Biennial Conference

USACE Fremont Bridge Portland and cityscape, Oregon. Photo by Bob Heims.

We are happy to announce the location of our next ASLE conference will be the Oregon Convention Center (OCC) in beautiful Portland, Oregon. The conference is scheduled for July 6-9, 2021.

The OCC is an LEED Platinum Certified Facility and a pioneer in creating a space for green and sustainable meetings. Their commitments include energy reduction and solar power utilization, landfill waste minimization and recycling, watershed stewardship, air quality, supply chain carbon footprint reduction and community engagement. You can read more about why they make such a good partner for our organization here:

The space also has onsite restaurants, cafes and outdoor seating, with ample food choices (as well as parks) in the neighborhood. We are reserving hotel blocks in adjacent facilities to minimize driving, and securing dormitory space at nearby Portland State University. Portland possesses an international airport close to downtown with many direct flight connections and multiple public transportation options (see There is also a drop-in day care center near the OCC that could be a boon to parents with young children (WeVillage, Portland is a culturally rich, vibrant and progressive city committed to sustainability and green initiatives. Nearby regions provide many opportunities for outdoor recreation, especially hiking.

We will update you with more information very soon!

The City of Portland

To learn more about Portland and attractions and activities in the city and region, see  These links are also a helpful starting point:

Portland 101

  • Flying to PDX – Travelers love PDX for its convenience, amenities and easy access to and from the city center and the Oregon Convention Center.
  • Getting Around – Learn how easy it is to travel by light rail, streetcar, bus, bike, foot or car.
  • Maps – Familiarize yourself with key city landmarks, neighborhood geography and specialized transportation maps.
  • Culture – Whether it’s arts, beer and food, cultural communities, events or nightlife, culture in Portland takes many forms.
  • Top sights in Portland – Portland’s fun and unexpected attractions range from gardens and museums to (tax-free) retailers of coffee, doughnuts and books.
  • Neighborhoods – It’s easy and fun to explore Portland’s neighborhoods filled with cultural offerings, local retailers, restaurants and tax-free shopping.

ASLE 2019 Field Trip to the Yolo Basin to see the nightly bat flyout. Photo by Ben Blackman (UC Davis).


Recorded Plenary Talks from the 2017 Conference are available in the Conference Archive. For information on all past conferences, see the Conference Archive

I first attended and presented at ASLE at the 2009 conference in Victoria, BC.  At the time, I was a Master’s student and didn’t yet know whether I wanted to pursue studies in the field of environmental literature, or even a career in academia more broadly. After five days of amazing conference panels, intellectually stimulating conversations, and fun hiking adventures, I was certain that I had chosen the right field and the right profession.  Now, attending ASLE conferences truly feels like coming home. I would not be where I am today without ASLE, an organization that is welcoming of all perspectives, all methodologies, and scholars at all stages of their careers. – Stephen Siperstein (English Teacher, Choate Rosemary Hall)

ASLE welcomes proposals to host both our biennial conferences and off-year affiliated symposia.

Biennial Conference Proposal Guidelines
These guidelines are to assist potential hosts in formulating a complete and compelling proposal for our large biennial conference.

Off-Year ASLE Symposia Guidelines
Details of how to submit a proposal for an ASLE seed grant or ASLE affiliation to assist with your own smaller symposium in non-conference years (even years).

Sustainability at Conferences
ASLE is committed to making our conferences as sustainable as possible. Please consult this document if you are considering proposing a Biennial or Off-Year ASLE Conference.

Accessibility at Conferences
ASLE is committed to making our conferences as accessible as possible. Please consult this document if you are considering proposing a Biennial or Off-Year ASLE Conference.

Portland, Oregon

July 6-9, 2021