from the Inside Out
Making the Case for
Strategic Sustainability Planning
and Measuring the Results
Are you finding it a challenge to get people engaged in sustainability initiatives on your campus? This webinar provides a process to remedy that situation. Too often, sustainability initiatives are implemented from “outside in”--and the people who should be engaged are instead resistant. When you can work from the “inside out,” the perception changes and people start to own their responsibility for increasing sustainability.
Whether you are a sustainability officer, a member of your institution’s green team, or in the highest levels of administration on your campus, if you want to move sustainability forward more effectively, this webinar was designed with you in mind.
This webinar is a condensed version of a workshop developed by Penn State’s Sustainability Institute and presented in a variety of higher education venues including the 2015 Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference, where one participant deemed it the “best workshop ever.”
This webinar will:
- give an overview of the strategic rationale for sustainability planning,
- help attendees see the relevance to sustainability at their workplace,
- provide a means for strategy development and goal setting, and
- discuss a process for implementation, measurement, and tracking.
The premise: True integration of sustainability into the teaching, research, operations, and outreach functions of our colleges and universities is only possible via a coordinated, intentional effort.
The approach: present sustainability as a strategic enabler that helps individual departments in an institution achieve their goals. Whether you are just starting a strategic plan or you just completed a plan that was years in the making, the techniques you’ll learn here will help you move forward more quickly and with greater buy-in. Presenters Jeremy Bean and Erik Foley will share a set of tools that they created and the facilitation techniques that have enabled them to help professionals from any area of higher education find the connection between their mission and sustainability.
The presenters will share the backstory of sustainability planning at Penn State, why the Sustainability Planning Guidebook was created, and the role it has played thus far. Participants will hear about what was learned along the way and the need for facilitative leadership. Most importantly, participants will have the opportunity to consider how they can use the tools and resources for sustainability planning in their institution.
Jeremy Bean, Assistant Director of Sustainability Planning, Sustainability Institute
Erik Foley, Managing Director, Sustainability Institute
Registration will open by the beginning of May.