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Table of Contents for 10/25/07:

NEWS
1. College Sustainability Report Card 2008 Released
2. U Calgary Building Receives LEED Platinum
3. Sierra Club Names Top Ten Green Campuses
4. German University Wins 2007 Solar Decathlon
5. Current Magazine Features Campus Sustainability Superlatives
6. Humber to Offer Sustainable Energy and Building Technology Program
7. Warren Wilson Receives Grant to Develop Environmental Curriculum
8. 9 New Campuses Sign Presidents Climate Commitment
9. U Victoria Switches to 100% Post-Consumer Recycled Paper
10. U Arizona Students Build Green, Affordable Housing
11. Trent U Launches Eco-Trent Initiative
12. UT Austin Launches UTakeCharge Energy Conservation Initiative
13. Lawrence Tech to Promote Detroit Microenterprises
14. Stanford, De Anza Win Livable Buildings Awards
15. Coastal Carolina U Receives Green Building Award
16. UC Berkeley Student Wins Brower Youth Award
17. Princeton Tests Biodiesel in Cogeneration Plant
18. Fairfield U Unveils New Combined Heat and Power Plant
19. Texas A&M System to Help Commercialize Bioenergy Technologies

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
20. Sustainability Manager, Macalester College
21. Sustainability Coordinator, Portland State University
22. Two Professors in Sustainability Science, Arizona State University
23. Assistant Professor of Sustainability and Strategy, Duquesne University
24. Climate Action Coordinator, Washington College
25. Campus Program Associate, Clean Air-Cool Planet
26. Director, Institute of the Environment, UCLA
27. Professor, Environmental Literature and Criticism, Middlebury College
28. Environmental Educator, Slippery Rock University
29. Director, Liu Institute for Global Issues, University of British Columbia
30. Faculty, Health and the Environment, U Minnesota-Twin Cities
31. Transportation Planning Analyst, UCLA
32. Recycling, Surplus, & Solid Waste Technician, University of Idaho
33. Energy Manager, SUNY College at Old Westbury

EVENTS
34. Campus Transportation Demand Management Toolkit
35. Power Shift 2007

News

1. College Sustainability Report Card 2008 Released
Sustainable Endowments Institute has released the College Sustainability Report Card 2008. The report card assesses sustainability efforts at the 200 public and private universities with the largest endowments. Letter grades are assigned to each campus in 8 categories: Administration, Climate Change & Energy, Food & Recycling, Green Building, Transportation, Endowment Transparency, Investment Priorities, and Shareholder Engagement. The report card finds that two out of three schools have improved their sustainability performance since the 2007 report card, but many institutions continue to lag in applying sustainability practices to their endowment investments. Harvard, Dartmouth, U of Washington, Middlebury, Carleton, and U of Vermont each received the highest overall grade of "A-."
Discuss the Report Card on AASHE's blog

2. U Calgary Building Receives LEED Platinum
The University of Calgary's Child Development Centre has received LEED Platinum certification. The 125,000 square-foot building is the largest LEED Platinum building in Canada and one of the first such buildings constructed in a cold-weather climate. Sustainability features include: one of the largest photovoltaic arrays to be integrated into a building in Canada; use of "gray water" in toilets; high-performance boilers; under-floor ventilation systems; motion-activated energy efficient lights; and water efficient fixtures. There will be an estimated energy cost reduction of over 70 percent and a reduction in water use of more than 55 percent per year, compared to a conventional building of the same size. Researchers at the university, including students from the Faculty of Environmental Design and the Schulich School of Engineering, will conduct post-occupancy studies on the building's performance.

3. Sierra Club Names Top Ten Green Campuses
The November/December issue of Sierra Magazine includes an article entitled "Cool Schools: Ten that Get it." The ten campuses are: Oberlin College, Harvard University, Warren Wilson College, the University of California System, Duke University, Middlebury College, Berea College, Pennsylvania State University, Tufts University, and Carnegie Mellon University.

4. German University Wins 2007 Solar Decathlon
Germany's Technische Universität Darmstadt has earned top honors in the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon competition. Twenty student teams participated in the competition to design, build, and operate the most attractive and energy-efficient solar-powered home. Students competed in ten areas, ranging from architecture, livability, and comfort, to how well the homes provided energy for space heating and cooling, hot water, lighting, and appliances. University of Maryland came in second place and Santa Clara University came in third place.
See also: Solar Decathlon Audio Slide Show from Chronicle of Higher Education

5. Current Magazine Features Campus Sustainability Superlatives
Campus sustainability is the cover story in the fall issue of Current, Newsweek's magazine for college students. The article features sustainability efforts at 6 campuses, each with its own superlative. Macalester College receives "Most Bang per Buck" for its Clean Energy Revolving Loan Fund. Southern Illinois University at Carbondale is designated as "Most Creepy Crawly" for its worm composting project. Washington College gets the "Sexiest Sustainability" designation for its risqué promotion of water conservation. Yale University is designated as the "Dirtiest Dinner" for its Sustainable Food Project. Berea College gets "Most Conscious Crib" for its Ecovillage housing complex. Lastly, University of California is recognized as the "Friendliest Fight" for its cooperative relationship with the California Student Sustainability Coalition. The magazine also contains several additional articles on campus sustainability, including a feature describing what 16 "Schools that Care" are doing right, and where they can improve.

6. Humber to Offer Sustainable Energy and Building Technology Program
Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning is launching a Sustainable Energy and Building Technology program, starting September 2008. The 3-year program will provide multidisciplinary training in renewable energy, along with aspects of building design and construction that can have a significant impact on a building's energy efficiency. The program is designed to provide graduates with the knowledge to assess, design, co-ordinate and commission the increasingly sophisticated mix of technologies that generate, transform and utilize energy within buildings.

7. Warren Wilson Receives Grant to Develop Environmental Curriculum
Warren Wilson College has been awarded a $193,265 grant from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations to develop environmental curriculum. The Advancing Environmental Literacy project will provide an opportunity for interdisciplinary study of critical environmental concerns, using the concept of "full cost accounting." Guided by faculty from environmental studies and many other disciplines, the new curriculum also will foster engagement in effective problem solving, as students examine issues of sustainability within the context of Warren Wilson's learning triad of academics, work and service. Each year, on a four-year rotation, Warren Wilson students will examine the effects of land-use practices, water, energy and then air quality both regionally and globally. Community research projects will be essential to students' study of regional environmental issues. Other program components will include an annual speaker series, a publication of findings, and summer internships allowing students to fully immerse themselves in the issues.

8. 9 New Campuses Sign Presidents Climate Commitment
9 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: Janet Dudley-Eshbach of Salisbury University, Rosemary E. Jeffries of Georgian Court University, President Pamela Fox of Mary Baldwin College, Gloria Nemerowicz of Pine Manor College, Donald F. Averill of San Bernardino Community College District (3 campuses), H. Martin Lancaster of North Carolina Community College System Office, and Lawrence P. Litecky of Century College. 424 college and university presidents and chancellors have now signed the Commitment.

9. U Victoria Switches to 100% Post-Consumer Recycled Paper
The University of Victoria marked International Campus Sustainability Day by announcing that it will switch all its bond paper supplies to 100 per cent post-consumer waste content beginning January 1, 2008. In making the switch from 30 per cent post-consumer waste content, UVic becomes the first university in BC to make the commitment to using 100 per cent recycled paper stock. With the improved quality of recycled paper stocks and more efficient equipment, the switch is not expected to translate into increased costs for the university or for students and staff.

10. U Arizona Students Build Green, Affordable Housing
Students and faculty from The University of Arizona College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture recently broke ground on two houses in Tucson's Barrio San Antonio. The project, "Conservation Technologies for Affordable Housing," is a demonstration to develop models for housing that will provide ongoing affordability through energy efficiency and water conservation. The homes will be offered for sale to a family making less than 80 percent of the median income.

11. Trent U Launches Eco-Trent Initiative
Trent University has launched or improved a series of new programs under the new "Eco-Trent" initiative designed to bolster its environmental performance on campus. Managed by Shelley Strain, the University's new sustainability coordinator, EcoTrent is an umbrella program that works on new initiatives while also promoting the environmental successes of existing programs across campus. Programs include a wide range of activities, such as recycling, composting, the Stan Adamson Powerhouse, energy conservation, green roofs, extensive natural areas, and specialty recycling for electronics, batteries, printer cartridges, cell phones, and fluorescent tubes. New for this year is the expansion of the composting program to include all five residences at Trent, and an active volunteer program to encourage student participation in greening events and activities.

12. UT Austin Launches UTakeCharge Energy Conservation Initiative
The University of Texas at Austin has launched a major initiative to manage and reduce demand-side energy use on campus, entitled UTakeCharge. Overseen by UT Facilities Services, UTakeCharge is the university's most significant energy conservation program to date and is focused on Demand-side Energy Management and Conservation (DSEMC). This program will reduce energy consumption and lower ongoing energy costs through renovations and replacement of inefficient or under-performing equipment. Estimated annual cost avoidance resulting from the initial renovation projects is expected to exceed $2 million.

13. Lawrence Tech to Promote Detroit Microenterprises
The Center for Nonprofit Management at Lawrence Technological University has been awarded a two-year, $257,000 grant through the Good Neighborhoods Initiative of the Skillman Foundation to support entrepreneurs and facilitate microenterprise development in the Osborn neighborhood of northeast Detroit. Osborn residents will participate in basic entrepreneurial training, advanced business workshops, or alternative career placement activities. In addition to business mentoring support and referral for business start-up loans, personal support services will also be available to ensure participant success. Leadership and staffing of the Osborn Entrepreneur and Microenterprise Project will consist of key faculty and students from Lawrence Tech, volunteers and community leaders from Osborn and the residents themselves.

14. Stanford, De Anza Win Livable Buildings Awards
Stanford University's Global Ecology Research Center and De Anza College's Kirsch Center for Environmental Studies have each received a 2007 Livable Buildings Award from the Center for the Built Environment. The buildings were recognized for sustainable design elements that reinforce each institution's goals and missions, while promoting the health and productivity of occupants working inside.

15. Coastal Carolina U Receives Green Building Award
Coastal Carolina University has received one of four leadership awards given by South Carolina's chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council. Coastal received the Education Award, in recognition for the university's overall commitment to sustainability and renewable energy.

16. UC Berkeley Student Wins Brower Youth Award
A UC Berkeley student is among six young North American environmental leaders to win a 2007 Brower Youth Award for her work in boosting funding for environmental sustainability on the UC Berkeley campus. Rachel Barge, a junior majoring in conservation and resource studies and minoring in forestry, was honored for spearheading such campus projects as The Green Initiative Fund, which finances clean energy and transportation, water conservation and improved recycling and composting programs. As director of sustainability on campus for the Associated Students of the University of California, Barge founded the Sustainability Team, a 60-member group whose projects have included converting the campus's transportation fleet to biodiesel and establishing UC Berkeley's first student-run cooperative organic produce stand.

17. Princeton Tests Biodiesel in Cogeneration Plant
Princeton's facilities department recently completed a successful test of biodiesel in its campus energy plant boilers and gas turbine cogeneration system. Results are being evaluated to see if biodiesel is a viable alternative to the ultra-low sulfur diesel that currently is used when natural gas supplies are unavailable. The test was the first of its kind in New Jersey for stationary boilers.

18. Fairfield U Unveils New Combined Heat and Power Plant
Fairfield University recently unveiled a new, $9.2 million Combined Heat and Power Plant. The CHP plant was designed to have the capability to generate almost the entire electrical load of the campus and as much as 85% of its heating and cooling requirements. The plant, which is fueled with natural gas, is expected to reduce the University's overall carbon footprint by more than 10,000 metric tons per year. Fairfield received a $2.3 million grant for the CHP project from the state of Connecticut.

19. Texas A&M System to Help Commercialize Bioenergy Technologies
Texas A&M University System has formed a joint venture company, AgFuture Energy LLC, to help identify and commercialize technologies developed by A&M System researchers and move them to the marketplace. AgFuture Energy currently is working to define a variety of projects that have development opportunity, and initially it will focus on technologies supporting the bioenergy industry. Among the first projects the company will pursue is partnering with the Rio Grande Valley Sugar Growers Association to build a facility that can convert crops like sorghum into cellulosic ethanol.

Jobs & Internships

20. Sustainability Manager, Macalester College
Macalester College seeks a Sustainability Manger to work with faculty, students, staff and senior administration to provide the knowledge, skills and motivation that will integrate sustainability values and practices into the every day life of the College. The director will work to integrate the efforts of students, faculty, staff and alumni on a wide range of sustainability issues and initiatives and will coordinate existing programs and activities and develop new ones to promote innovations toward environmental sustainability. The director will coordinate and direct the development of a comprehensive strategic plan with both short and long term goals for the College. A masters degree in related field (or equivalent experience) and five years of hands-on experience implementing environmental or sustainability programs is required. The position reports to the Vice President for Finance and Administration, and is open until filled.

21. Sustainability Coordinator, Portland State University
Portland State University seeks a Sustainability Coordinator to work with senior officers, other administrators, faculty, staff, students, and PSU's Academic Sustainability program staff to provide the knowledge skills and motivation to integrate sustainability values and practices into the University's strategic planning processes; the management of its resources and operations; facilities planning and design; its research activities; the curriculum; and the extra-curricular life of the University. The Sustainability Coordinator reports to the Assistant Director of Facilities & Planning and works with all sectors of the University. A bachelor's degree is required (masters preferred).

22. Two Professors in Sustainability Science, Arizona State University (link no longer available)
The School of Sustainability at Arizona State University invites applications for two tenure track faculty positions in Sustainability Science. The appointment is in support of a new interdisciplinary academic program in sustainability. Applicants must be committed to building a program in sustainability, will teach an introductory undergraduate course in sustainability science, and will actively participate in graduate mentoring and research. Desired qualifications are demonstrated experience in one of the following areas: urban issues, earth systems, water resources, natural resources, environmental policy, and applied research interests at the international level, including in developing countries. Review of applications will begin December 1, 2007, and continue until the position is filled.

23. Assistant Professor of Sustainability and Strategy, Duquesne University
The School of Business Administration at Duquesne University invites applications for an Assistant Professor position in Management specializing in sustainability beginning Fall, 2008. A Ph.D. in Management (Sustainability, Strategy, Ethics, International Business or a closely related area) is required for this tenure-track faculty position. Responsibilities include: teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in sustainability, strategic management and one or more related areas including ethics and international business; conducting quality research focused on sustainability; and service on faculty committees. For full consideration, applications are due November 1, 2007.

24. Climate Action Coordinator, Washington College
Washington College's Center for Environment & Society seeks a Climate Action Coordinator to coordinate and manage climate action plans for Washington College and the Town of Chestertown. Responsibilities will include development of plans to move toward carbon neutrality for the College and the Town, preparation of a greenhouse gas emissions inventory for the College, and creation of an urban greening plan for Chestertown. The Coordinator will work with faculty, staff, students, Town staff, and volunteers to achieve project goals. This is a full-time, one year position with benefits. Continuation beyond one year is possible, contingent upon external funding. Review of applications will begin October 29, 2007, and continue until the position is filled.

25. Campus Program Associate, Clean Air-Cool Planet
Clean Air-Cool Planet seeks a Campus Program Associate to support coordination and outreach efforts for various campus program initiatives, including, the Massachusetts Clean Powered Campuses initiative, the Youth Climate Leadership fellowship, the Campus Climate Challenge partnership, and an annual survey of CA-CP partner campuses to determine needs and resources. The deadline for applications is November 12th.

26. Director, Institute of the Environment, UCLA
The University of California, Los Angeles seeks outstanding candidates for the position of Director of the Institute of the Environment. The successful candidate will have the academic rank of Professor and will hold a named chair. The Director will provide vision, leadership and support for IoE research, educational, and outreach programs, and promote collaborative efforts among faculty to address and find solutions to local and global environmental challenges. Review of applications will begin December 1, 2007 and will continue until the position is filled.

27. Professor, Environmental Literature and Criticism, Middlebury College
Middlebury College's Department of English and American Literatures seeks candidates for a tenure-track position in Environmental Literature and Criticism. Historical or generic specialization is open, but candidates must be prepared to teach two courses per year in conjunction with a robust Environmental Studies program, as well as introductory and advanced literature courses within a broader English curriculum. Applications are due by Nov. 20.

28. Environmental Educator, Slippery Rock University
Slippery Rock University is seeking applicants for a full-time, environmental educator at the McKeever Environmental Learning Center. A bachelor's degree in Environmental Education or related field, certification in Environmental Education, Elementary Education or Secondary Education (in a related field) and a minimum two years teaching experience are required. Review of applications will begin by November 16, 2007 and continue until position is filled.

29. Director, Liu Institute for Global Issues, University of British Columbia
University of British Columbia seeks candidates for the position of Director of the Liu Institute for Global Issues. With a mission to pursue interdisciplinary and policy-relevant research on global issues, the Institute's agenda embraces international relations, human security, peace and disarmament, the environment, development, global health, and international justice issues. The deadline for applications is December 17, 2007.

30. Faculty, Health and the Environment, U Minnesota-Twin Cities
The Department of Geography, College of Liberal Arts, at the University of Minnesota invites applications for a full-time, nine-month faculty position in the area of health and the environment beginning fall semester 2008. The Department is embarking on a new initiative to strengthen expertise in this area and plans to hire three new faculty members over the next two years. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in Geography or related discipline. Review of materials will begin November 16, 2007.

31. Transportation Planning Analyst, UCLA
UCLA Transportation is seeking a Planning Analyst to provide implementation, research, and analytical support to the Transportation Planning & Policy team related to transportation planning functions. Under the general direction of the TPP Manager, the incumbent will assist with various studies, surveys, and field reviews in support of UCLA's Transportation Demand Management program. The incumbent will also gather data and information for inclusion in UCLA's Sustainable Transportation Plan and work to implement the Bicycle Master Plan. Qualified candidates will have a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in urban planning, civil engineering, economics, geography, public policy, or related field; at least one year of transportation planning or engineering experience, or equivalent coursework; demonstrated experience with Geographic Information Systems applications; skill in SQL; knowledge of sustainable transportation and TDM programs. The application deadline is November 13, 2007.

32. Recycling, Surplus, & Solid Waste Technician, University of Idaho
University of Idaho's Recycling, Surplus and Solid Waste program has two vacant positions. Working within a team environment and under the general direction of the RSSW Supervisor, the incumbents of these positions perform skilled duties in support of departmental goals involving the management and operation of the recycling, surplus and solid waste programs at the University. Review of applications will begin no sooner than October 31st; however, applications may continue to be accepted until the positions are filled.

33. Energy Manager, SUNY College at Old Westbury
SUNY College at Old Westbury seeks an Energy Manager to develop and implement an energy management plan. Applicants should have a Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, engineering technology, business or related field. Two years of experience in energy management, mechanical systems design, construction, and/or maintenance, or closely related field with emphasis on energy management is also required. The position is open until filled.

Events

34. Campus Transportation Demand Management Toolkit
July 28-30, 2007; San Diego, CA
This conference will help participants learn best practices for planning and promoting transportation demand management programs. Participants will develop a toolkit for managing traffic demand on their campuses through effective implementation of transportation demand management techniques. Instructors include: Will Toor and Spenser Havlick, coauthors of Transportation for Sustainable Campus Communities; as well the Director of Sustainable Transportation Systems at Yale and the Director of Transportation and Parking Services at University of Chicago.

35. 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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