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Dear AASHE Bulletin subscribers,

Happy New Year and welcome to the redesigned AASHE Bulletin! As you'll see, the content is the same, but we have added some new features that we hope you'll enjoy. In particular, items in the table of contents have been linked to the stories below so that you can quickly find the story you are interested in. We'd very much appreciate your comments on the redesign, as well as suggestions for further improvement.

Wishing you the best in 2007,

Julian Dautremont-Smith
AASHE Bulletin editor

Table of Contents for 1/04/07:

NEWS
1. University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Commits to Climate Neutrality
2. Penn State Increases Its Purchase of Renewable Energy
3. UCSB Plans LEED-EB Certification for 25 Buildings
4. Ohlone College Appoints New Coordinator of Sustainability
5. Duke Hires New Green Purchasing & Supplier Diversity Coordinator
6. U Texas Schools Offer Free Tuition to Students from Low Income Families
7. Campus Sustainability Featured in Christian Science Monitor
8. Weatherhead to Launch Sustainability Executive Education Program
9. SUNY-ESF Partners on Cellulosic Ethanol Facility
10. Frostburg State to Research, Develop Solar-Wind Energy Project
11. Central Carolina Community College Hires Biofuels Curriculum Developer
12. Connecticut College to Hold Concert with Energy Savings
13. New Mexico State University Plans Solar Parking Structure

NEW RESOURCES
14. Campus Sustainability Officer Survey
15. Toward Sustainable Campus Communities Study

OPPORTUNITIES
16. Harvard Green Campus Initiative Sustainability Course
17. Campus Ecology Chill Out Contest
18. Convenient Truths: A Green Video Contest
19. 2007 Campus Ecology Fellowships
20. Arizona State University Sustainability Degree Programs
21. Lifecycle Building Challenge

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
22. Recycling & Waste Reduction Coordinator, Duke University
23. Manager-Recycling & Solid Waste, University of Maryland
24. Endowed Chair of Community, Culture & Environment, Northern Arizona University
25. Asst./Assoc. Prof. of Interdisciplinary Ecological Education, Culture & Learning, Portland State
26. Assistant/Associate Professor for Design and Sustainability, The New School
27. Director, Institute for Sustainable Urban Engineering, University of Cincinnati
28. Director of Environmental Studies, Southern Oregon University
29. Dean of the College of Natural Resources and the Environment, U Mass Amherst

EVENTS
30. CFP: 2nd Annual Smart and Sustainable Campus Conference
31. Rising to the Climate Challenge: Visions Of Our Future Week of Action
32. CFP: Greening of the Campus VII
33. 2010 Imperative: Global Emergency Teach-In

News

 

1. University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Commits to Climate Neutrality
University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Chancellor Bruce Shepard has committed to sign the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment, a pledge to develop a long-range plan to reduce and ultimately neutralize greenhouse gas emissions on the campus. The Presidents Climate Commitment is modeled after the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement. It seeks to identify at least 200 college and university presidents who will become charter signatories at a major public summit in June 2007.
See also: http://www.aashe.org/presidentsclimatecommitment.php

2. Penn State Increases Its Purchase of Renewable Energy
Penn State has awarded contracts to meet more than 20 percent of its electrical energy needs through renewable energy sources for the next five years. The University awarded contracts to Community Energy, for Pennsylvania-based wind energy; 3 Phases Energy, for national wind and biomass energy; and Sterling Planet, for low-impact certified hydroelectric. Under the contracts, the major sources of generation are wind, 8.1 percent; biomass, 3.9 percent; low-impact certified hydroelectric, 7.9 percent; new technologies (solar and bio-mass) 0.6 percent, for a total of 20.5 percent. Since 2001, the University has been purchasing five percent of its annual electrical energy needs from renewable sources.

3. UCSB Plans LEED-EB Certification for 25 Buildings
UC Santa Barbara has signed an agreement with the U.S. Green Building Council to use the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Existing Building (LEED-EB) rating system in 25 of its existing buildings over the next five years. UCSB has already completed one successful LEED for Existing Building project in Girvetz Hall, and plans to make all existing buildings LEED certified.

4. Ohlone College Appoints New Coordinator of Sustainability
Ohlone College President Dr. Doug Treadway has announced the appointment of George Rodgers as the College's first Sustainability Coordinator. In this position, Rodgers will lead implementation of the college's policy on Environmental Sustainability. Under Rodgers leadership, the College's Sustainability Task Force will engage the college community in reducing waste, recycling, energy and water conservation, reducing materials and supplies consumption, alternative energy systems, campus beautification and cleanliness, volunteer and service learning projects, grants support, measurement and reporting of sustainability data and other activities that arise from the district-wide sustainability plan.
See also: Directory of Campus Sustainability Officers (AASHE members only)

5. Duke Hires New Green Purchasing & Supplier Diversity Coordinator
Duke's Procurement Department has recently hired Mary Buhl Crawford to spearhead their efforts to move towards more sustainable and responsible business practices across the university and health system. Crawford's duel role will focus both on aligning the procurement of goods and services with environmentally sustainable principles as well as the incorporation of historically underutilized business segments (including minority- and woman-owned companies) into campus purchasing.

6. U Texas Schools Offer Free Tuition to Students from Low Income Families
In December, five University of Texas institutions (UT Arlington, Pan American, Permian Basin, San Antonio and Tyler) announced plans to provide free tuition to Texas residents from families with an income level of $25,000 or less. The goal of the initiative is to improve access to higher education for students from low-income backgrounds. UT Austin and El Paso already have similar programs in place, and the remaining UT institutions, Brownsville and Dallas, are considering joining the effort.
See also: http://www.panam.edu/2000/news/index.cfm?newsid=3237&curtype=release&curbar=news
http://www.utsa.edu/today/2006/12/access.cfm
http://www.uttyler.edu/news/pressrelease/2006/121806.html

7. Campus Sustainability Featured in Christian Science Monitor
A recent article in the Christian Science Monitor highlights the growth of sustainability on campus. The article focuses on Arizona State University's sustainability initiatives, which include opening the first School of Sustainability in the US, research devoted to sustainability, and a green building policy. The story includes an interview with Arizona State University's President, Michael Crow.

8. Weatherhead to Launch Sustainability Executive Education Program
Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University has designed a new executive program, Sustainability for Value and Profit, to take place on February 21 and 22, 2007. Participating executives will develop practical skills for integrating sustainability into the normal course of business operations. Instructional leaders include David Cooperrider, professor and chairman of the department of organizational behavior at Weatherhead and Chris Laszlo, visiting professor at Weatherhead, co-founder of Sustainable Value Partners, and author of the recent book, The Sustainable Company: How to Create Lasting Value through Social and Environmental Performance. The program was inspired by ideas shared by top business and thought leaders at a recent international forum, Business as an Agent for World Benefit, where sustainability emerged as a major theme.

9. SUNY-ESF Partners on Cellulosic Ethanol Facility
New York Gov. George Pataki has announced a $10.2 million grant to the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry and three commercial partners to develop the first commercial cellulosic ethanol facility in the U.S. ESF will work with Catalyst Renewables Corporation, the engineering firm of O'Brien and Gere, and New Energy Capital, to develop and construct the pilot biorefinery in Lyonsdale, NY. Previously, ESF worked with Catalyst Renewables to establish the first commercial willow plantation in the U.S. In addition to willow, the Lyonsdale facility will use low-grade timber from surrounding North Country forests to produce an estimated 130,000 gallons of cellulosic ethanol per year and other bio-based energy products. The plant also will generate electricity.

10. Frostburg State to Research, Develop Solar-Wind Energy Project
The Frostburg State University Department of Physics and Engineering recently secured funding from the Maryland Energy Administration that will allow the University to build a demonstration system with a 35-45 ft. wind turbine and photovoltaic solar panels to supply energy to a small building on the FSU campus. The purpose of the project: to develop interdisciplinary curriculum and educational outreach programs that will explore the possibilities of harvesting wind and solar energy in Western Maryland. Additionally, FSU will also administer the Maryland State Anemometer Loan Program, which supplies anemometers (wind meters) to residents interested in installing them on their properties.
See also: Listing of campus solar installations, Listing of campus wind installations

11. Central Carolina Community College Hires Biofuels Curriculum Developer
Central Carolina Community College has hired Andrew McMahan to develop an associate's degree curriculum that will train workers for the growing biofuels energy industry. The program will train students to work in the three main areas of biofuels: biodiesel, made primarily from vegetable oils; ethanol, made primarily from corn; and biomass, made from grasses, landfill, hog waste, etc. The biofuels associate's degree program will be the first of its kind in North Carolina and is expected to be ready to enroll students in fall 2008. The program is being funded by a $58,190 grant from the North Carolina Community College System's BioNetwork Center.

12. Connecticut College to Hold Concert with Energy Savings
As an incentive for students to reduce energy consumption, Connecticut College will use a percentage of the savings to fund a "Concert from Conservation." Twenty-five percent of the dollars saved through conservation in the residence halls this winter, compared to energy usage from last winter, will go toward funding a concert on campus this spring. The effort is designed to illustrate that money spent on energy could instead, through conservation efforts, be better used for campus social activities.

13. New Mexico State University Plans Solar Parking Structure
New Mexico State University's Institute for Energy and the Environment and College of Engineering are finalizing the design of a solar-powered or photovoltaic parking structure targeted for construction on the main NMSU campus in Las Cruces in early 2007. The PV structure will be the first non-research, energy production PV array on campus and will be the second-largest such system in New Mexico. The solar power generation station will consist of 18 kW of photovoltaic panels mounted as the canopy to a shaded parking structure.
See also: Listing of campus solar installations

New Resources

 

14. Campus Sustainability Officer Survey
AASHE is conducting a survey of campus sustainability officers to gather basic information about this emerging profession. The survey covers including salary, reporting structure, and job duties, among other things. The survey will help campuses learn from each other and will be especially useful for schools seeking to establish sustainability positions. The results of the survey will be presented publicly online. To protect privacy, salary data are confidential and will only be presented in aggregate. The survey should take 5-10 minutes to complete.

15. Toward Sustainable Campus Communities Study
This study, prepared by Masters students at University of Michigan, identifies and attempts to address what authors see as three common shortcomings of today's campus sustainability initiatives: difficulties in measuring social and economic factors; a lack of consideration for integrative issues such as land use; and a generally reactive approach to proposed development. To engage these concerns, the authors develop a model for predicting the relative sustainability of different campus land use configurations. The model uses computer-based mapping software to measure a set of six sustainability indicators for each land use scenario and uses the University of Michigan's North Campus as a case study.

Opportunities

 

16. Harvard Green Campus Initiative Sustainability Course
The Harvard Green Campus Initiative is offering "Sustainability, The Challenge of Changing Our Institutions" this spring. The course aims to address the real life challenges of environmental sustainability by building change agent capacities of students who operate within myriad institutional and other contexts. It uses Harvard University as a case study to explore the wide range of institutionally related environmental impacts and the associated roles of individuals within these settings. The course begins January 29, 2007 and can be taken in the classroom or online via the Harvard Extension School Distance Learning Program. Registration is due by February 4th, 2007. Course tuition is $650 for noncredit and undergraduate credit, and $1,575 for graduate credit.

17. 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.

18. Convenient Truths: A Green Video Contest
Seventh Generation and TreeHugger.com present Convenient Truths are holding Convenient Truths, a green video contest. They invite submission of 1-2 minute videos that demonstrate practical, easy and inspired ways to reduce your carbon emissions. Winning videos will broadcast on various outlets including weather.com 's climate change site One Degree and the Top 10 videos will be packaged on a DVD and distributed by Ironweed Films. In addition, $25,000 worth of prizes - including an all-expense paid trip for two to Alaska, Patagonia gear, solar bikes & backpacks, and a Zipcar membership - will be awarded to the makes of the top entries. The deadline for applications is February 28, 2007.

19. 2007 National Wildlife Federation Campus Ecology Fellowships
The National Wildlife Federation Campus Ecology Program invites fellowship applications from undergraduate and graduate students who are confronting global warming on campus and beyond. Campus Ecology Fellows receive modest stipends, training, networking opportunities, and national recognition. Projects may cover a range of approaches to addressing global warming, including transportation, energy, habitats, and planning. Fellows receive up to $2000 to offset project expenses. NWF especially is seeking applicants from campuses interested in demonstrating leadership on global warming. Applications are due by January 31, 2007.

20. Arizona State University Sustainability Degree Programs
Arizona State University is now accepting applications for enrollment in new master's, doctoral, or professional certificate programs in sustainability. The graduate programs train students for academic, research, and professional roles in advancing sustainability. Graduates will be able to understand the dynamics of coupled social and environmental systems and will be able to organize collaborative teams to conduct research and provide adaptive solutions to specific sustainability problems. Curricula will be problem rather than discipline-based, with most courses co-led by faculty from different specialties. Priority consideration will be accorded to applications submitted by January 15, 2007.

21. Lifecycle Building Challenge
The Lifecycle Building Challenge is a web-based competition open to professionals-architects, designers, manufacturers, builders, deconstruction experts, reuse professionals, engineers, etc. and students. Lifecycle designs are sought in following the categories: whole building, a single component, and a tool, method, or other idea. Registration for the Challenge closes on Feb. 15.

Jobs & Internships

 

22. Recycling & Waste Reduction Coordinator, Duke University
Duke University seeks a Recycling & Waste Reduction Coordinator to coordinate recycling programs and increase awareness and support for the Recycling and Waste Reduction Program. The minimum salary for the position is $35,188. Applicants should have a four year degree and one year of experience in a recycling program.

23. Manager-Recycling & Solid Waste, University of Maryland
University of Maryland seeks a Manager of Recycling & Solid Waste to be responsible for the day-to-day management of the recycling and solid waste programs at the University. The Manager will work to increase campus participation in recycling and waste management initiatives and improve campus awareness of the environmental benefits of an effective waste management program. Applicants must have a Bachelors Degree, preferably in a business-related field, and a minimum of 5 years experience in managing a medium to large business operation. For best consideration, submit resume by January 5, 2007.

24. Endowed Chair of Community, Culture & Environment, Northern Arizona University
Northern Arizona University invites applications for the Frances B. McAllister Endowed Chair in Community, Culture, and Environment. Established in 1997, the McAllister Chair oversees the Program in Community, Culture, and Environment whose mission is to engage the university and community in dialog about the Colorado Plateau. The McAllister Chair provides leadership of interdisciplinary initiatives that are focused on developing a culture of place and civic engagement on the Plateau. The appointment will be at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor. Review of applications will begin on February 21, 2007 and will continue until the position is filled.

25. Asst./Assoc. Prof. of Interdisciplinary Ecological Education, Culture & Learning, Portland State
This position provides overall leadership for the Portland International Initiative for Leadership in Ecology, Culture and Learning (PIIECL) in teaching, research and community outreach. Applicants should have demonstrated scholarship in interdisciplinary inquiry, especially in the intersection of culture and nature, leadership and organizations, social change and social movements. Candidate must be capable of teaching in the core classes in ecology, culture and learning, and must have demonstrated robust scholarly visibility both in the theoretical development as well as applied field of sustainability and ecological education.

26. Assistant/Associate Professor for Design and Sustainability, The New School
Parsons - the New School for Design seeks an Assistant or Associate Professor to contribute to the development of the study of design and sustainability and to teach relevant courses on sustainability and design. The position provides a significant opportunity to contribute to the on-going development of curriculum and courses that support the integration of sustainable design at Parsons in both undergraduate BFA degree as well as future graduate programs. Specifically, the position will first be focusing on the development of a common environmental literacy for all Parsons students at the undergraduate level. Applications are due by February 26, 2007.

27. Director, Institute for Sustainable Urban Engineering, University of Cincinnati
The University of Cincinnati College of Engineering is soliciting applications for a senior-level position to lead a new campus wide institute in sustainable urban engineering. The institute aims to understand how urban infrastructure and policies affect the health and wealth of cities. Current research focus areas include: urban infrastructure and sustainable metropolitan development; human ecology and health in urban areas; transformation, transport, and cycling of contaminants in the regional urban environment; wireless and sensor networks for urban infrastructure health monitoring; and urban infrastructure assessment, protection, and sustainability. Individuals with broad educational backgrounds and research experience are invited to apply. Applicant screening will begin Feb. 15, 2007 but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

28. Director of Environmental Studies, Southern Oregon University
Southern Oregon University seeks a Director for its growing interdisciplinary Environmental Studies Program. This is a tenure-track position at the Assistant or Associate Professor rank, depending upon qualifications. The ES Director is responsible for administration and teaching in a program with over 100 majors that integrates coursework in the natural and social sciences. Application review began on December 1, 2006.

29. Dean of the College of Natural Resources and the Environment, U Mass Amherst
The University of Massachusetts Amherst invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of the College of Natural Resources and the Environment. The Dean reports directly to the Provost and is responsible for developing and implementing a strategic vision for the College by working with faculty, staff, and students. The College, which has 112 tenure-system faculty, is comprised of seven departments including: Food Science; Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning; Microbiology; Natural Resources Conservation; Plant, Soil and Insect Sciences; Resource Economics; and Veterinary and Animal Sciences. To ensure full consideration, nominations and applications should be received by January 26, 2007.

Events

 

30. 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.

31. Rising to the Climate Challenge: Visions Of Our Future Week of Action
January 29 - February 2nd
The Energy Action Coalition is organizing a week of action to jumpstart the second semester of the Campus Climate Challenge and to pressure the new U.S. Congress and the returning Canadian Parliament to enact aggressive policies to address global warming. "Rising to the Climate Challenge: Visions Of Our Future" will spotlight the importance of bold and immediate action on global warming. Students are encouraged to organize events on campus and in their communities to educate campus and political leaders about global warming. The first 1,000 campuses who register will be offered the chance to host a free campus screening of "An Inconvenient Truth".

32. CFP: Greening of the Campus VII
September 6 - 8, 2007; Ball State University, Muncie, IN
A call for papers has been issued for Greening of the Campus VII - Partnering for Sustainablity: Enabling a Diverse Future. The conference is the seventh in a series dating from 1996. Organizers invite proposals for presentations that illustrate the important role colleges and universities play in cultivating the awareness, understanding, and ability of students, faculty, professional staff, and their many public constituencies to enhance the health, integrity, and long-term sustainability of the places where they live and work. Abstracts for papers, posters, and workshops are sought in the following categories: Education, Research, Service, and Operations. Abstracts are due by February 12, 2007.

33. 2010 Imperative: Global Emergency Teach-In
February 20th, 2007, Noon - 3:30pm EST The 2010 Imperative Global Emergency Teach-In on global warming is a free interactive web-cast broadcast live from New York, intended to reach more than 500,000 students, faculty, deans and practicing professionals in the architecture, planning and design communities. The web-cast will focus on the need for ecological literacy to become a central tenet of design education. Speakers include Susan Szenasy of Metropolis Magazine, Dr. James Hansen of NASA, Edward Mazria of the American Institute of Architects, and Chris Luebkeman of Arup. All design schools, professional design firms and governmental entities (planning departments, city officials, etc.) are being asked to substitute the Teach-in for classes/work.

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