The Washington Higher Education Sustainability Conference (WAHESC) is
a regionally focused opportunity for those teaching, working, or
studying within higher education to come together and learn about
sustainability in academics, operations, and research. Participants will
explore ways to advance campus sustainability through the sharing of
best practices, presentations on creative solutions to common
challenges, and the development of regional collaborative networks.
Through these facilitated conversations, workshops, presentations, and
networking opportunities conference goers will help advance
environmental performance at Washington State institutions of higher
education, support regional policy goals, and drive the development of a
generation of professionals who strive to live and work sustainably.
Attendees will form a more united coalition to support key statewide
sustainability approaches, goals and policy initiatives.
The theme for the 2017 conference is "Caring for our Common Home", an
echo of the call from Pope Francis in his 2015 encyclical letter,
"Laudato Si". Just as Pope Francis called "every living person on the
planet" to be mindful of consumption and assert an ethic of care for our
planet, WAHESC also invites students, faculty, and staff at
institutions from across the region to gather around this theme. As we
are working together to a dvance sustainability at our institutions, we
look forward to unpacking how we define and practice "care" and what is
our responsibility to the earth, our common home.
As a statewide/regional conference, WAHESC will naturally promote a
"local" focus. Dialogue will specifically address issues in the
Northwest and Washington State, and solutions will be tailored for
implementation in our unique political, social, economic and
environmental climate. Attendees will also take this time to develop and
deepen working relationships with peers in the region to advance
sustainability on your home campus and the region. WAHESC is open to
students and educators from all focuses and majors, and believe that any
and all areas of study can benefit from conversations about campus
Join us Thursday and Friday, February 16-17, 2017 at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington for WAHESC 2017!
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