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NEWS
Buildings 1. U New Mexico Education Building Awarded LEED Platinum
2. U Portland Building Achieves LEED Platinum
3. U Illinois at Chicago Building Receives LEED Gold
4. Columbia U Faculty House Earns LEED Gold
5. U Florida Biomedical Sciences Building Achieves LEED Gold
6. U California Santa Barbara Buildings Earn LEED Certifications
7. Trinity College Gives Campus Buildings a Green Makeover
8. U Nebraska Lincoln Completes Keim Hall Green Renovation
Campus Sustainability in the Media 9. USA Today: Colleges Using Sustainability to Attract Students
10. Portland State U Featured in NY Times as Planned EcoDistrict
Climate 11. 7 New Institutions Sign Presidents' Climate Commitment
Co-Curricular Education 12. U Missouri Students Plan 'Sustainahouse'
Curriculum 13. Pennsylvania State U Debuts Energy and Sustainable Policy Degree
14. U Rochester Announces Renewable Energy Program
15. Eastern New Mexico U Roswell Begins Renewable Tech Program
16. Portland CC to Offer Green Technology Degree
Energy 17. U Maryland Receives $500,000 Thermoelastic Cooling Research Grant
18. U Iowa Installs Wind Turbine
Funding 19. Austin CC Receives Grant for Alternative Fuel Training
20. Durham Tech CC Earns Grant for Sustainability Tech Certificate
21. West Texas A&M Awarded Renewable Energy Grant
Public Engagement 22. California State U Northridge Creates Community Garden
Water 23. U Texas to Decrease Water Fountain Hours

NEW RESOURCES
24. New Issue of Int'l Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education
25. New Issue of Sustainability: The Journal of Record

OPPORTUNITIES
26. Become a STARS Charter Participant
27. Ithaca College Online Sustainability Leadership Certificate

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
28. Sustainability and Conservation Specialist, U Mass Lowell
29. Assistant Director, Office of Sustainability, Florida Int'l U
30. Manager, Housing Sustainability and Conservation, Stanford U
31. Food System Administrator, McGill University
32. Coord, Sustainable Design, Minneapolis College of Art and Design

EVENTS
33. ACUPCC Webinar: Implementing Sustainability in Higher Education
34. Society for Values in Higher Ed 2010 Summer Conference

CAMPUS SUSTAINABILITY DISCUSSION FORUMS HIGHLIGHTS
35. Admissions Tours and Bottled Water
36. Converting CO2/kwh/H20 Reductions into Laymen Terms
37. Large Scale Replacement of Bicycle Parking

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News

Buildings

1. U New Mexico Education Building Awarded LEED Platinum
The University of New Mexico's College of Education building has achieved LEED Platinum status. More than 75 percent of construction waste for the 26,000-square-foot addition was diverted from landfills and 20 percent of the construction materials were regionally manufactured. The building features individual thermal and lighting control and a 10-kilowatt photovoltaic system.

2. U Portland Building Achieves LEED Platinum
The University of Portland’s (OR) Donald P. Shiley Hall has been awarded LEED Platinum certification. Green features of the engineering building include water-efficient landscaping and plumbing fixtures, occupancy sensors and operable windows. Ninety-two percent of the existing building structure was used and 92 percent of the construction waste was recycled. The building also features the use of irrigation groundwater to cool the floor, saving an estimated 8.5 percent of the total cooling energy for the building.

3. U Illinois at Chicago Building Receives LEED Gold
A classroom building at the University of Illinois at Chicago has been awarded LEED Gold certification. The $13.7 million-renovation of Lincoln Hall includes a shared heating and cooling geothermal system and rooftop photovoltaic solar panels.

4. Columbia U Faculty House Earns LEED Gold
Columbia University's (NY) recently renovated Faculty House has been awarded LEED Gold certification. Environmentally-friendly features include energy-efficient utilities, appliances, fixtures and insulation; recycled low-emission furnishings, materials and finishes; restored original details; and repurposed materials. Construction waste was recycled during the renovation.

5. U Florida Biomedical Sciences Building Achieves LEED Gold
The University of Florida's Biomedical Sciences building is the fifth building to achieve LEED Gold certification on its campus. More than three tons of construction materials were diverted from landfills and 79 percent of the wood used is Forest Stewardship Council certified. The building features low-flow plumbing fixtures, low-emission flooring adhesive and the use of 100 percent reclaimed water for outside irrigation.
See also: List of Green Campus Science Buildings (AASHE Members Only)

6. U California Santa Barbara Buildings Earn LEED Certifications
Two University of California, Santa Barbara buildings have received LEED certification. An addition to the Engineering II building received LEED Gold certification in the new construction category and the Life Sciences Building received LEED Silver certification in the existing buildings category. The Life Sciences Building achievements include water savings of 29 percent, waste minimization strategies and passive solar design. The Engineering II building has achieved water savings of 40 percent and recycled 90 percent of construction waste, diverting 150 tons of materials from landfills.
See also: List of Green Campus Science Buildings (AASHE Members Only)

7. Trinity College Gives Campus Buildings a Green Makeover
Trinity College (CT) is performing energy-saving upgrades on more than a dozen campus buildings. The renovations will cost the college $50 for each building under a state program financed by a small charge on utility customers' bills. The college will weatherize the buildings by sealing cracks and adding insulation.

8. U Nebraska Lincoln Completes Keim Hall Green Renovation
The University of Nebraska, Lincoln has completed a $14 million green renovation of Keim Hall. The university will seek LEED certification for the building, which features carpet made from a corn-based fiber, panels made from wheat straw, water-conserving facilities, rainwater harvesting and low-VOC emitting materials. More than 80 percent of the construction waste was diverted from landfills, 20 percent of construction materials were recycled and 14 percent of the materials were extracted and manufactured within 500 miles of the project site.

Campus Sustainability in the Media

9. USA Today: Colleges Using Sustainability to Attract Students
Using sustainability to attract student enrollment is a growing trend among higher education institutions, says a recent article in USA Today. Twenty-seven percent of colleges and universities incorporated a sustainability message during admissions and student orientation processes in 2009. Today, the number has increased to 69 percent.

10. Portland State U Featured in NY Times as Planned EcoDistrict
The Portland State University (OR) campus will be the site of a pilot EcoDistrict, according to a recent article in The New York Times. To steer away from the reliance on large, centralized systems to generate electricity, dispose of waste, transport people and process stormwater, Portland residents will experiment with the management of such systems on a smaller, distributed scale in five pilot neighborhoods. The Oregon Sustainability Center, slated for construction at the edge of the university’s campus, will generate all of its electricity, consume only the rainfall that falls upon it, and process all of its wastewater.

Climate

11. 7 New Institutions Sign Presidents' Climate Commitment
Seven new institutions have signed the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) since the last update in the April 26, 2010 issue of the AASHE Bulletin. In doing so, these campuses have committed to develop comprehensive plans for achieving climate neutrality. The new signatories are: Maryanne Stevens of College of Saint Mary (ME), Dawood Farahi of Kean University (NJ), Willie Gilchrist of Elizabeth City State University (NC), Rebecca Chopp of Swarthmore College (PA), Stephen Scott of Wake Technical Community College (NC), Greg Smith of Central Community College (NE), and Richard Ringeisen of the University of Illinois at Springfield. A total of 673 college and university presidents are active ACUPCC signatories.

Co-Curricular Education

12. U Missouri Students Plan 'Sustainahouse'
The University of Missouri’s nonprofit, student-run sustainability program, Sustain Mizzou, aims to increase its on-campus visibility with a project dubbed  "Sustainahouse." Four to eight students will live in a rented house near campus and work to become a model of a more sustainable living environment for students. Residents will take shorter showers and grow and cook with locally grown produce. Sustain Mizzou plans to create a service learning class and provide Sustainahouse tours to the public. The group will start looking for tenants in December for the 2011 - 2012 school year.

Curriculum

13. Pennsylvania State U Debuts Energy and Sustainable Policy Degree
Pennsylvania State University has launched an online undergraduate degree in energy and sustainable policy that will start this fall. This program is designed to prepare students for policy making and communications in the renewable energy field. Curriculum will focus on client-stakeholder relations, integrative design and decision making for energy solutions, and business strategies in the energy field.
See also: List of Bachelor's Degree Programs in Sustainability

14. U Rochester Announces Renewable Energy Program
The University of Rochester (NY) is looking to train the next generation of renewable energy experts and entrepreneurs with a new renewable energy program. Funded by a $3.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation, students will receive training in economics, public policy, communications and psychology. The program integrates multidisciplinary research involving several academic departments and students will be exposed to the multicultural and global aspects of renewable energy.

15. Eastern New Mexico U Roswell Begins Renewable Tech Program
Eastern New Mexico University, Roswell will debut a new associate of applied science degree program in renewable energy technology this fall. The curriculum will educate entry-level technicians in clean energy systems including solar, wind, water and geothermal. Students will be introduced to industry energy concepts and trends, and learn the fundamentals of energy systems.
See also: List of Associate Degree Programs in Sustainability

16. Portland CC to Offer Green Technology Degree
Portland Community College’s (OR) Civil and Mechanical Engineering Technology program has announced a green technology and sustainability option. Starting this fall, the associate's degree program will provide students with the skills to practice sustainable engineering. Courses will include renewable energy, environmental sociology, environmental quality and an introduction to geographic information systems.
See also: List of Associate Degree Programs in Sustainability

Energy

17. U Maryland Receives $500,000 Thermoelastic Cooling Research Grant
The University of Maryland has received a $500,000 research grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. The university's research proposal, titled "Thermoelastic Cooling," aspires to show the commercial potential of space cooling systems that are less dependent on fluids believed to contribute to global warming. University scientists believe the approach can increase air conditioner efficiency by 175 percent, reducing utility bills and carbon emissions.

18. U Iowa Installs Wind Turbine
The University of Iowa has installed a 37-foot wind turbine. The turbine, funded through a $40,000 grant from the Iowa Alliance for Wind Innovation and Novel Department, will generate 2.4 kilowatts of power and be used as a learning tool. When the power is not being used or tested by College of Engineering students, the energy will feed into the university grid.
See also: List of Wind Turbine Installations on Campus

Funding

19. Austin CC Receives Grant for Alternative Fuel Training
Austin Community College (TX) has received a $98,860 grant for alternative fuel training. Lessons on hybrids and other green cars that are fueled by propane, natural gas and biodiesel are currently being worked into a two-year certification program. The grant will help double the school’s hybrid training fleet. With the new equipment, the college plans to offer its first fully-devoted alternative fuel class this fall.

20. Durham Tech CC Earns Grant for Sustainability Tech Certificate
Durham Technical Community College (NC) has received a $249,000 grant from Duke Energy to launch a sustainability technologies certificate program in the fall. The program will certify electricians to install solar energy structures. Students will study residential solar energy configuration with a recently-installed, 150-square-foot solar array. The college aims to offer a renewable energy diploma and sustainability technologies associate’s degree in the future.

21. West Texas A&M Awarded Renewable Energy Grant
West Texas A&M University’s Alternative Energy Institute has received a $497,350 grant from the State Energy Conservation Office for the installation of two renewable energy systems. The grant will help reduce energy consumption at the university with the $622,000 installation of a 48-kilowatt photovoltaic system and 50-kilowatt wind system for the feed mill. Monitoring of both systems will be available for the public through seminars and display areas.

Public Engagement

22. California State U Northridge Creates Community Garden
California State University, Northridge has constructed three raised-bed vegetable boxes for a community garden. The garden, which will eventually feature five raised beds, a spiral herb garden and a raised potato bin, is a working demonstration of sustainable practices with an educational focus on healthy eating. The harvest will be used for cooking classes and donations to local food banks.

Water

23. U Texas to Decrease Water Fountain Hours
The University of Texas has announced a plan to reduce campus water fountain operation hours to save money and conserve water. Operating hours will be reduced from 17 to 10 hours per day, saving an expected one million gallons of water per year.

New Resources

24. New Issue of Int'l Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education
The latest issue of Emerald Group Publishing Limited's International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education features a case study from Univeristi Sains Malaysia about the creation of an MBA program in sustainable development. The study includes examples and ideas for promoting sustainable development for the business community. The new issue also includes sustainability stories from Japan and New Delhi universities.

25. New Issue of Sustainability: The Journal of Record
Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. has published Vol. 3, No. 3 of Sustainability: The Journal of Record. David B. Goldstein presents an energy-efficient alternative to a future of continued oil use in the editorial, "Save More, Spill Less," and the University of Maryland, College Park is profiled for its sustainability efforts. Also included in the new issue is an interview with Wildlife Conservation Society's J. Carter Ingram and a book review of Joan Fitzgerald's "Emerald Cities: Urban Sustainability and Economic Development."

Opportunities

26. Become a STARS Charter Participant
The deadline to register as a STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System) Charter Participant is approaching. AASHE’s STARS program is a standardized, national self-assessment tool used by institutions to benchmark their sustainability progress and compare achievements with peers. STARS helps institutions set and meet sustainability goals and foster information sharing across campus. More than 150 colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada are currently registered. The deadline to become a Charter Participant is August 20, 2010.
See also: Learn More About STARS
See also: List of STARS Charter Participants

27. Ithaca College Online Sustainability Leadership Certificate
The Professional Certificate in Sustainability Leadership from Ithaca College (NY), 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 that will take place Sept. 8 - 21, 2010. “Establishing Sustainability as an Organizational Purpose” will teach organizations how to implement a sustainability branding strategy that defines their values and interactions. “A Systems Approach to Sustainability” will cover awareness of sustainability as a multidimensional, dynamic interaction between interrelated and interdependent elements in an organization. “Tools and Techniques for Planning and Managing Sustainability Projects” will help organizations create a structure for completing tasks that advance goals, timelines and key milestones while putting sustainability initiatives into practice. The registration deadline for each is Sept. 8, 2010, and discounts are available for AASHE members.

Jobs & Internships

28. Sustainability and Conservation Specialist, U Mass Lowell
The University of Massachusetts, Lowell seeks a sustainability and conservation specialist. The position will assist with the development and implementation of daily operations and capital programs related to environmental sustainable practices. The successful candidate should have a bachelor’s degree in environmental, engineering or a related field, with a minimum of five years experience.

29. Assistant Director, Office of Sustainability, Florida Int'l U
Florida International University is seeking an assistant director for the campus' Office of Sustainability. Responsibilities include the initiation of new programs to strengthen sustainable practices across campus; the identification, implementation and tracking of greenhouse gas emission reduction progress; and the development of an incentive program for university units engaged in sustainability efforts. Candidates should have a master's degree in an appropriate area of specialization and two years of related experience, or a bachelor's degree in an appropriate area of specialization and four years of related experience. Applications will be accepted through July 28, 2010.

30. Manager, Housing Sustainability and Conservation, Stanford U
Stanford University (CA) is seeking a manager of housing sustainability and conservation programs. The position will provide leadership and support for all sustainability and green building initiatives throughout student housing. The manager will plan and market outreach programs, develop and maintain sustainability indicators, and provide design and project management oversight for energy and water conservation projects. The manager will develop specifications for sustainable design and construction, implementing advanced metering and control systems for student housing. The successful candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in a related field and be LEED AP certified.

31. Food System Administrator, McGill University
McGill University's Food and Dining Services (Montreal, QC) is seeking candidates for a food system administrator. Created in partnership with the Sustainability Projects Fund to help the university reach its sustainable dining goals, this position will work with department chefs to implement sustainable approaches to purchasing. This position will work to develop ties with local producers and further academic student involvement in the development of sustainable purchasing standards and initiatives. The deadline to apply is July 21, 2010.

32. Coord, Sustainable Design, Minneapolis College of Art and Design
The Minneapolis College of Art and Design seeks a program coordinator to develop an online graduate sustainable design education program. The coordinator will develop curriculum, recruit teachers and students, and promote and market the program. Candidates should have a graduate degree in a related field, teaching credentials and demonstrated managerial skills.

Events

33. ACUPCC Webinar: Implementing Sustainability in Higher Education
August 4, 2010; 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Eastern; Online
The American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) will host "The Leadership Factor: Implementing Sustainability in Higher Education." The webinar will explore successful trends and strategies used to implement sustainability on campus.

34. Society for Values in Higher Ed 2010 Summer Conference
July 21 - 25; Portland, OR
The Society for Values in Higher Education will explore sustainability, society and higher education during its annual conference at Portland State University (OR). "Making Choices: Sustainability in a World of Conflicting Values" will feature discussion groups, research paper presentations and a keynote address by climatologist Philip Mote that is free and open to the public. Discussion topics include "Environmental Values in Higher Education" and "Planning Sustainability in the Current Political Climate."

Campus Sustainability Discussion Forums Highlights

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

35. Admissions Tours and Bottled Water
Our campus admissions office offers bottled water to visitors to campus. Our student environmental club is trying to convince them to eliminate this practice. Do other campuses offer bottled water to prospective students, their parents and other visitors? Have other campuses eliminated this practice, and if so, what arguments were used to convince the admissions staff?

36. Converting CO2/kwh/H20 Reductions into Laymen Terms
I'm doing research on effective communication and messaging to achieve behavior change on campus, and one thing I'm interested in is using "real person" terms when promoting carbon, electricity or water reductions. Can anyone tell me some good science-based resources on converting CO2/kwh/H20 into laymen terms?

37. Large Scale Replacement of Bicycle Parking
I am sketching out a multiyear plan to replace all sub-standard bike parking on campus with a uniform rack style that meets current design standards. Has anyone done this? Did you do much focus group or PR work on the front end to explain the value of the switch? Or to gauge the campus support for this type of resource allocation? Primarily we will be replacing the "fence" style (aka wheel bender) racks with upright hoops on 30-inch centers.

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