Call for Proposals

SSCC sets itself apart from other conferences by creating a program that features in-depth presentations and workshops. Sessions are 50 and 80-minutes in length allowing for dialogue and shared learning. Proposals are also accepted for poster presentations.

The 80-minute interactive sessions will allow facilitators and attendees to dig deeper into a particular topic area using active and participatory learning strategies. 50-minute presentation sessions allow more time for questions and contributions by attendees.

Alternative Presentation Styles: Your workshop or presentation will be highlighted in the conference program and website if it is made up of an alternative format or meeting style including, but not limited to: Liberating Structures, World Café, Appreciative Inquiry, skits, and fishbowl. This is a session that moves beyond table group discussions and focuses on a participant-driven session. Your strategies must be outlined in detail in your submission.

For more information, please see Alternative Presentation Styles.

Conference Tracks

We welcome proposals linked to the tracks:

  1. Renew, Restore, Regenerate
  2. Education for Sustainability: Innovating Curriculum and Research
  3. The Built Environment
  4. Change Management: Towards Transformation
  5. Expanding the Sustainability Community

1.       Renew, Restore, Regenerate

Despite our hard work, sustainability practitioners often feel like we are falling short, causing even the most stalwart advocates to burn out. However, a new world of sustainability is emerging. It includes net positive buildings, regenerative design, zero waste, and resilient communities.  Hand-in-hand with this change in philosophy comes an opportunity for “net positive sustainability” to enter our thinking, our work and our connection to campuses. It recognizes that sustainability begins with sustaining ourselves. Proposals in this track will explore how engaging in sustainability from this perspective allows us, as change makers, to renew our passion for work, restore a sense of well-being through our community connection and regenerate through net positive personal practices. Topics may include, but are not limited to: wellness and sustainability; mindfulness and sustainability; sustainability and psychology; facilitation skills & conflict resolution; support networks for sustainability practitioners; human sustainability.

2.       Education for Sustainability: Innovating Curriculum and Research

As the workplace and industry continue to change to meet the demands and challenges of the 21st century, we need to prepare our students to take on the world’s complex problems. The campus environment offers ripe opportunities for researching and learning about full-spectrum sustainability, which will equip students with the knowledge, skills, and expertise needed for this new paradigm. How is your institution handling curriculum and research integration for sustainability? What innovative pedagogy lies at the nexus of academics and operations? How is sustainability preparing students for success beyond campus? What pedagogical models do you have to share which can be utilized by others in the community? Submissions should include the process for implementation, parties involved, challenges, and lessons learned along with successes.

3.       The Built Environment

How do you improve campus and community well-being through the built environment?  It’s not just about the buildings; it includes roads and trails, parks and landscaping, transportation and food services.  Planning for the built environment impacts the natural environment and can influence water quality, stormwater runoff, soil compaction, noise, air quality, and more.  How is your project inclusive of environmental restoration, regenerative design, alternative transportation, dining, or utilities?  Presentations and workshops within this track will examine innovative projects from the master planning stage through operations and maintenance.  Proposals should include innovative projects or processes that can be applied on other campuses.

4.       Change Management: Towards Transformation

You’ve established a sustainability program on your campus. But how are you measuring its effectiveness to ensure you are making a transformational change? How are you integrating sustainability into your organizational culture, identity, governance, and decision making, thereby transforming the institution? How are you managing and measuring change during program execution? We are looking for submissions that tackle consensus-building with stakeholders and finding collaborative ways of mitigating and managing sustainability and risk. Submissions in this track should include an examination of your process rather than your content. How did you engage senior leadership? What path did you take in strategic, sustainability, or climate action planning or goal setting? How did you overcome change resisters and/or obstacles? How do you sustain a culture of change? What challenges did you face? Bumps in the road are often our greatest teachers. Submissions to this track can also include the development or operation of behavior change, social norming, community-based social marketing programs or leadership training.

5.       Expanding the Sustainability Community

Higher education sustainability practitioners have the opportunity to partner with communities of all kinds, including local governments, faith-based organizations, and on-campus groups. Far too often we work in parallel rather than combining our abilities and resources to reach shared goals. How can we apply lessons in civic engagement, diversity, and applied learning to sustainability practices? Likewise, how can we apply the understanding of climate action on campus to accelerate resiliency planning on campuses and beyond? Workshops and presentations in this track should pertain to broadening the impact of campus learning, building relationships across traditional constituencies, and establishing connections to diverse community resources.


Step 1:
Download and review the Proposal Submission and Review Process

Step 2:
Consider submitting an Alternative Presentation Style Proposal

Step 3:
Submit Your Proposal by November 13, 2016, 11:59 PM PDT

For more information, please contact:
Aynsley Toews