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Table of Contents for 6/7/07:

NEWS
1. College-Bound Students More Concerned With Environm't than Job Market
2. Wash. U in St. Louis to Invest $55M in Renewable Energy Research
3. U Vermont School of Environment Works to Diversify
4. 12 New Campuses Sign Presidents Climate Commitment
5. Coastal Carolina Student Government Supports Green Fee
6. St. Lawrence College's Energy House Expands
7. Adidas and UW Madison Reach Agreement on Unpaid Factory Workers
8. MIT Students Find $1M in Potential Energy Savings from Fume Hoods
9. U Utah Launches New Recycling Program
10. National Udall Legacy Bus Tour to Highlight Sustainability on Campuses
11. Dartmouth Students Plan 3rd Big Green Bus Tour
12. U Saskatchewan Works to Green Major Conference

NEW RESOURCES
13. Profile of Harvard's Sustainability Initiatives

OPPORTUNITIES
14. Youth Delegation to UN Climate Negotiations

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
15. Residence Life Ecovillage Coordinator, Berea College
16. Sustainability Officer, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
17. Project Coordinator, Office of Sustainability, Tufts University
18. Northwest Freedom from Oil Campus Organizer, Global Exchange

EVENTS
19. Web Conference on Financing Renewable Energy on Campus

News

 

1. College-Bound Students More Concerned About Environment than Job Market (link no longer available)
In a recent survey by Key Education Resources, 18 percent of students planning to attend college this fall said that their number one social concern is the environment, while only 11 percent of the students ranked the job market as their number one concern. In contrast, 29 percent of parents said the job market was their top concern when they applied to college.

2. Wash. U in St. Louis to Invest $55M in Renewable Energy Research
Washington University in St. Louis is creating a new International Center for Advanced Renewable Energy and Sustainability (I-CARES) to encourage and coordinate university-wide and external collaborative research in the areas of renewable energy and sustainability - including biofuels, CO2 mitigation and coal-related issues. The University will invest more than $55 million in the initiative, which seeks to foster institutional, regional and international research on the development and production of biofuels from plant and microbial systems and the exploration of sustainable alternative energy and environmental systems and practices. I-CARES will be a part of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research. Additionally, the University will create five new endowed professorships in the fields of energy, environment and sustainability.

3. U Vermont School of Environment Works to Diversify
University of Vermont's Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources is working to diversify its student body. The School's efforts include funding multicultural scholarships and recruiting from urban areas. In May, the example the School hosted a group of New York City high school students. The School is spending $1 million (including two federal grants and a private gift) on its diversity efforts this year.

4. 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: Modesto Maidique of Florida International University, Thomas R. Tritton of Haverford College, Mary Spangler of Houston Community College, Linwood H. Rose of James Madison University, Stephen C. Ainlay of Union College, Raymond S. Greenburg of Medical University of South Carolina, Dennis F. Michaelis of McLennan Community College, Arnold Speert of William Paterson University, Joan Develin Coley of McDaniel College, Joseph E. Gilmour of Wilkes University, Judson R. Shaver of Marymount Manhattan College, and Richard D. Fulton of Whatcom Community College. 284 college and university presidents and chancellors have now signed the Commitment.

5. Coastal Carolina Student Government Supports Green Fee
The Coastal Carolina University Student Government Association has passed a voluntary green fees resolution. The resolution, which won honors as the best student legislation of the year, would allow students to add $10 to their tuition each semester, to be used to purchase renewable energy and make energy-efficiency upgrades on campus. The fee would provide up to $160,000 per school year.

6. St. Lawrence College's Energy House Expands
St. Lawrence College has added a geothermal energy system to its "Energy House," an off-grid alternative energy demonstration facility. The system will be used for applied research with partners at Queen's University. The research will focus on combining solar hot water systems with borehole thermal energy storage and recovery. The Energy House also incorporates a variety of other renewable energy technologies for purposes of education, public demonstration and applied research.

7. Adidas and U Wisconsin Madison Reach Agreement on Unpaid Factory Workers
In response to a request from UW-Madison Chancellor John Wiley, the adidas Group is pledging new efforts to curb labor "blacklisting" and to help secure jobs for the former workers of one of its subcontractors. Over the past month, Wiley has engaged in continuing discussions with the company in an effort to resolve outstanding issues of back pay and new employment for former workers of the now-closed Hermosa Manufacturing, an apparel producer located in Apopa, El Salvador. Upon completion of an April on-site review by the university's Labor Licensing Policy Committee called on the company to show new progress addressing those issues. In response, adidas agreed to relaunch a rehiring effort for the workers affected by the Hermosa closing by sending them a letter encouraging them to reapply to nearby Partex and Chi Fung factories, or other factories in which adidas has subcontracting work. Adidas will ask that factories place a priority on rehiring competitively qualified former Hermosa workers due to possible black listing and the length of their unemployment. Adidas has also committed to re-communicating with each of its local suppliers in El Salvador that it will not tolerate black listing of any job candidates.

8. MIT Students Find $1M in Potential Energy Savings from Fume Hoods
MIT students studying energy use by fume hoods have determined that the Institute could save up to $1 million dollars a year through better fume hood management. The research found that many fume hoods are left open when not in use, wasting large amounts of energy. In response to the research, the Institute has launched an educational initiative to inform students about the issue, and to encourage them to close the hoods when they are finished with them.

9. U Utah Launches New Recycling Program
A new campus-wide recycling program has started at University of Utah. Under the new program, recycling bins for paper will be placed in every classroom as well as offices and residence halls. Previously, recycling bins were not found widely on campus and the recycling program was run by volunteers. The new program comes after tests found that recycling more than doubled in areas where recycling bins were provided. The University is spending nearly $310,000 to support the new program.

10. National Udall Legacy Bus Tour to Highlight Sustainability on Campuses
Thirteen Udall Scholars will soon begin a two-month journey across the United States to honor the legacy of Congressman Morris K. Udall by highlighting people and institutions nationwide who are finding solutions to pressing environmental and Native American issues. Dubbed the Udall Legacy Bus tour, they will travel across the country visiting and volunteering with innovative initiatives in over two dozen places -- including 10 college and university campuses. The tour will travel in the first motor coach to receive "green coach certification" from a new University of Vermont program; will be fueled by a blend of B-20 biodiesel and ultra low sulfur diesel; and will purchase carbon offsets through a variety of providers to make the tour carbon-neutral. The tour is organized by the Morris K. Udall Foundation, which awards scholarships, internships and fellowships to students interested in environmental and Native American issues.

11. Dartmouth Students Plan 3rd Big Green Bus Tour
13 Dartmouth students will be visiting more than 45 cities this summer in a "Big Green Bus" on a mission to empower Americans to reduce their environmental impact. This is the third incarnation of the Big Green Bus, which demonstrates both the cutting edge, as well as tried and true techniques of alternative energy systems. The bus, which will serve as home for the students, is outfitted with a solar panel, a telescoping wind turbine, on-board waste composting, pedal generators, and a sustainably-harvested hardwood floor.

12. U Saskatchewan Works to Green Major Conference
University of Saskatchewan is hosting this year's Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences and is working to reduce the environmental impact of event. The Congress, an 8-day event with over 5,500 participants, is the largest multi-disciplinary gathering of scholars in North America. To minimize waste production during the event, the University is using biodegradable plates and utensils which will be composted on campus, adding additional recycling stations, and will be selling recyclable travel mugs at a discount to participants. Congress participants will have fare-free access to public transportation.

New Resources

 

13. Profile of Harvard's Sustainability Initiatives
Harvard's Office of News and Public Affairs has produced a special feature focusing on Harvard's sustainability efforts. The series of articles includes profiles of Harvard staff and how they are incorporating sustainability into their work. The series also includes a Harvard sustainability timeline, as well as articles about Harvard's efforts in green building, sustainability teaching and research, and more.

Opportunities

 

14. Youth Delegation to UN Climate Negotiations
The SustainUS Agents of Change program is now accepting applications to join the SustainUS youth delegation to the Thirteenth session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and second meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (COP13 and COP/MOP3), which will be held in Bali, Indonesia, from December 3-14, 2007. The SustainUS delegation, comprised of key leaders in the youth climate movement, will have the unique opportunity to represent American youth at the COP, which will determine the future of international policy on climate change. Delegates will work with each other and with international youth in advance of the conference to educate themselves, develop policy priorities, acquire skills in effective lobbying, and engage the broader youth population in a conversation about international climate policy. Applications are due by June 17, 2007.

Jobs & Internships

 

15. Residence Life Ecovillage Coordinator, Berea College
Berea College is in search of a Coordinator for the Ecovillage, an ecologically and socially sustainable residential and learning complex designed to meet the housing and living needs of single/married student families. Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to, overseeing a learning environment in a residential facility for students with families. Other duties includes coordinating services (campus, local, state, and federal) for single parent families, as well as services for an off campus non-traditional student population, hiring, training and supervising 8-10 Community Assistants, handling housing agreements, student account billing, facilities management, crisis management, counseling referrals, managing an operating budget, monitoring energy use and working collaboratively with the Sustainability and Environmental Studies Program (SENS) and Child Development Lab (CDL) to promote a sustainable community. The Coordinator will be furnished an apartment in the Ecovillage; onsite residence is required for this position. A Master's degree in Higher Education Administration, Social Work or related field is required, and minimum of 3-5 years of professional experience working with various undergraduate populations is preferable. Candidates should apply immediately.

16. Sustainability Officer, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology seeks a Sustainability Officer to coordinate the development of energy and environmental strategies in order to assist the Institute in performing more efficiently. The position is based in the Office of the President, and reports to the Chief of Staff. The closing date for applications is June 17.

17. Project Coordinator, Office of Sustainability, Tufts University
Tufts University's Office of Sustainability seeks a Project Coordinator to assist with project research and implementation, and to develop outreach to the university community including written newsletters, web-based material and other promotional and information material. Applicants should have a Bachelor's degree and two to five years of relevant experience. A graduate degree is preferred. This is a part-time position (3 - 4 days/week) with the possibility of full time. The position is open until filled.

18. Northwest Freedom from Oil Campus Organizer, Global Exchange
Global Exchange seeks a Northwest Freedom from Oil Campus Organizer to identify and support on-campus groups to implement sustainable transportation projects. They will also help set up oil addicts anonymous chapters, coordinate speaker and training opportunities on campus and help campus groups in taking other steps in declaring energy independence. The position is open until filled.

Events

 

19. 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.

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