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Table of Contents for 1/18/07:

NEWS
1. RIT Launches Minor in Sustainable Product Development
2. University of Washington Building Receives LEED-CS Gold Certification
3. U Kentucky Blocks Student-Approved Renewable Energy Fee Increase
4. Hartwick College Installs Solar Panels
5. Drury University Receives Grant to Hire Recycling Coordinator
6. Emory Reduces Debt Burden for Undergrads
7. Longwood University Burning Sawdust for Heat
8. Mother Earth News Covers Sustainable Agriculture Education
9. Furman Honored by South Carolina Wildlife Federation
10. Cabrillo College to Offer Classes in Energy Alternatives

NEW RESOURCES
11. Research Universities and Civic Engagement: A Leadership Agenda

OPPORTUNITIES
12. Youth Delegation to UN Commission on Sustainable Development

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
13. Sustainability Coordinator, Point Loma Nazarene University
14. Farm to Institution Program Coordinator, Occidental College
15. Director of the Energy Policy Institute, Boise State University
16. Visiting Prof. of Environmental Conservation Education, NYU
17. Professor of Sustainable Business Practices, University of Wyoming

EVENTS
18. Engineering Sustainability 2007
19. Southeast Student Renewable Energy Conference
20. Building Energy 2007: Building for a Changing Climate
21. UBC Sustainability Coordinator Program Workshop
22. CFP: North American Assoc. for Environmental Education Annual Conf.

News

 

1. RIT Launches Minor in Sustainable Product Development
In response to students' growing interest in sustainability engineering, the Kate Gleason College of Engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology has launched a multidisciplinary minor in sustainable product development. The new minor targets students interested in exploring strategies for developing and delivering sustainable product systems. The 20-hour minor, open to undergraduates in engineering and related fields, includes three core and two elective courses that can be chosen from engineering, engineering technology, public policy and business.
See also: Minor in Sustainable Product Development

2. University of Washington Building Receives LEED-CS Gold Certification
The University of Washington's Benjamin D. Hall Interdisciplinary Research Building has received LEED-CS (Core and Shell) Gold certification. The rating applies to the building's core and shell development and is used to evaluate building projects where the owner does not control the interior design and fit-out. The building is expected to save $220,000 a year in energy costs relative to a similar building that just meets current energy codes. The project was designed and constructed in a Design-Build-Operate-Maintain process. Under this process, the bid comes as a complete package at the beginning of the project, with the designer-builder obligated to operate and maintain the building at a guaranteed price. This means decisions regarding building materials and systems are likely to be made on the basis of life-cycle costs.

3. U Kentucky Blocks Student-Approved Renewable Energy Fee Increase
The University of Kentucky administration has announced that it will not enact a $6 per semester fee increase for renewable energy approved by 64% of voting students in spring 2006. Instead, the administration has committed to fund the energy initiatives itself. To obtain this funding the UK Sustainability Task Force is to put together a list of potential projects to fund. Student organizers of the original vote to increase fees expressed disappointment about the decision. "Instead of getting a definite amount of money each year, we have a vague agreement with UK about money they will give us only after we come up with viable initiatives to implement the renewable energy," said Brittany Zwicker. In an attempt to convince the administration to reverse its decision, students are encouraging outside supporters to contact University of Kentucky administrators and express their support for the initiative.
See also: Student Call to Action to Save the Green Power Fee

4. Hartwick College Installs Solar Panels
Hartwick College recently installed a 10.2 kW solar power system on the roof of Robertson Lodge at its Pine Lake Environmental Campus. The solar panels are expected to provide about half of the building's electricity needs. The solar installation was largely funded by a grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.
See also: Listing of campus solar installations

5. Drury University Receives Grant to Hire Recycling Coordinator
Drury University has received a $5,000 grant from Johnson Controls Foundation to help support the salary of a student staff position of recycling coordinator. The position, held by Drury environmental studies major Sarah Davis, will coordinate a comprehensive, campus-wide recycling program in line with the school's new sustainability strategy. Davis, with the help of volunteers, will put new bins for recyclable materials, such as paper and aluminum, in Drury's buildings and coordinate their collection. The position of recycling coordinator was identified as a need by the President's Council on Sustainability.

6. Emory Reduces Debt Burden for Undergrads
Emory Univesity has created Emory Advantage, a program of financial aid initiatives that will help lower- and middle-income students and families reduce debt incurred during the undergraduate years. Under the University's new Loan Replacement Grant, students whose families demonstrate financial need and have assessed income of $50,000 or less will graduate with no need-based loans from their four undergraduate years. Emory's new Loan Cap Program will assist students from families with assessed income between $50,001 to $100,000 by capping their total need-based loan amount over four years at $15,000.

7. Longwood University Burning Sawdust for Heat
Longwood University is using sawdust to heat its campus. Located in rural Virginia, the University has easy access to sawdust from local logging operations. Using saw dust for fuel saves an estimated $3,000 a day compared with using oil to heat the campus.

8. Mother Earth News Covers Educational Programs in Sustainable Agriculture
A recent article in Mother Earth News describes a variety of academic and training opportunities in sustainable agriculture. The article highlights a variety of academic offerings at land-grant universities, community colleges, and liberal arts colleges. It also discusses a variety of hands-on training programs in sustainable agriculture.

9. Furman Honored by South Carolina Wildlife Federation
The South Carolina Wildlife Federation has given Furman University its Organization Award in recognition of the university's commitment to sustainability and conservation education. In particular, the SCWF highlighted Furman's green building and environmental research efforts.

10. Cabrillo College to Offer Classes in Energy Alternatives
For the first time, Cabrillo College has begun offering classes in energy alternatives, both in its Construction and Energy Management Program and through Cabrillo Extension. The extension program offers three half-day workshops in alternative energies while the Construction and Energy Management Program at Cabrillo College has hired a new faculty member to teach courses related to green construction.

New Resources

 

11. Research Universities and Civic Engagement: A Leadership Agenda
A new network of research universities formed to promote civic engagement has issued a report, "New Times Demand New Scholarship: Research Universities and Civic Engagement. The report includes a rationale for engaged scholarship as well as recommendations for what research universities can do to advance civic engagement at their institutions and across higher education. Campus Compact is serving in a coordinating role for this new network.

Opportunities

 

12. Youth Delegation to UN Commission on Sustainable Development
The SustainUS Agents of Change program is now accepting applications to participate in a delegation to the 15th session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development, being held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City April 30 - May 11, 2007. Selected delegates will have the opportunity to work with government officials, scientists, civil society representatives, and youth from around the world to review progress on issues related to sustainable development. In the past, delegates have presented policy statements on behalf of youth, participated in forums with fellow representatives of civil society, and met with government delegates, international organizations and the US State Department. The delegation will be led by several SustainUS members who have experience with the Agents of Change program. Applications are due by March 11, 2007.

Jobs & Internships

 

13. Sustainability Coordinator, Point Loma Nazarene University
Point Loma Nazarene seeks a Sustainability Coordinator to develop, maintain and enhance environmental stewardship within the campus community and among its constituencies. The Coordinator will also oversee all recycling functions and information programs for the university. Applicants should have two years of recycling program management or support, and must have a thorough knowledge of California recycling regulations and rulings. A Bachelor's degree is preferred.

14. Farm to Institution Program Coordinator, Occidental College
The Urban & Environmental Policy Institute at Occidental College is seeking candidates for the position of Southern California Farm to Institution Program Coordinator to advance the work of its farm to institution programs. The Program Coordinator will be primarily responsible for assessing the potential for linking local Southern California farmers with institutions such as schools, colleges, hospitals and others, and working on developing a model for local produce distribution in Southern California that works for these institutions and farmers. Applicants should have a Bachelor's degree and relevant experience. The deadline for applications is February 6, 2007.

15. Director of the Energy Policy Institute, Boise State University
The Department of Public Policy and Administration invites applications for a senior level professor to be Director of the Energy Policy Institute, part of the Center for Advanced Energy Studies which is being developed by the Battelle Energy Alliance at the Idaho National Laboratory. The Director will hold a joint appointment with Boise State University and BEA/INL. Candidates should have a comprehensive and demonstrated record in research in energy/environmental policy at both the theoretical and applied level. The Director will also be expected to teach two seminars a year and conduct research in aspects of energy/environmental policy as well as supervise graduate students and professional staff. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until finalists are identified.

16. Visiting Prof. of Environmental Conservation Education, NYU
The New York University Department of Humanities and the Social Sciences in the Professions is seeking a Visiting Associate/Full Professor for the academic year 2007-2008 to help lead and teach in the program in Environmental Conservation Education. This program offers an interdisciplinary course of study in environmental education at the masters level. The faculty member who fills this position would be responsible for contributing to program development, teaching graduate courses in the program, and advising students. In particular, this person would be expected to collaborate closely with program colleagues in the School's Department of Teaching and Learning, and with colleagues in the University's allied Environmental Studies program. This position has the potential to become a tenured or tenure-track position at a later date. Review of applications will begin February 15, 2007.

17. Professor of Sustainable Business Practices, University of Wyoming
The Department of Management and Marketing at the University of Wyoming is seeking up to three additional marketing faculty members (assistant, associate, full, or distinguished). Hires for these positions would have the title of Professor of Sustainable Business Practices (or corresponding rank). These positions, funded by the Wyoming State Legislature, are part of a statewide initiative on sustainable business. Appointments will begin August 2007 or possibly January 2008. The College of Business has defined Sustainable Business Practices as those practices that contribute to economic development and to community well-being. Senior people with experience in developing graduate programs in marketing and/or teaching in graduate programs in marketing are especially welcome. Candidates should have prior industry and/or teaching experience, a good research record and a Ph.D. in marketing. Initial screening will begin immediately and continue until positions are filled.

Events

 

18. Engineering Sustainability 2007
April 15-18; Pittsburgh, PA
This conference, hosted by University of Pittsburgh's Mascaro Sustainability Initiative, aims to bring together scientists and engineers from academia, government, industry, and non-profits to share the results of cutting edge research directed at creating a more sustainable built environment. This year's conference will focus on projects that demonstrate cross-disciplinary and/or cross-cultural collaboration.

19. Southeast Student Renewable Energy Conference
February 16-18; Clemson, SC
The Southeast Student Renewable Energy Conference will bring together hundreds of students from across the Southeastern US for a weekend of education, inspiration, trainings, networking, fun and more. Participants will learn about the Campus Climate Challenge, case studies on winning campus energy efficiency campaigns, and state-wide campaign strategies for renewable energy. Registration is due by February 1, and costs $20.

20. Building Energy 2007: Building for a Changing Climate
March 13-15, 2007; Seaport World Trade Center, Boston, MA
BuildingEnergy07, organized by the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association, is a conference and trade show for renewable energy and green building professionals. The conference will feature in-depth workshops and sessions by more than 180 experts on a wide range of topics - climate change in the U.S. and abroad, carbon stabilization, high performance buildings, adaptive re-use, large scale renewables, daylighting, near net zero energy buildings, wind power, green design, integrated water systems, solar applications, financing green projects, human health issues, and more. One of the conference tracks focuses on greening campuses.

21. UBC Sustainability Coordinator Program Workshop
March 19-20, 2007; University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
University of British Columbia's Sustainability Office is holding this two-day workshop show participants how their organization can become more sustainable and save money with a Sustainability Coordinator Program. UBC's Sustainability Coordinator program consists of 145 faculty and staff who work 2-4 hours per month to encourage sustainable practices within their departments. The program saves $75,000 worth of electricity annually, and inspires positive changes in waste generation and transportation use. An early registration discount of $895+tax is available for participants who register before January 31, 2007.

22. CFP: North American Assoc. for Environmental Education Annual Conf.
November 13-17; Virginia Beach, VA
The North American Association for Environmental Education welcomes presentation proposals linked to the 2007th's conference strands: 1) Sustainability Education, 2) Service Learning, 3) Environmental Justice and Cultural History, 4) Community and Conservation Education, 5) Technology and EE, 6) Marine & Aquatic Education, and 7) Fund Raising (Leadership Development). Proposals must be received by Tuesday, January 31, 2007.

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