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AASHE Bulletin


Contents for 05.25.06:

NEWS
1. Duke’s Fuqua School of Business to Purchase Renewable Energy Certificates
2. University of Denver Purchases Wind Energy
3. Central College Residence Hall Receives LEED Gold Certification
4. Students at UNC Chapel Hill Fund Geothermal Energy System
5. Adelphi University to Install Geothermal Energy System
6. Dartmouth Announces New Child Accommodation Policy for Graduate Students
7. Boston University Divests from Companies Linked to Sudan Government
8. Indiana University to Launch Carpool Program
9. Western Illinois University Receives Grant for Lighting Retrofit
10. New York Times Covers Ecological Design Education

OPPORTUNITIES
11. Inside and Outside: Anti-Racist Environmentalism Course
12. MSc Learning for Sustainability, University of Plymouth, UK
13. Energy Management Certification Program

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
14. Core Faculty, School of Environment and Sustainability, Royal Roads University
15. Denny Chair in Science, Technology and Public Policy, University of Minnesota
16. Coordinator, Students United for a Responsible Global Environment
17. Administrative Assistant, Center for Environmental Sciences and Education, NAU

EVENTS
18. CFP: AASHE 2006 Conference – Extended Deadline for Submissions
19. AASHE Sustainability Across the Curriculum Leadership Workshop

News

1. Duke’s Fuqua School of Business to Purchase Renewable Energy Certificates

Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business has committed to purchase renewable energy certificates to offset 100 percent of its electricity usage.  Fuqua is believed to be one of the first business schools to independently purchase 100 percent of its energy via renewable energy credits.  “This is a great opportunity for the Fuqua community to demonstrate our commitment to environmental sustainability,” said Fuqua Dean Douglas Breeden.  Fuqua will purchase its renewable energy certificates through a larger agreement that Duke has established with Sterling Planet.  Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering and Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences have also purchased renewable energy credits through Sterling Planet.
http://www.fuqua.duke.edu/news/energy-cert-0506.html

2. University of Denver Purchases Wind Energy

A student-led initiative resulted in the University of Denver’s decision to buy enough wind energy to power 3 campus buildings for the next two years.  The annual purchase of 15 million kilowatt-hours will provide 10 percent of DU’s annual energy needs.  Last spring, students voted overwhelmingly to pay an addition $18 per year to cover the additional cost of wind power.  DU is making the purchase through Community Energy Inc.
http://www.du.edu/news/05-24-06wind.html
http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_3853840

3. Central College Residence Hall Receives LEED Gold Certification
The Central College 1203 Independence Residence building has received LEED Gold certification.  The residence hall houses 120 students and is the first residence hall in the state of Iowa to receive LEED certification.  Green features include a student-developed recycling plan, a green-cleaning program, and online tracking of energy consumption. 
http://www.central.edu/calendar/index.cfm?sAction=dspNews&eventID=3952
http://software.qualityattributes.com/pages/press_releases/20051215.asp
http://pods.centralcollege.greentouchscreen.com
Annotated List of 30 Green Dorm Projects (AASHE members-only): http://www.aashe.org/resources/residence_halls1.php

4. Students at UNC Chapel Hill Fund Geothermal Energy System

Students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have awarded $210,000 to help build a "green" Visitor Education Center at the North Carolina Botanical Garden.  The student-run Renewable Energy Special Projects Committee made the group's largest award to date to help construct a geothermal well system as part of the center. A $4-per-semester student fee approved by students generated the funds. The geothermal well system will significantly reduce the cost of heating and cooling the 29,000-square-foot Visitor Education Center.  Other "green" features of the building will include photovoltaic panels that generate electricity from sunlight, rainwater cisterns and storm water "rain gardens," clerestory windows that harvest controlled daylight and locally sourced, non-toxic construction materials.  Upon completion, the project will apply for Platinum LEED certification.
http://www.unc.edu/news/archives/may06/gardensgift052306.htm

5. Adelphi University to Install Geothermal Energy System
Spurred by rising energy costs, Adelphi University is installing a geothermal heating and cooling system in its new 129,500-square-foot campus extension.  The system is expected to lead to a 15 percent reduction in annual utility costs.  Adelphi is seeking LEED Silver certification for the addition.
http://www.libn.com/article.htm?articleID=35197

6. Dartmouth Announces New Child Accommodation Policy for Graduate Students
Dartmouth College has announced a comprehensive new child accommodation policy, effective immediately, which allows graduate students who are full-time, stipend-supported and primary care providers to take up to 12 weeks of accommodation following the birth or adoption of a child. During the accommodation period, graduate students remain enrolled and receive their full stipend support and health benefits. An automatic one-term extension will also be granted to complete their degree.
http://www.dartmouth.edu/~news/releases/2006/05/17.html

7. Boston University Divests from Companies Linked to Sudan Government

Boston University Board of Trustees recently approved divestment of any and all direct investments in multinational companies (i) identified as having direct business ties to the Sudanese government, or (ii) whose business activities are in direct support of these companies and the activities of the government. Although the University does not currently have direct investments in such companies, this action will preclude future direct investment in these companies.  “For a university to contemplate a divestment action is a very, very serious thing for us to do, and it’s something we should not do except in the most extreme of circumstances,” says President Robert A. Brown. “But if you look at what’s going on in Darfur and Sudan and what the whole world understands is really genocide, this is one of those special circumstances where the University should take a position.”
http://www.bu.edu/phpbin/news-cms/news/?dept=4&id=39205&template=4
http://www.bu.edu/president/announce/letters/2006/5-10/index.html

8. Indiana University to Launch Carpool Program

Indiana University will launch a new carpool program next fall.  The program will include reserved spaces for carpoolers, a commuter matching service, a taxi service for emergency use, and a one-day parking sticker system for days when an employee must arrive earlier or leave later than usual. 
http://www.idsnews.com/news/story.php?id=35965&adid=city

9. Western Illinois University Receives Grant for Lighting Retrofit

Western Illinois University has received an Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation grant of $59,262 for an energy efficient lighting upgrade in one campus building.  The upgrade will consist of retrofitting existing fluorescent lighting fixtures with high efficiency electronic ballasts and lamps that use 35 percent less energy than the original 35-year-old equipment.  The project will also include replacing all incandescent light fixtures with energy efficient fluorescent fixtures.  The completed project will result in nearly $12,700 in costs savings per year.  “Improving environmental sustainability is a priority for the University, and we are pleased that Western has received funds to implement an energy conservation plan based on preliminary energy audits in campus facilities,” said Western Vice President for Administrative Services Jackie Thompson.
http://www.wiu.edu/newsrelease.sphp?release_id=4518

10. New York Times Covers Ecological Design Education

A recent New York Times article describes the movement towards greater integration of ecological design into traditional architecture and design programs.  The article says that although "architecture schools are adding courses on how to design green buildings, the consensus is that more needs to be done."
http://www.usgbc.org/News/USGBCInTheNewsDetails.aspx?ID=2320

Opportunities

11. Inside and Outside: Anti-Racist Environmentalism Course

June 9- June 17, 2006;
This is an introductory popular-education style course for students, community workers, educators and others interested in re-defining and re-framing environmental issues and movements through an anti-racist, anti-oppressive lens. There are two components to the course. The first is centered on addressing issues of privilege, particularly white privilege, through self-reflection, group activities and creative exercises. The second is about imagining alternatives and will feature guest speakers, films and field trips. Drawing upon examples of local, national and international environmental justice struggles, the course is designed to equip participants with the critical tools they need to re-think their approach to environmentalism in work, research and/or activism, through an anti-oppressive lens.  The course is part of the Transformative Learning Centre’s 2006 Summer Institute.  Tuition is $130 and applications are due by May 31.
http://tlc.oise.utoronto.ca/summerinstitute06.htm#inside

12. MSc Learning for Sustainability, University of Plymouth, UK
The University of Plymouth is offering a new interdisciplinary Msc on Learning for Sustainability.  The year long program will be taught by staff and fellows of the University's Centre for Sustainable Futures.  Applications are invited for the academic year commencing October 2006.
http://www.plymouth.ac.uk/files/extranet/docs/CTL/MLS%20leaflet.pdf

13. Energy Management Certification Program

July 10 – 21; University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
EMC is an advanced certification program that requires the student to implement an energy-saving project, and measure the results.  This program goes beyond the fundamentals and teaches a broad spectrum of energy management principles and techniques. Topics include building energy use, glazing, insulation, building envelope, heating/cooling, secondary HVAC, controls, central plant equipment, energy auditing, operation and maintenance. Each topic is covered by a discipline expert.  The EMC costs $4,500 which includes, the course and all course materials, room and board, follow up assistance during the project implementation phase of the program, and an equipment lending program.
http://www.nweei.org/emc.html

Jobs & Internships

14. Core Faculty, School of Environment and Sustainability, Royal Roads University
Royal Roads University is seeking experienced and motivated candidates for a Faculty appointment in the School of Environment and Sustainability within the Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences. The successful candidate will be expected to teach in the Masters in Environment and Management Program, as well as in the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science program, and undertake research consistent with the mandate of Royal Roads University.  This is an initial three-year appointment starting September 1, 2006 with further five-year contracts provided subject to performance and program needs.  Applications are due by June 9, 2006.
http://chronicle.com/jobs/id.php?id=0000459717-01&pg=s&cc=

15. Denny Chair in Science, Technology and Public Policy, University of Minnesota
The Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota seeks nominations for the Charles M. Denny, Jr. Chair in Science, Technology and Public Policy. The person holding this endowed professorship at the University of Minnesota plays a leadership role in the University's efforts to explore issues at the intersection of science and technology with public affairs.  The Denny Professor serves as the director of the University's Center for Science, Technology and Public Policy. This all-University center is hosted by the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, where the chair holder would have tenure. As a faculty member in the Humphrey Institute, the Denny Professor teaches and advises graduate students in the Science, Technology and Environmental Policy program, conducts research appropriate to the focus of the Center, and plays an active role in engaging professional leaders and policymakers in developing conceptual frameworks and innovative approaches to science and technology policy analysis and policy formulations.  Nominations, including self-nominations, will be reviewed beginning 9/1/06.
http://chronicle.com/jobs/id.php?id=0000459108-01&pg=s&cc=

16. Coordinator, Students United for a Responsible Global Environment
SURGE, Students United for a Responsible Global Environment, seeks a well-motivated positive leader to help maintain and take the network to a new level throughout the state of North Carolina and potentially beyond. The staff person must have some knowledge of NC and a willingness to learn and build relationships locally in Carrboro/Chapel Hill, statewide, and even reaching to the national level.  The most important aspect of this position is an ability to collaborate with a wide range of people.  A major project for SURGE in the 2006-2007 school year will be getting campuses throughout NC connected to the Campus Climate Challenge that we will engage as part of the national Energy Action Coalition.
Job Announcement

17. Administrative Assistant, Center for Environmental Sciences and Education, NAU

The Center for Environmental Sciences and Education at Northern Arizona University is seeking an Administrative Assistant.  The person filling this position will create a base and center for the interdisciplinary students and faculty who work with CESE; manage and assist development of academic and research programs.  Applicants must have four years directly related experience or equivalent training.
(webpage no longer available)

Events

18. CFP: AASHE 2006 Conference – Extended Deadline for Submissions
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 June 19 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

19. 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 June 09.
http://www.aashe.org/profdev/curriculum.php


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