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Due to the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, next week's AASHE Bulletin will be released on Jan. 18, 2011.  

Table of Contents for 1/10/2011:

NEWS
Co-Curricular Education 1. Food Empowerment Org Launches Student Activist Training Program
Curriculum 2. Delta College Purchases Wind Turbine Teaching Model
3. Green Mtn College Students Build House from Reclaimed Materials
Energy 4. Climate Corps Fellows Improve Fortune 1000 Energy Efficiencies
5. Colorado State U Plans New Energy Policy Center
6. U Oregon Wins 'Energy Civil War' Against Oregon State U
Funding 7. Yale U Launches Sustainability Microloan Fund Program
Policy and Legislation 8. U Chicago Approves Sustainable Building Policy
Public Engagement 9. Rochester Inst. Students Participate in Civic Engagement Program
Transportation 10. U Oregon to Promote Year-Round Biking with Globe Bicycles Grant
11. U Missouri-Kansas City Purchases All-Electric Truck
12. U Chicago Expands Online Outreach for Bike Share Program
13. U Massachusetts Medical School Adds More Carpool Parking Spots
Waste 14. U Wisconsin Oshkosh Implements 100% Recycled Paper Policy
15. U Massachusetts Medical School Recycling Rates Rise

NEW RESOURCES
16. Debut Issue of Sustainability Accounting, Mgmt and Policy Journal

OPPORTUNITIES
17. Call for Proposals: Community Food Security Coalition Conference
18. Deep Ecology and Sustainable Living Short Course
19. Ithaca College Online Sustainability Leadership Certificate
20. National Wildlife Federation Seeks Young Leader Delegates

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
21. Events Assistant, AASHE
22. Director, Yale Sustainable Food Project, Yale U
23. Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies, Elon U
24. Sustainability Specialist, Sodexo
25. Graduate Assistant, Office of Sustainability, Ohio U

EVENTS
26. BioCycle Global 2011 Conference
27. Energypath 2011: Sustainable Energy Conference
28. Renewal Campus Composting Webinar

CAMPUS SUSTAINABILITY DISCUSSION FORUMS HIGHLIGHTS
29. Compost Consultant in New England
30. LEED EB: O&M Alternative Transportation

Note: The dates for Taking Root: A Sustainable Food Summit for the Southwest have been changed to Feb. 11-13, 2011.   


News

Co-Curricular Education

1. Food Empowerment Org Launches Student Activist Training Program
The Cooperative Food Empowerment Directive (CoFed) has launched a national training program for students to create ethically-sourced, student-run local storefronts on college campuses. The organization aims to facilitate regional student networks to maximize its collective impact and empower a student-led food movement across the nation. The Berkeley Student Food Collective was the original catalyst for CoFed, which now encompasses six leadership teams starting student-run cafes on West Coast college campuses.

Curriculum

2. Delta College Purchases Wind Turbine Teaching Model
Delta College (MI) has purchased a 300-kilowatt model wind turbine to teach the disassembly, repair and reassembly of the equipment as part of a lab experience for students. "Having this unit at ground level offers students the opportunity to receive hands-on training in a safe environment, learn the basic diagnostic and repair techniques, and learn more about the vast size and scope of this new industry’s equipment," Delta College's Sustainability and Risk Management Coordinator Linda Petee tells AASHE Bulletin.

3. Green Mtn College Students Build House from Reclaimed Materials
As part of a semester-long project in the REED (Renewable Energy and EcoDesign) certificate program, students at Green Mountain College (VT) recently unveiled a "tiny house" of their own design. Based on interviews with mock clients, the class collaborated on the 8- by 12-foot design, built almost entirely from reclaimed materials. During the $1,927 design and construction process, students adhered to sustainable building practices whenever possible. Students helped pay for the project with a $100 per student course fee and expect to recoup their investment by selling the house in the spring, when the moveable structure will be equipped with a solar-powered electrical system.
See also: Renewable Energy and EcoDesign Certificate Program
See also: Green Mountain College 'Tiny House' Press Release

Energy

4. Climate Corps Fellows Improve Fortune 1000 Energy Efficiencies
As part of the Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps fellowship program, 51 MBA students identified ways to save $350 million and 400,000 metric tons of pollution combined. The students spent the 2010 summer working for Fortune 1000 companies like Dow Jones, Xerox and Pepsi to help improve energy efficiency in operations. Individual achievements of the fellows include a thermal ice storage system installation recommendation that would save Verizon $9.16 million over the project lifetimes and avoid more than 8,700 metric tons of CO2 emissions annually; and the identification of energy rebates that would save Sunrise Preschools, Inc. $1.14 million. Because resources and time are often barriers to energy efficiency improvements for companies, Climate Corps fellows are trained with a specific focus on energy efficiency, allowing them to make a compelling business case and overcome organizational barriers.

5. Colorado State U Plans New Energy Policy Center
Colorado State University has announced plans to unveil the Center for the New Energy Economy and Senior Scholar as part of its School of Global Environmental Sustainability. Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter will head the center, working closely with the university's rural economic development activities to advance statewide economic initiatives related to clean and renewable energy. The center will be completely funded by private support, initially by the California-based Energy Foundation and the Colorado-based Bohemian Foundation. The university is in talks with other organizations interested in funding the center for the long term, which will focus on facilitating science-based policy, research and education to support the growth of the new energy economy statewide, nationally and globally.

6. U Oregon Wins 'Energy Civil War' Against Oregon State U
Students, staff and faculty helped the University of Oregon win the "Energy Civil War" competition with Oregon State University by converting the most calories to kilowatts. Combined, the two universities generated 75 percent more energy using ReRev elliptical machines in their respective recreation centers than they did during a similar event last year. The competition ran from Nov. 29 to Dec. 3, 2010.

Funding

7. Yale U Launches Sustainability Microloan Fund Program
Yale University (CT) has announced a new Sustainability Microloan Fund, managed by its Office of Sustainability. The fund will encourage university students, staff and faculty to come up with creative ideas to be considered for short-term loans. Microloans, ranging from $500 to $100,000, will fund projects that help save both money and the environment, but might not qualify for regular operating funds. Potential projects will be assessed for financial and environmental benefit, feasibility, innovation and interdisciplinary/interdepartmental cooperation.

Policy and Legislation

8. U Chicago Approves Sustainable Building Policy
The University of Chicago (IL) has implemented a Sustainable Building Policy that will require all new campus buildings over $5 million to be LEED certified. In development over the last year and a half, the policy is the result of a collaboration between students, faculty and staff. Students led efforts to conduct a peer review of green building policies and helped draft the university's new policy.
See also: Read the Full Sustainable Building Policy
See also: List of Campus Green Building Policies (AASHE Members Only)

Public Engagement

9. Rochester Inst. Students Participate in Civic Engagement Program
Rochester Institute of Technology (NY) students will have the opportunity to turn classroom lessons into hands-on experience through AmeriCorps’ Students in Service pilot program. Twenty-five students will work in the community on development initiatives including public education, environmental stewardship and strengthening neighborhoods. The program is designed to challenge students to develop civic skills and increase connections between colleges and universities and the local community. The pilot is being coordinated through the New York Campus Compact.
See also: New York Campus Compact Website

Transportation

10. U Oregon to Promote Year-Round Biking with Globe Bicycles Grant
The University of Oregon's Bike Program has been awarded a grant from Globe Bicycles to help promote year-round bicycle commuting among its campus community. The university has received 14 new weather-friendly cargo bikes equipped with fenders, built-in lights and cargo racks capable of holding up to 90 pounds. The university plans to kick off its short-term bicycle loan program on January 12 with a "Ride in the Rain, A Celebration of Wet Weather Bike Transportation" campus event featuring free bike repair and a rain gear fashion show. For $10 a day, short-term loan bikes are designed to be immediately available to the campus community for short-term needs. This is in contrast to its existing long-term bicycle loan program, the university's Bike Program Coordinator Ted Sweeney tells AASHE Bulletin, which charges $12 per term with a $65 deposit and a waiting list checkout process to reserve them.

11. U Missouri-Kansas City Purchases All-Electric Truck
The University of Missouri-Kansas City has unveiled its first all-electric cargo truck. The new addition to its transportation fleet will be used primarily to service the university's recycling programs. The truck was purchased with a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities Initiative.
See also: More Information about the Clean Cities Initiative

12. U Chicago Expands Online Outreach for Bike Share Program
In celebration of the first anniversary of its Bike Share program, recycles, the University of Chicago is expanding the program's online outreach. The free program offers one-day bike rentals to the campus community with nearly 1,000 registered users and about 100 rentals per week. In response to feedback from users, a bicycle mechanic was recently hired to maintain the bikes and a new website launched where users can register and view available bikes online. The program's refurbished bicycles are purchased from a local nonprofit organization, Blackstone Bicycle Works, which also sponsors local youth programs.
See also: recycles Website

13. U Massachusetts Medical School Adds More Carpool Parking Spots
Due to the growing popularity of its carpool program, the University of Massachusetts Medical School will add 20 more parking spaces for the exclusive use of carpoolers. With nearly 400 carpoolers and growing, the university now has a waiting list for its carpool tags.

Waste

14. U Wisconsin Oshkosh Implements 100% Recycled Paper Policy
The University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh has announced its switch from 30 percent post-consumer recycled bond to 100 percent recycled paper on campus. The first reams have been distributed and are expected to save about 1,100 trees per year. The university's Campus Sustainability Council is working with departments across campus to reduce paper consumption by 5 percent to make the initiative budget neutral and increase paper consumption awareness.

15. U Massachusetts Medical School Recycling Rates Rise
The University of Massachusetts Medical School has announced a rise in campus recycling rates of 30 percent. Since its last fiscal year that ended June 2010, which posted an annual recycling rate of 23 percent, the university has contracted a new vendor, Northeast Material Handling, to take care of large recycling items like furniture, refrigerators and fixtures. The university plans to reach a 50 percent recycling rate with additional bins and signage across campus.

New Resources

16. Debut Issue of Sustainability Accounting, Mgmt and Policy Journal
The inaugural issue of the Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal explores whether social accounting might become a multidisciplinary field, whether market participants see value in the publication of sustainability reports and how human rights' values influence the development of social responsibility practice. New from Emerald Group Publishing Limited, the journal features articles geared toward practitioners, policymakers and researchers.

Opportunities

17. Call for Proposals: Community Food Security Coalition Conference
The Community Food Security Coalition is accepting proposals for its May 2011 conference, "Food Policy from Neighborhood to Nation." The conference will bring together academics, elected officials and government staff for three days of networking, information exchanging and skill building. Conference attendees will participate in the formation of a national Food Policy Network. Proposals will be accepted through Jan. 28, 2011.
See also: Community Food Security Coalition Conference Website

18. Deep Ecology and Sustainable Living Short Course
Earth Education International invites applications for its 2011 summer program, Deep Ecology and Sustainable Living, in Central America. The two-week short course program will investigate personal and collective relationships with earth systems through an exploration of the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of humans as part of nature. Discussions, field activities, and individual and group exercises will address self-awareness, ecopsychology and ritual and ceremony. Academic credit is available and the deadline to apply is April 22, 2011.
See also: List of Sustainability Study Abroad Programs (AASHE Members Only)

19. 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.

20. National Wildlife Federation Seeks Young Leader Delegates
The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) invites applications from young leaders to serve as a delegate to its 75th anniversary annual meeting in April 2011. Young leader delegates will help strategize ways to bring young voices and energy to the conservation movement and will be charged with drafting a charter that will govern the engagement of young leaders working with NWF and its sister organizations. Applications will be accepted through Feb. 7, 2011.

Jobs & Internships

21. Events Assistant, AASHE
AASHE seeks a part-time events assistant, located in the Denver office. The primary focus of this position will be to assist with the development of AASHE’s annual conference and other AASHE sponsored events. Among other duties, the events assistant will research and create comparison reports and finalize details for several components of the 2011 AASHE conference; oversee and format contact databases of multiple audiences for the conference; gather and create content for conference announcements, mass emails and website; assist with recruiting volunteers; and work with media outlets to promote the conference. The successful candidate will have at least two years of event planning, communications, hospitality and/or project management experience. This is a 20-hour per week position with variable/increased hours leading up to, and directly prior to, the 2011 AASHE conference in October. Pay rate is $14-15 per hour, depending on experience. Applications will be accepted through Jan. 20, 2011.

22. Director, Yale Sustainable Food Project, Yale U
Yale University (CT) is seeking a director for its Sustainable Food Project. The position will be responsible for furthering the mission of the Yale Sustainable Food Project by providing students with opportunities to integrate the study of food, agriculture and environment into their everyday university life through academic inquiry and extracurricular activities. The director will also be responsible for the project’s strategy, donor activity, programs, public relations and staff, and for coordinating various activities related to food and agriculture happening on campus. A bachelor’s degree in a relevant field and six years of relevant experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required. A Ph.D. with a focus on sustainable food and agriculture and a keen understanding of the cultural components of food is preferred. To apply, click on the title link above and enter requisition number 11900BR in the open positions search.

23. Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies, Elon U
Elon University (NC) invites applications for an environmental studies assistant professor, beginning mid-August 2011. The successful applicant will teach courses in environmentally sustainable building design, as well as introductory and upper-level environmentally focused courses. Applicants should have academic training in architecture, design or engineering, including a graduate degree in architecture or relevant discipline. Candidates whose research is situated within a larger interdisciplinary discourse on sustainability, design and the built environment are preferred. Experience in innovative energy technologies and project implementation is also preferred, as well as a willingness to engage students in research. Review of applications will begin in mid-January 2011.

24. Sustainability Specialist, Sodexo
Sodexo, Inc. is hiring a sustainability specialist to support its sustainability programs in North America focusing on the environment, health and wellness, and local community development. The facilities management services company manages more than 700 facilities, including those at college campuses and schools. The position will support efforts to measure Sodexo's sustainability performance as a company, at client sites, in logistical operations and supply chain. The successful candidate will have experience in measuring and evaluating sustainability performance and a strong interest in promoting environmentally efficient operations.

25. Graduate Assistant, Office of Sustainability, Ohio U
Ohio University's Office of Sustainability seeks a graduate assistant to help with communication, education and outreach programs targeting the campus community. The position will assist with the planning, implementation and promotion of initiatives including the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment, the Green Network (campus sustainability umbrella group), annual Energy Days event and Planet Ohio website and newsletter. Applicants from all majors and disciplines are encouraged to apply. Applications will be accepted through March 1, 2011.

Events

26. BioCycle Global 2011 Conference
April 11-14, 2011; San Diego, CA
BioCycle Global 2011: the International Conference on Composting, Renewable Energy and Organics Recycling will feature more than 70 technical and practical presentations. Hosted by BioCycle Magazine, topics will include maximum resource capture and utilization via composting, recycling and anaerobic digestion; food waste management; biogas and biomethane markets; compost utilization; optimizing facility processes; green infrastructure; organics collection; local food systems and urban agriculture. An early-bird discount of $50 off the full registration price will be given through Feb. 1, 2011.

27. Energypath 2011: Sustainable Energy Conference
June 29-30, 2011; Bethlehem, PA
The Sustainable Energy Fund (SEF) invites participants to its Energypath 2011: Sustainable Energy Conference. SEF's mission is to promote the adoption and integration of renewable energy concepts and technologies into the curriculum of colleges and universities. The Sustainable Energy Conference is designed to bring students, educators, entrepreneurs and policymakers together to advance sustainable energy for today’s green economy. Attendance scholarships are available for teachers, professors and students to attend pre-conference boot camps and the conference for no charge.

28. Renewal Campus Composting Webinar
January 20, 2011; 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Central; Online
Renewal: Students Caring for Creation will host the webinar, "Starting and Maintaining a Successful Campus Composting Program." Representatives from Goshen College (IN), Eastern Mennonite University (PA) and St. Olaf College (MN) will share how they installed working composting systems.

Campus Sustainability Discussion Forums Highlights

Click on the titles below to view the full discussion thread.

29. Compost Consultant in New England
Might you know of a consultant in the New England area who can do an assessment of our solid waste system and offer suggestions for composting systems for our two dining halls? We’ve committed to composting all pre- and post-consumer food waste from our dining halls and believe that an in vessel system is the way to go, but would like a second, professional, opinion. Thanks for any suggestions you can offer.

30. LEED EB: O&M Alternative Transportation
We are beginning our first LEED EB: O&M project at the University of Saskatchewan. Although we will be seeking certification under the Canada Green Building Council's version, it is largely based on the USGBC version, so I'm hoping that some of you have experience with LEED EB: O&M that you could share. In particular, I am wondering how to interpret the word "transient" in the context of building occupants and the alternative transportation credit. Have any of you experience with interpreting this? Are students who attend classes in a building considered to be building occupants or transients?

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