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AASHE Bulletin


Contents for 09.14.06:

NEWS
1. New Survey Shows Campus Sustainability Becoming Mainstream
2. University of Minnesota Approves Minor in Sustainability
3. University of Dayton Hires Environmental Sustainability Coordinator
4. Boise State Opens Facility to Aid Bike Commuters
5. Ithaca College Switches to 100% Post-Consumer Recycled Letterhead
6. Saint Mary's College of California Launches Campus-wide Sustainability Initiative
7. Grist Magazine Covers Sustainability on Campus
8. Lakeshore Technical College Announces Wind System Technician Program
9. Wake Forest University Uses Video to Promote Recycling
10. Student Led Biodiesel Initiative Underway at University of Tennessee
11. Seven New Campuses Join the EPA Green Power Partnership

NEW RESOURCES
12. Worldwatch Institute Green Campus Profiles

OPPORTUNITIES
13. AASHE Survey - Help Shape AASHE's Direction
14. Women for Sustainable Development Leadership Institute
15. Young People For Fellowship
16. oikos Sustainability Case Writing Competition

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
17. Assistant Professor of International Relations, Global Environmental Politics, American University
18. Assistant Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy, Occidental College
19. Assistant or Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, Queen's University
20. Assistant Professor of Political Science, Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, UCSB

EVENTS
21. CFP: SCUP-42: Shaping the Academic Landscape: Integrated Solutions
22. CFP: NACUBO 2007 Annual Meeting
23. LEED for Existing Buildings Technical Review Workshop at AASHE's 2006 Conference
24. AASHE 2006 Conference - The Role of Higher Ed. in Creating a Sustainable World

News

1. New Survey Shows Campus Sustainability Becoming Mainstream
A new survey conducted for University Business magazine and Education and Institutional Cooperative Services shows that "[t]here is a distinct trend among colleges and universities toward environmental sensitivity" and therefore "implementing [sustainability] initiatives will likely become a requirement for institutions desiring to be in the mainstream of higher education."  The survey, titled "Institutions of Higher Education: A Study of Facilities and Environmental Considerations," covered professionals involved facility purchasing decisions - including campus facilities planners and managers; college presidents; and finance, business, purchasing, and academics managers - at 470 colleges and universities.  Specifically, the survey found that: nine of 10 campuses take sustainability into account in deciding upon new products and equipment, including consumables, furnishing and building materials; three-quarters are switching to environmentally friendly janitorial products equipment; one of three now has or will likely have offices of sustainability; and three-quarters will consider LEED certification in future construction or renovation projects.
http://www2.universitybusiness.com/viewarticle.aspx?articleid=549
http://www.universitybusiness.com/uploaded/pdfs/HiEdGreenFacilitiesStudyECNN.pdf

2. University of Minnesota Approves Minor in Sustainability

The University of Minnesota's Board of Regents has approved the establishment of a new minor in sustainability.  The program consists of 6 credits of required courses (two 3-credit courses) and 9-12 restricted electives (three 3-4 credit courses), for a total of 15-18 credits.  The interdisciplinary program will emphasize interconnections between society and the environment, and build a community of faculty and students committed to seeking opportunities for sustainability.  In related news, the University has announced plans to establish a system-wide Institute on the Environment to coordinate the University's environmental expertise across all of its campuses and its outreach and its research locations.
http://www.mndaily.com/articles/2006/09/12/68918
http://www.sustainability.umn.edu/minor/index.html
UM press service article
Listing of sustainability minor programs (AASHE members only): http://www.aashe.org/resources/minor.php

3. University of Dayton Hires Environmental Sustainability Coordinator
University of Dayton has hired Brian DeRouen as its first Environmental Sustainability Coordinator.  He has already begun work on making recycling easier by adding new recycling receptacles around campus.  DeRouen is also working to create a student-to-student education and outreach program called "Eco-Reps."
http://www.flyernews.com/article.php?volume=54&section=News&issue=4&artnum=01

4. Boise State Opens Facility to Aid Bike Commuters
Boise State University celebrated World Car Free Day with the grand opening of a new bike barn.  The facility, which officials believe to be the first of its kind on a northwest college campus, will provide a locked indoor bike storage facility, showers and lockers. Dry cleaning drop-off and delivery services will be provided for those who wish to leave a selection of work clothes in their lockers.  Bike commuters will be able to compete for rewards donated by local bicycle shops and sponsors after bicycling to work 30 days during the months of September and October.
http://news.boisestate.edu/newsrelease/archive/2006/092006/0908bikebarn.shtml

5. Ithaca College Switches to 100% Post-Consumer Recycled Letterhead
Beginning in early Fall, all College letterhead will be printed on 100% post-consumer recycled paper.
Replacing the current College seal watermark, our new letterhead paper will feature two watermarks: the Ithaca logo and the chasing arrows “recycling” image with the words "100% Post Consumer" underneath.
The College chose the paper supplier based on the supplier's commitment to sustainability.  The paper, which is equal in performance and appearance to the current letterhead stock, will cost the same as the previous letterhead. 
http://www.ithaca.edu/intercom/article.php/20060906152034268

6. Saint Mary's College of California Launches Campus-wide Sustainability Initiative
Responding to growing support by faculty, staff, and students, Saint Mary's College President Brother Ronald Gallagher has pledged his support for "incorporating principles of sustainability in our mission and activities." His recognition of sustainability as "an important concern in our academic life, in campus facilities and operations, and in our College outreach" came in response to formal resolutions by faculty and staff calling on the College to endorse such principles. The College is already engaged in a number of sustainability efforts, including energy and water conservation; carpool matching; purchase of local, organic, and fair trade food items; dorm recycling contests; and bicycle promotion.  Through a special course, students are engaged in the redevelopment of a nearby EPA Superfund site.
http://sustainsmc.stmarys-ca.edu/ResolutiononPrinciplesofEnvironmentalSustainability.htm

7. Grist Magazine Covers Sustainability on Campus
A recent article in Grist Magazine describes the movement toward sustainability on campus.  The article says that "The greening of academe is nothing new, but it seems to have taken root in a big way. Today, it's not just about doing a few good, green things -- recycling, buying green energy, building green buildings, and all the rest -- and it's not just about saving money or being seen as a good neighbor. It's about being seen as a sustainability leader in order to attract students, funding, and media attention." 
http://www.grist.org/biz/tp/2006/09/12/green-U/

8. Lakeshore Technical College Announces Wind System Technician Program
To meet the growing demand for technicians in the wind energy industry, Lakeshore Technical College developed a new associate degree track in Electro-Mechanical Technician—Wind Systems. Industry giants Gamesa Wind US, Energy Maintenance Services, and Seventh Generation Energy Systems contributed ideas, job descriptions, and task lists to drive curriculum development. Four additional courses were added to the Electro-Mechanical program, including:  Introduction to Wind Systems, Wind Technician I and Wind Technician II, and a Wind Farm Internship.  Students will benefit from hands-on experience gained from working on the 65kW E-15 wind turbine installed on campus, as well as from several commercial wind farms that are planned for nearby communities.
http://www.gotoltc.com/press/June_06_6.htm

9. Wake Forest University Uses Video to Promote Recycling
Wake Forest University Facilities Management has produced a new educational video highlighting the university’s recycling program.  The eight-minute video outlines Wake Forest’s current recycling program, addresses program challenges and goals and encourages participation.  It features staff members and students from the Student Environmental Action Coalition.  The video will be aired on Wake TV periodically.  Officials hope the video will increase participation in the recycling program and help decrease contamination.
http://www.wfu.edu/news/release/2006.09.11.r.php
http://www.wfu.edu/facilities/recycling/index.html

10. Student Led Biodiesel Initiative Underway at University of Tennessee
Students at University of Tennessee have started a program to convert waste vegetable oil from campus dining facilities into biodiesel for use in campus vehicles.  The students held a ceremonial fueling event this week as part of UT's Make Orange Green Week.  Make Orange Green is a program designed to raise awareness of the university's environmental efforts and show students, faculty and staff how they can make a difference.
http://www.tennessee.edu/news/article.php?id=3793

11. Seven New Campuses Join the EPA Green Power Partnership

The Auraria Higher Education Center (Colo.), Bates College (Maine), University of California at Santa Cruz, Drexel University (Pa.), University of Washington, Westminster College (Utah), and Whitman College (Wash.) have all joined the EPA's Green Power Partnership since June.
http://www.epa.gov/greenpower

New Resources

12. Worldwatch Institute Green Campus Profiles
The Worldwatch Institute has posted a series of profiles of campus greening initiatives at institutions across the US.  Profiled institutions include Duke, St. Olaf, Lane Community College, Harford Community College, College of the Atlantic, American University and Ball State.  Worldwatch is encouraging institutions to submit 200-500 word profiles of their campus greening initiatives by Oct. 1 to be added to the list. 
http://www.worldwatch.org/taxonomy/term/458

Opportunities

13. AASHE Survey - Help Shape AASHE's Direction
AASHE is conducting a survey of the campus sustainability community in order to ensure that its programs and resources (existing and planned) match the needs of its members and supporters.  The results of the survey will be used in a strategic planning process that begins this fall, and will help AASHE's Board and staff in prioritizing an array of possible activities and new resources.  The survey will be open through September 27 and should take approximately 10 minutes or less.
http://www.aashe.org/highlights/survey.php

14. Women for Sustainable Development Leadership Institute
The National Wildlife Federation's Women for Sustainable Development Leadership Institute offers career building skills and educational opportunities to college women interested in careers in international sustainable development.  Participants selected will attend a three-day leadership training in Washington, D.C., January 5-7, 2007, where they will learn about current global environmental issues, receive training on skills such as grassroots organizing and media communications, as well as meet with professionals working in the sustainable development field. Upon returning to their campuses, participants will organize an outreach event aimed at increasing public awareness about international sustainable development.  The application is due Nov 6, 2006.
http://www.nwf.org/population/wsd.cfm

15. Young People For Fellowship
The Young People For fellowship is a year-long leadership development program for young leaders, activists and social entrepreneurs who demonstrate a strong commitment to progressive values and who are on the road to becoming high-impact leaders in the nonprofit, business and government sectors. During their first year of fellowship, the Young People For team supports Fellows by offering strategic and financial assistance to implement Blueprints for Social Justice with a campus or community focus. Fellows receive a free, all expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. from January 12-15, 2007, to attend Young People For’s third annual National Summit for Young Progressive Leaders. At the Summit, Fellows will meet other young progressive leaders from across the county and be trained by experts about ways to create positive social change.  Fellows are Fellows for life, and after their fellowship year they have access to resources such as targeted professional development, career counseling and personal strategic planning, as well as social and career networking.  The application deadline is October 17 2006.
http://youngpeoplefor.org/fellowship/

16. oikos Sustainability Case Writing Competition
The oikos Sustainability Case Writing Competition aims to promote the development of new, high quality, case studies in the field of sustainability management and sustainability strategies. Cases may tackle topics and situations of real world organizations and should be suitable for use in management education and development.  The first prize will be 5000 Swiss Francs and winning cases will be presented at the European Academy of Management Conference.  The deadline for submissions is December 03, 2006. 
http://www.oikos-foundation.unisg.ch/homepage/case.htm

Jobs & Internships

17. Assistant Professor of International Relations, Global Environmental Politics, American University
The School of International Service at American University seeks a tenure-track faculty member, at the level of assistant professor, in the field of Global Environmental Politics.  Start date is academic year 2007-2008.  The ideal candidate would teach and advise students in several programs related to global environmental politics, conduct research in the broad field of global environmental politics and participate in school and university governance.  Consideration of nominations and applications will begin September 18, 2006 and continue until the position is filled.
http://chronicle.com/jobs/id.php?id=0000470356-01

18. Assistant Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy, Occidental College

Occidental College invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level, beginning Fall 2007 in the Urban and Environmental Policy (UEP) Program. Applicants should be prepared to develop and teach courses in two or more of the following areas: Community Economic Development, Immigration in American Society, The Environment and Sustainable Development, Labor, Community, and the Environment.  Candidates should be immersed in the pedagogy of community based learning and able to expand the College's efforts to promote internships, community based learning in classes, and partnerships with public, private, and non profit organizations.  Applications are due by November 17, 2006.
http://departments.oxy.edu/uepi/jobs.htm

19. Assistant or Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, Queen's University
The School of Environmental Studies at Queen's University invites applications by outstanding scholars for faculty appointments at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor under the Queen's National Scholars Program (QNS). Applicants are sought in the area of environment and sustainability, specifically related to environmental history, environmental policy, or environment and human health. There are no geographic limitations to areas of study. QNS appointments to the School of Environmental Studies are joint appointments between the School and another department relevant to the applicant’s expertise.  Applications are due by October 13, 2006.
Job Announcement

20. Assistant Professor of Political Science, Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, UCSB
The Donald Bren School of Environmental Science & Management at UC Santa Barbara invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position, to begin July 1, 2007. The School seeks a scientist who is committed to research and teaching and brings the models, methods, and data of political science to bear on human-environment relations. The successful candidate will assume a major role in the Bren School’s research cluster on Governance for Sustainable Development and take an interest in collaborating with colleagues who are working in the areas of Environmental Economics and Corporate Environmental Management.  Applicants should possess a PhD or have completed all requirements for the degree by the time of appointment.
http://www.bren.ucsb.edu/people/position_announcements.html#PoliSciProfessor

Events

21. CFP: SCUP-42: Shaping the Academic Landscape: Integrated Solutions
July 7–11, 2007; Chicago, IL
The Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) invites presentation proposals under the theme, Shaping the Academic Landscape: Integrated Solutions.  Sustainability is one of six conference tracks.  The Call for Proposals expresses particular interest in examples where sustainability has been approached as a campus-wide initiative.  The deadline for proposals is Sunday, October 1, 2006. 
http://www.scup.org/annualconf/42/call.html

22. CFP: NACUBO 2007 Annual Meeting
July 28-31, 2007; New Orleans, LA
NACUBO invites presentation proposals for its 2007 annual meeting on theme: Crossroads: New Beginnings Built on Valued Traditions.  "Promoting Sustainability and Social Responsibility" is one of eight conference tracks.  The deadline for submissions is October 14, 2006.
http://www.nacuboannualmeeting.org/nacubo2007/public/enter.aspx

23. 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

24. 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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