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Table of Contents for 1/19/09:

NEWS
Buildings 1. DePaul U Opens Green Science Building
2. Catholic U Opens Green Residence Hall
3. Grand Rapids CC Istalls Green Roof
Community Engagement 4. Carnegie Names Campuses for Community Engagement Classification
Curriculum 5. Central College Adds Sustainability to Core Curriculum
6. U Western Ontario to Add Green Process Engineering Prgm
Dining Services 7. U Washington Pilots Compostable Cup for Soft Drinks
8. U Florida Dining Offers Reusable To-Go Containers
9. U Buffalo Implements Trayless Policy
Diversity, Access, and Affordability 10. Rice U Expands No-Loan Policy
11. Kent State U Trumball Announces Scholarships for Laid Off Workers
Energy 12. Milwaukee Area Technical College Installs 90 kW Wind Turbine
13. U Buffalo Installs High Efficiency Servers
14. Oberlin College Receives Best Appliance Award
Investment 15. New School U to Establish Socially Responsible Investing Ctte
Policy 16. Worldwatch Publishes Letter to Nominated U.S. Education Secretary
Research 17. U Delaware Opens Fuel Cell Research Center
18. U Michigan Partners to Fund Alternative Transportation
Sustainability Staffing 19. U North Carolina Wilmington Hires Sustainability Coordinator
Transportation 20. Clatsop CC Offers Free Bus Pass to Campus Members
21. U Michigan Flint Implements Student Carpool Initiative
22. Duke U Signs Agreement with Zipcar
23. U Idaho Purchases Electric Truck
Waste 24. Northwest Missouri State U Replaces Traditional Textbooks with E-Texts

NEW RESOURCES
25. Audio Recordings of Campus Sustainability Presentations
26. Email List for Sustainable IT at Universities
27. Composting 101: Simple Things You Can Do to Develop a Composting Prgm
28. Online Book on Sustainability Education
29. Online Book: Addressing Global Env'l Security Through Educational Curricula

OPPORTUNITIES
30. Courses: Certificate in Green Building Construction & Green Energy Mgmt
31. Real Food Is' Video Contest

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
32. Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator, U Wisconsin
33. Endowed Professorship, Sustainable Civil Infrastructure, Syracuse U
34. Post-Doctoral Fellow, Environmental Restoration, Rollins College
35. Prof, Env Studies & Public Administration, U Nevada Las Vegas
36. Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies, Oberlin College
37. Summer Research Fellowships, Sustainable Endowments Institute
38. Green Campus Internship, NW SEED
39. Climate Fellowship Program, Clean Air-Cool Planet
40. Summer Interns, Breakthrough Institute
41. IT Intern, AASHE
42. 3 Undergrad Research Fellowships, U Pittsburgh

EVENTS
43. Free Clean Construction Workshop
44. Implementing & Managing a Green Cleaning Program Webinar
45. Focus the Nation Nationwide Town Hall Meetings
46. International Interdisciplinary Conference on the Environment

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News

Buildings

1. DePaul U Opens Green Science Building
DePaul University (IL) has opened the Monsignor Andrew J. McGowan Science Building, a $40 million green science education building. The 130,000 square foot structure features high-reflective materials used in roofing and pavement fabrication, a green roof with two greenhouses and a planted garden, heat recovery systems, regional materials, and a water-efficient landscape. DePaul hopes to achieve LEED Silver or Gold certification for the new building.
See also: List of Green Science Buildings (AASHE members only)

2. Catholic U Opens Green Residence Hall
Catholic University has opened Opus Hall, a seven-story green residence hall. The 127,000 square-foot, 402 bed structure features low VOC emitting materials, renewable interior finishes, enhanced daylight views, and energy-efficient and locally obtained insulated precast. In addition, a portion of the construction waste was recycled.
See also: List of Green Residence Halls (AASHE members only)

3. Grand Rapids CC Installs Green Roof
Grand Rapids Community College (MI) has installed a two level green roof on its Advanced Technology Center. The first level features a dining area and an herb garden for the school's culinary institute and the second level includes an outdoor observation deck. Both levels feature signage that lists how the roof works, plant names, bloom times, and benefits of green roofs.
See also: Video of GRCC's green roof installation

Community Engagement

4. Carnegie Names Campuses for Community Engagement Classification
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has selected 119 U.S. colleges and universities for its 2008 Community Engagement Classification. Colleges and universities with an institutional focus on community engagement were invited to apply for the classification, previously developed and offered in 2006 as part of an extensive restructuring of The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Institutions were classified in one of three categories: Curricular Engagement, Outreach and Partnerships, and Curricular Engagement and Outreach and Partnerships. In order to be selected into any of the three categories, institutions had to provide descriptions and examples of institutionalized practices of community engagement that showed alignment among mission, culture, leadership, resources and practices.
See also: 2008 Community Engagement Classification

Curriculum

5. Central College Adds Sustainability to Core Curriculum
Central College (IA) has added a global sustainability component to its newly restructured core curriculum, to begin in the fall of 2010. The initiative began when one of Central's professors of Political Science brought the idea to the faculty and received 70 percent of the group's support. The Central faculty plan to either develop new courses or infuse existing courses with sustainability components.

6. U Western Ontario to Add Green Process Engineering Prgm
The University of Western Ontario has announced plans to add a new undergraduate program, Green Process Engineering, to its curriculum in September of 2009. The new program will combine and integrate the fundamental principles of chemical engineering to design commercial products and processes that are safe, economical, and environmentally friendly.
See also: List of Undergraduate Programs in Environmental/Ecological Engineering (AASHE members only)

Dining Services

7. U Washington Pilots Compostable Cup for Soft Drinks
The University of Washington is the pilot site for the first compostable paper cup designed specifically for soft drinks. The University expects to reduce the number of disposable cups that go to the landfill by 150,000 per year as a result of the new initiative. UW requested the cup in early 2007 to meet the City of Seattle's requirements that all packaging be compostable by July 2010, and it was created by International Paper in cooperation with the University of Washington and Cedar Grove Composting. The new compostable cup was the last big piece in UW Housing and Food Services' compostable products line, which already includes compostable plates, utensils and hot drink cups.
See also: Local News story
See also: Report on UW's compostable product line

8. U Florida Dining Offers Reusable To-Go Containers
The University of Florida Gator Dining Services has begun offering reusable to-go containers at three locations on campus. The containers are dishwasher-safe and made to be reused over and over again, helping cut down on the waste produced from their traditional disposable counterparts. The process allows customers take their food to go as usual, bring the reusable container back at their earliest convenience at which time it gets washed by Gator Dining, and the cycle continues. Up to two reusable containers can be checked out per Gator 1 card.

9. U Buffalo Implements Trayless Policy
The State University of New York at Buffalo has implemented a trayless policy at three dining centers on campus. The University anticipates saving 48,000 pounds of food waste as a result of the new measure.

Diversity, Access, and Affordability

10. Rice U Expands No-Loan Policy
Rice University (TX) has expanded its no-loan policy for the 2009-2010 freshman class from a $60,000 income limit to an $80,000 limit. Under the new policy, incoming freshmen who qualify for need-based aid with family incomes below $80,000 will not be required to take out loans to pay for college. Almost 18 percent of this year's freshmen were from families with incomes under $80,000. For a family whose income is above $80,000 and who demonstrates need eligibility, Rice will meet 100 percent of the student's need, and the student's loans will not exceed a total of $10,000 over four years at Rice.

11. Kent State U Trumball Announces Scholarships for Laid Off Workers
Kent State University’s (OH) Trumbull campus has announced plans to provide a one-time scholarship to new students who have recently been laid off from a full-time position, effective for the spring 2009 semester. The offer is available on a pilot basis and can be applied to the tuition cost of up to 12 credit hours.

Energy

12. Milwaukee Area Technical College Installs 90 kW Wind Turbine
The Milwaukee Area Technical College in Mequon (WI) has installed a refurbished, 90 kW wind turbine on campus. The new turbine is expected to generate approximately 8 percent of the campus' electricity and will be used for teaching students who are seeking energy engineer and operations sustainability certifications.
See also: List of Campus Wind Installations

13. U Buffalo Installs High Efficiency Servers
The State University of New York at Buffalo has begun installing new high efficiency servers in its Center for Computational Research, an academic supercomputer center. Installation is expected to be complete by the end of the spring 2009 semester. The University at Buffalo estimates that it will realize $150,000 in energy savings per year as a result of the upgrades.

14. Oberlin College Receives Best Appliance Award
Oberlin College has received the Best Appliance Award in the Energy Efficiency Markets Competition for its energy orb, a device that glows red when energy use in a particular building is high and glows green when consumption is low. The energy orb hangs in the lobbies of six Oberlin dorms and helped the College to realize a 56 percent reduction in energy use during a recent energy conservation competition.
See also: Christian Science Monitor article

Investment

15. New School U to Establish Socially Responsible Investing Ctte
The New School University (NY) will establish a committee on socially responsible investing. The move comes in response to student protests, including a two-day sit in. As part of the resolution to the protest, New School President Bob Kerrey also promised to give students voting representation on the search committee for a new provost.
See also: Statement from New School President Bob Kerrey

Policy

16. Worldwatch Publishes Letter to Nominated U.S. Education Secretary
The Worldwatch Institute has published a letter from prominent education and environmental leaders urging the newly nominated U.S. Education Secretary, Arne Duncan, to consider the importance of education in carrying out President-elect Barak Obama's environmental agenda. The letter includes a proposed Presidential agenda that focuses on setting a green buildings standard for renovations and new construction at education institutions, directing 1% of cap-and-trade revenues to green economy curriculum, and funding sustainability and environmental education programs.

Research

17. U Delaware Opens Fuel Cell Research Center
The University of Delaware has established the Center for Fuel Cell Research to improve the understanding of fuel cells and address issues and barriers to commercialization. The center will also provide undergraduate and graduate students with the opportunity to participate in fuel cell research and demonstration projects. The overall goal of the work is to improve performance and durability with novel materials, architectures, and operating strategies.

18. U Michigan Partners to Fund Alternative Transportation
The University of Michigan has partnered with Fraunhofer to offer seed money grants of up to $200,000 for two years to projects that explore alternative energy innovations for transportation. Each project must have researchers from both U-M and Fraunhofer, have a strong potential to eventually attract external funding, and ultimately be good candidates for commercialization. The Michigan Memorial Phoenix Energy Institute will work with U-M’s Office of the Vice President for Research and Fraunhofer to select and evaluate projects. Projects will be awarded in 2009 and must be finished within two years.

Sustainability Staffing

19. U North Carolina Wilmington Hires Sustainability Coordinator
The University of North Carolina, Wilmington has hired Alyssa Halle as Sustainability Coordinator for the Campus Life Facilities. Halle is now responsible for documenting sustainable progress made thus far and creating new ways of making the campus more sustainable.
See also: Director of Campus Sustainability Officers

Transportation

20. Clatsop CC Offers Free Bus Pass to Campus Members
Clatsop Community College (OR) has begun offering a free bus pass to all students, faculty, and staff. The new pass, which saves students $60 each term and saves faculty and staff $45 each month, allows campus members to ride anywhere in the county that the bus services.
See also: List of Campus Universal Bus Passes

21. U Michigan Flint Implements Student Carpool Initiative
The University of Michigan, Flint has launched GreenRide, an online map-based carpool program that connects people who want to share rides. The campus, which currently has over 6,900 commuters, offers the program to anyone affiliated with the University.

22. Duke U Signs Agreement with Zipcar
Duke University (NC) has signed an agreement with Zipcar to provide students, faculty, and staff who are age 18 and older with an alternative to keeping a car on campus. The agreement provides the campus with four new cars, two of which are hybrids. Zipcar members age 18 – 20 can only reserve cars assigned to the Duke campus; members 21 and older have access to Zipcar’s network of more than 5,500 vehicles throughout North America and the United Kingdom.
See also: Duke's Zipcar homepage
See also: List of Car-sharing Programs on Campus

23. U Idaho Purchases Electric Truck
The University of Idaho's Housing department has purchased an electric work truck. The truck can get 50-60 miles per charge and has a battery life of up to 25,000 miles. Its top speed is 25 miles an hour and can charge in about six hours.

Waste

24. Northwest Missouri State U Replaces Traditional Textbooks with E-Texts
Northwest Missouri State U has implemented a pilot program to replace traditional text books with e-texts. Twelve academic departments participated in the program last semester, and this semester, the program has been expanded to include approximately 500 students. An additional 3,000 students have the option to use either version if they are enrolled in a course using an e-text. Most pilot participants are accessing e-texts via laptop computers that are provided to all full-time Northwest students. A smaller group will be using an upgraded version of the Sony eReader, an earlier model of which was part of the fall 2008 e-text trial.

New Resources

25. Audio Recordings of Campus Sustainability Presentations
Environmental Health & Engineering (EH&E) has made audio recordings from selected past events available for download for free. Available presentations include, "Seven Steps to Developing a Climate Action Plan," "Leadership's Role for Administrators in Establishing a Campus Sustainability Program," and "What You Need to Know About EPA Tier II Filing Requirements."

26. Email List for Sustainable IT at Universities
EDUCAUSE has launched "Sustainable IT Constituent Group," a new online discussion list for sharing information on how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through IT infrastructures at colleges and universities. Joyce Dickerson, Director of Sustainable IT at Stanford, will moderate discussions, suggest interesting topics, and coordinate the annual gathering at the EDUCAUSE Annual Meeting in the fall.
See also: Stanford's Sustainability in IT homepage

27. Composting 101: Simple Things You Can Do to Develop a Composting Prgm
The University of Washington has released "Composting 101: Simple Things You Can Do to Develop a Composting Program." The guide includes tips on how to begin the process, work with vendors, choose the right products, and successfully implement the program.

28. Online Book on Sustainability Education
C.A. Bowers has posted a new book online entitled, "Transitions: Educational Reforms that Promote Ecological Intelligence or the Assumptions Underlying Modernity?" The free downloadable book features chapters on ecologically sustainable educational reforms, the challenge facing science educators, rethinking social justice issues within an eco-justice conceptual and moral framework, and a state-wide approach to ecologically sustainable education reforms.

29. Online Book: Addressing Global Env'l Security Through Educational Curricula
Springer Link has posted a new book, "Addressing Global Environmental Security Through Innovative Educational Curricula," online and made the copy available for download. The book includes chapters titled, "Science on the Marsh: Towards the Ground of Education for Sustainable Development," "The Educational Dilemma of Environmental Security: Hard Science or the Art of Decision Making," "Learning Eco-Efficiency Tools Through University-Corporate Cooperation," and "A Comparison of Ecological Education and Sustainable Development Education."

Opportunities

30. Courses: Certificate in Green Building Construction & Green Energy Mgmt
San Diego State University (CA) is offering online courses towards two certificate programs. Courses towards a Professional Certificate in Green Building Construction begin January 20 and include Building Green Buildings – The Contractor's Perspective; Building Information Modeling with an Emphasis on Green Construction; Construction Materials and Processes; Fundamentals of Green Building Design and Construction; and LEED for New Construction – Applying the Guidelines. Courses towards a Professional Certificate in Renewable Energy and Green Energy Management begin February 9 and include Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) for Green Buildings and Solar Energy Conversion.
See also: Professional Certificate in Green Building Construction homepage
See also: Professional Certificate in Renewable Energy and Green Energy Management homepage

31. 'Real Food Is' Video Contest
The Real Food Challenge invites applicants for its "Real Food Is" Video Contest. The contest challenges K-12 and higher education students to complete the phrase, "Real food is...," with a 30 second to 3 minute video that informs, inspires, and encourages student advocacy to restore connections to community, food, land, and place through Farm to Cafeteria programs. The winners, one K-12 video and one college video, will receive $1,000 and one representative from each winning team will win an all expenses paid trip to the 4th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference in Portland, Oregon March 19-21, 2009. Submissions are due February 8, 2009.

Jobs & Internships

32. Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator, U Wisconsin
The University of Wisconsin seeks a Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator to work out of Transportation Services in the Department of Facilities Planning and Management. The successful candidate will assist the Transportation Demand Management (TDM) project manager in the following areas: analysis of program needs, collecting data and information, developing options and plans, and issuing recommendations and implementing policies and procedures to achieve overall TDM goals. In addition, this position is the primary contact for the University’s Bicycle/Pedestrian program and is responsible for its maintenance and development. Qualifications include 2 years of experience and/or a bachelor's degree in Urban and Regional Planning or a related field. The first review of completed materials will be February 3, 2009. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

33. Endowed Professorship, Sustainable Civil Infrastructure, Syracuse U
The L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Syracuse University invite applications and nominations for the inaugural appointment of the Abdallah H. Yabroudi Professorship in Sustainable Civil Infrastructure. Qualifications include a Ph.D. in engineering or a closely related field; a strong record of extramurally funded research; and a potential to develop such research as evidenced by a distinguished history of managing international development projects.

34. Post-Doctoral Fellow, Environmental Restoration, Rollins College
The Department of Environmental Studies at Rollins College (FL) invites applications for a two-year postdoctoral fellow to begin in August of 2009. The successful applicant will be an interdisciplinary teacher/scholar who will integrate environmental restoration into the environmental studies curriculum. Teaching load will be one course each semester, with the potential for an additional field-based, short course in January. Successful applicant will also develop and pursue a significant research agenda in the field of environmental restoration. Review of candidate materials begins February 15, 2009, and will continue until the position is filled.

35. Prof, Env Studies & Public Administration, U Nevada Las Vegas
The University of Nevada, Las Vegas Greenspun College of Urban Affairs invites applications for a joint appointment in the Departments of Environmental Studies and Public Administration. The appointment will be at the full professor rank. Qualifications include a Ph.D. in a relevant discipline; a record of distinguished scholarship, teaching, and service appropriate to a tenured appointment at the full professor rank; and a proven ability to secure external funding. Review of applications will begin February 15, 2009, and will continue until the position is filled.

36. Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies, Oberlin College
The Environmental Studies Program at Oberlin College (OH) invites applications for a full-time, one-year, non-continuing position as an Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies. Appointment to this position will be for a term of one year, beginning fall semester of 2009. Candidates should have expertise in systems ecology or related areas such as simulation modeling, GIS, ecological engineering, or landscape ecology. The successful applicant will teach one introductory environmental studies course and courses in his/her area of expertise. Requirements include a PhD by the time of hiring and a demonstrated interest in undergraduate teaching. Applications are due March 1, 2009. Application materials received after that date may be considered until the position is filled.

37. Summer Research Fellowships, Sustainable Endowments Institute
The Sustainable Endowments Institute is seeking highly motivated and reliable individuals for full-time summer research fellowships. Research Fellows will collaborate on surveying and analyzing sustainability initiatives at hundreds of colleges and universities in the United States and Canada to help produce the College Sustainability Report Card 2010. The fellowship positions will last approximately 12 weeks and will start in June 2009. Flexible scheduling arrangements would be considered in certain circumstances. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

38. Green Campus Internship, NW SEED
Northwest Sustainable Energy for Economic Development (Northwest SEED) invites students and/or staff and faculty at Northwest universities and community colleges to submit applications for a Green Campus internship. Intern responsibilities include building coalitions and partnerships with other students and student groups to increase general knowledge of on campus energy issues and clean energy opportunities including on-site renewable energy projects, energy education and green fee campaigns for the purchase of clean energy and to support energy projects; developing campus leaders for organizing and outreach efforts; and developing support with faculty, the administration, and facilities management. Student interns will receive mentoring and technical assistance from experienced Northwest SEED staff well-versed in renewable energy project management and implementation. In addition, students will be provided with a small stipend and campaign budget for projects promoting green power and clean energy solutions.

39. Climate Fellowship Program, Clean Air-Cool Planet
Clean Air-Cool Planet invites graduate and undergraduate to apply for 8 full time and 2 part time summer fellowships. Placements include Carbon Reduction Analysis for the NWNA/Poland Spring Water Fleet; Climate Change Science and Policy; Climate Protection Action Plan; Climate Risk; Greenhouse Gas Reduction Planning and Education for York Hospital; Greening the Science Center; Policy Communications; Regional Energy and Climate Protection Plan; and Community Climate and Energy Action. All applications are due February 22, 2009.

40. Summer Interns, Breakthrough Institute
The Breakthrough Institute is seeking up to ten young thought leaders for a paid Fellowship in Summer 2009 as part of its young leaders initiative, Breakthrough Generation. Fellowships pay $300 per week and are awarded to individuals aged 18-25 who will be closely involved with Breakthrough’s high-level work. Activities and projects include writing short articles and op-eds, researching and writing policy white papers, and conducting interviews with the nation’s top political and policy experts. Fellows will work 40 hours per week for ten weeks during Summer 2009 from Breakthrough’s central office in Oakland, California. Applications are due March 15, 2009.

41. IT Intern, AASHE
AASHE is looking for an IT intern who will help with the development of its website and online resource center. Qualifications include experience working with the Drupal content management system or a desire to learn more about Drupal; proficiency with PHP5 or other OOP language; javascript/AJAX and/or Actionscript experience; and experience using version control system. Responsibilities may include creating a multimedia library where users can watch sustainability videos and listen to podcasts; turning the AASHE Bulletin into an interactive, browsable database, implementing IP-based authentication so that website visitors on member campuses are automatically logged in, and developing specifications for a curriculum database. Interns should be prepared to work remotely from a home office or from AASHE's central office in Lexington, Kentucky. AASHE will begin reviewing applications on February 9, 2009 and will continue until the position is filled.

42. 3 Undergrad Research Fellowships, U Pittsburgh
The Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation at the University of Pittsburgh (PA) seeks candidates for 3 Undergraduate Summer Research Experiences. The International Research Experience for Students offers research experience in sustainable design for a select group of undergraduate engineering students. Successful candidates will participate in a 12-week summer internship as a part of a research team. The teams will be co-led by faculty from the University of Pittsburgh and faculty from Brazil. The Research Experience for Undergraduates will focus on a broad array of sustainable engineering research projects such as design of alternatives to chlorinated products, using plants to provide safe drinking water, and modeling structure thermal flows. The structured program provides students with research support and experience in leadership, teambuilding, proper research procedures, sustainable design, ethical issues, computing and library facilities, and presentation skills. The Undergraduate Research Program is a 12-week summer program aimed at providing students with opportunities that go beyond the engineering classroom curriculum. Students will develop their own ideas and work independently on hands-on research projects in sustainable engineering and will receive advice and guidance from a faculty mentor.

Events

43. Free Clean Construction Workshop
January 28, 2009; 8:30am – 5pm; Columbia U; New York, NY
February 2, 2009; 8:30am – 5pm; Princeton U; Princeton, NJ
The Environmental Protection Agency, Columbia University, Princeton University, the Northeast Diesel Collaborative, and the New York State and New Jersey Departments of Environmental Conservation invite attendees to a free workshop on Clean Construction. Participants will learn strategies, tools, technologies, and incentives for reducing diesel emissions; grant/funding opportunities; and case examples of clean construction campus projects in the Northeast proven to reduce harmful diesel emissions. Registration is required to attend.

44. 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.

45. Focus the Nation Nationwide Town Hall Meetings
April 18, 2009, United States
Focus the Nation invites participants from every congressional district in America to connect campuses, communities, and elected officials in a nation-wide town hall meeting on America's energy future. Focus the Nation will provide every team with resources to get events off the ground, web-based organizing tools, and access to people across the country dedicated to a more just and prosperous clean energy future.

46. International Interdisciplinary Conference on the Environment
July 7 – 10, 2009; Daytona Beach, FL
The Interdisciplinary Environmental Association invites participants to its 15th International Interdisciplinary Conference on the Environment. The conference will discuss the increasing need to combine ideas and research findings from different disciplines to enhance the understanding of the interactions between the natural environment and human institutions. Conference presentations will focus on what all disciplines have to offer with respect to understanding environmental and resource problems; possible solutions that are available; and the implications of the globalization of environmental concerns. Proposal topics may include Accreditation of Environmental Programs; The Economics of Sustainability; Creative Visions of the Changing Landscape; Climate Change and Coastal Areas; Environmental Impacts of Tourism; Regional Water Resources and Pollution Issues; Environmental Ethics; and Coastal Resource Impacts and Management. Early registration is due Mary 17, 2009.

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