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Table of Contents for 2/2/09:

NEWS
Buildings 1. Drew U Opens Green Dorm
2. Madonna U Receives Kresge Grant for Green Science & Media Building
3. Agnes Scott College Receives 2 Green Building Grants
4. Furman U Receives Award for Green Showcase Home
Co-Curricular Education 5. UC Santa Barbara Starts CSA Program
Community Engagement 6. U Nevada, Reno Receives Grant to Help Businesses Reduce Energy Use
7. Purdue U, Vincennes U to Train Laid-off RV Workers
Curriculum 8. Montana State U Offers New Degree in Sustainable Food & Bioenergy
Energy 9. U New Hampshire Completes Methane Pipeline
10. Williams College Shuts Down to Conserve Energy
11. U Tennessee Lowers Building Temperatures to Save Energy
12. Cal Poly Pomona Installs Solar Powered Bus Info Signs
Research 13. U Louisville to Operate Kentucky Renewable Energy Research Ctr
14. UC Davis Receives $2.5 M to Advance Energy Efficiency
15. MSU Wins Grant to Establish Packing Innovation & Sustainability Ctr
Sustainability Institutionalization 16. Yale U Sets Sustainability Goals for Athletics
Transportation 17. U Western Ontario Purchases Hybrid and Electric Vehicles
18. Wilson College Purchases 2 Electric Vehicles
Waste 19. Arizona State U Composts Landscaping Waste
20. U Oregon Extends Composting Program

NEW RESOURCES
21. Presentation Materials from AASHE 2008 Conference
22. AASHE Interview Series: Co-Director, UT Ctr for Sustainable Dev
23. Podcast: How to Start Talking about Green IT

OPPORTUNITIES
24. NACUBO Innovation Award
25. SustaInvest Student Investment Challenge

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
26. Operations Manager, Sustainable Futures Institute, Michigan Tech
27. Postdoc Research Scholar, Sustainable Futures Institute, Michigan Tech
28. Postdoc Scholar, Green Engineering & Sustainability, Michigan Tech

EVENTS
29. Web Conference on Sustainability in the Core Finance Curriculum
30. Implementing & Managing a Green Cleaning Program Webinar
31. Rocky Mountain Sustainability Summit

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News

Buildings

1. Drew U Opens Green Dorm
Drew University (NJ) has opened McLendon Hall dormitory, a new green building on campus. The structure, which will house 159 students, features a geothermal heating and cooling system, drought-resistant landscaping, light sensors, water saving showers and sinks, and carpeting and floor tiles made from recycled materials. The University is seeking LEED certification for the new structure.
See also: List of Green Residence Halls (AASHE members only)

2. Madonna U Receives Kresge Grant for Green Science & Media Building
Madonna University (MI) has received a $1.5 million challenge grant from The Kresge Foundation to support construction of its environmentally-friendly, $20 million Science and Media Building. To meet the challenge, Madonna will raise $3.25 million by January 2010, as part of the University’s Leading the Way Capital Campaign. The 60,000 square foot building recycled materials, energy efficient windows and lighting, and a green roof. The University plans to seek LEED certification for the new structure.
See also: List of Green Science Buildings (AASHE members only)

3. Agnes Scott College Receives 2 Green Building Grants
Agnes Scott College (GA) has received an $80,000 grant from the Kresge Foundation Green Building Initiative to fund the renovation of Campbell Hall, the College's former science building, to the highest level of green building possible and to its optimal purpose. Agnes Scott also received a grant from the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta’s "Grants to Green" program, which will help fund the evaluation of the energy and water efficiency of the Robert W. Woodruff Physical Activities Building.

4. Furman U Receives Award for Green Showcase Home
Furman University (SC) has received the Creative Partnership Award from District III of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education in recognition of the partnership that led to the construction of the Cliffs Cottage, an on campus showcase home that features sustainable building materials and energy-saving systems. The award recognizes the partnership projects between private businesses/organizations and educational institutions that result in creative solutions to advancement issues. Only one award is given annually.

Co-Curricular Education

5. UC Santa Barbara Starts CSA Program
The University of California, Santa Barbara has begun a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program on campus. Through the program, UCSB faculty, staff, and students are able to pick up a box of fresh organic produce once a week, delivered directly from a nearby organic farm to the campus that morning.

Community Engagement

6. U Nevada, Reno Receives Grant to Help Businesses Reduce Energy Use (link no longer available)
The Small Business Development Center at the University of Nevada, Reno has received a $125,000 federal grant for projects offering energy-efficiency help to small businesses. The UNR center will help small businesses evaluate their energy efficiency and implement energy-efficiency measures. The efforts might include support with renewable energy technology; green building and construction; and development and commercialization of clean-technology products, goods and services.

7. Purdue U, Vincennes U to Train Laid-off RV Workers
Purdue University and Vincennes University have begun offering technical training and advanced manufacturing instruction to the hundreds of recreational vehicle production workers in north-central Indiana who recently lost their jobs. Workers can learn new trades, such as precision metalworking, welding, and industrial maintenance. Vincennes will provide technical skills training, and Purdue will teach manufacturing techniques such as lean manufacturing tools, quality systems, sustainability, problem solving, change movement, conflict resolution, and essential communication skills in the workplace. The training is funded by $13 million in state and federal grants.

Curriculum

8. Montana State U Offers New Degree in Sustainable Food & Bioenergy
Montana State University has begun offering a new Bachelor of Science program in Sustainable Food and Bioenergy Systems. The program is designed to contribute to the development of bioenergy and a stronger, more secure food system in Montana. The new major is a partnership between the College of Agriculture and the College of Education, Health and Human Development. Three concentration options, housed within three different departments at MSU, will be available to students working toward the degree. Those options and departments are agroecology, sustainable crop production, and sustainable food systems. Together, the options will focus on ecologically sound, socially just, and economically viable farming methods, food and people's health, and other issues related to food and bioenergy systems.
See also: List of Undergraduate Programs in Sustainable Agriculture (AASHE members only)

Energy

9. U New Hampshire Completes Methane Pipeline
The University of New Hampshire has completed the EcoLine pipeline, which will pipe methane 12.7 miles from Waste Management's Rochester landfill to UNH's cogeneration plant. Once the Rochester processing plant finishes in testing, which is expected to happen in February, landfill gas will replace commercial natural gas in the cogeneration plant and will be used to heat the buildings on campus.

10. Williams College Shuts Down to Conserve Energy
Williams College (MA) decreased building temperatures and turned off equipment over its winter break in an effort reduce utility costs and greenhouse emissions. As a result of the initiative, the College saved nearly $90,000 compared to last year and reduced its annual emissions by one percent. Fifty-five percent of the energy savings came from heating. On average, building electricity use was down 40 percent, and electricity use in dorms was down 47 percent.

11. U Tennessee Lowers Building Temperatures to Save Energy
The University of Tennessee has lowered building temperatures to 68 degrees and plans to raise building temperatures to 76 degrees in the summer. The new temperature policies do not apply to residence halls, but students are being issued coupons for coffee at Starbucks to reduce their energy use.

12. Cal Poly Pomona Installs Solar Powered Bus Info Signs
The California State Polytechnic University, Pomona has installed four solar-powered digital signs that inform bus riders when shuttles will arrive. Riders may also push a button and a voice will announce the same information.

Research

13. U Louisville to Operate Kentucky Renewable Energy Research Ctr
The University of Louisville has signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the Kentucky State Government to operate the Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research and Environmental Stewardship. The center has been funded by a $20 million donation from an alumnus. The Kentucky General Assembly created the center in 2006 to provide leadership, research, support, and policy development in renewable energy. A governor-appointed board will set priorities for renewable energy research. The center’s mission will include promoting partnerships among the state’s colleges and universities, private industry, and nonprofit organizations to actively pursue federal research and development resources that are dedicated to renewable energy.

14. UC Davis Receives $2.5 M to Advance Energy Efficiency
The University of California, Davis has received $2.5 million from the Chevron Corporation to create a permanent leadership position for the campus's Energy Efficiency Center. The person appointed to the Chevron Chair in Energy Efficiency will direct the center, which was established in 2006. The campus plans to conduct a national search for the person to hold the Chevron Chair. S/he will be responsible for expanding the impact of the center’s research programs through interdisciplinary collaboration, education, outreach, and commercialization of technologies. He or she also will continue developing strong links with state and federal government, as well as with international programs.

15. MSU Wins Grant to Establish Packing Innovation & Sustainability Ctr
Michigan State University College of Agriculture and Natural Resources has received a $400,000 grant from the Coca-Cola Company to establish the Center for Packaging Innovation and Sustainability. The planned center, to be housed in the MSU School of Packaging, will serve as a think tank for packaging innovation and sustainability and a research and education hub to measure and reduce packaging’s environmental impact. The center will include state-of-the-art technology for bench research and testing of packaging materials and will offer academic, outreach and continuing education programs.

Sustainability Institutionalization

16. Yale U Sets Sustainability Goals for Athletics
Yale University (CT) has announced a set of sustainability goals for its athletic program. Goals include developing a strategic sustainability plan for athletics; establishing a set of green standards for Yale athletic events; implementing collaborative efforts with student athletes, including creating sustainability partnerships with each varsity team in the coming term; using the lessons learned through the development of the strategic plan for Yale athletics to create a model that is measurable, transferable, and adaptable; and creating a database of best practices so that institutions interested in improving the sustainability of their athletic departments will have an accessible source of the best knowledge and experience.
See also: NCAA Press Release

Transportation

17. U Western Ontario Purchases Hybrid and Electric Vehicles
The University of Western Ontario has purchased a hybrid sedan to move employees, consultants, and clients around campus. In addition, the campus has announced plans to purchase a two-seat electric utility vehicle. The vehicle's features include six 12-volt flooded electrolyte batteries, which can be charged by plugging into a standard household electrical receptacle, a top speed of 40kmh, and an average range of about 30 miles on a single charge.

18. Wilson College Purchases 2 Electric Vehicles
Wilson College (PA) has replaced two of its gas-powered vehicles with electric vehicles. One is used for campus security patrols and the other is used to collect recycling. Both vehicles can travel approximately 50 miles on one charge, and charging the vehicles takes about 4 to 6 hours.

Waste

19. Arizona State U Composts Landscaping Waste
Arizona State University has begun composting its landscaping waste at a nearby farm. Once the waste has fully decomposed, the farm returns it to ASU to be used in the campus' landscaping and organic gardens. The new program, which began in July of 2007, has saved the University about $20,000 in dumping fees.

20. U Oregon Extends Composting Program
The University of Oregon has approved an increase in the campus recycling budget that will fund the continuation of its composting program, which began in the spring of 2008 and collects up to one ton of recycling each month. When the program began, it was given funding for one year and would not have continued without additional funding.
See also: UO Student Newspaper Article

New Resources

21. Presentation Materials from AASHE 2008 Conference
AASHE has posted more than 150 slide sets, papers, posters, and other materials from presentations at AASHE 2008 on the conference website. Presentation materials can be located through three different methods: keyword index of presentation materials, concurrent session schedules, and abstracts.
See also: Concurrent Sessions
See also: Conference Session Abstracts

22. AASHE Interview Series: Co-Director, UT Ctr for Sustainable Dev
AASHE has posted a new interview as part of its interview series with sustainability leaders from campuses, businesses, and non-profit organizations that are taking the lead in advancing sustainability on campus. The latest interview is with Dr. Steven Moore who is a Professor of Architecture at the University of Texas, a Co-Director of the UT Center for Sustainable Development, and the Director of the Graduate Program in Sustainable Design. In the interview, Dr. Moore answers questions related to trends he sees occurring in the field of sustainable design, what students are most interested in, the progress that the Center for Sustainable Development has achieved, and what he's most looking forward to in 2009.

23. Podcast: How to Start Talking about Green IT
The Chronicle of Higher Education has posted "Episode 40: How to Start Talking About Green IT." In the podcast, Scott Carlson and Warren Arbogast talk about ways that colleges' technologists, campus-facilities staff members, and sustainability advocates can get on the same page to save energy and resources devoted to information technology.

Opportunities

24. NACUBO Innovation Award
The National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) invites applicants for its 2009 Innovation Award. The Award honors the achievement of higher education institutions of each constituent type (community colleges, comprehensive and doctoral institutions, research universities, and small institutions) in the following areas of business and financial administration: process improvement and resource enhancement. Institutions with sustainability and energy efficiency improvements are encouraged to apply. Applications are due April 3, 2009.

25. SustaInvest Student Investment Challenge
The SustaInvest Student Management Committee is pleased to announce the commencement of the 2008-09 SustaInvest competition. SustaInvest is open to any graduate or undergraduate student at any institution. Judging criteria rewards thoughtful design of high performance, sustainability-driven investments. Portfolios will be judged for an understanding of the interdependence among business, society and the environment for a competitive advantage. This year's grand prize is paid registration at the 2009 Net Impact Conference at Cornell University and access to VIP networking events with industry leaders at the 2009 Net Impact Conference. In addition, there will be cash prizes. The deadline to apply is February 15, 2009.

Jobs & Internships

26. Operations Manager, Sustainable Futures Institute, Michigan Tech
Michigan Technological University is seeking an Operations Manager/Senior Research Engineer/Scientist for the Sustainable Futures Institute. Responsibilities will include managing day-to-day affairs of the Institute and financial issues, supervising Institute staff, and acting as an interface between Institute and internal and external entities. S/he will also coordinate institute-wide research initiatives and large scale multi-disciplinary proposal efforts; prepare and submit proposals to secure external funding; and perform engineering and scientific research with an emphasis on sustainability. Qualifications include a Ph.D. in engineering or a science related to the field of sustainability, 2 years of management experience, and a demonstrated technical competence in sustainability. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

27. Postdoc Research Scholar, Sustainable Futures Institute, Michigan Tech
Michigan Technological University is hiring a Postdoctoral Research Scholar with an interest in design and manufacturing for sustainability. The successful candidate will prepare proposals and publications, mentor graduate students, assist the research program, and engage in multidisciplinary research with graduate scholars and other personnel in the Sustainable Futures Institute. Research areas include life-cycle assessment, green manufacturing processes and systems, product and process design for sustainability, and air quality issues related to micro-and nano-manufacturing. The successful candidate should be knowledgeable of sustainability principles, have excellent communication skills, and have authored publications related to design and manufacturing for sustainability. The applicant should possess a Ph.D.in Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, or a closely related discipline. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

28. Postdoc Scholar, Green Engineering & Sustainability, Michigan Tech
Michigan Technological University is seeking a Postdoctoral Scholar with an interest in green engineering and sustainability. The position is housed in the Sustainable Futures Institute. The successful candidate should be knowledgeable about sustainability principles, have excellent communication skills, and have authored publications related to green engineering and/or sustainability. A Ph.D. in Civil, Environmental, Chemical, Mechanical, Industrial, Manufacturing, or Materials Engineering, or a related discipline is a requirement for the position. The postdoctoral scholar is expected to contribute to ongoing research in areas such as material recycling and reuse options for sustainability; environmentally benign design and manufacturing; green chemistry and chemical processing; reducing the footprint of the built environmental; and life-cycle assessment. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

Events

29. Web Conference on Sustainability in the Core Finance Curriculum
February 4, 2009; 11am Eastern; Online
The Aspen Institute will host a web conference titled, "How Should Sustainability Be Integrated into the Core Finance Curriculum?" The conference will address the question of how finance as an academic discipline can bring the issues of social, environmental, and ethical impacts of business into the curriculum.

30. 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.

31. Rocky Mountain Sustainability Summit
February 11 -13; 2009; University of Colorado at Boulder
The University of Colorado at Boulder invites attendees to the 2009 Rocky Mountain Sustainability Summit which will provide a learning and networking forum for participants from campuses in the Rocky Mountain region. Presentation topics will include institutionalizing sustainability, best practices for operationalizing sustainability, creating a culture of sustainability, social and environmental justice, carbon mitigation planning, and regional sustainability strategies. Registration is now open. The deadline for registration is February 5, 2009. AASHE members will receive a 10 percent discount on registration.

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