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NEWS
Assessments and Ratings 1. Princeton Review Names Green Rating Honor Roll Institutions
Buildings 2. Central Carolina CC Opens Sustainable Technology Center
3. Spring Hill College Student Center Achieves LEED Certification
4. Wake Forest U Opens Green Residence Hall
5. Faulkner State CC Opens Green Science Building
Co-Curricular Education 6. Clemson U Starts Healthy Campus Initiative
Curriculum 7. Meredith College Debuts Environmental Sustainability Major
8. U Washington Offers New Online Sustainability Certificate
9. Haywood CC to Offer Green Building Curriculum
Dining Services 10. Willamette U Student Farm Supplies Dining Services with Produce
11. Bluffton U Dining Services Goes Green
Diversity and Affordability 12. Montgomery County CC Receives Kresge Fellowship
Energy 13. West Virginia U Installs Energy Saving Virtual Desktop Devices
Funding 14. U Minnesota Receives $8 Million for Wind Turbine Installation
15. Owens CC Receives Renewable Energy Grant
Grounds 16. Kansas City Kansas CC Reduces Mowing
Public Engagement 17. Appalachian State U Provides Energy Tours to School Groups
Transportation 18. New York U Pilots Student-Initiated Bike Share Program
Waste 19. College of William and Mary Enhances Campus Recycling
20. Humboldt State U Expands Recycling Efforts
21. Richland College Installs Grease and Oil Recycling Station
22. Wake Forest U Offers 10 Green Move-In Tips
23. San Francisco State U Creates Green Move-In Day
Water 24. U New Hampshire Installs Low-Flow Plumbing in Residence Halls

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
25. Director of Sustainability, Oberlin College
26. Assistant Director, Center for Sustainability, Saint Louis U
27. Campus Sustainability Coordinator, Texas A&M U
28. Sustainability Coordinator, Clark U
29. Sustainability Coordinator, The New School
30. Recycling Program Manager, Arizona State U

EVENTS
31. ACUPCC Crafting Your Climate Action Plan: Sharing Best Practices
32. Recycling Webinar: Towards a Zero Waste Campus

CAMPUS SUSTAINABILITY DISCUSSION FORUMS HIGHLIGHTS
33. Geothermal Geology
34. Social Media and Web Services that Work
35. Tracking Air Mileage


News

Assessments and Ratings

1. Princeton Review Names Green Rating Honor Roll Institutions
The Princeton Review has named 18 institutions to its 2011 Green Rating Honor Roll for receiving the highest possible score in its Green Rating tallies this year. Green Ratings are a measure of how environmentally friendly an institution is on a scale of 66 to 99. Ratings for 703 institutions were tallied based on surveys concerning green practices, policies and academic offerings. The top 18 schools are Arizona State University; College of the Atlantic (ME); Evergreen State College (WA); Georgia Institute of Technology; Harvard University (MA); Northeastern University (MA); Northland College (WI); State University of New York, Binghamton University; Unity College (ME); University of California, Berkeley; University of California, Santa Barbara; University of California, Santa Cruz; University of Georgia; University of Maine; University of Maryland, College Park; Warren Wilson College (NC); West Virginia University; and Yale University (CT).

Buildings

2. Central Carolina CC Opens Sustainable Technology Center
Central Carolina Community College (NC) will open the doors of its new Sustainable Technologies Building in September. The college will share the building, which will house several college programs including sustainable technology, sustainable agriculture and biofuels production, with the Chatham County Public Library. The biofuels area will include both a production facility and research lab for students. The building uses a wastewater reuse system and features a green roof to reduce energy costs.

3. Spring Hill College Student Center Achieves LEED Certification
Spring Hill College (AL) has opened its first LEED-certified building. Environmentally friendly features of the college's student center reduce the building's energy needs by 14 percent, including recycled building materials, low-VOC paint, passive solar design, and water-efficient plumbing fixtures and landscaping. The center houses a variety of offices, lounges and dining services.
See also: List of Green Student Centers (AASHE Members Only)

4. Wake Forest U Opens Green Residence Hall
Wake Forest University (NC) has opened its newest residence hall, designed and built to meet LEED Silver certification standards. The building includes solar panels on the roof to heat water and touch screens in the hallways for monitoring energy usage. Other sustainable features include passive solar design, double-paned aluminum windows, dual-flush toilets, low-flow showerheads and rain gardens. Fifty percent of all construction materials were recycled.
See also: List of Green Residence Halls (AASHE Members Only)

5. Faulkner State CC Opens Green Science Building
Faulkner State Community College (AL) has announced the opening of its Allied Health and Natural Science Building. The $7.3 million, 45,000-square-foot building will seek LEED Silver certification and is expected to reduce energy costs by 38 percent. The new building will house the college’s nursing program and other classrooms.
See also: List of Green Campus Science Buildings (AASHE Members Only)

Co-Curricular Education

6. Clemson U Starts Healthy Campus Initiative
From a campus bike share program to recyclable cafeteria to-go containers, Clemson University (SC) will kick off the school year with the Healthy Campus project. Targeting environmentally conscious students and those who struggle to remain active and healthy, the initiative takes a personal approach to sustainability. In an effort to keep fitness levels up, the university is working with engineers to make the campus more pedestrian friendly to encourage walking. Clemson Housing is also working with Students for Environmental Action to start a new on-campus live-in, learn-in community. The university's EcoPlex will serve as the pilot building for the learn-in community, featuring energy-efficient heating and cooling, reduced water use and on-site recycling.

Curriculum

7. Meredith College Debuts Environmental Sustainability Major
Meredith College (NC) will offer an interdisciplinary major focused on environmental sustainability this fall. The undergraduate program will focus on three foundations: natural and mathematical sciences, social sciences, and economics and communication. Students will have the opportunity to tailor a program that fits their professional interests. A wide variety of liberal art courses will be offered including environmental ethics, economics and politics, along with research or internship experience.
See also: List of Bachelor's Degree Programs in Sustainability

8. U Washington Offers New Online Sustainability Certificate
The University of Washington will offer certificates in Organizational Strategies for Sustainability and Life Cycle Assessment this fall. The first program will assist in the development of sustainability goals in an organization by designing and implementing strategies, policies, plans and processes. The Life Cycle program will teach students how to track a product, service or policy throughout its life cycle, and measure its impact on environmental and economic structures. Both certificate programs will be offered online.
See also: List of Certificate Programs in Sustainability

9. Haywood CC to Offer Green Building Curriculum
Offered through the JobsNOW program and a grant from the North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center, Haywood Community College (NC) will offer an eight-week course on the Fundamentals of Green Building this fall. The course is designed to help construction workers and contractors land work in the emerging green construction industry. The course will cover theories, practices and materials used in green building. Students will work on a model green home being built on the campus.

Dining Services

10. Willamette U Student Farm Supplies Dining Services with Produce
Willamette University’s (OR) student farm has begun supplying the campus’ food-service provider, Bon Appétit, with sustainably-grown produce. A group of students interested in farming and sustainable agriculture created the garden a year ago, which now produces lettuce, garlic, arugula, beans, potatoes and peas. Organizers hope the farm will become a community resource by providing a place to conduct sustainable agriculture research and host food-related classes for students and residents.
See also: List of Campus Community Gardens (AASHE Members Only)

11. Bluffton U Dining Services Goes Green
Bluffton University's (OH) Dining Services has announced plans to become more sustainable. In an effort to reduce food waste and water usage, the department will no longer use trays, and will switch to fair trade coffee and tea. The university will also use paper products and stir sticks made from recycled materials.
See also: List of Campus Sustainable Dining Initiatives (AASHE Members Only)

Diversity and Affordability

12. Montgomery County CC Receives Kresge Fellowship
Montgomery County Community College (PA) has received a 2010 Kresge Foundation Fellowship Award. The fellowship program provides college and university executives with the information and networks necessary to become successful green building leaders for their institutions. The foundation focuses on assessing some of the critical challenges faced by under-resourced colleges and universities to implement green building on their campuses.

Energy

13. West Virginia U Installs Energy Saving Virtual Desktop Devices
West Virginia University has installed virtual desktop devices called thin clients on 45 computer monitors in its law library and computer lab. Thin clients are small metal boxes that connect to a remote server and contain a processor and memory and video card like a desktop computer, but have no operating system, drivers, software or moving parts. This technology is expected to save the university energy, maintenance, licensing and software costs.

Funding

14. U Minnesota Receives $8 Million for Wind Turbine Installation
As part of an overall $24 million grant for institutional wind research from the U.S. Department of Energy and wind trade groups, the University of Minnesota has been awarded $8 million to install a 2.5-megawatt wind turbine in December. The turbine will provide university officials with an opportunity to study energy capture and operational capabilities. The university also hopes to create undergraduate courses focusing on wind energy and renewable energy technologies.

15. Owens CC Receives Renewable Energy Grant
Owens Community College has been awarded a $96,000 Renewable Energy Grant from the Ohio Department of Development to advance the college's alternative and renewable energy initiatives. The grant will be used to offset the installation costs of the college's recently installed 120-foot wind turbine.

Grounds

16. Kansas City Kansas CC Reduces Mowing
Kansas City Kansas Community College has reduced mowing campus grounds from once every 10 days to twice a year. Environmentally, the uncut fields reduce carbon emissions and create a habitat for wildlife. Financially, the reduced mowing saves the college manpower, fuel and maintenance costs.

Public Engagement

17. Appalachian State U Provides Energy Tours to School Groups
Appalachian State University (NC) has begun offering tours of its various energy projects to local school groups. Conducted by the university’s Wind Applications Center, tour stops include the university’s wind turbine, biodiesel processing facility, energy-efficient dwelling and photovoltaic solar array. Interactive features of the tour include the chance for students to make their own electricity to light a light bulb by pedaling a bike that is connected to a generator. Students also learn how alternative and renewable energy is good for the environment and its increasing role in consumer energy use.

Transportation

18. New York U Pilots Student-Initiated Bike Share Program
New York University has kicked off the pilot phase of its bike share program. With support from the university's Sustainability Office, a group of students designed the program with the long-term goal of lowering barriers like cost and experience for campus bicyclists. At the start of the university's academic year, bikes will be available in several residence halls for rental by students, staff and faculty. The program will expand based on demand.
See also: List of Campus Bicycle Share/Rental Programs (AASHE Members Only)

Waste

19. College of William and Mary Enhances Campus Recycling
The College of William and Mary (VA) is expanding its campus-wide recycling efforts. The college has added 1,000 new recycling containers across campus to collect paper, glass, plastic bottles and aluminum or tin cans. The college will also coordinate all indoor and outdoor collection through facilities management and residential life.
See also: List of Campus Recycling and Waste Minimization Policies (AASHE Members Only)

20. Humboldt State U Expands Recycling Efforts
Humboldt State University's (CA) student-initiated Campus Recycling Program has changed its name to the Waste Reduction and Resource Awareness Program (WRRAP) to reflect its growing efforts. The program now includes a reusable office supply exchange, composting, tap water promotion efforts and advocates for zero waste campus events.
See also: List of Campus Recycling and Waste Minimization Policies (AASHE Members Only)

21. Richland College Installs Grease and Oil Recycling Station
Dallas County Community College District and Dallas Water Utilities have announced the installation of a cooking grease and oil recycling station at Richland College (TX). The cooking oil and grease recycling program is part of an effort to reduce the number of sewer pipe blockages in a sustainable way. Collected cooking oil will be used to make biodiesel for Dallas County school buses.

22. Wake Forest U Offers 10 Green Move-In Tips
Wake Forest University (NC) has offered 10 steps to a greener college move-in. To reduce the amount of cardboard boxes, Styrofoam packing materials and heaps of unanticipated duplicates that end up in the trash, the university offers examples including the recycling and reuse of school supplies, and the use of pillowcases and sheets to pack clothing in.

23. San Francisco State U Creates Green Move-In Day
San Francisco State University (CA) students and their families were asked to reduce waste on campus to achieve a sustainable move-in. Parents were encouraged to take cardboard boxes home to be re-used, or to drop them in recycling bins behind each residence building. Coat hangers saved from last year’s residents were available for free at residence building community desks.

Water

24. U New Hampshire Installs Low-Flow Plumbing in Residence Halls
The University of New Hampshire has installed low-flow toilet valves, showerheads and sink faucets in three residence halls. In 2009, the three dorms used an estimated 21 million gallons. With the new plumbing, the university expects to save more than five million gallons of water a year.
See also: List of Campus Water Conservation Efforts (AASHE Members Only)

Jobs & Internships

25. Director of Sustainability, Oberlin College
Oberlin College (OH) seeks a director of sustainability and energy management to lead the ongoing development and management of the college’s energy management programs and environmental policy. The director is responsible for the day-to-day management of the college’s energy systems and works closely with the college architect to ensure efficient management of the campus energy resources. The successful candidate should hold a degree in mechanical engineering or energy and/or earth resources with a focus on energy planning at a systems level.

26. Assistant Director, Center for Sustainability, Saint Louis U
Saint Louis University (MO) seeks an assistant director to oversee research and academic initiatives launched through the Center for Sustainability, working collaboratively with teams of professors, researchers, students and community partners. The successful candidate should have knowledge of mainstream software and banner system. A bachelor’s degree or three years of related work experience is required.

27. Campus Sustainability Coordinator, Texas A&M U
Texas A&M University seeks a campus sustainability coordinator responsible for implementing and managing the campus-wide recycling program and other sustainability initiatives including energy and water conservation strategies. The coordinator will educate, engage and energize students, faculty and staff in an environmental awareness campaign. The successful candidate should have a bachelor’s degree in an appropriate field.

28. Sustainability Coordinator, Clark U
Clark University (MA) seeks a sustainability coordinator to assist with the implementation of the university’s growing energy management program and to coordinate the campus recycling program. The coordinator will oversee the collection, synthesis and dissemination of data on energy use and other performance indicators for the campus. The successful candidate should have a bachelor’s degree and at least two years of experience in facilitating groups and project management.

29. Sustainability Coordinator, The New School
The New School (NY) seeks a sustainability coordinator to support the sustainability and energy management assistant director in developing and executing a strategic plan for reducing carbon emissions and other environmental impacts. The coordinator will manage all reporting content for the mayor’s NYC Higher Education Carbon Challenge and provide support for all reporting requirements of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. The successful candidate should have a bachelor’s degree and experience in environmental management, energy conservation and institutional sustainability.

30. Recycling Program Manager, Arizona State U
Arizona State University is looking for a recycling program manager in its facilities management and development department. The position will coordinate and direct the university's recycling program with a zero waste goal by 2015 and 90 percent of waste diverted from landfills. The manager will develop and monitor reduction, recycling, reuse and composting programs; develop funding proposals; and prepare and maintain the program budget. A bachelor's degree in a related field and five years of administrative/coordination program experience or a master's degree and three years of related experience is preferred. Applications will be accepted through Sept. 8, 2010.

Events

31. ACUPCC Crafting Your Climate Action Plan: Sharing Best Practices
October 12, 2010: 1 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Mountain; Denver, CO
The American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) will host this event for those institutions who have completed their greenhouse gas inventories and are preparing their climate action plans. The workshop will discuss how two institutions have produced their climate action and sustainability plans, and the lessons gained from their experiences. Also covered will be details of who needs to be involved, how to engage them, and the elements of a successful process. The early bird registration fee of $175 ends Sept. 1, 2010.

32. Recycling Webinar: Towards a Zero Waste Campus
September 2, 2010: 2:00-3:30 p.m. Eastern; Online
The College and University Recycling Coalition will host "Recycling and Beyond: Towards a Zero Waste Campus," featuring speakers from Harvard University (MA), the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Colorado-Boulder. The webinar will cover zero waste policies within the recycling industry and academia, highlighting which programs are moving beyond zero waste as an aspirational goal to a practical business model.

Campus Sustainability Discussion Forums Highlights

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33. Geothermal Geology
What areas of the country are best suited for large (district) geothermal heating/cooling systems? Is there perhaps a directory of existing sites that could help answer this question? What steps and costs are involved in assessing individual sites?

34. Social Media and Web Services that Work
What social media or web-based services have maximized your ability to reach your target audience or have enabled your group to organize most effectively?

35. Tracking Air Mileage
This post is about the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). As a college dedicated to providing an accurate representation of GHG emissions, I am looking to find a computer program or at least a more precise way to measure emissions as a result of air travel. Does anyone know of any colleges that are accounting for these emissions in both an efficient and exact way?

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