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Table of Contents for 3/1/07:

NEWS
1. Off-Grid Zero Emissions Building Going Up at Florida State
2. Swarthmore to Buy 35% Wind Power
3. Presidents Climate Commitment Passes 100 Signatories
4. Ohio State gets $18.6 Million for Photovoltaics Center
5. Academy of Art U Partners with Utility to Join Energy Watch Program
6. Environmental Justice Fund Established at University of Michigan
7. Spelman College and EPA Extend Innovative Partnership
8. Energy Conservation Project Saving U at Buffalo $4 Million Annually
9. Energy Projects Expected to Save LaGrange College $4 million
10. Two Saskatchewan Universities Begin Energy Conservation Programs
11. Illinois State Plans Undergraduate Major in Renewable Energy
12. Berea and Rollins colleges dedicate solar array installations
13. Cal State Northridge Dedicates 1MW Fuel Cell Power Plant
14. Stanford Buses Get Biodiesel Decals that Change with Blend
15. UC Irvine Opens Upgraded Hydrogen Pump
16. Ball State Bookstore Adopts Green Purchasing
17. Students Start Bicycle Cooperative at Texas State - San Marcos
18. Juniata Students Start Bike-Sharing Program
19. Social Marketing Program at U Toronto Aims to Cut Paper Use
20. Incentive Program Rewards Recyclers at Suffolk University

NEW RESOURCES
21. Searchable Online Resource for Sustainability Research

OPPORTUNITIES
22. 2007 Brower Youth Awards
23. Thomas Ehrlich Faculty Award for Service-Learning
24. LEED-NC Performance Survey
25. Deadline Extended and Prizes Upped for Lifecycle Building Challenge

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
26. High Performance Bldg. Program Coord., Harvard Green Campus Initiative
27. Special Projects Coordinator, Harvard Green Campus Initiative
28. Director, Natural Resources Program, Virginia Tech
29. Interim Executive Director, Engineers for a Sustainable World

EVENTS
30. The Climate of Environmental Justice: Taking Stock
31. 5th Annual Northeast Student Energy Summit
32. AASHE Sustainability Across the Curriculum Leadership Workshop
33. Sustainability in Student Affairs Audio Conference
34. 2007 Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference


News

 

1. Off-Grid Zero Emissions Building Going Up at Florida State University
An alternative technology building is being constructed on the Florida State University campus by the Sustainable Energy Science and Engineering Center (SESEC). The new facility, dubbed OGZEB (short for "Off-Grid Zero Emissions Building"), will feature building-design and energy innovations developed by local architects and engineers, as well as students and faculty from SESEC. Among its highlights, OGZEB will be completely solar-powered, with excess electricity being used to produce hydrogen for energy storage. It will make use of hydrogen appliances (hydrogen burns cleaner and more efficiently than natural gas). It will feature high-efficiency water and electrical systems, and it is designed to achieve LEED-NC platinum certification for energy efficiency-the first such building in the southeastern United States. The building is expected to be completed by December 2007.
See also: Tallahassee Democrat article

2. Swarthmore to Buy 35% Wind Power
During its recent Board of Managers annual budget review meeting, Swarthmore College committed to purchase 35 percent of its total energy use from wind power sources. College officials believe that Swarthmore is purchasing a higher percentage of its power from renewable sources than any other Pennsylvania campus.

3. Presidents Climate Commitment Passes 100 Signatories
Wayne M. Burton of North Shore Community College was the 100th signer of the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment. The Commitment continues to grow rapidly. In addition to President Burton, the following 17 presidents have signed or committed to sign the Commitment since the last issue of the AASHE Bulletin: Nancy Cantor of Syracuse University, John A. White of University of Arkansas, George M. Dennison of University of Montana, Kenneth Ruscio of Washington and Lee University, Brian Rosenberg of Macalester College, Beverly Byers-Pevitts of Park University, Terrence A. Gomes of Roxbury Community College, Kenneth R. Garren of Lynchburg College, Richard G. Gurnon of Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Barry M. Maloney of Westfield State College, Richard W. Cost of University of Maine at Fort Kent, Thomas R. Kepple, Jr. of Juniata College, Paul E. Reverta of Berkshire Community College, Dana Mohler-Faria of Bridgewater State College, Patricia Spakes of University of Washington, Tacoma, and William Messner of Holyoke Community College. 107 college and university presidents and chancellors have now signed the Commitment.
See also: University of Arkansas press release

4. Ohio State gets $18.6 Million for Photovoltaics Center
Officials for the Ohio Department of Development recently announced the provision of $18.6 million in funding for the creation of the Wright Center for Photovoltaics Innovation and Commercialization. The center combines the work of researchers at OSU, the University of Toledo, Bowling Green State University, Battelle Memorial Institute, Edison Materials Technology Center, and Green Energy Ohio, with the work of 20 Ohio companies.

5. Academy of Art U Partners with Utility to Join Energy Watch Program
Academy of Art University recently announced its partnership with Pacific Gas and Electric Company, the Department of the Environment and San Francisco's Mayor Gavin Newsom to be the first school to participate in the San Francisco Energy Watch program. Academy of Art University intends to reduce its energy usage by 20 percent annually by lowering electricity use by 2.6 million kilowatt-hours and reducing natural gas use by 80,600 therms. This greenhouse gas reduction is equivalent to taking 300 cars off of the streets of San Francisco annually.

6. Environmental Justice Fund Established at University of Michigan
Bunyan Bryant, an environmental justice professor at UM and former Flint resident, will donate $100,000 over the next five years to set up an endowment fund for environmental graduate studies at the Ann Arbor university. Bryant, 71, was one of the founding forces of the environmental justice movement and he hopes his donation will serve as seed money to encourage others to contribute to the cause. At least $6 million is needed to create an environmental justice center, he said.

7. Spelman College and EPA Extend Innovative Partnership
Spelman College and the US EPA have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate on environmental and stewardship initiatives. This Memorandum builds on a 1993 memorandum between Spelman and EPA that saw many Spelman students go on to become EPA professionals after being awarded internships and fellowships. This is the first time in EPA history that the EPA administrator has traveled to a historically Black college to meet with faculty and students and to sign such an MOU,

8. Energy Conservation Project Saving U at Buffalo $4 Million Annually
More than a decade ago, the University at Buffalo invested $17 million in a comprehensive energy-conservation project. On Jan. 31, UB made its final payment on the loan that partially funded the project. Beginning this month, with the project's debt retired, annual savings from it will jump to nearly $4 million. Savings generated by the project have been even greater than originally projected because of the rising cost of energy over the years since its launch in 1997.

9. Energy Projects Expected to Save LaGrange College $4 million
LaGrange College recently completed a major upgrade to air conditioning and lighting systems. The upgrades, which were financed via a performance contract with an outside firm, are expected to provide nearly $4 million in energy and related savings over a 15-year period. The energy saved will be the equivalent of removing 87 cars from the road, planting 178 acres of trees and saving 55,973 gallons of gasoline each year.

10. Two Saskatchewan Universities Begin Energy Conservation Programs
Both major Saskatchewan universities announced projects that will go a long way toward reducing energy consumption on campus. The University of Regina is set to begin energy efficiency upgrades to five buildings this year, which will save the university approximately $345,000 a year in energy consumption. The University of Saskatchewan has a plan in the works to replace 26,000 fluorescent fixtures with energy-efficient electronic ballasts, as well as to replace 3,000 incandescent lights with fluorescent bulbs.

11. Illinois State Plans Undergraduate Major in Renewable Energy (link no longer available)
Illinois State University is looking to be the first in the nation to offer undergraduate course work tailored specifically for the renewable energy industry. The university has developed a curriculum for the renewable energy major that is awaiting administration approval and the green light from the Illinois Board of Higher Education before enrolling students in the fall of 2008.

12. Berea and Rollins colleges dedicate solar array installations
Berea College recently dedicated a one kilowatt-hour solar array. The idea for the solar panel originated in spring 2005 by the 10x10 Student Initiative, a student-led group with the goal of encouraging the college to meet 10 percent of energy needs with clean and renewable sources by 2010. After three years of fundraising and planning, students at Rollins College installed a 1.6 kilowatt array on a science building.
See also: Orlando Sentinel article (link no longer available)
Listing of campus solar installations

13. Cal State Northridge Dedicates 1MW Fuel Cell Power Plant
California State University, Northridge recently dedicated a 1 megawatt fuel cell power plant - believed to be the single largest fuel cell power plant at any university in the world. The power plant provides environmentally friendly power to the campus and generates surplus heat for buildings, showers and food service hot water, as well as heat the University Student Union's swimming pool.
See also: Listing of campus fuel cell installations (AASHE members only)

14. Stanford Buses Get Biodiesel Decals that Change with Blend
As a pro-bono project, Vestal Design has produced a decal highlight Stanford's use of biodiesel in its campus shuttle buses. The decal is designed to change easily as the school moves towards higher percentage biofuel blends. Instead of designing a static graphic or creating a decal that would need to be scrapped with the adoption of each new biodiesel blend, they came up with a graphic that can illustrate the steps taken to get closer to 100% biofuel by adding yellow pieces to the decal.

15. UC Irvine Opens Upgraded Hydrogen Pump
UC Irvine recently celebrated the grand opening of its automobile hydrogen fueling station - the first of its kind in Orange County, and capable of dispensing hydrogen at higher pressure than any other hydrogen station in California. The higher pressure hydrogen can potentially double a vehicle's driving range.

16. Ball State Bookstore Adopts Green Purchasing
Through a program started by a National Wildlife Federation fellow, the Ball State Bookstore is stocking and promoting recycled products and encouraging the use of reusable bags. So far, the program is proving to be a success.

17. Students Start Bicycle Cooperative at Texas State - San Marcos (link no longer available)
In order to advocate the use of bicycles as a means of alternative transportation, a group of students are taking steps to establish a bicycle cooperative at Texas State. The Bobcat Bicycle Co-operative, which will work in conjunction with auxiliary services, will provide basic bicycle repairs in addition to training cyclists how to do repairs of their own.

18. Juniata Students Start Bike-Sharing Program
A group of students at Juniata College have begun a new bicycle program offering free use of bikes at stations around campus. Students can use the bicycles for any errand and return the bike to any of the available stations after the errand or trip. So far, the program has received five donated bicycles and plans to purchase five to 10 more. The Juniata College Cycling Club has agreed to handle the maintenance for the bicycle fleet.

19. Social Marketing Program at U Toronto Aims to Cut Paper Use
ReSource, a unique, student-driven initiative supported by the university's sustainability office, not only looks at reducing the amount of paper used, it's initiating ways of reusing it before it is recycled, as well as researching how the university can store information without paper. The project is based on an established community-based social marketing method that encourages people to make eco-friendly decisions in their everyday behaviors.

20. Incentive Program Rewards Recyclers at Suffolk University
Dozens of groups and individuals at Suffolk University are now distributing coupons to recyclers throughout February and March. Anyone seen recycling has a chance of being spotted and rewarded. The coupons are good for $1 off any purchase at the Sodexho caf├ęs on campus.

New Resources

 

21. Searchable Online Resource for Sustainability Research
Managed by UNC-Chapel Hill's Center for Sustainable Enterprise (CSE) at the Kenan-Flagler Business School, the CSE Knowledge Bank is a free educational resource containing scholarly research from UNC authors on a broad range of sustainability topics, including: design for sustainability, microfinance and emerging markets, sustainable tourism, corporate governance, sustainability metrics, and more. Users can search the full offerings of MBA white papers, faculty articles, case studies, and more available in the CSE Knowledge Bank. This resource will be updated regularly to include the latest research findings.

Opportunities

 

22. 2007 Brower Youth Awards
This annual program recognizes the outstanding leadership efforts of six young people who are working for Conservation, Preservation, and Restoration- CPR for the Earth. The award includes $3,000, a trip to California for the award ceremony and wilderness camping trip, and ongoing access to resources and opportunities to further their work at Earth Island Institute. Young leaders ages 13 to 22 as of July 1, 2007 are eligible for this award. The deadline for applications is May 15.

23. Apply Now for Thomas Ehrlich Faculty Award for Service-Learning
Campus Compact is now accepting applications for the Thomas Ehrlich Faculty Award for Service-Learning. The Ehrlich Award honors one faculty member each year for contributing to the integration of community or public service into the curriculum and for efforts to institutionalize service-learning. All applications must be submitted online by March 23, 2007.

24. LEED-NC Performance Survey
The US Green Building Council (USGBC) is asking all completed LEED-NC building owners to participate in a research study of actual building performance, by making energy billings available for anonymous review. In return for providing assistance to this nationwide study, participating owners will receive a summary report on their building's current performance level in relation to applicable benchmarks. An optional occupant survey is also available at no charge for buildings with at least 30 occupied offices. USGBC has contracted with New Buildings Institute (NBI) to perform this study.

25. Deadline Extended and Prizes Upped for Lifecycle Building Challenge
The Lifecycle Building Challenge is a web-based competition open to professionals-architects, designers, manufacturers, builders, deconstruction experts, reuse professionals, engineers, etc. and students. Lifecycle designs are sought in following the categories: whole building, a single component, and a tool, method, or other idea. Registration for the Challenge now closes April 15, 2007. The three student winners will receive $2,500 each.

Jobs & Internships

 

26. High Performance Building Program Coordinator, Harvard Green Campus Initiative
Harvard Green Campus Initiative seeks a High Performance Building Program Coordinator to assist with all tasks involved in delivering a range of LEED certification services (both New Construction and Renovation projects) to project teams and specific clients throughout Harvard University. The successful candidate will provides ongoing administrative support in managing and completing all related LEED submittals and will work with design and construction teams to promote sustainable design and construction as well as ensure adequate accountability. A Bachelor's degree is required.

27. Special Projects Coordinator, Harvard Green Campus Initiative
Harvard Green Campus Initiative seeks a Special Projects Coordinator to assist with special projects at the Green Campus Initiative, with emphasis on utility planning and renewable energy research and development. The successful candidate will research both on-site and off-site renewable energy options (including wind, solar, ground-source heat pumps, biomass) for Harvard University and investigate financial models and partnerships for investment in such options. Related undergraduate degree is required.

28. Director, Natural Resources Program, Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech seeks a Director of its Natural Resources Program to manage, administer, and provide leadership for the College's natural resources programs. The successful candidate will develop and teach graduate courses in the general areas of natural resources conservation and management (e.g., Sustainable Management of Natural Resources, Renewable Natural Resource Conservation). Applications are due by April 15, 2007.

29. Interim Executive Director, Engineers for a Sustainable World
The Engineers for a Sustainable World Board of Directors is soliciting applications for a volunteer Interim Executive Director who will work closely with board consultant) to support the continued growth and impact of the organization. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Events

 

30. The Climate of Environmental Justice: Taking Stock
March 16-17; University of Colorado at Boulder School of Law
The Natural Resources Law Center and the University of Colorado at Boulder School of Law will host a two-day conference on the impact of climate change and its direct effect on society's most vulnerable populations. Called "The Climate of Environmental Justice: Taking Stock," will be attended by national leaders in the environmental justice movement. Speakers include Colorado Congressman Mark Udall and Jerome Ringo, chair of the National Wildlife Federation and president of the national Apollo Alliance, among others.

31. 5th Annual Northeast Student Energy Summit
March 23-25; Boston University
The Northeast Student Energy Summit aims to provide students with skills they need to pass policies that reduce global warming pollution from their schools, their community, their state and the federal government. The registration fee is $15-50, on a sliding scale.

32. 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.

33. 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.

34. 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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