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Watch for the Global Edition of AASHE Bulletin on Thursday, March 3! Read about the sustainability initiatives of campuses outside the U.S. and Canada, including this week's member spotlight, the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology.

Table of Contents for 02/28/2011:

NEWS
Assessments and Ratings 1. Northwestern U Ranks Fifth Among Green Power Buying Institutions
Buildings 2. San Diego Miramar College to Seek LEED Gold with 2 New Buildings
Climate 3. U Idaho Awarded $20 Mil USDA Grant for Climate Change Research
Co-Curricular Education 4. Cornell U Greek System Implements Sustainability Rating System
5. Cornell U Students Improve Water Treatment in Honduras
6. Students Help Dickinson College Farm Become USDA Organic
Coordination and Planning 7. Campus Sustainability Planning: A February Update
8. Yale U Awards 16 Workplace Green Certifications
Curriculum 9. Cal Poly Pomona Students Design Homes to Replace Wildfire Losses
Dining Services 10. Emory U Sets World Record to Raise Sustainable Seafood Awareness
Diversity and Affordability 11. San Diego State U Students Save $2.5 Mil in Textbook Costs
Energy 12. Cornell U Power Plant Wins EPA Energy Efficiency Award
13. U Texas at Austin Receives $1.6 Mil for Solar Project
Funding 14. U Colorado Boulder Green Loan Fund Earns 38% Return
Grounds 15. Denison U, St. Charles CC Named Tree Campus USA Institutions
16. Northern Arizona U Green Fund to Support Sustainable Landscaping
Purchasing 17. Delta College Printing Certified by Forest Stewardship Council
Waste 18. Rice U Students Initiate Campus Composting
19. U Calgary Switches to Compostable Food Packaging
20. Elon U Expands Composting Efforts
21. U Florida Hosts Green REthink Campaign
Water 22. American U Urges Congress to Cut Bottled Water Spending

NEW RESOURCES
23. AASHE '2010 Higher Education Sustainability Staffing Survey'
24. AASHE Events Forum
25. Responsible Endowments Coalition's STARS Companion Guide

OPPORTUNITIES
26. AASHE Seeks Nominations for Undergraduate Student Board Member
27. Teaching Climate Change and Faculty Development Workshops
28. Call for Proposals: California Higher Ed Sustainability Conf
29. Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming Programs
30. Call for Submissions: NACA Events
31. Eco League Sustainable Business Summer Field Program
32. Agroecology Summer Intensive and Sustainability Semester

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
33. Director, Center for Civic Engagement, Pacific U
34. Assistant Director, Sustainability Occupant Engagement, Harvard U
35. Assistant Professor, Sustainable Business, Aquinas College
36. Outreach Coord, Global Development and Enviro Inst, Tufts U
37. Office Coordinator, Office of Sustainability, Princeton U
38. Sustainability Graduate Assistantship, West Virginia Wesleyan

EVENTS
39. 2011 Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference
40. ACUPCC Workshop: GHG Reduction Strategies
41. 2011 Continuums of Service Conference

CAMPUS SUSTAINABILITY DISCUSSION FORUMS HIGHLIGHTS
42. Importing & Exporting STARS Data and Third-Party Tools


News

Assessments and Ratings

1. Northwestern U Ranks Fifth Among Green Power Buying Institutions
Northwestern University (IL) has announced that it ranks fifth among colleges and universities represented in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's recent list of the largest green power purchasers. The university supports green power by matching 30 percent of its total annual electricity use with Green-e Certified Renewable Energy Certificates. The EPA's Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program encouraging organizations nationwide to buy green power as a way to reduce the environmental impacts associated with purchased electricity use. Green power refers to renewable sources such as solar, wind, geothermal, biomass and low-impact hydropower. The University of Pennsylvania, Carnegie Mellon University (PA), Drexel University (PA) and Pennsylvania State University round out the top five.
See also: EPA's Top 20 List of College & University Green Power Buyers

Buildings

2. San Diego Miramar College to Seek LEED Gold with 2 New Buildings
San Diego Miramar College (CA) has opened the doors of two new buildings that will seek LEED Gold certification. Funded as part of the San Diego Community College District’s $1.55 billion Propositions S and N construction bond program, its $34.4 million dual-classroom building project was the first to be fully integrated in Building Information Modeling (BIM), allowing for the creation of the building in digital space before building it in real space. Sustainable features include recycled materials, high-efficiency lighting and efficient thermal "massing," which delays the transfer of heat throughout the course of a day and minimizes the impact of a heating or cooling load on a building. The college also debuted the Compass Center, the new central gathering point on campus.

Climate

3. U Idaho Awarded $20 Mil USDA Grant for Climate Change Research
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture has announced an award of $20 million to the University of Idaho to fund research to better understand and plan for a changing climate in the Pacific Northwest. A research team led by the university that includes researchers from Washington State University, Oregon State University and the USDA Agricultural Research Service will study impacts of climate change on Northwest wheat and barley production with a focus on cereal production systems and their management under projected climate change scenarios for the region.

Co-Curricular Education

4. Cornell U Greek System Implements Sustainability Rating System
Cornell University's (NY) Greeks Go Green has launched LEAF, a new rating system that grades Greek chapters on their sustainability efforts. Through LEAF, chapters can receive up to 100 points for their sustainability practices. LEAF awards points in categories such as water conservation, energy conservation and green purchasing. Every 20 points represents a leaf, making the highest achievement earning five leaves. The system also recognizes environmental awareness education and sustainability-related service events, so chapters that do not have physical houses can still gain points.

5. Cornell U Students Improve Water Treatment in Honduras
The student engineering team AguaClara at Cornell University (NY) is working on adding three more water treatment plants to the five they have already built in Honduras. The six-year-old team researches and designs gravity-powered, non-electric water treatment plants for Honduran communities and works with the Honduran nonprofit Agua Para el Pueblo to help bring their designs to life. Based on home stays with Honduran families to learn how the existing plants were serving their communities, the team is now working on a stacked rapid sand filtration system, which would be a final cleaning step before the water is chlorinated and sent to taps. The new system does not require electricity.

6. Students Help Dickinson College Farm Become USDA Organic
On the heels of the announcement of its plans to raise cattle, the Dickinson College Farm (PA) has been certified organic by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Students were instrumental during the three-year process, which concluded recently in collaboration with the college's assistant professor of international business and management, who integrated the certification inspection into her first-year seminar course, "The Business of Organic Food." Managed through Pennsylvania Certified Organic, the certification is recognition that the college farm adheres to a USDA-approved approach of agricultural food production that involves building and enhancing the soil naturally, environmental protection and the avoidance of toxic or synthetic substances such as pesticides.
See also: List of Campus Supported Agriculture and Farms

Coordination and Planning

7. Campus Sustainability Planning: A February Update
The University of California System reports that University of California campuses increased their number of LEED certified building projects during 2010 from 33 to 49. These projects contributed to the system's energy cost savings, which increased from $15 million to $21 million last year due to efficiency initiatives on all campuses.

Also reported to AASHE in the recent past, Johns Hopkins University (MD) has released its first sustainability report. Though campus water consumption rose by 9 percent in fiscal year 2010, the university made progress with green building efforts including collecting, conserving and treating stormwater; the expanded use of green materials and cleaning products; and an increase of locally sourced and organic campus dining options.

In related news, College of the Holy Cross (MA) has announced that it has reduced campus carbon emissions by 23.5 percent, four years ahead of its scheduled goal of 20 percent by 2015. A few of its strategies include the purchase of a long-term contract for electrical power from renewable energy provider TransCanada, a fuel switch from oil to natural gas in its boilers, and the intent to meet LEED certification for all new major construction and buildings.

In more related news, Bowdoin College (ME) has pledged to become carbon neutral by 2020, removing from the atmosphere as much of the gases associated with climate change including greenhouse gases as it puts in. In addition to an expanded solar hot water system, plans to buy $35,000 this year in renewable energy credits and the launch of a building dashboard that provides real-time measurements of energy use of campus facilities, the college has plans to add a $3 million steam turbine generator to its central steam plant, saving $230,000 per year and trimming greenhouse emissions by 18 percent.
See also: List of Campus Sustainability Plans (AASHE Members Only)

8. Yale U Awards 16 Workplace Green Certifications
The Green Workplace Certification Program, administered by Yale University's (CT) Office of Sustainability, has recognized 16 university offices and departments for sustainable practices. Participating offices earn certificates by accumulating points for action items ranging from recycling printer and toner cartridges to participation in the university's departmental bike share program.

Curriculum

9. Cal Poly Pomona Students Design Homes to Replace Wildfire Losses
Students at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona are working to design and build sustainable prototype homes for structures that were lost to southern California wildfires in 2007. Owned by the City of San Diego and leased to ranchers who maintain the land, the destroyed homes qualified for emergency assistance funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Known as the Pamo Valley Project, the City of San Diego has teamed with the university's Department of Architecture to engage students to design two low-cost structures for the site. The homes will feature water, energy and waste conservation strategies that will augment passive and active system performance. The Pamo Valley Project was recently awarded the 2010 National Council of Architectural Registration Boards Grant, which is designed to help architecture schools implement new programs that merge the practice of architecture and education in a studio or classroom setting.
See also: Pamo Valley Project Website

Dining Services

10. Emory U Sets World Record to Raise Sustainable Seafood Awareness
Emory University (GA) set a world record for the longest taco line in an effort to raise awareness for sustainable seafood. Dining Services set out a line of 260 tacos filled with over 80 pounds of fish, including wild Alaskan cod, which is sustainably harvested.

In related news, Emory University's student-run Rollins Environmental Health Action Committee has coordinated with Moore Farms and Friends to offer a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) option of local produce, meat and cheese to the campus community.
See also: List of Campus Supported Agriculture and Farms (AASHE Members Only)

Diversity and Affordability

11. San Diego State U Students Save $2.5 Mil in Textbook Costs
As a result of a $1.1 million grant from the Department of Education Fund for Innovation in Post Secondary Education (FIPSE), the campus bookstore at San Diego State University (CA) is enjoying the benefits of an expanded textbook rental program. Nearly all titles priced at $10 or more are now available for rent, encouraging the reuse of textbooks in an effort to decrease the demand for new books. Sixty percent of students chose to rent instead of buy this spring and students have saved about $2.5 million in textbook costs during the 2010-2011 school year.

Energy

12. Cornell U Power Plant Wins EPA Energy Efficiency Award
Cornell University's (NY) combined heat and power plant has received a 2011 ENERGY STAR CHP award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The award recognizes highly efficient CHP (combined heat and power) systems that reduce emissions and use at least 5 percent less fuel than comparable, state-of-the-art, separate heat and power generation. Operating since December 2009, the university's system requires about 29 percent less fuel than the separate production of thermal energy and electricity and prevents an estimated 89,300 tons per year of carbon dioxide emissions.

13. U Texas at Austin Receives $1.6 Mil for Solar Project
The University of Texas at Austin has received a $1.6 million grant from the State Energy Conservation Office. The grant money was made available by federal stimulus funds and will be used to finance 80 percent of the cost of two solar systems on campus. The systems have the potential to create 434,000 kilowatt hours each year. The total cost of the project amounts to $2 million and the university will pay for the remainder of the project. Work on the project has already begun and is projected to be completed this April.
See also: List of Campus Solar Installations

Funding

14. U Colorado Boulder Green Loan Fund Earns 38% Return
Three years after University of Colorado at Boulder student leaders invested $500,000 in an endowment for energy efficiency projects, the university is receiving, on average, a 37.8 percent return on investment. Compared to first-year efficiency savings of $24,000, the university is expecting third-year savings of $143,500. The fund has financed 80 micro-projects aimed at increasing efficiency in the campus' student, recreation and health center.
See also: 'Greening the Bottom Line': Campus Revolving Loan Fund Report
See also: List of Campus Sustainability Revolving Loan Funds (AASHE Members Only)

Grounds

15. Denison U, St. Charles CC Named Tree Campus USA Institutions
Denison University (OH) and St. Charles Community College (MO) have each been recognized as a 2010 Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation for their dedication to campus forestry management and environmental stewardship. Both campuses are earning the status for the first time, having met five required core standards of tree care and community engagement. Those requirements include the establishment of a campus tree advisory committee; evidence of a campus tree-care plan; verification of dedicated annual expenditures on the campus tree-care plan; involvement in an Arbor Day observance; and the institution of a service-learning project aimed at engaging the student body. Denison University's 900-acre campus features a 550-acre Biological Reserve and St. Charles Community College is now home to more than 2,000 trees, 30 of which were planted last fall in a tree planting ceremony hosted by the college's Tree Advisory Committee.

16. Northern Arizona U Green Fund to Support Sustainable Landscaping
With the help of a $26,952 student Green Fund award, students at Northern Arizona University will conduct a pilot project to study sustainable landscape methods for campus lawns based on organic principles without the use of chemical herbicides. The grant will cover material, labor and student internships for the project and is expected to start this spring. Students at the university overwhelmingly voted to create the Green Fund last month, a $5 per semester fee.
See also: Links to Information about Sustainable Landscaping on Campus
See also: List of Student Fees for Sustainability

Purchasing

17. Delta College Printing Certified by Forest Stewardship Council
After conducting an internal assessment to determine how they could make their operations more sustainable including detailing processes related to purchasing, Delta College's (MI) Printing Services Department has received a Chain-of-Custody certification from the Forest Stewardship Council. This certification ensures that the paper used for printing is guaranteed to have been harvested, manufactured and distributed only by organizations that also have Chain-of Custody certification.

Waste

18. Rice U Students Initiate Campus Composting
Rice University's (TX) Baker College servery has expanded its locally sourced food efforts to include composting, thanks to student efforts. During the fall 2010 semester course, "Environmental Issues: Rice into the Future," that looked at the food waste created by the campus' serveries, a student proposed asking the farmers involved in the Rice University Farmers Market if they could use campus food scraps for compost. In what the university calls its "farm-to-fork-to-farm" program, the university now delivers its food scraps back to the farmers who grow the food.
See also: List of Campus Composting Programs (AASHE Members Only)

19. U Calgary Switches to Compostable Food Packaging
Based on a recent Students' Union poll that revealed overwhelming support for a switch to compostable packaging, the University of Calgary's (AB) MacEwan Conference and Events, along with Chartwells and Good Earth vendors, will eliminate plastic foam packaging for take-out foods on campus. Seventy-seven percent of the more than 2,500 respondents to the survey were willing to pay 25 cents more for a meal if served in compostable packaging, the upper end of what the campus community will likely pay for the switch.
See also: List of Campus Composting Programs (AASHE Members Only)

20. Elon U Expands Composting Efforts
Elon University (NC) has added another campus cafe to its list of campus composting locations. The Office of Sustainability has organized volunteers to stand near the composting bins during high traffic hours in an effort to educate students about the benefits of composting. During the 2009-2010 school year, the university diverted more than 100,000 pounds of waste from the landfill through food composting initiatives.
See also: List of Campus Composting Programs (AASHE Members Only)

21. U Florida Hosts Green REthink Campaign
The University of Florida has launched its REthink campaign, an effort to engage, educate and empower students to reduce, reuse and recycle with a campus-wide cleanup. The Office of Sustainability recruited nearly 300 volunteers to collect nearly 3,000 pounds of garbage. Numerous events to engage students will be ongoing until the campaign's completion on April 22, 2011.

Water

22. American U Urges Congress to Cut Bottled Water Spending
American University's (DC) Office of Sustainability administered a "Tap Water Challenge" to attendees at a recent news conference at the Capitol. The conference was held to announce a Corporate Accountability International Report that revealed that the U.S. House of Representatives spends nearly $1 million on bottled water per year. The university challenged attendees including Takoma Park Mayor Bruce Williams to correctly identify tap water among popular brands of bottled water while blindfolded. The university reports that no one succeeded. In addition to urging Congress to renew investments in public water systems and cut spending on bottled water, the university will also ramp up on-campus efforts to discourage bottled water purchases including the addition of more than a hundred water bottle filling spigots on water fountains throughout campus.

New Resources

23. AASHE '2010 Higher Education Sustainability Staffing Survey'
AASHE has released the results of its "2010 Higher Education Sustainability Staffing Survey." Despite national unemployment rates that hovered near 10 percent in 2010, this survey reveals a workforce of people who report a sense of job security and feel satisfied with the work they are doing. With 433 completed surveys, the results offer a comprehensive look at the demographics, roles, salaries and positions of college and university sustainability-related staff in the U.S. and Canada.
See also: HigherEdJobs Report: Job Openings Surge in 2010
See also: AASHE '2008 Higher Ed Sustainability Officer Position and Salary Survey'

24. AASHE Events Forum
AASHE has created an Events Forum for discussions about upcoming campus sustainability events. This is a place for the campus sustainability community to continue conversations and/or collaborate with others prior to, or after, an event takes place. This forum can be used for a variety of purposes including continued conversations about a topic from a session attended, to find speakers for an upcoming presentation or to discuss an upcoming conference.

25. Responsible Endowments Coalition's STARS Companion Guide
As a partner on the Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System (STARS), the Responsible Endowments Coalition (REC) has released a companion guide to the STARS sustainable investment section. The guide can be accessed by STARS member institutions in the "Additional Resources" section of the STARS Reporting Tool website as well as in the Handbooks section of the REC website. From difficulty evaluating investments to a lack of understanding of a Committee on Socially Responsible Investment or a Committee on Investor Responsibility, this guide is intended to help institutions understand how best to answer questions and score points in this STARS section. The guide also features a worksheet tool.

Opportunities

26. AASHE Seeks Nominations for Undergraduate Student Board Member
The Nominations Committee of AASHE's Board of Directors is inviting members to nominate candidates to fill an opening for an undergraduate student on the board. Board members serve as an active ambassador for AASHE and help promote the mission and programs; stay informed about AASHE's mission, policies and programs, as well as about developments in sustainability, higher education and nonprofit governance; participate in fundraising through some combination of memberships/renewals, grants, donations, in-kind support and personal financial contributions to the organization; participate actively in board committees, volunteer for assignments, and work collaboratively with staff; and participate actively in the board's annual evaluation and strategic planning efforts. Candidates should have demonstrated leadership in support of sustainability in higher education, a comprehensive understanding of sustainability and of higher education, and a personal commitment to sustainability. Self nominations are allowed.

27. Teaching Climate Change and Faculty Development Workshops
Dickinson College (PA), with support of a grant from NASA's Global Climate Change Education program, is offering two faculty development opportunities to enhance competencies for interdisciplinary teaching about climate change. The year-long Changing Planet Faculty Study Group will include sessions led by subject area experts that address climate change causes, consequences, ethical dimensions, adaptation, mitigation and policy. The workshop will emphasize participatory sessions for sharing expertise, experiences, lesson plans, exercises and ideas for teaching about climate change. Participants will have time to work individually and collaboratively on courses or course modules that they will teach at their home campuses. The Climate Modeling and Data Tools Workshop will be held August 8 - 11, 2011 on the Dickinson campus with training in the use of a global climate model and tools to integrate and visualize climatic, environmental and socioeconomic data for teaching about climate change. Applications are invited from faculty of any higher education institution and will be accepted through March 25, 2011. There is no fee to participate.

28. Call for Proposals: California Higher Ed Sustainability Conf
The 10th Annual California Higher Education Sustainability Conference seeks proposals that highlight innovative examples and best practices in areas including campus and community partnerships for sustainable solutions, curriculum, energy, food systems, green building new construction, and more. Hosted by California State University, Long Beach, the conference will take place July 10-13, 2011. Interactive and creatively designed presentations, best practices proven on California campuses, proposals that are directly relevant and exciting to campus faculty, staff and/or students, and projects that tie into the theme of campus and community partnerships are especially encouraged. Nominations are also open for the conference's Higher Education Energy Efficiency And Sustainability Best Practice Awards portion. Nominations and proposals are due by April 4, 2011.
See also: Higher Ed Energy Efficiency And Sustainability Best Practice Awards

29. Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming Programs
The Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming in Ithaca, N.Y. is now accepting applications for its New Farmer Training Project and Summer Practicum in Sustainable Farming & Local Food Systems. The New Farmer Training Project will take place April 15 - Nov. 15, 2011 with hands-on and classroom training experience for aspiring farmers and market gardeners and a Sustainable Farming Certificate upon completion. The Summer Practicum in Sustainable Farming & Local Food Systems is a six-credit Tompkins Cortland Community College/Groundswell course that offers an eight-week intensive of immersion at West Haven Farm as well as classroom time and field trips to area farms. Partial and full scholarships are available.

30. Call for Submissions: NACA Events
"Earth Day and Beyond: Sustainability and Campus Events" and "Getting Your Concert on the 'Green'" were among the educational sessions at this year's National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) convention, an opportunity for professional development and training for campus activities professionals and student programming boards. Beginning April 1, 2011, NACA invites educational session submissions for its 2012 National Convention, 2012 Mid Atlantic Festival and 2012 Northern Plains Conference.

31. Eco League Sustainable Business Summer Field Program
The Eco League, a college consortium dedicated to sustainability education, is accepting applications for its summer field program, "Humans in Place: Sustainable Business and Community in Vermont." Students will learn sustainable business theory and practice and examine how sustainable businesses operate in and influence their communities through Vermont-based case studies including Ben & Jerry's, Rhino Foods, Grow Solar, Green Mountain Coffee and King Arthur Flour. The program will take place June 13 - 24, 2011. Applications will be accepted through March 1, 2011.

32. Agroecology Summer Intensive and Sustainability Semester
Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College (IN) is now accepting applications for its Agroecology Summer Intensive and the new Sustainability Semester in Residence. The Agroecology Summer Intensive is a nine-week field and classroom training experience in sustainable food and farming issues and involves immersion at the Merry Lea Sustainable Farm as well as field trips to area farms. Up to 12 academic credits may be earned, and a certificate program is available to those not seeking academic credit. The Sustainability Semester in Residence allows student scholars to tackle real-life problems of sustainability at the regional and personal levels. Fifteen credits will be earned through immersion in the Elkhart River Watershed and problem-based exploration of themes like regeneration, sustainable living, eco-justice and ecosystem thinking. Scholarships are available.

Jobs & Internships

33. Director, Center for Civic Engagement, Pacific U
Pacific University (OR) seeks a director for its Center for Civic Engagement. The position will be responsible for managing the day-to-day operations, overseeing the educational responsibilities and advancing the presence of the center by connecting the university community to grant opportunities, technical assistance, and statewide initiatives through Oregon Campus Compact and other organizations and foundations. Candidates should have a master's degree and at least three years of professional experience successfully connecting college or university members and curriculum with the community to serve the common good. Applications will be accepted through March 9, 2011.

34. Assistant Director, Sustainability Occupant Engagement, Harvard U
Harvard University (MA) seeks an assistant director for occupant engagement as part of the senior management team at the university's Office for Sustainability (OFS). The position will be responsible for directing the outreach and behavior change aspects of the OFS program work with duties including strategic planning efforts and management of the Harvard Office for Sustainability Occupant Engagement team and Harvard’s overall sustainability goals; oversight and implementation planning for the Harvard GHG Reduction Goal and other university-wide sustainability goals and programs; and spearheading outreach and engagement programs targeting students, staff and faculty across campus and development of new/revised programs. A master's degree in environmental sciences or social sciences and at least five years of program planning and management experience is preferred. To apply, click on the title link above and then "Administrative/Staff jobs." From here, search job openings and enter 22997 into the "Auto reg ID" field.

35. Assistant Professor, Sustainable Business, Aquinas College
Aquinas College (MI) invites applicants for a full-time, tenure-track position in sustainable business at the assistant or associate professor level, to begin August 2011. Qualifications include a graduate degree (Ph.D. preferred but not required) either in business or management with a focus on organizations and the natural environment. Applicants should also exhibit a broad knowledge of sustainability and an interest in college-level teaching.

36. Outreach Coord, Global Development and Enviro Inst, Tufts U
Tufts University (MA) seeks an outreach coordinator for its Global Development and Environment Institute. The part-time position will manage all aspects of the Institute’s communications work including its overall communications strategy, web management, email promotion, media outreach and tracking, and development of promotional materials and publications. Candidates should have a bachelor’s degree and a minimum of two years of related experience.

37. Office Coordinator, Office of Sustainability, Princeton U
Princeton University (NJ) seeks an office coordinator for its Office of Sustainability. This position will assist with scheduling, project management and coordination across a broad range of initiatives involving staff, faculty, and students; coordinate communications and reporting efforts for the office, for both internal and external audiences; coordinate, process invoices and track records associated with allocation of the campus green fund and other office activities; and assist with the planning and execution of periodic major events. Candidates should have strong organizational, customer service and communications skills with at least three years of related experience and an interest in sustainability. This is a two-year term position with the potential for renewal. To apply, click on the title link above and search postings for requisition number: 0110095.

38. Sustainability Graduate Assistantship, West Virginia Wesleyan
Candidates with a bachelor's degree and strong interest in the outdoors are invited to apply for West Virginia Wesleyan College's opening for an outdoor recreation/sustainability graduate assistantship. Responsibilities will include planning and developing a yearly outdoor recreation schedule, supervising and leading trips, supervising student assistants, general office duties, serving as the Residence Life liaison for sustainability and other projects as needed in the Campus Life Office. Compensation will include room and board as well as a stipend. The selected applicant will also receive a tuition waiver for the MBA, MSN or M.Ed. program contingent on acceptance into the program. A two-year commitment is expected and the position begins Aug. 1, 2011. Preference will be given to those applications received by March 1, 2011.

Events

39. 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, University of Maryland President Wallace Loh and AASHE Board member Dave Newport with the University of Colorado at Boulder, who will lead a plenary session on STARS. Early bird registration ends on March 6, 2011.

40. ACUPCC Workshop: GHG Reduction Strategies
April 3, 2011; 1:00 - 5:30 p.m. Eastern; College Park, MD
"GHG Reduction Strategies: How to Analyze the Financial and Carbon Impacts of Projects" will focus on how to set reduction targets, go in-depth on how to prioritize and compare carbon reduction projects and incorporate this information into a Climate Action Plan. Participants will learn how to use the Clean Air-Cool Planet Campus Carbon Calculator™ to evaluate financial impacts and estimated emissions reductions for potential projects. Registration is $129 prior to March 6, 2011. This pre-conference workshop is presented by Second Nature, supporting the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) and Clean Air-Cool Planet (CA-CP) in advance of the NACUBO Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference.

41. 2011 Continuums of Service Conference
April 27-29, 2011; San Diego, CA
Higher education faculty, staff, administrators, students and community stakeholders involved in service learning and civic engagement are invited to attend the 14th Annual Continuums of Service Conference. Hosted by Washington Campus Compact, this conference will explore ways that higher education can generate new knowledge, educate the next generation of civic-minded leaders and problem solvers, and help to build more vibrant and sustainable communities.

Campus Sustainability Discussion Forums Highlights

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42. Importing & Exporting STARS Data and Third-Party Tools
This post is about STARS, AASHE's Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System.

Many STARS Participants have asked about importing data to or exporting data from the STARS Reporting Tool. Several file formats have been suggested as well as integration with other data gathering tools. The formats range from Excel spreadsheets to XML documents and the third party tools we have heard mentioned so far are SharePoint, TracDat and some custom applications built by the institutions themselves. The STARS team is interested in finding a way to service the needs of all interested parties with as universal and secure a solution as possible. Additionally, we are hopeful that this discussion will help institutions share and discuss technical solutions for the data gathering process.

So, if you have a need for an exported version of your institution's STARS data and/or use software tools in your process, we'd love to hear about it, and I'm sure others would as well.

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