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Contents for
January 26, 2006:

NEWS
1. Heating Plant Upgrade at Cornell to Cut GHG Emissions by 20%
2. Yale to Offer Joint Degree in Architecture and Environmental Management
3. Crowder College Installing 65kw Wind Turbine On Campus
4. Bates College Senior Class to Give Green Energy
5. Penn State Participates in Ceiling Recycling Program
6. Stanford Energy Bowl and Water Derby Begins
7. University of Arizona Conducts Waste Audit in Preparation for RecycleMania
8. University of Oregon Establishes Cell Phone Recycling Program
9. Equitrac Challenges Higher Ed to 'End Print Waste'

NEW RESOURCES
10. International Journal of Low Carbon Technologies

OPPORTUNITIES
11. Oxfam America CHANGE Initiative

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
12. Director, Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute, University of Michigan
13. Assnt. Prof. of Environ. Science or Environ. Management, Portland State University
14. LEED Assistant Certification Manager, US Green Building Council

EVENTS
15. Financial Benefits of Creating a Sustainable Campus Webinar (Discounts for AASHE members)
16. Towards Sustainability: Western Regional Conference & Expo (Discounts for AASHE members)
17. Third Annual Conference of Social Entrepreneurs: Where Practice and Research Align
18. 2006 National Student Labor Week of Action

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News


1. Heating Plant Upgrade at Cornell to Cut GHG Emissions by 20%
Cornell University has announced plans to upgrade its central heating plant with an efficient combined heat-and-power project.  The project, combined with an aggressive energy conservation initiative, is intended to assure the long-term adequacy of the heating and electrical supply for campus.  It will also allow Cornell to significantly reduce its use of coal thereby reducing carbon dioxide emissions by approximately 20% and sulfur and nitrogen oxide emissions by 50%, according to an EPA analysis.  The increased efficiency of the system is expected to provide significant cost savings as well.  The project is expected to be completed no later than 2009.
Cornell Press Release

http://www.greenbiz.com/news/news_third.cfm?NewsID=30147
http://www.utilities.cornell.edu/utl_ldcchp.html

2. Yale to Offer Joint Degree in Architecture and Environmental Management
Yale’s School of Architecture and the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies will soon offer a joint degree program allowing students to receive a Master's of Architecture I or II and a Masters of Environmental Management in less time than they would be enrolling in each program independently.  "We are combining both the skills of architecture and ecology, so that our buildings and landscapes can result in less adverse effects on the natural environment and create more positive connections between people and nature," says Environment School professor Stephen Kellert . "It's an attempt to really focus on the challenge to build a more sustainable human-built environment."
http://www.yaledailynews.com/article.asp?AID=31355

3. Crowder College Installing 65kw Wind Turbine On Campus
Crowder College is in the process of installing 65kw wind turbine.  The turbine is expected to save Crowder between $500 and $1000 dollars each month in lower electricity prices.  The turbine will be one of the largest turbines in the state of Missouri
US Dept of Energy article

4. Bates College Senior Class to Give Green Energy
Senior class gifts are a Bates College tradition.  Previous Senior class gifts have ranged from physical landmarks to scholarships.  This year, students are fundraising to help Bates offset the cost of switching to green energy.  Organizers are hope the gift of green energy will inspire a record-breaking student class gift participation rate.
http://thebatesstudent.com/mambo/content/view/890/1/

5. Stanford Energy Bowl and Water Derby Begins
The Great Annual Stanford Energy Bowl and Water Derby started with the beginning of Winter Quarter.   The event, which is organized by Students for a Sustainable Stanford, is an inter-dorm competition that records the energy and water usage for each house or dorm and compares that to the amounts used during the same period last year.  Each resident of the dorm with the largest percentage decrease will receive a prize. 
http://daily.stanford.edu/tempo?page=content&id=18986&repository=0001_article

6. Penn State Participates in Ceiling Recycling Program
Pennsylvania State University has begun participating in an innovative ceiling recycling program offered by Armstrong Ceilings.  Under the program, Penn State ships old ceiling tiles from renovation projects to an Armstrong plant to be recycled into new ceiling tiles.  The old tiles do not have to be Armstrong products and Armstrong pays for the shipping.  While a definitive cost analysis has not been done, Penn State officials believe that the program saves money due to a reduction in tipping fees.
Environmental Design + Construction article

7. University of Arizona Conducts Waste Audit in Preparation for RecycleMania
Hoping to raise awareness about the upcoming RecycleMania competition, recycling advocates at University of Arizona publicly analyzed a 180 pound sample of garbage produced over a recent weekend.  The group found that almost half of the garbage was recyclable, when measured by weight.  The group intends to repeat the study after RecycleMania to see how the results change.
Arizona Wildcat article

8. University of Oregon Establishes Cell Phone Recycling Program
In an effort to reduce toxic electronics waste, the University of Oregon has set up three drop-off points on campus for used cell phones.  The phones will then be either refurbished or recycled.  Legacy Wireless Services, Inc., the company that collects the used phones, donates 10 percent of the proceeds from resold phones to charities such as the American Red Cross and EarthShare.
Daily Emerald article

9. Equitrac Challenges Higher Ed to 'End Print Waste'
Equitrac, a document management company, has launched www.endprintwaste.com, a website describing the paper waste reduction benefits of the company's print tracking and management software.  The company will donate a native tree for planting through The National Arbor Day Foundation for every college or university administrator or IT professional who views a brief presentation on how it product can save paper and cut printing costs.
http://www.equitrac.com/news_detail.asp?id=130
http://www.equitrac.com/endprintwaste/


New Resources



10. International Journal of Low Carbon Technologies
The International Journal of Low Carbon Technologies is a new quarterly journal focused on climate change, sustainable development, urban design, the built environment, and related topics. It has published one issue, and it seeking article submissions as well as subscribers.
http://www.manchesteruniversitypress.co.uk/information_areas/journals/ijlct/ijlct.htm

Opportunities

11. Oxfam America CHANGE Initiative
The Oxfam America CHANGE Initiative is now accepting student applications for the 2006-2007 academic year. The CHANGE Initiative aims to develop capable and confident young leaders, who are active agents for positive social change.  Participants will receive one week of intensive leadership training over the summer and will use their training over the school year to o carry out a social justice campaign on their campus and in their community.  Participants will be assisted throughout the year by your campus advisors and the Oxfam America Outreach staff.  Only US college students entering their sophomore or junior year college are eligible. The application deadline is April 1, 2006.
http://www.oxfamamerica.org/whatyoucando/act_now/student_action/change

Jobs & Internships

12. Director, Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute, University of Michigan
The University of Michigan (UM) seeks a full-time Director for its newly created Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute. The Graham Institute is a University-wide unit with the mission of promoting interdisciplinary research and education in environmental sustainability related fields, providing financial support to encourage outstanding students to incorporate environmental sustainability issues into their studies, and developing outreach programs that demonstrate the University's environmental sustainability commitment.  UM is seeking an outstanding individual at the full professor level to provide leadership in environmental sustainability that will: (1) increase interdisciplinary research and educational opportunities; (2) attract the best students and researchers to the University of Michigan; (3) support and encourage new courses and degree programs at both the undergraduate and graduate level; and (4) develop new strategic initiatives. Nominations and applications will be reviewed beginning February 1, 2006, and will be accepted until the position is filled.
http://chronicle.com/jobs/id.php?id=0000444205-01&pg=s&cc=

13. Assnt. Prof. of Environ. Science or Environ. Management, Portland State University
The Environmental Science and Resources (ESR) program at Portland State University (PSU) invites applications for a 9-month tenure-track position of Assistant Professor of Environmental Science or Environmental Management. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate and graduate level courses in environmental science and/or environmental management, depending on area of specialization. Review of applications will begin February 20, 2006 and will continue until the position is filled.
http://chronicle.com/jobs/id.php?id=0000442451-01&pg=s&cc=

14. LEED Assistant Certification Manager, US Green Building Council
US Green Building Council is currently seeking an energetic commercial buildings professional with experience and knowledge of the design and construction process and the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System. The LEED Assistant Certification Manager will work directly with LEED Certification Managers guiding and participating in the review of applications for project certification under the LEED Green Building Rating System. The Assistant Certification Manager will collaborate with senior technical staff, contractors, and project teams to evaluate project documentation, review technical inquiries, and prepare reports and correspondence.  Applicants should have a Bachelors degree in Architecture or Engineering and 2-5 years of professional practice experience
http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CMSPageID=63&#lacm

Events

15. 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

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.  Conference 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. Third Annual Conference of Social Entrepreneurs: Where Practice and Research Align
April 6-8, 2006; NYU Stern School of Business, New York, NY
The NYU Conference of Social Entrepreneurs: Where Research and Practice Align will bring together entrepreneurs, scholars, and philanthropists to discuss the theoretical frameworks and practice based knowledge involved with the process of starting new social ventures. By gathering the leading academic researchers and the top social innovators from around the world, this conference seeks to advance understanding of social entrepreneurship and help set the agenda for future inquiry in the field.  In conjunction with the conference this year, Stern’s student group, the Corporate Ethics & Social Enterprise Association is hosting a CSR Career Fair. 
www.stern.nyu.edu/berkley/conference

18. 2006 National Student Labor Week of Action
From March 31- April 4, 2006 students and workers will commemorate the lives of Cesar Chavez and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by highlighting the plight of campus workers across the US.  Organizers are calling for: the eradication of corporate influence on education; living wages for all campus employees; university codes of conduct that support worker’s rights; an end to union-busting tactics used by school administrators; and the right to organize and bargain collectively for all workers.  The annual event is organized by the Student Labor Action Project.
http://www.jwj.org/SLAP/A4/2006.htm


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Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education
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