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Contents for
02.16.06:

NEWS
1. EPA Releases List of Top 10 Higher Education Purchasers of Green Power
2. University of Maryland to Switch to Fair Trade Coffee
3. Duke Strengthens Policy Against Sweatshops
4. Tully’s Coffee to Develop New Line of Fair Trade Coffee for U Washington
5. University of Manitoba Switches to Green Cleaning Products
6. University of Minnesota, Morris Seeking Funding to Erect More Wind Turbines
7. Rogers State University Adopts an Energy Savings Plan
8. Stanford Receives $30 Million Gift for Environmental Institute
9. Wake Forest University Class Examines University’s Environmental Impact
10. UC Santa Barbara Seeking LEED Silver on New Student Center
11. Emory’s Green Building Efforts Profiled
12. Sustainable Cafés Come to Duke and Yale Universities

NEW RESOURCES
13. A Practical Guide to Hiring a Sustainability Professional for Universities and Colleges
14. Campus Ecology Yearbook 2005
15. New Trends in Higher Education Includes Section on Environment

OPPORTUNITIES
16. 2006 Campus Compact Awards for Students
17. 2006 Linkages Awards

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
18. Bro Professorship of Regional Sustainable Development, Northland College
19. Director of Development-Environmental Programs, University of Wisconsin Foundation
20. National Affordable Textbooks Campaign Coordinator, State PIRGs

EVENTS
21. Towards Sustainability: Western Regional Conference & Expo (Discounts for AASHE members)
22. Financial Benefits of Creating a Sustainable Campus Webinar (Discounts for AASHE members)
23. Stopping Global Warming, Fighting Coal Plants: Building the Movement Workshop
24. Rescuing God's Creation: Student Activist Gathering to Protect the Arctic Refuge
25. CFP: Learning from Success: Steps Toward More Sustainable Campuses

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News

1. EPA Releases List of Top 10 Higher Education Purchasers of Green Power

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released a list of the top 10 campus purchasers of green power (according to absolute amount purchased rather than percent of total consumption).  University of Pennsylvania tops the list with 40,000 MWh of green power purchased.  AASHE members, Duke University and Evergreen State College placed at 5th and 8th, respectively.
http://www.epa.gov/greenpower/partners/top10ed.htm

2. University of Maryland to Switch to Fair Trade Coffee
After years of effort by student groups, Fair Trade coffee was recently made available in University of Maryland dining halls for the first time.  The Fair Trade coffee is currently available at an higher price than conventional coffee.  Starting next fall however, Fair Trade coffee will be the only coffee available in the dining halls and all students will be charged an additional $2 on their meal plans to cover the higher cost of Fair Trade coffee.
News Article

3. Duke Strengthens Policy Against Sweatshops
In an effort to better monitor those factories that produce apparel with Duke University logos, Duke has agreed to reduce the number of factories that manufacture Duke merchandise.  Specifically, Duke will require 25% of Duke apparel to be made at designated factories that meet Duke’s anti-sweatshop standards and can be more closely monitored.
http://www.dukenews.duke.edu/2006/02/sweatshop.html

4. Tully’s Coffee to Develop New Line of Fair Trade Coffee for U Washington
Tully’s Coffee has begun research on the development of its first ever Fair Trade Certified espresso blend in partnership with the Fair Trade Coffee Coalition at the University of Washington and the University of Washington’s Department of Housing and Food Services.  Demand from University of Washington students led to Tully’s decision to develop the new blend.
(webpage no longer available)

5. University of Manitoba Switches to Green Cleaning Products
The University of Manitoba is replacing the cleaning products it uses at both of its campuses with a line of cleaner, greener products deemed environmentally preferable by third-party certifiers.  Everything from bathroom hand soap to floor cleaners and trash liners will now carry certification from the Environmental Choice Program or Green Seal.  Along with the chemical cleaning products, the university is also phasing in a more environmentally friendly line of caretaking paper products. Hand towels in campus washrooms, for example, will now contain 90 per cent post-consumer recycled material.
U of M article

6. University of Minnesota, Morris Seeking Funding to Erect More Wind Turbines
University of Minnesota, Morris plans to apply for federal Clean Renewable Energy Bonds to fund the installation of two additional wind turbines on campus.  UMM currently has one 1.6 MW wind turbine that supplies approximately half of the campuses annual electricity consumption.  If successful, the new turbines could be up and running as early as 2007.  Further down the road, UMM may also apply for additional funding to set up a 20 MW wind farm with 10 turbines in somewhere in west central Minnesota.
UMM news article

7. Rogers State University Adopts an Energy Savings Plan
Rogers State University’s Board of Regents has approved a long-term energy savings plan that includes conversion to geothermal energy systems in several of the largest campus buildings as well as measures to reduce energy consumption.  The plan, which is expected to cost $ 5.6 million, is expected to result in savings of more than $8.7 million over the next 20 years. 
Claremore Press article

8. Stanford Receives $30 Million Gift for Environmental Institute
Stanford University trustee Ward W. Woods, and his wife, Priscilla, have committed $30 million to the Stanford Institute for the Environment.  The gift is designed to support innovative environmental programs and collaborative research that lead to significant advances in environmental science and policy.  The Institute is the cornerstone of the campus-wide Initiative for Environmental Sustainability, which was launched in 2004 to promote an environmentally sustainable world where human needs are met while protecting and restoring the Earth's natural resources. To accomplish this goal, the initiative promotes work at the intersection of traditional disciplines by attracting faculty and students from every school, laboratory and institute on campus.
http://news-service.stanford.edu/news/2006/february15/woodsr-021506.html

9. Wake Forest University Class Examines University’s Environmental Impact
A professor of physics and professor of chemistry have teamed up to teach a class on “Physics and Chemistry of the Environment,” which will study the university’s pollutions emissions.  In particular, students in the class will work together to calculate the University’s green house gas emissions.
http://ogb.wfu.edu/?id=3057_0_9_0_M

10. UC Santa Barbara Seeking LEED Silver on New Student Center
UC Santa Barbara is seeking LEED Silver certification on its new $18 million, 69,500 sqft Student Resource Building.  The facility, which will be completed by this summer, is expected to exceed California’s energy code (Title 24) by 30 to 40 percent.  Green features include daylighting, natural ventilation and sun shading.
http://california.construction.com/news/building/archive/0602.asp

11. Emory’s Green Building Efforts Profiled
The February 2006 issue of Building Operating Management magazine features a cover story on Emory University’s green building efforts.  Emory currently has 5 LEED certified buildings, the most of any campus, and another 7 buildings are in the certification process. Emory has set an institutional goal of reducing energy use by 25 percent from 2005 levels by 2015 and is using the LEED for existing buildings program as a tool to help achieve these reductions.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/bom/article.asp?id=3912

12. Sustainable Cafés Come to Duke and Yale Universities
The recently opened Refectory Café at Duke University serves locally grown or certified organic ingredients whenever possible.  The café uses china that was used in Duke dining halls in the 1940s.  Similarly, the tables were first used on Duke’s campus in the 1920s.  Meanwhile, a new café set to open next year at Yale University will also strive to serve sustainable food.  It will be Yale’s first sustainable food project run outside of the residential colleges. 
http://www.duke.edu/sustainability/2006-01-19refectory.html
http://www.yaledailynews.com/article.asp?AID=31805

New Resources

13. A Practical Guide to Hiring a Sustainability Professional for Universities and Colleges
The Campus Consortium for Environmental Excellence has released a guide to help campuses hire a sustainability professional.  The report includes sections on sustainability professional specifications, organizational models, remuneration, and lessons learned.  The report also provides example job descriptions.
http://www.c2e2.org/sustainability_guide.pdf
http://www.aashe.org/resources/sust_professionals.php

14. Campus Ecology Yearbook 2005
The National Wildlife Federation’s Campus Ecology Program has released the 16th edition of the Campus Ecology Yearbook.  The report details sustainability projects at more than 50 institutions, providing information related to cost savings and other benefits; lessons learned; obstacles encountered; and contact information.  
http://www.nwf.org/campusEcology/2005CampEcoYrBook.pdf

15. New Trends in Higher Education Includes Section on Environment
The new issue of the Society for College and University Planning’s quarterly environmental scanning report, Trends in Higher Education, includes a section on environmental sustainability.  The section focuses on green building and the creation of well-funded multidisciplinary centers focused on sustainability.  Another featured trend is the rising cost of energy, and campus efforts to mitigate higher prices.
http://www.scup.org/knowledge/pdfs/SCUP_Trends_2-2006.pdf

Opportunities

16. 2006 Campus Compact Awards for Students
Campus Compact is now accepting online nominations for the Howard R. Swearer Award and the Frank Newman Leadership Award.  The Howard R. Swearer Award recognizes students for their outstanding public service and provides financial support toward their continued efforts to address societal needs. The Frank Newman Leadership Award is designed to support students with financial need who have shown civic leadership potential through public and community service and scholastic achievement. The award provides financial support and mentorship to help such students achieve their civic and academic goals. Nominations for both are due by March 3, 2006. 
http://www.compact.org/awards/swearer/
http://www.compact.org/awards/newman/

17. 2006 Linkages Awards
The Linkages Awards are presented annually by the Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice to recognize exemplary community-based collaborative activities between public health practice agencies and academic institutions of higher learning. This year the Council is placing a special emphasis on highlighting collaborative efforts to strengthen recruitment and retention efforts.  Submissions must be jointly authored by the practice and academic institutions.  The deadline for submissions is April 7, 2006. 
http://www.phf.org/Link/Call_for_abstracts2006.pdf

Jobs & Internships

18. Bro Professorship of Regional Sustainable Development, Northland College
Northland College (WI) seeks applicants for a unique opportunity in the history of the college. The Bro Professor of Regional Sustainable Development will lead a three-way integration between the academic program of the college, the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute (SOEI), and the agencies, governmental and non-governmental, who represent the needs of the Chequamegon Bay region. The Bro Professor will teach two or three courses in an academic program and create opportunities for Northland faculty, staff, and students to work with regional players on sustainable regional development.  The preferred candidate will have a PhD and demonstrated success in both disciplinary teaching and research as well as in mentoring outreach programs and experiential education. Review of applicants begins March 20, 2006 and continues until the position is filled.
http://www.higheredjobs.com/search/details.cfm?JobCode=175169091

19. Director of Development-Environmental Programs, University of Wisconsin Foundation
The University of Wisconsin Foundation is seeking a bright, creative, innovative, energetic, experienced professional to take a leadership role in planning and executing the major gifts development efforts for three of UW-Madison's flagship environmental programs: The Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, the Arboretum and the Lakeshore Nature Preserve.  Applicants should have experience in major gift fund development or related activities and a graduate degree is preferred. 
(webpage no longer available)

20. National Affordable Textbooks Campaign Coordinator, State PIRGs
The State Public Interest Research Groups seeks a smart, detail-oriented, enterprising and hard-working individual to lead its Make Textbooks Affordable Campaign.  Recent college graduates will earn $23,750 in their first year on staff.  The position is based in Portland, OR.  The closing date for applications is May 14, 2006.
http://tinyurl.com/adxau

Events

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.  Substantial discounts are available to AASHE members; email julian [AT] aashe.org for details.
http://rce.csuchico.edu/sustainability/

22. 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.  The cost of registration 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

23. Stopping Global Warming, Fighting Coal Plants: Building the Movement Workshop

June 2-4, 2006; Boulder, CO
The Green House Network is holding this organizing and skills training workshop to pull together existing efforts to fight coal plants, promote clean energy, and help build the grassroots movement that can stop global warming.  The workshop will provide the perspective of experienced activists on how to work with the media, the legal system, and grassroots organizing to build the clean energy movement and anti-coal plant campaigns. Examples of other successful coal plant and climate change movements will be presented. Participants include Hunter Lovins, Natural Capitalism, Inc.; Leslie Glustrom, Clean Energy Action; Eban Goodstein, Green House Network; Billy Parrish, Energy Action; Meg Boyle, Climate Campaign; Dan Worth, National Association of Environmental Law Societies.  The registration fee, which includes food and lodging, is $125 ($30 low income; free for students). 
Conference Announcement

24. Rescuing God's Creation: Student Activist Gathering to Protect the Arctic Refuge
March 4-8, 2006; Washington D.C.
Restoring Eden, a network of environmentally minded college students interested in combining their faith and their concern for nature, is hosting a five-day lobby training to defend the Arctic Refuge from oil drilling.  Participants will learn lobbying and outreach skills and will meet other student leaders as well as elected officials.  Participation costs $150.
http://www.restoringeden.org/campus/RescuingGodsCreation/

25. CFP: Learning from Success: Steps Toward More Sustainable Campuses
May 17-19, 2006; The College of Saint Benedict, Saint Joseph, MN
The Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability (UMACS) invites proposals for sessions related to campus sustainability in its broadest sense. Topics may include but are not limited to green building, alternative energy, campus recycling programs, environmental education, community organizing, energy efficiency, student participation, transportation, building maintenance and housekeeping, and other subjects related to sustainable campus design, operations, or living. Session formats may include panel presentations, workshops, plenary addresses, roundtable discussion, posters, or other methods appropriate to the topic. Proposals are welcome from all campus constituents: faculty, administrators, staff, and students; individuals or companies providing products or services that support the goal of campus sustainability are also invited to participate.  Proposals will be accepted through Friday, March 10
http://www.umacs.org/call_2006.htm


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