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Table of Contents for 5/22/08:

NEWS
1. U Central Florida Adopts Sustainability Plan
2. Florida Gulf Coast U to be 100% Solar
3. U Illinois to Cut Energy Use by 10%
4. Middlebury College Offers Green Study Abroad Incentives
5. Kansas State U Hires Director of Sustainability
6. Stanford U Hires Manager of Sustainable Programs
7. Bemidji State U Students Approve Green Fee
8. Gateway CC to Offer Sustainable Building Advisor Certificate
9. Northland College Students Install Solar Panels on Campus
10. Stetson U Students Perform GHG Inventory
11. Appalachian State U Partners with Community to Restore Creek
12. Western Carolina U, Florida Intl U Pilot 4-day Work Week
13. Oberlin College Offsets its Commencement Carbon Footprint
14. Butler U Breaks Ground on Green Pharmacy Building Expansion
15. Western Washington U to Install Rooftop Solar Panels
16. George Washington U to Install Green Roof
17. UW Green Bay to Pilot Universal Bus Pass
18. Carleton College Purchases 2 Hybrids
19. Evergreen State College Purchases Electric Vehicle
20. U Waterloo to Open Eco-Cafe
21. Kendall College Launches Sustainability Education Initiative
22. Higher Ed Paper Reduction Website Goes Live
23. 3 California Colleges Receive Energy Conservation Rebates
24. CSU, Chico Receives Forest Stewardship Council Certification
25. Suffolk U, NYU Donate Unwanted Items
26. Arizona State U Art Exhibitions Feature Sustainability
27. U Oregon Children's Center Receives Energy Efficiency Award
28. Seattle U Named Greenest Campus in Washington State
29. Appalachian State U Library Recognized for Green Design

NEW RESOURCES
30. UC/CSU Best Practice Case Studies

OPPORTUNITIES
31. Invitation to Comment on Campus Sustainability Rating System
32. Invitation to Comment on ACUPCC Carbon Offset Protocol Draft
33. Call for Papers: Climate Action Planning at US Campuses
34. AASHE Campus Sustainability Leadership Awards
35. 5 Student Scholarships: National Recycling Coalition Conference
36. Lifecycle Building Challenge Competition
37. College Recycling/Composting Bin Design Contest

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
38. Manager of Recycling & Sustainability, U Texas at Austin
39. Env'l Prgm Coord, Housing & Food Services, U Texas at Austin
40. Regional Field Coordinator, Southern Energy Network
41. Visiting Asst Professor, Environmental Studies, U Cincinnati
42. Leadership Positions, California Student Sustainability Coalition

EVENTS
43. CFP Deadline Extended - AASHE 2008 Conference

News

1. U Central Florida Adopts Sustainability Plan
The University of Central Florida recently adopted a Sustainability Plan for its Sustainability Alliance, a three-pronged committee consisting of operations staff, faculty, and students. The Sustainability Plan maps out the responsibilities and organizational structure of the Sustainability Alliance, as well as establishes a base from which sustainability can be instituted into the university’s Emergency Preparedness and Response plan. The adopted plan consists of 6 purpose statements which define the role of the Sustainability Alliance at UCF. These statements include how the Alliance will identify, initiate, and complete projects effectively while maintaining the highest level of sustainable management. The Sustainability Alliance, created in the fall of 2007, is a three pronged committee consisting of an operations, faculty, and student alliance. Each of the three committees has been working to promote sustainability both on campus and around the Central Florida community.
See also: UCF Sustainability Plan

2. Florida Gulf Coast U to be 100% Solar
Legislatures in Florida have allocated $8.5 million to fund the installation of a solar farm on 16 acres of the Florida Gulf Coast University campus. The project, which awaits approval by the Governor, has an expected completion date of summer 2009. If successful, the solar farm, including the panels purchased with private donations, would generate 2 megawatts per day enough to provide 100 percent of FGCU's energy needs. Governor Charlie Crist is expected to approve the plan.
See also: List of Campus Solar Installations

3. U Illinois to Cut Energy Use by 10%
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign recently established a goal to cut energy use in existing buildings by 10 percent in three years and reach 1990 levels within five years. The reduction is expected to save the equivalent of 300 million kilowatt-hours of energy, and would be achieved by controlling growth, developing incentives to reduce usage, encouraging the campus community to be more energy conscious and stimulating investment in energy-saving measures.

4. Middlebury College Offers Green Study Abroad Incentives
Middlebury College (VT) recently awarded its first-ever sustainable study abroad grants to assist students with research and projects related to sustainability while abroad. Other resources available to help students have a greener study abroad experience include: A “Going Green” guide for directors of the Middlebury Schools Abroad with guidance for greening the office and facilities, environmental programming and other sustainability activities; the “Green Passport” program which helps students keep track of their actions while abroad within suggested guidelines for responsible travel; a carbon offset program to help students reduce the impact of their energy use while abroad; and a list of sustainable travel resources including a sustainable travel checklist that considers things like the travel provider’s environmental policy and whether the provider supports environmental issues in the place being visited.
See also: Going Green Guide for Schools Abroad
See also: Green Passport program homepage
See also: Middlebury Carbon Offset Program
See also: Middlebury Sustainable Travel Resources

5. Kansas State U Hires Director of Sustainability
Kansas State University recently appointed Ben Champion as the first ever Director of Sustainability to develop a university-wide approach for addressing sustainability at K-State. Champion will provide leadership and oversight to existing initiatives such as campus recycling and construction of green buildings on campus, but he will also identify opportunities for new initiatives, help develop curriculum, facilitate interdisciplinary research, work with students, and engage the broader community in areas where K-State can be a leader in terms of sustainability.
See also: Directory of Campus Sustainability Officers (AASHE Members Only)

6. Stanford U Hires Manager of Sustainable Programs
Stanford University (CA) recently hired Fahmida Ahmed as the new Manager of Sustainable Programs in the University's Office of Sustainability and Energy Management. Ahmed will support the office's executive director in implementing and improving sustainability programs throughout the University. In addition, she will assist in the development and implementation of a campus greenhouse gas reduction plan and will manage the office's communications and community relations programs and, overall, assist in efforts to achieve long-range sustainability goals. Ahmed has served as sustainability specialist at the University of California-Berkeley since 2006, managing the California Climate Action Partnership and other campus sustainability programs.

7. Bemidji State U Students Approve Green Fee
The Bemidji State University (MN) Student Senate recently passed a $5 per student per semester green fee to fund student projects and support 50 percent of the sustainability coordinator salary. Beginning in 2010, the green fee will subsidize 100 percent of the sustainability coordinator's salary. A survey of 318 students conducted before the vote found that more than 65 percent of students were willing to pay a green fee of $5 or more per semester.
See also: Sustainability Coordinator Position Description

8. Gateway CC to Offer Sustainable Building Advisor Certificate
Gateway Community College (CT) recently announced that, starting this fall, the college's Center for a Sustainable Future will offer a Sustainable Building Advisor Certification Program as part of its Division of Corporate and Continuing Education program. The program, which will be offered in a one weekend per month format, is approved through the U.S. Green Building Council and is designed for practicing engineers, architects, contractors, building managers and other building industry professionals.

9. Northland College Students Install Solar Panels on Campus
The Northland College (WI) Photovoltaic Installation class recently installed a solar electric system at the home of the Northland College President. The students installed twelve 175 watt solar panels mounted on a pole. The array of panels is attached to a sun-watt tracking system, a mechanism that automatically rotates the panels from east to west as well as tilts them up and down to follow the sun through the course of the day. Together, the panels will produce about 3,300 kilowatt hours of electricity per year. The President is funding the project with her personal finances with help from renewable energy grants provided by the State of Wisconsin.

10. Stetson U Students Perform GHG Inventory
A Stetson University (FL) Environmental Science class recently completed a survey of the University's carbon emissions footprint. The students followed the Clean Air-Cool Planet Model, and assessed carbon, methane, and nitrous oxide, but did not assess chlorofluorocarbons because data was not available during the audit.

11. Appalachian State U Partners with Community to Restore Creek
Appalachian State University (NC) recently partnered with the city community to restore a 150 foot section of Boone Creek, a creek that runs through campus and parts of the downtown. The restoration group plans to filter storm water runoff, stabilize the banks, and incorporate native plants and shrubs that will shade the creek and provide better habitat for wildlife. The project is the result of an idea from a 2004 project management class taught by an Assistant Professor in ASU's Department of Geography and Planning.

12. Western Carolina U, Florida Intl U Pilot 4-day Work Week
Western Carolina University and Florida International University will offer a four 10-hour day work week to its employees for the summer. The initiative aims to reduce weekly driving time, the cost of lighting and air-conditioning, and CO2 emissions.
See also: Chronicle of Higher Education Full Story
See also: Inside Higher Ed article

13. Oberlin College Offsets its Commencement Carbon Footprint
Oberlin College recently purchased carbon offsets for its 2008 Commencement/Reunion weekend. The purchase aimed to offset the carbon emissions created from travel, lodging, meals, energy consumption, waste disposal, production, and other incidental factors for more than 5,000 alumni, family members, and friends that attended commencement weekend events. The weekend also featured local food, bioware plates and flatware, and a 100 percent post-consumer paper Commencement/Reunion program.

14. Butler U Breaks Ground on Green Pharmacy Building Expansion
Butler University (IN) recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new addition to the pharmacy and health sciences building. Butler hopes to achieve LEED Silver certification for the expansion, which will feature waterless urinals, bicycle storage, and natural classroom lighting. The University also plans to recycle the construction waste material and install recycled carpet and flooring throughout the addition.

15. Western Washington U to Install Rooftop Solar Panels
Western Washington University recently announced plans to install 12 solar panels on the roof of the Viking Student Union. The panels will generate an estimated 2,000 kilowatt hours of electricity per year. Along with the panels, WWU plans to install an educational kiosk to explain the project and show the amount of power the solar panels are generating. The project is an initiative of the WWU Students for Renewable Energy, an Associated Student club that began organizing and planning for the solar panels in 2006.

16. George Washington U to Install Green Roof
George Washington University (DC) recently announced plans to install a green roof atop the Elliot School of International Affairs City View Room Terrace this summer. The 2,000 square foot green roof pilot project is the result of an initiative by GWU's Net Impact chapter, and will feature storm water run-off reduction and potential energy savings and will offer research opportunities to students.

17. UW Green Bay to Pilot Universal Bus Pass
The University of Wisconsin, Green Bay recently partnered with the city to allow students to ride city buses for free. A student-led initiative led the Green Bay Transit Commission to approve the pilot program, called U-Pass, which gives students, faculty, and staff free rides just by showing a campus ID. The pilot program will run July 1 through June 30. If U-Pass continues after the pilot program, a less than $3 per student per semester student fee and a parking pass fee increase would cover the costs required by Green Bay Metro to implement the program.
See also: List of Universal Bus/Transit Pass Programs (AASHE Members Only)

18. Carleton College Purchases 2 Hybrids
Carleton College recently purchased two new hybrid cars, replacing two older non-hybrids in the campus fleet. The decision to purchase the hybrid vehicles came after an extensive study of the College’s fleet fuel consumption and expenses. The study found that upgrading cars that were already due for replacement to hybrids would be an efficient and cost effective decision.

19. Evergreen State College Purchases Electric Vehicle
Evergreen State College (WA) recently purchased a street-legal electric vehicle and has plans to purchase four more by the end of June. The additional electric cars will be financed in part with a grant from the Olympic Region Clean Air Agency.

20. U Waterloo to Open Eco-Cafe
The University of Waterloo (ON) recently announced plans to open the Eco-Café this fall. The café will be located in the School of Accounting and will offer locally sourced foods. The café will also feature an educational component.

21. Kendall College Launches Sustainability Education Initiative
Kendall College's (IL) School of Culinary Arts recently announced an ecological sustainability education initiative that is specifically tailored for the foodservice industry. The nationwide initiative was launched with the release of a brief instructional video. The production explains the basics of environmental sustainability and how foodservice industry professionals can take a few simple steps to benefit both their businesses and the environment. Many of the video‘s tips can be implemented at little or no cost and result in net operational savings. Kendall is exploring the development of a number of other resources such as training materials for foodservice personnel, instructional materials for use by educators, presentations at foodservice industry conferences, and additional videos. The initiative is in partnership with the Green Restaurant Association.
See also: Kendal Sustainability Video

22. Higher Ed Paper Reduction Website Goes Live
ConnectEdu, a curriculum, college and career planning information technology company, recently launched StudentsPlantTheSeed.com, a website aimed at reducing the amount of paper used during the college application process. The website provides paper-reducing methods for college admissions and a petition for high school administrators and higher education institutions to participate in the initiative.
See also: StudentsPlantTheSeed.com

23. 3 California Colleges Receive Energy Conservation Rebates
Contra Costa College, Diablo Valley College, and Los Medanos College recently received a rebate from Pacific Gas & Electric for reducing the amount of non-renewable energy used on campus. CCC will receive $1 million for energy conservation, and DVC and LMC will receive $2.8 million and $2 million respectively for solar panels installed on campus.

24. CSU, Chico Receives Forest Stewardship Council Certification
California State University, Chico's University Printing Services was recently awarded Forest Stewardship Council chain-of-custody certification by Scientific Certification Systems, an independent third-party certifier of environmental, sustainability, food quality and food purity claims. The chain-of-custody certification means that products by CSU, Chico’s Printing Services bearing the FSC trademark meet strict tracking requirements ensuring that they come from responsibly-managed forests. The University’s paper purchases for FSC-trademarked products will be audited annually to make sure that they come from a well-managed forest.

25. Suffolk U, NYU Donate Unwanted Items
Suffolk University (MA) students recently donated 5,500 pounds of unwanted goods to two local organizations during move out. The Dump and Run Program allowed students to donate clothes, shoes, furniture, toiletries, and other supplies to serve 16 families. Students were also able to donate food to a local service center as part of the program. Likewise, New York University recently completed its Green Apple Move Out collection project where students donated linens, clothing, electronics, and more. Program Coordinators and volunteers collected the refuse of 5,600 students in 10 residence halls for donation to local charities. While the final tonnage has yet to be counted, the coordinators expect the amount of donated items to exceed 25,000 tons.
See also: NYU Press Release
See also: NY Times Article on NYU's collection

26. Arizona State U Art Exhibitions Feature Sustainability
The Arizona State University Institute for Humanities Research recently held an art exhibit entitled, "Sustainability and the Visual Arts." The exhibition, which was on display last semester, explored the relationship between human beings and nature and proposed solutions within existing cultural structures. The exhibition featured work from students and community members, and showcased two-dimensional and small-scale sculptures from eight artists. The artists were asked to explore new meanings and interpretations of sustainability. Local artists related their experiences in the Valley, preserving their cultural and linguistic experiences, while others used new materials and methodologies when creating their work.

27. U Oregon Children's Center Receives Energy Efficiency Award
The University of Oregon's Moss Street Children's Center was recently awarded an Oregon State Energy Efficient Design Award (SEED) from the Oregon Department of Energy. The Center operates at 32 percent better than code and features passive cooling and night flush, south facing glazing for passive solar gain, radiant floor heating and cooling, and hybrid ground source heat pumps. The SEED program requires the Oregon Department of Energy to review all new state buildings and major renovations to ensure that they incorporate all cost-effective energy measures and make the building at least 20 percent more energy efficient than code.

28. Seattle U Named Greenest Campus in Washington State
Seattle University was recently named the greenest college in the state of Washington by Washington CEO. The magazine honored the University with a "Green Award," the first given to an educational institution in the state. SU received the honor for the maintenance of its 48-acre campus without the use of pesticides, for its custom-built compost facility for food waste, and for other green initiatives.

29. Appalachian State U Library Recognized for Green Design
The Appalachian State University (NC) Carol Grotnes Belk Library and Information Commons was recently recognized for its green architectural design in the April 2008 issue of American Libraries and in the December 2007 issue of Library Journal. Green features of the building include an emphasis on natural lighting, mechanical equipment for energy savings, cork flooring, an energy-efficient elevator system, electronic sensor faucets and toilets, computer-controlled shades and recycled/recyclable carpeting. The Belk Library opened in 2005.

New Resources

30. UC/CSU Best Practice Case Studies
The University of California Office of the President recently posted online two-page case studies of the 2007 Best Practices Award recipients that document energy-efficiency and sustainability achievements. The Best Practice Awards program honors University of California and California State University campuses for implementing green building technologies, energy-efficient operations, and sustainable design strategies with outstanding results. Case studies showcasing the achievements and lessons learned for the 2007 award winners are now available online to assist other campuses in achieving their own green goals. Projects include UC Santa Cruz’s student-led effort to offset 100 percent of the campus’s electricity use with renewable energy credits, CSU Northridge’s one-megawatt fuel cell power plant, and more.

Opportunities

31. Invitation to Comment on Campus Sustainability Rating System
AASHE is inviting feedback from the campus sustainability community on the latest draft of the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System (STARS). AASHE intends for STARS to provide a standardized system for tracking information about sustainability performance and to enable better information sharing about campus sustainability practices. The public comment period ends on May 30, 2008.

32. Invitation to Comment on ACUPCC Carbon Offset Protocol Draft
The American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) invites comments on its first Voluntary Carbon Offset Protocol draft, which it is developing to provide guidance to ACUPCC institutions on how to decide whether or not to engage in the offset markets, and if so, what are the best ways to make effective investments and reduce risks. Deadline for comments is May 27, 2008. Feedback received will be presented to ACUPCC presidents and chancellors at the 2008 ACUPCC Climate Leadership Summit in Grand Rapids, Michigan on June 5th, and will be taken into account as the Protocol is further developed.

33. Call for Papers: Climate Action Planning at US Campuses
The International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education (IJSHE) and the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) have announced a call for papers for a special issue of the Journal on climate action planning at campuses in the United States. Judy Walton, AASHE's Acting Executive Director, will guest edit this special issue. Submitted articles must be between 2,000 and 4,000 words in length. The closing date for submissions is August 29, 2008.

34. AASHE Campus 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 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. Applications are due August 1, 2008.

35. 5 Student Scholarships: National Recycling Coalition Conference
The College and University Council, a technical council of the National Recycling Council is partnering with The Coca Cola Company to sponsor five scholarships for college students to attend the NRC’s annual Congress and Exposition in Pittsburgh, PA, September 21-24, 2008. The scholarships cover travel, hotel, meals and conference registration. The scholarships are intended as a way for college students interested in a professional career in recycling to gain exposure to the field. They will have the opportunity to attend over 35 conference sessions, workshops and tours, as well as to meet and network with community, state and national recycling leaders. Applications are due July 25, 2008.

36. Lifecycle Building Challenge Competition
The Lifecycle Building Challenge is a web-based competition open to students and professional architects, designers, engineers, planners, reuse professionals, contractors, builders, and educators. Lifecycle designs are sought in two categories: building and innovation. Teams of up to 5 contestants can enter, and only residents of the U.S. and its territories are eligible. Registration for the Challenge closes June 15, 2008.

37. College Recycling/Composting Bin Design Contest
Busch Systems is hosting its second annual recycling bin and/or composting bin design contest. The winner will receive $1000 towards his or her recycling program, and the bin will be featured in the Busch Systems Fall Newsletter. The deadline has been extended to May 30, 2008.

Jobs & Internships

38. Manager of Recycling & Sustainability, U Texas at Austin
The University of Texas at Austin invites applicants for its Manager of Recycling and Sustainability position. The successful candidate will plan, organize, schedule, and direct the UT recycling program and sustainability effort. S/he will also work cooperatively with Campus Planning and Facilities Management (CPFM) and university personnel to carry out the mission of the recycling program and further sustainability on campus. The Manager of Recycling and Sustainability will also be responsible for directing and administering campus recycling and waste reduction activities; monitoring all campus sustainability activities; and creating a strategy to integrate sustainability principles into Facilities Services and CPFM operational functions. Qualifications include a Bachelor's degree and a minimum of two years of experience in recycling and sustainability. A Master's degree is preferred.

39. Env'l Prgm Coord, Housing & Food Services, U Texas at Austin
The University of Texas at Austin invites applicants for the Environmental Program Coordinator in the Division of Housing and Food Services to market environmental operations and promote sustainability initiatives through the "Eco-tips" newsletter and other publications; assess the impact of implementing local food procurement on campus; and to develop nutrition education materials relating to local and sustainable foods to be distributed in DHFS locations. Qualifications include a Bachelor's degree and five years of experience in coordinating or administering programs.

40. Regional Field Coordinator, Southern Energy Network
The Southern Energy Network (SEN) is seeking an experienced organizer and manager to take on the role of coordinating and managing its field organizing for clean energy in the southeastern U.S. This includes coordinating five state organizers and working with the following campaigns and initiatives: Power Vote, green jobs, fighting new coal and nuclear plants, Power Shift 2009, supporting campus initiatives and state youth networks. The position also includes representing SEN within the Energy Action Coalition (EAC) and working on many of the campaigns and initiatives listed above at a national and regional level in collaboration with the EAC partner organizations. The Regional Field Coordinator will also work with SEN’s Regional Director on regional program as needed. The review of applications will begin on June 9, 2008 and continue until the position is filled.

41. Visiting Asst Professor, Environmental Studies, U Cincinnati
The University of Cincinnati invites applications for a one-year position as Visiting Assistant Professor to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in environmental policy and law and team-teach the introductory sequence and the undergraduate senior capstone course in the Environmental Studies major. Qualifications include a PhD or terminal degree in a relevant academic field, and prior teaching experience is preferred. The position is open until filled.

42. Leadership Positions, California Student Sustainability Coalition (link no longer available)
The California Student Sustainability Coalition is pleased to invite students and recent alumni to join the leadership of its Executive Committee and Website Team. Open positions include Intern to the Executive Director, Equality Coordinator, Finance Coordinator, Fundraising Coordinator, Convergence Coordinator, Membership Coordinator, 2 Council Co-Chairs, 2 Organizing Directors, Outreach Coordinator, Digital Organizer, Communications Coordinator, Media Coordinator, Newsletter Editor, Program Coordinator, Policy Coordinator, Education for Sustainability Living Program Coordinator, and other positions. All positions require 5 – 20 hours per week. Open Web Team positions include Content Managers, News Authors, Graphic Designers, Web Development Experts, and other positions. Web Team positions require 5 – 7 hours per week. All positions are unpaid, and qualifications vary. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis.

Events

43. 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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