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Table of Contents for 4/19/07:

NEWS
1. U Maryland Students Approve Clean Energy Fee
2. UC Berkeley Students Approve Green Fee
3. Paul Smith's College to Switch to 100% Wind Energy
4. U Virginia Staff and Students Now Ride Free on City Buses
5. University of Idaho Joins Chicago Climate Exchange
6. U Arkansas Adopts Green Globes Design Standard
7. U Kansas Students Approve Sustainability Referendum
8. 9 New Campuses Sign Presidents Climate Commitment
9. Recyclemania Winners Announced
10. Campus Green Power Challenge Champions Announced
11. Winners of Chill Out Contest Announced
12. Dispatches from the Smart & Sustainable Campuses Conference
13. U Miami Signs Talloires Declaration
14. U Southern California Begins Car Sharing
15. UC Santa Cruz Students Study Campus Water Use
16. UC Irvine to Convert Buses to 100% Biodiesel
17. Texas A&M Dining Services to Use Biodiesel

OPPORTUNITIES
18. AASHE Sustainability Leadership Awards

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
19. Campus Sustainability Coordinator, UC San Diego

EVENTS
20. Sustainability in Student Affairs Seminar
21. Transforming Learning into Action: Sustainable Initiatives in Higher Ed
22. Deploying Green Facilities on Campus Web Conference
23. Deploying a Wind Turbine for Your Campus

News

 

1. U Maryland Students Approve Clean Energy Fee
More than 90 percent of voting students at the University of Maryland have approved a $12 fee increase to fund the purchase of renewable energy. The proposal states that this fee would begin at $4 dollars and increase by $2 dollars a year for a maximum of $12. If fully implemented, the fee would raise sufficient funds to allow the University to become the largest higher education purchaser of renewable energy in the US.
See also: UMD for Clean Energy homepage, Listing of Student Fee Increases for Sustainable Energy

2. UC Berkeley Students Approve Green Fee
69 percent of voting students at UC Berkeley voting in favor of a $5 per semester fee increase to create The Green Initiative Fund. The fund would provide grants for projects to improve environmental sustainability on campus. If implemented, the fee would raise approximately $200,000 annually. To keep up with inflation, the fee will increase by $0.50 in the 4th and 7th years and will terminate after the 10th year.
See also: Vote TGIF homepage

3. Paul Smith's College to Switch to 100% Wind Energy
Paul Smith's College has announced that it will purchase wind-generated power to provide all of its electricity. "Purchasing renewable energy is an important step that the College can take to preserve our natural resources," said John Mills, president of Paul Smith's College. "We're excited to take this step and hope that others might follow." The College will purchase the wind energy credits from Community Energy Inc.

4. U Virginia Staff and Students Now Ride Free on City Buses
As a result of a new partnership between University of Virginia and Charlottesville Transit Service, staff, faculty and students can ride Charlottesville city buses for free, anytime, by showing their U.Va. ID. Previous month-long trials of free-ridership for members of the U.Va. community have resulted in ridership increasing as much as five-fold. The new ridership program will be in effect at least until July 1, 2008, and is expected to continue.

5. University of Idaho Joins Chicago Climate Exchange
The University of Idaho has joined the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX), a voluntary, legally binding program for reducing and trading greenhouse gas. As part of this commitment, the university has committed to reduce its own emissions of greenhouse gases by six percent below the average of its 1998-2001 baseline by 2010. "Our membership in the Chicago Climate Exchange underscores the university's commitment to and leadership role in building a sustainable Idaho," said University of Idaho President Timothy White.

6. U Arkansas Adopts Green Globes Design Standard
The Green Building Initiative formally recognized the University of Arkansas as the first educational institution to encourage the use of Green Globes in its design and construction policies. The University's Design and Construction Guide for Buildings and Landscapes stipulates that new campus facilities or full-building renovations of more than $1 million must achieve a "two globes rating" using the Green Globes system, or an equivalent rating with the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED system. To support the university's efforts, the Green Building Initiative is offering the school free use of the Green Globes tool for one year. The Global Building Initiative will further support the university's efforts by offering free third-party verification - which is required before a building can be promoted as having achieved a Green Globes rating - for one new construction project and one existing building project.

7. U Kansas Students Approve Sustainability Referendum (link no longer available)
Students at University of Kansas recently passed a Sustainability and Renewable Energy referendum. The referendum calls for the reallocation of $1.50 from student fees to create a renewable energy and sustainability fund. The funds would be used to support efforts to ensure that the University be reliant on renewable energy for 20 percent of its power supply by the year 2020.

8. 9 New Campuses Sign Presidents Climate Commitment
10 new campuses have signed or committed to sign the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment since the last update in AASHE Bulletin. In doing so, these campuses have committed to develop comprehensive plans for achieving climate neutrality. The new signatories are: G. Wayne Clough of Georgia Institute of Technology, Edward J. Ray of Oregon State University, Larry E. Penley of Colorado State University, Michael S. Bassis of Westminster College, Jonathan Gibralter of Frostburg State University, Susan Phillips Speece of Penn State Berks, Paul Marion of Tiffin University, Mordechai Rozansky of Rider University, and Robert B. Gee of The National Graduate School. 182 college and university presidents and chancellors have now signed the Commitment.

9. Recyclemania Winners Announced
California State University-San Marcos has emerged as the grand champion in the 2007 RecycleMania competition. RecycleMania is a friendly competition among campuses to increase recycling and reduce waste. CSU San Marcos' won the Grand Champion award for the second year in a row by achieving the highest recycling rate. University of Texas at Austin won the Waste Minimization award for producing the least amount of waste per capita while the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University won the Per Capita Classic award by producing the most recyclables per capita. RecycleMania 2007 included over 200 participating schools, double the number of participating campuses from last year.

10. Campus Green Power Challenge Champions Announced
The EPA has announced the winners of the 2006-2007 College and University Green Power Challenge. Awards were given to the athletic conference that collectively purchased the largest amount of green power and to institutions which made the largest individual purchase of green power within their athletic conference from April 2006 to April 2007. The Ivy League conference topped the list with the largest total purchase among all conferences, earning recognition as the 2006-2007 Collective Conference Champion. The following colleges and universities were recognized for their individual green power purchase among all respective schools in their conference: University of Pennsylvania, New York University, Pennsylvania State University, Duke University, University of California Santa Cruz, Connecticut College, Western Washington University, University of Utah, University of Central Oklahoma, Syracuse University, University of Washington, The Evergreen State College, Oberlin College, University at Buffalo, University of Colorado Boulder, and Rowan University.

11. Winners of Chill Out Contest Announced
The National Wildlife Federation has announced the winners of its national Chill Out competition, which recognizes campus leadership in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The winners were: California State University, Chico (Grand Prize); Mount Wachusett Community College, Monmouth University, Richard Stockton College, Oregon Institute of Technology, University of California at Santa Barbara; Oberlin College, Lawrenceville School, Temple University, and Towson University. The eight winners were featured in a webcast that was broadcast onto almost 200 college campuses.
See also: Description of winners

12. Dispatches from the Smart & Sustainable Campuses Conference
AASHE has posted coverage of the Second Annual Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference at the University of Maryland. Summaries of keynote speakers, plenary sessions and other elements are included.

13. U Miami Signs Talloires Declaration
University of Miami President Donna E. Shalala recently signed the Talloires Declaration, a ten-point action plan committing institutions to sustainability and environmental literacy in teaching and practice. Over 320 university presidents and chancellors in more than 40 countries have signed the Declaration. President Shalala simultaneously signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment.

14. U Southern California Begins Car Sharing
University of Southern California has partnered with Flexcar to provide carsharing opportunities to its students, faculty, and staff. A total of 9 vehicles - including several hybrids - will be available on campus for short term rental. Faculty, staff and students can use Flexcar for university-related trips and meetings and have the trips billed directly to their departments, or they can use it for personal errands and charge a personal account. Through the "Flexcar for Undergrads" program, students 18 to 20 years old will be able to participate in the program.

15. UC Santa Cruz Students Study Campus Water Use
Students at UC Santa Cruz have begun a detailed survey of campus water use. They are going from building to building to measure faucet and shower flow rates, time toilet flushes, look for leaks, and check for missing faucet aerators. They will also survey campus irrigation systems. The students, who are working with a consulting firm, intend to produce a study identifying improvements that could be made to campus facilities and operations to reduce water consumption. The consulting firm will also conduct surveys of water used in labs, greenhouses, cooling towers, and other facilities and will then rank the potential water conservation projects according to cost effectiveness.

16. UC Irvine to Convert Buses to 100% Biodiesel
UC Irvine has announced plans to convert its fleet of 10 buses to 100% biodiesel. The move comes after more than a year of test with a single bus that was fueled exclusively with biodiesel. Other campus fleet vehicles, such as solid waste and recycling trucks, operate on fuel that is 20 percent biodiesel and 80 percent diesel.

17. Texas A&M Dining Services to Use Biodiesel
Through a partnership with Central Texas Biofuels, Texas A&M Dining Services is fueling its campus delivery truck with biodiesel fuel made from used cooking oils generated by the University's dining facilities. The fuel may also be made available to other departments on campus.

Opportunities

 

18. AASHE Sustainability Leadership 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

 

19. 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.

Events

 

20. Sustainability in Student Affairs Seminar
Oct. 4-5, 2007; Boston MA Paperclip Communications is organizing a two-day conference on the role of Student Affairs in advancing sustainability in higher education. Presenters include: Tom Kimmerer, Executive Director of AASHE; John L. Cusack, Executive Director of New Jersey Higher Education Partnership for Sustainability (NJHEPS); Keisha Payson, Sustainability Coordinator at Bowdoin College; Marc Wais, Vice President for Student Affairs at New York University, among others. Sessions will focus on encouraging sustainable behavior in the residence halls; overcoming barriers to sustainability on college and university campuses; sustainable investments; energy conservation residence hall competitions; student activism; and more.

21. Transforming Learning into Action: Sustainable Initiatives in Higher Ed
August 16-17; Flagstaff, AZ Coconino Community College has announced a call for papers for its 2007 Teaching and Learning Conference, entitled "Transforming Learning into Action: Sustainable Initiatives in Higher Education." This conference will place a particular emphasis on partnerships between learning institutions and community organizations. The three major tracks planned for this conference are: Initiating Applied Learning, Innovations in Sustainability, and Investigating Sustainability through Curriculum. Presentation proposals are being accepted through June 30 2007.

22. Deploying Green Facilities on Campus Web Conference
July 31, August 3, & August 7; 2007; 1:00-2:30 pm EDT
Participants in this three-part web conference will learn about green building trends, review performance data and learning initiatives from recently established facilities, and explore how to apply lessons learned to campus projects. Gene Luna, the Associate Vice President of Student Affairs at University of South Carolina, will be the instructor.

23. Deploying a Wind Turbine for Your Campus
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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