Over the coming week, I’ll be posting a number of notes (and pics like UofA’s Butterdome) reflecting on CACUSS 2010 that took place last week in Edmonton.
All in, the conference was very well organized so full kudos to the staff and volunteers who hosted over 600 student affair professionals across the 6 divisions of CACUSS.
One of the main reasons I attended was to present on Student Engagement and Sustainability. As some of you know, this is a personal passion of mine and I’ve been fortunate to play an active role at York via serving on the President’s Sustainability Council and helping to organize the Res Race to Zero in York’s residences.
My goals for the presentation were to 1) highlight the Res Race to Zero along with A-Ha! moment and 2) engage colleagues in a dialogue of our role as student affairs professionals in relation to sustainability. This discussion is much more pronounced with our American colleagues including a knowledge community at NASPA and a task force at ACPA.
It was insightful to hear about the level of programming and involvement that colleagues are doing in their institutions. In many ways, the discussion is still focused on the low hanging fruit of environmental changes (i.e. water bottles, recycling, light changes) with some schools like the University of British Columbia leading the way to show what is possible.
I also had a personal goal of testing out a new presentation software as I’ve been getting really, really tired of powerpoint. To that end, I came across sliderocket and signed up on a trial basis. Overall, I enjoyed the expanded functionality and integration that sliderocket provides although it was a bit slow at times being cloudware.
I’ve used the embedding function to also share the presentation for your information and feedback. If it doesn’t work – you can find it here.