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Table of Contents for 01/18/2011:

NEWS
Buildings 1. Oregon State U Energy Center Earns LEED Platinum
Campus Sustainability in the Media 2. Students Model 'Eco Look' in NY Times Trendspotting Feature
Co-Curricular Education 3. U California Davis Students Open Food Bank for Students in Need
Coordination and Planning 4. Chatham U Announces Plans for New 388-Acre Campus
5. Hawaii Pacific U Hires First Sustainability Coordinator
6. Campus Sustainability Planning: A January Update
Curriculum 7. Sacred Heart U Announces Enviro Systems Analysis Grad Program
Dining Services 8. U Pennsylvania Seeks LEED Gold with New Green Cafe
Diversity and Affordability 9. Second Nature to Provide Sustainability Planning Aid to Campuses
Energy 10. Rutgers U Students Complete Renewable Energy Analysis for Milford
11. U South Florida to Build Solar Power Plant
12. Bowdoin Awarded $50K Grant for Expanded Solar Hot Water System
13. Ohio U Beyond Coal Members Protest Use of Coal on Campus
Funding 14. Dickinson College Receives Grant to Raise Cattle for Dining Hall
15. U Illinois Chicago Debuts Sustainability Scholars Awards
Public Engagement 16. Duke U Students to Help Aid Areas Recovering from Oil Damage
17. Unity College Receives Grant to Support Local Food Production
18. Carnegie Foundation Designates 'Community Engagement' Schools
Transportation 19. U Colorado Boulder Sees 20% Drop in Freshman Parking Permits
Waste 20. U Chicago Debuts Upgraded Residential Recycling Program
Water 21. U New Brunswick Students Discover Lead, Iron in Campus Tap Water

NEW RESOURCES
22. New Issue of Int'l Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education
23. USDA Sustainable Living Education National Network

OPPORTUNITIES
24. Environmental Leadership Program Fellowship
25. U Vermont Farmer Apprentice Program

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
26. Development Dir., Global Inst. of Sustainability, Arizona State U
27. Director, Bridgemont Sustainability Institute
28. Research Faculty, Sustainability, U Mass Dartmouth
29. Assist. Prof., Science Ed & Sustainable Systems, Portland State U
30. Assist. Prof., Learning Gardens Laboratory, Portland State U
31. Assistant Professor, Ecological Economics, Northern Illinois U
32. Sustainability Project Manager, George Mason U
33. Sustainability Fellow, Yale U

EVENTS
34. Save the Date: AASHE 2011
35. AASHE Webinar: Bed Bugs & Chemicals of Concern (Part 2)
36. 2011 Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference
37. NWF Campus Ecology Webinar: Green Entrepreneurship

CAMPUS SUSTAINABILITY DISCUSSION FORUMS HIGHLIGHTS
38. Diversity and Affordability (STARS)
39. Unit Conversion Tools (STARS)

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News

Buildings

1. Oregon State U Energy Center Earns LEED Platinum
Oregon State University's Energy Center has received Platinum LEED certification. Environmentally friendly features include natural interior lighting, water-efficient landscaping, the use of recycled building materials and a rainwater harvest system. Campus engineers expect the Energy Center to produce half of the university's annual electricity usage, saving $650,000 a year. Compared to the previous power facility, it is poised to reduce CO2 emissions by 38 percent. The center will also serve as a sustainable energy laboratory where students can track the building's performance.

Campus Sustainability in the Media

2. Students Model 'Eco Look' in NY Times Trendspotting Feature
Members of Students for Sustainable Stanford model repurposed and vintage clothing in a recent New York Times design feature that looks at the trend of sustainable fashion on college campuses. Also featured in the slideshow are students from the University of Portland (OR), Cornell University (NY) and Sarah Lawrence College (NY), where a student designed a winter coat designed to be planted in the spring. Produced for a biomimicry project in an environmental studies class, seeds inlaid in the coat can be fertilized by the wool.

Co-Curricular Education

3. U California Davis Students Open Food Bank for Students in Need
University of California, Davis students in financial need will now be able to grab a free can of soup, a box of cereal, or other staple foods with the opening of its new food pantry. After a recent survey of the university's undergraduates found that 25 percent skipped meals "somewhat to often" to save money, student government leaders contacted campus organizations and local businesses to donate food for a campus food bank. The pantry has received enough donations to last about 10 weeks and hopes to receive enough contributions to stay open until the end of the school year.

Coordination and Planning

4. Chatham U Announces Plans for New 388-Acre Campus
Chatham University (PA) has announced the launch of its multi-year Eden Hall Campus Master Plan. The campus will be constructed on 388 acres of farmland, a gift from the Eden Hall Foundation, which will also be home to the university's School of Sustainability and the Environment. The announcement comes on the heels the university's recent appointment of David Hassenzahl as dean of the new school. The Master Plan promises climate positive buildings and landscape design, meaning on-site greenhouse gas emissions will be less than zero. The campus will maintain nearly half of the 388 acres as open space and be organized into four districts. Phase one of the construction is expected to take place over a two- to three-year period at a cost of $30 million. It will take more than 10 years to complete the final phase four of the campus. 
See also: View the Eden Hall Campus Master Plan

5. Hawaii Pacific U Hires First Sustainability Coordinator
Hawaii Pacific University has hired Josh Prigge as its first sustainability coordinator. Prigge is a graduate student in the university's Global Leadership and Sustainable Development program. Prigge, who also serves as vice president of the university's GREEN Club, will develop databases to track sustainability initiatives across campus and resource and energy use. He will also promote and implement campus sustainability initiatives, develop annual surveys that assess the university's state of sustainability and expand campus recycling programs.

6. Campus Sustainability Planning: A January Update
Three institutions have reported the completion of 2010 sustainability progress reports to the AASHE Bulletin in the recent past. Princeton University (NJ) outlines its progress in the areas of greenhouse gas emissions reduction, resource conservation, research, education and civic engagement. Through direct local reductions, the university is set to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. Pomona College (CA) reports progress toward campus reduction of water use, landfill waste and fertilizer use. The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth has published its third annual sustainability report, researched and compiled by MBA students as part of an experiential learning assignment in a business law and corporate responsibility class. 

In related news, the University of Iowa has announced goals to become a net-negative energy consumer, reach 40 percent renewable energy consumption and divert 60 percent of its waste by 2020 in its "2020 Vision" sustainability plan. 
See also: List of Campus Sustainability Plans (AASHE Members Only)

Curriculum

7. Sacred Heart U Announces Enviro Systems Analysis Grad Program
Sacred Heart University (CT) has announced a new Master of Science in Environmental Systems Analysis and Management to begin in fall 2011. Affiliated with the Professional Science Master's Initiative, the program is designed to equip students for careers as managers, analysts, consultants and scientists in areas including field work and research, as well as work in environmental organizations, conservation groups and government agencies. Courses will include specialized training in hydrology, field methods, environmental sampling, analysis and problem solving. Students will also have the opportunity to choose electives in a variety of subjects including ecosystem ecology, hazardous waste management and environmental policy.
See also: List of Graduate Degree Programs in Sustainability

Dining Services

8. U Pennsylvania Seeks LEED Gold with New Green Cafe
Replacing a smaller cafe that closed in 2009, the University of Pennsylvania has opened Joe's Cafe, a new eatery designed to meet LEED Gold certification. The cafe will recycle or compost 50 percent of its waste by volume including food scraps, utensils, takeout containers and fryer oil. This amount is twice the current total campus baseline of 24 percent. The cafe will purchase food and drink that is seasonal and produced within 150 miles of its site, as well as hormone- and antibiotic-free meat and dairy, Certified Humane eggs, fish sourced from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch guidelines, dolphin-safe tuna and certified fair trade and organic coffee. A planned educational program will enlist students and staff to engage and teach cafe visitors about sustainable food.
See also: List of Sustainable Dining Initiatives on Campus (AASHE Members Only)

Diversity and Affordability

9. Second Nature to Provide Sustainability Planning Aid to Campuses
Second Nature has received a $554,000 grant from the Kresge Foundation to develop a program that will help financially strained and minority-serving institutions build capacity toward climate action and sustainability planning. The program will provide fellowships for sustainability champions on campuses, establish sustainability-focused career mentors and offer workshops, learning institutes and skills trainings. It will also help prepare under-resourced institutions for topics like climate disruption impacts, campus green revolving loan funds and evaluating carbon risk in the institution's supply chain.

Energy

10. Rutgers U Students Complete Renewable Energy Analysis for Milford
Students in Rutgers University's (NJ) Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy recently completed a report analyzing the potential for renewable energy in Milford, N.J. The city is in the process of creating a master plan provision to be more active in biomass, wind and solar. The students found that solar was more feasible than biomass or wind and has recommended to the city that it concentrate on solar power and install a photovoltaic solar array. The city has identified an 80-acre property for the project that could sustain enough energy to feed the entire municipality's electric needs.

11. U South Florida to Build Solar Power Plant
Funded by a grant from the state of Florida through the Florida Energy Systems Consortium, a team at the University of South Florida's College of Engineering has announced plans to build a solar power plant on campus. Also in development is a thermal storage system with a $3.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. The team will concentrate on making solar energy available around the clock at affordable prices.

12. Bowdoin Awarded $50K Grant for Expanded Solar Hot Water System
Bowdoin College (ME) has received a $50,000 grant from the Efficiency Maine Trust to double the size of its existing 960-square-foot solar hot water system atop its largest dining hall. Funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the grant will help provide additional solar panels that will aid in preheating the domestic hot water used in the building. Following the completed installation this spring, the college estimates that 50 percent of the hot water used in the dining hall will be heated by solar panels.
See also: List of Solar Installations on Campus

13. Ohio U Beyond Coal Members Protest Use of Coal on Campus
Representatives from Ohio University Beyond Coal gathered recently to protest the university's use of coal energy. The gathering was held in anticipation of a meeting between university officials and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Sierra Club this month, during which the fate of the university's coal heating plant will be discussed. Proposed alternatives include natural gas and geothermal power.

Funding

14. Dickinson College Receives Grant to Raise Cattle for Dining Hall
Dickinson College (PA) has received a $13,545 grant from the Capital Resource Conservation and Development Area Council to turn its 18-acre section of farmland, currently used for crop production, into pasture to raise livestock through rotational grazing. The college farm will work with the dining hall to incorporate the grass-fed beef cattle into the menu.

15. U Illinois Chicago Debuts Sustainability Scholars Awards
The University of Illinois at Chicago's Office of Sustainability has awarded its first Caterpillar Sustainability Scholars awards. Four undergraduate students have received $1,000 tuition scholarships in recognition of their demonstrated involvement in sustainability issues, financial need and status as underrepresented in their respective fields of study.

Public Engagement

16. Duke U Students to Help Aid Areas Recovering from Oil Damage
As part of its DukeEngage program, Duke University (NC) will send students to Bayou Grace, La. and Quito, Ecuador, where the environment and local populations have been negatively affected by oil industry practices. During the Louisiana project, students will spend eight weeks helping to reverse the damage done to the wetlands of the state's coast during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and educate the local youth about the wetland loss. In Ecuador, students will work in the Ecuadorian Amazon, where oil companies have dumped crude oil and waste materials.
See also: DukeEngage Website

17. Unity College Receives Grant to Support Local Food Production
Unity College (ME) has been awarded a $75,000 grant from Jane's Trust to help build, grow and strengthen existing community-based food production and distribution networks. The funding will allow the college to enhance infrastructure on campus that will support Veggies for All, a community agricultural project dedicated to alleviating rural hunger in the region. The college hopes to improve facilities for vegetable processing and storage to allow for more campus-grown food to be integrated into the dining hall, as well as increase capacity for Veggies for All. An action plan is being developed to ensure that the grant will have a sustainable impact.

18. Carnegie Foundation Designates 'Community Engagement' Schools
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has recently designated 115 U.S. colleges and universities as meeting the requirements for its 2010 Community Engagement Classification, an elective process open to institutions from all sectors. In order to be selected, institutions had to provide descriptions and examples of institutionalized practices of community engagement that showed alignment among mission, culture, leadership, resources and practices. More than 300 colleges applied for the designation this year, up from 217 that applied in 2008. Representing campuses in 34 states, the institutions selected include 37 research universities, 40 master's colleges and universities, 28 baccalaureate colleges, six community colleges and four specialized institutions.
See also: Full List of Community Engagement Classification Institutions

Transportation

19. U Colorado Boulder Sees 20% Drop in Freshman Parking Permits
The University of Colorado at Boulder has seen a 20 percent drop in the amount of freshman buying parking permits since the last school year. Of the 5,215 in this year's freshman class, 852 purchased parking permits. In 2005, the number was more than 1,400. To help meet its goal of reducing petroleum use on campus by 25 percent by 2012, the university encourages students who tour the campus to not bring cars their freshman year. University recruiters instead educate prospective students about the alternative options to driving to campus. Currently, student fees pay for bus passes, mobile mechanics will help service students' bikes, and the university provides free bike rentals and a Zimride carpool matching service.

Waste

20. U Chicago Debuts Upgraded Residential Recycling Program
Students living in the House System at the University of Chicago (IL) returned from winter break to a simplified recycling system that allows all recyclable items to be deposited in any recycling container in the dorms. The House System now joins the rest of the campus, which had already converted to this single-stream recycling program. The university currently recycles about 40 percent of its waste stream.

Water

21. U New Brunswick Students Discover Lead, Iron in Campus Tap Water
The Chronicle of Higher Education recently reported that while students at the University of New Brunswick were trying to prove that tap water was just as safe as bottled water, they found lead and iron levels over the acceptable health limits in water from drinking fountains in two of the older buildings on campus. After letting the water run for two minutes and then five minutes, however, the water levels tested fine. The university is now working with provincial and municipal authorities to resolve the issue. The students, who now recommend letting the fountain water run for at least two minutes, are asking that the university replace the fountains with hydration stations for filling reusable water bottles. The stations are similar to $6,000 models that the university has placed on other parts of campus and is monitoring for usage.

New Resources

22. New Issue of Int'l Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education
The latest issue of Emerald Group Publishing Limited's International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education explores the state of sustainability reporting at Canadian colleges and universities, emerging campus sustainability curricula models in higher education, and the college student's perception of campus sustainability.

23. USDA Sustainable Living Education National Network
Efforts are underway to link sustainable living educators through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Sustainable Living Education National Network of natural resource and extension professionals. The network aims to integrate the sustainable living concept into every extension program area by investigating, educating and modeling sustainable living practices to individuals, families, institutions, businesses, camps and schools. A unified national network will give participants the tools to apply sustainable living concepts to more traditional extension topics such as energy and water conservation in the home, green design residential housing, environmental education, youth leadership and community capacity building.

Opportunities

24. Environmental Leadership Program Fellowship
The Environmental Leadership Program is now accepting applications for its 2011 New England and Eastern Regional Leadership Programs. Consisting of three retreats, a total of 10 days, the fellowship program offers intensive skill training and regional networking opportunities with curriculum that helps emerging leaders hone leadership skills, improve strategic communications and strengthen outreach to diverse constituencies. The program targets emerging environmental and social change practitioners eager to connect their specialized work to larger environmental and social concerns. Applications are due by April 1, 2011.
See also: History of the Environmental Leadership Program

25. U Vermont Farmer Apprentice Program
The University of Vermont, in partnership with the Intervale Center, invites aspiring farmers to its seven-month Farmer Apprentice Program. The hands-on, entrepreneurial approach to sustainable farming is designed to teach the necessary skills in production, management, marketing and entrepreneurship. Participants will work alongside current Vermont farmers, learning management of a sustainable small-scale vegetable operation with relevant classroom instruction and field trips.
See also: Intervale Center

Jobs & Internships

26. Development Dir., Global Inst. of Sustainability, Arizona State U
Arizona State University's Global Institute of Sustainability seeks a director of development to help secure significant philanthropic investments that support its broad-based initiative in sustainability. The director will develop and proactively manage a portfolio of individual, corporate and foundation prospects, developing and executing strategic prospect strategies leading to solicitation and investment, and work closely with executive leadership to support the university's fundraising priorities related to sustainability. The successful candidate will have a bachelor's degree and five years of successful professional development and/or fundraising related experience, preferably in higher education.

27. Director, Bridgemont Sustainability Institute
Bridgemont Community and Technical College's (WV) Bridgemont Sustainability Institute seeks a director to lead and set policy for the institute. As part of the Office of Workforce Development, this position will help develop West Virginia's workforce through business education and business process improvement, enhance academics by supporting and improving higher education programs and support community development by helping local communities use sustainable development practices and materials. Candidates should have a bachelor's degree with experience in sustainability education, sustainable community or business development, or a related field.

28. Research Faculty, Sustainability, U Mass Dartmouth
The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth invites applications for a research faculty position at the assistant/associate professor level to support an interdisciplinary research and academic initiative in the area of sustainability. Research in any area of sustainability will be considered, though the university is particularly interested in candidates focusing on sustainable development, sustainable engineering or environmental sustainability. Candidates should have a Ph.D. in a relevant field and postdoctoral experience with sustainability-related research is preferred. The review of applications will begin on Feb. 15, 2011.

29. Assist. Prof., Science Ed & Sustainable Systems, Portland State U
Portland State University's (OR) Department of Educational Leadership and Policy seeks an assistant professor for its Leadership for Sustainable Education program. The Science Education and Sustainable Systems tenure track position will engage in teaching, research and advising with a focus on the interconnected relationships between education, ecology, economics and equity. The successful candidate will have completed a doctorate in education and have at least three years of science education K-12 teaching experience. The review of applications will begin Jan. 31, 2011.

30. Assist. Prof., Learning Gardens Laboratory, Portland State U
Portland State University's (OR) Department of Educational Leadership and Policy seeks an assistant professor for its Leadership for Sustainable Education program. The position will engage in teaching, research and advising in the areas of Learning Gardens and Sustainability Pedagogy. The university's Learning Gardens Laboratory will serve as the primary site for the curriculum. The successful candidate will have completed a doctorate in education and have experience with service learning and gardening education and management. The review of applications will begin Jan. 31, 2011.

31. Assistant Professor, Ecological Economics, Northern Illinois U
Northern Illinois University and the Environmental Science Division at Argonne National Laboratory invite applications for an assistant professor of ecological economics. Working closely in a multidisciplinary academic environment and an off-campus research environment, this faculty member will apply modeling approaches to assess the balances and tradeoffs among the human economy and the economy of nature, such as ecological footprint analysis, macroeconomic capacity assessment, ecosystem services evaluation, input-output analysis, spatial econometrics or climate change impact assessment. The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in a relevant discipline and teaching and empirical research interests in ecological economics (macro and micro), ideally with additional experience in related subjects such as sustainability science, political economy, economic geography or other fields related to environmental policy and management. Applications will be accepted through Feb. 15, 2011.

32. Sustainability Project Manager, George Mason U
George Mason University (VA) has reopened its search for a sustainability project manager in its Facilities Management, Office of Sustainability. The position will manage the annual alternate reporting schedule for the university's greenhouse gas reporting and Climate Action Plan. The project manager will also handle presentations and talks, network with sustainability professionals and provide grant application support. A master's degree and basic understanding of the range and diversity of sustainability topics is preferred.

33. Sustainability Fellow, Yale U
Yale University's (CT) Office of Sustainability invites applications for a sustainability fellow position designed to provide hands-on experience for a recent college graduate with an interest in campus sustainability. Starting spring 2011, the selected candidate will oversee the logistics and outreach for the annual Sustainability Summit, a weeklong series of sustainability-related campus events, and the Spring Salvage, an annual student move-out collection and donation program. Candidates should demonstrate solid research skills and a strong grasp of sustainability terms and concepts. Applications will be accepted through Jan. 26, 2011.

Events

34. Save the Date: AASHE 2011
October 9-12, 2011; Pittsburgh, PA
Themed "Creating Sustainable Campuses and Communities," this year's AASHE conference will take place at the D. L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pa. To receive emails when the Call for Presentations and conference registration opens, or to submit your interest in reviewing abstracts for this year’s conference, sign up for AASHE conference notifications.

35. AASHE Webinar: Bed Bugs & Chemicals of Concern (Part 2)
January 26, 2011; 3:00-3:45 p.m. Eastern; Online
Sponsored and presented by AASHE Business Member Ventex, Inc., this free webinar, "Bed Bugs & Chemicals of Concern: Strategies for Selecting Commercial Offerings that Reduce Student Exposure," will provide perspectives and insights from manufacturers into design options for residence hall mattresses and furnishings that will help in addressing both bed bug infestations and the reduction and elimination of chemicals of concern. An overview of the selection process from the university vantage point will be covered by Chris O’Brien at American University (DC).

36. 2011 Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference
April 3-5, 2011; College Park, MD
Themed "Connecting the Classroom to the Campus to the Community," the National Association of College and University Business Officers' (NACUBO) 2011 Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference will emphasis the importance of the relationship between the physical space of campus buildings and infrastructure, curriculum, culture, capital and community. Current scheduled presenters include Second Nature President Anthony Cortese and University of Maryland President Wallace Loh. Early bird registration ends on March 6, 2011.

37. NWF Campus Ecology Webinar: Green Entrepreneurship
January 27, 2011; 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Eastern; Online
As part of its Greener Campus Conference series, National Wildlife Federation's Campus Ecology will host the Greenforce Initiative webinar, "Green Entrepreneurship - How Community Colleges Are Preparing Students to Launch Successful Green Businesses." The series invites leading practitioners to speak on conservation and other sustainability topics, with a forum for questions and discussion. Each webinar features three to four speakers.

Campus Sustainability Discussion Forums Highlights

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38. Diversity and Affordability (STARS)
This post is about STARS, AASHE's Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System.

We recently had a discussion during our review of our AASHE STARS submission about the Diversity and Affordability questions. The review group questioned all of Diversity and Affordability questions PAE 6-10 and Tier 2. While these issues are part of our core values we don't think they are part of our sustainability efforts.

What do others think about this?

39. Unit Conversion Tools (STARS)
This post is about STARS, AASHE's Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System.

A few STARS Participants have contacted us for advice on converting units (not limited to energy). I was hoping there was a standard or endorsed conversion tool out there, but haven't found one yet. NIST, the National Institution of Standards and Technology, provides a few links, but does not formally endorse any of them or provide their own. Working as a programmer (the STARS Web Application) in the academic field I'm torn between finding an automated solution and providing the basis for the calculations.

Has anyone else found conversion tools that they would like to vouch for or know of a conversion tool backed by a national or international organization?

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