2023 TRACS Annual Summit Abstract Submission

The Texas Regional Alliance for Campus Sustainability Committee invites you to submit proposals for the 9th Annual Summit!

The submission deadline for Educational Sessions and Round Table Discussions Abstracts is February 10, 2023.

The submission deadline for Student Poster Session Abstracts is March 10, 2023.

Please submit your proposal here: tx.ag/Abstract

If you would like to serve as an anonymous proposal reviewer, please click here.

Register for the summit here: tx.ag/2023TRACSRegistration

Session Types

The Texas Regional Alliance for Campus Sustainability Annual Summit is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for higher education professionals to share best practices, discover innovative ideas, develop new connections, and experience diverse perspectives, all in the interest of supporting sustainability. There are four unique session types:

  • Student Poster Session: Bring your big ideas to this interactive poster session! The Poster Sessions are a great way to start the conversation or showcase pilot projects on your campus. Poster presenters are encouraged to design a poster with compelling graphics or other visual elements that help engage participants. Presenters must be present during the session. The Office of Sustainability will cover the cost of printing for Texas A&M students who are approved.
  • Round Table Discussions (25 minute): Are you interested in engaging with colleagues around a sustainability idea or problem?  Are you willing to facilitate that discussion?  If so, the Round Table Discussions are for you!  Topics should be narrow enough in scope for a meaningful discussion in the allotted time limit.
  • Educational Session (25 minute): Do you have data on the effectiveness of a sustainability initiative? What did you learn in your assessment? These short sessions are designed for you to share your evidence-based practices that could be adopted by colleagues across Texas. These presentations will be 25 minutes long and paired with another short presentation during the conference.
  • Educational/Interactive Session (50 minute): An engaged audience is a learning audience. Take advantage of an opportunity to share your sustainability ideas and practices by getting your participants involved through scenarios/case studies, polling and more. These 50-minute interactive sessions are designed for longer sessions and /or for you to incorporate at least two activities to engage your participants.

Categories

Proposal authors may also select up to three of the following tags as a method for categorizing their session:

  • Campus Operations
  • Culture and Communications
  • Emerging Issues
  • Governance and Administration
  • Public Outreach and Engagement
  • Racial Equity and Social Justice
  • Student Organizing and Activism
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Other

Targeted Audience

Proposal authors may also select their Targeted Audience as a method for categorizing their session:

  • Administrators
  • Business and Community
  • Faculty
  • Graduate Students and Above
  • Sustainability Staff
  • Undergraduate Students
  • All
  • Other

Rubric

Each session will be evaluated using this rubric:

Example Session Structure

Typical presentations use a simple format: welcome and introduction followed by the content (usually supported by slides) and a Q& A at the end.

The following is an example of how to approach a 25 Minute Education Session.

The following is an example of how to approach a 50 Minute Education Session.

The following is an example of how to approach a Discussion Round Table session.

The following is an example of how to approach an Interactive 50 Minute Educational Session.

Timeline

  • Call for Proposals Opens: January 2, 2023
  • Proposal Submission Deadline: February 10, 2023
  • Notification to Primary Presenter via email: February 24, 2023
  • Primary Presenter Acceptance Confirmation: March 3, 2023
  • Student Poster Session Submission Deadline: March 10, 2023
  • Conference Registration Final Deadline: March 24, 2023

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