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Table of Contents for 8/02/10:

NEWS
Buildings 1. John Tyler CC Science Building Earns LEED Silver
Co-Curricular Education 2. U Chicago Utilizes Dorm Open Space
Coordination and Planning 3. U South Florida Global Sustainability School Names First Director
4. U Alberta Hires New Academic Coord for Office of Sustainability
Curriculum 5. U New Haven Announces Undergraduate Sustainability Program
6. U Nevada Reno Creates Energy Management Certificate
Energy 7. U Texas Athletics Creates Renewable Energy Service
8. Wisconsin Lutheran College Installs Solar Panels
9. North Carolina State U Centennial Campus to Feature Green Grid
10. U Illinois at Chicago Installs Green and White Roofs
11. Monroe County CC to Build Solar Installation
12. Emory U's Oxford College Uses Solar Electricity for Irrigation
Funding 13. California IT Receives Grant for Energy Innovation Hub
14. North Carolina Institutions Receive Grants to Train Green Interns
15. Texas Tech U Receives Grant for Renewable Energy Institute
16. Illinois Valley CC Receives Grant for Green Job Training
Public Engagement 17. Colorado State U Initiates Green Walking Tour
Transportation 18. U Wisconsin Oshkosh, Elon U Launch Social Network Carpool Service
Waste 19. Middlebury College Uses Compost for Organic Maintenance
20. Vanderbilt U Improves Student Move-In Day Recycling Efforts

NEW RESOURCES
21. BioCycle Collects Composting Curriculum Stories

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
22. Sustainability Coordinator, U California Riverside
23. TGIF Grants Mgr/Sustainability Coord, U California Santa Barbara
24. Correll Presidential Chair in Energy, U Maine

EVENTS
25. Climate Action Reserve Webinar: Duke Carbon Offsets Initiative

CAMPUS SUSTAINABILITY DISCUSSION FORUMS HIGHLIGHTS
26. Carpooling 'Emergency Ride Home'
27. Refrigerator Use Mitigation


News

Buildings

1. John Tyler CC Science Building Earns LEED Silver
John Tyler Community College’s (VA) new science building has been awarded LEED Silver certification. The 60,000-square-foot building features a green roof, low VOC-emitting building materials and bike racks. Showers and changing rooms are available for those wishing to use alternative transportation.
See also: List of Green Campus Science Buildings (AASHE Members Only)

Co-Curricular Education

2. U Chicago Utilizes Dorm Open Space
The University of Chicago (IL) has announced plans to create student-maintained gardens with available land space outside dormitories. The "Uncommon Garden Project" will encourage dorm residents to plant, cultivate and harvest their own fruits, vegetables and herbs just outside their kitchens. With support from the Uncommon Fund, start-up costs will be provided along with the education needed to maintain the gardens. A Web page found on the Geophysical Science department website will feature updates, photos and garden announcements.
See also: Learn More About the Uncommon Fund
See also: List of Campus Community Gardens (AASHE Members Only)

Coordination and Planning

3. U South Florida Global Sustainability School Names First Director
The University of South Florida has named Kalanithy Vairavamoorthy as director of the university's new School of Global Sustainability. The former chair professor of water engineering at the University of Birmingham (UK) and chair professor of sustainable urban water infrastructure systems for UNESCO-IHE's Institute of Water Education will begin his new assignment in the fall with the inaugural class of 25 students. The School of Global Sustainability is an interdisciplinary effort to prepare graduate students for a new generation of "green collar" careers. The first degree program offered by the school is a global sustainability master's degree with a focus on water management.

4. U Alberta Hires New Academic Coord for Office of Sustainability
Dr. Susan Barker has been named as the new academic coordinator for the University of Alberta's (AB) Office of Sustainability. The academic branch encourages sustainable concepts in classes, curriculum and research. Barker, whose research interests include ecological and environmental education, is currently the university's chair of Secondary Education and serves on the Canadian National Expert Council for Education for Sustainable Development.

Curriculum

5. U New Haven Announces Undergraduate Sustainability Program
The University of New Haven (CT) has developed a Bachelor of Science sustainability studies program to debut this fall. The interdisciplinary program is designed to help prepare students for careers in the green job market with the application of sustainability principles and practices in a variety of professional positions in industry, government and academia.
See also: List of Bachelor's Degree Programs in Sustainability

6. U Nevada Reno Creates Energy Management Certificate
The University of Nevada, Reno will offer a new Energy Management Certificate program in the fall. The 10-session certificate offered by the university's Extended Studies will examine the essentials of building-energy management technologies, regulatory compliance issues and increasing efficiency and return on investment. The courses are designed for building and facility/plant managers, construction planners, engineers, maintenance personnel and others interested in energy resources.
See also: List of Certificate Programs in Sustainability

Energy

7. U Texas Athletics Creates Renewable Energy Service
The University of Texas Men's & Women's Athletics program has formed a new partnership with Dallas-based Branded Retail Energy Co. to offer a 100 percent renewable energy service to alumni and those in deregulated regions of Texas. Texas Longhorns Energy will be powered by electricity provider Champion Energy Services, with each new customer account generating funds for sustainability efforts within the university's Athletics department. The service will launch in mid-August with rates comparable to current renewable energy market rates.

8. Wisconsin Lutheran College Installs Solar Panels
Wisconsin Lutheran College has installed 60 solar panels on the roof of the campus library. Students and the community can visit a kiosk in the library to learn more about the panels and track the amount of energy being produced on campus. The college received a $35,080 grant from renewable energy adviser Focus on Energy to help offset the cost of the system.
See also: List of Campus Solar Installations

9. North Carolina State U Centennial Campus to Feature Green Grid
North Carolina State University's Centennial Campus has completed construction on the 72,000-square-foot Keystone Science Center. Among its tenants is the National Science Foundation-sponsored FREEDM Center, which plans to create a one-megawatt green grid to showcase solar, wind, fuel cell, battery storage, flywheel storage and plug-in vehicles. Researchers will test and evaluate how the different components work together in a distributed electrical system.

10. U Illinois at Chicago Installs Green and White Roofs
The University of Illinois at Chicago has installed green and white roofs. Funded by federal stimulus grants from the U.S. Department of Energy, the green roofs' vegetation absorbs carbon dioxide and the heat in the summer to provide extra insulation year-round. The university is also applying white acrylic coating on several campus roofs. The lighter paneling absorbs less heat and reduces the amount of energy needed to cool the building.

11. Monroe County CC to Build Solar Installation
Monroe County Community College (MI) has partnered with Detroit Edison to install a 500-kilowatt photovoltaic system as part of a 20-year renewable energy agreement. The solar system will be owned, installed, operated and maintained by Detroit Edison. The college will use the system for alternative energy demonstration, education and instruction.
See also: List of Solar Installations on Campus

12. Emory U's Oxford College Uses Solar Electricity for Irrigation
Emory University's Oxford College (GA) uses solar-produced electricity to irrigate its demonstration organic garden. Through the recent installation of solar panels on Haygood Residence Hall, the solar electricity powers a water pump that irrigates the garden with rainwater collected from the residence hall roof. When the pump is not in use, the electricity is sent to the grid. The amount of electricity produced is monitored online and, between January and June 2010, the panels produced enough electricity to power 32 homes for one day.

Funding

13. California IT Receives Grant for Energy Innovation Hub
California Institute of Technology will receive up to $122 million over the next five years from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to establish an Energy Innovation Hub aimed at developing methods to generate fuels directly from the sunlight. A multidisciplinary team of scientists will work at the DOE's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to develop an integrated solar energy-to-chemical fuel conversion system and move the system from the discovery phase to a scale where it can be commercialized.

14. North Carolina Institutions Receive Grants to Train Green Interns
The North Carolina Energy Office has distributed $5.6 million in federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to create an internship program that will employ 400 North Carolina students training in green energy-related fields. North Carolina State University, Duke University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina Central University will receive grants.

15. Texas Tech U Receives Grant for Renewable Energy Institute
Texas Tech University and the National Institute for Renewable Energy have received $8.4 million from the Texas Emerging Technology Fund to create a renewable energy institute. The university and its wind research organizations will receive $6.4 million of the award. Initial research will look at further decreasing the cost of wind energy and other renewable energy sources, and developing energy storage technologies.

16. Illinois Valley CC Receives Grant for Green Job Training
Illinois Valley Community College has been awarded a $560,000 grant to train technicians for jobs in the alternative energy industry. The three-year grant from the National Science Foundation will assist with the launch of a wind energy technician program this fall. Later phases of the grant will focus on programs for technicians in other renewable energy industries.

Public Engagement

17. Colorado State U Initiates Green Walking Tour
Colorado State University has created the self-guided Green University Walking Tour. The tour of its Fort Collins campus takes students, staff and visitors to more than a dozen locations that have been essential in the school’s sustainability efforts including the LEED Silver-certified Guggenheim classroom building and the School of Global Environmental Sustainability.

Transportation

18. U Wisconsin Oshkosh, Elon U Launch Social Network Carpool Service
In separate partnerships, Elon University (NC) and the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh have joined with the San Francisco-based company, Zimride, to launch a campus social network for carpooling. The company created a Facebook-integrated platform to help its users share commutes or one-time rides. Faculty, staff and students at Elon University and the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh will help to reduce campus traffic and parking congestion by finding others with similar commuting patterns using the website.  
See also: U Wisconsin Oshkosh Zimride Story
See also: List of Campus Alternative Transportation Websites (AASHE Members Only)

Waste

19. Middlebury College Uses Compost for Organic Maintenance
Middlebury College (VT) has started spreading compost on its natural-grass athletic fields to transition those grounds to organic maintenance practices. The college composts 10,000 pounds of food waste from its dining halls and residential houses annually, measuring to 1,500 cubic yards of compost.  
See also: List of Campus Composting Programs (AASHE Members Only)

20. Vanderbilt U Improves Student Move-In Day Recycling Efforts
As students return to Vanderbilt University (TN) in the fall, the university will offer plastic film recycling in addition to the cardboard and plastic foam recycling offered previously. Last year, two 26-foot trucks were filled with plastic foam and 7.5 tons of cardboard were recycled. To help divert water bottles from the landfills, the university will also provide 12 water cooler filling stations instead of handing out water bottles.

New Resources

21. BioCycle Collects Composting Curriculum Stories
BioCycle's July issue features case studies of campuses that have tied composting into academic programs. Projects featured in the composting and organics recycling magazine include Allegheny College's (PA) in-vessel composting operation for food scraps; Appalachian State University's (NC) pilot aerated static pile project; Clark University's (MA) student-initiated composting lectures and labs opportunities; Guilford College's (NC) in-vessel composting program to manage food and other compostable waste from the dining hall; Murray State University's (KY) compost and gardening program; and the University of Georgia's composting research initiatives.
See also: List of Campus Composting Programs (AASHE Members Only)

Jobs & Internships

22. Sustainability Coordinator, U California Riverside
The University of California, Riverside is looking for a campus sustainability coordinator to lead and manage campus sustainability efforts and to foster a culture of sustainability among students, faculty and staff. The position will identify and prioritize areas for institutional sustainability efforts and engage other campus leaders to foster sustainability across campus units. The coordinator will also work to establish and maintain an effective communication strategy, developing and coordinating education and outreach programs in support of campus sustainability, energy management and resource conservation programs. Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field and a minimum of five years of management experience in a higher education and/or sustainability field.

23. TGIF Grants Mgr/Sustainability Coord, U California Santa Barbara
The University of California, Santa Barbara invites applicants for a TGIF (The Green Initiative Fund) grants manager and campus sustainability coordinator. The position will serve as the TGIF budget, organizational and staff person, and participate in policy, marketing and grant writing development. Duties include the development and management of proposal submission, review and award processes; maintenance of website and print materials; and coordination of green student intern and volunteer program. This position will also work to optimize philanthropic support in coordination with the Development Office staff and provide support for campus sustainability planning.

24. Correll Presidential Chair in Energy, U Maine
The University of Maine’s College of Engineering invites applications for the Correll Presidential Chair in Energy. The position will focus on offshore structures for wind and tidal energy. The successful candidate should have expertise in design and modeling of structures in the ocean environment, including structure-fluid interaction. The candidate should have a doctorate in civil engineering, mechanical engineering or a closely related field.

Events

25. Climate Action Reserve Webinar: Duke Carbon Offsets Initiative
August 26, 2010; 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Eastern; Online
As part of its Special Topics Webinar Series, the Climate Action Reserve will host "Duke Carbon Offsets Initiative." The webinar will look at Duke University's (NC) work to develop local carbon offset projects that provide environmental, economic and social benefits to the Southeast region. The university will provide an overview of the program and its goals.

Campus Sustainability Discussion Forums Highlights

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

26. Carpooling 'Emergency Ride Home'
We're trying to implement a carpooling program at Colgate [University (NY)] that would include an emergency ride home for employees who need to go home earlier than their normal carpool arrangement due to an emergency (sick child, etc.). I'd like to find out how often this option is used in campuses that offer it.

27. Refrigerator Use Mitigation
I am currently working on a residence hall energy demand reduction competition at the University of Kentucky. In some of the preparation I have done for this project, I have discovered that the main users of energy are refrigerators. Does anyone have any strategies for mitigating their usage? I had thought that more common-area refrigerator space may be a help for this issue, but I also think that might be counterproductive. Does anyone have any advice about this issue?

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