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Table of Contents for 5/29/08:

NEWS
1. UW Oshkosh Approves Sustainability as Essential Learning Outcome
2. U Washington to Form College of the Environment
3. Arizona State U to Offer Master's in Social Justice
4. Sullivan County CC to Offer Green Building Associate's Degree
5. San Francisco State U Completes GHG Inventory
6. U British Columbia Launches Energy Monitoring Project
7. 3 Pitzer College Residence Halls Receive LEED Gold
8. NY Times Covers Sustainability at Oberlin College
9. Biocycle Magazine Covers Sustainability Initiatives at Allegheny
10. Georgetown College Partners for Diversity
11. Hofstra U & Boston College Partner for Community Engagement
12. 7 WA Campuses Receive State Grants for Solar Energy
13. Haywood Community College Receives Biofuels Grant
14. U Oregon Program Causes Participants to Reduce Their Carbon Footprint
15. Portland State U Offers Course on Reducing Campus Carbon Emissions
16. Presidio School of Mgmt Appoints 4 Faculty in Sustainable Mgmt
17. George Washington U Holds Green Commencement
18. NAU Purchases Electric Forklift, Switches to Greener Products
19. Lesley, Dartmouth, & Ohio State Students Donate Unwanted Items
20. U Wisconsin-Superior Students Convert Garbage into Art
21. Rider University Clears Trees with Plow Horses
22. U New Mexico Receives Recycling Award
23. 2 Tennessee Campuses Receive Env'l Stewardship Awards

OPPORTUNITIES
24. AASHE Student Research on Campus Sustainability Award
25. Green Power Leadership Awards

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
26. Director of Sustainability, U South Carolina at Columbia
27. Campus Sustainability Coordinator, Drew U
28. Sustainability Manager, U Tennessee, Knoxville
29. Professor, Environmental Science, The Art Institute of Portland

EVENTS
30. Proposals Due for AASHE 2008 Conference
31. ACPA Institute on Sustainability at Harvard University

News

1. UW Oshkosh Approves Sustainability as Essential Learning Outcome
The University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh Faculty Senate has unanimously approved "the knowledge of sustainability and its applications" as part of the new set of Essential Learning Outcomes for all students in the university. The learning outcomes were developed by the University’s Liberal Education Reform Team (LERT) and Resource Group, comprised of faculty, staff and students.
See also: UW Oshkosh LERT Homepage

2. U Washington to Form College of the Environment
The University of Washington has announced plans to merge six existing academic disciplines that focus on oceans, the atmosphere, and forests to form the College of the Environment. The new college would join Forestry, Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, Atmospheric Sciences, Earth and Space Sciences, Marine Affairs, and Oceanography, and it would add a new program, Environment, Society, and Culture.
See also: U Washington College of the Environment Webpage

3. Arizona State U to Offer Master's in Social Justice
Arizona State University has announced that, starting this fall, it will offer a Master's degree in Social Justice and Human Rights. The program will offer two tracks: research and non-governmental organization (NGO) management. Those pursuing the research track will be prepared for careers requiring research skills in governmental and non-governmental agencies. Graduates from this track will also be prepared for doctoral programs in the social sciences and law. The NGO management track combines coursework in social justice and human rights with practical training in non-profit management. Graduates will be prepared for leadership positions in the NGO sector.
See also: ASU Social Justice & Human Rights Program Homepage

4. Sullivan County CC to Offer Green Building Associate's Degree
Sullivan County Community College (NY) has announced plans to offer a new Associate's degree in green building maintenance and management. The new associate of applied sciences degree will be a four-semester, on-campus program designed to prepare green collar workers for careers in managing and maintaining high-performance commercial buildings.

5. San Francisco State U Completes GHG Inventory
San Francisco State University (CA) has completed its first greenhouse gas inventory, which reports 1990 – 2006 emissions. The inventory calculates emissions from purchased electricity, natural gas, air travel, university fleet, commuter transportation, and solid waste. It also calculates sequestration from composting. The report found that, in 2006, the campus emitted 61,184 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents, a 47 percent increase from 1990. The campus plans to spend this summer and next year developing a Sustainability Action Plan.

6. U British Columbia Launches Energy Monitoring Project
The University of British Columbia has launched an initiative to track energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions in five campus buildings. The project will track electricity, steam and water consumption in the buildings using software and power meters, and the results can be seen in real-time at website hosted by Small Energy Group, UBC's partner in the project. In a related project, a UBC Ph.D. candidate will investigate how occupants in two of the five buildings can use this real-time energy data to reduce energy consumption and increase comfort.
See also: UBC Energy Use Dashboard

7. 3 Pitzer College Residence Halls Receive LEED Gold
Three new Pitzer College (CA) residence halls have received LEED Gold certification. The certification is, in part, a result of the active participation and planning completed by Pitzer students, faculty, alumni and staff.

8. NY Times Covers Sustainability at Oberlin College
The New York Times recently published a story on one of Oberlin College's (OH) campus sustainability initiatives. The article discusses the creation of the Student Experiment in Ecological Design, Oberlin's sustainability house, and the experience students had as they moved in and adjusted to living in a more sustainable manner.

9. Biocycle Magazine Covers Sustainability Initiatives at Allegheny
Biocycle Magazine has published an article on Allegheny College's (PA) sustainability initiatives. The article describes Allegheny's Center for Economic and Environmental Development (CEED), composting program, and commitment to climate-neutrality. According to the article, CEED projects have included watershed protection programs with area elementary and secondary schools; the Environmental Health initiative, which surveys the risks and assesses the damage of environmental factors on the health of the community; the Strategic Environmental Management Initiative, which works with area businesses to reduce costly waste streams and reinvent and promote the use of sustainable products and production processes; and the Sustainable Forestry Project that brings local forest landowners and forestry professionals together to improve woodlot management practices, and substantially increase the economic contribution of the wood products industry in the region. The article also describes the College's composting program, which composts 800 – 1000 pounds per day of kitchen prepared food waste from one dining hall, and its commitment to climate neutrality through the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment.

10. Georgetown College Partners for Diversity
Georgetown College (KY) has partnered with the alumni from Bishop College (TX), a historically black institution that closed in 1988, to create the Bishop Scholars Program. The program allows for one student from each of the four largest African American Baptist denominations to attend Georgetown College on a full scholarship. A Bishop Scholar can also be recommended by a Bishop alumnus. The first five students that will take part in the program this fall were either recommended by Bishop-educated pastors or were legacies of Bishop alumni.

11. Hofstra U & Boston College Partner for Community Engagement
The Hofstra University (NY) National Center for Suburban Studies (NCSS) will receive $25,000 from the State of New York to create a Sustainable Suburban Neighborhoods Initiative, a joint project of the NCSS and Boston College’s (MA) Urban Ecology Institute. The collaborative, which focuses on suburban ecological and environmental issues on Long Island, is intended to explore ways to build bridges between high-quality research and the needs of the broader community, with the ultimate goal of creating ecologically, socially and economically healthy neighborhoods. The aim is to engage Hofstra faculty and students with people living in economically challenged communities.

12. 7 WA Campuses Receive State Grants for Solar Energy
The State of Washington Office of Financial Management has awarded seven Washington campuses state energy grants totaling $1 million to support the installation of solar panels. The grants were awarded to Central Washington University, Clark College, Pierce College, Skagit Valley College, South Puget Sound Community College, Tacoma Community College, and The Evergreen State College. Funding for the grants came from the 2007–09 operating budget.

13. Haywood Community College Receives Biofuels Grant
Haywood Community College (NC) was awarded a $135,000 Biofuels Center of North Carolina grant for its Haywood County Biofuels Production, Education, and Training Project. The project will provide alternative fuel supplies for campus and county diesel vehicles; integrate biodiesel training into the college's existing Industrial and Automotive Systems Technology curricula and Continuing Education programs; incorporate biodiesel into a proposed Sustainable Technology certificate program; train members of the regional workforce in biofuels technology; and increase public awareness of biofuels and biodiesel production. Individuals will learn how to install and operate their own reactors/refineries. Waste-oil from county sources such as Haywood County Schools and the college café will be processed into biodiesel

14. U Oregon Program Causes Participants to Reduce Their Carbon Footprint
The University of Oregon Climate Leadership Initiative recently completed a review of the Climate Master program's first year. The review found that participants in the program reduced their greenhouse gas emissions by two tons per person over the course of the first year. As a result of the information studied during the program, students began to take their carbon footprint into consideration when making daily decisions. Participants also reported that they gained a "sense of community" and a greater sense of well-being during their first year as they began to bike and walk more often. The students also began making more energy-efficient purchases, using alternative transportation, buying fewer disposable goods such as plastic water bottles, eating less meat, growing some of their own food, flying less, turning down the water and space heaters and joining appropriate organizations and making their views on global warming known. Most already were recycling and composting, buying organic food and engaging in a variety of other climate-positive activities.
See also: Climate Leadership Initiative's Climate Master report

15. Portland State U Offers Course on Reducing Campus Carbon Emissions
Portland State University (OR) recently offered a new senior capstone course entitled, "Towards Carbon Neutrality at Portland State University." The course, which is open to all majors, was designed to teach students about climate change, to let them be directly involved in the process towards carbon neutrality, and to get students involved with campus decision making around sustainability practices. The students were tasked with gathering information for a campus emissions report, which will be presented to the University at the annual "Campus Sustainability Celebration" in early June.

16. Presidio School of Mgmt Appoints 4 Faculty in Sustainable Mgmt
The Presidio School of Management (CA) has appointed Hunter Lovins, Gil Friend, Jay Ogilvy and Sissel Waage as faculty in the new Executive Program teaching team. They will work with senior-level professionals on the practical applications of sustainable business frameworks, tools and metrics, and their courses will teach participants how to apply sustainability principles to achieve greater profitability and integrated bottom line results.

17. George Washington U Holds Green Commencement
George Washington University (DC) recently held a green commencement ceremony. Green features included attendance tickets printed on Green Seal certified recycled paper containing 30 percent post-consumer waste, recycling containers for paper and plastic, and GW staff members wearing organic cotton hats. Additionally, graduating seniors were encouraged to sign the "Green Graduation Pledge," in which graduates promise to explore and take into account the social and environmental consequences of any job they consider and try to improve these aspects of any organization for which they work. Flowers used for GW's ceremony were obtained from local farms and the vendor purchased carbon credits to offset the carbon impact of transporting the flowers. In addition, recycled or biodegradable paper plates, cups, and flatware were used during a luncheon for honored guests following the ceremony.

18. NAU Purchases Electric Forklift, Switches to Greener Products
Northern Arizona University recently purchased an electric forklift to replace its propane-fueled forklift. The new purchase is part of NAU's effort to promote accountable and innovative sustainable practices in its day-to-day operations. The University is also transitioning to 100 percent recycled, Green Seal Certified paper products, recycled trash can liners, compact fluorescent lights bulbs, and Green Seal Certified cleaning products whenever possible. Additionally, NAU is planning to purchase a hybrid, diesel, or electric box delivery truck to replace its gasoline vehicle in the future.

19. Lesley, Dartmouth, & Ohio State Students Donate Unwanted Items
Lesley University (MA) students recently donated 15 boxes of gently used clothing and shoes and 4 boxes of craft supplies, school supplies, dishware, desk lamps, un-opened toiletries, pantry items and more to two local aid organizations. The initiative, "Dump and Go," took place during spring move out. Similarly, Dartmouth College (NH) students recently began the "Sustainable Move-Out" program, an initiative where the College collects unwanted items from students moving out of the residence halls and Greek houses. The items are then resold to incoming freshman and returning upperclassmen or donated to a local charity. Ohio State University also held its end of the year donation program, "Dump and Run." OSU student donate their items to a campus yard sale held during Welcome Week in the fall. Proceeds from the event are given to charitable organizations. Simmons College also participated in a donation program entitled "Project Moveout." Their initiative is run by the campus Sustainability Committee, which sets up bins on campus and, after students completed their donations, allow local charities to collect the goods.
See also: Dartmouth Sustainable Move-Out Homepage
See also: Ohio State Dump and Run Homepage
See also: Simmons College Donation Article

20. U Wisconsin-Superior Students Convert Garbage into Art
The University of Wisconsin-Superior Campus Sustainability group has developed "The Art of Garbage," a program in which UWS art students take regularly discarded materials and turn them into art. The "Art of Garbage" exhibition is expected to open in September 2008. The initiative is part of UWS's participation in the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment.

21. Rider University Clears Trees with Plow Horses
Rider University (NJ) recently hired a company to clear four acres of felled trees using plow horses instead of bulldozers in an effort to keep a residence hall construction project more environmentally friendly. CitiLog, the company hired to clear the trees, plans to reuse the wood once the project is complete.

22. U New Mexico Receives Recycling Award
The University of New Mexico recently won an award from the New Mexico Recycling Coalition for the Best Community-Based Recycling Program. The recycling program was nominated for holding education environmental fairs to increase awareness of pollution prevention activities, for holding e-waste events and for offering tours to elementary and middle school students to educate them about recycling. The award nomination cites the program for great customer service, pointing out the stripping of old refrigerators into recyclable component parts, and spreading the word about a new market for recycled Styrofoam. Additionally, the UNM Recycling Program won 10 bins in a competition co-sponsored by the National Recycling Coalition and Coca Cola.

23. 2 Tennessee Campuses Receive Env'l Stewardship Awards
Cleveland State Community College and Vanderbilt University were recently awarded 2008 Governors Environmental Stewardship Awards. CSCC won in the Excellence in Energy Leadership category for its existing construction technology program which was enhanced to include a focus on alternative and renewable energy sources and the techniques and technologies for energy efficient construction. Vanderbilt won the Excellence in Green Schools – Higher Education category for the Commons Project which consists of five newly constructed residence houses, five renovated residence houses, and the Commons Center on Vanderbilt's Peabody campus. The LEED certification of the new and renovated buildings, the attractive and energy-saving building features, the waste reduction and recycling programs, the use of alternative fuels, the selection of recycled and renewable materials, and educational demonstrations for each of these items helped Vanderbilt to win this year's award.
See also: TN Governors Environmental Stewardship Award Winners Webpage

Opportunities

24. 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.

25. Green Power Leadership Awards
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the Center for Resource Solutions invite applications and nominations for the 2008 Green Power Leadership Awards. The Awards recognize the actions of individuals, companies, and organizations that are significantly advancing the development of renewable electricity sources through green power markets. Awards will be given in the area of purchasing, supplying, and market development. Applications and nominations are due June 27, 2008 at 5pm.

Jobs & Internships

26. Director of Sustainability, U South Carolina at Columbia
The University of South Carolina at Columbia is seeking a Sustainability Director to monitor and identify means to improve the University of South Carolina's commitment to and performance in achieving campus sustainability. Responsibilities include improving coordination between various campus sustainability entities and programs; elevating on and off campus awareness of existing and developing sustainability initiatives' facilitating cost savings, fundraising, and grant awards in the area of sustainable with the goal of becoming self-supporting in two years; and working to implement sustainability efforts and improve actual performance in achieving sustainability goals. This full-time position will report to the Director of Facilities. Requirements include a Master's degree in a related field and 4 years' relevant program experience or a Bachelor's degree and 6 years' relevant program experience. Applications are due July 1, 2008.

27. Campus Sustainability Coordinator, Drew U
Drew University (NJ) invites application for the full-time position of Campus Sustainability Coordinator to serve as coordinator of university sustainability programs and initiatives. The Campus Sustainability Coordinator will work under the guidance of the University Sustainability Committee, with various campus groups to help create, develop and enhance sustainability programs across the University to reduce the campus impact on the environment. Responsibilities will include developing new programs, providing support to existing initiatives, providing education to the community about sustainability issues, and developing and maintaining a Campus Sustainability website. The Coordinator will also work closely with students and Student Life to conduct residence hall programs on sustainability, support student environmental initiatives and communicate frequently with the University community about on-going sustainability issues and efforts on campus. Preference will be given to candidates with a degree in Environmental Studies or a related field and significant experience in campus sustainability or environmental programs in higher education, non-profit organizations or local or state government. Fluency in Spanish is desirable. Review of applications will begin June 6th, 2008 and continue until the position is filled.

28. 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 & 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.

29. Professor, Environmental Science, The Art Institute of Portland
The Art Institute of Portland (OR) seeks a part-time Professor of Environmental Science to deliver college-level environmental science instruction for a required course in the Sustainable Design Program. Requirements include a Master's degree in a related field, two years of experience in instruction or formalized education process, and membership in a professional association tied to area of instruction. The position is open until filled.

Events

30. Proposals Due for 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.

31. ACPA Institute on Sustainability at Harvard University
June 11-14, 2008; Harvard University; Cambridge, MA
The ACPA Institute On Sustainability will bring together higher education administrators, staff from all areas of the institution, faculty, students, community members and business partners who are committed to sustainability. The number of participants at the institute is intentionally limited to allow for an intimate experience, filled with conversations, problem-solving discussions, and idea-sharing. Leading sustainability scholars and practitioners will discuss current trends, benchmark and promising practices, as well as afford participants with the opportunity to plan the beginning of or next institutional steps to their on-campus practice. Participants are able to attend sessions that provide information on all aspects of sustainability ranging from the basics to the advanced; to network with other college and university colleagues and with experts in the field; to celebrate the successes experienced as well as problem-solve barriers; and to have optional time to create or refine action plans.

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