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AASHE Bulletin

Contents for 10.26.06:

NEWS
1. UC Davis Biogas Energy Project Begins Operation
2. Duke Announces Construction of 'The Home Depot smarthome'
3. Spelman College Breaks Ground on Green Residence Hall
4. Solar Panels Installed at CSU Chico
5. University of Colorado at Boulder Provides Monetary Rewards for Energy Conservation
6. Yale Purchases Renewable Energy After Students Reduce Energy Consumption
7. 3 South Carolina Universities Receive Green Building Awards
8. Mills College Holds Dorm Recycling Competition
9. St. Mary’s College of Maryland Starts Bike Sharing Program
10. WUSTL Makes Strides in Energy Conservation
11. Inside Higher Ed Covers Campus Sustainability

OPPORTUNITIES
12. Los Angeles Community College District Invites Campus Partners in Major Solar Purchase

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
13. Sustainability Programs Manager, UC Santa Cruz
14. Assistant Professor Global Markets and the Environment, Michigan State University
15. Assistant Professor, Renewable Energy Systems, Cornell University
16. Director, Center for Corporate Leadership and Social Responsibility, UW Tacoma
17. President, Antioch University Seattle
18. MBA Program Director, Marlboro College
19. Director of the Center for Environment & Society, Washington College
20. Environmental Studies Faculty, California State University, Sacramento
21. Director, Institute for Clean Energy Technology, Mississippi State University
22. Reproductive Health and the Environment Center Director, UC San Francisco
23. International Environmental Policy Professor, Monterey Institute of International Studies

EVENTS
24. Chlorine Free Products Association Summit
25. AASHE Sustainability Across the Curriculum Leadership Workshop

News

1. UC Davis Biogas Energy Project Begins Operation
The Biogas Energy Project at UC Davis has begun operation.  Each week, the research and technology demonstration facility will process eight tons of leftover food scraps into methane and hydrogen which can be used for energy.  The Biogas Energy Project is the first large-scale demonstration in the United States of an "anaerobic phased solids digester," a new type of digester developed by Ruihong Zhang, a UC Davis professor of biological and agricultural engineering.  Unlike other digesters, an anaerobic phased solids digester can process a wider variety of wastes at greater speed.
http://www.news.ucdavis.edu/search/news_detail.lasso?id=7915

2. Duke Announces Construction of 'The Home Depot smarthome'
The Duke University and The Home Depot are partnering to create "The Home Depot smarthome," a residential laboratory where students will research and develop innovative solutions for the home in areas such as energy efficiency, waste minimization, environment and health.  The facility will be a combination residence hall, undergraduate research laboratory and engineering outreach project that will house 10 upper-class engineering students each year. It will serve as a technology prototype assembly and testing center where students can test new residential technology ideas developed by students. Sustainability features will include cisterns that capture and reuse rainwater and solar panels that track the sun through the day.  The dorm has been designed to achieve LEED Platinum certification.  The 6,000-square-foot house will be located on the university's Central Campus. Construction has begun, and the house is expected to be completed by fall 2007. 
http://www.dukenews.duke.edu/2006/10/smarthome.html
http://www.smarthome.duke.edu/index.php

3. Spelman College Breaks Ground on Green Residence Hall
Spelman College recently held a ground breaking for a new green residence hall expected to be completed in Spring 2008.  The 201,455 square feet facility is designed to achieve LEED certification. As a result, Spelman is expected to be first Historically Black College and University (HBCU) to receive LEED certification. Spelman’s President, Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum said, "I believe we have an obligation to increase our own environmental responsibility at Spelman and to educate students about it."
http://www.theweekly.com/news/2006/October/19/Spelman_College.html
Listing of green residence halls (AASHE members only): http://www.aashe.org/resources/residence_halls1.php

4. Solar Panels Installed at CSU Chico
Solar panels installed on the roofs of two buildings at CSU Chico recently became operational.   The 300 kW system was installed in partnership with SunEdison, a solar energy service provider.  SunEdison is covering the $2.8 million cost to install and operate the solar arrays over the course of a 20-year contract with the University. CSU Chico buys the power back from SunEdison at approximately one cent less than its current rate.
http://www.csuchico.edu/pa/news/Fall2006/10.23a.2006.shtml
Listing of campus solar installations: http://www.aashe.org/resources/solar_campus.php

5. University of Colorado at Boulder Provides Monetary Rewards for Energy Conservation
University of Colorado at Boulder is rewarding staff members who implement energy-saving strategies in campus buildings.  By following five specific program recommendations, winners of the Buff Energy Star Award for fiscal year 2005-2006 helped reduce energy use in three buildings by 5 percent compared to the prior 12 months, paring campus energy costs by more than $90,000. For their efforts, each will receive a one-time $1,000 bonus. To be considered for Buff Energy Star status, building proctors must show a 5 percent energy reduction over the prior year; complete an energy audit; take action based on the audit; post energy and water conservation posters and other educational materials throughout the building; and take an active role in communicating and encouraging resource conservation.
http://www.colorado.edu/news/releases/2006/356.html

6. Yale Purchases Renewable Energy After Students Reduce Energy Consumption

Last year, Yale University challenged undergraduates living on campus to reduce energy consumption by 15 percent over three years.  In the first year, student were able to reduce energy consumption by 10 percent.  As a result of the student efforts, the University was able purchase 10,000 MWh of renewable energy certificates, equivalent to two-thirds of the electricity used by the residential colleges last year. 
http://www.yaledailynews.com/Article.aspx?ArticleID=33915

7. 3 South Carolina Universities Receive Green Building Awards

Clemson University, Furman University, and the University of South Carolina each received a Leadership Award from the USGBC South Carolina Chapter.  The Leadership Awards recognize outstanding organizations that have shown vision, leadership and commitment to the advancement of green building and construction in South Carolina.  Clemson’s Advanced Materials Research Laboratory was the first public/state-funded project in South Carolina to be LEED Certified and the first certified at the Silver level.  Furman University's Hipp Hall was the first LEED Certified and is still the only Gold Rated building in South Carolina.  University of South Carolina's LEED Silver West Quad Dormitory is one of the largest green residence halls in the US. 
http://chapters.usgbc.org/southcarolina/documents/postawardsrelease10-18-06.pdf
http://www.furman.edu/press/pressarchive.cfm?ID=3909
http://clemsonews.clemson.edu/WWW_releases/2006/October/green_building.html

8. Mills College Holds Dorm Recycling Competition

Mills College is holding a friendly competition among the dorms to see which building can produce the most recyclables.   The purpose of the competition is to raise awareness about a recently-improved recycling program, which includes new recycling posts in the student dorms and compost bins in all the private kitchens on campus.  The winning dorm will receive prizes from Campus Facilities.
Campus newspaper article

9. St. Mary’s College of Maryland Starts Bike Sharing Program
St. Mary’s College of Maryland has begun the “SMCM Re-cycle Free Ride” bicycle program.  Under the program, reconditioned bikes will be left around campus unlocked so that anyone may use them.  The bikes are also engraved for identification in case they are misplaced.  Through a partnership with neighboring Trinity Church, the College is using bikes that were found abandoned on campus or donated to the church’s Christmas Bikes Program. The parish repairs bikes and gives them away to families at Christmas. The church had many adult-sized bikes or bikes too rusty for the Christmas program and made them available to the College. This year, students in the Free Ride Club will also work with church members on a regular basis to clean and repair bicycles, both for the College and for Christmas gifts.
http://www.smcm.edu/newsevents/release.cfm?id=469

10. WUSTL Makes Strides in Energy Conservation

Over the past 15 years, Washington University in St. Louis has engaged on a campus-wide energy conservation initiative which included: replacing inefficient boilers, chillers and other production equipment, updating HVAC systems, automated lighting systems, and more efficient fume hoods.  As a result, the University is saving millions of dollars in energy costs annually. The University has also switched from coal to natural gas as its primary fuel source.  The University is now working to connect its operational efforts with the teaching and research related to energy.
http://record.wustl.edu/news/page/normal/8017.html

11. Inside Higher Ed Covers Campus Sustainability
A recent article in Inside Higher Ed describes the growth of the campus sustainability movement.  "On university campuses, the environment is hot, and not just as a research topic," says the article.  The article highlights sustainability efforts at campuses around the US, including Furman University, College of the Atlantic, Arizona State University, Prescott College, Columbia University, and others. 
http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2006/10/24/environment

Opportunities

12. Los Angeles Community College District Invites Campus Partners in Major Solar Purchase
The Los Angeles Community College District has announced plans to install 1 MW of solar generating capacity on each of its 9 campuses.  The solar panels should provide enough electricity to completely power each campus.  To spread the benefits of high volume purchasing, LACCD is inviting other AASHE members to join its RFP for the solar panels.  Price reductions of 10-20% are possible, given the proposed volume. Factoring in the 30% federal tax credit, state and or local credits, and rapid depreciation tax benefits when done by a private sector 3rd party, the overall expected price could be below 20% of original cost.  Participants would not need to commit to an actual purchase but must be willing to allow LACCD to reference their potential demand in the RFP.  To take advantage of this opportunity, please contact Larry Eisenberg, Executive Director of Facilities Planning and Development for the LACCD at EisenbLH@email.laccd.edu.  For legal and tax reasons, only US institutions are eligible to participate.

Jobs & Internships

13. Sustainability Programs Manager, UC Santa Cruz
The UC Santa Cruz Student Environmental Center and Education for Sustainable Living Program are hiring a "Sustainability Programs Manager" to help develop, implement, and supervise programs and activities with student organizations and various campus units which guide the UCSC community towards the use of sustainable (environmentally- and socially-responsible) practices on-campus. This full time position is under Student Affairs.  Review of applications will begin on October 30, 2006, and will continue until position is filled.
http://jobs.ucsc.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=62306

14. Assistant Professor Global Markets and the Environment, Michigan State University
The Michigan State University Department of Community, Agriculture, Recreation Resources and Sustainability and the Department of Sociology, together with the Environmental Science & Policy Program, seek applicants at the assistant professor level for a social or behavioral scientist studying global markets and the environment.  The successful candidate is expected to develop a coordinated research, teaching, and outreach program relevant to global markets and the environment.  The successful candidate will initially be expected to teach at least two full courses or equivalent per year.  The deadline for applications is December 15, 2006 or until suitable candidates are identified.
http://chronicle.com/jobs/id.php?id=0000480820-01&pg=s&cc=

15. Assistant Professor, Renewable Energy Systems, Cornell University
The Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University seeks an Assistant Professor of Renewable Energy Systems.  This tenure-track, academic year position is a balanced effort between research (50%) and teaching (50%). Research responsibilities relate to renewable energy resources, including design and development of methods to convert organic materials into bio-fuels and bio-energy products within the context of integrated systems and their management.  Applicants should have a Ph.D. with a strong background in design and control of sustainable and renewable energy systems.  Starting date is July 2007.  Review of applications will begin January 1, 2007.
http://chronicle.com/jobs/id.php?id=0000480424-01&pg=s&cc=

16. Director, Center for Corporate Leadership and Social Responsibility, UW Tacoma
The Milgard School of Business at the University of Washington Tacoma is seeking a senior scholar to lead its new Center for Corporate Leadership and Social Responsibility beginning in Autumn 2007.  Qualifications for the position include an earned doctorate in a business discipline; a substantial record of scholarly achievement to merit appointment at the rank of professor; an active research program that addresses the interrelationship of business and society; strong teaching capabilities at the baccalaureate and MBA levels; and organizational and administrative skills to guide the startup of an academic center including relationship building across university and business communities as well as planning strategy, overseeing staff, and managing operations.
http://chronicle.com/jobs/id.php?id=0000478118-01&pg=s&cc=

17. President, Antioch University Seattle

Antioch University Seattle seeks a president to expand its role as a center of adult and predominantly professional, graduate education in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest.  AUS is part of a six-campus national university. The new president must bring the AUS community together to grow its programs and ensure that its management systems and financial resources match its educational vitality and ambitious mission. As is true for all Antioch campuses, AUS is committed to rigorous academic programs, experiential learning integrating theory and practice, social justice, diversity in all its forms, shared governance, and respect for the planet.  The search will conclude in the spring of 2007 with an anticipated starting date of July 1, 2007.
http://chronicle.com/jobs/id.php?id=0000480052-01&pg=s&cc=

18. MBA Program Director, Marlboro College
The Marlboro College Graduate Center seeks a program director to lead its new MBA program that focuses on managing for sustainability. The Marlboro MBA program director will be responsible for leading the development, the September, 2007 launch and the maintenance of the program.  Applicants should have an advanced degree in a related field and experience in the fields of Corporate Social Responsibility and sustainability. 
(webpage no longer available)

19. Director of the Center for Environment & Society, Washington College

Washington College invites applications and nominations for the position of Director of the Center for Environment and Society. Taking the Chesapeake Bay watershed as its primary test case and laboratory, the Center builds on institutional strengths in environmental and regional studies to support an interdisciplinary program of research, course work, internships, fieldwork, and community outreach.  The College is seeking a person with a broad and interdisciplinary understanding of environmental issues and their human and social dimensions. Applications from a variety of disciplines will be considered. The successful candidate will demonstrate a firm understanding of the interplay of natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities in the examination of the interactions of the environment and society. The anticipated starting date is July 1, 2007.  Review of applications will begin on December 11, 2006, and will continue until position is filled.
http://www.higheredjobs.com/search/details.cfm?JobCode=175208754

20. Environmental Studies Faculty, California State University, Sacramento
California State University, Sacramento is seeking one new tenure-track faculty member in Environmental Studies with expertise in environmental science and policy.  Appointment will be at a probationary, entry-level tenure-track with the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning fall 2007. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in a science field appropriate to an interdisciplinary program in Environmental Studies.  Review of applications begins December 15, 2006.
http://chronicle.com/jobs/id.php?id=0000478374-01&pg=s&cc=

21. Director, Institute for Clean Energy Technology, Mississippi State University
The Institute for Clean Energy Technology, located in the Bagley College of Engineering, at Mississippi State University is seeking nominations and applications for the position of Director.  The Director will be responsible for managing the assets of the Institute and for maintaining and enhancing external funding.  The Director should have an extensive knowledge of government and industrial funding sources and possess strong leadership, interpersonal, and communication skills.  Minimum requirements include a Ph.D. in engineering, chemistry, physics, or closely related field.  Review of applicants will begin on November 13, 2006, and continue until the position is filled.
http://chronicle.com/jobs/id.php?id=0000478772-01&pg=s&cc=

22. Reproductive Health and the Environment Center Director, UC San Francisco

The Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is seeking an individual with demonstrated research experience and productivity in environmental health and health policy to serve as Director of the Reproductive Health and the Environment Center at the rank of Associate Professor/Professor.  The successful candidate is expected to maintain an active and highly visible research program while providing leadership to large multi- and interdisciplinary studies that address reproductive health and the environment issues in the United States.  Ph.D. or equivalent degree in a discipline relevant to the study of environment health with expertise in health policy is required. Excellence and demonstrated commitment to teaching are essential.
http://chronicle.com/jobs/id.php?id=0000479777-01&pg=s&cc=

23. International Environmental Policy Professor, Monterey Institute of International Studies
The Monterey Institute of International Studies seeks a junior or senior full-time professor for its M.A. program in International Environmental Policy.  The IEP Professor will be responsible for teaching a core class in International Environmental Law, as well as electives in specialty areas; and assisting in development of new programs and venues. Preferred focal areas include marine policy, climate change, trade and environment, agricultural policy, or water policy.
http://chronicle.com/jobs/id.php?id=0000480796-01&pg=s&cc=

Events

24. Chlorine Free Products Association Summit
Jan. 24-26, 2007; South Beach Miami, FL
The 2007 Chlorine Free Products Association Summit will focus on sustainable procurement.  Participants will meet with other sustainability innovators and learn higher education institutions and state governments are greening their facilities and procurement.  The agenda includes two sessions related to campus sustainability.  One will focus on the "Greening of the College Press," while the other focuses on "Greening of the College Campus," more generally. 
http://www.chlorinefreeproducts.org/2007-summit.pdf

25. 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



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