Back to Index




-------------

-------------

AASHE Bulletin


Contents for 09.21.06:

NEWS
1. “Focus the Nation” Global Warming Educational Initiative Launched
2. Columbia University Hires Its First Director of Environmental Stewardship
3. University of Minnesota, Morris Hires Its First Sustainability Coordinator
4. University of Michigan Establishes Michigan Memorial Phoenix Energy Institute
5. Columbia University to Eliminate Debt for Low-Income Graduates
6. Oregon State University Engineering Building Receives LEED Gold Certification
7. Green Residence Hall Renovation at Harvard Business School
8. Brandeis "Insources" Custodial Services
9. Seven New Campuses Sign Up for Car Sharing Program
10. Chevron to Fund Major Biofuel Research Projects at UC Davis
11. University of Arizona Begins Using Ethanol
12. University of Wyoming Dedicates Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension Center

OPPORTUNITIES
13. AASHE Survey - Help Shape AASHE's Direction

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
14. Assistant Professor, Sustainable Landscape Design, University of Florida
15. Director, Johnson Center for Environmental Innovation, Gustavus Adolphus College
16. Professor in Sustainable Design, Oxford Brookes University (U.K.)
17. Energy and Utility Manager, University of Maine


EVENTS
18. AASHE Sustainability Across the Curriculum Leadership Workshop
19. AASHE 2006 Conference - The Role of Higher Ed. in Creating a Sustainable World

News

1. “Focus the Nation” Global Warming Educational Initiative Launched
Focus the Nation is a major educational initiative that is coordinating teams of faculty, students and staff at over a thousand colleges, universities and high schools in the United States, to collaboratively engage in a nationwide, interdisciplinary discussion centered around the theme of "Stabilizing the Climate in the 21st Century."  The project will culminate January 31, 2008, in the form of one-day, national symposia held simultaneously on campuses across the country.  Students, faculty and staff can sign their schools up to participate on the project's website.
http://www.focusthenation.org/fnpressrelease0906.html

2. Columbia University Hires Its First Director of Environmental Stewardship
Columbia University has named Nilda Mesa as its first Director of Environmental Stewardship.  In this role, she will work closely with student, faculty and staff groups who are committed to the ongoing support of Columbia's formal and informal environmental stewardship activities, both on and off its campuses.  Mesa brings to Columbia a wealth of professional experience focused on the environment having served as lead legal negotiator on the environmental side agreement of the North American Free Trade Agreement and assistant deputy for environment at the US Air Force, among other government positions.  Nilda will report to Robert Kasdin, Columbia’s senior executive vice president.
http://www.columbia.edu/cu/news/06/09/mesa.html
Directory of Campus Sustainability Officers (AASHE members only): http://www.aashe.org/resources/ftdirectory.php

3. University of Minnesota, Morris Hires Its First Sustainability Coordinator
The University of Minnesota, Morris has appointed Troy Goodnough as UMM’s first campus sustainability coordinator. The responsibilities of the newly established position include creating a campus sustainability plan, assisting faculty and students with research, projects, and curricula promoting green building, landscaping, and recycling policies and serving as a resource to the community and to the region.
http://www.morris.umn.edu/ummnews/View.php?itemID=1153
Directory of Campus Sustainability Officers (AASHE members only): http://www.aashe.org/resources/ftdirectory.php

4. University of Michigan Establishes Michigan Memorial Phoenix Energy Institute
The University of Michigan will significantly expand efforts in energy research with the creation of The Michigan Memorial Phoenix Energy Institute.  The institute will coordinate activities, serve as an international authority and resource in energy related issues, assist in developing funding sources and attracting faculty, manage the facilities, engage industry and provide a unified voice and focal point on energy research, policy, and education.  "Finding renewable sources of energy is one of our most urgent global problems, and the University of Michigan is in a unique position to make an immense contribution to finding solutions," said U-M President Mary Sue Coleman.
http://www.umich.edu/news/?Releases/2006/Sep06/r091906a

5. Columbia University to Eliminate Debt for Low-Income Graduates

Columbia University has announced that it will enhance undergraduate financial aid by eliminating the debt burden on students attending Columbia College and the School of Engineering and Applied Science  whose families earn less than $50,000 per year.  Columbia is taking the step of replacing loans with grants for these undergraduates beginning in academic year 2007–2008.  This includes not just entering freshman but also eligible students in all classes next year.
http://www.columbia.edu/cu/news/06/09/lenfest.html

6. Oregon State University Engineering Building Receives LEED Gold Certification
The Kelley Engineering Center at Oregon State University has been awarded LEED Gold certification.  The 153,000 square-foot structure includes a number of sustainability features.  In addition to the use of solar electric and solar thermal panels to reduce energy consumption, a portion of the building’s electricity is purchased from renewable wind, solar and biomass sources.  Rainwater is captured for reuse in toilets and urinals within the building, reducing water use by about 372,000 gallons per year.  Sustainability features include: natural light; payment of living wages to construction workers; use of native plants; bicycle parking and showers; and recycled content and indoor air quality friendly building materials.
http://oregonstate.edu/dept/ncs/newsarch/2006/Sep06/kelleyleed.html

7. Green Residence Hall Renovation at Harvard Business School
Hamilton Hall, a residence hall at Harvard Business School, has reopened after a renovation designed to achieve LEED Gold certification.  The 48,194 square foot renovation includes high efficiency lighting with occupancy sensors and a nighttime setback in common areas as well as a dimmable day light harvesting system in areas that receive natural light.  Dual flush toilets and low-flow fixtures make the hall 30% more water efficient than required by code.   Occupancy sensors in each dorm room set the temperature back when the rooms are unoccupied.  Furniture is constructed with laminated bamboo and low-emission paints, sealants, and adhesives were used to maintain indoor air quality.
Harvard Business School article

8. Brandeis "Insources" Custodial Services
Brandeis University has hired custodians previously employed by outside contractors.  The custodians will receive higher wages as a result of the switch.  The move comes after a student campaign to improve working conditions for janitors.
http://insidehighered.com/news/2006/09/14/brandeis

9. Seven New Campuses Sign Up for Car Sharing Program
Seven universities have joined Zipcar's car sharing On Campus program.  The universities are: Amherst College, Golden Gate University, San Francisco State University, Smith College, The University of Chicago, University of Rochester and University of Toronto.  They join more than two dozen additional campuses participating in Zipcar's program. 
http://www.zipcar.com/press/releases/press-53

10. Chevron to Fund Major Biofuel Research Projects at UC Davis
Chevron Corp. will fund up to $25 million in research at UC Davis in the next five years to develop affordable, renewable transportation fuels from farm and forest residues, urban wastes and crops grown specifically for energy.  UC Davis researchers hope to take biofuels beyond conventional corn and soy feedstocks to the potentially much larger energy source of "lignocellulosic materials." 
http://www.news.ucdavis.edu/search/news_detail.lasso?id=7873

11. University of Arizona Begins Using Ethanol

The University of Arizona Motor Pool has begun using an ethanol (E85) in its vehicles.  The University recently dedicated a new 4,000-gallon storage tank that will store the E85.  The UA expects to use more than 20,000 gallons of E85 during its initial year of use.  Approximately 75 University vehicles are equipped to use the E85 mixture.
http://uanews.org/cgi-bin/WebObjects/UANews.woa/10/wa/MainStoryDetails?ArticleID=13087

12. University of Wyoming Dedicates Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension Center
University of Wyoming has dedicated its new Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension Center.  The Center comprises 1,522 acres of dry land cropland, 349 acres of irrigated cropland, 1,880 acres of rangeland, 19 acres of irrigated organic cropland, 40 acres of dry land organic cropland, a feedlot and a livestock research laboratory.  The Center will provide research and education about sustainable agriculture to Wyoming ranchers and farmers.
http://www.uwyo.edu/news/showrelease.asp?id=9999

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

Jobs & Internships

14. Assistant Professor, Sustainable Landscape Design, University of Florida

This is a 12-month tenure accruing position that will be 40% teaching (College of Agricultural & Life Sciences) and 60% Extension (Florida Cooperative Extension Service), available in the Environmental Horticulture Department.  Qualifications include a Ph.D. in horticulture, botany, ecology, landscape design or other related natural resources field and a record showing potential to obtain competitive extramural funding at the national level.  Applications are due by 10/13/06.
http://chronicle.com/jobs/id.php?id=0000472907-01&pg=s&cc=

15. Director, Johnson Center for Environmental Innovation, Gustavus Adolphus College
Gustavus Adolphus College invites applications for the Director of the newly established Johnson Center for Environmental Innovation. The Director will collaborate with the Environmental Studies Program in launching the Center which will implement innovative environmental initiatives on campus. The Director position will have the opportunity to teach Environmental Studies courses however, the position is non-tenure track.  The Johnson Center for Environmental Innovation will primarily provide environmental leadership on campus, but also reach out to the local community, and serve as a national model for other liberal arts colleges.  Candidates must have a Master's Degree or equivalent education (Ph.D. preferred) in environmental management, environmental policy, environmental economics, or related field and a minimum of 5 years related work experience.  Review of applications will begin on October 30, 2006 and continue until the position is filled.
http://www.higheredjobs.com/search/details.cfm?JobCode=175201449

16. Professor in Sustainable Design, Oxford Brookes University (U.K.)

The Oxford Brookes University Department of Architecture seeking someone, who may come from an academic or a practice background, to set the agenda for research and teaching in sustainable design and provide academic leadership for the Oxford Institute for Sustainable Design Architecture research unit.  The closing date for applications is October 10, 2006.
(webpage no longer available)

17. Energy and Utility Manager, University of Maine
The University of Maine is seeking an experienced, creative and innovative professional with excellent management skills to serve as Energy and Utility Manager. An ongoing, fiscal year, full-time position reporting to the Associate Vice President for Administration and Finance, the Energy and Utility Manager coordinates the University's energy and utility programs as well as the University's long-term Strategic Energy Management and Utilities Plan.  The Energy and Utility Manager will apply his or her expertise and experience towards the goals of reducing energy consumption, reducing the University's carbon footprint, increasing use of renewable sources of power, and saving energy costs. The successful candidate will have a bachelor's degree, significant experience in mechanical, electrical, utility systems and energy management.  Review of applications will begin October 25th, and will continue until the position is filled.
http://chronicle.com/jobs/id.php?id=0000473004-01&pg=s&cc=

Events

18. AASHE Sustainability Across the Curriculum Leadership Workshop
Jan. 11-12, 2007; Emory University, Atlanta, GA
AASHE's Sustainability Across the Curriculum Leadership workshops are for faculty leaders of all disciplines who wish to develop curriculum change programs around sustainability on their campuses. Through an intensive two days of presentations, exercises, discussions, reflection, and planning, participants will become familiar with the philosophy of change in higher education developed through the Ponderosa Project at Northern Arizona University and adapted at Emory in the Piedmont Project. Participants will also experience of range of workshop strategies, hear local experts, enjoy outdoor place-based activities, and dialogue with faculty from around the country as they gain help in adapting this model to their own campus. The workshop leaders, Peggy Barlett and Geoffrey Chase, are editors of Sustainability on Campus: Stories and Strategies for Change and have helped more than 200 faculty revise courses in a wide array of disciplines.  Workshop tuition is $350 for AASHE members and $390 for non-members.  Applications to participate are due by November 10, 2006.
http://www.aashe.org/profdev/curriculum.php

19. 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/



AASHE Bulletin is a weekly service of AASHE, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. Production of AASHE Bulletin is made possible with funding from our members. If you enjoy AASHE Bulletin and your school is not currently a member of AASHE, please encourage your school to join.  Membership dues support AASHE’s core activities and enable us to provide vital benefits and services like AASHE Bulletin.  Membership information is available at http://www.aashe.org/membership/description.php
_______________________________________________
Subscribe/unsubscribe: http://lists.efswest.org/mailman/listinfo/efswnlist
AASHE-Bulletin Archives: http://www.aashe.org/archives/bulletin.php
Calendar of events related to campus sustainability: http://www.ulsf.org/resources_events.html
Partner Lists: http://www.aashe.org/lists/lists.php
_______________________________________________

Please send items for inclusion in AASHE Bulletin to Julian Dautremont-Smith, Associate Director, at: julian [AT] aashe.org.