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Contents for 11.23.06:

NEWS
1. Oberlin to Sign Climate Neutral Pledge
2. Pomona College Biology Building Receives LEED Silver Certification
3. New Presidential Perspectives Essay Focuses on Sustainability and Campus Dining
4. University of Florida Exchanges Light Bulbs
5. Bates College Joins EPA Green Power Leadership Club
6. Oberlin Adopts Green Building Policy
7. Hartwick College Receives Grant for Green Building
8. University of Michigan Begins Car Sharing Program
9. Auburn Students Design Green Roof
10. Dorm Energy Competition Begins are Harvard Business School
11. N.C. State Design Team Awarded First Place at National Sustainable Design Competition
12. Winthrop University Receives Energy Efficiency Award

OPPORTUNITIES
13. 2007 NWF Campus Ecology Fellowships
14. Study Abroad program in Sustainable Community Development in Kefalonia, Greece

EVENTS
15. CFP: 2nd Annual Smart and Sustainable Campus Conference
16. SCUP Webcast: Making the Business Case for Green Building
17. Web-Conference: Addressing Climate Change in the MBA Classroom

News

1. Oberlin to Sign Climate Neutral Pledge
Oberlin College President Nancy Dye recently pledged her support for the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, which commits Oberlin College to developing a comprehensive plan aimed at achieving a climate neutral campus as soon as possible.  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.
http://www.oberlin.edu/stupub/ocreview/2006/11/17/news/Dye_Makes_Pledge_Climate_N.html

2. Pomona College Biology Building Receives LEED Silver Certification
Pomona College’s Richard C. Seaver Biology Building has been awarded LEED Silver certification.  The $23.5 million, biology building achieved the certification by maximizing natural light filtration with large windows, light shelves and a three-story glass atrium and through the use of high efficiency indoor lighting, photovoltaic panels for solar energy, certified renewable wood, recycled construction materials, low-emitting materials (e.g. adhesives, carpet), and a thermal energy storage system that will help the college to reduce energy use during peak demands.  The 46,270-square-foot building opened in January 2005 and exceeds California energy-related design codes by 10 percent, yielding an estimated $75,000 per year in energy savings. 
http://pomona.edu/events/news/NewsItems/110306greenaward.shtml
http://www.tsl.pomona.edu/author.php?article=2010

3. New Presidential Perspectives Essay Focuses on Sustainability and Campus Dining
The newest Presidential Perspectives essay, “Sustainability and Campus Dining,” written by Dr. Phillip D. Creighton, President, Pacific University, focuses on the recent “greening” of American campuses and how campus dining programs have become one of the most visible areas for institutions to demonstrate their commitment to sustainability.  In his essay, Dr. Creighton discusses the nuances of sustainable dining and its connection to Pacific University’s overall strategic plan.
http://www.presidentialperspectives.org/pdf/Essay%209%20-%20Sustainable%20Dining.pdf

4. University of Florida Exchange Light Bulbs
The University of Florida Department of Housing and Residence Education, Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU), and the International Carbon Bank and Exchange (ICBE) are piloting a compact fluorescent light bulb exchange in a University-owned graduate and family housing apartment complex.  Housing maintenance staff will be replacing over 3,700 incandescent light bulbs in university-owned light fixtures with more efficient compact fluorescent bulbs.  The primary goal of the exchange is to reduce energy consumption and educate residents on energy efficient behaviors and to see how measurable of an effect the CFLs have on energy consumption.  Organizers anticipate this initiative to save residents over $15,000.  GRU and the ICBE are also conducting customer satisfaction research related to CFL use and ongoing energy use research as part of this pilot project. Based on the results of this pilot project, the CFL light bulb exchange may be expanded to other graduate and family housing apartment complexes in the future. 
http://sustainability.ufl.edu/forum/messageview.aspx?catid=44&threadid=143&enterthread=y

5. Bates College Joins EPA Green Power Leadership Club
The EPA has included Bates in its Green Power Leadership Club, which distinguishes institutions whose power purchases meet or exceed a certain proportion of renewable power.  Nearly 96 percent of the power that Bates purchases is from renewable sources, including biomass generation, small hydro and wind power facilities.  Bates is the largest purchaser of green power both within the New England Small College Athletic Conference and among all small, private liberal arts colleges in the EPA's Green Power Partnership 
http://www.bates.edu/x151987.xml

6. Oberlin Adopts Green Building Policy

Oberlin College's Board of Trustees has approved a policy stating, "Oberlin will achieve a LEED rating of a least silver for new construction and major renovation projects, unless, with regard to a particular project, it is determined that either doing so would be financially imprudent or that specific alternate steps would allow Oberlin to achieve superior environmental performance at a cost similar to that involved in the LEED standard." 
http://www.oberlin.edu/news-info/06nov/leed.html

7. Hartwick College Receives Grant for Green Building
Hartwick College has been awarded a grant in the amount of $50,000 from the George I. Alden Trust toward the construction of a new green classroom building.  Site selection will minimize the heat-island effect and aim for no net increase in runoff. The building systems will incorporate a sustainable design approach that promotes energy efficiency. When complete, the building will be the most energy-efficient building on the Hartwick campus.
http://www.hartwick.edu/x19147.xml
http://www.hartwick.edu/x18453.xml

8. University of Michigan Begins Car Sharing Program
University of Michigan Parking and Transportation Services has partnered with Zipcar, a North American car sharing company, to provide six vehicles for University of Michigan faculty, staff and students—as well as community residents—to access for an hour or a day for personal use or University business.  Members of the University community can join the program for a discounted annual fee of $30.  Prospective drivers must be 21 or older. 
http://www.ns.umich.edu/htdocs/releases/story.php?id=1046
http://www.zipcar.com/press/releases/press-60

9. Auburn Students Design Green Roof

A class of students at Auburn University have designed and installed a green roof.  The Green Roof is made up of rows of specially potted native plants that will provide environmental benefits such as reducing carbon dioxide and controlling stormwater runoff. 
http://www.ocm.auburn.edu/news_releases/greenroof.html

10. Dorm Energy Competition Begins are Harvard Business School

Harvard Business School will be holding a Dorm Energy Competition over a 3 week period ending December 11.  The dorm with the best combined score for electricity savings and the percent of residents signing a sustainability pledges will win a prize.  In addition, all dorms with more than 70 percent of residents signing the sustainability pledge will receive renewable energy credits equivalent to 10 percent of the dorm's total electricity consumption.
Havard Business article

11. N.C. State Design Team Awarded First Place at National Sustainable Design Competition
A student design team from N.C. State University was one of three teams awarded first place at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Natural Talent Design Competition.  The winning design, which is currently being constructed by three North Carolina Habitat for Humanity affiliates, integrates sustainable design strategies that could be used by all income levels. Innovations include $46 per square foot materials costs, passive solar design, energy efficient construction and universal accessibility.
Press Release

12. Winthrop University Receives Energy Efficiency Award

Winthrop recently was named a 2006 Duke Energy Power Partner Award winner in recognition of its energy management efforts.  Winthrop has reduced energy costs and increased efficiency by using different fuels to produce steam with a new electrode boiler.  According to Walter Hardin, Winthrop's associate vice president for facilities management, energy conservation is one of the university's top priorities. "Winthrop incorporates energy savings in all of our planning decisions because it is the right thing to do."
http://www.winthrop.edu/news/releases/dukenergyaward.htm

Opportunities

13. 2007 NWF Campus Ecology Fellowships
The National Wildlife Federation Campus Ecology Fellowships will be awarded to college undergraduate and graduate students who desire to help reverse global warming on campus and beyond. Special emphasis will be placed on selecting Fellows from colleges and universities where a team of faculty, staff, and other students is either already working on or is interested in working on campus-wide climate action and can provide support for fulfilling the core and elective requirements of the Fellowship.  Each Fellow will work to secure a commitment from the administration to reduce net emissions by 30% by 2020, and will implement climate action projects.  Fellows may receive up to $2000 to help offset project or living expenses.  Undergraduate or graduate students from any college or university in the United States may apply.  Applications are due by January 31, 2007.
http://www.nwf.org/campusEcology/pdfs/requestforproposals.pdf

14. Study Abroad program in Sustainable Community Development in Kefalonia, Greece
Western Washington University is offering a study abroad program on Sustainable Community Development on the Island of Kefalonia in Greece.  The program offers a multi-disciplinary, applied studies curriculum with coursework in Urban and Regional Planning, Environmental Studies, Social Anthropology, Community Design, Language and Culture, Agro-Ecology, Tourism and Economic Sustainable Development.  The program will run from March– June and participation in the program costs $7,998.  Academic credit is available.
http://www.ac.wwu.edu/~zaferan/index-kefalonia%20program.htm
http://ahastudyabroad.org/programs/greece/kefalonia

Events

15. 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

16. Web-Conference: Addressing Climate Change in the MBA Classroom
December 15th, 2006; 2:00 - 3:00 pm, EST
In this web-conference, Dr. Andrew J. Hoffman, Holcim Professor of Sustainable Enterprise at the Ross School of Business, University of Michagan, and Co-Director of the Corporate Environmental Management Program at the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise, will learn how to incorporate discussion on climate change into strategy, finance, organizational behavior and operations courses.  Dr. Hoffman will present the results of a one year study into the motivations and mechanics of corporate climate related strategies and will describe the existing range of options for developing a climate strategy and benchmarks for industry best practice on this issue.  Registration is free.
http://www.caseplace.org/commentary/commentary_show.htm?doc_id=426363&enews=1

17. SCUP Webcast: Making the Business Case for Green Building
December 5, 2006; 1:00–2:30 pm EST
The Society for College and University Planning is organizing a webcast entitled "Making the Business Case: Understanding the Costs and Financial Benefits of Green Building."  This event will help participants better understand the financial ramifications of the decision to build environmentally sensitive buildings. The presenters are Leith Sharp, director of the Harvard Green Campus Initiative, Greg Kats, a principal at Capital E, and Jerry Yudelson, principal of Yudelson Associates.
http://www.scup.org/profdev/notravel/2006/biz_case_green_bldg.html



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