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Table of Contents for 9/20/07:

NEWS
1. Presidents Climate Commitment Passes 400 Signatories
2. Harvard to Reduce GHG Emissions from Campus Expansion
3. Cal State Northridge Plans Campus Rainforest to Sequester Carbon
4. UConn Athletic Complex Receives LEED Silver
5. Berkeley City College Receives LEED Silver
6. Frostburg State Receives Grant for Wind-Solar Program
7. St. Lawrence U Students Graded on Greenness
8. U Montana Student Gov't Hires Climate Commitment Coordinator
9. Union College Opens Local & Organic Cafe
10. Eastern Kentucky U Switches to All Green Seal Cleaning
11. U Southern California Tests Efficient Irrigation System
12. Purdue to Try Switchgrass in Campus Power Plant
13. UC Regents Hold Zero-Waste Meeting
14. U Vermont Receives National Recycling Award
15. Swarthmore Student Group Receives Green Power Award
16. UC Davis Uses Recycled Wood Alternative
17. Rollins College Dining Services Moves Toward Sustainability
18. U Maine Lauches Staff Carpool Program
19. U Central Florida Launches Game Day Recycling Program
20. U Kansas Starts Surplus Property Recycling Program
21. Aquinas College Signs Talloires Declaration
22. Western Carolina U Switches to Biofuels

NEW RESOURCES
23. University of Arizona Campus Sustainability Website

OPPORTUNITIES
24. Tomorrow's Energy Ambassadors, Managers and Scholars Competition
25. Sustainability Innovator Awards
26. No Gas Required Video Competition
27. Call for Articles on Sustainability and Study Abroad
28. Study Abroad in Sustainable Global Stewardship--Costa Rica

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
29. Executive Director, Cornell Center for a Sustainable Future
30. Mountain Justice Spring Break Coordinator, Southern Energy Network
31. Assoc. Director, Climate Center at the Earth Institute, Columbia U
32. Asst. Professor of Environmental Studies, SUNY Purchase
33. Asst. Professor of Environmental Studies, Oberlin College
34. Visiting Asst. Professor of Environmental Studies, Oberlin College

EVENTS
35. AASHE Sustainability Across the Curriculum Leadership Workshop

News

1. Presidents Climate Commitment Passes 400 Signatories
20 new campuses 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: Shirley Strum Kenny of Stony Brook University, Sylvia Manning of University of Illinois at Chicago, Horace Mitchell of California State University, Bakersfield, Mark D. Gearan of Hobart & William Smith Colleges, Ruth A. Knox of Wesleyan College, Robert B. Lawton of Loyola Marymount University, Mary Cullinan of Southern Oregon University, Axel D. Steuer of Illinois College, Elizabeth Kiss of Agnes Scott College, William J. Hynes of St. Norbert College, Patricia Keir of Eastern Iowa Community College District (3 campuses), Ellen Sheppard of Carolinas College of Health Sciences, Daniel Phelan of Jackson Community College, James A. Noseworthy of Hiwassee College, Robert M. Silverman of Victor Valley Community College, Laszlo Solti of Szent Istvan University (Hungary), and Wallace E. Boston, Jr. of the American Public University System. 406 college and university presidents and chancellors have now signed the Commitment.
See also: Statistics about ACUPCC Signatories

2. Harvard to Reduce GHG Emissions from Campus Expansion
Harvard University has voluntarily entered into a legally binding commitment to cut the greenhouse gas emissions associated with a planned campus expansion in the Allston neighborhood of Boston. Specifically, a four-building, 589,000-square-foot Science Complex will produce 50 percent less greenhouse gas emissions from energy use than a similar complex built to national standards set by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc. (ASHRAE). Massachusetts state officials believe that this requirement is the first legally enforceable greenhouse gas emissions target associated with a major real estate development in the United States. Harvard also committed to a greenhouse gas emissions limit of 30 percent below ASHRAE standards for the entire Allston campus.

3. Cal State Northridge Plans Campus Rainforest to Sequester Carbon
California State University, Northridge is planning to create a subtropical rainforest on campus to sequester carbon emissions from the University's 1MW fuel cell, which is powered by natural gas. Carbon dioxide exhaust from the plant will be diverted underground to a nearby strip of land where man-made rainforest will be located. Wastewater from the plant will be used to water the rainforest. The project, which will cost $1.8 - $2.7 million will be paid for with the incentives earned from the fuel cell plant's construction.

4. UConn Athletic Complex Receives LEED Silver
The Burton Family Football Complex and Mark R. Shenkman Training Center at the University of Connecticut have received LEED Silver certification. The 165,000-square-foot athletic complex is UConn's first LEED-certified building, and one of the first athletic complexes to receive LEED certification. Sustainability efforts include: using recycled materials for 30 percent of the building and purchasing 25 percent of the materials locally; installing infrared radiant heating in the training center and heat recovery units throughout the football complex, as well as occupancy/demand controlled ventilation and lighting; incorporating rain gardens and bio-retention swales; using native and adaptive, drought-tolerant plants that eliminates the need for irrigation; selecting low-emitting carpet, paints, ceiling tiles, adhesives and sealants; and using low flow showerheads, urinals and faucets, dual flush toilets; and water-efficient front loading laundry machines. Overall, the complex is 35 percent more energy efficient than is required by industry standards for new construction.

5. Berkeley City College Receives LEED Silver
Berkeley City College, single-building campus, has received LEED Silver certification. The College is the first building in the City of Berkeley to achieve LEED Silver status and is the first California Community College single-building campus constructed on an urban infill site. The 165,000-square-foot building uses a glass curtain wall, a full-height central atrium, and a student lounge glass clerestory to supply natural light throughout the building. Overall, the building is over 40 percent more energy efficient than the baseline and 34 percent more water efficient than a comparable building. The building has earned $129,000 in cash incentives from the local utility for its energy-saving features.

6. Frostburg State Receives Grant for Wind-Solar Program
Frostburg State University has received a $45,816 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission for its Wind-Solar Energy (WISE) Certified Education Program. The University will utilize its solar- and wind-powered residential electric generation systems in the development of this certificate program, which will include workshops on wind generation and photovoltaic solar installation. Each workshop will consist of 8 weeks of interactive online instruction and 3 days of conventional instruction at FSU, including hands-on training and laboratory work. Workshop participants will be prepared to take the certification test offered by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners for solar and wind installation.

7. St. Lawrence U Students Graded on Greenness
St. Lawrence University's student government has established a voluntary "Green Grades" program in which students can have their dorm room graded on its greenness. The program looks at things like the number of appliances that are plugged in, computer energy settings, the presence of recycling facilities in order to give each room a grade.

8. U Montana Student Gov't Hires Climate Commitment Coordinator
The Associated Students of University of Montana have created a new position for a climate commitment student coordinator. The nine-month position will be filled by a graduate student who will receive both credit and pay. The coordinator will work to help the University implement the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment.

9. Union College Opens Local & Organic Cafe
Union College has opened a new café that serves local and organic food. The café is a result of collaboration between Dining Services and students from a sustainability theme house. In addition to selling prepared food, the café sells whole fruits and vegetables. During winter, when locally-grown food isn't available, the café will serve all organic food.

10. Eastern Kentucky U Switches to Green Seal Products
Eastern Kentucky University recently completed installation of new equipment and chemicals to make the cleaning products used campus-wide 100 percent Green Seal-certified. The University is also currently changing paper towel systems to automated touchless models and replacing hand soap dispensers to be more sustainable. The project, expected to be completed by the end of September, also includes adding Green Seal-approved paper products and hand soap. The University expects to see no additional costs from the transition, and may actually save money.

11. U Southern California Tests Efficient Irrigation System
The University of Southern California is installing a new water-saving irrigation system at a test site at it's Health Sciences campus. The system, which uses an underground geotextile fiber to carry water directly to plant roots at the same rate as the water is used, is expected to use 80 percent less water than conventional watering systems. The system costs more to install than a conventional sprinkler system, but the University expects to the system to pay for itself within a year and half. If the results on the test site are satisfactory, the University may install the system campus-wide.

12. Purdue to Try Switchgrass in Campus Power Plant
Purdue University researchers are planning to test the use of switchgrass as an alternative fuel in the University's power plant. The switchgrass will be burned along with coal in one of the boilers during a test period in 2008. The switchgrass will generate 5 to 10 percent of the energy from the boiler during the tests. The tests will help the University determine whether to build a new boiler designed to burn biomass fuel like switchgrass.

13. UC Regents Hold Zero-Waste Meeting
The University of California Regents meeting this week at UC Davis is slated to be a zero waste event, following a zero waste policy that has been incorporated into campus events for almost 3 years. All food waste and paper waste will be composted or recycled. In addition, all food for the 3 day event with over 1000 attendees will be locally grown and organic.

14. U Vermont Receives National Recycling Award
The National Recycling Coalition has given University of Vermont its "Outstanding College or University" award for 2007. Each year, UVM diverts 960 tons of material from landfills, about 35% of the University's total waste stream. The University collects a ton of paper, cans and bottles each day, and additionally, each year, 175 tons of food waste is delivered to Intervale Compost, 8 tons of waste cooking oil is given to a local biodiesel manufacturer, 56 tons of wood chips go to the McNeill Station to be burned for electricity generation, 32 tons of computers and other "e-waste" are recycled and disassembled by American Retroworks, and 116 tons of scrap metal are recycled at a local scrap yard. The most notable improvements in the recycling effort over the past year include improved composting and recycling at special events on campus, the expansion of the student-led Eco-Reps program, and efforts to educate the campus community about the value of waste reduction. The award application also notes that UVM has devised a new tracking system for construction and demolition waste, developed a program for distributing surplus furniture, and launched a "One Less Cup" campaign to reduce disposable cup use.

15. Swarthmore Student Group Receives Green Power Award
Earthlust, a student organization at Swarthmore College, has been awarded the "Green Power: Turn It On!" award for 2007 from Citizens for Pennsylvania's Future. The award recognizes Earthlust's work in convincing Swarthmore to more than double its purchase of renewable energy credits, from 19 to 40 percent of its total electricity consumption.

16. UC Davis Uses Recycled Wood Alternative
Equestrian Center at the University of California, Davis has constructed the riding wall of it's new open air arena with a wood alternative derived from recycled materials. The product has similar properties to wood but is more durable and as a result requires less maintenance.

17. Rollins College Dining Services Moves Toward Sustainability
Dining Services at Rollins College has implemented a variety of new sustainability measures. Dining Services has added a new dinner station featuring locally grown organic food, and is in the process of replacing Styrofoam serviceware with biodegradable alternatives. Dining Services is also launching a reusable mug program in which discounts are given to students using a reusable mug. Additionally, leftover food is now donated to a local food bank.

18. U Maine Lauches Staff Carpool Program
The University of Maine has launched a new staff carpooling program. Participants in the program will receive a free parking pass, a guaranteed parking spot and free emergency rides home.

19. U Central Florida Launches Game Day Recycling Program
The University of Central Florida has begun a game day recycling program. For its inaugural home game, the University placed 360 cardboard recycling containers next to trash cans throughout tailgating areas and in the stadium. In addition, student volunteers will distribute clear plastic liners for recycling and black liners for trash to tailgaters to make it even easier for fans to recycle. The University has made arrangements with its waste-management company for single-stream recycling so that cans and bottles can go into the same receptacles. UCF officials expect they'll collect at least 15,000 pounds of recyclable materials.

20. U Kansas Starts Surplus Property Recycling Program
The Environmental Stewardship Program at the University of Kansas has started a Surplus Property Recycling program that will receive excess office furniture from University buildings and sell it to any department or student organization on campus at a substantially reduced price.

21. Aquinas College Signs Talloires Declaration
As one of his first official acts as Aquinas College president, C. Edward Balog recently signed the Talloires Declaration. The act further supports Aquinas College's institutional pledge to educate, implement, and live the principles of sustainability. In 2002, the College launched its commitment to sustainability through the establishment of an undergraduate major in Sustainable Business and expanded its outreach to the community in 2005 with the creation of the Center for Sustainability.

22. Western Carolina U Switches to Biofuels
Western Carolina University has begun using B20 biodiesel and E10 ethanol in its campus vehicles. The move is part of the University's plan to comply with a state-required 20 percent reduction of petroleum usage by 2010. The biofuels were purchased from Blue Ridge Biofuels, a small business in the region. In addition to the move to biofuels, the University has purchased three electric vehicles this year, and plans to acquire more in the coming year.

New Resources

23. University of Arizona Campus Sustainability Website
The University of Arizona has created a website describing the University's sustainability initiatives. The website contains information about academic sustainability initiatives, campus operations, student projects, and community outreach. The website also includes the University's goals on a variety of sustainability issues.

Opportunities

24. Tomorrow's Energy Ambassadors, Managers and Scholars Competition
In recognition of October's National Energy Awareness Month, Johnson Controls is sponsoring a search for Tomorrow's Energy Ambassadors, Managers, and Scholars or "TEAMS." The competition calls for college seniors and graduate students to collaboratively draft an open letter to the field of 2008 presidential candidates - urging them to better clarify their positions on important matters related to energy and sustainability. Johnson Controls will present the first place winning team's college or university with a $10,000 check for its scholarship fund. In addition to having their letter published, the first place winning team will receive a $2,500 grant from Johnson Controls. They will also be invited, as guests of Johnson Controls, to attend the 2008 Energy Efficiency Forum in Washington DC. Second and third place teams will be awarded grants in the amounts or $1,500 and $1,000, respectively. The competition for TEAMS is open to students designated by four-year and graduate institutions that are members of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). Entries are due by October 26, 2007.

25. Sustainability Innovator Awards
The Sustainable Endowments Institute invites nominations of colleges or universities for a Sustainability Innovator Award. Along with profiling 200 schools in the upcoming 2008 College Sustainability Report Card, the Institute seeks to recognize an additional small group of highly innovative schools for their leadership in campus and/or endowment sustainability. As a result, the schools with the 200 largest endowments already scheduled for inclusion in the 2008 College Sustainability Report Card are ineligible. Completed nomination forms are due by October 1, 2007.

26. No Gas Required Video Competition
Miles Automotive Group, a manufacturer of electric vehicles, is sponsoring a No Gas Required video competition. To participate, college students must view a promotional videoon YouTube and then reinterpret it in their own, unique style through any medium of expression. The student interpretations must be recorded and uploaded on YouTube. The five students whose videos garner the most views on YouTube will each be awarded a $1000 cash scholarship and a MILES Revolution low speed vehicle for their school. Video submissions are due by November 15.

27. Call for Articles on Sustainability and Study Abroad
ABROAD VIEW, a global education magazine for students, is planning a special section for its spring 2008 issue on "The Gift of Study Abroad: Privilege, Responsibility, and Sustainability." The section will examine ways that study abroad can contribute to a sustainable global community by looking at how educators can help students be aware of the privilege and responsibility that come along with the study abroad experience and by exploring the long term impacts of study abroad on communities and environments. The magazine is soliciting article submissions from students who have studied abroad, from administrators and faculty working in the field, and from individuals or communities abroad which have had the experience of hosting students. All submissions are due by October 1, 2007.

28. Study Abroad in Sustainable Global Stewardship--Costa Rica
Earth Education International and Humboldt State University have announced their spring 2008 semester abroad program in Sustainable Global Stewardship in Costa Rica. The focus of the program is hands-on learning in various locations in Costa Rica, as well as a field excursion to Nicaragua. A home-stay experience, extensive field study, and volunteer work are provided. Fifteen units of academic credit are available, and include 'Sustainable Foundations and Futures', 'Applied Sustainability & Service-Learning', 'Tropical Ecosystems & Conservation', 'Costa Rican Culture Immersion', and Spanish language study. The deadline for application is October 19, 2007.

Jobs & Internships

29. Executive Director, Cornell Center for a Sustainable Future
Cornell University seeks an Executive Director for the new Cornell Center for a Sustainable Future. The Executive Director will lead, manage, and support the development, organization and activities of the Center. Applicants should have a PhD and at least 10 years of relevant experience.

30. Mountain Justice Spring Break Coordinator, Southern Energy Network
Southern Energy Network and the Student Environmental Action Coalition seek a Mountain Justice Spring Break (MJSB) Coordinator. MBSB brings young people together to help organize against mountaintop removal mining. The MJSB Coordinator will work with volunteers and staff to organize this year's event.

31. Assoc. Director, Climate Center at the Earth Institute, Columbia U
The Climate Center at Columbia University's Earth Institute is seeking an Associate Director. The Associate Director will serve as the senior administrative professional of the Climate Center. He/she will have managerial oversight, develop the strategic plans, and direct the organizational and logistical planning and execution of Climate Center functions. The incumbent in conjunction with the Director will be responsible for the development, implementation, and coordination of all activities and projects associated with the Climate Center. This includes planning and implementation of research initiatives, working with Climate Center participants to incorporate their concerns into program planning, and high-level coordination and staffing of the internal steering committee and its technical working groups; other responsibilities as assigned. A Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience required; an advanced degree in environmental policy or related science strongly preferred. A minimum 7 years experience is required, with significant international experience preferred.

32. Asst. Professor of Environmental Studies, SUNY Purchase
The Environmental Studies Program at Purchase College invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professorship. Candidates must possess a PhD degree in an environment-related field, and have research experience that uses Geographic Information Systems as an investigatory tool. Desirable research areas include the urban environment, energy, or natural resources. Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate potential for interdisciplinary collaboration and funded scholarship. The successful candidate will establish a research program that actively involves undergraduates. Although the closing date is January 11, 2008, review of applications will begin November 16, 2007.

33. Asst. Professor of Environmental Studies, Oberlin College
The Environmental Studies Program at Oberlin College invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position in the College of Arts and Sciences. Initial appointment to this position will begin August 2008, will be for a term of four years, and will carry the rank of Assistant Professor or higher, depending on experience. The College seeks a candidate able to integrate the technical, social, political, cultural, and ecological issues surrounding energy acquisition and use, particularly in the built environment. The faculty member occupying this position will teach five courses, including a section of Environmental and Society (an introductory course required for all majors), Energy and Society (an intermediate level course) and additional intermediate or upper level courses appropriate to the individual's area of specialization. Applications are due by October 19, 2007.

34. Visiting Asst. Professor of Environmental Studies, Oberlin College
The Environmental Studies Program at Oberlin College invites applications for a full-time, one-semester replacement position in the College of Arts and Sciences. Appointment to this position will begin January 2008, and will carry the rank of Visiting Assistant Professor. The College seeks candidates who address environmental issues from a humanities perspective. The incumbent will teach three courses, including one section of our introductory course Environment and Society. Applications are due by October 1, 2007.

Events

35. 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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