Back to Index

If you are having trouble viewing this email, please click here for the online version

AASHE Bulletin Header

Table of Contents for 05/24/2011:

NEWS
Buildings 1. North Carolina State Res. Halls Receive Energy Star Certification
Campus Sustainability in the Media 2. Huffington Post Highlights SUNY's Sustainability Commitment
Co-Curricular Education 3. Old Dominion U, Hampton U Students Build Solar Decathlon Home
4. U California Davis Plans for Campus Food Cooperative
5. U California Los Angeles Students Use App to Monitor Trees
6. U California Santa Cruz Carbon Fund Selects Green Projects
7. U Washington Students Break Ground on New Farm
Coordination and Planning 8. MIT Signs International Sustainability Charter
9. U Oregon Finalizes Guidelines for Sustainable Building
10. Western Michigan U Surveys Students for Sustainability Priorities
Curriculum 11. Green Mountain College Creates Sustainable Food Studies Program
12. U Hawaii Maui College Debuts Sustainable Science Mgmt Degree
Energy 13. Adelphi U Offsets 100% of Electricity with Wind Power
14. College of the Desert Announces Plan for Net-Zero Campus
Funding 15. U California San Diego Receives $1.4 Mil for Energy Research
16. U Hawaii at Manoa Biofuels Project Wins $1 Mil Competition
17. Indiana U-Purdue U Indianapolis to Fund Sustainability Projects
Transportation 18. Georgia Tech Partners with Ford for Green Eco School Bus
19. Metropolitan CC Debuts Green Bike Program
20. U Northern British Columbia Installs Showers for Cyclists
21. West Virginia U Celebrates Bike to Work Week
Waste 22. Colorado State U Installs Fully Automated Composting System
23. Ohio State U Has Zero Waste Plans for Football Stadium
24. U Wisconsin Oshkosh Unveils Dry Fermentation Anaerobic Digester
25. U California Santa Barbara Library Boosts Recycling Efforts
26. U Tennessee Expands Composting Ground

OPPORTUNITIES
27. Ithaca College Online Sustainability Leadership Certificate

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
28. STARS Program Analyst, AASHE
29. STARS Program Assistant, AASHE
30. Director, Office of Sustainability, IUPUI
31. Director, Sustainability Practices, Arizona State U
32. Climate and Energy Project Facilitator, George Washington U
33. Stakeholder Engagement Coordinator, George Washington U
34. Lecturer, Sustainability Science, U Massachusetts Amherst

EVENTS
35. AASHE Sustainability Officers Retreat
36. 2011 ACUPCC Climate Leadership Summit
37. North American Association for Environmental Education Conference

CAMPUS SUSTAINABILITY DISCUSSION FORUMS HIGHLIGHTS
38. Sustainability as a Core Outcome for a Liberal Education
39. Tracking Where Food Comes From (STARS)

This Issue's Sponsor:

marylhurst Image

Marylhurst University is a private, Catholic, liberal arts institution which was founded in 1893 near Portland, Ore. As a leader in online learning, it has cultivated the largest MBA program in Oregon (Portland Business Journal, 2010), with a unique MBA in sustainable business. Learn more about the accelerated online Green MBA.


News

Buildings

1. North Carolina State Res. Halls Receive Energy Star Certification
Three North Carolina State University residence halls - Carroll, Sullivan and Tucker - have received ENERGY STAR certification. They join fewer than 80 residence halls nationwide in receiving the certification. ENERGY STAR-certified buildings use an average of 35 percent less energy than typical buildings and also release 35 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. "The fact that each certified building is a residence hall demonstrates University Housing's ongoing commitment to address our nation's energy challenge while providing safe and affordable housing for our student body," said Dr. Tim Luckadoo, associate vice chancellor for student affairs, in a news release.

Campus Sustainability in the Media

2. Huffington Post Highlights SUNY's Sustainability Commitment
The State University of New York (SUNY) public higher education system has seized upon a valuable opportunity to make sustainability a central theme of its strategic planning, reports The Huffington Post. With 64 campuses, SUNY is one of New York State’s largest energy consumers. The university system understands its energy consumption is not sustainable and has taken measurable steps in its strategic plan to reduce energy consumption and make sustainability a priority. Most recently, the New York State governor and SUNY have unveiled the NYSUNY 2020 Challenge Grant Program “to make SUNY a leading catalyst for job growth throughout the state, strengthen the academic programs and demonstrate that New York is open for business.”

Co-Curricular Education

3. Old Dominion U, Hampton U Students Build Solar Decathlon Home
Students from Virginia-based Old Dominion University and Hampton University have designed and assisted in the construction of a solar home. The house will compete in the Solar Decathlon, an international green technology contest sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. Sustainable features of the home include solar panels on a slanted roof and retractable windows to let natural heat and breezes in. The total cost of the model is expected to run between $280,000 and $330,000. Once the contest is over, the solar home is expected to become a permanent studio on campus.

4. U California Davis Plans for Campus Food Cooperative
The University of California, Davis’ Flatland Food Collective, a student group, has launched a campaign to bring locally grown, organic food to campus. The collective will run a pedal-powered smoothie cart in fall 2011. Local farmers will donate fruit for the smoothies. After generating enough revenue, the student group hopes to start a café directly on campus. The Flatland Food Collective is sponsored by Cooperative Food Empowerment Directive, a national nonprofit organization that provides resources for groups on college campuses to start food co-ops.

5. U California Los Angeles Students Use App to Monitor Trees
The University of California, Los Angeles' student-led Sustainable Living Program’s Action Research Team has begun using an Android application to catalogue trees on campus. The phone application inputs data on the species and condition of trees. The information is uploaded to a website that records their geographic position. The five students are working with the Geography department to help the university better manage the resources it needs to take care of its trees. Once all of the trees have been catalogued, the Facilities Management department will use the application to manage the care of trees and ensure energy is not being wasted on watering trees that do not need it.

6. U California Santa Cruz Carbon Fund Selects Green Projects
The student-run Carbon Fund at the University of California, Santa Cruz has selected nine staff and student projects for funding. Each project is community-based, requiring cooperation between students, staff and community members. Projects will include a “Take Back The Tap” pilot program, a water conservation system, the installation of a solar panel and wind turbine at the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf, energy-efficient lighting in parking lots, a certification program to make campus staff offices more ecologically friendly, and educational programs to help reduce water use throughout the region. The Carbon Fund receives money from a student-approved ballot initiative that raises money through a $3 per quarter student fee.
See also: List of Student Fees for Sustainability

7. U Washington Students Break Ground on New Farm
Students at the University of Washington recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for an expanded campus Farm. The UW Farm, a registered student organization that grows produce, has expanded to include a new location. The group received a $78,306 from the Campus Sustainability Fund for the new site, which will allow the farm to produce more food to sell to campus Housing and Food Services.
See also: List of Campus Supported Agriculture and Farms (AASHE Members Only)

Coordination and Planning

8. MIT Signs International Sustainability Charter
Massachusetts Institute of Technology has signed the Sustainable Campus Charter, an agreement signed by leaders of 25 other national and international universities. The charter will deepen the institute’s commitment to improve sustainability, foster energy efficiency and reduce waste in all campus activities. The charter also encourages members to continue sustainability efforts locally and share information and experiences globally. The charter was initiated by Global University Leaders Forum, who partnered with the International Sustainable Campus Network to develop, implement and manage the new charter. Other charter signatories include Carnegie Mellon University (PA), Yale University (CT), Oxford University (UK), Cambridge University (UK), Harvard University (MA) and others in the Americas, Europe and Asia.

9. U Oregon Finalizes Guidelines for Sustainable Building
The University of Oregon has formalized its Oregon Model for Sustainability, which includes new campus building guidelines. The new guidelines focus on three primary sustainability concerns: energy, water and people. All new development should have zero net increase in overall energy use and offset stormwater runoff. Along with creating a more sustainable building and site, new development projects will have to contribute a minimum of $35,000 toward educating students and staff. The increased costs of the proposed measures will be shared between the individual building project’s funding and the university’s central funding sources obtained through student fees and tuition.
See also: List of Campus Building Guidelines (AASHE Members Only)

10. Western Michigan U Surveys Students for Sustainability Priorities
Western Michigan University has received over 500 responses to its first Student Sustainability Survey. Students identified reducing the amount of waste sent to landfills; expanding healthy and sustainable food options; and encouraging public transit, carpooling and non-motorized transportation as among the most important sustainability actions for the university to initiate. The details will be presented during a public forum. The survey results, along with comments from the forum and input from the university-wide Sustainability Committee, will set the priorities for the Office of Sustainability in the 2011-2012 academic year.

Curriculum

11. Green Mountain College Creates Sustainable Food Studies Program
Green Mountain College (VT) has announced a new master’s degree in sustainable food systems. The program builds on the interest in food and agriculture issues in the U.S. and on the success of the college’s undergraduate major in sustainable agriculture. The primary objective of the new program is to educate leaders in food and agricultural systems with a graduate-level interdisciplinary program focused on sustainable production and knowledge of the economic, ecological and social forces driving food systems.
See also: List of Graduate Degree Programs in Sustainability

12. U Hawaii Maui College Debuts Sustainable Science Mgmt Degree
The University of Hawaii Board of Regents has granted provisional status for a new undergraduate degree in sustainable science management to debut at the University of Hawaii Maui College in fall 2011. With a focus on renewable energy, energy efficiency and conservation, the degree program provides green industry workforce training and integrates topics in energy, ecology, business and management, water and wastewater, agriculture, wastewater management, economics, policy and social science.
See also: List of Bachelor's Degree Programs in Sustainability

Energy

13. Adelphi U Offsets 100% of Electricity with Wind Power
Adelphi University (NY) has announced plans to offset 100 percent of the electricity consumed on its Garden City campus with the purchase of 20,206,800 kilowatts hours of renewable energy credits generated by wind farms across the country. The university will purchase the credits through Colorado-based Renewable Choice Energy. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that this purchase helps avoid a similar amount of CO2 emissions as that produced by nearly 2,775 passenger vehicles annually, or the electricity use of 1,761 average American homes. Renewable Choice Energy credits are third-party certified by Green-e Energy.

14. College of the Desert Announces Plan for Net-Zero Campus
The College of the Desert (CA) has announced a new partnership with Southern California Edison to unveil a net-zero West Valley Campus in 2014. The college will work with the utility company on a 10-megawatt solar installation. Other sustainable features of the new campus will include earth-shelter buildings, cross ventilation, drought-resistant landscaping and a cistern.

Funding

15. U California San Diego Receives $1.4 Mil for Energy Research
The University of California, San Diego has received a $1.4 million grant from the California Energy Commission’s Public Interest Energy Research. The funding will accelerate the development and deployment of renewable energy technologies for Californians. The university plans to boost solar forecasting research, support the development of solar powered electric vehicle charging stations and solar integrated energy storage systems on campus, and improve information technology architecture with grid operators.

16. U Hawaii at Manoa Biofuels Project Wins $1 Mil Competition
The University of Hawaii at Manoa's project to advance the use of biofuels on the Hawaiian islands has won a $1 million sustainability research competition. The two-year project will conduct research and plant test sites of Jatropha curcas, a fast-growing, drought resistant tropical oil-bearing plant rich in fatty oils that can be converted to biodiesel. It will also explore the conservation of waste biomass into carbonized material that can be used for soil enrichment. The project will include educational outreach through a capstone engineering course, as well support for undergraduate students in senior thesis projects. The development of a business plan for the commercialization of some of the technologies has the potential to sustain the project after its initial two-year duration.

17. Indiana U-Purdue U Indianapolis to Fund Sustainability Projects
Nine sustainability projects on the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) campus ranging from water bottle fill stations to sculptural bike parking have received grant support from Greening IUPUI. The 2011 grant proposals marked the third round of Greening IUPUI grant awards. The grants fund student, faculty and staff-led initiatives that plan to “green” the university by advancing its sustainability principles.
See also: List of Funding Mechanisms for Campus Sustainability

Transportation

18. Georgia Tech Partners with Ford for Green Eco School Bus
Georgia Institute of Technology has partnered with the Ford Motor Company Fund to convert a school bus to a hydraulic hybrid vehicle that runs on recycled biofuel. The project was financed by a $50,000 Ford College Community Challenge. Students, with the help of a mechanical engineering professor, designed and developed the hydraulic hybrid system for the 16-passenger school bus. The university held an event in which elementary students painted the bus and organized a drive to collect used cooking oil for processing into biodiesel.

19. Metropolitan CC Debuts Green Bike Program
Metropolitan Community College (NE) recently debuted the Green Bike Program at its Fort Omaha campus. The Green Bike Program encourages biking as a healthy, safe and environmentally friendly way to get around. Students and staff on the campus will have free access to seven bikes. Twenty-four new bike racks were installed on campus, and eight sharrows were painted on campus roads. The green bikes will be available free of charge on a first-come, first-serve basis to get around the Fort Omaha campus only. The Green Bike program is made possible through a partnership among the college, Live Well Omaha, the Community Bike Shop and Green Street Cycles. The bikes were painted by students in the college's Auto Collision Technology Program.
See also: Green Bike Program
See also: List of Bicycle Share Programs (AASHE Members Only)

20. U Northern British Columbia Installs Showers for Cyclists
The University of Northern British Columbia has installed two showers for bike commuters. The shower facilities are part of a plan to encourage more people to bike or walk to campus. The cycling community at the university had expressed that the new facilities would be a great help and remove a lot of barriers to biking to campus.

21. West Virginia U Celebrates Bike to Work Week
West Virginia University recently celebrated Bike to Work Week, part of National Bike Month, by encouraging employees and students to ride their bikes and showcasing the services available to cyclists. The university’s Mountaineer Station offers indoor lockers, bike racks and showers for cyclists who can then ride the Personal Rapid Transit system to their destination. A Confident City Cycling program was created for those who are uncomfortable with cycling on the streets and the university will pay for the cost for employees to attend the program.

Waste

22. Colorado State U Installs Fully Automated Composting System
Colorado State University's Housing & Dining Services has invested in a fully-automated composting system called the Earth Flow. Pre- and post-consumer food waste from campus dining centers is composted in the enclosed, 30-yard capacity compost bin. The Earth Flow accepts 2,000 pounds of material per day and composting is completed in 15 days inside the bin. The compost is piled on-site to cure for at least three to four weeks before being used in landscaping projects on campus.
See also: Campus Composting Programs (AASHE Members Only)

23. Ohio State U Has Zero Waste Plans for Football Stadium
The Ohio State University has announced plans to make its entire football stadium a Zero Waste Zone. The goal of the Zero Waste project is to achieve a 90 percent diversion rate of waste material such as food, paper products and plastics away from landfills. To help achieve this goal by the end of the 2012 season, the university will not place trash cans on the premises. The initiative is supported by the Department of Athletics and by a $50,000 grant from the President’s and Provost’s Council on Sustainability.

24. U Wisconsin Oshkosh Unveils Dry Fermentation Anaerobic Digester
The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh has debuted its dry fermentation anaerobic digester. The renewable energy facility includes heat and power generators that will produce up to 5 percent of the campus’ electricity and heat. The dry bio-digester will resemble an indoor composting site with air filters and will require up to 8,000 tons of organic bio-waste per year. The project is a collaborative effort with funding received from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Foundation, Wisconsin Focus on Energy and the federal government.

25. U California Santa Barbara Library Boosts Recycling Efforts
The University of California, Santa Barbara’s Davidson Library has provided 100 additional recycling bins to increase its trash diversion efforts and help students limit garbage waste. The campus plans to implement several recommendations from a waste audit of the facility by Green Project Consultants including posting recycling material guidelines near garbage receptacles and limiting organic and biodegradable materials that are sent directly to landfills. The university is also looking into developing a compost system for food-related materials, which make up 20 percent of the total waste.
See also: List of Campus Recycling and Waste Minimization Policies (AASHE Members Only)

26. U Tennessee Expands Composting Ground
The University of Tennessee has expanded its Make Orange Green campaign with the addition of a new composting program. The university had been composting only leaves and coffee grounds and as a result of recent construction, the composting site was relocated to a secluded spot. The new site will collect pre-consumer food waste including coffee grounds, vegetable scraps and fruit rinds. Meat and dairy products will be accepted once the program has collected enough wood chips and leaves.
See also: List of Campus Composting Programs (AASHE Members Only)

Opportunities

27. Ithaca College Online Sustainability Leadership Certificate
The Professional Certificate in Sustainability Leadership from Ithaca College (NY), offered in partnership with AASHE, is for practitioners who want to apply best practices in leading sustainability initiatives. The certificate catalog features 12, two-week seminars delivered online —anytime, anywhere— with open enrollment. The program currently has three upcoming seminars that will take place May 26 – June 11, 2011. "A Systems Approach to Sustainability" will cover awareness of sustainability as a multidimensional, dynamic interaction between interrelated and interdependent elements in an organization. Participants in "Communicating the Organization's Sustainability Efforts" will learn the technical knowledge and judgment to assure that sustainability reports highlight the documentable priorities and achievements of the organization. "Marketing Research for Sustainability Initiatives" will provide an orientation to qualitative research methods and their use in designing and implementing tools and methods for identifying high value opportunities. The registration deadline for all is May 26, 2011, and discounts are available for AASHE members.

Jobs & Internships

28. STARS Program Analyst, AASHE
AASHE seeks a full-time program analyst to contribute to the ongoing development and refinement of the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS). This position's primary responsibility will be to lead the ongoing refinement of the STARS credits through research, data analysis and discussions with experts. This work will involve researching best practices and relevant standards, preparing draft versions of credits for public review, reviewing completed STARS reports and identifying ways to showcase STARS data through the Data Displays. The successful candidate will have strong organizational skills and the ability to synthesize complex projects; experience and skill with technical report writing and editing; evidence of recent use of and comfort with mathematics and statistics; and a commitment to advancing sustainability in higher education. Review of applications will begin on June 20, 2011.

29. STARS Program Assistant, AASHE
AASHE seeks a full-time program assistant to support the ongoing development and refinement of the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS). This position's primary responsibility will be to coordinate STARS Technical Advisors, support STARS technical development, assist with customer service and identify STARS Reporting Tool enhancements. This work will involve responding to detailed questions on STARS credits, coordinating all communications with Technical Advisors, researching ways to improve STARS credits, and identifying lessons learned from the submissions to inform the technical development process. Successful candidates will have strong organizational skills and the ability to synthesize complex projects; evidence of strong writing skills and experience and comfort with reviewing documents and web content; experience and comfort working and experimenting with technology; and a commitment to advancing sustainability in higher education. Review of applications will begin on June 20, 2011.

30. Director, Office of Sustainability, IUPUI
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) seeks a director of its Office of Sustainability to develop and coordinate a campus-wide program of environmental stewardship, energy conservation, applied environmental science, policy research, environmental literacy and community outreach. The director will also be involved in the creation of the new campus sustainability program. The successful candidate should have a bachelor’s degree plus five years of full-time experience in an area related to sustainability.

31. Director, Sustainability Practices, Arizona State U
Arizona State University is seeking a director of its Office of Sustainability Practices, responsible for planning and directing all activities of the department. Responsibilities will include strategic planning, program management, administration and development, community engagement and relationship building. The position also works closely with student organizations and the campus community to educate and implement sustainability programs that further advance the university's sustainability goals. The successful candidate should have a bachelor’s degree in a related field and five years of experience managing a sustainability program.

32. Climate and Energy Project Facilitator, George Washington U
The George Washington University (DC) seeks a sustainability project facilitator to manage projects and systems that will contribute to a sustainable and healthy campus. The person in this role will implement projects that will improve the university’s impact on climate change and energy in an urban setting with the intent to enhance social equity and economic prosperity. Position focus will include implementation of best practice in efficiency options, behavior and education, technological solutions, partnership formation, emerging technologies, regulatory trends and engagement with the university's faculty on energy and climate research. Successful candidates will have at least a bachelor's degree in an appropriate area of specialization and three years of related experience.

33. Stakeholder Engagement Coordinator, George Washington U
The George Washington University (DC) seeks a stakeholder engagement coordinator to promote engagement, transparency and accountability of sustainability progress at the university. The person in this role will execute and coordinate engagement, social networking, media, communications and administrative activities required to support the Office of Sustainability. The job requires strong writing and communication skills and will include building relationships and communication with the university's stakeholders, managing outreach events, and developing and reporting sustainability goals and metrics.

34. Lecturer, Sustainability Science, U Massachusetts Amherst
The University of Massachusetts Amherst's Department of Environmental Conservation seeks applications for a non-tenure, nine-month, renewable lecturer position in sustainability science with a desired emphasis on the integration of sustainability systems. The successful candidate should be a scientist whose teaching and research focus is broad and leads students to analyze and solve problems in a holistic, systems-based way. Review of applications will begin on June 23, 2011.

Events

35. AASHE Sustainability Officers Retreat
July 15-17, 2011; Nebraska City, NE
Co-hosted by the Arbor Day Foundation at the Lied Lodge & Conference Center (outside Omaha, Neb.), this AASHE retreat will bring together 30 participants for an intensive two days of presentations, discussions, reflection and planning. The goal is to support the professional development of staff managing institutional transformation for sustainability in higher education. Space is limited, so register early (AASHE members can register at the member rate).

36. 2011 ACUPCC Climate Leadership Summit
June 23-24, 2011; Washington, D.C.
Hosted by George Washington University, this American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) event for senior leadership has three key objectives: to determine how institutions can assist each other in overcoming challenges by identifying specific approaches to achieving climate neutrality and education for sustainability; to expand the perspective of attendees regarding the vision for a sustainable society and how to make that vision a reality; and to identify what the ACUPCC can do collectively to support all higher education institutions in advancing sustainability on their campuses and helping the rest of society to do the same.

37. North American Association for Environmental Education Conference
October 12-15, 2011; Raleigh-Durham, NC
Registration will open on June 1 for the 40th Anniversary Conference of the North American Association for Environmental Education. Themed "Rooted in Time; Branching to the Future," the conference will feature research symposiums, field experiences, workshops, plenary panels and keynotes including "Capacity Building for Conservation: Sea Turtle Politics, Economics and Education."

Campus Sustainability Discussion Forums Highlights

Click on the titles below to view the full discussion thread.

38. Sustainability as a Core Outcome for a Liberal Education
Hi everyone,

At Marylhurst University (Oregon), we're reviewing our long-standing liberal arts core curriculum (general education outcomes for some of you). There is a receptivity to add learning outcomes in service-learning and sustainability for our graduates, alongside the traditional core of critical thinking, communication and so on. I've been reviewing some of the literature on sustainability in higher education, education for sustainable development (ESD), ecopedagogy and other paradigms. I would love to have examples of how sustainability is defined as a core learning outcome at other colleges and universities. I'd be happy to share the examples I collect from this group and from the literature. Thanks for any examples or assistance you can provide.

39. Tracking Where Food Comes From (STARS)
This post is about STARS, AASHE's Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System.

Our university has a contract with Sodexo and they do a great job of obtaining as much locally produced and organic food possible. However, they do often go through large distributors like Cisco to obtain food and Cisco apparently does not have a good tracking system to figure out where the food comes from. For example, lettuce in one shipment could come from 25 different farms all over the country. Has anyone else run into this situation and if so, are you just assuming that the food coming from these large distributors does not meet the STARS requirements or are you actually tracking everything down to the source? Any advice or help with regard to this problem would be greatly appreciated.

AASHE Bulletin is a weekly service of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. For more information, or to subscribe, please visit http://www.aashe.org/publications/bulletin.php.

Production of AASHE Bulletin is made possible with funding from our members. If you enjoy AASHE Bulletin and are not currently a member of AASHE, please encourage your school or organization to join. Membership dues support AASHE's core activities and enable us to provide vital benefits and services like AASHE Bulletin. Learn more about AASHE membership


Creative Commons

With the exception of the sponsor logos and the member-spotlight photo, the content of AASHE Bulletin is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 License. You may redistribute, copy, or otherwise reuse the AASHE Bulletin provided that you do so for non-commercial purposes and credit AASHE.


You are receiving this email because you subscribed on the AASHE website or otherwise indicated your interest in receiving AASHE Bulletin. To ensure future delivery of AASHE Bulletin to your inbox, please add bulletin@aashe.org to your address book.