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Table of Contents for 6/28/2011:

NEWS
Buildings 1. U Connecticut Unveils Campus-Wide Retro-Commissioning Project
2. U Massachusetts Amherst Debuts Green Building Guidelines
3. Elon U Alumni Field House Earns LEED Gold
4. Georgia Tech Basketball Center Earns LEED Gold
5. Appalachian State U Introduces Green College of Education
6. Michigan State U Uses Hybrid Technology for Construction
Co-Curricular Education 7. Virginia Tech Students Win EcoCAR Challenge
8. Santa Clara U Students Create Carbon Calculator
9. Linfield College Students Embark on Sustainability Road Trip
10. Shoreline CC Students Perform Energy Audit
11. U California Riverside Students to Develop Solar Clothes Dryer
Coordination and Planning 12. Pomona College Offers Sustainable Kits for Check Out
13. U Victoria Recognizes Campus Sustainability Champions
Curriculum 14. Santa Clara U Creates Department of Environmental Studies
15. Owens CC to Offer Urban Agriculture and Sustainability Program
16. Wake Technical CC Students Install Solar Hot Water System
Dining Services 17. U California Berkeley Earns Sustainable Seafood Certification
Diversity and Affordability 18. University Leaders Meet to Discuss Access, Equity
Energy 19. Butte College Announces Grid Positive Status
20. Antelope Valley CC Completes 1MW Solar, Energy Efficiency Project
21. Arizona State U Tapped to Lead National Clean Energy Effort
22. Frostburg State U to Conduct Campus-Wide Energy Audit
23. Dixie State College Launches Energy Saving Initiative
24. Lake Region CC Installs Solar System
Funding 25. Dept. of Energy Allots $30 Mil Toward Energy Efficiency Training
26. Manhattan, Queens College Awarded NYC Green Infrastructure Grants
27. Santa Clara U Receives $1.3 Mil for Green Energy Scholars Program
Grounds 28. U Louisville Expands Organic Garden
Public Engagement 29. Lehigh U Donated Item Sale Raises Nearly $15K for Community
Research 30. Pennsylvania State U Directs Northeast Food Insecurity Study
Transportation 31. Georgia Tech Improves Bike Culture on Campus
Waste 32. U Mass Medical School Streamlines Rechargeable Battery Recycling
Water 33. Albany State U to Revamp Water Conservation Program
34. U Mass Medical School Installs Gray Water Pipeline
35. Palm Beach Atlantic U Receives Water Monitoring System
Other News 36. Brown U, Cornell U Awarded Int'l Sustainable Campus Awards

NEW RESOURCES
37. Inside Higher Ed 'Academic Minute': Geothermal Power

OPPORTUNITIES
38. Dept. of Energy Funding Opp: Industrial Assessment Centers

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
39. Program Manager, Environment and Resources, Stanford U
40. Sustainability Coordinator and Lecturer, Winthrop U
41. Teacher/Scholar, Environmental Design, Pitzer College
42. Staff Assistant & Sustainability Coordinator, Worchester State U

EVENTS
43. AASHE 2011 Early Bird Registration Deadline, Keynotes Announced

CAMPUS SUSTAINABILITY DISCUSSION FORUMS HIGHLIGHTS
44. Recycling and Offsets (ACUPCC)
45. The ESCO Opportunity: All it Appears to Be? (ACUPCC)

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News

Buildings

1. U Connecticut Unveils Campus-Wide Retro-Commissioning Project
The University of Connecticut has begun implementing recommended energy conservation measures at a dozen campus buildings as part of phase one of its campus-wide retro-commissioning project. The university's Smart Building Smart Grid Workgroup, driven by eight School of Engineering faculty members, will use one of the retro-commissioned buildings as a test bed for research that will also raise campus awareness about enhanced sensors, controls and fault detection for building systems. The retro-commissioning project is expected to improve the energy efficiency of 34 campus buildings, saving $500,000 in energy costs and cutting 3,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually.

2. U Massachusetts Amherst Debuts Green Building Guidelines
The University of Massachusetts Amherst's Green Building Committee has published Green Building Guidelines that outline and prioritize the strategies for sustainability that are most important to the campus. Design teams for all new campus buildings will use these guidelines, which use the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED rating system as a framework to address sustainable site development, water efficiency, materials and resource use, indoor air quality and energy efficiency.
See also: List of Campus Building Guidelines (AASHE Members Only)

3. Elon U Alumni Field House Earns LEED Gold
Elon University's (NC) Alumni Field House has earned LEED Gold certification. Environmentally friendly features of the 30,000-square-foot building include added layers of insulation to improve its thermal envelope; high-efficiency window glazing that acts as a passive solar mechanism to reduce heat loss in the winter and heat gain in the summer; low-flow plumbing fixtures that reduce potable water consumption by 40 percent; and climate adaptive vegetation and a drip irrigation system. Ninety percent of the construction waste was diverted from the landfill for recycling or reuse.

4. Georgia Tech Basketball Center Earns LEED Gold
Georgia Institute of Technology’s Zelnak Center has achieved LEED Gold certification. The design and construction of the basketball practice facility was guided by the institute’s Yellow Book. The Georgia Tech Yellow Book is a document that guides architects and engineers in the process of designing new buildings, additions and renovations to existing buildings. The center is the institute’s fourth building to receive LEED Gold certification.
See also: List of Campus Building Guidelines (AASHE Members Only)

5. Appalachian State U Introduces Green College of Education
Appalachian State University (NC) has unveiled its new College of Education building. The university expects to receive LEED certification for the $35 million structure, which includes a green roof, motion-sensor lights and cork flooring. Recycled materials were used during construction and solar panels were installed on the roof to help with domestic water heating.

6. Michigan State U Uses Hybrid Technology for Construction
Michigan State University has started using hybrid technology at a construction site on campus. The university’s contractor opted for a green alternative and invested in a hybrid excavator. The machine can cost up to 20 percent more than a regular machine, but with the amount of reduction in fuel consumption, the excavator can pay for itself in three to five years.

Co-Curricular Education

7. Virginia Tech Students Win EcoCAR Challenge
A team of 30 mechanical engineering students from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University have won first place in the three-year “EcoCAR Challenge,” co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and General Motors. An engine from a 2009 Chevy HHR was donated by General Motors to the participating schools. The Virginia Tech students added a battery, an electric motor and eliminated engine idle with stop/start. The end result is a car that can travel 50 miles on its battery, another 155 on gasoline and gets 82 miles per gallon. The redesigned car boosted the fuel achievement of the stock engine by 70 percent. The team consisted of 30 mechanical engineering students.

8. Santa Clara U Students Create Carbon Calculator
Inviting their peers to consider the connections between their actions and carbon emissions, Environmental Ethics Fellows at Santa Clara University (CA) have created a Carbon Footprint Calculator for students to measure their impact on the environment. The students developed the calculator with open-source programming to allow other universities to adopt the same model.

9. Linfield College Students Embark on Sustainability Road Trip
Six students from Linfield College (OR) are traveling cross-country this summer in a renovated veggie oil bus to promote sustainability. Dubbed "The Self Express," the bus features donated bamboo boards, solar panels and used veggie oil from Community Plate in McMinnville, Ore. Enviofuel of Corvallis, Ore. donated the labor to install a new veggie oil system. The students will stop first in Salt Lake City for the sentencing of Tim DeChristopher, convicted for disrupting an oil-and-gas lease auction by bidding when he wasn't planning to buy in an attempt to protest policies on climate change. The bus hopes to connect with other forward-thinking youth, nonprofits and media there. The students also plan to visit Appalachia to see the environmental and social devastation of mountaintop removal coal mining.
See also: Visit 'The Self Express' Facebook page

10. Shoreline CC Students Perform Energy Audit
Shoreline Community College (WA) students performed an energy audit for the Parent Child Center building on campus. The students presented their findings and made recommendations that would reduce the amount of energy loss and save energy costs. Recommendations included a new heat ventilation air conditioning system, Energy Star Rated appliances, low-flow plumbing and a rooftop garden to reduce the heat gain in the summer.

11. U California Riverside Students to Develop Solar Clothes Dryer
A team of students from the Bourns College of Engineering at the University of California, Riverside have been selected for a $15,000 grant from the U.S Environmental Protection Agency to develop a system that will use heat from the sun to operate a clothes dryer. The system will harness solar thermal heat from a rooftop solar heat collector and heated air from the attic. The students are working to implement the concept at a 30-home zero net energy, urban agriculture-focused community planned for 10 acres. The heated air can also be directed through air ducts for space heating applications in the house as needed to reduce the electric and natural gas heating costs. The students estimate that using the system will save nearly $6,500 in a 20-year period. In April 2012, the students will travel to Washington, D.C. to find out if they won the $90,000 phase two grant that would provide funding to commercialize the idea.

Coordination and Planning

12. Pomona College Offers Sustainable Kits for Check Out
Pomona College (CA) has launched a new program that allows the campus community to check out sustainable kits for free. Campus event kits are available that include reusable dining ware, compost materials, event signage and more. Also available for loan are laundry racks and compost buckets.

13. U Victoria Recognizes Campus Sustainability Champions
The University of Victoria (BC) awarded its first Sustainability Champion Award during its recent 2011 Sustainability Awards, a peer-nominated recognition that highlights staff initiatives in greening their workplace and contributing to the university's sustainability goals. The manager of food production and purchasing for University Food Services received the award for her work toward sustainable food purchasing and supporting local farmers, bakeries and other food suppliers. Two Sustainability Action Teams were also honored for their achievements over a three-month period to conserve energy, reduce waste and promote sustainable transportation choices in their buildings.

Curriculum

14. Santa Clara U Creates Department of Environmental Studies
Santa Clara University (CA) has approved the creation of the Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences. As a part of creating the new department, the university will also transform the environmental studies companion major into a stand-alone major with coursework that focuses on societal responses to environmental problems. The curriculum includes environmental law, policy, economics and sustainable development.
See also: List of Bachelor's Degree Programs in Sustainability

15. Owens CC to Offer Urban Agriculture and Sustainability Program
Owens Community College (OH) has announced that it will offer a new urban agriculture and sustainability certificate program. The program will require 26 credit hours of coursework including plant science, soil science, greenhouse management, urban livestock and animal husbandry, organic gardening and food systems management, harvest and post-harvest technology, and urban horticulture and sustainability. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in various experiential learning laboratory projects at Toledo GROW’s Oneida Greenhouse.
See also: List of Sustainability in Agriculture Education Offerings

16. Wake Technical CC Students Install Solar Hot Water System
Students in Wake Technical Community College’s (NC) solar thermal training class have installed a solar hot water system in a specially outfitted trailer on campus. The project is part of the Green Building Training Program, designed to ready technicians and small business owners with the knowledge and skills to market themselves in the growing green economy. Solar thermal is one of four short-term “green” training classes being offered through a partnership with the City of Raleigh’s Office of Sustainability.

Dining Services

17. U California Berkeley Earns Sustainable Seafood Certification
The University of California, Berkeley's Cal Dining has become the first public university in the nation to be awarded a Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification for its commitment to seafood sustainability. The MSC ecolabel designates seafood that can be traced through every step of the supply chain to show it has not contributed to the environmental problem of overfishing. To be certified by the MSC, a dining program must be able to prove that the seafood comes from an MSC-certified supplier.
See also: List of Sustainable Dining Initiatives on Campus (AASHE Members Only)

Diversity and Affordability

18. University Leaders Meet to Discuss Access, Equity
Strategies for increasing enrollments of students of low socioeconomic status were discussed at the recent International Association of University Presidents conference. University leaders from approximately 80 countries gathered to discuss access, trends in learning technology, quality and quality assurance, and the role of higher education in conflict resolution. Leaders also discussed the importance of working toward equity in their own ranks. A panel looked at the continuing gender imbalances in university leadership, stressing that the underrepresentation of women is not just a "women's issue" but a problem that should concern everyone involved in higher education.

Energy

19. Butte College Announces Grid Positive Status
Butte College (CA) has become the first institution in the U.S. to go "grid-positive," producing more than 100 percent of the electricity it uses from its on-site solar arrays. The solar arrays total 4.538 megawatts and will generate more than 6.5 million kilowatt hours per year. By eliminating its electricity bill, getting paid for excess electricity production and avoiding future electricity rate increases, the college estimates that it will save between $50 million and $75 million over 15 years. Watch for a formal press release to be released tomorrow on the college's website.
See also: Previous Bulletin Coverage

20. Antelope Valley CC Completes 1MW Solar, Energy Efficiency Project
Antelope Valley Community College (CA) has announced the completion of a 1.1-megawatt solar and energy efficiency project on campus in partnership with Chevron Energy. The project includes a new solar energy system, car charging stations and a central cooling plant and data center. Alongside numerous energy efficiency improvements made, the college expects to gain more than $1.1 million net savings in the first five years. The college also expects to save the district more than $25 million over the life of the project, including incentives from the California Solar Initiative. Chevron Energy Solutions designed, constructed and will operate the solar system. The company also engineered and installed energy-efficient improvements.
See also: List of Solar Installations on Campus

21. Arizona State U Tapped to Lead National Clean Energy Effort
Arizona State University will lead a consortium of higher education institutions and service providers that offer clean energy training and education to develop and implement programs worldwide, it was recently announced. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has awarded a $10 million cooperative agreement to the university; $3 million to build and develop the program and up to $7 million for country specific projects to be formed under the Vocational Training & Education for Clean Energy umbrella. Led by the College of Technology and Innovation on the university's Polytechnic campus, the initiative will help create curricula around the operation and maintenance of decentralized clean energy technologies.

22. Frostburg State U to Conduct Campus-Wide Energy Audit
Frostburg State University (MD) has announced that it will move forward with a campus-wide energy audit this fall. The university was awarded a Constellation Energy EcoStar grant in support of the student-led initiative. Audits will determine individual and collective energy usage on campus, aid in the effective implementation of energy saving devices and provide recommendations for individuals to change energy use habits. A team of students will be trained to conduct the audits, scheduled to begin this summer and continue through May 2012.

23. Dixie State College Launches Energy Saving Initiative
Dixie State College (UT) has initiated the Energy Saving Company, a project that will implement various strategies to reduce campus energy costs. The money saved will be used to purchase energy-saving equipment. Lights throughout campus including two sporting venues will receive upgrades. The project also includes the installation of solar panels and adjusted temperature controls of cooling and heating units. The college expects to save $200,000 a year if the project is successful.

24. Lake Region CC Installs Solar System
Lake Region Community College (NH) has installed 15.57 kilowatts of photovoltaic panels on campus. The stationary 12.42-kilowatt panels were placed on the college’s Center for Arts and Technology academic building. Another 3.15-kilowatt photovoltaic panel has a built-in tracking system that follows the sun’s trajectory. The college expects to save $3,600 a year in energy costs and the project qualifies for a $12,000 incentive. The project was funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and the State Energy Program through the New Hampshire Office of Energy and Planning.
See also: List of Solar Installations on Campus

Funding

25. Dept. of Energy Allots $30 Mil Toward Energy Efficiency Training
The U.S. Department of Energy has announced the availability of more than $30 million to train undergraduate and graduate engineering students in manufacturing efficiency to help them become the nation's next generation of industrial energy efficiency experts. Through the Industrial Assessment Center program, university teams across the country will gain practical training and skills by helping local companies and factories reduce energy waste, save money and become more economically competitive.
See also: Obama Announces $500 Mil toward Manufacturing Innovations

26. Manhattan, Queens College Awarded NYC Green Infrastructure Grants
Manhattan College and Queens College recently received funding from the New York City Department of Environmental Protection's for their innovative methods to manage stormwater runoff. A total of 15 awardees - ranging from private property owners, businesses and nonprofit organizations - will share approximately $3.8 million to build green infrastructure projects that will reduce combined sewer overflows and improve water quality in New York Harbor. Manhattan College was awarded $420,125 to retrofit two parking lots with porous concrete, which will allow rain to seep to underlying layers of gravel and other substrate instead of running into the sewer system. The system will manage more than one million gallons of stormwater per year. Queens College received $375,000 to retrofit three different areas on campus to infiltrate stormwater runoff, managing more than 707,000 gallons of stormwater per year through the use of porous concrete and rain gardens that will infiltrate and retain water using native plants and trees.
See also: List of Campus Stormwater Policies/Plans (AASHE Members Only)

27. Santa Clara U Receives $1.3 Mil for Green Energy Scholars Program
Santa Clara University’s (CA) School of Engineering has received a donation of $1.3 million to help create a green energy scholars program. The donation will help the university launch the Latimer Engineering Scholars Program in the 2011-2012 academic year to support teaching and research in sustainable energy. Five students will be selected to receive education on renewable energy, focusing initially on photovoltaic technology and then expanding to other areas as the program grows.

Grounds

28. U Louisville Expands Organic Garden
The University of Louisville (KY) has announced that its Garden Commons, a 6,000-square-foot organic garden on campus, will undergo a major expansion. Plans include erecting a greenhouse, planting garden beds and setting up compost bins and rain barrels. Volunteers will also stain benches, spread mulch and lay paving stones that allow water to drain through to the soil to form the foundation of a new outdoor classroom. Approximately $26,000 in private money is funding the expansion.

Public Engagement

29. Lehigh U Donated Item Sale Raises Nearly $15K for Community
A recent clothing and household items sale at Lehigh University (PA) raised $14,700 for the Community Service Office's Homework Clubs. This is a record amount for the event, which began 13 years ago when university professors noticed the vast number of usable items being discarded by students who were leaving campus for the summer. That initial drive netted $500 for the South Bethlehem Neighborhood Center. Starting with a donation drive in April, this year's sale featured two 100-square-foot tents full of reduced price items donated by students.

Research

30. Pennsylvania State U Directs Northeast Food Insecurity Study
Faculty in Pennsylvania State University's College of Agricultural Sciences will direct a new $5 million project to study whether greater reliance on regionally produced foods could improve food access and affordability for disadvantaged communities. Part of a national initiative to reduce food insecurity, the U.S. Department of Agriculture-funded project, "Enhancing Food Security in the Northeast with Regional Food Systems," brings together researchers, educators, entrepreneurs and community leaders from a 12-state region to shed light on how the food system can better serve disadvantaged communities, farmers and others in the food supply chain across the nation. Other participating institutions include Columbia University (NY), Cornell University (NY), Delaware State University, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health (MD), Tufts University (MA), University of Vermont and West Virginia State University.

Transportation

31. Georgia Tech Improves Bike Culture on Campus
Students and staff on the Bicycle Infrastructure Improvement Committee at Georgia Institute of Technology have announced plans to make it safer and easier to bike to campus. With a $26,146 grant from the Student Government Association, the group will spearhead additional bike racks and bike lanes, slated for a fall 2011 completion. The group also debuted an online campus bike hub.
See also: List of Campus Alternative Transportation Websites (AASHE Members Only)

Waste

32. U Mass Medical School Streamlines Rechargeable Battery Recycling
The University of Massachusetts Medical School has partnered with the nonprofit organization Call2Recycle in an effort to streamline the recycling of rechargeable batteries and provide a useful second life for them. Pre-labeled boxes will allow departments to collect and mail old rechargeable batteries for recycling at no cost. The collected batteries are then recycled into new batteries and other stainless steel products. Hazardous materials that can be reused, such as gold and silver, are reclaimed while any remaining hazardous materials are treated properly for disposal.
See also: List of E-Waste Programs, Policies and Events (AASHE Members Only)

Water

33. Albany State U to Revamp Water Conservation Program
Albany State University (GA) has announced plans to upgrade its water conservation program. The program was first implemented in 2007 during the last major statewide drought. It helped reduce water use on campus by 23 percent, but campus leaders are putting a renewed focus on conservation. The university has stopped washing all vehicles and will discontinue the watering of lawns.

34. U Mass Medical School Installs Gray Water Pipeline
The University of Massachusetts Medical School has announced the installation of a gray water pipeline to reduce the amount of fresh water the campus power plant uses while generating steam, electricity and chilled water. The 12-inch pipeline will connect the power plant to a drainage system within the university's planned Albert Sherman Center that will capture rainwater from the building's roof and water that condenses around the building's air conditioning systems.

35. Palm Beach Atlantic U Receives Water Monitoring System
An underground soil moisture monitoring system has been donated to Palm Beach Atlantic University (FL). The university will use the system to measure and help reduce its water usage for irrigation purposes on campus. The system measures soil moisture at the root level and transmits data wirelessly to a base station that works with the existing irrigation clock to prevent over-watering. The moisture sensors and base units are expected to save as many as 2.5 million gallons of water a year.

Other News

36. Brown U, Cornell U Awarded Int'l Sustainable Campus Awards
Brown University (RI) and Cornell University (NY) were honored by the International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN) at the recent International Sustainable Campus Awards. The awards are open to any college or university worldwide that has developed outstanding construction or educational projects that promote sustainability on campus and in the surrounding community. Brown University received the Excellence in Campus award for its Greenhouse Gas Reduction Program and Goals, which is well ahead of schedule with a 21 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions since 2007 and an annual savings of $1.8 million. Cornell University Sustainable Design, a student-led organization, won the Student Leadership in Sustainable Campus award for its Schoolhouse South Africa project, an interdisciplinary student-led project to finance, design and build a 6,000-square-foot preschool and teacher training center in South Africa.

New Resources

37. Inside Higher Ed 'Academic Minute': Geothermal Power
The University of Massachusetts at Amherst's J. Michael Rhodes discusses the techniques and benefits of geothermal power in this Inside Higher Ed "Academic Minute." In contrast to wind or solar energy, says Rhodes, "it's available 24 hours a day, seven days a week" and "is not obtrusive nor does it take up large amounts of space." While "prevailing wisdom writes off New England as a source of geothermal energy," says Rhodes, the region is "blessed with granite; compared with other rocks, granites contain large amounts of potassium, uranium and thorium, all of which produce heat through radioactive decay. This makes the granite hotter at depth than the surrounding rocks and a possible source of geothermal energy."

Opportunities

38. Dept. of Energy Funding Opp: Industrial Assessment Centers
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) invites funding proposals for its Industry Assessment Center (IAC) program, a workforce development initiative aimed at creating the next generation of energy engineers with a mixture of engineering and energy management expertise. Currently funded in the amount of $1 million annually, the DOE is expanding the program to $6 million per year for the next five years ($30 million total). As a result, 20 to 30 colleges and universities throughout the U.S. will be selected as IACs. Each IAC will provide extensive training for undergraduate and graduate engineering students in industrial processes, energy assessment procedures and energy management principles. Proposals are due on August 2, 2011. For questions, use FedConnect. You must be a registered user in the system and submit questions by sending messages in your FedConnect email box.
See also: Dept. of Energy Allots $30 Mil Toward Energy Efficiency Training

Jobs & Internships

39. Program Manager, Environment and Resources, Stanford U
Stanford University’s (CA) Emmet Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources (E-IPER) seeks a program manager. The manager has primary responsibility for the development and management of the Joint Masters of Science in Environment and Resources component of E-IPER. Other responsibilities will include teaching and leading students through capstone projects, curriculum development, student advising and professional development. The successful candidate should have a master’s degree in a related field and five to seven years of experience in program coordination.

40. Sustainability Coordinator and Lecturer, Winthrop U
The Department of Facilities Management at Winthrop University (SC) is seeking a full-time sustainability coordinator and lecturer to develop and assist with the execution of sustainability practices across the university including classroom instruction on sustainability. The coordinator will also participate as needed in academic programs related to sustainability. The successful candidate should have a master’s degree in a related field and two years of work experience in environmental education. Review of applications will begin on July 15, 2011.

41. Teacher/Scholar, Environmental Design, Pitzer College
Pitzer College (CA) invites applications for a tenure-track teacher/scholar of environmental design in the environmental analysis program. The position will occupy an endowed chair dedicated to sustainability and the built environment, and will be the founding director of the college's Conservancy for Southern California Sustainability. Successful candidates will have a Ph.D. or terminal degree in a relevant discipline and teaching and research interests that consider relationships among the natural world, the built environment, the political domain and the social sphere. Applications will be accepted through Sept. 20, 2011.

42. Staff Assistant & Sustainability Coordinator, Worchester State U
Worcester State University (MA) is seeking a staff assistant and sustainability coordinator to develop and implement campus-wide programs relating to sustainable efforts. The position will also encourage, develop and facilitate sustainability programs initiated by student, faculty, staff and community members. The successful candidate should have a bachelor’s degree in a related field as well as experience related to the practical application of policy, scientific and engineering practices.

Events

43. AASHE 2011 Early Bird Registration Deadline, Keynotes Announced
October 9-12, 2011; Pittsburgh, PA
Early bird registration for non-presenters ends this Thursday, June 30 for "AASHE 2011: Creating Sustainable Campuses and Communities." AASHE welcomes Dr. Wangari Maathai, Nobel Peace Laureate as the conference's opening keynote speaker and Bill McKibben, author and founder of 350.org, as the AASHE Student Summit keynote speaker. See other additions in the conference program overview.

Campus Sustainability Discussion Forums Highlights

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44. Recycling and Offsets (ACUPCC)
This post is about the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC).

If a campus has a high rate of recycling, say 80 to 85 percent, are there any carbon offsets available for that effort?

45. The ESCO Opportunity: All it Appears to Be? (ACUPCC)
This post is about the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC).

Warren Wilson College needs to retrofit buildings to meet ACUPCC goals and reduce energy costs. We are entertaining proposals from ESCOs [Energy Service Companies]. Our CFO is very skeptical. I am looking for case studies to either support his skepticism or, hopefully, show that this approach to emissions reductions without cash outlay is feasible. Looking to be pointed in the right direction.

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