Sustainable Communities; Research/Assessment
022 Best Practices: Sustainability in Campus Recreation
Tuesday, March 31 • 8:30am – 9:30am
Texas C
Robert Bostick, Northern Illinois University; and Stesha Heselius-Mashinchi, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
This session will report the findings from an original research project studying best practices of social, economic, and environmental sustainability specific to campus recreation programs, facilities, and staffing. It will educate attendees on what NIRSA Sustainability Ambassadors think are best practices and provide specific examples of sustainability practices for attendees to implement at their universities. The session will report on the first multi-institutional research project on sustainability in campus recreation, and serve as a roadmap for our sustainable future.
Core Competencies: Facility Management, Planning & Design; Research & Evaluation; Philosophy & Theory
Learning Objectives:
  1. Be able to identify how the NIRSA sustainability model connects to your programs, facilities, and staffing.
  2. Comprehend the findings from the first multi-institutional research project on sustainability in campus recreation.
  3. Utilize the sustainability audit to identify sustainability needs in your facilities, programs, and staffing.
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Facility Management, Planning, and Design; Sustainable Communities
033 Sustainability the Smart Way: Looking at Facility Sustainability Measures
Tuesday, March 31 • 9:40am – 10:40am
Texas C
David DeAngelo, CRSS, The Ohio State University; Kurt Schooley, The Ohio State University; and Abigail Whaley, The Ohio State University
Discover some of the ways that presenters implemented sustainability measures into their portfolio of facilities. Learn about the valuable university relationships they forged during the process and ways that they incorporated payback periods into their decision making process.
Core Competencies: Facility Management, Planning & Design
Learning Objectives:
  1. Learn at least three ways of improving sustainability in facility operations, and learn about the concept of payback.
  2. Learn how to work with your environmental services team to increase sustainability measures in cleaning and housekeeping.
  3. Learn what a facility audit is and the process the presenters went through in developing and implementing theirs.
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055 Spaces That Build Community: A Multi-Disciplinary Panel Discussion
Tuesday, March 31 • 3:10pm – 4:10pm
Fort Worth 1-2
Clint Menefee, SmithGroupJJR
Join a diverse panel of higher education professionals to discuss concepts of building community on today’s campuses. Learn about why community is important, how it is defined, and how your programs and facilities can build better experiences for your students.
Core Competencies: Facility Management, Planning & Design; Philosophy & Theory; Programming
Learning Objectives:
  1. Define the term community and why it is important to the student experience.
  2. Understand the connection of human engagement and learning.
  3. Develop strategies to overcome barriers to building community on your campus.
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075 Becoming a Sustainability Ambassador
Wednesday, April 1 • 8:00am – 9:00am
San Antonio 4-5
Maureen McGonagle, CRSS, CENTERS, LLC At DePaul University; and Marc Iturriaga, RCRSP, University of Waterloo
Want to be a Sustainability Ambassador? NIRSA’s Sustainability Ambassadors informally and formally help educate other members about sustainability and NIRSA’s model. In this session you will learn more about the Ambassador program and NIRSA’s work in sustainability, and you will have the opportunity to join the Ambassador team. It is a great volunteer opportunity. While the time commitment is minimal, the impact can be significant.
Core Competencies: Personal & Professional Qualities
Learning Objectives:
  1. Give at least one example of sustainability in each of the three pillars of NIRSA’s Sustainability Model.
  2. Articulate the expectations of the NIRSA Sustainability Ambassador program.
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Sport Clubs; Sustainable Communities
077 Sustainability and Sport Clubs: How the Club Scene Is Changing
Wednesday, April 1 • 8:00am – 9:00am
Texas A-B
Janis Steele, East Carolina University; and Justin Waters, East Carolina University
Given the growing focus on sustainable practices in collegiate recreation and wellness departments, we will examine how sport clubs can help contribute to and even lead green initiatives and practices while becoming ambassadors for other programs and operations in a campus recreation and wellness department.
Core Competencies: Philosophy & Theory; Facility Management, Planning & Design; Programming; Personal & Professional Qualities
Learning Objectives:
  1. Be able to identify the ten principles of the Travel Care Code, as well as benefits applicable to collegiate sport clubs.
  2. Be able to provide rationale for green travel, strategies on how such travel can be integrated into sport club programs, and gain specific resources useful in implementing a “Pledge to Travel Green” initiative.
  3. Learn how to integrate this sustainability initiative into overall campus recreation and wellness operations.
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096 Sustainability Roundtable
Wednesday, April 1 • 11:10am – 12:10pm
Dallas 1-2
Janice DeMonsi, Santa Clara University
Come to this roundtable whether you’re an expert or novice on sustainability. We will discuss, learn, and network with individuals who have been asked to be more sustainable as well as with those who have created sustainability missions for their campus recreation programs. This session will give participants sustainability tools and strategies for their programs, services, and facilities.
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Sustainable Communities; Sport Clubs
160 Pounds vs. People: Two Different Programs’ Approaches to Climate Neutrality
Thursday, April 2 • 11:00am – Noon
San Antonio 1-3
Janice DeMonsi, Santa Clara University; and Leon Lifschutz, University of Vermont
As universities approach their climate neutrality goal target dates, it’s time to consider emissions associated with athletics-related travel. Two universities will share their different approaches to climate neutrality and club sports travel. This case study will present their differing methodologies for measurement, campus engagement, and offsets.
Core Competencies: Programming; Philosophy & Theory; Business Management; Research & Evaluation
Learning Objectives:
  1. Learn ways to grow your audience by engaging campus recreation program users or club sports participants as mechanisms for expanding the typical audience for campus sustainability programs.
  2. Learn about two different approaches to offsetting travel emissions, including the pros and cons of the engagement examples presented.
  3. Learn programming ideas for engaging campus entities in climate neutrality.