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NEWS
Buildings 1. U California Berkeley Res Hall Renovation Receives LEED-CI Gold
2. U South Florida Science & Technology Building Earns LEED Gold
3. Drexel U Opens Green Recreation Center
4. Florida International U Opens Green Health Sciences Building
5. Los Angeles CCD Unveils New Green Building Website
Co-Curricular Education 6. Northern Arizona U Launches New Sustainability Website
7. U California Berkeley Launches New Sustainability Website
Coordination and Planning 8. U Maine Partners with 4Tell to Develop Sustainability Plan
Curriculum 9. U South Florida Launches School of & MA in Global Sustainability
10. Emory U Announces Sustainability Minor
11. Aquinas College Announces Sustainable Business Certificate
12. 13 Campuses Receive NASA Climate Change Curriculum Funding
13. U Oregon Sustainability Prgm Offers Continuing Ed for Lawyers
14. Pellissippi State CC Offers Renewable Energy Class Series
15. U Oregon Class Develops Green Urban Renewal Proposals
Energy 16. Saint John's U Opens Solar Farm
17. U British Columbia Announces Plans for Biomass Plant
18. Emory U Energy Turndown Saves $15K
Grounds 19. Emory U Named Tree Campus USA
20. Princeton U Turns Campus Plant Waste into Mulch
21. U Dayton Transforms Brownfields
Public Engagement 22. Northern Arizona U to Host Wind Power Education Program
23. College of Marin Receives Award for Organic Farm
Research 24. Two Michigan Institutions Awarded Offshore Wind Research Grants
Waste 25. SUNY ESF Starts Aerated Composting Program
26. Luther College Printing Cap Reduces Paper Usage

NEW RESOURCES
27. New Resource on Water Conservation Policies
28. New Issue of Sustainability: Journal of Record

OPPORTUNITIES
29. AASHE 2010 Awards Program Accepting Applications
30. SustainUS Citizen Science Paper Competition

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
31. Associate Director, Facilities Energy Management, Stanford U
32. Environmental Center Coordinator, Fort Lewis College
33. Regional Coordinator, Alternative Energy Education, Gateway CC
34. Faculty, Sustainable Energy Technology, Mountain Empire CC
35. Environmental Humanities Fellow, Wellesley College

EVENTS
36. Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference

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News

Buildings

1. U California Berkeley Res Hall Renovation Receives LEED-CI Gold
The University of California, Berkeley's Clark Kerr Campus renovation has received LEED Gold certification under LEED Commercial Interiors version 2.0. Building interiors of the residential facility were completely renovated while efficient new water, power, heating, and communications systems were put in place. The facility includes low VOC-emitting materials, Energy Star appliances, bike storage rooms, and new recycling rooms. Construction began in May 2008 and was completed for the start of the Fall 2009 semester.  
See also: List of Green Residence Halls (AASHE Members Only)

2. U South Florida Science & Technology Building Earns LEED Gold
The new Science and Technology building at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg has received LEED Gold certification. The 35,000-square-foot structure was designed by faculty members and administrators.  
See also: List of Green Science Buildings (AASHE Members Only)

3. Drexel U Opens Green Recreation Center
Drexel University (PA) has opened its new Recreation Center. The 84,000-square-foot-facility wraps around Drexel’s existing 156,000-square-foot Daskalakis Athletic Center (DAC) and connects to it. The eco-friendly, three-story structure features a system that maintains storm-water flows by collecting rain water into a 36,000-gallon underground cistern, a white roof, and power-generating elliptical machines.  
See also: List of Green Athletic Centers (AASHE Members Only)

4. Florida International U Opens Green Health Sciences Building
Florida International University has opened its new Nursing and Health Sciences building. The 115,000-square-foot structure, which is LEED Certified, features a green roof and substantial natural lighting.    

5. Los Angeles CCD Unveils New Green Building Website
The Los Angeles Community College District's (CA) environmentally responsible building program website has undergone a dramatic redesign. The site now gives more emphasis to photos and videos, and is easier to search. It features the latest information on projects at the nine colleges, including an extensive photo and video gallery, and a news section.    
See also: List of Campus Green Building Websites

Co-Curricular Education

6. Northern Arizona U Launches New Sustainability Website
Northern Arizona University has launched a new website on its environmental and sustainability activities in education, research, operations, and community engagement. The Environmental Caucus created the website, called Green NAU, as part of its mission to advance the institutional commitment to sustainability and to promote education, research, and collaboration on the environment. The caucus includes students, faculty, staff, and the University's environmental partners and has about 300 individuals participating on its listserv.
See also: NAU Green Homepage

7. U California Berkeley Launches New Sustainability Website
The University of California, Berkeley Office of Sustainability has launched a redesign of its website. The new site focuses on easy navigation and provides information on current green energy projects, sustainability progress reports, and green certifications.
See also: UC Berkeley Sustainability Website

Coordination and Planning

8. U Maine Partners with 4Tell to Develop Sustainability Plan
The University of Maine has partnered with 4Tell Solutions to develop a long-term sustainability plan. The main goal of the Sustainable Performance Governance Solution – iPlan will be to foster stewardship and to promote governance of sustainability on campus.  
See also: List of Campus Sustainability/Environmental Plans (AASHE Members Only)

Curriculum

9. U South Florida Launches School of & MA in Global Sustainability
The University of South Florida has launched its School of Global Sustainability and its Masters of Arts in Global Sustainability. The School unites USF’s researchers in water, clean and renewable energy, climate change, coastal environments, human health, and sustainable cities in programs which recognize the worldwide challenges to creating sustainable systems. Its first degree program, a master’s in global sustainability, will initially focus on water with other concentrations being developed in such themes as food security and health, natural environments, gender, ethnicity and class, global citizenry, climate change, coastal wetlands, the history of sustainable communities and megacities. The degree will prepare students to address complex regional, national, and global challenges related to sustainability and the ability to innovate in diverse cultural, geographic, and demographic contexts. The program will allow for the integration of various disciplines such as basic, natural, and social sciences, engineering, health, economics, governance and policy, and issues of diversity.  
See also: School of Global Sustainability Home
See also: Master's of Arts in Global Sustainability Homepage
See also: List of Master's Degrees in Sustainability

10. Emory U Announces Sustainability Minor
Emory University (GA) has announced plans to launch a sustainability minor this fall. The new minor, which will be an undergraduate program offered through the Graduate Institute of the Liberal Arts, will require the completion of two core courses and four electives. The courses that count toward the sustainability minor will be interdisciplinary; requirements can be satisfied through several departments, including anthropology and economics. Students minoring in sustainability must also complete a personal portfolio that will showcase a compilation of their projects throughout the program and allow them to reflect on their experiences. In addition, students must participate in a capstone experience, such as field research or study abroad programs.  
See also: List of Minors in Sustainability

11. Aquinas College Announces Sustainable Business Certificate
Aquinas College (MI) has announced a new certificate in sustainable business. The certificate will teach students about energy conservation, corporate social responsibility, cap and trade, and the triple bottom line. Those that qualify can take the courses for free through the state's no worker left behind program.    
See also: List of Certificates in Sustainable Business

12. 13 Campuses Receive NASA Climate Change Curriculum Funding
NASA has awarded approximately $1.4 million in cooperative agreements to enhance learning through the use of the agency's unique Earth science resources. The grants, which are part of NASA’s Cooperative Agreement Notice: "Global Climate Change Education: Research Experiences, Teaching and Learning," will support elementary, secondary, and undergraduate education, along with lifelong teaching and learning. Collectively, the colleges will implement a comprehensive, multifaceted campaign to build teacher competency for interdisciplinary teaching about climate change. Recipients are Dickinson College (PA); University of Washington; Wheeling Jesuit University (WV); University of South Florida; University of Wisconsin System; Regents of the University of California; Jackson State University (MS); Clarkson University (NY); University of North Dakota; University of Northern Colorado; Northern Arizona University; University of California, Berkeley; University of Georgia, Athens.
See also: Award Selection List 1
See also: Award Selection List 2

13. U Oregon Sustainability Prgm Offers Continuing Ed for Lawyers
The University of Oregon Sustainability Leadership Program has partnered with the UO School of Law Green Business Initiative to create a new professional development opportunity for attorneys and legal staff. Legal practitioners can now access OSB continuing legal education credit in the areas of financial reporting, green building design and operations, ecosystem services, public-private partnerships, and risk analysis. Other areas of professional development may also provide assistance to attorneys and staff in the areas of sustainability planning, team building, procurement, energy efficiency, climate action planning, and transportation strategies.The program stems from the Oregon State Bar Board of Governors' recent approval of the formation of a new Sustainable Futures Section.    

14. Pellissippi State CC Offers Renewable Energy Class Series
Pellissippi State Community College (TN) has begun offering new classes in its Green/Renewable Energy Series offered through the College's Business and Community Services Division. The students in these classes come from the Empowerment Zone of Knoxville, an area with high poverty and unemployment rates. The green energy series is funded by an Empowerment Zone grant that the college received from the city of Knoxville.    

15. U Oregon Class Develops Green Urban Renewal Proposals
A University of Oregon class has unveiled six development plans for the City of Gresham, Oregon's urban renewal district's Catalyst Project, also called the Cultural Marketplace. The students' work was presented as part of the Sustainable Cities Initiative, which teams UO graduate students with the City of Gresham to help shape a more sustainable future for the city. A total of 250 students from the university’s School of Architecture and Allied Arts are taking part in the yearlong collaboration.  

Energy

16. Saint John's U Opens Solar Farm
Saint John's University (MN) has partnered with the Order of St. Benedict and Westwood Renewables, a local company who received a $2 million solar grant from Xcel energy, to build a 1,820 panel solar farm. Located on a 14-acre farm field, the 400-kilowatt solar array is expected to produce four percent of the University's energy needs. The solar farm is also being used as an educational tool, providing tours and other learning opportunities.  
See also: Saint John's U Solar Energy Webpage
See also: List of Campus Solar Installations

17. U British Columbia Announces Plans for Biomass Plant
The University of British Columbia has announced plans to install an on-site biomass-fueled combined heat and power generation system. The $26 million project will operate in co-generation mode for electric power production and thermal mode to produce steam. It will produce two megawatts of cost-effective clean electricity – up to six percent of the campus’s average electrical demand in co-generation mode – and up to 25 percent of the campus’s base requirement for steam in thermal mode. It will also provide research and learning opportunities for faculty and students.  

18. Emory U Energy Turndown Saves $15K
Emory University (GA) has announced that it saved an estimated $15,000 during its 2009 holiday season energy turn-down. For the six-day period, Emory avoided 2,511,000,000 BTUs and 458,000 pounds of CO2 emissions.

Grounds

19. Emory U Named Tree Campus USA
Emory University (GA) has been honored by the Arbor Day Foundation as a 2009 Tree Campus USA University for its dedication to campus forestry management and environmental stewardship. Emory met the required five core standards of tree care and community engagement in order to receive Tree Campus USA status. Those standards are establishing a campus tree advisory committee; evidence of a campus tree-care plan; verification of dedicated annual expenditures on the campus tree-care plan; involvement in an Arbor Day observance; and the institution of a service-learning project aimed at engaging the student body.

20. Princeton U Turns Campus Plant Waste into Mulch
Princeton University (NJ) has contracted with a local company to mulch its yard waste. In past years, campus yard waste was hauled off campus. Now, a local company collects the plant waste and turns it into mulch and soil for the campus to use. Only 2 percent of the waste is now taken off campus and the University has saved over $15,000 by not buying mulch from elsewhere.

21. U Dayton Transforms Brownfields
The University of Dayton (OH) has announced plans to revive hazardous brownfields left by the local NCR Corporation so that is can be used as new space for its campus expansion. The property was previously used for manufacturing and contamination, which was not at a level high enough to harm the community, was found in the ground waters.    

Public Engagement

22. Northern Arizona U to Host Wind Power Education Program
Northern Arizona University has been selected to host a new program that will develop educational programs to improve the understanding of wind technology through the installation of small wind turbines at K-12 schools in rural areas across the state. NAU will receive about $60,000 a year for three years from the U.S. Department of Energy's Wind Powering America program. Through this project, NAU will administer a Sustainable Energy Technology Center housed at NAU. In addition to installing wind turbines, the program will implement wind-related curricula and educational programs, both at K-12 schools and at the community college and university level. The Center will also support small wind and anemometer installations at schools and other facilities throughout the state and will serve as a repository for wind data, curriculum materials, and other information.

23. College of Marin Receives Award for Organic Farm
The College of Marin (CA) Organic Farm and Garden has been named Project of the Year in the category of "Pathways to Achievement – Post- Secondary, Training, and Credentialing Partnerships" by the Corps Network, a Washington D.C. based group. The farm is recognized as a place where at risk youth have been able to come and develop new skills and knowledge in organic and sustainable agriculture that puts them on a career path.    

Research

24. Two Michigan Institutions Awarded Offshore Wind Research Grants
Grand Valley State University's Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center and University of Michigan's Memorial Phoenix Energy Institute have partnered to study the potential for offshore wind energy in Lake Michigan. The two institutions recently received $1.34 million in state grants to help pay for the construction of a floating data-collection platform in Lake Michigan.  

Waste

25. SUNY ESF Starts Aerated Composting Program
At the State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry, the student environmental group Green Campus Initiative (GCI) has begun an aerated composting program on campus. By working with O2Compost, a national composting company, GCI was able to obtain the necessary equipment and has placed a number of collection bins in campus snacking areas. ESF's aerated composting system will take one month to produce Grade A compost, which is safe and usable, compared to the 90 days required for traditional composting. The organization hopes to expand collection so that students who live off campus will be able to compost as well.  
See also: List of Campus Composting Programs (AASHE Members Only)

26. Luther College Printing Cap Reduces Paper Usage
Luther College (IA) has announced that it has significantly reduced its printing paper use in the 2009-10 academic year due to the college’s implementation of the GoPrint print management solution in January 2009. With approximately 2,200 students on campus during fall semester 2009, each with a GoPrint allocation of 400 pages of printing, there was the potential for nearly 900,000 pages to be printed; however, only 307,948 pages were actually used. GoPrint, a program that tracks printing usage and allocates printing costs on campus, is part of a campus-wide effort to reduce paper waste and encourage better management of resources. The printing service was implemented as part of the Luther College Library and Information Services sustainability effort to reduce the amount of printing done on campus.  

New Resources

27. New Resource on Water Conservation Policies
AASHE has released a new resource on campus water conservation policies. The resource, which includes campuses from Australia, Canada, and the US, lists water conservation policies and procedures that exist independently of general campus sustainability policies. The resource is only available to AASHE Members.  

28. New Issue of Sustainability: Journal of Record
Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. has published Volume 2, Number 6 of Sustainability: The Journal of Record. The newest issue includes a round table entitled, "Reluctant Professors, How can higher education leaders persuade foot-dragging faculty members to incorporate sustainability into their classrooms?," a sustainability program profile on Earth University (Costa Rica), and articles on the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment and on the effects of climate and institution size on greenhouse gas emissions.  

Opportunities

29. AASHE 2010 Awards Program Accepting Applications
AASHE invites applications for its 2010 AASHE Awards Program. The categories for 2010 include two Campus Sustainability Case Study Awards, one Student Sustainability Leadership Award, and one Student Research on Campus Sustainability Award. The Case Study Awards, which are new for 2010, include "Best Campus Case Study" and "The Oops! Award for Lessons Learned." The Student Sustainability Leadership Award will provide a $750 prize to an undergraduate student from an AASHE member institution who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in promoting campus sustainability. The Student Research on Campus Sustainability Award will recognize the best research paper of any length that was completed in the previous 12 months and not been previously published. All winners will be announced at the AASHE 2010 conference, which will take place October 10-12 in Denver, Colorado, and will be featured in Sustainability: The Journal of Record. The deadline to apply is July 1, 2010.  

30. SustainUS Citizen Science Paper Competition
U.S. youth and U.S. students ages 13-26 are invited to submit original scientific research or position papers to the Citizen Science Technical Board for the 2010 Citizen Science paper competition! Winners will, in addition to publication, have the chance to present their work at the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (UN CSD), convening at the United Nations Headquarters, New York City, from May 4-15, 2010. Papers should be written for a non-scientific audience on natural or social science topics related to the economic, social, technological, or environmental dimensions of sustainable development addressed by the current session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development. UN CSD-18's topics are: Transport, Chemicals, Waste Management (Hazardous & Solid Waste), Mining, and 10 Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption & Production Patterns. Submissions are due March 1, 2010.

Jobs & Internships

31. Associate Director, Facilities Energy Management, Stanford U
Stanford University (CA) is accepting applications for the position of associate director of facilities energy management. The position will be a part of a major transformation of campus energy systems to reduce cost, greenhouse gas emissions, and water use. The director will lead a new division that is responsible for managing all campus energy demand. A four year college degree in engineering or a closely related field and at least ten years of directly related experience, including time spent in a similar management role, are required.  

32. Environmental Center Coordinator, Fort Lewis College
Fort Lewis College (CO) is seeking applicants for the position of environmental center coordinator. The candidate should be able to lead the Environmental Center, show commitment toward sustainability, and facilitate teamwork between diverse groups of students. The candidate should be approachable, creative, and open minded, and should enjoy working in a collaborative work environment. A bachelor's degree with work experience in a related field is required. Complete applications received by March 8, 2010, will be given full consideration.    

33. Regional Coordinator, Alternative Energy Education, Gateway CC
Gateway Community College (CT) is accepting applicants for the position of Sustainable Operations: Alternative and Renewable (SOAR) Energy Initiative regional coordinator for alternative energy education. The position will be accountable for contributing to the successful operation of the SOAR Program through effective performance. Qualifications include a bachelor's degree in an appropriately related field with a minimum of one year of experience, or a similar combination of education, training, and experience. The application deadline is March 1, 2010.    

34. Faculty, Sustainable Energy Technology, Mountain Empire CC
Mountain Empire Community College (VA) is seeking applicants for a 9-month faculty position in sustainable energy technology. The position will be responsible for developing and teaching courses in the areas of solar, wind, hydro, geothermal energy systems, fuel cells, and other sustainable energy at an associate degree level. The candidate should have an associate's degree in electronics or mechanical engineering technology, a minimum of two years of industrial/professional employment experience in a relevant setting, and be a licensed or eligible to be licensed electrician in the State of Virginia. Applications are due March 5, 2010.  

35. Environmental Humanities Fellow, Wellesley College
Wellesley College (MA) invites applications for a two-year Mellon Post-doctoral Fellowship in the environmental humanities. Candidates should have a commitment to an interdisciplinary approach to environmental studies and expertise in the environmental humanities. The fellow will teach one course in the first year of residency and two courses in the second year. Candidates must have received the Ph.D. within five years of the time of appointment. Applications should be submitted by March 15, 2010.  

Events

36. Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference
March 21 - 23, 2010; University of Maryland, College Park
The National Association of Business Officers invites registrations for its 5th annual Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference. Showcasing more than 30 concurrent sessions, two pre-conference workshops, five plenaries—including invited keynote speaker, Steven Chu, U.S. secretary of energy—and a campus tour, the conference will cover innovative and creative strategies to help meet the challenge of modeling new and more sustainable ways of living and operating. Attendees will learn strategies for making sustainability projects feasible; how to apply the new STARS system to your institution; specific examples of proven solutions in the areas of energy management, transportation, food and dining, and more; best practices from peer campuses on a variety of operational issues; mechanisms for financing sustainability projects on campus; and how to channel student enthusiasm to accomplish institution-wide sustainability goals. Scholarships for students are available and are due February 19, 2010. Early bird registration ends February 21, 2010.  
See also: SSCC Student Scholarship Information

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