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This issue of the Bulletin is brought to you live from the AASHE 2011 conference. Keep up with the action on the AASHE blog.

Table of Contents for 10/11/2011:

NEWS
Assessments and Ratings 1. STARS Launches International Pilot
Buildings 2. 2 New Pomona College Residence Halls to Seek LEED Platinum
3. Iowa State U Plants Rooftop Research Garden
4. U Memphis Pilots Rooftop Garden
Co-Curricular Education 5. Maharishi U Mgmt Student Promotes Sustainability with T-Shirts
6. Whitman College Students Create Vermicomposting Program
Coordination and Planning 7. Colo State U Students Call for Health, Sustainability Coordinator
8. Georgia Perimeter College Appoints Sustainable Living Director
9. North Carolina State U Debuts Green Events Certification
10. Princeton U Develops Campus Sustainability Kiosk, Mobile App
Curriculum 11. Dickinson College Receives Grant for Environmental Asian Studies
Diversity and Affordability 12. Rising Tuitions Incite National Student Protests
Energy 13. U.S. Higher Education Solar Capacity Leaps 450% in 3 Years
14. U Dayton Students Receive Energy Consumption Report Cards
15. Montgomery County CC Uses Energy Savings for a Greener Campus
16. Monmouth U to Increase Solar Energy System Capacity
17. U Texas San Antonio Expands Solar Energy Program
Funding 18. Institutions Invest $65 Mil for Green Revolving Fund Challenge
19. Iowa State U Receives $25 Mil Grant for Biofuels Program
Other News 20. AASHE Honors Campus Sustainability Champions
Research 21. Portland State U Combines Solar Panel Production with Green Roofs
Transportation 22. Philadelphia Universities to Debut Electric Vehicles
23. Ohio State U Purchases Hybrid Buses
24. Antioch U New England Builds Bike Shelter
Water 25. U California Merced Hosts Student Water Conservation Competition

NEW RESOURCES
26. Collegiate Football Sustainable Materials Management Toolkit
27. Northwest Earth Inst. Releases Sustainable Food Systems Curricula

OPPORTUNITIES
28. AASHE Sustainability Across the Curriculum Leadership Workshop
29. STARS Discount During AASHE 2011
30. Food Systems Journal Discount for AASHE Member Libraries
31. Ithaca College Online Sustainability Leadership Certificate

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
32. Chief Sustainability Officer, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
33. Director, GLBTA Pride Center, Bridgewater State U
34. Faculty, Sustainable Development, U Illinois
35. Sustainability Project Specialist, Texas A&M U Kingsville

EVENTS
36. STARS Webinar: A Review of STARS at AASHE 2011
37. ACUPCC Webinar: Preparing Students for Tomorrow's Jobs
38. Academic Impressions Webinar: Developing a Campus Sustainability Committee
39. Women's Higher Education Leadership Institute
40. ACUPCC Northeast Regional Symposium
41. CURC Market Assessment Webinar

CAMPUS SUSTAINABILITY DISCUSSION FORUMS HIGHLIGHTS
42. Dining Hall Waste Audits
43. Sustainability Study Abroad Program Recommendations?

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News

Assessments and Ratings

1. STARS Launches International Pilot
Due to growing interest at the international level, AASHE is implementing a pilot program to welcome higher education institutions worldwide to participate in STARS. The pilot will provide an opportunity for international institutions to share feedback and make suggestions for improvements to the system, and the results will help determine the eventual role of STARS in a global context.

Buildings

2. 2 New Pomona College Residence Halls to Seek LEED Platinum
Pomona College (CA) has opened two new residence halls designed to LEED Platinum standards. Sustainable features of both buildings include a solar hot water system predicted to provide 80 percent of the buildings' needs; low water-use fixtures predicted to decrease water use 36.6 percent; a stormwater management plan; and sustainability tip cards and recycling rooms on every floor to encourage student residents to learn how to live more sustainably.

3. Iowa State U Plants Rooftop Research Garden
A group of Iowa State University students, under the direction of the master gardener coordinator, has planted a garden atop the university's horticulture hall for education and research purposes. The $12,000 project was covered by a grant from the Iowa Nursery Research Corporation and a donation from a company specializing in green roofs.

4. U Memphis Pilots Rooftop Garden
The University of Memphis (TN) has installed a 200-square-foot rooftop garden on its physical plant building as a pilot project. Featuring succulent plants that can withstand extreme weather, the garden will help insulate the building, reduce stormwater run-off and prolong the life of the roof. If the pilot proves cost-effective, the university plans to install more green roofs across campus.

Co-Curricular Education

5. Maharishi U Mgmt Student Promotes Sustainability with T-Shirts
A student at the Maharishi University of Management (IA) recently launched a line of organic cotton T-shirts with messages designed to educate about sustainability. His best-selling shirt has a solar power design on the front and a simplified schematic of how solar power works on the back. A percentage of the sales are donated each month to a charitable foundation or community project.

6. Whitman College Students Create Vermicomposting Program
Students from the Campus Climate Challenge at Whitman College (WA) have launched a new vermicomposting initiative. Thousands of worms will break down campus food waste into compost for campus landscaping. The college expects the vermicomposter to be able to process about 100 pounds of food waste per day.
See also: AASHE Resource: Campus Composting Programs (AASHE Members Only)

Coordination and Planning

7. Colo State U Students Call for Health, Sustainability Coordinator
The Associated Students of Colorado State University has proposed to split the current sustainability/health coordinator position into two separate positions. The split will ensure that all of the university's sustainability initiatives are maintained in response to a new health component that was added this year, which required the position to market health-related information and advocate for responsible drinking programming to students.

8. Georgia Perimeter College Appoints Sustainable Living Director
Georgia Perimeter College has named Dr. Joanne Chu as its first director of sustainable living and environmental studies. Most recently a scholar-in-residence in environmental and sustainability studies at Agnes Scott College (GA), Chu will work to integrate sustainable principles and practices into the college's academics, campus operations and student life.

9. North Carolina State U Debuts Green Events Certification
North Carolina State University has certified the first two events under its new "Certified Wolfpack Green" events program. The program includes food, waste, purchasing, education, marketing, transportation, energy and water, service and innovation categories that qualify campus events for a Contributor, Steward or Champion certification. The university's Sustainability Office has created a three-step process that event planners can complete toward certification.

10. Princeton U Develops Campus Sustainability Kiosk, Mobile App
The Office of Sustainability and the Office of the University Architect at Princeton University (NJ) have partnered with an architectural firm to develop an interactive sustainability kiosk. The kiosk will include multifunctional display cases, a video screen, demonstration space for rotating exhibits, green tour information, a bulletin board for student groups and energy monitoring dashboard. The university has also launched a new mobile application for smartphones that allows community members and visitors to take a sustainability tour of campus.

Curriculum

11. Dickinson College Receives Grant for Environmental Asian Studies
Dickinson College (PA) has received a $50,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation’s Luce Initiative on Asian Studies and the Environment program. The program encourages innovative approaches to Asian studies through the lens of the environment and sustainable development. The college will use sustainability as a unifying theme to incorporate Asian content into academic courses and research.

Diversity and Affordability

12. Rising Tuitions Incite National Student Protests
Students on nearly 100 campuses participated in walkouts and rallies to protest rising tuition and shrinking academic programs, reports a recent Chronicle of Higher Education article. While many of the largest student walkouts and rallies were in the Northeast, a small group of students at the University of California, Berkeley, demonstrated against proposals to increase tuition by as much as 81 percent over the next four years. Students are worried, said a student organizer at Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne: "I have amassed $20,000 so far in debt...many students are not certain that they're going to get jobs, and that's why we're here."

Energy

13. U.S. Higher Education Solar Capacity Leaps 450% in 3 Years
AASHE has released a new database of hundreds of campus solar photovoltaic installations that reveals higher education's rapid adoption of solar. Among the notable findings is a 450 percent growth of installed solar capacity in the higher education sector over the last three years. The database enables higher education solar advocates to browse success stories at campuses of a similar type, size and location. To learn more, view additional charts and graphs, and contribute to this new resource, visit the database.
See also: New AASHE Blog About Higher Education's Rapid Adoption of Solar
See also: Chronicle of Higher Ed Coverage

14. U Dayton Students Receive Energy Consumption Report Cards
The University of Dayton (OH) has begun issuing monthly energy report cards to students living in university-owned houses. Eighty-five percent of the 469 residences earned an average or better score during the 2010-2011 school year, during which the university estimated a savings of $20,000 on gas and electric. A group of engineering students compiled a grading model of "A" through "F" based on the last six years of energy data for each of the houses.

15. Montgomery County CC Uses Energy Savings for a Greener Campus
Montgomery County Community College (PA) has announced plans to use funds from energy savings for energy-efficient campus upgrades. The college will weatherize buildings and install wind turbines, photovoltaic solar panels and low-flow plumbing. The college expects a total energy savings of more than $6 million and will use the money to offset construction costs.

16. Monmouth U to Increase Solar Energy System Capacity
Monmouth University (NJ) has announced that it will increase its on-campus solar-generated electricity to 650 kilowatts under a new Power Purchase Agreement. Pro-Tech Energy Solutions and partner Torcon, Inc. will equip seven of the university’s buildings with solar panels.

17. U Texas San Antonio Expands Solar Energy Program
The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio has announced plans to install 600 solar panels on its School of Medicine and a campus carport. The university expects the installations to collectively generate 131 kilowatts of power and provide 100 percent of the Academic and Administration Building’s energy needs at certain times of the day.
See also: New AASHE Resource: Campus Solar Installations Database

Funding

18. Institutions Invest $65 Mil for Green Revolving Fund Challenge
The AASHE Bulletin has learned that a total of $65 million has been committed to campus green revolving funds as part of the Sustainable Endowments Institute's (SEI) Billion Dollar Green Challenge. The announcement will be made during the challenge's official launch on the main stage of the AASHE 2011 conference today. Harvard University (MA), Stanford University (CA) and Arizona State University are among 33 institutions that joined the challenge's Founding Circle. In collaboration with AASHE and the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment, 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.

19. Iowa State U Receives $25 Mil Grant for Biofuels Program
Iowa State University has received $25 million in federal grants to develop a regional biomass production system for advanced transportation fuels derived from native perennial grasses. The comprehensive study will look at the effort’s broader economic and environmental impact. The university will work with the University of Washington, Washington State University, Louisiana State University and the University of Tennessee on the five-year project.

Other News

20. AASHE Honors Campus Sustainability Champions
AASHE has revealed the winners of its 2011 Sustainability Awards. Faculty and students at Emory University (GA), University of Alberta, Washington University in St. Louis (MO), University of Texas at Dallas, McGill University (QC) and New York University are being honored during the awards ceremony at the AASHE 2011 conference on October 11 for innovations in green building, sustainability research and leadership. The University of Texas at Dallas' LEED Platinum Student Services Building will receive the inaugural Innovation in Green Building award, presented in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council's Center for Green Schools.

Research

21. Portland State U Combines Solar Panel Production with Green Roofs
With a $600,000 grant from the National Science Foundation, researchers at Portland State University (OR) have begun looking into the effects of combining single-cell silicon photovoltaic solar panels with green roof technology. Focusing on energy production and biological issues, the research includes photovoltaic panels that are partially shading the back half of four green roof pans.

Transportation

22. Philadelphia Universities to Debut Electric Vehicles
Electric cars will be placed at the University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University and Temple University as part of a Philadelphia-based initiative among the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, PhillyCarShare and the Mayor's Office of Sustainability, which includes installing infrastructure for plug-in electric vehicles throughout the city.
See also: AASHE Resource: Campus Electric Vehicle Fleets (AASHE Members Only)

23. Ohio State U Purchases Hybrid Buses
The Ohio State University has purchased two diesel-electric powered hybrid buses for the Campus Area Bus Service. Powered by a clean diesel hybrid electrical propulsion system, the university plans to boost campus fuel economy, reduce emissions, decrease noise pollution and reduce maintenance costs with the new mass transit vehicles.
See also: AASHE Resource: Campus Hybrid Vehicle Fleets

24. Antioch U New England Builds Bike Shelter
Antioch University, New England (NH) has constructed a new bike shelter equipped with bike racks that will protect about 40 bicycles from the weather. Students worked with faculty members on the design, budget development and procurement of materials. Community members, students, staff, faculty and alumni volunteered to build the shelter.

Water

25. U California Merced Hosts Student Water Conservation Competition
To raises awareness and motivate students to reduce their water consumption, the University of California, Merced has launched a month-long water conservation challenge. More than 500 students in nine residence halls will compete to conserve the most water for a chance to win prizes including a $1,000 donation to a local nonprofit organization. Students can check their real-time water usage and hall rankings online.

New Resources

26. Collegiate Football Sustainable Materials Management Toolkit
Supported by AASHE, the College and University Recycling Coalition and Keep America Beautiful, this toolkit provides a guide for institutions of higher education across the country to implement or improve their game day recycling and sustainability efforts. Developed in collaboration with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and a national panel of higher education representatives, the toolkit originated with a comprehensive survey distributed and evaluated in spring 2011 by a team of students at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

27. Northwest Earth Inst. Releases Sustainable Food Systems Curricula
The Northwest Earth Institute has releases a new six-session discussion course on sustainable food systems. Available for faculty professional development, classroom curricula and community-based learning, the course focuses on food systems as they interact with human and ecological systems, food politics and the ethics of our food choices.

Opportunities

28. AASHE Sustainability Across the Curriculum Leadership Workshop
AASHE's latest Sustainability Across the Curriculum Leadership workshop is slated for Jan. 9-10, 2012 at Emory University (GA). For faculty leaders of all disciplines who wish to develop curriculum change programs around sustainability on their campuses, the workshop will include two days of presentations, exercises, discussions, reflection and planning. Participants will experience a range of workshop strategies, hear local experts, and enjoy outdoor place-based activities and dialogue with faculty from around the country. The deadline for applications is Oct. 28, 2011.

29. STARS Discount During AASHE 2011
Institutions that register for AASHE's STARS program during the week of the AASHE 2011 conference (October 9-14) will receive a $250 discount. Registration will be discounted to $650 for AASHE member institutions and to $1,150 for non-members. This offer applies to new registrants only.

30. Food Systems Journal Discount for AASHE Member Libraries
As a special opportunity for libraries at AASHE member institutions, New Leaf Publishing and Consulting is offering a 15 percent discount on its Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development (focused on the interests of sustainable agriculture and food systems development for scholars and professionals) and a free membership to AgDevONLINE, where the journal is exclusively available. The upcoming issue of the international, peer-reviewed journal will focus on higher education.

31. 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 Oct. 27 - Nov. 12, 2011. Participants in "Communicating the Organization's Sustainability Efforts" will learn the technical knowledge and judgment to assure that sustainability reports highlight the documentable priorities and achievements of the organization. "Integrating Sustainability into Training and Curriculum" will explore opportunities for investigating and leveraging cross-disciplinary solutions to contemporary issues through the lens of sustainability. "Marketing Sustainability Initiatives" consists of strategies and tactics for conveying the value of green business practices to customers, clients, partners, employees and the community at large. The registration deadline for all seminars is October 27 and discounts are available for AASHE members.

Jobs & Internships

32. Chief Sustainability Officer, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, managed by the University of California, seeks a chief sustainability officer to provide organizational and technical leadership for its overall environmental sustainability operations, and serve as the main sustainability spokesperson to external audiences. Successful candidates will have an advanced degree in a relevant field such as urban planning, environmental sciences or engineering, and at least 10 years of environmental sustainability-related experience.

33. Director, GLBTA Pride Center, Bridgewater State U
Bridgewater State University (MA) seeks a director of its GLBTA Pride Center to manage programs and services for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students. The director will support students who have experienced discrimination or harassment based on sexual orientation or gender identity, and help integrate sexual orientation issues and education into the goals and policies of departments as appropriate. The successful candidate should a master’s degree in student affairs, higher education administration, counseling, social work or a related advanced degree.

34. Faculty, Sustainable Development, U Illinois
The Interdisciplinary Department of Environmental Studies at the University of Illinois at Springfield seeks an assistant professor with expertise in sustainability or sustainable development. The position will teach environmental social sciences and humanities, sustainable development and introductory sustainability courses. Successful candidates will have a Ph.D. in sustainability, sustainable development, environmental studies, environmental science or a related field. The review of applications will begin Oct. 24, 2011.

35. Sustainability Project Specialist, Texas A&M U Kingsville
Texas A&M University-Kingsville seeks a sustainability project specialist to assist with the leadership, strategic design and administration of current university sustainability initiatives. The specialist will serve as the contact for campus sustainability projects in areas including environmental health, recycling, composting, community garden efforts and renewable energy. Successful candidates will have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent in a related field.

Events

36. STARS Webinar: A Review of STARS at AASHE 2011
Oct. 18, 2011; 2:00 p.m. Eastern; Online
This STARS webinar will review the STARS sessions that took place at the AASHE 2011 conference including the STARS Introductory & Advanced Workshops, "STARS 101" and the STARS Town Hall meeting. STARS staff will follow-up on the conversations and feedback stimulated by the conference.

37. ACUPCC Webinar: Preparing Students for Tomorrow's Jobs
Oct. 17, 2011; 2:00 p.m. Eastern; Online
During this American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) webinar, "Reducing Carbon, Minimizing Cost and Preparing Students for Tomorrow's Jobs," panelists from Johnson Controls, Inc. and Milwaukee Area Technical College (WI) will look at the college's efforts to pioneer green technology initiatives. These efforts have resulted in annual energy and operational savings of more than $1.2 million, reduced carbon emissions by more than 8,355 metric tons and provided improvements in curriculum development.

38. Academic Impressions Webinar: Developing a Campus Sustainability Committee
Dec. 16, 2011; 1:00 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. Women's Higher Education Leadership Institute
Nov. 29 – Dec. 2, 2011; Dana Point, CA
AASHE, as part of the Council of Higher Education Management Associations, is sponsoring the Association of College Unions International Women's Leadership Institute. An effort to support women’s pursuit of executive leadership positions in higher education, the institute provides an opportunity to learn about leadership skills, priorities and challenges, and how to bridge potential communication gaps. The institute will be held again Dec. 4 –7, 2011 in Amelia Island, Fla.

40. ACUPCC Northeast Regional Symposium
Nov. 3-4, 2011; Boston, MA
Hosted by Bunker Hill Community College, this ACUPCC Regional Collaborative Symposium will focus on challenges and opportunities in the Northeast. The event aims to help all institutions in the region learn more about innovative sustainability initiatives happening on other campuses and foster peer networks to share ideas and collaborate on solutions for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, producing sustainability-literate graduates and engaging effectively with the local community.

41. CURC Market Assessment Webinar
Oct. 13, 2011; 1:00 p.m. Eastern; Online
The College and University Recycling Coalition (CURC) will explore the world of recyclable commodities during the free webinar, "Market Assessment: Short- & Long-term Trends." Industry experts will provide an insider's perspective on packaging design, consumer trends and geopolitical forces shaping the future of our markets.

Campus Sustainability Discussion Forums Highlights

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42. Dining Hall Waste Audits
If anyone has done a waste audit in their dining halls, what was the process like? Did students get involved?

43. Sustainability Study Abroad Program Recommendations?
We are looking into developing recommendations for study abroad programs in environmental studies for our students, but do not have a lot of experiences to go on. Many students have done programs through School for Field Studies that seem to have been quite good, but we are looking for other options as well. Has anyone found particular programs that they would recommend in terms of academic rigor and quality of experience? Thanks!

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