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Table of Contents for 11/30/09:

NEWS
Buildings 1. U Colorado Boulder Renovates Dorm to LEED Gold
2. Rice U Engineering Facility Receives LEED Gold
3. Universities at Shady Grove Opens Green Parking Garage
Co-Curricular Education 4. Michigan State U Starts Green Certification Program
Coordination and Planning 5. U North Carolina Adopts Sustainability Policy
6. Grand Valley State U Names ED of Renewable Energy Center
Curriculum 7. Rochester Inst of Technology Announces B.S. in Env'l Sustainability
8. Acadia U Announces New Degree in Env'l & Sustainability Studies
Dining Services 9. U Shady Grove Starts Composting
Diversity and Affordability 10. U Tulsa Partners to Increase Native American Graduation Rates
Energy 11. Eastern Illinois U to Replace Coal with Biomass
12. U California Merced Completes 1 Megawatt Solar Power System
13. U Kansas Approves $25.6 M for Conservation Projects
14. Duke U Announces Energy Conservation Policies
15. Appalachian State U Completes 100kW Wind Turbine
16. U Delaware Dairy Farm Goes Solar
17. South Dakota School of Mines Installs Wind Turbines
18. Pennsylvania State U Plans to Upgrade Steam Plant
19. Texas State U San Marcos Announces Green Exercise Machines
20. Chatham U Receives Funding for Solar Installations
21. Lyndon State College Receives Federal Grant for Solar Project
Funding 22. Emory U Receives Funding to Promote Walking
Public Engagement 23. Unity College Weatherizes Local Homes
24. SUNY Canton Educates Girls Scouts On Sustainable Design
25. Pennsylvania College of Technology Expands Weatherization Ctr
Research 26. U Nebraska Lincoln Receives $1.5 M for Organic Agriculture
27. U Wisconsin Madison Prof Awarded Grant for Green Chemistry
28. U Memphis Professor Receives Grant for Biodiesel Research
Transportation 29. U New Mexico Opens Alternative Transportation Information Ctr
30. U Arizona Starts Bike Share Program
31. U Maine Brings Back Bike-Share Program
32. Loyola U Chicago Students Make Biodiesel From Used Cooking Oil
33. Lehigh U Incorporates Biodiesel into Campus Fleet
Waste 34. Montana State U Ramps Up Recycling Program

NEW RESOURCES
35. Report on Growing the Green Economy through Green Chemistry & Design
36. Green Classroom Website

OPPORTUNITIES
37. RecycleMania Registration is Open
38. Intl Society of Sustainability Professionals Competency Survey
39. Global Change Education Program
40. Professional Certificate in Sustainability

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
41. Sustainability Manager, Portland CC
42. Sustainability Coordinator, U Memphis
43. Assist Dir, Grad Prgm on the Env, The Evergreen State College
44. Environmental Education Assistant, Eastern Kentucky U
45. Professor of Renewable Energy, Florida Gulf Coast U
46. Sustainability Fellow, Yale University

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News

Buildings

1. U Colorado Boulder Renovates Dorm to LEED Gold
The University of Colorado, Boulder has received LEED Gold certification for the renovation of Arnett Hall. The residential building’s renovation was finished in May 2008 and since then has realized a 20-percent reduction in energy use and a 39-percent reduction in water use. Green features include sensors that suspend heating and cooling systems when windows are opened, aerators on faucets, and recycled materials.
See also: List of Green Residence Halls (AASHE Members Only)

2. Rice U Engineering Facility Receives LEED Gold
Rice University (TX) has received LEED Gold certification for its newly renovated Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen. The 12,000-square-foot building, which features a vegetated roof, will use an estimated 19 percent less energy and 31 percent less water than if it had been built to typical codes and standards. In addition, almost half of the materials used in renovation were composted from recycled sources, and 66 percent of the construction and demolition waste was recycled.

3. Universities at Shady Grove Opens Green Parking Garage
The Universities at Shady Grove (MD) has celebrated the opening of its first new parking garage, which features a green design and adds 600 parking spaces to the campus. The garage features designated parking spaces for hybrid, carpool vehicles and bicycles, and the structure was built with LED lighting and includes daylight sensors to reduce power requirements and light pollution. Its white concrete top deck helps to decrease the heat island effect. Materials with recycled content such as fly ash, concrete, and rebar were used as well as carbon fiber reinforced precast. Rainwater collection, water efficient landscaping, and water control devices also reduce water runoff. In addition, there is an energy efficient elevator and reclaimed green spaces.

Co-Curricular Education

4. Michigan State U Starts Green Certification Program
Michigan State University has launched a Green Certification Program that recognizes departments, programs, and individuals on campus for their efforts towards sustainability. In order to receive certification, an entity has to show steps they are taking to reduce MSU’s environmental impact through energy efficiency and conservation, waste reduction and recycling, water conservation, and/or purchasing.

Coordination and Planning

5. U North Carolina Adopts Sustainability Policy
The University of North Carolina Board of Governors has adopted the UNC Sustainability Policy. The new Policy, which is in response to the UNC Tomorrow recommendation that the University assume a leadership role in addressing the state's environmental challenges, establishes sustainability as a core value guiding institutional operations, planning, capital construction, and purchasing practices.
See also: UNC Sustainability Policy
See also: List of Campus Sustainability Policies (AASHE Members Only)

6. Grand Valley State U Names ED of Renewable Energy Center
Grand Valley State University (MI) has named T. Arnold Boezaart as the second executive director of the Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center (MAREC). Boezaart previously served as the vice president for Grant Programs for the Community Foundation for Muskegon County. In that role, he handled a project that put a wind energy turbine atop the Frauenthal Center in downtown Muskegon. Boezaart, who has been serving as the interim executive director of MAREC since April, hopes to focus MAREC's attention on job creation in the green economy.

Curriculum

7. Rochester Inst of Technology Announces B.S. in Env'l Sustainability
The College of Applied Science and Technology at Rochester Institute of Technology has launched a Bachelor of Science degree program in environmental sustainability, health, and safety. The program, which evolved from RIT's environmental management program that launched in 1991, will include courses that focus on sustainability and social responsibility. Accreditation by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology is anticipated.
See also: List of Undergraduate Program in Green Engineering

8. Acadia U Announces New Degree in Env'l & Sustainability Studies
Acadia University (NS) has announced a new program in environmental and sustainability studies beginning in the fall 2010 semester. The program will emphasize group hands-on and individual learning and will be limited to 30 students. Students can choose to pursue either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Recreation Management.
See also: List of Bachelor's Programs in Sustainability

Dining Services

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The Universities at Shady Grove (MD) have begun a composting initiative in its kitchen operations. The trial composting program started earlier this fall and has already composted over 1,900 pounds of waste. The composting bins, which are collected three times per week, are taken to a local composting facility off-site where the material is turned into mulch.
See also: List of Campus Composting Programs (AASHE Members Only)

Diversity and Affordability

10. U Tulsa Partners to Increase Native American Graduation Rates
The University of Tulsa (OK) and the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma (CNO) have partnered in an effort to help Native Americans in Oklahoma achieve their education goals and to increase Native American graduation rates in higher education. As part of the partnership, TU will reach out to students as early as the eighth or ninth grade through the CNO Scholarship Advisement Program’s workshops, college preparation testing, and school visits. TU also will act as a resource for the CNO Scholarship Advisement Program on issues related to college admission and financial aid.

Energy

11. Eastern Illinois U to Replace Coal with Biomass
Eastern Illinois University has announced a partnership with Honeywell to complete a $79 million renewable energy and building retrofit program. The project, which will combine energy-efficient facility upgrades with biomass-fueled heating plants, will help EIU address deferred maintenance, improve its infrastructure, and save approximately $140 million in energy and operating costs over the next two decades. The focal point of the program is the construction of a new steam plant on the southeast corner of campus that will be driven by two large biomass gasifiers. The plant will use wood chips sourced from the local logging industry to generate steam and heat buildings on campus, and it will replace the University’s aging steam plant, which consumes more than 10,000 tons of coal per year and requires constant maintenance. EIU will finance the improvements and use the savings, guaranteed by Honeywell through a 20-year performance contract, to pay for the work.

12. U California Merced Completes 1 Megawatt Solar Power System
The University of California, Merced has completed a one-megawatt solar power system on its campus. The system consists of 4,900 solar panels that follow the sun’s movement and sit on 8.5 acres. The University expects to obtain 20 percent of its annual energy needs from the system, as well as an expected $5 million in savings over the next 20 years.
See also: List of Campus Solar Installations

13. U Kansas Approves $25.6 M for Conservation Projects
The University of Kansas's Board of Regents has approved a $25.6 million contract with Energy Solutions Professionals (ESP) to carry out conservation projects on campus. Under the contract, the University expects to attain an annual savings of $2.2 million. ESP has developed seven categories in which to address conservation: including water conservation, lighting improvements, and lab improvements.

14. Duke U Announces Energy Conservation Policies
Duke University (NC) has adopted a new policy for building temperatures during regular and off-hours in university buildings. Where possible, temperatures in university buildings that are on the central control system will be set at approximately 68 degrees in the winter and 76 degrees in the summer. Those temperatures will be used during regular business hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday. Off-hour temperatures of 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. and weekends will be set as low as 60 degrees and up to 80 degrees. Other buildings, including libraries and research buildings, will have individual heating and cooling settings different from the rest of Duke in order to preserve materials and equipment. The new policy will also discontinue the use of portable space heaters by employees at work. In all, the plan is expected to save Duke more than $600,000 a year.
See also: List of Campus Energy Conservation Policies

15. Appalachian State U Completes 100kW Wind Turbine
Appalachian State University (NC) has completed the installation of its 100 kW wind turbine. The turbine, which is 121 feet tall, was funded with the $5-per-semester student green fee and is expected to meet the energy needs of 10-15 residential homes.
See also: List of Campus Wind Installations

16. U Delaware Dairy Farm Goes Solar
The University of Delaware’s dairy farm has added 44 solar panels, a total of 9.2 kW, to the roof of its manure recycling center. In addition to the renewable energy benefits of the system, the University also hopes the new installation will show the practical use of solar to local farmers.

17. South Dakota School of Mines Installs Wind Turbines
South Dakota School of Mines & Technology’s Renewable Energy Research facility has raised two wind turbines. The turbines will mainly serve as an educational tool for engineering students. Many research projects involving the new turbines have already been designed and some are being carried out.

18. Pennsylvania State U Plans to Upgrade Steam Plant
Pennsylvania State University has announced plans to upgrade its west campus steam plant, which has been in operation since 1930, in 2010. The plan is part of an overarching energy master plan that requires reductions in carbon emissions and energy use. The upgrade to the steam plant will most likely result in a change of fuel source.

19. Texas State U San Marcos Announces Green Exercise Machines
Texas State University, San Marcos has retrofitted 30 elliptical machines in the Student Recreation Center, giving the equipment the capability of converting exercise into renewable energy. The machines, which will be connected to the university power grid, will convert the effort of a typical 30-minute workout into about 50-watt-hours of electricity. The goal of the project is to help promote sustainability efforts and to raise awareness among the student body.

20. Chatham U Receives Funding for Solar Installations
The Pennsylvania state government has given out more than $23 million for 36 new solar and alternative energy projects in the state. $113,037 of the funding was given to Chatham University for on campus projects. The University is using the funding to install two solar thermal systems on two different campus residence halls.

21. Lyndon State College Receives Federal Grant for Solar Project
Lyndon State College (VT) has received a $32,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to help fund the College’s 5-kilowatt solar power array. The array costs about $50,000 and is a project initiated by students in the College’s Sustainability Studies Program.

Funding

22. Emory U Receives Funding to Promote Walking
Emory University’s (GA) Office of Sustainability Initiatives has received $18,000 from the Urban Land Institute to promote walking. The new project “Walk n’ Roll” encourages people to walk more by using technologies such as podcasts, videos, and online resources to show the benefits. Maps have been created to highlight walking paths that take people past LEED certified buildings and community gardens.

Public Engagement

23. Unity College Weatherizes Local Homes
Unity College (ME) has participated in the second annual Neighbor Warming Neighbor program, which took place in November 2009. As part of the program, students and faculty from the College teamed up with members of the community to help weatherize homes in the surrounding area. The goal of the project is to help community members support themselves through the winter season, as well as to reduce the carbon footprint of the town. Teams of four or five were sent out with weatherization kits specific to the houses they would be working on based on earlier energy audits. On average, each team worked on two houses. The team left the homeowner with additional supplies if needed, suggestions on what else they could do, and a blanket. Over the two weekends that the program was held, roughly two dozen homes in the area were weatherized.

24. SUNY Canton Educates Girls Scouts On Sustainable Design
State University of New York, Canton recently hosted 50 young women from the Thousand Island Girl Scout Council to create sustainable pet shelters. The program, which was funded with a grant from the Corning Foundation, is being done to educate youth about sustainable design and help a local animal shelter rehabilitation project.

25. Pennsylvania College of Technology Expands Weatherization Ctr
Pennsylvania College of Technology has expanded its Weatherization Training Center with the help of federal money. The Center helps to train men and women to implement programs that assist low-income households become more energy efficient. The expansion will allow the center to train up to 1,000 people a year, compared to 250-350 previously.

Research

26. U Nebraska Lincoln Receives $1.5 M for Organic Agriculture
The University of Nebraska, Lincoln has received a $1.5 million grant to conduct research exploring issues around organic agriculture. The grant is part of $19 million in funding awarded to universities across the country from the USDA’s “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food" initiative, which is designed to create local and regional food systems.

27. U Wisconsin Madison Prof Awarded Grant for Green Chemistry
Shannon S. Stahl, a professor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison has been awarded a $747,166 grant for green chemistry research. Her research focuses on developing innovative approaches in chemistry and engineering to make the development of pharmaceuticals more environmentally friendly. The National Institute of General Medical Sciences awarded the grant as part of $16.4 million in research grants around the country.

28. U Memphis Professor Receives Grant for Biodiesel Research
University of Memphis (TN) professor Srikant Gir has been awarded a $500,000 grant to conduct research on biodiesel research and development. Dr. Gir is focusing on creating a smaller waste-into-fuel converter so that the process can be done in a more local way. He sees small businesses using it to convert vegetable oil and fallen leaves into energy.

Transportation

29. U New Mexico Opens Alternative Transportation Information Ctr
The University of New Mexico has opened the Transportation Information Center. The center will act as a location for students to come and learn about the alternative transportation options on campus and in the surrounding area. The University hopes it will make alternative transportation options more accessible and visible to students.

30. U Arizona Starts Bike Share Program
University of Arizona Parking and Transportation Services has started the Cat Wheels Bike Share Program, offering students an alternative form of transportation. The program currently has 10 bikes and two different check-out locations. Students are able to borrow bikes free of charge for up to 24 hours before they have to be returned or checked out again.
See also: List of Campus Bike-Share Programs (AASHE Members Only)

31. U Maine Brings Back Bike-Share Program
The University of Maine has re-launched its campus bike-share program after making some changes to how the program is run. In previous years, the bikes were available on an honors system basis and were left unlocked. The bikes were abandoned throughout campus, leaving them vulnerable to damage that would make them unsafe to use. Students checking out Blue Bikes under the new program must sign a contract that requires that each borrower lock the bicycle to a rack to prevent theft and, after a month, return it to the GCI offices. Borrowers can renew the contract each month. By signing the contract, borrowers agree to be held responsible for any serious damages. Bikes not returned or severely damaged cost borrowers $100. There are currently 15 bikes for use and a waiting list of 50 students.

32. Loyola U Chicago Students Make Biodiesel From Used Cooking Oil
Loyola University, Chicago (IL) students have begun converting used cooking oil into biodiesel to use in buses on campus. The program started in as a result of a project in the University’s “Solutions to Environmental Problems” class. The students also use the left over glycerin from the process to create “bio-soap” that is sold at the campus bookstore.
See also: List of Biodiesel in Campus Fleets (AASHE Members Only)

33. Lehigh U Incorporates Biodiesel into Campus Fleet
Lehigh University (PA) has begun to use biodiesel in all of its diesel engines in its campus fleet. These include both maintenance vehicles and student buses. Currently the University uses 40,000 gallons of diesel fuel each year, and now two percent of that will be biodiesel.

Waste

34. Montana State U Ramps Up Recycling Program
Montana State University’s Environmental Awareness Club and student government have partnered to increase the number of recycling bins around campus. Coca-Cola donated a number of 55-gallon barrels and lids to be used as recycling bins and worked with students to convert the barrels to recycling bins.

New Resources

35. Report on Growing the Green Economy through Green Chemistry and Design
The Green Chemistry and Commerce Council, National Pollution Prevention Roundtable, and the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell have released a report as a resource to assist states and higher education institutions in developing a green chemistry (GC) and design for environment (DfE) framework. "Growing the Green Economy through Green Chemistry and Design for Environment" defines a vision and an approach to use creative green chemistry and design for environment policy approaches as key economic tools. The report notes the roles of educational institutions in furthering GC and DfE as: educating the future workforce of the green economy; discovering new green chemistry and product options; supporting efforts to overcome application challenges; analyzing policy options; and serving as the host for needed dialogues between researchers and businesses and communities. The new publication also provides a GC and DfE information toolbox.
See also: Report Press Release

36. Green Classroom Website
Intellidemia has launched a new campaign, "Green Classroom," to target the reduction of resource waste and the introduction of computer-based learning platforms in the classroom. The initiative seeks to raise awareness surrounding course delivery and identify paper waste in the classroom through a new section on the company's website. In the areas of handouts, textbooks, syllabi, assignments, and examinations, the website explores technology platforms and tools to help instructors teach and students learn while protecting the environment.
See also: Intellidemia Press Release

Opportunities

37. RecycleMania Registration is Open
Registration is now open for the spring 2010 RecycleMania Tournament. The competition, which is open to all colleges and universities in the US and Canada and internationally, provides a framework for schools to rally students to increase recycle and reduce overall waste generation. The competition will run from January 17 through March 27, 2010.

38. Intl Society of Sustainability Professionals Competency Survey
The International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) has announced a call for participation in its research project to determine the core competencies needed by sustainability professionals. ISSP hopes that the results of the research will help bring cohesion and definition to the emerging profession, inform the design of educational programs, and help sustainability professionals prepare for their futures. The survey will take about 15-20 minutes to complete, and all participants will be eligible to win a $150 credit toward ISSP membership or classes.

39. Global Change Education Program
The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER) invites applicants for its Global Change Education Program (GCEP) which promotes undergraduate and graduate education and training supportive of the Department's global change research activities. GCEP has two components: the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) and the Graduate Research Environmental Fellowships (GREF). SURE's primary goal is to involve undergraduate students at the end of their sophomore or junior year in BER-supported global change research, then continue this experience during subsequent undergraduate summers. GREF's primary goal is to support research designed and conducted collaboratively between graduate students, faculty advisors and DOE researchers at national laboratories or universities. GREF graduates are encouraged to continue climate change careers in postdoctoral and permanent positions in academia, government laboratories, and industry. Applications are due December 31, 2009.

40. Professional Certificate in Sustainability
The International Society of Sustainability Professionals has announced a certificate program that will provide attendees with the skills, tools, and methods to take on positions such as sustainability director, sustainability coordinator, sustainability consultant, or climate officer. All courses are delivered online via distance learning. AASHE members may register at the ISSP member price.

Jobs & Internships

41. Sustainability Manager, Portland CC
Portland Community College (OR) invites applicants for the position of sustainability manager. The sustainability manager will work to align the College with the goals of the American College & University President's Climate Commitment, the vision of the Climate Leadership Energy Taskforce, and sustainability initiatives. The manager will also facilitate partnerships with all campus sustainability coordinator(s) and other campus specific sustainability initiatives in a manner that allows for creativity while maintaining district-wide consistency. Qualifications include a Bachelor's degree in engineering, environmental engineering, environmental studies, or a related sustainability or environmental degree program. The job closes December 11, 2009.

42. Sustainability Coordinator, U Memphis
The University of Memphis (TN) seeks applicants for the position of sustainability coordinator. The position will coordinate all activities related to sustainability and recycling; purchase supplies and equipment; supervise employees; and work with students, faculty, and staff to enhance sustainability efforts campus-wide. The position requires a Bachelor's degree and three years experience managing a recycling program, including at least one year of supervisory/management experience or an equivalent combination of related education and experience. Applications are due December 1, 2009.

43. Assist Dir, Grad Prgm on the Env, The Evergreen State College
The Evergreen State College (WA) is seeking applicants for the position of assistant director of the Graduate Program on the Environment. The position is responsible for providing student services to prospective students and current students in the graduate program on the environment and to alumni of the program. S/he will also be responsible for administrative support including student recruitment, marketing, and community outreach. The key focus of the position's work is to support outreach efforts to prospective students and to provide direct student-service assistance to existing students. The position is open until filled.

44. Environmental Education Assistant, Eastern Kentucky U
Eastern Kentucky University is accepting applicants for the position of environmental education assistant. The assistant, in collaboration with the director of the Center for Environmental Education, will plan and implement environmental education experiences for a variety of audiences including in-service and pre-service teachers, university students and faculty, and K-12 students. The incumbent also assists with outreach projects, research, and grant writing. A bachelor's degree in education, environmental science, biology, geography, chemistry, or related area is required. Applications are due December 9, 2009.

45. Professor of Renewable Energy, Florida Gulf Coast U
Florida Gulf Coast University seeks applicants for the Back chair in renewable energy. The professor position will be a part of the interdisciplinary collaboration across the sciences and engineering programs. Emphasis will be placed on integrating fundamental and applied research, developing cross-disciplinary projects to support current faculty research strengths, and providing excellence in instruction in selected courses at the undergraduate/graduate levels related to the candidate's discipline. The successful candidate will be a leader in the development of a university-wide Institute for Renewable Energy and the Environment. The chair-holder is expected to significantly increase the level of research dollars from external sources.

46. Sustainability Fellow, Yale University
Yale University’s (CT) Office of Sustainability is accepting applicants for the position of sustainability fellow for the spring of 2010. The sustainability fellow position is designed to provide hands-on experience for a recent college graduate with an interest in campus sustainability. The position will be based in the Office of Sustainability and will support the initiatives of various campus departments working on collaborative projects. The fellow’s two main responsibilities will be overseeing the logistics and outreach for the annual Sustainability Summit and the logistics for the annual Spring Salvage. The position is open until December 18, 2009.

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