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Table of Contents for 4/3/08:

NEWS
1. 3 University Leaders Testify in Senate to Limit GHG Emissions
2. Campuses Participate in Fossil Fools Day
3. Arizona State U Implements Green Purchasing Policy
4. Oberlin College Announces New Financial Aid Initiative
5. Colorado State U Hires VP for Energy & the Environment
6. NY Times Covers Increasing Academic Programs in Renewable Energy
7. Colorado State U President Calls for Increased Sustainability Research
8. Bowdoin College to Purchase Local Renewable Energy Credits
9. AASHE Staff Blog about the Smart & Sustainable Campuses Conf.
10. U British Columbia Building Received LEED Gold
11. Johns Hopkins U Approves Funding for Green Initiatives
12. Burlington College Joins Energy Efficiency Project
13. U Utah Offers Organic, Fair Trade Coffee
14. U Buffalo Dining Begins Local Food Program
15. Ohio State U Adopts New Recycled Paper Policy
16. San Diego State U Students Vote for Green Fee
17. James Madison U Holds Water & Electricity Conservation Competition
18. Loyalist College Starts Recycling Program

NEW RESOURCES
19. U Maryland Plan to Develop Climate Action

OPPORTUNITIES
20. Opportunity to Become an AASHE 2008 Supporting Institution
21. People, Ecology & Development Study Abroad Program, Thailand
22. The Summer of Solutions Program for Students

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
23. Dir., Center for Metropolitan Sustainability, NY Institute of Tech.
24. Prof., Human Dimensions of Coastal Sustainability, East Carolina U

EVENTS
25. CFP, Regist. Open - AASHE 2008: Working Together for Sustainability
26. Creating a Greenhouse Gas Inventory Webcast
27. Sustainability Conference for Business School Professionals
28. How to Start a Local Food Purchasing Program Webcast

News

1. 3 University Leaders Testify in Senate to Limit GHG Emissions
University of California at Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau, University of Minnesota at Morris Chancellor Jacqueline Johnson, and Yale University (CT) President Richard C. Levin recently testified at the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Hearing, "Examining Strategies to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions at U.S. Colleges and Universities." Each university leader discussed the important role of colleges and universities in battling climate change and the necessity for the federal government to enact legislation limiting greenhouse gas emissions nationwide.
See also: Chronicle of Higher Education Blog
See also: U California Berkeley Press Release
See also: U Minnesota Morris Press Release
See also: Yale Daily News article 1
See also: Yale Daily News article 2
See also: Yale Daily News article 3

2. Campuses Participate in Fossil Fools Day
Campuses from the U.S. and Canada participated in Fossil Fools Day events on April 1. Fossil Fools Day, organized by the Energy Action Coalition, brings together thousands of young people from around the world for a global day of action demonstrating the youth commitment to stop climate change. The University of Kentucky, Wilfrid Laurier University (ON), Clark University (MA), and others participated in the day of action through events such as raising a mock wind turbine on top of a pile of coal, blockading a Shell Gas Station, and hosting a wind turbine versus coal plant boxing match.
See also: Fossil Fools Day Photos
See also: Fossil Fools Day Events, North American Coverage

3. Arizona State U Implements Green Purchasing Policy
Arizona State University recently implemented a green purchasing policy which states that all companies that want to do business with ASU must pass a stringent test of their environmental practices. Vendors who wish to sell products to ASU first must fill out an 11-point “Green Profile Questionnaire,” which includes such questions as, “What policies are in place to monitor and manage your supply chain regarding environmental issues?”, “Does your company have a Green Transportation Plan?” and “Has your company ever been cited for non-compliance of an environmental or safety issue?” The policy also requires that all bidders, proposers and contracts use recycled paper and double-sided copying for all documents they create in doing business with ASU. Additionally, all packaging materials have to meet at least one, but preferably all, of the following criteria: made from recycled materials, be recyclable or reusable, be non-toxic or biodegradable. ASU also has committed to buying only wood materials that have Forest Stewardship Council certification, or are previously used products (or bamboo products such as bamboo mop handles); to re-use every scrap of stone and brick possible; and to buy carpet only from distributors who have an ASU-approved carpet recycling plan.

4. Oberlin College Announces New Financial Aid Initiative
Oberlin College recently announced the Oberlin Access Initiative, which promises to eliminate the annual loan requirements for those members of the incoming class of 2012 who are eligible to receive federally funded Pell Grants. In addition, the new policy will extend to all current, Pell-eligible students returning to Oberlin next fall.

5. Colorado State U Hires VP for Energy & the Environment
Colorado State University Research Foundation has hired Ron Sega as the Vice President for Energy, Environment, and Applied Research. Sega will also serve as CSU President Larry Edward Penley's special advisor on energy and the environment and the chairman of the advisory committee on Sustainability and the Environment.

6. NY Times Covers Increasing Academic Programs in Renewable Energy
The New York Times recently published an article on the increasing number of college and universities that are offering degrees in the field of renewable energy. The article focuses on the Oregon Institute of Technology's four-year undergraduate degree program in renewable-energy systems. The degree includes coursework in engineering, electrical circuits, motors and generators, thermodynamics, heat transfer and the language of computers. Specialized courses are also offered in photovoltaics, wind, biomass, hydropower and geothermal energy development. The article also notes programs from the State University of New York, Illinois State University, Appalachian State University (NC), Lane Community College (OR), San Juan College (NM), Bronx Community College (NY), and Stanford University (CA).

7. Colorado State U President Calls for Increased Sustainability Research
Colorado State University President Larry Edward Penley recently published an article in Inside Higher Ed that discusses the leadership role higher education institutions need to take in advancing sustainability research and solutions. He argues that research universities have an obligation and an opportunity to use their resources to educate green collar workers and create ground-breaking climate change solutions. Penley believes that universities should focus less on installing greener goods and creating climate change awareness, and focus more on preparing students for the up and coming green economy, advancing green research, and inputting new technologies into the free market. Once this research enters the marketplace, he says, it can create jobs, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve health and living conditions worldwide, and stimulate the economy.

8. Bowdoin College to Purchase Local Renewable Energy Credits
Bowdoin College (ME) recently announced that UPC Wind will provide the College with renewable energy certificates from its Mars Hill wind project in northern Maine. Bowdoin is currently offsetting approximately 70 percent of its campus electricity use with voluntary renewable energy certificates produced in Maine. These voluntary REC purchases complement the green power already provided pursuant to Maine's Renewable Portfolio Standard law. So far in 2008, 31 percent of Bowdoin's electricity comes from qualifying renewable sources, bringing Bowdoin's total to 100 percent green electricity. Bowdoin is focusing on switching to lower carbon fuels and increased energy efficiency, but plans to purchase RECs in the mean time.

9. AASHE Staff Blog about the Smart & Sustainable Campuses Conf.
The 2008 Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference was held last week at the University of Maryland. AASHE staff members were on hand to blog about the majority of the sessions. Topics include campus sustainability rating systems, why your campus needs an office of sustainability, channeling student power, vision planning for campus sustainability and more. The Chronicle of Higher Ed and the National Wildlife Federation also blogged about the conference.
See also: Chronicle of Higher Ed Blog Post
See also: National Wildlife Federation Campus Ecology Blog Posts

10. U British Columbia Building Received LEED Gold
The National Research Council Institute for Fuel Cell Innovation, located on the campus of the University of British Columbia, has been awarded LEED Gold certification. The building features a ground source heat pump to provide natural-source heating and cooling, a 5KW solid oxide fuel cell system powered by natural gas and a photovoltaic array to capture energy from sunlight. UBC officials anticipate a 34 percent energy usage savings, which amounts to an annual reduction of 184 tons of greenhouse gas emissions. The centre also promotes alternative transportation options through easy access to public transportation, bicycle storage stalls and shower facilities. There is also a hydrogen refueling station and parking spaces for car or van-pools.

11. Johns Hopkins U Approves Funding for Green Initiatives
Johns Hopkins University (MD) recently approved the Sustainable Hopkins Infrastructure Program, a program created to provide a way for students, faculty, and staff to secure funding for green projects on campus. JHU plans to form a committee of campus members that will review project proposals based on compliance to certain criteria, which have yet to be finalized. Once a project is approved, it will be handed off to the Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration where funds will be allocated. SHIP is not a revolving loan fund, and the money does not come from a predetermined fund; instead, money will be taken from excess funds, which will be determined on a case by case basis.

12. Burlington College Joins Energy Efficiency Project
Burlington College (VT) recently joined an energy-efficiency project composed of the Association of Vermont Independent Colleges. The goals of the Burlington College part of the project are to retrofit existing older buildings on campus to significantly improve energy efficiency, and to carry out a site analysis and design of a new LEED-certified building. The college also plans to replace its four boilers with two Energy Star-rated boilers, three 50-gallon hot water tanks with a 200-gallon gas hot water tank, 104 fluorescent light fixtures with more energy-efficient models, and 70 of the 102 windows on campus buildings. The school said it will also carry out an architectural study on constructing a LEED-certified, climate-specific and site-specific building using energy-efficient construction materials. The study will explore incorporating passive solar and wind energy, as well as natural day-lighting.

13. U Utah Offers Organic, Fair Trade Coffee
The University of Utah recently began offering organic, fair trade coffee in the student union food court. Customers will have to pay 10 to 15 cents extra for the new coffee. The rest of the campus still offers non-organic, non-fair-trade coffee, but will consider making the switch after receiving student input.

14. U Buffalo Dining Begins Local Food Program
University at Buffalo (NY) Campus Dining and Shops recently began the new Local Food Program, which aims to bring more locally produced food products on campus. The new program will offer local produce, syrups, sauces, cheese, honey, meats, pasta and baked goods, and is a result of a partnership with Pride of New York.

15. Ohio State U Adopts New Recycled Paper Policy
Ohio State University recently adopted a new policy that increases the use of recycled content paper on campus. The new policy aims to ensure that copy paper used on campus contains at least 30 percent recycled materials. Officials say that the new initiative will help the university protect more than 8,000 trees and save enough energy to power 62 homes.

16. San Diego State U Students Vote for Green Fee
San Diego State University (CA) Students recently voted to increase the current mandatory Student Body Association Fee to fund, among other initiatives, new green program and facility upgrades. 64.6 percent of students voted for a $20 increase per semester. 8.66 percent of the total student body voted.

17. James Madison U Holds Water & Electricity Conservation Competition
James Madison University (VA) is holding its first "Green Wars – the Village Strikes Back," a competition to see which residence hall can conserve the most water and electricity. Facilities Management will provide weekly updates on each dorm's water and energy usage. The winning dorm will receive T-shirts, and any dorm that conserves at least 10 percent will receive $100 for their community council. The competition, which is set to end April 14, 2008, is being hosted by the Clean Energy Coalition and the Office of Residence Life.
See also: Dorm vs. Dorm Sustainability Competition How-To Video

18. Loyalist College Starts Recycling Program
Loyalist College (ON) recently launched a recycling program. As an incentive, on the opening day of the program, environmentally-friendly prizes were given to students who recycled or chose to do something green for the day.

New Resources

19. U Maryland Plan to Develop Climate Action
The University of Maryland has released its schedule for developing a Climate Action Plan. The plan includes conducting a greenhouse gas inventory, identifying possible climate mitigation and education strategies, including stakeholder input, and selecting neutrality targets and timelines.

Opportunities

20. Opportunity to 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.

21. People, Ecology & Development Study Abroad Program, Thailand
The International Sustainable Development Studies Institute is now accepting applications for its Spring 2009 People, Ecology and Development study abroad program in Thailand. The program focuses on the links between culture, ecology and sustainability through the experiential study of specific communities and ecosystems. ISDSI Expedition Field Courses are upper division courses which require living cross-culturally and traveling in remote areas--villages, islands, rivers and mountains; while traveling by foot, sea kayak or canoe. Students earn a semester of academic credit while on the program. The Spring semester includes the intensive study of Thai, as well as studies of rivers, human rights and the environment; islands, reefs and mangrove ecosystems; and ethnic peoples and forests. The deadline for applications is October 10, 2008.

22. The Summer of Solutions Program for Students
Grand Aspirations is inviting youth across the nation to attend The Summer of Solutions, an experiential training and community organizing program run by college students who are pioneering systemic and transformative solutions to global warming. This summer, the program will apply the vision of a renewable energy society and a just and sustainable economy in ways that will give students the tools to generate concrete and sweeping changes in their communities nationwide. The Summer of Solutions will take place June 1 – August 1, 2008 in St. Paul, MN. Applications are due April 1, 15, and 29, 2008.
See also: It's Getting Hot in Here blog post

Jobs & Internships

23. Dir., Center for Metropolitan Sustainability, NY Institute of Tech.
The New York Institute of Technology seeks applicants for the Director of the Center for Metropolitan Sustainability. The purpose of the newly formed Center is to support interdisciplinary academic programs and research projects in sustainability as well as green campus initiatives. Candidates must have Ph.D. preferably in Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Environmental Science or other related fields, a strong interest in interdisciplinary approaches to sustainability, and a demonstrated history of successful scholarship. The position is open until filled.

24. Prof., Human Dimensions of Coastal Sustainability, East Carolina U
East Carolina University and the University of North Carolina Coastal Studies Institute seek candidates for a full-time, faculty appointment at the rank of Associate or Full Professor to begin August 11, 2008. The position is broadly defined to consider all candidates with strong evidence of Social Science research pertaining to coastal sustainability. Relevant fields or areas of expertise include economics, sociology, recreation and tourism, geography, political science/ public administration, anthropology, coastal resource management or other fields related to human dimensions of sustainability. A doctoral degree is required and demonstrated evidence of an active collaborative research program that incorporates environmental, economic, and quality of life-related issues pertaining to coastal sustainability is a plus. The position is open until filled.

Events

25. CFP, Regist. Open - 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 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. Early registration ends June 17, 2008. Discounts are available for students and AASHE members.

26. 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.

27. Sustainability Conference for Business School Professionals
July 30 – 31, 2008; Salt Lake City, UT
The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business is hosting their new Sustainability Conference which will discuss ethics, governance, peace through commerce, and responsible global leadership. The conference will cover how business schools can provide real-world learning opportunities to create globally responsible business leaders. Early registration ends June 30, 2008.

28. 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.

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