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As announced to this list yesterday, EFS West has become AASHE, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.  Consistent with this change, EFS-News is now AASHE Bulletin.


Contents for January 12, 2006:

NEWS
1. Campus Sustainability in the New York Times
2. Urban Colleges Learn to Be Good Neighbors
3. University of Victoria Launches New Consumer Composting Program
4. University of British Columbia Building Earns LEED Gold Certification
5. Elon University Installs More Efficient Washers and Dryers

OPPORTUNITIES
6. Campus Ecology Fellowships (Deadline Extended)

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
7. United Students Against Sweatshops International Summer Internships
8. State Solutions Intern, Pew Center on Global Climate Change
9. National Coordinator, United Students for Fair Trade
10. Visiting Professor, International Environmental Policy, Monterey Institute of International Studies

EVENTS
11. Financial Benefits of Creating a Sustainable Campus Webinar (Discounts for AASHE members)
12. SCUP 2006 Pacific Regional Conference on Creating Healthy Campus Communities
13. Northwest Youth Environmental & Social Justice Convergence
14. Midwest Global Citizenship Conference
15. Farmworker Awareness Week
16. From Crops to Classrooms: Engaging Higher Education in Community Food Systems
17. CFP: 6th International Service-Learning Research Conference
18. CFP: North American Association for Environmental Education Annual Conference
19. Building the Movement to Stop Global Warming Workshop

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News

1. Campus Sustainability in the New York Times
A recent New York Times article reports that “the greening of higher education is everywhere, showing signs of outlasting earlier, faddish fits and starts.”  The article focuses primarily on green building efforts on campus and particularly highlights the use of such green buildings as teaching tools.  Portland State University, Northern Arizona University, Carnegie Mellon University and University of South Carolina are featured.  An accompanying article reports on the growing integration of social and environmental responsibility into MBA programs.
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/01/08/education/edlife/egan_environment.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/01/08/education/edlife/mba.html

2. Urban Colleges Learn to Be Good Neighbors
A recent Washington Post article describes “a national trend of urban colleges that are aggressively trying to bridge "town-gown" tensions by investing heavily in adjacent troubled neighborhoods -- and by making a connection with local civic life.”  The article focuses on primarily on University of Pennsylvania, which over the past 10 years has dramatically revitalized its surrounding neighborhood.  School administrators attribute increases in applications and improvements in U.S. News & World Report ranks in large part to the University’s revitalization initiatives in West Philadelphia.  "We said we teach our students about civic engagement. You can't do that and not be role models for civic engagement," said former Penn president Judith Rodin, who was a catalyst in the renewal efforts.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/01/08/AR2006010801164.html

3. University of Victoria Launches New Consumer Composting Program
University of Victoria has been composting all food wastes from its restaurants and food outlets on campus for the past two years.  This month the program is being expanded to allow students, faculty and staff to drop food leftovers and other compostables into special green bins located at three centralized recycling stations on campus.  In addition, offices or departments wanting a mini compost bin in their lunchroom can do so if they have a "compost champion"—a volunteer who will commit to educating colleagues and bringing their full biodegradable BioBags of compost to the centralized stations.  To date, over 300 metric tonnes of waste have been diverted from Hartland with the existing program. Organizers hope that the composting expansion will result in an additional 70 to 100 tonnes of waste saved from the landfill each year.
http://ring.uvic.ca/06jan06/news/compost.html

4. University of British Columbia Building Earns LEED Gold Certification
The University of British Columbia’s Life Sciences Centre has received LEED Gold certification.  The $125-million, 52,165-sq. metre building is the largest building in Canada to achieve a LEED Gold certification and the second facility that houses research laboratories in Canada to receive this certification.  Compared to a conventional building of the same size, the LSC consumes 50 per cent less water and 28 per cent less energy, in part due to a dynamic monitoring system, which adjusts interior lighting and ventilation according to the external conditions.  In addition, 80 per cent of the construction waste was recycled or salvaged.
http://www.publicaffairs.ubc.ca/media/releases/2006/mr-06-004.html

5. Elon University Installs More Efficient Washers and Dryers
Elon University has announced the replacement of 97 washers and dryers in the on campus housing facilities with high efficiency Energy Star rated equipment.  The move is expected to save more than $18,000 annually in utility costs.
http://www.elon.edu/e-net/Note.aspx?id=25783

Opportunities

6. Campus Ecology Fellowships (Deadline Extended)
The National Wildlife Federation has extended the application deadline for
2006-2007 Campus Ecology Fellowships (for graduate and undergraduate students)
to midnight on Sunday, January 29, 2006 on the following four topics and funding areas: Global Warming and Clean Energy, Green Textbooks, NWF Climate Impact, and Clean Energy Solutions.  Fellows receive a modest grant, project support, recognition of their accomplishments. 
http://www.nwf.org/campusEcology/dspFellowships.cfm

Jobs & Internships

7. United Students Against Sweatshops International Summer Internships
This summer United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS) will be sending 10-12 students to different regions of the world to research, organize, and build relationships with workers, unions, and other allied organizations. The internships will be skill-building experiences for the students, and provide resources for the organizations overseas.  Students will focus on supporting workers and gathering more data in the collegiate apparel industry and well as the food and beverage industry. Placements will be selected from the following: Bangladesh, China, Hong Kong, India, Cambodia, Thailand, Indonesia, Haiti, El Salvador, Mexico Guatemala, Colombia, the Philippines, and South Africa.  The program lasts 8-10 weeks, and begins with a training session in Washington DC prior to the interns' departure.  Applications are due by February 28.
http://www.studentsagainstsweatshops.org

8. State Solutions Intern, Pew Center on Global Climate Change
Pew Center on Global Climate Change seeks a recent college graduate or graduate student in environmental science, environmental policy, or related field for a State Solutions Internship from Jan. 2006 through June 2006.  The intern will research emerging state climate policies and support substantive Pew Center work on state climate change initiatives, including writing reports and articles.
The position is full time and comes with a stipend. 
http://www.pewclimate.org/about/career_opportunities/statesintern.cfm

9. National Coordinator, United Students for Fair Trade
United Students for Fair Trade seeks a National Coordinator with responsibility for organizational development and education activities.  Applicants should have at least two years experience in student organizing.  The target start date for this position is Feb. 17, 2006.  Applications are due by January 26, 2006.
http://www.usft.org/index.php?p=/AboutUSFT/Leadership/Openings/

10. Visiting Professor, International Environmental Policy, Monterey Institute of International Studies
The International Environmental Policy Program at the Monterey Institute of International Studies is seeking a visiting professor for the 2006-2007 AY. Of particular interest are applicants with expertise in energy policy, alternative energy systems, water policy, and agricultural policy. 
http://chronicle.com/jobs/id.php?id=0000442291-01&pg=s&cc=

Events

11. Financial Benefits of Creating a Sustainable Campus Webinar (Discounts for AASHE members)
Feb. 28th, 2006; 1pm-3pm EST
Innovative Educators is offering an online “webinar” entitled “Finding the Competitive Edge: The Financial Benefits of Creating a Sustainable Campus.”  The webinar will be lead by Hunter Lovins, of Natural Capitalism Solutions, Inc., who will show participants how to increase their institution’s profitability and efficiency while becoming more environmentally and socially responsible. Hunter, a founding Professor of Business at Presidio World College, is a worldwide recognized leader in helping companies and communities profit from more sustainable practices.  Participants will have access to the recorded version for up to 30 days after the event.  If you register by February 14th, 2006, the cost is $345; after the 14th, the cost is $395.  AASHE members will receive $50 off; email julian [AT] aashe.org to find out how.
http://www.innovativeeducators.org/product_p/21.htm

12. SCUP 2006 Pacific Regional Conference on Creating Healthy Campus Communities
March 5–7, 2006; Long Beach, CA
The Society for College and University Planning’s 2006 Pacific Regional Conference is focused on understanding three interrelated planning challenges facing institutions today: 1) How do the principles of wellness relate to planning in higher education institutions? 2) How are higher education institutions successfully integrating planning efforts in a quest for excellence? 3) Is there a paradigm for motivating diverse constituents to seek a healthy campus community across all programs, services, and facilities?  The deadline for early-bird registration is February 6. 
http://www.scup.org/regions/pa/2006/

13. Northwest Youth Environmental & Social Justice Convergence
January 20-22, 2006; Seattle University
This conference, sponsored by Action Northwest, Culture Jammers, Student Environmental Action Coalition, and United Students Against Sweatshops, aims to bring together various movements to work towards solidarity in the Northwest.  Participants will learn campaign skills, network with other activists, and plug into various campaigns organized by sponsor organizations.  Anti-oppression training will also be provided.  There is a sliding-scale registration fee and nobody will be turned away for lack of funds. 
contact: http://www.studentsagainstsweatshops.org

14. Midwest Global Citizenship Conference
February 24, 2006; Indianapolis, IN
Students and young professionals wishing to make a difference in the world are invited to apply for a one-day conference called "The Midwest Global Citizenship Conference." The summit aims to open a dialogue among young leaders about civic engagement in the globalized world of the 21st century. Thanks to the generous support of Indiana University, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, DarMac Foundation, and Hewlett Foundation, the conference (including tuition and meals) is free for selected students.  Participants will engage in workshops aimed at equipping them with the tools to effectively educate their peers about global issues.  Since the number of free spaces available for the student conference is limited, participants are being chosen by competitive application. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis through midnight on February 17, and applicants will be notified within 48 hours of submission if they have been selected to attend.
http://www.aidemocracy.org/Initiative.cfm?initiative_id=globalcitizen

15. Farmworker Awareness Week
March 27-April 2, 2006
Farmworker Awareness Week is week of action for students and community members to raise awareness about farmworker issues on their campuses and in their communities. Students across the US participate in the week by planning events, teach-in's, rallies, marches, and film-screenings to inform their campuses and communities of the injustices farmworkers face and ways to support farmworkers.  An on-line packet of materials is available to support student activities throughout the week, which is organized by Student Action with Farmworkers.
http://cds.aas.duke.edu/saf/faw.htm

16. From Crops to Classrooms: Engaging Higher Education in Community Food Systems
February 9-10, 2006; Portland Community College
This Forum will focus on the role of higher education in community food systems.  Sessions will focus on: sustainable campus food programs; learning gardens; curricular applications; and student initiatives.
http://www.pcc.edu/resources/service-learning/documents/webpageblobs_001.pdf

17. CFP: 6th International Service-Learning Research Conference
October 14-16, 2006; Portland, OR
The theme for this year's International Service-Learning Research Conference is "From Passion to
Objectivity:  International and Cross-disciplinary Perspectives on Service-Learning Research."  The overarching goal of the Conference is to convene researchers interested in service-learning and engagement from throughout the world to share research findings, build networks and partnerships, and identify new directions for service-learning research.  Proposals are sought in multiple categories and formats.  To be considered, all proposals must be received by March 8th, 2006. 
http://www.upa.pdx.edu/SLResearch06/Callforpapers.php

18. CFP: North American Association for Environmental Education Annual Conference
October 10-14, 2006; St. Paul MN
The 2006 North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) Annual Conference is entitled "Gathering at the Headwaters: Building EE in Society."  The Association seeks presentation proposals related to the 5 conference strands: Sustainability, Conservation and Community Education, EE Leadership Skills, Schools, Education, Achievement, and Literacy, and Joining Forces: Environmental Justice, Health, and Education.  Proposals must be received by February 22, 2006.
http://www.naaee.org/conference/conference-history/2006-naaee-conference/

19. Building the Movement to Stop Global Warming Workshop
January 27-29; Portland, OR
Green House Network is inviting participation in a two-day organizing and skills training workshop to help build a grassroots movement to stop global warming.  Participants will focus in one of two areas: 1) building local and regional Climate Action Networks or 2) joining the Volunteer Speakers Network of the Green House Network.  Mike Tidwell of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network will be a featured speaker at the workshop.  The cost for the weekend is $25 for meals or $80 for meals and two nights lodging.  Limited scholarships are available.
http://www.greenhousenet.org/downloads/global-warming-conference-portland-oregon-january-2006.pdf


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Julian Dautremont-Smith
Associate Director
Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education
(971) 544-1755
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