UMBC's Office of Sustainability was invited to host a session at this year's Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s (AASHE’s) virtual Global Conference on Sustainability in Higher Education. This s the largest stage to exchange effective models, policies, research, collaborations and transformative actions that advance sustainability in higher education and surrounding communities.
The Global Conference on Sustainability in Higher Education will deliver the same inspiring content, engaging networking opportunities, and thought-provoking keynote speakers and presenters we celebrate each year in person – now virtually produced with the opportunity for an even larger global audience of innovative professionals committed to a more sustainable future.
Ryan Kmetz (Asst. Director of Sustainability) and Kayla Hickman (Sustainability Coordinator) are both AASHE conference presenting alums. This year they will co-present a simulive educational session virtually on Thursday 10/22 from 2.00 to 3.00 PM.
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a tool traditionally associated with the management and display of geospatial data. The tool is very prevalent, in both the academic and professional realm, with applications in many disciplines including architecture, engineering, environmental management, and planning. Many organizations already recognize GIS as an invaluable asset that can lead to superior data management and improved communication of geospatial information. However, GIS also lends itself to an interactive platform for effectively engaging stakeholders to share your organization's own sustainability story.
Many sustainability professionals often address questions from stakeholders about what makes the campus sustainable or what makes a certain feature green. GIS allows us to create an interactive and unique sustainability experience to share with stakeholders. Through the creation of web-based, GIS story maps, we can curate custom content to engage and educate our campus about sustainability.
We encourage participants of all GIS skill levels to attend – no prior GIS knowledge is necessary. This session will provide attendees with an overview of how web-based GIS works, best practices, live examples of sustainability GIS applications, and an introduction to getting started with web-based GIS. Attendees are encouraged to bring an internet-capable device, but it is not required. At the conclusion of the session, participants will have garnered the basic skills and knowledge to set up and deploy a sustainability GIS story map at their home institution.