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Table of Contents for 12/13/2011:

NEWS
Affordability and Access 1. Update: Obama Meets with College Leaders to Address Affordability
2. William Peace U Lowers Tuition
3. Ball State U Announces Cost-saving Tuition Incentives
4. California Students Launch the 'Bucks Start Here' Campaign
Buildings 5. U Colorado Boulder Residence Hall Earns LEED Platinum
6. Western Kentucky U Earns First LEED Certification
7. U Wyoming Debuts Online Green Building Resources
Co-Curricular Education 8. Appalachian State U Students Promote Water Conservation with Art
9. Connecticut College Student Gov't Passes Solar Panel Initiative
10. U Tennessee Chattanooga to Sponsor Sustainability Garden Program
11. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Students Lead 'Turn Em Out' Campaign
Coordination and Planning 12. Campus Sustainability Planning: A December Update
13. Harvard U Launches 'Greening IT' Case Study Series
Curriculum 14. Tennessee Tech Plans Sustainability Studies Degree
Diversity and Inclusion 15. Obama Administration Issues Guidance on Higher Ed Diversity
16. Obama Leads Effort to Improve American Indian, Tribal Education
Energy 17. U.S. Institutions Embark on $4 Billion Energy Efficiency Program
18. Saint John's U Commits to No Coal
19. Connecticut College Installs Geothermal System
20. Jefferson CC Students Help Install Solar Panels
Grounds 21. Texas State U San Marcos Named Tree Campus USA
22. Coastal Carolina U Debuts Campus Garden
23. Harvard U Yard Services Collects Leaves for Mulch
Purchasing 24. Oklahoma State U to Purchase Wind Power
Transportation 25. Vanderbilt U Debuts Car Sharing Program
Waste 26. Antioch U New England Students Spearhead Bottled Water Ban
27. Syracuse U Switches to Paperless Bus Schedules
28. Arizona State U Saves 725 Trees with Duplex Printing

NEW RESOURCES
29. New AASHE Resource: Conference Materials Database
30. New and Improved AASHE Campus Sustainability Officers Web Page
31. New SEED Sustainable Ag, Transportation Resources
32. Education for Sustainability: Guides for Teaching and Learning
33. GUNi Report: 'Higher Education's Commitment to Sustainability'

OPPORTUNITIES
34. AASHE Member Opportunity: GLAD Waste Diversion Grant
35. Ithaca College Online Sustainability Leadership Certificate
36. Win a Tree Campus USA Tree Planting Event
37. Call for Proposals: Northeast Campus Sustainability Conference
38. Start a Food Recovery Network Chapter

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
39. Professor, Food Studies, Chatham U
40. Visiting Professor, Environment and Humanities, Princeton U
41. Assistant/Associate Professor, Enviro Science, Lynchburg College
42. Sustainability Coordinator, Fanshawe College
43. Energy/Sustainability Coordinator, Elizabeth City State U
44. Instructor, Energy Engineering, Central Piedmont CC

EVENTS
45. Community College Sustainability Webinar: Open Forum
46. EPA Webinar: Universities and the Food Recovery Challenge
47. Greening of the Campus IX: Building Pedagogy
48. SEED Workshop: Building a Green Workforce
49. Academic Impressions Webinar: Developing a Campus Sustainability Committee

CAMPUS SUSTAINABILITY DISCUSSION FORUMS HIGHLIGHTS
50. Effluent Water for Irrigation
51. Purchasing Charter Bus for Carpools
52. What Questions Would You Ask?


News

Affordability and Access

1. Update: Obama Meets with College Leaders to Address Affordability
Reports from the private meeting with President Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan last week with college and university leaders say that there was "good discussion" about driving down tuition and what the role of the federal government should be, reports The New York Times. As additional financing for education will be scarce in the coming years, higher education leaders were challenged to help improve affordability and graduation rates by questioning strongly held assumptions and encouraging faculty to think differently about teaching. The meeting also included a discussion about what the federal government can do to support innovation with incentive money and increase accountability in student aid.

2. William Peace U Lowers Tuition
William Peace University (NC) trustees have voted to decrease tuition by 7.73 percent for the 2012-13 academic year. The university's president said that colleges have to become more cost-effective to continue to keep the doors open to families hurt by the economy. The lowered tuition is part of an overall strategy to increase enrollment.

3. Ball State U Announces Cost-saving Tuition Incentives
Ball State University (IN) has announced four new cost-saving options designed to encourage students to earn a diploma in four years. New incentives include a $500 "completion scholarship" for in-state seniors on track to graduate within four years; the reduction of summer tuition by an average of 18 percent; the reduction of minimum credit hours to 120 from 126; and new "hybrid schedules" that allow students enrolled in 12 credit hours per semester to take up to six more credit hours, on campus or online, at no cost. The university's president says that the package of incentives will save a typical student $6,000 over four years.

4. California Students Launch the 'Bucks Start Here' Campaign
In an effort to convince state lawmakers to reinvest in higher education, the California State Student Association (CSSA) has launched the "Bucks Start Here" campaign. Students at all 23 California State University campuses are sending their "bucks" to California Governor Jerry Brown in time for CSSA's advocacy day in March 2012. The mock $650 million bills, which represent this year's cuts to the state university system, each include a student's personal story about how the cuts have impacted their life.

Buildings

5. U Colorado Boulder Residence Hall Earns LEED Platinum
The University of Colorado Boulder's newest residence hall has received LEED Platinum certification. The $46.5 million Williams Village North building, with 131,246 gross square feet, is projected to be nearly 40 percent more energy- and water-efficient than modern buildings of the same size. Sustainable features include on-site solar panels, information kiosks, a water bottle filling station, low-flow plumbing, passive solar design and an advanced heat-recovery system.
See also: AASHE Resource: Green Residence Halls (AASHE Member Resource)

6. Western Kentucky U Earns First LEED Certification
Western Kentucky University's 120,000-square-foot Gary A. Ransdell Hall has received the first LEED certification for the campus. Sustainable features of the LEED Gold-certified building include energy-efficient lighting, highly insulated walls, an efficient heating and cooling system and a reflective roof. Recycled, local materials were used during construction.

7. U Wyoming Debuts Online Green Building Resources
The University of Wyoming's Environment and Natural Resources website has posted "lessons learned" from the construction of the university's Bim Kendall House, designed to achieve LEED certification. The website serves as a resource for members of the campus and broader community who want more information on sustainable building products including the building's current LEED scorecard, building materials and furniture. Visitors can also use the site to track renewable energy production from the building's photovoltaic panels. An online green building tour will be available in the spring.

Co-Curricular Education

8. Appalachian State U Students Promote Water Conservation with Art
Discovering a lack of public awareness or concern of water conservation issues in their university's town, graphic design students at Appalachian State University (NC) responded with a water conservation poster campaign. Banners that appear on local buses urge town residents to save five gallons of water by cutting their shower time by two minutes. The campaign was funded by a Sustainability Arts Grant from the university's Sustainability Council.

9. Connecticut College Student Gov't Passes Solar Panel Initiative
Connecticut College's Student Government Association has approved the use of the college's Renewable Energy Fund (supported by a $25 increase to the college's comprehensive fee) for the purchase and installation of solar photovoltaic panels. Students hope the college will match their contribution to help offset additional costs. Three of the proposed panel installations would generate 0.9 percent of the campus' electricity needs. If the administration approves additional funding, the total energy generated would increase to 3.6 percent, which would save $108,000 per year in electricity costs.
See also: AASHE Resource: Student Fees for Renewable Energy

10. U Tennessee Chattanooga to Sponsor Sustainability Garden Program
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's Environmental Task Force has approved funding for a sustainability garden program starting in spring 2012. Twelve multidisciplinary students will be selected to sustain two raised bed vegetable gardens as well as attend workshops offered by local organic farmers. The university hopes to become part of the emerging local food movement in Chattanooga.
See also: AASHE Resource: Campus and Campus-Community Gardens (AASHE Member Resource)

11. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Students Lead 'Turn Em Out' Campaign
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo's student Green Campus Program recently led a month-long campaign to reduce campus electricity bills. The "Turn Em Out" campaign urged campus community members to turn off lights and other electric appliances when not in use. In an effort to raise awareness and promote positive sustainable habits on campus, the campaign asked students and faculty to submit photos of themselves creatively switching off lights for a chance to win gift cards, power strips and a pumpkin pie party.

Coordination and Planning

12. Campus Sustainability Planning: A December Update
The University of Notre Dame (IN) has adopted a new sustainability strategy to reduce campus carbon emissions by 50 percent per square foot by 2030. The strategy outlines goals to divert 67 percent of campus waste from landfills, improve water efficiency and expand sustainability education and outreach both on campus and beyond.

Arizona State University has also released a Strategic Plan for Sustainability Practices and Operations with short- and long-term goals toward sustainability through 2035. Encouraging participation among campus community members, the plan serves as a living document that declares the university’s vision to be a leader in sustainable higher education operations.

Cornell University's (NY) recently released Sustainability Plan outlines university-wide sustainability goals including furthering innovation in research and education, growing a green economy and achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.

In related news, Princeton University (NJ) has released its 2011 Sustainability Report, kicking off accelerated efforts to bridge areas of operations and academics in sustainability problem-solving.

13. Harvard U Launches 'Greening IT' Case Study Series
Harvard University's (MA) Office for Sustainability has partnered with the university's Green IT committee to launch a "Greening IT" story series, which will chronicle the case studies and best practices being implemented across campus. Upcoming case studies include data centers and networks; endpoint devices; and intelligent building systems and green buildings.
See also: AASHE Resource: Campus Sustainability Case Studies

Curriculum

14. Tennessee Tech Plans Sustainability Studies Degree
Tennessee Technical University has announced plans to offer an undergraduate degree in environmental and sustainability studies in fall 2012. The program will combine disciplines and courses already in existence including economics, engineering, sociology, biology and chemistry. Additional classes in environmental law are in development.
See also: AASHE Resource: Baccalaureate Degree Academic Programs

Diversity and Inclusion

15. Obama Administration Issues Guidance on Higher Ed Diversity
The U.S. Departments of Education and Justice have jointly issued guidance stating that diversity is an important educational goal and that colleges should be able to use a variety of methods, including the consideration of race and ethnicity in admissions, to achieve diversity. As reported in a recent Inside Higher Ed article, the guidance represents a reversal from 2008 guidance issued by the Bush administration that stressed the limits on the rights of colleges to consider race in admissions. The guidance outlines the way the Obama administration would consider complaints it receives about admissions policies and addresses various ways that colleges can promote diversity.

16. Obama Leads Effort to Improve American Indian, Tribal Education
President Obama has issued an executive order establishing an effort to improve educational opportunities for American Indians and Alaska Natives, as well as to enhance tribal colleges, reports The Chronicle of Higher Education. The U.S. Departments of Education and Interior will collaborate on delivering grants to higher education institutions, as well as tribal elementary and secondary schools. The initiative will also develop a national network of organizations to promote ideal education methods for American Indian and Alaska Native education.

Energy

17. U.S. Institutions Embark on $4 Billion Energy Efficiency Program
With the hope that it will be a major job generator in the construction sector, the White House has announced that a variety of college and university buildings will be part of a $4 billion program to improve energy efficiency over the next two years, reports a recent Chronicle of Higher Education article. Institutions include Allegheny College (PA), which plans to reduce energy consumption by 20 percent in 1.3 million square feet of space by 2020, and the University of California, Irvine, which has committed to cutting energy consumption by nearly 9 percent in seven million square feet of space. Government agencies will contribute $2 billion to the initiative and institutions, cities, private companies and other entities will collectively contribute the other $2 billion.

18. Saint John's U Commits to No Coal
Saint John's University (MN) has committed to stop burning coal on campus with the use of "cleaner natural gas," at least through 2013. The university, which currently has solar collectors that generate 20 percent of the campus' electrical needs during peak hours, is looking into geothermal, wind energy and energy-efficient building retrofits.

19. Connecticut College Installs Geothermal System
Connecticut College has begun installing a geothermal system that will provide all of the heating and air conditioning needs for its new science center. The geothermal wells, which will be completely hidden underground at the completion of the project, will be located at the center of campus. Scheduled for a spring completion, the college expects to make up the $1 million project cost in reduced energy bills over six to seven years.

20. Jefferson CC Students Help Install Solar Panels
Jefferson Community College (NY) has installed 14 solar panels with the help of students from the Jefferson-Lewis Board of Cooperative Educational Services' New Visions alternative energy course. Before installing the panels, students earned basic electrical wiring and construction skills. The panels will generate electricity for the child care center and are expected to reduce its energy costs by 25 percent. The project was funded by a $14,138 federal Perkins grant.
See also: New AASHE Resource: Campus Solar Photovoltaic Installations Database

Grounds

21. Texas State U San Marcos Named Tree Campus USA
The campus community at Texas State University-San Marcos recently celebrated the university's designation as a Tree Campus USA school by planting 71 trees on campus. The Arbor Day Foundation issues the Tree Campus USA designation to campuses that meet five requirements including convening a tree advisory committee, creating a tree care plan, implementing a tree program, holding an Arbor Day observance and offering a service learning project.

22. Coastal Carolina U Debuts Campus Garden
Funded by the Jackson Center for Ethics and Values, Coastal Carolina University (SC) has debuted a campus garden for students and faculty to learn the fundamentals of gardening including weeding, composting and fertilizing. The university is also looking into an on-campus farmers market in the future.
See also: AASHE Resource: Campus and Campus-Community Gardens (AASHE Member Resource)

23. Harvard U Yard Services Collects Leaves for Mulch
Harvard University's (MA) Landscape Services and Facilities Maintenance Operations have collected fallen leaves across campus as part of their organic landscaping initiative. The collected leaves will be transported to the university-owned Arnold Arboretum in Boston, where they will be made into nutrient-rich mulch. Landscape Services will place the resulting mulch, sent back from the arboretum, across the university's grounds.
See also: AASHE Resource: Sustainable Landscaping on Campus

Purchasing

24. Oklahoma State U to Purchase Wind Power
Oklahoma State University has reached a 20-year agreement with Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. to buy wind energy to power its campus. The agreement is part of an overarching sustainability initiative aimed at saving money, reducing carbon emissions and improving efficiency. The utility company will partner with NextEra Energy to build a new 60-megawatt wind farm to support the university project.
See also: EPA Resource: Top College & University Green Power Purchasers

Transportation

25. Vanderbilt U Debuts Car Sharing Program
Vanderbilt University (TN) has started offering a second car sharing program on campus. Enterprise's WeCar program will now be offered with the current Zipcar program. Students, faculty and staff will have the ability to enroll in both programs.
See also: AASHE Resource: Car Sharing on Campus (AASHE Member Resource)

Waste

26. Antioch U New England Students Spearhead Bottled Water Ban
As part of the national Think Outside the Bottle campaign coordinated by Corporate Accountability International, students at Antioch University New England have spearheaded a pledge to ban the sale of bottled water on campus. Close to 400 faculty, staff and students at the university have signed the pledge. Some departments have agreed not to purchase bottled water for their events and a campus cafe has agreed not to sell bottled water.
See also: AASHE Resource: Student Campaigns to Ban Bottled Water (AASHE Member Resource)

27. Syracuse U Switches to Paperless Bus Schedules
Syracuse University's (NY) Parking and Transit Services has significantly cut its paper use by mainly offering its bus schedule online, a switch from its previous mass printings. The recent change to paperless schedules will save at least 13,000 printed schedules from being produced each year.

28. Arizona State U Saves 725 Trees with Duplex Printing
An assessment of Arizona State University's printers during fiscal year 2011 revealed that the university's switch to duplex printing mode across campus saved more than 725 trees, 2.34 million liters of water and reduced carbon emissions by more than 74 metric tons. In the last year, the university took 584 printers offline and increased the number of devices supporting duplex printing to 36 percent; up from 19 percent in 2010.

New Resources

29. New AASHE Resource: Conference Materials Database
AASHE has made available all of the conference posters, panels and presentations from AASHE 2011 in Pittsburgh and AASHE 2010 in Denver in one searchable database. Conference materials can be searched by conference year, category, organization, session type and keyword. Blog posts, photos and videos can also be found on the AASHE conference website. Stay tuned for details about AASHE 2012, slated for Oct. 14-17 in Los Angeles.

30. New and Improved AASHE Campus Sustainability Officers Web Page
AASHE has released a new and improved web page, Resources for Campus Sustainability Officers, featuring professional development opportunities, example job descriptions, sustainability staffing surveys and other resources to help build the profession and facilitate the work of sustainability officers.

31. New SEED Sustainable Ag, Transportation Resources
The American Association of Community College's (AACC) Sustainability Education and Economic Development (SEED) Initiative has debuted two new resources to help educators develop and enhance green job training programs and courses. The Sustainable Ag., Food & Land sector includes organizations and resources that integrate environmental, social and economic factors into land use, food preparation and land specific practices. The Transportation & Fuels sector covers the area of electric and hybrid vehicle development and maintenance, natural gas, fuel cells, battery storage and renewable fuel sources including ethanol, biodiesel, algae and methane.

32. Education for Sustainability: Guides for Teaching and Learning
In an effort to provide a framework for enhancing teaching and learning in sustainability, the Sustainability Team at the University of Gloucestershire (UK) has released two installments of its Education for Sustainability (EfS): Guides for Teaching and Learning series. A Guide for University Managers on Needs and Opportunities explores strategic needs, benefits and the potential for EfS in the curriculum and in partnership with external organizations. A Guide for Educators on Teaching and Learning Approaches provides orientation on the aims and principles of EfS to inform curriculum development work.

33. GUNi Report: 'Higher Education's Commitment to Sustainability'
The Global University Network for Innovation (GUNi) has released the fourth report in its Higher Education in the World series: "Higher Education's Commitment to Sustainability: from Understanding to Action." Analyzing the link between sustainability and higher education, the publication includes trending topics, good practices and a map of how regions around the world are advancing sustainability. The publication also explores the main barriers that prevent the transformation of higher education institutions towards contributing to the sustainability paradigm, and highlights possible solutions.

Opportunities

34. AASHE Member Opportunity: GLAD Waste Diversion Grant
The Glad Products Company has announced a collaboration with AASHE to provide a series of grants to AASHE college and university members that are designed to help reduce game day waste during football season. Applications will be accepted through Dec. 15, 2011.

35. Ithaca College Online Sustainability Leadership Certificate
Ithaca College's (NY) online professional certificate program offers practitioners the ability to credential their work as sustainability coordinators or advocates on college campuses and in other organizations across professions. With the option to register for a single course or a six-course certificate, participants will learn to assess their institution's green policies and practice, communicate sustainability initiatives and evaluate best practices. New classes begin 11 times each year. Each online class is 16 days long, but work can be completed anytime on any schedule. Next two session start dates: Jan. 26, 2012 and Feb. 23, 2012. Discounts are available to AASHE members. Next courses include "A Systems Approach to Sustainability" (LEED-certified for 15 GBCI CE hours), "The Sustainability Coordinator as Organizational Change Agent" and "How Green is Your Organization: Sustainable Policy and Practice."

36. Win a Tree Campus USA Tree Planting Event
In partnership with AASHE and Toyota, the Arbor Day Foundation invites higher education institutions to apply for a chance to win a Tree Campus USA event, which will include the planting of 100 trees as part of a service learning project or Arbor Day celebration in spring 2012. To be eligible, institutions will have begun the process of becoming a Tree Campus USA and have a sustainability, forestry, horticulture, natural resources or environmental sciences department, and/or an active student group/program. Applications will be accepted through Jan. 7, 2012.

37. Call for Proposals: Northeast Campus Sustainability Conference
Syracuse University's (NY) Sustainability Division invites students, faculty and staff in the Northeast to submit proposals for its eighth annual Northeast Campus Sustainability Consortium Conference. Themed "Climate, Community and Culture," the conference will take place April 2-4, 2012 at the Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel and Conference Center. Proposals will be accepted through Jan. 20, 2012.

38. Start a Food Recovery Network Chapter
The University of Maryland invites students, staff, faculty and administrators to start their own Food Recovery Network on their campus. A network of student groups at the university started the initiative to pick up surplus food from campus dining halls, catered events and sporting events that would otherwise be composted, and donate it to local shelters. In a given week, the university's Food Recovery Network has about 60 unique volunteers from 11 student groups and is on track to donate about 15,000 meals this fall 2011 semester. The founders have now incorporated the Food Recovery Network as a nonprofit with the mission of exporting this program to other colleges and universities across the U.S. Email frn.umd@gmail.com for more information.

Jobs & Internships

39. Professor, Food Studies, Chatham U
Chatham University's (PA) School of Sustainability and the Environment seeks a faculty member in food studies with an emphasis on food systems. The faculty member will be expected to train graduate students and demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusivity in research and education. Successful candidates will have a Ph.D and exceptional research and academic credentials in a natural, social, health science or humanities discipline that underpins agriculture, food and nutrition access, security or sovereignty. The review of applications will begin on Jan. 15, 2012.

40. Visiting Professor, Environment and Humanities, Princeton U
Princeton University (NJ) seeks to appoint one or more distinguished humanists whose work is related to the environment for the 2012-2013 academic year. The position is supported by the Princeton Environmental Institute, an interdisciplinary center for environmental research, education and outreach. Responsibilities will include teaching one or more courses, and research and writing. Successful candidates will be accomplished scholars on leave from their home institution with exceptional records of publication and teaching.

41. Assistant/Associate Professor, Enviro Science, Lynchburg College
The School of Sciences at Lynchburg College (VA) invites applicants for a tenure-track assistant/associate professor in environmental science to begin in fall 2012. Areas of specialty may include sustainability, human dimensions of the environment, environmental law and policy, and environmental and natural resource management. Duties will include teaching a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses, supervising internships and research projects, continuing involvement in scholarly activities, and coordinating campus sustainability initiatives.

42. Sustainability Coordinator, Fanshawe College
Fanshawe College (ON) is seeking a full-time sustainability coordinator to advocate for and lead sustainability practices on campus. Duties include facilitating collaboration among various groups on campus; identifying, promoting and monitoring sustainability initiatives; preparing and disseminating information in print and electronic media on and off campus; and conducting and coordinating sustainability assessments. Successful candidates will have a minimum of a post-secondary degree in environmental studies or related discipline and five years of experience leading sustainability initiatives at a large institution-type organization.

43. Energy/Sustainability Coordinator, Elizabeth City State U
Elizabeth City State University (NC) seeks an energy/sustainability coordinator to implement its sustainability mission. Duties include mitigating the university's environmental impact by managing both resource consumption and the production of waste; identifying steward sustainability initiatives; and acting as a resource for other university departments in the pursuit of sustainability initiatives. Successful candidates will have a bachelor's degree in physical science, biological science, environmental science/engineering, occupational safety, industrial technology or a related discipline. To apply, click on the title link above and search for posting number: 0000291.

44. Instructor, Energy Engineering, Central Piedmont CC
Central Piedmont Community College's (NC) Engineering Technology Division seeks an instructor to teach topics related to energy including conservation and efficiency. Areas of expertise should include non-traditional energy sectors such as renewable energy. Successful candidates will have a minimum of a bachelor's degree in energy engineering or a related field.

Events

45. Community College Sustainability Webinar: Open Forum
Dec. 14, 2011; 1:00 p.m. Eastern; Online
Hosted by Johnson County Community College (KS), the December installment of the Community College Sustainability Webinar series will begin with a brief overview of the American Association of Community College's (AACC) SEED Center website, followed by an open forum for attendees to discuss topics of interest and ask questions.

46. EPA Webinar: Universities and the Food Recovery Challenge
Jan. 19, 2012; 1:00 p.m. Eastern; Online
This U.S. Environmental Protection Agency webinar will address higher education opportunities within its Food Recovery Challenge. The EPA is challenging participants to reduce as much food waste as possible through food purchasing modifications, food production and handling changes, portion size reductions, donations and composting/anaerobic digestion.

47. Greening of the Campus IX: Building Pedagogy
March 18-21, 2012; Muncie, IN
Hosted by Ball State University (IN), this interdisciplinary conference will provide a platform for people representing diverse areas in university communities to share information on sustainability issues ranging from day-to-day management of physical plants to curriculum development. The conference will focus on common concerns for achieving environmental soundness through the safe and sane management of resources.

48. SEED Workshop: Building a Green Workforce
Jan. 25, 2012; Miami, FL
As part of the American Association of Community Colleges' (AACC) 19th Annual Workforce Development Institute, the SEED Initiative will host the pre-conference workshop, "Building a Green Workforce: Charting a Course for Community Colleges." Highlighting innovative models of successful community college green programs, the workshop will provide participants with in-depth technical assistance on common challenges including building key industry partnerships, greening existing curricula, and tying job training to overall campus sustainability initiatives.

49. 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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50. Effluent Water for Irrigation
Just wanted to know if anyone has information on using effluent water for irrigation on athletic fields? I'm just starting out and need help to get this project moving.

51. Purchasing Charter Bus for Carpools
We are considering purchasing a charter bus for faculty/staff/students to use for trips from our campus in Eugene, Ore. to Portland, Ore. (two hours away). Has anyone else [who has] done this used or analyzed such an approach?...To make it worthwhile for busy faculty and staff to take a bus rather than hop in their car - a significant consideration - we are looking at a very nice coach, retrofitted for our needs.

52. What Questions Would You Ask?
This winter, I'll be teaching a writing class on "Science and Technology in American Culture" with a focus on sustainability. I want to start off with a survey to gauge students' attitudes towards environmental and sustainability issues, with the aim of stimulating discussion and reflective writing...Can anyone suggest questions or issues that should be included in such a survey?

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