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AASHE Bulletin

Contents for 11.30.06:

NEWS
1. UNC Chapel Hill Expansion Recognized as One of America's Best New Development Projects
2. University of Wisconsin-River Falls Offers Sustainable Agriculture Option
3. Allegheny College Launches Its First Environmental Responsibility Taskforce
4. Salisbury University Signs Energy Performance Contract
5. University of Michigan Begins Space Utilization Study
6. Northwestern Michigan College Installs Wind Turbine
7. UC Santa Barbara Research Building Receives LEED Basic Certification
8. Two PA Campuses Receive Grants for Composting Equipment
9. Allegheny College Students Create Sustainability-Themed Insiders Guide
10. Free Bicycle Rental Program Begins at Texas Christian University

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
11. Sustainability Coordinator, University of Idaho

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

News

1. UNC Chapel Hill Expansion Recognized as One of America's Best New Development Projects
The Sierra Club has recognized the expansion of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as one of ten outstanding examples of new development that use innovative and environmentally sensitive methods of stormwater management.  UNC Chapel Hill is adding 5.9 million square feet of new buildings to its campus without adding to stormwater runoff.  The University is achieving this through a combination of green roofs, porous pavement, rain gardens, green spaces, and the installation of a 70,000 gallon underground cistern to store rainwater for irrigation.
http://www.sierraclub.org/healthycommunities/buildingbetter/2006/nc_chapelhill.asp

2. University of Wisconsin-River Falls Offers Sustainable Agriculture Option
The University of Wisconsin-River Falls has added a new sustainable agriculture option within the crop and soils major in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences.  The goals of the program are to provide the students with knowledge and skills needed to produce food, fiber and other agriculture products within the framework of sustainable agriculture systems; learn to market sustainable agricultural products in local, national, and international markets; and explore and promote land stewardship and agricultural community viability.   The sustainable agriculture option was approved a recent faculty senate meeting after more than two years in the planning stage. 
http://www.uwrf.edu/pa/2006/0611/1120065.htm

3. Allegheny College Launches Its First Environmental Responsibility Taskforce

Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania recently convened its first environmental taskforce to study how the college can reduce its environmental impact and become more sustainable.  The group is comprised of administrators, staff, and faculty from all areas of the college, plus three students.  The taskforce hopes to create a broad vision of sustainability for campus and serve as a model for the surrounding community.  In the short term it will identify specific steps that can be taken immediately. 
http://www.allegheny.edu/green/

4. Salisbury University Signs Energy Savings Performance Contract

Salisbury University has entered into an energy savings performance contract with Pepco Energy Services.  The initiative is guaranteed by PES to save at least $5.3 million in energy costs over the next 15 years, an amount sufficient to pay for the project.  PES will provide services for 17 projects, including the replacement of aging mechanical equipment or the installation of more efficient equipment in 14 buildings, the installation of tens of thousands more energy-efficient bulbs and lighting fixtures and the installation of energy “misers” on vending machines.  The project also involves upgrading approximately 1,700 plumbing fixtures to conserve 11,000 gallons of water annually and reducing excessive air and solar infiltration to building interiors in 38 locations. Maintenance and 15-year guarantees are included on all equipment installed.
http://www.salisbury.edu/newsevents/fullstoryview.asp?ID=3101
http://sev.prnewswire.com/oil-energy/20061128/DCTU05728112006-1.html

5. University of Michigan Begins Space Utilization Study
The University of Michigan has begun a multi-year space utilization study to investigate how efficiently the University is using its space.  The study will examine why there are relatively few classes on Fridays; why fewer classes are held in the mornings and evenings; why some professors have several offices around campus; and how energy costs are linked to underutilized buildings.  Administrators hope that using its facilities more efficiently will reduce the need and expense of constructing new facilities. 
http://www.mlive.com/news/aanews/index.ssf?/base/news-20/1164527504214850.xml&coll=2

6. Northwestern Michigan College Installs Wind Turbine
Northwestern Michigan College has installed a 10-kilowatt wind turbine on campus The generator is a major addition to NMC's Energy Demonstration Center, which will provide training for people to work in related trades, as well as education for anyone interested in learning more about renewable energy sources.  Power generated by the system will be tied to the Traverse City Light and Power grid and will be continuously monitored for performance and reliability. This data will be used by technical students to study wind power generation and to train installers. Further, the system will be used to train technicians to service and maintain wind generators.
http://www.nmc.edu/news/2006/111506-wind-tower.html
Listing of campus wind turbines: http://www.aashe.org/resources/wind_campus.php

7. UC Santa Barbara Research Building Receives LEED Basic Certification
University of California, Santa Barbara's Marine Science Research Building has received LEED basic certification.  The $25 million building includes waterless urinals and dual-flush toilets, and is powered with wind energy.
http://www.ucsbdailynexus.com/news/2006/12646.html

8. Two PA Campuses Receive Grants for Composting Equipment

Delaware Valley College and Penn State University have received grants from the Pennsylvania Compost Infrastructure Development Grant Program.  Delaware Valley College received $105,000 to purchase equipment that will improve the quality of the finished compost produced from its existing in-vessel composter.  The College's wind powered composter takes food waste from campus cafeterias as well as horticultural waste generated on the campus.  Penn State received $92,000 for equipment that will enable existing composting equipment to be transported and shared between the State College Borough compost facility, the Center County Office of Solid Waste and the university compost facility.  Equipment sharing will save each partner money and it also creates a network of organic waste recycling partners within the region. The equipment purchased through this grant also will provide the partners the necessary means to initiate a three-year pilot program for the curbside collection of organic waste in residential areas surrounding State College - the first of its kind on the East Coast.
http://www.state.pa.us/papower/cwp/view.asp?A=11&Q=458265

9. Allegheny College Students Create Sustainability-Themed Insiders Guide

A class of students at Allegheny College has launched an online "Insiders Guide" designed to connect students and the local community.  The Guide lists local businesses, events, opportunities for recreation and entertainment, and a sections focused on sustainability.  The sustainability sections describe local business that offer more sustainable products and services.
http://insidersguide.allegheny.edu/

10. Free Bicycle Rental Program Begins at Texas Christian University
Texas Christian University has begun a "purple-bike" bicycle sharing program.  Under the program, students will be able to rent a bicycle, lock, and helmet at no charge.  The program is starting with five bicycles and organizers have submitted proposals to fund the purchase of additional bikes and equipment.  The bicycles are equipped with GPS locators that will enable organizers to track where the bicycles are being used.
http://www.dfw.com/mld/dfw/news/16106701.htm

Jobs & Internships

11. Sustainability Coordinator, University of Idaho
The University of Idaho is seeking an enterprising and energetic individual to provide leadership in a newly created Sustainability Coordinator position.  The Sustainability Coordinator will lead efforts to create and implement an institution-wide sustainability plan for the University of Idaho, and will work collaboratively with administrators, faculty, staff and students to advance sustainability initiatives that will be effectual in transforming curriculum, research, operations and outreach activities at the UI.  Primary goals of this position are to educate the campus about sustainability issues, help the university prepare future leaders who are knowledgeable about sustainability, and assist the university to conduct its affairs in a sustainable manner. The Coordinator will also collaborate on sustainability issues with the local communities, and liaise with sustainability leaders at other institutions.  The position is fully funded for two years, and partially funded for three subsequent years. Its continuation is contingent on securing additional future funding. Oversight for this position will be shared by the College of Graduate Studies and Facilities.  A bachelor's degree and at least 3 years progressively responsible experience in a related field are required.  The first review of applications will begin no sooner than January 9, 2007.
http://tinyurl.com/srjdh

Events

12. 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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