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Table of Contents for 12/13/07:

NEWS
1. Duke Establishes $5 Million Water Conservation Fund
2. UT Knoxville Receives Green Cleaning Certification
3. Lane CC to Offer Water Conservation Degree
4. U Minnesota Awarded $4.5M for Renewable Energy Research
5. Stanford Launches Initiative to Recruit Top Ethnicity and Race Scholars
6. U Maine Students Design Campus Heat-Recovery System
7. Western Illinois U, Army Corps of Engineers Sign Environmental Understanding

NEW RESOURCES
8. Harvard Green Building Resource
9. Report on Research Universities and Civic Engagement

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
10. Julie Ann Wrigley Chairs in Sustainability, Arizona State U
11. Sustainability Project Coordinator, Yale University
12. Webmaster Intern, AASHE
13. Director, School of Environment, McGill University
14. Professor of Environmental Studies, Green Mountain College
15. Chair, Grad. Center for Planning and the Environment, Pratt Institute
16. Sustainability Graduate Assistantships, Ohio University
17. Sustainability Manager, Sun Devil Dining at Arizona State U

News

1. Duke Establishes $5 Million Water Conservation Fund
As part of its continuing efforts to reduce water consumption during the region's drought, Duke University will dedicate $5 million for water conservation projects. The new fund will help pay for improvements to facility infrastructure and for new operational initiatives aimed at saving water. In one of the first initiatives to be funded, Duke will give away an initial batch of 5,000 "low water flow" showerheads to Duke faculty, staff and off-campus students.

2. UT Knoxville Receives Green Cleaning Certification
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville has become the first university in the US to be certified for its green cleaning practices. The certification -- granted by Green Seal and known as GS-42 -- applies to the seven buildings on the UT campus that are cleaned by UT personnel. In addition to the green cleaning certification for these buildings, UT has worked with contract cleaners in other campus buildings to use Green Seal-certified materials in the cleaning process. The certification requires that UT conduct extensive planning to make the cleaning process more efficient, including communication with clients and effective equipment maintenance. In addition, the certification requires that all products used in the cleaning process be environmentally friendly. One of the most important aspects of the certification requires that all cleaning staff receive 24 hours of training annually, helping ensure that all procedures are followed in the best manner possible.

3. Lane CC to Offer Water Conservation Degree
Lane Community College will begin offering a Water Conservation Technician associate of applied science degree next fall. The program will train and certify water conservation professionals in partnership with the American Water Works Association. Students will learn how to evaluate water use patterns; develop, implement, maintain, and market water conservation programs; perform public outreach; recommend water efficiency techniques; and perform systems analysis to solve problems. About 20 students a year will be admitted into the program.

4. U Minnesota Awarded $4.5M for Renewable Energy Research
Five renewable energy projects led by University of Minnesota researchers have been selected to receive more than $4.5 million from the Xcel Energy Renewable Development Fund. The research will focus on improving the efficiency of photovoltaic solar panels, optimizing wind turbine placement, battery storage of wind energy, biomass gasification, biomass harvesting and soil quality, and efficient production of biomass energy.

5. Stanford Launches Initiative to Recruit Top Ethnicity and Race Scholars
Stanford University has launched a five-year effort to appoint the best young scholars in the nation whose research focuses on the study of ethnicity and race. The endeavor, known as the Faculty Development Initiative, involves marshaling new university resources and leadership to recruit and hire rising stars in the humanities and social sciences. It directly follows Provost John Etchemendy's commitment last spring to create 10 incremental faculty positions in the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (CCSRE). In September, the center, in collaboration with the Office of the Provost, began the search to enhance "diversity" at Stanford, meaning both extending the range of fields of study at the university as well as the race, gender and sexual orientation of the faculty. In addition to the type of searches customarily carried out by departments and schools, the Faculty Development Initiative will employ newer strategies such as the two thematic, multi-departmental searches already in process: one in the "Literatures of the African Diaspora" in the humanities and the other in "Immigration and the Second Generation" in the social sciences.

6. U Maine Students Design Campus Heat-Recovery System
A group of University of Maine mechanical engineering students are designing a heat-recovery system for the university's Engineering and Science Research Building for their capstone project. The system being designed would have the potential to recover an amount of energy equivalent to 27,000 gallons of oil a year. That captured energy would then be used to help pre-heat the cold outside air to room temperature as it is vented into the building. The design will have to be evaluated by the university's facilities management department, which could then choose to put the work out to bid.

7. Western Illinois U, Army Corps of Engineers Sign Environmental Understanding
Western Illinois University and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Rock Island District recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding to support the shared goals of protecting natural resources and enhancing environmental sustainability in the region. The main objectives of the partnership are to promote environmental and socio-economic research, to increase knowledge related to the sustainable use and management of environmental resources and to promote the application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for sustainable resource management.

New Resources

8. Harvard Green Building Resource
The Harvard Green Campus Initiative has developed this Green Building Resource to support the implementation of Harvard's Green Building Guidelines and Harvard's Sustainability Principles. The Resource is the result of seven years of work, and includes the experience and knowledge gained from Harvard's 25 LEED projects. It was designed to foster continuous improvement in cost-effective green building design, using LEED as the accountability tool. The Resource includes Harvard's green building guidelines, implementation tools, LEED submittals, case studies, and other information.

9. Report on Research Universities and Civic Engagement
Campus Compact has released a new report, titled New Times Demand New Scholarship II: Research Universities and Civic Engagement - Opportunities and Challenges. The report outlines four areas that are critical to the growth of engagement at research universities: community-engaged scholarship, research, educating students for civic engagement, and "institutionalizing" engagement, or embedding it within an institution's work at all levels. It also describes the purposes and outcomes of work aimed at addressing community issues and offers recommendations for making such work a priority.

Jobs & Internships

10. Julie Ann Wrigley Chairs in Sustainability, Arizona State U
Arizona State University has announced the establishment of four Julie Ann Wrigley Chairs in Sustainability. The focus areas of the four chairs are: sustainable business practices, renewable energy systems, global environmental change, and complex systems dynamics. The chairs will work to catalyze new trans-disciplinary research on sustainability and will forge solution-oriented partnerships among academia, business, government and other stakeholders. Each chair will be a member of the faculty of the School of Sustainability.

11. Sustainability Project Coordinator, Yale University
The Yale Office of Sustainability seeks applicants for a Sustainability Project Coordinator. Reporting to the Director of the Office of Sustainability the Project Coordinator will be responsible for coordination of the campus sustainability committees, support Yale's participation in various national and international sustainability networks and project based research relevant to campus sustainability activities. A Bachelor's degree in a related field and a minimum of two years professional experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience is required. A Masters degree in related field is required.

12. Webmaster Intern, AASHE
AASHE looking for a reliable and capable webmaster to maintain and re-vamp its websites. This is a 10 to 15 hours a week position. Applicants will be expected to work remotely and can be located anywhere in the US. The work will require knowledge of HTML and CSS at a minimum, and knowledge of PHP, Javascript, and mySQL will also be helpful for some tasks. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

13. Director, School of Environment, McGill University
The McGill School of Environment seeks a distinguished scholar with broad interdisciplinary interests in environmental issues to assume the role of Director. Responsibilities include overseeing the MSE undergraduate and graduate programs in collaboration with the Associate Directors. Applicants should have an outstanding scholarly record, commitment to excellence in interdisciplinary education and research, and demonstrated leadership. The ideal candidate will have the ability to engage in productive interactions with all internal and external partners and stakeholders to foster the School's mission. Applications will be considered until February 15, 2008.

14. Professor of Environmental Studies, Green Mountain College
Green Mountain College is seeking to fill a permanent faculty position in sustainable design with technical expertise in one or more of the following areas: renewable energy technologies, green building practices, or related areas. Teaching duties include upper and lower level courses and contributions to the M.S. in Environmental Studies. The ideal candidate will have an interdisciplinary background and a strong interest in working with students on projects that strengthen campus sustainability.

15. Chair, Grad. Center for Planning and the Environment, Pratt Institute
Pratt Institute is seeking a Chairperson for it's Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment. Reporting to the Dean of the School of Architecture, the Chairperson provides academic and administrative leadership for the Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment degree programs. The Chairperson will develop and supervise curricula for departments dedicated to the principles of sustainability, equity and public participation. The successful candidate will also teach at least one course per semester. The deadline for applications is February 1, 2008.

16. Sustainability Graduate Assistantships, Ohio University
Ohio University's Office of Sustainability is inviting applications for two graduate assistantship positions, one in climate and environmental economics and another in sustainability more broadly. The Research Assistant in Climate and Environmental Economics will work in collaboration with environmental economists and Ohio University's Sustainability Coordinator to explore available approaches toward achieving climate neutrality, including climate footprinting tools, emissions reductions (both on and off-campus), green power generation, offsets, and market-based carbon trading programs. The other graduate assistant will assist the Sustainability Coordinator with communication, education and outreach programs targeting the campus community. The assistantships include a stipend of $11,000 and full remission of tuitions fees. The closing date for applications for the graduate assistantship positions is February 15, 2008.

17. Sustainability Manager, Sun Devil Dining at Arizona State U
ARAMARK is seeking candidates for the position of Sustainability Manager, Sun Devil Dining at Arizona State University. This position will lead the sustainability initiatives, with a focus on environmental stewardship, for Sun Devil Dining in alignment with ARAMARK and ASU goals. The successful candidate will demonstrate a history of success in executing new programs or practices in a dynamic campus environment. In addition to working with Sun Devil Dining staff and campus partners to help create the New American University, the position will be part of ARAMARK's national network of sustainability professionals. Responsibilities will include all aspects of Sun Devil Dining's sustainability initiatives including strategic planning, program implementation, campus communication, staff training, and performance measurement.

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