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AASHE Bulletin


Contents for 05.18.06:

NEWS
1. University of Wisconsin Madison Receives Grants of 6 Million for Sustainability Research
2. Six Student Teams Win EPA P3 Awards
3. Florida State University Undergrad Wins Student Sustainable Design Competition
4. UCLA Creates Campus Sustainability Committee, Website
5. University of Central Florida Launches Energy Conservation Initiative

NEW RESOURCES
6. Green Science Buildings

OPPORTUNITIES
7. Science and Practice of Ecology & Society Award
8. Environmental Ethics Institute - "Exploring the Landscapes of Environmental Thought"

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
9. Paid Internship, Youth Council on Sustainable Science and Technology
10. Campus Climate Challenge Intern, National Wildlife Federation
11. Global Warming Field Organizer, Greenpeace
12. Environmental Science and Policy Instructor, University of South Florida

EVENTS
13. CFP: AASHE 2006 Conference - The Role of Higher Ed. in Creating a Sustainable World

News

1. University of Wisconsin Madison Receives Grants of 6 Million for Sustainability Research
Twin grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF), coupled with matching institutional funds, will give a $6.8 million boost to graduate study and research in global sustainability, development, and the environment at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  The two $3 million grants - one to the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, another to the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences - come from the NSF's Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeships program.  The Nelson Institute's program seeks to interweave natural and social sciences to better understand the vulnerabilities and resilience of human communities facing complex environmental hazards such as global climate change.  Among other things, the initiative will lead to a new graduate-level certificate program in sustainability and the global environment, offer international field research experiences, and provide leadership training.
http://www.news.wisc.edu/12602.html

2. Six Student Teams Win EPA P3 Awards
The EPA has recently announced the winners in the 2nd Annual P3 Awards – People, Prosperity, and the Planet. Six student teams from Appalachian State University, University of Michigan, Lafayette College, Portland State University, University of Massachusetts - Lowell, and Stanford University won the awards by competing at the National Sustainable Design Expo in Washington DC.  Out of a group of 41 teams composed of more than 350 university students and advisors, these six teams were chosen for the creativity and utility of their sustainability designs.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/12755712/
http://es.epa.gov/ncer/p3/project_websites/2006/2006awardwinners.html
http://es.epa.gov/ncer/p3/

3. Florida State University Undergrad Wins Student Sustainable Design Competition
Florida State University interior design student Bridget Dunn was selected "Best of Competition" in the International Interior Design Association's Student Sustainable Design Competition.  Bridget's design envisions a new sustainably designed clinic for Tallahassee's underprivileged women set in a historic downtown office building that was once a church.  "At FSU, our accredited design program emphasizes environmental protection across the curriculum at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and because we embrace this critical issue many of our graduate students choose research topics that encompass elements of sustainability," said professor and Interior Design Chair Eric Wiedegreen—also the national president of the Interior Design Educators Council.
http://www.fsu.edu/news/2006/05/17/interior.design/

4. UCLA Creates Campus Sustainability Committee, Website

UCLA Chancellor Albert Carnesale has chartered a permanent committee to advise his office on advancing sustainability.  "We want to continue building a culture of sustainability at UCLA and to provide leadership in addressing sustainability issues," Carnesale said.  The purpose of the Campus Sustainability Committee is to promote sustainability in planning, development and operation of the campus environment and facilities, as well as in the development of sustainability initiatives in education, research and community engagement. The committee will be co-chaired by Mary D. Nichols, director of the UCLA Institute of the Environment, and Tova Lelah, assistant director of Campus and Environmental Planning.  The committee has developed a website which includes a report on summarizing UCLA's accomplishments in sustainability and setting the stage for future endeavors.
http://www.newsroom.ucla.edu/page.asp?RelNum=7024
http://www.sustain.ucla.edu/
Listing of over 200 campus sustainability websites (AASHE members-only): http://www.aashe.org/resources/campus_links.php

5. University of Central Florida Launches Energy Conservation Initiative
Striving to conserve energy and reduce utility bills, the University of Central Florida is developing a comprehensive energy policy that will include new construction standards; improved heating, ventilation and air-conditioning performance; and expanded use of automatic sensors and controls for many systems.  The new initiative approved by President John Hitt also calls for increased education and awareness efforts to assist faculty, staff and students in becoming more involved in energy conservation and sustainability efforts.
UCF news release


New Resources

6. Green Science Buildings
AASHE has posted a new green building resource that is an annotated listing of 16 completed green science buildings.  It isn't yet a comprehensive list, so AASHE welcomes suggestions for additional buildings to include.  This resource is accessible only to members. 
http://www.aashe.org/resources/science_buildings.php

Opportunities

7. Science and Practice of Ecology & Society Award
The Science and Practice of Ecology & Society Award is an annual award given to the individual or organization that is the most effective in bringing transdisciplinary science of the interactions of ecology and society into practice. The year 2006 will be the inauguration of this award.  The purpose of this award is to recognize innovative practitioners who translate the scientific findings and insights of the scholarly community to practical applications so that their story can be an example for others.  The award consists of 1000 Euro and an article in Ecology and Society devoted to this person or organization. This article will be written by those who send in the nomination.  The deadline for nominations will be July 1, 2006.
http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/news/announcements/spes.php

8. Environmental Ethics Institute - "Exploring the Landscapes of Environmental Thought"
July 10-28, 2006; University of Montana, Missoula, MT
The Center for Ethics at The University of Montana has organized an Environmental Ethics Institute, titled "Exploring the Landscapes of Environmental Thought."  The institute features courses, field trips, and evening panel discussions and lectures.  The courses are open to students, interested professionals, and the general public.  Participants are not required to be enrolled at UM, and there is no 'out-of-state' tuition fee.  The courses are: "Environmental Justice in Montana's Indian Country," "Foundations of Environmental Thought," and "How We Experience Nature:  Environmental Aesthetics & Case Studies from the U.S. & Japan."
http://www2.umt.edu/ethics/

Jobs & Internships

9. Paid Internship, Youth Council on Sustainable Science and Technology
The Youth Council on Sustainable Science and Technology, a joint venture of SustainUS and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers' Institute for Sustainability, is looking for interns who want to help create a comprehensive listing of academic programs on sustainability and the environment  found on campuses in the United States.  Once created, this information will be a resource for all and will be located at http://www.aiche.org/IFS/Youth/YCOSST.aspx.  Research will be conducted on-line from a list provided to you.  Pay is $7 per hour.  For further information, or to apply for the job, contact Nancy Westcott, the Director of Youth Activities in the Institute for Sustainability at nwestcott@goatthroat.com or 646 486 3636.

10. Campus Climate Challenge Intern, National Wildlife Federation
The National Wildlife Federation is seeking a Campus Climate Challenge Intern to join their team for a 48-week, full-time paid internship to begin in spring 2006 at the headquarters office in Reston, VA.  Duties include helping the team conduct phone survey of members to determine level of interest in the Campus Climate Challenge, helping to identify a Climate Champion on various campuses and determining what tools and support Champions would need from NWF. S/he will also help organize Climate Challenge gatherings and up to 3 Challenge luncheons with emphasis in NWF’s key states.  Other duties include helping with NWF’s Cool-it! Project, which will create a carbon footprint for our headquarter building and providing administrative tasks as needed.  The Campus Climate Challenge Intern must be available to work a 40-hour weekly schedule. This position offers $8 per hour plus core benefits.
https://secure.nwf.org/careergateway/index.cfm?fuseAction=view&positionID=10198

11. Global Warming Field Organizer, Greenpeace

Greenpeace US is hiring smart, outgoing individuals to serve as field staff on their global warming field campaign, a national, grassroots effort to engage the public on the issue of global warming by organizing in key congressional districts to educate and mobilize the American public into action on the issue.   In the months leading up to the midterm elections in November, 2006, field staff will make sure that Americans have the education and the power to influence Congress to address global warming.  A BA/BS degree or equivalent experience is preferred.  The closing date for applications is May 25, 2006.
http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/about/jobs/global-warming-field-organizer

12. Environmental Science and Policy Instructor, University of South Florida
The Environmental Science and Policy Program at the University of South Florida invites applications for a full-time, 12-month, continuing instructor position, subject to University budgetary approval, beginning in August, 2006, in the broad area of Environmental Science or Environmental Policy. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate courses and serve as the undergraduate advisor and internship coordinator for the Environmental Science and Policy B.S. program.  The applicant must have a Master's degree in Environmental Science, Geography, Public Administration, or a related field, although a Ph.D. is preferred. Teaching experience and/or professional experience in an environmental field is highly desirable. Deadline for submitted application is June 12th, 2006.
http://chronicle.com/jobs/id.php?id=0000458263-01&pg=s&cc=

Events

13. 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



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