Nearly 275 higher education leaders, faculty and staff attended the webinar “Doing Good While Doing Your Job—Moving Toward a Circular Economy (during this time of Coronavirus)” on May 27 to address sustainability issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic and to improve how their campuses consume resources.
The Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium (HEASC) and its members—a network of higher education associations, including AASCU, with a commitment to advancing sustainability within their constituencies and the entire system of higher education—hosted the webinar. It included discussions on how higher education can move from a linear economy (one that follows the cycle of using resources and then disposing of them) to a circular economy that saves money, maximizes the lifespan of resources and products, reduces pollution and climate change, and decreases or eliminates waste.
Actions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, such as shutting down campus, designing alternative learning environments and shrinking budgets, could help campuses transition to a circular economy. Presenters gave examples from campuses across the country and provided resources for a variety of faculty and staff, including planning, facilities, business and finance, procurement, housing, auxiliary services, food and catering, waste management, building construction and renovation, recreation, student life, sustainability offices, and IT.
Watch an on-demand video of the webinar to learn more.