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Table of Contents for 7/12/07:

NEWS
1. Sierra Nevada College Laboratory Receives LEED Platinum
2. Southeastern Campuses Commit to EPA's Voluntary Self-Audit Program
3. New Sustainability Director Starts at U British Columbia
4. College of Marin Switches to Waterless Urinals
5. 4 New Campuses Sign Presidents Climate Commitment
6. Dartmouth to Build Green Greenhouse
7. U of Evansville Opens Conservation Park and Environmental Research Lab
8. Green Energy Ohio Honors Oberlin College and Community

NEW RESOURCES
9. Comments Due on Presidents Climate Commitment Implementation Guide

OPPORTUNITIES
10. Campus Climate Challenge Student Survey
11. oikos Award for Student Entrepreneurship in Higher Education

EVENTS
12. Greening the Supply and Purchasing Chain Roundtable
13. Web Conference on Financing Renewable Energy on Campus

News

1. Sierra Nevada College Laboratory Receives LEED Platinum
Sierra Nevada College's Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences has received LEED Platinum certification. The Center, a collaborative effort between the College, the University of Nevada, Reno, the University of California, Davis, and the Desert Research Institute, will provide new home for scientists studying environmental issues facing the Tahoe Basin. The $25 million, 45,000 square feet building includes a system to recover heat from exhaust air; cogeneration of electricity and heat; solar photovoltaic panels; rainwater capture and reuse; exterior walkways made of recycled materials; and natural light. In addition, the building produces cold water at night and uses it to cool the building by day thereby saving energy costs.

2. Southeastern Campuses Commit To EPA's Voluntary Self-Audit Program
The EPA and Emory University recently hosted a signing ceremony for over 100 southeastern colleges and universities who have joined together and agreed to conduct voluntary self-audits under EPA Region 4's College and University Compliance Incentive Initiative. The voluntary self-audits will help the schools to achieve better compliance with environmental laws and regulations. The program provides incentives for participants to voluntarily discover, promptly disclose, and quickly correct violations that would otherwise be subject to enforcement, including financial penalties. For example, self-disclosure may result in a partial or complete reduction in financial penalties.

3. New Sustainability Director Starts at U British Columbia
Charlene Easton has started as the new Director of University of British Columbia's Sustainability Office. In this capacity, she will be leading an effort toward climate neutrality, building on UBC's success in achieving the Kyoto Protocol targets 5 years early. Easton arrives at UBC with 25 years of experience with sustainability solutions and strategies. She has a Masters in Environmental Studies from York University and has worked to advance sustainability leadership and innovation across a variety of sectors in Canada, the Caribbean, Africa, Latin America and South East Asia. Career highlights include seven years in Jamaica, where she led the creation and adoption of a national environmental education plan and a comprehensive sustainable development plan for the city of Kingston.
See also: Directory of campus sustainability officers (AASHE members only)

4. College of Marin Switches to Waterless Urinals
This summer, the College of Marin is replacing 40 standard urinals with a waterless model that will save an estimated 2.5 million gallons of water next year. The district also expects to save over $17,000 a year on maintenance, water and sewer costs. With the help of a $400 rebate for each urinal replaced from the Marin Municipal Water District, the district will only spend $6,000 of its operation and maintenance funds to install all the fixtures.

5. 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: Joel Cunningham of Sewanee: The University of the South, Christopher C. Dahl of State University of New York College at Geneseo, Karen A. Stout of Montgomery County Community College, and Patrick U. Tellei of Palau Community College. 322 college and university presidents and chancellors have now signed the Commitment.

6. Dartmouth to Build Green Greenhouse
This summer, Dartmouth College's Organic Farm is adding a new greenhouse that will be designed with energy conservation in mind. While traditional greenhouses often require use of fossil fuels to keep temperatures above freezing, the new greenhouse will be almost entirely heated by the sun. The greenhouse, which was designed by students in Dartmouth's engineering school, includes energy-saving features like an opaque and insulated northern wall; aquaculture water tanks for thermal mass; and an insulated curtain for use at night.

7. U of Evansville Opens Conservation Park and Environmental Research Lab
The University of Evansville and Vectren, an energy holding company, have announced the opening of The Vectren Conservation Park University of Evansville Environmental Research Lab. The lab, which located on 1,100 acres of land along the Wabash River provided by Vectren, will be used as an outdoor learning environment by the students and faculty of the University.

8. Green Energy Ohio Honors Oberlin College and Community
The City of Oberlin and Oberlin College have received the Clean Energy Community of the Year award from Green Energy Ohio. The College was recognized for its sustainable reserve fund, wind power initiative, and partnership with the city to purchase of green energy

New Resources

9. Comments Due on Presidents Climate Commitment 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. Comments are due by July 16, 2007.

Opportunities

10. Campus Climate Challenge Student Survey
The Energy Action Coalition is conducting a survey of students who have been part of the Campus Climate Challenge on their campus in the past year. The intention of the survey is to collect information about how the campaign is resonating on the ground, what can be improved, and what types of issues, tactics, and projects students want to work on in the future.

11. oikos Award for Student Entrepreneurship in Higher Education
As part of its contribution to the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development, oikos invites students to apply for its Student Entrepreneurship in Higher Education award. The award is given to recognize student leadership in transforming higher education institutions towards sustainability. Winners will receive 1000 Euros and an invitation to the oikos winter school. Applications are due by September 30th, 2007.

Events

12. Greening the Supply and Purchasing Chain Roundtable
August 10, 2007; Harvard University
The Chlorine Free Products Association is holding a roundtable discussion on greening the supply and purchasing chain. Topics will include: Standards on recycling, energy, water use, reducing carbon gases, and environmentally preferred products. The discussion will be moderated by Kevin Lyons Ph.D. Director of Purchasing at Rutgers University and Rob Gogan, Harvard's supervisor of recycling and waste management, will give a luncheon address. Several other campus sustainability professionals will be participating in the panel discussions. There is a $50 program fee for this event.

13. 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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