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AASHE Bulletin


Contents for 06.01.06:

NEWS
1. Bowdoin College to Purchase 100% Renewable Energy
2. Central Oregon Community College Students Approve Fee Increase for Clean Energy
3. UC Santa Cruz Students Approve Fee Increase for Renewable Energy
4. Green Graduation Events Held at Duke, Yale and Brown
5. University of Montana-Western Moving to Biomass for Heating
6. Rhodes College Wins Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Award
7. Cal State Chico Launches Campus Sustainability Website
8. University of British Columbia to Install for Heat Recovery System
9. Ithaca College to use EcoSoft Green Seal Paper Towels and Toilet Paper

NEW RESOURCES
10. Educational Materials about Green Building Features at Evergreen State College
11. Oberlin Campus Resource Monitoring System

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
12. Energy Conservation Manager, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
13. Professorship in Environmentally Sustainable Agriculture, University of Alberta
14. Program Director, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

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

News

1. Bowdoin College to Purchase 100% Renewable Energy

Bowdoin College has announced that it will purchase 100% of its electricity from renewable sources.  Under an agreement with Miller Hydro Group, the College will directly compensate for the use of any electricity from non-renewable sources purchased through the New England Power Grid by directly supporting the production of renewable energy at Miller Hydro's Worumbo Hydro project, Maine's only independently certified low-impact hydro power facility. The three-year agreement -- the first between Miller Hydro and a Maine institution -- ensures that any "non-green" electricity Bowdoin buys from the New England power grid is replenished with electricity from a clean and renewable source.
http://www.bowdoin.edu/news/archives/1bowdoincampus/003120.shtml

2. Central Oregon Community College Students Approve Fee Increase for Clean Energy
Students at Central Oregon Community College have voted to increase their $1.75-per-credit hour student fee by 25 cents in order to purchase renewable energy.  The additional fee will go into a "flexible sustainability fund" that will be used by student government to buy renewable power through Pacific Power's Blue Sky program.  The fee is expected to provide sufficient funding to purchase 75% of the College's electricity consumption through the program.  The College is believed to one of the first community colleges in the US to get a majority of its electricity from renewable sources.  The students' efforts were endorsed by COCC President Dr. Jim Middleton, Oregon House Representative Chuck Burley (R-Bend), and Oregon State Senator Ben Westlund (I-Tumalo). http://www.ktvz.com/story.cfm?nav=news&storyID=12270
http://www.bendbulletin.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060507/BIZ01/605070332

3. UC Santa Cruz Students Approve Fee Increase for Renewable Energy

Students at University of California, Santa Cruz recently approved a student fee increase of $3 per quarter to fund the purchase of renewable energy.  Over 70% of voting students voted for the increase.
http://currents.ucsc.edu/05-06/05-15/brief-voting.asp
http://currents.ucsc.edu/05-06/05-29/brief-voting.asp

4. Green Graduation Events Held at Duke, Yale and Brown

This year's graduation ceremony for graduates of Duke University's Masters of Environmental Management program was powered with clean energy donated by Sterling Planet and incorporated local and organic foods.  The use of biodegradable dishes and utensils allowed almost all waste from the event to be composted.  Similarly, Yale University's School of Forestry & Environmental Studies neutralized the carbon emissions from its graduation (including air travel to the event) with renewable energy credits and carbon offsets from Sterling Planet and the Solar Electric Light Fund.  Yale also used local and organic food as well biodegradable dishes and utensils.  Much of the waste was composted at the Yale Sustainable Food Project’s organic vegetable garden.  Meanwhile, a dance for graduating seniors at Brown University was powered with renewable energy.
http://www.duke.edu/sustainability/2006-05-16Green_Graduation.html
http://environment.yale.edu/doc/1489/class_of_2006_holds_environmentally_friendly/
ABC News article about Brown graduation

5. University of Montana-Western Moving to Biomass for Heating
University of Montana-Western is constructing a wood-fired boiler which is expected to begin heating campus buildings in October.  The boiler will burn small diameter trees, shrubs, and other debris left over from logging operations and forest fuel reduction projects. 
Since wood fuel costs less than half the cost of natural gas, the University expects to save $118,000 annually as a result of the change.  $1.4 million system is being paid for with a grant of $400,000 from the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation and a $1 million low-interest loan through the Montana Department of Environmental Quality's Energy Conservation Bond Program.
http://www.missoulian.com/articles/2006/05/30/news/mtregional/news05.txt
http://www.umwestern.edu/news/news-archive-4-2006.html

6. Rhodes College Wins Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Award

The Rhodes College Environmental Planning Cooperative has been selected as the winner of the 2006 Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Award in the Green Schools, Higher Education Category for the Rhodes College Bike Program.  The Bike Program was officially established in 2005 to provide bikes as an alternative mode of transportation to cars on campus. Bikes were secured through donations, and 15 are now available for students to check out at no cost. It is the goal of the Rhodes Environmental Planning Cooperative to increase the number of bikes to at least 20 to open the program up to staff and faculty as well as students.
http://www.rhodes.edu/845.asp
http://www.state.tn.us/environment/awards/

7. Cal State Chico Launches Campus Sustainability Website
California State University, Chico has developed "Our Sustainable Future," a website describing the University's sustainability efforts.  The website describes CSU Chico's sustainability initiatives in academic programs, campus operations, student activities, research, and community connections.
http://www.csuchico.edu/sustainablefuture/ 

8. University of British Columbia to Install for Heat Recovery System
University of British Columbia has contracted with Sofame Technologies Inc. to equip the campus' central boiler room with a direct contact heat recovery system to recover energy from the boiler flue gases.  The system will reduce the University's energy costs and will also help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/May2006/31/c8981.html

9. Ithaca College to use EcoSoft Green Seal Paper Towels and Toilet Paper

Ithaca College is transitioning to 100% recycled, processed chlorine free, and Green Seal certified EcoSoft paper towels and toilet paper from Wausau Paper. 
http://www.ithaca.edu/intercom/article.php?story=20060530090829780
http://www.baywestpaper.com/about/envCommitment.aspx

New Resources

10. Educational Materials about Green Building Features at Evergreen State College
Evergreen State College has produced a series of educational cards describing sustainability features of its LEED Gold Seminar II building. For each green building feature, a photograph is provided with a one page description of the feature and how it works.  The cards describe recycled carpet, rain channels, operable windows, natural light, waterless urinals, motion sensors, green roofing, cork flooring, recycled content concrete, recycled flooring, natural ventilation, and thermal mass, among other things.  Wire-bound flip books of these cards have been made available to people with offices in the building.
http://academic.evergreen.edu/k/knappr/rhkhomepage_files/SEM2postcards.pdf

11. Oberlin Campus Resource Monitoring System
Oberlin has developed a system to monitor and display online the electricity consumption in the dormitories.  The objective of the system is to provide real-time feedback to students about their electricity use.  Two psychology professors are now working to quantify the effects of this technology on student attitude and behavior toward the environment.  The project is funded in part through the EPA's “People, Prosperity and Planet” (P3) program.
http://www.oberlin.edu/dormenergy/index.htm
http://www.oberlin.edu/stupub/ocreview/2006/05/26/news/article2.html

Jobs & Internships

12. Energy Conservation Manager, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is seeking an energetic leader for the position of Energy Conservation Manager to guide and coordinate efforts to reduce campus energy consumption in both new and existing buildings. The position, which reports to the Sustainability Director, will develop a demand management strategy, monitor consumption trends, make the business case for efficiency improvements, and educate the campus community about the costs and benefits of energy efficiency.  Applicants should have a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering and four years of related experience in energy management (or equivalent).  The closing date for applications is June 30, 2006.
https://s4.its.unc.edu/RAMS4/details.do?posID=0054384

13. Professorship in Environmentally Sustainable Agriculture, University of Alberta

University of Alberta seeks a modern agricultural scientist with a strong background in soils to participate in development of innovative interdepartmental programs in Environmentally Sustainable Agriculture. The successful candidate must hold a Ph.D. with record of experience in one or more of the following areas: landscape pedology and ecology; agro-hydrology; water quality; fluxes of agricultural gases and nutrients; and agricultural systems. Postdoctoral experience and interest in work on long-term plots is preferred. This is a tenure track position to be filled at the Assistant Professor level (current salary range $53,580 to $75,900). The search committee will begin reviewing applications June 21 and will continue until a candidate is selected.
http://chronicle.com/jobs/id.php?id=0000460645-01&pg=s&cc=

14. Program Director, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
The School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University seeks a Program Director to oversee both Asian and Latin American education programs.  The position will initially be based in New Haven, with extensive travel to field sites in Asia and Latin America and to Panama and Singapore.  Reporting to Principal Investigators from Yale and The Smithsonian, this individual will develop and administer a tropical forest biodiversity education program to educate practitioners and educators based in Panama and Singapore.  Applicants must have a Master's degree in a discipline relevant to tropical forest biodiversity conservation (Ph.D. preferred) and 2-5 years of related experience in either Latin America or Asia.  The application deadline is June 30, 2006.
http://chronicle.com/jobs/id.php?id=0000460198-01&pg=s&cc=

Events

15. 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

16. 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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