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Table of Contents for 4/20/09:

NEWS
Buildings 1. Centre College Dorm Receives LEED Gold
2. Yale Opens Green Academic Building
3. British Columbia Campuses Receive Funding for Green Infrastructure
4. Massachusetts Institute of Technology Installs Rooftop Garden
5. Worchester Polytechnic Institute Building Receives Green Award
Curriculum 6. Delta College to Offer Degree in Wind Turbine Technology
7. Terra CC to Offer Wind Power Certificate
Dining Services 8. Washington U St. Louis Switches to Fair Trade Bananas
Energy 9. U Maryland Signs Energy Performance Contract
10. William Penn U Receives $340K Rebate for Energy Conservation
Grounds 11. Bronx CC Plants 94 Trees
Policy and Legislation 12. British Columbia Gov't Passes GHG Reduction Targets Act
Sustainability Institutionalization 13. Central College Announces Ctr for Global Sustainability Education
Transportation 14. U California Los Angeles Prof to Build Hydrogen Fueling Station
15. Virginia Tech to Bring Car Share Program to Campus
16. Portland State U Receives $200 K for Bike Cooperative
17. U at Albany Receives Grant to Study Campus Commute Patterns
Waste 18. Davidson College Begins Large-Scale Composting
19. Medical U of South Carolina Switches to E-Faxes
20. Seattle U Seeks to Reduce Food Waste
21. College of William & Mary Switches to Recycled Paper
Other News 22. RecycleMania Winners Announced; 510 Compete
23. Chill Out Winners Announced

NEW RESOURCES
24. New Book: Boldly Sustainable
25. AASHE Interview Series: Terry Link, ED of Greater Lansing Food Bank
26. UMACS Launches Website for Midwest Campus Sustainability Profiles

OPPORTUNITIES
27. AASHE Student Sustainability Leadership Award
28. College Sustainability Report Card Announces Opt-In Initiative
29. Opportunity to Attend UN Climate Negotiations
30. Mario Savio Young Activist Award
31. Four Course Sequence in Sustainable Business
32. Undergrad Farm Intensive Summer Program

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
33. Dir, Sustainability & Energy Mgmt, Mount Wachusett CC
34. Senior Prgm Associate, Green Campus, Alliance to Save Energy
35. Campus Field Coordinator, National Wildlife Federation
36. Post-Doctoral Fellow, Env'l Science & Studies, Spelman College
37. Adjunct Instructor, Sustainability, Waubonsee CC
38. Grad Assistantships, Urban Sustainability Initiative, U Nevada Las Vegas

EVENTS
39. CFP: Greening of the Campus VIII: Embracing Change – Deadline April 24
40. Webinar on the Role of Community Colleges in Preparing a Greener Workforce
41. Webinar: Building our Nation's Green Collar Workforce
42. Webinar: Organizational Leadership and Climate Change
43. Green School & University Virtual Conference and Expo

News

Buildings

1. Centre College Dorm Receives LEED Gold
Centre College's (KY) Pearl Hall has received LEED Gold certification. The residence hall features a variable irrigation system, which eliminates the need for permanent and constant use of water for irrigation; low-flow shower heads, lavatories, and sinks and dual-flush toilets; controllability of lighting, heating and cooling; recycling containers throughout the building; front-loading washing machines; high recycled content and regional materials within the structure of the building; and a geothermal heating and cooling system. The building opened in August 2008 and is the first building in Kentucky to receive Gold certification.
See also: List of Green Residence Halls (AASHE members only)

2. Yale Opens Green Academic Building
Yale University (CT) has opened Kroon Hall, an academic building designed to use 50 percent less energy than a comparably sized building. The $33.5 million building, which will house the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, is expected to achieve LEED Platinum certification. The 56,467 square foot structure features red oak from the University's own sustainably harvest forests, and east-west orientation, natural daylighting, light and occupancy sensors, a 100 kW rooftop solar array, geothermal heating and cooling, and a rainwater-harvesting system.

3. British Columbia Campuses Receive Funding for Green Infrastructure
Several campuses in British Columbia have received funding from the federal and provincial governments for green building upgrades. University of Northern British Columbia will receive a $21.7 million investment to build a plant that will use waste wood as biofuel and upgrade the campus's heating and cooling equipment and machinery. College of New Caledonia's Prince George campus will receive $19.75 million to renovate some spaces within the John A Brink Centre, and to replace an existing 48-year-old trades training building with a new technical education centre building with sustainable systems that lowers energy consumption and creates more room for trades trainees. Another $9.9 million will build Phase 2 of CNC's North Cariboo Community Campus in Quesnel, which opened in 2006. The University of British Columbia will receive $65 million to renovate research facilities and classrooms originally built more than 50 years ago with sustainable features. The Geoexchange System at UBC Okanagan, which uses groundwater from under the campus to heat and cool buildings, will receive an additional $2.9 million to make the campus emissions-free by 2010. Additionally, the British Columbia Institute of Technology has received $39.1 million to renovate a building on its Burnaby campus. The Campus Gateway Building project will include energy efficiency upgrades such as a micro-electricity grid that harnesses alternative energy sources.
See also: UBC Press Release
See also: BCIT Press Release

4. Massachusetts Institute of Technology Installs Rooftop Garden
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has installed a garden atop its West Garage. The garden will contain vegetables, flowers, and herbs, and is part of a pilot program in urban sustainable agriculture.

5. Worchester Polytechnic Institute Building Receives Green Award
Worcester Polytechnic Institute's (MA) newest residence hall, East Hall, has been named a Green Building of America Award winner and will be featured in the upcoming Northeast 2009-10 edition of Real Estate & Construction Review: Green Success Stories, published by Construction Communications. East Hall features a green roof, white roofing, natural daylighting, bike storage, and 12 dedicated parking spaces for hybrid or alternative fuel vehicles. The award's goal is to publicize and showcase team members that contribute to helping the environment.

Curriculum

6. Delta College to Offer Degree in Wind Turbine Technology
Delta College (MI) has announced plans to offer a two-year degree in wind turbine technology. The new Associate's Degree has been approved by the College's Board of Trustees.

7. Terra CC to Offer Wind Power Certificate
Terra Community College (OH) has announced plans to offer a new Wind Power Technology Certificate starting in the fall of 2009. The new program will require 21 credits, and classes will include DC Circuits, Electronics, Electricity, Power Electronics, AC/DC Machines, Electrical Codes and Prints, Safety, Hydraulics, Fundamentals of Wind Energy, and OSHA Standards: Wind Energy.

Dining Services

8. Washington U St. Louis Switches to Fair Trade Bananas
Washington University in St. Louis (MO) has switched to fair trade certified bananas on campus. The University serves approximately 400 pounds of bananas each day.

Energy

9. U Maryland Signs Energy Performance Contract
The University of Maryland has signed a $20 million energy performance contract with Johnson Controls to save nearly $30 million in energy costs and 4,100 tons of carbon dioxide emissions over the course of 15 years. Through the performance contract, Johnson Controls will implement a variety of energy conservation and facility improvement measures including lighting upgrades, building envelope improvements, and HVAC and water upgrades. The project also proposes to deliver energy education, awareness, and green communications through programs focused on educating the university’s employees on energy efficiency at work and home as well as the environmental impact of their actions.
See also: News Channel 8 article

10. William Penn U Receives $340K Rebate for Energy Conservation (link no longer available)
William Penn University (IA) has received $340,700 in energy conservation incentives from MidAmerican Energy. The University received the rebates for installing geothermal heating and cooling systems and energy efficient lighting packages with control system in two recent construction projects on campus.

Grounds

11. Bronx CC Plants 94 Trees
Bronx Community College (NY) has planted 94 trees on its campus as part of a larger New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) program known as Greening the Bronx. NYSERDA, on behalf of New York City, is administering the $10 million Urban Reforestation project over ten years as part of a large-scale tree planting program and evaluation.

Policy and Legislation

12. British Columbia Gov't Passes GHG Reduction Targets Act
British Columbia's provincial government has passed the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets Act, Bill 44, establishing a target for all public-sector organizations, including public colleges and universities, to be net carbon-neutral by 2010. Campuses and others must also achieve specific emission-reduction targets, including reducing total emissions by 33 percent from 2007 levels by 2020 and by 80 percent by 2050. To meet this goal, Simon Frasier University plans to reduce its emissions as much as possible and then purchase carbon offsets for all remaining emissions.

Sustainability Institutionalization

13. Central College Announces Ctr for Global Sustainability Education
Central College (IA) has announced the creation of a Center for Global Sustainability Education to be housed in the College’s new green education/psychology building scheduled to open in the fall. The center will house SUSTAIN, the Central College campus sustainability working group that provides resources and support for students and volunteers working on sustainability projects and community-based service-learning. The Prairie Project, the main ongoing initiative of the new center, will provide professional training and sustainability curriculum development support for area teachers and community partners.

Transportation

14. U California Los Angeles Prof to Build Hydrogen Fueling Station
Vasilios Manousiouthakis, a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, has received $2.1 million in grant funding to build a hydrogen fueling station on campus. The fueling station will have the capacity to produce 140 kilograms of hydrogen per day for use in hydrogen-powered vehicles. The station, which will be available for use by the public, will be run by UCLA Engineering's Hydrogen Engineering Research Consortium

15. Virginia Tech to Bring Car Share Program to Campus
Virginia Tech has announced plans to bring U Car Share, a car sharing program, to campus this summer. The program will allow students, staff, and faculty access to cars 24/7. U Car Share will provide six EPA SmartWay certified vehicles, a Toyota Prius, Honda Civic Hybrid, Ford Focus, Toyota Yaris, Mini Cooper, and a Ford F-150. The vehicles will be parked at four different locations near classes, residence halls, and the Squires Student Center. Membership will be free to the campus community for a limited time, and participants of VT's Commuter Alternative Program will be able to join for free all year round.
See also: List of Campus Car-sharing Programs (AASHE members only)

16. Portland State U Receives $200 K for Bike Cooperative
Portland State University (OR) has received donations of $150,000 and $50,000 toward its bicycle cooperative. The $150,000 donation is intended to help fund the construction of bicycle parking facilities on campus, and the $50,000 donation will be used to upgrade the program's current facilities. The new space will create between 1,500 and 2,000 square feet of indoor bicycle parking.

17. U at Albany Receives Grant to Study Campus Commute Patterns
The University at Albany has received a $97,290 grant from New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) to identify commuter vehicle patterns of students, faculty, and staff and research alternative modes of transportation. The University will evaluate transportation flow to and from campus in an effort to reduce vehicle miles traveled and greenhouse gas emissions, as well as develop new transit recommendations. The University's Office of Environmental Sustainability along with Associate Professor Kate Lawson, Geography and Planning Department, will examine surveys to find out how people get to work. Researchers will study campus community awareness of alternative transportation, as well as identify clusters of commuters for potential car pooling opportunities. The 18-month study is expected to be completed in fall 2010.

Waste

18. Davidson College Begins Large-Scale Composting
Davidson College (NC) has begun composting campus dining hall food and yard wastes. Batches of the accumulated waste will be composted in approximately 6 days using a newly purchased commercial-grade rotating drum built specifically for composting. The compost produced by the drum will then be added to campus gardens and flowerbeds after it matures for three to six months. The College hopes to reduce food waste by up to 50 percent once the project is fully operational.
See also: List of Campus Composting Programs (AASHE members only)

19. Medical U of South Carolina Switches to E-Faxes
The Medical University of South Carolina has switched from paper to electronic faxes in an effort to conserve energy and paper consumption. The new effort has reduced the University's monthly paper usage by 60,000 sheets.

20. Seattle U Seeks to Reduce Food Waste (link no longer available)
Seattle University (WA) has begun using a new scale and touch-screen monitor to keep track of the amount and types of food waste in its dining halls. The system allows dining hall staff to monitor their food waste, and provides incentives to encourage the employees to reduce the amount of waste they produce when preparing food.

21. College of William & Mary Switches to Recycled Paper
The College of William and Mary (VA) has switched to 75 percent recycled content paper. The new paper is also acid free and has 35 percent post-consumer content.

Other News

22. RecycleMania Winners Announced; 510 Compete
RecycleMania has announced the winners of its 2009 competition in which 510 institutions in the United States and Canada competed to reduce, reuse, and recycle the most campus waste. California State University, San Marcos is the 2009 Grand Champion. In addition, North Lake College (TX) won the Waste Minimization contest, McNeese State University (LA) won the Stephen K Gaski Per Capita Classic and for Corrugated Cardboard, Rutgers University (NJ) won the Gorilla Prize, Stephens College (MO) won for Paper, Kalamazoo College (MI) won for Bottles & Cans, and Bard College (NY) won for Food Service Organics. In all, 4.7 million students and 1.1 million faculty and staff collectively recycled or composted just over 69.4 million pounds of waste over ten weeks.

23. Chill Out Winners Announced
The National Wildlife Federation has announced the eight winners of its annual competition, Chill Out: Campus Solutions to Global Warming. The Chill Out competition seeks to honor and promote U.S campuses that are advancing creative solutions to global warming. The Massachusetts Maritime Academy was the Grand Prize Winner. Other winners include the Chancellor's Office of the California State University system, California State University, Northridge, Humboldt State University (CA), Middlebury College (VT), Oberlin College (OH), Longwood University (VA), and the University of California, San Diego. The winners were announced during a live webcast.
See also: Chronicle of Higher Ed Blog Post

New Resources

24. 'New Book: Boldly Sustainable'
Peter Bardaglio and Andrea Putman have published, Boldly Sustainable: Hope and Opportunity for Higher Education in the Age of Climate Change. The book examines how colleges and universities can leverage their commitment to sustainability to not only save money and have a positive impact on the environment, but also to carve out a distinctive niche in the marketplace. Citing real world examples of innovative solutions in higher education, Bardaglio and Putman illustrate how building a culture of sustainability through creative leadership, a signature curriculum, connecting the classroom and campus operations, and reaching out to the surrounding community can help institutions to distinguish themselves from the pack, bolster their value proposition, and enhance organizational effectiveness. They explain why sustainability makes sense even in tough economic times. The book is geared to both newcomers and experienced practitioners.

25. AASHE Interview Series: Terry Link, ED of Greater Lansing Food Bank
AASHE has posted a new installment of its sustainability leaders Interview Series. The latest interview is with Terry Link, founder and former Director of Campus Sustainability at Michigan State University and current Executive Director of the Greater Lansing Food Bank. In the interview, Link discusses how he got started working on campus sustainability issues, the areas in which he sees the biggest room for growth in the campus sustainability field, and how he is incorporating the social dimensions of sustainability into his work.

26. UMACS Launches Website for Midwest Campus Sustainability Profiles
The Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability (UMACS) has launched a new website with the intention of facilitating greater sharing of information between Midwest colleges and universities. The new site allows users to create a campus sustainability profile for their school, upload information on sustainability projects on their campus, and add events to the UMACS calendar.
See also: UMACS Campus Profiles

Opportunities

27. AASHE Student Sustainability Leadership Award
AASHE is now accepting applications for the 2009 Student Sustainability Leadership Award, to be presented at the Greening of the Campus VIII Conference (Sept. 20-23 in Indianapolis, IN). The Student Sustainability Leadership Award honors an undergraduate student from an AASHE member institution who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in promoting campus sustainability. Applications are due July 1, 2008. The Student Sustainability Leadership Award includes a $750 prize. In addition, the winner will be featured in Sustainability: The Journal of Record.

28. College Sustainability Report Card Announces Opt-In Initiative
This year, the Sustainable Endowments Institute is offering the opportunity for all institutions of higher education in the United States and Canada to be included in the next College Sustainability Report Card. SEI is requesting a $700 donation from institutions that opt-in. Schools already included in the Report Card will also be asked to contribute the same amount this year. Grant assistance is available to schools that have a demonstrated need. Applications must be received by May 8, 2009.

29. Opportunity to Attend UN Climate Negotiations
Agents of Change is now accepting applications to join the SustainUS youth delegation to the fifteenth session of the Conference of the Parties to the Climate Change Convention and fifth meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (COP15 and COP/MOP5), which will be in Copenhagen, Denmark from December 7-18, 2009. Applicants should be between the ages of 18 and 26 as of December 2009 and either be a US citizen or study or work in the US for more than six months by December 2009. Applications are due June 1, 2009.

30. Mario Savio Young Activist Award
The Mario Savio Memorial Lecture Fund invites nominations for its Young Activist Award. The award is presented each year to a person under the age of 26 with a deep commitment to human rights and social justice and a proven ability to transform this commitment into effective action. The recipients should have demonstrated leadership ability, creativity, and integrity. The $6,000 cash award is divided equally between the individual recipient and an organization of his/her choosing. Nominations are due June 30, 2009.

31. Four Course Sequence in Sustainable Business
The University of Vermont's Institute for Global Sustainability is offering a four course sequence in Sustainable Business practices this summer. The program consists of three one week intensive courses in Burlington, VT that are focused on Social Entrepreneurship, Sustainable Business, and Collaborative Management. The fourth course, Ecological Economics is offered online. Registration is now available.

32. Undergrad Farm Intensive Summer Program
The University of Vermont's Institute for Global Sustainability, in partnership with the Plant & Soil Science Department, has developed a four week, on farm intensive summer program in Burlington, VT. The undergraduate program consists of three integrated classes (8 credits total) where students will learn first-hand about science-based nutrient management as an essential aspect of sustainable farming. The focus of this cluster of classes is sustaining soil fertility, composting wastes, and reducing farm-source pollution. Registration is now available.

Jobs & Internships

33. Dir, Sustainability & Energy Mgmt, Mount Wachusett CC
Mount Wachusett Community College (MA) seeks a Director of Sustainability and Energy Management to lead the effort to develop a Campus Sustainability Plan which will include a comprehensive set of goals covering Operations, Teaching, Research, and Outreach. The individual will work closely with other campus stakeholders to ensure that environmental stewardship is integrated, aligned with, and supportive of the overall goals and objectives of the College. A Master's degree in a relevant field is required, and at least three years of related experience is preferred. Applications are due April 28, 2009.

34. Senior Prgm Associate, Green Campus, Alliance to Save Energy
The Alliance to Save Energy is seeking a full-time Senior Program Associate to assist with development and implementation of the brand new California Community College Green Campus Program out of the Los Angeles Community College District office in Los Angeles, CA. The Senior Program Associate should have exceptionally strong written and oral communication skills, along with experience in developing programs, managing projects, speaking in public, and facilitating meetings. Experience working for campus sustainability initiatives is desirable, as is a familiarity with both energy efficiency technologies and the California Community College system. A Bachelor's degree is required. Preference will be given to candidates who can begin working in May 2009.

35. Campus Field Coordinator, National Wildlife Federation
The National Wildlife Federation is seeking a regional Campus Field Coordinator. This person will be responsible for building regional campus climate action networks to support campuses taking action to reduce their carbon footprint; organizing and mobilizing students and others in higher education to support strong climate policies at a local and national level; conducting individual site visits and presenting at regional and national conferences related to campus climate action and sustainability; and providing input and feedback on technical resources developed to support the goals of the regional climate networks. Candidates should have at least 3 years of related experience. The position is based in Atlanta, Georgia.

36. Post-Doctoral Fellow, Env'l Science & Studies, Spelman College
Spelman College (GA) is seeking a Post-Doctoral Fellow of Environmental Science and Studies. The successful candidate will be expected to restructure, develop, and teach new courses; serve as an advisor to students; and work to promote an effective interdisciplinary environmental science and studies program for the college. Candidates should have a Ph.D. in Energy and Environmental Policy. The position is open until filled.

37. Adjunct Instructor, Sustainability, Waubonsee CC
Waubonsee Community College (IL) seeks an Adjunct Instructor of Sustainability. S/he will be responsible for educating students about sustainability, with a focus on climate change, fuel, renewable energy, agriculture, conserving water, poverty, and wealth. The successful candidate will also help students calculate carbon footprints and explore solutions for the future. A Master's degree in Sustainability, Earth Science, Environmental Biology, or Environmental Health is required, and two years of teaching experience at the community college level is preferred. The position is open until filled.

38. Grad Assistantships, Urban Sustainability Initiative, U Nevada Las Vegas
The University of Nevada, Las Vegas is seeking Graduate Assistants for its Urban Sustainability Initiative. The GAs may pursue a program of study associated with any facet of sustainability and will have the opportunity to work closely with faculty in their major program as well as the Office of Urban Sustainability Initiatives to research and promote sustainability topics. Applicants must be admitted to graduate standing or in the process of applying to a UNLV graduate program. The deadline to apply is May 1, 2009.

Events

39. CFP: Greening of the Campus VIII: Embracing Change – Deadline April 24
September 20 -23; 2009; Indianapolis, IN
Ball State University (IN) and AASHE have announced a Call for Papers for Greening of the Campus VIII: Embracing Change. Abstracts for conference papers, posters, workshops, panels, forums, special activities, and pre- or post-conference events are invited. Topics may range from the practical day-to-day management of the physical plant to green curriculum development and green utilization of campus resources. The deadline for submissions has been extended to April 24, 2009.

40. Webinar on the Role of Community Colleges in Preparing a Greener Workforce
April 23, 2009; 2 – 3:30pm Eastern; Online
The National Wildlife Federation, The American Association of Community Colleges, Jobs for the Future, and Partnership for Environmental Technology and Education will host a webinar entitled "Summer Green Jobs Training and Funding" as part of its new webinar series on the role of community colleges and other campuses in preparing a greener workforce for a new, clean energy economy. Featured topics will include stimulus funding channels for youth, three community college models for youth workforce development programs, and an open discussion with national partners and call attendees on summer youth workforce funds.

41. Webinar: Building our Nation's Green Collar Workforce
April 30, 2009; 1pm Eastern; Online
NACUBO will host "Building our Nation's Green Collar Workforce," a webinar during which participants will hear three community college perspectives that focus on how an institution can establish itself as a leader of the "green movement" within its community, state, and region; what to consider when developing financially sound “road maps” to address energy management and conservation needs; and when and where to focus “green collar” workforce training programs – considering four key elements in a curricular framework. While the program's focus is on community college efforts, all institution types are invited to participate.

42. Webinar: Organizational Leadership and Climate Change
May 5, 2009; 1 – 2pm Eastern; Online
InterfaceFLOR will host a webinar entitled, "Organizational Leadership and Climate Change" through which participants will learn how universities and colleges can create buy-in for their climate neutral goals and generate community involvement and support. Participants will discuss strategies for inspiring active engagement in a campus' climate neutral journey. Presenters will include George C. Bandy Jr, Vice President of Sustainable Strategy for InterfaceFLOR, and Nadine Gudz, Manager of Sustainable Strategy for InterfaceFLOR Canada.

43. Green School & University Virtual Conference and Expo
June 24, 2009; 10:30am – 6pm Eastern; Online
American School & University invite participants to "Green School & University: A Virtual Conference & Expo," a free event dedicated to green/sustainable practices in education institutions. Participants will learn about green design and planning, green buildings, and green cleaning and operation.