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Table of Contents for 12/6/07:

NEWS
1. UC Berkeley to Help Create East Bay 'Green Corridor'
2. 5 NY Universities Partner to Advance the Solar Industry
3. Stanford Participates in Collective Solar Purchasing Program
4. U Oregon Receives $1M Grant for Sustainability Efforts
5. Occidental College Students Approve $10 Fee for Sustainability
6. Campuses and Community Partner on 'Sustain Winona' Initiative
7. U Central Florida Receives $2M for Energy Efficient Technologies
8. UW-Madison Sells 'Fair Trade' Apparel
9. Duquesne U Receives Grant for Environmental Scholarships/Internships
10. Ramapo College Breaks Ground for Sustainability Education Center
11. Berklee College of Music Reduces Energy Use by 40 Percent
12. Unity College Recognized for Carbon Reduction
13. Portland Community College Receives Equity Award
14. 2 Dorms at Binghamton U Receive LEED Certification
15. Culinary Institute of America Recognized for Green Campus Housing
16. Richland College Breaks Ground on Green Science Building
17. Furman Receives Gift for Lake Restoration Project
18. Ball State Students Design Computer Game to Teach Sustainability
19. Los Angeles CCD Receives CA's Top Environmental Award
20. Vanderbilt Receives Gift for Biodiesel Testing Facility
21. South Dakota State U Partners on Switchgrass Research
22. Nissan-WWF University Campus Environmental Grants Announced

NEW RESOURCES
23. Courses on 'Campus Sustainability'
24. MonsterTRAK GreenCareers
25. Eckerd College Sustainability Site

OPPORTUNITIES
26. 2008 Citizen Science Paper Competition
27. Summer Engineering Experience in Development
28. $500 for Campus Human Rights Campaigns

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
29. Sustainability Coordinator, North Carolina State University
30. Director, Okanagan Sustainability Institute, U British Columbia
31. Professors in Sustainability, Rochester Institute of Technology
32. Asst. Professor in Business and Social Responsibility, Northland College
33. Assistant Professor of Environmental History, Northland College
34. Faculty in Agriculture, Food and the Environment, Tufts University

EVENTS
35. CFP: Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability Conference
36. Engineers for a Sustainable World Annual Conference

News

1. UC Berkeley to Help Create East Bay 'Green Corridor'
UC Berkeley has formed the East Bay Green Corridor Partnership with the cities of Berkeley, Oakland, Richmond and Emeryville and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. The partnership aims to establish San Francisco Bay's east shore as one of the world's leading centers of environmental innovation, alternative-energy research, and green business and industry. The partners will work together to secure federal funds for green-collar jobs and workforce development training for marginalized young people. They will also seek to create a "regional green-job training program" involving educational institutions at all levels, from local high schools to UC Berkeley.

2. 5 NY Universities Partner to Advance the Solar Industry
Cornell University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Clarkson University, Binghamton University, and The State University of New York at New Paltz have formed an academic coalition with The Solar Energy Consortium (TSEC). The universities will work with TSEC to solve technical problems from within the solar industry preventing more efficient and cheaper solar technology from going to market. The university coalition, which is expected to grow in size, will also be available to assist TSEC in consulting public and private organizations who wish to incorporate solar technology into their facilities. TSEC is a new industry-driven, non-profit organization that provides leadership, organization, resources, and support for the establishment of a major solar energy industry cluster in New York.

3. Stanford Participates in Collective Solar Purchasing Program
Forty-one faculty, staff and other Stanford-affiliated families have joined a collective solar purchase program, resulting in the installation of 193 total kilowatts of solar power. As a result of the solar power bulk purchase, the Stanford community will save 20 percent on the market rate for solar installation. The collective purchase program for solar is offered by SolarCity, a solar installation company.

4. U Oregon Receives $1M Grant for Sustainability Efforts
University of Oregon has received a $1 million grant from the T&J Meyer Family Foundation to extend research, catalyze resources and accelerate sustainable activities within the university and the community. The grant will be used to encourage seed funding of innovative ideas and support interdisciplinary approaches to improving the economy, environment and society. The cornerstone of the program will be a competitive proposal process where a faculty committee will identify projects with the greatest potential to become national models and encourage interdisciplinary study.

5. Occidental College Students Approve $10 Fee for Sustainability
89 percent of voting students in a mid-year election at Occidental College have voted in support of creating an optional $10/semester/student fee to go towards renewable energy and sustainability projects. Students may opt out of this fee if they choose. The fee is expected to raise approximately $36,000 annually. A student committee will decide how to spend the funds, with a least 50 percent going to lasting investments, infrastructure, and programs, such as solar panels, energy conservation, biodiesel for college vehicles, and bike racks.

6. Campuses and Community Partner on 'Sustain Winona' Initiative
Winona County, the City of Winona, Winona State University, Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical, St. Mary's University of Minnesota and the Winona Area Public Schools have announced a cooperative venture, "Sustain Winona - A Community Sustainability Collaboration." The partners will work together to promote energy conservation and efficiency, renewable energy development and other sustainability initiatives within their organizations. The partners will organize a series of workshops to assist the Winona community in establishing a structure and process for continual environmental improvement. Gap analyses and review processes will follow to ensure that objective measures demonstrate improved overall performance.

7. U Central Florida Receives $2M for Energy Efficient Technologies
The Florida Solar Energy Center at University of Central Florida has received $2 million from the Department of Energy grant to be home to a regional building technology application center that will work to accelerate the adoption of new and developing energy-efficient technologies. The center will serve 12 states and work to produce projects that will substantially increase the deployment of high-performance "beyond-code" buildings across the Southeast.

8. UW-Madison Sells 'Fair Trade' Apparel
University of Wisconsin-Madison granted an official university license to Counter Sourcing, Inc., a Brooklyn, N.Y.-based apparel manufacturer that pays a fair wage to workers in Brooklyn and Bangladesh and commits a percentage of its sales to a living wage fund, workers rights support services, and environmental protection. The local availability of "fair trade" apparel is the realization of efforts by the University's Labor Licensing Policy Committee to find "designated suppliers" that will produce high quality products in worker-friendly environments.

9. Duquesne U Receives Grant for Environmental Scholarships/Internships
Duquesne University will receive a grant over an eight-year period to establish the Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences Scholarship/Internship program. The grant will fund scholarships/internships for 20 female and minority students. This new program is designed to be a four-year educational experience, with freshmen and sophomores serving as laboratory assistants and participating in undergraduate research projects, as well as visiting industrial research labs. Juniors and seniors would be eligible for additional scholarship support and intensive summer internships.

10. Ramapo College Breaks Ground for Sustainability Education Center
Ramapo College of New Jersey recently held a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of construction on a new Sustainability Education Center. The Ramapo College Sustainability Education Center will be a 1,787 square foot building consisting of a multi-function classroom and demonstration space, a K-12 sustainable classroom, an environmental lecture classroom and an environmental science laboratory, display space and a functional greenhouse. As a showcase for sustainable and green practices, the Sustainability Education Center will include key environmental systems, such as weather monitoring equipment, solar panels, wind generator, energy efficient appliances and lighting, waterless toilets, organic gardens, a solar hot water heater and native permaculture plantings.

11. Berklee College of Music Reduces Energy Use by 40 Percent
One year into a three-year partnership with ARAMARK, Berklee College of Music has been able to reduced its campus-wide energy use by approximately 40 percent. This far surpasses the college's initial goal of a 10 percent reduction within the first year, and sets the stage for greater savings with additional enhancements that are planned over the next two years. ARAMARK provides Berklee with a dedicated on-site energy manager whose role is to implement a comprehensive energy management program, including demand-side reduction, community awareness, and staff training.

12. Unity College Recognized for Carbon Reduction
Maine's Governor John Baldacci has awarded a citation to Unity College for its outstanding performance in the Governor's Carbon Challenge, a voluntary goal-setting program to assist businesses and non-profit organizations accomplish their greenhouse gas emission reduction goals. Unity College met the Governor's Carbon Challenge with a 20% overall reduction in carbon emissions since 2001. Unity and its 550 students and 60 faculty members, measured a per capita emissions reduction of 28% since 2001, despite adding new building space and students.

13. Portland Community College Receives Equity Award
Portland Community College received the National Equity Award from the Association of Community College Trustees. The award was based on PCC's efforts to hire a more diverse workforce and to ensure opportunities for access to education for women and students of color. Diversity is one of six key areas of the College's strategic plan. When District President Preston Pulliams arrived at PCC in 2004, he formed internal and external diversity committees charged with assessing whether PCC was meeting the needs of its students, staff, and multi-ethnic communities and partners. The result has been an increase in the percentage of part-time faculty, full-time faculty and managers who are people of color, increased investment in staff development that improves cultural competency, and enhanced programming to better serve PCC's diverse communities, both internally and externally.

14. 2 Dorms at Binghamton U Receive LEED Certification
The Windham and Cascade residential buildings at Binghamton University have received LEED certification. Sustainability features include: efficient mechanical systems, promotion of storage and recycling of materials, use of low-emitting materials, storm water management and indoor pollutant controls. The project also received recognition for efforts to protect the spotted salamanders in the nearby Binghamton University Nature Preserve.

15. Culinary Institute of America Recognized for Green Campus Housing
Culinary Institute of America recently received $337,571 in incentives through the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority's New Construction Program in recognition of the energy reduction measures that the college has implemented in six new high-efficiency student townhouses. The townhouses, which house 420 students, incorporate geothermal heat pumps, energy-efficient windows, high-performance roof insulation, and an exhaust air energy recovery ventilator, known as a heat enthalpy wheel.

16. Richland College Breaks Ground on Green Science Building
Richland College recently held a ground-breaking ceremony for its new $40 million, 114,000-square-foot science building. The College is seeking LEED Platinum certification of the building. Sustainability features will include: underground cisterns to collect rain water and irrigate parts of the campus; interactive devices in restrooms that users control to save water; materials will be made of recycled content; a green terrace roof; and monitoring stations to showcase the energy efficient operation of building systems.

17. Furman Receives Gift for Lake Restoration Project
The Waste Management Charitable Foundation has made a $10,000 gift to help Furman University restore the environmental quality of its campus lake and reimagine its educational possibilities. Furman unveiled plans in October 2006 to restore the lake's environmental integrity and make it more attractive to visitors. In the past year, the university has begun planting vegetation in the lake and on the surrounding border, naturalizing the streams that feed the lake and reducing the waterfowl population.

18. Ball State Students Design Computer Game to Teach Sustainability
Students at Ball State University have created "Navigating Nature," a computer game that follows an 8-year-old boy as he steps into the dying Forbidden Forest. While there, he must bring the once-thriving ecosystem back to life. The game is designed to help teach children about ecosystems and their care.

19. Los Angeles CCD Receives CA's Top Environmental Award
Los Angeles Community College District has received the 2007 Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Award, CA's highest and most prestigious environmental honor. LACCD was recognized for its green building program, including the District's 9-megawatt Solar Energy Plan, which calls for the installation one megawatt solar arrays at each of its nine colleges.

20. Vanderbilt Receives Gift for Biodiesel Testing Facility
Vanderbilt School of Engineering has received a $100,000 gift from the DENSO North America Foundation to fund the establishment of a new state-of-the-art biodiesel testing facility. Beginning in the fall of 2008, students from various engineering disciplines will use the Vanderbilt Multi-User Biodiesel Engine Test Facility to investigate diesel engine performance parameters and test campus-produced biodiesel fuels. The biodiesel facility will be used by mechanical engineering students as part of their core laboratory curriculum; mechanical, chemical, and environmental engineering seniors involved in capstone projects in biodiesel characterization and reactor design, and the student volunteers from throughout the University who are involved in campus-wide waste oil recycling and biodiesel production.

21. South Dakota State U Partners on Switchgrass Research
South Dakota State University has partnered with energy crop company Ceres, Inc. to develop improved switchgrass for the northern Great Plains. The cooperative, multi-year program will focus on developing higher-yielding cultivars adapted to production in northern latitudes.

22. Nissan-WWF University Campus Environmental Grants Announced
Nissan North America (NNA) and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) recently announced the winners of the 2007 Nissan-WWF University Campus Environmental Grants. Three college students were awarded grants to continue their environmental advocacy work and implement meaningful sustainability and conservation projects on their respective campuses. Nicole Leung, a University of Texas at Austin student, was awarded recognized for her efforts to educate low-income and minority students, specifically within the African-American and Latino student population, about climate change. Andrew Maggetti, a student at Wayne State University, was recognized for developing a self-sustaining recycling program in the university residence halls. Tremaine Phillips, a student at Michigan State University, was recognized for his part in organizing a non-partisan panel discussion on climate change policy. The program is part of a $1 million partnership between NNA and WWF which identifies and empowers diverse young leaders on U.S. college and university campuses to become strong and effective advocates for an environmentally sustainable future.

New Resources

23. Courses on 'Campus Sustainability'
AASHE has put together an annotated list of courses that focus on "campus sustainability." Students in these courses conduct research on and implement projects that advance sustainability on campus. Examples include performing a campus sustainability assessment, researching green building options, and designing a campus bike share program. Online syllabi are linked where available.

24. MonsterTRAK GreenCareers
MonsterTRAK, in partnership with ecoAmerica, and sponsored by Environmental Defense, has developed GreenCareers, an environmentally responsible recruitment website for college students and recent graduates. The website, a channel on MonsterTRAK, was built to assist college students and recent grads secure jobs with companies that positively impact the environment. GreenCareers will include entry-level, part-time and internship opportunities at organizations of all sizes. These are both "green jobs" and jobs at "green companies." The site also features related educational content and information.

25. Eckerd College Sustainability Site
Eckerd College has launched an informational sustainability website. The website describes Eckerd's sustainability initiatives such as: the Presidents Climate Commitment; a hands-on, student-run recycling program; the Yellow Bike program designed to increase bicycle use on campus and decrease automobile traffic; an annual environmental film festival; a new green residence hall; green cleaning, local food efforts; and a popular Environmental Studies major.
See also: List of Campus Sustainability Websites (AASHE members only)

Opportunities

26. 2008 Citizen Science Paper Competition
SustainUS is holding the 2008 Citizen Science Paper Competition. Participants are asked to submit a paper related to the discussion topics of the upcoming UN Commission on Sustainable Development (UNCSD). This year's discussion topics are: Africa, Agriculture, Desertification, Drought, Land, and Rural Development. The purpose of the competition is to make technical aspects of those topics relevant and understandable to the general public and influence sound public policy. Winners have their work published in the online journal Citizen Science, and are given the opportunity to present at the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development to be held May 5-16, 2008 in New York City. Papers will be accepted in three categories, based upon education and experience, with a winner chosen within each: 1) Middle and high school; 2) Undergraduate, including all two- and four-year institutions; and 3) Graduate, including all masters, professional and doctoral programs. All participants must be residents of the United States (this includes international youth studying at a US academic institution) and between 13-26 years of age. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until January 1, 2008.

27. Summer Engineering Experience in Development
Engineers for a Sustainable World's Summer Engineering Experience in Development (SEED) program places engineering students and professionals on global service projects that improve the lives of people around the world. Participants are placed on teams at project sites in underserved communities, and work directly with local NGOs, small entrepreneurs, or development agencies with a need for people with technical knowledge and skill. Assignments are a minimum of 3 months and are integrated with ongoing collaborative activities between ESW chapters and partners. The deadline for applications is January 31, 2008.

28. $500 for Campus Human Rights Campaigns
Americans for Informed Democracy is offering 10 $500 grants to organize campaigns or events on campus this spring that address human rights issues. Potential campaign issues and ideas include getting your university to divest from Darfur, getting fair trade food served in your university's dining services, labor rights, immigration and immigrant rights, access to health care and medicines, extraordinary rendition. Winners will also receive a video camera to document their campaign. The top videos will be chosen from the ten finalists by a nationwide vote on the AID website. The students with the most innovative and successful campaign will win an additional $500. The deadline for applications is January 10, 2008.

Jobs & Internships

29. Sustainability Coordinator, North Carolina State University
North Carolina State University is seeking candidates for the position of Educational Planning & Development Consultant (Sustainability Coordinator). This position will serve as the Director of the University Sustainability Office and reports to the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Facilities Operations. The coordinator will work directly with the Campus Environmental Sustainability Team (CEST) in developing a long-term comprehensive strategic plan for sustainability for the University (a plan which incorporates policies and practices that preserves natural resources, conserves energy, eliminates waste and emissions, and lessens overall environmental impact), reviewing ongoing projects and programs, establishing new projects and programs and providing support to the CEST's Task Groups. The Coordinator will develop, through CEST, an annual tactical plan for implementation of the strategies. Responsibilities include annual reporting, community relations, curriculum development, campus awareness, guidance of student organizations, sponsorship of campus events, periodic assessments, administration of the University Sustainability Office, supervision of employees and interns, and coordination of related environmental and operational programs. Applicants must have a masters degree.

30. Director, Okanagan Sustainability Institute, U British Columbia
University of British Columbia Okanagan seeks an accomplished senior scholar with an international reputation in the broad area of sustainability to serve as the first director of the recently established Okanagan Sustainability Institute. In addition to the administrative posting, the successful applicant will hold a tenured appointment at the associate or full professor level in any discipline or interdisciplinary area served by the university. The application process will remain open until the position is filled.

31. Professors in Sustainability, Rochester Institute of Technology
The Golisano Institute for Sustainability at Rochester Institute of Technology has five positions available for tenure track Assistant, Associate or Full Professors with outstanding teaching records and active research programs in sustainable production systems or allied fields. Academic backgrounds of interest include (but are not limited to) industrial ecology, engineering (mechanical, electrical, industrial, and systems), materials science, green chemistry, environmental economics, environmental policy, and supply chain logistics. Review of applications will begin after February 29, 2008, and will continue until the positions are filled.

32. Asst. Professor in Business and Social Responsibility, Northland College
The Business and Social Responsibility Program at Northland College invites applications for a tenure-track, assistant professor position. The teaching load will be seven courses a year and will include courses in marketing, management, and accounting, as well as general education courses that focus on achieving economic, social, and environmental success. Review of applications will begin January 7, 2008, and continue until the position is filled. The College anticipates an appointment by early March 2008.

33. Assistant Professor of Environmental History, Northland College
Northland College invites applications for a full-time, tenure track position in Environmental History to begin in the fall of 2008. The successful applicant teach introductory and upper-level courses in environmental history; American history surveys; and introductory courses in Native American history. Review of applications will begin December 1, and continue until the position is filled.

34. Faculty in Agriculture, Food and the Environment, Tufts University
The Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University seeks a faculty member to join the Agriculture, Food and Environment Program. The Friedman School is seeking an individual with appropriate experience in teaching, research, and student mentoring. This is a full-time, 12-month position to begin summer 2008. Rank will be based on experience in teaching and research. Initial appointment term is 3-5 years, depending on rank.

Events

35. CFP: Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability Conference
April 18-19, 2008; Luther College, Decorah, IA
The Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability has issued a Call for Presenters for its next conference, "Creating Sustainable Connections." Topics may include but are not limited to: green building, alternative energy, campus recycling and composting, local and organic foods, environmental education, community organizing, energy efficiency, student participation, transportation, building maintenance and housekeeping, integrating sustainability into the curriculum and other subjects related to sustainable campus design, operations or living. Session formats may include panel presentations, workshops, plenary addresses, roundtable discussions, posters, or other methods appropriate to the topic. Proposals are welcomed from all campus constituents-faculty, administrators, staff, and students; individuals or companies providing products or services that support the goal of campus sustainability are also invited to participate. Proposals will be accepted through January 31, 2008.

36. Engineers for a Sustainable World Annual Conference
February 8-9, 2007; San Francisco, CA
Engineers for a Sustainable World's 2008 annual conference will bring together leading faculty, students, and industry partners for a dialogue on global sustainability. Comprised of keynote speakers, panel discussions, networking and poster presentation opportunities, and workshops, the 2008 program will focus on the following key themes: Education for a Sustainable World; International Development; Climate Change and Practical Action; and Leadership and Career Development. Online registration for the conference will close on January 15, 2008. Limited on-site registration may be available.

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