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The AASHE Bulletin is taking a holiday hiatus and will return with coverage of higher education sustainability news, opportunities, events and job listings on Jan. 10, 2012.

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Table of Contents for 12/20/2011:

NEWS
Affordability and Access 1. Valencia College Wins First $600K Aspen Prize for CC Excellence
2. UC Berkeley to Step Up Financial Aid to Middle-Income Students
3. Vincennes U Offers Reduced Tuition for Middle-Income Students
Assessments and Ratings 4. USGBC Releases Inaugural 'Best of Green Schools' List
Buildings 5. Delaware Technical & CC Energy House Earns LEED Platinum
6. Elon U Housing Units Receive LEED Platinum
7. Portland State U Science Building Awarded LEED Gold
8. Towson U Earns First LEED Gold Certification
Co-Curricular Education 9. Unity College Students Help Build Campus Root Cellar
10. College of the Atlantic Students Install Campus Solar Panels
11. U Michigan Students Turn Recycled Car Parts into Sandals
Coordination and Planning 12. Northwestern U Names First Director of Sustainability
Curriculum 13. Southern Methodist U Offers Graduate Sustainability Degree
14. U Utah Trustees Approve Peace Studies Major
Diversity and Inclusion 15. Council of Graduate Schools' Annual Meeting Examines Diversity
16. Grand Valley State U Approves Gender Neutral Housing
Energy 17. San Francisco State U Demos Fuel Cell Project
18. U Texas Arlington to Save $1.1 M Annually with Energy Upgrades
19. U Vermont Partners with National Lab on Smart Grid Project
20. U Guam Incorporates Alternative Energy Systems on Campus
21. De Anza College Installs Solar Energy System
22. Arizona State U Debuts Solar Panels on Downtown Campus
23. Allegheny College Installs Six Solar Panels
Public Engagement 24. Michigan State U, OnSite Energy Partner for Biodiesel Training
Transportation 25. Missouri State U Expands Recycling Efforts with Electric Truck
Waste 26. U Wisconsin Madison Recycles 350 Tons of E-Waste
27. U Chicago Recycles 8 Tons During Week-long E-Waste Event
28. U Southern Calif. Game Day Event Diverts 1 Ton+ of Tailgate Waste
29. U Idaho Game Day Recycling Season Diverts 1 Ton+ of Waste
30. St. Edward’s U Announces Paperless Office Initiative
31. Appalachian State U Works to Implement Duplex Printing
Water 32. U Washington Installs Rain Garden

OPPORTUNITIES
33. Call for Proposals: Greenbuild 2012 Ed Sessions and Reviewers
34. Call for Proposals: Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference
35. Win a Tree Campus USA Tree Planting Event
36. Environmental Leadership Program 2012 Fellowship

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
37. Director, Environmental Studies, Ohio U
38. Director, Sustainable Water Center, College of Lake County
39. Faculty, School of Sustainability, Arizona State U
40. Assistant Professor, Sustainability and Energy, U New Haven
41. Assistant Professor, Sustainability, U North Carolina Wilmington
42. Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies, Ohio U
43. Project Director, Green Job Training, College of Lake County
44. Director, Educational Technology, College of Lake County
45. Instructional Design Coordinator, College of Lake County

EVENTS
46. ACUPCC Southwest Regional Collaborative Symposium
47. First Annual Climate Leadership Conference
48. National Community College Sustainability Conference
49. 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development
50. CURC Webinar: Recycling Lab and Hospital Waste
51. Project Mgmt Strategies Webinar for Sustainability Officers

CAMPUS SUSTAINABILITY DISCUSSION FORUMS HIGHLIGHTS
52. Community Green Coordinator?
53. Revenue Sharing Water Stations


News

Affordability and Access

1. Valencia College Wins First $600K Aspen Prize for CC Excellence
In recognition of the strength of its graduation and transfer rates, especially among minority students, Valencia College (FL) has earned $600,000 as the first recipient of the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, reports The Chronicle of Higher Education. Announced at the White House Summit on Community Colleges in 2010, the competition recognizes outstanding academic and workforce outcomes on the basis of graduation, retention and equity measures. Runners-up institutions include Lake Area Technical Institute (SD), Miami Dade College (FL), Walla Walla Community College (WA) and West Kentucky Community and Technical College.
See also: Chronicle of Higher Ed Commentary: 'For Community Colleges, a Time to Shine'

2. UC Berkeley to Step Up Financial Aid to Middle-Income Students
Described as the "most significant such move by a public institution," the University of California, Berkeley has announced plans for more financial aid offerings to middle-class students starting next fall, reports a recent New York Times article. In an effort to grow the number of students from middle-class families, which has remained stagnant over the last several years, families earning up to $140,000 a year will be expected to contribute no more than 15 percent of their annual income. The program is expected to cost $12 million a year and will be paid for from out-of-state and international student tuition, as well as private donations.

3. Vincennes U Offers Reduced Tuition for Middle-Income Students
Vincennes University (IN) has introduced a new scholarship that will offer a 15 percent reduction in tuition fees for students from middle-income families who do not traditionally qualify for financial aid. The introduction of the Middle-Income Hoosier Scholarship is part of a larger university strategy to help Indiana increase the number of college graduates. To qualify, students cannot be eligible for any state or federal funds, must have an adjusted gross income of less than $75,000, be a full-time student and maintain a grade point average of 2.5.

Assessments and Ratings

4. USGBC Releases Inaugural 'Best of Green Schools' List
The U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) Center for Green Schools has released its first annual Best of Green Schools list, recognizing school administrators and government leaders in 10 categories for their efforts to create sustainable learning environments. The University of Texas at Dallas was named "Higher Ed Innovator" of 2011 for its new LEED Platinum Student Services Building, designed to improve departmental efficiency and interaction, and completed $1.1 million under budget. From K-12 to higher education, recipient schools and regions in the U.S. were recognized for a variety of sustainable, cost-cutting measures including energy conservation, record numbers of LEED-certified buildings and collaborative platforms and policies to green the country's school infrastructure.

Buildings

5. Delaware Technical & CC Energy House Earns LEED Platinum
Delaware Technical & Community College’s Energy House has been awarded LEED Platinum certification. The house was constructed on campus to serve as an educational lab for students to learn about innovative energy-efficient and renewable technology and materials. Included in the design of the building are solar systems, wind generation equipment, a living green roof, radiant floor heating, geothermal options and examples of efficiency in construction and appliance usage.

6. Elon U Housing Units Receive LEED Platinum
Six houses in Elon University's (NC) Loy Center have received LEED for Homes Platinum certification. The residences, occupied by fraternity and sorority students, were designed with water- and energy-efficient features and recycled materials. House managers in each residence have completed a training session on the operations and unique features of the center, and there is a Sustainable Living Guide for residents.
See also: AASHE Resource: Green Residence Halls (AASHE Member Resource)

7. Portland State U Science Building Awarded LEED Gold
Portland State University’s (OR) renovated Science Research and Teaching Center has received LEED Gold certification. Sustainable features of the eighth LEED-certified building on campus include new low-flow laboratory hoods, high performance windows, energy-efficient lighting, occupancy sensors and new mechanical and heating systems. The $46.5 million makeover will reduce energy use by 20 to 30 percent with a potential cost savings of $300,000 per year.
See also: AASHE Resource: Green Science Buildings (AASHE Member Resource)

8. Towson U Earns First LEED Gold Certification
Towson University's (MD) West Village Commons has received LEED Gold certification, the first building on campus to receive the designation. Sustainable features of the dining and student life building include a roof garden, organics composting system, single stream recycling containers and convenient bike parking. At peak performance, the building is designed to reduce energy consumption by 50 percent, water use by 40 percent and solid waste by 70 percent.
See also: AASHE Resource: Green Student Centers (AASHE Member Resource)

Co-Curricular Education

9. Unity College Students Help Build Campus Root Cellar
With the help of student volunteer labor, Unity College (ME) has constructed a root cellar on campus to store vegetables for campus dining services. The traditional underground structure regulates temperature and humidity without the inputs needed for refrigeration. The cellar will also be used by local hunger relief organizations.
See also: AASHE Resource: Sustainable Dining Initiatives on Campus (AASHE Member Resource)

10. College of the Atlantic Students Install Campus Solar Panels
As part of a “Practicum on Solar Energy” course, students at the College of the Atlantic (ME) helped install a solar energy array on campus. The class developed a budget, chose the panels, learned how to assemble them and completed the installation within eight weeks. The students also worked with a local organization to educate the public about solar energy and increase private funding for the systems. The connection maximized the college’s original grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, allowing the campus to double the size of the array.
See also: New AASHE Resource: Campus Solar Photovoltaic Installations Database

11. U Michigan Students Turn Recycled Car Parts into Sandals
University of Michigan students have begun creating sandals out of junkyard car seat belts and abandoned tires. The launch of the students' Treads Motor City Sandals is part of a class that requires aspiring designers, engineers and business students to collaborate to create a marketable product out of recycled materials that could be manufactured by someone with entry-level skills. A local nonprofit is working to turn Treads Motor City Sandals into a small business.

Coordination and Planning

12. Northwestern U Names First Director of Sustainability
Northwestern University (IL) has appointed Robert W. Whittier as its first director of sustainability. Whittier, who most recently was the manager of sustainability and climate change at Deloitte Consulting, will lead the effort to integrate sustainability into both operational and academic functions of the university. He will work closely with the Initiative for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern and develop partnerships with the cities of Evanston and Chicago.

Curriculum

13. Southern Methodist U Offers Graduate Sustainability Degree
Southern Methodist University (TX) has announced a new graduate degree in sustainability and development. Debuting in January, the interdisciplinary program’s coursework will focus on sustainability-related topics from policy to design in both developed and developing worlds. The program will advance wise use of sustainable resources in urban development with the goal of creating and rebuilding economically and environmentally healthy cities.
See also: AASHE Resource: Academic Programs in Sustainability

14. U Utah Trustees Approve Peace Studies Major
The University of Utah’s Board of Trustees has approved a proposal for a new peace and conflicts studies major, which builds on an existing minor. If approved by the state Board of Regents, the major will offer 33 hours of class, ethnicity, race, gender, environment and religion curriculum.
See also: AASHE Resource: Academic Programs in Sustainability

Diversity and Inclusion

15. Council of Graduate Schools' Annual Meeting Examines Diversity
Appealing to a more diverse group of students was discussed as one strategy for helping institutions adapt to economic realities and rapidly changing demographics during the Council of Graduate Schools annual meeting, reports The Chronicle of Higher Education. A major concern among the hundreds of graduate school deans and administrators in attendance was the difficulty of achieving diversity and maintaining quality in graduate programs at the same time they are also cutting costs.

16. Grand Valley State U Approves Gender Neutral Housing
Grand Valley State University (MI) has announced plans to offer a gender neutral housing option on the 2012 student housing application. The new policy will provide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students with a supportive roommate situation. The Student Senate initially passed the resolution in March and a student-led Gender Neutral Housing Coalition has been actively seeking equality since early 2011.

Energy

17. San Francisco State U Demos Fuel Cell Project
San Francisco State University (CA) has partnered with Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) to connect a new fuel cell plant with its heating infrastructure. The demonstration project is part of a California Public Utilities Commission-approved initiative to construct fuel cell facilities on several California State University and University of California campuses. The plant, funded by PG&E, will generate a total of 1.6 megawatts of electrical power connected directly to PG&E’s local distribution grid. The university will earn back its $550,000 investment through an estimated $250,000 in annual energy savings.

18. U Texas Arlington to Save $1.1 M Annually with Energy Upgrades
The University of Texas at Arlington has completed a $9.9 million package of efficiency-boosting facility upgrades that will save the university about $1.1 million each year in energy and maintenance costs. Funded through a low-interest loan from the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, 55 campus buildings received upgrades including heating and air-conditioning system retrofits, roofing repairs and the replacement of two thermal energy plant chillers.

19. U Vermont Partners with National Lab on Smart Grid Project
The University of Vermont has partnered with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Sandia National Laboratories to create the Center for Energy Transformation and Innovation. The center will focus on integrating renewable energy into the power grid; ensuring reliability and security of smart grids and meters; and providing capacity for electric vehicles. The $15 million effort will be funded by the university, U.S. Department of Energy and Vermont state government over three years.

20. U Guam Incorporates Alternative Energy Systems on Campus
The University of Guam's Center for Island Sustainability has installed 30 stand-alone solar streetlights and 40 stand-alone solar walkway lights around the campus. The university has also commissioned two 6-kilowatt solar photovoltaic systems and ordered two wind turbines to offset the energy consumption of campus buildings. One of the turbines will be used as a demonstration model for teaching and data collection. Funding was provided from a state energy program as part of federal economic stimulus grants.

21. De Anza College Installs Solar Energy System
De Anza College (CA) has installed a solar panel array that doubles as shading for campus parking lots. The panels will have a capacity of 1.1 megawatt hours and are expected to save the college $250,000 per year in electricity costs. The power generated from the panels will be tracked and integrated into a campus-wide system showing all green energy production on campus. The $1.4 million project was funded through Measure E.
See also: New AASHE Resource: Campus Solar Photovoltaic Installations Database

22. Arizona State U Debuts Solar Panels on Downtown Campus
Arizona State University has installed 322 solar panels on the roof of its Walter Cronkite School of Journalism. The university will purchase the energy produced by the 77-kilowatt installation from independent solar power producer Solar Power Partners, which owns and operates the panels.
See also: New AASHE Resource: Campus Solar Photovoltaic Installations Database

23. Allegheny College Installs Six Solar Panels
Allegheny College (PA) has installed a new array of six solar panels that was funded by savings generated by a campus energy conservation challenge. The panels are expected to produce more than 2,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity per year.
See also: New AASHE Resource: Campus Solar Photovoltaic Installations Database

Public Engagement

24. Michigan State U, OnSite Energy Partner for Biodiesel Training
Michigan State University has announced a new partnership with OnSite Energy for its Freeway to Fuels project. The project will test the potential of growing oilseed crops for bioenergy production. A portable unit that contains the equipment to crush oil from seed and convert it to biodiesel has been developed. Equipment will be transported from farm to farm to teach farmers how to make their own biodiesel fuel.

Transportation

25. Missouri State U Expands Recycling Efforts with Electric Truck
Missouri State University has purchased an electric utility truck through the university's Student Sustainability Fund to be used in the campus recycling program. The truck is expected to make the program more efficient and allow the university to expand recycling efforts to its off-campus buildings.
See also: AASHE Resource: Campus Electric Vehicles (AASHE Member Resource)
See also: AASHE Resource: Student Fees for Sustainability

Waste

26. U Wisconsin Madison Recycles 350 Tons of E-Waste
The University of Wisconsin-Madison has collected and recycled more than 350 tons of electronic waste between July 2010 and June 2011. Sources of the material include university departments, state agencies, Wisconsin municipalities and other campuses. To manage the service, the university's Materials Distribution Services and Division of Information Technology partnered with Universal Recycling Technologies.
See also: AASHE Resource: E-Waste Programs, Policies and Events (AASHE Member Resource)

27. U Chicago Recycles 8 Tons During Week-long E-Waste Event
The University of Chicago (IL) recycled more than eight tons (16,000 pounds) of electronic waste during a recent week-long collection. Staff, faculty and students were able to dispose of printers, fax machines, computer monitors and more. The e-waste was brought to a local recycling center for disassembly and erasure in accordance with U.S. Department of Defense standards.
See also: AASHE Resource: E-Waste Programs, Policies and Events (AASHE Member Resource)

28. U Southern Calif. Game Day Event Diverts 1 Ton+ of Tailgate Waste
The University of Southern California recently diverted more than a ton of waste (415 pounds of compostable material and 2,210 pounds of recyclables) from the landfill during a pre-game tailgate waste diversion event. The university was the first recipient of a new Glad Products Company grant series for AASHE college and university members, designed to help reduce game day waste during football season. With the help of more than 60 volunteers, the university set up 25 recycling and compost stations around campus and stadium for the initiative.

29. U Idaho Game Day Recycling Season Diverts 1 Ton+ of Waste
The University of Idaho has announced that its season-long Game Day Recycling program diverted more than a ton (about 2,500 pounds) of the recycled or composted materials generated at home football games from the landfill. An expansion of the tailgate zone and outreach efforts resulted in a 5 percent increase from the 2010 season. The materials collected were transported to a local recycling center and university dairy farm.

30. St. Edward’s U Announces Paperless Office Initiative
St. Edwards’s University (TX) has launched an initiative to go paperless in its campus offices. Paychecks have been replaced by email notifications and electronic paystubs. The Business and Human Resources offices have replaced paper paystubs with email notifications and introduced an online time-keeping system. The university expects to save 96,000 sheets of paper and $7,900 of supply expense annually.

31. Appalachian State U Works to Implement Duplex Printing
To save paper and cut costs, Appalachian State University’s (NC) Technology Support Services is working with the Student Government Association and Office of Sustainability to implement a new duplex printing initiative this spring. Double-sided (duplex) printer settings in campus printing stations would curb the university’s current $50,555 in annual printing costs.

Water

32. U Washington Installs Rain Garden
The University of Washington has transformed a campus courtyard into a rain garden to manage stormwater runoff. The university has plans for at least three more rain gardens, two of which will be finished by summer 2012.
See also: AASHE Resource: Campus Water Conservation Efforts

Opportunities

33. Call for Proposals: Greenbuild 2012 Ed Sessions and Reviewers
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is currently accepting proposals from industry experts for Greenbuild 2012 International Conference and Expo education sessions and associated Greenbuild summits including the Residential Summit, Green Jobs Summit, Legal Forum and Research Track. The deadline for submittals is Jan. 13, 2012. USGBC is also seeking peer reviewers to evaluate session proposals. Reviewers are eligible to present at the events and will receive a $100 discount off a full Greenbuild conference registration.

34. 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.

35. 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.

36. Environmental Leadership Program 2012 Fellowship
The Environmental Leadership Program is accepting applications for its 2012 Fellowship Program. Geared toward emerging environmental and social change practitioners who are looking to connect their specialized work to larger environmental and social concerns, the program offers intensive leadership and skill training, and regional networking opportunities. Three retreats and additional optional trainings help participants improve their strategic communications and strengthen outreach tactics to diverse constituencies. The application deadline is April 2, 2012.

Jobs & Internships

37. Director, Environmental Studies, Ohio U
The Voinovich School of Leadership at the Ohio University is seeking a director of its environmental studies program, who will also serve as an associate professor. The director will provide strategic leadership and be responsible for program operations including coordinating class schedules, budgeting and other administrative duties. Successful candidates will have a Ph.D. in a relevant field and at least three years of experience as a professor. The review of applications will begin Jan. 16, 2012.

38. Director, Sustainable Water Center, College of Lake County
The College of Lake County (IL) seeks a director for its new Sustainable Water Center with overall responsibility for its academic programs, indoor and outdoor facilities, internal and external outreach, and coordination of research and educational activities during its start-up phase. The director will also focus on the development and delivery of programs and services designed to prepare individuals and businesses for operating within a "green economy" including a workforce with the skills to support energy efficiency, conservation, and sustainable businesses and industries. Successful candidates will have a minimum of a bachelor's degree in environmental studies, water resource management or related field, and higher education, nonprofit or corporate experience.

39. Faculty, School of Sustainability, Arizona State U
The School of Sustainability at Arizona State University seeks three faculty members. Candidates must be committed to a research and education program in sustainability and will teach both undergraduate and graduate courses, seek external funding, conduct interdisciplinary sustainability research, publish in sustainability journals and perform appropriate community service. A Ph.D. in a related field is required. The review of applications will begin Jan. 8, 2012.

40. Assistant Professor, Sustainability and Energy, U New Haven
The University of New Haven's (CT) College of Engineering invites applications for a tenure track assistant professor position in the areas of sustainability and energy. Responsibilities will include teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels with a special commitment to laboratory and project-based instruction and coordinating the B.S. program in sustainability studies. Successful candidates will have a Ph.D. in engineering or a closely related field with training and work experience in sustainability and energy. The review of applications will begin Jan. 16, 2012.

41. Assistant Professor, Sustainability, U North Carolina Wilmington
The University of North Carolina, Wilmington seeks an assistant professor in environmental sustainability. The position will be responsible for developing and teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in sustainability and related areas, as well as supporting the current environmental studies curriculum. The successful candidate will have research experience in one or more aspects of environmental sustainability including development, energy, economics, human dimensions and green business development. A Ph.D. in a related field is required. The review of applications will begin Jan. 31, 2012.

42. Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies, Ohio U
The Voinovich School of Leadership at the Ohio University is seeking an assistant/associate professor of environmental studies. The position will teach, advise and supervise students, and be expected to develop and maintain an active research agenda including external grant activity. Successful candidates will have a Ph.D. in a relevant field and experience with interdisciplinary education and research. The review of applications will begin Jan. 16, 2012.

43. Project Director, Green Job Training, College of Lake County
The College of Lake County (IL) seeks a project director responsible for managing the U.S. Department of Labor Trade Adjustment Act Community College and Career Training state-wide grant. The director will coordinate the work of partner hub community colleges to create online hybrid green certificate and degree programs. Successful candidates will have a master's degree in environmental studies, higher education, business administration or a related field, and seven years of managerial experience.

44. Director, Educational Technology, College of Lake County
As part of the U.S. Department of Labor Trade Adjustment Act Community College and Career Training state-wide grant, the College of Lake County (IL) seeks a director of educational technology to plan, develop and incorporate online and hybrid curriculum into green career training and education programs. Successful candidates will have a minimum of a bachelor's degree in media, instructional design, educational technology or an academic discipline.

45. Instructional Design Coordinator, College of Lake County
As part of the U.S. Department of Labor Trade Adjustment Act Community College and Career Training state-wide grant, the College of Lake County (IL) seeks an education technology and instructional design coordinator to plan, develop and incorporate online and hybrid curriculum into green career training and education programs. Successful candidates will have a bachelor's degree and knowledge of instructional design and presentation strategies.

Events

46. ACUPCC Southwest Regional Collaborative Symposium
March 1-2, 2012; Tempe, AZ
This American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) Regional Symposium is designed to foster collaboration among ACUPCC signatories who are facing similar challenges and opportunities in the Southwest region. Hosted by Arizona State University, the symposium will focus on making progress in a weak economy and addressing the unique needs of minority-serving and underserved institutions.

47. First Annual Climate Leadership Conference
Feb. 29 - March 1, 2012; Ft. Lauderdale, FL
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is sponsoring this first annual Climate Leadership Conference to bring together leaders from academic institutions, businesses, government and the nonprofit community to exchange ideas and information on how to address climate change while simultaneously running their operations more competitively and sustainably. The inaugural Climate Leadership Awards will also be presented during the conference.

48. National Community College Sustainability Conference
March 11-13, 2012; Overland Park, KS
Hosted by Johnson County Community College (KS), "CC v2.0: Putting Sustainability to Work at the Community College" will examine what sustainability means for the community college today. Collaborative sessions will allow faculty, administrators and staff to ask questions and share best practices on sustainability issues including student engagement, commuting and continuing education in the context of the community college. Nationally recognized experts will also issue new imperatives for action on the grounds of national security, policy innovation, workforce development and ecological health.

49. 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development
June 4-6, 2012; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development is the third in a series of sustainable development meetings, summits and negotiations organized by the United Nations and its member countries over the last 20 years. The first negotiation, also called the Earth Summit and held in Rio de Janeiro, spawned several international environmental agreements like the climate change, biodiversity and desertification conventions. Rio + 20 is a two-year Worldwatch Institute project designed to leverage the 2012 conference to advance the prospects for clear commitments to sustainable economies on the part of governments, businesses and civil society organizations worldwide. The conference will focus on the green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication, and institutional framework for sustainable development.

50. CURC Webinar: Recycling Lab and Hospital Waste
Jan. 12, 2012; 1:00 p.m. Eastern; Online
Hosted by the College and University Recycling Coalition (CURC), this webinar will describe the impetus for developing a lab or hospital waste minimization program; identify what materials can be recycled and successful strategies for partnering with vendors to recycle material; discuss logistics and safety best practices; and provide tips for proper labeling and effective communication including strategies for engaging and educating staff on proper segregation and collection procedures.

51. Project Mgmt Strategies Webinar for Sustainability Officers
Jan. 11, 2012; 12:00 p.m. Eastern; Online
Led by the University of Vermont's sustainability projects coordinator, this webinar will discuss best practices for developing project management systems that optimize communication and effectively achieve short- and long-term project goals. Higher education sustainability officers and other sustainability leaders will gain technical solutions to help organize a multitude of projects.

Campus Sustainability Discussion Forums Highlights

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52. Community Green Coordinator?
Is anyone aware of an existing model for a "community green coordinator" or "community sustainability coordinator" that works with a campus, a local government and perhaps another entity, such as a school district? I'm looking at what might be possible in my community in regards to this...

53. Revenue Sharing Water Stations
I'm writing from Residence Life at the University of Arizona. We are looking into options for freestanding, revenue sharing water filtration stations. Does anyone use these? Any suggestions? Thanks for your help.

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