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Table of Contents for 6/26/08:

NEWS
1. Washington Post Features Article on Campus Sustainability
2. Stanford to Establish Center for Advanced Molecular Photovoltaics
3. Colorado State U Pilots Smart Grid Technology
4. Appalachian State U to Install Wind Turbine
5. Duke U Residence Hall Receives LEED Platinum
6. Oklahoma State U Completes Energy Upgrades
7. NYU to Pursue Re-use of Existing Buildings Rather than Build New
8. Furman U Opens Green Cottage
9. U Arizona Uses Ice to Cool Buildings
10. Dalhousie U Switches to Green Cleaning Products
11. U Waterloo Establishes Green Bus. Practices Research Chair
12. Purdue U Installs Energy Efficient Supercomputer
13. Iowa State U Increases Sustainable Food Purchasing
14. Case Western Commits to Corporate Social Responsibility
15. 3 NJ Campuses, SUNY New Paltz Donate Unwanted Items
16. Natl Recycling Coalition Announces Recycling Bin Grant Winners
17. Clemson U Awarded for Commitment to Green Buildings
18. Appalachian State U Prof Receives Winds Advocate Award

NEW RESOURCES
19. AASHE Digest 2007 - Annual Review of Campus Sustainability
20. U Texas at Arlington GHG Report
21. Sustainability in Business – Educational Video

OPPORTUNITIES
22. Join US Youth Network at the UN Climate Negotiations, COP14
23. AASHE Student Sustainability Leadership Awards
24. CFP: Climate Action Planning at US & Canadian Campuses

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
25. Climate Program Manager, AASHE
26. Director, Rachel Carson Institute and Sustainability, Chatham U
27. Director, Sustainability Programs, Iowa State U
28. Director of Sustainability, U Alaska, Anchorage
29. Director of Sustainability, U Chicago
30. Sustainability Coordinator, UCLA
31. Sustainability Manager, U California, Davis
32. Recycling Manager, Southeastern Louisiana U
33. Student Activities Coordinator, MIT Energy Initiative

EVENTS
34. Webinar – Utilizing Performance Contracting to Meet the ACUPCC
35. CFP - Fifth World Environmental Education Congress
36. Greenbuild 2008
37. Practical Steps to Zero Waste Webinar

News

1. Washington Post Features Article on Campus Sustainability
The Washington Post recently featured a front-page article on campus sustainability entitled, "Higher Learning Adapts to a Greening Attitude." The article discusses the increase in sustainability in the curricula at college campuses across the US, and mentions, in particular, the University of Maryland, the University of Virginia, Catholic University (DC), Goucher College (MD), the University of Oregon, and Johns Hopkins University (MD). The article also mentions co-curricular sustainability activities at George Washington University (DC) and green facilities projects at Frostburg State University (MD) and JHU. The article attributes the change to the increasing concern about climate change, and cites the hundreds of college and university presidents that have signed the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment and the significant increase in membership for AASHE over the past two years as evidence. Additionally, the article mentions a survey completed by the Princeton Review which found that two-thirds of prospective college students would value having information about a college or university's commitment to the environment. Nearly a quarter of those surveyed said it would strongly influence their decisions about where to attend.

2. Stanford to Establish Center for Advanced Molecular Photovoltaics
Stanford University (CA) has received a $25 million grant from the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology to fund Stanford's new Center for Advanced Molecular Photovoltaics. The center aims to make solar electricity at a cost that is competitive with coal plants by constructing solar cells that are more efficient and last up to 10 years longer.

3. Colorado State U Pilots Smart Grid Technology
Colorado State University, in partnership with Spirae Inc, has developed the InteGrid Laboratory, which seeks to address challenges of taking intermittent wind power and turning it into a stable and reliable renewable resource. This "smart grid" project is being implemented in Denmark.

4. Appalachian State U to Install Wind Turbine
The Appalachian State University (NC) Renewable Energy Initiative has announced plans to install a 100kW community-scale wind turbine on campus. The turbine proposed for the project will stand 115 feet tall, will have a blade diameter of 66 feet, and is expected to produce 150,000 kilowatt hours of electricity annually. The organizers do not yet have a timeline for installation.
See also: List of Campus Wind Turbine Installations

5. Duke U Residence Hall Receives LEED Platinum
Duke University's (NC) Home Depot Smart Home, a 10-person student residence hall for green living and learning, has achieved LEED Platinum certification. The building features a green roof, solar cells, and rainwater cisterns. The Smart Home was designed to be adaptable, environmentally sustainable and technologically integrated. In addition to being built with recycled and sustainable materials, Smart Home boasts a fiber-optic network with the fastest Internet access on the campus, about 40 gigabytes per second.

6. Oklahoma State U Completes Energy Upgrades
The Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Sciences has completed energy efficiency upgrades to five buildings that are expected to realize approximately $9 million in energy savings over the course of a 20-year performance contract with Johnson Controls, Inc. Based on a utility bill comparison, the project has already delivered more than $154,000 in operational savings during the installation period. The savings are a result of upgrades that range from glazing windows and installing lighting controls to retrofitting the buildings’ plumbing and air flow systems. Work began on the project in September 2006.

7. NYU to Pursue Re-use of Existing Buildings Rather than Build New
New York University President John Sexton and Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer announced that NYU, elected officials, and local community groups have agreed to a set of principles to guide the University’s future expansion. As outlined, NYU, which projects a need for 6 million square feet of space over the coming decades, will pursue re-use of existing buildings before developing new facilities and will actively pursue academic and residential centers outside the Washington Square area. In addition, the principles are designed to emphasize contextual development, mitigate the effects of construction, enhance community consultation, and support community sustainability, such as preservation efforts aimed local retail businesses. As embodied in the principles, NYU will also engage in extensive community outreach for new projects, work to minimize negative effects of construction including noise and dust, and develop a relocation policy for legal residential tenants displaced by University projects.

8. Furman U Opens Green Cottage
Furman University (SC) has opened its Southern Living Showcase Home, Cliffs Cottage. The Cliffs Cottage was built to be a model of environmentally responsible design, sustainable building techniques and materials, and energy-saving systems. The building features bamboo flooring, insulated windows, rooftop solar panels, a rainwater collection system, and organic and formal gardens. The cottage is currently open for public tours.
See also: Cliffs Cottage Homepage

9. U Arizona Uses Ice to Cool Buildings
The University of Arizona has created the University Thermal Ice Storage Project, an award-winning chilled water production and distribution system that spends the evening and early morning hours freezing water that is then used to cool buildings across the main campus and at the Arizona Health Sciences Center. The system involves the use of water chillers, cooling towers, pumps and pipes that snake around the campus through underground pipes that connect the plants. The project can produce more than 900 tons of ice per hour and the pipes feed the melting ice, or cooled water, to campus buildings. The process moves the bulk of the UA’s electrical load from the hot daytime hours to the cooler nighttime hours. UA recently received the Energy Efficiency Leader in Education Award from Trane for being one of a few institutions to have such a project up and running. And, just recently, the UA partnered with the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers’ Tucson chapter to begin teaching engineering students about chilled water technology and other heating and cooling processes.

10. Dalhousie U Switches to Green Cleaning Products
Dalhousie University's (NS) Facilities Management Department has begun using green cleaning products. The products, an all-purpose cleaner, a disinfectant and a degreaser, have been third-party approved with Canada’s Environmental Choice logo and the United States' Green Seal certification.

11. U Waterloo Establishes Green Bus. Practices Research Chair
The University of Waterloo (ON) and Export Development Canada (EDC) have announced the creation of a new research chair, funded by EDC, to identify financial products and practices that will help companies engage in business practices such as socially responsible investing and integrate social and environmental performance measures into their business activities. The new chair will seek to identify tools companies can use to address environmental issues such as climate change and environmental sustainability in emerging markets. The EDC Chair in Environmental Finance, based in the University’s Centre for Environment and Business, will also help businesses identify new ways to commercialize "green" technologies and services as well as explore carbon financing and clean energy funds. The University will also hire an additional professor in a related field, to further expand its Centre for Environment and Business.

12. Purdue U Installs Energy Efficient Supercomputer
Purdue University (IN) has installed a new supercomputer designed to use up to 80 percent less energy and be more effective in some situations. The system is designed for high performance computing used in research supercomputers, and its processors draw 600 milliwatts of power each, compared to 25,000 milliwatts in standard supercomputers.

13. Iowa State U Increases Sustainable Food Purchasing
Iowa State University has completed its first year of the Farm to ISU program. Over the past year, ISU has spent approximately 10 percent of its dining budget on organic and local food products, which is 5 percent more than expected. 76 percent of dairy purchases, 0.2 percent of bakery goods and grocery items, and 3 percent of meat purchases were made through the Farm to ISU program last year, while 1.5 percent of the produce was local. Additionally, all of the honey was purchased locally, and some tea and spices were organic. ISU plans to continue and expand the program in the coming year.

14. Case Western Commits to Corporate Social Responsibility
Case Western Reserve University (OH), the city of Cleveland, and Cleveland Clinic have made a joint commitment to corporate responsibility towards the environment, human rights, labor rights and anti-corruption. The three organizations have become members of the United Nations Global Compact, an international initiative to promote responsible corporate citizenship. Cities, corporations, academic institutions, non-profit groups and other organizations join the compact to promote corporate citizenship to make business part of the solution to the challenges of globalization. By joining, these organizations voluntarily take responsibility for the impact of their activities on customers, suppliers, employees, shareholders, communities and other stakeholders, as well as the environment through sustainability and ethical business practices.

15. 3 NJ Campuses, SUNY New Paltz Donate Unwanted Items
Planet Aid held its first annual College Initiative this year, rescuing close 13,000 pounds of clothing and shoes. Rowan University, Montclair State University, Rider University, and the State University of New York in New Paltz students, faculty, and staff all participated in Planet Aid's event.

16. Natl Recycling Coalition Announces Recycling Bin Grant Winners
The National Recycling Coalition and The Coca-Cola Company have announced the recipients of their Spring 2008 Recycling Bin Grant program. 23 of the 75 grant recipients were colleges and universities. Recipients were chosen based on a number of criteria, including where bins are likely to have the most impact on recovering beverage containers from the waste stream, ability of recipients to sustain their program in the future, and intention to support collection programs with recycling education and promotion.

17. Clemson U Awarded for Commitment to Green Buildings
Clemson University’s Habitat for Humanity chapter has been named Campus Chapter of the Year by Habitat for Humanity International. Its campus chapter was selected for being a leader in green building practices. Last year the chapter sponsored a design contest with Clemson’s Emerging Green Builders as a service-learning project for architecture, landscape architecture and construction science students. Students designed environmentally friendly houses, and the winning design, named “Green House,” was constructed nearby. The chapter now is working on a house that will apply for LEED certification.

18. Appalachian State U Prof Receives Winds Advocate Award
Appalachian State University Professor Dennis Scanlin has received the "Small Winds Advocate of the Year" award from the U.S. Department of Energy Wind Powering America program for his leadership in small-scale wind energy activities in Western North Carolina. Dr. Scalnlin is also a the Coordinator of the Appropriate Technology Program in the ASU Department of Technology.

New Resources

19. AASHE Digest 2007 - Annual Review of Campus Sustainability
AASHE has released AASHE Digest 2007, a publication that offers a comprehensive review of campus sustainability efforts from 2007. The 230-page report includes over 800 stories about higher education institutions leading the way to a sustainable future. It is organized into 24 chapters spanning education, research, campus operations, administration, and finance.
See also: AASHE Digest 2007

20. U Texas at Arlington GHG Report
The University of Texas at Arlington has released a draft report of its first carbon footprint analysis. The report has been prepared for the President’s Sustainability Committee by an interdisciplinary student/faculty team through a summer course in the School of Urban and Public Affairs. It characterizes the university’s greenhouse gas emissions in 2005, forecasts emissions in 2010 and 2020, then proposes a framework for setting reduction targets and develops reduction scenarios based on those targets. The report, produced in a very short time frame, is being issued in draft form so that members of the committee and other interested parties can participate in reviewing it. Comments are invited.
See also: List of Campus GHG Inventories

21. Sustainability in Business – Educational Video
Arnold Creek Productions, Inc. has released Naturally Successful: Entrepreneurship that redefines the bottom line, a new DVD that explores entrepreneurship from the perspective of the triple bottom line: businesses committed to economic, social and environmental measures of success. Eleven top experts, consultants and authors offer insights on building a values-driven business, providing meaningful leadership, achieving results beyond profits, serving customers, thinking long-term, seizing opportunities in new and existing markets, creating a thriving business and embracing a new type of capitalism. They cite numerous examples to explain why companies that are embracing green practices are experiencing outstanding growth, higher profits, lower risk and stronger brand recognition. A preview of the video is available online, and the full version can be purchased for around $30.

Opportunities

22. Join US Youth Network at the UN Climate Negotiations, COP14
The SustainUS Agents of Change program is now accepting applications for its delegation to the UN Climate Negotiations, the Conference of Parties 14, to be held in Poznan, Poland this December. COP14 will determine the future of international policy on climate change, and this is an opportunity for youth to make their voices heard. The SustainUS delegation, comprised of key leaders in the youth climate movement from various organizations and backgrounds, will have the unique opportunity to represent American youth at the COP. Delegates will work with each other and with international youth in advance of the conference to educate themselves, develop policy priorities, acquire skills in effective lobbying, and engage the broader youth population in a conversation about international climate policy.

23. 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.

24. CFP: Climate Action Planning at US & Canadian 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 and Canada. 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.

Jobs & Internships

25. 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.

26. Director, Rachel Carson Institute and Sustainability, Chatham U
Chatham University (PA) seeks a Director for its Rachel Carson Institute who will also assume the responsibilities of Director of Sustainability for all Chatham campuses. The ideal candidate will be an excellent communicator who will lead collaboration and communication among all constituencies; be creative and energetic; have advanced knowledge of environmental issues; and have substantial experience in leading an organization that develops outreach activities to complement academic programs. This individual will lead the President's Climate Committee, will be responsible for sustainability policies and efforts at all campuses, and will coordinate the environmental and sustainability efforts of all Chatham constituencies. This position will report to the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Extensive knowledge of sustainability issues and practices is required as well as at least five years of administrative experience in a university or related setting. Deadline for receipt of applications is July 7, 2008.

27. Director, Sustainability Programs, Iowa State U
Iowa State University seeks a Director of Sustainability Programs to work with university units to develop and coordinate a process leading to creation of sustainability standards and policies that can be implemented at an institutional level; serve as a member of the President's Advisory Committee on Energy Conservation and Global Climate Change and act as a liaison to decision making bodies, such as the ISU Council on Sustainability and student groups to provide information about sustainability issues and initiatives that will promote sustainability at Iowa State; and serve as the coordinator of the Sustainability Program's Revolving Loan Fund. A Bachelor's degree and a minimum of five years experience implementing environmental or sustainability programs are required. Applications are due July 18, 2008.

28. Director of Sustainability, U Alaska, Anchorage
The University of Alaska, Anchorage invites applications for the full-time position of Director of Sustainability. Reporting to the Vice Chancellor of Administrative Services, the Director will lead UAA's Office of Sustainability, consult with members of UAA's executive leadership team, and work with the Sustainability Council which serves as an advisory board. Responsibilities include creating, enhancing, supporting, and leading existing and new sustainability programs and initiatives, promoting waste and carbon footprint mitigation, providing oversight for UAA's recycling program, and promoting sustainability on campus, locally, and regionally through educational outreach. The Director will work closely with students, faculty and staff to conduct programs on sustainability and work to foster collaboration across the areas of teaching, research, campus operations, student life, and community service. Qualifications include a Bachelor's degree in a related field of study or equivalent combination of training and experience. Review of applications will begin July 22, 2008 and will continue until the position is filled.

29. Director of Sustainability, U Chicago
The University of Chicago (IL) seeks a Director of Sustainability to integrate sustainability practices into the operational and educational functions of the university; incorporate sustainability principles into Chicago's current capital program; implement education, training and other programs; and manage a communication plan to include website and other media. A Bachelor's of Science degree in Environmental Science or a related degree with an environmental focus is required. A Master's degree and LEED accreditation is preferred.

30. Sustainability Coordinator, UCLA
The University of California, Los Angeles seeks a Sustainability Coordinator to work with all elements of the campus community to communicate and further the goals and initiatives of the campus sustainability program, foster partnerships among academic, research and operational departments to further campus sustainability goals. Other responsibilities include establishing and maintaining an effective communication strategy, and developing and coordinating education and outreach programs in support of UCLA's sustainability, energy management, and resource conservation programs. A Bachelor's or Master's degree or equivalent in an appropriate field is required. The application deadline is July 7, 2008.

31. 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.

32. Recycling Manager, Southeastern Louisiana U
Southeastern Louisiana University invites applicants for the position of Recycling Manager for the Physical Plant. Qualifications include experience in management, budgeting, and writing grants and reports; experience with MS Office and creating and maintaining web pages; and a Bachelor's degree in Science, Environmental Studies, or a related field. A Master's degree is preferred. Responsibilities include researching and developing a recycling program on campus; maintaining, managing, promoting, and improving the recycling program; and writing grants to help expand the program. Applications are due July 7, 2008.

33. Student Activities Coordinator, MIT Energy Initiative
The MIT Energy Initiative is seeking a Student Activities Coordinator to be responsible for the timely planning and implementation of projects to advance MITEI objectives in student networking, energy education, and related outreach. Other responsibilities include maintaining and strengthening relationships with energy, environment, and sustainability student groups, including organizing student leader networking events, providing guidance to student groups and student projects on project planning, and participating in selected events and activities. A Bachelor's degree in a related field is required.

Events

34. Webinar – Utilizing Performance Contracting to Meet the ACUPCC
July 8, 2008; 1pm Central; Online
T.A.C. is hosting "Utilizing Performance Contracting to Meet the Presidents' Climate Commitment," a free, one-hour webinar followed by a questions and answers session. The webinar aims to demonstrate how a performance contract can help signatories achieve climate neutrality. Topics to be covered include establishing a carbon footprint using Clean Air Cool Planet's Campus Carbon Calculator; identifying and evaluating mitigation strategies; developing meaningful reports and meeting program deadline requirements; and evaluating funding options for implementing improvements on campus.

35. CFP - Fifth World Environmental Education Congress
May 10 – 14, 2009; Montreal, QC
The Organizing Committee of the 5th World Environmental Education Congress invites submissions for abstract proposals. The presentations may be in the form of a poster, oral, or round table presentation, or a workshop or NGO forum. Themes include relationships between ecology and economy: the issue of sustainability; questions of fairness in socio-ecological issues; environmental health; urban challenges; greening colleges and universities; school and community; and more. Each participant is limited to a maximum of two proposals. The deadline for presentation submissions is September 30, 2008. The deadline for presenter registration is February 1, 2009.

36. Greenbuild 2008
November 19 – 21, 2008; Boston, MA
The U.S. Green Building Council will host its 2008 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo - Revolutionary Green: Innovations for Global Sustainability. USGBC’s Greenbuild conference and expo is an opportunity to connect with other green building peers, industry experts, and influential leaders as they share insights on the green building movement and its diverse specialties. Speakers include Archbishop Desmond Tutu, E.O. Wilson, and Janine Benyus. The conference will feature over 100 educational sessions, LEED workshops, off-site educational sessions. Students, universities, and professionals are invited to attend. The early registration deadline is September 8, 2008.

37. Practical Steps to Zero Waste Webinar
July 15, 2008; Online; 12pm EST
The National Recycling Coalition and the College and University Recycling Council (CURC) will host "Practical Steps to Zero Waste," a webinar that will answer some of the basic questions about the zero waste concept. The production will also provide examples of schools that are working to implement policies and practices that move them closer to that ultimate goal. The webinar will be moderated by Christine von Kolnitz Cooley, the Sustainability Manager at the Medical University of South Carolina. Presenters include Rob Gogan, the Recycling and Waste Manager at Harvard University (MA); Jack DeBell, board member of CURC; and Pete Pasterz, founder of CURC.

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