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The main theme of the conference is the integration across disciplines, stakeholders, and sustainability pillars (such as social, environmental, and economic). However, specialization is the key for successful integration. Hence, both (integration and specialization) types of contributions are welcome. We are looking forward for contributions from all stakeholders. The contributions can be on any aspect of sustainability and/or any of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

Abstract submission date has been expended until June 9th!

If you would like to submit an abstract but can only present virtually, please indicate so in the abstract section of the form.


Session Types

There are pre-identified themed sessions. The list of these sessions is included in call for abstracts and can be viewed below. Any paper/presenter has not been preselected for these sessions except the chair of each session. All presenters for these sessions will be selected from the abstracts submitted for these sessions.

Our call includes call for proposals for themed sessions as well as call for abstracts of papers that will be grouped by the organizers into themed sessions. Each session will be about 90 minutes, and will have 4 or 5 presentations. The papers in a themed session will be on the similar topic. The presentations will provide main features/findings for the subsequent shared discussion.
Each panel discussion will be for about 90 minutes and will have about four panel discussants. The discussion will be in an interactive format in which each discussant will give a brief presentation followed by an in-depth Q & A discussion involving all presenters and audience members and led by a moderator. Panelists will preferably represent different aspects of the topic and/or different perspectives on the topic.
Each workshop, about 90 minutes, will provide an opportunity of a deep examination of a specific topic/issue/question which will be led by an experienced facilitator in the field. Each workshop will be highly interactive and will provide participants the opportunity to discuss their own perspectives and experiences. A limited number of workshops will be available. Please note that the facilitator’s remarks will be limited to about 15 minutes. A workshop can be proposed in collaboration with a colleague.
This conference covers all aspects of sustainability and 17 SDGs. Hence, authors are welcome to submit an abstract of a paper on any aspect of sustainability and any of 17 SDGs. The submitted abstracts will be grouped by the organizers into themed sessions.

The conference will have a special emphasis on posters by graduate (students from research stream as well as professional programs) and undergraduate students. Posters based on research, work completed during professional internships/summer jobs, and conceptual/innovative ideas focused on sustainability are welcome. We will have 3 best poster prizes in four categories – research and professional posters by graduate students and research and professional posters by undergraduate students.

Students Categories – Graduate and Undergraduate Poster Categories – Research and Professional

A limited number of special meetings and sessions, such as meetings of professional networks, associations, or other target groups (e.g. CEOs, Sustainability Prfoessionals, Graduate Students, Postdoctoral Fellows, Groups of Researchers, and Educators) as well as participants interested in a different format than any of the other sessions listed, such as a visual exhibit, performance, or creative arts, are encouraged to contact the STTPA organizers at [email protected]. We will provide the infrastructure and announce your meeting or session in our conference program.

Potential Topics

  • Aboriginal culture, rights, and sustainability
  • Aboriginal science, western science, and sustainability
  • Big data and sustainability
  • Biodiversity, biodiversity offsets, and sustainability
  • Circular and green economy
  • Climate change, global migration, and refugees
  • Climate change, community resilience, and adaptation
  • Carbon pricing, taxation, and offsets
  • Corporate strategy and sustainability
  • Deforestation and sustainability
  • Designing sustainable systems
  • Eco-anxiety and human well-being
  • Emerging technologies (i.e., artificial intelligence, carbon capture, solar, wind, and hydrogen) and sustainability
  • Existing social and economic structures and sustainability
  • Equity, diversity and inclusion
  • Gender equity and sustainability
  • Governments, corporations, other organizations, individuals and global transition towards sustainability
  • Human behaviour, organizational behaviour and sustainability
  • Human health and wellbeing
  • Human rights and sustainability
  • Impact investing and sustainable finance
  • Information and communication technology, carbon emissions and sustainability
  • Local, national, and international governance and sustainability
  • Local, national, and international policies, laws, treaties and sustainability
  • Net zero targets and strategies
  • Planetary citizenship and sustainability
  • Quantification and strategies to reduce scope 3 GHG emissions
  • Religion and sustainability
  • Social, economic, political, and culture implications of being non-serious about climate change and sustainability
  • Social enterprises and sustainability
  • Social media and sustainability
  • SMART cities and sustainability
  • Stakeholders’ value creation
  • Setting and achieving sustainability performance targets with effective control and incentive mechanism
  • Sustainable Cities and communities
  • Sustainable consumption
  • Sustainable procurement
  • Sustainability education in K to 12
  • Sustainability education in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs)
  • Sustainable food systems
  • Sustainability and the sacred
  • Sustainability and human resource management
  • Sustainability in different sectors (i.e., agriculture, aviation, chemical, education, forestry, housing, mining, transportation, and space)
  • Spirituality and Sustainability
  • Religion and Sustainability
  • The quality, credibility, and effectiveness of sustainability reporting
  • UNFCC, the Conference of the Parties (COP) and Climate change mitigation & adaptation
  • Waste and waste management systems
  • Water resources and rights

Pre-Identified Themes

Professor Shashi Kant ([email protected])

Professor Blake Poland ([email protected])

Jae Page ([email protected])

Sustainability means wellbeing of all species of this planet. In other words, sustainability means maintaining an equilibrium with our external environment (natural ecosystems) and internal environment (between our heart and mind). A disequilibrium with external environment means the rise of issues like climate change and air pollution and a disequilibrium with internal environment means mental and emotional issues, climate and eco anxiety, and depression. The Call to Action of 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development speaks about dignity and equality, peace and prosperity, empowerment and engagement, as well as caring for the planet across generations. These are possible through the planetary citizenship which directly depends on our true love to each other and all other species. We all have some form of love for the natural world, and love for others who reside within it, love (both the noun and the verb) is often absent from international negotiations and academic discussions on sustainability. In this session, we seek to bring love to the forefront and invite submissions that address the complexities and/or relationships between love and sustainability. How can we love the natural world and at the same time, continue to be so indifferent to global crises? Is love for the planet the answer? Can we really love ourselves without loving the planet that sustains us? Do we really love ourselves and our future generations? This session is being organized in the memory of Prof. Barbara Murk and RoseMary Craig who devoted their lives to promote the idea of love and sustainability. We plan to publish an edited volume on Love, Planetary Citizenship, and Sustainability.

Professor Shashi Kant ([email protected]) and Professor Yue Li ([email protected])

Similar to many corporations, scope 3 carbon emissions of many HEI may be as high as 90% or more of the total carbon emissions. The measurement and strategies to reduce Scope 3 emissions are, therefore, critical to combating climate change. We invite studies that quantify all categories of Scope 3 emissions in HEIs (i.e., emissions from purchased goods, capital goods, books, staff and students commute, publications, electronic communications, air travel, and investments etc.). We also welcome proposals for appropriate strategies to reduce emissions from different categories of emissions. We would like to have contributions on this subject from diversity of HEIs and stakeholders (academics, operations and business managers, professional associations, and consultants).

Professor Ann Armstrong ([email protected])

This theme invites contributions about new ways of structuring organizations to effect social justice outcomes. As we learn more about the vicissitudes of capitalism and the need for a new social contract, new organizational forms are being created. Among the newer variations are social enterprises and B Corps.

Social enterprises are designed to achieve social and/or environmental outcomes. They expressly use business processes to remedy societal ills…but, it is their social and/or environmental mission that is paramount and the driver of their work. Increasingly social enterprises calculate three bottom lines – social, economic, and environmental.

B Corps – and B Corp movement – take a somewhat different approach by arguing that business itself can be a force for good if it looks beyond the simply economic bottom line. B Corps need to be certified and re-certified on five criteria: workers, community, governance, environment, and customers. B Corps need to meet a minimum threshold to get certified.

This theme will provide voice and insight about better ways to organize for a more hopeful future.

Professor Brett Caraway ([email protected])

This session explores and critiques the often-unacknowledged relationship between the information economy and climate change. A growing number of firms, industries, governments, and other organizations are integrating data-driven operations into their organizational structures. As a consequence, the information and communications sector is now responsible for carbon emissions on par with the aviation, automotive, and energy sectors. Accordingly, this session highlights the emerging body of research critically analyzing the linkages between ICTs, raw material extraction, energy usage, labor, climate change, environmental pollution, impacted communities, and the economy.

Professor Brett Caraway ([email protected])

A central premise of conventional sustainability discourse has been the desirability of growing incomes and wealth as a means to achieve economic development and sustainability. However, a growing body of research has cast doubt on the assumption that continued economic growth is either desirable or possible given the Earth’s finite resources and the resulting ecological destabilization caused by economic activity. Consequently, this session explores the possibility of transforming economies in order to reduce the material footprint of humans. The guiding theme of this session is: reimagining an economy capable of delivering prosperity without economic growth or environmental crises.

Professor Yuhong He ([email protected])

Professor Haoron Cheng ([email protected])

Professor Hwang Lee ([email protected])

The health of terrestrial ecosystems has deteriorated substantially in recent decades due to human activities and climate change. However, tracking and documenting trends in ecosystem health has proven challenging. The increased availability of geospatial data has dramatically enhanced our ability to quantify ecosystem traits across spatial and temporal scales with higher accuracy. Additionally, the emergence of various algorithms and tools for processing geospatial data, such as machine learning, deep learning, artificial intelligence (AI), and Google Earth Engine, has opened up new opportunities for investigating terrestrial ecosystems. This section invites original research that focuses on recent advancements in spatial data science. The presentations could focus on but are not limited to, new methods developed to monitor and assess ecosystems, ecological disturbances mapping and prevention, and human-environment interactions.

Professor Stephen Scharper ([email protected])

Professor Simon Appolloni ([email protected])

We are proposing a two-part themed session. Part I will be entitled: “Eco-anxiety: Roots and Shoots,” and will explore the psychological, sociological, physiological, and cultural aspects of this emerging phenomenon known generally as “eco-anxiety.” We will have panelists from sundry disciplinary backgrounds exploring diverse aspects and ramifications of this development.

Part II, entitled, “Eco(h)ope: Pathways to Enlivening Sustainability,” will explore salutary ways of dealing with eco-anxiety, including arts-based responses. We will invite the contributions of sundry artists, including Indigenous, musical, and poetic voices, and encompass insights from the “climate café” initiative spearheaded by UofT environmental studies students.

Professor Damian Maddalena ([email protected])

Climate change is affecting cycling in natural and anthropocentric systems. In agricultural systems, ecosystem change can affect the suitability of crops and cropping systems that have traditionally been successful. Issues such as Increased frequency and intensity of cold, early/late frosts, and lack of sufficient chilling hours, can reduce productivity, increase susceptibility to pathogens, and lead to economic and human difficulties. From tilling practices, to rethinking homogeneity, to GMO crops, a sustainable future for agriculture includes a suite of methods, practices, and understanding considered at a range of scales to increase the resilience of agricultural production.

Professor Damian Maddalena ([email protected])

Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) standards and investing have enjoyed a steady increase in salience in recent years. This session seeks to bring together multiple perspectives, including investors, producers, distributors, and the environmental and social sciences, with the purpose of examining the evolution and complexities of ESG standards for a sustainable food future. Is self-reporting adequate? Are reporting and market trends grounded in current science? What technologies can inform ESG monitoring and reporting? What factors lead to ESG adoption at each node in the supply chain. These and other questions are important considerations for a sustainable food future.

Professor Yue Li ([email protected])

Organizations may communicate their commitments to sustainability in a variety of ways and some may disclose ESG performance information periodically via a sustainability report. Nonetheless, due to the lack of enforceable sustainability reporting standards and reliable ESG performance metrics, management has considerable discretion in choosing the contents and format of sustainability reports and may disclose ESG performance information strategically. This session examines the diversity and variation in contemporary sustainability reporting practices in different industrial and social and economic settings. We invite submissions from industry experts, sustainability reporting professionals, and academic researchers to present their research findings and professional perspectives on the institutional, economic, and social factors that may affect the quality and reliability of sustainability reporting. We will also explore ways to enhance the credibility and reliability of sustainability reporting.

Professor Yue Li ([email protected])

Capital market participants are also key stakeholders to corporate sustainability performance. Investors may benefit from corporate investments that create positive social impacts while enhancing future financial performance. In the same vein, corporate neglect of the environment and social equity may lead to future liabilities and compliance costs, which will dimmish investors’ returns. This session invite submissions from financial institutions, banking sectors, mutual fund industry, and academic researchers to explore how investors, including institutional investors, and financial analysts can use corporate sustainability performance information to assess future risks and to make sound investment decisions. The session will also explore the role of capital markets in facilitating carbon neutralization and in promoting “green” and impact investments.

Professor Yue Li ([email protected])

Climate change is a challenge that requires collaboration across the public, private and financial sectors to address. The accounting profession play a crucial role in the transition to a net-zero economy and are uniquely positioned to leverage their expertise in assessing an organization’s carbon exposure and asset impairment risk. Accountants can also assist in developing strategies and management controls such as internal carbon pricing to mitigate carbon emissions. This session consists of a keynote speech, presentations and panel discussions by a group of invited prominent scholars, accounting industry leaders, and climate change experts to address the role of the accounting profession in curbing global carbon emissions. We will also discuss how to implement carbon neutralization strategy in different organizational and industrial contexts. This session is designed primarily for the MMPA students as part of the research course curriculum but it is open for all other conference participants.

Professor Alexandra Rahr ([email protected])

The field of environmental humanities offers a valuable but often overlooked perspective on the climate emergency’s most wicked problems.  Its cross-disciplinary frameworks analyze, for instance, many fundamental elements of conventional sustainability discourse – including troubling the notions of ‘problem’ and ‘solution.’  This panel will highlight environmental humanities scholarship and pedagogy which explores the momentous challenges of the Anthropocene while also re-considering how those challenges are imagined.  Topics may include the role of racial and environmental justice in sustainability thinking; institutional challenges – such as how we teach and learn sustainability; experiments in expanding the sustainable classroom; and what humanities thinking brings to sustainability decision making. 

Praneeta Mudaliar ([email protected])

 Beverley Ayeni ([email protected])

Since Greta Thunberg’s climate strike, youth have emerged as a powerful actor in climate change forums, right from the international level such as Conference of Parties (COP) to national movements (e.g., the Sunrise Movement in the United States) and local advocacy. While young people are rarely associated with playing an active role in local politics and advocacy, they are becoming increasingly visible and influential in climate action. This section invites research and perspectives from academics, youth advocates, and storytellers that focuses on how youth engage in climate advocacy. The presentations could focus on, but are not limited to, new institutions that youth create, new methods to study youth engagement, interactions between youth and governments, experiences of Black, Indigenous, and Racialized youth in the climate justice space, and intergenerational justice.

Professor Tingting Zhu ([email protected])

Professor Yuhong He ([email protected])

Professor Michael Liut ([email protected])

We are inviting presenters to showcase their innovative and inspiring practices in sustainability education at our theme session on Sustainability in Teaching. The aim of the session is to explore how sustainability can be integrated into teaching and learning across all disciplines and levels of education. We welcome presentations on topics such as curriculum development, pedagogical approaches, community engagement, and partnerships with industry. Join us in sharing your experiences and insights on sustainability in teaching and be part of the movement towards a more sustainable future. 

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