aasheThe Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education is accepting submissions of abstracts for AASHE 2010: Campus Initiatives to Catalyze a Just and Sustainable World which will be held in Denver, CO.

This year’s conference will offer networking and relationship building opportunities for all attendees. Special features of the 2010 conference include:
•Pre-conference events including the Sustainability Officer’s Workshop, Student Summit, and more
• Approximately 100 presentation sessions with 500+ speakers
• A focus on the impact of the ‘global campus’ and social justice within the field of sustainability
• Several high profile Keynote Speakers with book signing receptions
• AASHE awards banquet featuring leaders in campus sustainability to be published post-conference in Sustainability: The Journal of Record
• Tours of campuses, LEED Certified buildings, the National Renewable Energy Lab, and many others
• Post-conference Greener Denver DINR Dine-around
Following the theme “Campus Initiatives to Catalyze a Just and Sustainable World”, conference goals include:
• Highlighting possibilities for creating leadership and funding for sustainable curriculum.
• Providing attendees with tools for planning and measuring campus sustainability efforts.
• Demonstrating the move from ideas to implementation in sustainability commitments.
• Placing emphasis on transforming the campus through cross-sector collaborative efforts in order to establish economic sustainability.
• Connecting the role of local higher education sustainability initiatives as it relates to social justice and the global campus.

Categories and Sub-Categories for Submitting an Abstract

Categories tie a presentation to the theme of the conference, and will be used during peer review to pair the specialty of the reviewer with the presentation material being reviewed.

When submiting an abstract, submitters will choose the top two categories, and top three sub-categories that best relate to the proposed presentation.

Categories relating to conference focal points

* Sustainability Curriculum
* Measuring Campus Sustainability
* Sustainability Commitments and Actions
* Sustainability and Economics
* Collaborations across the campus
* Social Justice
* Global Campus Sustainability

Sub-categories

* Administration
* Art and Culture
* Athletics
* Conferences and Events on Campus
* Co-Curricular Learning
* Community Outreach (non-course related)
* Energy
* Facilities Management
* Financing Sustainability
* Food Systems/Dining Services
* Green Building: New Construction
* Green Jobs
* Health and Wellness
* Inventories, Assessments, and Measurements
* Investments
* Partnerships with Community Partners
* Planning (Sustainability Plans, Climate Action, etc.)
* Procurement and Business Services
* Programs and Courses
* Research
* Service Learning (course related)
* Social Equity
* STARS
* Student Activism and Leadership
* Student Affairs
* Sustainable Governance
* Transportation
* Waste Reduction and Recycling
* Water

Network with AAASHE 2010 Potential Speakers

Before the conference, do you want to coordinate a group of speakers to submit an abstract, network with other presenters, or collaborate with campus sustainbaility peers?

Log in to the AASHE Forums, where we encourage you to post questions and respond to existing queries in your area(s) of expertise.

If you would like to start a discussion thread on the forums, please select the category that best aligns with the subject of your post. For example, if you are planning to start a discussion on “renewable energy on campuses at AASHE 2010”, please start a new topic in the “Energy” forum. Please refer to the forum FAQ’s for instructions and helpful hints.

Submit Your Abstract via The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education Conference Web Site Subnmission Form

Please note, only the individual submitting the abstract will receive a confirmation email. It is the submitters responsibility to alert all those involved with the presentation about communications regarding the Call for Presentations.

For more information, visit the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education Conference Web Site

Abstract Submission Guidelines

1. Who may submit an abstract: the opportunity to submit an abstract for presenting at AASHE 2010 is open to the below categories:
· Representatives from Higher Education Institutions which are AASHE members, including campus administrators,
sustainability officers, students, faculty or other staff, NGO’s, and governmental agencies.
· Representatives from Higher Education Institutions which are not members of AASHE, including campus administrators,
sustainability officers, students, faculty or other staff, NGO’s, and governmental agencies.
· Businesses or representatives of the corporate community who are AASHE Business Members in good standing.
The principal presenter must be a representative from a higher education institution and the presentation must focus on
the collaboration between business service/product and campus.

2. Abstract Review: Abstracts are peer reviewed by the AASHE Program Committee. Abstracts not considered for a concurrent session
may be invited to present a poster session at the conference. The Conference Steering Committee, Program Sub-Committee, and
AASHE abstract reviewers reserve the right to edit abstracts, if necessary, for clarity, grammar, style, length, and conference theme
focus.

3. Session Types: Six types of sessions will take place over 80 minute blocks. Short descriptions listed below include each speaker’s
available time to present within each type of session.

· Concurrent Session Workshops 80-minute interactive sessions led by an individual or team. Focus on attendee engagement, next-steps and implementation beyond the conference. Emphasis should be placed on core conference topics or act as follow-up for Keynote Speakers.

· Dialogue and Discussion: Moving Ideas into Action 2 Presenters with 20 minute joint presentation followed by 30 minute group
discussions, ending with 30 minute group reporting. This presentation type focuses on group discussion with presenters stimulating dialogue among attendees. 2 presenters introduce a topic for the first 20 minutes of the session. This topic then serves as background for a question posed to attendees by the presenters. Presenters then stimulate discussion among breakout groups of attendees for 30 minutes. Group reporting
commences 30 minutes before end of session. Group reporting is captured by Presenters and uploaded on AASHE Forum discussion site to Move Ideas into Action. Presenters should submit one abstract.

· Field Reports 10 minute per presentation with 10 minute general discussion for all presenters. Total 7 presenters. 7 speakers with 10-minute presentations followed by a 10-minute general discussion before conclusion of session. Each speaker submits a separate abstract. Presenters in Field Report sessions will be grouped together by AASHE based on level and audience whenever possible. Timekeeper will be provided by AASHE.

· Panels 10-15 minute per presentations with 40 minute group Q&A led by Moderator. Total 3-4 Presenters. Moderator provided by the presenting group. At least 3, no more than 4, presenters with a panel moderator. 10-15-minute presentations by each panelist, followed by a 40
minute Q&A led by moderator. Outcomes driven and action-oriented sessions encouraged. The panel organizer must submit one abstract describing the panel participants and its purpose. Moderator provided by the presenting group.

· Papers 15 minute per presentations followed directly by 5 minute Q&A. Total 4 Presenters. Moderator provided by AASHE. 4 Presenters with 15-minute presentations each followed by 5 minutes of Q&A. Each speaker submits a separate abstract. Speakers in Paper sessions will be grouped together by AASHE based on level and audience whenever possible. Moderator provided by AASHE.

· Posters Posters will have two manned 1.25 hours per session (total 2.5 hours)in EXPO Hall. Manned sessions have plenary status; it will be unopposed by other sessions. Posters will be set up on Sunday afternoon by presenter and will remain on display throughout the conference. One manned poster reception will take place in the EXPO Hall. Dimensions: 4 ft. x 4 ft. maximum, with means for hanging from backboard. Poster presentations must contain a report that is consistent with the abstract submitted. The manned Poster session will have plenary status; it will be unopposed by other sessions or committee meetings

4. Payment: There is no fee for abstract submissions.

5. Conference Registration and Payment: All accepted presenters for concurrent sessions are required to register, attend, and pay for
the AASHE Conference. Selected speakers are responsible for all expenses incurred in conjunction with AASHE 2010 including
registration, housing and travel. Accepted presenters will be extended the Early Bird discounted fee through September 10, 2010.

6. Co-Presenters: Do not submit proposals unless each presenter is available to appear on any day of the conference. Accepted
proposals will not be assigned a specific speaking date and time until the week of August 30, 2010. Do not list co-presenters without
definite commitment that the co-presenter will be on the program. The co-presenter(s) must agree to all the terms and conditions
for participation.

Schedule and Deadlines:
· Submissions open- April, 2010
· Submission Deadline-June 15, 2010
· Announce accepted Presenters: week of August 2, 2010
· Presenters MUST confirm acceptance of presenting: August 13, 2010
· Presentation Times Announced: Week of August 30, 2010
· Presenters have access to Early Bird Pricing through Sept 10, 2010
8. Presentation Acceptance: Submission of a presentation does not guarantee participation in the program. All speakers will receive
an official confirmation letter by email and must confirm their participation by August 13, 2010. You will be notified of your
presentation time the week of August 30, 2010.

9. Multiple presentations: Applicants are able to submit multiple presentations for review.

10. Length of Abstracts: Abstracts, including footnotes, must be 250 words or less. Abstract titles must be limited to ten words or less.
Titles exceeding the limit will be edited.

11. General poster session: Authors may present in poster format rather than the usual speaking format. If you wish to present a poster paper, under “Session Type,” check “Poster.” Poster sessions will have plenary status and will be unopposed by other sessions with 2.5 hours total to present their work in 2 separate sessions. Poster sessions are scheduled at prime times with small coffee reception and will remain available (without presenters) for at least eight hours, enabling attendees to view them at their convenience. Posters foster one-on-one discussions with the people who are most interested in your presentation, and therefore, will be organized by topic, to help participants identify posters of most interest to them.

12. Audiovisual equipment: An LCD projector, screen and microphone will be provided in all session rooms. No easels will be provided,
except for Poster Sessions.

13. Additional Equipment: Attendees may bring additional equipment such as flip charts, markers, easels, etc. for use with their presentation. However, union rules of the Colorado Convention Center explicitly PROHIBIT any attendee or speaker to bring a dolly or other device used to cart equipment into the Convention Center. Equipment must be brought in by hand, or, you may request additional help at the Information Booth next to the Conference Check-In area.

14. Laptops and Uploading Presentations: Laptops will be provided in all session rooms. Presenters will be asked to upload presentation
material online before arriving to the conference. In order to maintain flow and timing in each concurrent session, Presenters will not be able to utilize USB thumb drives, CD’s or DVD’s with the provided computers.

15. Speaker Preparation On-Site: It is important to arrive to the session room at least 10 minutes in advance to prepare for your presentation and become familiar with the flow of presenters.

16. Policy: In accordance with the AASHE mission and policy, speakers are requested to be sensitive to, and show respect for, ethnic, cultural, religious, and gender diversity as well as other principles of sustainability.

17. Incomplete Submissions: All incomplete proposals will be deleted after the submission deadline. Incomplete proposals include submissions that do not include speakers with full contact information

Schedule and Deadlines
Deadlines relating directly to Abstract Submission and Presenting at AASHE 2010

* Submissions Open: April, 2010
* Submission Deadline:June 15, 2010
* Announce accepted Presenters: week of August 2, 2010
* Presenters MUST confirm acceptance of presenting: August 13, 2010
* Presentation times Announced: week of August 30, 2010
* Presenters have access to Early Bird Pricing through September 10, 2010

Submit Your Abstract via The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education Conference Web Site Subnmission Form

Please note, only the individual submitting the abstract will receive a confirmation email. It is the submitters responsibility to alert all those involved with the presentation about communications regarding the Call for Presentations.

For more information, visit the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education Conference Web Site

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Tracey de Morsella started her career working as an editor for US Technology Magazine. She used that experience to launch Delaware Valley Network, a publication for professionals in the Greater Philadelphia area. Years later, she used the contacts and resources she acquired to work in executive search specializing in technical and diversity recruitment. She has conducted recruitment training seminars for Wachovia Bank, the Department of Interior and the US Postal Service. During this time, she also created a diversity portal called The Multicultural Advantage and published the Diversity Recruitment Advertising Toolkit, a directory of recruiting resources for human resources professionals. Her career and recruitment articles have appeared in numerous publications and web portals including Woman Engineer Magazine, Monster.com, About.com Job Search Channel, Workplace Diversity Magazine, Society for Human Resource Management web site, NSBE Engineering Magazine, HR.com, and Human Resource Consultants Association Newsletter. Her work with technology professionals drew her to pursuing training and work in web development, which led to a stint at Merrill Lynch as an Intranet Manager. In March, she decided to combine her technical and career management expertise with her passion for the environment, and with her husband, launched The Green Economy Post, a blog providing green career information and covering the impact of the environment, sustainable building, cleantech and renewable energy on the US economy. Her sustainability articles have appeared on Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operation, Chem.Info,FastCompany and CleanTechies.