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Contents for 11.09.06:

NEWS
1. U.S. Colleges and Universities Form National Coalition on Renewable Energy
2. Green Initiatives Underway at Christian Colleges & Universities
3. University of Buffalo Unveils its First Solar Electric System
4. Yale Buildings Receive LEED Certification
5. Duke Marine Lab to Dedicate Ocean Conservation Center
6. Pomona College Holds Dorm Energy Conservation Challenge
7. Coastal Carolina University Partners with Habitat for Humanity on Green Home
8. Campuses Win NC Sustainability Awards
9. Edgewood College First College Accepted into Wisconsin Green Tier Program
10. UC Berkeley Joins the California Climate Action Registry

NEW RESOURCES
11. Survey on Environmental Management Systems at Colleges and Universities
12. Communicating Climate Change
13. EPA Report: Promoting Green Purchasing

OPPORTUNITIES
14. Opportunity to be Featured in OECD Higher Education for Sustainable Development Program
15. NSF Environmental Sustainability Grant
16. Sign Up For Recyclemania 2007
17. Fellowships in Sustainability Science, Center for International Development, Harvard University
18. People, Environment and Development Study Abroad Program

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
19. Manager for Sustainability Initiatives, UC Riverside
20. Assistant Professor, Environmental Policy, Seattle University
21. Position in Agricultural Sustainability and Society, UC Davis
22. Director, Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies, San Francisco State University

EVENTS
23. AASHE Sustainability Across the Curriculum Leadership Workshop

News

1. U.S. Colleges and Universities Form National Coalition on Renewable Energy
The American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) has established a Higher Education Committee.  Chaired by College of the Atlantic President David Hales, the coalition of college and university presidents and academic leaders has called upon American institutions of higher learning to commit to renewable energy by greening their campuses, investing in the industry and teaching future generations about renewable energy.  The initial goal of the HEC will be to encourage 100 U.S. colleges and universities to purchase 100% renewable energy by 2010. A second goal is to encourage 100 colleges to invest at least 10% of their endowments into funds which support renewable energy companies by 2010. A third goal is to encourage 100 colleges and universities to create renewable energy courses of study by 2010.
http://renewableenergyaccess.com/rea/partner/story?id=46505
http://www.acore.org/programs/hec/

2. Green Initiatives Underway at Christian Colleges & Universities

Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) has published an article describing sustainability initiatives underway at some of its member institutions.  The article highlights: green buildings at Calvin College, Judson College, Seattle Pacific University; renewable energy at Eastern University and Messiah College; and waste minimization efforts at Point Loma Nazarene University, among others.
http://www.cccu.org/news/newsID.492/news_detail.asp

3. University of Buffalo Unveils its First Solar Electric System

The University of Buffalo has installed a 73.5 kW solar array on the roof of Norton Hall.  The 6,300 square foot system is the largest solar array on any building in Western New York and will generate approximately six percent of the building's annual electrical power consumption.  In conjunction with the installation of the solar roof, the university also is launching in its Science and Engineering Library "Energy for the Future," a major educational exhibit about energy alternatives, and a Solar Lounge with graphic and computer-run displays, where a wall of windows provides a close-up view of the new solar roof.  The system is being funded in part by a $367,500 grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).  The remaining costs were financed through savings created by a major energy-conservation project now underway. 
http://www.buffalo.edu/news/fast-execute.cgi/article-page.html?article=82370009
Listing of campus solar installations: http://www.aashe.org/resources/solar_campus.php

4. Yale Buildings Receive LEED Certification
Yale University's Malone Engineering Center has received LEED Gold certification and its Chemistry Research Building to receive a Silver rating in the near future.  The Malone Center is Yale's first building to receive LEED certification.  The building reclaims wastewater normally sent to the sewer, treats it in a system in the basement and then reuses it to flush toilets. Waste heat and cooling is recovered from the exhaust air to precondition incoming fresh air. A daylight harvesting system controls lighting when ambient daylight is available to supplement light fixtures in the hallways and offices. There are no ozone depleting chemicals in the refrigerants used in the building. The tinted glass of the curtain wall filters out ultraviolet rays to keep the heat from accumulating in the warmer months, and to gain and store heat in the winter. Rainwater falling on the building is collected in an underground retention tank and then slowly released into the ground rather than going into the sewer.  Partly as a result of Yale's successful experience with green building, all new buildings are new building designed to meet LEED Silver standards.
http://www.yaledailynews.com/Article.aspx?ArticleID=34107
http://www.yale.edu/opa/v34.n8/story1.html

5. Duke Marine Lab to Dedicate Ocean Conservation Center
The Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences at Duke University will soon dedicate its new 5,600-square-foot Marguerite Kent Repass Ocean Conservation Center. The Repass Center is the first new academic building constructed at the Marine Lab in 30 years and is the lab’s first “green” building. It uses geothermal pumps for heating and cooling, solar panels for hot water, and photovoltaic rooftop panels to convert sunlight into electricity. Local building materials, such as yellow southern pine and Atlantic white cedar, and recycled wood are used throughout the structure.  Other eco-friendly features include natural daylight in all spaces, fresh-air ventilation, deep overhangs to provide shade, native landscape and permeable sidewalks, and a zinc roof designed to last 100 years.
http://www.dukenews.duke.edu/2006/11/Marine_lab.html

6. Pomona College Holds Dorm Energy Conservation Challenge
During the month of November, Pomona College will hold a Dorm Energy Conservation Challenge.  The dorm with the highest percentage of signatories to the Pomona College Sustainability Pledge as well as the highest percentage reduction in energy use will receive a prize. Individuals are also eligible to receive gift certificates for outstanding conservation efforts.  If more than 50 percent of all residents sign the pledge and all dorms reduce energy consumption by at least five percent, the college has committed to purchase renewable energy certificates. 
http://www.tsl.pomona.edu/author.php?article=1939

7. Coastal Carolina University Partners with Habitat for Humanity on Green Home
Coastal Carolina University is partnering with the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity to build a green home.  The home will contain materials that are energy efficient, environmentally friendly and designed to improve air quality inside the home.  Students in an undergraduate to honors course will hold workshops to teach Habitat residents about energy efficiency, water conservation, waste management, recycling and nutrition and fitness.
http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=17392858&BRD=2081&PAG=461&dept_id=385210&rfi=6

8. Campuses Win NC Sustainability Awards
Warren Wilson College and the Center for Sustainable Enterprise at the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School recently received 2006 North Carolina Sustainability Awards from Sustainable North Carolina.  Warren Wilson, which was selected for the award in the Environmental Stewardship category, was recognized for its leadership in higher education sustainability practice and policy.  The Center for Sustainable Enterprise was recognized in the Innovative Initiatives category for its CSE Consulting Program.  This program provides MBA students as consultants to fill the growing need of businesses in North Carolina for sustainability expertise while providing a unique hands-on learning opportunity for students.  The program simulates a real-world sustainability consulting firm where students apply their classroom knowledge to real-world projects.  CSE officials say it is the only program of its kind at a business school, worldwide.
http://www.sustainnc.org/public/awards/index.cfm?menuid=19&pageid=19
http://www.warren-wilson.edu/~storyteller/NEWS/NEWS-benjand-2006-10-6-11-22-11.shtml
http://www.kenan-flagler.unc.edu/News/DetailsNewsPage.cfm?id=3146

9. Edgewood College First College Accepted into Wisconsin Green Tier Program
Edgewood College is the first college or university in Wisconsin to be accepted into the Department of Natural Resources’ Green Tier program. The statewide program that encourages institutions and businesses to go beyond current rules and regulations to reduce their impact on the environment.  Through participation in Green Tier, Edgewood will develop an Environmental Management System focused on waste minimization, energy use, recycling and water conservation. 
http://www.dnr.state.wi.us/org/caer/ce/news/rbnews/BreakingNews_Lookup.asp?id=348

10. UC Berkeley Joins the California Climate Action Registry
The University of California, Berkeley, has joined the California Climate Action Registry, pledging to measure, report and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  Three other UC Campuses - San Diego, Santa Barbara and Davis - joined earlier this year.  "Our decision to join the climate registry is an important early milestone in our longer-term effort to address the effects our campus has on climate change," said Edward Denton, UC Berkeley Vice Chancellor for Facilities Services.  Reporting will begin in 2007.
http://www.berkeley.edu/news/media/releases/2006/11/03_registry.shtml

New Resources

11. Survey on Environmental Management Systems at Colleges and Universities
The Campus Consortium for Environmental Excellence (C2E2) has released the 2006 Benchmark Survey of the State of Environmental Management Systems at Colleges and Universities.  The survey found that two-thirds of colleges and universities are developing or have an interest in developing an Environmental Management System (EMS), yet EMS activities are still in their infancy.  More than 250 individuals at 206 colleges and universities completed the survey. The report also provides information regarding the campus management of sustainability initiatives, and includes benchmark data regarding the emergence of environmental performance reporting on campus.
http://www.c2e2.org/2006_EMS_Report.pdf

12. Communicating Climate Change
The Campus Consortium for Environmental Excellence (C2E2), MIT and CERES have made available a streaming media presentation on "Communicating Climate Change" by Solitaire Townsend, a co-found of Futerra, a sustainability communications firm in the United Kingdom. Townsend spoke at MIT on September 7, 2006.  Townsend discusses her market research based insights concerning how best to communicate the issues and promote behavior change. The presentation also includes a review of her 20 practical "tips" for effective climate change communication.
http://www.c2e2.org/climatechange.htm

13. EPA Report: Promoting Green Purchasing
EPA’s Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) Program has announced the availability of a new document entitled "Promoting Green Purchasing: Tools and Resources to Quantify the Benefits of Environmentally Preferable Purchasing."  This brief guide was developed to help EPA meet its own environmental purchasing goals.  This compilation of tools and resources will be useful to any organization trying to estimate the environmental and economic benefits of both past and projected EPP choices.
http://www.epa.gov/epp/tools/epp_metrics.pdf

Opportunities

14. Opportunity to be Featured in OECD Higher Education for Sustainable Development Program
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's Integrated Management of Higher Education Program is seeking a model institution that has successfully integrated sustainable development across campus, curriculum and community to be featured as one of six case studies.  The selected institution will respond to a simple questionnaire and host a workshop with OECD staff to explore factors leading to the institutions success.  The aim of the project is to establish how higher education in different national educational systems can optimize its contribution to sustainable development.  One outcome will be an OECD paper on current good practice around the world and a set of policy recommendations.  For more information about participating in this program, please contact Andy Johnston at Andrew.JOHNSTON@oecd.org.

15. NSF Environmental Sustainability Grant
The National Science Foundation's Environmental Sustainability program supports engineering research that seeks to balance society’s need to provide ecological protection and maintain stable economic conditions.  The closing date for applications is March 01, 2007.
http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=11350

16. Sign Up For Recyclemania 2007
Registration for RecycleMania 2007 is now open! RecycleMania is a 10-week, intercollegiate recycling competition that challenges colleges and universities from around the country to compete to collect the largest amount of recyclables or generate the least amount of waste. Schools can compete in one or more contests designed to measure their waste reduction prowess. Last year’s competition involved 93 schools from 33 states and resulted in the recycling of more than 18.6 million pounds of waste! The 2007 competition will run from January 28 to April 7, 2007.
http://www.recyclemaniacs.org/

17. Fellowships in Sustainability Science, Center for International Development, Harvard University

The Sustainability Science Program at Harvard University's Center for International Development invites applications for resident fellowships in sustainability science for the University's academic year beginning in September 2007.  The fellowship competition is open to advanced doctoral and post-doctoral students, and to professionals engaged in the practice of harnessing science and technology to promote sustainable development.   Successful applicants will spend their fellowships in residence at the Sustainability Science Program, receiving a competitive stipend plus health, office space and computer support, and access to Harvard's libraries and other research facilities.  Fellows will be expected to spend about half time on their own work, and half time in collaborative work with other fellows and faculty associated with the Program.  A preliminary application is due by 15 December 2006.
http://www.cid.harvard.edu/sustsci/grants/fellows/07_fellows_RFP.htm

18. People, Environment and Development Study Abroad Program
The International Sustainable Development Studies Institute is seeking applicants for its Fall 2007 People, Environment and Development study abroad program in Thailand.  The program combines experiential study of culture and ecology with learning practical expedition and leadership skills.  Academically rigorous courses on Thai Language and Society, Sustainable Agriculture, Political Ecology of Forests, and Islands, Oceans and Sustainability blend the social and natural sciences to help students better understand the links between ecology and culture.  The program takes place from late August to mid December.  Applications are due by February 23, 2007.
http://www.isdsi.org/

Jobs & Internships

19. Manager for Sustainability Initiatives, UC Riverside
University of California, Riverside seeks a Manager for Sustainability Initiatives to develop and implement a comprehensive campus sustainability program..  Applicants should have a Bachelors degree in Environmental Studies (or related discipline) and a minimum of seven years relevant experience.  The position will be housed within the Department of Environmental Health and Safety and is open until filled.
http://humanresources.ucr.edu/jobs/JobsBrowse.aspx?@strJobNumber=06-10-026

20. Assistant Professor, Environmental Policy, Seattle University
The Institute of Public Service invites applications for a tenure track, assistant professor position in its environmental studies and public affairs programs.  The position takes primary responsibility for teaching in the area of environmental policy including course topics on global environment policy, local and urban environmental issues, and environmental law.  A completed doctorate in environmental policy or environmental studies (with a policy emphasis), public administration, public affairs, public policy or political science is required.  The applicant should provide evidence of excellent teaching capacity, solid research potential and an orientation to public or community service.  Experience with geographic information systems would be an asset.  The position begins September 2007, and applications will be reviewed beginning November 13. 
http://www.seattleu.edu/artsci/eco/Open%20Position%20Environmental%20Policy.pdf

21. Position in Agricultural Sustainability and Society, UC Davis
The Community Studies and Development Unit, Department of Human and Community Development, University of California, Davis, has announced an opening for an academic year (9-month), tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level to teach and conduct research on agricultural sustainability and community development.  Appointment is expected before July 1, 2007.  Review of the applications will begin January 1, 2007. The position will remain open until filled.
http://chronicle.com/jobs/id.php?id=0000481200-01&pg=s&cc=

22. Director, Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies, San Francisco State University

The Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies, the marine and estuarine science campus of San Francisco State University (SFSU), seeks candidates for the Director.  Applicants should possess a doctorate with a strong research record in estuarine, coastal, and/or oceanographic systems; solid experience in administration and management of a field station or a large, preferably multi-disciplinary, research program; and excellent leadership and communication skills.  The position will remain open until filled; review of applications will begin in early December 2006.
http://chronicle.com/jobs/id.php?id=0000481391-01&pg=s&cc=

Events

23. 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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