Antioch University New England had a strong presence at AASHE 2008, the second biennial conference of the American Association for Sustainability in Higher Education, held in Raleigh, North Carolina, November 9 through 11. Some 1,700 students, faculty, administrators, and vendors attended.
Antioch New England’s AASHE team consisted of faculty members Abi Abrash Walton, Sue Gentile, Jim Fauth, Libby McCann, and Michael Whigham. Recent ES alums on the team included Sarah Harpster (’08) and Katie Stoner (’08). Mikaela Engert, a city planner from Keene, New Hampshire and Mary Jensen from Keene State College also participated in a panel organized by ANE focusing on campus-community collaboration to promote sustainability.
Attendance at ANE’s three presentations was high, and ANE alums at AASHE were thrilled to “see us there representing Antioch New England in force,” said Abi Abrash Walton. According to Abi, audience members for ANE’s community-college collaboration panel were intrigued by the ways in which ANE has successfully engaged in service-learning projects with the City of Keene, the surrounding towns and other community organizations. “Faculty and students in attendance were particularly interested in how we structure and sustain these projects (e.g., through the Advocacy Clinic, practica, etc.). People were also enthusiastically receptive to ANE’s approach to integrating sustainability across the curriculum and to our Sustainability and Social Justice Audit and subsequent work.”
While at AASHE, ANE team members connected with alumni Erica (Ball) Fuller who is now the sustainability coordinator at Skidmore College, Steve Muzzy who is program manager at Second Nature, James Wilkins who serves as Furman College’s first environmental sustainability intern, and Julia Feder who is a green-schools advocate for the U.S. Green Building Council.
ANE Panels included:
Together We Can Do More: Examples of Campus-Community Sustainability Partnership in NH’s Monadnock Region, and Sustainability Across the Curriculum: Lessons and Questions from the Field.
Abi Abrash Walton’s presentation was titled “Walking Our Talk: Strategies, Challenges & Successes in the Pursuit of Sustainability and Social Justice on Campus.”
If you would like an abstract of the ANE panels, please contact Abi Abrash Walton.
ANE became a member of AASHE in 2008. As a result, all ANE students and employees can access AASHE member services result.