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Table of Contents for 7/19/07:

NEWS
1. New Asst. Vice Chancellor for Sustainability Starts at Wash U
2. Bryant University Opens Green Data Center
3. U Georgia Opens School of Ecology
4. Hydrogen Production Plant Coming to U Regina
5. Seattle U Holds Campus-wide Sustainability Challenge
6. 3 New Campuses Sign Presidents Climate Commitment
7. Drury University Receives Grant for Recycling Program
8. U Utah to Use Biodiesel in Campus Shuttles

NEW RESOURCES
9. Muhlenberg College Guide to Sustainable Living

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
10. Sustainability Project Manager, Pratt Institute
11. Sustainability Coordinator, Muhlenberg College
12. Assistant Professor, Sustainable Tourism, San Diego State University
13. Faculty of Global and Environmental Sustainability, Bentley College

EVENTS
14. Deploying Green Facilities on Campus Web Conference

News

1. New Asst. Vice Chancellor For Sustainability Starts at Wash U
Matthew Malten has been appointed Assistant Vice Chancellor for Campus Sustainability at Washington University in St. Louis. In this position, Malten will provide the vision, organizational strategy and focus for advancing operational sustainability efforts. He will help provide senior officials, administrators, faculty, staff and students with the knowledge, skills and focus to integrate sustainability values and practices into strategic planning processes, management of resources and operations, and planning and design of facilities and surrounding areas. His appointment marks the first time that the University has given a person the responsibility for campus sustainability. Previously, Malten has served as sustainability coordinator at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and as a senior environmental specialist with Wisconsin Energy Corp.
See also: Directory of Campus Sustainability Officers (AASHE members only)

2. Bryant University Opens Green Data Center
Bryant University recently opened a new energy efficient data center to help meet new enrollment and data-keeping requirements. The new center incorporates a variety of energy saving features expected to result in a 35% cut in energy usage for data storage and up to $20,000 a year in energy savings. Previously, the University was operating at least 75 servers spread across 4 locations and taking up 1,100 square feet. The new data center provides the same services in a single 500 square feet area with only 40 servers. The reduction in servers was made possible through the use of virtualization software allowing individual servers to run multiple operating systems. Additional savings were achieved with new microprocessors allow the servers to use less energy during periods of low usage and multiple, distributed cooling units that target cooling toward the areas that need it most at a particular moment.

3. U Georgia Opens School of Ecology
University of Georgia recently opened the Eugene P. Odum School of Ecology. While many universities have departments of ecology, and some have schools that focus on the broader field of environmental studies, UGA officials say that no other university has an independent, stand-alone school devoted specifically to ecology. The School was created by reorganizing UGA's Institute of Ecology and John L. Gittleman, who was director of the Institute since last July, has been named dean of the school.

4. Hydrogen Production Plant Coming to U Regina
A $3.7 million hydrogen production demonstration plant being set up at the University of Regina. The plant will test the viability of a new technology for hydrogen production that uses bio-based feedstocks, particularly pre-distilled ethanol and a bio-diesel by-product called Glycerol. The technology has the potential to lower the cost of ethanol and bio-diesel production. The plant is receiving funding from Saskatchewan's provincial government as well as a foundation created by the Government of Canada to support the development and demonstration of clean technologies.

5. Seattle U Holds Campus-wide Sustainability Challenge
Seattle University's Environmental Advisory Council held a six-week Sustainability Challenge this spring. The Council created the Challenge as a fun competition to show how individuals can be an agent for change by taking small, easy steps in their daily activities. Each team had four people who competed by doing simple actions like turning off lights and using a reusable mug. Participants abided by the honor system and awarded themselves points. Each of the challenge's six weeks had a different theme (transportation, energy, waste, consumption, water and ecological "footprint"). Educational events for points included tours of SU's composting and recycling facility, ethnobotanical garden, pesticide-free landscape, solar installation, and the cafeteria's sustainable food practices. The local utility company donated two CFL bulbs, a faucet aerator and a low flow showerhead to all off-campus participants. In the first year, 103 teams of four players finished all 6 weeks. Six professors used the Challenge as a learning tool and made it a class requirement in their ecology, biology and business classes.

6. 3 New Campuses Sign Presidents Climate Commitment
3 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: Gerald S. Jakubowski of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Richard J. Randall of University of Maine at Augusta, and Joseph Hankin of Westchester Community College. 325 college and university presidents and chancellors have now signed the Commitment.

7. Drury University Receives Grant for Recycling Program
Drury University has been awarded a grant in the amount of $17,992 from its regional Solid Waste District in support of its growing campus-wide recycling program. Grant funds will provide for the purchase of recycling bins for each dorm room, as well as signage for Drury's recycling facility.

8. U Utah to Use Biodiesel in Campus Shuttles
University of Utah has started using B20 biodiesel fuel in all diesel fueled shuttles and service vehicles. The University is also experimenting with using waste vegetable oil from campus cafeterias as a fuel.

New Resources

9. Muhlenberg College Guide to Sustainable Living
Students at Muhlenberg College have produced the Muhlenberg College Guide to Sustainable Living: A Guide for Students by Students. The guide, which was prepared by students in an Environmental Communication course, includes a variety of tips for living in a more sustainable manner. The guide has sections on dining, recycling, transportation, residence halls, classrooms, and more.
See also: List of Campus Sustainable Living Guides

Jobs & Internships

10. Sustainability Project Manager, Pratt Institute
The Pratt Institute seeks a Sustainability Project Manager to manage Pratt's "Energy $mart Communities" program to promote energy efficiency and sustainability with affordable housing developers, businesses, and communities. The program is funded by the NY State Energy and Development Authority. Applicants should have a master's degree in Planning, Real Estate Development, Architecture, Construction Management or a related field and 3+ years' professional work experience in community or housing development, project or property management, policy development, urban planning, architecture, construction management or related areas. Applications are due by August 10.

11. Sustainability Coordinator, Muhlenberg College
Muhlenberg College (Allentown, PA) seeks a Sustainability Coordinator to lead efforts to integrate sustainability into campus culture, curriculum and student life. The half-time, 10 month position reports to the Capital Projects Manager. A masters degree in environmental science or related field is preferred and the ability to teach a course in environmental studies is a plus. The application deadline is July 25.

12. Assistant Professor, Sustainable Tourism, San Diego State University
San Diego State University seeks a full-time, tenure track Assistant Professor in Recreation & Tourism Management with an emphasis on sustainable tourism. The successful applicant is expected to spearhead a new programmatic curriculum and research focus on sustainability in tourism and recreation. Applicants must have the ability to teach and develop tourism courses (including field-trips) that position the program as a leading educational institution in tourism and recreation sustainability. Applications are due by October 1.

13. Faculty of Global and Environmental Sustainability, Bentley College
Bentley's Natural and Applied Sciences Department invites applications for a tenure- track faculty position in Earth, Environment, and Global Sustainability. The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in a relevant field of science and must be an outstanding teacher who can engage undergraduate students with business interests and perform innovative research in his/her fields of expertise. Areas of interest may range broadly from Earth systems and environmental science to Earth resources and management, alternative energy strategies, and environmental remediation, as well as sustainable technologies, practices, and policies.For best consideration, all application materials should be received by November 15, 2007.

Events

14. 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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