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AASHE Bulletin


Contents for 06.15.06:

NEWS
1. Largest Retrofit in Canada's History Saves UBC $2.6 Million Annually
2. Grinnell Adopts Environmentally Responsible Building Guidelines
3. Greek Theatre at UC-Berkeley Goes Climate Neutral
4. Washington State University to Offer First Bachelors Degree in Organic Agriculture
5. Worcester Polytechnic Institute Dedicates Green Welcome Center
6. U Washington, Princeton, and Williams College Bar Sudan Investments
7. University of Louisville Finds Success in Energy Conservation Partnership
8. University of Florida Receives Sustainable Florida Best Practices Award
9. Cal Poly SLO Receives Best Practices Award for Conserving Energy
10. Virginia Tech Wins Challenge X Fuel Efficiency Competition

NEW RESOURCES
11. New Book - Planet U: Sustaining the World, Reinventing the University
12. Sustainability at SCU: An Update of Santa Clara University's Progress
13. State of Campus EMSs: An On-Line Survey

OPPORTUNITIES
14. 2006 Green Power Leadership Awards

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
15. Sustainability Coordinator, Associated Students CSU, Chico
16. Student Organizer, Greenpeace
17. Independence from Oil Campus Organizers, Global Exchange

EVENTS
18. Roosevelt Policy Expo
19. AAC&U Conference - Liberal Education and Democracy’s Big Questions
20. CFP: AASHE 2006 Conference – Extended Deadline for Submissions
21. Washington State University Sustainability Forum

News

1. Largest Retrofit in Canada's History Saves UBC $2.6 Million Annually
The University of British Columbia expects to save an $2.6 million annually with the recent completion of a three-year upgrade project called ecotrek.  The $35 million project, which is believed to be the largest energy retrofit in Canadian history, will enable UBC to reduce its emissions by seven per cent below 1990 levels by 2008, thereby meeting the reductions called for in the Kyoto Protocol.  In addition, is expected to reduce campus water use by 30 per cent and campus electricity consumption by 10%. 
http://www.publicaffairs.ubc.ca/media/releases/2006/mr-06-068.html

2. Grinnell Adopts Environmentally Responsible Building Guidelines
The Building and Grounds Committee of the Grinnell College Board of Trustees has approved Environmentally Responsible Building Guidelines which calls for all new major construction and major renovation to meet the LEED “certified” standard.  The policy does not require projects to be certified through the USGBC, but all projects must display the ability to earn the necessary points to meet certification standards. 
http://www.grinnell.edu/etal/green/
Annotated list of campus green building policies (AASHE members only): http://www.aashe.org/resources/building_policies.php

3. Greek Theatre at UC-Berkeley Goes Climate Neutral
The entire 2006 concert season at UC Berkeley's Greek Theatre will be climate-neutral, thanks to a partnership between Clif Bar & Co. and Another Planet Entertainment.  In addition to purchasing carbon offsets, sustainability initiatives at the Greek Theatre will include a new organic food cafe, recycling stations, the use of recycled paper for all printed materials and a means for Greek-goers to offset their impact on global warming.  In addition, performers will be able to use biodegradable forks, knives, spoons, cups and plates for their backstage meals and snacks.
http://www.clifbar.com/connect/release.cfm?location=press&id=120

4. Washington State University to Offer First Bachelors Degree in Organic Agriculture
Washington State University has received approval from the state Higher Education Coordinating Board to offer what is believed to be America's first Bachelor's of Science degree in organic agriculture systems.  The major includes a summer practicum at WSU's three-acre organic farm on the east edge of campus. There, students will get hands-on experience in planting, nurturing, harvesting and marketing organic produce.
http://www.wsutoday.wsu.edu/completestory.asp?StoryID=2988

5. Worcester Polytechnic Institute Dedicates Green Welcome Center
Worcester Polytechnic Institute recently dedicated the Bartlett Center, a new admissions and financial aid building.  The 16,589-square-foot building is the first WPI building designed for LEED certification.  Green features include natural ventilation and lighting, water efficient plumbing, certified wood, construction waste recycling, and native landscaping.
http://www.wpi.edu/News/Releases/20056/bartlett.html
http://www.wpi.edu/About/Bartlett/green.html

6. U Washington, Princeton, and Williams College Bar Sudan Investments
The University of Washington Board of Regents recently voted to prohibit "[d]irect investment in companies doing business in Sudan whose business activities support the Sudanese government in its continuing sponsorship of genocidal actions and human rights violations in Darfur."  Trustees at Princeton also recently adopted a policy of disassociating from companies that directly or indirectly conduct operations in Darfur that support acts of genocide, and to prevent future investment in such companies.  Likewise, the Trustees at Williams College have voted to divest from 28 companies identified as supporting Sudanese government activities in Darfur.
http://www.williams.edu/admin/president/letters/060606_Sudan_Divestment.php
http://www.princeton.edu/main/news/archive/S14/95/48A03/index.xml?section=topstories
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/273351_uwregents09.html
http://www.washington.edu/regents/meetings/meetings06/june/items/fin/f-5.pdf

7. University of Louisville Finds Success in Energy Conservation Partnership
The University of Louisville is saving energy and money as a result of its participation in the Partnership for a Green City, a Department of Energy-funded partnership for energy conservation between U of L, Louisville Metro Government and Jefferson County Public Schools.  As part of its involvement, the University has installed vending machine motion sensors for an expected savings of $3,000 and $4,000 annually.  In addition, energy audits of four U of L buildings have identified nearly $63,000 in cost savings.  U of L faculty and students are also helping the city to test solar-powered streetlights.
http://php.louisville.edu/news/news.php?news=626

8. University of Florida Receives Sustainable Florida Best Practices Award

The Council for Sustainable Florida has selected the University of Florida to receive 1 of 9 Sustainable Florida Best Practices Awards.  University of Florida was recognized for many sustainability initiatives including energy efficiency, green building, buying fuel-efficient state vehicles, and working toward becoming a zero waste campus by 2015. 
Gainsville News article

9. Cal Poly SLO Receives Best Practices Award for Conserving Energy
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo has received a 2005 Best Practice award from the Green Building Research Center at UC Berkeley for relocating air conditioning chillers.  Completed last June, the Chiller Relocation Project won the approval of the Green Building Research Center for relocating two 150-ton air conditioning chillers from the Performing Arts Center where they often sat idle to the central plant, and connecting them to the campus air conditioning distribution loop.  For the cost of relocation alone, the university avoided purchasing additional air conditioning units for the central plant, reduced the cost of campus electricity demand, increased air conditioning capacity and efficiency for the campus and improved service to the Performing Arts Center.
http://calpolynews.calpoly.edu/news_releases/2006/June/facilities_best.htm

10. Virginia Tech Wins Challenge X Fuel Efficiency Competition
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University took first place in the Challenge X: Crossover to Sustainable Mobility a 3-year engineering competition, sponsored by General Motors and the U.S. Department of Energy.  17 universities from across North America participated in the competition to improve the fuel efficiency of a 2005 Chevrolet Equinox.  Virginia Tech's team reengineered the vehicle as a split parallel hybrid that uses two electric motors and runs on E85 – an ethanol/gas blend that reduces the vehicle’s well-to-wheels petroleum use by 74 percent.
http://www.challengex.org/pdfs/2006_winner_release_final.pdf
http://www.vtnews.vt.edu/story.php?relyear=2006&itemno=341

New Resources

11. New Book - Planet U: Sustaining the World, Reinventing the University
This new book, by Michael M'Gonigle and Justine Starke of University of Victoria's POLIS Project on Ecological Governance, argues that higher education is an overlooked but vital catalyst for social and ecological progress.  The book highlights best practices for sustainability in higher education, but maintains that, on the whole, higher education has not yet achieved its full potential in fostering sustainability.   It thus calls for a new social movement to take a lead in reforming the university.  The book is published by New Society Publishers.
http://www.newsociety.com/bookid/3922

12. Sustainability at SCU: An Update of Santa Clara University's Progress
Santa Clara University has released a new report describing sustainability programs and projects of SCU students, faculty, staff, and alumni.  The 20 page report highlights the wide range of activities that the University has taken in the areas of environmental stewardship, environmental education, and environmental service.  Suggestions for continued progress in each area are also provided.
http://www.scu.edu/sustainability/projects/reportjune2006.cfm

13. State of Campus EMSs: An On-Line Survey

The Campus Consortium for Environmental Excellence is conducting a survey to gain a better understanding of the nature and extent of Environmental Management Systems as they are being defined and implemented on college campuses.  The survey is intended to: provide statistically significant results that effectively describe the state of EMS development at various colleges and universities; allow for a comparison of EMS practices among schools of similar size and classification; illustrate how various institutions have addressed common challenges and seized opportunities; and assist institutions identify and prioritize areas for improvement. The survey should take 10-15 minutes to complete.  Multiple responses from each institution are encouraged.
http://www.c2e2.org/survey2006/index.htm

Opportunities

14. 2006 Green Power Leadership Awards
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the Center for Resource Solutions are inviting applicants for the sixth annual Green Power Leadership Awards. The Green Power Leadership Awards are competitive awards that recognize outstanding commitments and achievements in the green power marketplace.  Awards will be given for green power purchasing as well as onsite renewable energy generation.  Nominations are due by 5:00pm PDT on August 4, 2006.
http://www.epa.gov/greenpower/winners/nom_forms.htm

Jobs & Internships

15. Sustainability Coordinator, Associated Students CSU, Chico
The Associated Students of California State University, Chico is hiring a Sustainability Coordinator.  The Sustainability Coordinator will responsible for developing and coordinating sustainability standards and policies for the Associated Students, collaborating with individual departments to implement approved project plans; fostering a corporate-wide culture of environmental mindfulness allowing the integration of sustainability values and practices into the AS strategic plan and processes; and to do related work as required.  A Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of three years experience working with sustainability or the environmental field is required.  Applications are due by July 6.
(webpage no longer available)

16. Student Organizer, Greenpeace
Greenpeace is hiring a Student Organizer to train and mobilize a diverse new generation of environmental leaders to win Greenpeace campaigns. A Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of two years experience as a grassroots organizer is required.  The closing date for applications is June 30.
(webpage no longer available)

17. Independence from Oil Campus Organizers, Global Exchange
Global Exchange is hiring two Independence from Oil Campus Organizers, one on the West coast and another in the Midwest.  The organizers will work to identify and support on-campus groups in passing Greenfleets resolutions, help set up oil addicts anonymous chapters, coordinate speaker and training opportunities on campus and help campus groups in taking other steps in declaring energy independence.  The term of employment is Aug. 1 2006 – July 31 2007.  The positions are open until filled.
http://www.globalexchange.org/getInvolved/jobs.html

Events

18. Roosevelt Policy Expo

August 2, 2006; Washington DC
The Roosevelt Institution, a progressive student-run policy research group, is holding its first annual Roosevelt Policy Expo.  The Expo is an opportunity for student visionaries to gather and to share ideas. Students from all colleges and universities are invited to submit their policy ideas, projects, and papers for presentation.  Applications are due Wednesday, June 7, 2006.
http://rooseveltinstitution.org/expo

19. AAC&U Conference - Liberal Education and Democracy’s Big Questions

January 17-20, 2007; New Orleans
The Association of American Colleges and Universities invites session proposals for its annual conference, entitled The Real Test: Liberal Education and Democracy’s Big Questions.  The conference will focus on questions such as: "How should we direct our efforts to prepare students to be responsible citizens and leaders in times both of crisis and relative tranquility?" and "How do we apply the lessons of Katrina and Rita to the complex contexts of our own local communities and institutional missions?"  The deadline for proposals is Monday, July 24, 2006.
http://www.aacu.org/meetings/annualmeeting/AM07/cfp_info.cfm

20. 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

21. Washington State University Sustainability Forum
October 23–27; Washington State University, Pullman
Washington State University's Center for Distance and Professional Education invites submissions of abstracts for WSU's Third Annual Sustainability Forum.  The forum, which seeks to escalate the sustainability efforts at WSU, is intended for every sector of higher education, as well as businesses and community leaders.  Participants are encouraged from other campuses in the region.
http://www.sustainability.wsu.edu/content/forum.pdf



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