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Washington Higher Education Sustainability Conference

Thank You for a Successful WAHESC 2017

We would like to extend our deepest gratitude to each and every one of you for attending the 2017 Washington Higher Education Sustainability Conference. Without you, this incredibly successful conference would not have been what it was.

We had over 200 students, 400 attendees and nearly 100 speakers contributing to our sustainable future and caring for our common home. We are blown away by the ideas shared and collaborations sparked around advancing sustainability on our campuses and in our communities!


WAHESC 2017


About Washington Higher Education Sustainability Conference

The Washington Higher Education Sustainability Conference (WAHESC) is a regionally focused opportunity for those teaching, working, or studying within higher education to come together and learn about sustainability in academics, operations, and research. Participants will explore ways to advance campus sustainability through the sharing of best practices, presentations on creative solutions to common challenges, and the development of regional collaborative networks. Through these facilitated conversations, workshops, presentations, and networking opportunities conference goers will help advance environmental performance at Washington State institutions of higher education, support regional policy goals, and drive the development of a generation of professionals who strive to live and work sustainably. Attendees will form a more united coalition to support key statewide sustainability approaches, goals and policy initiatives.

Our Theme

The theme for the 2017 conference is "Caring for our Common Home", an echo of the call from Pope Francis in his 2015 encyclical letter, "Laudato Si". Just as Pope Francis called "every living person on the planet" to be mindful of consumption and assert an ethic of care for our planet, WAHESC also invites students, faculty, and staff at institutions from across the region to gather around this theme. As we are working together to advance sustainability at our institutions, we look forward to unpacking how we define and practice "care" and what is our responsibility to the earth, our common home.

WAHESC 2017 is hosted by Gonzaga University and supported
by a Planning Committee of the following:

-Molly Bressers, Portland State University
-Erik Budsberg, Eastern Washington University
-Chrissy Cooley, Cairn Consulting
-Amy Dvorak, Lewis and Clark University
-Toren E. Elste, University of Washington
-Katie Galassi, Gonzaga University
-Jean MacGregor, Evergreen College
-Laura Marck, Gonzaga University
-Scott Morgan, Evergreen College
-Becky O'Connell, Gonzaga University
-Eva Rocke, University of Montana
-Makenna Sellers, Gonzaga University
-Jim Simon, Gonzaga University
-Michael Sims, Lane Community College
-Seth Vidana, Western Washington University