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Table of Contents for 12/8/08:

NEWS
1. 4 Ohio Colleges Partner to Launch Master's in Renewable Energy
2. U Michigan Provides $365 K for Energy Modulating Tool
3. Cabrillo College Adds New Degree in Organic Food Production
4. New MPH Degree at GWU Focuses on Sustainability
5. Oklahoma State U to Launch Wind Turbine Technology Program
6. U Michigan, GM Partner to Train Alternative Powertrain Engineers
7. Saint Xavier U Opens Office of Sustainability
8. Humboldt State Launches Sustainability Website
9. Shenandoah U Tries More Equitable Salary Increases
10. College Presidents Give Back Pay
11. Northampton CC Waives Tuition for Unemployed
12. Central Lakes College Receives $100,000 for Energy Research
13. Clarkson U Establishes Center for Sustainable Energy Systems
14. U North Dakota to Establish Bioproducts Center of Excellence
15. Notre Dame Hosts Carbon Neutral Football Game
16. U Georgia Holds Green Football Game
17. Harvard U Unveils Green Housing Complex
18. Emory U Breaks Ground for Green Bookstore & Admissions Office
19. Emory U to Build Green Science and Math Center
20. Eastern Mennonite U to Build Green Residence Hall
21. Suffolk U to Renovate Theatre for Student Housing
22. U Oregon to Upgrade Physical Plant
23. U Rhode Island Launches Campaign to Reduce Energy Use
24. Dakota County Technical College to Construct Rooftop Garden
25. Hendrix College Purchases 2 Electric Vehicles
26. U Alaska Anchorage Test Electric-Diesel Hybrid Bus
27. York Tech Begins Producing Biodiesel for Campus Vehicles
28. EPA Announces P3 Award Winners
29. U California, Northern Arizona U Receive Go Beyond Awards
30. Troy U Launches Campus-Wide Recycling Program

NEW RESOURCES
31. The Role of Offsets Duke U's Commitment to Carbon Neutrality
32. UC Berkeley's 2008 Campus Sustainability Report

OPPORTUNITIES
33. 2 Week Course: Deep Ecology & Sustainable Living, Costa Rica

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
34. STARS Program Manager, AASHE

EVENTS
35. RecycleMania 2009
36. Web Conf: Sustainability Issues Facing the College Professional
37. Virtual Energy Forum

News

1. 4 Ohio Colleges Partner to Launch Master's in Renewable Energy
The University of Dayton, Wright State University, Central State University and the Air Force Institute of Technology have partnered to launch a Master's degree program in Clean and Renewable Energy. Faculty from all four institutions will teach courses, and students will earn a degree from either UD or Wright State, depending on where students enroll. Classes will focus on the development of energy-reducing design techniques, renewable energy and manufacturing systems, and better forms of solar energy, fuel cells, and biofuels.

2. U Michigan Provides $365 K for Energy Modulating Tool
The University of Michigan has announced that it will provide $365,000 in seed money to launch an effort to build a robust, ultimately Web-based, interactive tool that enables people to answer real-world questions about how and if energy technologies can succeed. The University hopes that the models, which are intended to be modular, accessible and changeable over the web, will provide capability and accessibility for answering how the energy world works and what are the likely consequences of actions, policies and world events. The immediate goal is to create an interactive website-based model where users can explore scenarios for future automotive and electricity grid performance and costs, as well as market conditions subject to regulation, and visualize the time-scales over which plug-in hybrid electric vehicles will reduce greenhouse gas emissions. UM also plans for the website to be able to present measures that will aid in assessing the quality of simulation outcomes for society and the realism of the input scenarios.

3. Cabrillo College Adds New Degree in Organic Food Production
Cabrillo College (CA) has announced plans to launch a new degree program in Organic Food Production in the spring of 2009. In the program, students will learn to manage organic farms and how to produce fruits, vegetables, and meats for market.

4. New MPH Degree at GWU Focuses on Sustainability
The School of Public Health at the George Washington University (DC) has announced plans to offer a new Master's of Public Health degree in Environmental Health Science and Policy, starting in the summer of 2009. The new degree will emphasize regulatory policy, sustainability, and practical experience. Courses will include Environmental Health in a Sustainable World, Protecting Public Health and the Environment, and Global Environmental and Occupational Health. Students will also complete the public health core courses required of all of the school’s MPH students, and will have six elective credits that allow them to pursue their particular areas of interest, such as occupational safety and health, climate change, or child health.

5. Oklahoma State U to Launch Wind Turbine Technology Program
Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma City has announced plans to offer an Associate's of Applied Science degree in Wind Turbine Technology. The two year degree will focus on training technicians to work on utility-scale wind turbines and will consist of classes in electrical, power transmission, industrial safety, climbing, scheduled maintenance and general service. Students can begin enrolling in the new program immediately and will start classes in January 2009.

6. U Michigan, GM Partner to Train Alternative Powertrain Engineers
The University of Michigan has partnered with General Motors to train 50 GM engineers on alternative powertrain technology, the skills and tools used to create hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and electric vehicles. The GM engineers will begin taking UM courses in January in pursuit of a Master's degree. GM initiated the partnership in hopes of refocusing a portion of its company around the electrification of the vehicle.

7. Saint Xavier U Opens Office of Sustainability
Saint Xavier University (IL) has opened an Office of Sustainability to coordinate environmentally friendly initiatives on campus. Student employees and interns have begun working on green projects ranging from searching for grants, collecting data for a green house gas audit, and maintaining SXU’s new GreenBike program, which allows students to borrow bikes from computerized kiosks around the campus.

8. Humboldt State Launches Sustainability Website
Humboldt State University (CA) has launched a new sustainability website that details initiatives and policies the University has launched to reduce its ecological footprint. The site also gives users information on sustainability-focused clubs and organizations, profiles members of the HSU and Humboldt County communities, and offers advice for greening your daily life. The website also features regularly updated articles concerning campus news related to sustainability, a calendar of eco-friendly events, and a guide for undergraduates wishing to focus their studies on environmental issues.
See also: HSU sustainability website
See also: List of Campus Sustainability Websites (AASHE members only)

9. Shenandoah U Tries More Equitable Salary Increases
Shenandoah University (VA) has increased each employee's base pay by $1,000 instead of implementing its normal raises that are based on a percentage of each employee's pay. This year's increase allowed lower-paid staff to receive more help than usual. Additionally, several senior-level administrators at Shenandoah have decided to forgo their raises this year. The excess money is being used to help students who are struggling to pay their tuition.

10. College Presidents Give Back Pay
The New York Times has published an article on the high number of college and university presidents that have returned a portion of their base pay and/or declined a pay increase due to recent financial difficulties at their institutions. The article specifically mentions the chancellor of Washington University (MO), the president of the University of Pennsylvania, the president of the University of Washington, and the president of Washington State University as campus leaders that have taken voluntary cuts in pay.

11. Northampton CC Waives Tuition for Unemployed
Northampton Community College (PA) has announced plans to reinstate its Tuition Waiver program for Spring 2009. The program will allow unemployed persons to take up to 12 credits tuition-free in certain career programs, or a maximum of $900 in specified non-credit work-related classes.

12. Central Lakes College Receives $100,000 for Energy Research
The Central Lakes College (MN) Ag Center at Staples has received a $100.000 renewable energy grant from the state of Minnesota Next Generation Energy Board. The grant will help the center with projects such as cellulosic ethanol production, an anaerobic digester technology for hog manure, and using turfgrass to produce electricity. The center will also evaluate the best methods for growing and harvesting switchgrass, intermediate wheatgrass, Survivor false indigo, prairie cordgrass and miscanthus as cellulosic energy crops.

13. Clarkson U Establishes Center for Sustainable Energy Systems
Clarkson University (NY) has launched the Center for Sustainable Energy Systems. The Center aims to create new approaches to energy education, biofuels, hydrogen cells, solar energy, wind power, and efficiency. CSES supports energy research for more than 40 faculty members.
See also: CSES homepage

14. U North Dakota to Establish Bioproducts Center of Excellence
University of North Dakota affiliate, North Dakota Sustainable Energy Research Initiative and Supporting Education (SUNRISE) group has been awarded $2.95 million from the North Dakota Department of Commerce for 2009-2011 to establish the SUNRISE BioProducts Center of Excellence for biobased chemicals, polymers, and composites. In addition to research, development, and commercialization activities, SUNRISE BioProducts will contribute to three SUNRISE outreach programs: Power ON! - a program to encourage 5th-8th graders in math, science, and engineering; the NATURE Freshman Experience to expose Native American high school and tribal college students to chemistry and chemical engineering; and the SUNRISE Research Experiences for Undergraduates-a summer program to introduce college undergraduate students to research.

15. Notre Dame Hosts Carbon Neutral Football Game
The University of Notre Dame's (IN) final home game of the 2008 football season, played against Syracuse University (NY), was carbon-neutral. For the first time, all of the carbon emissions produced by stadium energy use, fan travel, hotel stays, and visiting team travel were offset by energy conservation projects coordinated by the University’s Office of Sustainability.

16. U Georgia Holds Green Football Game
The University of Georgia has partnered with Georgia Power to power its football game against Georgia Tech with renewable sources. The majority of electricity for them game came from the Seminole Landfill methane gas facility.

17. Harvard U Unveils Green Housing Complex
Harvard University (MA) has unveiled a new green housing complex for graduate students. The 115,000 square foot building is expected to receive LEED certification. Green features of the 215 bed residence include regionally-sourced siding with recycled content, renewable bamboo flooring and wall paneling, and low-VOC finishes.
See also: List of Green Residence Halls (AASHE members only)

18. Emory U Breaks Ground for Green Bookstore & Admissions Office
Emory University (GA) has started construction on a new three story, 58,000 square foot building. The facility will contain admissions offices and a new bookstore. The structure, which is being built in accordance with LEED certification standards, will feature native vegetation walls and a green courtyard.

19. Emory U to Build Green Science and Math Center
Emory University (GA) has announced plans to build a $35 million Science and Mathematics Building at Oxford College. The building has been designed to meet LEED certification standards. Green features will include: an on-site wetland, outdoor classroom seating, a green roof, and natural lighting.
See also: List of Green Science Buildings (AASHE members only)

20. Eastern Mennonite U to Build Green Residence Hall
Eastern Mennonite University (VA) has announced plans to construct a new green residence hall on campus. The $6.5 million building will seek LEED Silver certification. The 120 bed facility will open in the fall of 2009.

21. Suffolk U to Renovate Theatre for Student Housing
Suffolk University (MA) has announced plans to restore and renovate a theatre constructed in the 1800s. The Modern Theatre Project will include a new 184-seat theater, a 197 bed residence hall, and gallery space. The University has designed the building to achieve LEED certification.

22. U Oregon to Upgrade Physical Plant
The University of Oregon has announced plans to break ground to upgrade its physical plant. The goal of the upgrade is to make the plant provide more steam and electricity at a lower cost and a greater efficiency. Phase 1 of the project will include the construction of a new chiller plant, and phase 2, if it receives funding, will involve replacing a 1950s era boiler with a new boiler that burns natural gas.

23. U Rhode Island Launches Campaign to Reduce Energy Use
The University of Rhode Island has launched a campaign to reduce energy use in campus residences. The campaign targets shower length, leaving computers on, and leaving heating/air conditioning on when not in the room. This fall, all 112 URI resident assistants were recruited to encourage the students living in their buildings to save energy. Posters were placed around each residence hall, notices were hung in showers, students were asked to sign a commitment pledge, and the RAs modeled appropriate behaviors and offered gentle reminders. The University plans to expand the campaign to include students who commute to campus, faculty, and staff in the coming years.

24. Dakota County Technical College to Construct Rooftop Garden
Dakota Country Technical College (MN) has announced plans to install a rooftop garden on one of its buildings in the spring of 2009. The garden will contain 18 inches of top soil and one four foot trench for planting trees and shrubs. DCTC students have designed the garden.

25. Hendrix College Purchases 2 Electric Vehicles
Hendrix College (AR) has purchased two electric vehicles for use on its campus. The two vehicles, which are used by the College's physical plant, replaced two older gas-powered vehicles in the college's fleet.

26. U Alaska Anchorage Test Electric-Diesel Hybrid Bus
The University of Alaska, Anchorage has begun testing an electric-diesel hybrid bus as parts of its fleet. A local bus dealership is lending the bus to UAA as a free demo for the potential customer.

27. York Tech Begins Producing Biodiesel for Campus Vehicles
York Technical College (SC) has begun producing its own biodiesel fuel to be used in its maintenance and grounds-keeping equipment. The Director of the College's Energy Resource Center uses a biodiesel processor to convert waste cooking oil into clean burning biodiesel fuel. The project was made possible by a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Clean Diesel Campaign.

28. EPA Announces P3 Award Winners
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced the winners of its 2008 P3 (People, Prosperity, and Planet) Awards, a program that aims to demonstrate that protecting the environmental can also be economically profitable. 43 student teams representing 40 universities in 24 states have received grants totaling $880,000.
See also: List of P3 winners

29. U California, Northern Arizona U Receive Go Beyond Awards
The International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories has announced the winners of its first annual Go Beyond Awards. The award program honors individuals, organizations, projects, and laboratory manufacturers that “go beyond” the status quo to minimize the environmental impacts of laboratory and other high-technology facilities and laboratory equipment. Higher Education winners include Karl Brown of the California Institute for Energy and Environment at the University of California; Laboratory Research and Technical Staff (LabRATS) at the University of California, Santa Barbara; and Northern Arizona University's Applied Research and Development Facility. Honorable mentions were awarded to the University of California and the University of California at Merced's Science and Engineering I Building.

30. Troy U Launches Campus-Wide Recycling Program
Troy University (AL) has announced plans to launch its first campus-wide recycling program in the spring semester. The program places recycling bins in every dorm room. Students will be able to recycle paper, cardboard, aluminum cans, and plastic bottles which will be collected by the University's physical plant employees.

New Resources

31. The Role of Offsets Duke U's Commitment to Carbon Neutrality
Two Duke University (NC) graduate students have released a report entitled, "The Role of Offsets in Meeting Duke University's Commitment to 'Climate Neutrality': A Feasibility Study." The report examines the potential role of carbon offsets for meeting Duke University‘s commitment to become a carbon neutral campus. The authors examine political and economic trends surrounding carbon offset markets and explore opportunities for Duke to lead through investment in projects like afforestation, methane capture, energy efficiency, and renewable energy.
See also: Duke press release

32. UC Berkeley's 2008 Campus Sustainability Report
The University of California, Berkeley's Office of Sustainability has released its 2008 Campus Sustainability Assessment, an updated version of its 2005 Campus Sustainability Assessment. The document captures progress since 2005 toward addressing its carbon footprint, reducing water use, reducing waste, and increasing sustainability initiatives.

Opportunities

33. 2 Week Course: Deep Ecology & Sustainable Living, Costa Rica
Humboldt State University (CA) and the University of San Jose (CA) are offering a two week course, from June 21 – July 4, 2009, entitled, "Deep Ecology & Sustainable Living." The course will consist of an investigation of personal and collective relationships with the Earth through an exploration of the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual aspects of humans as a part of nature. In particular, discussions, field activities, and individual and group exercises will address the concepts of self-awareness, eco-psychology, ritual and ceremony, voluntary simplicity, and spirituality. Students will explore avenues for improved integration of sustainable living practices into their daily lives. Participants can receive 3 units of academic credit at the undergraduate or graduate level. Applications will be accepted until March 13, 2009 or until the class is full.

Jobs & Internships

34. STARS Program Manager, AASHE
AASHE seeks a Program Manager to lead the development, launch, and operation of the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS). The STARS program is a broadly participatory effort to develop a system for gauging the sustainability performance of colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. The STARS Program Manager will continue to enhance collaboration among stakeholders engaged in the development, refinement, and strategic positioning of STARS; lead communications and marketing efforts for the program; work collaboratively to develop and implement a governance structure for the program; and develop and oversee STARS programs and partnerships, including training, verification, and professional development programs. A Bachelor's degree is required and a graduate degree is preferred. Review of applications will begin December 12, 2008 and will continue until the position is filled.

Events

35. RecycleMania 2009
January 18 – March 28, 2009
RecycleMania invites higher education institutions to register for its 2009 competition. RecycleMania is a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities. Over a 10-week period, schools report recycling and trash data which are then ranked according to who collects the largest amount of recyclables per capita, the largest amount of total recyclables, the least amount of trash per capita, or have the highest recycling rate. The 2009 RecycleMania will feature a number of changes over past years including a restructuring of the division system and the implementation of new reporting standards for the official rankings. Schools will have the choice of participating in the traditional rankings (Competition Division) or opting for the less formal Benchmarking Division.

36. Web Conf: Sustainability Issues Facing the College Professional
December 11 – 12, 2008; Online
The Association of College Unions International is hosting a web conference entitled, "Sustainability Issues Facing the College Union and Student Activities Professional." The online learning program aims to provide valuable insights, practical examples, and standards for anyone involved in college unions or student activities. Topics will include understanding the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment; the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS); practices for generating campus-wide support for initiatives; fair trade purchasing as a sustainability initiative; sustainability in campus food service; how to engage student leaders in sustainable initiatives; and integrating sustainability education into social events.

37. Virtual Energy Forum
December 10-11, 2008; Online
The Virtual Energy Forum is two-day, online conference focused on how leading companies can adopt better energy management practices to cut cost, while at the same time adopting clean energy alternatives. Conference speakers include: Thomas Downing, Energy Manager at Yale University; Mike Kearney, Energy & Environmental Solutions Analyst at Siemens Building Technologies; Don Albinger, Vice President of Renewable Energy Solutions at Johnson Controls; Mandy Schmitt, Director of Sustainability for the City of Atlanta; Ed Markey, US Congressman and Chairman of the US House Select Committee on Energy Independence; and Kathleen Hogan, Director of the Climate Protection Partnerships Division for the US Environmental Protection Agency.

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