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Contents for
02.09.06:

NEWS
1. University of Washington to be Powered With 100% Renewable Energy
2. Presidents of 39 Evangelical Colleges Sign Statement on Climate Change
3. Four Massachusetts Campuses Purchase Wind Power
4. Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies to Purchase Clean Energy
5. Hamilton College Uses Geothermal Heating Systems to Cut Costs
6. Amherst College Board Votes Against Investments in Sudan
7. Cape Cod Community College Receives Bellwether Award for Sustainability Efforts
8. CU Boulder Offers Wind Energy to Campus Residents
9. University of Florida Announces New Sustainability Director
10. 3rd Annual Hudson River Sloop Clearwater Intercollegiate Energy Audit Underway
11. Humboldt State Seeking LEED Gold on Behavioral and Social Sciences Building
12. University of New Hampshire Cuts Energy Costs with Winter Break Power Down
13. Elon University Switches to More Efficient Washers and Dryers
14. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Adopts Energy Reduction Plan

NEW RESOURCES
15. “The Business Case for Commuter Benefits at Colleges and Universities”

OPPORTUNITIES
16. EarthTrends Environmental Essay Competition
17. U.S. DOE Seeks University Host for Center for Riparian and Coastal Ecosystems

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
18. Sustainability Education and Outreach Manager, Yale University
19. Soledad Street/Chinatown Revitalization Program Manager, CSU Monterey Bay

EVENTS
20. Early Bird Deadline Approaching: Financial Benefits of Creating a Sustainable Campus Webinar (Discounts for AASHE members)
21. Towards Sustainability: Western Regional Conference & Expo (Discounts for AASHE members)
22. CFP: 5th Global Conference on Ecological Justice and Global Citizenship
23. NWF Campus Ecology Teleconference Opportunity: Ecological Building Design
24. CFP: North American Association for Environmental Education Annual Conference

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News

1. University of Washington to be Powered With 100% Renewable Energy

Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels, University of Washington President Mark Emmert and Seattle City Light Superintendent Jorge Carrasco today announced that the UW is now the largest purchaser of green power in Seattle. By joining City Light’s Green Up program, the University will be powered with 100 percent renewable energy. As part of their Green Up partnership, City Light will coordinate with the university to build renewable energy projects on campus that will be installed and run by students, faculty and staff. City Light will assist the university with greenhouse gas emissions analysis and a carbon footprint inventory. The utility and the university will also work together to create student internships and research opportunities on green power issues.  City Light also presented the university with a check for $649,687 in Energy Smart Services Rebates for 30 energy conservation improvements completed on campus in 2005 that are expected to save 3,349,000 kWh annually.
http://www.seattle.gov/news/detail.asp?ID=5867&Dept=40 http://www.uwnews.org/article.asp?articleID=22414

2. Presidents of 39 Evangelical Colleges Sign Statement on Climate Change
The Presidents of 39 evangelical colleges in the US have joined other evangelical Christian leaders in signing a statement that expresses a biblically driven commitment to curb global warming and calls on the government to enact national legislation to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.  The statement, Climate Change: An Evangelical Call to Action, makes 4 makes points: 1) “Human-Induced Climate Change is Real;” 2) “The Consequences of Climate Change Will Be Significant, and Will Hit the Poor the Hardest;” 3) “Christian Moral Convictions Demand Our Response to the Climate Change Problem;” and 4) “The need to act now is urgent. Governments, businesses, churches, and individuals all have a role to play in addressing climate change starting now.”  Signatories pledged to act on the basis of these points and “seek ways to implement the actions that follow from them.”
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/02/08/national/08warm.html
http://www.christiansandclimate.org/statement
http://www.christiansandclimate.org/signatories

3. Four Massachusetts Campuses Purchase Wind Power
University of Massachusetts Lowell, Smith College, Mount Holyoke College, and Amherst College have joined with four Massachusetts businesses to purchase 20,500 MWh of wind energy through the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Purchasers program.  Amherst, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges will use their purchase as a reward to students for participating in a program to save energy by turning off their computer monitors when not in use. University of Massachusetts Lowell will use its purchase to gain membership in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership.
http://www.thinkenergy.net/pressroom/MREP%20Purchase%20Release.pdf
http://www.communityenergy.biz/pr/cei_pr_mrep.html
http://www.mtholyoke.edu/offices/comm/news/epa.shtml

4. Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies to Purchase Clean Energy
Starting this year, the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies will offset 100 percent of its electricity use through June 2008 by purchasing renewable energy credits from Sterling Planet, a clean energy provider.  Since 2003, the school has offset 20% of its annual electricity consumption with renewable energy credits.  The school is also working to reduce overall energy consumption with more efficient lighting and occupancy sensors. Less than one percent of Yale’s total electricity use is consumed by the school.
http://www.yaledailynews.com/article.asp?AID=31617

5. Hamilton College Uses Geothermal Heating Systems to Cut Costs
Two recently renovated and expanded buildings at Hamilton College include geothermal heating systems.  In its first year of operation, a geothermal system in Skenandoa House cut energy consumption per square foot by almost two thirds.  The building is powered completely by Green Power and is expected to receive LEED certification.  If it does, be the first historic structure in New York State to be so designated.  Hamilton’s new Science Center has a geothermal system that has reduced energy consumption per square foot. 
https://my.hamilton.edu/news/more_news/display.cfm?ID=10233

6. Amherst College Board Votes Against Investments in Sudan
The Amherst College Board of Trustees voted in January to divest any direct holdings, and refrain from future direct investment, in nearly two dozen multinational companies whose business activities have been identified as supporting the Sudanese government.  The Board’s decision is part of a broader set of actions that are designed to encourage change in the Sudan.  “We hope to encourage a climate in which an increasing number of colleges, universities and pension funds take similar actions” said Board of Trustees chair Jide Zeitlin.
Amherst News Release
Amherst Magazine article

7. Cape Cod Community College Receives Bellwether Award for Sustainability Efforts
Cape Cod Community College was selected by its peers at the 2006 Community College Futures Assembly to receive a Bellwether Award.  The award recognizes outstanding and innovative institutions and programs that are leading colleges in the 21st century.  Cape Cod Community College was honored for its presentation, “You, Too, Can Be Green,” documenting its eleven year commitment to being a “green campus” and its work to promote sustainability as a core value across the institution.  In addition, the College’s presentation provided a step-by-step guide for others to follow in “becoming green.” 
http://www.capecod.edu/events/BellwetherAward2006.htm

8. CU Boulder Offers Wind Energy to Campus Residents

The University of Colorado Environmental Center has started a new program challenging students living in campus residence halls to offset the environmental impact of their personal electricity use by signing up to purchase wind energy credits. Residents can pay $9 per semester to offset half of their electricity use, or $18 to offset all of their electricity use. All participants will receive a gift package filled with Cliff Bars, Pixie Mate Tea, St. Claire's Mints, Wild Oats Coupons, Pangea Organic Soap, and a "This Room is Powered by Wind" certificate.  Participants also have a chance to be entered into a drawing for Whole Foods Gift Cards, a Venture Snowboard, Crescent Moon Snowshoes, and concert tickets.
http://ecenter.colorado.edu/energy/wind/

9. University of Florida Announces New Sustainability Director
Dedee DeLongpré, the former executive director of Sustainable Alachua County, has been named the new director of the University of Florida’s Office of Sustainability.  DeLongpré has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Southern California and a master’s of business administration with an emphasis in sustainable management from the Presidio School of Management in San Francisco. 
http://news.ufl.edu/2006/02/02/sustainability-director/

10. 3rd Annual Hudson River Sloop Clearwater Intercollegiate Energy Audit Underway
Eleven student interns from Bard, Marist and Vassar colleges and Dutchess and Ulster community colleges are participating in the third annual Hudson River Sloop Clearwater Intercollegiate Energy Audit.  The students will receive weekly informational sessions about energy systems, efficiency and audits and use the knowledge to perform an energy audit at their home institution.  They will present their findings and recommendations in May.  A grant from Johnson Controls helps fund the program. 
News article must be purchased from PoughkeepsieJournal.com archives

11. Humboldt State Seeking LEED Gold on Behavioral and Social Sciences Building

Construction is underway on a new Behavioral and Social Sciences Building at Humboldt State University.  The 87,000 square foot building is being built to LEED Gold standards.  If certified, it will be the first California-state-funded LEED Gold building at an institution of higher education.  HSU officials anticipate that the building will 25 percent less power than required by code and will use 25 percent recycled materials. In addition, the building will have a rainwater reuse system for flushing toilets.  The total project cost is projected at $33.9 million and the building is expected to open for Fall 2007.
News article

12. University of New Hampshire Cuts Energy Costs with Winter Break Power Down
By shutting down computers and unplugging office and lab equipment, University of New Hampshire faculty and staff saved more than 92,000 kilowatt-hours (kwh) while the university was closed between Dec. 23 and Jan. 3. The 13 percent reduction saved $12,711 in energy costs.  Prior to winter break, the university’s Energy Task Force encouraged faculty and staff to turn off computers, lights, equipment, and “phantom” users of electricity like cell phone chargers (which draw significant electricity even after the phone has charged) before leaving for the winter break.  UNH officials hope that employees begin to get into the habit of powering down before every weekend so the University can achieve additional savings.
http://www.unh.edu/news/news_releases/2006/january/bp_060125energy.html

13. Elon University Switches to More Efficient Washers and Dryers
Elon University has replaced nearly 100 inefficient washers and dryers in campus residence halls with more efficient ENERGY STAR models.  The move is expected to save the university $18,000 annually in utility costs.  Front loading washers use less water and thus need less energy to heat the water.  In addition the washers spin dry cloths more effectively, resulting in less energy use needed to run dryers.
http://www.elon.edu/e-net/Note.aspx?id=27750

14. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Adopts Energy Reduction Plan

In an attempt to counteract rising energy costs, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has adopted an Energy Reduction Plan that established temperature set points for occupied areas of 68 degrees in winter and 74 degrees in summer.  Additionally, the plan creates a multi-disciplinary “Tiger Team” to go through campus buildings looking for opportunities to improve energy efficiency.  Administrators anticipate that the plan will save between $750,000 and $1,000,000 each year in reduced energy and utility costs.
http://poly.union.rpi.edu/article_view.php3?view=4552&part=1

New Resources

15. "The Business Case for Commuter Benefits at Colleges and Universities"
In this article from the CUPA-HR Journal, produced by the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources, one of the managers for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Best Workplaces for Commuters program explains how offering faculty and staff a comprehensive commuter benefits program can cost an institution much less than constructing new parking spaces.
http://www.bwc.gov/pdf/cupa-commuter2.pdf

Opportunities

16. EarthTrends Environmental Essay Competition

The World Resources Institute invites part-time or full-time undergraduate and graduate students to submit fact-based analysis about an important condition or trend related to the environment and sustainable development.  Entries will be judged on quality of writing, depth of analysis, and relevance to the mission of the World Resources Institute.  1st Prize is $500 while 2nd and 3rd Prizes are $250 each.  In addition, winning entries will be published on the EarthTrends website as feature articles.  Submissions are due by April 1, 2006.
http://earthtrends.wri.org/miscell/contest.php?

17. U.S. DOE Seeks University Host for Center for Riparian and Coastal Ecosystems

The Office of Biological and Environmental Research of the Office of Science, U.S. Department of Energy, invites applications from U.S. universities to host a new Center for Riparian and Coastal Ecosystems, as part of the new DOE National Institute for Climatic Change Research.  The new Center will solicit and manage research projects related to development of methodologies and tools for the understanding and modeling of the impacts of global and regional climatic changes on riparian and coastal ecosystems in the United States.  Preapplications are due by March 1, 2006.
Dept of Energy announcement

Jobs & Internships

18. Sustainability Education and Outreach Manager, Yale University

The Yale Office of Sustainability seeks to hire an Education and Outreach Manager.  This position will be responsible for the overall development and implementation of communication and educational outreach programs for both on-campus and off-campus audiences.  Additional duties include providing support for on-going sustainability projects, oversight of the student outreach program, research support and general office support.  The salary for this position is in the mid 40’s, depending on experience.  The closing date for applications is March 10th, 2006.
http://www.yale.edu/sustainability/jobOpportunities.htm

19. Soledad Street/Chinatown Revitalization Program Manager, CSU Monterey Bay
The Service Learning Institute at CSU Monterey Bay is beginning a 3-year HUD-funded project to involve the university in the revitalization of a blighted section of downtown Salinas.  The Institute seeks an individual who is a visionary in the art of university-community partnerships, and who has a deep passion for community-building through service learning.  The salary range for this position is $3,100 - $3,750 per month, depending on the scope of work and experience. 
Job Description

Events

20. Early Bird Deadline Approaching: Financial Benefits of Creating a Sustainable Campus Webinar (Discounts for AASHE members)
Feb. 28th, 2006; 1pm-3pm EST
Register for this event by Feb. 14th to save $50.  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 before 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. 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/

22. CFP: 5th Global Conference on Ecological Justice and Global Citizenship
July 3-6, 2006; Mansfield College, Oxford
This inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary conference aims to explore the role of ecology and environmental ideas in the context of contemporary society and international politics, and assess the implications for our understandings of fairness, justice and global citizenship.  In particular, the 5th Global Conference on Ecological Justice and Global Citizenship will explicitly explore the relationships between environments, sustainability and technology, the role of technology in creating possibilities for sustainable resources for the future, and the inherent problems and dangers which accompany that role.  Papers, presentations, reports and workshops are invited on any of the following indicative themes: Genetic Modification; Cooperative and Sustainable Development; Environmental Education and Intellectual Health; and Citizenship, Technological Innovation & Sustainability.  Abstracts should be submitted by March 10 2006. 
http://www.inter-disciplinary.net/ptb/ejgc/ejgc5/cfp.htm

23. NWF Campus Ecology Teleconference Opportunity: Ecological Building Design

February 23, at 2:00pm Eastern
The National Wildlife Federation’s Campus Ecology Program is holding a teleconference on Ecological Building Design: New and Existing Buildings.  The teleconference will feature speakers from higher education institutions discussing opportunities to green existing buildings and plans for new green buildings.  Participation is free for all NWF Campus Ecology members while nonmembers pay a small fee.  To learn more and sign up please email Kristy Jones at jonesk@nwf.org.

24. 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/


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