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Table of Contents for 2/28/08:

NEWS
1. U Minnesota Morris to Install 2 Wind Turbines & a Steam Turbine
2. Whitman C to Establish $100,000 Revolving Loan Fund
3. Princeton Announces Sustainability Plan and GHG Commitment
4. UW Stout to Offer Minor in Sustainable Design & Development
5. Goshen College Rieth Village Awarded LEED Platinum
6. U Vermont Student Union Awarded LEED Gold
7. U Buffalo Switches to 100% Recycled Paper
8. U Victoria to Host Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions
9. Washington U St. Louis Eliminates Student Loans
10. Warner Pacific C Lowers Tuition
11. Harvard To Create Climate Task Force
12. Metropolis Magazine Covers Carbon Neutral Campus Efforts
13. Macalester College Hires Sustainability Manager
14. U System Maryland Appoints Vice Chancellor of Env. Sustainability
15. Cleveland State U Opens Green Bistro
16. U Wisconsin-Stout Purchases Electric Vehicle

NEW RESOURCES
17. U Buffalo Releases Climate Action Report
18. Plan B 3.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization
19. Environmental and Social Issues Within Business Education
20. Free One Year Subscription to YES! Magazine

OPPORTUNITIES
21. Alternative Spring Break: Combating Climate Change

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
22. Director of Sustainability, Furman U
23. Sustainability Coordinator, Meredith College
24. Director, Center for Environmental Policy, Bard C
25. Data Manager, AASHE
26. Profs., Sustainable Business & Social Justice, Bainbridge Grad. Inst.
27. Grants Coordinator, The Green Initiative Fund, UC Berkeley
28. Asst. Professor, Environmental Science, Northland College
29. Asst. or Assoc. Prof., Coastal Env. Science, Nova Southeastern U
30. Visiting Asst. Prof. or Instructor, Intl. Env. Policy/Politics, Colby C
31. Instructor, Environmental Studies, Naropa U
32. Instructor, Environmental Science, C Southern Nevada

EVENTS
33. CFP: AASHE 2008 Conference
34. AASHE Sustainability Across the Curriculum Leadership Workshop
35. Chill Out: Campus Solutions to Global Warming Broadcast
36. CFP: National Environmental Studies and Sciences Summit
37. National Conference on Student Leadership: Sustainability
38. Education in a Changing Climate Workshop

News

1. U Minnesota Morris to Install 2 Wind Turbines & a Steam Turbine
The University of Minnesota, Morris has received three Clean Renewable Energy Bonds, a special type of tax credit bond providing the equivalent of an interest-free loan for financing qualified energy projects. Authorized by the Internal Revenue Service, the bonds will allow UMM to construct two more wind turbines and to add a steam turbine that will convert steam from the biomass facility, which is currently under construction, into electricity. One of the wind turbines will be located on-campus, while the other will be located in western Minnesota and is to be shared with the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe. Combined with a previously constructed wind turbine, the new campus turbine will allow UMM to be powered almost exclusively with wind.
See also: List of Campus Wind Turbines

2. Whitman C to Establish $100,000 Revolving Loan Fund
Whitman College recently announced its plan to establish a $100,000 revolving loan fund for sustainability initiatives. The fund will be launched during the 2008 – 2009 school year and will correspond with a call for proposals from students, faculty and staff. Half of the money will come from Whitman's life cycle program, which is mainly for building maintenance. The additional $50,000 will come from year-end surpluses. The College also plans to hire a current student or recent graduate as Sustainability Coordinator for the campus.
See also: List of Campus Sustainability Revolving Loan Funds (AASHE Members Only)

3. Princeton Announces Sustainability Plan and GHG Commitment
Princeton University has released a Sustainability Plan that includes a commitment to reduce carbon dioxide emissions to below 1990 levels by 2020 through on-campus activities rather than purchasing off-campus offsets. The plan also mandates that all new construction and renovations be LEED silver equivalent and commits to providing financial support for commuter use of public transportation, enhancing the campus shuttle system and ride share programs, creating better walking and biking paths, developing telecommuting policy, and replacing retired campus fleet vehicles with zero or low emission vehicles. The plan also includes goals on resource conservation, research, education, and civic engagement.
See also: Princeton Sustainability Plan

4. UW Stout to Offer Minor in Sustainable Design & Development
The University of Wisconsin-Stout will offer a new minor in sustainable design and development beginning fall 2008. The new minor has an interdisciplinary approach that integrates the natural and social sciences with technical course work associated with environmental issues, and will be offered through the department of engineering and technology.

5. Goshen College Rieth Village Awarded LEED Platinum
The Goshen College Rieth Village has been awarded LEED Platinum. Reith Village, an ecological field station for undergraduate environmental study at the Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center, features a passive solar design, cisterns for recycling rainwater, tulip poplar siding harvested locally, solar panels, and a wind generator. 2 cottages at the field station provide housing for up to 32 students and a third cottage serves as the initial classroom and office building
See also: Rieth Village Homepage

6. U Vermont Student Union Awarded LEED Gold
The University of Vermont's Davis Center was recently awarded LEED Gold certification. The first student union to receive a LEED Gold rating, the Davis Center features a natural chimney that evacuates smoke in the event of a fire without the use of a mechanical system, sensors that regulate electric lighting based on the amount of daylight entering the space, and air conditioning, heating, and ventilation regulated by occupancy sensors. Other green elements include waterless urinals, a green roof, and 175 sensors to provide data to students, faculty, and staff on energy used for heating and cooling, electricity, water usage, soil moisture, content, and temperature on the green roof. This data will soon be displayed on the web as well.

7. U Buffalo Switches to 100% Recycled Paper
The University of Buffalo has a new Recycled Paper Purchasing Policy that will ensure that all the 8.5 by 11-inch paper purchased by the University will consist of 100 percent post-consumer content, chlorine-free paper. The new policy will cost the college approximately $10,000 extra per year.
See also: List of Recycled Paper Procurement Policies

8. U Victoria to Host Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions
The provincial government of British Columbia recently allocated $94.5 million to create the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, to be hosted and led by the University of Victoria. PICS will bring together top scientists, government and the private sector to develop innovative climate change adaptation and mitigation solutions. The collaboration also includes the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University and the University of Northern British Columbia.

9. Washington U St. Louis Eliminates Student Loans
Washington University in St. Louis has announced that it will eliminate need-based loans as part of its undergraduate financial aid awards to students from low- and middle-income families. Beginning in fall 2008, both entering freshmen and returning full-time undergraduate day-school students with parental incomes of less than $60,000 will not be expected to take out need-based loans and will instead receive grants from the university that will not have to be repaid. Families with parental income somewhat higher than $60,000 also may receive additional student loan relief based on demonstrated need and their financial circumstances. The additional grant aid will be funded by the increase in spending from scholarship and unrestricted endowments in the university's four schools with undergraduate programs, as well as from unrestricted university resources.

10. Warner Pacific C Lowers Tuition
Warner Pacific College recently announced that, starting fall 2008, tuition and fees for incoming traditional undergraduate students will be 23 percent lower than the 2007 – 2008 school year. The move is intended to improve student access.

11. Harvard To Create Climate Task Force
Harvard University recently announced that President Drew G. Faust will soon appoint a task force to study how to reduce the University's greenhouse gas emissions. The recommendations of the task force will form the basis of a commitment to reduce emissions that will be unveiled in June 2008.

12. Metropolis Magazine Covers Carbon Neutral Campus Efforts
Metropolis Magazine published an article in its February issue entitled "Carbon Neutral U" which highlights growing efforts by colleges and universities to reduce their carbon emissions. The article notes that "higher education has emerged as a thrilling proving ground for a sustainable society" and describes the activities of the Ivy Plus Sustainability Working Group.

13. Macalester College Hires Sustainability Manager
Macalester College has hired Suzanne Savanick Hansen as its first Sustainability Manager. Hansen's responsibilities include coordinating sustainability efforts and making connections on campus, and she hopes to create a sustainability website. The new manager has already begun her duties by co-teaching a senior level Environmental Studies seminar that will complete a greenhouse gas inventory for the College.
See also: Directory of Campus Sustainability Officers (AASHE Members Only)

14. U System Maryland Appoints Vice Chancellor of Env. Sustainability
The University System of Maryland recently appointed the president of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Sciences, Don Boesch, as the Vice Chancellor of Environmental Sustainability. Boesch will remain president of UMCES while devoting efforts to overseeing a system-wide sustainability initiative to develop policies, practices, and programs. The Vice Chancellor is charged with helping to coordinate a system-wide effort to institute sustainable practices that reduce the University's impact on the environment.
See also: Director of Campus Sustainability Officers (AASHE Members Only)

15. Cleveland State U Opens Green Bistro
Cleveland State University recently opened a new restaurant that will use local products when feasible. Elements Bistro on Euclid will serve cheeses, locally produced sausages and pastas, and eventually will feature Ohio wine and beer.

16. U Wisconsin-Stout Purchases Electric Vehicle
The University of Wisconsin-Stout recently purchased a zero-emission, no noise electric vehicle. The ZENN car will be used by Parking Services for security and safety patrol of campus parking lots.

New Resources

17. U Buffalo Releases Climate Action Report
The University at Buffalo Green Office recently released the UB Green Climate Action Report, a comprehensive greenhouse gas emissions inventory and set of recommendations for how the University can reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and move towards climate neutrality. UB found that the largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions on campus are building energy use and transportation. The report recommends that the campus increase renewable energy purchases, maximize energy efficiency in new buildings and renovations, advocate for a better mass transit system, and increase carpooling.

18. Plan B 3.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization
The Earth Policy Institute is offering a free PDF download of "Plan B 3.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization," a new book by Lester Brown. The book, which could be used a textbook, covers topics such as deteriorating oil and food security, emerging water shortages, eradicating poverty and stabilizing population, and raising energy efficiency. The book may be downloaded by chapter or as a whole.

19. Environmental and Social Issues Within Business Education
The Aspen Institute Center for Business Education has released February's "A Closer Look at Business Education" which discusses ways future business leaders are being introduced to Supply Chain Management and how some faculty are recognizing the opportunity to explore important social and environmental questions inherent within the subject.

20. Free One Year Subscription to YES! Magazine
YES! magazine, an independent, ad-free quarterly journal of solutions for building a just and sustainable world, is offering a free one-year introductory subscription to educators in the U.S. Those who take advantage of the offer by mid-April 2008 will receive the spring issue of YES!, Climate Solutions, as the first of four complementary issues. The YES! Climate Solutions issue highlights possible solutions to climate change and features writers such as Bill McKibben, Peter Barnes, and Joanna Macy. The issue also includes resources on teaching sustainability in the classroom. Faculty can request free copies of the YES! Spring 2008 Climate Solutions issue by contacting Kay Hubbard, YES! Education Manager, at khubbard@yesmagazine.org.
See also: YES! Spring 2008 – Climate Solutions Issue

Opportunities

21. Alternative Spring Break: Combating Climate Change
The University of California, Santa Barbara and Campus Progress invite applicants for Combating Climate Change, an alternative spring break in Santa Barbara, California from March 24 – 27, 2008. The alternative spring break will include trainings, workshops, and speakers from all aspects of the climate movement, including environmental justice, sustainability, and environmental policy. Located right on the beach, the alternative spring break will educate, train, and empower students to take action on the climate crisis in their own lives, on their campuses, and on a national scale.

Jobs & Internships

22. 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.

23. Sustainability Coordinator, Meredith College
Meredith College is seeking a Sustainability Coordinator to serve as a facilitator in the College's move towards sustainability. The Sustainability Coordinator will work with the Meredith faculty to integrate sustainability initiatives and practices into the curriculum, lead the development of a campus sustainability committee and assist in the implementation of a comprehensive sustainability plan for the College. The Coordinator will also provide training and guidance to the Meredith community and assist all College departments with the development of sustainability plans and specific resource conservation strategies as appropriate. The position requires a bachelor's degree in a related field. A master's degree is preferred. The successful candidate will start July 1, 2008.

24. Director, Center for Environmental Policy, Bard C
The Bard Center for Environmental Policy is seeking a Director who will provide dynamic intellectual and administrative leadership for the Center and its graduate program. Responsibilities include fund raising and developing collaborations with regional environmental centers, NGOs, government agencies, and private sector firms. A Ph.D. or terminal degree and distinguished record of scholarship are required.

25. 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.

26. Profs., Sustainable Business & Social Justice, Bainbridge Grad. Inst.
The Bainbridge Graduate Institute is seeking both Core and Adjunct Faculty members for the 2008-09 school year in Sustainable Business and Social Justice. Successful candidates will have a Ph.D. in an appropriate field and demonstrate a scholarly interest in Sustainable Business. The positions are open until filled.

27. Grants Coordinator, The Green Initiative Fund, UC Berkeley (link no longer available)
The University of California, Berkeley is seeking a Grants Coordinator to assist in the administration of a program that dispenses approximately $170,000 per year for environmental sustainability projects on campus. The incumbent will administer the day to day operations of The Green Initiative Fund and support the annually-appointed Grant Making Committee of students, faculty, and staff as they evaluate project proposals. Experience in basic accounting, budget planning and tracking, financial analysis, and report writing is required.

28. Asst. Professor, Environmental Science, Northland College
Northland College invites applications for a full-time, tenure track, Assistant Professor in Environmental Science to begin fall 2008. The teaching load will be six courses per year, including at least two sections of General Chemistry. Teaching responsibilities will also include one other course in chemistry such as analytical chemistry, inorganic chemistry, or biochemistry. The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in a related field. The position is open until filled.

29. Asst. or Assoc. Prof., Coastal Env. Science, Nova Southeastern U
Nova Southeastern University's Oceanographic Center invites applications for a 12-month position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level in Coastal Environmental Science. Applications in all areas within this field are encouraged, including applied environmental sciences, coastal policy and resource management, ecosystem modeling, eco-toxicology, remote sensing/GIS, and wetland, estuarine or coastal ecology. Responsibilities include graduate teaching, extramurally-funded research at the OC, and undergraduate teaching at the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences. Applications are due March 15, 2008.

30. Visiting Asst. Prof. or Instructor, Intl. Env. Policy/Politics, Colby C
The Colby College Environmental Studies Program and the Department of Government invite applications 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.

31. Instructor, Environmental Studies, Naropa U
The Environmental Studies Department at Naropa University is seeking an adjunct faculty member to teach the graduate course ENV710 Sustainability: Policy and Practice for the fall semester in 2008. The successful candidate will report to the Chair of the Environmental Studies Department. A Master's or a Doctorate in Sustainability, Natural Resources, Ecological Design, Environmental Studies, sustainable Development or a related field is required.

32. Instructor, Environmental Science, C Southern Nevada
The College of Southern Nevada is seeking a tenure track Environmental Science Instructor to teach introductory Environmental Science classes and associated labs. The successful candidate may also be required to teach Physical geography classes and associated labs. Responsibilities include developing syllabi and course materials, evaluating student mastery of skills and competencies required by course outcomes, participating in program and division meetings and activities, and serving on department and college-wide committees. A Master's degree in Environmental Science or a related field is required. The position is open until filled.

Events

33. CFP: AASHE 2008 Conference
November 9 – 11, 2008; Raleigh, NC
AASHE is pleased to invite abstract and poster submissions for AASHE 2008: Working Together for Sustainability – On Campus and Beyond. The conference is open to participants from every sector of higher education, as well as to business and community leaders. Abstracts and poster categories include education and research, operations, and administration and finance. The deadline for abstracts is May 1, 2008 and the deadline for posters is September 1, 2008.

34. AASHE Sustainability Across the Curriculum Leadership Workshop
June 12 -13, 2008; San Diego State University, San Diego, CA
AASHE's Sustainability Across the Curriculum Leadership workshops are for faculty leaders of all disciplines who wish to develop curriculum change programs around sustainability on their campuses. Through an intensive two days of presentations, exercises, discussions, reflection, and planning, participants will become familiar with the philosophy of change in higher education developed through the Ponderosa Project at Northern Arizona University and adapted at Emory in the Piedmont Project. Participants will also experience of range of workshop strategies, hear local experts, enjoy outdoor place-based activities, and dialogue with faculty from around the country as they gain help in adapting this model to their own campus. The workshop leaders, Peggy Barlett and Geoffrey Chase, are editors of Sustainability on Campus: Stories and Strategies for Change and have helped more than 200 faculty revise courses in a wide array of disciplines. Workshop tuition is $350 for AASHE members and $390 for non-members. Applications to participate are due by March 28, 2008.

35. Chill Out: Campus Solutions to Global Warming Broadcast
April 16, 2008; 7pm EST; Webcast
The National Wildlife Federation will host Chill Out: Campus Solutions to Global Warming, a live webcast featuring practical solutions to global warming being implemented by higher education campuses around the country. Campuses who host the webcast on their campus will be recognized on NWF's website and in broadcast credits.

36. CFP: National Environmental Studies and Sciences Summit
May 22-24, 2008; Arkansas State University; Jonesboro, AR
Arkansas State University invites abstracts for contributed oral and poster presentations at the 3rd annual National Environmental Studies and Sciences Summit. Abstracts that address all aspects of environmental studies and sciences are welcome. Topics on interdisciplinary work such as communication with broad audiences and ways of teaching environmental topics at any level, especially addressing innovations in career, curricula, and research agendas are encouraged. Abstracts are due April 15, 2008. Registration lasts from March 3 – April 30, 2008.

37. National Conference on Student Leadership: Sustainability
March 29 – April 1, 2008; Atlanta, GA
The Spring National Conference On Student Leadership will focus on promoting sustainability on campus and include topics such as social justice, student opportunity, program growth, and personal growth. The conference aims to help students recognize trends in leadership and programming, share ideas and activities that have proven successful, share methods to help prioritize and delegate responsibility, acquire skills to motivate and activate organization and campus, and learn strategies to deal with organization, advisor, and campus administration conflicts.

38. Education in a Changing Climate Workshop
July 27 – August 1, 2008; Unity College, Unity, ME
Education in a Changing Climate is an exciting week-long workshop focused on environmental education and teaching new ways to communicate the pressing changes in the environment through dynamic presentations, field-based learning experiences, and engaging interactions with a core-and-resident faculty staff. All educators may apply. Enrollment is limited to 32 and the application deadline is April 15, 2008.

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