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Arizona Higher Education Sustainability Conference


The AHESC organizing committee endeavors to produce a highly sustainable event that upholds industry best practices and our values regarding minimizing environmental footprints, supporting local economies, and maximizing positive social impacts.


The University of Arizona has been a leader in many areas of sustainability for more than a decade and earned a gold star rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education for our comprehensive approach and our vision as a living learning laboratory for sustainability. Click here to find out more!

Waste Management

  • Employ tri-bin waste stations staffed with volunteers to educate attendees on proper disposal of compost, recycling and waste
  • Exhibitors are provided with resources to use sustainable materials in their displays

Food & Beverage

  • Food and beverage is sourced from local vendors
  • Front and back of house composting is employed
  • Durable china and service ware are used to decrease waste

Printing & Signage

  • We will limit the number of printed materials for the Conference
  • Omit dates on signage so it can be used for multiple years
  • Official conference materials are printed using vegetable based inks on recycled materials

Registration & Communication

  • Event promotion is pursued primarily via online methods
  • Registration process utilizes 100 percent paperless ticket system
  • Badge holders are compostable, made from corn-starch and re-used when possible


  • The conference is regionally based to decrease carbon admissions from travel
  • Attendees are encouraged to carpool and use public transportation to and from the conference

Environmental Offsets

Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF) has generously donated 3 RECs (3,000 kWh) and 10 WRCs (10,000 gallons) to cover the estimated electricity and water used at the conference venue and hotel stays of conference attendees. These offsets will be sourced by the Change the Course Projects to benefit the Colorado River. To learn more about the Change the Course Campaign, click here.