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AASHE Bulletin


Contents for 08.31.06:

NEWS
1. St. Olaf College's 1.6MW Wind Turbine Goes Up
2. Colorado State University Announces New Undergraduate Program in Organic Agriculture
3. Rice University Commits to Green Building
4. Colorado State University Opens Green Transit Center
5. Green Buildings Open at University of Connecticut
6. UC Berkeley Announces New Diversity Initiatives
7. Ohlone College President Focuses State of the College Address on Global Warming
8. UC Berkeley Students to Open New Green Apartment
9. Ithaca College Moves to More Efficient Washing Machines
10. Cogeneration at University of New Hampshire Featured
11. University of Montana Switches to Segway for Traffic Enforcement
12. St. Norbert College Distributes Efficient Light Bulbs to Incoming Students
13. University of Northern Colorado Launches Pay-for-Printing Program
14. West Virginia University to Promote Recycling at Football Games
15. Illinois State University Faculty and Students Study On-Campus Biodiesel Production
16. Penn State Behrend Sustainability Efforts Featured

NEW RESOURCES
17. The Business Case for Renewable Energy: A Guide for Colleges and Universities
18. Business as UNusual: The Net Impact Student Guide to Graduate Business Programs
19. Macroeconomics in Context Textbook Available Free Online

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
20. Assistant Professor of Environmental Communication, Colorado State University
21. Director of Environmental Education Program, Antioch New England Graduate School
22. Director, Sustainable Transportation and Parking Systems, Yale University
23. Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Natural Resources & Human Well-Being, UW Madison
24. Faculty Position in Environmental Education, Stanford University
25. Sustainability Education and Outreach Manager, Yale University
26. Executive Director, AASHE

EVENTS
27. Rethinking Sustainable Construction 2006
28. AASHE 2006 Conference - The Role of Higher Ed. in Creating a Sustainable World

News

1. St. Olaf College's 1.6MW Wind Turbine Goes Up
St. Olaf College has completed installation of its 1.6 MW wind turbine.  After a few weeks of tests, the 350-foot tall structure will begin supplying direct power to one-third of the campus. 
http://fusion.stolaf.edu/news/index.cfm?fuseaction=NewsDetails&id=3484
http://stolafturbine.blogspot.com/

2. Colorado State University Announces New Undergraduate Program in Organic Agriculture
Colorado State University has announced the creation of a new undergraduate program in organic agriculture.  The new program will focus on organic food and fiber production and will train students for careers in organic agriculture.  The interdisciplinary program will draw on the resources of four departments: agricultural and resource economics; soil and crop sciences; horticulture and bioagricultural sciences; and pest management.  Courses required in the program include studies of ecology or environmental conservation; environmental issues in agriculture; human nutrition; soil science; agribusiness management; crop, fruit and vegetable production; plant disease diagnosis and treatment; and greenhouse production.  Students must also complete an internship to gain hands-on work experience in the organic agriculture industry.  Colorado-based Aurora Organic Dairy will provide a $1,000 annual tuition scholarship to every student participating in the program.
http://www.coloradoan.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060824/CSUZONE01/608240316/1046
http://organic.colostate.edu/

3. Rice University Commits to Green Building
Rice University has announced that all new buildings will be constructed to at least the LEED Certified standard.  The first building on campus that will be designed to LEED standards will be the Collaborative Research Center. In addition, two new residential colleges, both built to LEED standards, are scheduled to open in the fall of 2009.  “Although Rice has always been interested in building durable facilities, minimizing waste and maximizing energy efficiency, the LEED evaluation process permits us to consider decisions specifically through a filter that reflects sustainability values,” said Barbara White Bryson, associate vice president of Facilities Engineering & Planning.
http://www.media.rice.edu/media/NewsBot.asp?MODE=VIEW&ID=8736&SnID=738165119

4. Colorado State University Opens Green Transit Center

Colorado State University recently celebrated the opening of its first building designed for LEED certification, a new Transit Center.  The $8.24 million project added 14,458 square feet to the student center and renovated 7,749 square feet of existing space.  Green features include natural light, construction waste management, water-efficient landscaping and the purchase of wind power.
http://newsinfo.colostate.edu/index.asp?page=news_item_display&news_item_id=370909187
http://www.transitcenter.colostate.edu/transitcenter/leed.aspx

5. Green Buildings Open at University of Connecticut
University of Connecticut recently opened two green buildings, a student union and a athletic center.  Both buildings are under consideration for LEED certification.  Green features include: recycled construction materials, daylighting, permeable pavement, and wetlands restoration.
http://www.advance.uconn.edu/2006/060828/06082802.htm

6. UC Berkeley Announces New Diversity Initiatives
UC Berkeley has announced its intent to hire a vice chancellor for equity and inclusion.  The new chancellor enhance will work to access, climate, and inclusion — not only for underrepresented minorities, but for people with disabilities and the LGBT community, and not only among students and faculty but among staff as well.  The University also announced the selection of three projects for funding under the new Berkeley Diversity Research Initiative (BDRI). The selected projects focus on racial inequities in urban public schools, the root causes of health disparities among diverse populations, and diversity and democracy.
http://www.berkeley.edu/news/berkeleyan/2006/08/23_press.shtml

7. Ohlone College President Focuses State of the College Address on Global Warming
Ohlone College President Doug Treadway devoted a portion of his recent State of the College address to global warming and sustainability.  "The evidence for global warming is overwhelming, and political attempts to deny it are unconscionable," Treadway said.  "We are consuming too much energy, using too much paper and creating too much garbage on this campus," he said. "Every day needs to be Earth Day at Ohlone."  President Treadway went on to announce a series of initiatives to improve Ohlone's environmental performance.
http://www.insidebayarea.com/argus/localnews/ci_4242761

8. UC Berkeley Students to Open New Green Apartment
Building on the success of last year's opening of a demonstration "green room" in one of the University's residence halls, students at UC Berkeley have announced plans to open a two-bedroom "green apartment" in another housing complex this fall.  Like the room, the apartment will be outfitted with recycled-content materials, energy-saving appliances and environmentally sensitive products.
CBS News story

9. Ithaca College Moves to More Efficient Washing Machines
Ithaca College has upgraded all washers and dryers on campus to new, high efficiency machines.  The new washers use between 13 and 17 gallons per load instead of the approximate 34 gallons per load of the old washers. The resulting savings are approximately 1,500,000 gallons of water per year.  The new washers and dryers will also result in per average load drying times that are estimated to be 5-10 minutes less than the 60 minutes per load with the old machines. The resulting electricity savings are approximately 400,000 kWh per year.  Finally, since only 2 tablespoons of laundry detergent are required per load with the new washers, estimates are that a bottle of detergent will do 43 more loads of laundry than with the old washers.
http://www.ithaca.edu/intercom/article.php/20060829094332348

10. Cogeneration at University of New Hampshire Featured
The September/October issue of Distributed Energy contains an article featuring the University of New Hampshire's energy efficiency efforts, particularly the development of a combined heat and power plant.
http://www.distributedenergy.com/de_0609_working.html

11. University of Montana Switches to Segway for Traffic Enforcement

University of Montana traffic enforcement officers has begun using a Segway Personal Transporter instead of the automobile.  The electric powered vehicle has been popular with staff and reduces gasoline consumption and associated emissions from the van usually used for traffic enforcement.
http://www.missoulanews.com/News/News.asp?no=5919

12. St. Norbert College Distributes Efficient Light Bulbs to Incoming Students
St. Norbert College Environmental Club is distributing energy efficient compact florescent light bulbs to incoming students.  The bulbs are paid for by the college and are expected result in savings of more than $5,500 annually in lower electricity bills.
(webpage no longer available)

13. University of Northern Colorado Launches Pay-for-Printing Program
To reduce printing waste, the University of Northern Colorado has launched a pay-for-printing program.  Starting this semester, students will pay five cents per black and white single-sided page. 
Campus newspaper article
http://www.unco.edu/it/printing.htm

14. West Virginia University to Promote Recycling at Football Games
West Virginia University has started a new "Mountaineers Recycle" program to encourage recycling at football games.  Under the program, recycling bins will be placed in the stadium and throughout the parking lot.  Yellow trash bags will also be distributed to fans, who will be asked to place plastic bottles and cans in them.  All the proceeds from the collection of the plastic and aluminum will benefit the WVU Children's Hospital.
http://www.da.wvu.edu/XMLParser/printstory.phtml?id=23360

15. Illinois State University Faculty and Students Study On-Campus Biodiesel Production
A team of faculty and students at Illinois State University are investigating the feasibility of converting waste vegetable oil from the University's dining facilities into biodiesel for use in the University's diesel vehicles. 
http://www.pantagraph.com/articles/2006/08/29/news/doc44f30f65282b2609809986.txt

16. Penn State Behrend Sustainability Efforts Featured
Penn State Erie, The Behrend College has released a press release describing its sustainability activities, including geothermal heating, heat reclamation, heating and cooling setbacks, habitat preservation, and storm water management.
http://www.pserie.psu.edu/newscal/news2006/aug-sustain.htm

New Resources

17. The Business Case for Renewable Energy: A Guide for Colleges and Universities
NACUBO, APPA, and SCUP have published a new book which provides guidance for campuses that want to use renewable energy.  The guide walks campuses through the process of evaluating the various technologies, ownership options, relationships with utilities, and financing strategies and uses in-depth case examples to highlight innovative solutions that have worked for colleges and universities around the US.  The authors are Andrea Putman and Michael Philips.  A free copy of this book will be provided to all participants in AASHE's inaugural conference in October, compliments of the Society for College and University Planning.
http://www.nacubo.org/x3554.xml?book=d3d264ed-df66-485e-be28-8b11bc35de69

18. Business as UNusual: The Net Impact Student Guide to Graduate Business Programs

Net Impact has released a new guide to graduate business programs based on student evaluations of their institution's dedication to sustainability and social responsibility.  The report includes student-written profiles of 39 business schools and a series of rankings on social and environmental criteria.
http://www.netimpact.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=1020

19. Macroeconomics in Context Textbook Available Free Online

The Global Development And Environment Institute at Tufts University has posted the preliminary edition of Macroeconomics in Context as a free downloadable text for classroom use in Fall 2006.  In addition to the standard elements of macroeconomics, this text also provides more in depth examination of questions of ecological sustainability, non-marketed production, the quality of life, and income distribution than is usually provided in standard texts.
http://www.ase.tufts.edu/gdae/publications/textbooks/macroeconomics.html

Jobs & Internships

20. Assistant Professor of Environmental Communication, Colorado State University
Colorado State University seeks a nine-month tenure track Assistant Professor of
Environmental Communication to develop and teach courses in environmental communication, as well as coordinate the environmental communication curriculum.  The position will begin in August 2007.  Applications must be postmarked by October 1, 2006.
http://chronicle.com/jobs/id.php?id=0000468647-01&pg=s&cc=

21. Director of Environmental Education Program, Antioch New England Graduate School
The Department of Environmental Studies at Antioch University New England invites applications for a full-time faculty member who will also be the director of the Environmental Education Program, to begin July 1, 2007.  The department seeks a dynamic and innovative environmental educator and researcher who appreciates the interdisciplinary nature of environmental studies and articulates a clear vision for the future of the environmental education field.  The application deadline is October 1, 2006.
http://chronicle.com/jobs/id.php?id=0000469579-01&pg=s&cc=

22. Director, Sustainable Transportation and Parking Systems, Yale University
The Department of Parking & Transit Services at Yale seeks a Director of Sustainable Systems to develop and implement a sustainable transportation demand management system.  Applicants should have a Bachelor's degree (Masters preferred) and seven years of relevant professional experience. 
Job Description

23. Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Natural Resources & Human Well-Being, UW Madison

The University of Wisconsin, Madison, is searching for a new faculty member in the areas of the “Global Environmental Change, Natural Resources and Human Well-being” as part of a campus-wide initiative in global sustainability and international environmental affairs.  The University seeks a scholar who examines the linkages between global environmental issues (including such issues as land use / land cover change, climate change, atmospheric pollution, loss of biodiversity), the state of crucial natural resources (such as freshwater systems, agricultural lands, forests and timber resources, fisheries, biological reserves) and issues of human well-being and health (air and water quality, risk of natural hazards, emerging diseases, food and water security).  Consideration of applicants will begin on November 1, 2006.
http://www.sage.wisc.edu:16080/cluster/

24. Faculty Position in Environmental Education, Stanford University
The School of Education and the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University seek nominations and applications for a joint appointment in the broad area of environmental sciences education or environmental education.  This is an open-rank, tenure-line position. Possible areas of expertise include but are not limited to the following: School-based science education, e.g., K-12 environmental sciences curricula or the teaching of ecology, conservation, and environmental stewardship; psychological studies of learning and reasoning in the environmental sciences; informal/out-of-school environmental sciences education; or uses of technology in environmental sciences education.  Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2006 and will continue until the position is filled.
http://chronicle.com/jobs/id.php?id=0000471247-01&pg=s&cc=

25. Sustainability Education and Outreach Manager, Yale University
The Yale Office of Sustainability seeks to hire an Education and Outreach Manager.  This position will be responsible for the overall development and implementation of communication and educational outreach programs for both on-campus and off-campus audiences.  Additional duties include providing support for on-going sustainability projects, oversight of the student outreach program, and research support.  The salary for this position is in the mid 40’s, depending on experience. 
(webpage no longer available)

26. Executive Director, AASHE

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) seeks an Executive Director to direct its operations and programs and provide dynamic leadership. The Executive Director is responsible for overall management and leadership consistent with AASHE's mission and goals. The Director promotes the advancement of sustainability in higher education through delivery of programs and resources, as well as public outreach and partnerships. Additionally, the Director is responsible for all aspects of fundraising and development for the annual operating budget.  This is a unique opportunity to help shape a new and vibrant higher education organization with tremendous growth potential. Position is available starting October 2006. 
http://www.aashe.org/highlights/edposting.php

Events

27. Rethinking Sustainable Construction 2006

September 19-22, 2006; Sarasota, FL
Rethinking Sustainable Construction 2006 is an international conference and workshop being organized to determine the future direction of high-performance green buildings around the world. Organized by the University of Florida's Powell Center for Construction and Environment, this conference will focus not on present best practices, but on the path to green buildings 10 to 50 years into the future.  It is intended as a meeting of interested parties from around the world to explore the cutting-edge of this discipline, the ideal state of green buildings, and the need for research, technologies, methods, and tools that can assist the international community in evolving to advanced green buildings and products.  To achieve this, RSC06 will showcase presenters, papers, research, ideas, extensive discussion, and collaboration to define future directions. At the conclusion of the conference a roadmap toward outcomes will be provided for use as a planning document.
http://www.treeo.ufl.edu/rsc06/Default.asp

28. AASHE 2006 Conference - The Role of Higher Ed. in Creating a Sustainable World
October 4-6, 2006; Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
AASHE's 2006 conference, entitled "The Role of Higher Education in Creating a Sustainable World," aims to significantly advance sustainability efforts in higher education, with an emphasis on "next steps" and "beyond the low-hanging fruit." The conference will provide for active exchange of ideas and knowledge through interactive forums, informal networking, and open discussion.  Keynote speakers include: Bill McKibben, Hunter Lovins, Beverly Wright, and Ray Anderson.
http://www.aashe.org/conference/



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