2019 NYCSHE Conference

New York Coalition for Sustainability in Higher Education Presents 2019 State of NY Sustainability Conference

November 13 - 15, 2019

For the full conference page please visit www.rit.edu/sustainablecampus/nys-sustainability-conference.

Wednesday 11/13

  • SUNY Sustainability Coalition Annual Meeting
  • Tours of the city
  • Networking Event

Thursday 11/14

  • Workshops and keynotes
  • Campus and project tours
  • Dinner reception and vendor showcase

Friday 11/15

  • Workshops and keynote
  • Poster session
  • Student Sustainability summit

Conference Information

The New York Coalition for Sustainability in Higher Education (NYCSHE), the Conference Steering Committee are pleased to invite you to Rochester, NY for the ninth annual State of NY Sustainability Conference. The conference will be held November 13 - 15, 2019 and will bring together faculty, staff, and students from private and public higher education institutions from across New York State.

This year's theme is "Connecting the Campus with Community". We seek to showcase ways in which higher education institutions can advance sustainability efforts on their campuses and in their communities throughout New York State. Of particular interest are ways in which students are being engaged in these efforts. A student-focused summit will be held for the first time this year at the end of regular conference proceedings.

The main conference will be Rochester Institute of Technology, with ancillary meetings at Monroe Community College, and University of Rochester.

Registration Rates

What Early Bird Rate Regular Rate
Optional Imaginarium Tour (November 13th)  


Optional Civil Rights Tour of Rochester (November 13th)  


Professional Full Conference



Professional One Day Conference



Student Summit




Imaginarium – Wednesday, November 13, 2019 3-5pm

The Imaginarium at I-Square is a two-story, 9,000 sq. ft. Net-Zero-Energy (NZE) Education Center for Art and Science. In addition to a geothermal heating, cooling and ventilating system, the Imaginarium generates electricity on site with the following renewable sources: 26 kW Solar PV System (60%), Two 8.9 kW Small Wind Turbines (35%), and 21 Power-Generating Exercise Machines (5%).

Civil Rights - Wednesday, November 13, 2019 3-5pm

Everyone has heard of Susan B Anthony and Frederick Douglas. Did you know that both lived and are buried in Rochester? Rochester also had the first race riots in a northern state during the Civil Rights Movement (in 1964). This tour will highlight important figures and places in Rochester’s complicated civil rights history.

Keystone Speakers

Michelle Gabrieloff-Parish, Assistant Director for Energy & Climate Justice at University of Colorado, Boulder.

Michelle has long been passionate and active in sustainability, social justice, and cultural imagination.  She is a former US State Department BoldFood fellow working to ensure global food security starting in the US and Uganda. She is also a former Center for Progressive Leadership fellow. Prior to joining UC Boulder, she was on the leadership team at Woodbine Ecology Center which promotes sustainable communities and indigenous values.


More keynotes to be announced!


Registration Early bird pricing ends September 19, 2019
Call for Proposals Friday, September 13, 2019 at 5pm
Sustainability Leadership Awards October 4, 2019 at 5pm
Sponsorship Opportunities


Room blocks are available at Radisson Hotel Rochester Airport and RIT Inn and Conference Center. Reservations can be made online or over the phone. Please mention the “State of NY Sustainability Conference” if booking over the phone.

Radisson Hotel Rochester Airport

Booking Link
175 Jefferson Road
Rochester NY 14623

0.5 miles, or a 2 minute drive from the main RIT campus. Shuttle
available to the airport and main RIT campus.
Rate: starts at $103 per room per night

RIT Inn & Conference Center

(Booking link coming soon)
5257 West Henrietta Road
Henrietta NY 14467

5 miles, or a 10 minute drive from the main RIT campus. Shuttle available
to the airport and main RIT campus.
Rate: starts at $101 per room per night

Click here for information on other area hotels

While you are in town, explore Rochester!

The RIT campus is about six miles from downtown Rochester—just minutes away if you want to explore and enjoy the city’s entertainment, cultural, and employment opportunities.

Enid Cardinal

Senior Advisor to the President for Strategic Planning and Sustainability


Harshita Sood

Harshita Sood
Assistant Director of Campus Sustainability