Upcoming Conferences 

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Annual Meeting (AASHE) - October 25-28, 2015 in Minneapolis, MN

AASHE's annual meeting brings together faculty, students, staff, administrative leaders, and community partners from throughout North America and beyond to share and explore leading-edge ways that higher education is embracing sustainability.  The proposal submission deadline is February 23rd.  More information here.

2015 Elwha River Science Symposium, November 18-20, 2015 on the Campus of NatureBridge Olympic National Park, near Lake Crescent

The 3rd Elwha River Science Symposium (November 18 – 20, 2015) will be the first symposium following full dam removal of both Elwha River dams. The theme of this year’s symposium will focus upon the scientific lessons we have learned about physical processes and ecosystem responses to dam removal.  As with past Elwha River Science Symposia, this will offer a stimulating venue for scientists to share their research results describing the outcomes of dam removal and their plans for future research and monitoring. In order to encourage a wide variety of multidisciplinary research activities operating on the Elwha, the symposium will be organized into themed sessions.

Important information:

Abstract Submission: July 4th – August 31st

Registration: August 1st – September 1st

Late Registration: September 2nd – November 1st

Details about registration will be forthcoming in the next few weeks. Information about the symposium will be posted at  Additional information inquiries can be made to the organizing committee ( 

Recent Curriculum for the Bioregion Conferences

Fostering an Ethic of Place - February 7, 2015
“Fostering an Ethic of Place” built on ten years of Curriculum for the Bioregion work situating sustainability studies in the places we actually inhabit. With keynote talks and eight concurrent sessions, the conference explored how we are all "placed" in distinctive ways, and how place matters and relationships matter in those places. This gathering was a launch-point for continuing work with "fostering an ethic of place" and its role in shaping healthy communities and ecosystems.  Gratitude to University of Puget Sound's Sound Policy Institute for hosting the conference! Here are some resources from the day.

Conference Agenda for "Fostering an Ethic of Place"

Conference Handouts

Community-Based Research (Lin Nelson)
   Resources for Place-Based Research and Learning (Lin Nelson)
   Place Based Learning Approaches (Lin Nelson)
   Example: Olympia Walking Tour (Lin Nelson and Zoltan Grossman)

Conservation & Restoration Ecology Exchange (Sean Watts)

Assignments that Deepen Place-Based Learning (Karen Harding and Jean MacGregor)

Links to Web-based Resources Mentioned in Conference Sessions:

Waterlines Project (Cynthia Updegrave and Roger Fernandes)

Seattle University’s Youth Initiative (Kent Koth)

Northwest Earth Institute's Discussion Courses

Curriculum for the Bioregion Curriculum Collection

Enduring Legacies Native Cases - Teaching Cases Collection (Barbara Leigh Smith and Michelle Aguilar-Wells)

Sustainability "Big Ideas" - a website created by Rob Turner (UW Bothell) of the work of the Curriculum for the Bioregion "Sustainability Courses Faculty Learning Community.

Seattle University's Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability 

Sustainability and Contemplative Practice - November 14-16, 2014 
This weekend gathering of the "Sustainability and Contemplative Practice Faculty Learning Community" at The Whidbey Institute supported educators engaged in teaching for a sustainable future and also interested in using pedagogies of reflection and contemplation to deepen and strengthen that teaching. This growing faculty learning community has been meeting since 2009 and continues to stay in touch via a listserv. The meeting's agenda and concurrent sessions.

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