Memberships & Affiliations
Jul 11, 2012 02:20 PM
UofL collaborates with other institutions to promote sustainability beyond UofL.
UofL recognizes that at the heart of sustainability is a recognition of our interdependence and common future. Sustainability is not created in a vacuum and goes well beyond the borders of our own campuses. In seeking to promote sustainability we collaborate with other individuals and institutions at the local, state, national, and global levels.
One such avenue for mutual support is through UofL's membership in the following organizations:
“The University of Louisville has taken giant
strides toward becoming more sustainable, and the Partnership for a
Green City has helped make that happen. As we continue to work closely
with Louisville Government and Jefferson County Public Schools in this
partnership, we remain committed to being more sustainable in everything
we do. Together, we can make our community a greener and healthier
place for our children, our grandchildren and all the generations to
come.” - President James Ramsey
- Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)
care about environmental, social and economic responsibility should get
connected with AASHE! UofL's membership gives all faculty, staff and students
access to a world of benefits, including conference discounts and an online
Resource Center containing how-to guides, best practices, campus profiles,
assessment tools, policy and program databases, reports, and more. To get started, create a user profile using your @louisville.edu address.
AASHE member benefits, services and programs include:
Individual Member Accounts
at UofL can create their own account to access member-only pages on
AASHE’s website and receive member discounts. Create your member account and
complete the user profile using your campus email address. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
if you have any difficulty with this process.
You can subscribe to any AASHE newsletters. AASHE Bulletin is a weekly
e-newsletter with the latest campus sustainability news, resources,
opportunities, and events. AASHE Events notifies you about AASHE’s annual
conference, workshop, webinars and other AASHE-hosted events. AASHE
Announcements contains updates on important organizational news. STARS Update keeps you current on activities
related to the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System program.
online Resource Center includes assessment tools, policy and program databases,
best practices, campus profiles, how-to guides, reports, discussion forums, and
other resources. Many of these are member-only so you’ll need an individual member account.
holds or co-sponsors workshops and webinars throughout the year, plus an annual
conference that brings together every sector of higher education as
well as business, government, and non-profit participants. These events offer opportunities to connect
with colleagues at regional, national, and international levels to share
resources. As members, UofL students and employees receive discounts on all AASHE events. Check the AASHE calendar for
upcoming events. Also see AASHE Conference Papers &
Presentations Database and STARS Webinars
Product and Service Discounts
AASHE business and non-profit members offer occasional product and service
discounts for AASHE members.
Publicity and Recognition
You can submit
campus sustainability news and job postings to the AASHE Bulletin.
The Bulletin informs over 11,000 subscribers about campus sustainability
news, resources, and opportunities. You
can also submit a photo and text for the member spotlight,
which highlights efforts at individual campuses and is featured on AASHE’s website.
Submit applications for any of AASHE’s awards, including the Campus
Sustainability Case Study Award, Student Sustainability Leadership Award, and
Student Sustainability Research Award.
maintains an online directory of campus sustainability/environmental officers
to enable us to find and reach out to colleagues doing similar work at other
Participate in AASHE’s Campus
Sustainability Discussion Forums, which provide a central place for sharing ideas and best
practices and for finding answers to questions on topics related to sustainability
and higher education.
“Campus Sustainability Perspectives” blog features opinions and reports by
staff and guests related to campus sustainability. Rad the blog,
comment on posts, and request to submit your own items as a guest blogger. There is also a chronological archive page and a comprehensive
list of blogs that are related to campus sustainability.
Governance, Councils, Committees
Direct questions about AASHE or member benefits to
from UofL can participate on AASHE’s committees, councils, working groups,
- American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC)
A network of colleges and universities like UofL that have made institutional
commitments to eliminate net greenhouse gas emissions from
campus operations, and to promote the research and educational efforts
of higher education to equip society to re-stabilize the earth’s
climate. The mission is to accelerate progress towards climate
neutrality and sustainability by empowering the higher education sector
to educate students, create solutions, and provide leadership-by-example
for the rest of society. The ACUPCC provides a framework and support for America’s colleges and
universities to implement comprehensive plans in pursuit of climate
neutrality. The Commitment recognizes the unique responsibility that
institutions of higher education have as role models for their
communities and in educating the people who will develop the social,
economic and technological solutions to reverse global warming and help
create a thriving, civil and sustainable society.
The ACUPCC publicly hosts UofL's Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventories and UofL's Climate Action Plan!
The National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE), University Affiliate Program and the Council of Environmental Deans and Directors (CEDD). Benefits
on NCSE's Council of Environmental Deans and Directors
in multi-institutional collaborations to secure funding
access to information on federal funding for environmental R&D and
registrations for faculty and students to NCSE's National Conference
campus-wide access to environment and energy news through E&E Publishing
internships through NCSE's Campus to Careers Program
discount for a new customized environmental program assessment service
The Association of University Leaders for a Sustainable
Future (ULSF) which serves as the Secretariat for signatories of the
Talloires Declaration, including the University of Louisville.
UofL also collaborates with groups and institutions through a variety of other channels:
- UofL's Socially Responsible Investment Committee exchanges ideas and information with other schools through the Responsible Endowments Coalition.
- Check out the virtual stands at Expo 21XX for info on several sustainability initiatives at UofL:
- Sustainability Council
- Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research
- Renewable Energy Applications Laboratory
- Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center
- Office of the Vice President for Business Affairs
- UofL works with other institutions of higher education throughout the state through the Kentucky Campus Sustainability Leaders Workshops. UofL sends representatives to each workshop, and on October 22nd, 2010, UofL hosted the second workshop in this on-going collaboration, with representatives from: Bluegrass Community and Technical College, Transylvania
University, Murray State University, University of Louisville, University of
Kentucky, Northern Kentucky University, Morehead State University, and Jefferson
Community and Technical College.