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Table of Contents for 12/7/09:

NEWS
Buildings 1. Villanova U Constructs Eco-Friendly Law School Building
2. Mesa College Opens Green Police Station
3. U Arizona Expands Student Recreation Center with LEED Standards
Coordination and Planning 4. U Colorado Board of Regents Approves Sustainability Resolution
5. U California San Diego Opens Sustainability Resource Center
6. Butler CC Holds First Sustainability Committee Meeting
Curriculum 7. Montgomery County CC to Offer Sustainable Building Program
Energy 8. U Oklahoma Set to Build 100 MW Wind Farm
9. UC San Diego Begins $73 M Energy Efficiency Program
10. U Kentucky Approves Energy Performance Contract
11. U Florida Performing Arts Center Makes Green Changes
Grounds 12. Meredith College Plants Edible Landscape
Human Resources 13. Harvard U Building Services Staff Receives Green Building Mgmt Training
Investment 14. 2009 Moskowitz Prize for Socially Responsible Investing is Announced
Public Engagement 15. U Detroit Mercy Partners with Ford to Offer Engineering Classes
16. Massachusetts Students Weatherize Local Homes
Research 17. Clemson U Receives Grant to Conduct Wind Turbine Research
18. Florida Gulf Coast U to Create Green Research Center
19. U Washington Selected to Test Smart-Grid Technology
Transportation 20. Michigan Technological U Transitions Fleet to Hybrids
21. Alamo Colleges Purchase Electric Scooters for Campus Security
Waste 22. New York U Bans Bottled Water from Dining Halls
23. Appalachian State U Grads to Wear Eco-Friendly Gowns
24. Rose-Hulman Inst of Technology Bookstore Uses Recyclable Bags
25. Wallace CC Student Government Launches Recycling Campaign
26. U Texas, Northwestern U Students Win Net Impact Re-Source Challenge

NEW RESOURCES
27. Accelerating Campus Climate Initiatives

OPPORTUNITIES
28. Discount for STARS Charter Participants Ends December 31
29. UN Commission for Social Development Delegation
30. EPA Fellowship Grants for Undergraduates
31. AASHE Seeks Nominations for New Board Members

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
32. Director, Sustainability Studies, U California Berkeley Extension
33. Assist Prof, Env'l Policy & Sustainability Mgmt, The New School
34. IT Support Coordinator, AASHE

EVENTS
35. Talk to Campus Delegations Live from the Copenhagen Negotiations
36. Save the Date – STARS Webinar
37. World Sustainable Development Teach-In Day

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News

Buildings

1. Villanova U Constructs Eco-Friendly Law School Building
Villanova University (PA) has opened its new 170,000-square-foot law school building, which features a 45,000-square-foot library and classrooms designed for Socratic methodology. The building hopes to achieve LEED Gold certification and features a number of green attributes including locally quarried stone and brick, storm water treatment in a manmade wetland, and maximization of natural lighting.

2. Mesa College Opens Green Police Station
San Diego Community College District's Mesa College (CA) has opened its new Police Station, a 7,000-square-foot facility that is registered for LEED Gold certification. 75 percent of construction waste was diverted, the attached parking structure features solar panels, and the facility is 12.9 percent more efficient than mandated by code.

3. U Arizona Expands Student Recreation Center with LEED Standards
The University of Arizona has expanded its student recreation center and incorporated green attributes. The building now features passive solar design to help reduce the sun’s heat on the south side of the building. UA was also able to divert more than 75 percent of its construction waste from landfills and hopes to achieve a LEED Platinum rating.

Coordination and Planning

4. U Colorado Board of Regents Approves Sustainability Resolution
The University of Colorado Board of Regents has approved a campus sustainability resolution. The resolution directs the president and chancellors to incorporate LEED standards in university buildings wherever possible; to ensure that the campuses complete the development of their respective comprehensive plans to achieve climate neutrality as outlined in the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment by June 30, 2010; to incorporate into their comprehensive plans the Governor's Colorado Climate Action Plan and the Greening of the State Government Executive Orders; and to report to the Board of Regents the progress on a bi-annual basis.
See also: Resolution
See also: AASHE Open Space Call on the Students' Role in Adopting a System-Wide Sustainability Policy at U Colorado
See also: List of Campus Building Guidelines and Green Building Policies (AASHE Members Only)

5. U California San Diego Opens Sustainability Resource Center
The University of California, San Diego has opened a Sustainability Resource Center. The Center houses the campus sustainability coordinator, the student-funded Student Sustainability Collective, and other sustainability staff. Its central campus location will serve as a place for students to learn about green jobs, courses related to sustainability, and tips on living sustainably.

6. Butler CC Holds First Sustainability Committee Meeting
Butler Community College (KS) has formed a sustainability committee that is comprised of students, faculty, staff, and local experts. Members of the committee will discuss the steps necessary to make Butler more sustainable. During the first meeting, attendees identified low hanging fruit, such as turning lights off, as well as larger projects such as developing a sustainability plan and conducting an energy audit.

Curriculum

7. Montgomery County CC to Offer Sustainable Building Program
Montgomery County Community College (PA) has announced plans to launch the Sustainable Building Advisor Program in January 2010. The nine-month program was developed with help from the non-profit organization National Sustainable Building Advisor Program and will cover such sustainable building aspects as site assessment and location, land usage, green communities, renewable energy options, investment costs and savings, indoor environmental quality, and water conservation.

Energy

8. U Oklahoma Set to Build 100 MW Wind Farm
The University of Oklahoma has partnered with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission to power its Norman campus with wind energy. The plan brings together many groups interested in building a wind farm and will result in the construction of 44 turbines that will be in full operation by the end of January 2010. The new turbines will be capable of generating up to 101 MW of electricity, which will add to the University's current usage of 10 percent wind power. OU hopes to be completely powered by wind by 2013.
See also: List of Campus Wind Installations

9. UC San Diego Begins $73 M Energy Efficiency Program
The University of California, San Diego has begun a $73 million program to increase the energy efficiency of 25 of its older buildings. The project seeks to lower the buildings' combined energy consumption by at least $6 million a year. New installations will include energy-efficient lighting, air-conditioning controls, and energy-efficient computer servers. The project is part of a larger $247.4 million University of California initiative to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and cut energy costs at its 10 campuses by $36 million annually.

10. U Kentucky Approves Energy Performance Contract
The University of Kentucky Board of Trustees has approved an energy savings performance contract with Ameresco, an energy service company (ESCO) based in Louisville. The ESCO has agreed to provide comprehensive energy and water management analysis plans as well as energy and water-related capital improvement services. The scope of the first phase of the project will be $25 million. Possible energy conservation measures that will reduce the university’s overall energy consumption include: upgrades to lighting systems to the latest electric saving technology, fume hood controls, HVAC systems, steam and chiller plant controls, and building envelopes; the installation of motor speed drives to save energy during mild weather conditions, energy management software to monitor usage in real time, and automatic utility metering devices; and replacement of old plumbing fixtures to the latest water saving technology. UK hopes to decrease overall energy demand by 10-15 percent.

11. U Florida Performing Arts Center Makes Green Changes
The University of Florida’s Phillips Center for the Performing Arts has made several changes to reduce its carbon footprint. The Center has upgraded its performance lighting instruments, replaced dressing room and house aisles with compact fluorescent light bulbs, programmed its main auditorium lighting so that only one-quarter of the available lighting fixtures are on – at 50 percent intensity – during most work days, and placed recycling bins backstage and front-of-house. The Center also has a new program that gives priority parking spots to individuals that carpool to events.

Grounds

12. Meredith College Plants Edible Landscape
Meredith College (NC) has planted an edible landscape on its campus grounds. A group of 20 students participated in the edible landscape planting, which features apples, plums, pomegranate, blackberries, raspberries, and kiwis.

Human Resources

13. Harvard U Building Services Staff Receives Green Building Mgmt Training
The Harvard University (MA) Office for Sustainability’s Green Building Services (GBS) team has completed an 8-hour Direct Digital Controls (DDC) training using a custom-made DDC simulator that is a full mock-up of all common pieces of HVAC equipment found in a building, including fans, heating and cooling coils, thermostats, and humidity sensors. The DDC training will help the GBS team ask better questions in project meetings, as well as recommend better solutions when auditing existing buildings. The training is part of an effort to keep the GBS team knowledgeable about the building systems they work with around campus, helping to reduce energy consumption and lower peak demand.

Investment

14. 2009 Moskowitz Prize for Socially Responsible Investing Announced
The 2009 Moskowitz Prize for Socially Responsible Investing has been awarded to a study on the complex relationship between corporate financial performance, corporate social performance, and social pressure. The winning paper, “The Economics and Politics of Corporate Social Performance” was written by David Baron of the Stanford University (CA) Graduate School of Business, Maretno Harjoto of Pepperdine University's (CA) Graziadio School of Business and Management, and Hoje Jo of San Clara University's (CA) Leavey School of Business.

Public Engagement

15. U Detroit Mercy Partners with Ford to Offer Engineering Classes
The University of Detroit, Mercy (MI) has partnered with Ford Motor Company to retrain around 2,000 of their engineers to work with electric and hybrid-electric vehicles. The University has worked with Ford to train its students in the field in the past, and the new project introduces a curriculum for current engineers that will help them address the problems that come with manufacturing a new product.

16. Massachusetts Students Weatherize Local Homes
A group of 140 volunteers made up of Williams College students and faculty members, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts students, and local community college attendees have weatherized 35 local homes as part of the area's second annual Winter Blitz. 28 teams of four people each weatherized one or two homes and were provided with the necessary supplies and a trained student leader. As part of the project, students insulated doors, installed storm windows, and filled in cracks in the walls.

Research

17. Clemson U Receives Grant to Conduct Wind Turbine Research
Clemson University (SC) has received a $45 million grant from the Department of Energy and an additional $53 million in matching funds to build a wind turbine research facility. The facility will focus on developing large-scale turbines that can generate 5 to 15 megawatts, which currently do not exist in the US. The facility will be part of the Restoration Institute at the former U.S. naval base in Charleston.

18. Florida Gulf Coast U to Create Green Research Center
Florida Gulf Coast University has partnered with the John D. Back Foundation to create the Florida Gulf Coast Innovation Hub, a 1.2 million-square-foot research and development area. FGCU plans to build a facility at the Innovation Hub to study renewable energy, solar energy, alternative energy sources, biotechnology, green technology and other programs. One of the primary goals of the initiative is to attract businesses and universities with an interest in renewable energy, and spur growth in green jobs.

19. U Washington Selected to Test Smart-Grid Technology
Seattle City Light has chosen the University of Washington’s campus to test its smart-grid technology. The project will install energy monitoring equipment and other technology in two classrooms and two residential halls. The project will cost $9.6 million and is part of a national initiative from the Department of Energy to make the national energy grid more efficient.
See also: News Story 2

Transportation

20. Michigan Technological U Transitions Fleet to Hybrids
Michigan Technological University’s Fleet Services has begun to transition its fleet to hybrid vehicles. So far, MTU has replaced four SUVs with hybrid Ford Escapes—which are 50 percent more efficient than their previous vehicles—and has purchased one hybrid Ford Fusion. The current fleet consists of 70 vehicles and consumes 5,000 gallons of gasoline a year. The University plans to switch all 32 of its SUVs and sedans to hybrids within 5 years.
See also: List of Campus Hybrid Fleet Vehicles (AASHE Members Only)

21. Alamo Colleges Purchase Electric Scooters for Campus Security
Alamo Colleges (TX) has purchased 10 electric scooters for its 5 campuses. The scooters, made by T3 Motion, are three wheeled and allow campus police to get around quickly and efficiently. The addition of the scooters, which will only cost 10 cents a day to operate, has allowed the College to get rid of four police vehicles.
See also: List of Campus Electric Vehicle Fleets (AASHE Members Only)

Waste

22. New York U Bans Bottled Water from Dining Halls
New York University Dining Services' Kimmel Market Place and Upstein Dining Hall have removed bottled water from their meal plan options. The two locations now provide compostable cups made from plant materials to students who wish to drink water or fountain soda.

23. Appalachian State U Grads to Wear Eco-Friendly Gowns
Students graduating in December 2009 from Appalachian State University (NC) will be the first on campus to wear a graduation gown made of fiber from renewable and sustainably-managed forests. The gown and its plastic packaging have been constructed to decompose in a landfill in a reasonably short period of time, according to the manufacturers. The eco-friendly gown costs only $3 more than last year's polyester gown.

24. Rose-Hulman Inst of Technology Bookstore Uses Recyclable Bags
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology’s (IN) bookstore has begun using recyclable shopping bags in an effort to reduce waste. Every student, faculty, and staff member received a free shopping bag in the mail the week before the new policy went into effect.

25. Wallace CC Student Government Launches Recycling Campaign
Wallace Community College’s (AL) student government association has launched a campaign to recycle paper and a program to collect old cell phones. The group has placed paper recycling bins and cell phone collection bins around campus. The phones will be repurposed for military personnel use oversees.

26. U Texas, Northwestern U Students Win 2009 Net Impact Re-Source Challenge
Undergraduate students in the University of Texas’ McCombs School of Business and graduate students in Northwestern University’s (IL) Kellogg School of Management shared first place in the 2009 Net Impact Re-Source Challenge. The Challenge asked students for innovative solutions to boost PET recycling rates on college campuses. Northwestern was also named 'Chapter of the Year' based on its accomplishments in management, activities, membership, impact, and Net Impact network.
See also: Northwestern U Press Release

New Resources

27. Accelerating Campus Climate Initiatives
The Rocky Mountain Institute, in partnership with AASHE, has released, "Accelerating Campus Climate Initiatives: Breaking through Barriers." The new book is a practical guide for anyone working in a college or university setting to reduce greenhouse gas emissions on their campus. It explores the challenges, both real and perceived, to significant reductions, and provides successful examples, and resources necessary to address the challenges. The book is the culmination of numerous RMI activities including staff visits to twelve campuses to understand specific campus climate initiatives and challenges. Chosen for the diversity of their conditions, the participating institutions were: Colorado State University; Furman University (SC); Harford Community College (MD); Lakeshore Technical College (WI); Luther College (IA); Richland College (TX); Tufts University (MA); Unity College (ME); University of Minnesota, Morris; University of Missouri; University of Vermont; and Yale University (CT).
See also: RMI Press Release

Opportunities

28. Discount for STARS Charter Participants Ends December 31
AASHE's Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) program is offering a discount to STARS Charter Participants. AASHE members and non-members that register on or before December 31, 2009, will pay a discounted fee of $650 and $1,150 respectively. Regular fees are $900 for members and $1,400 for non-members. Registration is available online.
See also: STARS Registration Page

29. UN Commission for Social Development Delegation (link no longer available)
Applications are now available for the SustainUS Agents of Change (AoC) delegation to the 48th Session of the Commission for Social Development, which will take place at the United National Headquarters in New York City February 3-12, 2010. Selected delegates will have the opportunity to work with government officials, scientists, civil society representatives, and youth from around the world to review progress on issues related to social development. In the past, AoC delegates have presented case studies and policy statements on behalf of youth; participated in forums with fellow representatives of civil society; and met with government delegates, international organizations, and the US State Department. CSD-48 is a policy session and addresses the topic of Social Integration. Applicants are required to be between the ages of 18 and 26 as of January 2009 and to either (a) be a US citizen or (b) study or work in the US for more than six months. Applications are due December 17, 2009.

30. EPA Fellowship Grants for Undergraduates
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is making available 30 grants of $46,500 each to enhance and support quality environmental education for undergraduates. The hope is that this assistance will encourage more students to continue their education beyond the baccalaureate level and pursue careers in environmentally related fields. The fellowships are intended to help defray costs associated with environmentally oriented study leading to a bachelor's degree. Fellowships are funded in the following fields of study: natural and life sciences, environmental science and interdisciplinary, engineering, social sciences and decision making, physical sciences, and mathematics and computer science. All students currently enrolled at an accredited college or university are eligible to apply for these grants. The deadline for application is December 10, 2009.

31. AASHE Seeks Nominations for New Board Members
The Nominations Committee of AASHE's Board of Directors is inviting members to nominate candidates to fill several slots on the Board. The full board holds multi-day, in-person meetings at least once a year (usually twice), and holds monthly phone meetings. In addition, each board member is expected to participate in at least one board committee. Committees meet by phone an average of six times per year, depending on their respective work agenda. Overall, board members should expect to contribute an average of five to 10 hours per month to AASHE. The closing date for nominations has been extended to December 14, 2009.
See also: Description of Role and Responsibilities of AASHE Board Members

Jobs & Internships

32. Director, Sustainability Studies, U California Berkeley Extension
The University of California, Berkeley Extension Department of Engineering and Technology invites applications for the full-time position of program director to manage courses, contracts, and curricula in the engineering and technology fields. The successful candidate will also manage a portfolio which offers approximately 200 courses to 2300 enrollments annually. Other duties will include program development and administration in engineering and technology and related programs. Applications are due January 4, 2010.

33. Assist Prof, Env'l Policy & Sustainability Mgmt, The New School
The New School (NY) seeks applicants for a newly-created, tenure track faculty position in environmental policy and sustainability management. A focus in one or more of the following policy or management areas is desired: sustainability strategy, environmental and resource economics, environmental assessment, environmental health, and urban environmental policy and planning. The position will be housed at the New School for Management and Urban Policy, which is currently integrating with the University's Graduate Program in International Affairs. The successful candidate will teach in and provide intellectual leadership for a planned master's degree program in environmental policy and sustainability management. She/he will also work closely with management and policy faculty. The position is open until filled.

34. IT Support Coordinator, AASHE
AASHE is seeking an IT support coordinator to work as part of the IT Team to provide technical support for AASHE staff and members. Responsibilities will include working with the AASHE staff to define and prioritize internal IT projects; leading small-scale IT initiatives; supervising IT support interns; assessing organizational IT training needs and developing staff-wide tutorials; serving as the gateway IT Manager regarding the purchase of all software, hardware, and other IT supplies; and evaluating new IT architectures including hardware, software, and networks. A bachelor's degree in computer science or equivalent experience is required. The position is open until filled. The screening of applications will begin January 4, 2010.

Events

35. Talk to Campus Delegations Live from the Copenhagen Negotiations
December 8, 2009; 3pm Eastern
December 10, 2009; 11am Eastern
December 16, 2009; 3pm Eastern
AASHE will host three conference calls with the 'Kyoto to Copenhagen' delegation, which is made up of members of the Dickinson College interdisciplinary student research team, to hear eyewitness accounts of the negations and side-events as they happen. The calls will focus uniquely on the implications of the negotiations for the higher education sustainability movement, namely: What do the negotiations mean for institutions of higher education? What are some key takeaways from the COP15 for campus sustainability advocates? How can colleges and universities use models of international climate change mitigation for their particular campus needs? What are students learning from the COP15? Questions may be submitted in advance to niles@aashe.org. Dial in number: (218) 862-7200 with passcode 151307.

36. Save the Date – STARS Webinar
January 19, 2009; 12pm Eastern; Online
AASHE will host a webinar to launch STARS 1.0, which will include the new website and on-line Reporting Tool. The webinar will address how STARS will help meet the needs of the campus sustainability community and feature Dr. Paul Rowland, AASHE's Executive Director; Dave Newport, Director of the University of Colorado at Boulder Environmental Center; and several other leaders in higher education.

37. World Sustainable Development Teach-In Day
December 3, 2010
The World Sustainable Development Teach-In Day entitled "Sustainable Development: working toward local solutions to a global challenge" will give university lecturers and their students the chance to examine some key sustainability-related issues. The goal of the teach-in is to disseminate information on the concept, aims and purposes of sustainable development so that it can be understood by a broad public, and will include elements relating to its environmental, social, economic and policy aspects, and to raise awareness among university students on the complexity of matters related to sustainable development and the need for personal engagement and action. Participating university staff/lecturers and teachers will be encouraged to get their students involved in working through a set of five guiding questions that are pertinent to their discipline. They will be supplied with a list of suggested questions in advance and encouraged to hand them out to their students in order to prepare for the discussions and provide them with guidance. Registration is now available.

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