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Table of Contents for 11/15/10:

NEWS
Buildings 1. U California Irvine Student Housing Earns LEED Gold
2. U Saskatchewan College of Law Facility Earns LEED Gold
3. Belmont U Debuts Green Building
Campus Sustainability in the Media 4. NY Times Highlights Campus Efforts to Ban Bottled Water
Climate 5. 131 New Campuses Complete Greenhouse Gas Inventories: Part One
Co-Curricular Education 6. U Idaho Funds Student-Led Sustainability Projects
7. California Lutheran U Builds Community Garden
Coordination and Planning 8. Florida State U Names First Campus Sustainability Director
9. Stony Brook U Creates Green Map
Curriculum 10. National Wildlife Federation Launches The Greenforce Initiative
Energy 11. San Diego State U Children's Center Goes Solar
12. U Hawaii Manoa Challenges Campus Hall to Save Energy
Funding 13. Merced College Awarded Grant for Renewable Energy Program
Policy and Legislation 14. Midterm Election Results Could Slow Higher Ed Green Initiatives
Public Engagement 15. California Schools Help Provide GHG Inventories for Local Gov'ts
16. Santa Clara U Receives National Higher Ed Civic Engagement Award
Research 17. Eastern Kentucky U Opens Center for Renewable Energy
Transportation 18. U Oregon Renovates Abandoned Bikes for Student Loan
19. U Notre Dame Utility Workers Replace Trucks with Trikes
20. U California Riverside Creates Incentive for Alt Transportation
21. Marquette U, Michigan State U Partner with Zipcar
22. Tufts U Creates Bike Share Program
23. U Connecticut Plans Bike Share Pilot Program
24. Rice U Studies Surrey Bikes as Alternative to Electric Golf Carts
Waste 25. Illinois State U Starts Community Composting Initiative
26. Austin College Hosts Community E-Waste Recycling Event
Water 27. U Wisconsin-Whitewater Creates Water Council

NEW RESOURCES
28. AASHE Debuts Searchable Forum Database

OPPORTUNITIES
29. USGBC Membership Discount for AASHE Members
30. Ithaca College Online Sustainability Leadership Certificate

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
31. Special Project Manager, Oberlin College
32. Professor, Sustainability, Northwestern U
33. Professors, Sustainability, Rochester Institute of Technology
34. Sustainability Coordinator, Ohio Wesleyan U

EVENTS
35. STARS Webinar: Innovation Credits, Responsible Party Guidance
36. Putting the 'Learning' into Service-Learning Webinar

CAMPUS SUSTAINABILITY DISCUSSION FORUMS HIGHLIGHTS
37. Energy Usage Intensity (EUI) Benchmarks
38. Grown vs. Processed (STARS)
39. Options for Retired Books and Periodicals

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News

Buildings

1. U California Irvine Student Housing Earns LEED Gold
The University of California, Irvine has announced that its newest student housing project has earned LEED Gold certification. The $137 million project features two student residential communities totaling 1,760 beds and a seven-level parking garage. The building’s green features include specified cool roofs to lower heat island effects and recycled construction materials. Seventy-five percent of construction waste was diverted from the landfill.
See also: List of Green Residence Halls (AASHE Members Only)

2. U Saskatchewan College of Law Facility Earns LEED Gold
The University of Saskatchewan College of Law’s (SK) newest facility has earned LEED Gold certification. The new expansion has reduced water use by 47 percent and overall energy use by 57 percent. The building features two green roofs, passive solar design, ventilation systems that provide outdoor air and 32 percent recycled building materials. Ninety-one percent of the construction waste was recycled.

3. Belmont U Debuts Green Building
Belmont University (TN) has dedicated a new environmentally friendly academic building. The 80,000-square-foot McWhorter Hall features a green roof and a water tank that captures excess ground and stormwater. The collected rainfall will be used to irrigate the campus.

Campus Sustainability in the Media

4. NY Times Highlights Campus Efforts to Ban Bottled Water
Campus campaigns to curb bottled water consumption have been hindered by contracts with beverage suppliers, says a recent article in The New York Times that highlights student efforts to ban bottled water at higher education institutions. The University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point and Seattle University are featured for their plans for a campus-wide ban on bottled water beginning fall 2011. Washington University in St. Louis started the movement last year.
See also: List of Campus Bottled Water Bans and Use Reduction Campaigns (AASHE Members Only)

Climate

5. 131 New Campuses Complete Greenhouse Gas Inventories: Part One
More than 100 signatory campuses of the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) have submitted public greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories since the last update in the AASHE Bulletin on June 21, 2010. The GHG inventory is the first major reporting requirement of the Commitment and is due within a year of signing. In alphabetical order, AASHE is listing the first 70 of 131 institutions that submitted new inventories. The remaining 61 campuses will appear in the November 22 issue. New inventories were submitted by: Alfred University (NY); Allegheny College (PA); Antioch University New England (NH); Bentley University (MA); Berea College (KY); Bethany College (WV); Black Hills State University (SD); Bowdoin College (ME); Bridgemont Community and Technical College (WV); Brookhaven College (TX); Bunker Hill Community College (MA); California State University, Chico; California State Polytechnic University, Pomona; Cape Cod Community College (MA); Chandler-Gilbert Community College (AZ); Clark University (MA); College of Lake County (IL); College of the Holy Cross (MA); Colorado College; Colorado State University; Columbus State Community College (OH); Connecticut College; Cornell University (NY); Delaware State University; Drury University (MO); Eastfield College (TX); Eckerd College (FL); Emerson College (MA); Fairfield University (CT); Florida Gulf Coast University; Florida International University; Franklin & Marshall College (PA); Franklin Pierce University (NH); George Mason University (VA); Georgia Institute of Technology; Goshen College (IN); Grand Rapids Community College (MI); Guilford College (NC); Harford Community College (MD); Harrisburg Area Community College (PA); Haywood Community College (NC); Hibbing Community College (MN); Hollins University (VA); Houghton College (NY); Joliet Junior College (IL); Kalamazoo College (MI); Kennesaw State University (GA); Life University (GA); Macalester College (MN); McLennan Community College (TX); Mercyhurst College (PA); Middlesex Community College (MA); Monroe Community College (NY); Monterey Institute of International Studies (CA); Montgomery County Community College (PA); Naropa University (CO); North Iowa Area Community College (IA); North Shore Community College (MA); Northeast Lakeview College (TX); Northwest Vista College (TX); Norwalk Community College (CT); Onondaga Community College (NY); Pacific Lutheran University (WA); Palo Alto College (TX); Pomona College (CA); Purchase College, State University of New York; Randolph College (VA); Richland College (TX); Rider University (NJ); and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (IN). In related news, Yale University (CT) has published a Yale Greenhouse Gas Reduction Strategy 2010 executive summary.

Co-Curricular Education

6. U Idaho Funds Student-Led Sustainability Projects
The University of Idaho Sustainability Center has awarded $12,578 to six student-led sustainability projects. The center's annual grant competition asks students to submit mini-grant proposals for projects that increase the sustainability of campus operations and culture. This year's funding will go toward the creation of native gardens, bioplastic degradation in compost research, water-saving measures and a conservation photography book that showcases the endangered Palouse prairie. All projects are scheduled for a May 2011 completion.

7. California Lutheran U Builds Community Garden
California Lutheran University has started a community garden to help connect students to the local environment. Funded by the Facilities department, students, faculty and staff members transformed a dry, weedy patch of land with raised beds. A portion of the produce harvested will go to the university’s dining hall; the other portion sold on campus and local farmers markets, and donated to local food banks.
See also: List of Campus Community Gardens (AASHE Members Only)

Coordination and Planning

8. Florida State U Names First Campus Sustainability Director
Florida State University has hired its first full-time director of campus sustainability. Elizabeth Swiman will head the university's Sustainable Campus Initiative including its recycling program, Eco Rep program, energy conservation competition and annual charity collection drive. Swiman previously worked as a community engagement coordinator for the university's Center for Leadership and Civic Education and served on the Sustainable Campus Committee.

9. Stony Brook U Creates Green Map
Stony Brook University (NY) has created a web-based, interactive “Green Map” to showcase and raise awareness of campus sustainability initiatives. The map will enable users to learn more about each initiative by clicking on the sustainability markers. Created by the university's Sustainability Task Force, the map will continue to be updated as new sustainability projects are initiated.
See also: Interactive Green Map

Curriculum

10. National Wildlife Federation Launches The Greenforce Initiative
The National Wildlife Federation and Jobs for the Future have partnered for The Greenforce Initiative, a two-year program to strengthen workforce development and sustainability practices at community colleges. With support from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the initiative is creating "Learning and Action Networks" in six regions across the country. The aim is to strengthen the capacity of colleges to develop, expand or refine green pathway programs that lead to postsecondary certificates or degrees and employment in family-sustaining green careers. The initiative is designed for nontraditional students who cannot currently access such programs.

Energy

11. San Diego State U Children's Center Goes Solar
San Diego State University (CA) has installed three solar trees in its Children's Center parking lot. Solar trees are pole-mounted solar panels that produce energy and shelter vehicles from the rain or sun. The new installation is a component of the university's Associated Students Green Love Sustainability Advisory Board project to make the campus community more eco-conscious.
See also: List of Solar Installations on Campus

12. U Hawaii Manoa Challenges Campus Hall to Save Energy
The University of Hawaii at Manoa has launched an energy challenge between the seven floors of its Saunders Hall. With Hawaiian Electric Company and the Electric Power Research Institute, the university's Sustainable Saunders Initiative constructed a website to provide real-time and historical energy use data for each floor in the building. The website debuted during the first round of the competition at the start of the school year for faculty, staff and students to monitor their energy use in relation to other floors. During the second round, energy savings rose 65 percent as departments in the building were offered financial incentives in proportion to their actual energy savings. Round three of the competition concludes on Nov. 23, 2010.

Funding

13. Merced College Awarded Grant for Renewable Energy Program
Merced College (CA) is one of nine community colleges and high schools that will share a $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation to establish the California Regional Consortium for Engineering Advances in Technical Education (CREATE) Renewable Energy Regional Center. The four-year grant will create and expand courses and work force training programs to help address the high demand for renewable energy technicians in California.

Policy and Legislation

14. Midterm Election Results Could Slow Higher Ed Green Initiatives
The results of the midterm elections could mean a slowing of higher education sustainability projects, says a recent post in The Chronicle of Higher Education's Buildings & Grounds blog. President Obama's economic-stimulus bill included about $75 billion toward the higher education sector in areas like campus renovations, student loans, federal work-study programs, technology, climate research and green job training. Job training, says the post, may be the kind of project most at risk in the new political climate. With the possible halt in devising a comprehensive federal policy on energy and fossil fuels, industries and institutions may avoid planning decisions based on occasional efforts like the stimulus package.

Public Engagement

15. California Schools Help Provide GHG Inventories for Local Gov'ts
California universities are teaming up with the Great Valley Center to offer free assistance to local governments to develop an inventory of their greenhouse gas emissions. The Green Communities Program, funded by Pacific Gas & Electric and the California Public Utilities Commission and implemented with the help of ICLEI: Local Governments for Sustainability, will pay interns from the University of California, Merced; the University of the Pacific (CA); and California State University, Stanislaus to work with staff members in participating cities to offer recommendations on how each city can reduce energy use in its operations. Interns will help the Great Valley Center assess metered energy use and interview city staff members about solid waste management, sewage treatment, landfill emissions and commuting practices.

16. Santa Clara U Receives National Higher Ed Civic Engagement Award
Santa Clara University (CA) is one of six institutions recently honored for their commitment to civic engagement and service-learning by the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars. With new core curriculum that requires students to work with marginalized communities, the university earned the 2010 Higher Education Civic Engagement Award. The university's Arrupe Partnerships Program encourages faculty members to build relationships with local organizations and match students with placements that meet course goals and benefit the community. The other 2010 Higher Education Civic Engagement Award winners include Miami Dade College (FL); Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis; The College of New Jersey; Wagner College (NY) and Western Carolina University (NC).
See also: 2010 Higher Education Civic Engagement Award Projects

Research

17. Eastern Kentucky U Opens Center for Renewable Energy
Eastern Kentucky University has opened its Center for Renewable and Alternative Fuel Technologies. The facility has two large labs set for algae research and biomass analysis to create fuel for running vehicles. The center will host 10 research faculties to study biofuels and teach students agriculture, chemistry, biology and economics.

Transportation

18. U Oregon Renovates Abandoned Bikes for Student Loan
"Every day I dream of a bike-filled campus," said University of Oregon student Alexander Hongo during recent local television coverage of the university's new bike loan project. Hongo is one of the staff members at the university's Outdoor Program that rebuild abandoned bikes donated by local authorities. For $12 with a $65 deposit, students can borrow the bikes for the academic school year. The bikes are also available to students and community members for learning routine bike maintenance.
See also: List of Campus Bicycle Share/Rental Programs (AASHE Members Only)

19. U Notre Dame Utility Workers Replace Trucks with Trikes
Utility workers at the University of Notre Dame (IN) have started using tricycles in replacement of trucks as an alternative way of getting around campus. The Trike Team is a voluntary group that makes service calls on tricycles to reduce the university’s carbon footprint. The tricycles can go up to 20 miles per hour and are equipped with disk brakes, a speedometer and a large toolbox.

20. U California Riverside Creates Incentive for Alt Transportation
The University of California, Riverside has announced that it will raise the Transportation and Parking Services Gold permit fees by 10.7 percent in an effort to maintain incentive levels for taking alternative transportation. The university provides campus shuttles, a vanpool service and the U-PASS program, which allows students to ride for free.
See also: List of Campus Universal Transit Passes (AASHE Members Only)

21. Marquette U, Michigan State U Partner with Zipcar
In separate deals, Marquette University (WI) and Michigan State University have partnered with Zipcar, Inc. to provide faculty, staff and students with a car sharing service. Two vehicles will be made available to the Marquette University campus community and six vehicles to the Michigan State University community. The service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and will cost members at both universities $8 per hour or $66 per day. Goals at both universities include reduced greenhouse gas emissions, ease of traffic congestion and lowered barriers to alternative transportation.
See also: Michigan State University Zip Car Story

22. Tufts U Creates Bike Share Program
Tufts University (MA) has announced the creation of a bike sharing program on campus. Tufts Bikes will purchase a fleet of bicycles and give members of the community the ability to check out the bicycles free of charge. The program will also create a bicycle repair space on campus to maintain the bike share’s fleet, sponsor group rides and teach bicycle maintenance and repair classes, as well as safe city-riding classes.
See also: List of Campus Bicycle Share/Rental Programs (AASHE Members Only)

23. U Connecticut Plans Bike Share Pilot Program
The University of Connecticut has announced plans to launch a bike sharing pilot program. Students, faculty and staff with current university identification will be able to check out one of 20 bicycles. The Undergraduate Student Government purchased the bikes and, if the pilot program is successful, more bicycles will be purchased.
See also: List of Campus Bicycle Share/Rental Programs (AASHE Members Only)

24. Rice U Studies Surrey Bikes as Alternative to Electric Golf Carts
As part of an environmental impact study in Rice University's (TX) "Rice into the Future" class, students are assessing the surrey-style bike as a zero-emission alternative to the electric golf carts used on campus. The four-wheeled, dual-pedaled vehicle will be on campus until Thanksgiving.

Waste

25. Illinois State U Starts Community Composting Initiative
Illinois State University has created a community composting initiative, a public-private partnership aimed to divert food waste from landfills. Local businesses such as hotels and restaurants, as well as schools and other entities handling food will be provided an outlet to compost food waste at the university farm. The $137,000 start-up costs were covered by state grants. Midwest Fiber will serve as the program’s hauler, contracting with businesses to pick up the food waste.
See also: List of Campus Composting Programs (AASHE Members Only)

26. Austin College Hosts Community E-Waste Recycling Event
Austin College (TX) recently recycled seven pallets of electronic waste during its community e-waste recycling event as part of the college’s Great Day of Service and the Thinking Green initiative. A truck was provided by certified green recycler e-Waste Collections to accept and properly process the unwanted electrical equipment and materials for recycling. A wide variety of items were dropped off including broken air-conditioning units, computer monitors, printers, power supplies, keyboards and binding machines. Items collected will be reviewed for possible reuse or refurbishing.

Water

27. U Wisconsin-Whitewater Creates Water Council
In an effort to create student awareness of the opportunities in water conservation and business, the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater has formed the Water Council in collaboration with the Milwaukee Water Council. The organization plans to host a series of lectures, conferences and films to increase the awareness of water conservation and hopes to serve as a mentor to other university institutions in promoting water conservation.

New Resources

28. AASHE Debuts Searchable Forum Database
AASHE has unveiled a new search interface that allows forum visitors to search through all entries posted to the AASHE forum. Posts are searchable by forum topic or terms, with the option to limit searches to STARS and the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) posts.

Opportunities

29. USGBC Membership Discount for AASHE Members
As a special opportunity for AASHE members, the U.S. Green Building Council is offering a 10 percent discount on its membership dues. The organization will host a members-only webcast on Dec. 2, 2010 about its recently released, "Roadmap to a Green Campus."
See also: Roadmap to a Green Campus

30. 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 Jan. 20- Feb. 5, 2011. “A Systems Approach to Sustainability” will cover awareness of sustainability as a multidimensional, dynamic interaction between interrelated and interdependent elements in an organization. “Tools and Techniques for Planning and Managing Sustainability Projects” will help organizations create a structure for completing tasks that advance goals, timelines and key milestones while putting sustainability initiatives into practice. The registration deadline for each is Jan. 20, 2011, and discounts are available for AASHE members.

Jobs & Internships

31. Special Project Manager, Oberlin College
Oberlin College (OH) seeks a special project manager to improve the efficiency with which energy is used in the residential, commercial, industrial, agricultural and transportation sectors for Oberlin, Ohio. The manager will also identify the potential to deploy wind and solar technologies and the most effective configuration for the regional energy system. The positions will analyze the potential within the district to utilize farm wastes to produce biofuels, enhance long-term energy security and identify the policy, regulatory and financial barriers impeding development of a new energy system. The successful candidate should have a graduate degree in business, economic development, urban planning or a closely-related field, plus five or more years of experience.

32. Professor, Sustainability, Northwestern U
Northwestern University (IL) seeks a faculty position in sustainability. The professor is expected to build a significant program in sustainability that complements other strengths in the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and builds bridges to policy study at the university. The successful candidate should have a doctoral degree in a relevant field with excellence in research and teaching recognition in the profession.

33. Professors, Sustainability, Rochester Institute of Technology
The Golisano Institute for Sustainability at the Rochester Institute of Technology (NY) seeks two tenure-track positions of assistant, associate or full professor of sustainability. The successful candidate will be a leading expert or demonstrate the potential to be a leading expert in one or more of the four areas of research expertise: sustainable production systems, sustainable energy systems, sustainable mobility and Eco-IT. The professor will conduct sponsored research, mentor graduate students and develop graduate core courses in the sustainability Ph.D. program. The candidate should have a doctorate and record of teaching and scholarly research related to sustainability.

34. Sustainability Coordinator, Ohio Wesleyan U
Ohio Wesleyan University seeks an energy conservation and sustainability coordinator to develop and initiate an Energy Conservation and Sustainability Action Plan. The coordinator will lead campus efforts to develop an energy sustainability plan consistent with the goals of the President’s Climate Commitment, be a visible and active proponent of energy conservation and sustainability, and liaison with a variety of campus groups and community members. The successful candidate should have experience in program administration and knowledge of a college environment necessary to plan, coordinate and implement a variety of programs. A Bachelor of Science degree and five years experience in energy conservation or sustainability program administration is required.

Events

35. STARS Webinar: Innovation Credits, Responsible Party Guidance
November 16, 2010; 2:00 p.m. Eastern; Online
The STARS team has received many questions regarding the parameters for the Innovation Credits and Responsible Party. This webinar will discuss both topics in detail, sharing information to help clarify what is expected when documenting this information. The webinar will also highlight strategies to identify a Responsible Party, examples of Innovation Credits, lessons learned and best practices.

36. Putting the 'Learning' into Service-Learning Webinar
December 8, 2010; 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Eastern; Online
Academic Impressions will host "Putting the 'Learning' into Service-Learning Experiences for First-Year Students." The webinar is for schools with a service-learning component already in place and for those schools exploring the idea of developing a service-learning component within their student orientation and/or first-year student experience program. Participants will learn how to create courses, provide meaningful assignments and choose service sites appropriate for first-year students.

Campus Sustainability Discussion Forums Highlights

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37. Energy Usage Intensity (EUI) Benchmarks
I am trying to track down average EUI values for a variety of college-type buildings, preferably for the Southeast, but would take a national average number if it's all that is out there. Right now, all I find is one average number for "college campus," which seems to aggregate all building types you'd find on a college campus for the entire country. But, obviously, certain types of buildings will use more energy, on average, than other types. Is anybody tracking EUI's on a building-type-by-building-type basis? Per climate zone?

38. Grown vs. Processed (STARS)
STARS asks about food that is "grown and processed within 250 miles of the institution." Does it need to be both grown and processed or can it be grown or processed? I ask because we buy from many local manufacturers (i.e. Surrata Tofu, Nancys Yogurt, Umpqua Dairy, Lochmead Dairy, etc.) but we rarely know where a manufacturer gets their raw ingredients.

39. Options for Retired Books and Periodicals
We have a student group looking into options for retired books and periodicals, related to university libraries as well as colleges and departments. I have talked to other universities that are donating to nonprofits, others are recycling, and some disposing. I was wondering about different methods that you might be using or have researched using.

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