Student Summit


Sunday, March 26, 2017 - 10:00am


College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center


$45 until February 19, $60 February 20 - March 19

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Students who register for both the Student Summit and Full Conference will receive 10% off of their total registration fee.


Summit Schedule


Preston Mitchum, Policy Research Analyst, Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE)

Preston advocates for the sexual and reproductive health and rights for women and girls globally. He is also an adjunct professor at Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies teaching Advanced Legal Research and Writing and serves as the Vice-Chair of the Washington Bar Association Young Lawyers Division.



Brenda Pulley, Senior Vice President, Recycling, Keep Americal Beautiful

Brenda Pulley joined Keep America Beautiful in October 2010 to enhance our national efforts to increase recycling participation. In her role to grow the reach and impact of Keep America Beautiful’s recycling initiatives, she is responsible for overall strategic planning, program design and implementation, stakeholder outreach, and national advocacy for the nonprofit. Brenda also serves on the Board of Directors of R2 Solutions – the organization charged with promoting environmentally responsible practices throughout the electronics recycling industry.

Presentation Slides




The Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference Student Summit will bring together higher education students from across the country for the second year, co-hosted by American University and the University of Maryland. Join your peers in sustainability by participating in a day of curated workshops to gain skills, share best practices, explore solutions for your campus, and be inspired by peers and professionals alike.

"Receiving the scholarship and attending the 2016 Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference allowed me to see sustainable issues through the eyes of the administrators as well as contribute the student perspective in discussions. It was a great opportunity to network and talk to a variety of dedicated and passionate people." - Morgan Sulzbach, Student, University of Maryland

Who Should Attend

All higher education students are welcome to join the Student Summit, even if you do not plan to attend the full conference (although we hope you do!). Students studying sustainability issues, working or volunteering in sustainability, or simply interested in exploring today’s greatest sustainability opportunities are a great fit to participate in the student summit. Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to attend and present. We simply ask that you come ready to learn, share, and be inspired.

Summit Focus & Design

The Student Summit is designed to increase your abilities and impact as a sustainability leader on campus, in your community, and in your career. Sessions are designed to address a wide variety of sustainability topics, from food and climate justice to energy and waste. A balance of professional and peer-to-peer speakers will engage participants in solutions-oriented discussions, skills based workshops, and impactful presentations on issues of sustainability beyond campus. 

Students will begin their day exploring the experiences and expertise of fellow participants before participating in a series of engaging sessions in a variety of formats from facilitated group discussion to skills based demonstration and lecture. The summit will conclude with a panel discussion and report out of solutions and opportunities identified throughout the day.


For more information, please contact:
Hannah Debelius