Allegheny College to Host Fifth Global Symposium on Sustainability in Universities | News

Global delegates gather to focus on building tomorrow’s sustainability leaders at one of the first US colleges to achieve carbon neutrality

MEADVILLE, Pa., April 4, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Allegheny College, one of the nation’s oldest and most innovative four-year colleges where multidisciplinary learning breaks the conventional mould, will host the fifth Global Symposium on Sustainability in Universities (WSSD-U-2022), the 16 and June 17, 2022. This year’s symposium focuses on “Educating the Sustainability Leaders of the Future” and will contribute to the development of this growing field. Researchers, educators and delegates from colleges and universities around the world will come together to exhibit and present their work relating to the teaching of sustainable development while promoting the exchange of information, ideas and experiences. .

Allegheny College Associate Professor Beth ChoatPh.D., President of the Department of Environmental and Sustainability Sciences, and Professor Eric PallantPh.D., Christine Scott Nelson Endowed Professor of Environmental Science and Sustainability, are Chairs of WSSD-U-2022 with Professor Walter LealPh.D., Director of the Center for Research and Transfer “Sustainability and Climate Change Management” (FTZ-NK) of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences in Germany. Also collaborating are representatives of the European School of Science and Research in Sustainability of Hamburgthe World Center for Research and Transfer on Sustainable Development, the Inter-University Research Program on Sustainable Development and the initiative of the United Nations University, “Regional Centers of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development”.

Previous WSSD-U Conferences held in Rio de Janeiro and Manchester, United Kingdomand to Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Universiti Sains Malaysia demonstrated the need for continued dialogue between scholars and practitioners of sustainable development. WSSD-U-2022 will be hybrid, so delegates from around the world will be able to attend either on the Allegheny College campus or virtually.

Allegheny College is proud to host the Fifth Global Symposium on Sustainable Development in Universities,” said Professor Choate. “Members of the ESS department have presented at all previous conferences, and each year delegates are impressed with the work we do at a small liberal arts college with undergraduate students. Organizing this conference after all the others have been held in major research institutes around the world demonstrates that we are an important player in education for sustainable development.”

The focus of the Fifth Global Symposium is on how to educate future leaders in sustainability. Delegates attending WSSD-U-2022 include sustainability managers and directors, teaching and research faculty, university administrators, campus facilities and operations personnel, consultants, student leaders, and others interested in the field. The wide range of participants will help develop integrated approaches towards sustainable development and contribute to the implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goalsa group of 17 initiatives agreed by all United Nations Member States in 2015 that recognize that tackling climate change and protecting the environment must go hand in hand with strategies that end poverty, improve health and education, reduce inequalities and stimulate the economy. growth.

The wealth of experiences and papers accepted into WSSD-U-2022 will establish how higher education institutions are collaborating and partnering with their local communities, organizations, industries and other groups to accelerate climate action by tackling the issues interrelated with climate, economic inequality and public health. . The goal of the symposium is to document these experiences and make them available to a global audience.

Six papers will be presented and published by teams of Allegheny College faculty and students covering topics such as:

  • College-Community Environmental Collaborations: Tips for Successful Community Projects and Research
  • Student Knowledge and Perceptions of a Green Campus
  • Cultivating a Resilient Campus Forest: Opportunities, Obstacles, Solutions
  • Collaboration between Universities and Environmental Non-Profit Organizations: A Case Study of Forest Conservation with Allegheny College and the Foundation for Sustainable Forests
  • Embodying the Ethic of Sustainable Development: A Community-Based SDG-Themed Learning Cohort for Future Leaders
  • The Pennsylvania Environmental Resource Consortium: A Statewide Collaborative Network for Sustainable Awareness, Education, and Action

Allegheny College was one of the first eight higher education institutions in United States to achieve carbon neutrality, do it in 10 years without substantial staffing, without large staff or large budget. For the past five years, the College’s Environmental Science and Sustainability program has been ranked among the top five in the United States for its interdisciplinary and experiential approach, recognizing and understanding the mutually dependent relationship between the environment, economy, and sustainability. justice. Allegheny College students and faculty tackle real-world issues, actively working to create a regenerative community economy with equitable access to healthy food, renewable energy, clean air and water, good jobs and healthy living environments.

“As countries around the world strive to implement the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, Allegheny College is dedicated to playing a leadership role on the world stage to produce multidisciplinary approaches, methods and projects that can be replicated elsewhere,” concluded Allegheny College President Hilary L. LinkPh.D., member of second natureClimate Leadership Steering Committee. President Link will deliver the welcoming address for the delegates.

All WSSD-U-2022 presentations, posters and papers will be documented and released in a book, “Educating the Sustainability Leaders of the Future,” as part of the award-winning “World Sustainability Series” published by Springer, one of the top five scientific publishers in the world.

On Allegheny College

Allegheny College, founded in 1815, is one of the nation’s oldest and most innovative four-year colleges, where multidisciplinary learning breaks the conventional mold. It is one of the few colleges in United States with a unique requirement to choose both a major and a minor for graduation, to provide students with an interdisciplinary path in science and humanities for educational depth and intellectual growth. Situated in Meadville, Pennsylvania, Allegheny College is one of 40 colleges featured in Loren Pope “Colleges That Change Lives.” In its 2021 ranking, US News and World Report recognized Allegheny College in its Top 20 Best in Undergraduate Teaching and Top 30 Most Innovative National Liberal Arts Colleges.

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