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AASHE Bulletin


Contents for 07.06.06:

NEWS
1. University of British Columbia Publishes Comprehensive Sustainability Strategy
2. Collaborative Innovation Center at Carnegie Mellon University Earns LEED Gold Certification
3. Student Fee Increases for Renewable Energy Approved in Tennessee
4. Sustainable Design Leader to Direct UBC School of Arch. and Landscape Arch.
5. Biogas Energy Project Underway at UC Davis
6. Solar-Hydrogen Home Opens at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy
7. Center for Fair and Alternative Trade Studies Founded at Colorado State University
8. University of Miami Recognized for Green Building
9. Duke Receives Award of Transportation Demand Management Program

NEW RESOURCES
10. Special Issue of Facilities Manager Focuses on Environmental Stewardship

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
11. Biodiversity Education and Climate Education Initiatives Coordinator, U. New Hampshire
12. Special Projects Coordinator, Harvard Green Campus Initiative
13. Director of Facilities & Capital Planning, Carleton College
14. Associate Director, Undergraduate Service Learning, Simmons College
15. Assistant Director, Community Involvement, Rice University

EVENTS
16. Student Environmental Action Coalition's Annual Activist Training Camp

News

1. University of British Columbia Publishes Comprehensive Sustainability Strategy
University of British Columbia has published what it believes to be the comprehensive university sustainability strategy in North America.  Inspirations and Aspirations: The Sustainability Strategy identifies 68 targets and actions for achieving nine major sustainability goals.  Following extensive consultation with more than 100 stakeholders, at least one UBC faculty, department or student organization has assumed responsibility for achieving each of the strategy's targets.
http://www.publicaffairs.ubc.ca/ubcthisweek/2006/06jun29.html#1
Annotated list of strategic plans that incorporate sustainability (AASHE members only): http://www.aashe.org/resources/strategic_plans.php

2. Collaborative Innovation Center at Carnegie Mellon University Earns LEED Gold Certification
The Collaborative Innovation Center at Carnegie Mellon University has been award LEED Core and Shell Gold certification.  The 136,000 square-foot structure includes an energy-efficient, modular raised-floor system that allows twice as much fresh air to enter the building, and removable floor panels that allow air diffusers, power, communications and other utility lines to be easily reconfigured to meet workspace needs.  The building also includes large exterior windows to maximize daylight, an interior indirect lighting system to reduce glare and a storm water collection system to help control storm water runoff and recycle water for use within the building's restroom facilities. Large concrete slabs and solar shades are located above the windows on the south and west ends of the building to reduce the amount of cooling needed in the spring and summer months.  The building's underground parking garage includes a recharging station for electric vehicles, bicycle racks, and shower facilities.
http://www.cmu.edu/cmnews/extra/060629_cic.html
http://www.gbapgh.org/casestudies_CollaborativeInnovation.asp
http://www.dggp.com/projects/e_cic/

3. Student Fee Increases for Renewable Energy Approved in Tennessee
The Tennessee Board of Regents recently approved increases in student fees to fund renewable energy at Middle Tennessee State University and Tennessee Technological University.  The $8 per semester fee increases had previously been approved by almost 90% of students at both institutions.  Half of the fee increase will go towards the purchase of renewably produced electricity from the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Green Power Switch program while another half will fund on-campus renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. 
http://www.tennessean.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060701/NEWS04/607010358
http://itsgettinghotinhere.org/353#more-353
http://www.tbr.state.tn.us/press_releases/tuition%20increase%202006%20committee.htm

4. Sustainable Design Leader to Direct UBC School of Arch. and Landscape Arch.
The Faculty of Applied Science at the University of British Columbia has announced the appointment of Dr. Ray Cole as the Director of the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (SALA).  A UBC architecture professor since 1977, Cole’s research, teaching and professional activities are focused on issues of environmental responsibility and sustainability in architecture.  Cole heads the Environmental Research Group in SALA and was instrumental in the adaptation of the LEED rating system to Canada, the creation of the Residential Environmental Assessment Program at UBC, and the Green Building Challenge process, an initiative to assess the progress in green building practices internationally. 
http://www.apsc.ubc.ca/news/releases/2006/jun29.html

5. Biogas Energy Project Underway at UC Davis
UC Davis is building a model biogas energy system on campus which will convert organic waste into hydrogen and methane gas.  The system will have a be able converting 3 to 5 tons of organic solid waste - including municipal green and food waste, food processing wastes, crop residues and animal waste - into 11,400 to 22,900 cubic feet of biogas per day.  The system is expected to be operational by the end of summer.
http://www.davisenterprise.com/articles/2006/06/30/news/184new0.txt

6. Solar-Hydrogen Home Opens at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy
New York Institute of Technology’s (NYIT) 2005 Solar Decathlon team dedicated their solar-powered fuel cell home as “America's First Solar-Hydrogen Home” at a ribbon-cutting ceremony held recently at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA).  The solar-hydrogen fuel cell home, which is now permanently located on the USMMA campus, is now officially open for tours and will serve as a renewable energy research and educational center for the academy’s Alternative Power Program.  The ceremony was held in conjunction with USMMA’s commencement, where US President George W. Bush delivered the keynote address.
Fuel Cell Today article
http://app.usmma.edu/

7. Center for Fair and Alternative Trade Studies Founded at Colorado State University
Colorado State University is home to the new Center for Fair and Alternative Trade Studies.  The center will study how consumer-based movements throughout the world can help ameliorate problems such as poverty and environmental degradation.  The Center’s research agenda builds upon the success of the Fair Trade Research Group, an international network of scholars and practitioners coordinated by a team at CSU.  The center is directed by Doug Murray, professor of sociology, and Laura Raynolds, associate professor of sociology.
http://welcome.colostate.edu/index.asp?url=programs_fairtrade
http://www.colostate.edu/Depts/Sociology/cfats/

8. University of Miami Recognized for Green Building Initiatives
Miami Mayor Manny Diaz recently chose the campus of the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine to announce a new environmentally-friendly initiative for the city.  Mayor Diaz chose UM’s new Clinical Research Institute as the venue because it is among the first high-rises in South Florida to incorporate sustainable design.  The CRI uses double-paned, argon-filled glass so windows stay cool even in direct sunlight. It is topped with a white sealed roof to reflect sunlight, uses high-efficiency light fixtures tied to a building energy management system, has a clean and efficient air management system to minimize impurities and maximize comfort – and nearly all internal materials, including walls and carpeting, are made from recycled and recyclable materials.  The next three buildings planned for the medical campus will embrace many of the same features.
http://www.med.miami.edu/news/view.asp?id=642
http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/2006/07/01/news/local/14943199.htm

9. Duke Receives Award of Transportation Demand Management Program
Duke University and Duke Hospitals were recently awarded the Large Business Innovator Award by Triangle Transit Authority for efforts to promote commuting alternatives.  Duke's work includes developing a transportation demand management program focusing on ridesharing and transit to meet the needs of 20,000 employees. Currently, Duke subsidizes vanpool and carpool parking and there is no parking priority charge for vanpools.  Plans are also now being discussed for the development of a UPASS to be used for transit for both daily commuters and other transportation needs. Duke, in cooperation with UNC, also hopes to provide free shuttles between the two campuses. Other efforts include increasing bike storage areas and improved on-campus bike trails.
http://www.duke.edu/sustainability/2006-06-26Commute.html

New Resources

10. Special Issue of Facilities Manager Focuses on Environmental Stewardship

The May/June issue of Facilities Manager includes several articles related to the issue's theme of Environmental Stewardship.  The articles cover sustainability education initiatives at the University of Washington, the business case for renewable energy on campus, and tools for sustainable facilities management.
http://www.appa.org/FacilitiesManager/index.cfm

Jobs & Internships

11. Biodiversity Education and Climate Education Initiatives Coordinator, U. New Hampshire
The University of New Hampshire's Office of Sustainability is seeking an educational program coordinator for its Biodiversity Education and Climate Education Initiatives.  The coordinator will manage all aspects of the Biodiversity and Climate Education Initiatives, including employing independent judgment and creative problem solving in planning, budgeting for, carrying out, and coordinating educational, research, and outreach programming.  Applicants should have a Master's degree, preferably in education or human services, and two years experience in counseling and/or related work in planning, organizing and evaluating educational programs or Bachelor's degree and four years of related experience.  The minimum salary for this position is $40,070.
UNH Human Resources

12. Special Projects Coordinator, Harvard Green Campus Initiative
The Harvard Green Campus Initiative seeks a Special Projects Coordinator to: oversee administration, project case study updates and financial transactions related to the Harvard Green Campus Loan Fund; update Harvard's Greenhouse Gas Inventory and assist with other campus environmental indicator and benchmarking projects; coordinate HGCI-related events and training programs; assist with general fundraising efforts; provides research support; and assist with other special projects as they arise.  This is a 12 month position.  An undergraduate degree is required.
http://jobs.harvard.edu/jobs/summ_req?in_post_id=30152

13. Director of Facilities & Capital Planning, Carleton College

Carleton College (Northfield, MN) is seeking a Director of Facilities and Capital Planning.  This position provides leadership in the operation and enhancement of the campus lands and buildings in support of the College's singular goal of excellent education. The College has a legacy of careful stewardship, creative development and reuse, sustainable initiatives and adaptive accommodation.  Reporting to the Vice President and Treasurer, the Director of Facilities and Capital Planning will oversee facilities operations and maintenance, custodial services, grounds, campus utilities, project management and capital planning.  A bachelor's degree and 10 or more years of relevant experience are required; a master's degree and/or additional experience is preferred.  Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.
http://chronicle.com/jobs/id.php?id=0000463824-01&pg=s&cc=

14. Associate Director, Undergraduate Service Learning, Simmons College
Simmons College (Boston, MA) seeks an Associate Director of Undergraduate Service Learning.  This position provides leadership in encouraging and furthering service learning in the undergraduate college. The two primary responsibilities are working with faculty to plan and support service learning courses and promoting service learning opportunities throughout the college curriculum.  A Bachelor's degree is required (Master's preferred).  The closing date for applications is July 21.
Simmons College Human Resources

15. Assistant Director, Community Involvement, Rice University

The Community Involvement Center at Rice University seeks an Assistant Director of Community Involvement to coordinate, maintain, and refine the programs, services, and resources offered by the Center.  A Bachelor’s degree (Master’s preferred) and experience coordinating campus service programs is required.
Rice Human Resources

Events

16. Student Environmental Action Coalition's Annual Activist Training Camp
July 20-23, 2006; Syracuse, NY
This event will provide young activists with campaign skills and provide a multi-faceted approach to fighting environmental and social injustices.  Participation costs $60 to cover food and housing for the 4 days.
http://www.seac.org/atc



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