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AASHE Bulletin


Contents for 06.22.06:

NEWS
1. UCSB Professor Wins 2006 Millennium Technology Prize
2. University of Vermont Tops Off Green Student Center
3. University of Pennsylvania to Divest From Sudan in Response to Genocide
4. Hartwick College Receives Grants for Pine Lake Environmental Campus
5. Harvard Dining Services Hold Inter-Kitchen Conservation Competition
6. Georgia Tech and Chevron Partner to Create Alternative Fuels
7. BP Pledges $500 Million for Energy Biosciences Institute at a University
8. University of Michigan-Flint Launches Environmental Stewardship Initiative

NEW RESOURCES
9. Sustainability Syllabi Databases

OPPORTUNITIES
10. Opportunity to be Featured in Making a Difference College Guide

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
11. Campus Climate Challenge Organizers, Energy Action Coalition Partners

EVENTS
12. 2006 Engineers for a Sustainable World Annual Conference

News

1. UCSB Professor Wins 2006 Millennium Technology Prize
Professor Shuji Nakamura of the University of California, Santa Barbara has been awarded the 2006 Millennium Technology Prize for his invention of new, energy-efficient light sources: blue, green, and white light-emitting diodes (LEDs).  The award, which includes a cash prize of one million Euros is the world's biggest technology award. Presented by Finland's Millennium Prize Foundation, it recognizes outstanding technological achievement aimed at promoting quality of life and sustainable development.  "Our entire campus joins me in applauding this extraordinary international recognition of Professor Shuji Nakamura's pioneering research, which has led to the invention of revolutionary new energy-saving light sources that are better and brighter than conventional lighting," said UCSB Chancellor Henry T. Yang.
http://www.ia.ucsb.edu/pa/display.aspx?pkey=1475
http://www.millenniumprize.fi/index.php?m=1&news=1&news_id=31

2. University of Vermont Tops Off Green Student Center
University of Vermont recently celebrated the "topping off" of the Dudley H. Davis Student Center.  The Davis Center is one of several student unions currently under construction or recently completed that are striving to be the first LEED certificated student union in the US.  When completed in Fall 2007, the Davis Center is expected to spend approximately 52% less in electricity and heating and cooling; and 41% less in water.  In addition, UVM will re-use of recycle at least 50% of construction waste and is committed to purchasing materials from local and regional vendors (within a 500-mile radius) as much as feasibly possible.
http://www.uvm.edu/~uvmpr/?Page=News&storyID=8332
http://www.uvm.edu/~davis/?Page=aboutleed.html&SM=greenmenu.html
Annotated list of green student centers (AASHE members only): http://www.aashe.org/resources/student_centers.php

3. University of Pennsylvania to Divest From Sudan in Response to Genocide
The University of Pennsylvania will bar investments of its endowment assets in seven oil companies currently operating in Sudan as well as in obligations of the Sudanese government as a response to the genocide being committed in Darfur, Penn President Amy Gutmann announced recently.  The decision to divest was made by the University Board of Trustees based on a recommendation by Penn University Council, a deliberative and broadly representative forum that exists to consider the activities of the University in all its phases. This recommendation follows a report developed and presented by members of the Social Responsibility Advisory Committee, a group comprised of faculty, students and staff that advises the president and trustees on proxy matters.
http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/article.php?id=970
http://insidehighered.com/news/2006/06/16/sudan

4. Hartwick College Receives Grants for Pine Lake Environmental Campus
Hartwick College has received a $50,000 grant from Empire State Development and $40,000 in programming incentives from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority to fund upgrades at the College's 920-acre Pine Lake Environmental Campus, including the installation of solar panels.
http://www.hartwick.edu/x17689.xml

5. Harvard Dining Services Hold Inter-Kitchen Conservation Competition

This spring, Harvard University Dining Services held the Green Apron competition, an inter-kitchen competition to use the least energy per meal.  Harvard Green Campus Initiative is providing specialized training to kitchen staff help them save energy.  The competition is part of Harvard University Dining Services' efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and water consumption by 10% within the next two years. 
http://www.greencampus.harvard.edu/newsletter/archives/2006/05/harvard_dining.php

6. Georgia Tech and Chevron Partner to Create Alternative Fuels

Chevron Corp. and the Georgia Institute of Technology have formed a strategic research alliance to pursue advanced technology aimed at making cellulosic biofuels and hydrogen viable transportation fuels.  Chevron Technology Ventures plans to contribute up to $12 million over five years to Georgia Tech’s Strategic Energy Institute for research into and development of these emerging energy technologies.  The focus of the joint research is to develop commercially viable processes for the production of transportation fuels from renewable resources such as forest and agricultural waste.
http://www.gatech.edu/news-room/release.php?id=1013
http://www.chevron.com/news/press/2006/2006-06-15.asp

7. BP Pledges $500 Million for Energy Biosciences Institute at a University
BP has announced plans to spend $500 million over the next ten years to establish the BP Energy Biosciences Institute, a dedicated biosciences energy research laboratory attached to a yet unnamed major academic centre in the US or UK.  BP hopes to launch early research programmes by the end of 2007.  The new institute would focus initially on three key areas of energy bioscience: developing new biofuel components and improving the efficiency and flexibility of those currently blended with transport fuels; devising new technologies to enhance and accelerate the conversion of organic matter to biofuel molecules, with the aim of increasing the proportion of a crop which can be used to produce feedstock; and using modern plant science to develop species that produce a higher yield of energy molecules and can be grown on land not suitable for food production.
http://www.bp.com/genericarticle.do?categoryId=2012968&contentId=7018719

8. University of Michigan-Flint Launches Environmental Stewardship Initiative
A new Environmental Stewardship Committee at University of Michigan-Flint has been created to improve the University's environmental performance.  The committee is considering and prioritizing an array of potential campus sustainability projects including energy saving competitions and waterless urinals.
(webpage no longer available)

New Resources

9. Sustainability Syllabi Databases
AASHE has posted a new resource with annotated links to 13 databases of syllabi related to sustainability.  Collectively, the databases provide well over a thousand sustainability syllabi.  This resource is accessible only by AASHE members.
http://www.aashe.org/resources/syllabi.php

Opportunities

10. Opportunity to be Featured in Making a Difference College Guide

Miriam Weinstein, the author of Making A Difference College Guide, is seeking colleges with strong focus on the environment and sustainability to feature in the next edition of her book.  She is particularly looking for schools with strong student activism supported by the administration.  Campus sustainability efforts are also looked upon favorably.  Miriam requests a sliding scale fee to be featured in her book.  She is on a tight deadline so a quick response is necessary to take advantage of this opportunity.  Institutions interested in being featured should contact Miriam directly at mw@sageworks.net.
http://www.sageworks.net/

Jobs & Internships

11. Campus Climate Challenge Organizers, Energy Action Coalition Partners
The Energy Action Coalition and several coalition partners are hiring organizers to work on the Campus Climate Challenge.  Hiring organizations include Sierra Student Coalition, Environmental Justice and Climate Change Initiative, Student PIRGs, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, Global Exchange, Students United for a Responsible Global Environment (SURGE), and Greenpeace.
http://energyaction.net/jobs

Events

12. 2006 Engineers for a Sustainable World Annual Conference

Sept. 27-30; University of Iowa, Iowa City
Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW) has announced its 2006 Annual Conference entitled, "Envisioning Sustainability: A new generation of thinking for the next generation of living."  Hosted by The University of Iowa ESW Collegiate Chapter, this year's event will include plenary sessions with Brendan Owens, Director of LEED Design and Construction from the US Green Building Council, and Lester Brown, founder and director of the Earth Policy Institute.  Session tracks are Business Solutions for a Sustainable World, Critical Issues in International Development, Technology Benefiting Humanity, Education & Curriculum Change, Outreach & Practical Action, and Living and Working Sustainably.  Early registration at discounted rates closes August 1st for professionals and September 1st for students.
http://www.uiesw.org/conference/



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