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Table of Contents for 3/6/2012:

NEWS
Affordability and Access 1. California Community Colleges Face $149 M Budget Shortfall
2. Student Occupy Rally Largely Shuts Down U California Santa Cruz
Buildings 3. U Maryland Residence Hall Earns LEED Gold
4. U South Florida Science Building Achieves LEED Gold
Campus Sustainability in the Media 5. USA Today Covers Growth of Campus Food Banks
Co-Curricular Education and Student Organizing 6. Obama Selects 'Campus Champions of Change' Finalists
7. Clarkson U Students Win Int'l Renewable Energy Technology Contest
8. Iowa State U Students Petition for Renewable Energy
9. Northeastern U Students Protest Chick-Fil-A on Campus
Coordination and Planning 10. Campus Sustainability Planning: A March Update
11. Study Finds Disconnect between Athletics and Sustainability
Curriculum 12. Illinois State U Offers Business Sustainability Minor
13. U Chicago Students Help Restaurants Earn Green Certification
14. Wood County Tech Students Build Solar Teaching Lab
15. Southeast CC Installs Wind Turbine as Teaching Tool
Diversity and Inclusion 16. Supreme Court to Readdress Affirmative Action
17. Iowa Universities Work to Improve Minority Graduation Rates
Energy 18. Pittsburg State U Expands Energy Conservation with Submeters
19. U Texas Austin Installs Photovoltaic Inverters
20. U Southern Maine Upgrades with Energy-Efficient Lighting
Funding 21. Florida A&M U Passes Student Green Energy Fund
22. Ohio State U Announces Student Sustainability Grant Winners
Grounds 23. Rice U Named Tree Campus USA
Public Engagement 24. D.C. Institutions Unite to Make City 'Greenest in America'
25. Furman U Debuts Program to Help Businesses Lower Energy Costs
26. U North Carolina Wilmington Students Plant 1,000 Trees
Waste 27. Michigan State U Uses Recycled Concrete for Construction
28. U Chicago Promotes Sustainable Drinking Options
29. Vanderbilt U Expands Plastic Recycling
30. Richard Stockton College Installs Water Refill Stations
31. SUNY Sullivan Partners for Waste Management
32. Southeastern Louisiana U to Implement Recycling, Solar on Campus

NEW RESOURCES
33. AASHE Interview Series: Small Planet's Frances Moore Lappé
34. Bioneers Resource: Mapping Local Food & Energy Systems

OPPORTUNITIES
35. Call for Submissions: Student Sustainability Film Festival
36. Ithaca College Online Sustainability Leadership Certificate
37. Student Opportunity: MobilizeU Competition
38. U.S. Dept. of Education Seeks Successful EfS Case Studies
39. U.S. Dept. of Labor Job Training Grants for Community Colleges
40. Call for Entries: Green Living Project Student Film Competition
41. Call for Entries: Citizens' Summit for Sustainable Development

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
42. Director, Sustainability, U Notre Dame
43. Assistant Director, School of Sustainability, Arizona State U
44. Alternative Transportation Coordinator, Virginia Tech
45. Project Manager, Education Team, Alliance to Save Energy

EVENTS
46. Academic Impressions Webinar: Creating a Bike-Friendly Campus Culture
47. International Higher Education Congress
48. SEED Center Webinar: Real Jobs in the Clean Economy
49. 6th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference
50. Global Perspectives on Sustainable Development Conference
51. Teaching Climate Complexity Workshop

CAMPUS SUSTAINABILITY DISCUSSION FORUMS HIGHLIGHTS
52. Campus as a 'Living Lab' or 'Sustainability in Action' or...?
53. Green Professors Programs?


News

Affordability and Access

1. California Community Colleges Face $149 M Budget Shortfall
California’s 112 community colleges reported that revenues from student fees are $107 million below projections for the current fiscal year as more economically strapped students seek and receive fee waivers, reports a recent article in the Los Angeles Times. In addition, property tax revenues also fell short of estimates by about $41 million. The state’s community colleges chancellor said the shortfall would result in the further reduction of course sections, additional borrowing and staff reductions. Student fees will also be raised from $36 to $46 per unit this summer.

2. Student Occupy Rally Largely Shuts Down U California Santa Cruz
Several hundred students at the University of California, Santa Cruz gathered for a largely peaceful demonstration against state budget cuts and tuition increases. Most of the campus was shut down as a result. The demonstrations at the campus and other California campuses are timed with a national day of action that is calling for an overhaul of the way public education is financed in the state.

Buildings

3. U Maryland Residence Hall Earns LEED Gold
The University of Maryland, College Park’s Oakland Hall has become the first LEED-certified dorm on campus with a LEED Gold designation. The residence hall features low-flow plumbing fixtures, energy-efficient lighting and solar reflective surfaces on the roof to lower the building's air conditioning use.
See also: AASHE Resource: Green Residence Halls (AASHE Member Resource)

4. U South Florida Science Building Achieves LEED Gold
The new Interdisciplinary Science Teaching & Research building at the University of South Florida has attained LEED Gold certification. The energy-efficient building features high-performance glazing construction, reduced interior lighting, occupancy sensors and sustainable materials including post-industrial scrap and pre-consumer recycled content.
See also: AASHE Resource: Green Science Buildings (AASHE Member Resource)

Campus Sustainability in the Media

5. USA Today Covers Growth of Campus Food Banks
This USA Today article profiles Oregon State University's campus food pantry as part of a growing trend on college and university campuses nationwide. For students struggling to get enough food and supplies, the pantries offer sundries including cereals, meats and toiletries. The Oregon State University pantry sees several hundred students plus community members each month, while Michigan State University's pantry saw a spike in users in the 2005-2006 academic year and has remained busy with about 300 people served every other week. The article also cites Tennessee State and Austin Peay State universities in Tennessee, University of Arkansas, University of Georgia and Utah Valley University as schools that have establish pantries in the past year.

Co-Curricular Education and Student Organizing

6. Obama Selects 'Campus Champions of Change' Finalists
The University of Massachusetts Amherst's Permaculture Committee, recently featured in AASHE's Sustainability Student Diary series, is one of 15 finalists in President Barack Obama's Campus Champions of Change Challenge. Online voters will choose five projects that "best embody the president's goal to win the future." Other finalists include a program that provides local produce, breads and dairy to faculty and students at Brown University (RI); a food pantry for students in crisis at the University of Arkansas; an educational reform coalition at Princeton University (NJ); and a mentoring program for youth at the University of Missouri.

7. Clarkson U Students Win Int'l Renewable Energy Technology Contest
A graduate student Environmental Design Team at Clarkson University (NY) recently earned the first place platinum award at the 2012 International Capstone Design Contest on Renewable Energy Technology in South Korea for its integrated food and waste management system. Housed in a passive solar building with an aeroponic growing system, LED lights and extensive sensors and controls for energy efficiency, the cold climate greenhouse converts campus food waste into heat, electricity and fertilizer. The international competition is sponsored by Mokpo National University and Offshore Wind Energy Center.

8. Iowa State U Students Petition for Renewable Energy
Members of Iowa State University’s ActivUs student organization recently held a press conference urging administrators to eliminate the burning of coal on campus. The organization has collected 2,500 signatures calling for the use of renewable energy resources instead.

9. Northeastern U Students Protest Chick-Fil-A on Campus
Based on student concerns, Northeastern University (MA) has announced that it won't consider restaurant chain Chick-Fil-A for a spot in the student union. Based on reports that the company has donated to groups that lobby against measures that promote equity for gay people, the Student Government recommended the ban.

Coordination and Planning

10. Campus Sustainability Planning: A March Update
The University of California, Office of the President has released its annual report on sustainability practices in its system. To date, highlights include 87 LEED certifications (including new construction, renovations, homes and existing building certifications; more than $32 million in annual cost savings from energy efficiency projects; and nine campuses that are diverting at least 50 percent of municipal waste from landfills.

The University of Winnipeg’s (MB) Board of Regents has approved a comprehensive new sustainability plan aimed at strengthening sustainability-minded practices in all aspects of campus life. Ten specific goals will guide actions over the next four years including the reduction of water consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, and diverting 65 percent of all waste through composting and recycling by 2014.

McGill University (QC) has embarked on Vision 2020: Creating a Sustainable McGill, a year-long consultation process to build an overarching sustainability vision and action plan for the entire university community. The conversation will happen online and at various events on its two campuses throughout 2012. The collaborative, student-driven initiative is being carried out with funding from the university's Sustainability Projects Fund.

Yale University's (CT) Office of Sustainability has released its 2011 Strategic Plan Progress Report, outlining long-term goals and the progress made to date. Progress in 2011 included a 20 percent reduction in campus waste, a 15.3 percent reduction in campus energy consumption since 2005 and $39,825 awarded to campus sustainability projects through its new microloan program.

Michigan State University has unveiled its Energy Transition Plan, a strategic document to help the university toward 100 percent renewable energy. With this plan, the university will pursue aggressive, sustainable energy conservation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; invest in sustainable energy research and development; and work to become an educational leader in sustainable energy.

The University of Michigan's Office of Campus Sustainability has released its 2011 Annual Sustainability Report covering more than 170 environmental metrics. Highlights include the completion of a Campus Sustainability Integrated Assessment and subsequent goals to reduce its environmental impact; an 8 percent reduction in campus energy use; and 3 percent drop in total waste production from fiscal year 2010.
See also: AASHE Resource: Campus Master Plans that Incorporate Sustainability (AASHE Member Resource)
See also: AASHE Resource: Campus Energy Plans (AASHE Member Resource)

11. Study Finds Disconnect between Athletics and Sustainability
A recent study of sustainability practices at NCAA athletics departments reveals that cost concerns and a large disconnect with other campus departments charged with advancing sustainability appear to be preventing green efforts in athletics. While some schools are replacing incandescent light bulbs and utilizing recycling bins at stadiums, the North Carolina State University study concludes that most haven't included long-term sustainability planning in athletics departments' strategic plans.

Curriculum

12. Illinois State U Offers Business Sustainability Minor
Illinois State University’s Department of Management and Quantitative Methods has announced a new minor in business environment and sustainability. The program is designed to help organizations hire trained and competent professionals to champion sustainability initiatives within the organization. Course subjects will include foundations in sustainability, environmental systems and social systems.
See also: AASHE Resource: Business Sustainability Minors

13. U Chicago Students Help Restaurants Earn Green Certification
Students in an "Environment, Agriculture, and Food: Economic and Policy Analysis" course at the University of Chicago (IL) are partnering with restaurant owners to create a green certification program for Chicago restaurants. Students have begun by reviewing existing building and operating standards for restaurants in the area, as well as existing green certifications for industries such as buildings, hotels and businesses. Students are acting as advisors to the Chicago Green Restaurant Coalition.

14. Wood County Tech Students Build Solar Teaching Lab
Students at the Wood County Technical Center (WV) have built a model house to be used as a solar lab for West Virginia University at Parkersburg's solar energy technology programs. Students in the program will receive hands-on experience with the model including the opportunity to install solar panels.

15. Southeast CC Installs Wind Turbine as Teaching Tool
Southeast Community College (NE) has installed a 1.6-kilowatt wind turbine with a $318,333 grant from the Nebraska Energy Office to develop renewable energy curricula. Students in its energy generation operations program will use the turbine as part of their training.
See also: AASHE Resource: Wind Installations on Campus

Diversity and Inclusion

16. Supreme Court to Readdress Affirmative Action
The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a new challenge to affirmative action, reports recent articles in the Chronicle of Higher Education and New York Times. While higher education admissions officials worry that the Fisher V. Texas decision could make diversity harder to maintain, a Chronicle of Higher Education blog cites Texas and California institutions that are banned from using race by voter initiative or court order, and have still been able to produce substantial racial and ethnic diversity by instituting alternative forms of affirmative action.

17. Iowa Universities Work to Improve Minority Graduation Rates
Iowa's Board of Regents has released a strategic plan to improve the higher education retention and graduation rates of underrepresented minority students by 2016. Key components include providing academic guidance, building a cohort group of fellow students to act as a support network, scholarship programs and targeted summer orientation. The University of Iowa, Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa will work to close the gap between the six-year graduation rates of underrepresented minority students and nonminority students by 50 percent.

Energy

18. Pittsburg State U Expands Energy Conservation with Submeters
Building upon $4.7 million in energy efficiency improvements last year including a new geothermal heating and cooling system, Pittsburg State University (KS) is installing 147 submeters to record and transmit real-time electric, gas, steam and water use data to an on-campus server. That information will be used to monitor, track and analyze campus utility use, evaluate energy conservation efforts and identify additional conservation opportunities. The university will also install at least one kiosk that will allow students, faculty and staff interactive access to all of the real-time data, information and results for each building. The $750,000 project is being funded by an American Reinvestment and Recovery Act grant.
See also: AASHE Resource: Campus Building Energy Dashboards (AASHE Member Resource)

19. U Texas Austin Installs Photovoltaic Inverters
The University of Texas at Austin has installed seven 30-kilowatt photovoltaic inverters operating at their new 200-kilowatt solar system. The inverter enables a 90 percent weight reduction and more than 90 percent reduction in magnetic components, significantly reducing installation and shipping costs.
See also: AASHE Resource: Campus Solar Photovoltaic Installations

20. U Southern Maine Upgrades with Energy-Efficient Lighting
The University of Southern Maine has embarked on an energy-efficient lighting upgrade for all campus parking lots and roadway fixtures. A $135,000 competitive grant from Efficiency Maine will help fund the LED lighting retrofit.

Funding

21. Florida A&M U Passes Student Green Energy Fund
Florida A&M University has passed a new Student Green Energy Fund. Between 25 cents and $1 per credit hour will be paid by each student toward energy efficiency and renewable energy projects on campus. The fund is sponsored by the university’s Green Coalition, which works with campus officials to create a more sustainable campus.
See also: AASHE Resource: Student Fees for Sustainability

22. Ohio State U Announces Student Sustainability Grant Winners
The Ohio State University's Office of Student Life has announced the winners of its Student Sustainability Grant. Funded through a partnership with Coca-Cola, the grant provides seed funding to undergraduate, graduate and professional students for projects that directly contribute to reducing environmental impacts on campus. Winning projects include a campus garden that will provide local, sustainably grown fare to the campus cafe; a mobile bike repair station; and a project to examine savings from the use of smart power strips.
See also: AASHE Resource: Sustainable Investment and Financing

Grounds

23. Rice U Named Tree Campus USA
Rice University (TX) has emerged after a rough year of drought, pathogens and insects with a Tree Campus USA designation from the Arbor Day Foundation. The university is being recognized for sustainable watering efforts during last year's drought and for its careful monitoring of the health of its trees. The program honors colleges and universities that use sustainable practices and engage students in tree planting and conservation initiatives.

Public Engagement

24. D.C. Institutions Unite to Make City 'Greenest in America'
Nine District of Columbia university presidents have joined Mayor Vincent C. Gray to sign his College and University Sustainability Pledge (CUSP). An effort to help drive city-wide engagement and progress toward a sustainable city, the pledge is an agreement to pursue sustainability measures related to energy use and buildings, green education, transportation, waste reduction, grounds maintenance, purchasing, and the management and reporting of progress. Each higher education signatory will implement its own commitments and goals for sustainability by the pledge's Dec. 31, 2012 deadline, when the District of Columbia aims to declare itself the “Greenest College Town in America.”

25. Furman U Debuts Program to Help Businesses Lower Energy Costs
Furman University's (SC) Center for Corporate and Professional Development has introduced a new online process that allows businesses to identify, benchmark and reduce their energy, water and waste management operating costs. The BEST (Businesses Engaged in Sustainability for Tomorrow) program generates a series of recommendations and estimated costs and savings through a custom dashboard specific to each business.

26. U North Carolina Wilmington Students Plant 1,000 Trees
As part of an applied learning experience in a new campus sustainability class, students at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington recently planted 1,000 pine trees at the Ev-Henwood Nature Preserve. The effort was part of a restoration project.

Waste

27. Michigan State U Uses Recycled Concrete for Construction
Michigan State University has started saving thousands of dollars in construction costs by using recycled concrete for campus projects. The university is keeping the discarded concrete from the landfill by using it mainly as a sub-base beneath sidewalks and asphalt parking lots.

28. U Chicago Promotes Sustainable Drinking Options
The University of Chicago's (IL) Facilities Services has instituted a bottled water policy that eliminates bottled water in all departmental buildings, meetings and events. The university has also partnered with a new water supplier to perform a university-wide assessment for transitioning bottled water coolers to sustainable water delivery systems including filtration systems.
See also: AASHE Resource: Bottled Water Elimination and Reduction Efforts (AASHE Member Resource)

29. Vanderbilt U Expands Plastic Recycling
Vanderbilt University (TN) has partnered with Waste Management, Inc. to expand its recycling program to accept all plastic containers. The university aims to increase its recycling rates and diminish the impact on the local landfill.
See also: AASHE Resource: Campus Recycling and Waste Minimization Policies (AASHE Member Resource)

30. Richard Stockton College Installs Water Refill Stations
Richard Stockton College (NJ) has installed seven water bottle filling stations on campus. The stations, part of the college’s sustainability program, have refilled the equivalent of more than 80,000 plastic water bottles since the first installation. According to a campus study, 89 percent of students said the water from the refill stations are better or just as good as bottled water.
See also: AASHE Resource: Bottled Water Elimination and Reduction Efforts (AASHE Member Resource)

31. SUNY Sullivan Partners for Waste Management
State University of New York at Sullivan has announced a partnership with HospitalityGreen to further its environmentally friendly purchasing and waste management initiatives. The sustainable operations consultants will develop recommendations for waste improvements in the cafeteria, dorms and all academic and administrative departments.

32. Southeastern Louisiana U to Implement Recycling, Solar on Campus
Southeastern Louisiana University’s Physical Plant Services Office has announced new sustainability initiatives including the installation of solar panels on its kinesiology and administration buildings for heating water and an expanded recycling program. The university is working toward the eventual eradication of dumpsters on campus within the next 10 years.

New Resources

33. AASHE Interview Series: Small Planet's Frances Moore Lappé
AASHE talks with Frances Moore Lappé, founder of the Small Planet Institute, about her newest book, "EcoMind: Changing the Way We Think to Create the World We Want." Lappé discusses the importance of thinking critically about how different messages and metaphors impact our choices, and shares stories of her encounters with campus sustainability.

34. Bioneers Resource: Mapping Local Food & Energy Systems
Bioneers has released its "Dreaming New Mexico Methods" booklet, designed to provide tools, insights and tips on how to map existing food and energy systems, and how to imagine what an appropriate energy or food system might look like in the future. The free resource, designed to serve as a case study for higher education students, offers tips on social entrepreneurship and what one may encounter in attempting a project of this kind.

Opportunities

35. Call for Submissions: Student Sustainability Film Festival
The Media Institute for Social Change invites submissions for its third annual Student Sustainability Film Festival. Students can submit short films about what their campus or community is doing to make it more sustainable for a chance to receive cash prizes and be shown at various campus and conference screenings. Entries are due by May 17, 2012.

36. Ithaca College Online Sustainability Leadership Certificate
Ithaca College (NY) offers the chance to credential sustainability work through single seminars or a six-seminar sustainability leadership certificate. All work is completed online. Participants will learn to assess their organization's green policies and practice, communicate sustainability initiatives and evaluate best practices. New online seminars begin 11 times each year. Next two session start dates: March 22 and April 19. Discounts are available to AASHE members. Next seminars include "How Green is Your Organization: Sustainable Infrastructure," "Integrating Sustainability into Training and Curriculum" and "Communicating the Organization's Sustainability Efforts."

37. Student Opportunity: MobilizeU Competition
AASHE has partnered with Earth Day Network for the launch of MobilizeU, an international collegiate competition calling upon students to mobilize their campus communities around four weeks of environmental activism surrounding Earth Day 2012 (March 29 - April 29). Students worldwide are encouraged to join the movement as a regional coordinator or school coordinator and organize activities including campus clean-ups, new voter registration drives and Earth Day events. Coordinators will share a photo or video documenting their efforts on the MobilizeU Facebook page.

38. U.S. Dept. of Education Seeks Successful EfS Case Studies
The U.S. Department of Education invites higher education institutions and nonprofits to provide examples of innovative and promising education for sustainability strategies, programs and practices. The department is seeking examples of sustainability curriculum or programs that have helped retain students and increase their completion of courses, degrees or certificates by April 30, 2012.

39. U.S. Dept. of Labor Job Training Grants for Community Colleges
The U.S. Department of Labor has announced the availability of up to $500 million in federal grants for job training programs at community colleges. Part of a $2 billion program approved in 2010, the funds will be used to expand and improve education and career training programs that can be completed in two years or less. The deadline for applications is May 24, 2012.

40. Call for Entries: Green Living Project Student Film Competition
Green Living Project invites submissions for its Student Film Project. The competition encourages students to submit films of five minutes or less that share a unique, creative and compelling story about a local or global sustainability-related project. Sample sustainability topics include wildlife conservation, sustainable food, resource conservation, community development, renewable energy, sustainability-related education and sustainable travel and tourism. The submission deadline is May 25, 2012. Winners will be screened at Green Living Project's Washington D.C. Film Premiere in June.

41. Call for Entries: Citizens' Summit for Sustainable Development
The Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (CT) seeks applications for its U.S./Canada Citizens' Summit for Sustainable Development, slated for March 24-25, 2012. Leading to the upcoming 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), the summit will bring together emerging leaders from academia, business, civil society, government, and politics to generate new knowledge, policy and action for sustainability in the U.S. and Canada. Applications will be considered on an ongoing basis but space is limited.

Jobs & Internships

42. Director, Sustainability, U Notre Dame
The University of Notre Dame (IN) seeks a director of sustainability to lead and foster a campus culture that embraces sustainable policies, actions and attitudes related to energy conservation and the reduction of emissions, as well as the conservation of resources and waste reduction. The director will build strong collaboration with sustainability professionals in the local community to share best practices, ideas and to foster change. Successful candidates will have a master’s degree in a related field and seven or more years of experience in a similar role.

43. Assistant Director, School of Sustainability, Arizona State U
Arizona State University seeks an assistant director for its School of Sustainability (SOS). The position will assist with curriculum development and scheduling of SOS courses; content development and design of the SOS website; and the development and maintenance of operations plans, long and short-term goals, and program metrics. Successful candidates will have at least a bachelor's degree in education administration, sustainability or a related discipline and six years of academic administration or similar experience in a sustainability related industry.

44. Alternative Transportation Coordinator, Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech's Transportation and Campus Services seeks an alternative transportation coordinator to provide assistance in the areas of biking, transit and pedestrian movement on campus. The coordinator will manage bicycle programs; track transportation mode statistics and trends; and participate in sustainability public relations events. Successful candidates will have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in geography, urban planning or a related field and experience using GIS software to record and analyze date. The review of applications will begin March 11.

45. Project Manager, Education Team, Alliance to Save Energy
The Alliance to Save Energy seeks a project manager for its Education Team in Washington, D.C. The position will manage the Green Campus program in the Southeast by supporting energy efficiency campus activities and organizing conferences/workshops and training activities. The position will also help develop new Green Campus Programs in the East. Preference will be given to candidates with a master’s degree in education, environmental science or a related field, and at least four years of related experience. To apply, send a resume, cover letter, writing sample and references to Judi Quach at jquach@ase.org. Applications will be accepted through March 6, 2012.

Events

46. Academic Impressions Webinar: Creating a Bike-Friendly Campus Culture
June 6, 2012; 1:00 p.m. Eastern; Online
Best for those institutions that are still in the foundational stages of developing a campus-wide alternative transportation strategy, this Academic Impressions webinar will take a step-by-step approach to creating a bike-friendly culture on any campus using Duke University (NC) as an example. Supported by AASHE, this event will start with basic initiatives including bike racks, bike storage rooms and bike maps, and move into deeper investments like developing effective town/gown relationships.

47. International Higher Education Congress
May 29 - June 3, 2012; West Chester, PA
Presented by West Chester University (PA) and the Universidad Nacional (Costa Rica), this year's International Higher Education Congress will explore best practices in technology, science and sustainability within a global higher education. Themed "Knowledge Crossing Borders: Building a Global Future through Research and Innovative Practices," the conference will address the research, pedagogical, outreach and administrative functions of higher education institutions.

48. SEED Center Webinar: Real Jobs in the Clean Economy
March 6, 2012; 1:00 p.m. Eastern; Online
The American Association of Community Colleges' (AACC) Sustainability Education & Economic Development Center (SEED) is presenting this "Community College and Employer Partnerships: Real Jobs in the Clean Economy" webinar. Presenters from Georgia Piedmont Technical College and the Kele Corporation will detail how to develop career pathways and design curriculum for workers learning how to manipulate new energy-efficient technology.

49. 6th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference
August 2-5, 2012; Burlington, VT
The National Farm to School Network's Farm to Cafeteria: Digging In! conference will bring together food service professionals, farmers, educators, policy makers, representatives from government agencies and nonprofits, entrepreneurs, students and others who are working to expand the impact of farm to school initiatives. The event will include skill-building short courses, field trips to innovative Vermont farms and institutions, workshops and networking opportunities. Workshop and poster proposals will be accepted through March 7.

50. Global Perspectives on Sustainable Development Conference
March 25-26, 2012; Arlington, VA
Students majoring in engineering, environmental science, policy, international development and related fields are encouraged to attend the American Society of Civil Engineers' triennial conference, Global Perspectives on Sustainable Development. Leaders from the civil engineering and global development communities will gather to address effective water and energy management; inclusive, equitable and sustainable communities; poverty eradication; food security; and public health.

51. Teaching Climate Complexity Workshop
May 7-16, 2012; Online
This Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network workshop is designed to help faculty expand their knowledge of the climate system and gain pedagogic strategies for effective teaching of complex topics. Held online via web conference, web collaboration tools, online discussions and conference calls, this workshop will include presentations about the climate system and examples of successful activities that illustrate the interactions between components of the climate system. The deadline to apply is March 31.

Campus Sustainability Discussion Forums Highlights

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52. Campus as a 'Living Lab' or 'Sustainability in Action' or...?
Was hoping to have folks weigh in on thoughts related to how we describe the work of sustainability on campus. Do you like the term often used of a campus as a "living laboratory"? It has been increasing in popularity to describe how we approach operationalizing concepts of sustainability, although I admit to feeling that there could be a better term out there...

53. Green Professors Programs?
I am a student intern for the Sustainability Office at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. This past year, we have created and implemented a Green Dorm Room program for students in the dorms to increase our efforts campus-wide towards our sustainability goals. We will soon be introducing a Green Office program for faculty and staff. We also have a Green Events program in the works that will hopefully come out by late spring.

Once we have all of these programs fully implemented, we had the idea to create a Green Professor program. Our hope is that this program will allow individual professors to look at how they operate and teach inside and outside of the classroom. In doing so, they will be able to work towards more sustainable practices, i.e. providing all reading materials online or with e-books.

That being said, this is my question: Has anyone heard of or tried a Green Professors or Green Teachers program?

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