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Table of Contents for 7/26/07:

NEWS
1. 5 New Campuses Make Climate Commitments
2. U New Hampshire Office of Sustainability Elevated
3. U Toronto Scarborough Hires First Sustainability Coordinator
4. U Arkansas Little Rock Launches Major Creek Restoration Effort
5. Oregon State Residence Hall Receives LEED Certification
6. Cornell Establishes Office of Environmental Compliance and Sustainability
7. Yale Dedicates New Solar Installation
8. U South Florida Tries Renewable Energy Storage System
9. Composting Expands at U Washington
10. Columbia Purchases Hybrid Patrol Vehicles
11. College of Marin Opens New Water Conservation Center
12. Car-sharing Comes to U Toronto Mississauga
13. UW Bothell Uses Goats to Combat Weeds
14. SUIC Recycling Coordinator Named Recycler of the Year
15. Northeast CC to Offer Degree in Renewable Fuels Technology
16. University of Maine Receives Grant for Recycling Assessment

NEW RESOURCES
17. University of Oregon Sustainability Assessment

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
18. Sustainability Officer, U Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center
19. Challenge Field Director, Energy Action Coalition
20. Communications Director, Energy Action Coalition
21. Operations Assistant, Energy Action Coalition
22. Ext. Specialist and Asst. Professor of Sustainable Agriculture, U Maine
23. Core Faculty, Environment & Community Program, Antioch U Seattle
24. Energy Analyst, New York University
25. Transportation Planning Analyst, UCLA

EVENTS
26. Web Conference on Financing Renewable Energy on Campus

News

1. 5 New Campuses Make Climate Commitments
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: Richard H. Brodhead of Duke University, Alan G. Merten of George Mason University, John W. Miller of Central Connecticut State University, and David A. Caruso of Antioch University New England. 329 college and university presidents and chancellors have now signed the Commitment. Meanwhile, Johns Hopkins University recently announced a similar climate commitment, but has not signed the Commitment. Johns Hopkins pledged to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases derived from university operations in a timely manner, with a vision of carbon neutrality. The University has created a President's Task Force on Climate Change to develop a Comprehensive Climate Strategic Plan with one year.
See also: Johns Hopkins University press release

2. U New Hampshire Office of Sustainability Elevated
University of New Hampshire President Mark Huddleston recently announced the elevation of the University Office of Sustainability to strengthen its across-campus mission to advance the university as a nationally recognized sustainable learning community that integrates sustainability across its curriculum, operations, research and engagement. Along with its move to the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President, the office's founding director, Tom Kelly, will assume the role of Chief Sustainability Officer for the university. "Sustainability is now recognized as one of UNH's core identities and strengths with faculty, staff, and students from many disciplines working together in new and innovative ways to advance a common goal," said Huddleston. "The role of the chief sustainability officer is to help ensure that we are considering every strategic opportunity to unite the spirit of discovery with the challenge of sustainability across our land, sea and space grant mission."

3. U Toronto Scarborough Hires First Sustainability Coordinator
University of Toronto Scarborough has hired Tim Lang as its first Sustainability Coordinator. In this position Tim will work to coordinate and ensure effective communication between sustainability initiatives underway on campus. He will also be establishing benchmarks to evaluate sustainability performance. Lang recently completed his Master's degree in Civil/Environmental Engineering at the University of Toronto, and previously he worked in the Sustainability Office on the University's St. George campus.
See also: Directory of Campus Sustainability Officers

4. U Arkansas Little Rock Launches Major Creek Restoration Effort
University of Arkansas at Little Rock has begun returning a five-acre urban corner of concrete and asphalt into a creek shoreline of native trees and grasses. The plans call for removing five unusable buildings in the flood plain and restoring a creek and shoreline to its natural state. The undertaking is the first part of the Coleman Creek Greenway Project described in UALR's Master Plan to create a 47-acre greenway reaching the full length of campus with lush vegetation, bicycle and walking trails, benches, beaches, and bridges. The restoration project will provide an outdoor laboratory for biologists, earth scientists, and hydrologists for teaching and research activities and will unite the campus and creek with a regional open space system. The donor-financed project is believed to be the biggest project of de-urbanization in the history of the state.

5. Oregon State Residence Hall Receives LEED Certification
Oregon State University's Weatherford Hall, home of the Austin Entrepreneurship Program, has received LEED certification. The 1928 building underwent a $20 million renovation in 2004, and is the first residential building on the OSU campus to receive LEED certification. Sustainability features include the use of low-impact, environmentally-friendly materials for paint, adhesives and carpet; efficient ventilation, electrical systems, heating and plumbing; and weed resistant and drought tolerant landscaping. Additionally, at least 75 percent of the building materials were recycled.

6. Cornell Establishes Office of Environmental Compliance and Sustainability
As part of a larger reorganization of the Division of Finance and Administration, Cornell University is establishing a new Office of Environmental Compliance and Sustainability. This new office, headed by the current director of the Office of Environmental Compliance, will include Cornell's sustainability coordinator and will direct the university's administrative sustainability initiative.

7. Yale Dedicates New Solar Installation
Yale University recently held a dedication ceremony to celebrate the unveiling of a 40.29-kilowatt DC commercial solar photovoltaic system that has been installed on the Fisher Hall dormitory at Yale Divinity School. The panels are expected to generate approximately 45,200 kilowatt-hours of electricity annually, which represents about 17% of the electricity requirements of the building. The installation was made partially funded by a grant of $187,298 from Connecticut Clean Energy Fund.
See also: List of Campus Solar Installations

8. U South Florida Tries Renewable Energy Storage System
University of South Florida has purchased two 5kW x 4hr energy storage systems which it will integrate with a solar project on the St. Petersburg campus of the University of South Florida. This project is aimed at evaluating the storage of intermittent solar photovoltaic energy and utilizing that energy at a time of maximum benefit to the customer and utility power systems. The two sites will enable the evaluation of the potential of these advanced energy storage systems for a number of power system applications.

9. Composting Expands at U Washington
University of Washington has begun collecting "post-consumer" compost as some dining establishments on campus. The move is connected to an increase in bio-degradable food packaging and flatware used by Housing and Food Services, which is seeking to get everything the students eat with to be compostable. The University has also started a pilot composting program within a residence hall.

10. Columbia Purchases Hybrid Patrol Vehicles
Columbia University's Department of Public Safety has announced plans to introduce hybrid cars into its patrol fleet as older vehicles are retired, with a goal of eventually replacing the entire fleet. The Department recently purchased its first hybrid vehicles - 4 Ford Escapes. The hybrids offer more than 70% better city fuel economy than the department's older vehicles and are expected to save an estimated 2,200 gallons of gas per year.

11. College of Marin Opens Water Conservation Center
College of Marin recently opened the Water Management and Technology Education Center, an "outdoor learning environment" to educate students, homeowners and professionals about new irrigation techniques and drought-resistant landscaping. The Center, a public and private partnership that includes local water districts as well as the county, will offer classes and do outreach around issues of water conservation.

12. Car-sharing Comes to U Toronto Mississauga
University of Toronto Mississauga has partnered with Zipcar to offer car sharing to its faculty, staff, and students 21 years and older. Two shared vehicles have been placed on campus, and more may be added if there is sufficient demand.
See also: List of campus car sharing programs (AASHE members only)

13. UW Bothell Uses Goats to Combat Weeds
University of Washington Bothell's ground team has decided to bring in goats to help combat weeds on campus. The University has been herbicide free since July 2006, and the goats will be used in combination with other organic methods of removing weeds, including cutting and mechanical removal as well as adding wood chips in the planting beds. Initially, the goat will be "rented" through a program called "Rent-A-Ruminant," but if the experiment is successful, the campus may house a few goats full time.

14. SUIC Recycling Coordinator Named Recycler of the Year
Andilee Warner, Southern Illinois University Carbondale's Recycling Coordinator, was recently named Recycler of the Year by the Illinois Recycling Association. Ms. Warner launched a successful vermicomposting pilot project to compost food waste, shredded documents, and other materials. The University's agriculture department using the project as a teaching tool, with students conducting research on how the vermiculture that results from composting can be used to stimulate plant growth.

15. Northeast CC to Offer Degree in Renewable Fuels Technology
Northeast Community College has received approval from the Nebraska Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education to offer Nebraska's first associate of applied science degree in Renewable Fuels Technology. The program, which will begin this fall, will focus on curriculum that teaches ethanol production processes. The program is partially funded with a grant of $1,999,999 through the U.S. Department of Labor's Community-Based Job Training Grants program. The program is also funded in part by a $60,000 grant from the Nebraska Department of Economic Development's Value-Added Agricultural (VAA) grant program and administered by the Rural Development Commission. Northeast Community College plans to develop a certificate program in renewable fuels at a later date.

16. University of Maine Receives Grant for Recycling Assessment
The University of Maine recently received a grant for $6,000 from the Johnson Controls Educational Giving Program to enable a Green Campus Initiative student-employee to more than double the number of buildings to be assessed for improvements in UMaine's recycling efforts. A student coordinator will review sustainability initiatives now in academic buildings, in addition to residential buildings.

New Resources

17. University of Oregon Sustainability Assessment
The Environmental Leadership Program at University of Oregon has published a sustainability assessment of the University. The assessment evaluates the Universities performance and makes recommendations for improvement in each of the following areas: government, investments, academics and culture, materials management, food, greenhouse gas emissions, energy, transportation, water, landscape, and building.

Jobs & Internships

18. Sustainability Officer, U Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center
The University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center seeks a Sustainability Officer to champion sustainability programs for all UCDHSC campuses. The position will coordinate a range of sustainability-related initiatives including recycling, transportation management, environmental compliance, green building, and energy commissioning. Applicants should have a Baccalaureate degree in Engineering, Architecture, Project Management, Business or Public Administration, or closely related field and a minimum of three years professional experience related to environmental or sustainability strategies. Review of applications will begin August 13, 2007 and continue until position is filled.

19. Challenge Field Director, Energy Action Coalition
The Energy Action Coalition is hiring a Challenge Field Director to coordinate the grassroots element of the Campus Climate Challenge on high school and college campuses. The Field Director will communicate with and support staff at more than 20 organizations working on the Challenge through calls, site visits, and online. The Field Director will build bridges between organizations and keep staff across the coalition focused on measuring progress toward and executing the ambitious goals of the Campus Climate Challenge. The Field Director will be responsible for developing core training curriculum and strategy with key partners toward student solidarity initiatives for environmental justice as part of the Challenge. Applicants should have at least 2 years experience in grassroots organizing. Applications are due by August 3, 2007.

20. Communications Director, Energy Action Coalition
The Energy Action Coalition is hiring a Communications Director to manage the external communications and media strategy for the Energy Action Coalition and it's major projects. The Communications Director will manage the development of materials and messaging, coordinate media for events, and convene a bi-national team of media experts, student spokespersons, and coalition staff to lead the coalition's ongoing communications work. The Communications Director will coordinate the maintenance and implementation of a strong communications strategy, utilizing best practices in new media, digital organizing and traditional media relations to reach hundreds of thousands of young people and earn significant local and national media coverage for the youth climate movement. Applicants should have at least 2 years experience in communications. Applications are due by August 10, 2007.

21. Operations Assistant, Energy Action Coalition
The Energy Action Coalition is hiring an Operations Assistant to assist the Director of Operations with coalition coordination, meeting planning and preparation, coalition fundraising, and day-to-day support of Energy Action central staff. The Operations Assistant will also work closely with the Digital Organizer to support maintenance, promotion and development of the coalition websites. Applicants should have at least 2 years of related experience. Applications are due by August 3, 2007.

22. Ext. Specialist and Asst. Professor of Sustainable Agriculture, U Maine
The University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the Department of Plant, Soil and Environmental Sciences are seeking a Sustainable Agriculture Extension Specialist and Assistant Professor of Sustainable Agriculture. The faculty member in this position will develop and conduct educational programs throughout the State in sustainable agricultural practices and integrated farming systems. This individual will conduct research as part of an 80% Cooperative Extension - 20% research position with the Department of Plant, Soil and Environmental Science. The individual will conduct sustainable agriculture educational programs for agricultural producers of agronomic and vegetable/fruit crops including those that supply the livestock industry; develop an active, externally-funded research program related to sustainable agriculture. This is a regular full-time, tenure-eligible faculty position housed at the University of Maine campus in Orono. This position requires an earned doctorate in agronomy, horticulture, soil science or a closely related field and experience in field experimentation. Review of applications begins on October 5, 2007.

23. Core Faculty, Environment & Community Program, Antioch U Seattle
Antioch University Seattle seeks to fill an opening within its Graduate Program in Environment & Community. The position includes teaching master's level courses in the program and the Center for Creative Change. Applicants must have a doctoral degree in environmental studies or a related area. Review of applications will continue until the position has been filled.

24. Energy Analyst, New York University
Facilities & Construction Management at New York University is seeking for a leader and change agent in the area of energy conservation to serve as an Energy Analyst. The successful applicant will be expected to develop and maintain a strong level of understanding of the regulatory landscape and the competitive energy markets and will generate historical trend data, forecasts, energy savings estimates, budget impacts, and use analysis. Applicants should have a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Engineering and three or more years of experience in the field of energy analysis, and must demonstrate knowledge and expertise in the analysis of electricity and natural gas rates and tariffs.

25. Transportation Planning Analyst, UCLA
UCLA Transportation is seeking a highly motivated Planning Analyst to provide implementation, research, and analytical support to the Transportation Planning & Policy (TPP) team related to transportation planning functions. Under the general direction of the TPP Manager, the incumbent will assist with various studies, surveys, and field reviews in support of UCLA's Transportation Demand Management program. Qualified candidates will have a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in urban planning, civil engineering, economics, geography, public policy, or related field; at least one year of transportation planning or engineering experience, or equivalent coursework. The application deadline is July 27, 2007.

Events

26. 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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