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Table of Contents for 5/15/08:

NEWS
1. Columbia U Establishes Center on Sustainable Intl Investment
2. 7 Campuses Become Founding Reporters in The Climate Registry
3. UC Davis Announces New High-Level Sustainability Initiative
4. U New England Hires Sustainability Coordinator
5. Arizona State U Sustainability Institute Moves to Green Building
6. UC Berkeley Sustainability Projects Receive $2M
7. West Virginia Colleges Work with Nonprofit to Promote Green Business
8. Notre Dame Computer Processors to Heat City Greenhouse
9. UCLA Students Vote for Green Fee
10. CSU, Chico Bans Bottled Water & Passes Green Purchasing Policy
11. Emory U Residence Hall Awarded LEED Silver
12. UC Berkeley Building Awarded LEED Silver
13. U New England Breaks Ground for Green Pharmacy Building
14. Southwestern U Students Form Bike Collective
15. U New Hampshire Students Install Green Landscaping
16. Bowdoin to Use Organic Lawn Treatments, Hold Green Commencement
17. Maharishi University of Management Expands Composting Project
18. U Maine, Farmington Donates 100% of its Waste Oil for Biofuel
19. Rice U Installs Rainwater Collection Tank
20. Purdue U, Indiana U Students Donate Unwanted Items
21. USGBC Announces Green Building Curriculum Award Winners

NEW RESOURCES
22. Whitepaper on Retro-commissioning Existing Buildings
23. List of Campus Bus Pass Programs

OPPORTUNITIES
24. AASHE Student Sustainability Leadership Awards
25. USGBC Natural Talent Design Competition

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
26. Dir. of Sustainability Initiatives Prgm., City College of New York
27. Sustainability Coordinator, U Minnesota Duluth
28. Sustainability Specialist, UC Berkeley
29. Sustainable Programs Manager, U Virginia
30. Sustainability Manager, U Tennessee, Knoxville
31. Director, Institute for Energy & the Environment, Ohio State U
32. Asst Prof, Sustainable Energy Studies, Eastern CT State U
33. Asst Professor, Earth & Environmental Science, Mercer U
34. Instructor, Environmental Science, Turtle Mountain Community College

EVENTS
35. CFP Deadline Extended - AASHE 2008 Conference

News

1. Columbia U Establishes Center on Sustainable Intl Investment
Columbia University (NY) recently announced the establishment of the Vale-Columbia Center on Sustainable International Investment. The center aims to promote learning, teaching, policy-oriented research and practical work within the foreign direct investment (FDI) area, paying special attention to the sustainable development dimension of investments. The center will study outward FDI from emerging markets, while its practical work will include workshops on such topics as resource endowments, FDI sustainability in the mining industry, and sustainability and risk assessment/mitigation in the FDI area. A $1.5 million grant, provided by Vale over a five year period, will help to establish the center, which was a joint undertaking by the Columbia School of Law and the Columbia Earth Institute.

2. 7 Campuses Become Founding Reporters in The Climate Registry
Cornell University (NY), Syracuse University (NY), University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, Davidson College (NC), Saint Olaf College (MN), Northland College (WI), and Vermont Technical College have all signed up to be "Founding Reporters" in The Climate Registry, a non-profit organization established to measure and publicly report greenhouse gas emissions in a common, accurate and transparent manner consistent across industry sectors. By joining the group, the campuses have voluntarily committed to measure, independently verify, and publicly report their GHG emissions on an annual basis using The Climate Registry General Reporting Protocol. The protocol is based on the internationally recognized GHG measurement standards of the World Resource Institute and World Bank Council for Sustainable Development.

3. UC Davis Announces New High-Level Sustainability Initiative
The University of California, Davis recently launched the Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability Initiative. The project includes a new office to coordinate university-wide efforts on sustainability, seed money to support new projects, and the creation of a chancellor-level advisory committee. The new office, housed within the Office of Resource Management and Planning, will work with other units to develop strategies and plans to implement the UC regents' sustainability policies. Initial goals for the new committee include developing university principles of sustainability and environmental stewardship, fostering collaboration among the administrative and academic units, and developing fundraising opportunities.

4. U New England Hires Sustainability Coordinator
The University of New England (ME) recently hired Alethea Cariddi as the new Sustainability Coordinator. Cariddi will develop and implement a comprehensive plan of sustainability initiatives on UNE’s Portland and Biddeford campuses. She will serve on UNE’s Environmental Council and advocate for organizational awareness of and participation in sustainability projects.
See also: Directory of Campus Sustainability Officers (AASHE members only)

5. Arizona State U Sustainability Institute Moves to Green Building
The Global Institute of Sustainability and the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University recently moved into a newly renovated green building. The building's carpet, resilient flooring, and gypsum sheathing are all made of high recycled content material, and the indoor air quality is enhanced through the use of GreenGuard certified furniture and low-emitting paints, coatings, and interior signage. The building also features waterless urinals, low-flow toilets, and automatically monitored landscaping irrigation. As landscaping work continues, native drought-tolerant plantings will reduce the demand for irrigation and the incorporation of porous paving will control the amount of storm water run-off from the site. Additionally, wind turbines have been mounted on the roof and solar panels will be installed soon. ASU is pursing LEED certification for the building.

6. UC Berkeley Sustainability Projects Receive $2M
Students at University of California, Berkeley recently received $2 million in support for twenty-three projects aimed at helping people live more sustainably. Projects include cost-effective water purification and hygiene technologies, sustainable packaging, renewable fuels, and new courses and seminars on sustainability. The funding, provided by the Dow Chemical Co. Foundation, is part of a new Sustainable Products and Solutions Program that was created in late 2007 to provide students and faculty across campus with educational and research opportunities focused on sustainability.

7. West Virginia Colleges Work with Nonprofit to Promote Green Business
Eight West Virginia colleges and universities recently partnered with the nonprofit Center for Economic Options to research how West Virginia can promote environmentally sustainable business. As part of the initiative, Marshall University plans to offer the interdisciplinary course, "Technology and Innovation: Creating Green Business Ventures in Appalachia." Other participating colleges include, Glenville State College, Fairmont State University, University of Charleston, West Virginia University, WVU Institute of Technology, Concord University and Mountain State University.

8. Notre Dame Computer Processors to Heat City Greenhouse
University of Notre Dame’s (IN) Center for Research Computing and the City of South Bend have announced plans to relocate a cluster of high performance computer servers to the city's desert plant greenhouse. The relocation of the servers will substantially lower the cooling expenditures associated with high performance computing on the University’s campus. In turn, the heat associated with the computer cluster now provides a heating infrastructure for the Greenhouses at a cost much lower than the city would pay for natural gas.
See also: Chronicle of Higher Ed Blog Post

9. UCLA Students Vote for Green Fee
University of California, Los Angeles students recently voted on a referendum to raise student fees by $4 per quarter to fund green efforts on campus. The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF), which passed by a margin of 3 to 1, will provide over $200,000 per year to groups aiming to reduce UCLA's environmental footprint. The fund will go towards projects that address climate change, renewable energy, and educating the campus community on sustainability. The funds will be allocated by a committee comprised of faculty, staff, and students.
See also: UCLA Student Newspaper Article
See also: TGIF Video

10. CSU, Chico Bans Bottled Water & Passes Green Purchasing Policy
California State University, Chico students recently voted to ban the sale of bottled water on campus and to implement a Social and Environmental Purchasing Policy. The Take Back The Tap initiative passed with the support of 85 percent of voting students, and the SEPP, which encourages the Associated Students to buy environmentally and socially responsible products, passed with the support of 87 percent of voters. Both projects are the result of student campaigns.

11. Emory U Residence Hall Awarded LEED Silver
The Emory University (GA) Turman Residence Hall, which opened to freshman last August, recently received LEED Silver accreditation from the U.S. Green Building Council. Turman is the first in a series of halls that will comprise Emory’s freshman housing complex. The second phase of the complex, Freshman 2 and 3, is currently under construction and is aiming to achieve LEED Gold certification.

12. UC Berkeley Building Awarded LEED Silver
University of California, Berkeley's Haste Street Child Development Center was recently awarded LEED Silver certification. Green features include formaldehyde-free furniture, fabric carpets that don't off-gas harmful chemicals, and the use of green cleaning products. Additionally, ninety-eight percent of the waste materials left over from construction were diverted from landfills and recycled, and twenty percent of the center's materials came from within 500 miles of the site.

13. U New England Breaks Ground for Green Pharmacy Building
The University of New England (ME) recently broke ground for its new College of Pharmacy, an academic and research facility registered for LEED certification. Green features include highly efficient plumbing systems, appropriate landscaping, and chilled beams and heat recovery units that will optimize energy performance. Additionally, all construction waste will be recycled, reused, or otherwise diverted from landfills; building materials will have a high recycled content and be locally sourced; and building finishes will be low or no VOC and contain no urea formaldehyde.

14. Southwestern U Students Form Bike Collective
Southwestern University (TX) students from a course titled "Introduction to Sustainability" recently formed a bike collective as part of a class project. Students from the course were asked to participate in a project that would make them thank about ways of living that are more sustainable. The bike collective aims to teach bike safety and repair to anyone that is interested and gives refurnished bikes to people who need one, paying in work-trade rather than money. The bike collective obtained $2,500 in start-up funds from a $50,000 “Vision Grant” Southwestern received from the 3M Foundation.

15. U New Hampshire Students Install Green Landscaping
University of New Hampshire students recently completed their horticulture technology class project to install green landscaping around a university building. The 11 students in the class chose perennial plants that would be hardy in New Hampshire and low-maintenance throughout the year. They spent one month preparing the site by removing overgrown plants and testing and preparing the soil with compost obtained from UNH dining halls. The students were also expected to manage a staff of volunteers, work with vendors, and solicit donations from nearby nurseries.

16. Bowdoin to Use Organic Lawn Treatments, Hold Green Commencement
Bowdoin College (ME) recently announced that, this spring, it will start using organic lawn care products on parts of the campus that sit above the town aquifer. Organic fertilizer, liquid corn gluten, compost tea, and BT, an organic bacterium to fight insects, are examples of what will be used. In related news, Bowdoin has taken several steps to help make this year's graduation more environmentally friendly: biodegradable cups, bowls, plates, and utensils for all outdoor meals; recycle bins will be placed in outdoor areas, electricity for the weekend will be offset using Renewable Energy Credits from Maine low-impact hydro and wind power; and all programs will be printed on 100% recycled paper.

17. Maharishi University of Management Expands Composting Project
Maharishi University of Management (IA) recently announced plans to move its vermicomposting program to a larger space. The new space will provide hands-on experience in composting and vermicomposting for students. The end product will be used on the University's organic farms, the student garden, and campus landscapes.

18. U Maine, Farmington Donates 100% of its Waste Oil for Biofuel
The University of Maine at Farmington Dining Services recently began donating 100 percent of its waste cooking oil to a local biodiesel production company. The initiative is expected to recycle more than 1,600 gallons of waste cooking oil and grease annually.

19. Rice U Installs Rainwater Collection Tank
Rice University (TX) recently installed an 8,000 gallon, underground rainwater collection tank at the Rice Children's Campus which is currently under construction. The water collected in the harvesting tank will be filtered and used to irrigate the Rice Children's Campus' native trees and plants. The installation is part of several measures aimed at achieving LEED certification.

20. Purdue U, Indiana U Students Donate Unwanted Items
Purdue University (IN) and Indiana University recently completed their end of the year move-out collections in which unwanted dorm room items were donated to local collection agencies. Purdue's "Project Move Out" expanded this year to include donations from a nearby neighborhood, whereas in previous years, the initiative only included residence hall student donations. Students from both schools were able to donate clothing, shoes, cleaning supplies, electronics, books, furniture, laundry soap, winter coats, nonperishable food and luggage.
See also: IU Student Newspaper Article

21. USGBC Announces Green Building Curriculum Award Winners
The U.S. Green Building Council recently announced the winners of its first annual awards and grants recognizing and encouraging green building curricula. The Recognition Grant recipients include Yavapai College (AZ), Grand Valley State University (MI), the University of Texas at Austin, and the University of Virginia, among others. The Incentive Grants were awarded to Eastern Iowa Community College District, Santa Fe Community College (NM), Cornell University (NY), the University of Maine at Farmington, and others. The Excellence in Green Building Curriculum Recognition Awards and Incentive Grants are open to any green building programs and curricula from pre-K to college level. The Incentive Grants provide $20,000 for each recipient to develop new curricula.

New Resources

22. Whitepaper on Retro-commissioning Existing Buildings
Environmental Health and Engineering recently published "The First (Big) Step to Reducing Your Campus Carbon Footprint," a whitepaper that discusses the importance of energy retrofits, explains the difference between performance improvements and energy reduction, lists the indicators for necessary energy improvements, and more.

23. List of Campus Bus Pass Programs
AASHE has prepared a new resource that lists campus programs that provide students with fare-free or highly discounted access to public transportation. The resource is available only for AASHE members.

Opportunities

24. AASHE Student Sustainability Leadership Awards
AASHE is now accepting applications for the 2008 Student Sustainability Leadership Award, to be presented in November at AASHE 2008: Working Together for Sustainability – On Campus and Beyond. The Student Sustainability Achievement Award honors an undergraduate student from an AASHE member institution who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in promoting campus sustainability. Applications are due August 1, 2008. The Student Sustainability Leadership Award includes a $750 prize. In addition, the winner of this year's award will be featured in Sustainability: The Journal of Record.

25. USGBC Natural Talent Design Competition
The US Green Building Council's Emerging Green Builders Program is inviting submissions for this year's Natural Talent 2008 Design Competition. Participants compete in local competitions, and the top winner of each moves on to compete for a national award at USGBC’s annual Greenbuild International Conference and Exposition. Awards include green building scholarships, as well as travel and registration to Greenbuild, where finalists’ entries are displayed and final judging occurs.

Jobs & Internships

26. Dir. of Sustainability Initiatives Prgm., City College of New York
The City of New York Institute for Urban Systems is seeking a Director for its Sustainability Initiative. The Director will oversee the development and conduct of the sustainability initiative and serve as a liaison with CUNY sustainability initiatives. The Director will also guide and manage a viable and realistic program that addresses the needs and interests of CUNY and the NYC real estate industry in high performance sustainable buildings. The program will incorporate educational offerings, workshops and conferences, student internships and project sponsorship, and applied research within an industry-collaborative framework. The Director will also develop and guide other work at CIUS on sustainable urban infrastructures. A Bachelor's degree is required and a Master's degree is preferred.

27. Sustainability Coordinator, U Minnesota Duluth
The University of Minnesota, Duluth seeks a sustainability coordinator to be responsible for the coordination and advancement of existing and emerging sustainability programs and initiatives at UMD. A main function of this position is to reduce UMD's carbon footprint. Primary responsibilities are to assess, coordinate and communicate operational and academic sustainability efforts as prioritized by the steering committee and administration, and to serve as liaison to all campus units, working with faculty, students and staff. The position reports to the Director of Facilities Management and supports the UMD Sustainability Steering Committee in developing a cohesive and organized approach to sustainability initiatives on campus and within Duluth. A Bachelor's degree is required, and a Master's degree is preferred. Completed applications will be reviewed beginning May 28, 2008 and will continue until the position is filled.

28. Sustainability Specialist, UC Berkeley
The University of California, Berkeley is seeking a Sustainability Specialist to develop, implement, and monitor campus environmental programs and policies to achieve campus and UC-wide sustainability goals and to reduce the campus’ impact on the environment. The position includes working on climate action, energy and water efficiency and conservation, transportation, green purchasing, air and water quality, and other related programs and policies. A Bachelor's degree in environmental science, environmental engineering, physical or biological science, sustainability, or another related field is required, and a Master's degree is preferred with at least two year of experience in sustainability or a related field.

29. Sustainable Programs Manager, U Virginia
The University of Virginia is pleased to invite candidates for the position of Sustainability Programs Manager. This position will support the Energy & Utilities Department's organizational objective to provide sustainable, economic and reliable energy, utilities and recycling services to all University facilities. The individual will be responsible for leading the recycling, energy management, and sustainability outreach teams. Additionally, he or she must also insure that all new, renovated and existing facilities are well designed, commissioned and operated in accordance with the University sustainability goals as resolved by its Board of Visitors. The successful candidate should have superior leadership and communication skills with experience providing administrative and technical direction in the areas of recycling, energy systems and sustainability programs. A Bachelor's degree is required. The position is open until filled.

30. Sustainability Manager, U Tennessee, Knoxville (link no longer available)
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville is seeking a Sustainability Manager to coordinate and advance sustainability activities for The University of Tennessee, Knoxville campus though activities such as the implementation of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, energy conservation and efficiency programs, and education and other activities related to the Make Orange Green program. The Sustainability Manager will also develop educational programs and strategies to enhance campus sustainability. A Bachelor's degree in a related field is required; a Master's degree in related field is preferred.

31. Director, Institute for Energy & the Environment, Ohio State U
Ohio State University seeks a dynamic and accomplished Director to lead the development of the newly formed Institute for Energy and the Environment and to play a leading role in advancing OSU's university-wide energy and environment agenda. Responsibilities include: leading the Institute through day-to-day operations; promoting existing areas of related research at OSU and establishing new ones; assisting OSU in the development and implementation of internal university energy and environment programs, policies, and services; and growing an on-going effort to develop external industrial and academic relationships to increase OSU's ability to fund important energy and environment research, education, and outreach, including a goal of increasing externally funded research by at least $50 million within five years. Qualifications include a strong record of research leadership, management, and administration and significant experience in energy and environmental areas. Applications are due July 13, 2008.

32. Asst Prof, Sustainable Energy Studies, Eastern CT State U
Eastern Connecticut State University is seeking an Assistant Professor or Instructor to teach courses in sustainable energy and global climate change. Other responsibilities include advising students in the sustainable energy studies program, supervising students on research and internship projects, and participation in campus and community outreach programs to develop greater knowledge of and interest in sustainability among faculty, staff, and the general public. The position is for a one year, full time, non-tenure track faculty member. Candidates should have a Master's or a Ph.D. degree in science or education with an undergraduate degree in physics, engineering, geosciences, or a related field. Experience in teaching at the college level is preferred.

33. Asst Professor, Earth & Environmental Science, Mercer U
The Mercer University (GA) Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences is seeking a non-tenure track, visiting Assistant Professor to teach departmental and general education courses for the 2008-2009 academic year. Preference will be given to candidates with an earned Ph.D. in one of the earth sciences.

34. Instructor, Environmental Science, Turtle Mountain Community College
Turtle Mountain Community College (ND) seeks an Instructor of Environmental Science. Responsibilities include preparing course materials, maintaining office hours, and teaching 15 credit hours per semester. A minimum of three years of teaching experience in community college setting and knowledge of its role in higher education is required, as is a minimum of a Master's degree in the teaching area. The position is open until filled.

Events

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

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