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Table of Contents for 7/17/08:

NEWS
1. U Maryland Baltimore Reduces Energy Load by 20 M kWh in 2 Years
2. BCSEA Launches Canadian Clean Energy Academic Program Directory
3. Arizona State U to Establish Solar Power Laboratory
4. UNC Charlotte Receives $57 M for Clean Energy Production Training Ctr
5. U South Florida Establishes Sustainability Ctte, Website, & Newsletter
6. Saint Michael's College Names First Sustainability Coordinator
7. Smith College Hires Sustainability Director
8. Benedictine U to Offer 2 Concentrations in Sustainability
9. Grand Valley State U to Offer 4 Certificates in Sustainability
10. Michigan Tech, Michigan State U to Develop Cellulosic Ethanol Plant
11. Christian Science Monitor Publishes Article on Green Campus Ratings
12. Tufts U Joins Clean Energy Development Program
13. Hillsborough CC Opens Green Building
14. Sault College Installs 32 kW Wind Turbine on Campus
15. Williams College Installs 26 kW Solar Array
16. U Kansas Installs Green Roof on Football Complex
17. U North Alabama to Reduce Energy Use
18. St. Lawrence U Sends Green Shopping List to Freshmen
19. Indiana U Students’ Energy Contest Website Wins Int'l Competition
20. U Central Florida Students Build Biodiesel Reactor
21. Macalester College Students Donate Graduation Gowns
22. Oakland U Offers 4-day Work Week
23. Fresno Pacific U Implements 4-day Work Week
24. Washington State U to Implement Co-mingle Recycling

NEW RESOURCES
25. Northwestern U Guide to Living Green

OPPORTUNITIES
26. AASHE Student Research on Campus Sustainability Award
27. AASHE Student Sustainability Leadership Awards
28. Clinton Global Initiative U Outstanding Commitments Awards
29. Tyler Prize
30. Call for Articles: Consilience: The Journal of Sustainable Development

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
31. Director, Centre for Environment & Sustainability, U Western Ontario
32. Director, Environmental Policy Program, U Georgia
33. Part-Time Coordinator, Green Urban Living Center, Miami Dade College

EVENTS
34. Intro to the Climate Registry Webinar
35. EPA Webcast: Green Power Procurement for Colleges & Universities
36. AASHE 2008 Conference

News

1. U Maryland Baltimore Reduces Energy Load by 20 M kWh in 2 Years
The University of Maryland Baltimore has announced that it reduced its electricity load by more than 20 million kWh in two years as a result of its participation in Comverge, Inc's PJM (Pennsylvania-New Jersey-Maryland) Demand Response Programs, which helped UMB to reduce its peak demand and overall consumption. Examples of the strategies that UMB and Comverge are implementing include: using an existing 20,000 ton-hour/2,000-ton output thermal storage system to shift air conditioning load from daytime on-peak operation to night-time off-peak operation; remotely controlling all public area lighting and turning off all non-essential lighting loads during periods of high demand; and putting a portion of the campus chilled water production on a "current limiting" mode for short 30-minute periods.

2. BCSEA Launches Canadian Clean Energy Academic Program Directory
The BC Sustainable Energy Association, a non-profit organization committed to promoting sustainable energy and energy efficiency, has launched its "Clean Energy Classrooms" project. The initiative includes an online portal that features a directory to all of Canada's currently available training and education options in renewable energy. The Clean Energy Classrooms resource guide is meant to provide comprehensive information to prospective students, help schools ensure strong enrollment for their renewable energy and green building programs, and increase the overall number of trained people entering the Canadian clean energy industries. The second phase of the project will include a print edition that will complement the website. Due for release in October 2008, the publication will be distributed at no cost to secondary schools and other key locations.
See also: Clean Energy Classrooms Homepage

3. Arizona State U to Establish Solar Power Laboratory
Arizona State University has announced plans to establish the Solar Power Laboratory to advance solar energy research, education, and technology. The goal of the lab is to improve the efficiency of solar electric power systems while making them more economically feasible. The laboratory will be a collaboration between the University’s Global Institute of Sustainability and the Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering. The initiative is a response to the Arizona Board of Regents’ Solar Energy Initiative.

4. UNC Charlotte Receives $57 M for Clean Energy Production Training Ctr
The University of North Carolina Charlotte has received state funding for its Energy Production Infrastructure Center (EPIC) project in the amount of $57.2 million. EPIC will address the shortage of trained engineers capable of servicing and replacing an aging fossil fuel and nuclear infrastructure and developing future infrastructures for wind, solar, and biofuels. UNCC received $19 million last year for the center's design and planning.

5. U South Florida Establishes Sustainability Ctte, Website, & Newsletter
The University of South Florida has established a Campus Sustainability Steering Committee comprised of 30 faculty, staff, student, alumni and community members. Additionally, 14 subcommittees are in the process of being created to address such topics as waste recycling, food, landscaping, water and energy. USF has also created a sustainability website and published the first issue of its Sustainability Newsletter. The website features the latest copy of USF's Sustainability Report, campus sustainability news and events, and Sustainability Steering Committee documents. The first issue of the newsletter provides information on three upcoming green buildings, an update on the University's initiatives related to the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment, and a list of green transportation options on and around campus.
See also: USF Sustainability Website
See also: USF July 2008 Sustainability Newsletter
See also: List of Campus Sustainability Websites (AASHE Members Only)

6. Saint Michael's College Names First Sustainability Coordinator
Saint Michael's College (VT) has hired Heather J. Ellis as the College's first Sustainability Coordinator. The new coordinator is tasked with developing and managing campus sustainability programs, and she plans to work towards a culture of sustainability on campus as well. Ellis graduated in 2007 from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in Environmental Conservation.
See also: Directory of Campus Sustainability Officers (AASHE members only)

7. Smith College Hires Sustainability Director
Smith College (MA) has hired Dano Weisbord as Sustainability Director, a new position tasked with integrating sustainability principles and practices into campus operations. Weisbord's responsibilities will include directing the development and implementation of the College’s sustainability plan, goals and standards; working with college departments and programs to develop a culture of sustainability; and researching and recommending environmentally sustainable technologies and practices. Weisbord will begin in August.

8. Benedictine U to Offer 2 Concentrations in Sustainability
Benedictine University (IL) will offer two new concentrations focused on sustainability in its Master of Business Administration program - Sustainable Business and Sustainable Leadership. Both degrees will be obtained by choosing 12 or more credits from a list of sustainability-focused courses.
See also: List of sustainability-related concentrations for MBA programs (AASHE Members Only)

9. Grand Valley State U to Offer 4 Certificates in Sustainability
Grand Valley State University (MI) has begun an initiative to redesign the campus curriculum to incorporate sustainability. GVSU also plans to develop certificates in renewable energy, green chemistry, sustainable business, and urban sustainability; offer new sustainability-based courses; and establish a minor in environmental studies and a liberal arts major that emphasizes sustainability.

10. Michigan Tech, Michigan State U to Develop Cellulosic Ethanol Plant
Michigan Technological University has been selected to partner with Michigan State University and the Mascoma Corporation in Michigan’s first Center of Energy Excellence. The three institutions will develop the state's first commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant. Michigan Tech will contribute its knowledge of sustainable forestry management practices and access to its automotive engineering labs for analysis of the biofuels produced. MSU will provide expertise in pretreatment technology for cellulosic ethanol production and assistance with renewable energy crops that can be used by the bio-refinery. The universities will each receive an estimated $1 million to analyze issues related to the availability and cost of supplying the wood fiber and other plant materials to produce cellulosic ethanol.

11. Christian Science Monitor Publishes Article on Green Campus Ratings
The Christian Science Monitor has published an article on campus sustainability rating systems and the importance of colleges and universities collaborating to improve their green ratings. The article mentions the Princeton Review, AASHE's Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS), the Sustainable Endowments Institute's College Sustainability Report Card, and Grist Magazine's ranking of the top fifteen green colleges and universities in 2007.

12. Tufts U Joins Clean Energy Development Program
Tufts University has signed an agreement with the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MTC) to join “Clean Energy Choice-On Campus,” a green energy development program coordinated by MTC, a Massachusetts development agency for renewable energy. For every dollar donated by individual members of the Tufts community, MTC will put aside a matching grant of $2. MTC will divide the matching funds three ways — one-third will be available to Tufts to use for future alternative energy sources on campus like solar panels and wind turbines, one-third will be put into a fund for renewable energy programs in the city, and the remaining funds will go into an account administered by MTC for green energy projects in low-income communities across the state. The original contributions from Tufts will be used to purchase renewable energy credits.

13. Hillsborough CC Opens Green Building
The Hillsborough Community College (FL) South Shore campus has opened its first building, a 55,000 square foot structure that was built to achieve LEED Gold. The building features an east-west footprint that limits heat absorption and maximizes light, a water reclamation system that allows for rainwater to be used for irrigation and plumbing, and indoor lighting that automatically dims in the presence of natural light.

14. Sault College Installs 32 kW Wind Turbine on Campus
Sault College (ON) has constructed a 32 kW wind energy turbine on its campus. The turbine features 9- meter blades, a low noise level, and an aerodynamic blade design that was optimized for the highest annual production in areas with average winds of 3 – 6 meters per second.
See also: List of wind turbine installations on campus

15. Williams College Installs 26 kW Solar Array
Williams College (MA) has installed a 26.88 kW photovoltaic array on the college's new library shelving facility. The array is part of Williams College's campaign for greener buildings. The solar modules used in the project were built in Massachusetts.
See also: List of Campus Solar Installations

16. U Kansas Installs Green Roof on Football Complex
The University of Kansas has installed a green roof on a portion of its new football complex. The weight room of the complex has been built underground, which reduces heating and cooling costs, so the green roof has been planted with grass and functions like a normal lawn. The University expects the green roof and underground building to save approximately $20,000 per year in energy costs.

17. U North Alabama to Reduce Energy Use
The University of North Alabama has undertaken a project designed to reduce the University's environmental impact and utility costs. UNA plans to replace windows and doors in older buildings, re-insulate heating and cooling ducts, and install motion-sensitive lighting where appropriate.

18. St. Lawrence U Sends Green Shopping List to Freshmen
St. Lawrence University (NY) has sent a list of suggested green dorm room items to freshman, offering advice to students about what "green" shopping means and what to look for. The Green Shopping List begins by encouraging students to share items with their roommates rather than to buy new items, and suggests Energy Star products and used products as well. The list also encourages students not to bring items such as TVs and refrigerators, which are already provided in common areas.

19. Indiana U Students’ Energy Contest Website Wins Int'l Competition
Two Indiana University School of Informatics graduates took a first-place award at the Imagine Cup finals, an international competition sponsored by Microsoft Corp., for their residence hall energy reduction competition website. The theme of this year's Imagine Cup was the environment; specifically, participants were encouraged to "imagine a world where technology enables a sustainable environment." The pair’s website design won against 200,000 other entrants.
See also: IU Energy Challenge Website

20. U Central Florida Students Build Biodiesel Reactor
A group of University of Central Florida Mechanical Engineering students have designed and constructed a system that converts restaurants' used vegetable oil into biodiesel fuel. The system, which can produce about 60 gallons of biodiesel every two days, is the result of a Senior Design class project. The University uses the biodiesel fuel produced to power its lawn mowers and heavy equipment. The students involved in the project have since graduated and started a company that will use the design for the biodiesel reactor that they constructed. Future UCF Mechanical Engineering students will be tasked with improving the current system.

21. Macalester College Students Donate Graduation Gowns
Macalester College (MN) has begun a new program that allows graduates to donate their caps and gowns to a local high school. This year, students donated 109 caps and 130 graduation gowns, approximately 1/3 of the gowns worn at graduation. The program, which was initiated by a 2008 Macalester graduate, saved the local high school over $2,000.

22. Oakland U Offers 4-day Work Week
Oakland University (MI) has begun offering a four-day work week to its full-time employees. The optional program, which aims to help university employees save money on gas, is only offered in departments where the alternative week is feasible and does not hinder the University's overall goal of quality student services.

23. Fresno Pacific U Implements 4-day Work Week (link no longer available)
Fresno Pacific University (CA) has implemented a compressed work week for the summer. The new schedule, which consists of four 10-hour days, was introduced as an initiative to help reduce the amount of money employees spend on gas each week. Approximately 200 of FPU's employees are taking advantage of the new schedule, which will last until early August when the University returns to the normal work schedule.

24. Washington State U to Implement Co-mingle Recycling
Washington State University Facilities Operations will introduce single stream recycling campus wide in early August. Recyclables at the WSU campus will be collected as co-mingled, with the exceptions of corrugated cardboard, white paper and glass, which will still be collected separately. WSU officials hope that the new program will increase the volume of recycling materials collected. The implementation of single stream collection follows a pilot program that started in February 2008.

New Resources

25. Northwestern U Guide to Living Green
Northwestern University (IL) has posted "Sustainable You! A guide to green living at NU" online. The guide is intended to demonstrate how students can live sustainably on campus by reducing their personal impact on the environment and contributing to NU's sustainability efforts. The publication lists simple steps students, faculty, and staff can take to conserve energy and water, and provides information on NU's recycling system and alternative transportation options available on campus.

Opportunities

26. 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.

27. 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 Leadership 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.

28. Clinton Global Initiative U Outstanding Commitments Awards
The Clinton Global Initiative University invites applications for its Outstanding Commitments Awards. Students, student groups, and universities have the chance to received funding directly from the Wal-Mart Foundation to help them implement Commitments to Action in CGI U’s four main focus areas: energy & climate change, global health, human rights & peace, and poverty alleviation. Students can win up to $10,000, while universities will compete for two prizes of $250,000 and $100,000 each. Any CGI U commitment-maker is eligible to apply for this award. The deadline to apply is July 28, 2008.

29. Tyler Prize
The University of Southern California invites nominations for the John and Alice Tyler Prize, an award for environmental science, energy, and medicine conferring great benefit upon mankind. Prizes are awarded for: the protection, maintenance, improvement or understanding of an ecological or an environmental condition anywhere in the world; the discovery, further development, improvement, or understanding of known or new sources of energy; and medical discoveries or achievements with such worldwide implications that they significantly benefit environmental aspects of human health. Living individuals or public or private institutions of any nation, are eligible for nomination. Nominations are due September 15, 2008.

30. Call for Articles: Consilience: The Journal of Sustainable Development
Consilience: The Journal of Sustainable Development seeks submissions for its Fall 2008 edition. Articles may be in the form of field notes, scholarly articles, photo essay, or opinion pieces. The deadline for the Fall 2008 issue is August 15, 2008.

Jobs & Internships

31. Director, Centre for Environment & Sustainability, U Western Ontario
The University of Western Ontario invites applications and nominations for a senior-level faculty appointment as Director of the new Centre for Environment and Sustainability. The selected candidate will be appointed either as Professor or Associate Professor. The initial term of the Directorship will be for a period of 5 years. The starting date will be July 1, 2009 or thereafter. Responsibilities will include leading a vigorous and internationally competitive research program, supervising graduate and undergraduate student research, and participating in teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels. The Director will also be expected to coordinate and accelerate the development of comprehensive interdisciplinary programs in research, undergraduate education, and graduate studies in environment and sustainability. The successful candidate should have an excellent research record in a relevant area and demonstrate the high level of vision, leadership and resourcefulness appropriate to the position of Director. Consideration of applications will begin September 2, 2008.

32. Director, Environmental Policy Program, U Georgia
The University of Georgia Carl Vinson Institute of Government invites nominations and applications for the position of Environmental Policy Program Director. Preference will be given to broadly trained candidates who hold a Ph.D. in environmental policy, environmental science, energy, water resources, growth management or a related field with knowledge and experience in addressing environmental policy at the state and/or local government level. The successful candidate should have experience in working on policy issues with state policymakers and local government officials. This position works closely with the Governor's office, the General Assembly and state agencies to produce policy research that helps guide decisions concerning management and protection of natural resources and the environment. Other responsibilities will include supervising faculty and professional staff and coordinating projects in areas such as water policy and management, atmospheric and energy policy, land use and growth management, solid and hazardous waste management, and protection of ecosystems services. Review of applications will begin August 15, 2008.

33. Part-Time Coordinator, Green Urban Living Center, Miami Dade College
Miami Dade College (FL) seeks a part-time Coordinator to oversee and coordinate the Green Urban Living Center. Responsibilities will include supervising and monitoring student volunteers; overseeing the design, upkeep and planting of the organic garden, butterfly garden, rock pine land, and other areas under development; and creating awareness of GULC programming. Requirements include a Bachelor's degree and two years of related environmental experience. Grant writing experience is preferred. The position is open until filled.

Events

34. Intro to the Climate Registry Webinar
July 24, 2008; 10 – 11am PDT; Online
The Climate Registry will host the webinar, an "Introduction to the Climate Registry for Universities and Colleges." The webinar aims to help Universities and Colleges understand what the Climate Registry is and how it can help institutions get prepared for pending state and federal reporting requirements as well as reporting requirements for the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment.

35. EPA Webcast: Green Power Procurement for Colleges & Universities
July 30, 2008; 1 – 2 p.m. EDT; Online
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is offering a free Webcast training on green power for colleges and universities. The Webcast will include an introduction to purchasing green power and an overview of the EPA’s Green Power Partnership program. In addition, two speakers will share their experiences on purchasing green power for their campuses. Attendees will come away from the training with an understanding of the benefits of green power, what green power products are available to them, the connection between green power and climate change, and how to calculate the carbon emission reduction associated with their green power purchase.

36. AASHE 2008 Conference
November 9 – 11, 2008; Raleigh,NC
AASHE will host its second biannual conference, AASHE 2008: Working Together for Sustainability – On Campus and Beyond. The conference will feature keynote speakers Lester Brown, Van Jones, Peter Senge, and Vandana Shiva; a sustainability career fair; pre-conference workshops; and a two-day tradeshow focused on promoting environmentally sustainable and socially responsible products and services. Students, administrators, faculty, staff, community member, and business representatives are encouraged to attend. The early registration deadline is August 29, 2008. Discounts are available for students and AASHE members.

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