August 10th, 2012 @ 12:46 pm by Camille Kirk
In homage to Harper’s Index, here are some fun facts about the 2012 California Higher Education Sustainability Conference, hosted at UC Davis, June 18-22:
- 1 delightful keynote speaker, Mitchell Thomashow
- 1 Explore Sustainability at UC Davis self-guided tour map debut
- 2 Sacramento Bee articles (Good Life Garden tour; Conference)
- 3 art and science exhibits (Ignite! The Art of Sustainability; Pressed Plants, 500 Years at the Junction of Art and Science; Bohart Museum of Entymology)
- 4 opening plenary speakers (UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi, Provost Ralph Hexter, Vice Chancellor John Meyer, and City of Davis Mayor Joe Krovoza)
- 5 days of field trips, workshops, talks, and an awards banquet
- 9 pre- and post-conference field trips
- 9 pre- and post-conference workshops
- 14 high-level administrator attendees
- 20 concurrent field trips
- 30 generous sponsors of the conference
- 33 best practice and sustainability champion awards given to UC, CSU, CCC and private awardees
- 47 Green Expo exhibitors
- 62 concurrent breakout sessions
- 75 (or so) bikes parked in free valet bike parking at the awards dinner [updated, 8/13/2012]
- 88 different higher education institutions represented, including international attendees from The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology; Imam Muhammad ibn Saud Islamic University, Saudi Arabia; The University of Gothenburg, Sweden; The University of Oslo, Norway
- 126 conference photographs posted by David Phillips, UC Davis Director of Utilities and excellent photographer (he took 1,114 photos!)
- 162 student (self-identified) registrants
- 969 total registrants
UC Davis is so honored to have had the chance to share our campus and host our colleagues for the 2012 conference. Conference attendees enjoyed five jam-packed days of sharing sustainability best practices, going on field trips, eating delicious meals, hearing an inspirational keynote, and meeting new people. Our weather cooperated nicely, and we celebrated colleagues who accomplished award-winning projects during a reception and dinner at the beautiful Shields Oak Grove in the Arboretum.
Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make this conference a blazing success!
Special thanks go to UC Davis Custodial Services and Building Maintenance Services for all of their incredible help that far exceeded our expectations, Arboretum and Grounds for their gracious work with us, Dining and Catering Services for the beautiful, healthy and delicious food that made everyone so happy, and Conference and Event Services for their phenomenal work above and beyond the ordinary conference planning.