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Table of Contents for 7/26/10:

NEWS
Buildings 1. Harvard U Lab Awarded LEED Gold
2. Hendrix College Student Center Receives LEED Gold
3. Western State College of Colorado Building Earns LEED Gold
Co-Curricular Education 4. Pennsylvania State U Launches Eco-Rep Program
5. California State U Long Beach Students Ramp Up Green Program
6. Lake Forest College Students Start Campus Garden
Curriculum 7. U Rochester Offers Solar Energy Doctoral Program
8. Southern Methodist U Uses Solar Array for Online Teaching Tool
9. Missouri State U to Offer Geotourism Degree
10. Clinton CC Creates Wind Turbine Technician Certificate Program
11. Brookdale CC Offers New Solar Energy Course
Energy 12. Maharishi U Management to Open Sustainable Living Center
13. Purdue U Installs Wind Turbines for Research
14. Duke U Implements Indoor Temperature Policy
15. Lynchburg College Installs Solar Array
16. Springfield Technical CC Installs Solar Array
Funding 17. Coppin State U Receives Grant for Solar Project
18. U Toledo Awarded Grant for Algae Biofuels Research Facility
19. Western New England College Awarded Clean Energy Grant
Public Engagement 20. U Washington Students Urge to End Nike Licensing Contract
Research 21. Rochester Inst of Tech to Research Energy Use in Collections
Transportation 22. U New England Expands Bicycle Program
23. Virginia Polytechnic Launches Employee Van Pool
Waste 24. U Tennessee Starts Compost Initiative

NEW RESOURCES
25. AASHE List of Campus Community Gardens


JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
26. Director, Sustainability Studies, Hofstra U
27. Sustainability Coordinator, Sun Devil Dining, Arizona State U
28. Sustainability Coordinator, Skidmore College
29. Admin Program Coordinator, Office of Sustainability, U Utah
30. Assistant Professor, Sustainable Agriculture, Lincoln U
31. Sustainability Instructor, EcoTech Institute
32. Research Assoc, Forest and Wildlife Ecology, U Wisconsin-Madison

EVENTS
33. Register for AASHE 2010

CAMPUS SUSTAINABILITY DISCUSSION FORUMS HIGHLIGHTS
34. Compost Machines or Bioreactors
35. Open Letter to Sustainability Evaluating Organizations


News

Buildings

1. Harvard U Lab Awarded LEED Gold
Harvard University's (MA) Jacobsen Lab has achieved LEED Gold certification. The Faculty Arts and Sciences' organic chemistry lab features overhead lighting occupancy sensors and variable air volume fume hoods that decrease energy use by lowering exhaust rates when the sash is closed. Eighty-four percent of the construction waste from the renovation was diverted from landfills and 38 percent of construction materials came from recycled content.
See also: List of Green Campus Science Buildings (AASHE Members Only)

2. Hendrix College Student Center Receives LEED Gold
Hendrix College’s (AR) Student Life and Technology Center has earned LEED Gold certification. Sustainable features of the 77,000-square-foot building include energy-efficient plumbing fixtures and windows, and drought-tolerant vegetation. Twenty percent of materials used during the $26 million construction contained post-consumer and post-industrial recycled content. The college diverted 75 percent of the total construction waste from landfills.
See also: List of Green Student Centers (AASHE Members Only)

3. Western State College of Colorado Building Earns LEED Gold
Western State College of Colorado's Kelley Hall was recently awarded LEED Gold certification. The $5.5 million renovation of the building, which houses the environmental studies and behavioral and social sciences departments, included the student-spearheaded installation of solar panels on the roof. Other green features include native plant landscaping, recycled paper product insulation in the roof, motion lighting, recyclable carpet tiles, cork flooring and the use of reclaimed wood in desks and furniture.

Co-Curricular Education

4. Pennsylvania State U Launches Eco-Rep Program
Pennsylvania State University has announced plans to start an Eco-Rep Program in the fall. Students who are Eco-Reps will live in residential halls and promote environmentally responsible behaviors. Eco-Reps are expected to focus on the reduction of electricity use during the fall semester and recycling in the spring. The university is looking to fill 28 spots open to incoming freshman.

5. California State U Long Beach Students Ramp Up Green Program
Interns with California State University Long Beach’s student-led Green Campus Program are working to ensure that campus classrooms are as energy efficient as possible. One project features the use of data loggers that record the activity of occupancy sensors through on/off changes of lights. The students will watch for irregular patterns in lighting usage that indicate when automatic light sensors are not working properly and inform the university's Facilities Management Department. The Green Campus Program was implemented last spring at the university, with plans to promote energy efficiency to students, make operational change recommendations and encourage the implementation of energy efficiency lessons into university curriculum. A main goal of the program, which is currently in place on 19 California campuses, is to build pathways for students to green careers through trainings, internships, volunteer opportunities and project-based learning.

6. Lake Forest College Students Start Campus Garden
Lake Forest College (IL) students have created a campus garden, funded by the Andrew Mellon Grant for environmental studies. The garden features four different garden styles, including three bio-intensive beds, two tilled fields, three raised seeder beds and a no-dig garden. Crops include carrots, potatoes, radishes, lettuce, broccoli, kale, chard, tomatoes and herbs. The students are working to direct the harvest to the school cafeteria.
See also: List of Campus Community Gardens (AASHE Members Only)

Curriculum

7. U Rochester Offers Solar Energy Doctoral Program
The University of Rochester (NY) has created a solar energy doctoral program that will start in the fall. With a $3.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation, the university aims to turn out students with advanced degrees in various disciplines but with similar groundings in science, business and solar energy public policy. The program will enroll six students a year.
See also: List of Doctoral Degree Programs in Sustainability

8. Southern Methodist U Uses Solar Array for Online Teaching Tool
Southern Methodist University (TX) has installed a 68-panel solar array for demonstration purposes. The university plans to share information learned from the online monitoring system with K-12 students. The online feature allows anyone to monitor the energy produced by the system in real time. Time lapse animation is used to demonstrate how the solar panels absorb the sun and transform it to energy. Graphics on the site allow the user to compare highs and lows in energy production across the days and months since the array was installed. The solar array has generated enough electricity to offset the university’s footprint by 10.7 metric tons.
See also: List of Solar Installations on Campus

9. Missouri State U to Offer Geotourism Degree
Missouri State University has announced that it will offer an undergraduate geotourism degree in the fall. The degree combines cultural and environmental geography with community planning, development and tourism. The program will include courses that present a holistic approach to the study of local and global tourism impacts, with the primary focus on enhancing the quality of life of all affected by tourism development. The program was developed in consultation with National Geographic’s Center for Sustainable Destinations.

10. Clinton CC Creates Wind Turbine Technician Certificate Program
Clinton Community College (NY) has created a new wind turbine service technician certificate program. The certificate is designed to prepare students for careers in wind energy or enhance current employment in the renewable energy industry. The 31-credit program will provide students with a background in industrial electricity and mechanical systems. All credit hours are transferable to the wind energy and turbine technology associate's degree program.
See also: List of Certificate Programs in Sustainability

11. Brookdale CC Offers New Solar Energy Course
Brookdale Community College (NJ) has announced a new solar energy system course to be offered in the fall. Students will have the opportunity to design and install solar photovoltaic systems. The course will cover the basic technology and skills required for the design and installation of a solar energy system. After successfully completing the instructional program, students will be eligible to take the North American Board of Certified Energy Providers exam.

Energy

12. Maharishi U Management to Open Sustainable Living Center
Maharishi University of Management (IA) has announced the use of renewable energy to power the construction of its Sustainable Living Center. Non-toxic materials from local sources will be used during construction, and all energy will be provided from solar panels on the building and an outside wind turbine. Rainwater catchment will be the complete source of the building's water, with a drinking water purification process through ultraviolet technology. Wastewater will be treated onsite using a constructed wetland. Slated for a late fall opening, the center will allow students in the sustainable living major to monitor energy performance and make adjustments.
See also: Learn More About the Sustainable Living Center

13. Purdue U Installs Wind Turbines for Research
Purdue University (IN) has announced the installation of multiple wind turbines for research. Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, 10 turbines standing at 30 feet will be installed as a simulation of 800-watt turbines. Two additional turbines will be installed on top of the engineering building. The turbine placement will be mobile in order to study how they interact with one another.
See also: List of Wind Turbine Installations on Campus

14. Duke U Implements Indoor Temperature Policy
Duke University (NC) has announced a policy to regulate indoor temperatures. Participating campus buildings at Duke will now be set to 76 degrees in the summer and 68 degrees in the winter. The university expects to save as much as $600,000 in heating and cooling costs.

15. Lynchburg College Installs Solar Array
Lynchburg College (VA) has installed a solar array as part of the college’s $4.56 million plan to reduce its energy consumption and associated costs. The solar array produces energy that is pumped into the building, reducing the amount of electricity required from the grid. The array produces enough energy to power 125 fluorescent lamps. The college is also renovating three buildings and installing low-flow toilets. The college expects to save $583,000 in annual energy costs.
See also: List of Solar Installations on Campus

16. Springfield Technical CC Installs Solar Array
Springfield Technical Community College (MA) has installed an 82.9-kilowatt solar array, funded by a $7,000 grant from the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative. The solar array feeds into an online databank that students can access to monitor the system's performance, including ambient temperatures and power input. The college expects the system to pay for itself within 18 years.
See also: List of Solar Installations on Campus

Funding

17. Coppin State U Receives Grant for Solar Project
Coppin State University (MD) has been awarded a $500,000 grant to fund the installation of solar arrays on eight campus buildings. The Sunburst Project is a stimulus-funded grant through the Maryland Energy Administration. The solar installations are expected to provide three to five percent of the university’s total annual consumption, and will reduce annual electrical costs by $10,000 to $15,000.
See also: List of Solar Installations on Campus

18. U Toledo Awarded Grant for Algae Biofuels Research Facility
The University of Toledo (OH) was recently awarded almost $3 million through the Ohio Third Frontier Wright Projects Program to build a research and development facility for algae biofuels. The facility will include open ponds, greenhouse ponds and enclosed photobioreactors to test the efficiency of a variety of growth systems. The facility will also include a pilot-scale “downstream processing” system where the algae materials can be converted to fuel. The university plans to focus on Lake Erie algae that are adapted to local environmental conditions.

19. Western New England College Awarded Clean Energy Grant
Western New England College (MA) is one of five grant recipients from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center to purchase demonstration and training equipment to prepare students for clean energy jobs. The college will install a demonstration wood pellet burning system that will incorporate testing equipment for measuring system efficiency, emissions and the effects of pellet material selection on system performance. The equipment will also support new courses in bioenergy.

Public Engagement

20. U Washington Students Urge to End Nike Licensing Contract
Students at the University of Washington are urging the school’s president to end its apparel agreement with Nike. The university would join the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Cornell University (NY), both of which ended licensing agreements with the Ore.-based apparel company as a result of its failure to adequately address the problems caused by the closing of two Honduran factories. At issue is the non-payment of severance to workers at two apparel factories, both of which were under contract with Nike to produce collegiately licensed apparel. The University of Washington’s Student Action Labor Project argues that Nike breached the University’s Code of Conduct that safeguards workers’ rights who produce logo apparel for the university.
See also: Cornell Ends Nike Licensing Agreement Story

Research

21. Rochester Inst of Tech to Research Energy Use in Collections
The Rochester Institute of Technology's (NY) Image Permanence Institute has received two grants totaling $648,405 to fund sustainable heating, venting and air conditioning operations in campus library, archives and museum collections. The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) will fund a three-year project that will search for the best ways to reduce energy use without compromising the preservation quality of collection environments. The NEH will also fund a two-year education and training project that will help collections staff avoid risks to collections while supporting sustainability and energy-reduction efforts.

Transportation

22. U New England Expands Bicycle Program
The University of New England (ME) has expanded its on-campus bicycle program. Prospective students and their families can now take a two-hour tour through campus by bike, ending with lunch and a presentation. Current students now have access to free bicycle rentals, enhancing the existing option for free bicycles or Zip cars to first-year students who do not bring cars to campus.
See also: List of Campus Bicycle Share/Rental Programs (AASHE Members Only)

23. Virginia Polytechnic Launches Employee Van Pool
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University has launched an employee van pool as part of a series of programs designed to reduce driving and the need for parking spaces. The van pool is geared toward full-time employees who live more than 10 miles from campus. The university provides a minivan from its fleet and allows riders to fuel up on campus. In exchange, each rider pays up to $75 a month to cover expenses. Forty-five percent of full-time university employees are using alternative transportation.
See also: List of Carsharing on Campus (AASHE Members Only)

Waste

24. U Tennessee Starts Compost Initiative
The University of Tennessee has created a pilot composting program from on-campus, pre-consumer waste and leftovers from the campus cafeteria. Coffee is also collected from both campus locations of Starbucks. The university expects to compost all food items by the spring and currently sends it to a student-run organic farm. The university is looking to purchase a $230,000 wood grinder to assist in the expansion of the program.
See also: List of Campus Composting Programs (AASHE Members Only)

New Resources

25. AASHE List of Campus Community Gardens
AASHE has published a new resource that lists institutions that have campus community gardens that use organic gardening techniques. Nearly 100 institutions in the U.S. and Canada are currently represented. This resource is available to AASHE members only.

Jobs & Internships

26. Director, Sustainability Studies, Hofstra U
Hofstra University (NY) seeks a director of sustainability studies to be part of the Department of Global Studies and Geography and the National Center for Suburban Studies. The director is responsible for creating, developing, promoting and providing leadership for a new sustainability studies program. The successful candidate should have an active research agenda and significant success raising external funds; experience in interdisciplinary programs; and demonstrated commitment to community engagement.

27. Sustainability Coordinator, Sun Devil Dining, Arizona State U
Arizona State University's Sun Devil Dining is looking for a sustainability coordinator to assist in the development and implementation of sustainability-related solutions in its food service systems. The position will focus on sustainable solutions in marketing and communications; food service operations; research and development; and the university's Engrained Cafe. Experience with the food industry and agricultural food system is preferred.

28. Sustainability Coordinator, Skidmore College
Skidmore College (NY) seeks a full-time campus sustainability coordinator. The coordinator will help to educate the college community in sustainability matters and collaborate with various groups to develop, maintain and enhance programs to advance sustainability initiatives across campus. The position will coordinate yearly campus sustainability activities, programs, related research and annual reporting. The successful candidate should have significant experience in successful energy savings programs and an advanced degree in a related field.

29. Admin Program Coordinator, Office of Sustainability, U Utah
The University of Utah's Office of Sustainability seeks an administrative program coordinator to work with the sustainability coordinator and director to move the university toward greater sustainability. This position is focused on engaging students and the broader community through outreach, marketing and development activities. Applicants should have a bachelor's degree in a relevant field, and experience working in sustainability and higher education is preferred. To apply, click on the link provided and enter the job identification number: 40979.

30. Assistant Professor, Sustainable Agriculture, Lincoln U
Lincoln University (MO) seeks a full-time non-tenure track assistant professor in the area of sustainable agriculture. The professor will focus on research related to organic and/or sustainable yet diversified cropping systems that will improve the competitiveness of producers who are adopting organic practices. The position will be expected to develop a nationally recognized research program in organic agriculture. The successful candidate should have a Ph.D. in a related discipline and a holistic viewpoint relative to solving agricultural, environmental and social problems. The deadline to apply is Aug. 23, 2010.

31. Sustainability Instructor, EcoTech Institute
EcoTech Institute (CO) seeks an adjunct sustainability instructor for fall and winter quarters. The instructor will plan and implement sustainability curriculum and educational programs for students. The successful candidate should have two years of teaching experience in an occupational or instructional setting with the ability to develop lesson plans and implement curriculum.

32. Research Assoc, Forest and Wildlife Ecology, U Wisconsin-Madison
The University of Wisconsin-Madison is searching for a Forest and Wildlife Ecology postdoctoral research associate. The one-year position will spearhead collaborative research on the adaptive capacity and vulnerability of conservation easements to climate change. The project will collect data on 30 organizations and more than 400 conservation easements in six states. A Ph.D. in natural resources, environmental policy and management, geography, social-ecological systems or a related field is required. The deadline to apply is Aug. 31, 2010.

Events

33. Register for AASHE 2010
October 10 - 12, 2010; Denver, CO
Workshops, campus tours and local dine-around options are selling out for AASHE 2010. The first 200 to register for the AASHE Conference will be entered into a drawing for one complimentary 2010 conference registration. In addition to presentations, keynote speakers and an expo, special events will include an AASHE Awards program, Curriculum Convocation, member meeting, Sustainability Officers Workshop and Student Summit.

Campus Sustainability Discussion Forums Highlights

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

34. Compost Machines or Bioreactors
Any case studies about campuses that have installed a composting machine or bioreactor on campus? There are two possible waste streams we are investigating systems on. One of them is food waste; corn-based plastic cups and cutlery, and the other one would include 100 percent recycled-content paper towels.

35. Open Letter to Sustainability Evaluating Organizations
Below is the Open Letter to Sustainability Evaluating Organizations sent on July 19, 2010. Original signatories are indicated; however, signatures are ongoing. If you care to add your campus to the list, feel free to do so by responding to this thread.

To Whom It May Concern:

As sustainability officers representing a wide range of institutions of higher education, we enthusiastically support efforts to promote sustainability at colleges and universities around the world. Over the past few years, a number of organizations have taken the initiative to highlight the positive aspects of campus sustainability through the development of sustainability surveys and report cards… With a strong desire to move boldly and set new, higher standards for sustainability, we look forward to collaborating with independent evaluating organizations who share our high standards of excellence, especially those who facilitate public discourse on sustainability and the environment.

 

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