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Table of Contents for 6/5/08:

NEWS
1. Texas Christian U to Hold Sustainability-Themed Semester
2. U Florida to Offer Minor in Sustainability Studies
3. Appalachian State U Launches Carbon Neutral Study Abroad Program
4. Northern Arizona U Establishes Office of Sustainability
5. U Illinois Receives Energy Grants, Establishes Offices of Sustainability
6. UW Oshkosh Holds Sustainability Across the Curriculum Workshop
7. Clinton CC to Offer Wind-energy Degree
8. North Country CC To Establish Alternative Energy Program
9. Cloud County CC to Expand Wind Energy Training Program
10. Community College Times Highlights Renewable Energy Curricula
11. Virginia Tech Commits to Developing Campus Sustainability Plan
12. Michigan State U to Reduce Campus Environmental Impact
13. SUNY-Ulster Begins Energy Conservation Project
14. Pacific Lutheran U Building Receives LEED Silver
15. Williams College Holds Green Commencement
16. Stanford Awards Energy Grants to Faculty
17. Wilkes U Establishes Organic Farm on Campus
18. Portland State U Partners with Community to Win Service Award
19. U Regina to Test Greywater Reclamation Plant
20. Loyola & Lafayette Colleges, CSU Chico Donate Dormitory Items
21. U Michigan Students Win Better Living Business Plan Challenge
22. Mississippi State Students Win Sustainable Vehicle Competition

NEW RESOURCES
23. AASHE Interview Series: Director of Sustainability, Agnes Scott College
24. The Future of Carbon Trading Webinar
25. Higher Ed Env'l Roles & Responsibilities in a Climate of Change Report

OPPORTUNITIES
26. Invitation to Become an AASHE 2008 Supporting Institution
27. Call for Papers: Climate Action Planning at US Campuses
28. CFP - Community Literacy Journal Articles
29. AASHE Student Sustainability Leadership Awards

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
30. Sustainability Coordinator, U South Carolina Columbia
31. Energy Conservation Project Manager, Williams College
32. Vice President & Dean, Stony Brook University, Southampton
33. Program Coordinator, Environmental Studies, Wellesley College

News

1. Texas Christian U to Hold Sustainability-Themed Semester
Texas Christian University has named sustainability as the theme for its fall 2008 semester. The “Think Purple, Live Green” semester will consist of presentations by well-known personalities in sustainability, special classes, symposia and workshops discussing how to make human economic systems last longer and have less impact on ecological systems. The goal of the fall 2008 theme is to encourage members of the TCU community to participate in sustainable activities and learn how to lower their carbon footprint.

2. U Florida to Offer Minor in Sustainability Studies
The University of Florida has announced that it will begin offering a minor in Sustainability Studies this fall. Housed in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the interdisciplinary minor will be a compilation of courses already offered across the university, with the exception of a newly created introductory course, Facets of Sustainability, and a new capstone course, Sustainability in Action. Students will choose from four tracks of study, which include diverse course offerings from several UF colleges and departments. The tracks are: Ethics, Culture and Human Behavior; Economics, Law and Policy; Production Systems and the Built Environment; and Ecology and Environmental Stewardship.
See also: Minor in Sustainability Studies Homepage
See also: List of Minors in Sustainability (AASHE members only)

3. Appalachian State U Launches Carbon Neutral Study Abroad Program
Appalachian State University (NC) has designed its first carbon neutral study abroad program. The first program, which will take students to New Zealand for one month this summer, requires the eighteen students and five professors to plant trees in New Zealand and to purchase green power both at home and abroad to completely offset the expected 73 tons of carbon dioxide associated with their air and ground travel. The month-long trip cost the group $782 to offset their travel emissions.

4. Northern Arizona U Establishes Office of Sustainability
Northern Arizona University has established an Office of Sustainability to serve as the main point of contact for sustainability issues on campus and in the region. The Office, with falls under the purview of the Office of the President, is also tasked with implementing sustainable energy, water, transportation, purchasing and recycling efforts on campus and developing partnerships that can bring practical application of university research to campus, the state and the nation.

5. U Illinois Receives Energy Grants, Establishes Offices of Sustainability
The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign has received 3 grants from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation totaling over $4 million. The energy foundation grants will provide $1.2 million for lighting upgrades; $2 million for a wind turbine project and $825,000 for a bioenergy research project. In addition, sustainability offices will be established on the Urbana-Champaign, Chicago and Springfield campuses to coordinate administration and student efforts to encourage energy conservation, promote environmentally friendly practices and integrate green thinking into the campuses’ curricula, research and extracurricular activities.
See also: U Illinois Urbana-Champaign Student Newspaper Article

6. UW Oshkosh Holds Sustainability Across the Curriculum Workshop
The University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh held a workshop aimed at teaching faculty to infuse sustainability into their curriculum. The Winnebago Sustainability Project workshop, which is based off of the model taught in AASHE's Sustainability Across the Curriculum Leadership Workshops, was attended by 10 UW Oshkosh faculty. It was created as a result of the UW Oshkosh Sustainability Plan goal to link the University's formal mission with informal teaching opportunities to develop understanding, attitudes, and habits that promote sustainability.
See also: AASHE Sustainability Across the Curriculum Leadership Workshop Webpage
See also: UW Oshkosh Sustainability Plan Homepage

7. Clinton CC to Offer Wind-energy Degree
The Clinton Community College (NY) Board of Trustees has approved a resolution to create a wind energy and turbine technology associate's in applied sciences degree program. The program will be created in response to the growing need for wind energy technician in the area.
See also: Local news article

8. North Country CC To Establish Alternative Energy Program
North Country Community College (NY) has received a $50,000 grant to design a two-year degree and training program in alternative energy. The new program will initially focus on wind-power technician training with hopes to include special tracks on low-end hydropower generation and solar energy in the future. The grant was provided by Noble Environmental Power of Connecticut.

9. Cloud County CC to Expand Wind Energy Training Program
Cloud County Community College (KS) has been awarded $155,000 by the Kansas Department of Commerce to help expand its Wind Energy Technology program and increase Kansas’ capacity for wind energy production. The funding will help CCCC acquire new staff and equipment for its Associate of Applied Science degree program in Wind Energy Technology, and it will assist in the development of distance education classes. The award comes from the Workforce Solutions Fund and is a direct response to the state’s immediate need for skilled technicians in the wind energy industry. Manhattan Area Technical College and wind energy company Horizon Wind Energy will partner with CCCC on the project, lending a combination of financial and technical support.

10. Community College Times Highlights Renewable Energy Curricula
The Community College Times has published an article on how community colleges across the U.S. are beginning to offer courses focused on training renewable energy technicians and installers. The article mentions sustainability across the curriculum initiatives at Butte College (CA); a green building certification program at Cuyahoga Community College (OH); and solar and wind energy, sustainable design, sustainable food supply and biofuels online programs at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College.

11. Virginia Tech Commits to Developing Campus Sustainability Plan
Virginia Tech has announced that the university will develop a campus sustainability plan by the end of the 2009 spring semester. The plan will be aimed at reducing global warming emissions in everyday campus operations. The recently formed Committee on Energy and Sustainability has been charged with developing the “Virginia Tech Climate Action Commitment,” which will also be developed in close collaboration with the Office of the Vice President for Administrative Services.
See also: The Roanoke Times Article

12. Michigan State U to Reduce Campus Environmental Impact
Michigan State University has announced its plans to begin an Environmental Stewardship Program this summer to help the institution reduce its environmental footprint. Members of the program are tasked with looking into the ways to reduce energy consumption on campus and ways to reduce the amount of trash the University produces. As part of the program, recycling bins will be placed in all of the residence halls starting this fall and in the academic buildings in January of 2009. The initiative is part of the University's membership in the Chicago Climate Exchange, which requires MSU to produce 6 percent less greenhouse gas emissions by 2010 at the campus power plant than in 2000.

13. SUNY-Ulster Begins Energy Conservation Project
The State University of New York at Ulster recently began an upgrade to its campus facilities which will be funded through expected energy savings. This project will simultaneously reduce utility, operating and maintenance costs, and greenhouse gas emissions. Upgrade activities will include retrofitting older, less energy efficient equipment on campus 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 hot water heating system. SUNY Ulster is partnering with Johnson Controls to assist in the energy conservation upgrade to its campus.

14. Pacific Lutheran U Building Receives LEED Silver
The Pacific Lutheran University (WA) University Center has been awarded LEED Silver certification. The new student center features Energy Star appliances; a lighting system with an internal, perpetual calendar that controls what lights turn on and off based on the rising and setting of the sun; concrete flooring that requires no chemical cleaning products or waxes; low-flow toilet and faucet fixtures that save water; and wood flooring certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. In addition, nearly 95 percent of the construction waste was recycled. The University Center is also powered entirely by renewable energy through a two-year commitment by PLU to purchase wind energy from two local power companies.

15. Williams College Holds Green Commencement
Williams College (MA) held a green commencement that featured reusable dinnerware, local food, fair trade coffee and chocolate, and a ban on bottled and canned beverages. The College also purchased carbon offsets for the attendees' travels. After the ceremony, the college held "Give it Up," a collection drive for clothing, books, and other items as students moved out of their residences.

16. Stanford Awards Energy Grants to Faculty
Stanford University's (CA) Precourt Institute for Energy Efficiency has awarded its first three grants for research to faculty members, totaling $358,000 over the next year to 18 months. The three grants were awarded to: engineering professor Curtis Frank and civil and environmental engineering professor Sarah Billington to develop energy-efficient biodegradable foam materials for structural insulated panels to improve heating and cooling efficiency in homes and commercial buildings; civil and environmental engineering professor Mark Jacobson to assess how weather and increased demand from plug-in hybrid vehicles by 2020 will impact the ability of California to deliver a consistent supply of electricity from renewable sources; and associate professor of mechanical engineering Chris Edwards to develop a practical method for quantifying the environmental impacts of diesel and ethanol fuels.

17. Wilkes U Establishes Organic Farm on Campus
Wilkes University (PA) recently held a Small Plot Intensive (SPIN) farming workshop for more than 25 people from across the world. The participants established and built a farm on the Wilkes campus by forming and shaping the beds, seeding and installing pathways, and planting natural insect repellants. SPIN farming is a commercial organic-based farming system for land areas under an acre in size. It takes the challenges posed by urbanization and turns them into the farmer’s advantage by capitalizing on limited space and resources.

18. Portland State U Partners with Community to Win Service Award
Portland State University (OR), in partnership with the city of Portland and 112 community-based organizations in greater Portland has won the National Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Partnership Award for Campus-Community Collaboration. The group won the award for its Community Watershed Stewardship Program, an initiative in which over 27,000 community volunteers have donated a quarter million hours to install 80,000 plants and restore 50 acres of watershed along two miles of river. Additionally, individual projects have been led and supported by 700 students working as part of class projects, resulting in two master’s theses and three research articles.
See also: City of Portland Community Watershed Stewardship Program Homepage
See also: Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Foundation Homepage

19. U Regina to Test Greywater Reclamation Plant
The University of Regina (SK) has received funding for a project to reclaim greywater and protect vital aquatic ecosystems in Saskatchewan and beyond. Over the next three years, Dr. Stephanie Young of the University of Regina will design and test a self-contained, portable, greywater reclamation plant for small community applications. The design of the portable plant is intended to work with a community's existing water treatment facilities. The project will be lead by the University of Regina in collaboration with Communities of Tomorrow. The goal of the applied research and demonstration project is to commercialize the portable plant, increase efficiency of water reuse and reduce fresh water demand and the corresponding wastewater load.

20. Loyola & Lafayette Colleges, CSU Chico Donate Dormitory Items
Students at Loyola College in Maryland donated clothing, dishes, small appliances, school supplies, and non-perishable food items to local non-profit agencies as they moved out of the residence halls this year. The College created a website for the "Good Stuff Campaign" to coordinate the two week collection. Lafayette College (PA) also held a move out donation campaign in which they collected more than 5,000 pounds of unopened food, clothing, personal, and household items, as well as a truckload of furniture. The items were donated to several local charity organizations. Additionally, California State University, Chico students donated more than 17,000 pounds of reusable and recyclable goods to local charities and businesses during their 2008 move-out event.
See also: The Good Stuff Campaign Website
See also: Lafayette College Press Release
See also: CSU, Chico Press Release

21. U Michigan Students Win Better Living Business Plan Challenge
Four University of Michigan master's degree students and one student from New York University have won the "Better Living Business Plan Challenge," a competition that was created to provide business students from around the world an opportunity to invent sustainable products or business solutions. Eight student teams presented their business plans to a panel of executives from Wal-Mart, non-governmental organizations, and other companies in April. The UM team was awarded $20,000 for developing a biodiesel company that will produce a nonfood-based renewable fuel while supporting sustainable development in Africa. Additionally, a team of four Arizona State University undergraduate students were noted in the competition to have had the best presentation and the best answers to the difficult questions proposed by the judges. The ASU students gave a presentation on Green Taxi Cab, an environmentally and socially responsible taxi company founded by ASU students.
See also: ASU News Article

22. Mississippi State Students Win Sustainable Vehicle Competition
Mississippi State University has won the 2008 General Motors and U.S. Department of Energy Challenge X: Crossover to Sustainability student engineering competition. The competition challenged 17 university teams from the U.S. and Canada to reengineer a Chevrolet Equinox that employs advanced powertrain technologies. The goal is to produce a vehicle that has improved fuel economy and lower emissions, all while maintaining driver comfort and vehicle performance. University teams have followed a real world vehicle development process and integrated their advanced technology solutions into their Equinox vehicles. The Mississippi State team designed a through-the-road parallel hybrid electric vehicle powered by a 1.9L GM direct injection turbo diesel engine fueled by bio diesel (B20). It achieved a 38 percent increase in fuel economy over the production vehicle on a modified urban test cycle. The second place vehicle, engineered by students at the University of Wisconsin is a through-the-road parallel hybrid electric vehicle with a 1.9L GM direct injection turbo diesel engine fueled by B20. Ohio State University was awarded third place for its powersplit hybrid electric vehicle powered by a 1.9L GM direct injection turbo diesel engine and fueled by B20. Other participants included Michigan Technological University, Pennsylvania State University, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (IN), San Diego State University (CA), Texas Tech University, University of Akron (OH), University of California, Davis, University of Michigan, University of Tennessee, University of Texas at Austin, University of Tulsa (OK), University of Waterloo (ON), Virginia Tech, and West Virginia University.

New Resources

23. AASHE Interview Series: Director of Sustainability, Agnes Scott College
AASHE has posted its first interview as part of its new interview series with sustainability leaders from campuses, businesses, and non-profit organizations that are taking the lead in advancing sustainability in higher education. In the inaugural interview, Susan Kidd, the Director of Sustainability at Agnes Scott College (GA), discusses her institution's current sustainability initiatives, the successes she has had, the challenges she has faced, and more.

24. The Future of Carbon Trading Webinar
The American Colleges & Universities Presidents' Climate Commitment and Honeywell Building Solutions recently hosted "The Future of Carbon Trading," a webinar designed to inform higher education institutions about carbon trading. The webinar, which is now available online, gave 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. The webinar is the first in a series of webinars designed to support signatories to the ACUPCC in meeting their commitment to achieve climate neutrality.
See also: The Future of Carbon Trading Webinar Slide Show Presentation

25. Higher Ed Env'l Roles & Responsibilities in a Climate of Change Report
The Campus Consortium for Environmental Excellence has published a new higher education report titled "Environmental Roles and Responsibilities in a Climate of Change." The document spotlights the evolving environmental, health and safety assignment on college and university campuses where homeland security directives, sustainability initiatives and emerging health and safety issues demand increasing attention. The 16-page booklet illustrates both the challenges and opportunities with narrative, quotes, cartoons and images.

Opportunities

26. Invitation to Become an AASHE 2008 Supporting Institution
In an effort to encourage strong student participation at its 2008 conference, AASHE is inviting colleges and universities to become Supporting Institutions. Supporting Institutions offer to cover the cost of participation in the conference for at least one of their students, and provide $250 to support the conference. In exchange, they will be recognized in the conference website, printed program, signage and other publicity materials.

27. 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.

28. CFP - Community Literacy Journal Articles
The peer reviewed Community Literacy Journal invites articles for its Fall 2009 special issue on Sustainability, the Environment, and Community Literacy. The Journal welcomes manuscripts that explore the interconnections among community literacy, sustainable practices, and cognizance of biospheric situatedness. Particularly welcomed for this issue are pieces co-authored in collaboration with community partners. Submissions of shorter and longer works including scholarly articles, essays, case studies, ethnographies, and reflective narratives are invited. Poems, drawings, photographs, and cartoons are invited as well. Submissions are due July 15, 2008.

29. 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.

Jobs & Internships

30. Sustainability Coordinator, U South Carolina Columbia
The University of South Carolina invites applications for the position of Sustainability Coordinator. The Sustainability Coordinator will develop, coordinate and administer programs and advise policies within the area of sustainability at the University. The candidate will also encourage and facilitate sustainability programs initiated by student, faculty and staff, and community members; foster and coordinate new ideas and concepts for sustainability programming themes; and identify materials and resources to supplement, expand or replace existing sustainability programming. Minimum qualifications include a Master's degree and one year relevant program experience or a Bachelor's degree and three years related experience. Applications are due July 7, 2008.

31. Energy Conservation Project Manager, Williams College (link no longer available)
Williams College (MA) is pleased to announce an opening for a full-time Energy Conservation Project Manager reporting to the Director of the Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives and the Director of Planning and Construction. Key responsibilities of the Project Manger are to coordinate, plan and manage the implementation of energy conservation measures including cost management, project scheduling, and status reporting. S/he will serve as key contact for vendors, contractor, and engineering firms to develop project plans and specifications. The Project Manager will have the opportunity to research and developed potential energy conservation approaches and to evaluate energy savings results of implemented projects. This is a two year term position, with possible extension to a third year. Candidates should have a minimum of a BA degree in engineering, construction management or equivalent experience along with a demonstrated understanding of building systems (lighting, HVAC, envelopes, etc) specifically in relation to utility conservation. Review of resumes will begin immediately and will continue until position is filled.

32. Vice President & Dean, Stony Brook University, Southampton
Stony Brook University, Southampton (NY) is seeking candidates for the position of Vice President and Dean of the campus to build from the ground up an intimate, interdisciplinary, undergraduate focused, residential College dedicated to examining sustainability. The candidate will build the curriculum, the campus, and the culture, guiding the College towards its optimal enrollment of 2000 students. The successful candidate will serve as the chief executive officer of the Southampton campus, reporting dually to Stony Brook's President and to the University's Provost.

33. Program Coordinator, Environmental Studies, Wellesley College (link no longer available)
The Wellesley College (MA) Environmental Studies Program invites applications for a Program Coordinator. The Program Coordinator will work closely with faculty and students to strengthen the program’s extracurricular activities and ties to the community in ways that enhance the academic curriculum. This includes creating experiential opportunities to complement ES courses, facilitating student research and internship opportunities, coordinating extracurricular programming, and building relationships with area institutions. The candidate will also be responsible for the day-to-day administration of the ES program and will work directly with the Program Director. Applicants should have an advanced degree in environmental studies or a related field or have equivalent experience. Review of applications will begin on June 20th and will continue until the position is filled.

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