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Table of Contents for 5/25/09:

NEWS
Buildings 1. U Florida Football Complex Receives LEED Platinum
2. U California Santa Barbara Housing Complex receives LEED Gold
3. U California Santa Cruz Building Awarded LEED Silver
4. Oregon State U Opens Green Building
5. Bethel U Installs Green Roof
Curriculum 6. U Wisconsin Extension Creates Online Sustainability Mgmt Degree
7. Macomb CC Announces Renewable Energy Certificate
8. Lafayette College Creates Film on Campus Sustainability Project
Energy 9. U New Hampshire Completes Landfill Gas-to-Energy Project
10. U Calgary Receives Funding for Cogen Plant, Energy Upgrades
11. Northwestern U Commits to Green IT, Improves Data Ctr Efficiency
12. Case Western Reserve U to Pilot New Energy Reduction Technologies
13. U Oregon Installs Electricity Generating Fitness Machines
14. Colgate U Plants Biomass Farm
Grounds 15. Central Piedmont CC Campuses Certified as Wildlife Habitat
Public Engagement 16. U Buffalo to Support Local Clean Energy Companies
Research 17. Arizona State U Partners to Advance Solar Technology
18. U Tennessee to Host State Solar Institute
Sustainability Institutionalization 19. Pepperdine U Launches Center for Sustainability
20. U Illinois Chicago Signs Talloires Declaration
21. Benedictine U Joins Illinois Sustainability University Compact
Sustainability Staffing 22. U Texas Austin Hires Sustainability Director
Transportation 23. Middlebury College Funds Carbon Reduction Initiatives with Parking Fee
24. 2 Indiana Campuses to Receive Shuttle Service
Waste 25. Kansas State U Begins Composting Project
26. Maharishi U Mgmt Receives Recycling Grant
Other News 27. U Wisconsin Oshkosh Cancels Plans to Bring KFC to Campus

OPPORTUNITIES
28. Call for Green Curriculum Articles
29. AASHE Student Sustainability Leadership Award

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
30. Sustainability Coordinator, U Memphis
31. Postdoctoral Fellow, Sustainability, U South Carolina
32. Energy Conservation Outreach Specialist, Office of Sustainability, Portland State U
33. Asst/Assoc Prof, Env'l Policy, Sir Wilfred Grenfell College

EVENTS
34. Green Dining Webinar
35. Lean and Green: The Sustainability Path in a Tough Economy
36. Promoting & Marketing Alternative Transportation Options Webcast
37. Conference on Sustainable Laboratories

News

Buildings

1. U Florida Football Complex Receives LEED Platinum
The University of Florida's Heavener Football Complex has received LEED Platinum certification. The $28 million complex includes offices, conference rooms, an atrium, and weight-training facilities. The facility’s energy-saving features exceed state and national standards requirements by 35 percent and include low-e glazing on glass, insulation, and reflective materials, which make the heating and air conditioning systems more efficient. The structure also contains energy-efficient lighting and light sensors that turn off automatically when the room is empty; a system for analyzing future energy use; light-colored roofing and concrete pavement on the plaza to keep temperatures lower in and around the building; low flow fixtures, dual-flush toilets, and water-saving shower heads; and a green roof. Additionally, one hundred percent of the building's irrigation is reclaimed water, and native plants combined with non-evaporating sprinklers allow the landscaping to use 50 percent less water. The complex is the first building in Florida and the first athletic facility in the nation to achieve LEED Platinum status.

2. U California Santa Barbara Housing Complex receives LEED Gold
The University of California, Santa Barbara's San Clemente Villages graduate student housing complex has been awarded LEED Gold certification. San Clemente Villages features four separate apartment buildings with 973 beds in 325 one-, two-, and four-bedroom apartments. The structure, which was completed in fall 2008, is believed to be the largest LEED-certified housing facility on any college or university campus in the country.
See also: List of Green Residence Halls (AASHE members only)

3. U California Santa Cruz Building Awarded LEED Silver
The University of California, Santa Cruz's Engineering 2 building has been awarded LEED Silver certification. The structure, which was completed in 2004, is cleaned with environmentally friendly products, saves 276,000 kW of electricity and 17,000 therms of natural gas annually compared to a similar conventional building, and features trees planted nearby to replace those cut down during construction.

4. Oregon State U Opens Green Building
Oregon State University has opened the newly renovated Kearney Hall. The structure, which houses the civil and construction engineering programs, is registered for LEED Silver certification.

5. Bethel U Installs Green Roof
Bethel University (MN) has installed a green roof on its Brushaber Commons building. The roof is covered with approximately 4,000 square feet of sedum.

Curriculum

6. U Wisconsin Extension Creates Online Sustainability Mgmt Degree
The University of Wisconsin-Extension has created an online Sustainable Management Bachelor's degree, a program designed to provide students with the management skills needed to lead sustainable business strategy. The 63-credit BS degree, which is only available to students who have completed an Associate's degree or the first two years of a Bachelor's degree, is an interdisciplinary program that helps students gain a broad understanding of the ways in which business systems, natural systems, and social systems intersect. The curriculum includes courses in Environmental Studies, Triple Bottom Line Accounting, Natural Resource Management, Information Systems, Logistics, Supply Chain Management, and Sustainability.
See also: UW Extension BS in Sustainable Management homepage
See also: List of Undergraduate Business Programs in Sustainability

7. Macomb CC Announces Renewable Energy Certificate
Macomb Community College (MI) has announced a Renewable Energy Certificate to be launched in fall 2009. Students in the new program will study wind, solar, biomass, geo-thermal and hydrogen fuel cell in a 15 credit hour sequence that can stand alone or be woven into a students’ associate degree program.
See also: MCC Renewable Energy Certificate homepage

8. Lafayette College Creates Film on Campus Sustainability Project
Students and faculty at Lafayette College (PA) have created Dig the Earth, a feature length film documenting the College's Corn on the Quad sustainability project and the academic and cultural issues the project explores. Corn on the Quad was a companion project to the Fall 2008 first-year students’ orientation reading of Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma. The project consisted of three plots of corn planted by students, faculty, and staff at the center of campus. Students in a film theory and practice course worked as production assistants and creative consultants on the 45 minute film. The students operated camera and editing equipment, conducted on camera interviews, edited footage, and reviewed and critiqued other students’ work. The film was director by the students' professor, Andrew Smith. Smith plans to show the film at film festivals and to pitch it to PBS.
See also: 'Dig the Earth' Trailer

Energy

9. U New Hampshire Completes Landfill Gas-to-Energy Project
The University of New Hampshire has completed a project that uses purified methane gas from a nearby landfill to power its five million square-foot campus. UNH will receive up to 85 percent of its electricity and heat from the gas, making it the first university in the US to use landfill gas as its primary fuel source. After the gas is purified and compressed in a processing plant at a nearby landfill, it travels through a 12.7-mile-pipeline to UNH’s cogeneration plant, where it will replace commercial natural gas as the primary fuel source.

10. U Calgary Receives Funding for Cogen Plant, Energy Upgrades
The University of Calgary (AB) has received $29.8 million from the Federal and Provincial Governments to support the construction of an energy efficiency cogeneration plant and a campus-wide energy performance program that will convert an ageing heating and cooling plant into a 12-15 megawatt cogeneration facility. The new system will generate electricity from natural gas and capture the waste heat to be used in buildings across campus. It is expected to result in $3.5 million in cost savings on energy bills per year and reduce the University’s carbon dioxide emissions by 80,000 tonnes per year when it comes online by the end of 2011.

11. Northwestern U Commits to Green IT, Improves Data Ctr Efficiency
Northwestern University's (IL) Information Technology (NUIT) department has created a Green Technology Commitment Statement, officially promising to guide efforts toward best practices in reducing energy consumption through power management, disposing of e-waste in an environmentally friendly manner, and encouraging the use of emerging communication technologies for environmental campaigns. As part of the commitment, NUIT has announced an initiative to virtualize university administrative services located in NUIT Data Centers to improve development, deployment, and disaster recovery functions while decreasing power consumption and increasing operational uptime.
See also: NUIT Green Commitment

12. Case Western Reserve U to Pilot New Energy Reduction Technologies
Case Western Reserve University (OH) has announced plans to pilot Cisco's new building energy use reduction technology in its biomedical Wolstein Research Building and in one of its largest residence halls. The initiative, known as Connected Real Estate project, aims to reduce energy costs and carbon emissions.

13. U Oregon Installs Electricity Generating Fitness Machines
The University of Oregon has installed 15 elliptical machines in its Student Recreation Center that generate electricity while in use. An average half-hour workout on the fitness machine produces enough electricity to power a laptop computer for one hour. The product, known as ReCardio, captures and diverts the kinetic energy normally produced by exercise and given off as heat to an inverter that changes the energy into the alternating current that's used in the electrical grid. The University plans to add five more energy generating machines in the near future.
See also: Associated Press Article

14. Colgate U Plants Biomass Farm
Colgate University (NY) has planted a new 7 ½ acre willow biomass farm that will help to heat its campus. Depending on the soil, weather, and overall conditions, CU's planting of 60,000 8-inch shrub willow shoots should yield about 900 dry tons of biomass over a 20-year period. The biomass farm was funded by a gift from the Class of 2008.

Grounds

15. Central Piedmont CC Campuses Certified as Wildlife Habitat
The National Wildlife Federation has certified all six Central Piedmont Community College (NC) campuses as Certified Wildlife Habitat sites. NWF officials believe that accomplishment makes CPCC the first multi-campus community college in the country to certify the grounds of all its campus locations. To become a Certified Wildlife Habitat, spaces must include four essential elements: food, water, cover and places to raise young. Over the past two years, the CPCC community has collaborated to reach this goal on all six campuses; CPCC’s Harper Campus, became the sixth and final campus to receive certification in March 2009. In addition, CPCC’s Presidential Cabinet awarded its Center for Sustainability six $2,000 innovation grants to help each campus create and maintain its own unique wildlife habitat.

Public Engagement

16. U Buffalo to Support Local Clean Energy Companies
The University at Buffalo has received a $1.5 million grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to establish a clean energy business incubator program that will provide business support to accelerate the successful development of early-stage, clean energy technology companies in Western New York. UB's program, Directed Energy, is designed to utilize the technical expertise of scientists and engineers at the University with the business development skills of the University's Technology Incubator in order to foster clean energy companies and job growth in Western New York. The Directed Energy program also will develop curricula to better prepare university students for the green economy and to help companies provide quality continuing education to employees. Alfred University is a partner of the program.

Research

17. Arizona State U Partners to Advance Solar Technology
Arizona State University has partnered with Advent Solar, a solar technology company, to develop solutions for improving energy harvesting of solar systems. ASU and Advent Solar will collaborate to develop solar technology based upon an integrated cell-to-module architecture that delivers higher energy efficiency at lower production costs.

18. U Tennessee to Host State Solar Institute
The University of Tennessee has announced plans to join Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Tennessee Valley Authority as a partner in Governor Phil Bredesen's proposed Volunteer State Solar Initiative. UT and ORNL will be home to The Tennessee Solar Institute, one of two projects in the proposed initiative subject to U.S. Department of Energy approval. The Tennessee Solar Institute would receive $31 million to focus on basic research to improve solar product affordability and efficiency.

Sustainability Institutionalization

19. Pepperdine U Launches Center for Sustainability
Pepperdine University (CA) has announced the creation of the Center for Sustainability. The new Center, which has also launched a new website, seeks to advance sustainability at Pepperdine through the implementation of sustainable measures, the communication of successes and challenges, and the education of the university community. The Center for Sustainability has already implemented several new initiatives including switching to all recycled paper towels, biodegradable to-go ecotainers in cafeterias, and composting of food waste. Other new efforts include the availability of rental cars through Hertz Car Sharing and expanded e-waste recycling and battery collection.
See also: Pepperdine CFS Website
See also: List of Campuses' Sustainability Websites (AASHE members only)

20. U Illinois Chicago Signs Talloires Declaration
The University of Illinois at Chicago has signed the Talloires Declaration. By signing this international declaration, UIC commits to implement a 10-point action plan to incorporate sustainability and environmental literacy into its teaching, research, operations and outreach.

21. Benedictine U Joins Illinois Sustainability University Compact
Benedictine University has joined the Illinois Sustainable University Compact, an organization of universities and community colleges across Illinois which, in conjunction with the Illinois Green Government Coordination Council, is committed to creating a greener, healthier environment. In joining the Compact, BU has agreed to such objectives as purchasing renewable energy, implementing green building practices, developing sustainable transportation options, improving water conservation efforts, and incorporating sustainable dining practices.

Sustainability Staffing

22. U Texas Austin Hires Sustainability Director
The University of Texas at Austin has appointed Jim Walker as its first Director of Sustainability. In his new position, Walker will be part of the University's Campus Planning and Facilities Management unit. He will work closely with the President's Task Force on Sustainability and plans to meet frequently with on-campus and off-campus stakeholders to identify existing sustainability efforts and opportunities for collaboration. Walker will assume his new position full-time by August 1, 2009.
See also: Director of Campus Sustainability Officers (AASHE members only)

Transportation

23. Middlebury College Funds Carbon Reduction Initiatives with Parking Fee
Middlebury College (VT) has announced plans to begin charging students $50 per semester to park a car on campus. The College will use funds generated by the new fee, which will go into effect this fall, to support its carbon neutrality initiative. The revenue will be distributed between carbon reduction efforts and public transportation, in addition to paying for maintenance of parking lots.

24. 2 Indiana Campuses to Receive Shuttle Service
Citilink, a service of the Fort Wayne, IN Public Transportation Corporation, has announced plans to begin a campus shuttle service this fall that would provide free rides to and around Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne and Ivy Tech Community College. The company will provide the campus shuttle service free of charge and will offer discounted passes to faculty and students to use other Citilink services.

Waste

25. Kansas State U Begins Composting Project
Kansas State University dining facilities has partnered with the K-State student farm to develop a composting program on campus. Food waste in K-State dining halls is now taken to the student farm to be composted.
See also: List of Campus Composting Programs (AASHE members only)

26. Maharishi U Mgmt Receives Recycling Grant
Maharishi University of Management (IA) has received a $12,000 grant from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to support the construction of 5 more recycling sheds on campus, the construction of mobile recycling stations in the dorms, and an awareness campaign to increase the amount of recycling on campus. The sheds have bins for plastic, clear glass, colored glass, aluminum, white paper, colored paper, newspaper, and glossy paper, as well as an area for cardboard; the mobile stations for dorms will be dollies with recycling bins stacked three high; and the educational campaign will cover the value of recycling.

Other News

27. U Wisconsin Oshkosh Cancels Plans to Bring KFC to Campus
The University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh has cancelled its plans to sign a 6 year contract with Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) after a group of faculty, students, and staff expressed concerns related to animal welfare and argued that the contract would go against the University's commitment to sustainability. After researching the issue further, students collected over 450 signatures on a petition calling for the University to drop KFC and the University decided to consider other options.

Opportunities

28. Call for Green Curriculum Articles
The quarterly journal Metropolitan Universities is soliciting article proposals for an upcoming issue that will examine how universities are using green-inspired curriculum to promote a socially-just and environmentally-sustainable society, both in their local communities and globally. Possible topics for the special issue include, "Why should urban and metropolitan universities incorporate green issues in their curriculum? Why not?," "What challenges do urban and metropolitan campuses face when designing and implementing green-inspired curriculum?," "How should faculty integrate green learning in their curriculum? What models are proving to be successful?," and "How have universities partnered with communities and/or other universities to increase public literacy about environmental sustainability and its impact on social justice and social capital?" Proposals should be 300-500 words in length and final manuscripts should be 4,000-7,000 words in length. Proposals are due June 15, 2009.

29. 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, 2009. The Student Sustainability Leadership Award includes a $750 prize. In addition, the winner will be featured in Sustainability: The Journal of Record.

Jobs & Internships

30. Sustainability Coordinator, U Memphis
The University of Memphis (TN) seeks a Sustainability Coordinator to coordinate all activities related to sustainability and recycling; supervise employees; and work with students, faculty, and staff to enhance sustainability efforts campus-wide. A Bachelor's degree is required as is three years of experience managing a recycling program. Applications are due May 29, 2009.

31. Postdoctoral Fellow, Sustainability, U South Carolina
The University of South Carolina School of the Environment invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow position in the area of Sustainability or Sustainable Development. USC seeks a researcher with expertise in the analysis of environmental, social, and/or economic information to address significant issues related to ecological systems, population development, resource utilization, and/or social and economic impacts as they relate to Sustainability science. A Ph.D. degree is required. Applications should be received by June 8, 2009.

32. Energy Conservation Outreach Specialist, Office of Sustainability, Portland State U
The Portland State University Office of Sustainability, in partnership with the AmeriCorps Northwest Service Academy, seeks an Energy Conservation Outreach Specialist. The successful candidate will serve as the energy conservation outreach point person at PSU, create web-based and printed materials, speak to classes and departments, compile a monthly e-bulletin, implement an energy conservation competition in the fall and spring semesters, and plan the competition for fall 2010. Strong oral, written, and graphic communications skills are required, as is experience with resource conservation in a campus environment. The position is open until filled.

33. Asst/Assoc Prof, Env'l Policy, Sir Wilfred Grenfell College
Sir Wilfred Grenfell College (NL) seeks to fill a tenure track position in Environmental Policy at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor to commence December 1, 2009. Applications are encouraged from candidate specializing in environmental policy from a variety of fields including law, public policy, geography, political science, economics, sociology, and environmental studies. Specific area of expertise may include environmental law, renewable and non-renewable resources, land use planning, international environmental policy, climate change, or conservation. The successful candidate will teach at both the graduate and undergraduate level. A Ph.D. or near completion is required. Candidates should have demonstrated research success in Environmental Policy. The deadline for receipt of applications is August 1, 2009.

Events

34. Green Dining Webinar
May 27, 2009; 2:30 – 3:45pm Eastern; Online
The Responsible Purchasing Network will hold a webinar with the release of the new RPN Food Services Guide. This webinar will focus on implementing a Green Dining Program at the institutional level. Participants will learn cost effective best practices for reducing the environmental impact of food service operations, industry standards in food service operations, techniques on educating staff and facility users, and procedures for effectively measuring and monitoring progress. Topics include environmentally preferable food such as local, USDA Organic, and Fair Trade; service-ware and food packaging; energy and water conservation; and waste management.

35. 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.

36. Promoting & Marketing Alternative Transportation Options Webcast
July 14, 2009; 1-2:30pm Eastern; Online
Academic Impressions will host a webcast entitled, "Promoting and Marketing Alternative Transportation Options." The event will teach participants to analyze the campus culture; craft a message about transportation alternatives; consider how to effectively communicate the message; and identify communication channels and tactics that will be effective for your campus. The webinar will be led by Holly Parker, Director of Sustainable Transportation Systems at Yale University (CT).

37. Conference on Sustainable Laboratories
September 22-24, 2009; Indianapolis, IN
The International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories invites participants to its Labs21 2009 Annual Conference. The event will include a parallel reception with Ball State University's and AASHE's "Greening of the Campus VIII: Embracing Change" conference; keynote speaker John C. Lechleiter, CEO of Eli Lilly; open discussion, and presentations on laboratory operations and maintenance, research and development campuses' sustainability efforts and the need for investors/developers, laboratory security, and combined heat and power. Early registration ends May 29, 2009.

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