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Table of Contents for 11/01/07:

NEWS
1. Oregon State Launches First Ecological Engineering Degree in U.S.
2. UC Berkeley Establishes Sustainable Products and Solutions Program
3. Philadelphia U Receives $1.5 Million for PA Green Growth Partnership
4. St. Mary's College of MD Purchases 100% Renewable Energy Credits
5. Boise State Appoints AVP for Energy Research and Sustainability
6. Duke Launches New Corporate Sustainability Initiative
7. UC Berkeley Launches Center for Energy and Environmental Innovation
8. Case Western Reserve Appoints Chair in Social Entrepreneurship
9. Georgetown Expands Pre-College Program for Low-Income Students
10. Campuses Celebrate Campus Sustainability Day
11. Duke to Dedicate Two New Green Buildings
12. Middlebury to Open Hillcrest Environmental Center
13. 10 kW Solar Array Installed at Harvard Forest
14. UT Austin Building Receives LEED Certification
15. Community Farm Garden Starts at Hamilton
16. Kansas State U Launches Center for Sustainable Energy
17. NW Missouri State Partners with Tire Recycling Firm

NEW RESOURCES
18. UNC Chapel Hill 2007 Campus Sustainability Report
19. Santa Clara U 2007 Sustainability Assessment

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
20. Manager, Sustainability Programs, American University
21. Sustainability Coordinator, University of Central Oklahoma
22. Sustainability Coordinator, U Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
23. Director, Ctr. for Energy and Environmental Education, U Northern Iowa
24. Assistant Director, Energy Initiatives, Princeton University
25. Asst. Prof. of Environmental Politics, Policy, Society and Law, UCSB
26. Faculty, Climate, Society and Environmental Change, Rutgers
27. Director of Environmental Studies, Bowdoin College
28. President, Santa Barbara City College

EVENTS
29. Web Course on Climate Neutral University Planning
30. Sowing Seeds Humane Education Workshop

News

1. Oregon State Launches First Ecological Engineering Degree in U.S.
Oregon State University has launched the first undergraduate degree program in ecological engineering in the U.S. The new degree, offered through OSU's Department of Biological and Ecological Engineering, will accommodate approximately 100 students. Ecological engineers combine basic and applied science from engineering, ecology, economics, and natural sciences for the restoration and construction of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems.

2. UC Berkeley Establishes Sustainable Products and Solutions Program
University of California, Berkeley has received an initial $2 million gift that will enable the University to establish a new program aimed at providing students educational and research opportunities in the area of sustainable products and solutions. Based at the Center for Responsible Business at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business, the Sustainable Products and Solutions Program is being established in partnership with UC Berkeley's College of Chemistry. The Dow Chemical Co. Foundation provided the first $2 million and intends to provide another $8 million over the next five years. The program will focus on sustainability issues involving society, science, engineering, the environment and finance. A request for proposals will be issued later this fall seeking research and education ideas, primarily from master's degree-level and doctoral students at UC Berkeley.
See also: San Francisco Chronicle article

3. Philadelphia U Receives $1.5 Million for PA Green Growth Partnership
Philadelphia University's Engineering and Design Institute and the Green Building Alliance have received a $1.5 million state grant to fund the second year of the Pennsylvania Green Growth Partnership. The partnership was established last year with a $2 million grant to promote economic development through the design and construction of green buildings and the development of energy-saving building materials, products and technologies. The partnership also is charged with conducting research and providing education on sustainability as well as green building design, technology, materials and practices. In addition to the two lead partners, the Green Growth Partnership also includes Temple, Villanova, Carnegie Mellon and Penn State universities, the University of Pittsburgh, the Delaware Valley Green Building Council and Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania.

4. St. Mary's College of MD Purchases 100% Renewable Energy Credits
St. Mary's College of Maryland has purchased renewable energy credits to equivalent to 100% of its annual electricity consumption. Ninety-six percent of the purchase is to come from a student-approved fee increase that raises $45,000 a year.

5. Boise State Appoints AVP for Energy Research and Campus Sustainability
John Gardner was recently named the Boise State University's Associate Vice President for Energy Research, Policy and Campus Sustainability. Previously a professor in the University's Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering, Gardner is now responsible for coordinating the university's environmental stewardship and sustainability efforts. Gardner is also responsible for coordinating and promoting university research related to sustainability and coordinating outreach to state agencies and citizens related to sustainability and energy.
See also: Directory of Campus Sustainability/Environmental Officers (AASHE members only)

6. Duke Launches New Corporate Sustainability Initiative
Duke University has announced the establishment of the new Duke Corporate Sustainability Initiative (CSI), an interdisciplinary initiative designed to examine corporate environmental practices from the perspectives of both business strategy and public policy. The initiative pools the resources and expertise of The Fuqua School of Business, the Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences, and the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. CSI was established to develop greater understanding of the opportunities and limits of policies and strategies to create sustainable businesses. Michael Lenox, associate professor of business at Fuqua, will serve as the initiative's faculty director.

7. UC Berkeley Launches Center for Energy and Environmental Innovation
University of California, Berkeley has launched the Center for Energy and Environmental Innovation, a new cross-disciplinary center focused on developing the next generation of energy leaders, increasing collaboration between energy disciplines around campus, and accelerating the commercialization of clean energy technologies. The center, which will provide fellowships and internship opportunities in the energy sector, evolved out of the Berkeley Energy & Resources Collaborative, a two-year-old campus club formed by UC Berkeley MBA students to help students across campus gain experience in the energy sector through career services, real-world project opportunities, and support for student innovation.

8. Case Western Reserve Appoints Chair in Social Entrepreneurship
Case Western Reserve University has appointed Professor David Cooperrider as the first Fairmount Minerals Chair in Social Entrepreneurship, with a task of teaching and promoting the ideals of sustainability. The chair, created with a $2 million gift from Fairmount Minerals, Ltd., aims to bring together and mobilize management leaders around the world to design global solutions and innovations through collaborations and initiatives. Cooperrider is the director of the Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit and a founding expert of Appreciative Inquiry.

9. Georgetown Expands Pre-College Program for Low-Income Students
Georgetown University has received a $10 million gift from the Meyers Foundation to support the expansion of a program that works to provide academic enrichment and college preparation for low-income students. The renamed Meyers Institute for College Preparation is a community outreach program that provides intensive academic, psychosocial, and family support to low-income District of Columbia public school students to empower them to graduate from high school and succeed in college. The program's pre-college scholars participate in coursework and activities during the school year and for five weeks each summer. The gift will more than double the number of students who can participate in the program.

10. Campuses Celebrate Campus Sustainability Day
Hundreds of campuses across the globe that celebrated Campus Sustainability Day last week, and some even held a whole week of events. Some campuses used the day to announce new commitments and policies, while others released sustainability reports. Still others held festivals and other educational events.

11. Duke to Dedicate Two New Green Buildings
Duke University will dedicate two new green buildings in November: the Home Depot Smart Home and the French Family Science Center. The 6,000-square-foot Home Depot Smart Home is a new residence hall designed to house 10 students. A research and design team of over 100 students helped plan the home, which is expected to achieve at least LEED Gold certification. The home includes solar panels, a green roof, a rainwater collection system, and many other sustainability features. The 280,000-square-foot French Family Science Center has already received LEED Silver certification. The Center was built with recycled and sustainable building materials and incorporates a 15,000 square feet green roof and waterless urinals.

12. Middlebury to Open Hillcrest Environmental Center
Middlebury College recently celebrated the opening of Hillcrest Environmental Center, which provides a new permanent home for the college's Environmental Studies program and Office of Environmental Affairs. Renovations to the building were completed in June, and the facility. Rather than construct a new building for its environmental programs, the college decided to model sustainable practices by renovating an existing facility, an 1875 Italianate-style Vermont farmhouse. Sustainability features of the renovation include: locally sourced building materials; Forest Stewardship Council certified wood from the college-owned forests; countertop made from recycled paper and cashew nut resin; desktops and table surfaces were made from a composite of sunflower seed hulls; recycled carpet; room occupancy sensors; waterless urinals; and geothermal cooling.

13. 10 kW Solar Array Installed at Harvard Forest
Harvard University has installed a 10kW solar array at the Harvard Forest. Support for this $100,000 project included grants from the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative Small Renewables Initiative and Harvard University's Faculty of Arts and Sciences Dean's Fund; the balance was covered by the Harvard's Green Campus Loan Fund.

14. UT Austin Building Receives LEED Certification
University of Texas at Austin's Research Office Complex (ROC) has received LEED certification. It is the first LEED-certified building in the University of Texas System. The ROC was constructed with advanced materials such as recycled rubber and yarn in carpeting and reflective roofing. The project diverted more than 95 percent of its waste from landfills by recycling or reusing materials at other job sites. In addition, the ROC was constructed with environmental features, such as CO2 sensors that improve air quality, and a parking lot with four recharge stations that allow commuters to recharge their electric cars while at work.

15. Community Farm Garden Starts at Hamilton
In an attempt to bring members of the Hamilton community closer to the land they occupy, students and faculty have teamed up to create a community farm garden on campus. The .75 acre garden will utilize sustainable, organic, permaculture farming techniques and is intended to serve as an outdoor classroom for experiential learning. Organizers hope to hire a garden manager to supervise and plan the garden, and summer interns, who will plant, cultivate and harvest the produce. They will sell the produce at a local farmer's market and to Bon Appetit, Hamilton's food service provider. Hamilton's President Joan Hinde Stewart provided $20,000 for initial plowing, a water line and fencing. Bon Appetit will supply funding for seeds, plants and supplies.

16. Kansas State U Launches Center for Sustainable Energy
Kansas State University has created the Center for Sustainable Energy to bring together all renewable and sustainable energy related activities already underway at the University. The center has three primary goals: to research and develop sustainable energy systems and lower greenhouse gas emissions; to educate those on and off campus about sustainable energy; and to facilitate the adoption of new technology by industrial users. Initially, center activities have focused on the sustainable and efficient conversion of biomass to biofuels and related products. The center was established with a $750,000 K-State Targeted Excellence grant to provide incentives for active research in sustainable energy.

17. NW Missouri State Partners with Tire Recycling Firm
Northwest Missouri State University has signed a memorandum of understanding with Carbolytic Materials, which manufactures carbon black from shredded tires. The Missouri-based firm is to become the first tenant at the University's Center of Excellence.

New Resources

18. UNC Chapel Hill 2007 Campus Sustainability Report
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Office of Sustainability has released its 2007 Campus Sustainability Report. The 56-page report describes the University's sustainability efforts in academics, climate change, energy, buildings, transportation, waste reduction, grounds, water, purchasing, housekeeping, and more.

19. Santa Clara U 2007 Sustainability Assessment
The Santa Clara University has released its first sustainability review. The 2007 Sustainability Assessment, completed by SCU undergraduates working with the University sustainability program, provides baseline data regarding University fuel use, water consumption, waste production, and use of toxic chemicals.

Jobs & Internships

20. Manager, Sustainability Programs, American University
American University is hiring a Manager of Sustainability Programs to lead efforts to develop, maintain, and enhance environmental stewardship, sustainability efforts and culture within the campus community and among its constituencies. The position requires extensive collaboration with students, faculty and staff and the ability to establish connections and partnerships around a variety of projects. A bachelors degree in a related field is required.

21. Sustainability Coordinator, University of Central Oklahoma
University of Central Oklahoma seeks a Sustainability Coordinator to coordinate the development of a coherent, campus-wide sustainability plan that supports the university mission and strategic plan. The Coordinator will: provide overall management of a planning process to identify, evaluate, implement and report on a variety of potential projects which assist in campus sustainability; educate the campus constituents about environmentally friendly behavior; expand existing programs and course offerings related to sustainability, and identify greenhouse gas emissions and develop a plan to reduce them. A bachelor's degree in a related field is required. To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by November 2, 2008.

22. Sustainability Coordinator, U Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
The Division of Engineering Services of Facilities & Services of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign seeks a Sustainability Coordinator. The Sustainability Coordinator will have responsibility for developing and leading a coherent, campus-wide sustainability program; coordinating academic, research, operations, and student sustainability activities into a coherent strategy; promoting the sustainable design, renovation, and operation of campus facilities; and acting as a central contact responsible for initiating and coordinating programs to ensure that the University's academic and business operations meet sustainability goals. Applicants must have a bachelors degree in a related discipline. To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by November 16, 2008.

23. Director, Center for Energy and Environmental Education, U Northern Iowa
University of Northern Iowa has an opening for a Director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Education. The Director will lead the Center's operation, growth and achievement of goals in such areas as energy efficiency, renewable energy and environmental sustainability. S/he will also develop and implement funding strategies to support the Center's existing, new and expanded programs. A Bachelor's degree in a related field plus at least 10 years of relevant experience is required. Application materials received by December 1, 2007 will be given first consideration.

24. Assistant Director, Energy Initiatives, Princeton University
The Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI) seeks a highly motivated and resourceful individual with scientific/technical background to manage PEI-administered energy initiatives including the Carbon Mitigation Initiative and to help launch new and emerging academic and research activities focused on climate and energy. A bachelor's degree in a science or engineering discipline and 3-5 years of related experience is required. The position is open until filled.

25. Asst. Prof. of Environmental Politics, Policy, Society and Law, UCSB
The Environmental Studies Program at the University of California, Santa Barbara seeks to fill a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Environmental Politics, Policy, Society, and the Law. The successful candidate will have a record of scholarly achievement, evidence of successful teaching, and a Ph.D. in the social sciences or an interdisciplinary environmental program at the time of hire. This position is open until filled, but for full consideration, applications should be received by Monday, December 3, 2007.

26. Faculty, Climate, Society and Environmental Change, Rutgers
The Department of Human Ecology at Rutgers the State University of New Jersey seeks to hire an active scholar and effective teacher in the area of climate, society, and environmental change. This person will be expected to develop courses that support and complement the offerings of the Department of Human Ecology and to take a leading role within an emerging multi-disciplinary climate and energy initiative at the University. This is an academic year tenure-track position at the assistant to associate professor levels. The deadline for applications is December 5th, 2007 or until a suitable candidate is found.

27. Director of Environmental Studies, Bowdoin College
Bowdoin College invites nominations and applications for the position of Director of Environmental Studies at the Associate or Full Professor rank, beginning in Fall 2008. The director will hold a joint appointment in the Environmental Studies program and a department appropriate to his/her disciplinary specialization. It is expected that the Director will be an active teaching member of the program, but some course relief will be provided in recognition of the director's responsibilities. These include working with students outside of the classroom and linking Environmental Studies to many facets of the campus and broader community. The Director also oversees staff who provide administrative and curricular support for the program. The successful candidate will hold a PhD and be an active scholar in an academic discipline relevant to environmental studies. Applications must be received by December 1, 2007 for full consideration.

28. President, Santa Barbara City College
Santa Barbara City College seeks candidates for a Superintendent/President position. One of the new President's responsibilities will be to develop and implement a sustainable strategic plan that will improve campus infrastructure while implementing the principles of sustainability. To ensure full consideration, applications should be submitted no later than January 7, 2008.

Events

29. Web Course on Carbon Neutral University Planning
February 4-April 18
Dave Newport, the Director of the CU Environmental Center, will lead a web-based course on Carbon Neutral University Planning. The course will explore the concepts and methodologies involved in analyzing and planning for campus climate neutrality, and the opportunities and barriers to achieving climate neutrality. Participants will learn how to develop an analytical framework by which to evaluate emissions mitigation options, and draft a proposed strategic plan that would guide implementation of climate neutrality.

30. Sowing Seeds Humane Education Workshop
December 1-2; University of California at Berkeley
The Sowing Seeds Humane Education Workshop is an interactive, two-day training designed to help participants effectively and creatively teach about pressing global issues. The workshop is designed for educators, animal, environmental and human rights activists, advocates of humane and sustainable living, and anyone wishing to develop their teaching and communication abilities to work for positive social change. Participants will learn new approaches for teaching about environmental preservation, human rights, animal protection, consumerism, media, and culture.

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