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Table of Contents for 8/23/2011:

NEWS
Assessments and Ratings 1. Sierra Magazine Names 2011 'Coolest' Schools
Buildings 2. Ecotech Institute Receives LEED Gold
3. Ferris State U Student Housing Receives LEED Gold
4. Guam CC Resource Center Earns LEED Gold
Campus Sustainability in the Media 5. AP Reports on Growth of Sustainable Agriculture Curriculum
Coordination and Planning 6. Ball State U Launches Sustainability Guide for Students
7. U Tennessee Knoxville Creates Sustainable Living Guide
8. Unity College Holds Orientation Trip with Sustainability Focus
Curriculum 9. U California Davis to Offer Sustainable Ag, Food Systems Degree
10. Southern Maine CC Debuts Sustainability Center, Curriculum
11. Montgomery County CC Launches Green Building Certificate
Energy 12. 100% Renewable Energy for Oregon Institute of Technology
13. Connecticut College Installs $1 Mil Geothermal System
14. Guam CC Installs Solar Energy System
15. Weber State Completes Solar Installation
Funding 16. Northern Arizona U Receives $1.5 Mil for Enviro Science Chair
17. U Vermont Receives $30K for Renewable Energy Study
Public Engagement 18. Green Mountain College Opens Community Co-Op
Purchasing 19. Elon U Graduates to Sport Recycled Plastic Gowns
Research 20. RIT Researcher Recognized for Sustainability Innovation
Transportation 21. U South Florida to Add 100 Solar Golf Carts
Waste 22. U Buffalo Converts to Single-Stream Recycling

NEW RESOURCES
23. SEI Green Revolving Fund Case Study Series: Stanford U
24. Net Impact Releases Guide to Green MBA Options
25. Inside Higher Ed 'Academic Minute': Green Jobs

OPPORTUNITIES
26. Real Time Farms' Food Warrior Internship Program
27. Call for Papers: Symposium on Campus Sustainable Development

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
28. Director, Inst for Environmental Studies, U Wisconsin-Madison
29. Research & Outreach Manager, U North Carolina Chapel Hill
30. Campus Energy Manager, U California Berkeley
31. Manager, Environmental Stewardship, U Kansas
32. Assistant Professor, Environmental Science, American U
33. Program Associate, Second Nature

EVENTS
34. International Greening Education Event 2011
35. 2011 EAUC Scotland Higher Education Sustainability Conference
36. 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development

CAMPUS SUSTAINABILITY DISCUSSION FORUMS HIGHLIGHTS
37. Best Media Tools for Student Outreach at Orientation?


News

Assessments and Ratings

1. Sierra Magazine Names 2011 'Coolest' Schools
Sierra, the official magazine of the Sierra Club, has released its fifth annual ranking of America's greenest campuses. Climbing up from number four last year, the University of Washington takes the top spot in 2011. The list was created out of 182 schools that responded to a Sierra survey that included questions in categories including energy supply, efficiency, food, academics, purchasing, transportation, waste management, administration and financial investments. The remaining top 10 schools, in order, are: Green Mountain College (VT); University of California, San Diego; Warren Wilson College (NC); Stanford University (CA); University of California, Irvine; University of California, Santa Cruz; University of California, Davis; Evergreen State College (WA); and Middlebury College (VT).

Buildings

2. Ecotech Institute Receives LEED Gold
The Ecotech Institute (CO), which opened its doors early this year, has received LEED Gold certification. The institute has 12 rooftop solar panels and eight small wind turbines. Other environmentally conscious features include energy-efficient lighting, monitoring of campus energy consumption and low-flow fixtures. The campus also includes four electric car-charging stations.

3. Ferris State U Student Housing Receives LEED Gold
Ferris State University's (MI) East Campus Suites has received LEED Gold certification. The student housing buildings feature green design and construction efforts including a 30 percent reduction in water use, 18 percent reduction in energy use and the diversion of more than 90 percent of construction waste from landfills.
See also: AASHE Resource: Green Residence Halls (AASHE Members Only)

4. Guam CC Resource Center Earns LEED Gold
Guam Community College’s Learning Resource Center has achieved LEED Gold certification. The 22,000-square-foot building features photovoltaic solar panels, digital temperature controls, energy-efficient windows, and lighting, asphalt and furniture made from recycled materials. The majority of construction waste was diverted from the landfill.

Campus Sustainability in the Media

5. AP Reports on Growth of Sustainable Agriculture Curriculum
Graduate students studying sustainable and organic agriculture shouldn't have trouble finding jobs as the agriculture industry replaces aging farmers and farmers increasingly look to diversify their operations, according to a recent article by the Associated Press. A growing number of universities are offering courses, certificates or degree programs focused on organic and sustainable agriculture including Washington State University's online organic agriculture certificate and the University of California, Davis' new agriculture and food systems program debuting this fall. The article also mentions that some schools have shifted their focus from organic to sustainable agriculture, which takes into account global issues that are becoming increasingly important as food and agriculture is central to issues revolving around the environment, hunger and treatment of workers.
See also: AASHE Resource: Sustainability in Agriculture Education
See also: Washington State U Online Organic Agriculture Certificate

Coordination and Planning

6. Ball State U Launches Sustainability Guide for Students
Ball State University (IN) has released "Students + Sustainability," a guide that provides recommendations for ways that students can implement sustainable practices into their everyday lifestyles in areas including home, class, traveling, eating and shopping. The guide includes a brief narrative illustrating the importance of sustainability in the campus community and highlights several key initiatives toward the university's goal of becoming sustainable. The initiative also features a Facebook page with weekly "green challenges."

7. U Tennessee Knoxville Creates Sustainable Living Guide
The University of Tennessee at Knoxville has created a new sustainable living and working guide for students. The Big Orange Green Guide includes information on reducing waste and recycling, saving energy and water, eating healthy, commuting by bike and getting involved on campus and in the community. It also provides practical tips for “going green" on campus and at home. The university hopes the guide will inspire students to adopt sustainable practices into their everyday routine.

8. Unity College Holds Orientation Trip with Sustainability Focus
Unity College's (ME) Nova Wilderness Orientation Program recently held its Sustainable Living Tour for incoming students. With the aim of connecting students with the farm community, the trip consisted of tours and service projects at local farms.

Curriculum

9. U California Davis to Offer Sustainable Ag, Food Systems Degree
The University of California, Davis has announced that it will offer a new interdisciplinary sustainable agriculture and food systems major. The major will be designed to help students acquire the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to develop and work in more ecologically, economically and socially viable food and farming systems.
See also: AASHE Resource: Sustainability in Agriculture Education

10. Southern Maine CC Debuts Sustainability Center, Curriculum
Southern Maine Community College is preparing to open the doors of its new Sustainability and Energy Alternatives Center. The center will be home to a new one-year building science and sustainability curriculum program for students and community members that includes energy auditing, building science, residential weatherization, renewable energy and introductory sustainability courses. The center, which received a $375,000 grant from Efficiency Maine and $100,000 from MaineHousing, will begin offering classes this fall.

11. Montgomery County CC Launches Green Building Certificate
Montgomery County Community College's (PA) Center for Workforce Development has debuted a green building technology certificate program. The program is designed to prepare students for LEED accreditation.
See also: AASHE Resource: Certificate Programs in Sustainability

Energy

12. 100% Renewable Energy for Oregon Institute of Technology
A new field of solar panels combined with existing geothermal facilities will enable the Oregon Institute of Technology to operate 100 percent by on-site renewable energy. Part of the Solar by Degrees program and a recently announced state-wide initiative for public institutions to increase renewable energy production, the institute’s solar panels will produce an estimated 3.3 million kilowatt hours per year.

13. Connecticut College Installs $1 Mil Geothermal System
Connecticut College has installed a new geothermal system to heat and cool its new science center. The system will circulate water through pipes hundreds of feet below ground, where the temperature is a constant 55 degrees, into the building and then back to the building for cooling. At $1 million, the college expects the geothermal system to pay for itself through energy cost reductions within six years.

14. Guam CC Installs Solar Energy System
Guam Community College has installed 200 solar panels on campus. The solar generated energy is expected to save the college $31,000 annually. The photovoltaic panels were also designed to withstand typhoons and run for approximately 25 years. A second set of solar arrays are set to be installed that will double the energy production by the end of the year. The college received funding provided by the federal government.
See also: AASHE Resource: Campus Solar Installations

15. Weber State Completes Solar Installation
Weber State University (UT) has installed 84 photovoltaic solar panels atop its Davis building that are expected to offset 1.9 percent of its electricity consumption. An interactive kiosk has been installed to track the constant production of energy. The project is the first in a series of planned campus solar initiatives. Other projects include a 38-kilowatt rooftop solar energy system and the installation of 48 solar thermal panels to heat the gym pool. The Davis building panels were through Rocky Mountain Power’s Blue Sky Program and the Utah’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The planned projects are part of the university’s Climate Action Plan to be carbon neutral by 2050.
See also: AASHE Resource: Campus Solar Installations

Funding

16. Northern Arizona U Receives $1.5 Mil for Enviro Science Chair
Northern Arizona University has received a $1.5 million endowment gift to create a chair of environmental science and policy for the Southwest. Tom Sisk, professor of ecology and founder of the university's Lab of Landscape Ecology and Conservation Biology, is the first appointment to the position. The Charles Olajos and Ted Goslow Chair, a gift from alumna Marcey Olajos, supports interdisciplinary work linking scientific research and public policy.

17. U Vermont Receives $30K for Renewable Energy Study
The University of Vermont has announced that it will receive a proposed $30,000 grant from Central Vermont Public Service (CVPS) to fund a study to improve the energy production of manure-based methane. Methane is the energy source for the CVPS Cow Power initiative. The study will analyze microbes that produce methane in an effort to improve the cost-effectiveness of farm methane energy systems.

Public Engagement

18. Green Mountain College Opens Community Co-Op
After several years of students talking about the need for a co-op market at Green Mountain College (VT), the Stone Valley Community Market has become a reality thanks to $50,000 from the college's president, according to a recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education. Besides providing desired items that are lacking in local supermarkets like bulk dry legumes, probiotic soy yogurt, hemp milk, and vegetables and meat that come straight from the farmers near town, the university hopes that the market will bring value as a local hangout and provide real-world experience to students including store management. While the market may not have opened without the initial investment, it was a group effort among the community and students. For example, the college's student government gave the co-op $10,000 from student fees as collateral for a loan from the Cooperative Fund of New England for marketing and other business start-up efforts.

Purchasing

19. Elon U Graduates to Sport Recycled Plastic Gowns
Commencement apparel for Elon University (NC) graduates this month will be made of recycled plastic bottles. Each cap and gown, spun from molten plastic pellets, will keep 23 used plastic bottles from winding up in landfills. Using recycled plastic instead of virgin polyester cuts carbon dioxide emissions by nearly 55 percent.

Research

20. RIT Researcher Recognized for Sustainability Innovation
The research of an assistant professor at Rochester Institute of Technology (NY) to reduce the footprint of the information and communication technology industry was recently honored with the AT&T Technology and Environment Award. The $25,000 award will go toward developing a combined research and curriculum initiative that explores the sustainable design of information and communication technology products. Now in its 15th year, the AT&T award recognizes university and college research focused on how information and communications technology affects the environment. It is intended to stimulate research surrounding environmental issues, engineering, science and other disciplines.

Transportation

21. U South Florida to Add 100 Solar Golf Carts
After a successful year-long pilot period, the University of South Florida's Office of Sustainability has announced plans to add about 100 solar golf carts to its campus fleet. Outfitted with a solar panel on top, the carts are also carbon emission free. At $750, each solar panel pays for itself in about two years. The university will use Student Green Energy Fee funds to pay for the additional carts.

Waste

22. U Buffalo Converts to Single-Stream Recycling
The University at Buffalo (NY) has implemented a single-stream recycling program that no longer requires that recyclables be sorted according to type. The new program is expected to make recycling easier and lead to the diversion of more campus materials from landfills. The list of items that can be recycled has also been expanded. The conversion of the containers has been gradual and more than 1,000 old recycling lids will be donated to Buffalo State College.
See also: AASHE Resource: Campus Recycling and Waste Minimization Policies

New Resources

23. SEI Green Revolving Fund Case Study Series: Stanford U
The second installment of the Sustainable Endowments Institute's new series, Green Revolving Funds in Action: Case Studies of 10 Colleges, features Stanford University (CA). In partnership with AASHE and other organizations, the series takes a look at how innovative green revolving funds save energy and "grow money" at higher education institutions.
See also: AASHE Resource: Campus Sustainability Revolving Loan Funds (AASHE Members Only)

24. Net Impact Releases Guide to Green MBA Options
In response to an increasing number of students looking for careers that make a positive impact on society and the planet, Net Impact has released "Business as UNusual," a free 2011 guide to graduate business programs with social and environmental themed curriculum. More than 100 different MBA programs are profiled on their green curriculum, student activities and career services.

25. Inside Higher Ed 'Academic Minute': Green Jobs
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's (NY) David Hess discusses green jobs and the best methods for creating them in this Inside Higher Ed "Academic Minute." In addition to the green service sector jobs resulting from demand side policies, manufacturing jobs are a "small but crucial portion of green jobs," says Hess. "They are central to connecting universities and inventors with applications." In an effort to create an integrated green economy, says Hess, "researchers are increasingly studying how governments can integrate their environmental policies with economic development and research policies."

Opportunities

26. Real Time Farms' Food Warrior Internship Program
Real Time Farms, a crowd-sourced online food guide, is currently accepting applications for its fall 2011 Food Warriors Internship Program. Starting September 12, the part-time internship will provide an experience-based opportunity to interact with farmers, visit farmers markets and write for the Real Time Farms blog. Real Time Farms is looking for five students or recent graduates for this unpaid internship, which may qualify for school credit. Through integrative work with all parts of the food system, interns will gain an understanding of regional food sourcing and agricultural production practices. Applications will be accepted through Aug. 24, 2011.

27. Call for Papers: Symposium on Campus Sustainable Development
Papers are invited for the World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities in June 2012, planned as a parallel event to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. The symposium, to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, aims to provide institutions around the world with the chance to present works including curriculum innovation, research, activities and practical projects as they relate to education for sustainable development at the university level. Attendees will discuss methodological approaches and projects that aim to integrate the topic of sustainable development in the curriculum of universities and have the chance to network and explore possibilities for cooperation. A special issue of the International Journal of Sustainable Development will feature selected papers from the conference and the latest volume of the book series, "Environmental Education, Communication and Sustainability," will also include papers from the conference. Abstract submissions are due by Sept. 30, 2011.

Jobs & Internships

28. Director, Inst for Environmental Studies, U Wisconsin-Madison
The University of Wisconsin-Madison seeks a director for its Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. The director will provide general leadership for environmental initiatives across the campus including the promotion of faculty, staff and student collaborations and programs in interdisciplinary environmental scholarship, instruction and community engagement. The successful candidate should have a deep commitment to the institute’s mission and to maintaining and extending its academic breadth and diverse missions through interdisciplinary scholarship, teaching and service. Applications will be considered through Oct. 15, 2011.

29. Research & Outreach Manager, U North Carolina Chapel Hill
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Sustainability Office seeks a research and outreach manager. The successful applicant will have a bachelor's degree in a related discipline or equivalent combination of training and experience, excellent communication and interpersonal skills, graphic arts skills and advanced website management and computer skills. Familiarity with green building guidelines, sustainability metrics and the business side of campus operations is a plus. Applications will be accepted through Aug. 30, 2011.

30. Campus Energy Manager, U California Berkeley
The University of California, Berkeley seeks a campus energy manager to direct a campus-wide program of energy efficiency programs. With the goal of positioning its Facilities Services as the leader in energy efficiency programs, sustainability and energy reduction, and to achieve cost savings and greenhouse gas emissions reduction, the manager will work closely with senior campus managers and departmental representatives to ensure their participation and input into projects, programs and issues concerning energy efficiency. Successful candidates will have a bachelor's degree or higher in mechanical, electrical or civil engineering, or the facilities management field, and at least five years of professional experience with energy management or design engineering, promoting energy efficiency and sustainability, and managing projects and staff. The review of applications will begin on September 1. To apply, click on the title above and search for job number: 12745.

31. Manager, Environmental Stewardship, U Kansas
The University of Kansas has reopened its search for a manager of the Environmental Stewardship Program, which oversees recycling, surplus property and waste reduction efforts. Successful applicants will have a bachelor's degree and experience dealing with recycling, resource conservation, waste minimization, pollution prevention and environmental impact assessment. Applications will be accepted through Sept. 7, 2011. To apply, click on the title link above and search "unclassified professional staff" listings for job number: 01117001.

32. Assistant Professor, Environmental Science, American U
American University (DC) is seeking an assistant or associate professor in environmental science beginning in fall 2012. The university is especially interested in candidates who use modeling approaches in understanding hydrologic interactions at various scales with a focus on human-dominated landscapes including urban environments. The successful candidate will be expected to have or develop a competitive, externally funded research program and contribute to teaching, advising and mentoring students. The review of applications will begin on Oct. 7, 2011.

33. Program Associate, Second Nature
Second Nature seeks a program associate for a six-month contract. The position will actively work towards the organization's mission to advance sustainability in higher education across the U.S. with a special focus on its Education for Sustainability (EfS) Innovation Program, promoting innovation and leadership among under-resourced higher education institutions. The position will develop and implement new capacity building programs and manage the day-to-day activities of those programs. Successful candidates will have a graduate degree in sustainability, sustainable development, environmental studies, environmental management or a related field, and expertise including higher education, sustainability, education for sustainability, green building and/or sustainable financing. Applications will be accepted through Sept. 16, 2011.

Events

34. 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.

35. 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."

36. 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.

Campus Sustainability Discussion Forums Highlights

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37. Best Media Tools for Student Outreach at Orientation?
We are currently preparing for our new student orientation this upcoming September. We have lots of flyers with information and tips on how to be more sustainable that we would like to hand out to the new students, but we do not want piles of paper being thrown away unread. We are thinking about putting the flyers on a flash drive to hand out to students, but we are unsure if they will look at the flyers if they are on a flash drive. If you have any experience about how flash drives or other forms of outreach were received by students, I would really like to know about your experience.

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