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Contents for 03.23.06

NEWS
1. Univ. of California to Divest from Companies with Business Ties to Sudan Government
2. CU Boulder Launches Renewable and Sustainable Energy Initiative
3. University of Miami to Raise Wages for Contract Workers
4. Rio Hondo College Announces Program to Increase Bus Ridership
5. Stanford University to Cover Tuition for Low-Income Students
6. The College of New Jersey Cuts Computer Lab Printing By 41 Percent
7. Cal State Fullerton Halts Solar Project
8. UW Madison, Utah State Win Clean Snowmobile Challenge
9. Students Campaign for Fair Trade Products at Jazzman's Cafes
10. LaGrange College Brings Together Regional Leaders for Sustainability Symposium
11. New Program Changing Environmental Culture on Duke's Campus


NEW RESOURCES
12. Green Library Buildings on Campus
13. Undergraduate Education, Environmental Attitudes and the Design Professions

OPPORTUNITIES
14. 20/20 Vision's PowerShift Regional Directors Program
15. Creating Sustainable Communities: The Ecological Dimension

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
16. Ex. Dir., Inst. for a Secure and Sustainable Environment, U. Tennessee, Knoxville
17. Director of Center for Sustainable Agriculture, University of Vermont

EVENTS
18. Campus Progress 2006 National Student Conference
19. UC/CSU/CCC Sustainability Conference

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



1. University of California to Divest from Companies with Business Ties to Sudan Government
In response to concerns about genocide in Darfur, the University of California Board of Regents has voted unanimously to divest all UC shares, including those combined in index funds, from nine companies whose business activities provide revenue to the Sudanese government.  University of California is the first major public university in the US to take such action.  To protect the Regents’ fiduciary obligations to the health of the UC investments, as a result of making this decision on non-financial criteria, the implementation of the divestment plan is conditioned upon passage of legislation to indemnify individual Regents and the University as a whole for all costs and defense of any claim arising from the decision to divest.  Divestment would be completed within an 18-month period, commencing once indemnification legislation has been enacted.
http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/2006/mar16.html
http://insidehighered.com/news/2006/03/17/intl
http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/0316/p02s02-legn.html
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2006/03/17/SUDAN.TMP

2. CU Boulder Launches Renewable and Sustainable Energy Initiative
The University of Colorado at Boulder has launched a Renewable and Sustainable Energy Initiative to coordinate the university's campus resources devoted to energy coursework and research, and mobilize resources to develop leadership in energy innovation.  The goals of the energy initiative are to: Create a center that will bring researchers from all fields together to address innovation, entrepreneurship, and transformation in energy development and use; Establish partnerships and consolidate resources with nearby federal labs, including the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, as well as other universities and departments of state government; Strengthen ties with entrepreneurs, businesses, and utilities; Develop an interdisciplinary research and graduate program to train future leaders and innovators; Develop courses and learning experiences that will engage broad participation of undergraduates; Foster community engagement and outreach that applies knowledge, technologies, and best practices to unmet needs.  Carl Koval, a Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, is the acting faculty director for the initiative.
http://www.colorado.edu/news/releases/2006/104.html
http://www.colorado.edu/insidecu/archives/2006/2-28/chancellor.html

3. University of Miami to Raise Wages for Contract Workers
In response to student, faculty and community pressure, the University of Miami has agreed to provide healthcare for contracted workers and raise their pay by at least 25 percent.  Before the wage increase, UM's wages to contract workers were among the lowest of major U.S. universities.  UM janitors and other contract workers of Unicco Services Co. are seeking union representation with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and have been on partial strike for over three weeks.  Union supporters praised UM's move but said that the struggle for union representation would continue.  They also expressed disappointment that UM has not acknowledged the janitors' right to form a union and has not addressed alleged labor law violations by Unicco.
http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/14118887.htm
http://www.yeswecane.org/
http://www.uniccotruth.com

4. Rio Hondo College Announces Program to Increase Bus Ridership
Rio Hondo College has launched the Pilot Program to Increase Bus Ridership, a partnership between the College and the Foothill Transit, MTA, Montebello, and Norwalk bus lines. The goal of the program is to expand access to the college by lowering transportation costs, finding more cost-effective ways to improve parking on campus and reduce the environmental impact of traffic to the campus.  The two year pilot program will make free bus passes available to full-time students. In addition, the college will improve bus shelters and tram service to off-campus bus stops to make bus transportation more convenient for students.  The college hopes that the increased use of public transit will result in improved bus service to campus.  Currently, only about 2% of Rio Hondo students use public transportation to get to campus.
http://www.riohondo.edu/news/newsArticle/2006/march/032806_3.htm
http://www.riohondo.edu/news/newsArticle/2006/march/032806.htm

5. Stanford University to Cover Tuition for Low-Income Students
In an effort to increase the economic diversity of its student body, Stanford University has announced that families with annual incomes of less than $45,000 will not be expected to contribute to the cost of tuition at Stanford University, and the requirements for middle-income families will be cut in half.  The change applies to both new and continuing undergraduate students and will go into effect with the new academic year in September. The program is anticipated to cost the university $3 million in the first year. 
http://news-service.stanford.edu/news/2006/march15/tuition-031506.html

6. The College of New Jersey Cuts Computer Lab Printing By 41 Percent
In an attempt to cut paper, ink, and printer maintenance costs as well as to reduce its environmental impact, the College of New Jersey worked with Equitrac Express to implement a print management program called PrintSense.  Under the program, each student is allocated 600 pages per semester.  If the 600 page allocation is exceeded, the student will be charged 5 cents for each additional page.  Since the launch of the program in fall 2005, computer lab printing has decreased by 41%. In addition, 93% of the student body printed within their allocation of 600 pages. 
http://www.tcnj.edu/~printing/index.php

7. Cal State Fullerton Halts Solar Project
CSU Fullerton recently halted a 250kw solar canopy that would have shaded the upper level of a parking structure.  The project was halted due to concerns about the temporary loss of parking spaces during the installation of the panels.  The University may pursue the project at a later date, but will miss out certain financial incentives that are available now.  Student advocates, who mounted an unsuccessful effort to get the University to go ahead with the project, expressed disappointment about the decision to halt the project, which would have been among the largest campus solar installations. 
Daily Titan article
Listing of over 85 campus solar installations (AASHE Members-only): http://www.aashe.org/resources/solar_campus.php

8. UW Madison, Utah State Win Clean Snowmobile Challenge
The University of Wisconsin at Madison has won the Society of Automotive Engineers 2006 Clean Snowmobile Challenge.  The Clean Snowmobile Challenge is a collegiate design competition in which teams of engineering students from participating schools take a stock snowmobile and reengineer it to reduce emissions and noise while maintaining or improving performance.  UW Madison's four-stroke Polaris placed first in one category, receiving the Lotus Engineering and Horiba Instruments Award for Lowest Emissions, and was competitive enough in all the other events to earn top honors.  Utah State University's electric sled won in the Challenge's zero-emissions division. 
http://www.admin.mtu.edu/urel/news/media_relations/458/

9. Students Campaign for Fair Trade Products at Jazzman's Cafes
United Students for Fair Trade has launched the Justice at Jazzman’s campaign to challenge officials of Jazzman’s Cafes to provide products that are environmentally sensitive and improve the working conditions of overseas laborers.  The students are calling for Jazzman's to serve and promote 100% Fair Trade Certified coffee, teas, cocoa, chocolate, and sugar at their cafes.  Jazzman's operates over 120 campus cafes and has been growing rapidly. 
http://www.usft.org/index.php?p=/ActionCenter/Jazzmans/

10. LaGrange College Brings Together Regional Leaders for Sustainability Symposium
The president of the Georgia Conservancy was joined by business, higher education, ethics and architectural leaders for a sustainability symposium hosted by LaGrange College’s Leadership Council. The event—held at Callaway Gardens LEED-certified Southern Pine Conference Center—featured a keynote address by Jim Stokes, Georgia Conservancy President, followed by a series of breakout sessions and a closing panel discussion. The sessions offered insight into the industry approach to sustainability (featuring the success story of Interface Inc.), what other colleges are doing from a practical and ethical perspective, and the Callaway Gardens approach to green issues.
http://www.lagrange.edu/primary.cfm?linkid=1723

11. New Program Changing Environmental Culture on Duke's Campus
A new program is out to make Duke's culture more embracing of environmentally friendly behavior. The Students for Sustainable Living team (SSL) have been busy creating a buzz by engaging campus community members one-on-one.  The program was started by Duke's sustainability coordinator but the students have taken the lead, promoting everything from sustainable dining to vanpooling.
http://www.duke.edu/sustainability/2006-03-20ssl.html


New Resources



11. Green Library Buildings on Campus
AASHE has posted a new annotated listing of green library buildings on campus.  Emory University, Middlebury College and University of California, Merced are among the schools with green library buildings.
http://www.aashe.org/resources/libraries.php (AASHE Members-only)

12. Undergraduate Education, Environmental Attitudes and the Design Professions
This study, a Masters thesis by Traci R. Rider, examines the influence of undergraduate education on designers’ interest in sustainable design.  Self-proclaimed practitioners in the green building industry were surveyed with the help of the US Green Building Council. Contrary to the main hypothesis of the study, undergraduate education was not seen by subjects to be a fundamental force in the decision to concentrate on sustainability.  The study recommends specific aspects of environmental education that seem more likely to produce graduates that engage in sustainable design.
http://dspace.library.cornell.edu/bitstream/1813/2118/1/Rider_Thesis2.pdf

Opportunities

13. 20/20 Vision's PowerShift Regional Directors Program
As part of its PowerShift campaign to raise awareness about the dangers of oil dependency, 20/20 Vision is creating a student-led Regional Director's Council made up of 10-15 energetic participants from colleges and universities across the US.  These students will come to Washington, D.C. in July of 2006 free of charge for an intensive week of hands-on training in non-profit advocacy and field organizing. During the next school-year, participants will serve as points of contact for a non-partisan debate on energy security policy and related issues on their campus.  20/20 Vision is accepting applications until May 15th.
http://www.power-shift.org/regional.html

14. Creating Sustainable Communities: The Ecological Dimension
July 8-15 2006; EcoVillage at Ithaca, NY
This weeklong workshop offers an introduction to the ecological foundations of designing and living in more life-enhancing ways. Participants will learn from hands-on involvement with EcoVillage at Ithaca, an award-winning, internationally recognized example of sustainable community development.  The workshop will include brief presentations of core concepts and information, skill building practice sessions and hands-on projects, and field trips.  The cost of participation is on a sliding scale $875-$1050 and includes room and board. 
http://www.ecovillage.ithaca.ny.us/EcoVillagePrograms/training.htm

Jobs & Internships

15. Ex. Dir., Inst. for a Secure and Sustainable Environment, U. Tennessee, Knoxville
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville seeks a full-time Executive Director for its newly created Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment (ISSE).  ISSE is charged with the mission of developing multidisciplinary research programs crossing traditional college and departmental lines.  Applicants should hold a doctoral or terminal degree in a discipline related to the mission of ISSE and possess the qualifications of a senior researcher in an academic department or equivalent, knowledge of potential funding sources, demonstrated success in securing research funding, and successful experience managing interdisciplinary efforts.  This appointment will become available on July 1, 2006.  Review of applications will begin April 1, 2006.
http://chronicle.com/jobs/id.php?id=0000452154-01&pg=s&cc=

16. Director of Center for Sustainable Agriculture, University of Vermont
The University of Vermont is seeking a Ph.D. with experience in sustainable agriculture to provide vision and leadership for programs of the Center for Sustainable Agriculture.  Applicants should have five years experience in organizational leadership, including managing personnel, programs, budgets, and boards.  Review of applications will begin April 14, 2006 and will continue until the position is filled.
http://chronicle.com/jobs/id.php?id=0000451793-01&pg=s&cc=

Events

17. Campus Progress 2006 National Student Conference
July 12, 2006; Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, DC.
Campus Progress is bringing together progressive student leaders from across the US for a one-day event featuring: remarks by leading politicians, activists, journalists, and policy experts; issue discussions; training sessions on communications, media, and other skills; networking opportunities; hands-on activism to take back to campus; and breakfast, lunch, and an evening reception.  The Conference is free for attendees, but space is limited.  Those who will be returning to school in the fall as undergraduate or graduate/professional students are invited to apply.  Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until June 15.
Conference website

18. UC/CSU/CCC Sustainability Conference
June 25-28, 2006; University of California, Santa Barbara
The University of California, Santa Barbara campus is hosting the 5th annual statewide UC/CSU/CCC sustainability conference, entitled Turning the Tide: Implementing Sustainable Strategies.  The conference will feature sessions on: Green Building, Energy, Waste Management, Sustainable Transportation, Institutionalizing Sustainability, Water, Food Systems and Procurement.  In addition, there will be pre and post conference trainings on LEED for Existing Buildings and on greening laboratory design and operations.  Keynote speakers include Rick Fedrizzi, the CEO of the US Green Building Council, David Oakey of David Oakey Designs, and James Timberlake of Kieran Timberlake.  The deadline for early bird registration prices is May 15th.
http://www.sustainability.ucsb.edu/conference/


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