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AASHE Bulletin


06.08.06:

NEWS
1. Carleton College Adopts Carbon Neutrality Value Statement
2. Sustainable Endowments Institute Releases Survey of Shareholder Practices in Higher Ed
3. Campus Sustainability on the AP, Reuters and UPI Wires
4. University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Hires Sustainability Officer
5. City College of San Francisco Adopts Sustainability Resolution
6. Grinnell College Education Center Receives LEED Gold Certification
7. University of Wisconsin-Madison Announces Energy Conservation Campaign
8. Mixed Fleet Soon to Fill up at Hydrogen Fueling Station at Penn State
9. Rice University Producing and Using Biodiesel on Campus
10. Bates College to Heat Residential Houses with Biodiesel
11. Furman University's Duke Library Wins Interior Design Award
12. Vanderbilt University Wins Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Award
13. East Carolina University To Use Ethanol in Campus Vehicles

NEW RESOURCES
14. University Business Special Section on Going Green while Saving Green
15. Furman University 2006 President's Report on Sustainability

OPPORTUNITIES
16. Freedom from Oil Action Camp

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
17. Recycling and Waste Reduction Coordinator, Duke University
18. Sustainability Education and Outreach Manager, Yale University
19. Environmental Stewardship Director, Columbia University
20. Internship at Fort Lewis College Environmental Center

EVENTS
21. NACUBO Webcast: Performance Based Regulations Proposed for Academic Labs
22. CFP: AASHE 2006 Conference – Extended Deadline for Submissions
23. AASHE Sustainability Across the Curriculum Leadership Workshop

News


1. Carleton College Adopts Carbon Neutrality Value Statement
Carleton College has adopted a Carbon Neutrality Value Statement which says, “Carleton College recognizes that global warming is one of the greatest local and global challenges of our time. The college values the goal of carbon neutrality as a priority for our community, recognizing that this goal merits the consideration of allocation of resources to research and implement technological and behavioral change. The college commits to developing a framework to reduce greenhouse gas emissions with the input of students, staff and faculty. In doing so, Carleton reaffirms its commitment to sustainability as articulated in the Environmental Statement of Principles."
http://apps.carleton.edu/campus/sustainability/carleton/goals_values/
List of campus global warming commitments: http://www.aashe.org/resources/gw_commitments.php

2. Sustainable Endowments Institute Releases Survey of Shareholder Practices in Higher Ed
The Sustainable Endowments Institute has released a survey of shareholder practices in higher education that targeted the 331 largest college and university endowments and included all schools with $100 million or more in endowment assets.  The survey looked at proxy voting, transparency of endowment holdings, and related policy questions.  Key findings about shareholder practices at the 216 colleges and universities who responded to the survey (65%) include: two-thirds of the colleges and universities do not disclose university endowment investments; nearly three-quarters of colleges and universities keep proxy voting records private; only five percent of schools include students in proxy voting decision-making; and almost half of the schools would be open to giving students and others a voice in proxy voting.
http://www.endowmentinstitute.org/survey.html
http://www.usatoday.com/news/education/2006-05-29-college-invest_x.htm
http://www.socialfunds.com/news/article.cgi/2020.html

3. Campus Sustainability on the AP, Reuters and UPI Wires
The Associated Press, Reuters and United Press International each published wire stories related to campus sustainability this week.  The Associated Press article focuses primarily on competition and collaboration for sustainability between Carleton College and St. Olaf College, both of Northfield, MN.  The Reuter and UPI stories highlight recent renewable energy purchases by Bowdoin College, University of California-Santa Cruz, and Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, and Central Oregon Community College.
Boston Globe article

(Reuters article no longer available)
http://www.upi.com/Energy/view.php?StoryID=20060601-052423-3293r

4. University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Hires Sustainability Officer
David E. Schnabel, director of services at UCCS, announced Linda Kogan as the new sustainability officer at UCCS. Kogan, a UCCS alumna holding a master’s in geography and environmental studies, joins the Facilities Services Department with the mission of guiding the university’s sustainability initiatives and promoting the university as a leader in sustainable development.  In this new position, Kogan will: work with faculty, staff, and students to integrate sustainable leadership, curriculum, and operations to achieve the goals of the UCCS Chancellor’s Sustainability Taskforce Final Report of June 2005; manage $1.3 million in energy conservation funding provided by the UCCS administration; create a campus-wide sustainability committees to address energy management, landscape design, waste and recycling programs, transportation and green procurement; participate on the design committee of several construction projects; inspire student interest in the environment, and design a comprehensive recycling program for the campus.
http://www.uccs.edu/~webdept/CMS/getnewscontent.php?id=262
Directory of campus sustainability officers (AASHE members only): http://www.aashe.org/resources/ftdirectory.php

5. City College of San Francisco Adopts Sustainability Resolution
The City College of San Francisco Board of Trustees has passed a resolution on sustainability.  The resolution commits the Trustees to "reviewing and updating District policies on sustainability issues including, but not limited to: clean energy, green building, reduced and more efficient energy consumption and increase in renewable energy, reduced consumption of materials and supplies, increased use of sustainability-produced materials and supplies, development of educational programs on sustainability and 'green industry.'" Further, the Trustees requested that draft Sustainability Plan be prepared no later than August 31, 2006 and ultimately adopted by no later than December 31, 2006.  Finally, the resolution directs the Administration to conduct an energy audit of campus buildings and investigate how to create educational and vocational training programs for emerging green industries.
http://www.ccsf.edu/Offices/VCFA/PDF_May_25_2006/S3.pdf

6. Grinnell College Education Center Receives LEED Gold Certification
Grinell College's Conard Environmental Research Area facility has received LEED Gold Certification.  Green design features include: a geothermal heat pump system; a cistern system to collect and filter rainwater for greenhouse irrigation and bathroom flushing water; natural lighting to illuminate the building during the day; a high performance glazing curtain wall to reduce solar heat gain; building materials, paints, and adhesives low in volatile organic compounds; and extensive use of recycled and local building materials.  The College currently has three other buildings under consideration for certification.  http://www.grinnell.edu/tv/leed/

7. University of Wisconsin-Madison Announces Energy Conservation Campaign
The University of Wisconsin-Madison has begun a drive to slash campus energy consumption by 20 percent by 2010 called “We Conserve.”  The chancellor has asked students, faculty and staff to make energy consumption part of their daily lives, as a way to achieve the 20 percent reduction on a per-square-foot basis. 
http://www.news.wisc.edu/12528.html
http://www.conserve.wisc.edu/

8. Mixed Fleet Soon to Fill up at Hydrogen Fueling Station at Penn State

The only hydrogen fueling station currently located in Pennsylvania is on Penn State's University Park campus, where efforts also are under way to develop a mixed-vehicle fleet, including two cars, a bus and vans, to demonstrate hydrogen's potential.  By the end of the summer, Penn State’s Hybrid and Hydrogen Vehicle Research Center (HHVRC) will have a transit bus and a University maintenance van operating on a hydrogen/natural gas blend along with a fuel cell car operating on pure hydrogen.
http://live.psu.edu/story/18174

9. Rice University Producing and Using Biodiesel on Campus
Students in the Rice University Biodiesel Initiative are producing biodiesel from waste vegetable oil generated on campus.  Rice's maintenance workers are using a 20% biodiesel blend in their mowers.  The group is working to expand biodiesel use on campus to Rice shuttles and other vehicles.
http://www.westuexaminer.com/articles/2006/05/26/memorial/community/comm18.txt
http://cohesion.rice.edu/CentersAndInst/EESI/emplibrary/RUBIs_Real_Theory_2.mov
http://www.khou.com/news/local/stories/khou060511_cd_ricebiodesel.30f79dbf.html

10. Bates College to Heat Residential Houses with Biodiesel
Bates College has begun heating 12 of its student residences with B5 a blend of petroleum heating oil with 5 percent biodiesel.  Bates has started with B5 because of warranty issues on its burner equipment.  The biodiesel, which comes from American Alternative Energy will cost the college roughly the same as straight No. 2 heating oil.  In related news, a group of students and faculty is exploring producing biodiesel from cooking oil discarded by the college's dining services.  Colby College and the University of Southern Maine are also heating biodiesel.
http://www.bates.edu/x117462.xml

11. Furman University's Duke Library Wins Interior Design Award
Furman University’s James B. Duke Library has been awarded the 2006 Sustainable Design Award from the Carolinas Chapter of the International Interior Designers Association. Furman completed a $25 million expansion and renovation of the library in 2004.  The project, which has applied for LEED Silver certification, was designed by Shepley Bulfinch Richardson & Abbott of Boston and Neal Prince + Partners Architects, Inc., of Greenville.
http://www.iida-carolinas.org/news.html
http://library.furman.edu/leed/
Annotated listing of 7 Green Libraries (AASHE members only): http://www.aashe.org/resources/libraries.php

12. Vanderbilt University Wins Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Award
Vanderbilt University has been selected as the winner of the 2006 Tennessee Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Award in Pollution Prevention Category for being designated a Best Workplaces for Commuters by the EPA.  Under the University's "Free Ride to Work" Program, University staff and faculty can ride the city bus to work for free.  This new partnership between Vanderbilt and the Metro Transit Authority eliminates the commuting and parking of over 1,000 employees on campus every day.  Other commuter benefits offered by Vanderbilt and recognized by the EPA include a FlexPool parking payment program to encourage carpooling and vanpooling to work, an Alternative Work Arrangements policy encouraging flextime work arrangements and telecommuting, and other programs such as the Vanderbilt Valet, on-campus bike racks and showers, and mentoring local business in air pollution reduction strategies as a Clean Air Partnership Air Alert Partner.  Vanderbilt was nominated for the award by the Clean Air Partnership.
http://www.vanderbilt.edu/register/articles?id=22392
http://www.state.tn.us/environment/awards/

13. East Carolina University To Use Ethanol in Campus Vehicles
This summer, East Carolina University will begin fueling campus vehicles with gasohol, a mixture of 90 percent gasoline and 10 percent ethanol.  The change will result in a reduction of almost 11,000 gallons of petroleum per year. Other changes that are planned to further reduce petroleum usage include switching to remanufactured lubricating oil for university vehicles and switching the Student Transit System busses to biodiesel.
http://www.ecu.edu/cs-admin/news/releases/2006/05/053106ethanol.cfm

New Resources



14. University Business Special Section on Going Green while Saving Green
The June issue of University Business magazine includes a special section on sustainability entitled "Going Green while Saving Green."  The 24 page section includes articles on alternative energy, hazardous waste laws, student-led energy initiatives, energy planning, green building and the bottom line, Recyclemania, and energy conservation.  The section also highlights the activities of 10 "Higher Education Sustainability Stars." 
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/ub0606-GG/

15. Furman University 2006 President's Report on Sustainability
Furman University's 2006 President's Report focuses on sustainability. The 28 page report highlights stories that illustrate how sustainability is woven through the fabric of university life at Furman.  These stories cover sustainable living, landscaping and maintenance, student activism, Furman's trail system, green building, and research.  According to the report, Furman aims to be the national leader among liberal arts colleges committed to sustainability, both educationally and operationally.
http://www.furman.edu/sustain/sustainabilityreport.pdf

Opportunities

16. Freedom from Oil Action Camp

July 8-14, 2006; Southern Indiana
Freedom From Oil Action Camp is a 5-day summit of 150 to 200 young organizers working to break America's oil addiction. It is cosponsored by The Ruckus Society, Rainforest Action Network, Global Exchange, Energy Action, and Oil Change International.  By day, participants will learn hard skills to build strategic and synergistic campaigns. By night, visionary thinkers will posit what our society can and will look like when we have moved beyond oil. Important alliance building will take place to move forward on election year strategies, corporate markets campaigns, campus organizing, and alternatives advocacy.
http://www.ruckus.org/article.php?id=170

Jobs & Internships

17. Recycling and Waste Reduction Coordinator, Duke University
Duke University seeks a Recycling and Waste Reduction Coordinator to plan, promote and coordinate a comprehensive campus-wide Recycling and Waste Reduction Program.  The minimum salary for this position is $35,188.  Applicants should have at least one year of experience in a recycling program.
(webpage no longer available)

18. Sustainability Education and Outreach Manager, Yale University

The Yale Office of Sustainability seeks to hire an Education and Outreach Manager.  This position will be responsible for the overall development and implementation of communication and educational outreach programs for both on-campus and off-campus audiences.  Additional duties include providing support for on-going sustainability projects, oversight of the student outreach program, and research support.  The salary for this position is in the mid 40’s, depending on experience.  The closing date for applications is July 2, 2006.
(webpage no longer available)

19. Environmental Stewardship Director, Columbia University
Columbia University seeks to fill the new position of Environmental Stewardship Director reporting to the University's Senior Executive Vice President. This position will be funded for three years during which time the Director is expected to design and implement a well-crafted program for stewardship efforts across the university. The broad goals of this program are (1) fostering a culture of respect for the environment among students, faculty, and staff and (2) minimizing the institution's environmental footprint. Extension of the position past the third year is contingent on the success of efforts to that point.  Applicants must have a Bachelor's degree (Master's preferred) in a related field and a minimum of 7 years related work experience with proven success in a leadership role.
http://jobs.columbia.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=98412

20. Internship at Fort Lewis College Environmental Center
The Environmental Center (EC) at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado is accepting applications for 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 marketing and outreach, public events and workshops, campus and community projects, communications, fundraising and administrative management of the Environmental Center. 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 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 Intern will receive room and board on campus plus a monthly living allowance of $375.00 per month.  Consideration of completed applications will begin June 26, 2006 and continue until the position is filled.
http://envcenter.fortlewis.edu/Intern.htm

Events

21. NACUBO Webcast: Performance Based Regulations Proposed for Academic Labs
June 14, 2006; 1:30pm ET
The National Association of College and University Business Officers is sponsoring a webcast about the EPA's proposed rule defining new, optional standards for management of hazardous waste in academic laboratories.  On the webcast, the will EPA to present an overview of the proposed regulations and answer clarifying questions about the proposal. Following the EPA’s presentation, environmental health and safety experts will discuss the practical implications of this new proposed rule.  The cost is $159.00 for members and $189.00 for non-members.
http://www.nacubo.org/x8095.xml

22. 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

23. 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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