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Table of Contents for 9/14/07:

NEWS
1. UBC Okanagan to Use Geothermal Energy Campus-Wide
2. U Tennessee, Knoxville Adopts LEED Building Policy
3. 18 New Campuses Sign Presidents Climate Commitment
4. RIT Launches The Golisano Institute for Sustainability
5. Carleton Announces Composting, 'One Stream' Recycling Programs
6. Skidmore Receives Grant to Hire Sustainability Coordinator
7. Rockefeller University Begins Construction of Green Laboratory
8. Roberts Wesleyan Opens Green Library
9. U Alberta Implements Green Cleaning Program
10. U Guelph Encourages First-Year Students to Live Sustainably
11. Catawba College Hires Waste Reduction Coordinator
12. Rice U Deconstructing Houses
13. Middlebury Begins Carsharing Program
14. Carsharing Starts at Arizona State and UW-Milwaukee
15. Carsharing Comes to Bates College

NEW RESOURCES
16. Presidents Climate Commitment Implementation Guide
17. KIWI Green College Report

OPPORTUNITIES
18. People, Ecology and Development Study Abroad Program-Thailand

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
19. Director of Partnerships and Alliances, Energy Action Coalition
20. Director of Sustainability & Multi-disciplinary Research, UN Las Vegas
21. Dir., Research Inst. of Env., Energy, and Econ., Appalachian State U
22. Environmental Studies Faculty, Antioch University New England
23. Prof. of Sustainable Energy, Chem. and Bio. Engineering, Tufts U
24. Prof. of Sustainable Energy, Elect. and Comp. Engineering, Tufts U
25. Prof. of Sustainable Energy, Mechanical Engineering, Tufts U
26. Waste Management Professor, EARTH University

EVENTS
27. AASHE Sustainability Across the Curriculum Leadership Workshop

News

1. UBC Okanagan to Use Geothermal Energy Campus-Wide
University of British Columbia Okanagan has announced plans to use thermal energy extracted from groundwater under the campus to provide heating and cooling to all academic buildings on the 105-hectare campus. In a process called geoexchange, water pumped from the ground will be used at its natural temperature of 10.5 °C to cool buildings during summer. In winter, the water will be compressed to raise its temperature to about 54°C. All our new buildings are designed to use the geo-exchange system and by 2010 all existing buildings will be retrofitted to use geoexchange technology. The geoexchange system will eventually replace an existing natural-gas-fired plant, reducing energy costs by about $100,000 a year.

2. U Tennessee, Knoxville Adopts LEED Building Policy
University of Tennessee, Knoxville has announced a planned policy to require major new campus buildings and renovations to conform to LEED standards. The policy, announced by UT Knoxville Chancellor Loren Crabtree during "Make Orange Green Week." would be the first of its kind at a college or university in the state of Tennessee. Under the policy, all new buildings constructed on the UT campus at a cost of more than $5 million and any major renovations would be required to follow LEED standards.

3. 18 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: Jehuda Reinharz of Brandeis University, Lois B. DeFleur of Binghamton University (SUNY), Michael McFarland of College of the Holy Cross, James L. Peterson of Gustavus Adolphus College, Lloyd W. Benjamin III of Indiana State University, Gloria C. Larson of Bentley College, Rosalind Reichard of Emory & Henry College, Charles W. Sorensen of University of Wisconsin-Stout, Thomas J. Gamble of Mercyhurst College, Aaron Podolefsky of University of Central Missouri, Michael A. Battle of Interdenominational Theological Center, Charles Ruch of South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, Herlinda M. Glasscock of North Lake College, Linda Thor of Rio Salado College, Katharine W. Winnograd of Central New Mexico Community College, Rusty Stephens of Wilson Technical Community College, Judith M. L. Hansen of Southwestern Oregon Community College, and Jack Calareso of Anna Maria College. 388 college and university presidents and chancellors have now signed the Commitment.

4. RIT Launches The Golisano Institute for Sustainability
Rochester Institute of Technology has established The Golisano Institute for Sustainability, which will provide a platform for universities, corporations and governments to collaborate in the creation of education and technology development systems related to sustainable design, life-cycle engineering, remanufacturing and pollution prevention. Through the Institute, RIT expects to become the first technological university to provide a full spectrum of career-focused, integrated and interdisciplinary programs that embody the principles of sustainability in product development. A $10 million commitment from a donor will fund new development and new academic programs as the university works toward creating one of the world's first doctorates in sustainability, which will focus on sustainable production. The Institute will be lead by Nabil Nasr, RIT assistant provost and director of the Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies. Nasr is an expert in the field of sustainability, and has been the catalyst in building RIT's expertise in sustainable product design and environmentally conscious manufacturing.

5. Carleton Announces Composting, 'One Stream' Recycling Programs
Carleton College has announced new recycling and composting programs. The College is the first large Minnesota organization and first higher educational institution in the state to embark on a "one-stream" recycling program, in which recyclables are collected together and do not need to be separated. The single-stream recycling program is expected to increase recovery rates and enable more efficient fleet utilization and route optimization. The College has also begun composting food waste and other products made out of biodegradable material. All food waste produced by Carleton's dining facilities will be collected in yellow "compostable" bins. In addition, all disposable items at the snack bar, including plates, cups, containers, and utensils, are compostable.

6. Skidmore Receives Grant to Hire Sustainability Coordinator
Skidmore College has received a $140,000 grant from the Educational Foundation of America for a three-year pilot project designed to strengthen environmental initiatives on campus. The grant will allow Skidmore to hire a campus sustainability coordinator who will work with the college's Facilities Department and Environmental Studies Program on projects to reduce energy consumption and to increase environmental awareness among students, faculty, and staff. The EFA grant will support the salary and benefits of the sustainability coordinator for two years. Skidmore will provide funding at the same level for a third year of the program. In addition to salary, the budget includes a "green" component to assist the coordinator in launching new projects once they have been approved.

7. Rockefeller University Begins Construction of Green Laboratory
After nearly two years of planning, construction is under way on The Rockefeller University's new Collaborative Research Center, a building and renovation project that will transform two historic limestone and masonry buildings into modern open-plan laboratories connected by a six-story glass atrium. The $400 million project is designed for LEED certification. Green features include heat-recovery systems to reclaim energy from laboratory exhaust air; variable-speed water pumps and fans in the HVAC system; high-efficiency, low-heat lighting; occupancy sensors; high-efficiency transformers; high-performance windows; floor plans that locate heat-generating equipment away from occupied areas; a partial green roof; low-flow restroom fixtures and waterless urinals; and sustainable and locally sourced finishing materials including bamboo woodwork in laboratories and ecofriendly paints and solvents.

8. Roberts Wesleyan Opens Green Library
Roberts Wesleyan College has opened a new 43,000-square-foot library. The $11-million project was designed for LEED certification and incorporates the following green features: renewable materials such as cork flooring and carpet squares made of highly recycled content and sunflower board cabinetry; T-5 fluorescent lighting; geothermal heating and cooling systems; and natural light combined with white paint and solar shades for maximum effectiveness. The College has purchased renewable energy credits to mitigate the buildings electricity consumption. Overall, the building is 40 percent more energy-efficient than recommended by New York State Energy Code.

9. U Alberta Implements Green Cleaning Program
The University of Alberta has implemented a full-scale green cleaning program called "Cleaning for a Healthy U." The goal of the program is to reduce the amount of volatile organic compounds used in cleaning while also eliminating many of the airborne particulates indoors. A new Green Seal approved chemical line, updated matting systems, an integrated pest management program, regulated chemical dispensing equipment, and new touch-free hand towel dispensers installed around campus have been implemented as part of the program. The final phase was rolled out in April when the University of Alberta installed HEPA-filtered equipment that helps trap and remove airborne particulates negatively affecting the indoor air quality of buildings around campus.

10. U Guelph Encourages First-Year Students to Live Sustainably
The University of Guelph's sustainability program is giving away 1,000 cloth bags to first-year students as a way of encouraging them to live sustainably while on campus. Information packages on recycling, sustainable consumerism and energy conservation on campus will be included with the bags. The students will be asked to sign a pledge promising to put an effort towards living more sustainably. They will also be asked to check off from a list three ways they plan to reduce their own consumption and waste.

11. Catawba College Hires Waste Reduction Coordinator
Catawba College has hired David Najarian as its Waste Reduction and Recycling Coordinator. Najarian will help coordinate sustainability efforts on campus and provide continuity for student efforts as well as for initiatives which begin with the College's Center for the Environment. Najarian will assist in launching an on-campus composting program, pursuing LEED certification for new construction projects, investigating the use of recycled brick in campus construction projects, and participating in an EPA Peer Audit.

12. Rice U Deconstructing Houses
Rice University is deconstructing three houses to make room for a child-care center for employees. Wood floors, bricks, lighting and bath fixtures, appliances, cement slabs, flagstone and millwork such as doorframes, windowsills and stair risers and other items from the houses will be salvaged and reused in other projects.

13. Middlebury Begins Carsharing Program
This fall, Middlebury College will introduce a car-sharing service to faculty, staff and students, in partnership with Zipcar. Two self-service Toyota Hybrid Prius vehicles will be located on campus.

14. Carsharing Starts at Arizona State and UW-Milwaukee
Arizona State University and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee have partnered with Flexcar to offer carsharing services to faculty, staff, and students older than 18. These partnerships mark the first car-sharing programs in the state of Arizona and the city of Milwaukee.

15. Carsharing Comes to Bates College
Bates College has partnered with Zipcar to provide carsharing services to faculty, staff, and students older than 18. Two Toyota Prius automobiles are now available for car sharing on campus.

New Resources

16. Presidents Climate Commitment Implementation Guide
The American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment supporting organizations have released the official ACUPCC Implementation Guide. The Guide provides more detail on the specific obligations in the Commitment, explains technical issues related to implementation, and outlines key policies. The supporting organizations have also released Summary Feedback Document describing the comments received during the formal comment period this summer, and any changes made as a result.

17. KIWI Green College Report
Kiwi Magazine, a parenting magazine focused on raising healthy families, has put together a list of 50 colleges that will help students help the planet. The list contains a brief description of the sustainability efforts underway at each campus, and includes both 2-year and 4-year institutions. The accompanying article says "environmental awareness is the fastest-growing trend in higher education today."
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Opportunities

18. People, Ecology and Development Study Abroad Program-Thailand
The International Sustainable Development Studies Institute is now accepting applications for its Spring 2008 People, Ecology and Development study abroad program in Thailand. The program focuses on the links between culture, ecology and sustainability through the experiential study of specific communities and ecosystems. ISDSI Expedition Field Courses are upper division courses which require living cross-culturally and traveling in remote areas--villages, islands, rivers and mountains; while traveling by foot, sea kayak or canoe. Students earn a semester of academic credit while on the program. The Spring semester includes the intensive study of Thai, as well as studies of rivers, human rights and the environment; islands, reefs and mangrove ecosystems; and ethnic peoples and forests. The deadline for applications is October 12, 2007.

Jobs & Internships

19. Director of Partnerships and Alliances, Energy Action Coalition
The Energy Action Coalition seeks a Director of Partnerships and Alliances to cultivate and maintain existing and new partnerships for Energy Action Coalition - focusing on, but not limited to, building relationships with under-represented populations, non- traditional allies, and organizations working with high school students. The Director of Partnerships and Alliances will also facilitate the ongoing inclusion of social justice and environmental justice trainings with Energy Action Coalition partners. Applications are due by Oct. 1, 2007.

20. Director of Sustainability & Multi-disciplinary Research, U Nevada Las Vegas
The University of Nevada, Las Vegas seeks a Director of Sustainability & Multi-disciplinary Research. This is a full-time, non-tenure track position with benefits reporting to the Executive Director of Urban Sustainability Initiatives, located within the Division of Research and Graduate Studies. The successful candidate will identify and assist in project formulation and development of a new Office of Urban Sustainability Initiatives, assemble and coordinate multi-disciplinary research teams, and facilitate development and submission of competitive grant proposals in areas of urban sustainability and other areas deemed appropriate to the institution's research priorities, such as water resources and quality, renewable energies, transportation, air quality, and public health. A doctorate from an accredited college or university and a minimum of five years of related post-doctorate professional experience in higher education is required. Review of applications will commence on October 1, 2007.

21. Director, Research Inst. of Environment, Energy, and Economics, Appalachian State U
Appalachian State University invites applications and nominations for the position of Founding Director of the Research Institute for Environment, Energy, and Economics, with a starting date as early as 1 July 2008. With a formal focus on environment, energy, and economics, the Institute will facilitate research that brings together faculty and students whose interests lie at the intersections between and among these areas. Applicants should have significant academic and research credentials in one or more of the institute's core areas or in a closely related discipline. The Founding Director will report to the Provost. Review of applications begins on November 1, 2007, and will continue until the position is filled.

22. Environmental Studies Faculty, Antioch University New England
The Department of Environmental Studies at Antioch University New England invites applications for a core faculty position in the discipline of social science, equivalent to an assistant or associate professor, to begin fall 2008. Primary responsibilities include teaching in the doctoral program and dissertation advising. Secondary responsibilities include teaching and advising MS students. Regular teaching responsibilities will include semester courses in Political Economy or Political Ecology, Research Methods, Dissertation Seminar and/or Master's Thesis Seminar, a course in the human dimensions of conservation biology, and a seminar in the candidate's area of expertise. The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in the social sciences or in the social aspects of environmental studies, demonstrated teaching experience, an active program of research, and be published in peer-reviewed outlets. Applications are due by October 15, 2007.

23. Prof. of Sustainable Energy, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Tufts University
The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Tufts University seeks a tenure-track faculty member with a focus on sustainable energy, including but not limited to the areas of clean technologies, environmental catalysis and reaction engineering, fuel processing and fuel cells, advanced materials for energy and systems engineering approaches for energy and sustainability. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

24. Prof. of Sustainable Energy, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Tufts University
The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Tufts University seeks a tenure-track faculty member with demonstrated interest in teaching and research related to sustainable energy, including photovoltaics, energy storage systems, power conversion, and energy efficiency. Candidates should possess an earned doctorate in Electrical Engineering or a closely related discipline. Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

25. Prof. of Sustainable Energy, Mechanical Engineering, Tufts University
The Department of Mechanical Engineering at Tufts University seeks a tenure-track faculty member with demonstrated interest in teaching and research related to sustainable energy, including systems engineering of new energy technologies and optimization of existing sources. Candidates should possess an earned doctorate in Mechanical Engineering or a closely related discipline. Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

26. Waste Management Professor, EARTH University
EARTH University invites applications and nominations for the position of Waste Management Professor. The successful candidate will form part of the multidisciplinary faculty of the University and his/her responsibilities will include the following: teach waste management courses; generate innovative solutions through the use of alternative energy sources; coordinate the work experience module on integrated waste management and its impact on surrounding communities; support institutional management of waste treatment, nutrient recovery and rational use of resources; participate in extension activities, particularly as related to technical assistance and training in the area of integrated waste management systems; and participate in research projects involving EARTH students and collaboration efforts with other institutions. Applicants should have a Master's or doctoral degree in Environmental Engineering or related area. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Events

27. AASHE Sustainability Across the Curriculum Leadership Workshop
January 10-11, 2008; Emory University, Atlanta, GA
AASHE's Sustainability Across the Curriculum Leadership workshops are for faculty leaders of all disciplines who wish to develop curriculum change programs around sustainability on their campuses. Through an intensive two days of presentations, exercises, discussions, reflection, and planning, participants will become familiar with the philosophy of change in higher education developed through the Ponderosa Project at Northern Arizona University and adapted at Emory in the Piedmont Project. Participants will also experience of range of workshop strategies, hear local experts, enjoy outdoor place-based activities, and dialogue with faculty from around the country as they gain help in adapting this model to their own campus. The workshop leaders, Peggy Barlett and Geoffrey Chase, are editors of Sustainability on Campus: Stories and Strategies for Change and have helped more than 200 faculty revise courses in a wide array of disciplines. Workshop tuition is $350 for AASHE members and $390 for non-members. Applications to participate are due by October 19, 2007.

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