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Contents for 02.02.06:

NEWS
1. Bowdoin College Signs on to Governor's Carbon Challenge
2. Miami Dade College Signs the Talloires Declaration
3. Stanford University Adopts Pioneering Childbirth Policy
4. University of Mary Washington Announces Pay Increase for Lowest Paid Employees
5. Conservation Int’l and George Washington Univ. Create Ecotourism Training Program
6. Rice University Works to Cut Energy Costs
7. University of Minnesota’s Sustainability Efforts Profiled

OPPORTUNITIES
8. Oxfam America Collegiate Click Drive
9. Alliance to Save Energy Stars of Energy Efficiency Awards
10. 2006 Citizen Science Paper Competition
11. World Bank Essay Competition
12. EPA 2006 P3 Grant Competition
13. Greenpeace Organizing Term
14. USGBC Natural Talent Design Competition
15. Alternative Spring Break - Opportunity Rocks 2006: Rebuilding the Gulf Coast

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
16. Executive Director, North American Association for Environmental Education
17. Senior Faculty Positions, Center for Global Solutions, University of South Florida
18. Core Faculty, Urban Community and Environment, Antioch University at Los Angeles

EVENTS
19. Towards Sustainability: Western Regional Conference & Expo (Discounts for AASHE members)
20. Financial Benefits of Creating a Sustainable Campus Webinar (Discounts for AASHE members)
21. Mathematics of Social Justice: Course Development Workshop
22. 4th International Conference on Environmental Management for Sustainable Universities
23. Convocation of the United States Partnership for the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development
24. SURGE Conference 2006: Empowering a Progressive South, Community by Community

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News

1. Bowdoin College Signs on to Governor's Carbon Challenge
Bowdoin College has signed on to the Governor's Carbon Challenge, Maine's voluntary program dedicated to cutting carbon emissions by the year 2010.  Using 2002 emissions data as a baseline, Bowdoin has set a target goal of 11% overall reduction of carbon emissions. Of the 11%, half is from direct emissions (such as on-campus gas- or fuel-burning appliances), and half from indirect emissions (such as electricity procurement from out of state).  Among the College's direct emissions reduction initiatives has been converting from #6 fuel oil to a cleaner-burning #2 low-sulfur fuel oil; installing a dual-fuel natural gas/#2 oil burner; reducing the campus building heating standard from 72 to 68 degrees; and purchasing a hybrid car.  The indirect emissions reduction initiatives have included committing to the purchase of energy-efficient flat-screen computer monitors; the annual Energy Conservation Dorm Competition; incorporating VSD (variable speed drive) motors across campus; installing VendingMisers on all vending machines; upgrading lighting, including all exit signs; and incorporating geothermal heating systems into construction projects, including the two new residence halls.
http://www.bowdoin.edu/news/archives/1bowdoincampus/002782.shtml

2. Miami Dade College Signs the Talloires Declaration
During a ceremony on January 30, 2006, Miami Dade College President Dr. Eduardo Padrón signed the Talloires Declaration. By formally signing the Declaration, Dr. Padrón joins nearly 300 university and college presidents worldwide in pledging to commit to a 10-step-action plan for creating an institutional culture of environmental sustainability.  ”I want you to know that this signing is not only symbolic … we will continue to play an important role in educating our community to help improve an environment as fragile as ours is,” said Dr. Padrón during the signing ceremony. “Our entire faculty has always shown a tremendous concern for the environment and is committed with providing the guidance and education necessary to the stabilization of our ecological system.”  The signing of the declaration continues Miami Dade College’s tradition of being sensitive to environmental issues.  Through its Earth Ethics Institute, the college provides resources, workshops, programs and projects for the college community. The Institute also collaborates with organizations in the larger community to educate about environmentally sustainable living and business practices.  Miami Dade College is one of the largest community colleges in the US.
http://www.mdc.edu/Home/Press/talloires.htm

3. Stanford University Adopts Pioneering Childbirth Policy
In an effort to increase the number of women pursuing the advanced degrees, Stanford University has adopted a pioneering Childbirth Policy for graduate students.  The policy offers women graduate students anticipating or experiencing a birth a number of options designed to accommodate for the demands placed them by late-stage pregnancy, childbirth, and the care of a newborn.  Specifically, the policy offers such students an Academic Accommodation Period of up to two academic quarters before and after the birth, during which the student may postpone course assignments, examinations, and other academic requirements.  During this time, students are eligible for full-time enrollment status and will retain access to Stanford facilities, Cardinal Care, and Stanford housing.  In addition, new or expecting mothers are granted an automatic one-quarter extension of University and departmental requirements and academic milestones, with the possibility of up to three quarters by petition under unusual circumstances.  Finally, students supported by fellowships, teaching assistantships, and/or research assistantships will be excused from their regular TA or RA duties for a period of six weeks during which they will continue to receive support.  Stanford officials believe that only one other school, MIT, has a similar policy.
http://www.stanford.edu/dept/DoR/GSH/childbirth.html
http://insidehighered.com/news/2006/01/30/stanford

4. University of Mary Washington Announces Pay Increase for Lowest Paid Employees
Officials at the University of Mary Washington announced that the institution will increase salaries for its lowest paid workers. For all full-time and part-time employees, the base rate will rise from $8.72 to $9.18 an hour. The increase is based on an updated comparison of the university’s total compensation with that paid by Stafford County to its entry level custodial workers.  In 1998, the University adopted Stafford County’s entry level custodial worker salary as the benchmark for its base rate to assist in recruitment and retention efforts.  This is the third review and base rate market adjustment since that time.  The raises will take effect between March 10 and March 20.
http://www.umw.edu/universityrelations/news/archives/umw_announces_pay_increase.php
http://fredericksburg.com/News/FLS/2006/012006/01282006/163571

5. Conservation Int’l and George Washington Univ. Create Ecotourism Training Program
Conservation International and The George Washington University have entered into an agreement to develop and implement the Ecotourism Learning Program. The program will provide a set of tools, knowledge and standards to help communities create ecotourism destinations that successfully attract tourists while protecting the natural environment and improving their welfare.  The program targets government and non-governmental staff working in tourism within the 34 biodiversity hotspots, major tropical wilderness areas, wetlands and key marine areas of the world where ecotourism is increasing or will be implemented.
http://www.celb.org/xp/CELB/news-events/press_releases/01192006.xml

6. Rice University Works to Cut Energy Costs
Higher energy costs threaten to increase Rice University’s energy costs by 40 percent when the University’s current energy contract expires in July 2006. In response, Rice is developing energy-use guidelines to help reduce energy consumption.  The University is already purchasing high efficiency equipment and experimenting with other steps to make buildings more efficient. 
http://www.media.rice.edu/media/Newsbot.asp?MODE=VIEW&ID=8169&SnID=134362826
http://www.media.rice.edu/media/Newsbot.asp?MODE=VIEW&ID=8168&SnID=134362826

7. University of Minnesota’s Sustainability Efforts Profiled
A recent Minnesota Daily article describes sustainability efforts by the University of Minnesota.  These include: joining the Chicago Climate Exchange and committing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 1 percent annually; operating a chemical redistribution program to find users for unwanted but usable chemicals within the University community; using recycling paper; and composting organic grounds waste.
http://www.mndaily.com/articles/2006/02/01/66908

Opportunities

8. Oxfam America Collegiate Click Drive
The Oxfam America Collegiate Click Drive is an intercollegiate competition that raises money for microcredit through a click-to-donate site. Since the Click Drive’s inception five years ago, hundreds of participating campuses have raised over $100,000 to help fight poverty. Registration has begun for the 2006 Click Drive, which will begin on February 13th. 
http://www.povertyfighters.com/
http://www.povertyfighters.com/colleges/about

9. Alliance to Save Energy Stars of Energy Efficiency Awards
The Alliance to Save Energy invites individuals, companies, and organizations to enter its 2006 Star of Energy Efficiency Awards competition. These awards honor entities who have demonstrated a significant and tangible commitment to the cause of energy efficiency and/or contribution to the energy security of our nation. This year’s awards will be bestowed on Tuesday, September 12 in Washington, DC at the Alliance to Save Energy’s 14th Evening with the Stars of Energy Efficiency black-tie dinner and awards ceremony.  Entries are due by March 31, 2006 (Early Bird Deadline: February 14, 2006).
http://www.ase.org/uploaded_files/temp/2006_DinnerNominations.pdf

10. 2006 Citizen Science Paper Competition
SustainUS’ Citizen Science Technical Board is accepting short scientific papers or review articles written for a non-scientist audience on natural or social science topics related to the economic, social, technological, or environmental dimensions of sustainable development. The Board will select the best articles for online publication in Citizen Scientist. Authors of published papers will get the chance to present their work at the fourteenth session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development in New York City, May 1-12, 2006. Participants must be residents of the United States and between 13-26 years of age.  Paper submissions are due by March 3, 2006.
http://www.sustainus.org/

11. World Bank International Essay Competition 2006
The World Bank invites essays on community work and participation in public life for the International Essay Competition 2006.  The winner will receive $5,000 will be invited to participate in the Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics, in Tokyo, Japan, on May 29-30, 2006.  The best submissions will also be published.  The competition is open to people between the ages of 18 and 25. The deadline for submissions is April 2, 2006.
http://www.essaycompetition.org/

12. EPA 2006 P3 Grant Competition
The EPA has begun accepting applications in the 3rd Annual P3 Award: A National Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity, and the Planet.  The competition will provide grants to teams of college students to research, develop, and design solutions to challenges to sustainability.  The EPA will award approximately 50 grants of up to $10,000 for Phase I.  Upon the successful completion of Phase I, Phase I grant recipients will have the opportunity to apply for Phase II funding of up to $75,000 for one additional year.  The EPA will award approximately 10 Phase II grants.
Public nonprofit institutions/organizations (includes public institutions of higher education and hospitals) and private nonprofit institutions/organizations (includes private institutions of higher education and hospitals) located in the U.S. are eligible to apply to become the recipient of a grant to support teams of undergraduate and/or graduate students.  Applications are due by February 20, 2006, 4:00 pm Eastern Time.
http://es.epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2006/2006_p3.html#Synopsis

13. Greenpeace Organizing Term
The Greenpeace Organizing Term offers hands-on training for students to become environmental leaders. Students will learn leadership skills and receive training in grassroots organizing, media, direct action, and campaign strategy.  The Greenpeace Organizing Term also includes a weeklong trip abroad to meet with international student activists working and global Greenpeace staff.  Tuition for the program is $3,500 which covers training expenses and costs on the international trip, including airfare, food and housing.  College credit is possible and limited scholarships are available on a needs-basis.  Greenpeace is now accepting applications for Summer and Fall 2006 terms.
http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/getinvolved/greenpeace-organizing-term

14. USGBC Natural Talent Design Competition
Registration is now open for the 2006 US Green Building Council Natural Talent Design Competition. The competition is actually a series of ten local design competitions offered by local USGBC chapters and Emerging Green Builders groups.  The competitions give participants an opportunity for hands-on work with a green building project in their community.  Local winners will be showcased in a Best-In-Show at Greenbuild next November in Denver.  Registration is open to individuals or teams of students or young professionals with less than 5 years of experience.
http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CMSPageID=257&

15. Alternative Spring Break - Opportunity Rocks 2006: Rebuilding the Gulf Coast
Opportunity Rocks 2006: Rebuilding the Gulf Coast is an opportunity for college students from across the country to travel to the New Orleans area to help clean up and rebuild in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Participants will be working on Habitat for Humanity sponsored projects throughout the New Orleans area, repairing and rebuilding homes.  Opportunity Rocks 2006 will take place from Wednesday, March 15 - Sunday, March 19, 2006.  Opportunity Rocks and the New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity will provide all food, housing, and local transportation.
(website no longer available)

Jobs & Internships

16. Executive Director, North American Association for Environmental Education
The North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) is seeking an Executive Director to lead the organization as it moves forward with a five-year Strategic Plan.  The Executive Director will work in NAAEE’s office in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. The salary for this full-time position will be commensurate with experience, in the range of $80-100K, depending on qualifications. Applicants should have at least a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, and a minimum of ten years of job experience, including five years in a management position.  Review of applications will begin March 2, 2006, and continue until the position is filled.
(webpage no longer available)

17. Senior Faculty Positions, Center for Global Solutions, University of South Florida
The newly endowed Patel Center for Global Solutions at the University of South Florida aspires to become recognized globally for its support of research and education that improves and sustains the quality of human life worldwide. In fulfillment of this vision, the Center will appoint 6 senior faculty members over the next three years who bring international distinction in the broad field of global studies/globalization. Two appointments will be made this year and will be filled by senior researchers with expertise in one or more of the Center's five applied research areas: economics, trade, and development; health; human security; sustainable environments; and cultures and the arts. Successful candidates should demonstrate significant interest, experience and expertise in translating research into applications and solutions; and should provide leadership in interdisciplinary research projects.  Positions will remain open until filled, however the review of applications will begin on March 10, 2006.
http://chronicle.com/jobs/id.php?id=0000444709-01&pg=s&cc=

18. Core Faculty, Urban Community and Environment, Antioch University at Los Angeles
Antioch University Los Angeles is accepting applications for a full-time core faculty position, specializing in interdisciplinary study of urban issues, in the B.A. in Liberal Studies Program. The faculty member will have overall responsibility for developing the program's new area of concentration, Urban Community and Environment, in addition to teaching courses in the new concentration, advising undergraduate students, and cultivating partnerships with community organizations.  The anticipated starting date is July 2006.  Review of applications will begin on February 1, 2006 and will continue until the position is filled.
http://chronicle.com/jobs/id.php?id=0000445613-01&pg=s&cc=

Events

19. 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/

20. 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

21. Mathematics of Social Justice: Course Development Workshop
May 23-25, 2006; Lafayette College, Easton, PA
This workshop will aid faculty in mathematics and related disciplines to develop undergraduate general education courses for their home institutions, courses that engage students in understanding the connection between quantitative literacy and social justice.  Participants will be expected to share preliminary curricular materials developed after the workshop to support those teaching a course in the fall. Eventually the participants will gather at a professional meeting to make presentations regarding their experiences in courses arising from the workshop.  Lodging will be provided, however participants and their home institutions will be expected to cover transportation and food costs.
http://ww2.lafayette.edu/~math/Rob/MathOfSJ/

22. 4th International Conference on Environmental Management for Sustainable Universities
June 26-30, 2006; University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
This international conference is hosted by the Global Environmental Management Education Center (GEM), a center within the College of Natural Resources at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point.  Participants will focus on transforming ideas into action and building sustainable communities beyond university campuses. The conference is targeted for a broad audience from university, business, government and non-government organizations.  Keynote speakers include Jared Diamond and Robert F. Kennedy Jr.  Registration costs $200 before April 15 and $250 afterwards. 
http://www.uwsp.edu/cnr/GEM/EMSU/Home.htm

23. Convocation of the United States Partnership for the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development
March 1-2, 2006; U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, NC
This first annual event will include national leaders from federal government, business, higher education, K-12 education, local and state government, faith communities, living institutions, academia, the science community and many others, actively engaged in sustainability education and learning in the United States.  Participants will have the opportunity to engage with each other and to develop action-specific plans and partnerships for their own institution’s goals and objectives and to help advance the vision and mission of the US Partnership.  The two-day convocation will utilize "Open Space Technology", a group methodology that emphasizes personal participation, responsibility, and commitment with a bias towards consensus and action.  There is no registration fee for the convocation. Participation is limited to 300 participants, and the US Partnership reserves the option to balance the sector diversity of participants.
US Partnership announcement

24. SURGE Conference 2006: Empowering a Progressive South, Community by Community
Feb 24-25, 2006; NC Central University, Durham, NC
SURGE Conference 2006 will be a gathering of hundreds of progressive students from all over the South. There will be a keynote speaker on Friday evening and Saturday will include informative workshop and strategy sessions on relevant issues and skills, networking opportunities with dozens of nonprofits and fellow students, and among other things. Food is included in the registration.
http://www.surgenetwork.org/


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Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education
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