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Table of Contents for 8/30/07:

NEWS
1. Major Newspapers Cover Sustainable Living on Campus
2. U Vermont Opens Green Student Union
3. Philadelphia U to Offer M.S. in Sustainable Design
4. U Florida Offers Faculty Fellowship in Sustainability
5. Western Illinois U Launches Sustainability Marketing Campaign
6. Ball State U Opens New Green Residence Hall
7. Emory Opens New Green Residence Hall
8. 6 New Campuses Sign Presidents Climate Commitment
9. NYU Begins Program to Reuse Abandoned Bikes
10. Car Sharing Comes to Carnegie Mellon
11. Auburn U Using Biodiesel in Campus Shuttles

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
12. Environ. Health Specialist and Sustainability Coordinator, Boise State U
13. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Specialist, UNC-Chapel Hill
14. Faculty of Global and Environmental Sustainability, Bentley College

EVENTS
15. Campus Recycling Events at National Recycling Coalition Congress

News

1. Major Newspapers Cover Sustainable Living on Campus (link no longer available)
The Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times have recently published stories about sustainable living efforts on campus. The Chicago Tribune article describes sustainability efforts at Northwestern University, as well as University of New Hampshire, Illinois State University, and UC Berkeley. The LA Times article focuses on efforts at California campuses, especially UC Irvine's green demonstration dorm.
See also: LA Times article (link no longer available)

2. U Vermont Opens Green Student Union
University of Vermont recently celebrated the opening of its new Dudley H. Davis Student Center with a a "green carpet" premiere. The 186,000-square-foot building is intended to achieve LEED Silver certification. 65 percent of all building materials were manufactured within 500 miles of the University. Features like the building's green roof, automatic faucets, and computerized energy management and lighting control system are anticipated to result in a 52 percent reduction in electricity usage and 40 percent estimated reduction in water cost. To enhance the educational potential of the buildings sustainability features, the monitoring system will display data about the environmental technologies at work in the building.

3. Philadelphia U to Offer M.S. in Sustainable Design
Philadelphia University will offer a new M.S. in Sustainable Design this fall. The 27-month, part-time program is designed to educate professionals in the fields of architecture, design and construction to design and build environmentally friendly buildings. The program features special laboratory and design-build courses focusing on green materials and includes real-world, funded research projects that allow students to connect their theoretical knowledge with environmental and energy-efficiency challenges.

4. U Florida Offers Faculty Fellowship in Sustainability
The University of Florida Office of the Provost has announced that the Provost Faculty Fellow Program will host a Faculty Fellow in Sustainability beginning in the Spring 2008 semester. The fellow will pursue a one to two year project to develop an interdisciplinary certificate/minor in sustainability. During his/her anticipated one to two year team, the Faculty Fellow in Sustainability will stimulate initiatives in teaching, research, and outreach, and work in concert with the Director of the Office of Sustainability. The Fellow in Sustainability will have access to up to $50,000 in funding per year for seed grants and other program initiatives.

5. Western Illinois U Launches Sustainability Marketing Campaign
Western Illinois University has launched Rocky Sustains, a sustainability marketing campaign designed to stress the importance of the campus community's active participation in such sustainable behaviors as recycling and energy and water conservation. It complements this year's University-wide theme, "Global Challenges and Personal Responsibility: Environmental Sustainability." Rocky Sustains was debuted at a First Year Experience, and will be present throughout the academic year as an encouragement for sustainable behavior. Rocky Sustains was developed by students in a marketing class.

6. Ball State U Opens New Green Residence Hall
Ball State University has opened Park Hall, a new green residence hall. The 164,000 square foot, $32 million building is designed to achieve LEED Silver certification. Sustainability features include: recycled and regionally produced building materials, indoor air-quality protection plans, low-flow water fixtures, energy recovery and optimization of building systems. Overall, the building is expected to use 35 percent less energy and 29 percent less water than a conventional building of similar size and use.

7. Emory Opens New Green Residence Hall
Emory University has opened Turman Hall, one of the first "green" residence halls in Georgia. Turman is the first residence hall to open in a planned complex of up to nine first-year residence halls that Emory anticipates will achieve at least LEED Silver Certification, along with two planned LEED Gold residence halls already under construction. Sustainability features of the 44,000 square foot building include: occupancy sensors, an energy metering display, bamboo and recycled glass terrazzo flooring, high recycled-content carpeting, Energy Star appliances, individually controlled thermostats, low flow showerheads and faucets, and dual-flush toilets.

8. 6 New Campuses Sign Presidents Climate Commitment
6 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: William E. Troutt of Rhodes College, John Strassburger of Ursinus College, Robert L. Caret of Towson University, Brian Levin-Stankevich of University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Laurence D. Spraggs of Broome Community College, and Thomas B. Coburn of Naropa University. 356 college and university presidents and chancellors have now signed the Commitment.

9. NYU Begins Program to Reuse Abandoned Bikes
Students at New York University have started a new program of collecting and repairing bicycles that have been abandoned on campus. The bikes are repaired in partnership with a local environmental group, which keeps half of the recovered bikes. The other half of the bikes are given to N.Y.U. freshmen who attend a workshop on bike care and safety. The project is funded by a grant from N.Y.U.'s sustainability task force.

10. Car Sharing Comes to Carnegie Mellon
Carnegie Mellon University has partnered with Zipcar to offer car sharing services to university faculty, staff, and students. Two shared cars will be placed on campus and made available to all staff and students aged 18+. In related news, the Wall Street Journal recently published an article highlighting the "new wave of car-sharing companies" working on campus.
See also: Wall Street Journal article on campus car sharing

11. Auburn U Using Biodiesel in Campus Shuttles
Auburn University has begun using biodiesel in transit fleet of more than 40 buses that travel around the university's campus and throughout the city of Auburn. The buses are starting with B10 biodiesel, but will switch to B20 biodiesel within a few months. University officials believe that Auburn is the first university in the state to make the switch.

Jobs & Internships

12. Environ. Health Specialist and Sustainability Coordinator, Boise State U
Environmental Health & Safety at Boise State University seeks a dynamic individual for the position of Environmental Health Specialist - Sustainability Coordinator. The EHS-SC will assist in developing and managing environmental health, occupational safety, and environmental protection programs, which may include, but are not limited to, water quality (stormwater, SPCC), air quality, building safety, fire safety, radiation safety, laboratory safety, laser safety, biological safety, hazardous materials handling, hazardous waste management, and industrial hygiene services. 25% of the position will be devoted to coordinating sustainability efforts on campus. Applicants must have a Bachelors degree and at least 2 years of experience. The deadline for applications is September 21, 2007.

13. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Specialist, UNC-Chapel Hill
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is seeking an energetic individual with strong quantitative analysis skills to monitor -- and develop a strategy to reduce -- greenhouse gas emissions. This person will develop a data capture mechanism, develop and populate a data base, and track annual progress. Most importantly, this individual will develop and implement a strategic plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions over time. The goal is to achieve climate neutrality by mid century. The preferred qualifications include strong analytical and computer skills, an understanding of energy supply and demand functions and technologies within a large public institution, and superior communication and presentation skills. The successful candidate will have a good understanding of climate change and the ability to make the business case for new technologies, behaviors, and business practices. Minimum experience includes a bachelor of science degree and 3 years experience in data management, analysis, and presentation or an equivalent combination of education and experience. The closing date for applications is September 17.

14. Faculty of Global and Environmental Sustainability, Bentley College
Bentley's Natural and Applied Sciences Department invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Earth, Environment, and Global Sustainability. The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in a relevant field of science and must be an outstanding teacher who can engage undergraduate students with business interests and perform innovative research in his/her fields of expertise. Areas of interest may range broadly from Earth systems and environmental science to Earth resources and management, alternative energy strategies, and environmental remediation, as well as sustainable technologies, practices, and policies. This is a tenure-track position. For best consideration, all application materials should be received by November 15, 2007.

Events

15. Campus Recycling Events at National Recycling Coalition Congress
Sept. 16-18; Denver, CO CURC, the College and University Recycling Council, has organized a series of events and activities focusing on campus recycling in conjunction with the National Recycling Council Conference. CURC is also holding a pre-conference workshop at University of Colorado at Boulder. Participants in this event will tour the award-winning University of Colorado Recycling Program in the morning and participate in afternoon workshops on campus recycling.

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