Blog for Higher Education

Background of a desert landscape, but in front, on the left, there is a purple transparency box with white text that is included in the body of this post. On the right, in front, are three photos of a cactus, a bobcat, and a building. On the bottom left is an illustration of a roadrunner

Join us for our return to an in-person gathering in beautiful Tucson or participate online with our virtual program. NAAEE’s 2022 conference will focus on the powerful role education can play in creating healthier communities and tackling today’s complex environmental and social issues. Register today!

six people stand in a row outside, each holding a square to represent the UN sustainability goals
Mohammed VI Polytechnic University, in Morocco, is the first STARS rated institution from Africa. UM6P has planted 200 olive trees with its community. Photo credit: AASHE

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), an ee360+ partner, is a nonprofit organization that supports anyone at colleges and universities working on sustainability. AASHE creates resources and tools to help faculty, staff, and students teach, learn, and implement sustainability initiatives.

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Deadline: August 8. Do you know of an individual or organization that has accomplished great things in environmental education? You probably do! This is your chance to recognize the wonderful work of incredibly hardworking individuals and organizations for the benefit of the environment.

Summer training for four Difference Maker Mentors smiling while they stand in a forest creek.
Difference Maker Mentors summer training. Photo credit: L. Cisneros

The “Difference Makers Mentors” facilitates environmental education programming that is equitable, culturally sustaining, and welcoming to students. This pertains especially to those who have been historically marginalized within the science and environmental field, and serves as a supportive partnership for environmental action projects tailored to students’ interests, identities, and local community needs.

Educator teaches water quality and sea-level rise to Project WATERS participants.
Educator teaching water quality and sea-level rise to students alongside high school mentors during Project WATERS. Photo courtesy of Center for Environment and Society, Florida Gulf Coast University.

In this eeRESEARCH post, part of a series on coastal resilience, Kara Nunnally from Duke University speaks with Dr. Jennifer Jones and Dr. Heather Skaza Acosta about the impact colleges and universities can have in EE through generating meaningful community engagement and training effective nonformal educators.