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AASHE Bulletin


Contents for 08.03.06:

NEWS
1. Furman University Hires First Environmental Sustainability Intern
2. West Chester University Plans Major Campus Modernization Project to Conserve Energy
3. Portland State University Receives “Salmon-Safe” Certification
4. Clarion University Planning LEED Science Center
5. Ohlone College Developing New Green Campus
6. Western Illinois University Reports Progress on Sustainability Commitments
7. Hydrogen Station Coming to California State University, Los Angeles
8. Auburn University to Launch Research Center to Study Alternative Fuels
9. University of Nebraska's Partners in Pollution Prevention Program Celebrates 10th Year
10. Printer-Cartridge Recycling at Pennsylvania College of Technology Raises Scholarship Money
11. University of Michigan-Flint Receives Environmental Award
12. Marietta College Moves Toward Sustainability

NEW RESOURCES
13. Annotated Listing of Sustainable Campus Master Plans
14. Greening Your Campus Forum

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

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
17. Environmental Sustainability Coordinator, Oberlin College
18. Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor of Sustainable Global Enterprise, Cornell University
19. Energy Program Manager, University of Colorado at Boulder Environmental Center
20. Green Campus Program Assistant, Harvard University

News

1. Furman University Hires First Environmental Sustainability Intern
James Wilkins has joined Furman University as the school’s first Environmental Sustainability Intern.  Wilkins, who recently graduated from Antioch College of New England with a master's degree in Environmental Studies, will be responsible for enhancing Furman’s conservation and recycling efforts as well as supporting its sustainability programs and projects.  One of Wilkins’ primary responsibilities will be developing and maintaining Furman’s organic garden.  He will also work with the Environmental Sustainability Committee, assist the Environmental Action Group in its annual projects, and work closely with Furman’s food service provider, ARAMARK, in upgrading its environmental services, both on-campus and nationwide.
http://www.furman.edu/press/pressarchive.cfm?ID=3867

2. West Chester University Plans Major Campus Modernization Project to Conserve Energy
West Chester University of Pennsylvania has contracted with Honeywell on a 15-year, $18.7-million energy savings and building modernization project.  The project includes infrastructure upgrades such as lighting, heating, ventilation and cooling equipment; energy and water conservation measures; and a control system to centralize and optimize energy management across the university.  The University will finance the work from the energy and operational savings generated by the project. Those savings — expected to be approximately $1.7 million per year over 15 years, or 20 percent of the school’s current energy bill — are guaranteed by Honeywell under a performance contract with the university.
Distributed Energy Journal article

3. Portland State University Receives “Salmon-Safe” Certification
Portland State University has received Salmon-Safe certification.  Salmon-Safe certifies ecologically sustainable land management practices that protect agricultural and urban watersheds so that native salmon can spawn and thrive. PSU earned certification after a comprehensive assessment of campus operations and facilities.  Portland State is the first university to receive Salmon-Safe certification.
http://www.pdx.edu/news/10762/

4. Clarion University Planning LEED Science Center
Clarion University is planning a new, green Science and Technology Center.  The $31 million project, which is being designed for LEED Silver certification, will include: photo-voltaic roof tiles; an underground cistern that collects rainwater for toilets, selected custodial uses, industrial uses in labs, and cooling tower make-up water; collection and use of A/C condensation water; and recycled building materials and furniture; among other sustainable features.  The 98,000 square foot center building is expected to save 30 to 40 percent in operational costs over a conventional building. 
http://news.clarion.edu/News/10813.html
Listing of green science centers (AASHE members only): http://www.aashe.org/resources/science_buildings.php

5. Ohlone College Developing New Green Campus

Ohlone College is developing what it calls the first green community college campus in the US.  The one-building campus is designed to achieve LEED Gold certification.  Sustainable features include: a 600 kW photovoltaic solar array that will produce 30% of the building's expected electricity consumption, geothermal heating and cooling, high-efficiency lighting, extensive use of recycled materials, water efficient fixtures, and native plant landscaping.  In addition, a wetland area will be reclaimed and preserved as a "learning laboratory."  The new campus is expected to open in 2008.
http://www.ohlone.edu/org/newark/chst/
http://www.ohlone.edu/org/college_rel/articles/20060729newarkctrsolar.html

6. Western Illinois University Reports Progress on Sustainability Commitments
Western Illinois University's strategic plan sets a goal of improving the university's commitment to environmental sustainability.  A recent Strategic Plan Update to the University's trustees describes steps the University has taken to achieve this goal.   The steps include: creating a Campus Sustainability Committee; requiring LEED Silver certification for all new buildings on its Quad Cities campus; conducting a series of lighting upgrades; signing the Talloires Declaration; and developing a sustainable master plan.  Western Illinois University has also become the first higher education institution in Illinois to join AASHE and is sending a large delegation to the AASHE conference at Arizona State in October.
http://www.wiu.edu/Provost/strategicplanupdate/juneupdate.shtml
http://www.wiu.edu/newsrelease.sphp?release_id=4632
Annotated listing of over 30 strategic plans that incorporate sustainability (AASHE members only): http://www.aashe.org/resources/strategic_plans.php

7. Hydrogen Station Coming to California State University, Los Angeles
The California Air Resources Board has selected California State University, Los Angeles as the site for one of three new California Hydrogen Highway fueling stations. An electrolyzer station that uses wind power to produce hydrogen will be located on the eastern edge of the campus and have over 60 kg of storage capacity.  The demonstration station is 50% co-funded by the state of California.  Station commissioning is likely in late 2007.
http://www.arb.ca.gov/newsrel/nr072406.htm

8. Auburn University to Launch Research Center to Study Alternative Fuels
Auburn University is launching a new research center to engage in research and development of alternatives to petroleum-based fuels.  The center, called the Auburn Alternative Fuels Initiative, has received a one-year grant from the University to fund the launch but continued operation of the initiative or center will depend on its ability to secure external funding. 
http://www.ocm.auburn.edu/news_releases/altfuelstr.html

9. University of Nebraska's Partners in Pollution Prevention Program Celebrates 10th Year
For the past 10 years, 134 interns with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Partners in Pollution Prevention program have helped 377 businesses find ways to improve their environmental performance.  "When this program was started in 1997, I did not imagine that it would be this popular with students, and successful at providing benefits for business," said Bruce Dvorak, associate professor of civil engineering and biological systems engineering at UNL. "We are excited this program is 10 years old. We want to take this opportunity to reflect upon how this program has evolved, and how the program is impacting students and businesses to think about solving environmental problems in a sustainable matter."  The statewide program has saved an estimated $7.7 million since 1997. 
http://ianrnews.unl.edu/static/0607270.shtml
http://www.p3.unl.edu/index.shtml

10. Printer-Cartridge Recycling at Pennsylvania College of Technology Raises Scholarship Money
Four months of recycling printer and fax-machine cartridges at Penn College has produced nearly $750 for scholarships.  The recycling program accepts empty inkjet and laser cartridges and fax-machine cartridges made by HP, Lexmark, Canon, Dell, Epson and Brother. The cartridges can come from college-owned or home-owned printers and fax machines.  Employees can send the empty printer and fax-machine cartridges through interoffice mail and recycling bins have also been placed in on-campus housing complexes for students to donate their empty cartridges.
http://www.pct.edu/cgi-bin/pctoday/exec/view.cgi?archive=12&num=4245

11. University of Michigan-Flint Receives Environmental Award
The University of Michigan-Flint has received a Green Generation award from Consumers Energy.  Chancellor Juan E. Mestas was recently presented with the plaque at an energy management workshop held on campus.  The award recognized Mestas for spearheading the new UM-Flint Environmental Stewardship Committee formed earlier this year, and for the university's commitment to promoting the use of renewable energy.  Mestas approved purchasing up to 10 percent of the campus' power this year through Consumers Energy's Green Generation program.
http://www.umflint.edu/today/GreenGen.php

12. Marietta College Moves Toward Sustainability
Marietta College has begun moving toward sustainability.  In recent years the college has installed bike racks; installed to fluorescent lighting water saver devices in showers and low-flush toilets; and completed an energy savings performance contract that traded old heating plants and an underground distribution system for new, high-efficiency satellite boilers.   New buildings are also being built to be more efficient.  For example, the new Rickey Science Center includes a heat exchanger that uses air exhausted from the chemistry fume hoods to pre-condition the air coming into the building.
(webpage no longer available)

New Resources

13. Annotated Listing of Sustainable Campus Master Plans

AASHE has produced a new resource listing 30 campus master plans that incorporate sustainability.  A brief description of each plan is included and plans that AASHE staff have identified as having particularly strong emphasis on sustainability are highlighted.
http://www.aashe.org/resources/master_plans.php

14. Greening Your Campus Forum
The Climate Institute an online forum to connect members of universities that are looking to make their campuses more environmentally friendly.  The forum provides a place for people to share their experiences and ask questions about campus sustainability. 
http://greencampus.forumer.com/

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. Environmental Sustainability Coordinator, Oberlin College
Oberlin College (Oberlin, OH) is reopening its search for an Environmental Sustainability Coordinator. The successful candidate will provide leadership to the Oberlin community in implementation of the College’s comprehensive environmental policy.  This is a full-time Administrative & Professional Staff position reporting to the Office of the Provost.  A bachelor’s degree in a relevant field is required, and a Master's degree or higher is preferred.  The application deadline is 1 October. Late applications may be accepted until the position is filled. Candidates should indicate whether they will be attending the AASHE conference at Arizona State University in October.
http://www.oberlin.edu/HR/APSopenings/APS06-211.html

18. Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor of Sustainable Global Enterprise, Cornell University
The S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University is recruiting a tenure-track Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor responsible for conducting research on the impact of global sustainability issues on the conduct of business enterprises; teaching basic and advanced courses in sustainable global enterprise at the MBA and Executive levels; and working with students, faculty, and executives to help build a world class program in sustainable enterprise at the University.  Minimum qualifications include a Ph.D. in management, organization theory, business strategy, entrepreneurship, technology and innovation, or related fields; a research presence in the field; and evidence of teaching excellence.  This position is open until filled.
http://www.higheredjobs.com/search/details.cfm?JobCode=175194235

19. Energy Program Manager, University of Colorado at Boulder Environmental Center
The University of Colorado at Boulder Environmental Center is hiring a full-time Energy Program Manager.  This position is in the Environmental Center and is responsible for developing educational campaigns; developing strategies for campus involvement in efforts to influence and advance University policy regarding energy efficiency, recycling and other campus environmental goals; conducting research on campus energy use and analyzing campus environmental performance; analyzing research and writing reports, press releases, position papers and policy proposals; and supervising student employees.  Applicants should have a BS or BA in Environmental Studies or a related field and one year of professional experience planning and promoting environmental or educational community programs.
Applications must be received by August 9, 2006.
http://www.colorado.edu/humres/jobs/specvacancy.html?a=51#16915

20. Green Campus Program Assistant, Harvard University
Harvard University seeks a full time Green Campus Program Assistant to: work with the Graduate Green Living Program and Longwood Green Campus Initiative; coordinate the Green Living Program at Harvard Law School to ensure effective continuity and advancement of basic program goals such as reduced energy and water consumption and increased recycling; and assist with a variety of communications tasks. 
This is a 12-month position.  A related BA/BS is required and 2 years of relevant work experience is preferred.
http://jobs.harvard.edu/jobs/summ_req?in_post_id=30551




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