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Table of Contents for 12/14/09:

NEWS
Buildings 1. 2 College Arts Complexes Receive LEED Certifications
2. U Miami Builds Green Medical Center
3. Worcester Polytechnic Inst Building Recognized as Green Teaching Tool
Campus Sustainability in the Media 4. College Students Attend White House Youth Energy Forum
5. Campuses Increasingly Embrace Geothermal Power
6. Associated Press Covers Campus Green Poinsettia Initiatives
Coordination and Planning 7. University System of Ohio Establishes Green Jobs Advisory Panel
Dining Services 8. Washington U in St. Louis Serves Ethical Tomatoes
Diversity and Affordability 9. Rhode Island Funds Prgm to Send Low-Income Students to College
10. Temple U Opens Center Focused on Diversity
Energy 11. Unity College Residence Achieves Net-Zero Status
12. University System of Maryland Approves 4 Renewable Energy Projects
13. Eastern U Installs Solar Panels
14. Baldwin-Wallace College Installs Wind Turbine
15. Medaille College Partners with Aramark to Achieve Energy Savings
Funding 16. West Virginia U Energy Saving Program Receives Federal Funds
Research 17. Clemson U Researchers Receive Grant to Study Carbon Sequestration
18. U Idaho Graduate Student Wins National Conservation Award
Transportation 19. U South Carolina Pledges to Cut Vehicle Pollution
20. Slippery Rock U Buses Upgraded for More Convenience
21. North Idaho College Starts Program to Support Biking
22. Northern Arizona U Produces Biodiesel on Campus
23. Rice U Increases Shuttle-Riding and Car-sharing
Waste 24. Slippery Rock U Greens Graduation

NEW RESOURCES
25. Live from Copenhagen Q & A Call Podcasts
26. New AASHE Resource on Campus Bicycle Plans

OPPORTUNITIES
27. Discount for STARS Charter Participants Ends December 31
28. Talk to Campus Delegations Live from the Copenhagen Negotiations
29. Now Accepting Nominations for the STARS Steering Committee

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
30. Multiple Positions, SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry
31. Academic Dir, Golisano Inst for Sustainability, Rochester Inst of Tech
32. Assist Dir, Sustainability and Campus Utilities, SUNY Geneseo
33. STARS Technical Development Coordinator, AASHE
34. Researcher, Renewable & Sustainable Energy Mgmt, Albany State U
35. Fellowships, National Wildlife Federation Campus Ecology

EVENTS
36. RSVP – STARS Webinar in January
37. CFP: Understanding Sustainability Through Humanities Conference

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News

Buildings

1. 2 College Arts Complexes Receive LEED Certifications
Yale University (CT) and Buffalo State College (NY) have received LEED Gold and Silver certifications respectively for arts complexes on campus. Yale's newly renovated and expanded Paul Rudolph Hall included the restoration of exterior walls, the installation of historically correct windows, and upgrades to all building facilities including the exhibition gallery, jury and studio spaces, study areas, and administrative and faculty offices. The 114,000-square-foot structure provides classrooms, seminar rooms, lecture halls, faculty offices, and a public café. Buffalo State's Burchfield Penney Art Center received its certification for a 40 percent reduction in water consumption, incorporation of local materials in building construction, and an energy efficient HVAC system.
See also: Buffalo State College Press Release

2. U Miami Builds Green Medical Center
The University of Miami’s (FL) new Clinical Research Building has received LEED certification. The 15-story, 336,000-square-foot building incorporates drought tolerant landscaping that reduces irrigation by 53 percent, energy-efficient HVAC systems, and the use of renewable sources for 78 percent of the building’s electricity.

3. Worcester Polytechnic Inst Building Recognized as Green Teaching Tool
Worcester Polytechnic Institute's (MA) East Hall has been awarded the 'Judge's Choice' honor from the EducationDesignShowcase.com in its "Building as a Teaching Tool" category. East Hall's design-and-construction process and sustainable features were recognized as "educational opportunities" for the campus community. As part of the building's "teaching tool" features, the residence hall's project team engaged WPI's Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) faculty and students in planning and discussions throughout the construction process. Furthermore, the building's green roof and stormwater monitoring/testing station also serve as teaching tools by allowing for CEE faculty and students to study stormwater quality and flow rate, and conduct green roof technology research.

Campus Sustainability in the Media

4. College Students Attend White House Youth Energy Forum
The New York Times has posted a blog on the White House Youth Clean Energy Economic Forum, which several campus members were able to attend. The Forum was held to begin building a framework for a green economy. The University of California, Berkeley was mentioned in the post.

5. Campuses Increasingly Embrace Geothermal Power (link no longer available)
The Boston Globe has published and article on how college and university campuses are increasingly turning to geothermal power as an alternative to heating and cooling campus buildings. The article mentions Boise State University (ID), which expects to save up to $80,000 per year in heating costs with its geothermal installations, Ball State University (IN), which expects to save $2 million a year once its project to upgrade 45 buildings to geothermal technology is complete, and the University of Wisconsin, Madison, which has recently installed a geothermal system and expects that cost will be recovered in 15-20 years.

6. Associated Press Covers Campus Green Poinsettia Initiatives
The Associated Press has published an article on initiatives at some U.S. institutions to grow poinsettias more sustainably. Institutions mentioned include the University of New Hampshire, Purdue University (IN), North Carolina State University, and the University of Florida.

Coordination and Planning

7. University System of Ohio Establishes Green Jobs Advisory Panel
The University System of Ohio has established the Ohio Green Pathways Advisory Council. The new committee is charged with developing a comprehensive understanding of green workforce demand, building and expanding relationships with green industry leaders, and identifying strategies to create and expand new green opportunities in Ohio. The 20-member panel is comprised of leaders from business and industry, higher education institutions, and state agencies, all representing green workforce and industry in Ohio. After the panel’s first meeting on January 13, 2010, it will recommend to the Chancellor ways to expand access to affordable educational pathways for green jobs and market Ohio's green job pathways as an economic development tool for the State.

Dining Services

8. Washington U in St. Louis Serves Ethical Tomatoes
Washington University, St. Louis (MO) Dining Services’ provider, Bon Appétit, has decided to only serve Fair Trade tomatoes in campus dining halls. In the winter, the tomatoes at the University will come from farms in Florida that have signed an agreement, established by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, to fairly pay and ethically treat their workers. Currently only one farm will be providing the University with tomatoes.

Diversity and Affordability

9. Rhode Island Funds Prgm to Send Low-Income Students to College
The State of Rhode Island has begun a pilot program designed to send lower income high school students to college. The program, Bachelor Degree in Three, provides funding for lower income high school students to take up to one year of college courses while still in high school so that they can graduate from a college or university in three years, saving the family money. Participating schools include the University of Rhode Island, the Community College of Rhode Island, and Rhode Island College.

10. Temple U Opens Center Focused on Diversity
Temple University (PA) has established a new center focused on diversity. The Academic Center on Research in Diversity launched earlier this year to promote faculty and student research on diversity. The Center will also hosts forums about diversity and reach out to the local community.

Energy

11. Unity College Residence Achieves Net-Zero Status
The Unity House, a 1,930 square foot LEED Platinum home built on the campus of Unity College (ME), is now officially net-zero; it creates more energy than it uses. Construction on the sustainable home finished last fall, and over a period of one year it produced 6,441 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity while using only 6,430 kWh. The house was built for Unity College by Bensonwood Homes in partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology School of Architecture. The Unity House is being used as an educational resource for visitors and students, as well as serving as home for Unity College President Mitchell Thomashow.
See also: Unity House New Page

12. University System of Maryland Approves 4 Renewable Energy Projects
The University System of Maryland Board of Regents has approved the award of four renewable energy projects that will produce more than 20 percent of the annual electric needs for USM institutions and state agencies. The four projects recommended include a 13 MW solar project at Mount St. Mary's University, a 10 MW wind project in western Maryland, a 55 MW project in West Virginia, and up to 55 MW of offshore wind. It is expected that USM institutions will contract for approximately 20 percent of the Systems’ electrical consumption.
See also: List of Campus Solar Installations
See also: List of Campus Wind Installations

13. Eastern U Installs Solar Panels
Eastern University (PA) has announced plans to cover the entire roof of its Eagle Learning Center with solar panels. The installation will be free-of-charge because Eastern's energy provider, Community Energy, will use it as a working sample for clients. The installation is expected to provide the Center with eight to 10 percent of its energy needs.

14. Baldwin-Wallace College Installs Wind Turbine
Baldwin-Wallace College (OH) has installed a 60-foot residential wind turbine on campus. The turbine can generate up to 2.4 kilowatt hours and serves as a sign of the College’s commitment to sustainability. It was paid for with funds from student government and the sustainability department.

15. Medaille College Partners with Aramark to Achieve Energy Savings
Medaille College (NY) has partnered with ARAMARK Higher Education, the College's facilities management provider, to reduce its energy consumption on campus. In 2008, ARAMARK developed a 5-year plan to reduce energy use by 18 percent. After a combination of improvements and capital investments this goal was reached in just six months and a new goal was set to reach 25 percent. The College expects to save $600,000 and to reduce its carbon footprint by reducing the campus carbon dioxide emissions by at least 500 metric tons.

Funding

16. West Virginia U Energy Saving Program Receives Federal Funds
West Virginia University, in partnership with the state Division of Energy, has received $500,000 in stimulus money to help fund its Save Energy Now program. The program helps businesses in the region save energy, create jobs, and improve the environment. This was the second time the program has received funds, making the total $1.2 million.

Research

17. Clemson U Researchers Receive Grant to Study Carbon Sequestration
Clemson University (SC) researchers have received an $891,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to study the storage of carbon dioxide in underground geological formations. The researchers will focus on carbon dioxide dissolved in saltwater at high pressure and how to keep it away from underground drinking water. They will also work with a professor from Stanford University (CA).

18. U Idaho Graduate Student Wins National Conservation Award
A graduate student from the University of Idaho has won the national William T. Hornaday Conservation Award from the American Society of Mammalogists. Jan Schipper is currently pursuing his doctorate degree at the University and has done a significant amount of work to improve the protection of mammals. One initiative he has led is to assess the status of the world’s 5,500 mammal species by working with organizations around the world.

Transportation

19. U South Carolina Pledges to Cut Vehicle Pollution
The University of South Carolina has announced plans to cut is vehicle pollution by 90 percent by 2015. The University plans to do this by switching the majority of its 400 vehicles to an alternative fuel. These alternatives include ethanol, biodiesel, liquefied petroleum gas, electricity, and hydrogen fuel cells. The transition will begin with a hydrogen hybrid bus joining the fleet next month.
See also: List of Green Campus Fleets

20. Slippery Rock U Buses Upgraded for More Convenience
Slippery Rock University (PA) students, faculty, and staff can now use their cell phones to track campus and off-campus buses. The Student Government Association hopes the project will make riding buses more convenient and boost ridership. The new computers installed on the buses were partially paid for with a grant from the student green fund.

21. North Idaho College Starts Program to Support Biking
North Idaho College’s Natural Resource Conservation and Management class has launched the WeCycle program to promote bicycling on and off campus. The new program is recruiting campus art and welding classes to create bike racks from recycled materials to be placed around town and campus. The class hopes that the 15 new racks will bring awareness to the importance of biking.

22. Northern Arizona U Produces Biodiesel on Campus
Northern Arizona University has begun using cooking oil from campus dining halls to create biodiesel for campus buses. The campus began their project when diesel was $5 a gallon; the biodiesel they produce now costs $1.70 a gallon.
See also: List of Campus Fleets with Biodiesel

23. Rice U Increases Shuttle-Riding and Car-sharing
Rice University (TX) has announced that ridership on its campus shuttle service has increased by 30 percent since last year. The University believes that the availability of a car-sharing program on campus has helped increase the number of shuttle riders because it has decreased the need to have a car on campus. The institution has also seen an increase in the number of hours its shared cars are in use.

Waste

24. Slippery Rock U Greens Graduation
Slippery Rock University (PA) students will be sporting green gowns at their graduation this year. The gowns will be made at of GreenWeaver fabric, which is made out of plastic bottles. Each gown saves about 23 plastic bottles from entering a landfill and is expected to only cost students $3 more.

New Resources

25. Live from Copenhagen Q & A Call Podcasts
AASHE has posted the podcasts from its first two 'Live from Copenhagen Q & A calls' on its website. The first call occurred at 3pm Eastern on Tuesday, December 8th and focused on initial perspectives and how to follow and use the negotiations process. The second recording occurred at 11am Eastern on Thursday, December 10th. The focus of this call was on youth and student perceptions of the conference. The final call will be Wednesday, December 16th, at 3pm Eastern and will focus on observations and lessons learned.

26. New AASHE Resource on Campus Bicycle Plans
AASHE has released a resource that lists implemented campus bicycle plans that exist independently from campus master plans. The new resource is only available to AASHE members.

Opportunities

27. 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

28. Talk to Campus Delegations Live from the Copenhagen Negotiations
December 16, 2009; 3pm Eastern
AASHE will host its third and final conference call 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 final call 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.

29. Now Accepting Nominations for the STARS Steering Committee
AASHE invites nominations for Steering Committee members for the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System (STARS). The STARS Steering Committee plays a key role in shaping one of AASHE’s most important programs. The Committee provides guidance on the strategic and fiscal direction of STARS and serves as the decision-making body on issues related to the technical content of the rating system. AASHE is currently seeking seven campus representatives to join the AASHE staff and board members who already serve on the Committee. Representatives will be selected to reflect the diversity of STARS users and AASHE members. Campus representatives will be drawn from the pool of nominees and appointed by the STARS Manager and AASHE Executive Director. Preference will be given to AASHE members and STARS Charter Participants. The closing date for nominations is January 15, 2010.
See also: Roles and Responsibilities

Jobs & Internships

30. Multiple Positions, SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry
The State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry is seeking applicants for faculty positions in the following representative areas: biomimicry and design of sustainable systems; climate change drivers and responses of natural and urban systems; urban sustainability: built environments, ecological engineering, and sustainable communities; quantitative analysis of fate and transport of environmental contaminants, pathogens and/or invasive species; biomolecular engineering for sustainable products and processes; and renewable energy engineering. These tenure-track positions will be at the associate or assistant professor level, depending on qualifications. Candidates should have a Ph.D. in one of the areas described or a closely related field, a strong record of publication and external funding, and evidence of collaborative skill and effective college teaching. Successful candidates will begin August 15, 2010. Applications are due January 11, 2010.

31. Academic Dir, Golisano Inst for Sustainability, Rochester Inst of Tech
The Golisano Institute for Sustainability (GIS) at Rochester Institute of Technology invites applications for the position of Academic Director. The GIS Academic Director will be a leading expert in an area related to sustainability, with the ability to establish strong partnerships with industry, government, and national labs; a strong research track record; leadership experience; effective communication and mentoring skills; and the ability to work collaboratively and lead effectively in a complex multi-disciplinary environment. S/he will be responsible for leading an interdisciplinary faculty in the development and operation of graduate programs related to sustainability; growing the program’s research portfolio; hiring and mentoring of faculty and staff; creating a supportive and stimulating environment for graduate students; and fostering academic and research collaboration in sustainability across the RIT campus. The Academic Director will report to the Director of the Golisano Institute for Sustainability, who reports to the Provost. Candidates should have a PhD and possess qualifications to be tenured at the associate or full professor level. Applications received before January 15, 2010, will be given the fullest consideration, and the position will remain open until filled.

32. Assist Dir, Sustainability and Campus Utilities, SUNY Geneseo
The State University of New York, Geneseo is seeking applicants for the position of assistant director for sustainability and campus utilities. The assistant director will be responsible for management oversight, maintenance coordination, and strategic planning of campus utility systems. Some duties will include supervising the central heating plant manager and working with others as required maintaining, upgrading, or expanding existing systems to ensure sustainability and service to the campus. Applications are due January 15, 2010.

33. STARS Technical Development Coordinator, AASHE
AASHE seeks a Technical Development Coordinator to contribute to the ongoing development and refinement of the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS). The STARS Technical Development Coordinator’s primary responsibility will be to coordinate a team of Technical Advisors across many disciplines to improve the STARS credits and corresponding support materials. Review of applications will begin on January 25, 2010, and will continue until the position is filled.

34. "Researcher, Renewable & Sustainable Energy Mgmt, Albany State U"
Albany State University (GA) is seeking applicants for the position of institutional researcher in renewable and sustainable energy management. Candidates should have a Ph.D. in a science or engineering field with appropriate postdoctoral experience or a Master degree with significant executive and operational experience in fields directly related to sustainable and renewable energy management. Demonstrated potential for successful teaching, scholarship, and service is preferred. Duties include developing and coordinating curricula, teaching at both undergraduate and graduate levels, and supervising and mentoring undergraduate and graduate student researchers.

35. Fellowships, National Wildlife Federation Campus Ecology
The National Wildlife Federation Campus Ecology Program invites Fellowship applications for the Midwest Campus Climate Action Network and the Southeast Campus Climate Action Network for the spring 2010 and the fall 2010 semesters. Successful candidates will work directly with Campus Ecology staff on program initiatives, will gain professional experience, and will learn more about the youth climate movement. Undergraduate or graduate students from any college or university in the network area are able to apply. The deadline for applications is December 20, 2009.

Events

36. RSVP – STARS Webinar in January
January 19, 2009; 12pm Eastern; Online
AASHE will host a webinar, “Measuring Campus Sustainability: Reaching for the STARS,” 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; Nan Jenks-Jay, Dean of Environmental Affairs at Middlebury College (VT); and Chris O'Brien, Director of Sustainability at American University (DC).

37. CFP: Understanding Sustainability Through Humanities Conference
May 20-22, 2010; Portland State University; Portland, OR
The Portland State University Humanities Sustainability Research Project invites proposals for its second annual international conference on "Understanding Sustainability: Perspectives from the Humanities." Proposals may include presentations on academic papers, panel discussions, interviews, workshops, art installations, and media screenings. Presentations that speak broadly to an interdisciplinary audience and that seek to stimulate broad conversation about the future direction of green or environmental knowledge and practice are especially encouraged. Proposals of 250 words or less are due January 4, 2010.

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