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AASHE Bulletin


AASHE Bulletin will be on vacation next week so as to allow AASHE staff to participate fully in the conference. The next AASHE Bulletin will come out on October 12.

Contents for 09.28.06:

NEWS
1. Four University of Wisconsin Campuses to Be Energy Independent By 2012
2. College Students Calling for Sustainable Food
3. Penn State Receives $400,000 NSF Grant for Integrating Sustainability in the Curriculum
4. Princeton Appoints Its First Sustainability Manager
5. Duke Hires New Environmental Sustainability Coordinator
6. University of Vermont Opens Green Residence
7. Dickinson College Kicks Off "Green Devil Challenge"
8. Emory University Raises Parking Fees to Encourage More Sustainable Transportation
9. Green Mountain College Offers ‘Buy Local’ Lunches
10. Harvard Using Waste Vegetable Oil for Fuel
11. University of Toronto Using Social Marketing to Promote Energy Conservation
12. American University Proscribes Sudan Investments
13. Connecticut College Studying Feasibility of Wind Turbine on Campus
14. University of Maryland, Baltimore County Requires Living Wage in New Housekeeping Contract
15. University of Rhode Island Begins Printer Cartridge Recycling Program
16. Malaspina University-College Opens Sustainability-Themed Residence

NEW RESOURCES
17. Teaching Psychology for Sustainability: A Manual of Resources
18. Northwest Green Campus Initiative Website

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
19. Assistant or Associate Professor, Environmental Studies, Bates College
20. Professor, Engineering for Environmental Sustainability, Tufts University
21. Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies and Conservation Biology, Ursinus College
22. Coordinator, Environmental Health & Safety, Florida Gulf Coast University

EVENTS
23. CFP: Rocky Mountain Sustainability Summit: Forging Solutions at Colleges and Universities
24. AASHE Sustainability Across the Curriculum Leadership Workshop
25. Canadian Summit on Sustainable Campus Planning and Design

News

1. Four University of Wisconsin Campuses to Be Energy Independent By 2012

Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle has announced that the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay, UW-Oshkosh, UW-River Falls and UW-Stevens Point will take part in a pilot program to make their campuses completely energy independent within the next five years. Upon completion, the schools will be the first state-owned facilities capable of acquiring or producing renewable energy equivalent to their consumption.  The campuses will work with the Department of Administration’s Division of State Facilities to identify and implement technologies capable of replacing external power supplies currently serving their locations. Possible replacements include the use of solar or wind power, fuel cells, a greater emphasis on renewable fuels, and a switch to biomass. The project will also emphasize energy conservation strategies to curtail overall energy demand. Currently all four campuses produce their own heating and cooling by burning fossil fuels. 
http://www.wisgov.state.wi.us/journal_media_detail.asp?locid=19&prid=2344
http://www.uwgb.edu/univcomm/news/archive/2006sept.htm#energy
http://www.uwsp.edu/news/pr/chGovEnergyInitiative.htm

2. College Students Calling for Sustainable Food
USA Today has published a story about increasing student demand for local, organic food in campus dining halls.  The article provides anecdotal evidence that some prospective students are using an institution's commitment to sustainable food as a factor in deciding which school to attend.  Annual surveys by Aramark also show increasing demand from students for sustainable food.  Last year, 9% of students said they strongly preferred organic food; this year it was 13%.  In another survey, about 80% of Yale students said they'd eat in the school dining halls more often if sustainable food was served. 
http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/food/2006-09-26-college-food-usat_x.htm

3. Penn State Receives $400,000 NSF Grant for Integrating Sustainability in the Curriculum
The National Science Foundation has awarded Penn State a three-year, $400,000 grant for integrating sustainability in the curriculum.  The grant will fund "Teaching Sustainability in Engineering Through Public Scholarship." The principal investigators on the grant are David Riley, associate professor of architectural engineering and director of the Center for Sustainability, and Carol Colbeck, director of the Center for the Study of Higher Education.  The grant will be used to develop a tool to help faculty integrate and demonstrate sustainability to their courses.
http://live.psu.edu/story/19707

4. Princeton Appoints Its First Sustainability Manager
Shana Weber has been named to the newly created position of Sustainability Manager in Princeton University's facilities department.  She will work with students, faculty and staff to diminish the University's ecological footprint by coordinating improvements in energy efficiency, reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and waste, supporting local businesses, improving public awareness of University sustainability efforts, encouraging creative collaboration and dialogue, developing University-wide policies and engaging the University community in the national sustainability discussion.  Weber served as a faculty member and as director for campus and community programs at Santa Clara University's Environmental Studies Institute from 2002 to 2005. She has been co-producer and contributing science editor since 2005 for "EcoTalk," a nationally syndicated interview format radio program dedicated to environmental sustainability.
http://www.princeton.edu/main/news/archive/S15/88/74E75/index.xml?section=announcements
Directory of Campus Sustainability Officers (AASHE members only): http://www.aashe.org/resources/ftdirectory.php

5. Duke Hires New Environmental Sustainability Coordinator
After a national search, Duke has hired Tavey McDaniel as its new Environmental Sustainability Coordinator. Tavey has worked on sustainability programs at Duke since starting as the Outreach and Communication Coordinator for Sustainability in March.  Tavey will be working directly with the Executive Vice President's Office to develop a long-term sustainability plan for the University.  Tavey brings seven years of experience in the environmental field with four of those years focused on sustainability in higher education at NC State and UNC Greensboro.
http://www.duke.edu/sustainability/2006-09-19tavey.html
Directory of Campus Sustainability Officers (AASHE members only): http://www.aashe.org/resources/ftdirectory.php

6. University of Vermont Opens Green Residence
University of Vermont recently celebrated the opening of University Heights Residential Learning Complex, an 800-bed, $60.6 million project – three-plus years in the making – that is a model of environmental design.  The new complex houses two residential colleges: the Honors College in the north complex, which opened in January 2006, and GreenHouse in the south complex, an environmentally themed residence hall that opened for the fall 2006 semester.  In keeping with UVM’s green building policy, the new complex is designed for LEED certification.  The complex uses 68 percent less energy than comparable buildings and features such demonstration projects as composting toilets, green roofs and cork floors. Over 75 percent of construction waste material generated by the building project was recycled or reused. Over 20 percent of all construction materials were purchased locally or regionally manufactured, and approximately 60 percent of the major vendors and subcontractors were from Vermont.  A highlight of the new complex is a 500-foot vegetative swale that treats the stormwater created by the new project.
http://www.uvm.edu/~uvmpr/?Page=News&storyID=9027
Annotated listing of over 30 green dorms(AASHE members only): http://www.aashe.org/resources/residence_halls1.php

7. Dickinson College Kicks Off "Green Devil Challenge"

Dickinson College recently kicked off the second year of its "Green Devil Challenge" program, a campaign to encourage students, faculty and staff to practice sustainability on campus.  Last year, the College reduced overall electricity consumption by 20 percent during the Green Devil Challenges and is looking to improve that number this time around.  The College has introduced the “Green Devil,” a counterpart to the school's traditional "Red Devil" mascot, to lead the effort.  The College has taken numerous other actions to increase environmental awareness on campus, including employing a Sustainability Specialist and constructing a sustainability themed residence hall called the “Treehouse.”  In addition, the College has designated over a dozen employees as "Sustainability Sheriffs" who work to encourage sustainability among the College's workforce.  They are empowered to reward people seen doing something sustainable with a Green Devil coin redeemable for a cookie from Dining Services.  A similar program exists for students.
http://www.dickinson.edu/news/nrshow.cfm?985

8. Emory University Raises Parking Fees to Encourage More Sustainable Transportation
In an effort to encourage more sustainable transportation decisions by commuters, Emory University will double the cost of parking next semester.  The goal of the increase is to reduce congestion and make the surrounding area more pedestrian friendly.  To further encourage students and employees to use more sustainable forms of transportation, the University offers free local shuttle service, car sharing, and free public transit passes for employees, among other transportation demand management strategies.
http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/dekalb/stories/2006/09/24/0925emory.html

9. Green Mountain College Offers ‘Buy Local’ Lunches
Green Mountain College's dining hall has temporarily begun offering a lunch entrée made almost completely with local ingredients.  The move is part of a student-organized experiment in which a class will be conducting a feasibility analysis to determine if the program can be made permanent.
http://www.rutlandherald.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060921/NEWS/60920002/1002/NEWS01

10. Harvard Using Waste Vegetable Oil for Fuel

Harvard Recycling and Waste Management has begun fueling its truck with waste vegetable oil from Harvard Dining Services.  The conversion of the truck was funded with a loan from Harvard's Green Campus Loan Fund.  Based on current prices of diesel, Harvard Recycling expects to pay back the loan within a year and half.
http://www.news.harvard.edu/gazette/2006/09.21/13-oil.html

11. University of Toronto Using Social Marketing to Promote Energy Conservation
University of Toronto has launched the Rewire campaign, designed to decrease energy consumption at seven St. George campus residences, two university offices and the University of Toronto at Mississauga campus.  The campaign is based on the success of a pilot study conducted during the 2005-2006 academic year.  The study synthesized many social marketing strategies, such as soliciting personal pledges to act sustainably, word-of-mouth encouragement and visual prompts, into a single plan. Equipment was strategically installed in the residence to monitor electricity use in the building. Statistical analysis of the data showed a drop in electricity consumption between 5 and 10 percent.  This year’s expansion will see electricity monitored before, during and after the implementation of the Rewire information toolkits that are the key resource for the project. There are plans for further expansion next year to target classrooms, common areas, laboratories and the hotel and apartment-style residences. 
http://www.news.utoronto.ca/bin6/060926-2583.asp

12. American University Proscribes Sudan Investments
The American University Board of Trustees recently passed a resolution proscribing investments in directly in companies doing business in the oil and gas sector in Sudan.  In addition, the University will communicate its decision to its investment managers and advisors urging them to end any investment in companies doing business in the oil and gas sector in Sudan.
http://www.american.edu/trustees/statements/Darfur.html

13. Connecticut College Studying Feasibility of Wind Turbine on Campus

Connecticut College has partnered with Global Energy Concepts (GEC) to take the first step in determining the feasibility of erecting a wind turbine on campus to generate electrical power.  The wind feasibility project will consist of two phases. In Phase 1, which began Sept. 18, GEC will determine the amount of wind available on campus and indicate what size turbine, if any, is practical. Phase 2 will examine the regulatory, economic, engineering, environmental and aesthetic issues associated with such a project.  The study is being funded by a student fee, which was initiated by students in 2001 to support on-campus renewable energy projects. Last year, the fund was used to purchase renewable energy credits that offset nearly 50 percent of the college´s annual electricity usage.
http://aspen.conncoll.edu/camelweb/index.cfm?fuseaction=ccnews&id=2746
Annotated listing of campus wind turbine installations: http://www.aashe.org/resources/wind_campus.php

14. University of Maryland, Baltimore County Requires Living Wage in New Housekeeping Contract
A new housekeeping contract at University of Maryland, Baltimore County includes a living wage provision that requires contractors to pay their workers a living wage, as determined by the Baltimore City Wage Commission. Under the new contract, workers will be paid $9.30 per hour - $1.50 more than the previous wage of $7.80 per hour - and will receive 10 days of paid vacation annually.
http://www.umbc.edu/newsevents/insights/archives/2006/09/new_housekeepin.html

15. University of Rhode Island Begins Printer Cartridge Recycling Program

University of Rhode Island has partnered with Cartridge World to start a printer cartridge recycling program.  Cartridge recycling containers will soon be placed around campus.
Campus newspaper article

16. Malaspina University-College Opens Sustainability-Themed Residence

A 20-bed sustainability-themed residence opened this semester at Malaspina University-College.  A resident advisor has been hired to help coordinate the sustainable activities students decide upon. Some of those activities may include educational campus programs, composting in residence, local produce deliveries and community gardening.
http://www.nanaimobulletin.com/portals-code/list.cgi?paper=51&cat=23&id=733414&more=

New Resources

17. Teaching Psychology for Sustainability: A Manual of Resources
Britain Scott & Sue Koger have developed a new web-based manual of resources to help instructors begin integrating psychology and environmental issues in their courses.  The site includes: instructor resources (including lecture and discussion topics, class activities, multimedia resources, and suggested readings for students); a compendium of syllabi from instructors who currently teach psychology for sustainability; and a comprehensive site bibliography with links to publisher sites for authored books and tables of contents for edited volumes.
http://www.teachgreenpsych.com/

18. Northwest Green Campus Initiative Website
The Northwest Green Campus Initiative (a program of Northwest Sustainable Energy for Economic Development) provides information and guidance to College and University campuses as they explore clean alternatives to meet their energy needs.  Specifically, the Program helps students and administrators garner campus support for green power investments while evaluating utility green power purchases, on-site demonstration projects, and certified renewable resource credit acquisition. The newly-launched NW Green Campus website serves as a resource tool for students, faculty, and staff on issues ranging from renewable energy to green buildings and campus transportation.  The website is also meant to foster connections between activists at different schools throughout the region.  Representatives from individual campuses are encouraged to post their sustainability efforts, events, and successes to the website.
http://www.nwgreencampus.org/

Jobs & Internships

19. Assistant or Associate Professor, Environmental Studies, Bates College

The Environmental Studies program at Bates College invites applications for a tenure-track, assistant or associate professor position. The program is searching broadly for candidates studying environmental issues from a social science perspective. Degree holders from environmental studies and social science programs with scholarly work and teaching interests in the area of environmental topics are encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will be expected to teach an introductory course focused on human responses to environmental issues, as well as to teach upper division courses and advise student theses. An active and ongoing program of scholarly research is also required. As an interdisciplinary program, we seek a colleague sensitive to the scientific, historical, cultural, and aesthetic dimensions of environmental topics.  Review of completed applications will begin November 1, 2006 and continue until the position is filled.
http://www.higheredjobs.com/search/details.cfm?JobCode=175202709

20. Professor, Engineering for Environmental Sustainability, Tufts University

The Tufts University School of Engineering seeks a senior faculty member at the Full Professor level to lead its Environmental Sustainability focus area and to contribute to establishing an interdisciplinary Center for Environmental Sustainability. The school seeks a demonstrated leader whose research interests complement those of other faculty, in areas such as water resources, environmental engineering, clean technologies, and alternative energy.  Candidates should possess an earned doctorate in an appropriate Engineering or related discipline and should offer evidence of excellence in teaching and research in addition to strong leadership skills.  Application review begins January 1, 2007 and will continue until the position is filled.
http://www.higheredjobs.com/search/details.cfm?JobCode=175202885

21. Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies and Conservation Biology, Ursinus College
Ursinus College invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor of environmental studies with expertise in conservation biology to begin in fall 2007. This position will be housed in the Ursinus Environmental Studies Program. A Ph.D. in conservation biology is expected by the start of employment.  Prior experience teaching in an interdisciplinary environmental program is desirable. Teaching responsibilities will include courses and labs in biology (introductory, conservation biology, and topics within the candidate’s field of expertise), and interdisciplinary environmental studies.  Applications must be received by October 15, 2006.
http://www.ursinus.edu/content.asp?page=FacultyAndStaff/FacultyPositions.htm#envi

22. Coordinator, Environmental Health & Safety, Florida Gulf Coast University
Florida Gulf Coast University seeks a Coordinator of Environmental Health & Safety to manage multiple programs in environmental stewardship, occupational health, safety, or sustainability, and to formulate and recommend policies and procedures to effectively administer such programs.  The Coordinator will work with university departments to develop Standard Operating Procedures supporting programs relating to hazardous materials handling, environmental stewardship, health, safety, or sustainability.  Applications are due by October 4.
http://chronicle.com/jobs/id.php?id=0000474788-01&pg=s&cc=

Events

23. CFP: Rocky Mountain Sustainability Summit: Forging Solutions at Colleges and Universities

February 22-23, 2007; University of Colorado at Boulder
The Rocky Mountain Sustainability Summit will provide a networking forum for representatives from campuses in the Rocky Mountain region (CO, NM, UT, WY, MT, ID, AZ) to learn about a variety of environmental issues facing institutions, explore ways of improving campus practices and policies, and ultimately work toward boosting the triple bottom line of environmental, social and economic sustainability.  The Summit will feature sessions, workshops and facilitated discussions on institutionalizing and operationalizing sustainability, as well as creating a culture of sustainability.  A Call for Presentations is currently underway.  Submissions are due by October 11, 2006.
http://ecenter.colorado.edu/rmss2007/cfp.pdf

24. 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

25. Canadian Summit on Sustainable Campus Planning and Design
Oct. 11-12; Edmonton, AB
The Canada Green Building Council is hosting The First Canadian Summit on Sustainable Campus Planning and Design and its Impact on Post-Secondary Education in the 21st Century.  The Summit provides North American universities, colleges, and other campus-based institutions with an opportunity to exchange ideas, case studies, best practices and visions of the future of campus development. Attendance will be limited to 150 people and registration costs $700 per person.
http://www.cagbcsummit.ca



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