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Contents for 04.13.06:

NEWS
1. Northwestern Becomes 2nd Largest Campus Purchaser of Renewable Energy
2. Connecticut College Announces Wind Energy Purchase
3. Goshen College Dedicates First Phase of Eco-Village
4. American University Students Approve Clean Energy Resolution
5. UC Davis Receives Grant to Establish Energy Efficiency Center
6. Cornell Endorses Anti-Sweatshop Designated Supplier Program
7. UC Berkeley and Riverside Students Arrested After Occupying Chancellors' Offices in Support of Designated Supplier Program
8. University at Buffalo Shifts to In-House Custodial Workers
9. Brandeis Announces Sudan Divestment
10. Lawrence Tech Dedicates Green Student Services Center
11. Wayne State Police to Operate World’s First Police Fuel Cell Vehicle
12. University of Michigan Resumes Procurement of Coca-Cola Products
13. Univ. of Oregon, CU Boulder, and Clemson University Win Recycling Awards
14. Appalachian State University Finds Success with Green Cleaning Products

NEW RESOURCES
15. New Book: Revitalizing the Commons: Cultural and Educational Sites of Resistance and Affirmation

OPPORTUNITIES
16. Change It Summer Training Program for Students
17. "Our Daily Bread: What Does It REALLY Cost?" Paper Competition

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
18. Environmental Sustainability Coordinator, Duke University
19. Executive Director, Steans Center for Community-based Service Learning, DePaul University

EVENTS
20. AASHE Sustainability Across the Curriculum Leadership Workshop
21. Global Warming Solutions Weekend Retreat
22. Business for the Long Run Conference on Teaching Sustainable Business
23. Civic Responsibility in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education
24. CFP: AASHE 2006 Conference

News

1. Northwestern Becomes 2nd Largest Campus Purchaser of Renewable Energy

Northwestern University has launched a program to use renewable energy sources for 20 percent of its yearly energy needs for the next four years.  The University has purchased Renewable Energy Certificates sourced from wind energy that will provide 40,000 megawatt hours annually for the years 2006-2010.  As a result, Northwestern now is the second largest purchaser of renewable energy among US colleges and universities.   In related news, a Green Cup competition is underway at Northwestern University to see which building can conserve the most water and energy.  The winning dorm will receive a trophy and be treated to a pizza and ice cream party. 
http://www.northwestern.edu/newscenter/stories/2006/04/wind.html
Campus newspaper article

2. Connecticut College Announces Wind Energy Purchase

Connecticut College has announced the purchase of renewable energy credits (RECs) equivalent to about 50% of its annual electricity consumption.  The purchase was funded with a $25 per student annual surcharge that students overwhelmingly approved 5 years ago.  Last year, the College purchased RECs equal to 44 percent of the College's annual electricity consumption, up from 22 and 17 percent in the first two years of the program.  The College is also working to reduce its electricity consumption.  Two recent initiatives include: a compact fluorescent bulb exchange program estimated to save the College $6,400 annually, and the installation of Vending Misers on campus vending machines.
http://aspen.conncoll.edu/camelweb/index.cfm?fuseaction=ccnews&id=2500

3. Goshen College Dedicates First Phase of Eco-Village
Goshen College recently dedicated 3 new buildings comprising the first phase of Reith Village.  The 3 buildings, two living quarters and a classroom, are designed to achieve LEED Platinum certification. Sustainable features include: ground source heat pumps; rainwater collection for flushing toilets; solar water heaters; high-emissivity, reflective roofs; volatile organic compounds-free paint; and an on-site 10kw wind turbine that will supply 30-40 percent of the buildings' total electricity consumption.  The facility is part of the Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center, a 1,150-acre nature owned and operated by Goshen College that: offers environmental education to school children, provides programs to the public and serves as a research site for undergraduates. 
http://www.goshen.edu/merrylea/news/dedication48.html
Annotated listing of over 30 sustainable residence halls (AASHE members-only): http://www.aashe.org/resources/residence_halls1.php
Annotated list of campus wind turbine installations (AASHE members-only): http://www.aashe.org/resources/wind_campus.php

4. American University Students Approve Clean Energy Resolution
Students American University recently voted in favor of a resolution calling on the University to "budget for at least 50 percent clean, renewable energy, such as wind, by 2012."  The resolution encouraged the University to pay for the additional cost of renewable energy by "allocating funds from the regular tuition increase which already occurs, and/or by raising student fees up to an additional $10 per student per year if necessary."  The resolution was approved with over 70% approval. 
Campus newspaper article
http://itsgettinghotinhere.org/190

5. UC Davis Receives Grant to Establish Energy Efficiency Center

University of California, Davis has been awarded a $1 million grant from the California Clean Energy Fund to establish the world's leading university center of excellence in energy efficiency. The new UC Davis Energy Efficiency Center is dedicated to speeding the transfer of new energy-saving products and services into the homes and lives of Californians.  The Center will bring together leaders in academia, industry and the investment community to advance innovation in energy efficiency.  The Energy Efficiency Center's founding director will be Andrew Hargadon, an associate professor at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management who is an expert on innovation in business and technology transfer.  UC Davis officials have designated energy research and education as top campus priorities.
http://www.news.ucdavis.edu/search/news_detail.lasso?id=7713
http://www.news.ucdavis.edu/search/news_detail.lasso?id=7714

6. Cornell Endorses Anti-Sweatshop Designated Supplier Program
Cornell University has come out in support of the proposed Designated Supplier Program, which would require factories producing clothing with a Cornell logo to pay a living wage, allow workers to unionize and freely express their rights, and prohibit sweatshop conditions.  Cornell already has a code of conduct that requires licensees to avoid factories that don’t respect workers rights and don’t pay a living wage.  The Designated Supplier Program goes a step further by requiring licensees to use only designated factories that are known to respect workers rights and pay a living wage.
http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/April06/Cornell.sweatshops.ssl.html
Campus newspaper article

7. UC Berkeley and Riverside Students Arrested After Occupying Chancellors' Offices in Support of Designated Supplier Program
Students at the University of California, Berkeley and University of California, Riverside were arrested on Tuesday for occupying their respective Chancellor's office.  The students were demanding that the University of California endorse the Designated Supplier Program (DSP) to ensure that apparel bearing the University's logo is produced in factories where workers are represented by a democratic union and earn a living wage.  The students, who have been campaigning on the issue for several months, accused the UC administration of dragging its feet on the proposal and argued that since all other avenues have been pursued without success, civil disobedience was necessary to persuade the university to support the DSP.  Administrators said that the issue is currently under discussion by a committee that is due to make a recommendation to the UC President in early May.
http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2006/04/11/MNG3NI7KRD11.DTL
Press Enterprise article

8. University at Buffalo Shifts to In-House Custodial Workers
Citing high staff turnover rates and quality concerns, the University at Buffalo has decided to cease outsourcing of custodial work.  Over the next three years, the contracted janitorial workers will be gradually insourced and in turn represented by the existing union on campus. Their wages are expected to increase from $7.03/hour to as much as $10.60/hour and they will also be receiving state health benefits.  "There's a direct link between quality assurance problems and low wages of janitors," said Michael Dupre, associate vice president for University Facilities. Student Justice for Janitors organizers expressed support for the move and will work to ensure that current workers are prioritized for the new unionized positions.
http://spectrum.buffalo.edu/article.php?id=26742
http://www.livingwageaction.org/campaigns_ub.htm

9. Brandeis Announces Sudan Divestment
On April 10, the executive committee of Brandeis University’s board of trustees unanimously endorsed a statement to keep the university’s endowment free of any holdings in companies doing business in Sudan. Brandeis does not have any such investments, according to school officials, and the committee said the university should maintain that position.  Citing the university’s founding commitment to social action and social justice, the committee adopted a disinvestment policy that reaches farther than such measures at many other colleges and universities. The committee said the following should be prohibited: Investment in any companies that are conducting business activities in Sudan such as maintaining equipment, facilities, personnel, or other tools of commerce; that are providing goods and services to companies operating in Sudan; and that are investing in the bonds or other financial obligations of the government of Sudan.  The policy makes exceptions for companies that contribute to the economic or humanitarian welfare of the people of Sudan.
http://my.brandeis.edu/news/item?news_item_id=104603

10. Lawrence Tech Dedicates Green Student Services Center
Lawrence Technological University recently dedicated the A. Alfred Taubman Student Services Center.  The $13.9 million, 42,000 square-foot center incorporates geothermal energy, a 10,000 square-foot green vegetated roof, under floor air distribution and a bioswale for stormwater management and was designed to achieve LEED Silver certification. 
Lawrence Tech News article
Annotated listing of green student centers (AASHE members-only): http://www.aashe.org/resources/student_centers.php

11. Wayne State Police to Operate World’s First Police Fuel Cell Vehicle
The Wayne State University Police Department will operate what is believed to be the first fuel cell powered police vehicle in the world as a supervisor’s vehicle on and in the immediate vicinity of the campus.  The demanding operation of a police car will produce valuable data to help develop fuel cell technology.  The car will also serve as a learning laboratory for students in the College of Engineering’s Alternative Energy Technology program, the nation’s first master’s-degree program in alternative energy.  It will go into full operation upon the completion of a nearby hydrogen refueling station this spring.  The vehicle, a Mercedes F-Cell, was supplied by the Daimler Chrysler Corporation.
http://www.media.wayne.edu/release.php?id=2267
http://www.fuelcellsworks.com/Supppage4942.html

12. University of Michigan Resumes Procurement of Coca-Cola Products
The University of Michigan has announced it will resume purchasing Coca-Cola products, effective immediately.  U-M had suspended the purchase of Coke products on Jan. 1 when the soft drink company had not proceeded with an independent, third-party review of its labor and environmental concerns at its bottling plants in Colombia and India as called for by the University’s Dispute Review Board.  The move to restart purchasing Coke products comes in response to Coke's announcement that the United Nations International Labor Organization will conduct an independent third-party review of the company’s labor practices in Colombia that will be made available to the University without editing by Coca-Cola.  Coke has also begun a process for a third-party assessment of environmental concerns in India.  Organizers from the Campaign to Stop Killer Coke described Coke's latest moves as "a public relations sham" and questioned the appropriateness and independence of the third party reviewers.
http://www.umich.edu/~urecord/0506/Apr10_06/coke.shtml
http://www.umich.edu/news/index.html?BG/cocacola_q&anew
http://insidehighered.com/news/2006/04/12/coke
http://www.indiaresource.org/news/2006/1052.html
http://www.ajc.com/business/content/business/coke/stories/0412bizcoke.html

13. Univ. of Oregon, CU Boulder, and Clemson University Win Recycling Awards

The American Forest & Paper Association has announced that the University of Oregon and the University of Colorado at Boulder have received 2006 AF&PA School Recycling Awards in the college and university category.  Meanwhile, Clemson University was selected as the Outstanding College or University Waste Reduction/Recycling Program in the 11th annual Recycle Guys Awards Program sponsored by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. Clemson has managed to increase its paper recycling rate about 90 percent over 3 years, while also reducing collection time.
http://www.paperrecycles.org/recycling/industry_recognition/winners.html
AFPA press release
Clemson campus newspaper article
http://www.scdhec.net/administration/news/2006/nr20060307-01.htm

14. Appalachian State University Finds Success with Green Cleaning Products
As part of a LEED certification program, Appalachian State University has begun using green cleaning products in its residence halls.  Feedback from both students and staff has been very positive.  As a result of the switch, “Students are smarter, staff are healthier and buildings are cleaner,” according to Plant Maintenance Supervisor Brad N. Smith.
http://www.theapp.appstate.edu/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1121

New Resources

15. New Book: Revitalizing the Commons: Cultural and Educational Sites of Resistance and Affirmation
Revitalizing the Commons: Cultural and Educational Sites of Resistance and Affirmation is a new book by Chet Bowers.  The book champions the cultural and environmental commons as sites of resistance to the accelerating privatization of the commons, and explains the nature of educational reforms that promote ecological sustainability, conserving of cultural and linguistic diversity, local democracy, and greater community self-sufficiency.
More about the book

Opportunities

16. Change It Summer Training Program for Students

July 28th - August 3rd; Catholic University, Washington, D.C.
In order to make a deeper impact this Earth Day, Seventh Generation has partnered with Greenpeace to train and empower dedicated students to become the next generation of leaders in the global movement for change.  The Change It program is an intensive week of training, facilitated by some of the nation's top environmental leaders. Key speakers will include John Passacantando, Executive Director of Greenpeace USA, and Jeffrey Hollender, President of Seventh Generation.  Each of the 100 participating students to work one-on-one with Greenpeace mentors, who will provide personalized training on campaign strategy, message development, lobbying, recruitment, and event planning. Students will travel offsite to participate in a campaign event and will emerge from the program with the skills and tools they need to become effective leaders in the environmental and social justice movements.  All expenses, including travel, room and board, and the training program itself, will be covered entirely by Seventh Generation.  Full and part-time students ages 18 to 24 are eligible to apply.
http://www.changeit06.org

17. "Our Daily Bread: What Does It REALLY Cost?"

Sustainable Ventures is offering individual authors or teams a $10,000 prize plus benefits for the study that best measures the true costs of a loaf of bread. The winning study will provide an analytical framework that measures integrated social, environmental and financial performance. By revealing and quantifying hidden costs of a loaf of bread, the framework will help people make more informed choices to protect and restore the world.  After the winning true cost accounting framework has been identified, an Implementation Forum of marketing professionals will design a multi-sector strategy to disseminate these metrics to the general public.  In addition, the top 6-7 papers will be published in book form.  First drafts are due by April 26, 2006.
http://www.sustainableventures.us/prize/overview.html

Jobs & Internships

18. Environmental Sustainability Coordinator, Duke University

Duke University is seeking applicants for the Environmental Sustainability Coordinator position.  The Sustainability Coordinator will develop, coordinate and administer programs and advise policies within the area of sustainability at Duke University.  Applicants should have a Bachelor's degree.  A recent Duke graduate is preferred.  Sam Hummel, Duke's current Environmental Sustainability Coordinator, recently announced that he is ready to pursue some of his other career goals.
Job Description
http://www.duke.edu/sustainability/2006-03-10departure.html

19. Executive Director, Steans Center for Community-based Service Learning, DePaul University
DePaul University seeks an Executive Direct to provide leadership for and oversee the operations of the Steans Center for Community-based Service Learning, a nationally recognized center for service-learning and community engagement.  The Executive Director is responsible for representing the Center and DePaul in local, state, and national service-learning initiatives, integrating DePaul's Vincentian mission with its academic mission, and furthering DePaul's engagement with the communities that are underserved within the Chicago metropolitan area.  Applicants should have a Masters degree and 3 years of experience managing a service learning center or other university office involved with community partnerships and/or social justice initiatives.
(webpage no longer available)

Events

20. AASHE Sustainability Across the Curriculum Leadership Workshop
July 20-21, 2006; San Diego State University, CA
AASHE is joining with Geoffrey Chase and Peggy Barlett, the editors of to invite faculty of all disciplines to participate in a two-day "train the trainer" workshop on curriculum change.  Participants will meet with other faculty and resource experts and explore strategies to infuse sustainability throughout the curriculum. The model developed for the Ponderosa Project at Northern Arizona University and adapted at Emory in the Piedmont Project will be taught so that participants can bring it to their own campuses. The workshop is designed for faculty who wish to help their campuses develop programs like the Ponderosa or Piedmont Projects and reorient campus-wide curriculum around sustainability.  Activities will include small group discussions, brief talks by resource experts, outdoor place-based activities, and exercises to build strategies for future action.  The workshop leaders, Peggy Barlett and Geoffrey Chase, are editors of Sustainability on Campus: Stories and Strategies for Change and collectively have more than 200 faculty revise courses in a wide array of disciplines.  Workshop tuition is $350 for AASHE members and $390 for non-members.  Applications to participate are due by May 15.
http://www.aashe.org/profdev/curriculum.php

21. Global Warming Solutions Weekend Retreat
July 14 - 16, 2006; Hilltop Conference Center, Spring Green, WI
This weekend organizing and skills training workshop offered by the Green House Network will provide participants with tools to build and strengthen clean energy and coal plant clean-up campaigns in their community.  Speakers include Cal DeWitt, Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies; Eban Goodstein, Green House Network; Chad Kister, Arctic Explorer; Howard Learner, Environmental Law & Policy Center; Katie Nekola, Clean Wisconsin; and Dr. Don Waller, University of Wisconsin.  The standard registration rate is $130 (students $30). 
http://www.greenhousenet.org/downloads/wisconsin-event-2006.pdf

22. 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.nbis.org/PDF/HOLDTHEDATE.pdf

23. Civic Responsibility in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education

May 22-24, 2006; Portland, Maine
This three-day Institute organized by Campus Compact will provide an opportunity for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) faculty to explore the use of civic engagement in the STEM disciplines.  During the Institute, participants will be provided with relevant texts, models, and practices which they will analyze and discuss together. These experiences will culminate in a community-based collaboration and will prepare faculty to develop their own strategies for connecting theory to practice and the classroom to the larger community.  The registration deadline has been extended to April 21.
http://www.mainecompact.org/pdf/Branches_Brochure.pdf

24. CFP: AASHE 2006 Conference
October 4-6, 2006; Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
AASHE is pleased to invite submissions of abstracts for AASHE 2006: The Role of Higher Education in Creating a Sustainable World. The conference is open to participants from every sector of higher education, as well as businesses and community leaders.   AASHE 2006 aims to significantly advance sustainability efforts in higher education, with an emphasis on “next steps” and “beyond the low-hanging fruit.” Particular emphasis will be on social dimensions of sustainability and the need to consider all dimensions of sustainability - not just the environment – in decision-making. The conference will provide for active exchange of ideas and knowledge through interactive forums, informal networking, and open discussion.  Abstracts are due by May 22 and may be submitted under the following tracks: Education & Research, Operations & Facilities, Community Service & Outreach, and Institutional Transformation.
http://www.aashe.org/cfp06.pdf


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