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Contents for
02.23.06:

NEWS
1. University of Wisconsin-Green Bay to Purchase Renewable Energy
2. Yale Divests from Sudan Holdings
3. Swarthmore Removes Some Coca-Cola Products from Campus Facilities
4. Green Dorms Coming to Dartmouth College
5. Sustainability Successes at University of Idaho
6. Bryn Mawr College Finds Energy Conservation Success
7. Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Installs Solar Panels
8. UC San Diego Recognized for Energy Excellence
9. Guster to Launch Spring Campus Consciousness Tour
10. CU-Boulder Begins Cell Phone Recycling
11. University of Oregon Business School Appoints Professor of Sustainable Management

NEW RESOURCES
12. AASHE Campus Sustainability Resource Center

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
13. Assistant/Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Arizona
14. Program Coordinator, First Year Programs Residence Life, Warren Wilson College


EVENTS
15. Last Chance to Register - Financial Benefits of Creating a Sustainable Campus Webinar (Discounts for AASHE members)
16. Towards Sustainability: Western Regional Conference & Expo (Discounts for AASHE members)
17. Northeast Campus Sustainability Consortium Conference
18. Regional Energy Summits for Students (Midwest, Southeast, Northeast)
19. Business for the Long Run Conference on Teaching Sustainable Business
20. Youth Encounter on Sustainability 2006

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News

1. University of Wisconsin-Green Bay to Purchase Renewable Energy
Starting in fall 2006, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will purchase approximately 10 percent of its electricity consumption from renewable energy sources.  Students recently approved an increase in student fees of $1.69 per semester for the next four years to pay for the additional cost of renewably energy.  The UW Green Bay’s Chancellor has been very supportive of the student effort, and has committed to match student funding by devoting an equivalent amount of money for energy conservation and energy efficiency upgrades on the campus.
http://www.irecusa.org/articles/static/1/1139943715_987099548.html

2. Yale Divests from Sudan Holdings
Yale University President Richard C. Levin announced last week that the University would bar investments of its endowment assets in obligations of the Sudanese government as well as in seven oil companies currently operating in Sudan as a response to the genocide being committed with support from the government of Sudan in the Darfur region.  Yale’s policy on ethical investments calls for divestment in an entity that it concludes is committing grave social injury when the prospect of changing that behavior through engagement or dialogue would be nil.
http://www.yale.edu/opa/newsr/06-02-15-07.all.html
http://www.yaledailynews.com/article.asp?AID=31859
http://acir.yale.edu/sudan.html

3. Swarthmore Removes Some Coca-Cola Products from Campus Facilities
Swarthmore College has removed bottled Coca-Cola products from some of its dining facilities and is calling on the company to permit an independent investigation into allegations of complicity in anti-union violence in Colombia.  The action, prompted by the urgings of student leaders, follows the College’s decision in 2005 to vote in favor of a shareholder resolution calling for an independent investigation of Coke’s practices in Colombia, and an October 2005 letter to Coca-Cola by the Swarthmore administration expressing concern about its alleged human rights abuses.
http://www.swarthmore.edu/news/releases/06/Swarthmore_Coke.html

4. Green Dorms Coming to Dartmouth College
Residence halls currently under construction at Dartmouth College will incorporate sustainable design.  Green features include bamboo floors, recycled carpet, a "tempered" drain system that uses hot drainage water pipes to pre-heat cold water, a geothermal heating system, and a motion sensing lighting system.  The College is seeking LEED Silver certification on the dorms. 
http://www.thedartmouth.com/article.php?aid=2006022201020

5. Sustainability Successes at University of Idaho
University of Idaho recently posted an article describing two successful long-standing and ongoing sustainability initiatives taken by the University: using reclaimed water for irrigation and using a wood fired boiler for heat.  The University has irrigated campus lawns with treated effluent from a local wastewater treatment plant since 1979.  The system currently saves up to 120 million gallons per year of groundwater and supplies 90% of campus irrigation.  The wood-fired boiler was installed in the mid-80s and provides 90% of the campus heating needs at a cost currently one fourth that of natural gas, saving $2 million per year in fuel costs.  The fuel comes from local sawmills. 
http://www.webs.uidaho.edu/energy/Documents/Silver_Gold_Green_Sustainability_Article.pdf

6. Bryn Mawr College Finds Energy Conservation Success
Bryn Mawr College’s long term campaign to reduce energy consumption has resulted in significantly lower energy consumption than comparable institutions, according to a recent benchmarking survey.  The survey found that average energy consumption at similar schools was 137,147 BTU/GSF; while Bryn Mawr's consumption was 88,494 BTU/GSF.  Energy conservation efforts taken by the college include: replacing all exit signs with high-efficiency LED signs; lighting retrofits; reducing the number of transformers on campus; variable-frequency drives; green building; and switching to a better automated temperature-control system.
http://www.brynmawr.edu/news/2006-02-16/energy.shtml

7. Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Installs Solar Panels
A 9kW solar array was recently installed on the roof of Venable Hall at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.  The Center for Ecological Technology coordinated the installation through an incentive program funded by the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative Renewable Energy Trust. A U.S. Department of Energy grant provided the additional support needed to bring the project to fruition. 
http://www.mcla.mass.edu/Publications/News__Press_Releases/20060217130507.php
Listing of 80 campus solar installations (members only): http://www.aashe.org/resources/solar_campus.php

8. UC San Diego Recognized for Energy Excellence
San Diego Regional Energy Office recently awarded a San Diego Excellence in Energy Award to University of California San Diego.  The University refurbished its oldest and largest steam turbine powered chiller with a 3 MW steam turbine electrical generator, resulting in a 10 percent increase in operating efficiency and a 25 percent reduction in steam required for cooling. The project reduced load by over 565,000 therms per year in natural gas and over 35 million kWh per year in imported electricity, saving UCSD about $3.5 million annually in total energy costs.
http://www.sdenergy.org/NewsDetail.asp?ID=62&ContentID=42

9. Guster to Launch Spring Campus Consciousness Tour
This spring, indie rock band Guster will launch the first annual Campus Consciousness Tour, in partnership with environmental action group, Reverb, and several other organizations.  At each stop of the tour, many of which take place on college campuses, Reverb will erect an interactive "Consciousness Pavilion" to educate concertgoers about renewable energy sources and local and global environmental non-profits, as well as offer eco-friendly products to sample. In addition, community service organizations, such as City Year and Rock For a Remedy, will respectively recruit students in each town to organize a community service project and conduct a food drive at each concert.
http://www.marketwire.com/mw/release_html_b1?release_id=110074
http://www.reverbrock.org/campusconsciousness/

10. CU-Boulder Begins Cell Phone Recycling
The University of Colorado Environmental Center's Recycling Program is partnering with The Wireless Alliance to help establish the university's first permanent cell phone recycling program.  Campus recycling kiosks will serve as collection sites for students who want to dispose of old cell phones in an environmentally conscious manner and money raised in the recycling campaign will benefit various student organizations within the University of Colorado's Student Union
http://www.colorado.edu/news/releases/2006/75.html

11. University of Oregon Business School Appoints Professor of Sustainable Management
The University of Oregon’s College of Business has named Michael Russo as the Charles H. Lundquist Professor of Sustainable Management. Russo is known internationally as a pioneer in business strategy and environmental issues and teaches courses on strategic management and sustainable business development. He is working with the university’s chemistry department to finalize two business cases on green chemistry issues and will debut those this spring.  His future research will focus on small companies that leverage their talents in the areas of sustainable business to meet increasing customer demand for green products and services.
http://duckhenge.uoregon.edu/io/article.php?id=541

New Resources

12. AASHE Campus Sustainability Resource Center
The AASHE Campus Sustainability Resource Center is now open.  The Resource Center includes: a policy bank with over 300 sustainability related policies and plans organized into different categories including building, procurement, and energy; a directory of full time campus sustainability professionals with job descriptions for over 30 of them; extensive listings of campus solar electric and wind turbine installations; archives of AASHE Bulletin and it’s predecessor EFS-News; and links to over 200 campus websites describing their sustainability efforts.  Many more resources are being developed and will be announced in AASHE Bulletin when they are posted.
http://www.aashe.org/resources/resource_center.php

Jobs & Internships

13. Assistant/Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Arizona
The University of Arizona invites applications for a tenure-track position as assistant or associate professor in environmental politics with a research emphasis on the politics of water resources or water management beginning January 2007, contingent upon availability of funding. The position will involve an affiliation with the Water Resources Research Center, one of four centers under the University of Arizona Water Sustainability Program.  Review of applications will begin March 15, 2006 and will continue until position is filled.
http://www.higheredjobs.com/search/details.cfm?JobCode=175170583

14. Program Coordinator, First Year Programs Residence Life, Warren Wilson College
Warren Wilson College (NC) seeks Program Coordinator to provide departmental leadership and coordination for the First Year Experience program intended to meet the residential, transitional and developmental needs of first year students. Working collaboratively with the Director of Residence Life and other appropriate departments, the Program Coordinator is responsible creating a living environment that supports learning, builds community, respects diversity, promotes environmental citizenship, enhances wellness, and encourages responsibility.  The Program Coordinator is a twelve-month, live-in position responsible for the operation and management of a residence hall housing 100 - 125 first year students.  Qualified candidates should possess a master's degree in student personnel, counseling, or other related field and two years residence life experience with an emphasis in student development and first year student experience is required.  Deadline for applications is March 10, 2006.
http://www.higheredjobs.com/search/details.cfm?JobCode=175170535

Events

15. Last Chance to Register - 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

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

17. Northeast Campus Sustainability Consortium Conference
November 2 & 3, 2006; Yale University, New Haven, CT
The 3rd Annual Northeast Campus Sustainability Consortium Conference will be a mix of plenary sessions, issues fora, and workshops.  Sustainability professionals, faculty and engaged students from the northeastern United States and eastern Canada will come together to explore innovative solutions for campus sustainability and advance the goals of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development. 
http://www.yale.edu/sustainability/consortium.htm

18. Regional Energy Summits for Students (Midwest, Southeast, Northeast)
Midwest: March 3-5; University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
Southeast: April 7-9; University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
Northeast: April 7-9; Yale University, New Haven, CT
Energy Action Coalition members are organizing Regional Energy Summits to build the student climate movement.  All events will feature: presentations from scientists, policy experts and youth leaders; case studies on campus energy efficiency/renewable energy victories; organizing for the Campus Climate Challenge; networking opportunities with organizations and youth in the region; and trainings on aspects of local, regional and national organizing. 
http://www.energyaction.net/summits

19. Business for the Long Run Conference on Teaching Sustainable Business
May 20, 2006; Seattle University, Seattle, WA
This conference will bring together leaders from business, government, NGOs and educational institutions to present and discuss ways they integrate sustainable business practices into their work and teaching. Participants will network, share and discuss challenges and achievements, and come away with resources that will enrich research and teaching for graduate and undergraduate students. 
http://www.graphicmail.com/members/4051/ftp/PDFs/HOLD%20THE%20DATE.pdf

20. Youth Encounter on Sustainability 2006
Session 1: July, 08-23, 2006; Braunwald, Switzerland
Session 2: August 12-27, 2006; Braunwald, Switzerland
Youth Encounter on Sustainability (YES) is a two-week course for upper-level undergraduate and graduate students of all disciplines.  Participants will explore economic, social and technical complexities in meeting the sustainability challenge and gain better understanding of the need for multi-disciplinary perspectives for problem solving.  The program incorporates academic coursework with field experience and training.  The cost of participation for students from the US and Canada is US$1500, which includes air travel to Switzerland as well as room and board in Braunwald.  The application deadline is 31 March 2006.
http://www.sustainability.ethz.ch/en/activities/documents/YES_Flyer2006_wInlay_000.pdf


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