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Table of Contents for 3/13/2012:

NEWS
Affordability and Access 1. Rasmussen College Reduces Medical Admin Tuition by 11%
Buildings 2. New York U Law Building Achieves LEED Platinum
3. U Iowa Lab Awarded LEED Gold
4. Harvard Lab Earns LEED Silver
Co-Curricular Education and Student Organizing 5. 5 Campus Projects Recognized as 'Champions of Change'
6. Rutgers U Greek Students Embark on Weatherization Initiative
7. Western Washington U Students Design Green Dorm
8. Texas Christian U Encourages Student Indoor Gardening
Coordination and Planning 9. U Oregon Launches Green Office Certification Program
Curriculum 10. Saint Louis U Offers Accelerated Master's in Sustainability
11. UC Berkeley to Develop New Sustainable Chemistry Curriculum
12. Okanagan College to Develop Sustainable Construction Tech Program
Diversity and Inclusion 13. Business Schools See Rise in Female Applicants
Energy 14. Stanford U Saves $266K with 'Turn Off for Break' Campaign
15. Wake Forest U Debuts Campus Building Dashboard
16. National U Completes 2 New Solar Power Systems
17. Auburn U Parking Deck Receives New Solar Panels
18. Chippewa Valley Technical College Installs Solar Tree
Funding 19. U Maryland College Park Announces Sustainability Fund Awards
Grounds 20. AASHE Announces Tree Campus USA Planting Event Winners
Public Engagement 21. U North Carolina Charlotte Considers Community Work for Tenure
Purchasing 22. Washington U St. Louis Adopts 'Blue' Cleaning Practices
Research 23. U California Los Angeles Researchers Work to Develop Smarter Grid
Transportation 24. Stanford U Earns National 'Best Workplaces for Commuters' Honor
25. U Albany Encourages Bus Commuting with GPS Convenience
26. Yale U Adds Electric Van to Delivery Fleet
27. San Jose State U Plans Regional Bike Sharing Program
28. Colorado State U Installs DIY Bike Repair Station
Waste 29. Aims CC Works to Expand Recycling Program
30. Austin CC Culinary Arts Works to Reduce Waste

OPPORTUNITIES
31. AASHE Sustainability Across the Curriculum Leadership Workshop
32. Call for Applications: AASHE 2012 Awards Program
33. Submit Your Ideas for Improving STARS
34. UN Conference on Sustainable Development Declaration
35. Call for Applications: USGBC Community Green Chairs
36. Student Opportunity: Focus the Nation ReCharge! Retreat
37. Student Call for Proposals: Rio+20 Collaborative Workshop
38. U Massachusetts Boston Biomimicry Workshop

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
39. Assistant Director, Social Justice Education, Indiana U-Purdue U
40. Digital Sustainability Communications Senior Coord., Harvard U
41. Learning Garden Specialist, Lane CC
42. Sustainability Assessment Intern, Thornton Tomasetti
43. Field Organizer Fellows, Real Food Challenge

EVENTS
44. Greening of the Campus IX: Building Pedagogy
45. Academic Impressions Integrated Sustainability Planning Institute
46. Academic Impressions Webinar: Green Programs for Residence Halls
47. NWF Campus Ecology Webinar: LEED on Campus
48. Systems, Society, Sustainability and the Geosciences Workshop
49. Webinar: Authorizing Faculty and Staff to Create Campus Sustainability

CAMPUS SUSTAINABILITY DISCUSSION FORUMS HIGHLIGHTS
50. Electric Scooter Leasing Program
51. Energy Savings from Building Scheduling
52. Reporting Structure for R1 Institutions


News

Affordability and Access

1. Rasmussen College Reduces Medical Admin Tuition by 11%
Rasmussen College (MN) has announced an 11 percent reduction in tuition for its for medical administration degree program. In effect starting in April, the tuition decrease is in response to President Obama's call to institutions to reign in college costs. In early 2011, the college also lowered the credit cost of its medical assisting associate degree program.

Buildings

2. New York U Law Building Achieves LEED Platinum
New York University’s WILF Hall has been awarded LEED Platinum certification. A green roof and two planted terraces help insulate the building year-round and filter pollutants out of rainwater, reducing runoff into the sewers. More than 90 percent of all construction and demolition debris was reused or recycled. Additional features include bicycle storage and showers for commuting riders.

3. U Iowa Lab Awarded LEED Gold
The University of Iowa's State Hygienic Laboratory has earned LEED Gold certification. The building's grounds feature xeriscaping, which uses plants suited to the climate so that no special watering is needed. Ninety percent of the building has access to natural light and more than one-third of the building products are made from recycled content.
See also: AASHE Resource: Green Science Buildings

4. Harvard Lab Earns LEED Silver
Harvard University's (MA) Kramer Lab has earned LEED Silver certification. A heavy focus was placed on the reuse of existing elements, as well as the application of sustainable furniture and materials. The lab is the Faculty of Arts and Sciences' 25th LEED certification, achieving an average total 25.4 percent reduction in lighting power density.
See also: AASHE Resource: Green Science Buildings (AASHE Member Resource)

Co-Curricular Education and Student Organizing

5. 5 Campus Projects Recognized as 'Champions of Change'
The White House has announced the five winners of its Campus Champions of Change Challenge. Selected through an online popular vote, the winners include a permaculture initiative at the University of Massachusetts Amherst; a food pantry at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville; a microfinance program that combats rural poverty at Grinnell College (IA); a donation program for the homeless at the University of California, Los Angeles; and an initiative to help local urban teenagers learn better financial skills at the University of Chicago (IL).

6. Rutgers U Greek Students Embark on Weatherization Initiative
Rutgers University (NJ) has partnered with the New Jersey Public Interest Research Group’s Energy Service Corps for a “Green the Greek” initiative. The program targets on-campus sorority and fraternity houses for weatherization projects, and teaches residents the basics. Once completed, sorority and fraternity members help with additional energy audits around campus.

7. Western Washington U Students Design Green Dorm
Western Washington University students have designed and proposed a sustainable dorm pilot program. The project would work to get energy-efficient lights, low-flow faucets, power meters and new appliances installed in a test room. If approved, the room would serve as an educational space for students.

8. Texas Christian U Encourages Student Indoor Gardening
Organized by its Wesley Foundation and Community Renewal, Texas Christian University is providing students with resources to learn about indoor gardening. Students pick their own seeds and plant them in containers for their rooms as part of a "Garden in a Tight Spot" workshop.

Coordination and Planning

9. U Oregon Launches Green Office Certification Program
The University of Oregon's Office of Sustainability is promoting sustainability awareness on campus with a new campus-wide Green Office certification program. Offices can earn points in areas including energy and water use, purchasing and managing materials, computer and electronics usage, lighting, heating and cooling, transportation and special events to become bronze-, silver-, gold- or platinum-certified. The program also features an office-level transportation survey that generates automated reports for staff and a space-heater exchange.

Curriculum

10. Saint Louis U Offers Accelerated Master's in Sustainability
Saint Louis University (MO) has launched an accelerated Master of Sustainability degree program. The Center for Sustainability gives undergraduate students a head start on the program with the option to complete up to one full year of graduate coursework prior to enrollment, allowing them to complete the degree in one year.
See also: AASHE Resource: Graduate Degree Programs in Sustainability

11. UC Berkeley to Develop New Sustainable Chemistry Curriculum
The University of California, Berkeley’s College of Chemistry has received a $3.5 million gift from the Dow Chemical Company Foundation to design a new curriculum based on the principles of sustainability and green chemistry. The lab curriculum will be revised to incorporate sustainability into every experiment. The funding will also be used to renovate the teaching labs to be more energy-efficient.

12. Okanagan College to Develop Sustainable Construction Tech Program
Okanagan College (BC) has received a $100,000 gift from Great-West Life, half of which will be used to develop a three-year sustainable construction management technology program. The program has already received support from the Applied Science Technologists & Technicians of British Columbia and major construction firms. The other half of the donation will cover capital costs for the college's Centre for Excellence.

Diversity and Inclusion

13. Business Schools See Rise in Female Applicants
Graduate business schools are seeing a slow but steady increase in women, reports a recent Chronicle of Higher Education article. The Graduate Management Admission Council credits the rise to an interest in one-year master's degrees, which have increased in recent years.

Energy

14. Stanford U Saves $266K with 'Turn Off for Break' Campaign
With 168 buildings participating in the recent winter break energy curtailment effort, Stanford University (CA) has reported a savings of $266,000 in operating costs. This is a 32 percent increase from 2010. Since 2001, the winter curtailment program has saved about $2.5 million.

15. Wake Forest U Debuts Campus Building Dashboard
Wake Forest University (NC) has implemented a new building dashboard to monitor energy use and energy reduction efforts in 39 buildings across campus. The Lucid Design Group dashboard monitors water and kilowatt usage, carbon dioxide emissions and energy costs.
See also: AASHE Resource: Campus Building Energy Dashboards (AASHE Member Resource)

16. National U Completes 2 New Solar Power Systems
National University (CA) has announced the completion of rooftop and carport solar power systems. With over 3,000 panels, the two systems are expected to produce enough energy to power 85 percent of the electricity at the Technology and Health Sciences Center and 35 percent at the Spectrum Business Park Campus. The university expects to save more than $1.6 million over the next 20 years.
See also: AASHE Resource: Campus Solar Photovoltaic Installations

17. Auburn U Parking Deck Receives New Solar Panels
Auburn University (AL) has installed 24 solar panels on the upper level of a parking garage. The energy generated by the panels will be used to offset the electricity consumed by the 12 electric vehicle-charging stations located on the parking deck.
See also: AASHE Resource: Campus Solar Photovoltaic Installations

18. Chippewa Valley Technical College Installs Solar Tree
Chippewa Valley Technical College (WI) has installed a metal tree composed of solar panels to provide energy for the campus greenhouse. The solar tree’s main function is to provide a learning experience for the students involved in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning program. The $10,000 cost was funded by a grant and donations.
See also: AASHE Resource: Campus Solar Photovoltaic Installations

Funding

19. U Maryland College Park Announces Sustainability Fund Awards
The University of Maryland College Park has announced $130,000 in Sustainability Fund awards. Supported by a student sustainability fee, the fund will aid composting, wind, green roof, food recovery and aquaponics research this year, among other projects.
See also: AASHE Resource: Student Fees for Sustainability

Grounds

20. AASHE Announces Tree Campus USA Planting Event Winners
In partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota, AASHE has announced the campuses chosen for Tree Campus USA planting events this spring. One hundred trees will be planted as part of a service learning project or Arbor Day celebration at Colorado State University; University of Colorado Boulder; University of Illinois, Chicago; Virginia Commonwealth University; Hobart and William Smith Colleges (NY); and Purdue University (IN).

In related news, several campuses have achieved Tree Campus USA designations recently for meeting the required five core standards for sustainable campus forestry which include the creation of a tree advisory committee and dedicated annual expenditures for a campus tree program. The institutions include Indiana State University, Duke University (NC) and Colorado State University, which received the distinction along with a Tree Campus USA planting event.

Public Engagement

21. U North Carolina Charlotte Considers Community Work for Tenure
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, recognized as a Carnegie Engaged Institution for its work in the community, has announced plans to revise its tenure and promotion guidelines to include community planning research, reports Inside Higher Ed. If approved, community engagement will qualify for promotion and tenure in the research, teaching or service category.

Purchasing

22. Washington U St. Louis Adopts 'Blue' Cleaning Practices
Washington University in St. Louis (MO) is profiled in a recent College Planning & Management article for its pilot "blue cleaning" program. Coined by ARAMARK, the phrase refers to the elimination of chemical cleaners in favor of electrically activated water. After a successful year, the college is in the midst of a comprehensive training program to aid its transition entirely away from chemical cleaners.
See also: AASHE Resource: Green Cleaning Programs & Policies

Research

23. U California Los Angeles Researchers Work to Develop Smarter Grid
Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles have started projects to develop and deploy systems to modernize the nation’s electrical grid system into one that relies on renewable energy. The "smarter, greener electric grid for the future" would enable drivers to plug their cars into a grid predominately powered by solar, wind and other renewable energy sources. The research will work toward California Gov. Jerry Brown’s call to install 12,000 megawatts of renewable power generation in the state by 2020.

Transportation

24. Stanford U Earns National 'Best Workplaces for Commuters' Honor
Stanford University (CA) has been recognized as one of the Best Workplaces for Commuters by the National Center for Transit Research for the ninth consecutive year. The university also received the "Best Of" award in the Best Workplaces for Commuters 2011 Race to Excellence.
See also: AASHE Resource: Sustainable Campus Transportation

25. U Albany Encourages Bus Commuting with GPS Convenience
In an effort to encourage bus ridership to campus, the University at Albany (NY) has implemented a new GPS tracking system on their bus fleet. The wireless system allows the university community to see the location of buses via smart phone or monitors placed around campus. The university received a $166,000 grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and the NYS Department of Transportation for the project.

26. Yale U Adds Electric Van to Delivery Fleet
Over the next year, Yale University (CT) will compare a gas-powered transit van with a new all-electric van with zero emissions to determine if a permanent switch will be beneficial. A new charging station will monitor usage information including the electric van's kilowatt usage.
See also: AASHE Resource: Campus Electric Vehicle Fleets (AASHE Member Resource)

27. San Jose State U Plans Regional Bike Sharing Program
San Jose State University (CA) has received a grant from the Valley Transportation Authority, Metropolitan Transportation Commission and Bay Area Quality Management District to launch a regional bike sharing program this spring. The program will include 400 bicycles and 40 bike share stations.
See also: AASHE Resource: Bicycle Share Programs on Campus (AASHE Member Resource)

28. Colorado State U Installs DIY Bike Repair Station
Colorado State University's Police Department has installed a DIY bike repair station to promote bicycling on campus. The station is equipped with an air pump, screwdrivers, various wrenches and a tire lever. Campus bike registrations and bicycle tickets funded the $1,300 project.

Waste

29. Aims CC Works to Expand Recycling Program
Aims Community College (CO) has partnered with Green Girl Recycling to decrease trash removal and associated costs by making it easier for people to find recycling locations on campus. The college will install at least 100 larger recycling containers.
See also: AASHE Resource: Campus Recycling and Waste Minimization Policies (AASHE Member Resource)

30. Austin CC Culinary Arts Works to Reduce Waste
Austin Community College's (TX) Culinary Arts Institute has adopted several sustainability initiatives including a new composting program, biodegradable food containers and recyclable cutlery. The department is currently seeking to integrate local farmers into the purchase of food for its restaurants.

Opportunities

31. AASHE Sustainability Across the Curriculum Leadership Workshop
AASHE is now accepting applications for its upcoming Sustainability Across the Curriculum Leadership Workshop, slated for June 26-27, 2012 at San Diego State University (CA). These workshops are for faculty leaders of all disciplines who wish to develop curriculum change programs around sustainability on their campuses. The deadline to apply is April 9.

32. Call for Applications: AASHE 2012 Awards Program
AASHE invites applications for its 2012 sustainability awards. AASHE will present four Campus Sustainability Case Study Awards, one Student Sustainability Leadership Award, two Student Research on Campus Sustainability Awards and one Faculty Leadership Award. All winners will be announced at the AASHE 2012 Conference and will be featured in Sustainability: The Journal of Record. Applications will be accepted through July 2.

33. Submit Your Ideas for Improving STARS
AASHE is soliciting feedback from those with a working knowledge of its Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS). Whether suggesting a new STARS credit or improvements to existing ones, now is the time to share ideas. Comments will be reviewed and considered by staff and technical advisors in anticipation of the launch of STARS 2.0. Feedback is due by March 30.

34. UN Conference on Sustainable Development Declaration
Leaders of the international academic community are invited to sign a declaration in advance of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development committing to the development of sustainable practices for higher education institutions. Signatories of the declaration agree to teach sustainable development concepts, encourage research on sustainable development issues, "green" their campuses and support sustainability efforts within their communities.

35. Call for Applications: USGBC Community Green Chairs
The U.S Green Building Council’s Center for Green Schools is recruiting five mid-career professionals to serve as Community Green Chairs. These volunteer chairs will work with USGBC National to support green building education and training efforts at community colleges, and will lead the development, implementation, management and growth of Community Green program activities in their region. The deadline to apply is April 6, 2012.

36. Student Opportunity: Focus the Nation ReCharge! Retreat
Clean energy leadership development organization Focus the Nation is accepting applications for its 2012 ReCharge! Retreat. The annual retreat brings together 20 rising clean energy leaders from across the country for one week on Mt. Hood in Oregon. Delegates explore skills that they will need to stay committed to clean energy throughout the entirety of their careers. Delegates receive support after returning while applying what they learned to their campus communities. Applications are due April 1.

37. Student Call for Proposals: Rio+20 Collaborative Workshop
Yale University (CT), Fundação Getulio Vargas and the University of Massachusetts Boston are partnering to host a collaborative workshop during the Rio+20: United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. Student teams are invited to submit proposals for ambitious-yet-achievable campus-based projects. Two or three student representatives from selected projects will be invited to attend this half-day workshop where students will engage in peer-review and receive feedback from practitioners and officials attending Rio+20. The deadline for submission is April 2.

38. U Massachusetts Boston Biomimicry Workshop
The University of Massachusetts Boston is hosting a summer "Biomimicry: Nature's Guide toward Solutions" workshop at the Nantucket Field Station/Grace Grossman Environmental Center. Open to junior and senior undergraduate students, this workshop will be held June 3-16, 2012. Participants will explore environmental issues and related sustainable design strategies.

Jobs & Internships

39. Assistant Director, Social Justice Education, Indiana U-Purdue U
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis seeks an assistant director to increase the campus community's awareness of social justice issues and culturally diverse groups through programmatic and educational opportunities. This position will coordinate cultural heritage month planning committee meetings and establish learning outcomes for the social justice program. Successful candidates will have a master’s degree in a related field and three to five years of relevant experience.

40. Digital Sustainability Communications Senior Coord., Harvard U
Harvard University's (MA) Office for Sustainability has reopened its search for a digital communications senior coordinator. The position is responsible for maintaining online resources and communications for university-wide sustainability efforts including green.harvard.edu, the Green Building Resource website and sustainability social media accounts. Successful candidates will have a bachelor's degree in a related field with two to four years of relevant professional experience.

41. Learning Garden Specialist, Lane CC
Lane Community College (OR) seeks a learning garden specialist to coordinate learning garden operations and work with students and college departments to help fulfill the vision, mission and goals of a small-scale organic farm. Successful candidates will have a minimum of an associate degree with coursework in fields including botany, horticulture, soils, natural resources, organic farming, organic gardening and permaculture. Two years of experience in garden planning and operation is required. The review of applications will begin March 14.

42. Sustainability Assessment Intern, Thornton Tomasetti
Engineering design, investigation and analysis firm Thornton Tomasetti is seeking a summer Intern to create a baseline inventory of corporate sustainability data. Successful applicants will have an academic interest in sustainability, energy, engineering and/or architecture and experience with sustainability assessments on their campus.

43. Field Organizer Fellows, Real Food Challenge
Real Food Challenge, a national, student-driven campaign, is looking for committed food activists for part-time field organizer fellowships. Fellows will engage in intensive student organizing projects on a regional and national level, earning direct campaign experience, professional networks and relevant nonprofit, food movement and grassroots organizing skills.

Events

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

45. Academic Impressions Integrated Sustainability Planning Institute
June 25-27, 2012; Atlanta, GA
Higher education professionals charged with initiating sustainability programs on their campuses are invited to attend this Academic Impressions workshop covering the basics of integrated sustainability planning. Supported by AASHE, this event will explain how to streamline and integrate disparate initiatives occurring across campus, and what core components must be tackled to create integrated and comprehensive sustainability at any institution.

46. Academic Impressions Webinar: Green Programs for Residence Halls
April 17, 2012; 1:00 p.m. Eastern; Online
Supported by AASHE, this Academic Impressions webinar will look at the importance of engaging students in the residence halls in a campus-wide sustainability strategy. Representatives at the University of British Columbia will give an overview of the university's "Green Stars Unit" initiative, as well as share program ideas and tips for implementing similar programs at higher education institutions.

47. NWF Campus Ecology Webinar: LEED on Campus
March 22, 2012; 2:00 p.m. Eastern; Online
As part of its Greener Campus Conference series, National Wildlife Federation's Campus Ecology program will host the webinar, "LEED on Campus." The series invites leading practitioners to speak on conservation and other sustainability topics, with a forum for questions and discussion. This webinar will focus on LEED certification for new and existing buildings, spotlighting Bunker Hill Community College (MA) and the University of California, Santa Barbara.

48. Systems, Society, Sustainability and the Geosciences Workshop
July 24-26, 2012; Northfield, MN
Part of the InTeGrate project for interdisciplinary teaching of geoscience for a sustainable future, this workshop is for undergraduate faculty from all disciplines who are interested in a stronger integration of geoscience and other perspectives in teaching sustainability. Open to 30 people with no registration fee, this workshop will include a combination of plenary talks, panelist presentations, discussions and time for networking and collaboration. The application deadline is April 20.

49. Webinar: Authorizing Faculty and Staff to Create Campus Sustainability
March 21, 2012; 1:00 p.m. Eastern; Online
This free Spheres of Influence virtual roundtable discussion, "A Sea Change III: Authorizing Faculty and Staff to Create Sustainability in Higher Education," will feature representatives from the University of Michigan's Graham Sustainability Institute and the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Sustainability Research and Education department.

Campus Sustainability Discussion Forums Highlights

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50. Electric Scooter Leasing Program
I am trying to find out the best way to offer an electric scooter leasing program on campus. Please contact if you have a similar program on your campus, and/or have some recommendations for me.

51. Energy Savings from Building Scheduling
I was excited to read the following article about Portland State's energy-saving efforts. Can anyone share additional case studies where more efficient utilization of campus space has yielded documented utility and cost savings?

52. Reporting Structure for R1 Institutions
Is anyone aware of Research-1 institutions with over 20,000 students where the sustainability director/coordinator reports directly to the president or provost? Your feedback will be kindly appreciated.

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