This fall the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Conference was held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from October 2-5. AASHE is an organization that focuses on advancing sustainability in institutions of higher education by spreading knowledge and helping universities across the world to reach a “STARS” certification. With the mission “To inspire and catalyze higher education to lead the global sustainability transformation,” AASHE works to empower and engage universities to be models of change and to be leaders in a sustainable future. Iowa State University is currently a member of AASHE and has achieved a Gold level on the “STARS” certification.
This year at the annual AASHE Conference and Expo, the Smart Business Challenge Team, a division of Live Green!, had the opportunity to present during a 30 minute session. The goal of this presentation was to spread the mission of the Smart Business Challenge to faculty and students of other communities and collaborate for new ideas and methods that could be installed in the Challenge. The team spread knowledge on how the Challenge engages a small community and implements practices of environmental, economic and social sustainability into many local businesses. This was an amazing opportunity to represent Iowa State Live Green! and the City of Ames. The team also brought home many new ideas that will be utilized in the Smart Business Challenge and other Live Green! operations.
The team enjoyed their time in Pittsburgh and were able to learn and connect with students and staff from universities all around the world. The presentation engaged a small group of individuals that had a passion for sustainability in a business setting. Here is a link to the presentation they gave at the conference: AASHE Presentation Final. Also read more about the Smart Business Challenge, including its mission, the current participants, and its community impact at this link!