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Sustainability Symposium

Join us next year for the 2nd Annual Symposium on Tuesday, February 24, 2015

EWU hosted its First Annual Sustainability Symposium on February 25th, 2014 in the Pence Union Building, MPR. The symposium was titled “Education & Adaptation for Sustainability” and brought together intellectuals, experts, practicing professionals, student and faculty groups, farmers, stakeholders, and community business representatives to share ideas and collaborate around sustainability. We believe that it is our responsibility to educate on the importance of sustainability and inspire student engagement on campus and throughout the greater community on sustainability initiatives. This day was a groundbreaking celebration for EWU, showcasing progressive projects on campus, building momentum around cutting edge sustainability practices throughout the community, and establishing EWU as a regional leader in sustainability.

The event  began with early morning check-in featuring a local direct trade coffee sampling by Roast House as well as two local henna artists. We welcomed Gloria Flora, Executive Director of Sustainable Obtainable Solutions, as our keynote speaker, a variety of main stage speakers, a locally sourced lunch, poster / breakout sessions throughout the day, and closing remarks given by Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart.

The 1st Annual Winter Sustainability Symposium was very successful and groundbreaking for Eastern Washington University.  With the collective efforts and passion of the campus community, the event surpassed our expectations.  Thank you for being involved in the education and adaptation for sustainability on EWU's campus.  The evaluations clearly indicate our campus community stakeholders are already anticipating the 2nd Annual Winter Sustainability Symposium.

Application for Poster Presentations - APPLY NOW for the 2015 Symposium

The planning committee is seeking students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members to submit an application to participate in a poster presentation on an important action relating to one of our four sustainability sub categories:

  1. Campus Community Innovation
  2. Nature & Urbanization
  3. Our Campus as a Living Laboratory, or
  4. Social Responsibility
  5. Eco Health

Prizes will be awarded for best student poster presentations.

If you are interested in participating in a poster presentation, please choose a sustainability category (listed above) as the basis of your poster presentation.

Please submit proposals and "poster" to by December 10th, 2015.

If you have any questions, please contact LeeAnn Case at 359-6618 or

With your help we can  "Start Something Green"

2014 Keynotes

Gloria FloraGloria Flora - Her accolades are almost as amazing as her spirit! Not only has she spent 22 years of her life advocating for the conservation of our national forests as a Forest Supervisor -- but she has received a Wilderness Society's "Murie" award, was presented with the "Environmental Hero" Award by Sunset Magazine in 2003, was rated one of the "Nations Top Environmentalists" by Vanity Fair in 2004..., has been featured on both "Bill Moyer's NOW" and Leonardo DiCaprio's "The 11th Hour", and in 2008 -- The African Rainforest Conservancy named a new species of toad after her! Gloria is also a leader in the U.S. Biochar Initiative and is the Founder and Director of Sustainable Obtainable Solutions.

Ben Stuckart

Ben Stuckart - Ben is a native of Spokane, and graduated from Lewis & Clark High School and Gonzaga University. Ben is a founding member of the community bike shop and non-profit "Pedals2People" and holds a firm belief in the power of giving back to the community. Before becoming Spokane City Council President, he was responsible for starting and developing "Communities In Schools of Spokane County" -- a highly successful program that provides services for thousands of students annually. He currently serves on boards such as The Spokane Regional Health District and Visit Spokane and works with City Committees ranging from Finance to Public Works and Planning -- with a major focus on sustainable Community and Economic Development. Ben has recently formed the Spokane Food Policy Council and was a cohost for last years "New Economy Summit".

Schedule of Events (2014) - Event Flyer (2014) 

2014 Sponsors

Symposium Sponsors

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