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AASHE Bulletin
A weekly service of AASHE: the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education

Contents for 04.27.06:

NEWS
1. New York Times Columnist Calls for Campuses to go Climate Neutral
2. California State University Northridge Buys 1 Megawatt Fuel Cell
3. College of the Atlantic Divests from Exxon
4. Haverford College Athletic Facility Receives LEED Gold Certification
5. Ithaca College Awards Mini-Grants for Sustainability Curriculum Development
6. Lowest paid UC Berkeley Workers Get Pay Hike
7. University of Georgia Increases Minimum Salary Paid to Employees
8. Six PA Campuses Selected to Participate in Solar Scholars Program
9. Governors State University Installs Large Solar Water Heating System
10. University of Vermont Switches to 100% Recycled, Chlorine-Free Paper
11. Ithaca College to Change Thermostat and Upgrade HVAC System to Save Energy
12. California State University, Chico Opens Sustainability House
13. Illinois State University Receives Green Government Award
14.
Tufts and College of the Atlantic Switch to Cage-Free Eggs
15. University of Florida Hopes to Open Ethanol Plant
16. Students at University of California, Riverside Hold Biofuels Demonstration
17. Sudan Divestment Campaign Covered by New York Times

NEW RESOURCES
18. Listing of Campus Global Warming Commitments
19. New Directory of Energy Programs at Colleges and Universities
20. Cornell Task Force on Sustainability in the Age of Development Report

OPPORTUNITIES
21. Undergrad Training: Energy & Climate: Toward Sustainable Systems
22. Sustainable Agriculture Semester at Sterling College, Vermont
23. Change It Summer Training Program for Students
24. Sustainable Building Advisor Training Program

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
25. Environmental Stewardship Director, Columbia University
26. Campus Clean Energy Internship, Chesapeake Climate Action Network

EVENTS
27. AASHE Sustainability Across the Curriculum Leadership Workshop
28. CFP: AASHE 2006 Conference
29. 2006 Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Roundtable

News

1. New York Times Columnist Calls for Campuses to go Climate Neutral
In a recent New York Times article, columnist Thomas Friedman called for campuses to become climate neutral.  "Why doesn’t every college make it a goal to become carbon-neutral — that is, reduce its net CO2 emissions to zero?," he asked.  "This should be a national movement. After all, today’s students will be profoundly affected by climate change, the coming energy wars and the rising danger of petro-authoritarian states, such as Iran."  Friedman then encouraged students to "Take over your administration building, occupy your university president’s office or storm in on the next meeting of your college’s board of trustees until they agree to make your school carbon-neutral." 
http://itsgettinghotinhere.org/207
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/04/26/opinion/l26friedman.html

2. California State University Northridge Buys 1 Megawatt Fuel Cell

California State University, Northridge has purchased a 1 megawatt fuel cell power plant to help the University meet its goals for greater energy independence, capital growth, cost management and increased use of green power.  The fuel cell will generate both electricity and hot water.  In addition, the university also plans on routing exhaust from the heat exchanger into an adjacent greenhouse and arboretum to enhance photosynthesis, boosting plant growth and harvests by 10 to 40 percent.  CSUN's unit is believed to be the single largest fuel cell power plant at any university in the world.  CSUN began its drive to install onsite power generation from clean technologies in 2002 with the installation of 692 kilowatts of solar panels that provide a portion of the campus' peaking electricity requirements.
http://www.energyvortex.com/pages/headlinedetails.cfm?id=2326&archive=1

3. College of the Atlantic Divests from Exxon
College of the Atlantic President Steven K. Katona announced on Earth Day that the college would sell its holdings in Exxon-Mobil, due to concerns about Exxon-Mobil's stance on climate change.  "I personally feel that global climate change is the most serious challenge we all face, and that fossil fuel consumption worldwide must be reduced at least 50 percent by mid-century or there will be horrible consequences," said Katona. "Some energy companies, such as BP and Royal Dutch, are actively helping to avoid that scenario, but Exxon-Mobil insists on doing business as usual."
http://coa.edu/html/pressreleases_135.htm

4. Haverford College Athletic Facility Receives LEED Gold Certification
Haverford College's Douglas B. Gardner '83 Integrated Athletic Center has been awarded LEED Gold Certification.  The 100,000-square-foot facility is believed to be the first LEED certified athletic building. 
http://www.haverford.edu/publicrelations/news/greenconference.htm
http://sev.prnewswire.com/higher-education/20060421/NEF01221042006-1.html

5. Ithaca College Awards Mini-Grants for Sustainability Curriculum Development
Ithaca College has awarded 28 mini-grants of $1,000 to support curriculum development initiatives in the area of sustainability.  The grants will support work conducted during the summer of 2006.  Awardees are required to take part in two half-day workshops on Teaching Sustainability across the Curriculum.  The goal of the program is to provide incentives for faculty to develop new courses or modify curriculum in existing courses to include considerations of sustainability.
http://www.ithaca.edu/faculty/sallen/Sustainability/summer_proposal.html


6. Lowest paid UC Berkeley Workers Get Pay Hike

About 180 of the lowest paid employees at the University of California, Berkeley are receiving pay increases up to 20 percent, following a decision to raise the baseline wage for career and limited-appointment employees to $11.25 per hour.  In announcing the increases, Chancellor Robert J. Birgeneau noted that campus employees face significant challenges with the high cost of living in the Bay Area. The decision to raise the baseline wage affects primarily food service employees, a group whose lowest hourly rate was previously $9.39.
http://www.berkeley.edu/news/media/releases/2006/04/21_wagehike.shtml

7. University of Georgia Increases Minimum Salary Paid to Employees
The University of Georgia will increase the minimum wage paid to salaried employees to $19,000 per year as part of the pay increases that will be effective Jan. 1, 2007.  The lowest-paid salaried employees at the university were paid $12,790 just four years ago, when the minimum level was increased to $15,000.  Last year, it was increased to $17,500.  Next year’s increase to $19,000 will affect 596 salaried employees.  “I am pleased that we are able to give priority in directing the university’s resources to those among our employees who most need it,” President Michael F. Adams said.  “The university recognizes the importance of paying a living wage to its employees."
http://www.uga.edu/news/artman/publish/060425_SalaryIncrease.shtml
http://onlineathens.com/stories/042606/uganews_20060426052.shtml


8. Six PA Campuses Selected to Participate in Solar Scholars Program
Bucknell University, Clarion University, Mercyhurst College, Messiah College, The Pennsylvania State University, and Villanova University have been selected to participate in a solar-energy education program for university-level students called Solar Scholars.  The program offers undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity for in-depth, hands-on study, training and research in the application of photovoltaic solar technology. Students will receive funding and incentives to design, build, operate and maintain a solar system of significant impact on their campus, for which they will receive academic credit.  The goal of the program is to cultivate the solar energy leaders, policy-makers and entrepreneurs of tomorrow.
http://renewableenergyaccess.com/rea/news/story?id=44687
http://www.mercyhurst.edu/ne/college_news_detail.php?id=882&m=4&y=2006
http://archive.dailyitem.com/archive/2006/0425/local/stories/01local.htm

9. Governors State University Installs Large Solar Water Heating System

Governors State University is installing what is believed to be the largest solar thermal system in the state of Illinois.  The system, which is comprised of 64 4x10 ft solar collectors, will pre-heat water for GSU's swimming pool as well as provide domestic hot water for most of the University.  The system has a life expectancy of over 30 years and is expected to displace 40 therms of natural gas per day, saving the University $10,000 annually at current natural gas prices.  Advanced physics courses at GSU will monitor the system and use it as a practical hands-on learning project
http://www.govst.edu/NewsEvents/t_NewsEvents_PressReleases.asp?id=3767

10. University of Vermont Switches to 100% Recycled, Chlorine-Free Paper

In celebration of Earth Day, April 22, 2006, University of Vermont announced a switch to 100% post-consumer recycled, chlorine-free paper for routine use in copiers and printers.  Several departments had tested the 100% recycled paper over the past several years without impacting quality.  
http://list.uvm.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0604&L=uvmfacultystaff&P=2373
http://www.uvm.edu/~procure/buying_copier_paper_at_uvm.pdf

11. Ithaca College to Change Thermostat and Upgrade HVAC System to Save Energy
Ithaca College has announced two new initiatives to save energy.  First, the College will be implementing temperature set points in all buildings across campus to 74-76 degrees in the summer and 69-71 degrees in the winter.  As a result, College officials expect to save $125,000 to $200,000 annually.  The University is also upgrading heating, ventilating, and air conditioning systems in a majority of academic and administrative buildings.  These upgrades will focus on installing new motors, drives, and monitoring systems on current equipment. When complete the upgrades are projected to save another $200,000 to $250,000 annually.
http://www.ithaca.edu/intercom/article.php?story=2006040309345560

12. California State University, Chico Opens Sustainability House
CSU, Chico recently held a grand opening for the CSU, Chico Sustainability House.  The house, a retrofitted residence hall, houses 16 students and has been equipped with energy-saving appliances, electronics and lighting. The residents will also use sustainable living products, such as bath care, kitchen supplies and cleaning supplies. 
http://www.csuchico.edu/pa/news/Spring%202006/4.14.2006.shtml

13. Illinois State University Receives Green Government Award

Illinois State University and ISU’s Green Team have won a Green Government Award from the Illinois Green Government Coordinating Council in recognition of its environmental achievements on campus.  The award is in the areas of energy efficiency and general achievement. Since 2003, when the ISU Green Team established energy efficiency goals, Illinois State has completed several important energy conservation projects on campus, include lighting upgrades, steam trap replacements and insulation of various steam pipes and mechanical systems.  The University has also implemented new operational procedures involving electrical demand and consumption during times of University closure.
http://www.mediarelations.ilstu.edu/news_releases/0506/april/greengov.asp

14. Tufts and College of the Atlantic Switch to Cage-Free Eggs
Tufts University and College of the Atlantic have both announced a switch to cage-free eggs in their dining halls.  Overall, more than 85 schools that have enacted policies to eliminate or greatly reduce the use of eggs from caged hens.
Campus newspaper article
http://coa.edu/html/pressreleases_143.htm

15. University of Florida Hopes to Open Ethanol Plant
The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences at University of Florida is lobbying the Legislature for $20 million to build a ethanol plant.  The proposed plant, which would produce ethanol from cellulose, would be the largest of its kind in the nation and would produce 1 million to 2 million gallons a year.  In addition, UF President Bernie Machen announced last month that the university would construct a biodiesel facility on campus to convert the waste vegetable oil from campus dining halls into biodiesel.
http://www.alligator.org/pt2/060425ethanol.php

16. Students at University of California, Riverside Hold Biofuels Demonstration
Students at UC Riverside are holding a demonstration of diesel vehicles that they have successfully modified to run on waste vegetable oil collected from restaurants.  The event is sponsored by Sustainable UCR, an organization of students, faculty and staff working towards environmental sustainability on the Riverside campus.
http://sustucr.tripod.com/Press/PRESS.html

17. Sudan Divestment Campaign Covered by New York Times
The New York Times reports that at least seven universities have sold off Sudan-related investments, including the University of California system, Harvard, Yale, Stanford and Brown and that similar campaigns are underway at campuses around the US.
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/04/26/nyregion/26divest.html

New Resources

18. Listing of Campus Global Warming Commitments
In light of the growing popular interest in global warming and the critical need for campuses to take responsibility for their global warming pollution, AASHE is pleased to make available to the public a new resource highlighting campuses that have made commitments to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.  We hope other institutions of higher education will follow and surpass these pioneers by making commitments to climate neutrality, as called for in Thomas Friedman's recent column (see item number 1 above).
http://www.aashe.org/resources/gw_commitments.php

19. New Directory of Energy Programs at Colleges and Universities
The International Energy Program Evaluation Conference (IEPEC) has released a new directory on energy programs at colleges and universities. The primary purpose of this directory is to provide information to high school, undergraduate, and graduate students who are considering energy and energy-related programs of study.
http://www.iepec.org/links.htm#CU

20. Cornell Task Force on Sustainability in the Age of Development Report
Cornell's Task Force on Sustainability in the Age of Development has released its final report.  The Task Force was created to develop academic plans in the general area of sustainability and was charged to develop a comprehensive inventory of relevant research and teaching in the area of sustainability. The report calls for the formation of the Cornell Institute for Sustainability and Development to better connect the work on sustainability that Cornell is already doing.
http://www.cornell.edu/provost/docs/SustFinalRept.pdf

Opportunities

21. Undergrad Training: Energy & Climate: Toward Sustainable Systems

The MIT Lab for Energy & the Environment is offering a 1-week training for upper level undergraduate students on Energy & Climate Systems, June 11-16. 2006.  Speakers include Kerry Emanuel (hurricane researcher recently published in Science) and Ross Gelbspan (author of groundbreaking global warming books including “The Heat is On”), as well as many leading MIT experts in the science, economics and policy of energy & climate systems.  The course will develop participants’ understanding of the complex interrelationships of science, technology, and society within the energy and climate challenge.  Students will gain practical, project-based experience improving energy management (either on campus or in the community) that can form the basis for taking action on their own campuses and in their professional lives.  The course registration fee is $50 per person.  The program has rolling admissions, but space is limited.  Housing is not offered, but the program can refer students to budget housing options.
http://lfee.mit.edu/metadot/index.pl?id=3841&isa=Category&op=show

22. Sustainable Agriculture Semester at Sterling College, Vermont

May 30, 2006 – August 18, 2006
The Sterling College Sustainable Agriculture Semester immerses students in the daily rhythms and realities of farming. The Sustainable Agriculture Semester is a 6-credit integrated program of work and study exploring sustainable agricultural management of plants, animals, and land. Classroom instruction, hands-on training, and work on a farm are combined to teach sustainable practices and to foster discussion about agricultural issues. The farm includes certified organic vegetable gardens, a small greenhouse, a movable hoophouse, a small orchard, solar and wind powered barns, and a variety of livestock including sheep, goats, pigs, cattle, poultry, and draft horses.  Tuition for the program is $3,270. 
http://www.sterlingcollege.edu/AD.summerfarm.html

23. 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

24. Sustainable Building Advisor Training Program

This is a nine month program to teach participants to advise businesses on sustainable building practices.  This program, offered by Mt. Hood Community College is designed for learning professionals with week-end classes, expert instructors, interactive format, hands-on exercises, demonstrated competencies, field trips, integrated approach, and cross-sector-applicability.  Classes will take place from November 2006 to June 2007.  The cost to enroll in the program is $1995.  A 10% discount is provided for persons who register and pay by August 15th, or members of Cascadia Green Building Services.
http://www.mhcc.edu/sbap/main.htm

Jobs & Internships

25. 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

26. Campus Clean Energy Internship, Chesapeake Climate Action Network
Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) is accepting applications for a Campus Clean Energy Intern in their Washington, D.C.-area office.  The Intern will help organize activities related to the Campus Climate Challenge at campuses in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C.  The internship is unpaid, but academic credit may be available.
http://www.chesapeakeclimate.org/pages/page.cfm?page_id=78

Events

27. 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

28. 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

29. 2006 Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Roundtable
May 24 & 25, 2006; Anchorage, Alaska
This event offers participants the opportunity to: learn and share information about pollution prevention and sustainability efforts transferable to participants' own organizations, interests, and regions; network with peers and with contacts outside participants' usual "home base;" and gain perspective on "who's doing what" within and beyond the region.  There will be two sessions on "University Sustainability and P2." The cost of registration is $75 and the registration deadline is May 15, 2006. 
http://www.pprc.org/networking/2006rrt.cfm


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