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Contents for 03.16.06:

NEWS
1. Peralta Community College District Launches Sustainability Initiative
2. The New School Launches Environmental Studies Initiative
3. University of Virginia to Raise Pay for Lowest Paid Workers
4. Green Residence at University of Washington Receives AIA Housing Award
5. Case Western Reserve University Cuts Library Energy Consumption by 30 Percent
6. North Cariboo Community College Receives Building Engineering Award
7. Duke Hires Sustainability Outreach Coordinator

NEW RESOURCES
8. AASHE Releases First Publication
9. Teaching College Students About Water Conservation

OPPORTUNITIES
10. Ecovillage and Permaculture Certificate Program

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
11. Director of Sustainability Initiatives, Emory University
12. Project Manager, Sustainable Meadowlands, Ramapo College of New Jersey

EVENTS
13. Educators for Community Engagement National Gathering
14. Fossil Fools Day
15. Sierra Student Coalition Summer Programs

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

1. Peralta Community College District Launches Sustainability Initiative

Peralta Community College District recently held a mini conference to kick off the Sustainable Peralta Colleges Initiative, a District-wide effort to enhance and dramatically expand the work being done within the Peralta Community College District to build a movement for environmental sustainability both regionally and globally.  Part of the initiative will be the distribution of small grants to promote environmental projects throughout the district.  In a letter promoting the initiative, Peralta Chancellor Elihu Harris expressed her desire for “the Peralta Colleges to be known throughout the state as THE place to go for green job training, model sustainable building projects, thoroughly integrated environmental curriculum development, as well as traditional environmental studies education.”
http://www.peralta.cc.ca.us/apps/comm.asp?$1=191
http://www.berkeleydaily.org/text/article.cfm?issue=03-14-06&storyID=23636

2. The New School Launches Environmental Studies Initiative
The New School has announced the establishment of the Tishman Environment and Design Center, a major education and research initiative in the field of environmental studies. The center, officially launched in January 2006, will build an undergraduate curriculum in environmental and allied sciences and support cross-disciplinary, long-term research projects. The university has appointed Joel Towers, an architect and educator, as the director of the center and the associate provost of environmental studies for the university.  “In a democratic society, we have an obligation as citizens to be environmentally literate in order to participate in some of the great debates of our time and to affect change on a local and global scale,” said New School President Bob Kerrey.
http://www.newschool.edu/pressroom/pressreleases/2006/012306_env_studies.html

3. University of Virginia to Raise Pay for Lowest Paid Workers
University of Virginia President John T. Casteen III recently announced an increase in the University’s minimum pay rate.  Effective March 20th, the minimum pay for all employees in the academic division and at the Medical Center will be $9.37 per hour.  Approximately 375 employees will benefit from the wage increase.  The University is seeking clarification from the state Attorney General as to the legality of applying the wage increase to contract workers as well.  Students and community members who are campaigning for a living wage of $10.72 per hour praised the increase, but said that more needs to be done. 
Daily Progress article
http://www.cavalierdaily.com/CVArticle.asp?ID=26233&pid=1411
http://www.virginia.edu/president/spch/06/compensation.html

4. Green Residence at University of Washington Receives AIA Housing Award

University of Washington’s Nordheim Court, a LEED certified residence complex, was recently selected as one of thirteen recipients of the American Institute of Architects’ 2006 Housing Awards.  The awards program recognizes the best in housing design.  AASHE member Mithun was the architecture firm for the project.
http://www.aia.org/press2_template.cfm?pagename=release_031006_housingawards
Annotated listing of 45 additional green dorms (AASHE members only): http://www.aashe.org/resources/residence_halls1.php

5. Case Western Reserve University Cuts Library Energy Consumption by 30 Percent

Case Western Reserve University recently installed a variety of motion and light sensors throughout its Kelvin Smith Library.  By turning off lights during periods of inactivity and reducing electrical lighting when natural light is present, the sensors have reduced the library’s energy consumption by 30 percent.  Campus officials expect the energy savings to recoup the cost of the sensors within one year.  The initiative is part of a larger energy conservation effort that seeks to achieve 15 percent reduction in campus-wide energy consumption by January 2007. 
http://observer.case.edu/Archives/Volume_38/Issue_20/Story_732/
http://library.case.edu//ksl/info/news/200600225lights.html

6. North Cariboo Community College Receives Building Engineering Award
Consulting Engineers of British Columbia have awarded an Award of Excellence in Building Engineering to North Cariboo Community College, an applied academic and research facility located in Quesnel, BC.  The facility is designed to LEED Gold standards and is expected to achieve 66% savings in energy consumption as a result of features like an in-slab radiant heating and cooling system, heat recovery, efficient lighting, and an earth-tube.  In addition, Water conservation strategies are anticipated to result in an overall savings of 41% compared to a standard facility.  University of British Columbia’s Irving K. Barber Learning Centre received an Award of Merit in the Building Engineering category as well. 
http://www.cebc.org/awards/winners/cebc1AE1.pdf
http://www.cebc.org/awards/winners/cebc1AM1.pdf

7. Duke Hires Sustainability Outreach Coordinator
After a competitive application process, Duke has hired Tavey McDaniel as its new Outreach & Communications Coordinator for Sustainability. Tavey brings six years of experience in the environmental field with four of those years focused on sustainability in higher education at NC State and UNC Greensboro.  As Outreach & Communications Coordinator, Tavey’s primary work will be designing and implementing culture change programs aimed at improving the practices of Duke community members with regards to the efficient use of resources.
http://www.duke.edu/sustainability/2006-03-01tavey.html

New Resources

8. AASHE Releases First Publication
AASHE is pleased to announce the release of AASHE Digest 2005, a review of campus sustainability efforts from the past year.  AASHE Digest is an annual publication comprised of news stories and resources from the previous year collected from AASHE Bulletin.  This year’s report includes almost 250 stories categorized into 8 chapters covering Institutional Change, Education & Outreach, Social Responsibility, Green Building, Energy & Climate, Food & Agriculture, Transportation, Waste, Water, Procurement, and Landscaping. AASHE hopes that the report will become a standard reference for who is doing what to advance sustainability in higher education.  The report is made possible due to the generous sponsorship of Woodard & Curran and Powersmiths.
http://www.aashe.org/publications/digest.php

9. Teaching College Students About Water Conservation
An article in E Magazine by a Muhlenberg College biology professor describes a successful exercise to teach students about water conservation.  Students in an Aquatic Ecology class were asked to monitor their water-use habits and measure how much they could conserve by making one change in their behavior.  The students found they were able to make big savings without any hardship on their part.  Several months after the course, at least some of the students have continued their efforts to save water.
http://www.emagazine.com/view/?3128

Opportunities

10. Ecovillage and Permaculture Certificate Program
Lost Valley Educational Center is now taking registrations for its Summer (June 26- August 18) and Fall (October 2-27) Ecovillage and Permaculture Certificate Programs.  The two month residential courses provide a holistic introduction to creating ecovillages and sustainable communities.  The programs include a permaculture design certificate course, with added content and hands-on projects in organic gardening, eco-building, eco-forestry, appropriate technology, and community site design. Participants will study interpersonal communication in community, organizational and financial issues in community, and will have opportunities to participate in personal growth workshops.  Students may receive academic or internship credits.  The fee, which includes the tuition, room, and board for eight weeks is a sliding scale $2200-$3000.
http://www.lostvalley.org/epcp

Jobs & Internships

11. Director of Sustainability Initiatives, Emory University
Emory University is seeking exceptional candidates for the position of Director of Sustainability Initiatives. Reporting jointly to the Offices of the Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs (Provost), the Director will have direct responsibility for overseeing all University initiatives related to sustainability.  The Director will be expected to function as a visionary leader and organizational strategist to help Emory become a national model for sustainability in higher education. The Director will also create the strategy to integrate sustainability into both the operational and academic functions of the University, network with and facilitate internal and external resources to accomplish that goal, and evaluate the needs of the University community. The ideal candidate will have an advanced degree in an appropriate field and five to ten years of progressive experience and leadership in the area of sustainability, resource management and/or related initiatives. The expected start date for this position is September 1, 2006.  Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until an appointment is made.
Position filled: Ciannat Howett

12. Project Manager, Sustainable Meadowlands, Ramapo College of New Jersey
Ramapo College of New Jersey seeks a Project Manager to establish the Sustainable Meadowlands Resource Institute (SMRI) with the goals of increasing sustainable/green building design in the Meadowlands District and developing a model that can be applied elsewhere in NJ and the US. The SMRI will provide a leadership role and support the incorporation of guidelines on sustainable/green building in all construction projects in the Meadowlands.  Applicants should have a Master's degree in a related field.           Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
http://www.higheredjobs.com/search/details.cfm?JobCode=175173186

Events

13. Educators for Community Engagement National Gathering
June 15-17, 2006; University of Wisconsin-Parkside
This conference, entitled Many Voices, Common Ground, is for faculty, staff, students, and community leaders committed to service-learning/community-based learning and civic engagement.  The heart of the National Gathering is the learning circle, a powerful form of democratic dialogue, which offers a space for people to share their stories, knowledge, and perspectives as equals.  Most learning circle topics will focus on particular community issues, such as housing and homelessness, environmental sustainability, community and economic development, racism and classism, and youth issues; a few will focus on broader philosophical themes.  Registration costs $225 (200 before May 19th) and discounts are available to students.
http://www.e4ce.org/NG2006/

14. Fossil Fools Day
April 1, 2006
Energy Action is working with youth across North America to take action on April 1st to reduce oil dependency.  Organizers expect hundreds of events at college campuses, car dealerships and government buildings.  The coalition is encouraging students to register their event online to receive media and other resources.
http://www.energyaction.net
 
15. Sierra Student Coalition Summer Programs
The Sierra Student Coalition’s Student Environmental Leadership Trainings, led by leading student activists, are week-long sessions where participants learn basic organizing, campaign planning, and communication skills.  Trainings are being held in North Carolina (June 19-25), Minnesota (June 26-July 2), Washington (July 17-23), Pennsylvania (August 15-20), and Puerto Rico (Dates TBA).  In addition, a training focused specifically on Environmental Justice will take place in Los Angeles (July 24-30).  The subsidized cost of the program is set up on a sliding scale, from $150-180 and covers tuition, room and board, and local transportation to and from the site, and a year-long membership in the Sierra Club.  Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until programs are full.
http://www.ssc.org/t/sprogs.htm



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