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Dear Readers,

For the past three years, it has been my distinct pleasure and privilege to serve as the editor of the AASHE Bulletin. Today, I am pleased to pass editorship to Andrea Webster, AASHE's Membership & Outreach Coordinator, while I shift my focus to AASHE's other programs. I'm confident that Andrea will do a great job in bringing you the latest news, opportunities, and events from the campus sustainability community. Please welcome her, and feel free to contact her anytime with your events and stories.

Sincerely,

Julian

Table of Contents for 2/2/08:

NEWS
1. 1100 Campuses Focus the Nation on Global Warming Solutions
2. RecycleMania Begins with Record Number of Participants
3. Unity College to Offer 2 New Sustainability Majors
4. UCLA Law School to Establish Center on Climate Change
5. U Washington to Offer Professorships in Sustainability
6. Casper College to Launch Renewable Energy Program
7. Ohlone Opens Green Campus registered for LEED Platinum
8. U Colorado Boulder Students to Purchase Local Offsets
9. Brown U Announces GHG Emissions Reduction Plan
10. Northern Arizona U Building Achieves LEED Platinum
11. Johns Hopkins U Task Force on Climate Change Begins Work
12. Furman U Students Win Award for Campus Green Living Film
13. El Camino CC Opens Green Humanities Building
14. Rice U to Begin EcoRep Program
15. DOE Announces 2009 Solar Decathlon Teams
16. San Diego State Students Start Recycling Program
17. Georgia Tech to Install Green Tissue Dispensers
18. U Texas at Austin Launches Campus Sustainability Newsletter

NEW RESOURCES
19. UC Berkley Study on GHG Mitigation Options
20. U Michigan Annual Environmental Report

OPPORTUNITIES
21. Sustainable Investment Challenge

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
22. Director of Sustainability, University of Notre Dame
23. Campus Sustainability Coordinator, Drew U
24. Emerging Green Buildings Coordinator, USGBC
25. Sustainability Program Asst., Budget & Capital Planning, U Victoria
26. Asst./Assoc. Prof., Environmental Studies, Elon U
27. Assoc./Assist. Prof., Environmental Studies and Sustainability, Drew U
28. Asst. Prof., Public Policy and Environmental Studies, Lasell C
29. Resource Management Coordinator, Portland State U
30. Asst. Professor, Green Chemistry, Worcester State C
31. Prof., Enviro., Geographic and Geological Sciences, Lehman C
32. Endowed Prof, Environmental Health, Old Dominion U

EVENTS
33. Southeast Student Renewable Energy Conference
34. Sustainability: Simple Steps for a Complex Issue
35. Urban Sustainable Design Workshop
36. Deploying a Wind Turbine Web Conference

News

1. 1100 Campuses Focus the Nation on Global Warming Solutions
On Jan. 31, 2008, more than 1100 colleges and universities across the US participated in Focus the Nation, a major educational initiative on global warming solutions. The event, which also had the participation of several hundred high schools, faith organizations and civic groups, is believed to be the largest teach-in in U.S. history. Many institutions help open forums on climate change with participation from faculty, elected officials, and other guests. Faculty members from a wide range of disciplines also incorporated climate change into their lectures. The final component of Focus the Nation is the 'Choose Your Future' vote, in which all students, faculty and community participants are encouraged to vote on what they think are the top five climate change solutions from a list of 15 that is available on the event's website. Voting ends in mid February.
See also: Focus the Nation Media Room (link no longer available)

2. RecycleMania Begins with Record Number of Participants
RecycleMania began January 27, 2008 with a record 400 colleges and universities participating. The competition has more than doubled each year from its initiation in 2001 by two Ohio colleges. The 400 schools represent 46 states and the District of Columbia and include institutions ranging from small two-year community colleges to Ivy League universities. Over a 10-week period from January 27 to April 5, 2008, participating schools will compete in various categories measuring the success of their recycling and waste prevention efforts. Each week, the standings will be posted on the RecycleMania website.
See also: RecycleMania Kickoff

3. Unity College to Offer 2 New Sustainability Majors
Beginning in the fall of 2008, Unity College will offer a Bachelor's of Science in Sustainable Design and Technology and a Bachelor's of Science in Agriculture, Food, and Sustainability. Students in the Sustainable Design and Technology program will learn to evaluate and implement emerging technologies and to design, quantify, and account for programs of energy efficiency and climate emission reductions for government, for private businesses, or for households. The emphasis will be on practical skills based on solid general theory. The Agriculture, Food, and Sustainability program will prepare students for future study and careers in the growing fields of sustainable agriculture and food systems. The approach will be interdisciplinary and experiential, drawing on several disciplines that intersect in the field of agriculture and food systems study, including biology, ecology, economics, critical social sciences, and history, as well as applied sciences such as horticulture, livestock management, and marketing. The program will have a significant field and experiential component.

4. UCLA Law School to Establish Center on Climate Change
The University of California Los Angeles School of Law recently secured an endowment fund to establish the Emmett Center, a center dedicated to the study, research and teaching of knowledge related to climate change and the environment. The Emmett Center plans to engage UCLA experts who are working on matters related to climate change and intends to play a key role in addressing environmental issues.

5. U Washington to Offer Professorships in Sustainability
The University of Washington plans to offer professorships in sustainability. Pending the approval of the Board of Regents, the first two professorships will be held by Stephen Kieran and James Timberlake of an environmentally conscious architecture firm. Kieran and Timberlake will teach six related courses exploring designs and methods for reducing environmental impacts of construction. Funding for the professorships comes from Mithun and The Russell Family Foundation.

6. Casper College to Launch Renewable Energy Program
Casper College recently received a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to launch a program in renewable energy. The majority of the funding will support the construction of a small wind generator testing and training site, which will serve as a laboratory for students in the program. The program will also include courses such as electrical power, electrical machines, and alternative energy.

7. Ohlone Opens Green Campus registered for LEED Platinum
Ohlone College recently opened a newly constructed green campus. The campus, which hopes to achieve LEED Platinum certification, features solar energy co-generation that will supply up to 42% of the building's energy needs, geothermal ground coils, enthalpy wheels, storm water filtering, wetlands restoration, and indoor water-saving fixtures.

8. U Colorado Boulder Students to Purchase Local Offsets
University of Colorado at Boulder students have switched from purchasing wind energy credits to purchasing all locally-generated offsets to mitigate a portion of campus carbon emissions. The offsets are being purchased through Colorado Governor Bill Ritter's "Colorado Carbon Fund" program. The $50,000 of student funding will support Colorado projects that fight climate change while increasing economic prosperity, assisting local communities and creating service learning opportunities for students.

9. Brown U Announces GHG Emissions Reduction Plan
Brown University has announced a plan to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to 42% below 2007 levels for all existing buildings by 2020. Brown also promised to reduce energy consumption up to 50% for all newly constructed and acquired facilities. The university plans to achieve these goals through initiatives such as switching the fuel that powers the central heating plan to cleaner natural gas when available, implementing new lighting technologies, improving the energy efficiencies of buildings, increasing co-generation of electricity, and using renewable energy sources where appropriate.

10. Northern Arizona U Building Achieves LEED Platinum
Northern Arizona University's Applied Research and Development Building has achieved LEED Platinum certification, earning 60 out of 69 points possible. The 59,821 square-foot building features a photovoltaic solar power system that provides a minimum of 20% of its electricity, automatic shade controls, venting windows, and an enthalpy wheel, which regulates the building's temperatures. About 30% of the building's supplies are from recycled materials, 57% are from local producers or manufacturers, and the wood used was sustainable harvested from a renewable forest-management system. Additionally, the building's conference unit has a green roof, and the parking lot is made of pervious concrete, which allows water to be captured in natural aquifers to be used for irrigation purposes.

11. Johns Hopkins U Task Force on Climate Change Begins Work
The Johns Hopkins University President's Task Force on Climate Change recently held its first meeting. The group, which includes administrators, faculty, community leaders, and students, was formed to help guide the development of the university's new climate change policy. It is charged with developing a comprehensive strategic plan and creating an interdisciplinary working group of experts who will focus on innovative and novel approaches related to climate change.

12. Furman U Students Win Award for Campus Green Living Film
A film made by a group of Furman University students has been selected as a finalist in the Conservation in Action Multimedia Contest. Their film, "The Lifestyle Project," documented the transformation and experiences of Furman freshmen as they sought to reduce their impact on the environment by changing the way they lived their daily lives. The film followed the students as they followed a vegetarian diet, reduced their water and electricity usage, generated less trash, and quit driving their cars over a three-week period. The contest is sponsored by the Student Conservation Association and Mazda.
See also: 'The Lifestyle Project' Film

13. El Camino CC Opens Green Humanities Building
El Camino Community College recently opened a new green humanities building. The 83,900- square-foot facility features natural day lighting, sun shades and other steps to reduce heat gain, recycled flooring materials, and a white roof.

14. Rice U to Begin EcoRep Program
An internal grant program at Rice University has provided funds to enable the development of an "EcoRep" program this semester. The grant will pay one student from each residential college to serve as an EcoRep. Each EcoRep will have six main duties: facilitating recycling, reducing waste in the serveries, conserving energy, promoting environmental issues, maintaining contacts with relevant University staff, and administering the Green Dorm Initiative, a program which certifies dorm rooms meeting certain environmentally friendly requirements, such as keeping thermostats at 76 degrees in the summer. The EcoReps are paid eight dollars an hour for two to four hours of work per week. The University predicts that the initial costs of the program will be offset by the total energy cost savings.

15. DOE Announces 2009 Solar Decathlon Teams
The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced the schools selected to compete in the fourth Solar Decathlon, which will be held in Washington, DC in 2009. The teams, selected from universities in the U.S., Canada, and Germany, will each receive $100,000 from the DOE to design, build, and operate an energy efficient, fully-solar-powered home. In addition to producing enough electricity and hot water to perform all the functions of a home, from powering lights and electronics to cooking, washing clothes and dishes, each home must produce surplus energy sufficient to power an electric car. Applications for the competition were evaluated by a panel made up of engineers, scientists and other experts from DOE and its National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Teams were required to meet specific criteria, demonstrating their ability to design and build an innovative, entirely solar-powered, 800-square-foot home from scratch, including the ability to raise additional funds and assemble a team necessary to carry the project through to completion.

16. San Diego State Students Start Recycling Program
A student group at San Diego State University recently started a recycling program on campus. Success Enabled Pilots, a leadership and academic organization, volunteered to pick up sorted recycling from bins placed outside residence halls, Greek houses and residences within one mile of campus. Bins have also been placed at a nearby apartment complex to serve as a community collection location. Additionally, the group plans to hand out energy-efficient light bulbs to those who use the service.
See also: Success Enabled Pilots

17. Georgia Tech to Install Green Tissue Dispensers
The Georgia Institute of Technology will install No-Touch Hands Free Paper Towel and Tissue Dispensers, which will use Green Seal certified paper towels and toilet tissue. The installation will begin in February.

18. U Texas at Austin Launches Campus Sustainability Newsletter
The University of Texas at Austin recently launched 'Synergies,' a monthly newsletter devoted to sustainability-based campus events, activities and achievements. The goal of the newsletter is to publicize sustainability initiatives on campus, create a broader understanding of sustainability at UT, and help connect individuals who wish to get involved with campus projects. 'Synergies' is designed for UT faculty, staff and students and is distributed primarily online.

New Resources

19. UC Berkley Study on GHG Mitigation Options
The University of California Berkley recently published the findings of a climate action course that evaluated options for reducing the University's greenhouse gas emissions. The students found that green building retrofits should be expanded, renewable energy should be used on campus, and that the campus needs to develop a long-term program for mobilizing the resources needed to become a more energy-efficient campus.
See also: Climate Action Course Final Report

20. U Michigan Annual Environmental Report
The University of Michigan recently released its Annual Environmental Report, which lists the University's energy use, water use, emissions, waste production, mass transit systems, and total carbon footprint. The report finds that the institution's carbon output decreased by 40,000 pounds since 2004.

Opportunities

21. Sustainable Investment Challenge
The 2007-08 SustaInvest: Sustainable Investment Challenge is a virtual portfolio competition that calls for its student participants to jointly maximize profitability and sustainability in investment decisions. The competition is comprised of three categories: university student teams, undergraduate students, and graduate students and is open to all colleges and universities. Portfolio judging criteria rewards successful, sustainability-driven investments that promote a long-term, triple bottom line business strategy as a means of increasing investors' financial bottom line.

Jobs & Internships

22. Director of Sustainability, University of Notre Dame
The University of Notre Dame seeks to hire a Director of Sustainability. Reporting to the Vice President of Operations, the Director of Sustainability will build institutional learning capacities to support continuous improvement in building design and operations, landscaping, procurement, energy and water conservation, waste disposal and recycling, and service provision. Specific duties include creating a strategy to integrate sustainable principles into the operational functions of the university, interact with departments to enhance existing sustainability efforts, coordinate cross-functional efforts, and brainstorm new initiatives. Related Bachelor's and Master's degrees required. The position will be open until filled.

23. Campus Sustainability Coordinator, Drew U
Drew University seeks a full-time Campus Sustainability Coordinator who will work under the direction of the University Sustainability Committee and with various campus groups to help create, develop and enhance sustainability programs across the University. Responsibilities will include educating the community about sustainability issues, developing and maintaining the Campus Sustainability Website, and submitting an annual report and assessment of sustainability efforts on campus. Applicants must have at least a BA or BS, and strong written, verbal, networking, and computer skills. Preference will be given to candidates with a degree in Environmental Studies or a related field. Fluency in Spanish is also desirable. Review of applications will begin on February 25, 2008 and will remain open until the position is filled.

24. Emerging Green Buildings Coordinator, USGBC
The U.S. Green Building Council is seeking an Emerging Green Buildings Coordinator to coordinate and facilitate all aspects of USGBC’s Emerging Green Builders program. This full-time position involves outreach to university groups as well as to USGBC chapters to cultivate, educate and activate the future leaders of the green building movement and USGBC. The candidate must have a bachelor's degree and a minimum of three years relationship management experience.

25. Sustainability Program Asst., Budget & Capital Planning, U Victoria
The University of Victoria is seeking a Sustainability Program Assistant to work in the Budget and Capital Planning Department. The appointment is a temporary position lasting from February 4, 2008 – January 30, 2009. The candidate will be responsible for developing creative educational campaigns and print materials on university programs, regional resources, and special topics such as climate change, sustainable transportation and waste management. Other responsibilities include researching campus sustainability programs and initiatives at other universities, drafting content and updating the sustainability website, and assisting with the development of communication materials related to campus sustainability. The successful candidate will have a university degree in a science or social science discipline, one or two years of office related work experience, and strong computer, organization and administrative abilities. The candidate may also have an equivalent combination of education, training and experience. Skills in public speaking, print material design, research, and/or digital communications are also required. Knowledge of sustainability issues related to transportation, energy, water, green buildings, waste, natural areas and land use planning are desirable. Applications are due February 6, 2008.

26. Asst./Assoc. Prof., Environmental Studies, Elon U
Elon University invites applicants for a tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor position in the interdisciplinary Environmental Studies Program to begin in August 2008. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in any environmentally-related field, with a broad and integrated perspective toward environmental studies. The successful applicant will be the Associate Coordinator of Environmental Studies, direct the Bachelor's of Arts degree option in the Environmental Studies Program, and teach in the program. Teaching will include survey level courses, environmentally-focused upper-level courses supporting the Environmental Studies major, and courses in Elon's General Studies Program. Applications are due March 15, 2008.

27. Assoc./Assist. Prof., Environmental Studies and Sustainability, Drew U
Drew University seeks applicants for the new tenure-track position of Associate or Assistant Professor to help build a new interdisciplinary major in Environmental Studies and Sustainability. Candidates should have expertise in GIS and in environmental geology, physical geography, or a closely related field; the area of specialization must relate to environmental issues. The department of appointment will depend on the individual's specialty. This faculty member would teach GIS, environmental geography or geology, and (with others) gateway and core courses for the new major. In addition, s/he would help other faculty integrate GIS into their courses and research. A Ph.D. and a high quality record of teaching and research are required. Applications received by February 1, 2008 will receive the highest consideration.

28. Asst. Prof., Public Policy and Environmental Studies, Lasell C
Lasell College seeks applicants for a full-time position in Public Policy and Political Science with an emphasis on Environmental Studies in a global context. More senior rank will be considered based on experience and other credentials. The successful applicant will be broadly trained but have research and teaching interest in policy that promotes sustainability. Specific areas of interest may include energy policy, smart growth and community development, sustainable business and campus policies, and environmental justice. The candidate will also play a critical role in the Green Campus Initiative. The candidate must have, by the starting date, a Ph.D. in a public policy related field and must be able to work cooperatively and productively with faculty, staff and students, show evidence of excellent teaching and student advocacy, and show a commitment to campus service and student advising. Screening of applications has begun, and it will continue until the position is filled.

29. Resource Management Coordinator, Portland State U
Portland State University is seeking a Resource Management Coordinator to manage the PSU Recycles program, administer the solid waste reduction program, engage in short and long-term planning to improve services to the campus while protecting the environment and conserving vital resources. Other responsibilities include maintaining compliance will all federal, state, and local statues and regulations governing solid waste, developing effective procedures for addressing needs and potential problems, and working closely with all campus departments to ensure that they keep apprised of waste prevention and recycling issues. The candidate must have two years of experience as an administrative specialist or executive support specialist which included duties such as interpretation of laws, rules, and regulations, administrative data collection and analysis, and evaluation of projects, processes, and operations. Applications are due February 11, 2008.

30. Asst. Professor, Green Chemistry, Worcester State C
Worcester State Colleges is seeking a tenure-track, Assistant Professor of Green Chemistry to begin work on September 1, 2008. A Ph.D., demonstrated research experience and a strong commitment to teaching excellence are required. Willingness to sponsor undergraduate research is expected. Teaching responsibilities include general chemistry, toxicology and an upper level green chemistry course. The appointee will develop an upper level course in green chemistry for chemistry majors. In addition, s/he will be expected to teach core courses in the chemistry program and to incorporate the principles of green chemistry. The position is open until filled.

31. Asst./Assoc. Prof., Enviro., Geographic and Geological Sciences, Lehman C
Lehman College invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professorship in Environmental, Geographic and Geological Sciences. The appointee is expected to develop and maintain an active research program and to teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Candidates with expertise in environmental geography or urban environment with a strong background in Geographic Information Science are preferred, and knowledge of remote sensing is desirable. Candidates must possess a Ph.D. at the time of appointment. The position is open until filled.

32. Endowed Prof, Environmental Health, Old Dominion U
Old Dominion University invites nominations and applications for an Endowed Professor of Environmental Health to work in the School of Community and Environmental Health in the College of Health Sciences. The appointment is a 10 month tenure track Associate/Full Professor position that will begin August 1, 2008. Teaching requirements include graduate level toxicology, risk assessment, and exposure assessment. Other responsibilities include mentoring graduate students and research fellows, and participating in didactic and seminar courses. Applicants must have an earned doctorate in a relevant scientific discipline and demonstrate an extensive track record of scholarly publication. It is strongly preferred that the applicant's research specialty is in one of the following areas: environmental toxicology, global environmental health, exposure assessment and monitoring, or occupational health. Professional certifications in environmental health science, industrial hygiene and/or occupational safety and health are strongly preferred. Applications are due March 31, 2008.

Events

33. Southeast Student Renewable Energy Conference
February 8 – 10, 2008; Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA
The 2008 Southeast Student Renewable Energy Conference will bring together hundreds of students from across the southeastern US for a weekend of education, inspiration, trainings, networking, fun and more. Participants will listen to inspiring speakers and attend panels and workshops that will address the issues of energy, climate change, and environmental justice. Deadline for group registration is February 5, 2008. The cost is $35 per person.

34. Sustainability: Simple Steps for a Complex Issue
February 14, 2008; Emory University, Atlanta, GA
The Society for Campus and University Planning will hold their 2008 Southern Metro Mini Conference, entitled "Sustainability: Simple Steps for a Complex Issue," which will teach participants how to launch or grow a sustainability program on campus and to plan for short and long-term efforts that impact budget, operations, and academic programs. The advanced registration deadline is February 4, 2008.

35. Urban Sustainable Design Workshop
June 17 – August 13, 2008; Chicago, IL
The Foresight Design Initiative is offering a summer workshop called the Urban Sustainable Design Studio. The workshop is designed to empower participants to become better sustainable innovators through a unique, experiential learning program. Through an intensive mix of weekly readings, field trips, guest speakers and hands-on project work, attendees learn about the sector and delve into the innovation process. Graduates of the program leave with a deeper understanding of sustainability, the potential of design to analyze and address systemic issues, and the many opportunities for, and barriers to, influencing change. The program is for students, recent graduates and young professionals. The early decision application deadline is March 17, 2008.

36. Deploying a Wind Turbine Web Conference (link no longer available)
February 19 & 21, 2008; 1 – 2:30 p.m. EST, Online
Academic Impressions will be hosting a web conference on Deplying a Wind Turbine. The two-part webinar will teach key considerations in planning and implementing a wind generation project for your campus. Participants will 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. The conference is open to facilities managers, directors of the physical plant, utilities and campus energy officers, and administrators responsible for campus sustainability. Applications due February 8, 2008.

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