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Table of Contents for 05/31/2011:

NEWS
Buildings 1. Concordia U Wisconsin Enviro Stewardship Bldg Earns LEED Platinum
2. 2 Grand Valley State U Buildings Receive LEED Certification
3. U Missouri-Kansas City Building Receives LEED Gold
4. Cal Poly Pomona Residential Suites Earns LEED Silver
5. Connecticut College Auditorium Awarded LEED Silver
6. Meredith College Student Housing Earns LEED Silver
7. LA Mission College Debuts Environmentally Friendly Fitness Center
8. San Diego Mesa College Opens Renovated Design Center
Campus Sustainability in the Media 9. USA Today Covers Rise in Recycled Graduation Gown Orders
Climate 10. Antioch U New England Pres Named to Climate Adaptation Committee
Co-Curricular Education 11. Hartwick College Art Students Recreate Tree Planting Initiative
12. U Iowa Students' Move-Out Donation Diverts 2 Tons from Landfill
13. Johnson County CC Students Create Sustainability Sculptures
Coordination and Planning 14. Unity College Names New President with Sustainability Focus
15. Indiana U-Purdue U Indianapolis Creates Office of Sustainability
Curriculum 16. U Oregon Launches Grad Sustainability Certificate Program
Diversity and Affordability 17. Chronicle of Higher Ed: Rethinking Access to Higher Education
18. Faculty Organizations Kick-Off College Access Campaign
Energy 19. College of William & Mary Launches In-House Carbon Offset Program
20. Santa Barbara City College Shaves $650K off Energy Costs
21. Duke U Begins Coal-Free Era
22. Arizona State U Tempe Campus Installs Solar Energy System
23. Arizona Western College Breaks Ground on Solar Project
24. Dixie State College Plans Energy Efficiency Upgrade
25. Michigan State U Plans Wind Turbine Installation as Teaching Tool
26. Atlantic Cape CC Announces Solar Energy Project
Funding 27. U Maine Fort Kent Receives $500K Grant for Biomass Boiler System
28. SUNY ESF Receives Grant to Produce Biofuel from Wood
29. Western Washington U Announces Green Fee Recipients
Grounds 30. Centenary College Plants 200 Blue Spruce Saplings
Public Engagement 31. U Oregon Students Prep Local City for Green Makeover
32. Institutions Earn Presidential Recognition for Community Service
33. Bard College Civic Engagement Center Receives $60 Mil
34. Missouri Institutions Assist with Tornado Relief Efforts
35. Rochester Institute of Tech Announces Community Grants
36. Cal Poly Pomona Constructs Water Tank for Guatemala Residents
Transportation 37. California State U Los Angeles Competes in EcoCAR 2
Waste 38. Coastal Carolina U Holds Campus Salvage Yard Sale
39. Western Carolina U Students Donate Items to Goodwill
Other News 40. Wharton School Hosts Sustainability Innovation Tournament

NEW RESOURCES
41. AASHE Interview Series: NIRSA Executive Director
42. May Issue of Mother Pelican Journal
43. Northwest Earth Institute Sustainability Salon Series
44. Algae Industry Q&A with Cal Poly Professor: Wastewater to Biofuel

OPPORTUNITIES
45. Call for Applications: AASHE 2011 Awards Program
46. Fulbright Scholar Awards in Environmental Sciences, Technology
47. Green Power Leadership Awards
48. 2011 Architectural Portfolio Contest

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
49. Sustainability Director, U Pacific
50. Sustainability Engagement Program Manager, Harvard U
51. Farm-to-School Coordinator, Green Mountain Farm-to-School
52. Visiting Professor, Environmental Studies, Goucher College

EVENTS
53. World Environment Day
54. EPA Southeastern Sustainable Colleges and Universities Conference
55. ACUPCC Webinar: Farm-to-School Successes and Challenges
56. Financing Energy Efficiency on Campus
57. American School & University Virtual Conference & Expo
58. 6th World Environmental Education Congress
59. EnergySMART Conference 2011

CAMPUS SUSTAINABILITY DISCUSSION FORUMS HIGHLIGHTS
60. Carbon Footprinting Food
61. Sustainability Planning - Guest Facilitator (STARS)


News

Buildings

1. Concordia U Wisconsin Enviro Stewardship Bldg Earns LEED Platinum
Concordia University Wisconsin recently achieved LEED Platinum certification for its Center for Environmental Stewardship. Environmentally friendly features include geothermal heating and cooling, solar photovoltaic, solar thermal, and T-8 fluorescent and LED lighting. Intended as a teaching tool for students and visitors, the $4 million center opened in August 2010.

2. 2 Grand Valley State U Buildings Receive LEED Certification
Grand Valley State University’s (MI) new student housing project and dining hall have both received LEED certification. The 279,974-square-foot housing project provides rooms for 600 students and achieved LEED Gold certification. The 24,000-square-foot food service building was awarded LEED Silver certification. The buildings feature energy-efficient lighting, heating and air conditioning systems, as well as landscaping that requires minimal irrigation with expansive stormwater management systems.
See also: List of Green Campus Residence Halls (AASHE Members Only)

3. U Missouri-Kansas City Building Receives LEED Gold
The University of Missouri-Kansas City's Student Union, opened in August 2010, has achieved LEED Gold certification. The building’s sustainable features include public transportation access, stormwater control and natural lighting.
See also: List of Green Campus Student Centers (AASHE Members Only)

4. Cal Poly Pomona Residential Suites Earns LEED Silver
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona’s new Residential Suites building has achieved LEED Silver certification. Environmentally friendly features include green space, bike racks and parking spaces for hybrid vehicles. Each one of the 150 residences is equipped with a dual-flow toilet and metering to ensure energy-efficient heating and cooling. The residences are part of the university’s climate commitment to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030.
See also: List of Green Campus Residence Halls (AASHE Members Only)

5. Connecticut College Auditorium Awarded LEED Silver
Connecticut College’s largest classroom has achieved LEED Silver certification. The auditorium, which seats up to 150 people, was one of the first major construction projects completed after the adoption of a college-wide green building policy in 2005. A quarter of the total building materials used for the renovation were manufactured using recycled materials and nearly half of the building materials were manufactured regionally. More than 63 percent of the construction waste generated on-site was diverted from landfills.

6. Meredith College Student Housing Earns LEED Silver
Meredith College’s (NC) newest student housing, opened in August 2009, has achieved LEED Silver certification. The apartments' sustainable features include dual-flush toilets, energy-efficient light fixtures, water-efficient landscaping and a drip irrigation system. Construction materials were made from recycled materials and extracted and manufactured regionally.
See also: List of Green Campus Residence Halls (AASHE Members Only)

7. LA Mission College Debuts Environmentally Friendly Fitness Center
Los Angeles Mission College (CA) has unveiled its $38 million health, physical education and fitness center. Previously, the physical education and athletic programs were housed in leased buildings dispersed off campus. The 87,000-square-foot building’s sustainable features include a constant monitoring of indoor air quality levels, a two-week preoccupy flush to remove construction-related contaminants, green housekeeping practices and low-VOC paints, carpets, adhesives and sealants. The center also features bicycle storage areas to encourage alternative transportation.
See also: List of Green Campus Recreation Centers (AASHE Members Only)

8. San Diego Mesa College Opens Renovated Design Center
San Diego Mesa College (CA) has unveiled a new Design Center, renovated with funding by the district's $1.555 Propositions S and N construction bond program. Sustainable features include extensive use of natural lighting; design materials made with recycled content; and a landscape plan that utilizes water-efficient irrigation and low water-use plants and shrubs.

Campus Sustainability in the Media

9. USA Today Covers Rise in Recycled Graduation Gown Orders
More than 250 institutions have ordered graduation attire this year made from recycled plastic bottles from Virginia-based Oak Hall Cap & Gown, up from 60 last year, reports USA Today in a recent article. George Mason University (VA), which recently graduated 7,392 students in the recycled gowns, is mentioned. With an average of 23 bottles to make each cap and gown, Oak Hall Cap & Gown estimates that it is keeping more than seven million plastic bottles out of landfills. Students also have the option of dropping them off at a recycling bin where they can be turned into yet another product. Other institutions are using graduation gowns made from biodegradable wood pulp. In related news, Hartwick College's (NY) Commencement Committee also chose Oak Hall's graduation outfits for its 2011 graduation ceremony. The college’s Grassroots Environmental Club also asked the graduating class to sign the Graduation Pledge of Social and Environmental Responsibilities upon graduating. The pledge states: "I pledge to explore and take into account the social and environmental consequences of any job I consider and will try to improve these aspects of any organization for which I work." The mission is to build a global community of responsible graduates improving society and the environment through the workplace.

Climate

10. Antioch U New England Pres Named to Climate Adaptation Committee
Dr. David Caruso, president of Antioch University New England, has been named to Second Nature's Adaptation Committee. Composed of higher education and climate adaptation experts, the committee will be introduced during the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) Climate Leadership Summit in June. The committee will evaluate how colleges and universities can use research, teaching, knowledge, skills and local outreach to serve as climate adaptation hubs in their communities.

Co-Curricular Education

11. Hartwick College Art Students Recreate Tree Planting Initiative
Inspired by the social and environmental implications of German artist Joseph Beuys’ "7,000 Oaks" project, Hartwick College (NY) students enrolled in "Contemporary Art History" recently recreated the artist's tree planting initiative. Beuys erected a stone pillar beside 7,000 individual oak trees planted in Germany, providing the viewer with a juxtaposition between growth and stability. The students planted one tree alongside a basalt pillar on campus. Each class member was involved in the project in a variety of different roles including sourcing materials and seeking administrative approval. Beuys claimed his original intent for the "7,000 Oaks" project was to continue and extend the project around the globe. The students intend to continue the legacy and also hope that the project at the college can be continued by future generations.

12. U Iowa Students' Move-Out Donation Diverts 2 Tons from Landfill
A recent student sustainability class project at the University of Iowa resulted in the diversion of more than two tons of household items and clothing from landfills. The waste reduction initiative brought together representatives from Goodwill of the Heartland, Habitat Restore, the Crisis Center, and the university's Office of Sustainability and Housing and Facilities Management departments. Student volunteers collected unwanted items acquired over nine months of living on campus for distribution by the nonprofit agencies.

13. Johnson County CC Students Create Sustainability Sculptures
Johnson County Community College (KS) has unveiled five student-made sustainability sculptures. The installations display students’ personal experiences with waste, recycling and reuse, and will remain on display into the fall to encourage discussions amongst the campus community. The sculptures were funded by a grant from the Student Sustainability Committee.

Coordination and Planning

14. Unity College Names New President with Sustainability Focus
Unity College (ME) has announced Dr. Stephen Mulkey as its new president. The director of the environmental science program at the University of Idaho will assume duties in July. Dr. Mulkey's scientific research spans more than three decades including the functional ecology of forests in Eastern Amazonia, tropical forest canopies in wet and dry forests of Central Panama and tropical alpine rosette species in East Africa. "This is an opportunity to lead Unity College to continue developing its strategic contacts within the higher education, philanthropic and sustainability communities both regionally and nationally," said Dr. Mulkey in a Unity press release.

15. Indiana U-Purdue U Indianapolis Creates Office of Sustainability
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) has announced the creation of an Office of Sustainability and plans to hire a full-time director by July 1. With the new office, the university will work to develop a coherent, campus-wide sustainability program by coordinating academic, research, operations and student activities; develop and manage a program of environmental stewardship, energy conservation, environmental literacy, community outreach and applied environmental science and policy research; and promote a culture of sustainability throughout campus.

Curriculum

16. U Oregon Launches Grad Sustainability Certificate Program
The University of Oregon has announced a new one-year graduate certificate program, "Oregon Leadership in Sustainability." Housed in the Department of Public Policy, Planning and Management, the sustainability "boot camp" will provide 30 students a year with the hands-on skills and experiences needed to contribute to a professional work environment engaged in sustainability issues including public agencies, nonprofits and private firms. The program's three components include leadership skills; core courses in energy and climate change issues and solutions for cities, green cities and ecological design; and a practicum working on projects for a real client.
See also: List of Certificate Programs in Sustainability

Diversity and Affordability

17. Chronicle of Higher Ed: Rethinking Access to Higher Education
Public anxiety over college costs is at an all-time high and low-income college graduates or those burdened by student-loan debt are questioning the value of their degrees, The Chronicle of Higher Education recently reported in an article that examines the findings of two surveys conducted by the Pew Research Center. One survey collected responses from 1,055 college leaders from mid-March to mid-April in association with The Chronicle, and the other surveyed a nationally representative sample of 2,142 adults age 18 and older by telephone. Three-quarters of the public said college was out of reach for most people. Twenty-five years ago, six in 10 Americans felt that way, according to a survey by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. The responses of presidents at public two-year, for-profit and less-selective four-year colleges show a struggle with declining state support, while tuition-driven private colleges confront a student market that has said "enough" to paying more.

To meet financial challenges and President Obama's goal of having the world's highest proportion of college graduates by 2020, says "Harnessing America's Wasted Talent" author Peter M. Smith in the article, colleges will have to rethink how they do business and expand access to students who are less prepared, who are the first in their families to attend college and who are juggling classes with work and family. Ideas addressed in the article include three-year degrees, year-round classes, online courses, adopting learning outcomes tied to real-world standards and changing federal financial-aid policy to meet nontraditional students' needs.
See also: Pew Surveys: Full Results and Methodology
See also: Pell Inst. Report: Low-Income Access Needed to Raise Education Levels

18. Faculty Organizations Kick-Off College Access Campaign
Representatives of faculty organizations and groups devoted to promoting college access officially kicked off their "Campaign for the Future of Higher Education" in May, it was recently reported The Chronicle of Higher Education. The initiative seeks to have higher education organizations work together to promote the idea that the nation's future depends on making an affordable college education available to all segments of American society. A think tank that will emerge from the campaign will initiate research leading to new legislation and new state or campus policies, bringing together researchers who already do work related to college access but have had little interaction with each other.

Energy

19. College of William & Mary Launches In-House Carbon Offset Program
Faculty, staff and students at the College of William & Mary (VA) now have the opportunity to contribute personally to an in-house carbon offset program. The program offers individuals and institutions ways to contribute money toward carbon reducing projects that offset their personal carbon producing lifestyles. The college plans to direct 100 percent of the donations to campus energy reduction projects. An example offset is $23 for each 1,000 miles driven in an SUV, truck or minivan, which will contribute to projects including the installation of occupancy sensors, fan drive upgrades, and heating and cooling upgrades. Participants will be able to contribute to energy-saving programs underway through a website that features a contribution calculator.

20. Santa Barbara City College Shaves $650K off Energy Costs
Since rolling out its energy conservation and environmental impact plan in 2001, Santa Barbara City College (CA) has announced a total savings of $650,000 in energy costs. The college installed a 235-kilowatt solar array of photovoltaic carports in 2009, funded with a low-interest loan from the California Energy Commission and district construction funds. The college reports a savings of $90,000 per year in utility costs as a result of the system, which will pay for itself within 10 years. The college has also improved its stadium lighting system by installing automatic security lights that turn on and off at scheduled times, with game lights only turned on when necessary, and plans to implement an Internet-based energy management system that will allow the institution to monitor and control its lighting and mechanical equipment online.

21. Duke U Begins Coal-Free Era
For the first time since the 1920s, Duke University (NC) is not using coal to produce steam to heat buildings, sterilize surgical equipment or maintain proper humidity for artwork and lab research. The university has burned the last of its remaining stock of coal, a major phase of the university’s Climate Action Plan to become carbon neutral by 2024. The coal pile, which once stood high above the top of its giant containment area, hasn’t been replenished by rail car since February 2009 and now sits empty. Renovations to its West Campus steam plant started in May and are anticipated to be completed by October 2012. The university replaced the coal-fired boilers with gas-fired steam boilers in its East Campus plant last year.

22. Arizona State U Tempe Campus Installs Solar Energy System
Arizona State University’s Tempe Campus has installed four new solar energy systems. The systems have a combined capacity of 750-kilowatts and utilize 3,572 solar modules. The rooftop installations were placed in strategic locations around campus for optimum solar energy usage. The new solar energy systems are part of the university’s goal to achieve 20-megawatts of solar generating capacity by 2020.
See also: List of Campus Solar Installations

23. Arizona Western College Breaks Ground on Solar Project
Arizona Western College has partnered with Main Street Power and Arizona Public Service for a five-megawatt solar project. The solar system will feature both single-axis trackers and dual-axis trackers. The installation will have private demonstration systems featuring photovoltaic technology for corporate and government comparisons and will be made accessible to students and researchers. The university expects the installation to produce almost 100 percent of the campus’ daytime electric needs. The project was funded by the APS Renewable Energy Incentive Project.

24. Dixie State College Plans Energy Efficiency Upgrade
Dixie State College (UT) has announced the launch of an energy efficiency upgrade that is expected to save $6.2 million in utility costs over the next 17 years. The college has entered into a $4 million contract with Johnson Controls that will replace hundreds of plumbing fixtures, seal buildings, upgrade thermostat controls and automate lighting and ventilation systems. If the project does not save at least $284,000 the first year, Johnson Controls will cover the difference.

25. Michigan State U Plans Wind Turbine Installation as Teaching Tool
Michigan State University has ordered four wind turbines and other renewable energy systems as part of its electrical technology teaching program and hands-on training apprenticeship. Part of a $100,000 technology budget, the Altronics Energy products will also serve as energy sources for the university.
See also: List of Wind Power on Campus

26. Atlantic Cape CC Announces Solar Energy Project
Atlantic Cape Community College (NJ) has partnered with Pepco Energy Services, Inc. to install a solar photovoltaic system. The project will be designed, owned and operated by Pepco, and the college will buy the solar energy produced from the company. The solar panels will form two rows of carports, which will cover nearly three-quarters of a parking lot. Students and staff will have the opportunity to view a kiosk that will include information about the amount of energy being produced and the amount of carbon emissions being offset. The college hopes to save $220,000 in utility costs in the first year. The solar photovoltaic system is expected to be completed by mid-August.

Funding

27. U Maine Fort Kent Receives $500K Grant for Biomass Boiler System
The University of Maine at Fort Kent has received a $500,000 grant from the Maine Department of Conservation to convert the oil heating system for the two largest campus buildings into a biomass system. The system will provide heat for 1.75 acres of floor space and is expected to save the campus nearly $1 million in heating costs in the next decade. The entire project will cost $858,000.

28. SUNY ESF Receives Grant to Produce Biofuel from Wood
Scientists at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry have begun researching ways to turn locally produced wood into sustainable biobutanol. Researchers are experimenting with different strains of bacteria that can ferment sugars extracted from wood into biobutanol that can be pumped into automobile gas tanks. Biobutanol is one of a handful of fuels that can be produced from wood sugars and is considered to be more efficient than ethanol in producing energy, and easier to add to the existing gasoline distribution infrastructure. The research is supported by a $400,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy and $75,000 from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.

29. Western Washington U Announces Green Fee Recipients
From a new solar array to water bottle refilling stations, Western Washington University has announced the campus sustainability projects slated to receive funding from its Green Energy Fee grant program. Students pay $21 each academic year for the Green Energy Fee and the majority is used to pay for renewable energy credit. The money left over is used to fund the Green Energy Fee grant program.
See also: List of Student Fees for Sustainability

Grounds

30. Centenary College Plants 200 Blue Spruce Saplings
Centenary College (NJ) has planted 200 blue spruce saplings that they received from Verizon Wireless. The college was one of five institutions that received the donation as a result of the college’s ongoing initiatives related to Earth Day and sustainability. The college will donate a portion of the saplings to the community. The tree planting initiative is part of the Verizon Wireless Tree Donation Program, which was established with the goal of planting 100,000 trees across the U.S. and 14 other countries by the end of the year.

Public Engagement

31. U Oregon Students Prep Local City for Green Makeover
Springfield, Ore. will be the focus of the University of Oregon's Sustainable City Year, an initiative that joins student projects with city needs. Promoting environmentally sustainable design and development, the two-year old program invites cities who are interested in having students involved in creating green buildings, developing parks, improving traffic planning and refurbishing neighborhoods to apply. The work in Springfield, who will pay the university $230,000 to participate, is still being decided but could include the redevelopment of a former 40,000-square-foot grocery store and 17-acre lumber mill site. Last year, the initiative's focus on Salem, Ore. received attention in The New York Times. Salem paid $330,000 and in return received an estimated 80,000 hours of work from more than 500 students working on 16 projects that were part of 28 different academic courses in 10 different departments.

32. Institutions Earn Presidential Recognition for Community Service
Six colleges and universities received Presidential Awards in the 2010 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, announced this month. Augsburg College (MN), Rollins College (FL) and San Francisco State University (CA) were honored in the General Community Service category; St. Mary's University (TX) and Loyola University, Chicago (IL) received Promise Neighborhood awards; and California State University, Monterey Bay took home the Summer Learning award. Administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service, 511 institutions were named to the Honor Roll with 114 receiving Honor Roll with distinction recognition including Ohio Wesleyan University for the third consecutive year.

33. Bard College Civic Engagement Center Receives $60 Mil
Bard College (NY) has received a $60 million contribution from the Open Society Foundations in support of its Center for Civic Engagement. The center's programs include helping people in New York State prisons earn degrees, assisting in the development of the first liberal-arts institution in Russia, and operating several public high schools in New York and New Jersey.

34. Missouri Institutions Assist with Tornado Relief Efforts
In the wake of the deadliest tornado in the U.S. in more than 60 years in Joplin, Mo. on May 22, area colleges are assisting with disaster relief efforts. Missouri Southern State University, Crowder College's Davidson Hall and Ozark Christian College are operating as triage centers and emergency shelters. Ozarks Technical Community College is collecting items for donation to the tornado victims.

35. Rochester Institute of Tech Announces Community Grants
The New York State Pollution Prevention Institute housed at Rochester Institute of Technology (NY) has announced the 2011 recipients of its Community Grants Program. The grants will provide monetary assistance to communities to advance the development and implementation of programs and initiatives in pollution prevention. The Rochester Child Care Council will use the funds to further advance its Eco-Healthy Kids Program. The second recipient, the Monroe County Department of Environmental Services, will use the funds to launch Pollution Prevention Education for municipal employees. The training effort is designed to assist municipal staff to better incorporate pollution prevention techniques in their operations while also providing information on new state and federal regulation related to waste collection.

36. Cal Poly Pomona Constructs Water Tank for Guatemala Residents
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona's Engineers Without Borders club recently traveled to Guatemala with the government's permission to construct a 90-cubic meter water tank in San Lorenzo. Designed by the university's students, the tank was based on a previous site assessment and made specifically for the area's needs.

Transportation

37. California State U Los Angeles Competes in EcoCAR 2
California State University, Los Angeles' College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology has been selected to build a zero-emissions vehicle for the EcoCAR 2 Plugging In to the Future international competition. Established by the U.S. Department of Energy and General Motors, the three-year collegiate competition provides engineering students the chance to design and build vehicles that demonstrate cutting-edge automotive technologies. The competition challenges 16 North American universities to reduce the environmental impact of vehicles without compromising performance, safety and consumer acceptability.
See also: EcoCAR 2 Website

Waste

38. Coastal Carolina U Holds Campus Salvage Yard Sale
Coastal Carolina University’s (SC) annual Campus Salvage yard sale has collected $2,000 toward campus sustainability efforts. Students living in residence halls on campus filled 25 PODS with donations during move-out week. Donations included electronics, lamps, bedding, rugs, appliances, clothing and food. The sustainability team made donations to local nonprofits prior to the community sale.

39. Western Carolina U Students Donate Items to Goodwill
Western Carolina University’s (NC) Department of Residential Living recently partnered with Goodwill Industries to collect donations from students as they moved out of the residence halls in order to reduce the volume of reusable items entering the waste system. Goodwill provided bins in the residence halls for students to drop off items. Students have donated 7,812 pounds of items including clothing, fans, coffee makers, microwaves, televisions, shelving and cookware.

Other News

40. Wharton School Hosts Sustainability Innovation Tournament
The winners have been announced of the global Innovation Tournament hosted by Knowledge@Wharton, an online journal of the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, and IT solutions provider Wipro Technologies. This year's tournament themes included new ideas in the area of sustainability and implemented solutions related to sustainability. The tournament received more than 160 submissions with winners from India, the Grenadines, Tanzania and the U.S. Egg Energy, a low-cost solution for electricity distribution in Africa, received the grand prize of $20,000.
See also: View Winners' Presentation Videos

New Resources

41. AASHE Interview Series: NIRSA Executive Director
AASHE recently interviewed Kent Blumenthal, executive director of the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) in Corvallis, Ore. Blumenthal talks about how NIRSA is promoting sustainability and the areas that he sees the biggest room for growth in the campus sustainability field.

42. May Issue of Mother Pelican Journal
Themed "The Coupling of Gender Equality & Clean Energy," the May issue of the Mother Pelican: A Journal of Sustainable Human Development looks at the need for gender equality during the transition from fossil fuels to clean energy. The influence of a patriarchal religious mindset in reinforcing gender inequities and exploitation of natural resources is discussed in this issue, which calls for radical reforms in both social and religious institutions to resolve gender and sustainability issues.

43. Northwest Earth Institute Sustainability Salon Series
The Northwest Earth Institute (NWEI) has debuted its Spring/Summer 2011 Sustainability Salon Series, the first in a series of quarterly free sustainability curriculum resources. The resource includes article excerpts from NWEI course books and accompanying discussion questions on a variety of sustainability topics. This short, informal resource is intended as a way to engage students in discussion and critical thinking on complex sustainability topics, as a discussion starter amongst faculty or staff during sustainability-focused meetings, as a tool for curriculum trainings and workshops around how to integrate sustainability into the curriculum, and as a way to spark conversation and introduce key concepts of sustainability.

44. Algae Industry Q&A with Cal Poly Professor: Wastewater to Biofuel
Algae Industry Magazine recently interviewed California Polytechnic State University environmental engineering professor Dr. Tryg Lundquist about how wastewater can make algae biofuel and how algae biofuel can be the impetus for better, low-cost, wastewater treatment.

Opportunities

45. Call for Applications: AASHE 2011 Awards Program
The expanded 2011 AASHE awards program is now accepting applications in six categories that will be presented at the "AASHE 2011: Creating Sustainable Campuses and Communities" conference. New this year are the Faculty Sustainability Leadership and Innovation in Green Building awards. These join the existing Student Sustainability Leadership and Student Research on Campus Sustainability awards, and the "Best" and "Oops!" categories of the Campus Sustainability Case Study award. The deadline for applications is June 17, 2011.

46. Fulbright Scholar Awards in Environmental Sciences, Technology
Administered by the Institute of International Education's Department of Scholar and Professional Programs, the Fulbright Scholar Program is now accepting grant applications for 2012-2013. Grants for teaching or research in the Middle East and North Africa in specializations of environmental sciences and technology will be awarded. Water resources, alternate energy, resource management, pollution prevention, waste management and other fields will be supported for periods of three to 10 months in Egypt, Israel, Palestine, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar or Kuwait. The application deadline is Aug. 1, 2011.

47. Green Power Leadership Awards
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Energy and Center for Resource Solutions invite nominations for the 2011 Green Power Leadership Awards. The awards seek to recognize the actions of individuals, institutions, companies and organizations that are significantly advancing the development of renewable electricity sources through green power markets. Nominations are due by June 21, 2011.

48. 2011 Architectural Portfolio Contest
Adaptive reuse is a new category in this year's 2011 Architectural Portfolio contest, which invites portfolios for school or university projects. Also including renovation and community use categories, the contest's winning entries will be featured in the November issue of American School & University magazine for use by administrators at schools and universities across the country. Entry forms are due June 10, 2011 and submission binders by July 11, 2011.

Jobs & Internships

49. Sustainability Director, U Pacific
The University of the Pacific (CA) is seeking a sustainability director to serve the university through development, coordination and administration of programs, supporting sustainable practices and advancing sustainability at all three campuses. The director will also collaborate with the Sustainability Committee in defining goals and performance metrics to ensure the success of the Sustainability Action Plan. The successful candidate should have a master’s degree and at least three years experience working with sustainability and education-related issues.

50. Sustainability Engagement Program Manager, Harvard U
Harvard University Business School (MA) is seeking a sustainability engagement program manager to manage the Graduate Green Living Program at the university. The manager will identify annual objectives and develop work plans for the program. The manager will also hire, train and manage six student employees to lead their peers toward finding ways to reduce environmental impacts from student life. The successful candidate should have a bachelor’s degree and at least two years of relevant work experience.

51. Farm-to-School Coordinator, Green Mountain Farm-to-School
Green Mountain Farm-to-School, a nonprofit organization in northern Vermont, has an AmeriCorps Farm-to-School coordinator job opening. The coordinator will work with school staff to develop, implement and evaluate Farm-to-School program activities such as taste tests, farm field trips and nutrition education. The position will also work at the school district level to coordinate local food purchasing, provide professional development and disseminate best practices. The deadline to apply is June 15, 2011.

52. Visiting Professor, Environmental Studies, Goucher College
Goucher College (MD) invites applications for a visiting professor position in environmental studies. The position will be for one year beginning August 2011, with possibility of re-appointment. Teaching responsibilities include three courses each semester including an introductory environmental studies course and intermediate and upper level courses in sustainability, environmental policy or environmental political theory. The successful candidate should have a Ph.D. in environmental studies, human geography or a related social science field. Consideration of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Events

53. World Environment Day
June 5, 2011; Worldwide
The United Nations Environment Program invites schools, governments, non-governmental organizations, businesses, industry, media and individuals to participate in the annual World Environment Day celebration. The UN encourages participants to organize sustainability events including flash mobs, online and social media activities, film festivals, competitions, concerts and demonstration activities to stimulate worldwide awareness of the environment and encourage political attention and action. Registered events will be posted on the World Environment Day website become part of the Wide World of WED map.

54. EPA Southeastern Sustainable Colleges and Universities Conference
June 6-7, 2011; Atlanta, GA
The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency and Spelman College (GA) will co-host the 2nd Annual Southeastern Symposium on Sustainable Environmental Practices at Colleges and Universities. The agenda will include sessions on sustainable facilities and infrastructure practices; food public policy, production pedagogy and community gardens; accessing environmental funding; and developing environmental programs and initiatives. The conference will also showcase information to achieve operational savings, enhance programs and reduce environmental impacts.

55. ACUPCC Webinar: Farm-to-School Successes and Challenges
June 13, 2011; 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Eastern; Online
The American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) will explore the key issues campuses should know about as the interest and demand for local and sustainable food sourcing is on the rise at colleges and universities in this "Farm to Campus: The Successes and Challenges of Sourcing Local and Sustainable Food" webinar. Sodexo will share the current local and sustainable food trends on campuses throughout the country, how it measures success in the area of local and sustainable sourcing, and issues of food safety and quality when sourcing food from local farms and campus gardens. Pennsylvania-based Kegel's Produce will present their experience as a vendor and distributor including their approach to local food sourcing, and the University of Louisville (KY) will share its experience rolling out a variety of local food initiatives on campus and working with Sodexo and the campus community to accomplish local food goals.

56. Financing Energy Efficiency on Campus
June 14, 2011; 12 p.m. Eastern; Online
California Institute of Technology's energy manager and sustainability manager will discuss their new Energy Conservation Investment Program during this Lucid Design Group webinar. The institute is investing upwards of $8 million a year on energy efficiency projects, and getting a 15 percent return on a six-year investment. This webinar will explore how institutions can turn energy efficiency into a mechanism to achieve campus carbon reduction goals and support broader campus sustainability initiatives.

57. American School & University Virtual Conference & Expo
June 23, 2011; Online
Energy management, green cleaning and green/sustainable construction/design will be among the educational sessions featured during this free third annual virtual conference and expo. Participants will learn specific strategies and tactics, hear best practices, receive practical guidance and discover new tools and resources.

58. 6th World Environmental Education Congress
July 19-23, 2011; Brisbane, Australia
Hosted by the Australian Association for Environmental Education, this conference is targeted at all individuals and organizations with a stake in environmental and sustainability education who want to share learning and experiences with global experts and peers in Brisbane, Australia. With sessions and keynotes, the event will explore the science and impact of climate change and the youth perspective.

59. EnergySMART Conference 2011
September 27-29, 2011 ; Boston, MA
Energy management solutions company EnerNOC will host this year's EnergySMART conference. Including a panel discussion titled "Total Energy Management in Education" targeted at institutions and large school districts, this conference will join hundreds of energy decision makers to tackle the pressing energy challenges of institutions and industrial and commercial organizations.

Campus Sustainability Discussion Forums Highlights

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60. Carbon Footprinting Food
Wanted: visual aids for carbon footprinting of food (average) including extraction, production, distribution, consumption and disposal. Thanks :)

61. Sustainability Planning - Guest Facilitator (STARS)
This post is about STARS, AASHE's Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System.

Can anyone recommend a good facilitator to help launch a revamped Sustainability Committee that will be writing a sustainability plan (using our STARS report as a menu and reference). I am looking for someone who can appeal across sectors and efficiently get a diverse populations to understand sustainability planning. I think an outside person/team is best suited for this task. Bonus points for closer to Boston. If you have other suggestions besides an outside facilitator/consultant let me know too.

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