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Table of Contents for 2/01/07:

NEWS
1. Climate Education Events Held on 575 Campuses
2. UCSC Purchases Green Power for 100% of Electricity Consumption
3. Marlboro College Launches MBA In Managing For Sustainability
4. Yale President Speaks on Global Warming at World Economic Forum
5. Washington and Lee University Signs the Talloires Declaration
6. Mesa State College Installs 10 kW Solar Array
7. Cornell Commits to Biodiesel for Fleet, Helps Local Government Do Same
8. U Nevada Las Vegas Holds Groundbreaking for New Green Building
9. Green Mountain Students Fund Lighting Upgrade
10. Wake Technical Community College Planning New Green Campus
11. U Manitoba Students' Union to Use Biodegr. Containers and Flatware

NEW RESOURCES
12. Campus Alternative Transportation Websites
13. 2006 Ecological Design Education Survey Report
14. McGraw-Hill Construction Education Green Building SmartMarket Report

OPPORTUNITIES
15. Oxfam America CHANGE Initiative
16. Course on Institutionalizing Sustainability at Shoals Marine Laboratory

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
17. Sustainable Engineering Faculty Position, Drexel University
18. Dir., Center for Urban Environ. Research and Policy, Loyola U Chicago
19. Endowed Chair of Community, Culture & Environment, N. Arizona U

EVENTS
20. Sustainability Across the Curriculum Leadership Workshop
21. Focus the Nation Global Warming Solutions Conference
22. 2007 Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference

News

 

1. Climate Education Events Held on 575 Campuses
In what is being described as "largest mobilization in the history of the youth global warming movement," students on over 575 college and high school campuses across the United States and Canada are holding educational events about global warming and urging their campus administrators to enact clean energy policies. The events are part of Rising to the Climate Challenge: Visions of Our Future, a week-long series of actions coordinated by the Campus Climate Challenge.

2. UC Santa Cruz Purchases Green Power for 100% of Electricity Consumption
Using money raised from a $3 per quarter student fee increase approved by students last spring, UC Santa Cruz has purchased 50 million kilowatt hours of renewable energy certificates. The purchase, combined with the University's existing electrical contract for 5 million kilowatt hours of renewable power, means the campus is offsetting 100 percent of its electrical consumption for fiscal year 2006-07. The purchase makes UC Santa Cruz the sixth largest campus green power purchaser in the US. The UCSC purchase agreement with Sterling Planet includes a clause extending the low price to other UC campuses in hopes that these campuses will follow UCSC's lead.
See also: Top 10 Largest Higher Ed Green Power Purchasers

3. Marlboro College Launches MBA In Managing For Sustainability
Responding to the need to educate business leaders who understand the value of people and planet as well as profits, the Marlboro College Graduate Center is now accepting applications for its new MBA in Managing for Sustainability. The two-year master of business administration program takes a socially and environmentally responsible approach toward business management, teaching students to look at the "triple-bottom-line" of people, planet and profits.
See also: AASHE Resources on Sustainability in Business Education

4. Yale President Speaks on Global Warming at World Economic Forum
Yale University President Richard Levin recently spoke on about Yale's efforts to reduce it's global warming emissions at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. "Large organizations with the power to act independently should take matters into their own hands and begin to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions now," he said. "Universities are the ideal place to demonstrate reduction is feasible and cost-effective."
See also: Newsweek Interview with President Levin, Financial Times article

5. Washington and Lee University Signs the Talloires Declaration
Washington and Lee University President Kenneth P. Ruscio recently signed the Talloires Declaration, joining over 300 other college and university presidents in over 40 countries who have signed the commitment to promote environmental sustainability in higher education. The signing is the University's first major, campus-wide commitment to environmental responsibility. Signing the Declaration "is an indication that the University is mindful of how its own activities have an impact on the environment," said President Ruscio. "That consideration will become part of our decision making when it comes to such matters as campus planning and construction of new facilities," he said

6. Mesa State College Installs 10 kW Solar Array
Western Colorado Action Network (WeCAN), a Mesa State College student organization, has announced the installation of a 10 kW solar array on a science building at Mesa State. The solar array is the result of a two year student fundraising effort. The solar panels are expected to save $100,000 in reduced energy costs over the 25-year warranty period for the panels.
See also: Listing of campus solar installations

7. Cornell Commits to B5 Biodiesel for Fleet, Helps Local Government Do Same
have joined Cornell University, the Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit, the Ithaca City School District, the Tompkins County Department of Public Works and the town and city of Ithaca have committed to begin using B5 biodiesel for their fleets in August. B5 is a fuel made from 95 percent traditional petroleum diesel and 5 percent soy-based fuel. The joint action by the University and local government entities was organized by staff of Cornell's sustainability initiative, and comes after successful use of B20 biodiesel in Cornell Farm Services' vehicles.

8. U Nevada Las Vegas Holds Groundbreaking for New Green Building
University of Nevada, Las Vegas recently celebrated the beginning of construction for Greenspun Hall, a new academic building. The 121,000 square-foot, five-story building is one of two demonstration projects at UNLV that are intended to achieve LEED certification. Innovative energy features for the building include "chilled beams" for heating and cooling, extensive use of natural light, and a comprehensive photovoltaic array that will account for more than 15 percent of the total annual energy for the building.

9. Green Mountain Students Fund Lighting Upgrade
Green Mountain College's Student Campus Greening Fund has funded the purchase of efficient compact fluorescent chandelier light bulbs. The specialized dimmable 8-watt bulbs were recently installed in the student center and are expected to save 25,000 kilowatt-hours annually. The new bulbs use 80% less electricity than the 236 40-watt incandescent bulbs that they replaced.

10. Wake Technical Community College Planning New Green Campus
Wake Technical Community College's Northern Wake campus is being constructed to meet LEED standards. Sustainability features of the new campus include: 20% water use reduction and 30% energy cost reduction compared to industry standards; 50% construction waste reduction; low volatile oil content paints, sealants and adhesives to protect indoor air quality; and daylighting for 90% of the interior spaces. "We believe this is the responsible way to build our new campus," said Dr. Stephen Scott, president of Wake Technical Community College.

11. U Manitoba Students' Union to Use Biodegradable Containers and Flatware
Degrees Diner, owned and operated by the University of Manitoba Students' Union (UMSU) has switched to biodegradable take-out containers as well as disposables such as coffee cups, lids, utensils and straws. The Diner is using products that have zero petroleum content, zero chlorine exposure and are fully biodegradable. The paper coffee cups are treated with a corn based product as opposed to the conventional petroleum based wax. The new food containers, called Bagasse, are made from sugar cane, while the lids, plastic cups, sauce cups and straws are made from corn. Also of note are new potato based utensils. There will be an additional enviro levy of $0.25 for the new packaging.

New Resources

 

12. Campus Alternative Transportation Websites (AASHE members only)
AASHE has produced a new resource listing over 50 campus websites describing their alternative transportation programs.

13. 2006 Ecological Design Education Survey Report (PDF)
The Alliance for Ecological Design Education (AEDE) has released the 2006 Ecological Design Education Survey (EDES) Report, a summary of a perception-based survey of more than 200 students at accredited architecture, landscape architecture and planning programs at West Coast institutions. The EDES Report provides evidence of student demand for ecological design education, and highlights some successful models for providing this type of education. The report also identifies some challenges students, faculty and administrators are facing in providing education. To overcome these challenges, the report encourages more faculty training, the establishment of resource and demonstration centers, greater interdisciplinary collaboration, and the creation of formal certificate, emphasis and degree programs. Results from the survey showed that three-quarters of respondents were likely to pursue certificate programs in ecological design and more than half indicated an interest in masters degrees if offered in this field. When asked the reason for their interest in ecological design, 64% cited potential for increased job opportunities.

14. McGraw-Hill Construction Education Green Building SmartMarket Report
McGraw-Hill Construction recently released the Education Green Building SmartMarket Report. The report shows that the education sector is the fastest-growing market for green building. The report found that concern for "improved health and well-being" was the most critical social reason driving education green building -- a factor that was not as highly rated in prior research into the commercial and residential green building markets. In addition the report found that fiscal advantages of green building, such as energy cost savings, are the major motivation behind the building of green schools and universities but that higher first costs are the primary challenge to building green in the education sector.

Opportunities

 

15. Oxfam America CHANGE Initiative
Oxfam America's CHANGE Initiative is a highly competitive national program that trains college students like to become actively engaged in Oxfam America's social justice mission. CHANGE brings student leaders together for a week of intensive leadership training for social justice. Participants are asked to work on one or more of Oxfam's CHANGE campaigns - which include fair trade, hunger, and oil, gas and mining issues - on their campuses during the academic year. Oxfam assumes the cost of training, room and board, and travel. Participants are assisted throughout the year by campus advisers and the Oxfam America Outreach staff. All participating colleges and universities have a designated Oxfam CHANGE adviser. The application deadline for the 2007-2008 CHANGE Initiative is April 1st.

16. Course on Institutionalizing Sustainability at Shoals Marine Laboratory
Shoals Marine Laboratory invites participation in Sustainability in the 21st Century, a 4 credit course offered from June 18 - July 2, 2007. Students in the course will consider the challenges of institutionalizing sustainability. Through guest lectures and fieldwork, they will grapple with challenges inherent to the field, devising strategies to enhance sustainability at Shoals Marine Lab's remote island field station in the Isles of Shoals, Maine. Topics include: systems thinking, food and fisheries, engineering and energy, and climate science. The course is open to all undergraduate and graduate students.

Jobs & Internships

 

17. Dir., Center for Urban Environmental Research and Policy, Loyola U Chicago
Loyola University Chicago (LUC) invites applications for the position of Director of the Center for Urban Environmental Research and Policy (CUERP). Launched in September 2005 as one of LUC's Centers of Excellence, CUERP is an interdisciplinary center dedicated to research, teaching, training, and outreach activities that focus on the urban landscape as an ecosystem. CUERP's mission is to advance understanding of the complex interdependency between humans and environmental systems and facilitate collaboration among scholars who are interested in making a significant contribution to environmental research and policy. CUERP houses the Environmental Science/ Studies Program, which offers an undergraduate major. The director will be involved in all aspects of initiating and orchestrating the activities necessary to achieve the Center's mission and goals. To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by March 1, 2007. The position will remain open until filled. The anticipated start date is August 16, 2007.

18. Endowed Chair of Community, Culture & Environment, Northern Arizona U
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.

19. Sustainable Engineering Faculty Position, Drexel University
The Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering at Drexel University invites applicants for a tenure-track position in the area of sustainable engineering. The successful candidate will be expected to develop a strong externally funded research program, teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and participate in curriculum development in sustainable engineering. Applicants must hold a doctoral degree in civil, arch. or environmental engineering or a related field at the time of appointment. Review of applications will begin on Jan. 15, 2007 and continue until the position is filled.

Events

 

20. Sustainability Across the Curriculum Leadership Workshop
July 12-13, 2007; San Diego State University
AASHE's Sustainability Across the Curriculum Leadership workshops are for faculty leaders of all disciplines who wish to develop curriculum change programs around sustainability on their campuses. Through an intensive two days of presentations, exercises, discussions, reflection, and planning, participants will become familiar with the philosophy of change in higher education developed through the Ponderosa Project at Northern Arizona University and adapted at Emory in the Piedmont Project. Participants will also experience of range of workshop strategies, hear local experts, enjoy outdoor place-based activities, and dialogue with faculty from around the country as they gain help in adapting this model to their own campus. The workshop leaders, Peggy Barlett and Geoffrey Chase, are editors of Sustainability on Campus: Stories and Strategies for Change and have helped more than 200 faculty revise courses in a wide array of disciplines. Workshop tuition is $350 for AASHE members and $390 for non-members. Applications to participate are due by May 18, 2007.

21. Focus the Nation Global Warming Solutions Conference
April 6-8, 2007; University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Focus the Nation is coordinating teams of faculty, students, and at over a thousand colleges, universities and K-12 schools in the United States, to collaboratively engage in a nationwide, interdisciplinary discussion about "Global Warming Solutions for America" on January 31st 2008. This training session will help participants plan Focus the Nation activities on their campuses and in their communities. It will feature Focus the Nation project director Eban Goodstein and Oberlin College environmental studies professor David Orr. There is no charge to attend this conference.
See also: Focus the Nation homepage

22. 2007 Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference
April 17-19, 2007; University of Maryland, College Park, MD
Participants in this conference will discuss a wide range of innovations and solutions associated with achieving smart and sustainable campuses. Sessions and workshops will be offered in the areas of campus planning, engaging the campus in sustainability, facility construction and operations, and assessment and measurement. 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. The deadline for early bird registration is March 17. Student scholarships are available.

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