AASHE Convenes Global Conference on a Just Transition

Monday, November 2, 2020

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) welcomed more than 6,000 participants from around the globe in a virtual setting for its annual conference. With the theme of "Mobilizing a Just Transition," speakers urged attendees to meet the moment with energy and inspiration to create a more just and sustainable future, with solutions generated in local, regional, national and global solidarity. Shifting from an extractive economy toward a living economy was a central strategy explored throughout various sessions of the conference, with many noting that social equity is part and parcel of creating a truly sustainable future.  Keynote speakers included national figures such as Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, Boston University; Colette Pichon Battle, Gulf Coast Center for Law and Policy; Tasneem Essop, Climate Action Network; and Joshua Dedmond, Labor Network for Sustainability, to name a few. Around 50 attendees participated in the conference from Stanford as a part of its role as one of the  host institutions, as well as a keynote session moderated by Fahmida Bangert, who directs the Office of Sustainability and previously served as Chair of the Board of AASHE. Learn more about the conference.