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AASHE Bulletin


Contents for 08.10.06:

NEWS
1. Hartwick College Names Coordinator of Environmental and Sustainability Studies
2. Lipscomb University Installs Geothermal Heating and Cooling System
3. General Theological Seminary Switching to Geothermal
4. Slippery Rock University to Install Solar-Wind Energy System
5. Pennsylvania College Students Building Solar Array
6. Duke Encourages Bicycling With New Campus Bike Station
7. Worcester Polytechnic Institute Receives Brownfields Project Award
8. Madison Area Technical College Dedicates Biodiesel Reactor
9. Cornell Farm Vehicles Using Biodiesel
10. University of Arkansas to Install Experimental Green Roof
11. CNNMoney.com Covers Sustainable "Dorms of the Future"
12. Inside Higher Ed Covers Alternative Transportation on Campus
13. Portland Community College and Marylhurst University Sustainability Efforts Profiled

NEW RESOURCES
14. Ecology and Design: Ecological Literacy in Architecture Education
15. Selected AASHE Energy Resources Now Public
16. Listing of Alumni Sustainability Networks

OPPORTUNITIES
17. $100,000 Lemelson-MIT Award for Sustainability
18. DOE Offers $250 Million for Two Bioenergy Research Centers
19. AASHE Campus Sustainability Achievement Awards
20. AASHE Student Sustainability Achievement Award

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
21. Assistant Professor of Science, Technology, and Environment, UC Berkeley
22. Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, San Francisco State University
23. Assoc. Director of Operations, Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford University
24. Assistant Professor of Environmental Geography, CSU Northridge

EVENTS
25. LEED for Existing Buildings Technical Review Workshop at AASHE's 2006 Conference
26. oikos Winter School 2006

News

1. Hartwick College Names Coordinator of Environmental and Sustainability Studies

Hartwick College has announced the appointment of Patrick Drohan as the Director of the Pine Lake Institute for Environmental and Sustainability Studies. In this role, Drohan will lead the development of educational outreach, research, and curriculum in the area of environmental and sustainability studies. He will also manage Hartwick's 920-acre Pine Lake environmental campus and its associated programs. 
http://www.hartwick.edu/x17880.xml

2. Lipscomb University Installs Geothermal Heating and Cooling System
Lipscomb University’s new Ezell Center includes a $1.2 million geothermal heating and cooling system that is expected to save between $70,000 and $90,000 per year in energy costs.  The system uses 40-60 percent less energy than a standard heat pump.  Lipscomb plans to continue installing geothermal systems in its future buildings, and other environmental projects are also under consideration, such as installing greenery on rooftops to prevent energy loss from building roofs, a system to recapture rain water to use for irrigation and using more hybrid cars in the university’s fleet of automobiles.
http://www.lipscomb.edu/filter.asp?SID=4&fi_key=640&co_key=10136

3. General Theological Seminary Switching to Geothermal
The General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church is converting its present fossil fuel-based heating and cooling system to an energy-efficient geothermal system.  Officials expect that the system will have a payback period of about nine years.  The Seminary's system will provide 850 tons of cooling to 260,000 square feet of buildings and is believed to be the largest geothermal well field in the New York City area.  "As stewards of both our Chelsea Square campus and of the glorious but fragile Earth we all share, we are investing in this geothermal system to benefit the Seminary, our neighbors, and our world for generations to come," said the Very Rev. Ward B. Ewing, Dean and President of the Seminary.
http://www.gts.edu/news_view.asp?langdisp=&id=152

4. Slippery Rock University to Install Solar-Wind Energy System
Slippery Rock University is planning to install a solar-wind energy system to provide electricity to several campus buildings.  The University will install a 2.5 kilowatt wind turbine and a 2.4 kilowatt solar photovoltaic array.  Including monitoring equipment, the system will cost $71,000, $25,000 of which will be covered by a state grant.
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/06215/710602-54.stm
Listing of 30 campus wind turbine installations: http://www.aashe.org/resources/wind_campus.php

5. Pennsylvania College Students Building Solar Array
Pennsylvania college students participating in Solar Scholars – a solar energy educational program - are taking part in an intensive, weeklong solar energy training.  As part of the training they are designing and installing a 2.5 kilowatt photovoltaic solar array on the Bucknell University campus.  The Solar Scholars program is sponsored by the Sustainable Energy Fund (SEF) of Central Eastern Pennsylvania.
http://www.thesef.org/programs/solarscholars.php
Listing of 90 campus solar installations: http://www.aashe.org/resources/solar_campus.php

6. Duke Encourages Bicycling With New Campus Bike Station
Duke Bike Advocates has received a grant of almost $20,000 from the Executive Vice President's Green Grant fund to finance the launch and first-year operating costs of a new Campus Bike Station.  The Bike Station will serve as a hub for the Duke Community for minor bike repairs, flat tire fixes, and information about bike commuting and safety. The Station will be open for approximately 15 hours each week and will be staffed by a student employee and/or a knowledgeable bike mechanic.
http://www.duke.edu/web/bikeadvocacy/

7. Worcester Polytechnic Institute Receives Brownfields Project Award
Worcester Polytechnic Institute has received the 2006 James D. P. Farrell Brownfields Project of the Year Award from the Environmental Business Council of New England. The award recognizes the successful remediation and redevelopment of Gateway Park in Worcester, Mass., an 11-acre master-planned redevelopment of a former brownfield into a mixed-use, life-science-based campus.  WPI shared the award with the Worcester Business Development Corporation, its partner in the development of Gateway Park.
http://www.wpi.edu/News/Releases/20067/brownfields.html

8. Madison Area Technical College Dedicates Biodiesel Reactor
Madison Area Technical College recently dedicated a new biodiesel reactor, built in partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  The reactor will be used to educate MATC students in the production, use and quality control of biodiesel fuels and the maintenance of biodiesel-fueled engines and vehicles.  UW-Madison engineering students designed and built the laboratory-scale reactor at the request of MATC’s Diesel Equipment Technology associate degree program.  The biodiesel product will be used to fuel stationary diesel engines and diesel powered vehicles operated by MATC students.
http://matcmadison.edu/matc/news/2006/08_august/biodieselfuel.shtm
http://www.news.wisc.edu/12750.html

9. Cornell Farm Vehicles Using Biodiesel
Cornell's Farm Services has been running its 20-plus vehicle fleet of trucks, tractors, a bulldozer, a backhoe and other farm equipment on B20 biodiesel exclusively for more than a month.  If the fleet continues to run smoothly on B20 biodiesel, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences will likely switch more of its vehicles to biodiesel starting next summer.
http://www.cals.cornell.edu/cals/public/comm/news/archive/cu-farm-services.cfm

10. University of Arkansas to Install Experimental Green Roof
University of Arkansas Landscape Architecture professor Mark Boyer and a group of student volunteers are installing an experimental green roof on campus.  The group will test different plant species to see which work best.  If the green roof proves successful, the group hopes to install additional green roofs around campus.
http://nwanews.com/nwat/News/43619/

11. CNNMoney.com Covers Sustainable "Dorms of the Future"
A recent article on CNNMoney.com describes the trend toward more sustainable residence halls.  The article highlights the West Quad dormitories at the University of South Carolina, Duke University's SmartHouse, and Tufts University's Sophia Gordon Hall.  While noting the potential cost savings from green building, the article points out that "green dorms also serve a greater purpose - they help sell the university to prospective students and can dissuade upperclassmen from abandoning the dorm for an off-campus apartment."
http://money.cnn.com/2006/08/03/pf/college/future_dorms/
Annotated listing of over 30 green dorms (AASHE members only): http://www.aashe.org/resources/residence_halls1.php

12. Inside Higher Ed Covers Alternative Transportation on Campus
A recent article on Inside Higher Ed describes efforts to promote alternative transportation on campus.  The article highlights alternative transportation efforts - like free transit passes, carpooling, campus shuttle systems, car sharing, and facilities for biking – at the University of Hawaii-Manoa, University of Michigan, and the University of Maryland. 
http://insidehighered.com/news/2006/08/09/cars

13. Portland Community College and Marylhurst University Sustainability Efforts Profiled
Two recent articles in Pamplin Media Group publications describe the sustainability efforts underway at Portland Community College and Marylhurst University.  PCC has been hosting learning garden work parties all summer where staff and students learn about organic agriculture by working in organic garden on campus.  PCC's Building Construction Technology program is engaging students and community members in green construction projects.  Meanwhile, at Marylhurst University, the interior design and business departments are leading efforts to incorporate sustainability into the curriculum.  The business department is seeking to offer a sustainability certificate.
http://www.beavertonvalleytimes.com/sustainable/story.php?story_id=115462690448668200
http://www.lakeoswegoreview.com/sustainable/story.php?story_id=115454809309436000

New Resources

14. Ecology and Design: Ecological Literacy in Architecture Education

This new report from the American Institute of Architects' Committee on the Environment provides a look at the degree to which ecological literacy and sustainability are playing a role in American architecture education.  The report includes: a survey of recent efforts to bring environmental awareness into education across the board and issues of sustainability into architecture education; definitions of sustainability, ecological literacy, and sustainable design; examples of U.S. academic architecture departments where ecological literacy has had an impact; surveys of U.S. architecture school Web sites and course offerings; profiles of grant winners following a call for coursework; and a proposal for the establishment of a national Center for Ecological Design which would focus on architecture education at all levels, and a detailed look at the activities of such a center.
http://www.aia.org/cote_tides

15. Selected AASHE Energy Resources Now Public
As part of its participation in the Energy Action Coalition's Campus Climate Challenge, AASHE is making some of its energy-related resources available to the public.  These resources include listings of campus solar photovoltaic installations, campus wind turbine installations, and energy conservation policies.
http://www.aashe.org/resources/energy.php

16. Listing of Alumni Sustainability Networks
AASHE has produced a new resource listing alumni sustainability networks.  Alumni sustainability networks provide a mechanism for members to support campus sustainability initiatives. For example, such networks can mobilize alumni to lobby administrators on sustainability issues. Since their membership often includes professionals working in sustainability fields, alumni networks can also provide guidance, mentoring, and technical expertise to support campus sustainability efforts.
http://www.aashe.org/resources/alumni_networks.php

Opportunities

17. $100,000 Lemelson-MIT Award for Sustainability
The $100,000 Lemelson-MIT Award for Sustainability is bestowed to inventors whose products or processes are viable and sustainable, and have high potential to improve the quality of life for future generations. The award serves to increase awareness of local or global sustainability issues and inventors working in these critical areas, and also supports continued inventive work of these individuals.  The deadline for nominations is October 6, 2006.
http://mit.edu/invent/a-award.html

18. DOE Offers $250 Million for Two Bioenergy Research Centers
The US Department of Energy has announced that it will award a total of $250 million to establish and operate two new Bioenergy Research Centers. The centers will work to accelerate basic research in cellulosic ethanol and other biofuels.  Universities are eligible to compete for an award to establish and operate a center. Awards, based on evaluation by scientific peer review, will be announced next summer.  The centers are expected to begin work in 2008 and will be fully operational by 2009.
http://www.energy.gov/news/3872.htm

19. 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

20. 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

21. Assistant Professor of Science, Technology, and Environment, UC Berkeley

This is a tenure-track, nine-month career position in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, Division of Society and Environment, and the Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of California at Berkeley, available July 1, 2007.  The successful applicant will be expected to develop a nationally-recognized research program on the interaction of science, technology, and the environment. Candidates should have an interest in the social processes, ecological implications, and distributional and equity impacts of science and technological change.  The successful candidate will also teach an undergraduate course on Society and Environment, a graduate course in his/her area of specialization, and share in teaching departmental lower and upper division undergraduate courses.  Applications are due by 15 October, 2006.
(webpage no longer available)

22. Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, San Francisco State University
The Environmental Studies Program invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position to begin August 2007.  The Program seeks candidates who focus on environmental policy or politics.  The successful candidate will be expected to help teach a core introductory course, a course in Environmental Law and Policy, teach elective courses in the current curriculum, and develop a new course reflective of their area of focus.  Review of applications will begin October 2nd 2006 and end upon identifying a successful candidate.
http://chronicle.com/jobs/id.php?id=0000468560-01&pg=s&cc=

23. Assoc. Director of Operations, Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford University
Stanford University seeks a senior manager and chief operating officer of the Woods Institute for the Environment.  The successful candidate will have executive responsibility for all operations and programs, including fiscal, communications, human resources and facilities management.  A 4 year college degree and 5-7 years of comparable experience is required (advanced degree and 10+ years experience desired). 
http://chronicle.com/jobs/id.php?id=0000468344-01&pg=s&cc=

24. Assistant Professor of Environmental Geography, CSU Northridge
The Department of Geography at California State University, Northridge welcomes applications from broadly trained candidates to contribute to a growing program in environmental geography.  Teaching responsibilities will include lower division education courses in physical and/or human geography, upper division courses in world ecosystems, conservation, environmental impact statements, plus advanced and graduate courses in area of specialization.  A Ph.D. in Geography is required at time of appointment.  Screening will begin October 9, 2006, and priority will be given to applications received by that date.
http://chronicle.com/jobs/id.php?id=0000467771-01&pg=s&cc=

Events

25. LEED for Existing Buildings Technical Review Workshop at AASHE's 2006 Conference
October 4, 2006; 8:30 am – 5:00 pm; Tempe, AZ
In conjunction with AASHE's 2006 conference, "The Role of Higher Education in Creating a Sustainable World," the US Green Building Council will be offering a LEED-EB Technical Review Workshop.  The workshop will cover LEED-EB technical requirements, the LEED-EB certification process, and LEED-EB project case studies and strategies.  Participation costs $325 for USGBC members and $425 for non-members.
http://www.aashe.org/conference/LEED-EB_workshop.pdf

26. oikos Winter School 2006
November 5-10, University of St.Gallen, Switzerland
The oikos Winter School brings together 20 students from around the world in an interactive learning environment on Sustainable Economics and Management. The program comprises lectures, discussions and working groups on sustainability challenges.  The application deadline is 31 August 2006.
http://www.oikosinternational.org/pages/events/winter_school_2006/ws2006_main_page.html



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