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NEWS
Buildings 1. Washington U St. Louis Center Earns 'Living Building' Status
2. Cooper Union Academic Building Awarded LEED Platinum
3. Alfred U Residence Hall Receives LEED Gold
4. Stanford U Unveils Green Building
5. U South Sewanee to Seek LEED Gold for Renovated Forestry Building
Coordination and Planning 6. Vermont Law School Opens Center for Agriculture and Food Systems
Curriculum 7. Ramapo College Announces Sustainability Studies Graduate Program
8. Frostburg State U Offers Minor in Sustainability Studies
Dining Services 9. U North Carolina Wilmington Plans to Increase Use of Local Food
Diversity and Affordability 10. Enviro Defense Fund Promotes Diversity in Enviro Leadership
Energy 11. Drexel U Commits to Wind Energy
12. Eastern Illinois U Constructs Renewable Energy Center
13. Eastern Mennonite Installs Solar Photovoltaic Array
Funding 14. Loyola U Chicago Sells Biodiesel Fuel, Funds Biofuel Outreach
15. U California Los Angeles Receives $6 Mil for Nanotechnology Inst.
16. U California San Diego Partners for Energy Optimization Project
17. U Montana to Build $16 Mil Biomass Boiler
18. Cuyamaca College Receives $400K Grant for Green Job Training
19. U Wisconsin River Falls Receives Funding to Study Wind Turbines
20. Humboldt State U Awarded $15K to Further Hydrogen Energy Ed
Public Engagement 21. Maharishi U Mgmt Installs Renewable Energy in Alaskan Village
22. Western Kentucky U, Habitat for Humanity Form Green Partnership
23. Brown U Students Work Toward Campus, Community Carbon Reductions
24. Trinity Lutheran College Builds Rooftop Community Garden
25. U New Mexico Partners with Local Farmers to Educate Youth
Research 26. Saint Joseph's U Receives $1 Mil for Alternate Fuel, Green Roofs
Transportation 27. SUNY Empire State College Launches Faculty Bike Share
28. U Pennsylvania Starts Sustainable Transportation Initiative
Waste 29. Seattle U Bans Bottled Water

NEW RESOURCES
30. AASHE List of Campus Telecommuting Policies
31. AASHE, USGBC, Kyoto Publishing: 'Climate Neutral Campus Report'
32. New Issue of Sustainability: The Journal of Record
33. USGBC Guide to Multiple-Building, On-Campus Building Projects

OPPORTUNITIES
34. Journal of Sustainability Education: Call for Papers
35. Rocky Mountain Sustainability Summit: Call for Proposals
36. Sustainable Living Roadshow Positions

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
37. Vice President, Academic Affairs, Unity College
38. Director of Sustainability, Case Western Reserve U
39. Professor, Environmental Economics, Dickinson College
40. Professor, Environmental History, Dickinson College
41. Sustainability Coordinator, Colorado State U
42. Sustainability Coordinator, Georgia Southern U
43. Sustainability Student Affairs Coordinator, Johnson County CC
44. Project Manager, Energy Conservation, Williams College

EVENTS
45. STARS Webinar: STARS at AASHE 2010, A Review
46. Campus Compliance Management Software Webinar
47. Greenbuild International Conference & Expo
48. Behavior, Energy and Climate Change Conference

CAMPUS SUSTAINABILITY DISCUSSION FORUMS HIGHLIGHTS
49. Ethanol
50. Farmers Market (STARS)
51. Recycling Alkaline Batteries

Correction: In the 10/18/2010 issue of the AASHE Bulletin, the story "U Maryland Students Revive Neighboring Orchard" incorrectly identifies the University of Minnesota, Duluth as the University of Maryland.

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Buildings

1. Washington U St. Louis Center Earns 'Living Building' Status
Washington University in St. Louis' (MO) Living Learning Center has received the Living Building certification from the International Living Building Institute. A Living Building status is achieved when a project generates all of its own energy through renewable resources; captures and treats its own water through ecologically sound techniques; and incorporates only nontoxic, appropriately sourced materials. The asphalt parking lot where the university's Living Learning Center was built was replaced with pervious concrete walkways, native landscaping and a rain garden. Other environmentally friendly features include salvaged doors and hardware, a bat house with "bat cams" built into the eaves; photovoltaic panels and a 3,000-gallon underground tank that filters and irradiates rainwater collected from the roof with ultraviolet light so that it is clean enough to be potable.

2. Cooper Union Academic Building Awarded LEED Platinum
The newest academic building at Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art (NY) has been awarded LEED Platinum certification. The $150 million, 175,000-square-foot building features a green roof, radiant heating and cooling ceiling panels, and an atrium to improve air flow and provide increased interior day lighting. Also incorporated into the design is an operable building skin made of perforated stainless steel panels offset from a glass and aluminum window wall to reduce the impact of heat radiation during the summer and insulate interior spaces during the winter.    

3. Alfred U Residence Hall Receives LEED Gold
Alfred University’s (NY) new 48-bed residence hall has been awarded LEED Gold certification. Sixty-five percent of the wood used during the construction of Ann's House was from forests certified for using sustainable forestry practices and 30 percent of the materials were from local or regional suppliers. Other sustainable features include 15 kilowatts of solar panels on the roof, high-efficiency boilers, individual-room thermostat controls and a passive solar design.
See also: List of Green Residence Halls (AASHE Members Only)

4. Stanford U Unveils Green Building
Stanford University (CA) has unveiled an eco-friendly building in accordance with its own sustainability guidelines. The university will not seek LEED certification for the $118 million, 166,000-square-foot Jerry Yang and Akiko Yamazaki Environment and Energy Building, which will house the university’s environmental science and energy researchers. Sustainable features include windows and shades that shift according to the weather and the angle of the sunlight in order to maximize the efficiency of natural ventilation and lighting. In addition, four large atria provide the center of the complex with ventilation and natural light.

5. U South Sewanee to Seek LEED Gold for Renovated Forestry Building
Sewanee: The University of the South (TN) has revealed its newly renovated forestry and geology building designed to meet LEED Gold standards. The building’s green features include solar panels, the re-use of the building’s existing woods and stone, energy-efficient windows, recycled materials and the university’s first stormwater management practices. The building now has new labs, classrooms, resource rooms, research space and faculty offices.

Coordination and Planning

6. Vermont Law School Opens Center for Agriculture and Food Systems
Vermont Law School has announced plans to open a Center for Agriculture and Food Systems to support advocates, agencies, food hubs, incubators and farmers engaged in the creation of community-based agriculture systems. The new center will focus on legal and policy issues related to community-based agriculture, the regulation of food, the Farm Bill and agricultural subsidies, energy-efficient food production and energy independence for farmers. The center will be modeled after the school’s Institute for Energy and the Environment.

Curriculum

7. Ramapo College Announces Sustainability Studies Graduate Program
Ramapo College of New Jersey has announced a new Master of Arts in Sustainability Studies degree. Students will learn how to apply sustainability in a variety of institutional, organizational, cultural, commercial, professional and geographical contexts. The interdisciplinary, two-year program is based exclusively on evening classes and prospective students include those from fields of social science, business, science, engineering and liberal and fine arts.
See also: List of Graduate Programs in Sustainability

8. Frostburg State U Offers Minor in Sustainability Studies
Frostburg State University (MD) has debuted a new minor in sustainability studies. The interdisciplinary minor is designed to encourage students to explore environmental, economic and social equity issues relating to sustainability in modern societies. The curriculum will focus on real-world answers and solutions with an emphasis on interaction among individuals, government agencies and businesses that are impacted by or depend on sustainability trends.
See also: List of Minors in Sustainability

Dining Services

9. U North Carolina Wilmington Plans to Increase Use of Local Food
In an effort to draw more attention to natural and local produce in its dining options and help students make connections with local farmers, the University of North Carolina Wilmington's Dining Services recently teamed up with local farmers for a campus farmers market. The event resulted in a goal between Dining Services and the Department of Agriculture in Marketing and Food Services to increase the use of locally grown products on campus by 10 percent.

Diversity and Affordability

10. Enviro Defense Fund Promotes Diversity in Enviro Leadership
The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) has announced an expansion of its efforts to develop campus sustainability projects and promote greater diversity in environmental leadership within minority-serving institutions. EDF has been working with minority-serving colleges in North Carolina since 2009 with programs that focus on energy efficiency, curriculum development and student engagement including Climate Corps and Alpha Goes Green. EDF will expand its partnerships with minority-serving institutions to those in Texas and New York in 2011, with plans for further expansion to other states in 2012.
See also: EDF Diversity in Environmental Leadership Video

Energy

11. Drexel U Commits to Wind Energy
Drexel University (PA) has partnered with Community Energy, Inc. to purchase Renewable Energy Certificates equal to 100 percent of its energy use. The purchase will ensure that electricity consumed will be matched annually with wind energy entering the electricity grid. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's greenhouse gas equivalencies calculator, the environmental benefit from this purchase is equal to offsetting approximately 60,518 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year, the annual impact of which is equivalent to the carbon sequestered by 12,904 acres of trees or removing 11,571 passenger vehicles from the road.
See also: EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator

12. Eastern Illinois U Constructs Renewable Energy Center
Eastern Illinois University has announced the construction of its Renewable Energy Center. The $80 million center will burn 27,000 tons of wood chips a year to heat the campus, replacing an older heating plant that burns coal. The university will consider adding grasses or corn stalks to the fuel mix after a year of operation.

13. Eastern Mennonite Installs Solar Photovoltaic Array
Eastern Mennonite University (VA) has partnered with Secure Futures, LLC to install a solar photovoltaic array on the library roof. The system will have the capacity to generate 104.3 kilowatts of electricity with enough power to supply the total average annual electricity cost for nine homes. The university has entered into a 20-year power purchase agreement to buy the solar-generated electricity at a “grid-parity” price equivalent to the rate the university pays for power from its current provider.
See also: List of Solar Installations on Campus

Funding

14. Loyola U Chicago Sells Biodiesel Fuel, Funds Biofuel Outreach
The Loyola University Chicago Center for Urban Environmental Research and Policy’s Biodiesel Program has been licensed by Illinois state and federal authorities to produce and sell its biodiesel fuel. The program has received the approval of the U.S Environmental Protection Agency, Internal Revenue Service, Illinois Department of Revenue and the National Biodiesel Board. The university’s first customer is The Free Enterprise System, Inc., a company that runs the university’s shuttle service between campuses. The company will eliminate the use of nearly 3,000 gallons of diesel fuel every year. The university will also sell the lab’s BioSoap, made from the byproduct of the biodiesel fuel production, at its campus stores and select retailers across Chicago. Editor's Note: Zach Waickman, lab manager for the biodiesel program, tells AASHE that the money from the sales is used for the continued operation of the lab and for a high school outreach project that implements biodiesel and sustainability education into the existing curricula. The university offers the labs, lab tours, guest speaking, classroom help and loan equipment free of charge from its biodiesel sales.

15. U California Los Angeles Receives $6 Mil for Nanotechnology Inst.
The University of California, Los Angeles has received a $6 million grant from the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology to construct the Western Institute of Nanotechnology on Green Engineering and Metrology. Engineering students and researchers will study advanced energy conservation technologies for microelectronics and nanotechnology in the building, which will incorporate sustainable design elements and feature 35,000-square-feet of laboratory space.

16. U California San Diego Partners for Energy Optimization Project
The University of California, San Diego and smart grid company Viridity Energy have received a $1,660,000 grant to improve solar deployment using the university's microgrid. The project, funded by the California Public Utilities Commission, will employ an autonomous, real-time dispatch of distributed energy resources to integrate large volumes of photovoltaic-produced energy into the university’s microgrid. The project will aim to overcome technology and regulatory barriers to enable wide-scale deployment of distributed solar generation.

17. U Montana to Build $16 Mil Biomass Boiler
The University of Montana has received a $180,000 grant from the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation and the U.S. Forest Service toward a $16 million wood-fired biomass boiler. Most of the work will be financed using bonds for energy and conservation projects. The industrial-sized biomass gasification operation will reduce the campus’ natural gas consumption by 70 percent. The university intends to use forest waste and will contract with logging companies to collect branches, bark and leaves left behind after timber harvesting. The boiler is expected to pay for itself within 15 to 17 years.

18. Cuyamaca College Receives $400K Grant for Green Job Training
Cuyamaca College (CA) has received a $400,000 grant to offer free courses to unemployed and underemployed people who are looking for careers in landscaping and water conservation. The courses lead to certificates and prepare students to pursue credentials for jobs in landscape irrigation and water use efficiency. The program grew out of a grant from the San Diego Workforce Partnership, a job development initiative.

19. U Wisconsin River Falls Receives Funding to Study Wind Turbines
The University of Wisconsin, River Falls has received funding from the Wisconsin Division of State Facilities to investigate the feasibility of wind turbines that could potentially produce nearly 50 percent of the energy used by the campus. The study will take a look at wind resource availability, site civil engineering requirements, electrical interconnection requirements and approval requirements for a potential turbine site.

20. Humboldt State U Awarded $15K to Further Hydrogen Energy Ed
Humboldt State University's (CA) Schatz Energy Research Center has been awarded an additional $15,000 from the U.S. Department of Energy for its Hydrogen Energy in Engineering Education program. The center received $395,000 to develop the program, which, in partnership with the University of California, Berkeley, provides hands-on hydrogen energy education to engineering students in the California State University and University of California systems. The initial funding paid for the development of curricula and equipment including bench-top electrolyzer/fuel cell experiment kits. The extra $15,000 will go toward the development of 30 more experiment kits.

Public Engagement

21. Maharishi U Mgmt Installs Renewable Energy in Alaskan Village
Current and former students at Maharishi University of Management (IA) recently installed sustainable energy technology in a remote Alaskan village as part of a project to help indigenous Alaskans deal with rising energy costs. The group installed solar energy panels, solar hot water, a wind turbine, monitoring equipment and energy-efficient fixtures on two demonstration buildings: a home and a school. The success of this initial demonstration project, funded by a combination of sponsorships, tribal organizations and nonprofits including the Southeast Alaska Conservation Consortium in Angoon, may lead to a multi-phase conversion from fossil fuel dependency to a renewable energy infrastructure in rural southeast Alaska. Village and regional tribal authorities, with Maharishi University as a partner, are now applying for several million dollars in funding to implement the next phase.
See also: Visit the 'Sustain Angoon' Website

22. Western Kentucky U, Habitat for Humanity Form Green Partnership
Western Kentucky University has partnered with Habitat for Humanity to create a new 16-acre, 50-unit green housing community using environmentally friendly development techniques. Funded by a $655,000 grant to the university from the Kentucky Division of Water, the community will feature pervious pavement, cisterns, rain barrels, irrigation piping to collect and recycle rainwater, drought-tolerant landscaping and organic alternatives to the use of chemicals. Western Kentucky University students will be involved in the design, data recording and analysis of the costs and benefits of the sustainable building project.

23. Brown U Students Work Toward Campus, Community Carbon Reductions
Students involved in the Community Carbon Use Reduction at Brown Initiative at Brown University (RI) are working to reduce carbon emissions on campus and in the community. Projects include pumping under-inflated tires at a local gas station to improve fuel efficiency, installing programmable thermostats in local homes and various community weatherization projects. Funded mainly through the initiative’s original $300,000 grant, the initiative also provides loans of about $3,000 for professional contractors to do larger or more serious projects.

24. Trinity Lutheran College Builds Rooftop Community Garden
Trinity Lutheran College (WA) has renovated the rooftop of a campus parking garage to feature a vegetable garden, small trees and native species plants that will be used in salmon habitat restoration. Students are working in the garden for class credit, helping to provide fresh produce for local food banks and plants for salmon. The college also plans to install solar panels to generate most of the electricity for the parking garage.
See also: List of Campus Community Gardens (AASHE Members Only)

25. U New Mexico Partners with Local Farmers to Educate Youth
The University of New Mexico has teamed up with local farmers to feed and educate the community. University students are collaborating with an area charter high school to create a program aimed at teaching students the importance of local organic food. The high school students help prep beds and harvest and market the produce at a local farmers market. Some of the produce is served in the high school's lunch program.

Research

26. Saint Joseph's U Receives $1 Mil for Alternate Fuel, Green Roofs
Saint Joseph's University (PA) has been awarded $1 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to study switchgrass as a potential biofuel crop and to conduct a comparison of green roof systems. The multi-year switchgrass study will look at the effects of changes in precipitation, temperature, nitrogen disposition and elevated atmospheric carbon dioxide on the potential yield of switchgrass varieties. The university will also install a system to permit a direct, side-by-side comparison of a variety of commercial green roof systems. Educational events including public tours of the green roof facility will be held throughout the research process.

Transportation

27. SUNY Empire State College Launches Faculty Bike Share
SUNY Empire State College (NY) has launched a bike share program that allows faculty to take bikes out to commute between the main campus and distance learning facility. The bikes will be split between the two locations and also available for lunch or recreational rides.
See also: SUNY Empire State College Bike Share Kick-Off Video

28. U Pennsylvania Starts Sustainable Transportation Initiative
The University of Pennsylvania has debuted green buses as part of its Sustainable Transportation Initiative. The university purchased eight new low-emission vehicles: four buses capable of running on both ultra-low sulfur diesel, and four propane-powered shuttle vans. The new vehicles transport faculty, students and staff around campus. The initiative also includes expanded car-sharing options through a contract with Zipcar, parking benefits for low emission vehicles and a redesigned transportation website.
See also: List of Campus Alternative Transportation Websites (AASHE Members Only)

Waste

29. Seattle U Bans Bottled Water
As a result of a three-year, student-led initiative, Seattle University (WA) has banned the sale of bottled water on campus including vending machines, athletics concession stands, the college bookstore, on-campus restaurants and catering. Fostering students’ concern for justice and the competence to promote it; keeping water as a human right and not a commodity to be bought and sold for profit; and moving further toward its greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal are the reasons listed by the university to ban the sale of bottled water.  
See also: List of Campus-wide Bottled Water Bans (AASHE Members Only)

New Resources

30. AASHE List of Campus Telecommuting Policies
AASHE has released a new list of campus telecommuting policies. Offering a telecommute program for employees helps to cut down transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions. Telecommuting programs are also recognized in AASHE's STARS program as a tier-two credit. This resource is available to AASHE members only.

31. AASHE, USGBC, Kyoto Publishing: 'Climate Neutral Campus Report'
In collaboration with AASHE and the U.S. Green Building Council, Kyoto Publishing, USA has released the second edition of the "Climate Neutral Campus Report." The report features white papers, case studies and interviews with practitioners to deliver a fresh perspective on how sustainability is impacting and being driven by faculty, administrators, facilities managers and students. This project aims to accelerate the adoption of green building and sustainability initiatives on campuses by educating the major stakeholders about the successful initiatives and rapid return on investment that colleges and universities are achieving.

32. New Issue of Sustainability: The Journal of Record
Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., has published Vol. 3, No. 5 of Sustainability: The Journal of Record. The October issue features a salary survey of sustainability professionals, conducted by the University of California, San Diego Extension in collaboration with the journal; a look at the policies, programs and results of sustainable travel; and a roundtable discussion of sustainability as an academic discipline with educators from Ithaca College (NY), Philadelphia University, Illinois Institute of Technology, Slippery Rock University (PA), Baldwin-Wallace College (OH), Drew University (NJ) and Dalhousie University (NS).

33. USGBC Guide to Multiple-Building, On-Campus Building Projects
The U.S. Green Building Council has released the "2010 LEED Application Guide for Multiple Buildings and On-Campus Building Projects." The free document was created to provide guidance when applying the LEED rating systems to multiple-building and on-campus projects that are on a shared site under the control of a single entity including educational campus installations.

Opportunities

34. Journal of Sustainability Education: Call for Papers
The Journal of Sustainability Education invites papers for its March 2011 issue, "Learning and Leading Sustainability." Educators active in higher education, environmental, outdoor and experiential education and community organizing are encouraged to submit. The deadline for submissions is Dec. 1, 2010.

35. Rocky Mountain Sustainability Summit: Call for Proposals
Hosted by the University of Denver (CO), the Rocky Mountain Sustainability Summit is accepting proposals for the Feb. 17-18, 2011 event. Sessions will focus on sustainability in the Rocky Mountain region, including issues in higher education, educating on environmental and social justice issues, making the business case for sustainability and the political landscape of sustainability issues. Session proposals will be accepted through Nov. 1, 2010.

36. Sustainable Living Roadshow Positions
The Sustainable Living Roadshow, a caravan of educators, activists and entertainers who tour the country in a fleet of renewable fuel vehicles, currently has coordinator, intern and volunteer opportunities. Setting up off-the-grid eco-carnivals with interactive learning villages, the goal of the roadshow is to empower individuals and communities with bioregional solutions for sustainability.

Jobs & Internships

37. Vice President, Academic Affairs, Unity College
Unity College (ME) seeks a vice president for academic affairs to help facilitate the college’s new Academic Master Plan organized around five centers: biodiversity, sustainability and global change, natural resource management and protection, experiential and environmental education and environmental arts and humanities. The successful candidate will ideally have a strong background in environmental studies with at least five years of experience as a faculty member, or equivalent experience, in an environmentally related field. Applicants are encouraged to submit application materials no later than Nov. 12, 2010.

38. Director of Sustainability, Case Western Reserve U
Case Western Reserve University (OH) seeks a sustainability director to link the three areas of faculty research, student activism and staff campus operations. The director will lead the development of the university’s sustainability strategy and implementation, integrating sustainable principles and practices into the operations and culture of the institution. The successful candidate will create implementation plans and work with students and colleagues to build support and understanding of sustainability projects and issues. The candidate should have five to 10 years of experience and leadership in the area of sustainability, resource management or related field. An advanced degree in an appropriate field is preferred.

39. Professor, Environmental Economics, Dickinson College
Dickinson College's (PA) Department of Economics seeks a tenure-track assistant professor with a focus on environmental and ecological economics. The successful candidate should have research interests in either domestic or international environmental issues. Primary teaching responsibilities include environmental and ecological economics, introductory and intermediate level theory and upper level courses. A doctoral degree is preferred.

40. Professor, Environmental History, Dickinson College
The history department at Dickinson College (PA) seeks a tenure-track assistant professor with a focus in environmental history. The successful candidate should be able to teach a range of undergraduate courses. The professor will also be expected to contribute to the department’s introductory regional and national surveys. Applications should be submitted by Dec. 1, 2010.

41. Sustainability Coordinator, Colorado State U
Colorado State University seeks a sustainability coordinator to provide project management for sustainability initiatives within Housing and Dining Services. The coordinator will also provide resources and support for integrating sustainable practices in the areas of construction, maintenance, purchasing, dining, student housing and custodial. The coordinator will establish and provide leadership for a student eco-rep program in the residence halls and serve as a liaison to the Live Green Community. The successful candidate should have a demonstrated ability to successfully create new projects within a university setting, and an understanding of how to institutionalize sustainability efforts and develop programs that advance departmental and university strategic objectives. Candidates should have a bachelor’s degree and a minimum of two years experience in coordinating, organizing and implementing sustainability programs and events.

42. Sustainability Coordinator, Georgia Southern U
Georgia Southern University seeks a sustainability coordinator to develop, implement and maintain environmental sustainability leadership to the university community. The position will coordinate with key managers to focus attention on ways to maximize sustainability efforts within the environmental performance of the university. The successful candidate will conduct marketing research, collect data, develop and investigate alternative funding sources and supervise the management and recycling of non-hazardous waste.

43. Sustainability Student Affairs Coordinator, Johnson County CC
Johnson County Community College (KS) seeks a sustainability student affairs coordinator. The coordinator will serve as an adviser to students pursuing degrees or certificates offered through the center and will be knowledgeable of degree and certificate requirements for graduation. The successful candidate will build a rapport with four-year institutions that offer complementary degrees for the purpose of transferring. The successful candidate will have a bachelor’s degree and two years of full-time work experience directly related to education and community outreach.

44. Project Manager, Energy Conservation, Williams College
Williams College (MA) seeks a full-time energy conservation project manager reporting to the director of the Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives. The manager will coordinate, plan and manage the implementation of energy conservation measures including budgeting and cost management, project scheduling and status reporting. The manager will also serve as the key contact for vendors, contractors, engineering firms and building occupants to develop project plans and specifications. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to research and develop potential energy conservation approaches and to evaluate energy savings. Candidates should have a bachelor’s degree in engineering, environmental management, construction management or equivalent experience along with a demonstrated understanding of building systems.

Events

45. STARS Webinar: STARS at AASHE 2010, A Review
October 26, 2010; 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Eastern; Online
The STARS program hosted several sessions at the AASHE 2010 conference to help educate the higher education community about the program while also gaining valuable feedback for the future of STARS. This webinar will review these sessions, including the STARS Workshop, STARS 101 and the STARS Town Hall meeting.

46. Campus Compliance Management Software Webinar
October 26, 2010; 1:00 p.m. Eastern; Online
ERA Environmental Consulting will host this free webinar that looks at how Wake Forest University used campus compliance management software to streamline campus compliance management.

47. Greenbuild International Conference & Expo
November 17-19, 2010; Chicago, IL
Featuring speakers, industry showcases, LEED workshops and tours of Chicago's green buildings, the U.S. Green Building Council's 2010 Greenbuild International Conference & Expo takes place at Chicago's McCormick Place West. The conference will include a Green Jobs Summit and Affordable Housing Summit, as well as keynote addresses by Paul Hawken and Honorable Shaun Donovan.

48. Behavior, Energy and Climate Change Conference
November 14-17, 2010; Sacramento, CA
The fourth annual Behavior, Energy and Climate Change Conference will focus on understanding the nature of individual and organizational behavior and decision making, and using the knowledge to accelerate a transition to an energy-efficient and low-carbon economy. Policymakers, social scientists, program implementers, energy experts and researchers from institutions and nonprofits will gather to explore the practical application of social and behavioral insights to address energy and climate challenges.

Campus Sustainability Discussion Forums Highlights

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49. Ethanol
I have recently been tasked with making a recommendation on the sustainability of using E85 to fuel part of our vehicle fleet. This is a topic that I have never heard discussed in the SHE community, although it seems like it is a big question that may have a big impact on GHG emissions and the environmental perception of our universities. Anyone have any thoughts on this? I have found that it is difficult finding unbiased information on this issue.

50. Farmers Market (STARS)
This post is about STARS, AASHE's Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System. Our school has a weekly farmers market, but the STARS credit says this tier II credit only applies to areas not already served by an existing farmers market. We have a weekly farmers market in downtown Eugene (a five-minute bike ride from our campus), so would this be considered in the same "area" as campus? What are others doing for this credit?

51. Recycling Alkaline Batteries
Does anyone know of a good life cycle cost analysis for recycling alkaline batteries versus landfilling? Interested in the overall environmental impact of the end of life process for alkalines.

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