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This issue of AASHE Bulletin is dedicated to the great folks at CSU Chico for putting on a wonderful campus sustainability conference this week and also for their hospitality to AASHE staff.

Contents for 03.09.06:

NEWS
1. UC Santa Barbara's Girvetz Hall Receives LEED EB Silver
2. MIT to Match Federal Pell Grants
3. University of Maine at Farmington Opens Green Residence Hall
4. UC Davis Announces New Sustainability Initiatives
5. Carleton College and Stanford Save Money with Dorm Energy Competitions
6. Berea College to host Campus--Community Partnerships for Sustainability Conference
7. University of Texas at Austin Opens Propane Refueling Station

NEW RESOURCES
8. Briefing on Sustainability in Career Services

OPPORTUNITIES
9. Brower Youth Awards
10. Community College National Center for Community Engagement 2006 Collaboration Award

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
11. Student Organizing Manager, Greenpeace
12. Community Partnerships Coordinator, Saint Mary's College
13. Energy Conservation/Clean-Air-Cool Planet/Recycling Coordinator, Clark University

EVENTS
14. "Sustainability: Educated Choices for the Future" NACAS West Conference
15. Responsibly Investing in Michigan's Future: Community Development Investment Strategies

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Save the Date: AASHE 2006 Conference - Oct. 5-7, 2006 - Arizona State University
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News

1. UCSB's Girvetz Hall Receives LEED EB Silver
University of California, Santa Barbara recently received LEED EB silver certification on Girvetz Hall, which was built in 1955 and is one of the oldest buildings on campus. Girvetz Hall is the first building in the UC system to receive such an award. To achieve certification, Physical Facilities installed waterless urinals; upgraded the building control system; and installed new heating valves with individual thermostats. Custodial services implemented a green cleaning program consisting of green seal cleaning chemicals, zinc free floor finishes, and high recycled content in bathroom paper products and trash bags. The grounds department is grooming the grounds organically and with minimal amounts of water.
http://sustainability.ucsb.edu/girvetzceremony/

2. MIT to Match Federal Pell Grants
Acknowledging the decline in federal funding for student financial aid, MIT has announced it will match Federal Pell Grants for all eligible students attending the Institute starting in September 2006. Because the doubled Pell Grant is over and above any need-based MIT scholarship, this new Pell Grant match will limit, or in some cases, eliminate student loan debt for Pell Grant recipients. Congress has frozen Pell Grants at 2003 levels despite rising tuition costs.
http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2006/pell.html

3. University of Maine at Farmington Opens Green Residence Hall
The University of Maine at Farmington recently opened Frances Allen Black Hall, a 36,100 square-foot green residence hall. UMF officials expect the building to attain LEED certification. The building, which is UMF's first green building, is expected to be 50 percent more energy-efficient than a conventional building. Additional sustainable components include recycling stations on each floor; sensor lighting throughout the building; and low toxic-emitting carpet, paint and sealants.
http://www.umf.maine.edu/campus/article.php?location=3Dcampus&ArticleID= =3DR056-037.htm
http://morningsentinel.mainetoday.com/news/local/2510172.shtml
Annotated listing of 45 additional green dorms (AASHE members only): http://www.aashe.org/resources/residence_halls1.php

4. UC Davis Announces New Sustainability Initiatives
UC Davis is launching its campus-wide commitment to sustainability with six new initiatives: the creation of a campus "green map" that highlights sustainability-oriented locations on campus; the production of a short video documentary that highlights key ways that UCD "walks the walk" in its commitment to sustainability; the development of a campus sustainability Web site that promotes UC's and UCD's commitment to sustainable practices, goals and values; the launch of a research grant competition for promising student-researchers interested in sustainability; the development of a plan for financing a comprehensive building "renewal" program; increase sustainable practices in the campus' food services. Vice Chancellor Stan Nosek has committed spending up to $54,000 on those initiatives, all recommendations of a report presented to him in late January by the campus's 1-year-old Sustainability Advisory Committee.
http://www.dailydemocrat.com/news/ci_3574396
http://www.news.ucdavis.edu/bulletins/downloads/sustainability.pdf

5. Carleton College and Stanford Save Money with Dorm Energy Competitions
Carleton College's Dorm Wars pit dorms against one another to see which buildings reduce their per capita energy usage most drastically over the month of February. Overall Carleton dorms reduced their energy use by 7.7 percent in February, saving about 20,000 kilowatt hours of energy. Meanwhile, Stanford's Energy Bowl is also creating savings for the University. Last year, Stanford's Student Housing saved around $2,500 in water and energy costs and expansion to more buildings this year is expected increase the savings substantially.
http://apps.carleton.edu/news/?content=3Dcontent&module=3D&id=3D192= 430
http://daily.stanford.edu/tempo?page=3Dcontent&id=3D19709&repositor= y=3D0001_article

6. Berea College to host Campus--Community Partnerships for Sustainability Conference

Seven Kentucky colleges and universities, along with 13 state and community organizations throughout the region are organizing the Campus--Community Partnerships for Sustainability Conference to encourage communities and campuses to work together to find local solutions to sustainability challenges. Conference participants will be able to select from 18 presentations and a series of hands-on workshops designed to help people share ideas, brainstorm new projects, and develop lasting partnerships. Topics will include solar energy, energy conservation, alternative fuels, community gardens, ecovillages, green building, transportation alternatives to cars, fostering local businesses, developing a local food system, partnering with local government and native landscaping. The conference will take place April 21-23 at Berea College.
http://www.berea.edu/publicrelations/newsreleases/2006/2006-3-2-campuscomm.asp

7. University of Texas at Austin Opens Propane Refueling Station
A new propane refueling station recently opened at the University of Texas at Austin. As Texas is a leading producer of propane, the station will help reduce dependence on foreign sources of energy. UT officials also expect reduced air pollution as a result of the new filling station.
http://www.rrc.state.tx.us/news-releases/2006/030106.html

New Resources

8. Briefing on Sustainability in Career Services
The Aspen Institute Business and Society Program recently released a new briefing that describes how business school career services can better support and encourage students who want to use their business skills to improve society. Although the report is focused on business school career services, the lessons are relevant for career services offices more broadly.
http://www.beyondgreypinstripes.org/pdf/careerreport.pdf

Opportunities

9. Brower Youth Awards
Applications are now being accepted from young leaders ages 13 to 22 as of July 1, 2006 for this annual national award. The Brower Youth Awards recognize six young people for their outstanding activism and achievements in the fields of environmental and social justice advocacy. The winners of the award receive $3,000 in cash, a trip to California for the award ceremony and Yosemite camping trip, and ongoing access to resources and opportunities to further their work at Earth Island Institute. Completed applications must be postmarked or e-mailed by April 15, 2006.
http://www.broweryouthawards.org

10. Community College National Center for Community Engagement 2006 Collaboration Award
Community College National Center for Community Engagement wishes to celebrate outstanding campus-based service learning and civic engagement programs that have developed partnerships outside their institutions. The Center seeks nominations for the following awards: Collaborations with Social Agencies; Collaborations with Business and Industry; Collaborations with K-12 Schools; Collaborations with Universities; International Service Learning. Nominations are due March 15, 2006.
http://www.mc.maricopa.edu/other/engagement/CollaborationAwards/CollabAwardInfo.jsp

Jobs & Internships

11. Student Organizing Manager, Greenpeace
Greenpeace is looking for a Student Organizing Manager to assist in building a fast-growing high-impact student program. The position includes: managing the five staff of the Greenpeace Organizing Term and the student network in 2006 and between six and nine in the following years; working with campaign teams, student organizers and student leaders to design campaign tactics for campus groups and student activists; serving as a voice with student organizing staff to represent the interests and needs of the student constituency; and fundraising. Applicants should have a Bachelor's degree as well as Three years of management experience and seven to eight years of experience as a grassroots organizer with student organizing experience. The closing date for applications is March 10, 2006.
(webpage no longer available)

12. Community Partnerships Coordinator, Saint Mary's College

Saint Mary's College invites applications for a full-time; twelve months exempt Community Partnerships Coordinator for the Catholic Institute for Lasallian Social Action (CILSA) to be responsible for the overall development, maintenance and tracking of community partnerships for CILSA's service-learning programs. Bachelor's degree required; Master's degree highly desirable. Review of application materials and applications will begin immediately. Open until filled.
http://www.stmarys-ca.edu/human_resources/job_postings/stafflisting.html?Job_num=3D60

13. Energy Conservation/Clean-Air-Cool Planet/Recycling Coordinator, Clark University
Clark University seeks an energetic self-starter with an active interest in energy topics and issues to fill its newly-expanded Coordinator position. The Coordinator will assist the Associate Director of Physical Plant with implementing Clark's growing energy management program; will assist the Assistant Director for Custodial Services by coordinating the University's recycling program. The Coordinator will steward faculty, staff and students in common pursuit of campus sustainability and energy conservation; ensure convergence with a campus-wide effort to develop and implement a master plan.
http://www.higheredjobs.com/search/details.cfm?JobCode=3D175172496

Events

14. "Sustainability: Educated Choices for the Future" NACAS West Conference
May 31 - June 2; Portland State University, Portland, OR
This year's NACAS Western Region Conference will highlight innovative sustainability efforts and practices in auxiliary services throughout the region. Speakers will address sustainable construction and operations, LEED certification, alternative transportation, business energy tax credits, eco-roofs and rainwater runoff systems, organic food products, and more. The deadline for early bird registration is 4/28/06.
Conference website

15. Responsibly Investing in Michigan's Future: Community Development Investment Strategies
April 5; Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
University and college endowment fund managers, financial officers, managers of institutional investment portfolios, faith-based institutional lenders, pension fund managers, foundation officers, leaders and professionals from higher education institutions, community and economic development organizations, business, state and local government officials, and other concerned citizens, activists, students and scholars will learn how they can unlock institutional investment dollars to support socially and environmentally responsible enterprises to spark 'responsible community development' in our own backyards. Speakers and panelists who are leading emerging efforts to foster triple bottom line returns will showcase success and address the barriers that constrain institutional investors. Registration is due by March 20 and costs $50 per person ($25 for students).
http://www.cedp.msu.edu/reports/06%20SI%20brochure%20final%208x111.pdf


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