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NEWS
Assessments and Ratings 1. Several Campuses Pilot Green Landscaping Rating System
Buildings 2. Rock Valley College Building Awarded LEED Gold Certification
Co-Curricular Education 3. Delaware State U Dedicates Sustainability Garden
4. Northwestern U Plants Organic Garden
5. Loyola U Chicago Purchases Retreat Center for Env'l Learning
6. U California Los Angeles Students Complete Green Projects
Coordination and Planning 7. McGill U Launches Plan for Car-Free Zone
Curriculum 8. U North Texas Creates International Sustainable Tourism Degree
9. West Chester U to Offer Education for Sustainability Certificates
Energy 10. U Maine Presque Isle Dedicates Wind Turbine
11. Massachusetts Institute of Technology Launches Efficiency Forward
12. SUNY Canton Receives Grant to Store Power
13. Elon U Receives Grant for Solar Thermal Systems
Grounds 14. Saint Joseph's College Receives 7,634-Acre Farm Donation
15. 5 Campuses Plant Trees to Celebrate Tree Campus USA Honor
Investment 16. Middlebury College Announces Sustainable Investments Initiative
Public Engagement 17. British Columbia Inst of Technology Prepares Vancouver for EVs
Transportation 18. Southern Illinois U Edwardsville Launches Bike Share Program
19. St Ambrose U Powers Equipment With Biodiesel Fuel
Waste 20. U Mass Medical School Feeds Food Scraps to Pigs
21. U Connecticut Unveils Compost Facility
22. Yale U Composts Food Waste
23. Campuses Prevent Waste from Going to the Landfill
24. U Mass Medical School Begins Online Supply Swap
25. Brigham Young U Hawaii Turns Biofuel Waste Into Soap
Water 26. New Mexico Highlands U Installs Rainwater Harvesting Cisterns

OPPORTUNITIES
27. Ithaca College Online Sustainability Leadership Certificate

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
28. Director, Sustainability, U Oregon
29. Energy Manager, U San Diego
30. 2 Positions, Sustainable Campuses Quebec, Sierra Youth Coalition
31. Instructor, Sustainable Energy Technology, Montana Tech

EVENTS
32. Virtual Energy Forum
33. ACPA Institute on Sustainability
34. Webinar on Funding Opportunities for Green Institutions
35. AASHE 2010 - Registration Open

CAMPUS SUSTAINABILITY DISCUSSION FORUMS HIGHLIGHTS
36. Are Dining Service Employees Included in GHG Inventories?
37. Solar Powered Drinking Fountains

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News

Assessments and Ratings

1. Several Campuses Pilot Green Landscaping Rating System
The American Society of Landscape Architects, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas at Austin, and the United States Botanic Garden have launched a pilot version of their new Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES), in which several colleges and universities are participating. SITES, which is intended for use on sites of all types to gauge and certify their sustainability, aims to assess and rate green landscapes and green spaces. Under the SITES system, locations are rated on a 250-point scale for possible certification at four levels. Points are awarded for elements such as site selection, water, soil, vegetation, materials, human health and well-being, construction and maintenance. SITES has a goal of releasing a final version of its rating system and reference guide in 2013.
See also: List of Pilot Participants

Buildings

2. Rock Valley College Building Awarded LEED Gold Certification
Rock Valley College's (IL) recently renovated physical education center has been awarded LEED Gold certification. The $13 million project updated the building’s 40-year-old infrastructure. Key features include 1.6 acres of native prairie plants, low flow faucets and toilets, efficient heating and air conditioning systems, and energy efficient lights. 95 percent of the existing shell was reused in the new design and over 75 percent of construction waste was recycled.

Co-Curricular Education

3. Delaware State U Dedicates Sustainability Garden
Delaware State University has dedicated a new sustainability garden. The vegetables grown on the plot will be served in the school café and sold at the University’s farmer’s market. The surplus will be donated to low-income families.

4. Northwestern U Plants Organic Garden
Northwestern University (IL) has planted a garden on campus. Students designed the organic garden last fall and planted it the second week of May. Students hope their gardening efforts will raise awareness about sustainable gardening practices.

5. Loyola U Chicago Purchases Retreat Center for Env'l Learning
Loyola University Chicago has purchased a 98-acre retreat center that will be used for a number of purposes. Among other plans for the facility, Loyola plans to use the center to introduce an Outdoor Adventure Program, which aims to provide students, faculty, and staff with opportunities to experience outdoor activities that are designed to promote positive lifetime skills and leadership development; encourage personal and interpersonal development; and increase environmental awareness by providing high-quality leisure education, outdoor, educational, and experiential programs. On the academic side, the University's biology department and Center for Urban Environmental Research and Policy will also benefit from the purchase. With 20 acres of natural habitat that includes ponds, streams, woods, and prairie land, the property offers a unique learning opportunity for students and faculty interested in the sciences.

6. U California Los Angeles Students Complete Green Projects
Students at the University of California, Los Angeles have completed Action Research Projects to help make the University a more environmentally sustainable campus. Over the course of two quarters, 70 students were divided into 11 groups that each took on a different project. Topics included bicycles and their benefits, drought landscaping, sustainable food systems, water conservation, green student orientation, composting in residence halls, promoting drinking fountains over plastic water bottles, paperless course evaluations, single stream recycling, and green graduate housing.

Coordination and Planning

7. McGill U Launches Plan for Car-Free Zone
McGill University (QC) has launched the Greening Lower Campus project, which aims to create a pedestrian-friendly campus space, as free as possible of vehicles. As part of the initiative, parking availability will be substantially reduced, vehicular circulation limited, and deliveries restricted to certain hours. Parking and transportation services for persons with disabilities will continue to be available and accessible. The new project is part of McGill's Master Plan.
See also: McGill Master Plan

Curriculum

8. U North Texas Creates International Sustainable Tourism Degree
The University of North Texas School of Merchandising and Hospitality Management has created a new international sustainable tourism graduate degree. The master's degree will offer students an interdisciplinary perspective on sustainability and tourism with one year of study at the University and one year of study in Costa Rica. Courses will include: environmental impact assessments, environmental ethics, sustainable tourism, natural resource management, and environmental policies. The program will begin in the fall of 2010.

9. West Chester U to Offer Education for Sustainability Certificates
West Chester University's (PA) Professional and Secondary Education department is now offering undergraduate and graduate level education for sustainability certificate programs. The programs develop knowledge, skills, and perspectives in a way that integrates classroom work with outdoor, experiential, and project-based learning. Teachers, community organization leaders, and those interested in sustainability may register.
See also: Education for Sustainability Certificate Homepage

Energy

10. U Maine Presque Isle Dedicates Wind Turbine
The University of Maine at Presque Isle has officially dedicated its first windmill on the one-year anniversary of its completion and commissioning. The 600-kilowatt, 90-meter-tall installation was financed by UMPI’s internal savings, together with a $50,000 grant from the Maine Public Utilities Commission.
See also: List of Campus Wind Installations

11. Massachusetts Institute of Technology Launches Efficiency Forward
Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Boston-based utility NSTAR have announced a new program, MIT Efficiency Forward, which aims to cut MIT’s electricity use by 15 percent over the next three years. The program is expected to save MIT $50 million in energy costs over the next decade. The energy reduction will result from behavior change programs and changes in lighting, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems.

12. SUNY Canton Receives Grant to Store Power
The State University of New York at Canton has received $3 million worth of batteries that will be used to store power generated by a planned wind turbine on campus. The batteries will have the ability to store 2 megawatt hours of power which will allow around-the-clock use of the power generated by the turbine. The University will save money on electric bills even during peak hours.

13. Elon U Receives Grant for Solar Thermal Systems
Elon University (NC) has received up to $200,000 in federal grant money through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to help with the installation of solar thermal systems. The solar thermal systems will heat water each day for a dining hall and a number of residence halls. The dining hall will receive a 30-panel solar thermal system. The campus project is among 18 initiatives funded throughout North Carolina using a total of $2.3 million in grants.

Grounds

14. Saint Joseph's College Receives 7,634-Acre Farm Donation
Saint Joseph’s College (IN) has received a gift of 7,634 acres of farm real estate. The deed of transfer prohibits the sale of the farm and requires the establishment of a conservation easement to protect environmentally important areas. 19 windmills are located on the farm and 13 more are planned for construction.

15. 5 Campuses Plant Trees to Celebrate Tree Campus USA Honor
Students and volunteers at Indiana University, American University (DC), the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo have planted several trees on their campuses in celebration of their recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree Campus USA. In order to become a Tree Campus USA community, schools are required to meet five core standards of tree care and community engagement. Those standards are: have an established campus tree advisory committee; evidence of a campus tree-care plan; verification of dedicated annual expenditures on the campus tree plan; involvement in an Arbor Day observance; and the institution of a service-learning project aimed at engaging the student body.

Investment

16. Middlebury College Announces Sustainable Investments Initiative
Middlebury College (VT) has partnered with the Rockefeller Brothers Fund to announce the creation of the Sustainable Investments Initiative, a co-mingled fiscal vehicle seeking investments that generate long-term, social, environmental, and economic power. The Initiative will seek investments focused specifically on sustainability issues such as clean energy, water, climate science, and green building projects.

Public Engagement

17. British Columbia Inst of Technology Prepares Vancouver for EVs
The British Columbia Institute of Technology has partnered with the city of Vancouver and the Rocky Mountain Institute to launch Project Get Ready Vancouver. The program will help the City of Vancouver prepare for the use of electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles by providing a long-term sustainable plan for electrical grid infrastructure development and the adoption of electric vehicles in Vancouver.

Transportation

18. Southern Illinois U Edwardsville Launches Bike Share Program
Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville has launched a bike share program. The project aims to encourage a culture shift in students, faculty, and staff toward increased reliance on non-carbon modes of transportation. All currently enrolled students, faculty, and staff are eligible to check out a bike.
See also: List of Campus Bike Share Programs (AASHE Members Only)

19. St Ambrose U Powers Equipment With Biodiesel Fuel
St. Ambrose University (IA) has launched a biodiesel initiative. The grounds crew has begun converting 1,600 gallons of used cooking oil into fuel. The homebrewed biodiesel fuel is used to power machinery that mows lawns and removes snow. The use of biodiesel fuel has the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from maintenance equipment by 80 percent. In addition, the University will save between $6,000 and $10,000 in annual fuel costs. A new facility that will allow the grounds crew to produce biodiesel more efficiently will be built next year.

Waste

20. U Mass Medical School Feeds Food Scraps to Pigs
The University of Massachusetts Medical School has begun a composting program on campus. The institution now feeds 100 gallons of food scraps per week from the kitchens at its University Campus to a local farmer's pigs. The food waste involved is vegetable trimmings from the kitchen, leftovers from the salad bars, and unsold prepared foods, such as half-filled pans of entrees and pre-packaged items that remain unsold past their expiration date. The program does not include food left on people’s trays—that is still considered trash. The arrangement between the farmer and University Campus is strictly cooperative—there are no fees involved for either party.
See also: List of Campus Composting Programs (AASHE Members Only)

21. U Connecticut Unveils Compost Facility
The University of Connecticut has unveiled a new compost facility. The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources plans to start composting manure, animal bedding, and leaves. The facility is expected to compost more than 2,500 tons of agricultural waste a year. Composting will have several environmental benefits including reduction of nutrients in storm water and minimization of methane emissions.

22. Yale U Composts Food Waste
Yale University (CT) dining halls have begun composting. Instead of incinerating its food waste, the University sends 100 percent of all waste from 11 functional residential college dining halls and commons to a composting facility. The facility will use the compost to create nutrient-rich soil. Yale hopes to be able to use the soil additives on its own grounds.

23. Campuses Prevent Waste from Going to the Landfill
Campuses in the U.S. and Canada held end-of-the-year move-out collections to prevent items in good condition from going to the landfill. Items were collected and donated to charity, sold at campus yard sales, and saved for sales during move-in this fall.

24. U Mass Medical School Begins Online Supply Swap
The University of Massachusetts Medical School has launched "Surplus With A Purpose" (SWAP), a new internal website that allows departments to post surplus office supplies, furniture, or laboratory equipment so others on campus can put them to good use and keep them out of the landfill. Medical School employees can search for items by category, or add information about surplus materials to the listing.

25. Brigham Young U Hawaii Turns Biofuel Waste Into Soap
Brigham Young University, Hawaii students have begun taking waste from biodiesel fuel production and turning it into hand soap. For years the University has taken used cooking oil from restaurants and turned it into biodiesel. The soap is created from glycerol, a byproduct of biodiesel production. The University is expected to save $15,000.

Water

26. New Mexico Highlands U Installs Rainwater Harvesting Cisterns
New Mexico Highlands University has announced plans to install rainwater harvesting cisterns on its campus. The cisterns store rainwater captured from roofs and uses the captured water to irrigate drought-tolerant landscaping for the buildings. The first underground unit will hold 90,000 gallons of water and planned cisterns will add an additional 200,000 gallons of water storage.

Opportunities

27. 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 program currently has three upcoming seminars, all of which will be held June 16 - 29, 2010. A Systems Approach to Sustainability will cover awareness of sustainability as a multi dimensional, dynamic interaction between interrelated and interdependent elements in an organization. Integrating Sustainability into Training and Curriculum will present opportunities for investigating and leveraging cross disciplinary solutions to contemporary issues through the lens of sustainability. Marketing Sustainability Initiatives engages a set of integrated research and communication tools and methods to identify the most effective strategies and tactics for communicating the value of sustainability initiatives. The registration deadline for each session is June 16, 2010, and discounts are available for AASHE members.

Jobs & Internships

28. Director, Sustainability, U Oregon
The University of Oregon seeks a sustainability director to be responsible for promoting and facilitating sustainability activities across campus. The director will coordinate and advocate for the University’s integration of sustainable principles and practices into campus operations, procedures, and student and faculty activities. A master’s degree is required as is five or more years of experience in a field related to sustainability. Applications are due June 17, 2010.

29. Energy Manager, U San Diego
The University of San Diego (CA) seeks an energy manager to develop and coordinate a process that leads to the creation of standards and policies related to energy management that can be implemented at an institutional level. S/he will also analyze/identify ways and means to improve the effectiveness of energy consumption on campus. The energy manager will create and maintain a set of indicators for energy use to assess progress toward efficiency and renewable energy goals. The successful candidate will coordinate USD's energy programs, including energy conservation and efficiency; building performance and retro-commissioning; and consumption and cost forecasting. The energy manager will be supervised by the director of sustainability and the assistant vice president for facilities. A bachelor's degree in a related technical or engineering discipline or equivalent career experience is required, as is a minimum of three years experience in energy management, facilities retrofits/design, and/or maintenance, preferably in higher education. The position is open until filled.

30. 2 Positions, Sustainable Campuses Quebec, Sierra Youth Coalition
The Sierra Youth Coalition invites applicants for a coordinator and project manager of its Sustainable Campuses Quebec program. The coordinator will be responsible for the Sustainable Campus Quebec program, manage employees and volunteers, manage the certification process for campuses, and coordinate communications for the program. A college degree is required as is the ability to speak French. Applications are due June 20, 2010. The project manager will provide support to campuses participating in the certification program, organize a two-day event on a sustainable development theme, and promote and coordinate national campaigns. A college degree is required as is the ability to speak French. Applications are due June 11, 2010.

31. Instructor, Sustainable Energy Technology, Montana Tech
Montana Tech of the University of Montana seeks an instructor for the sustainable energy technology program. The instructor will develop and teach in a program leading to a certificate and/or an AAS degree in sustainable energy technology. Candidates should have the ability to climb, be in confined spaces, and know electrical safety. A bachelor’s degree is required. A master’s degree, master electrician certification, or professional engineer license is preferred. The position is open until filled.

Events

32. Virtual Energy Forum
June 16 - 17, 2010; Online
The Virtual Energy Forum is two-day, online conference that brings together stakeholders in the energy industry with potential customers, policy makers, and investors. The event features live video presentations, real-time Q & A, and a virtual exhibit floor. Speakers include Governor of Michigan Jennifer Granholm, Clinton Climate Initiative Staff Member Ira Magaziner, Director of the Office of Sustainability for Harvard University (MA) Heather Henriksen, Director for Facilities Planning and Development for the Los Angeles Community College District (CA) Larry Eisenberg, and Senior Executive for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy USDOE Mark Ginsberg.

33. ACPA Institute on Sustainability
June 23 - 25, 2010; University of Washington, Seattle
The third annual ACPA Institute on Sustainability will bring together students, staff, and faculty from colleges and universities across the country. The goal of the Institute is to provide individuals and institutional teams with a plethora of knowledge about sustainability so that they can return to their campuses prepared to contribute to the development of sustainable policies and practices and the education of campus community members. Speakers will include Judy Walton, the membership and outreach director of AASHE; Joe Whinney, an expert in the global realm of cacao; and Chris Jordan, a Seattle-based photographic artist. AASHE members can register at the member rate.  Early bird registration ends May 23, 2010.

34. Webinar on Funding Opportunities for Green Institutions
June 24, 2010; 2 - 3pm Eastern; Online
American School & University will host "Uncovering Funding Opportunities for Green, Sustainable, Energy-Efficient Schools and Universities." The webinar will teach participants how to discover ways to supplement new construction, renovation, and/or operations budgets to advance sustainability initiatives.

35. AASHE 2010 - Registration Open
October 10 - 12, 2010; Denver, CO
AASHE invites registrations for its 2010 conference, "Campus Initiatives to Catalyze a Just and Sustainable World." The event will feature keynote speakers Ed Begley Jr., co-star of the hit Planet Green series Living with Ed; Dr. Jose Zaglul, president of EARTH University; and Julian Agyeman, professor at Tufts University (MA). The first 200 people to register for the event will be entered into a drawing for one complimentary 2010 conference registration. Discounts are available to AASHE Members.

Campus Sustainability Discussion Forums Highlights

Answers to the forum questions below can be read by clicking on the question's title.

36. Are Dining Service Employees Included in GHG Inventories?
This is a question for all ACUPCC signatories: Do you count dining service staff commuting miles in your carbon footprint? We use Sodexo and I am now wondering if the 120 people they employ should be included in our Scope 3 commuting data. These people are employed directly by Sodexo but are indirectly financed through the University.

37. Solar Powered Drinking Fountains
We're looking for solar-powered outdoor drinking fountains. Anyone know where we can find them?

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