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To transform Hillsborough Community College into a participating sustainable member of society. Through a partnership among students, faculty, staff, administrators, and community members, we seek to establish and nurture an institutional culture of sustainability and promote excellence and leadership in education, innovation, and stewardship to achieve economic, social, and environmental sustainability that will ensure the health and well-being of present and future generations of people, both locally and globally.

Annual Conference

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The Beyond Sustainability conference continues to move ideas into action and offers opportunities to engage in meaningful dialogue with intended outcomes and to cultivate potential collaborations. As we dive deeper into conversations about the Triple E (Education, Ecosystems and Economics) bottom line of sustainability, the goal of each year's conference is on creating nexuses among social entrepreneurs, investors, educators, government, regulatory agencies, businesses, and community.

2011 Theme: Ecosystems, Economics, and Education (see pictures here)

2013 Theme: Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Economy

2014 Theme: Investing, Financing and Savings: Moving Sustainable Ideas Into Action (see pictures here)

2015 Theme? We want to hear from you!

So what are some things 2014 conference attendees had to say about the conference?:


"Honestly one of the best conferences I have been to. The passion, the care, and the drive to actually produce change through action was incredible! Phenomenal job and thank you for inviting me to be a part of such a wonderful event."

-Abe Rahmanizadeh, Barclays (and recent UT graduate


"Don't want to sound repetitive here, but wow! Common vision, common goals. Great people. Incredible."

-Djimo Silva Serodio, University of Tampa student and The Sustany Foundation sustainability intern


"Had an amazing Day 1 of Beyond Sustainability!! Thanks for making it all possible!"

-Will Wysong, University of South Tampa student and Student Environmental Association (SEA) President


"Words can't express my appreciation for people like those we heard from at this very important event...concerned over much around me everyday but this event reminds me that some care enough to get past themselves in service of the greater good...kudos to all active in this critical endeavor."

-Timothy Griffin, Hillsborough Community College

Links To 2013 Conference Coverage in the Local Media:

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WMNF Its All About We Blog

Hawk TV Conference Coverage and Interviews


So what are some things 2013 conference attendees had to say about the conference?:

"I thoroughly enjoyed this year's H.C.C. Beyond Sustainability Conference. Thank you to Sudeep Vyapari, and Resham Shirsat for making this an unforgettable experience, and reigniting the fire in all of us."

-Jeff Fox (HCC Student, Ybor City Campus)

"I have to say that if you missed this 2 day missed a very important chance to connect with like people to create a nexus for the betterment of this community. Please contact someone that attended the event to get details and learn how you can do your part in this "Big Picture". "

-Tony Law (HCC Staff and Student)

"It was a pleasure meeting and working with you at the Beyond Sustainability conference!! I am excited for what the future holds. It's amazingly refreshing to be around like minded people in the Tampa Bay area. I look forward to developing a great relationship with you personally and professionally. Thank you for the work required on a great conference."

- Keosha Poole (USF Student, Tampa Campus)

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HCC is a member of The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), an independent 501(c)(3). HCC has been attending and participating in AASHE's annual conferences for the past three years to gain further insight on successful sustainability strategies and implementation practices, to share our success stories, and to grow a larger network of partners committed to taking action in sustainability.

Institutional membership in AASHE includes every individual at an institution. AASHE is helping to create a brighter future of opportunity for all by advancing sustainability in higher education. By creating a diverse community engaged in sharing ideas and promising practices, AASHE provides administrators, faculty, staff and students, as well as the business that serve them, with: thought leadership and essential knowledge resources; outstanding opportunities for professional development; and a unique framework for demonstrating the value and competitive edge created by sustainability initiatives.

As a member, we have access to their services:

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Students at the 2012 AASHE conference in L.A.