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AASHE wishes Allison Rogers, Miss Rhode Island 2006 and a veteran of the Harvard Green Campus Initiative, the best of luck in next week's Miss America pageant. Allison's platform is "Go Green! Global Warming Awareness."

Table of Contents for 1/25/07:

NEWS
1. College Sustainability Report Card Released
2. Williams College Adopts Climate Target
3. University of Colorado Student Union Commits to Climate Neutrality
4. ABC News Covers Student Climate Movement
5. Colorado State Offers Degree in Global Social and Sustainable Enterprise
6. University of Wisconsin-River Falls Opens Green University Center
7. UNH Organic Dairy Announces First Shipment of Milk
8. Yale University Installs Solar Powered LED Area Lighting
9. ecomagination Challenge Finalists Named
10. Johns Hopkins University Creates Sustainability Committee
11. Murray State Phases out Individually Packaged Condiments
12. U Minnesota, Morris Conducts Sustainability Outreach Program

NEW RESOURCES
13. Sustainability Assessment of New York University
14. Campus Sustainability Officer Survey

OPPORTUNITIES
15. Sustainable Living Roadshow Seeks Campus Hosts

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
16. Sustainability Coordinator, Humboldt State University
17. Asst. Vice Chan. for Energy and the Environm't, Wash. U in St. Louis
18. Director of Campus Sustainability, University of California, Los Angeles
19. Chair of Environmental Studies, SUNY-ESF
20. Asst or Assoc Professors of Sustainable Community, U of South Florida
21. Professor of Environmental Education, Goshen College
22. Professor of Environmental Science, Saint Mary's College

EVENTS
23. National Association of Environmental Law Societies Annual Conference
24. 2nd Annual Atlantic Sustainable Campuses Conference
25. Rocky Mtn. Sustainability Summit Registration Deadline Approaching

News

 

1. College Sustainability Report Card Released
The Sustainable Endowments Institute today released its College Sustainability Report Card, which grades 100 leading colleges by looking at campus greening practices and endowment policies. The Report Card takes into account 26 indicators, from green building initiatives to endowment investment policies, and uses an A to F letter grading system to evaluate performance. The study indicates that some leading schools are taking proactive steps on both campus and endowment sustainability initiatives. Other schools appear to have a less consistent commitment. The report focuses on the 100 institutions with the largest endowments in the United States and Canada.
See also: Inside Higher Ed article, USA TODAY article, Boston Globe article

2. Williams College Adopts Climate Target
The Williams College Board of Trustees has unanimously passed a resolution adopting as a goal the reduction of its greenhouse gas emissions by ten percent below the College's 1990-91 emissions level by the year 2020. The goal was recommended by Climate Action Committee appointed by the Williams President in Spring 2006, and charged with recommending a goal for the reduction of College greenhouse gas emissions and ways to attain it. In a letter to the college community announcing the new climate target, President Schapiro said that "Reversing the growth in greenhouse gas emissions will require a worldwide effort, in which Williams should play a leading role." He also announced the adoption of sustainability as a guiding principle for the College.
See also: Report of the Williams College Climate Action Committee

3. University of Colorado Student Union Commits to Climate Neutrality
Student legislators at the University of Colorado at Boulder have unanimously approved a bill directing the University of Colorado Student Union Environmental Center to plan how and by when the three large facilities owned by the UCSU - the student union building, the student recreation center, and the student health care building - could attain climate neutrality. The UCSU is believed to be the first student government to commit to climate neutrality. The UCSU resolution mirrors American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment through which more than 50 college and university presidents have committed their institutions to climate neutrality.
See also: American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment

4. ABC News Covers Student Climate Movement
ABC News recently covered the broad-based student climate movement. The article describes student efforts to make their campuses climate neutral and to secure the passage of laws to reduce carbon emissions. In particular, it highlights the work of students and faculty at Middlebury College.

5. Colorado State Offers Degree in Global Social and Sustainable Enterprise
This spring, students can begin enrolling for Colorado State University's new 18-month Master of Science in Business Administration degree in Global Social and Sustainable Enterprise that will teach students to use entrepreneurial, sustainable approaches to address great global challenges of poverty, environmental degradation and poor health. The first classes will begin in August 2007. The degree requires summer field work in partnership with international companies, NGOs and microfinance organizations. Most likely, the field work will be on a project in the developing world. Students will take traditional master's level courses in marketing, finance, leadership and entrepreneurship, but all courses have been designed with deeper coverage of cross-cultural issues, non-profit perspectives and environmental and social policy implications.
See also: Listing of Graduate Business Programs in Sustainability (AASHE members only)

6. University of Wisconsin-River Falls Opens Green University Center
University of Wisconsin-River Falls recently celebrated the grand opening of its new, green University Center. The 140,000 square-foot building includes 48,000 gallons of storage capacity under the building for collecting rainwater that is used to flush toilets. A white roof that reflects sunlight is intended to decrease summer cooling costs, and energy efficient windows, LED and photoelectric lighting, and water-saving fixtures will maximize savings. All cleaning chemicals used in the building are non-toxic and environmentally friendly, and low volatile organic compound paints, sealers and adhesives were used as much as possible. An environmental kiosk highlights campus sustainability initiatives and monitors the building's resource consumption, which is estimated to be 40 percent less than comparable buildings. The $34 million facility was paid for with segregated student fees, and students led the drive for sustainable design.
See also: St. Paul Pioneer Press article
Annotated listing of green student centers (AASHE members only)

7. Yale University Installs Solar Powered LED Area Lighting
Yale University has installed solar powered LED pathway lights that line the sidewalk in front of Fisher Hall, which is also the site of a roof-mounted 40kW photovoltaic solar array. Each is light is a complete, autonomous system that includes technology to ensure that it can remain on during foul weather, long winter nights and electric grid failures. In addition to reducing energy consumption and associated environmental impacts, the LED lights require fewer maintenance visits and can be used with very little light pollution.

8. UNH Organic Dairy Announces First Shipment of Milk
University of New Hampshire's organic dairy farm has announced its first shipment of milk, which will be used in Organic Valley Milk and Stonyfield Yogurt. The farm has joined the Organic Valley farmers cooperative as a a milk supplier and full voting member. It will serve as both an applied research center for integrated organic production and management and an education center for organic dairy farmers, farmers undergoing or considering transition to organic and students of sustainable agriculture.

9. ecomagination Challenge Finalists Named
mtvU and GE have announced the top ten finalists for the first-ever mtvU GE ecomagination Challenge. The finalists were selected from over one hundred entries that exhibited innovative and viable approaches to greening their campuses. Profiles of the 10 finalist projects have been posted online, for the public to vote on. Public votes, along with input from mtvU and GE will determine the winning team, who will receive a $25,000 grant and an Earth Day concert with a performance by Angels and Airwaves.

10. Johns Hopkins University Creates Sustainability Committee
Johns Hopkins University has created a 16-member Sustainability Committee to head a university-wide effort to greatly improve Johns Hopkins' environmental profile. Davis Bookhart, manager of Energy Management and Environmental Stewardship in the Office of Facilities Management, will chair the presidential-level committee, which includes members from the nine academic divisions. The main goal of the committee, which meets bimonthly, will be to identify areas of sustainability success in each division that can be replicated in others. The committee will also develop projects that can provide savings and improved environmental performance; secure volunteers for special events, such as conferences; and raise awareness of environmental improvements under way or already accomplished.

11. Murray State Phases out Individually Packaged Condiments
This semester, in an effort to reduce waste generation and save costs, Murray State University will be replacing individually packaged condiments, milk and yogurt with bulk dispensers. "This last year, dining services spent about $45,000 on packets of ketchup, mustard (and) mayonnaise," said Director of Food Services Richard Fritz. "Of that, at least 50 percent of the cost is packaging. On the other side of that we haven't even accounted for the trash cost. Environmentally, from that perspective, none of that stuff's recyclable."

12. U Minnesota, Morris Conducts Sustainability Outreach Program
Volunteers from the University of Minnesota, Morris and the surrounding community will share their expertise in sustainability and environmental issues with area fifth and sixth grade students during a new pilot program called Plan-It-Green (P.I.G.). A P.I.G. "sustainability festival," supported by a grant from the Jeffers Foundation, will be held in mid-February. A variety of educational activities led by UMM faculty are planned.

New Resources

 

13. Sustainability Assessment of New York University (PDF)
Students at NYU have published Greening the Urban Campus: A Sustainability Assessment of New York University. The report provides a snapshot of NYU's environmental performance, case studies of peer institutions, detailed analysis of institutional data, and a set of micro- and macro- recommendations to guide the greening of the campus. The heart of the report is a Sustainability Index, created to assess the school's progress towards sustainability. The Index consists of 38 indicators in eight categories. These indicators are scored on a 0 to 100 scale, with 0 representing a baseline and 100 standing for an objective that represents sustainability as it relates to that indicator.

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.

Opportunities

 

15. Sustainable Living Roadshow Seeks Campus Hosts
The Sustainable Living Roadshow is a caravan of educators and entertainers who tour university campuses and community events throughout the United States in a fleet of non-petroleum based renewable fuel vehicles. The caravan sets up experiential learning villages, featuring workshops, speakers, and entertainment which demonstrate practical solutions to social and environmental issues created by our modern industrial and centralized society. The Roadshow is planning a cross-country eco-carnival caravan from California to Florida in the Fall of 2007 and is seeking campus hosts. If you are interested, contact Zachary Carson (Zachary.carson@gmail.com).

Jobs & Internships

 

16. Sustainability Coordinator, Humboldt State University
Humboldt State University seeks a Sustainability Coordinator to plan, promote, and coordinate waste reduction and recycling programs to maximize waste diversion goals. The Sustainability Coordinator will also identify, prioritize, plan, develop, promote and coordinate sustainability and conservation initiatives in the areas of water, energy, transportation and procurement; ensures solid waste and diversion practices are in compliance with relevant Federal, State, and local regulations. Applicants should have a Bachelor's degree in a relevant field (or equivalent experience) and one year of relevant experience. Application materials are due by February 9, 2007.

17. Asst. Vice Chan. for Energy and the Environm't, Wash. U in St. Louis
Washington University in St. Louis seeks an Assistant Vice Chancellor for Energy and the Environment to provide the vision, organizational strategy and focus for advancing the energy and environmental efforts in the University's operations. The position works with senior officials, administrators, faculty, staff and students to facilitate the link between university operations and energy & environmental research and education initiatives. In addition, the position will help integrate sustainability values and practices into the university's strategic planning processes, the management of its resources and operations, facilities planning and design, research activities, curriculum, and the outreach activities of the university. Master's degree in a related field, or the equivalent combination of education and experience, is required. The position is open until filled.

18. Director of Campus Sustainability, University of California, Los Angeles
UCLA seeks a highly motivated visionary leader who will plan and prioritize implementation of institutional sustainability programs; collaborate with the academic community in the design of educational curriculum; and foster a culture of environmental sustainability among faculty, students, and staff. Minimum qualifications include a Master's degree or equivalent in an appropriate field; 5 years of leadership experience in higher education and/or a sustainability field; and knowledge of sustainability theories, initiatives, and best practices. This academic position reports to the Director of the Institute of the Environment, with an indirect reporting relationship to the Vice Chancellor of Business & Administrative Services. Review of applications begins in January 2007 and continues until the position is filled.

19. Chair of Environmental Studies, SUNY-ESF
The Faculty of Environmental Studies at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) seeks a new Chair. The successful candidate should bring strong leadership skills in the context of collaboration with the faculty and the ability to foster excellence in undergraduate and graduate teaching, applied and traditional research, and public service and practice. The Chair has responsibility for administering the Faculty of Environmental Studies (ES); providing leadership to undergraduate and graduate education and research in ES; coordinating ES interests and programs with other Faculties at ESF; guiding public service and continuing education in environmental studies; working within the College-wide administration to shape and implement educational and administrative policies; and representing the College in the area of environmental studies. Teaching one graduate or undergraduate course per year is required. Applicants should have a doctorate in a relevant field and experience in leadership roles as a faculty member. Evaluation of applications will begin on March 15, 2007, and will continue until the position is filled.

20. Asst or Assoc Professors of Sustainable Community, U of South Florida
The University of South Florida, as part of its Interdisciplinary Initiative on Sustainable Community, invites applications for up to three tenure-earning faculty positions at the Assistant or Associate Professor level. The positions are nine-month positions beginning fall, 2007. Successful candidates will have established a scholarly/research agenda that explores issues of "Sustainable Community" with special emphasis on building social, cultural, and environmental capital in a globalized world. Minimum qualifications for the position include a Ph.D. completed by the time of appointment and a record of research/scholarship related to Sustainable Community. Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled with the initial review commencing February 26, 2007.

21. Professor of Environmental Education, Goshen College
Goshen College (IN) invites applications for a full-time position--Director of Master's Program in Environmental Education/Professor of Environmental Education--at Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center to begin in July 2007. The Director will: 1) supervise the master's program faculty, 2) lead curriculum development and delivery, 3) teach 1-2 courses in the program, 4) oversee the recruitment and admission of graduate students, 5) assist with planning and budget development and 6) provide oversight to the K-12 program staff. Ph.D. or Ed.D. and with expertise in an area of environmental education is required. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

22. Professor of Environmental Science, Saint Mary's College
The Department of Biology at Saint Mary's College (IN) seeks a broadly-trained ecologist/environmental scientist to teach Environmental Science, an Earth Charter seminar and an intercultural studies course focusing on environmental quality or sustainable development. Candidates must have Ph.D. completed by August 15, 2007. Preference will be given to individuals with experience in interdisciplinary environmental studies. Sponsored jointly with the Center for Women's InterCultural Leadership, the appointment is for one year with the possibility of renewal for a second year. Evaluation of candidates begins on February 1, 2007; and will continue until the position is filled.

Events

 

23. National Association of Environmental Law Societies Annual Conference
March 15-18, 2007; George Washington University, Washington D.C.
The theme of this year's National Association of Environmental Law Societies conference, "The Future of Environmental Protection," will encompass a variety of contemporary topics in environmental law, with a specific focus on legal issues relating to global climate change. This four-day conference will include panels, workshops, and presentations addressing a range of environmental legal issues, including: climate change, international environmental law, water law, the property-rights movement, and law student activism. The conference also will feature a career fair as well as social functions which will provide opportunities to network with environmental lawyers, academics and law students from throughout the country. The NAELS conference will conclude with a lecture and a question and answer session with former Vice President Al Gore. The deadline for early bird registration is February 15, 2007.

24. 2nd Annual Atlantic Sustainable Campuses Conference
February 2-3, 2007; University of King's College, Halifax, Nova Scotia
This conference, sponsored by the Sierra Youth Coalition, will include collaborative discussions, hands-on workshops, inspiring lectures and informative panels. The conference will focus 3 tracks: building sustainable operations and policy; curriculum; and campus culture - all of which will span the core concepts of sustainability: economics, society and environment. These topics will be complimented by building skills within the Sustainable Campuses project, including organization, capacity building, and creating successes. Keynote speakers include David Suzuki and Elizabeth May, Former Executive Director of the Sierra Club of Canada. Registration is due by January 31st, and costs $45-65.

25. Rocky Mountain Sustainability Summit Registration Deadline Approaching
February 22-23, 2007; University of Colorado at Boulder
The deadline to register for the 2007 Rocky Mountain Sustainability Summit is February 12th, 2007. The Summit will provide a networking forum for representatives from campuses in the Rocky Mountain Region to learn about a variety of environmental issues facing institutions, explore ways of improving campus practices and policies, and ultimately work toward boosting the triple bottom line of environmental, social and economic sustainability. The Summit includes 24 sessions and workshops covering: institutionalizing sustainability; best practices for operationalizing sustainability; creating a culture of sustainability; current and cutting edge issues; collaborative peer group networking; and regional sustainability strategies. Featured speakers include: Senator Gary Hart, David Orr, Hunter Lovins, Arizona State University President Michael Crow, University of Florida Vice President Ed Poppel, Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson, and more.

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