Live from LA….recap.


My conference has ended and I spent the flight home reflecting on my week at AASHE. I met a lot of great contacts and heard some very inspiring stories. The theme of the conference was “Investing in the Future.” Given the state of affairs in our nation (and world) I thought a very fitting theme.

However I thought my conference theme was a little different. In the food court near my hotel there was sign that said “Bloom where you are planted.” Each day I saw this message it reminded me of a conference session that I attended.

Like many people I am my worst critic. And I’m usually in a state of uncertainty.

Should I scrap this project?…Rev it up? Put more funds into it? Do more research? Take a break and revisit it? Ask for help?

Well AASHE showed me that no matter how large (or small) your program is, everyone is asking the same questions of themselves and their programs.  And its ok, so Bloom where you are planted.

Whether you have a department of one like me, or a Sustainability Institute with lots of staff and funding, our core issues are the same. Bloom where you are planted.

Whether you’re a public school or private school…Bloom where you are planted.

Whether you’re got funding or not….Bloom where you are planted.

Whether you have buy-in or not…Bloom where you are planted.

There is no governing body, no rules to follow, no owner’s manual to what I am trying to do. I will take what I’ve learned, use it to make the best of the resources available to me and Bloom Where I was Planted.

Photo Source: Elizaveta


2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Pat Gilbert on October 19, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    Sounds like a good learning time. We all need motivation from time to time. Have a great weekend and look forward to seeing you on campus.


  2. Posted by Arnette on October 19, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    Great thought for everyone to start their day. By the end of the day, you may have a more rewarding feeling. Thanks for the insight.


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