Office of Sustainability staff present at campus sustainability conference

Elaine Durr, director of sustainability, and Jessica Bilecki, education and outreach coordinator in the Office of Sustainability, presented at North America’s largest higher education sustainability conference held in Nashville, Tenn. in early October.

<p>AUGUST 23, 2010 – Elaine Durr directory photo. (Photo by Kim Walker)</p>
The theme for this year’s AASHE (Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education) conference was Resiliency and Adaptation. The annual conference provides an opportunity for those engaged in higher education sustainability to share with and learn from one another.

Durr’s presentation, titled “Residential Energy Competitions: Adapting for Success,” described how Elon’s energy competition (POWERless) has developed, been evaluated and adapted over the course of nine competitions. Best practices and lessons learned were shared on the topics of organizing, marketing and student engagement.

Bilecki presented a workshop, titled “Adapting Eco-Rep Training to Optimize Student Experience,” with a colleague from the University of South Carolina. The workshop provided participants with a basic table of contents for Eco-Rep manuals, objectives to cover during Eco-Rep trainings, the opportunity to network with colleagues and the space to identify concrete implementation strategies to strengthen their own Eco-Rep programs.

Both sessions were well attended and sparked active discussion among participants. 

Visit the Office of Sustainability web site to learn more about POWERless and the Eco-Rep program.