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Table of Contents for 6/8/09:

NEWS
Buildings 1. Kresge Announces Green Building Standards for Higher Ed Grants
2. Washington U Opens Building Designed to Meet Living Building Challenge
3. Ohio U Announces Commitment to Green Building
4. Western Michigan U Health Building Receives LEED-EB Gold
5. Boston U Student Center Earns LEED Silver Certification
6. Cooley Law School Opens Green Addition
7. Wheelock College Dedicates Green Campus Ctr & Residence Hall
8. U Winnipeg Receives $18M Grant for Env'l Research Complex
9. Second Nature Announces Green Building Fellowship Grants
Campus Sustainability in the Media 10. NY Times Covers MBA Graduate Pledges for Social Responsibility
11. Christian Science Monitor Covers Growing Number of Green Dining Halls
12. AP Covers New Trend of Campuses Leasing Condos for Student Dorms
Climate 13. Green Mtn College Announces Plans to Reach Carbon Neutrality by 2011
14. Inside Higher Ed Covers ACUPCC Reporting
Curriculum 15. City U Seattle Announces MBA, Grad Certif in Sustainable Business
16. Furman U Class Constructs Cabin for Environmental Learning
Energy 17. Syracuse U to Build Off-the-grid Data Center
Human Resources 18. Campuses Offer More Family-Friendly Policies
Public Engagement 19. Alabama State U Partners to Produce Biodiesel for School Buses
20. Lafayette College Students Prepare Community Water Solutions
Research 21. Research Universities Worldwide Sign Sustainability Agreement
Sustainability Institutionalization 22. U Richmond Becomes 100th Signatory of Talloires Decl on Civic Roles
Transportation 23. Oberlin College Tractor to Run on Vegetable Oil
24. Virginia Tech Students Produce Biodiesel
Waste 25. Duke U Announces Paperless Payroll
26. Rice U Reuses Office Supplies

NEW RESOURCES
27. AASHE Resource on Sustainable Landscaping on Campus

OPPORTUNITIES
28. DOE Higher Education Wind Energy Funding Opportunity
29. AASHE Student Research on Campus Sustainability Award
30. Transatlantic Renewable Energy Fellowship

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
31. Director, MBA in Sustainable Enterprise, Dominican U of California
32. Senior Faculty, Energy, Resources, & Environment, Johns Hopkins U
33. Instructor, Environmental Studies, Bowling Green State U

EVENTS
34. Energy Management Webinar on Occupancy Sensing Technology
35. Campus Progress 2009 National Conference
36. Promoting & Marketing Alternative Transportation Options Webcast
37. Society for College & University Planning Annual Conference

News

Buildings

1. Kresge Announces Green Building Standards for Higher Ed Grants
The Kresge Foundation has announced that it is raising the bar on green building requirements for challenge grants awarded to applicants in the higher-education sector. Effective June 2010, the foundation will only consider proposals for facilities-capital grants from colleges and universities that plan to use the funding for building projects – new construction, renovations, and expansions – that meet the Silver or higher level certification standards established by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program or an equivalent rating agency.

2. Washington U Opens Building Designed to Meet Living Building Challenge
Washington University in St. Louis (MO) has opened its new Living Learning Center. Located on 2,000 acres of woods, prairie, ponds, and savannahs, the 2,900 square foot facility is built to meet the Living Building Challenge, a program by the Cascadia Region Green Building Council that contains 16 green building requirements. The center is designed to be a zero-net energy and zero wastewater building and will capture rainwater and purify it for drinking. The facility also features porous paving that will absorb almost all storm runoff, a composting toilet, a 3,000 gallon underground cistern, and a 17-kW photovoltaic system that will power the building.
See also: Chronicle of Higher Education Blog Post

3. Ohio U Announces Commitment to Green Building
Ohio University has announced a new policy that requires all new construction and renovation projects to seek to meet or exceed LEED Silver certification. Decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis as to what level of certification is appropriate to a particular project.
See also: List of Campus Building Guidelines and Green Building Policies (AASHE members only)

4. Western Michigan U Health Building Receives LEED-EB Gold
Western Michigan University's College of Health and Human Services building had received LEED-EB Gold certification. The structure is the first higher education building in the US to receive higher than a LEED-EB Silver award. The 200,000-square-foot building was completed in the summer 2005 and includes cork flooring, motion-activated lights, and rice paper between sheets of glass that provides translucent windows along hallways.

5. Boston U Student Center Earns LEED Silver Certification
Boston University's (MA) Makechnie Study Center has received LEED Silver certification. The 3,000 square foot structure features bamboo walls, cork flooring, low VOC paint and carpet, and energy-efficiency lighting systems and electronics. The new center was made of nearly 14 percent recycled material and contains more than 90 percent Energy Star-rated computers, printers, and copiers.
See also: List of Green Student Centers (AASHE members only)

6. Cooley Law School Opens Green Addition
The Thomas M. Cooley Law School (MI) has announced the opening of a 65,000-square-foot addition, doubling the size of its Auburn Hills facilities. The structure, which is registered for LEED certification, includes a green roof, an enhanced heating and cooling system, and the use of many renewable and recyclable materials.

7. Wheelock College Dedicates Green Campus Ctr & Residence Hall
Wheelock College (MA) has dedicated its new Campus Center and Students Residence Hall. The 58,000 square-foot facility, which provides housing for 108 students, features a green roof and light-absorbing windows and is registered for LEED certification.
See also: Campus Center and Student Residence Photo Gallery
See also: Chronicle of Higher Education Blog Post
See also: List of Green Residence Halls (AASHE members only)

8. U Winnipeg Receives $18M Grant for Env'l Research Complex
The University of Winnipeg (MB) has received an $18,042,000 infrastructure grant from the Government of Canada to construct the Science Complex and Richardson College for the Environment. The Complex, which will seek LEED Silver certification, will engage students and faculty in research and development related to the North, urban ecology, water stewardship, green chemistry, and indigenous science. The expected completion date is March 2011.

9. Second Nature Announces Green Building Fellowship Grants
Second Nature has awarded 15 Kresge Fellowship Awards to advance campus green building at under-resourced institutions. Funding for these fellowships was provided by the Kresge Foundation, as part of a grant to Second Nature’s Advancing Green Building in Higher Education initiative. The fellowship provides a senior member of the college/university community with education on green building and sustainability in higher education as well as peer-to-peer networking opportunities. Fellowship selection was based on a committee’s assessment of the institutions’ level of need, statement of interest, and campus sustainability capacity. Winners include California State University, Bakersfield, College of Menominee Nation (WI), Houston Community College (TX), Kennebec Valley Community College (ME), Little Big Horn College (MT), Northeast Texas Community College, Onondaga Community College (NY), South Texas College, Tennessee State University, Texas Southern University, United Tribes Technical College (ND), Urbana University (OH), Western Technical College (WI), and Zane State College (OH).

Campus Sustainability in the Media

10. NY Times Covers MBA Graduate Pledges for Social Responsibility
The New York Times has published an article on the increase in MBA programs that offer a voluntary or mandatory pledge to conduct business for the greater good and on the growing number of ethics courses and clubs. The article reviews pledges at Harvard University (MA) and Columbia University (NY) business schools and mentions ethics courses and student organizations at University of Pennsylvania and Columbia MBA programs.
See also: MBA Oath Homepage

11. Christian Science Monitor Covers Growing Number of Green Dining Halls
The Christian Science Monitor has published an article on the growing number of dining halls, both K-12 and college-level, that are implementing local and organic food, tray-free, and environmentally friendly dinnerware, and Fair Trade initiatives. The article mentions initiatives at the following higher education institutions: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Green Mountain College (VT), Baldwin-Wallace College (OH), and the University of California, San Diego.

12. AP Covers New Trend of Campuses Leasing Condos for Student Dorms (link no longer available)
The Associated Press has published an article on a new college and university trend to lease empty condominium complexes and use them for student housing. The story mentions projects at Johnson and Wales University's (RI), Columbia University (NY), and Capital University (OH).

Climate

13. Green Mtn College Announces Plans to Reach Carbon Neutrality by 2011
Green Mountain College (VT) President Paul J. Fonteyn has announced that the campus will be carbon neutral by 2011. Through a combination of a combined heat and power biomass facility and measures aimed at improving energy efficiency on campus, the College projects a 64 percent reduction in emissions outputs between 2007 and 2011. GMC already receives 50 percent of its electricity through Central Vermont Power Service’s Cow Power program, which creates biogas from cow manure on Vermont dairy farms.

14. Inside Higher Ed Covers ACUPCC Reporting
Inside Higher Ed has published an article on the progress of American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment signatories. Currently 78 percent of signatories are meeting their reporting deadlines. The article includes interviews with presidents from several signatory institutions.

Curriculum

15. City U Seattle Announces MBA, Grad Certif in Sustainable Business
The City University of Seattle (WA) has announced plans to offer a Masters of Business Administration degree in Sustainable Business and a Sustainable Business Graduate Certificate starting in the fall of 2009. Students who are enrolled in the MBA in Sustainable Business program will take the same core classes as the other CityU MBA programs that are available in the U.S., Slovakia, Greece, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, and Switzerland. Students will have the opportunity to take their core classes at these international locations during the program, and once the core classes are completed, they can either stay and take their sustainability courses online or come back to the Seattle, Wash. area and take the courses in the classroom. Program emphasis areas are in social and environmental responsibility, marketing in a new economy, environmental accounting, and sustainability and business opportunity.
See also: List of Graduate Business Programs in Sustainability

16. Furman U Class Constructs Cabin for Environmental Learning
A group of students in a Furman University (SC) Experience course have constructed a replica of the cabin that Henry David Thoreau lived in while writing Walden. The students built the structure after reading the book, and plan to donate it for use as a teaching tool and a learning laboratory for classes covering such subjects as environmentalism, philosophy, and literature.

Energy

17. Syracuse U to Build Off-the-grid Data Center
Syracuse University, New York State, and IBM have entered into a multiyear agreement to build and operate a new computer data center on the University's campus that will incorporate advanced infrastructure and smarter computing technologies. The 6,000 square foot data center will feature an on-site electrical co- generation system that will use natural gas-fueled microturbine engines to generate all electricity for the center and provide cooling for the computer servers, allowing the center to run completely off the grid. In addition, SU will conduct research and analysis of the data center's power and cooling technologies and develop models and simulation tools to monitor, estimate, plan, and control energy use to achieve the goal of reducing average data center energy use by 50 percent.

Human Resources

18. Campuses Offer More Family-Friendly Policies
The University of Michigan's Center for the Education of Women has conducted a survey and issued a report examining the prevalence of family-friendly policies offered to higher education faculty and inquiring about the administration of those policies. Based on the comparison of the 2002 survey and the 2007 survey, which was completed by more than 500 four-year colleges, the Center found that the average number of family friendly policies per institution has increased in the past five years; however, many institutions still do not offer a range of flexible work policies. The survey results also showed that 44 percent of colleges and universities offer unpaid leave in excess of the 12 weeks required by the federal Family and Medical Leave act, up from 40 percent in 2002. However, the survey also found that nearly one in ten of the respondents from all types of schools said there was no policy or accepted practice at their institutions regarding time off for pregnancy/childbirth for biological mothers.
See also: U Michigan Report (pdf)

Public Engagement

19. Alabama State U Partners to Produce Biodiesel for School Buses
Alabama State University has partnered with the Montgomery Public Schools and the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries to establish the "Save the Environment" program, which will produce biodiesel fuel from recycled cooking oils for use in MPS buses and other equipment they use. ASU will provide the technical assistance, training, and scientific study of emissions and fuel efficiency; structure an alternative fuels internship program to assist in the operation of the program and in the collection of data for further scientific study; implement programs to inform its students and the public on ways to improve the environment; and apply for appropriate federal funds and/or grants to further the goals of the project.

20. Lafayette College Students Prepare Community Water Solutions
Students from a Lafayette College (PA) Technology Clinic class have prepared a set of recommendations for the town's West Ward Neighborhood Partnership on issues concerning the management of surface water runoff. Some of the group’s suggestions include slowing down runoff through the use of gravel and permeable pavement, green roofs, cisterns, and retention ponds; storing runoff with rain barrels, cisterns, and septic tanks; and reusing runoff to provide water for drinking, urban gardening, household applications, and energy through the use of turbines. In related news, a group of students from the same class created a marketing plan for a proposed flood museum in the community. The students’ mission was to create ideas and exhibits that focus on flood-related issues of immediate local importance for The Flood Project of the Nurture Nature Center. The students created interactive exhibits and multimedia presentations designed to engage the community and the College with issues surrounding floods.
See also: Flood Education Project Press Release

Research

21. Research Universities Worldwide Sign Sustainability Agreement
Vice-chancellors and presidents from Universitas 21, the international network of 21 research-intensive universities in 14 countries, have signed a statement on sustainability at their annual meeting held in Seoul, South Korea. The statement emphasizes the important role universities play in facing the challenges of climate change, the decline of biodiversity, the need for energy, food and water security, and of economic sustainability and of human health. Under the agreement, each university will develop, publish and monitor targets, share the results with the others, undertake research aimed at a sustainable future, establish the university campus as a living laboratory for such a future, emphasize citizenship and engagement to promote faculty, staff, and student volunteers, and build capacity through cross-network collaboration and work. Fourteen of the university leaders also signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a joint PhD program to enable doctoral students to undertake joint degrees. The universities believe this will enhance the students' international research and employment opportunities. American and Canadian participants include the University of British Columbia and the University of Virginia.

Sustainability Institutionalization

22. U Richmond Becomes 100th Signatory of Talloires Decl on Civic Roles
The University of Richmond (VA) has signed the Talloires Declaration on the Civic Roles and Social Responsibilities of Higher Education (which is separate from the Talloires Declaration on Sustainability), making it the 100th worldwide institution to do so. The Talloires Network began in 2005 when the Declaration was drafted by 29 university presidents, rectors, and vice chancellors from 23 countries. By signing this international declaration, the University of Richmond has committed to educating for social responsibility and civic engagement, and to strengthening the application of university resources to the needs of local and global communities.

Transportation

23. Oberlin College Tractor to Run on Vegetable Oil
Oberlin College (OH) has converted its lawn-mowing tractor to run on vegetable oil. The tractor conversion will reduce the College’s consumption of fossil fuels by at least 700 gallons and eliminate more than 14,000 lbs of CO2 emissions. The fuel expenditure also will be reduced by about $1500 annually.
See also: Local News Story
See also: List of Biodiesel in Campus Fleets (AASHE members onmly)

24. Virginia Tech Students Produce Biodiesel
A group of Virginia Tech students have produced more than 200 gallons of biodiesel as part of a senior design project for the department of mechanical engineering. The Virginia Tech Bio-Fuels group uses the B100 fuel, which is made from waste vegetable oil obtained from local restaurants, to run two pickup trucks.
See also: Virginia Tech Bio-Fuels Group Website

Waste

25. Duke U Announces Paperless Payroll
Duke University (NC) has announced that starting in July 2009, all university and health system employees will receive electronic direct deposit statements instead of printed statements. Duke has purchased, printed, and manually distributed more than 600,000 paper pay statements in previous years.

26. Rice U Reuses Office Supplies
Rice University (TX) has held a "freecycling" event in which campus members were able to donate excess or unused office supplies for use in other departments. Items that were not claimed by the end of the event were donated to a charitable organization.

New Resources

27. AASHE Resource on Sustainable Landscaping on Campus
AASHE has posted a new resource on sustainable landscaping on campus. The resource contains links to information about sustainable landscaping practices, policies, and plans, and is available to both AASHE members and non-members.

Opportunities

28. DOE Higher Education Wind Energy Funding Opportunity
The U.S. Department of Education has issued a Funding Opportunity Announcement entitled, "Wind Energy Consortia between Institutions of Higher Learning and Industry." The FOA will provide $24 million for the development of consortia between universities and industry to focus on critical wind energy challenges. DOE intends to award 2-3 grants. The maximum range of a DOE award will be between $8-12 million. Applicants must provide at least a 10% cost share of total project costs including at least 20% for R&D. DOE funds will be provided under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to preserve and create jobs, promote economic recovery, and provide investments needed to increase wind energy R&D. Letters of intent are due June 16, 2009.
See also: Grant Synopsis

29. AASHE Student Research on Campus Sustainability Award
AASHE invites undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled at U.S. or Canadian institutions of higher education to submit research papers of any length on campus sustainability that have not been previously published, are written in English, and were completed after July 1, 2008. The winning paper will receive priority review for possible publication in Sustainability: The Journal of Record. Longer papers will be edited to meet the Journal's length standards. Papers are due July 1, 2009.

30. Transatlantic Renewable Energy Fellowship
CDS International invites students and young professionals with experience in environmental and energy fields to apply for the Transatlantic Renewable Energy Fellowships. 15 American participants will be selected to attend a 5-day briefing on Germany's renewable energy policies and structures and to complete an internship of 3-6 months with a leading renewable energy company or organization. The program will run from September 5 through December 19, 2009, with the possibility to apply for a program through March 19, 2009. Fellows will receive a stipend in the amount of 3,300 Euro as well as support for travel expenditures to and in Germany. As part of the Transatlantic Climate Bridge, the Fellowship seeks to further mutual understanding and transatlantic cooperation in climate and energy policies, to provide practical training for future leaders in the renewable energy and environmental fields, and support renewable energy institutions in developing their human resources and transatlantic networks. The application deadline is June 24, 2009 for the 2009 – 2010 program year.

Jobs & Internships

31. Director, MBA in Sustainable Enterprise, Dominican U of California
The Dominican University of California seeks a Program Director for its MBA in Sustainable Enterprise. The Program Director oversees all internal Green MBA program functions and ensures their academic and administrative coordination, both within the School of Business and Leadership, and within the University in general. Concurrently, the Program Director serves an active role in external functions which support and promote the Green MBA program's mission to prospective students, the general public, many types of enterprises and organizations, and local, national, and international communities as potential partners in its mission. 10 years of senior experience level management is required, as is a Master's degree. Applications are due June 17, 2009.

32. Senior Faculty, Energy, Resources, & Environment, Johns Hopkins U
The Johns Hopkins University (DC) School of Advanced International Studies is seeking to fill a tenured position at the level of associate or full professor of international energy and environmental policy studies. The successful candidate will direct the Energy, Resources, and Environment Program at SAIS. The ideal candidate will have a record of outstanding academic research and excellence in teaching, and a Ph.D. or other equivalent degree in an appropriate field. Preference will be given to applicants with an interest in traditional and alternative energy technologies, the geopolitics of energy, or the environment. The application review period will begin on October 15, 2009 and will remain open until the position is filled.

33. Instructor, Environmental Studies, Bowling Green State U
Bowling Green State University (OH) is seeking an instructor for the 2009/2010 academic year to teach introductory environmental studies courses and one upper division field/lab based course on integrative approaches to environmental monitoring of natural areas. Qualifications include a master's degree in an environmentally related field, knowledge of environmental field and laboratory techniques, and evidence of ability to teach effectively at the undergraduate level. Applications are due July 1, 2009.

Events

34. Energy Management Webinar on Occupancy Sensing Technology
June 23, 2009; 2 – 3:30pm Eastern; Online
Telkonet will offer an energy management webinar entitled, "Occupancy Sensing Technology: Reducing HVAC Costs and Maintenance in Dorms and Classrooms." Participants will learn how occupancy-based systems differ from other energy management systems and how they can result in lower costs, increased HVAC product life, and reduced maintenance. Topics will include energy management challenges for HVAC, ventilation, and lighting; pros and cons of traditional and advanced energy management systems; capabilities of stand-alone and networked occupancy-based energy management systems; and university case study using ZigBee wireless networking. The webinar is free of charge for participants who register by June 18, 2009.

35. Campus Progress 2009 National Conference
July 7-9, 2009; Washington, DC
Campus Progress invites participants to its 2009 National Conference. The event will include speeches, panels, performances, and interactive discussions, grassroots training, journalism in action day, and youth lobby day. Applications will be confirmed on a rolling basis until Friday, June 26, 2009.

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. Society for College & University Planning Annual Conference
July 18 – 22, 2009; Portland, OR
The Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) invites attendees to its annual conference. Speakers include Susan Anderson, Director of the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability; Jonathan Kozol, Educational and Economic Reformer; and Michael Wesch, Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Kansas State University. Topics will include creative financing for town and gown partnerships, maintaining sustainability initiatives in tough economic times, and solving a fiscal crisis through cooperation. The advanced registration deadline is June 12, 2009.

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