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Table of Contents for 6/14/07:

NEWS
1. Presidents Climate Commitment Signatories Attend Leadership Summit
2. 31 NYC Campuses Commit to Cut Carbon Emissions by 30% by 2017
3. Harvard Building Receives Energy Star Designation
4. Lynchburg College to Hold Year of the Environment
5. UC Santa Cruz Dining Hall Receives Green Certification
6. Ohio Colleges Receive Grants for Waste Reduction
7. U Minnesota Regents Approve Biomass Plant Construction at UM Morris
8. UW-Parkside to Hire 3 Student Environmental Stewards
9. Rice Expands Fair Trade Coffee Offerings

NEW RESOURCES
10. Concordia Campus Sustainability Assessment 2006
11. NYU Sustainability Task Force Annual Report

OPPORTUNITIES
12. RFP: Fort Lewis College Sustainability Assessment
13. Green Power Leadership Awards
14. Focus the Nation Student Awards
15. AASHE Sustainability Leadership Awards

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
16. Executive Director of Sustainability & Energy Management, Stanford
17. Project Manager, Partnership for a Green City, U of Louisville

EVENTS
18. Deploying Green Facilities on Campus Web Conference

News

 

1. Presidents Climate Commitment Signatories Attend Leadership Summit
Over 70 college and university presidents attended the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment Leadership Summit in Washington DC. Participants heard from leading scientists and thinkers on climate change as well as policy makers like John Kerry and Stephen Johnson, discussed strategies for implementing the Commitment, and participated in a press conference and signing ceremony. Meanwhile, another 10 institutions have signed the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment since the last update in AASHE Bulletin. The new signatories are: Pamela Gann of Claremont McKenna College, Preston Pulliams of Portland Community College, James W. Schmotter of Western Connecticut State University, Janelle C. Ashley of Worcester State College, Stephen R. Briggs of Berry College, Michael J. Vinciguerra of University of St. Francis, Karol A. LaCroix of Granite State College, Robert E. Knott of Catawba College, Paul C. Pribbenow of Augsburg College, and Sheila Ortego of Santa Fe Community College. 294 college and university presidents and chancellors have now signed the Commitment.
See also: New York Times article on ACUPCC
See also: Washington Post article
See also: Los Angeles Times article (link no longer available)
See also: Associated Press wire story (link no longer available)
See also: Chronicle of Higher Education article
See also: Inside Higher Ed article

2. 31 NYC Campuses Commit to Cut Carbon Emissions by 30% by 2017
New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has announced that nine universities have accepted his challenge for reducing their greenhouse emissions 30% in the next ten years, matching the commitment the Mayor has made for emissions from City operations. The participating institutions are Barnard, Columbia, Cooper Union, CUNY (23 campuses), Fordham, New York University, Pratt, St. John's University, and The New School. Each of the universities, known as 2030 Challenge Partners, will create an inventory of their greenhouse gas emissions along with a plan for how they intend to achieve their reductions. The City will work with all of its challenge partners to share best practices and develop a body of knowledge that can help all of them achieve the targets with maximum efficiency. "I want to applaud these universities for accepting our challenge. Universities are really the right group to lead the charge on climate change," said Mayor Bloomberg.
See also: NYU press release
See also: Columbia University press release
See also: Fordham press release
See also: Barnard College press release

3. Harvard Building Receives Energy Star Designation
The Shattuck International House dormitory, part of the Harvard School of Public Health, has become one of the first dormitories in the country to earn an Energy Star Label, which is given to buildings that demonstrate superior energy performance. The Shattuck House's efforts to improve energy efficiency are focused on lighting, heating and ongoing outreach to residents. To decrease power usage in its computer lab, all computers have power management software enabled. Tenants shut down computers when they are finished using them, and the staff shuts down any computers left on. To reduce lighting energy use, building managers installed occupancy sensors in all basement common areas and replaced incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescents throughout the building. EPA calculates that the Shattuck House used 29 percent less energy than similar buildings with average energy performance, and saves over $38,000 in energy expenditures each year.

4. Lynchburg College to Hold Year of the Environment
Lynchburg College has dubbed 2007-08 the Year of the Environment with a theme of "A Greener Tomorrow Today." The College is undertaking a yearlong campaign to make the campus and its inhabitants more aware of their impact on the Earth, and to make changes that will lessen that impact. Part of the impetus for this focus came from LC President Kenneth Garren's signing of the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment. While some of the Year of the Environment events are still in the planning stage, several - including participation in Focus the Nation, a conference on biodiversity, and a variety of speaking engagements - are already scheduled

5. UC Santa Cruz Dining Hall Receives Green Certification
The UCSC Crown/Merrill Dining Hall is the first restaurant in Santa Cruz to receive green certification from the city of Santa Cruz. The certification process took about a year, and entailed a variety of changes, including new energy-efficient appliances and better waste disposal techniques. Organizers hope to get all of UCSC's dining halls certified by the end of 2007.

6. Ohio Colleges Receive Grants for Waste Reduction
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has awarded a total of $318,337 to support recycling and waste reduction programs at nine Ohio public colleges and universities: Ohio State University, University of Akron, Youngstown State University, Bowling Green State University, Owens Community College, Ohio University, Shawnee State University, Miami University, and Wright State University. The colleges and universities receiving funds have proposed to set up or expand campus-wide recycling of numerous materials, perform campus waste audits, recycle at special events and implement waste reduction projects. Each recipient will provide a 50 percent match, based on the funding amount awarded.

7. U Minnesota Regents Approve Biomass Plant Construction at UM Morris
The University of Minnesota Board of Regents has given final approval for construction of a biomass plant on the campus of the University of Minnesota, Morris. The campus expects the biomass gasification facility to heat up to 80 percent of its buildings and to replace approximately $500,000 of natural gas purchases with local corn stover and other agricultural residue purchased from the nearby farms. Construction on the facility will begin in July with scheduled completion in spring 2008. The total project cost is $8,956,000, which includes grant money.

8. UW-Parkside to Hire 3 Student Environmental Stewards
University of Wisconsin-Parkside is hiring 3 Student Environmental Stewards to lead an effort to involve UWP students in all aspects of creating an environmentally-friendly campus. The stewards will be expected to generate environmental interest and enthusiasm among their fellow students. Stewards will receive up to $1000 in hourly compensation over the course of the 2007-2008 academic year.

9. Rice Expands Fair Trade Coffee Offerings
Rice University's food serveries have agreed to use fair-trade coffee starting this fall. The decision was "market-driven" according to a campus official, and came in response to a survey indicating strong support for fair-trade coffee among students. The coffee will come from a Houston-based roaster.

New Resources

 

10. Concordia Campus Sustainability Assessment 2006
Concordia University has released its 2006 Campus Sustainability Assessment. The report provides an understanding of the university's research, academics, operations, and community, identifying obstacles and opportunities for sustainable development. Among other things, the 300-page report uses over 150 indicators to examine Concordia's sustainability performance.

11. NYU Sustainability Task Force Annual Report
The NYU Sustainability Task Force has released its Annual Report and Recommendations to the University Administration. The report includes an overview of the university's efforts and new initiatives this past year, and a set of project and policy recommendations developed by each of the Task Force's Subcommittees.

Opportunities

 

12. RFP: Fort Lewis College Sustainability Assessment
Fort Lewis College is seeking proposals from a sustainability consultant or firm to collect and summarize quantitative and qualitative data that the College can use to create a Sustainability Action Plan. The assessment will include: a summary of baseline data on sustainability and trends for at least the past five years; a compilation of sustainability actions that Fort Lewis College has already taken; and a list of prioritized recommendations. The audit will take place between July 2007 and January 2008.

13. Green Power Leadership Awards
The Seventh Annual Green Power Leadership Awards nomination period is now open. Sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the Center for Resource Solutions, the Green Power Leadership Awards are competitive awards that recognize outstanding commitments and achievements in green power. Institutions of higher education are eligible for the Green Power Purchaser Awards, which will be given to Partners of EPA's Green Power Partnership. Awards will be given for both on-site green power production and green power purchases. Nominations are due by July 6, 2007.

14. Focus the Nation Student Awards
The Focus Awards recognize organizations and individuals who have shown leadership with regard to clean energy technology, reduction of carbon emissions, and raising awareness about climate change. The awards recognize that organizations and individuals can contribute in a variety of ways. One award will be given to a college/university student. Once nominations are closed, five final nominees will be selected for each award by a committee of students and climate change dignitaries. After the final nominees are chosen, the winners will be determined through a public, online vote.

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. Executive Director of Sustainability & Energy Management, Stanford
Stanford University's Land, Buildings and Real Estate Department seeks to hire an Executive Director to oversee development and implementation of a comprehensive program for sustainability and energy management at Stanford University. The successful candidate will lead the newly established Department of Sustainability and Energy Management which will have full authority and responsibility over sustainable initiatives involving the operation of the University's facility infrastructure and parking and transportation programs. In addition, this position will involve developing, implementing, managing and verifying the effectiveness of the University's sustainability initiatives, as well as the operation of the utility infrastructure, energy management and Transportation Demand Management programs. The position will report to the Associate Vice President for Academic Projects and Operations. The ideal candidate should have at least ten years of relevant professional experience as well as an advanced degree.

17. Project Manager, Partnership for a Green City, U of Louisville
University of Louisville seeks a Project Manager to direct a Partnership between the University of Louisville, Jefferson County Public Schools, and Louisville Metro Government to identify and direct teams to improve these public institutions' environmental sustainability. The focus of the Partnership is on environmental health, environmental education, and sustainable management practices. The Partnership supports nine teams with over 90 members. The position is jointly funded and has been established at the University of Louisville reporting to the UofL Vice President for Research and representatives from Jefferson County Public Schools, and Louisville Metro Government. Applicants should have a Masters degree and 3 years of relevant experience. Applications are due by August 3, 2007.

Events

 

18. 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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