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Table of Contents for 9/20/2011:

NEWS
Buildings 1. Cornell U Physical Sciences Building Earns LEED Gold
2. U California Berkeley Restoration Earns LEED Silver
Co-Curricular Education 3. Lafayette U Students Working toward Campus-wide Food Loop
4. City College Students Construct Solar Roofpod
Coordination and Planning 5. Saint Mary's College Creates Center for Environmental Literacy
6. Yale U Revitalizes Green Event Certification
Curriculum 7. Marylhurst U Debuts New Sustainable Business Programs
8. U Washington Introduces Green IT Certificate
9. U New Hampshire Launches Corporate Sustainability Certificate
Diversity and Affordability 10. Humboldt State U Creates Bias Response Team
Energy 11. U Oregon Pledges No Net Gain on Energy Consumption
12. Ohio Wesleyan U Implements Energy Saving Initiative
13. Copper Mountain College Installs Wind Turbine
Funding 14. NSF Awards $20 Mil to Oregon Green Chemistry Center
Grounds 15. U Pennsylvania Unveils New 24-Acre Park
16. U Montana Converts Concrete Space into Organic Garden
Policy and Legislation 17. Obama Proposes $5 Billion for Community College Renovations
Research 18. NSF Invests $18.5 Mil toward Urban Water Engineering Research Center
Transportation 19. U Tennessee Launches E-Bike Sharing System
20. Colorado State U Introduces Car Sharing on Campus
Waste 21. Vancouver Island U to Ban Bottled Water
22. Lehigh U Implements 'PaperCut' Policy
23. U Chicago Reduces Waste of Annual Picnic by Composting

NEW RESOURCES
24. SEI Green Revolving Fund Case Study Series: Harvard U

OPPORTUNITIES
25. Campus Conservation Nationals 2012
26. EPA Climate Leadership Awards
27. SEI Billion Dollar Green Challenge
28. U Vermont Farmer Training Program
29. Education for Sustainability Study Tour in Israel
30. Ithaca College Online Sustainability Leadership Certificate
31. Call for Abstracts: Campus Community Partnerships Conference

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
32. Director of Sustainability, Davidson College
33. Professor, Environmental Economics, Colby College
34. Professor, Environmental Education, Florida Gulf Coast U
35. Online Program Coord, Enviro Studies, U Illinois Springfield
36. Sustainability Program Assistant, Oregon State U
37. Research/Communications Fellow, Sustainable Endowments Institute

EVENTS
38. AASHE 2011 Conference
39. 2011 Bioneers Conference
40. Beyond Sustainability Conference
41. New England Student Food Co-op Convergence
42. Mid-Atlantic Student Food Co-op Convergence
43. EPA Climate Leadership Awards Information Webinar

CAMPUS SUSTAINABILITY DISCUSSION FORUMS HIGHLIGHTS
44. Incentives for 'Reusables'
45. Salt vs. Sand vs. ??
46. Sustainability Studies Minor

Update: The STARS webinar, Campus Planning with STARS, has been changed to Sept. 27, 2011 at 2 p.m. Eastern.

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News

Buildings

1. Cornell U Physical Sciences Building Earns LEED Gold
Cornell University's (NY) new Physical Sciences Building has earned LEED Gold certification. The building is equipped with sensors that increase or decrease ventilation based on whether the space is occupied. Air from office spaces is also reused in lab spaces, as this air has been preheated or cooled. Other efficiency measures include a white roofing system, light-colored paving to reduce heat gain in the building and a rainwater capture system for irrigation.
See also: AASHE Resource: Green Science Buildings (AASHE Members Only)

2. U California Berkeley Restoration Earns LEED Silver
The restoration of Durant Hall at the University of California, Berkeley has earned LEED Silver certification. Eighty-eight percent of waste materials leftover from construction were diverted from landfills and recycled. Twenty-two percent of the materials used came from within 500 miles of campus. Sustainable features also include low-flow plumbing and energy-efficient mechanical and electricity systems.

Co-Curricular Education

3. Lafayette U Students Working toward Campus-wide Food Loop
Lafayette University's (PA) Society of Environmental Engineers and Scientists student group is working on the implementation of a campus-wide food loop. The project involves composting food waste from campus dining halls that is then used to fertilize crops grown at the college's organic gardens, which are then used back in the dining halls. The goal is to compost up to 1,000 pounds of the 1,300 pounds of food and yard waste produced by the campus per day.

4. City College Students Construct Solar Roofpod
Students from City College (NY) have designed and built a Solar Roofpod to compete in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon. The 750-square-foot pod has a solar trellis that collects energy, computer-controlled heating and ventilation systems, and windows and blinds that are programmed to automatically open and close. Additional features include a built-in alert system to let the occupant know how much water and electricity is being used, and a rainwater harvesting system that supports an incorporated garden.

Coordination and Planning

5. Saint Mary's College Creates Center for Environmental Literacy
Saint Mary's College of California has announced the launch of its new Center for Environmental Literacy. The new center will explore and promote educational programming and professional development opportunities for educators to integrate nature and the arts into K-12 academic curricula and collaborate with faculty seeking to merge environmental issues into their research and coursework.

6. Yale U Revitalizes Green Event Certification
Yale University's (CT) Office of Sustainability has developed a new and improved green event certification to encourage, recognize and celebrate the voluntary sustainable efforts of campus event organizers. Participants interested in certifying their event can complete a green event checklist with action items in categories including transportation, stationery and handouts, catering, energy efficiency and offsets, waste, and event communications. A total score is calculated based on applicable action items for a bronze, silver, gold or platinum award.

Curriculum

7. Marylhurst U Debuts New Sustainable Business Programs
Marylhurst University (OR) has launched a new online undergraduate degree in sustainable business and online post-baccalaureate and post-graduate certificates in sustainable business. Students will gain relevant knowledge that is transferable to careers that implement sustainability across all business practices.
See also: AASHE Resource: Sustainability in Business/Management Programs

8. U Washington Introduces Green IT Certificate
The University of Washington's Professional & Continuing Education program has launched a new green IT certificate. The first course covers the basics of green computing and overall sustainability, the second focuses on managing the transition to green IT and the final course requires students to develop a compelling green IT roadmap for an enterprise.
See also: AASHE Resource: Certificate Programs in Sustainability

9. U New Hampshire Launches Corporate Sustainability Certificate
In partnership with New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility, the University of New Hampshire has launched a professional certificate in corporate sustainability. The program will make its debut in October and is directed toward mid-level and senior professionals seeking to increase knowledge and functional skills in the practices and principles of corporate sustainability.
See also: AASHE Resource: Sustainability in Business/Management Programs

Diversity and Affordability

10. Humboldt State U Creates Bias Response Team
Humboldt State University (CA) has announced the formation of a campus-wide Bias Response Team. Headquartered in the university's Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the initiative is an institutionalized process designed to address bias and hate incidents in a coordinated and comprehensive manner. The unit will respond to and document incidents, educate the campus community on a systematic basis about hate and bias incidents and offer educational programming and public forums to address specific topics and incidents.

Energy

11. U Oregon Pledges No Net Gain on Energy Consumption
The University of Oregon has pledged to hold the amount of energy used to power campus buildings and grounds at its current level, even as new buildings are added. Under the plan, called the Oregon Model for Sustainable Development, new buildings will have to be at least 35 percent more energy efficient and will have to pay 10 percent of the cost of offsetting their added energy use into a new Central Energy Fund. The fund will help pay for the retrofits of older buildings. The new policy also has a stormwater and public education component.

12. Ohio Wesleyan U Implements Energy Saving Initiative
Ohio Wesleyan University has launched an initiative to reduce energy use on campus. The university will replace inefficient light bulbs and implement a double-sided default printing mode and sleep-mode activation for public computers. The university is also working with staff on a new building temperature setback and energy conservation plan.

13. Copper Mountain College Installs Wind Turbine
Copper Mountain College (CA) has completed the installation of a wind turbine on campus. While a nearby day care center will receive the energy produced, the small-scale turbine will serve mainly as an education tool. The turbine is one of many recent energy-saving campus initiatives including the installation of solar trash compactors, lighting retrofitting and new air conditioning and heating units regulated by an energy-management system.
See also: AASHE Resource: Wind Installations on Campus

Funding

14. NSF Awards $20 Mil to Oregon Green Chemistry Center
The Center for Sustainable Materials, a collaboration between Oregon State University and the University of Oregon, has received a $20 million grant from the National Science Foundation to develop greener chemical processes. The grant will be used largely to fund graduate student work through the center and expand the development of water-based processes that are of interest in electronics and renewable energy materials manufacturing. The center joins the National Science Foundation’s Centers of Chemical Innovation program, which aims to support a new, greener chemical industry in the U.S. through university research.

Grounds

15. U Pennsylvania Unveils New 24-Acre Park
The University of Pennsylvania has opened Penn Park, 24 acres of athletic fields, open recreational space and pedestrian connections. Replacing a surface parking lot previously owned by the U.S. Postal Service, the park has increased the university's green space by 20 percent and created a new pedestrian gateway. Sustainable features of the park include the planting of more than 500 native trees, self-irrigating athletic fields, recycled and repurposed materials, and an energy-efficient lighting system.

16. U Montana Converts Concrete Space into Organic Garden
The University of Montana's Dining Services has converted a concrete space behind the cafeteria into a low-waste and local organic garden. Heirloom tomatoes and squash, native hazelnuts and serviceberries from the garden are used in the university's dining halls and catering program. Students are also using the garden to learn about sustainable food production.
See also: AASHE Resource: Campus Community Gardens (AASHE Members Only)

Policy and Legislation

17. Obama Proposes $5 Billion for Community College Renovations
Among President Barack Obama's proposals to revive a stalling economy during his speech to a joint session of Congress this month is $5 billion to bolster the infrastructure at community colleges, reports a recent Chronicle of Higher Education article. The money would go toward renovation and upgrades to make use of new technologies and to become more energy-efficient. The president's proposed American Jobs Act would cost more than $400 billion total, to be paid for through spending cuts identified by the bipartisan deficit-reduction committee.

Research

18. NSF Invests $18.5 Mil toward Urban Water Engineering Research Center
With an investment of $18.5 million over five years, the National Science Foundation has selected a multi-university team from New Mexico State University, Stanford University (CA), Colorado School of Mines and the University of California, Berkeley to implement an Urban Water Engineering Research Center. With the aim of reinventing America's water infrastructure, the center's research will combine fundamental investigations and applied research in engineered systems, natural systems and urban water management.

Transportation

19. U Tennessee Launches E-Bike Sharing System
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville has launched a new automated electric bicycle (e-bike) sharing system. The pilot program features two bike sharing stations with 10 bicycles each including seven e-bikes. An electric bicycle is equipped with an attached motor that activates when pedaling gets more difficult for the rider. If successful, the program will be developed into a full-scale system. The program is funded by the Southeastern Transportation Center, Tennessee Department of Transportation and the university’s Student Sustainability Initiative.
See also: AASHE Resource: Campus Bicycle Share Programs (AASHE Members Only)

20. Colorado State U Introduces Car Sharing on Campus
Colorado State University has announced a new partnership with Zipcar Inc. to offer a car sharing program on campus. Students, employees and local community members will have access to five vehicles to start. The university aims to reduce parking demand and traffic congestion on campus.
See also: AASHE Resource: Car Sharing on Campus (AASHE Members Only)

Waste

21. Vancouver Island U to Ban Bottled Water
Vancouver Island University's (BC) administration and student union have announced plans for a “Ban the Bottle” campaign in an effort to clear all plastic water bottles from campus by June 2012. The plan began as part of a national initiative in partnership with other student unions associated with the Canadian Federation of Students. The university is currently planning how the phase-out will look including the replacement of vending machines on campus with hydration stations.
See also: AASHE Resource: Campus Bottled Water Bans (AASHE Members Only)

22. Lehigh U Implements 'PaperCut' Policy
Lehigh University’s (PA) Library and Technology Services has implemented a PaperCut policy as a print management solution aimed to cut paper waste. To curb the yearly 5.6 million sheets of paper used as a result of unlimited paper use, students will now have a $75 print allowance.

23. U Chicago Reduces Waste of Annual Picnic by Composting
The University of Chicago (IL) collected seven bags of compost during the recent Facilities Services Annual Picnic. By introducing composting bins for the first time, the event recycled or composted all waste with the exception of ice cream wrappers and potato chip bags.

New Resources

24. SEI Green Revolving Fund Case Study Series: Harvard U
The latest installment of the Sustainable Endowments Institute's new series, Green Revolving Funds in Action: Case Studies of 10 Colleges, features Harvard University's (MA) $12 million fund. 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.

Opportunities

25. Campus Conservation Nationals 2012
Registration for Campus Conservation Nationals 2012 kicks off September 21 with a deadline of November 1. The nationwide resource use reduction competition challenges college and university campuses to achieve the greatest electricity and water use reductions during a three-week period. In the competition's inaugural year, participating institutions saved a total of $50,200 in energy costs and averted 816,000 pounds of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Competition begins Feb. 6, 2012.
See also: Campus Conservation Nationals Information Webinar

26. EPA Climate Leadership Awards
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Climate Registry, Pew Center on Global Climate Change and Association of Climate Change Officers have established the Climate Leadership Awards. Higher education institutions and individuals are invited to apply for the awards, which recognize exemplary corporate, organizational and individual leadership in response to climate change. Specific recognition categories include Excellence in GHG Management, Supply Chain Leadership, Organizational Leadership and Individual Leadership. Award recipients will be honored at the first annual Climate Leadership Conference, to be held Feb. 29 - March 1, 2012. The deadline for nominations is Oct. 14, 2011.
See also: Climate Leadership Awards Information Webinar

27. SEI Billion Dollar Green Challenge
The Sustainable Endowments Institute (SEI), in collaboration with AASHE and American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), will launch the Billion Dollar Green Challenge on the main stage at the AASHE 2011 conference. The challenge encourages colleges and universities to invest a combined total of $1 billion in self-managed green revolving funds to finance energy efficiency improvements and provide an ongoing source for future conservation upgrades. To learn more about joining the Founding Circle of the Billion Dollar Green Challenge, contact Mark Orlowski at Mark@GreenBillion.org. The deadline to apply for inclusion in the Founding Circle is Sept. 30, 2011.

28. U Vermont Farmer Training Program
The University of Vermont is offering a six-month Farmer Training Program for aspiring farmers and food systems advocates. The full-time program offers the opportunity to manage a growing site and take classes from professors and expert farmers. Participants will earn a certificate in sustainable farming with an understanding of agricultural management, small-scale farming and entrepreneurial skills to start their own operation.

29. Education for Sustainability Study Tour in Israel
The MOFET Institute, a center for the professional development of teacher educators and teachers, has announced an eight-day study tour, "Education for Sustainability: Bridging Cultural, Social and Political Gaps." Slated for March 25 - April 1, 2012, the tour will explore sustainability education in Israel throughout the education system and public campaigns including dilemmas and problem solving in the fields of energy, water, agriculture, constructions, fauna and flora and the adaptation of man to desert conditions.

30. 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. 29 – Oct. 15, 2011. "How Green is Your Organization: Sustainable Infrastructure" will help sustainability coordinators apply rating tools and environmental scans to assess an organization's level of achievement with industry standards in infrastructure. "Design Effective Communication Media" will give participants an understanding of how to engage an audience and enhance comprehension of messaging through graphic design and clear, crisp persuasive writing. "Using Evaluation to Craft the Business Case for Sustainability" will cover two common methods—return on investment and social return on investment—for establishing the quantitative and qualitative benefits of investing in sustainability initiatives. The registration deadline for all is September 29 and discounts are available for AASHE members.

31. Call for Abstracts: Campus Community Partnerships Conference
The 2011 Campus Community Partnerships for Sustainability conference is now accepting presentation submissions in the areas of water and energy conservation, waste management, food, biodiversity, green building, transportation, sustainable education, social and environmental justice and living sustainably. Forty-five minute presentation abstracts are due September 26; poster presentations due October 7; and exhibits due October 21. The conference will be held Nov. 18-20, 2011 at Northern Kentucky University.

Jobs & Internships

32. Director of Sustainability, Davidson College
Davidson College (NC) seeks a director of sustainability to provide leadership in the management, administration and strategic planning of campus sustainability. The director will oversee the development, implementation and evaluation of sustainable practices focused on strengthening co-curricular learning, promoting faculty, staff and student interaction, and enhancing civic engagement. The successful candidate should have an advanced degree in a related field and three to five years of experience with environmental programs.

33. Professor, Environmental Economics, Colby College
The Department of Economics at Colby College (ME) invites applications for a tenure-track position in environmental economics at the assistant or advanced assistant level beginning in September 2012. In addition to teaching introductory and advanced courses in environmental and natural resource economics, candidates should be able to contribute to teaching the core economics curriculum.

34. Professor, Environmental Education, Florida Gulf Coast U
Florida Gulf Coast University is seeking an assistant/associate professor in environmental education to teach at both graduate and undergraduate levels and develop curriculum. Successful candidates will have a Ph.D. or Ed.D. in an environmental science or education-related discipline and demonstrated potential to lead a research program including the mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students. Applications will be considered through Dec. 5, 2011.

35. Online Program Coord, Enviro Studies, U Illinois Springfield
The University of Illinois, Springfield's Department of Environmental Studies seeks a full-time online program coordinator with expertise in geographic information systems (GIS). The position will serve as the primary academic resource for online/blended students; maintaining contact, assessing retention and recruitment strategies, and ensuring students' academic progress. The position will also teach an introductory GIS course. The review of applications will begin Oct. 3, 2011.

36. Sustainability Program Assistant, Oregon State U
Oregon State University's Sustainability Office is inviting applications for a sustainability program assistant. The position will oversee the university's utility metering program (including metering hardware and data management), assemble the annual greenhouse gas inventory, support student sustainability efforts, manage small projects related to energy and water conservation and work closely with the sustainability coordinator on strategic and other sustainability initiatives. The deadline to apply is today (Sept. 20, 2011).

37. Research/Communications Fellow, Sustainable Endowments Institute
The Sustainable Endowments Institute (SEI) invites applications for a part-time joint research and communication fellowship this fall. The position will conduct weekly communications with a network of college and university administrators and students, work on current and new research, develop innovative outreach strategies to connect with new constituencies, and provide media relations support related to the launch of the Billion Dollar Green Challenge, SEI's newest initiative to help colleges and universities invest a combined total of $1 billion in their own self-managed green revolving funds to support on-campus sustainability and energy-efficiency projects. Successful applicants will have demonstrated experience with advancing sustainability on campus or in communities and strong oral and written communication skills. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

Events

38. AASHE 2011 Conference
October 9-12, 2011; Pittsburgh, PA
Register for the largest campus sustainability conference in North America before the tours, workshops and dine-arounds are sold out. The conference will feature more than 500 peer-to-peer sessions, AASHE Expo and poster receptions, the inaugural AASHE Community Service Project, interactive art exhibits, Pedal-a-Watt bike charging stations, a student-built electric car and a plethora of networking opportunities. A limited number of discounted hotel rates remain. Registration closes September 30.

39. 2011 Bioneers Conference
October 14-16, 2011; San Rafael, CA
The 22nd Annual Bioneers Conference will focus on "Reimagining Civilization in the Age of Nature." In addition to AASHE member discounts, Bioneers is offering a limited number of partial scholarships for professors and students to attend the conference for $85 per day. The scholarships are offered on a first-come basis until October 1.

40. Beyond Sustainability Conference
November 3-4, 2011; Tampa, FL
Educators, researchers, administrators and community members are encouraged to attend the Beyond Sustainability Conference sponsored by Hillsborough Community College (FL). The event will provide networking and learning opportunities through general and concurrent sessions designed to create an open dialogue and weave common ideas for creating an action plan for ecosystems, education and economic sustainability.

41. New England Student Food Co-op Convergence
September 23-25, 2011; Amherst, MA
Anyone affiliated with a university or college within the New England region who is interested in food justice, food sustainability or food sovereignty is invited to attend this gathering. The event will be organized in two tracks; one for organizing and starting projects and one for operating established projects. Participants will develop business and accounting skills, gain tools to help effectively recruit and organize students, learn more about the food system and cooperative movement, and collaborate with others in the region.

42. Mid-Atlantic Student Food Co-op Convergence
September 30 - October 2, 2011; Philadelphia, PA
Anyone affiliated with a university or college within the Mid-Atlantic region who is interested in food justice, food sustainability or food sovereignty is invited to attend this gathering. The event will be organized in two tracks; one for organizing and starting projects and one for operating established projects. Participants will develop business and accounting skills, gain tools to help effectively recruit and organize students, learn more about the food system and cooperative movement, and collaborate with others in the region.

43. EPA Climate Leadership Awards Information Webinar
Sept. 21, 2011; 1:00 p.m. Eastern; Online
This U.S. Environmental Protection Agency webinar will discuss the award criteria and nomination process and answer questions about the Climate Leadership Awards, established in partnership with the Climate Registry, Pew Center on Global Climate Change and Association of Climate Change Officers.

Campus Sustainability Discussion Forums Highlights

Click on the titles below to view the full discussion thread.

44. Incentives for 'Reusables'
Here at USM we have reusable bags, cups, mugs and to-go containers. Considering the incentives to buy-in to the reusable to-go containers (free coffee coupon, monthly prizes, currently a discounted price) they are by far the most popular. Our other items are a little more expensive than a typical college student wants to pay for so we are considering creating incentives for these products as well. We will most likely go with a certain percentage or x amount of money off each time a customer uses a reusable item, but I am interested in what other organizations may be doing. Thank you.

45. Salt vs. Sand vs. ??
Fortunately, we haven't had to worry about ice build-up yet here in Vermont, but we all know it will come in due time. I was asked to see what other smallish campuses (2,000 students) use for successful yet non-polluting (or less polluting) ice melting systems. Thoughts?

46. Sustainability Studies Minor
Several faculty, myself included, are trying to establish a sustainability studies minor. Does anyone have any information that illustrates the impact on enrollment of sustainability in the curriculum? Because we are a tuition-driven institution, my administration is very concerned about new academic programs; their cost and the program being one that attracts students. Thanks!

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