2019 ISCN Best Practice Report

ISCN Members are invited to submit a one to two-page case study for the 2019 ISCN Best Practice Report. This report will be showcased at ISCN 2019: Partnerships for Progress on 11-14 June in São Paulo, Brazil.

Please use the webform below to submit your executive-level case study summaries. Contributing to this report provides a snapshot of how ISCN members are pushing the dial on sustainability in higher education.

The topic can relate to any aspect of sustainability and higher education institutions. The list below is a non-exclusive list of possible topics (we welcome your ideas!):

  1. Promoting education for sustainable development
  2. Promoting research for sustainable development
  3. The role of academia in advancing the Sustainable Development Goals
  4. Collaboration and knowledge sharing
    1. Student engagement
    2. Strategic partnerships for societal impact
  5. Sustainable meeting solutions: Including examples of how Higher Education Institutes reduce their own impacts using mediated reality and technology for travel-free meetings. 
  6. Gender, Diversity and Representation: Higher Education Institutes and Sustainable Development
  7. The role of investment in supporting Sustainable Development
  8. Campus operations, Campus Facilities and Campus development
  9. Campus as Living Lab – education, research and collaboration in campus projects
  10. Projects on campus (e.g., building, apps, student engagement, etc.)
  11. Challenge driven education for global sustainable development
  12. Incentives for integrating Sustainable Development in Higher Education Institutes- including major university excellence ranking and rating organizations.

Case studies are due by 31 January 2019.

If you need assistance with your submission, the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. will gladly support you.

Please note: participants may submit the same project as an abstract proposal for the conference as applicable for the ISCN Best Practice report and ISCN Awards.


Case Study Submittal

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Please submit a 1 to 2-page Word document of your case study in the attachment field below.

Submissions should cover the following areas:

• Key objectives
• Challenges and successes
• Learning outcomes
• (Optional) High-resolution photos
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ISCN Advisory Committee Selection 2018

The voting period is now closed. 


Q: What does the Advisory Committee do?

The purpose is to represent ISCN members and to support the development of the ISCN. The committee will advise on network programs, develop propositions and recommendations on the development of the ISCN association and on specific initiatives. These propositions and recommendations are submitted to the Board for possible actions and decisions.  Advisory Committee members serve as ambassadors of the ISCN.

 Q: How many candidates may be on the AC committee?

Advisory Committee composition is 20 Network members and 1 member proposed by each co-host school (7) (for a total of up to 27 committee members).  Per our ISCN Statutes: “Once a year, possibly during the annual conference of the ISCN, the Network members will be invited to elect members of the Advisory Committee composed of representatives of twenty (20) Network members and each Co-Host Academic member will be invited to propose one representative. The election will be staggered, with half of the Advisory Committee members that represent Network members being elected every year. Each elected member serves on the committee for two (2) years. Re-election is possible.”

Q: Are all candidates elected?

No.  Up to 20 may be elected. The ISCN Co-Host schools will appoint their representatives to also serve on the committee (these candidates do not require a vote)

 Q: Can I vote for all of the nominated candidates?

Yes. Because we have fewer than 20, you may select “vote by acclimation” to vote for all candidates. Otherwise, choose the candidates you wish to vote for.

Q: Why are some nominated for 2-year terms and some for 3-year terms?

In the 2018/2019 program year we will have nominations for 2 and 3-year terms, staggered as an adjustment year. Thereafter, elections will take place annually for 2-year terms only.

 Q: Is there a voting quota for selection?

Yes. We need at least one quarter of ISCN member institutions to cast a vote. Candidates need to be voted on by one quarter of ISCN member institutions to be elected to the committee.

Q: How do I vote?

Please complete the confidential form below to cast your vote. 


Please contact the ISCN Secretariat (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you have any further questions.


ISCN Webinar: KTH and Harvard Pre-Conference Webinar

The ISCN and KTH conference planning team was delighted to offer a Pre-Conference webinar with KTH and Harvard University! We encourage those who were unable to attend to review the webinar’s recording below and access summary notes from the webinar:  pdf ISCN Webinar: 2018 Pre-Conference Webinar notes If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Heather Henriksen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Holly Moynahan, ISCN Communications Manager: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The KTH and Harvard Pre-Conference Webinar was held on Tuesday, May 15 at 10am EST.





Join Heather Henriksen, Director of Sustainability at Harvard and Göran Finnveden, Vice-President of Sustainability at KTH as we explore the interconnections between higher education research, climate change, health and society.

In a conversation with Heather, we'll learn about Harvard's recently released Climate Action Goals and the connections between climate change, health impacts, and multi-disciplinary climate research. To make tackling climate change more collaborative, tangible, and inclusive, Harvard is hoping to reframe how we address the issues of climate change by addressing the role it plays on human health and prosperity.

Echoing this sentiment will be Erica-Dawn, who will discuss how fully integrating sustainability in the core activities and in the day to day operations and campus development is a priority at KTH. She will also discuss how KTH’s sustainability objectives and targets are used to monitor and follow the progression of the integration of sustainability at KTH. In addition, KTH contributes to a number of research areas addressing challenges and solutions concerning climate change and emissions, circular and bio-based economics, sustainable urban development, digitalization for a sustainable society, public health, and transport. As one of Europe’s leading technical universities, KTH works for the development of society by taking a holistic view and systematic approach to sustainability within our education and research.


About Heather Henriksen


Heather has served as Harvard University’s chief sustainability officer since 2008, advising the President and senior leadership on strategy and building an organizational change initiative that resulted in the University achieving its initial science-based climate goal of a 30% net reduction in emissions.  Heather’s office oversees the implementation of Harvard’s comprehensive Sustainability Plan  and Harvard’s new Climate Action Plan setting fossil fuel-free by 2050 and fossil fuel-neutral by 2026 targets.  She and her team has expanded a multi-disciplinary living laboratory research program that partners with faculty and students to use the campus as a test bed for piloting and sharing innovative solutions to real-world sustainability challenges. Heather is also leading an effort internally and externally to address health in the built environment.

Heather manages external sustainability partnerships with higher education, businesses and government. She is an acting Advisory Committee Co-Chair of ISCN. Heather holds a Master in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School.



Sign up for the ISCN 2018 Abstract Review Committee

Abstract Review Committee sign up is now closed.


The theme of ISCN 2018 is:  Sustainable Development: Acting with Purpose

We want to provide an opportunity for conference participants to share their work at the ISCN 2018 conference and/or open a dialogue/lead a session on a topic that is relevant at your university. This year we will “crowdsource” content to be presented at the conference.

We invite members of the ISCN to sign up to review and select abstracts for ISCN 2018.  Following selection by the committee, the conference host/ISCN Secretariat will notify submitters/authors of their conference participation opportunity.

Please note: Joining the review committee does not prohibit you from submitting an abstract as well. Abstract review committee members will not provide feedback on their own submissions. This review committee is independent of the ISCN Award jury.

Sign up for the review committee by 15 December 2017.

We aim for abstract reviews to take place during the month of January 2018.


The International Sustainable Campus Network


The International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN) is a non-profit association of over 80 globally leading colleges and universities representing over 30 countries and working together to holistically integrate sustainability into campus operations, research and teaching.

The mission of the ISCN is to provide a global forum to support leading colleges, universities, and corporate campuses in the exchange of information, ideas, and best practices for achieving sustainable campus operations and integrating sustainability in research and teaching.

In other words, the ISCN amplifies what each ISCN member school is doing for campus sustainability—with each school accomplishing sustainability initiatives that span a variety of regions, cultures, and sustainability issues. This engagement between and beyond ISCN members within the network nurtures relationships while magnifying the work members achieve across the globe.


Structured Approach

Building on and complementing initiatives on the local, regional, and national level, the ISCN has created a nested hierarchy of principles as key focal points of international exchange. The ISCN approaches these issues with an integrated strategy featuring the following programs:

  1. An ISCN-GULF Sustainable Campus Charter signed by institutions that commit to set their own concrete targets against the shared Charter principles and report transparently on their progress against those targets.
  2. Working Groups dedicated to each of the 3 Charter Principles conduct research and facilitate the development of resources to support knowledge exchange.
  3. Conferences and Symposia held across the globe that address the whole breadth of campus sustainability or focus more closely on particular issues of strategic relevance for campus sustainability.
  4. Sustainable Campus Excellence Awards that are given out annually to highlight best practices and provide public recognition to campuses excelling in campus sustainability.


MIT & the ISCN

MIT engages with the ISCN through a variety of avenues. In addition to attending the ISCN’s annual conference, members from MIT’s Office of Sustainability participate in the ISCN’s Advisory Committee to develop programs and strengthen ISCN member participation and relationship development. Furthermore, through research development, MIT has created strong connections with other ISCN members that include XXXX, XXXXX, XXXX, and XXXX.


ISCN Members Across the Globe



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