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Table of Contents for 7/5/07:

NEWS
1. Sustainability Fees Approved at Three Tennessee Universities
2. U Florida Adopts Sustainable Purchasing Directive
3. Wright Community College Installs Solar Electric and Thermal Systems
4. 4 New Campuses Sign Presidents Climate Commitment
5. U Wisconsin-Green Bay Switches to Biodegradable Dishware
6. West Virginia U Completes Green Renovation
7. St. Louis CC Installs Green Roof

NEW RESOURCES
8. California State University System Sustainability Website
9. Grant and Award Opportunities Available to College Recyclers
10. Project for Public Spaces Offers eBulletin Focused on Campuses

OPPORTUNITIES
11. Scholarships to Attend the 2007 National Recycling Coalition Congress

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
12. Coordinator of Education & Outreach, Harvard Green Campus Initiative
13. Asst. Dir., Inst. for Conservation of Nat. Res., Lenoir-Rhyne College
14. University Sustainability Program Director, Miles Automotive Group

EVENTS
15. College and University Recycling Council Tour and Workshop
16. National Workshop on Implementing Biomass Boiler Systems
17. SE Rebuild Collaborative - Opportunities for Higher Education Webinar

News

 

1. Sustainability Fees Approved at Three Tennessee Universities
The Tennessee Board of Regents unanimously approved student-supported sustainability fees for Austin Peay State University and University of Memphis. Concurrently, the Tennessee Board of Trustees approved a similar sustainability fee at University of Tennessee-Chattanooga. The $10 per semester fee increases will fund on-campus sustainability projects, as well as purchases of renewable energy. In addition, the Board of Regents also approved new Sustainable Campus Guidelines to facilitate other campuses' enrollment in the sustainability fee program in the future. The Guidelines outline appropriate usages of acquired fees, as well as establish criteria for expenditures.
See also: Mandatory Student Fees for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

2. U Florida Adopts Sustainable Purchasing Directive
The University of Florida has adopted a Sustainable Purchasing Directive to provide guidelines, information, and resources in procuring products that will minimize negative impacts on society and the environment to the greatest extent practicable. The directive requires departments to develop and maintain information about environmentally and socially preferable products and to provide this information to employees within the department. The directive contains a variety of best practice procurement strategies and resources for employees to consider and consult when they make purchases.

3. Wright Community College Installs Solar Electric and Thermal Systems
Wright Community College recently installed two solar systems. A 1.8 kW solar electric system generates electricity for the lights in the parking garage and prevents an estimated 2 tons of CO2 emissions annually. A solar thermal system produces 400 gallons of hot water daily for the campus and prevents an estimated 6 tons of carbon emissions annually. The solar systems will be incorporated into the College's Building Energy Technologies program, which educates students about practical applications of renewable energy and energy efficiency. Grants from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation and the Illinois Renewable Energy Resource Program paid for a majority of the system cost.

4. 4 New Campuses Sign Presidents Climate Commitment
4 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: Dietrich Reinhart of Saint John's University, R. Barbara Gitenstein of The College of New Jersey, Thomas C. Galligan, Jr. of Colby-Sawyer College, and Zorica Pantic of Wentworth Institute of Technology. 319 college and university presidents and chancellors have now signed the Commitment.

5. U Wisconsin-Green Bay Switches to Biodegradable Dishware
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay recently integrated disposable dinnerware made from corn, potatoes and limestone - into campus dining facilities. The biodegradable plates and bowls replaced foam and paper dishware in each of the university's five dining facilities. The decision to switch to biodegradable materials was motivated by student advocacy and involvement.

6. West Virginia U Completes Green Renovation
West Virginia University recently reopened Brooks Hall after 20 months and $28.8 million in renovations and construction. A vegetated roof has been added to reduce heating and cooling loads on the facility, reduces storm water runoff, and increase the roof's life span. Other green features include energy-efficient windows; increased use of natural light; and an energy-efficient heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system. Special air handlers help moderate the interior temperature of the building by drawing in more outside air when the temperature is more moderate, also cutting down on heating and cooling costs. In colder weather, exhaust heat from the building is run through a series of baffles and used to pre-heat fresh air entering the building from outside.

7. St. Louis CC Installs Green Roof
St. Louis Community College recently completed the installation of 1,000 green roof blocks at its new Wildwood campus. SLCC-Wildwood is believed to be the region's first "green" roofed college building. The green roof is one of the energy-efficient and environmentally friendly features that is intended to qualify the campus for LEED certification. Also, the building's lighting system automatically balances to accommodate variations in natural light and rooms have T-shaped windows to allow more natural light in, as well as light shelves to reflect light further into the room.

New Resources

 

8. California State University System Sustainability Website
The California State University System has created a website to communicate the efforts to address sustainability across the system. The website contains sections on: policy, energy, architecture and engineering, climate change, and more. The website also includes a blog about CSU's sustainability efforts.

9. Grant and Award Opportunities Available to College Recyclers
Members of the College and University Recycling Council (CURC), a technical council of the National Recycling Coalition, now have access to listings of grant and award opportunities available throughout the country. These resources will make it easier for college and university recycling programs to find funding for their programs and to receive local, regional and/or national recognition for their efforts.

10. Project for Public Spaces Offers eBulletin Focused on Campuses
Project for Public Spaces, a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating and sustaining public places that build communities, has started a new eBulletin focused on campuses. The eBulletin covers the transformation of colleges and medical complexes into lively, inspiring places that help build community and enhance sense of place.

Opportunities

 

11. Scholarships to Attend the 2007 National Recycling Coalition Congress
The National Recycling Coalition is offering scholarships to attend its 26th Annual Congress & Expo in Denver, Colorado from September 16 - 19, 2007. Scholarship funding is provided through a partnership with The Coca-Cola Company, in conjunction with NRC's College and University Recycling Council. The goal of this scholarship program is to offer new opportunities for college students to network with key professionals in the recycling industry, participate in sessions and workshops, build a career in the recycling field, and experience one of the premier recycling expos in the US.

Jobs & Internships

 

12. Coordinator of Education & Outreach, Harvard Green Campus Initiative
Harvard Green Campus Initiative seeks a Coordinator of Education & Outreach to coordinate the Graduate Green Living Program at Harvard Law School and sustainability education and outreach at Harvard's Longwood campus. At the law school, the coordinator will work with student representatives to achieve program goals of reduced energy and water consumption and increased recycling. On the Longwood campus, the coordinator will develop monthly "Green Tip" poster and email campaigns as well as other outreach materials relevant to the Longwood campus. A related bachelor's degree is required, and 2 years of experience is preferred.

13. Asst. Dir., Inst. for Conservation of Nat. Res., Lenoir-Rhyne College
Lenoir-Rhyne College invites applications and nominations for the position of Assistant Director/Environmental Manager for the Thomas W. Reese Institute for the Conservation of Natural Resources. The Assistant Director/Environmental Manager will provide oversight of Lenoir-Rhyne's Conservation of Natural Resources (CNR) major program and will supervise campus sustainability initiatives. Responsibilities include coordination of student advising and student internships. The Assistant Director will be expected to teach environmental management and a capstone directed study class. The successful candidate will aid in recruitment efforts and will also work closely with Facilities, Maintenance and food services to lower the college's operating expenses by conserving electricity, water and natural gas use. Applicants should have a Masters degree in a discipline related to the conservation of natural resources. Review of applicants will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

14. University Sustainability Program Director, Miles Automotive Group
Miles Automotive Group, a manufacturer of electric vehicles, seeks an experienced University Sustainability Program Director to develop and execute a national university sustainability program. The University Sustainability Program Director will work with sustainability officers and university administrators to replace internal combustion campus vehicles with battery-electric cars and trucks. Applicants should have a passion for sustainability work and an aptitude for consultative sales and marketing.

Events

 

15. 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.

16. National Workshop on Implementing Biomass Boiler Systems
October 16-18, 2007; Missoula, Montana
Fuels for Schools and Beyond is holding a national 3-day workshop on implementing woody biomass energy systems. Presenters will share knowledge and experience gained from implementing biomass boiler projects across the nation. Intensive workshop sessions will guide participants through the ins and outs of system implementation, at every stage of the process.

17. SE Rebuild Collaborative - Opportunities for Higher Education Webinar
July 12 at 2:00-3:30 PM EST
The Southeast Rebuild Collaborative is holding an internet presentation about how it can help colleges and universities improve energy efficiency and increase the sustainability of their campuses. Participants will learn about: using the SRC as an implementation route for climate initiatives and energy efficiency projects in southeastern colleges and universities; actions to implement the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment, such as procuring renewable energy, measuring and tracking the energy performance of campus facilities, and purchasing ENERGY STAR qualified products; other resources available through federal and state programs and organizations. There is no charge to participate but participants must register in advance.

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