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NEWS
Buildings 1. Lakehead U Campus Building Earns LEED Platinum
2. Richland College Garland Campus Receives LEED Gold Certification
Campus Sustainability in the Media 3. NY Times Features U Oregon Sustainable Cities Project
Co-Curricular Education 4. Cal State U Long Beach Hosts Campus Green Competition
5. Pepperdine U Students Start Community Garden
6. Swarthmore College Students Convert Cooking Oil to Biodiesel Fuel
Coordination and Planning 7. Grand Valley State U Awards Green Campus Practices
8. Medical U South Carolina Encourages Enviro Component of Medicine
Curriculum 9. Central Carolina CC Launches Sustainability Technologies Degree
10. State U of New York Canton Students Install Solar Heat Collectors
Dining Services 11. College of William and Mary Expands Sustainable Dining
12. U Missouri Serves Local Prawns
Energy 13. Universities Compete in Campus Conservation Nationals 2010
14. Cal State Polytechnic U Pomona Center Achieves Carbon Neutrality
15. U North Texas Launches Campus Energy Savings Project
16. Wright State U Installs Solar Array
Funding 17. Pennsylvania Institutions Receive Energy Research Grants
18. U New England Receives Grants for Energy Improvements
Grounds 19. Saginaw Valley State U Dedicates Native Planting Site
Public Engagement 20. Eastern New Mexico U Roswell Opens Community Solar Demonstration
Transportation 21. Michigan State U Partners with Fuji for Affordable Bikes
Waste 22. Agnes Scott College Diverts 64% of Campus Waste from Landfills
23. Duke U Turns Hog Waste into Energy
24. New York U Green Grant Increases Recycling by 178%
Water 25. U California Santa Barbara Installs Sustainable Water System

NEW RESOURCES
26. SEED: American Association of Community Colleges Green Job Center
27. New Issue of Int'l Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education
28. Northwest Earth Institute's Human and Enviro Health Course Book

OPPORTUNITIES
29. AASHE Bulletin Sustainability Student Diary: Call for Entries
30. U.S. EPA National Sustainability Student Design Competition
31. The Climate Change Solution: Video Competition

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
32. Director, Institution for Environment and Sustainability, Miami U
33. Professor, Environmental Building Design, U Pennsylvania
34. Professor, Environmental Policy, Dickinson College
35. Professor, Int'l Environmental Policy, George Washington U
36. Postdoctoral Fellow, Sustainability Studies, Dickinson College

EVENTS
37. Campus Sustainability Day 8 Webcast
38. NWF Campus Ecology Webinar: Evaluating Campus Sustainability

CAMPUS SUSTAINABILITY DISCUSSION FORUMS HIGHLIGHTS
39. Academic Program Assessment

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News

Buildings

1. Lakehead U Campus Building Earns LEED Platinum
Lakehead University's (ON) Orillia-based campus has earned LEED Platinum certification for its new academic building. The $43 million facility was funded in part by the Government of Canada's Knowledge Infrastructure Program and the City of Orillia. Sustainable features include a green roof, geothermal heating system and a rainwater retention pond that collects water for use in the building's non-potable water functions like toilet flushing.

2. Richland College Garland Campus Receives LEED Gold Certification
Richland College's Garland Campus has received LEED Gold certification. The building was designed to operate with minimal impact to the environment. The college hopes the building will teach students and the community how buildings can function in ways that are friendly, carbon neutral and environmentally sustainable.

Campus Sustainability in the Media

3. NY Times Features U Oregon Sustainable Cities Project
Roughly 600 University of Oregon students will devote 80,000 hours this school year to making Salem, Ore. more economically, socially and environmentally sustainable, reports The New York Times. Part of the university's Sustainable Cities Initiative, the project will enlist students in the architecture, planning, law, journalism and business classes to explore how Salem can nurture green business clusters, reuse industrial byproducts, connect parks with bicycle paths and design energy-efficient municipal buildings. The city of Salem will contribute about $345,000 for the university collaboration, dubbed the Sustainable City Year.

Co-Curricular Education

4. Cal State U Long Beach Hosts Campus Green Competition
California State University at Long Beach will host the campus competition, "Do it in the Dark," to compare electricity and water consumption rates for each residence hall. The buildings will be divided into three competing groups. The group that reduces its consumption the most per week will win a pizza party. The university hopes that the competition, sponsored by the Alliance to Save Energy's Green Campus Program, will be a successful outreach and educational tool.
See also: More About the Green Campus Program

5. Pepperdine U Students Start Community Garden
Pepperdine University's (CA) Green Team, a student organization, has constructed a campus community garden. Twelve elevated, large box planters were filled with organic compost from a local distributor of bio-dynamic soil. Forty-eight separate plots within the planters will be rented out to individuals or organizations that want to support the Green Team while growing their own produce. Any funds raised from renting plots will go to upkeep and perpetuation of the garden.
See also: List of Campus Community Gardens (AASHE Members Only)

6. Swarthmore College Students Convert Cooking Oil to Biodiesel Fuel
Swarthmore College (PA) students have launched a project to convert used cooking oil from the college's dining hall into biodiesel fuel that will be used in college facilities or vehicles. The first stage of the project consists of converting small batches of unused cooking oil into biodiesel in order to receive estimates on how much biodiesel fuel will be produced from the used cooking oil. The goal of the second stage is to find the exact measurements of how much biodiesel is produced and the amount of emissions created by the combustion of biodiesel.

Coordination and Planning

7. Grand Valley State U Awards Green Campus Practices
Grand Valley State University (MI) has launched a Sustainable Office Award program to recognize sustainability efforts across campus. Faculty and staff can visit the university's Sustainable Community Development Initiative website to answer a survey that investigates sustainability aspects of office practices including environment, economics and social impact. Based on their responses, faculty and staff are awarded a bronze to platinum rating. The university hopes to raise awareness of sustainability efforts and create an atmosphere where the campus will be excited about achieving the next level of sustainability.

8. Medical U South Carolina Encourages Enviro Component of Medicine
The Medical University of South Carolina has named Dr. Louis Guillette as the new Center of Economic Excellence Endowed Chair in Marine Genomics. With a joint appointment in the university's Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Marine Biomedicine and Environmental Sciences Center, the focus of Guillette's research will be to develop an environmental reproductive biology group. His goal is to emphasize how important the environmental component is to the practice of medicine, stating that the next 15 to 20 years will reveal huge numbers of diseases caused by environmental factors.

Curriculum

9. Central Carolina CC Launches Sustainability Technologies Degree
Central Carolina Community College (NC) is preparing students for positions like sustainability consultant, green building supervisor and renewable energy technician with the launch of its applied science associate degree in sustainability technologies. The college will offer two areas of study: energy and green building. The alternative energy track emphasizes education in energy analysis, renewable energy modeling and system design. The green building track will train students in sustainable design materials, methods for constructing energy-efficient homes, weatherization and water management.
See also: List of Associate Degree Programs in Sustainability

10. State U of New York Canton Students Install Solar Heat Collectors
Alternative and renewable energy systems students at the State University of New York at Canton have installed two rooftop heat collectors at a college alumni house as part the university's solar thermal systems curriculum. The roof-mounted collectors utilize solar energy to warm antifreeze, which in turn warms water for showers, cooking and laundry. Students will continue to maintain the system and use it as a learning tool.

Dining Services

11. College of William and Mary Expands Sustainable Dining
The College of William and Mary (VA) has expanded its sustainable dining initiatives. Three sustainability interns have been hired to focus on recycling, composting and forming a connection with local food producers. In partnership with ARAMARK, the college's sustainability team is offering a 10-cent incentive for every reusable to-go box used. The sustainability team is also working on improving local food procurement including a partnership with the Williamsburg Winery, who will plant produce at their facility that will be used in the dining halls. The program has space for 400 more volunteers with 100 students signed up so far.
See also: List of Campus Sustainable Dining Initiatives (AASHE Members Only)

12. U Missouri Serves Local Prawns
The University of Missouri's dining services department has begun serving locally harvested prawns at campus dining halls. The shellfish are grown and raised at the Bradford Research and Extension Center, part of the university-owned Agriculture Experiment Stations. The initiative is part of department's goal to increase the amount of local food served on campus which is currently at 11 percent including dairy and meat.

Energy

13. Universities Compete in Campus Conservation Nationals 2010
The Alliance to Save Energy, in partnership with Lucid Design Group and the National Wildlife Federation, has announced the debut of Campus Conservation Nationals 2010, a nationwide electricity and water use reduction competition. Forty colleges and universities will compete to achieve the greatest reductions in their residence halls over a three-week period beginning Nov. 1, 2010. Participating schools have installed Lucid's energy dashboard system, allowing them to compare energy performance and track standings. Winning campuses and residence halls will receive a prize package from the U.S. Green Building Council and Study Like a Champion.
See also: View Participating Schools' Energy Dashboards

14. Cal State Polytechnic U Pomona Center Achieves Carbon Neutrality
With the installation of concentrated photovoltaic solar energy systems, California State Polytechnic University at Pomona's John T. Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies has become carbon neutral. The center will use two photovoltaic solar systems to generate 100 percent of its own clean and renewable energy, displacing 85 metric tons of greenhouses gases. The university will save $30,000 a year in reduced energy purchases.
See also: List of Solar Installations on Campus

15. U North Texas Launches Campus Energy Savings Project
The University of North Texas started a three-year campus-wide energy savings project this fall. Aimed at improving energy efficiency, operations, reliability and comfort across campus, the university has partnered with Schneider Electric to improve its current energy and water systems. A previous partnership with the energy management company yielded a savings of $1.2 million a year in energy costs. The university hopes that this project, which will include the replacement of existing chilled water distribution systems and the implementation of a real-time, online energy tracking system, will increase savings to $3.2 million a year.

16. Wright State U Installs Solar Array
Wright State University (OH) has installed a new solar array atop the student union to heat an indoor swimming pool. The solar array could reduce the natural gas heating costs by 20 percent. The university expects to pay off the $140,000 installation in energy savings within a decade. The array will also function as a teaching tool for students within the newly launched master’s degree in renewable and clean energy.
See also: Wright State Renewable and Clean Energy Graduate Degree
See also: List of Graduate Degrees in Sustainability

Funding

17. Pennsylvania Institutions Receive Energy Research Grants
The Energy Commercialization Institute has awarded a total of $510,000 to university-based research projects in Pennsylvania. Researchers at Temple University's College of Engineering will collaborate with researchers from Drexel University, the University of Pennsylvania and Villanova University. The grant will support the development of new technologies that will build Southeastern Pennsylvania's alternative energy infrastructure. Temple University and Drexel University will collaborate to develop methods for the efficient and large-scale production of hydrogen. Temple will also work with researchers from the other universities on the large-scale fabrication of printable hybrid solar cells.

18. U New England Receives Grants for Energy Improvements
The University of New England (ME) has received three grants totaling more than $238,000 in funding for energy improvements. The grants include $154,160 for building automation and energy management upgrades for greenhouse gas reductions, $50,000 for a solar hot water system and performance monitoring display, and $37,347 for parking lot LED lights to reduce energy consumption. The university's sustainability office applied for the grants, which will be administered by the Maine Public Utilities Commissions Energy Programs Division.

Grounds

19. Saginaw Valley State U Dedicates Native Planting Site
Saginaw Valley State University (MI) has dedicated a 40-acre native planting site on campus. The Saginaw Bay Watershed Initiative Network, which provided a $40,000 grant to support the new site, is composed of 10 area foundations that work to protect and preserve the region's natural resources. The plants are low-maintenance and thrive without the use of fertilizers and pesticides. The native habitat will also reduce erosion, water pollution and provide a natural habitat for wildlife.
See also: Links to Sustainable Landscaping on Campus

Public Engagement

20. Eastern New Mexico U Roswell Opens Community Solar Demonstration
Eastern New Mexico University at Roswell has opened a new community solar energy demonstration site. The 35-kilowatt solar installation demonstrates six photovoltaic technologies that can be installed on homes or businesses, including a rooftop, lollipop, single axis and dual axis arrays. The project covers 22,000-square-feet and includes a walking path with information markers describing the types of technology demonstrated.

Transportation

21. Michigan State U Partners with Fuji for Affordable Bikes
Michigan State University has partnered with Fuji Bicycles to introduce a program that allows students, faculty and staff to purchase new Fuji bikes on campus at reduced prices. Fuji sells colleges new bikes at reduced prices and in turn, bike shops extend lower prices to customers to make cycling more appealing. The university has sold more than 60 Fuji bikes since the program launched.

Waste

22. Agnes Scott College Diverts 64% of Campus Waste from Landfills
Agnes Scott College (GA) has diverted 64 percent of its overall campus waste from landfills due to several recent sustainability initiatives. The college's goal is to divert 80 percent of its waste from the landfill waste by June 2011, and achieve close to zero percent waste by the following year. Sustainable initiatives include a single-stream recycling program, compost program and the college has partnered with Terracycle to recycle chip and candy wrappers. Terracycle transforms the waste into a variety of products including tote bags and toys. The college also began offering reusable, plastic take-out containers to further minimize waste and in campus dining areas.

23. Duke U Turns Hog Waste into Energy
Duke University (NC) and Duke Energy have launched a pilot system to manage hog waste that can control greenhouse gas emissions, reduce pollutants and generate renewable energy. The $1.8 million prototype system is intended to serve as a model for other hog farms seeking to manage waste and develop on-farm renewable power. Methane gas collected from an anaerobic digester will be used to generate clean energy. Grant funding came from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the North Carolina Department of Environmental and Natural Resources Lagoon Conversion Program.

24. New York U Green Grant Increases Recycling by 178%
New York University's student-led Stern Centralized Recycling Pilot Project increased the average weight of recycled material in the Stern School of Business by 178 percent. Funded by a New York University Sustainability Task Force Green Grant, the project removed all trash cans from classrooms and placed them in public areas, pairing them with single-stream recycling receptacles.

Water

25. U California Santa Barbara Installs Sustainable Water System
The University of California, Santa Barbara has installed a portable sustainable water system. The system converts humidity into fresh water. The portable machine captures moisture from the air, then condenses, filters and stores the byproduct. Campus sustainability coordinators anticipate that the machine can significantly reduce the university's carbon footprint over time.

New Resources

26. SEED: American Association of Community Colleges Green Job Center
The American Association of Community Colleges, together with ecoAmerica, has launched a leadership initiative and resource center to provide guidance and resources for community colleges to reduce campus pollution and prepare students for careers in the emerging green economy. The SEED Center (Sustainability Education & Economic Development) is an online collection of free resources including curricula material and promising practices, as well as a place to for colleges to share information and interact with peers.

27. New Issue of Int'l Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education
The latest issue of Emerald Group Publishing Limited's International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education features a research paper from Arizona State University titled, "Real-World Learning Opportunities in Sustainability: From Classroom into the Real World." The study analyzes the aim of academic sustainability programs to develop key competencies in sustainability including problem-solving skills and the ability to collaborate successfully with experts and stakeholders. The new issue also includes a conceptual paper from the University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji, that highlights the importance of values and beliefs rooted in "non-Western" cultures in implementing global education initiatives like sustainable development at the regional and local levels.

28. Northwest Earth Institute's Human and Enviro Health Course Book
The Northwest Earth Institute has released a new discussion course book titled, "A World of Health: Connecting People, Place and Planet." The six-session resource explores the interaction between human and environmental health with readings by leading authors in the field, links to relevant educational video clips, short homework assignments with accompanying discussion questions and weekly What You Can Do lists.

Opportunities

29. AASHE Bulletin Sustainability Student Diary: Call for Entries
Students are often the drivers behind sustainable initiatives on campus, and the AASHE Bulletin would like to feature their stories firsthand. Whether it is the creation of a student sustainability fee, a campus farmers market or a push for alternative transportation options, the Bulletin invites entries for its new feature, "Sustainability Student Diary." Students at colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada are encouraged to submit diary entries that provide a day, week, month or multi-month snapshot of a student-initiated sustainability effort. Diaries should be in written form and include pictures that highlight the experience. AASHE would like to hear about the project's initial goal, how and why it was initiated, and the successes and lessons learned. We also invite ongoing initiatives that haven't reached the completion stage and may benefit from peer feedback. The diary will be linked to AASHE's Campus Sustainability Perspectives Blog to invite comment, with a featured spotlight and picture in the AASHE Bulletin. Diaries can contain multiple entries and be up to 1,000 words. Send submissions and questions to bulletin@aashe.org.

30. U.S. EPA National Sustainability Student Design Competition
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is now accepting applications for its 8th Annual P3 Awards: A National Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet. College and university students are encouraged to propose research ideas and design solutions that address society's sustainability issues. In the first phase of the competition, teams are awarded a $15,000 grant to develop their idea. During the second phase, students will present the design at the National Sustainable Design Expo in April 2011 to compete for the P3 Award and a grant of $90,000 to turn their project into a real world application. Applications will be accepted through Dec. 22, 2010.

31. The Climate Change Solution: Video Competition
Rushing, a mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering and sustainability firm in Seattle, invites submissions to its Voices of Climate Change Video Competition. College and university students are encouraged to submit an eight-minute video that captures their vision for engaging engineers to solve the climate crisis. Winners will receive $2,500 and their footage included in the firm's 2011 documentary about engineering and science as the groundwork for developing solutions to mitigating climate change, spearheaded by Rushing's Rae Anne Rushing. Rushing, who is a member of the Clinton Global Initiative, is producing the video as part of her Commitment to Action with the initiative. Submissions are due by Dec. 17, 2010.
See also: Rushing Engineering's Commitment to Action

Jobs & Internships

32. Director, Institution for Environment and Sustainability, Miami U
Miami University (OH) is seeking a director of the Institution for the Environment and Sustainability to coordinate with chairs and directors of other academic units in furthering the work of the institute. The director will pursue funding, maintain active scholarship, teach appropriate courses and supervise institute staff. The successful candidate should have a doctorate in an area of environmental science, engineering, policy or related field.

33. Professor, Environmental Building Design, U Pennsylvania
The Department of Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania seeks an assistant professor to offer graduate-level instruction in environmental technologies, building performance simulation and environmental design. The successful candidate should have a Master of Architecture or a doctorate in the area of specialization. Applicants should describe their agendas for research and design practice in their area of specialization.

34. Professor, Environmental Policy, Dickinson College
Dickinson College (PA) is seeking an associate professor in environmental policy within the environmental studies department. The successful candidate should be strongly interdisciplinary with a significant understanding of the natural sciences as they contribute to policy formation and implementation. The professor will initiate an active research agenda, engage students in research, provide opportunities for service-learning and build strong community-based research programs. Candidates should have a doctorate in a relevant field.

35. Professor, Int'l Environmental Policy, George Washington U
The Elliot School of International Affairs at George Washington University (DC) seeks an international environmental policy and sustainable development professor. The successful candidate should be a distinguished scholar and dedicated educator with an international reputation. A doctorate is required in a relevant social science discipline or interdisciplinary field with expertise in environmental challenges.

36. Postdoctoral Fellow, Sustainability Studies, Dickinson College
Dickinson College (PA) seeks a 12-month Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in sustainability and spatial studies. The successful candidate will design and implement co-curricular programs for developing GIS skills for application to problems of sustainability. The fellow will also undertake research to assess the effectiveness of the programs and teach one GIS-themed course each semester. Review of applications will begin on Nov. 12, 2010, and will continue until the position is filled.

Events

37. Campus Sustainability Day 8 Webcast
October 20; 1:00-2:30 p.m. Eastern; Online
College and university campuses will celebrate the eighth Campus Sustainability Day on Oct. 20, 2010. The event will feature the webcast, "Empowering a Low Carbon Movement at Your Campus: Strategies and Tools for Behavior Change, Community Engagement and Large Scale Transformation," sponsored by AASHE and the Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium, the New York Times Knowledge Network and the Society for College and University Planning. The webcast will feature content from "Social Change 2.0: A Blueprint for Reinventing Our World" by author David Gershon. Institutions are encouraged to share Campus Sustainability Day plans at www.CampusSustainability.info.

38. NWF Campus Ecology Webinar: Evaluating Campus Sustainability
October 28, 2010; 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Eastern; Online
The National Wildlife Federation's Campus Ecology will host, "Evaluating Campus Sustainability: Methods, Controversy and Next Steps." Part of the Greener Campus Conference Series, the webinar will focus on the history and purpose of various evaluation efforts for campus sustainability. The value of several systems and published reports regarding campus sustainability will be discusses with time for a Q&A session.

Campus Sustainability Discussion Forums Highlights

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39. Academic Program Assessment
Does anyone have any academic program assessment models for an undergraduate sustainability degree program that they are willing to share? Or any links to resources that validate educational outcomes for sustainability?

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