Request For Participation: 2019 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit
Join us for the largest national gathering of higher education senior leaders committed to bold climate action!

When: February 10-12, 2019

Where: Tempe Mission Palms, Tempe, AZ

Audience: Approximatley 250 participants comprised on college and unversity presidents, chancellors, trustees, and senior campus sutainability leaders.

Who Should Present: We understand how important it is for you to partner with other leaders to implement climate action strategies effectively. This is why we are open to speakers from all disciplines, backgrounds, and perspectives. We are also interested in hearing from campus and community leaders, including in business administration, risk management, finance, faculty and more.

Priority will be given to individuals and teams from Climate Leadership Network and Intentional Endowmen Network institutions.

Session Formats*
(New!) Next Level Conversations

Table-top discussions in 30 minute blocks, repeated 3-4 times, to allow participants to rotate and learn about a variety of topics. Proposals should be framed as conversations with presenters acting as hosts. These conversations are intended to allow participants to learn about cutting edge solutions and ideas. Presenters will guide conversations, seeking to further the understanding for all table attendees. With no more than 10 people at a table, these conversations are intended to be a highly direct way of conveying information and gathering feedback from participants.

Dialogue and Discussion

An hour-long breakout session that focuses on tangible knowledge and skills for sustainability leaders and teams. The best sessions are those that are highly interactive and facilitate peer-to-peer learning.


Three-hour sessions that focus on tangible knowledge and skills. The expanded time frame allows participants the opportunity to dive deeper into a particular topic of interest. Workshops must include an interactive component and facilitate peer-to-peer learning. Note that workshops will be held on Sunday afternoon, preceding the welcome reception.

Topics (listed as examples only):
100% renewable energy plan and goals
Buildings (energy efficiency, energy management systems, etc...)
Building consensus across the campus for climate action
Carbon offsets (joint purchases, producing local projects)
Climate action planning and goals setting integrated with other sectors and leaders (e.g. municipal, state business, etc)
Climate finance (green bonds, community investing)
Community Investing by Endowments
Climate justice - the intersection of climate impacts, race, and underserved communities
Climate solutions for under-resourced institutions
Community partnerships and collaboration
Cross-sector partnerships
Energy storage via on campus systems
Fuel-switching and infrastructure overhauls (including replacement and upgrading of energy distribution systems)
Funding climate action through endowments and/or green revolving funds
Investing in climate solutions by endowments
Leveraging climate leadership for fundraising
Procurement and supply chain
Regionally-focused collaboration (carbon reduction and resilience planning)
Renewable energy (large scale aggregate purchases, on-site, off-site)
Resilience planning and assessment support
Shareholder engagement by endowments for corporate climate leadership
Successful student engagement -- from campaigns to action
Student managed investment funds (implementing sustainable, low-carbon, impact investing)
Transformational education strategies around climate

*Preference for proposals that represent more than one person’s or institution’s work.
*Preference for racial and/or gender diversity of presenters.
* Associate Colleges, MSI’s, HBCU’s encouraged to apply

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