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NEWS
Assessments and Ratings 1. Cleantech Group Names Top 10 Universities to Promote Renewables
Buildings 2. Yale U Kroon Hall Achieves LEED Platinum
3. Columbia College Builds Green Media Center
4. San Diego City College Opens Green Exercise & Athletics Building
Climate 5. 98 New Campuses Complete Climate Action Plans
Co-Curricular Education 6. Duke U Announces Greenhouse Gas Reduction Challenge
Coordination and Planning 7. Brown U Signs Intl Sustainable Campus Charter
8. U North Carolina Chapel Hill Forms Energy Task Force
9. Unity College Appoints Sustainability Fellow
Curriculum 10. Green Mountain College Announces Sustainable Ag Major
11. U California Berkeley Courses Approved by USGBC
Dining Services 12. U Houston Switches to Reusable To-Go Containers
13. Santa Barbara City College Offers Fair Trade, Organic Coffee
Energy 14. Furman U to Harness Energy from Elliptical Machines
15. Atlantic Cape CC Signs Power Purchase Agreement
16. Minnesota Schools Receive Grants to Cut Carbon Emissions
17. Edinboro U Receives Grant for 210 kW Solar Array
18. Mount Union College Installs 54 kW Solar Array
19. U Albany Reduces Energy Costs by $319K
Public Engagement 20. New York U Specifies Worker Rights in Middle East Campus Contract
21. U New Hampshire, State Partner to Create Green Jobs
22. Santa Monica College Produces Water Conservation PSA
Research 23. 4 Institutions Receive Research Grant for IT Energy Efficiency
24. U California Merced Prof Receives Grant to Study Solar Energy
Transportation 25. U Alberta Starts Car-Share Program
Waste 26. U Portland Bans Bottled Water Sales on Campus
27. U Pennsylvania Launches Composting Program with Waste Campaign
28. U Colorado Boulder Starts Dual-Stream Recycling
Water 29. Vanderbilt U Urinals Go Waterless

OPPORTUNITIES
30. Ithaca College Online Sustainability Leadership Certificate
31. Summer Train-the-Trainer Academies in Biofuels & Photovoltaics

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
32. President, California Polytechnic State U
33. Director, Energy Management, Ohio U
34. Culinary Program Director, Sterling College
35. Assistant Director, Renewable Energy & Green Jobs, Bristol CC
36. Prof, Sustainable & High Performance Infrastructure, U Buffalo
37. Faculty, Center for Sustainable Tourism, East Carolina U
38. Faculty Advisor, Socially Responsible Business, Goddard College
39. Faculty Advisor, Sustainable Community Developmt, Goddard College
40. Fellow, Environmental Studies, Colby College
41. Visiting Professor, Environmental Studies, Bates College

EVENTS
42. Webinar: STARS Reporting Tool 101
43. World Sustainable Development Teach-In Day

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News

Assessments and Ratings

1. Cleantech Group Names Top 10 Universities to Promote Renewables
Cleantech Group has published a list of the top 10 U.S. academic institutions best suited to develop new technology and related business models that offer competitive returns for investors and customers while providing solutions to global challenges. The top 10, in order, are: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of California at Berkeley, University of Texas at Austin, Stanford University (CA), University of Michigan, University of Colorado at Boulder, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Cornell University (NY), Georgia Institute of Technology, and Washington State University.

Buildings

2. Yale U Kroon Hall Achieves LEED Platinum
Yale University's (CT) Kroon Hall has received LEED Platinum certification. The new home of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies was designed to use 81 percent less water and 58 percent less energy than a comparable building, and to generate 25 percent of its electricity on site from renewable sources. The east-west orientation of the building takes advantage of solar access and natural ventilation. The building is highly insulated and a green roof serves as a courtyard and covers a service lot and storage rooms below. Fresh air ventilation and free cooling cycles on air handling units reduce the need for air conditioning most of the year. Indicator lights alert occupants when conditions are suitable for opening windows. Concrete walls and exposed concrete ceilings retain heat in winter and help cool in the summer.  

3. Columbia College Builds Green Media Center
Columbia College (IL) has opened its new Media Production Center, which was designed and built to achieve LEED Gold certification. The building features a partial green roof to help with noise reduction and insulation for heating and cooling. Other green features include use of natural light and recycled materials.

4. San Diego City College Opens Green Exercise & Athletics Building
San Diego City College has opened its newly-renovated Health, Exercise Science, and Athletics Building, a two-story, 24,615-square-foot facility that includes a state-of-the-art sports training room, a weight room, locker rooms, and classrooms for martial arts, spinning, yoga, and kickboxing. The structure, which is registered for LEED certification, allows diffused light to enter the building, features Energy Star roofing materials, and contains low-flow and waterless plumbing fixtures. In addition, all exterior glazing has weather-seal and specialized coatings to reduce solar heat gain.  
See also: SDCC Athletics Building Fact Sheet
See also: SDCC Athletics Building Grand Reopening Powerpoint

Climate

5. 98 New Campuses Complete Climate Action Plans
98 new campuses have submitted Climate Action Plans (CAP) as part of the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) since the last update in the AASHE Bulletin on December 21, 2009. The plans illustrate the specific steps schools are taking to reach climate neutrality. The CAP is the second major reporting requirement of the Commitment and is due within two years of signing.

Co-Curricular Education

6. Duke U Announces Greenhouse Gas Reduction Challenge
In an effort to encourage students, faculty, and staff to take specific actions to help reduce their greenhouse gas emissions on campus, Duke University (NC) has announced the Green Devil Challenge. Each month, a new challenge will be issued to encourage individuals to make small changes in their daily lives that will help reduce emissions at Duke. The first challenge, issued by an email from Bill Chameides, dean for the Nicholas School of the Environment and co-chair of Duke’s Campus Sustainability Committee, asks people to begin by making a commitment by signing the Sustainable Duke Pledge or asking a friend or colleague to do so.

Coordination and Planning

7. Brown U Signs Intl Sustainable Campus Charter
Brown University (RI) President Ruth J. Simmons has signed the Sustainable Campus Charter, which commits signatory universities to campus-wide principles and measurable goals for sustainable development, construction, and operations. In addition, the universities involved have committed to incorporating the study of sustainability principles and practice into their educational offerings. The charter stems from the International Campus Sustainability Network (ICSN).
See also: ISCN Charter

8. U North Carolina Chapel Hill Forms Energy Task Force
The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill has formed a new Energy Task Force composed of students, faculty, staff, and environmental activists. The group will work over the next six to 12 months to learn about the University’s efforts and to evaluate the approaches being used on other campuses to encourage sustainability. The purpose of the task force is to develop the most practicable plan possible for reducing UNC Chapel Hill’s carbon footprint.    

9. Unity College Appoints Sustainability Fellow
Unity College (ME) has appointed Anne Stephenson, PhD, as its Sustainability Fellow focused on campus buildings. Funded through participation in the Rocky Mountain Institute’s Accelerating Campus Climate-Change Initiatives, Stephenson will work part-time to help address campus barriers to emissions reductions. Through cost and energy analysis, she will develop a funding proposal to prioritize campus-wide facilities upgrades that help the institution reach its carbon reduction goals. Unity College students will work closely with Stephenson throughout the modeling and analysis phases of this foundation-funded project.

Curriculum

10. Green Mountain College Announces Sustainable Ag Major
Green Mountain College (VT) announced the creation of a new Sustainable Agriculture & Food Production major for the fall 2010 semester. The new major will be based at Cerridwen Farm, the College's 22-acre working farm, with office and classroom space at the adjacent Solar Harvest Center. Students will learn about agriculture and food systems presented through the lenses of history, anthropology, the natural sciences, philosophy, business, economics, and art.    
See also: Sustainable Ag & Food Production Major Homepage
See also: List of Undergraduate Programs in Sustainable Agriculture

11. U California Berkeley Courses Approved by USGBC
The University of California, Berkeley Extension has been approved by the U.S. Green Building Council as an official Education Provider. Approved offerings include courses in solar, sustainable construction, renewable energy, transportation, clean technology, and sustainability leadership and management. Individuals that take these courses can earn credit towards LEED Professional Credentialing Maintenance.  

Dining Services

12. U Houston Switches to Reusable To-Go Containers
The University of Houston (TX) Dining Services will no longer offer Styrofoam containers. Instead, customers purchasing a to-go meal will receive a reusable to-go box. The microwavable, plastic containers can be returned, after use, for a voucher to receive a clean container for future visits.  

13. Santa Barbara City College Offers Fair Trade, Organic Coffee
Santa Barbara City College (CA) students now have a more sustainable option for their caffeine needs. Campus dining halls now offer Green Star Coffee, which is both fair trade and organic. The coffee beans are also roasted by a local coffee company.  

Energy

14. Furman U to Harness Energy from Elliptical Machines
The Furman University (SC) Senior Class has announced plans to purchase 15 elliptical machines that are capable of producing energy while in use. A 30-minute workout on an elliptical cross-trainer typically produces enough electricity to power a light bulb for between two and three hours or a desktop computer for around a half hour. Furman officials expect the initial setup of the system to cost between $15,000 and $20,000.  

15. Atlantic Cape CC Signs Power Purchase Agreement
Atlantic Cape Community College (NJ) has signed a power purchase agreement with Pepco Energy Services, Inc. The agreement allows Pepco to build, maintain, and operate solar arrays on ACCC campuses, and establishes that ACCC will purchase the energy generated at a fixed rate. The 2.3 megawatt installation will generate 48 percent of the College's power needs and is expected to save the school $220,000 the first year and $6.8 million over 20 years.  

16. Minnesota Schools Receive Grants to Cut Carbon Emissions
The Minnesota Schools Cutting Carbon Project has announced the award of over $200,000 in 19 grants to 23 public high schools, colleges, and universities across Minnesota. Projects range from making energy improvements such as energy efficient lighting and motion sensors; installing renewable energy projects including solar photovoltaic and solar thermal systems; increasing recycling and composting; reducing paper use and food waste; supporting community greenhouse production of local foods; and increasing sustainable transportation options by encouraging walking, biking, carpooling and bus riding to school. Higher education grant recipients include: Bemidji State University; Dakota County Technical College; Hibbing, Itasca, Mesabi Range, Rainy River, and Vermilion Community Colleges; University of Minnesota, Deluth; University of Minnesota, Morris; and Winona State University.  

17. Edinboro U Receives Grant for 210 kW Solar Array
Edinboro University (PA) has received a grant to install a 210-kilowatt solar array atop its McComb Fieldhouse. The Governor of Pennsylvania announced the $474,000 as part of the new "Green Energy Works!" program. Besides generating electricity for the University, the array will allow Edinboro to market and sell solar renewable energy credits and will create 10 skilled-labor jobs.  
See also: List of Campus Solar Installations

18. Mount Union College Installs 54 kW Solar Array
Mount Union College (OH) has begun operating its new 54 kW solar panel installation on the roof above the Peterson Field House. The panel produces enough energy to power the fitness center in the building below.  

19. U Albany Reduces Energy Costs by $319K
The State University of New York at Albany has announced that it reduced energy costs by a total of $319,000 through energy-saving steps during the fall semester and winter intersession. The biggest savings, $241,000, came through the Intersession Energy Savings campaign with the remainder through the University’s Fall Energy Campaign. U Albany's Intersession Energy Savings initiative, which ran from December 18, 2009 through January 14, 2010, led to a 30 percent decrease in electricity use, 11 percent decrease in fuel use, and 10 percent decrease in water consumption over the same period, prior to initiating these energy initiatives in 2008.  

Public Engagement

20. New York U Specifies Worker Rights in Middle East Campus Contract
The Washington Post has published an article on New York University's recent mandate that all workers involved in its Middle East campus in Abu Dhabi have labor rights. The provisions specify how often workers are paid, how many hours they can work in a week, that overtime is voluntary and must be paid, and that workers are entitled to vacation and paid holidays.  

21. U New Hampshire, State Partner to Create Green Jobs
The University of New Hampshire and the State of New Hampshire have partnered to create the Green Launching Pad, an initiative that will bring new green technologies to the marketplace, help innovative clean technology companies succeed, and support the creation of green economy jobs in New Hampshire. Through the Green Launching Pad, companies, both established and start-ups, will receive extensive financial, operational, technical, and managerial support to launch and commercialize green energy products and services. By accelerating these products and services to market, the program aims to help reduce energy use and carbon emissions while creating new jobs and economic opportunities in New Hampshire. The program, which starts immediately, will draw on the engineering, energy, environmental, and business research at UNH.    
See also: Green Launching Pad Homepage

22. Santa Monica College Produces Water Conservation PSA
A group of Santa Monica College (CA) students, alum, and faculty have unveiled the "SMC Global Citizens for Water Conservation," a one-minute public service announcement that communicates the message that water conservation is important locally and globally. This production was made possible by a $10,000 water conservation grant SMC won in 2008, to be used for student-created video public service announcements on water conservation around the world.  
See also: SMC YouTube Video

Research

23. 4 Institutions Receive Research Grant for IT Energy Efficiency
A team of computer scientists from Rutgers University (NJ), the University of California at Santa Barbara, the University of Michigan, and the University of Virginia have received a two-year, $1 million research grant from Google to help reduce energy usage in large Internet data centers. The team will explore ways to create low power modes in servers, allowing parts of the computer to be turned off while other parts remain accessible. The goal is to allow less active servers to move their processing loads to other servers and essentially go to sleep. The goal of such redesigns would be to conserve 40 to 50 percent of the power that servers now consume. The team members are all affiliated with UCSB’s Greenscale Center for Energy-Efficient Computing.  

24. U California Merced Prof Receives Grant to Study Solar Energy
Professor Alberto Cerpa of the University of California, Merced has received a $568,202 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop a system to track the amount of sunlight collected by solar panels on the ground. This information will make it easier for electricity providers to plan and manage solar generation systems within their electrical grids. The research project will use a network of sensors to collect solar irradiance data at ground levels. The sensors will measure and track cloud cover, aerosol content, and the presence of gases such as water vapor and carbon dioxide - all of which can reduce the amount of sunlight a solar cell can collect - in the Earth’s lower atmosphere and stratosphere.

Transportation

25. U Alberta Starts Car-Share Program
The University of Alberta has begun a car-sharing program with Hertz. The "Connect with Hertz" program offers students, faculty, and staff an alternative to bringing their car to campus and will help reduce both traffic congestion and air pollution.
See also: List of Campus Car-Share Programs (AASHE Members Only)

Waste

26. U Portland Bans Bottled Water Sales on Campus
The University of Portland (OR) has banned the sale of bottled water on its campus. The decision was viewed as an environmental and social justice issue. The University hopes this will reduce waste on campus and encourage students to drink tap water and use reusable containers.
See also: List of Campuses with Bottled Water Bans (AASHE Members Only)

27. U Pennsylvania Launches Composting Program with Waste Campaign
The University of Pennsylvania has completed a one-week waste-reduction campaign in campus dining halls to help diners understand how to reduce food waste and launch Penn’s new composting program. As part of the Scrape Bucket Challenge, students were asked to scrape whatever was left on their plates into large containers located in each dining facility on campus. The containers were measured each day to track the level of food waste over the course of the week. The campaign was combined with the University's participation in RecycleMania.    
See also: U Pennsylvania Announcement
See also: List of Campus Composting Programs (AASHE Members Only)

28. U Colorado Boulder Starts Dual-Stream Recycling
The University of Colorado, Boulder has adopted a new dual-stream recycling system to reduce the amount of waste going to landfills. Now, all paper products can go into one bin and all co-mingled items can go into another. Student workers separate them at the recycling facility. The University believes this new dual-system will capture 800-1,000 tons of recyclables that would otherwise have gone to a landfill.    

Water

29. Vanderbilt U Urinals Go Waterless
In an effort to conserve water, Vanderbilt University (TN) has begun replacing all of its non-residential urinals to waterless versions. 40 to 50 percent of the urinals have already been replaced, and the University says millions of gallons of water have been saved. Vanderbilt expects to replace all the urinals by 2013.  

Opportunities

30. Ithaca College Online Sustainability Leadership Certificate
The Professional Certificate in Sustainability Leadership from Ithaca College, offered in partnership with AASHE, is for practitioners who want to apply best practices in leading sustainability initiatives. The certificate catalog features 12, two-week seminars delivered online - anytime, anywhere - with open enrollment. The upcoming seminar, A Systems Approach to Sustainability, will be held February 17 - March 2, 2010, and will cover awareness of sustainability as a multi dimensional, dynamic interaction between interrelated and interdependent elements in an organization. Organizational decision-making and planning efforts based on a systems approach will also be discussed. The registration deadline is February 17, 2010, and discounts are available for AASHE members.  

31. Summer Train-the-Trainer Academies in Biofuels & Photovoltaics
The Consortium for Education in Renewable Energy Technology (CERET) invites two-year college instructors to apply for its Train the Trainer Academies in biofuels and photovoltaics. Accepted applicants will receive hands-on experience and instructional training necessary to incorporate renewable energy technology into their own classrooms. The academies are taught by veteran industry experts, and are based on existing programs certified by national training/accrediting bodies such as the National Alternative Fuel Training Consortium and the Institute for Sustainable Power Quality. Two academies will be offered each summer in a staggered pattern to meet the scheduling needs of teachers. Funding through the National Science Foundation allows CERET to provide teachers with stipends to offset the costs of tuition, travel, room, and board for the class.

Jobs & Internships

32. President, California Polytechnic State U
California Polytechnic State University is seeking candidates for the position of president. The president leads the institution by managing the human and financial resources to fulfill the stated mission and provides overall leadership and guidance for the University. The president will also be an advocate for sustainability education and practices at Cal Poly, and cultivate a campus-wide culture of sustainability. Review of applications March 10, 2010.  

33. Director, Energy Management, Ohio U
Ohio University is hiring for the position of director of energy management. Duties of this position include monitoring energy consumption, making recommendations for energy conservation, and implementing projects that will result in the reduction of energy use. Qualifications include certification as an energy manager or equivalent, five years experience with electrical and mechanical systems in order to have a sufficient background and understanding of these systems, and an understanding of the relationship between fossil fuel use and climate change. The position is open until filled.    

34. Culinary Program Director, Sterling College
Sterling College (VT) seeks an experienced and innovative chef, teacher, and program manager to lead all aspects of the College’s independent, organic- and farm-based food service, and to help develop a new summer semester program and academic track in sustainable food systems and the culinary arts. The director will be responsible for all aspects of the College’s food service, including menu design, meal preparation, budgeting, health and safety, ordering, inventory, kitchen employees, and scheduling. The director should have experience in and passion for all aspects of local and sustainable food systems, farms and farmers, healthy eating, community living, higher education, and teaching and learning at the baccalaureate level. A Master’s or Ph.D. degree is preferred.

35. Assistant Director, Renewable Energy & Green Jobs, Bristol CC
Bristol Community College (MA) is accepting applications for the position of assistant director for the Renewable Energy and Green Jobs Projects (REGJP) in the College's Center for Business and Industry. The successful candidate will manage, oversee, and coordinate the development, promotion, implementation, and growth of the REGJP. Requirements for the position include a bachelor's degree in related field, strong leadership, and experience developing/implementing project plans, managing contracts, and collaborating with industry, preferably in an academic setting. The screening of resumes has begun.    

36. Prof, Sustainable & High Performance Infrastructure, U Buffalo
The State University of New York at Buffalo is seeking applicants for the position of associate professor of materials for sustainable and high performance infrastructure. The candidate should have expertise in the development of new, energy-efficient, smart, and environmentally-friendly materials. The applicant should also have a Ph.D. in civil engineering or a related field. Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.    

37. Faculty, Center for Sustainable Tourism, East Carolina U
East Carolina University (NC) seeks applicants for a research and teaching position, which will be a joint appointment between the Center for Sustainable Tourism and an appropriate academic department. The position is broadly defined to consider all candidates with strong evidence of sustainability-related research and teaching pertaining to aspects of tourism. This position requires a doctoral degree, an established publication and external funding record, and evidence of a strong teaching record. Review of applications will begin February 28, 2010.    

38. Faculty Advisor, Socially Responsible Business, Goddard College
The Goddard College (VT) Socially Responsible Business & Sustainable Communities Program is seeking applicants for a faculty advisor position with a focus in socially responsible business. The applicant should have theoretical and practical experience in the start-up and on-going leadership/management of socially responsible business endeavors. Requirements include terminal degrees and teaching experience at the undergraduate and/or graduate level. The application due date is February 17, 2010.    

39. Faculty Advisor, Sustainable Community Developmt, Goddard College
The Goddard College (VT) Socially Responsible Business and Sustainable Communities Program is seeking applicants for a faculty advisor position with a focus in sustainable community development. The applicant should have theoretical and practical experience helping communities transition to sustainable modes of operation by attending to the integrated needs of environmental, economic, and human systems. Requirements include terminal degrees and teaching experience at the undergraduate and/or graduate level.  

40. Fellow, Environmental Studies, Colby College
Colby College (ME) invites applications for a two-year appointment as a Mellon postdoctoral fellow in environmental human rights with an emphasis on the United States. The position will work with students and faculty in the environmental studies program and the department of sociology in the areas of teaching and scholarship. An individual who is broadly trained in environmental studies, with background and interests in sociology and environmental human rights, and a geographic focus on the United States is preferred. Review of applications will begin March 12, 2010.    

41. Visiting Professor, Environmental Studies, Bates College
Bates College (ME) is seeking applicants for the position of visiting assistant professor in environmental studies. Candidates whose scholarly focus is on American environmental studies within one of the humanities are preferred. The position will be expected to teach a broad introductory course on the environment and human culture, in addition to upper-level courses in the candidate's area of expertise. Review of applications begins March 19, 2010.  

Events

42. Webinar: STARS Reporting Tool 101
February 16, 2010; 2pm Eastern; Online
AASHE's Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) will host a webinar training on the nuts and bolts of using the online Reporting Tool for STARS. The webinar will include a demonstration of how the Reporting Tool works from the first time users log in to the final steps of completing the submission, tips to streamline the reporting process, and an opportunity to ask questions. The webinar is free and open to the public. You do not have to be affiliated with a STARS Charter Participant institution to participate.  Participants should RSVP.  This webinar is part of AASHE's STARS webinar series.    

43. World Sustainable Development Teach-In Day
December 3, 2010; Global
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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