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Table of Contents for 10/11/07:

NEWS
1. Tufts Offers Loan Assistance to Graduates in Public Service
2. Cornell Faculty Orient Curriculum Around Climate Neutrality
3. Temple U Offers Incentives for Employees to Live Near Campus
4. Clark U Center for Bioscience Receives LEED Gold
5. Muhlenberg College Science Building Receives LEED Silver
6. Mills College Dedicates Green Science Building
7. Seattle U Plans Water-Saving Retrofits
8. Monterey Peninsula College Contracts for Building Retrofits
9. CU Boulder Donates Computers to Denver Youth
10. Ithaca College Launches Green Thumbs-Up Recognition Program
11. EcoHouse Opens at Macalester
12. Rice U Breaks Ground on Community Garden
13. Northern Arizona U Begins Bike Sharing Program
14. UC Santa Cruz Plans Lightbulb Giveaway
15. UConn Biodiesel Lab Receives Grant
16. Rowan U Named NJ Clean Energy School of the Year
17. Central Carolina CC Receives Biofuels Education Grants

NEW RESOURCES
18. Graduate Programs in Sustainability/Environmental Education
19. New Issue of International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education

OPPORTUNITIES
20. AASHE Seeks Campuses to Pilot Sustainability Rating System
21. Tomorrow's Energy Ambassadors, Managers and Scholars Competition
22. Recycling Bin Grant Program

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
23. Sustainability Manager, Georgia Southern University
24. Director, Environmental Center, U North Florida
25. Two Professors of Environmental Studies, Emory U

EVENTS
26. Education for a Sustainable Future TeleSeminar
27. Power Shift 2007

News

1. Tufts Offers Loan Assistance to Graduates in Public Service
Tufts University has a announced a new program in which it will provide loan-repayment aid for students who work in public service careers. While some law and medical schools have similar programs, Tufts is believed to be the first institution to make such incentives available to graduates of Bachelor programs. Tufts will spend $500,000 a year on the program, with a goal of helping as many graduates as possible with a portion of their debt rather than fully covering the debt of a smaller number of graduates. To be eligible, students will need to be working in public service and provide documentation demonstrating low income and significant debt.

2. Cornell Faculty Orient Curriculum Around Climate Neutrality
At least 12 Cornell faculty members, from such fields as engineering, biology, architecture and communication, are devoting all or part of an academic course this fall to evaluate options for Cornell to become climate neutral. Students in an engineering management course will consider engineering solutions to greenhouse gas reductions, while students in a communications course are developing a campus survey on climate neutrality and planning a communication campaign. In other courses, students are examining additional options for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, ranging from design in landscape and building architecture to energy management in chemical and biomolecular engineering.

3. Temple U Offers Incentives for Employees to Live Near Campus
In partnership with the City of Philadelphia's Neighborhood Transformation Initiative, Temple University has begun an Employee Home Ownership Program. The program will offer financial help for those who purchase a home in the communities surrounding its Main Campus and Health Sciences Center in North Philadelphia. Temple will provide qualified full-time, permanent employees with forgivable loans of $4,000 or $5,000 toward the purchase of a single-family home that will be their primary residence in selected ZIP codes. Loans will be forgiven at a rate of $1,000 per year until the entire loan is forgiven. The City of Philadelphia, through its Home-Buy-Now program, will match Temple's contribution with grants to homebuyers using approved mortgage lenders.

4. Clark U Center for Bioscience Receives LEED Gold
Clark University's Lasry Center for Bioscience has received LEED Gold Certification. The $13 million, 50,000-square-foot research and teaching facility is 45 percent more energy-efficient and 30 percent more water-efficient than a conventional building. Sustainability features include an entropy wheel, recycled and low VOC building materials, bike racks and shower facilities, and preferential parking for carpoolers.

5. Muhlenberg College Science Building Receives LEED Silver
Muhlenberg College's new 47,000- square-foot science building has been awarded LEED Silver certification. Sustainability features include: waterless urinals; low-flow toilets and faucets; energy enthalpy wheels as a part of the HVAC system; low emissivity windows; wood products certified by the Forest Stewardship Council; lab casework composed of agriboard; low VOC paints, adhesives, and sealants; a green house-keeping program; and educational outreach program which includes the use of television monitors to educate visitors about the building's green features.

6. Mills College Dedicates Green Science Building
Mills College recently dedicated a new green science building. The 26,000-square-foot, $17.2 million building has a 30kW solar array on the roof, certified wood, and a rainwater collection system. The solar panels are expected to provide 30 percent of the building's electricity consumption.

7. Seattle U Plans Water-Saving Retrofits
Seattle University is teaming up with Seattle Public Utilities to install high efficiency showerheads and faucet aerators in residence halls and academic buildings. Some 360 efficient showerheads and 1,000 faucet aerators will be installed by February 2008, reducing water consumption by 5.4 million gallons of water a year. The university expects to save 351,648 kilowatt hours of electricity each year due to reductions in hot water consumption. Overall, the University expects to save approximately $87,000 annually in water, sewer and electricity thanks to the new bathroom fixtures.

8. Monterey Peninsula College Contracts for Building Retrofits
Monterey Peninsula College has partnered with Siemens Building Technologies on a facility improvement program to reduce energy consumption and cut operating costs. Once the facility improvements are completed, the community college is guaranteed to save the equivalent of more than $2.4 million in avoided annual energy costs over the 10-year life of the contract. Facility-wide energy efficiency improvements-identified by a comprehensive campus-wide facility and systems audit-are being installed now and include new building automation systems and controls, HVAC mechanical upgrades, interior/exterior lighting upgrades, IT network management software, and vending machine controls. Green roofs, double-pane insulated windows, waterless urinals, and motion sensors are also planned for various campus buildings.

9. CU Boulder Donates Computers to Denver Youth
University of Colorado at Boulder has initiated a Computers for Youth program, which will provide middle and high school students from low-income communities in Denver with computers donated by student government and University of Colorado-Boulder campus employees. Twenty-five middle school students, assisted by CU computer science students, will each build and upgrade a pre-used computer. The Denver students will also benefit from ongoing mentoring relationships with University students. At least twice a month, students from the University will meet with their Denver mentees to help them enhance their computer skills and academic performance and to advise them on college life.

10. Ithaca College Launches Green Thumbs-Up Recognition Program
Ithaca College has started a new program to recognize "unsung heroes" on campus or in the community who have made more sustainable decisions that might otherwise go unnoticed. Called "Green Thumbs-Up," the program recognizes winners through the College's internal message board system, and on its sustainability website.

11. EcoHouse Opens at Macalester
Macalester College newest themed-housing options is the EcoHouse. The four bed house provides a place for students interested in sustainable living, and serves as a "live-in-lab." The house is outfitted with a solar water heating system and high-efficiency appliances.

12. Rice U Breaks Ground on Community Garden
Rice University recently broke ground on its new community garden plot. The garden is a volunteer space for all members of the Rice community to learn more about organic gardening. The garden's harvest will be donated to campus serveries for use in student meals. This semester, the garden will be used by students in "Environmental Sustainability: The Design and Practice of Community Agriculture," to learn the fundamentals of community gardening. In this one-credit course, students design, prepare, plant, maintain and harvest the garden, as well as attend lectures and field trips to successful local community gardens.

13. Northern Arizona U Begins Bike Sharing Program
Northern Arizona University has begun a "Yellow Bike" bicycle sharing program. 45 bicycles have been made available for free use by students, faculty and visitors. In its introductory phase, riders will be asked to use the yellow bikes on campus only. The Yellow Bike program is a product of last spring's climate mitigation class in which students researched ways to lower NAU's greenhouse gas emissions. The university took an interest and arranged to donate bikes to the program that have been abandoned on campus. Eventually, NAU's entire collection of 140 unclaimed bikes will be cleaned, painted, repaired, tuned and added to the program.

14. UC Santa Cruz Plans Lightbulb Giveaway
UC Santa Cruz and its electric utility are partnering to join the Energy Star Change a Light, Change the World Campaign. During October, campus representatives will distribute up to 5,000 compact fluorescent lightbulbs donated by PG&E to the campus community.

15. UConn Biodiesel Lab Receives Grant
University of Connecticut's alternative energy biodiesel laboratory has received a $10,000 donation from Pratt & Whitney. The laboratory is used by undergraduate students to generate the environmentally friendly fuel for use in UConn vehicles. The donation will be used to pay the laboratory operating expenses for the next year, where more than 30 UConn students work to generate approximately 50 gallons of biodiesel per week. About a dozen university buses run on a blend of biodiesel/diesel fuel. In addition to the $10,000 donation, Pratt & Whitney will also provide 50 gallons of waste vegetable oil from its employee cafeterias every week for students to convert into biodiesel.

16. Rowan U Named NJ Clean Energy School of the Year
The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, Office of Clean Energy has selected Rowan University as the New Jersey Clean Energy School of the Year, recognizing the institution for its efforts related to promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy, including purchasing 25 percent of its electricity from wind power sources.

17. Central Carolina CC Receives Biofuels Education Grants
Central Carolina Community College's biofuels education programs have received two BioNetwork Fund grants from the North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges. A $44,180 Phase II Biofuels Curriculum Development Grant will fund the creation of courses and workshops on biofuels production and utilization. The courses will be customized to address specific audiences, such as workers already in the biofuels industry, farmers growing crops to be made into biofuels, and entrepreneurs who want to start biofuels businesses. The new $96,737 Biofuels Equipment Funding Grant will pay for equipment and supplies to expand fuel-testing capabilities in the biofuels analytics laboratory.

New Resources

18. Graduate Programs in Sustainability/Environmental Education
AASHE has produced a new resource that lists graduate programs in sustainability/environmental education. The resource lists doctoral, masters, and graduate certificate programs. Access to this resources is limited to AASHE members.

19. New Issue of International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education
A new issue of the International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education is now available. Issue 4 of Volume 8 includes papers on: the transferability of different approaches to campus sustainability; campus sustainability projects and organizational learning; key competencies for sustainability; managing sustainability communication on campus; the Lüneburg Sustainable University Project in international comparison; and more.

Opportunities

20. 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.

21. 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 AASHE. Entries are due by October 26, 2007.

22. Recycling Bin Grant Program
National Recycling Coalition and Coca-Cola have announced a new recycling bin grant program designed to promote and support community recycling in the U.S. Under the program, NRC will provide guidance and consultation to grantees on setting up a recycling program, assess recycling bin needs and determine bin selection. NRC bin suppliers will then deliver bins directly to the recipients. Establishing a campus recycling program is an eligible grant activity. Grant recipients will be selected and awarded recycling bins throughout 2008.

Jobs & Internships

23. Sustainability Manager, Georgia Southern University
Georgia Southern University seeks an Environment Safety Specialist (Sustainability Manager) to provide environmental sustainability leadership to the Georgia Southern University community. The Coordinator will be instrumental in focusing attention on ways to maximize the environmental performance of the University. Applicants should have a Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Studies or a related field and one or more years of related work experience. Applications are due by November 2, 2007.

24. Director, Environmental Center, U North Florida
The University of North Florida in Jacksonville seeks an experienced educator with a productive research program in environmental chemistry to direct its recently established Environmental Center starting summer or fall 2008. The appointment is split between administration of the Center and teaching, research and service. A Ph.D. in chemistry with emphasis on some aspect of environmental chemistry is required. Review of applications will begin in November.

25. Two Professors of Environmental Studies, Emory U
The Department of Environmental Studies at Emory University invites applications for two positions at the assistant or associate level to begin Fall 2008. The Department seeks candidates who will actively engage with a faculty that is committed to teaching and research that integrates the natural and social sciences in the study of the environment. Thematic areas of particular interest to the Department include, but are not limited to, global health and environment, sustainability, and urban ecology, with a focus on either terrestrial or aquatic environments. Review of applications will begin December 14, 2007.

Events

26. Education for a Sustainable Future TeleSeminar
November 27, 2007; 1-2:30pm Eastern Time
The Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium and the Disciplinary Associations Networks for Sustainability are cosponsoring a teleseminar on co-sponsor entitled Education for a Sustainable Future. Dr. Debra Rowe, President of the US Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development, and other experts from the hosting organizations will provide both an explanation of education for sustainable development and an overview of the national sustainability trends occurring in curricula and research, purchasing and operations, housing and recreation, governance and planning, community partnerships, student life and more. They will give examples of what is taking place on college and university campuses across the nation and provide resources for further education and engagement.

27. Power Shift 2007
November 2-5; University of Maryland, College Park
Power Shift 2007 will be the first national youth summit to solve the climate crisis. Thousands of young adults are expected to attend the summit, which will include over a hundred workshops and panels. Conference participants will share ideas, learn new skills, and make new connections. Keynote speakers include Van Jones, Bill McKibben, Paul Loeb, Majora Carter, Carol Browner, Mike Tidwell, Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr., Faith Gemmill, and Evon Peter. Power Shift will also include a career fair and lobby day.

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