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Table of Contents for 5/24/07:

NEWS
1. Southern New Hampshire U Goes Carbon Neutral
2. Stanford to Support Exxon Shareholder Resolution on Climate
3. U Washington Launches E-Media Recycling Initiative
4. Illinois State U to Offer Bachelors Degree in Renewable Energy
5. 8 New Campuses Sign Presidents Climate Commitment
6. Edinboro U of PA Plans Campus-Wide Conservation Program
7. Selkirk College to Offer Renewable Energy Technology Program
8. AP Covers End-of-Term Waste Reduction
9. Business Officer and Inside Higher Ed Cover Student Sustainability Efforts
10. Illinois State U Receives Grant for Major Lighting Upgrade
11. Harvard Wins Cambridge Go Green Award for Green Office Building
12. University of Illinois Approves Sudan Divestment Policy
13. Wheaton College Approves Sudan Divestment Policy

OPPORTUNITIES
14. CFP: Sustainability in Higher Education Research

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
15. Mgr, Solid Waste, Recycling and Environmental Compliance, NYU
16. Director, Center for Business Education, Aspen Institute
17. Program Manager, Fulton Center for Sustainable Living, Wilson College
18. Visiting Environmental Scholar, Goucher College

EVENTS
19. College and University Recycling Council Tour and Workshop
20. Web Conference on Financing Renewable Energy on Campus
21. Pre-conference Workshops on Sustainability at SCUP-42
22. Education for a Sustainable Future Teleconference

News

 

1. Southern New Hampshire U Goes Carbon Neutral
Southern New Hampshire University has entered into a renewable energy hedge with PPM Energy that will enable the University to stabilize its energy prices for 15 years and offset all of its carbon production. A renewable energy hedge is a financial agreement entered into by a renewable energy generator and a power customer that includes the sale of renewable energy credits and is intended to protect both partners against price volatility. The hedge contract guarantees the University a fixed price for 15 years of 7.6 cents per kilowatt-hour for the 15 million kWh of electricity it will use annually, including the estimated power use of buildings that will be constructed in the next two years. As part of the agreement, the university also will receive 17,500 renewable energy credits per year, enough to offset the 11,400 tons of carbon dioxide the university is projected to generate annually.

2. Stanford to Support Exxon Shareholder Resolution on Climate
Stanford University's Advisory Panel on Investment Responsibility has announced that the University will vote in favor of a shareholder resolution calling on ExxonMobil to set goals for reducing GHG emissions from both its operations and products. The decision is seen as particularly notable since ExxonMobil is a major funder the Stanford Global Climate and Energy Project (GCEP). A group of Stanford alumni, who campaigned in favor of the move, charge that ExxonMobil is exploiting the Stanford name by citing its support for GCEP in arguing against passage of the shareholder resolution. In March, a Stanford alumni rescinded a planned $2.5 million donation to the University because of concerns about the University's connection to Exxon.

3. U Washington Launches E-Media Recycling Initiative
University of Washington has launched an "E-media" recycling initiative that will allow people to recycle electronic media like tapes, CDs, DVDs, batteries, cell phones and ink jet cartridges. Twenty-four E-media recycling bins will be placed strategically around campus this month. Prior to the start of this program, people had to make special arrangements to have their electronic waste picked up. Recyclable materials will be collected once a week at the UW, though collection may increase if needed. Plastic commodities like CDs and DVDs will be sorted and sold to plastic manufacturing companies, while cell phones will be resold to cell phone companies.

4. Illinois State to Offer Bachelors Degree in Renewable Energy
Illinois State University's Board of Trustees have approved a new bachelors degree in renewable energy, which will include a technical sequence and an economics and public policy sequence. The degree is a multi-disciplinary undergraduate major that provides a broad overview of renewable energy industries. The degree will be administered by the Department of Technology, but will draw from existing courses in the Agriculture, Economics, Health Sciences, Geography-Geology, Mathematics Politics and Government and Physics departments. The program will add one new faculty position and 40 majors are anticipated to enroll by the fourth year of the program. Support for the program will initially come from a U.S. Department of Energy grant, and department resources will be used for long-term program support.

5. 8 New Campuses Sign Presidents Climate Commitment
8 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: C.D. Mote, Jr. of University of Maryland, Daniel Mark Fogel of University of Vermont, Robert D. Coombe of University of Denver, F. Ann Millner of Weber State University, Nancy Oliver Gray of Hollins University, W. Wayne Gardner of Toccoa Falls College, Donald D. Supalla of Rochester Community and Technical College, and William Richards of Orange County Community College (SUNY). 261 college and university presidents and chancellors have now signed the Commitment.

6. Edinboro U of PA Plans Campus-Wide Conservation Program
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania recently announced a 15-year, $9.7-million conservation program that is expected to lower the University's energy spending by $1.3 million per year and decease annual carbon dioxide emissions by an estimated 28.6 million pounds. The University will finance the work from the energy and operational savings the improvements generate. The savings are guaranteed by Honeywell under a performance contract with Edinboro. The facility improvements will include: replacing or repairing heating, ventilating and air conditioning units; retrofitting lighting fixtures; installing occupancy sensors; replacing plumbing devices to reduce water consumption; and adding a control system to centralize and optimize energy management. Thanks to the guaranteed savings, the University has also added a full-time staff member to manage energy use.

7. Selkirk College to Offer Renewable Energy Technology Program
A new Renewable Energy Technology program is slated to begin this fall at Selkirk College. Students will start by enrolling in the College's five-month Electrical Entry program, which is part of a certified electrical apprenticeship training program. After completing the Electrical Entry program, students may continue their electrical apprenticeship or focus their attention more fully on the Renewable Energy Technology program, which will include a series of new courses on renewable energy systems. These courses are currently under development; however, they will likely examine areas such as micro-hydro, biomass, geoexchange, wind, solar thermal and solar PV. There is also likely to be a course or courses that address system design, system integration and system control. As part of the new program, instructors have installed a functioning solar photovoltaic panel on campus.

8. AP Covers End-of-Term Waste Reduction (link no longer available)
The Associated Press has published an article about strategies campuses are employing to reuse the furniture, clothing and other usable materials left over when students leave campus for the summer. Some of the campuses described in the article collect the usable materials and donate them to charities, while others sell the materials and then donate the proceeds to charity.

9. Business Officer and Inside Higher Ed Cover Student Sustainability Efforts
The cover story in the April 2007 issue of Business Officer, which is produced by the National Association of College and University Business Officers, focuses on "Student-Led Sustainability." The article highlights the work of several student sustainability leaders and shows how students can work collaboratively with administrators to advance sustainability on campus. Meanwhile, a recent article in Inside Higher Ed describes student efforts to increase their fees for sustainability purposes. The article describes the approval sustainability fees at Oregon State, University of Florida, and several universities in Tennessee.
See also: Inside Higher Ed article

10. Illinois State U Receives Grant for Major Lighting Upgrade
Illinois State University has received a $250,000 grant for lighting upgrades from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation. Illinois State will use the grant money to upgrade nearly 6,400 lighting fixtures in 11 buildings across campus. The upgrades are expected to result in a 495 kW reduction in electricity use, which could save Illinois State approximately $250,000 annually. This marks the third year that Illinois State has received grant funding from the ICECF for energy efficient lighting upgrades. Over the past two years, thousands of fluorescent light fixtures in classroom buildings have been upgraded with new electric ballasts and T-8 fluorescent lamps.

11. Harvard Wins Cambridge Go Green Award for Green Office Building
Harvard University has been awarded a city of Cambridge Go Green Business Award, which recognizes business and institutional leaders for their efforts to create a more sustainable city. The award, in the energy category for a large organization, was given to University Operations Services (UOS) for the LEED Platinum Blackstone St. project, a 44,000-square-foot project that converted a brownfield site into office space. The building's green features include ground-source heat pumps for cooling the building; features that reduce summer energy use 42 percent below code; and features that reduce water use by 43 percent. Additionally, recycling and reuse of construction debris from the renovation resulted in more than 99 percent of construction waste diverted from landfills.

12. University of Illinois Approves Sudan Divestment Policy
The University of Illinois Board of Trustees has unanimously approved a Sudan divestment policy in response to concerns about genocide in Darfur. By June 30, the University will divest $2.3 million in direct investments in four publicly traded companies doing business with the Sudan government. The four companies are Deutsche Post, Hyundai Motors, Siemens AG and Total.

13. Wheaton College Approves Sudan Divestment Policy
The Wheaton Board of Trustees has voted unanimously to divest from its endowment holdings any direct investments in companies identified as conducting business in the Sudan. The college has divested itself of $60,000 investment in a company conducting business in the Sudan and committed to ''best effort'' screening to avoid future investments in companies doing business in Sudan. The Board of Trustees' decision is the culmination of more than eight months of discussion at Wheaton about genocide in Darfur. Students had organized a series of educational panels and public events to raise awareness about Darfur and to urge the college to divest.

Opportunities

 

14. CFP: Sustainability in Higher Education Research
Environmental Education Research (EER) is inviting submissions for a special issue on Sustainability in Higher Education Research. The special issue seeks to bring together researchers and research contributions on sustainability in higher education with the goal of strengthening empiricism and theory building. The special issue calls for literature reviews, reports on original SHE research, meta-analyses, contributions to SHE concepts and theory-building, papers on such topics as research needs and opportunities, gaps and deficiencies, and any other aspects of research and scholarship. Specifically invited are manuscripts from emerging sustainability in higher education researchers, from scholars from non-European countries and outside North America, and manuscripts with an inter- or transdisciplinary perspective. Proposals are due by June 15.

Jobs & Internships

 

15. Mgr, Solid Waste, Recycling and Environmental Compliance, NYU
The Facilities & Construction Management Division at New York University is seeking a Manager to oversee Solid Waste, Recycling and Environmental Compliance. In this role, he/she will provide NYU academic, administrative, and residential departments with solid waste management and recycling services. He/she will also ensure that the Facilities and Construction Management Division is in compliance with local, state, and national environmental regulations. The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor's degree and 4 years of relevant and increasingly responsible experience.

16. Director, Center for Business Education, Aspen Institute
Aspen Institute Business and Society Program seeks a Director to lead its newly-created Center for Business Education, based in New York City. The Center will work to influence MBA curriculum and research to ensure that business leaders are better prepared to manage the ethical, social, and environmental complexities of modern business. The Director will be responsible for the Center's overall strategic direction and financial sustainability. The Director will oversee and collaborate with professional staff who manage signature programs of the Center - including Beyond Grey Pinstripes, CasePlace.org, and our Corporate Governance and Accountability project. In addition, the Director will directly manage several streams of work, with a particular focus on projects that encourage MBA faculty to explore new, non-traditional topics in their teaching and research. Applicants should have 10+ years of relevant experience. Previous professional experience in an academic setting and an MBA/PhD are strongly preferred. This position requires content knowledge/expertise in a core business discipline and/or at least one of the following areas: corporate governance, sustainability (environmental and social), corporate social responsibility. The deadline for applications is 6/1/2007.

17. Program Manager, Fulton Center for Sustainable Living, Wilson College
Wilson College seeks a full-time program manager for the Fulton Center for Sustainable Living (FCSL). The manager will oversee all activities of the FCSL, including an organic farm with a CSA, sustainable energy projects, the Robin Van En Center, a biannual conference, and compost recycling efforts. S/he will also: work cooperatively with the faculty and the Director of Environmental Studies to forge connections between the FCSL and the curriculum; seek and administer grants; provide outreach to college, local, and national audiences; and advise the student environmental club. Applicants should have two years experience working with sustainability issues and projects; track record of securing grant money; master's degree in an ecologically-related field; and administrative experience. The position is open until filled.

18. 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

 

19. College and University Recycling Council Tour and Workshop
September 16, 2007; Denver, CO
College and University Recycling Council is holding a tour and workshop in conjunction with the National Recycling Council's 26th Annual Congress and Expo. Participants will tour the award winning University of Colorado Recycling Program in the morning. The afternoon workshop will include opportunities to network with other schools, trouble-shoot and learn about new college programs. From nuts-and-bolts to zero waste, this workshop will be appropriate for programs of all levels. The registration fee is $35 for tour, $45 for workshop or $75 for tour and workshop.

20. Web Conference on Financing Renewable Energy on Campus
October 9 + 11, 2007; 1-2:30pm EDT
Participants in this two-part web conference will learn practical considerations for establishing renewable energy projects on campus, including wind, solar, biomass, and low-temperature geothermal projects. Session I will address financing such projects, as well as guidelines for purchasing renewable energy certificates (RECs). Session II will address financial issues encountered when interconnecting with the local utility. Rob Lamppa, Senior Project Manager at Carleton College and Michael Philips, coauthor of The Business Case for Renewable Energy: A Guide for Colleges and Universities, will be the instructors.

21. Pre-conference Workshops on Sustainability at SCUP-42
July 7-8, 2007; Chicago, IL
Two pre-conference workshops at the Society for College and University Planning Annual Conference will focus on sustainability. The first, "Creating a Sustainable Campus Through Integrated Planning" is for campus planners, organizers or administrators who are in the midst of developing and integrating sustainability as a core value into their campus planning process. The second, "The Case for Green Chemistry: Integrating Sustainability into Curricula and Campus" is about incorporating sustainability into chemistry curricula and integrating sustainability into laboratory design.

22. 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. Speakers include: Debra Rowe, President, US Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development; Judy Walton, Director of Strategic Initiatives, AASHE; and Terry Calhoun, Director of Media Relations and Publications, Society for College and University Planning. Participation costs $30 ($24 for students).

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