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Table of Contents for 6/14/2011:

NEWS
Buildings 1. Harvard Achieves 520K in Annual Savings with Retro-Commissioning
2. Life U Dining Hall Earns LEED Gold
Campus Sustainability in the Media 3. CNBC Highlights Green Job Training at Community Colleges
Climate 4. Triple Pundit Names Top 10 U.S. Climate-Ready Cities
Co-Curricular Education 5. Cornell U Students Hosts 'Dump and Run' Event
Coordination and Planning 6. Cornell U Hires Ag Operations Director with Sustainability Focus
7. U California Davis Launches Online Campus Sustainability Map
8. U California San Francisco Launches Green Office Certifications
9. Arizona State U Rolls Out Green Office Certification Program
Curriculum 10. Concordia U Launches Sustainable Investment Certificate
11. Living Routes Earns Innovation in Sustainability Award
12. Northern Wake Tech CC Offers Free Solar Installation Course
Diversity and Affordability 13. 5 Institutions Lauded for Affordability, Access
Energy 14. Dept of Energy Announces $70 Mil Toward Geothermal Advancements
15. Harvard U Students Study Geothermal Feasibility
16. U Washington Develops Software to Reduce Computer Energy Use
17. U Minnesota to Reduce Coal Use in Power Plant
18. Michigan State U Dim Down Program Reduces Campus Energy Use
19. National Outdoor Leadership School Unveils 24.8 kW Solar Array
20. U Colorado at Boulder Installing Carport Solar Array
21. U Minnesota Morris Educates with Fitness Center Solar Panels
22. Chatham U Installs Solar Array Atop Residence Hall
23. American U Installs Energy Dashboard
24. U Chicago Installs First Energy Dashboard
Funding 25. Hartnell CC Receives $900K Clean Energy Grant
26. U Albany Receives Renewable Energy and Economic Development Grant
27. U California Berkeley Awards TGIF Grants
28. U California Santa Barbara Announces TGIF Grants
29. College of William & Mary Announces Green Fee Awards
Grounds 30. Boise State U Sustainability Club Creates a Community Garden
31. U Colorado Boulder Phases Out Herbicide Use with Compost Tea
Human Resources 32. Food Services Provider Protests Lead to Student Arrests
Investment 33. Cornell, Northwestern Host Int'l Impact Investing Challenge
Transportation 34. Wilfrid Laurier U Takes on Canadian Commuter Challenge
Waste 35. RecycleMania Competition Recycles 91 Million Pounds
36. College of the Atlantic Student Turns Food Waste into Energy
Water 37. U Texas Arlington to Install 1,500 Low-Flow Showerheads

NEW RESOURCES
38. AASHE List of E-Waste Programs, Policies and Events
39. UNECE Education for Sustainable Development Report

OPPORTUNITIES
40. Deadline Extended: AASHE 2011 Awards Program
41. Call for Papers: Greening of the Campus IX
42. 'Building Community in the Long Emergency' Summer Course
43. Call for Interest: New USGBC Research to Practice Program

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
44. STARS Program Analyst, AASHE
45. STARS Program Assistant, AASHE
46. Assoc. VP, Operations and Sustainability, Berea College
47. Assistant Director, Office of Sustainability, U North Texas
48. Sustainability Coord, Housing & Dining, Colorado State U
49. Sustainability Coordinator, Portland State U
50. Teaching Assistant, Environmental Studies, Colby College

EVENTS
51. STARS Webinar: Integrating STARS into Course Curricula
52. Academic Impressions Sustainable Dining Webinar
53. Adaptation in a Changing Climate Webinar
54. Greenbuild 2011 Conference & Expo

CAMPUS SUSTAINABILITY DISCUSSION FORUMS HIGHLIGHTS
55. Composting Grants
56. Park-a-Bike and Peak Bicycle Racks - Opinions?
57. Ride Share/Ride Match/Car Pool Services


News

Buildings

1. Harvard Achieves 520K in Annual Savings with Retro-Commissioning
A recent retro-commissioning effort of Harvard University's (MA) Laboratory for Integrated Science and Engineering has resulted in $520,000 in annual savings and a reduction of 800 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent. Previously the Faculty of Arts and Sciences' second largest greenhouse gas emitter, the laboratory's existing building systems were combined into a more "closed loop" controlled feedback approach that allows for common data to be shared amongst the systems.

2. Life U Dining Hall Earns LEED Gold
Life University (GA) has earned its second LEED-certified building with the recent Gold certification of its new campus dining facility. In addition to sustainable water and energy consumption during operation and green waste management, the Socrates Café sources local and organic produce and uses compostable dining ware.
See also: List of Sustainable Dining Initiatives on Campus (AASHE Members Only)

Campus Sustainability in the Media

3. CNBC Highlights Green Job Training at Community Colleges
More than $500 million of stimulus money for education is targeted for green job training, says recent CNBC article “Hype Aside, ‘Green Jobs’ Are For Real.” The article highlights the growing "green" industry and the efforts of higher education institutions to meet the challenge of training students for “green-collar” jobs. Programs at Columbia Gorge Community College (OR), St. Phillip’s Community College (TX) and Lane Community College (OR) are featured for their alignment with the Sustainable Education and Economic Development Center, which helps community colleges develop green job training programs.

Climate

4. Triple Pundit Names Top 10 U.S. Climate-Ready Cities
University leadership was factored into the new list of top 10 climate-ready cities in the U.S. by new media company Triple Pundit. The list looks at which large U.S. cities are mitigating their impact on climate change as well as investing in appropriate climate change adaptation solutions. Other ranking elements included political commitment, green buildings, transit access and use, clean tech investment, and energy and greenhouse gas emissions.

Co-Curricular Education

5. Cornell U Students Hosts 'Dump and Run' Event
Cornell University (NY) students recently organized a Dump and Run event, which has raised and donated nearly $200,000 over the past eight years. The event collects household goods, clothing, working appliances and electronics, sporting items, toiletries and nonperishable food to benefit local charities. Donations will be sorted over the summer and sold at the Dump and Run community sale in August.

Coordination and Planning

6. Cornell U Hires Ag Operations Director with Sustainability Focus
Cornell University (NY) has hired a new director of agricultural operations for its Agricultural Experiment Station, Glenn Evans. With the goal of achieving a net-zero campus, Evans will help inform system-wide decisions for the most efficient use of resources including greenhouse and farming practices.

7. U California Davis Launches Online Campus Sustainability Map
The University of California, Davis has debuted an online, interactive campus sustainability map. The map can be used to find places or things on campus that demonstrate ways that the campus community is taking action towards creating a more sustainable future. The map has a companion web page that provides information about the map points. The university hopes to use the map as a springboard for creating tours, downloadable maps and more information about campus infrastructure and sustainability.

8. U California San Francisco Launches Green Office Certifications
The University of California, San Francisco has launched a new Green Certification Program. The initiative aims to assess offices and administrative spaces, identifying areas where occupants could improve sustainability within their respective area. The Office of Sustainability will work closely with department-based Green Teams, requesting that a given team complete a self-assessment. Additional opportunities for making the space more environmentally friendly will be provided by Green Campus interns.

9. Arizona State U Rolls Out Green Office Certification Program
Arizona State University recently awarded eight offices with level-one certifications as part of its new Green Office program. With self-guided and facilitated approaches available, the certifications act as a roadmap with 10 sustainability focus areas that contain between one and five items for colleagues to implement into their workspaces. Following each of the three program levels, all participating staff sign a completed checklist.

Curriculum

10. Concordia U Launches Sustainable Investment Certificate
Created in response to the growing interest in sustainable investment approaches, Concordia University's (QC) John Molson School of Business has launched a sustainable investment professional certificate. The program is designed to provide professionals in the finance, investment and corporate world with a unique set of skills, knowledge and analytical thinking.
See also: List of Certificate Programs in Sustainability

11. Living Routes Earns Innovation in Sustainability Award
Living Routes, a program that partners with the University of Massachusetts, Amherst to run ecovillage-based programs around the world, has received the first annual Innovation in Sustainability Award from international education and experiential travel resource GoAbroad. Presented at the NAFSA: Association of International Educators Conference and Expo this month, the awards acknowledge institutions, organizations and individuals who are creating initiatives to move the field of international education forward and going beyond the conventional. Highlighted Living Routes efforts included co-founding the Green Passport Program, pioneering virtual tabling at study abroad fairs and advocating for "carbon consciousness" in the field of international education.

12. Northern Wake Tech CC Offers Free Solar Installation Course
Northern Wake Technical Community College (NC) has partnered with the City of Raleigh’s Office of Sustainability to offer a free solar photovoltaic installer course as part of the Green Building Training Series. The curriculum for the course is based on the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners Solar Photovoltaic Installer job task analysis. Students should gain a thorough understanding of the tools used to complete site evaluations, perform necessary measurements and calculations, and specify balance of system components. The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant.

Diversity and Affordability

13. 5 Institutions Lauded for Affordability, Access
Five institutions were recently recognized as the most affordable and accessible institutions with high graduation rates. A report by the Education Trust, "Priced Out: How the Wrong Financial Aid Policies Hurt Low-Income Students," examined nearly 1,200 four-year colleges and universities nationwide with comparable data on what low-income students pay for college. Of these, the University of North Carolina Greensboro, California State University campuses Fullerton and Long Beach, and City University of New York campuses Bernard M. Baruch and Queens demonstrate success. Success was measured in three areas including asking students to pay a portion of the family income no greater than what the average middle-income student pays for a bachelor's degree; offering students at least a 50 percent chance at graduation; and enrolling a proportion of low-income students at least as high as the national average. The report urges federal, state and institutional leaders to rethink policies that widen the opportunity gap in America's colleges and universities.

Energy

14. Dept of Energy Announces $70 Mil Toward Geothermal Advancements
In support of partnerships with academia, national laboratories and industry, the U.S. Department of Energy has announced the availability of up to $70 million in new funding over three years for technology advancements in geothermal energy. The funding will be used to research and develop innovations in exploration technologies to locate geothermal energy resources and improvements in resource characterization, drilling and reservoir engineering techniques.

15. Harvard U Students Study Geothermal Feasibility
As part an “Engineering Design Seminar” course, 16 undergraduate engineering students at Harvard University (MA) have discovered that existing geothermal wells on campus can supply more energy without overwhelming the system. The students’ research, calculations, experimentation and sophisticated computer modeling concluded that the geothermal heating and cooling system that serves the university’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study will also be able to supply energy to the nearby Fay House, currently undergoing a $13 million renovation of its mechanical, electrical, plumbing and life safety systems. The students also took the investigation several steps further, recommending that the wells should all run simultaneously for the 15-hour day (rather than in shifts) and the building's thermostats should be raised gradually over the course of each morning for optimal efficiency.

16. U Washington Develops Software to Reduce Computer Energy Use
Researchers at the University of Washington have created an energy-efficient program that reduces the energy consumption of powerful computers, data centers and mobile devices. The program has cut energy use in simulations by up to 50 percent and has the potential to reduce energy use by as much as 90 percent. The software works like a dimmer switch, letting some transistors run at a lower voltage. Researchers are now designing hardware to test their results in the lab. The long-term goal is to improve the battery life of a computer.

17. U Minnesota to Reduce Coal Use in Power Plant
The University of Minnesota has created a new plan to use natural gas and biomass to produce steam to reduce the amount of coal burned in the campus power plant. Oat hulls, a waste product from the General Mills cereal plant, will be used for the biomass. Coal will be reserved for the coldest days of winter, reducing its use by 85 percent.

18. Michigan State U Dim Down Program Reduces Campus Energy Use
Michigan State University’s Office of Campus Sustainability recently hosted the annual Dim Down program, designed to bring awareness to the amount of electronics people have on during the day, especially electronics not in use. From noon to 1 p.m. every Friday during the month of April, students and faculty were expected to unplug any unused electronics. By the end of the program, 4.2 percent was the highest energy reduction in a day and some departments on campus created their own monthly Dim Down event.

19. National Outdoor Leadership School Unveils 24.8 kW Solar Array
The National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), which partners with colleges and universities for college credit, recently unveiled a 24.8-kilowatt solar array atop the NOLS Rocky Mountain's Noble Hotel. The hotel, located in Lander, Wyo., primarily provides housing to NOLS Rocky Mountain students and instructors, as well as a place to hold community events. This solar array is projected to provide 10 percent of the hotel's energy needs, making it an important step towards NOLS' 2020 carbon reduction goal of 30 percent below 2006 levels.
See also: List of Solar Installations on Campus

20. U Colorado at Boulder Installing Carport Solar Array
The University of Colorado at Boulder is installing 100 kilowatts of solar photovoltaic panels atop a new carport on campus. The university has partnered with design and construction company EcoDepot for project financing and has the opportunity to buy the solar installations after seven years at a fraction of the original cost.

21. U Minnesota Morris Educates with Fitness Center Solar Panels
The University of Minnesota, Morris recently celebrated the successful installation of a 32-panel solar thermal array at its Regional Fitness Center with two solar swims for the community and students. Organized by the Students Using Natural Energy (SUN-E) team, the swim gatherings are drawing crowds of about 100 people who swim in water heated by the sun and enjoy free pizza and a poolside DJ. This summer, the center will feature kiosks that show live temperature data at each juncture of the system, carbon dioxide output and the amount of energy produced by the solar panels over time. A diagram of the pool and the panels detailing the heating system as well as information on other green energy platforms on campus will complement the live data.
See also: List of Solar Installations on Campus

22. Chatham U Installs Solar Array Atop Residence Hall
Chatham University (PA) recently installed the first of two solar arrays atop one of its residence halls to provide students with solar heated water. The initiative was funded in part by a grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Commonwealth Financing Authority.
See also: List of Solar Installations on Campus

23. American U Installs Energy Dashboard
American University (DC) has unveiled an energy dashboard with real-time energy consumption data for its 12 residence halls and 19 academic buildings. Energy usage can be viewed over the course of hours, days, weeks or months. The meters that provide the Lucid Design Group dashboard's information were installed in buildings last fall in anticipation of the university's participation in Campus Conservation Nationals. With the aid of the meters and the energy-saving efforts of faculty, staff and students, the university reduced its overall energy consumption by 8 percent during the competition period. Plans are also underway to link the university's new solar electricity projects to the dashboard to allow comparisons between solar electricity production and overall building consumption.
See also: List of Campus Energy Dashboards (AASHE Members Only)

24. U Chicago Installs First Energy Dashboard
The University of Chicago's (IL) Searle Laboratory recently became the first building on campus to feature an energy monitoring building dashboard system. The Lucid Design Group interactive display of real-time energy consumption reveals energy data across multiple time scales and according to different unit equivalents including gallons of gasoline, tons of carbon or dollars. The dashboard is the first step in an eventual campus-wide installation of energy monitoring systems.
See also: List of Campus Energy Dashboards (AASHE Members Only)

Funding

25. Hartnell CC Receives $900K Clean Energy Grant
Hartnell Community College (CA) has received $900,000 from the National Science Foundation to fund the Salinas Valley Consortium for sustainable energy, education and research. The grant will be used to prepare engineers and technicians to address the problems of efficient energy use with a minimal carbon footprint. A key component of the project will also be a sustainable energy laboratory, micro-grid and test bed that will give students the opportunity to do experiments on generating, monitoring and storing energy.

26. U Albany Receives Renewable Energy and Economic Development Grant
The University at Albany’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (NY) has received a $225,000 Renewable Energy and Economic Development grant. Funding presented by the National Grid will be used to develop, install and demonstrate a Photovoltaic Control and Monitoring Center. The center will enable gathering of research data that will provide designers, architects and installers with critical feedback to accelerate the construction and integration of roof-mounted solar systems. The university will partner with EYP Energy and Alteris Renewables to establish the center, which is part of a larger $1.35 million solar demonstration initiative that will evaluate and compare state-of-the-art, thin film-based solar photovoltaic technologies as a means of accelerating the use of clean energy technologies.

27. U California Berkeley Awards TGIF Grants
The University of California, Berkeley's The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) has awarded a total of nearly $248,000 to 15 campus sustainability projects. Winning projects include the institution of composting options in campus buildings, a campus bicycle initiative and green certifications for student groups. This year's awards will also fund 32 new green student internships and various education and behavior change initiatives. Since its inception, TGIF has awarded a total of $956,000.

28. U California Santa Barbara Announces TGIF Grants
The University of California, Santa Barbara's Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) Grant Making Committee has announced its grant recipients for the 2010-2011 funding cycle. Composed primarily of undergraduate and graduate students, the committee received 37 applications for various campus sustainability projects from students, staff and faculty, and selected 18 projects to receive awards totaling $177,080. Projects include the construction and operation of a student-owned Student Food Collective Sustainable Food Cart; the conversion of a campus theater's halogen lights to energy-efficient, low-wattage LED fixtures; and a cover on the campus pool to prevent heat from escaping and water from evaporating during non-operation hours that is expected to cut energy costs by $48,750 per year.
See also: List of Student Fees for Sustainability

29. College of William & Mary Announces Green Fee Awards
The College of William & Mary’s (VA) Committee on Sustainability has announced its spring 2011Green Fee Project Awards. The 10 projects selected for funding include bike commuting outreach, reusable bags for incoming students, floating treatment wetlands, plastic bag recycling bins and water bottle refill stations. The projects were funded by the student green fee, a $15 per semester fee totaling about $210,000 annually.
See also: List of Student Fees for Sustainability

Grounds

30. Boise State U Sustainability Club Creates a Community Garden
Boise State University’s (ID) Sustainability Club has created a new community garden and sustainable space as an educational outreach tool and venue for community networking and engagement on sustainability. The space will emphasize integration of people as part of the environment and demonstrate the relationship between our behavior and natural systems. It will include a garden, compost area and water management system. Community members can participate in the garden by becoming shareholders at the beginning of the year or by volunteering labor to the maintenance of the garden. Shareholders will receive a portion of the garden’s produce. The garden was funded through a Fulbright Canada Eco-Leadership Grant.
See also: List of Campus Community Gardens (AASHE Members Only)

31. U Colorado Boulder Phases Out Herbicide Use with Compost Tea
The University of Colorado at Boulder has announced plans to phase out the use of herbicides on campus fields. The university will treat the grounds with a “compost tea,” a liquid that can be used as both a fertilizer and to prevent plant diseases. The first phase will reduce the use of herbicides by 45 percent in 2011. By the end of 2012, all turf areas will no longer receive synthetic herbicide applications. The final phase includes eliminating the use of synthetic pesticides after the 2016 growing season.
See also: Links to Sustainable Landscaping on Campus

Human Resources

32. Food Services Provider Protests Lead to Student Arrests
Students at the University of Washington, Emory University (GA) and Ohio State University have recently been arrested during protests of their respective university's contract with global food services vendor Sodexo, which they accuse of mistreating employees in the United States and abroad. United Students Against Sweatshops, the national network behind the Kick Out Sodexo campaign, says students on at least 30 campuses are involved in the stepped-up focus on Sodexo. A Sodexo spokeswoman says the company cares deeply about its employees. "I don't want to go on the record and say we're perfect. No company is perfect. But to portray us as this abuser of human rights is false." She also notes in the Inside Higher Ed article that Sodexo was an early signatory to the United Nations Global Compact and has been ranked for two consecutive years as a top company in the U.S. for diversity and inclusion by
See also: Local U Washington Coverage of Protests
See also: Ohio State U Protests in The Chronicle of Higher Ed
See also: Bulletin: Ithaca College Sodexo Employees to Earn Living Wage

Investment

33. Cornell, Northwestern Host Int'l Impact Investing Challenge
Cornell University's (NY) Johnson Graduate School of Management and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University (IL) recently hosted the first International Impact Investing Challenge. The invitation-only pitch competition asked students to design investment vehicles that create sustainable impact and are large enough to attract institutional investors, which distinguishes impact investing from traditional socially responsible investing. A team from Kellogg won first place for its Grain Fund Depot, a real estate investment trust with a focus on building grain storage facilities and renting that space to small farmers in India.

Transportation

34. Wilfrid Laurier U Takes on Canadian Commuter Challenge
Members of the Wilfrid Laurier University (ON) community recently competed in the Canadian Commuter Challenge, a friendly competition between organizations in Canada to reduce greenhouse gases. Staff and faculty at the university pledged to use environmentally friendly modes of transportation like biking, walking, car pooling or public transit to get around town and to commute to and from work. The university has also announced that 25 bike racks and three crosswalks will be installed over the summer on campus. The Sustainability Office is also researching a formal carpooling program and the feasibility of an electric fleet of vehicles for use on campus.

Waste

35. RecycleMania Competition Recycles 91 Million Pounds
The 11th annual RecycleMania concluded its eight-week challenge to increase on-campus recycling rates in early April. This year, 91 million pounds of recyclables and organic materials were recovered, which prevented the release of nearly 270 million metric tons of carbon dioxide. The competition ran from February 6 - April 2, 2011.

36. College of the Atlantic Student Turns Food Waste into Energy
A College of the Atlantic (ME) student has created a start-up business that turns food waste into an alcohol-based, butanol fuel at the college’s Sustainable Enterprise Hatchery. A half-gallon of fuel can be produced within a week. As part of the college’s new sustainable venture incubator, the student and partners hope to receive additional grants in the fall to help purchase larger equipment to increase fuel production. The goal is to use food waste from the college cafeteria and surrounding businesses to produce enough butanol to replace gas and heating oil on campus.

Water

37. U Texas Arlington to Install 1,500 Low-Flow Showerheads
The University of Texas at Arlington has received 1,500 low-flow shower heads from the City of Arlington as part of an ongoing effort to promote water conservation and sustainable practices. The shower heads will be installed in residence halls and other student housing locations during the summer. The university expects to save 14.2 million gallons of water each year, saving more than $100,000 a year in water, sewer and natural gas fees.

New Resources

38. AASHE List of E-Waste Programs, Policies and Events
AASHE has published a collection of institutions that have e-waste recycling and/or reuse programs, policies or events. Computers, cellphones and other electronic materials can be donated or re-sold at a reduced cost to nonprofit organizations and community groups. The list recognizes examples of the items that an institution is recycling with links to the school's website for more details. This resource is available to AASHE members only.
See also: AASHE Blog: 'Putting the E in rEcycling'

39. UNECE Education for Sustainable Development Report
The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Steering Committee on Education for Sustainable Development has released the report, “Learning for the Future: Competences in Education for Sustainable Development.” A result of 18 months of discussions and negotiations among academics, government officials and experts from international and non-governmental organizations, the paper makes recommendations for the development of education for sustainable development across all sectors of education including guidelines and tools for integration.

Opportunities

40. Deadline Extended: AASHE 2011 Awards Program
The deadline has been extended to June 24 for the 2011 AASHE awards program. AASHE is 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.

41. Call for Papers: Greening of the Campus IX
Ball State University (IN) invites abstract submissions for its "Greening of the Campus IX: Building Pedagogy" conference. The event will take place March 18-21, 2012. Faculty, students, administrators, facilities professionals and others working in campus sustainability are encouraged to share their interpretation of the conference theme as it relates to policies, operations and practices; events, programs and opportunities; clubs, organizations and groups; courses, minors and degrees; and campuses, buildings and spaces. Abstracts should be between 250 and 300 words and will be accepted through Oct. 14, 2011.

42. 'Building Community in the Long Emergency' Summer Course
Schumacher College's (UK) "The Road Ahead: Building Community in the Long Emergency," to be held June 27 - July 2, 1011, will focus on what communities can and are doing to create maximum resilience and sustainability in a time of change and instability. Featuring Oberlin College's (OH) Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics David Orr and Steve Mayer, chair of the psychology department and the peace and conflict studies program, this summer course is open to the public and will look at the larger theoretical issues of psychology, philosophy, economics and politics. Also featuring Transition Town Totnes and Transition Network co-founder Rob Hopkins, the majority of this course will focus on issues of food, energy, shelter, water and economy at a scale commensurate with neighborhood, community-wide and regional action, and how these might be linked into effective networks at regional, national and global scales.

43. Call for Interest: New USGBC Research to Practice Program
The U.S. Green Building Council invites interdisciplinary college and university research teams to participate in its new Research to Practice Program, designed to engage collegiate teams in investigative green building research that will aggregate in-depth analyses of the built environment to inform and educate peer institutions. The scope of the project is open to one building, multiple buildings or neighborhoods, which can include LEED-certified, LEED-registered or non-LEED buildings. The Call for Interest closes June 30, 2011, with research scheduled for fall 2011.

Jobs & Internships

44. 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.

45. 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.

46. Assoc. VP, Operations and Sustainability, Berea College
Berea College (KY) seeks an associate vice president of operations and sustainability to advance its sustainability objectives and campus planning processes, and improve reporting and analysis of business and sustainability activities. This position will work closely with the vice president to provide leadership, inspiration, supervision and direction to a number of key areas across campus including Facilities Management, Environmental Health and Safety, Property Management, Print Shop, College Post Office, Conferences and Capital Project Management. Candidates should have at least an undergraduate degree in engineering, industrial management, architecture, business or a similarly relevant discipline, and eight to 10 years of experience in project management, capital and budget planning, contract analysis and negotiation, policy development, energy conservation or sustainability programming.

47. Assistant Director, Office of Sustainability, U North Texas
The University of North Texas' Office of Sustainability is currently searching for an assistant director of operations. The position will work closely with the director to undertake all activities related to the drafting and implementation of the university's Climate Action Plan and will also be responsible for research activities, project feasibility studies, data collection and analysis, reporting compliance, metric development, project and team management, identifying and attaining external funding, and partnership building. The successful candidate will have at least a bachelor's degree in a related field and three years of professional related experience.

48. Sustainability Coord, Housing & Dining, Colorado State U
Colorado State University's Housing & Dining Services seeks a sustainability coordinator to provide project management for sustainability initiatives. The position is responsible for working collaboratively to integrate sustainable practices into construction, maintenance, purchasing, dining, student housing and custodial procedures within the department and in collaboration with campus and community partners. This hands-on position will also actively engage residential students in sustainability programs and initiatives. Successful candidates will have a bachelor's or advanced degree with a minimum of two years of professional experience in coordinating, organizing and implementing sustainability programs and events in higher education. Applications will be accepted through June 27, 2011.

49. Sustainability Coordinator, Portland State U
Portland State University (OR) is seeking a sustainability coordinator to oversee sustainable efforts on behalf of the university. In conjunction with the Institute of Sustainable Solutions, the coordinator will focus on projects and initiatives that work to achieve the goals and objectives of the Climate Action Plan. The successful candidate should have a bachelor’s degree in a related field and four or more years of experience in training, educational outreach and organization development at a large organization.

50. Teaching Assistant, Environmental Studies, Colby College
Colby College (ME) is seeking a 12-month, full-time teaching assistant for its environmental studies program. Responsibilities include teaching laboratory sections (in terrestrial, marine and aquatic ecology, and environmental science), preparing laboratory materials for these courses and grading examinations and laboratory papers. Successful candidates should have a bachelor's or advanced degree in ecology, environmental studies or a related field. The review of applications will begin June 24, 2011 and continue until the position is filled.

Events

51. STARS Webinar: Integrating STARS into Course Curricula
June 21, 2011; 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Eastern; Online
Using STARS as a teaching tool in the classroom can engage students not only in data collection, but also in discussion about the topics addressed in each STARS credit. This webinar will give an overview of the approach taken by STARS liaisons to incorporate STARS into classes on their campuses including details of the course design, information on achieving approval for a course on STARS and the role of the students taking the course.

52. Academic Impressions Sustainable Dining Webinar
June 23, 2011; 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.; Online
Dining services managers, auxiliary services managers, executive chefs, sustainability coordinators, dining services marketing managers and other food services personnel are invited to attend this Academic Impressions webinar, "Prioritizing Sustainable Dining Investments." Ideal for institutions that are seriously considering large investments in "greening" their dining operations, this webinar will explore how Georgia Tech started small and grew its sustainability initiatives to a nearly $1 million investment while seeing an equal return in savings along the way.

53. Adaptation in a Changing Climate Webinar
June 21, 2011; 10:15 - 11:45 a.m. Eastern; Online
The first in a complimentary Adaptation and National Security monthly webinar series from the Security and Sustainability Forum, this webinar is designed to give managers and decision makers from academia, government and industry a better understanding of effective measures to adapt to the national security threats of a changing climate. A panel including Louisiana State University's associate director of the Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program and Coastal Sustainability Studio will address the types of adaptations needed in national, regional and local planning to adequately prepare for change.

54. Greenbuild 2011 Conference & Expo
October 4-7, 2011; Toronto, Canada
Registration is open for the U.S. Green Building Council's 2011 Greenbuild International Conference & Expo. This year’s event will include LEED workshops, green building tours, concurrent educational sessions and sector-specific summits including Green Jobs and Affordable Housing. Most sessions will be approved for continuing education credits for LEED and other professional credentials.

Campus Sustainability Discussion Forums Highlights

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55. Composting Grants
Does anyone have advice on how to find grants? We are currently searching for funding to create composting on campus. Thanks!

56. Park-a-Bike and Peak Bicycle Racks - Opinions?
I am creating a bike-ped plan for my university and would like to pilot a few different kinds of bike racks. I have received two free Varsity racks from Park-a-Bike and am also looking at Peak Racks. Any experience with either of these companies or models?

57. Ride Share/Ride Match/Car Pool Services
I'm wondering if anyone out there has experience selecting a ride share/car pool service for their campus. Who did you choose? What made you pick it?

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