Back to Index

AASHE Bulletin Logo

The AASHE Bulletin will take a one week break following this issue. See you at AASHE 2008!

Table of Contents for 11/7/08:

NEWS
1. Pomona Completes Sustainability Audit
2. U Maine Introduces Business & Sustainability MBA
3. Florida Gulf Coast U Begins Construction on 2 MW Solar Farm
4. Delta College Develops Wind Technology Program
5. Ohio U Partners with 8 HBCUs for Increased Opportunities
6. Indiana U Student Government Appoints Director of Sustainability
7. Western Michigan U Launches Sustainability Website
8. Portland State U Dining Hall to be Zero Waste
9. Centre College to Purchase Renewable Energy Credits with Green Fee
10. U Georgia Reduces Water Consumption by 28%
11. U Minnesota Twin Cities' U-Pass Usage Increases by 40%
12. Indiana U Offers Sustainability Research Grants
13. Northern Maine CC to Launch Go! Green! Contest
14. Unity College Partners for Sustainability and Art
15. Point Park U Dance Complex Achieves LEED Gold
16. Western Illinois U, George Washing U Install Green Roofs
17. Florida Atlantic U Unveils Solar Power System
18. Southern Utah U Installs Solar Panels
19. San Diego Union-Tribune Covers Green Campus Transportation Prgms
20. CU Boulder Receives Donation of 50 Bikes
21. Birmingham U Receives $4 M in Funding for Solar Research
22. Carnegie Mellon Receives Environmental Fellowship Grant
23. College of Southern Idaho Launches Composting Program
24. Dalhousie U Expands Recycling Program
25. Vanderbilt to Offer Recycling at Last 3 Football Games
26. Baylor U to Recycle at Homecoming Game
27. Sinclair CC Converts Tractor to Biodiesel

NEW RESOURCES
28. New Issue of 'Sustainability: The Journal of Record'

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
29. Program Manager, Sustainability, Lone Star College System
30. 2 Faculty, Environment-Human Interactions, Emerson College
31. Assist Prof, Environmental Policy, Dartmouth College
32. Lecturer, Environmental Science, Northern Arizona U
33. Lecturer, Environmental Studies, UC Santa Cruz

EVENTS
34. CFP: 4th Annual Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference
35. Designing & Constructing Sustainable Housing Webcast

News

1. Pomona Completes Sustainability Audit
Pomona College (CA) has completed its first Sustainability Audit, a 750 page report that will serve to guide the College's future sustainability efforts. The study, which was created by a team of six students aided by a consulting firm, summarizes, organizes, and analyzes data about the College's environmental impacts in the areas of climate change, energy, purchasing, transportation, waste and recycling, and water.
See also: Pomona's Sustainability Audit

2. U Maine Introduces Business & Sustainability MBA
The University of Maine Business School has introduced a Masters of Business Administration Business and Sustainability Program. Foundational courses required for the MBA Business and Sustainability degree include business sustainability and business ethics, plus core courses in: management; marketing and management information systems; finance; business law; quantitative methods; and strategy and policy.
See also: MBA Business and Sustainability homepage
See also: List of Grad Business Programs in Sustainability (AASHE members only)

3. Florida Gulf Coast U Begins Construction on 2 MW Solar Farm
Florida Gulf Coast University has begun construction on its 16-acre solar energy farm. The 2 MW farm, which is located on the FGCU campus, will provide electricity for the entire campus. The project is projected to save the institution $22 million in energy over a 30 year period.
See also: List of campus solar installations

4. Delta College Develops Wind Technology Program
Delta College (MI) has announced plans to offer a wind technology training program. Delta hopes that the two-year program will begin enrolling students in the fall of 2009.

5. Ohio U Partners with 8 HBCUs for Increased Opportunities
Ohio University has partnered with eight Historically Black Colleges and Universities to form the Interlink Alliance, a group that aims to share resources and talent to create new opportunities for faculty, staff and students. The new alliance will work on faculty development, student leadership and Black male development. The eight HBCUs that OU plans to partner with are: Spelman College (GA), Hampton University, (VA) Virginia State University, Wilberforce University (OH), Central State University (OH), Johnson C. Smith University (NC), North Carolina Central University, and South Carolina State University.

6. Indiana U Student Government Appoints Director of Sustainability
The Indiana University Student Association (IUSA) has named Abby Schwimmer as its first Student Director of Sustainability. In addition, the IUSA Department of Sustainability has chosen Stas Futoransky as the Assistant Director. Plans for the two appointees include general sustainability education outreach, efforts to increase recycling among students who live off campus, and looking into a solution for “e-waste,” which includes disposing and refurbishing old and unused electronic devices in an environmentally friendly way.
See also: Directory of Campus Sustainability/Environmental Officers (AASHE members only)

7. Western Michigan U Launches Sustainability Website
Western Michigan University has launched a sustainability website. The new site lists ongoing initiatives, policies, news, and events related to sustainability.
See also: WMU's sustainability website
See also: List of Campus Sustainability Websites

8. Portland State U Dining Hall to be Zero Waste
Portland State University (OR) Dining, in partnership with its food service provider, has announced that one of its dining halls, Victor's, has begun taking steps to become a zero waste facility. The dining hall plans to achieve this goal by recycling all cans, glass bottles, plastic containers, cardboard boxes and paper; setting up a new system to recycle all plastic wrap and films; recycling used cooking oil; composting all food waste and napkins, and using bulk containers for condiments, avoiding individual packaging as much as possible.

9. Centre College to Purchase Renewable Energy Credits with Green Fee
The Centre College (KY) Board of Trustees has accepted a student-initiated proposal that will support green energy production through the purchase of renewable energy credits from a local provider. The plan, which will increase the cost of tuition by $20 annually, was approved by 82 percent of students during campus voting last spring. The College's faculty and staff subsequently affirmed their support for the initiative by introducing a voluntary program in which employees could elect to donate a portion of their salary to the cause.
See also: List of Mandatory Student Fees for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

10. U Georgia Reduces Water Consumption by 28%
The University of Georgia has announced that it lowered its water consumption by 28 percent over the past year. The University has saved more than $250,000 through conservation, cost-cutting measures, and the cooperation of faculty, staff, and students. Last fall, the University initiated the Every Drop Counts educational campaign and created a Water Resources Task force composed of faculty, staff, students and administrators in response to the severe drought. Water saving measures included replacing and reconfiguring cooling units; replacing 1,500 toilets, 500 urinals, and 2,000 faucet aerators; and installing 63 water meters on cooling towers that enabled the Physical Plan to better measure water usage and detect and immediately repair malfunctions.

11. U Minnesota Twin Cities' U-Pass Usage Increases by 40%
The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities has announced that the number of times students used their U-Passes over the past year has increased by almost 40 percent. In the month of September alone, there were about 440,000 U-Pass rides taken, which amounts to an 80 percent increase from the number of rides taken last September. Additionally, the number of U Passes sold went up from 20,442 last fall semester to 21,572 this year.

12. Indiana U Offers Sustainability Research Grants
The Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs has announced a new grant program that will provide opportunities for faculty members and students to develop externally funded research related to environmental sustainability. The Sustainability Research Development Grant program will allow for up to five $10,000 grants during the 2008-09 school year. Award recipients will be expected to develop new, collaborative lines of research that have the potential to develop into externally funded research projects; engage with other members of the university sustainability community; submit a report on their work to the dean of SPEA at the end of the fall semester following the award; and produce a grant proposal for continuation of the research for submission to one or more federal or state research organizations, foundations, or corporate sponsors.

13. Northern Maine CC to Launch Go! Green! Contest
Northern Maine Community College has announced plans to launch "Go! Green!," a contest in which student teams work to develop campus energy efficiency proposals. The winning students will receive full-time student tuition waivers for a semester. Proposals will be judged on cost effectiveness, creativity and originality, sustainability, written presentation, and visual presentation.

14. Unity College Partners for Sustainability and Art
Unity College (ME) has partnered with the K2 Family Foundation on a The Art of Stewardship Project, an initiative that aims to explore the connections between sustainability and art. This project also promotes the integration of creative art, ecological awareness, and sustainability. Unity hopes that the vision, informed and inspired by The Art of Stewardship Project, will specifically allow the College to create art-based programs, forums, gatherings, installations, exhibits, and experiments all tied to sustainability.

15. Point Park U Dance Complex Achieves LEED Gold
Point Park University's (PA) new dance complex has earned LEED Gold certification. The 44,000 square-foot building features an Energy-Star rated roof, water-saving systems, sustainable wood floors, and low-emitting paints, carpeting and other materials. The building also features a heating and cooling system that draws in maximum amounts of fresh air, continuous air quality monitoring, and automated lighting and temperature controls.

16. Western Illinois U, George Washing U Install Green Roofs
Western Illinois University has installed four vegetated roofs on the school's new Multicultural Center. All of the plants used on the roof are native to Illinois and are drought resistant. The plants, which are all species of sedum, will grow between 5 and 6 inches tall and will resemble a course shrub. George Washington University (DC) has also installed a green roof on the Elliott School of International Affairs. The 2,000 square-foot development was organized by campus environmental groups. Graduate students from GW's Sustainable Landscape Design program and members of Green GW and Net Impact installed the roof. More than 4,000 plant "sedums" were planted in a three-color layout.
See also: GWU news story

17. Florida Atlantic U Unveils Solar Power System
Florida Atlantic University's College of Engineering and Computer Science has unveiled a solar power system on the south side of its building. The system was designed and built as a class project in a solar engineering course, and it controls the solar energy lab’s computers. FAU plans to add on to the system in the future so that all of the mechanical engineering labs operate via solar energy.

18. Southern Utah U Installs Solar Panels
Southern Utah University has installed 35 solar panels on a campus building. The panels were partially funded by a grant from Rocky Mountain Power.

19. San Diego Union-Tribune Covers Green Campus Transportation Prgms
The San Diego Union-Tribune has published an article on the increasing number of alternative transportation programs on campuses across the U.S. The article discusses initiatives such as designating front row parking to carpoolers and high-fuel efficiency vehicles, distributing free bicycles to students who promise not to drive, and providing free bus passes. The article also notes the increasing number of bike-sharing, car-sharing, and shortened work-week programs. The story mentions initiatives at San Diego Mesa College (CA), At San Diego City College (CA), Stanford University (CA), Ripon College (WI), University of California, San Diego, California State University San Marcos, Coastal Bend College (TX), and J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College (VA).
See also: List of Alternative Transportation Programs

20. CU Boulder Receives Donation of 50 Bikes
The Adopt-A-Bike Program at the University of Colorado was granted 50 Schwinn cruiser bicycles, expanding its fleet to 150 available bikes. The bikes were originally ridden at the 2008 Democratic and Republican National Conventions.

21. Birmingham U Receives $4 M in Funding for Solar Research
Birmingham University's (AL) Center for Autonomous Solar Power (CASP) has received $4 million. CASP will work to address the scientific challenges of reducing the cost of solar power and enhancing efficiency. The multidisciplinary center will draw expertise from engineering, computer science, chemistry and physics to focus on areas such as solar conversion efficiency, storage capabilities, solar module stability and power system cost reduction.

22. Carnegie Mellon Receives Environmental Fellowship Grant
Carnegie Mellon University (PA) has received a $25,000 environmental research grant from AT&T. As a result, faculty members H. Scott Matthews and Deanna H. Matthews were named AT&T Faculty Fellows in Industrial Ecology. The grant will support the team's research project, "The Role of Information and Communications Technology in Carbon Risk Management," which will analyze the impact information and communications technology can have in helping other industries manage risk of carbon emissions.

23. College of Southern Idaho Launches Composting Program
The College of Southern Idaho has launched a composting program on campus. Food waste from the campus dining hall is placed in a horticultural worm bin and once processed, is moved to CSI's compost pile located on its 38 acre farm. The compost is then used in the campus' community garden. The program is the result of a partnership between CSI and its food service provider.

24. Dalhousie U Expands Recycling Program
Dalhousie University (NS) has announced that it is adding another recycling stream to its existing campus program. As of October 2008, electronic products are collected, wiped of data, and transported to an approved provincial recycling depot. Materials from the depot are transferred to a plant where metals, glass, and plastic are recycled into new products. The new program includes exhausted desktop computers, computer periphery, computer components, laptop computers, monitors, desktop printers, and televisions.

25. Vanderbilt to Offer Recycling at Last 3 Football Games
Vanderbilt University (TN) has announced plans to offer recycling at the school's last three home football games. Recycling receptacles will be available in tailgating areas, around the Vandyville area, and in the stadium. Fans will be able to recycle plastic bottles and aluminum cans, and vendors will be able to recycle cardboard.

26. Baylor U to Recycle at Homecoming Game
Baylor University (TX) has announced plans to recycle at its homecoming football game this year. Recycling will also be available at the post-parade float breakdown area and at catered events. Volunteers will director recyclers to the correct bin.

27. Sinclair CC Converts Tractor to Biodiesel
Sinclair Community College (OH) has converted one of its tractors to biodiesel. The College has plans to convert a second tractor as well, and both will be used for grounds work at Sinclair. Sinclair produces its own biodiesel for the tractors.

New Resources

28. New Issue of 'Sustainability: The Journal of Record'
Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. has released the latest issue of Sustainability: The Journal of Record. The fifth issue contains and interview with Dedee DeLongpre, the University of Florida Director of the Office of Sustainability, profiles Michigan State University's sustainability program, and features articles such as, "In the Green: Green IT 101," "Covergence: Innovators in Sustainability, AASHE honors four top leaders in the field," and "Research and Solutions: Think Systemically, Act Cooperatively: The Key to Reaching a Tipping Point for the Sustainability Movement in Higher Education."

Jobs & Internships

29. Program Manager, Sustainability, Lone Star College System
The Lone Star College System (TX) seeks a part-time Program Manager of Sustainability. Responsibilities include developing a college-wide sustainability program focused on employee and student education of waste-management, recycling, and environmental impact; developing and implementing new programs to positively impact environmental sustainability; and creating a community-wide culture of sustainability. Qualifications include a Bachelors degree in Environmental Science, Sustainable Agriculture, Sustainable Practices, or a related field. The position is open until filled.

30. 2 Faculty, Environment-Human Interactions, Emerson College
The School of Communication at Emerson College (MA) seeks to fill one tenure-track and one full-time faculty position in Environmental Science. The College seeks broadly trained educators and scientists with strengths in the area of environment-human interactions. The successful candidates will complement existing faculty strengths in ecology and climate change. Potential areas of teaching and research include human health, genetics, land use, energy, technology, and environmental science. Candidates must have research experience and completed a doctoral degree in a relevant scientific field. College-level teaching experience is preferred. Review of applications will begin on January 1, 2009 and continue until the position is filled.

31. Assist Prof, Environmental Policy, Dartmouth College
The Environmental Studies Program at Dartmouth College (NH) is accepting applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the field of environmental policy analysis. The ideal candidate will integrate knowledge of the political, legal, social and/or economic aspects of policy formulation and evaluation, including the use and critical analysis of quantitative methods and models. In addition, candidates should be conversant in environmental science and its role in decision making. Preference will be given to candidates whose research and teaching focus on energy, common pool resources, or the conservation and management of biological resources. Candidates should hold a Ph.D. in environmental studies, public policy, political science, economics, or a related field. The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications after December 10, 2008. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

32. Lecturer, Environmental Science, Northern Arizona U
The Center for Sustainable Environments at Northern Arizona University is seeking a full-time, non-tenure-track Lecturer in Environmental Science, with an appointment beginning in August 2009. Minimum qualifications for the position are a Master's degree in Environmental Sciences or a related field and one year of demonstrated teaching experience at the undergraduate level. The application deadline is December 1, 2008.

33. Lecturer, Environmental Studies, UC Santa Cruz
The Environmental Studies Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz invites applications for an ongoing pool of qualified temporary instructors. Outstanding candidates with experience teaching in any specialty within environmental studies (including courses in General Ecology, Developmental Studies, Tropical Ecology, Restoration Ecology, and Political Economy of the Environment) are encouraged to apply. Minimum qualifications include a Ph.D. or an Master's degree with expertise in Environmental Studies or a related field. Review of applications will begin December 1, 2008.

Events

34. CFP: 4th Annual Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference
April 5 – 7, 2009; University of Maryland; College Park, MD
A call for presentations has been issued for the 4th Annual Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference. Conference participants will discuss a wide range of innovations and solutions associated with achieving smart and sustainable campuses. Proposals to present a 50-minute solutions-focused concurrent session or a 2-hour pre-conference workshop are requested. Proposals topics include: Institutionalizing Sustainability, Operational Challenges, Smart Growth and Planning, and Assessment and Measurement. Priority will be given to sessions that address obstacles to reaching sustainability on campus, including financing, curriculum integration, and fulfilling the obligations of the Presidents Climate Commitment. Presentation proposals are due by November 11, 2008.

35. Designing & Constructing Sustainable Housing Webcast (link no longer available)
November 12, 2008; 1 – 3pm EST; Online
Academic Impressions will host a webcast on Designing and Constructing Sustainable Housing. The webcast will teach participants how to make informed design choices, manage project costs, involve key stakeholders throughout the process, and use sustainable housing for living and learning opportunities. The event is targeted toward professionals in facilities services, student housing, and campus sustainability, and other stakeholders with an interest in sustainable residential facilities.

AASHE Bulletin is a weekly service of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. Production of AASHE Bulletin is made possible with funding from our members. If you enjoy AASHE Bulletin and are not currently a member of AASHE, please encourage your school or organization to join. Membership dues support AASHE's core activities and enable us to provide vital benefits and services like AASHE Bulletin. Learn more about AASHE membership


Creative Commons License Information

The content of AASHE Bulletin is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.5 License. You may redistribute, copy, or otherwise reuse the AASHE Bulletin provided that you do so for non-commercial purposes and credit AASHE.


You are receiving this email because you subscribed on the AASHE website or otherwise indicated your interest in receiving AASHE Bulletin. To ensure future delivery of AASHE Bulletin to your inbox, please add bulletin@aashe.org to your address book.