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Sustainability Conference

Keynote Speaker Debra Rowe

Keynote Speaker Debra Rowe

Debra has been professor of energy management and renewable energy for 30 years at Oakland Community College. Oakland Community College offers degrees in Environmental Systems Technologies and certificates in Renewable Energies and Sustainable Living ( Dr. Rowe created a model energy services technician degree design for community and technical colleges, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. She also created and teaches energy management and renewable energies in an on-line format with U.S. National Science Foundation support offered by the Consortium for Education in Renewable Energy Technology ( These courses are used by students and as professional development for secondary and community college faculty. She has helped numerous colleges develop their energy curricula.

Dr. Rowe is presently chairing the Technical Advisory Group for the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). In this role, she convenes energy and sustainability experts, collects and reviews resources, and authors overarching documents for AACC’s Sustainable Education Resource Center. This Resource Center is designed to share curricula, partnership models, skills and competencies, quality criteria, promising practices and more resources relating to sustainability and green energy. Through the American Association of Community Colleges, she is also a U.S. Designee to the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics’ for their international sustainability group ( and has compiled and posted curricular resources from multiple countries for this group.

Dr. Rowe is also the President of the U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development ( The U.S. Partnership convenes members of the business, education, communities, government, and faith sectors of the U.S. and catalyzes sustainability initiatives. Dr. Rowe is also National Co-coordinator of the Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium (, Founder of the Disciplinary Associations’ Network for Sustainability ( and Senior Advisor to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education ( She helps higher education associations and institutions integrate sustainability into mission, curricula, research, student life, purchasing and investments, facilities and operations, and community partnerships.

Debra Rowe is often a keynote speaker at national and international education conferences. She is the author or editor of numerous publications on the integration of sustainability into education (e.g. ).


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