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Table of Contents for 2/7/08:

NEWS
1. AASHE Announces Campus Sustainability Rating System Pilots
2. Contra Costa CC District Installs Largest Campus Solar Array
3. U Tennessee Architecture College Pledges Carbon-Neutrality by 2010
4. UC Irvine Contracts for 1.2MW Solar Array
5. U Vermont Forms Commission and Office of Sustainability
6. UC Berkeley Hires Director of Sustainability
7. U Illinois Chicago Hires Interim Assoc. Chancellor for Sustainability
8. Holy Cross Announces Financial Aid Initiative
9. Northwestern U Increases Financial Aid
10. James Madison U Announces Joint Masters in Sustainable Resource Mgmt
11. Stevens IT Launches Green Engineering Minor
12. U Maine Farmington Receives 2 LEED Building Certifications
13. Schools Reduce Waste with Trayless Policies
14. Macalester C Senior Gift to Fund Sustainability on Campus
15. Binghamton U Installs Solar-Powered Parking Meter
16. Inside Higher Ed Begins Getting to Green Blog
17. U New Mexico Partners with Car Share Program
18. U Penn & Temple U Raise Security Guard Pay & Sick Leave
19. U Central Florida Energy Competition Offers Scholarships
20. U Saskatchewan Completes GHG Inventory
21. U Southern California Forms Sustainability Steering Committee

NEW RESOURCES
22. List of Academic Programs in Sustainable Agriculture

OPPORTUNITIES
23. Green Corps Field School for Environmental Organizing
24. Smart and Sustainable Campus Conf. Student Scholarships

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
25. Director of Sustainability, Furman U
26. Sustainability Coordination Manager, Rider U
27. Director, Institute of Sustainable Systems, Georgia Tech
28. Web Developer, AASHE
29. Data Manager, AASHE
30. Lecturer, Environmental Science, Ecology, & Forestry, Stony Brook U
31. Asst. Prof., Political Science & Environmental Studies, Western Michigan U
32. Visiting Asst. Prof., Environmental Policy, Macalester C
33. Asst. Prof., Enviro. Health, Dickinson C
34. Tenure-track Faculty, Environmental Technologies, Cascadia CC
35. 10-15 Bloggers, Campus Progress, Center for American Progress
36. Regional Coordinator, Real Food Challenge

EVENTS
37. Smart and Sustainable Campus Conference 2008
38. CFP: National Conference on Sustainability for Community Colleges
39. Enacting Sustainable Initiatives on Campus

News

1. AASHE Announces Campus Sustainability Rating System Pilots
The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education recently announced the launch of its pilot rating system for sustainability in higher education. Over ninety college and universities will test the self-assessment tool, called STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System). Over the course of 2008, they will provide feedback to AASHE and inform STARS version 1.0, planned for release in spring 2009. The 90-plus participating campuses were selected to represent a wide range of institutional types, sizes, and geography. They include public and private schools, and community colleges and research universities. STARS is designed to help gauge the progress of colleges and universities toward sustainability in all sectors, from governance and operations to academics and community engagement; enable meaningful comparisons across institutions as well as benchmarking within institutions; create incentives for continuous improvement toward sustainability; facilitate information sharing about sustainability practices and performance in higher education; and build a stronger, more diverse campus sustainability community.
See also: STARS Homepage

2. Contra Costa CC District Installs Largest Campus Solar Array
The Contra Costa Community College District recently announced the completion of the first phase of its solar power project. The project includes a 3.2 megawatt solar photovoltaic system, high-efficiency lighting and energy management systems, high-efficiency heating, ventilation and air-conditioning equipment, and high-voltage electrical system replacements at 2 of the 3 colleges. The development is said to be the largest solar power installation ever constructed for an institution of higher learning in North America.

3. U Tennessee Architecture College Pledges Carbon-Neutrality by 2010
The College of Architecture and Design at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has committed to make its own building as well as all its studio projects more environmentally friendly. By a unanimous vote of the faculty, the college has adopted a plan to achieve a carbon-neutral design community and include the elimination or reduction of the need for fossil fuel as a central tenet in its design education. This plan is part of the 2010 Imperative, a challenge issued to colleges of design across the U.S. to incorporate environmental principles by 2010. Strategies involving waterless plumbing fixtures and occupancy sensors for lights already are being implemented. Future plans include the purchase of carbon offsets and potential LEED Existing Building certification.

4. UC Irvine Contracts for 1.2MW Solar Array
The University of California Irvine recently contracted with UPC Solar to install a 1.2 megawatt solar panel array on campus. Under the 20-year contract, UPC Solar will design, install, own and maintain 6,500 solar panels to be placed on 11 campus buildings. UCI will then purchase the power from UPC, especially during peak demand periods when the cost of electricity is high. Kiosks located strategically around the campus will monitor the system and provide ready information to passersby about how much energy is being generated.

5. U Vermont Forms Commission and Office of Sustainability
The University of Vermont recently announced that it will form a Commission on Sustainability and open an Office of Sustainability. The Commission will make strategic recommendations about policies and activities requiring significant operational changes or allocation of financial and other resources within the University. Its first charge will be to create a Climate Neutrality Working Group that will develop a plan within two years for reaching climate neutrality at UVM. The Office of Sustainability will support the Commission's development of an overall environmental sustainability strategy, track performance indicators and best practices, oversee the selection and implementation of the best ideas for reducing environmental impacts, and educate and involved the campus and Vermont community.

6. UC Berkeley Hires Director of Sustainability
The University of California Berkeley recently hired Lisa McNeilly as the campus's first Director of Sustainability. McNeilly is charged with creating and managing a campus Office of Sustainability and supporting the efforts of the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Sustainability, the Cal Climate Action Partnership, the Berkeley Environmental Alumni Network, and the Berkeley Green Campus Program. The position will report to the Vice Chancellor for Administration.

7. U Illinois Chicago Hires Interim Assoc. Chancellor for Sustainability
The University of Illinois at Chicago recently hired Cynthia Klein-Banai as the interim Associate Chancellor for Sustainability. Klein-Banai plans to consider student fees to support green projects, to set up a campus-wide committee that will work to initiate sustainability programs into many areas of campus life, and to complete a transportation survey on how people get to and around campus. She has also applied for a grant to expand UIC's recycling program.

8. Holy Cross Announces Financial Aid Initiative
The College of the Holy Cross recently announced that, beginning with the 2008-09 academic year, Worcester residents who are admitted to the college and who come from families with incomes below $50,000 will receive four years of free tuition. The new initiative was catalyzed by established alumni-funded scholarship programs that benefit Worcester students.

9. Northwestern U Increases Financial Aid
Northwestern University recently announced that it will replace loans with grants for its 450 neediest undergraduates. When choosing who will qualify for the grant, Northwestern will consider family income as well as other financial pressures such as extensive medical expenses and multiple sibling families. The University will also cap the amount of federal loans undergraduates can take out over four years to $20,000.

10. James Madison U Announces Joint Masters in Sustainable Resource Mgmt
James Madison University and the University of Malta recently announced the new Joint International Masters Program in Sustainable Environmental Resources Management. Graduates will receive two degrees: the M.Sc. in Sustainable Environmental Resources Management from UM (an EU degree) and the M.S. in Integrated Science and Technology from JMU. The curriculum will be taught entirely in Malta with each school teaching half of the courses. The program incorporates a suite of courses that cover the appropriate analytical tools, presents the policy and legal framework, and uses a collection of case study courses. The program will begin in September of 2008.

11. Stevens IT Launches Green Engineering Minor
The Charles V. Schaefer Jr. School of Engineering and Science at the Stevens Institute of Technology recently launched a Green Engineering minor. The minor consists of six courses and provides a two-course core in sustainable engineering and sustainable energy.
See also: Green Engineering Minor

12. U Maine Farmington Receives 2 LEED Building Certifications
Two recently constructed buildings at the University of Maine at Farmington were awarded LEED certification. The Education Center was awarded LEED Silver and was designed to serve as an ecological teaching tool for UMF students, K-12 students, practicing teachers and the region. Green components of the building include 42 geothermal wells, a high-performance thermal envelope, and window glazing to decrease heat loss in the winter and reduce cool air loss in the summer. Additional green features include the use of construction materials with recycled content, interior materials and furnishings that do not emit indoor pollutants and a sustainable landscape design. The Frances Allen Black Hall, a residence hall on campus, received LEED Certified status. The hall qualified for this distinction based on a number of green features including, developing the building site with the least amount of environmental impact, using over 10 percent recycled construction materials and nearly 35 percent locally available construction materials, and increasing thermal efficiency by approximately 25% by using continuous rigid insulation on the building's exterior.

13. Schools Reduce Waste with Trayless Policies
Inside Higher Ed recently published an article on how colleges and universities are implementing no-tray policies in dining halls in order to reduce waste and save water. In experiments at Alfred University, students found that a no-tray policy would reduce food and beverage waste by 30-50%. Customers with disabilities or those who need extra assistance are permitted to use trays.

14. Macalester C Senior Gift to Fund Sustainability on Campus
The Macalester College Senior Class Gift Committee recently announced that the 2008 senior gift will fund sustainability initiatives on campus. The 10 seniors on the committee sent out a survey to their class to gauge what type of contribution the class would like to make and, based on the results, decided to fund campus sustainability projects. The class will attempt to raise $38,000 for the fund. Sustainability Coordinator Suzanne Hansen will ultimately decide how the money is used.

15. Binghamton U Installs Solar-Powered Parking Meter
Binghamton University recently installed a solar-powered multi-space parking meter system. The system is made up of a single meter that serves 33 spaces and features solar panels and a rechargeable battery.

16. Inside Higher Ed Begins Getting to Green Blog
Inside Higher Ed recently started a new blog, entitled "Getting to Green," that will to discuss topics related to greening the higher education. The start of the blog coincided with Focus the Nation.

17. U New Mexico Partners with Car Share Program
The University of New Mexico Department of Parking and Transportation Services recently announced an agreement with Zipcar, a national car-sharing service, to provide vehicles to students, staff, faculty and members of the Albuquerque community who are members of Zipcar. Five vehicles will be located throughout campus and will be available at hourly and daily rates.

18. U Penn & Temple U Raise Security Guard Pay & Sick Leave
The University of Pennsylvania and Temple University recently granted AlliedBarton security guards up to three days in paid sick leave. Penn also increased the security guards' pay from $9.70 to $15 per hour.

19. U Central Florida Energy Competition Offers Scholarships
A University of Central Florida energy saving competition will offer free food, gift certificates, and scholarships to the winners of the second-annual Energy Conservation Competition. The competition is a month-long campaign that challenges each residence hall to reduce its energy consumption by the greatest percentage compared to the average of the previous three years. During the first year of the program, residence hall students reduced their energy use by 8% overall, which amounted to $12,000 in electric bills. A $6,000 Student Government Association scholarships will be divided by UCF officials for the winners. The competition lasts until the end of February 2008.
See also: Energy Conservation Competition Details

20. U Saskatchewan Completes GHG Inventory
The University of Saskatchewan recently completed its greenhouse gas inventory, which was initiated to establish a baseline total for campus GHG emissions. The survey found that the University's 2006 CO2 emissions amounted to 198,000 tons, which is up 4.5% since 1990. The report also found that, at 80% of the total, purchased electricity was the largest source of GHGs.

21. U Southern California Forms Sustainability Steering Committee
The University of Southern California recently created a 12 member Sustainability Steering Committee. The group is made up of students, faculty, administrators, and staff from all areas of the institution and is charged with maintaining current environmental initiatives and defining economic, social, and environmental opportunities for the campus.

New Resources

22. List of Academic Programs in Sustainable Agriculture
AASHE has produced a new resource focused on sustainability in agricultural education. The resource includes lists of undergraduate and graduate programs in sustainable agriculture, organic agriculture, and agroecology. Additionally, the resource includes a list of academic centers related to sustainable agriculture.

Opportunities

23. Green Corps Field School for Environmental Organizing
Green Corps is currently accepting applications for the 2008-09 Field School for Environmental Organizing. The program trains college graduates to run environmental campaigns, starting by building a core group of activists and finishing by convincing decision-makers to pass laws, change policies and create reforms to protect our environment. Trainees start working on campaigns from the start of their education. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

24. Smart and Sustainable Campus Conference Student Scholarships
The partnering organizations of the Smart and Sustainable Campus Conference are pleased to announce a call for conference student scholarship applications. The scholarship will include on-site registration materials, attendance at all conference sessions, and meals offered during the event. The conference will be held March 31 – April 2, 2008 at the University of Maryland, College Park. 20 scholarships are available for the both undergraduate and graduate students. Deadline for applications is February 29, 2008.

Jobs & Internships

25. Director of Sustainability, Furman U
Furman University is seeking a Director of Sustainability to begin duties as soon as possible, but no later than summer 2008. The Director of Sustainability will help to further establish Furman as a recognized leader in integrating sustainability into all aspects of the university, and will act as the environmental leader in all university functions, including buildings, operations, planning and purchasing. Reporting to the Provost, the Director's responsibilities will include coordinating all of the University's activities related to environmental programs, including energy conservation, recycling and waste reduction, education, communication, program procurement and policies. It is anticipated that the candidate will have an earned doctorate or Master's Degree with three to five years' experience in a related field. Experience with environmental design or environmental engineering is a plus. Grant writing experience expected. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

26. Sustainability Coordination Manager, Rider U
Rider University is seeking a Sustainability Coordination Manager to develop and lead a campus-wide sustainability program. The individual will coordinate academic, facilities, and student sustainability activities and will work with the Energy and Sustainability Steering Committee to efficiently implement projects and future planning within the context of the University's Strategic Plan. The candidate must have a Bachelor's degree, and preference will be given to those with sustainability-related fields of study or other professional/technical credentials related to sustainability. The position is open until filled.

27. Director, Institute of Sustainable Systems, Georgia Tech
The Georgia Institute of Technology is seeking an innovative and dynamic Director of the newly formed Institute for Sustainable Systems to lead the development and growth of interdisciplinary systems-based research, interdisciplinary education programs, innovation, and outreach programs. The search committee will begin considering candidate on February 15, 2008 and will accept applications and nominations until the position is filled.

28. Web Developer, AASHE
AASHE is currently seeking a Web Developer to support the IT Director in delivering online services requested by AASHE staff, members, and partners. Duties include developing and implementing software components in a web-based environment and carrying out the design and implementation of a multi-site content management system. The candidate will work directly with AASHE's Director of IT. A Bachelor's of Science in Computer Science is required, and familiarity and capability in more than one programming language is preferred. The position is open until filled.

29. Data Manager, AASHE
AASHE seeks an entry-level data manager to support the IT Director in delivering data management solutions requested by AASHE staff, members, and partners. Other duties include developing and implementing database architecture in a web-based environment, performing limited project management on small-scope projects, and developing and implementing web forms and reports requested by AASHE staff, members, and the AASHE Board. The candidate will report to the AASHE Director of IT. A minimum of a Bachelor's of Science in Computer Science, Software Engineering or similar curriculum with a software development emphasis is required, and familiarity and capability in more than one programming language preferred. The candidate will work directly with AASHE's Director of IT. The position is open until filled.

30. Lecturer, Environmental Science, Ecology, & Forestry, Stony Brook U
Stony Brook Southampton will be hiring a full-time lecturer in Environmental Science, Ecology, and Forestry for the fall of 2008. Graduate training and teaching experience at the college level is required, and a doctorate degree is preferred. The initial review of applications will begin on February 29, 2008, and will continue until all positions are filled.

31. Asst. Prof., Political Science & Environmental Studies, Western Michigan U
Western Michigan University invites applications for a tenure-track joint appointment in Political Science and Environmental Studies beginning August 2008 at the rank of Assistant Professor, pending budgetary approval. Successful candidates will have a well-defined research agenda in public law or environmental policy with ability to teach courses in both fields. The Ph.D. should be completed by August, 2008. Review of applications will begin February 22, 2008 and continue until the position is filled.

32. Visiting Asst. Prof., Environmental Policy, Macalester C
Macalester College's Environmental Studies Department invites applications for a full-time, one-year appointment in environmental policy at the assistant professor rank beginning fall 2008. A Ph.D. in Environmental Studies or Political Science is preferred and teaching experience is desirable. The successful candidate will teach five courses including two sections of Environmental Politics and Policy, one course in Sustainable Development, and two elective topics courses in Environmental Studies and/or Political Science related to the candidate's field of expertise. Applications received by March 15, 2008 will receive first consideration.

33. Asst. Prof., Enviro. Health, Dickinson C
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. The successful candidate will be strongly interdisciplinary, with training in both the natural and social sciences, and will provide expertise in a new field for the Environmental Studies Department. The candidate will be expected to teach a section of the Introductory Environmental Science course, offer new intermediate-level courses in environmental health, and teach a senior seminar on a topic of his/her choice on a rotating schedule with other faculty. Review of candidates will begin on February 15, 2008.

34. Tenure-track Faculty, Environmental Technologies, Cascadia CC
Cascadia Community College is seeking applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Environmental Technologies with a focus on alternative energy. Faculty will develop, teach and assess courses in Environmental Technologies with a focus on Alternative Energy, while assisting in the development of new courses. Teaching duties may include classes such as Introduction to Environmental Technology, and the selected faculty member will teach both transfer and professional/technical courses. Other duties will include advising students and collaborating with other colleges and universities to create a rich variety of educational experiences and opportunities for students. A Master's degree or higher in Physics, Engineering, Environmental Science, Architecture, Urban Planning, Sustainable Development, Energy and Resources, the physical sciences, or a related field is required. Applications due February 29, 2008.

35. 10- 15 Bloggers, Campus Progress, Center for American Progress
The Center for American Progress is seeking bloggers for Campus Progress's new blog, Pushback. The successful applicant will post at least once every weekday on a wide variety of topics such as progressive activism, music, Sudan, LGBT issues, and the 2008 election. Candidates who are knowledgeable about issues and progressive politics are preferred.

36. Regional Coordinator, Real Food Challenge (link no longer available)
The Real Food Challenge (RFC) is seeking Regional Coordinators for the Southwest, Northwest, Midwest, and Southeast regions. Responsibilities include recruiting and developing a team of sub-regional organizers, supporting area organizers in their outreach efforts, event planning, and campaign implementation, helping to plan and run regional events, such as a Real Food Summit, and serving as a point person for publicity and networking. Other duties include keeping the database up-to-date, updating regional webpage, and helping to determine both national and regional goals. The RFC is a new national campaign that unites and empowers students to change their institutions’ food systems. Current students or recent graduates are preferred. It is a part-time, paid position, and applications are due February 12, 2008. 

Events

37. Smart and Sustainable Campus Conference 2008
March 31 – April 2, 2008; University of Maryland; College Park, MD
The 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. This comprehensive symposium will feature sessions and workshops on smart growth and sustainable practices that serve the economy, the community, and the environment specifically in institutionalizing sustainability, operational solutions, smart growth and campus planning, and assessment and measurement.

38. CFP: National Conference on Sustainability for Community Colleges
April 16 – 17, 2008; Lane Community College; Eugene, OR
Lane Community College invites presentation proposals for the National Conference on Sustainability for Community Colleges. Topics include planning, operations, curriculum and more. Proposals are due February 29, 2008.

39. Enacting Sustainable Initiatives on Campus
March 15, 2008; New Orleans, LA
The Association of College Unions International invites participants to a dynamic day focused on an intensive view of sustainability and the college union. A diverse collaboration of views on the environment and its impact on individual campuses will be shared. In addition to sustainable facility and operations strategies, a large portion of the day will examine tangible ways that each of us can start making a difference for our environment today. The preconference session is limited to 300 participants and costs $130.

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