|The Washington & Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference (WOHESC) is a platform for inspiring change, facilitating action, and promoting collaboration around sustainability within the Cascadia region's higher education institutions. Conversation, workshops, and networking opportunities will empower participants to advance environmental and social justice performance. Solutions shared at the conference will be tailored for implementation in our unique political, social, economic and environmental climate.
View our 2021 Virtual Conference Program to learn more about priority topics to be covered and our featured expert speakers.
WOHESC Social Justice, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement
The organizers of the Washington Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference (WOHESC) recognize the interconnection of environmental and social justice problems and the societal structures that cause them both. We know that sustainability efforts to date have often ignored the voices of certain stakeholders and built on existing inequalities. The WOHESC program aims to do better by presenting sustainability thoughts, research, and initiatives that focus on just and equitable economies, healthy and clean environments, and inclusive and fair societies. Furthermore, we are mindful of the fact that the most vulnerable and marginalized people will experience the worst effects of a changing climate, both globally and in the US. We assert that creating a more just and equitable world is fundamental to tackling sustainability issues. Accordingly, we strive to weave diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout conference thematic elements, speakers, and attendees in order to uplift the perspectives of those working at the intersections of social justice and environmentalism in order to create a more sustainable world for everyone.
It is important to us that our conference include equity and diversity across all groups including race, color, religion, national origin, political affiliation or belief, disability, age, gender identity, socioeconomic background, sexual orientation, institution, or industry background. Practically speaking, this means that we prioritize diverse representation in our keynote, plenary, and panel presenters; design conference themes, tours, and panels that deepen conversations and uplift work related to social justice; and weigh each independent submission's depth of engagement with justice and equity. Last, we adopt a willingness to be constantly learning and listening, knowing that we will be imperfect even as we work to tackle the urgent and overlapping crises of our time.
WOHESC In the News
News: UW at the 2019 AASHE conference // 12.11.19
Podcast: Kevin Wilhelm at WOHESC 2019 // 3.14.19
Podcast: WOHESC 2019 Opening Keynote by Dean Lisa Graumlich // 3.8.19
Podcast: Kiran Oommen, Our Childrens Trust & The Climate Trial of the Century // 3.6.19
News: Ellen Moore Named "Champion of Sustainability" // 2.28.19
News: Bellevue College wins green honor // 3.14.18
News: Washington - Oregon Higher Ed Sustainability Conference Recap! // 2.14.18
News: Sustainability conference inspires students // 2.13.18
News: Working with Complexity, Focusing on Solutions | Lessons Learned from WOHESC // 2.12.18
News: McKinstry names Bellevue College "Champion of Sustainability" // 2.9.18
People, Planet, People: Envisioning Higher Education Sustainability and Resiliency in 2030 // 1.11.21
Virtual Conference Program Announced // 12.2.20
WA & OR Higher Education Sustainability Conference Seeking Proposals for 2021 Program Focused on Envisioning Higher Education Sustainability and Resiliency // 8.5.20
Media Advisory // 2.25.20
Youth Climate Activist and Prominent Writers to Discuss Climate Change Coverage and Lawsuit Progress at 2020 Washington & Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference // 2.5.20
WA & OR Sustainability Conference to Explore Root Causes to Sustainability Challenges and Ways to Address Them // 12.10.19
WA & OR Higher Education Sustainability Conference Seeking Proposals for 2020 Program Focused on Root Causes to Sustainability Challenges // 9.24.19
Students Suing Federal Government in Landmark Climate Lawsuit to Share Their Standpoint at Higher Education Sustainability Conference // 2.1.19
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2020 Conference Redux
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2020 Event Report