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Table of Contents for 7/26/2011:

NEWS
Buildings 1. Blackfeet CC Tribal Building Earns LEED Platinum
2. 2 Wake Forest U Buildings Awarded LEED Gold
3. North Dakota State College of Science Earns LEED Certification
4. DePaul U Debuts Eco Friendly Art Museum
5. Rock Valley College Science Center Pursues LEED Gold
Coordination and Planning 6. Arizona State U Implements Green Labs Program
Curriculum 7. College of the Canyons to Debut Solar Energy Certificate
8. Molloy College Offers Green Building Design Training
9. Wilfrid Laurier U, Ghana Partner for Curriculum Exchange
10. Lewis U Offers Renewable Energy Training to Teachers
Dining Services 11. U Guelph to Debut Produce Processing Room
Diversity and Affordability 12. College Leaders, Students, Senators Rally to Save Pell Grants
Energy 13. Antioch U New England Reduces Campus Electricity Use by 34%
14. U Minnesota Building Earns EPA Energy Star Rating
15. Southwestern College Installs Wind Turbine
Grounds 16. Southern Connecticut State U 'Plants it Forward'
17. Indiana U Creates Pilot Campus Community Garden
Research 18. Arizona State U Research: Employers Favor Sustainability Skills
19. U British Columbia Researches How to Make Green Roofs Greener
Transportation 20. Pomona College Announces Plans for Pedestrian Friendly Campus
21. Villanova U Announces Pedestrian Friendly Campus Renovations
22. U Mississippi Launches Car Sharing Option on Campus
Waste 23. Middlebury College Diverts Used Astroturf from Landfill
24. U Minnesota Partners with Neighborhood to Reduce Waste
25. Kansas State U Students Research Ways to Increase Recycling Rates

NEW RESOURCES
26. SEI Case Study Series: Green Revolving Funds
27. Driving Energy Conservation on the Small College Campus

OPPORTUNITIES
28. AASHE Seeks Board of Directors Nominations
29. Dept. of Energy Student Clean Energy Business Competition
30. EPA Seeks Students for 'ecoAmbassador' Program

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
31. Director, Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa State U
32. Longwood Sustainability Program Manager, Harvard U
33. Sustainability Engagement Program Manager, Harvard U

EVENTS
34. Webinar: Adaptations to Protect the Nation's Food, Clean Water Supply
35. 2011 Bioneers Conference
36. Seeding the Future: The Role of College Farms and Gardens
37. 'Using Real-Time Data to Improve Facilities Operations and Maintenance' Webinar

CAMPUS SUSTAINABILITY DISCUSSION FORUMS HIGHLIGHTS
38. Higher Ed's Role in Adapting to Climate Disruption: Examples? (ACUPCC)
39. Is Disposal of Surplus a Legit Addition to Your Recycling Rate?

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News

Buildings

1. Blackfeet CC Tribal Building Earns LEED Platinum
Blackfeet Community College’s (MT) new math and science building has been awarded LEED Platinum certification. The $5 million, 13,000-square-foot building has increased energy efficiency by 57 percent compared to minimum standards. Sustainable features include passive solar design, insulated glass, computer-controlled heating, low-flow plumbing fixtures and minimal pollutants in cabinetry and finishes. The college also diverted 83 percent of construction waste from the landfill.
See also: AASHE Resource: Green Science Buildings (AASHE Members Only)

2. 2 Wake Forest U Buildings Awarded LEED Gold
Wake Forest University (NC) has achieved LEED Gold status with its new Welcome Center. Sustainable features of the building include low-VOC materials used throughout the interior of the space; regionally sourced materials; Forest Stewardship Council-certified wood; repurposed materials; and nearly 90 percent of the waste generated during construction was diverted from the landfill for recycling. The university's newest residence hall was also awarded LEED Gold certification.
See also: AASHE Resource: Green Residence Halls (AASHE Members Only)

3. North Dakota State College of Science Earns LEED Certification
The renovation to the 75-year-old North Dakota State College of Science’s Horton Hall has earned LEED certification. The building’s certification was based on a number of sustainable design and construction features including passive solar design, high performance glazing, improved insulation, solar thermal hot water, low-flow plumbing fixtures and energy-efficient lighting. The university system has also adopted an integrated green building education program.

4. DePaul U Debuts Eco Friendly Art Museum
DePaul University (IL) has applied for LEED Silver certification for its new $7.8 million art museum. The 15,200-square-foot building was designed to incorporate a variety of energy-efficient features including a green roof, reflective roof coatings, proximity to public transportation, water-efficient landscaping, stormwater system design and energy-efficient heating, cooling and ventilation. The museum will open to the public in September.

5. Rock Valley College Science Center Pursues LEED Gold
Rock Valley College (IL) is preparing to open its newest green building, the 106,000-square-foot Center for Science and Math. Designed to meet LEED Gold standards, the college has implemented numerous strategies to reduce the energy consumption of its new facility. Sustainable features include passive solar design, a closed loop geothermal system, chill beam cooling system and solar panels.
See also: AASHE Resource: Green Science Buildings (AASHE Members Only)

Coordination and Planning

6. Arizona State U Implements Green Labs Program
In an effort to make its more than 1,200 laboratories more sustainable and cost effective, Arizona State University has established a Green Labs program. The self-assessment certification process includes goals for energy and resource conservation, waste reduction, idea sharing and collaboration, training and awareness, and chemical sharing and alternatives.

Curriculum

7. College of the Canyons to Debut Solar Energy Certificate
College of the Canyons (CA) has announced plans to offer solar and other alternative energy courses this fall. The college’s solar energy technician certificate program will include "Introduction to Energy Technology," "Solar Photovoltaic Systems" and "Solar Thermal Systems." College officials are currently in the process of developing additional solar technology and energy program options in the areas of photovoltaic sales and customer service, weatherization and energy-efficient technology, energy code compliance and energy auditing.
See also: AASHE Resource: Certificate Programs in Sustainability

8. Molloy College Offers Green Building Design Training
Molloy College (NY) has announced that it will offer green building and design training programs. The college has teamed up with Forever Green Training and Sustainable Design to offer courses that will prepare students for LEED accreditation. The new offerings include two LEED Green Associate Plus certificate programs and a Principles of Sustainable Design.
See also: AASHE Resource: Certificate Programs in Sustainability

9. Wilfrid Laurier U, Ghana Partner for Curriculum Exchange
In an effort to strengthen its academic program in the areas of global citizenship and social justice, Wilfrid Laurier University (ON) has announced a teleconferencing curriculum initiative with Ghana. Part of the university's Global Studies and Human Rights and Human Diversity departments, the initiative will deliver courses jointly to students from the university and Ghana's Ashesi University via video conferencing. Twenty-three Wilfrid Laurier students will also receive funding for internships in Ghana, and four graduate students from Ghana's University of Cape Coast will receive internships to study at Wilfrid Laurier. The program is funded by a $264,000 four-year grant through the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada through its Students for Development program.

10. Lewis U Offers Renewable Energy Training to Teachers
With a $160,000 grant from the state, Lewis University (IL) recently held a two-week workshop on green and renewable energy for teachers. The workshop combines lectures, videos, field trips, computer exercises, hands-on experiments and ongoing self-guided action research projects. The goal is for the first-year participants to serve as mentors regarding renewable energy education to others in their schools.

Dining Services

11. U Guelph to Debut Produce Processing Room
The University of Guelph (ON) is finalizing plans to build a produce processing room on campus, which will allow for the preparation of more vegetables procured from local farmers and suppliers. Since 2009, the university has doubled its purchases from a local produce auction and as a result about 45 percent of produce is local. The university aims to grow this percent as the on-campus processing capacity increases.
See also: AASHE Resource: Sustainable Dining Initiatives on Campus (AASHE Members Only)

Diversity and Affordability

12. College Leaders, Students, Senators Rally to Save Pell Grants
Inside Higher Ed has reported that eight college presidents joined student activists and two U.S. senators at a rally on Capitol Hill recently to protest Congressional Republicans' proposals to cut Pell Grants in deficit reduction talks. Public research institutions have a lot to lose if Pell is cut next year, says the article, because large percentages of their students rely on grants. A proposal for the upcoming fiscal year would reduce the maximum award by $845 and render 1.7 million current students ineligible to receive the grants.
See also: Previous Pell Grant Bulletin Coverage

Energy

13. Antioch U New England Reduces Campus Electricity Use by 34%
The Sustainability and Social Justice Committee at Antioch University New England (NH) has announced that its Green Guru workspace energy efficiency initiative has resulted in a 34 percent cumulative reduction in electricity used during fiscal years 2007-2010 compared to peak electricity usage in fiscal year 2006. This savings represents 186 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions avoided and an estimated savings of $35,371 in electricity bills. The outreach initiative, launched a few years ago as part of the Carbon Counts: You Can Too campaign aimed at achieving carbon neutrality by 2020, targets individual behavior and provides energy-saving tips.

14. U Minnesota Building Earns EPA Energy Star Rating
The University of Minnesota's Donhowe Building on the Twin Cities campus is the first University of Minnesota campus building to receive an Energy Star Building rating by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The building earned a rating of 90, putting it in the top 10 percent of buildings around the country. The building's high energy efficiency is the result of a 2009 recommissioning project by the university's Energy Management group.

15. Southwestern College Installs Wind Turbine
Southwestern College (KS) has begun installing a wind turbine on its campus. The college plans to use the turbine to teach students and the community about wind energy and sustainability. The turbine is expected to produce 400 kilowatts of energy per month.
See also: AASHE Resource: Wind Installations on Campus

Grounds

16. Southern Connecticut State U 'Plants it Forward'
Southern Connecticut State University has announced its Sustainable Southern-Plant it Forward Initiative. The urban farm project will expand its existing campus organic garden to include orchards and a vineyard, along with a new greenhouse, outdoor classroom and apiary. The orchard portion of the project will focus on growing more fruits in less space as the percentage of people living in urban environments is expected to grow locally and globally. Students from various courses and programs will have access to the orchard trees, garden and eventually the greenhouse for hands-on experience. The initiative will also include reaching out to the local community to teach, support and encourage local residents to grow their own food in their backyards.
See also: AASHE Resource: Campus Supported Agriculture and Farms (AASHE Members Only)

17. Indiana U Creates Pilot Campus Community Garden
Indiana University Bloomington has created a 900-square-foot community garden on campus. The campus garden initiative aims to foster environmental and social sustainability by creating interactive, edible gardening spaces. By modeling different ways to produce food in a campus setting, the garden will serve as a pilot for future gardening projects. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to engage in the process of growing food.
See also: AASHE Resource: Campus Community Gardens (AASHE Members Only)

Research

18. Arizona State U Research: Employers Favor Sustainability Skills
Recent research from the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University shows that a considerable percentage of employers are giving positive weight to job candidates with sustainability skills. The same research indicated that job applicants also need professional training in existing fields to push them over the top in the hiring process. An analysis of about 100 job postings related to sustainability, interviews with several corporate sustainability managers, and a survey of about 200 managers and executives from small, medium and large companies revealed that 65 percent of small company respondents said they would consider a sustainability concentration when making a hiring decision; 87 percent of the large firm respondents agreed; and 97.5 percent of the large firm executives said they valued the concentration. Participants said that corporate social responsibility, sustainability strategy, measuring sustainability, sustainability-related product and process improvement, and environmental and health policy as it relates to business should be taught to all managers and executives.

19. U British Columbia Researches How to Make Green Roofs Greener
A student and professor at the University of British Columbia have partnered to research ways to make green roofs even more environmentally friendly by using construction waste. The team is researching how to recycle waste building materials to form the base layers of a green roof. Currently, materials for the base layers are made out of plastic and it takes 25 years to compensate for the environmental damage caused from making the plastics contained in the roof laying material. The team is monitoring several green roof plant beds on campus that were donated and comparing the results of the manufactured material against a green roof constructed using discarded, crushed concrete as drainage material. The progress and results of the experiment will be monitored for a full year.

Transportation

20. Pomona College Announces Plans for Pedestrian Friendly Campus
With the recent opening of its new South Campus Athletic Field and Parking Structure, Pomona College (CA) has announced steps toward a more pedestrian friendly campus by allowing the closure of several parking areas scattered throughout the campus. The new two-story building, topped by a soccer and lacrosse field, will provide parking for more than 600 vehicles and free up more green space on campus. The parking structure also features sustainable elements including LimeLight, a wireless lighting control system that senses motion; solar PV arrays on the athletic field that will provide shade for spectators and should provide much of the electricity needed for the structure; high-efficiency restroom plumbing fixtures and irrigation equipment; drought-resistant native landscaping; six electric vehicle charging stations; bike racks; and priority parking for carpools.

21. Villanova U Announces Pedestrian Friendly Campus Renovations
Villanova University (PA) has announced a $15 million renovation to its campus that will reduce vehicle access and increase pedestrian friendliness. The transformation will be implemented this summer and the following two summers with a majority of the renovations affecting the inner campus. The first phase, currently underway, will change the roadways on campus and limit vehicle traffic to be more friendly to pedestrians. Students and staff participated in focus groups to direct the "Transformation of the Campus Landscape" initiative.

22. U Mississippi Launches Car Sharing Option on Campus
The University of Mississippi has announced that it will offer the Zipcar car-sharing service on campus. Registration will be available in mid-August for all students, faculty and staff ages 18 and older, as well as to members of the local community ages 21 and older. The university has also partnered with Zimride, a private online social networking site devoted to establishing rides. Free to the university community, the site allows users to connect with others who are looking to carpool in the area. In addition to Zipcar and Zimride, students can take the Oxford-University Transit system free of charge and rent bikes from the university's Rebel Pedals program.
See also: AASHE Resource: Car Sharing on Campus (AASHE Members Only)

Waste

23. Middlebury College Diverts Used Astroturf from Landfill
Middlebury College (VT) has begun replacing 95,000 square feet of Astroturf that covered the field hockey course. To avoid sending the Astroturf to the landfill, a large portion of the turf will be donated to the community’s recreation center to be used for miniature golf courses. The rest of the carpet will be sent to Georgia to be used in various recreational facilities.

24. U Minnesota Partners with Neighborhood to Reduce Waste
The University of Minnesota's ReUse Center partnered with the Southeast Como Neighborhood Improvement Association for the recent Move In/Move Out (MIMO) Free Store. This year's effort attracted more than 800 shoppers and diverted more than 6,000 pounds of goods from the landfill this year. The store, which runs at the end of spring semester and the beginning of fall semester, encourages students and the community to donate household goods like tables, chairs and bookcases instead of throwing them away.

25. Kansas State U Students Research Ways to Increase Recycling Rates
Students at Kansas State University have conducted research on ways to improve campus recycling rates. The group collected data and compiled statistics for the university’s recycling committee. The research, coupled with surveys of students, faculty and staff, suggested that single-stream recycling could be more effective.

New Resources

26. SEI Case Study Series: Green Revolving Funds
The Sustainable Endowments Institute has released a case study featuring the success of the green revolving fund at the California Institute of Technology. This is the first of a new series, "Green Revolving Funds in Action: Case Studies of 10 Colleges" that will explore how green revolving funds are saving energy and growing money at higher education institutions. In collaboration with AASHE and other organizations, individual case studies on Boston University (MA), Harvard University (MA), Iowa State University, Lane Community College (OR), Stanford University (CA), University of Notre Dame (IN), University of Colorado at Boulder, Weber State University (UT) and Western Michigan University will be released during August and September.

27. Driving Energy Conservation on the Small College Campus
The Foundation Center has published "From Idea to Implementation: Driving Energy Conservation on the Small College Campus." Emphasizing the need for strong leadership, the report summarizes outcomes and lessons learned from an initiative to help small colleges assess their energy usage and institute policies, capital improvements, and programs to improve conservation and efficiency.

Opportunities

28. AASHE Seeks Board of Directors Nominations
The Nominations Committee of AASHE's Board of Directors invites AASHE members to nominate candidates to fill several slots on the board. The full board holds multi-day, in-person meetings at least once a year (usually twice), and holds bimonthly phone meetings. In addition, each board member is expected to participate in at least one board committee. Committees meet by phone an average of six times per year, depending on their respective work agendas. Overall, board members should expect to contribute an average of five to 10 hours per month to AASHE. The closing date for nominations is Aug. 23, 2011. Before nominating yourself or someone you know, please read the Description of Role and Responsibilities of AASHE Board Members.

29. Dept. of Energy Student Clean Energy Business Competition
The U.S. Department of Energy has announced $2 million in available funding for the National University Clean Energy Business Challenge. This nationwide initiative will create a network of regional student-focused clean energy business creation competitions whose winners will compete for a national grand prize in early summer 2012. The funding will support up to six regional competitions that will mentor and train students from across the country to develop successful business plans to create a new generation of American clean energy companies. Applications are due on Aug. 22, 2011. Selections are expected to be made before the end of September 2011.

30. EPA Seeks Students for 'ecoAmbassador' Program
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is launching its OnCampus ecoAmbassador program on Sept. 1, 2011. Students are encouraged to participate in the program, a chance for higher education students to green their campuses and promote environmental awareness. Students can educate their peers through informational events or initiate environmental change on their campus through longer-term projects. Past ecoAmbassadors have improved recycling efforts, organized Earth Day celebrations, initiated composting programs and worked to certify campus buildings as Energy Star compliant. Students benefit by developing valuable leadership, research and teamwork skills in addition to working closely with an EPA program to build awareness. The highest achieving students will have the opportunity to visit EPA offices and meet with EPA staff and leadership.

Jobs & Internships

31. Director, Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa State U
Iowa State University has announced a search for the next director of its Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture. The center is a research and education center with state-wide programs to develop sustainable agricultural practices that are both profitable and conserve natural resources. The director's responsibilities will include organizing an interdisciplinary, mission-oriented research and extension program with an annual institutional support base of at least $1,600,000; providing leadership and coordination for a professional staff to accomplish the research, education and outreach objectives of the center's mission; and contributing to the development and application of sustainable agriculture practices in the state and elsewhere through personal research and education activities. Successful candidates will have evidence of a holistic viewpoint relative to solving agricultural, environmental and social problems, and a Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree in a discipline related to the mission of the center. Applications are due Oct. 1, 2011.

32. Longwood Sustainability Program Manager, Harvard U
Harvard University (MA) is accepting applications for the position of Longwood sustainability program manager. The manager will work with university institutions and campus operations groups to refine and prioritize the sustainability project work plan. Responsibilities will include building a culture of environmental sustainability aimed at changing behaviors and administrative practices. The successful candidate will also lead and expand the Longwood Green Labs Program; the Occupant Engagement and Sustainability Communication Components of the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan; manage green teams and green office program efforts; and collect, analyze and publicize information relating to Harvard Medical School’s sustainability programs. The successful candidate should have a bachelor’s degree and at least two years of experience in environmental management with strong communications experience.

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

Events

34. Webinar: Adaptations to Protect the Nation's Food, Clean Water Supply
August 4, 2011; 1:15 - 2:45 p.m. Eastern; Online
The second 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. In partnership with AASHE, "Adaptations to Protect the Nation's Food and Clean Water Supply" will address the threatened national security of many nations as heat stress, droughts and floods negatively affect crop yields and livestock, coupled with a growing global population and competition for clean water and consistent food sources.

35. 2011 Bioneers Conference
October 14-16, 2011; San Rafael, CA
The 22nd Annual Bioneers Conference will focus on "Reimagining Civilization in the Age of Nature." The event will feature pre- and post-conference intensives including "Schools and Food: Invitation to a Revolution," the inaugural meeting of its Education for Action Educators Network, and a women's leadership program.

36. Seeding the Future: The Role of College Farms and Gardens
October 14-15, 2011; Carlisle, PA
Hosted by Dickinson College, "Seeding the Future: A Conference on the Role of College Farms and Gardens in Liberal Arts Higher Education" will focus on beginning, improving and utilizing farms and gardens in undergraduate liberal arts education. From creating compost to developing new courses, hands-on workshops, presentations and panels will explore how to cultivate opportunities for local, sustainable food integration across the curriculum, campus and community. The conference will be organized around four tracks including the logistics of college farm and garden operations, teaching and learning on the farm and in the garden, starting and sustaining programs on campus, and connecting community partnerships.

37. 'Using Real-Time Data to Improve Facilities Operations and Maintenance' Webinar
August 2, 2011; 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Eastern; Online
This Lucid Design Group webinar will discuss how to improve building operations through real-time monitoring and display. Featuring Hamilton College (NY) Director of Facilities Steve Ballona, the webinar will address what types of savings can be expected from improving building monitoring; how real-time data can be used to improve energy efficiency efforts; how to use real-time and feedback to improve occupant experience; and how occupant behavior change programs can impact building operations.

Campus Sustainability Discussion Forums Highlights

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38. Higher Ed's Role in Adapting to Climate Disruption: Examples? (ACUPCC)
This post is about the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). Second Nature in its role supporting the ACUPCC has convened a committee to evaluate higher education's role in adapting to climate disruption, and we are looking for examples of campuses addressing adaptation in various ways. If you know of any efforts of this kind happening on your campus - or plans in the works - please let us know through this forum, or email me at gdyer@secondnature.org.

39. Is Disposal of Surplus a Legit Addition to Your Recycling Rate?
Like many campuses, we have a Surplus Warehouse that moves our not-so-gently-used furniture and office equipment from classrooms and offices to downstream uses, often the public used furniture marketplace. We run about 400 tons of furniture a year through Surplus Warehouse, and about 1,050 tons of other recycled materials of all kinds. If we include surplus property in our calculation of diversion, our recycling rate is 36 percent. If we don't, it's only 29 percent. What does your school do? Does AASHE have a position on this that would standardize everybody's approach?

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