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Table of Contents for 6/19/08:

NEWS
1. Rutgers to Construct Major Solar Farm
2. Montclair State U Signs Green Construction Agreement with EPA
3. U Florida to Offer Graduate Degree in Env'l and Land Use Law
4. UC Irvine to Establish Green Materials Graduate Program
5. Nova Scotia CC Launches Sustainability Engineering Tech Prgm
6. Central Connecticut State U Reports on Sustainability Progress
7. Michigan's Univ Research Corridor Announces Energy Seed Grants
8. NYU Announces Green Grant Recipients
9. Princeton U Receives Funding for 9 Sustainability Initiatives
10. U Colorado at Colorado Springs Students Approve Green Fee
11. NC State U to Establish 2 Professorships in Energy Engineering
12. DePauw U Building Receives LEED Gold
13. Vanderbilt U Residential Building Receives LEED Gold
14. Furman U Library Awarded LEED Gold
15. 2 Northern Michigan U Res Halls Receive LEED Certification
16. Central College Breaks Ground on Green Education Building
17. Richland College to Build Green Science Building
18. U Idaho Installs Green Roof
19. 16 New Campuses Sign Presidents Climate Commitment
20. Carroll College to Complete Energy Efficiency Renovations
21. U New Mexico Implements 4-day Summer Work Week
22. U Mississippi Partners with City to Expand Recycling System

NEW RESOURCES
23. List of Publications on Sustainable Transportation for Campuses
24. New Blog for the Campus Sustainability Professional
25. New Issue of The Journal of Ecopedagogy
26. University Reform in an Era of Global Warming

OPPORTUNITIES
27. AASHE Student Research on Campus Sustainability Award
28. Call for Papers: Climate Action Planning at US Campuses
29. Power Vote MEGA Training Camp
30. Lifecycle Building Challenge 2 Student Competition

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
31. Climate Program Manager, AASHE
32. Executive Director, Corporate Sustainability Initiative, Duke U
33. Sustainability Coordinator, Longwood U
34. Sustainability Outreach Manager, North Carolina State U
35. Sustainability Manager, U California, Davis
36. Sustainability Manager, Renewable Energy Prgm, Penn State
37. Youth Organizer, Rainforest Action Network
38. Executive Assistant, Second Nature

EVENTS
39. Sustainability Conference for Business Schools

News

1. Rutgers to Construct Major Solar Farm
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey Board of Governors has approved the construction of a solar energy facility that will generate approximately 10 percent of the electrical demand of the Livingston Campus. Nearly half of the cost of the project will be subsidized by a rebate through the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities’ Clean Energy Program. In addition, Rutgers plans to sell Solar Renewable Energy Certificates (SRECs) generated from the photovoltaic system. The University expects to recoup its investment within seven years. By the end of the 15-year incentive program, the university anticipates that it will net a return of $6.6 million over its initial investment. The seven-acre facility will be the largest solar energy project in New Jersey. It is expected to begin operation in spring 2009.
See also: List of Solar Installations on Campuses

2. Montclair State U Signs Green Construction Agreement with EPA
Montclair State University (NJ) has formally entered into an agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to utilize some of the latest green technologies and practices at its campus. The agreement makes the University the first educational institution in the nation to enter into a comprehensive green construction and operation Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the EPA. The MOU spells out management and operational principles ensuring that Montclair State meets high environmental standards and reduces its carbon footprint. Highlights of the MOU incorporate initiatives that delineate the development and management of systems to ensure that green activities and sustainability will be integrated into all facility operations. This includes the usage of solar and steam energy; large-scale recycling of paper, plastic, and food waste; water and land conservation, as well as incorporation of green building technology and materials for new construction.
See also: EPA/MSU MOU

3. U Florida to Offer Graduate Degree in Env'l and Land Use Law
The University of Florida Levin College of Law will offer a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Environmental and Land Use Law. Although other law schools offer LL.M. degrees in environmental law and related areas, UF’s program is the first to combine environmental and land use law in a one-year, post-juris doctor degree. The new program will educate students on the historical and legal underpinnings of environmental and land use law policies, and will encourage them to think creatively to innovate solutions to pressing environmental and related social issues. In addition, the LL.M. program is unique in that six of the 26 required credit hours must be from relevant courses that have substantial non-law content — either offered outside the Levin College of Law or jointly by the law school and another department. The program will begin this fall.
See also: Environmental and Land Use Law LL.M. Program Homepage
See also: List of Graduate Programs in Environmental and Sustainability Law (AASHE members only)

4. UC Irvine to Establish Green Materials Graduate Program
The University of California, Irvine has announced that it will establish a Green Materials Program, which will foster research and graduate-level training at UC campuses. The announcement came after UCI was awarded $1.62 million to lead a University of California program on development of nontoxic alternatives to everyday products, such as electronics, plastics, lighting products, fuels and pesticides. The Green Materials Program at UCI will bring together public health, toxicology, materials science, engineering and social science experts to work on innovative approaches to reducing health and environmental hazards associated with materials use in society. Participants will study California policies within the context of emerging international initiatives such as the European Union’s new REACH law (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemical substances) for the purpose of advising the state’s executive and legislative branches on regulations that could emerge from the new Green Chemistry Initiative and other local environmental protection agency studies.

5. Nova Scotia CC Launches Sustainability Engineering Tech Prgm
Nova Scotia Community College has launched Energy Sustainability Engineering Technology, a new two-year program dedicated to preparing students to take on leadership roles in helping future employers develop more environmentally sustainable practices. Drawing on their skilled trade backgrounds, students in the ESET program will work with faculty who are energy experts to master the art of creating customized energy systems that include solar, wind, biomass, geothermal, tidal and other alternative and renewable sources. Graduates will be qualified to audit energy systems and recommend the best alternative energy for new and existing commercial or residential properties. The program is set to begin in September 2008.

6. Central Connecticut State U Reports on Sustainability Progress
The Central Connecticut State University Advisory Committee on Environmental Sustainability recently reported its findings from its sustainability audit. The committee, which hired an environmental sustainability consulting firm to perform a Sustainability Baseline Audit, found that CCSU already has several successful sustainability initiatives in place, including the following energy conservation programs: a new, efficient Energy Center; energy-efficient and water-saving features in buildings; green purchasing efforts; and a hazardous waste minimization program. The audit also identified several areas for improvement, including improving recycling programs, launching an educational campaign on water conservation, improving the sustainability of food service operations, reducing transportation impacts, and formalizing some of CCSU’s current programs with formal policies.

7. Michigan's Univ Research Corridor Announces Energy Seed Grants
The University Research Corridor, an alliance of Michigan’s three research universities, has announced its first seed fund grants to provide startup support for two “revolutionary but feasible” energy projects. The seed investments will help launch two collaborations for efficient development of cheaper forms of electricity and fuel, one involving the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, and Wayne State University and the other involving MSU and U-M. The U-M, MSU, and WSU project will work to develop more efficient and low-cost thermoelectric materials to be used for power generation and environmentally friendly heating and cooling systems. The MSU and U-M project will work to develop nano-biocarriers to rapidly and efficiently produce low-cost ethanol from switchgrass or corn stover (the leaves and stalks that make up about half of a corn crop).

8. NYU Announces Green Grant Recipients
New York University has announced its 2008 Green Grant recipients, ultimately awarding a total of $160,000 to 23 projects. The winning projects aim to help the University reduce environmental impacts, engage the community, and advance applied research and educational goals. Awards were given to a community garden, an energy conservation initiative, a composting project, and bike-sharing pilot program. Other initiatives range from resource conservation and efficiency to outreach and communication to academic curricula and research.

9. Princeton U Receives Funding for 9 Sustainability Initiatives
Princeton University (NJ) has received a gift from the High Meadow's Foundation to support nine sustainability projects that focus on research, education, and civic engagement within the University's Sustainability Plan. Such initiatives include a course that evaluates energy efficiency in local homes, a new sustainability curriculum for Outdoor Action participants, and the installation of a student-designed garden at Forbes College.
See also: Princeton Sustainability Plan

10. U Colorado at Colorado Springs Students Approve Green Fee
Students from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs approved a $5 per semester fee to support the installation of solar panels on university buildings. The student-initiated statute is expected to generate more than $300,000 during its five-year duration. More than 76 percent of voting students voted in favor of the referendum.
See also: List of Mandatory Student Fees for Renewable Energy

11. NC State U to Establish 2 Professorships in Energy Engineering
North Carolina State University's College of Engineering has announced that it will receive a $1.25 million endowment gift from the Duke Energy Foundation to support workforce development, teaching, and research related to the generation and delivery of energy. The gift will create two named professorships, one each in nuclear engineering and electrical and computer engineering, and will establish an endowed K-12 educational outreach fund to promote the continued development and diversification of the future engineering workforce. The endowed professor of nuclear engineering will help develop nuclear energy technologies, while the other endowed professor will lead a multi-university effort to study the integration of renewable energy sources into the nation's electrical power grid.

12. DePauw U Building Receives LEED Gold
The DePauw University (IN) Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics building has received LEED-NC Gold certification. Located in the DePauw University Nature Park, the building was designed to minimize impact on the environment. The building features a white roof that reflects the sun and thereby reduces demand for air conditioning; awnings that serve to admit the winter sun for passive heating and shade the building from the summer sun; and rooms that are equipped with motion sensors which automatically turn off lighting in unused areas. Additionally, the structure was built using local limestone and locally harvested trees.

13. Vanderbilt U Residential Building Receives LEED Gold
Vanderbilt University (TN) has received LEED Gold certification for The Commons Center, a building in which first-year students will live in a smaller community where they will be next-door neighbors with faculty. The Commons Center is 28 percent more energy efficient than a typical building of its type. Environmentally friendly features and practices at the center include hood exhaust systems in the kitchen that increase efficiency by more than 30 percent. The building will also save an estimated 900,000 gallons of water per year through the use of waterless urinals, dual-flush toilets and low-flow fixtures. Special materials, paints and adhesives were selected for healthy indoor air quality. In addition, there is signage throughout the building with information about the green features, as well as a brochure and a tour that is available for download onto an MP3 player.

14. Furman U Library Awarded LEED Gold
The Furman University (SC) James B. Duke Library has been awarded LEED Gold certification. The newly renovated building also received the 2006 Sustainable Design Award from the Carolinas Chapter of the International Interior Designers Association.

15. 2 Northern Michigan U Res Halls Receive LEED Certification
Northern Michigan University's Meyland and Van Antwerp Halls have received LEED Certified and Silver ratings respectively. While renovating the two buildings, NMU recycled more than 250 tons of metal piping and wiring, used recycled and locally produced materials when possible, and reduced regulated water use by up to 60 percent by installing dual-flush toilets and low-flow showers and faucets. Additionally, the buildings' new furnishings were made with environmentally farmed, quickly renewable Malaysian hardwood and were manufactured in Indiana. The replaced beds were donated to RE-MEMBER, a nonprofit organization that supports residents in need in South Dakota. Other furnishings were donated to the town's Habitat for Humanity chapter.

16. Central College Breaks Ground on Green Education Building
Central College (IA) has broken ground on its future education and psychology building, a structure that is aiming for LEED Platinum. The 57,748 square foot structure, scheduled for completion in the fall of 2009, will feature renewable and energy conservation technologies, a green roof, storm water recycling, and natural landscaping. The three-story building will provide new classrooms, office and instructional space.

17. Richland College to Build Green Science Building
Richland College (TX) has announced plans to build a new science building that will include special construction for harvesting sunlight, cisterns that irrigate rain water to other parts of the campus as well as interactive devices in restrooms that users control. Some building materials will be recycled, such as the carpet, and local vendors will be utilized as often as possible to minimize exhaust fumes from lengthy transports. The décor will even be eco-friendly and is to include a geology pit for a hands-on “field learning” for the students. Richland is striving for LEED Platinum certification.

18. U Idaho Installs Green Roof
The University of Idaho has been a renovation project to install a green roof on its Student Union Building. The project will be nearly self-sufficient and will include a storm water run-off mitigation system that will collect and store run-off water. The run-off will have a higher water quality and will be stored in a series of 550-gallon containers that will be reused to water the plants on the roof in dry periods.

19. 16 New Campuses Sign Presidents Climate Commitment
16 new institutions have signed the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment since the last update in AASHE Bulletin. In doing so, these campuses have committed to develop comprehensive plans for achieving climate neutrality. The new signatories are: Larry Edward Penley of Colorado State University, Patrick Harker of the University of Delaware, George M. Philip of the State University of New York at Albany, Dennis L. Hefner of the State University of New York at Fredonia, José Griego of Northern New Mexico College, Max Castillo of the University of Houston – Downtown, Victor J. Baschini of Texas Christian University, William D. Adams of Colby College (ME), Carol Bellamy of the World Learning/SIT Graduate Institute (VT), William J. Lowe of Metropolitan State University (MN), George Dammer of South Suburban College (IL), C. Edward Balog of Aquinas College (MI), Ronald L. May of Ancilla College (IN), John Henderson of Cincinnati State Technical & Community College (OH), Michael Taylor of Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology (MA), and Leah Botstein of Coconino Community College (AZ). 555 college and university presidents and chancellors have now signed the Commitment.

20. Carroll College to Complete Energy Efficiency Renovations
Carroll College (WI) has announced plans to complete several upgrades to make the campus more energy efficient. Carroll will replace three boilers, upgrade lighting and plumbing fixtures and controls, and install a backup propane fuel system. The College expects to save enough money in energy bills to break even on the project in 15 years.

21. U New Mexico Implements 4-day Summer Work Week
The University of New Mexico has begun offering staff members the option of working a compressed workweek to decrease commuting costs and gasoline-use during the traditionally slower summer session. The program, available June 16 through August 15, 2008, will provide most full-time employees on main campus the opportunity to work a four-day workweek by extending their workday to 10-hour days.

22. U Mississippi Partners with City to Expand Recycling System
The University of Mississippi's campus recycling program and the Oxford Recycling Department recently began an effort to expand the community's recycling program. The partnership has produced an increased number of drop-off recycling areas that are more accessible to students.

New Resources

23. List of Publications on Sustainable Transportation for Campuses
AASHE has posted a collection of publications focused on sustainable transportation for college and university campuses. The resource provides guides, articles, reports, and books on the use of alternative transportation methods such as bicycles, campus fleet, car-sharing, carpooling, parking, and U-Pass systems.

24. New Blog for the Campus Sustainability Professional
Richard Johnson, the Director of Sustainability and the Associate Director for the Center for the Study of Environmental and Society at Rice University, has created a new blog entitled, "Greening the Campus: Inside the World of the Campus Sustainability Professional." Johnson's intention is to share insights and observations from the perspective of a campus sustainability professional and help to promote discussion and knowledge sharing within the professional community.

25. New Issue of The Journal of Ecopedagogy
The Ecopedagogy Association International has published its latest issue of Green Theory & Praxis: The Journal of Ecopedagogy. The scholarly journal presents research papers and essays on ecological politics and culture, ecocriticism, the critique of social structures, and sustainability education. The current issues includes such papers as, "Education for Sustainability: A Critical Contribution to the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development" and "Developing a Bioregional Pedagogy for Transregional Students: Practices and Experiences from the Composition Classroom."

26. University Reform in an Era of Global Warming
Chet A. Bowers has published a book entitled, "University Reform in an Era of Global Warming." The book examines why many professors continue to rely upon the conceptual frameworks learned in their own graduate studies even though these frameworks were established before there was an awareness of environmental limits. Bowers also discusses the need to educate students in how to live less consumer dependent lives and how to introduce students to understand and to participate in the local cultural commons. Bowers' work is available on his website as a free download.

Opportunities

27. 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.

28. 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.

29. Power Vote MEGA Training Camp
The Energy Action Coalition will be convening an intensive 5-day training program from August 13 -17, 2008 to prepare organizers for their role in running the Power Vote program and beyond. Training participants will leave with a clear understanding of the Power Vote program goals, timeline, implementation plan, and their role in making it happen. The training will be highly interactive with a great emphasis on actually testing out the skills with time for discussion and feedback. Skills will be applicable for climate campaigning throughout the year. Priority will be given to low-income youth, youth of color and non-student youth. College, high school, and non-student youth are all encouraged to apply.

30. Lifecycle Building Challenge 2 Student Competition
The American Institute of Architects, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Building Materials Reuse Association invite students and professionals to participate in the Lifecycle Building Challenge 2. The contest challenges participants to submit creative ideas or designs to advance cutting-edge design for adaptability, disassembly, and local reuse of building materials. This year's competition features Building and Innovation Categories and new awards for Best Greenhouse Gas Reduction, Best School, and Best Residential Designs. Teams of up to 5 contestants can enter. The registration deadline is July 31, 2008.

Jobs & Internships

31. Climate Program Manager, AASHE
AASHE, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, seeks a Climate Program Manager to lead AASHE's efforts to support signatories of the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). A bachelor's degree in a related field is required (graduate degree preferred). Applicants should also have 5+ years experience in energy management and/or emissions mitigation. Review of applications will begin on July 2nd, and will continue until the position is filled.

32. Executive Director, Corporate Sustainability Initiative, Duke U
The Duke University Corporate Sustainability Initiative seeks an Executive Director to recruit, convene and work directly with a corporate advisory body which will help shape the work of CSI and ensure its relevancy. Responsibilities include indentifying funding and naming opportunities with corporate donors, seeking input from the corporate community regarding sustainability and business skills that the students will need, and marketing internship and placement programs for students with CSU credentials. In creating the Initiative, the ED will work closely with the Deans of the Fuqua School of Business, the Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences, and the Director of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solution. A Master's degree and minimum of 10 years of experience plus a strong knowledge in the field of corporate environmental sustainability is required.

33. Sustainability Coordinator, Longwood U
Longwood University (VA) seeks a Sustainability Coordinator to develop, implement, and direct Longwood's sustainability program. The candidate will be responsible for establishing a formal University sustainability policy; working with faculty, staff, and students to integrate leadership, instruction, and operations in order to meet the University's sustainability goals; integrating the Campus Master Plan sustainability goals into University planning and operations; and implementing and manage sustainability outreach, communications, and continuing education. A Bachelor's degree is required. The position is open until filled.

34. Sustainability Outreach Manager, North Carolina State U
North Carolina State University seeks a Sustainability Outreach Manager to be a part of the University Sustainability Office and report directly to the Sustainability Director. The Outreach Manager will develop and implement educational and communication opportunities for on and off campus audiences including students, faculty, staff and community organizations. The position will raise awareness of sustainability initiatives and accomplishments and foster a culture of collaboration and sustainability at N.C. State University and the greater Raleigh community. This individual will serve as a conduit for communications among the Sustainability Office, students, faculty, alumni, parents and the Raleigh community. Applications are due July 10, 2008.

35. Sustainability Manager, U California, Davis
The University of California, Davis invites applications for Sustainability Manager within the newly created Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability group in the Office of Resource Management and Planning. The Sustainability Manager is a new position that will provide leadership, analysis and program recommendations to the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability, to campus executive leadership, and to the campus community for development of a program that will achieve sustainability goals. One of the first and most important duties of the sustainability program is the development of a Climate Action Plan for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Qualifications include knowledge and significant experience in environmental planning, environmental science, physical planning or a related field with an emphasis on sustainability. The review of applications will begin July 7, 2008 and continue until filled.

36. Energy & Env'l Educator, Renewable Energy Prgm, Penn State
Pennsylvania State University is seeking an individual to coordinate and deliver educational programs and development projects in the broad area of sustainable energy, sustainable agriculture and rural development for the Northeast PSU Cooperative Extension Region and the Mid Atlantic/New England regions. The position will be based at Penn State Wilkes Barre campus and requires periodic travel throughout the northeast. A Bachelor’s degree is required, and a Master’s degree is preferred in Environmental Resources Management, Agricultural or Environmental Engineering or Environmental Sciences. Deadline for applying is August 1, 2008.

37. Youth Organizer, Rainforest Action Network
The Rainforest Action Network is seeking a Youth Organizer to work closely with RAN’s grassroots, campaigns, communications, and fundraising teams. S/he will be primarily responsible for coordinating RAN’s youth program, which involves developing and supporting a multi-cultural network of young activists and training them to play a meaningful role in RAN’s campaigns and the broader movement for the environment and social justice. Specific duties include working with and helping to build a diverse group of high school and college activists to develop a shared vision and plan for RYSE (RAN Youth Sustaining the Earth); working with RAN’s campaigns to develop strategies and tools for young activists to meaningfully engage in the campaigns; and supporting the RYSE council by providing leadership development opportunities, guidance and coordination assistance. Qualifications include a minimum of two years experience as a grassroots organizer; experience working with multi-cultural youth, especially high school students; and experience with youth-led organizations. The position is open until filled.

38. Executive Assistant, Second Nature (link no longer available)
Second Nature, one of the three organizations that help to support the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment, seeks an Executive Assistant to provide support to the senior leadership team. He or she will promote a strong professional image of Second Nature and the senior leadership; will act as a liaison and communications link amongst and between the members of the senior leadership and the organization staff and others; and will manage the administration of the Second Nature offices, maintaining a productive work environment for all. Periodically, an administrative intern will report to this position. Qualifications include a college diploma in business administration or a related field, with at least 5 years of experience in a similar position.

Events

39. Sustainability Conference for Business Schools
July 30-31, 2008; Salt Lake City, UT
AACSB International will host its first Sustainability Conference, an event that addresses the importance of ethical, responsible business practices and their role in management education. Sessions include case studies and how-to information for schools interested in building sustainability programs, as well as exploration of timely issues such as the United Nations’ Principles for Responsible Investing, CEO perspectives on social initiatives, and best practices in integrating sustainability issues into curriculum. The early bird registration deadline is June 30, 2008.

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