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AASHE Bulletin


Contents for 07.13.06:

NEWS
1. Three University of Wisconsin Campuses to be Energy Independent Within 5 Years
2. Oregon Public Universities to Use 100% Renewable Energy by 2010
3. Tulane Helps Initiate Sustainable Building Project in New Orleans
4. UBC Planning "Most Innovative and High Performance Building in North America"
5. McGill University Announces New Master's Program in Environmental Assessment
6. California State University, Chico Opens Organic Dairy Teaching Facility
7. EPA Releases Updated List of Top 10 Higher Ed Green Power Partners
8. Dartmouth to Introduce Locally Grown Produce
9. John Wood Community College Receives Grant for Geothermal Energy System
10. Wilson Technical Community College Receives County Backing for Green Building
11. Adrian College Planning Green Renovations

NEW RESOURCES
12. Best Practices for Designing an Institution's Sustainability Website
13. Sustainability in the Australasian University Context
14. Renewing the Commons: University Reform in an Era of Degraded Democracy and Environmental Crises

OPPORTUNITIES
15. AASHE Campus Sustainability Achievement Awards
16. AASHE Student Sustainability Achievement Award

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
17. Campus Climate Justice Coordinator, Redefining Progress
18 Academic Professional Associate, Natural Resources, University of Georgia

EVENTS
19. 2006 Engineers for a Sustainable World Annual Conference

News

1. Three University of Wisconsin Campuses to be Energy Independent Within 5 Years
Governor Jim Doyle, joined by University of Wisconsin System President Kevin Reilly and other industry and environmental leaders, recently signed Wisconsin’s “Declaration of Energy Independence” – setting broad goals for the state to become America's leading state in the drive toward energy independence.  The Governor also announced a comprehensive effort to achieve those goals, including incentives for research on renewable energy and an initiative to make at least 3 University of Wisconsin campuses 100 percent energy independent within five years.  The campuses will be identified within next few months.
http://www.wisgov.state.wi.us/journal_media_detail.asp?locid=19&prid=2126

2. Oregon Public Universities to Use 100% Renewable Energy by 2010

A directive from Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski’s office has instructed all state agencies, including state universities, to switch to 100 percent renewable energy use by 2010, with the goal of making Oregon the first 100 percent sustainable-powered state government in the US.
http://www.governor.state.or.us/Gov/p2006/press_031006.shtml

3. Tulane Helps Initiate Sustainable Building Project in New Orleans
HomeAid, a non-profit developer of transitional housing, has joined forces with Tulane University's School of Architecture to initiate what is believed to be the first post-Katrina sustainable building project in the City of New Orleans.  The project is a 4,400 square foot, two-story Family Center that will house families displaced by the hurricane.  It was designed in the spring of 2005 by students in a Tulane University School of Architecture Design/Build Class, taught by Professor Stephen Verderber. The class of both graduate and undergraduate students was divided into teams and each team created a design-build project for the New Orleans Rescue Mission, where the winning team's design would actually be built.
http://www.homeaid.org/files/Family_Center_Groundbreaking_71106.pdf

4. UBC Planning "Most Innovative and High Performance Building in North America"
University of British Columbia is planning to build a $36 million Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability.  Planners are aiming to make the building "the most innovative and high performance building in North America."  To achieve this goal, the building is being designed to require almost no off-site energy, water or wastewater systems to function.  The UBC-owned building will be built on the Great Northern Way Campus, a collaboration of UBC, the B.C. Institute of Technology, Simon Fraser University and the Emily Carr Institute of Art+Design.  The building is expected to be complete in mid-2008.
http://www.onedayvancouver.ca/news.php?type=1&id=151
http://www.cirs.ubc.ca/index.php

5. McGill University Announces New Master's Program in Environmental Assessment

McGill University's Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences has announced a new M.Sc. in Environmental Assessment.  This one-year, non-thesis program, offered by the Department of Natural Resource Sciences, is an initiative of the McGill-UNEP Environmental Assessment Collaborating Centre and will be launched in January 2007.  The program is comprised of three inter-related elements: graduate level courses, an internship, and a project related research paper. 
http://www.mcgill.ca/nrs/graduate/environment/

6. California State University, Chico Opens Organic Dairy Teaching Facility

CSU, Chico College of Agriculture recently received organic certification for its dairy facility at the Agricultural Teaching and Research Center. The unit will be a seasonal, pasture-based operation milking 50 jersey cows, with plans to grow to 100 cows in the next three years.  The unit will be managed by a team of students who will be responsible for all aspects of organic dairy production.  "Organic agriculture has gone mainstream in many respects, and our students need to have that training to be competitive in the industry," explained Cindy Daley, professor of animal science and director of the project.
http://www.csuchico.edu/pa/news/Fall2006/7.6.2006.shtml

7. EPA Releases Updated List of Top 10 Higher Ed Green Power Partners
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released an update to its national Top 10 College and University Partners list, which highlights the largest renewable energy purchases made by institutions of higher education in the Green Power Partnership.  The University of Pennsylvania maintained its spot as the top purchaser of green power among colleges and universities. Duke University, which tripled its purchase to 54,075,000 kilowatt-hours, claimed the No. 2 spot on the list, followed by Northwestern University (No. 3) and Western Washington University (No. 4). Two new additions to the list are the University of Central Oklahoma (No. 5) and the University of Washington (No. 8).
http://www.epa.gov/greenpower/partners/top10ed.htm

8. Dartmouth to Introduce Locally Grown Produce
Beginning this summer, Dartmouth Dining Services (DDS) will begin an experiment designed to increase student access to local produce by buying 11 varieties of produce directly from several farms in the Upper Valley area.  During the 2006 summer, DDS will buy strawberries, green beans, beets, summer squash, green and red peppers, cucumbers, corn, carrots, watermelons and red onions from local farms.  As the program develops, DDS will identify meals containing New Hampshire and Vermont farm products using a student-designed Farm-to-Dartmouth logo.  http://www.dartmouth.edu/~news/releases/2006/06/29a.html
http://www.thedartmouth.com/article.php?aid=2006070601040

9. John Wood Community College Receives Grant for Geothermal Energy System
John Wood Community College has been awarded a $50,000 geothermal incentive grant from the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives’ “GeoAlliance” Program and the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation. The funds are being used to help pay for the installation of a geothermal heating and cooling system in the college’s new Student Activity Center, which will open in August.  The geothermal system is expected to save $20,000 to $25,000 per year for the college.
http://www.jwcc.edu/focus.asp
http://www.whig.com/286505062289963.php

10. Wilson Technical Community College Receives County Backing for Green Building

Wilson County has agreed to back Wilson Technical Community College's application for a $500,000 loan from the Department of Energy to invest in energy saving technologies for the College's new building.  The proposed energy efficiency investments are expected to reduce energy needs by 60 to 65 percent.  The green building will be used to teach students about new, energy-efficient ways of constructing buildings.
http://www.wilsondaily.com/Wil_region/Local_News/302983049359980.php
http://www.wilsontech.cc.nc.us/page_green.cfm

11. Adrian College Planning Green Renovations
Adrian College is investigating its options for a green renovation of its science building.  The effort has received strong support from Adrian College President Jeffrey Docking who has said, “I have a strong desire for us to become energy independent as a country, so I believe that has to start with colleges leading the way with new technology.”
http://www.lenconnect.com/articles/2006/07/09/news/news01.txt
http://www.adrian.edu/news/greenbldgs_s06.php

New Resources

12. Best Practices for Designing an Institution's Sustainability Website
In response to inquires from AASHE members and others in the campus sustainability community, AASHE has prepared "Best Practices for Designing an Institution's Sustainability Website."  The document provides guidance for preparing or redesigning an institution's sustainability website and is based upon examination of over a hundred such websites.
http://www.aashe.org/resources/website_tips.php

13. Sustainability in the Australasian University Context
This new book, edited by Walter Leal Filho and David Carpenter, discusses the context of sustainability in the Australasian tertiary sector, provides examples of innovative education for sustainability initiatives, and presents details of leading campus greening projects. The authors hope that these examples can help and inspire people in other countries and regions as well.
http://cres.anu.edu.au/news/bookabstract.pdf

14. Renewing the Commons: University Reform in an Era of Degraded Democracy and Environmental Crises

Author Chet Bowers has made his new book Renewing the Commons: University Reform in an Era of Degraded Democracy and Environmental Crises available for free download from his website. 
http://cabowers.net/pdf/Renewing%20the%20commons-.pdf

Opportunities

15. AASHE Campus Sustainability Achievement Awards
AASHE is pleased to announce its first North American sustainability achievement awards, to be presented at the AASHE 2006 conference.  A Campus Sustainability Achievement Award will be given in each of four categories (community colleges and other two-year institutions; four-year and graduate institutions under 1,000 student FTE; four-year and graduate institutions 1,001 - 10,000 student FTE; four-year and graduate institutions over 10,000 student FTE) to institutions that have made the greatest overall commitment to sustainability as demonstrated in their governance, academics, operations, and community outreach.  Any college or university in the US and Canada may apply - there is no requirement for membership in AASHE.  Applications are due by August 18 2006.
http://www.aashe.org/conference/awards.php

16. AASHE Student Sustainability Achievement Award
The AASHE Student Sustainability Achievement Award honors an undergraduate student from an AASHE member institution who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in promoting campus sustainability. The Student Sustainability Achievement Award will be presented at the AASHE 2006 conference and includes $750 in cash as well as free registration for the conference.  Any undergraduate student enrolled at an AASHE member institution in the U.S. or Canada who has played a leadership role in implementing campus sustainability is eligible for this award.  Applications are due by August 18 2006.
http://www.aashe.org/conference/awards.php

Jobs & Internships

17. Campus Climate Justice Coordinator, Redefining Progress
The Environmental Justice and Climate Change Initiative seeks a Campus Climate Justice Coordinator to conduct trainings, organize students, and identify new leaders in climate justice. This position will work with students to build a movement led by those most affected by climate change: low-income people, people of color, and Indigenous communities.  Applications are due by Friday, July 14.
http://www.rprogress.org/newabout/jobs/ccjc.shtml

18. Academic Professional Associate, Natural Resources, University of Georgia

The University of Georgia Daniel B. Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources invites applications for the position of Academic Professional Associate, Office of Studies Abroad in the South Pacific and Caribbean. This is a non-tenure track 12-month position equivalent to Assistant Professor. Job responsibilities are 50% teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in the area of sustainable development to over 300 students a year who study abroad in Antarctica, Australia, Belize, Fiji, and New Zealand, and 50% administering the Studies Abroad program component. Applications are due by August 31, 2006.
http://chronicle.com/jobs/id.php?id=0000464703-01&pg=s&cc=

Events

19. 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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