Request for Proposals for our 2015 UMACS Regional Conference is Now Live

UMACS REGIONAL CONFERENCE:  June 17-19th at Bemidji State University 

Healthy Planet = Healthy People, Campuses and Communities

Campus sustainability is more than greening operations and integrating sustainability into the curriculum.  During our 2015 UMACS conference we seek to elevate the conversation around integrating wellness and healthy lifestyles into sustainability to ensure that not only are our campuses and communities sustainable, but that the people within our institutions are also developing healthy and sustainable lifestyles.

Submitting a Proposal:

Proposals on any area of campus sustainability are welcome, but priority will be given to proposals focusing on wellness, environmental and social justice, and campus-community partnerships.

Proposals may be submitted online here:  SUBMIT YOUR PROPOSAL HERE

Deadline for Submissions:  February 20, 2015

Submission Categories:  Submit a 250 word abstract that fits into one of the following categories:

  • Poster:  Showcase your sustainable campus/community initiatives.  Posters will be displayed throughout the conference and the schedule will include a specific time for poster viewing and discussion.
  • Rapid-Fire Showcase (10 minute Lightning Talk style with time for Q&A at the end):  Showcase your project or initiative in a creative way that engages the audience.  Presentations will be paired with similar topics.
  • Presentation (30 minutes):  The standard format will be a 20 presentation with 10 minutes for Q&A.  Presentations will be paired by subject area.

Questions may be directed to Erika Bailey-Johnson @

Download the UMACS 2015 RFP in PDF format


Call for Proposals for UMACS to Provide Professional Opportunities in Sustainability Education

Call for Proposals for UMACS to Provide Professional Opportunities in Sustainability Education for faculty course development and curriculum transfomation initiatives

UMACS is currently soliciting ideas and proposals from individuals and  member institutions interested in developing new opportunities for Midwest-focused sustainability education across the curriculum. Recognizing that costs, travel distances, and access to AASHE-sponsored workshops have been limiting factors for people at some institutions, UMACS is exploring ways of facilitating more affordable, accessible, local and regional alternatives.

We recognize that this call probably comes too late for most institutions to propose anything for summer 2014 and are happy to collaborate with interested groups on your own timelines. In addition to helping plan, organize, and facilitate workshops in sustainability curriculum design and faculty professional development, UMACS is also interested in partnering to create opportunities for conversation and sharing examples of best practices via online and webinar formats.  .

UMACS has experienced people interested in working with you and your institution to plan, organize, deliver, and support such initiatives on your campus, or at other regional locations.  UMACS has previously organized and delivered faculty and curriculum development workshops with St. Olaf-Carleton, University of Minnesota System and UW River Falls.

Interested people should contact Juliana Goodlaw-Morris @


Photo Gallery: UMACS Conference – Minnesota Morris, 2011