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Table of Contents for 02/14/2011:

NEWS
Buildings 1. U Louisville Earns Third LEED Gold Designation
2. U Wisconsin Oshkosh to Seek LEED Gold with New Building
Campus Sustainability in the Media 3. Obama Visits Pennsylvania State U Sustainability Scientist
Climate 4. 13 New Institutions Sign Presidents' Climate Commitment
Co-Curricular Education 5. Cornell U Journal of Architecture Revived with Sustainable Focus
Coordination and Planning 6. Warren Wilson College Reveals Sustainable Practices Guide & Award
Curriculum 7. Antioch U New England Takes Sustainability MBA Online
8. Maharishi U Mgmt MBA Program Launching New Sustainability Courses
9. Cornell U Offers New Minor in Sustainable Energy Systems
10. Colorado State U Offers Online Green Building Certificate
Energy 11. Plans for 150 Coal Plants Abandoned Since 2001
12. Mount Wachusett CC, West Chester U Announce New Energy Projects
13. Wartburg College Launches $2 Mil Energy Upgrade Project
14. California State U San Bernardino to Install Fuel Cell Plant
15. U Arizona to Sell Solar Power
16. U Central Missouri Honored for Energy Efficiency
17. Elon U Kicks Off POWERless Competition
18. Emory U Saves $30K From Holiday Energy Turndown
Funding 19. North Carolina State U Receives $750K Grant for Smart Grid
20. Rice U Funds Six Student-Led Sustainability Projects
21. American U Launches Green Sustainability Fund
Public Engagement 22. Royal Roads U to Support Public Green Energy Initiative
Research 23. Southern Illinois U Carbondale to Research Glycerol as Cow Feed
Transportation 24. U Wisconsin Eau Claire Increases Bus Ridership
25. Washington State U Conducts Commuter Survey
Waste 26. U Mississippi Improves Recycling Program with $100K Grant
27. Cleveland State U Starts Composting Program
28. Clemson U Expands Recycling Efforts
29. Mississippi State U Upgrades Recycling Program
30. Yale U Goes Paperless with Annual Financial Report
Water 31. U South Florida Sculpture Raises Water Conservation Awareness

NEW RESOURCES
32. A Blueprint for Advancing Education for Sustainability
33. STARS Unveils 1.1 Technical Manual
34. AASHE Debuts New Events Newsletter
35. New AASHE Guest Blog Series: Sustainability Groundhog Cycle
36. 'Greening the Bottom Line' Report: Green Revolving Funds
37. Bon Appetit Student Garden Guide

OPPORTUNITIES
38. Call for Articles - AASHE Bulletin: Global Edition
39. AASHE Seeks STARS Technical Advisors
40. FoodCorps Recruiting First Class of Members
41. Call for Abstracts: AESS 2011 Conference
42. Call for Papers - Sustainability: The Journal of Record

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
43. Manager of Sustainability, Northwestern U
44. Senior Faculty, Sustainable Energy, Virginia Commonwealth U
45. Sustainability Communications and Outreach Specialist, Tufts U
46. Coordinator, Residence Life for Civic Engagement, Susquehanna U
47. Program Advisor, Sustainability, U Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
48. Project Assistant, Bon Appetit Management Company

EVENTS
49. STARS Webinar: Introduction to STARS Data Displays
50. SustaiNext Summit at Drexel U
51. ACUPCC Workshop: GHG Reduction Strategies
52. U.S. EPA, Temple U Webinar: Electronics Recycling

CAMPUS SUSTAINABILITY DISCUSSION FORUMS HIGHLIGHTS
53. Information Technology (STARS)


News

Buildings

1. U Louisville Earns Third LEED Gold Designation
The week before the University of Louisville (KY) received a STARS Silver rating, the university also received word that it had achieved its third LEED Gold certification for its Center for Predictive Medicine biosafety research lab. The $44 million, 50,000-square-foot center allows scientists from Kentucky and surrounding states to study diseases like the flu, glanders and the plague in a secure environment.
See also: List of Green Science Buildings (AASHE Members Only)

2. U Wisconsin Oshkosh to Seek LEED Gold with New Building
The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh’s new Sage Hall is nearing completion and is on track for a LEED Gold designation. Some of the eco-friendly features include a green roof, stormwater purification, solar thermal for heating water and recycled materials used for construction. Natural sunlight will provide 90 percent of the interior lights.

Campus Sustainability in the Media

3. Obama Visits Pennsylvania State U Sustainability Scientist
President Barack Obama recently visited Pennsylvania State University for a firsthand look at a university researcher’s ideas on how to transform the building industry by making energy-efficient renovations more affordable. The U.S. Department of Energy has designated three Innovation Hubs to develop and advance scientific understanding of how to make more sustainable buildings. The university's professor Jim Freihaut leads the hub that focuses on technology that can reduce dependence on imported oil and curb greenhouse gas emissions.

Climate

4. 13 New Institutions Sign Presidents' Climate Commitment
Thirteen new institutions have signed the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) since the last update in the July 19, 2010 issue of the AASHE Bulletin. In doing so, these campuses have committed to develop comprehensive plans for achieving climate neutrality. The new signatories are: Ronald Berkman of Cleveland State University (OH), Mark Erickson of Wittenberg University (OH), John Fry of Drexel University (PA), Jerry Sue Thornton of Cuyahoga Community College (OH), John Delaney of the University of North Florida, Cleveland Sellers of Voorhees College (SC), Greg Weisenstein of West Chester University (PA), Thayne McColluh of Gonzaga University (WA), Janet Eisner of Emmanuel College (MA), Beverly Tatum of Spelman College (GA), Kenneth Ender of William Rainey Harper College (IL), Thomas Cole of Interdenominational Theological Center (GA) and David Gipp of the United Tribes Technical College (ND). A total of 677 college and university presidents are active ACUPCC signatories.

Co-Curricular Education

5. Cornell U Journal of Architecture Revived with Sustainable Focus
The first publication of Cornell University's (NY) Journal of Architecture in eight years debuted this month after architecture students rallied around its revival. The theme of the current issue is "Re," which suggests a dialogue between ideas of reuse, renovation and re-imagining. The theme is a nod to what the students see as important in the contemporary architecture world, looking toward more sustainable practices and favoring imaginative solutions to age-old problems such as population density and small budgets.

Coordination and Planning

6. Warren Wilson College Reveals Sustainable Practices Guide & Award
Warren Wilson College (NC) has released a campus Sustainable Practices Guide, recommending actions that support sustainability values and formal pledges including the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment. Developed by the campus Sustainability Working Group to replace the college's Green Office Guide, the new guide goes beyond office practices to cover areas such as transportation and campus events. The college has also implemented the Sustainability Recognition Award, which will recognize up to 3 sustainability projects per year. The Sustainability Working Group will select an annual award winner that best reflects the principles of the college's sustainability commitments.
See also: Sustainable Practices Guide
See also: Sustainability Recognition Program

Curriculum

7. Antioch U New England Takes Sustainability MBA Online
Antioch University New England (NH) has announced a new online version of its sustainability MBA program. The first cohort of the fully accredited, two-year program will begin in May 2011. Along with a 24-month weekend program and an accelerated 12-month program, the university now offers three sustainability MBA degree delivery options.
See also: List of Graduate Degree Programs in Sustainability

8. Maharishi U Mgmt MBA Program Launching New Sustainability Courses
Maharishi University of Management's (IA) MBA program has announced plans to roll out a slate of new sustainability courses this spring semester. Including "Measuring & Reporting on Sustainability" and "Sustainable Community Development," the new courses are designed to better prepare students for the business world's current focus on sustainability. Students will now have access to a new software program that lets one create models of sustainable technologies and be able to examine aspects of organizational change for sustainability.
See also: List of Graduate Degree Programs in Sustainability

9. Cornell U Offers New Minor in Sustainable Energy Systems
Cornell University (NY) will offer a new minor in sustainable energy systems through the College of Engineering starting this academic year. Courses in wide-ranging disciplines will be offered including biological and environmental engineering, earth and atmospheric sciences and mechanical and aerospace engineering. Its broader aspects will encompass environmental, economic and social impacts of energy technologies.
See also: List of Minors in Sustainability

10. Colorado State U Offers Online Green Building Certificate
Colorado State University has begun offering an online green building certificate program open to the public starting in February. The program was developed by the director of the university's Institute for the Built Environment. The courses may also qualify as prerequisites to LEED accreditation and to LEED credential maintenance.

Energy

11. Plans for 150 Coal Plants Abandoned Since 2001
Purdue University's (IN) recent decision to cancel plans for its new coal-fired boiler brings the total number of scrapped coal plant plans to 150 since 2001, according to the Sierra Club. Recent switches away from coal by Purdue University and Pennsylvania State University cite potentially strict environmental regulations surrounding coal emissions in the future as a factor.
See also: Status of Proposed Coal Plants Across the Country
See also: U Kentucky Plans Tribute to Coal

12. Mount Wachusett CC, West Chester U Announce New Energy Projects
Mount Wachusett Community College (MA) and West Chester University (PA) are in the process of significant renewable energy campus upgrades, The Chronicle of Higher Education recently reported. The community college is installing two 1.65-megawatt turbines that will cover all of the college's electrical demand. The project will cost $9 million with $3.2 million coming from U.S. Department of Energy grants and the rest in clean-energy bonds through the state and the federal stimulus package. The turbines are expected to start generating power in March. The university, which already has 15 buildings on geothermal, will use $5 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Energy to add three buildings to its geothermal system. The conversion of the three buildings will reduce emissions by 4.7 million pounds per year and is expected to save $1 million per year in energy costs.
See also: List of Campus Wind Power Installations

13. Wartburg College Launches $2 Mil Energy Upgrade Project
Wartburg College (IA) has begun a $2 million sustainability project that includes numerous energy efficiency upgrades to 17 existing structures on campus and is estimated to save the college $260,000 per year. Upgrades include an efficient steam boiler, control units for heating and cooling, and low-flow water fixtures. This initiative is expected to create 31 jobs between now and September 2011. The Office of Energy Independence helped kick off the project with a $666,000 grant.

14. California State U San Bernardino to Install Fuel Cell Plant
California State University, San Bernardino has announced a partnership with Southern California Edison Company to install a utility-owned 1.4-megawatt fuel cell power plant on campus, powered by natural gas. The excess heat generated by the plant will be used in a combined heat and power configuration to heat the university’s water system.

15. U Arizona to Sell Solar Power
A 1.6-megawatt tracking array at the University of Arizona will allow customers to begin buying solar energy. Utility company Tucson Electric Power owns the solar infrastructure, but the solar operation is located at the university’s Science and Technology Park. The $6.7 million facility, besides supplying itself with power, produces enough to service 266 additional households in the Tucson, Ariz. area.

16. U Central Missouri Honored for Energy Efficiency
The University of Central Missouri was recently honored with Trane's "Energy Efficiency in Leader Education" award for $36.1 million in campus-wide energy-saving infrastructure upgrades that resolved $20.1 million in deferred maintenance. The upgrades, which will be funded directly from energy savings and related costs, are expected to save more than $735,000 in annual energy costs. The university used a performance contract to pay for the improvements directly from energy saving and other future avoided costs. The contract allows the use of future energy and operational savings to finance infrastructure improvement projects.

17. Elon U Kicks Off POWERless Competition
Elon University (NC) plans to launch a competition called POWERless to increase awareness on campus about energy consumption. Pitting residence halls against each other, the competition will measure which residence hall has the greatest energy reduction. The competition, now in its fifth year, will take place from February 15 to March 15. This year’s overall goal is for a 10 percent energy reduction.

18. Emory U Saves $30K From Holiday Energy Turndown
In a joint effort between Emory University's (GA) Office of Sustainability Initiatives and Campus Services, the university saved approximately $30,000 in energy costs by turning down thermostats in 32 major campus buildings and residence halls. Over two four-day periods, the buildings' thermostats were set to 50 degrees resulting in roughly twice the savings of last year's holiday break efforts. The increase is attributed to the participation of more buildings this year.

Funding

19. North Carolina State U Receives $750K Grant for Smart Grid
North Carolina State University has received $750,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Project Agency for Energy to aid in the development of a smart grid for transferring renewable resource energy. Specifically, the university will develop a Transformerless Intelligent Power Station, known as TIPS, to make a cost-effective and efficient power grid that can easily accommodate a variety of renewable energy resources to the existing power infrastructure. Professors and students at the National Science Foundation’s Engineering Research Center will execute this work for Future Renewable Electric Energy Delivery and Management, which is based on the university's Centennial Campus.

20. Rice U Funds Six Student-Led Sustainability Projects
Rice University's (TX) Rice Endowment for Sustainable Energy Technology (RESET) has recently selected six student projects to appropriate $40,000 towards. RESET’s goal is to alleviate climate change and rising energy costs by allocating funds towards student-led sustainability efforts. The appropriated fund will help finance campus projects including a bike share program, self-sustaining police station, weatherization, toilet retrofitting, air conditioning and light renovation, and an outreach event to raise awareness about energy consumption.

21. American U Launches Green Sustainability Fund
American University (DC) has implemented a Green Eagle Sustainability Fund to enable students and community members to apply for grants in support of sustainability research and initiatives on campus. The Sustainability Fund board composed of undergraduate and graduate students, alumni, faculty, staff and other community members will allocate funds for worthy projects and provide support for applicants to put their ideas into action throughout the year. The Sustainability Fund replaces a Clean Energy Revolving Fund and will not be limited to projects that pay themselves back, creating more opportunities for students and community members to design sustainability projects with greater flexibility and resources.
See also: List of Campus Sustainability Revolving Loan Funds (AASHE Members Only)

Public Engagement

22. Royal Roads U to Support Public Green Energy Initiative
Royal Roads University (BC) has announced that it will provide community education and outreach, applied research, monitoring and reporting as part of the City of Colwood's three-year solar power project. The federally-funded $3.9 million effort will include retrofitting municipal buildings with solar energy, working with developers to build new model energy-efficient buildings, working with homeowners to retrofit up to 1,000 homes and installing electric vehicle-charging infrastructure throughout the city.
See also: More About City of Colwood Solar Power Project

Research

23. Southern Illinois U Carbondale to Research Glycerol as Cow Feed
Southern Illinois University Carbondale has announced plans for an automated biodiesel processor that will convert canola oil into biodiesel fuel and a way to use the byproduct. The manager of the university farm's Dairy Center will experiment this summer with replacing part of his herd's current corn feed with glycerol, the byproduct of converting recycled canola oil into biodiesel and then glycerin. Feeding glycerol to dairy cows could save $40 to $50 per day in corn feed expenses and enable the university to recycle 80 to 95 percent of its canola oil. The university's associate professor in animal sciences and food and nutrition says no studies show that introducing glycerol into dairy or beef cows' feed results in illness and plans to study the energy potential glycerol may have on dairy cows during the program. If the cows show any sign of illness, the program will stop. Students from the university's Dairy Club will operate tasks to create the biodiesel and glycerol.

Transportation

24. U Wisconsin Eau Claire Increases Bus Ridership
A recent survey of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire campus shows that transit bus riding has increased 19 percent over the past five years. Students and faculty may ride the city bus for free if they have their campus ID. An additional bus route has contributed to the increase, but campus construction and increased prices for a parking pass are also factors that affected the increase.
See also: List of Campus Universal Transit Passes (AASHE Members Only)

25. Washington State U Conducts Commuter Survey
Washington State University's Environmental Health and Safety Department is in the last stages of a commuter survey conducted to develop models to better estimate reductions in campus carbon emissions. In its first attempt to understand greenhouse gas emissions as they relate to campus commuting practices, the university emailed the survey to faculty, staff and students statewide.

Waste

26. U Mississippi Improves Recycling Program with $100K Grant
The University of Mississippi will direct 60 percent of a $100,000 grant issued from the state government to improve its recycling program. The primary investment will be the purchase of new recycling bins on campus. The remaining 40 percent of the grant will be invested in recycling improvements for the university's hosting town of Oxford, Miss.

27. Cleveland State U Starts Composting Program
Cleveland State University has announced a partnership with Rosby Farm to implement a composting program on campus. Raw and cooked foods, soiled paper items, coffee filers and cardboard from the university's main production kitchens will be kept out of landfills and manufactured into soil products for plant growth.
See also: List of Campus Composting Programs (AASHE Members Only)

28. Clemson U Expands Recycling Efforts
With a grant from Alcoa, the College and University Recycling Coalition and Keep America Beautiful, Clemson University (SC) has expanded its campus recycling program with more than 7,000 recycling bins for offices, classrooms and residence halls at a cost of about $49,000. Each office will receive a bin for paper and a mini trash bin for non-recyclable waste. In the residence halls, students can use the bins for paper, cardboard, glass, plastic and aluminum. Trash cans will be removed from classrooms and recycling stations will be placed in convenient locations in the hallways. The university hopes to up its current recycling rate of 22.25 percent to between 35 and 40 percent.

29. Mississippi State U Upgrades Recycling Program
Mississippi State University has signed a $50,000 annual contract to jumpstart its campus-wide recycling program. The contract with Bluebox LLC eases the recycling process by enabling customers to throw all recyclables into the same container without sorting.

30. Yale U Goes Paperless with Annual Financial Report
Yale University’s (CT) Business Operations has announced that it will opt out of printing the typical 8,000 - 10,000 copies of its annual financial report. Instead, the report is available for viewing, downloading and selective printing on its website. This is estimated to save the university $60,000 and more than 300,000 pages of paper. All printing will be done on 100 percent recycled paper for those hard copies that are requested, part of the university's commitment to reduce paper purchasing by 25 percent by 2013.

Water

31. U South Florida Sculpture Raises Water Conservation Awareness
The University of South Florida is collaborating with the Southwest Florida Water Management District to initiate a water conservation campaign called “Every Drop Counts!” The first stage of this campaign began with a sculpture installation in the lobby of the Marshall Student Center by a university alumnus who constructed a pyramid of 111 one-gallon jugs. The number correlates to the amount of water used by the average individual in the Tampa Bay, Fla. region.
See also: 'Every Drop Counts!' Website

New Resources

32. A Blueprint for Advancing Education for Sustainability
The result of a November 2010 gathering of representatives from 23 national organizations, including AASHE, that work with the U.S. higher education sector to promote Education for Sustainability (EfS), this blueprint is intended to synergize efforts, avoid duplication and accelerate the EfS movement. The blueprint aims to promote broad participation and leadership from a diverse spectrum of racial, geographic and socio-economic communities.

33. STARS Unveils 1.1 Technical Manual
AASHE has released STARS 1.1, a version of STARS with minor substantive changes to the previous version, STARS 1.0. Minor substantive changes include changing reporting fields associated with a credit; modifying criteria or definitions within a credit; and modifying how points are calculated for individual credits. Minor changes do not include adding or deleting credits, point allocation and overall scoring calculations. The STARS Steering Committee approved the changes, which were recommended by Technical Advisor Work Groups and STARS staff in response to STARS participants' questions and comments regarding STARS 1.0. New STARS Participants should use the most recent version of the Technical Manual, which is available for free download at the STARS website. All institutions registering after Feb. 9, 2011 will be required to use STARS 1.1.

34. AASHE Debuts New Events Newsletter
AASHE has recently launched a new and improved Events Newsletter. Subscribe to this monthly communication to stay up-to-date on AASHE events and professional development opportunities such as workshops, conferences, webinars, talks and more. The AASHE Events Newsletter includes dates and times of events, registration deadlines, guidelines for conference abstract submissions, special offers and discounts.

35. New AASHE Guest Blog Series: Sustainability Groundhog Cycle
Over the next month, guest bloggers from WAP Sustainability will look at what they refer to as the “sustainability groundhog cycle.” For professionals trying to implement sustainability in a university setting who feel like they are reliving the same experiences and not making progress in their fight to create a more sustainable campus community, this blog series will include insights uncovered from WAP’s sustainability experience in government, industry and higher education. Topics covered will include effective engagement by removing barriers of departmental segregation; purchasing and the power of life cycle thinking in the supply chain; success stories from the world of effective messaging; building momentum from the local community and business leaders; and the integration of sustainability and traditional curriculum.
See also: WAP Sustainability Website

36. 'Greening the Bottom Line' Report: Green Revolving Funds
In collaboration with 11 partner organizations including AASHE, the Sustainable Endowments Institute has released a new report, "Greening the Bottom Line: The Trend toward Green Revolving Funds on Campus." The publication brings to light current trends based on a 2010 survey of green revolving funds that included 52 institutions with at least $66 million invested through green revolving funds. The report details how these funds help cut operating expenses and greenhouse gas emissions and how cost savings are used to replenish the fund for investment in the next round of green upgrades.
See also: List of Campus Sustainability Revolving Loan Funds (AASHE Members Only)

37. Bon Appetit Student Garden Guide
Based on its work with numerous student organizers on higher education campuses to serve student-grown produce in its campus cafes, Bon Appetit has composed a Student Garden Guide to help students establish a successful relationship between their campus food service provider and their student garden.
See also: List of Campus Community Gardens (AASHE Members Only)
See also: List of Campus Supported Agriculture and Farms (AASHE Members Only)

Opportunities

38. Call for Articles - AASHE Bulletin: Global Edition
AASHE Bulletin is gearing up for the fourth edition of its semi-annual Global Edition and wants to hear about the sustainability efforts of institutions outside the U.S. and Canada. From building solar cars in Palestine to adopting fair trade campus policies in New Zealand, the AASHE Bulletin: Global Edition covers the continued strides made by college and university campuses around the globe toward sustainability. Institutions from more than 15 countries were represented in the August 2010 issue. We invite press releases and news article suggestions for inclusion in the upcoming issue, slated for a late-February release. Topics include green buildings, climate and energy initiatives, new educational programs, waste reduction efforts and more. To submit an item for consideration, email a hyperlink to the news story or press release that is posted online to bulletin@aashe.org with the subject line, “global edition.” The deadline for submissions is Feb. 21, 2011.
See also: AASHE Bulletin: Global Edition August 2010 issue

39. AASHE Seeks STARS Technical Advisors
AASHE seeks individuals with expertise related to campus sustainability to serve as technical advisors for the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS). STARS Technical Advisors provide input and insight regarding the content of STARS and its ongoing development. Technical advisors are organized into work groups associated with the STARS subcategories (co-curricular education, curriculum, research, buildings, climate, dining services, energy, grounds, purchasing, transportation, waste, water, coordination and planning, diversity and affordability, human resources, investment and public engagement). STARS is seeking applicants for all technical advisor work groups. Applications will be reviewed through Feb. 25, 2011.
See also: STARS Technical Advisor Online Application Form

40. FoodCorps Recruiting First Class of Members
The brand new national service program, FoodCorps, is currently recruiting its first class of service members. The 80 men and women of at least 18 years of age who are selected will dedicate one year of full-time public service in school food systems helping to source healthful local food for school cafeterias, expanding nutrition education programs, and building and tending school gardens. The inaugural term of service begins Aug. 15, 2011 and ends August 14. 2012. The deadline to apply is April 10, 2011.

41. Call for Abstracts: AESS 2011 Conference
The Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS) welcomes abstracts for an oral or poster presentation at its 2011 conference, to be held in Burlington, Vt. on June 23 - 26. Themed "Confronting Complexity," practitioners and scholars from many fields will have the opportunity to present and collaborate with one another to address the complex problems that face nature and society. The deadline for submissions is March 15, 2011.

42. Call for Papers - Sustainability: The Journal of Record
Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.'s Sustainability: The Journal of Record invites manuscript submissions from varied research avenues. Welcomed topics include sustainability in higher education; integration of environmental, social, human and economic goals; sustainable products, food and agriculture; design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings; development of laws and policy; government and nonprofit initiatives; and new collaborations and opportunities.

Jobs & Internships

43. Manager of Sustainability, Northwestern U
Northwestern University (IL) invites applications for a manager of its Office of Sustainability to develop, coordinate and administer programs and policies within the area of sustainability at the university. The manager will facilitate cost savings, fundraising and grant awards in the area of sustainability. Working closely with all administrative and academic departments, student groups, alumni and various campus entities, the manager will be responsible for promoting sustainability initiatives throughout the university and will coordinate sustainability initiatives with the City of Chicago and the City of Evanston. The successful applicant will have a bachelor's degree along with a minimum of five years demonstrated experience and successful management of sustainability programs and sustainability best practices in a college, university, major institution (e.g. pharmaceutical company) or similar environment. To apply, click on the title link above, choose "Academic/Administrative Jobs" and search for job number: 16928.

44. Senior Faculty, Sustainable Energy, Virginia Commonwealth U
Virginia Commonwealth University's Center for Environmental Studies and the Department of Economics are looking jointly for an individual who is a well-established researcher and scholar in their field and who has a demonstrated potential to attract collaborators from different disciplines and perspectives into a productive academic cluster centered on sustainable energy and environmental policy. Applicants should hold a Ph.D. in environmental policy, environmental science or economics, and have a demonstrated ability to conduct externally-funded research and scholarship within an interdisciplinary academic context. Specific areas of research focus could include: impact of alternative sustainability strategies on the operation and efficiency of energy markets, optimal allocation of natural resources in the transition to sustainable energy technologies, sustainable energy and climate change policy, and environmental impacts of renewable energy development. Applications will be accepted through March 15, 2011.

45. Sustainability Communications and Outreach Specialist, Tufts U
Tufts University's (MA) Office of Sustainability invites applications for a communications and outreach specialist. This part-time position will be responsible for the Office of Sustainability's internal and external messaging and public relations with its many constituencies, with a goal of promoting the university's sustainability efforts to the public and building a culture of environmental sustainability on campus. Among other duties, the outreach specialist will create annual reports, brochures, news articles about sustainability on campus and maintain the office's website including updating current design and content. The position will also create social marketing plans and outreach materials in support of behavior change initiatives and help measure, record and communicate the university's progress toward its sustainability commitments and regional greenhouse gas goals. Candidates should have at least a bachelor's degree in environmental science, communications, marketing, public relations, business or related field, and a minimum of three years of direct experience in campus sustainability, institutional change, marketing and/or community engagement campaign. To apply, click on the title link above and search for job requisition number: 55533.

46. Coordinator, Residence Life for Civic Engagement, Susquehanna U
Susquehanna University (PA) seeks a coordinator of residence life for civic engagement to be responsible for the management of the university's Center for Civic Engagement. The successful candidate should have a history of participating in community service and/or service-learning experiences and the ability to articulate an understanding of complex issues such as civic participation, community engagement, poverty, disaster/recovery, sustainability and more. Responsibilities include planning, coordinating and leading two to four domestic and/or international service-learning trips annually; coordinating fundraising efforts both on and off campus; helping to coordinate the summer service experience for first-year students; collaborating within the department and across campus to promote positive citizenship, sustainable practices and social justice awareness; overseeing and carrying out center's initiatives and the center's ongoing service programs. A master's degree and experience with student leadership, community development or diversity education is preferred. Applications will be accepted through March 7.

47. Program Advisor, Sustainability, U Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign seeks a program advisor for sustainability to advise and assist the campus Student Sustainability Committee with managing proposal submissions, reviewing processes and the process of awarding funds. The position will work with a diverse group of student leaders and oversee the execution of projects funded through the committee. Candidates should have a bachelor’s degree in environmental science or a related field with at least two years of experience in student advising. Applications will be accepted through March 4, 2011.

48. Project Assistant, Bon Appetit Management Company
The Bon Appetit Management Company, an on-site restaurant company with a sustainable food focus that provides cafe and catering services to higher education institutions, seeks a project assistant to support internal and external communications and marketing efforts. Among other duties, this position will update and disseminate the implementation guides for Bon Appetit's Low Carbon Diet, Eat Local Challenge and other campaigns, assist the director of communications with updating the company website, blog and social media platforms, and format and send the quarterly email newsletter. Candidates should have a bachelor's degree and three years of office administrative experience, preferably in a food-related or retail company, and some knowledge of issues surrounding the sustainability of our food supply.

Events

49. STARS Webinar: Introduction to STARS Data Displays
February 22, 2011; 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Eastern; Online
As STARS Participants are completing their STARS Reports, and this information is posted publicly listed on the STARS Website, AASHE has also been developing tools to display this information. These tools will enhance the understanding of the sustainability efforts of STARS Participants. This webinar will spotlight the purpose and functionality of the STARS Data Displays and the potential applications of the STARS Data Displays.

50. SustaiNext Summit at Drexel U
March 22-23, 2011; Philadelphia, PA
Hosted by Drexel University School of Education’s (PA) Collaborative for Sustainable & Regenerative Education, SustaiNext is a two-year initiative supported by the Sustainability Collaborative and its sponsors, kicked-off in December 2010 at Rutgers University (NJ). The goal is to stimulate regional partnering to help the many organizations, companies and individuals who have been working to integrate sustainability principles while realizing growth. Among other topics, this summit will enable participants to further define sustainable growth, identify unmet organizational needs, understand leading tools, models and processes available to create partnerships and connections to create a sustainable work force, and articulate the benefits of lifecycle and systems thinking within your organization, company and community. Educators and those in industry, community and government professions are encouraged to attend.

51. ACUPCC Workshop: GHG Reduction Strategies
April 3, 2011; 1:00 - 5:30 p.m. Eastern; College Park, Maryland
The American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) will host this hands-on workshop that will teach participants how to set reduction targets, prioritize and compare carbon reduction projects, and incorporate this information into the Climate Action Plan. A pre-conference workshop will be presented by Second Nature, supporting the ACUPCC and Clean Air-Cool Planet (CA-CP) in advance of the National Association of College and University Business Officers' (NACUBO) Smart & Sustainable Campuses Conference.

52. U.S. EPA, Temple U Webinar: Electronics Recycling
February 16, 2011; 1:00 - 3:30 p.m. Eastern; Online
In this "Learn to Create a Computer Recycling Facility" webinar, Temple University's (PA) Computer Recycling Center and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will talk about how electronics recycling can benefit institutions, reduce energy costs, conserve natural resources and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Campus Sustainability Discussion Forums Highlights

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53. Information Technology (STARS)
This post is about STARS, AASHE's Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System.

Hello, I was surprised to see that IT was not a specific "category" within STARS, we are a new member and I am interested in understanding how IT is dealt with in various colleges and universities. In particular, I am less interested in purchasing - I see that this is highlighted - and more interested in IT as it relates to energy.

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