UMACS Conferences



UMACS 5th Regional Conference in partnership with Second Nature:  

Luther College, Decorah Iowa - November 7-9th, 2013



UMACS 2011 - Creating Change Together

September 23 & 24, 2011 at University of Minnesota, Morris 

UMACS hosts and co-sponsors events that work to foster sustainability in all aspects of higher education. Conferences are designed to appeal to any and all campus constituents interested in creating a more sustainable campus: students, professors, facilities and maintenance workers, dining services staff, just to name a few.  We aim to offer workshops and presentations that provide insights and ideas for bringing sustainability to every corner of a college or university.

This conference will feature keynote speakers, Julian Keniry, Senior Director for Campus and Community Leadership at the National Wildlife Federation, and Patrick Moore, Executive Director of Clean Up the River Environment, one of the most influencial and successful environmental advocacy groups in western Minnesota.  In addition, roughly 50 presentations from faculty, staff, and students from schools throughout the region will provide the Midwest's best resource on campus sustainability.  Don't miss this opportunity to learn about all the exciting work happening in the Midwest and network with colleagues from other campuses. 

The conference will begin on Friday, September 23 at 1:00 PM and will continue until Saturday afternoon, September 24. For more details, click on one of the links below:

 Conference Presentations


AASHE 2011 -- October 9-11

Creating Sustainable Campuses and Communities in Pittsburgh, PA.

 see the AASHE conference page for more info.




Midwest Regional Collaborative on Sustainability Education

June 26 - July 1, 2011

At Northland College in Northern Wisconsin

 Faculty Leadership in Sustainability:  A Midwest Regional Workshop

March 23-24, 2011 at University of Wisconsin-River Falls

This regional faculty leadership workshop, co-sponsored by AASHE, UMACS, UW System, and UW-River Falls, was modeled after AASHE's Sustainability Across the Curriculum Leadership Workshops.  The focus was training faculty leaders from all disciplines to develop curriculum change programs around sustainability on their campuses.

The Workshop Resource Page has an agenda and handouts from this event.


Midwest Regional Collaborative on Sustainability Education

July 26 - 30, 2010

At The Conserve School in Northern Wisconsin

This year's UMACs conference was a huge success with nearly 150 attendees from 35 different colleges and universities gathering in River Falls, Wisconsin.  The conference featured keynote addresses by Winona LaDuke and Paul Rowland, AASHE's executive director.  Over 50
presentations during five concurrent sessions provided many nuts, bolts, and stories of success from folks working in the trenches of the campus sustainability movement.  Beyond the formal program, the conference provided opportunities to network with faculty, staff, and students from more than 30 campuses from across the Upper Midwest.  For more information on the conference see the Conferences Page of the website.  Presenters: to upload your powerpoint, click here

Follow the links below for more information:

Conference Theme:  Nuts, Bolts, & Stories of Success
The 2010 UMACS conference will provide the latest in sustainability practices across a spectrum of hot topics, reinforced by case studies, stories, and posters from a wide range of campuses throughout the region. UMACS encourages faculty, students, staff, & administrators (individually or as teams) to register and attend the conference. This is an opportunity to hear success stories from other campuses, highlight your campus sustainability projects, and network with individuals working on sustainability on other campuses.

If you have questions about the 2010 conference, please contact Kelly Cain at


Midwest Regional Collaborative on Sustainability Education

Northland College, Ashland, Wisconsin
June 22-26, 2009


2008 UMACS Regional Meeting

Creating Sustainable Connections
Luther College, Decorah, Iowa
April 18-20, 2008


2006 UMACS Regional Meeting

College of St. Benedict | St. John's University
May 2006

Subscribe to UMACS Mailing List