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Table of Contents for 3/8/09:

NEWS
Buildings 1. Mount Holyoke College Res Hall Receives LEED Gold
2. Judson U Building Receives LEED Gold
3. Rice U Opens Green Graduate Housing
4. Rice U Opens Green Child Care Center
5. NY Times Article Covers the Greening of Business School Buildings
6. Purdue U Installs Green Roof
Climate 7. 9 New Institutions Sign Presidents' Climate Commitment
Co-Curricular Education 8. 12,000 Youth Attend Power Shift
Community Engagement 9. U Oregon Offers Climate Course to Local Businesses
10. U Oregon Students Help Community to Increase Gas Mileage
11. Maharishi U of Mgmt Joins Seed Savers Exchange
Curriculum 12. Lesley U Offers M.A. in Urban Environmental Leadership
13. Lehigh U Offers Grad Certificate in Environmental Law & Policy
14. Webster U Offers Emphasis Certif in Ed for Global Sustainability
15. U Western Ontario Launches Green Process Engineering Prgm
Dining Services 16. Ohio State U Switches to Biodegradable Bags in Dining Halls
17. Maharishi U of Mgmt Offers Community Supported Agriculture
18. Rice U to Go Trayless
Diversity, Access, and Affordability 19. Nebraska State Colleges Offer Free Freshman Tuition
Energy 20. Butte College Unveils 3 Solar Arrays
21. U Kentucky Uses Elliptical Machines to Power Generators
22. Luther, Wartburg Colleges Compete to Reduce Energy
23. Louisiana State U Holds Energy Conservation Competition
24. Central Michigan U Competes to Save Energy
Grounds 25. U Wisconsin Platteville Installs Rain Garden, Pervious Concrete
Planning 26. Luther College Strategic Plan Features Sustainability
Research 27. Queen's U to Host Green Chemistry Research Center
Sustainability Institutionalization 28. College of William & Mary Announces Sustainability Website & Grants
Trademark Licensing 29. U Minnesota Ends Licensing Deal with Russell Corporation
Transportation 30. U Wisconsin Madison Launches Commuter Solutions Website
Waste 31. Missouri Western U Begins Recycling Paper

NEW RESOURCES
32. List of Campus Composting Programs

OPPORTUNITIES
33. $25K Community College Grants
34. 2009 Faculty Pioneer Awards
35. Opportunity to Contribute Essay on Sustainability to Business Officer

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
36. Director, Clean Energy R&D Ctr, Southwest VA Higher Ed Ctr
37. Energy Ctr Coordinator, Ferris State U
38. Instructor, Environmental Science, Texas Christian U

EVENTS
39. Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference 2009
40. AASHE Sustainability Across the Curriculum Leadership Workshop
41. Webinar: Renewable Energy Hedges

News

Buildings

1. Mount Holyoke College Res Hall Receives LEED Gold
Mount Holyoke College's (MA) new residence hall, which opened in September 2008, has been awarded LEED Gold certification. The 176-bed, $30 million building features bike racks, solar panels, and an energy monitoring system that allows students in each of the six clusters to track their energy use and compete with the other clusters on energy conservation. The structure also contains highly recyclable content and rapidly renewable materials.
See also: MHC Residence Hall homepage
See also: List of Green Residence Halls (AASHE members only)

2. Judson U Building Receives LEED Gold
Judson University's (IL) Harm A. Weber Academic Center has received LEED Gold certification. The 88,000 square-foot building, which opened in 2007, features a passive solar design, stack-induced natural ventilation, and on-site storm water management. The site also contains native prairie and habitat restoration.

3. Rice U Opens Green Graduate Housing
Rice University (TX) has opened the Rice Village Apartment complex, a new green graduate housing hall located close to campus. The 237-bed residence features bicycle storage and was built to LEED standards. In addition, the complex offers a free bicycle to residence who agree not to bring a car to the apartments.

4. Rice U Opens Green Child Care Center
Rice University (TX) has opened the Rice Children's Campus, a building that meets LEED standards. The structure features reused materials, light sensors, programmable thermostats for each of five separate zones, double-paned energy-efficient windows, and overhands that block the sun. Other green elements include water-efficient fixtures, and 8,000 gallon underground rainwater cistern, and local plant landscaping. The building has a capacity of 86 students, who must be the children of Rice faculty, staff, or students to be eligible for admission.

5. NY Times Article Covers the Greening of Business School Buildings
The New York Times has published an article on the prevalence of green construction initiatives in business school buildings across the United States. The article mentions green features of business school structures at the University of Michigan, Stanford University (CA), Thunderbird School of Global Management (AZ), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and New York University.

6. Purdue U Installs Green Roof
Purdue University (IN) has installed a green roof on its Schleman Hall of Student Services. PU received a $68,000 grant from State Farm Insurance to help fund the new installation.

Climate

7. 9 New Institutions Sign Presidents' Climate Commitment
9 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: Dr. Jake B. Schrum of Southwestern University (TX), Dr. David R. Smith of the State University of New York Medical Center, Dr. Alan R. Davis of the State University of New York, Empire State College, Dr. William Hartley of Anaheim University (CA), Dr. Paulette Perfumo of Pasadena City College (CA), Richard Berman of Manhattanville College (NY), Bonnie Laing-Malcolmson of Oregon College of Art & Craft, George C. Bradley of Paine College (GA), and Dr. Raul Rodriguez of San Joaquin Delta College (CA). 616 college and university presidents and chancellors have now signed the Commitment.

Co-Curricular Education

8. 12,000 Youth Attend Power Shift
12,000 young leaders, a large portion of which were college students, converged on Washington, D.C. last week to participate in Power Shift 09 to demand that the President and Congress pass bold, just climate and energy policy in 2009 that dramatically reduces emissions, creates millions of green job and powers America with 100% clean energy. Despite a snow storm that paralyzed much of the city, the event concluded with a day full of hundreds of lobby visits and a rally with more than 3,000 youth on Capitol Hill. The four-day summit included seminars, panels, and workshops; a green career fair; legislative briefings and activist trainings; and a day of action on Monday where hundreds of youth entered the halls of Congress to lobby their representatives in more than 360 scheduled meetings. Three AASHE staff were present at the event and blogged about their experiences.
See also: Campus Sustainability Perspectives Blog

Community Engagement

9. U Oregon Offers Climate Course to Local Businesses
The University of Oregon has begun offering a course to local businesses on how to reduce their carbon footprint. Climate Masters at Work, a spin-off of a previous program focusing on homeowners, is a 10-week course for businesses and nonprofit organizations. The coursework is followed by six months of consultation with the Lane Community College Business Development Center in conjunction with consulting firm Good Company, focusing on environmental issues and solid business practices. The first group of Climate Masters students has finished their seminars, which lasted from mid-October until the end of December, and will continue to work with the Business Center until June.

10. U Oregon Students Help Community to Increase Gas Mileage
Students at the University of Oregon have begun a project to help members of the Eugene community inflate their car tires to the proper pressure, which improves gas mileage and reduces tailpipe emissions. Students set up compressors at nearby parking garages to help drivers check their tires and pump them up. The first 150 cars to stop receive a free tire gauge.
See also: Tire Inflation Project homepage

11. Maharishi U of Mgmt Joins Seed Savers Exchange
The Maharishi University of Management (IA) has joined the Iowa Seed Savers Exchange in an effort to preserve the genetic legacy of vegetables, herbs, flowers, and fruit trees that is rapidly being lost as a result of factors such as industrial agriculture and genetic engineering. Part of the Exchange’s work is maintaining a huge collection of heirloom and open pollinated varieties that are available to the public. MUM will contribute to the Exchange by growing a Colored Butterbean.

Curriculum

12. Lesley U Offers M.A. in Urban Environmental Leadership
Lesley University (MA) has begun offering a Master's of Arts in Urban Environmental Leadership. Students in the program study the urban environment and the human forces that shape it. The program's examination of the urban environment addresses the history of cities and the political, social, and cultural forces that influence the environmental decision-making process.
See also: MA in Urban Environmental Leadership homepage

13. Lehigh U Offers Grad Certificate in Environmental Law & Policy
Lehigh University (PA) has begun offering a graduate certificate in Environmental Law and Policy. The new program will provide students with instruction on how ethics, politics, and science policy influence the natural environment and shape human relationships to it, at local, national, and international levels of organization. Teaching both theory and practice of environmental law and policy, the certificate will integrate practical and career oriented expertise in the existing law that regulates environmental pollution, planning, and land use with consideration of how different policies might achieve better outcomes.
See also: List of Graduate Certificate Prgms in Environmental Law (AASHE members only)

14. Webster U Offers Emphasis Certif in Ed for Global Sustainability
Webster University (MO) has begun offering a graduate certificate emphasis in Education for Global Sustainability in its Master's of Teacher Education program. The Education for Global Sustainability program will prepare teachers to model and lead students in becoming informed, analytical, and responsible citizens for a sustainable future.
See also: List of Graduate Programs in Sustainability and Environmental Education (AASHE members only)

15. U Western Ontario Launches Green Process Engineering Prgm
The University of Western Ontario has launched a Green Process Engineering undergraduate program that combines and integrates the fundamental principles of chemical engineering to design commercial products and processes that are safe, economical, and environmentally friendly. The program will educate students to apply process engineering tools to design sustainable and safe chemical processes . The program also explores alternative sources of energy with reduced carbon emissions. Some of the distinguishing features of the program include the emphasis on green chemistry, green power, solar and bio-fuel cells, and conversion of waste (such as agricultural byproducts) to bio-diesel and bio-ethanol products. Engineering students will have the opportunity to apply to the Green Process Engineering program upon completing their first common year
See also: List of Undergraduate Prgms in Sustainable/Green Engineering (AASHE members only)

Dining Services

16. Ohio State U Switches to Biodegradable Bags in Dining Halls
Ohio State University dining halls have switched to biodegradable bags for students who take their food to go. In addition, several dining halls are selling reusable cloth bags for $1 each. After nine purchases with the bag, students get an entrée for free.

17. Maharishi U of Mgmt Offers Community Supported Agriculture
Maharishi University of Management (IA) has announced plans to offer an organic community supported agriculture program beginning in April. The new program will provide members with a weekly box of vegetables and fruit grown at the farm at Maharishi Vedic City. All fruits and vegetables will be harvested within one day of distribution.

18. Rice U to Go Trayless
Rice University (TX) has announced plans to remove all of its cafeteria trays over its spring break. The Student Association passed a resolution to support the removal of trays from dining halls in an effort to reduce food waste. The new initiative will reduce energy use as well as water and chemical waste since trays no longer have to be washed. Trays will still be available for handicapped and injured students.

Diversity, Access, and Affordability

19. Nebraska State Colleges Offer Free Freshman Tuition
Three Nebraska colleges - Wayne State College, Peru State College, and Chadron State College - will offer free tuition to first-time, in-state freshman who receive a federal Pell Grant. Students will still be responsible for other expenses like books and room and board.

Energy

20. Butte College Unveils 3 Solar Arrays
Butte College (CA) has unveiled three completed solar projects at its main campus. Together, the solar projects, which collectively are rated at 450kW, will power 10 campus buildings and are expected to save the College $40,000 annually in energy costs. Combined with a 1MW solar project completed during the 2004-2005 academic year, these solar panels will supply about 44 percent of the campus' electricity consumption.
See also: Mitsubishi Electric press release
See also: List of Campus Solar Installations

21. U Kentucky Uses Elliptical Machines to Power Generators
The University of Kentucky has retrofitted 14 elliptical machines to put energy back into the building's power system when in use. The Johnson Center, the gym that houses the exercise machines, also features a processor that tells how many watts of energy are being created by the elliptical machines at any moment.

22. Luther, Wartburg Colleges Compete to Reduce Energy (link no longer available)
Luther College (IA) and Wartburg College (IA) have begun a competition to see which campus can conserve the most energy. The winning campus will receive a hand-carved trophy and bragging rights, and the losing campus will have to hang a sign that says the other school won.

23. Louisiana State U Holds Energy Conservation Competition
Louisiana State University has begun a one month energy conservation competition in its residence halls and apartment complexes. The Unplug Residential Life Energy Competition looks to promote an understanding throughout the LSU on-campus community of what energy conservation entails and to empower students to take action in their daily lives to reduce their personal carbon footprint. Nine residence hall communities, which altogether house 4,800 residents and 135 resident assistants, are competing to see which community has the greatest reduction in energy usage between March 6 and April 3. The contest compares the March 2009 electrical meter readings with those from March 2008. The overall competition winners will be announced during LSU’s Earth Day celebration April 24. Residents in the winning halls will each receive a free USB computer flash drive.
See also: AASHE resource on Dorm vs Dorm Sustainability Competitions

24. Central Michigan U Competes to Save Energy
Central Michigan University has completed a competition to reduce the amount of energy consumed in the residence halls. The competition, which lasted throughout the month of February, took place in 5 dorms. The winners, which still haven't been determined, will receive $15 to spend at food stores around campus.

Grounds

25. U Wisconsin Platteville Installs Rain Garden, Pervious Concrete
The University of Wisconsin, Platteville has installed a rain garden and a new parking lot made of pervious concrete. The rain garden uses vegetation and special soil to capture and absorb suspended solids such as sand, salt, grease, and garbage before they drain into the water shed. Water that is not absorbed by the soil drains into a pipe that filters out harmful pollutants and is transported to Rountree Branch Creek. The pervious concrete also helps to reduce water pollution. Water is absorbed by the concrete or the thick layer of gravel that lies beneath it. Water that is not absorbed is filtered before being transported to the creek.

Planning

26. Luther College Strategic Plan Features Sustainability
The Luther College (IA) Board of Regents has approved the College's Sesquicentennial Strategic Plan for 2008-2012. One of the three strategic imperatives of the plan is to connect sustainability, stewardship, and global citizenship. One of the goals in the five-year plan is to cut the college's carbon footprint in half. Already, the college has reduced its campus carbon footprint by 15 percent and plans to make further investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy systems to reach the 50 percent goal. The plan also focuses on ways to reach the goals of the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment. In addition, $5 million (10 percent) of the Sesquicentennial Fund seeks endowment support for a new Center for Sustainable Communities. The goal of the center is to catalyze change and be an educational resource for businesses, churches, governments and communities in the region. Luther College has already created a new Campus Sustainability Council as a result of the plan.
See also: Strategic Plans that Incorporate Sustainability

Research

27. Queen's U to Host Green Chemistry Commercialization Center
The federal government of Canada has announced that it will provide $9.1 million over five years to help establish GreenCentre Canada at Queen's University (ON). The new commercialization center will focus on green chemistry, aiming to help guide more energy-efficient chemical processes from university labs into factories across the country. At the GreenCentre, new chemical processes developed in university labs across the country will be tested on a larger scale and adapted for practical applications. The Centre will also study catalysts, substances that make chemical transformations more energy efficient to increase yield and decrease the amount of waste byproducts.

Sustainability Institutionalization

28. College of William & Mary Announces Sustainability Website & Grants
The College of William & Mary (VA) Committee on Sustainability has launched a new website that includes up-to-date information for new project proposal and student research grants that will be supported by the College's Green Fee. The site also includes background on current campus projects, information on how members of the William & Mary community can volunteer, and deadlines for upcoming proposals. The grants available through the website include 4 summer research grants in amounts up to $5,000.
See also: W&M Sustainability homepage
See also: List of Campus Sustainability Websites (AASHE members only)

Trademark Licensing

29. U Minnesota Ends Licensing Deal with Russell Corporation
The University of Minnesota has joined several other colleges and universities ending licensing agreements with the Russell Corporation amid allegations that the clothing maker engages in unfair labor practices. Atlanta-based Russell, maker of the Russell Athletic brand, has made T-shirts and other clothing items with the University of Minnesota’s logo. The agreement with Russell resulted in more than $26,000 revenue in 2007 and will terminate March 31, 2009.

Transportation

30. U Wisconsin Madison Launches Commuter Solutions Website
University of Wisconsin, Madison Transportation Services has launched a new website for its newly named alternative transportation program, UW Commuter Solutions. The website offers resources for alternative transportation options including transit, pedestrian, bicycling, carpooling, and vanpooling. The department has also launched an e-newsletter and implemented an outreach program that offers personalized transportation consulting for those who are interested. The primary goal of the new initiatives is to increase awareness, both of the benefits of alternative transportation and of the options themselves.
See also: UW Commuter Solutions Website
See also: List of Campus Alternative Transportation Websites (AASHE members only)

Waste

31. Missouri Western U Begins Recycling Paper
Missouri Western University has begun recycling paper on campus. The campus maintenance crew takes care of the 96-gallon containers located behind all of the buildings on campus, except for residence halls. Members of the campus community can place any form of paper in the recycle containers, as long as it isn’t cardboard.

New Resources

32. List of Campus Composting Programs
AASHE has released a new resource that lists campus composting programs. The list includes homepages for programs at over 60 campuses.

Opportunities

33. $25K Community College Grants
The Civic Ventures Community College Encore Career project will award $25,000 to eight community colleges developing innovative encore career programs in education, health care, nonprofit leadership, and the environment. The new grants are a follow-up to ten grants that were provided in 2007 to community colleges around the country, aimed at creating programs that match the skills and interests of experienced adults with high-need careers that support the community, such as nursing, teaching, and social services. This year, the program has been expanded to include green jobs, and aims to further support the role of community colleges as a primary pathway for encore jobs. Proposals are due April 24, 2009.
See also: Grant homepage

34. 2009 Faculty Pioneer Awards
The Aspen Institute invites nominations for its 2009 Faculty Pioneer Awards. The Awards seek to recognize exceptional faculty who are leaders in integrating social and environmental issues into their research and teaching. Nominations are open to all faculty members at any institution worldwide offering a graduate management degree. Nominees should have demonstrated excellence in one or more of the following ways: demonstrated leadership in the integration of social, environmental, and economic issues into business school courses, curriculum development, and design; organized or participated in a leadership role in business school activities involving social and environmental topics, including but not limited to: conferences, program design, experiential learning, independent studies, and student clubs; made a positive and visible impact on business practice with regard to the intersection of social, environmental, and economic issues; and/or shown cutting-edge scholarship within the context of social and environmental issues in business. The deadline for nominations is March 27, 2009.

35. Opportunity to Contribute Essay on Sustainability to Business Officer
The National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) invites students to submit essays to be included in an upcoming issue of Business Officer, the monthly flagship publication of NACUBO. The essays should address senior college and university business officers at all types of institutions, presenting them with perspectives on what is happening in higher education in a new era. The piece should focus specifically on the critical importance of integrating sustainability throughout higher education. The 350-500 word article is due March 20, 2009. Submissions should be emailed to Michele Madia, NACUBO's Director of Environmental Leadership, at Michele.madia@nacubo.org.

Jobs & Internships

36. Director, Clean Energy R&D Ctr, Southwest VA Higher Ed Ctr
The Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center (SVHEC) is seeking a highly motivated, multi talented, energetic professional for the recently established position of Director of Research and Development (R&D) for its Clean Energy R&D Center. The Director will develop and promote research priorities and themes, assist faculty members to develop new research areas, encourage investment in research infrastructure, and serve as the regional driver of development for the Engineers PRODUCED in Virginia program. The Director will coordinate the R&D programs and will work closely with the business community to determine research needs. As part of this role, the R&D Director will be an integral part of the Center's team responsible for the design and construction of a new R&D facility. A Master's degree is required and a Ph.D. is preferred. The application deadline is March 31, 2009.

37. Energy Ctr Coordinator, Ferris State U
Ferris State University (MI) seeks an Energy Center Coordinator to establish the College of Engineering Technology as a recognized and viable center of excellence for energy efficiency and sustainability; create and oversee related collaborations, initiatives, grants, and business opportunities; and establish and sustain a College of Technology Energy Center. A Bachelor's degree is required and a Master's or Ph.D. is preferred. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until applicants are selected for interview.

38. Instructor, Environmental Science, Texas Christian U
The Department of Environmental Sciences at Texas Christian University announces a search for an Instructor. The full-time position will report to the Department Chair. Assignments will include teaching freshman level Introduction to Environmental Science and coordinating the corresponding laboratory sections. A Master's degree in Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Geology, or Geological Sciences is required. The application deadline is March 18, 2009.

Events

39. Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference 2009
April 5 – 7, 2009; University of Maryland, College Park
The National Association of College and University Business Officers invites attendees to its 4th annual Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference. Aspects of sustainability to be addressed include operational solutions, smart growth policies, and strategies for achieving climate neutrality. Participants will learn strategies for implementing the President's Climate Commitment; gain an understanding of the elements of developing a business case for sustainable design; and develop insight into issues surrounding green building, transportation, and energy. Featured sessions include "Sustainability in a World of Diminishing Revenue," "Food, Sustainability, and the New Bio-economy," "The New Green Economy and Opportunities for Higher Education," and "Journalism and New Media in the World of Sustainability." Early bird registration ends March 15, 2009.

40. AASHE Sustainability Across the Curriculum Leadership Workshop
June 11-12, 2009; San Diego State University
AASHE's Sustainability Across the Curriculum Leadership workshops are for faculty leaders of all disciplines who wish to develop curriculum change programs around sustainability on their campuses. Through an intensive two days of presentations, exercises, discussions, reflection, and planning, participants will become familiar with the philosophy of change in higher education developed through the Ponderosa Project at Northern Arizona University and adapted at Emory in the Piedmont Project. Participants will also experience of range of workshop strategies, hear local experts, enjoy outdoor place-based activities, and dialogue with faculty from around the country as they gain help in adapting this model to their own campus. The workshop leaders, Peggy Barlett and Geoffrey Chase, are editors of Sustainability on Campus: Stories and Strategies for Change and have helped more than 250 faculty revise courses in a wide array of disciplines. Workshop tuition is $420 for AASHE members and $485 for non-members. Applications to participate are due March 20, 2009.

41. Webinar: Renewable Energy Hedges
March 31, 2009; 1-2pm Eastern; Online
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency invites participants to its webinar, "Renewable Energy Hedges: How they can save you money and reduce your carbon emissions." Participants will learn how “contract for differences” hedges work, and how an organization can use these financial agreements to reduce and stabilize energy costs while decreasing its carbon emissions. The Webinar will feature a case study of Southern New Hampshire University’s renewable energy hedge contract, which guarantees a fixed price for 15 years for the 15 million kWh of electricity it uses annually. Webinar presenters will be Timothy Swanson from NextEra Energy Resources, Hunter Brownlie from Eco Power Hedge, and Roy Morrison from Southern New Hampshire University.

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