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Table of Contents for 8/23/07:

NEWS
1. N Carolina Requires Energy and Water Conservation in State Buildings
2. Office of Sustainability Opens at the University of Utah
3. U Southern Maine to Offer Minor in Environmental Sustainability
4. Goldsmith School of Management Offers Concentration in Sustainability
5. 4 New Campuses Sign Presidents Climate Commitment
6. Rice U Chooses Global Warming Book for Common Reading Program
7. Santa Clara U Holds Sustainability Curriculum Development Workshop
8. General Theological Seminary Begins Geothermal Installation
9. West Virginia U Launches Major Conservation Effort
10. Harvard Library Building Receives LEED Gold Certification
11. Vanderbilt U Dorms Receive LEED Silver Certification
12. Rice U Announces 30M Gift and Plans for Green Dorm
13. McGill U Health Centre Partners with City on Sustainable Development
14. U New Mexico Announces Energy Services Performance Contract
15. Westminster College Installs 8 kW Solar Array
16. U New Hampshire Secures Discounts on ENERGY STAR Products
17. U Florida Switches to Efficient Washing Machines
18. Arizona State Switches to More Efficient Copiers
19. U New Mexico Installs Outdoor Recycling Bins

NEW RESOURCES
20. Campus - Community Organizing Guide
21. U Washington Capital Projects Office Sustainability Website

OPPORTUNITIES
22. ClimateQuest Seeks Campus Hosts for Summer Programs for High School Students

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
23. Director of Environmental and Energy Conservation, St. John's University
24. Centennial Chair in Environment and Sustainability, U Saskatchewan
25. Compton Chair in Ecological Design, Berea College
26. Asst. Professor in Water and Sustainability, U British Columbia
27. Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, Ursinus College
28. Organizing Director, Responsible Endowments Coalition

EVENTS
29. Web Conference on Financing Renewable Energy on Campus

News

1. N Carolina Requires Energy and Water Conservation in State Buildings
The North Carolina legislature has overwhelmingly approved legislation requiring new and renovated state-owned buildings (including universities and community colleges) to be constructed to meet high performance building standards and reduce water consumption. Specifically, major facility projects are to be 30% more energy efficient and major renovations are to 20% more energy efficient than the standard under ASHRAE 90.1 2004. In addition, for new construction, the water systems shall use a minimum of 20% less potable water than required by code, and outdoor potable water or harvested groundwater consumption shall be reduced by a minimum of 50% over that consumed by conventional means. After-construction measurement and verification is required to confirm that these performance goals are met. Lastly, the legislation requires state agencies to implement a variety of energy and water conservation measures such as using LED exit lighting and low flow showerheads in all publicly-owned buildings.
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2. Office of Sustainability Opens at the University of Utah
University of Utah recently opened an Office of Sustainability to coordinate and facilitate sustainability activities and initiatives across campus. The Office is staffed by a part-time Interim Director, a Coordinator, a Community Service Fellow, and a Research Assistant. It was created at the urging of a student sustainability group, which secured support from University administrators to operate the Office for a pilot period of one year.

3. U Southern Maine to Offer Minor in Environmental Sustainability
Starting this fall, University of Southern Maine will offer a new minor in environmental sustainability. Through 19 credits of classes, students in the Environmental Sustainability minor will examine the scientific, cultural, economic, and policy aspects of sustainability, and will learn the skills needed to recognize and overcome barriers to achieving sustainability. Required courses from the Department of Environmental Science include: Fundamentals of Environmental Science; Environmental Planning; and Global Environmental Problems and Sustainability. The minor is coordinated by the Department of Environmental Science.
See also: List of Minors in Sustainability (AASHE members only)

4. Goldsmith School of Management Offers Concentration in Sustainability
The Marshall Goldsmith School of Management has announced the creation of a new concentration in Sustainable Management. The School has started three new courses to support the program: sustainable management, sustainable marketing, and environmental management reporting. The Marshall Goldsmith School of Management is affiliated with Alliant University, which also offers an MBA in Sustainable Management through the Presidio School of Management.
See also: Program homepage
See also: List of graduate business programs in sustainability (AASHE members only)

5. 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: Frank T. Brogan of Florida Atlantic University, Judith A. Dwyer of Saint Xavier University, Joel L. Kinnamon of Chabot-Las Positas Community College District, and Tim Hudson of University of Houston-Victoria. 347 college and university presidents and chancellors have now signed the Commitment.

6. Rice U Chooses Global Warming Book for Common Reading Program
All incoming undergraduates and other members of the Rice University community have been invited to read Elizabeth Kolbert's "Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature and Climate Change," and participate in follow-up discussions and activities as part of the University's Common Reading program. The program, which is sponsored by the Dean of Undergraduates, provides freshmen with a free book, a series of fall events to discuss the reading, and Web pages with additional resources.

7. Santa Clara U Holds Sustainability Curriculum Development Workshop
Ninteen Santa Clara University faculty attended a peer-led sustainability curriculum development workshop this summer. The workshop is designed for faculty outside of the traditional environmentally-focused disciplines to find ways to incorporate sustainability into their curriculum. Project leaders provided inspiration, background information, space for discussion, and a monetary incentive for participants to develop their new or revised syllabi. A website dedicated to detailing the changes to curriculum that are occurring as a result of the effort is under development so that faculty who have not been through the workshop can see what their peers are doing with their classes. Called the Penstemon Project, the project is modeled after the Ponderosa and Piedmont Projects held at Northern Arizona and Emory Universities, respectively.

8. General Theological Seminary Begins Geothermal Installation
The General Theological Seminary has begun construction on one of the largest geothermal projects in the Northeast. The geothermal system is expected to eliminate the need for roof-level cooling towers and window air conditioners, thereby helping to preserve the architectural integrity of the historic campus. In addition, the system will to reduce energy costs and is anticipated to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than 14,000 tons over its first 10 years of operation.

9. West Virginia U Launches Major Conservation Effort
West Virginia University is kicking off a major conservation awareness campaign called "WE CAN," or WVU Environmental Conservation Awareness Now. "WE CAN" challenges employees and students to not only continue utilizing recycling bins located in most campus buildings, but to also turn off computers, copiers, laser printers and light switches as they leave offices, classrooms and residence halls. WVU Facilities Management officials have been working over the summer to incorporate the conservation message into New Student Orientation as well as required University 101 classes and residence hall programming. Employees are hearing about the program through Faculty Senate, Staff Council and campus communication vehicles. A special website is also being developed as a gateway to campus environmental efforts.

10. Harvard Library Building Receives LEED Gold Certification
A new Harvard University Library building has received LEED Gold certification. Ground source heat pumps used for heating and cooling, and daylighting is provided throughout the building. Overall, the 30,405 square foot building is 32% more energy efficient than an equivalent ASHRAE 90.1-1999 compliant building, and 43% more water efficient than required by EPAct 1992. In addition, 96% of construction waste was diverted from landfills.

11. Vanderbilt U Dorms Receive LEED Silver Certification
Two new residence halls at Vanderbilt University have received LEED Silver certification. Sustainability features of the new buildings include: low-flow and waterless fixtures, bamboo flooring, high efficiency kitchen exhaust systems, natural lighting in atriums and stairwells, motorized window shades to reduce heat and glare, and pervious concrete pavement. In addition, many construction materials were reused, and most of the new materials came from vendors located within a 500-mile radius. The new buildings are part of The Commons, Vanderbilt's new first-year student community. Five other buildings in The Commons have also been submitted for LEED certification. With the support of a student environmental organization, administrators decided to pursue the certification as an example of the student-faculty-staff partnerships The Commons was designed to foster. Vanderbilt is believed to be the first campus in Tennessee to have a LEED certified building.

12. Rice U Announces 30M Gift and Plans for Green Dorm
Rice University has announced a $30 million gift to support its residential college system, and simultaneously announced plans to plans to construct its 11th residential college to LEED Gold standards. The new green residence will be named after the donors. Sustainability features planned for the new building include: motion detectors that shut off lights in unoccupied rooms; retention of storm water runoff for irrigation; a green roof; and controls that shut off air-conditioners when the windows are opened. Overall, the building is expected to be at least 25% more energy efficient and at least 30% more water efficient than required by code.

13. McGill U Health Centre Partners with City on Sustainable Development
McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) has partnered with the City of Montreal on its First Strategic Sustainable Development Plan, thus becoming the first healthcare centre to commit to implementing the plan's guiding principles. As a partner in this plan, the MUHC will: ensure the new car idling law is respected on its sites; implement measures to encourage active and public transport (walk, bike, carpool, metro, bus, train); promote a clean and calm environment at its hospitals; take action to reduce and recycle waste materials; implement potable water-saving measures; improve the energy performance of its buildings; integrate sustainable development into management practices; and participate in major environmental events to help mobilize the community. MUHC will soon hire an environmental management system coordinator to implement the MUHC's environmental policy and help lead these efforts.

14. U New Mexico Announces Energy Services Performance Contract
The University of New Mexico Board of Regents recently voted to support Lobo Energy, Inc. entering into a contract with Energy Education, Inc. (EEI) to implement an energy conservation program at UNM. EEI would implement a comprehensive program aimed at developing a conservation culture at UNM, putting into place standardized best practices and programs that promote responsible energy management among students, faculty and staff. According to EEI estimates, UNM could expect projected savings in excess of $50 million over the next 10 years. Under the agreement, if the University doesn't save enough to cover the costs of implementation, then EEI will refund the difference between savings and costs.

15. Westminster College Installs 8 kW Solar Array
Westminster College has installed an 8 kW solar photovoltaic system on the roof of its athletic center. The installation of the solar array was funded with a grant Rocky Mountain Power's Blue Sky renewable energy program, through which the College purchases an amount of electricity equivalent to 11% of its average monthly usage. The project is part of Westminster's ongoing effort to transform the campus into a learning tool. The new solar power system and building electricity use will be monitored, and students will be able to access real-time data from the college's website. Officials believe that Westminster is the first campus in Utah to meet part of its electricity needs with on-site solar power.
See also: List of campus solar installations

16. U New Hampshire Secures Discounts on ENERGY STAR Products
For the third year, University of New Hampshire's Office of Sustainability is partnering with a local hardware store to offer discounts on a range of energy-saving appliances to everyone in the UNH and surrounding communities during student move-in. The WildCAP discount program offers savings of up to 50 percent on Energy Star compact refrigerators, microwaves and other appliances as well as compact fluorescent light bulbs.

17. U Florida Switches to Efficient Washing Machines
University of Florida has contracted with a new laundry vendor that will be installing new energy and water efficient washing machines around campus. The new frontloading machines use only half as much water as previous models and require less detergent.

18. Arizona State Switches to More Efficient Copiers
Arizona State University is replacing campus printers and copiers on all four ASU campuses with more energy-efficient models.

19. U New Mexico Installs Outdoor Recycling Bins
University of New Mexico has four outdoor recycling containers around campus. The bins have separate slots for newspapers, plastic, glass and general trash that lead to 55-gallon drums. This is UNM's first outdoor recycling effort.

New Resources

20. Campus - Community Organizing Guide
The Energy Justice Network has released Campus - Community Organizing Guide designed to provide high school and college-aged youth with the tools and guidance to get involved in community organizing efforts. The 39-page guide includes sections on "Why Organize?," "Four Great Ways to Help Communities," "The Work Ahead," "Overcoming Obstacles," and "The Way Forward." The guide also includes examples of successful campus-community collaboration.

21. U Washington Capital Projects Office Sustainability Website
University of Washington's Capital Projects Office has developed a new website describing its sustainability efforts. The website provides information about University of Washington's LEED projects and related campus sustainability initiatives.

Opportunities

22. ClimateQuest Seeks Campus Hosts for Summer Programs for High School Students
This past summer, Sonoma State College, Western Washington University and American University offered new summer programs for high school students to educate them about the fundamentals of the climate challenge through video production.. The program, called ClimateQuest, equips participants with the skills to show how climate change will impact their local communities and what solutions are emerging. The videos produced by the students appear on the Campus Climate Challenge site and on It's Getting Hot in Here. ClimateQuest plans to expand the program to more campuses in summer 2008 and is seeking additional campuses to participate in the program.

Jobs & Internships

23. Director of Environmental and Energy Conservation, St. John's University
St. John's University seeks a Director of Environmental and Energy Conservation to provide leadership to enable the institution to reduce its carbon footprint by 30% over the next 10 years. The Director will help implement energy-efficient and sustainable features at various buildings on the campuses. The Director will work with campus departments to implement reduction of carbon footprint in non-energy related areas. The Director will develop awareness program and effective techniques for community and staff involvement in attaining a green and sustainable campus. Applicants should have a minimum of 8 years experience. The position is open until filled.

24. Centennial Chair in Environment and Sustainability, U Saskatchewan
The University of Saskatchewan invites applications for a newly established Centennial Chair in Environment and Sustainability. The Chair will provide leadership to establish and promote excellence in interdisciplinary research and graduate student training in the newly created School of Environment and Sustainability. The School's focus is on issues of importance to the northern prairie and parkland, boreal forest, and Arctic ecosystems. The four themes that will inform the launch of its programs are: the relationship between ecological integrity and resource use, energy use and climate change, earth system processes, and environmental ethics, justice, and governance. The successful candidate will be appointed to a tenured or tenure-track position at a rank commensurate with qualifications, and the Chair will be awarded for a five-year period, renewable once. The successful candidate will assume the position on or before July 1, 2008.

25. Compton Chair in Ecological Design, Berea College
Berea College seeks an educator and a practitioner to fill the endowed Compton Chair in Ecological Design. This will be an appointment in the Sustainability and Environmental Studies Program, with the possibility of a joint appointment with another academic program or department. Teaching responsibilities include introductory courses in Sustainability and Environmental Studies and in ecological design, an upper-level course in ecological architecture, and other courses contingent on individual background and interests. Developing courses and other learning opportunities focused on experiential education - learning by doing - in conjunction with the College's efforts to become a sustainable campus and in conjunction with the College's commitment to the Appalachian region is an essential part of the teaching. This is a tenure track position with duties beginning August 2008. Review of applicants will begin October 15, 2007 until filled.

26. Asst. Professor in Water and Sustainability, U British Columbia
The Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability (IRES) invites applications for a tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of water and sustainability, to commence July 1, 2008. IRES seeks an interdisciplinary scholar in the natural or social sciences who aspires to develop an internationally recognized research program on water and sustainability, broadly defined to include research areas as diverse as water quality and chemistry, water systems ecology, or aquatic resource decision-making. An orientation to interdisciplinary, integrative approaches that incorporate linkages among human and natural systems is required. Applications are due by September 30th, 2007.

27. Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, Ursinus College
Ursinus College invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor of environmental studies to begin in fall 2008. A Ph.D. in environmental studies or a related field is expected by the start of employment. Applicants are welcome from all areas of environmental research and pedagogical interests within environmental studies. Prior experience teaching in an interdisciplinary environmental program is highly desirable. Teaching responsibilities will include core courses in environmental studies and courses in the candidate's area of expertise. The successful candidate must demonstrate a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching in a liberal arts setting and will be expected to participate in the College's interdisciplinary liberal studies freshman seminar, mentor student research, oversee campus sustainability projects, implement a program of scholarly activity, and participate in the continuing development of our thriving Environmental Studies Program. To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by October 1, 2007.

28. Organizing Director, Responsible Endowments Coalition
The Responsible Endowments Coalition seeks an organizer to spearhead national campus-based organizing efforts. The REC organizer will work closely with students across the country to develop campus endowment activism. The position is open until filled.

Events

29. 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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