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SEED 2014

November 22, 2014

Join fellow students from across the Mid-Atlantic to swap peer education stories and strategies at the region’s premier conference for student sustainability educators.

Join us at American University on November 22

Join fellow students from DC, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and beyond as we swap peer education stories and strategies at the region’s premier conference for student sustainability educators.


Registration for SEED 2014 is closed. SEED 2015 registration will open in September 2015.

Registration includes: attendance at all SEED events, 100% organic SEED t-shirt, keynote speaker, and sustainable lunch.

Submit a presentation/workshop proposal

Want to share your campus' experiences, innovations, challenges, and succeses? Hone your presentation skills and host a workshop at SEED. All presenters receive a 25% discount on registration.

Presenter applications for SEED 2014 are closed. Applications for SEED 2015 will open in September 2015.


Click here to download the SEED 2014 schedule. Click here to download the SEED 2014 program.

Who's Coming?

Students from the following colleges and universities attended SEED 2014:

  • The George Washington University
  • University of the District of Columbia
  • University of Maryland, College Park
  • Towson University
  • University of Richmond
  • Loyola University Maryland
  • West Chester University of Pennsylvania
  • St. Mary's College of Maryland
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • American University

What Will We Learn?

The following workshop and presentation topics were shared at SEED 2014.

  • Making Sustainability Relatable - Positive Reinforcements
  • Getting to Zero Waste
  • Energy Competitions and Student Involvement
  • Greening Rooms vs. Greening Residents
  • Being "That Friend": How to Start the Ripple Effect
  • How to Eat Sustainably
  • Sustainable Self-Sufficiency in the Modern World: Sustainable Products
  • Advice from Experts: Dream Big, Act Bigger, and Don't be Afraid to Fail!
  • Creating Your Story
  • It's Not Easy Being Green

Hosted by

The Green Eagle Sustainability Peer Educators, with American University's Office of Sustainability.

Download Presentations 

Download presentations given at SEED 2014.

SEED 2014 Opening Presentation

  • Given by AU's Green Eagles

Making Sustainability Relatable - Positive Reinforcements

  • Given by Morgan Folger, Melissa Naugle, and Lauren McAllister from the University of Maryland

Getting to Zero Waste

  • Given by Bryan Paz and Helen Lee from American University

Greening Rooms vs. Greening Residents

  • Given by Joshua Kaplan from American University

Greeks Going Green

  • Given by Leslie Klinnas, Taylor Pfeiffer, and Molly Whitaker from the University of Richmond

Sustainable Self-Sufficiency in the Modern World: Sustainable Products

  • Given by Celange Beck, Sofia Baneth, and Elizabeth Metrulas from American University

Creating Your Story & USGBC Student Toolkit

  • Given by Hannah Debelius from the Center for Green Schools, US Green Building Council (USGBC)

Being "That Friend": How to Start Your Ripple Effect
  • Given by Claire August from The George Washington University

Keynote Presentation - 21st Century Student Learning and Leadership: The Promise of EcoLeaders

  • Given by Julian Keniry from the National Wildlife Federation

Location, Directions, and Carpools

School of International Service (SIS) Building on American University’s main campus: 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington DC 20016.

Parking: Driving directions are located in the link above, and carpools are highly encouraged. Parking is available in the parking garage beneath the School of International Service Building, at the intersection of Nebraska and New Mexico Avenues, NW. Parking is free after 5 PM and on weekends.

Public Transit: American University is located on the Metro's Red Line at the Tenleytown-AU stop. Upon exiting the metro station, walk straight to the corner of Albemarle and 40th (straight ahead past the Panera and Sears on the left). The American University shuttle bus arrives approximately every 15 minutes and provides a free ride to the main campus (no ID required). Get off at the second stop after the traffic circle (Ward Circle Building) and the School of International Service Building will be straight ahead on the right. 

Walking from the Metro: American University's main campus is 3/4 mile from the metro station and is a 15 minute walk straight down Nebraska Avenue, after passing the Embassy of Japan on the right and the Department of Homeland Security on the left.

Carpool: Coming from outside DC and need to find a ride to SEED? Click here for the official SEED 2014 carpool ride board, hosted by AU's carpool network, Zimride. Simply post where you're coming from, whether you'd like to offer or are looking for a ride, and the website will match you with the closest ride.

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Featured Speakers

Alex Freid, Founder and Director of the Post-Landfill Action Network (PLAN)

Alex Freid

Founder and Director, Post-Landfill Action Network (PLAN)

Alex is the founder and director of PLAN and the co-founder of the UNH Trash 2 Treasure program. He has been organizing waste reduction efforts since high school and has won 13 awards and recognitions for his work, including the 2013 Brower Youth Award, the 2013 Samuel Huntington Public Service Award and the 2012 Udall Environmental Leadership Award.

PLAN is a nonprofit network of student leaders on campuses across the country working towards zero waste. Alex's talk will focus on the toxic effects of the waste crisis on our planet and our resources - and how students are leading the way towards a world without waste. The talk will be followed by a Q&A session and a discussion around how students can get involved.

Julian Keniry, National Wildlife Federation

Julian Keniry

Senior Director of Campus and Community Leadership, National Wildlife Federation (NWF)

Julian Keniry, senior director of campus and community leadership at National Wildlife Federation, helped launch the global movement for higher education sustainability in the 1980s. She co-founded the National Wildlife Federation's Cool-It! campaign in 1989, founded its Campus Ecology Program in 1993, established a national student ecology fellowship program in 1999, spearheaded the nation's first and largest higher education sustainability assessments spanning 2000 and 2008, helped establish one of the world's largest youth coalitions for clean energy and equity, initiated annual national green campus competitions starting in 2007, co-founded the Greenforce Initiative, a national career skills education initiative in 2010, and launched Ecoleaders, the first on-line community for student environmental leadership and career skills in 2014.

She earned undergraduate degrees in International Relations and German from Agnes Scott College and a Master's degree in Environmental Science and Policy from Johns Hopkins University, serves as a senior advisor to the American Association of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) as well as on the board of the Institute for Conservation Leadership. She is also a member of two professional societies, The Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) and The Wildlife Society (TWS).