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Table of Contents for 3/8/07:

NEWS
1. U Florida Students Approve Renewable Energy Fee
2. Connecticut College Purchases Green Power for 100% of Electricity Use
3. 19 More Campuses Sign Climate Neutrality Commitment
4. MIT to Help Develop Renewable Energy Institute in Middle East
5. Dominican University to Offer Green MBA
6. Oberlin to Open Sustainable Living Theme House
7. University of Maine Receives Cash Incentive for Energy Efficiency
8. Princeton University Receives 2007 Energy Star CHP Award
9. Algonquin College to Launch Certificate Program in Green Architecture
10. UCSD and U Chicago Hold Dorm Energy Competitions
11. Reverb Launches 2nd Annual Campus Consciousness Tour

NEW RESOURCES
12. University of Virginia Sustainability Assessment

OPPORTUNITIES
13. "Current Campus Sustainability Efforts" Survey

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
14. Program Coordinator for High Performance Building Services, Harvard U
15. Assistant Project Coordinator, Strategic Energy Innovations
16. Director, Environmental Health & Safety, University of Nevada, Reno
17. Visiting Prof. in the Environment and Humanities, Princeton University
18. Assoc. VP, Sustainability and Environ. Stewardship, Aramark Higher Education
19. EnvironMentors Program Coordinator
20. Environmental Coordinator, University of Tennessee

EVENTS
21. Deploying a Wind Turbine for Your Campus Web Conference
22. Improving Energy Conservation and Energy Cost Efficiency Conference

News

 

1. U Florida Students Approve Renewable Energy Fee
In a recent student government election, 78% of voting students at the University of Florida supported the creation of a 50 cent per credit-hour Renewable Energy student fee that will be used to support renewable energy projects on campus, invest in energy efficiency projects, and buy campus power from renewable energy providers. If approved, the fee is expected to raise approximately $645,000 a year.
See also: Gators for a Sustainable Campus campaign homepage
Listing of Mandatory Student Fees for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

2. Connecticut College Purchases Green Power for 100% of Electricity Use
Connecticut College has purchased renewable energy certificates to offset 100 percent of its annual electricity consumption. The College has been purchasing RECs to offset a percentage of the college's annual electricity consumption for many years, but this is it's largest purchase yet. Last year, the college purchased RECs equal to 47 percent of the college's annual electricity consumption, up from 41, 40, 24 and 17 percent in previous years. The purchases are funded by a $25 a year per student surcharge to support the use of renewable energy. Faculty, staff and students are also working to reduce their electricity usage by lowering thermostat temperatures to reduce the college's heating oil use, and holding competitions between residence halls to reduce the consumption of heating fuel and electricity.

3. 19 More Campuses Sign Climate Neutrality Commitment
19 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: Mark A. Emmert of University of Washington, John Sexton of New York University, Donna E. Shalala of University of Miami, John B. Simpson of University at Buffalo, Timothy P. White of University of Idaho, S. Verna Fowler of College of Menominee Nation, Thomas Hochstettler of Lewis & Clark College, Ronald R. Thomas of University of Puget Sound, Thomas F. Schutte of the Pratt Institute, Katherine Sloan of Massachusetts College of Art, Cynthia E. Huggins of University of Maine at Machias, Martha Saunders of University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Steven G. Olswang of University of Washington Bothell, John F. Brennan of Green Mountain College, Martin Hamilton of New College of California, Karen I. Halbersleben of Northland College, B. Jean Floten of Bellevue Community College, Carole M. Berotte Joseph of MassBay Community College, and David F. Hartleb of Northern Essex Community College. 126 college and university presidents and chancellors have now signed the Commitment.

4. MIT to Help Develop Renewable Energy Institute in Middle East
Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company have signed a cooperative agreement to help develop the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, a new research institute that will offer postgraduate programs in renewable energy and sustainability. With plans to admit the first postgraduate students in the summer of 2009, the Masdar Institute will operate as an independent, non-profit research and educational institution, conducting courses in English and offering postgraduate degrees to men and women in the United Arab Emirates, Middle East, North Africa and the South Asian region. MIT faculty and staff will provide advice, scholarly assessment and assistance in connection with the establishment of the new institute.

5. Dominican University to Offer Green MBA
Starting this fall, Dominican will offer an MBA in Sustainable Enterprise. Dominican has acquired the trademarked Green MBA program currently offered at New College of California. The program is one of only a handful of MBA programs specifically focused on corporate social responsibility, environmental sustainability, and social justice within the business context. In addition to gaining the Green MBA, Dominican will become home to the Environmental Finance Center for EPA Region IX, which coordinates the Green Business Programs for California, Hawaii, Arizona, and Nevada. The Green MBA program is a four-semester program with classes held two weekends per month, Friday through Sunday. The curriculum consists of three major components: business fundamentals, sustainability, and leadership. Students work on solutions to promote financial viability, ecological sustainability, and social justice.
See also: Resources on Sustainability in Business Education (AASHE members only)

6. Oberlin to Open Sustainable Living Theme House
Oberlin College is planning to open a sustainable living theme house called SEED - Student Experiment in Ecological Design. The result of a student initiated project, the house will accommodate a total of eight students. Oberlin professor David Orr has made the house one of the central projects for his senior level eco-design class, which will be making recommendations for how the house should operate, and what sustainable features it should include. Organizers hope that the house will be an outlet for community outreach about sustainability. The College has approved a budget of $40,000 for renovations of the house.

7. University of Maine Receives Cash Incentive for Energy Efficiency
Efficiency Maine, a program of the Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC), has presented University of Maine with a cash incentive of $50,000 to help offset costs and reduce the payback period of recently-completed lighting renovation projects in 14 buildings. The lighted upgrades are expected to save the college an estimated $71,000 per year. A second cash incentive of $8,400 will soon be on the way.

8. Princeton University Receives 2007 Energy Star CHP Award
Princeton University's energy plant has received a 2007 Energy Star CHP Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy for its efforts to reduce pollution and improve energy efficiency. In 1996, Princeton installed a natural gas-fired combined heat and power (CHP) system to support the University's electricity, heating and cooling, and research needs. The University's energy plant produces all of the steam and chilled water and approximately half of the electric power used by the campus. The University's CHP system requires approximately 21 percent less fuel than typical onsite thermal generation and purchased electricity.

9. Algonquin College to Launch Certificate Program in Green Architecture
Algonquin College will launch a new graduate certificate program in Green Architecture this fall. The program, which college officials believe to be the only one of its kind in Canada, was developed in response to concerns about global warming.

10. UCSD and U Chicago Hold Dorm Energy Competitions (link no longer available)
Students at University of California, San Diego and University of Chicago are holding dorm energy conservation competitions this semester. At UCSD, students have achieved reductions of up to 20 percent in some residence halls, and have saved over $5,000 worth of energy. The winner of the competition will receive an ice cream party along with a certificate from TerraPass, which will offset the residence halls carbon emissions for the academic year. University of Chicago students have also achieved reductions of up to 20 percent during the competition.
See also:
Chicago Maroon article

11. Reverb Launches 2nd Annual Campus Consciousness Tour
Building on the success of last year, indie rock band Guster have once again teamed up with environmental action group Reverb to launch the second annual Campus Consciousness Tour this spring. The tour aims to spread environmental awareness and inspire students to get involved with earth-friendly causes. At each stop, Reverb will erect an interactive eco-village -- titled the "Shift(TM) Consciousness Pavilion" -- featuring booths and exhibits where students can feel, taste, smell, see and hear the latest in environmental innovation. The tour will also feature daytime events at each campus, including a "Town Hall Forum" organized by the Campus Climate Challenge and the Sustainable Endowments Institute.

New Resources

 

12. University of Virginia Sustainability Assessment
A new campus sustainability initiative from the University of Virginia's Office of the Architect provides the first comprehensive look at U.Va.'s programs in support of environmental sustainability and also provides a road map for future sustainability initiatives. The assessment includes both operational activities and academic programs in support of sustainability and more than 200 University members, including staff, faculty and students across more than 40 departments participated in the Sustainability Assessment. In response to the report's recommendations, U.Va. will move forward with a new model by adopting and implementing a University-wide program to promote sustainability measures within and among all departments. Each of the University's operational units will be required to perform a self-assessment of current activities, determine best practices and peer benchmarks, and set measurable aspirational goals. The release of the report comes on the heels of a recent U.Va. Board of Visitors resolution requiring that all new and renovated buildings at the University meet LEED certification.

Opportunities

 

13. 'Current Campus Sustainability Efforts' Survey
This brief survey is targeted to anyone working in any capacity within the campus sustainability movement, and is a component of a thesis for the Master's Programme in Strategic Leadership Towards Sustainability at the Blekinge Institute of Technology in Sweden. The thesis focuses on an assessment of current campus sustainability initiatives in the US and Canada. Participants will be able to access to survey results.

Jobs & Internships

 

14. Program Coordinator for High Performance Building Services, Harvard University
The Harvard Green Campus Initiative seeks a Program Coordinator for High Performance Building Services 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 also provide administrative support in managing and completing LEED submittals and will work with design and construction teams to promote sustainable design and construction. This is a full-time, 12 month position. A Bachelor's degree is required.

15. Assistant Project Coordinator, Strategic Energy Innovations
Strategic Energy Innovations is seeking an Assistant Project Coordinator to support its clean energy education and outreach programs in schools (both K-12 and higher education) and in the affordable housing sector, in addition to assisting with other community-focused energy and green building related projects. Applicants should have a Bachelor's degree (or equivalent experience) in a related field, and experience in both environmental education and energy conservation is preferred. Target start date is mid to late March 2007; applications should be submitted as soon as possible.

16. Director, Environmental Health & Safety, University of Nevada, Reno
University of Nevada, Reno seeks a Director of Environmental Health & Safety to direct programs that positively affect and assure the safety and health of employees, students, and visitors, while minimizing the environmental impacts of campus operations. The position is responsible for laboratory safety, biosafety, hazardous waste management, radiation safety, industrial hygiene, occupational health and safety, environmental affairs, campus safety and security, EH&S training, emergency planning and operations, and information management related to the administration of EH&S programs. The Director must ensure compliance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations governing activities related to environment, health, and safety, and will work with other campus units and stakeholders to work toward improving sustainability and environmental responsibility. Applicants should have a Master's Degree in a relevant field. Applications are due by April 16, 2007.

17. Visiting Professor in the Environment and Humanities, Princeton University
Princeton University seeks to appoint a distinguished humanist for the 2007-2008 academic year as the Currie C. and Thomas A. Barron Visiting Professor in the Environment and Humanities. Applicants should be accomplished scholars who have exceptional records of publication and teaching and whose interests lie at the intersection of environmental issues and the humanities. The visitor will have a shared appointment in the Princeton Environmental Institute and a supporting department at Princeton University. The Barron Visiting Professor will be expected to teach one course, advise two to three students on independent projects, and give one public presentation to the University community. Remaining duty time may be devoted to research and writing. The deadline for applications is March 30, 2007.

18. Assoc. Vice President, Sustainability and Environ. Stewardship, Aramark Higher Education
Aramark Higher Education seeks an Associate Vice President of Sustainability and Environmental Stewardship. The successful candidate will be responsible for developing business unit-wide environmental stewardship programs and systems and coordinating all aspects of the unit's environmental affairs including building & system design, energy & resource management, transportation and procurement. A Bachelor's degree in a related field and 5-7 years of industry experience is required

19. EnvironMentors Program Coordinator, National Council for Science and the Environment
EnvironMentors seeks a committed and enthusiastic individual to serve as Program Coordinator supporting the national expansion of this environmental science mentoring program as a campus-based, college access program housed at colleges and universities across the country. The Program Coordinator will assist the EnvironMentors Director in all aspects of launching new EnvironMentors chapters at three universities in academic year 2007-2008, and three additional universities in academic year 2008-2009. Applications are due by March 31.

20. Environmental Coordinator, University of Tennessee
The University of Tennessee seeks an Environmental Coordinator to manage the daily operations of campus environmental programs. The successful candidate will be responsible for: overseeing, evaluating, and expanding the daily operations of the campus recycling program; speaking to campus groups and organizations regarding environmental programs; developing educational programs to enhance campus environmental activities; and developing and implementing energy conservation strategies. Applicants should have a Bachelor's degree in a related field and two years of relevant professional experience (preferably in the areas of recycling, energy conservation, environment, etc.). Applications are being accepted immediately. Apply with cover letter, resume and references to: James M. Sherrell, Executive Director, Facilities Services Department, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2233 Volunteer Blvd., Knoxville, TN 37996-3010.

Events

 

21. 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.

22. 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.

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