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Table of Contents for 8/2/07:

NEWS
1. Arizona State's Biodesign Institute Earns LEED Platinum
2. Columbia College Chicago to Launch MFAs in Sustainable Design
3. U Florida Library Receives LEED Gold Certification
4. 3 New Campuses Sign Presidents Climate Commitment
5. California U of Pennsylvania Finds Success with Green Dorms
6. Two Illinois Universities Receive Grants to Expand Recycling
7. UNC Charlotte Buys Electric Vehicles
8. Tennessee Universities Receive Alternative Fuel Grants

NEW RESOURCES
9. AASHE Staff Blog
10. Bioneers Education Community

OPPORTUNITIES
11. Campus Climate Challenge Student Survey

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
12. Campus Sustainability Intern, Luther College
13. Asst. Professor in Ecological Economics, Colorado State University

EVENTS
14. Northeast Campus Sustainability Consortium Conference

News

1. Arizona State's Biodesign Institute Earns LEED Platinum
Arizona State University's Biodesign Institute has received LEED Platinum certification. The 175,000 square-foot building, which opened in 2006, is the first building in Arizona to earn Platinum certification. Sustainability features of the building include an atrium that provides natural light to all 4 floors of the building, recycled building materials, construction waste management, reflective roofing and paving materials to reduce heat gain, low-flow fixtures and waterless urinals, occupancy sensors, a variable-volume exhaust system to reduce energy loss from ventilation, and use of air conditioner condensate for landscape irrigation. The building is expected use 30% less water and 29 percent less energy than a conventional building.

2. Columbia College Chicago to Launch MFAs in Sustainable Design
Beginning in fall, 2007, Columbia College Chicago's Masters of Fine Arts programs in Architectural Studies and Interior Architecture will be focused on sustainable design, making Columbia among the first schools in the US to reorient its academic architectural design training around sustainability. All of the courses in the program will feature redesigned curricula that teach students to emphasize sustainability from the beginning of the design process. The programs, which were developed in collaboration with the City of Chicago's Department of Environment, were motivated in part by LEED certification mandates by city government and other incentives for sustainable design.

3. U Florida Library Receives LEED Gold Certification
University of Florida's newly renovated Library West has received LEED Gold certification. The library's sustainable features include low-flow plumbing fixtures, such as waterless urinals, that have dramatically reduced water use, exceeding the standards of the Energy Act of 1992 by 30 percent. Also, the building was designed with increased insulation on the walls, roof and occupancy controls, resulting in energy saving of 30 percent above American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers standards. Additionally, building occupants have access to daylight and views throughout more than 90 percent of the space and all interior materials - including sealant, adhesive, paint, and carpet - contain low or zero volatile organic compounds.

4. 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: James W. Abbott of The University of South Dakota, Jonathan M. Daube of Manchester Community College, and Happy Craven Fernandez of Moore College of Art & Design. 332 college and university presidents and chancellors have now signed the Commitment.

5. California U of Pennsylvania Finds Success with Green Dorms
Inside Higher Ed reports on how California University of Pennsylvania has used new green residence halls to boost enrollment. Since the University began replacing its older residence halls seven years ago, enrollment has risen from 5,100 to 7,000 students. In contrast to the old residence halls, the new residence halls are filled to capacity. Collectively, the new residence halls use two-thirds the amount of energy as did the previous residence halls, saving at least $600,000 annually. Sustainability features in the new residence halls include a geothermal heating system and a system that automatically turns off air conditioning when a student opens a window.

6. Two Illinois Universities Receive Grants to Expand Recycling
University of Illinois at Springfield has received a $27,550 grant to expand campus recycling efforts from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. UIS will use the grant to expand collection of recyclable materials - especially paper, aluminum, and plastic - by placing collection bins at locations that were previously not served and to hire a recycling coordinator for the campus. Plans also include creating several new student worker positions and stepping up efforts to encourage all members of the campus community to recycle. Illinois State University has received a similar grant of $59,968 to purchase of additional recycling containers and a larger collection truck. It is projected that the added recycling containers and new collection truck will allow the University to increase its general recycling rate by 10 percent and the rate in campus housing areas by 25 percent. The grant will be matched through the retention and hiring of additional recycling staff and efforts related to environmental awareness to promote and advertise the expanded recycling project.
See also: Illinois State University press release

7. UNC Charlotte Buys Electric Vehicles
UNC Charlotte recently purchased 24 electric carts to its fleet. In total, the University has over 50 low-speed, battery-electric vehicles in its motor fleet, and has plans to 90 more. The electric vehicles are saving money for the institution, requiring only $2 of electricity per week compared to the four and five gallons of gas a week required for the conventional carts they replaced.

8. Tennessee Universities Receive Alternative Fuel Grants
University of Tennessee, University of Memphis, Middle Tennessee State University, East Tennessee State University, and Cleveland State Community College have all received Alternative Fuel Innovations Grants from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. University of Tennessee received 5 separate grants totaling $327,243 for a variety purposes including: materials to study the most economical harvest method of cellulosic material for ethanol production; generation of hydrogen to fuel the university's hydrogen demonstration vehicle; and the construction of 2 biodiesel production facilities - one for turning campus waste oil into biodiesel for campus vehicles and another for producing biodiesel from alternative feedstocks. University of Memphis received $99,998 to build a biodiesel production unit. Middle Tennessee State University received $79,700 to purchase a Toyota Prius and convert it to a plug-in flex fuel vehicle, and another grant of $97,621 to convert waste vegetable oil into biodiesel. East Tennessee State University received $25,600 to install an E85 storage tank and dispensing system on campus in order to convert its 106 flex fuel vehicles to E85. Lastly, Cleveland State Community College received $84,000 to develop a Biodiesel Learning Lab.

New Resources

9. AASHE Staff Blog
AASHE has started a new blog for AASHE staff to report on their work, on conferences they attend and on ideas they have for moving campus sustainability forward. Recent posts include "Using the Web to Promote Campus Sustainability," "When deconstruction is a risk management strategy," and "Taking 'The Compact' to University Land".

10. Bioneers Education Community
The folks who put on the annual Bioneers conference have started a new website focused on environmental education. The site features news and articles directly relevant to educators, and serves as a home for educators within the Bioneers network. Among other things, the site includes sample lesson plans and curricula from collegiate courses that have utilized the Bioneers Conference and associated materials, as well as discussion guides on some popular speeches and presentations given at the Bioneers conference.

Opportunities

11. 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.

Jobs & Internships

12. Campus Sustainability Intern, Luther College
Luther College seeks an energetic and creative person to be the college's first Campus Sustainability Intern. The full-time, one-year paid position will start in September 2007. Responsibilities include: Monitoring energy usage on campus and promoting conservation; overseeing waste reduction efforts; assisting dining services in efforts to increase locally-grown foods in college eateries; working with interested faculty and students to enhance teaching about sustainability. Minimum qualifications include experience with environmental sustainability initiatives (preferably in a college or university setting) and bachelor's degree or higher in relevant field. Review of applications will begin August 10th.

13. Asst. Professor in Ecological Economics, Colorado State University
Colorado State University seeks an Assistant Professor in Ecological Economics. The successful candidate will contribute to the development and implementation of a curriculum in collaborative conservation and teach undergraduate and graduate courses related to collaborative conservation and the emerging ecosystem services paradigm. A Ph.D. completed by start of appointment (January 2008 or August 2008) in a related discipline is required. The application deadline is September 15, 2007.

Events

14. Northeast Campus Sustainability Consortium Conference
October 8-9, 2007; Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine
The 2007 Northeast Campus Sustainability Consortium Conference, entitled "Envisioning the Sustainable Campus in 2020: Working Together to Get There," aims to create a collective vision of a sustainable campus and strategize the pathways to a solution. The two day conference will feature an engaging mix of plenary sessions, issue forums and workshops. The conference tracks are: Campus Visioning and Planning, Financing Sustainability, Food Footprint, Power without Pollution, and It's About People. Registration costs $135 (including meals) and is due by Monday September 24th, 2007.

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