Interested in developing a sustainability strategy for your gateway?

The Jumpstart Your Sustainability Plan mini-course can help! It's free, and we're offering it virtually. 

The next Jumpstart mini-course will be December 6-8, 2021.

Gateway Focus Week is one of our most popular programs, providing five days of intensive learning for gateway projects. Under normal circumstances, we offer two sessions of Gateway Focus Week per year. Given that COVID-19 limited our ability to travel and gather in person, we made the best of the situation and offered a virtual Focus Week as well as a virtual mini-course in 2020. Both were so popular that we brought them back in 2021.

The next "Jumpstart Your Sustainability Plan" mini-course will be from December 6-8, 2021. Register by December 1!

Please know that this is by no means a replacement for Gateway Focus Week, which covers multiple topics in-depth. Instead, we will focus solely on offering practical and effective steps for developing a sustainability strategy. This free mini-course offers PIs of research and teaching-focused gateways and their teams the perfect way to kick off sustainability planning, whether you are writing a new grant or ready to get to the next level with a more mature project. 

The mini-course agenda is listed below. 

Jumpstart Your Sustainability Plan: What to Expect

The mini-course will outline the core topics any sustainability plan should address, including: 

  • Key components of a Sustainability Strategy

  • Practical steps for developing your plan

  • Pitfalls to avoid 

Subjects covered will include:

  • What exactly is sustainability, and why is it important?

  • Articulating your value proposition

  • Audience as the key to a sustainability strategy

  • Finding the funding model that works for you

Participants will receive: 

  • Examples of real-world sustainability strategies

  • Tips on what to include in a sustainability plan

  • Tools to use to develop your plan, including the Sustainability Framework

Each day will include: 

  • Main presentation and discussion addressing a major theme of sustainability


The mini-course is taught by the two main instructors of Gateway Focus Week, Juliana Casavan and Nancy Maron. 


Juliana Casavan is a program designer and facilitator and teaches others how to build and implement strategies for success.

Currently, she is a program manager for MatchBOX Coworking Studio, the leading coworking space in Greater Lafayette, Indiana, where she coaches local startups and entrepreneurs through strategic planning and product development.

Prior to joining MatchBOX, Juliana was a founding member of the Purdue Foundry, an internationally recognized leader in university startups and technology transfer. During her time, she created Firestarter, the premier startup workshop of Purdue University, leading over 500 teams of researchers and students through the ideation process.



Nancy Maron is founder and principal of BlueSky to BluePrint, a strategic research and consulting organization. She is the author of several research reports and guides on business strategy and sustainability including A Guide to the Best Revenue Models and Funding Sources for your Digital Resources (2014), Sustaining the Digital Humanities: Host Institution Support Beyond the Start-up Phase (June 2014) and many case studies of sustainable initiatives. She created and regularly leads workshops in sustainability and business strategy, including the Sustaining Digital Resources course.





Day 1

12:00–1:30 pm ET Sustainability: How Science Gateways can thrive (not just survive)

Day 2

12:00–1:30 pm ET Audience & Environment: Sustainability Through Impact

Day 3

12:00–2:00 pm ET Finding your Funding Model, course wrap-up