2019 Conference Program Timeline

Call for Proposals Timeline
Monday, October 15, 2018 - Deadline for proposal submissions - now closed.
Friday, November 30, 2018 - Selection decisions announced
Wednesday, December 19, 2018 - WOHESC 2019 program announced
February 25-27, 2019 - Washington & Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference

The Washington & Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference (WOHESC) is an opportunity for collective direction and solidarity in higher education for our region. As political, social and environmental issues become more complex, WOHESC convenes and empowers stakeholders who are driving leadership and generating solutions for a more sustainable, just and equitable future. Our aim is to both enliven the role of higher education in the future of Washington and Oregon and the role students play in a future world.

WOHESC 2019 will continue its work advancing equity, diversity and inclusion through thematic elements, speakers and attendees. We aim to examine systemic change and generate dialogue that guides and inspires action.

2019 Tours

Tours | Monday, February 25th, 2019
Tour Transportation provided by
1:00-2:00pm
Tour Lead: Lee Momon | Operations Manager, North Transfer Station
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1:00-2:00pm
The Capitol Hill Ecodistrict is working toward becoming the first certified Ecodistrict in the U.S. Learn how community members are collaborating to reach that goal while exploring some of the sustainability highlights and projects in the neighborhood such as the light rail station, the community solar project, the shared parking program, the pedestrian street pilot, the 12th Avenue Arts headquarters, and the Capitol Hill Urban Cohousing project.
Tour Lead: Joel Sisolak | Sr. Director of Sustainability and Planning, Capitol Hill Ecodistrict
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2:00-2:45pm
Take a student-led guided tour of Seattle University's "edible campus", 100% organically maintained grounds, and wildlife habitat (as certified by the National Wildlife Federation since 2007). Learn how students are engaged in hands-on learning about agriculture, maintaining the edible gardens, participating in SU's Tree Care program, and donating on-campus grown produce to lunch programs in the Seattle area.

Meet at the Chapel of St. Ignatius (easy to spot) on Seattle University campus. Visitors should enter the University Campus from the entrance at #1103 East Madison Street and follow the path to the chapel which is located just 300 feet from Madison Street. https://www.seattleu.edu/map/
Tour Lead: David Clausen | Grounds Staff Leader
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3:00-4:00pm
To advance both public and professional awareness and support for construction of more high performance buildings, the Center for Integrated Design conducts tours of the Bullitt Center, a certified "living building" that has met the toughest set of environmental building standards in the world. Tours focus on the building's unique integrated design and resource conservation systems, providing participants a view into the future of urban sustainability.
TOUR NOTES: All tours of the Bullitt Center begin in the lobby on the 2nd floor, and will include the building's mechanical and electrical rooms, the grey water and rain water treatment systems, composting toilets and the "irresistible" stairway. Please use the entrance located at 1501 E. Madison Ave. To access the building, you will need to use the call box to dial the UW Integrated Design Lab (IDL). Tours are accessible for people with mobility challenges. Strollers are NOT permitted on tours and can be parked in the lobby.
Tour Lead: Deborah Sigler | Program Coordinator, UW Center for Integrated Design
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3:30-5:00pm
Tour Leads: JR Fulton, LEED AP | Capital Planning & Sustainability Manager, Housing & Food Services, University of Washington
Daimon Eklund | Sustainability Communications Coordinator, University of Washington
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Opening Night | Monday, February 25th, 2019
5:00-6:30pm
Opening Night Reception
University of Washington Intellectual House - 4249 Whitman Court, Seattle, WA 98195

Click here to view the 2018 Program