UC Santa Barbara

April 28th - May 1st, 2021: Climate Justice Symposium for Transforming Education; July 2021 CHESC

Call for Committee Membership

Speaker Selection & Best Practice Award Selection Committees

Positions are now open for the 2019 CHESC Speaker Selection and Best Practice Award Selection Committees. 

The speaker selection committees are the primary groups responsible for determining what speakers are selected and sessions are presented at the conference. There is one speaker selection committee for each topic area.  That committee is responsible for a series of workshops during the conference, many of which will be developed in partnership with another topic area and associated speaker selection committee. However, this year, we have merged the Speaker Selection Committees and the Best Practice Award Selection Committees to streamline the process. This means that the Speaker Selection Committee will also review applications for the best practice awards for the corresponding category.

Any student, staff, or faculty member from a college or university in California with experience or knowledge of the below topics can participate on a selection committee.  Utility representatives and representatives of the UC/CSU/Utility and CCC/IOU/Utility partnerships are also invited to join.  If your campus is planning to apply for speaking or for an award, you can still participate.  What will happen in cases like this is that if for example Jane Doe from UCSB wants to participate on the transportation committee, but someone from UCSB applies for an award in that category.  Jane will still be able to grade proposals from CSU, private college, and CCC campuses but will not grade the UC proposals in that category due to the conflict of interest.  If you are interested in participating in a committee, please email with the category you would like to serve on. 

We are currently looking for committee members for the following Speaker and Award Selection committees:

  • Climate Action
  • Curriculum
  • Energy
  • Food Systems
  • Green Building
  • Institutionalizing Sustainability
  • Procurement and Business Services
  • Social Equity
  • Student Affairs and Leadership
  • Transportation
  • Waste Reduction and Recycling
  • Water and Landscape


  • Develop a vision for the sessions within the topic area of the committee and develop language for the call for proposals that reflects this vision;
  • Recruit colleagues to submit proposals to the call for proposals and post announcements about the call for proposals to relevant listserves and social media groups that you participate in;
  • Review and grade submissions resulting from the call for proposals;
  • Collaborate with other speaker selection committee members to select which proposals to accept;
  • Propose topics and/or best practices that might not have been captured within the call for proposals and identify speakers who could address these topics;
  • Work with speakers in your track to make sure that speakers within sessions communicate with each other and that there is a mutual understanding between the speaker selection committee and speaker as to what should be covered;
  • Promote the conference to colleagues in California;
  • Participate on conference calls in accordance with the timeline at the beginning of this document; and
  • Attend the annual conference (July 8th-11th, 2019).

Steering Committee:

The steering committee is the highest-level decision making body for the conference.  It serves to create continuity within the conference from year to year.  The committee also provides the perspective of all four systems of higher education with connections to a diverse set of campuses and system offices.  This helps us remain responsive to our diverse constituency. The steering committee focuses on decisions that affect the core mission, principles, vision, and sustainability of the conference.  For more information, please visit the Steering Committee membership and application process page.

We are currently looking to fill in a few spots on the CHESC Steering Committee:

  • Student, Community College (2 year term)
  • Student, University of California (2 year term)
  • Student, California State University (2 year term)
  • Student, Private College (2 year term)
  • Faculty, University of California (2 year term)
  • Staff, California State University (2 year term)
  • Staff, University of California (2 year term)