UMACS 2021 Conference
Thursday & Friday | September 23-24, 2021
A Virtual Event via Zoom
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UMACS 2021 Conference
Healthy Planet, Healthy People: Advancing Justice in Challenging Times

September 23-24, 2021
A virtual event via Zoom

Hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

​Details


The Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability (UMACS) Conference attracts a variety of college and university students, campus sustainability professionals, faculty, and staff. The event provides cutting edge research and data from regional colleges and universities on sustainability policy and practice. Attendees have an opportunity for regional-wide networking and collaboration-building centered around campus and community sustainability.

The 2021 UMACS Conference theme, Healthy Planet, Healthy People: Advancing Justice in Challenging Times, aims to bring attention to the recent health, social justice, and environmental challenges facing our campuses and our communities. National dialogs on COVID-19, Black Lives Matter, and climate change, among others, give us the opportunity for personal and institutional reflection and for strengthening our campus commitments to a just and sustainable society.

​Registration Information


Registration fee:

Registration closes September 21, 2021

​Important Dates


​April 2021 ​Call for proposals, papers, and award nominations opens. Registration opens.
June 11, 2021 ​Call for session proposals closes.  
July 2, 2021 ​General call for presentations and posters closes.
​July 16, 2021 ​Notification of proposals and presentations to be included in the conference program.
August 6, 2021 ​Call for award nominations closes.
September 21, 2021 ​Conference registration closes.


Conference Information

 Call for Session Proposals

This year's UMACS Conference theme is Healthy Planet, Healthy People: Advancing Justice in Challenging Times to reflect the recent health, social justice, and environmental challenges facing our campuses and our communities. While the conference is not specifically about COVID-19, Black Lives Matter or climate change, these national dialogs open the door for reflection and for strengthening our campus commitments to sustainability. UMACS welcomes session proposals that touch on or integrate issues of health, social justice, environmental challenges as these topics relate to the physical or intellectual campus setting.

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​IMPORTANT DATES ​

​April 2021​Call for proposals, papers, and award nominations open. Registration opens.
June 11, 2021​Call for session proposals closes.  
July 2, 2021​General call for presentations and poster closes.
​July 16, 2021​Notification of proposals and presentations to be included in the conference program.
August 6, 2021​Call for award nominations closes.
September 21, 2021​Conference registration closes.

   

SESSION PROPOSALS

Session Topical Areas

Sessions should focus on the advancement of environmental and health justice with particular emphasis on higher education and campus communities. Broader topics of wellness, racial equity, social justice, accessibility, and intersectionality are welcome so long as they tie into creating healthy and sustainable environments for campuses and the communities they serve.

Session Tracks

Proposals for session should clearly align with one of the four UMACS organizational tracks:

  • Campus Operations
  • Academic Sustainability and Sustainability Research
  • Student Life
  • Campus-Community Partnerships

Types of Proposals Requested

1.   ORAL PRESENTATION SESSION

  • Sessions are groups of presentations intended to provide attendees with in-depth information on practices, innovation, research and other key aspects of the field.
  • Three to four 12-minute oral presentations, each followed by 5-minute moderated Q&A.
  • 60 minutes

2.   PANEL DISCUSSION

  • Discussions begin with short presentations on conference theme by panelists followed by a moderated discussion with participants.
  • Three to five lightning talks, 5-minutes each, back-to-back, followed by a facilitated roundtable discussion.
  • 60 minutes

3.   WORKSHOP

  • Workshops allow presenters to share their knowledge, experience, or techniques with attendees through active learning and other creative, interactive formats.
  • Organizers must coordinate workshop participation and content and moderate the program.
  • 60 minutes in length unless otherwise arranged.

4.   POSTER SESSION

  • A topical grouping for five or more online posters with a recorded overview presentation not to exceed 5 minutes.
  • Individual posters may have audio content not to exceed 2 minutes.
  • Posters are available for viewing throughout the conference.

If you would like to organize a different type of session, an activity, a social event, or a virtual or in-person field trip, we are happy to accommodate. Please contact  umacs.conference@uwsp.edu.

Session Proposal Guidelines

The proposal submittal portal will require the following information:

  • Session Organizational Track [CAMPUS OPERATIONS, ACADEMIC SUSTAINABILITY AND SUSTAINABILITY RESEARCH, STUDENT LIFE, CAMPUS-COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS]
  • Session Type [ORAL PRESENTATION SESSION, PANEL DISCUSSION, WORKSHOP, POSTER, OTHER-DESCRIBE]
  • Title, not to exceed 100 characters including spaces
  • Summary of proposed session, not to exceed 2000 characters
  • Summary describes how the session aligns with the 2021 theme of Healthy Planet, Healthy People: Advancing Justice in Challenging Times
  • Name of facilitator(s)
  • Affiliation(s)
  • For oral and poster sessions:
    • List of presenters and/or panelist
    • Title of presentations (not to exceed 100 characters including spaces)
    • Presenters may submit their full abstracts along with the proposal or using the general call for papers and specifying the intended session

Review Process

All proposals are reviewed for inclusion by the UMACS Steering Committee and the UWSP Conference Planning Committee.

Proposals are evaluated on the following criteria:

  • The session or activity aligns with the 2021 theme of Healthy Planet, Healthy People: Advancing Justice in Challenging Times.
  • The session or activity is connected to one of the UMACS organizational tracks: Campus Operations, Academic Sustainability and Sustainability Research, Student Life, or Campus-Community Partnerships.
  • The session summary is clear and accurately reflects the proposed content.
  • The session will provide new information, knowledge, skills, and/or creative applications of know information. etc.

For questions relating to your proposal submission, please email umacs.conference@uwsp.edu.

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 Call for Presentations/Posters

In addition to session proposals, this year's UMACS Conference welcomes posters and other presentations that touch on or integrate issues of health, social justice, or environmental challenges as these topics relate to the physical or intellectual campus setting.

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​IMPORTANT DATES ​

​April 2021​Call for proposals, papers, and award nominations open. Registration opens.
June 11, 2021​Call for session proposals closes.  
July 2, 2021​General call for presentations and poster closes.
​July 16, 2021​Notification of proposals and presentations to be included in the conference program.
August 6, 2021​Call for award nominations closes.
September 21, 2021​Conference registration closes.

   

GENERAL CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS AND POSTERS

Individuals may submit presentations or posters for inclusion in the program apart from the proposed sessions above. These will be grouped with like presentations or posters in sessions organized by the conference committee. Inclusion of oral presentations is only guaranteed if sufficient time slots are available, and the topic aligns with other presentations. General-call posters can typically be accommodated. If there is not room for an oral presentation, you may be asked to switch to the poster format.

Presentation Requirements

  • Presentations may take the following formats: oral presentation (12 mins), lightning talk (5 mins) or virtual poster.
  • 100-character limit title
  • 2000-character limit abstract
  • Abstract should describe how your presentation aligns with the conference theme of Healthy Planet, Healthy People: Advancing Justice in Challenging Times if not otherwise evident from the title.
  • Intended organizational track: Campus Operations, Academic Sustainability and Sustainability Research, Student Life, or Campus-Community Partnerships.
  • Presenter information: Name(s), Title(s), Organization(s). Please list presenting author first.
  • Whether the presentation is to be included in an already-organized session. Include organizer and name of session.

Evaluation

Each presentation will be evaluated for inclusion based on the following criteria:

  • The presentation aligns with the 2021 theme of Healthy Planet, Healthy People: Advancing Justice in Challenging Times.
  • The presentation is connected to one of the UMACS organizational tracks: Campus Operations, Academic Sustainability and Sustainability Research, Student Life, or Campus-Community Partnerships.
  • The presentation abstract is unique, detailed, and professional.
  • The presentation can fit into or be grouped with other like presentations.

For questions relating to your presentation submission, please email umacs.conference@uwsp.edu.

 



 Call for Award Nominations

Call for Award Nominations closes July 2, 2021

UMACS 2021 Call for Awards

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Please nominate someone for the 2021 UMACS Re(Cognition) Awards!

This award was created to honor the late Jim Farrell, professor of history, American studies, and environmental studies at St. Olaf College. Before his passing in 2013, Jim tirelessly advocated for advancing sustainability work in the Upper Midwest. Jim's love of wordplay serves as the inspiration for the name of this award, which is meant to recognize individuals who help us re-think and re-imagine what is possible as we seek to catalyze solutions to everyday issues - just as Jim did so well.

Recipients will display Jim's passion for enriching their campus sustainability efforts, inspiring others to consider the impact of their daily actions, and leading on-going change. Please consider nominating recipients worthy of re(cognition) in each of the following categories:

1. Educator
Nominees for this category are faculty who have made significant contributions to their campus sustainability efforts through outstanding instruction and mentorship. Worthy recipients incorporate sustainability and exemplify sustainable behaviors in their research, course content, and green teaching practices. With humility and dedication to lifelong learning, these faculty members acknowledge their ability to learn from their pupils through collaboration.

2. Administrator
Nominees for this category are administrators who have made significant contributions to their campus sustainability efforts through outstanding leadership. Worthy recipients have a vision for a more sustainable future to which they lead their community by example. They help us re-think our traditionally hierarchical relationships such that we become better collaborators. Through tireless advocacy, these individuals embody Jim's dedication to advancing sustainability.

3. Staff
Nominees for this category are staff who have made significant contributions to their campus sustainability efforts through exemplary work. Worthy recipients incorporate
sustainable practices and principles into their daily efforts. Through direct leadership or by example, these staff members inspire others to consider the complex environmental, social, and economic implications of their choices.  

4. Emerging Leader
Nominees for this category are students who demonstrate innovative and creative leadership in addressing sustainability issues on campus. Worthy recipients enhance sustainability efforts on campus or in their community through coursework, participation in student groups or service projects, extracurricular activity, volunteerism, or other avenues.  Through their drive to create positive change, these students inspire others to follow suit.

Instructions
Nominators will provide their contact information, affiliation, the capacity in which they know the nominee, the category to which they are being nominated, and contact information for the nominee. Nominators will answer three questions about the nominee:

  • How does this person incorporate sustainability into their work, teaching practices, leadership, or projects? 
  • How does this person inspire others to consider the environmental, social, and economical implications of their choices?
  • What significant contributions has this person made to their campus sustainability efforts?

The deadline for submission is Friday, August 6, 2021. The UMACS Steering Committee will review all nominations in August.

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 Sponsor Opportunities

The Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability (UMACS) conference attracts a variety of college and university students, campus sustainability professionals, faculty, and staff. The event provides cutting edge research and data from regional colleges and universities on sustainability policy and practice. Attendees have an opportunity for regional-wide networking and collaboration-building centered around campus and community sustainability. Close to 250 participants attended the 2019 conference, but we believe that a virtual platform in 2021 will open the door to a more accessible and affordable experience for all. We anticipate greater turnout, especially among students and the community this year!

 

2021 UMACS Conference
Healthy Planet, Healthy People: Advancing Justice in Challenging Times
 
Hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
September 23-24, 2021
A Virtual Conference via Zoom
 
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Please direct questions to umacs.conference@uwsp.edu

*Virtual exhibit booth content due no later that Friday, September 3, 2021. No exceptions will be made. For additional information please contact uwspce-conf@uwsp.edu.


The Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability Conference reserves the right to deny sponsorship, booth, and/or donations for any company, organization, or individual it deems unsuitable for the conference.

 Keynote Speakers

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Dr. Renee N. Salas is Affiliated Faculty and previous Burke Fellow at the Harvard Global Health Institute (HGHI) and a Yerby Fellow at the Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment (C-CHANGE) at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She is also a practicing emergency medicine physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. 

Dr. Salas has served as the lead author of the Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change U.S. Brief since 2018 and founded and leads its Working Group of over 70 U.S. organizations, institutions, and centers working at the nexus of climate change and health. She was a Co-Director for the first Climate Crisis and Clinical Practice Symposium - in partnership with The New England Journal of Medicine - and spearheads the broader Initiative. She also serves on the planning committee for the National Academy of Medicine’s Climate Change and Human Health Initiative and has testified before Congress for the full House Committee on Oversight and Reform on how climate change is harming health. She engages in research on how climate change is impacting the healthcare system and developing evidence-based adaptation. She lectures and serves on committees at the nexus of climate and health nationally and internationally, advises and publishes in high impact journals, and her work and expertise are regularly featured in mainstream media outlets like the New York Times, NPR, Time, and the Associated Press. 

Her Doctor of Medicine is from the innovative five-year medical school program to train physician-investigators at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine with a Master of Science in Clinical Research from the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Her Master of Public Health is from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health with a concentration in environmental health.


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August M. Ball, Founder & CEO, Cream City Conservation & Consulting, LLC

August Ball combined her passions for the environment, diversity, and equity when she founded Cream City Conservation and Consulting. After a decade of working in the environmental field, August noticed a theme: Lack of representation of people of color in leadership positions and a lack of knowledge on how to mitigate existing organizational cultures which lead to workforce homogeneity in the first place. August helps environmental and community-based organizations address diversity and land stewardship needs through the cultivation of inclusive culture and creation of equitable green career pipelines. Cream City Conservation and Consulting provides training and equity audits to help organizations tackle environmental racism and work toward equitable representation in decision-making positions. The Conservation Corps coordinates environmental programs for youth and young adults of color in the Milwaukee area.

 Conference Agenda

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​Minimum Computer Standards



Participants are responsible for ensuring they have the minimum computer standards for participating in the virtual conference via Zoom. Zoom works best with Chrome or Firefox. UW-Stevens Point and UMACS are not responsible for participant technological issues, including but not limited to, inadequate bandwidth and/or registrant equipment malfunction.  

Click here to download Zoom Client for Meetings. Need help using Zoom?  Click here for our Zoom Tutorial help page.  

Contact Information


Continuing Education's on-campus office hours are limited to Tuesday and Thursday, 12:30-4:30 p.m., as staff continues to work remotely during the pandemic. For assistance with registration, email Customer Service at uwspceweb@uwsp.edu. Email uwspce-conf@uwsp.edu for program information, concerns, or questions.

 Cancellation Policy


Full refunds granted upon receipt of written request received by September 17, 2021 to uwspce-conf@uwsp.edu. No refunds will be granted on or after September 18, 2021. Substitutions may be made at anytime, but no shows will be responsible for the full conference fee.  
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Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance.