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Table of Contents for 2/15/07:

NEWS
1. Duke Launches Major Civic Engagement Initiative
2. Nine More Campuses Commit to Climate Neutrality
3. Baylor University Signs Up for Wind Power
4. MIT Launches Laboratory for Sustainable Business
5. Hydrogen Fueling Station Coming to Humboldt State
6. Pacific University Signs Talloires Declaration

NEW RESOURCES
7. Student Fee Increases for Sustainable Energy
8. Campus Surveys of Sustainability Awareness and Attitudes

OPPORTUNITIES
9. Call for Articles on Sustainability and Study Abroad

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
10. Asst. Professor, Sustainable Land Use Planning, U Idaho
11. Assoc. Dean, School of Environment and Nat. Resources, U Vermont

EVENTS
12. CFP: 2nd Int. Conference in Higher Education For Sustainable Dev't
13. AASHE Sustainability Across the Curriculum Leadership Workshop
14. Sustainability in Student Affairs Audio Conference
15. 2007 Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference
16. National Student Labor Week of Action

News

 

1. Duke Launches Major Civic Engagement Initiative
Duke University has announced DukeEngage, a new initiative to make civic engagement an integral part of its undergraduate experience. Beginning in the summer of 2008, any Duke undergraduate who has completed at least two semesters of classes will be eligible to participate in an immersive summer- or semester-long service project with Duke support. Duke funding will include travel expenses and a cost-of-living stipend to cover the full experience. To ensure that students receiving financial aid are able to participate, Duke will assume responsibility for their "summer earnings" requirements, as well as cover the costs of their service experience. The Duke Endowment and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation of Seattle are providing $15 million each to endow DukeEngage. The initiative also includes the creation of a Duke Center for Civic Engagement, which will serve as a university-wide clearinghouse for civic-engagement and service-learning projects.
See also: New York Times article

2. Nine More Campuses Commit to Climate Neutrality
Nine new presidents and chancellors have signed or committed to sign the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment since the last issue of AASHE Bulletin. In doing so, these presidents have committed their institutions to develop comprehensive plans for achieving climate neutrality. The new signatories are: J. Bonnie Newman of University of New Hampshire, Lisa A. Rossbacher of Southern Polytechnic State University, Theodora J. Kalikow of University of Maine at Farmington, William Christopher of Cascadia Community College, G. David Pollick of Birmingham-Southern College, Robert A. Kennedy of University of Maine, John C. Hitt of University of Central Florida, Richard L. Pattenaude of University of Southern Maine, and Richard Pegnetter of Florida Gulf Coast University. Seventy college and university presidents and chancellors have now signed the Commitment.
See also: UNH press release

3. Baylor University Signs Up for Wind Power
In its first major effort to directly support renewable energy sources, Baylor University has signed a 10-year contract with Wisconsin-based WPS Energy Services to provide electricity on campus starting July 2008. Wind energy make up a "significant portion" of the electricity purchased under the contract, according to campus officials. The deal is also expected to save the University about $2 million annually in energy costs while also providing electricity price stability for the University.
See also: Baylor student newspaper article and editorial

4. MIT Launches Laboratory for Sustainable Business
MIT's Sloan School of Management has announced the launch of a new Laboratory for Sustainable Business (S-Lab). The course will explore how capitalism can be reconciled with the need for more sustainable business practices. "S-Lab is developing an integrated framework to consider the system-wide dynamics of human society along with tools and methodologies for measuring and monitoring sustainability efforts and their applications," says Prof. Richard Locke, one of six professors at the business school who collaborated in the creation of the course. A related Los Angeles Times article describes how "business schools in the U.S. and around the world are coming up with ways to integrate global warming into established courses, as well as instituting new classes."
See also: Los Angeles Times article (link no longer available)

5. Hydrogen Fueling Station Coming to Humboldt State
Engineers at Humboldt State University's Schatz Energy Research Center (SERC) are designing and will install a campus hydrogen fueling station to support a hydrogen-powered Toyota Prius for two years as part of California's Hydrogen Highway Program. HSU President Rollin Richmond will be among the operators of the Prius, which is scheduled for delivery around April, 2007. It will serve as a technology test bed to investigate the potential benefits of hydrogen-fueled vehicles. HSU's new hydrogen fueling station is the first step in the Schatz Center's ongoing effort to develop a hydrogen power park using renewable landfill gas from the local Cummings Road Landfill. This gas currently goes unused and is flared at the landfill.

6. Pacific University Signs Talloires Declaration
Pacific University President Phil Creighton recently signed the Talloires Declaration, an international commitment to environmentally-sound institutional citizenship. The signing came during "Greening Pacific!" a sustainable office fair held to mark the beginning of the effort "green" the offices at Pacific University. The goals of the initiative are to increase recycling, reduce use of paper products, and encourage environmentally preferable purchasing.

New Resources

 

7. Student Fee Increases for Sustainable Energy
AASHE has produced a new resource that describes more than 20 successful efforts to increase mandatory fees specifically to fund renewable energy and energy efficiency. Fee increases are categorized according to whether the revenue goes toward a) purchasing renewable energy produced off-campus, b) funding renewable energy and energy conservation projects on-campus, or c) a combination of off-campus purchases and on-campus projects (this hybrid category is listed first).

8. Campus Surveys of Sustainability Awareness and Attitudes (AASHE members only)
AASHE has produced a new resource listing campus surveys of sustainability awareness, attitudes, and values. These surveys can be used in assessing the ecological literacy of the student body and the success of an institution's efforts to foster sustainable behavior.

Opportunities

 

9. Call for Articles on Sustainability and Study Abroad
ABROAD VIEW, a global education magazine for students, is planning a special section for its spring 2008 issue on "The Gift of Study Abroad: Privilege, Responsibility, and Sustainability." The section will examine ways that study abroad can contribute to a sustainable global community by looking at how educators can help students be aware of the privilege and responsibility that come along with the study abroad experience and by exploring the long term impacts of study abroad on communities and environments. The magazine is soliciting article submissions from students who have studied abroad, from administrators and faculty working in the field, and from individuals or communities abroad which have had the experience of hosting students. All submissions are due by October 1, 2007 although early submissions are encouraged by May 1, 2007.

Jobs & Internships

 

10. Asst. Professor, Sustainable Land Use Planning, U Idaho
University of Idaho seeks an Assistant Professor of Sustainable Land Use Planning. The successful candidate will be responsible for teaching innovative graduate courses in the Bioregional Planning and Community Design (BioP) program, develop an externally funded research program, deliver an outreach program that connects graduate students with community-based sustainable resource-based projects, and work across disciplines with faculty from other departments and colleges participating in the BioP program. A Ph.D. in land use planning, urban and regional planning, or closely related field is required. The search will be closed when a sufficient number of qualified applicants have been identified, but not prior to March 7, 2007.

11. 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.

Events

 

12. CFP: 2nd Int. Conference in Higher Education For Sustainable Dev't
July 5 - 7, 2007; Autonomous University of San Luis Potosi, Mexico
The Autonomous University of San Luis Potosi, Mexico, and the University of Luneburg, Germany, supported by the Mexican and German Commissions for UNESCO, and by the Mexican Ministry of Public Education are inviting participation in the Second International Conference on Higher Education for Sustainable Development, entitled "World in Transition - Sustainability Perspectives for Higher Education." The conference is a follow-up to a first international conference in September 2005, which brought together more than 150 experts on Higher Education for Sustainable Development (HESD) in Luneburg, Germany. The conference is intended to provide platform for continued dialogue and broadening of the HESD network. Organizers are seeking presentation proposals on: the role of universities in society, impacts of teaching and learning methods, institutional culture and organizational/governance structures, gender issues, mainstreaming sustainability, university and community linkages, innovative learning and teaching experiences. Abstracts are due by March 15, 2007.

13. AASHE 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.

14. 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.

15. 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.

16. National Student Labor Week of Action
March 28 - April 4
The Student Labor Action Project is organizing its 8th annual National Student Labor Week of Action to call for living wages for all campus employees and university codes of conduct that support workers' rights both on campus and overseas.

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