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Contents for 04.20.06:

NEWS
1. CSU Chico Students Approve Fee Increase to Create Sustainability Fund and Hire Coordinator
2. Massachusetts Maritime Academy Installs 660kW Wind Turbine
3. University of Toronto at Mississauga Installs Fuel Cells in Residence Hall
4. RecycleMania 2006 Winners Announced
5. UNC Chapel Hill to Develop Water Reuse System
6. 17 University of Virginia Students Arrested in Living Wage Sit In
7. Hamilton College Residence Hall Receives LEED Silver Certification
8. Oberlin College Dining Service Funds Construction of Greenhouse at Local Farm
9. Yellow Bike Project Begins at University of Vermont

NEW RESOURCES
10. Cover Story of NACUBO's Business Officer Magazine Focuses on Sustainability in Higher Ed
11. New Book: 147 Practical Tips for Teaching Sustainability

OPPORTUNITIES
12. Ecosa Institute Summer Workshops on Sustainable Design
13. Organic Farming Certificate Program

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
14. Environmental Stewardship Director, Columbia University
15. High Performance Building Services Assistant, Harvard Green Campus Initiative

EVENTS
16. Renewable Energy: Saving and Making Money for Your Institution Webcast
17. AASHE Sustainability Across the Curriculum Leadership Workshop
18. 3rd Annual Teton Green Building Conference
19. CFP: AASHE 2006 Conference

News


1. CSU Chico Students Approve Fee Increase to Create Sustainability Fund and Hire Coordinator
Students as California State University, Chico have approved a $5 increase in student fees to hire a sustainability coordinator and create a fund for sustainability projects on campus.  The sustainability coordinator will focus on sustainability issues within the Associated Students and will work in cooperation with the University's own sustainability coordinator.  Students also approved an advisory measure to make learning about sustainability an upper division graduation requirement. 
Campus newspaper article

2. Massachusetts Maritime Academy Installs 660kW Wind Turbine
Massachusetts Maritime Academy has installed a 660kW wind turbine in the center of its campus.  The 248-foot turbine, which cost $1.4 million, is expected to generate over a quarter of the school's electricity consumption, saving the school $300,000 annually over its 20-year lifespan.  In addition to saving the Academy money, the turbine will be studied by Engineering students.  The Academy is also investigating other renewable energy options like solar, geothermal and biodiesel.
http://www.capecodonline.com/special/windfarm/mmaxswind24.htm
Annotated listing of campus wind installations (AASHE members-only): http://www.aashe.org/resources/wind_campus.php

3. University of Toronto at Mississauga Installs Fuel Cells in Residence Hall
University of Toronto at Mississauga has opened Canada's first solid oxide fuel cell facility in a university residence as well as what is believed to be the world's first multi-unit installation.  The facility houses four 5-kilowatt solid oxide fuel cell systems which will serve as a primary source of combined heat and power for 12 townhouse units in the UTM student residence complex.  Initially, the fuel cells will be fueled with natural gas.  During a later stage of the project, one of the 5-kilowatt units will operate on hydrogen gas.
News article

4. RecycleMania 2006 Winners Announced
California State University—San Marcos has emerged as the grand champion in the 2006 RecycleMania competition.  RecycleMania is a friendly competition among campuses to increase recycling and reduce waste.  CSU San Marcos' won the Grand Champion award by achieving the highest recycling rate.  Point Loma Nazarene University won the Waste Minimization award for producing the least amount of waste per capita while Oregon State University won the Per Capita Classic award by producing the most recyclables per capita.  RecycleMania 2006 included nearly 100 participating schools from 33 states across the country.
http://www.recyclemaniacs.org/

5. UNC Chapel Hill to Develop Water Reuse System
The Orange Water and Sewer Authority and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have signed a contract for the funding, development and operation of a water reuse system.  The reuse system will enable highly treated wastewater from a wastewater treatment plant to be used for non-drinking purposes. Initially, reuse will lower the University’s drinking water demand by about 530,000 gallons, which equals about 6% of overall water demand by the community. In the long term, reuse on campus will reduce the community’s water demand by 13% or more.  Operation of the reuse system is projected to begin by the end of 2008, and will replace drinking water in cooling towers at the University's chiller plants.
http://www.owasa.org/Press_Releases/press_release_04_12_2006_sign_reuse_contract.htm

6. 17 University of Virginia Students Arrested in Living Wage Sit-In
17 University of Virginia students were arrested this weekend, ending a 4 day sit-in for living wages.  The students had occupied the University's central administration building and were calling for the University to raise wages for its lowest paid workers to $10.72, up from a current minimum of $9.37.  Student rallies in support of a living wage have continued in the days after the arrests.  The University administration has questioned the methodology used to derive the $10.72 figure.
Washington Post article 1
Washington Post article 2
Washington Post article 3
http://www.virginia.edu/wages/
http://www.uvalivingwage.net/

7. Hamilton College Residence Hall Receives LEED Silver Certification
The Skenandoa House, an 84-year-old residence hall renovated in 2004, has been awarded LEED Silver certification.  The renovations included a 16-well geothermal ground water heating and cooling system, individual thermostats in each room, energy efficient lighting, extensive building materials reuse and construction waste management.  As a result of the geothermal system, in Skenandoa House uses less than half as much energy per gross square foot than a comparable residence hall with a standard gas-fired heating system in (47.6 mbtu/gsf vs. 123.2 mbtu/gsf).  In addition, the electrical power used in Skenandoa House is produced from renewable sources.
http://www.hamilton.edu/news/more_news/display.cfm?ID=10688
Annotated listing of over 30 green residence halls (AASHE members-only): http://www.aashe.org/resources/residence_halls1.php

8. Oberlin College Dining Service Funds Construction of Greenhouse at Local Farm

Oberlin College's food service provider Bon Appétit has recently invested $6200 toward a greenhouse and waste oil furnace at a nearby farm.  The greenhouse will enable a longer growing season and thus ensure that the college can buy more local produce. Oberlin has increased the purchase of local food from five percent to 30 percent in the past five years and is attempting to increase local purchases to 50 percent by 2007.
http://www.oberlin.edu/stupub/ocreview/2006/04/14/news/article3.html

9. Yellow Bike Project Begins at University of Vermont

As part of his senior thesis, a student at the University of Vermont has started a pilot bicycle cooperative on campus known as the Yellow Bike Project.  Under the program, 20 bikes will be available for use by any member of the cooperative.  Each bike will have a lock to prevent stealing.  Upon joining the cooperative, members receive a key that works in all of the locks.
(webpage no longer available)

New Resources



10. Cover Story of NACUBO's Business Officer Magazine Focuses on Sustainability in Higher Ed
The April 2006 issue of the National Association of College and University Business Officers' Business Officer magazine includes a feature article on campus sustainability.  The article, entitled "Will Sustainability Take Root?," explores the rapid growth of campus sustainability initiatives over the past few years, focusing on energy, buildings, food, and curriculum.  The article highlights the sustainability efforts of University of Florida, Lane Community College, Middlebury College, Berea College, University at Buffalo, and Georgia Institute of Technology.
http://www.nacubo.org/x7977.xml

11. New Book: 147 Practical Tips for Teaching Sustainability

147 Practical Tips for Teaching Sustainability: Connecting the Environment, the Economy, and Society is a new book by William M. Timpson, Brian Dunbar, Gailmarie Kimmel, Brett Bruyere, Peter Newman, and Hillary Mizia.  The book includes forwards by Tony Cortese and David Orr, and provides advice for educators seeking to teach sustainability.
http://www.atwoodpublishing.com/books/245.htm

Opportunities

12. Ecosa Institute Summer Workshops on Sustainable Design
The Ecosa Institute in Prescott AZ is offering two four-week summer workshops in sustainable design.  The first, from June 5 - June 30, is entitled "Materials and Methods of Alternative Construction."  The second, from July 10 - Aug. 4, is entitled "Drylands Permaculture and Water Systems."  There are no pre-requisites for either workshop.  Tuition for the programs is $1500 each. 
http://www.ecosainstitute.org/summer.htm

13. Organic Farming Certificate Program
Michigan State University is happy to announce the first year of the Organic Farming Certificate Program.  The one year practical organic farm training program will start in January 2007.  The program consists of management of a 10 acre Student Organic Farm and course work in organic farming.  To complete the certificate, students will complete a 3- 4 month, off-site internship or apprenticeship on a working farm or urban garden at the end of the program.  Applications are now being accepted.
http://www.msuorganicfarm.com/dnav/218/page.htm

Jobs & Internships

14. Environmental Stewardship Director, Columbia University
Columbia University seeks to fill the new position of Environmental Stewardship Director. This position will be funded for two years during which time the Director is expected to design and implement a well-crafted program for stewardship efforts across the university. The broad goals of this program are (1) fostering a culture of respect for the environment among students, faculty, and staff and (2) minimizing the institution's environmental footprint. Extension of the position past the second year is contingent on the success of efforts to that point.  This position will report to the Office of the Senior Executive Vice President.  Applicants must have a Bachelor's degree (Master's preferred) in a related field and a minimum of 7 years related work experience with proven success in a leadership role. 
http://jobs.columbia.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=98412

15. High Performance Building Services Assistant, Harvard Green Campus Initiative
The Harvard Green Campus Initiative is seeking a full-time High Performance Building Services Assistant to conduct building energy assessments for a wide variety of buildings across Harvard University.  The purpose of these assessments is to identify, cost out and implement a myriad of energy conservation projects.  Applicants should have a related undergraduate and/or graduate degree. Direct experience in high performance building management is preferred, but not required.  This is a 12 month position.
http://jobs.harvard.edu/jobs/summ_req?in_post_id=29235

Events

16. Renewable Energy: Saving and Making Money for Your Institution Webcast
April 25, 2006; 1:30 Eastern
This webcast, offered by the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO), will show how institutions can minimize costs, or even make money, with renewable energy from sources such as wind, solar, and biomass.  Participants will learn about: the choices and costs institutions face in purchasing renewable energy; how to purchase renewable energy with an eye toward minimizing costs, maximizing returns, and reducing risks; and how to analyze whether an institution should build renewable power generation on campus or buy it “though the wires” from the electric utility.  The presenters will be Andrea Putman, co-author of The Business Case for Renewable Energy: A Guide for Colleges and Universities; John Cusack, the Executive Director of the NJ Higher Education Partnership for Sustainability (NJHEPS); and Michael Philips, a clean energy consultant.  Participation costs $159 for NACUBO members and $189 for non-members.
http://www.nacubo.org/x7931.xml

17. AASHE Sustainability Across the Curriculum Leadership Workshop
July 20-21, 2006; San Diego State University, CA
AASHE is partnering with Geoffrey Chase and Peggy Barlett 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 have helped 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

18. 3rd Annual Teton Green Building Conference
May 24-26th, 2006; Grand Teton National Park
This 2+ day primer is tailored for developers, architects, engineers, designers and builders looking for “nuts and bolts” strategies that improve the quality, performance, and value of new and existing homes and commercial buildings.  Topics include sustainable sites and landscaping, building science, energy performance, water conservation, renewable energy options, indoor environmental quality, and sustainable materials.  Individual conference registration costs $375.
http://www.sustainableconferences.com/6.html

19. 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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