Sustainability Conference set to welcome leaders in higher education sustainability, June 6-8

The technical education practitioners and scholars who are defining sustainability in higher education will gather at Alfred State this summer for the college’s second sustainability conference, June 6-8. These leaders will present on innovations related to sustainable agriculture/food systems, renewable energy and energy efficiency, green construction, and more.

Keynote speakers for this year’s event include Leith Sharp, a campus sustainability pioneer who was the founding director of Harvard’s Office for Sustainability. Sharp has been a featured keynote speaker for hundreds of high profile events including those hosted by the House Chief Administrative Office for the House of Representatives, Citibank, the Danish Ministry for the Environment, and the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education in the UK. She teaches sustainability change management at Harvard University and is on the editorial board for the International Journal for Sustainability in Higher Education.

Also featured as a keynote speaker at this year’s conference is Roger Ebbage, executive director of the Association of Community College Energy and Water Educators and Energy Management Program Coordinator at Lane Community College. He is an Association of Energy Engineers Certified Energy Manager, a California Certified Energy Auditor, a Bonneville Power Administration Certified Energy Auditor/Inspector, and a general building contractor.

Alfred State hosted its first sustainability conference last year which featured presentations by Dr. Debra Rowe, president of the U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development and professor of energy management, renewable energy technology and psychology at Oakland Community College in Bloomfield Hills, MI, and Dr. Mitchell Thomashow, director of the Second Nature Presidential Fellows Program and former president of Unity College in Maine.

Since last year’s conference, Alfred State has achieved significant notoriety for its sustainability accomplishments including a national award for its net zero green home in Wellsville from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) award this fall. The conference is being sponsored by the New York State Energy Research Development Authority (NYSERDA), and Corning Inc.