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Table of Contents for 4/26/07:

NEWS
1. New Energy Efficiency Bill Includes Higher Ed Component
2. St. Mary's College of MD Students Approve Fee for 100% Green Energy
3. Mercyhurst College Students Approve Green Energy Fee
4. 16 New Campuses Sign Presidents Climate Commitment
5. Rutgers and Cornell Win MTV's Break the Addiction Challenge
6. University of Virginia Expresses Regret for Use of Slaves
7. 15 Ohio Campuses Create University Clean Energy Alliance of Ohio
8. 5 U New Hampshire Buildings Receive ENERGY STAR Designation
9. Albion College Science Complex Receives LEED Silver Certification
10. Iowa State Partners with Farmers Union on Sustainable Food
11. Ohio University Receives Grant for Composting Project
12. U Central Florida Creates In-House Building Commissioning Team
13. UGA Increases Minimum Salary Paid to Employees
14. Stanford Extends Living Wage Policy
15. Central Arizona College Approves Energy Services Contract
16. Boise State U Buys Energy from Local Wind Farm
17. Green Mountain College Announces Campus Sustainability Council
18. Indiana University Creates Sustainability Task Force
19. UGA Bus Fleet Switches to Biodiesel
20. Southwestern U, Illinois Wesleyan, and Murray State Sign Talloires

NEW RESOURCES
21. New Video Series on Sustainability in Higher Education

OPPORTUNITIES
22. Change It Summer Training Program for Students
23. Focus the Nation Student Awards
24. Student Ambassadors Sought for Sustainability Campus Tour

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
25. Energy and Utility Manager, University of Maine
26. Program Manager of Center for Sustainable Living, Wilson College
27. Sustainability Communication and Outreach Assistant, Yale University
28. Dir., Ctr. for Corp. Ldrshp. and Social Responsibility, UW Tacoma
29. National Youth Climate Summit Coordinator, Energy Action Coalition
30. Campus Organizers, Southern Energy Network
31. Campus Sustainability Internship, Fort Lewis College
32. Asst. Dir., Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring, Dickinson College

EVENTS
33. AASHE Sustainability Across the Curriculum Leadership Workshop
34. Campus Transportation Demand Management Toolkit

News

 

1. New Energy Efficiency Bill Includes Higher Ed Component
S.1115, the Energy Efficiency Promotion Act of 2007, was recently introduced by Energy and Natural Resources Chair Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) and Ranking Member Pete Domenici (R-N.M.). The bill includes a variety of measures designed to promote energy efficiency. Included among these is a section that authorizes a grant program for energy efficiency and innovative energy technology projects at colleges and universities. Specifically, the legislation authorizes the Secretary of Energy to award up to 100 grants of up to $1,000,000 to campuses for energy efficiency improvements and up to 250 grants of up to $500,000 for campus energy sustainability projects. The program is authorized for each of the fiscal years between 2008 and 2012.
See also: Text of the Energy Efficiency Promotion Act of 2007

2. St. Mary's College of MD Students Approve Fee Increase for 100% Green Energy
In a recent election at St. Mary's College of Maryland, 93% of voting students supported a $25 per year increase in student fees to purchase renewable energy. The increase will raise approximately $45,000 a year, enough to allow the College to purchase enough renewable energy to offset 100% of its electricity consumption. In related news, SMCM's President Maggie O'Brien signed the Talloires Declaration at an Earth Day event celebrating the success of the initiative.
See also: Washington Post article

3. Mercyhurst College Students Approve Green Energy Fee
In a recent election at Mercyhurst College, 77% of voting students supported the enactment of an annual $15-per-student Green Energy Fee. The fee, spread among 3,000-plus students, would go toward establishing a Renewable Energy and Conservation Fund that would enable Mercyhurst to invest more heavily in renewable energy technology on campus, including increasing its commitment to wind power. The referendum was placed on the spring student election ballot after students collected 1,023 signatures in support of the fee. The administration and student government will collaborate to develop an implementation plan.
See also: Listing of Mandatory Student Fees for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

4. 16 New Campuses Sign Presidents Climate Commitment
16 new campuses have signed 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: David L. Boren of University of Oklahoma, James F. Barker of Clemson University, David Oxtoby of Pomona College, James C. Votruba of Northern Kentucky University, David E. Maxwell of Drake University, James Phifer of Coe College, Julius Erlenbach of University of Wisconsin-Superior, Deborah F. Stanley of State University of New York College at Oswego, Scott D. Miller of Wesley College, Erik J. Bitterbaum of State University of New York College at Cortland, Frances White of College of Marin, Mary Ellen Duncan of Howard Community College, William Scroggins of College of the Sequoias, Edward Boehm of Keystone College, Mark Schulman of Goddard College, and John J. Light of Hocking College. 198 college and university presidents and chancellors have now signed the Commitment.

5. Rutgers and Cornell Win MTV's Break the Addiction Challenge
Rutgers University and Cornell University were selected as the grand prize winners in MTV's Break the Addiction Challenge, in which student groups across the country were asked submit evidence of educational activities as well as policy advocacy to reduce their school's global warming pollution. Each campus will receive an MTV eco-renovation for their student centers, a prize worth up to $10,000 for each school. Representatives from both of the winning schools were featured in a special Earth Day episode of Total Request Live.

6. University of Virginia Expresses Regret for Use of Slaves
On the 264th anniversary of Thomas Jefferson's birth, the University of Virginia's Board of Visitors unanimously passed a resolution commending the Virginia General Assembly's recent resolutions on slavery and, at the same time, expressing the University's regret for its use of enslaved persons from 1819 to 1865. U.Va. is believed to be the first university whose governing board has made such a statement. In the resolution, the board also recommitted itself to the "principles of equal opportunity."

7. 15 Ohio Campuses Create University Clean Energy Alliance of Ohio
15 Ohio universities recently signed a memorandum of understanding that fosters an alliance for clean energy research and awareness. The agreement describes how participating institutions will work together in the areas of discovery, development and commercialization of energy-related technology. It also discusses development of curriculum related to energy issues, and outlines avenues for cooperation on technology transfer, outreach and partnerships with industry within the alliance. The participating institutions in the University Clean Energy Alliance of Ohio are University of Cincinnati, Cleveland State University, Miami University, The Ohio State University, University of Toledo, Wright State University, University of Akron, Case Western Reserve University, University of Dayton, Ohio University, Central State University, Bowling Green State University, Kent State University, Shawnee State University and Youngstown State University.

8. 5 U New Hampshire Buildings Receive ENERGY STAR Designation
5 buildings at the University of New Hampshire have received the ENERGY STAR designation from the US EPA. The designation, which recognizes superior energy performance, was given to 4 residence halls and 1 administrative office building. Last year, UNH became the first institution in the U.S. to earn the ENERGY STAR rating for residence halls - earning the label for three.

9. Albion College Science Complex Receives LEED Silver Certification
The renovation and expansion of the existing science center at Albion College has received LEED Silver certification. Sustainability features of the four-building complex include: extensive use of recycled construction materials; low-emission paint, sealants, and carpet for improved indoor air quality; water- and energy-conservation systems that will allow the complex to use 30 percent less energy than a comparable building; solar electrical panels, a wind turbine, and solar water heating demonstrating the potential of alternative energy sources; and landscaping that includes wildflowers and other native species, requiring less water and providing wildlife habitat.

10. Iowa State Partners with Farmers Union on Sustainable Food
Iowa State University Dining Services is partnering with Iowa Farmers Union to increase the amount of Iowa-grown, sustainably raised products served to students and other clients on ISU's campus. More than 50 local farmers attended a recent meeting with ISU's Dining Services staff. ISU Dining's Five-Year Plan includes a variety of sustainability initiatives, and sets a goal of purchasing 35 percent of its food from organic, sustainable and local producers with five years. ISU Dining has received a grant from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture to hire a program coordinator to manage the Farm to ISU program.
See also: Farm to ISU homepage

11. Ohio University Receives Grant for Composting Project
Ohio University has received a $250,000 grant to implement a full-scale composting project. Ohio University will use the funds to purchase and install an in-vessel composting system on the Athens campus able to handle up to three tons of waste a day. The project will create what's believed to be the largest in-vessel composting system at a college in the United States. An in-vessel system allows for the processing of biodegradable waste to a fertile soil additive in just 14 days. Since January, customers and dining services employees have been directed to sort the biodegradable waste from other waste by using bins labeled "compost." Results from this initiative thus far indicate that there is widespread support for the project, as well as a willingness to comply with new sorting procedures. The grant is from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources's Division of Recycling and Litter Prevention.

12. U Central Florida Creates In-House Building Commissioning Team (link no longer available)
The University of Central Florida's Center for Energy and Sustainability recently created an in-house Building Commissioning Team. Building recommissioning consists of discovering and implementing energy saving opportunities within a building. Each building at UCF has been placed on a 4 year recommissioning cycle. The new team recently completed recommissioning the first three buildings at the main campus. The team is comprised of several mechanics and technicians who are working to improve building efficiency.

13. UGA Increases Minimum Salary Paid to Employees
The University of Georgia has announced that it will increase the minimum wage paid to salaried employees to $20,000 per year as part of the pay increases that will be effective Jan. 1, 2008. The increase for employees moving from $19,000 to $20,000 on Jan. 1 is 5.3 percent, compared to the 3.0 percent overall salary increase pool. The lowest-paid salaried employees at the university were paid $12,790 just five years ago, when the minimum level was increased to $15,000. The next year it was increased to $17,500 and last year to $19,000. The increase to $20,000 will affect 586 salaried employees. The increase affects all salaried employees who now make less than $20,000 regardless of whether they are paid from state funds or from other sources such as grants or auxiliary services.

14. Stanford Extends Living Wage Policy
Following a nine-day student hunger strike, Stanford President John Hennessy has agreed to extend the University's living wage policy. Under the changes, which become effective Sept. 1, 2007, the university will remove the exemption from the policy for contracted employees who are employed less than 30 hours per week. The living wage policy will now cover all "regular employees of the contractor," whereas previously employees hired on a temporary, short-term basis were not covered. In addition, contractors at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center will also now be eligible for coverage under the living wage policy. The university also will establish a list of preferred contractors who have agreed to pay the living wage, even if they are not covered by the provisions of the policy. The list will be made available to all university departments, and the departments will be strongly encouraged to use a preferred contractor if one is available that performs the services needed. In addition to setting wage minimums, the policy also requires contractors to provide 10 paid days off per year for eligible employees.
See also: Student newspaper article

15. Central Arizona College Approves Energy Services Contract
The Central Arizona College Governing Board recently approved a contract with APS Energy Services to complete a series of energy conservation measures. An audit conducted by APS identified energy conservation opportunities that could reduce the College's electricity use by 44.2% and its natural gas consumption by 56.5%. The measures include: lighting upgrades; occupancy sensors; replacement of heating and air conditioning systems; and solar water heaters.

16. Boise State U Buys Energy from Local Wind Farm
Boise State University Housing has agreed to purchase 150 megawatt hours of renewable energy credits from a local wind farm to help partially offset the environmental impacts of conventional energy that is generated for use in one residence hall for a year. It is likely that some students who live in the hall - which houses students in the College of Engineering - will be involved in wind energy research at the site. Boise State's campus sustainability committee - known as the Green Team - the Arbiter student newspaper and Associated Students of Boise State University will share the $1,500 cost to purchase the energy credits.

17. Green Mountain College Announces Campus Sustainability Council
Green Mountain College recently established a Campus Sustainability Council to advise the administrative cabinet on sustainability initiatives at the school. The six-member Council is comprised of faculty, staff, and two student greening coordinators. This group has been charged with monitoring progress, documenting successes, and proposing projects concerning environmental sustainability in curriculum, operations, and facilities. The Council will expand on past efforts at the environmentally focused college, as outlined in the College's strategic plan, and in fulfillment of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment.

18. Indiana University Creates Sustainability Task Force
Indiana University has created a Sustainability Task Force for the IU Bloomington campus. The 15-person task force, appointed by Vice President Terry Clapacs, aims to develop by fall 2007 a framework for campus sustainability. Activities of the Sustainability Task Force include developing a set of sustainability indicators for the university, assessing the current sustainability status of the Bloomington campus, identifying key areas of concern, and establishing a framework for a long-term sustainability plan. The task force also plans to develop a speaker series on sustainability issues, create connections to national and international sustainability organizations, promote student involvement in sustainability programs, and develop a website devoted to campus sustainability. In addition to the primary task force, a series of working groups comprised of university personnel and community members have been formed to focus on Resource Use and Recycling; Energy Systems and Greenhouse Gas Emissions; Built Environments; Food; Education, Outreach and Student Engagement; Environmental Quality and Land Use; and Transportation Systems..

19. UGA Bus Fleet Switches to Biodiesel
The University of Georgia recently began using B20, a blend of 20 percent biodiesel and 80 percent petroleum diesel, in all 47 buses in its fleet. The switch makes UGA one of the largest users of biodiesel in the state. The biodiesel UGA is using is derived from chicken fat produced as a byproduct of the state's poultry industry. The switch to biodiesel follows a successful spring 2006 pilot program in which the university ran a bus on a biodiesel blend. At the present time, the University is able to secure biodiesel for less than the cost of conventional diesel.

20. Southwestern U, Illinois Wesleyan, and Murray State Sign Talloires Declaration
Southwestern University President Jake B. Schrum, Illinois Wesleyan University President Richard F. Wilson, and Murray State University President Randy Dunn each recently signed the Talloires Declaration. Schools that sign the Declaration commit themselves to a 10-point blueprint for sustainability. Murray State is the first Kentucky university and Southwestern is the second university in Texas to sign the Declaration.
See also: Illinois Wesleyan University press release
See also: Murray State student newspaper article

New Resources

 

21. New Video Series on Sustainability in Higher Education
Arnold Creek Productions, Inc. has launched a website showcasing colleges and universities across the U.S. that are integrating sustainability within their missions and operations. "A New Course for Higher Education" is a collection of free Web-viewable videos and accompanying descriptive content that cover accomplishments in areas such as leadership, energy, buildings, recycling, transportation, curriculum and food. Links direct the viewer to each institution's Web site for further information based on the chapter's subject. Currently, the introduction, leadership and recycling chapters are posted. New chapters will be added every week or so.

Opportunities

 

22. Change It Summer Training Program for Students
Seventh Generation has partnered with Greenpeace to train and empower dedicated students to become the next generation of leaders in the global movement for change. The Change It program is an all-expenses-paid week of grassroots educational training in Washington, D.C., July 20 to 26, led by the experts from Greenpeace and other organizations. Key speakers will include John Passacantando, Executive Director of Greenpeace USA; Jeffrey Hollender, President of Seventh Generation; Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT); and Lois Gibbs, Executive Director of the Center for Health Environment and Justice. Change It participants will travel to D.C. to work one-on-one with Greenpeace mentors, who will provide personalized training on campaign strategy, recruitment, and event planning. Full and part-time students ages 18 to 24 are eligible to apply.

23. Focus the Nation Student Awards
The Focus Awards recognize organizations and individuals who have shown leadership with regard to clean energy technology, reduction of carbon emissions, and raising awareness about climate change. The awards recognize that organizations and individuals can contribute in a variety of ways. One award will be given to a college/university student. Once nominations are closed, five final nominees will be selected for each award by a committee of students and climate change dignitaries. After the final nominees are chosen, the winners will be determined through a public, online vote.

24. Student Ambassadors Sought for Sustainability Campus Tour
In the fall of 2007, KEEN Footwear will be encouraging people across the US to submit innovative, executable ideas that support sustainability. A panel of judges who will review and reward ideas within three categories: Stand Up - for creative individuals who communicate the value of sustainability; Stand Out - for adventurous people who play in a sustainable way; Stand For - for innovative actions that care for people and the environment. The primary emphasis of the Stand Campaign is a tour to 50 college campuses in fall 2007, where students will be invited to submit their own ideas to KEEN's website. The collected proposals will be reviewed over the winter and announced in the spring. KEEN is looking for a student on each campus who can act as a Brand Ambassador to help the Stand Campaign succeed on site. Each ambassador will be rewarded with KEEN products, including shoes.

Jobs & Internships

 

25. Energy and Utility Manager, University of Maine
The University of Maine is seeking an experienced, creative, and innovative professional with excellent management skills to serve as its Energy and Utility Manager. An ongoing, fiscal year, full-time position reporting to the Associate Vice President for Administration and Finance, the Energy and Utility Manager will coordinate the University's energy and utility programs as well as the University's long-term Strategic Energy Management and Utilities Plan. The successful candidate will have a bachelor's degree, and at least seven years' experience in mechanical, electrical, utility systems and energy management. Review of applications will begin on May 29, 2007, and will continue until a qualified pool of applicants has been identified.

26. Program Manager of Center for Sustainable Living, Wilson College
Wilson College seeks a full-time program manager for the Fulton Center for Sustainable Living (FCSL). The program manager will oversee all activities of the FCSL, including an organic farm with a CSA, sustainable energy projects, a biannual conference, and compost/recycling efforts. The manager will also works cooperatively with the faculty and the Director of Environmental Studies to forge connections between the FCSL and the curriculum. Applicants should have a master's degree in a related field and two years experience working with sustainability issues and projects. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

27. Sustainability Communication and Outreach Assistant, Yale University
The Yale Office of Sustainability seeks a paid Research Assistant for the summer of 2007 for an 8 - 10 week assignment. This position will work in collaboration with the Program Manager to research and design an innovative education and outreach program for the staff and faculty at Yale. The assistant will be expected to research and evaluate programs from other institutions as well as existing programs at Yale.

28. Dir., Ctr. for Corporate Leadership and Social Responsibility, U Washington Tacoma
The newly created Center for Corporate Leadership and Social Responsibility at the Milgard School of Business seeks an accomplished leader to serve as Director. The Center's purpose is to contribute to building sustainable, just, and prosperous organizations and communities by fostering personal integrity, professionalism, ethical behavior and social responsibility. The Director will be responsible for directing Center operations, program development, strategic planning, and engaging in community outreach and relationship building. Required qualifications include a Bachelors degree in business 5+ years of relevant experience. Review of applications will begin June 1, 2007 and will continue until the position is filled.

29. National Youth Climate Summit Coordinator, Energy Action Coalition
To strengthen the youth climate movement, the Energy Action Coalition is organizing a major national summit with 3,000 - 5,000 students to share best practices, build community, learn skills and solutions, set clear and ambitious plans for action, and impel federal action to stop global warming. The summit will be in late October, 2007 at George Washington University. The Coalition seeks a National Youth Climate Summit Coordinator to coordinate planning for this Summit. Candidates are encouraged to apply immediately.

30. Campus Organizers, Southern Energy Network
Southern Energy Network, a project of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, is hiring a North Carolina Campus Organizer and a South Carolina/Georgia Campus Organizer. These positions involve strategically and organizationally supporting the work of college students campaigning for clean energy and sustainability. Review of applications for the North Carolina position will begin May 4, 2007 and will continue until the position is filled. Review of applications for the North Carolina position will begin May 18, 2007.

31. Campus Sustainability Internship, Fort Lewis College
The Fort Lewis College Environmental Center in Durango, Colorado is seeking an intern to work full-time from August 13, 2007 to May 12, 2008. The Environmental Center internship is a multifaceted position designed to provide professional training in all aspects of environmental non-profit work including: outreach and public involvement, media and communications, organizing events and educational programs, managing campus and community projects, fundraising, and administration. Applicants should be in final stages of an undergraduate degree program or already possess their bachelor's degree. Applicants should have some knowledge of campus sustainability, and previous experience with a college/university environmental program or club, environmental studies department, or campus recycling program is desired. The intern will receive housing, a stipend of $5000.00, and an Americorps education award of $2,362.50. Complete applications must arrive by June 1, 2007 to receive initial consideration, but the position will be open until filled.

32. Asst. Dir., Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring, Dickinson College
Dickinson College seeks an Assistant Director for the Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring (ALLARM). Housed in Dickinson College's Environmental Studies Department and founded in 1986, ALLARM is a technical and programmatic support center for community organizations interested in watershed assessment, protection, and restoration. A Bachelor's degree in a related field is required. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Events

 

33. 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.

34. Campus Transportation Demand Management Toolkit
July 16-18, 2007; Boston, MA
This conference will help participants learn best practices for planning and promoting transportation demand management programs. Participants will develop a toolkit for managing traffic demand on their campuses through effective implementation of transportation demand management techniques. Instructors include: Will Toor and Spenser Havlick, coauthors of Transportation for Sustainable Campus Communities; as well the Director of Sustainable Transportation Systems at Yale and the Director of Transportation and Parking Services at University of Chicago.

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