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Table of Contents for 03/27/08:

NEWS
1. San Diego State U Launches Green Building Construction Online Certif.
2. Harvard Law School Launches New Public Service Initiative
3. Harvard Medical, Claremont McKenna & Lafayette Expand Financial Aid
4. Willamette U Housing to be Gender Neutral
5. UC Berkeley Receives Undeveloped Land Donation
6. Humboldt State U to Install 2 Solar Projects
7. Turtle Mountain CC Installs Wind Turbine
8. Eastern Mennonite U Plots Campus Garden
9. Utah State U Donates Land for Organic Farm
10. Clinton Global Initiative U Receives $500,000 Grant from Wal-Mart
11. St. Louis CC Building Awarded LEED Gold
12. U Manitoba to Refurbish Historic Buildings
13. Louisiana State U Converts Local Cooking Oil to Biodiesel
14. Wilfrid Laurier U Switches to Cage-free Eggs
15. Indiana U Increases Wages for Union Workers
16. Texas Christian U Partners to Research Wind Power
17. St. Ambrose U To Launch Campus-wide Recycling Program
18. Juice Energy Highlights NCAA Tournament Schools' Green Initiatives

NEW RESOURCES
19. U Florida Annual Report Features Sustainability

OPPORTUNITIES
20. AASHE Sustainability Leadership Awards

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
21. Executive Director, AASHE
22. Sustainability Planner, U Virginia
23. Energy Manager, O'Brien & Gere
24. Asst. Prof of Climate Change and Global Solutions, Arizona State U
25. Assoc. or Full Prof., Energy Policy, George Mason U
26. Adjunct Faculty, Sustainable Management, Presidio School of Mgmt
27. Lecturer, Environmental Studies, Western State College

EVENTS
28. CFP - AASHE 2008: Working Together for Sustainability
29. Creating a Culture of Sustainability Conference
30. Chill Out: Campus Solutions to Global Warming Broadcast
31. National Sustainable Design Expo and P3 Award Competition

News

1. San Diego State U Launches Green Building Construction Online Certif.
San Diego State University's College of Extended Studies recently announced a new online certificate program for Green Building Construction that will enable experienced, new, and potential construction industry personnel to learn about green, sustainable construction and design. Students who enroll in SDSU’s Professional Certificate in Green Building Construction online program will learn about environmentally sustainable construction management, learn how to combine environmental concerns with career knowledge, and expand their existing knowledge base to assist in preparation for the USGBC LEED accreditation exam. The program has been created for design professionals, contractors, sub-contractors, builders, planners, commissioners, facilities managers and stakeholders, and environmental engineers. The program begins in early April.

2. Harvard Law School Launches New Public Service Initiative
Harvard Law School recently announced that it will pay the third year of tuition for all future students who commit to work for a nonprofit organization or the government for five years following graduation. Students interested in participating in the initiative must demonstrate a commitment to public service during their time in law school. Students will earn eligibility credits by engaging in public service activities such as summer internships and relevant clinical programs, and once the student makes the commitment, they will receive a grant totaling the cost of their third year tuition. The program is scheduled to start this fall for incoming students; currently enrolled students will receive partial benefit. Officials say that the Harvard Public Service Initiative is the first of its kind in legal education.
See also: New York Times Article

3. Harvard Medical, Claremont McKenna & Lafayette Expand Financial Aid
Harvard Medical School recently announced that it will reduce the cost of a four year medical education by up to $50,000 for families with incomes of $120,000 or less. The new plan will eliminate before-tax retirement savings from the family income calculation. Likewise, Claremont McKenna College has announced that it will eliminate student loans from financial aid packages for all current and entering students effective fall 2008. The student loans will be replaced by grants. Lafayette College also recently announced that, starting in the fall of 2008, it will eliminate loans in need-based financial aid packages awarded to students from families with incomes of $50,000 or less and whose financial assets are typical of families with this annual income level. Beginning in the fall of 2009, LC will limit loans to $2,500 per year for need-based financial-aid packages awarded to students from families whose incomes are between $50,000 and $100,000 and whose financial assets are typical of families with this annual income level. The new policy will apply to both new and returning Lafayette students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
See also: Claremont McKenna College Press Release
See also: Lafayette College Press Release

4. Willamette U Housing to be Gender Neutral
Willamette University recently announced that, starting in the fall of 2008, it will offer gender neutral housing that will allow men and women to room together. The initiative is designed to meet the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered students who may not be comfortable sharing a room with someone of the same sex. Participation will be voluntary and students outside of the LGBT community will be permitted to participate. Parents will not be informed when a student chooses to live in gender neutral housing. The pilot program is not intended for romantically involved straight or gay couples; the University retains the right to deny requests from couples.

5. UC Berkeley Receives Undeveloped Land Donation
The University of California, Berkeley recently received an anonymous donation of the Blue Oak Ranch Reserve, a 3,260-acre property east of San Jose. The property is one of California's most diverse ecosystems, is embedded within 180,000 acres of permanently protected wild lands and open space in the Mount Hamilton Range, and is protected by a conservation easement held by the Nature Conservancy. The new reserve will support research to discover why oak trees are failing to thrive or regenerate. Additionally, UC Berkeley plans to design an ecologically sustainable field station on the site which will include dormitories, classrooms, laboratories, and offices with solar photovoltaic modules, passive solar systems, and sustainable water management systems designed by UC Berkeley environmental design and engineering faculty and students.

6. Humboldt State U to Install 2 Solar Projects
Humboldt State University’s student-initiated Humboldt Energy Independence Fund Committee has granted $100,000 for two pilot projects: a photovoltaic system for the roof of the Old Music Building and new equipment to complete a Solar Radiation Monitoring Station. The photovoltaic system was awarded $95,000 and will include two student contests in the fall to create an art display and interpretive signage explaining the installation’s benefits. The second project was awarded $5,000 toward completion of the SoRMS. Students have been working with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to create a database for the solar radiation energy of California’s North Coast. Data collected by the project will be useful for determining solar array sizes, battery storage requirements and carbon dioxide emission offsets. The information will be accessible to anyone via the laboratory’s website. Both projects are scheduled to be completed by the end of the fall 2008 semester. The fund is financed by a self-imposed fee of $10 per student per semester.

7. Turtle Mountain CC Installs Wind Turbine
Turtle Mountain Community College has begun the installation of a 600 kilowatt on-campus wind turbine. When the wind turbine runs at full capacity, it will provide 90 percent of TMCC's electricity usage. The turbine is scheduled to be complete and on the grid by late April.
See also: Chronicle of Higher Education Blog Post

8. Eastern Mennonite U Plots Campus Garden
Eastern Mennonite University recently broke ground for a campus garden. Students have already begun tilling and fertilizing the soil and hope that the garden will soon provide part of the produce for the campus. This summer, the garden will function as a pilot project, but students plan to expand the plot in the future.

9. Utah State U Donates Land for Organic Farm
Utah State University recently donated a 5-acre plot of its research land to be used for an on-campus organic farm. Students will help to prepare the field, and will also help make decisions on rotation rates and plots. Faculty coordinators of the project hope that the produce will be sold in an on-campus student famers market. The coordinators plan for the farm to become a self-sustaining project that will eventually make enough money to allow for a full-credit intern, research projects, and thesis projects.

10. Clinton Global Initiative U Receives $500,000 Grant from Wal-Mart
The Clinton Global Initiative University program recently received a $500,000 grant from the Wal-Mart Foundation. Through a selection process by CGI U, the grant will be awarded to students or universities whose commitments integrate principles of sustainability. A total of $350,000 will go to two universities, and the remaining $150,000 will be granted to thirty-five students and student groups. The awards will be made in August 2008 to students and universities who have made demonstrable progress on their commitments.

11. St. Louis CC Building Awarded LEED Gold
The St. Louis Community College Wildwood campus building was recently awarded LEED Gold certification. The 75,000 square foot facility features T-shaped windows that allow for more natural light, parking lot plug-ins for electric cars, an east-west solar orientation to fully capitalize on sunlight for heating, cooling, and natural light, a one-quarter-acre retention pond landscape with trees, bushes, and native prairie grass, and four cisterns that can capture up to 80,000 gallons of rainwater to be used for irrigation, waterless urinals, and drought-resistant landscaping. Officials say that STLCC's Wildwood campus is the largest community college facility in the U.S. to receive LEED Gold certification.

12. U Manitoba to Refurbish Historic Buildings
The University of Manitoba recently announced that 13 facilities and departments will be refurbished instead of building a new campus. Project Domino, starting this summer, will restore several historic buildings over a five-year period and plans to build only one new building, the Centre for Music, Art and Design.

13. Louisiana State U Converts Local Cooking Oil to Biodiesel
Louisiana State University recently started converting its cafeteria cooking oil into biodiesel. The campus will use cooking oil from an on-campus dining facility to make 50-gallon batches of biodiesel two times per week. The product will be used in tractors, heavy equipment, compost grinders, and trucks at one of the LSU AgCenter's Central Research Station. LSU plans to organize community workshops for those who want to learn how to make biodiesel using the same process.

14. Wilfrid Laurier U Switches to Cage-free Eggs
Wilfrid Laurier University Food Services recently switched to cage-free eggs. These cage-free eggs will be used for the 20 percent of foods that use whole shelled eggs at the University. WLU is hoping to make the change for liquid eggs as well.

15. Indiana U Increases Wages for Union Workers
The Indiana University Board of Trustees recently voted to increase union employee pay by 3.5 percent starting in the fall of 2008 as an effort to pay these workers a living wage. Employees who fall under a collective bargaining agreement will likely get a 3.5 percent increase, but the unions have a right to negotiate how that pool increase is distributed.

16. Texas Christian U Partners to Research Wind Power
Texas Christian University, the University of Oxford, and FPL Energy, LCC recently announced the formation of a partnership and research initiative to better understand the ecological and socio-economic impacts of wind power development. The five-year research effort includes three primary focus areas, including wind turbine impact on birds and bats, wind turbine ecological impacts, and socio-economic impacts of wind projects. The research will be coordinated by TCU’s Institute for Environmental Studies and Oxford’s Environmental Change Institute and will be funded by FPL Energy. All of the field research necessary for the project will be conducted at FPL Energy’s wind farm locations across the U.S.

17. St. Ambrose U To Launch Campus-wide Recycling Program
St. Ambrose University recently announced its plans to launch a campus-wide recycling program in the fall of 2008. The initiative was made possible by $20,000 from the University and a $32,000 grant from the Scott County Regional Authority. The money will be used to purchase recycling bins and a baler for waste generated by dining services.

18. Juice Energy Highlights NCAA Tournament Schools' Green Initiatives
Juice Energy has created a list of green initiatives that are taking place at NCAA Tournament Team's colleges and universities. Categorized by NCAA conference, the webpage includes initiatives from every tournament participant.

New Resources

19. U Florida Annual Report Features Sustainability
The University of Florida recently published its Annual Report. In addition to the audited financial statements for the University, this year's report incorporates UF's progress towards becoming a more sustainable university.

Opportunities

20. AASHE Sustainability Leadership Awards
AASHE is now accepting applications for its 2008 Sustainability Leadership Awards, to be presented in November at AASHE 2008: Working Together for Sustainability – On Campus and Beyond. Four Campus Sustainability Leadership Awards and one Student Sustainability Leadership Award will be presented. The Campus Sustainability Achievement Award recognizes the institutions that have made the greatest overall commitment to sustainability as demonstrated in their governance, curriculum and research, operations, campus culture, and community outreach. The AASHE Student Sustainability Achievement Award honors an undergraduate student from an AASHE member institution who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in promoting campus sustainability. Applications for both awards are due August 1, 2008.

Jobs & Internships

21. 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.

22. Sustainability Planner, U Virginia (link no longer available)
The University of Virginia Office of the University Architect is seeking a Sustainability Planner to assist both the Senior Land Use Planner and the Assistant University Architect. The Sustainability Planner will coordinate the development, measurement and prototyping of ongoing sustainability programs, the development of the sustainability assessment of the Grounds Plan, and assist in the LEED certification process for new buildings, as well as existing building renovations. A Bachelor's degree in architecture, landscape architecture, land use planning, environmental planning, engineering, environmental studies, environmental science or equivalent experience is required. The position is open until filled.

23. Energy Manager, O'Brien & Gere
O'Brien and Gere is seeking an Energy Manager to work out of the Syracuse, Vestal, or Hawthorne offices. The candidate will work closely with higher education institutions to improve the reliability and efficiency of their utility systems such as boilers, chillers, cooling towers, and pumping stations. The Energy Manger will also be expected to be able to identify and analyze the root causes of system degradation or failure, identify opportunities to improve system performance as part of the overall energy conservation program, and perform initial feasibility studies for energy conservation projects, including preliminary design, review of project electrical, mechanical and structural requirements, cost estimates, project savings and overall life cycle cost analysis. The ideal candidate should have a minimum of 10 years experience in the analysis, design, commissioning and start-up of energy generation systems. A Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering is preferred.

24. Asst. Prof of Climate Change and Global Solutions, Arizona State U
Arizona State University is inviting applications for an Assistant Professor of Climate Change and Global Solutions. Applicants should demonstrate exceptional potential for transdisciplinary research on the activities and impacts of globally engaged institutions with regard to climate change. They should have thorough knowledge of theories of the structures and operations of such institutions in complex social, political, cultural, and technical environments, and of the major aspects of climate policy. The appointee will develop courses on climate change and environmental governance for the SGS undergraduate Environment track, and collaborate with other relevant units at ASU, such as the School of Sustainability. A Ph.D. or equivalent degree in a relevant field is required. The position is open until filled.

25. Assoc. or Full Prof., Energy Policy, George Mason U
George Mason University seeks a dynamic person with expertise in renewable energy, fossil fuels, carbon sequestration, energy efficiency and conservation, energy economics or a related topic. Preference will be given to candidates whose expertise complements existing departmental teaching and research areas. Review of applications will begin on April 21, 2008, and continue until the position is filled.

26. Adjunct Faculty, Sustainable Management, Presidio School of Mgmt
Presidio School of Management is seeking adjunct faculty in Sustainable Management. The candidate will be responsible for the integration of sustainability principles and frameworks into the content of the course, learning outcomes, and advising students on projects and coursework. A doctoral degree, relevant professional and/or teaching experience, and a demonstrated commitment to sustainability are required.

27. Lecturer, Environmental Studies, Western State College
Western State College of Colorado invites applicants for a full-time, non-tenure-track position as lecturer in environmental studies and director of the Colorado Water Workshop beginning August 2008. Responsibilities include teaching approximately 13 semester credits per year in the areas of water policy and environmental studies. Responsibilities also include directing the Colorado Water Workshop, advising, college service, and professional activity. A Master's degree is required, and a Ph.D. is preferred. Applications are due April 11, 2008.

Events

28. CFP - AASHE 2008: Working Together for Sustainability
Nov 9-11, 2008; Raleigh, NC
AASHE is inviting submissions of abstracts for AASHE 2008: Working Together for Sustainability - On Campus and Beyond. Over 1,000 participants are expected from every sector of the higher education community, including sustainability officers, administrators from both academics and operations, facilities officers, operations and finance staff, design consultants, and faculty and students from a variety of disciplines. Keynote speakers include Van Jones, Peter Senge, Lester Brown, and Vandana Shiva. Presentation proposals are due by May 1.

29. Creating a Culture of Sustainability Conference (link no longer available)
May 28-30, 2008; Denver, CO
Academic Impressions will host "Creating a Culture of Sustainability," a conference that will offer sustainability coordinators and those charged with organizing sustainability efforts across campus the skills to create a roadmap for promoting a culture of sustainability on campus. The conference will teach participants how to develop and increase sustainability efforts, think and plan strategically for carbon neutrality, develop creative financing strategies for sustainability initiatives, implement innovative strategies for engaging students, faculty, and staff, and track the progress of sustainability efforts on campus.

30. 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.

31. National Sustainable Design Expo and P3 Award Competition
April 20-22, 2008; Washington, DC
The National Sustainable Design Expo, held in the spring each year on the National Mall in Washington, DC, was created to bring together professional scientists, engineers, and business leaders around innovations designed to advance economic growth while reducing environmental impact. The Expo showcases novel, commercially available products for green buildings and construction materials, innovative alternative energy technologies, strategies for rainwater collection and purification, and the latest in consumer products. In conjunction with Expo, EPA hosts the Annual P3 (People, Prosperity, and the Planet) Award competition. This national competition enables college students to research, develop and design scientific, technical and policy solutions to sustainability challenges. Students and their faculty advisors will be competing for the P3 Award and the opportunity of up to an additional $75,000 in funding to move their designs to the marketplace or implement them in the field.

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