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NEWS
Buildings 1. Skidaway Institute of Oceanography Earns LEED Gold
2. New Mexico State U Football Coaches Building Awarded LEED Silver
3. Princeton U Opens Green Chemistry Laboratory
4. Spartanburg CC Installs Rooftop Garden
5. U Central Arkansas Installs Green Roof
Co-Curricular Education 6. U Illinois Debuts Sustainable Student-Run Farm
7. McMaster U Students Launch Campus Farmers Market
Coordination and Planning 8. Ryerson U Establishes Center for Urban Energy
9. U Texas San Antonio Establishes Sustainability Council
Dining Services 10. American U Converts Waste Vegetable Oil with 'Vegawatt'
11. Truman State U Cafeteria Goes Local
Energy 12. Allegheny College to be Completely Powered by Wind Energy
13. Oregon State U Cascades Installs Solar Panels
14. Kansas State U Receives Wind Turbine
15. U Wisconsin Oshkosh Completes First Wave of Solar Installations
16. New York U Curtailment Initiative Reduces Power Usage
Funding 17. Clark U Receives $1 Mil Stimulus Grant for Green Cooling Tech
18. U Maryland Creates Sustainability Fund
Grounds 19. Arbor Day Foundation Names Furman U Tree Campus USA
Research 20. Rutgers U Camden Professor Looks to E. coli for Biodiesel
Transportation 21. U Florida Brings Back One Less Car Challenge
22. U Northern Iowa Opens Green Transportation Center
23. U Buffalo, Boise State U Partner with Zipcar Car Sharing Service
24. Harvard U Offers Car Sharing Program to Drivers Under 21
25. Appalachian State U Orders Hybrid Bus
26. Lehigh U Debuts Car Sharing Program
27. Drury U Loans Bikes to Students
Waste 28. ESPN Launches 'College Game Day' Recycling Initiative
29. U Minnesota Collects State Fair Food and Farm Waste for Fuel
30. U Northern Iowa Implements In-Room Dorm Recycling
31. Syracuse U Launches Composting Program
32. Carleton U Starts Composting Program
33. Suffolk U Expands Recycling Program
Water 34. U Utah Students Install Rain Gardens

NEW RESOURCES
35. AASHE List of Campus Supported Agriculture and Farms

OPPORTUNITIES
36. EPA Game Day Challenge
37. ThinkGreenLiveClean.com Green Student Challenge

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
38. Membership Coordinator, AASHE
39. Administrative Assistant, Sustainable Energy Fund
40. Sustainability Communications Coord, U Maryland College Park
41. Sustainability Enhancement Coord, U Maryland College Park
42. Sustainability Measurement Coord, U Maryland College Park

EVENTS
43. ACUPCC Webinar: Best Practices in Climate Action Plan Development
44. Second Nature Workshop: Climate Action Planning for Minority-Serving Institutions

CAMPUS SUSTAINABILITY DISCUSSION FORUMS HIGHLIGHTS
45. Campus Sustainability Officer Job Swap
46. Campus Sustainability Professional Development Opportunities

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Buildings

1. Skidaway Institute of Oceanography Earns LEED Gold
With instructional space for marine science students from the University System of Georgia, the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography's Marine and Coastal Science Research and Instructional Center (GA) has been awarded LEED Gold certification. The center's energy-efficient orientation minimizes its east-west exposure, reducing the heat absorbed from the sun. Other sustainable features include a solar hot water heating system, a 1,000-gallon cistern to capture rainwater and 6-inch foam insulation.

2. New Mexico State U Football Coaches Building Awarded LEED Silver
New Mexico State University's Football Coaches Office Building has been awarded LEED Silver certification. More than 88 percent of construction materials for the 6,749-square-foot building were diverted from landfills and more than 20 percent of construction materials were made from recycled content. Ninety-five percent of the building's occupied space is lit by natural daylight and the building uses 45 percent less water through water-efficient installations.

3. Princeton U Opens Green Chemistry Laboratory
Princeton University (NJ) has opened the doors of its Frick Chemistry Laboratory. The building's four-story atrium features 216 photovoltaic panels on the glass roof that convert solar energy into electricity and offer shade by letting in a controlled amount of light. Integrated mechanical systems enable the transfer of cooled and heated air from offices through the atrium into the laboratories, reducing the amount of outside air that must be conditioned to meet the ventilation demands of the labs. A sustainable monitoring display will show the building's investment in energy and energy savings and 200 high-efficiency fume hoods have been installed at work areas. The 265,000-square-foot building also features a 12,000-gallon rainwater cistern that collects and recycles stormwater for non-potable use.
See also: List of Green Campus Science Buildings (AASHE Members Only)

4. Spartanburg CC Installs Rooftop Garden
Horticulture students and professors at Spartanburg Community College (SC) have installed a rooftop garden atop a campus gazebo. The garden features heat resistant plants including sedum, agave and nanaparetta, with future plans for ornamental grasses. The college hopes to use the green roof as an educational tool for the rest of the community.

5. U Central Arkansas Installs Green Roof
The University of Central Arkansas has installed a green roof on Laney Hall, home to the chemistry department. Nearly 2,000-square-feet of drought-resistant sedum was planted to help reduce stormwater runoff and insulate the building. If the green roof proves to be cost-saving, the university will add more green roofs across campus.

Co-Curricular Education

6. U Illinois Debuts Sustainable Student-Run Farm
The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign has debuted the new Sustainable Student Farm. The three-acre farm is part of an initiative to have locally grown produce make up 30 percent of all food eaten on campus by the year 2015. All fruits and vegetables harvested will either be sent to the university’s dining services department or sold on Thursdays on campus during lunch hours. Students and volunteers work and manage the farm.

7. McMaster U Students Launch Campus Farmers Market
Students at McMaster University (ON) have launched a campus farmers market that runs every Thursday, offering fresh, local food to students, faculty and staff. The market has three area growers who supply produce, and the producers are invited to the market to share their food knowledge.

Coordination and Planning

8. Ryerson U Establishes Center for Urban Energy
Ryerson University (ON) has announced the creation of the Center for Urban Energy, a research and technology demonstration center devoted to the discovery and commercialization of urban energy solutions. The center will combine engineering, science, environment, business and infrastructure management to tackle immediate challenges such as the development of clean energy technologies, energy conservation, alternative local energy generation, energy storage and adaptable infrastructure.

9. U Texas San Antonio Establishes Sustainability Council
The University of Texas at San Antonio has established a Sustainability Council. The council will develop a five-year plan for sustainability-related university programs and collaboration with community organizations. The 20-member council, comprised of students, faculty and staff, is charged with advising campus administrators on strategies for enhancing sustainability, the allocation of resources and the monitoring of sustainability programs.

Dining Services

10. American U Converts Waste Vegetable Oil with 'Vegawatt'
American University (DC) has implemented a Vegawatt, a machine that converts waste vegetable oil into electricity and hot water. Using 90 gallons of oil from the university's Terrace Dining Room per week, the Vegawatt will produce enough electricity to avoid 270 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions, the equivalent to the amount produced by 33 American homes in one year.

11. Truman State U Cafeteria Goes Local
Truman State University's (MO) Ryle Hall cafeteria has begun purchasing local produce grown at a nearby orchard. The initiative has kicked off with apples but the university hopes to expand the program to a larger variety of local food. Dining Services is also advocating for students to grow their own food on the campus farm.
See also: List of Campus Supported Agriculture and Farms (AASHE Members Only)

Energy

12. Allegheny College to be Completely Powered by Wind Energy
This January, Allegheny College (PA) will switch to 100 percent wind-generated electricity, cutting its greenhouse gas emissions by 52 percent. The college has been investing in Renewable Energy Credits for several years; credits that allow institutions in places where there are no renewable energy generators to invest in green electricity. The college now has enough credits to make the complete switch to wind energy.
See also: List of Campus Energy Plans (AASHE Members Only)

13. Oregon State U Cascades Installs Solar Panels
Oregon State University-Cascades is set to install solar arrays on the roof of a residence hall and a parking garage. The new installations will help reduce campus energy demands and educate students in the university’s energy engineering management degree. The solar arrays are expected to produce 45 to 55 kilowatts of power and offset 18 percent of daily energy consumption. An Informative kiosk will display the solar energy generation in real time.
See also: List of Solar Installations on Campus

14. Kansas State U Receives Wind Turbine
Kansas State University has received a used wind turbine from Westar Energy. The university hopes the donation will aid in the research and exploration of wind energy being performed at the Wind Applications Center, funded by the National Renewable Energy Lab to increase the public's acceptance of wind power. Students and faculty will have the opportunity to perform tests to analyze the efficiency of the turbines and wind energy.
See also: List of Wind Turbine Installations on Campus

15. U Wisconsin Oshkosh Completes First Wave of Solar Installations
The University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh has installed its first photovoltaic array, the first of many solar installations planned to replace natural gas and coal-based heat on the campus. The 2.9-kilowatt system slowly adjusts its position to track the sun as it moves from east to west and as it rises and falls in the sky. Future projects include the installation of 120 solar panels on the rooftops of four buildings to heat water on campus.

16. New York U Curtailment Initiative Reduces Power Usage
To help avoid the firing up of power plants in New York City during hot summer days, New York University's Curtailment Initiative recently saved enough electricity to power one average New York City home for three years, the equivalent to taking 7,000 homes off the grid. The university participates in the New York Independent System Operator demand response program, cutting its energy use when heat emergencies threaten the grid. As a supplement to the program, campus Sustainability Advocate volunteers are trained to turn off unnecessary lights, turn thermostats to proper set-points and unplug unused appliances.

Funding

17. Clark U Receives $1 Mil Stimulus Grant for Green Cooling Tech
Clark University (MA) has received a $1 million stimulus grant toward Machflow Energy, Inc., a small start-up created by a Clark physics professor that is focused on green cooling technology. The company has built prototype models of a device that will provide clean and more effective cooling in a range of commercial uses, such as electric car batteries and computers.

18. U Maryland Creates Sustainability Fund
The University of Maryland has launched the Campus Green Fund. The $200,000 sustainability grant will be given to students, faculty and university-based organizations that want to take action to reduce the university's carbon footprint while educating the student body about ways to become more sustainable. Students will be charged eight dollars in student fees to fund the grant.

Grounds

19. Arbor Day Foundation Names Furman U Tree Campus USA
Furman University (SC) has been recognized as a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation for its campus forestry management and environmental stewardship practices. The university has received this honor three years in a row, meeting five core standards of tree care and community engagement. Requirements include the establishment of a campus tree advisory committee; evidence of a campus tree care plan and verification of dedicated annual expenditures; campus observance of Arbor Day; and the implementation of a service-learning project aimed at engaging the student body.

Research

20. Rutgers U Camden Professor Looks to E. coli for Biodiesel
An associate professor of computer science at Rutgers University-Camden (NJ) is researching how to engineer the bacteria E. coli to produce biodiesel fuel derived from fatty acids. The professor is after a more sustainable way to create renewable energy by making fuels without the use of food. The project will continue with the assistance of researchers from Harvard University (MA).

Transportation

21. U Florida Brings Back One Less Car Challenge
The University of Florida has brought back the One Less Car Challenge this fall for the third year. The campus community is challenged to use alternative transportation on One Less Car Day and throughout the semester. Participants can earn points for each trip traveled by alternative transportation. The Office of Sustainability will provide information about the various transportation options available. The challenge ends November 19.

22. U Northern Iowa Opens Green Transportation Center
The University of Northern Iowa has unveiled a solar-powered transportation center. Solar panels installed on the building's top deck and a geothermal heating system supply almost all electricity for the net-zero center. A collaboration between the Metropolitan Transit Authority and the cities of Waterloo and Cedar Rapids, the university building features 587 parking spaces, an elevator, vending machines, a waiting area and 10 lockers for bicycles. The center is designed to provide students, faculty, staff and visitors easier access to and within the campus and surrounding communities.

23. U Buffalo, Boise State U Partner with Zipcar Car Sharing Service
In separate deals, the University of Buffalo (NY) and Boise State University (ID) are the latest of more than 200 universities to partner with Zipcar, Inc. to provide faculty, staff and students with a car sharing service. Three vehicles will be made available to the University of Buffalo campus community and four vehicles to the Boise State University community. The service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and will cost members at both universities $35 annually. Goals at both universities include reduced greenhouse gas emissions, ease of traffic congestion and lowered barriers to alternative transportation.
See also: Boise State U Zipcar Story

24. Harvard U Offers Car Sharing Program to Drivers Under 21
Harvard University's (MA) Transportation Services recently announced the expansion of its 10-year partnership with Zipcar, Inc. to include a campus car sharing program for drivers under 21 years old. Zipcar will double its on-campus fleet to up to 20 cars that will be available to area residents and university affiliated members including those under 21. The university has also partnered with Zimride, an online rideshare interface where Harvard students, faculty and staff can find one-time rides or others with similar commuting times.
See also: Harvard Zimride Website
See also: List of Campus Alternative Transportation Websites (AASHE Members Only)

25. Appalachian State U Orders Hybrid Bus
Appalachian State University (NC) has ordered a hybrid electric/diesel bus to add to its AppalCart transportation fleet. The university is waiting on a federal grant to order a second $575,000 bus and expects both to arrive for use next year. AppalCart hopes to eventually double its 16-bus fleet, which currently includes eight buses that run on biodiesel.
See also: List of Campus Hybrid Vehicle Fleets (AASHE Members Only)

26. Lehigh U Debuts Car Sharing Program
Lehigh University (PA) has partnered with WeCar, a car sharing program run by Enterprise Rent-A-Car, to offer on-campus access to car rentals for personal use. WeCar rentals are available to students, faculty and staff on an hourly, overnight and full-day basis with an initial enrollment fee of $25. The university hopes to take cars off the road and increase student mobility.

27. Drury U Loans Bikes to Students
Drury University (KS) is now offering bikes on loan to students. Bicycles are available for check-out during the debut semester free of charge pending the return of the bikes in good condition. The university used money generated from a student green fee to purchase the bikes and create a new bike path. Remaining funds will be spent for a storage structure to protect the bicycles from the elements.
See also: List of Campus Bicycle Share/Rental Programs (AASHE Members Only)

Waste

28. ESPN Launches 'College Game Day' Recycling Initiative
This college football season, ESPN's sustainability team will work to recycle as many bottles and cans as possible from ESPN College GameDay venues. ESPN will work with environmental club volunteers from host institutions to set up recycling bins and spread the word as recycling and environmental practices ambassadors. "ESPN College GameDay Goes Green" kicked off Sept. 11, 2010 in Tuscaloosa, Ala and will continue at every ESPN College GameDay site throughout the college football season.

29. U Minnesota Collects State Fair Food and Farm Waste for Fuel
Researchers from the University of Minnesota have begun collecting samples of food waste and manure from the Minnesota State Fair to learn whether they can be combined with waste from the university’s campus and converted to renewable energy. The university will use an anaerobic digester to break down organic materials to produce methane gas, which can be used to fuel generators that produce electricity and heat. Solids from the process are reused as animal bedding, compost or fertilizer. The State Fair averages 1,200 tons of food waste and 2,000 tons of animal manure each year.

30. U Northern Iowa Implements In-Room Dorm Recycling
The University of Northern Iowa has placed recycling containers in all individual dorm rooms and the ROTH campus apartments this fall, distributing 2,800 containers throughout campus. A room in each residence hall has been designated as the collection center for sorting recycled plastic, tin, glass, cardboard and mixed paper. A pilot in-room recycling program in the university's Rider Hall was launched in 2009 with weekly measurements taken. The residents averaged less than 40 pounds per week of recycling before given individual recycling bins; after a semester of the pilot program, the average shot up to 121 pounds of recycling per week.
See also: List of Campus Recycling and Waste Minimization Policies (AASHE Members Only)

31. Syracuse U Launches Composting Program
Syracuse University (NY) has launched a composting program in an effort to divert several tons of food waste away from Food Services dumpster. All eight of the campus dining locations will sort and collect a variety of food waste. The waste will be delivered to Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency to be turned into compost.
See also: List of Campus Composting Programs (AASHE Members Only)

32. Carleton U Starts Composting Program
Carleton University (ON) has debuted a new composting program. All kitchens in the University Center will begin collecting organics with compost bins placed for public use around campus. The university hopes to engage students in the composting campaign.

33. Suffolk U Expands Recycling Program
In an effort to increase its recycling rate, Suffolk University (MA) has expanded its campus recycling efforts to single-stream recycling. Employees, students and visitors are no longer required to sort recyclables as papers, cardboard, glass, metal and plastic can go in any recycling bin on campus.
See also: List of Campus Recycling and Waste Minimization Policies (AASHE Members Only)

Water

34. U Utah Students Install Rain Gardens
Graduate students at the University of Utah have installed multiple rain gardens as a solution for water treatment and conservation. The 1,500-square-foot rain gardens are designed to treat polluted stormwater from nearby roadways and parking lots. The strategy will conserve water and keep many pollutants from entering the storm drainage and a nearby creek. The project uses native plants to filter pollutants and release clean water back into the ground.

New Resources

35. AASHE List of Campus Supported Agriculture and Farms
AASHE has published a collection of campus farms and campus supported agriculture programs that are sources of sustainable food for the campus community. These CSA farms and programs supply locally grown food to campus eateries and members of the campus community. This resource is available to AASHE members only.

Opportunities

36. EPA Game Day Challenge
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) WasteWise program has opened registration to its Game Day Challenge. During October, registered colleges and universities will implement waste reduction programs during home football games. Institutions will track and report recycling and waste data that will be ranked, and the winning institution will be announced in November. The EPA hopes to lower the waste generated at college football games and increase participation of students, faculty, staff and the community in waste reduction programs.

37. ThinkGreenLiveClean.com Green Student Challenge
ThinkGreenLiveClean.com, an environmental news website created by University of California, San Diego alumni, is hosting a Greenest Student College Challenge. Higher education students across the nation are invited to submit Green Resolutions for the new school year in a statement of 300 words or less. A panel of judges consisting of professors and students from the University of Colorado at Boulder; the University of California, San Diego; the University of San Francisco (CA); and the University of Hawaii will pick the winning entry. The winner will receive an iPad and be featured on the ThinkGreenLiveClean homepage. Entries will be accepted through Oct. 18, 2010.

Jobs & Internships

38. Membership Coordinator, AASHE
AASHE seeks a Membership Coordinator to assist with membership renewal and retention, membership processing, and reporting membership data. The Membership Coordinator will work in AASHE’s business and membership office in Lexington, KY. The position reports to the Membership and Outreach Director, and works closely with the Database Administrator and the Membership Outreach Coordinator. The successful candidate should have an associate’s degree (bachelor degree preferred), and at least one year of work experience in member recruitment, database management, sales, or marketing.

39. Administrative Assistant, Sustainable Energy Fund
The Sustainable Energy Fund seeks an administrative assistant to support the needs of an eight-member staff. The position reports directly to the president, managing the organizational calendar, travel arrangements and meetings of the Board of Directors and Board Committees. Other duties include answering phones, editing and proofreading correspondences, data management and various accounting and marketing related administrative tasks.

40. Sustainability Communications Coord, U Maryland College Park
The University of Maryland, College Park is looking for a sustainability communications coordinator experienced in communications and social marketing within a larger organization. The coordinator will be responsible for the development of effective and targeted communication and marketing campaigns that facilitate the implementation of sustainability programs on campus. The position's primary focus will be in support of sustainability campaigns sponsored by the Office of Sustainability and Facilities Management (e.g. Recycling and Solid Waste Unit and Energy Office), as well as other departments collaborating on campus-wide sustainability initiatives.

41. Sustainability Enhancement Coord, U Maryland College Park
The University of Maryland, College Park seeks a sustainability enhancement coordinator to develop and manage programs that engage students, faculty and staff in sustainable behaviors, and to create a culture of sustainability among all sectors of the campus community. The position will develop and manage a series of green certifications to recognize the sustainability efforts of offices, laboratories, residence halls, and those who plan green events and provide sustainability-related site reviews and consultation.

42. Sustainability Measurement Coord, U Maryland College Park
The University of Maryland, College Park seeks a sustainability measurement coordinator who will be responsible for tracking the university's performance on specific sustainability indicators. This position will report the university's performance to internal and external audiences and work with stakeholders to improve the environmental performance of the campus. The coordinator will conduct a campus greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventory and publish a GHG inventory report. This position will also track the university's sustainability metrics and progress toward meeting its Climate Action Plan goals.

Events

43. ACUPCC Webinar: Best Practices in Climate Action Plan Development
September 29, 2010; 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Eastern; Online
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in partnership with Second Nature and Eastern Research Group, sponsored an in-depth review of 50 climate action plans submitted through the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. This webinar will address the key results and findings from the report including an analysis of common mitigation strategies, climate neutrality target dates, expected costs savings, and the type of climate action planning process used by various institutions. Panelists will discuss the benefits that schools have gained from developing a climate action plan for their institution, in addition to advice and recommendations for schools who are just starting the climate action planning process.

44. Second Nature Workshop: Climate Action Planning for Minority-Serving Institutions
November 4-5, 2010; Atlanta, GA
As part of the United Negro College Fund, Inc. Building Green Training Series, Second Nature and Clean Air-Cool Planet present this two-day workshop for minority-serving institutions. "Introduction to Greenhouse Management and Climate Action Planning" will introduce participants to greenhouse gas management and climate action planning including how to measure greenhouse gas emissions and the process of developing a climate action plan.

Campus Sustainability Discussion Forums Highlights

To facilitate discussions about the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment, a checkbox feature is now available in the forums. This function allows users to identify posts related to ACUPCC topics.

Click on the titles below to view the full discussion thread.

45. Campus Sustainability Officer Job Swap
I am a campus sustainability/environmental officer working at TAFE (higher education) in Australia and keen to do a “job swap” with a U.S. or Canadian practitioner for six months commencing February 2011. The exchange is proposed to gather and share fresh ideas in campus sustainability and to experience a different culture. Check out the wiki link for further details.

46. Campus Sustainability Professional Development Opportunities
What thoughts do you have about campus sustainability professional development opportunities? Do you think there are enough opportunities? Are there some topics or areas where you would like to see more professional development opportunities offered? What does the campus sustainability community need in terms of professional development? What is being covered adequately already and what holes need to be filled?

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