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Table of Contents for 1/17/2012:

NEWS
Affordability and Access 1. Tuition Discounts Rising in Step with Increasing Costs
Buildings 2. New England IT Opens New Green Campus
3. Hagerstown CC Unveils Green STEM Building
4. Duke U Debuts New Green Residence Hall
Climate 5. 66 Campuses Complete Greenhouse Gas Inventories
Coordination and Planning 6. Duke U 'Greens' Campus Holiday Season
Curriculum 7. U Nevada Reno Launches Renewable Energy Certificate
Diversity and Inclusion 8. Minority-Serving Institutions Essential to Bolstering Economy
9. Lumina Debuts $7.2 M Higher Ed Access Initiative for Latinos
Energy 10. U Pennsylvania Upgrades Campus Walkway Lights to LED Bulbs
Funding 11. U Manitoba Receives $3 M to Study Green Ag Practices
12. U Minnesota Morris GreenCorps Prgm Receives Funding to Continue
13. Portland State U Announces 2012 Campus-Community Project Grants
Public Engagement 14. Rochester Inst. of Tech Dean Earns National Sustainability Honors
Purchasing 15. Purdue U Students Push Bookstore to Sell 'Green' Essay Books
Transportation 16. Clemson U Introduces Car Sharing Program
17. U Chicago Adds Electric Vehicles to Campus Fleet
18. Champlain College, U Vermont Offer Subsidized Car Sharing Program
Waste 19. EPA Announces 2011 Game Day Results
20. Saint Michael’s College Adopts Closed-Loop Recycling System
21. UC Santa Barbara Pilots 'Plastic-Free Campuses' Campaign
22. U District of Columbia Conducts Bottled Water Reduction Outreach

NEW RESOURCES
23. Journal of Global Responsibility Special Issue: EfS in Business

OPPORTUNITIES
24. Deadline Extended: 'America's Next Eco-Star' Campus Competition

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
25. Membership Coordinator, AASHE
26. Director, Center for Community-Based Design, Penn State U
27. Faculty, Smart and Sustainable Cities, Northeastern U
28. Professor, Environmental Science, Ohio Dominican U
29. Assistant Professor, Global Environmental Change, UC Irvine
30. Sustainability Coordinator, Union College
31. Analyst, Energy and Utilities, U Maryland College Park
32. Weatherization Training Professional, U Illinois Urbana-Champaign
33. Intern, Plastic Pollution Coalition

EVENTS
34. STARS Webinar: A Collaboration with SEI, Princeton Review, Sierra
35. Security & Sustainability Forum Webinar: Climate Change and Public Health
36. 2nd Annual Green Schools National Conference
37. Academic Impressions Webinar: Greening Athletics Operations
38. ACUPCC Webinar: Protecting Water Resources on Campus
39. Building Pedagogy Webinar: Using Real-Time Data in the Classroom

CAMPUS SUSTAINABILITY DISCUSSION FORUMS HIGHLIGHTS
40. Signing Up for Freecycle as an Institution


News

Affordability and Access

1. Tuition Discounts Rising in Step with Increasing Costs
As tuition revenue per student continued to climb between the fall of 2010 and the fall of 2011, tuition discounts grew as well, reports the Chronicle of Higher Education. The article sites the third annual analysis of tuition revenue by Moody's Investors Service based on responses from 257 of the institutions whose creditworthiness Moody's rates. Noting that discounts "are becoming increasingly important in attracting and retaining students in light of growing pricing sensitivity," the analysis revealed "more and more public institutions are following the private colleges' lead on discounting." About 42 percent of public universities increased their discount rates during the analysis period while nearly 54 percent of private colleges increased their discount levels.

Buildings

2. New England IT Opens New Green Campus
New England Institute of Technology (RI) has completed a green renovation of its East Greenwich campus. Sustainable features of the building, which sits on 25 acres of land, include recycled and reused construction debris, low-VOC materials, a groundwater harvesting system and motion-detected lights. Additionally, 60 LED lights were installed on light poles across campus.

3. Hagerstown CC Unveils Green STEM Building
Hagerstown Community College (MD) has opened its new energy-efficient Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) building. Sustainable features include sunshades, improved air quality and a system that catches rainwater for use in toilets. The college plans to eventually install solar panels and green roofs.
See also: AASHE Resource: Green Science Buildings (AASHE Member Resource)

4. Duke U Debuts New Green Residence Hall
Duke University (NC) has debuted its latest residence hall, designed to achieve LEED Silver certification. The 75,000-square-foot building will use 35 percent less water and 12 percent less energy than an average building of the same size. Sustainable features include a storage room for bicycles, recycling bins and low-flow plumbing. Seventy-five percent of construction materials were recycled.
See also: AASHE Resource: Green Residence Halls (AASHE Member Resource)

Climate

5. 66 Campuses Complete Greenhouse Gas Inventories
Sixty-five signatory campuses of the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) have submitted public greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories since the last update in the AASHE Bulletin on Nov. 8, 2011. The GHG inventory is the first major reporting requirement of the Commitment and is due within a year of signing. In alphabetical order, new inventories were submitted by: Albion College (MI); American University (DC); Austin College (TX); Bard College (NY); Bowdoin College (ME); Bowie State University (MD); Chatham University (PA); Clark University (MA); Coastal Carolina University (SC); Delta College (MI); DePauw University (IN); Eckerd College (FL); George Mason University (VA); George Washington University (DC); Gonzaga University (WA); Grand Valley State University (MI); Hamilton College (NY); Haverford College (PA); Indiana State University; Lorain County Community College (OH); Macalester College (MN); Maharishi University of Management (IA); Massachusetts College of Art & Design; Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts; McLennan Community College (TX); Montclair State University (NJ); Ohio University; Ohlone College (CA); Oregon State University; Phoenix College (AZ); Seattle University (WA); Sewanee: The University of the South (TN); Southern Polytechnic State University (GA); St. Lawrence University (NY); St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley (MO); State University of New York College at Oswego; Stetson University (FL); The City College of New York; Trident Technical College (SC); University of Arizona; University of Arkansas; University of California, Irvine; University of California, Los Angeles; University of California, San Francisco; University of Colorado Boulder; University of Hawaii at Manoa; University of Maryland Baltimore; University of Maryland Baltimore County; University of Maryland College Park; University of Massachusetts Lowell; University of Minnesota-Crookston; University of Minnesota-Rochester; University of Minnesota-Twin Cities; University of Missouri-Columbia; University of Missouri-Kansas City; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; University of Vermont; University of Washington Tacoma; University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point; Valdosta State University (GA); Villanova University (PA); Wentworth Institute of Technology (MA); Wesley College (DE); West Chester University of Pennsylvania; and Western Washington University.

In related news, State University of New York Institute of Technology has released a greenhouse gas inventory.

Coordination and Planning

6. Duke U 'Greens' Campus Holiday Season
As part of Duke University's (NC) effort toward a more sustainable holiday season, about 600 campus community members took the Green Devil Challenge, which encouraged meaningful gift-giving and waste minimization. As part of the challenge, students, faculty and staff made commitments to make donations to charities and volunteer time to help others.

Curriculum

7. U Nevada Reno Launches Renewable Energy Certificate
The University of Nevada, Reno has announced a new online graduate certificate in renewable energy, beginning in the spring 2012 semester. The online, 12-credit certificate is designed for professionals including business staff and managers, practicing engineers, government regulators and others interested in developing knowledge in the renewable energy fields. The multi-disciplinary curriculum includes elements of engineering disciplines as well as science, business and policy/political science.
See also: AASHE Resource: Certificate Programs in Sustainability

Diversity and Inclusion

8. Minority-Serving Institutions Essential to Bolstering Economy
A new report from the Institute for Higher Education Policy says that a focus on minority-serving institutions is essential to transforming our educational system, meet workforce demands and bolster the economy. To meet the Obama administration’s goal of having the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020, those working in the areas of college access should address this largest-growing demographic, says the report. Minorities, whose rates of college attainment are the lowest, are expected to climb from 31 percent today to 52 percent by 2050 in the U.S.

9. Lumina Debuts $7.2 M Higher Ed Access Initiative for Latinos
The Lumina Foundation has launched a collaborative partnership to strengthen ventures in metropolitan areas that show promise in improving the higher education access of Latino students, the fastest-growing student population in the U.S. Lumina will provide a total of $7.2 million over a four-year period to 12 partnerships in 10 states with significant and growing Latino populations. The partnerships will leverage community leaders across policy, education, business and nonprofit sectors to build, implement and sustain place-based efforts that capitalize on their local talents and ingenuity. Participating institutions include Georgia-based Armstrong Atlantic State University, Savannah State University and Savannah Technical College, which will work to double their percentage of graduated Latino students.

Energy

10. U Pennsylvania Upgrades Campus Walkway Lights to LED Bulbs
The University of Pennsylvania has started upgrading about 500 existing campus walkway lights to LED bulbs and new higher-efficiency ballasts. The university expects the LEDs to use 75 percent less energy. The project is one of the first implemented as a result of the university’s Energy Reduction Fund, launched in September 2010 as a centralized mechanism to propose, prioritize and track energy-saving projects and energy retrofits for campus buildings.

Funding

11. U Manitoba Receives $3 M to Study Green Ag Practices
As part of a partnership among the Government of Canada, Canadian universities and industry to boost producer profitability through green agriculture technologies, the University of Manitoba has received $3 million to the to study cost-effective greenhouse gas mitigation practices for the cattle sector. Funded through the Agricultural Greenhouse Gases Program, a five-year, $27-million initiative that focuses on the development of on-farm greenhouse gas mitigation technologies, the university's research will lead to the development of new beneficial management practices toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the cattle sector.

12. U Minnesota Morris GreenCorps Prgm Receives Funding to Continue
The University of Minnesota, Morris has received funding to continue Minnesota GreenCorps, an environmentally focused AmeriCorps program administered by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, on its campus. The program is funded through a grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service with additional support from ServeMinnesota. The university's Morris Center for Small Towns, a community outreach program that serves as a point-of-entry to the resources of the university, is partnering to match five university students with community partners and projects this year.

13. Portland State U Announces 2012 Campus-Community Project Grants
Portland State University's (OR) Institute for Sustainable Solutions has launched the 2012 Solutions Generator, offering student awards to carry out a physical installation, event, solutions-focused research paper, new program or recommendation to make the campus and community more sustainable. Each student involved in a selected proposal will receive up to a $1,000 Leadership Service Award and in addition, selected proposals will be awarded up to $1,500 toward budgeted project expenses.

Public Engagement

14. Rochester Inst. of Tech Dean Earns National Sustainability Honors
Rochester Institute of Technology's (NY) M. Ann Howard, senior associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts, has earned the American College Personnel Association's Champion of Sustainability award. Howard has been working in the field of community sustainability for more than two decades and established the University/Community Partnerships program in cooperation with resident leaders of neighborhoods in northeast Rochester. The program has yielded a 10-year community health initiative, community-based asset mapping and a community garden network.

Purchasing

15. Purdue U Students Push Bookstore to Sell 'Green' Essay Books
Purdue University’s (IN) student government, with support from the provost's office, is encouraging the campus bookstore to sell environmentally friendly essay books instead of the standard blue books. The "green" books are made with a minimum of 30 percent post-consumer recycled materials and cost a penny more. While some classes administer quizzes online, the university doesn't have the technology yet to administer tests online that include essay questions.

Transportation

16. Clemson U Introduces Car Sharing Program
Clemson University (SC) has partnered with car sharing program WeCar to offer four cars to the campus community. Car sharing is encouraged with prime parking spots for those who split the costs of a parking permit and carpool to the university. Other programs in development include a way to post routes online for other commuters to hitch a ride and better parking spots for those driving EPA-approved low-emission vehicles.
See also: AASHE Resource: Car Sharing on Campus (AASHE Member Resource)

17. U Chicago Adds Electric Vehicles to Campus Fleet
The University of Chicago's (IL) Facilities Services recently added three electric vehicles to its fleet. The first Neighborhood Electric Vehicles on campus, the 100 percent-electric cars will replace two gasoline-powered trucks and a van. The department aims to invest in further green technologies.
See also: AASHE Resource: Campus Electric Vehicle Fleets (AASHE Member Resource)

18. Champlain College, U Vermont Offer Subsidized Car Sharing Program
Champlain College and the University of Vermont have announced a subsidized car sharing membership for full-time students, faculty and staff. Offered through the Campus Area Transportation Management Association and CarShare Vermont, the program's $150 annual membership fee has been underwritten by the two Vermont institutions in an effort to triple the number Champlain College and the University of Vermont members in 2012.

Waste

19. EPA Announces 2011 Game Day Results
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced the winners of its 2011 Game Day Challenge. Seventy-eight schools participated in the fall competition, targeting 2.7 million fans and diverting more than 500,000 pounds of waste. With the highest recycling rate and the greatest greenhouse gas reductions, the University of Virginia is 2011's Recycling Champion and Greenhouse Gas Reduction Champion. Central Connecticut State University earned the title of Waste Minimization Champion; the University of California, Davis held onto the title of Diversion Rate Champion from 2010; and Marist College (NY) also kept its title of Organics Reduction Champion.

20. Saint Michael’s College Adopts Closed-Loop Recycling System
Saint Michael’s College (VT) has announced its participation in Casella Waste System's Power of Three closed-loop recycling initiative. The program takes collected recycling and gives it back to the customer in the form of hand towels, tissue paper and toiletry items. The university’s recycling will be returned in the form of 100 percent recycled paper products.

21. UC Santa Barbara Pilots 'Plastic-Free Campuses' Campaign
Four student organizations at the University of California, Santa Barbara have partnered with the Plastic Pollution Coalition to ban single-use plastic bags and raise awareness of the detrimental affects of plastics on the environment. The campus is the pilot institution for the coalition's global “Plastic-Free Campuses” project. The university will kick-off the campaign by displaying a single day’s worth of plastic on campus, as well as a sculpture made completely of plastic found on local beaches.

22. U District of Columbia Conducts Bottled Water Reduction Outreach
In a blind taste test held recently by the University of the District of Columbia's Sustainability Initiative and Student Government Association, 52 percent of campus participants preferred the taste of filtered tap water over bottled spring water. To promote the use of tap water on campus, the groups also gave each of the 54 participants a short quiz to gauge their knowledge of the bottled water industry. The university's director of planning and sustainability, Howard Ways, tells the Bulletin that 24 hydration stations will be installed throughout campus. Five stations have been installed so far.
See also: AASHE Resource: Bottled Water Awareness and Reduction Campaigns (AASHE Member Resource)

New Resources

23. Journal of Global Responsibility Special Issue: EfS in Business
Emerald Group Publishing Limited's The Journal of Global Responsibility has released a special issue on education for sustainability in business curriculum. "Nurturing Responsibility: Connecting Business Practice, Education and Sustainability" showcases examples of emerging good practice and includes a critical discussion of the broader contexts and initiatives that are guiding innovation in this area. Daniella Tilbury with the University of Gloucestershire's (UK) International Research Institute in Sustainability examines this issue in the lead article, "Today becomes Tomorrow: Re-thinking Business Practice, Education and Learning in the Context of Sustainability."

Opportunities

24. Deadline Extended: 'America's Next Eco-Star' Campus Competition
U.S. college or university students, faculty and administrators are encouraged to submit nominations for SmartPower's "America's Next Eco-Star" competition. Each school can nominate up to three contestants, chosen by the school's sustainability director, who can accept the challenge by submitting a video about their commitment to clean energy and energy efficiency on campus. Nominations and video submissions will be accepted through Jan. 31, 2012.

Jobs & Internships

25. Membership Coordinator, AASHE
AASHE is seeking a membership coordinator to support the membership team and AASHE membership in a sales and marketing role. This full-time position will be responsible for soliciting membership renewals, processing membership applications, updating member information in the database and on the website, and producing membership-related reports. Successful candidates will have an associate or bachelor's degree with at least two years of experience in member recruitment, sales or marketing. A background or interest in higher education sustainability is a plus. The screening of applications will begin Jan. 23, 2012.

26. Director, Center for Community-Based Design, Penn State U
Pennsylvania State University seeks a director of its Hamer Center for Community Design, which addresses public issues including community-based design/planning, affordable housing, and environmental and ecological analysis. The director will help bring visibility to the center and its activities, coordinate activities, pursue external grants and appropriate funding, research community design and provide curricular engagement. Successful candidates will have an in-depth knowledge of their field and demonstrated experience in collaborative initiatives. The review of applications will begin Jan. 23, 2012.

27. Faculty, Smart and Sustainable Cities, Northeastern U
Northeastern University (MA) seeks faculty in all relevant areas of urban sustainability for its Smart and Sustainable Cities initiative including sustainable architecture and urban planning, landscape design and policy, land use regulation and zoning, water and wastewater management, and health and urban sustainability. This hiring initiative addresses the human systems and technological capacities that will be needed for the future sustainable city. Successful candidates will have a Ph.D. and a record of scholarship and teaching.

28. Professor, Environmental Science, Ohio Dominican U
Ohio Dominican University seeks an assistant professor of environmental science for a full-time tenure track position. Successful candidates will have a Ph.D. in a closely related field and demonstrate potential for scholarship in the field.

29. Assistant Professor, Global Environmental Change, UC Irvine
The Department of Earth System Science at the University of California, Irvine is recruiting a tenure-track assistant professor in the human dimensions of global environmental change. Areas of interest for the human dimensions search include land use change, food and resource security, and modeling human-environment interactions. The position will be expected to develop an active research program, and teach and direct research at the undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate levels. Successful candidates will have a Ph.D.

30. Sustainability Coordinator, Union College
Union College (NY) seeks a sustainability coordinator to work with the campus community to develop a sustainability agenda for integrating sustainability values and practices into the college's planning processes, facilities operations and design, research activities, curriculum and extracurricular life. Successful candidates will have a bachelor’s degree in a related field and be committed to diversity.

31. Analyst, Energy and Utilities, U Maryland College Park
The University of Maryland, College Park's Facilities Management seeks an analyst to work with the Office of Sustainability to provide annual consumption data for greenhouse gas inventory collection. The position will also provide training and support to auxiliary departments for viewing utility bills, running usage reports in the energy database, and understanding usage patterns. Successful candidates will have a bachelor’s degree in a related field and demonstrated proficiency with spreadsheet software. The review of applications will begin Jan. 27, 2012. To apply, click on the title link above and search for position number: 101638.

32. Weatherization Training Professional, U Illinois Urbana-Champaign
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Illinois Sustainable Technology Center seeks a weatherization training professional. The full-time position will develop a training program; conduct evaluations and monitor the weatherization program; promote and maintain the training center; and pursue accreditation for the center. Successful candidates will have a bachelor’s degree in a related field. The review of applications will begin Jan. 22, 2012.

33. Intern, Plastic Pollution Coalition
The Plastic Pollution Coalition, based in New York City, is looking for an intern to help with day-to-day affairs with an emphasis on a special project to create a large scale art/activist installation in the heart of the city that engages with issues of plastic pollution. Working through the spring semester, the intern will work alongside the regional coordinators in activities including press release writing, organizing, fundraising and creating educational materials. Experience and interest in the environment and social justice, especially plastic pollution, is preferred. Contact Manuel Mansylla at manman@plasticpollutioncoalition.org for more information.

Events

34. STARS Webinar: A Collaboration with SEI, Princeton Review, Sierra
Feb. 1, 2012; 2:00 p.m. Eastern; Online
Representatives from AASHE, the Sustainable Endowments Institute, the Princeton Review and Sierra magazine began meeting in March 2011 to develop common campus sustainability survey language. The collaboration then expanded to include designing a single survey web tool to eliminate the need for institutions to complete four separate surveys. This STARS webinar will address how this new effort will reduce survey fatigue for institutions participating in multiple frameworks that evaluate campus sustainability.

35. Security & Sustainability Forum Webinar: Climate Change and Public Health
Jan. 26, 2012; 1:15 p.m. Eastern; Online
The fourth in a complimentary Adaptation and National Security monthly webinar series from the Security and Sustainability Forum, this webinar will address the public health co-benefits of mitigation and adaptation to climate disruptions. In partnership with AASHE, "Climate Change and Public Health: Risks, Preparedness and Transformations" will feature a panel of international experts including the University of Wisconsin-Madison's director of global environmental health.

36. 2nd Annual Green Schools National Conference
Feb. 27-29, 2012; Denver, CO
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is the keynote speaker for this upcoming national gathering of K-12 leaders and educators. With support from AASHE, this "take notice" conference is at the center of a national movement to send a clear message that green is the future of our schools. Administrators will save $60 and teachers $25 on registration with AASHE discount code: aashehighered. For more information, visit AASHE's Campus Sustainability Calendar.

37. 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.

38. ACUPCC Webinar: Protecting Water Resources on Campus
Jan. 31, 2012; 2:00 p.m. Eastern; Online
This American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) webinar is designed to expose campuses to water issues, programs and solutions. The average campus currently uses more than 80 million gallons of drinking water per year for HVAC, irrigation and sanitary needs; 70 percent of which can be supplemented by non-potable water sources through water reclamation and reuse. The panel will discuss how some universities have dealt with water issues while creating student engagement and academic opportunities.

39. Building Pedagogy Webinar: Using Real-Time Data in the Classroom
Jan 24, 2012; 12:00 p.m. Eastern ; Online
Targeted to colleges and universities, this free Lucid Design Group webinar will look at using real-time building data to turn buildings from static places into dynamic learning laboratories and inspire students to engage with math, physics and natural sciences. The presentation will also cover ideas for connecting classroom research projects with environmental activism.

Campus Sustainability Discussion Forums Highlights

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40. Signing Up for Freecycle as an Institution
Western Michigan University is consistently looking for better ways to coordinate with the city, as well as reduce waste. We have been thinking about signing up with Freecycle as a group or organization. Has anyone created a "freecycle" kind of network for their institution?

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