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Table of Contents for 11/15/2011:

NEWS
Affordability and Access 1. Average Student Loan Debt Grew 5% in 2010
2. Student Aid Petition Gathers Thousands of Signatures
3. U Charleston Announces 22% Tuition Cut
4. Occupy Movement Comes to California Campuses
Buildings 5. U British Columbia Debuts Sustainability Living Laboratory
6. Harvard U Lab Renovation Earns LEED Platinum
7. U Kansas Center Wins North America Sustainable Design Award
8. Western Technical College Building Receives LEED Silver
Co-Curricular Education 9. Indiana U Debuts Green Dorm Room Certification Program
Coordination and Planning 10. Ecotech Institute Appoints First Director of Career Services
Dining Services 11. Harvard U Cuts Dining Hall Waste by 56.5%
12. University Chefs Participate in National Eat Local Challenge
Diversity and Inclusion 13. Yale School of Management Forms Diversity Advisory Group
Energy 14. U District Columbia to Undergo Energy Efficiency Upgrades
Funding 15. Stanford U Receives $150 M Gift to Tackle Global Poverty
16. Penn State U Awarded $2.3 M for Organic Agriculture Research
17. U Kentucky to Debut 'Systems Thinking for Sustainability' Program
18. U Idaho Announces Student Sustainability Project Grants
19. Utah State U Opens Green Fee to Student Projects
20. Brandeis U Sustainability Fund Receives $25K Gift
Grounds 21. DePauw U Creates Campus Farm for Students, Community
22. U Chicago Earns National Honors for Green Grounds Management
Public Engagement 23. Washington State U Launches Sustainable Ag Newsletter
Purchasing 24. Florida A&M U Debuts Socially Responsible Apparel
25. U Kentucky Partners with Socially Responsible Apparel Company
Transportation 26. U Illinois Chicago Debuts Online Campus Ride-Matching Service
27. Santa Clara U Announces New Rideshare Social Network
Waste 28. U Denver Reduces Waste with Water Filling Stations
29. Harvard U Faculty Club Works to Eliminate Bottled Water
30. Kirkwood CC Implements Campus Recycling Program

NEW RESOURCES
31. Report: Higher Ed's Role in Adapting to a Changing Climate
32. Department of Ed Sustainability Education Summit Report
33. 'iCreate Sustainability' Educators Website

OPPORTUNITIES
34. STARS Discount for ACUPCC Signatories
35. Deadline Extended for Campus Conservation Nationals 2012
36. Call for Proposals: Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
37. Assistant Professor, Environmental Policy, U Cincinnati
38. Food Literacy Project Coordinator, Harvard U
39. Sustainability Coordinator, Franklin Pierce U
40. Manager, Environmental Sustainability, ARAMARK

EVENTS
41. Community College Sustainability Webinar: Student Engagement
42. Academic Impressions Webinar: Developing a Campus Sustainability Committee

CAMPUS SUSTAINABILITY DISCUSSION FORUMS HIGHLIGHTS
43. Do You Know What You Are Measuring?
44. Plastic Bag Reduction

Update: The STARS webinar, STARS and AASHE Curriculum Initiatives, has been changed to Nov. 16, 2011 at 2 p.m. Eastern.

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News

Affordability and Access

1. Average Student Loan Debt Grew 5% in 2010
A recent report by the Project on Student Debt has revealed that students who graduated from college in 2010 with student loans owed an average of $25,250, up 5 percent from the previous year, reports The New York Times. The report is based on data from more than 1,000 colleges, representing half of all public and private nonprofit four-year schools. The article points out that the average amount of debt would be even higher if the report included profit-making schools, where almost all students take out loans and, according to federal data, borrow about 45 percent more than students at nonprofits. The average debt - once again the highest on record - came as the class of 2010 faced an unemployment rate for new college graduates of 9.1 percent, the highest in recent years. The burden of student loans and the rising default rate has become a central concern of the nationwide Occupy protests.
See also: Previous Bulletin Coverage: Obama Announces Programs to Ease Student Loan Burden
See also: Huffington Post: States with Highest Average Student Debt

2. Student Aid Petition Gathers Thousands of Signatures
A "Statement of Support" from the Student Aid Alliance that calls on Congress to protect Pell Grants, student loans and other financial aid programs from budget cuts has gathered more than 37,000 signatures. The petition will soon be delivered to members of the Super Committee, a bipartisan panel charged with cutting $1 trillion from the nation's budget by the end of November. Signers include students, faculty and administrators from all sectors.

3. U Charleston Announces 22% Tuition Cut
In a deliberate move to attract students who might otherwise be unable to afford college, the University of Charleston (WV) has announced a tuition cut of 22 percent for next year's incoming first-year and transfer students. The university is also guaranteeing at least $5,500 in aid for all returning students.

4. Occupy Movement Comes to California Campuses
Arguing that banks created the country's economic collapse that decimated state budgets and led to massive tuition hikes in recent years, a union-backed group recently organized protests at more than a dozen college campuses in California. The protests are calling on leaders of California's public universities to pledge support for higher taxes on corporations and wealthy individuals as a way to restore funding for jobs and education.
See also: U California System Seeks State Funds to Avoid Tuition Hike

Buildings

5. U British Columbia Debuts Sustainability Living Laboratory
The University of British Columbia has opened the Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability, a $37 million living laboratory aimed at advancing research and innovation on global sustainability challenges. Built to exceed LEED Platinum and Living Building Challenge standards, the facility includes a theatre with visualization and interaction technologies to engage audiences in sustainability and climate change scenarios; indoor environmental quality and building simulation software labs; a building management system that shares building performance in real-time; and a cafe that uses no disposable packaging and serves local and organic food.
See also: AASHE Resource: Academic Centers on Sustainability

6. Harvard U Lab Renovation Earns LEED Platinum
The renovation of Harvard University's (MA) Vlassak Laboratory in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences has achieved LEED Platinum certification. The 2,540-square-foot facility features a heat recovery (enthalpy) wheel in the exhaust system that transfers both heat and humidity into the incoming air, reducing the energy needed to condition the air by up to 75 percent. The renovation also includes digital addressable lighting interface (DALI) systems that allow for time of day control, daylight harvesting, off-hours zone control, occupancy sensors and dimming.
See also: 7 More Harvard U Renovation Projects Earn LEED Gold, Silver
See also: AASHE Resource: Green Science Buildings (AASHE Member Resource)

7. U Kansas Center Wins North America Sustainable Design Award
The University of Kansas' Center for Design Research was recognized along with 10 other projects in a North American competition by the Swiss-based Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction. The center, which will seek LEED Platinum certification, was awarded an Acknowledgement Prize for sustainable strategies including rainwater collection and reuse, a living wall, wind turbines, solar collectors and an electric vehicle charging station.

8. Western Technical College Building Receives LEED Silver
Western Technical College's (WI) Kumm Center has achieved LEED Silver certification. Green building features include energy-efficient lighting and controls, and materials that are non-toxic and high in recycled content.

Co-Curricular Education

9. Indiana U Debuts Green Dorm Room Certification Program
In its inaugural month, the Green Dorm Room Certification Program at Indiana University Bloomington has yielded 40 "green" dorm rooms. The self-certification program gives students access to 40 criteria for earning a “green” certification. The initiative aims to connect students to sustainability-related community and campus organizations, and provide a framework for educating their peers about sustainability.

Coordination and Planning

10. Ecotech Institute Appoints First Director of Career Services
Ecotech Institute (CO), a college focused on preparing America's workforce for careers in renewable energy and sustainable design, has appointed its first director of career services to help graduates find green jobs. In her new position, Susan Pawlak will focus on creating long-term relationships with renewable energy and sustainable companies to match graduates with employers.

Dining Services

11. Harvard U Cuts Dining Hall Waste by 56.5%
A fall 2011 audit of food waste at Harvard University (MA) has revealed a 56.5 percent drop in the average annual weight of food waste in each dining hall since 2005. The audit also showed a 21.6 percent decrease in food waste since last spring, representing a one-semester dip of more than 50,000 annual pounds per dining hall.

12. University Chefs Participate in National Eat Local Challenge
From homemade cheese to white-corn-and-squash-stuffed bell peppers, chefs on college and university campuses nationwide got creative with local ingredients for Bon Appétit Management Company’s recent seventh annual Eat Local Challenge. The initiative encourages chefs to buy all food products from small, owner-operated farms and producers within a 150-mile radius of their locations, with the exception of salt.

Diversity and Inclusion

13. Yale School of Management Forms Diversity Advisory Group
Yale University's (CT) School of Management has launched a Diversity Advisory Group with the goal of boosting diversity in the student body. Composed of 21 students, three faculty advisers and the associate director of admissions, the new committee will be driven by students from multiple areas of the school who will work with administrators to create and implement policy.

Energy

14. U District Columbia to Undergo Energy Efficiency Upgrades
The University of the District of Columbia has been awarded a $65,000 incentive grant from a local utility company for campus energy efficiency upgrades. The university will install new energy-efficient light fixtures and a lighting management program for an estimated energy savings of up to 15 percent.

Funding

15. Stanford U Receives $150 M Gift to Tackle Global Poverty
Stanford University (CA) has received a $150 million donation from an MBA alum and his wife to establish an institute aimed at alleviating global poverty, reports a recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education. Known as SEED, the Stanford Institute on Innovation in Developing Economies will work to develop innovations that improve the lives of people in developing countries and support entrepreneurs as they expand their businesses to solve problems in areas such as transportation, health care and mobile communications.

16. Penn State U Awarded $2.3 M for Organic Agriculture Research
Pennsylvania State University has received a $2.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to investigate how certain cover crops and rotations can improve the production of organic commodities. The study’s goal is to determine whether diverse cover crop mixtures can enhance ecosystem functions. The university’s project is one of 23 in 18 states chosen for funding.

17. U Kentucky to Debut 'Systems Thinking for Sustainability' Program
The University of Kentucky has received $200,000 from the National Science Foundation to implement a three-year curriculum project, "Systems Thinking for Sustainability." As members of collaborative teams, undergraduate students will develop solutions on a variety of scales that tackle challenges involving complex systems where economic, social and technical factors interact.

18. U Idaho Announces Student Sustainability Project Grants
The University of Idaho's Sustainability Center has awarded grants totaling $7,500 to three student-led sustainability projects. The selected projects include the installation and maintenance of a major sub-irrigation system to increase water use efficiency in the university’s nursery; research on the effects of adding biochar, a soil amendment, to compostable wastes; and the purchase and installation of headlights and taillights for student bicycles. The projects will be completed by May 2012.

19. Utah State U Opens Green Fee to Student Projects
Utah State University has announced that it will allot about $30,000 toward its new Blue Goes Green Grant Program, designed to fund student proposals for sustainability projects on campus. The funding will be collected from the university's Blue Goes Green Fee, a student-approved fee of $3 per student. The fee is expected to generate $94,000 for the entire academic year.
See also: AASHE Resource: Student Fees for Sustainability

20. Brandeis U Sustainability Fund Receives $25K Gift
Brandeis University (MA) has received a $25,000 Gift of Inspiration for Education from National Office Furniture. The gift will boost the university's Student Sustainability Fund, enabling the Sustainability Fund Committee to implement larger investment projects and allow students greater opportunities to further campus sustainability initiatives.

Grounds

21. DePauw U Creates Campus Farm for Students, Community
DePauw University (IL) students, faculty and staff are in the midst of creating a campus farm for students to learn more about food, the environment and related socioeconomic issues. Sodexo, a main partner on the project, plans to use much of the produce in the university’s dining halls to increase the amount of local and sustainable food available to students. Inspired by President Obama’s Food Security Initiative, the university's Office of Spiritual Life aims to use the farm to reduce hunger in the area as well as teach the community how to grow and preserve their own food.
See also: AASHE Resource: Campus Supported Agriculture and Farms (AASHE Member Resource)

22. U Chicago Earns National Honors for Green Grounds Management
The University of Chicago (IL) has received a 2011 Green Star Grand Award from the Professional Grounds Management Society. The Green Star Awards program brings national recognition to grounds maintained with a high degree of excellence, including demonstrated sustainable practices and methods.
See also: AASHE Resource: Sustainable Landscaping on Campus

Public Engagement

23. Washington State U Launches Sustainable Ag Newsletter
Washington State University's College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences has launched Green Times, an e-newsletter focused on organic and sustainable agriculture. Directed toward the regional agricultural community, the free resource includes current research news, events, and profiles of farmers and other regional industry professionals.

Purchasing

24. Florida A&M U Debuts Socially Responsible Apparel
Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University’s bookstore has introduced a new socially responsible clothing line by School House. The company’s founder started the company as a student while studying ethical manufacturing in Sri Lanka. School House’s founding mission is to pay workers a fair living wage. All of the company’s production takes place in the U.S.

25. U Kentucky Partners with Socially Responsible Apparel Company
The University of Kentucky has announced that its bookstore will sell a brand of clothing that has committed to higher standards of social responsibility. Alta Gracia manufactures collegiate apparel in overseas factories committed to providing all employees with benefits and a living wage sufficient to cover monthly costs for a family of four.

Transportation

26. U Illinois Chicago Debuts Online Campus Ride-Matching Service
With the goal of reducing the amount of solo campus commuters by 30 percent, the University of Illinois at Chicago's Office of Sustainability and Commuter Student Resource Center have partnered with iCarpool. The online ride-matching service helps connect students and employees who drive a similar daily route to campus, or find others to share the costs of a longer trip.
See also: AASHE Resource: Car Sharing on Campus (AASHE Member Resource)

27. Santa Clara U Announces New Rideshare Social Network
Santa Clara University (CA) has announced a partnership with Zimride to connect drivers in the campus community with riders looking to carpool to class or work. Zimride is a social network that interfaces with Facebook, allowing students, faculty and staff to share commutes or one-time road trips. The university hopes the service will help reduce campus traffic, parking difficulties and provide cost savings to the campus community.

Waste

28. U Denver Reduces Waste with Water Filling Stations
Tracking software on eight water filling stations recently installed at the University of Denver (CO) has revealed an estimated reduction of 72,077 plastic water bottles so far. The university is planning the installation of more stations throughout the rest of the academic year.
See also: AASHE Resource: Campus Bottled Water Elimination and Reduction (AASHE Member Resource)

29. Harvard U Faculty Club Works to Eliminate Bottled Water
Harvard University’s (MA) Faculty Club has partnered with the Office of Sustainability to reduce the club’s environmental footprint by cutting the emissions and waste from the delivery of bottled water. The club has installed new machines that dispense filtered carbonated or still water and has provided employees with reusable clear glass bottles. The university expects that the new machines will eliminate the use of more than 15,000 plastic and glass bottles per year.
See also: AASHE Resource: Bottled Water Elimination and Reduction on Campus (AASHE Member Resource)

30. Kirkwood CC Implements Campus Recycling Program
Kirkwood Community College (IA) has launched a new recycling program, Kirkwood Comingles. The program aims to make recycling easy for students and employees by accepting all materials in a single bin. The college expects the new initiative to help toward its goal to divert 75 percent of campus waste from the landfill by 2014.
See also: AASHE Resource: Campus Recycling and Waste Minimization Policies (AASHE Member Resource)

New Resources

31. Report: Higher Ed's Role in Adapting to a Changing Climate
Supported by Second Nature and Clean Air-Cool Planet, this new report evaluates how colleges and universities are preparing society for a changing climate through their education, research, operations and community engagement activities. The report was developed by the Higher Education Climate Adaptation Committee, a group of 13 leaders in higher education and experts in climate adaptation convened by the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) in March 2011.

32. Department of Ed Sustainability Education Summit Report
The U.S. Department of Education has released a Proceedings Report that provides an overview of its September 2010 "Sustainability Education Summit: Citizenship and Pathways for a Green Economy." Including industry, academic and government representatives' comments from the summit’s four panel sessions, the report recommends ways to advance sustainability education throughout the country.

33. 'iCreate Sustainability' Educators Website
Supported by the McGraw-Hill Research Foundation, this new iCreate Sustainability community website brings together practitioners in business, nonprofits and government with educators to collaborate on education for a sustainable future. Discussions include core competencies, career pathways and national trends.

Opportunities

34. STARS Discount for ACUPCC Signatories
AASHE is offering an exclusive discount on STARS registration to American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) signatories during the month of November. The discount will offer $250 off the registration price for institutions that have not yet signed on to STARS. This offer is available through Nov. 30, 2011.

35. Deadline Extended for Campus Conservation Nationals 2012
The extended registration deadline for Campus Conservation Nationals 2012 ends today, November 15. 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.

36. Call for Proposals: Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference
The 2012 Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference is accepting presentation and workshop proposal submissions until Jan. 5, 2012. Slated for April 16-17, 2012 at the University of Maryland, the conference will look at defining, understanding and creating solutions to sustainability issues facing campuses. Proposals are welcome in the areas of: life cycle of the built environment, community connections, the campus as a learning laboratory, fostering behavior change, and strategic implementation.

Jobs & Internships

37. Assistant Professor, Environmental Policy, U Cincinnati
The University of Cincinnati (OH) is seeking an assistant professor of environmental policy. The tenure track position will conduct research and teach two courses per semester at the graduate or undergraduate levels. Successful candidates will have a Ph.D. and interest in international environmental policy.

38. Food Literacy Project Coordinator, Harvard U
Harvard University's (MA) Hospitality and Dining Services seeks a food literacy project coordinator to cultivate an understanding of food among Harvard students, staff, faculty and the larger community. Focusing on educational efforts including sustainable agriculture, nutrition, food preparation and community, the position will seek academic partnerships with departments including Environmental Sciences and Public Policy. A bachelor's degree is preferred with experience in any/all of the following areas: agriculture and sustainability, nutrition, community service, and food preparation.

39. Sustainability Coordinator, Franklin Pierce U
Franklin Pierce University (NH) seeks a sustainability coordinator for its Rindge Campus. The position will work with faculty, students, staff and senior administration to develop and coordinate programs in sustainability education, recycling, and resource and energy conservation/efficiency. The position will teach up to two sustainability-related courses per semester. Successful candidates will have a master's degree in resources management, environmental science or a closely related discipline. Applications will be accepted through Nov. 30, 2011.

40. Manager, Environmental Sustainability, ARAMARK
Food services provider ARAMARK is seeking a manager of environmental sustainability to enhance its ability to meet clients' environmental interests, including those on higher education campuses. Duties include the management of ARAMARK's Environmental Internship Program; the development of enterprise-wide environmental tools and trainings; and the engagement of employees in environmental volunteerism. Successful candidates will have a minimum of a bachelor's degree related to environmental policy, science or business with experience in environmental issues. To apply, click on the title link above and search for job number: 70657.

Events

41. Community College Sustainability Webinar: Student Engagement
Nov. 16, 2011; 1:00 p.m. Eastern; Online
Hosted by Johnson County Community College (KS), the November installment of the Community College Sustainability Webinar series will look at engaging students in sustainability at community colleges, where students tend to spend little time on campus. The webinar will include the results of a recent survey held at Johnson County Community College regarding student attitudes towards sustainability.

42. 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.

Campus Sustainability Discussion Forums Highlights

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43. Do You Know What You Are Measuring?
Over the past couple decades, the very concept of recycling rates has become badly abused, so much so that I have colleagues that have called for their outright end. In part this is because somewhere along the line they stopped being a benchmarking tool (for which they are quite valuable), and started being the end-all goal for how programs were designed, expanded, and judged...

44. Plastic Bag Reduction
I am looking for campuses that have done any efforts regarding plastic bag reduction- taxes, incentives, etc. Anyone have any examples that they would like to share?

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