Sustainable Communities Conference

The Role of Higher Education in Nurturing Sustainable Communities

June 6 – 8, 2022

Colleges and universities play important roles in developing both the leaders of tomorrow and the communities in which they are embedded. During this conference, we will discuss the many ways in which the connection between college and community can grow sustainably and be mutually beneficial, including collaborations for students, staff, faculty, and community members. We seek to build a space for professional development, resource sharing, networking opportunities, and inspiration.

Call for Proposals – Proposal Deadline for General Sessions is December 17, 2021 11:59 p.m. EST

Submit Your Proposal

Who is this conference for?

This conference is for everyone! Faculty, administrators, students, and community leaders who are committed to building local-to-global partnerships that support community health, engagement, and long-term sustainability.

Participants will leave the conference with an increased awareness of successful community sustainability strategies and opportunities to establish future project partnerships. These partnerships may relate to student, faculty, or staff mobility and concern teaching, research, community development, or other aspects of building sustainable communities through higher education.

Why Albion?

Albion College is committed to community engagement and empowers its students to contribute their talent and passions to the health and well-being of the broader community. Through our new School for Public Purpose and Professional Advancement, students, faculty and staff, and community partners work in tandem to discern community needs, articulate projects, and take action to become stewards of the community and our world. Additionally, as the home of the Carnegie Basic and Elective Classifications, Albion College’s Institute for Higher Education and Public Purpose will be a key resource for conference-goers in exploring strategic partnerships with like-minded institutions.

Keynote Speaker(s)

Keynote speakers will be announced in Spring 2022!

Keeping Everyone Safe

We acknowledge the complexities of planning a safe and effective in-person, indoor conference that adheres to emerging local, state, and federal regulations. We are monitoring local and state regulations as well as guidelines from the CDC and WHO. As these regulations and guidelines change frequently, we will provide more information to registrants as we approach the conference. We plan to make a decision to maintain an in-person conference format on March 15, 2022.


This conference is generously supported in part by the Great Lakes College Association Global Crossroads Grant