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Table of Contents for 5/31/07:

NEWS
1. U-Pass Coming to U Alberta and Grant MacEwan College
2. South Dakota Universities to Receive Wind Power
3. Duquesne Introduces MBA Program Emphasizing Sustainability
4. Green Showcase Home to be Constructed at Furman U
5. U Washington Joins Anti-Sweatshop Designated Suppliers Program
6. Smith College Ends Contract with Coke Over Human Rights Concerns
7. 7 New Campuses Sign Presidents Climate Commitment
8. Christianity Today Covers Campus Sustainability
9. Ithaca College Breaks Ground on New Green Building
10. Middlebury Class of 2007 Gift Supports Environmental Efforts
11. Western Illinois U Receives Grant to Fund Lighting Upgrades
12. Alfred State College Receives Donation for Solar Panels
13. Texas A&M and Chevron Form Biofuels Research Alliance

NEW RESOURCES
14. Proceedings of NE Campus Sustainability Consortium 2006 Conference

OPPORTUNITIES
15. AASHE Sustainability Leadership Awards

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
16. Sustainability Manager, UC San Francisco
17. Green Campus Senior Program Associate, Alliance to Save Energy
18. Visiting Asst. Professor of Environmental Studies, Oberlin College
19. Associate Director, Shell Center for Sustainability, Rice University

EVENTS
20. Deploying Green Facilities on Campus Web Conference

News

 

1. U-Pass Coming to U Alberta and Grant MacEwan College
The students and administration at the University of Alberta and Grant MacEwan College, as well as the Edmonton, St. Albert and Strathcona municipal councils have approved the creation of a Universal Transit Pass (U-Pass) program. Under the program, students from the University of Alberta and Grant MacEwan College will have unlimited fare-free access to public transportation in the region. This spring, students at both institutions overwhelmingly voted in favor of the $75 per term increase in student fees necessary to pay for the program.

2. South Dakota Universities to Receive Wind Power
South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Heartland Consumers Power District which states that South Dakota wind energy will be used to meet the additional power needs at South Dakota State University and the University of South Dakota. The MOU updates an existing agreement originally created in 1976 for Heartland to supply growing energy needs at SDSU and USD. Under the original agreement, Heartland was to meet the energy demand at SDSU and USD that exceeded the universities' Western Area Power Authority power allocation. The new agreement ensures that the power will come from South Dakota wind industry.

3. Duquesne Introduces MBA Program Emphasizing Sustainability
Duquesne University will launch a new Masters of Business Administration in Sustainability this fall, infusing financial, social and environmental responsibility into the hard-skills classes of more typical MBA degrees. This new approach responds to a realization in industry that businesses can best be profitable, competitive and enduring when they are mindful of their responsibilities in social and environmental areas as well as financial ones. The best practices for managing what is known as the three pillars of business - financial, social and environmental capital - are incorporated into every course presented in the MBA degree in Sustainability.
See also: Program homepage
See also: Listing of graduate programs in sustainable business (AASHE members only)

4. Green Showcase Home to be Constructed at Furman U
Furman University will serve as the location for a 2008 Southern Living Showcase Home that will be a model of "green" design, renewable energy and operating efficiency. "The Cliffs Cottage," as the house is called, will be among the first residential homes in America to receive LEED certification. It will also be the first environmentally sustainable Southern Living Showcase Home. The Showcase Home will be open for public tours for one year, and it is expected to draw as many as 30,000 visitors from across the country. At the end of the public phase, the home will revert to Furman and be retrofitted as the university's Center for Sustainability, which will provide office and meeting space for a growing array of sustainability initiatives. The home will include variety of sustainability features, including a geothermal ground source heat pump, a solar photovoltaic electrical system, an organic vegetable garden, and rainwater collection for irrigation. The home will also feature Energy Star-rated appliances, low VOC paints, sustainable flooring and other green products. Construction will be completed by June 2008.

5. U Washington Joins Anti-Sweatshop Designated Suppliers Program
University of Washington has agreed to join the Designated Suppliers Program to help ensure that UW apparel is made in factories that "have been determined, through independent verification, to be in compliance with their obligation to respect the rights of their employees, including the right to organize and bargain collectively and the right to be paid a living wage." The program, which is administered by the Workers Rights Consortium, has also been endorsed by 32 other institutions.

6. Smith College Ends Contract with Coke Over Human Rights Concerns
Smith College President Carol T. Christ has sent a letter to Coca-Cola notifying the corporation that it will not be permitted to participate in the college's upcoming soft drink bidding process. The move comes at the recommendation of the College's Soft Drink Advisory Committee, which expressed concern about Coca-Cola's alleged role in human rights abuses in Columbia and environmental degradation in India. In reaching its recommendation, the Advisory Committee, comprised of faculty, staff and students, conducted an extensive review of written materials provided both by Coca-Cola and the Coke Off Campus campaign and met with representatives from Coca-Cola to discuss the concerns raised by the committee.

7. 7 New Campuses Sign Presidents Climate Commitment
7 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: Barry Mills of Bowdoin College, Nancy D. Harrington of Salem State College, Peter T. Mitchell of Albion College, Kent John Chabotar of Guilford College, Jerry W. Weber, Kankakee Community College, Jay Helman of Western State College of Colorado, and Rose H. Johnson of Haywood Community College. 271 college and university presidents and chancellors have now signed the Commitment.
See also: Boston Globe Op-Ed on the ACUPCC

8. Christianity Today Covers Campus Sustainability
The May issue of Christianity Today contains an article entitled "Christian Colleges' Green Revolution" that describes sustainability activities underway at Christian colleges and universities. The article says that "Integrating creation care with academics is a growing emphasis on Christian campuses around the country" and highlights efforts at Calvin College, Goshen College, Gordon College, Judson College and other Christian campuses. According to the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, about 40 of its 105 North American member schools have adopted significant green initiatives.

9. Ithaca College Breaks Ground on New Green Building
Ithaca College recently held a formal groundbreaking ceremony for its new Gateway Building. The 58,000-square-foot office building is designed to achieve at least LEED Gold certification. The building incorporates a vegetated roof, lighting sensors, convection ventilation, and a geothermal heating and cooling system. Over 50% of the building's energy will come from renewable sources, and over 85% of the building's yearly water needs will be from collect rainwater.

10. Middlebury Class of 2007 Gift Supports Environmental Efforts
The members of the Middlebury College Class of 2007, who graduated on Sunday, May 27, have decided use their senior class gift to create a Green Fund. Money from the Green Fund will support the College's environmental projects, including sustainable campus initiatives, such as energy efficiency and alternative energy measures that will move the College closer to its goal of carbon neutrality. The fund will also enhance experiential learning opportunities related to the environment, and the program in environmental studies. With the support of an anonymous donor, the Class of 2007 was able to raise $92,577 to support the Fund.

11. Western Illinois U Receives Grant to Fund Lighting Upgrades
For the third consecutive year, Western Illinois University has received an Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation grant for energy efficient lighting upgrades. The most recent grant, which totals $249,870, will allow Physical Plant staff to retrofit existing fluorescent lighting fixtures in several buildings with high efficiency electronic ballasts and lamps that use 35 percent less energy than the original equipment. The project also includes replacing all incandescent light fixtures with energy efficient fluorescent fixtures. The new high efficiency lighting will reduce air conditioning loads in summer, as well as electrical demand during high cost periods of peak electrical usage. The completed project is expected to result in nearly $131,400 in costs savings per year.

12. Alfred State College Receives Donation for Solar Panels
Alfred State College School of Applied Technology has announced a $20,000 donation from BP America that will further the development of alternative energy instruction on the campus. The donation will help fund the development of a 5kW on-campus solar system that can be used to train students and show the public and businesses how a solar system operates.

13. Texas A&M and Chevron Form Biofuels Research Alliance
The Texas A&M Agriculture and Engineering BioEnergy Alliance and Chevron have announced that they have entered into a strategic research agreement to accelerate the production and conversion of crops for manufacturing ethanol and other biofuels from cellulose. The research will focus on several technology advancements to produce biofuels including: identifying, assessing, cultivating, and optimizing production of second-generation energy feedstocks for cellulose and bio-oils with a focus on non-food crops; characterizing and optimizing the design of dedicated bioenergy crops through advances in genomic sciences and plant breeding; developing integrated logistics systems associated with the harvest, transport, storage and conversion of bioenergy crops, and developing advanced biofuels processing technologies.

New Resources

 

14. Proceedings of NE Campus Sustainability Consortium 2006 Conference
The Yale Office of Sustainability has published Strategies for Institutionalizing Sustainability in Higher Education: Report on the Northeast Campus Sustainability Consortium 3rd Annual Conference and International Symposium. The 146-page report contains the text of keynote speeches as well as reports from each session of the conference.

Opportunities

 

15. 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

 

16. Sustainability Manager, UC San Francisco
The UCSF Capital Programs & Facilities Management Department is seeking an Environmental Sustainability Manager to coordinate all UCSF initiatives related to sustainability. Reporting to the Director of Facilities Management, the successful candidate will work with the UCSF Sustainability Committee to implement sustainable practices across the institution. A bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies or a related field and a minimum of seven years experience implementing environmental or sustainability programs is required for this position. Preference will be given to candidates with a master's degree in a related field and LEED accreditation.

17. Green Campus Senior Program Associate, Alliance to Save Energy
The Alliance to Save Energy is seeking a full-time Senior Program Associate to implement the California Green Campus Program out of its Oakland, CA office. The Green Campus Program is a student-driven energy efficiency and conservation initiative serving University of California and California State University Campuses throughout the state. The Green Campus Program employs and manages paid student interns on each participating campus, these interns develop and implement programs that foster energy efficient behaviors, and identify operations changes and retrofit opportunities on their campuses. The Senior Program Associate manages day-to-day program tasks of the Green Campus Program and makes a significant contribution to the program's strategic direction. A bachelor's degree and 1-2 years of professional experience are required. The start date is as soon as possible, and applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

18. Visiting Asst. Professor of Environmental Studies, Oberlin College
The Environmental Studies Program at Oberlin College seeks full-time, one-year replacement at rank of Visiting Assistant Professor. Appointment begins August 2007. Incumbent will teach a total of five classes including at least one section of our introductory course, Environment and Society, and at least three intermediate or upper-level courses. Applicants should have a Ph.D. degree in hand or expected by appointment, and a demonstrated interest and potential excellence in undergraduate teaching. The deadline for applications is 6/8/2007.

19. Associate Director, Shell Center for Sustainability, Rice University
The Shell Center for Sustainability at Rice University seeks an Associate Director to managing the Center's operations and to help ensure that the Center achieves its goal of supporting interdisciplinary research, education and outreach programs focused on the issue of sustainable development. A bachelor's degree and five years of related experience is required. The position is open until filled.

Events

 

20. 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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