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Table of Contents for 4/5/07:

NEWS
1. UC System Adopts Pioneering Sustainability Policy
2. Colorado State University to Build 65-200 MW Wind Farm
3. Concordia U Students Approve Sustainability Fee Increase
4. Dalhousie U Students Approve Sustainability Fee Increase
5. University of Idaho Hires Sustainability Coordinator
6. Lambton College Receives $1 Million to Launch Sustainability Center
7. Arizona State Receives NSF Grant for Alternative Energy Programs
8. UC Merced's First Campus Complex Earns LEED Gold Certification
9. U Bridgeport Initiates Bus Pass Program for Students
10. U Waterloo Students Approve Fee Increase for Bus Pass
11. Wartburg College to Fund Purchase of Wind Turbine
12. U Maine at Farmington Opens Green Education Building
13. UC System Announces Wage Increases for Lower-Paid Employees
14. Global Warming Book chosen as U Washington's Next "Common Book"
15. Howard University Announces Sudan Divestment
16. Student-Led Organic Farm Created at Cal Poly Pomona
17. Boston U Holds Dorm Recycling Competition
18. UAlbany Upgrades Boiler
19. U Delaware Senior Class Gift to Support Campus Recycling
20. Saint Mary's College of CA Launches Energy Conservation Campaign
21. Business Week and Reuters Cover Student Climate Action

NEW RESOURCES
22. New Issue of International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education
23. Environmental Issues: An Introduction to Sustainability 3rd Edition

OPPORTUNITIES
24. AASHE Sustainability Achievement Awards

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
25. Campus Sustainability Coordinator, UC San Diego
26. Assistant Vice Chancellor & Campus Architect, UC Davis
27. Schools Sector Manager, US Green Building Council

EVENTS
28. NAEP Sustainability Institute - Discounts Available for AASHE Members
29. National Sustainable Design Expo and P3 Award Competition
30. Campus Progress National Student Conference
31. Improving Energy Conservation and Energy Cost Efficiency Conference
32. Deploying a Wind Turbine for Your Campus Web Conference

News

 

1. UC System Adopts Pioneering Sustainability Policy
The University of California System recently announced the adoption of a pioneering Policy on Sustainable Practices. The new policy expands upon and replaces the System's Policy on Green Building Design, Clean Energy Standards, and Sustainable Transportation Practices, which among other things, committed the System to: designing all new buildings to minimum standard equivalent to the LEED Certified rating; procuring 20 percent of its electricity needs from renewable sources by 2010; and generating up to 10 megawatts of local renewable power by 2014. The new policy retains these commitments, and makes many new commitments, including: LEED requirements for building renovations; LEED-EB Certified equivalent standards for most existing buildings; a zero waste by 2020 goal with an interim target of achieving 75% waste diversion by 2012; a minimum standard of 30% post consumer recycled content paper for all office supplies; procurement of electronics registered as Bronze or higher under the Electronic Products Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT); and responsible disposal of electronics waste. In addition, the new policy incorporates the commitment to climate neutrality set out in the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment, to which the University is a signatory.

2. Colorado State University to Build 65-200 MW Wind Farm
Colorado State University has announced plans to offset its entire Fort Collins campus energy use by building a wind farm in northern Colorado that will generate more power than the university consumes. The CSU Green Power Project, which is to be completed within eight years, will also serve as an outdoor laboratory for researchers in energy systems, environmental studies, and related fields. The Colorado State University Research Foundation recently finalized a deal with Wind Holding LLC to develop the facility on the university's 11,000-acre Maxwell Ranch near the Wyoming border. The project will generate a minimum of 65 megawatts or about 25 wind turbines with the potential of up to 200 megawatts. At peak demand, Colorado State currently uses about 16 megawatts of power. Since the CSU Green Power Project will generate more wind power than the electrical needs of campus, it could produce up to an additional $30 million in revenue for the university over the life of the project, which is about 25 years.
See also: Listing of Campus Wind Turbine Installations

3. Concordia U Students Approve Sustainability Fee Increase
Concordia University students recently voted in favor of the "1% campaign" - a $0.75 per course fee increase to fund sustainability projects on campus. The fee increase is expected to raise approximately $185,000 a year, to be managed by a board comprised of both student leaders and administration. The fee increase is to be in effect for a for a five year period. Organizers are now challenging other universities across Canada to implement the 1% campaign.
See also: 1% Campaign homepage (link no longer available)

4. Dalhousie U Students Approve Sustainability Fee Increase
Dalhousie University students recently voted to support a levy of $2.00 per full time student per year to fund the creation of a sustainability office and a sustainability coordinator. The office and coordinator would initiate and co-ordinate environmental initiatives on campus. The referendum was supported by the Dalhousie Integrated Sustainability Initiative.
See also: Dalhousie Integrated Sustainability Initiative

5. University of Idaho Hires Sustainability Coordinator
University of Idaho has hired Darin Saul as its first Sustainability Coordinator. In his new position, Darin will lead efforts to create and implement an institution-wide sustainability plan for the University, and will work collaboratively with administrators, faculty, staff and students to advance sustainability initiatives in curriculum, research, operations and outreach at UI. Darin has a long history of engagement in campus sustainability work, having previously served as Director of the Center for Environmental Education and Sustainability Specialist at Washington State University.

6. Lambton College Receives $1 Million to Launch Sustainability Center
Lambton College has received $1,050,000 over three years to launch the Suncor Sustainability Centre. The Centre will become the focal point for sustainability initiatives and programs in the Sarnia-Lambton region. The facility will house a student and community resource centre, provide meeting and office space for community and industry groups, and become the home of the Bluewater Sustainability Initiative, a network of business and community leaders dedicated to implementing sustainability initiatives in the region. In addition to the facility, the grant will fund the development of a sustainability curriculum for Lambton College programs as well as awards for individuals and organizations that pursue sustainability initiatives in the community. The development of an educational site for alternative energy sources will also be funded. The grant is the largest investment the Suncor Energy Foundation has made in Ontario.

7. Arizona State Receives NSF Grant for Alternative Energy Technologies Programs
Arizona State University's Electronic Systems Department at the Polytechnic campus was awarded a $900,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant recently to develop alternative energy programs and courses in conjunction with community colleges in Arizona and Texas. Known as the Arizona-Texas Consortium for Alternative and Renewable Energy Technologies Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Project, the consortium includes Austin Community College, Mesa Community College, Pima Community College, the state of Arizona, and several utility companies. ASU has started its efforts with the introduction of a new concentration in Alternative Energy Technologies at ASU's Polytechnic campus. Beginning in fall 2007, students will have the option of focusing on Alternative Energy Technologies in the undergraduate and graduate degree programs offered by ASU's Electronic Systems Department.

8. UC Merced's First Campus Complex Earns LEED Gold Certification
The University of California, Merced's first building complex, known as the Central Plant, has received LEED-NC Gold certification. The Central Plant complex consists of three buildings - a three-story unit that houses most of the university's power and infrastructure operations, a telecommunications building and a two-million-gallon water-storage tank. UC Merced uses the water tank to store water that is chilled at night, when electricity demand is lowest, then circulated through its buildings to cool them during daytime operation. The process helps the university beat California's Title 24 energy-conservation guidelines by some 12-14 percent for each building. In addition to awarding LEED-NC Gold certification to the Central Plant complex, the USGBC also approved 10 prototype credits for the campus as a whole. These credits will apply to all new construction, giving each new building a 10-point head start toward LEED certification. UC Merced has committed to achieving at least LEED Silver certification for every building on campus.

9. U Bridgeport Initiates Bus Pass Program for Students
The University of Bridgeport has initiated a special arrangement with the Greater Bridgeport Transit Authority to provide its full time students with a free bus pass that allows unlimited rides. The arrangement covers both undergraduate and graduate students. A similar pass is being offered to faculty, staff and part-time students at greatly reduced rates. "We see this as an important service to our students, many of whom do not have cars. And even for those who do, it's a way to practice conservation, at a time where global warming, pollution, oil and gasoline are concerns. It's part of the university's continuing efforts to go green," said UB President Neil Albert Salonen.

10. U Waterloo Students Approve Fee Increase for Bus Pass
57 percent of voting students at University of Waterloo supported a Universal Bus Pass program in a recent election. Each academic term, all full time undergraduate students will pay $41.08, plus an administration cost of not more than $9.50, to fund the program. The bus pass will allow students unlimited fare-free access use of the Grand River Transit system. University of Waterloo Graduate students also approved a similar proposal.
See also: U Waterloo Bus Pass Proposal

11. Wartburg College to Fund Purchase of Wind Turbine
Wartburg College has entered into an agreement with Waverly Light and Power to provide funds for the purchase a wind turbine. Wartburg has committed $2 million from its funds earmarked for energy costs. That amount will be paid to Waverly Light and Power over the next 20 years. The wind turbine will offset the use of carbon-based energy in the new Wartburg-Waverly Sports and Wellness Center. Wartburg College also created an Energy and Environmental Initiatives Task Force comprised of faculty, staff, students and community leaders. The Task Force will educate the campus community about energy and environmental issues and create partnerships between the college and Waverly community in environmental and energy initiatives.

12. U Maine at Farmington Opens Green Education Building
University of Maine at Farmington recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its newly constructed Education Center. The $8.8 million, 44,000 square foot Education Center was created to house the UMF College of Education, Health and Rehabilitation and was one of Maine's first LEED-registered buildings. Major green components include a geo-thermal heating and air conditioning system that is estimated to save more than 40% in energy costs; window glazing to decrease heat loss in the winter and reduce cool air loss in the summer; use of construction materials with recycled content; use of interior materials and furnishings that do not emit indoor pollutants; and sustainable landscape design. The Education Center is soon expected to attain LEED Silver certification.

13. UC System Announces Wage Increases for Lower-Paid Employees
The University of California has announced it is offering over $7.8 million in total raises to approximately 36,000 of its lower-paid non-student employees. The proposed increases affect employees with annual salaries of less than $40,000 and came into effect April 1, 2007. UC officials said the increases are in recognition of the impact of California's high cost of living on employees, especially lower-paid staff, and are part of UC's ongoing efforts to provide competitive total compensation for all university employees.

14. Global Warming Book chosen as U Washington's Next Common Book
A committee of 16 University of Washington faculty members, administrators and students have chosen Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change, Elizabeth Kolbert's collection of essays about global warming, as the University's 2007-2008 Common Book. The book will be given to approximately 5,500 new students this summer. The University will also incorporate the book into campus lectures, student discussions, and other events throughout the year. Ed Taylor, University of Washington's vice provost and dean of undergraduate affairs, said Field Notes "will prompt our students to recognize it is vital to understand our global environment and to be good stewards of our world."

15. Howard University Announces Sudan Divestment
The Howard University Board of Trustees has passed a resolution divesting from Sudan and from any company doing business there. The move comes in response to concerns about government sponsored genocide. "Clearly, it is the right thing to do," said Howard University President H. Patrick Swygert. "The situation in the Sudan is intolerable and has been so for a long time. As an institution that has always opposed such flagrant disrespect for human rights, Howard University has to use whatever options available to pressure the government, and hopefully bring to an end, sooner, rather than later, the suffering and wanton killing of so many people." Howard University is believed to be the first Historically Black College and University to pass such a resolution.

16. Student-Led Organic Farm Created at Cal Poly Pomona
A student-run organic farm has begun operation on roughly three acres of the Cal Poly Pomona campus. The student enterprise known as Pomona Organics will sell produce from the farm at local farmers markets and to area restaurants. A percentage of their crop sales will be used to repay the Cal Poly Pomona Foundation and the College of Agriculture for expenses accrued getting the farm started. Much of the farm is located on an old grapefruit orchard that had been abandoned for many years.

17. Boston U Holds Dorm Recycling Competition
Boston University students have organized a dorm recycling competition to encourage students to recycle more. The University's recycling pickup service will measure the amount of recycled by each dorm every week for a month. The results will be reported in per resident figures to enable fair comparisons. The winning dorm will receive a prize.

18. UAlbany Upgrades Boiler
University at Albany recently completed a $1.4 million project centered on installing new tubing to replace old, leaking, and corroded tubing in an oil and natural gas-fired hot water boiler. Contractors also installed new controls, including electronic variable speed drives on the supply air and exhaust fans, to provide precise and efficient combustion. The project, which was completed in partnership with the New York Power Authority, improves the unit's overall energy efficiency us expected to yield annual savings to the University of more than $105,000.

19. U Delaware Senior Class Gift to Support Campus Recycling
The senior class at University of Delaware has voted to dedicate its class gift to support the campus recycling program. Organizers hope to collect $50,000 with 25 percent class participation. The senior class gift committee will work with UD staff to decide how to use these funds most effectively.

20. Saint Mary's College of CA Launches Energy Conservation Campaign
Saint Mary's College of California has announced a new energy conservation program designed to reduce its energy demand by 71 kW. Key steps in the campaign include more energy-efficient HVAC units and lighting fixtures; electrical sub-metering on 31 campus buildings; computer management software; and electronic digital HVAC control systems. Associated educational programs to increase campus awareness of energy usage and stimulate conservation activities are also underway. The payback period for the $2.7 million-dollar project is expected to be around 8 years.

21. Business Week and Reuters Cover Student Climate Action
Business Week recently published an article entitled "The Greening Of America's Campuses." The article describes the growing student concern about and activism against global warming, focusing on the work of the Campus Climate Challenge and the "Step It Up" campaign. The article notes that "businesses that want to attract the most qualified candidates say they must appeal to students' environmental sensibilities." Meanwhile, a recent Reuters story describes skyrocketing interest among students in academic programs related to clean energy.
See also: Reuters article

New Resources

 

22. New Issue of International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education
A new issue of the International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education is now available. Issue 2 of Volume 8 includes papers on: capacity building for sustainable development; environmental engineering education in Iran; methodology for teaching industrial ecology; cognitive mapping of sustainability; networking of sustainability consortia; landscaping for biodiversity and sustainability education; organic waste management education and research; sustainable development education in Mexico; and more.

23. Environmental Issues: An Introduction to Sustainability 3rd Edition
Pearson/Prentice Hall has published third edition of Environmental Issues: An Introduction to Sustainability by Robert L. McConnell and Daniel C. Abel. This book takes an interdisciplinary approach, combining simple math, the metric system, and critical thinking to gain insight into local, regional, and global environmental issues. It focuses on sustainability, integrating a broad overview of the essentials throughout the text and providing an in-depth exploration of "Sustainability and the Individual." The presentation of real-world issues and examples is intended to foster the development of math and analytical skills necessary to think critically and to understand complex issues.

Opportunities

 

24. AASHE Sustainability Achievement Awards
AASHE is now accepting applications for its 2007 Sustainability Leadership Awards, to be presented in September at Ball State University's Greening of the Campus Conference VII. Four Campus Sustainability Leadership Awards and one Student Sustainability Leadership Award will be presented. The Campus Sustainability Achievement Award recognizes the institutions that have made the greatest overall commitment to sustainability as demonstrated in their governance, curriculum and research, operations, campus culture, and community outreach. The AASHE Student Sustainability Achievement Award honors an undergraduate student from an AASHE member institution who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in promoting campus sustainability. Applications for both awards are due by July 1, 2007

Jobs & Internships

 

25. Campus Sustainability Coordinator, UC San Diego
University of California, San Diego seeks a Campus Sustainability Coordinator to serve as the leader and manager of UCSD's sustainability efforts to foster a culture of sustainability among students, faculty and staff. The successful candidate will identify and prioritize areas for institutional sustainability efforts; develop of short and long range sustainability plans; engage other campus leaders to foster sustainability broadly across campus units; and work to establish UC San Diego as a leader in the field of sustainability. Applicants should have a Bachelor's degree and a minimum of five years progressive management experience in a relevant field.

26. Assistant Vice Chancellor & Campus Architect, UC Davis
The University of California at Davis invites applicants for the position of Assistant Vice Chancellor and Campus Architect. The Assistant Vice Chancellor & Campus Architect reports directly to the Vice Chancellor of Administration; is a member of the Office of Administration's senior leadership staff; participates in broad policy development and works collaboratively with peer managers; and is the designated Campus Building Official. Among other things, the successful candidate will be responsible for the implementation of and assurance that projects are implemented in accordance with the University's policies on Sustainability and Green Building Design. Applicants should have a current license as a professional architect in the State of California and a minimum of 15 years experience in the design and construction industry. The position is open until filled.

27. Schools Sector Manager, US Green Building Council
USGBC is seeking an energetic and dynamic professional with experience related to K-12 and/or higher education facilities design, construction and/or operations, and in program management to serve as the principal in-house program lead for the K-12 schools market sector and the higher education market sector. This Sector Manager will provide comprehensive management in the development and implementation of LEED for K-12 schools, colleges, universities and other institutions of higher learning, and will coordinate K-12 and higher education related efforts throughout the organization. Applicants should have a Bachelors or masters degree in a related building industry, policy or environmental discipline and 3-5 years experience related to K-12 and/or higher education facilities design, construction and/or operations.

Events

 

28. NAEP Sustainability Institute - Discounts Available for AASHE Members
April 30 - May 2, 2007; Tempe, AZ
The National Association of Educational Procurement's Sustainability Institute will help participants to lay the groundwork for an effective, high impact, and high visibility sustainable procurement program for their campus. The Institute will provide real-world case studies illustrating best practices in sustainable procurement and will show participants how to understand and apply performance measurements to their program. Presenters include: David Orr, Professor of Environmental Studies at Oberlin College; Anthony Cortese, President of Second Nature; Kevin Lyons, Director of Procurement at Rutgers University; George Bandy, Manager of Sustainable Strategies for Interface; Brian Yeoman, Director of Education at NAEP; and James Buizer, Executive Director of the Office of Sustainability Initiatives at Arizona State University. Participants from AASHE member institutions receive a $100 discount on registration. The registration deadline is April 20, 2007.

29. National Sustainable Design Expo and P3 Award Competition
April 24-25, 2007; Washington, DC
The National Sustainable Design Expo, held in the spring each year on the National Mall in Washington, DC, was created to bring together professional scientists, engineers, and business leaders around innovations designed to advance economic growth while reducing environmental impact. The Expo showcases novel, commercially available products for green buildings and construction materials, innovative alternative energy technologies, strategies for rainwater collection and purification, and the latest in consumer products. In conjunction with Expo, EPA hosts the Annual P3 (People, Prosperity, and the Planet) Award competition. This national competition enables college students to research, develop and design scientific, technical and policy solutions to sustainability challenges. Students and their faculty advisors will be competing for P3 Award and the opportunity of up to an additional $75,000 in funding to move their designs to the marketplace or implement them in the field.

30. Campus Progress National Student Conference
June 26, 2007; Washington, D.C.
Campus Progress has announced its third annual National Student Conference. The theme for this year's conference is "Our Time is Now." The National Student Conference is an opportunity for college and university students to come together with other young progressives from all across the nation. The event will feature remarks by leading politicians, activists, journalists, and policy experts; issue discussions; training sessions on communications, media, and other skills; networking opportunities; and hands-on activism to take back to campus. The National Student Conference and related events are all free for attendees, but space is limited. Applications will be accepted until June 1, 2007 with attendees accepted on a rolling basis until spots are filled.

31. 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.

32. 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.

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