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Table of Contents for 9/13/2011:

NEWS
Buildings 1. Iowa State U Science Facility Earns LEED Gold
2. Ball State U Media Building Receives LEED Silver
3. Colorado College Opens Renovated Green Student Center
4. Towson U Debuts 2 New Environmentally Friendly Buildings
Coordination and Planning 5. U Buffalo Creates Chief Sustainability Officer Post
6. Dickinson College Appoints Sustainability Ed Assistant Director
Curriculum 7. Winona State U Creates Sustainability Minor
8. Truman State U Offers Online Certificate Course in Sustainability
Energy 9. Arizona State U Exceeds 10 MW of Solar Energy
10. Slippery Rock U Launches Energy Conservation Campaign
11. U Maine Machias Improves Energy Efficiency of Dining Hall
12. Algoma U Announces Solar Panel Installation
13. U Hawaii Manoa Implements New Photovoltaic Power System
Transportation 14. Humboldt State U to Offer Car Sharing Service
Waste 15. Humboldt State U Announces Bottled Water Phase Out
16. Denison U Goes Paper-Free with Admissions Application Process
17. U Nevada Las Vegas Installs Solar Trash Compactor
18. Claremont McKenna College Installs Food Decomposers
19. Southern Connecticut State U Debuts Single Stream Recycling
20. U Maine Campus Shifts to Single Stream Recycling
21. Yale U Medical School Saves Paper with iPads

NEW RESOURCES
22. New AASHE 'General Campus Sustainability' Discussion Forum
23. New AASHE Blog for Students: Create the Green Economy You Want
24. AASHE Interview Series: Antioch U New England Green Guru Program
25. SEI Green Revolving Fund Case Study Series: Boston U
26. Bard Center's National Climate Seminars

OPPORTUNITIES
27. AASHE Offering Hotel Discount for 2011 Student Summit
28. EPA 2011 Game Day Challenge
29. 350.org Moving Planet Day

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
30. Educator, Urban Agriculture and Food Systems, U Maryland
31. Faculty, Gender and Peace Studies, U Notre Dame
32. Assistant Professor, Sustainability Studies, U Utah
33. Communications Officer, Center for Global Change Science, MIT
34. Zero Waste Coordinator, American U

EVENTS
35. Campus Planning with STARS Webinar
36. Campus Sustainability Day
37. Webinar: Adaptations to Address Changing Climate Security Threats
38. Academic Impressions Webinar: Developing a Campus Sustainability Committee
39. Greenbuild 2011 Conference & Expo
40. NWF Campus Ecology Webinar: Students Talk Green Jobs
41. SEED Center Webinar: Workforce Development
42. Community College Webinar: Instant Benchmarking

CAMPUS SUSTAINABILITY DISCUSSION FORUMS HIGHLIGHTS
43. Boiler Plate Language for Contracts
44. Examples of Sustainable Social Ventures?

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Buildings

1. Iowa State U Science Facility Earns LEED Gold
Iowa State University’s Hach Hall has achieved LEED Gold certification. The $74.5 million building houses classrooms, laboratories and instrumentation. The facility makes use of large windows for natural light, automated lighting and low-flow fume hoods with energy recovery. Recycled material was a key factor in the construction of the building including the ceiling tile, carpet, copper piping and metal door hinges.
See also: AASHE Resource: Green Science Buildings (AASHE Members Only)

2. Ball State U Media Building Receives LEED Silver
Ball State University's (IN) David Letterman Communication and Media Building has earned LEED Silver certification. Environmentally friendly features of the building include low-flow bathroom fixtures and waterless urinals, occupancy sensors, individual temperature controls, native landscaping that doesn't require irrigation and bicycle parking.

3. Colorado College Opens Renovated Green Student Center
Colorado College has completed a $9 million renovation of its campus student center with the goal of reducing the building’s energy use by 30 percent. A 144-panel solar array was installed on the roof, which will contribute about 4 percent of the electricity needed and save about $3,800 per year. Other sustainable features include energy-efficient lighting and low-flow plumbing.
See also: AASHE Resource: Green Student Centers (AASHE Members Only)

4. Towson U Debuts 2 New Environmentally Friendly Buildings
Towson University (MD) has opened the doors of a new student housing community and academic building, both of which will seek LEED certification. The university's College of Liberal Arts Building is expected to receive Gold certification with a high-performance HVAC system with automated central controls and bike racks, showers and locker facilities to promote students and faculty to walk or bike to class. The 700,000-square-foot West Village community includes two new residence halls and will seek LEED Silver certification.
See also: AASHE Resource: Green Residence Halls (AASHE Members Only)

Coordination and Planning

5. U Buffalo Creates Chief Sustainability Officer Post
The University at Buffalo (NY) has announced a new position of chief sustainability officer. Ryan McPherson, currently associate vice president for government and community relations, has been named to the position to provide leadership and direction for university sustainability initiatives. In his new role, McPherson will coordinate university-wide environmental efforts through UB Green, the campus environmental office, partnering with the Environmental Stewardship Committee.

6. Dickinson College Appoints Sustainability Ed Assistant Director
Dickinson College (PA) has named Lindsey Lyons as its new Center for Sustainability Education (CSE) assistant director. Lyons, who previously taught environmental science at Wilson College (PA), will focus on communicating the sustainability vision on campus including an upcoming organic farming conference and the redesign of the CSE website.

Curriculum

7. Winona State U Creates Sustainability Minor
Winona State University (MN) has launched a minor in sustainability with the intention of connecting the study of sustainability with other academic areas. The new minor is the university’s first academic commitment to sustainability.
See also: AASHE Resource: Minors in Sustainability

8. Truman State U Offers Online Certificate Course in Sustainability
Truman State University (MO) has launched an online graduate certificate in sustainability and environmental studies. Designed in an interdisciplinary fashion, the coursework includes biology, political science, economics, geography and business perspectives.
See also: AASHE Resource: Certificate Programs in Sustainability

Energy

9. Arizona State U Exceeds 10 MW of Solar Energy
With the installation of its latest 168-kilowatt, ground-mount photovoltaic installation, Arizona State University has exceeded 10 megawatts of solar energy capacity to become the first higher education institution in the U.S. with a solar capacity of this size. The university's solar power represents about 20 percent of its peak load and a carbon footprint reduction of up to 10 percent.
See also: AASHE Resource: Campus Solar Installations

10. Slippery Rock U Launches Energy Conservation Campaign
Slippery Rock University's (PA) Energy Conservation Committee has instituted a campaign to encourage students and faculty to cut energy costs. The “Small Steps. Big Payoff" pledge asks participants to select three of 10 energy saving options including turning the lights off, unplugging appliances, taking shorter showers and using the stairs instead of elevators. The university is aiming for a 3 percent reduction in energy consumption throughout the next year, which will cut energy costs by about $100,000 per year.

11. U Maine Machias Improves Energy Efficiency of Dining Hall
The University of Maine at Machias has completed $475,000 in upgrades to make its campus dining hall more energy-efficient. The university replaced its old steam boiler with an energy-efficient hot water boiler and installed an energy management system to monitor and control the building’s heating system.

12. Algoma U Announces Solar Panel Installation
Algoma University (ON) has announced that a total of 540 solar panels will be installed on its sports facility. The new 135-kilowatt system is part of a joint $1.15 million venture between the university and the public utilities company. The university plans to sell back energy generated from the panel to the provincial grid. Annual revenue under the province’s Feed-in Tariff program is expected to be $127,356, a portion of which will go to the university.

13. U Hawaii Manoa Implements New Photovoltaic Power System
The University of Hawaii at Manoa has installed a new solar photovoltaic system that will provide energy to the campus library. The 140 solar modules are raised at least 24 inches from the rooftop to help reduce heat load and are expected to save the university approximately $500,000 over the system's 25-year lifespan.
See also: AASHE Resource: Campus Solar Installations

Transportation

14. Humboldt State U to Offer Car Sharing Service
Humboldt State University (CA) has announced a partnership with Zipcar, Inc. to offer a car sharing program on campus. The initiative joins the university’s current free student bus rides, weekend shuttles for on-campus residents, free carpool day parking and the annual “Car Free Day,” during which students are encouraged to use alternative transportation.
See also: AASHE Resource: Car Sharing on Campus (AASHE Members Only)

Waste

15. Humboldt State U Announces Bottled Water Phase Out
Humboldt State University (CA) has announced plans to completely phase out the sale of plastic water bottles on campus. Throughout the fall semester, the university's Dining Services will stop selling single-use plastic water bottles at all campus marketplaces and eateries, and the university will discontinue the availability of plastic water bottles in campus vending machines. Two hydration stations have been installed on campus and the university plans to retrofit more water fountains to accommodate reusable water containers.
See also: AASHE Resource: Campus Bottled Water Bans (AASHE Members Only)

16. Denison U Goes Paper-Free with Admissions Application Process
Denison University (OH) has announced that its Office of Admissions has moved to a completely electronic application process. With the new system, all aspects of the application process are controlled online, eliminating the need for paper hard copies.

17. U Nevada Las Vegas Installs Solar Trash Compactor
The University of Nevada, Las Vegas has installed a solar-powered trash compactor. The Green Built compactor will operate on solar power more than 85 percent of the time and can handle up to 160 cubic yards of trash a month. The university’s previous electric compactor was scheduled for biweekly emptying, full or not, at a lease rate of $4,200 a month. The new compactor has software that reports when it’s full, enabling a scheduled pick-up only when needed. Officials project a savings of approximately $2,500 per month. The university also plans to add a solar-powered compactor for single stream recyclables by the end of the year.

18. Claremont McKenna College Installs Food Decomposers
Claremont McKenna College (CA) has installed two food decomposers in its cafeteria dish room. The soil amendment produced by the decomposers will reduce food waste volume and weight by 95 percent without using the space, water and energy necessary for composting. The college will use the soil in the community garden and other campus locations. The machines were also locally manufactured.

19. Southern Connecticut State U Debuts Single Stream Recycling
Southern Connecticut State University has implemented a single stream recycling program and placed two solar-powered compactors on campus. Together, the initiatives are expected to reduce labor costs and the university will re-evaluate the frequency of its waste pick-up during the academic year.

20. U Maine Campus Shifts to Single Stream Recycling
The University of Maine has made the shift to single stream recycling, eliminating the need for an on-campus sorting facility. In addition to the economic benefits, the university aims to decrease the amount of campus waste.

21. Yale U Medical School Saves Paper with iPads
In an effort to save paper and make course materials more accessible, Yale University's (CT) School of Medicine has announced that it will provide all students with an iPad 2 for use in classroom and clinical settings. Students will be able to download the entire medical curriculum on the device. The school aims to save the $100,000 spent each year to copy, collate and distribute course materials. With an initial expenditure of $600,000 on the new iPads, the university expects that the money saved on printing expenses over the years will cover the cost of the devices.

New Resources

22. New AASHE 'General Campus Sustainability' Discussion Forum
AASHE has debuted a new general discussion forum, General Campus Sustainability and AASHE-related Discussions. This space will foster broad, wide-ranging and philosophical discussions surrounding campus sustainability, as well as questions or discussions about AASHE including its goals, vision and programs. This catch-all forum is also a place for topics or questions that don't quite fit in any of the other forum categories. Kicking off the new forum is a question about the role sustainability might play in public reports and rankings of "a useful education."

23. New AASHE Blog for Students: Create the Green Economy You Want
A new blog from AASHE outlines the ways that students can take part in creating a green economy by getting involved in how their institution buys products and services. Tips include reaching out to campus procurement professionals, and contacting vendors of sustainable products and services to help make the business case for bringing their product or service to campus.

24. AASHE Interview Series: Antioch U New England Green Guru Program
The latest installment of the AASHE Interview Series profiles Antioch University New England's Green Guru program, an initiative to make office spaces at the university more sustainable, with a recent achievement of 100 percent participation by university employees. AASHE talks to Assistant to the President for Sustainability & Social Justice Abigail Abrash Walton and Green Guru Rachel Brett about the success of the program.

25. SEI Green Revolving Fund Case Study Series: Boston U
The latest installment of the Sustainable Endowments Institute's new series, Green Revolving Funds in Action: Case Studies of 10 Colleges, features Boston University (MA). 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.

26. Bard Center's National Climate Seminars
Professors are encouraged to assign Bard Center for Environmental Policy's (NY) fall 2011 National Climate Seminar series to students. Participants listen in real-time to climate and clean energy specialists talk about the science, policy, law and economics of climate change and discuss solutions. In the upcoming September 21 seminar, Grist's David Roberts will address global warming, politics and the media.

Opportunities

27. AASHE Offering Hotel Discount for 2011 Student Summit
AASHE is offering hotels at a discounted student rate for its 2011 Student Summit. The $30 event features keynote speaker Bill McKibben, and registration includes access to the conference keynote speech by Nobel Peace Laureate Dr. Wangari Maathai and the AASHE EXPO reception. Registration for the Summit, which will feature a community service project and student networking opportunities, ends September 30.

28. EPA 2011 Game Day Challenge
Registration is open through September for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's 2011 Game Day Challenge. Open to any college or university in the U.S., the EPA initiative challenges schools to design a waste reduction plan for one regular season home football game and measure the results. The amount of waste generated and recycled will determine which school is the greenest of the gridiron.

29. 350.org Moving Planet Day
Campuses and communities are encouraged to participate in the upcoming Moving Planet Day on September 24, organized by 350.org. Calling for a future free from fossil fuels and dangerous climate change effects, the event aims to move the climate message along, literally. "We'll show that we can use our hands, our feet, and our hearts to spur real change," says 350.org founder Bill McKibben. "But we won't just be cycling or marching - we'll also be delivering a strong set of demands that can have real political impact."

Jobs & Internships

30. Educator, Urban Agriculture and Food Systems, U Maryland
The University of Maryland seeks an urban agriculture and food systems educator responsible for planning, organizing, developing, implementing and evaluating educational programs for Northern Maryland communities and citizens. The position will provide leadership and delivery of educational programming related to urban agriculture and food systems including production, harvesting, packaging, marketing, nutrition, health and sustainability issues. Successful candidates will have a graduate degree in a related field and experience in agriculture and natural resource economics. Applications will be accepted through Sept. 30, 2011.

31. Faculty, Gender and Peace Studies, U Notre Dame
The Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame (IN) seeks applications for an open rank faculty member. The ideal candidate should posses expertise in gender and feminist approaches to central questions in peace and conflict research as well as in strategic peace building. Full professor candidates should have a sustained record of excellence in research and teaching. Associate professor candidates should show a level of excellence in research and teaching that would soon merit promotion to full professor. The review of applications will begin Oct. 15, 2011.

32. Assistant Professor, Sustainability Studies, U Utah
The University of Utah seeks an assistant professor in sustainability studies. The successful candidate will be expected to pursue an active research and publication agenda and teaching responsibilities will include courses both in the environmental humanities graduate program and the undergraduate environmental and sustainability studies program. Candidates will be most successful if their research and teaching methods utilize an interdisciplinary approach to ecology and sustainability issues. A Ph.D. is required by start date.

33. Communications Officer, Center for Global Change Science, MIT
Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change is seeking a communications officer. The position will facilitate external communications and manage the dissemination of public information, functioning as a writer and editor, webmaster and public information officer promoting the program's research and newsworthy activities. Successful applicants will have a bachelor's degree in environmental science, economics, engineering, public policy or other related field combined with a familiarity of global change issues. The review of applications will begin Oct. 1, 2011.

34. Zero Waste Coordinator, American U
American University (DC) seeks a zero waste coordinator to plan, implement, organize, track and monitor all aspects of waste diversion and waste reduction operations. Successful candidates will have a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies or a related field, as well as a minimum of three years of work experience in sustainability, waste management, resource conservation or recycling.

Events

35. Campus Planning with STARS Webinar
September 20, 2011; 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Eastern; Online
Featuring the Society for College and University Planning's (SCUP) Terry Calhoun and others, this webinar will look at the importance of sustainability in campus planning. Perspectives on integrating sustainability into campus planning will be discussed as well as approaches to the STARS Coordination and Planning credits.

36. Campus Sustainability Day
October 26, 2011
The ninth annual Campus Sustainability Day (CSD) asks colleges and universities to commit to maintaining the momentum of higher education sustainability by connecting new campus groups and allies, highlighting student stories and reaching out to partners who can help move towards success. Campus sustainability leaders are encouraged to plan their own events, programs and initiatives and post them to the CSD Events Listing. Stay tuned for a Second Nature webcast and collective conversation that will explore the role of sustainability programs in campus admissions and student retention. CSD is supported by AASHE, the Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium (HEASC), Second Nature, U.S. Green Building Council and National Wildlife Federation's Campus Ecology program.

37. Webinar: Adaptations to Address Changing Climate Security Threats
September 28, 2011; 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.; Online
The third in a complimentary Adaptation and National Security monthly webinar series from the Security and Sustainability Forum, this webinar is designed to give managers and decision makers from academia, government and industry a better understanding of effective measures to adapt to the national security threats of a changing climate. In partnership with AASHE, "Infrastructure Adaptations to Address Security Threats from a Changing Climate" will examine the changing conditions from climate impacts and their implications for basic infrastructure. Moderated by Former Deputy Secretary of the Interior Lynn Scarlett, the event will include strategies to understand and address these issues.

38. Academic Impressions Webinar: Developing a Campus Sustainability Committee
December 16, 2011; 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Eastern; Online
Sustainability officers, directors of sustainability initiatives, and other campus professionals charged with initiating sustainability programs at their institutions are encouraged to attend this webcast. The event will outline a comprehensive model for committee recruitment and management, and offer guidance on setting committee priorities. This program is best for those institutions that are in the foundational stages of developing a campus-wide sustainability plan.

39. Greenbuild 2011 Conference & Expo
October 4-7, 2011; Toronto, Canada
Registration is open for the U.S. Green Building Council's 2011 Greenbuild International Conference & Expo. This year's event will include LEED workshops, green building tours, concurrent educational sessions and sector-specific summits including Green Jobs and Affordable Housing. Most sessions will be approved for continuing education credits for LEED and other professional credentials.

40. NWF Campus Ecology Webinar: Students Talk Green Jobs
September 22, 2011; 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Eastern; Online
As part of its Greener Campus Conference series, National Wildlife Federation's Campus Ecology program will host the Greenforce Initiative webinar, "Student Perspectives - Green Jobs Education and Training and Perspectives from Current Students and Recent Graduates." The series invites leading practitioners to speak on conservation and other sustainability topics, with a forum for questions and discussion. Each webinar features three to four speakers.

41. SEED Center Webinar: Workforce Development
September 23, 2011; 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Eastern; Online
The American Association of Community Colleges' SEED Center and the National Council for Continuing Education and Training are hosting this free webinar, "Building Quality Workforce Development Programs for Real Energy Efficiency Jobs." Participants will hear what newly developed U.S. Department of Energy standards and guidelines for the home energy retrofit and weatherization workforce mean for college programs and learn how to take advantage of a national assessment opportunity. Lane Community College (OR) will be highlighted as a national model for comprehensive energy education and its ability to prepare students for real jobs.

42. Community College Webinar: Instant Benchmarking
September 28, 2011; 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Eastern; Online
With the aim of promoting a more interactive set of discussions, the September installment of the Community College Sustainability Webinar series will strive to get a sense of how community colleges across the nation are working toward sustainability. Colleges are encourage to submit specific questions and topics in an effort to gather data on sustainability initiatives including green fees, transportation, continuing education and more. This series is hosted by Johnson County Community College (KS).

Campus Sustainability Discussion Forums Highlights

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43. Boiler Plate Language for Contracts
We are in the process of updating our boiler plates for bid specifications, contracts and other procurement documents and considering adding language that supports and gives preference to environmentally and socially responsible vendors. Does anyone have examples to share?

44. Examples of Sustainable Social Ventures?
What niches do social ventures fill that nonprofit models have a difficult time addressing? What are some examples of sustainable social ventures? How can social entrepreneurship be utilized to enable students in fields such as environmental studies, social justice and sustainable economics to realize their visions?

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