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Table of Contents for 1/11/07:

NEWS
1. St. Mary-of-the-Woods College Collects Christmas Trees for Fuel
2. Mount Wachusett CC Tests Biomass Gasification System
3. Bennington College Moving to Biomass Heating
4. West Virginia University to Implement Energy Savings Performance Plan
5. U Louisville to Offer Free Tuition to Students from Low Income Families
6. Northern Illinois University Finds Success with Hybrid Vehicles
7. Elmhurst College Plans $23M Sustainable Redevelopment Project
8. Car Sharing Program Begins at University of Florida

NEW RESOURCES
9. New Issue of International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education
10. Listing of Campus Carsharing Programs

OPPORTUNITIES
11. People, Environment and Development Study Abroad Program

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
12. Director of Campus Sustainability, UCLA
13. Assoc. Dean, School of Environment and Nat. Resources, U Vermont
14. Asst. Prof. & Extension Specialist in Sustainable Living, Utah State
15. Director, Bard Center for Environmental Policy, Bard College

EVENTS
16. Wheaton Summit: Student Leaders in Creation Care
17. Second Environmental Studies Summit
18. Idealist Campus Conference 2007
19. CFP: Greening of the Campus VII

News

 

1. St. Mary-of-the-Woods College Collects Christmas Trees for Fuel
The Sisters of Providence, the religious order that operates St. Mary-of- the-Woods College, is soliciting donations of old Christmas trees. The trees will be ground into wood chips for use in the College's new biomass boiler, which provides heat for the campus.

2. Mount Wachusett CC Tests Biomass Gasification System
Mount Wachusett Community College has begun a one-year test of its new bio-powered micro-cooling, heating and power system. The system is supplying 50 kilowatts of electricity, 80 kilowatts of heat and at least six tons of thermally activated cooling for the college's Gardner campus. The BioMax gasifier system converts woodchips and other biomass into a gas that powers an engine and generator. The goal of the project, which is mostly funded by a $1 million grant from the US Department of Energy, is to determine the effectiveness and technical and economical viability of this type of biomass system and increase awareness of using small modular bio-power as an energy source.

3. Bennington College Moving to Biomass Heating
Bennington College announced plans to convert its primary heating source from a fossil fuel system to a biomass heating system, which will supply the campus with heat sourced from wood chips. The move, combined with a series of structural up-grades, is expected to cut the campus' oil consumption from 442,000 gallons in 2004/05 heating season to a projected use of just 32,000 gallons by 2007/08 heating season. The system is expected to have a payback period of 7 years. Construction will begin in April.

4. West Virginia University to Implement Energy Savings Performance Plan
West Virginia University and Siemens Building Technologies Inc. have announced an energy savings contract that is expected to significantly reduce the annual energy and water usage in WVU's educational facilities. Under the $7.8 million first phase of the contract, Siemens will finance the purchase and installation of energy-saving lighting, building automation controls and programming, chillers, steam traps, process water conversion and side stream filtration, weatherization and other energy and water savings improvements to WVU's buildings. Plans also call for student participation in an education and awareness program in responsible energy use. The project is being administered through a comprehensive program of energy-efficient capital improvements financed by the savings generated from avoided energy costs over a 10-year period.

5. U Louisville to Offer Free Tuition to Students from Low Income Families
Starting this fall, the University of Louisville plans to offer Cardinal Covenant, a program intended to make college attainable for Kentucky students who otherwise might not be able to go. Cardinal Covenant is targeted to the 22.6 percent of Kentucky families who live at or below 150 percent of the federal poverty guideline, he said. Eligible students will receive the full cost of tuition, room, board and books until they graduate. The university also will offer mentoring and advising for students in the program to help them succeed.

6. Northern Illinois University Finds Success with Hybrid Vehicles
Northern Illinois University has saved about 16,000 gallons of fuel over the past few years by purchasing hybrid vehicles. The University, which now owns a fleet of 19 Toyota Prius hybrid vehicles, purchased its first hybrids in December 2002. Beyond reducing fuel costs, the hybrids have also saved money on preventative maintenance since they require less frequent oil changes than other vehicles. In addition, the University has found that hybrids are sometimes cheaper up-front than the conventional alternatives.

7. Elmhurst College Plans $23M Sustainable Redevelopment Project
Elmhurst College has been awarded a $116,000 grant from the DuPage County Stormwater Management division to partially fund innovative strategies for managing and monitoring water as part of a campus redevelopment project. The $23 million project, which includes a residence hall that will be the region's first college or university housing unit to earn LEED certification, features several sustainable landscape features including a permeable parking lot, cisterns to capture and recycle rainwater, bioswales, rain gardens, and native species. The effectiveness of these techniques -- as well as water quality -- will be monitored with the help of Elmhurst College's science faculty and its chemistry and biology students. "Our mission is to develop our campus as a model of sustainable design that will be a hands-on educational resource for our students and the community," said Dr. Bryant Cureton, president of Elmhurst College.
See also: Annotated listing of green residence halls (AASHE members only)

8. Car Sharing Program Begins at University of Florida
University of Florida has partnered with Flexcar to provide a car sharing program for faculty, staff and students older than 18. The program has placed 8 vehicles in designated spots around the campus for short term rental by members of the University community.

New Resources

 

9. New Issue of International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education
A new issue of the International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education is now available. Issue 1 of Volume 8 includes papers on: the reaction of dormitory residents to real-time visual feedback and incentives to reduce electricity consumption; research priorities for sustainability in higher education; sustainable disposal of edible food byproducts at university research farms, an experiential approach to sustainability studies, and more.

10. Listing of Campus Carsharing Programs (AASHE members only)
AASHE has produced a new resource on campus carsharing programs. Such programs reduce the need for people to bring their own vehicle to campus, thereby freeing up parking spaces, and provide a cost-effective alternative to car ownership. Universities often subsidize participation in carsharing programs as part of a comprehensive transportation demand management strategy. The resource lists existing car sharing programs on campus. Programs are categorized according to the car sharing partner used by each campus.

Opportunities

 

11. People, Environment and Development Study Abroad Program
The application deadline is coming up for the International Sustainable Development Studies Institute's Fall 2007 experiential study-abroad semester in Thailand. Program courses integrate the social and natural sciences to help students better understand the links between ecology, culture and sustainable development. Courses are learning expeditions throughout Thailand. Fall semester courses include Thai Language and Society; Sustainable Agriculture; Political Ecology of Forests; and Islands, Oceans and Sustainability. Applications are due by February 23, 2007.

Jobs & Internships

 

12. Director of Campus Sustainability, UCLA
UCLA is seeking a Director of Campus Sustainability to foster a culture of environmental sustainability among students, faculty, and staff; identify and prioritize areas for institutional sustainability efforts; plan and develop long and short range programs; engage with other institutional leaders to foster sustainability broadly across campus units; and collaborate with the academic community in the design of educational curriculum with a sustainability focus. A Masters degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate field and 5 years relevant experience are required. The position is available immediately, and review of applications will begin in January, 2007.

13. Assoc. Dean, School of Environment and Nat. Resources, U Vermont
The Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Vermont is searching for an Associate Dean. The Associate Dean provides oversight, evaluation, workload recommendations, and professional encouragement and development to the School's faculty and staff and plays an important role in the reappointment, promotion, and tenure process within the School. The Associate Dean also has administrative responsibility for the School's six undergraduate programs and academic advising system. The Associate Dean participates in the instruction of an undergraduate course focused on Race and Culture in Natural Resources and may choose to pursue additional teaching or research activities. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in an environmental/natural resources field or an associated interdisciplinary field of study and a demonstrated record of excellence in teaching, research/scholarship, and administration. Applications should be submitted by February 15, 2007.

14. Assistant Professor & Extension Specialist in Sustainable Living, Utah State University
The Department of Environment and Society at Utah State University, in association with the Vice President's Office for Extension, invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist in Sustainable Living. This is a tenure-track, full-time (12-month) appointment. Assignment of effort will be 75% for Extension and associated scholarship/creative activity and 25% for teaching. The core of the position will be working with a statewide Extension faculty, private individuals, communities, NGOs, and government to create and deliver innovative, science-based outreach programs dealing with Sustainable Living themes throughout the State of Utah. Applicants must have an earned doctorate or other terminal degree in a field related to the natural environment and human behavior. The position is open until filled.

15. Director, Bard Center for Environmental Policy, Bard College
The Bard Center for Environmental Policy seeks a Director to provide visionary, dynamic leadership and a public voice to the six-year-old Center, which confers an interdisciplinary M.S. degree and engages the community on regional and international environmental policy issues. The Director will initiate, coordinate, and implement strategic planning, curriculum development, and public programming with the goal of furthering BCEP's distinction as a center of environmental policy education and outreach. He or she will provide innovative intellectual and administrative leadership of the BCEP graduate program; will teach in the graduate program and serve as a mentor to BCEP students; will oversee student recruitment and the hiring and evaluation of faculty and staff; and will develop collaborations with a broad range of stake-holders, including Bard College faculty and administrators; local, national, and international NGOs; government agencies; and private sector firms. Candidates must have a Ph.D. or other terminal degree in a field pertinent to the graduate program, a distinguished record of scholarship or service in the environmental field, teaching experience at the undergraduate or graduate level, and significant administrative and fundraising experience. The starting date for the position is June 1, 2007.

Events

 

16. Wheaton Summit: Student Leaders in Creation Care
Jan. 22-24, 2007; Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL
Evangelical Student leaders from around the US will gather at this summit to call for greater evangelical leadership on environmental concerns. The program will feature presentations by Sir John Houghton, Chairman, John Ray Initiative; former co-chair, IPCC; Dr. Matthew Sleeth, evangelical author and speaker on earth stewardship; Rev. Jim Ball, Executive Director, Evangelical Environmental Network; Rev. Peter Illyn, Executive Director, Restoring Eden; Dr. Duane Litfin, President, Wheaton College; Dr. Fred Van Dyke, Director, Environmental Studies Program, Wheaton College; Dr. Jeff Greenberg, Professor of Geology, Wheaton College; Ben Campbell, Director of Faith Based Initiatives, Conservation International; Lisa Madry, Campus Field Director, National Wildlife Federation; and Ryan Hobert, Associate Director, Climate Change, UN Foundation. Students will also engage in discussion regarding how to increase student participation in environmental stewardship on college and university campuses. The Summit is sponsored by Wheaton College, A Rocha (Wheaton student chapter), the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, Evangelical Environmental Network, UN Foundation, National Wildlife Federation, Conservation International, Restoring Eden and the Center for Applied Christian Ethics.

17. Second Environmental Studies Summit
June 7-9, 2007; Syracuse, NY
The Second Environmental Studies Summit will bring together directors, faculty, and graduate students in environmental studies and related fields to discuss the state of interdisciplinary environmental teaching and research and future goals for environmental studies. The gathering will be hosted by Syracuse University and the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. It is a follow-up to last year's Santa Barbara Summit on Environmental Studies. Keynote speakers include Robin Kimmerer and Rhone Resch.

18. Idealist Campus Conference 2007
March 23-25, 2007; DePaul University, Chicago, IL
The Idealist Campus Conference is a gathering of students, campus staff, nonprofit professionals, and year of service members who are part of a global network of practical dreamers. The conference will include skill-building, networking, socializing, and the opportunity to help build a global movement for turning ideas into action. This year's conference will focus on small, engaging, facilitator-led discussion groups rather than presenter-led workshops. The early bird registration deadline is January 26, 2007.

19. 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.

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