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Table of Contents for 9/6/07:

NEWS
1. AASHE Presents Sustainability Leadership Awards
2. East LA CC Going 'Off Grid' with 1 MW Solar Project
3. U Wisconsin-River Falls Receives Grant for Sustainable Ag Program
4. U Arkansas Applied Sustainability Center Receives $1.5M
5. U Toronto Mississauga Library Earns LEED Silver
6. 11 New Campuses Sign Presidents Climate Commitment
7. Penn State Ballpark Receives LEED Certification
8. U at Buffalo Launches Bike Promotion Program
9. Colorado State Makes Annual All-University Picnic Zero Waste
10. Rice U Tests Permeable Concrete
11. UC Davis Experiments with Green Parking Lots
12. Chronicle of Higher Ed Covers Sustainability in Business Education
13. CO School of Mines Opens Advanced Water Technology Center
14. Swarthmore Distributes CFL to Incoming First-Year Students
15. Texas Christian U Switches to Biodegradable Utensils
16. Texas Campuses Receive Mega-Energy Saver Awards
17. U Miami to Use Biodiesel in Shuttles

NEW RESOURCES
18. Campus Sustainability Profiles
19. Blogging Ball State's Greening of the Campus Conference
20. Campus Sustainability Insights Video Project

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
21. Assoc. Director of Center for Forest Sustainability, Auburn U
22. Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, St. Lawrence University
23. Assistant Professor Environmental Humanities, Gettysburg College
24. Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, SUNY Purchase
25. Scholar in U.S. Energy Policy and Its Social Impact, U Oklahoma
26. Director, American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute

News

1. AASHE Presents Sustainability Leadership Awards
AASHE presented its annual Sustainability Leadership Awards at the 7th biennial Greening of the Campus. The winners were the Michigan State University, Middlebury College, Green Mountain College, and Chandler-Gilbert Community College. In addition, The Evergreen State College and University of California, Berkeley received honorable mentions. The awards recognize institutions that have demonstrated an outstanding overall commitment to sustainability in their governance and administration, curriculum and research, operations, campus culture, and community outreach. AASHE also presented a Student Sustainability Leadership Award to Megan Naseman, a recent graduate from Berea College. The award, which comes with a $750 prize, honors an undergraduate student from an AASHE member institution who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in promoting campus sustainability.

2. East LA CC Going 'Off Grid' with 1 MW Solar Project
Officials at East Los Angeles College announced the commencement of construction activity on a photovoltaic solar system designed to produce one megawatt of electricity. The $9 million project is programmed to harvest nearly enough energy to meet the college's daytime electricity needs. Future renewable energy plans for the college to make it entirely energy independent include using excess electrical energy to convert water into oxygen and hydrogen, using the hydrogen to power fuel cells for evening electricity needs. The project at ELAC is the first milestone for the Los Angeles Community College District as it moves toward taking all nine of its colleges off the grid. Construction of the project is expected to be completed by year-end.

3. U Toronto Mississauga Library Earns LEED Silver
A new library and information complex at University of Toronto at Mississauga is the first University of Toronto building to receive a LEED Silver certification. The $34-million building includes a high-efficiency outdoor air heat/cool recovery system and lighting design that incorporates sensors to monitor occupancy. The building project also used a significant amount of recycled and regional supplies, and reduces water use with low-flow fixtures. The library also operates a green housekeeping program that improves the building's air quality.

4. 11 New Campuses Sign Presidents Climate Commitment
11 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: Roger Webb of University of Central Oklahoma, David H. Roe of Central College, Bevan Morris of Maharishi University of Management, Joseph C. Hough, Jr. of Union Theological Seminary, George J. Hagerty of Franklin Pierce University, Philip L. Hartley of West Valley College, Kenneth D. Yglesias of Coast Community College District (4 institutions), and George C. Knox of Labette Community College. 368 college and university presidents and chancellors have now signed the Commitment.

5. U Wisconsin-River Falls Receives Grant for Sustainable Ag Program
University of Wisconsin-River Falls has received a $460,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for a sustainable agriculture project. The grant will allow UWRF to establish a sustainable agriculture major within the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences and infuse sustainable agriculture content and practices into the College's other agriculture science programs. The grant also will provide for the creation of outreach seminars and workshops for area residents and agricultural producers as well as high school teachers and their students to learn the principles of sustainability and develop skills in organic food and fiber production and to connect with current industry practitioners. The project will be undertaken in collaboration between Chippewa Valley Technical College and Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service.

6. U Arkansas Applied Sustainability Center Receives $1.5M
University of Arkansas Applied Sustainability Center has received a $1.5 million donation from Wal-Mart to fund projects related to advanced research on greenhouse gas emissions, agriculture, and environmental education. The first project will be collaboration with leading experts in carbon reduction to research methods for reducing embodied fossil fuels in products. The second project, the Center will partner with the College of Food, Agriculture and Life Sciences to hold working sessions with specialists to identify and discuss sustainability issues in the agriculture industry. The funding will also help the Applied Sustainability Center develop a community speaking series on the environment.

7. Penn State Ballpark Receives LEED Certification
Penn State's Medlar Field baseball stadium was received LEED certification. The $30 million, 5,400-seat stadium includes waterless urinals and low-flow fixtures, and is expected use 30 percent less water than a conventional building. Additional sustainability features include low VOC materials, carpool parking spaces, bike storage, motion sensors, and daylighting.

8. U at Buffalo Launches Bike Promotion Program
University at Buffalo recently kicked off "Bicycling at UB," an initiative designed to improve bike riding to, from and across its three campuses. Bicycling at UB features the university's first bicycle-registration program; the installation of additional, user-friendly bike racks to securely store more than 300 bikes across the campuses; and the addition of bike racks to all UB Stampede buses. It also marks the start of the university's first on-campus bicycle borrowing program as part of a partnership with Buffalo Blue Bicycles, the city-wide bicycle-lending program. For an annual fee of $25 or six hours of volunteer service, membership in bicycle-lending program allows riders to borrow a bike from one of the UB campus hubs --racks that contain locked bikes -- for up to two days.

9. Colorado State Makes Annual All-University Picnic Zero Waste
Colorado State University is holding a zero waste all-university picnic, following the president's annual Fall Address. Guests will use compostable utensils and plates. Student groups will also be present with displays focusing on some of the university's environmental initiatives.

10. Rice U Tests Permeable Concrete
Rice University is experimenting with its first patch of water-permeable concrete in a new parking area. The patch is located near live oak trees to provide water and air to the trees' roots as well as to be tested for use in parking spaces and more heavily trafficked right-of-ways. The parking lot is the first on campus to incorporate planting boxes that hold trees and grasses. It's part of a larger effort to improve drainage and find cost-effective methods of handling water run-off. Other efforts include replacing unused hardscape with grass and other plants.

11. UC Davis Experiments with Green Parking Lots
Scientists from UC Davis recently finished installation of a new, lighter kind of soil engineered specifically for parking lots. Trees, their root systems, and the new soil combine to form a mini-reservoir for capturing stormwater. The soil is made with naturally available and inexpensive materials. It traps, cleans and slowly releases stormwater, reducing pollutant loads, runoff flooding. At the same time, the trees shade the parking lot, lowering pollutant emissions from cars and reducing the ambient temperature; absorb pollutants from the air; capture additional stormwater; and beautify their environment. The mini-reservoir design and the soil are being tested under everyday conditions in a UC Davis parking. Sixteen "treated" parking spaces are being compared with 16 parking spaces designed according to campus standards.

12. Chronicle of Higher Ed Covers Sustainability in Business Education
A recent article in the Chronicle of Higher Education notes that business schools are finding "that it pays to offer programs in sustainable development." According to the article, business schools "have seen an explosion of interest in sustainable development." The article provides a variety of examples of sustainability being incorporated into business education.

13. CO School of Mines Opens Advanced Water Technology Center
Colorado School of Mines has announced the opening of AQWATEC, the Advanced Water Technology Center. The Center will conduct research related to global water supply issues, specifically focused on novel water treatment processes and hybrid systems to enable sustainable and energy efficient utilization of impaired sources to provide potable and non-potable water supplies. The center also serves as a cornerstone supporting the campus research thrust areas of environment and energy.

14. Swarthmore Distributes CFL to Incoming First-Year Students
Swarthmore College is distributing compact fluorescent light bulbs to all incoming first-year students. Anecdotal evidence suggests that 80 or 90 percent of the bulbs are actually in use.

15. Texas Christian U Switches to Biodegradable Utensils
Texas Christian University food service has switched to utensils made of potato starch, as well as straws and to-go containers made from paper pulp. The move was made in response to student feedback.

16. Texas Campuses Receive Mega-Energy Saver Awards
Texas A&M University and Alamo Community College District have received Mega-Energy Saver Awards from the Texas Engineering Experiment Station and the Energy Systems Laboratory (ESL). The Mega-Energy Saver Awards are being presented to five ESL clients that have saved more than $1 million each in utility costs while working with ESL in enhanced building operations energy efficiency improvement programs. Texas A&M has saved more than $50 million since 1996 through its "Campus-wide Metering, Retrofits and Continuous Commissioning Program." TAMU is also investigating the construction of a super-high-efficient facility that could be used as a living laboratory for advancing building research.

17. U Miami to Use Biodiesel in Shuttles
University of Miami is launching a pilot program to use soy-based biodiesel fuel in its 'Hurry'Cane shuttle fleet. During the pilot program, which will run through the 2007 fall semester, nine of the 17 shuttle buses will operate on B20 soy-based biodiesel fuel.

New Resources

18. Campus Sustainability Profiles
AASHE has posted all of the applications from the 2007 Campus Sustainability Leadership Awards. The applications contain detailed information about each applicant's governance and administration, curriculum and research, operations, campus culture, and community outreach. AASHE intends to add new profiles to this resource after each year's award program.

19. Blogging Ball State's Greening of the Campus Conference
AASHE staff has posted a variety of blog entries describing their experiences at Ball State University's Greening of the Campus Conference. The posts cover talks by plenary speakers as well as individual sessions attended by AASHE staff.

20. Campus Sustainability Insights Video Project
AASHE has posted a collection of brief video clips with on-the-ground campus sustainability advocates talking about insights they have gleaned through their work. The clips come from interviews with attendees at the Smart & Sustainable Campuses Conference at University of Maryland in April. New videos will be added over time.

Jobs & Internships

21. Assoc. Director of Center for Forest Sustainability, Auburn U
The School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences at Auburn University is seeking applications for a tenure track, assistant / associate professor with expertise related to urban ecology. The successful applicant will coordinate communication between the Center for Forest Sustainability and public agencies, foundations, private industry, and the general public. This is a 12 month position with duties assigned as follows: 50% research, 25% teaching, and 25% administration. A Ph.D. degree in the ecological / environmental sciences is required. Review of applications will begin November 1, 2007.

22. Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, St. Lawrence University
St. Lawrence University seeks a qualified candidate for a tenure track position in environmental studies at the assistant professor level. The successful candidate will be an individual whose academic interest is recreation resource management, environmental assessment, and/or ecotourism. This person will teach Introduction to Environmental Studies regularly as well. The successful candidate will also have an on-going research program which can include undergraduate students. Review of applications will begin on January 20, 2008.

23. Assistant Professor Environmental Humanities, Gettysburg College
Gettysburg College invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Environmental Humanities in the interdisciplinary Environmental Studies Department to begin Fall 2008. Field of specialization is open. Teaching responsibilities include one or more upper-division courses in the candidate's area of specialization, an environmental humanities core course for ES majors, and an introductory environmental science course for non-majors. Candidates must hold a terminal degree (either Ph.D. or M.F.A.). The successful candidate will play a key role in broadening the scope of a growing and energetic Environmental Studies Department. Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2007.

24. Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, SUNY Purchase
The Environmental Studies Program at Purchase College invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professorship. The successful candidate will establish a research program that actively involves undergraduates. Teaching responsibilities include a course for the General Education curriculum that introduces environmental problems, and explores economic, social, and political solutions. The successful candidate will also contribute to the developing interdisciplinary/integrative studies programs. Candidates must possess a PhD degree in an environment-related field, and have research experience that uses Geographic Information Systems as an investigatory tool. Applications are due by February 15, 2008.

25. Scholar in U.S. Energy Policy and Its Social Impact, U Oklahoma
The Honors College of the University of Oklahoma invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor or tenured associate professor whose research focuses on U.S. energy policy and its social impact. Applicants' scholarship may have either a historical or contemporary focus. Applications are encouraged from scholars who employ critical, interdisciplinary approaches to topics such as the history of energy policy in the U.S., the relationship between U.S. energy policy and foreign affairs, the environmental consequences of energy policy, and the social impact of energy policy implementation in the past and present. Candidates from any discipline in the social sciences or humanities will be considered. Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2007 and will continue until the position is filled.

26. Director, American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute
The American Chemical Society seeks a Director for its Green Chemistry Institute to establish and lead the strategic direction for the Institute, as well as the daily operations of the organization; build its brand and reputation; expand its sources of funding; and lead the development of short- and long-term strategies for the success of the ACS GCI. The Director provides the vision necessary to ensure a forward-looking approach to challenges and stimulates new initiatives that will effectively advance green chemistry and fulfill the Institute's mission. The incumbent will represent ACS GCI in its relationships with major constituencies and stakeholders, the global scientific and engineering communities, and the public. The Director will coordinate efforts throughout the Society on issues related to green chemistry and green engineering. The successful candidate will be a recognized leader in the field. Applications are due by October 19, 2007.

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