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Table of Contents for 12/6/2011:

NEWS
Affordability and Access 1. White House Gathers College Leaders to Address Affordability
2. Education Secretary Urges Action to Contain College Costs
3. U California Board of Regents Urged to Lower Tuition
4. Protesters Rally Against CUNY Tuition Increase
Buildings 5. San Diego Miramar College Police Station to Seek LEED Platinum
6. U California Irvine Humanities Bldg Earns LEED Platinum
7. Carnegie Mellon U Centers Achieve LEED Gold
8. Harvard U Kennedy School Auditorium Awarded LEED Gold
9. U Florida Office Building Earns LEED Gold
10. U Winnipeg Achieves LEED Silver with 2 Buildings
Co-Curricular Education 11. U Texas San Antonio Solicits Student Campus Sustainability Ideas
Coordination and Planning 12. U Maryland Launches Environmental Council
13. U Maryland Launches Green Office Program
14. Marshall U Hires First Environmental Specialist
15. Green Mountain College Appoints New Sustainability Coordinator
16. Yale U Names New Sustainable Food Project Director
Curriculum 17. San Diego State U Launches Sustainability Degree Program
Dining Services 18. U Florida Removes Plastic Foam from Dining Halls
Energy 19. U North Dakota Pilots Project to Reduce its Use of Coal
20. Mid-South CC Debuts Renewable Energy Center
21. U Texas San Antonio Installs 170 kW Solar Research Grid
22. Broome CC to Teach with Solar Panels
23. Utah State U Debuts 33.5 kW Solar Array
Funding 24. Danville Area CC Receives $416K for Hybrid Wind Training
Human Resources 25. Living Wage Campaign Succeeds at Vanderbilt U
Purchasing 26. Central Michigan U Earns National Green Cleaning Recognition
Transportation 27. Drexel U Introduces Car Sharing Program
Waste 28. U Tennessee Knoxville Incentivizes Reusable Mugs

NEW RESOURCES
29. New AASHE Blog: Higher Education's Future - Not Failing the 3R's
30. New AASHE Blog: Kicking off COP 17 in Durban, South Africa
31. New AASHE Guest Blog: The 4 C's to Recycling Success
32. New Book: Ecologically Sustainable Reforms in Curriculum

OPPORTUNITIES
33. New AASHE Faculty Fellows Program
34. Call for Entries: AASHE's 'Higher Education Occupation' Project
35. Call for AASHE 2012 Conference Steering Committee Members
36. Call for STARS Steering Committee Members
37. Call for STARS Technical Advisors
38. Food Systems Journal Discount for AASHE Member Libraries
39. Call for Proposals: CA Higher Education Sustainability Conference

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
40. Chair, Environmental Studies, U Colorado Boulder
41. Professor, Sustainability, U North Carolina Chapel Hill
42. Faculty, Sustainability, Bunker Hill CC
43. Outreach Specialist, Sustainable Food Systems, Michigan State U
44. Commuter Choice Program Coordinator, Harvard U

EVENTS
45. STARS Webinar: Looking Back and Moving Forward
46. Academic Impressions Webinar: Greening Athletics Operations

CAMPUS SUSTAINABILITY DISCUSSION FORUMS HIGHLIGHTS
47. Campus Energy Conservation and Efficiency Checklists
48. Waste Audits


News

Affordability and Access

1. White House Gathers College Leaders to Address Affordability
Inside Higher Ed reports that President Obama has called the leaders of 10 colleges and state university systems to a "highly unusual" meeting at the White House to discuss affordability and productivity in higher education. "Amid an increasing focus on student debt and college prices, the event seems to signal that the Obama administration will make those issues a focus going into the 2012 campaign," says the article. The guest list is drawn largely from public institutions and includes leaders of large state systems, public universities, a statewide community college system and two private institutions.

2. Education Secretary Urges Action to Contain College Costs
“As Occupy movement protests helped push spiraling college costs into the national spotlight,” reports a recent New York Times article, Education Secretary Arne Duncan has called for urgent action to contain costs and reduce student debt. Duncan outlined three department initiatives including plans to replace the expiring Perkins loan program with campus-based, low-cost student loans; incentive grants rewarding changes that increase completion rates and close achievement gaps; and a fund to support programs that use innovation to accelerate learning and hold down tuition. The article references the Occupy Student Debt Campaign, which spawned recently from Occupy Wall Street and asks for zero interest on student debt, federally financed public higher education, and the forgiveness of all existing debt.
See also: House Subcommittee Seeks Ways to Shrink College Costs

3. U California Board of Regents Urged to Lower Tuition
Students and faculty members recently addressed the University of California's Board of Regents to discuss the state's budget problems and gradual retreat from supporting higher education, reports a recent Chronicle of Higher Education article. Held by teleconference to hear public comment, people urged board members and administrators to support the "ReFund California Pledge," which calls for raising taxes on the wealthiest Californians, closing tax loopholes and lowering tuition.

4. Protesters Rally Against CUNY Tuition Increase
About a thousand students, faculty members and sympathetic supporters recently marched in opposition to a tuition increase that the City University of New York's Board of Trustees has approved. A Chronicle of Higher Education article reports that some protestors came in order to address the university's response to confrontation between campus security officers and protesters, which ended in 15 arrests. Other protestors said they understood the financial complexities behind the increase, but believed the student movement deserved their support. The long-term tuition plan will increase costs by $300 annually for five years, with the first year's increase already in effect.

Buildings

5. San Diego Miramar College Police Station to Seek LEED Platinum
San Diego Miramar College (CA) has opened its new Police Station and parking structure. The station will pursue LEED Platinum certification with sustainability elements that include a green roof and green screen, reclaimed water for flushing toilets and all irrigation needs, and a tower that serves as a solar chimney and creates a flow of natural ventilation.

6. U California Irvine Humanities Bldg Earns LEED Platinum
The University of California, Irvine has earned its first LEED Platinum building certification with its Humanities Gateway building. Sustainable features include high-efficiency elevators and a California Cool Room that has a system of reflective coatings to minimize heat reflection.

7. Carnegie Mellon U Centers Achieve LEED Gold
Carnegie Mellon University (PA) has earned LEED Gold certification for both its Gates Center for Computer Science and Hillman Center for Future-Generation Technologies. Sustainable features of both buildings include green roofs, rainwater harvesting systems, and locally sourced and recycled construction materials.
See also: AASHE Resource: Green Science Buildings (AASHE Member Resource)

8. Harvard U Kennedy School Auditorium Awarded LEED Gold
The renovation of the auditorium at Harvard University's (MA) Kennedy School has earned LEED Gold certification. One hundred percent of the furniture was reused in the renovation and 88 percent of the construction waste recycled and reused. Additional sustainable features include a highly efficient HVAC system and low-flow plumbing fixtures.

9. U Florida Office Building Earns LEED Gold
The University of Florida's East Campus Office Building has achieved LEED Gold certification. Thirty percent of the building's materials feature recycled content and nearly 97 percent of on-site construction waste was diverted from landfill.

10. U Winnipeg Achieves LEED Silver with 2 Buildings
The University of Winnipeg (MB) has earned LEED Silver certification from the Canadian Green Building Council for both its McFeetors Hall: Great-West Life Student Residence building and Students' Association Daycare Centre. Both buildings feature aerator faucets, dual flush toilets, energy recovery ventilators, occupancy sensors and energy-efficient light fixtures. Eighty percent of the construction waste was recycled or salvaged.
See also: AASHE Resource: Green Residence Halls (AASHE Member Resource)

Co-Curricular Education

11. U Texas San Antonio Solicits Student Campus Sustainability Ideas
The University of Texas at San Antonio, with support from the United Negro College Fund's Institute for Capacity Building, has launched a contest that invites students to submit implementable and sustainable ideas toward campus sustainability efforts. Winners of the "Campus Greening Idea Contest" will receive prizes including $1,500 for first place.

Coordination and Planning

12. U Maryland Launches Environmental Council
The University of Maryland has created the Council on the Environment, which will draw on researchers and faculty from different departments to seek out new transdisciplinary research opportunities involving multiple campus units, and promote economic development related to environmental initiatives. Internationally, the council will interface with a new 10-year initiative on Earth System Sustainability, which aims to deliver knowledge to enable societies to meet their sustainable development goals in the next decades.

13. U Maryland Launches Green Office Program
The University of Maryland has started rewarding offices on campus for sustainability efforts through its new Green Office Program. The voluntary initiative is designed to generate campus-wide results by increasing sustainability consciousness on a personal level. After completing a checklist of five items including a green office pledge, an environmental audit, and the appointment of a green office representative to oversee sustainability efforts, participants can choose to pursue a gold, silver or bronze level of certification.
See also: AASHE Resource: Green Office Programs (AASHE Member Resource)

14. Marshall U Hires First Environmental Specialist
Marshall University (WV) has appointed Travis Bailey as its first environmental specialist. Bailey will work to incorporate better construction practices and green infrastructure into the university's pre-planned $100 million projects including bio retention sites, rain gardens and green roofs.

15. Green Mountain College Appoints New Sustainability Coordinator
Green Mountain College (VT) has named Bethany Clarke as its new sustainability coordinator. Clarke has worked for the past four years in the sustainable energy industry. As an associate project manager for General Electric, she led a cross-functional team during the delivery, installation and commissioning of 336 wind turbines.

16. Yale U Names New Sustainable Food Project Director
Yale University's (CT) Sustainable Food Project has appointed Mark Bomford as its new director. Bomford, who previously led sustainable food efforts at the University of British Columbia, will lead the Sustainable Food Project's campus organic farm and educational programs.

Curriculum

17. San Diego State U Launches Sustainability Degree Program
San Diego State University's (CA) College of Arts and Letters has announced a new bachelor's degree in sustainability that will launch in fall 2012. The new major will prepare students for careers in sustainable business, public policy, sustainability education and other fields.
See also: AASHE Resource: Bachelor's Degree Programs in Sustainability

Dining Services

18. U Florida Removes Plastic Foam from Dining Halls
The University of Florida has eliminated plastic foam products in its Gator Dining locations. By replacing plastic foam cups and to-go containers with paper-based products that are compostable or recyclable, the university expects to save 24,000 pounds of waste from the landfill per year.
See also: AASHE Resource: Sustainable Dining Initiatives on Campus (AASHE Member Resource)

Energy

19. U North Dakota Pilots Project to Reduce its Use of Coal
The University of North Dakota has announced a pilot project to reduce the use of coal at its campus power plant by 10 to 20 percent using glycerin, a product originally derived from canola oil. The university has partnered with Benchmark Energy Corp., which is planning to build a local plant that can refine up to nine million gallons of glycerin a year. The university will purchase 45,000 gallons of glycerin a month during the pilot phase.

20. Mid-South CC Debuts Renewable Energy Center
Mid-South Community College (AR) has opened a $9 million renewable energy facility for green jobs training. The 35,000-square-foot center also houses a biofuel production facility.

21. U Texas San Antonio Installs 170 kW Solar Research Grid
The University of Texas at San Antonio has installed a 170-kilowatt solar grid, split between two roofs on campus. In addition to generating power for 10 electric vehicle charging stations, data collected from wireless monitoring of the grid will be used to provide insight on how cities might use solar power to meet a larger portion of electricity demand. The university expects to save $86,000 a year in electricity costs.
See also: New AASHE Resource: Campus Solar Photovoltaic Installations Database

22. Broome CC to Teach with Solar Panels
With the aim of providing students with hands-on alternative energy experience, Broome Community College (NY) has announced plans to install 16 solar panels on its Applied Technology building. The $20,000 project was funded through the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority.

23. Utah State U Debuts 33.5 kW Solar Array
Funded in part through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Utah State University has installed a 33.5-kilowatt photovoltaic solar array. The system includes 108 modules integrated into the architecture of the building and will be monitored through an online interface.
See also: New AASHE Resource: Campus Solar Photovoltaic Installations Database

Funding

24. Danville Area CC Receives $416K for Hybrid Wind Training
Danville Area Community College (IL) has received a $416,404 grant to develop a hybrid wind energy technician program in partnership with Highland Community College (IL). The funding is part of a $19.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Initiative, distributed among 17 Illinois Green Energy Network hub colleges that will work cooperatively to develop certificate and degree programs for green economy workforce training.

Human Resources

25. Living Wage Campaign Succeeds at Vanderbilt U
A Living Wage campaign organized by unions and social justice groups has resulted in increased wages at Vanderbilt University (TN). The university has increased its starting wage to nearly $11 an hour.

Purchasing

26. Central Michigan U Earns National Green Cleaning Recognition
Central Michigan University has received the "Grand Award" in the higher education category of the 2011 Green Cleaning Award for Schools and Universities, sponsored by American School & University magazine, the Green Cleaning Network and Healthy Schools Campaign. The award recognizes educational institutions that have exemplary green cleaning programs and practices among custodial staff. Over a five-year period, the university has reduced its chemical inventories throughout campus buildings by more than half.
See also: AASHE Resource: Green Cleaning Procurement Policies (AASHE Member Resource)

Transportation

27. Drexel U Introduces Car Sharing Program
Drexel University (PA) has partnered with Zipcar, Inc. to launch a campus car sharing program for students, faculty and staff. The university will initially offer eight Zipcars.
See also: AASHE Resource: Car Sharing on Campus (AASHE Member Resource)

Waste

28. U Tennessee Knoxville Incentivizes Reusable Mugs
With the goal of keeping 100,000 single-use cups out of the landfill this year, the University of Tennessee at Knoxville has launched the campus-wide Mug Project. Dining locations across campus are offering a discount on any beverage for those that bring their own reusable container in place of the standard single-use cups.

New Resources

29. New AASHE Blog: Higher Education's Future - Not Failing the 3R's
"As I look at the future of higher education I see three things institutions must do better to survive (not just succeed but survive)," writes AASHE Executive Director Paul Rowland in this new blog. Incorporating Relevance, Responsibility and Relationships, Rowland describes the "3R" framework that he sees as essential to the future of higher education.

30. New AASHE Blog: Kicking off COP 17 in Durban, South Africa
For those who can't make it to Durban, South Africa this year for the 17th Conference of Parties (COP 17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, this AASHE blog is following the action as 194 parties convene to discuss global solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adopt resolutions to strategically address climate change. The blog includes resources from Climate Action Network International and SustainUS, among others.

31. New AASHE Guest Blog: The 4 C's to Recycling Success
A new AASHE guest blog by the University of Michigan’s Alison Richardson, who works in the university's Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling, summarizes key take-aways and findings from the office’s compilation of recycling best practices among top recycling buildings on campus. These best practices were condensed into a guide to help lower-performing buildings boost their recycling rates.
See also: AASHE Resource: Campus Recycling and Waste Minimization Policies (AASHE Member Resource)

32. New Book: Ecologically Sustainable Reforms in Curriculum
Eco-Justice Press has released a new book by C. A. Bowers, "Educational Reforms for the 21st Century: How to Introduce Ecologically Sustainable Reforms in Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies." The book introduces pedagogical strategies for addressing the linguistic colonization of the present by the past; the teacher’s role as a cultural mediator between the cultural commons and consumer-dependent experiences; and how computers contribute to the enclosure of the cultural commons.

Opportunities

33. New AASHE Faculty Fellows Program
AASHE invites members to apply for its new AASHE Faculty Fellows Program beginning Jan. 25, 2012. Faculty fellows will use their expertise to help AASHE advance sustainability by meeting its educational goals. The fellows will also work directly in the development and management of the new AASHE Faculty Commons, a new interactive web-based format that will feature faculty fellows as experts who convene other faculty in thinking about critical issues in curriculum development and transformation. Applications will be accepted through Jan. 3, 2012. One fellowship will be awarded in January 2012 to launch the initiative. The selection will be made by Jan. 15, 2012. For questions contact cindy@aashe.org.

34. Call for Entries: AASHE's 'Higher Education Occupation' Project
The connection between the Occupy movement and the establishment of a just and sustainable society is sometimes clear and sometimes foggy. To better help us all understand the relationship, AASHE is soliciting the thoughts of the higher education community. Students, faculty, staff and administrators: we invite you to submit a photo and statement of 100 words or less on what the Occupy movement means to you in the context of higher education sustainability. AASHE will compile the results into a photo essay. The feature will appear in AASHE's Campus Sustainability Perspectives blog, be announced in the AASHE Bulletin, and be included in the upcoming "2011 Higher Education Sustainability Review." Please submit a high-resolution photo of yourself or a photo related to your experience in the campus Occupy movement. Submissions will be accepted through Dec. 15, 2011. Contact Margo Wagner at margo@aashe.org with any questions.

35. Call for AASHE 2012 Conference Steering Committee Members
AASHE invites applications for members of its AASHE 2012 Conference Steering Committee. The committee, which will include two to three board members and five to eight volunteers who represent the diversity of the campus community, will provide guidance, advice and oversight regarding the annual AASHE conference. Applications will be considered through Dec. 9, 2011.

36. Call for STARS Steering Committee Members
AASHE is seeking two to four campus representatives to join the STARS Steering Committee. Applications will be accepted through Dec. 9, 2011. For questions, contact stars@aashe.org.

37. Call for STARS Technical Advisors
AASHE is seeking individuals with expertise related to campus sustainability to serve as STARS Technical Advisors. One to two advisors are needed for each of the following areas: grounds, transportation, waste, coordination and planning, diversity and affordability, sustainable investment, and public engagement. Drawn from higher education institutions, nonprofit organizations and businesses - with a preference given to AASHE members - advisors are the primary source for input and insight regarding the content of STARS credits. Applications will be accepted through Dec. 9, 2011. For questions, contact stars@aashe.org.

38. 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.

39. Call for Proposals: CA Higher Education Sustainability Conference
Hosted by the University of California, Davis, the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference invites campus staff, faculty, students and administrators to submit proposals on case studies, pilot programs and replicable best practices. The conference seeks speakers who have crossed silos within their institutions to create sustainable change, infuse concepts of sustainability into curriculum, and/or pursue research questions related to sustainability. Submissions are due by Jan. 20, 2012.

Jobs & Internships

40. Chair, Environmental Studies, U Colorado Boulder
The University of Colorado Boulder seeks a scholar or practitioner with demonstrated excellence in interdisciplinary research, teaching and/or professional activity to serve as the first Colorado chair in environmental studies. Successful candidates will have a Ph.D. and record of outstanding accomplishments related to environmental studies.

41. Professor, Sustainability, U North Carolina Chapel Hill
The Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill seeks a tenured full professor, also holding a sustainability chair, or a tenured associate professor, also holding an appointment as a sustainability fellow. Successful candidates will be internationally recognized for research with a strong interest in areas including sustainable business management, sustainable growth and economic development.

42. Faculty, Sustainability, Bunker Hill CC
Bunker Hill Community College (MA) seeks full-time faculty responsible for teaching and developing sustainability-related curriculum and coordinating new degree and certificate sustainability programs. Successful candidates will have a Ph.D. in a related field and experience teaching sustainability.

43. Outreach Specialist, Sustainable Food Systems, Michigan State U
Michigan State University's C.S. Mott Group for Sustainable Food Systems seeks an outreach specialist to play a lead role in coordinating and submitting large research grant proposals on behalf of the group. The position will also manage the group's website and serve as the point of contact for inquiries about the group's research and programs. Successful candidates will have a master's degree in business administration, communications science or a related food, agriculture or health discipline. Applications will be accepted through Dec. 8, 2011. To apply, click on the title link above and search for job number: 5469.

44. Commuter Choice Program Coordinator, Harvard U
Harvard University (MA) seeks a commuter choice program coordinator to develop, implement and administer a system to monitor and increase campus enrollment in various programs including carpools, Zimride and Zipcar. The position will also support special projects including bike share initiatives and act as a contact for sustainable transit-related matters.

Events

45. STARS Webinar: Looking Back and Moving Forward
Dec. 13, 2011; 2:00 p.m. Eastern; Online
This webinar will look back at the accomplishments of the STARS program in 2011 and look ahead at the continued development of STARS in 2012. Future developments include the launch of STARS 1.2 and enhancements to the STARS Reporting Tool, as well as new Steering Committee members and Technical Advisors.

46. Academic Impressions Webinar: Greening Athletics Operations
Jan. 26, 2012; 1:00 p.m. Eastern; Online
Athletic directors and other campus sustainability professionals are invited to a webinar that will describe ways to bridge disparate campus operations and design result-oriented approaches to environmentally sustainable athletic activities and facilities. The program will explore how to work with campus sustainability offices, tailor campus efforts to available resources, and maximize the community and public effects of green progress.

Campus Sustainability Discussion Forums Highlights

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47. Campus Energy Conservation and Efficiency Checklists
Where can I find useful checklists for surveying campus facilities in order to find energy conservation and efficiency opportunities?

48. Waste Audits
Hi All! The university where I work is looking to start a composting program. The plan is to use the law school as a test site. But before we can get going we have plans to complete a waste audit. Does anyone have any good resources for completing a waste audit that is focused on compostable matter? Thanks so much!

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