Renew, Restore, Regenerate

March 26 - 28, 2017

College Park Marriott & Conference Center

Join us as we Renew, Restore and Regenerate together

Conference Program

2017 Attendee List


Our work can weigh on us. Sustainability practitioners often get caught up in the mantra of “doing less bad” and can falter under the scientific prognosis for planet Earth. We adopt goals and metrics to help us reduce our environmental impact but it can often feel like our efforts are not enough, that we are not moving the needle. This is the path that everyone knows well. It is weighty and can cause even the most stalwart advocates to burn out.

However, a new world of sustainability is emerging, one that is about “doing more good,” and 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. 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.

Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference aims to be the best participant-driven conference you can attend.  We challenge you to embed community building methods and facilitation into your presentations, workshops, and interactions with each other. Let’s transition from PowerPoint and unleash our collaborative selves with World Cafés and Appreciative Inquiry, using our gathered brain trust to find solutions to collective challenges. This year we will envision new possibilities, expand our communities and learn through experimentation as we advance the goal of thriving people, places and planet.

Testimonials from 2016 Attendees

"Absolutely the best conference I attend for professional development!"

"I find this conference program to have the highest quality program I have seen."

"I have budget for one conference per year. I'm glad this is the one I chose."

"I enjoyed communicating with other attendees during the interactive presentations. I think gaining different perspectives on the topic at hand was very helpful."



  • Shalini Kantayya

    Filmmaker, educator, and eco-activist, 7th Empire Media

    Filmmaker, educator, and eco-activist, Shalini Kantayya, shows us that sustainable energy isn’t just right for the environment, but also means untold economic opportunities. In her films, Kantayya tells a growing story of innovation and ingenuity—one that’s disrupting outmoded industries and putting power back into the hands of those who need it most.

    Kantayya’s production company 7th Empire Media works to create a culture of human rights and sustainability through imaginative media. She most recently directed Breakthrough for National Geographic: a series profiling trailblazing scientists who will transform our future (airing Spring 2017, with Executive Produced by Ron Howard). Her latest film is Catching the Sun, a feature documentary that explores the race for the clean energy future through the stories of solar entrepreneurs in the U.S. and China. The film premiered at the 2015 Los Angeles Film Festival and was named a New York Times Critics’ Pick. It’s also part of American Film Showcase, and will be shown at U.S. embassies and diplomatic missions around the world. The film won the Best Feature award at the San Francisco Green Film Festival, and was released globally on Netflix on Earth Day 2016 with Executive Producer Leonardo DiCaprio. Catching the Sun has been nominated by the Environmental Media Association for the 2016 EMA Award for Best Documentary and has been translated into 35 languages.

    Kantayya finished in the top 10 out of 12,000 filmmakers on Fox’s On the Lot, a show by Steven Spielberg in search of Hollywood’s next great director. Her award-winning sci-fi film about the world water crisis, A Drop of Life, was broadcast on national television in the U.S. and India. A Drop of Life was used as a tool to organize for water rights in 40 villages across Africa—making a real-world impact in the lives of thousands. 

    Kantayya is a Sundance Fellow, and a TED Fellow. She was also a finalist for the ABC/Disney Directing Program. A William D. Fulbright Scholar, she has lectured at Princeton, Yale, Stanford, USC, among others. She has received recognition from the Sundance Documentary Program, IFP Spotlight on Documentary, New York Women in Film and Television, and the Jerome Hill Centennial.

  • Barton Seaver

    Chef and Director, Center for Health and the Global Environment at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

    Barton Seaver is on a mission to restore our relationship with the ocean, the land, and with each other—through dinner. He has translated his illustrious career as a chef into his leadership of the Sustainable Seafood and Health Initiative at the Center for Health and the Global Environment at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Senior Advisor: Sustainable Seafood Innovations at University of New England. In these roles, Barton spearheads initiatives to inform consumers and institutions about how our choices for diet and menus can promote healthier people, more secure food supplies, and thriving communities and how to innovate for sustainability.

    As an executive chef, Barton opened seven restaurants awarded both for their cuisine and as environmentally-conscious businesses. Highlights of his culinary career include three Rising Culinary Star awards, twice earning Best New Restaurant awards, and being honored in 2009 by Esquire magazine as Chef of the Year. His restaurant Hook was named by Bon Appétit magazine as one of the top ten eco-friendly restaurants in America.

    Since leaving the restaurant world, Barton has become involved with a number of local and international initiatives. In 2012, he was named by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the United States Culinary Ambassador Corp. He uses this designation to curate international conversations on sustainability and the role of food in resource management and public health. He is the Director of the Sustainable Seafood and Health Initiative at the Center for Health and the Global Environment at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The initiative uses human health metrics to better define sustainability by cooking with bycatch species, serving conscious portion sizes, and shining a spotlight on healthy aquaculture practices.

    An internationally recognized speaker, Barton has delivered lectures, seminars, and demos to a multitude of audiences including White House, the Aspen Institute, TED, the Institute of Medicine, and food-related industries and conservation groups. He is also a contributing editor at Cooking Light and Coastal Living magazines and a regular contributor to NPR, the Guardian and the New York Times.

    Barton is the author of 6 highly regarded books. For Cod and Country: Simple, Delicious, Sustainable Cooking introduces the idea of seasonal eating to seafood. Where There’s Smoke highlights the art of cooking over fire. He is also the author of two cookbooks in his role as a fellow with the National Geographic Society. The National Geographic Kid’s Cookbook and Foods for Health, a science-based guide to healthy, everyday eating. His most recent work, Superfood Seagreens: A Guide to Cooking with Power-packed Seaweed explores the health benefits of this emerging player in the superfood realm. His second sustainable seafood-centric cookbook entitled Two if by Sea published in May 2016. He is currently writing From Sea to Shining Sea, a compendium of history, culture, science and culinary notes. Part cookbook, part historical archive, it will document every commercially available species harvested in the US to date. It is slated for release in the Fall of 2017.

    Barton currently resides in coastal Maine, a stone’s throw away from a working waterfront, with his wife, son, and their 10 heritage chickens.

  • Meghan Chapple

    Director, Office of Sustainability, George Washington University

    Meghan Chapple serves as director of George Washington University's Office of Sustainability, is a Senior Advisor on University Sustainability Initiatives, and is the co-chair of the university’s Innovation Task Force. She has led GW through its comprehensive sustainability strategy process, and has established the university’s reputation as a hot bed for sustainability innovation, experimentation, and demonstration in and out of the classroom. She has nearly 20 years of experience working as a change agent for sustainability in the corporate and nonprofit sectors.

  • Aurora Winslade

    Director, Office of Sustainability, Swarthmore College

    Aurora is currently collaborating with The Stone House Group on a comprehensive campus energy strategy. She previously worked as the Market Transformation Manager for Hawaii Energy, the state's energy efficiency program, where she supported the University of Hawaii in designing integrative approaches to energy management. For this work, she was recognized as a "Rising Star of Energy Efficiency" by the Alliance to Save Energy in 2015. Previously, she founded new sustainability programs at the University of Hawaii and the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC). She has served for several years on the AASHE Advisory Council and the Smart and Sustainable Campus Program Committee.

  • Claudia Frere-Anderson

    Director, Office of Sustainability, University of Washington

    As director, Claudia oversees an office responsible for university-wide sustainability communications, reporting, and engagement programs, including climate action planning and policy development. Claudia started her career in the financial services industry prior to working in the nonprofit and social entrepreneurship sector in the San Francisco Bay Area. There, she launched community involvement plans for multinational companies and advised corporations with corporate social responsibility program implementation.

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

  • WGL Energy

Sunday, March 26

10:00am-4:00pm / 360 minutes

Pre-conference Workshop: Pre-registration required

Energy Financing: Pathways to Fund Efficiency, Renewables, and Sustainability

Aurora Winslade - Director of Sustainability, Swarthmore College

Mark Orlowski - Executive Director, Sustainable Endowments Institute

Lawrence Eighmy - Managing Principal, The Stone House Group

Harris Cohn - Executive Account Manager, Carbon Lighthouse

Chris O’Brien - Director of Higher Education Programs, Altenex

Location: College Park Marriott & Conference Center

Pre-conference Workshop: Pre-registration required

Student Summit

The Student Summit is co-hosted by the Offices of Sustainability from American University and University of Maryland 

Location: College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center

Monday, March 27

8:00am-9:30am / 90 minutes

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

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

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


Location: Chesapeake Ballroom

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

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

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

Concurrent Sessions

Implementing a Residence Hall Composting Program

Cindy Felice, University of Maryland

Laura Tan, University of Maryland

Erin Schlegel, University of Maryland

Tremmele Tisdale, University of Maryland

Location: Room 2101/2102

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

4:20pm-5:40pm / 80 minutes

Concurrent Sessions

Solar Project Development in Regulated Markets

James Critchfield, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Weston Dripps, Furman University

Claudia Frere-Anderson, University of Washington

 Linda Kogan, University of Colorado Colorado Springs

Location: Room 0105

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

Tuesday, March 28

7:30am-9:00am / 90 minutes

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

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

Concurrent Sessions

Evolving to Net Zero

Richard Walsh, WGL Energy Services

Susan Corry, University of Maryland

Location: Room 1105

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

11:30am-12:50pm / 80 minutes

12:30pm-1:30pm / 60 minutes


Location: Chesapeake Ballroom

1:00pm-2:00pm / 60 minutes

2:15pm-3:05pm / 50 minutes

Concurrent Sessions

Using Change Management for a Transformative Sustainability Plan

Lindsay Toland, Yale Office of Sustainability

Location: Room 2115

3:15pm-4:05pm / 50 minutes