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Table of Contents for 1/3/08:

NEWS
1. College of the Atlantic Achieves Carbon Neutrality
2. Energy Bill Authorizes $750M in Assistance for Campus Energy Projects
3. New York Times Covers Growth in Sustainability Centers
4. Missouri, Auburn and Clemson Universities Join to Protect Tigers
5. Portland State Announces Major Hiring Initiative in Sustainability
6. Mills College Science Building Earns LEED Platinum Certification
7. Vermont Campus Sustainability Network Formed
8. U Arizona Launches Research Institute for Solar Energy
9. Walsh U Receives Grant for Green Chemistry
10. Case Western Reserve U Receives $3.6M for Inst. for Energy Innovation
11. UC San Francisco Names New Sustainability Manager
12. SUNY ESF Installs 23 kW Solar Array
13. U Rhode Island Enters Into $18M Energy Performance Contract
14. West Virginia U to Invest $12.5M in Energy Conservation
15. Swarthmore Eliminates Loans in Financial Aid Awards
16. Haverford to Replace Loans With Grants
17. Tufts U Eliminates Loans for Lower Income Students
18. Unity College Offers $2,000 Scholarships to All Maine Students
19. U Central Oklahoma Receives Award from Keep Oklahoma Beautiful

NEW RESOURCES
20. Handbook on Responsible Investment Across Asset Classes

OPPORTUNITIES
21. National Campus Energy Challenge
22. Harvard Green Campus Initiative Course on Institutional Change
23. Call for Chapters: Sustainability in Management Education

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
24. Dir., Ctr. for Environmental & Sustainability Education, Dickinson College
25. Sustainability Coordinator, North Carolina State University
26. Faculty in Sustainability Engineering, University of Colorado Denver
27. Instructor in Sustainable Construction, SUNY ESF
28. Faculty in Social, Econ., Policy Aspects of the Bioeconomy, Mich. State
29. Environmental Studies Faculty, Oberlin College
30. Asst. Prof., Environmental Policy and Management, Northern Arizona U

EVENTS
31. CFP: Smart and Sustainable Campus Conference
32. Clinton Global Initiative University Meeting
33. Sustainable Energy Education and Training Project Workshop
34. CFP: Greenbuild International Conference and Expo
35. Webinar on Geothermal Energy for Campuses
36. Deploying a Wind Turbine for Your Campus Web Conference

News

1. College of the Atlantic Achieves Carbon Neutrality
As of December 19, 2007, College of the Atlantic has fulfilled its net-zero pledge to become carbon neutral. The College has offset the entirety of its carbon output over the past 15 months. The College has also taken reduce its carbon emissions, including a comprehensive energy audit and extensive work to improve energy efficiency in all buildings. Where possible, incandescent lightbulbs have been replaced with compact fluorescents. Alternative commuting methods, such as carpooling and biking, have been promoted, as have flexible work plans so employees can work from home. In addition, the College is obtaining all of its electricity through a low-impact hydroelectric generator in Maine.

2. Energy Bill Authorizes $750M in Assistance for Campus Energy Projects
The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, which was signed into law in late December, authorizes $250 million annually in grants and another $500 million in direct loans for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects at higher education institutions as well as public schools, or local governments. The legislation allows for grants of up to $1 million for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, and grants of up to $500,000 for innovative energy sustainability projects. Smaller grants for feasibility studies and other technical assistance are also authorized. The law directs that at least 50 percent for the grant money be awarded to higher education institutions, and at least half of that go to institutions with endowments of less than $100 million. The law also authorizes another $100 million in annual funding for higher education research on renewable energy, including $50 million for marine renewable energy, and $25 million for biofuels.
See also: Chronicle of Higher Education article

3. New York Times Covers Growth in Sustainability Centers
A recent article in the New York Times describes the emergence of inter-disciplinary centers focused on sustainability. The article highlights sustainability centers at: Arizona State University, UC Berkeley, Yale, Rochester Institute of Technology, Duke, University of Michigan, University of Tennessee, University of North Carolina, and University of Pittsburgh.

4. Missouri, Auburn and Clemson Universities Join to Protect Tigers
University of Missouri, Auburn University and Clemson University have initiated a friendly competition to see which school and its alumni can raise the most money to protect tigers around the world. Beginning December 13, 2007, and running through December 13, 2008; students, faculty and alumni from all three schools - each of which has a tiger for its mascot - are being encouraged to make donations in their schools' name for the "Tigers for Tigers Challenge." The competition is being carried out in collaboration with the World Wildlife Fund.

5. Portland State Announces Major Hiring Initiative in Sustainability
Portland State University has announced plans to hire up to 10 faculty specializing in sustainability. The hires will be in a variety of disciplines, and are intended to deepen Portland State's commitment to sustainability. Funding for the new positions comes from a recent state appropriation of $2 million to Portland State for faculty recruitment and retention.

6. U Arizona Launches Research Institute for Solar Energy
The Arizona Board of Regents have approved $3.35 million in funding for Arizona Research Institute for Solar Energy (AzRISE). The new institute was established at University of Arizona this summer with the goal of fully developing solar energy's potential through research, industry partnerships and policy solutions. The research goals of AzRISE include identifying, funding and coordinating Arizona-specific solar energy research opportunities, developing intellectual property and promoting development and widespread adoption of solar energy. The new funding approved by the regents will allow AzRISE to support individual research efforts and continue its outreach efforts to promote solar energy adoption.

7. Vermont Campus Sustainability Network Formed
The Vermont Campus Energy Group has launched the Vermont Campus Sustainability Network (VCSN) and an associated website. VCSN aims to serve as a clearinghouse for sustainability-related information for Vermont's college and university communities. The Network's overarching objective is to create a cohesive community among Vermont's colleges and universities based on environmental sustainability. The VCSN website features a comprehensive sustainability profile for each Vermont campus, highlights projects and achievements. The website also features state and national news and events related to campus sustainability; a sign-up for VCEG's monthly newsletter; links to campus sustainability resources and project ideas; and an online forum that allows the website's users to discuss sustainability issues and ideas.

8. Mills College Science Building Earns LEED Platinum Certification
Mills College's new Natural Sciences Building has received LEED Platinum certification. The $17 million, 26,000 square-foot facility is almost 90 percent more energy efficient than a typical lab in the Bay Area and 45 percent more energy efficient than required by state law. Sustainability features include: recycled carpeting; automatic sensors to switch lights on or off; tall windows to increase the depth of natural light and decrease the use of artificial lights; energy efficient glass windows; and photovoltaic panels on the roof that provide 30 percent of the building's electrical needs. The building also has a rainwater collection system that collects up to 60,000 gallons of water a year to be used for flushing toilets.

9. Walsh U Receives Grant for Green Chemistry
Walsh University has been awarded an $111,795 grant from the Herbert W. Hoover Foundation to develop, implement, and disseminate protocols for environmentally friendly chemistry labs. The project has been designed to involve students, under the supervision of trained faculty researchers/educators, in the development of each lab procedure. This initiative will create a system of teaching green chemistry that participants hope will be used at other colleges and universities.

10. Case Western Reserve U Receives $3.6M for Institute for Energy Innovation
Case Western Reserve University has received a $3.6 million grant from the Cleveland Foundation to support the University's new Great Lakes Institute for Energy Innovation. Based at the Case School of Engineering, the Institute will work to develop economically viable, reliable and sustainable energy resources. Three major areas of research are envisioned: renewable power, energy storage and efficiency of larger energy systems. The Cleveland Foundation funds will support recruitment of new faculty for the Institute.

11. UCSF Names Sustainability Manager
John Pihl has been named UC San Francisco's first sustainability manager, a new position within Capital Programs & Facilities Management. Prior to joining the University, Pihl worked for Kaiser Permanente, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and Hewlett-Packard in various positions related to sustainability. Pihl is a licensed architect and a LEED accredited professional.

12. SUNY ESF Installs 23 kW Solar Array
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry recently turned on a 23 kW photovoltaic array built on the south wall of ESF's Baker Laboratory. Combined with another photovoltaic array installed earlier this year and the carbonate fuel cell that went to full power this past spring, the new system means 20 percent of the college's electricity needs now come from alternative energy resources.

13. U Rhode Island Enters Into $18M Energy Performance Contract
The University of Rhode Island has entered into an $18 million energy performance contract designed to reduce its energy usage through the replacement of lighting fixtures, windows, heating/air conditioning systems and other equipment, as well as improvements to building energy management control systems. The upgrades are expected to save over 7 million kWhs of electricity and 42 million pounds of steam per year. The cost of the two-year contract will be paid over 12 years from the savings on the University's utility bills.

14. West Virginia U to Invest $12.5M in Energy Conservation
The West Virginia University Board of Governors have approved a $12.5 million plan of capital improvements designed to significantly reduce the amount of energy and water consumed at three of the University's campuses. The effort, which is phase two of an energy savings performance contract, is expected to lead to savings of $1.48 million annually over the next 15 years. Planned changes include: replacing thousands of traditional fluorescent light bulbs with newer bulbs that use less energy and produce more light; installing low flow toilets, urinals and shower heads to reduce water usage; installing computer controlled monitoring systems that can more effectively control temperatures by utilizing outside/fresh air for heating and cooling; and updating motors on fans, blowers and air handlers with variable speed that can reduce speed and energy usage when full speed is not needed. Additional improvements include the installation of chiller units in several buildings that will replace less efficient natural gas absorbers, replacement of old boiler units with more energy efficient units and improvement of power factor capacitance to reduce the amount of power the University needs to purchase.

15. Swarthmore Eliminates Loans in Financial Aid Awards
In an effort to reduce the financial pressures facing students and their families, Swarthmore College's Board of Managers has decided to replace all loans with scholarships in financial aid awards, effective the 2008-09 academic year, for both continuing and new students.

16. Haverford to Replace Loans With Grants
In an effort to make a Haverford College education as accessible as possible, Haverford's Board of Managers has approved a sweeping overhaul of the College's financial aid program that will eliminate student loans for all incoming freshmen and to reduce the loan burden for continuing students. The College is chartering a new endowment fund -- called the Next Generation Fund -- to help pay for the plan. All students who receive grants will be asked to make a pledge to support the Fund throughout their lives as their means allow, with no pre-set expectation of how much they contribute.

17. Tufts U Eliminates Loans for Lower Income Students
Tufts University has announced that it is replacing loans with scholarship grants for all undergraduates whose annual family income is below $40,000, starting with the class of 2011. The new program is expected to help Tufts achieve a more socio-economically diverse student body.

18. Unity College Offers $2,000 Scholarships to All Maine Students
Unity College has announced that it will offer $2,000 scholarships to all Maine students who apply for enrollment in 2008. The move is intended to improve access to higher education and help increase the number of Maine residents who go to college.

19. U Central Oklahoma Receives Award from Keep Oklahoma Beautiful
Keep Oklahoma Beautiful has awarded University of Central Oklahoma with a "Vanguard Award" in recognition of the University's efforts to protect the environment. Specifically, UCO received the award for mitigated 100 percent of its electricity consumption through wind power purchases, producing and using biodiesel fuel, making energy efficient improvements to its physical plant, moving to paperless processes, and comprehensive campus-wide recycling.

New Resources

20. Handbook on Responsible Investment Across Asset Classes
Boston College's Institute for Responsible Investment has released the Handbook on Responsible Investment Across Asset Classes. Each chapter of the Handbook focuses on a single asset class-cash equivalents, public equities, fixed-income, real estate, private equity, hedge funds, and commodities-identifying three key issues and challenges for responsible investment, including real-world examples of responsible investment underway in each area. Each section includes information on how to: design a responsible investment strategy for the asset class; identify opportunities for market-rate responsible investments in the asset class; and incorporate engagement strategies into the asset class investment strategy. The Handbook will be useful to universities who want to align their endowment investments with their institutional missions, in order both to further institutional goals and manage reputational risk.

Opportunities

21. National Campus Energy Challenge
The Energy Action Coalition is inviting campuses to sign up for the National Campus Energy Challenge. In February 2008, participating institutions compete to achieve the greatest percent reduction in total energy use. Winners will be selected on the regional level as well as nationally. Organizers have posted a manual online that describes the rules of the competition and provides suggestions for reducing campus energy use.

22. Harvard Green Campus Initiative Course on Institutional Change
Registration is open now for ENVR E-117: Sustainability, The Challenge of Changing Our Institutions. This course is open to all through the Harvard Extension School, and can be taken either in Cambridge or anywhere in the world through the online Distance Learning Program. The course aims to address the challenges of environmental sustainability by building change agent capacities of adults who operate within a myriad of institutional and other contexts. Students who take this course will be challenged to improve their personal capacities to influence change in pursuit of environmental sustainability within their places of work, study and life. These skills will be put to the test through a semester long independent project in which students implement real environmental changes within an organization of their choosing. The course is informed by the work of the Harvard Green Campus Initiative and will draw upon numerous case studies directly experienced by the course instructors and teaching fellows.

23. Call for Chapters: Sustainability in Management Education
The publishers of the Research in Management Education and Development book series have issued a call for chapters for a book on Sustainability in Management Education. Proposals may address any aspect of aligning management teaching with the need for global sustainability, such as creating a college or graduate school concentration in global sustainability, helping executives in company-based programs change their management practices, using real-world projects to develop in learners visions of new roles for business in solving environmental and social problems. The deadline for submissions for this volume is January 31, 2008.

Jobs & Internships

24. Dir., Ctr. for Environmental & Sustainability Education, Dickinson College
Dickinson College seeks a Director for its new Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education. The Center Director will provide leadership for a major, interdisciplinary, initiative to make environmental and sustainability studies a defining characteristic of the College's academic program. The Director's responsibilities will include assisting in the creation of new courses and enhancing existing offerings, conducting faculty development workshops/projects, creating and supporting student research and academic internships, integrating the College's extensive co-curricular programs with the curriculum, and administering an Environmental Education Fund in support of these activities. The Director will also teach one or two courses per year in an area of his/her environmental expertise. The Center Director reports directly to the Provost. Review of applicants will begin March 15, 2008.

25. 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.

26. Faculty in Sustainability Engineering, University of Colorado Denver
The Civil Engineering Department at the University of Colorado Denver invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor position in Sustainability Engineering. The successful candidate is expected to develop a vigorous sponsored research program in her/his area of expertise in sustainability, teach and advise student research at all levels, and provide leadership to a campus-wide signature area in sustainability through cross-discipline and cross-campus collaborations. Review of applications will begin January 9, 2008, and continue until position is filled.

27. Instructor in Sustainable Construction, SUNY ESF (link no longer available)
The State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry seeks applicants for an Instructor position in Sustainable Construction. The successful applicant will teach courses on sustainable construction and collaborate with faculty in research programs in one or more of the following areas: sustainable construction, implementation of sustainable design through construction methods and materials, sustainable wood-frame construction, building information modeling, environmental rating systems, lean production and life cycle analysis. A Master's degree or B.S. degree with experience in sustainable construction is required. For first consideration, applications must be received by March 15, 2008. The position will remain open until filled.

28. Faculty in Social, Economic, Policy Aspects of the Bioeconomy, Michigan State U
Michigan State University seeks a researcher with a global reputation to lead its efforts examining the social, economic and policy aspects of the bioeconomy. This position can be filled at any rank, and may have a tenure home in Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Political Science, or Sociology. Applicants should have a well-established record of publication and extra-mural funding. The closing date for applications is January 15, 2008, although later applications may be accepted if the search remains open.

29. Environmental Studies Faculty, Oberlin College
The Environmental Studies Program at Oberlin College, invites applications for full-time, non-tenure-track position for one year, with possibility of renewal, beginning July 2008 at Visiting Assistant Professor or higher. The program seeks a candidate who addresses environmental policy issues from a social-science perspective. Applications are due by February 1, 2008.

30. Asst. Prof., Environmental Policy and Management, Northern Arizona U
The Center for Environmental Sciences and Education at Northern Arizona University invites applications for a full time, tenure-track assistant professor position in environmental studies and policy. The position begins in August 2008. This position will be responsible for advising, curriculum development, and instruction in the undergraduate environmental studies and sciences programs and the graduate environmental sciences and policy program. Review of applications will begin on February 1, 2008, and will continue until the position is filled.

Events

31. CFP: Smart and Sustainable Campus Conference
March 31- April 2, 2008; University of Maryland, College Park, MD The 3rd Annual Smart & Sustainable Campuses Conference will bring together current and future leaders in the areas of campus planning and development, environmental health and safety, sustainability, finance and business, facilities management, and procurement. The conference will feature sessions and workshops on smart growth and sustainable practices, with emphasis on institutionalizing sustainability, operational sustainability, smart growth and campus planning, and assessment and measurement. The conference program committee is currently accepting proposals for concurrent sessions. Proposals will be considered until January 18, 2008.

32. Clinton Global Initiative University Meeting
March 14 - 16, 2008; Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
Former President Bill Clinton is hosting the inaugural meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) in which hundreds of students, university officials, and global leaders will come together to make commitments related to CGI U's four main focus areas: energy and climate change, global health, human rights and peace, and poverty alleviation. All attendees are expected to make a commitment. There is no cost to participate. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis on until February 25, 2008.

33. Sustainable Energy Education and Training Project Workshop
July 7 - 18, 2008; National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, Colorado
The 2008 Sustainable Energy Education and Training Project (SEET) workshop will focus on energy efficiency technologies and renewable energy content presented by educators, practitioners, and researchers from across the country. The workshop will provide hands-on, inquiry-based lab experiences; take-home equipment and training; and site visits and field work assisted by professional partners of the hosting institution. The workshop participants will team up to identify teaching and learning resources and to develop materials to share with high school and two-year college educators in an online energy resources clearinghouse. High school and two-year college science, math, and technology instructors from across the U.S. are invited to apply. Twenty-five instructors will be selected to attend, with the following expenses covered: travel, lodging, meals, study materials, and optional tuition. Applications are due by January 18, 2008.

34. CFP: Greenbuild International Conference and Expo
November 19-21, 2008; Boston, MA
U.S. Green Building Council is now accepting proposals for potential presenters and topics for the 2008 Greenbuild conference. The conference will feature sessions on all aspects of sustainable design, construction, and operations practices for buildings and communities, including their impact on people, the environment, and the economy. Proposals from the education sector are particularly welcome. The deadline for proposals is January 11, 2008.

35. Webinar on Geothermal Energy for Campuses
January 10, 2008; 11:00 AM - Noon EDT
Haley & Aldrich is hosting a knowledge-sharing webinar about geothermal energy for the higher education community. The webinar will provide an over view of geothermal system types and their potential for achieving carbon emissions reductions. It will also describe potential pitfalls and lessons learned from previous geothermal installations.

36. Deploying a Wind Turbine for Your Campus Web Conference (link no longer available)
February 19 & 21, 2008; 1:00-2:30 pm EDT
Participants in this two-part web conference will learn key considerations in planning and implementing a wind generation project on campus. Instructors will address practical tactics for bringing a campus wind project from vision to reality. Participants will also learn how to assess project viability, plan the project over a long-term timeline, monitor and maintain operational performance, and integrate the wind turbine into the campus educational experience.

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