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Contents for
January 19, 2006:

NEWS
1. SUNY Canton to Offer Bachelor's Degree in Renewable and Alternative Energy Applications
2. New Architectural Technology Program at Centennial College Emphasizes Sustainable Design
3. University of Oregon Establishes Energy Conservation and Alternative Futures Fund
4. Michigan State University Joins EPA GreenScapes Program
5. University of Colorado Environmental Center Announces New Director
6. Queen's University Student Government Considers Hiring Sustainability Coordinator
7. University of Dayton Uses Party to Encourage Energy Conservation
8. Green Buildings Open at Santa Clara University and Laramie County Community College
9. Saint Xavier University Breaks Ground for Green Residence Hall

NEW RESOURCES
10. Tribal College Journal Special Issue on Sustainability
11. “The Benefits of Leftovers”: Strategies for Reducing End of Term Waste

OPPORTUNITIES
12. Rieser Fellowship in Science, Technology, and Global Security
13. Spring Quarter Study of Sustainable Community Development in Greece

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
14. Sustainability Outreach & Communication Coordinator, Duke University
15. Environmental Coordinator, Bates College

EVENTS
16. Towards Sustainability: Western Regional Conference & Expo (Discounts for AASHE members)
17. Financial Benefits of Creating a Sustainable Campus Webinar (Discounts for AASHE members)
18. Santa Barbara Summit on Environmental Studies
19. Conference: Reinventing Today's Business for the Challenges of Tomorrow
20. Midwest Student Clean Energy Conference
21. NWF Campus Ecology Teleconference on Waste Reduction
22. STARC Summer Institute 2006
23. CFP: Oikos PhD Summer Academy on Sustainability and Corporate Strategy

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News

1. SUNY Canton to Offer Bachelor's Degree in Renewable and Alternative Energy Applications
SUNY Canton has announced that a new four-year Renewable and Alternative Energy Applications program will begin in Fall 2006.  The program will focus on wind, solar, geothermal, fuel cell, biofuel and other emerging technologies.  It is one of only a small number of programs offering a Bachelor’s degree in renewable energy.  The campus already has a biodiesel research lab on campus and is in the process of setting up a methane digester to capture natural gas from the breakdown of manure produced at a nearby farm. 
http://www.canton.edu/public_relations/news/alt_renew_energy_degree.html
http://www.tmcnet.com/usubmit/2006/jan/1285667.htm

2. New Architectural Technology Program at Centennial College Emphasizes Sustainable Design
Centennial College has launched a new full-time program in architectural technology that emphasizes sustainable building design and construction.  "Sustainability is the important next direction in architectural design and construction," says Ted Rosen, an architect and program coordinator at Centennial.
http://canada.archiseek.com/news/2006/000012.html

3. University of Oregon Establishes Energy Conservation and Alternative Futures Fund
The Associated Students of the University of Oregon has created an Energy Conservation and Alternative Futures Fund to distribute approximately $25,000 for student projects that focus on energy conservation, increase renewable energy usage, and/or educate the campus community about energy issues.  The funds come from a $0.60 per student per term energy fee which was approved in 2005 by the student body during the ASUO student election and authorized by the University Administration. The fund is designed to buy wind energy for the EMU and support student projects recommended to the ASUO executive by ECAFF.
http://www.uoregon.edu/~ecaff

4. Michigan State University Joins EPA GreenScapes Program
Michigan State University’s Grounds Maintenance Department has enrolled in the US Environmental Protection Agency's GreenScapes program.  The program provides cost-efficient and environmentally friendly solutions for large-scale landscaping that are designed to help preserve natural resources and prevent waste and pollution.  MSU is the second campus to join the program.  MSU Grounds is already composting leaves and other organic waste, shredding wood pallets and tree trimmings for mulch, and using biodiesel fuel in equipment and vehicles.  http://www.ecofoot.msu.edu/newsletters/footprints.newsletter.01.06.pdf
http://www.epa.gov/epaoswer/non-hw/green/index.htm

5. University of Colorado Environmental Center Announces New Director
The University of Colorado Environmental Center has announced the appointment of Dave Newport as director the Center.  Previously the Director of University of Florida’s Office of Sustainability, Newport started work at the Center on Jan. 9. 
http://ecenter.colorado.edu/in_the_news/press_releases/06-01-10newport.pdf

6. Queen's University Student Government Considers Hiring Sustainability Coordinator
The Alma Mater Society, Queen's University’s undergraduate student government, is considering hiring an environmental sustainability coordinator to improve the environmental performance of the Society’s operations, which include food services, a copy center, and other services.  The Society will vote on the proposal next week.
http://www.queensjournal.ca/articlephp/point-vol133/issue25/news/lead3

7. University of Dayton Uses Party to Encourage Energy Conservation
Hoping to stimulate energy conservation on campus, University of Dayton officials have promised students a party if they can reduce their electricity use by 20 percent during the next six weeks.  If successful, the University would save approximately $15,000.  "As much as anything, it's about getting the students in the mode of saving," says Energy Manager Jim Blevins. "It's just raising that awareness."  Similar competitions organized by the UD Sustainability Club in 2003 and 2004 cut energy consumption in university-owned houses by around 5 percent. 
http://www.ohio.com/mld/beaconjournal/13616386.htm

8. Green Buildings Open at Santa Clara University and Laramie County Community College
The Commons, a green demonstration building at Santa Clara University, recently opened for classes.  The 7,500 square foot building features natural ventilation, a solar chimney, day lighting, a green roof, ground water cooling, insulating straw bale walls, displacement ventilation, and additional energy and water conservation technologies.  Laramie County Community College also recently opened a green building on its new Albany campus.  The building, which officials hope will have 50 percent lower utility costs than a conventional building, features a ground source heat system, natural lighting, and structural insulated panels.  A wind turbine and photovoltaic solar panels will be used to create electricity for the building.
http://www.scu.edu/sustainability/commons/
http://www.laramieboomerang.com/news/more.asp?StoryID=104562
http://www.lccc.wy.edu/acc/newcampus.php

9. Saint Xavier University Breaks Ground for Green Residence Hall
Saint Xavier University officials recently broke ground for a new $9 million, 37,000-square-foot residence hall that incorporates many environmentally friendly design elements, including a green roof over 10 percent of the surface.  Additional green features include an energy efficient lighting system; a building control system that reduces energy consumption and increases indoor air quality; an energy recovery system that captures heat from exhaust ventilation; energy efficient double pane windows; and high-efficiency thermal insulation systems for the roof and walls.  It is the first university residence hall in the greater Chicago area to be built with the intention of seeking LEED certification. 
Saint Xavier Admission's Article


New Resources

10. Tribal College Journal Special Issue on Sustainability
The current issue of Tribal College Journal focuses on sustainability.  Articles include “The Future is Green: Tribal colleges saving water, electricity - and money” by Dr. Gelvin Stevenson, and “Building Green Campuses for the Seventh Generation” by Marjane Ambler.
http://www.tribalcollegejournal.org/themag/current.html

11. “The Benefits of Leftovers”: Strategies for Reducing End of Term Waste
This article, from the December 2005 issue of College Planning & Management describes key components of a successful end of term waste reduction strategies. 
http://www.peterli.com/archive/cpm/1031.shtm


Opportunities

12. Rieser Fellowship in Science, Technology, and Global Security
The Rieser Fellowship provides one-time awards of $2,500-$5,000 to between three and five undergraduate students at a U.S. college or university seeking to explore the connections between science, technology, global security, and public policy. It will be presented to students whose academic interests, extracurricular activities, and career aspirations demonstrate a significant interest in the role of scientists in formulating public policy and in addressing global security policy challenges.  The fellowship may be used over the course of one year to support academic research or professional development, in the United States or abroad.  Applications are due by March 10, 2006.
http://www.thebulletin.org/about_us/rieser_fellowship.htm

13. Spring Quarter Study of Sustainable Community Development in Greece
Western Washington University is offering a study abroad program on Sustainable Community Development on the Island of Kefalonia in Greece.  The program offers a multi-disciplinary, applied studies curriculum with coursework in Urban and Regional Planning, Environmental Studies, Social Anthropology, Community Design, Language and Culture, Agro-Ecology, Tourism and Economic Sustainable Development.  The program will run from March 24, 2006 – June 19, 2006 and participation in the program costs $7,998. 
http://www.ac.wwu.edu/~zaferan/index-kefalonia%20program.htm

Jobs & Internships

14. Sustainability Outreach & Communication Coordinator, Duke University
Duke University is seeking applications for a Sustainability Outreach & Communication Coordinator position.  The Coordinator will design and implement culture change and behavior modification programs to promote resource efficiency and will aid in communicating Duke's sustainability initiatives.  Salary range is $31,000 to $45,000 depending on experience.  Duke would like to fill this position as soon as possible.
Job Description.pdf

15. Environmental Coordinator, Bates College
Bates College (Lewiston, ME) seeks an energetic leader to fill its newly-expanded Environmental Coordinator position.  This unique individual whose work will transcend all campus boundaries, by bringing students, staff and faculty together in common pursuit of campus sustainability, will lead a campus-wide effort to develop and implement a master plan for sustainability.  The Environmental Coordinator may teach one course per year, research new methods and techniques that promote conservation and efficiency, and collect and analyze pertinent campus data to monitor the campus impact on climate change and other environmental issues.  This position will also develop a web presence and other communication materials.  A master’s degree in Environmental Studies or a related field and strong oral and written communication skills are required.  Review of resumes will begin immediately and the position will remain open until filled.
(website no longer available)

Events

16. Towards Sustainability: Western Regional Conference & Expo (Discounts for AASHE members)
March 7-9, 2006; California State University, Chico
Towards Sustainability: Western Regional Conference and Expo is a collaborative effort between academic, community, government and industry leaders to provide a forum for information sharing, thoughtful inquiry, and enhanced commitment to the benefits of sustainability.  Keynote speakers include: Nan Jenks-Jay, Director of Environmental Affairs at Middlebury College; Debra Rowe, Senior Fellow at University Leaders for a Sustainable Future; Geoffrey Chase, Dean of Undergraduate Studies at San Diego State University; and Matthew St. Clair, Sustainability Specialist at University of California Office of the President.  Conterence Tracks include: Sustainability in the Curriculum, Sustainable Practices for the Built Environment, Sustainable Energy and Economics, and Student Life.  Business, industry, and government organizations will be on hand to demonstrate the latest in sustainable products, practices, technologies and programs.  Discounts are available to AASHE members; email julian [AT] aashe.org for details.
http://rce.csuchico.edu/sustainability/

17. 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 led 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

18. Santa Barbara Summit on Environmental Studies
Feb. 23-25, 2006; UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA
The summit is intended: to take stock of teaching and research in Environmental Studies; to think about where the field ought to be headed in the future; to encourage greater communication across the many disciplines -- physical, biological, and social sciences, and the humanities -- that deal with “environmental” problems and solutions; and to decide collectively about whether the time has come to establish a new professional association focusing on university- and graduate-level environmental education and research.  Registration costs $100 per person ($50 for students). 
http://www.es.ucsb.edu/essummit/

19. Conference: Reinventing Today's Business for the Challenges of Tomorrow
March 30-31; Chapel Hill, NC
The role of the corporation is changing, and businesses are increasingly finding they need to expand their definition of profitability to incorporate community and environmental considerations. This conference will convene 200 leading academics and corporate executives to discuss cutting-edge strategies for creating innovative business models and organizational processes within this new global context. The conference will explore major social and environmental trends influencing today’s business and how managers can respond to meet the challenges of tomorrow. Academic/NGO rate is $300 if received by Feb. 24 (normally, $375).
http://www.cse.unc.edu/conference

20. Midwest Student Clean Energy Conference
March 3-5, 2006; Madison, WI
The Midwest Student Clean Energy Conference will bring hundreds of students from across the region together to learn about energy issues and the threats posed by global warming, get trained in organizing skills, and learn about how to take action on campus for a clean energy future. 
http://www.energyaction.net/midwest

21. NWF Campus Ecology Teleconference on Waste Reduction
Wednesday, February 8, 2:00pm EST
The National Wildlife Federation’s Campus Ecology Program is holding a teleconference on Waste Reduction on Campus.  The teleconference will feature speakers from higher education institutions and waste management organizations.  There will be an opportunity for discussion and questions.  The teleconference is free for all NWF Campus Ecology members and a small fee for nonmembers.  To learn more and sign up please email Kristy Jones at jonesk@nwf.org.

22. STARC Summer Institute 2006
The STARC Summer Institute is an intensive 8-week training program for youth and student activists from across the country that takes place in the San Francisco Bay Area every summer.   The program is composed of four different elements: Community organizing internships, political education, individual mentoring, and community building.  Participants will learn essential organizing skills through direct participation while developing their anti-oppression analyses. The program brings together eight to ten participants who come from diverse personal and political backgrounds, and each will receive a small monthly stipend for their participation. Participants selected for the Summer Institute are expected to do some fundraising to help cover the costs of the program; however, you will receive extensive support from our fundraising committee.  The Summer Institute will begin around the second week of June depending on applicants’ schedules, and will be completed around mid-August.  Applications are due by January 31, 2006. 
http://www.starcalliance.org/siabout.html

23. CFP: Oikos PhD Summer Academy on Sustainability and Corporate Strategy
August 21-25, 2006; University of St. Gallen, Switzerland
The oikos Foundation invites doctoral candidates to submit a paper for the 7th international oikos PhD summer academy. The academy provides PhD students a forum to present and discuss their on-going research projects with fellow students and senior faculty.  The sessions will be moderated and feedback will be given by Dr. Petra Christmann, Professor of Management and Global Business, Rutgers University; Dr. Juan Alberto Aragón Correa, Professor for Strategy, University of Granada; and Dr. Rolf Wüstenhagen, Senior Lecturer, University of St. Gallen.  The focus of this year’s summer academy is Sustainability and Corporate Strategy.  To allow in-depth discussions, participation in summer academy is limited to 15 PhD students.  Abstracts are due by March 15, 2006.
http://www.oikos-foundation.unisg.ch/academy2006/callforpapers.pdf



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