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

Contents for 05.04.06:

NEWS
1. Harvard Doubles Green Campus Loan Fund
2. Strike Ends with Agreement at University of Miami
3. UMass Lowell Receives Award for Renewable Energy
4. Columbia to Divest from Sudan
5. American University Asks Kimberly-Clark to Use More Recycled Fiber
6. Dorm Energy Competitions at CSU Chico and Binghamton University
7. Indiana University School of Medicine Establishes Center for Environmental Health
8. University of Toronto at Mississauga's Green Dorm Wins Award
9. University of New Mexico to Install Thermal Solar System
10. Duke to Donate Retired Computers to Local Public Schools
11. Student Project at Lane Community College Reduces Water Consumption

NEW RESOURCES
12. New AASHE Resource on Sustainable Dining Initiatives on Campus
13. How to Teach Environmental Studies Without a Textbook
14. Sustainability in Business Education: Finance

OPPORTUNITIES
15. Benjamin Cummings Sustainable Solutions Award for Campus Sustainability
16. Planners For Tomorrow Forum on University Governance and Sustainability

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
17. Ontario Research Chair in Environmental Policy and Renewable Energy, U. Waterloo
18. Assistant Environment, Health and Safety Officer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

EVENTS
19. Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability Conference
20. AASHE 2006 Conference Website Now Posted
21. AASHE Sustainability Across the Curriculum Leadership Workshop

News

1. Harvard Doubles Green Campus Loan Fund

Harvard University President Lawrence Summers has pledged to double the Harvard Green Campus Loan Fund to $12 million.  Speaking at Harvard's first ever conference on campus sustainability - entitled Harvard Vision 2020: A Bridge to Campus Sustainability - Summers said, "The best investment in the University is not the endowment but the Green Loan Fund."  The Fund provides interest-free capital for high performance campus design, operations, maintenance and occupant behavior projects that reduce the University’s environmental impacts and have a payback period of 5 years or less.  Applicant departments then repay the fund via savings achieved by project-related reductions in utility consumption, waste removal or operating costs.
http://www.thecrimson.com/article.aspx?ref=513157
http://www.greencampus.harvard.edu/gclf/

2. Strike Ends with Agreement at University of Miami
A 9-week walkout of janitorial workers at University of Miami has ended with agreement between the University contractor Unicco Services and the Service Employees International Union.  Under the agreement, Unicco will allow workers to indicate their desire to join a union a card-check verification process rather than insisting on a formal election.  For its part, the SEIU has agreed that support of 60 percent of the janitors would be necessary for recognition of the union, instead of traditional simple majority. 
http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/14477887.htm
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/05/02/us/02labor.html
http://insidehighered.com/news/2006/05/02/miami

3. UMass Lowell Receives Award for Renewable Energy
University of Massachusetts-Lowell has been awarded almost $20,000 to fund environmental projects on campus, including installations of solar panels and a more efficient water pump.  The award was given by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs to recognize UMass-Lowell for being the first state agency to use renewable energy.  Thirteen percent of the University's electricity consumption comes from renewable sources.  "The university's primary mission is sustainability," said Diana Prideaux-Brune, vice chancellor of UMass-Lowell.
Boston Globe article

4. Columbia to Divest from Sudan
Columbia University has announced that it will divest from and prohibit future investment in direct holdings of 18 companies with business in Sudan. The University's decision is based on the unanimous recommendation of its Advisory Committee on Socially Responsible Investing.  All 18 companies are either in the oil and gas industry or are providers of Sudan's infrastructure, specifically in the energy/utilities and telecommunications sectors.  "Columbia University strongly condemns the genocidal actions being committed in Darfur and the Khartoum government's complicity in these atrocities," said University President Lee C. Bollinger.
http://www.columbia.edu/cu/news/06/05/sudan.html

5. American University Asks Kimberly-Clark to Use More Recycled Fiber
The Facilities Management Director at American University has sent a letter to the Kimberly-Clark Corporation expressing concern about the companies "continued reliance on fiber from ancient and endangered forests for disposable tissue paper products."  The letter asks Kimberly Clark to: not source fiber from endangered forests; greatly increase the use of recycled fiber, including post consumer content, in all paper products; and only source virgin fiber from logging operations that have been certified to the standards of the Forest Stewardship Council.
http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/assets/binaries/AU-KC-Letter

6. Dorm Energy Competitions at CSU Chico and Binghamton University
An energy conservation competition is underway between two identical residence halls at California State University, Chico.  Real-time energy meters have been installed and the information about current consumption is displayed on monitors in the lobby of each hall, allowing students to immediately see the impact of their actions. The competition will last for two weeks.  A similar five-week Energy Conservation Contest was recently completed at Binghamton University with the winning dorm reducing energy use by 11 percent. 
http://www.csuchico.edu/pa/news/Spring%202006/4.25.2006.shtml

7. Indiana University School of Medicine Establishes Center for Environmental Health
The Indiana University School of Medicine is establishing a Center for Environmental Health to study connections between health and the environment.  The Director of the new center is James E. Klaunig, a professor of pharmacology and toxicology and a former State Toxicologist for Indiana.
http://www.medicine.indiana.edu/news_releases/viewRelease.php4?art=501

8. University of Toronto at Mississauga's Green Dorm Wins Award
The designers of University of Toronto at Mississauga's Erindale Hall have been selected for a Governor General's Medal in architecture.  The 200 bed residence hall is sited and configured to preserve environmentally sensitive plant communities which include mature trees and a wetland.  Other green features include heat recovery from exhaust air and specially insulated outer walls.
http://www.raic.org/raic/honours_and_awards/awards/gg-2006recipients/erindale_e.htm

9. University of New Mexico to Install Thermal Solar System
Two professors at University of New Mexico have received a $200,000 grant to restore an abandoned thermal solar system on the roof of the Mechanical Engineering Building.  The original system, which was installed in 1980 had fallen into disrepair.  The restored system is expected to reduce the cost of heating and cooling of the building by 20 percent or more.
http://www.unm.edu/~market/cgi-bin/archives/001215.html

10. Duke to Donate Retired Computers to Local Public Schools
Duke University has announced a new partnership with the Durham Public Schools.  Under the partnership, Duke will donate several hundred computers a year to the school district.  "We would much rather see computers retired from use at Duke end up in a fifth-grade classroom than at a recycling center," said Jane Pleasants, Duke's assistant vice president for procurement services.
http://www.duke.edu/sustainability/2006-04-26Donate_Computers.html

11. Student Project at Lane Community College Reduces Water Consumption
A student-led initiative at Lane Community College is expected to reduce a building's water consumption by about a third.  The students worked with the campus plumber to install aerators on all of the buildings faucets.  The aerators restrict the flow of water to 1.5 gallons per minute (gpm), down from an average of 2.2 gpm before installing the aerators. 
http://www.lanecc.edu/torch/issues/Spring2006/Apr2706/index.html

New Resources

12. New AASHE Resource on Sustainable Dining Initiatives on Campus

AASHE has posted a new resource on sustainable dining initiatives on campus.  The resource includes links to information about sustainable dining initiatives at almost 70 individual institutions, with links arranged according to the food service provider used by the institutions. Campuses that have been identified by AASHE staff as having particularly strong sustainable food programs are highlighted.
http://www.aashe.org/resources/dining_links.php

13. How to Teach Environmental Studies Without a Textbook
In fall 2005, Professor Eric Pallant of Allegheny College taught an Introduction to Environmental Science without using a textbook.  Instead, in an effort to reduce resource consumption, save students money, and make readings more timely and interesting, all of the readings were websites.  Surveys collected at the end of the semester showed that most students preferred the online readings and almost all students did the same or more reading than they would have done in a textbook.
http://www.grist.org/comments/soapbox/2006/05/02/pallant/

14. Sustainability in Business Education: Finance
This briefing explores how business schools are integrating social and environmental into the teaching of finance.  It finds that sustainability in being incorporated into finance education at similar rates to other core business fields but that the teaching of sustainability in finance courses is limited to small number of topics and rarely involves asking fundamental questions about the purpose of a firm.  The briefing also provides a listing of notable coursework as well as teaching materials and case studies related to sustainability and finance education.
http://www.resourcesaver.org/file/toolmanager/CustomO16C45F69148.pdf

Opportunities

15. Benjamin Cummings Sustainable Solutions Award for Campus Sustainability
To recognize the efforts of faculty and students toward encouraging sustainable practices on campus and in the community, Benjamin Cummings will award a total up to $5,000 to the department of a U.S. campus or campuses which best exemplify the principles of sustainability.  Current college or university faculty members in the environmental or biological sciences, are invited to nominate their department or another U.S. college or university department where campus efforts towards environmental sustainability merit consideration.  The deadline for nominations is June 2, 2006.
http://www.aw-bc.com/scholarships/sustainable/

16. Planners for Tomorrow Forum on University Governance and Sustainability

Planners for Tomorrow is hosting an on-line dialogue on university governance reforms and the role of democracy in institutionalizing sustainability at the university.  The results of the discussion will be presented at Planners for Tomorrow conference as well as at the World Urban Forum.  To spark discussion, organizers have posted a number of questions related to democratizing university governance and campus sustainability. 
http://www.plannersfortomorrow.ca/salon/index.php?blog=20&cat=242

Jobs & Internships

17. Ontario Research Chair in Environmental Policy and Renewable Energy, U. Waterloo
The University of Waterloo is seeking an outstanding professional to fill the new position of Ontario Research Chair in Environmental Policy and Renewable Energy. The position is one of eight Chairs endowed by the Ontario government at six universities to promote leading edge research in key areas of public policy. The Chair will lead the development of an interdisciplinary research program focused on addressing key policy-oriented questions underlying the development of innovative sustainable energy policy solutions for Ontario. The University is committed to building research capacity in green energy technology, management and policy and will establish two new junior positions to support the work of the Ontario Research Chair.  The ideal candidate will hold a PhD and be an internationally recognized scholar with documented accomplishments in influencing and formulating policy to promote sustainable energy management strategies by engaging policymakers and stakeholders.  It is anticipated that the appointment will commence on September 1, 2006.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
http://chronicle.com/jobs/id.php?id=0000458013-01&pg=s&cc=

18. Assistant Environment, Health and Safety Officer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MIT seeks an Assistant Environment, Health And Safety Officer to provide technical, program development, and implementation support in the areas of hazardous (chemical) waste management and campus sustainability initiatives.  Applicants should have a minimum of three to five years' professional experience in an environmental field including hazardous waste management and/or environmental sustainability, preferably in a college or university setting.  A bachelor's degree in an environmental management-related discipline is also required. 
http://sh.webhire.com/servlet/av/jd?ai=631&ji=1778039&sn=I

Events

19. Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability Conference
May 17-19, 2006; The College of Saint Benedict, Saint Joseph, MN
The inaugural conference of the Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability (UMACS) is entitled "Learning from Success: Steps Toward More Sustainable Campuses."  Faculty, staff, students, administrators, and industry professionals are all invited to participate in this three-day series of plenary speakers, concurrent sessions, and networking. The registration fee, which includes meals, is $90 ($45 for students). 
http://www.umacs.org/Conference/UMACS_2006.htm

20. AASHE 2006 Conference Website Now Posted
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/conference/call.php

21. 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


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