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Table of Contents for 3/22/07:

NEWS
1. UConn Adopts LEED Silver Green Building Policy
2. MIT Students Win ecomagination Challenge
3. Furman's Sustainability Efforts Yield Scholarship Opportunities
4. UW-Madison to Act on El Salvador Labor Rights
5. IUPUI Announces Lugar Renewable Energy Center
6. Car-Sharing Comes to Johns Hopkins
7. Davidson Eliminates Student Loan Debt
8. UCSC Residential College Sustainability Program Receives Award
9. Keene State Deconstructs Building
10. Kent State Receives Combined Heat and Power Award
11. Berea Students Receive Grants for Sustainability Projects

NEW RESOURCES
12. Middlebury Carbon Neutrality Toolkit
13. Peer to Peer Sustainability Outreach Initiatives

OPPORTUNITIES
14. Student Sierra Coalition Fellowships

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
15. Sustainability and Energy/Water Conservation Coord., Stanford University
16. Faculty, Resp. Business and Sustainable Communities, Goddard College
17. Professor of Int'l Environmental Policy, Monterey Institute of Int'l Studies
18. Environmental Coordinator, University of Tennessee

EVENTS
19. Sustainability for Community Colleges Leadership Program
20. Conference on Creating Synergies: Community, University and Business
21. Improving Energy Conservation and Energy Cost Efficiency Conference
22. Deploying a Wind Turbine for Your Campus Web Conference

News

 

1. UConn Adopts LEED Silver Green Building Policy
The University of Connecticut Board of Trustees has approved a green building guidelines requiring all buildings costing more than $5 million to be built to LEED Silver standards. The policy notes that green buildings provide an enhanced learning atmosphere for students, and a healthier environment for building occupants and visitors. In addition, the guidelines note that while constructing "green" buildings sometimes costs more, lifetime energy savings make the building more cost-efficient in the long run.
See also: List of Campus Building Guidelines and Green Building Policies (AASHE members only)

2. MIT Students Win ecomagination Challenge
Biodiesel@MIT, a student-led initiative to turn used vegetable oil from campus dining facilities into biodiesel fuel for MIT diesel campus vehicles, was recently selected as the winner of the mtvU GE ecomagination Challenge. The group will receive a $25,000 grant to create and implement America's first university solar-powered refueling station that converts waste vegetable oil to biodiesel. The station is expected to be fully operational by fall of this year. MIT will also receive an mtvU Earth Day Concert.

3. Furman's Sustainability Efforts Yield Scholarship Opportunities
As a result of Furman University's campus-wide commitment to environmental sustainability, the Compton Foundation of California has invited the university to participate in a program that could provide $35,000 fellowships for up to two of its graduating seniors each year. Furman is one of nine schools nationwide invited to compete in the Compton Mentor Fellowship program. "The invitation to compete for the Compton Fellowship awards is a most significant recognition of Furman's academic commitment to environmental sustainability," said Dr. Thomas Kazee, the University's acting president.

4. UW-Madison to Act on El Salvador Labor Rights
University of Wisconsin-Madison Chancellor John D. Wiley has expressed concerns about alleged labor rights violations at a former adidas Group subcontractor in El Salvador. He announced plans to initiate high-level talks with executives of adidas and send an envoy to El Salvador in an effort to gather independent information to help inform those discussions. The University has a $1.2 million exclusive contract with adidas for the provision of uniforms and athletic equipment which includes a code of conduct for respecting workings rights. In February, the University's Labor Licensing Policy Committee had recommended that UW-Madison terminate of both sponsorship and licensing agreements with adidas in response to perceived breaches of this code of conduct.

5. IUPUI Announces Lugar Renewable Energy Center
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis has created a new renewable energy center named after Senator Richard G. Lugar. The center is working to develop fuel cells powered by ethanol that could be used to operate military equipment such as cell phones, radios, laptops and vehicles. Other current center research efforts are aimed at the generation of hydrogen from renewable energy sources, clean combustion of renewable fuels, and the development of plants that produce more energy than existing plants do when used to make renewable fuels. The center is believed to be the only one in the state focusing solely on renewable energy. The center will receive $300,000 in campus research funds to advance its work.

6. Car-Sharing Comes to Johns Hopkins
Johns Hopkins University has partnered with Flexcar to offer car sharing to students, faculty, staff, and community members. Under the partnership, 4 hybrid vehicles will be parked on the JHU campus and made available for short-term rental. Students older than 18 are eligible to participate in the program, which is the first of its kind in Baltimore.
See also: Listing of Campus Car Sharing Programs (AASHE members only)

7. Davidson Eliminates Student Loan Debt
In an effort to make a Davidson education affordable for all students, the Board of Trustees has approved a new policy that will eliminate loans from financial aid packages. Beginning in August, Davidson students will have their demonstrated financial need funded entirely through grants and student employment, and can graduate debt-free. Davidson is among the first liberal arts colleges to eliminate student loan debt.

8. UCSC Residential College Sustainability Program Receives Award
College Eight, a residential college at UC Santa Cruz, has received an Outstanding Project Award from the American College Personnel Association for its sustainability program. This award recognizes exemplary cocurricular initiatives that significantly impact the educational experience of first-year students. College Eight's Sustainability Project complements the College's Core Course, Environment and Society, by engaging each first-year student collaborative service learning program that directly connects the student to the environment. Students participated in community learning settings and reflected on those experiences in the core course.
See also: College Eight Sustainability Project homepage

9. Keene State Deconstructs Building
Keene State College has hired ReNew Building Materials and Salvage Inc. to deconstruct a building that the college is removing to make room for a parking lot. The nonprofit company recycles and reuses the materials it gathers from buildings that are slated for removal. This is the first time the college has contracted with ReNew, which sells the materials gathered from demolition projects at 25 to 50 percent of the cost of new materials. It costs about the same to hire ReNew to deconstruct a building as it would to hire a company that uses bulldozers and wrecking balls.

10. Kent State Receives Combined Heat and Power Award
Kent State University has received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's 2007 Energy Star Combined Heat and Power Award. Kent State's combined heat and power plant has achieved 71 percent efficiency and reduces carbon dioxide emissions by 13,071 tons per year.

11. Berea Students Receive Grants for Sustainability Projects
Two Berea College students have received Sustainability Research Mini-Grants totaling up to $1,600. One student plans to produce biodiesel for campus groundskeeping equipment, and the other student is working to install a biogas digester, which will use campus food waste to produce methane gas for power. The Ecological Sustainability Education department's mini-grants provide financial support for research related to the practice or teaching of sustainability at Berea College. Awards range from $250 to $1000.

New Resources

 

12. Middlebury Carbon Neutrality Toolkit (pdf)
Students at Middlebury have developed a Carbon Neutrality Toolkit which outlines a plan to eliminate Middlebury College's net carbon emissions by 2016. The toolkit delineates emissions reductions opportunities in the areas of heating and cooling, electricity, transportation, waste and purchasing, and architecture and planning. It also describes the educational opportunities associated with carbon neutrality. Finally, the report provides an estimation of the costs necessary to achieve carbon neutrality by 2016 and some suggestions for how the College might finance the effort.

13. Peer to Peer Sustainability Outreach Initiatives
AASHE has posted a directory of peer to peer sustainability outreach campaigns (often called as Eco-Reps programs). The goals of this directory are to: 1) provide an accurate accounting of the number of schools that have such programs, 2) connect program coordinators with each other to facilitate sharing of knowledge and resources, and 3) help people who are interested in establishing a peer to peer sustainability outreach campaign on their own campus.

Opportunities

 

14. Student Sierra Coalition Fellowships
The Sierra Student Coalition (SSC), the national student chapter of the Sierra Club, is looking to support talented student organizers to implement a "Building Environmental Campus Community" (BECC) project during the upcoming Fall '07 semester. BECC organizers will work with existing environmental groups, or start a new group, to conduct a campaign for clean energy on campus. The fellowships require a commitment of 10-15 hours per week for the duration of a semester, and organizers are required to attend an advanced grassroots organizing training during the summer. A limited number of $1,500 scholarships are available for exceptional applicants. Applications are due by April 29, 2007.

Jobs & Internships

 

15. Sustainability and Energy/Water Conservation Coordinator, Stanford University
Stanford University seeks a Sustainability and Energy/Water Conservation Coordinator to: provide leadership and support for all sustainability and green building initiatives throughout Student Housing (SH); plan and market outreach programs to students and staff to encourage sustainability and conservation, develop and maintain sustainability indicators for SH; provide design and project management oversight for energy and water conservation projects; develop standards and specifications for sustainable design and construction; develop advanced metering and control systems for SH facilities; and provide technical assistance to other SH groups. A Bachelors degree in Engineering, Architecture or related field and a minimum of five years work experience managing engineering or architectural projects is required.

16. Faculty, Responsible Business and Sustainable Communities, Goddard College
Goddard College is inviting applications for an anticipated part-time faculty opening in its MA program in Socially Responsible Business and Sustainable Communities. Applicants should have theoretical and practical experience in entrepreneurship and socially responsible business development and management. Applications must be received by May 15, 2007 to guarantee consideration.

17. Professor of Int'l Environmental Policy, Monterey Institute of International Studies
Monterey Institute of International Studies seeks a professor of International Environmental Policy to teach core class in International Environmental Law, as well as electives in our specialty areas; and to assist in development of new programs and venues. Preferred focal areas include marine policy, climate change, trade and environment, agricultural policy, or water policy. Applicants fluent in a language other than English will have the opportunity to teach courses and workshops in that language. This is a full-time, exempt faculty position, requiring a high level of diplomacy, strong analytical skills and ability to prioritize tasks.

18. 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

 

19. Sustainability for Community Colleges Leadership Program
August 5 -8, 2007; Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
The Institute for Community College Development is offering a three day Leadership Issues program on "Sustainability for Community Colleges: Curriculum, Culture, Conservation." The workshop, which is intended for presidents, administrators, faculty and trustees, will cover: curriculum for sustainable literacy; leadership and creating culture for sustainability; and green technology - facility and energy conservation. Dr. Debra Rowe, President of U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development, will be the featured speaker. Early registration at a discounted rate is due by June 30.

20. Conference on Creating Synergies: Community, University and Business
April 20-22; Willamette University, Salem, OR
Willamette University's first annual sustainability conference, "Creating Synergies: Community, University and Business," will provide a forum for business leaders, professionals, scholars, students and activists from throughout the Northwest to share experiences, network and explore opportunities for collaboration. The conference will feature a variety of panels and presentations that address the "four Es" of sustainability: environment, equity, economics and education as well as field trips to businesses and communities that are guided by sustainable principles. Registration is due by April 16.

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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