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Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference

2016 Conference Program

Wednesday, February 3

2:00-8:00pmLCC/UO Campus Tour with dinner at Falling Sky Brewery
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Thursday, February 4

8:00-9:00amBreakfast
9:00-9:30amOpening Remarks
- Mary Spilde | President, Lane Community College
9:30-10:45am Concurrent Session A
Case Study - Behavior Change - Social Justice theme
Institutions of higher education exist for the empowerment and training of students who will be our next generation of citizens, professionals, entrepreneurs, and community leaders. During this life changing experience many students will create projects, programs, and policy initiatives that possess the ability to transform the landscape of sustainability in higher education. Are we as institutions (administrators, faculty, staff, students) acting as facilitators and partners or competitors and saboteurs to these endeavors? Examining multiple projects, programs and policy initiatives at The Evergreen State College we will identify 5 strategies to help institutions support student innovation, achieve campus goals regarding sustainability, and improve student success.
- Nicholas Wooten | Program Coordinator, TRiO Student Success, The Evergreen State College

Fair Trade labeling standards ensure consumers that their purchases support ethical labor practices and don't harm the environment. In an effort to help students navigate the complex ethical dynamics involved in international service-learning and voluntourism opportunities, Fair Trade Learning is emerging as a framework emphasizing reciprocity and holistic justice in community-based service-learning relationships. This session introduces Oregon State University's effort to maximize community and student benefit while minimizing the often-unintended economic and environmental impacts of service-learning. We will focus on the challenges that can arise because of unexamined power and privilege dynamics and share our experience using the Fair Trade Learning Toolkit to encourage critical reflection and social change leadership development through our Alternative Break program.
- Jen Christion Myers | Program Coordinator, Student Sustainability Initiative, Oregon State University
- Emily Bowling | Assistant Director of Civic Engagement and Sustainability, Department of Student Leadership and Involvement, Oregon State University

An Oregon State University student will present a tool we are using to better engage student organizations that are not inherently grounded in sustainability, and to cultivate a culture of social, financial, and environmental sustainability on our campus. The session aims to empower student employees to reach out to a wider scope of students, in order to build a more sustainable community within their schools. The Going Beyond Green campaign accomplishes the goal of empowering change makers, increasing information sharing and networking, as well as engaging a wide diversity of the OSU campus community.
- Kendall Dunlop | Undergraduate student, Student Sustainability Initiative of Oregon State University
Case Study - Facilities - Collaboration theme
Sustainable and healthy buildings don't mandate complex and expensive design solutions. A perfect example of this is the Learning Innovation Center at Oregon State University. The key to this project's success was an early and extremely collaborative process between the mechanical engineer and architect. Early modeling and analysis allowed the design team to reduce first costs, save 35-percent more energy than a code building, and provide a healthy and beautiful learning environment. This presentation will guide the audience through the process and design solutions used to create a simple, elegant and integrated building that houses 2,300 seats in one-of-a-kind classroom configurations.
- Brad Wilson | Principal, PAE
- Amy Donohue | Principal, Boora Architects
- Tim Elley | Mechanical Engineer, PAE

In 2014, the doors opened at the new Collaborative Life Sciences Building and Skourtes Tower (CLSB), a joint project on behalf of three Oregon universities. At 650,000 gross square feet, CLSB consists of academic classrooms, lecture halls, teaching laboratories, clinical skills and simulation laboratories, medical research laboratories, retail space and two levels of underground parking. This complex project was delivered in just 37 months through an IPD-like team effort. This session will focus on the challenges, goals and achievements of inter-institutional collaboration and will provide real world examples of sustainable strategies, user education and involvement in the design process.
- Steven Ehlbeck | Associate & Higher Education Studio Leader, SERA Architects
- Sara Vonde Veld | Associate Director of Campus Planning & Real Estate, Oregon Health & Science University
- Kate Vance | Project Manager, Capital Projects and Construction, Portland State University
- John McMichael | P.E. Principal, Interface Engineering

Through cost savings and educational workshops, bulk-solar purchasing programs have motivated thousands of residences to solarize. The University of Oregon is leading the first university-led Solarize program in the Pacific Northwest (and possibly the nation). Learn about our innovative partnership with Bonneville Environmental Foundation and NW SEED. This case study will summarize program cost, goals, strategy, and results, and discuss the co-benefits of university-led solarize programs. Finally, we'll explore how the model can be used to stimulate local investment in other green technologies.
- Steve Mital | Sustainability Director, University of Oregon

This workshop will share an overview of how we have implemented contemplative practices (including meditation/mindfulness, body movement, visualization, and creativity) within student sustainability leadership programs. In addition, the session will be experiential in nature and utilize Critical Theory of Place, Popular Education, and Transformative Learning Theory. Session attendees will participate in a variety of interactive "learning games" that cultivate meaningful connections, creativity, and reflection. Participants should expect to reflect on their own experiences at the Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference and be prepared to replicate multiple contemplative practices as a result of attending this workshop.
- Heather Spalding | Sustainability Leadership and Outreach Coordinator, Portland State University
- Ankita Guchait | Undergraduate student, Portland State University
- Maria Paz Herrera | Capstone Coordinator at the Learning Gardens Laboratory, Portland State University
This session briefly presents background research on social groups and their environmental worldviews, then explores apparent differences in perception: environmental activists who see the Earth as an interconnected, living system and believe nature itself has rights, and members of traditional faith communities who believe creation is filled with divinity. The presentation opens the discussion around strategies for reaching across the divide, focusing on common ground to connect faith communities with their secular counterparts.
- Russ Pierson | Director, Florence Campus, Lane Community College
- Margaret Robertson | Instructor, Lane Community College
- Jennifer Hayward | Associate Director, Facilities Management and Planning, Lane Community College
Sustainability, in a common contemporary context, is correlated with scientific papers. Additionally, sustainability is predominantly correlated with the developed world. We explore the idea that sustainability, if not practiced responsibly, can become a tyrannical movement that can fragment cultures throughout the world. We will take participants through two case studies, of finding sustainability in Peru and Colombia. The ultimate goal of this session is for participants to leave understanding that sustainability is a complex concept that is dependent on individuals, institutions, and cultures that must be bridged together.
- Alfredo Gonzalez | ASPSU Sustainability Affairs Director, Portland State University
- Juan Rueda | Undergraduate student, Portland State University
Most courses that include issues of sustainability do so within the context of the topic or department in which the course is housed. The Geography Program at Oregon State University also offers Geo 300 "Sustainability for the Common Good" that takes a broader approach, covering the major topics of sustainability including Population, Erosion, etc., but also devoting half of the course lectures to personal sustainability issues. This format has been very successful for many years, engaging students in several ways, including lectures, service learning, current events, and open discussions.
- Steve Cook | Senior Instructor of Geography, College of Earth, Oceans, and Atmosphere, Oregon State University
10:45-11:15amBreak
11:15am-12:30pm Concurrent Session B
Case Study - Curriculum - Personal and Planetary Wellness theme
Students in Environment & Society, a sociology course, take part in and initiate long-term campus-based sustainability projects at Rogue Community College. Details on the assignment and the pedagogical and sociological tools that have led to its successes will be presented. Additionally, this case study will cover projects that have not worked and why, how the assignment has been modified over the years and limitations of the project assignment. A former RCC student will describe one of the most successful student projects, the creation of a Campus Free Box.
- Erika Giesen | Instructor, Rogue Community College
- Kristen Brooks | Undergraduate student, Southern Oregon University/Oregon Action

Sustainability curricula for undergraduate students continue to evolve in the United States. Oregon State University has developed a unique program for undergraduate students, the Sustainability Double Degree, to obtain a BS, Sustainability in conjunction with a primary major (e.g., Business, Engineering, Agricultural Sciences, Sociology, Geography) after taking an additional 36 credits of sustainability courses and a practicum. In its third year, the main instructors are eager to share the structure of the program, the curriculum as well as challenges and successes.
- Ann Scheerer | Instructor and Academic Advisor, Oregon State University
- Meg Mobley | Instructor, Oregon State University
- Kim Townsend | Instructor, Oregon State University

Reaching out to students who are not usually involved in sustainability can be a challenge. The development and success of Western's annual fall sustainability outreach event will be presented in this case study session. Follow the evolution of an Information Fair into a hands-on experiential learning festival that attracted participants from all spheres of the campus and community. Learn about the planning and partnerships necessary to create the event, the importance of creativity and fun in accomplishing successful sustainability outreach, and the metrics used to gauge success.
- Carol Berry | Campus Conservation & Sustainable Transportation Program Manager, Office of Sustainability, Western Washington University
- Victoria Monreal | Office Coordinator, Office of Sustainability, Western Washington University
Case Study - Food and Grounds
This session will provide a pictorial overview of the key strategies used to address food insecurity on the PCC-Rock Creek campus over the last two years. Our campus community faces food and nutritional challenges like much of the nation. Portland Community College's Rock Creek Campus, with 44% of the student population receiving PELL grants, chose to focus their energy on addressing food insecurity. The key strategies for the Sustainability Office and its Learning Garden were: partnership with campus food service, relationship with on-campus food pantry, hiring Learning Garden Educators through AmeriCorps, building community-based learning opportunities for faculty and students, formalizing a community garden program, establishing a weekly campus market that accepts Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, volunteer work for food incentive program, and writing grants to fund these efforts.
- Elaine Cole | Sustainability Coordinator, Portland Community College - Rock Creek Campus

The decline in pollinator populations has been declared a national issue, and the reasons are complex. To address this issue, and through collaboration with the North Carolina nonprofit, Bee City USA, Southern Oregon University has become the first designated Bee Campus USA. The objective is to create and enact the solutions for this problem, and the designation entails a committed effort towards working to provide a healthy environment on campus for pollinators. This session will include an overview of the process SOU is taking to support pollinators as well as highlighting ideas, methods, and insights into how other campuses can get involved.
- Jessica Harper & Samantha Pennington-Vresk | Undergraduate students, Southern Oregon University

In 2007 Willamette University moved away from traditional industry standard grounds maintenance practices to organic management, eliminating the use of 58 different types of synthetic chemical pesticides and fertilizers on our 40-acre campus. In 2010 we became an accredited organic land-care practitioner, the first college campus in Oregon to achieve this distinction. This panel discussion will involve two grounds managers at Willamette University reflecting on and discussing outcomes of several years of organic grounds management, a focus on wildlife and creating habitat in an urban, land-locked campus, and how our grounds management enhances our educational mission.
- Jim Andersen | Grounds Manager, Willamette University
- Dean Wentworth | Botanical Garden & Greenhouse Curator, Willamette University
It is becoming abundantly clear that the millions of well meaning people who have adopted sustainability practices have done little to slow down Global Climate Change. Joanna Macy describes our current efforts as 'Holding Actions' and opines that 'Paradigm Shifts' are necessary, and the bridge from 'Holding Actions' to 'Paradigm Shifts' is 'Systemic Understanding'. Fortunately, the consciousness underlying the 'Paradigm Shifts' and 'Systemic Understanding' has been lived for millennia by Indigenous Peoples throughout the world. This session will compare Western and Indigenous consciousness, as well as share curricula to bridge between these two memes.
- Milt Markewitz | Pro Bono Consultant, American Indian Institute
The Sustainability Leadership Workshop will create an interactive and dynamic learning community where sustainability leaders from diverse backgrounds and perspectives can critically reflect upon their values and leadership styles. Utilizing systems thinking, ecological design, and learning organization principles, participants will collaboratively practice activities that can be used to build well-rounded sustainability initiatives and organizations. The workshop is being offered through a partnership between PSU and the Greater Portland Sustainability Education Network (a Regional Center for Expertise for UNESCO) and PSU.
- Heather Spalding | Sustainability Leadership and Outreach Coordinator, Portland State University
- Irene Bailey | Graduate Assistant, Student Sustainability Center, Portland State University
- Devin Burgoyne | Volunteer Coordinator, Student Sustainability Center, Portland State University
How do you "Empower change makers", "Inspire innovation," and "Facilitate action" on the sustainability front in an area of the country that historically has inexpensive energy costs and a pro-extraction sensibility toward the earth's resources? At Montana State University's Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship (JJCBE) the answer was "Economic Sustainability". A panel including the design Architect and Assistant Director of Facilities Services will discuss the "outside the box" thinking that produced the most sustainable building on MSU's campus; and the roles that a motivated Institution, Program, and design team played.
- Dan Stevenson | Assistant Director of Facilities Services, Montana State University
- Jon McGrew | Associate Principal, Hennebery Eddy Architects
- Ashley Nored | Interior Designer, Hennebery Eddy Architects
Panelists will discuss student-led "green fund" grant programs at six Oregon universities and colleges including public, private, four-year and two-year institutions. While student-led, these grant programs typically involve support from employees and the institution. The panelists will discuss their grant programs from the perspectives of students, supporting staff, and the institution, and address best practices, notable outcomes, lessons learned, pathways to long-term success, and more. The panel will reserve time for answering and discussing audience questions.
- Joe Abraham | Director, Sustainability Institute, Willamette University
- Terran Sobel-Smith | Student, Linfield College
- Cassidy Radloff | Student, Oregon State University
- Sam Alexander | Student, Lewis & Clark College
- Lauren Shroll | Undergraduate Student, Portland Community College
- Cristina Avila | Undergraduate student, Green Fund, Willamette University
12:30-2:00pmLunch
Afternoon Remarks

- Brian Kelly | Vice President, College Services, Lane Community College
2:00-3:15pm Concurrent Session C
Case Study - Behavior Change - Personal and Planetary Wellness theme
In one term Lane Community College's Student Services staff lowered their baseline electrical energy use by 9% breaking a ten-year record of energy use increases in Lane Community College's Building 1. Participants in this session will learn how they can use data driven decision making, Energy Star tools, promotional communications, affordable technology, and peer pressure to get results from energy saving behavior change campaigns. The presentation will illustrate with examples from the Building 1 Student Services Winter term 'Turn It Off' showcase energy saving campaign how to make a big difference with small steps by supporting and teaching consistent behavior to turn off un-needed lighting and equipment plug loads by college staff and students.
- Anna Scott | Energy and Environmental Quality Analyst, Lane Community College

Learn how the University of Oregon's innovative Green Resilient Office (GRO) Certification Program inspires administrative staff to integrate sustainability into daily operations and join a growing team of change-makers. The program promotes green services offered by Operations, Catering, Recycling, Printing and Mailing, Environmental Health and Safety, and more. Over 30 campus units have completed the certification process. This case study will highlight best practices promoted, framework for scoring applications, and lessons learned from updating and rebranding the program to include emergency preparedness.
- Sonya Carlson | Sustainability Affairs Graduate Fellow, Office of Sustainability, University of Oregon

This session will focus on concrete ways you can recruit and retain volunteers for a student club on campus, using the OSU Waste Watchers as a case study. Among other topics, we'll touch on marketing tactics, how to maintain ready-to-go opportunities for new people to plug in, tips for running effective team meetings, and specific ways you can recognize your volunteers so they keep coming back to support your work. This session is best for organizations that have new or small volunteer teams, but will also be packed with tips relevant to those working to get one off the ground.
- Tyler Coleman | Waste Reduction Coordinator & undergraduate student, Students Sustainability Initiative, Oregon State University
- Andrea Norris | Marketing & Development Coordinator, Campus Recycling, Oregon State University
Case Study - International Perspectives - Personal Planetary Wellness and Economic Sustainability themes
This case study uses the example of a summer study program exploring sustainability in Japan as an example of how cross-cultural comparisons can inform sustainability efforts in the United States. The program, "Sustainability in Japan," is a three-week intensive course supported by a grant from the Luce Foundation. In learning first-hand about sustainable practices in Japan while studying the institutional and cultural frameworks that support these practices, undergraduate students are encouraged to consider the application of these practices in the US and also to critically consider the factors that facilitate and inhibit the success of sustainability efforts in different countries.
- Cecily McCaffrey | Associate professor of History, Willamette University
- Rie Tanabe | Undergraduate student, Willamette University

Projected to reach one million people next year, international students in the United States are undergoing a transformative educational migration. Discovering the perceptions of what value an American education holds and accomplishes for students back home is central to revealing the major conditions and influences both propelling educational migration and the course, features, and impacts of reentry migration. What prompts students to engage in this transformative activity? How can U.S. academic institutions better adapt to the international student experience? Is the reentry process facilitated by the educational objectives obtained in the U.S? What is the role of cultural capital acquired while abroad in the process of reentry migration? This research seeks to work towards creating inclusive spaces in higher education, bringing the topic of international student mobility into a social justice frame in order to expand scholarship and inform educational curriculum and policy affecting the international student experience.
Lauren Visconti | Instructor, Linn-Benton Community College
Higher Ed campuses have all of the characteristics of small cities. As educators and managers of our "small cities", we have the unique opportunity to provide a practical learning experience while reducing our campus Carbon Footprint! This workshop will demonstrate how the Lane Community College Energy Management Program uses our campus infrastructure to accomplish both outcomes.
- Roger Ebbage | Faculty/Director, Energy and Water Conservation Programs, Lane Community College
- Bruce Alford | Faculty, Energy and Water Conservation Programs, Lane Community College
Portland State University graduate student Daniela Perez spent last summer at a coffee farm called Green Hope in San Ramon, Nicaragua. She experienced hope through thoughtful observation of the natural environment and the community surrounding her. She had two guiding questions: What can nature teach us about regenerative practices? And, what can regenerative practices teach us about overcoming structural injustice and violence? By studying the Nicaraguan butterflies and observing their behaviors, she found answers to her questions. She calls it butterfly activism and defines it through a set of characteristics and principles that can be used to create authentic change. Butterfly activism is one potential solution to systemic injustice, violence, and human induced climate change. In this session, participants will learn about Butterfly activism, how it was defined, and how they can relate it to their personal and professional lives.
- Daniela Perez | Graduate student, Portland State University
This panel discussion will discuss one campus's year-long journey to fulfill its mission to follow sustainable practices. It will look at a small private college's commitment to socially responsible decision making and curriculum design, and how theory translates into practice. Panelists will discuss logistical and resource challenges and solutions, and impact on curriculum and campus planning. The session will inspire and engage small campuses to commit to sustainable practices and principles through demonstrated practical examples of transformational leadership and commitment to values, experience with integrating sustainability best practices into project design, a comprehensive approach to employee work practices, green curriculum decisions, and planning and the roles of internal and external communication.
- Tracey Abell | Chief Operating Officer, American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS)
- Dorene Petersen | President, American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS)
- Ephraim Ross | Director of Instructional Innovation, American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS)
- Susan Yirku | Assistant Director of Compliance, American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS)
The Evergreen State College Clean Energy Fee was established in 2005 and is used to purchase renewable energy credits for 100% of campus electricity. The student-led Clean Energy Committee (CEC) was established to allocate funds not spent on RECs to campus projects proposed by students, staff, or faculty. These projects have allowed for the creation of energy projects on campus, and enhances student learning at the college through funding three undergraduate classes a year, which puts the student fee back into the classroom. We will discuss the challenges, successes, and benefits of student leadership and administration of green fee funds.
- Rhianna Hruska | Graduate student, Evergreen State College
- Anna Rhoads | Graduate student, Evergreen State College
- Stephen D'Annibale | Graduate student, Evergreen State College
- Scott Morgan | Director of Sustainability, Evergreen State College
- Yesha Maggi | Undergraduate student, Evergreen State College
- Jonas Upman | Undergraduate student, Evergreen State College
3:15-3:45 Break
3:45-5:00pm Concurrent Session D
Case Study - Waste Management - Compost and Reuse themes
This session will focus on how to create an event to promote a culture of reuse and repair on campuses using OSU's Repair Fairs as a case study. Topics covered will include an overview of the Repair Fairs, an in-depth guide to structuring the event, material requirements, marketing strategies, tips for recruiting and retaining volunteers, and successes as demonstrated through three years of data and surveys.
- Kyle Reed | Student Outreach Assistant, Undergraduate student, Oregon State University

The composting program at the University of Oregon began as a pilot project in 2008. In its first year it collected 27 tons of material. 6 years later it collects 336 tons and continues to grow annually. This presentation will tell the story of the composting program at the University of Oregon, describing its beginnings and changes necessitated by rapid growth. It will also include lessons from the creation of a voluntary office composting program and look to the future with possibilities for expansion and increased efficiency.
- Phil Chesbro | Compost Coordinator, University of Oregon

This Case Study will be a brief overview of Portland State University's ReUse Room, a description of the previous form of data collection, and an introduction to the new system of data collection that has been established. This will incorporate discussion around the Reuse programs on campus, the struggles that we have had, and the process of developing a more efficient and concise form of data collection.
- Samuel Groshong | Reuse Coordinator, Campus Sustainability Office, Portland State University
Case Study - Social - Social Justice theme
Wisdom of the Elders, a Portland-based Native American non-profit organization, has developed curriculum that is 1) compatible with Native American learning styles; 2) focuses on traditional First Food and Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) of Northwest tribal elders, scientists and cultural leaders; and 3) integrates climate science from EPA, NASA, NOAA Portland's Climate Action Plan, and other educational resources. Highlighting Native Americans as America's "First Scientists," the lesson plans strengthen student cultural identity and resiliency factors and encourage Native youth to pursue career pathway planning in STEM fields and is also being evaluated for success in a Beaverton middle school.
- Ciarra Greene | Graduate student & Educator, Wisdom of the Elders
- Rose High Bear | Executive Director, Wisdom of the Elders

The divestment from fossil fuels movement has been taking over campuses, students are asking to stop investments the Carbon Underground 200 list. There are different methods to accomplishing this goal. Last year, the University of California system adopted Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) strategies. Although it was not 'divestment', it still accomplished the goal of selling off holdings from the Carbon Underground 200. This past summer, Portland State University adopted ESG strategies as part of their Investment Policy Statement. PSU is en route to be the first university in Oregon to have fossil free investments.
- Alfredo Gonzalez | ASPSU Sustainability Affairs Director, Portland State University

College students are constantly graduating, many times leaving behind unfinished campaigns that need to be taken up by another student in order for the campaign to survive. At Southern Oregon University, the Take Back the Tap campaign has been in the works for several years, being spearheaded by various students, all of whom have graduated shortly after taking up this campaign. This session will discuss how to revamp a campaign that has been lead by various students throughout the years and will help bring a long time existing campaign new life.
- Sydney Lund | Undergraduate student & student worker, Southern Oregon University Ecology and Sustainability Center
How do we build a collective understanding of sustainability? How can this shared understanding create authentic engagement and invite diverse perspectives to help solve complex sustainability issues? This workshop will highlight two programs from Portland State University's Institute for Sustainable Solutions - the Sustainable Neighborhoods Initiative and Living Lab program - offering best practices and addressing how civic engagement between the University and community can develop mutual understandings of sustainability while inviting diversity and building community inclusion. Through small-group discourse and a hands-on activity, participants will leave the workshop with new insights and strategies to authentically engage partners within their own campus communities.
- Jamie Valentine | Graduate Assistant, Institute for Sustainable Solutions, Portland State University
- Genevieve Harding | Graduate Assistant, Institute for Sustainable Solutions, Portland State University
- Jacob Sherman | Sustainability Curriculum Coordinator, Institute for Sustainable Solutions, Portland State University
Even as transgender people and issues gain increasing media visibility, transgender people still face many challenges in their everyday lives. Gender segregated facilities, such as bathrooms, locker rooms, and dorms, are common sites for this harassment and discrimination. This panel featuring faculty, student affairs staff, and students will explore current research on the effects of gender segregated facilities, experiences with these facilities on college campuses, and best practices for institutional change to address these issues. Panelists will invite participants to pose questions to allow them to leave this session with plans to move forward conversations regarding non-gendered facilities on campus.
- Miriam Abelson | Assistant Professor, Portland State University
- Craig Leets | Queer Resource Center Coordinator, Portland State University
The Campus Sustainability Planning Studio (CSPS) is a hand-on, problem-based learning class aimed at helping campus achieve its sustainability goals. CSPS has been held at Western since 1999 and has provided valuable research in the areas of campus transportation, food, energy, sustainability media, and more. Attendees will learn about how CSPS is planned and executed, project case studies, connection to campus green fees, lessons learned from personal teaching of the class for eight years, and future potentials.
- Seth Vidaña | Sustainability Manager, Western Washington University
The session explores keys to fostering individual student leadership through the development and communication of an aspirational vision of sustainability. The building and site transmits the systems and statistics used for continued learning and performance improvement, demonstrating the strategic planning that maps the evolution of holistic sustainability. Using case studies from Oregon State University (Student Experience Center) and PCC Rock Creek (Buildings 5 and 7) attendees will learn how to leverage built sustainable systems to educate students and building users about the importance of occupant actions and setting higher targets.
- John Shorb | Architect & Senior Associate, Opsis Architecture
- Briar Schoon | Sustainability Manager, Portland Community College
- Katrina Shum Miller | Green Building Consultant, Lensa Consulting, LLC
5:30-7:00pm Networking Reception & Poster Session at Downtown Campus
Beverages by Ninkasi Brewing and Wildcraft Cider with Light hors d'oeuvres
Music Performance by Lane Performing Arts (jazz)
Building tours by Roger Ebbage


Friday, February 5

8:00-9:00amBreakfast & Keynote
  Kathleen Dean Moore | Writer, Moral Philosopher, and Environmental Thought-Leader
9:00-10:15amConcurrent Session E
Case Study - Facilities - Personal and Planetary Wellness and Economic Sustainability themes
The Chemeketa Community College Health Science Complex (HSC) in Salem, Oregon was one of thirteen projects that participated in Energy Trust of Oregon's Path to Net Zero (PTNZ) pilot. This pilot allowed the project team to analyze and utilize energy-reducing features including natural ventilation, dedicated heat recovery with demand control ventilation, hydronic heating, passive cooling, photovoltaics, and a control system for integrated mechanical and electrical system operation. The HSC also has an exceptionally integrated lighting design. The Owner was committed to designing a passive building that would operate within a limited extended range of comfort, and providing detailed room-level metering. Through this training, we will explore the project's design concept, development and construction. The building has been operating for nearly three years and room-level data is available to demonstrate building performance.
- Elin Shepard | Outreach Manager, Energy Trust of Oregon New Buildings Program

Fraternity and Sorority life can be a major component at colleges and universities that have a Greek system. University of Oregon Greeks Go Green is an initiative that encourages sustainable practices within Greek life. Chapters go through a Zero Waste Certification in which they increase recycling, compost, reduction and reuse practices, environmental education, and more. A variety of marketing techniques and engagement activities have been used to increase participation and success. We will be discussing the process of setting up this system at the University of Oregon, how we have helped it grow, and our goals for the future.
- Kathryn Gerber & Alex Davis | Fraternity and Sorority Life Zero Waste Coordinator, University of Oregon

This presentation will focus on affirming social media focuses. How do you choose content, why choose specific content, what is the most useful content for different social media platforms?
- Cimmeron Gillespie | Marketing Coordinator, University of Oregon Zero Waste Program
Case Study - Curriculum - Engagement theme
Non-profits, businesses, government, and residents are learning that by working together they can effect more sustainable change in neighborhoods than any group can achieve on its own. The Sustainable Neighborhoods Initiative (SNI) at Portland State partnered more than 30 courses with local organizations in four neighborhoods to develop applied learning and research projects that engaged students in making measurable progress on urban sustainability goals. Using the SNI as a case study, participants will explore timely questions such as: How can universities develop effective place-based partnerships on sustainability? How do we assess the value created for students, faculty, and partners?
- Elizabeth Lloyd-Pool | Program Manager, Institute for Sustainable Solutions, Portland State University
- Jacob Sherman | Sustainability Curriculum Coordinator, Institute for Sustainable Solutions, Portland State University

Thousands of students each year take a writing course in the University of Oregon Composition Program. Though not all of these courses focus on sustainability, many do, and this provides a unique opportunity on campus to bring hundreds of students into the sustainability conversation. Writing courses emphasize student-centered and active learning--what better place to introduce students to sustainability issues and provide them with frameworks that they can take with them to their other classes and future careers. This presentation will provide an overview of some of the innovative sustainability work being done by specific writing instructors. Also, the it will examine some of the ways in which students of different majors and political persuasions can be brought together within discourse communities that study both the written word and sustainability.
- Stephen Siperstein | Graduate Teacher Fellow, Department of English, University of Oregon
- Robert Zandstra | Ph.D. Candidate, University of Oregon

In this session we will review the results of three years' worth of program evaluations and experiences from the SOU Green House Experience. The program was developed to foster sustainability education across the campus by integrating sustainability into the required university studies (general education) curriculum. We will discuss lessons learned and strategies for improvement. We will also look at specific courses and potential for developing similar courses at other institutions. Finally, we will talk about strategies for utilizing courses in a wide range of disciplines, taught by instructors in many departments, to students from many majors as sources of projects and research on the college campus. Our experience in jointly teaching the courses between faculty and sustainability staff will be discussed. Syllabi from more than a dozen such courses will be made available for distribution as resources in course development.
- Vincent Smith | Assistant Professor, Southern Oregon University
As the field of sustainability has grown, advocates and practitioners have multiplied across sectors from multinational corporations to government agencies, nonprofits and university campuses. But there has been no mechanism for certifying the competencies of professionals in the field. After an extensive review of the market need for such certification, the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) has launched an effort to provide professional and associate-level certification for individuals working to implement sustainable practices in organizations and communities.This session will present the history and goals of the ISSP; the decision to develop a professional certification for sustainability practitioners; the path for establishing the certification; and the process of designing questions for the certification exam.
- Paul Ventura | Director, School of Business, and Chair, Sustainable Business Programs, Marylhurst University
- Dr. Marsha Willard | Founder & CEO, Axis
- Dorothy Atwood | Consultant & Board Member, International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP)
How do sustainability change makers in higher education avoid burnout and exhaustion while working collaboratively to create regenerative, interconnected, just, and thriving systems and communities? This session will explore how to create and foster an ethic of self-care in sustainability work, and will inspire and empower participants to engage in this process. This session will provide opportunities for participants to understand self-care more holistically, and will share strategies for creating a culture and ethic of self-care as a way of being in both courses and co-curricular activities.
- Heather Burns | Assistant Professor, Portland State University
- Irene Bailey | Graduate student, Portland State University
Food waste is a significant waste stream and a potent contributor to climate change. The natural resources used to produce, package and transport wasted food are staggering. At the same time, 1 out of 6 Americans do not have enough to eat. Wasted food is an environmental, social and financial problem that needs to be addressed. In this session, learn how schools in Oregon like Portland State University and the University of Oregon are taking advantage of the tools and resources of EPA's Food Recovery Challenge to help them keep wasted food out of the landfill and divert surplus edible food to feed hungry people in their communities.
- Domenic Calabro | Waste Prevention Specialist, EPA Region 10
- Manar Alattar | Food Diversion Coordinator in the Campus Sustainability Office, Portland State University
- Phil Chesbro | Compost Coordinator, University of Oregon
Each year the City of Eugene puts 40 million pounds of food waste in the landfill. In order to address this problem, the City has teamed up with local garbage haulers, commercial compost facilities, and area businesses (including universities) to make sure that food scraps get turned into valuable compost through our commercial compost program Love Food Not Waste (LFNW). Additionally, we use the LFNW campaign to promote preventing food waste before it starts. Come watch the documentary Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story with us to learn more about this topic and what YOU can do to prevent food waste.
This movie is exactly 75 minutes. In order to give a brief introduction before the start of the movie, the film will run a few minutes into the 30 minute break time following this session.

Just Eat It - A food waste story (Official Trailer) from Grant Baldwin on Vimeo.

10:15-10:45amBreak
10:45am-12:00pm Concurrent Session F
Case Study - Facilities - "Whole College" and Transportation themes
Since its inception in 2012 by the ASPCC Green Initiative Fund, the PCC Bike Program is 100% supported through Student Activity and Point of Service fees. We started with 25 bikes, no permanent space, and a part time coordinator to serve the 10,000 student North Portland campus. In the 2014/15 academic year, we rented bikes to 92 students, facilitated over 500 repairs, and generated programming throughout the year. This session will explain program functionality and results, including sustainability goals met and in progress. It will also describe how the program has impacted students retention and their every day lives, including the impact of external stakeholders, the community, and our environment.
- Tom Martin | Cascade Bike Program Coordinator, Portland Community College, Cascade Campus

At Portland Community College - "we're all in this together" to promote a sustainable college experience, emphasizing the triple-bottom line. Facilities Management Services is taking a multi-faceted approach to promoting sustainability in operations and with education and behavior change initiatives. This requires collaboration at all levels of the college, innovative approaches to facilities practices, and using resources creatively. Ranging from innovative green cleaning practices and integrated pest management to reduce chemicals to participating in sustainability classes and encouraging occupant engagement around waste and energy - PCC Facilities Management Services is pushing forward to meet the college's sustainability goals.
- Briar Schoon | Interim Sustainability Manager, Portland Community College
- Jack Lussier | Grounds Manager, Portland Community College
- Charlie Gieger | Custodial Manager, Portland Community College

Changing behavior and engaging diverse audiences are important and challenging aspects of implementing successful sustainability programs in higher education. These programs are easily tailored to engage multiple and varied campus communities in office environments, and are most successful when integrated with programs and messaging directed to other programs and communities. Western Washington University has developed a Green Office Certification program to educate, engage, and reward sustainability staff efforts on their campus while helping meet goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, saving energy and water, and diverting waste from the landfill. The development and success of Western's Green Certification program will be presented in this case study session, allowing participants to learn more about developing a certification program that is integrated with other campus sustainability efforts, challenges the program has faced, and results that have been achieved thus far.
- Carol Berry | Manager, Campus Conservations Program, Western Washington University
Lane Community College recently completed a major remodel of the Center Building. The project is expected to receive LEED Silver. This project's sustainability signage and the self-guided tour provide a unique opportunity for building users to learn and gain inspiration about sustainability and green building practices. We will lead participants through the self-guided tour then ask for feedback on how to improve the tour and signage. Please attend this session to learn a unique approach to this "building that teaches" and to beta test our approach. Participants' feedback will be incorporated into the 2.0 version of the tour.
- Jennifer Hayward | Associate Director, Facilities Management and Planning, Lane Community College
- Michael Sims | Sustainability Coordinator, Lane Community College
- Kelley Howell | Principal Architect, PIVOT Architecture
This session will put students in front of seasoned sustainability professionals to hear personal career path stories and learn more about options available to them after graduation. Students will be encouraged to ask questions to help them with entering the sustainability workforce after college, such as: What are the types of organizations that have positions available relating to sustainability? What skillsets are useful to enter the field? What positions do companies have that incorporate sustainability? How can a sustainability-minded person fit into an organization in any position?
- Moderator: Eric Beeler | Student Sustainability Coordinator, University of Oregon
- Marc Brune, PE, LEED AP | Senior Associate, PAE Engineers
- Ericka Dickey-Nelson | Founder and President, Social Enterprises & GoGreen Conference Series
- Stephanie Scafa | Waste Prevention and Green Building Analyst, City of Eugene
- Carolyn Stein | Executive Director, BRING Recycling
Sustainability initiatives weave a common thread across complex and diverse higher education institutions, and can synergistically affect building health, climate change and economic sustainability. By committing to sustainability goals through the design, operations and maintenance of building stock, campuses can maintain sustainability initiatives despite changing rules and leadership, and serve as a living laboratory to inform and facilitate wellbeing in the community-at-large. This seasoned panel from UO, PSU and PCC will inspire innovation, facilitate action, and share processes and methodologies the participant can take back to their own institutions to implement change and further sustainability goals.
- Elaine Aye | President, Green Building Services, Inc.
- George Hecht | Associate VP Finance & Administration, Campus Operations, University of Oregon
- Jacob Sherman | Sustainability Curriculum Coordinator, Institute for Sustainable Solutions, Portland State University
- Sandra Fowler-Hill | Campus President, Portland Community College Rock Creek
Community-based, experiential education immerses students in real-world sustainability questions while honing their ability to address these challenges. This workshop introduces participants to key concepts in community-based learning for social justice and sustainability -- explicated through a multi-section, multi-year case study -- and includes time for participants to explore how they might integrate key principles and strategies into their own sustainability-related teaching or research.
- Jane Carr | Instructor and PhD student, Portland State University
- Kevin Kecskes | Associate Professor, Division of Public Administration, Portland State University
- Erin Elliott | Instructor and Ph.D. student, Portland State University
- Jennifer Joyalle | Instructor and PhD student, Portland State University
President's Meeting
12:00-1:30pmLunch
Performance: Lane Dance
1:30-2:00pm Closing Session
2:00-3:00pm Networking Meetings
- Oregon Community Colleges Networking Meeting
- Washington Higher Education Sustainability Coalition Networking Meeting
- Student Engagement & Campus Norming: Sustainability in Student Affairs
- Campus Gardens & Farms: Networking for best practices in food systems education

Click here to download a PDF version of the 2016 program.

Click here to view the 2013 program.