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Table of Contents for 3/6/08:

NEWS
1. Lake Land College Receives 2 Renewable Energy Grants
2. Cape Cod CC Awarded Wind Turbine Grant
3. 3 Michigan Universities to Fund Energy Projects
4. Brown U Enhances Financial Aid
5. U Oregon Offers Statement of Completion in Sustainable Business Law
6. Rochester Institute of Tech. to Host Pollution Prevention Institute
7. Stanford Helps Create the Center for Ocean Solutions
8. Michigan State U, U Iowa Partner in Chicago Climate Xchge
9. Stanford U Dedicates Green Building
10. Eastern Kentucky U to Reduce Energy Consumption
11. Mount Vernon Nazarene U Uses Biodiesel
12. U Maine Presque Isle Forms Green Campus Committee
13. Wesleyan U & U Vermont Students Renounce Kimberly-Clark Products
14. Princeton U Helps Fund Town Bus Service

NEW RESOURCES
15. Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System Podcast
16. List of Academic Programs on Sustainability & Environmental Law
17. Campus Sustainability Whitepaper Series: 10% off for AASHE Members
18. Unity College President's Blog: Env. Studies for the Real World

OPPORTUNITIES
19. Become an AASHE 2008 Supporting Institution
20. Breakthrough Generation Fellowships
21. Coca-Cola, National Recycling Coalition Bin Grant Program

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
22. Director of Sustainability, Kennesaw State U
23. Manager, Sustainability Initiatives, Red River College
24. Executive Director, AASHE
25. Executive Director, Engineers for a Sustainable World
26. Env. Procurement Coord., Green Campus Initiative, Harvard U
27. Assoc. or Full Prof., Globalization & Global Env. Change, Carleton U
28. Instructor, Environmental Science, College of Southern Nevada
29. Adjunct Instructor, Environmental Science, Everest College

EVENTS
30. Smart and Sustainable Campus Conference
31. National Conference on Sustainability for Community Colleges
32. Fossil Fools Day 2008
33. 2008 Students United for a Responsible Global Environment Conf.
34. Creating a Greenhouse Gas Inventory Webcast
35. How to Start a Local Food Purchasing Program Webcast
36. Bringing LEED to College Campuses Webinar
37. National Assoc. of Environmental Law Societies 2008 Conf.

News

1. Lake Land College Receives 2 Renewable Energy Grants
Lake Land College has been awarded a $30,000 grant to help determine what type of wind turbine would fit the needs of the college. The college also plans to install solar hot water heaters, natural lighting via skylights with reflective lenses, and prairie grasses into the landscaping. The projects are expected to begin in the spring of 2008. The College also recently received a $45,000 grant that enabled it to complete the installation of a geothermal system in the Student Fitness Center, which is now heated and cooled entirely with geothermal energy. The geothermal grant was provided by GeoAlliance as part of a $1 million program to further the proliferation of geothermal technology. The wind turbine grant was provided by the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation.
See also:
LLC Receives Geothermal Grant

2. Cape Cod CC Awarded Wind Turbine Grant
Cape Cod Community College has received a $2.4 million grant to install a 600 kW wind turbine. The grant will also allow CCCC to pay a fixed price per kilowatt hour for turbine-generated electricity that will be paid to the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, the grant provider. The savings CCCC sees will be shared with MTC’s Low Income Energy Assistance Network. The LEAN program works with other energy programs and provides benefits to low-income populations in the area including on-site housing improvements for energy efficiency.

3. 3 Michigan Universities to Fund Energy Projects
The University of Michigan, Michigan State University, and Wayne State University, the state's three largest research universities, will invest $900,000 to encourage their faculty to work collaboratively on novel renewable energy research that could help shape energy policy. The energy initiative is an attempt to usher inventions from labs to the marketplace and attract fresh jobs to the state. Faculty from the three universities will have until April 14 to submit their proposals for research in materials, nanomaterials, clean energy sources, transmission and storage that is environmentally safe, cost-effective, and secure, and energy policy. Funding to the winning proposal or proposals should begin in June.

4. Brown U Enhances Financial Aid
Brown University recently announced its plan to expand its undergraduate financial aid program. Beginning in the fall of 2008, students from families with incomes of less than $100,000 will no longer have loans as part of their financial aid packages, and most parents who earn less than $60,000 will not be expected to make a financial contribution to fund their child’s Brown education. The new financial aid also sharply reduces loan expectations for all students who receive financial aid, regardless of family income. The new provisions apply to all current students who receive financial aid, as well as to the Class of 2012, which matriculates next fall.

5. U Oregon Offers Statement of Completion in Sustainable Business Law
The University of Oregon School of Law will offer a Statement of Completion in Sustainable Business Law for students wanting to develop a specialty in the field. The new concentration focuses on emerging sustainability businesses and the regulation of energy and the environment. To earn a Statement of Completion in Sustainable Business Law, students must satisfactorily complete a business law curriculum, selected courses addressing environmental and sustainability issues, and an appropriate paper, clinic, externship, business plan, or similar project approved by a faculty committee.

6. Rochester Institute of Tech. to Host Pollution Prevention Institute
The Rochester Institute of Technology has been chosen to host New York State's Pollution Prevention Institute, a research and development center that will design and test green manufacturing methods and provide technical support to businesses for pollution prevention measures. RIT’s primary mission will be to promote cost effective pollution prevention techniques so that large and small business can reduce energy costs, hazardous substances, and wastes. The Institute will assist industry in reducing its environmental impact by decreasing the use of toxic chemicals, cutting waste generation, decreasing exposure risks to workers, and promoting more efficient use of raw materials and energy. A key part of RIT’s proposal to host the Institute is the creation of 16 research and development technological laboratories across the State, through partnerships with Clarkson University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and the State University of New York at Buffalo.
See also:
RIT press release

7. Stanford Helps Create the Center for Ocean Solutions
Stanford University, the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute have joined together to create the Center for Ocean Solutions, a new collaboration that will bring together international experts in marine science and policy to find innovative ways to protect and restore oceans. Although based in California, the center will confront problems that affect oceans worldwide, including climate change and overfishing. Made possible by a $25 million grant from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Center for Ocean Solutions will be managed by Stanford's Woods Institute for the Environment.

8. Michigan State U, U Iowa Partner in Chicago Climate Xchge
Michigan State University and the University of Iowa have agreed to a partnership involving the transaction of carbon credits through the Chicago Climate Exchange program. MSU has agreed to purchase 5,000 tons of carbon dioxide credits from UI in order to meet the requirements of 2007, its first membership compliance year. Next year, MSU hopes to increase the use of alternative fuels so that purchasing additional credits will be less of a necessity. In 2007, UI accumulated excess credits by burning oat hulls, a byproduct of Quaker Oats, instead of coal.
See also:
U Iowa Press Release

9. Stanford U Dedicates Green Building
Stanford University recently dedicated the new Jerry Yang and Akiko Yamazaki Environment and Energy Building. Known as Y2E2, the new green building is said to be LEED Platinum-equivalent and uses 56 percent less energy than a typical building of its size. Y2E2 offers natural lighting, features natural ventilation for cooling, and uses 90 percent less potable water for fixtures than an equivalent building. Stanford plans to build 3 more buildings with the same goal of 50 percent reduction in energy use for each.
See also:
Y2E2 Related Links

10. Eastern Kentucky U to Reduce Energy Consumption
Eastern Kentucky University recently announced their goal to reduce annual utility costs by 30 percent. EKU plans to reach the goal through energy-efficient lighting, water-conserving technologies and methods, and heating, ventilation and air conditioning system retrofits. These and other initiatives will result in an estimated reduction of more than 76 million pounds of carbon dioxide, more than 120,000 pounds of nitrogen oxides and more than 400,000 pounds of sulfur dioxide. The project is the result of funding provided by an agreement with Siemens Building Technologies.

11. Mount Vernon Nazarene U Uses Biodiesel
Mount Vernon Nazarene University recently purchased a machine that converts waste vegetable oil into biodiesel. Since the purchase, MVNU has switched to using 100 percent biodiesel in university maintenance equipment and in a few buses.
See also:
Earth Times MVNU Biodiesel Article

12. U Maine Presque Isle Forms Green Campus Committee
The University of Maine at Presque Isle has formed the Green Campus Committee, a group that will focus on ways to save energy, raise awareness, and educate the campus community on sustainability issues. The committee hopes to work with students as well.

13. Wesleyan U & U Vermont Students Renounce Kimberly-Clark Products
Wesleyan University and the University of Vermont students have taken steps towards banning Kimberly-Clark products, particularly Kleenex, due to the lack of recycled fibers in the company's goods. A WU campus grocery store has discontinued the selling of Kleenex after two students sent a message condemning the lack of recycled fibers in Kimberly-Clark's paper products, in the facial tissue in particular. The ban will remain in effect until the company increases the recycled content in its goods. The UVM student group, UVM Forest Crimes Unit, is also boycotting Kimberly-Clark products for the same reasons. The group is collecting signatures for a campus-wide ban on the company's products and is meeting with the director of custodial services to consider alternative tissue products.

14. Princeton U Helps Fund Town Bus Service
Princeton University has agreed to cover the costs of the new community jitney bus service until Princeton Borough receives its permanent vehicle and funding from New Jersey Transit at the end of the year. The jitney bus service will be free to riders and will run Monday through Friday during peak commuting hours. The service also has a direct connection with the newly modified University shuttle routes.

New Resources

15. Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System Podcast
AASHE has posted a podcast on STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System. The podcast gives an introduction to the rating system and the categories therein. The discussion also covers the process campuses will use to complete an assessment and receive an overall sustainability rating.

16. List of Academic Programs on Sustainability & Environmental Law
AASHE had prepared a series of new resources on sustainability in legal education. The resources include lists of graduate programs in sustainability and environmental law, as well as a list of academic centers focused on sustainability and environmental law. The resources are available only to AASHE members.

17. Campus Sustainability Whitepaper Series: 10% off for AASHE Members
PaperClip Communications is offering a 10 percent discount to AASHE members on their recently released Campus Sustainability Whitepaper Series. The series is comprised of 6 whitepapers: Greening Your Events: How to Plan and Implement Sustainable Campus Events; Sustainable Campus Food Service Programs: From Little Changes to Large Initiatives That Change the Environmental Balance; Going Green in Residence Life: Putting Your Operation in Line with Sustainable Practices; Sustainable Campus Practices: Green Campus Facilities, Purchasing and Business Practices; Sustainable Student Initiatives: What's Working on Our Campuses; and Hosting a Campus Sustainability Day: 40 Campus Examples, How-to Tips & Resources. The whitepapers offer ideas, strategies, and best practices for moving toward sustainability.

18. Unity College President's Blog: Env. Studies for the Real World
The President of Unity College, Mitchell Thomashow, recently started a new blog entitled, "Environmental Studies for the Real World." In the blog, Thomashow's goal is to use his voice as the President of Unity College to comment on how climate change, loss of biodiversity, and sustainability must be at the forefront of higher education.

Opportunities

19. Become an AASHE 2008 Supporting Institution
In an effort to encourage strong student participation at its 2008 conference, AASHE is inviting colleges and universities to become Supporting Institutions. Supporting Institutions offer to cover the cost of participation in the conference for at least one of their students, and provide $250 to support the conference. In exchange, they will be recognized in the conference website, printed program, signage and other publicity materials.

20. Breakthrough Generation Fellowships
Breakthrough Generation is recruiting for a Fellowship Program that will select up to ten of the country’s top young organizers and thinkers to develop a vision and strategy for a new youth progressive movement. BG is seeking highly motivated, capable, and innovative young leaders who are willing to challenge accepted political norms. Fellowships include a $5,000 grant to support independent projects that both achieve on-the-ground local green solutions and advance the larger movement for a major national investment in clean energy, attendance at the spring and fall summits, and participation in the summer conference. Applications are due at 5p.m. on March 21, 2008.

21. Coca-Cola, National Recycling Coalition Bin Grant Program
The Coca-Cola and National Recycling Coalition Recycling Bin Grant Program supports local community recycling programs by providing bins to selected grant recipients for the collection of beverage container recyclables in public settings. Grants will be provided to a limited number of applicants who can demonstrate how their proposals will lead to sustainable recycling opportunities. The grant program is open to government, civic, school, non-profit groups and for-profit companies. Applications are due April 4, 2008.

Jobs & Internships

22. Director of Sustainability, Kennesaw State U
Kennesaw State University is accepting applications for a twelve-month, tenure eligible administrative faculty position at the rank of Associate or Full Professor. Candidates must hold a Ph.D. in environmental studies, environmental policy, or a related natural science discipline. A demonstrated commitment to environmental sustainability and experience in teaching, advocacy and coordination of sustainable practices are required. This position serves as a sustainability consultant for the entire KSU community and works alongside relevant operations offices to ensure that the University considers and implements environmentally sustainable practices regarding energy, water, purchasing, green space preservation, transportation, recycling and waste management. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

23. Manager, Sustainability Initiatives, Red River College
Red River College is seeking a Manager of Sustainability Initiatives to lead and facilitate the management, operation, and maintenance of sustainability features at the college. Reporting to the Director of Design, Planning and Construction, this position is required to function as a facilitator, resource, strategist, and a program developer. Using collaborative processes involving staff, students, faculty administrators and external entities, the position is responsible for developing, implementing, maintaining and communicating sustainability initiatives throughout the College. Candidates must possess post secondary education in environmental studies, and have several years of directly related professional experience. A Masters degree in a related field is preferred. Applications are due March 21, 2008.

24. Executive Director, AASHE (link no longer available)
AASHE invites applications and nominations for an Executive Director to be responsible for the leadership and management of a rapidly growing, North American higher education association. Tasks will include day-to-day operations, fundraising, communications, and programs. The Executive Director will report to the Board of Directors of AASHE, and will work with six full time staff plus student interns. Desired qualifications include a visionary leader who can inspire university communities to excellence in sustainability, knowledge of current trends in sustainability, and previous leadership in a growing, multi-dimensional nonprofit organization. Review of applications will begin in mid-March and will continue until the position is filled.

25. 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.

26. Env. Procurement Coord., Green Campus Initiative, Harvard U
The Harvard University Green Campus Initiative is seeking an Environmental Procurement Coordinator to be responsible for initiating and leading a comprehensive environmental procurement program for the University, addressing a critical need to reduce the environmental impacts of the goods and services purchased at Harvard each year, and educating and informing the staff involved in procurement activities. A Master's degree from Harvard University in Environmental Management, Marketing, Higher Education Administration, or another related field is required.

27. Assoc. or Full Prof., Globalization & Global Env. Change, Carleton U (link no longer available)
The Carleton University Department of Geography and Environmental Studies seeks applicants for a Canada Research Chair specializing in Globalization and Global Environmental Change. The appointment will be at the senior Associate or Full Professor level and will commence on July 1, 2009. The Chair-holder will be expected to play a leading role in the further development of interdisciplinary research programs within and beyond the host Department, secure externally funded research grants that will support their own and graduate student research, actively contribute to teaching and research supervision at the graduate and senior undergraduate levels, and mentor junior faculty and post-doctoral fellows. This position will be of interest to individuals who have a proven, sustained, and internationally recognized research record that is consistent with the mandate of Canada's Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and similar research granting institutions, as well as a background that would permit appointment at the senior Associate or Full Professor level. Review of applications will commence on March 24, 2008 and continue until the position is filled.

28. Instructor, Environmental Science, College of Southern Nevada
The College of Southern Nevada is seeking an Instructor to teach introductory Environmental Science classes and associated labs. Responsibilities include developing syllabi and course materials and evaluating student mastery of skills and competencies required by course outcomes. A Master's degree in Environmental Science or related fields is required. The candidate must also have recent teaching experience at a college or university with a commitment to lower division teaching. The position is open until filled.

29. Adjunct Instructor, Environmental Science, Everest College
Everest College invites applications for an Adjunct Instructor of Environmental Science. Responsibilities include planning course instruction based on approved syllabus/course outlines and assuring course content and learning objectives are met. Candidates must have 2 – 3 years supervisory and teaching experience. The position is open until filled.

Events

30. 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.

31. National Conference on Sustainability for Community Colleges
April 16 – 17, 2008; Lane Community College; Eugene, OR
Lane Community College is hosting a 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, and to explore opportunities and share best practices. The conference will focus on quality presentations that highlight opportunities, challenges and best practices in building sustainability in our campuses and communities. Registration deadline is April 4, 2008.

32. Fossil Fools Day 2008
April 1, 2008; Washington, DC
The Energy Action Coalition is organizing Fossil Fools Day to bring together thousands of young people from around the world for a global day of action demonstrating the youth commitment to stop climate change. The Coalition is calling on communities across Canada and the U.S. to join the event through rallies at gas stations or representative offices, Critical Mass bike rides, office occupations, and more. Fossil Fools Day is an opportunity for students and youth to show strong support for clean energy solutions over fossil fuel addiction.
See also:
Rising Tide North America: 15 Ideas for Fossil Foolery on April 1

33. 2008 Students United for a Responsible Global Environment Conf.
March 28 – 30, 2008; Appalachian State University; Boone, NC
The annual Students United for a Responsible Global Environment Conference will bring together young progressive activists in North Carolina and other southeastern states to build a stronger progressive youth movement through education and collective action. The conference will feature workshops on urban cooperative gardening, direct action organization, hands-on solar power and biodiesel, community bike share projects, tours of wind farm and biodiesel facilities, and more.

34. Creating a Greenhouse Gas Inventory Webcast
April 9, 2008; Webcast
The National Association of College and University Business Officers will host a webcast on how to conduct a greenhouse gas inventory. The webcast will cover American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment requirements and GHG inventory protocols, GHG inventory tools available, processes and methods relating to conducting a GHG inventory, issues signatories face in conducting a GHG inventory, and resources for implementing the ACUPCC and GHG inventories. Chief Financial Officers, Environmental Health and Safety staff, Sustainability Coordinators, and Facilities Managers are encouraged to participate.

35. How to Start a Local Food Purchasing Program Webcast (link no longer available)
April 23, 2008; Webcast
Academic Impressions is offering a webcast on how to set up and manage a local food purchasing program. The presentation will offer solutions to challenges such as distribution, cost, liability, product specifications, handling, and storage, and will also give viewers tips on training the staff to use local food, marketing, and setting short and long term goals. The webcast is aimed at institutions exploring local food purchasing or looking to expand their current local and sustainability initiatives. Directors of Dining, Dining Services Managers, Purchasing Managers, Auxiliary Service Directors, and Sustainability Coordinators are encouraged to attend the event.

36. Bringing LEED to College Campuses Webinar
April 7, 2008; Webinar
Sustainable Industries magazine will host Extra Credit: Bringing LEED to College Campuses, a free webinar designed to teach viewers how to take advantage of green building opportunities on campus. Green Building professionals, Real Estate professionals, Higher Education professionals, and students are encouraged to attend.

37. National Assoc. of Environmental Law Societies 2008 Conf (link no longer available)
March 20 – 22, 2008; Vermont Law School; South Royalton, VT
The National Association of Environmental Law Societies' 2008 conference, Picking up the Pieces: Reclaiming Global Environmental Leadership, will cover topics such as increasing the focus on conservation strategies as a means of addressing climate change and habitat destruction, ensuring that today’s cures for global warming do not become tomorrow’s diseases, examining the role states have played in advancing green technology, sustainable practices, and alternative energy solutions, and more. Registration ends March 10, 2008.

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