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Table of Contents for 2/21/08:

NEWS
1. U System Maryland Launches Sustainability Initiative
2. U.S. House Passes Higher Education Sustainability Act
3. Yale U Develops Sustainable Event Guidelines
4. 3 NY Schools Form Green Purchasing Consortium
5. U Puget Sound Offers Free Bus Passes
6. Middlebury C Switches to 100% Recycled Paper
7. U Washington Begins Doctoral Biofuels Program
8. Indiana U Offers Grad Concentration in Sustainable Development
9. Furman U Receives Sustainability Grant
10. Occidental C Offers Green Alternative to Dry Cleaning
11. Lewis & Clark College to Install Solar Panels
12. Babson C to Install Wind Turbine
13. Stanford U Eliminates Student Loans
14. Wellesley College Increases Financial Aid
15. Farmingdale State C Purchases 6 Electric Vehicles
16. 6 Institutions Receive Exemplary Community Service Award
17. Michigan Student Sustainability Coalition Launches Energy Campaign
18. Pomona C Buildings Receive LEED Gold
19. U College of the Fraser Valley Opens Green Building
20. U Washington Expands Biofuel Program
21. Macalester C Subsidizes Bus Passes
22. Dalhousie U Hires Sustainability Office Director
23. Macalester C Holds Green Light Bulb Contest
24. Indiana U Holds Recycling Bin Design Contest

NEW RESOURCES
25. Academic Programs in Sustainable & Environmental Engineering

OPPORTUNITIES
26. National Environmental Education Week 2008
27. Dissertation Proposal Award for Sustainability Business Research
28. SustainUS Agents of Change Youth Delegation

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
29. Coord. of Sustainability, Recycling & Alternative Transportation, CSU Fresno
30. Executive Director, Engineers for a Sustainable World
31. Director, Institute of Env. & Natural Resources, U Wyoming
32. Recycling Coordinator, U Montana
33. Asst. Professor or Instructor, Env. Science, Ecology & Forestry, Colby C

EVENTS
34. Smart and Sustainable Campus Conference
35. CFP: National Conference on Sustainability for Community Colleges
36. ACPA Institute on Sustainability Conference

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News

1. U System Maryland Launches Sustainability Initiative
The University System of Maryland has launched a new initiative to promote environmental stewardship and sustainable practices across the system's universities, research institutions, and regional higher education centers. Goals of the initiative include reducing energy consumption system-wide by 15 percent and greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by the year 2020, conducting audits of greenhouse gas emission for all USM institutions and using best practices to reduce these emissions, and developing a system-wide strategy for campus sustainability and energy efficiency, including green building guidelines and sustainability benchmarks for all new construction and major facility renovations. The chancellor's Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change Initiative will focus on developing policies, practices, and programs to support these goals.

2. U.S. House Passes Higher Education Sustainability Act
The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed the College Opportunity and Affordability Act, HR 4137, which includes all the provisions of the Higher Education Sustainability Act with a few minor amendments. The final higher education act will now be addressed in the conference between the House and the Senate. So far, Senators Kennedy, Dodd, Bingaman and Kerry have co-sponsored Senator Murray's Senate version of HESA, and are looking for more support. These Senators are asking for colleges and universities to contact their senators about the importance of HESA.
See also: Background on the Higher Education Sustainability Act

3. Yale U Develops Sustainable Event Guidelines
Yale University has developed Sustainable Event Guidelines for campus events. The guidelines provide sustainable energy, waste, transportation, materials and food strategies to help reduce the environmental footprint of the occasion. Events will be awarded a bronze, silver, or gold sustainability rating depending on how many of the guidelines to which they adhere. The program was launched in an effort to make sustainability part of the campus culture, and was created by the Yale Sustainability Office, the Yale Sustainable Food Project, Yale Recycling, and Yale Catering.

4. 3 NY Schools Form Green Purchasing Consortium
Cornell University, Ithaca College, and Tompkins Cortland Community College recently helped to form the Finger Lakes Environmentally Preferred Procurement Consortium. The consortium was created to help negotiate pricing for environmentally friendly cleaning products, paper, and office supplies. The consortium will attempt to purchase local products as well. Tompkins County, the City of Ithaca, the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce, and Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga Board of Cooperative Educational Services are also helped to form the consortium.

5. U Puget Sound Offers Free Bus Passes
The University of Puget Sound's Transportation Task Force recently announced that it is distributing 75 free bus passes to members of the campus community in an effort to promote alternative transportation methods. The passes are available from February to April for three local bus lines. In exchange for the passes, commuters will share their bus-riding adventures via a blog for the duration of the program. The program is the result of a funding from the University's Sustainability Advisory Committee to purchase bus passes for faculty, staff, or students. One local transit operator, Pierce Transit, donated a matching number of passes to expand the program.

6. Middlebury C Switches to 100% Recycled Paper
Middlebury College recently adopted a policy to switch from 30 to 100 percent recycled content and chlorine free paper in all printers, copiers and outsourced publications. The policy encourages the use of Forest Stewardship Council certified paper and calls for the highest percentage of recycled content suitable for jobs that cannot be printed on 100% PCW-PCF paper. The increase in cost is estimated to be $100 per month.
See also: List of Recycled Paper Procurement Policies

7. U Washington Begins Doctoral Biofuels Program
The University of Washington recently began its new doctoral program in sustainable energy that focuses on biofuel technologies. Students in the program will work on the engineering challenges of sustainable energy. The program is sponsored by the Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training award, which funds six interdisciplinary doctoral students for five years and requires the school to recruit students from Native American communities.

8. Indiana U Offers Grad Concentration in Sustainable Development
The Indiana University School for Public and Environmental Affairs recently announced that students in the Master of Public Affairs degree program can now pursue an academic concentration in sustainable development. To complete the concentration, students must take eighteen credit hours in courses such as sustainable development, natural resource management, urban or economic development, data analysis, applied ecology, and international environmental policy. SPEA faculty approved the proposal last fall, and campus officials gave final approval last week.

9. Furman U Receives Sustainability Grant
Furman University recently received a $250,000 grant to support environmental sustainability initiatives and stewardship. The grant will provide scholarship aid for students engaged in environmental projects on campus and in the community through a student fellowship program. The Fellows will be charged with promoting sustainable practices on campus, with includes the production of biodiesel fuel, the development of the organic garden, and the creation and maintenance of environmentally friendly living spaces. In addition to the fellowships, the grant will also go towards the completion of Cliffs Cottage, the new Southern Living Showcase Home on campus that will model green design, renewable energy, and sustainable products, processes and materials. The grant was awarded by The Bank of America Charitable Foundation.

10. Occidental C Offers Green Alternative to Dry Cleaning
The Occidental College Urban and Environmental Policy Institute recently began a program that offers an on-campus professional environmentally friendly wet cleaning service. Wet cleaning is an alternative to dry cleaning that uses energy efficient computer controlled washers and dryers, nontoxic biodegradable detergents, and finishing equipment to safely clean garments that have a dry clean label. To kick off the green cleaning service, Occidental will be hosting a fashion show featuring green designers and an informational session about alternatives to toxic dry cleaning. The program is offered by the UEPI's Pollution Prevention Center and a local clothes cleaning service, Sunny Brite Natural Cleaners.

11. Lewis & Clark College to Install Solar Panels
Lewis & Clark College recently reached an agreement with Honeywell International to supply the campus sports facility with solar power. Under the agreement, Honeywell will install solar panels on the roof of the Pamplin Sports Center and sell to the college the electricity produced by the panels. Lewis and Clark officials say that the power purchase agreement is the first of its kind for a college or university in Oregon. The panels are expected to generate more than 97,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity annually, produce enough power to meet approximately 15% of the electricity needs for the sports center, and cut carbon dioxide emissions by an estimated 1.8 million pounds over the course of the 20-year agreement. Lewis and Clark expects the solar installation to be completed by August 2008.
See also: List of Campus Solar Installations

12. Babson C to Install Wind Turbine
Babson College plans to install a residential-scale wind turbine on the school's campus as a demonstration project. The 1.8 kW turbine is expected to be operational before the close of the spring 2008 semester. It is estimated that the turbine will produce enough energy to supply roughly 60% of the annual energy needs at the school’s entrepreneurship gallery after planned lighting renovations are completed within the space. The project is a result of a proposal by a team of three graduate students. Officials say that Babson will be the first college in the greater Boston area to utilize wind power through an on-campus installation.
See also: List of Campus Wind Turbine Installations

13. Stanford U Eliminates Student Loans
Stanford University recently announced a new undergraduate financial aid program that will eliminate the need for student loans. Under the new program, parents with incomes of less than $100,000 will no longer pay tuition. Parents with incomes of less than $60,000 will not be expected to pay tuition or contribute to the costs of room, board and other expenses. Students will still be expected to contribute their earnings from work during the summer and academic year. The plan will go into effect in fall 2008.

14. Wellesley College Increases Financial Aid
Wellesley College recently announced a new initiative in its financial aid policies which will replace loans with grants for students from families who have calculated annual incomes below $60,000 and will reduce loans by one-third for those with incomes between $60,000 and $100,000. Under the new plan, eligible students from families with higher incomes will continue to benefit from Wellesley’s low loan packages, which will continue to cap the four-year maximum debt at $12,825. The new initiative will increase Wellesley’s spending on financial aid to about $40 million per year, 80 percent of which comes directly from its endowment.

15. Farmingdale State C Purchases 6 Electric Vehicles
Farmingdale State College recently purchased six all electric vehicles to be used by the physical plant staff. The College plans to replace their older fleet vehicles with electric automobiles later this year and hopes to test an electric truck as well.

16. 6 Institutions Receive Exemplary Community Service Award
Six colleges and universities recently received presidential recognition for extraordinary contributions to service in their communities in the second annual 2007 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The University of Colorado at Boulder, the University of Pennsylvania, and Otterbein College received Presidential Awards for General Community Service. Syracuse University, the University of the Redlands, and Chaminade University of Honolulu were recognized for Service to Youth from Disadvantaged Circumstances, a special focus area of this year's Honor Roll competition. In all, 528 schools were listed on the Honor Roll for their community service activities during the 2006-2007 academic year. This year, new Special Achievement Awards for outstanding service by minority serving institutions and community colleges were presented to California State University, Fresno, Lake Area Technical Institute, Raritan Valley Community College, and Johnson C. Smith University. In addition, the Honor Roll also recognized 127 schools as Honor Roll with Distinction members and 391 schools as Honor Roll members. The awards were presented by the Corporation for National and Community Service.
See also: 2007 Honor Roll

17. Michigan Student Sustainability Coalition Launches Energy Campaign
The Michigan Student Sustainability Coalition recently announced the launch of the Energy Future Campaign at a press conference at the state capitol. During the event, the MSSC dropped off Valentine's Day cards to the Michigan Legislature in support of the Energy Future Campaign. The cards, along with the online cards sent by youth through cleanenergylove.com, called for a renewable energy standard of at least 25% by 2025 and an energy efficiency standard that would require 2% annual energy efficiency increases in this state between now and 2015, with a commitment to the renegotiation of a stronger standard after 2015. The letters also asked for a moratorium on new coal-fired power plants in Michigan and Integrated Resource Planning, which would require state regulators to consider demand-side options like energy efficiency programs as well as supply-side options in their efforts to meet Michigan's needs for energy, equity, and the environment.

18. Pomona C Buildings Receive LEED Gold
The Lincoln and Edmunds buildings at Pomona College recently received LEED Gold certification. The buildings feature waterless urinals, high-efficiency lighting, water-efficient landscaping, partial bamboo flooring, and a photovoltaic system that provides 22.4% of the buildings' power.

19. U College of the Fraser Valley Opens Green Building
The University College of the Fraser Valley recently opened the Trades and Technology Centre, a building that was built within the shell of an existing building using large portions of recycled material. The building also features energy-efficient electrical and mechanical systems.

20. U Washington Expands Biofuel Program
The University of Washington Motor Pool is switching from B5 to B20 fuel, which includes 20 percent biodiesel. The University plans to use B90 fuel in the future. The change is part of the Green Fleet Initiative, a program which aims to reduce the institution's environmental footprint.

21. Macalester C Subsidizes Bus Passes
Macalester College is offering a 50% discount on bus passes to faculty, students, and staff. The goal of the initiative is to encourage the Macalester community to use public transportation in order to reduce carbon emissions.

22. Dalhousie U Hires Sustainability Office Director
Dalhousie University recently hired Rochelle Owen as the Director of the Office of Sustainability. Her first tasks will be to develop a strategic plan for the office and to help draft a university-wide sustainability policy. Other duties include supporting, implementing, maintaining, and communicating campus-wide sustainability programs. Owens plans to focus on water use, electricity use, and eliminating paper coffee cups. She also plans to create a sustainability advisory board for the campus that will include faculty, students, and staff.
See also: Directory of Campsu Sustainability Officers (AASHE members only)

23. Macalester C Holds Green Light Bulb Contest
Macalester College recently held "The Light Bulb Switchout," a competition between freshman and upperclassmen to see who could replace the most four-foot florescent bulbs with higher efficiency bulbs. The 2,200 newly installed light bulbs are estimated to save the College up to $30,000 per year. The first-year students won the competition, switching 1,300 bulbs in one building. The old light bulbs were recycled by a local recycling company.

24. Indiana U Holds Recycling Bin Design Contest
The Indiana University Task Force for Sustainability is holding a contest for the best recycling bin design. The project is intended to raise awareness about the importance of student participation in a successful campus-wide recycling system. The top 10 winning designers will get the chance to paint their artwork on one of the recycling bins to be displayed throughout campus. The decorated bins will serve as the first-ever outdoor recycling receptacles.
See also: Outdoor Recycling Bin Design Contest

New Resources

25. Academic Programs in Sustainable & Environmental Engineering
AASHE had prepared a series of new resources on sustainability in engineering education. The resources include lists of undergraduate and graduate programs in sustainability and environmental engineering, as well as a list of academic centers focused on sustainability engineering. The resources are available only to AASHE members.

Opportunities

26. National Environmental Education Week 2008
Educators planning to teach ecology or other environmentally-themed lessons during the week of April 13-19 can gain national recognition for your efforts through National Environmental Education Week 2008. National EE Week promotes understanding and protection of the natural world by actively engaging students and educators in a week of environmental learning before Earth Day. As partners in EE Week, educators have access to standards-based environmental education lessons and activities, monthly electronic newsletters that highlight the latest EE curricula, professional development, and funding opportunities, and opportunities for online communication and knowledge-sharing with educators from across the country.

27. Dissertation Proposal Award for Sustainability Business Research
The Center for Business Education at the Aspen Institute is accepting applications for its annual Dissertation Proposal Award. The purpose of this award is to identify innovative research in core business disciplines that considers the interdependence between business decision-making in a wider societal or environmental context. The recipient(s) will receive a cash stipend and will be recognized at an awards breakfast in New York City in the fall of 2008. Applicants must be doctoral students of business, or in a business-related discipline, and be in good standing with their educational institution. The deadline for application submission is Friday, March 28th, 2008.

28. SustainUS Agents of Change Youth Delegation
The SustainUS Agents of Change program is currently accepting applications to join the youth delegation to the Sixteenth Session of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development to take place Mary 5 – 16, 2008. The CSD-16 will be a review session and will address the topics of agriculture, rural development, land, drought, desertification, and Africa. Selected delegates will have the opportunity to work with government officials, scientists, civil society representatives, and youth from around the world to review progress on issues related to sustainable development. Applicants must be between the age of 18 and 26 as of April 2008. The deadline for applications is February 22, 2008.

Jobs & Internships

29. Coord. of Sustainability, Recycling & Alternative Transportation, CSU Fresno (link no longer available)
California State University, Fresno is seeking a Coordinator of Sustainability, Recycling & Alternative Transportation to propose, develop and coordinate new initiatives in Transportation Demand Management and in alternative transportation that are consistent with campus needs, reduce the demand for available parking, and are complimentary to regional initiatives and sustainability principles. Under the direct supervision of the Assistant Vice President for Risk Management and Sustainability, the candidate will also operate the University's recycling program and assist with waste management issues. A Baccalaureate degree and at least three years of environmental management, alternate transportation systems, and/or sustainability initiative planning experience is required. Applications are due March 6, 2008.

30. Executive Director, Engineers for a Sustainable World (link no longer available)
Engineers for a Sustainable World is seeking a full-time, salaried Executive Director to provide strategic direction, vision, and leadership for the successful execution of ESW's nationwide programs. The Executive Director is responsible for organizational development, fundraising, program development, staff management, and public representation of ESW at national and international conferences and events. The successful candidate will have a master’s degree in management or equivalent, be highly motivated and entrepreneurial with demonstrated leadership skills, and have a proven track record in fundraising and resource generation. The candidate will also have excellent presentation skills, demonstrated knowledge and interests in sustainability, and a broad understanding of international development. The target start date for this position is June 15, 2008. Review of applications will begin on April 1, 2008. The position is open until filled.

31. Director, Institute of Env. & Natural Resources, U Wyoming
The University of Wyoming Helga Otto Haub School and William D. Ruckelshaus Institute of Environment and Natural Resources is seeking an energetic leader with proven intellectual and administrative skills who will work with faculty in contributing academic units for the Director position. The Director will report to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and must represent the School and Institute effectively to the university administration, the Ruckelshaus Institute advisory board, external constituents concerned with environment and natural resource issues, state and national political leadership, and the public. Preferred qualifications include an earned doctorate, or a combination of education and experience appropriate for the position, an internationally recognized record of teaching and research in environment and natural resources, and administrative experience that demonstrates vision, managerial ability, and communication skills. Applications are due March 20, 2008.

32. Recycling Coordinator, U Montana
The University of Montana is seeking a Recycling Coordinator to serve as an informational liaison to the campus community to help UM reduce waste. Responsibilities include but are not limited to policy development, conducting internal informational meetings, establishing and implementing demonstration projects, serving as a UM representative at external meetings, conducting research, analyzing environmental policy regarding material management and waste reduction, designing and distributing informational and marketing materials. The candidate will also hire, train, and supervise student support staff. The candidate should have a high school diploma and three years of related experience. Screening begins March 10, 2008. The position is open until filled. The University of Montana is an ADA/EOE/AA/Veteran's Preference employer.

33. Asst. Professor or Instructor, Env. Science, Ecology & Forestry, Colby C
The Colby College Environmental Studies Program and the Department of Government invites applicants for a one-year leave replacement position as a visiting assistant professor or instructor, beginning September 1, 2008. The successful candidate will offer courses in the area of environmental studies and government, including a course in international environmental policy/politics and a team-taught introductory course in Colby's interdisciplinary Environmental Studies program. The college seeks an individual, broadly trained in international environmental policy, who is committed to undergraduate teaching and to scholarship. Review of applications will begin on March 15, 2008 and continue until the position is filled.

Events

34. Smart and Sustainable Campus Conference
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.

35. CFP: National Conference on Sustainability for Community Colleges
April 16 – 17, 2008; Lane Community College; Eugene, OR
Lane Community College has issued a Call for Presentations for the National Conference on Sustainability for Community Colleges. The conference is designed to build understanding of the unique role of community colleges in the sustainability movement. Presentation topics may include curriculum and teaching, student life, climate change, resource conservation, facilities and operations, transportation, procurement, food systems, social justice, and institutionalizing sustainability. Proposals are due on February 29, 2008.

36. ACPA Institute on Sustainability Conference
June 11-14, 2008; Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass
The American College Professional Association Institute On Sustainability will bring together a diverse group of professionals who serve higher education and are committed to sustainability. The goal of this institute is to invite individuals and teams from institutions to create an understanding, framework and actionable goals and tasks that can be taken back to campus and integrated into the core of the institution. Leading sustainability scholars and practitioners will discuss current trends, benchmark and promising practices, as well as afford participants with the opportunity to plan the beginning of or next institutional steps to their on-campus practice. The ACPA Institute On Sustainability will seek to create education and awareness for sustainability's triple bottom line: healthy social systems, healthy environment and healthy economy.

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