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This issue of AASHE Bulletin is dedicated to the good folks at Yale for putting on what looks to be a wonderful campus sustainability conference this week and also for their hospitality to AASHE staff.

Contents for 11.02.06:

NEWS
1. University of Florida Commits to Climate Neutrality
2. Green Mountain College Signs up for "Cow Power"
3. Middlebury College Ski Facility and Ski Teams Go Carbon Neutral
4. Furman University Plans Restoration of Campus Lake
5. University of Florida Persuades Contractors to Increase Wages
6. Auburn University Dedicates New Green Building
7. Georgia Tech Opens Green Building
8. Survey Shows MBA Students Support Sustainability in the Curriculum
9. Green Renovation Project Underway at Saginaw Valley State University
10. Battle of the Halls Energy Competition Begins at University of Florida
11. Royal Roads University Launches Online Certificate in Environmental Practice
12. University of Kentucky Distributes Energy Efficient Light Bulbs to Students
13. Campuses Celebrate Campus Sustainability Day
14. Several Farm-to-College Initiatives Underway in the Maryland
15. Eastern Illinois University Receives EPA College/University Partner of the Year Award

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
16. Chair, Department of Environmental Studies, Emory University
17. Sustainable Forestry Professor, Warren Wilson College
18. Professor of Environmental Studies, Oberlin College
19. Professorship in Science and Environmental Policy, CSU Monterey Bay
20. Professor and Head, Department of Environment and Society, Utah State University
21. Faculty Position in Environmental Policy, New York University
22. Interdisciplinary Faculty Position in Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia
23. Clean Energy Internship, Union of Concerned Scientists

EVENTS
24. AASHE Sustainability Across the Curriculum Leadership Workshop

News

1. University of Florida Commits to Climate Neutrality
University of Florida President Bernie Machen recently announced his intent to be among the first signatories of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC).  Signatories to the ACUPCC commit to developing a comprehensive plan to achieve climate neutrality that includes a target date and interim goals.  Signatories also commit to taking some short term actions to reduce emissions and to report publicly on their progress toward achieving climate neutrality.  Machen announced the commitment at the inaugural Campus and Community Sustainability Conference which was held at UF. 
http://www.gainesville.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061026/LOCAL/210260356/1078/news

2. Green Mountain College Signs up for "Cow Power"
Green Mountain College has just announced its enrollment in Central Vermont Public Service’s Cow Power™ program, through which the utility delivers energy created from burning biogas created from cow manure on Vermont dairy farms.  The College has committed to designate 50 percent of its main campus electric usage as Cow Power and 100 percent on all its other accounts, which include the president’s house, the college farm, the college inn and alumni house, and an off-campus residence hall in Killington, VT. Total Cow Power enrollment will be approximately 1.2 million kilowatt-hours annually. 
http://www.greenmtn.edu/gmcjournal/pop_102306_cow_power.asp

3. Middlebury College Ski Facility and Ski Teams Go Carbon Neutral
Beginning this season, the Middlebury College Snow Bowl will be a carbon neutral ski facility.  The College is offsetting electric, gas, propane, diesel and biodiesel usage, as well as skier transportation to and from the ski area.  To achieve carbon neutrality, the college has purchased carbon offsets for the ski area's 2006-2007 operations in the amount of $7,138 to compensate for a total of 679.9 tons of carbon dioxide emissions.  The Middlebury alpine and Nordic ski teams have also become carbon neutral by purchasing carbon offsets to compensate for the teams' CO2 emissions related to everything from travel to the electricity used to power the coaches' offices.
http://www.middlebury.edu/about/pubaff/news_releases/2006/news632977987165870677.htm

4. Furman University Plans Restoration of Campus Lake
Furman University officials recently unveiled plans to restore a campus lake’s environmental integrity and make it more attractive to visitors.  Planned changes include planting vegetation in the lake and on the surrounding border, naturalizing the streams that feed the lake, and reducing the waterfowl population.  The restoration of the lake will be used as an educational opportunity for students, who will be involved in implementing parts of the plan.
http://www.furman.edu/press/pressarchive.cfm?ID=3911

5. University of Florida Persuades Contractors to Increase Wages

As part of a broader sustainability initiative, the University of Florida has persuaded two of major contractors to pay a living wage.  Since October 1, Aramark and Follett, which manage food service and the bookstore respectively, have been paying full-time employees working on campus at least $8.84 an hour, consistent with UF's own minimum wage.
http://www.gainesville.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061101/LOCAL/211010342/1078/news

6. Auburn University Dedicates New Green Building
Auburn University's College of Architecture, Design & Construction recently dedicated the M. Miller Gorrie Center.  The 33,000 square-foot facility is the first building on the Auburn campus to be designed for LEED certification.
http://www.ocm.auburn.edu/news_releases/gorriededication.html

7. Georgia Tech Opens Green Building
The College of Computing at Georgia Tech recently announced the official opening of the Christopher W. Klaus Advanced Computing Building.  The 412,000 square-foot facility is designed for LEED Silver certification.  Sustainability features include preservation of over 50 percent of the building’s site as green space, a storm water collection system for irrigation, and an energy efficient heating and cooling system that will save up to $200,000 annually.
http://www.cc.gatech.edu/images/news_articles/2006/bizwire_klaus%20bldg_102606.pdf

8. Survey Shows MBA Students Support Sustainability in the Curriculum
The overwhelming majority of today's MBA students believe that businesses should work toward the betterment of society, that managers should take into account social and environmental impacts when making business decisions, and that corporate social responsibility should be integrated into core curricula in MBA programs, according to a new survey by Net Impact.  Seventy-eight percent of the over 2,000 respondents agreed that the subject of corporate social responsibility should be integrated into the MBA core curriculum.
http://www.greenbiz.com/news/news_third.cfm?NewsID=34178

9. Green Renovation Project Underway at Saginaw Valley State University
Saginaw Valley State University is currently renovating and expanding Pioneer Hall, which houses university engineering programs.  The project, which is designed for LEED certification, incorporates a number of green features, including: reserved parking spaces for low-emission vehicles and carpoolers; facilities for bicyclists; recycled materials; certified wood; dual-flush toilets and waterless urinals; and a heat recovery system. 
http://www.mlive.com/news/bctimes/index.ssf?/base/news-8/1161881106106720.xml&coll=4

10. Battle of the Halls Energy Competition Begins at University of Florida
The Battle of the Halls Energy Competition is underway at the University of Florida.  The residence hall that reduces its per resident energy consumption the most relative to last year will receive a Ben & Jerry's ice cream social.  In addition, residents will receive complimentary Starbucks coffee on one day in early December.
http://www.alligator.org/pt2/061030halls.php

11. Royal Roads University Launches Online Certificate in Environmental Practice
Canadian Centre for Environmental Education at Royal Roads University has launched a distance-based certificate program Environmental Practice.  The program is the first offering of the new centre, formed March 30 as a partnership between the Environmental Careers Organization of Canada (ECO Canada) and Royal Roads University. The federally funded initiative aims to offer education, training, professional development and accreditation for members of the environmental professions – whose sector is the fastest growing in Canada.  All courses in the program are distance-based.
Royal Roads press release
Royal Roads certificate program website
http://www.ccee.ca/certificate.aspx

12. University of Kentucky Distributes Energy Efficient Light Bulbs to Students
University of Kentucky recently kicked off its Renewable and Energy Efficiency Initiative with a campus-wide light bulb exchange in the courtyard of the north campus residence halls.  The student organization UK Green Thumb Environmental Club partnered with UK Campus Housing, Student Government, and the Office of Residence Life to offer 1,000 energy-efficient light bulbs to students. Students will be able to trade their inefficient incandescent bulbs for a compact fluorescent light bulb that saves energy and money.
http://news.uky.edu/news/display_article.php?category=0&artid=1726&type=1

13. Campuses Celebrate Campus Sustainability Day
Campuses from across the US and Canada celebrated Campus Sustainability Day on October 25th.  Participating campuses watched webcast sponsored by the Society for College and University Planning entitled "Where Is Your Campus On the Continuum of Integrated Sustainability Planning?."  The webcast featured representatives of Arizona State University, Grand Valley State University, Harvard University and Pima Community College.  Many campuses also organized additional events.  Ithaca College launched a campus-wide initiative called "I Care" that aims to create a culture of sustainability on campus.   University of Florida debut a biodiesel initiative in which the agricultural and biological engineering department will produce biodiesel from waste vegetable oil and sell it to the physical plant for use in campus vehicles.  Castleton State College held a lightbulb exchange while Juniata College organized a waste audit.  At Santa Clara University, organizers encouraged students to sign sustainability pledge committing them to more sustainability behavior.
http://www.scup.org/csd/4/
http://www.theithacajournal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061023/NEWS01/610230333/1002
http://www.cornellsun.com/node/19220
http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=17374536&BRD=1395&PAG=461&dept_id=216620&rfi=6
http://www.gainesville.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061024/LOCAL/210240309/1078/NEWS
http://www.rutlandherald.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061025/NEWS/610250354/1002/NEWS01
http://www.wjactv.com/news/10160914/detail.html
Santa Clara campus newspaper
http://www.uwyo.edu/news/showrelease.asp?id=11026
http://www.statenews.com/article.phtml?pk=38364

14. Several Farm-to-College Initiatives Underway in the Maryland
A recent article in the Baltimore Sun highlights farm-to-college initiatives at several Baltimore-area campuses.  The article focuses primarily on Goucher College, but also describes local food initiatives at Loyola College in Maryland and Johns Hopkins.
(webpage no longer available)

15. Eastern Illinois University Receives EPA College/University Partner of the Year Award
Eastern Illinois University recently received the U.S. EPA College/University Partner of the Year award.  Since becoming a WasteWise member in 1997, EIU has successfully implemented its comprehensive waste reduction program. In 2005, with the voluntary efforts of more than 13,500 students, faculty, and staff, EIU diverted nearly 50 percent of its waste through recycling efforts, boosting its waste reduction and recycling cost savings to $140,000.
http://www.jg-tc.com/articles/2006/10/27/news/news004.txt

Jobs & Internships

16. Chair, Department of Environmental Studies, Emory University

The Department of Environmental Studies at Emory University invites applications for the position of Chair of the department.The appointment is at the level of Professor beginning Fall 2007. This position is a unique opportunity to build on the interdisciplinary strengths of the department and engage a faculty who is committed to excellence in both research and teaching that integrates the natural and social sciences in the study of the environment. The applicant should have a demonstrated history of excellence in administrative leadership and a strong record in interdisciplinary research and teaching.Review of applications will begin in January 2007.
http://www.envs.emory.edu/Faculty/chair.htm

17. Sustainable Forestry Professor, Warren Wilson College

Warren Wilson College seeks an individual to fill a position in Sustainable Forestry. Responsibilities of this faculty position in the Environmental Studies Department include teaching Forest Biology, Introduction to Environmental Studies, Silviculture, Ecology, Forest Management, and perhaps other courses in the individual's specialty area. Other responsibilities will include academic advising, course and program development, supervision of student generated research projects, participating in the preparation of a management plan for the 700-acre college forest, and coordinating the use of the forest with the staff Forest Manager.  Review of applications will begin December 1, 2006, and continue until the position is filled.
http://chronicle.com/jobs/id.php?id=0000481024-01&pg=s&cc=

18. Professor of Environmental Studies, Oberlin College

The Environmental Studies Program at Oberlin College invites applications for a full-time, one-semester replacement position in the College of Arts and Sciences. Appointment to this position will begin January 2007, and will carry the rank of Visiting Assistant Professor or higher.  The successful candidate will teach one section of our introductory course, Environment and Society, and at least one upper-level course.  Applications are due by 11/14/06.
http://chronicle.com/jobs/id.php?id=0000481947-01&pg=s&cc=

19. Professorship in Science and Environmental Policy, CSU Monterey Bay
California State University, Monterey Bay invites applicants for the James W. Rote Distinguished Professorship in Science and Environmental Policy.  The successful candidate will provide collaborative leadership with other division faculty and affiliated scientists who are using science and technology to inform environmental decision-making at local through global scales. The candidate will develop and teach courses that demonstrate the linkages between environmental sciences, economics, and policy to prepare students for careers in real-world regional and global environmental problem-solving activities.
Review of applications begins on January 9, 2006 and will continue until the position is filled.
http://www.higheredjobs.com/search/details.cfm?JobCode=175210269

20. Professor and Head, Department of Environment and Society, Utah State University
The Department of Environment and Society at Utah State University invites applications for the position of Professor and Department Head.  The department is focused on integrating natural and social sciences to address the human dimensions of current natural resource and environmental issues, with the mission of bringing people and science together for healthy communities and enduring ecosystems.  The Department Head is the principal administrative and academic officer of the Department and provides leadership and administration for the teaching, research, extension, and service functions of the department.  Applications will be accepted up to 30 November 2006 or until suitable candidates have been identified.
https://jobs.usu.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/frameset/Frameset.jsp?time=1162391271207

21. Faculty Position in Environmental Policy, New York University

New York University invites applications for a faculty position in Environmental Policy, created as part of an emerging university-wide initiative in Environmental Studies. The successful candidate will have responsibilities in both the Wagner Graduate School of Public Service (tenure home) and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Applicants must have a doctoral degree in a relevant discipline. This has been approved as an entry level position, but outstanding candidates for more senior appointments will also be considered.  Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and are due no later than December 1, 2006
http://chronicle.com/jobs/id.php?id=0000478919-01

22. Interdisciplinary Faculty Position in Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia
The Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia seeks applications for a faculty appointment from mid-career environmental scientists to advance the interdisciplinary Earth-system research and education in the department.  For full review, applications must be received by 3 January 2007; however, the position may remain open until filled.
http://www.higheredjobs.com/search/details.cfm?JobCode=175210215

23. Clean Energy Internship, Union of Concerned Scientists
The Union of Concerned Scientists Clean Energy Program seeks an intern for six months, beginning in early January 2007.  The intern will assist in planning and implementing state and federal campaigns to promote clean, renewable energy.  Current campaigns include building support for state and federal renewable energy standards by reaching out to agricultural groups in the Midwest. Other campaigns may arise depending on state and federal activities.  Intern’s duties include but are not limited to calling and recruiting volunteers, sending email alerts to activist members, planning and attending meetings, drafting letters to the editor, etc.  Applications are due by Dec. 1.
http://www.ucsusa.org/ucs/about/internships.html#Clean_Energy_Internship

Events

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



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