UMES Supports Largest Higher Education Sustainability Conference

  • Monday, October 10, 2016

    Assoc. for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Ed logoPRINCESS ANNE, MD. - (Oct. 10, 2016) - UMES, one of the newest members of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, is a host sponsor of the 2016  Conference & Expo in Baltimore today through Wednesday.  

    This week's conference theme is “Beyond the Campus” and according to organizers has been planned to “inspire, motivate, energize and empower higher education professionals to advance sustainability initiatives and programs.” Higher education institutions have been modeling sustainability solutions on their campuses for many years, and UMES is excited to be able to highlight its initiatives and explore how collaboration across sectors can advance sustainability.

    This past July, Delmarva Power donated $1 million UMES to support the “Green Collar Initiative,” a series of university projects that will explore ways to utilize more environmentally friend energy sources and underwrite academic efforts to promote study in that field. The university's newest classroom building, not far from a 17-acre solar panel grid that opened in 2011, features more than a dozen energy-efficient elements. 

    Green Collar initiative invitation“We are grateful for the overwhelming support from our host institutions as we work together to lead the sustainability transformation” said Meghan Fay Zahniser, the association's executive director. “I am confident this conference will provide participants with a platform to explore innovative solutions to advance sustainability in higher education and the surrounding community.”   

    Among the conference participants representing UMES is Kimberly Dumpson, the university's executive vice president credited with crafting the Green Collar Initiative that attracted Delmarva Power's donation. Dumpson said UMES is eager to see what other participating schools are doing in the field of energy sustainability and share what it is doing with peers as well.  

    Additional host institutions of this year's event include master host institutions: Frostburg State University, George Washington University, Johns Hopkins University, The New School, Villanova University and Virginia Commonwealth University; regional host institutions: Bowie State University and Virginia Theological Seminary; and supporting host institutions: American University, College of William & Mary, Goucher College, Harford Community College, University of Maryland, University of Richmond and the University of Virginia.  


    About the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education
     
    AASHE empowers higher education administrators, faculty, staff and students to be effective change agents and drivers of sustainability innovation. AASHE enables members to translate information into action by offering essential resources and professional development to a diverse, engaged community of sustainability leaders. We work with and for higher education to ensure that our world's future leaders are motivated and equipped to solve sustainability challenges. For more information, visit  www.aashe.org