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Table of Contents for 9/27/07:

NEWS
1. Higher Education Sustainability Act of 2007 Introduced
2. Williams College Launches Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives
3. Pratt Institute Names First Academic Director of Sustainability
4. UW-Superior Names New Campus Sustainability Coordinator
5. CSU Long Beach Installing 325kW of Solar Panels
6. UC San Diego's Rady School of Management Installs 18 kW Solar Array
7. Drury U to Utilize Geothermal Heating and Cooling System
8. Rutgers Holds Carbon Neutral Planning Contest
9. NYU Bookstores Donating 5 Cents for Each Plastic Bag Saved
10. Stanford to Distribute 7,000 Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs
11. U Prince Edward Island Launches Carbon Offset Program
12. Point Park U to Open Green Dance Studio
13. U Richmond Receives $500,000 Gift for Green Building
14. Pratt Institute Receives $75,000 Green Building Planning Grant
15. 2 Sustainable Eateries Open at Cornell U
16. Syracuse U Holds Campus Commuter Challenge
17. U Michigan President Donates Salary Increase to Scholarships
18. U Maine Starts Bike Rental Program
19. U Missouri-Columbia Students Grow Organic Produce for Food Bank
20. U Rochester Receives Pride of NY Designation
21. Santa Barbara City College Switches to Biodegradable Flatware
22. Bucknell Holds Environmental Assessment Summit

NEW RESOURCES
23. UC Santa Barbara Student Launches Carpool Application for Facebook
24. U Maryland Campus Sustainability Report
25. Report on Smart Growth Strategies for Colleges and Universities
26. New Video Series on Sustainability in Higher Education
27. Williams College Greenhouse Gas Emissions Report

OPPORTUNITIES
28. AASHE Seeks Campuses to Pilot Sustainability Rating System
29. Graduate Student Research Opportunities with AASHE
30. Chill Out: Campus Solutions to Global Warming Contest

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
31. Dir., Pine Lake Inst. for Environ. and Sustain. Studies, Hartwick College
32. Assistant Professor, Green Chemistry, Worcester State College
33. Environmental Geographer, Birmingham-Southern College
34. Dir. of Planning, Design, and Const. w. LEED exp., CU Colorado Springs
35. Faculty of Environmental Management Systems, Ryerson University

EVENTS
36. Carbon, Climate Change and the University Finance Officer
37. Understanding Sustainable Dining Options
38. Web Conference on Financing Renewable Energy on Campus

News

1. Higher Education Sustainability Act of 2007 Introduced
The Higher Education Sustainability Act of 2007 (HR 3637) was recently introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Congressmen Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Vernon Ehlers (R-MI), Rick Boucher (D-PA), and David Wu (D-OR). HESA amends the Higher Education Act to authorize a new $50 million grant program at the Department of Education that will annually support between 25 and 200 sustainability projects at higher education institutions and consortia/associations. The Campaign for Environmental Literacy has launched a campaign in support of the legislation, and is asking institutions of higher education to sign on to a support statement and to also contact their legislators about this bill.

2. Williams College Launches Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives
Williams College has received a $5 million gift to establish the Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives. The Center will work with students, faculty, and staff to incorporate principles of sustainability into the fabric of campus life - in learning, in purchasing and operations, in capital projects, and in campus culture. It will also lead the development and management of a strategic plan for sustainability to include energy management and greenhouse gas emissions reductions, waste management, environment-friendly development and purchasing, and student involvement and education.

3. Pratt Institute Names First Academic Director of Sustainability
Debera Johnson, who has taught industrial design at Pratt Institute for nearly 30 years, has been named the Institute's first Academic Director of Sustainability. She will lead Pratt's academic sustainability initiatives; develop and operate an interdisciplinary center for sustainable design studies; and support Pratt's faculty in identifying and solving environmental problems in an effort to place the Institute at the academic forefront among colleges of art, design, and architecture worldwide for its sustainability efforts. Johnson also currently serves as the Director of the Pratt Design Incubator for Sustainable Innovation. As the new Academic Director of Sustainability, Johnson will make the incubator a primary component of the Institute's broader sustainability initiative.

4. UW-Superior Names New Campus Sustainability Coordinator (link no longer available)
The University of Wisconsin-Superior has named Janice Crede as a part-time Campus Sustainability Coordinator. Crede's immediate task will be to conduct an inventory of the university's greenhouse gas emissions and to organize events to educate students and employees about environmental issues. Crede also is leading a group of UW-Superior students and staff in working to develop ways for the university to further reduce its energy use. Crede is also a lecturer and resource specialist at the University.

5. CSU Long Beach Installing 325kW of Solar Panels
California State University, Long Beach recently completed the installation of a 225kW solar array on the roof of an administration building. Another 100kW system over a parking lot will be installed by the end of the year.
See also: List of Campus Solar Installations

6. UC San Diego's Rady School of Management Installs 18 kW Solar Array
University of California, San Diego's Rady School of Management recently inaugurated an 18 kilowatt solar power system. An LED sign showing, in real time, how much energy is being generated, as well as the corresponding reduction in greenhouse gases will also be installed. This student-driven project makes the Rady School one of the first business schools in the country to use solar panels on their main campus building. UC San Diego also has another 12.8 kilowatt solar energy system the roof of its School of Engineering, and engineers have identified roof space on the campus for at least 500 kilowatts of solar power.

7. Drury U to Utilize Geothermal Heating and Cooling System
In keeping with its public commitment to the American College and University President's Climate Commitment signed earlier this year, Drury University will install a geothermal heating and cooling system as a part of renovations to its historic Stone Chapel. Installation of the geothermal system will cost up to $100,000 more than a traditional system, but is expected to yield energy savings over its life cycle.

8. Rutgers Holds Carbon Neutral Planning Contest
Rutgers Energy Institute is holding a contest to engage students in the development of a plan for Rutgers to become carbon neutral by 2030. The Institute is offering four prizes of $2500 each to undergraduate students or teams who submit the best ideas to reduce the University's carbon dioxide emissions. Students are to develop implementable plans about 10 page in length that contain an analysis of costs and energy savings, a timeline for implementation, suggestions for how the plan can be implemented and how the costs and energy savings were calculated. Submissions will be judges by a panel of faculty.

9. NYU Bookstores Donating 5 Cents for Each Plastic Bag Saved
To reduce plastic bag consumption, bookstores at New York University have begun are donating 5 cents to a nonprofit environmental organization for every plastic bag students refuse at the register. Students who turn down a plastic bag receive a token which they then drop into their choice of one of four bins, each representing an environmental organization.

10. U Prince Edward Island Launches Carbon Offset Program
University of Prince Edward Island is offering campus community members the option to offset their travel GHG emissions. Faculty, staff, and students are invited to report information about their travel patterns to UPEI's Sustainability Office, which will calculate each person's emissions and suggest a dollar donation to offset these emissions. The offset donations will go to a local forest restoration project.

11. Point Park U to Open Green Dance Studio
Point Park University will be opening a new green dance complex this fall. The42,000-square-foot building is designed for LEED certification, and will feature energy-efficient building systems, air-quality controls, copious daylighting, an Energy Star-rated roof, water-saving features, sustainable wood floors, and low-emitting paints, carpeting and other materials. Overall the building is expected to 35 percent less electricity and 40 percent less water than a conventional building.

12. Stanford to Distribute 7,000 Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs
In what officials believe to be largest light bulb giveaway at an American university, Stanford University will be distributing 7,000 compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) to student residents and other Stanford affiliates. In the first phase of the CFL giveaway, incoming freshmen were asked by e-mail over the summer to bring to campus only lamps that use a standard screw-in bulb. Resident assistants are now distributing 2,000 free CFLs that are provided through a program is funded by state utility ratepayers. Volunteer members of a campus environmental group will then verify that the bulbs are actually installed. As an added incentive, Student Housing will provide a free ice cream party to the first residence hall that achieves 100 percent freshman participation. In the program's second phase, the Sierra Club will provide an additional 5,000 CFLs as part of a nationwide initiative to promote the use of efficient lighting on college campuses. These CFLs will be distributed to upper-class students, graduate students and staff.

13. U Richmond Receives $500,000 Gift for Green Building
University of Richmond's Robins School of Business has received a $500,000 donation to fund the design of the latest energy conservation and management standards into the School's new wing. The gift requires application of LEED standards to the design of the new wing.

14. Pratt Institute Receives $75,000 Green Building Planning Grant
Pratt Institute has received a $75,000 Green Building Planning grant from The Kresge Foundation to support the planning costs associated with developing a new building of optimum efficiency near its Brooklyn campus. Pratt aims to achieve a LEED Gold certification on the building, which will be a 120,000-square-foot, mixed-use structure. Green features currently being considered for potential application include a landscaped roof to help insulate the building and prevent water runoff, photovoltaic solar panels, and a geothermal climate control system.

15. 2 Sustainable Eateries Open at Cornell U
To meet growing student demand more sustainable dining options, two new eateries with a focus on local and organic food have opened at Cornell University. Both eateries use compostable silverware and plates, and one is vegetarian. The eateries are affiliated with local establishments based in the surrounding community.

16. Syracuse U Holds Campus Commuter Challenge
Syracuse University holding the Campus Commuter Challenge, a friendly competition between 24 schools, colleges and administrative divisions of SU as well as SUNY-ESF to encourage employees to try more sustainable transportation options than driving alone. There will be prizes for the school/division with the highest percentage of employees who leave their cars at home at least once during the challenge.

17. U Michigan President Donates Salary Increase to Scholarships
University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman has decided to donate a 3 percent pay raise ($15,500) to the university for scholarships to graduate and professional students.

18. U Maine Starts Bike Rental Program
University of Maine's Green Campus Initiative has stared a new program allowing members of the campus community to rent bikes at no cost. Renters of the bikes sign a release to the university agreeing that any damage or loss of the bike will result in a fee. The bicycles were donated by the City of Orono's Police Department, which collects abandoned bikes each summer.

19. U Missouri-Columbia Students Grow Organic Produce for Food Bank
Students involved with Sustain Mizzou, a student organization at University of Missouri-Columbia, are donating organic produce to the Central Missouri Food Bank. The student group planted the crops in a community garden plot this spring and tended them over the summer. Last year the students donated about 5,000 lbs. of locally grown, organic produce to the food bank.

20. Santa Barbara City College Switches to Biodegradable Flatware
Food Services at Santa Barbara City College has switched from Styrofoam to biodegradable containers. The College is also participating in a city-wide pilot program for composting food scraps.

21. U Rochester Receives Pride of NY Designation
University of Rochester is the first college in New York State to join the Pride of New York Program. The designation means that the University is recognized as a valuable distributor of locally grown foods. 11 percent of the University's total food purchases now comes from local sources - up from just 1 percent three years ago.

22. Bucknell Holds Environmental Assessment Summit
The Bucknell University Environmental Center has initiated a collaborative, campus-wide environmental assessment of the university's operations and practices. The project officially commenced at the first Environmental Assessment Summit with attendance by more than 50 participants including students, staff, faculty, and community members. The year-long environmental assessment process aims to establish the global impact of the university's activities, i.e. its ecological "footprint," through an intensive and comprehensive investigation into the details of university life. The assessment guidelines have been organized around the work of 10 assessment teams based on 10 indicators of sustainability, including administration/policy, education, energy, water, solid waste, hazardous materials, purchasing, dining, built environment, and landscape.

New Resources

23. UC Santa Barbara Student Launches Carpool Application for Facebook
Determined to create a better way to find a ride and reduce his CO2 emissions, Logan Green, a recent UC Santa Barbara alum, has launched a new Facebook application called Carpool. Carpool helps students, faculty, and staff connect with others in their campus community, whether they are commuting to campus or heading home for the weekend. "Carpool is safer because you can view other people's [Facebook] profiles before deciding who you want to travel with," said Logan. "And it can be useful for campus transportation planners working to reduce single-occupancy vehicle use and transportation GHGs because everyone can join, not just students."

24. U Maryland Campus Sustainability Report
The University of Maryland has completed its first Campus Sustainability Report. The 30-page report describes the University's sustainability initiatives in: master planning, water conservation, energy, recycling, dining, research, teaching, community outreach, transportation, stormwater management, and grounds keeping.

25. Report on Smart Growth Strategies for Colleges and Universities
NACUBO and Ayers Saint Gross have released a new publication entitled Communities of Opportunity: Smart Growth Strategies for Colleges and Universities. The publication, co-authored with the Environmental Protection Agency and Cunningham Quill Architects, provides with an overview of smart growth strategies and then makes the case for adopting such strategies. Examples are included from more than 20 institutions across the country.

26. New Video Series on Sustainability in Higher Education
Arnold Creek Productions, Inc. has now posted the complete "A New Course for Higher Education" video series. The collection of free Web-viewable videos and accompanying descriptive content cover accomplishments in areas such as leadership, energy, buildings, recycling, transportation, curriculum and food. Links direct the viewer to each institution's Web site for further information based on the chapter's subject.

27. Williams College Greenhouse Gas Emissions Report
Williams College has produced a report on its greenhouse gas emissions during fiscal year 2007. The results show that Williams' GHG emissions declined 23 percent from the previous year. 60 percent of the decrease was the result of a switch to a new electric supplier. The other 40 percent of the reduction is from: conservation at the heating plant and other boilers; using natural gas instead of residual oil to fuel the heating plant, electricity conservation, and the use of B5 biodiesel in individual boilers. Weather also played a small role.

Opportunities

28. AASHE Seeks Campuses to Pilot Sustainability Rating System
AASHE is seeking member campuses to test the pilot version of the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System (STARS) on their campus in 2008. Pilot institutions will benefit from early experience with the rating system, opportunities to refine and shape the system, and recognition in AASHE materials and publicity about the initiative. Applications to be a pilot campus are due by October 15.

29. Graduate Student Research Opportunities with AASHE
AASHE is seeking graduate student researchers to help on a couple of projects. AASHE would like to hire graduate students to draft one or more of a series of best practices guides related to reducing campus greenhouse gas emissions. AASHE also seeks graduate student researchers to help with the development of the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System (STARS). Applications for these positions will be accepted until they are filled.

30. Chill Out: Campus Solutions to Global Warming Contest
National Wildlife Federation's Campus Ecology Project is sponsoring the Chill Out: Campus Solutions to Global Warming Contest. Chill Out is comprised of separate written and video contests. To enter the written contest, participants are to submit a 500 word or less description of their institution's efforts to solve global warming. To enter the video contest, participants are to submit a 3 minute video describing their institution's efforts to solve global warming. The winners of each competition will receive grant money and will be featured in a national, multi-media broadcast. Students, faculty and staff are eligible to enter either contest, and submissions are due by November 30, 2007.

Jobs & Internships

31. Dir., Pine Lake Inst. for Environ. and Sustainability Studies, Hartwick College
Hartwick College seeks a visionary leader to implement and direct its new Institute for Environmental and Sustainability Studies and oversee the nearby environmental campus at Pine Lake. Responsibilities include curricular development; community networking; teaching; overseeing the environmental campus operations; and collaborating with faculty, staff, students, and local citizens in implementing long-range plans for the Pine Lake Institute. A Ph.D. in a relevant field is strongly preferred though candidates with a master's degree in a relevant field and substantial experience will be considered. Review of applications will begin October 22 and continue until position is filled.

32. Assistant Professor, Green Chemistry, Worcester State College
Worcester State College invites applications for a Tenure Track Assistant Professor of Chemistry with an interest in green chemistry to begin September 1, 2008. The appointee will develop an upper level course in green chemistry for chemistry majors. S/he will also develop a general education science course for non-science majors in some area relevant to environmental concerns or green chemistry. In addition, s/he will be expected to teach core courses in the chemistry program and to incorporate in these the principles of green chemistry. The position is open until filled.

33. Environmental Geographer, Birmingham-Southern College
Birmingham-Southern College invites applications for a tenure-track assistant or associate professor position to begin Fall 2008. A Ph.D. in Environmental Geography or closely related field is desired. Applicant should have a strong quantitative background and expertise in urban environmental issues, though area of specialty is open. Candidates must have GIS expertise and ability to incorporate GIS into courses as appropriate. Teaching responsibilities include introductory classes in the new interdisciplinary Urban Environmental Studies (UES) major and advanced classes in area of expertise. Screening of applications will begin November 1, 2007, and continue until the position is filled.

34. Dir. of Planning, Design, and Construction w. LEED exp., CU Colorado Springs
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs seeks a Director of Planning, Design and Construction to provide overall administration of facilities strategic planning, capital planning, facility design and construction, controlled maintenance, and capital construction projects. Experience with implementing high performance building standards and green building design is desired. Applicants must have a minimum of seven years progressively responsible experience in capital development and construction management. For full consideration, applications should be submitted no later than Oct. 5, 2007.

35. Faculty of Environmental Management Systems, Ryerson University
The Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at Ryerson University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position (rank open) in the field of Environmental Management Systems (EMS), effective August 1, 2008. The successful applicant's responsibilities include teaching and supervising in the undergraduate and graduate Industrial Engineering programs as well as the Environmental Applied Science and Management graduate program. The successful candidate will have expertise in the EMS field, with a research interest in one or more areas of study in EMS. Applications are due by January 7, 2008.

Events

36. Carbon, Climate Change and the University Finance Officer
November 14-16, 2007; Scottsdale, AZ
The theme of the 2007 Higher Education Finance Roundtable is "Carbon, Climate Change and the University Finance Officer." Conference sessions will cover climate science and predicted impacts; campus greenhouse gas emissions inventories, climate legislation, energy hedging strategies, and campus renewable energy investments. Gregg Easterbrook will be the keynote speaker. The event is targeted towards higher education VPs/CFOs.

37. Understanding Sustainable Dining Options
November 14, 2007; 1-2:30 p.m. EST
Participants in this web conference will learn will learn about the range of sustainable options in dining services, including how to identify needs, how to evaluate which initiatives are the best fit for their institution, and how to get buy-in from staff and students. John Turenne, the President of Sustainable Food Systems and Scott Berlin, the Director of Dining and Hospitality Services at University of California, Santa Cruz, will be the instructors.

38. 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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