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Table of Contents for 8/9/07:

NEWS
1. Warren Wilson Partners with Asheville to Reduce Emissions
2. Colorado State Transit Center earns LEED Gold Certification
3. Suffolk U Creates Campus Sustainability Position
4. Santa Clara U Installs 50kW Solar Array
5. Berea College Partners with Community Groups on Energy Use Study
6. 4 New Campuses Sign Presidents Climate Commitment
7. Ohio State Initiates Carsharing and Vanpooling Programs
8. UNH Installs Pervious Concrete Parking Facility
9. Bike Promotion Campaign Begins at Emory
10. Dartmouth and UMASS Amherst Receive Sustainability Research Grants
11. Clarion U Receives Grant for Advanced Energy Laboratory
12. Southern Polytechnic State U Starts Uniform Recycling Program
13. UNC Charlotte Finds Success with Construction Waste Reduction
14. U Arkansas Tests Biodiesel
15. Warren Wilson Chosen Southeast's 'Greenest College'
16. Ball State Council on the Environment Receives Energy Patriot Award
17. Baylor University Wins NACUBO Award for Wind Power Purchase

NEW RESOURCES
18. Berea College Sustainability Materials

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
19. Sustainability Project Coordinator, Yale University
20. Senior Director, Strategy and Sustainability, Aramark

EVENTS
21. National Workshop on Implementing Biomass Boiler Systems
22. Web Conference on Financing Renewable Energy on Campus

News

1. Warren Wilson Partners with Asheville to Reduce Emissions
Warren Wilson College President Sandy Pfeiffer and Asheville Mayor Terry Bellamy have agreed to work together to help protect the climate. The agreement, which was unanimously approved by the Asheville City Council, will include actions such as the exchange of best practices for monitoring and reducing greenhouse gas emissions; the development of educational resources; and the use of Warren Wilson College as a demonstration site. The City of Asheville is a signatory to the US Mayors Climate Protection Agreement and Warren Wilson is a signatory to the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment.

2. Colorado State Transit Center earns LEED Gold Certification
Colorado State University's Transit Center has received LEED Gold certification. The building, which incorporates high performance glazing, daylighting, lighting controls, and a roof with a high R-value, is designed to perform over 30 percent better than a similar building built to code. Also, The percent of recycled materials (by cost) used is 10 percent, nearly 15 percent are regional materials (manufactured and extracted within 500 miles), and low or no-VOC adhesive, paints, and carpets were used throughout. In addition, light colored reflective roofing was used for over 75 percent of the roof surface so as to reduce heat island effect. Signage has been placed around the building to educate staff, students, guests and visitors about the green design elements of the building.

3. Suffolk U Creates Campus Sustainability Position (link no longer available)
Suffolk University's first Recycling Coordinator is now serving in an expanded role as the campus' first Special Projects Coordinator for Campus Sustainability, within Facilities Planning and Management. In this capacity, Erica Mattison is helping the Suffolk community reduce, reuse, and recycle and is also supporting a campus-wide energy efficiency initiative. Mattison is also a Masters in Public Administration student in the Sawyer Business School.

4. Santa Clara U Installs 50kW Solar Array
Silicon Valley Power has granted Santa Clara University $125,000 in rebates for the installation of a new 50-kilowatt photovoltaic system. Constructed on the University's main facilities building, the 338-panel solar system is projected to produce an average of 80,300 kilowatt-hours annually. "Solar energy is one of Santa Clara University's initiatives to achieve a carbon emissions level 20 percent lower than the 1990 level by 2010," says Joe Sugg, Assistant Vice President, University Operations, Santa Clara University.

5. Berea College Partners with Community Groups on Energy Use Study
Berea College's Center for Excellence in Learning Through Service has received a Learn and Serve America innovation grant for "Energy and Empowerment in an Appalachian County," an initiative to study energy needs and assets in Madison County. The integrated three-year community-based research project will bring together multiple community partner organizations and multiple academic departments with their specific expertise. This collaborative and coalition-based approach will produce data toward the goals of improving financial security of low-income families in Madison County; benefiting the environment by reducing demand for coal-based electricity; and empowering community members to become actively involved in transforming the policies, infrastructure, assumptions and behaviors that drive energy use in Kentucky today.

6. 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: Tom Buchanan of University of Wyoming, Freeman A. Hrabowski of University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Cheryl Joy Norton of Southern Connecticut State University, and Charles E. Schlimpert of Concordia University-Portland. 336 college and university presidents and chancellors have now signed the Commitment.

7. Ohio State Initiates Carsharing and Vanpooling Programs
Ohio State University has initiated a car-sharing program and a vanpooling program designed to relieve a campus parking crunch and reduce carbon emissions. Through a partnership with Flexcar, a fleet of 20 shared vehicles has been located on campus. Officials hope that the fleet of Flexcars could eventually help replace some of the 800 state vehicles currently used on central campus. The university is also joining with the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) to offer the vanpooling program to faculty and staff. Through MORPC's RideSolutions program, commuters join a vanpool from their neighborhood and travel to and from work together in a 12-passenger van. Pool members save money on gasoline and parking, and instead pay a nominal monthly fee which includes fuel, van maintenance and insurance. In addition, Ohio State is designating special reserved parking spaces near the driver's office. The program also offers a guaranteed ride home if the employee is stuck at work in case of emergency or unexpected overtime.

8. UNH Installs Pervious Concrete Parking Facility
The University of New Hampshire recently installed the first major pervious concrete parking facility in New England. The installation, which will replace the surface of an existing parking lot, will be overseen by researchers from the UNH Stormwater Center, who plan to study its effectiveness as a stormwater management tool. The concept of using pervious concrete to capture and treat polluted runoff is not a new one, but it has met resistance in New England due to concern over its performance during the freeze and thaw of the region's winters. With this parking lot, researchers aim to demonstrate that pervious concrete can work in cold climates. The research team will look at the pervious concrete's performance with regard to treating water quality, reducing the volume of runoff, and minimizing the need for salting and sanding in winter. They also will track how well it stands up to wear and tear.

9. Bike Promotion Campaign Begins at Emory
Emory University has launched a public awareness cycling campaign called "Why Not?" that promotes cycling as an economic, environmentally friendly and healthy way to get to work and to class. As part of the campaign the University is partnering with a bicycle manufacturer and the local retail outlet to offer special discount pricing on new bikes and equipment to the Emory community. A bike loan program will begin later this fall, and there will be dozens of bike raffles throughout the year to give away new bikes. Additionally, a local retail outlet is providing a mobile repair center that offers on-site and 48-hour repairs.

10. Dartmouth and UMASS Amherst Receive Sustainability Research Grants
Research teams from at Dartmouth College and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst have received nearly $300,000 each from the EPA to develop new projects designed to enhance understanding of sustainability. Researchers at UMASS Amherst will work to educate 43 communities in the Pioneer Valley region of Western Massachusetts about sustainable energy. The Dartmouth researchers will work to directly connect fluctuating levels of mercury pollution to policy controls and the individuals who influence them. By bridging the gap between mercury policy and on-the-ground biological and social indicators, the team plans to determine whether human resilience towards the environment can improve.

11. Clarion U Receives Grant for Advanced Energy Laboratory
Clarion University has been awarded a grant valued at $163,996 from the National Fuel Gas Distribution Corporation to establish an advanced energy laboratory in its new science & technology center. The National Fuel Energy Laboratory will feature a high-efficiency 65-kilowatt equivalent (kWe) microturbine that will generate electricity and heat from natural gas, which will work in tandem with the 26kWe solar photovoltaic array integrated into the roof of the $36.4 million building. Both technologies will be monitored in real-time and the data will be made available to the public in an information kiosk and distributed energy exhibit in the main entryway of the building. In addition to the display, the microturbine will be integrated into the curriculum at the University by having the system publicly accessible on the roof and including it in lectures.

12. Southern Polytechnic State U Starts Uniform Recycling Program (link no longer available)
As part of its participation in the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment, Southern Polytechnic State University is beginning a uniform recycling program. The University will be placing recycling receptacles for paper, cardboard, and plastic around campus. It is also participating in a program whereby it provides 20 oz. soda bottles to a company called Terracycle for reuse them as packaging for the company's organic plant fertilizers. In exchange, the University receives credit for rain forest conservation through the Nature Conservancy.

13. UNC Charlotte Finds Success with Construction Waste Reduction
Since its creation in 2004, UNC Charlotte's Construction and Demolition Recycling/Reuse Program has recycled, reused and diverted over 2.1 million pounds of material and saved contractors over $8,500. Under the program construction material is either reused in new projects or placed in a special demolition landfill and out of municipal landfills. One of the latest projects is the removal of 143.5 tons of river washed stones from the roof of one building and their reuse as part of the foundation for an upcoming Student Union Center project.

14. U Arkansas Tests Biodiesel
University of Arkansas has begun using B20 biodiesel fuel in a fleet of four-wheel-drive utility vehicles used by campus maintenance crews. The move is part of a study of studying the costs and benefits of biodiesel by the University's Division of Agriculture. The study, which is funded with a grant from the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board, will focus on emissions, fuel economy and engine wear.

15. Warren Wilson Chosen Southeast's 'Greenest College'
Blue Ridge Outdoors has selected Warren Wilson College as the Southeast's "Greenest College," one of the "Green Globe" awards the magazine handed out in its July issue. The College was recognized for its wide-ranging sustainability initiatives, including composting food-waste, using biodiesel vehicles, and managing its 700-acre forest and 300-acre working farm in a sustainable manner, among other things.

16. Ball State Council on the Environment Receives Energy Patriot Award
U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar presented the August 2007 Lugar Energy Patriot Award to Ball State University's Council on the Environment (COTE). COTE, which provides leadership for environmental initiatives at Ball State and the surrounding community, is the longest-standing green committee in Indiana's higher education community. Thanks in part to COTE's leadership, Ball State has signed the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment, and its strategic plan requires all new buildings to meet LEED Silver criteria or better. In addition, Ball State was one of the first Midwestern universities to switch to electric buses and has been using biodiesel fuel for almost five years.

17. Baylor University Wins NACUBO Award for Wind Power Purchase
Baylor University has received an Innovation Award from the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) for utilizing wind power and saving money at the same time. The award is the result of a 10-year electricity deal Baylor struck with Integrys Energy Services that gives Baylor a predictable cost structure for its electricity needs for the next decade. Wind energy makes up an undisclosed portion of the electricity purchased under the contract, according to campus officials. Administrators expect to save about $2 million annually once the new contract takes effect in July 2008.

New Resources

18. Berea College Sustainability Materials
Berea College's Ecological Sustainability Education Department has posted a series of campus sustainability materials, including a slide show of best practices, a campus sustainability directory, a greening the office booklet and slideshow, sustainability brochures and handouts, newsletters, list of sustainability courses, mini-grant applications, sustainability planning documents, indicators data, fact sheets about the College's operational sustainability, an RA programming guide, position descriptions, a sustainability pledge, and more.

Jobs & Internships

19. Sustainability Project Coordinator, Yale University
Yale University seeks a Sustainability Project Coordinator. Reporting to the Director of the Office of Sustainability, the Project Coordinator will be responsible for coordinating of campus sustainability committees, supporting Yale's participation in various national and international sustainability networks, and project based research relevant to campus sustainability activities. A Bachelor's Degree in a related field and two years of professional experience is required.

20. Senior Director, Strategy and Sustainability, Aramark
Reporting to the Associate Vice President, Technical Services, the Senior Director, Strategy and Sustainability will hold a senior leadership role in managing the Strategic Facility Planning Services portfolio and developing a sustainability platform and associated services within Technical Services. A Bachelors degree is required.

Events

21. 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.

22. 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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