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Table of Contents for 1/26/09:

NEWS
Buildings 1. Warren Wilson College Res Hall Receives LEED Gold
Climate 2. 8 New Institutions Sign Presidents' Climate Commitment
Community Engagement 3. U Arkansas Wins 3 Ntl Awards for Sustainable Neighborhood Design
Curriculum 4. Dalhousie U Launches New Sustainability Program
5. Maharishi U of Management Announces Sustainable Ag Track
6. OIT Announces Emphasis Area in Sustainable Technologies
7. Business Week Article Features Green MBA Programs
Diversity, Access, and Affordability 8. U Toledo Expands Free Tuition Program
Energy 9. Oregon Institute of Technology to Be 100% Geothermal Campus
10. Colorado State U, Pueblo Dedicates 1.2 MW Solar Array
11. Monmouth U Signs Agreement with EPA
Purchasing 12. Drew U Switches to 100% Recycled Paper
Research 13. Stanford U Announces $100 Million Energy Research Initiative
Transportation 14. AP, Chronicle of Higher Ed Cover Prevalence of Biofuels on Campus
Waste 15. MIT Switches to Co-mingled Recycling

NEW RESOURCES
16. Practical Guide to Reducing the Campus Carbon Footprint
17. Publication: The Vital Role of Community Colleges
18. Publication: The Role of IT in Campus Sustainability Efforts
19. New Issue of International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education

OPPORTUNITIES
20. Brower Youth Awards
21. AASHE Member Discounts for RETECH Higher Ed Pavilion

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
22. Director, Center for the Environment, Mount Holyoke College
23. Sustainable Businesses & Communities Prgm Dir, Goddard College
24. Researcher/Writer, Second Nature
25. Director, Environmental Law Program, Indiana U
26. Faculty, Agriculture, Food, & the Environment, Tufts U

EVENTS
27. Transportation Demand Management Toolkit Conference
28. Webcast: Environmental Sustainability as a Strategic Policy Issue
29. Webcast: Three Simple Steps to a Carbon Neutrality Plan
30. Co-operators Youth Conference for Sustainability Leadership
31. Date Change: Webinar: Environmental Building in the Educational Sector

News

Buildings

1. Warren Wilson College Res Hall Receives LEED Gold
Warren Wilson College's (NC) Village North residence hall has received LEED Gold certification. The new building features radiant floor heating, dual flush toilets, green cleaning products, Energy Star appliances, and a passive solar design. In addition, 20 percent of the building materials were from a 500-mile radius.
See also: List of Green Residence Halls (AASHE members only)

Climate

2. 8 New Institutions Sign Presidents' Climate Commitment
8 new institutions have signed the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment since the last update in the AASHE Bulletin. In doing so, these campuses have committed to develop comprehensive plans for achieving climate neutrality. The new signatories are: John Quistgaard of Bemidji State University (MN), Wellington Reiter of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (IL), John Erwin of Illinois Central College, Henry D. Shannon of Chaffey Community College (CA), Dr. Shirley Mullen of Houghton College (NY), Gwendolyn W. Stephenson of Hillsborough Community College (FL), Bryan D. Albrecht of Gateway Technical College (WI), and Dr. Constance Mierendorf of Sussex County Community College (NJ). 607 college and university presidents and chancellors have now signed the Commitment.

Community Engagement

3. U Arkansas Wins 3 National Awards for a Sustainable Neighborhood Design
The University of Arkansas Community Design Center, an outreach program of the School of Architecture, has won three national awards for a sustainable neighborhood that they designed for the Washington County chapter of Habitat for Humanity. Named Porchscapes, the design won a 2009 American Institute of Architects Honor Award for Regional and Urban Design; a Progressive Architecture Award in the 56th Annual Progressive Architecture Awards program, sponsored by Architect magazine; and a 2008-09 ACSA/AIA Housing Design Education Award sponsored by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture and the American Institute of Architects. These latest awards bring recognition for the project to a total of seven regional and national awards.

Curriculum

4. Dalhousie U Launches New Sustainability Program
Dalhousie University (NS) has launched a new academic program, Environment, Sustainability, and Society (ESS). Students can take ESS, a four-year undergraduate program, as half of a double major or as combined honors—combining their ESS studies with a more traditional discipline. Depending on their specialty, students will work towards a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Management, Bachelor of Community Design, Bachelor of Computer Science or Bachelor of Informatics. Classes in ESS will emphasize teamwork and problem-based learning. The program will begin in September of 2009.
See also: ESS program homepage
See also: List of Bachelor's Degree Programs in Sustainability (AASHE members only)

5. Maharishi of Management Announces Sustainable Ag Track
The Maharishi University of Management (IA) has announced a new Sustainable Agriculture track in its undergraduate Sustainability Living program. The new track is slated to start this spring and will offer students the opportunity to spend April through September running all aspects of the Abundance Ecovillage Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm. Tasks will include growing crops, collecting payments, planning, harvesting, distribution, and composting. The new track is designed students interested in sustainable small-scale food production systems, and will provide them four of six elective courses required for their major.

6. OIT Announces Emphasis Area in Sustainable Technologies
The Oregon Institute of Technology has begun offering a new interdisciplinary emphasis area in Sustainable Technologies under the Environmental Sciences bachelor's degree program. Environmental Sciences/Sustainable Technologies students will take courses from the Renewable Energy Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Civil Engineering, and Business Management departments for exposure to a wide range of technological and engineering solutions to environmental problems.

7. Business Week Article Features Green MBA Programs
Business Week has published an article on the increasing amount of sustainability-focused courses in business school curricula. The article mentions green MBA curricula at the University of California, Berkeley, Babson College (MA), the University of North Carolina, Presidio School of Management (CA), Harvard University (MA), Dartmouth College (NH), Stanford University (CA), Yale University (CT), and the University of Pennsylvania.
See also: List of Graduate Business Programs in Sustainability (AASHE members only)

Diversity, Access, and Affordability

8. U Toledo Expands Free Tuition Program
The University of Toledo has expanded its UT Guarantee scholarship program to include 15 additional areas of Ohio. The program was originally created to offer high-achieving, financially-challenged students a no-out-of-pocket-tuition-and-fees option to students in the state's 6 largest cities.

Energy

9. Oregon Institute of Technology to Be 100% Geothermal Campus
The Oregon Institute of Technology has installed a 150-foot-tall drilling tower in an effort to power its campus entirely with its own renewable geothermal source. If OIT succeeds, officials believe it will be the first campus in the world powered entirely on geothermal energy. The drilling rig will punch into a geological fracture almost a mile below ground, tapping 300-degree water to feed a 1.5-megawatt electrical plant. The $4.5 million high-heat plant will produce more than enough energy to power the entire Klamath Falls campus
See also: Chronicle of Higher Education Blog Post

10. Colorado State U, Pueblo Dedicates 1.2 MW Solar Array
Colorado State University, Pueblo has dedicated a 1.2 MW solar power system that will provide more than 10 percent of the campus' future power needs. The solar array covers 4.3 acres with more than 6,800 photovoltaic panels, and is capable of generating approximately 1,800 megawatt hours of electricity per year. BP Solar installed and will operate and maintain the system, selling the zero-carbon electricity to the university.
See also: List of Campus Solar Installations

11. Monmouth U Signs Agreement with EPA
Monmouth University (NJ) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that outlines goals to improve the school’s energy, water and fuel use, waste disposal, and landscaping. Monmouth will join several of EPA’s voluntary programs, which provide trainings, online tools and technical support from EPA experts to program partners. Monmouth will report the progress of its goals to EPA every six months. Based on the reports, EPA will quantify the benefits of the school’s environmental efforts.

Purchasing

12. Drew U Switches to 100% Recycled Paper
Drew University (NJ) has switched from 30 percent post-consumer content paper to 100 percent post-consumer content and 100 percent processed chlorine-free recycled paper. The new paper will be used campus-wide in all copiers and office printers. Efforts to switch Drew’s copy paper to a greener source come from the Drew University Purchasing Department.

Research

13. Stanford U Announces $100 Million Energy Research Initiative
Stanford University (CA) has established a $100 million research institute to focus on energy issues. The new Precourt Institute for Energy will draw on scientific expertise from across the campus and around the world to help develop more sustainable forms of energy and to search for ways to reduce atmospheric levels of carbon. The $100 million in new funds will enable the hiring of additional faculty and support new graduate students.

Transportation

14. AP, Chronicle of Higher Ed Cover Prevalence Biofuels on Campus
The Associated Press and the Chronicle of Higher Education have both published articles on the increasing number of schools that are converting used vegetable oil into biodiesel fuel for use on campus. Institutions mentioned include Stetson University (FL), Keene State University (NH), Dickinson College (PA), Sinclair Community College (OH), and the University of Kansas.
See also: Chronicle of Higher Ed Blog Post

Waste

15. MIT Switches to Co-mingled Recycling
The Department of Facilities at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has adopted a co-mingled recycling system. After a successful pilot program in one building in August, MIT decided to expand it to the entire campus, including student dormitories.

New Resources

16. Practical Guide to Reducing the Campus Carbon Footprint
APPA has released a new report titled, "The Educational Profession's Practical Guide to Reducing the Campus Carbon Footprint." The resource for facilities managers provides pragmatic assistance to effectively implement a carbon reduction plan. The guide is broken down into five chapters that expand on the following actions: forming a stakeholder group; completing a greenhouse gas emissions inventory; developing a strategic climate action plan, indentifying resource investments, and implementing a tactical plan.

17. Publication: The Vital Role of Community Colleges
The National Council for Workforce Education and the Academy for Educational Development have published a new guide entitled, "Going Green: The Vital Role of Community Colleges in Building a Sustainable Future and Green Workforce." The publication features 3 sections on "Addressing Climate Change and Promoting Sustainability," "Educating and Preparing America's Green Workforce," and "Six Action Steps for community College Leaders to Build a Sustainable Future."

18. Publication: The Role of IT in Campus Sustainability Efforts
EDUCAUSE has posted a new publication entitled, "The Role of IT in Campus Sustainability Efforts." The whitepaper captures key findings from the two day Summit on IT Greening and Sustainability and outlines a higher education agenda for moving forward.

19. New Issue of International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education
A new issue of the International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education is now available. The new issue includes articles entitled, "Sustainable development: Assessing the gap between preaching and practice at Aalborg University," E-waste and the sustainable organization: Griffith University's approach to e-waste," and "Improving group processes in transdisciplinary case studies for sustainability learning."

Opportunities

20. Brower Youth Awards
The Earth Island Institutes invites individuals with the power and persistence to create environmental change, ages 13 – 22 to apply for the Brower Youth Awards. The Brower Youth Awards honors six young people annually with a $3000 cash award and weeklong trip to the San Francisco Bay Area. During that week, award recipients will participate in a week of media and public outreach and be recognized at an awards ceremony attended by 900 members of the public. Applications are due May 15, 2009.

21. AASHE Member Discounts for RETECH Higher Ed Pavilion
The American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) is offering a 50 percent discount on Higher Education Pavilion exhibiting and conference packages to AASHE members for the upcoming conference, RETECH - Renewable Energy Conference and Technology Exposition, which will take place February 25 - 27, 2009. The focus of this year's RETECH program is education about renewable energy and planning of the new, green economy. 3,000-5,000 attendees are expected. AASHE members will also receive a $250 discount on registration, which closes January 30, 2009.
See also: RETECH Higher Ed Pavilion homepage

Jobs & Internships

22. Director, Center for the Environment, Mount Holyoke College
Mount Holyoke College (MA) invites applications for the position of Leslie and Sarah Miller Director of the Center for the Environment. Reporting to the Dean of Faculty, the Director will head the Center and will be responsible for overseeing and expanding the College's curricular and programmatic initiatives in environmental education and campus sustainability. The Director will play a leadership role in helping to build upon and highlight the College's long-standing commitment to environmental awareness and engagement. A Ph.D is required. Review of applications will begin February 25, 2009.

23. Sustainable Businesses & Communities Prgm Dir, Goddard College
Goddard College (VT) seeks a Program Director for the Master's in Socially Responsible Businesses and Sustainable Communities program. The Director will commence work in the summer of 2009 and will be responsible for program operations including: hiring, training, supporting, retaining, coordinating, and evaluating faculty; consulting with staff to recruit and review prospective students; counseling students regarding program norms and personal issues; ensuring coherence and harmonious development of the program; and working with students, faculty, and staff to design and implement intensive residencies. Requirements include a terminal degree in a relevant field. Applicants who submit their materials by March 1, 2009 will be given primary consideration.

24. Researcher/Writer, Second Nature
Second Nature is seeking a part-time temporary researcher/writer (20 hours per week for 10 weeks) to develop a comprehensive overview and assessment of all existing funding mechanisms that higher education institutions can use to implement sustainability initiatives projects on their campuses. This is an initiative to develop content for a web site that will contain up-to-date, comprehensive information on financing and funding alternatives for sustainability projects, an assessment of their relative merits and hurdles, and a description of the financial benefits of investing in sustainability projects. Qualifications include a Bachelor's degree in finance, communications, sustainability, or a related field.

25. Director, Environmental Law Program, Indiana U
The Indiana University Maurer School of Law-Bloomington seeks to fill a newly funded position of Director for its Environmental Law Program. The Director will, in conjunction with the environmental faculty, manage the daily activities of the Environmental Law Program, develop new projects, and conduct outreach efforts with state and regional environmental and conservation organizations. The Director will also coordinate the activities of the law school's program with Bloomington's Conservation Law Center, which operates the law school's conservation law clinic, and with the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, which hosts many joint degree students also at the law school. Finally, the Director will assist the law school's development staff to obtain continuing funding for the program and position. A J.D., Master's degree, or a Ph.D. in law, public policy, or a related field and three years experience in an environmental law-related area are required. Applications are due February 12, 2009.

26. Faculty, Agriculture, Food, & the Environment, Tufts U
The Tuft University (MA) Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy seeks a faculty member to join the Agriculture, Food and Environment (AFE) Program. The AFE Program fuses the disciplines of nutrition, agricultural science, environmental studies and public policy, and interacts closely with other science and policy teaching and research programs at the school. The full time, tenure-track, 12-month position will begin in the summer of 2009. Responsibilities will include teaching 2-3 graduate level courses annually, advising graduate students, and securing funding. A doctoral degree in a relevant agricultural, food policy or nutrition-related field is required. The search committee will begin reviewing applications at the end of February 2009.

Events

27. Transportation Demand Management Toolkit Conference
Feb 9 – 11, 2009; Atlanta, GA
Academic Impressions invites participants to its conference on Transportation Demand Management. Conference participants will develop a toolkit for managing traffic demand on their campuses through effective planning and implementation of transportation demand management techniques. Topics covered will include accurately assessing parking demand and campus transportation behaviors; alternative transportation and incentive programs; models for planning a pedestrian-friendly campus; tactics for cooperating with municipal agencies and integration with the municipal master plan; and criteria for choosing the most effective programs for an institution. All registrants will receive a complimentary copy of "Transportation and Sustainable Campus Communities: Issues, Examples, Solutions" by Will Toor and Spenser Havlick.

28. Webcast: Environmental Sustainability as a Strategic Policy Issue
February 11, 2009; 12 – 1:45pm Eastern; Online
The Association of Governing Boards will host a webcast titled, "Environmental Sustainability as a Strategic Policy Issue: What Governing Boards Need to Know." The program is designed to provide a fundamental understanding of sustainability issues within higher education and how boards can work together with their administrations and executive staffs to be informed leaders about sustainability. Participants will learn how trustees can engage effectively and appropriately on sustainability at a policy level, how sustainability can relate to institutional mission and strategic planning, and how it can become a regular part of a board’s long-term agenda. The webcast is designed for college and university board members and board professional staff; presidents and chancellors, and their executive staff.

29. Webcast: Three Simple Steps to a Carbon Neutrality Plan
February 26, 2009; 1:00 – 2:30 pm Eastern; Online
Academic Impressions will host "Three Simple Steps to a Carbon Neutrality Plan." During the webcast, Dave Newport, Director of the Environmental Center at University of Colorado, will discuss specific tools and concepts that will help you determine a carbon neutrality action plan for individual campuses. Attendees will learn how to create an accurate carbon inventory; evaluate carbon mitigation options; quickly project future emissions; and determine a carbon neutral action plan and date quantitatively.

30. Co-operators Youth Conference for Sustainability Leadership
September 24 – 27, 2009; Guelph, ON
Students between the ages of 19 and 25 attending a Canadian university or college is any discipline are encouraged to apply for Impact: The Co-operators Youth Conference for Sustainability Leadership. 180 students will be accepted, and all conference, transportation, accommodation and meal expenses will be fully covered. Session topics will include online activism and networking; ethics of sustainability and consumerism; building community and team work; leadership; change management and influence; and working with media and government. The deadline to apply is February 27, 2009.

31. Date Change: Webinar: Environmental Building in the Educational Sector
March 5, 2009; 2 – 3pm EST; Online
Xtalks is holding a live web conference entitled, "Environmental Building in the Educational Sector." In the webinar, Rachel Gutter, Senior Manager of the Education Sector for the USGBC will make the case for building LEED certified schools and share her personal experiences with schools that have chosen to go green. Using real examples, Gutter will discuss the impact green schools can have on student health, test scores, teacher retention, school operational costs and the environment. The program is intended for Facilities Managers and other operation roles and decision makers in the Education Sector.

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