NYS Sustainability Conference

New York Coalition for Sustainability in Higher Education Presents 2019 State of NY Sustainability Conference

November 13 - 15, 2019

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Conference Information

The New York Coalition for Sustainability in Higher Education (NYCSHE), the Conference Steering Committee are pleased to invite you to Rochester, NY for the ninth annual State of NY Sustainability Conference. The conference will be held November 13 - 15, 2019 and will bring together faculty, staff, and students from private and public higher education institutions from across New York State.

This year's theme is "Connecting the Campus with Community". We seek to showcase ways in which higher education institutions can advance sustainability efforts on their campuses and in their communities throughout New York State. Of particular interest are ways in which students are being engaged in these efforts. A student-focused summit will be held for the first time this year at the end of regular conference proceedings.

The main conference will be Rochester Institute of Technology, with ancillary meetings at Monroe Community College, and University of Rochester.

Registration Rates


Early Bird Rate

Regular Rate

Optional Imaginarium Tour (November 13th)



Optional Civil Rights Tour of Rochester (November 13th)



Professional Full Conference



Professional One Day Conference



Student Summit



Student Full Conference




Imaginarium – Wednesday, November 13, 2019 3-5pm

The Imaginarium at I-Square is a two-story, 9,000 sq. ft. Net-Zero-Energy (NZE) Education Center for Art and Science. In addition to a geothermal heating, cooling and ventilating system, the Imaginarium generates electricity on site with the following renewable sources: 26 kW Solar PV System (60%), Two 8.9 kW Small Wind Turbines (35%), and 21 Power-Generating Exercise Machines (5%).  

Civil Rights - Wednesday, November 13, 2019 3-5pm

Everyone has heard of Susan B Anthony and Frederick Douglass. Did you know that both lived and are buried in Rochester? Rochester also had the first race riots in a northern state during the Civil Rights Movement (in 1964). This tour will highlight important figures and places in Rochester’s complicated civil rights history.

Keynote Speakers

Michelle Gabrieloff-Parish, Assistant Director for Energy & Climate Justice at University of Colorado, Boulder. 

Michelle has long been passionate and active in sustainability, social justice, and cultural imagination.  She is a former US State Department BoldFood fellow working to ensure global food security starting in the US and Uganda. She is also a former Center for Progressive Leadership fellow. Prior to joining UC Boulder, she was on the leadership team at Woodbine Ecology Center which promotes sustainable communities and indigenous values.


More keynotes to be announced!



Early bird pricing ends September 19, 2019

Call for Proposals (Student Summit)
Submission deadline

Friday, October 25, 2019 at 5 pm

Sustainability Leadership Awards
Submission deadline

Friday, October 25, 2019 at 5 pm

Sponsorship Opportunities



The New York Coalition for Sustainability in Higher Education (NYCSHE) unites New York campuses to promote sustainable practices throughout their universities. This organization brings together members from higher education communities who share interests and expertise to benefit sustainability policies, practices, and physical development.


Room blocks are available at Radisson Hotel Rochester Airport and RIT Inn and Conference Center. Reservations can be made online or over the phone. Please mention the “State of NY Sustainability Conference” if booking over the phone.

Radisson Hotel Rochester Airport

Booking Link
The reservation cutoff date is Friday, October 18th.
175 Jefferson Road
Rochester NY 14623

0.5 miles, or a 2 minute drive from the main RIT campus. Shuttle
available to the airport and main RIT campus.
Rate: starts at $103 per room per night

RIT Inn & Conference Center

To reserve a room, call 585-359-1800 and request the NYS Sustainability Conference room block, or visit https://www.rit.edu/ritinn and select the Reservations tab. Under "add code", choose "group attendee" from the drop down menu and input the block code 191113NYSS.

The reservations cutoff date is Wednesday, October 23rd.
5257 West Henrietta Road
Henrietta NY 14467

5 miles, or a 10 minute drive from the main RIT campus. Shuttle available
to the airport and main RIT campus.
Rate: starts at $101 per room per night

Click here for information on other area hotels

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While you are in town, explore Rochester!

The RIT campus is about six miles from downtown Rochester—just minutes away if you want to explore and enjoy the city’s entertainment, cultural, and employment opportunities.

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General Inquiries


Enid Cardinal
Senior Advisor to the President for Strategic Planning and Sustainability
Harshita Sood
Assistant Director of Campus Sustainability