• Partner With Higher Education Institutions to Address Climate Change

    By Debra Rowe, president of the U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development

    Do you want to improve the ecological footprint of your institution in a way that would have a large-scale, positive impact and help your students, but don’t know where to start? You’re invited to become a Sustainability Policy Partner through the Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium (HEASC). AASCU’s Sustainability Committee is a founding member of and regular collaborator with HEASC.

    About HEASC

    HEASC is a network of higher education associations with a commitment to advancing sustainability within their constituencies and the entire system of higher education. The program also works with a variety of nonprofit and business partners.

    Some of the consortium’s resources include the Beyond Doom and Gloom: Climate Solutions resource kit for faculty that is now used on campuses throughout the country; a free website to connect practitioners, students, faculty and volunteers with projects related to climate change and sustainable development goals; and the Sustainable Development Primer for Higher Education Presidents, Chancellors, Trustees and Senior Leaders

    Role of Sustainability Policy Partners

    Sustainability Policy Partners serve as campus representatives who connect student groups, faculty and staff to the work of HEASC. These partners help their institutions stay up to date with the latest state climate legislation, environmental news, and opportunities for involvement, and also ensure their campuses’ voices are heard in policy decisions. There are Policy Partners in more than 35 states and 110 campuses.

    By volunteering a little time each month, you can make a big impact as a partner. HEASC will support you through regular monthly check-ins, email templates, and connecting you with a network of other Sustainability Policy Partners across the country.

    Sign up to become a partner and view three ways to get started, or learn more about the role. Please contact HEASC Director Debra Rowe or AASCU’s Associate Vice President of Membership Mia Williams with any questions.

    HEASC is sponsoring a free webinar on May 27, 2020, at 3 p.m. EDT about "Doing Good While Doing Your Job – Moving Toward a Circular Economy (during this time of Coronavirus)." Learn more.