Measuring Our Impact

April 4 - 5, 2016

Hyatt Regency Baltimore on the Inner Harbor

Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference 2016

2016 Program

This year, we gather for a conversation about Measuring Our Impact.

Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference aims to be the best participant-driven conference you can attend. Whether you are a number cruncher or a storyteller, we want to hear how you measure impact - in your community and on the planet.

Join us on April 4th and 5th, 2016. Hyatt Regency Baltimore, an AAA Four Diamond hotel on Baltimore's picturesque Inner Harbor, offers a luxury gateway to "Charm City.” We can't wait to see you there!

Speakers

  • Jim Ritchie-Dunham

    President of Vibrancy, LLC and the Institute for Strategic Clarity

    Jim Ritchie-Dunham is a student of human agreements. Utilizing over 20 years of research and insights gleaned from working with groups of all make-ups, Jim named Ecosynomics, the emerging social science of the agreements that guide human interactions. Ecosynomics provides a framework rooted in economics and the sciences of human agreements that begins with an initial assumption of abundance, not scarcity, and a wider view of the human being. He has found that groups that start with this fundamentally different assumption work at greater levels of effectiveness, efficiency, and innovation. As president of Vibrancy, LLC and the Institute for Strategic Clarity, Jim brings together the worlds of research, publishing, consulting, and conferencing to support people in exploring new agreements around large-scale social changes while doing so with higher levels of harmonic vibrancy. He supports leaders on a global level in organizations that cross the lines of business, government, and civil society.

    Jim is President of the Institute for Strategic Clarity, a global research nonprofit; President of Vibrancy, LLC, a global consultancy and publisher; President of the Academy for Self-Discovery Leadership, a private operating foundation; and an adjunct faculty member in Harvard’s program in sustainability leadership and Adjunct Professor of Business Economics in the ITAM Business School in Mexico City. Jim has authored Ecosynomics: The Science of Abundance (2014), co-authored Managing from Clarity: Identifying, Aligning and Leveraging Strategic Resources (2001), has written many articles on systemic strategy for academic and practitioner journals, and blogs regularly at jlrd.me. He holds a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from UTulsa, an MIM from Thunderbird, an MBA from ESADE, a PhD in Decision Sciences from UTAustin, a postdoc in system dynamics and organizational studies from MIT, and a postdoc in psychology and Langer mindfulness from Harvard.

  • Erin Meezan

    Vice President of Sustainability, Interface, Inc.

    As Vice President of Sustainability at Interface, Erin gives voice to the company’s conscience, ensuring that strategy and goals are in sync with the aggressive sustainability vision established almost 20 years ago. She leads a team that provides technical assistance and support to the company’s global business, addressing sustainability at all levels– from operations and management, to employees and customers, and in policy forums. And she also keeps a finger on the pulse of the company’s transformed culture, a by-product of sustainability thinking that has been critical in driving innovation and retaining and attracting talented employees. Erin and her team are focused on nourishing and reinforcing the unique culture, and also on documenting its evolution. Erin is a frequent lecturer on sustainable business to senior management teams, universities and the growing green consumer sector. She has spoken at a variety of conferences and forums including: Bioneers, Greenbuild, SXSW, Businesses for Social Responsibility and others. Erin is a magna cum laude graduate of the Vermont Law School, where she earned her Master’s Degree in Studies in Environmental Law and her Juris Doctor degree.

  • Dr. Mary Spilde

    President of Lane Community College

    Dr. Mary Spilde is President of Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon. She is a nationally respected authority on community colleges, workforce development and sustainability. Dr. Spilde has 35 years of experience in higher education. She became Lane’s sixth president in 2001, after serving six years in two vice president roles. Before Lane, she held a variety of leadership positions at Linn-Benton Community College in Albany for 15 years. She has bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Edinburgh, and a master’s and doctorate from Oregon State University.

    Dr. Spilde is past chair of the American Association of Community Colleges board of directors and currently serves on its Sustainability Task Force. She is a board member of the League for Innovation in the Community College and a past member of the Oregon Education Investment Board. She has served on numerous boards and commissions including for the American Association of Colleges and Universities, the American Presidents’ Commitment to Climate Control, and the Oregon Post Secondary Quality Education Commission. Dr. Spilde has received many honors, including the U.S. Green Building Council’s 2013 Center for Green Schools President’s Award for a two-year institution, the 2013 National Leadership Award from the National Council for Continuing Education and Training; the 2012 Eugene Chamber First Citizen Award; the 2012 Woman of the Year Award from the American Association for Women in Community Colleges; and the 2011 Association of Community College Trustees CEO of the Year Award. Dr. Spilde is a frequent presenter, author and spokesperson and often quoted in the media including the Chronicle of Higher Education, Community College Times, Washington Post, New York Times, PBS Newshour, and other media.

  • Julian Agyeman, Ph.D.

    Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, Tufts University

    Julian Agyeman Ph.D. FRSA is a Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University, Medford, MA. He is the originator of the concept of ‘just sustainabilities,‘ the full integration of social justice and sustainability, defined as: "The need to ensure a better quality of life for all, now and into the future, in a just and equitable manner, whilst living within the limits of supporting ecosystems."

    As an ecologist/biogeographer turned environmental social scientist, he has both a science and social science background which helps frame his perspectives, research and scholarship. He thrives at the borders and intersections of a wide range of knowledges, disciplines and methodologies which he utilizes in creative and original ways in his research.

    He was co-founder in 1988, and chair until 1994, of the Black Environment Network (BEN), the first environmental justice-based organization of its kind in Britain. He was co-founder in 1996, and is now Editor-in-Chief of Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability and was elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society of the Arts (FRSA) in the same year. The mission of the RSA is to enrich society through ideas and action.

    He is Series Editor of Just Sustainabilities: Policy, Planning and Practice published by Zed Books and Co-Editor of the Series Routledge Equity, Justice and the Sustainable City. He is also Contributing Editor to Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development and a member of the editorial board of the Australian Journal of Environmental Education. In addition, he is an Affiliate at the Civitas Athenaeum Laboratory at KTH – Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, a Studio Associate at The Studio at the Edge of the World, University of Tasmania Creative Exchange Institute and a Senior Scholar at The Center for Humans and Nature, Chicago.

    His books include Just Sustainabilities: Development in an Unequal World (co-edited with Robert D Bullard and Bob Evans: MIT Press 2003), Sustainable Communities and the Challenge of Environmental Justice (NYU Press 2005), Environmental Inequalities Beyond Borders: Local Perspectives on Global Injustices (co-edited with JoAnn Carmin: MIT Press 2011), Cultivating Food Justice: Race, Class and Sustainability (co-edited with Alison Hope Alkon: MIT Press 2011), Introducing Just Sustainabilities: Policy, Planning and Practice (Zed Books 2013) and Incomplete Streets: Processes, Practices, and Possibilities (co-edited with Stephen Zavestoski: Routledge 2014). December this year will see the publication of his book Sharing Cities: A Case for Truly Smart and Sustainable Cities (co-authored with Duncan McLaren: MIT Press). He is currently working on a book on food trucks.

  • Leith Sharp

    Director of Executive Education for Sustainability Leadership, Harvard’s Center for Health and the Global Environment

    Leith Sharp is the Director of Executive Education for Sustainability Leadership with Harvard’s Center for Health and the Global Environment. This is a position she created to advance executive education for sustainability leadership. Ms. Sharp has spent 20 years driving sustainability into the core business of higher education, establishing one of world’s first campus sustainability programs in 1995 at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia.

    In 2009, Ms. Sharp became the founding executive director for the Illinois Green Economy Network, a partnership of 48 community college presidents targeting green economic growth. Ms. Sharp was invited to become the Chair of the Sustainability Futures Leadership Academy, an international collaboration with the Salzburg Global Seminar that completed a landmark research project on change leadership for sustainability. Ms. Sharp has consulted with over 100 universities and other organizations around the world including the U.S. House of Representatives House Chief Administrative Office, the USA Association of Governing Boards, the Ministry for Science, Denmark, and the World Student Environment Summit.

    In 2000, Ms. Sharp was recruited to become the founding director of Harvard’s Office for Sustainability. Under her leadership, Harvard became a global leader in campus sustainability. Ms. Sharp was involved in pioneering Harvard’s revolving loan fund, financing and training a team of 24 professional staff from savings, mastering the art of achieving LEED platinum projects at no added cost, and innovating in areas of large scale behavior and culture change.

    Ms. Sharp has taught change leadership for sustainability at Harvard University for the last 12 years, earning numerous commendations for distinguished teaching performance. For her work, Ms. Sharp has received numerous awards internationally including Young Australian of the Year, NSW Environment Category and a Churchill Fellowship. Ms. Sharp holds a degree in environmental engineering (UNSW) and a Master of Education in Human Development and Psychology (Harvard).

  • Leith Sharp

    Director of Executive Education for Sustainability Leadership, Harvard’s Center for Health and the Global Environment

    Leith Sharp is the Director of Executive Education for Sustainability Leadership with Harvard’s Center for Health and the Global Environment. This is a position she created to advance executive education for sustainability leadership. Ms. Sharp has spent 20 years driving sustainability into the core business of higher education, establishing one of world’s first campus sustainability programs in 1995 at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia.

    In 2009, Ms. Sharp became the founding executive director for the Illinois Green Economy Network, a partnership of 48 community college presidents targeting green economic growth. Ms. Sharp was invited to become the Chair of the Sustainability Futures Leadership Academy, an international collaboration with the Salzburg Global Seminar that completed a landmark research project on change leadership for sustainability. Ms. Sharp has consulted with over 100 universities and other organizations around the world including the U.S. House of Representatives House Chief Administrative Office, the USA Association of Governing Boards, the Ministry for Science, Denmark, and the World Student Environment Summit.

    In 2000, Ms. Sharp was recruited to become the founding director of Harvard’s Office for Sustainability. Under her leadership, Harvard became a global leader in campus sustainability. Ms. Sharp was involved in pioneering Harvard’s revolving loan fund, financing and training a team of 24 professional staff from savings, mastering the art of achieving LEED platinum projects at no added cost, and innovating in areas of large scale behavior and culture change.

    Ms. Sharp has taught change leadership for sustainability at Harvard University for the last 12 years, earning numerous commendations for distinguished teaching performance. For her work, Ms. Sharp has received numerous awards internationally including Young Australian of the Year, NSW Environment Category and a Churchill Fellowship. Ms. Sharp holds a degree in environmental engineering (UNSW) and a Master of Education in Human Development and Psychology (Harvard).

  • Jim Ritchie-Dunham

    President of Vibrancy, LLC and the Institute for Strategic Clarity

    Jim Ritchie-Dunham is a student of human agreements. Utilizing over 20 years of research and insights gleaned from working with groups of all make-ups, Jim named Ecosynomics, the emerging social science of the agreements that guide human interactions. Ecosynomics provides a framework rooted in economics and the sciences of human agreements that begins with an initial assumption of abundance, not scarcity, and a wider view of the human being. He has found that groups that start with this fundamentally different assumption work at greater levels of effectiveness, efficiency, and innovation. As president of Vibrancy, LLC and the Institute for Strategic Clarity, Jim brings together the worlds of research, publishing, consulting, and conferencing to support people in exploring new agreements around large-scale social changes while doing so with higher levels of harmonic vibrancy. He supports leaders on a global level in organizations that cross the lines of business, government, and civil society.

    Jim is President of the Institute for Strategic Clarity, a global research nonprofit; President of Vibrancy, LLC, a global consultancy and publisher; President of the Academy for Self-Discovery Leadership, a private operating foundation; and an adjunct faculty member in Harvard’s program in sustainability leadership and Adjunct Professor of Business Economics in the ITAM Business School in Mexico City. Jim has authored Ecosynomics: The Science of Abundance (2014), co-authored Managing from Clarity: Identifying, Aligning and Leveraging Strategic Resources (2001), has written many articles on systemic strategy for academic and practitioner journals, and blogs regularly at jlrd.me. He holds a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from UTulsa, an MIM from Thunderbird, an MBA from ESADE, a PhD in Decision Sciences from UTAustin, a postdoc in system dynamics and organizational studies from MIT, and a postdoc in psychology and Langer mindfulness from Harvard.

  • Erin Meezan

    Vice President of Sustainability, Interface, Inc.

    As Vice President of Sustainability at Interface, Erin gives voice to the company’s conscience, ensuring that strategy and goals are in sync with the aggressive sustainability vision established almost 20 years ago. She leads a team that provides technical assistance and support to the company’s global business, addressing sustainability at all levels– from operations and management, to employees and customers, and in policy forums. And she also keeps a finger on the pulse of the company’s transformed culture, a by-product of sustainability thinking that has been critical in driving innovation and retaining and attracting talented employees. Erin and her team are focused on nourishing and reinforcing the unique culture, and also on documenting its evolution. Erin is a frequent lecturer on sustainable business to senior management teams, universities and the growing green consumer sector. She has spoken at a variety of conferences and forums including: Bioneers, Greenbuild, SXSW, Businesses for Social Responsibility and others. Erin is a magna cum laude graduate of the Vermont Law School, where she earned her Master’s Degree in Studies in Environmental Law and her Juris Doctor degree.

  • Dr. Mary Spilde

    President of Lane Community College

    Dr. Mary Spilde is President of Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon. She is a nationally respected authority on community colleges, workforce development and sustainability. Dr. Spilde has 35 years of experience in higher education. She became Lane’s sixth president in 2001, after serving six years in two vice president roles. Before Lane, she held a variety of leadership positions at Linn-Benton Community College in Albany for 15 years. She has bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Edinburgh, and a master’s and doctorate from Oregon State University.

    Dr. Spilde is past chair of the American Association of Community Colleges board of directors and currently serves on its Sustainability Task Force. She is a board member of the League for Innovation in the Community College and a past member of the Oregon Education Investment Board. She has served on numerous boards and commissions including for the American Association of Colleges and Universities, the American Presidents’ Commitment to Climate Control, and the Oregon Post Secondary Quality Education Commission. Dr. Spilde has received many honors, including the U.S. Green Building Council’s 2013 Center for Green Schools President’s Award for a two-year institution, the 2013 National Leadership Award from the National Council for Continuing Education and Training; the 2012 Eugene Chamber First Citizen Award; the 2012 Woman of the Year Award from the American Association for Women in Community Colleges; and the 2011 Association of Community College Trustees CEO of the Year Award. Dr. Spilde is a frequent presenter, author and spokesperson and often quoted in the media including the Chronicle of Higher Education, Community College Times, Washington Post, New York Times, PBS Newshour, and other media.

  • Leith Sharp

    Director of Executive Education for Sustainability Leadership, Harvard’s Center for Health and the Global Environment

    Leith Sharp is the Director of Executive Education for Sustainability Leadership with Harvard’s Center for Health and the Global Environment. This is a position she created to advance executive education for sustainability leadership. Ms. Sharp has spent 20 years driving sustainability into the core business of higher education, establishing one of world’s first campus sustainability programs in 1995 at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia.

    In 2009, Ms. Sharp became the founding executive director for the Illinois Green Economy Network, a partnership of 48 community college presidents targeting green economic growth. Ms. Sharp was invited to become the Chair of the Sustainability Futures Leadership Academy, an international collaboration with the Salzburg Global Seminar that completed a landmark research project on change leadership for sustainability. Ms. Sharp has consulted with over 100 universities and other organizations around the world including the U.S. House of Representatives House Chief Administrative Office, the USA Association of Governing Boards, the Ministry for Science, Denmark, and the World Student Environment Summit.

    In 2000, Ms. Sharp was recruited to become the founding director of Harvard’s Office for Sustainability. Under her leadership, Harvard became a global leader in campus sustainability. Ms. Sharp was involved in pioneering Harvard’s revolving loan fund, financing and training a team of 24 professional staff from savings, mastering the art of achieving LEED platinum projects at no added cost, and innovating in areas of large scale behavior and culture change.

    Ms. Sharp has taught change leadership for sustainability at Harvard University for the last 12 years, earning numerous commendations for distinguished teaching performance. For her work, Ms. Sharp has received numerous awards internationally including Young Australian of the Year, NSW Environment Category and a Churchill Fellowship. Ms. Sharp holds a degree in environmental engineering (UNSW) and a Master of Education in Human Development and Psychology (Harvard).

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

  • WGL Energy

Sunday, April 3

9:00am-5:00pm / 480 minutes

Pre-conference Workshop: Pre-registration required

Washington D.C. Sustainability Tour

Mark Stewart, Senior Project Manager, University of Maryland Office of Sustainability 

This tour is sponsored by Siemens Industry, Inc.

Location: Motor coach will depart from the Hyatt Regency Baltimore

10:00am-5:30pm / 450 minutes

Pre-conference Workshop: Pre-registration required

Pre-Conference Workshop: Accelerating Change with Leith Sharp

Leith Sharp, Director of Executive Education for Sustainability Leadership, Harvard’s Center for Health and the Global Environment

Location: Maryland Suites, 2nd Floor, Hyatt Regency Baltimore

12:30pm-5:00pm / 270 minutes

Pre-conference Workshop: Pre-registration required

Ramping Up Renewables

Chris O'Brien, Director of Higher Education Programs, Altenex

James Critchfield, Director, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership

Dennis Carlberg, Sustainability Director, Boston University

Location: Hyatt Regency Baltimore

Monday, April 4

8:30am-9:00am / 30 minutes

Breakfast, Registration, and Exhibit Hall Open

9:00am-10:15am / 75 minutes

Keynote Address

Opening Keynote

Location: Constellation Ballrooms AB, Hyatt Regency Baltimore

10:30am-11:50am / 80 minutes

12:00pm-12:45pm / 45 minutes

Lunch

12:45pm-1:45pm / 60 minutes

Keynote Address

Monday Plenary

Location: Constellation Ballrooms AB, Hyatt Regency Baltimore

2:00pm-2:50pm / 50 minutes

Concurrent Sessions

Revitalizing Student Outreach

Greg Richmond, University of Virginia

Megan McDaniels, University of Virginia

Location: Frederick Room

3:10pm-4:00pm / 50 minutes

4:20pm-5:10pm / 50 minutes

5:00pm-6:30pm / 90 minutes

Networking Reception and Poster Presentations

Location: Constellation Foyer

Poster Presentations

Smart Building Management

Carl Obermiller, Seattle University

Stan Price, Putnam Price Group, Inc.

April Atwood, Albers School of Business, Seattle University

Location: Constellation Foyer

Tuesday, April 5

7:30am-8:30am / 60 minutes

Breakfast and Registration

8:30am-9:50am / 80 minutes

10:10am-11:00am / 50 minutes

10:10am-11:30am / 80 minutes

Concurrent Sessions

Higher Education Solar Development: Financial Issues

James Critchfield, Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership

Robert Margolis, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Meghan Chapple, The George Washington University

Location: President Room

11:30am-12:20pm / 50 minutes

Concurrent Sessions

Parking Woes and Sustainable Solutions

Megan Litke, American University

Erin Stanforth, Virginia Commonwealth University

Anna McLaughlin, University of Maryland

Location: Columbia Room

12:30pm-1:15pm / 45 minutes

Lunch

1:15pm-2:15pm / 60 minutes

Panel

Tuesday Plenary

Location: Constellation Ballrooms AB, Hyatt Regency Baltimore

2:30pm-3:20pm / 50 minutes

2:30pm-3:50pm / 80 minutes