)
– Institutional Support: Taking steps to incorporate sustainability commitments in our planning 
– Sustainability in a financially-constrained environment 
– Curricular and co-curricular models for sustainability education 
– Encouraging and supporting student-led initiatives 
– Carbon in the Infrastructure: examining areas other than direct energy consumption where climate can be positively affected on campus (grounds, efficiency retrofits, etc) 
– Messaging sustainability to support Mennonite colleges
– Sustainability and Food (Services)

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 companies involved with campus-scale solar installation.

5:30pm: Dinner

6:30-7:45pm: Workshop Session #2 (choosing from the above possible sessions)

7:45pm: Summarizing the day


Saturday, August 6

8am – 4pm: Shenandoah National Park Field Trip. A Field trip 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.  Costs for transportation and park entry covered by CSCS.

5:30pm: Dinner 

7:00pm: Keynote, public presentation and panel discussion.


Sunday, August 7

7:30-8:30am: Breakfast 

8:45-10am: Processing Results of Workshop Sessions

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

10:30am-11:30pm: Conclusions and next steps

11:30-12:00 pm: Closing worship

12-1pm: Lunch


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