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Watch for the Global Edition of AASHE Bulletin on Thursday, August 18! The issue will share the sustainability initiatives of campuses outside the U.S. and Canada including this week's member spotlight, La Trobe University in Australia.

Table of Contents for 8/16/2011:

NEWS
Buildings 1. Western Oregon U Building Earns LEED Platinum
2. Salisbury U Receives First LEED Gold with Renovation
3. U Kentucky Earns First LEED Certification
4. Boston U Seeks LEED Certification with Remodeled Campus Residence
5. Linfield College Library Renovation to Reduce Energy Use by 30%
Climate 6. U New Hampshire, Climate Counts Partner to Address Climate Crisis
Co-Curricular Education 7. Duke U Students Create Guide to Green Living on Campus
8. Inside Higher Ed Covers Rise in Student Farms
9. Ecotech Institute Launches Student Mentorship Program
10. U Alaska Anchorage Debuts First Student Campus Garden
Coordination and Planning 11. Vanderbilt U Launches Sustainability Project
Curriculum 12. Kennebec Valley CC Opens Solar Tech Training Lab
Diversity and Affordability 13. New Report Reveals Continued Gender Gap in STEM Fields
Energy 14. Oregon Public Universities Plan to Go Solar
15. Boise State U Partners for Geothermal Expansion
16. Washington and Lee U to Install 450 kW Solar Energy System
17. Taylor U Installs 2 Wind Turbines
18. U Notre Dame to Save 45K with Fume Hood Set-back Modes
19. Cal Poly Pomona to Save 30K with Smart Power Strips
20. U Notre Dame Installs Thin-Film Solar Array
Funding 21. Yale U Awards Microloans to 3 Campus Sustainability Projects
Grounds 22. Antioch College Creates College Farm
23. U Wisconsin Madison Fights Invasive Species with Goats
24. Monmouth College Installs Rain Garden to Curb Water Pollution
Public Engagement 25. Temple U Creates Community Medicinal Garden
Transportation 26. U California Los Angeles Offers Green Commuting Incentives
27. U Texas Arlington to Add Free Electric Vehicle Charging Station
28. U Victoria to Pilot Green Ship Technology
Water 29. Binghamton U Announces Water Harvesting Project
Other News 30. Environmental Champion Ray Anderson Dies at 77

NEW RESOURCES
31. New Book: 'University Reform in an Era of Global Warming'
32. New Issue of Sustainability: The Journal of Record

OPPORTUNITIES
33. AASHE Seeks Education Steering Committee Members
34. AASHE Bulletin Reader Survey
35. Ithaca College Online Sustainability Leadership Certificate

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
36. Regional Sustainability Coordinator, Northland College
37. Sustainability Fund Student Engagement Coordinator, U Washington
38. Sustainability Fellow, Northland College

EVENTS
39. STARS Webinar: STARS & Dining Services
40. Community College Webinar: Integrating Sustainability into General Education

CAMPUS SUSTAINABILITY DISCUSSION FORUMS HIGHLIGHTS
41. Peer-Review Request for Sustainability Open Courseware


News

Buildings

1. Western Oregon U Building Earns LEED Platinum
Western Oregon University’s Ackerman Hall has achieved LEED Platinum certification. The 91,000-square-foot facility mixes both scholastic and housing programs into a single community on university grounds. Rooftop solar thermal panels preheat water and air for use in the facility, resulting in a 50 percent reduction in potable water usage and 35 percent reduction in energy consumption. Other sustainable features include energy monitoring systems, low-flow plumbing fixtures, a rainwater harvest system, permeable paving and passive solar design.

2. Salisbury U Receives First LEED Gold with Renovation
The renovation of Salisbury University’s (MD) Pocomoke Hall has achieved the university’s first LEED Gold certification. More than 15.8 percent of building materials were sourced and manufactured within 500 miles of the construction site and 22 percent were made from recycled materials. Approximately 75 percent of construction waste was diverted from landfills and 67 percent of the wood used in the building was from Forest Stewardship Council-certified products.

3. U Kentucky Earns First LEED Certification
The University of Kentucky has earned its first LEED certification with the recent LEED Gold certification of its Davis Marksbury building. Part of its College of Engineering's Digital Village, the three-story, 45,014-square-foot building includes photovoltaic collectors on the roof to convert sunlight into electrical power to help serve the building and provide research opportunities.

4. Boston U Seeks LEED Certification with Remodeled Campus Residence
Boston University is expecting its first LEED certification for a residence with its remodeled St. Mary's faculty and staff apartment complex. The 13,700-square-foot building, which was stripped down to its rafters, studs and floorboards, will seek LEED Gold certification. Sustainable features of the $3.5 million renovation include a tankless water heater, bamboo flooring, energy-efficient lighting, individually metered units and countertops made with at least 80 percent recycled materials like glass and metal.
See also: AASHE Resource: Green Residence Halls

5. Linfield College Library Renovation to Reduce Energy Use by 30%
With the recent renovation of its historic library building, Linfield College (OR) expects to decrease the building's energy use by 30 percent. Built in 1936, the library offered inadequate space to install a modern heating and cooling system. The college selected radiant ceiling panels for both heating and cooling.

Climate

6. U New Hampshire, Climate Counts Partner to Address Climate Crisis
The University of New Hampshire has partnered with independent nonprofit Climate Counts to expand the effort to bring consumers and companies together in addressing the climate crisis. Climate Counts will operate its main office on campus to take advantage of the university’s climate research, engaged scholarship and campus-wide Sustainability Academy. The partnership will provide new research opportunities for students and will advance the work of Carbon Solutions New England, which conducts independent analysis and research on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and growing economic opportunities.

Co-Curricular Education

7. Duke U Students Create Guide to Green Living on Campus
Students at Duke University (NC) have created a new Green Book, an online guide to living in an eco-friendly way at Duke University (NC) for first-year students. Many incoming students will also receive a hard copy of the book, printed on recycled paper, as they are distributed during Orientation Welcome Week. The book was created in collaboration with campus offices including Sustainable Duke, Duke Recycles, and Duke Parking and Transportation to develop a comprehensive guide to sustainability resources on campus. Students will find information about dining, recycling, alternative transportation and other aspects of green campus life. The book also provides information that is useful to students before they arrive on campus.

8. Inside Higher Ed Covers Rise in Student Farms
The efforts of the University of Montana and Prescott College (AZ), among others, are profiled in a recent Inside Higher Ed article that looks at the current growth of student-run farms on college campuses. The article highlights the new book, "Fields of Learning: The Student Farm Movement in America," in which Iowa State University Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture's Frederick L. Kirschenmann says that student farms play a critical role in training the next generation of farmers.

9. Ecotech Institute Launches Student Mentorship Program
The Ecotech Institute (CO), a trade school focused entirely on renewable energy, sustainable design and green technology that opened its doors at the start of this year, has announced a new student mentorship program for incoming students. The program pairs the new students with a continuing student to help with the course material and often unfamiliar surroundings.

10. U Alaska Anchorage Debuts First Student Campus Garden
Student members of the University of Alaska Anchorage’s Sustainability Club have constructed a raised-bed garden and whiskey barrel planters for the first student garden on campus. Students planted swiss chard, radishes, spicy salad mix and lettuce. The whiskey barrels are being used to grow potatoes, zucchinis, herbs and berry shrubs. The Sustainability Club plans to harvest the produce and hold a community feast.
See also: AASHE Resource: Campus Community Gardens (AASHE Members Only)

Coordination and Planning

11. Vanderbilt U Launches Sustainability Project
Vanderbilt University (TN) has launched the Sustainability Project for the 2011-2012 academic year with the goal of creating a dialogue across all parts of the campus about environmental, social and economic sustainability. More than 30 classes will incorporate sustainability themes, and the initiative will infuse sustainability into many other phases of the coming academic year including a speaker series, documentary film series and field trips. The initiative is supported by the College of Arts and Science Fant fund.

Curriculum

12. Kennebec Valley CC Opens Solar Tech Training Lab
Kennebec Valley Community College (ME) has opened a new solar heating and cooling lab on campus. The lab will be home to a solar technology training program to prepare participants from other community colleges, career and technical education centers, apprenticeship programs and private companies to be solar technology trainers. After the 40-hour course, the trainers will return to their respective areas and prepare their students for careers as solar energy installers. The U.S. Department of Energy chose the college as one of nine regional resource and training sites across the nation.

Diversity and Affordability

13. New Report Reveals Continued Gender Gap in STEM Fields
A new report from the U.S. Department of Commerce highlights the gender gap in science and technology fields. Although women fill close to half of all jobs in the U.S. economy, they represent less than 25 percent of the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) jobs. The report also notes that women with a STEM degree are less likely than their male counterparts to work in a STEM occupation.

Energy

14. Oregon Public Universities Plan to Go Solar
Oregon public universities have announced plans to launch a new solar project. A 5-megawatt solar system is planned for Oregon Institute of Technology, Oregon State University and Eastern Oregon University. Officials expect to start construction by the end of August once the contracts are finalized. Students will have the opportunity to learn about renewable energy and also benefit from the energy cost savings. Four other Oregon public universities will build solar projects next year as part of the second phase. Much of the total costs, estimated at more than $26 million, will be covered by state and federal tax credits.

15. Boise State U Partners for Geothermal Expansion
Boise State University has announced plans to further expand renewable and natural geothermal heat in Boise, Idaho by bringing geothermal heat across the Boise River and completing a loop through the Boise State University campus. Phase one of the project, announced in the spring of 2009, will connect six existing campus buildings through a geothermal pipeline. The recently announced phase two, funded by matching grant money from the Department of Energy and Department of Housing and Urban Development, along with the university and the City of Boise, will complete the geothermal loop and provide geothermal energy to a total of about one million square feet of campus building space. The project is currently undergoing environmental review with construction expected to occur this summer.

16. Washington and Lee U to Install 450 kW Solar Energy System
Washington and Lee University (VA) has signed an agreement with solar energy developer Secure Futures L.L.C. to install two solar photovoltaic arrays totaling 450 kilowatts on campus. As part of the 20-year power-purchase agreement, the university will buy solar-generated electricity from Secure Futures and will have the option to purchase the solar arrays in the future.
See also: AASHE Resource: Campus Solar Installations

17. Taylor U Installs 2 Wind Turbines
Taylor University (IN) has installed two wind turbines on campus. The twin turbines are part of a plan to power the new science complex with a combination of wind, geothermal and solar energy. The two 50-kilowatt turbines are expected to be operational by the end of August. The 137,000-square-foot science complex, scheduled to open for the fall 2012 semester, will use 42 10-kilowatt solar cells.
See also: AASHE Resource: Wind Installations on Campus

18. U Notre Dame to Save 45K with Fume Hood Set-back Modes
The University of Notre Dame (IN) is installing a set-back mode on its teaching lab fume hoods. The set-back mode will be activated by the last faculty member to use the lab each day by pressing a button near the door, which will reduce the minimum flow in the hoods from 240 to 90 cubic feet per minute. The set-back mode is being installed on 158 hoods in Jordan Hall and is expected to reduce the university's carbon dioxide emissions by approximately 711 tons per year and save $45,000 in annual energy costs. The savings is expected to repay the cost of the retrofit in about six and a half years.

19. Cal Poly Pomona to Save 30K with Smart Power Strips
About 1,700 faculty and staff campus workstations at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona are being equipped with smart power strips that will save the university $30,000 in energy costs annually. The strips feature an infrared sensor that detects when someone is at a workstation. Thirty minutes after the person leaves, the smart strip powers down. Electricity is restored when it senses the person has returned. Southern California Edison will cover the cost of the smart power strips (about $48 each) and installation through its Energy Efficiency Partnership program. In a few months, the company will perform follow-up checks and audit the program’s effectiveness. California State University, Fullerton and California State University, Long Beach are also participating in the partnership.

20. U Notre Dame Installs Thin-Film Solar Array
The University of Notre Dame has completed the installation of a 10-kilowatt flexible thin-film solar array and monitoring system on the roof of its Fitzpatrick Hall of Engineering. The lightweight flexible panels lie flat and are attached directly to the surface of the roof with an adhesive. Connected directly to the university's power grid, the array will help meet the building's electricity demand. The array will also offer research opportunities for faculty and students with a real-time monitoring system that will allow for an analysis of the array's productivity under different conditions.
See also: AASHE Resource: Campus Solar Installations

Funding

21. Yale U Awards Microloans to 3 Campus Sustainability Projects
Yale University (CT) has chosen three campus projects to be supported by the Yale Sustainability Microloan Fund in the coming year. The fund promotes creative ideas that make the university a more environmentally and financially sustainable place by providing small loans for projects with short payback periods. Thin-film photovoltaic arrays, consumer-level smart grid technology and high-efficiency lighting installations are features of the three winning projects.

Grounds

22. Antioch College Creates College Farm
Antioch College (OH) has announced the creation of a college farm as part of its first major sustainability project. The farm will provide opportunities for students to grow produce and learn sustainability practices. The college hopes to integrate the farm into campus facilities, curriculum and the community.
See also: AASHE Resource: Campus Supported Agriculture and Farms (AASHE Members Only)

23. U Wisconsin Madison Fights Invasive Species with Goats
The University of Wisconsin-Madison has enlisted a herd of goats to clear an overgrown slope behind its School of Human Ecology building, which is undergoing a renovation and expansion. The goats are clearing invasive species like black locust, honeysuckle and buckthorn, which will be replaced with terraces of native canopy trees and a mix of native wildflowers and grasses.
See also: AASHE Resource: Sustainable Landscaping on Campus

24. Monmouth College Installs Rain Garden to Curb Water Pollution
Monmouth College (IL) has installed a rain garden at the front of its educational garden to help minimize water pollution. The garden features low maintenance perennial plants and is expected to help reduce stormwater runoff, recharge ground supplies, increase wildlife habitat and reduce the need to mow. To help cover the costs, the college received a $740 Illinois Rain Garden Initiative grant from the Illinois Conservation Foundation and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Education, in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Public Engagement

25. Temple U Creates Community Medicinal Garden
Temple University (PA) has unveiled a community medicinal garden on campus with the intent to engage students and the community in the natural origins of medicine. In addition to allowing first-hand experience with plants with medicinal purposes for health sciences students, the garden contains planters with edibles like tomatoes, basil and cucumbers that community members are free to take as they pass by.
See also: AASHE Resource: Campus Community Gardens (AASHE Members Only)

Transportation

26. U California Los Angeles Offers Green Commuting Incentives
The University of California, Los Angeles' Transportation department has launched a web-based program that offers incentives for students to commute to campus in an environmentally friendly manner. Members of the Bruin Commuter Club can access services ranging from discounted parking to an emergency ride service. The program is designed for students, faculty and staff who carpool, use public transportation or bike and walk to campus. Since the club’s induction on July 11, more than 1,000 members of the university community have registered. The incentives, including an annual gift card for restaurants and online carpool matching program Zimride, will continue to be added to the program in 2012 to encourage ongoing sign-ups.

27. U Texas Arlington to Add Free Electric Vehicle Charging Station
In anticipation of an expanding electric car market, the University of Texas at Arlington has announced plans to add a free public electric vehicle charging station on campus. Donated by City Electric Supply's Arlington office, the charger is being installed in a new campus garage that is slated to open in 2012. Room for six additional chargers are included in the plans for the final phase of the garage.

28. U Victoria to Pilot Green Ship Technology
With $1.19 million in federal funding, the University of Victoria (BC) has announced plans to retrofit the former Tsekoa II into a plug-in hybrid "green ship," powered by electricity, hydrogen fuel cells and low-emission diesel fuel. The hybrid system will provide energy for low-speed maneuvering and power for ship systems, communications and instrumentation. The new green ship technology was created by the university's green transportation research team and the Province of British Columbia's marine engineering and alternative power system sectors.

Water

29. Binghamton U Announces Water Harvesting Project
Binghamton University (NY) has announced the installation of four tanks for a green water harvesting project. Two hundred thousand gallons of water will be retained for toilet flushing and to provide water for the campus cooling towers. Once the tanks are installed, the university will put in a rainwater retention system collected from parking lots and roofs. The accumulation and storing of water is planned for 2013 with the opening of its Center for Excellence.

Other News

30. Environmental Champion Ray Anderson Dies at 77
Ray Anderson, founder and chairman of Interface, passed away last week of cancer at age 77. "He was and continues to be the icon of what a successful business must look like to survive indefinitely and lead society on a more healthy, fair and sustainable path," says Second Nature President Anthony Cortese in a tribute. The keynote speaker at the first AASHE national conference and several Second Nature regional workshops, Anderson was known as the "darling of college campuses," giving several commencement speeches and about 500 lectures and presentations at colleges and universities. As founder and chairman of modular carpet manufacturer Interface, Anderson focused his time and energy on the business case for sustainability, delivering more than 1,000 speeches and authoring two books on the topic. "Whenever I wanted someone from the private sector to make the case for education for sustainability, Ray was always at the top of the list and always the best," says Cortese.

New Resources

31. New Book: 'University Reform in an Era of Global Warming'
Eco-Justice Press' "University Reform in an Era of Global Warming," a new book by Chet Bowers, addresses a number of issues ranging from language, cultural commons, academic freedom, patterns of cultural reproduction and the need for administrative leadership that addresses the cultural roots of the ecological crisis. Bowers argues that replacing inefficient campus infrastructures is easy compared to the challenges of engaging faculty in discussions of how the content of their courses continue to reinforce the deep cultural assumptions that give conceptual direction to the individualistic/consumer-dependent lifestyle that that is now widely recognized as unsustainable.

32. New Issue of Sustainability: The Journal of Record
The latest issue of Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.'s Sustainability: The Journal of Record includes a look at how universities and the private sector are coming together to replace outmoded industry and manufacturing with sustainable business. The article examines the Oberlin College's Oberlin Project, which aims to turn the town of Oberlin, Ohio into a model for such an effort. Also included in the issue is a look at the results of the 2011 Gibbs and Soell Sense & Sustainability survey, which suggest a skepticism about corporate commitment to sustainability and a need for the proper alignment of internal structure, processes and communications.

Opportunities

33. AASHE Seeks Education Steering Committee Members
AASHE invites individuals at member institutions to apply for openings on its new AASHE Education Steering Committee (ESC). The ESC will provide guidance and feedback on the strategic and fiscal direction of AASHE Education projects, initiatives and resources supporting the advancement of sustainability in higher education, and oversight regarding AASHE efforts to lead the transformation of educational practices (including the curriculum) to ensure that all students acquire the knowledge, skills and dispositions to meet sustainability challenges. Committee members should possess an understanding of the AASHE mission and goals and familiarity and significant experience with the transformation of educational practices; successful professional development approaches and curricular change processes; and the development, assessment and evaluation of EfS learning outcomes.

34. 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.

35. Ithaca College Online Sustainability Leadership Certificate
The Professional Certificate in Sustainability Leadership from Ithaca College (NY), offered in partnership with AASHE, is for practitioners who want to apply best practices in leading sustainability initiatives. The certificate catalog features 12, two-week seminars delivered online - anytime, anywhere - with open enrollment. The program currently has three upcoming seminars that will take place Sept. 8-24, 2011. "A Systems Approach to Sustainability" will cover awareness of sustainability as a multidimensional, dynamic interaction between interrelated and interdependent elements in an organization. Participants in "Establishing Sustainability as an Organizational Purpose" will learn how to implement a sustainability branding strategy for their organization that defines their values and interactions. "Marketing Metrics that Matter" will provide an orientation to qualitative research methods and their use in designing and implementing tools and methods for identifying high value opportunities. The registration deadline for all is September 8 and discounts are available for AASHE members.

Jobs & Internships

36. Regional Sustainability Coordinator, Northland College
Northland College (WI) is searching for a limited term regional sustainability coordinator through June 2013. This position is responsible for the coordination and advancement of sustainability initiatives for both the college and Chequamegon Bay region. The primary area of responsibility includes collaboration with regional partners to organize and support sustainable agricultural and economic initiatives with a focus on entrepreneurial initiatives, community organizing and regional leadership. Successful candidates will have a master's degree and previous experience with sustainability programming/projects, and a passion and vision for sustainable agriculture, local/regional food systems, regional economic independence and rural communities.

37. Sustainability Fund Student Engagement Coordinator, U Washington
The University of Washington seeks a campus sustainability fund student engagement coordinator to perform website updates and develop communications and outreach material. The coordinator will also address questions and inquiries made by students, faculty and staff and will be instrumental in helping to raise the profile of the campus sustainability fund within the campus community. The successful candidate should possess excellent written and oral communication skills, be a team player and be highly motivated.

38. Sustainability Fellow, Northland College
Northland College (WI) is seeking applicants for the position of sustainability fellow. A one-year appointment, the fellow will primarily focus on program delivery and oversight of college sustainability initiatives. Major responsibilities include enhancing and expanding the current sustainability initiatives at the college, assisting in the development of educational programs, and the oversight and direction of the sustainability work-study teams. Successful candidates will have a bachelor's degree and previous experience with sustainability programming/projects.

Events

39. STARS Webinar: STARS & Dining Services
August 23, 2011; 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Eastern; Online
This STARS webinar will give an overview of the STARS Dining Services subcategory, which recognizes institutions that are supporting a sustainable food system. Participants will gain the perspective of STARS Charter Participants that are working on the Dining Services credits, and will include an overview of why sustainability is an important component in Dining Services; approaches to the credits; and perspectives on implementing sustainability in campus Dining Services.

40. Community College Webinar: Integrating Sustainability into General Education
August 17, 2011; 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Eastern; Online
Moraine Valley Community College (IL) and Chandler-Gilbert Community College (AZ) will share their efforts to integrate sustainability into their general education curriculum in the August installment of this webinar series. The Community College Sustainability Webinar series is hosted by Johnson County Community College (KS).

Campus Sustainability Discussion Forums Highlights

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41. Peer-Review Request for Sustainability Open Courseware
This is a request for reviewers: I have a new, upper division, all majors (no prereqs), online open courseware course being rolled out this fall, "Principles of Sustainability." With the help of numerous faculty, students and over 100 cinematographers across the globe, there are about 60 "doculectures" in production. The doculectures address a broad range of topics in sustainability in addition to about 40 case studies - usually documentary shorts by independent filmmakers....

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