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AASHE Bulletin

Contents for 11.16.06:

NEWS
1. AASHE Associate Director Interviewed in Grist Magazine
2. Sauder School of Business at UBC Launches MBA Specialization in Sustainability and Business
3. Richard Stockton College Plans Aquifer Thermal Energy Storage Project
4. Michigan State University Joins Chicago Climate Exchange
5. University of Albany Doubles Purchase of Local Produce
6. University of Buffalo to Test Hydrogen Fueled Hybrids
7. Clark University Students Purchase Renewable Energy
8. "Green Apartment" at UC Berkeley Opens for Tours
9. Youngstown State University Begins Composting Kitchen Scraps
10. Clarion University Installs First Photovoltaic Array
11. University of Calgary Bulb Eater Reduces Waste
12. Bowdoin and Lafayette Colleges Proscribe Sudan Investment
13. University of Kentucky Holds Lightbulb Exchange
14. Maine Campuses Embrace Sustainability

NEW RESOURCES
15. Resources on Sustainability in Business Education

OPPORTUNITIES
16. Campus Ecology Chill Out Contest
17. AAAS Survey of Sustainability Science Programs
18. Drum Major Institute Scholars Program
19. Youth Delegation to UN Commission for Social Development

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
20. Environmental Economist, Middlebury College
21. Integrated Waste Management Coordinator, San Jose State University
22. University Energy Manager, George Mason University
23. Climate Program Director, Union of Concerned Scientists

EVENTS
24. CFP: 2nd Annual Smart and Sustainable Campus Conference

News

1. AASHE Associate Director Interviewed in Grist Magazine

Julian Dautremont-Smith, AASHE Associate Director, was interviewed as Grist Magazine's InterActivist this week.  The two-part interview includes questions from Grist editors and readers.  The interview includes information about the American College and University President's Climate Commitment and other initiatives AASHE is working on.
http://www.grist.org/comments/interactivist/2006/11/13/dautremont-smith/index.html

2. Sauder School of Business at UBC Launches MBA Specialization in Sustainability and Business
The Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia has launched a MBA specialization in Sustainability and Business.  The specialization was created through an initial collaboration between the Sauder School of Business and the UBC Faculty of Forestry. Both faculties have seen increased demand from industry, alumni and prospective students for graduate education that recognizes the convergence of business management and leadership skills with environmentally and socially sustainable practices.  In its first year, curriculum will be taught by professors from both faculties, and the long-term goal for the specialization is to include experts from other academic areas as well, such as environmental science and geography.  “Only with the active engagement of the business community is there any realistic hope that our economic, social, and ecological systems can achieve sustainability.  This will require early exposure to the core concepts by embedding them in business school curricula,” Peter Nemetz, coordinator for the new specialization, and author of "Bringing Business On Board: Sustainable Development and the B-School Curriculum".
http://www.sauder.ubc.ca/news/releases/2006/nov/20061107.cfm
http://www.sauder.ubc.ca/mba/program_details/sustainability.cfm
Listing of MBA specializations in sustainability (AASHE members only): http://www.aashe.org/resources/grad_business.php

3. Richard Stockton College Plans Aquifer Thermal Energy Storage Project
The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey is currently seeking bids to construct what is believed to be the first commercial-sized aquifer thermal energy storage project in the US.  The system is expected to be about 12 times more efficient than traditional cooling systems.  It works by pumping groundwater through a cooling tower during winter and storing the chilled water in another part of the aquifer.  Since water in an aquifer travels very slowly and tends not exchange heat quickly, the chilled water will stay cold through the summer when it will be used air condition campus buildings.  The system is expected to save the College about $90,000 per year and will cost about $1 million to construct.
http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/news/story/6929142p-6792334c.html
http://president.stockton.edu/press/2-18-05aquiferenergystorage.htm

4. Michigan State University Joins Chicago Climate Exchange
Michigan State University has joined the Chicago Climate Exchange, a voluntary, legally binding rules-based greenhouse gas emission reduction and trading system.  As a member, Michigan State is committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions 6% below its baseline emissions 1998-2001 by 2010.  MSU will be the fifth university to join the CCX, along with Tufts, University of Iowa, University of Minnesota and University of Oklahoma.
http://newsroom.msu.edu/site/indexer/2910/content.htm http://www.statenews.com/article.phtml?pk=38746
Listing of campus climate commitments: http://www.aashe.org/resources/gw_commitments.php

5. University of Albany Doubles Purchase of Local Produce
University at Albany is doubling their purchases of produce from local farmers for the 2006 semester.  In a typical year, Chartwells, who manages food service at the University, purchases as much as $60,000 per semester in local produce, including corn, cabbage, cucumbers, eggplant, and squash.  "We're committed to continuing and expanding our support for the local farming community," said Julia Filippone, executive director of University Auxiliary Services. "Their produce is superior and we're pleased to direct our spending power to the communities in which we live."
http://www.albany.edu/news/releases/2006/1006/local_farmers.shtml
Listing of campus sustainable food initiatives (AASHE members only): http://www.aashe.org/resources/dining_links.php

6. University of Buffalo to Test Hydrogen Fueled Hybrids
With support from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, the University of Buffalo has begun testing two hydrogen fueled hybrid vehicles.  The goal is to see how the vehicles perform in cold weather.  The cars will be used on and around the campus.
http://www.buffalonews.com/editorial/20061112/1071458.asp
http://www.buffalonews.com/editorial/20061109/1035985.asp

7. Clark University Students Purchase Renewable Energy
Under a new program at Clark University, all students living in campus housing are given the opportunity to pay an additional $30 to purchase wind energy to offset their electricity consumption.  Several hundred students participating in the program this year, raising $10,320 for the New England Wind Fund, administered by the non-profit Mass Energy Consumers Alliance.  Through the CLEAN ENERGY CHOICE® program the state matches these funds twice for renewable energy programs - once to the City of Worcester and once to a fund benefiting low-income residents throughout Massachusetts.
http://www.clarku.edu/offices/publicaffairs/news/press/2006/cleanenergy.cfm

8. "Green Apartment" at UC Berkeley Opens for Tours
UC Berkeley has opened a "Green Apartment" for tours.  The apartment, which is inhabited by 4 students, is outfitted with energy-saving appliances, environmentally-sensitive household and personal hygiene products, as well as other environmentally preferable products.  The apartment builds on the success of a similar "Green Room" project last year.
http://www.berkeley.edu/news/media/releases/2006/11/09_green.shtml

9. Youngstown State University Begins Composting Kitchen Scraps
Youngstown State University hopes to divert up to 15 tons of food wastes a year in a new program has begun a new program to compost kitchen scraps on campus.  The idea for the program started after a waste audit in April 2005 found that 35 percent of the YSU’s waste stream consisted of food waste.  The food will be composting in an Earth Tub, an in-vessel composting system that has a 3 cubic yard capacity and will receive about 100 pounds of food waste per day and will be emptied at the end of each semester.  Youngstown State is believed to be the first campus in Ohio to compost food waste.
http://cfweb.cc.ysu.edu/eUpdate/read.cfm?RecNum=700

10. Clarion University Installs First Photovoltaic Array
Clarion University has installed a high efficiency solar photovoltaic array, which will track the sun and supply electricity to a campus office building.  The project is the result of collaboration between a student environmental group, the physics department, and Facilities Planning and Maintenance staff.  The majority of the funding for this project came from a generous Solar Scholar Grant provided by the Sustainable Energy Fund of Central Eastern Pennsylvania.  Students will monitor the performance of the solar electrical system.
http://news.clarion.edu/News/10928.html
Listing of campus solar installations: http://www.aashe.org/resources/solar_campus.php

11. University of Calgary Bulb Eater Reduces Waste
A new bulb eater at the University of Calgary will keep mercury out of landfills and reduce the overall volume of waste. The machine crushes spent fluorescent tubes, filters out the mercury and stores the glass shards for disposal.  Until recently, old fluorescent tubes were going into the garbage and ending up in landfills. The bulb eater can reduce glass volume from 1200 fluorescent lamps into a single 40 gallon barrel for disposal. The university is currently seeking a partner for recycling the milky-coloured glass, which can’t be mixed with regular clear glass.  The machine will crush over 180,000 fluorescent bulbs over the next three years as the university retrofits its light fixtures with more energy-efficient lamps. 
http://www.ucalgary.ca/news/october2006/bulb-eater-release/

12. Bowdoin and Lafayette Colleges Proscribe Sudan Investment
The Board of Trustees at Bowoin College has voted to divest any direct holdings in companies doing business in the Sudan and to avoid future direct investments in companies that sustain genocide through their support of the Sudanese government.  Similarly, the Board of Trustees at Lafayette College has requested that its external investment managers not invest Lafayette funds with multinational companies that the College has determined have direct business ties to the Sudanese government and whose actions are believed to further the continuing genocide in Darfur.  Both colleges intend to hold educational events on campus to raise awareness about the situation in Darfur.
http://www.bowdoin.edu/news/archives/1bowdoincampus/003572.shtml
http://www.lafayette.edu/news.php/view/9372/

13. University of Kentucky Holds Lightbulb Exchange
The University of Kentucky kicked off its first Renewable and Energy Efficiency Initiative with a campus-wide light bulb exchange.  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 were 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?artid=1726

14. Maine Campuses Embrace Sustainability
A recent Portland Press Herald article describes the sustainability efforts underway on many Maine campuses.  In particular, the article highlights: biodiesel and green cleaning initiatives at University of New England, a working ranch at Unity College, the Communal Bike Club at Bowdoin College, a sustainability across the curriculum initiative at University of Southern Maine, composting at University of Maine at Farmington, and the College of the Atlantic's "net zero" greenhouse gas commitment.
http://business.mainetoday.com/news/061112sustain.html

New Resources

15. Resources on Sustainability in Business Education
AASHE has produced a series of new resources related to sustainability in business education.  These new resources include a list of undergraduate and graduate business programs in sustainability, a listing of business school academic centers and research initiatives on sustainability, and a listing of publications on sustainability in business education.
http://www.aashe.org/resources/business.php

Opportunities

16. Campus Ecology Chill Out Contest

The National Wildlife Federation's Campus Ecology program is soliciting short essays and videos about how campuses are helping to solve global warming.  Winning submissions will be featured in Chill Out: Campus Solutions to Global Warming, a multimedia broadcast on April 18, 2007.  The first 100 campuses that enter the essay contest will receive a DVD copy of An Inconvenient Truth for educational purposes. Essay submissions are due by February 2, 2007 and video submissions due by March 1, 2007.
http://www.nwf.org/campusecology/ChillOutcontest.cfm

17. AAAS Survey of Sustainability Science Programs
American Association for the Advancement of Science is requesting help to build collective understanding of emerging, university-based sustainability science programs.  By gathering and compiling the experiences of the challenges and successes of existing programs, AAAS aims to better identifying how university-based programs might develop and interact, not only in the U.S. but globally.  Participants in university-based research or education program dealing with sustainability science are encouraged to contribute to this effortv by completing an online survey.  Results will be compiled for dissemination on the Forum for Science and Innovation for Sustainable Development and selected submissions will be invited to prepare a poster for display at a 2007 AAAS Annual Meeting session in San Francisco.
http://sustainabilityscience.org/usurvey/

18. Drum Major Institute Scholars Program
The Drum Major Institute for Public Policy (DMI) has launched DMI Scholars to identify progressive college students from diverse communities and train them in the skills necessary to obtain and succeed in entry-level public policy positions.  The central program of DMI Scholars is the Summer Institute, which will be in New York City from July 29 - August 12, 2007. Scholars will learn to approach problems through a policy lens and meet professionals doing this work for government, think tanks, campaigns and advocacy organizations. After the intensive summer training, DMI will work with students to seek out ongoing opportunities for internships, jobs and networking opportunities.  College sophomores and juniors who have demonstrated commitment to advocating for fairness and equity, strong communication skills, and an interest in exploring public policy as a vehicle for their activism are eligible.
http://www.drummajorinstitute.com/dmischolars/

19. Youth Delegation to UN Commission for Social Development
SustainUS Agents of Change program is now accepting applications to participate in a delegation to the Commission for Social Development, being held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City February 7-16.  This delegation provides an opportunity for young people interested in social development to get first-hand experience on the floor of the UN. This year, delegates will work with government delegates, civil society representatives and youth from around the world on policy issues related to employment, youth, disabled persons, and aging.  Applications are due Sunday, December 10th, 2006 at 6:00 pm.
http://sustainus.org/content/view/74/179/

Jobs & Internships

20. Environmental Economist, Middlebury College
The Middlebury College Economics Department seeks to fill a tenure track assistant (PhD) or instructor (ABD) position in the field of environmental economics, beginning September 2007. The successful candidate will also play an important role in the Program in Environmental Studies, and should have a commitment to both research and excellence in teaching in a liberal arts environment.  The deadline for receipt for complete applications is November 30, 2006.
http://www.higheredjobs.com/search/details.cfm?JobCode=175212782

21. Integrated Waste Management Coordinator, San Jose State University

San Jose State University seeks an Integrated Waste Management, Recycling & Moving Services Coordinator.  This position provides all programmatic, fiscal, and administrative functions of the recycling and waste management program. In addition, the position develops and implements policies and procedures that promote recycling and related programs on campus; assures compliance with all Federal, State and local regulations governing recycling and non-hazardous solid waste; serves as the liaison with various local and State agencies.  A bachelor's degree in environmental sciences or a related field and two years of experience in administration of a waste management program are required.
http://www.higheredjobs.com/search/details.cfm?JobCode=175212430

22. University Energy Manager, George Mason University
The George Mason University Facilities Management Department is seeking a full time University Energy Manager. This person will organize, plan, and coordinate the effective operation of the Energy Management Program & Computerized Work Generation & Maintenance Management System. He or she will also be required to direct and/or coordinate EMS system for energy audits, building trends, and cost reallocations. Successful candidate must have demonstrated knowledge of technical network systems, telecommunications and transmission technologies, including network architecture, topologies, protocols and interfaces; extensive technical knowledge and understanding HVAC, electrical systems and equipment, environmental controls, logic networks and DDC. Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, Engineering, Telecommunications, or a related field or equivalent experience preferred.

23. Climate Program Director, Union of Concerned Scientists
Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is seeking a dynamic leader in Cambridge, Massachusetts or Washington, DC for the new position of Climate Program Director.  The Climate Program Director will build and lead a focused, integrated, hard-charging science-based campaign that: builds understanding of policy decision-makers and critical segments of the public that action on global warming is urgently needed; achieves the adoption of far-reaching cross-sectoral and economy-wide US climate policies to put the US on track for deep reductions in global warming emissions needed by mid-century; and re-engages the US in a strong international treaty regime to reduce global warming emissions.  Applications should have 7-10 years of progressively responsible and relevant experience. Campaign experience especially desired.  The application deadline is 12/21/2006.
http://chronicle.com/jobs/id.php?id=0000483750-01&pg=s&cc=

Events

24. CFP: 2nd Annual Smart and Sustainable Campus Conference
April 18-19, 2007; University of Maryland, College Park, MD
A call for presentations has been issued for the 2nd Annual Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference.  Conference participants will discuss a wide range of innovations and solutions associated with achieving smart and sustainable campuses.  Proposals related to the following four topics are sought: Smart Growth and Campus, Engaging Your Campus in Sustainability, Facility Construction and Operation, and Assessment and Measurement.  Presentation proposals are due by January 10, 2007.  The conference organizers are: AASHE, APPA, C2E2: Campus Consortium for Environmental Excellence, CSHEMA: Campus Safety, Health, and Environmental Management Association,
NACUBO: National Association of College and University Business Officers, SCUP: Society for College and University Planning, United States Environmental Protection Agency, and University of Maryland, College Park.
http://www.nacubo.org/x8528.xml



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