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Table of Contents for 8/16/07:

NEWS
1. Newsweek and Time Feature Campus Sustainability
2. U New Hampshire to Use Landfill Gas as Primary Energy Source
3. SUNY ESF Installs Solar Panels
4. Shoals Marine Lab Installs Wind and Solar Energy Devices
5. 7 New Campuses Sign Presidents Climate Commitment
6. 2kW Wind Turbine Installed at Western Michigan U
7. Carleton College Receives Donation of Photovoltaic Shingles
8. Tulane to Open ENERGY STAR Dorm
9. UCLA Begins CD and DVD Recycling
10. Grist Magazine Names 15 Green Colleges and Universities
11. Boston Globe Covers Student Activism on Sustainable Investments

NEW RESOURCES
12. New Issue of International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
13. Recycling Coordinator, New York University
14. Student Sustainability Coordinator, Dalhousie University
15. Assoc. Prof., Program on the Environment, Fairfield University

EVENTS
16. Northeast Campus Sustainability Consortium Conference

News

1. Newsweek and Time Feature Campus Sustainability
Newsweek and Time Magazine have each included a feature article on campus sustainability in their back-to-school higher education special reports. The Newsweek article says that "more and more colleges are getting serious about going green" and highlights student activism, green construction, sustainability dining, climate neutrality, and academic programs in sustainability. The article in Time says that on a growing number of campuses sustainability "is becoming a driving force in institutions' missions, a guiding principle of campus operations and an academic discipline in its own right." It also says that sustainability "programs and policies can give a school instant cache as a cutting-edge institution, which can be a competitive advantage in student recruiting.
See also: Time Magazine article

2. U New Hampshire to Use Landfill Gas as Primary Energy Source
The University of New Hampshire has launched "EcoLine," a landfill gas project that will pipe gas from a nearby landfill to the campus. The landfill gas will replace conventional natural gas as the primary fuel in UNH's cogeneration plant, enabling UNH to derive 80-85 percent of its energy needs from this source and helping to stabilize the University's energy costs. The landfill gas will be transported to campus through a 12.7 mile underground pipeline. The system, which is expected to be operational by Fall 2008, is anticipated to cost $45 million. UNH is believed to be the first university in the US to undertake a landfill gas project of this magnitude.

3. SUNY ESF Installs 15kW of Solar Panels
As part of its participation in the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment, the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry recently completed the installation of a 15.4 kW solar array. The panels will provide approximately one-eighth of the annual electricity consumption of the building on which they are located, and about 1.5 percent of the College's total electricity needs. The College plans to install more photovoltaic panels this fall. When energy from the PV systems is added to energy provided by the College's carbonate fuel cell, which is capable of providing about 17 percent of the college's electricity needs, advanced energy sources will provide around 20 percent of the college's needs.
See also: List of campus solar installations

4. Shoals Marine Lab Installs Wind and Solar Energy Devices
Shoals Marine Laboratory, a remote research facility operated jointly by Cornell University and the University of New Hampshire, recently installed a 7.5kW wind turbine as well as a 2.2kW solar array on its island campus off the New Hampshire coast. The wind turbine will provide year-round power for an array of instruments that collect air quality and meteorological measurements which previously have to be shut off in October when the lab closes for the winter and the diesel-powered generators are shut down. The renewable energy installations are part of an increased focus on sustainability at the Laboratory, which also composts its food waste.

5. 7 New Campuses Sign Presidents Climate Commitment
7 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: Elson S. Floyd or Washington State University (4 campuses), Kim S. Phipps of Messiah College, Eileen B. Wilson-Oyelaran of Kalamazoo College, and W. R. Merriman, Jr. of Southwestern College. 343 college and university presidents and chancellors have now signed the Commitment.

6. 2kW Wind Turbine Installed at Western Michigan U
A Western Michigan University professor has self-funded the installation of a 2 kW wind turbine at the University's College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. The wind turbine is supplying electricity to the campus, and will be used for educational purposes.
See also: List of campus wind turbine installations

7. Carleton College Receives Donation of Photovoltaic Shingles
Carleton College has received a donation of a $30,000 photovoltaic shingle system that incorporates solar cells into roofing shingles. The shingles will be installed on campus, as part of the College's efforts under the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment. The shingles, which were previously used on a demonstration residence, were donated by Xcel Energy.

8. Tulane to Open ENERGY STAR Dorm
Two first-year students at Tulane University have been selected to live in an ENERGY STAR Showcase Dorm Room this year. The room will be stocked with ENERGY STAR certified appliances and will be used to educate students about environmentally friendly technology. The University held an essay competition among incoming first-year students to determine who would get to live in the room. Applicants were asked to write about why young people should care about energy efficiency and the environmental impacts of energy use, and how the applicants would raise awareness about energy efficiency among their peers.

9. UCLA Begins CD and DVD Recycling
UCLA's Software Central office has recently implemented a program to coordinate the recycling of used CD/DVD disks on campus. The discs are collected at a central collection point, and then sent to the CD Recycling Center of America for recycling.

10. Grist Magazine Names 15 Green Colleges and Universities
Grist, the online environmental magazine, has put together a list of 15 "Green Colleges and Universities". The list includes brief descriptions of sustainability activities underway: College of the Atlantic, Middlebury College, The Evergreen State College, Oberlin College, Harvard University, University of British Columbia, California State University, Chico, Tufts University, Green Mountain College, Yale University, University of Maryland, Aquinas College, Leeds University, EARTH University, and Glasgow University. Runners up include: University of New Hampshire, Stanford University, Arizona State University, University of California, Berkeley, and St. Olaf College.
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11. Boston Globe Covers Student Activism on Sustainable Investments
A recent article in the Boston Globe highlights student action to incorporate social and environmental criteria into their institutions' investment strategies. The article describes what the author sees as a shift in student activism away from confrontation with administrators to a more cooperative and "corporate" approach. The article says that the corporate style of student activism is gaining momentum and paying dividends on many campuses. Specifically, the article cites recent successes related to divestment from Sudan and the creation of advisory committees on investor responsibility.

New Resources

12. New Issue of International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education
A new issue of the International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education is now available. Issue 3 of Volume 8 includes papers on: promoting sustainability within career-oriented degree programs; the failure of non-binding declarations to achieve university sustainability; environmental literacy requirements; student perceptions of sustainable development; institutional motivations and barriers to the construction of green buildings on campus; and more.

Jobs & Internships

13. Recycling Coordinator, New York University
New York University is hiring a Recycling Coordinator to manage the University's recycling and waste reduction programs. The position requires a Bachelor's degree, 4 years' of increasingly responsible administrative experience, and intermediate to advanced knowledge of recycling waste management practices and city, state, and federal regulations.

14. Assoc. Prof., Program on the Environment, Fairfield University
The Program on the Environment at Fairfield University and the College of Arts and Sciences seeks an associate professor to start date on September 1, 2008. The appointment is split, with teaching duties in the home department (1/3) and the Program on the Environment (2/3). Candidates should have a record of effective teaching and scholarly achievement, and should be interested in assuming directorship of the program in the near future. Review of applications will begin in November.

15. Student Sustainability Coordinator, Dalhousie University
The Student Sustainability Coordinator will interact with the administration, faculty, staff, and students and will be instrumental in focusing attention on ways to maximize sustainability at Dalhousie University. The Student Sustainability Coordinator will reach out to the campus and wider community and provide a connection between Dalhousie students and regional and national student campus activities. The Student Sustainability Coordinator will facilitate the implementation of the University's Student Union sustainability policy. Applicants should have a Bachelor's degree or equivalent and a minimum 1 year experience in a sustainability related group or organization. The deadline for applications is August 17.

Events

16. 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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