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NEWS
Assessments and Ratings 1. U Colorado Boulder Awarded First STARS Gold Rating
Buildings 2. Wofford College Environmental Studies Center Earns LEED Platinum
3. Trinity U Renovated Residence Hall Receives LEED Gold
4. U South Sewanee Building Receives LEED Silver
5. Western Technical College Building Earns LEED Silver
6. Western Washington U Installs Green Roof
Climate 7. 131 New Campuses Complete Greenhouse Gas Inventories: Part Two
Co-Curricular Education 8. U California Berkeley Students Open Sustainable Food Storefront
9. U Chicago Students Launch Composting Pilot
10. U Idaho Students Spearhead Tailgate Recycling Efforts
11. Vanderbilt U Students Conduct Biodiesel Training
12. Syracuse U Students Host Denim Drive to Help Insulate Houses
13. SUNY College ESF Students Create Art from Recycled Materials
Coordination and Planning 14. Williams College Launches New Sustainability Website
Curriculum 15. St. Thomas U School of Law Debuts Enviro Master of Laws
16. Grand Rapids CC Plans Renewable Energy Certificate
Energy 17. Paul Smith’s College to Launch Campus Energy Reduction Retrofit
18. U North Texas Set to Install 3 Wind Turbines
Funding 19. North Carolina State U Awarded $1.2 Mil in Energy Grants
Public Engagement 20. U California Merced Creates Student Energy Service Corps
Transportation 21. American U Starts Commuter Bike Benefit
22. Georgetown U Launches Bike Share Program
Waste 23. U Chicago Makes Furniture from Trees Removed During Construction

NEW RESOURCES
24. U.S. Dept of Energy's 'Guide to Financing EnergySmart Schools'

OPPORTUNITIES
25. Tulane U, Rockefeller Foundation Urban Innovation Fellowships

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
26. Resource Center Program Assistant, AASHE
27. Ecology Program Director, Garrison Institute
28. Professors, Environmental Communication and Policy, SUNY ESF
29. Sustainability Adviser, Sustainability Office, U British Columbia
30. Senior Energy Engineer, Stanford U
31. Field Education Coordinator, U British Columbia

EVENTS
32. ACUPCC Webinar: Financing Options for Campus Retrofits
33. CURC Webinar: Composting on Campus

CAMPUS SUSTAINABILITY DISCUSSION FORUMS HIGHLIGHTS
34. Campus Sustainability Coordinators: Do you have a discretionary budget?
35. Climate Action Planning Obstacles? (ACUPCC)
36. Curriculum Assessment Forms (STARS)

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Assessments and Ratings

1. U Colorado Boulder Awarded First STARS Gold Rating
AASHE's Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) has awarded its first STARS Gold rating. The University of Colorado at Boulder is the third school to submit for a rating, earning STARS Gold with high ratings in operations, education and research, and planning, administration and engagement. More than 230 colleges and universities throughout the U.S. and Canada have registered for STARS, with 229 of those recognized as STARS Charter Participants (institutions that signed on prior to Aug. 20, 2010). STARS Charter Participants, including the University of Colorado at Boulder, range from individual campuses to university districts, community colleges to research universities, tribal to parochial, and public to private institutions. Previously rated schools include Pacific Lutheran University (WA) and Royal Roads University (BC).
See also: View U Colorado Boulder STARS Scorecard

Buildings

2. Wofford College Environmental Studies Center Earns LEED Platinum
Wofford College (SC) has received LEED Platinum certification and a preservation award from a local historical association for its restoration and renovation of the Goodall Environmental Studies Center. Recognized for its attention to historical detail, the project used local and recycled construction materials and 78 percent of the construction waste was recycled. The campus center also features rainwater harvesting for irrigation and a reflective “cool” roof. 

3. Trinity U Renovated Residence Hall Receives LEED Gold
Trinity University’s (TX) Miller Residence Hall has received LEED Gold certification. The 1953 building was renovated at a cost of $4.1 million as part of the university’s ongoing maintenance. Sustainable features include low-flow plumbing fixtures, energy-efficient lighting, increased building insulation and double-glazed windows.
See also: List of Green Residence Halls (AASHE Members Only)

4. U South Sewanee Building Receives LEED Silver
Sewanee - the University of the South’s (TN) Spencer Hall has received LEED Silver certification. Notable sustainable features of the 49,000-square-foot building include a chilled beam cooling system, low-flow fume hoods, passive solar design, native landscaping and a heat-exchange wheel for continual refreshment of indoor air with fresh outdoor air. The university also diverted 92 percent of on-site generated construction waste from the landfill.

5. Western Technical College Building Earns LEED Silver
Western Technical College’s (WI) Lunda Center has received LEED Silver certification. Sustainable features include rain gardens, native landscaping, tinted windows and energy-efficient lighting and HVAC systems. Durable materials and products that are non-toxic, high in recycled content and easily recycled were used during construction.

6. Western Washington U Installs Green Roof
Western Washington University installed a green roof on its Miller Hall Student Collaboration Space. The roof consists of a mat system of sedum, a flowering plant that requires little maintenance. The roof will help lower campus heating and cooling costs, reduce stormwater runoff and provide protection resulting in a longer lifespan of the roof.

Climate

7. 131 New Campuses Complete Greenhouse Gas Inventories: Part Two
More than 100 signatory campuses of the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) 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 the November 15 issue, AASHE listed the first 70 of 131 institutions that submitted new inventories in alphabetical order. The remaining 61 campuses that have submitted new inventories include: Saint Joseph's College of Maine; Salisbury University (MD); San Antonio College (TX); San Francisco State University (CA); Santa Clara University (CA); Southern Oregon University; Southwestern College - Kansas; St. Catherine University (MN); St. Cloud State University (MN); St. Philip's College (TX); State University of New York at Buffalo; State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry; State University of New York College at Oswego; State University of New York Empire State College; SUNY Orange (NY); The College of New Jersey; The Ohio State University, Columbus Campus; Towson University (MD): Trident Technical College (SC); Trinity College (CT); Union College (NY); Unity College (ME); University of Arizona; University of California, Berkeley; University of California, Davis; University of California, Irvine; University of California, Santa Barbara; University of California, Santa Cruz; University of Cincinnati (OH): University of Colorado at Boulder; University of Idaho; University of Illinois at Chicago; University of La Verne (CA); University of Maine; University of Maine at Machias; University of Maryland Baltimore County; University of Maryland College Park; University of Massachusetts Medical School; University of Nevada, Reno; University of New Hampshire; University of New Mexico-Valencia; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; University of Puget Sound (WA); University of Redlands (CA); University of Utah; University of Washington Bothell; University of Washington Seattle; University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire; University of Wyoming; Utah State University; Valencia Community College (FL); Virginia Commonwealth University; Wake Technical Community College (NC); Warren Wilson College (NC); Washington & Jefferson College (PA); Western Iowa Tech Community College; Western Michigan University (MI); Western Oregon University; William Paterson University of New Jersey; and Wilson College (PA).

Co-Curricular Education

8. U California Berkeley Students Open Sustainable Food Storefront
The Berkeley Student Food Collective has opened a storefront on the University of California, Berkeley campus to provide local, healthy and sustainable foods to the campus community. Operating as a nonprofit collective, university student members will donate two hours of free labor a week with the aim to keep food prices low. Fruits and vegetables grown within 150 miles are available, along with local dairy products, organic juices and bulk bins with staples like rice and flour. The student group, which now has about 50 active members, incorporated as a California nonprofit and won a $91,000 grant from the university's The Green Initiative Fund, which commits a small part of student fees to sustainability projects. The group signed a lease on a former nail salon in August and since then have been working to convert the 600-square-foot space to a food market.

9. U Chicago Students Launch Composting Pilot
Two University of Chicago (IL) students have launched a composting program through the campus' Uncommon Fund, which provides funding for student ideas, projects and events. In partnership with the university’s Cobb Café, the students spearheaded the placement of compost bins next to trashcans and recycling containers inside the café. Collected food waste is brought to the Resource Center, a local nonprofit, to be converted into compost.
See also: List of Campus Composting Programs (AASHE Members Only)

10. U Idaho Students Spearhead Tailgate Recycling Efforts
The University of Idaho's Sustainability Center has administered its second annual Tailgate Recycling Program, a student-run effort to reduce waste associated with tailgate activities. Student volunteers supplied fans with recycling bags and dispersed receptacles throughout the parking lot to collect aluminum, plastic, glass and paper recyclables. After three home games, 74 volunteers have collected almost 1,500 pounds of recyclables. The university works with Moscow Recycling to ensure that all materials are properly sorted and transported to a recycling center.

11. Vanderbilt U Students Conduct Biodiesel Training
Members of the Vanderbilt University (TN) student organization, the Alternative Energy Club, recently initiated a hands-on training and biodiesel fuel demonstration. Led by club members, small groups of volunteers made mini-batches of biodiesel starting with waste vegetable oil. The club merged with the Vanderbilt Biodiesel Initiative this fall, which has been making biodiesel on campus for several years.

12. Syracuse U Students Host Denim Drive to Help Insulate Houses
Students at Syracuse University (NY) hosted a denim drive throughout the month of October as part of Cotton Incorporated’s campaign, “Cotton from Blue to Green.” The denim is converted to cotton fiber insulation for houses in communities that are in need. The university collected more than 1,000 jeans, enough to insulate two houses. Since the campaign's inception in 2006, about 540 homes have received insulation. 
See also: 'Cotton from Blue to Green' Campaign Website

13. SUNY College ESF Students Create Art from Recycled Materials
State University New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry students recently held a recycled plastic art exhibition to increase waste awareness after a campus waste audit last spring revealed an unsettling amount of plastic waste. Works included a plastic hippopotamus and a biosphere made from a discarded television.

Coordination and Planning

14. Williams College Launches New Sustainability Website
The Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives at Williams College (MA) has launched a new campus sustainability website. The site features sustainability news stories and upcoming events, and encourages each campus building to keep track of its energy use with an energy dashboard feature. Interns in the college's summer instructional technology program helped design the website.
See also: Williams College Sustainability Website

Curriculum

15. St. Thomas U School of Law Debuts Enviro Master of Laws
St. Thomas University School of Law (FL) has announced a new Master of Laws in environmental sustainability. Featuring a core curriculum that includes natural resource law and policy, environmental law, Earth jurisprudence, ecology and ecosystems management for lawyers, the one-year program is open to those who have earned their Juris Doctor degree or equivalent. Students will have the opportunity for real-world experiences alongside case studies through externships and one-credit short courses led by visiting professionals that will start in March 2011.
See also: List of Graduate Degree Programs in Sustainability

16. Grand Rapids CC Plans Renewable Energy Certificate
Grand Rapids Community College (MI) has announced plans to create a renewable energy certificate and associate degree program. The college’s goal is to tie the program with the recently launched wind safety technician and green building deconstruction programs. A new solar photovoltaic installation program will begin in February.
See also: List of Certificate Programs in Sustainability

Energy

17. Paul Smith’s College to Launch Campus Energy Reduction Retrofit
Paul Smith’s College (NY) has partnered with Johnson Controls, Inc. to launch a campus-wide energy conservation program. Through building and lighting retrofits, weatherization measures and the installation of an integrated building management system, the college expects to save $4.6 million in energy costs over the next 15 years and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from buildings on campus by 22 percent. The program is expected to be complete in December 2011.

18. U North Texas Set to Install 3 Wind Turbines
The University of North Texas' System Board of Regents has approved the installation of three community-scale wind turbines on its Eagle Point campus. The turbines will replace unsustainable campus energy sources with wind energy in an effort to reduce the university's carbon emissions. The university recently completed a wind turbine feasibility study that included fish and wildlife assessments, avian studies, noise analyses, air transportation impacts, engineering reports and statistical estimates. The turbines are slated for a fall 2011 installation.

Funding

19. North Carolina State U Awarded $1.2 Mil in Energy Grants
North Carolina State University's Utilities and Engineering Department has been awarded $1.2 million for energy projects and fellowships through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The university will add 10 fellowships that will focus on synergy projects among its Energy Management Office, FREEDM Systems Center, University Sustainability Office, NC Solar Center and Advanced Energy to help launch energy programs on campus and in North Carolina. The remaining funds will go toward energy conservation measures on campus like the installation of energy-efficient lights.

Public Engagement

20. U California Merced Creates Student Energy Service Corps
The University of California, Merced has partnered with AmeriCorps and the California Public Interest Research Group to create a new service-learning student group, the UC Merced Energy Service Corps. As part of the club’s official launch, students helped make the Merced County Rescue Mission more energy-efficient by weatherizing all windows and replacing all light bulbs with compact fluorescent lights. With 16 groups at college campuses throughout the state, the statewide goal is to educate 30,000 people about energy efficiency and conduct 4,000 energy surveys.

Transportation

21. American U Starts Commuter Bike Benefit
American University (DC) has begun giving incentives to bike commuters. The monthly incentive comes as a $20 Commuter Check for Bicycling voucher valid for bicycling gear and services at participating bicycle shops nationwide. The vouchers can be spent each month or accumulated for up to a year and placed toward a larger purchase. Starting this month, bike commuters can request a January 2011 voucher through PayFlex at www.healthhub.com. In accordance with the federal legislation that makes this tax free program available, this benefit is available only to commuters who are not enrolled in any other transit or parking benefit. 

22. Georgetown U Launches Bike Share Program
Georgetown University (DC) has installed three bike share docking stations near the university’s main campus. Bike share members can rent the bicycles for an annual or monthly fee. Day passes are also available. The District’s Department of Transportation and Arlington County in Virginia launched Capital Bikeshare earlier this fall to help decrease car emissions and increase healthy activity. The university has partnered on the effort as part of its overall sustainability goals.
See also: List of Campus Bicycle Share Programs

Waste

23. U Chicago Makes Furniture from Trees Removed During Construction
Trees that were removed in preparation for a new campus library at the University of Chicago (IL) have recently reappeared as furniture on campus. Where possible, trees that were removed during the construction of the Manseuto Library were replanted nearby. The university worked with Horigan Urban Forest Products, Inc. and local woodworkers to repurpose the remaining trees that were slated for disposal into benches, conference tables and closet doors.

New Resources

24. U.S. Dept of Energy's 'Guide to Financing EnergySmart Schools'
The U.S. Department of Energy has released the new "Guide to Financing EnergySmart Schools." Written for school administrators and board members, the document provides information on the process of financing energy-efficient school renovations, retrofits or new construction and outlines the advantages and disadvantages of a variety of financing mechanisms.

Opportunities

25. Tulane U, Rockefeller Foundation Urban Innovation Fellowships
Tulane University (LA) and the Rockefeller Foundation seek urban innovators working in health, public education, urban revitalization or economic development to apply for the Urban Innovator Challenge fellowship. Four winners will receive a $45,000 stipend to research, test and further develop a social change idea geared toward a problem in New Orleans. Initial applications will include a three-page proposal for the one-year program (March 2011 to March 2012), and will be accepted through Dec. 1, 2010.

Jobs & Internships

26. Resource Center Program Assistant, AASHE
AASHE seeks a Resource Center program assistant to assist in the ongoing development and operation of its interactive, online Resource Center. Through the Resource Center, AASHE strives to provide up-to-date information about how colleges and universities are pursuing sustainability and to help illuminate best practices via how-to guides and other publications, discussion forums, wikis, and databases. The program assistant will be assisting with streamlining the resource development and maintenance process and enabling members to contribute to resources and interact directly with each other. Among other duties, the program assistant will conduct research to develop campus sustainability resources; respond to member questions via email and phone; contribute to AASHE’s blog and forums (writing articles and responding to questions); and assist in AASHE’s support to the Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium (HEASC). The ideal candidate will have an associate or bachelor's degree; strong written and oral communication skills; knowledge of and experience using information technology, content management systems and website editing tools; an extremely strong attention to detail; and an interest in campus sustainability. This full-time position will work in AASHE’s Lexington, Ky. office beginning Jan. 3, 2010.

27. Ecology Program Director, Garrison Institute
The Garrison Institute's (NY) Transformational Ecology Initiative is seeking a program director. The position will be responsible for expanding the knowledge base of the nonprofit think tank initiative by tracking emerging neurological and behavioral sciences that relate to environmental decision-making. The director will also develop new applied programs, plan annual conferences, write funding proposals and build relationships with institutions and university centers. The ideal candidate will have four or more years of program management experience with an understanding of the intersection between environmental fields and cognitive or behavioral sciences.

28. Professors, Environmental Communication and Policy, SUNY ESF
The State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry seeks two academic year tenure-track positions as assistant professor in environmental communication and/or environmental policy. The successful candidates will be expected to build strong extramurally funded research programs in environmental communication and/or policy. The professors will teach undergraduate and graduate courses and seminars within their area of expertise. A doctorate degree in communication, environmental policy, political science, environmental studies or a related discipline is required. The successful candidate should have a record of excellence in research and teaching, interdisciplinary research experience and the ability to mentor students.

29. Sustainability Adviser, Sustainability Office, U British Columbia
The University of British Columbia seeks a sustainability adviser to combine technical and advisory skills to advance the sustainability mandate of its Sustainability Office and the university. The adviser is responsible for sustainability program development, implementation and communications. The position will also provide ongoing performance monitoring and reporting of indicators, carbon emissions and energy consumption.

30. Senior Energy Engineer, Stanford U
Stanford University (CA) seeks an experienced engineer to support a large portfolio of energy efficiency projects administered under the Department of Sustainability and Energy Management. The engineer will develop the projects under multiple management programs designed to promote and deliver building-lever energy savings through more efficient use of electricity, chilled water, hot water and steam. The energy engineer will also serve as a technical resource for energy-efficient technologies, building-scale renewable energy generation and life-cycle cost analysis. The successful candidate should be an exceptional demand-side management project manager with direct experience assessing and developing energy efficiency projects for commercial and laboratory applications.

31. Field Education Coordinator, U British Columbia
The Center for Sustainable Food Systems at the University of British Columbia seeks a field education coordinator to work with the farm team to deliver and further develop the Sowing Seeds for the Future program. The field coordinator will develop and revise course curriculum including workshops, exercises, demonstrations and lectures that form the theoretical framework for practical field skills. The coordinator will also offer field assistance, communicate program learning goals and maintain program links with British Columbia farms to encourage farm visits and future progression into the province's agriculture by practicum students. The successful candidate should have four years of farm production experience and an undergraduate degree in agriculture sciences or a related environmental science.

Events

32. ACUPCC Webinar: Financing Options for Campus Retrofits
December 8, 2010; 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Eastern; Online
This American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) webinar, "Financing Options for Total Campus Retrofits," will address the variety of projects that fall under the umbrella of a "campus retrofit" and the range of financing mechanisms that are available to colleges and universities. Representatives from Siemens Financial Services and the Clinton Climate Initiative's Energy Efficiency Building Retrofit Program will share their experience and knowledge of alternative retrofit financing mechanisms.

33. CURC Webinar: Composting on Campus
December 2, 2010; 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Eastern; Online
The College and University Recycling Coalition (CURC) will present the second webinar of its 2010-2011 series, "Composting on College & University Campuses." The University of Oregon's compost/events coordinator will speak about the school's composting pilot programs and special events composting, and Ohio University's Office of Sustainability director will discuss the implementation of its campus-wide composting program including an in-vessel system that can handle four tons of food waste a day. Representatives from Aramark and the Biodegradable Plastics Institute will also present.

Campus Sustainability Discussion Forums Highlights

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34. Campus Sustainability Coordinators: Do you have a discretionary budget?
I've spent some time with AASHE's excellent resources, and so far I've found a fair amount of information on ways that schools find the funds to pay a coordinator's salary. But do any coordinators have a budget that they can spend as they see fit to promote sustainability efforts on campus? And if so, how much?

35. Climate Action Planning Obstacles? (ACUPCC)
This post is about the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). Relevant Department: Energy Management Facilities Management Sustainability Office Hello everyone, What is the biggest obstacle you face in regards to climate action planning? If your institution has not developed a climate action plan, what is the biggest reason you have not yet? If you have a climate action plan, what obstacles exist that prevent you from improving and taking your climate action plan to the next level? *If you want to share your thoughts with AASHE on any of these questions, please enter your answers in our anonymous online survey: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s/413331/climate-action-planning

36. Curriculum Assessment Forms (STARS)
This post is about STARS, AASHE's Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System. We're in the process of developing a survey form for our academic faculty/staff to "fill in the blanks" for the STARS survey section on curriculum. We have the San Diego State form but it doesn't necessarily address ALL the questions that need to be answered for the STARS survey. Wondering (hopefully) if there's anyone out there that has already developed a survey form for curriculum ?

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