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Table of Contents for 3/13/08:

NEWS
1. Maharishi U Dining Hall Goes 100% Vegetarian, 90% Organic
2. Green Chemistry Bill Introduced into Congress
3. U Chicago Hires Sustainability Project Manager
4. Duke Bans Future Investments With Sudan-Linked Companies
5. Business Officer Magazine Covers President's Climate Commitment
6. U Maryland to Establish Green Real Estate Development Institute
7. St. Lawrence U Science Building Receives LEED Gold
8. Oregon State U Increases Financial Transparency
9. Dalhousie U Implements Trayless Policy
10. York U Pledges to Establish No-Sweatshop Policy After Sit-in
11. Emory U Opens Organic Coffee Cart
12. Utah State University Unveils Covered Bike Parking
13. U Arkansas Implements Football and Basketball Recycling Program
14. Auburn U Partners with City to Produce Biodiesel
15. U Maryland Receives Grant for Endowed Sustainability Professor
16. U Chicago Holds Energy Reduction Competition
17. U New Hampshire Receives Top Lean and Green Award

NEW RESOURCES
18. How-to Guide for Dorm vs. Dorm Sustainability Competitions
19. Sustainability: The Journal of Record Inaugural Issue
20. Lists of Academic Programs in Ecological and Environmental Economics
21. Green Mountain College Sustainability Website

OPPORTUNITIES
22. Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellowship for Environmental Scientists

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
23. Environmental Sustainability Coordinator, Smith College
24. Sustainability Coordinator, Pomona College
25. Executive Director, AASHE
26. Dir., Center for Sustainable Suburban Development, UC Riverside
27. VP for Innovation, Planning, and Sustainability, Kankakee CC
28. Assistant Professor, Economic/Environmental Studies, Pacific U
29. Adjunct Prof., Environmental Science, American Intercontinental U
30. Instructor, Environmental Science, College of Southern Nevada

EVENTS
31. Chill Out: Campus Solutions to Global Warming Broadcast
32. This Way to Sustainability Conference
33. CFP: Green Community College Conference
34. How to Start a Local Food Purchasing Program Webcast
35. Institute for Global Sustainability
36. CFP: International Association for Environmental Philosophy
37. Debating Science Graduate Student Workshop
38. Institute for the Built Environment Course

News

1. Maharishi U Dining Hall Goes 100% Vegetarian, 90% Organic
Maharishi University of Management's new student center dining hall is serving 100 percent vegetarian and 90 – 95 percent organic food. Campus farms provide the school with fruits and vegetables during the summer, and campus greenhouses offer tomatoes and greens during the winter. The school has spent the past eight or nine years replacing foods grown with herbicides and pesticides with organic food. Most of the remaining food comes from local producers.
See also: Maharishi University of Management's Dining Services webpage

2. Green Chemistry Bill Introduced into Congress
5 U.S. Senators recently introduced the Green Chemistry Research and Development Act of 2008 into Congress. The bi-partisan legislation would leverage federal green chemistry initiatives in an effort to advance research and development at universities and at federal agencies. The Act would create an inter-agency working group lead by the National Science Foundation and the Environmental Protection Agency, and in coordination with the Department of Energy and the National Institute of Standards and Technology, to advance green chemistry research. The bill also provides grant funding for private sector and academic projects for environmentally friendly chemicals.
See also: Green Chemistry Research and Development Act of 2008 Text

3. U Chicago Hires Sustainability Project Manager
The University of Chicago Sustainability Council has hired Eric Heineman to fill the newly created project manager position for the Council. Responsibilities of the position will include increasing communication among campus organizations and units to streamline collaboration on sustainability projects. The Council and University administrators hope to eventually make Heineman’s six-month position a permanent addition to sustainability efforts on campus.
See also: Directory of Campus Sustainability Officers (AASHE members only)

4. Duke Bans Future Investments With Sudan-Linked Companies
The Duke University Board of Trustees recently approved a resolution that prohibits Duke from making future direct investment in companies engaged in business with the government of Sudan. The resolution, in protest against that government’s human rights violations in the war-torn region of Darfur, covers the $8.2 billion in endowment and assets of Duke University that is invested by the Duke Management Corporation. The policy is effective immediately and will remain in effect until the United States government lifts sanctions against Sudan.

5. Business Officer Magazine Covers President's Climate Commitment
The National Association of College and University Business Officers' February Business Officer Magazine features an article urging college and university presidents to sign the American College and University President's Climate Commitment. The article includes ideas on how to fund the commitment, reduce the campus carbon footprint, and convince students, faculty, and staff to participate.
See also: ACUPCC Website

6. U Maryland to Establish Green Real Estate Development Institute
The University of Maryland's real estate development program, which has a broad-based approach to sustainability, has received a $3 million gift that will help establish the Colvin Institute of Real Estate Development in UM's School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. The Institute will be the academic home for the school's two year-old Masters in Real Estate Development, giving the program a solid financial foundation, creating a new track with an even greater focus on sustainable development, expanding its leadership training, and extending the program's public outreach and international presence.

7. St. Lawrence U Science Building Receives LEED Gold
St. Lawrence University's Johnson Hall of Science was recently awarded LEED Gold certification. The building features passive/active solar design, energy and water conserving technologies, efficient lighting strategies, on-site recoverable energy systems, and a planning process that involved students and faculty in collaboration. In addition, the building was designed for "sustainable transition," anticipating the incorporation of 100 percent renewable technology (biofuel and photovoltaic) use in the future.

8. Oregon State U Increases Financial Transparency
Inside Higher Ed recently published an article on Oregon State University's new online budget reporting system. This new system allows students, faculty, and staff connected with the university to view budgeted allowances, actual expenditures, and available balances for income, salaries and wages, other payroll expenses, and other expenses for each department. Additionally, campus members can view the invoices of each completed purchase. The name of the employee associated with the transaction is not shown in the database. The data are updated each night.
See also: OSU Budget Reporting System Demo

9. Dalhousie U Implements Trayless Policy
Dalhousie University recently implemented a policy that eliminates trays from all four of its campus dining halls. The initiative serves to reduce food waste and water and detergent consumption during the cleaning process.

10. York U Pledges to Establish No-Sweatshop Policy After Sit-in
The York University president recently pledged to create a no-sweatshop purchasing policy for university apparel by April after protesters participated in a 2 day sit-in outside of the president's office. The sit-in was inspired by the 100th anniversary of International Women's day, when 15,000 immigrant women garment workers protested to receive shorter hours, better pay, and voting rights.

11. Emory U Opens Organic Coffee Cart
Emory University recently opened the Green Bean Coffee Cart outside of the University Center. The cart provides Fair Trade and organic coffee and tea during morning hours throughout the week. Customers who bring their own cup receive a $.20 discount. The cart hopes to offer pastries and cookies within the next few weeks.

12. Utah State University Unveils Covered Bike Parking
Utah State University recently unveiled a new covered bike parking structure on campus. The ceremony commemorated the Utah State and Aggie Blue Bikes, a 90 bicycle program that provides bike rentals for up to one full semester. The structure, although finished in November, has been out of use until recently because of the weather.

13. U Arkansas Implements Football and Basketball Recycling Program
The University of Arkansas recently began Recycling with the Razorbacks, a program that places green recycling boxes at all home football and basketball games. During the football season, clean-up crews collected more than 36.5 tons of recyclables and reduced the amount of trash going to the landfill to only 61.5 tons.

14. Auburn U Partners with City to Produce Biodiesel
Auburn University recently partnered with the city of Gadsden and Gadsden Waterworks and Sewer Board to convert cooking oil into biodiesel fuel. Auburn University plans to document the cost and the conversion process in order to provide other cities with the information.

15. U Maryland Receives Grant for Endowed Sustainability Professor
The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science recently received a $750,000 challenge grant from the France-Merrick Foundation. This gift will establish the Center’s first endowed chair, a professorship in Sustainable Ecosystem Restoration, which will research ecosystem restoration in the face of growth and climate change.

16. U Chicago Holds Energy Reduction Competition
University of Chicago recently completed a Battle of the Bulbs Competition. Green Campus Initiatives, a student environmental awareness organization, created the February competition to encourage student housing residents to reduce their energy consumption. Breckinridge Residence Hall, the winner of the month-long competition, reduced their overall energy consumption by 24 percent. The entire residence hall system reduced their energy consumption by an average of 2.8 percent per person.

17. U New Hampshire Receives Top Lean and Green Award
The University of New Hampshire has received New Hampshire Magazine's Lean and Green Overall Judges Award, which recognizes the school's extensive sustainable practices. The campus's cogeneration plant and initiatives such as the reuse of purified landfill gas to power the Durham campus and transitioning its public transit system to alternative fuels help to win the award.

New Resources

18. How-to Guide for Dorm vs. Dorm Sustainability Competitions
AASHE and the Duke Environmental Alliance have created a how-to guide website for dorm vs. dorm sustainability competitions that provides an instructional video, additional event ideas, and planning documents such as a sample competition calendar, a sample budget, and a sample preparation schedule. The guide is modeled off of the Duke University Eco-Olympics, a dorm vs. dorm sustainability competition that includes a suite of events promoting recycling, energy and water conservation, environmental education and other sustainable practices.
See also: Dorm Vs Dorm Sustainability Competitions Blog Post

19. Sustainability: The Journal of Record Inaugural Issue
The inaugural issue of Sustainability: The Journal of Record is available online. The journal includes articles about Princeton University's sustainability efforts, Arizona State University's School of Sustainability, strategies for carbon neutrality, campus sustainability assessment, eco-reps programs, and more.

20. Lists of Academic Programs in Ecological and Environmental Economics
AASHE has prepared a series of new resources on sustainability in economics education. The resources include lists of graduate and undergraduate programs in ecological and environmental economics, as well as a list of academic centers focused on ecological and environmental economics. The resources are available only to AASHE members.

21. Green Mountain College Sustainability Website
Green Mountain College recently published a sustainability website that is linked to the GMC homepage. The website features the college's environmentally focused curriculum, a list of environmental leaders, and the campus's green mission, projects and partnerships, campus initiatives, and awards.

Opportunities

22. Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellowship for Environmental Scientists
The Aldo Leopold Leadership Program invites mid-career academic environmental scientists from the U.S., Mexico, and Canada to apply for the 2009 fellowships that provide scientific leadership, networking, and outreach training to help move ideas into action and advance science-based decision-making. The Leopold Leadership Fellowship selects up to 20 Fellows annually, supports them to participate in two intensive one-week training sessions, and offers other services and non-financial resources associated with outreach and leadership skill development during the Fellowship year and beyond. Applications are welcome from a broad range of disciplines related to the environment. Applicants must be employed by an academic institution, be midcareer as a tenured or tenure-track professor, and be active in research and teaching. Applications are due April 14, 2008.

Jobs & Internships

23. Environmental Sustainability Coordinator, Smith College (link no longer available)
Smith College invites applicants for the Environmental Sustainability Coordinator. The successful applicant will be responsible for coordinating the development and implementation of the college sustainability plan, goals and standards, including specific areas of the President's Climate Commitment. Other responsibilities include encouraging environmental stewardship among members of the college community, conducting informational and orientation sessions for students, staff and faculty, and communicating regularly with the campus community about sustainability trends, college goals and current projects. A bachelor's degree and five years of experience relevant to the position is required. The position is open until filled.

24. Sustainability Coordinator, Pomona College (link no longer available)
Pomona College seeks a Sustainability Coordinator to work with faculty, students, staff and senior administration to provide the knowledge, skills and motivation that will integrate sustainability values and practices into the everyday life of the College. As a member of the President’s Advisory on Sustainability, the director will have access to stakeholders at all levels of the College and will coordinate existing and new programs to promote innovations toward environmental sustainability. They will manage the development and implementation of the College’s Sustainability Action plan. A master’s degree in related field and five years of hands-on experience implementing environmental or sustainability programs is desired. The position reports to the Director of Campus Planning and Maintenance. Applications are due March 31, 2008.

25. 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.

26. Dir., Center for Sustainable Suburban Development, UC Riverside
The University of California, Riverside is seeking a Director for its Edward J. Blakely Center for Sustainable Suburban Development. The successful candidate will be eligible for appointment as a tenured full or associate professor, with a distinguished research record and the vision and leadership skills to build an inter-disciplinary center for research on regional issues. The candidate will be expected to teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The successful candidate will also oversee a staff to provide support for a sponsored research program as well as orchestrate the Center's educational outreach programs and events. The Director will be responsible for securing the resources needed to build the Center's core endowment and to support the activities of the Center. A doctoral degree in a field related to the Center's research agenda is required. Applications and nominations are due April 1, 2008.

27. VP for Innovation, Planning, and Sustainability, Kankakee CC
Kankakee Community College invites applications for the position of Vice President for Innovation, Planning and Sustainability. This newly created, senior-level position, reports directly to the president and serves on the president's cabinet, providing visionary leadership and management for strategic planning, institutional sustainability, effectiveness, research and technology, and grant development. A master's degree in a relevant field is required. Review of applications begins March 24 and will be considered until the position is filled.

28. Assistant Professor, Economic/Environmental Studies, Pacific U
The Pacific University Department of Economics invites applications for a tenure-track position at the assistant or associate professor level, beginning August 15, 2008. The successful applicant will teach economic principles, two environmental economics classes, and an upper division undergraduate class in another area of economics. This individual will also advise students and teach an interdisciplinary course in Pacific University's environmental studies program. Candidates should have a Ph.D. in economics completed by August 2008. The position is open until filled.

29. Adjunct Prof., Environmental Science, American Intercontinental U
American Intercontinental University is seeking applicants for an Adjunct Faculty position in Environmental Science. Responsibilities include teaching courses as assigned by an Education Supervisor, providing quarterly documentation of continuing professional growth, and actively engaging in retention activities including documented communication with both students and administration regarding attendance and progress. A Master's degree is required. The position is open until filled.

30. 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. The candidate may also be required to teach Physical Geography classes and associated labs. Other responsibilities include developing syllabi and course materials, evaluating student mastery of skills and competencies required by course outcomes, and providing an excellent teaching experience as well as student advisement, recruitment activities and program/curriculum development. A Master's degree in Environmental Science or a related field is required. The position is open until filled.

Events

31. 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.

32. This Way to Sustainability Conference (link no longer available)
June 4-6, 2008; Butte College; Oroville, CA
Butte College is hosting This Way to Sustainability: the greening of our schools, a conference that focuses on construction challenges and solutions of sustainable public school facilities for K-12 and higher education. The conference is designed for school facilities managers, design and construction professionals, public education administrators and contractors, and anyone who is interested in public education facilities and bringing sustainable construction projects in “On Time, On Budget and Green”. Registration is now open.

33. CFP: Green Community College Conference
October 18-21, 2008; Austin, TX
The National Council for Workforce Education Board of Directors is issuing a call for presentations for the Fall 2008 Conference. NCWE seeks cutting-edge, forward-thinking, engaging presentations keyed to the theme of the conference, “Green Community Colleges: Sustainable Campuses and Programs.” Presentations on sustainability initiatives, energy programs and opportunities, and workforce curriculum and faculty development are encouraged. Proposals are due April 18, 2008.

34. 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. It is intended for Directors of Dining, Dining Services Managers, Purchasing Managers, Auxiliary Service Directors, and Sustainability Coordinators.

35. Institute for Global Sustainability
July 7 – 11, 2008; University of Vermont
The University of Vermont invites applications for Sustainable Business: Practices in Support of People, Profits, and Principles, a five-day, intensive summer program that provides participants with the knowledge and tools to achieve sustainable business practices. Graduate and upper-level undergraduate students, people seeking to transition into a career focused on sustainable business, and people at all levels of an organization who are interested in doing business in a socially and environmentally responsible way are encouraged to attend.

36. CFP: International Association for Environmental Philosophy (link no longer available)
October 18-20, 2008; Pittsburg, PA
The International Association for Environmental Philosophy invites paper proposals for its annual conference. The deadline is March 21, 2008. Additionally, an award of $100 will be awarded for the best essay submitted by a graduate student. Graduate students whose proposals are accepted for the conference will be asked to submit complete papers by September 15th for award consideration. The winner will be announced at the conference.

37. Debating Science Graduate Student Workshop
August 4-8, 2008; University of Montana; Missoula, MT
The National Science Foundation and the University of Montana invite graduate students to apply for Debating Science, a five-day workshop and an online course in the fall semester. Participants in the workshop will explore the ethical, scientific, and social issues related to the debates over global climate change, nanotechnology, and agricultural biotechnology. The National Science Foundation will cover the majority of the participants' travel, board, and lodging costs for the workshop. Applications are due April 11, 2008.

38. Institute for the Built Environment Course
May 21-31, 2008; Island of St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
Colorado State University and the Institute for the Built Environment offer a course at a sustainable eco-resort in the U.S. Virgin Islands known as Maho Bay/Harmony Camps. The course focuses on theories and practices of green building including energy, healthy buildings, natural resources and other environmental issues. Students gain knowledge about best sustainable practices through experimental learning at a demonstration site. Participants in the past have been students and professionals in landscape design and architecture, construction management, interior design and architecture.

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