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Sustainability Education Conference

A Regional Gathering for Educators & Community Leaders

August 04, 2017 – August 06, 2017
Rhinebeck, NY
Jaimie P. Cloud, John Henry, Laura Weiland, Heather McCall... See More
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SM17-3502-275Jaimie P. Cloud, John Henry, Laura Weiland, Heather McCall, David Levine,

Here in the Hudson Valley—with our fertile land, clean water, and emerging local economy—we are uniquely poised to transition away from unsustainable social, economic, and environmental practices to a more regenerative way of life. A large obstacle, and great opportunity, resides in the gap between our future aspirations and what our current structures are able to produce—from knowledge, understanding, and skills to the mindsets of our children and our communities.

This August, we invite you to join us for an inaugural gathering of educators, administrators, business leaders, parents, students, and community-based organizations from the Hudson Valley and beyond to explore the potential for our schools and communities to learn and work together toward a shared and intentional future.

Through presentations, group discussions, and focused breakout sessions, we look at a whole-school approach to education—from curriculum and instruction to facilities and grounds—nested within whole communities, and how the two can be more deeply integrated and serve as resources for one another.

Using the Education for Sustainability (EfS) framework, the successful Sustainable Jersey for Schools initiative, and other case studies, we explore the power of learning and the creative potential of our youth, and continue to identify how to best support our next generation of leaders.

Those from outside the Hudson Valley are welcome to join us to share insights and experiences and bring new understandings back home.

Continuing Education
  • WESPSB - Educators (Washington State Professional Educator Standards Board) +$50
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If you are able to help support this event, please register using the sliding scale tiered pricing: $370/295/220/145. You can also purchase accommodations if you would like to stay on campus.

Omega is pleased to be able to offer discounted commuter passes for this event, which are $50 for the weekend (this includes meals).  RSVP here for these passes.

We also have some conference scholarships available for anyone who needs further financial assistance in order to attend.

For more information about this program and how you can get involved, visit or contact Laura Weiland.

Presenters are subject to change. Jaimie P. Cloud is also teaching Educating for a Sustainable Future, a 5-day curriculum design studio workshop directly following this weekend conference.

4:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. Check In (Guest rooms available after 5:00 p.m.)
6:00p.m.–7:15p.m. Dinner
7:30p.m.–10:00 p.m. Conference Welcome & Evening Session
7:00 a.m–8:00 a.m. Optional: Daily open classes (meditation, yoga, tai chi)
7:00 a.m–8:45a.m. Breakfast
8:00 a.m.–8:45 a.m. Commuter check-in (if not checked-in the previous evening)
9:00 a.m.–Noon Conference
12:00p.m.–2:00p.m. Lunch
1:00p.m.–2:00p.m. Optional: Tour of the Omega Center for Sustainable Living
2:00p.m.–5:30p.m. Conference
6:00p.m.–7:15p.m. Dinner
7:30p.m.–11:00p.m. Evening Session & Celebration
7:00 a.m–8:00 a.m. Optional: Daily open classes (meditation, yoga, tai chi)
7:00 a.m–8:45a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m.–Noon Conference
12:00p.m.–2:00 p.m. Lunch
Noon–1:00 p.m. Check Out

The above schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the faculty. To see a more detailed schedule return to the conference main site.

The Children's Program is generally available during standard workshop hours only. Contact Omega registration at 877.944.2002 for details.

Dining Hall Hours (Dinner is included on arrival day):
Breakfast: 7:00 a.m.–8:45 a.m.
Lunch: Noon–2:00 p.m.
Dinner: 6:00 p.m.–7:15 p.m.

Daily Open Classes in meditation, yoga, tai chi, or movement (subject to availability): 
7:00–8:00 a.m., 12:15–1:00 p.m., 5:30–6:15 p.m., 5:30–6:30 p.m.

Jaimie P. Cloud

Jaimie P. Cloud is founder and president of the Cloud Institute and author of the Education for Sustainability framework. She works with educators, administrators, and school boards to design and facilitate professional development programs and directs the development of curricula for K-12 and higher education.

John Henry, MA, is the STEAM and Sustainable Schools Specialist for the New Jersey School Boards Association. Henry is Co-Principal Investigator for a Cyber Learning grant from the National Science Foundation grant and has a LEED Green Associate accreditation from US Green Building Council.

Laura Weiland is director of the Omega Center for Sustainable Living (OCSL). She has lived, studied, and worked between several countries and United States over the past two decades. Weiland has been imagining, designing, and creating nontraditional educational experiences since she was 15. 

Heather McCall, AICP, is director of the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program at College of New Jersey’s Sustainability Institute. In fall 2014, Heather launched a new statewide voluntary certification program reaching New Jersey's 603 public school districts and 75 public charter schools. 

David Levine is cofounder and CEO of the American Sustainable Business Council. He has worked as a social entrepreneur for over 30 years focusing on the development of whole systems solutions for a more sustainable society through building strategic partnerships and broad stakeholders initiatives. Previously, he was the Founding Director of Continuing Education & Public Programs at The Graduate Center, City University of New York.