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Table of Contents for 10/18/2011:

NEWS
Buildings 1. Portland State U Adds Solar to Renovated LEED Platinum Hall
2. Unity College Dedicates Passive House Residence Hall
3. Chattahoochee Technical College Campus Receives LEED Gold
Climate 4. Duke U Makes Offset Purchasing Available to Students, Employees
Co-Curricular Education 5. CA Institutions to Launch Student Clean Technology Competition
6. Indiana U Rolls Out Student Sustainable Computing Contest
Coordination and Planning 7. Arizona State U Expands Global Institute of Sustainability
8. Citrus College Launches Sustainability Pilot Program
Curriculum 9. Arizona State U Creates Social Justice Graduate Degree
10. U California Davis Extension Launches Sustainability Curriculum
Diversity and Affordability 11. California's 'Dream Act' Becomes Law
12. Rhode Island Approves In-State Tuition for Undocumented Students
Energy 13. San Diego State U Installs Locally Produced Solar Modules
14. U Montana Students Initiate Solar Panel Installation
15. Southern Connecticut State U Completes Solar Power System
Investment 16. Pennsylvania Creates Campus Energy Efficiency Fund
Transportation 17. Salem State U Partners with City for Bike Share
18. Purdue U Introduces Car Sharing Program
19. U Cincinnati Launches Car Sharing Program
20. U Massachusetts Amherst Debuts Car Sharing Program
Waste 21. Arkansas State U Installs E-Waste Recycling Bins
22. Western Washington U Installs Water Bottle Refilling Stations

NEW RESOURCES
23. AASHE 2011 Conference Coverage

OPPORTUNITIES
24. AASHE Advisory Council Seeks New Members
25. Call for Nominations: ACPA Champion of Sustainability Award

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
26. Endowed Chair in Sustainability, Berea College
27. Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion, Emerson College
28. Sustainability Program Manager, GreenerU
29. Professor, Regional Food Production Systems, U Wisconsin Madison
30. Professor, Sustainability Studies, Pratt Institute
31. Professor, Urban Sustainability, Northeastern U
32. Associate Professor, Environmental Science, Collin College
33. Faculty, Environmental and Safety Program, Pittsburg State U
34. Community Carbon Fund Project Coordinator, Yale U
35. Sustainability Coordinator, Chemeketa CC

EVENTS
36. Campus Sustainability Day
37. NWF Campus Ecology Webinar: Green Credentials

CAMPUS SUSTAINABILITY DISCUSSION FORUMS HIGHLIGHTS
38. Inability to Collect STARS Data
39. Role of Sustainability Coordinators in Sustainability Committees?

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News

Buildings

1. Portland State U Adds Solar to Renovated LEED Platinum Hall
As part of a LEED Platinum certification awarded in June, Portland State University (OR) has completed the installation of 234 solar panels on its 100-year-old Lincoln Hall. Extensive renovations to the building, which also include 324 new energy-efficient windows, have been funded in part by $31 million in appropriations by the Oregon Legislature and government stimulus money.
See also: New AASHE Resource: Campus Solar Photovoltaic Installations Database

2. Unity College Dedicates Passive House Residence Hall
A year after students and faculty gathered to provide design ideas and concerns, Unity College (ME) has unveiled its new TerraHaus residence hall. Designed and built to Passive House standards, the 2,500-square-foot residence was modeled to use the equivalent of 50-75 gallons of oil per year for space heating, less than 10 percent of the heating load for a home similar in size and climate.
See also: AASHE Resource: Green Residence Halls (AASHE Members Only)

3. Chattahoochee Technical College Campus Receives LEED Gold
The Canton campus of Chattahoochee Technical College (GA) has earned LEED Gold certification. The one-building campus features drought resistant landscaping, light pollution reduction, optimized energy performance and recycling facilities.

Climate

4. Duke U Makes Offset Purchasing Available to Students, Employees
Employees, students and departments at Duke University (NC) can now buy offsets through the Duke Carbon Offsets Initiative to lower the emissions they can't reduce or avoid. The offsets support university-sponsored greenhouse gas emission reduction projects. With offsets starting at $10 per ton of carbon dioxide equivalent, about $30 will offset a year of university-related carbon emissions by an average employee.

Co-Curricular Education

5. CA Institutions to Launch Student Clean Technology Competition
The California Institute of Technology, University of Southern California, OnGreen and University of California, Los Angeles have received a $360,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to accelerate clean technology innovation through student entrepreneurship. A new Western Regional business plan student competition will work to double the number of student groups engaged in clean technology production.

6. Indiana U Rolls Out Student Sustainable Computing Contest
Indiana University has launched a competition designed to make its computing more sustainable. Students will work in groups to create a tool, system or process that addresses at least one of three sustainable computing areas: waste reduction, leveraging IT for campus-wide sustainability gains, and campus sustainability metrics.

Coordination and Planning

7. Arizona State U Expands Global Institute of Sustainability
Arizona State University has partnered with Tecnologico de Monterrey to launch the Latin America office of ASU's Global Institute of Sustainability. The Latin America office will conduct applied, transdisciplinary research to address Latin American issues, offer an innovative curriculum, and develop business solutions and governance models that accelerate the adoption of a sustainable culture.

8. Citrus College Launches Sustainability Pilot Program
In partnership with the California Community College Chancellor's Office, Citrus College will develop a pilot program to serve as a sustainability model for other California community colleges in the 112-college system. A committee of faculty and staff will create a sustainability template that addresses the areas of energy, transportation, recycling and curriculum.

Curriculum

9. Arizona State U Creates Social Justice Graduate Degree
Arizona State University has created a new master's degree in social justice and human rights. The program will offer a non-governmental organization management track and a research track to prepare students for agency careers and doctoral programs in social sciences and law.
See also: AASHE Resource: Graduate Degree Programs in Sustainability

10. U California Davis Extension Launches Sustainability Curriculum
The University of California, Davis Extension has launched a new sustainability studies certificate program. The multidisciplinary collaboration combines aspects of green building, sustainable design and energy. Students will have the ability to take just one course, pursue a whole certificate or choose from a number of courses within a variety of programs.
See also: AASHE Resource: Certificate Programs in Sustainability

Diversity and Affordability

11. California's 'Dream Act' Becomes Law
California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation that will allow illegal immigrants who graduated from high school in-state to receive state financial aid for college, reports the Chronicle of Higher Education. Known as the California Dream Act, the law will allow undocumented students to apply for state grants, fee waivers at community colleges and institutional financial aid at public universities, starting in 2013. In related news, the governor vetoed another bill that would have allowed public colleges to consider race in admissions.

12. Rhode Island Approves In-State Tuition for Undocumented Students
The Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education has approved a measure that allows undocumented students to pay in-state tuition at the state's public institutions. Under the new policy change, in-state rates will be available to undocumented immigrants' children who have attended a high school in the state for at least three years and graduated or received an equivalent degree.

Energy

13. San Diego State U Installs Locally Produced Solar Modules
San Diego State University (CA) has installed 1,680 locally produced solar modules atop a campus parking building. The system is designed to resist wind uplift and mitigate seismic concerns. The Associated Students of San Diego State University funded the system through a student-approved green fee referendum.
See also: New AASHE Resource: Campus Solar Photovoltaic Installations Database

14. U Montana Students Initiate Solar Panel Installation
Students in an environmental studies service learning course at the University of Montana led the recent installation of 10 solar panels on the roof of a campus building. A grant from the Kless Energy Fund and matching funds from the university were used to help launch the project.
See also: New AASHE Resource: Campus Solar Photovoltaic Installations Database

15. Southern Connecticut State U Completes Solar Power System
Southern Connecticut State University has installed 150 solar panels on the roof of a campus dorm. The electricity produced from the solar array will help offset the building's electric consumption.
See also: New AASHE Resource: Campus Solar Photovoltaic Installations Database

Investment

16. Pennsylvania Creates Campus Energy Efficiency Fund
Pennsylvania State Treasurer Rob McCord has unveiled a Campus Energy Efficiency Fund investment opportunity aimed at generating $45 million in campus improvements at as many as 12 schools through projects creating more than 700 jobs. Over the 20-year useful life of these projects, institutions are expected to save $150 million in utility costs and reduce their carbon dioxide footprint by 1.4 million tons. Drexel University has signed on as the inaugural participant.

Transportation

17. Salem State U Partners with City for Bike Share
Salem State University (MA) has partnered with the City of Salem to establish a bike share program. Twenty bikes will be available for public use free of charge, 10 of them downtown and 10 on campus. The university hopes the new program not only provides an alternative transportation option but also helps connect the campus community with the downtown.
See also: AASHE Resource: Campus Bike Share Programs

18. Purdue U Introduces Car Sharing Program
Purdue University (IN) has introduced a new car sharing program on campus through a partnership with Zipcar, Inc. Six cars, including hybrids, will be available to students, faculty and staff for an annual fee of $25 per person.
See also: AASHE Resource: Car Sharing on Campus (AASHE Members Only)

19. U Cincinnati Launches Car Sharing Program
The University of Cincinnati (OH) has partnered with Zipcar, Inc. to launch a campus car sharing program for students, faculty and staff. Zipcars can be reserved via telephone, online and on smartphones.
See also: AASHE Resource: Car Sharing on Campus (AASHE Members Only)

20. U Massachusetts Amherst Debuts Car Sharing Program
The University of Massachusetts Amherst has introduced a car sharing program in partnership with WeCar by Enterprise. Students, faculty, staff and others in the community can sign up for the program.
See also: AASHE Resource: Car Sharing on Campus (AASHE Members Only)

Waste

21. Arkansas State U Installs E-Waste Recycling Bins
Arkansas State University has installed two electronic waste recycling bins. Personal cell phones, rechargeable batteries, ink cartridges and other electronics up to five pounds can be recycled. Facilities Management has partnered with MARCK Recycling and WW Recycling to cover the cost of the bins.
See also: AASHE Resource: E-Waste Programs, Policies and Events (AASHE Members Only)

22. Western Washington U Installs Water Bottle Refilling Stations
Western Washington University has installed three water bottle refilling stations as part of its student-led "Think Outside the Bottle" campaign. The campus Green Energy Fee provided $21,000 to fund the project.
See also: AASHE Resource: Campus Bottled Water Elimination and Reduction

New Resources

23. AASHE 2011 Conference Coverage
Volunteer transcriptionists and AASHE staff covered the sessions and keynotes during the AASHE 2011 conference in Pittsburgh. Coverage including a student-organized protest of the Keystone XL pipeline during President Obama's visit to Pittsburgh and videos of Majora Carter's and Dr. Tim White's keynote speeches are available on AASHE's Campus Sustainability Perspectives blog.

Opportunities

24. AASHE Advisory Council Seeks New Members
AASHE is seeking new members for its Advisory Council. Members are asked to provide advice to the AASHE Board of Directors and staff. New members will be appointed by the AASHE Board of Directors for a three-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2012. For consideration, please email resumes to AASHE Executive Director Paul Rowland at paul.rowland@aashe.org by Oct. 31, 2011.

25. Call for Nominations: ACPA Champion of Sustainability Award
ACPA (College Student Educators International) is currently accepting nominations for its Champion of Sustainability Award. The honor recognizes the contributions and impact of individuals and organizations regarding sustainability who have made a significant impact upon their department and/or campus by incorporating healthy environments, social justice and/or strong economies into student learning, scholarship or administrative processes. Nominations are due by Nov. 18, 2011 and can be e-mailed to kedward2@macalester.edu.

Jobs & Internships

26. Endowed Chair in Sustainability, Berea College
Berea College (KY) invites nominations and applications for the Compton Chair in Sustainability. The successful candidate will lead the sustainability and environmental studies program and provide leadership for the infusion of sustainability throughout each of the college's six academic divisions. Successful applicants will have a Ph.D. or equivalent in any disciplinary area with demonstrated interdisciplinary professional engagement related to sustainability.

27. Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion, Emerson College
Emerson College (MA) seeks a vice president of diversity and inclusion to develop and implement programs and policies that reflect and strengthen the college's commitment to diversity, inclusion and civility. The vice president will also serve on the President's Council and chair the college's Diversity Council to develop action plans for implementing the goals of the plan. The successful candidate should have a master's degree and significant leadership experience in higher education or a related field.

28. Sustainability Program Manager, GreenerU
Boston area-based GreenerU seeks a sustainability program manager to oversee implementation of sustainability programs at colleges and universities. The position will lead in the planning and delivery of operational developments and community engagement in campus sustainability initiatives. The ideal candidate will come from an interdisciplinary educational background and have proven work experience that is directly relevant to sustainability program implementation in the university setting.

29. Professor, Regional Food Production Systems, U Wisconsin Madison
The Department of Horticulture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison seeks a full-time, tenure-track assistant professor to develop a nationally-recognized program of outreach, research and teaching in the area of urban food production systems. Outreach will include training and consultation in innovative food production systems and controlled environments adapted to urban settings of the upper Midwest. The position will also be responsible for teaching a course, mentoring students and performing community service as appropriate. The successful candidate should have a Ph.D. and a strong foundation in agricultural science. The review of applications will begin Nov. 15, 2011.

30. Professor, Sustainability Studies, Pratt Institute
The Pratt Institute (NY) seeks a full-time professor of sustainability studies. Responsibilities will include the development of a sustainability minor as well as teaching, advising and service duties. Successful candidates will have a Ph.D. in a core area of the social sciences or a master's degree in a field related to sustainability studies. The review of applications will begin on Nov. 15, 2011.

31. Professor, Urban Sustainability, Northeastern U
The Law and Public Policy program at Northeastern University (MA) seeks a faculty position in the field of urban sustainability to participate in new college initiatives in interdisciplinary teaching and the internalization of the curriculum. The successful candidate should have an established record of scholarship and research with a focus on urban sustainability and climate change, development, labor markets or urban health. Review of applications will begin immediately.

32. Associate Professor, Environmental Science, Collin College
Collin College (TX) seeks an associate professor in environmental science. A master's degree in a closely related field and teaching experience is required.

33. Faculty, Environmental and Safety Program, Pittsburg State U
Pittsburg State University (KS) seeks two faculty positions for its new environmental and safety program. The new faculty will assist with student recruitment and pursue scholars grants. Successful candidates will have a Bachelor of Science in environmental engineering or a closely related area. The review of applications will begin Nov. 4, 2011.

34. Community Carbon Fund Project Coordinator, Yale U
Yale University (CT) seeks a part-time community carbon fund project coordinator responsible for managing, implementing, developing and promoting the Yale Community Carbon Fund in its third year. During this time, the Carbon Fund will install insulation in local households and solar thermal panels on local nonprofit organizations, tracking the offsets created from these initiatives. The coordinator will foster collaborative working relationships with local municipal and nonprofit organizations to achieve programmatic goals. Successful candidates will have a bachelor's degree and three years of experience in community involvement.

35. Sustainability Coordinator, Chemeketa CC
Chemeketa Community College (OR) seeks a half-time sustainability coordinator to serve as an internal resource in areas related to sustainability practices. Successful candidates will have a minimum of a bachelor's degree with coursework in analytical skills and two years of project coordination or project management experience.

Events

36. Campus Sustainability Day
Oct. 26, 2011; Nationwide
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. Second Nature will host a 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. NWF Campus Ecology Webinar: Green Credentials
Oct. 20, 2011; 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.; Online
As part of its Greener Campus Conference series, National Wildlife Federation's Campus Ecology will host the Greenforce Initiative webinar, "Green Credentials - Examining diverse certifications and other credentials and their role in facilitating green career pathways for lower-skilled adults and others." 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.

Campus Sustainability Discussion Forums Highlights

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38. Inability to Collect STARS Data
This post is about STARS, AASHE's Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System.

As a small college without much history of sustainability-related data collection we have found ourselves without baselines, especially in waste, for any sort of reduction. We are wondering if other small colleges have had similar problems of having no way to collect waste weight data and how they have overcome those challenges. Thanks for any suggestions you may have!

39. Role of Sustainability Coordinators in Sustainability Committees?
I was curious as to what peoples' views and experiences are regarding the role of sustainability coordinators/officers vis a vis campus sustainability committees. Does it work well for the sustainability coordinator to chair or co-chair the committee, or does it work better if the sustainability coordinator takes on a role as the staff member of the committee (e.g., taking direction from the committee)...Any comments will be appreciated!

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