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AASHE Bulletin


Contents for 05.11.06:

NEWS
1. EPA Issues College & University Green Power Challenge
2. Higher Education Associations' Sustainability Consortium Launches Website, Newsletter
3. UC Berkeley Adopts Climate Targets, Launches Initiative to Reduce Emissions
4. University of New Hampshire Earns First EPA ENERGY STAR Rating for Dormitories
5. Stanford Raises Wages for Subcontracted Workers
6. Colorado Fuel Cell Center Opens at Colorado School of Mines
7. Smith College Bans Investment in Sudan
8. University of California Endorses Anti-Sweatshop Designated Suppliers Program
9. City University of New York School of Law Bans Coca-Cola
10. Cochise College Dedicates Solar Heating and Cooling System
11. MIT's Energy Research Council Releases Major Report

NEW RESOURCES
12. Campus Installations of Stationary Fuel Cells

OPPORTUNITIES
13. Red White and Green Climate Change Grant
14. Building Local Agricultural Systems Today (BLAST) Youth Leadership Cadre
15. Comment on NCATE Standards for the Preparation of Environmental Educators

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
16. Internship at Fort Lewis College Environmental Center
17. Environmental Program Manager, Clemson University
18. Environmental Education Specialist, University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point

EVENTS
19. AASHE Sustainability Across the Curriculum Leadership Workshop – Applications Due
20. CFP: AASHE 2006 Conference - The Role of Higher Education in Creating a Sustainable World
21. National Student Government Summit

News

1. EPA Issues College & University Green Power Challenge
In an effort to bolster green power purchasing among U.S. colleges and universities, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today issued its first nationwide College and University Green Power Challenge. Through the challenge, EPA will track and recognize the collegiate athletic conferences with the highest combined green power purchases in the nation.  In the Summer of 2007, EPA will conclude the Green Power Challenge and recognize each of the single largest purchasers within all eligible conferences, as well as recognize a National Champion Green Power Conference with the highest total aggregate purchase.  Currently, the Ivy League is the conference with the largest aggregate purchase.
http://www.epa.gov/greenpower/partners/hi_ed_challenge.htm

2. Higher Education Associations' Sustainability Consortium Launches Website, Newsletter
The Higher Education Associations’ Sustainability Consortium (HEASC) is new network of higher education associations with a commitment to advancing sustainability within their constituencies and within the system of higher education itself.  The Consortium recently launched a website that includes the first issue of its newsletter.  The website describes the Consortium's planned activities and contains related resources, a list of upcoming events, and information about membership.  The newsletter includes information about what the member associations are doing related to sustainability as well as a feature article about campus action on global warming. 
http://www.aashe.org/heasc/
http://www.aashe.org/heasc/newsletters/HEASC-News-Spring-2006.pdf

3. UC Berkeley Adopts Climate Targets, Launches Initiative to Reduce Emissions
UC Berkeley has launched the Cal Climate Action Partnership (CalCAP), an initiative that will develop a long-term strategy to significantly reduce the University's greenhouse gas emissions.  As part of the initiative, the University has announced its intent to meet, at a minimum, California's greenhouse gas targets of reducing emissions to 2000 levels by 2010, to 1990 levels by 2020, and to 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050. CalCAP will also bring together representatives from the campus community to develop a feasibility study to outline how the university can commit to greenhouse gas reduction targets significantly more aggressive than these targets.
http://sustainability.berkeley.edu/docs/calcap/BIE_CACS_CalCAP_Announcement.pdf
http://dailycal.org/sharticle.php?id=22114
Listing of Campus Global Warming Commitments: http://www.aashe.org/resources/gw_commitments.php

4. University of New Hampshire Earns First EPA ENERGY STAR Rating for Dormitories
Three residence halls at University of New Hampshire have received the EPA's ENERGY STAR rating.  According to the EPA, the residence halls are the first residence halls to receive this rating.  Recent extensive upgrades in these residence halls, part of a campus-wide Climate Education Initiative to conserve energy and lower greenhouse gas emissions, are saving UNH nearly $80,000 per year compared to an average dorm in the United States.
http://www.ceps.unh.edu/news/releases06/estar508.html
US EPA article

5. Stanford Raises Wages for Subcontracted Workers
Stanford University has announced that it will raise the wage rate it requires contractors to pay their employees by more than 10 percent to $11.15 per hour for workers with health benefits and to $12.59 per hour for workers without health benefits.  The university decided to adjust the wage rates after reviewing comparable rates for a range of Bay Area municipalities that have living wage policies.  Stanford established living wage guidelines for subcontracted employees in April 2003. The policy became effective as new contracts were established or existing contracts were renewed or extended. The policy calls for a regular review of wage and benefit minimums. Because of the rolling start date for the policy, the first review was conducted early this year. Successive reviews will be undertaken on an annual basis.  In addition to setting wage minimums, the policy also requires subcontractors to provide 10 paid days off per year for eligible employees.
http://www.stanford.edu/dept/news/pr/2006/pr-wage-051006.html
http://daily.stanford.edu/tempo?page=content&id=20413&repository=0001_article

6. Colorado Fuel Cell Center Opens at Colorado School of Mines

The Colorado Governor's Office of Energy Management and Conservation along with its partners, the Gas Technology Institute, the Colorado School of Mines, Versa Power Systems, Inc., and the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory recently announced the grand opening of Colorado's first fuel cell center, the Colorado Fuel Cell Center.  The Center, which already has research projects underway, will be the home to world class experts and projects focusing on research in the areas of electrochemical technology, materials, and fuel processing. 
http://www.mines.edu/all_about/public/spotlight/fuelcellopening.shtml

7. Smith College Bans Investment in Sudan
Citing the Sudanese government’s campaign of genocide in the Darfur region, Smith College has banned investment in companies directly or indirectly supporting that regime. The Smith College Board of Trustees voted to take action based on a recommendation of the college’s Committee on Investor Responsibility, and after research undertaken at the request of Smith’s president, Carol T. Christ.
http://www.smith.edu/newsoffice/releases/05-075.html

8. University of California Endorses Anti-Sweatshop Designated Suppliers Program
The University of California (UC) system has announced its commitment to implement that anti-sweatshop Designated Suppliers Program.  In the first year of implementation, the UC will require licensees to purchase at least 25% of logo apparel from factories that have been designated as paying a living wage and respecting workers rights.  The move follows student protests and arrests in support for the program.
http://www.workersrights.org/DSP/Scan00117.PDF
http://www.contracostatimes.com/mld/cctimes/living/education/14534945.htm

9. City University of New York School of Law Bans Coca-Cola
Expressing concern about alleged human rights violations at a Coca-Cola bottling facility in Columbia, the City University of New York School of Law has banned Coca-Cola products from campus vending machines.  In addition, student groups are not allowed to spend school money on Coca-Cola products. 
http://www.nysun.com/article/32262

10. Cochise College Dedicates Solar Heating and Cooling System
Cochise College and Arizona Public Service Co. recently held a groundbreaking and dedication of a new solar heating and cooling system now under construction.  The system, which is believed to be the first commercial solar cooling system in the state, is expected to save $15,000 annually.  For the first 10 years of operation, the savings will be split between the College and APS, and after 10 years all savings will go to the College.  The solar project will consist of mirrors that track and collect the sun’s energy to heat an ethylene glycol solution. This liquid, in turn, will heat water that will be used to operate the college’s central heating and cooling system. When needed for cooling, the hot water will operate the new absorption chiller.  College officials expect the system to begin operation this fall.
http://www.cochise.edu/information/newsevents/documents/042606_solar_field.pdf
http://www.douglasdispatch.com/articles/2006/05/06/news/news1.txt

11. MIT's Energy Research Council Releases Major Report
MIT's Energy Research Council, charged by President Susan Hockfield last June with exploring how MIT can help meet the global energy challenge, has released a 50-plus-page report making recommendations on MIT's energy research, education and campus initiatives.  The report, which culminates almost a year of effort by 16 faculty members from all five MIT schools, calls for an energy-focused laboratory or center with its own research space to be established within five years, and an independent steering organization to carry out MIT's new energy initiatives.  The report also makes recommendations about campus energy management and suggests using the MIT campus as a laboratory for energy efficiency and conservation.  In related news, the Energy Research Council has launched a website to provide a comprehensive overview of energy initiatives on campus.
http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2006/energy-report-0503.html
http://web.mit.edu/erc/

New Resources

12. Campus Installations of Stationary Fuel Cells
AASHE has developed an annotated listing of campus installations of stationary fuel cells.  Fuel cells are highly efficient producers of both electrical and thermal energy.  While most campus fuel cells are currently powered with natural gas, some campuses are experimenting with environmentally preferable fuels like hydrogen and biogas.  This resource is only accessible to AASHE members.
http://www.aashe.org/resources/fuel_cells.php

Opportunities

13. Red White and Green Climate Change Grant
Youth Service America and Civil Society Institute are offering $500 grants to 25 US youth between the ages of 15-25 or to organizations that serve youth ages 15-25.  Successful applicants will implement a service project about climate change to engage community members and candidates for the 2006 election.  Applications must be postmarked no later than September 1, 2006.
http://www.ysa.org/awards/award_grant.cfm#nowavailable

14. Building Local Agricultural Systems Today (BLAST) Youth Leadership Cadre

The BLAST Leadership Cadre is a year-long program for young leaders who are working to create sustainable food systems by growing food, working with youth, promoting local food, or advocating for and crafting policy. Cadre members work in their own communities, have opportunities to work together on policy and activism, and come together at trainings, retreats and conferences over the course of the year.  By meeting leaders in different sectors, Cadre members learn about food systems issues from a variety of perspectives.  The Cadre program provides intensive training in advocacy, communication and leadership, opportunities for public speaking, networking, group work and exploration of the food system, and guarantees access to national conferences such as the Kellogg Food and Society Conference, the Community Food Security Conference, and a trip to DC to learn about and work on policy.  Applications are due by May 19, 2006.
http://www.thefoodproject.org/blast/internal1.asp?ID=221

15. Comment on NCATE Standards for the Preparation of Environmental Educators
The North American Association for Environmental Education is inviting comments on draft Program Standards for the Initial Preparation of Environmental Educators for the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).  These standards, when approved, will be used by NCATE in their accreditation process of college/university teacher education programs across the country.  Comments are due by May 22, 2006.
NAAEE invitation

Jobs & Internships

16. Internship at Fort Lewis College Environmental Center

The Environmental Center (EC) at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado is seeking an Intern for the 2006 – 2007 academic year.  This internship is a multifaceted position designed to provide professional training in all aspects of environmental non-profit work.  Duties include assisting the EC Coordinator with outreach, public presentations, program design and evaluation, communications, fundraising and administrative management of the EC.   This is a full-time position, requiring a flexible work schedule and lasting from August 14, 2006 to May 14, 2007.  The Intern should be in the final stages of an undergraduate degree program or already possess their bachelor’s degree.  Desired qualifications include knowledge of social and environmental concerns on college campuses and previous experience with a college/university environmental program, ecology club/program, recycling program, or similar program.  The EC Intern will receive room, board and a monthly stipend ($375.00 per month) with some stipulations. Consideration of completed applications will begin May 19, 2005 and continue until the position is filled. To obtain a complete announcement and application, please email renner_m@fortlewis.edu.
http://envcenter.fortlewis.edu/

17. Environmental Program Manager, Clemson University
Clemson University (SC) is hiring a Program Manager to plan and direct environmental management within University Facilities in the Department of Custodial Services, Recycling and Special Events to include custodial operations, recycling operations, composting operations and construction and demolition landfill operations.  Applicants should have a Bachelor's degree and 6 years of management or related professional experience with at least 2 years of experience at a supervisory level.  Applications are due by May 19.
http://chronicle.com/jobs/id.php?id=0000458154-01&pg=s&cc=

18. Environmental Education Specialist, University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point
This position will serve as a core staff member of the Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education (WCEE)and will work with other staff to pursue the mission of the WCEE. Initially, the position is primarily responsible for maintaining the WCEE Web site, creating and maintaining an EE online newsletter/network with teachers and other stakeholders, coordinating, developing and facilitating the annual Governor's High School Conference on the Environment, developing a model 7-12 environmental science high school course, assisting the WCEE Resources Center coordinator in maintaining and distributing the K-12 curriculum collection, and writing grants.  As priorities of the WCEE change, primary responsibilities of the position may change.  A Bachelor's degree required, with master's preferred in environmental education, natural sciences or related fields.  The anticipated start date is Sept/Oct. 2006.  Review of applications will begin August 1, 2006.
http://chronicle.com/jobs/id.php?id=0000458185-01&pg=s&cc=

Events

19. AASHE Sustainability Across the Curriculum Leadership Workshop – Applications Due
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

20. CFP: AASHE 2006 Conference - The Role of Higher Education in Creating a Sustainable World
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. National Student Government Summit
September 14-17, 2006; George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
This intensive four-day national summit will allow Student Government leaders and advisors to share ideas and solutions, receive training and personal consultations from the American Student Government Association (ASAG) staff, and to network with your peers from colleges and universities of all types nationwide.  Participation costs $399 for ASGA members and $499 for non-members
http://www.asgaonline.com/conferences/national/


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