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Free Registration to Global Conference on Sustainability for UK Community

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Mark Cornelison | UK Photo.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 30, 2021) — The University of Kentucky is proud to announce its involvement as a host institution sponsor for the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education's (AASHE) Global Conference on Sustainability in Higher Education (GCSHE). With a theme of “The future is … ,” this year’s conference will reflect on struggles relative to climate-related disasters, the global pandemic and systemic racism. The conference will invite participants to recommit themselves to the urgent work of building a future that is sustainable, equitable and resilient. 

The three-day virtual conference is scheduled for Oct. 12-14, and will include live interactive sessions, inspiring keynote presenters and engaging networking opportunities for innovative professionals and campus change agents. The virtual format for the event creates the potential for an even larger global audience of innovative professionals committed to a more sustainable future.

As members of a host institution, every person with an email will be able to attend the conference for free (a $300 value for faculty and staff and $125 for students). All attendees will also have access to the sessions until Dec. 31, allowing for expanded and flexible access to conference content. UK’s Sustainability Officer, Shane Tedder, sees great benefit to this aspect of the format. He noted, “it allows for unprecedented access to these resources for our community and we will be encouraging faculty, staff and students to take advantage of this opportunity.”  

UK’s host institution status was made possible by financial support from UK Facilities Management and the Student Sustainability Council. The SSC has graciously supported the AASHE Conference in the past, allowing for a unique partnership to form between the organization, students and the Office of Sustainability. 

To register for the conference for free:

  • Click HERE to register (select Attendee).
  • Fill out all the relevant fields. Use your host institution email address only ( Other email addresses will not work with the discount code. 
  • After entering your ticket but before clicking Checkout, enter the following promotional code and hit apply: UKY09022021. This will drop your total to $0. 
  • Complete your registration. The deadline to register is 11:59 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14.

For more information on how to register, please see this link. To see the full conference schedule, see here

As the state’s flagship, land-grant institution, the University of Kentucky exists to advance the Commonwealth. We do that by preparing the next generation of leaders — placing students at the heart of everything we do — and transforming the lives of Kentuckians through education, research and creative work, service and health care. We pride ourselves on being a catalyst for breakthroughs and a force for healing, a place where ingenuity unfolds. It's all made possible by our people — visionaries, disruptors and pioneers — who make up 200 academic programs, a $501 million research and development enterprise and a world-class medical center, all on one campus.   

In 2022, UK was ranked by Forbes as one of the “Best Employers for New Grads” and named a “Diversity Champion” by INSIGHT into Diversity, a testament to our commitment to advance Kentucky and create a community of belonging for everyone. While our mission looks different in many ways than it did in 1865, the vision of service to our Commonwealth and the world remains the same. We are the University for Kentucky.