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The President’s Council on Sustainability and Coastal Resilience (PCSCR) is thrilled to announce that Coastal Carolina University is an official Host Institution of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s (AASHE’s) annual Global Conference on Sustainability in Higher Education (GCSHE), streaming live Oct. 12-14, 2021!

As a Host Institution, we have unlimited registration passes for our campus. To register:

  1. Click HERE 
  2. Select “Attendee”
  3. Fill out all the relevant fields.
  4. Use your CCU email address only. The discount code is linked to our institution’s email domain (@coastal.edu). Other email addresses (such as Gmail, Outlook, or Yahoo) will not work.
  5. At checkout, enter the following promotional code and hit apply: COASTAL090821
  6. This will drop your total to $0.00.  
  7. Complete your registration.
  8. NOTE: The registration deadline is Oct. 14, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Join Us In The Coastal Theater!

We are bringing the sessions to you! October 12-14 we will stream sessions from the GCSHE in the Coastal Theater (Lib Jackson Student Union A110). After each session we will have members of the PCSCR to answer your questions and lead discussions. You do not need to register for the conference to participate in these sessions. The tentative schedule is below. 

Oct. 12

10:00-10:45 a.m.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Michael J. Sorrell

Named one of America’s 10 Most Innovative College Presidents, Dr. Michael J. Sorrell is pioneering the “New Urban College Model” as the President of Paul Quinn College. With a rallying cry of “WE Over Me,” and a mission to end poverty, Sorrell led a total transformation of the historically Black college in Dallas. Under his leadership, Paul Quinn has become nationally renowned for its innovative approach to serve the needs of under-resourced students and communities. Drawing from his experiences at Paul Quinn, Dr. Sorrell will share a vision for a new model of higher education with poverty reduction as a core purpose.

11:00-11:45 a.m.

A Zero Waste Campus Is Possible

This workshop is a facilitated discussion around how students can lead efforts to solve waste issues on their campuses.

12:00-12:45 p.m.

Sustainably Revisioning the Future: Insights to Build Upon from the COVID-19 Pandemic

This session identifies hopefulness moving forward, and addresses health care and social justice in sustainability.

1:30-2:15 p.m.

Learning How to Move Corporations on Climate and Racial Justice

This session introduces ways to teach students the skills to engage corporations on climate and racial justice.

2:30-3:15 p.m.

Let Your Actions Speak: How to Connect Individual Change to Systems Change

This session outlines strategies and tools to move students from individual behavior change to larger systems change.


Oct. 13

10:00-10:45 a.m.

Keynote Presentation: Daphne FriasZamzam Ibrahim, and Chloe Maxmin

Daphne Frias is a 23-year-old Latina youth activist who works on a wide range of issues.  A champion for the disabled community, Daphne has Cerebral Palsy and uses a wheelchair to ambulate. She got her start working to end gun violence with March For Our Lives and founded Box The Ballot to increase youth voter turnout. She is also passionate about fighting the climate crisis, and served as an official spokesperson from the Global Climate Strike in 2019.

Zamzam Ibrahim is a Vice President of European Students’ Union, a co-founder of Students Organising for Sustainability UK, and Vice-Chair of the Muslim Leadership Foundation UK, and the former National President of the National Union of Students, UK. For almost a decade, she had been a leader in a variety of campaigns focused on issues like educational funding, climate justice and racial justice. She had a degree in finance from the University of Salford.

Chloe Maxmin is a Maine State Senator and is the youngest woman ever to serve in the Maine State Senate. She was elected in 2020 after unseating a two-term Republican incumbent and (former) Senate Minority Leader. In 2018, she served in the Maine House of Representatives after becoming the first Democrat to win a rural conservative district. Named a Green Hero by Rolling Stone, she co-founded Divest Harvard – a campaign calling on Harvard University to divest its endowment from fossil fuels – as an undergraduate and helped grow it from a group of 3 into a movement of over 70,000 people.

This group will share inspiring examples of how young people are leading the way to a sustainable future on campus and beyond!

11:00-11:45 a.m.

Is Your Carbon Footprint BS?

This session debates individual vs. systemic actions, what really matters, and how to truly make an impact.

12:00-12:45 p.m.

Integrating Wellness and Diversity Into the Sustainability Model

This workshop will introduce a sustainability model that includes a focus on wellness and Indigenous ways of knowing.

1:00-1:45 p.m.

Grassroots to Green Energy: How Five Students Brought Five Acres of Solar to UW-Platteville

In this session, learn key considerations for siting a large-scale solar array on your campus.

2:00-2:45 p.m.

Creating Body Centered Action

This session will introduce body centered processes and practice reflective skills to broaden concepts of resilience.


October 14

10:00-10:45 a.m.

Keynote Presentation: Heather McGhee

Heather McGhee designs and promotes solutions to inequality in America. She is the author of The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together (2021). For nearly two decades, Heather helped build the non-partisan “think and do” tank Demos, serving four years as president. As an executive, McGhee transformed Demos on multiple levels. In particular, she designed a Racial Equity Organizational Transformation which led to an increase in staff racial diversity (from 27 percent people of color to 60 percent in four years), an original racial equity curriculum for staff professional development and a complete overhaul of the organization’s research, litigation and campaign strategies using a racial equity lens. An influential voice in the media and an NBC contributor, she has shared her opinions, writing and research in numerous outlets. She holds a B.A. in American Studies from Yale University and a J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley School of Law.

Heather will discuss her new book, The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together, with particular emphasis on the way in which racism hurts higher education and limits the prospects for climate action.

11:00-11:45 a.m.

Finding Intersectional Solutions to Environmental Sustainability & Social Justice

This session digs into intersections & disconnects among social justice & environmental sustainability movements.

12:00-12:45 p.m.

Sustainable Living & Cooperative Learning on Pitt's Campus

This session explores cooperative learning through access to sustainability-related resources in residence halls.

1:00-1:45 p.m.

Building Resilient, Long Lasting Student Led Movements

This webinar teaches students how to build resilient. long-lasting movement to make real change at their universities.

2:00-2:45 p.m.

Stay Rad, Post Grad!

This is a discussion space, led by recent grads, to talk about how to find impactful careers in sustainability, post grad!


**Note: All sessions subject to change per AASHE Conference schedule availability.**