The Washington Oregon Cascadia Higher Education Sustainability Conference (WOHESC) is a platform for inspiring change, facilitating action, and promoting collaboration related to sustainability and social justice within the region's higher education institutions. As a regional conference, WOHESC promotes a local focus, with dialogue specifically addressing issues in the Cascadia region. Solutions will be tailored for implementation and action in our unique political, social, economic, and environmental climate.
Our Program Committee is actively working to recruit diverse leadership perspectives to participate, attend and provide input on our conference program. We continue to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion through conference thematic elements, speakers, partners and attendees and aim to center BIPOC voices in all the work that we do as a conference. We have an open call to BIPOC and diverse voices to advise and/or provide input. If you are interested in being involved in our Program Committee please email firstname.lastname@example.org with more information about yourself and how you would like to be involved.
Lindsey MacDonald | Associate Director, Sustainability Engagement Institute, Western Washington University
Dr. Taylor McHolm | Director for the Student Sustainability Center, University of Oregon
Briar Schoon | Sustainability Manager, Portland Community College
Jill Anne Smedstad | Equity Coordinator for Sustainability and Basic Needs Resourcing, Southern Oregon University
Monica J. Stenzel | Founder, Spokane Falls Sustainability Center; History Faculty, Spokane Falls Community College
Sarah Stoeckl, PhD | Director, Office of Sustainability, University of Oregon
Brandon Trelstad | Sustainability Officer, Oregon State University
Ericka Nelson | Founder and President, Social Enterprises, Inc.
Sierra Herron | Program Director, Social Enterprises, Inc.
"The event amplifies sustainability in our region by bringing together all the pieces of the sustainability puzzle-students, staff, faculty, and community-and allowing them to work and think collaboratively in a way that fosters real and lasting change upon returning to our home institutions."
- Jim Simon | Director of Sustainability, Gonzaga University