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Table of Contents for 11/22/2011:

NEWS
Affordability and Access 1. Student Debt, Rising Tuition Protests Heat Up in U.S. and Canada
Buildings 2. Oberlin College Music Conservatory Awarded LEED Gold
3. U Denver Renovation Receives EPA Energy Star Certification
4. Texas State U San Marcos Earns First LEED Certification
Co-Curricular Education 5. Temple U Fraternity Participates in Energy Audit
Coordination and Planning 6. Duke U Awards First Green Workplace Certifications
7. Baylor U Launches Green Meeting Certification Program
8. Yale U Debuts Online Sustainability Campus Tour
Curriculum 9. SUNY Oswego Creates New Sustainability Minor
10. Yale U Students Perform 'Energy Blitz'
Diversity and Inclusion 11. Cornell U Students Call for Transgender Friendly Bathrooms
12. Yale Medical School Actively Recruiting Gay Applicants
Energy 13. Hobart and William Smith Colleges Powered Solely by Wind
14. Edinboro U Unveils Solar Array, Energy Kiosks
15. Goshen College Begins Fitness Center Solar Panel Installation
16. Carleton College Installs Second Wind Turbine
Funding 17. San Francisco State U Awarded $1.1 M from Department of Energy
18. College of Marin Receives Grant to Expand Organic Farm
19. Western Michigan U Receives $700K for Solar Panels
Transportation 20. Grand Valley State U Plans Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
Waste 21. U California Berkeley Stadium Strives for Zero Waste
22. Cornell U Shifts to Single Stream Recycling
23. MIT Debuts 'Reverse Vending Machine'
24. U Chicago Diverts One-Third of Homecoming Waste

NEW RESOURCES
25. New AASHE Resource: Campus Sustainability-Related Blogs Database
26. New AASHE Blog: Staying Aligned with STARS
27. Academic Impressions: Proactive Deferred Maintenance Strategies

OPPORTUNITIES
28. Earthzine Third Annual Student Essay and Blogging Contest
29. Student 'Documerica' Challenge
30. Tribal Energy Program Summer Internships
31. USGBC Membership Discount for AASHE Members

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
32. Faculty, Earth and Environmental Sciences, U Michigan
33. Assistant Professor, Energy Policy, Penn State U
34. Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies, Drew U
35. Assistant Professor, Sustainable Built Environments, U Mass
36. Assistant Professor, Environmental Sustainability, Philadelphia U
37. Sustainability Programs Coordinator, Emory U
38. Program Specialist, Sustainable Agriculture, Seward County CC
39. Fellowship Program Assistant, Pace Center, Princeton U
40. Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Erb Institute, U Michigan

CAMPUS SUSTAINABILITY DISCUSSION FORUMS HIGHLIGHTS
41. 'Mix and Match' Transit Pass (ACUPCC)
42. Calculating Local Food
43. Natural Ventilation Building Examples in Hot Humid Climates

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News

Affordability and Access

1. Student Debt, Rising Tuition Protests Heat Up in U.S. and Canada
A recent story in The Christian Science Monitor profiles the wave of protests on U.S. college and university campuses that are being held in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street. With rallies and walk-outs from classes, students are protesting rising costs of tuition, student debt and weak job prospects. Stating that students at more than 120 institutions have participated in protests so far, the article compares the galvanizing issue to the civil rights and Vietnam War student protests of the 1960s.

On the West coast, the University of California, Davis was home to one of the most controversial incidents as students staging a peaceful sit-in were pepper-sprayed by police officers. Students at the University of California, Berkeley who were setting up an Occupy tent city on campus were beaten and arrested by police in riot gear who broke up the encampment.

On the East coast, protesters from the Occupy Boston movement, local unions and area colleges marched with the message that higher education is becoming too costly for all but the privileged. Roughly 50 New Jersey City University faculty, staff and students also rallied in protest of state cuts to higher education and the high cost of student loans.

In Canada, tens of thousands of university students in Quebec recently demonstrated against a proposed tuition increase of $325 a year over a five-year period. Tuition fees have been frozen for 33 of the past 43 years in Quebec. The planned hike would provide the province with $850 million more in operating revenues. Students boycotted classes during the largely peaceful protest.
See also: Previous Bulletin Coverage: Occupy Movement Comes to California Campuses
See also: Previous Bulletin Coverage: Rising Tuitions Incite National Student Protests

Buildings

2. Oberlin College Music Conservatory Awarded LEED Gold
Oberlin College's (OH) new music conservatory has earned LEED Gold certification. Completed in 2010 for $15.5 million, the 37,000-square-foot Bertram and Judith Kohl building was designed to achieve an energy performance 50 percent beyond the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) baseline. It features a geothermal heating and cooling system, and a green roof for stormwater management. Construction materials were regionally manufactured and sustainably harvested, and 90 percent of the construction waste was transported to a local recycling facility.

3. U Denver Renovation Receives EPA Energy Star Certification
The University of Denver's (CO) three-year overhaul and energy upgrade of the Johnson-McFarlane residence hall has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star certification. Buildings that earn the certification typically use an average of 35 percent less energy and release 35 percent less carbon dioxide than their peers. The renovation includes better insulated windows, an upgraded heating system, more efficient hot water exchangers and upgraded lighting.
See also: AASHE Resource: Green Residence Halls (AASHE Member Resource)

4. Texas State U San Marcos Earns First LEED Certification
Texas State University, San Marcos' Nursing Building has received the first LEED certification for the campus. Green features of the LEED Silver building include efficient use of energy, lighting, water and materials.

Co-Curricular Education

5. Temple U Fraternity Participates in Energy Audit
As part of a partnership between Temple University's (PA) Office of Sustainability and the Intrafraternity Council's Greeks Go Green organization, members of Kappa Delta Rho recently participated in an energy audit of their fraternity house. The fraternity members will replicate the energy-saving tasks they learned from a representative at the Philadelphia-based Energy Coordinating Agency in nine other fraternity houses in the Interfraternity Council.

Coordination and Planning

6. Duke U Awards First Green Workplace Certifications
Duke University (NC) has awarded five office units with its first Green Workplace certifications. Recognizing work areas that formally assess how they are reducing their environmental footprint, the certification process includes a checklist of sustainable practices ranging from double-sided printing to using eco-friendly dishwashing soap in a break room. A work area that follows at least 40 of the checklist's 57 items can apply for certification and permission to post the Duke Green Workplace seal in its office and on materials.
See also: AASHE Resource: Green Office Programs (AASHE Member Resource)

7. Baylor U Launches Green Meeting Certification Program
Baylor University’s (TX) Department of Sustainability has launched a Green Meeting Certification program, which seeks to make on-campus meetings more environmentally friendly. Departments can apply for certification online and receive environmental scores ranging from “bronze” to “green” that are valid for one year. The website lists methods to reduce waste such as electronic communication, recycling, reusable utensils and saving leftover food.

8. Yale U Debuts Online Sustainability Campus Tour
The Yale Visitor Center has collaborated with Yale University's (CT) Office of Sustainability to launch an online sustainability tour of campus. Featuring Gardens & Grounds, Buildings and Energy sections, the tour highlights campus green roofs, LEED buildings, renewable energy installations, compost tea studies and rainwater capture systems.

Curriculum

9. SUNY Oswego Creates New Sustainability Minor
The State University of New York, Oswego has approved a new sustainability minor to provide students with greater knowledge and experience in environmental issues and the growing job market related to sustainability. Requirements include core courses in geology, economics and political science.
See also: AASHE Resource: Minors in Sustainability

10. Yale U Students Perform 'Energy Blitz'
As part of an environmental studies course assignment, a group of students at Yale University (CT) recently performed an "Energy Blitz," monitoring outdoor light sources across campus over a 24-hour period. In addition to increasing student awareness and involvement in energy-related issues, the assignment aims to determine what changes can be made to the current outdoor lighting system to use less energy. Once the data is collected and analyzed, the students will present their findings to the Office of Facilities to implement energy saving measures.

Diversity and Inclusion

11. Cornell U Students Call for Transgender Friendly Bathrooms
In support of the transgender community on campus, Cornell University's (NY) Student Assembly has passed a resolution that calls for the conversion of every single-stall bathroom on campus to a gender-neutral facility. The resolution, which will now go before administrative bodies on campus, also prescribes the inclusion of gender-neutral bathrooms in all future university buildings.

12. Yale Medical School Actively Recruiting Gay Applicants
In an effort to increase an underrepresented demographic group as physicians, Yale University's (CT) School of Medicine is actively recruiting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender applicants for the first time. The university has created a brochure aimed at those applicants and is considering adding a section to the application where students can identify their sexual orientation.

Energy

13. Hobart and William Smith Colleges Powered Solely by Wind
Hobart and William Smith Colleges (NY) has announced a partnership with a renewable energy marketer and developer to supply all of its electricity needs with wind energy. The college will purchase Renewable Energy Certificates equal to 100 percent of the campus' electricity use, which will be matched annually with wind energy entering the electricity grid in the U.S. The effort is expected to offset the equivalent of about 8,275 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year.

14. Edinboro U Unveils Solar Array, Energy Kiosks
Edinboro University (PA) has unveiled a $1.16 million array of solar panels that will partially power the McComb Fieldhouse, where most of the university's sporting events take place. The array is expected to produce 251,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity each year. Students and staff will be able to monitor the energy produced through two kiosks installed in the Fieldhouse and Cooper Science building. The project was partially funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and the U.S. Department of Energy.
See also: New AASHE Resource: Campus Solar Photovoltaic Installations Database

15. Goshen College Begins Fitness Center Solar Panel Installation
Goshen College (IN) has begun a solar panel installation to heat the water for its recreation and fitness center. Members of the Sun Shower Collective, consisting of students, faculty and staff, began planning the project in the fall of 2008 and expect to complete the installation by the end of this year. Individual donors and a grant from the Ecological Stewardship Committee funded the project.

16. Carleton College Installs Second Wind Turbine
Carleton College (MN) has installed its second wind turbine. The turbine will provide power directly to the college’s electrical grid and is expected to provide one-third of the annual energy needs of the campus. The installation was made possible by a gift from two alumni.
See also: AASHE Resource: Wind Power on Campus (AASHE Member Resource)

Funding

17. San Francisco State U Awarded $1.1 M from Department of Energy
San Francisco State University (CA) has received a new five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Energy totaling $1.1 million for the continuation of the School of Engineering's Industrial Assessment Center. The center provides students with training to improve the energy efficiency of manufacturing plants with a focus on reducing carbon footprints, conserving energy and cutting costs.

18. College of Marin Receives Grant to Expand Organic Farm
The California Community College chancellor’s office has awarded a $233,000 grant to the College of Marin (CA) to expand the regional teaching organic farm laboratory into a self-sustaining, expanded farm production operation. With the help of more than $200,000 in matching grants, students will have access to expanded core curriculum and a new certificate program.
See also: AASHE Resource: Campus Supported Agriculture and Farms (AASHE Member Resource)

19. Western Michigan U Receives $700K for Solar Panels
Western Michigan University has received a $700,000 grant from the Department of Energy to install solar panels on campus. The energy generated will be used for electric car charging stations and additional energy will be fed back into the university’s electrical grid.

Transportation

20. Grand Valley State U Plans Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
Grand Valley State University (MI) has announced plans to install five dual and two single electric vehicle charging stations. The stations will be provided by Chargepoint America, a regional effort led by the West Michigan Strategic Alliance and West Michigan Energy.

Waste

21. U California Berkeley Stadium Strives for Zero Waste
The University of California, Berkeley has announced that its renovated California Memorial Stadium will reopen in September 2012 as a zero waste zone. The effort is a collaboration between the university's Cal Athletics, Campus Recycling and Refuse Services, along with recycling collection company Recology. To help reach the goal, concessions, catering and merchandise partners will modify their menus and packaging, and bins for recycling and composting will replace trash containers.

22. Cornell U Shifts to Single Stream Recycling
Cornell University (NY) has announced a switch to single stream recycling to help reduce landfill waste and increase the cost-efficiency of waste handling. The university hopes to see a five percent increase in recycling across campus.
See also: AASHE Resource: Campus Recycling and Waste Minimization Policies (AASHE Member Resource)

23. MIT Debuts 'Reverse Vending Machine'
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has partnered with Greenbean Recycling to pilot a Reverse Vending Machine. Students can type their phone number on a touch screen and deposit recyclables into the vending machine to be sorted for recycling. A bar-code reader inside counts the number of deposited items and uploads the data to the Greenbean website. Students can track their progress online and engage in friendly competition with fellow classmates on a recycling leaderboard. Greenbean is also offering prizes and other rewards to help increase recycling rates among students.

24. U Chicago Diverts One-Third of Homecoming Waste
During its recent annual homecoming celebration, the University of Chicago (IL) diverted approximately one third of the event waste from the landfill with a compost program. An effort of the university's Dining Services and Green Campus Initiative, guests were encouraged to bring their plates, cups, utensils and extra food to compost stations.

New Resources

25. New AASHE Resource: Campus Sustainability-Related Blogs Database
AASHE has released a new and improved database of campus sustainability blogs by host type, featuring links to more than 50 blogs hosted by campuses, individuals, nonprofits and businesses.

26. New AASHE Blog: Staying Aligned with STARS
This new blog post from AASHE's STARS team outlines the features of the free, monthly STARS Update. From STARS website and reporting tool updates to news from the STARS Steering Committee, the e-newsletter keeps the higher education community up-to-date on the latest STARS information.

27. Academic Impressions: Proactive Deferred Maintenance Strategies
As higher education institutions are caught between a growing deferred maintenance backlog and increasing needs for capital expansion as they compete for students, faculty and research dollars, it is critical to develop a sustainable model for funding facilities replacement and renewal, says this recent Academic Impressions article. The article provides examples of proactive approaches to deferred maintenance including an initiative at the University of Wisconsin-Madison that uses energy and water savings from efficiency projects to fund maintenance efforts.

Opportunities

28. Earthzine Third Annual Student Essay and Blogging Contest
Earthzine, an online publication dedicated to promoting the societal benefits of Earth observation and Earth information, invites undergraduate and graduate students from around the world to submit an essay for its Third Annual College and University Student Essay and Blogging Contest. Winners will share $1,200 in prizes for this year's contest, themed "How Can Earth Observation Help Us to Build a More Sustainable World?" The submission deadline is Dec. 22, 2011.

29. Student 'Documerica' Challenge
The National Archives and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency invite students to submit an original photo, poem, graphic or multimedia video that shares how they see the state of the environment today. The deadline is Jan. 6, 2012.

30. Tribal Energy Program Summer Internships
The U.S. Department of Energy's Tribal Energy Program is seeking Native American students for 2012 summer internships at Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico. Interns will gain experience with on-grid photovoltaic installations; off-grid photovoltaic electricity systems; off-grid PV/small wind hybrid systems; large-scale commercial wind farms; and solar power towers. Applications will be accepted through Feb. 17, 2012.

31. USGBC Membership Discount for AASHE Members
As a special opportunity for AASHE members, the U.S. Green Building Council is offering a 10 percent discount on its membership dues. The offer expires in June 2012.

Jobs & Internships

32. Faculty, Earth and Environmental Sciences, U Michigan
The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Michigan seeks candidates in the areas of energy/mineral resources and climate change/water sustainability at the assistant, associate or full professor level. Successful candidates are expected to establish an independent research program and contribute to undergraduate and graduate teaching. The review of applications will begin on Dec. 15, 2011.

33. Assistant Professor, Energy Policy, Penn State U
The Department of Geography at Pennsylvania State University seeks a tenure-track assistant professor with expertise in energy policy. Potential topics of interest include sustainability and integrated assessment of energy systems; and scale linkages between national policy and state and local energy function. Successful candidates will have strong commitments to teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, productive scholarship and extramural research funding. A Ph.D. in geography, energy and environmental economics, interdisciplinary energy and environmental studies or a related field is required. The review of applications will begin on Jan. 3, 2012.

34. Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies, Drew U
Drew University (NJ) seeks a tenure-track assistant professor of biology, environmental studies and sustainability. Responsibilities include teaching marine ecology courses and other courses related to the environment, as well as an active research program involving undergraduates. The successful candidate should have a Ph.D. in a related field. The review of applications will begin Dec. 16, 2011.

35. Assistant Professor, Sustainable Built Environments, U Mass
The University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Architecture and Design Program seeks an assistant professor of sustainable buildings and communities. The position includes teaching and advising undergraduate and graduate students, as well as research efforts. Successful candidates will have a focus in one or more areas of sustainable design and development, demonstrated through research, peer-reviewed publications and creative work. A professional degree in architecture and a demonstrated commitment to sustainability is required. The review of applications will begin Jan. 17, 2012.

36. Assistant Professor, Environmental Sustainability, Philadelphia U
The College of Science, Health and the Liberal Arts at Philadelphia University (PA) is seeking applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor for its undergraduate environmental sustainability program and general education core curriculum. Teaching responsibilities will include courses in renewable energy and energy policy, sustainable development, environmental politics and global politics. Successful candidates will have a Ph.D. (or expected completion by spring 2012) in sustainability, environmental studies, environmental policy, or a related field. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in organizing community-based and/or service learning projects.

37. Sustainability Programs Coordinator, Emory U
Emory University's (GA) Office of Sustainability Initiatives is seeking applicants for a new sustainability programs coordinator position. The position will help coordinate sustainability education, outreach and publicity efforts; work with students, staff and faculty to reduce campus impacts; and track and report sustainability progress on campus. Successful applicants will have a bachelor's degree and two years of sustainability-related experience. To apply, click on the title link above and search for job requisition number: 25110BR. Applications will be accepted through Dec. 2, 2011.

38. Program Specialist, Sustainable Agriculture, Seward County CC
Seward County Community College (KS) seeks a program specialist in sustainable agriculture to help develop curriculum, as well as pilot, evaluate and revise courses. Additional responsibilities include developing a practicum or internship agreements with regional employers. The program is funded through a five-year U.S. Department of Education Hispanic-Serving Institutions program. The review of applications will begin Nov. 28, 2011.

39. Fellowship Program Assistant, Pace Center, Princeton U
Princeton University (NJ) seeks an internship and fellowship program assistant to provide support to multiple undergraduate summer internship and post-graduate fellowship programs managed by the Pace Center for Civic Engagement. Primary responsibilities and projects will include marketing and recruitment efforts, website and database maintenance, application processing, interview scheduling and communication with Princeton students and external partner organizations. Successful candidates will have a high school degree and one to three years of work related experience.

40. Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Erb Institute, U Michigan
The University of Michigan's Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise invites applications for a post-doctoral fellowship from candidates working in social sustainability who are at the beginning of their academic careers, having received a Ph.D. or comparable degree between June 1, 2010 and Aug. 30, 2012. Fellows are appointed for two years and are expected to be in residence during the academic years of the fellowship and to devote time to their independent research. Preference will be given to applications received by Dec. 16, 2011.

Campus Sustainability Discussion Forums Highlights

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41. 'Mix and Match' Transit Pass (ACUPCC)
This post is about the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC).

We are looking into a "mix and match" type transit pass that would allow students and/or employees to use various modes of transportation on the days that work for them (i.e. combining carpool with a transit pass and a couple of daily parking permits). Is anyone implementing this type of program/permit? And if so, do you have information regarding implementation costs, etc. that you might provide? Any info would be greatly appreciated!

42. Calculating Local Food
We have been calculating our local food spend and are faced with an issue that I was wondering if others encountered. For many processed foods, they can have a partial local element, either manufactured locally but not using local ingredients (like our tomato sauce) or part of the ingredients are local but not the entire product (like many baked goods). Have others encountered this issue and how did you deal with it?

43. Natural Ventilation Building Examples in Hot Humid Climates
I am involved with a new project at the University of Hawaii-Hilo. The climate is hot and it rains over 10 feet per year. I am looking for successful examples of naturally ventilated campus buildings in this type of climate. Rain, mold and corrosion are huge problems.

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