2020 State of NY Sustainability Conference

December 2nd, 3rd & 4th, 2020 | Virtual Conference

Presented by: The New York Coalition for Sustainability in Higher Education (NYCHSE) 

The New York Coalition for Sustainability in Higher Education (NYCSHE), Cornell University, Ithaca College, and the Conference Steering Committee are pleased to invite state-wide participation in the tenth annual State of NY Sustainability Conference. The conference will be held on December 2nd-4th, 2020 and bring together faculty, staff, and students from private and public higher education institutions from across New York State for a virtual event. 

Update 10/9/20 - Registration is Open!
See below for details


Moving Forward in An Upside Down World

This year's theme is "Moving Forward in an Upside-Down World: Building Resilience, Adaptation, and Opportunity" which seeks to showcase ways in which higher education institutions can maintain momentum and advance sustainability efforts on their campuses during this turbulent time. 
 

2020 NYCSHE Conference Deadlines

Call for Proposals

October 1st

Registration Opens

October 9th

Conference Proposal Deadline

October 23rd

Presenters Notified 

October 30th

Keynote Speakers Announced

Early November

Sessions & Agenda Announced

November 16th

Registration Deadline

November 20th

Conference Format

This event is a virtual conference. Students, staff, and faculty from New York State institutions are encouraged to present and attend. The conference has been designed for equitable and engaging participation during a period of budget and travel restrictions, important public health mandates, and remote-work and learning.  Here's what you can expect:

  • Spread across three, 1/2 days to allow for time to engage, and time to be away from screens

  • Shorter presentation formats, and an emphasis on interactive dialogue

  • Asynchronous options for you to learn and connect on a flexible schedule

  • $0 cost registration for all attendees

  • Wellness resources & activities for attendees

To ensure an engaging experience with virtual participation, conference sessions will be solicited in shorter and more interactive formats.  Presenters will showcase their work and develop interactive experiences in 2-20 minute presentations, or develop collaborative experiences for 45-60 minutes.  See the Call for Proposals for more information.  
 


Conference Details

Registration Details

What is the cost of this event?

This year, the NYCSHE Steering Committee has waived all fees for all attendees.  This event is free.

What is the deadline to register?

Registration opens October 9th, 2020 and will close November 20th, 2020.  You must register for this event in order to attend.

Conference Registration

For questions about registration, please contact the Cornell University Campus Sustainability Office.

2020 NYCSHE Conference Deadlines

Call for Proposals

October 1st

Registration Opens

October 10th

Conference Proposal Deadline

October 23rd

Presenters Notified 

October 30th

Keynote Speakers Announced

Early November

Sessions & Agenda Announced

November 16th

Registration Deadline

November 20th

Who Can Apply

Faculty, staff, and students from public and private higher education institutions across New York State may apply. For-profit companies may submit a proposal, as long as there is an institutional partner also presenting and the focus of the presentation is a case study in higher education. 

What to Present

Sessions should showcase campus sustainability projects, policy, programs, and plans in operations, education, engagement, community collaboration, innovation, research, and related topics.  Supporting this year's theme of Moving Forward in an Upside-Down World: Building Resilience, Adaptation, and Opportunity, themes to consider include:

  • Campus sustainability progress, programs, policies and initiatives

  • Emerging opportunities in turbulent times (COVID, racial justice, budget restrictions, travel bans)

  • Connecting sustainability and social justice

  • Ways to avoid losing ground while competing with other institutional priorities and/or living with budget and staffing cuts

  • Integrating sustainability deeply / at a systems-level across campus

  • Student leadership and engagement in these activities

Proposals should also consider how their work supports the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Apply

Proposal Submission Form

Deadline for proposals is October 23rd, 2020

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Presentation Types

Presentations can be submitted in the following formats:

  • Mini (2 min): 5 or less slides presented in 2 minutes.  Presentations will be combined into similar themes for attendees.
  • Short (20 min): 1-2 presenters share a detailed overview of a specific project or topic. 15 min presentation, minimum 5 min Q&A.
  • Deep-dive (45 min): High level presentation with emphasis on interactive dialogue and engagement.  Example: 2 presenters share approach to food waste for 15 minutes, then all session attendees break-out into small groups to discuss lessons learned.
  • Collaborative Experience (60 min): Workshop, Networking Meeting, or Interactive Session with multiple presenters.  At least half of this time must be spent in interactive dialogue, activities, or break-outs to ensure hands-on virtual participation.
  • Pre-recorded Virtual Tour: Recommended 10 min or less (e.g. campus facility) in any format- video, audio with images, etc. Have fun and don't worry too much about quality.  Grab your cellphone and do a walk-through of your project, or edit together a few great clips of exciting things from your campus, facility, or program you'd like to share!

Conference organizers will arrange sessions to allow for short breaks in between presentations.


Presentation Requirements

Interactive Sessions
All presentations must consider ways to ensure engagement and dialogue from participants in your session.  How will you use your time to foster conversation and connection in a virtual space?  The conference will be hosted in Zoom.  Look for resources here soon.

Web Accessibility
NYCSHE strongly encourages attendees to design and present content for Web Accessibility, ensuring access to attendees with visual and auditory impairements, color-blindness, and cognitive processing barriers can access information.  

Inclusion
These guidelines will help both presenters and attendees ensure a just and progressive space for learning and connection.

  • Respect the gender identity of all participants. Seek to ensure engagement through respectful inclusion. Consider introducing yourself with your preferred pronouns, or changing your Zoom name to include pronouns.  Check out this flyer for more.
  • Seek to ensure equity in your conversations. Be aware of implicit bias in who speaks / takes up time.  Use moderation techniques such as asking attendees to use the "raise hand function" to allow more people more time to engage.