Published: Oct. 13, 2020 By

For the first time ever, CU Boulder faculty, staff and students will have full access to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s (AASHE’s) virtual Global Conference on Sustainability in Higher Education. The conference is the largest stage to exchange effective models, policies, research, collaborations and transformative actions that advance sustainability in higher education and surrounding communities. 

CU Boulder attendees will be provided access free of charge. CU Boulder attendees must be current students, faculty or staff with a valid account. This opportunity is made possible by the Vice Chancellor's Office for Infrastructure and Sustainability and the CUSG Environmental Center. 

Mobilizing for a Just Transition

With a theme of “Mobilizing for a Just Transition,” this year’s Global Conference on Sustainability in Higher Education will focus on centering justice within a shift from an extractive economy to a regenerative economy and ensuring that it leaves no one behind.

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Participation is flexible

Live and on-demand schedules for the conference are available. Participation is flexible, and attendees can choose individual sessions or full days of content depending on interest and availability. Live content is available Oct. 20–22, and on-demand content is available through Nov. 22. The CU Boulder registration access request form will be open until Nov. 20.  

Keynote presentations

In addition to more than 50 educational sessions, this year’s Global Conference on Sustainability in Higher Education features 13 keynote presenters, including:

Live presentation: Tuesday, Oct. 20, 11:30 a.m.
Tia Brown McNair, vice president of diversity, equity and student success at the Association of American Colleges and Universities; Davarian L. Baldwin, Paul E. Raether Distinguished Professor of American Studies at Trinity College; and Megan Red Shirt-Shaw (Oglala Lakota), PhD student at the University of Minnesota will discuss how, to effectively support a just transition, higher education will need to acknowledge and atone for the historical and ongoing ways in which it perpetuates racial injustice on

Live presentation: Wednesday, Oct. 21, 11:30 a.m.
Professor Ibram X. Kendi, Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University and author of How To Be An Antiracist, will provide a new frame for understanding racism and give guidance on how to be an antiracist.

Live presentation: Wednesday, Oct. 21, 5 p.m. 
Mateo Nube, co-director of the Movement Generation Justice & Ecology Project, will share Movement Generation’s pioneering work to develop and deepen the concept of a just transition.

 Live presentation: Thursday, Oct. 22, 7 a.m. 
Robin Wall Kimmerer, distinguished teaching professor at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and director for the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment, will offer reflections and an indigenous perspective on the meanings of a just transition. 

Live presentation: Thursday, Oct. 22, 2 p.m. 
Wanjiku “Wawa” Gatheru, environmental justice advocate and rhodes scholar at the University of Oxford; Joshua Dedmond, youth organizer at the Labor Network for Sustainability; and Suparna Kudesia, choreographer of collective change and director at CoFED, will discuss the importance of racial justice, education and more during the keynote panel.