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Watch for the Global Edition of AASHE Bulletin on Thursday, August 26! The sustainability initiatives of more than 15 countries are featured in the August 2010 issue, including this week's member spotlight, Franklin College in Switzerland.  

Table of Contents for 8/23/10:

NEWS
Assessments and Ratings 1. Sierra Magazine Names 'Coolest Schools'
Buildings 2. U South Carolina Office Achieves Carbon Neutrality
3. Harvard U Grad School of Education Hall Receives LEED Platinum
4. Berry College Residence Halls Earn LEED Gold
5. Pellissippi State CC Debuts Green Campus
6. Two Ringling College Buildings Earn LEED Gold
7. Salem State U Opens Green Residence Hall
8. Western Kentucky U Unveils Green Building
Coordination and Planning 9. Wake Forest U Launches Sustainability Center
Curriculum 10. UMass Dartmouth Launches Online Sustainable Development Program
11. Antioch U New England Offers Social Justice Concentration
12. U New Haven Offers Sustainable Studies Degree
Energy 13. U Arizona to Receive 1.6 MW Solar Power System
14. U Delaware to Install 2K Panel Solar Array
15. Creighton U Installs Solar Panels
Funding 16. Kern CC District to Expand Renewable Technologies Training
Grounds 17. Linn State Technical College Uses Clean-Burning Lawn Equipment
18. U Buffalo Restores Quadrangle Using Sustainable Landscaping
Public Engagement 19. Central Michigan U Student Creates Community Garden, Ed Program
20. Philander Smith College Receives Grant for Social Justice Center
21. U Toronto Scarborough Promotes Healthy Eating to Local Community
Purchasing 22. Antioch U New England Adopts Responsible Purchasing Policy
Transportation 23. U Kansas Students Convert VW Beetle to Plug-in Hybrid
Waste 24. Stanford U Treats Wastewater With Rocket Science
25. Arizona State U Expands Recycling Program
Water 26. U Maryland Develops Bio-Filtration System

NEW RESOURCES
27. New Issue of Sustainability: The Journal of Record

OPPORTUNITIES
28. Ithaca College Online Sustainability Leadership Certificate

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
29. Energy Manager, Green Building Services, Harvard U
30. Professor, Environmental Studies, Pacific Lutheran U
31. Coordinator, Energy Services, Keene State College
32. Coordinator, Recycling Program, Keene State College

EVENTS
33. Portland State U 4th Annual Int'l Business & Sustainability Conference
34. Register for AASHE 2010

CAMPUS SUSTAINABILITY DISCUSSION FORUMS HIGHLIGHTS
35. Advocating for LEED
36. Cash Out Parking

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News

Assessments and Ratings

1. Sierra Magazine Names 'Coolest Schools'
Sierra, the official magazine of the Sierra Club, has released its fourth annual ranking of America's greenest campuses. Eleven-page questionnaires were sent to 900 colleges and universities, asking them to detail their sustainability efforts. After consulting the club's conservation experts, the magazine gave more weight to each school's energy supply. As a result, this year's top 20 includes nine newcomers. The top 20 schools, in order, are: Green Mountain College (VT); Dickinson College (PA); Evergreen State College (WA); University of Washington; Stanford University (CA); University of California, Irvine; Northland College (WI); Harvard University (MA); College of the Atlantic (ME); Hampshire College (MA); University of California, Santa Cruz; Middlebury College (VT); University of Colorado, Boulder; Warren Wilson College (NC); University of California, San Diego; University of California, Davis; University of Vermont; University of Pennsylvania; New York University; and Georgia Institute of Technology.
See also: 'Cool Schools' of 2009

Buildings

2. U South Carolina Office Achieves Carbon Neutrality
The University of South Carolina's Outdoor Recreation Office has accomplished its goal of becoming carbon neutral. Since March of 2009, students, faculty and staff have been working to reduce the office’s carbon footprint. Efforts include recycling, organic gardening, energy conservation, composting and organizing trash pickups. During the 2009-2010 school year, the office calculated their emissions at 7.7 tons of carbon from car trips and the powering of lights, computers and other electronics. The office determined that these emissions could be offset by planting 39 trees to absorb the carbon through photosynthesis. Students helped plant peach, plum and cherry trees around the recreation center fields. More trees will be planted in November.

3. Harvard U Grad School of Education Hall Receives LEED Platinum
Harvard University's (MA) Larsen Hall has received LEED for Commercial Interiors Platinum certification. The renovation of the Graduate School of Education's 7,006-square-foot classroom building includes occupancy sensors to vary temperature within the space, a heat recovery unit to increase energy efficiency and low-flow plumbing fixtures. Ecological friendly materials were used during construction.

4. Berry College Residence Halls Earn LEED Gold
Two Berry College (GA) residence halls have achieved LEED Gold certification. Housing around 350 students, Audrey B. Morgan and Deerfield halls are the first LEED certified buildings on the campus. Environmentally friendly features of the buildings include low-flow showerheads, faucets and washers; motion sensor lights and thermostats; and LED lighting fixtures.
See also: List of Green Residence Halls (AASHE Members Only)

5. Pellissippi State CC Debuts Green Campus
Pellissippi State Community College (TN) has opened a new environmentally friendly campus. Green features include bicycle racks, showers for bicycle riders, reserved parking and charging stations for electric vehicles, passive solar design, light sensors, added insulation and recycled materials. The facility was recently awarded the Nashville Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Award for successful environmental projects and conservation measures.

6. Two Ringling College Buildings Earn LEED Gold
Ringling College of Art and Design (FL) has announced that both of its new campus buildings have been awarded LEED Gold certification. The 82,000-square-foot academic center has five stories and 40 solar panels installed on the roof. The 75,000-square-foot residence hall is equipped with 35 solar panels. Sustainable features include low-flow plumbing fixtures, dual flush toilets, light level sensors, energy-efficient air conditioning systems and passive solar design. Seventy-seven percent of total construction waste was recycled and diverted from the landfill. Native Florida plants are featured in the water-efficient landscape that will use low-flow irrigation for the first year. The landscape will be self-sustaining after the first year.
See also: List of Green Residence Buildings (AASHE Members Only)

7. Salem State U Opens Green Residence Hall
Salem State University (MA) has announced the opening of a new 158,000-square-foot residence hall designed to achieve LEED Silver or Gold certification. The $57.5 million Marsh Hall project will house 525 students. The building has green features including the use of sustainable building materials, a green roof and the use of renewable energy. The hall was built near a former landfill and will help restore a marsh.
See also: List of Green Residence Buildings (AASHE Members Only)

8. Western Kentucky U Unveils Green Building
Western Kentucky University has debuted its first green building. The $35 million College of Education and Behavioral Sciences building was designed to LEED standards and is expected to be open to students in January. Energy-saving measures and systems include insulated concrete, low-flow plumbing, motion-sensing lights and advanced heating and air conditioning systems.

Coordination and Planning

9. Wake Forest U Launches Sustainability Center
Wake Forest University (NC) has launched the Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability. The new interdisciplinary center will promote action and collaboration across the fields of renewable energy, biodiversity and ecosystem conservation, environmental policy, human behavior, social influence, enterprise and environmental markets. The center will also provide a focal point for engaging the public on issues of sustainability.

Curriculum

10. UMass Dartmouth Launches Online Sustainable Development Program
The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth has launched an online graduate program in sustainable development. The program received funding through a U.S. Department of Labor workforce training program grant. The graduate level certificate program will provide students with the knowledge and skills to enact sustainability in both personal and professional applications. Students will take a core course in Principles of Sustainability, two electives and a capstone course in Strategic Sustainability.
See also: List of Graduate Programs in Sustainability

11. Antioch U New England Offers Social Justice Concentration
Antioch U New England’s (NH) environmental studies graduate program has announced a new concentration in advocacy for social justice and sustainability. The program is tailored to recent graduates and professionals who have a strong interest in working as public interest advocates and grassroots organizers. Students are immersed in an interactive, collaborative learning environment that centers on political analysis and strategy, nonprofit management and social entrepreneurship.
See also: List of Graduate Programs in Sustainability

12. U New Haven Offers Sustainable Studies Degree
The Tagliatela College of Engineering at the University of New Haven (CT) has created a new Bachelor of Science degree in sustainability studies. The program was designed for students interested in applying sustainable principles and practices through a career in the industrial, government or academic sectors. Required classes include Global Solutions to Sustainability, Project Management and Engineering Economics, Environmental Law, Environmental and Natural Resource Economics and Introduction to Traditional and Alternative Energy Systems.
See also: List of Bachelor's Degree Programs in Sustainability

Energy

13. U Arizona to Receive 1.6 MW Solar Power System
The University of Arizona will feature a 1.6-megawatt solar power system as Arizona electric utility Tuscan Electric Power installs 5,508 solar panels at the university’s solar development center. The center occupies 200 acres and serves as a test bed for new technologies and solar-energy projects. The energy will be used to supply participants in a solar program, which allows rate payers to buy solar power in 150-kilowatt blocks.
See also: List of Solar Installations on Campus

14. U Delaware to Install 2K Panel Solar Array
The University of Delaware has announced that it will receive a 2,000-panel solar array to be installed over three buildings throughout the main campus. The 850-kilowatt solar electric system will be funded in part by the university's 2009 senior class gift, which was earmarked for solar initiatives on campus. The installation is a joint venture of Standard Solar, Inc. and renewable energy financier Perpetual Energy Systems LLC. The university expects to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by almost 2 million pounds a year.
See also: List of Solar Installations on Campus

15. Creighton U Installs Solar Panels
Creighton University (NE) has installed solar panels as part of a $2.6 million project funded mostly by the federal government. The panels will produce approximately 110 kilowatts of power, enough to power about 30 average houses. The solar panels, along with four new wind turbines, will supply four percent of campus electricity. The alternative energy technology is expected to save the university $60,000 in annual utility costs.
See also: List of Solar Installations on Campus

Funding

16. Kern CC District to Expand Renewable Technologies Training
Kern Community College District (CA) has received funding that will allow the district to expand renewable technologies training at Bakersfield College, Porterville College and Cerro Coso College. San-Diego based wind energy producer, enXco, has pledged $160,000 in scholarship and internship money. In addition, the college district has received a $707,000 state grant and $2.4 million in federal money.

Grounds

17. Linn State Technical College Uses Clean-Burning Lawn Equipment
Linn State Technical College (MO) has received environmentally friendly propane-fueled lawn equipment for its Commercial Turf and Grounds Management program. Propane-fueled mowers reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 48 percent over gasoline-powered mowers. The equipment was donated by the Missouri Propane Education & Research Council.

18. U Buffalo Restores Quadrangle Using Sustainable Landscaping
The University at Buffalo (NY) has restored a 2.3-acre quadrangle with hardwoods, shrubs, ground covers and perennials native to Western New York state. Five rain gardens, along with porous asphalt paths that absorb rainwater, will limit the amount of rainwater entering city stormwater systems. In winter, the porous paving will absorb melting snow, reducing the need for salting walkways. The $1.8 million makeover is part of a longterm plan toward environmental sustainability and a dynamic campus conducive to learning and interacting among students, faculty and staff.

Public Engagement

19. Central Michigan U Student Creates Community Garden, Ed Program
A Central Michigan University senior has created the Campus Grow project, which focuses on an organic community garden and composting. The project offers the community sustainable alternatives to the industrial food system through access to healthy local food and educational gardening opportunities. The Campus Grow team focuses on growing and harvesting food in two organic gardens on campus. Food scraps are collected from residential restaurants to create compost for the gardens. The gardens are used to grow a variety of vegetables and plots are rented out by students, faculty and community members.
See also: List of Campus Community Gardens (AASHE Members Only)

20. Philander Smith College Receives Grant for Social Justice Center
Philander Smith College (AR) has received a $1.2 million grant from the Kresge Foundation to help establish the Center for Social Justice. The grant will help fund the staff needed to oversee the college’s social justice initiative. An executive director and program staff will train faculty to infuse social justice into their curricula.

21. U Toronto Scarborough Promotes Healthy Eating to Local Community
The University of Toronto Scarborough is promoting the benefits of buying local and eating healthy through its weekly farmers market this summer and fall. The university's goal is to create an opportunity for local farmers, producers and artisans to connect with the community, providing access to locally-grown, sustainable produce. The university will continue support of the market through educational programs with the help of guest chefs, nutritionists and local producers. The farmers market initiative will link campus research, programs and services that investigate the benefits of sustainable farming.

Purchasing

22. Antioch U New England Adopts Responsible Purchasing Policy
With an emphasis on social justice criteria relative to accessibility, inclusion, ethical production and local purchasing, Antioch University New England (NH) has adopted a responsible purchasing policy. The policy sets standards that aim to reduce campus waste and greenhouse gas emissions and strengthen the local economy by buying regional products and services. The university’s Sustainability and Social Justice Committee will continually revisit the policy for updates based on in-house research and outreach.
See also: List of Campus Sustainable Procurement Policies (AASHE Members Only)

Transportation

23. U Kansas Students Convert VW Beetle to Plug-in Hybrid
The University of Kansas engineering students, known as the EcoHawks, have converted a 1974 Volkswagen Beetle into a plug-in series hybrid with 25 miles of all-electric range. The hybrid burns 100 percent biodiesel made from cooking oil collected from the campus kitchen. The students hope to improve the design and equipment to achieve a vehicle that gets 500 miles per gallon. The EcoHawks also received a $10,000 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant to build a small-scale smart grid system.
See also: Kansas University EcoHawks

Waste

24. Stanford U Treats Wastewater With Rocket Science
Engineers at Stanford University (CA) have designed a self-powering wastewater treatment plant that uses rocket science to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions. The university received a grant from the Woods Institute Environmental Venture Projects to research sewage treatment with the goal of making the process both energy-neutral and emissions-free. The sewage treatment process produces two greenhouse gases that power the treatment plant and a small rocket thruster. The new design has the potential to create wastewater management plants that are entirely self-sufficient.

25. Arizona State U Expands Recycling Program
Arizona State University’s Waste Management has expanded its recycling program to help reach its goal of zero solid waste. The university is now equipped to handle pizza boxes, glass, soft plastic bags, liquid-free paper cups, vinyl banners, corrugated plastic signs, metal odds and ends and non aerosol cans. Waste Management is working to keep 90 percent of the items collected out of the landfill.
See also: List of Campus Recycling Procedures (AASHE Members Only)

Water

26. U Maryland Develops Bio-Filtration System
The University of Maryland has developed a bio-filtration system to reduce urban runoff pollution in the Anacostia watershed and the Chesapeake Bay. University researchers have re-engineered rain gardens to improve the removal of phosphorous, nitrogen and other prime urban pollutants from runoff. With a $600,000 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the Prince George's County Government, researchers will conduct a three-part demonstration project near parking lots on campus.
See also: List of Campus Water Conservation Policies (AASHE Members Only)

New Resources

27. New Issue of Sustainability: The Journal of Record
Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. has published Vol. 3, No. 4 of Sustainability: The Journal of Record. The August issue features an editorial about real-world sustainability education by Steven Cohen, executive director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University. Also included in the new issue is a look at the rewards of eco-friendly measures for professional sports teams, and a paper from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University that seeks to lay out a strategy to achieve more widespread adoption of sustainability measurement.

Opportunities

28. 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

29. Energy Manager, Green Building Services, Harvard U
Harvard University (MA) seeks an energy manager for the Office for Sustainability's Green Building Services program. The manager will work with the Green Building Services team to provide design consulting, work on LEED projects, commission buildings and interior fit-outs, provide energy audits, conduct staff trainings, and develop tools to help the university reduce its energy usage. The successful candidate should have at least five years experience delivering a range of green building consulting services and have an in-depth understanding of building systems and energy efficiency.

30. Professor, Environmental Studies, Pacific Lutheran U
Pacific Lutheran University's (WA) Department of Geosciences and the environmental studies program seeks an assistant professor. Teaching responsibilities will be split between environmental studies and geosciences, and will include the topics glacial geology, global climate change and meteorology, along with topical lower and upper division courses. This position will also mentor senior capstone research projects. The successful candidate should have demonstrated excellence in teaching at the undergraduate level. A Ph.D. is required.

31. Coordinator, Energy Services, Keene State College
Keene State College (NH) seeks a coordinator of energy services to serve as a resource on policy development. Efforts will include tracking, analyzing and reporting energy and utility use, strategic planning related to energy and energy efficiency efforts, and current building technologies. The coordinator will be the campus analyst for energy issues and assist with the development of an energy master plan. The successful candidate should have a bachelor’s degree in engineering, business, public administration or a related field with at least three years of experience.

32. Coordinator, Recycling Program, Keene State College
Keen State College’s (NH) Recycling Department seeks a coordinator to assist the campus sustainability manager with all campus-related recycling tasks. The coordinator will maintain recycling bins, create and implement recycling programs, assist in the creation and implementation of public information, and provide administrative support. The successful candidate should have experience and knowledge with recycling, ecological concepts and the principles that govern good conservation techniques associated with the campus recycling functions.

Events

33. Portland State U 4th Annual Int'l Business & Sustainability Conference
November 4-5, 2010; Portland OR
Featuring practitioner and academic forums, the Center for Global Leadership in Sustainability at Portland State University (OR) will host the fourth annual International Conference on Business & Sustainability: Profitable Sufficiency. During this two-day event, practitioners, thought leaders and academics will share their views on how businesses and organizations, large and small, can adopt models that reconnect people to place and product to purpose.

34. Register for AASHE 2010
October 10-12, 2010; Denver, CO
Student registrations, workshops, campus tours, local dine-around options and discounted hotel rooms are selling out for AASHE 2010. Register for North America’s largest campus sustainability event of the year.

Campus Sustainability Discussion Forums Highlights

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35. Advocating for LEED
I was curious if anyone has tried implementing the process of life-cycle costing into their campus planning before advocating for LEED buildings on campus? A common problem I seem to hear (and have seen myself) is administrators/staff only see the upfront cost and don't look at the whole-life savings down the line. Do most people just explain it along the way to advocating for LEED and wrap it up in that package? Do you think it would be easier getting LCC implemented firs, and then push for LEED?

36. Cash Out Parking
Does any offer a parking "cash out" option? Can you share how your system works, or direct me to other resources on this? We currently charge market rate for parking so I'm not sure if a cash out option makes sense for us, but I want to explore it.

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