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Table of Contents for 01/24/2011:

NEWS
Buildings 1. U California Santa Barbara Marine Science Bldg Earns LEED Gold
2. San Diego City College Career Technology Center Awarded LEED Gold
Climate 3. 128 New Campuses Complete Greenhouse Gas Inventories: Part One
Coordination and Planning 4. NYC Urban Tech Innovation Center Launches at Columbia U
Curriculum 5. Chatfield College Offers Free Environmental Sustainability Course
Energy 6. Ohio State U to Install Geothermal System for Dorms
7. MIT Exceeds 'Efficiency Forward' Energy Saving Goals
8. Purdue U Trustees Consider $200 Mil Wind Farm
9. Santa Clara U Installs Test Wind Turbine
10. U Pennsylvania Students Save Energy with Power Down Challenge
Funding 11. Southern Illinois U Carbondale Approves Green Fund Projects
12. U Mississippi Awarded Grant for Solar Panel Installation
Public Engagement 13. Cornell U Students Propose 'Sustainable Community' for Local Area
Research 14. U Calgary Plans Carbon Capture Research Center
15. U Idaho Receives $25K Donation Toward Woody Biomass Research
Transportation 16. Luther College Partners with U Car Share
17. U Colorado Boulder Adds 400 Bike Spots

NEW RESOURCES
18. AASHE Debuts New and Improved Website
19. New Online Resources from Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
20. New Online Ecoliteracy Educational Construct

OPPORTUNITIES
21. Ithaca College Online Sustainability Leadership Certificate
22. Planet Forward Energy Innovation Video Contest
23. American School & University Magazine Ed Interiors Showcase
24. 2011 Sustainable Transportation Youth Summit Delegates

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
25. Resource Center Program Assistant, AASHE
26. Director of Sustainability, Ohio U

EVENTS
27. Communicating and Marketing STARS
28. AASHE Webinar: Bed Bugs & Chemicals of Concern (Part 2)
29. Rocky Mountain Sustainability Summit
30. CURC Webinar: Residence Hall Move-Out Programs

CAMPUS SUSTAINABILITY DISCUSSION FORUMS HIGHLIGHTS
31. Sustainability Action Plan for University


News

Buildings

1. U California Santa Barbara Marine Science Bldg Earns LEED Gold
The University of California, Santa Barbara's Marine Science Research Building has been awarded LEED Gold certification. Sustainable features of the 60,542-square-foot building include an efficient lighting system and controls; an extensive metering system to track energy use and air quality; waterless urinals and low-flow sinks; the use of reclaimed water to irrigate its drought-tolerant landscape; passive ventilation in perimeter offices; and renewable materials in carpet, wood fixtures, and concrete.
See also: List of Green Science Buildings (AASHE Members Only)

2. San Diego City College Career Technology Center Awarded LEED Gold
San Diego City College (CA) has received its first LEED Gold certification for its new Career Technology Center. Sustainable features of the $63.1 million center include water-efficient landscaping, plumbing fixtures that reduce potable water use by 55 percent, regionally sourced materials and the ability to filter 100 percent of collected stormwater. Sixty-five percent of the construction waste was diverted from landfills.

Climate

3. 128 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 November 22, 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 65 of the 128 institutions that submitted new inventories. The remaining 63 campuses will appear in the January 31 issue. New inventories were submitted by: American Public University System (WV); Augsburg College (MN); Ball State University (IN); Bard College (NY); Bemidji State University (MN); Berkeley College (NJ); Berry College (GA); Bridgewater State University (MA); Bristol Community College (MA); Broome Community College (NY); California State University, Monterey Bay; Carleton College (MN); Cascadia Community College (WA); Central New Mexico Community College; Chatham University (PA); Claremont McKenna College (CA); Clemson University (SC); Coe College (IA); College of Saint Benedict (MN); Davidson College (NC); Dickinson College (PA); Duke University (NC); East Los Angeles College (CA); Eastern Connecticut State University; Ferrum College (VA); Florida Atlantic University; Fort Lewis College (CO); Franklin College of Indiana; Frostburg State University (MD); Gateway Technical College (WI); Gettysburg College (PA); Gloucester County College (NJ); Goddard College (VT); Goucher College (MD); Grand Valley State University (MI); Gustavus Adolphus College (MN); Hobart and William Smith Colleges (NY); Hocking Technical College (OH); Houston Community College (TX); Juniata College (PA); Kankakee Community College (IL); Keystone College (PA); LaGrange College (GA); Lakeshore Technical College (WI); Lane Community College (OR); Lewis & Clark College (OR); Lincoln Land Community College (IL); Los Angeles City College (CA); Los Angeles Harbor College (CA); Los Angeles Mission College (CA); Los Angeles Pierce College (CA); Los Angeles Southwest College (CA); Los Angeles Trade-Technical College (CA); Los Angeles Valley College (CA); Loyola Marymount University (CA); Luther College (IA); Madison Area Technical College (WI); Massachusetts College of Art & Design; McDaniel College (MD); Mercer County Community College (NJ); Mesa Community College (AZ); Messiah College (PA); Middlebury College (VT); Mills College (CA); and Montana Tech of The University of Montana.

Coordination and Planning

4. NYC Urban Tech Innovation Center Launches at Columbia U
New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has announced the launch of the NYC Urban Technology Innovation Center at Columbia University (NY). Designed to promote the development and commercialization of green building technologies in New York City, the center will be led in partnership by Columbia University, Polytechnic Institute of New York, the New York City Economic Development Corporation and the City University of New York. The initiative will connect scientific research with companies creating the associated products and building owners who will use those technologies.

Curriculum

5. Chatfield College Offers Free Environmental Sustainability Course
Chatfield College (OH) has partnered with the Duke Energy Foundation to provide a free environmental sustainability course for students and community members. The course will teach environmental issues and solutions, how to apply and develop this information to everyday living, and help prepare for professions in the field sustainability. The curriculum is funded by the Duke Energy Foundation Community Sustainability Grant Program.
See also: More About Duke Energy Grant Programs

Energy

6. Ohio State U to Install Geothermal System for Dorms
The Ohio State University has announced plans to drill 450 geothermal wells in a parking lot on campus. The well field will be part of a closed loop geothermal system that will circulate water to regulate the temperatures of five campus dorm buildings. Using a heat exchanger, the system will pull the warmth from the ground to heat the buildings on cold days, and remove the heat from the buildings on warm days, transferring it back into the ground. The $4 million geothermal system will use 34 percent less energy than the university's natural gas system, saving $200,000 a year. The university expects a return on investment in about 12 years.

7. MIT Exceeds 'Efficiency Forward' Energy Saving Goals
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) recently learned that its expectations for the first-year energy savings of its Efficiency Forward program were exceeded by 30 percent. Launched in May 2010 with NSTAR, the institute aimed for a campus-wide energy savings of 10 million kilowatt-hours with the energy conservation and efficiency initiative. The school achieved a 13 million kilowatt-hour reduction. Since the program's initiation, the school has created a campus-wide lighting retrofit project, implemented a project to reduce a dorm fan energy by 40 percent and improved campus building heating and cooling strategies.

8. Purdue U Trustees Consider $200 Mil Wind Farm
Trustees at Purdue University (IA) are considering the installation of close to 60 wind turbines near its Animal Science Research and Education Center as part of a commercial wind operation that would cost about $200 million. In addition to creating sustainable energy, the turbines would be used for research and educational opportunities among several departments on campus.

9. Santa Clara U Installs Test Wind Turbine
Santa Clara University (CA) recently announced the installation of a wind turbine atop its Facilities building in an experiment to see how much energy it can realistically produce. As part of campus efforts to reach climate neutrality by 2015, the university hopes the turbine will show a significant level of production that will call for more turbines in the future.
See also: List of Campus Wind Power Installations

10. U Pennsylvania Students Save Energy with Power Down Challenge
During the University of Pennsylvania's Power Down Challenge over winter break, student efforts yielded a 7.2 percent daily reduction in electrical use and $2,300 in savings. Designed as a contest among its residence halls, winners were measured by the highest number of student pledges by percentage and by absolute numbers. With support from college house and Greek chapter Eco-Reps, more than 2,000 students pledged to turn down, turn off or unplug appliances during December's break.

Funding

11. Southern Illinois U Carbondale Approves Green Fund Projects
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale has approved 12 projects for funding this spring with $209,811 from its Green Fund. Generated by a student green fee, the money will fund projects including the installation of water bottle refilling stations and improving lighting efficiency. The goal of the fee is to promote energy efficiency, the use of renewable energy and sustainability on campus.
See also: Student Fees for Sustainability

12. U Mississippi Awarded Grant for Solar Panel Installation
The University of Mississippi has received a renewable energy grant from the Mississippi Development Authority to install 414 photovoltaic solar panels on the roof of its Center for Manufacturing Excellence. Generating roughly 90 kilowatts of electricity, this is will be enough to power the lights and air conditioning in the building. The $529,395 grant was funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, and the center matched it with $176,465 in university funds. When completed in spring 2011, students and faculty will be able to monitor the building's energy usage and solar power generation through the center's website.

Public Engagement

13. Cornell U Students Propose 'Sustainable Community' for Local Area
Designed to shift the minds of local residents to clean and efficient technologies, students studying biological and environmental engineering at Cornell University (NY) have designed a sustainable community with bike trails, community gardens and renewable energies for a plot of land in Helena, N.Y. The 266-acre land known as Aspen Trails Ranch is owned by a Cornell alumnus who contacted the school as a possible site for such a venture. While Aspen Trails Ranch is the focus of the students' study, the concept of having a community where energy costs are low, local produce is easily accessible and people can potentially bike or walk to work can be used elsewhere. The tentative plan for Aspen Trails Ranch allows for agricultural land, 650 residences ranging from apartments to single-family homes to business spaces and community centers. The students recently met with the Helena city manager and other city officials to present their sustainable community study.

Research

14. U Calgary Plans Carbon Capture Research Center
Part of both the federal and Alberta governments' climate change strategies, the University of Calgary (AB) is planning for a research facility dedicated to carbon capture and sequestration. The Alberta government has pledged $2 billion toward four commercial-scale projects scheduled to start trapping industrial greenhouse gases by 2015. The research facility plans to host a small-scale project, used for student and industry training, technology testing and public education. It will also be used to develop monitoring methods for keeping CO2 trapped underground.
See also: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Carbon Capture Research

15. U Idaho Receives $25K Donation Toward Woody Biomass Research
The University of Idaho has received a $25,000 donation to fund research focused on converting woody biomass to energy. The gift from Texas-based Advanced Trailer and Equipment LP will allow the university to install a pilot-scale pyrolysis unit at its steam plant. Pyrolysis, a type of incineration that uses almost no oxygen, yields biofuel when applied to an organic material like wood. The company has also provided funding to formalize bioenergy and bioproducts efforts at the university.

Transportation

16. Luther College Partners with U Car Share
Luther College (IA) has partnered with U Car Share to provide two campus vehicles available to students, faculty and staff at an hourly rental rate. The cars will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and can be reserved online.
See also: List of Carsharing on Campus (AASHE Members Only)

17. U Colorado Boulder Adds 400 Bike Spots
To keep encouraging students to go car-less on campus, the University of Colorado at Boulder has added 400 bike spaces in prime campus areas. About 75 percent of students, faculty and staff get to the campus by some means of alternative transportation and university officials noticed bikes chained to nearby trees and handicap-accessible rails due to the parking crunch. The university has added 1,664 bike parking spots over the last three years.

New Resources

18. AASHE Debuts New and Improved Website
AASHE has unveiled a new website with a clean design and improved navigation. Based on user feedback, the website content has been reorganized to better highlight AASHE's main programs and resources.

19. New Online Resources from Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center has announced the launch of a new website that features a database of more than 140 clean energy training and education programs in Massachusetts. The center has also developed a library of new, clean energy curriculum resources in partnership with the workforce development agency Commonwealth Corporation.
See also: Massachusetts Clean Energy Online Directory
See also: Clean Energy Workforce Training Curricula Resources

20. New Online Ecoliteracy Educational Construct
Earth Smarts, a new ecoliteracy educational construct from science journalist and University of South Florida professor Bryan Nichols, is a free website designed to be practical, apolitical and adaptable across cultures and bioregions. The construct offers education tools for preserving ecological knowledge in a way that is flexible to encourage teacher localization and creativity, and focused to be practical in modern, standards-based classrooms.
See also: AASHE 'Earth Smarts' Forum Post

Opportunities

21. 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 two upcoming seminars that will take place Feb. 17 – March 5, 2011. "The Sustainability Coordinator as an Organizational Change Agent" will enhance proficiency in the use of facilitation, persuasive communication and collaboration toward sustainable business processes. "Establishing Sustainability as an Organizational Purpose" will teach organizations how to implement a sustainability branding strategy that defines their values and interactions. The registration deadline for both is Feb. 17, 2011, and discounts are available for AASHE members.

22. Planet Forward Energy Innovation Video Contest
Whether it is a new battery technology that makes electric cars a reality, an unprecedented development in sustainable biofuels or a modification to building practices that reduces our carbon footprint, Planet Forward is looking for two- to three-minute videos that feature an idea or innovation that would improve how we use or generate energy. Approved contributions will be featured on the Planet Forward website and selected ideas will be considered for its Earth Day special on PBS in April. Planet Forward, a project of the Center for Innovative Media at the George Washington University (DC), looks to students, business leaders, scientists and policymakers for user-generated solutions to our shared climate, energy and sustainability challenges. Submissions will be accepted until Feb. 4, 2011.

23. American School & University Magazine Ed Interiors Showcase
American School & University magazine has announced the addition of a sustainable design editorial section to its Educational Interiors Showcase issue, schedule for August 2011. All entrants are invited to contribute a green design strategy from a recent project. From classrooms to media centers, the magazine is accepting design entries in 25 category choices for pre-kindergarten through higher education institutions. Entry forms will be accepted through March 7, 2011.

24. 2011 Sustainable Transportation Youth Summit Delegates
The Prairie and Territories Chapter of the Canadian Urban Transit Association invites youths between 18-28 years old to apply as delegates for its "Leading the Way: 2011 Youth Summit on Sustainable Transportation" in May 2011. Delegates from Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Yukon and Territories will share ideas, discuss issues and opportunities and explore career paths with transit and sustainable transportation industry professionals. Applications will be accepted through Feb. 18, 2011.

Jobs & Internships

25. Resource Center Program Assistant, AASHE
AASHE is reopening its search for 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 may work from our Lexington, Ky. office, Denver, Colo. office or remotely from a home office in any of the following states: Oregon, Colorado, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, Rhode Island, Massachusetts or North Carolina. Review of applications will begin Feb. 7, 2011.

26. Director of Sustainability, Ohio U
Ohio University seeks applicants for a director of sustainability to lead the campus community on sustainability issues as they apply to physical plant, operations, academics and campus life through a comprehensive and collaborative approach. The position will serve as the primary sustainability awareness educator for the university community, coordinating outreach and education projects, advising student organizations, participating in relevant campus meetings and events and delivering guest lectures. The ideal candidate will hold an undergraduate degree in environmental studies, communications or public relations with a broad understanding of sustainability and resource conservation projects. An advanced degree is preferred. Applications will be reviewed through Feb. 14, 2011.

Events

27. Communicating and Marketing STARS
January 25, 2011; 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Eastern; Online
There are many opportunities to share a STARS Report with the campus and surrounding community as institutions finalize STARS data submissions. Join this STARS webinar for suggestions on how to market your institution’s STARS Report; ideas for empowering students, faculty, staff and administrators to communicate STARS; and how to utilize helpful tools to get the word out about your campus' sustainability achievements.

28. 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).

29. Rocky Mountain Sustainability Summit
February 17-18, 2011; Denver, CO
Geared to students, faculty and staff at higher education institutions, sessions and keynote speakers at the Rocky Mountain Sustainability Summit will focus on sustainability issues in higher education, making the business case for sustainability, educating on environmental justice issues and moving from talk to action in the area of sustainability on campus. Speakers at the University of Denver (CO) event include AASHE board member Dave Newport, director of the University of Colorado at Boulder Environmental Center, and Doug Fine, author of “Farewell My Subaru.”

30. CURC Webinar: Residence Hall Move-Out Programs
February 3, 2011; 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Eastern; Online
As they depart their campuses for the summer, students often leave behind clothing, food, office supplies, appliances, furniture and other materials. In this webinar from the College & University Recycling Coalition (CURC), presenters will highlight their campuses’ initiatives to donate or save and resell these resources. The webinar will be moderated by Marc Fournier, assistant director for Plant Operations & Sustainability at Lasell College in Newton, Mass.

Campus Sustainability Discussion Forums Highlights

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31. Sustainability Action Plan for University
Hi All, UT Arlington is getting ready to design and write our Sustainability Action Plan. We are looking for recommendations for consultants. Please let us know if you have worked with someone in the past and if you were happy with the result.

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