Net Positive Symposium for Higher Education

Net Positive Symposium for Higher Education

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Please join us at Hampshire College for the Net Positive for Higher Education Symposium—focused on inspiring, educating, and igniting action that creates a living future within higher education institutions.

Higher education institutions have long been centers of innovation, research, and leadership, integral in shaping our society and culture. So, what better place than college and university campuses to create the most innovative and forward-thinking communities?

Campuses in Western Massachusetts—Hampshire College, Smith College, and Williams College—are on the forefront of transformation. These institutions, with others in the area, have been early adopters of the Living Building Challenge and the Living Community Challenge. The Net Positive for Higher Education Symposium will highlight these campuses and their holistic, multi-generational approach to sustainability, resiliency, health, innovation, and equity.

Attendees will explore case studies from these campuses to understand the design, development, and implementation of these living laboratories.

This symposium is for campus planners, sustainability directors, faculty/educators, administrators, operations staff, policy professionals, and design and construction professionals.

This symposium will inspire, instruct, and engage—providing attendees with the tools, information, partnerships, and lessons to turn values into practice and ideas into action at their own institutions and in their own communities.

View the Net Positive Symposium for Higher Education 2018 schedule & directory.

Transport and Hotel Options

If you have questions about travel or accommodations while visiting Hampshire College, please consult the resources below. Note that you will have to either utilize a rental car, car share, or bus to get from your hotel to the Kern Center.

Things to Do

There are a number of interesting and inspiring Living Building and Net Zero Energy projects in the area. Check them out or set up a tour while you’re here!

Smith College Bechtel Environmental Classroom (LBC Certified), South Deerfield, MA

Mass Division of Fisheries and Wildlife Field Headquarters (Net Zero), Westborough, MA

Williams College Kellogg House (LBC Petal Certified), Williamstown, MA

Bristol Community College Sprega Health and Sciences Building (Net Zero), Fall River, MA

A special thank you to our event host for making the Net Positive Symposium for Higher Education possible.


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Northeast Sustainable Energy Association