Chan and Marchese Attend AASHE

Last week the international conference for the Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) was held at the Minneapolis convention center, just blocks away from MCAD’s campus. If you happened to stop by, you would have had a chance at seeing a few of our students at the more than 2,500 person event.

Current MCAD students Naomi Chan and Emma Marchese attended the three-day conference under the funding of the Hennepin County Green Partners Grant along with students from several other Minneapolis/St. Paul campuses. The students were selected to be part of the newly formed Environmental Student Leader Action Network, a coalition hosted through the University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment. As part of the Green Partners’ “Root Group” award, this network will collaborate to investigate behavioral change on their campuses, specifically addressing waste reduction, water protection and air pollution. 

“I'm glad I had a chance to learn how other schools organize to promote waste/pollution reduction and campus wellness, as well as hear more perspectives on how these initiatives tie into social and environmental justice.” —Marchese

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