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Table of Contents for 01/10/08:

NEWS
1. U Arkansas Hires Sustainability Coordinator
2. Savannah College of Art and Design Forms Sustainability Council
3. U Oregon Promises Free Tuition to Low-Income Incoming Freshman
4. Green 4-H Center Opens at Ohio State U
5. CUNY Joins Statewide Solar Energy Consortium
6. UC San Diego Joins Chicago Climate Exchange
7. 19 New Campuses Sign Presidents Climate Commitment
8. UC San Diego Joins The Green Grid
9. NJIT to Promote Green Chemistry in Local Schools
10. Sustainability a Major Theme at Council of Independent Colleges Meeting
11. UW Oshkosh Switches to Cage-Free Eggs
12. Ferrum College Creates Environmental Science Scholarship Fund

NEW RESOURCES
13. Achieving Campus Sustainability in the Curriculum and Culture

OPPORTUNITIES
14. Presidential Forum on Renewable Energy Essay Contest
15. Socially Innovative Idea Competition

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
16. Project Manager for Sustainability, U Chicago
17. Energy Manager, SUNY Albany
18. Summer Research Fellows, Sustainable Endowments Institute
19. Asst. Professor, Environmental Studies, Dickinson College
20. Asst./Assoc. Professor - Environmental Health, Western Carolina U
21. 10 Faculty Positions in Sustainable Energy, U Connecticut
22. Outreach & Organizing Assoc. Manager, Center for American Progress

EVENTS
23. Recyclemania 2008 - Registration Deadline Approaching
24. Cascade Power Shift Summit '08
25. Greening the Supply and Purchasing Chain Roundtable

News

1. U Arkansas Hires Sustainability Coordinator
Nick Brown has been appointed as the Executive Assistant for Sustainability in the Facilities Management Department at the University of Arkansas. As the first person in this newly-created position, Brown will be responsible for sustainability efforts across the U of A campus with an emphasis on Facilities Management, and will report to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities.  Brown has a significant amount of experience in the environmental field, and holds a Ph.D. in Ecology from Cornell University.
See also: Directory of Campus Sustainability Officers (AASHE members only)

2. Savannah College of Art and Design Forms Sustainability Council
Savannah College of Art and Design has formed the Sustainability and Eco Practices Council to support its sustainability initiatives. The council, which is comprised of faculty and staff, has made double-sided printing a standard procedure across campus and is in the process of developing a new major called Design for Sustainability.

3. U Oregon Promises Free Tuition to Low-Income Incoming Freshman
University of Oregon has announced PathwayOregon, a plan to cover tuition and fees for lower-income Oregonians entering the University as freshmen next fall. The plan guarantees that qualified Oregonians from lower income families can attend the UO tuition-free by covering any remaining tuition costs not picked up by federal and state financial aid. It also provides students with comprehensive academic support and in some cases room and board. Lower income Oregonians who are eligible for Federal Pell Grants and are entering the UO next fall as freshman qualify for the program.

4. Green 4-H Center Opens at Ohio State U
Ohio State University recently opened the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau Ohio 4-H Center, a building that was designed to achieve LEED certification. The first "green" building on campus, the 4-H center features a geothermal heating and cooling system, recycled building materials, natural lighting, a bicycle storage area and showers, and a highly reflective white membrane roof which makes the building easier to cool in during the summer months.

5. CUNY Joins Statewide Solar Energy Consortium
The City University of New York (CUNY) recently joined The Solar Energy Consortium (TSEC) of New York State, a not-for-profit group of private and public companies and institutions that will research and develop new ways to efficiently and effectively deliver energy from the sun. TSEC plans to research ways to install economically sensible photovoltaic systems and to create a solid solar industry in the state of New York. Other participating institutions include Cornell University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Clarkson University, Binghamton University and The State University of New York at New Paltz.

6. UC San Diego Joins Chicago Climate Exchange
The University of California San Diego has joined the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX), a voluntary, legally binding program for reducing and trading greenhouse gas. UC San Diego is the first university on the west coast to join and is the seventh campus member in the US. UC San Diego expects that it will be able to cut its emissions below the limit and sell the surplus credits.

7. 19 New Campuses Sign Presidents Climate Commitment
19 new institutions have signed the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment since the last update in AASHE Bulletin. In doing so, these campuses have committed to develop comprehensive plans for achieving climate neutrality. The new signatories are: Michael Collins of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Michael S. Roth of Wesleyan University, Charles E. Kupchella of the University of North Dakota, Leon Botstein of Bard College, Daniel Weiss of Lafayette College, Bruce Grube of Georgia Southern University, Thomas Cole of the University of Massachusetts Worcester, Robert Bogomolny of the University of Baltimore, Mickey L. Burnim of Bowie State University, John E. Schwaller of the State University of New York - Potsdam, Jeffrey von Arx of Fairfield University, Donald F. Boesch of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, R. Mark Sullivan of College of Saint Rose, James La Calle of Harford Community College, Richard F. Giese of Mount Union College, Charles L. Shearer of Transylvania University, Thelma B. Thompson of the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore, Randall R. Miller of Lake Michigan College, and Rose B. Bellanca of St. Clair County Community College. 468 college and university presidents and chancellors have now signed the Commitment.

8. UC San Diego Joins The Green Grid
The University of California San Diego recently joined The Green Grid, a global consortium of companies that aims to reduce energy consumption in data centers and computing ecosystems. Through this membership, UCSD plans to green the on-campus San Diego Supercomputer Center, which will re-open next year.

9. NJIT to Promote Green Chemistry in Local Schools
New Jersey Institute of Technology has committed to spend at least $125,000 to showcase greener lab practices and to measure the amount of solvents and energy reductions that can be achieved when such practices are used in school laboratory experiments rather than traditional chemistry practices. As part of the initiative, NJIT will purchase equipment to help three local high schools get started using enhanced microwave technology, and will promote this faster, cleaner and less polluting lab technique to science educators throughout New Jersey through publications, seminars and the Internet. This initiative is a result of a settlement between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and NJIT.

10. Sustainability a Major Theme at Council of Independent Colleges Meeting
Sustainability and carbon neutrality were major themes at this year's Council of Independent Colleges conference, an annual gathering presidents of liberal arts colleges. The presidents of Unity, Dickinson, and Alaska Pacific colleges shared lessons from their sustainability programs in one session. Another session argued that sustainability can be profitable and described the benefits of signing the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment.

11. UW Oshkosh Switches to Cage-Free Eggs
Under a new policy, all shell (whole) eggs that UW Oshkosh serves will be cage-free. The switch to cage-free eggs follows a successful student-voter referendum and dining services-committee vote to switch the eggs sold on campus to cage-free.

12. Ferrum College Creates Environmental Science Scholarship Fund
Ferrum College has established a scholarship fund for high school students planning to pursue studies in environmental science. West Development Group, a manufacturer of roofing products, made the initial contribution to the "Scientia Terrae Causa" (Knowledge for the Earth) Environmental Science Scholarship Fund and will donate a percentage of all future sales of its environmental products to the fund.

New Resources

13. Achieving Campus Sustainability in the Curriculum and Culture
The Presidential Perspectives Series recently released its newest chapter, "Achieving Campus Sustainability in the Curriculum and Culture," written by John Brennan, the President of Green Mountain College. The chapter is a case study on how campuses can leverage sustainability for institutional gain while facing a highly competitive higher education marketplace.

Opportunities

14. Presidential Forum on Renewable Energy Essay Contest
The Presidential Forum on Renewable Energy is sponsoring a student essay contest in which three college students will be awarded a $10,000 educational prize. The contest is intended to engage college students in the issues of renewable energy, sustainability, and conservation. It is open to students who, as of January 1, 2008, are between the ages of 18 and 24; enrolled, full-time or part-time, in an undergraduate college program; and a citizen of the US. Deadline is February 1, 2008.

15. Conscious Lifestyle Innovative Idea Competition
Conscious Lifestyle is accepting applications for its 2008 Ventures program, which offers $1000 in start-up funding, web space, monthly skill building workshops, and personalized support to the team with the most innovative idea on how to sustainably make students and their institution more socially responsible. Applicants must be full time students, have leadership and/or volunteer experience, and be able to work with an adult ally and other community leaders. Application deadline is February 15, 2008.

Jobs & Internships

16. Project Manager for Sustainability, U Chicago
The University of Chicago seeks a Project Manager for Sustainability. Reporting formally to the Assistant Vice President for Student Life and working day-to-day under the direction of the Sustainability Council Co-Chairs (Co-Chairs), the Project Manager for Sustainability at the University of Chicago will provide high-level administrative support and project management to the Sustainability Council to enable the Council to fulfill its communications, programmatic and research plans. This is a 20-hours-per-week, term position that lasts through June 30, 2008. Applications accepted until position is filled.

17. Energy Manager, SUNY Albany
The Office of University Facilities Operations at University at Albany is seeking a highly motivated individual for the position of University Energy Manager. The successful candidate for this position will direct and manage energy management programs with the goal of increasing campus energy efficiency, reducing operating costs, and maximizing external grants and incentives. Duties include: develop and track utility budgets; recommend and enact energy policies; promote conservation initiatives throughout the campus community; and support campus environmental sustainability efforts. The position requires knowledge of energy best practices applicable to institutions of higher education and active involvement with campus planning, operations, and maintenance staff to identify and quantify beneficial efficiency upgrades.

18. Summer Research Fellows, Sustainable Endowments Institute (link no longer available)
The Sustainable Endowments Institute is seeking highly motivated and reliable individuals for full-time summer research fellowships. Research Fellows will collaborate on surveying and analyzing sustainability initiatives at hundreds of colleges and universities in the United States and Canada to help produce the College Sustainability Report Card 2009. The fellowship positions will last approximately 10 to 12 weeks, starting in June 2008. Flexible scheduling arrangements would be considered in certain circumstances. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

19. Asst. Professor, Environmental Studies, Dickinson College
Dickinson College seeks applicants for a tenure-track appointment in our Environmental Studies Department at the Assistant Professor level in Environmental Health, commencing July 1, 2008. A Ph.D. in a discipline related to environmental health is required. He/she will be expected to initiate an active research agenda which will involve undergraduates, provide opportunities for service-learning, and build on our strong community-based research programs. The candidate will be expected to teach a section of our Introductory Environmental Science course, offer new intermediate-level courses in environmental health (including, for example, health effects of exposure, distribution of environmentally induced disease, risk assessment, and policy), and teach a senior seminar on a topic of his/her choice on a rotating schedule with other faculty. Applications due February 15, 2008.

20. Asst./Assoc. Professor - Environmental Health, Western Carolina U
The Environmental Health Program in the School of Health Sciences at Western Carolina University invites applications for an assistant/associate professor, nine month, tenure-track position beginning August, 2008. Responsibilities include teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in environmental health sciences, advise students, and participate in professional service in an EHAC- accredited program. The successful candidate will be expected to conduct a program of research, service and teaching. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

21. 10 Faculty Positions in Sustainable Energy, U Connecticut
The School of Engineering at the University of Connecticut invites applications and/or nominations for 10 tenure-track faculty positions that will form the core of an interdisciplinary, integrated team working in the strategic areas of fuel cells or other alternative energy technologies and applications. The team will comprise qualified faculty at all ranks: Assistant, Associate Professor and Full Professor. Qualified candidates may be considered for tenured positions. This sustainable energy team will conduct research, education and outreach related to a new Eminent Faculty Initiative in Sustainable Energy established in 2007 at the University of Connecticut. The initiative is sustained by a permanent allocation of more than $2 million annually from the State of Connecticut supplemented by additional support from private industry. The Eminent Faculty Initiative will be led by a senior, internationally recognized researcher. Applications will be reviewed until the positions are filled.

22. Outreach & Organizing Assoc. Manager, Center for American Progress (link no longer available)
The Center for American Progress is currently seeking an outreach and organizing associate. S/he will work under the direction of the Issue Campaigns Manager to coordinate all aspects of Campus Progress' efforts to implement a national issue campaign on climate change and to advance campaigns on other issues. The occupant of the job also will work under the Communications and Outreach Manager to strengthen Campus Progress's outreach to students, student groups, student publications, faculty, national and regional organizations, and others in order to involve them in the work of Campus Progress and the Center for American Progress.

Events

23. Recyclemania 2008 - Registration Deadline Approaching
January 27 - April 5, 2008; Nation-wide
RecycleMania is a friendly competition among college and university recycling programs in the United States that provides the campus community with a fun, proactive activity in waste reduction. Over a 10-week period, campuses compete in different contests to see which institution can collect the largest amount of recyclables per capita, the largest amount of total recyclables, the least amount of trash per capita, or have the highest recycling rate. Registration closes January 18.

24. Cascade Power Shift Summit '08
February 8-11, 2008; Eugene, OR
This February, hundreds of Northwest youth will converge on Eugene, Oregon for the Cascade Power Shift summit entitled, Mobilizing for Climate Justice. The weekend will feature informative panels, skill-building workshops, kick-offs for exciting climate campaigns, Citizen Action Days in Salem and Olympia and a chance to connect with hundreds of other Northwest students and youth working for a sustainable, just, and prosperous future.

25. Greening the Supply and Purchasing Chain Roundtable
January 31, 2008; University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL
The University of Miami and the Chlorine Free Products Association will co-host a Sustainability Roundtable, entitled Greening the Supply and Purchasing Chain Roundtable. The event is geared toward university professionals in purchasing, facility management, and sustainability, and will focus on greening the supply chain as a means to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Registration ends January 26, 2008.

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