Jesuit facilities conference at Xavier focused on improving sustainability on college campuses

Keynote speakers focused on climate change and the changing needs of college campuses | April 23, 2010

Xavier University hosted the 20th Annual AJCU Facilities, Public Safety and Sustainability Conference at the Westin Hotel in Cincinnati April 18-21. The theme for the conference was "The Campus of 2020" and marks the first time the conference included discussions focused on the issue of sustainability.

There were 38 participants representing 16 Jesuit schools who are members of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. The conference attendees heard three key-note presentations:
• “Six Trends That Will Impact the Campus of 2020” by Tom Hayes, PhD, vice president and partner of SimpsonScarborough consultants and marketing professor at Xavier University.
• “Changing Demographics and the Impact on AJCU Institutions” by Debra Mooney, PhD, Chief Mission Officer of the Center for Mission and Identity, and Shari Mickey-Boggs, associate vice president for human resources at Xavier.
• “Down to the Wire: The Critical Role of Higher Education in Addressing Climate Change” by David W. Orr, PhD, of Oberlin College.

In addition to the keynote addresses, attendees participated in focused breakout sessions specific to their areas of interest. These session topics included trends in campus design, making campuses more sustainable, the history and future of central utility plants, making sustainability happen, policing and collaboration for public safety.

The conference included a tour of the Xavier Campus and a tour of the new Williams College of Business and Conaton Learning Commons that are in the final stages of construction and will open to students in the fall. The attendees also saw the hometown Cincinnati Reds come from behind to defeat the L.A. Dodgers 11-9.

Next year’s conference will be hosted by the University of San Francisco April 17-20.