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Welcome to the fifth issue of AASHE Bulletin: Global Edition! This twice-yearly newsletter covers sustainability stories from higher education institutions located outside the U.S. and Canada. Visit our Global Edition homepage for more information.

Table of Contents for August 2011 Global Edition:

NEWS
Assessments and Ratings 1. EAUC Announces 2011 Green Gown Awards Shortlist
2. U Adelaide Earns National Recognition for Sustainability Efforts
3. Galway-Mayo Institute of Tech Awarded Int'l Green Campus Award
4. Newman U College Earns Sustainable Campus Award
Climate 5. British Universities Fail to Meet Carbon Emissions Targets
Co-Curricular Education 6. London Metropolitan U Students Build Solar Decathlon Home
7. La Trobe, Melbourne U Students Help Farmers with Sustainability
8. Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne Students Plan to Green Campus
9. Korea U Students Launch Organic Farmers Club
10. U Tampere Students Pilot Endangered Lichen Green Roof Project
11. Indian Youth Climate Network Reports on World Environment Day
Coordination and Planning 12. Australian National U Announces Green Precinct Project
13. U Exeter to Launch Environment and Sustainability Institute
14. Hokkaido U Debuts Campus Sustainability Office
15. Central European U Establishes Sustainability Committee
16. CQ U Establishes Environmental Steering Committee
17. U Western Sydney Partners for Campus Sustainability Portal
18. U Hong Kong Releases Sustainability Report, New Website
19. Otago Polytechnic Releases New Sustainability Report
20. Monash U Produces Video: 5 Green Actions for Students
Curriculum 21. UK Students See Sustainability Curriculum as Essential
22. Otago Polytechnic Offers Graduate Degree in Sustainable Practice
Diversity and Affordability 23. Venezuelan Indigenous U Preserves Tribal Customs Amid Modernity
Energy 24. U Tokyo Leads Energy Efficiency Efforts After Japan Earthquake
25. RIT Dubai Studies Residential Energy Efficiency
26. U St Andrews Plans 12MW Wind Farm
27. American U Sharjah Students Harvest Power from Noise
28. Banff and Buchan College Installs 100 Solar Panels
Public Engagement 29. Kingston U Launches Smart Communities Project
30. Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham U Conducts Sustainable Outreach
31. U Edinburgh Students Help Businesses Reduce Carbon Footprint
32. New Australian National U Website Promotes Urban Biodiversity
33. Byron Region CC Plans 'Greenskills Community Education Network'
Research 34. Chron of Higher Ed: Energy, Water Dominate Int'l Research
35. Nanyang Technical U to Create New Solar and Clean Energy Center
Water 36. Karakoram Int'l U to Save 30% Water with New Irrigation System
Other News 37. Taiwan Normal U Hosts U California Santa Cruz Delegation

NEW RESOURCES
38. Parlez-Vous Green Campus Blog
39. U Gloucestershire Interview: Education for Sustainability
40. EAUC Launches New and Improved Online Sustainability Tool
41. New Issue of Int'l Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education

OPPORTUNITIES
42. EAUC 'LiFE' Sustainability Performance Webinars
43. Call for Papers: Building a Global Future Conference

EVENTS
44. AASHE 2011 Conference
45. 2011 Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability Conference
46. International Greening Education Event 2011
47. 2011 EAUC Scotland Higher Education Sustainability Conference
48. 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development


News

Assessments and Ratings

1. EAUC Announces 2011 Green Gown Awards Shortlist
The United Kingdom's Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC) has announced the shortlist for its 2011 Green Gown Awards. Now in its seventh year, the awards program recognizes exceptional initiatives being undertaken by universities and colleges across the United Kingdom to become more sustainable. Winners from the shortlisted entries will be announced at an awards ceremony in November 2011 in London.
See also: View the Shortlist by Category

2. U Adelaide Earns National Recognition for Sustainability Efforts
The University of Adelaide (Australia) has been awarded a Sustainability Licence from South Australia's Environment Protection Authority (EPA) in recognition of its commitment to reducing its impact on the environment. As part of its commitment to sustainability, the university has established an 'Ecoversity' initiative to tackle environmental sustainability campus-wide; worked to reduce water consumption; accomplished waste reduction and improved recycling; established an 'Ecoleader' program and student internship program that address water, waste and energy management; and developed a web-based sustainability management and reporting tool to manage energy, carbon and environmental performance.

3. Galway-Mayo Institute of Tech Awarded Int'l Green Campus Award
The Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology has become the first institute in Ireland to receive the international Green Campus Award from the Green Campus Program, an international environmental education and award program that promotes long-term, whole college action for the environment. The institute's sustainability efforts in the past year include a 7 percent reduction in campus energy use; significant waste diversion and recycling success; water saving measures; and energy efficiency initiatives such as energy shutdowns during holiday periods and the switch to a renewable energy supplier.

4. Newman U College Earns Sustainable Campus Award
Newman University College (United Kingdom) has received a silver award from EcoCampus, praising its commitment to achieving an environmentally sustainable campus. The award follows the university’s redevelopment of its campus, which is designed to improve the environment and facilities for students, staff and the local community. The award recognizes universities that address key issues of environmental sustainability and provides tools to help them move further towards environmental sustainability through operational and management practices.

Climate

5. British Universities Fail to Meet Carbon Emissions Targets
A new report released by the Guardian reveals that British universities are on track to fail to meet carbon emissions targets set by the government. Academic institutions have been told to reduce their emissions by 48 percent between 2005 and 2020. According to the People & Planet Green League of UK higher education institutions, the emissions from the 142 universities that provided data for the survey have risen 3.9 percent in total since last year, despite the fact that funding for English universities is linked to their ability to meet these targets.

Co-Curricular Education

6. London Metropolitan U Students Build Solar Decathlon Home
London Metropolitan University (United Kingdom) students have created an energy-efficient home for the 2012 Solar Decathlon Europe competition. Using techniques in digital design and manufacturing, the team of students designed a home to demonstrate the technology available in today’s market that offers a new way of sustainable living. The curved design has been specifically configured to work with its surrounding environment to reduce its energy consumption. Photovoltaic panels to power the home are being placed using precise solar data and parametric techniques to optimize energy generation.

7. La Trobe, Melbourne U Students Help Farmers with Sustainability
Australian students from La Trobe University and Melbourne University have traveled to Indonesia to work with farmers. The program links institutions and growers to help improve the sustainability of agricultural practices. The students held meetings with area farmers to talk about sustainable practices including storage, use of chemicals and diversifying crops.

8. Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne Students Plan to Green Campus
Students at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland) have announced plans to help make the campus become more sustainable. Doctorate students will focus on transportation, water, alternative energy and urban planning. The students will also work alongside local businesses to improve infrastructure and environmental practices in the community.

9. Korea U Students Launch Organic Farmers Club
With the objective to teach themselves about organic farming techniques, a group of Korea University (South Korea) students have created the Seed Folks group. The group will provide students with the chance to plant and grow vegetables on campus and learn about organic farming through a Real Garden School workshop. So far, the workshops have attracted about 60 students.

10. U Tampere Students Pilot Endangered Lichen Green Roof Project
Students at the University of Tampere, known as the first and only fair trade campus in Finland, are pioneering a green roof project to promote the growth of endangered lichen and mosses on limestone beds. The project is an effort to preserve a threatened habitat in Finland, as the majority of limestone beds have been mined for fertilizer.

11. Indian Youth Climate Network Reports on World Environment Day
From a plastic waste removal event to an environmental march, the Indian Youth Climate Network has documented the efforts of its chapters for World Environment Day in June. Its Jammu chapter created awareness through a movie screening and Green Campus Challenge and the Gwalior chapter organized a painting competition themed "Go Green" where students were asked to imagine how they would promote messages like "Go Green" and "Save the Environment."

Coordination and Planning

12. Australian National U Announces Green Precinct Project
The Australian National University has announced that it will establish itself as one of 13 Australian Green Precinct demonstration sites. The Green Precincts Fund is an Australian Government initiative to prepare Australia for a future with less water and to encourage local communities to better manage their water and energy use for current and future generations. The Education Precincts for the Future project, co-funded by the university and the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities under the Green Precincts Fund, will create a showcase sustainability precinct on campus to demonstrate effective climate change solutions, significant water savings, community motivation and mobilization, and the strategic extension of solutions to the wider community.

13. U Exeter to Launch Environment and Sustainability Institute
The University of Exeter (United Kingdom) has announced a new Environment and Sustainability Institute, set to open in October 2012. The institute will focus on clean technologies, natural environment, and social science and sustainability. The institute will engage with businesses in Cornwall, the Isles of Scilly and beyond to translate its research across these themes into business practice, products and services. More than 100 business representatives met with the university recently to discuss how together they can build an environmental knowledge economy for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

14. Hokkaido U Debuts Campus Sustainability Office
Hokkaido University (Japan) has opened its first Office for a Sustainable Campus. The office was established to spearhead a campus-wide sustainability management system by collecting ideas, suggestions and recommendations for implementing sustainability across campus departments. Currently, the university features several sustainability initiatives including campus biodiversity surveys, green building guidelines and sustainability outreach to students, faculty and staff. The university plans to reduce its carbon emissions by 20 percent by 2020.

15. Central European U Establishes Sustainability Committee
Central European University (Hungary) has established a new Sustainability Advisory Committee. Guided by the university’s Sustainable Development Policy, the committee engages the university community to promote sustainability in education, research, management, operations and outreach. Members include representatives from university faculty, students, staff and administrators.

16. CQ U Establishes Environmental Steering Committee
CQUniversity (Australia) recently created an Environmental Sustainability Committee and has joined the national body, Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability. Including a range of representatives from across campus, the committee aims to foster discussion and action about sustainability issues in all aspects of operation including curriculum, resource use, waste management, recycling and purchasing policies. The university will undertake an electricity and water audit this year as required by the state government and electricity usage audits of selected individual buildings are also planned as part of a research project by the university's Power Engineering Research Group.

17. U Western Sydney Partners for Campus Sustainability Portal
The University of Western Sydney has partnered with the Australian Learning and Teaching Council to debut an online resource guide that compiles a national collection of resources, teaching tips and courses related to sustainability in higher education.

18. U Hong Kong Releases Sustainability Report, New Website
The University of Hong Kong has released a new online sustainability report that details its sustainability efforts in the areas of teaching and learning, research and knowledge exchange, and awareness and outreach. The report also highlights its Campus Master Plan and the Centennial Campus development, designed to embody issues including the optimum use of land, space and the built environment, environmental sustainability, community integration, access and circulation by pedestrians and vehicles, IT infrastructure and advanced building services systems. In related news, the university has also launched several new online tools to help connect and organize the campus sustainability community and efforts, including a new website and Facebook page. The website provides information on a wide range of programs in research and teaching, sustainable campus management, student activities, governance, and local and international outreach.

19. Otago Polytechnic Releases New Sustainability Report
Otago Polytechnic (New Zealand) has released its 2010 sustainability report. While the previous report gave an overview of the financial situation on campus, the university reports on its environmental, social, political and economic sustainability progress in the latest version.

20. Monash U Produces Video: 5 Green Actions for Students
Monash University (Australia) has released a video to encourage students to foster sustainability on campus with five green actions. The video encourages students to turn off lights - which account for 25 percent of the university's total electricity - when not in use; eat green through its Health Smart Earth Smart program; take the university's environmental pledge, signed by nearly 6,000 students and staff since its debut in 2010; use sustainable transport; and recycle to further increase the campus recycling rate, which jumped from 15 percent to 30 percent in the past year.

Curriculum

21. UK Students See Sustainability Curriculum as Essential
A new research report by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) reveals that freshman students believe their university should be responsible for actively incorporating and promoting sustainable development to prepare students for the workforce. The online survey of more than 5,760 first-year students in the United Kingdom shows that more than 80 percent of respondents believe sustainability skills are important to their future employers and that employers anticipate a need to employ staff with these skills. The survey also revealed that 65 percent of respondents believe that sustainability skills should be delivered throughout the curriculum rather than through a separate module and 63 percent are prepared to sacrifice £1,000 in salary to work for a sustainably aware company. With increasing tuition fees on the horizon, the report aims to provide higher education institutions with timely information on the expectations of current students and give insight into students' decision-making processes on where to study. The research highlights a range of recommendations targeting administrations, academic staff, government officials, student union representatives and funding councils.

22. Otago Polytechnic Offers Graduate Degree in Sustainable Practice
Otago Polytechnic's (New Zealand) Centre for Sustainable Practices has begun offering a new graduate diploma in sustainable practice. The program offers students hands-on learning experience with the chance to participate in the development of projects with local businesses. The university also offers a certificate in sustainable practice.

Diversity and Affordability

23. Venezuelan Indigenous U Preserves Tribal Customs Amid Modernity
Venezuelan Indigenous University, founded seven years ago, is set to be incorporated into the national higher education system this year, according to a recent story by Reuters. With 100 students drawn from many of the Venezuela's 44 recognized tribes, the university teaches ancient customs alongside modern law and technology. The goal of the university is to create leaders who can defend tribal land rights and prevent modernity from destroying thousands of years of knowledge about forest and river life. Students and teachers are also creating oral histories from elders that may otherwise vanish. The article highlights one recent graduate who, after graduation, helped pipe clean water from a mountain spring into village homes.

Energy

24. U Tokyo Leads Energy Efficiency Efforts After Japan Earthquake
In the wake of Japan's devastating earthquake and tsunami in March, Tokyo universities are facing a government demand for a 15 percent cut in electricity use, according to a recent Chronicle of Higher Education article. Classroom temperatures are set at 82 degrees Fahrenheit and many have ended classes early to avoid the summer months. As one of the 10 largest consumers of electricity in the capital, the University of Tokyo has claimed to have shaved 350,000 kilowatts of electricity a day off its bill at its five campuses and aims to double the government target of 15 percent cuts in electricity use to 30 percent. The university's executive vice president sees the changes as an opportunity to transform the nature of the campus: "It's about aggregating small changes to change a system that has been plagued by inertia. If successful, we could be used as a model for other universities."

25. RIT Dubai Studies Residential Energy Efficiency
A Rochester Institute of Technology researcher at RIT Dubai (United Arab Emirates) is exploring ways to make residential homes in Dubai and other hot climates more energy efficient. The project, which was recently awarded $27,000 from the Emirates Foundation for Philanthropy, will include local field studies of residential villas and explore energy-saving alternatives in both the design and post-occupancy stages. Researchers will measure the effects of factors such as shading options, insulation, roof treatments, windows and ventilation. The findings will be reported publicly online. The United Arab Emirates has one of the highest per capita energy consumption and carbon dioxide emission rates, according to the lead professor on the project, adding to the urgency for renewable energy sources and energy conservation in a climate that requires significant cooling through much of the year.

26. U St Andrews Plans 12MW Wind Farm
The University of St Andrews (United Kingdom) has revealed plans to install six wind turbines totaling 12 megawatts to limit its "spiraling" energy bills, which have tripled to £5.4 million a year. The plan follows three years of research, which revealed that wind turbines could potentially generate enough electricity to meet the needs of the energy-intensive science department, as well as the rest of the institution's electricity demand.

27. American U Sharjah Students Harvest Power from Noise
The Institute for Engineering and Technology has recognized the efforts of four American University of Sharjah (United Arab Emirates) students, who have developed a device that can convert otherwise wasted mechanical energy, acoustic noise and ultrasonic waves into electricity. Using piezoelectric technology, the students looked toward places where a lot of mechanical energy or noise is wasted like footsteps on a pavement or the cacophony of a football stadium. One of their envisioned applications includes installing piezoelectric devices in shoes to capture the energy produced while walking or running to power small electronic devices like cell phones.

28. Banff and Buchan College Installs 100 Solar Panels
More than 100 solar panels have been installed at Banff and Buchan College (United Kingdom) as part of a continuing £20 million expansion. At peak daylight times, the solar photovoltaic array can generate up to 20 kilowatts of energy. The college will use some of the electricity for itself, but sell off the rest to the national grid.

Public Engagement

29. Kingston U Launches Smart Communities Project
Kingston University (United Kingdom) has launched the Smart Communities project. A team of university researchers will help around 500 households reduce their energy consumption by encouraging the community to come together to change their daily routines. The three-year project will be led, as much as possible, by the people in the community with support from the university.

In related news, the university has also announced that it will host Green Growth workshops to help businesses. The workshops will help identify sustainable enterprise opportunities and develop a business model to commercialize ideas. The program will be taught at the university by experts in sustainable design, research and enterprise. The workshops are slated to begin in fall 2011.
See also: Sustainable Communities Website

30. Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham U Conducts Sustainable Outreach
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham University's (India) Center for Environmental Studies has launched training and extension programs for individuals, farmers and non-government organizations. Topics on organic farming, wastewater management, composting, medicinal plants and tree planting are discussed and include field demonstrations. The center has also partnered with the state forest department to help instill a sense of protection for trees and forest wealth within the community.

31. U Edinburgh Students Help Businesses Reduce Carbon Footprint
University of Edinburgh (United Kingdom) students have begun to measure the carbon footprints of businesses. The project seeks to offer businesses with the knowledge needed to manage their energy use and provide students with practical knowledge and hands-on experience. Initial figures show that the project, involving eight businesses from a range of sectors, has achieved a combined carbon emissions savings of more than 600 tons. The initiative is a partnership between the university, Prince’s Mayday Network and the Carbon Trust, and is coordinated by the Scottish Business in the Community.

32. New Australian National U Website Promotes Urban Biodiversity
Australian National University has developed a new website, Life in the Suburbs, to teach local residents how to maintain urban biodiversity and improve species habitat for local birds and animals. Stemming from a recent comprehensive ecological survey of Sullivans Creek, which revealed the role that urban landscapes have in providing living spaces for local species, the website shows residents how to best share their suburban spaces with the species that can be found there. The site includes guidelines for managing urban habitat, steps to reduce human-induced threats to urban biodiversity and practical guidelines for developing habitat gardens and landscapes.

33. Byron Region CC Plans 'Greenskills Community Education Network'
Byron Region Community College (Australia), which features sustainability at the core of its community education programs, has announced plans to create a Greenskills Community Education Network. The network of institutions, community organizations and local government will create a support system to encourage movement toward sustainable changes and include professional development opportunities. The college also hosts a Greening your Centre sustainability webinar series.

Research

34. Chron of Higher Ed: Energy, Water Dominate Int'l Research
Water and energy took center stage as the top research topics discussed at the International Exhibition and Conference on Higher Education in April, according to an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education. King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (Saudi Arabia) is concentrating its research on energy, food, and water and believes that universities around the world should tackle the same problems as geography and climate lead to different solutions based on local needs. Energy is also leading the research agenda at the University of Groningen (Netherlands).
See also: Read Chronicle of Higher Ed Profile of King Abdullah U

35. Nanyang Technical U to Create New Solar and Clean Energy Center
Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) has announced plans to invest close to $3 million over three years in a new research center that will pioneer the development of solar cells that are expected to be highly efficient, cheaper and easier to manufacture. The center will also develop new systems to harvest solar energy. The center will operate jointly with the university’s School of Materials Science and Engineering and School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences.

Water

36. Karakoram Int'l U to Save 30% Water with New Irrigation System
Facing an acute shortage of water with depleting reservoirs in the mountainous region, Karakoram International University (Pakistan) has installed a new Pop-Up Sprinkler system that is expected to save up to 30 percent of water. Ninety-five of the new water-efficient sprinklers will irrigate two acres of campus.

Other News

37. Taiwan Normal U Hosts U California Santa Cruz Delegation
Taiwan Normal University recently invited a delegation from the University of California, Santa Cruz to lead a two-day workshop on its campus. The conference covered topics including energy efficiency and sustainable food systems at the Santa Cruz campus and the University of California system. Speakers placed a special focus on student engagement in Taiwan. The conference was initiated by Taiwan Normal University's Graduate Institute of Environmental Education director, who visited the Santa Cruz campus to learn about the campus' sustainability initiatives and then invited the delegation to Taiwan to engage with a wider audience. Plans to extend the partnership beyond the trip include setting up regular videoconferences between University of California, Santa Cruz and Taiwanese sustainability student leaders to share project ideas and feedback.

New Resources

38. Parlez-Vous Green Campus Blog
Join Sonia Marcus, former Ohio University director of sustainability, as she travels the globe to capture the stories of students, faculty and staff members at colleges and universities that are creating a more ecologically sane planet. The blog focuses primarily on efforts taking place outside the U.S. and Canada and gives attention to regions that are underrepresented in the American campus sustainability movement. Recent blog posts include interviews with World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities Task Force Chair Walter Leal Filho and International Sustainable Campus Network Secretariat Manager Bernd Kasemir. Also check out Marcus' Twitter feed for the latest campus sustainability stories from around the world.

39. U Gloucestershire Interview: Education for Sustainability
In this interview with the Global University Network for Innovation, University of Gloucestershire (UK) Professor and Director of Sustainability Daniella Tilbury shares her outlook on education for sustainability. "We are actually looking at a different type of learning - one that helps us challenge our everyday thinking and practice," she says. "It influences the way we relate to each other, the way we use our resources and the way we engage with the earth. It gives a voice to those who are marginalized or vulnerable." Tilbury also talks about the challenges faced by the global higher education community regarding sustainability and gives examples of how sustainability can be incorporated as a core element of higher education.

40. EAUC Launches New and Improved Online Sustainability Tool
The Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC) has debuted a new improved version of its online sustainability tool, SORTED. The site now has a fully filtered search and structure aligned with its Future Framework themes including Leadership, Learning, Organizational Capacity and Partnerships. Searches can also be streamlined by type of institution. Twenty-five new case studies have been added to the online resource as well as specific carbon reduction resources to further help institutions to incorporate sustainability initiatives.

41. New Issue of Int'l Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education
The latest issue of Emerald Group Publishing Limited's International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education looks at how to integrate sustainable development into operations management courses; assess greenhouse gas emissions from university purchases; and promote sustainability in postgraduate education in the Asia Pacific region. The issue also explores two approaches to curriculum development for sustainability education.

Opportunities

42. EAUC 'LiFE' Sustainability Performance Webinars
The Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC) has announced the launch of its Learning in Future Environments (LiFE) program, a comprehensive performance management and benchmarking tool developed specifically to help colleges and universities manage, measure, improve and promote their social responsibility and sustainability performance. EAUC will host a series of webinars in September and October designed to give participants an overview of the program and to gain feedback from the higher education sector.
See also: Learn More About LiFE

43. Call for Papers: Building a Global Future Conference
Co-sponsored by West Chester University (PA) and Universidad Nacional at Heredia (Costa Rica), the Knowledge Crossing Borders conference is seeking conference workshop papers that focus on border-crossing perspectives in broad contexts. Themed "Building a Global Future through Research and Innovative Practices," the international conference will examine how knowledge crossing regional and international borders creates both challenges and opportunities for cooperation, change, creativity and innovation. Paper topics may be related to tracks including sustainability, technology and science, globalization and transnationalization in higher education, and funding models for higher education. The conference will take place May 29 - June 3, 2012 in West Chester, Pa.

Events

44. AASHE 2011 Conference
October 9-12, 2011; Pittsburgh, PA
Registration is currently open for "AASHE 2011: Creating Sustainable Campuses and Communities," which will take place at the D. L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pa. The conference will add another day to the schedule, allowing for greater networking opportunities and more in-depth concurrent sessions. 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.

45. 2011 Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability Conference
September 28-30, 2011; Adelaide, Australia
Hosted by the University of Adelaide, this year's Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability Conference will tackle the challenge of building the case toward sustainable change on campuses. Through sessions, roundtables and speakers including Australian Youth Climate Coalition National Director Ellen Sandell, the conference will explore how sustainability fits into core business and provide tools and techniques to enable the required change.

46. International Greening Education Event 2011
October 19-21, 2011; Karlsruhe, Germany
Etech Education for Sustainability will host this three-day event that will discuss the integration of sustainability across all academic disciplines. Specifically, the conference will look at climate change and environmental degradation; the critical role of educational institutions in the wake of current and emerging challenges posed by environmental disasters and economic crisis; how educational institutions can reduce their own impact on the environment; embedding sustainability in education programs and making education relevant to today's and tomorrow's challenges, crisis and opportunities; greening human capital for a sustainable economy; a business case for educational institutions to go green; and preparing for the new green economy.

47. 2011 EAUC Scotland Higher Education Sustainability Conference
October 31 - November 1, 2011; Edinburgh, Scotland
With speakers including AASHE Executive Director Paul Rowland and Illinois Green Economy Network Executive Director Leith Sharp, the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges' (EAUC) 2011 Scotland Conference will focus on higher education and engagement. Hosted by Universities and Colleges Climate Commitment for Scotland, the conference will feature the professional development event, "Embedding Sustainability into Graduate Attributes and the Student Experience," and workshops including "The Nine Elements of a Sustainable Campus" and "Engaging for Change: The Key to Success."

48. 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development
June 4-6, 2012; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development is the third in a series of sustainable development meetings, summits and negotiations organized by the United Nations and its member countries over the last 20 years. The first negotiation, also called the Earth Summit and held in Rio de Janeiro, spawned several international environmental agreements like the climate change, biodiversity and desertification conventions. Rio + 20 is a two-year Worldwatch Institute project designed to leverage the 2012 conference to advance the prospects for clear commitments to sustainable economies on the part of governments, businesses and civil society organizations worldwide. The conference will focus on the green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication, and institutional framework for sustainable development.

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