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Table of Contents for 2/8/07:

NEWS
1. U Pennsylvania Commits to Climate Neutrality
2. Austin Peay State Students Approve Renewable Energy Fee
3. U Kansas Creates Center for Sustainability
4. Minnesota Schools Hold Inter-Campus Energy Competition
5. U Iowa Releases Energy Conservation Plan
6. UC Berkeley and U Illinois Selected for Energy Biosciences Institute
7. U Toronto Mississauga Students Approve Universal Bus Pass
8. Furman Receives Renewable Energy Certificates
9. Acadia University Signs Talloires Declaration
10. CSU San Marcos Signs Pact with Local Tribal Council
11. U Buffalo Holds "Greener Shade of Blue" Semester
12. U Vermont Receives Award for Energy Efficiency
13. U Maine Farmington President Receives Green Building Award

OPPORTUNITIES
14. Convenient Truths: A Green Video Contest

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
15. Sustainability Coordinator, Humboldt State University
16. Endowed Chair for Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa State U
17. Energy Manager, Appalachian State University
18. Faculty Fellow, International Environmental Policy, Colby College
19. Chair, Business Administration, College of Santa Fe
20. Research Associate, Clean Fuels Institute, City College of NY

EVENTS
21. Sustainability in Student Affairs Audio Conference
22. Deploying a Wind Turbine for Your Campus Web Conference
23. Improving Energy Conservation and Energy Cost Efficiency Conference
24. Rocky Mtn. Sustainability Summit Registration Deadline Approaching
25. Greening of the Campus VII Abstract Submission Deadline Approaching

News

 

1. U Pennsylvania Commits to Climate Neutrality
University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann recently signed of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment. Signatories of the Commitment, which has now been signed by 61 college and university presidents, agree to develop a comprehensive plan to achieve climate neutrality by reducing campus greenhouse gas emissions and offsetting unavoidable greenhouse gas emissions. Signatories also commit to accelerate the research and educational efforts of higher education to equip society to re-stabilize the earth's climate. "This is a defining issue of the 21st century, and I am proud to sign on and promote higher education as a leader in addressing global climate change through research, education and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions," Gutmann said. "At Penn, we must recognize the impact of a research institution of our size and acknowledge that our management of utilities, our construction, transit services and our recycling extends beyond our campus and has global consequences."
See also: American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment (new website!)

2. Austin Peay State Students Approve Renewable Energy Fee
Students at Austin Peay State University recently approved a $10 per semester fee increase to fund on-campus energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, as well as the purchase of renewable energy through the Tennessee Valley Authority's Green Power Switch program. 84 percent of voting students supported the fee increase. If approved by the Tennessee Board of Regents, the fee will go into effect in Fall 2007. The revenue from the fund will be managed by a committee of students, faculty and staff.

3. U Kansas Creates Center for Sustainability
The University of Kansas has created a Center for Sustainability, which will work to position KU as a leader in sustainable practices and education by providing research and other learning opportunities for students and faculty. Jeff Severin has been hired as the center's first director. Since 2004, Severin has been manager of the KU Environmental Stewardship Program, which oversees waste reduction and recycling on campus. Stacey Swearingen White, associate professor of urban planning, will be director of academic programs. The center has also formed a sustainability advisory board, which will set goals for a sustainable university, give recommendations to the provost's office and monitor progress. The center's staff report to the vice provost for scholarly support. "As a major research institution, KU has a responsibility to help find new ways to reduce energy consumption and waste," said Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Richard Lariviere. "Through research and practical application, the Center for Sustainability will pioneer ways for the university to be environmentally sound. It is our hope that these can then be shared with society beyond campus, thereby conserving valuable resources and helping the state of Kansas and the world."

4. Minnesota Schools Hold Inter-Campus Energy Competition
Fourteen colleges and universities in Minnesota are holding an inter-campus energy conservation competition called "Campus Wars." Over the month of February, the campuses are competing to see who can achieve the greatest percent reduction in campus energy use as compared to the campus' average energy consumption over the previous three Februarys. Macalester College President Brian C. Rosenberg supported for the initiative by sending an invitation to participate to other Minnesota campuses.

5. U Iowa Releases Energy Conservation Plan
The University of Iowa has released a new Energy Conservation Strategic Plan. The plan calls for a 10 percent reduction in energy use per square foot by 2013; and reliance on renewable resources for 15 percent of its energy by 2013. At present, the UI's overall energy portfolio is about 11 percent renewable, including purchased electricity and produced electric power and steam. The plan is an outgrowth of a challenge put to campus by the General Education Fund Task Force in 2004 to reduce energy expenditures by $1.5 million over three years. The University was able to achieve this goal through a variety of measures, including the use of oat hulls to replace coal in the campus power plant, the development of higher efficiency standards for building construction and maintenance, and implementation of a campus-wide energy conservation outreach campaign.

6. UC Berkeley and U Illinois Selected for Energy Biosciences Institute
Global energy firm BP announced recently that it had selected the University of California, Berkeley, in partnership with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, to lead a $500 million research effort to develop new sources of energy and reduce the impact of energy consumption on the environment. The funding will create the Energy Biosciences Institute, which initially will focus its research on biotechnology to produce biofuels. The EBI also will be dedicated to long-term research into the production of alternative fuels, converting fossil fuels to energy with less environmental damage, maximizing oil extraction from existing wells in environmentally sensitive ways, and finding ways to store or sequester carbon.

7. U Toronto Mississauga Students Approve Universal Bus Pass
Full-time undergraduate and graduate students at U of T Mississauga voted to participate in a bus pass plan, becoming the first student body in the Greater Toronto Area to achieve such a result through a referendum. Of the students who voted in a recent referendum, 83.2 per cent of full-time undergraduates and 72 per cent of graduate students approved a universal bus pass (UPass). All students will pay $89 annually for unlimited rider ship on Mississauga Transit for an eight-month period, beginning Sept. 1, 2007.

8. Furman Receives Renewable Energy Certificates
SKY Energy, Inc., a Greenville-based renewable energy company, has contributed 1,250,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of Wind-e Renewable Energy Certificates to Furman University in recognition of the school's Year of the Environment celebration. The amount provided to Furman represents approximately 50 percent of the university's total electricity use for the month of December 2006.

9. Acadia University Signs Talloires Declaration
Acadia University recently signed the Talloires Declaration, a ten-point action plan for incorporating sustainability and environmental literacy in teaching, research, operations and outreach at colleges and universities. Acadia and its Arthur Irving Academy for the Environment have instituted a number of initiatives relevant to the Talloires Declaration, including: a waste reduction awareness program; audits of energy and other resource use on campus; and the Campus Sustainability Assessment Framework, which uses educational mechanisms to assess and promote the sustainability of all university operations. In addition, the University's new Biology building which is scheduled to open in January 2008 is Atlantic Canada's first academic science building to be LEED Gold certified. "Environmental stewardship and citizenship is encouraged across campus in all functions and our students, through coursework and community engagement, learn how they can contribute to environmental sustainability regardless of their discipline or field of study," said Dr. Gail Dinter-Gottlieb, Acadia's President and Vice-Chancellor.

10. CSU San Marcos Signs Pact with Local Tribal Council
Cal State San Marcos President Karen S. Haynes and the Tribal Council of the Santa Ysabel Band of Diegueno Indians recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding that seeks to increase the number of Santa Ysabel students attending college while also bolstering their chances for academic success. The agreement will include new programs to improve college preparation and recruiting on the reservation while increasing efforts to retain American Indian students. The University also plans to create a new institute on campus focused on American Indian cultural sovereignty and sustainability.
See also: Indian Country article

11. U Buffalo Holds Greener Shade of Blue Semester
This semester, University at Buffalo will celebrate a decades-long commitment to environmental stewardship while exploring the climate change crisis and other critical environmental issues through a series of speakers and activities under the theme "A Greener Shade of Blue." A highlight of the activities will be visits to UB by Wangari Maathai, Jean-Michel Cousteau, Denis Hayes, and Al Gore. "UB has long recognized the critical importance of environmental stewardship, and we have committed ourselves to playing a leadership role in developing environmentally sustainable solutions and renewable sources of energy for the future," says UB President John B. Simpson.

12. U Vermont Receives Award for Energy Efficiency
University of Vermont's Physical Plant has received a Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence and Pollution Prevention for its energy efficiency initiatives. UVM's energy efficiency programs include: a centralized building controls program; an ice rink water filtration system that reduces the energy needed to create and maintain ice; a new cooling system for boiler feedpumps; efficient washing machines; LED exit signs; lighting upgrades, motor upgrades, occupancy sensors, thermostat setbacks, vending misers, and more.

13. U Maine Farmington President Receives Green Building Award
Theodora J. Kalikow, president of University of Maine at Farmington, was recently awarded a 2007 Green Building Leadership Award from the Maine Chapter of the United States Green Building Council for her pioneering role in advancing environmentally responsible buildings in Maine. In spring 2001, Kalikow motivated concerned faculty, staff, students, administrators, and community members to establish UMF's first Sustainable Campus Coalition, committing the campus to the responsible use of the Earth's resources through educational efforts and practices. The centerpiece of her campus-wide efforts in environmental sustainability has been the creation of Frances Allen Black Hall and the recently opened Education Center, two buildings designed for LEED certification.

Opportunities

 

14. 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.

Jobs & Internships

 

15. 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.

16. Endowed Chair for Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa State U
Iowa State University seeks applicants for the Henry A. Wallace Endowed Chair for Sustainable Agriculture. The individual in the Henry A. Wallace Endowed Chair for Sustainable Agriculture will provide leadership for the collaborative development and implementation of major educational and research programs on the sustainability of current and future agricultural practices. The Chair is expected to serve as a member of the Graduate Program in Sustainable Ag Leadership/Management Team. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in sustainable agriculture or a related field and a demonstrated record of achievement as a researcher. To guarantee consideration, application must be received by April 1, 2007.

17. Energy Manager, Appalachian State University
The Appalachian State University is seeking an energy manager to develop and implement a comprehensive, campus-wide energy management plan; establish energy goals for new, renovated, and existing campus facilities; coordinate implementation of energy conservation strategies, practices and technologies; develop goals and objectives associated with tracking campus energy consumption; develop energy financing proposals; evaluate life cycle cost analyses and return on investment calculations for capital projects; and provide energy conservation leadership to the campus community. This is a new position that will report to the University Physical Plant Director. Applicants must have a Bachelor's degree in engineering and one year of related experience. Applications are due by 03/07/2007.

18. Faculty Fellow, International Environmental Policy, Colby College
The Environmental Studies Program and the Department of Government at Colby College invite applications for a one-year sabbatical replacement position as Faculty Fellow, beginning September 1, 2007. The successful candidate will offer courses in the area of international environmental policy and/or law, and a team-taught introductory course in Colby's interdisciplinary Environmental Studies program. Review of applications will begin on March 1, 2007 and continue until the position is filled.

19. Chair, Business Administration, College of Santa Fe
The Business Administration Department at College of Santa Fe invites applications for the position of Chair. The department is launching a new undergraduate program in Managing Sustainable Enterprise (MSE) and is seeking a dynamic professional to lead the department in inaugurating and building this innovative degree program. The Department Chair will be expected to take the department to the next level where the MSE program is the centerpiece, tying together the strategic areas of learning, discovery and service. This is a tenure-track position at the Associate Professor level. Candidates must have Doctorate in Business and should be experienced in the areas of sustainability, business social responsibility, and managing change. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

20. Research Associate, Clean Fuels Institute, City College of NY
The Clean Fuels Institute of the Department of Chemical Engineering, The City College of New York, is looking for a Research Associate to take part in system and engineering analysis of alternative technologies. The Research Associate will work with the Director of the Institute to evaluate various alternative energy technologies and will work on the design of new alternative energy technologies. Qualified candidates must have a Ph.D. degree in a related engineering discipline, and at least two years experience in areas related to energy technologies. The closing date for applications is 3/1/07.

Events

 

21. Sustainability in Student Affairs Audio Conference
March 6, 2007; 2pm-3:30pm Eastern
This audio conference explores the role of student affairs in sustainability, using UC Berkeley as a case study. UC Berkeley's student affairs sustainability programs include the Residential Sustainability Education Coordinator program; green demonstration dorm rooms; LEED certified residential facilities; sustainability themed living options, and certified organic kitchens. Participants will learn about how to establish and improve similar programs on their own campuses.

22. Deploying a Wind Turbine for Your Campus Web Conference
May 1 & 3, 2007; 1:00-2:30 pm EDT
Participants in this two-part web conference will learn key considerations in planning and implementing a wind generation project on campus. Instructors will address practical tactics for bringing a campus wind project from vision to reality. Participants will also learn how to assess project viability, plan the project over a long-term timeline, monitor and maintain operational performance, and integrate the wind turbine into the campus educational experience.

23. Improving Energy Conservation and Energy Cost Efficiency Conference
April 23-25, 2007; Boulder, CO
This conference will help participants establish a basis for an integrated approach to energy management, including an audit of energy consumption and an array of options for managing costs. Participants will learn best practices and have the opportunity to engage in interactive discussions to enable the development of a more comprehensive approach to energy management on campus. Instructors include the Director of the University of Wisconsin-Madison's energy conservation program and a Senior Project Manager at Carleton College.

24. Rocky Mtn. 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.

25. Greening of the Campus VII Abstract Submission Deadline Approaching
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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