The overarching goals of the conference were to model and showcase collaboration, and to stimulate inter-institutional synergy, cooperation, healthy competition, and the sharing of new ideas and best practices among environmentally-focused colleagues who operate in similar campus environments. More specific goals included providing an opportunity for the new Environmental Postdoc Fellows to meet each other, as well as to begin networking with established scholars in their fields; allowing participants to brainstorm with ACS staff about new funding searches; and stimulating intellectual and emotional connections to the environment by showcasing the work of three “green” faculty artists.
In order to offset the carbon footprint of so many participants traveling to and from South Carolina, as well as extra electricity usage for the conference, ACS partnered with Duke Energy, which donated $200 towards the purchase of 5000 kWh of renewable energy.
Daniel Carter and Jon Evans will be traveling to San Antonio in June for the next conference of ACS Environmental Postdoc Fellows. The conference goal is to bring Fellows together with peers and mentors and give them opportunities to learn more about interdisciplinary pedagogy, to make connections between research and teaching, and to share research.