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Table of Contents for 11/1/10:

NEWS
Assessments and Ratings 1. Sustainable Endowments Inst. Releases Green College Report Card
Buildings 2. Westminster College Science Center Earns LEED Platinum
3. U North Texas Life Sciences Complex Seeks LEED Gold
4. Ohio Wesleyan U Debuts Green Aquatic Center
5. Lubbock Christian U Building to Seek LEED Gold
6. Middlesex County College Residence Hall Seeks LEED Silver
7. Appalachian State U Installs Green Roof
8. Illinois Central College Constructs Green Roof
Climate 9. Delta College President Recognized for Climate Leadership
Co-Curricular Education 10. Syracuse U Interior Design Class to Create Green Office
11. Unity College Students Help Design Passive House Residence Hall
12. SUNY College of Enviro Science and Forestry Hosts Denim Drive
13. Alfred State College Students Build Green Home on Campus
Coordination and Planning 14. Maryland Institutions Propose Energy Performance Contract
15. U Arizona Creates Campus Sustainability Units
Curriculum 16. Boston Architectural College Debuts Sustainable Design Master's
17. Elon U Introduces Environmental Studies Program
18. Rend Lake College Develops Biofuel Education Program
19. U Mass Amherst Launches Online Sustainability Studies Program
20. U Oklahoma Geography Dept to Offer Enviro Sustainability Degrees
Energy 21. Campuses Making Energy Reduction Strides Through Green IT Plans
Funding 22. Cornell U Receives $80 Mil from Alum for Sustainability Center
23. Northeastern U Receives $8 Mil for Renewable Energy Research
24. Clemson U Gifted $2 Mil for Sustainable Development Endowed Chair
25. Oberlin College Receives $1.1 Mil Grant for Energy Assessments
Grounds 26. St. Mary's College of Maryland Builds Rain Garden
Public Engagement 27. Appalachian State U Students Take Service-Learning Trips
Purchasing 28. Loyola U Offers Sweatshop Free Apparel
Transportation 29. U Albany to Research How to Reduce Traffic Light Idling Time
30. Florida Ag and Mechanical U Students Study Biodiesel Production
31. U Calgary Prohibits Idling
32. U Arizona Expands Bike Program
33. California State U Fresno to Build Bike Barn
Waste 34. U Guelph Begins Organic Power Plant
35. U Pennsylvania Expands Recycling Program

OPPORTUNITIES
36. 2011 Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conf: Call for Presentations
37. Dartmouth College Seeks Polar Environmental Change Trainees
38. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems Seeks Peer Reviewers
39. Arbor Day Tree Campus USA Recognition
40. Ithaca College Online Sustainability Leadership Certificate
41. Arbor Day Tree Campus Photo Contest

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
42. Dean of Academic Affairs, Bainbridge Graduate Institute
43. Professor, Environmental Policy, The New School
44. Professor, Public Communications and Food Systems, U Vermont
45. Program Manager, Center for Sustainability, Saint Louis U
46. Sustainability Coordinator, Wilfrid Laurier U
47. Web Design Specialist, Illinois Green Economy Network

EVENTS
48. AASHE Webinar: Achieving Energy Reductions Through Passive Design
49. America Recycles Day: Greenopolis Recycling Forum
50. AACC Webinar: SEED Center Resource Primer

CAMPUS SUSTAINABILITY DISCUSSION FORUMS HIGHLIGHTS
51. Article in Chronicle of Higher Ed Regarding Green Report Card
52. National Trends: How Many Environmental/Sustainability Programs?
53. Native Species (STARS)

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News

Assessments and Ratings

1. Sustainable Endowments Inst. Releases Green College Report Card
The Sustainable Endowments Institute has released its fifth annual College Sustainability Report Card, evaluating sustainability in campus operations and endowment practices for colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada. This year's report represents institutions in 50 states and eight Canadian provinces, assessing the schools in nine categories ranging from climate change to green building to investment practices. Ninety-five percent of institutions included in the report have sustainability committees, compared to 40 percent in 2006. Other large increases since 2006 include trayless dining practices (75 percent from 0 percent in 2006) and the implementation of a campus farm or garden (70 percent from 9 percent in 2006).
See also: Inside Higher Ed Coverage

Buildings

2. Westminster College Science Center Earns LEED Platinum
Westminster College (UT) has earned LEED Platinum certification for its new science center. Environmentally friendly features of the four-story, 60,000-square-foot Meldrum Science Center include daylight sensors that control the use of artificial lighting, locally sourced and reclaimed building materials and ventilation and filtration systems. Eighty-five percent of the construction waste was recycled.
See also: List of Green Campus Science Buildings (AASHE Members Only)

3. U North Texas Life Sciences Complex Seeks LEED Gold
The University of North Texas’ new Life Sciences Complex will seek LEED Gold certification. The 87,000-square-foot building includes four climate-controlled rooftop research greenhouses designed for plant science research. The complex also features water-efficient landscaping and the inclusion of an underground stormwater retention cistern for landscape irrigation. Additional sustainable features include passive solar design and cost-effective lighting and vent hoods that operate on occupancy sensors.
See also: List of Green Science Buildings (AASHE Members Only)

4. Ohio Wesleyan U Debuts Green Aquatic Center
Ohio Wesleyan University has debuted its $10 million Meek Aquatics and Recreation Center, designed to meet LEED certification. The center was funded with alumni contributions and grants, including $1.1 million in federal funds to support the geothermal energy system to heat and cool the building.
See also: List of Green Athletic Centers (AASHE Members Only)

5. Lubbock Christian U Building to Seek LEED Gold
Lubbock Christian University (TX) has unveiled its newest green building, designed to receive LEED Gold certification. Ground source heat pumps will heat and cool the Cardwell Welcome Center, which also features light-colored parking pavement to reflect the sun’s heat rather than absorb it, and shade trees around its perimeter that are irrigated by captured rainwater from its roof. Nearly 85 percent of the construction waste was recycled.
See also: List of Green Campus Centers (AASHE Members Only)

6. Middlesex County College Residence Hall Seeks LEED Silver
Middlesex County College (NJ) has nearly completed the construction of a 36,000-square-foot building designed to meet LEED Silver certification. Sustainable features include waterless urinals, recycled construction materials and a white roof to reflect heat. Additionally, the grounds include catchments for rainwater to be used for irrigation.
See also: List of Green Residence Halls (AASHE Members Only)

7. Appalachian State U Installs Green Roof
Appalachian State University has installed a Living Roofs, Inc. vegetative green roof atop a campus hall in an effort to reduce energy costs. A joint effort between the university's Physical Plant department and Pepco Energy Services, the roof will cool and insulate the building, managing heat caused by concrete exposed to the sun, and provide a way to disperse stormwater more sustainably.

8. Illinois Central College Constructs Green Roof
Illinois Central College has begun constructing a green roof atop its fitness center as part of an $18 million expansion of the Cougar-Plex. Low-growing plants will be installed to help provide insulation. The college expects the new roof to help reduce energy costs and extend the life of the existing roof material.

Climate

9. Delta College President Recognized for Climate Leadership
Delta College (MI) President Jean Goodnow has received the first annual Climate Leadership Award for Outstanding Individual Climate Leadership from Second Nature. Honorees were recognized at the organization's fourth annual American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment Summit in October. Goodnow has integrated sustainability into the college's educational, administrative and operational activities including Green Fridays, a four-day work week established as a successful measure of campus carbon reduction. The college is also launching an Introduction to Sustainability course to serve as the foundation for its upcoming Sustainability Certificate program.

Co-Curricular Education

10. Syracuse U Interior Design Class to Create Green Office
Six teams of Syracuse University (NY) interior design students are working to transform a basement into a green office for the university’s Sustainability Division. The third-year design students will infuse functionality and style to create a nontraditional office using sustainable materials and featuring green amenities. The office, known as the Sustainable Studio, will allow the division’s staff to build a presence within the College of Visual and Performing Arts while they implement the university’s climate action plan.

11. Unity College Students Help Design Passive House Residence Hall
Unity College (ME) students and faculty recently gathered to provide design ideas and concerns for the college's upcoming project to build a residence hall to the Passive House standard. The Passive House standard in the U.S. is an extension of the PassivHaus Institute of Germany, utilizing insulation and tight air sealing to minimize heat loss. The college received a $389,000 grant from the Kendeda Fund to construct the cottage-style residence hall, which will use sunlight to generate energy with little or no active mechanical systems. The sunlight will be converted to usable heat. Students, who will also be involved in the construction and monitoring of the facility, participated in discussions about the potential size of the building, the orientation and interior set-up, and how the building will relate to the whole of the college.
See also: PassivHaus Institute of Germany Website

12. SUNY College of Enviro Science and Forestry Hosts Denim Drive
Students at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry hosted a denim drive throughout the month of October as part of Cotton Incorporated’s campaign, “Cotton From Blue to Green.” The campaign converts donated jeans into sustainable natural-fiber housing insulation to be used by Habitat for Humanity. It takes 500 pieces of denim to insulate a house. The student group Green Campus Initiative led the effort to bring the campaign to the university and oversaw the collection events and donation bin maintenance on campus.

13. Alfred State College Students Build Green Home on Campus
Students at Alfred State College (NY) are receiving hands-on learning about green construction and technology by helping to build a green home on its Applied Technology campus. Utilizing the skills they have developed in architecture, building trades and electrical construction courses, the students are using an integrated approach to energy efficiency in the design of the buildings, the building envelope and the mechanical space conditioning systems.

Coordination and Planning

14. Maryland Institutions Propose Energy Performance Contract
Bowie State University, Towson University and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) have proposed an Energy Performance Contract to the University System of Maryland Board of Regents. The contract would allow the institutions to reduce energy consumption, save operating budget funds and replace aging mechanical systems. The board has approved energy contracts for multiple buildings at the University of Maryland, College Park; the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science; and the University of Baltimore.

15. U Arizona Creates Campus Sustainability Units
The University of Arizona has created the President’s Advisory Council on Environmental Sustainability, the Office of Sustainability and the student-led Green Fund Committee. The campus sustainability trio will ensure the coordinated participation of students, faculty, staff and administrators in maintaining the university’s commitment to sustainability. The units will also ensure that the Board of Regents’ approved tuition resources are dedicated to campus design, student engagement, operations, research and outreach.

Curriculum

16. Boston Architectural College Debuts Sustainable Design Master's
Boston Architectural College has announced the creation of an online Master of Design Studies in sustainable design. Debuting August 2011, the coursework includes both online study and week-long learning intensives at the college's Newbury Street campus. The curriculum will feature more than 30 graduate courses including green building design, green policy and advocacy, sustainable community planning and sustainable construction.
See also: List of Graduate Programs in Sustainability

17. Elon U Introduces Environmental Studies Program
Elon University’s (NC) Department of Environmental Studies has created a B.S. in environmental and ecological science, and a minor in environmental and sustainability studies. The department hopes to better serve students interested in careers in environmental science, wildlife biology, conservation biology, ecosystem management and restoration. The major has less core course and more elective choices. The minor will educate students about the principles of sustainability.
See also: List of Bachelor's Degree Programs in Sustainability
See also: List of Minors in Sustainability

18. Rend Lake College Develops Biofuel Education Program
Rend Lake College (IL) has received a $60,835 federal grant to support a three-part biofuels education program, which will include training on farm-based biodiesel production. The first component of the program will include the development of a hybrid course with online lectures and lab sessions with lab-scale production of biodiesel, ethanol and methane. A community education course designed for local community members who want to learn more about small-scale biofuel production and use will be part of the second component. The third portion of the program involves an internship program for the college’s students. Interns will produce small batches of biodiesel, ethanol and methane using feedstock sourced from the campus farm.

19. U Mass Amherst Launches Online Sustainability Studies Program
The University Without Walls adult degree completion program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has launched an online sustainability studies undergraduate degree program. Courses include green building, renewable energy, sustainable food and farming, sustainable entrepreneurship and permaculture design.
See also: List of Bachelor's Degree Programs in Sustainability

20. U Oklahoma Geography Dept to Offer Enviro Sustainability Degrees
The department of geography at the University of Oklahoma has announced that it will offer B.A. and B.S. degrees in environmental sustainability. Involving instructors from 14 departments across the university, the curriculum will explore how human societies can meet the needs of the present without compromising future generations. Coursework will examine short- and long-term needs related to jobs and economic growth, societal well-being and environmental health. Beginning spring 2011, students will have the option to specialize in sustainability science and natural resources; sustainability planning and management; and sustainability, culture and society.
See also: List of Bachelor's Degree Programs in Sustainability

Energy

21. Campuses Making Energy Reduction Strides Through Green IT Plans
As campuses struggle with the immensity of the carbon neutrality challenge, information technology is often the leader in small sustainability initiatives that reduce energy and galvanize the campus for larger work ahead, reports Campus Technology. The news outlet profiles Alfred University (NY), where the IT department has been instrumental in automating processes to make the campus as paperless as possible; and Scottsdale Community College (AZ), which has switched to lower-wattage computers, converted CRT monitors to LCD models and implemented programs to shut off computers in student labs that haven't been used in the last 30 minutes.

Funding

22. Cornell U Receives $80 Mil from Alum for Sustainability Center
Cornell University (NY) has announced an $80 million gift from 1960 graduate David R. Atkinson to create a permanent campus research center that will be a focal point for sustainability-related activity on campus, including education, operations, outreach and research. The gift builds on the success of the Cornell Center for a Sustainable Future, established in 2007, which is now renamed the David R. Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future. Its current research projects include index-based insurance products for poor herders and farmers and for pre-financing of emergency response by humanitarian organizations; technology for bio-based energy and feedstock production; and exploring the impacts of climate change, biodiversity loss, invasive species and pollution from the perspectives of population genetics, modeling, biogeochemistry, economics, environmental sociology and microbiology.

23. Northeastern U Receives $8 Mil for Renewable Energy Research
Northeastern University's (MA) Center for Renewable Energy Technology has received six federal grants totaling more than $8 million to conduct research that will focus mainly on increasing the availability and affordability of electric cars in the marketplace. Among the grants is a four-year, $6.38 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop a cost-effective and energy-efficient non-platinum based fuel cell catalyst for electric vehicles. The new technology would replace internal combustion gas engines with fuel cells.

24. Clemson U Gifted $2 Mil for Sustainable Development Endowed Chair
Clemson University's (SC) Center of Economic Excellence in Sustainable Development has received a $2 million gift to endow a chair in the sustainable development field. Gifted by former Bechtel Corp. senior executive and 1969 Clemson mechanical engineering graduate Tom Hash, the position will help develop new sustainable technologies and encourage smart growth. Focusing on areas where the natural and built environments meet, research will aim to produce tools and products to better monitor, manage and protect the environment while allowing for continued economic growth and development.

25. Oberlin College Receives $1.1 Mil Grant for Energy Assessments
Oberlin College (OH) will administer a $1.1 million federal award secured by Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur that will be used to conduct a comprehensive, district-wide assessment of energy infrastructure and alternative energy transmission. Under the guidance of the National Energy Technology Laboratory, the college will study solar energy feasibility and sustainable energy opportunities for the city of Oberlin as well as potential options for converting the college's current central heating plan to biomass or another alternative energy source.
See also: Oberlin News Coverage

Grounds

26. St. Mary's College of Maryland Builds Rain Garden
St. Mary’s College of Maryland has constructed a rain garden to capture stormwater runoff and filter out sediments and nutrients that would otherwise end up in the waterways. The low-maintenance garden features native species and requires seasonal deadheading and weeding. The project will be part of an environmental science course for elementary school kids.

Public Engagement

27. Appalachian State U Students Take Service-Learning Trips
Appalachian State University (NC) students recently conducted community service projects as part of the university's Alternative Fall Break trips program. Fall trips included a visit to a wildlife refuge on the South Carolina coast, where students helped clean and maintain sensitive ecosystems; working alongside park rangers to maintain the Appalachian Trail; and helping local community agencies through environmental cleanup. Students help offset the carbon emissions of their trips by calculating how much carbon was used to travel and do every-day activities, and planning a sustainable community service project to achieve carbon-neutrality.

Purchasing

28. Loyola U Offers Sweatshop Free Apparel
Loyola University (MD) has partnered with Alta Gracia Apparel to offer sweatshop free apparel in the college bookstore. The clothing manufacturing company implements responsible labor practices and pays its workers, who are free to unionize, a living wage. Alta Gracia's wages were standardized by the Workers Right Consortium, a labor rights watchdog organization that includes the involvement of more than 180 collegiate apparel factories. The university's Center for Community Service and Justice has been involved with several initiatives on campus to support unionized factories and tries to spark interest in the fair trade initiative among students, groups and offices on campus.

Transportation

29. U Albany to Research How to Reduce Traffic Light Idling Time
An associate professor at the University at Albany School of Business (NY) has been awarded a $378,375 grant from the James S. McDonnell Foundation to study how traffic lights may be more efficiently organized for drivers to save time and gas. The goal of the research is to improve traffic light synchronization through a self-organizing system, avoiding the idling time for drivers that hit six red lights in a row, for example, and helping to reduce carbon emissions.

30. Florida Ag and Mechanical U Students Study Biodiesel Production
Florida Agriculture and Mechanical University has received a $50,000 grant from Ford Motor Company to allow students to grow and harvest oil seed crops for the production of biofuel. Students will have an opportunity to learn all of the components that go into making biodiesel fuel.

31. U Calgary Prohibits Idling
The University of Calgary (AB) has announced a new policy that prohibits vehicles on campus to be left idling unattended for more than three minutes when the temperature is warmer than 14 degrees Fahrenheit. Violators will be subject to fines that will be reinvested in sustainable transportation initiatives including the construction of secure bike parking facilities. Students, staff, faculty and visitors make more than 40,000 vehicle trips to and from campus, according to the university. The school hopes that the new policy will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions on campus and improve regional air quality.
See also: U Calgary Secure Bike Parking Facilities Story

32. U Arizona Expands Bike Program
The University of Arizona has extended the free trial period for its bicycle valet program and expanded its bike share fleet. The valet will be free to students and faculty until Jan. 30, 2011, to allow more people to test the system. Due to the success of the bike sharing program, the university will add 15 additional bikes to its existing fleet of 10.
See also: List of Campus Bike Sharing Programs (AASHE Members Only)

33. California State U Fresno to Build Bike Barn
After 17 bikes were reported stolen during August and September, California State University, Fresno has announced plans to construct a bike barn to provide a safe place for students to park. The bike barn will be a designated area to park a large number of bicycles in a secure location. The project will be paid for by the Alternative Transportation Fund, which is funded through campus parking violations.

Waste

34. U Guelph Begins Organic Power Plant
Production is expected to begin in February on an organic power plant at the University of Guelph's (ON) Ridgetown campus. The university received a $2.6 million grant through the Federal Development Agency for Southern Ontario to assist in the construction of an anaerobic digester that will turn manure and other waste into electricity. The plant will also feature a dry-feeder system, pasteurization unit and biogas engine. Biogas will be produced from several organic waste streams including dairy manure, swine manure, beef manure, corn silage and other off-farm waste that would otherwise go to a landfill.

35. U Pennsylvania Expands Recycling Program
The University of Pennsylvania has expanded its recycling program. The university will recycle all plastic containers and plastic types numbered one through seven. Blue Mountain Recycling has installed new equipment on campus capable of sorting and recycling beyond number one and two plastics. The university hopes that the expanded plastic recycling will boost its goal for a 40 percent campus recycling rate by 2014.

Opportunities

36. 2011 Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conf: Call for Presentations
The National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) invites presentation proposals for its 2011 Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference. Slated for March 20-22, 2011 in College Park, Md., the conference theme is "Connecting the Classroom to the Campus to the Community" with an emphasis on the importance of the relationship between the physical space of campus buildings and infrastructure, curriculum, culture, capital and community. Proposals are invited for a 50-minute solutions-focused concurrent session or a two-hour pre-conference workshop. Preference will be given to presentations that go beyond the basics and describe campus achievements, community engagement or large-scale transformation. The submission deadline is Nov. 5, 2010.

37. Dartmouth College Seeks Polar Environmental Change Trainees
Dartmouth College (NH) is seeking applicants for its NSF Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) program in Polar Environmental Change. The interdisciplinary graduate program in polar sciences and engineering merges expertise and facilities from science and engineering departments at the college with the U.S. Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory. Research field training in Greenland is coupled with core curriculum that focuses on three components of Arctic or Antarctic systems responding to rapid change in climate including the cryosphere, terrestrial ecosystems and human systems.

38. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems Seeks Peer Reviewers
The Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems and Community Development is looking to expand its pool of peer reviewers that currently includes more than 100 reviewers from around the world. The journal's inaugural issue, "Growing New Farmers," is now online, featuring articles that focus on the opportunities and challenges of assisting the next generation of farmers.

39. Arbor Day Tree Campus USA Recognition
The deadline to apply for Tree Campus USA status is Dec. 31, 2010. The Arbor Day Foundation awards national recognition to institutions promoting healthy urban forest management and engaging the campus community in environmental stewardship.

40. 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 Nov. 3-16, 2010. "Marketing Sustainability Initiatives” consists of strategies and tactics for conveying the value of green business practices to customers, clients, partners, employees and the community at large. "How Green is Your Organization? Sustainable Policy and Practice” will explore and apply rating tools and environmental scans that help assess an organization’s level of achievement with industry standards in policy and practice. "Integrating Sustainability into Training and Curriculum" will explore opportunities for investigating and leveraging cross disciplinary solutions to contemporary issues through the lens of sustainability. The registration deadline for each is Nov. 3, 2010, and discounts are available for AASHE members.

41. Arbor Day Tree Campus Photo Contest
Arbordaynow.org invites photographers at least 18 years old to help demonstrate why trees are a valuable and sustainable resource to a college campus. Photos must include a tree(s) and a campus landmark like a stadium, statue or well-known building. The organization is looking for photos that show the environmental value of the tree as well as its emotional significance to the campus. Entries will be accepted through Nov. 25, 2010.

Jobs & Internships

42. Dean of Academic Affairs, Bainbridge Graduate Institute
Bainbridge Graduate Institute (WA) seeks a dean of academic affairs for the oversight and management of its sustainable business academic programs and systems. A Ph.D. in a relevant academic discipline and a minimum of three years of academic administration experience is required.

43. Professor, Environmental Policy, The New School
The New School (NY) seeks a tenure track assistant professor for its Environmental Policy and Sustainable Management program at Milano, The New School for Management and Urban Policy. The assistant professor’s responsibilities will include teaching a broad range of undergraduate and graduate courses, advising students and helping build and provide intellectual leadership for the program. The successful candidate should have a strong background in environmental policy or sustainability management. The ideal candidate should have a theoretical grounding in organizational management, environmental policy, environmental economics, political science, sociology or change management.

44. Professor, Public Communications and Food Systems, U Vermont
The University of Vermont seeks an assistant professor within its Department of Community Development and Applied Economics with expertise in public communications and a food systems research agenda. The professor should have a desire to work in an interdisciplinary environment and teach introductory and advanced courses in applied communication. The applicant should bring a communications perspective to applied research related to food systems.

45. Program Manager, Center for Sustainability, Saint Louis U
Saint Louis University (MO) seeks a program manager for the Center for Sustainability to manage processes related to student applications, enrollment and other aspects of student life. The manager will contribute to the development of new academic programming for the center, while insuring university policies and procedures are followed. The successful candidate should have knowledge of business, budgeting, accounting and bookkeeping. A bachelor’s degree supplemented with two years of related experience is required.

46. Sustainability Coordinator, Wilfrid Laurier U
Wilfrid Laurier University (ON) seeks a sustainability coordinator reporting to the associate vice president of Physical Resources. The position will be responsible for developing, implementing and communicating a campus-wide sustainability program that results in tangible environmental, economic and social benefits. The successful candidate will have a minimum of a bachelor's degree in environmental studies, environmental management or a related discipline, and one to two years of sustainability leadership experience, preferably in a university setting.

47. Web Design Specialist, Illinois Green Economy Network
The Illinois Green Economy Network seeks a web content and design specialist to be responsible for all programming, database development, graphics, design, writing and content development associated with the network’s website. The specialist will be required to work with the staff from a growing number of college sustainability centers, green economy job centers and related marketing and research consultants. The successful candidate should have experience in project managing and delivering large, complex web projects from beginning to end. The Illinois Green Economy Network is a new enterprise created to engage Illinois community colleges in a joint effort to provide green workforce training and generate market transformation toward the green economy.

Events

48. AASHE Webinar: Achieving Energy Reductions Through Passive Design
December 1, 2010; 1:00 - 1:45 p.m. Eastern; Online
Sponsored by AASHE Business Supporter member Ashley McGraw Architects, this free webinar will address the cost-effective approach of passive design, which uses the energy of the sun and wind directly through systems such as solar preheat walls, trombe walls, day lighting and natural ventilation. Panelists from LeMoyne College and Ashley McGraw Architects will examine modern energy modeling software, holistic design methods and other underutilized strategies, and look at several examples of installed systems and implementation strategies for both new and renovated buildings.

49. America Recycles Day: Greenopolis Recycling Forum
November 15, 2010; 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. Pacific; Online
Students, staff and faculty are invited to participate in an online recycling forum hosted by recycling technology provider Greenopolis. The interactive discussion will take place on America Recycles Day with the aim of inspiring thought, discussion and progress toward the future of recycling. The forum will feature keynote speaker William McDonough, co-author of "Cradle to Cradle."

50. AACC Webinar: SEED Center Resource Primer
November 18, 2010; 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Eastern; Online
This webinar will demonstrate how colleges and universities can take advantage of the SEED Center, launched in October by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and ecoAmerica. The resource is an online sharing environment for community colleges to scale up training programs to ready students to compete in the green economy.

Campus Sustainability Discussion Forums Highlights

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51. Article in Chronicle of Higher Ed Regarding Green Report Card
All- Did you read the article in the Chronicle of Higher Ed about the [Sustainable Endowments Institute] Green Report Card? I'm interested in your thoughts now that the Green Report Card has been released - any second thoughts about opting out?

52. National Trends: How Many Environmental/Sustainability Programs?
Does anyone out there have information on how many colleges and universities in the U.S. have environmental or sustainability programs? How many campuses have some sort of Environmental Studies major? How many campuses have a specific sustainability major or minor? And for those that have these majors, what are your job placement numbers like?

53. Native Species (STARS)
This post is about STARS, AASHE's Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System. Here is a response I got from our ground maintenance coordinator about native species: "We use native plant species and species of plants that are adapted to this climate zone. If I understand the word prioritize as meaning do we always use natives the answer would be no. The campus is made up of many types of shrubs and trees that are used as teaching tools for classes and the community." So, what is meant by the word "prioritize" for this [STARS] credit?

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