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Table of Contents for 9/7/10:

NEWS
Buildings 1. U Arizona Recreation Center Receives LEED Platinum
2. Dickinson College Hall Awarded LEED Gold
3. U Victoria Achieves LEED Gold
4. Emory U Debuts Green Residence Hall
5. Champlain College Opens Green Admissions Center
6. Colorado State U Recreation Center Gets Green Makeover
7. U Wyoming Debuts Green Building and Gardens
8. U North Texas Dallas Opens Green Building
9. Palm Beach State College Unveils First Green Building
Campus Sustainability in the Media 10. NY Times Features Rise of Community College Green Job Training
Co-Curricular Education 11. California State U San Bernardino Hands Out Sustainable Fortunes
Curriculum 12. Mineral Area College Launches Renewable Energy Technology Degree
13. Lincoln Land CC Set to Expand Renewable Energy Program
14. Grand Rapids CC Launches Green Job Training
15. Central Carolina CC Offers Green Building Courses
16. Redstone College Creates Wind Energy Curriculum
Dining Services 17. Washington U St. Louis Opens Green Dining Services
Energy 18. Pennsylvania State U Awarded $129 Mil for Energy Innovation Hub
19. James Madison U Implements Residence Hall Geothermal Units
20. American U Unveils Solar Energy Dashboard
21. Cal Poly Pomona Installs 4,500 Solar Panels
22. Long Island U Installs Solar Panels
23. Pierce College Plans for 3 Solar Arrays
24. Southern Texas U Begins Solar Installation
25. California Polytechnic State U Debuts Vending Machine Sensors
Funding 26. Alfred State College Awarded Renewable Energy Center Grant
27. College of the Canyons Receives National Science Foundation Grant
28. Colorado State U Earns Grant for Solar Array
Public Engagement 29. Penn State York Offers Green Advantage Training, Certification
Transportation 30. Richard Stockton College Creates Green Parking Lot
31. SUNY College Enviro Science and Forestry Turns Butter into Fuel
Waste 32. Jones County Junior College Receives Award for Recycling Efforts
33. U Michigan Offers Single-Stream Recycling

NEW RESOURCES
34. AASHE List of Campus Energy Dashboards
35. Second Nature, USGBC: Advancing Ed for Sustainability

OPPORTUNITIES
36. Idealist.org Graduate School Fairs for the Public Good
37. Ithaca College Online Sustainability Leadership Certificate
38. Study in Thailand with Int'l Sustainable Development Studies Inst

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
39. Director, Environmental Sciences, Cuyahoga CC
40. Program Manager, Center for Sustainability, Saint Louis U
41. Postdoctoral Researcher, Sustainable Ag, Michigan State U
42. Director of Education and Programs, Ghost Ranch Education Center

EVENTS
43. World Sustainable Development Teach-In Day

CAMPUS SUSTAINABILITY DISCUSSION FORUMS HIGHLIGHTS
44. Funding to Heat Fitness Center Pools (STARS)
45. New Building LEED Celebration
46. Sustainability Curriculum in Higher Education: A Call to Action

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News

Buildings

1. U Arizona Recreation Center Receives LEED Platinum
The University of Arizona's Recreation Center has been awarded LEED Platinum certification. The $27.6 million, 55,000-square-foot building's location and established programs support and encourage mass transit, walking and bicycling. Sustainable features include solar panels, preferred parking for low-emission vehicles and a water runoff site where rain is funneled to planting areas or directed to a rock pile beneath the ground.
See also: List of Green Campus Recreation Centers (AASHE Members Only)

2. Dickinson College Hall Awarded LEED Gold
Dickinson College's (PA) Althouse Hall has received LEED Gold certification. Home to Africana studies, economics, and international business and management, the building's green renovations used more than 27 percent of recycled building materials. Other green features include a dedicated area of bicycles and recycled materials, waterless urinals, automated energy-saving lighting and thermal controls, water-efficient landscaping and erosion, sedimentation and stormwater runoff control plans to prevent pollution from construction activity.

3. U Victoria Achieves LEED Gold
The University of Victoria's Social Sciences and Mathematics building has been awarded LEED Gold certification from the Canada Green Building Council. The building features two green roofs and patio gardens to help insulate and capture rain and moisture. Other sustainable features include energy-efficient lighting, natural ventilation, and showers and lockers for bicyclists.

4. Emory U Debuts Green Residence Hall
Emory University's (GA) newest residence hall completes phase three of its planned freshman complex. Designed to LEED Silver standards, green features of the Longstreet-Means Hall for incoming freshman include recycled countertops, flooring and a new water recycling system. Eighty-four percent of the construction waste was recycled.
See also: List of Green Residence Halls (AASHE Members Only)

5. Champlain College Opens Green Admissions Center
Champlain College (VT) has opened the doors of its new environmentally friendly Welcome & Admissions Center. The $12 million renovation of the 1859 historic building includes energy-efficient lighting and climate control systems including a geothermal pump. The new staff headquarters will seek LEED Platinum status.

6. Colorado State U Recreation Center Gets Green Makeover
Colorado State University's Recreation Center is undergoing a green renovation. Sustainable features include energy-reducing lighting and thermal controls, motion sensors, water-efficient landscaping and the re-use of more than 75 percent of existing structural walls, floors and roofs. The center will achieve a 20-30 percent reduction in water use and at least a 21 percent reduction in energy use. Seventy-five percent of the construction waste will be recycled.
See also: List of Green Campus Recreation Centers (AASHE Members Only)

7. U Wyoming Debuts Green Building and Gardens
The University of Wyoming has opened the Bim Kendall House, a 1950s office building that was renovated to house the university's environment and natural resources program. Sustainable features include a passive ventilation system, photovoltaic system, cork and rubber flooring, recycled and re-used construction materials and energy-efficient windows. Twenty-five percent of the construction waste was recycled. The building is intended as a model for residential and small-scale institutional green design with native plant gardens that feature rain chains mounted to the gutter to move water from the roof to the landscaping below.

8. U North Texas Dallas Opens Green Building
The University of North Texas at Dallas has opened its newest green building. The 103,000-square-foot building was designed to meet LEED Gold standards. Sustainable features include a 60,000-gallon rainwater cistern to irrigate the campus, passive solar design, a roof garden and 448 solar panels expected to produce 100.4 kilowatts of power.

9. Palm Beach State College Unveils First Green Building
Palm Beach State College (FL) has announced the opening of its first green building. The 33,982-square-foot Technical Education Center was constructed to LEED Gold standards. Sustainable features include a wastewater recycling system, energy-efficient lighting and renewable energy sources. The native landscaping is designed to utilize stormwater runoff for irrigation. The $13 million project will be used as a training facility for a variety of careers including sustainable building.

Campus Sustainability in the Media

10. NY Times Features Rise of Community College Green Job Training
Highlighting the growing need for a new generation of environmentally smart managers, The New York Times recently featured the rise of green job training opportunities at community colleges. The federal government is contributing $500 million toward green job training, says the article, and the energy efficiency sector is estimated to grow as much as four times in the next decade to an estimated 1.3 million people. Educational institutions are offering courses and degree programs to ready managers who will oversee the technologies, manufacturing processes and materials that will be used to conserve energy and help safeguard natural resources.

Co-Curricular Education

11. California State U San Bernardino Hands Out Sustainable Fortunes
California State University, San Bernardino sweetened its sustainability messaging by passing out fortune cookies during its recent Welcome Week. The cookies were filled with green campus information inside, an idea initiated by the university's Green Campus interns. The team is currently gearing up for more student-involved green activities.

Curriculum

12. Mineral Area College Launches Renewable Energy Technology Degree
Mineral Area College (MO) has developed an associate degree in renewable energy technology with agriculture, manufacturing, solar and wind concentrations. The coursework can be articulated to a bachelor's degree at Southeast Missouri University. The college is also offering a 15-hour Renewable Energy Technician Certificate.

13. Lincoln Land CC Set to Expand Renewable Energy Program
Lincoln Land Community College (IL) has received a $2 million grant to expand opportunities for students in alternative energy and green construction trades. The college will offer wind, solar and geothermal energy training with new equipment and teaching spaces.

14. Grand Rapids CC Launches Green Job Training
Grand Rapids Community College (MI) is set to launch its green technician training course. The 80-hour, four-week class will prepare students for entry-level sustainable manufacturing jobs. Three area manufacturers will draw on graduates from the program.

15. Central Carolina CC Offers Green Building Courses
Central Carolina Community College (NC) has begun offering green building and renewable energy classes. The courses will focus on the LEED rating system and building environmentally friendly structures. An introduction to photovoltaic system design, sustainable design and communities, building analyst training, solar water heating principles and water management courses will also be offered.

16. Redstone College Creates Wind Energy Curriculum
Redstone College (CO) has created a new wind energy technology program. The 15-month curriculum includes hands-on learning with test equipment and troubleshooting for wind turbine installation, testing and repair. The college will use a wind turbine that has been converted to a ground-floor wind lab.

Dining Services

17. Washington U St. Louis Opens Green Dining Services
Washington University, St. Louis (MO) has opened a new dining facility. Sustainable initiatives include sensor lighting, reusable food boxes and a compost system. Excess food will be donated to a local food bank and the waste oil will be converted to biofuel for dining services vehicles. The university will also place a priority on the use of local food.
See also: List of Campus Sustainable Dining Initiatives (AASHE Members Only)

Energy

18. Pennsylvania State U Awarded $129 Mil for Energy Innovation Hub
Pennsylvania State University has been awarded up to $129 million in federal funding to develop an energy innovation hub at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. The grant, to be paid over the next five years, will fund energy-efficient building design research with a focus on how to improve energy efficiency and cut pollution in the construction, maintenance and management of buildings. A particular emphasis will be placed on training workers to retrofit old buildings. The project is expected to create and retain 100,000 jobs over the next five to 10 years.

19. James Madison U Implements Residence Hall Geothermal Units
James Madison University (VA) has drilled eco-friendly geothermal units as part of a sustainable renovation of Wayland Hall. The units are located under a parking lot and will contribute to the heating and cooling of the dormitory. Set for a 2011 completion, the 158-bed residence hall has been designed to meet LEED Platinum certification.

20. American U Unveils Solar Energy Dashboard
American University (DC) has announced that students, faculty, staff and the general public can now track the energy production being generated by campus solar panels online. The School of International Service building's solar array is live via an online energy dashboard that tracks daily, weekly, monthly, yearly and total energy generation. The live data also includes the electricity consumption of the LED lights in the building's parking garage.
See also: View the Data Kiosk
See also: List of Campus Energy Dashboards (AASHE Members Only)

21. Cal Poly Pomona Installs 4,500 Solar Panels
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona is installing 4,500 solar panels on campus that are expected to go into operation in October. As part of the university's efforts to achieve carbon neutrality, the panels will generate enough electricity to power 161 homes for a year with carbon savings equivalent to planting 282 acres of pine trees.
See also: List of Solar Installations on Campus

22. Long Island U Installs Solar Panels
Long Island University (NY) has installed a new 10-kilowatt solar generating system. Incentives from the Long Island Power Authority and National Grid lowered the cost of the solar panels by $28,000. The university also purchased renewable energy certificates amounting to three percent of its total energy consumption.
See also: List of Solar Installations on Campus

23. Pierce College Plans for 3 Solar Arrays
Pierce College (CA) will install three new photovoltaic arrays on campus. The $8.7 million project is part of a six-year lease of the new equipment, after which the Los Angeles Community College District will assume ownership of the lease.

24. Southern Texas U Begins Solar Installation
Southern Texas University has begun installing a new solar demonstration. Partnering with the university, Evolution Solar will install eight thin-film photovoltaic panels on the campus that are intended to serve as a cornerstone of the new Green Technology Center. Students will be included in the installation process.

25. California Polytechnic State U Debuts Vending Machine Sensors
California Polytechnic State University has installed VendingMiser devices on 13 vending machines across campus. The devices use an infrared motion sensor to power down the vending machine when the surrounding area is vacant. The university expects to save more than $600 a year.

Funding

26. Alfred State College Awarded Renewable Energy Center Grant
Alfred State College, Wellsville (NY) has received $500,000 in federal funding for a renewable energy technical training center. The center will be used to build additional model installations with complete monitoring systems, utilizing geothermal, solar and small wind projects. The center will promote economic development with alternative ways to provide energy for homes, businesses and farms.

27. College of the Canyons Receives National Science Foundation Grant
College of the Canyons (CA) has been awarded a four-year grant totaling $3 million from the National Science Foundation to establish a renewable energy regional center. The center will create and expand courses and workforce training programs to help address the high demand for renewable energy technicians throughout the state. Funding will also go toward developing renewable energy programs and workforce training at the consortium's partner colleges, which include Cuesta, Cerro Coso, Allen Hancock, Santa Barbara City, L.A. Pierce, Moorpark, Oxnard, Merced and Porterville community colleges.

28. Colorado State U Earns Grant for Solar Array
Colorado State University has been awarded a $15,000 grant from New Energy Economic Development funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The grant will be used for the installation of a 206-kilowatt thin-film solar array on campus and solar energy education kiosk.

Public Engagement

29. Penn State York Offers Green Advantage Training, Certification
Pennsylvania State University, York will offer Green Advantage training and certification in October. Green Advantage is a commercial construction program designed for builders, developers, contractors and suppliers. The training is open to the public and will cover the construction principles behind sustainable building and the LEED rating system. Participants will learn how to lighten the impact on the environment, save energy and improve the health conditions of construction workers and building occupants.

Transportation

30. Richard Stockton College Creates Green Parking Lot
The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey is foregoing the traditional asphalt used for parking lots in favor of a porous surface of plastic grids. The 1.86-acre parking lot will feature recycled polyethylene grid sections that lock together to form a surface that supports cars and light trucks. A mixture of top soil and EcoSoil—a composted blend of yard waste collected by the Atlantic County Utilities Authority—will fill the open spaces in the grids, allowing for grass to germinate. Rainfall will soak through the parking lot without the need for storm drains.

31. SUNY College Enviro Science and Forestry Turns Butter into Fuel
The State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) will turn an 800-pound sculpture made entirely of butter into biodiesel. The sculpture, which debuted at the New York State Fair, presents the future of dairy farming as an environmentally friendly endeavor and will end up as fuel for the ESF vehicle fleet. This is the third year that the college will turn butter into fuel as an extension of ESF's ongoing initiative that turns frying oil from campus dining services into biodiesel.

Waste

32. Jones County Junior College Receives Award for Recycling Efforts
Jones County Junior College (MS) has been awarded a 2010 Kresge Foundation Fellowship Award, designed to provide education on green building and sustainability in higher education. The award was given to the college for their leadership and progress in recycling. Since partnering with Sumrall Recycling in the fall of 2009, disposal fees have been cut in half.
See also: List of Campus Recycling and Waste Minimization Policies (AASHE Members Only)

33. U Michigan Offers Single-Stream Recycling
The University of Michigan has announced plans to offer single-stream recycling. The new system will allow paper and container recyclables to be collected in the same bin. New materials that can be recycled in the program include all plastics except for No. 3, plastic grocery bags, plastic films and plastic foam.

New Resources

34. AASHE List of Campus Energy Dashboards
AASHE has published a new resource that lists building energy dashboards in use at colleges and universities. Energy dashboards monitor the energy consumption of a facility and can present the data to users in an interactive way. They may be physically available as touchscreens installed at kiosks in or near the facility being monitored, or made available online at a website. This resource is available to AASHE members only.

35. Second Nature, USGBC: Advancing Ed for Sustainability
Second Nature and the U.S. Green Building Council have released "Advancing Education for Sustainability: Teaching the Concepts of Sustainable Building to All Students." The paper explores the role of the built environment in educating students about sustainability. In addition to providing an appendix of action-oriented resources, the paper provides a core set of sustainable building concepts, examples of institutions that are successfully teaching their students about sustainability, and recommendations of steps that higher education institutions can take to provide students with the knowledge and skills to create a sustainable future.

Opportunities

36. Idealist.org Graduate School Fairs for the Public Good
Idealist.org will kick off its Graduate School Fairs for the Public Good series on Sept. 16, 2010 in New York, N.Y. Potential applicants can meet with representatives from a range of graduate programs including environmental sciences, public policy, socially responsible business and nonprofit management. The fairs are free to those seeking to attend school, and will take place from September through November. The locations in order are New York, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Ontario, District of Columbia, Minnesota, Illinois, Michigan, Colorado, Washington, Oregon, California and Georgia.
See also: Watch a Video of Idealist.org Grad School Fairs

37. 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.

38. Study in Thailand with Int'l Sustainable Development Studies Inst
The International Sustainable Development Studies Institute is now accepting applications for its spring 2011 study abroad semester in Thailand, including a new study site in Laos. Courses are an integration of social and natural sciences and take place in unique learning environments including remote upland tribal villages and the islands of Southern Thailand. The deadline for applications is Oct. 15, 2010.

Jobs & Internships

39. Director, Environmental Sciences, Cuyahoga CC
Cuyahoga Community College (OH) seeks an executive director for its environmental sciences department. The director will provide business process management for program offerings including targeted marketplace strategies in the areas of alternative energy, sustainability and bioscience. The successful candidate should have a bachelor’s degree in an engineering discipline and a minimum of five years experience in the alternative energy, sustainability or bioscience sectors.

40. Program Manager, Center for Sustainability, Saint Louis U
Saint Louis University’s (MO) Center for Sustainability seeks a program manager to supervise processes related to student applications, enrollment and other aspects of student life for the center. The manager will contribute to the development of new academic programming and maintain the center’s budget. The successful candidate should have knowledge of business, budgeting, accounting and bookkeeping. A bachelor’s degree and two years of related work experience are required.

41. Postdoctoral Researcher, Sustainable Ag, Michigan State U
Michigan State University seeks a social science researcher to investigate barriers to sustainable agriculture. Research will focus on farmer decision-making and agricultural management. The successful applicant will initially work on a project that explores the reduction of fertilizer application in southwestern Michigan with interviews, focus groups and a mail survey. The successful candidate should have a Ph.D. in a relevant social science discipline like sociology, rural sociology, environmental studies, political science or geography.

42. Director of Education and Programs, Ghost Ranch Education Center
The Ghost Ranch Education and Retreat Center (NM) seeks a director of education and programs to create and implement programs aligned with the center's goals in the areas of social justice, arts, sustainability, spirituality and science. The center aims to collaborate with nearby higher education institutions to offer graduate level sustainability coursework. The director will nurture and expand the network of faculty and resource people in programmatic areas and work with the executive director to develop programs. A master's degree or equivalent experience in areas including program administration, human resources and sustainable development is preferred.

Events

43. World Sustainable Development Teach-In Day
December 3, 2010; Global
The World Sustainable Development Teach-In Day entitled "Sustainable Development: working toward local solutions to a global challenge" will give university lecturers and their students the chance to examine some key sustainability-related issues. The goal of the teach-in is to disseminate information on the concept, aims, and purposes of sustainable development so that it can be understood by a broad public, and will include elements relating to its environmental, social, economic, and policy aspects, and to raise awareness among university students on the complexity of matters related to sustainable development and the need for personal engagement and action. Participating university staff/lecturers and teachers will be encouraged to get their students involved in working through a set of five guiding questions that are pertinent to their discipline. They will be supplied with a list of suggested questions in advance and encouraged to hand them out to their students in order to prepare for the discussions and provide them with guidance. Registration is now open.  

Campus Sustainability Discussion Forums Highlights

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44. Funding to Heat Fitness Center Pools (STARS)
This post is about STARS, AASHE's Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System. Does anyone know of any foundations or agencies that would help us put solar panels on our fitness building to heat our swimming pool?

45. New Building LEED Celebration
We are in process of planning an event to celebrate the award of LEED Gold for our new residence hall. Currently, the event is a BBQ with a short presentation by the university president. I was hoping to do something more unique. Any ideas?

46. Sustainability Curriculum in Higher Education: A Call to Action
AASHE has released Sustainability Curriculum in Higher Education: A Call to Action. As a follow-up to the AASHE Summit on Sustainability in the Curriculum held in San Diego in February, the Call to Action lays out nearly 40 recommendations for action and four major strategic initiatives including establishing a faculty fellows program, developing regional centers, leveraging assessment requirements, and creating a Collaborative for Sustainability Curriculum Change. Now what? A number of the recommendations can be carried out by individuals and groups on a campus and they should be moved forward as soon as possible. At AASHE we are actively discussing what actions we should undertake and how to do so. Reports of campus successes, lessons learned, and ideas for action are all welcome in this thread as we move the conversation forward to action.

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