Table of Contents for 11/8/07:
1. 5500 Young People Attend Youth Climate Summit
2. $5 Billion in Financing Made Available for Campus Retrofits
3. Canadian Universities Graded on Environmental Commitment
4. Fresno State Completes 1.1 MW Solar Installation
5. Oberlin Receives $4 Million for Environmental Stewardship
6. U Florida Creates Institute for Sustainable Energy
7. 19 University Systems Launch Effort to Expand College Access
8. Williams Replaces Loans with Grants
9. Wesleyan Replaces Loans with Grants for Neediest Students
10. U Idaho to Stop Delivering Junk Mail
11. Northern Alberta Institute of Technology Hires Sustainability Officer
12. Eco-Reps Programs Covered in USA Today
13. Inside Higher Ed Covers Campus Water Conservation
14. Santa Clara U Begins Sustainable Living Undergraduate Research Project
15. Northern Lights College Receives Donations for Energy House
16. Roger Williams U Runs Bus on Waste Vegetable Oil
17. Columbia Partners with Nonprofit to Convert Waste Oil to Biodiesel
18. Arizona State U Partners on Biofuels Research
19. U Texas Arlington Forms Sustainability Committee
20. George Washington U Creates Sustainability Task Force
21. Delta College Receives Green Cleaning Award
22. Bridgewater State and Cape Cod CC Receive Environmental Award
23. Interdisciplinary Hiring, Tenure and Promotion Guide
24. Aspen Institute Paper on the Role of Business School
JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
25. Director of Sustainability, The Evergreen State College
26. Sustainability Coordinator, Brandeis University
27. Campus Sustainability Coordinator, Skidmore College
28. Environmental Sustainability Coordinator, Guilford College
29. Faculty Member in Green Business, College of the Atlantic
30. Asst. Prof. in Global Markets and the Environment, Michigan State
31. Asst. Prof. in Construction Management Green Building, UMass Amherst
32. Adj. Faculty, Sustainable Management, Presidio School of Management
33. President, Green Mountain College
34. Sustainable Farm Manager, Wilson College
35. Assistant Energy Manager, Stony Brook University
1. 5500 Young People Attend Youth Climate Summit>
From November 2-5, the Energy Action Coalition brought together more than 5500 young people from all 50 states for Power Shift 2007, the first-ever national youth summit to solve the climate crisis. Throughout the weekend youth leaders shared a common vision and plan to push bold action on climate change on their campuses, in their communities, and in the political arena. Youth leaders held hundreds of workshops and panels, developed and strengthened state and regional networks, and enjoyed evening musical performances and keynote speakers such as Speaker of the House Rep Nancy Pelosi and Van Jones, founder of Green for All. On November 5, thousands of the attendees lobbied Congress in support of leadership on climate change.
2. $5 Billion in Financing Made Available for Campus Retrofits>
Former President Bill Clinton recently announced a new partnership between the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) and signatories of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). This partnership seeks to enable colleges and universities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, lower their energy bills, and upgrade campus facilties without dipping into their capital budgets or increasing monthly operating expenses. Specifically, the partnership gives signatories of the ACUPCC access to funding mechanisms, technical assistance, and discounts on products from companies who have signed Memoranda of Understanding with the CCI. The CCI has secured commitments from 5 global financial institutions to each offer $1 billion of financing for energy efficiency retrofit projects, from eight leading energy services companies to perform building retrofits and guarantee the energy savings, and more than twenty five manufacturers of energy efficient products who will offer discounts of up to 70 percent to project partners. Eleven ACUPCC signatories also announced the launch of pilot projects with the CCI that will serve as models for other colleges and universities.
See also: Chronicle of Higher Education article>
See also: Inside Higher Ed article>
See also: Video of the announcement>
3. Canadian Universities Graded on Environmental Commitment>
The Globe and Mail has released the 2007 University Report Card. This year's report card grades Canadian colleges and universities on their commitment to the environment, among many other criteria. The grades are based on a survey in which students were asked to rate their level of satisfaction with a variety of operational sustainability issues such as availability of bike lanes, availability of organic food, and commitment to green technologies.
4. Fresno State Completes 1.1 MW Solar Installation>
California State University, Fresno and Chevron Energy Solutions recently announced the completion of a large-scale solar power installation at Fresno State that will supply 20 percent of the university's annual power needs. The 1.1-megawatt solar system - the largest photovoltaic (PV)-paneled parking installation at a U.S. university - is expected to save Fresno State more than $13 million in avoided utility costs over its 30-year lifespan. The $11.9 million project cost was partially offset by a $2.8 million rebate under the State of California's Self-Generation Incentive Program. The project was financed through an Power Purchase Agreement with MMA Renewable Ventures, LLC,, which owns and operates the PV installation. Under a 20-year contract, Fresno State is purchasing the power generated by the solar installation at market-competitive rates. At the ceremony celebrating the new system, President John D. Welty signed the Talloires Declaration, committing Fresno State to a 10-point action plan to incorporate sustainability and environmental literacy into teaching, research, operations and outreach.
See also: List of Campus Solar Installations>
5. Oberlin Receives $4 Million for Environmental Stewardship>
A Cleveland area family, which wishes to remain anonymous, has pledged $4 million to Oberlin College for environmental stewardship initiatives. $2.5 million of the $4 million gift will establish an endowed chair in environmental studies. The College has agreed to match this gift with a second endowed chair. An additional $1 million of the $4 million gift will be dedicated to technological upgrades within the Adam Joseph Lewis Center for Environmental Studies. The remaining $500,000 will be earmarked for environmental planning grants to be shared by the College and the City of Oberlin.
6. U Florida Creates Institute for Sustainable Energy>
University of Florida has established the Florida Institute for Sustainable Energy to develop new domestic energy resources and leading edge energy efficiency technologies. FISE brings together numerous units within the Colleges of Engineering, Business, Law, Building Construction, Liberal Arts and Sciences, SNRE, IFAS, and the UF Office of Sustainability to promote interdisciplinary research and education about sustainable energy. To facilitate commercialization of UF derived energy technology, FISE will coordinator an Energy Technology Incubator that includes a Prototype Development & Demonstration Laboratory and a Biofuel Pilot Plant.
7. 19 University Systems Launch Effort to Expand College Access >
Leaders from 19 public college and university systems throughout the U.S. recently announced a new national initiative to increase the number of college-educated Americans and ensure that graduates include far more young people from low-income and minority families. Participants in the Access to Success initiative, a project of the National Association of System Heads, are setting goals to improve student outcomes and close by at least half the gaps in both college-going and degree completion that separate low-income and minority students from others. Each of the Access to Success participants has set its own overall improvement targets. But all will focus on a collective goal of cutting by at least half the gaps in college-going and college success that separate low-income and minority students from other young Americans by the year 2015. Participating systems have agreed on a common set of metrics to evaluate their progress, and The Education Trust will release the data annually.
8. Williams Replaces Loans with Grants>
Williams College has decided to eliminate loans from all financial aid packages and replace them with grants. The decision applies to all future aid awards, including those of current students. This move is the latest in a series of steps the College has taken in recent years to be more affordable.
9. Wesleyan Replaces Loans with Grants for Neediest Students>
Wesleyan University has announced that it will eliminate loans for its neediest undergraduates and replace these with additional grants. The policy will be part of a new initiative to reduce overall student indebtedness by 35 percent to make Wesleyan even more accessible to students regardless of their financial capacity. Beginning with the first-year class enrolling in the fall of 2008, most students whose total family incomes are $40,000 per year or less will receive an aid package that substitutes grants for any loan obligation. Beginning with the same class, all other students who receive aid will graduate with a four-year total loan indebtedness reduced by an average of 35 percent. Wesleyan will raise endowment sufficient to fund the $3.2 million annual cost of this initiative.
10. U Idaho to Stop Delivering Junk Mail>
The University of Idaho has announced that it will stop delivering bulk mail, commonly referred as "junk mail," from sources outside of University of Idaho starting Jan. 1, 2008. The university processes and distributes a large volume of bulk mail, almost all of which is immediately thrown away. The bulk mail will be recycled immediately rather than distributed across campus after which it is often thrown in the garbage. Major sources of bulk mail will be contacted and informed that their mail will not be distributed, with a request that they stop sending bulk mail.
11. Northern Alberta Institute of Technology Hires Sustainability Officer>
Northern Alberta Institute of Technology has hired a Sustainability Officer to co-ordinate programs aimed at transforming the Institute into showcase of environmental performance. Katie Laviolette, reporting to the Office of the President, will work to make NAIT a sustainability leader among post-secondary institutes in Edmonton. Katie's priorities include implementing an expanded NAIT-wide recycling program, placing more ashtrays and garbage cans across the Institute as part of the Respect NAITure campaign, as well as establishing baselines for electricity, water and gas use - and then developing plans to reduce consumption. Katie comes to NAIT from the Edmonton Garrison, where she provided training and awareness programs on energy performance.
See also: Directory of Campus Sustainability/Environmental Officers> (AASHE members only)
12. Eco-Reps Programs Covered in USA Today>
USA Today recently ran a story describing the emergence of sustainability education and outreach programs on campus. These programs recruit students (often known as Eco-Reps) to encourage more sustainable behavior among their peers. The article says that about 40 U.S. colleges have eco-rep programs in place currently, and such efforts are gaining momentum.
13. Inside Higher Ed Covers Campus Water Conservation>
A recent Inside Higher Ed article describes water conservation efforts underway at campuses across the Southeast, which is facing a severe draught. These campuses are installing low flow and waterless fixtures, limiting outdoor watering, and promoting water conservation behavior change. The article highlights a competition to reduce water consumption between North Carolina State University and University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
14. Santa Clara U Begins Sustainable Living Undergraduate Research Project>
A new themed living option has started at Santa Clara University - the Sustainable Living Undergraduate Research Project (SLURP). SLURP is composed of 32 students who live together on one floor of a residence hall. Over the course of the year, each resident will engage in a research project on campus sustainability for university credit. Projects are still being formulated and include examinations of campus water consumption (tap vs bottled water), an anthropological study of the culture of sustainability on campus (and how to frame sustainability to engage more University community members), and collaboration with Bon Appetit Management Company to improve the environmental footprint of campus dining services.
15. Northern Lights College Receives Donations for Energy House>
Northern Lights College has received two significant contributions toward the construction of the Energy House, a training centre for students and the general public to learn about renewable energy technologies. Western Economic Diversification committed $150,000 to the project, while BP Canada Energy Company announced a donation valued at more than $100,000. BP will contribute in four ways: donating and installing 20 solar electric panels; helping with landscaping; providing funding to help develop a public education video about Energy House; and providing funding to help develop curricula for the Solar Thermal, Solar Electric and Geo-thermal Installer programs. Renewable energy technology systems that are planned for Energy House are: small residential wind and commercial wind, photovoltaic and solar thermal arrays, geo exchange, and biomass systems.
16. Roger Williams U Runs Bus on Waste Vegetable Oil>
Roger Williams University recently began running a shuttle bus on 100 percent used vegetable oil from the University's dining commons. Campus officials believe that RWU is the only university in Rhode Island - and one of just a handful in the U.S. - to power a passenger vehicle with straight canola oil. The University expects to use approximately 2,290 fewer gallons of diesel during the current academic year as a result of the change.
17. Columbia Partners with Nonprofit to Convert Waste Oil to Biodiesel >
Under a new partnership, Columbia's waste cooking oil is being picked up and delivered to refineries to be converted into biodiesel. To orchestrate pickup of Columbia's waste oil from 16 facilities across Morningside campus, the University has partnered with The Doe Fund, a New York nonprofit that provides housing and employment opportunities to formerly homeless individuals. The Doe Fund's transitional employment program - Ready, Willing & Able - offers free, on-demand pickup of waste cooking oil in New York City. All waste cooking oil collected by the program is then recycled into biodiesel. Columbia University is the first academic institution to sign up for the service.
18. Arizona State U Partners on Biofuels Research>
Arizona State University has announced a significant research partnership with energy company BP and Science Foundation Arizona to develop a renewable source of biofuel. The research effort focuses on using a specially optimized photosynthetic bacterium to produce biodiesel. The initiative will draw on a diverse array of multidisciplinary ASU research and expertise from the Biodesign Institute, the School of Life Sciences and the Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering.
19. U Texas Arlington Forms Sustainability Committee>
The University of Texas at Arlington's President James D. Spaniolo has formed a President's Sustainability Committee to develop policies and strategies to advance the university's commitment to address current environment challenges. Jeff Howard, assistant professor in the School of Urban and Public Affairs, and Craig Powell, director of Environmental Health and Safety, are co-chairing the committee, which includes university staff, students and faculty, as well as representatives of cities and nongovernmental organizations. A number of new projects are already in the development stage, including a green roof research initiative. The University has already spent $17 million on energy-efficiency improvements and made a commitment to build energy-efficient buildings. The new campus master plan looking outward to 2020 emphasizes adding green space and reflects a commitment to environmental stewardship.
20. George Washington U Creates Sustainability Task Force>
President Steven Knapp of The George Washington University recently announced the formation of a presidential task force on sustainability. The task force comprises students, faculty, and staff and is charged with developing recommendations to enhance GW's academic initiatives in the areas of environmental stewardship and climate change, as well as examining and recommending improvements in relevant University policies. The presidential task force is co-chaired by Mark Starik, professor and chairman of strategic management and public policy in GW's School of Business, and Lew Rumford, senior advisor for business development. The task force will spend the academic year evaluating GW's existing academic and administrative programs and will develop recommendations addressing the following topics and areas: energy conservation, resource and waste management, sustainability awareness, research programs, learning/curricular opportunities, procurement policies, and service initiatives and partnerships.
21. Delta College Receives Green Cleaning Award>
Delta College has received the Green Cleaning Award for Schools and Universities, sponsored by American School & University, the Green Cleaning Network and the Healthy Schools Campaign. The purpose of the Green Cleaning Award is to recognize education institutions for exemplary green cleaning programs. Union College was recognized as a runner-up.
22. Bridgewater State and Cape Cod CC Receive Environmental Award>
Cape Cod Community College and Bridgewater State College have received "Leading by Example" awards by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. Bridgewater State College was recognized for making significant strides in energy efficiency and conservation, green building and waste reduction and recycling programs. The College's Energy Conservation Project will reduce energy costs by a third, nearly $1 million annually. Cape Cod Community College - site of Massachusetts' first LEED certified state government building - was honored for its leadership in sustainability and climate change work. The College has a 30-kilowatt solar photovoltaic array, and is in the process of selecting a private firm to install a large-scale wind turbine on campus.
23. Interdisciplinary Hiring, Tenure and Promotion Guide>
The Council of Environmental Deans and Directors of the National Council for Science and the Environment has announced a new online resource: Interdisciplinary Hiring, Tenure and Promotion: Guidance for Individuals and Institutions. The resource provides a comprehensive approach that deals with the entire pre- and post-tenure experience. It addresses issues faced by both faculty and research scientists, raising points for consideration and providing recommendations with examples. The resource is designed to help guide individuals, as well as institutions, in fostering and promoting interdisciplinary scholars throughout their career.
24. Aspen Institute Paper on the Role of Business School>
The Aspen Institute's Center for Business Education has released a paper on the "Role of Business School." The paper describes the increased attention business schools are paying to their own social and environmental practices. It provides examples from business schools across the globe.
Jobs & Internships
25. Director of Sustainability, The Evergreen State College>
Evergreen State College seeks a Director of Sustainability to expand and develop initiatives that establish the College as a model institution in the concept and practice of sustainability. A main objective will be to guide, educate, and work with Evergreen's administration, faculty, staff and students to promote and implement sustainability in the College's operations, programs, mission, and value set. Applicants must have a Bachelor's degree and three years of work experience in sustainability or a related field. Review of applications begins November 26, 2007.
26. Sustainability Coordinator, Brandeis University>
Brandeis University is seeking a Sustainability Coordinator to assist in the development, communication, implementation, and maintenance of a sustainability program to minimize the University's impact on the environment. Focus areas include, but are not limited to, energy and water conservation; waste minimization; recycling; sustainable building and landscape design; student, faculty, and staff commuting; and procurement of green products. A Bachelors degree and three-five years of relevant work experience is required. The position is open until filled.
27. Campus Sustainability Coordinator, Skidmore College>
Skidmore College seeks a full-time Campus Sustainability Coordinator to fill a grant-funded position for three years. The Coordinator will report to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Vice President for Finance and Administration; this individual will work closely with many constituents including the Director of Facilities Services and Skidmore's Campus Environment Committee. The successful candidate will, in collaboration with various campus groups, help to develop, maintain and enhance a program to advance sustainability initiatives across campus and reduce the College's impact on the environment. A Bachelors degree is required. Review of applications will begin December 3rd and continue until the position is filled.
28. Environmental Sustainability Coordinator, Guilford College>
Guilford College is hiring an Environmental Sustainability Coordinator to coordinate the efforts of the Guilford College community to reduce its environmental impact. The Coordinator will also work closely with the Sustainability Manager to promote campus-wide education on environmental issues. A bachelors degree in Environmental Sciences or related field, or a proven track record in sustainability work, is required. Applications are due by November 15, 2007.
29. Faculty Member in Green Business, College of the Atlantic>
College of the Atlantic is seeking a full-time faculty position in Business and Leadership. The successful candidate is expected to develop an innovative, interdisciplinary curriculum in Green and Socially Responsible Business. The new faculty member must develop and offer courses and other experiences which enable students to acquire skills in: business strategy, planning, and operations; marketing; leadership and management; and the theory and practice of green and socially responsible business. Review of applications will begin January 1st, 2008 and continue until the position is filled.
30. Asst Prof. in Global Markets and the Environment, Michigan State >
Michigan State University's Department of Community, Agriculture, Recreation, and Resource Studies and the Environmental Science & Policy Program seek applicants at the assistant professor level for a social or behavioral scientist studying global markets and the environment. The successful candidate is expected to develop a coordinated research, teaching, and outreach program relevant to global markets and the environment. The deadline for applications is January 1, 2008 or until suitable candidates are identified.
31. Asst. Prof. in Construction Management Green Building, UMass Amherst>
The Building Materials and Wood Technology Program in the Department of Natural Resources Conservation at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst is seeking applications for a full-time, 9-month, tenure-track appointment as Assistant Professor in Construction Management Green Building. Teaching duties will include the development and teaching of courses in the areas of Building Construction Management, Sustainable Building Practices, and Project Planning and Administration. Review of applications will begin January 1, 2008 and will continue until filled.
32. Adj. Faculty, Sustainable Management, Presidio School of Management>
Presidio School of Management, a business school offering MBA and Executive Programs in Sustainable Management, is seeking adjunct faculty. Adjunct faculty are sought for the following three courses: Sustainable Products & Services; Economics, Capital Markets & Law Specific; and Effective Management, Communication & Action.
33. President, Green Mountain College>
Green Mountain College invites applications and nominations for President of the College. The Board of Trustees and the campus community seek an inspirational and collaborative new leader who has a strong entrepreneurial spirit and a strategic mind. He or she will have a successful track record in senior administration in higher education, business, environmental affairs and/or public service, and strong external relations skills. The successful candidate will have fund-raising experience and a record of sound financial management, as well as a student-centered philosophy coupled with the desire to be an integral part of the College and the local community. Review of applications begins December 31, 2007.
34. Sustainable Farm Manager, Wilson College>
Wilson College is seeking a full-time farm manager for the Fulton Center for Sustainable Living. The successful candidate will be responsible for the daily operations of a seven-acre organic vegetable farm, including all aspects of cropping and sales to the community through a Community Supported Agriculture program and a seasonal farmers' market. Additional responsibilities include education and outreach within, as well as outside, the College. The Farm Manager will supervise student workers and volunteers, host student projects, give tours and lectures to class groups and host community workshops. The successful candidate will have experience with small scale organic farming, including operation of farm equipment and management of work crews. Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.
35. Assistant Energy Manager, Stony Brook University>
Stony Brook University's Division of Environmental Stewardship is seeking a highly dedicated and energetic individual to fill the position of Assistant Energy Manager. A Bachelor's degree in an engineering discipline and a minimum of three years of full-time experience in energy management is required. Applications for this position will be considered until December 03, 2007, or until filled.