In previous years, colleges and universities throughout the Northeast have held an annual gathering for students interested in the environment to come together and share their successes, struggles and lessons. This year, Connecticut College is hosting a first of its kind symposium focused on holistic sustainability and practical leadership skills and techniques. The new Student Sustainability Leadership Symposium will not only include student leaders for a one day event, as past symposiums have done, but also includes local community members and alumni in a second day of workshops. The foundation of this year’s symposium will be built on the idea that sustainability encompasses more than just ecological issues. Sustainability is a framework by which long-lasting solutions to local and global challenges are developed through understanding the connections among social equity, environmental stewardship, and economic well-being and including all three within all decision-making and strategic planning processes.

Student sustainability leaders, as well as community leaders throughout the Northeast, promote holistic sustainability initiatives among their campus and local communities by acting on social, environmental, and economic issues and understanding how these aspects of sustainability interact with one another. Such leaders also look to encourage socially, environmentally, and economically conscious behavior throughout their communities.

The Student Sustainability Leadership Symposium Board of Curators is currently soliciting proposals from institutions of higher education in the Northeast to host the symposium for the next three years: 2016, 2017 and 2018. If you are interested in hosting for one of these years please review the Request for Proposals and submit your completed proposal to tina.woolston@tufts.edu by close of business on June 30th, 2015.