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Table of Contents for 2/14/2008:

NEWS
1. Ripon College to Give Free Bikes to First Year Students
2. U British Columbia Chemical Xchg. Program Reduces Lab Waste
3. Northern Arizona U Pledges Support of Local Renewable Energy
4. George Washington U Launches Affordability Program
5. Stanford U Reduces Computer Energy Consumption
6. College of the Sequoias to Open Organic Dairy Plant
7. Louisiana State U Expands Bike Share Program
8. Senator Sanders Discusses Campus Sustainability
9. 19 New Campuses Sign Presidents Climate Commitment
10. Georgia Colleges Offer Local Produce
11. U Calgary to Offer Car Share Program
12. Gallaudet U Offers Car Share Program
13. U Minnesota Morris to Offer Environmental Studies Major
14. Mount St. Mary's U Dedicates Green Building
15. U Texas Arlington Launches Sustainability Website
16. Green Labs Recognized by R&D Magazine
17. CSU Chico Cafes Go Green
18. U Southern Indiana to Begin Recycling Program
19. Ball State U Awarded for Use of Biofuels on Campus

NEW RESOURCES
20. 2008 Higher Ed Sustainability Officer Position & Salary Survey
21. Chapter on Campus Energy Use by Millikin U President
22. Greening the Campus Mail System
23. Green Student U

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
24. Campus Sustainability Coordinator, U New England
25. Sustainability Coordinator, UC Santa Barbara
26. Sustainability Outreach Coordinator, Duke U
27. Dir., Ctr. For Environmental & Sustainability Education, Dickinson C
28. Energy & LEED-EB Manager, Caltech
29. 3 Full-Time Staff, United Students Against Sweatshops
30. Professor, Business and Sustainability, Portland State U
31. Asst. Prof., Env., Peace & Security, American U & U Peace
32. Environmental Science Faculty, Nova Southeastern U

EVENTS
33. Presidents Climate Commitment Informational Webcast
34. National Student Day of Action to Fight Climate Change Injustice
35. Fostering Sustainable Behavior Workshop

News

1. Ripon College to Give Free Bikes to First Year Students
Ripon College recently announced that it will give a free bike, helmet, and bike lock to the first 200 incoming freshman who agree to leave their cars at home for the first year. Student must sign an honor code in order to receive the $400 worth of equipment. The program, called the Ripon Velorution Project, was created to address problems such as fuel consumption, pollution, traffic congestion and parking limitations on campus. The project was made possible by college donors, trustees, alumni, a local lock company, and a local bicycle corporation.
See also: Chronicle of Higher Ed Blog Post on the Velorution Project

2. U British Columbia Chemical Xchg. Program Reduces Lab Waste
The University of British Columbia hosts a Chemical Exchange Database in which scientists on campus can obtain excess research chemicals from other UBC laboratories. Since most chemicals can only be ordered in bulk, the database allows scientists to post both opened and unopened chemicals for others to use at no charge since the university has already paid for them. The database, launched in 2004, processed 300 exchanges (1,500 kilograms in chemicals) last year alone and has helped to save an estimated $74,500 in disposal and purchasing costs. The initiative is the result of an effort made by the Sustainability Office, the Department of Health Safety and Environment, and the Health Research Resource Office.
See also: Chemical Exchange Database

3. Northern Arizona U Pledges Support of Local Renewable Energy
Northern Arizona University, Coconino Community College, and several other large electrical power users in northern Arizona have signed a Power Purchasing Plan Memorandum of Understanding pledging their intent to pay a small premium for renewable energy to support the development of green generation facilities in the region. NAU has pledged to purchase 5 percent of its power from renewable sources. Participants, known as the Northern Arizona Renewable Energy Purchasing Group, include NAU, Coconino Community College, the city of Flagstaff, Coconino County, Flagstaff Medical Center, Flagstaff Unified School District, Foresight Wind Energy, Hozho International, Nestle Purina Co., Xanterra Parks and Resorts and Arizona Public Service.

4. George Washington U Launches Affordability Program
The George Washington University Board of Trustees recently approved a five-year plan to address affordability and costs for undergraduates. The program includes moderating tuition increases, improving fund-raising efforts for student-aid, providing additional funding for institutional grants to incoming freshman, lowering the average student debt burden upon graduation, and continuing its fixed-tuition guaranteed financial aid program. Under the plan, GWU will provide $118 million in institutional financial assistance for undergraduates in 2008-2009, offer 50% tuition discounts for siblings, and reduce average student debt to $20,000.

5. Stanford U Reduces Computer Energy Consumption
Stanford University's Information Technology Services Department recently released the Stanford Power Management Tool, a supplement to software that provides security updates for Windows computers called BigFix. The tool is free downloadable mechanism that reduces energy use through hibernation, sleep, and inactivity settings. BigFix offers four different levels of green settings and is available to students, faculty, and staff. The institution predicts that the device could save up to $400,000 of electricity. Users of the download could receive a $15 rebate from Pacific Gas & Electric.

6. College of the Sequoias to Open Organic Dairy Plant (link no longer available)
College of the Sequoias recently leased a local dairy processing plant in order to provide hands-on experience for students studying organic dairy certification. The plant will allow for up to 30 student positions and will produce 150 organic milk products. Some of these products will be offered in COS campus dining halls. COS expects the plant to be open in early March.

7. Louisiana State U Expands Bike Share Program (link no longer available)
The Louisiana State University Environmental Conservation Organization recently added 20 bikes to the campus bike-share program called Gold Bike, which started in 2007 with a fleet of 8 bicycles. All bikes used in the initiative are second-hand and painted gold to keep the bikes from being stolen.

8. Senator Sanders Discusses Campus Sustainability
AASHE recently posted an interview with Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders about the campus sustainability related provisions that he introduced into the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. In the interview, Sanders talks about how the legislation will offer $1 million and $500,000 grants for renewable energy projects and innovative energy sustainability projects respectively to higher education institutions. The programs has been authorized and is awaiting appropriation.

9. 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: James L. Oblinger of North Carolina State University, Geoffrey Gamble of Montana State University, Richard I. Gouse of New England Institute of Technology, Gretchen M. Bataille of University of North Texas, Brian C. Mitchell of Bucknell University, Robert Weisbuch of Drew University, Michael J. Graham of Xavier University, Charles M. Edmondson of Alfred University, David S. Wolk of Castleton State College, Chui L. Tsang of Santa Monica College, P. George Benson of College of Charleston, Maria Klawe of Harvey Mudd College, Benjamin B. Dunlap of Wofford College, David J. Ramsay of University of Maryland at Baltimore, Jennie C. Hunter-Cevera of University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute, James Collins of Loras College, Sean A. Fanelli of Nassau Community College, Patricia C. Donohue of Mercer County Community College, and Joseph T. Barwick of Carteret Community College. 492 college and university presidents and chancellors have now signed the Commitment.

10. Georgia Colleges Offer Local Produce (link no longer available)
Several institutions from Georgia have recently switched to local produce in their dining halls. Wesleyan College recently signed an agreement to receive southeast regional produce whenever possible. This could result to as much as 85% locally grown fruits and vegetables offered during the summer months. Mercer University, Macon State College, and Central Georgia Technical College offer local produce as well.

11. U Calgary to Offer Car Share Program
The University of Calgary recently announced that it will soon implement a car share program on campus. The program is a result of a partnership between UC and the Calgary Alternative Transportation Co-operative, a local car-share company.

12. Gallaudet U Offers Car Share Program
Gallaudet University recently started a car share program for its campus. The program, which will be available to community members as well, is a result of a request made by the Green Gallaudet student organization and was implemented by the executive director of business and support services. The car share program will be run by Zipcar.

13. U Minnesota Morris to Offer Environmental Studies Major
The University of Minnesota, Morris will offer a major in Environmental Studies starting in the fall of 2008. The program will include courses such as Environmental Problems and Policy, Environmental Biology, and an environmentally based English class. The new interdisciplinary major will also include a required internship or research experience with a local or regional agency with which UMM is already associated.
See also: UMM Environmental Studies Program

14. Mount St. Mary's U Dedicates Green Building
Mount St. Mary's University recently dedicated Bicentennial Hall, a green building that celebrates the University's 200th year. Completed in January, the building features passive solar energy systems, geothermal heating and cooling, and recycled carpet tiles.

15. U Texas Arlington Launches Sustainability Website
The University of Texas at Arlington recently launched a new sustainability website. The site has been designed to provide readers with information on the most recent sustainability projects and environmental events on and off campus and features a list of sustainability resources related to the UTA campus.
See also: UTA Sustainability Website

16. Green Labs Recognized by R&D Magazine
R & D Magazine recently published an article highlighting green design as a trend in laboratory designs over the past year. Three quarters of entrants in the 2007 Lab of the Year competition mentioned green design in their applications, indicating that many submitters now believe a project must display at least some sustainable strategies to have a chance at winning an award. The article gave examples from laboratories at Arizona State University, SUNY Buffalo, SUNY Geneseo, the University of Washington, and Georgia Institute of Technology.

17. CSU Chico Cafes Go Green
Two cafes at California State University Chico are switching to fair trade, organic coffee beans and 100% biodegradable coffee cups. The two coffee shops, Creekside Café and Common Grounds, are also hoping to feature compost trash cans as well.

18. U Southern Indiana to Begin Recycling Program
The University of Southern Indiana will implement a recycling program in campus housing. The program will feature six recycling stations and is expected to start in mid February. The program is the result of a grant provided by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.

19. Ball State U Awarded for Use of Biofuels on Campus
Ball State University recently received the Stakeholder Achievement Award for its use of biodiesel and ethanol in campus shuttles, trucks, and cars, which began in 2003. BSU's 78 diesel-powered shuttles and trucks run on soybean-based biodiesel, while 57 flex-fuel cars run on E85, a blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline. The award was presented by the Central Indiana Clean Cities Alliance.

New Resources

20. 2008 Higher Ed Sustainability Officer Position & Salary Survey
AASHE has released the 2008 Higher Education Sustainability Officer Position and Salary Survey, which provides information about the roles, salaries, and positions of college and university sustainability officers. The survey expands and updates the information captured in the 2005 version.

21. Chapter on Campus Energy Use by Millikin U President
The Presidential Perspectives Series recently released its newest chapter, "Campus Energy," written by Douglas E. Zemke, President of Millikin University. In his chapter, Dr. Zemke explains the success and benefits of Millikin’s approach to reducing energy and improving the environment. He also places the University’s actions within the context of its goal for a broader sustainable campus.

22. Greening the Campus Mail System
The National Association of College Auxiliary Services (NACAS) recently published an article about greening campus mail systems. Entitled "Green Mail," the article lists ways colleges and universities can reduce costs and environmental impact within the campus mail centers. It offers a detailed case study from the mail center at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

23. Green Student U
OTOnetworks recently released Green Student U, an online student sustainability resource that offers a guide to greener living, provides suggestions on how to live green on campus, and keeps students up to date with world-wide environmental news.

Jobs & Internships

24. Campus Sustainability Coordinator, U New England (link no longer available)
The University of New England is hiring a part time temporary sustainability coordinator to be filled as soon as possible. This position is designed to research and make recommendations to the University and to be an advocate for sustainability initiatives on two separate campuses by working constructively and collaboratively with various stakeholders, other offices, programs, and staff. The position requires a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, plus one to two years relevant experience in an academic setting and/or in completing cost-benefit analyses or a combination of education and experience from which comparable skills and knowledge are obtained. Masters in relevant area of study preferred. Relocation assistance is offered. The position is open until filled.

25. Sustainability Coordinator, UC Santa Barbara (link no longer available)
The University of California Santa Barbara is seeking a Sustainability Coordinator. The successful candidate will assist the Sustainability Manager and Campus Energy Manager on projects related to green building, climate change, campus sustainability outreach, and resource conservation. The candidate should have knowledge about the LEED rating system and experience in climate change and energy conservation. Applications are due February 25, 2008.

26. Sustainability Outreach Coordinator, Duke U (link no longer available)
Duke University is seeking applicants for a Sustainability Outreach Coordinator in the Sustainable Duke program. Fifty percent of this job will be dedicated to developing and implementing behavior modification programs to reduce environmental impacts associated with staff, faculty and student resource consumption in student living quarters and in academic, research, athletic and administrative buildings year-round. This includes recruiting, coordinating, training and motivating students to continue the successful Students for Sustainable Living program. The other fifty percent of the job will be dedicated to publicizing Duke’s sustainability efforts and engaging internal and external audiences through writing, speaking, planning and implementing events, and maintaining the Duke Sustainability website. A bachelor's degree or equivalent education and experience is required. Experience with university sustainability programs is preferred. Applications are due February 22, 2008.

27. Dir., Ctr. For Environmental & Sustainability Education, Dickinson C
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.

28. Energy & LEED-EB Manager, Caltech
The California Institute of Technology seeks an Energy and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Existing Buildings Manager. Reporting to the Director for Campus Operations, this position will provide leadership and direction in developing and institutionalizing an aggressive energy management and LEED- EB agenda required to support Caltech’s goal of becoming a leader in environmental excellence. The position will develop and implement a comprehensive program for energy management and for LEED-EB, benchmarking best practices and employing and supporting new initiatives to reduce Caltech’s environmental footprint while enabling and promoting Caltech’s research mission. The position will establish and maintain an effective communication strategy, and develop and coordinate interrelationships with Pasadena Water and Power as well as other higher education institutions. A Bachelor's in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering preferred.

29. 3 Full-Time Staff, United Students Against Sweatshops
United Students Against Sweatshops is hiring a Development Coordinator, a Domestic Campaigns Coordinator, and an International Campaigns Coordinator to begin in June of 2008. Each position requires a two-year commitment, a dedication to social and economic justice, and a willingness to work independently. Applications are due March 15, 2008.

30. Professor, Business and Sustainability, Portland State U
The Portland State University School of Business Administration is seeking candidates for a tenure track academic position in Sustainability and Social Responsibility beginning in the fall of 2008. Responsibilities include engaging in research on topics relevant to sustainability/social responsibility and teaching and researching in the area of strategy, organizational behavior and/or entrepreneurship. Candidates will have a doctoral degree in business or related field with an emphasis in management and a strong research portfolio in areas related to ecological and/or social issues in business. Applications are due February 29, 2008.

31. Asst. Prof., Env., Peace & Security, American U & U Peace (link no longer available)
American University and the University for Peace are seeking an Assistant Professor in the Environment, Peace and Security Department. A qualified lecturer with expertise in the field of natural resources and sustainable development is required as a resident faculty within the program. The Assistant Professor will work together with other staff in the department to develop, coordinate and implement the postgraduate programs in the department. The Assistant Professor will collaborate with the wider faculty of UPEACE as required in the development and delivery of the broader academic program of UPEACE. The position will begin in August 2008 at the latest. Applications are due March 10, 2009.

32. Environmental Science Faculty, Nova Southeastern U
Nova Southeastern University's Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences seeks a candidate to teach courses in Environmental Science Division of Math, Science, & Technology. A Master's degree required and a Ph.D. degree is strongly preferred. Background in global warming, water and air quality, energy issues, environmental geology/geography, GIS technology, environmental chemistry are a plus. Active research programs and/or field projects is also required.

Events

33. Presidents Climate Commitment Informational Webcast
February 27, 2008; Webcast
The National Association of College and University Business Officers will host an informational webcast on what various institutions are doing to satisfy the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment. During this webcast, three CFOs and a facilities director will provide an overview of the Commitment, discuss strategies for achieving climate neutral campuses, and suggest financing approaches for implementation. Current and potential signatories are encouraged to participate. Registration is for a site license, so more than one person can view the event from a single location.

34. National Student Day of Action to Fight Climate Change Injustice
April 4, 2008; George Washington U; Washington, DC
The National Student Day of Action to Fight Climate Change will bring students together from across the nation to work with their Senators on halting climate change. Students will converge on George Washington University’s campus to receive basic preparation before heading to Capitol Hill to meet with their Senators. Registration deadline is March 24, 2008.

35. Fostering Sustainable Behavior Workshop
March 31 – April 1, 2008; University of Utah; Salt Lake City, UT
The University of Utah will be hosting "Fostering Sustainable Behavior," a 2 day workshop that will address community-based social marketing in regards to sustainable initiatives. The introductory workshop on day one will provide a comprehensive introduction to community-based social marketing and how it is being applied throughout the world to foster sustainable behavior. Those who attend the introductory workshop will learn the five steps of community-based social marketing. The advanced workshop on day two will build on knowledge gained from the introductory workshop. It provides an in-depth exposure to community-based social marketing and provides participants with the knowledge they need to design and evaluate their own community based social marketing programs. The emphasis in this workshop is on providing participants with the information they need to utilize community-based social marketing in their own work contexts. The early registration deadline is February 22, 2008.

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