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This issue of AASHE Bulletin is dedicated to the great folks at CU Boulder for putting on a wonderful campus sustainability conference this week and also for their hospitality to AASHE staff.

Table of Contents for 2/22/07:

NEWS
1. Twenty More Campuses Commit to Climate Neutrality
2. Oberlin Hires Sustainability Coordinator
3. Colorado Universities Sign Renewable Energy Agreement
4. Central College Signs Talloires Declaration
5. TSTC West Texas to offer first AAS degree for Wind Energy in Texas
6. University of Illinois Retires Chief Illiniwek Mascot
7. UNC Greensboro Kicks Off "Semester for Sustainability"
8. UVM Launches First CNG Buses in Vermont

OPPORTUNITIES
9. Roosevelt Review Call for Student Papers
10. Convenient Truths: A Green Video Contest Deadline Approaching

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
11. Sustainable Design and Development Faculty, Yale University
12. Academic Director, Sustainability Institute, Rochester Inst. of Technology
13. Campus Field Coordinator, National Wildlife Federation

EVENTS
14. Webinar on Best Practices to Create Environment-Friendly Campuses
15. CFP: Capital Ideas for Sustainable Resource Management
16. Faculty Diversity and Environmental Justice Research Symposium
17. Entrepreneurs and Higher Ed: Catalysts for Advancing Sustainability
18. Deploying a Wind Turbine for Your Campus Web Conference
19. Improving Energy Conservation and Energy Cost Efficiency Conference
20. Webinar on Sustainable Energy Management for Midwest Campuses

Featured Event:

The Sustainability in Student Affairs Audio Conference (3/6/07; 2pm-3:30pm Eastern) will explore 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.


News

 

1. Twenty More Campuses Commit to Climate Neutrality
Fourteen 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: David J. Skorton of Cornell University, G.P. "Bud" Peterson of University of Colorado at Boulder, Pamela Shockley-Zalabak of University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, M. Roy Wilson of University of Colorado at Denver, Judith A. Ramaley of Winona State University, Robert Oden of Carleton College, Elaine Tuttle Hansen of Bates College, Jean MacCormack of University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, Stephen V. Sundborg of Seattle University, Peggy Williams of Ithaca College, John A. Rousch of Centre College, Stuart Dorsey of University of Redlands, Mary L. Fifield of Bunker Hill Community College, Gail E. Carberry of Quinsigamond Community College, MaryAnn Baenninger of College of Saint Benedict, Carole Cowan of Middlesex Community College, Robert Pura of Greenfield Community College, Don N. Zillman of University of Maine at Presque Isle, Daniel Garvey of Prescott College, and Guy Riekeman of Life University. Ninety college and university presidents and chancellors have now signed the Commitment.
See also: Chronicle of Higher Education article
Inside Higher Ed article
CU-Boulder press release

2. Oberlin Hires Sustainability Coordinator
Following a three-semester long search, Oberlin's newly-hired Environmental Sustainability Coordinator Nathan Engstrom began work earlier this month in a position that College administrators hope will provide leadership and structure to the College's environmental initiatives. Engstrom will head Oberlin's new Office of Environmental Sustainability, which will work under the auspices of Oberlin's Committee on Environmental Sustainability. Before coming to Oberlin, Engstrom studied and worked extensively with energy efficient building construction. He earned an advanced degree in the field and worked for four years as director of the Wisconsin-based green building program, Green Built Home.
See also: Directory of Campus Sustainability Coordinators" track="true"> (AASHE members only)

3. Colorado Universities Sign Renewable Energy Agreement
The University of Colorado at Boulder, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Colorado State University and the Colorado School of Mines have signed the Colorado Renewable Energy Collaboratory agreement, paving the way for extended cooperation in developing new renewable energy technologies. The Collaboratory provides the framework for the four institutions to work together to develop new technologies and distribution systems and to work with business partners to develop new market strategies and sustainable business practices. "We already have three major proposed projects that we could not have done as individual institutions," said CU-Boulder Vice Chancellor for Research Susan Avery. "I am excited about the possibilities this opens for new research, new educational opportunities for students, and new partnerships that ultimately should position Colorado as the intellectual and economic leader in renewable energy."

4. Central College Signs Talloires Declaration (link no longer available)
Central College President David Roe has signed the Talloires Declaration. The Talloires Declaration is a 10-point action plan for incorporating sustainability and environmental literacy in teaching, research, operations and outreach at colleges and universities. "Central's goal is to promote and model appreciation of our natural environment and stewardship of its limited resources," said Roe. "Central strives to be a leader and role model in the environmental movement because it is consistent with our mission."

5. TSTC West Texas to offer first AAS degree for Wind Energy in Texas
In October, 2006, The Texas Higher Education Coordinating approved an Associates of Applied Science degree for Wind Energy and Turbine Technology to be offered by Texas State Technical College West Texas. This is the first AAS degree in Wind Energy for the state of Texas. The two year degree was developed by TSTC West Texas faculty in collaboration with program advisory group members of the industry including Florida Power and Light, General Electric, Texas Tech University, West Texas Wind Energy Consortium, and others under the leadership of Bill Guidera, Associate Vice President for Program Development and Partnerships.
See also: FPL Energy Press Release

6. University of Illinois Retires Chief Illiniwek Mascot
The University of Illinois has announced that controversial mascot Chief Illiniwek will no longer perform at its athletic events. Native Americans and many others have found the mascot to be offensive and have called for its retirement. The mascot has been criticized for perpetuating negative stereotypes of Native Americans. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) had also put pressure on the University by refusing to allow the campus to host post-season events until the mascot was retired.

7. UNC Greensboro Kicks Off 'Semester for Sustainability'
University of North Carolina at Greensboro is holding a series of events this semester that make up a "Semester for Sustainability". The semester is sponsored by the UNCG faculty senate, the governing body for UNCG's faculty. Among the highlights of the semester-long series of events will be a lecture titled "The Role of Higher Education in Sustainability" given by Dr. Anthony Cortese, President of Second Nature. The semester's activities conclude with a festive, Earth Day celebration.

8. UVM Launches First CNG Buses in Vermont
University of Vermont has introduced two new buses that are fueled with compressed natural gas. The CNG fleet, which will grow to six vehicles by fall 2008, is the product of a partnership between UVM, the City of Burlington, Vermont Gas Systems Inc., and the Federal Transit Administration to improve air quality and develop Vermont's first "fast-fill" natural gas refueling station. The new CNG refueling station at the city's department of public works will allow each bus to fill its rooftop tanks in just a few minutes. After the university's transit fleet has been serviced, excess capacity in the system can be used by in new heavy-duty natural gas vehicles the city plans to put into service, like street sweepers and recycling trucks. For both the university and the city, the long-term goal is to run cost-effective vehicles that produce zero emissions fueled from renewable energy sources, like solar and wind power.

Opportunities

 

9. Roosevelt Review Call for Student Papers
The Roosevelt Review seeks student papers on politics and policy to be published in the 2007 issue. The Roosevelt Review is devoted to publishing high quality research, analysis, and policy proposals by graduate and undergraduate students. The author of the top rated article will receive an all-expenses paid trip to the Washington, D.C. Roosevelt Policy Expo in the summer, where they will be a featured presenter before an audience of policymakers and top students from around the country. The author of the top rated article will receive an all-expenses paid trip to the Washington, D.C. Roosevelt Policy Expo in the summer, where they will be a featured presenter before an audience of policymakers and top students from around the country.

10. Convenient Truths: A Green Video Contest Deadline Approaching
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

 

11. Sustainable Design and Development Faculty, Yale University
Yale University's School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and School of Architecture seek applicants for an joint Assistant Professorship in Sustainable Design and Development, with an emphasis on the urban environment. The successful candidate will be expected to advise, supervise and instruct both environmental studies and architecture students, offering lecture, seminar and/ or project-based courses in areas such as sustainable design and development, urban design, urban ecology, landscape ecology and design, and restoration of urban environmental systems. The deadline for applications is April 1, 2007.

12. Academic Director, Sustainability Institute, Rochester Inst. of Technology
Rochester Institute of Technology is recruiting a tenure track Associate or Full Professor to become the Academic Director of the newly formed Sustainability Institute. The Academic Director's first responsibility will be to lead a multi-disciplinary team in the definition and development of a Ph.D. program in Sustainable Production. Once the Ph.D. program is approved, the Academic Director will be responsible for program administration, continued improvement of curricula, and creation of additional degree programs. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in science, engineering, policy, or related fields and an established academic record, including experience in curriculum development, teaching, and research in addition to being an experienced and effective collaborator capable of coordinating and leading faculty across the university to develop this multidisciplinary Ph.D. program.

13. Campus Field Coordinator, National Wildlife Federation
National Wildlife Federation is seeking a national Campus Field Coordinator who desires to work at the leading edge of a movement for campus climate action. This person will be responsible for: campus outreach, organizing regional gatherings and networks to support campus climate action, orchestrating a web based community to support climate action, and providing administrative and logistical support to the field director. Applicants should have at least a Bachelors degree, and a minimum of 3 years project management experience.

Events

 

14. Webinar on Best Practices to Create Environment-Friendly Campuses
March 13, 2007 2:00-3:30 Eastern
Council on Law in Higher Education is organizing a webinar entitled "Going Green: Best Practices to Create Environment-Friendly Campuses." AASHE's Executive Director Tom Kimmerer will be presenting on what the costs and benefits of campus sustainability are and how sustainability plans are developed and implemented. The cost to participate is $185, with discounts available to members of CLHE.

15. CFP: ERAPPA 2007 Capital Ideas for Sustainable Resource Management
September 30 to October 3; Ottawa ON
The Ontario chapter of the eastern region of the Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers (ERRAPA) invites presentation proposals for the ERRAPA Annual Conference. Presentations should be related to the conference theme of "Capital Ideas for Sustainable Resource Management". The conference committee will be looking to offer a balanced program based along four educational tracks; Capital Ideas, Sustainability, Resource Management, and Special Topics. Proposals are due by February 28.

16. Faculty Diversity and Environmental Justice Research Symposium
June 7-9; University of Michigan The University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources and Environment is hosting a symposium that will focus on diversity in academia as well as domestic and international environmental justice research. The conference will bring together researchers who are academics, postdoctoral fellows, students, policymakers, environmental justice practitioners, and grantmakers to participate in plenaries, panels, and poster sessions. Paper proposals are due by May 30.

17. Entrepreneurs and Higher Education: Catalysts for Advancing Sustainability Webcast
March 1 from 4-5 pm EST
This free webcast is sponsored by The Kaufman Foundation, in partnership with Arizona State University, Starbucks, The New York Times, and the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP). Panelists include Peter Thum, Founder of Ethos Water and Vice President of Starbucks, and Jonathan Fink, Vice President of Research and Economic Affairs, Arizona State University. James Gorman, Deputy Science Editor for the New York Times, will be moderating. Participation is free.

18. 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.

19. 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.

20. Webinar on Sustainable Energy Management for Midwest Campuses
March 6, 2007; 9:00AM-11:00AM (CST)
The Midwest Buildings Technology Application Center is offering a series of webinars to connect energy industry experts to colleges and universities. The first in the series focuses broadly on sustainable energy management, and features AASHE's Executive Director Tom Kimmerer. Participation is free, but is offered to Midwest participants only (IA, IL, IN, MI, MN, MO, OH, WI). Archived webinars will be available to all non-Midwest participants following each webinar.

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