If you’re a student or employee at Unity College, you’re also an AASHE member. The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education maintains a robust resource center, manages the comprehensive Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS), and provides valuable professional development and networking opportunities. Importantly, AASHE has also recently established their Academic Commons – intended to be a one-stop-shop for faculty and academic administrators for all things sustainability education (think syllabi, lab exercises, presentations, research, etc.). Unity College folks can access member-only resources by registering an AASHE account with your “@unity.edu” email address.
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Among the benefits highlighted on AASHE’s website:
Access to Member-only Resources – AASHE’s Resource Center is a clearinghouse for campus sustainability information. Members gain access to an extensive collection of policy databases, best practices, case studies, planning and assessment tools, surveys, reports, how-to guides, job descriptions, campus profiles, and many other invaluable resources.
Event Discounts – members receive discounts on AASHE’s annual conference, workshops, and other AASHE-sponsored events throughout the year.
Newsletters – AASHE Newsletters include AASHE Announcements, STARS Update, AASHE Events, and the premier e-newsletter on campus sustainability – AASHE Bulletin – which contains the latest news, invaluable resources, opportunities, and events related to sustainability in higher education.
Publicity – AASHE publicizes and celebrates member achievements through its newsletter, blog, publications, and other communications. In addition, campus members may: apply to be featured in the monthly Member Spotlight section of AASHE’s website, highlighting the sustainability efforts of your campus; use the AASHE Member Logo on your website, brochures, and other materials to emphasize your institution’s commitment to campus sustainability; use the Press Release Template to announce your institution’s AASHE membership to the campus and local community; and be listed on AASHE’s website – see list of members.
Professional Development and Networking – AASHE offers premier opportunities to network with colleagues at regional, national, and international levels. AASHE’s annual conference & expo is the largest of its kind, bringing together and engaging a diverse and inspired community with individuals from all sectors of higher education throughout the world, and includes a student summit. Other professional development activites include workshops, webinars, and discussion forums for sharing knowledge and resources.