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.
Monday, November 2, 2020