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Table of Contents for 8/31/09:

NEWS
Assessments and Ratings 1. Greenopia Releases Green Rating for 100 Campuses
2. Treehugger Posts Top 10 Green U.S. Colleges
3. Mother Jones Posts Top 10 Inexpensive and Eco-Friendly Schools
Buildings 4. Arizona State U Opens Green Honors College
5. Michigan State U Chemistry Building Addition Receives LEED Silver
6. Illinois Wesleyan U Welcome Center Earns LEED Silver
7. Montserrat College, Mesa State College Open Green Res Halls
8. Rice U Opens 2 Green Dormitories
9. U South Carolina Opens Green Residence Hall
10. Madonna U Opens Green Science and Media Building
11. U Akron Wayne College Opens Green Mixed-Use Building
12. U Texas El Paso, Cleveland State U Install Green Roofs
Campus Sustainability in the Media 13. NY Times Blogs on Green Campus Rankings and Ratings
Climate 14. Presidents’ Climate Commitment Signatories Attend Leadership Summit
Co-Curricular Education 15. U Colorado Students Plant 20-Acre Organic Farm
16. U Wisconsin, Green Bay Plants Organic Campus Garden
17. Vanderbilt U, Coastal Carolina U Hold Green Move-Ins
18. Emory U Promotes Green Initiatives at New Student Orientation
Curriculum 19. 9 Minnesota Institutions Launch Energy Technician Degrees
20. Central Piedmont CC Launches Sustainability Technologies Degree Prgm
Dining Services 21. Gonzaga U Campus Kitchen Begins Gleaning/Serving Local Foods
Energy 22. UC San Diego to Install 2.8 MW Fuel Cell and Storage System
23. Marin College Installs Solar Panels and Geothermal System
24. Drury U Installs 4 KW Solar System on Res Hall
25. Delaware Technical & CC Begins Energy Conservation Prgm
Funding 26. MI, IN Colleges Awarded Funding for Electric Vehicle Dev & Training
Grounds 27. Calvin College Plants Rain Garden
Research 28. U Illinois Chicago Prof to Develop Climate Change Diagnostic Toolbox
Transportation 29. U Fairfield, College of Staten Island Purchase Green Buses
30. Mesa State College Begins Bike-Share Program
Waste 31. Several Campuses Switch to Reusable To-Go Containers
32. Emory U Expands Recycling

NEW RESOURCES
33. Podcast Interviews from ACUPCC Climate Leadership Summit
34. Publication: Choices for Sustainable Campus Living & Study
35. Conf Call Recording on Psychological Resistance to Env'l Behaviors

OPPORTUNITIES
36. Series of Grad Fairs for the Public Good
37. College FilterForGood Eco-Challenge Grants
38. Campuses Beyond Coal Sign-Up Survey
39. Campus Progress Organizing Grants and Partnerships
40. Online Access to Intl Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
41. Sustainability Coordinator, Campus Planning, U Cincinnati
42. Sustainability Fellow, Unity College
43. Faculty Position, Corporate Env'l Sustainability, Duke U
44. Prof, Sociology w/ Sustainability Focus, Brooklyn College City U New York

EVENTS
45. Webinar: How to Set Credible Timetables for GHG Reductions
46. Webinar: Carbon Markets and Offsets in Climate Action Planning
47. Interdisciplinary, 90-Minute, International Climate Teach-In

News

Assessments and Ratings

1. Greenopia Releases Green Rating for 100 Campuses
Greenopia, a Los Angeles guide for green living, has released a sustainability rating for 100 colleges and universities in the U.S. Data was collected from the institution or from other sources pertaining to green building design, waste program, food selection, campus vehicle fleet, water conservation measures, climate performance, renewable energy usage, and the overall environmental transparency of the school. Ratings were awarded on a scale of 1 to 4 green leaves, with 4 being the best. The University of Washington and the University of California, Santa Barbara were the only schools to receive 4 green leaves. The University of Oregon; the University of California, Davis; Colorado State University; Stanford University (CA); Harvard University (MA); Pennsylvania State University; the University of California, San Diego; and Duke University (NC) made it into the top 10.
See also: Greenopia 2009 Ratings

2. Treehugger Posts Top 10 Green U.S. Colleges
Treehugger has posted a slideshow of its list of "10 Greenest Colleges in the U.S." Campuses featured include: Tufts University (MA); Warren Wilson College (NC); University of New Hampshire; Middlebury College (VT); University of Colorado at Boulder; Stanford University (CA); University of Washington; University of Oregon; Yale University (CT); and College of the Atlantic (ME).

3. Mother Jones Posts Top 10 Inexpensive and Eco-Friendly Schools
Mother Jones magazine has published its list of the top 10 affordable higher education institutions, many of which focus on sustainability, environmental studies, service learning, and/or alternative energy. Schools in the "MoJo Mini College Guide" include: Berea College (KY); New College of Florida; Hope College (MI); Fisk University (TN); the University of Minnesota, Morris; Kettering University (MI), the College of New Jersey; California State University, Monterey Bay; Warren Wilson College (NC); and the University of Kansas.

Buildings

4. Arizona State U Opens Green Honors College
Arizona State University has opened a seven-building honors college campus. The Barrett campus, which welcomed 1,700 students, features a dining hall that will offer organic foods; laundry facilities with Web-based monitoring to let students know when their washer or dryer shuts off; and three floors for 250 students in a Sustainability House community, with low-consumption plumbing fixtures, energy monitoring for individual rooms, recycled gray water, a green roof, and an organic garden.

5. Michigan State U Chemistry Building Addition Receives LEED Silver
An addition to Michigan State University's Chemistry Building has received LEED Silver certification. The addition was part of an $18 million project that also included laboratory renovations. Environmentally friendly features of the new structure include recycled green glass in the flooring, low flow fixtures in restrooms, demand ventilation, drip irrigation, recycling stations in the hall, and motion sensors for classroom lights.
See also: List of Green Science Buildings (AASHE Members Only)

6. Illinois Wesleyan U Welcome Center Earns LEED Silver
Illinois Wesleyan University's Minor Myers, Jr. Welcome Center, which houses the Admissions Office and the Career Center, has received LEED Silver certification. Green features include geothermal heating and cooling units, insulated glass windows that reflect heat, and a traction elevator.

7. Montserrat College, Mesa State College Open Green Res Halls
Montserrat College of Art (MA) and Mesa State College (CO) have each opened an environmentally-friendly residence complex. Montserrat opened the Helena J. Sturnick Village, a quad of four residence halls. The $7 million complex, which is registered for LEED certification, contains energy-efficient light bulbs, light sensors, heating and cooling sensors, extra insulation, and a green roof. Mesa State opened the North Avenue Student Housing complex, a $21.3 million structure that consists of three connected buildings and contains 304 beds. The 93,524 square-foot complex, which was designed to meet LEED Silver standards, contains a ground source heat exchange system, solar panels, high performance windows and insulation, and lighting controls.
See also: Mesa State Press Release
See also: List of Green Residence Halls (AASHE Members Only)

8. Rice U Opens 2 Green Dormitories
Rice University (TX) has opened McMurtry College and Duncan College, two green residence halls on campus. The 125,700-square-foot dormitories, with 324 beds each, feature smart air conditioning systems that learn the students' comfort level, open-window and infrared sensors that put the air conditioning unit in setback mode, and green roofs. Duncan College is expected to achieve LEED Gold certification, and McMurtry College is expected to receive LEED Silver.

9. U South Carolina Opens Green Residence Hall
The University of South Carolina has opened a new, $47.6 million environmentally-friendly dormitory. The 537-bed facility, which is expected to receive LEED Gold certification, contains construction materials that were purchased from within a 500-mile radius. The 191,000-square-foot residence hall is expected to use 38 percent less water and 30 percent less energy than similarly sized structures. In addition, wood construction scraps were converted into mulch and approximately 85 percent of the demolition materials were recycled.

10. Madonna U Opens Green Science and Media Building
Madonna University (MI) has opened its Franciscan Center for Science and Media. The 60,000-square-foot structure is registered for LEED certification.

11. U Akron Wayne College Opens Green Mixed-Use Building
The University of Akron Wayne College (OH) has opened its Student Life Building, a renovated campus structure that houses classrooms, offices, conference rooms, computer labs, and testing centers. The facility features daylighting, motion activated lights, and glass that clouds over when rooms are unoccupied.

12. U Texas El Paso, Cleveland State U Install Green Roofs
The University of Texas at El Paso and Cleveland State University (OH) have each installed a green roof on their campuses. The UT El Paso installation, which is located on top of the Biology Building, is 9,156 square feet and features such plants as regal mist, white evening primrose, and sun gold gazania. The 7,000 square-foot CSU green roof was installed by 20 volunteers and contains 15,000 plants. The installation, which cost $250,000, was a gift donated by the classes of 2009 and 2010.
See also: Cleveland State U Story

Campus Sustainability in the Media

13. NY Times Blogs on Green Campus Rankings and Ratings
The New York Times has published a blog post on emerging campus sustainability ranking and rating systems. The post mentions the Princeton Review, the Sustainable Endowments Institute's Green Report Card, AASHE's Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS), the Sierra Club's "Eco-Enlightened" Colleges, and the Aspen Institute's Beyond Grey Pinstripes survey of green MBA programs. Campuses mentioned include Harvard University (MA); Yale University (CT); the University of California, Berkeley; the University of New Hampshire; Dickinson College (PA); Middlebury College (VT); and the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Climate

14. Presidents’ Climate Commitment Signatories Attend Leadership Summit
Over 250 higher education leaders attended the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment Leadership Summit in Chicago, IL. Speakers included former President Bill Clinton; Martha J. Kanter, US Undersecretary of Education; S. Richard Fedrizzi, President, CEO, and Founding Chairman of the U.S. Green Building Council; Peter M. Senge, author of The Fifth Discipline and founding chair of the Society for Organizational Learning; and Janine Benyus, biologist and author of six books including Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature.
See also: Chicago Sun Times Article
See also: ABC Chicago Article
See also: NBC Chicago Story

Co-Curricular Education

15. U Colorado Students Plant 20-Acre Organic Farm
Student volunteers at the University of Colorado at Boulder have planted a 20-acre organic farm with more than 30 varieties of vegetables including four types of squash, green beans, pumpkins, Swiss chard, radishes, 10 varieties of tomatoes, seven acres of pinto beans, onions, and cucumbers. The project received a Community Supported Agriculture grant and has grown enough produce to sell extra vegetables at the Boulder Farmers' Market and to a few local restaurants. The 'Beyond Organic Farm' was developed and is run entirely by students.

16. U Wisconsin, Green Bay Plants Organic Campus Garden
The University of Wisconsin, Green Bay has planted an organic garden next to the campus's Student Union. The 1,200-square-foot garden contains tomatoes, onions, peppers, potatoes, lettuce, and edible flowers. The project, which was spearheaded by an environmental science and policy graduate student, is funded through the student government and will eventually include workshops on composting, seed germination and saving, and preparing food from the garden.

17. Vanderbilt U, Coastal Carolina U Hold Green Move-Ins
Vanderbilt University (TN) and Coastal Carolina University (SC) have introduced several new initiatives to make their first-year student move-ins more sustainable. Vanderbilt provided 12 water cooler filling stations, distributed reusable water bottles to first-year students, offered Styrofoam recycling, and printed its housing assignment information on paper with recycled content. CCU launched a recycling drive for cardboard boxes and other recyclable materials.
See also: Coastal Carolina U Story

18. Emory U Promotes Green Initiatives at New Student Orientation
Emory University (GA) has begun an initiative to make its future student orientation events more sustainable. This year's event featured recycling, composting at three different events, and compostable flatware and locally produced foods during the opening dinner.

Curriculum

19. 9 Minnesota Institutions Launch Energy Technician Degrees
Nine colleges in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system have announced plans to begin offering a two-year degree program this fall that aims to prepare students to work either in the renewable energy or traditional energy industries. Besides the energy technical specialist degree, students will be able to earn a 16-credit certificate in one of four specialties – ethanol production, biodiesel production, wind turbine maintenance, or solar energy assessment. The certificate programs, which can be completed in as little as one semester, will be available online. The colleges offering the new degree are Alexandria Technical College, Century College, Minnesota West Community and Technical College, South Central College, St. Cloud Technical College and four colleges of the Northeast Higher Education District – Hibbing Community College, Itasca Community College, Mesabi Range Community and Technical College and Vermilion Community College.

20. Central Piedmont CC Launches Sustainability Technologies Degree Prgm
The Central Piedmont Community College (NC) Center for Sustainability has added an Associate in Applied Science – Sustainability Technologies degree to its list of curricular programs for the fall semester. The 70 credit-hour degree program will include general education classes, core environmental courses, major courses, and technical electives. Students will have the option of selecting from program tracks in environmental engineering technology, sustainable manufacturing, and alternative energy.
See also: CPCC's Sustainability Technologies Degree Program Homepage

Dining Services

21. Gonzaga U Campus Kitchen Begins Gleaning/Serving Local Foods
Gonzaga University (WA) has begun a project that involves gleaning local fruits and vegetables and serving them in campus dining facilities. The University has partnered with local farmers who are unable to eat or sell all of the fruits and vegetables they grow. The farmers donate or sell the produce at a reduced price.

Energy

22. UC San Diego to Install 2.8 MW Fuel Cell and Storage System
The University of California, San Diego has received $11 million from the California Public Utilities Commission to install a fuel cell energy generation and storage system. The 2.8-megawatt fuel cell coupled with the 2.8-megawatt advanced energy-storage system will allow the University to store off-peak power and discharge the energy during peak-demand hours. In addition, UCSD will capture the waste heat generated by the fuel cell as a continuous power source for 320 tons of chilling capacity to cool campus buildings. The two units are scheduled for completion in 2010.
See also: List of Campus Stationary Fuel Cell Installations (AASHE Members Only)

23. Marin College Installs Solar Panels and Geothermal System
Marin College (CA) has installed 16, 30-foot by 30-foot photovoltaic shared structures and a 40-foot-deep geothermal system. The solar structure will provide an estimated 50 percent of the energy needed to operate the newly renovated physical education building, which will open this winter. The geothermal system is expected to pay for itself in five years through reduced energy costs. The two new installations were funded by a bond measure passed by Marin County voters that allocated $249.5 million for upgrades and retrofits at the college. The funds will also be used to construct a new fine arts building and a science and math building, both of which will seek a U.S. Green Building Council LEED rating.
See also: List of Campus Solar Installations

24. Drury U Installs 4 KW Solar System on Res Hall
Drury University (MO) has installed a solar system on a campus residence hall. The new system will be used to create electricity and to heat water. The solar thermal portion of the system will pre-heat water to between 80 and 120 degrees before it is transferred into the hot water tank where it will be heated to 140 degrees. When operating at maximum capacity the system will produce four kilowatts of energy.

25. Delaware Technical & CC Begins Energy Conservation Prgm
Delaware Technical and Community College has begun the "Energy Rangers" program, in which a group of approximately 50 volunteers ensures that classroom and office lights are turned off when classes end. Each volunteer, who is also in charge of letting facilities staff know when a building's heating and cooling system is not working properly, adopts a corridor or bank of offices in a campus building.

Funding

26. MI, IN Colleges Awarded Funding for Electric Vehicle Dev & Training
The Obama Administration has announced more than $16 million in grants for electric vehicle development, degree, and training programs in Michigan and Indiana. Wayne State University; the University of Michigan; the University of Michigan, Dearborn; Kettering University; Michigan Technological University; and Macomb Community College have been awarded a total of more than $10 million for battery training and education for researchers, technicians, service providers, first responders, and the general public. Purdue University (IN), in partnership with the University of Notre Dame; Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis; Ivy Tech Community College; Purdue University, Calumet; and Indiana University, Northwest, will receive a $6.1 million grant to develop degree and training programs for electric vehicles. The Indiana Advanced Electric Vehicle Training and Education Consortium will develop certificate and associate degree programs for vehicle technicians, bachelor's and master's degree programs for electric vehicle design and manufacturing engineers, and a certificate program in electric vehicle safety for emergency responders. It will also develop an outreach program to secondary schools and a website to provide information on electric vehicles to the general public. The funding is part of the Obama administration's $2.4 billion in grants to accelerate the development of next-generation batteries and electric vehicles.
See also: Purdue University Press Release

Grounds

27. Calvin College Plants Rain Garden
Calvin College (MI) has installed a rain garden on its campus. The garden features irises, pink phlox, Black-eyed Susans, and mature oak, spruce, and maple trees.

Research

28. U Illinois Chicago Prof to Develop Climate Change Diagnostic Toolbox
A University of Illinois at Chicago mathematician has received a $473,000 National Science Foundation Career Award to create a "diagnostic toolbox" - a new set of algorithms that will provide a computational framework to aid climatologists in their predictions about climate change. Rafail Abramov hopes the math tool will help climate scientists narrow down parameters to ones that will make a difference.

Transportation

29. U Fairfield, College of Staten Island Purchase Green Buses
The University of Fairfield (CT) and the College of Staten Island (NY) have each purchased a hybrid-electric shuttle bus. The College of Staten Island received a grant from the New York Power Authority to purchase the new vehicle.

30. Mesa State College Begins Bike-Share Program
Mesa State College (CO) has begun MAVbikes, a bike-share program that allows students to check out single-speed bikes for the entire semester with a $150 refundable deposit. The fleet of 50 bicycles was purchased from a local bike shop that is providing the College with free maintenance, tune-ups, and adjustments.
See also: List of Campus Bike-Share Programs (AASHE Members Only)

Waste

31. Several Campuses Switch to Reusable To-Go Containers
Several campus dining halls throughout North America will begin using the "Green Thread," a reusable, to-go food container introduced by ARAMARK Higher Education. The containers, which are dishwasher-safe and go through the same cleaning process as the dinnerware used in campus dining halls, will be offered to students at participating campuses starting this year. The eco-friendly option is expected to divert more than 2 million disposables from landfills during the 2009-2010 school year. The new program is a result of successful pilots at Baylor University (TX), University of Florida, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Peace College (NC), and Salem College (NC).

32. Emory U Expands Recycling
Emory University (GA) has expanded its plastics recycling program to accept items with Plastic Identification Codes 1–6. Emory previously accepted only codes 1 and 2.

New Resources

33. Podcast Interviews from ACUPCC Climate Leadership Summit
AASHE and Second Nature have posted three podcasts recorded during the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment Climate Leadership Summit. The podcasts feature interviews with Jesse Pyles, Sustainability Coordinator at Unity College (ME); Dr. Kathleen Schatzberg, President of Cape Cod Community College (MA); and Glenn Cummings, Assistant Deputy Secretary with the U.S. Department of Education.

34. Publication: Choices for Sustainable Campus Living & Study
Today's Campus has published "Choices for Sustainable Campus Living and Study: Ecovillages Provide College Students with Experiential Learning," a review of ecovillages at campuses in the U.S. The publication gives an overview of ecovillages at Berea College (KY); the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Clemson University (SC), and Pacific Union College (CA).

35. Conf Call Recording on Psychological Resistance to Env'l Behaviors
Media Strategies for Sustainability has posted a recording of its conference call entitled "Understanding and Overcoming Psychological Resistance to Promote Environmental Behaviors. In this session, conservation psychologist Dr. Jessica M. Nolan discusses the three types of psychological resistance that may undermine message effectiveness and shares several techniques for overcoming resistance to promote sustainable behaviors on campus. The presentation is part of a national conference call series about media strategies for sustainability.

Opportunities

36. Series of Grad Fairs for the Public Good
Idealist.org has announced that it will host a series of Graduate Degree Fairs for the Public Good where potential applicants can meet with representatives from graduate programs. Each event will also offer a set of workshops that will describe the various degrees, illuminate the application and financial aid process, and guide attendees in how to transition back to school. The degree programs featured will include environmental science, social work, socially responsible business, urban planning, nonprofit management, and more.

37. College FilterForGood Eco-Challenge Grants
The Brita Products Company invites proposals for its second annual College FilterForGood Eco-Challenge Grant Program. Undergraduate and graduate students in good academic standing in an accredited college or university in the U.S. are encouraged to prepare a proposal and budget for a program that is either action-based or will create tangible results in the interest of helping to protect the environment. The program should be initiated and make significant progress towards completion by April 2010. Five $10,000 grants will be awarded. The deadline to apply is October 30, 2009.

38. Campuses Beyond Coal Sign-Up Survey
The Student Sierra Coalition (SSC) invites students in the U.S. to become Campuses Beyond Coal organizers to help move campuses and communities past their dependence on coal and into the path of energy independence. The SSC, through the Campuses Beyond Coal Campaign, will provide the following resources to student organizers: campus energy profiles, local media strategy guides, community leader sign-on letters, and a guide to creating an alternative energy plan with campus energy managers.

39. Campus Progress Organizing Grants and Partnerships
Campus Progress invites youth or student-led organizations in the U.S. to apply for its Organizing Grants and its Progressive Partnerships. The Organizing Grants program offers up to $1,500 to help with websites, flyers, or any other tools needed to help with progressive movements. The Progressive Partnerships program offers guidance, networking, strategic planning, and training for youth-led efforts. The fall deadline for Progressive Partnerships is September 14, 2009, and Organizing Grants are offered year-round on a rolling basis.

40. Online Access to Intl Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education
The International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education is offering limited free online access to its most recent issue, which was prepared in cooperation with AASHE and focuses on climate action planning on campuses in the U.S. and Canada. The issue will be available from August 24th – September 14, 2009.

Jobs & Internships

41. Sustainability Coordinator, Campus Planning, U Cincinnati
The University of Cincinnati (OH) Department of Campus Planning, Design, and Construction invites applications for a Sustainability Coordinator position. Under the general direction of the University Architect/Associate Vice President for Planning, Design, and Construction, the successful candidate will coordinate activities with the Associate VP of Facilities and the Executive Director of Utilities to assist with the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment and work on sustainability efforts at the University. The one-year position with a possible extension will also develop strategies to promote sustainability efforts and lead the effort to create implementation plans, attend meetings in support of sustainability efforts as required, assist in maintaining accurate records of sustainability initiatives and accomplishments, and create and maintain ongoing updates to the campus sustainability website. A bachelor's degree with three years of experience or equivalent is required. The position is open until filled.

42. Sustainability Fellow, Unity College
Unity College (ME) seeks a Sustainability Fellow with expertise in sustainability and energy accounting to develop a comprehensive and cost-saving energy plan for campus buildings. The Fellow will identify and propose a suite of campus renovation projects that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, perform cost-benefit analysis of projects, and will identify and seek out potential funding sources. Applicants should hold an advanced degree in sustainability or a related field and have training in energy and climate emissions accounting. The full-time, six-month position will begin this fall. Review of applications will begin immediately.

43. Faculty Position, Corporate Env'l Sustainability, Duke U
Duke University (NC) invites applications for tenure-track faculty positions in the area of Corporate Environmental Sustainability to begin in the fall of 2010. As a faculty member, the individual will hold joint appointments in the Fuqua School of Business and the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions (NIEPS). Applicants should have a strong research record in corporate environmental sustainability and must be willing to contribute to the research missions of both Fuqua and NIEPS. Applicants should have a Ph.D. by the date of appointment, a strong research record, and ability to teach in Fuqua’s Ph.D. and MBA programs.

44. Prof, Sociology w/ Sustainability Focus, Brooklyn College City U New York
The Brooklyn College of the City University of New York Department of Sociology invites applications for a position as Professor of Sociology to begin September 2010. The College is seeking candidates with a specialization in the area of sustainability and whose research and teaching interests can speak to, and make use of, Brooklyn's social context. The successful candidate will be expected to teach at least one methods course each semester, as well as to contribute to the Department's courses in social theory.

Events

45. Webinar: How to Set Credible Timetables for GHG Reductions
September 1, 2009; 2pm Eastern; Online
Clean Air-Cool Planet will host "How to Set Credible Target Dates and Timetables for your GHG Reductions." The webinar will cover where to start, how aggressively an institution should strive to fulfill its commitments, and how to find a balance between leadership and pragmatism in a climate action plan. Presenters will include Jack Byrne, Director of Sustainability Integration at Middlebury College (VT); Keri Enright-Kato, Sustainability Project Manager at the Yale University (CT) Office of Sustainability; and Claire Roby, Carbon Accounting Coordinator for Clean Air-Cool Planet.

46. Webinar: Carbon Markets and Offsets in Climate Action Planning
September 22, 2009; 3pm Eastern; Online
Clean Air-Cool Planet will host "Carbon Markets and Offsets as Part of Your Climate Action Planning." The webinar will discuss the benefits and drawbacks of the following options: offsets vs. energy reduction initiatives, local vs. market offsets, and carbon reductions of on-campus projects vs. the financial benefits of selling offsets or Renewable Energy Credits. Presenters will include Bill Burtis, Manager for Communications and Special Projects for Clean Air-Cool Planet; Paul Chamberlin, Interim Assistant VP for Facilities at the University of New Hampshire; and Tom Rawls from Native Energy.

47. Interdisciplinary, 90-Minute, International Climate Teach-In
October 22, 2009; International
The National Teach-In on Global Warming Solutions is promoting a 90-minute International Teach-In for campuses in conjunction with 350.org's International Day of Action. The recommended schedule for each campus-wide interdisciplinary plenary includes 30 minutes of roundtable presentation followed by an hour of discussion, and action. It is suggested that faculty, staff, and students discuss "350," the level in parts per million that scientists have identified as the safe upper limit for CO2 in the atmosphere, from the perspectives of chemistry, economics, law, politics, ethics, psychology, geophysics, public health, communication, engineering, art and religion.

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