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Table of Contents for 8/9/2011:

NEWS
Assessments and Ratings 1. STARS Ratings Pass 100 Institution Mark
Buildings 2. Harvard U Earns 50th LEED Certification
3. U Maryland Eastern Shore Renovation Earns LEED Gold
4. Saginaw Valley State U Hall Earns LEED Silver
5. Bridgewater College Debuts Sustainable Residence Hall
Co-Curricular Education 6. Northwestern U Students Construct 'Tiny House'
Coordination and Planning 7. Florida Int'l U Solar House to Become Sustainability Office
8. U Washington Creates Campus Sustainability Dashboard
Curriculum 9. Santa Clara U Debuts Sustainable Energy Graduate Program
10. U Maine Offers Renewable Energy Curriculum
11. Illinois Central College to Provide Green Building Training
Dining Services 12. Cal Poly Pomona Students to Conduct Campus Restaurant Audit
13. U Arizona Students Harvest Mesquite Pods for Dining Services
Diversity and Affordability 14. CC Students Receiving Pell Grants Increases 92% in 5 Years
15. Robert Morris U Fosters Diversity through Student Service
16. Pell Grant Paycheck Pilot Program Shows Early Success
Energy 17. Six Colleges Selected for Green Campus Network Program
18. Technical College of the Lowcountry Installs Geothermal System
19. SUNY Delhi Solar Project Offers Educational Benefits
20. Arizona State U Announces Patent-Pending Solar Design
21. New York U Reduces Energy by 15% During Heat Wave
22. U Alaska Anchorage Installs Energy Consumption Monitors
23. U Wyoming 'Clean Coal' Project on Hold
Grounds 24. SUNY Cortland Creates 'No Mow' Zone
Transportation 25. St. Michael’s College Installs Solar Electric Vehicle Chargers
26. U Kentucky Helps Fund New City Bike Lanes
27. Duke U Debuts New Car Sharing Program
Waste 28. Appalachian State U Pilots Program to Remove Classroom Trash Cans

NEW RESOURCES
29. AASHE Interview Series: Humboldt State U's Steven Hackett
30. USGBC Paid-from-Savings Guide to Green Existing Buildings

OPPORTUNITIES
31. AASHE Bulletin Reader Survey
32. Call for Stories: Global Edition of the AASHE Bulletin
33. USGBC Classroom to Boardroom Mentorship Opportunity
34. Call for Higher Ed Papers: Food Systems Journal
35. Call for Case Studies: NWF Campus Ecology

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
36. Director, Water & Adaptable Cities Program, U California Berkeley
37. Facilities Manager, A.J. Lewis Center, Oberlin College
38. Sustainable Transportation Program Manager, U Colorado at Boulder
39. Program Manager, Housing Sustainability, Stanford U
40. Sustainability Outreach Coordinator, Stanford U
41. Energy and Environmental Analyst, George Washington U

CAMPUS SUSTAINABILITY DISCUSSION FORUMS HIGHLIGHTS
42. Hotel Room Share at AASHE 2011
43. Tree Free Paper (STARS)


News

Assessments and Ratings

1. STARS Ratings Pass 100 Institution Mark
With submission deadlines last week, 104 institutions have now submitted reports to AASHE's Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System (STARS) during the past year. A total of 22 institutions have received a gold rating, 55 have earned a silver rating, and 21 have received a bronze rating. Six institutions also submitted their data as a STARS Reporter, indicating that they were not seeking an overall score but wanted to make their data public. The ratings are indicators of the sustainability performance of an institution using a broad and comprehensive set of credits. More than 260 institutions from the U.S. and Canada are currently participating in STARS. The remainder will be submitting their reports throughout the next year.

Buildings

2. Harvard U Earns 50th LEED Certification
Harvard University (MA) has become the first higher education institution to achieve its 50th LEED certification. The green building milestone includes six platinum-level projects and represents more than 1.5 million square feet of labs, dormitories, libraries, classrooms and offices. An additional 3 million square feet of space is registered and pursuing LEED certification. In April, the university announced a 10 percent decline in the university’s overall greenhouse gas emissions reflecting energy supply improvements, efficiency measures and the engagement of faculty, staff and students in activities designed to transform behavior.

3. U Maryland Eastern Shore Renovation Earns LEED Gold
The renovation of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore's Somerset Hall, a 60-year-old former dormitory that is now the campus' most energy-efficient building, has received LEED Gold certification. Renovations to the building, which now houses the pharmacy school, were designed and built to consume less energy. Sustainable features include housekeeping products that are recyclable and non-toxic, designated parking spaces for electric and hybrid cars, and bicycle racks.

4. Saginaw Valley State U Hall Earns LEED Silver
Saginaw Valley State University’s (MI) Pioneer Hall has earned LEED Silver certification. Sustainable features of the $16 million renovation include high-performance glass for optimized energy performance and thermal comfort, regionally manufactured materials and passive solar design.
See also: AASHE Resource: Green Science Buildings (AASHE Members Only)

5. Bridgewater College Debuts Sustainable Residence Hall
Bridgewater College (VA) has debuted a new green student residence hall that will seek LEED Silver certification. Some of its environmentally responsible features include reduced stormwater runoff, recycled building materials, insulation composed of renewable materials, occupancy sensor lights and low volatile interior paints and adhesives. Twenty percent of all materials used during construction were made or harvested within 500 miles.
See also: AASHE Resource: Green Residence Halls (AASHE Members Only)

Co-Curricular Education

6. Northwestern U Students Construct 'Tiny House'
Students and alumni of the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science at Northwestern University (IL) have begun construction on a Tiny House project that will serve as a display to the community. Part of a movement stemming from high energy prices and an increased interest in sustainability, the tiny zero net-energy house - with a toilet in the shower - will produce its own electricity using solar panels and collect all of its water. The tiny house movement, which emphasizes living simply and creatively using the space one has, is defined by some enthusiasts as less than 140 square feet. Construction began in the spring and the team intends to complete the home in the fall.

Coordination and Planning

7. Florida Int'l U Solar House to Become Sustainability Office
A team of Florida International University students and faculty have designed and engineered a house for the 2011 Solar Decathlon competition, taking place in the fall. When the house returns to the university, it will become the new home of the Office of University Sustainability. The house emphasizes adaptability and customization as key components of its energy performance. Designed for south Florida’s potentially harsh hurricane seasons, the house features floor-to-ceiling windows protected by an advanced louver system designed to both provide shade when opened and protection from high winds when closed. One hundred percent of the total energy will be produced by solar panels.

8. U Washington Creates Campus Sustainability Dashboard
The University of Washington has created a new sustainability dashboard. The site provides a one-stop source for information on all the sustainability measures happening on campus. The site is also hopes to be a resource for the growing number of organizations and publications that are ranking and reviewing the sustainability efforts of universities and other major institutions.

Curriculum

9. Santa Clara U Debuts Sustainable Energy Graduate Program
Santa Clara University’s (CA) School of Engineering has announced a new graduate degree in sustainable energy. Debuting this fall, the interdisciplinary program’s coursework will focus on societal responses to environmental problems, allowing graduate students to later pursue careers in energy management, smart grids, and energy generation and distribution. The program places a heavy reliance on project-based learning, case analyses and industrial practices. The master’s degree program is open to all students who have completed their bachelor’s in any engineering discipline.
See also: AASHE Resource: Graduate Degree Programs in Sustainability

10. U Maine Offers Renewable Energy Curriculum
The University of Maine has announced three new undergraduate minors in renewable energy. The renewable energy engineering minor will focus on the design and implementation of both existing and emerging technologies. The renewable energy science and technology minor will focus on electricity production, climate change and life cycle analysis, providing students with a foundation in renewable energy science, both in terms of generation and lasting environmental impacts. The renewable energy economics and policy minor will focus on the financial, ethical, political and legal considerations that constrain or enhance energy decisions, providing a conceptual understanding of energy science and detailed exposure to the varied impacts of energy systems. The College of Engineering is also designing a Master of Science in renewable energy engineering and the environment for deployment in fall 2012.
See also: AASHE Resource: Minors in Sustainability
See also: AASHE Resource: Graduate Degree Programs in Sustainability

11. Illinois Central College to Provide Green Building Training
Illinois Central College has announced plans to offer a 12-week training course for green building professionals. The training will provide a comprehensive look at the design, construction and operation of green buildings and communities. Emphasis will be placed on the categories developed by the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED program including sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, and innovation in design. The training is sponsored by the Green Workforce Alliance. Funding for the training is provided by a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.

Dining Services

12. Cal Poly Pomona Students to Conduct Campus Restaurant Audit
Students and faculty at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona are conducting an environmental audit of the university's Collins College of Hospitality Management restaurant. Food sourcing, food waste and energy, and water consumption will be studied closely. The restaurant operates as a classroom where undergraduates can learn all aspects of a hospitality business. Each quarter, a lunch class and a dinner class operate the restaurant, which is open to the public. The restaurant currently features a culinary garden, energy- and water-efficient equipment, and some locally sourced food.

13. U Arizona Students Harvest Mesquite Pods for Dining Services
The University of Arizona has begun harvesting mesquite pods from campus trees. The student-led project has volunteers fanning out across campus twice a week to harvest the pods, which ripen to make flour. Campus chefs are working on recipes that will use the flour including scones and cookies. The project will also work to educate the community about the nutritional benefits of eating mesquite products, as well as appreciate it as a sustainable practice.
See also: AASHE Resource: Sustainable Dining Initiatives on Campus (AASHE Members Only)

Diversity and Affordability

14. CC Students Receiving Pell Grants Increases 92% in 5 Years
The number of community college students receiving Pell Grants has increased by 92 percent in the last five years according to a new policy brief from the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). In the past academic year alone, the number of recipients increased 21 percent. The cost of the federal program in helping students in part pay for a higher education has also increased; over the same five-year period, expenditures for Pell Grants have swelled 182 percent, including 19 percent in the last year.

In related news, Pell Grants were spared in the debt bill at the maximum of $5,500 for all students, reports Inside Higher Ed. While it provides stability to the program for a couple of years, all programs will face a difficult Congressional environment with spending cuts going forward.
See also: Previous Pell Grant Bulletin Coverage

15. Robert Morris U Fosters Diversity through Student Service
With nearly 50 students from Saudi Arabia's cultural-exchange program scheduled to arrive in the fall, Robert Morris University (PA) has announced a new service project designed to expose the incoming students to as diverse a set of classmates as possible, reports The Chronicle of Higher Education. The students from Saudi Arabia will join members of the university's Black Male Excellence Network, Hillel chapter, Coalition for Christian Outreach and Hispanic Student Association for a service project in Coraopolis, a distressed Pittsburgh community near the university. The students will work on activities like outfitting a building to operate as a food pantry and clothing bank, setting up a community garden, and serving a Thanksgiving dinner. The program was initiated in response to President Barack Obama's Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge, which invites higher education institutions to commit to a year of interfaith and community service programming on campus.

16. Pell Grant Paycheck Pilot Program Shows Early Success
A pilot program that uses surplus Pell Grant money after tuition costs as a biweekly paycheck for students has earned positive results in its first year at Mt. San Antonio College (CA), reports Inside Higher Ed. Believing that students who are receiving a paycheck may be more likely to give their studies more focus, "Aid Like a Paycheck" - a joint project from the Institute for College Access and Success and policy research organization MDRC - aims to improve completion rates. Students in the pilot phase have reported that being paid to stay in college makes them take their studies more seriously, and that they have pared back hours on outside jobs, giving them more time to focus on school.

Energy

17. Six Colleges Selected for Green Campus Network Program
The Tennessee Valley Authority and the Alliance to Save Energy have selected six regional colleges to participate in the Green Campus Network pilot program. Including Calhoun Community College (AL), University of Alabama, University of Memphis (TN), University of Mississippi, University of the South (TN) and Western Kentucky University, the program involves students, faculty, administrators and campus support staff in cutting energy use on college campuses. The program will also work to incorporate energy efficiency into curricula, encouraging students to pursue careers in sustainability after graduation, and increasing general awareness of energy efficiency. The Tennessee Valley Authority funding will cover program implementation and wages for student interns, who will develop and execute on-campus energy efficiency projects and campaigns with support and guidance from the Alliance.
See also: U Mississippi Press Release

18. Technical College of the Lowcountry Installs Geothermal System
The Technical College of the Lowcountry (SC) has installed a geothermal heat pump system. The college will begin training people next month to become accredited installers of the pumps. The new system and training are the latest manifestations of the college’s ongoing push into alternative energy education. The new system was funded through a $25,000 grant from the S.C. Energy Office.

19. SUNY Delhi Solar Project Offers Educational Benefits
State University of New York at Delhi has begun installing a system of solar electric modules to provide a permanent site for demonstrating renewable energy technology to students preparing for careers in electrical and building construction. The installation involves 100 solar panels mounted on poles adjacent to the college's Electrical Technologies Center. The proximity to electrical technology classrooms will provide an ongoing learning experience for the university's students and for participants in the college's accredited photovoltaic workshops. Two additional solar modules will be installed exclusively for a laboratory where students will learn how to set up and break down a solar electric system. The project was funded by a $172,000 grant by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.
See also: AASHE Resource: Campus Solar Installations

20. Arizona State U Announces Patent-Pending Solar Design
Arizona State University's Tempe campus has revealed a patent-pending solar structure design planned for a parking lot adjacent to its Sun Devil Stadium. A partnership between the university and NRG Solar, the 5.25-acre PowerParasol™ design will cover 800 covered parking spaces and generate 2.1 megawatts of electricity. Within the 25-year, $10.5 million agreement, NRG will own and operate the PowerParasol™ and in exchange, the university will pay flat electricity rates during the term. Within three to four years, the university should experience reduced electricity rates. The university can also reduce the total project cost through revenue streams including PowerParasol™ advertising. Construction is slated for mid-August and should be completed before the end of 2011.

21. New York U Reduces Energy by 15% During Heat Wave
New York University students and employees took the lead in reducing their energy usage during recent record-high temperatures, cutting the university's energy consumption by about 15 percent. The university's executive vice president announced in a university-wide email that unnecessary lighting, elevators and air conditioning were to be shut off per the request of Con Edison, which faced a peak power emergency as a result of record-breaking temperatures across the New York City. Students, faculty and staff were encouraged to change their individual behaviors to reduce electrical usage and campus sustainability advocates helped spread the word about the curtailment and the need for conservation on campus.

22. U Alaska Anchorage Installs Energy Consumption Monitors
The University of Alaska Anchorage has installed a system to monitor energy expenditures of individual buildings. The digital monitoring will be used to create a baseline to determine the energy and water use per square-foot of each building, assess the performance of campus building systems, and to reward occupants who lower their energy consumption.
See also: AASHE Resource: Campus Building Energy Dashboards (AASHE Members Only)

23. U Wyoming 'Clean Coal' Project on Hold
The University of Wyoming's High Plains Gasification-Advanced Technology Center research project is delayed indefinitely. The university's partner, General Electric, said the energy market is too uncertain to move ahead with the project, which aims to turn coal into a gas that will burn more cleanly than does coal itself. General Electric cites low energy prices and the lack of a clear federal energy policy, but says that it will take another look at the situation in 18 to 24 months.

Grounds

24. SUNY Cortland Creates 'No Mow' Zone
State University of New York at Cortland has initiated a “no mow” zone in order to reduce fuel emissions and encourage natural habitats. A decline in fuel and equipment usage will reduce carbon dioxide emissions while saving money. The Physical Plant department expects to gain at least 10 labor hours each week, helping the university's ongoing effort to maximize its resources. Birds, butterflies and other animals will find food and habitats while native wildflowers will claim spots to bloom.
See also: AASHE Resource: Sustainable Landscaping on Campus

Transportation

25. St. Michael’s College Installs Solar Electric Vehicle Chargers
St. Michael’s College (VT) has installed two solar-powered electric vehicle charging stations. The stations will be paired with a solar photovoltaic system placed atop the college's Klein Center. When the electricity generated by the solar array isn’t needed to charge vehicles, it will go into the grid and offset the college’s overall energy consumption. The stations are compatible with all types of electric vehicles currently available on the market.

26. U Kentucky Helps Fund New City Bike Lanes
For a more interconnected campus and city bicycle network, the University of Kentucky will help fund new bike lanes and sharrows in the adjacent community. A partnership between the university and the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, the project aims to increase the viability of biking as an alternative to driving.

27. Duke U Debuts New Car Sharing Program
Duke University (NC) has announced that it is replacing its current car sharing service with Enterprise Rent-A-Car's WeCar. The new service provides the university with 16 vehicles, including an electric car that can be rented by students, faculty and staff. The WeCar vehicles will be spread across the university’s campuses. Vehicles can be reserved online, accessed using a membership card and returned to the same location where it was picked up. The new program also offers several enhancements including longer reservations, a higher daily mileage limit and competitive overnight rates.
See also: AASHE Resource: Car Sharing on Campus (AASHE Members Only)

Waste

28. Appalachian State U Pilots Program to Remove Classroom Trash Cans
Appalachian State University (NC) has developed a pilot program to remove trash cans from campus classrooms in an effort to increase recycling rates and improve collection efficiency across campus. Recycling and trash collection containers will be placed throughout the hallways in each building for convenience. The university expects the program to increase campus recycling rates and improve waste collection and recycling efficiency. In addition, expenses associated with the costs of trash bags will be reduced.

New Resources

29. AASHE Interview Series: Humboldt State U's Steven Hackett
AASHE has posted a new interview with Dr. Steven Hackett, interim associate dean of professional studies and chair of the School of Business at Humboldt State University. Dr. Hackett has served as principal investigator, project director, lead author or senior supervising economist on numerous scholarly works, technical reports, policy studies and regional economic development plans. Hackett talks to AASHE about his current leadership in incorporating sustainability across the core curriculum of the university's School of Business.

30. USGBC Paid-from-Savings Guide to Green Existing Buildings
For a limited time, community colleges and minority serving institutions may request a free copy of "The Paid-from-Savings Guide to Green Existing Buildings." Produced by the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and founding sponsor United Technologies Corporation, the guide is normally valued at $50. The guide is designed to help building facilities managers and energy service companies leverage utility cost savings to fund comprehensive green building retrofits. In addition, the resource provides detailed information on how to aggregate green improvement measures to optimize project economics and achieve LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance certification. To request a copy, please email greencampus@usgbc.org.

Opportunities

31. AASHE Bulletin Reader Survey
AASHE would like to hear from its Bulletin readers! Please take a moment to fill out this brief survey, which will take about 10 minutes to complete. The questions are designed to learn how readers interact with the AASHE Bulletin format and content, and will help inform any future content and/or design changes. Please submit your answers by Aug. 18, 2011. For any questions, please contact bulletin@aashe.org.

32. Call for Stories: Global Edition of the AASHE Bulletin
AASHE will publish the fifth edition of its semi-annual AASHE Bulletin: Global Edition in August. We invite press releases and news article suggestions from institutions outside the U.S. and Canada for inclusion in the upcoming issue. The Global Edition covers the continued strides made by college and university campuses around the globe toward sustainability in areas including new sustainability educational programs, waste reduction efforts, public engagement initiatives, green buildings, climate and energy initiatives and more. Institutions from nearly 15 countries were represented in the March 2011 issue and we'd like to hear from even more. To submit an item for consideration, email a hyperlink to the news story or press release that is posted online to bulletin@aashe.org with the subject line, “global edition.” The deadline for submissions has been extended to Aug. 15, 2011.

33. USGBC Classroom to Boardroom Mentorship Opportunity
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Classroom to Boardroom Diversity Mentorship program aims to provide highly individualized executive-level mentoring to undergraduate students interested in sustainability or green building from members of USGBC's Board of Directors. Students will be provided with the tools and guidance necessary to become successful professionals in sustainability-related fields, and advocates for this work in their communities. The deadline to apply is Sept. 2, 2011.

34. Call for Higher Ed Papers: Food Systems Journal
The Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development invites researchers, administrators, graduate students and others to submit manuscripts featuring the results of surveys, case studies, policy analyses, review articles, reflective essays and commentaries that examine the ways colleges and universities are pursuing their food system sustainability goals and the extent to which they are finding success. Submissions are due Dec. 1, 2011.

35. Call for Case Studies: NWF Campus Ecology
National Wildlife Federation's (NWF) Campus Ecology program is calling for case studies that showcase campus sustainability practices and global warming solutions for the 2010-2011 school year. Case studies will be featured in NWF's "ClimateEdu: News for the Green Campus" newsletter and as illustrated reports in an online searchable case study database. Submissions are due by Aug. 20, 2011.

Jobs & Internships

36. Director, Water & Adaptable Cities Program, U California Berkeley
The University of California, Berkeley is seeking a director for its Water & Adaptable Cities Program. The position will develop and administer a CITRIS "Big Bet." CITRIS Big Bets are multi-disciplinary and multi-campus research initiatives that aim to have significant and beneficial societal impact. The Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) is an $840 million university, industry and government partnership comprised of the Berkeley, Davis, Santa Cruz and Merced University of California campuses. The successful candidate will have an advanced degree, academic background and recognized expertise in adaptive cities and water management research. The review of applications will begin Aug. 12, 2011.

37. Facilities Manager, A.J. Lewis Center, Oberlin College
Oberlin College (OH) invites applications for the position of facilities manager and community outreach coordinator for its A.J. Lewis Center for Environmental Studies. Among other duties, this full-time, 12-month position will be responsible for managing and enhancing the environmental performance of all building systems in the center including a 160-kilowatt solar array, water treatment wetlands, heating, ventilation and air conditioning technologies, and landscape ecosystems; academic support; and communications and community outreach. A master's degree in an environmentally related field or the equivalent in experience is desired, along with training or experience in engineering or a related technical field; significant training or experience with ecological systems; water quality analysis experience; experience teaching or training students; and experience with project management including directing contractors, architects and skilled trades personnel. The review of applications will begin Aug. 22, 2011.

38. Sustainable Transportation Program Manager, U Colorado at Boulder
The University of Colorado at Boulder's Environmental Center invites applications for a sustainable transportation program manager. The center provides educational programs on sustainability issues for the campus community, develops student environmental leadership and provides services such as recycling, transportation and resource conservation programs. The center's role in transportation is to facilitate and improve access to/from campus using transit and other non-single vehicle modes of transportation. This position will be responsible for coordinating existing university programs, researching and developing new programs, tracking and reporting, and collaborating with other transportation program staff. A bachelor's degree in environmental studies or a related field is required, along with at least two years of professional experience in managing sustainable transportation programs and/or other sustainability programs. Applications will be accepted through Aug. 15, 2011.

39. Program Manager, Housing Sustainability, Stanford U
Stanford University (CA) is seeking a Housing Sustainability and Conservation Programs manager to provide leadership and support for all sustainability and green building initiatives throughout Student Housing. The manager will plan and market outreach programs to students and staff, develop and maintain sustainability indicators and provide design and project management oversight for energy and water conservation projects. The successful candidate should have a bachelor’s degree in a related field and a minimum of three years experience in organizing a sustainability program.

40. Sustainability Outreach Coordinator, Stanford U
Stanford University's (CA) Office of Sustainability seeks a sustainability coordinator to support the outreach and campus education components of its sustainability programs and services to the university community. This position will advance outreach and educational aspects of program management in infrastructure planning, sustainability campaigns, publications and academic integration. The ideal candidate will come from an interdisciplinary educational background with proven work experience directly relevant to sustainability program design and delivery. Successful candidates will have a bachelor’s or graduate degree in environmental science, policy and/or communications, plus a minimum of five years direct work experience in the fields of sustainability and education.

41. Energy and Environmental Analyst, George Washington U
The George Washington University (DC) seeks an energy and environmental analyst to analyze statistical, financial and other significant data. The position will incorporate the data into reports for internal stakeholders, government agencies, or professional organizations that may include monthly utility usage metrics, annual greenhouse gas emissions inventory, annual Energy Star building benchmarking, monthly venue utility bill generation and real-time utility metering projects. This role also prepares an annual utility budget by facility for the entire university each December. Successful candidates will have a bachelor's degree or higher in an appropriate area of specialization plus three to five years of appropriate experience. Degree requirement maybe substituted for a combination of education, training and experience.

Campus Sustainability Discussion Forums Highlights

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42. Hotel Room Share at AASHE 2011
I am interested in finding another woman to split a double hotel room with for the AASHE conference in October. I am flexible on the location of the hotel, but do need to watch my budget. Please let me know if you would like to discuss this as a possibility.

43. Tree Free Paper (STARS)
This post is about STARS, AASHE's Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System.

Our campus is considering a contract for a new line of tree free paper produced from sugar cane fiber. The paper does not qualify under the STARS rating system as recycled but a quick review of the types of fiber that does qualify suggests that this fiber should as well. The fiber used in the production of this paper is reclaimed following its use in the production of sugar. I would be interested in knowing how others feel paper made from this type of fiber should be classified and thoughts of whether the STARS criteria should be expanded to include it?

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