Trevecca Nazarene University

THESA Conference

Trevecca Nazarene University hosted the Tennessee Higher Education Sustainability Association’s (THESA) 4th Annual statewide conference on March 31-April 1, 2010.  The theme of the conference was "Higher Education & Sustainability in Tennessee: Making Inroads into Academia."

The event began Wednesday evening with a dinner and welcome by Dan Boone, President of Trevecca. The evening’s keynote Address was provided by Amanda Little, author of Power Trip: From Oil Wells to Solar Cells—Our Ride to the Renewable Future. Little has published widely on energy, technology, and the environment. Her columns on green politics and innovation have appeared in,, and Outside magazine.


Thursday morning conference events began with welcomes from Richard Rhoda, Ex. Director, Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) and Jack Barkenbus, Ex. Director, Tennessee Higher Education Sustainability Association (THESA). The morning’s keynote address was provided by Paul Rowland, Ex. Director, Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).


A variety of presentations and workshops were presented from a perspective of environmental sustainability were offered throughout the remainder of the day on Thursday. Tours of Trevecca’s own greenhouse Aquaponics operation and campus composting were also offered throughout the 2-day event.

More than 20 Tennessee colleges and Universities participated in the conference which offered opportunities for students and professors to present in areas such as energy/ climate change, operations, and academics.

For more information about THESA and the conference, visit