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Table of Contents for 3/15/07:

NEWS
1. Cornell Students Approve Renewable Energy Fee Increase
2. U Illinois Students Approve Sustainability Fee Increase
3. 19 More Campuses Sign Climate Neutral Commitment
4. U British Columbia to Sell Only Fair Trade Organic Coffee
5. U Utah College of Humanities to Offset Carbon Emissions
6. "Sustainability is Sexy" Outreach Campaign at U Washington
7. Queen's U Divests from Sudan Companies

NEW RESOURCES
8. AASHE Digest 2006: Annual Review of Campus Sustainability
9. University Business Covers Sustainable Campus Transportation

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
10. Recycling and Solid Waste Coordinator, Columbia University
11. Mgr. of Solid Waste, Recycling and Environmental Compliance, NYU
12. Assistant Project Coordinator, Strategic Energy Innovations
13. Endowed Professor of Environmental Health, Old Dominion University

EVENTS
14. 2007 Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference
15. AASHE Sustainability Across the Curriculum Leadership Workshop

News

 

1. Cornell Students Approve Renewable Energy Fee Increase
In a recent election, 79 percent voting students at Cornell University supported the establishment of a $5/semester renewable energy fee. The revenue from the fee increase would go toward purchasing and developing renewable energy for Cornell University, and would be managed by the Kyoto Task Team, a University committee composed of students, staff, and faculty. In a related vote, 51 percent of voting students called for the fee to be optional, rather than mandatory.
See also: Cornell Kyoto Now! homepage

2. U Illinois Students Approve Sustainability Fee Increase
In a recent election, 79 percent voting students at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign supported the establishment of a refundable $5/semester sustainability fee. The revenue from the fee increase would go to help establish a sustainable campus environment by financing initiatives such as green buildings, engagement of the university community, recycling, energy efficiency, and environmentally responsible purchasing.

3. 19 More Campuses Sign Climate Neutral Commitment
19 new campuses have signed or committed to sign the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment since the last issue of AASHE Bulletin. In doing so, these campuses have committed to develop comprehensive plans for achieving climate neutrality. The new signatories are: Robert C. Dynes of the University of California System (10 campuses), Michael F. Collins of University of Massachusetts Boston, Roderick J. McDavis of Ohio University, Daniel F. Sullivan of St. Lawrence University, Leslie H. Garner Jr. of Cornell College, Ira Rubenzhal of Springfield Technical Community College, Donald J. Farish of Rowan University, Steven W. Lawry of Antioch College, and Douglas M. North of Alaska Pacific University. 145 college and university presidents and chancellors have now signed the Commitment.

4. U British Columbia to Sell Only Fair Trade Organic Coffee
University of British Columbia has begun to sell only organic fair-trade coffee in all its food and restaurant outlets. It is believed to be the first major university in Canada to do so. The coffee, which is 100 percent organic, fair trade and shade-grown supplied by Pura Vida. The move comes as a result of consultations with an agricultural science program that was studying sustainable food systems.

5. 'Sustainability is Sexy' Outreach Campaign at U Washington
Students at University of Washington have launched a "Sustainability is Sexy" outreach campaign to encourage students to use their own coffee mugs instead paper cups. The campaign features stickers, t-shirts, and buttons with the slogan and an image of a mug with a lipstick mark on it. Organizers hope to make sustainability more appealing to a student audience.

6. U Utah College of Humanities to Offset Carbon Emissions
The University of Utah College of Humanities has entered into an agreement with Pax Natura Foundation to support its Costa Rica carbon sequestration project. The College of Humanities has committed to raising a minimum of $16,500 annually to offset an equivalent of approximately 45,000 metric tons of CO2, around 8 percent of the University's total emissions. In addition to purchasing carbon credits, the College of Humanities will provide funding for one graduate student to assist in project coordination with Pax Natura. This will result in the development of a K-6 curriculum centered on understanding individual carbon footprints, and ecological impact of individual behavior. This curriculum will be made available to elementary schools in Utah to further education on the concept.

7. Queen's U Divests from Sudan Companies
Queen's University Board of Trustees is divesting both its pooled and endowment funds of PetroChina and China Petroleum in light of the crisis in Darfur. The University expressed concern that these companies were supporting a government regime that has used its revenues to fund, equip, and support genocidal acts in the Darfur region. Queen's is believed to be the first Canadian university to take such action.

New Resources

 

8. AASHE Digest 2006: Annual Review of Campus Sustainability
AASHE has released a new report showing an explosion of activity around sustainability on campuses across the US and Canada. AASHE Digest 2006 includes over 600 stories about higher education institutions leading the way to a sustainable future. It is organized into 8 chapters covering: 1) institutional change, 2) education and outreach, 3) social responsibility, 4) green building, 5) energy management and renewable energy, 6) food and agriculture, 7) transportation, and 8) waste, water, landscaping, and procurement. The Digest offers ample evidence of a broadening and deepening of campus sustainability efforts, with more institutions of all types getting involved and campuses undertaking more significant measures than ever before to improve their sustainability performance.

9. University Business Covers Sustainable Campus Transportation
An article in the current issue of University Business describes how "more and more colleges and universities, driven by cost considerations, entrepreneurship, and a sense of social responsibility, are leading the way in finding alternatives to vehicle overpopulation and our dependency on oil." The article discusses hybrid vehicles, electric vehicles, biofuels, and mass transportation on campus.

Jobs & Internships

 

10. Recycling and Solid Waste Coordinator, Columbia University
Columbia University seeks a Recycling and Solid Waste Coordinator to monitor recycling and solid waste management services and coordinate policy to ensure that service is environmentally responsible, reliable, legally compliant, and cost-effective University-wide. The coordinator reports to the Director of Environmental Stewardship. A Bachelor's degree in a related field and a minimum of five years of related experience is required.

11. Mgr. of Solid Waste, Recycling and Environmental Compliance, NYU
The Facilities & Construction Management Division at New York University seeks a Manager to oversee Solid Waste, Recycling and Environmental Compliance. In this role, he/she will provide NYU academic, administrative, and residential departments with solid waste management and recycling services. He/she will also ensure that the Facilities and Construction Management Division is in compliance with local, state, and national environmental regulations. The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor's degree and 4 years of increasingly responsible administrative experience or an equivalent combination. Applications are due by May 8, 2007.

12. 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.

13. Endowed Professor of Environmental Health, Old Dominion University
The School of Community and Environmental Health in the College of Health Sciences at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia invites nominations and applications for an Endowed Professor of Environmental Health. The Appointment is a 10 month tenured position available August 1, 2007. Applicants must have an earned doctorate in a relevant scientific discipline and publications in peer-reviewed scientific/professional journals. Review of applications will begin April 2nd 2007 and will continue until the position is filled.

Events

 

14. 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.

15. 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.

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