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.

Program Details


  • The R.W. Kern Center at Hampshire College
  • The Hitchcock Center for the Environment at Hampshire College

Education Sessions

  • Stories and lessons learned from the design and construction team, campus staff, and faculty
  • Deep dive how-to sessions on materials research and vetting, biophilic design, and water systems
  • Working with regulators and utilities to overcome code and policy barriers to regenerative and decentralized water systems
  • Fulfilling campus commitments on climate, equity, health and resiliency
  • Meeting the requirements of Paris Agreement in buildings and across campus
  • Operating and maintaining Living Buildings and Campuses over the long run
  • Living Laboratories – Utilizing the design, construction, and operations phases for hands-on, integrated education and research opportunities
  • Accelerating change across the campus – From one building to campus plans
  • Leveraging innovation on campuses to transform the region
  • The Who, What, Where, and Why of How to get started
  • Cost, value, and financing a Living Campus
  • Hands-on Working Sessions with Peers and Other Stakeholders to Create Action Frameworks for Creating This Kind of Change in the NE Region and in Higher Education Institutions across North America

An Evening Networking Reception and Dinner at the Red Barn on Hampshire College Campus.  Includes dinner and two drink tickets.

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