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Table of Contents for 5/8/08:

NEWS
1. Forbes Magazine Names America's Greenest Campuses
2. Princeton Review to Issue Green Ratings for Colleges
3. 1.2 MW Solar Project Completed at East Los Angeles College
4. U Iowa Announces Sustainability Initiative
5. MIT Receives $10M to Fund Solar Energy Research
6. UC Davis Energy Efficiency Center Receives $1M
7. U Penn Appoints Environmental Sustainability Coordinator
8. UT Austin Adopts Campus Sustainability Policy
9. College of William & Mary Unveils Sustainability Policy
10. Schools Meet on Responsible Investing
11. U Florida Launches Paper Saving Campaign
12. Calvin College Course Prepares Carbon Neutrality Plan
13. Williams College to Install Solar Array, Receives Rebate
14. Augsburg Launches Bike Share Program
15. San Francisco State to Launch Green Themed Living
16. CSU Chico Farm to Grow Organic Produce for Dining Halls
17. Seattle U Launches Low-Carbon Campaign
18. SUNY Ulster to Launch Energy Conservation Project
19. CSU Fresno Switches to Compostable Dinnerware
20. Georgia Tech Solar Decathlon House Used as Classroom
21. LA Community College District Launches Recycling Program
22. Williams College Receives Student Env'l Leadership Skills Grant
23. Florida Atlantic U Receives Green Building Grant
24. Dickinson College Building to Feature Green Roof, Light Sensors
25. Grand Rapids CC to Install Green Roof
26. Furman U Receives Sustainability Award

NEW RESOURCES
27. New Cornell U Sustainability Website

OPPORTUNITIES
28. AASHE Student Research on Campus Sustainability Award

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
29. Sustainability Coordinator, Johns Hopkins U
30. Sustainability Coordinator, Bemidji State U
31. Program Coordinator, Longwood Green Campus Program
32. Education & Chapter Coordinator, Engineers for a Sustainable World
33. Communications & Outreach Mgr, Center for American Progress
34. Summer Fellowship, Food & Water Watch
35. 3 Summer Interns, AASHE

EVENTS
36. Carbon Trading Webinar
37. Creating a Culture of Sustainability Conference
38. CFP Deadline Extended - AASHE 2008 Conference

News

1. Forbes Magazine Names America's Greenest Campuses
Forbes Magazine recently published an article on "America's Greenest Colleges." According to the article, the 10 greenest campuses are: Carleton College (MN), College of the Atlantic (ME), Dartmouth College (NH), Harvard University (MA), Middlebury College (VT), New York University, University Of California-Santa Cruz, University Of Pennsylvania, University Of Vermont, and University Of Washington. The list is comprised of higher achievers in the Sustainable Endowments Institute's College Sustainability Report Card and the EPA Green Power Partnership's list of the top campus purchasers of renewable energy credits.

2. Princeton Review to Issue Green Ratings for Colleges
The Princeton Review recently announced that it will publish a green rating in future editions of its annual college guide starting with the 2009 issue which will be released this summer. The decision came after 63 percent of the 10,300 respondents to the 2008 College Hopes & Worries Survey said that they would value having information about a college’s commitment to the environment and that it might impact their decision to apply to or attend the school.” A full 23 percent said this information would "strongly" or "very much" contribute to decisions about which schools to apply to or attend. The rating that colleges receive will be based on how environmentally responsible a school's policies are, how healthy and sustainable the campus quality of life is, and how well a school prepares its students to make informed and environmentally responsible lifestyle decisions after college. The rating will be on a scale of 60 to 99 points. The Princeton Review developed the rating in conjunction with ecoAmerica, a non-profit environmental research organization.
See also: Princeton Review 2008 College Hopes & Worries Survey Report

3. 1.2 MW Solar Project Completed at East Los Angeles College
The Los Angeles Community College District (CA) recently completed a 1.2 MW solar power project at East Los Angeles College. The $9 million project, which will provide almost half of the college’s daytime power needs, is part of the District’s Renewable Energy Plan, which aims to take all nine of its colleges "off the grid.". The solar panels are located atop a seven large-scale carports.
See also: List of Campus Solar Installations

4. U Iowa Announces Sustainability Initiative
The University of Iowa President Sally Mason recently announced plans to establish a Sustainability Steering Committee that will report directly to the President and an Office of Sustainability that will be located in the Facilities Management division. In addition, the University will be hiring five new tenure-track faculty who are devoted to interdisciplinary sustainability studies. The University also plans to review current course offerings and consider expanding its sustainability curriculum. Additionally, UI also announced that sustainability will be an underlying principal in the next university strategic plan.
See also: Full Text of President Mason's Address

5. MIT Receives $10M to Fund Solar Energy Research
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology recently launched a partnership with the Chesonis Foundation to transform solar power to an affordable, dependable, and mainstream energy solution. The Solar Revolution Project, funded by a $10 million gift from the Foundation, will explore new materials and systems that could dramatically accelerate the availability of solar energy. Specifically, the SRP will focus on the capture, conversion and storage of solar energy with the goal of making solar power a viable, near-term energy source. The SRP will initially support 30 energy fellowships for students on a range of solar-related studies, from the development of novel materials for energy conversion and storage to using solar energy to produce hydrogen fuel from water. Each fellowship will last five years.

6. UC Davis Energy Efficiency Center Receives $1M
The University of California, Davis Energy Efficiency Center recently received three grants totaling $1.1 million to help bring new energy efficiency technologies to the market. Chevron and Wal-Mart have each pledged $100,000 per year for five years, and Goldman Sachs is providing $100,000 this year.

7. U Penn Appoints Environmental Sustainability Coordinator
The University of Pennsylvania recently appointed Daniel Garofalo as the University's first Environmental Sustainability Coordinator. Garofalo will be responsible for developing Penn’s long-range sustainability strategy by addressing energy conservation, waste management, green buildings, transportation and planning.
See also: Directory of Campus Sustainability Officers (AASHE Members Only)

8. UT Austin Adopts Campus Sustainability Policy
The University of Texas at Austin recently adopted a Campus Sustainability Policy to integrate sustainability in academic programs, operations, campus planning, administration and outreach. The Campus Sustainability Policy requires that university policies, practices and curricula should, when possible, embody approaches that reduce life cycle costs, restore or maintain the functioning of natural systems, and enhance human well-being. It also calls for the establishment of procedures and mechanisms, including an oversight body, to guide its implementation and ensure accountability.
See also: UT Austin Sustainability Policy

9. College of William & Mary Unveils Sustainability Policy
The College of William and Mary (VA) recently unveiled its Sustainability Policy. The policy calls for the creation of a sustainability committee and establishes goals in the areas of energy, land use, water use, waste management, transportation, purchasing, and education.

10. Schools Meet on Responsible Investing
Finance officials, faculty and students that serve on campus-based Committees on Investor Responsibility recently came together for the first time to participate in a day-long conference focused on sharing best practice models for corporate engagement and the leveraging of school endowments for social and environmental justice. The event, hosted by the Responsible Endowments Coalition, the Advisory Committee on Socially Responsible Investing at Columbia University, and the Columbia University Human Rights Law clinic, included three sessions: Goals and Strategies of Corporate Engagement, Social Responsibility as Part of Fiduciary Responsibility, and Models of Collaboration. The Responsible Endowments Coalition will use ideas generated during the meeting to help investment staff and students at colleges and universities stay connected on such topics as shareholder resolutions, proxy voting and corporate engagement.

11. U Florida Launches Paper Saving Campaign
The University of Florida recently launched "Think Before You Ink," a campaign to reduce the amount of pages faculty, students, and staff print and/or copy on campus. The campaign has three separate parts: Save the Paper, Print to Web, and Printer Certification. Save the Paper is designed to reduce the waste and inefficiency associated with campus photocopies and printouts. Print to Web, which is scheduled to launch in the coming weeks, will encourage the use of the Internet and e-mail for distribution of items including newsletters and class materials. This initiative also calls for careful review of magazines, brochures and other written materials, to determine which publications may be candidates for conversion to Web or electronic format. Printer Certification, which is also scheduled to launch in the coming weeks, will require printers to be certified based on pricing, service, quality and sustainability practices. The Think Before You Ink campaign has also created the UF Green Team, a first-point-of-contact for any questions regarding sustainability. The Green Team will be comprised of volunteers from the various campus colleges and units, and will be trained in various sustainability practices.
See also: Think Before You Ink Homepage
See also: UF Green Team Homepage

12. Calvin College Course Prepares Carbon Neutrality Plan
Calvin College (MI) students from the Engineering 333 and Biology 354 courses recently completed an analysis of what it would take to make the College carbon neutral. Throughout the semester, the classes completed a carbon emissions inventory, a sequestration potential investigation, and a financial analysis of how the campus could reduce its carbon output. As a result, the students developed a plan to reach carbon neutrality within 11 years through a Green Energy Fund and installing a wind turbine.
See also: Calvin Carbon Neutrality Project Report

13. Williams College to Install Solar Array, Receives Rebate
Williams College (MA) recently received a Commonwealth Solar grant from the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative. This award recognizes the commitment to renewable energy the College has demonstrated by incorporating solar power on campus. As part of their library renovation project, Williams College is constructing a library shelving facility and will include a 26.88 kilowatt photovoltaic system. The award, a $92,670 Commonwealth Solar rebate, will help the College defray the total costs of the project.

14. Augsburg Launches Bike Share Program
Augsburg College (MN) recently launched a new bike share program on campus. The program gives students, staff, and faculty the chance to check out a bike for personal use, free of charge. Augsburg faculty and staff donated some of the bikes for the program, but most came from a local bike shop.
See also: List of Campus Bike Share Programs (AASHE Members Only)

15. San Francisco State to Launch Green Themed Living
This fall, San Francisco State University will launch ECO-Digs, a co-op project consisting of four campus houses dedicated to sustainable living. The four adjacent houses will allow residents to grow their own food, reduce their energy consumption, and conserve water. The houses are open to upper classmen and graduate students.

16. CSU Chico Farm to Grow Organic Produce for Dining Halls
California State University, Chico recently announced the Organic Vegetable Project, an initiative in which a section of the University Farm will be growing organic fruits and vegetables for the Associated Students Dining Services. The program hopes to have enough produce left over for an on-campus market.

17. Seattle U Launches Low-Carbon Campaign
Seattle University (WA) recently launched an initiative to reduce its carbon footprint by offering more local foods in its dining halls. An eatery on campus eliminated beef from its menu as part of the campaign. The initiative also aims to teach students to limit their meal portion size, purchase local food, and reduce packaged food consumption.

18. SUNY Ulster to Launch Energy Conservation Project
The State University of New York at Ulster recently announced that it will undergo a $2.6 million energy conservation upgrade. The upgrade is expected to reduce the college’s energy use by almost 1.3 million kWh per year. Upgrades include retrofitting older, less energy efficient equipment with state-of-the-art energy using equipment. The project will also address water conservation and a renewable energy system in the form of a solar water heating system. The cost of the project is expected to be funded through energy savings over a 15 year period.

19. CSU Fresno Switches to Compostable Dinnerware
California State University, Fresno recently began serving campus food with compostable cups, lids, napkins, small plates, and beverage sleeves. These green products will also be used at all events catered by University Dining Services. Dining Services also plans to switch to compostable utensils and to-go ware in the near future. All items will be composted by the University Agricultural Laboratory.

20. Georgia Tech Solar Decathlon House Used as Classroom
Georgia Institute of Technology recently installed its 2007 Solar Decathlon House on campus to be used as a classroom. The house will be used for education and research about solar power and other forms of sustainability energy for students in architecture, engineering, sciences, and management. The structure is on display for public viewing, but is still a work in progress for Georgia Tech students.
See also: Solar Decathlon House Homepage

21. LA Community College District Launches Recycling Program
The Los Angeles Community College District recently launched a new recycling program at Los Angeles Valley College with plans to expand to the District's nine campuses. The program is part of a comprehensive plan to bring the District closer to its goal of becoming zero-waste, and will include clearly marked bins in every classroom and office space, as well as more user-friendly outdoor receptacles. To get the program off to a good start, campus clubs will be holding big visibility and educational events to raise awareness on campus for the new program and to make sure students start using it.

22. Williams College Receives Student Env'l Leadership Skills Grant
Williams College (MA) recently received a $24,800 grant from the Henry David Thoreau Foundation for building environmental leadership skills among students. The College's Center for Environmental Studies and the Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives will implement the project, "Using the Study of Green Building Practices at Williams College to Educate Environmental Leaders for Tomorrow." The aim of the program is to develop knowledge of sustainable building practices and create opportunities for collaboration of 10 students with Williams faculty, staff, architects and engineers. Thoreau Fellows will be expected to apply their understanding of green building practices to the development and operations of selected buildings on campus. In addition, each fellow will be required to submit a proposal for a project involving new construction, renovation or operations at Williams.

23. Florida Atlantic U Receives Green Building Grant
Florida Atlantic University's College of Engineering and Computer Science recently received a $50,000 planning grant through The Kresge Foundation's Green Building Initiative to help fund a potential platinum level LEED certified engineering complex on campus. The groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for the fall of 2008, and the expected completion date is fall 2009.

24. Dickinson College Building to Feature Green Roof, Light Sensors
Dickinson College (PA) recently announced its plans to install a green roof, light occupancy sensors, and other green features into the new science building on campus. The green roof will feature flowers of Dickinson's school colors, red and white, and the lighting system will include sensors that dim lights when it is bright outside and shut off the lights when there is no one in the room.

25. Grand Rapids CC to Install Green Roof
Grand Rapid Community College (MI) recently announced its plans to install a green roof on campus. The roof will be used to grow cilantro, sage, basil, thyme, and other herbs. GRCC received a donation from the Steelcase Foundation to fund the project.

26. Furman U Receives Sustainability Award
Furman University (SC) recently received the Sam Johnson Leadership in Sustainability Award for its outstanding dedication and achievement in sustainability. In receiving the award, Furman was cited for its broad application of green cleaning practices, having the first building in the state to earn LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, proclaiming 2007 as the Year of the Environment, and mounting an educational outreach campaign aimed at building environmental awareness on campus and throughout the community. The Sam Johnson Leadership in Sustainability Award is given to a company or organization that displays a total commitment to sustainability. Criteria included a proven track record of sustainable facility care, green building practices and certifications, organizational commitment and communication to key constituents. A $5,000 gift is made to the World Wildlife Fund on behalf of the award winner.

New Resources

27. New Cornell U Sustainability Website
Cornell University (NY) has launched a new sustainability website. The goal of the website is to help the public explore Cornell's efforts in sustainability. The site provides both an overview and links to many specific programs and initiatives. The website features sustainability-related news, events, and activities in research, education, operations, and outreach.
See also: List of Campus Sustainability Websites (AASHE Members Only)

Opportunities

28. AASHE Student Research on Campus Sustainability Award
AASHE invites undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled at U.S. or Canadian institutions of higher education to submit research papers of any length on campus sustainability that have not been previously published, are written in English, and were completed after August 1, 2007. A version of the winning paper will be published in Sustainability: The Journal of Record (subject to editorial review). Longer papers will be edited to meet the Journal's length standards. Papers are due August 1, 2008.

Jobs & Internships

29. Sustainability Coordinator, Johns Hopkins U
Johns Hopkins University (MD) seeks a Sustainability Coordinator to develop and facilitate projects that reduce the negative environmental impacts of the University. Responsibilities include working with members of the Sustainability Initiative and the Office of Facilities Management to recruit, coordinate, train and motivate students to increase recycling rates, decrease energy consumption, and develop student projects that demonstrate positive environmental stewardship on campus. The Sustainability Coordinator will also assist faculty members in developing scholarship-based activities that use the campus as a living classroom. Qualifications include a Bachelor's degree in a relevant field, a clear understanding of the principles of sustainability, and experience with environmental issues on campus. A Master's degree is preferred. Applications are due May 15, 2008.
See also: JHU Sustainability Homepage

30. Sustainability Coordinator, Bemidji State U
Bemidji State University (MN) is seeking a Sustainability Coordinator to serve as a facilitator in the University’s continued move towards sustainability, acting through a collaborative process involving staff, students, faculty and administrators. The coordinator is responsible for the education, communication, planning, and management of environmental issues on campus and is also expected to participate in community environmental initiatives. Qualifications include a Bachelor's degree in a related field, a strong working knowledge and passion for the concept of sustainability, and an awareness of the central issues and controversies in the discourse on sustainable development. Review of applications will begin June 10, 2008 and continue until the position is filled.

31. Program Coordinator, Longwood Green Campus Program
The Harvard Green Campus Initiative seeks a Program Coordinator for the Longwood Green Campus Program. The Longwood Program Coordinator works with the Harvard Medical School, School of Public Health to administer and implement campus conservation programs on the Longwood campus. The major activities of this program are education, outreach and publicity for environmental sustainability initiatives; running conservation campaigns and working with students, staff, and faculty to reduce campus environmental impacts; accounting for and reporting conservation projects on campus; and ongoing research to support best practices for waste, energy, and water conservation efforts on campus, particularly focusing on the laboratory environment as labs make up a major portion of the building type at Longwood. Qualifications include a Bachelor's degree and 2 to 3 years of experience in environmental management, or a Masters in Environmental Sciences or professional degree.

32. Education & Chapter Coordinator, Engineers for a Sustainable World (link no longer available)
Engineers for a Sustainable World is seeking an Education and Chapter Coordinator. The Education and Chapter Coordinator will coordinate ESW’s educational programs, provide support and guidance to chapter leaders across the nation, and play a key role in coordinating ESW’s National Conference. Working closely with the Executive Director, s/he may also have the opportunity to engage in corporate fundraising activities to support ESW’s programs and services. Qualifications include a Bachelor's degree, excellent written and oral communication skills, and a demonstrated interest in sustainability. Nonprofit experience and demonstrated fundraising experience is a plus. The position is open until filled.

33. Communications and Outreach Manager, The Center for American Progress (link no longer available)
The Center for American Progress is seeking a Network Associate working for Campus Progress. The Network Associate will be responsible for recruiting and selecting participants for and providing support to Campus Progress’s network of students on more than 150 campuses across the country. Other responsibilities include planning and implementing programming and training for students within the network; acting as a liaison between Campus Progress network students and our issues and events staff; and developing and maintaining a database of campus and other contacts. The Network Associate will strengthen Campus Progress's outreach to students, student groups, campus faculty and staff, other young people, national and regional organizations, and others in order to foster connections and involvement in Campus Progress’s work. Qualifications include a Bachelor's degree, experience with social networking and online organizing, and campus organizing or activism experience. The position is open until filled.

34. Summer Fellowship, Food & Water Watch (link no longer available)
The Food and Water Watch is seeking summer fellows for the Take Back the Tap campaign. Candidates with good time management skills, a desire to learn, and a passion for environmental and social justice are encouraged to apply. The Summer Fellowship Program includes a four-day training in Washington, D.C. with national campaign staff and movement leaders. Responsibilities include volunteer recruitment and management, building coalitions, and creating campaign strategies. College credit is available. Applications are due May 15, 2008.

35. 3 Summer Interns, AASHE
AASHE is accepting applications for 3 summer intern positions: an IT intern, a Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System (STARS) intern, and a Resources intern. The IT intern will help with the development of data-intensive and user-friendly web applications that help colleges and universities share information and measure their progress toward meeting sustainability goals. Qualifications include proficiency with PHP5 or other OOP language, proficiency with SQL, Javascript/AJAX and/or Actionscript experience, and experience working with web frameworks and using version control systems. The STARS intern will assist with the STARS program by researching other certification or rating systems and standards to identify best practices for allocating points, maintaining/updating the system, and determining standards; helping to revise STARS credits, with particular focus on the “Education and Research” and “Administration and Finance” categories; assisting in researching funding opportunities and writing grant applications, and more. Qualifications include strong written and oral communication skills, strong internet research skills, and interest and experience in campus sustainability. The Resources intern will assist with the development of the AASHE Resource Center, assist in processing memberships, provide outreach and membership support, support the AASHE Conference Team, and more. Qualifications include strong written and oral skills, strong internet research skills, and attention to detail. The IT and Resource intern positions are open until filled. The STARS internship application deadline is May 15, 2008.
See also: IT Intern Position Description
See also: STARS Intern Position Description
See also: Resources Intern Position Description

Events

36. Carbon Trading Webinar
May 22, 2008; 2 – 3:30pm CDT; Online
The American Colleges and Universities Presidents' Climate Commitment and Honeywell Building Solutions will be hosting "The Future of Carbon Trading," a webinar designed to inform higher education institutions about carbon trading. The webinar will give an overview of the world carbon market, the United States voluntary market, carbon credits and renewable energy credits, and carbon monetization in the U.S.

37. 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.

38. CFP Deadline Extended - AASHE 2008 Conference
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 June 2. Early registration ends August 29, 2008. Discounts are available for students and AASHE members.

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