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Table of Contents for 12/22/08:

NEWS
1. City College of New York, EPA Sign MOU for Curriculum Development
2. Michigan Tech Launches Green Campus Enterprise
3. U Guelph Partners to Build Model Biodiesel Production Plant
4. Louisiana State U Offers Coastal Environmental Science Degree
5. Coastal Carolina CC Launches Biofuels Degree Program
6. Central CC to Install Renewable Energy Systems
7. Harvard U Partners to Research Inexpensive Solar Power
8. U British Columbia Campus to Receive Rapid Transit Line
9. U Illinois Cancels Plans to Install Wind Turbine
10. Western Kentucky U Purchases Land for Educational Preserve
11. Davidson College Residence Hall Receives LEED Certification
12. Eastern Connecticut State U Opens Green Science Building
13. UNLV Opens Environmentally Friendly Classroom Building
14. Humboldt State U, Kettering U to Build Green Science Buildings
15. Los Angeles CC District Implements Waste Reduction Program
16. UW Eau Claire Group Sells Book to Fund Green Initiatives
17. SUNY Delhi, Carteret CC Decorate Holiday Tree with LED lights
18. Emory U Completes Building Energy Competition
19. Humboldt State U Wins Water Management Solutions Grant
20. U Idaho Receives Environmental Summit Excellence Award
21. Emory U Announces Winners of its Sustainability Grant Program

NEW RESOURCES
22. AASHE 2008 Keynote Speaker Videos
23. UC Berkeley Green Fund Annual Report
24. North Carolina State U Annual Sustainability Report
25. Best Practices for College Unions & Student Activities

OPPORTUNITIES
26. Citizen Science Paper Competition

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
27. Energy & Sustainability Manager, BCIT
28. Asst/Assoc Professor, Sustainability, U New Mexico
29. Asst Prof, Sustainable Product Design, Keene State College
30. Visiting Asst Prof, Env'l Entrepreneurship, College of Wooster
31. Professor, Environmental Science, Collin County CC
32. Instructor, Environmental Studies, Sierra College
33. Energy Efficiency Technician Instructor, Mid-State Technical College
34. Instructor, Earth & Environmental Science, Brookdale CC

EVENTS
35. Webinar: Carbon Calculations 20
36. Webinar: Tracking and Reducing Transportation Emissions
37. Learning and Leading for Sustainability – AASHE Member Discount
38. Implementing & Managing a Green Cleaning Program Webinar
39. Campus Energy Conference
40. 5 Regional Real Food Summits
41. Pacific Regional Conference: Strategies for the ACUPCC

News

1. City College of New York, EPA Sign MOU for Curriculum Development
The City College of New York and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have signed a five year renewable Memorandum of Understanding to create a long-term recruitment and education program that aims to: bring qualified employees into EPA's workforce; promote awareness for the EPA's work; and facilitate information and technology transfer from EPA to CCNY to assist in curriculum development and to foster an exchange of ideas with faculty. Components of the program include summer internship opportunities for CCNY students; a Student Educational Employment Program that will enable the EPA to recruit CCNY students majoring in engineering, physical and social sciences, economics, computer science or public administration; and a Visiting Environmental Professional Program that will bring EPA officials to campus to speak to classes and conduct mini courses, lectures and seminars on current environmental topics.

2. Michigan Tech Launches Green Campus Enterprise
The Michigan Technological University has launched a new enterprise dedicated to making the campus more sustainable. The Green Campus Enterprise (GCE) is charged with developing the analytical tools and knowledge necessary to make decisions based on sustainability and, with other groups, to design and implement projects to improve the sustainability of the Michigan Tech campus. The GCE will also keep the campus community updated on its activities. Initially, the GCE will focus on identifying the most significant sources of carbon emissions from all campus activities. The GCE and other campus groups will then develop improvement projects. GCE students will work on possible carbon-reducing strategies in activities relating to electricity and heating, transportation, agriculture, solid waste and refrigerants and other chemicals.

3. U Guelph Partners to Build Model Biodiesel Production Plant
The Centre for Agricultural Renewable Energy and Sustainability at the University of Guelph’s (ON) Ridgetown Campus has begun a project to work with local farmers to build a model farm-scale oilseed processing and biodiesel production plant on campus. The facility is intended to demonstrate how soybean and pork producers might work together to produce biodiesel and feed hogs without having to leave the farm. The facility will help researchers to understand the correct scale for an on-farm biodiesel operation, including how many acres of oilseed crops would be needed to supply feedstocks for biodiesel production and how many hogs would be needed to consume the resulting meal.

4. Louisiana State U Offers Coastal Environmental Science Degree
Louisiana State University has begun offering a Bachelor's of Science in Coastal Environmental Science. Students in the program are required to take an interdisciplinary science curriculum that includes chemistry, biology, physics, and mathematics courses. Specific program course offerings will include Aquatic Pollution, Mathematical Methods in Science, Global Environmental Cycles, and Hurricanes and Typhoons.
See also: Coastal Environmental Science degree homepage

5. Coastal Carolina CC Launches Biofuels Degree Program
Coastal Carolina Community College (NC) has launched an Associate's degree in Alternative Energy Technology: Biofuels. The biofuels degree curriculum includes biofuels analytics, biofuels waste management, bioprocessing practices, chemistry, math, and renewable energy technology. Its interdisciplinary approach also requires students to take courses in electrical control systems, welding, pumps and piping systems, and small business development. The program's first classes started in fall 2008 and the five-semester program will graduate its first class in spring 2010.

6. Central CC to Install Renewable Energy Systems
Central Community College's (NE) Hastings Campus has announced plans to install a small wind turbine, geothermal energy, and solar panels on its campus. The goal of the new installations is to give students experience installing renewable energy systems. The renewable energy sources will not be used to power any buildings on campus.

7. Harvard U Partners to Research Inexpensive Solar Power
Harvard University (MA) has partnered with IBM to launch the World Community Grid project. The research hopes to discover and isolate organic molecules that when combined can convert sunlight into electricity. They hope this research will reduce the cost of producing solar cells. The effort will allow volunteers to donate idle computer power to aid the research.

8. U British Columbia Campus to Receive Rapid Transit Line
The University of British Columbia has announced that the provincial government will install a rapid transit line to its campus. The government decided to install the new line after UBC increased its daily ridership from 19,000 to 50,000 through the introduction of the U-Pass, improved cycling facilities, and a 33 percent reduction of parking spaces on campus.

9. U Illinois Cancels Plans to Install Wind Turbine
The University of Illinois has decided to cancel its plans to install a 1.5 MW wind turbine on campus due to UI's weakening fiscal status. The original project, as it was announced in 2005, called for three turbine installations. The University reduced the project to one turbine a few years later after the price of wind turbines increased. The wind energy project would have been funded by $300,000 raised by a student-implemented $2 per semester fee and a $2 million grant from the Illinois Clean Energy Foundation.
See also: Chronicle of Higher Education blog post

10. Western Kentucky U Purchases Land for Educational Preserve
Western Kentucky University has purchased Cave Spring Caverns to establish the Cave Springs Caverns Educational Preserve. The land contains a cave that houses the endangered gray bat, and WKU scientists plan to work with bat biologists to monitor the bats and determine if management strategies might actually increase the numbers of gray bats that utilize the cave.

11. Davidson College Residence Hall Receives LEED Certification
Duke Dormitory at Davidson College (NC) has received LEED certification. The structure, which was renovated in 2006 and 2007, features low-flush toilets, heat-reflecting roofing materials, low-VOC paints, and air quality monitors. In addition, eighty percent of the waste generated by the renovation was recycled or reused.
See also: List of Green Residence Halls

12. Eastern Connecticut State U Opens Green Science Building
Eastern Connecticut State University has opened its new green Science Building on campus. The $46 million, 174,000 square-foot building features waterless urinals, air quality sensors, room occupancy sensors, natural daylighting, and furniture made from recycled materials.
See also: List of Green Science Buildings

13. UNLV Opens Environmentally Friendly Classroom Building
The University of Nevada, Las Vegas has opened Greenspun Hall, a 120,000 square foot green classroom building. Construction was completed in the summer of 2008 and faculty and staff moved into the building in September. The structure, which is registered for LEED Gold certification, features a photovoltaic array, a chilled-beam heating and cooling system, low-flow water fixtures, and bicycle storage.

14. Humboldt State U, Kettering U to Build Green Science Buildings
Humboldt State University has announced plans to construct the Schatz Energy Research Center. The 6,000 square foot structure will be registered for LEED Gold certification and will house an exterior laboratory and two indoor labs. Construction will begin in January 2009 and the expected completion date is June 2010. Likewise, Kettering University (MI) has announced plans to construct a new green Science and Technology Incubator. The University is seeking LEED certification for the 9,000 square foot building, which is slated for completion in 2009.
See also: KU press release

15. Los Angeles CC District Implements Waste Reduction Program
The Los Angeles Community College District (CA) has begun an initiative to reduce the amount of furniture and equipment that it sends to the landfill. The LACCD has started selling a portion of its PC equipment and used furniture on an online auction site or to certified waste-recyclers. The remaining items are donated to charter schools, shelters and nonprofit groups. Previously, the unwanted items were sent to the landfill.

16. UW Eau Claire Group Sells Book to Fund Green Initiatives
A University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire professor, with help from several staff and students, has written a Christmas book with an environmental message. The foreign language department translated the book, and art and design students designed the illustrations. $10 from each "Riding with Santa" sale will be used to support sustainability efforts on campus.

17. SUNY Delhi, Carteret CC Decorate Holiday Tree with LED lights
The State University of New York at Delhi has decorated this year's holiday tree with recycled items, LED lights, and old ornaments that would have been thrown away. A group of SUNY Dehli faculty members are currently working to power the tree with a photovoltaic array. Likewise, Carteret Community College (NC) trimmed its holiday tree with 400 multi-colored LEDs and gave a theme to the initiative, "Tis a Green Christmas" to provide awareness about products that are sustainable or reduce energy usage.
See also: CCC article

18. Emory U Completes Building Energy Competition
Emory University (GA) has completed its second annual building energy competition. The Black Student Alliance House won the competition by reducing its energy use by 31.85 percent. The BSA will receive a $1,000 prize from Emory's Office of Sustainability.

19. Humboldt State U Wins Water Management Solutions Grant
A team of Humboldt State University (CA) faculty and graduate students has won a $620,000 federal grant to develop water management solutions in the face of soaring population growth and rapid changes in water and land use in the rural West. Scientists and students will develop quantitative models of ground and surface water flows and identify physical, economic and regulatory mechanisms to foster conservation and efficient water management on developed land. Based on this research, they will provide planners, decision makers and stakeholders with findings about the watershed’s hydrologic system and alternative conservation strategies.

20. U Idaho Receives Environmental Summit Excellence Award
The University of Idaho McCall Outdoor Science School (MOSS) received the Idaho Environmental Summit Excellence Award for 2008. The award recognizes long-term dedication to environmental excellence and achievement.

21. Emory U Announces Winners of its Sustainability Grant Program
Emory University (GA) has announced the winners of its Sustainability Grant Program, an initiative that awards grants to students, faculty, and staff for creative plans to promote sustainability on campus. This year's grants will fund the expansion of Emory's educational food garden, research project to study the factors that lead to the purchase and consumption of organic and sustainable foods, and a campaign that aims to make it easier to practice sustainability in more than 11 departments at Emory.

New Resources

22. AASHE 2008 Keynote Speaker Videos
AASHE has posted the keynote speaker videos from its conference, AASHE 2008: Working Together for Sustainability and Beyond. Videos include Lester R. Brown, Founder and President of the Earth Policy Institute; Van Jones, Founder and President of Green for All; and Peter Senge, Senior Lecturer at MIT and chair of the Society for Organizational Learning.

23. UC Berkeley Green Fund Annual Report
The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF), the University of California, Berkeley's sustainability grant funded through a $5 per semester student fee, has released its 2007-2008 Annual Report. The document details TGIF’s first year of administration and all of the projects that received funding.

24. North Carolina State U Annual Sustainability Report
North Carolina State University has released its 2007-2008 Sustainability Report. The Report lists initiatives NCSU completed throughout the year in the areas of academics and research, buildings, energy, land use, materials management, transportation, waste reduction and recycling, and water.

25. Best Practices for College Unions & Student Activities
The Association of College Unions International has launched a new publication entitled, "Sustainability Smarts: Best Practices for College Unions and Student Activities." Topics covered include sustainability rating systems, college tours, sustainability blogs, fair trade, and green cleaning.

Opportunities

26. Citizen Science Paper Competition
The U.S. Youth Network for Sustainable Development invites youth, ages 13-26, to submit original scientific research or position papers to the Citizen Science Technical Board for the 2009 Citizen Science paper competition. Winners will get their work published in Citizen Science and have the chance to present their work at the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development, convening at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, New York from May 4-15, 2009. Papers should be written for a non-scientific audience on natural or social science topics related to the economic, social, technological or environmental dimensions of sustainable development addressed by the current session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until February 1, 2009.

Jobs & Internships

27. Energy & Sustainability Manager, BCIT
The British Columbia Institute of Technology seeks an Energy and Sustainability Manager to play a key role in developing strategies to support sustainable development and environmental stewardship at all BCIT campuses. The Energy and Sustainability Manager will prepare reports and policy proposals concerning the realization of the Environmental Stewardship and Sustainable Practices memorandum of agreement. In addition, the Manager will have the opportunity to implement a work program addressing energy, materials consumption, water, waste, and green space. Qualifications include a Master's degree in Business or Environmental Management and five to ten years of work experience in organizational change management. Applications are due January 11, 2009.

28. Asst/Assoc Professor, Sustainability, U New Mexico
The Civil Engineering Department at the University of New Mexico invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor position in Sustainability to begin August 2009. The successful candidate will be expected to develop an externally funded research program in sustainability, will teach undergraduate and graduate classes, and will participate in professional service activities. The candidate should have a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering or a closely related engineering field. The application deadline is February 1, 2009.

29. Asst Prof, Sustainable Product Design, Keene State College
Keene State College (NH) invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in the newly established, multi-disciplinary Sustainable Product Design and Innovation (SPDI) program. Primary teaching responsibilities will include some of the following areas: product design and development; visualization techniques from basic sketching and drafting to professional 2-D and 3-D computer modeling techniques, including SolidWorks and rendering software; material science, applications and processes used in manufacturing; design detailing and model-making techniques; rapid prototype and scanning technologies. The successful candidate will be expected to commit to integrating sustainability issues into all product design courses, encouraging the development of a student design community, and collaborating with related academic disciplines and the regional manufacturing community. A Master's degree in a relevant field is required. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

30. Visiting Asst Prof, Env'l Entrepreneurship, College of Wooster
The Environmental Studies program at the College of Wooster (OH) invites applications for a two-year visiting position, beginning Fall 2009, to teach courses in environment and entrepreneurship. The particular focus of the new position will be defined by the specific background and interests of the successful candidate. While he/she will teach courses in Environmental Entrepreneurship and Sustainability, as well as courses in his or her specialty area that stress innovation in addressing environmental challenges, the overall focus of the position may be theoretical or practical, international or more local. Applications will be accepted until March 1, 2009.

31. Professor, Environmental Science, Collin County CC
Collin County Community College (TX) invites applications for a Professor of Environmental Science. Teaching assignments may be on one or more of the college's campuses or offsite locations and may include concurrent enrollment, distance education, evening and weekend programs, online instruction and other instructional modalities. A Master's degree is required, and teaching experience at a community college or university is desired. The position is open until filled.

32. Instructor, Environmental Studies, Sierra College
Sierra College (CA) invites applications for an Instructor of Environmental Studies to develop curriculum and provide lecture and laboratory instruction for students in the study of Environmental Studies and other related courses. The successful candidate will evaluate students' performance; assist in the selection part-time faculty members; function as a liaison with the Science and Mathematics Division with regard to Environmental Studies Department planning, business, scheduling, and staffing; participate in shared governance and other activities in support of the instructional program; and perform related work as assigned. This position will commence in the fall of 2009. A Master's degree is required. Applications are due February 10, 2009.

33. Energy Efficiency Technician Instructor, Mid-State Technical College
Mid-State Technical College (WI) seeks an Energy Efficiency Technical Instructor to teach courses within the energy efficiency and Renewable Energy programs. The instructional emphasis will be in residential and light commercial energy management systems, energy efficiency testing equipment, computer applications related to energy system operation and energy efficiency testing including energy modeling software. Additional teaching responsibilities include traditional heating and cooling systems, building construction and codes, and renewable energy systems. A Bachelor's degree in a related field is required and a Master's degree is preferred.

34. Instructor, Earth & Environmental Science, Brookdale CC
Brookdale Community College (NJ) invites applications for a faculty position in Earth and Environmental Science to begin September of 2009. The successful candidate will teach courses in Environmental Science. A Master's degree in Environmental Science, Marine Biology, or Oceanography is required. Applications are due January 30, 2009.

Events

35. Webinar: Carbon Calculations 201
January 14, 2009; 2 – 3pm Eastern
Clean Air-Cool Planet will host a webinar entitled, "Carbon Calculations 201," an advanced discussion of the inventory process and the “behind the scenes” of the carbon calculations themselves. The webinar will discuss how the Clean Air-Cool Planet tool relates to greenhouse gas protocols and international agreements like the Kyoto accord; where the greenhouse gas potential of different gases factor into reduction plans; and how to account for campus growth and long-term campus planning, while also working towards carbon neutrality.

36. Webinar: Tracking and Reducing Transportation Emissions
January 21, 2009; 2 -3pm Eastern
Clean Air-Cool Planet will host a webinar entitled, "Tracking and Reducing Transportation Emissions." The webinar will discuss how to move from scope 3 transportation numbers to transportation policies and campus behavior change and how to record faculty, staff, and student commuters. Participants will also review how the University of New Hampshire surveyed students and implemented carbon reduction strategies around transportation.

37. Learning and Leading for Sustainability – AASHE Member Discount
February 3 – 5, 2009; Cambridge, MA
The Society for Organizational Learning (SoL) is offering "Learning and Leading for Sustainability." The workshop will be led by Peter Senge, author of The Fifth Discipline and The Necessary Revolution: How Individuals & Organizations are Working Together to Create a Sustainable World. The session is designed for teams interested in improving their effectiveness as agents of change for increasing sustainability in their organizations and systems. A diverse group from education, industry, government and the non-profit sector are expected. The first 25 AASHE members that register for the workshop will receive a discount of 50% off the normal non-profit member prices.
See also: List of Discounts and Special Offers for AASHE Members

38. Implementing & Managing a Green Cleaning Program Webinar
February 10, 2009; 1 – 2:30 PM EST; Online
Academic Impressions will host a webinar entitled, "Implementing and Managing a Green Cleaning Program." Participants will learn how to start and maintain a comprehensive green cleaning program on campus that contributes to green campus initiatives, aids LEED-EB certification, accounts for human health and environmental issues, and may provide financial paybacks. Attendees will also evaluate current cleaning practices; discover products, equipment, and procedures included in comprehensive green cleaning; analyze various methods for program implementation; and explore ways to educate and engage staff and building occupants for long-term program success.

39. Campus Energy Conference
February 10 – 13; 2009; Durham, NC
IDEA will host its 22nd annual Campus Energy Conference entitled, "Today's Solution for Tomorrow's Climate Challenges." Participants will discuss sustainable campus initiatives; campus carbon strategies; waste wood and fuel alternatives; combined heat and power/cogeneration; case studies of central plants; building energy efficiency; data center cooling; campus cooling and thermal storage systems; and LEED strategies for district energy.

40. 5 Regional Real Food Summits
February and March 2009; Locations Vary
The Real Food Challenge will host five regional summits in the Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Northwest, and California. Summits will include break-out sessions, local organic meals, student speakers, and student-led workshops, and participants will gain a support network and skills to act for greater social, environmental, and economic justice in their local communities and institutions.

41. Regional Conference: Strategies for the ACUPCC
March 23 – 25, 2009; University of Colorado at Boulder
The Society for College and University Planning invites attendees to its 2009 Pacific Regional Conference entitled, "Strategies for the University Presidents Climate Commitment Traversing from LEED to Carbon Neutrality." Participants will discuss the challenges and realities of implementing a comprehensive climate commitment plan; explore institutional strategies for meeting the carbon neutral challenge; and investigate the planning initiatives being implemented by small and large, public and private institutions.

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