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Table of Contents for 3/30/09:

NEWS
Buildings 1. U North Carolina to Develop Green Below-Market Housing
Campus Sustainability in the Media 2. NYT Covers Upcoming Env'l Mgmt Prgm at Montclair State U
Co-Curricular Education 3. Emory U Begins Green Pledge Program
Community Engagement 4. Mid-South CC Awarded Grant to Enhance Renewable Energy Training
5. Six Campuses Receive Recognition for Community Service
Curriculum 6. Clark U Announces Dual MBA and Env'l Science & Policy Degree
7. St. Thomas U to Offer Green Law Degree
8. Rice U Approves Energy and Water Sustainability Minor
9. U Montana Approves Climate Change Minor
Energy 10. Temple U Begins Conservation Initiative, Adopts Conservation Policy
11. U Kansas Purchases Wind to Power Library
Planning 12. Northern Kentucky U Releases Master Plan
Sustainability Institutionalization 13. Brock U Completes Sustainability Assessment
Sustainability Staffing 14. Dickinson College Hires Sustainability Education Coordinator
Transportation 15. U Minnesota, City of Minneapolis Announce 2 New Bike Programs
16. Clark U Launches Bike Share Program
17. Towson U Announces New Green Transportation Initiatives
18. Rice U Grad Housing Begins Bike Promotion Program
19. Case Western Reserve U Purchases 4 Electric Vehicles
Waste 20. U Winnipeg Bans Sale of Bottled Water on Campus
21. UC Berkeley Installs Hydration Stations to Reduce Bottle Purchases

NEW RESOURCES
22. AASHE Announces Open Space Conference Call Line
23. AASHE Resource on Sustainability in Urban & Regional Planning Prgms
24. AASHE Interview Series: Student, Whitman College

OPPORTUNITIES
25. America's Greenest Campus Contest
26. Transatlantic Renewable Energy Exchange Study Tour

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
27. Director of Green Jobs & Innovation, Ohio Env'l Council
28. Curriculum Specialist, Green MBA Program, Marylhurst U
29. Asst Prof, Env'l Design, Policy, & Planning, Stony Brook U
30. Adjunct Faculty, Environmental Science, Erie CC
31. Summer Intern, National Council for Science & the Environment
32. Summer Intern, SustainUS

EVENTS
33. Developing Your Institution's Climate Action Plan – Pre-Conf Workshop
34. Understanding Sustainable Dining Options Webcast
35. AASHE Open Space Conf Call: The Role of the System in Sustainability
36. Lean and Green: The Sustainability Path in a Tough Economy
37. ACPA Institute on Sustainability
38. Environmental Education Conference

News

Buildings

1. U North Carolina to Develop Green Below-Market Housing
The University of North Carolina has announced that they will develop a new neighborhood that will offer university faculty and staff single-family town homes and condominium homes at below-market rates. The home and landscaping of Carolina Commons will also be designed to be as green as possible.

Campus Sustainability in the Media

2. NYT Covers Upcoming Env'l Mgmt Prgm at Montclair State U
The New York Times has published an article on a new doctorate degree in Environmental Management at Montclair State University (NJ) that is currently under development. The goal of the program is to help students understand both environmental policy and science. Several courses on the social and political aspects of the environment will be required, and the program is aimed at students with interests in areas such as green technology, alternative sources of energy, climate change, and human health.

Co-Curricular Education

3. Emory U Begins Green Pledge Program
In an effort to encourage faculty, staff, and students to live more sustainably, Emory University (GA) is asking members of the campus community to sign a personal sustainability pledge that commits them to at least three changes in their daily habits or routine. The changes are chosen from a list of suggested options. Participants can then renew their pledge each semester by updating promises as needed.
See also: Emory's Personal Sustainability Pledge website

Community Engagement

4. Mid-South CC Awarded Grant to Enhance Renewable Energy Training (link no longer available)
Mid-South Community College (AR) has received $127,500 from the Arkansas Department of Workforce Education to enhance its renewable energy program for high school students. The funds will support MSCC’s Technical Center, which provides dual-enrollment opportunities for Crittenden County students to learn high-tech job skills while earning high school and college credit, at no cost. The first goal in the renewable energy program is to develop a program that will prepare bio-refinery technicians to go in the field and work in bio-facilities. MSCC will teach students about botany, the bio-processes of ethanol, pneumatics, hydraulics, programmable logic computers, and basic electricity so graduates will understand what it takes to keep a bio-refinery running.

5. Six Campuses Receive Recognition for Community Service
Six colleges and universities have received presidential recognition for extraordinary contributions to service in their communities in the 2008 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. California State University, Fresno, Emory University (GA), and Michigan State University received Presidential Awards for General Community Service. Brookhaven College (TX), Duke University (NC), and the University of Missouri-Kansas City were recognized for Service to Youth from Disadvantaged Circumstances, a special focus area of this year's Honor Roll competition. In all, 635 schools were listed on the Honor Roll for their community service activities during the 2007-2008 academic year. Over 80 institutions also received Honor Roll with Distinction.
See also: Honor Roll with Distinction List (pdf)

Curriculum

6. Clark U Announces Dual MBA and Env'l Science & Policy Degree
Beginning in the fall of 2009, Clark University (MA) will offer a dual degree program for a Master of Arts in Environmental Science and Policy and a Master of Business Administration. ES&P students admitted to the dual degree program will be able to integrate the perspectives, knowledge, and skills they gain from the ES&P courses, which focus on policy analysis and the use of scientific and quantitative tools, with perspective, knowledge, and skills from business and management.
See also: List of Sustainability in Business Education degree programs

7. St. Thomas U to Offer Green Law Degree
St. Thomas University (FL) has announced plans to offer a dual degree program in Environmental Justice and Law. The program allows students to complete a Bachelor's in Environmental Justice and a law degree specializing in Environmental Law in six years rather than the seven years that is usually takes to earn an undergraduate and law degree separately. Through the program, students learn business law and how corporations can be held accountable for the environmental footprints they leave behind. The program offers clinical programs, externships and internships with such organizations as the United Nations, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Department of Energy. The program is a competitive honors program.
See also: List of Sustainability in Legal Education programs

8. Rice U Approves Energy and Water Sustainability Minor
Rice University (TX) has approved a new minor in Energy and Water Sustainability. The minor requires seven courses: three core courses, a design practicum and three electives focusing on energy, water, or sustainability, no more than two of which can be in the same category. Students will be able to declare the minor starting in the fall of 2009.
See also: List of Minors in Sustainability

9. U Montana Approves Climate Change Minor
The University of Montana has approved the creation of a minor in climate change studies. The new program will combine training in sciences with course work in ethics and policy to offer students a multidisciplinary understanding of climate change. Students will examine the scientific and social dimensions of global climate change, as well as explore potential solutions. Students pursuing the minor will take an interdisciplinary introductory course and six credits in each of three areas of study: climate change science, climate change and society, and climate change solutions.
See also: UM Minor in Climate Change Studies homepage

Energy

10. Temple U Begins Conservation Initiative, Adopts Conservation Policy
Temple University (PA) has begun a new initiatives aimed at helping faculty, staff, and students remember to turn the lights off when they leave a room. As part of the initiative, student and staff volunteers have been going from building to building on campus affixing decals to light switch covers in classrooms and other high-traffic areas. The brightly designed, green stickers cover wall switches and remind occupants to switch off the lights when they are the last to leave a space. The initiative is part of Temple's implementation of a new Energy Conservation Policy. Adopted in December, the policy provides regulations governing the use of a range of university resources, including heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems; lighting; computer equipment; and water.
See also: Temple Energy Conservation Policy (pdf)
See also: List of Campus Energy Conservation Policies

11. U Kansas Purchases Wind to Power Library
A University of Kansas student organization has purchased enough wind power credits to power the campus' library for one year. The Student Environmental Advisory Board chose the library because of its central campus location and its familiarity to the university community. The purchase was funded by a mandatory $1.25 per semester student fee that was approved in 2007.

Planning

12. Northern Kentucky U Releases Master Plan
Northern Kentucky University has released its "Master Plan 2009." One of the goals of the Master Plan is to "create a sustainable campus which reflects the highest standards of excellence." Specific initiatives include protecting sensitive habitat and environmental areas; installing rain gardens and green roofs; and mandating that all future buildings pursue LEED certification. The plan also envisions adding 2.1 million square feet of green space.

Sustainability Institutionalization

13. Brock U Completes Sustainability Assessment
Brock University (ON) has completed a 25-page Sustainability Audit. The document includes assessments in the areas of water consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, land use, governance, health, and ethical purchasing. The University used the Campus Sustainability Assessment Framework, a Canadian-based assessment tool.

Sustainability Staffing

14. Dickinson College Hires Sustainability Education Coordinator
Dickinson College (PA) has hired Sarah Brylinsky as Sustainability Education Coordinator in its new Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education. Brylinsky’s goal is to incorporate components of sustainability into every discipline at Dickinson College, and she's like to make sure everyone on campus utilizes the center and its resources. The new Coordinator earned a B.A. in communication management and design from Ithaca College, with minors in environmental studies and women's studies. Brylinsky received the 2008 Student Sustainability Leadership Award from AASHE.
See also: Dickinson Extra article
See also: Directory of Campus Sustainability/Environmental Officers (AASHE members only)

Transportation

15. U Minnesota, City of Minneapolis Announce 2 New Bike Programs
The University of Minnesota and the city of Minneapolis have announced the creation of two federally funded bicycle initiatives. A new U of M Bike Center will be constructed on campus, and a bike sharing program will be launched with a total of 1,000 bicycles and will be available to the campus and local communities. Both initiatives will be created with the federally funded Bike Walk Twin Cities initiative that aims to increase biking and walking and reduce driving in Minneapolis and neighboring communities.

16. Clark U Launches Bike Share Program
Clark University (MA) has launched a new bike share program on campus. The program is organized, maintained, and promoted by Cycles of Change, a new cycling club on campus. Students in the club earned bicycles by volunteering at a local bike shop where they learned how to build bicycles from salvaged parts. The program will start out with six bicycles that Clark students, faculty, and staff may borrow upon leaving a valid Clark ID at the university center's main desk. Helmets and locks will also be available. A bike need only be returned by midnight of the day it is borrowed.
See also: List of Campus Bike Share Programs (AASHE members only)

17. Towson U Announces New Green Transportation Initiatives
Towson University (MD) has announced plans to pilot several initiatives aimed at lowering the demand for parking spaces on campus. Towson will be partnering with a car rental agency to provide students with the opportunity to reserve a car on an hourly or daily basis. Rates will include gas, insurance, and maintenance. The cars will be either hybrid or electric and more will become available if the demand is high. Parking and Transportation Services will also be providing new off-campus shuttles next semester. In addition, the University will begin offering discounted bus passes to faculty and staff, will continue offering four free parking passes to anyone who agrees to use alternative transportation as their primary means of getting to and from campus, and will continue the Guaranteed Ride Home program, which provides a free or discounted ride home to people who do not bring a car to campus.

18. Rice U Grad Housing Begins Bike Promotion Program
Rice University's (TX) new graduate student apartment complex has begun an initiative aimed at increasing the use of residents who commute by bike and reducing the number of need parking spaces on the property. The housing complex offered a free bike to students who signed an agreement not to register a motor vehicle with Rice for one year. In addition, students who bring their own bikes to campus or receive them through the program may keep them in a dedicated storage room at the apartment complex.

19. Case Western Reserve U Purchases 4 Electric Vehicles
Two departments at Case Western Reserve University (OH) have purchased four new electric vehicles that travel up to a maximum speed of 25 mph. The four new vehicles are replacing four gas-run campus automobiles.

Waste

20. U Winnipeg Bans Sale of Bottled Water on Campus
The University of Winnipeg (MB) has begun to phase in a ban on the sale of bottled water on campus. Students will also be encouraged to refrain from bringing retail, disposable bottles on campus and to switch instead to reusable bottles. To encourage this practice, The University of Winnipeg Students’ Association will partner with UWinnipeg to provide all first year, incoming students with reusable bottles for free as part of their orientation package.

21. UC Berkeley Installs Hydration Stations to Reduce Bottle Purchases
The University of California, Berkeley has installed two water-dispensing devices where people can fill up bottles twice as fast as a standard drinking fountain allows. The "hydration stations," which are part of the Recreational Sports Facility's Play Green initiative to diminish its environmental impact, aim to encourage the campus community to switch to reusable water bottles.

New Resources

22. AASHE Announces Open Space Conference Call Line
AASHE has launched its new Open Space Conference Call Line. The conference call line allows AASHE members to host discussions on topics related to campus sustainability. For example, the conference line could be used to hold a discussion on ways to integrate sustainability into the curriculum or on how to start a campus recycling program. While only AASHE members are permitted to schedule and manage calls, members and non-members alike are allowed to join and participate in calls, unless otherwise requested by the organizer. AASHE will help publicize events scheduled on the open space line by announcing them in the AASHE Bulletin and posting them on the AASHE Calendar and on the Open Space Conference Call Line webpage.

23. AASHE Resource on Sustainability in Urban & Regional Planning Prgms
AASHE has posted a new resource that lists Urban and Regional Planning programs that focus on sustainability. The resource includes undergraduate programs, minors, certificates, graduate programs, concentrations, and academic centers. This resource is available to both AASHE members and non-members.

24. AASHE Interview Series: Student, Whitman College
AASHE has posted an interview with Lisa Curtis, and environmental studies and politics student at Whitman College (WA) as the next installment of its interview series. Curtis is also an intern for Northwest SEED, an organization devoted to establishing a clean, diverse, and affordable Northwest energy system based on the efficient use of renewable resources, and is one of twenty regional representatives working for the United Nations Environment Programme's (UNEP) "Kick the Carbon Habit" Education Campaign. In the interview, Curtis talks about her experience as a Northwest SEED intern, how her campus sustainability efforts involve the local community, and how Whitman's sustainability efforts are funded.

Opportunities

25. America's Greenest Campus Contest
Climate Culture invites college and universities to apply for its America's Greenest Campus contest, which aims to motivate institutions to reduce the carbon footprint of their students, faculty, alumni, and staff. Institutions have until October 5, 2009 to get as many campus members to reduce their carbon footprint as much as possible. Carbon Culture will keep track of the number of people participating from each school and will award up to $10,000 to two winners - the school with the most participants and the school with the most carbon reductions per participant.

26. Transatlantic Renewable Energy Exchange Study Tour
CDS invites students to apply for its 2009 Transatlantic Renewable Energy Exchange Study Tour. The 7-day tour of Germany and German companies will include site-visits to a bio-gas power plant, a brown coal mine, a photovoltaic manufacturer, a low-energy housing project, and the Wind Park. Applications are due April 3, 2009.

Jobs & Internships

27. Director of Green Jobs & Innovation, Ohio Env'l Council
The Ohio Environmental Council seeks a Director of Green Jobs and Innovation to track national and international trends and patterns in, and applications for, sustainability. The Director’s primary responsibility will be to provide leadership and expertise in coordinating and carrying out policy campaigns. This includes: coordinating and taking on project responsibility for select ongoing campaigns such developing an Ohio green higher education directory, participating with the Ohio blue green alliance, building relationships with state government policy staff, and collaborating with workforce development and green jobs program leaders. The Director should have demonstrated skills in advocacy, outreach, and policy development and a Bachelor's degree. The position is open until filled.

28. Curriculum Specialist, Green MBA Program, Marylhurst U
Marylhurst University (OR) seeks a Curriculum Specialist for its Green MBA Program. The successful candidate will oversee course development activities of faculty including establishing timelines, progress reporting, and course management. A Master's degree is required and a Ph.D. is preferred. Applications are due April 3, 2009.

29. Asst Prof, Env'l Design, Policy, & Planning, Stony Brook U
Stony Brook University Southampton (NY) has a full-time, tenure track assistant professor opportunity in Environmental Design, Policy, and Planning available for the fall of 2009. A Ph.D. in Environmental Design, Policy, and Planning or a related discipline and teaching experience at the college level are required. The initial review of applications will begin April 2009, and will continue until the position is filled.

30. Adjunct Faculty, Environmental Science, Erie CC
Erie Community College (NY) seeks an adjunct faculty member in Environmental Science. The work involves instructing students, preparing and grading tests, assisting in preparation of course outlines and lesson plans, maintaining class records, assisting students as faculty advisor, and providing tutorial help as required by students. A Bachelor's degree and 30 hours of advanced study in an area of specialization is required. The position is open until filled.

31. Summer Intern, National Council for Science & the Environment
The National Council for Science and the Environment invite students and recent graduates to apply for its Summer Internship Program. Interns will engage in a variety of programs, projects, and general office tasks. They may assist in outreach to the academic, governmental, business, and civil communities. Opportunities made available to interns include attending briefings, seminars, and conferences. Applicants should have excellent communication and writing skills, education or experience in environmental science and/or policy, and basic computer skills. Internships usually last for 3 months with an opportunity for extension and promotion. The application deadline has been extended to April 10, 2009.

32. Summer Intern, SustainUS
SustainUS is seeking a summer intern to assist with work leading up to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change negotiations in December of this year. Duties will include collaborating with other youth organizations on grassroots action, preparing the SustainUS delegation to the climate negotiations, and providing logistical and administrative support to the SustainUS staff person. The internship is currently unpaid, however, SustainUS is pursuing grants to be able to offer a living stipend. Applications are due April 5, 2009.

Events

33. Developing Your Institution's Climate Action Plan – Pre-Conf Workshop
April 5, 2009; U Maryland College Park
The American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment will host a pre-conference workshop at the 2009 Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference entitled, "Developing Your Institution's Climate Action Plan – Evaluating the Carbon Reduction Efficacy of Different Mitigation Strategies." The workshop, will guide participants who have completed their greenhouse gas inventories in evaluating the cost/MTCO2e of various carbon reduction strategies to assist them in developing their Climate Action Plans. Presenters will include Toni Nelson - AASHE's Climate Programs Manager, Jenn Andrews of Clean Air-Cool Plant, Michael Kempa from Honeywell, and Scott Lupin and Heather Lair from the University of Maryland's Office of Sustainability.

34. Understanding Sustainable Dining Options Webcast
April 15, 2009; 1 – 3pm Eastern
Academic Impressions will host "Understanding Sustainable Dining Options, a webcast that will teach participants how a dining services manager can begin to assess opportunities and implement change to become more sustainable. Topics to be discussed include defining sustainable dining, understanding the key categories of sustainable Food Service, evaluating the levels of sustainable food to decide what is right for your campus, and developing a test site for better execution. Instructors include John Turenne, President and Founder of Sustainable Food Systems, and Owen Moore, the New York University Dining Services Director.

35. AASHE Open Space Conf Call: The Role of the System in Sustainability
April 16, 2009; 3:30 – 5pm EST, AASHE Open Space Conference Call Line
Corey Hawkey, the Sustainability Projects Coordinator for the Ohio Board of Regents, and Sonia Marcus, the Sustainability Coordinator at Ohio University, will host an open space conference call entitled, "The Role of the System in Sustainability: An Introduction to the Concept of Sustainability in the Systems Office." The call will serve as a mechanism for individuals working on or interested in working on sustainability at the systems level to meet one another and to address the question, "What is the role of the system in sustainability"? Participants will hear a few ideas from individuals currently working on sustainability in their system office.

36. Lean and Green: The Sustainability Path in a Tough Economy
May 27-29, 2009; Boston, MA
Academic Impressions will host "Lean and Green: The Sustainability Path in a Tough Economy," a conference that will offer sustainability coordinators and those charged with organizing sustainability efforts across campus the skills to create a roadmap for promoting a culture of sustainability on campus. The conference will teach participants how to develop and increase sustainability efforts, think and plan strategically for carbon neutrality, develop creative financing strategies for sustainability initiatives, implement innovative strategies for engaging students, faculty, and staff, and track the progress of sustainability efforts on campus.

37. ACPA Institute on Sustainability
June 11-13, 2009; Harvard U; Cambridge, MA
The second annual ACPA Institute on Sustainability will again bring together students, staff, and faculty from colleges and universities across the country who are committed to sustainability. The goal of the institute is to provide individuals and institution teams with a plethora of knowledge about sustainability so that they can return to their campuses prepared to contribute to the development of sustainable policies and practices and the education of campus community members. Participants will have the opportunity to hear from some of the leading sustainability scholars and practitioners; explore promising practices from campuses across the country; and develop a framework and actionable goals that can be taken back to campus and integrated into the core of the institution. Topics will include renewable energies technologies, and funding; creating regional consortiums; green building and renovation; integrating sustainability into the fabric of campus; assessing student learning; and sustainability and student activism. Regular registration ends June 4, 2009.

38. Environmental Education Conference
October 7-10, 2009; Portland, OR
The North American Association for Environmental Education invites participants to The Power of Partnerships: Creative Leadership in Environmental Education. Registration will open June 1, 2009. Speakers will include Charles Jordan, Director of the Conservation Fund's Board of Directors; Peter Donaldson, creator of the one-man touring production "Salmonpeople;" Ruth McCully, Director of the EPA's Office of Children's Health and Protection and Environmental Education; Elizabeth Kilvert, Research and Strategy Advisor for Environment Canada; and Salvador Morelos Ochoa, Head of the Center of Education and Training for Sustainability Development in Mexico. The conference will also include "A Sense of Wonder," a play based on the life and works of Rachel Carson, written and performed by Kaiulani Lee.

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