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Table of Contents for 5/17/07:

NEWS
1. Plymouth State U Residence Hall Receives LEED Gold Certification
2. Saint Xavier U Residence Hall Receives LEED Gold Certification
3. 12 New Campuses Sign Presidents Climate Commitment
4. UW-Stevens Point Purchases Renewable Energy
5. George Washington Seniors Leave Green Class Gift
6. College of Wooster Runs Catering Van on Used Cooking Oil
7. Rice Begins Construction of Utility Plant with Green Features
8. Duke Forms $1M Climate Change Policy Partnership with ConocoPhillips
9. Chicago Tribune Covers Campus Sustainability
10. Farmer's Market Comes to Rice University

NEW RESOURCES
11. Comparison of Big Ten Universities on Environmental Criteria
12. Alumni Climate Commitment

OPPORTUNITIES
13. AASHE Sustainability Leadership Awards

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
14. Director, Institutes of Energy and the Environment, Penn State
15. Energy Manager, University at Albany
16. Instructor in Environmental Studies, Bowling Green State U
17. Faculty of Environmental Studies, Sarah Lawrence College
18. Waste Management & Recycling Specialist, San Jose State U

EVENTS
19. Deploying Green Facilities on Campus Web Conference

News

 

1. Plymouth State U Residence Hall Receives LEED Gold Certification
Plymouth State University's newest building, Langdon Woods, is the state's first residence hall to earn LEED Gold certification. The 114,000 square foot building houses 347 students and officially opened in September 2006. It features energy and water conserving fixtures and systems, including waterless urinals and dual flush toilets, resulting in 58 percent less energy demand and a 36 percent reduction in water use. The primary heat source for Langdon Woods is provided through a waste-heat cogeneration plant housed on-campus. Each student upon move-in to Langdon Woods receives a 6-month supply of organic cleaning kits, and green building education is disseminated via brochure, signage in the public spaces, and building tours conducted by PSU staff.
See also: Listing of green residence halls (AASHE members only)

2. Saint Xavier U Residence Hall Receives LEED Gold Certification
Saint Xavier University's Arthur Rubloff Hall has received LEED Gold certification. The 88-bed residence hall includes carpeting made of recycled plastics, a roof with 1,000 square feet of low-maintenance plants for heating and cooling retention, and dual-flush toilets. 90 percent of the building's lighting comes from natural sources; and the heating units are 90 percent more efficient and 50 percent smaller than more traditional units. In addition, 100 percent of the building's power consumption are generated from renewable energy sources. Saint Xavier University is the first college or university in Illinois to receive the LEED Gold designation for one of its buildings.
See also: Virtual tour of Rubloff Hall

3. 12 New Campuses Sign Presidents Climate Commitment
12 new institutions 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: Ronald D. Liebowitz of Middlebury College, Peter M. Donohue of Villanova University, Rodolfo Arevalo of Eastern Washington University, Kay Schallenkamp of Black Hills State University, Clara Yu of Monterey Institute of International Studies, Timothy J. Flanagan of Framingham State College, Robert V. Antonucci of Fitchburg State College, Bettsey L. Barhorst of Madison Area Technical College, Jennifer Wimbish of Cedar Valley College, Brian King of Cabrillo College, Philip P. Kerstetter of Kansas Wesleyan University, and R. Thomas Flynn of Monroe Community College. 251 college and university presidents and chancellors have now signed the Commitment.

4. UW-Stevens Point Purchases Renewable Energy
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP) and Wisconsin Public Service signed a NatureWise purchase agreement today in which UWSP will purchase an additional $8,000 per year of renewable energy for the main campus. This renewable energy purchase through UWSP administration will be in addition to previous purchases made by the UWSP Student Government Association, Resident Hall Association and the Residential Living Office. This will increase overall main campus usage to 16.4 percent renewable electrical energy, making UWSP the largest purchaser of renewable energy out of all the UW campuses.

5. George Washington Seniors Leave Green Class Gift
Seniors at George Washington University have decided to create a Campus Green Fund as their class gift. The fund will be operated as an endowment and will fund sustainability projects on campus. The Senior Gift Coordinating Committee has raised more than $38,000 from seniors and parents to create this fund.

6. College of Wooster Runs Catering Van on Used Cooking Oil
College of Wooster is fueling its catering van with used cooking oil from the campus dining halls' fryers. The college generates about 50 gallons of waste cooking oil a week. The converted van will consume 10 to 15 gallons of that amount and if the vehicle performs as well as anticipated, college may convert one or two more of its diesel vehicles to SVO.

7. Rice Begins Construction of Utility Plant with Green Features
Construction is beginning this month on Rice University's $54.5 million South Utility Plant. The plant design incorporates a variety of features to reduce its environmental impact. For example, conditioned spaces in the plant will be cooled and heated by a geothermal heat pump and condensate from air-handling units at a nearby building will be piped back to the plant for use in the cooling towers rather than being discharged into city storm sewers. The plant will also include a control room where Rice students can see energy modeling and monitoring software used to reduce building energy usage.

8. Duke Forms $1M Climate Change Policy Partnership with ConocoPhillips
ConocoPhillips has pledged $1 million to support Duke University's Climate Change Policy Partnership (CCPP), an industry-university collaboration working to develop policies that address global climate change. The CCPP is a four-year initiative launched last year by Duke University and Duke Energy to leverage the resources of Duke University to determine practical strategies to respond to the pressing challenges of global climate change. The CCPP's focus is to address questions on climate change science and policy and initiate research to fill data gaps.

9. Chicago Tribune Covers Campus Sustainability (link no longer available)
The Chicago Tribune has published an article describing sustainability efforts underway on Illinois campuses. The article describes a vermicomposting operation at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale; renewable energy purchasing at Northwestern; dorm energy competitions at University of Chicago, a renewable energy fee increases at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Northeastern Illinois University.

10. Farmer's Market Comes to Rice University
Rice University is providing space free of charge to host the Houston Farmer's Market once a week. The move is part of the university's Vision for the Second Century goal of becoming more engaged with the Houston. The relocation from the existing site allows space for more vendors and provides maximum visibility to encourage neighborhood participation. Holding the market on campus is also intended to give Rice students, faculty and staff another venue for educational forums. Rice's Faculty Club plans to use products from the market so as to support local farmers.

New Resources

 

11. Comparison of Big Ten Universities on Environmental Criteria
The Spring 2007 issue of EJ Magazine contains a series of focused on "Big Ten Environmentalism." The articles compare the big 10 universities on environmental criteria related to energy consumption, recycling, and transportation. Another article describes environmental initiatives underway at each of the Big Ten universities.

12. Alumni Climate Commitment
The Alumni Climate Commitment is a program to raise awareness about global warming issues among alumni returning to their colleges for reunions. The Commitment provides graduates with an opportunity to encourage their alma matas to make climate change solutions a top priority. The Commitment includes a pledge that returning alumni could be asked to sign, urging their alma maters, communities, and peers to work towards sustainable lifestyles and practices.

Opportunities

 

13. 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

 

14. Director, Institutes of Energy and the Environment, Penn State
The Pennsylvania State University seeks applications for a Director of the Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment (PSIEE). The PSIEE was established in 1999 to develop and integrate new knowledge of the biological and physical environment and its impact on individual and social well-being. The objectives of PSIEE are: to increase the visibility of Penn State's energy and environmental research and education programs; to facilitate the ability of faculty and students to address opportunities that require interdisciplinary interaction and collaboration; and to engender new research and education directions. The responsibilities of the Director include: (1) administering the core multidisciplinary research facility with research contracts of approximately $42 million in active contracts; (2) proactively fostering collaboration among the core colleges and developing policies and faculty incentives for active faculty participation, which builds an atmosphere of inclusion of diverse perspectives; (3) chairing the faculty coordinating council, which oversees all PSIEE activities and provides leadership, direction, and vision; (4) identifying faculty opportunities and coordinating research programs; (5) coordinating undergraduate and graduate programs in environmental and energy studies across colleges; and (6) serving as liaison between the University's energy and environmental programs and state, national, and international energy and environmental organizations. Review of applications will begin on May 14, 2007 and will continue until the position is filled.

15. Energy Manager, University at Albany
The University at Albany Office of University Facilities Operations is seeking a highly motivated individual for the position of University Energy Manager. The successful candidate for this position will direct and manage energy management programs with the goal of increasing campus energy efficiency, reducing operating costs, and maximizing external grants and incentives. Duties include: develop and track utility budgets; recommend and enact energy policies; promote conservation initiatives throughout the campus community; and support campus environmental sustainability efforts. The position requires knowledge of energy best practices applicable to institutions of higher education and active involvement with campus planning, operations, and maintenance staff to identify and quantify beneficial efficiency upgrades.

16. Instructor in Environmental Studies, Bowling Green State U
Bowling Green State University seeks a full-time Instructor in Environmental Studies. Applicants must demonstrate an ability and commitment to effective teaching at the undergraduate level and to working collaboratively with program faculty and staff. In addition, the successful candidate will coordinate the internship program within the Center for Environmental Programs. Applicants should have an M.S. or M.A. degree (Ph.D. preferred) in an environmentally related field. Applications are due by June 1, 2007.

17. Faculty of Environmental Studies, Sarah Lawrence College
Sarah Lawrence College has a one-year, full-time opening for a guest appointment in Environmental Studies/Science and Technology Studies, starting fall 2007. The college is seeking an applicant who specializes in studying environmental issues from an STS perspective. Candidates should have teaching experience and a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching. Review of applications will begin May 15th and continue until the position is filled.

18. Waste Management & Recycling Specialist, San Jose State U
San Jose State University seeks an Integrated Waste Management, Recycling & Moving Services Specialist. This position provides all programmatic, fiscal, and administrative functions of the recycling and waste management program. The position develops and implements policies and procedures that promote recycling and related programs on campus; assures compliance with all Federal, State and local regulations governing recycling and non-hazardous solid waste; serves as the liaison with various local and State agencies. The position has fiscal responsibility for the annual integrated waste management budget, including development and oversight; oversees and administers several contracts for recycling and waste management. A bachelor's degree, preferably in environmental sciences or a related field, and two years of experience in administration of a waste management program are required. The position is open until filled.

Events

 

19. 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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