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Table of Contents for 6/28/07:

NEWS
1. Largest Campus Sustainability Gathering Held in California
2. Northeastern Illinois U Green Fee to Enter Into Effect
3. Queen's University to Create Sustainability Office
4. UW River Falls Receives Grant for Sustainable Ag Project
5. 8 New Campuses Sign Presidents Climate Commitment
6. Duke Announces New Program to Donate Surplus Equipment
7. Green Mountain College To Test Plug-in Hybrid
8. University of Arkansas to Try LED Lighting
9. Mississippi State Students Win Sustainable Mobility Competition
10. U Alaska Anchorage Using Waste Vegetable Oil in Recycling Truck
11. Several Universities Partner on DOE-Funded Bioenergy Research Centers
12. U Georgia Partners with Mexican Universities on Biofuels
13. Santiago Canyon College Library Building Recognized for Green Design
14. Eastern Connecticut State University Receives GreenCircle Award

NEW RESOURCES
15. Presidents Climate Commitment Draft Implementation Guide
16. Campus Sustainability Movement: A Strategic Perspective

OPPORTUNITIES
17. AASHE Sustainability Leadership Award Applications Due
18. ClimateQuest Seeks Campus Hosts for Summer Programs for High School Students

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
19. Director, Gaylord Nelson Institute for Env. Studies, UW Madison
20. Asst. Prof, Urban Landscape Design for Env. Sustainability, U Florida

EVENTS
21. 2nd International Conference Higher Education for Sustainable Dev't
22. Deploying Green Facilities on Campus Web Conference

News

 

1. Largest Campus Sustainability Gathering Held in California
University of California, Santa Barbara recently hosted the sixth annual UC-CSU-CCC Sustainability Conference. The conference, which brought together more than 850 administrators, faculty, staff and students from University of California, California State University and California Community College campuses, is believed to have been the largest campus sustainability gathering in the US. The conference featured 11 different tracks and a total of 45 topic sessions ranging from green building to student life to sustainable food systems. In addition to presentations and discussions, the conference honored the 2007 Higher Education Energy Efficiency Partnership Best Practice Award winners. This year, 22 honorees were selected in areas such as building retrofits and operations, green buildings, sustainable transportation and student sustainability programs.

2. Northeastern Illinois U Green Fee to Enter Into Effect
A $3 per semester Campus Green Fee supported by 75% of voting students at Northeastern Illinois University this spring has been approved by the University's Board of Trustees. The fee is expected to raise about $90,000 annual to fund sustainable energy projects on campus.
See also: List of Mandatory Student Fees for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

3. Queen's University to Create Sustainability Office
Queen's University has allocated $65,000 to hire a sustainability director and establish a sustainability office to facilitate campus-wide environmental initiatives. The appointment of a sustainability director could happen as early as the fall.

4. UW River Falls Receives Grant for Sustainable Ag Project
University of Wisconsin-River Falls has received a $460,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for a sustainable agriculture collaboration between the University, Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC), and Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service. The grant will allow UWRF to establish a sustainable agriculture major within the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences and infuse sustainable agriculture content and practices into the college's other agriculture science programs. In addition, the grant will enable new courses in sustainable agriculture to be offered though CVTC. Finally, the federal grant also will provide for the creation of outreach seminars and workshops for area residents and agricultural producers as well as high school teachers and their students to learn the principles of sustainability and develop skills in organic food and fiber production and to connect with current industry practitioners.

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: Bob Brower of Point Loma Nazarene University, Paul L. Locatelli of Santa Clara University, E. William Beauchamp of University of Portland, Sanford J. Ungar of Goucher College, Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr. of The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Stephen K. Mittelstet of Richland College, Edward J. Yaw of County College of Morris, and Geoffrey M. Cox of Alliant International University. 315 college and university presidents and chancellors have now signed the Commitment.

6. Duke Announces New Program to Donate Surplus Equipment
Duke University is instituting a new program to donate of surplus material - including furniture, computers, medical and research equipment - to charities and non-profit groups both locally and internationally. The new program builds on Duke's computer exchange initiative, through which it has already donated more than 2,000 computers to Durham Public Schools and local nonprofits. Previously, the University had sold surplus materials through a surplus store.

7. Green Mountain College To Test Plug-in Hybrid
Green Mountain College has joined Central Vermont Public Service in a project to test the performance of a new plug-in hybrid car. The vehicle, a 2007 Toyota Prius, is capable of getting 100 miles per gallon of gas when its new high-capacity battery is fully charged. The College will retain the vehicle for at least a year to put it through a variety of driving conditions and collect data for the power company.

8. University of Arkansas to Try LED Lighting
University of Arkansas will be installing new six-inch LED recessed light fixtures in the Chancellor's Residence for general illumination. The LED lighting technology is expected to save the University between $400.00 and $800.00 per month compared to incandescent lighting sources, depending on actual daily usage. In a 20-year life-cycle cost comparison, including initial costs, the LED lighting will save the University up to $319,000.00 compared to incandescent, and $61,000.00 over fluorescent sources. Payback of the initial investment is estimated to be a little over one year from energy savings and reduced maintenance costs.

9. Mississippi State Students Win Sustainable Mobility Competition
Mississippi State University students have won the third annual Challenge X: Crossover to Sustainable Mobility competition. To participate in the competition, students from 17 universities from across North America re-engineered a 2005 Chevrolet Equinox crossover SUV using advanced propulsion technologies that increase fuel efficiency and reduce environmental impact, yet retain its consumer appeal. The Mississippi State team designed a through-the-road parallel hybrid electric vehicle with a 1.9-liter GM direct injection turbo diesel engine fueled by B20 biodiesel, achieving a 48% increase in fuel economy over the production vehicle. University of Wisconsin-Madison took second place, while Virginia Tech was awarded third place.

10. U Alaska Anchorage Using Waste Vegetable Oil in Recycling Truck
University of Alaska Anchorage's Recycling Committee has begun using waste vegetable oil from university dining halls to fuel its recycling truck. The Committee plans to partner with the UAA Automotive and Diesel Technology department to perform emissions, efficiency and other tests on the truck. The project was funded by a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency.

11. Several Universities Partner on DOE-Funded Bioenergy Research Centers
The U.S. Department of Energy has announced that it will invest up to $375 million in three new Bioenergy Research Centers. The Centers are intended to accelerate basic research in the development of cellulosic ethanol and other biofuels. The Centers will bring together diverse teams of researchers from 18 universities, seven DOE national laboratories, at least one nonprofit organization, and a range of private companies. The participating universities include: UC Berkeley, UC Davis, Stanford, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Michigan State University, University of Florida, Illinois State University, Iowa State University, Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Georgia, Dartmouth College, and University of Tennessee.

12. U Georgia Partners with Mexican Universities on Biofuels
The University of Georgia and 3 Mexican universities have formed a new research partnership to share expertise in generating energy from waste materials. The program is designed to provide Mexico's agricultural professionals the skills needed to analyze and support the management and conversion of waste to energy in the livestock sector,. Funded by the United States Agency for International Development, the partnership will sponsor a demand-driven, integrated and interdisciplinary program of training and technical support to the livestock industry in the Laguna region of Mexico. The program will provide scholarships for 18 students from Mexico and sponsor faculty exchanges of 12 Mexican faculty visiting the U.S and 10 UGA faculty visiting Mexico over a two year period.

13. Santiago Canyon College Library Building Recognized for Green Design
LPA, Inc. will receive a Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) excellence in architecture award for its design of the 39,900-square-foot Santiago Canyon College Library, which includes a variety of green design techniques. Sustainability features include: low-E glazing on windows to suppress radiative heat flow; vertical perforated solar fins and skylights to cool the building, energy efficient light fixtures and lamps, and a deep metal roof to protect and control direct sunlight.

14. Eastern Connecticut State University Receives GreenCircle Award
Eastern Connecticut State University's efforts to improve the environment were recently recognized with the receipt of a GreenCircle Award from the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection. In recent years, the University has replaced an obsolete heating system with a geothermal system to heat and cool a residence hall, created a 19-acre Arboretum for educational purposes, and installed five grid-independent photovoltaic solar panels on bus stops around campus.

New Resources

 

15. Presidents Climate Commitment Draft Implementation Guide
The supporting organizations of the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment have released a draft Implementation Guide for comment. The guide provides more detail on the specific obligations in the Commitment, explains technical issues related to implementation, and outlines key policies. It has been released in draft form so as to give all signatory institutions an opportunity to provide feedback and help shape the terms of the Commitment. The goal is to produce a final document by September 2007. Comments are due by July 16, 2007.

16. Campus Sustainability Movement: A Strategic Perspective
Three students in the Masters of Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability at the Blekinge Institute of Technology in Sweden have published their thesis, entitled "The Campus Sustainability Movement: A Strategic Perspective." The paper assesses the efforts of the campus sustainability movement in the US and Canada relative to a strategic sustainable development framework. Key findings indicate that the movement is utilizing tools and engaging in a variety of actions towards sustainability. However, according to the thesis, it is largely failing to use systems thinking to understand the complex interrelationships of its actions. The thesis further finds that most campus sustainability efforts lack a strategy, and when strategy is present, it follows more from barriers than from a long-term goal. The authors present a backcasting from principles of sustainability approach as one means to improve the strategy of the movement.

Opportunities

 

17. AASHE Sustainability Leadership Award Applications Due
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.

18. ClimateQuest Seeks Campus Hosts for Summer Programs for High School Students
Sonoma State College, Western Washington University and American University are offering new summer programs for high school students to educate them about the fundamentals of the climate challenge through video production.. The program, called ClimateQuest, equips participants with the skills to show how climate change will impact their local communities and what solutions are emerging. The videos produced by the students will appear on the Campus Climate Challenge site and here on It's Getting Hot in Here. ClimateQuest plans to expand the program to more campuses in summer 2008 and is seeking additional campuses to participate in the program.

Jobs & Internships

 

19. Director, Gaylord Nelson Institute for Env. Studies, UW Madison
The University of Wisconsin-Madison invites nominations and applications for the position of director of the Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. The director of the Nelson Institute, a member of the Deans' Council, reports to the chancellor and the provost, and provides general leadership and coordination in the broad area of environmental studies through the promotion of faculty collaboration and initiatives in interdisciplinary environmental scholarship and instruction. A record of academic scholarship and teaching that meets the qualifications for tenure at the level of full professor at UW-Madison is required. Applications and nominations must be received by 15 August 2007 to ensure consideration.

20. Asst. Prof, Urban Landscape Design for Env. Sustainability, U Florida
University of Florida seeks applications for an Assistant Professorship of Urban Landscape Design for Environmental Sustainability. This is a 12-month tenure-accruing position that will be 70% teaching and 30% extension. Programming can include environmentally-focused design and management in residential and urban landscapes as well as in more naturalized urban and suburban landscapes. The successful applicant's teaching and extension programs are expected to contribute to interdisciplinary approaches focusing on the sustainability of urban environments. Review of application materials will begin on or before August 10, 2007 and will continue until the position is filled.

Events

 

21. 2nd International Conference Higher Education for Sustainable Dev't
July 5-7, 2007; Autonomous University of San Luis Potosí, Mexico
The second international conference on Higher Education for Sustainable Development, entitled "World in Transition - Sustainability Perspectives for Higher Education" is intended to contribute to the the UN-Decade on "Education for Sustainable Development." The conference will focus mainly on higher education's contributions to different processes of change - local, regional or international - during transition to global sustainability. The goal is to provide room for current debates and experiences which refer to the relation between the North and the South.

22. 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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