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Table of Contents for 5/03/07:

NEWS
1. Southern Oregon U Students Pass $45/yr Green Energy Fee
2. UC Berkeley Announces New Climate Commitment
3. Oregon State Students Approve Green Energy Fee
4. U British Columbia Chooses Building Renewal Over New Construction
5. CSU Chico Students Vote for Energy Saving Thermostat Changes
6. Harvard Office Renovation Project Receives LEED Platinum Certification
7. Portland State Installs 4 Vertical-Axis Wind Turbines on Campus
8. Two Solar Arrays Installed at Princeton University
9. Western Washington U Rec. Center Receives LEED Certification
10. Presidents Climate Commitment Passes 200 Signatories
11. EPA P3 Award Winners Announced
12. Guilford Dedicates Solar Water Heaters
13. Duke Dedicates Steam and Wetland Assessment Management Park
14. Westminster Students to Create Eco-House
15. UMass Foundation Proscribes Sudan Investment
16. Rowan U Receives EPA Award

NEW RESOURCES
17. Degrees That Matter: Climate Change and the University
18. Michigan State University 2007 Campus Sustainability Report
19. New Oberlin Sustainability Website
20. New Video Series on Sustainability in Higher Education (link fixed)

OPPORTUNITIES
21. AASHE Sustainability Leadership Awards

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
22. TGIF Grants Mgr/Campus Sustainability Coordinator, UCSB
23. Visiting Environmental Scholar, Goucher College

EVENTS
24. Education for a Sustainable Future Teleconference
25. Deploying Green Facilities on Campus Web Conference

News

 

1. Southern Oregon U Students Pass $45/yr Green Energy Fee
In a recent election at Southern Oregon University, 85% of voting students supported the establishment of a Green Energy Fee not to exceed $15 per trimester. The fee will generate enough revenue to offset all natural gas and electricity consumed at SOU through the purchase renewable energy credits (RECs). SOU is the first in Oregon, and among the first in the US to offset both natural gas consumption and electricity use. The referendum specifies that the RECs must be Green-e certified and purchased through a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The fee is set to expire at the end of the 2011-2012 academic year unless renewed.
See also: Listing of Mandatory Student Fees for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

2. UC Berkeley Announces New Climate Commitment
UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau recently announced that the Berkeley campus has committed to reducing its greenhouse-gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2014 - six years earlier than the target set by California Assembly Bill 32, the Global Solutions Warming Act. The new target is consistent with UC Berkeley's commitment to pursuing climate neutrality through the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment. A feasibility study commissioned at last year's summit, undertaken by Cal Climate Action Partnership (CalCAP) - a collaboration of faculty, administration, staff, and students to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions at Berkeley - indicates that the campus can meet the new objective by increasing energy efficiency and conservation.
See also: Cal Climate Action Partnership homepage

3. Oregon State Students Approve Green Energy Fee
In a recent election at Oregon State University, 71% of voting students supported the establishment of a Green Energy Fee of $8.50 per student per trimester. The fee will generate enough revenue to offset all electricity consumed by the University through the purchase renewable energy credits (RECs). The fee is expected to be collected starting in Fall 2007.

4. U British Columbia Chooses Building Renewal Over New Construction
University of British Columbia recently unveiled a revitalized Buchanan D Block, one of 10 buildings being refurbished under called UBC Renew. UBC Renew is an initiative to revitalize and extend the life of more than 392,000 square feet of aging buildings by 40 years or longer, thereby saving money and reducing resource use. All UBC Renew projects are targeting LEED Silver certification or better, and the 10 buildings targeted by UBC Renew would have cost $209 million to build new compared to renewing them for $120 million, a savings of $89 million. Officials believe that UBC is the only institution in Canada to renew facilities on such a large scale by renovating deteriorating buildings instead of demolishing them. They anticipate that UBC Renew will reduce UBC's accumulated backlog of building deferred maintenance by $77.4 million.

5. CSU Chico Students Vote for Energy Saving Thermostat Changes
In a recent election at California State University, Chico, 82% of voting students supported adjusting the current heating and cooling standards by 3 degrees so that buildings will not be heated above 65 degrees in the winter or cooled below 81 degrees in the summer. This is among the most energy conserving thermostat settings adopted by a campus. Organizers anticipate that the move will save about $151,000 annually, and reduce the university's greenhouse gas output by 1,100 tons of CO2.

6. Harvard Office Renovation Project Receives LEED Platinum Certification
Harvard University's Blackstone Office Renovation Project has been awarded LEED Platinum certification. Sustainability features include: ground source heat pumps for cooling; permeable paving and a bioswale; waterless urinals and dual-flush toilets; occupancy and daylight sensors; a diversion rate of over 99%; and high-recycled content and renewable building materials. The 40,000-square-foot renovation was completed in May 2006 and is Harvard's first LEED Platinum building.

7. Portland State Installs 4 Vertical-Axis Wind Turbines on Campus
Portland State University has installed four vertical-axis wind turbines on buildings around its urban campus. PSU faculty and students will experiment with the turbines to determine optimal placement and maximum efficiency. Each 40-inch-tall fiberglass turbine will power a 40-watt generator. Vertical-axis turbines are believed to be more suitable for urban areas than traditional propeller-based turbines.

8. Two Solar Arrays Installed at Princeton University
Princeton University's Engineering Quadrangle Building is serving as the host site for two solar power arrays. Princeton Power, a local company founded by Princeton alumni, will use the systems to test and showcase a new residential solar inverter with improved energy capture capabilities. The photovoltaic systems will also be monitored to evaluate design and equipment performance. The project is majority funded by the New Jersey Commission on Science and Technology's Edison Innovation Fund, with additional funding from Princeton Power Systems, Princeton University, and Energy Photovoltaics
See also: Listing of Campus Solar Photovoltaic Installations

9. Western Washington U Rec. Center Receives LEED Certification
Western Washington University's Wade King Student Recreation Center has been awarded LEED certification. The 98,000-square foot,$17.5-million building is believed to be the first university recreation center with a pool in the US to receive LEED certification.

10. Presidents Climate Commitment Passes 200 Signatories
13 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: Joseph E. Aoun of Northeastern University, Michael V. Martin of New Mexico State University, Robert W. Kustra of Boise State University, Joan Hinde Stewart of Hamilton College, Gregory H. Williams of The City College of New York (CUNY), Thomas J. Schwarz of Purchase College (SUNY), Lee Pelton of Willamette University, Elsa Nunez of Eastern Connecticut State University, Jack M. Wilson of University of Massachusetts, Edwin Ramos-Rivera of Huertas Junior College, William T. Greer, Jr. of Virginia Wesleyan College, Thomas C. Leamer of Delaware Valley College, and Paul LeBlanc of Southern New Hampshire University. 210 college and university presidents and chancellors have now signed the Commitment.
See also: Coverage of the ACUPCC in Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

11. EPA P3 Award Winners Announced
The US EPA has announced the winners of its 3rd Annual P3 Awards, a national sustainable design competition for students. Six student teams from Appalachian State University, Lehigh University, Northwestern University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Virginia, and Western Washington University were selected for the awards, which includes up to $75,000 in funding to move their designs to the marketplace or implement them in the field. Among the winning designs were projects focused on bioremediation, solar energy, biogas transport fuels, environmental education, and bioshelters. Several additional awards were also given, with students from Ball State University receiving the Green Building Initiative Award.
See also: Descriptions of the award winners

12. Guilford Dedicates Solar Water Heaters
Guilford College recently dedicated 12 solar thermal panels. The panels, which were installed over two weeks in February and cost $30,000, are expected provide all of the hot water for the residence hall they are installed upon. The College expects to save more than $86,000 during the life of the system. Funding for the project came from the first in a series of $50,000 annual commitments to sustainability projects by Guilford President Kent Chabotar.

13. Duke Dedicates Steam and Wetland Assessment Management Park
Duke University recently dedicated the Stream and Wetland Assessment Management Park (SWAMP), a 14-acre restored stream-wetland-lake complex. SWAMP is designed to help protect the region's drinking water supply by controlling storm water runoff. The site also serves as an outdoor classroom for students, and as a field laboratory for testing new wetland restoration technologies and studying biological diversity, hydrology, mosquito control, water quality, invasive plant species and other issues. Duke scientists and students have worked on the project for more than three years, re-contouring and replanting the creek's heavily eroded, silt-clogged streambed and its banks, restoring a riparian wetland along the floodplain, building a new wetland, and building a storm water reservoir and earthen dam to replace an old dam that was in disrepair.

14. Westminster Students to Create Eco-House
Four students at Westminster College (Fulton, MO) help create their own environmentally friendly living space for next academic year as they become the first residents of an ECO-House on campus. The residents will work to minimize waste and energy consumption and will promote environmental sustainable practices across campus.

15. UMass Foundation Proscribes Sudan Investment
The Investment Committee of the University of Massachusetts Foundation has directed the managers of its discrete actively managed funds to divest from companies on the divestment list maintained by the Sudan Divestment Task Force (SDTF) and to make no new investments in companies on that list. Additionally, the Foundation will inform its investment consultant of its fiduciaries' interest in being free of those companies and ask that this preference be communicated to the Foundation's commingled-fund managers. The divestment decision affects approximately $530,000 in investments made on behalf of the University of Massachusetts.

16. Rowan U Receives EPA Award
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently awarded Rowan University an Environmental Quality Award. Rowan was recognized for its achievements in last year's RecycleMania competition, in which it placed third out of 87 colleges for waste minimization.

New Resources

 

17. Degrees That Matter: Climate Change and the University
Ann Rappaport and Sarah Hammond Creighton of the Tufts Climate Initiative have written a new book entitled Degrees That Matter: Climate Change and the University. The book, which is published by MIT Press, describes the unique opportunities for colleges and universities to play a leadership role in addressing global warming. Specifically, the authors discuss the major sources of greenhouse gas emissions on campus and the importance of an emissions inventory for setting goals and strategies. They consider decision making (and decision makers), costs, budgets, and institutional priorities, and describe different emission reduction projects. They look at the importance of master planning for the university and the value of action by individual community members. Finally, they suggest climate action projects for the classroom and offer guidance for tapping student energy.
See also: Inside Higher Ed interview with the authors

18. Michigan State University 2007 Campus Sustainability Report
The Michigan State University Office of Campus Sustainability has released its 2007 Campus Sustainability Report. The report updates a 2003 report and examines trends on 88 different sustainability indicators. The report also makes some recommendations related to ten key indicators that the authors believe deserve particular attention.

19. New Oberlin Sustainability Website
Oberlin College's Office of Environmental Sustainability has a new website. The site provides information about Oberlin's sustainability initiatives, including buildings and grounds, food, social capital, energy, transportation, purchasing, and recycling. The site also includes links to a variety of resources.
See also: Listing of Campus Sustainability Websites" track="true"> (AASHE members only)

20. New Video Series on Sustainability in Higher Education (link fixed)
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

 

21. 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

 

22. TGIF Grants Mgr/Campus Sustainability Coordinator, UCSB
UC Santa Barbara is hiring a Grants Manager to administer the The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF), which is generated by a $2.60 per quarter student fee. TGIF provides funding for projects intended to reduce the University's impact on the environment. The Manager will develops and manages proposal submission, review, and award processes as well as ensure proper financial oversight of funds. Applicants should have experience in budget planning as well as sustainability initiatives. The position is open until filled, but for full consideration applications should be received by May 16, 2007.

23. Visiting Environmental Scholar, Goucher College
Goucher College invites applications for the position of Visiting Scholar in Environmental Studies and Leadership. The successful candidate will lead an initiative to: invigorate the College's commitment to environmental sustainability; develop a plan for an environmental program that best fits the College and its student body; explore potential unifying themes; integrate issues of environmental sustainability with other strategic priorities such as the internationalization of the curriculum; help the College establish mechanisms to insure institutional or corporate environmental responsibility; and facilitate the creation of courses across the curriculum. Applicants should have a PhD in a related field. The position is open until filled, and will be for one year beginning in January 2008 or August 2008.

Events

 

24. Education for a Sustainable Future Teleconference
June 6; 1-2pm EDT
This teleconference will feature national experts on sustainability education, who will describe sustainability education in curricula, research, partnerships, and daily practices. Participants will also discuss the increasing interest and activity in sustainability education throughout the country and what this means for higher education. Participation costs $30 ($24 for students).

25. 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.

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