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Table of Contents for 10/04/07:

NEWS
1. Columbia Makes Sustainability Commitments for Planned Expansion
2. Lipscomb U Launches Institute for Sustainable Practice
3. Santa Monica College Names Sustainability Project Manager
4. Rutgers Launches Energy and Climate Initiatives
5. Pitzer Opens 3 Green Residence Halls
6. Presidio School of Mgmt. Launches Sustainable Mgmt. Exec. Certificate
7. Vassar Announces New Local Food Initiative
8. U South Carolina Launches New Need-Based Financial Aid Program
9. Rutgers Announces New Diversity Programs
10. 4 New Campuses Sign Presidents Climate Commitment
11. Florida Atlantic U College of Nursing Building Earns LEED Gold
12. Babson Installs Dorm Occupancy Sensors
13. U Cincinnati Recreation Center Receives LEED Certification
14. U Maine Implements Composting System
15. UC Santa Cruz Signs Climate Action Compact
16. Green Themed Living Starts at Colorado State and Lynchburg College
17. Stanford Dining Distributes Reusable Thermoses to Students
18. MIT Promotes Revolving Doors to Save Energy
19. Car-Sharing Comes to UC Santa Cruz and the Claremont Colleges
20. EPA Names Winners of Lifecycle Building Challenge

NEW RESOURCES
21. Guide to Responsible Investing by U.S. Colleges and Universities
22. U Central Florida Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
23. Director of Campus Sustainability, UC Berkeley
24. Endowed Chairs and Faculty Positions in Sustainability, Michigan Tech
25. Campus Sustainability Project Manager, U Maryland
26. Sustainable Energy Research Scientist, U Denver
27. Energy Coordinator, Missouri State University

EVENTS
28. Real Food Summit: Students Mobilizing for Just and Sustainable Food
29. Understanding LEED and Green Design
30. AASHE Sustainability Across the Curriculum Leadership Workshop

News

1. Columbia Makes Sustainability Commitments for Planned Expansion
Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer and Columbia University President Lee Bollinger recently announced that they have reached an agreement on a series of steps to benefit the West Harlem community as it relates to Columbia's planned expansion of their Manhattanville campus. Under the agreement, Columbia committed to: create a $20 million affordable housing fund to be leveraged by affordable housing developers towards a much larger sum; construct all buildings in the area to LEED Silver standards; create new public parkland and provide funding for site maintenance; fund neighbor open space improvements, implement a construction mitigation plan to reduce environmental and health impacts of construction, promote a retail strategy that prioritizes local, small, non-chain, neighborhood-based businesses; and create a Community Information, Opportunities, and Resources Center to provide information about the expansion to community members.

2. Lipscomb U Launches Institute for Sustainable Practice
Lipscomb University recently launched the Institute for Sustainable Practice, which will offer Tennessee's first bachelor's major and master's concentration in sustainability. The Institute will also host or coordinate five local and statewide conferences on sustainability issues in the coming year. In addition, the Institute will begin a series of short-term summer educational programs designed for various audiences. G. Dodd Galbreath, a former gubernatorial environmental policy advisor, will lead the Institute.

3. Santa Monica College Names Sustainability Project Manager
Fulfilling a key recommendation of its 2007 Environmental Audit, Santa Monica College has created a sustainability coordination project manager position and hired Genevieve Bertone to fill the new post. Bertone is currently the executive director of Sustainable Works. Her Sustainable Works post is 30 hours a week and her SMC sustainability coordination position is a 10-hour-a-week job. As sustainability coordination project manager, Bertone will be responsible for planning, organizing and directing the implementation of certain specific recommendations of the college's Environmental Audit. Bertone said she will be paying particular attention to bringing solar power to SMC, supporting the recently adopted alternative transportation initiative, assisting student groups such as the SMC Bike Club with their projects, and playing a role in the upcoming revisions to SMC's Master Plan.

4. Rutgers Launches Energy and Climate Initiatives
Rutgers President Richard L. McCormick announced a series of new initiatives related to energy and climate during his Annual Address. The University is launching a multidisciplinary initiative at Rutgers created to investigate solutions to global warming. Faculty will approach the global warming from a perspective that merges natural sciences, social sciences and humanities, while combining fundamental and applied research. The University will also taking a variety of steps to save energy and reduce its emissions, including: a $19 million lighting retrofit over a 5 year period that is expected to save $4-5 million annually; replacement of old and inefficient underground hot water pipes; use of alternative fuels in campus vehicles; and a solar array that would supply 10 percent of the Livingston campus' energy needs. These projects will be managed by a newly created Energy Conservation Office and soon-to-be hired energy conservation manager.

5. Pitzer Opens 3 Green Residence Halls
Pitzer College recently celebrated the completion of Phase 1 of its Residential Life Project and the opening of three new residence halls. The buildings are designed to achieve LEED Gold certification. Sustainability features include a 15kW photovoltaic solar array, a green roof system, native and drought-tolerant landscaping, water efficient fixtures, and use of recycled and low VOC materials. The energy design system will consume 30.2 percent less energy due to compact fluorescent lighting, daylighting, insulation, chilled water and operable windows with inter-lock.

6. Presidio School of Mgmt. Launches Sustainable Mgmt. Executive Certificate
In an effort to meet the growing demand for leaders in sustainable business, Presidio School of Management has expanded its offerings to include an executive education certificate program. The Sustainable Management Executive Certificate program will launch in January 2008 in partnership with the Law Firm of Hanson Bridgett. The new 10-month Certificate program, targeted to senior-level managers, executives and entrepreneurs, is modeled after the MBA curriculum with traditional business disciplines taught from the perspective of sustainability.

7. Vassar Announces New Local Food Initiative
Vassar College has announced a new local foods initiative that will allow the college community to eat local all year round, instead of just during growing seasons. The College is participating in a pilot Farm-to-College program in which it will purchase sauces, salsas, and sides made from locally grown vegetables and fruit. All of the produce will be minimally processed, frozen in conveniently sized bags, and delivered to Vassar kitchens for use throughout the year.

8. U South Carolina Launches New Need-Based Financial Aid Program
The University of South Carolina has launched Gamecock Guarantee, the first need-based scholarship program of its kind for any college or university in South Carolina. The program promises that each eligible student's tuition and technology fee will be covered for up to four years of study. The program is eligible for South Carolina residents attending a college for the first time, who are eligible to receive a federal Pell grant, come from a family with an income of no more than $25,000, and meet admission standards. University officials say the program will be available to qualified freshmen entering in fall 2008. Gamecock Guarantee is funded by institutional scholarship resources.

9. Rutgers Announces New Diversity Programs
President Richard L. McCormick recently announced a multipronged initiative to strengthen Rutgers' commitment to diversity and to encourage enrollment by talented students in underrepresented populations from the university's host communities. One component of this effort is the Rutgers Future Scholars Program, which will work with local school districts to identify annually a cohort of top eighth-graders from each and guarantee free tuition and fees when they are admitted to the university. Participating students will be invited to several campus events each year and will receive such ancillary support as college preparation and college entrance exam workshops and a summer on-campus experience to introduce them to a variety of academic programs. The President will also create and co-chair a President's Council on Diversity and Equity to coordinate diversity efforts across the university. Additionally, Rutgers will host and co-sponsor with partners from Columbia University and the College Board a national conference on diversity in higher education and society next year.

10. 4 New Campuses Sign Presidents Climate Commitment
4 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: Thomas J. Haas of Grand Valley State University, Susan Kelly of Charles R. Drew University of Medicine & Science, Lee D. Lambert of Shoreline Community College, and Steve Cooper of the Institute of Construction Management & Technology. 409 college and university presidents and chancellors have now signed the Commitment.

11. Florida Atlantic U College of Nursing Building Earns LEED Gold
Florida Atlantic University's Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing has received LEED Gold certification. This is both FAU's first LEED gold-certified building and the first building in South Florida to achieve this rating. The 76,000-square-foot building is equipped with carbon dioxide monitoring, indoor chemical and pollutant control, lighting controls, and low-toxicity materials. The floors of the building are made of bamboo and the reflective roof and glazed windows let in light, but not heat. Overall, it uses 17 percent less energy than a convention building. FAU President Frank T. Brogan has announced that "Going forward, every publicly funded facility that's built on FAU's campuses will meet a silver LEED standard and many of them will go beyond that."

12. Babson Installs Dorm Occupancy Sensors
Babson College has installed occupancy sensors to manage the in-room energy consumption in a 120 room dormitory. The system eliminates wasted energy from heating and cooling unoccupied rooms by sensing when the room is vacant or occupied. Trials with the system resulted in energy consumption savings of 30%. The system is expected to pay for itself within 2 years or less.

13. U Cincinnati Recreation Center Receives LEED Certification
University of Cincinnati's $102 million Campus Recreation Center has received LEED certification. The 353,000 square foot structure is one of the largest LEED-certified buildings in the region. Sustainability features include: a sustainability education outreach program that is incorporated into the structure; reflective roofing materials; Low-flow lavatories and faucets; a rain-water collection system for landscaping; low VOC carpeting and other materials; use of locally produced materials; and a 29.5 percent combined recycled content of building materials. In addition, open space on the site is twice the footprint of the building.

14. U Maine Implements Composting System
A new compost system at a University of Maine dining hall is reducing solid waste output and saving water. The waste disposal system, called a pulper, enables the University to compost post-consumer food scraps and is part of a larger effort to reduce food waste. The University also composts pre-consumer food waste, and Dining Hall officials are analyzing which menu items create the most waste so as to aid waste reduction efforts.

15. UC Santa Cruz Signs Climate Action Compact
UC Santa Cruz Chancellor George Blumenthal joined Santa Cruz city and county officials in pledging to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at their respective institutions and to encourage private, public, and nonprofit investment as part of the solution to global climate change. The compact calls for area leaders to set a specific goal for greenhouse gas reduction, create opportunities for development related to eco-friendly businesses and come up with a comprehensive action plan.

16. Green Themed Living Starts at Colorado State and Lynchburg College
As part of Lynchburg College's Year of the Environment" theme, a new Eco-House has opened. The 6 students in the house will be working to reduce their energy use and waste, and comparing their performance to the performance of previous house residents. A "Live Green" Living Learning Community has also opened this semester at Colorado State University. Floor activities will include a pilot composting program, a sustainability fair to bring together student organizations committed to environmental issues, a wind farm tour and other activities the floor will determine after move-in.
Lynchburg College press release
Colorado State University press release

17. Stanford Dining Distributes Reusable Thermoses to Students
In an effort to reduce waste, Stanford Dining is distributing a reusable thermos and carrying case to every student with a meal plan. The 20-ounce thermoses say, "Be cool, stay hot, live green." To encourage use of the thermoses, Stanford Dining is going to start charging students 35 cents for disposable cups.

18. MIT Promotes Revolving Doors to Save Energy
The MIT Energy Initiative is supporting a student plan to encourage the use of revolving doors, which students have found saves energy. The Initiative is providing funds for printing and installing pedestal-mounted signs saying "Help Conserve Energy, Please Use the Revolving Door" at five revolving doors across campus. The move comes after previous tests showed that signs improved revolving door use to 65 percent from 23 percent. The project was one of seven selected earlier this year by MITEI's new Student Campus Energy Project Fund.

19. Car-Sharing Comes to UC Santa Cruz and the Claremont Colleges
UC Santa Cruz has partnered with Zipcar to provide car-sharing services with faculty, staff, and students. Seven car-sharing vehicles will be located on campus. The Claremont colleges have also teamed up with Flexcar to offer car-sharing to their faculty, staff, and students. Four hybrids will be located in a shared parking lot.
UC Santa Cruz press release
Pomona College student newspaper article

20. EPA Names Winners of Lifecycle Building Challenge
The U.S. EPA has announced the winners of the Lifecycle Building Challenge -- including the 3 top student winners from CSU San Luis Obispo, Texas A&M University, and the University of Nebraska and professional winners from Mississippi State University and the University of Kansas. The goal of the competition is to reduce construction waste by designing for disassembly and adaptive reuse.

New Resources

21. Guide to Responsible Investing by U.S. Colleges and Universities
The Responsible Endowments Coalition and Amnesty International USA have released a step-by-step guide to encourage colleges and universities to adopt responsible investment practices. The handbook, entitled Integrating Environmental, Social and Governance Issues into Institutional Investment: a Handbook for Colleges and Universities is a comprehensive guide with real-world examples and best practices from leading academic institutions. The handbook offers information on legal issues, investment strategies, including positive investment screening and community investment, sample investment policies, and outlines various methods of shareholder advocacy and direct engagement with companies whose practices may be of concern. The guide is aimed at higher education trustees and administrators and student activists who want to push for responsible investing on their campuses.

22. U Central Florida Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory
University of Central Florida has released its first Greenhouse Gas Report. The report evaluated emissions from electricity, natural gas, student shuttles, staff and faculty travel, and campus fleet fuel. Electrical consumption accounted for 88 percent of campus emissions. By 2011, UCF wants to reduce its energy consumption up to 20 percent in all education and general buildings on campus. The report also describes steps the University is taking to reduce its emissions, including a commitment to a minimum LEED silver standard for all new buildings and major renovations.
See also: List of Campus Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventories

Jobs & Internships

23. Director of Campus Sustainability, UC Berkeley
UC Berkeley is hiring a campus Director of Sustainability to provide leadership and coordination to the many distinct sustainability efforts on campus and develop a consistent plan to reach long and short range program goals. The Director will report to the Vice Chancellor-Administration (VC-A) and will supervise one Sustainability Specialist and student interns as appropriate. Primary responsibilities include fostering a culture of sustainability among students, faculty, and staff; identifying and prioritizing areas for institutional sustainability efforts; planning and developing long- and short-range programs; and engaging with institutional leaders to foster sustainability broadly across campus units. The Director also coordinates with the academic community to integrate sustainability into the curriculum. Applicants should have a minimum of 5 years experience and a Bachelor's degree. Review of applications will begin October 12, 2007 and will continue until the position is filled.

24. Endowed Chairs and Faculty Positions in Sustainability, Michigan Tech
Michigan Technological University has announced a Sustainability faculty hiring initiative that will add ten tenure-track positions, open in rank, during the next year. These include three endowed chairs: the Robbins Chair in Sustainable Management of the Environment; the Robbins Chair in Sustainable Manufacturing and Design; and the Robbins Chair in Sustainable Use of Materials. Faculty selected for the Robbins chairs will be leaders in their fields and have strong research experience. Successful candidates for the remaining positions will have outstanding records in their field for respective stages in their careers. They will be expected to develop active research programs and to collaborate in multi-disciplinary research, education, and outreach efforts. Applications received by December 15, 2007 will receive first consideration, but applications will be considered until all positions are filled.

25. Campus Sustainability Project Manager, U Maryland
University of Maryland, College Park seeks a Campus Sustainability Project Manager, reporting to the Associate Director for Campus Sustainability and Environmental Affairs within the Department of Environmental Safety. Responsibilities include: Coordinate the development and implementation of comprehensive sustainability projects; Provide day-to-day direction of sustainability initiatives and programs; Monitor, assess, and compile campus-wide information to produce sustainability reports; Coordinate workshops and conferences and provide presentations promoting sustainability; and Seek funding for projects, write grant proposals, and oversee distribution of funds. The successful candidate will have a bachelor's degree in a related field. A Master's or advanced degree in the areas listed above is preferred. A minimum of five years leadership and/or management experience in the environmental or sustainability field is required. For best consideration, applications should be received by October, 19, 2007.

26. Sustainable Energy Research Scientist, U Denver
The University of Denver Research Institute seeks a Sustainable Energy Research Scientist to lead the research arm of campus-wide interdisciplinary initiative in sustainability. The successful applicant will be someone with the ability to help organize and catalyze various interest groups on campus and who can develop and sustain cross disciplinary research projects.

27. Energy Coordinator, Missouri State University
Missouri State University is accepting applications for Energy Coordinator in Facilities Maintenance. Responsibilities include collecting and analyzing energy usage by campus facilities; promoting energy conservation; conducting Energy Audits; assisting in the development of Energy Management System controls; and programming systems to optimize energy cost avoidance. Applications are due by October 12, 2007.

Events

28. Real Food Summit: Students Mobilizing for Just and Sustainable Food
November 3-4; Yale University
The Real Food Summit is a summit for students at colleges and universities in the Northeast who are working on creating more just and sustainable food systems on their campuses. The Summit will kick off the Real Food Challenge, a collaborative initiative to galvanize a national movement around food on college campuses. The Summit is geared primarily towards students; however, faculty, administrators, dining services staff, food producers, and non-profit/philanthropy staff are also welcome. The student registration fee for the Real Food Summit is $25. The deadline for pre-registration is October 17.

29. Understanding LEED and Green Design
November 28, 2007 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. EST
Participants in this web conference will learn about the basics of LEED accreditation programs, the ratings system, and the costs of certification. The presenter will review performance data from existing green facilities. This program is targeted towards professionals in facilities management, student housing, campus planning, student life, campus sustainability, and other stakeholders exploring green design and LEED certified buildings. Gene Luna, the Associate Vice President of Student Affairs at University of South Carolina, will be the instructor.

30. 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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