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Table of Contents for 7/6/09:

NEWS
Buildings 1. Pacific U Dorm Receives LEED Gold
2. Edison State College Building Receives LEED Gold
3. Richland College Opens Green Campus Building
Co-Curricular Education 4. Simon Frasier U Students Compare Green Initiatives to Area Colleges'
5. New England Student Affairs Professionals Form Sustainability Group
Diversity, Access, and Affordability 6. Dickinson College Announces Public Service Fellowship
Energy 7. Appalachian State U Installs 100 kW Wind Turbine
8. Eastern Illinois U to Replace Coal Plant w/ Renewable Energy Ctr
9. U Colorado at Colorado Springs Installs Solar Panels
10. St. Olaf College Awarded for Energy Efficiency
Public Engagement 11. U Houston Commits to Socially Responsible Collegiate Apparel
12. Warren Wilson College Receives Green Curriculum Grant
Research 13. U Colorado Boulder Partners to Establish Renewable Energy Ctr
14. Appalachian State U Partners for Renewable Energy Education
Sustainability Institutionalization 15. Wilfrid Laurier U to Open Office of Sustainability
16. Oklahoma City CC Establishes Green Task Force
17. Raritan Valley CC Sings Env'l Stewardship Agreement with EPA
Sustainability Staffing 18. U Utah, U Florida Hire Sustainability Officers
Waste 19. Emory U Begins Pilot Composing Program
20. Florida International U Implements Recycling Program
21. U Alaska Fairbanks Reuses Unwanted Items

NEW RESOURCES
22. Higher Ed Associations Sustainability Consortium's Annual Report
23. Q&A on Sustainability in the Data Center at U Notre Dame

OPPORTUNITIES
24. DOL Grants for Community College Green Jobs Programs
25. DOE Grant for Local-Level Solar Installer Training
26. AASHE Awards Programs – Last Chance to Apply

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
27. Sustainability Coordinator, U Kentucky
28. Campus Energy Manager, Virginia Tech
29. ED, Fowler Ctr for Sustainable Value, Case Western Reserve U

EVENTS
30. Promoting & Marketing Alternative Transportation Options Webcast
31. The College and University Recycling Council Workshop
32. 6th Annual Northeast Campus Sustainability Consortium Conference

News

Buildings

1. Pacific U Dorm Receives LEED Gold
Pacific University's (OR) Gilbert Hall has received LEED Gold certification. The building, a residence hall, was cited for water efficiency, energy saving systems, providing areas for recycling materials, diverting construction waste from landfills, and indoor environmental quality.
See also: List of Green Residence Halls (AASHE Members Only)

2. Edison State College Building Receives LEED Gold
The Edison State College (FL) Early Childhood Development Center has received LEED Gold certification. Officials believe the structure is the first LEED Gold building in the county.

3. Richland College Opens Green Campus Building
Richland College (TX) has opened its Garland Campus, which was designed to meet LEED Gold criteria. The building features easy access to public transportation, a single-slope roof that harvests rainwater in underground storage tanks to be used for irrigation, motion-sensor faucets and dual-flush toilets, and low VOC construction materials.

Co-Curricular Education

4. Simon Frasier U Students Compare Green Initiatives to Area Colleges'
A group of nine Simon Frasier University (BC) business sustainability honors students have completed a review and comparison of sustainability initiatives at SFU, the University of British Columbia, and the University of Victoria (BC). The project compared performance, leadership, operations, teaching, research, finance, and community engagement. The group found that that SFU leads in active student sustainability groups, leading sustainability researchers, and energy management, but trails in the number of staff hired to institutionalize sustainability and the number of sustainability-related courses available to students. SFU also falls behind UBC and UVic in composting, paper reduction, LEED certification, and the use of green cleaning products. The group made recommendations to the administration on how SFU can improve its standing.

5. New England Student Affairs Professionals Form Sustainability Group
The National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Region I, which includes Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut and Massachusetts, has formed a group called the NASPA Sustainability Knowledge Community. The group is charged with advancing sustainability practices through the education and engagement of members. Members of the Sustainability Knowledge Community will communicate at local, regional, and national NASPA meetings and conferences. They will also attend other sustainability meetings and work to develop better sustainability approaches for the use of technology in student affairs. Stephen Nason, Director of Residence Life and Assistant Dean for Student Affairs at Unity College (ME), has been named to lead the effort.

Diversity, Access, and Affordability

6. Dickinson College Announces Public Service Fellowship
Dickinson College (PA) has announced its new Public Service Fellowship, a program that provides up to $40,000 in tuition credits in exchange for public service. Students can apply for admission into the Fellowship in their senior year of high school. If accepted, students may defer enrollment at Dickinson for one, two, three, or four years to engage in meaningful public service devoted to improving the human condition and/or the natural environment. Participants will receive a $10,000 tuition credit for each year of public service during this period. Upon matriculation at Dickinson, Public Service Fellows will receive priority consideration for positions as resident advisors, community advisors, and other opportunities to further reduce tuition and fees and gain additional leadership experience.

Energy

7. Appalachian State U Installs 100 kW Wind Turbine
Appalachian State University (NC) has announced the completion of a 100 kW wind turbine located on campus. Officials believe it is the largest wind turbine in the state of North Carolina. The $533,000 project was funded by Appalachian students through a $5 Renewable Energy Initiative fee collected each semester.
See also: List of Campus Wind Installations

8. Eastern Illinois U to Replace Coal Plant w/ Renewable Energy Ctr
The Eastern Illinois University Board of Trustees has approved the construction of a Renewable Energy Center, which will replace EIU's coal-fired power plant. The new biomass plant will meet EIU’s heating and cooling needs by burning non-treated wood chips obtained as lumber industry by-products. The project is designed to be self-funded by energy savings over a period not to exceed 20 years.

9. U Colorado at Colorado Springs Installs Solar Panels
The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs has installed a solar system on the roof of its Science and Engineering building. The $107,000 system was funded with a grant from the Governor’s Energy Office, proceeds from a 2008 fee passed by UCCS students, and funds from Colorado Springs Utilities rebate program. The energy produced by the solar system will be displayed on a kiosk in the lobby of the building.
See also: List of Campus Solar Installations

10. St. Olaf College Awarded for Energy Efficiency
St. Olaf College (MN) has been named Xcel Energy's Number 2 "Efficiency Partner" - one of 56 businesses the company honored recently for participating in Xcel's 2008 efficiency programs. St. Olaf was noted in the "Top 10" list for having saved 6.91 million kWh. St. Olaf also ranked No. 1 in natural gas efficiency, with 417,840 therms saved.

Public Engagement

11. U Houston Commits to Socially Responsible Collegiate Apparel
The University of Houston (TX) has announced that its bookstore will sell a brand of clothing that has committed to higher standards of social responsibility. Knights Apparel manufactures collegiate apparel in overseas factories committed to providing all employees with benefits and a living wage sufficient to cover the monthly costs for a family of four.

12. Warren Wilson College Receives Green Curriculum Grant
The EcoTeam program of Warren Wilson College’s (NC) Environmental Leadership Center has been awarded a $2,000 grant from Progress Energy Carolinas to help expand its curriculum to include new lessons on energy and climate. EcoTeam is a science-based environmental curriculum for third-grade students that correlates with the North Carolina Standard Course of Study. The EcoTeam curriculum, taught by trained Warren Wilson students and focusing on the French Broad River Basin, has delivered lessons to thousands of third graders in the area since its inception in 1998.

Research

13. U Colorado Boulder Partners to Establish Renewable Energy Ctr
The University of Colorado at Boulder has announced plans to partner with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to launch a joint institute on campus. The institute will blend disciplines — including business, engineering and law — to explore renewable-energy production and policies. The program will facilitate collaboration among researchers and offer graduate and undergraduate courses.

14. Appalachian State U Partners for Renewable Energy Education
Appalachian State University (NC) has partnered with Ching Yun University to develop faculty and student exchanges, participate in collaborative research activities, and jointly publish research papers focused on renewable energy. ASU hopes to learn from CYU's solar and wind installations, and CYU plans to study ASU's biofuel initiatives.

Sustainability Institutionalization

15. Wilfrid Laurier U to Open Office of Sustainability (link no longer available)
Wilfrid Laurier University (ON) has announced plans to open an Office of Sustainability on campus. After increasing the student green fee from $0.50 to $5.00 a semester, WLU is now able to fund a sustainability office, as well as hire a sustainability officer. The office will provide resources for students working to improve the University's sustainability performance.

16. Oklahoma City CC Establishes Green Task Force
Oklahoma City Community College has established a Green Task Force that aims to reduce waste, conserve water, and start a recycling program on campus. The group will also encourage students, faculty, and staff to be more involved with environment protection initiatives. Funding for Task Force projects will come from outside grants and campus funds.

17. Raritan Valley CC Sings Env'l Stewardship Agreement with EPA
Raritan Valley Community College (NJ) has signed an environmental stewardship agreement with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The agreement, which was signed June 16, pledges the College’s commitment to reduce its carbon footprint and to continuous improvement using EPA programs to develop policies, practices, and specifications for environmental efficiency standards. It also commits RVCC to increasing stewardship awareness; remaining current with EPA regulations and guidelines; increasing involvement and recognition of its stakeholders in environmental sustainability programs; partnering with local government on environmental initiatives; and addressing environmental concerns swiftly.

Sustainability Staffing

18. U Utah, U Florida Hire Sustainability Officers
The University of Utah and the University of Florida have hired sustainability officers. Utah has named architect Myron Willson to head its Office of Sustainability, replacing the late Craig Forster, the planning professor who initiated the program and died last year in a hiking accident. Willson has a Master's degree from the University of Utah and has served as adjunct faculty in the College of Architecture and Planning. He assumes his new post July 8. The University of Florida has named Anna Prizzia, the former Outreach Coordinator of the University of Florida’s Office of Sustainability, as the new Director of its Office of Sustainability. Prizzia has a Bachelor’s degree in Marine Biology from the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, and a Master’s of science degree in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation with a concentration in Tropical Conservation and Development from UF.
See also: UF Press Release
See also: Directory of Campus Sustainability Officers (AASHE Members Only)

Waste

19. Emory U Begins Pilot Composing Program
Emory University (GA) has begun testing a composting program at its Dobbs University Center (DUC) dining facility. Running for seven weeks, the program will take pre-consumer organic food waste collected at the DUC and haul it to a nearby composting facility. The new initiative is part of the University's goal to divert 65 percent of overall waste and 95 percent of food waste from landfills by 2015.
See also: List of Campus Composting Programs

20. Florida International U Implements Recycling Program (link no longer available)
The Florida International University Student Government Association and University Custodial Services have introduced a new recycling program using bottle-shaped recycling bins for plastic bottles and aluminum cans. The University obtained the bins free of charge from the School of Hospitality Management. The University also received thirty 95-gallon blue bins as part of a new single-stream recycling program.

21. U Alaska Fairbanks Reuses Unwanted Items
The University of Alaska, Fairbanks hosted a community-wide freecycling event in which students and members of the larger community were encouraged to donate unwanted items. Event attendees were encouraged to take all needed items, free of charge. No selling, bartering, or swapping was permitted. The effort aimed to reduce the amount of items sent to the landfill.

New Resources

22. Higher Ed Associations Sustainability Consortium's Annual Report
The Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium (HEASC) has released its 2008 Annual Report. The document provides a view of the Consortium's collective and individual efforts including webcasts and professional development opportunities at annual meetings and conferences and articles, practical guides, and comprehensive books on renewable energy, climate neutrality, and the financing strategies higher education institutions can employ to make the transition to a clean and green economy a reality.

23. Q&A on Sustainability in the Data Center at U Notre Dame
Campus Technology has posted a two part interview with Gorden Wishon, the Chief Information Officer at the University of Notre Dame (IN), entitled "Sustainability in the Data Center." In the question and answer sessions, Wishon discusses the structure of the IT department at UND, explains how his department is able to reduce the growth of the number of physical servers on the data center floor, and gives examples of what UND is doing to reduce its environmental impact.
See also: Part II

Opportunities

24. DOL Grants for Community College Green Jobs Programs
The Department of Labor (DOL) has released three Solicitations for Grant Applications of relevance to community colleges with programs dedicated to training students for green jobs. The Energy Training Partnership Grants will total $100 million and will fund 20-30 projects at $2 - 5 million each. Awards will be made to: national labor-management organizations with local networks and state and local nonprofit partnerships. The DOL strongly encourages the partnerships to include other entities, including educational institutions such as community colleges. The deadline for this competition is September 4. The Pathways Out of Poverty program will grant $150 million to national nonprofits with local affiliates and local entities, including public organizations such as community colleges and private nonprofit organizations. The grants will fund projects that provide training and placement services to provide pathways out of poverty into employment in the same group of industries targeted by the Energy Training Partnership Grants. The application deadline is September 29. The State Energy Sector Partnership and Training Grants will award $190 million to state Workforce Investment Boards. The State WIBs must put together a partnership that is encouraged to include the education and training community among others. The application deadline for this program is October 20.

25. DOE Grant for Local-Level Solar Installer Training
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced a new funding opportunity under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to expand solar photovoltaic (PV) and solar heating and cooling (SHC) system installer training. DOE has allocated a total of $27 million to expand training and professional development to instructors who are creating or improving existing training courses for their local PV or SHC installation workforce. The funding opportunity is open to all domestic institutions and entities. The closing date for applications is July 30, 2009.

26. AASHE Awards Programs – Last Chance to Apply
AASHE has extended the deadline for its Campus Sustainability Leadership Awards, Student Sustainability Leadership Award, and Student Research on Campus Sustainability Award to July 8, 2009. The Campus Sustainability Leadership Award recognizes the institutions that have made the greatest overall commitment to sustainability as demonstrated in their governance, curriculum and research, operations, campus culture, and community outreach. The Student Sustainability Leadership Award honors an undergraduate student from an AASHE member institution who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in promoting campus sustainability. This award includes a $750 prize a feature article in Sustainability: The Journal of Record. The Student Research on Campus Sustainability Award recognizes an undergraduate or graduate student currently enrolled at a U.S. or Canadian institution of higher education who has completed a research paper on campus sustainability that has not been previously published. The winning paper will receive priority review for possible publication in Sustainability: The Journal of Record.

Jobs & Internships

27. Sustainability Coordinator, U Kentucky
The University of Kentucky invites applications for a position as the Sustainability Coordinator. Under the direction of the Vice President of Facilities Management, the Sustainability Coordinator will incorporate and enhance sustainability across the University. Other responsibilities will include assisting the Vice President for Facilities Management in defining goals, performance metrics, and long and short-term strategic plans for sustainability; developing, planning, coordinating, and implementing activities including, but not limited to, seminars, conferences, workshops, short courses, clubs, shows, and public events related to sustainability; and serving as the university-wide sustainability liaison to publicize, promote, and communicate UK's sustainability efforts within and outside the campus community. A Bachelor's degree and four years of related work experience are required.

28. Campus Energy Manager, Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech is seeking a Campus Energy Manager to develop and maintain a comprehensive energy management plan for the University that provides proper environmental conditions with cost effective energy utilization. As a member of Facilities Services' Office of Sustainability, the Energy Manager will work with the Sustainability Program Manager to help advance the Virginia Tech Climate Action Commitment and Sustainability Plan. The successful candidate should have an advanced engineering degree or training and work experience that equates to an advanced engineering degree. A professional designation of Certified Energy Manager (CEM) is required within six months of accepting the position. Review of applications began June 29, 2009 and will continue until the position is filled.

29. ED, Fowler Ctr for Sustainable Value, Case Western Reserve U
The Case Western Reserve University (OH) Fowler Center for Sustainable Value seeks and Executive Director to provide national and international leadership in the formation of strategic partnerships and alliances with industry, government, and other academic institutions as the cornerstone of the center’s approach. The ED will also identify, target, and secure significant funding opportunities from private and public sectors. Additional responsibilities include the development of a long-term strategic plan to guide the Center activities. A Master's degree and a minimum of 10 years of experience in managerial or executive leadership positions with part of the experience being in both academic institutions and corporations are required.

Events

30. 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).

31. The College and University Recycling Council Workshop
September 20, 2009; 8 – 4:30pm Eastern; Indianapolis, IN
The College and University Recycling Council will host a full-day workshop at the Greening of Campus VIII Conference. The event will include round table discussions on collegiate waste management; mechanisms for recording, reporting, and tracking; and methods to increase advocacy. Recycling professionals from campuses across the US will be participating along with representatives from the EPA, industry, and other NGO's.

32. 6th Annual Northeast Campus Sustainability Consortium Conference
October 26-27, 2009; U Vermont
The Northeast Campus Sustainability Consortium (NECSC) invites campus sustainability professionals to its 6th Annual Conference, hosted by the University of Vermont. The event will include a college presidents' panel, presentations, and discussions on the direction of campus sustainability beyond the current trendiness of all things "green." A call for presentation proposals will be announced this summer. Early bird registration ends September 25, 2009.

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