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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

The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion four years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" three years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for five straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.