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Table of Contents for 03/14/2011:

NEWS
Buildings 1. U Texas Dallas Student Building Awarded LEED Platinum
Campus Sustainability in the Media 2. Grist Covers Cooperative Food Empowerment Directive
Coordination and Planning 3. U Texas Austin Launches Sustainability Website, Directory
Curriculum 4. U Saskatchewan Offers New Critical Enviro Ed Graduate Degree
5. Montgomery County CC Students to Build LEED Homes Over Break
Dining Services 6. Campus Trayless Dining Initiatives Continue to Grow
Diversity and Affordability 7. Inside Higher Ed Editorial: Diversity in Higher Ed
8. Chronicle of Higher Ed Editorial: Diversity in Science
9. Western Washington U to Encourage More Female Science Students
10. Gender Neutral Housing Begins at Rutgers U
11. Harvard U Reinstates ROTC on Campus
Energy 12. Academic Impressions Examines Campus Solar Trend
13. U Massachusetts Plant Receives EPA Energy Efficiency Award
14. Utah State U EcoCenter Recognized for Energy Leadership Efforts
15. Utah State U Installs Thermal Energy Cooling Tank
16. U Massachusetts Dartmouth Plans Wind Turbine Installation
17. McMaster U Strikes Deal with IBM to Improve Energy Efficiency
Funding 18. U Georgia Awards $13K for Student Sustainability Projects
Grounds 19. Ball State U Debuts Native Landscaping Online Interface
20. U Calif Santa Barbara Restores Designated Campus Open Space
21. U Georgia Enlists Sheep to Improve Waterway Access on Campus
Public Engagement 22. Cornell U Students to Design and Build School in South Africa
23. MIT Travels to Brazil for Biodiesel Education Efforts
Research 24. EPA Awards Grant to Georgia Institutions for Clean Air Research
25. U Minnesota PhD Student Works to Simulate the Sun
26. U California Berkeley Chemist Turns Bacteria Into Biofuel
Transportation 27. First-Ever Bicycle Friendly Campus Designations Announced
28. Virginia Tech Encouraging Green Commuters
29. Montgomery County CC Purchases Electric Utility Carts
Waste 30. Yale U Works to Decrease Dorm Waste
31. Iowa State U Students Pilot Campus Bus Biodiesel Project

NEW RESOURCES
32. Education for Sustainable Development Report
33. 'Carbon Nation: A Climate Change Solutions Movie'
34. New Facebook Group for Student Eco-Reps

OPPORTUNITIES
35. Call for Abstracts: AASHE 2011 Conference
36. Summer Renewable Energy Train the Trainer Academies
37. Foresight Immersion Summer Sustainability Career Training

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
38. Director of Sustainability, Purdue U
39. Executive Director, Diversity, College of Southern Maryland
40. Civic Engagement and Service Coordinator, Oregon State U
41. Project Coordinator, Strategic Energy Innovations
42. Strategic Planning Assistant, CoFed
43. Livestock Systems Assistants, Sustainability Center, U Idaho

EVENTS
44. UMACS/AASHE Faculty Leadership in Sustainability Workshop
45. STARS Webinar: Next Steps After Earning a STARS Rating
46. Maximizing Dorm Energy Savings Webinar
47. Midwest Sustainability Undergraduate Curriculum Conference
48. Community-University Partnerships Conference in Canada
49. International Conference on Study Abroad and Sustainability
50. Integrating Sustainability into the Curriculum Workshop
51. 2011 International Institute on Partnerships

CAMPUS SUSTAINABILITY DISCUSSION FORUMS HIGHLIGHTS
52. ER Credit 7 (STARS)


News

Buildings

1. U Texas Dallas Student Building Awarded LEED Platinum
The University of Texas at Dallas’ new Student Services Building has earned LEED Platinum certification. The four-story, 74,000-square-foot-building includes energy-efficient lighting, a solar hot water system, and was constructed using local building materials. The $27.5 million dollar project was financed in part by student fees collected from a $71 tuition increase.
See also: List of Green Student Centers (AASHE Members Only)
See also: List of Student Fees for Sustainability

Campus Sustainability in the Media

2. Grist Covers Cooperative Food Empowerment Directive
The Cooperative Food Empowerment Directive (CoFed), a new national training program and research institute empowering students to create ethically-sourced, cooperatively-run sustainable food storefronts and cafés on college campuses, was recently featured in Grist Magazine. The article profiles a recent University of California, Davis graduate and regional CoFed organizer who sees campus co-ops as a way to radically reduce overhead and offer sustainable foods at affordable prices for students with a model that cuts out the middleman, uses volunteer or member labor, and hooks into university resources such as subsidized rent and student entrepreneurial funds. Co-ops also serve as working classrooms and events spaces, and can introduce concepts of food sovereignty and food access to an audience whose adult lives are still taking shape.
See also: AASHE Student Diary Series: Opening of a Sustainable Food Storefront

Coordination and Planning

3. U Texas Austin Launches Sustainability Website, Directory
The University of Texas at Austin has introduced a sustainability website dedicated to monitoring sustainability issues across campus. The main feature of the portal is the Sustainability Directory, a searchable, relational database focused on education and research that organizes information into topical subjects related to sustainability issues.
See also: List of Campus Sustainability Websites

Curriculum

4. U Saskatchewan Offers New Critical Enviro Ed Graduate Degree
The University of Saskatchewan is offering a new Master of Education degree in critical environmental education to begin in July 2011. The degree will be offered through four online courses and three summer institutes that explore culture and environment; anti-racist education; research methods; re-inhabitation in relation to social and ecological justice issues; autobiography and contemporary fiction as a means to study the construction of identities; concepts of wisdom including Indigenous and deep ecology; and provide the opportunity to develop, practice and experience a range of curricula and assessment practices relevant to critical environmental education.
See also: List of Graduate Degree Programs in Sustainability

5. Montgomery County CC Students to Build LEED Homes Over Break
Students at Montgomery County Community College (PA) will travel to Kent County in Michigan to work on the construction of Habitat for Humanity homes that will seek LEED certification as part of an alternative spring break program. Habitat for Humanity's Collegiate Challenge is a year-round alternative break program that offers more than 200 volunteer sites throughout the country. The Kent County chapter committed to building all future homes to LEED certification in 2007.

Dining Services

6. Campus Trayless Dining Initiatives Continue to Grow
After mainstream media coverage in 2008 and 2009, trayless dining on higher education campuses is back in the media with a controversial spin. Though the practice saves water with less trays to wash and reduces food waste by 25 to 30 percent, according to a 2008 study by food services provider Aramark, the Washington Post reports some student backlash to the idea of no trays. Without the option to load up a tray with the amount of food they want, students at Virginia Tech, Dickinson University (PA) and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst have campaigned to bring trays back. Despite this, the trayless trend continues on campuses and more than 20 stories on the practice have been reported in the AASHE Bulletin since 2008.

In related news, new competitions among residence hall cafeterias at the University of Colorado at Boulder are encouraging students to take their meals without a tray. While the university isn't enforcing the practice, there has been a noticeable trend among students to go trayless. With a $1,000 sustainability grant, the university is also focusing on a new program that will allow students to reuse to-go containers. For $5, students can purchase a re-usable container that they can bring back in exchange for a token, which can be used for a reusable container the next time they grab a meal on the go.

Diversity and Affordability

7. Inside Higher Ed Editorial: Diversity in Higher Ed
There are three reasons why diversity is truly important in higher education institutions, notes a recent Inside Higher Ed editorial by Oklahoma State University Provost and Senior Vice President Robert J. Sternberg. Sternberg writes that students learn more from others if the others are different from themselves in significant ways; that diversity helps promote understanding that can be lacking when different groups fail, or refuse, to act; and that diversity helps attract the best students, faculty and staff. While some faculty and administrators may see diversity and academic excellence as competing goals, Sternberg says that to have excellence, you must have diversity.

8. Chronicle of Higher Ed Editorial: Diversity in Science
The only way we will "out-innovate, out-educate and out-build the rest of the world," as President Barack Obama called for in his January State of the Union address, is if professors engage more women and ethnically diverse science students, writes American Association for the Advancement of Science Chief Executive Officer Alan I. Leshner in a recent editorial for The Chronicle of Higher Education. While traditional reward systems at many universities emphasize publication and grant-getting, Leshner points to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as an institution that also rewards its professors for engaging diverse populations. Support in the form of institutions paying tribute to faculty members who are successful at nurturing diverse ideas and student involvement is essential for innovation, says Leshner, because increasing the diversity of the scientific human-resource pool will inevitably enhance the diversity of scientific ideas.

9. Western Washington U to Encourage More Female Science Students
The National Science Foundation has awarded two Western Washington University professors with a five-year grant worth $590,000 to help encourage more female students to major in computer science and mathematics. Most of the grant money will be used to provide need-based scholarships of as much as $10,000 per student, per year. Only about 10 percent of computer science majors and 35 percent of math majors at the university are women.

10. Gender Neutral Housing Begins at Rutgers U
Working in conjunction with the Center for Social Justice Education and LGBT Communities, Rutgers University (NJ) has announced that it will pilot a program that allows for gender neutral housing. The policy is being tested at the university to provide more suitable accommodations for transgender students. There are more than 50 institutions that offer similar housing options for sophomores, juniors and seniors at college.
See also: Academic Impressions Coverage of Gender Neutral Housing

11. Harvard U Reinstates ROTC on Campus
After Congress' recent repeal of a ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military, Harvard University (MA) has agreed to reinstate the Naval Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) program on its campus. The agreement marks the end of a Vietnam era policy, in which the university refused to participate in the recruitment and training program until the military permitted greater inclusiveness to all members of society.
See also: Will Other Schools Follow Suit?

Energy

12. Academic Impressions Examines Campus Solar Trend
As institutions like the University of Maryland, College Park and Princeton University (NJ) announce plans for large solar installations, Academic Impressions looks at how the solar market is changing and what questions institutions need to address as they consider investments in solar energy. The article, which includes resources for reviewing state incentives for renewable energy and a checklist of critical questions to consider, notes that a swift decline in the cost of solar installations and a rise in state incentives available for financing solar installations have contributed to making solar power more affordable for colleges and universities in recent years.
See also: List of Campus Solar Installations

13. U Massachusetts Plant Receives EPA Energy Efficiency Award
The University of Massachusetts' $133 million central heating 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. The plant’s energy-efficient features include a 10-megawatt solar combustion turbine, heat recovery steam generator, four-megawatt steam turbine, three natural gas boilers and the 160,000 gallons of water used in the plant each day is treated wastewater. The plant has reduced campus-wide greenhouse gas emissions by about 75 percent.

14. Utah State U EcoCenter Recognized for Energy Leadership Efforts
Utah State University's Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter has been recognized for its role in establishing Park City, Utah as a national "green" leader. Park City Municipal received the 2010 Green Power Leadership Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in October, an award given to communities that go above and beyond the standard for purchasing green power, which includes wind, solar, geothermal, biogas, biomass and low-impact hydro powers. Five nonprofit organizations in Park City were awarded for their contributions during a Park City Sustainability Roundtable last month. The Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter was recognized for its ongoing clean energy use, energy efficiency (54 percent cost savings over conventional design), educational programs and its efforts on "This Green Earth," an environmental radio show.

15. Utah State U Installs Thermal Energy Cooling Tank
Utah State University has built a 30-foot-tall concrete thermal energy storage tank that will hold two million gallons of water, which will be used to cool buildings on campus. The water in the tank is cooled using electric chillers. The chillers will operate at night and the tank will store the water throughout the day. This project is estimated to save $100,000 a year in electricity costs. The annual savings will help the university pay for the $2.5 million investment in the tank.

16. U Massachusetts Dartmouth Plans Wind Turbine Installation
The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth campus is planning to install a 243-foot wind turbine on campus, a move that is estimated to reduce energy costs by $125,000 per year. Financing for the turbine is part of a $35 million state-funded capital investment plan for renewable energy efforts on campus that includes the installation of solar panels on the roof of the university's athletic center.
See also: List of Campus Wind Power Installations

17. McMaster U Strikes Deal with IBM to Improve Energy Efficiency
McMaster University (ON) has formed a partnership with IBM to create an energy-smart campus power grid. The university will use IBM software to monitor and forecast energy consumption in 60 campus buildings. The energy analytics software will track hot water usage, lighting and electrical output. The university will refer to the information gathered for ways to reduce operating costs and cut back on greenhouse gas emissions.

Funding

18. U Georgia Awards $13K for Student Sustainability Projects
The University of Georgia's Office of Sustainability has announced the inaugural winners of its Campus Sustainability Grants Program. Four student projects will be funded through $13,000 of green fee funds. The projects include the installation of a water bottle refill station; the establishment of the university's first bike share program; the expansion of the university's dorm move-out waste reduction program; and the installation of a rainwater harvesting system at the campus community garden.
See also: List of Funding Mechanisms for Campus Sustainability

Grounds

19. Ball State U Debuts Native Landscaping Online Interface
In partnership with JFNew, a company that provides ecological consulting and ecosystem restoration services, Ball State University (IN) has launched NativeBrowser™. The free, web-based tool allows the input of key site conditions to create a customized list of native plant species suitable for the specified growing conditions. The tool was developed as an online interface to the web application, NativeSpec™, an extensive database of native plants and seeds categorized according to their preferred habitat and ecological conditions and site factors. Students in the university's department of landscape architecture accepted a 2010 Student Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects for their leadership in developing NativeSpec™.

20. U Calif Santa Barbara Restores Newly-Designated Campus Open Space
The University of California, Santa Barbara has begun the cleanup and restoration of a 69-acre tract of campus land that has been permanently set aside as open space under a conservation easement agreement. The university's Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration is overseeing the cleanup of remnant pipes, fencing, cement and other items with the goal of enhancing wetlands along the western border of the property, where some original, less-disturbed soil and native plants remain.

21. U Georgia Enlists Sheep to Improve Waterway Access on Campus
The University of Georgia's Grounds Department has dispatched 30 sheep and two donkeys to improve access to a major waterway that runs through the campus. The grazing site is currently choked with privet, an invasive plant that forms a nearly impenetrable physical and visual barrier and displaces more diverse and controlled native species. The university chose sheep in particular because unlike cattle, sheep avoid the water's edge, leaving vulnerable embankments undisturbed. Unlike goats, they do not attempt to strip larger, desirable trees.

Public Engagement

22. Cornell U Students to Design and Build School in South Africa
Cornell University (NY) Sustainable Design, a student-led organization, has partnered with Education Africa, a nonprofit organization that strives to counter poverty through education, to design and build a schoolhouse in Cosmo City, South Africa, this summer. The 6,000-square-foot preschool and teacher-training center, known locally as a crèche, will accommodate up to 80 of the area's children as part of a South African national initiative to improve early childhood development. It will include classrooms, a dining area, a kitchen, a health center, indoor and outdoor play areas, and an office. The students have also published a book, "Schoolhouse South Africa: Comprehensive Context," that is a compilation of their research for the project. The book contains case studies, local architectural history, details about the city and region, childhood development strategies, building sites, structures and a pre-design brief.

23. MIT Travels to Brazil for Biodiesel Education Efforts
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s biodiesel team, Biodiesel@MIT, plans to return to Sao Paulo, Brazil this spring to continue its previous education efforts on how to convert diesel engines into waste vegetable oil-powered engines. The group will target its education to garbage sorters, helping them identify which waste is particularly beneficial for waste vegetable oil biodiesel. The group is fundraising to finance the return trip.

Research

24. EPA Awards Grant to Georgia Institutions for Clean Air Research
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded a five-year grant of $8 million to Emory University (GA) and the Georgia Institute of Technology to create one of four national Clean Air Research Centers that will address the public health impacts of air pollution. The Southeastern Center for Air Pollution and Epidemiology (SCAPE) will characterize ambient air pollution mixtures and determine their specific role in human health risks, using new measurement and modeling approaches. The overall goal of the center is to contribute to improved management of air quality for the benefit of human health in the U.S. Air quality engineers and scientists from Georgia Tech will develop and apply detailed measurements and new modeling techniques to identify and track atmospheric contaminants and mixtures of these contaminants suspected of having adverse health effects.

25. U Minnesota PhD Student Works to Simulate the Sun
A University of Minnesota Ph.D. student is researching ways to produce an effective solar simulation that could provide 24/7 energy in any weather condition. The project is leading to further research on how to make hydrocarbon, liquid fuel from solar energy.

26. U California Berkeley Chemist Turns Bacteria Into Biofuel
A University of California, Berkeley chemist has made a biofuel breakthrough by engineering bacteria to produce a biofuel similar to gasoline. The lead chemist of the research team developed the process working with students and colleagues. Their work is funded by the university and various foundations.

Transportation

27. First-Ever Bicycle Friendly Campus Designations Announced
The League of American Bicyclists has announced the first institutions to receive its Bicycle Friendly University designation. The program recognizes colleges and universities that create environments where bicycling can thrive and provides a roadmap and technical assistance to create great campuses for bicycling. For its breadth of programs, including a cycling network, education programs like the Bike Safety Dorm Challenge, bicycling incentive programs and 21.7 percent of bike commuters, Stanford University (CA) received the only platinum-level award. Twenty of the 32 institutions who applied received designations including the University of California, Santa Barbara; University of California, Davis; University of Minnesota; and Emory University (GA).

28. Virginia Tech Encouraging Green Commuters
By 2015, Virginia Tech hopes to have half of its workplace committed to green commuting. The institution's alternative commuting program focuses on incentives for biking to campus including ample bike parking, and works with local transit companies to provide free passes at certain times of the day.
See also: List of Campus Alternative Transportation Websites (AASHE Members Only)

29. Montgomery County CC Purchases Electric Utility Carts
Montgomery County Community College (PA) has traded three of its gas-powered utility vehicles for electric carts. The zero emissions vehicles will be used by the Facilities staff around campus.
See also: List of Campus Electric Vehicle Fleets (AASHE Members Only)

Waste

30. Yale U Works to Decrease Dorm Waste
Yale University's (CT) College Council has announced that it will direct $10,000 toward projects aimed at decreasing wasteful student habits. The primary projects include a Summer Storage program that allows students to store their items at the school before leaving for the summer break; the Spring Salvage and Trash to Treasure programs that promote reusable items through second-hand sales; and rentable Hydration Stations that will replace bottled water during outdoor events.

31. Iowa State U Students Pilot Campus Bus Biodiesel Project
Iowa State University students are working to convert campus buses to run on used vegetable oil from the cafeteria. The team's grease processor is expected to produce 55 gallons of fuel per week. If the program is successful, the students plan to ramp up production by processing waste oil from local restaurants and selling the waste vegetable oil as biodiesel.
See also: List of Biodiesel in Campus Fleets (AASHE Members Only)

New Resources

32. Education for Sustainable Development Report
Commissioned by UNESCO, this "Education for Sustainable Development: An expert review of processes and learning" report identifies which commonly accepted learning processes are aligned with Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and should be promoted through ESD-related programs and activities. It also seeks to examine which learning opportunities contribute to sustainable development. The publication will inform the choice of tools and specific questions that need to be asked as part of the 2011 DESD (United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development) monitoring and evaluation report.

33. 'Carbon Nation: A Climate Change Solutions Movie'
"I see the United States having almost a full employment economy based on retrofitting a nation," says green jobs innovator Van Jones in the trailer of the new movie, "Carbon Nation: A Climate Change Solutions Movie." Billed as a movie "that doesn't even care if you believe in climate change," this solutions-based, non-partisan documentary illustrates how being a part of the new, low-carbon economy can be good business, embolden national and energy security, and improve health and the environment. The movie delves into creative solutions to combat climate change being created by entrepreneurs, visionaries, scientists and the everyday man. Campuses across the country will screen the documentary on April 12, 2011.
See also: Nationwide Campus Screening Event

34. New Facebook Group for Student Eco-Reps
EcoRepCentral.com has launched a Facebook-based resource for Eco-Reps, also known as student sustainability educators, to share best practices across campuses.
See also: List of Campus Eco-Rep Programs

Opportunities

35. Call for Abstracts: AASHE 2011 Conference
AASHE invites abstracts from the campus sustainability community for "AASHE 2011: Creating Sustainable Campuses and Communities." The AASHE conference offers a platform to present innovations, design frameworks, learning outcomes or leadership initiatives to university, college, business and governmental partners focusing on campus sustainability through cross-sector collaboration. New this year, AASHE has collaborated with the International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education to peer-review a select group of accepted presentations to appear in a special IJSHE issue, provisionally scheduled for spring 2012. The online submission process will remain open through March 16, 2011.

36. Summer Renewable Energy Train the Trainer Academies
The Consortium for Education in Renewable Energy Technology (CERET) invites two-year college science and technology instructors to apply for its Train the Trainer Academies in biofuels and photovoltaics. Accepted applicants will receive hands-on experience and instructional training necessary to incorporate renewable energy technology into their own classrooms. The academies are taught by veteran industry experts, and are based on existing programs certified by national training/accrediting bodies such as the National Alternative Fuel Training Consortium and the Institute for Sustainable Power Quality. Two academies are offered each summer in a staggered pattern to meet the scheduling needs of teachers. Funding through the National Science Foundation allows CERET to provide teachers with stipends to offset the costs of tuition, travel, room and board for the class. The deadline to apply is March 20, 2011.

37. Foresight Immersion Summer Sustainability Career Training Program
Foresight Design Initiative, a Chicago nonprofit dedicated to urban transformation, is recruiting for its Foresight Immersion summer program that trains emerging/transitioning professionals to be sustainability change agents. College graduates looking to gain experience to professionals accelerating their career development are invited to apply for the six-week program. After two weeks of a comprehensive overview of urban sustainability, participants spend four weeks working in career-focused tracks including business, product design, graphic design, buildings or civic innovation. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until April 1, 2011 or earlier if spaces fill.

Jobs & Internships

38. Director of Sustainability, Purdue U
Purdue University (IN) seeks a director of sustainability responsible for providing the vision, organizational strategy and focus for advancing operational sustainability efforts. This position provides senior administrators, faculty, staff and students with the knowledge, skills and motivation to integrate sustainability values and practices into strategic planning processes, operations and resource management, and overall university practices. This position will collaborate with students, faculty, staff and relevant committees to support and enhance current sustainability initiatives including the university's Sustainability Strategic Plan. Candidates should have a bachelor's degree in environmental management, environmental science, environmental engineering or a related field, and five or more years of experience in a field related to sustainability or environmental issues, and a proven track record in implementing best practices.

39. Executive Director, Diversity, College of Southern Maryland
College of Southern Maryland invites applications for its new executive director of diversity and equal opportunity post. The position will help the college achieve its vision of a diverse and inclusive environment for employees and students and be responsible for making recommendations on enhancing the college's environment, handling complaints, developing and implementing specific programs and initiatives, and acting as a conduit and resource to the greater southern Maryland community. Candidates should have a master's degree in human resources, counseling, education, organizational psychology or a related field, and significant work experience in diversity, equal opportunity or a related administrative area. For best consideration, applications should be received by March 24, 2011.

40. Civic Engagement and Service Coordinator, Oregon State U
The Department of Student Leadership & Involvement (SLI) at Oregon State University is currently recruiting a full-time civic engagement and service coordinator. This position is charged with supporting, developing and coordinating student programs focused on civic engagement, sustainability and co-curricular, community-based service learning through SLI. The coordinator will provide supervision and support to the student staff housed in the Center for Civic Engagement and Service (Community Service Coordinators/PeaceJam program) and the Student Sustainability Center staff. Candidates should have a master's degree in a relevant field or a bachelor's degree with a minimum of two years of professional experience in a higher education setting. Applications will be accepted through April 3, 2011.

41. Project Coordinator, Strategic Energy Innovations
Strategic Energy Innovations is seeking a full-time project coordinator to support its Higher Education and Sustainable Communities sectors. The position requires significant technical knowledge related to energy and climate change, which will be utilized in analytic, implementation and training activities across a variety of energy efficiency, renewable energy and climate protection topics. Candidates should be able to work comfortably and professionally with diverse clients and constituents including community college and four-year degree university students/staff, local government department staff, policy makers and community stakeholders. Both with college students and adult populations, the project coordinator will be involved in all phases of program implementation.

42. Strategic Planning Assistant, CoFed
The Cooperative Food Empowerment Directive (CoFed) seeks a strategic planning assistant to help focus its vision, long-term strategy and organizational policies. This part-time position will assist work groups as needed with planning around budget, programming and IT, and communicate with a network of diverse stakeholders across the country. This temporary position is scheduled through the strategic planning process in June 2011 with the opportunity for long-term employment.

43. Livestock Systems Assistants, Sustainability Center, U Idaho
The University of Idaho's Sustainability Center invites applications for up to three livestock systems research assistants to assist with implementation of a grant from the U.S. Agriculture and Food Research Initiative. Grant work will focus on the livestock system of the Inland Northwest, including production, processing and distribution of livestock and other agricultural products. Students will support research efforts by investigating farm practices, collecting local, regional and national data, and analyzing existing and emerging trends. They will also create and conduct surveys and interviews as well as perform technical analyses and other tasks as needed.

Events

44. UMACS/AASHE Faculty Leadership in Sustainability Workshop
March 23–24, 2011; River Falls, WI
Modeled after AASHE's Sustainability Across the Curriculum Leadership Workshops, this workshop will focus on training faculty leaders from all disciplines to develop curriculum change programs around sustainability on their campuses. Hosted by the University of Wisconsin - River Falls, this two-day event of presentations, exercises, discussion, reflection and planning is geared toward Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability (UMACS) and Upper Midwest schools. Registration is open until March 15, 2011 for a limit of 40 slots on a first come, first serve basis. Tuition is $325 for AASHE members and $375 for non-members.

45. STARS Webinar: Next Steps After Earning a STARS Rating
March 22, 2011; 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Eastern; Online
Several institutions have completed their STARS Reports and are now focusing on the next steps. This webinar will feature presentations from Goshen College and College of Lake County, STARS Participants who have submitted a finalized STARS Report, earned a STARS Rating and are planning their continued participation with STARS. The speakers will share an overview of their initial STARS approach and what they anticipate for STARS on their campus over the next year.

46. Maximizing Dorm Energy Savings Webinar
March 15, 2011; 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. Eastern; Online
New York University and energy management networking provider Telkonet will present a case study on the implementation of occupancy-based energy management initiatives in the educational sector. New York University has worked closely with Telkonet on the implementation of networked energy management solutions in more than 2,600 rooms in 11 dormitories. This webinar will share some of the lessons learned, best practices and performance results from the experience, and where to start and what to consider when beginning a facility energy savings initiative.

47. Midwest Sustainability Undergraduate Curriculum Conference
April 3-4, 2011; Decorah, IA
Faculty from across the Midwest will gather at Luther College (IA) for the 2011 "Integrating Sustainability into the Undergraduate Curriculum" conference. Featuring sessions on place-based learning, assessment and student learning outcomes, sustainability within general education, using campus operations as a teaching tool, and sustainability related research, this conference is the concluding event of the year-long collaborative Faculty Career Enhancement Project funded by the Associated Colleges of the Midwest. The conference will also include information on using STARS to evaluate and enhance sustainability within curriculum and information on the academic component of the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment.

48. Community-University Partnerships Conference in Canada
May 10-14, 2011; Waterloo, ON
Canada's Centre for Community Based Research, in partnership with communities of the Waterloo region, will host "Community-University Partnerships: From Global Perspectives to Local Action." The event will showcase best practices in community-university partnerships worldwide, and explore and introduce creative ways of strengthening local communities. Students, community leaders, researchers, educators, funders, policy makers and others invested in community-building as a vehicle for social change will be in attendance. The Community-Universities Partnerships movement began in Canada as a response to individuals involved in community-university partnerships who needed a forum to share experiences, strategies and ideas.

49. International Conference on Study Abroad and Sustainability
May 12-14, 2011; Brookings, SD
Hosted by South Dakota State University, this conference is designed for academics, practitioners, nonprofit staff and students to examine the inter-relationships between learning abroad, personal action and the state of the planet through the intertwined themes of studying abroad, service-learning and sustainability. Keynote speakers will include Living Routes' Daniel Greenberg, Wilson College's (PA) Ed Wells and the co-founders of Ecocentro IPEC.

50. Integrating Sustainability into the Curriculum Workshop
May 18-19, 2011; Missoula, MT
The University of Montana's Green Thread Initiative will host the faculty development workshop, "Integrating Sustainability into the Curriculum." Faculty from all disciplines will learn to integrate sustainability into their courses during this two-day event that will include mini-lectures, field trips and discussion and exercises about the assessment of student learning. Registration is limited to 25 participants and the deadline to apply is March 25, 2011.

51. 2011 International Institute on Partnerships
May 23-25, 2011 ; Portland, OR
Portland State University's (OR) Second International Institute on Partnerships: From Reciprocity to Collective Transformation: Achieving the Potential of Community-Campus Partnerships, will convene an international group of faculty, students, community partners and administrators who are similarly interested in advancing the role of community-higher education partnerships in society. The event will focus on the bedrock work of partnerships themselves - local, national and international - with a program directed to strengthening the capacity of both community and higher education constituents for participation in transformative partnerships. Through a blend of presentations from the field, plenaries and working sessions, the event will explore strategies to address persistent challenges, analyze promising practices and examine research to advance the study of partnerships.

Campus Sustainability Discussion Forums Highlights

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52. ER Credit 7 (STARS)
This post is about STARS, AASHE's Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System.

I am working to assess our courses for the sustainability related/focused courses. I'm wondering if others included biology and ecology courses in the "sustainability related" category. Our institution offers courses such as Aquatic Ecology that do briefly touch on the environmental aspects of sustainability but we are unsure if they should be counted for this credit.

Thanks for the help!

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