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April 24, 2012

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Connecting the Dots...

Asked to “connect the dots” within this week’s AASHE Bulletin items, I at first took the task as a physical exercise. I mapped out the entries, and began drawing lines, with notes explaining what I saw. Had I the wisdom to save that sheet, I might have scanned and sent it along—what I produced (after coming nowhere near to completing the task) more resembled an upturned bowl of spaghetti than the pictures that magically appeared from the dot-to-dots I loved as a child.

Had I completed the effort, I would have submitted a sheet entirely filled with black ink. How to interpret this?

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News of the Week

Education & Research



Co-Curricular Education & Student Organizing




Campus Operations



Dining Services










Planning, Administration & Engagement

Affordability & Access


Coordination & Planning




Public Engagement


New Resources




Jobs & Internships




Campus Sustainability Discussion Forums Highlights


News of the Week

Education & Research


1. Jacksonville U Approves Sustainability Degree

(U.S.): Beginning this fall, students will have the opportunity to obtain a B.S., B.A. and Bachelor of Business Administration in sustainability. Interdisciplinary courses will include sustainability concepts within sociology, math, statistics, business, philosophy, economics, management, law and ethics. The program will also have a community component focused on experiential learning.
See also: AASHE Resource: Sustainability-Focused Baccalaureate Degree Programs

2. James Madison U Installs Wind Turbine for Teaching

(U.S.): A 7.5-kilowatt wind turbine will provide energy to the campus and educational opportunities for students, outside entrepreneurs and local K-12 schools. Faculty will develop hands-on curriculum for students interested in wind power.
See also: AASHE Resource: Wind Power on Campus

Co-Curricular Education & Student Organizing

3. UK Institutions Launch Student Food Co-ops

(U.K.): Oxford Brookes University is the latest of eight institutions in the U.K. to launch a student-run food co-op. Organized by People & Planet student chapters at Kent, Strathclyde, Durham, Manchester, Birmingham, East Anglia and Newcastle universities, these co-ops are designed to provide students and staff access to ethical food at low prices.

4. York U Students Rally for Full-time Sustainability Officer

(U.K.): The York University student chapter of People & Planet, a student network in Britain that organizes campaigns to end world poverty, defend human rights and protect the environment, recently protested outside of a university Sustainability Strategy meeting for a full-time sustainability officer.
See also: U York People & Planet Facebook Page

5. Hong Kong U Science and Tech Students Host Green Events Month

(China): Members of the university's Green Ambassador Program organized a reusable mug campaign, an item swap, and a donation drive for a local kindergarten in need of computers and projectors in March. The month was designated for events to raise awareness in support of a "green" lifestyle.


6. U Edinburgh, Kwame Nkrumah U Research Safe Drinking Water Options

(Ghana and U.K.): Researchers from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and the University of Edinburgh are partnering to develop technologies for safe drinking water. Funded by the Leverhulme Royal Society Africa Award, the researchers will focus on the use of laterite, a soil-type rich in iron and aluminum, as a sorbent and ultra-filtration for physical disinfection.

Campus Operations


7. Harvard U Lab Renovation Earns LEED Platinum

(U.S.): A two-year demolition and reconstruction project to accommodate the Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology Department has earned the Sherman Fairchild Building a LEED Commercial Interiors Platinum certification. New energy efficiency measures include an internal heat shift chiller that captures heat from high-load zones and redistributes it to other parts of the building; occupancy sensors that close fume hoods automatically when not in use; and windows to provide natural ventilation in non-lab spaces.
See also: AASHE Resource: Green Science Buildings (AASHE Member Resource)

8. U Queensland Facility Awarded Green Star Certification

(Australia): The university’s new Advanced Engineering Building has received a 5 Star Green Star rating from the Green Building Council of Australia. Sustainable features include a passive cooling system, natural ventilation, the use of recycled materials and building-wide monitoring systems that track the building’s environmental performance.
See also: AASHE Resource: Campus Building Energy Dashboards (AASHE Member Resource)

Dining Services

9. Franklin College Approves Garden-to-Dining Project

(Switzerland): The Franklin Campus Garden Project will provide a local and organic food source for campus dining services and a tangible classroom for environmental science and food-related courses. The multiphase organic garden project aims to expand on a yearly basis.
See also: AASHE Resource: Campus and Campus-Community Gardens (AASHE Member Resource)


10. American U Cairo Reduces Energy Use by 20%

(Egypt): With its Energy and Resource Conservation and Efficiency Project, American University in Cairo has used 20.4 percent less energy in kilowatt hours campus-wide in the past six months compared to the same six-month period a year earlier. With the goal of reducing overall campus energy use by one third in three years, the initiative includes retro-commissioning all major building systems on campus; ending the use of cooling and heating after hours and on weekends, breaks and holidays; and eventually consolidating classroom operations during winter and summer sessions to stop heating and cooling empty classrooms.

11. IIT Bombay Implements Energy Conservation Measures

(India): As part of its Green Campus Initiative, the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay has installed occupancy sensors in bathrooms and toilet blocks in its 14 hostels and academic departments, a measure that is expected to reduce energy consumption by 70 percent per day. The institute has also installed six solar water heaters and is planning to make use of heat generated from air-conditioning systems for cooking and heating water.

12. U Mass Med School New Air Systems Save Water and Energy

(U.S.): In an effort to reduce energy and water consumption, the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s facilities team has completed the replacement of two medical vacuum systems and one medical compressed air system. The new systems are expected to save 483,000 kilowatt hours of electricity and four million gallons of water per year.

13. U Worcester Completes Solar Array Installation

(U.K.): Students and faculty will have the opportunity to monitor the amount of energy produced from the 50-kilowatt solar photovoltaic array and, by contributing power to the electrical grid, the university will benefit from the feed-in tariff payments.
See also: AASHE Resource: Campus Solar Photovoltaic Installations

14. Harvard U Law School Weatherizes Dorm Windows

(U.S.): After dorm residents in Harvard Law School's North Hall noticed cold spots near their windows on cold days, the university weatherproofed all 117 windows. Calculated using the Harvard Green Building Resource Life Cycle Costing Tool, an open resource that helps project managers analyze life cycle costs for energy conservation measures, the law school expects to save $1,006 annually.
See also: Green Building Resource Life Cycle Costing Tool


15. U Illinois Chicago Named Tree Campus USA

(U.S.): The university earned the Arbor Day Foundation recognition by meeting required standards for sustainable campus forestry and sponsoring student service-learning projects. The 250-acre urban campus has 5,376 trees of 101 different species.

16. Kansas U Invests in Campus Trees

(U.S.): A new fund through the university's Endowment Association will allow a tree advisory board made up of faculty, staff and students to work toward replacing trees, providing maintenance, applying for the Arbor Day Foundation's Tree Campus USA designation, and eventually hiring a full-time staff person to maintain an ongoing tree maintenance program. Students in the environmental studies program will create an inventory of the current trees on campus.
See also: AASHE Resource: Campus Case Studies on Sustainable Grounds Management


17. Cal State Monterey Bay Graduates to Wear Recycled Bottle Gowns

(U.S.): Every pound of yarn in the gowns that will be worn by this year's graduates saves one-half gallon of gasoline and produces half of the carbon dioxide emissions of the typical polyester manufacturing process.


18. Macquarie U Hosts Swap Party

(Australia): The university's Sustainability group recently invited the campus community to swap items they no longer needed for new items. The event was designed to prevent items from going to the landfill and to raise awareness about the environmental impact of throwing away unwanted items.

19. U Queensland Installs Water Bottle Refill Stations

(Australia): Three new water bottle refill stations have been installed on campus as part of the university’s campaign to raise awareness of the environmental and financial costs of purchasing bottled water. The installation follows the success of a trial water station installed in spring last year. The university plans to install more stations over the coming months.
See also: AASHE Resource: Bottled Water Awareness and Reduction Campaigns

Planning, Administration & Engagement

Affordability & Access

20. Ohio State U Increases Financial Aid by $50 Million

(U.S.): The Ohio State University has announced a $50 million increase in financial aid over the next four years. The initiatives include new scholarships and grants that will help additional students attend the university each year. Funding will be provided through cost savings and new funding streams that allow the university to invest in student scholarships.

Coordination & Planning

21. Portland State U Names New Sustainable Solutions Director

(U.S.): Jennifer H. Allen has been named as the new director of the Institute for Sustainable Solutions. Allen, who has served as the institute's interim director since October 2011, will lead sustainability research, education and community engagement efforts.

22. U Albany Signs United Nations Sustainability Declaration

(U.S.): The declaration denotes the university’s continued pledge to teach sustainable concepts, research environmental development issues and green the campus.


23. U Queensland Awarded $10 M for Sustainability Research Center

(Australia): Funded through a Dow Chemical Company contribution worth $10 million over the next six years, the university will establish the Centre for Sustainable Engineering Innovation. The center will pursue research and collaborations aimed at confronting large-scale sustainability challenges.

24. Udall Foundation Announces 2012 Scholars

(U.S.): Eighty students from 70 colleges and universities will receive up to $5,000 each and assemble in August to meet policymakers and community leaders in environmental fields, tribal health care and governance. Sixty-eight of this year's scholars intend to pursue careers related to the environment and 12 Native American/Alaska Native scholars intend to pursue careers in tribal public policy and health care.

Public Engagement

25. Cornell U Helps 'Green' Low-Income Housing

(U.S.): Funded by a $3 million U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grant and led by nonprofit Community Environmental Center of Long Island City, Cornell University (New York) will help test new, energy-saving approaches in older multifamily housing developments in the New York City region. The initiative will implement building retrofits, provide education and training and conduct a study as part of an effort to demonstrate cost savings and environmental benefits of energy retrofits and an education intervention. The university will coordinate intervention and control groups to examine changes in tenant and superintendents' knowledge and motivation.

26. Portland State U Professor Leads Clean Water Effort in Rwanda

(U.S.): Owned and funded by water quality testing company DelAgua, and contracted to Manna Energy Limited, the project will distribute water filters and efficient cook stoves to 750,000 households, nearly all of the Western Province of Rwanda, reducing the demand for wood fuel. Portland State University (Oregon) Assistant Professor of Engineering Evan Thomas, who co-founded Manna, is heading up the effort.

27. Skidmore College Students Host Nuclear Awareness Forum

(U.S.): As part of a "Community Engagement" course at the college, students recently held an information session to raise public awareness of the health and environmental implications associated with a local nuclear site. The students have been working with concerned citizens and former site employees this semester to disseminate information to those who live near the site about the lack of safety features including emergency cooling systems, containment systems to keep radiation from reaching the public, and a 10-mile evacuation plan.

28. U California Berkeley Students Work with Communities During Break

(U.S.): More than 136 students participated in the university’s Alternative Breaks program, lending their skills to public service projects. This year’s participants spent the last week of March working on projects involving animal welfare, health care, immigration and homelessness across the country. As part of the program, the students also learned about social justice issues at play in the surrounding community.

New Resources
29. Princeton Review Releases 2012 Guide to Green Colleges

The Princeton Review, in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council, has released its annual guide to the greenest institutions in North America. The resource profiles 322 higher education institutions that demonstrate notable commitments to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation. The free publication includes statistics and facts on each institution's use of renewable energy sources, recycling and conservation programs, availability of environmental studies programs and green jobs career guidance.

30. New Issue: Int'l Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education

The latest issue of this Emerald Group Publishing journal looks at the importance of industrial ecology in engineering education for sustainable development, applying the "ecocity" model to develop green university and college campuses, and user-driven innovation for sustainability.

31. NWEI Course Book: Powering a Bright Future

This new Northwest Earth Institute (NWEI) discussion course book addresses energy and its related issues: access, security, production and environmental impacts. Featuring authors including Lester Brown, Richard Heinberg, Amory Lovins and Sandra Steingraber, the book is designed to spark discourse on energy production and extraction, peak oil, fossil fuel subsidies, energy efficiency, equity, energy policy and environmental impacts.

32. Climate Action Day

A project of and partner organizations, Climate Action Day is a chance for higher education communities to protest, educate, document and volunteer along with people around the world. Rallies will take place on May 5 in climate-ravaged areas around the world where someone will be holding a huge black dot on a white banner as a way to visually connect the dots between extreme weather and climate change. will share these images in an attempt to give climate change a human face. Anyone is invited to join, or host their own events.

33. AASHE Sustainability Across the Curriculum Leadership Workshop

The deadline has been extended for AASHE's 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. Through an intensive two days of presentations, exercises, discussions, reflection and planning, participants will become familiar with the philosophy of change in higher education developed through the Ponderosa Project at Northern Arizona University and adapted at Emory in the Piedmont Project. The deadline to apply is April 27.

34. April Discount on NACUBO Publications

Through April 30, the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) is offering selected higher education sustainability titles for half price. No special code is needed. Publications include "Boldly Sustainable: Hope and Opportunity for Higher Education in the Age of Climate Change" and "Financing Sustainability on Campus."

35. Call for Submissions: 'Unpaving Our Way to the Future'

The Collaborative on Health and the Environment invites ideas from the higher education community on what it would take to create communities that are no longer paved with concrete and asphalt, and designed instead around non-polluting public transportation options and natural materials. Submissions in the form of photography, poetry, essay, dance, music, painting, drama, puppet show, etc. should bridge two or more of the following environments into a new healthy environment across generations: built, chemical, food, natural, psycho-social and socio-economic. Entries, due by May 15, will be showcased at the "Healthy Environments Across Generations" conference in June 2012 at the New York Academy of Medicine.

36. Chatham U Food, Farm and Field Summer Course

Living on the university's Eden Hall Campus for two weeks in July 2012, participants will learn about the relationship among food, farm and the environment through classroom learning, group discussions, field trips and hands-on lab and field activities on the farm and in the kitchen.

Jobs & Internships
37. Director, Building Automation Services, Boston U

(U.S.): The director will plan and execute a new initiative to reduce the university's overall energy consumption by 10 percent over the next five years that includes electricity, gas, fuel, oil and water/sewage. The position will oversee the installation and monitoring of new building automation systems campus-wide and create a comprehensive long range plan to institute new energy saving measures for building HVAC that deliver clear, sustainable and measurable savings. Successful applicants will have a bachelor's degree and more than eight years of related experience.

38. Associate Director, Center for Sustainability, Furman U

(U.S.): The associate director will implement the David E. Shi Center for Sustainability's mission, vision and strategic plan. Duties will include building relationships for networking and fundraising, coordinating effective written and personal communications, monitoring and assessing the university’s sustainability efforts, and supervising students and others to meet sustainability-related goals. The review of candidates will begin April 27.

39. Chair, Sustainability, Environmental Analytics, Athabasca U

(Canada): The university's Campus Alberta Innovates Program seeks a chair of computational sustainability and environmental analytics. This position will work with diverse data on ecological, environmental and climatic issues, analyzing their impacts on the Athabasca River and its landforms. Other responsibilities include providing analytical evidence to support interpretation of data in establishing meaningful models and recommendations for policy and land-use decisions. Successful candidates will be able to bridge communications across disciplines and facilitate the conversion of results and outcomes that will assist in informing future decisions. The review of applications will begin immediately.

40. Manager, Sustainability, Villanova U

(U.S.): This position will provide leadership and oversight on all aspects of campus sustainability. Duties including the management and implementation of the climate action plan; serving as a resource person for information on sustainability initiatives across campus; promoting and coordinating efforts of faculty, students, staff and community members engaged in sustainability initiatives; and managing all aspects of the university’s energy program including procurement, trending, demand response programs and general reduction of energy use. Successful candidates will have a minimum of a bachelor's degree and five years of related experience.

41. 'Food for Thought' Program Manager, Virginia Western CC

(U.S.): This part-time position will manage the coordination and expansion of Food for Thought, a program that introduces students to concepts of local food, sustainability and making healthy food choices. The position will develop and manage capital and operations budgets; raise funds and identify grant opportunities; and develop and implement a strategic development plan. Successful candidates will have experience managing a large, complex project involving many participants.

42. Recycling Services Specialist, U Iowa

(U.S.): This position will coordinate campus-wide recycling and help lead efforts toward diverting 60 percent of campus waste by 2020. Successful applicants will have a bachelor’s degree in related discipline with a strong technical knowledge of recycling operations.

43. Sustainability Coordinator, Utah State U

(U.S.): This position will facilitate the advancement of the university's sustainability goals; stay current on sustainability issues, contemporary events, new opportunities, and transformations in the direction of environmental sustainability; and act as an ambassador for the university's sustainability program, representing campus efforts and interests nationally, collegiately and locally. Successful applicants will have a bachelor's degree and at least three to five years of related experience. Applications will be accepted through May 17.

44. Assistant Sustainability Coordinator, U Minnesota Morris

(U.S.): This position will increase the university's internal and external visibility for campus sustainability initiatives; coordinate the university's participation in sustainability reporting commitments including ACUPCC and AASHE's STARS; research and maintain a working knowledge of sustainability best practices; inventory current campus sustainability initiatives; and work with members of the campus community to advance a vision for the future. Successful candidates will have a bachelor's degree and familiarity with sustainability theories, organizational and behavioral theory, and energy and environmental problems and solutions. To apply, click on the title link above and search for job requisition number: 176915.

45. Interns, People & Planet

(U.K.): This student network that campaigns to end world poverty, defend human rights and protect the environment is seeking events, communications and climate change education interns from August 2012 to June 2013. The paid internships will provide experience in campaigns, activism, fundraising, youth work, project management and communications. Applications for all internships are due by April 30.

46. STARS Webinar: Best Practices from the Curriculum Subcategory

April 24, 2012; 2:00 p.m. Eastern; Online
This webinar will highlight case studies from STARS participants that illustrate best practices for approaching credits in the Curriculum subcategory including ER 5: Sustainability Course Inventory, ER 6: Sustainability-Focused Courses, and ER 7: Sustainability-Related Courses.

47. SEI Financing the Future of Energy Efficiency Summit

May 15, 2012; Cambridge, MA
Hosted by the Sustainable Endowments Institute's Billion Dollar Green Challenge in partnership with AASHE, this summit will bring together university and foundation presidents, trustees, senior administrators and sustainability directors from across the country. Themed "Transforming Energy Efficiency Upgrades from Expenses to High Return Investments," the event will focus on higher education institutions as pivotal points to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and demonstrate the budget benefits of green revolving funds.

48. AASHE Workshop for Integrating Sustainability in Education

June 4-6, 2012; San Diego, CA
This three-day workshop will allow academic faculty to explore how they can meaningfully integrate sustainability into their classrooms. The workshop will include faculty (participant) discussion groups, resource experts, case studies, examples of best practice, and a particular focus on the importance of student learning for sustainability. The registration deadline is May 15.

49. Prescott College Sustainability Education Symposium

May 17-19, 2012; Prescott, AZ
Sponsored by Prescott College’s sustainability education Ph.D. program, this free symposium will focus on sustainability and its connection with education throughout our society. Keynotes include Dr. Mitchell Thomashow, director of Second Nature’s Presidential Fellows Program, and chef and food justice activist Bryant Terry.

50. Uppsala Future of Education and Sustainability Conference

May 3-5, 2012; Uppsala, Sweden
Hosted by the Uppsala Centre for Sustainable Development, this free conference will explore how higher education and research could be shaped in a time of crisis; ways forward in an era of declining resources; and what role students and academia can and should have when addressing challenges of today and tomorrow. In addition to climate activism keynotes and workshops, participants will have the opportunity to join a hands-on street art and activism graffiti workshop.

51. Technical Education to Advance Sustainability Conference

June 14-16, 2012; Alfred, NY
Alfred State College of Technology (State University of New York) is hosting this national conference to bring together technical education practitioners and scholars to present cases, concepts or ideas that advance, or have the potential to advance, sustainability through innovative educational practice.

52. World Student Environmental Summit 2012

Sept. 5-8, 2012; Lausanne, Switzerland
Hosted by the University of Lausanne, this summit is themed "Let's change!" The event will explore how to pursue change on three levels, discussing the implementation, obstacles, illusions, difficulties, solutions, first steps and actions. The three-day program aims to raise a sense of critical thinking among student representatives and delegates.

Campus Sustainability Discussion Forums Highlights

Click on the titles below to view the full discussion thread.

53. Criteria for Bicyclist Facilities (STARS)

I am evaluating the "Facilities for Bicyclists" STARS credit for my community college and I have a question pertaining to the criteria for this credit. Do shower facilities and lockers for bicycle commuters need to be specifically designated for bicyclists in order to earn this credit? In other words, if we have showers and lockers available in our athletic building that all students may use, can that count toward this credit?

54. Fundraising Sources for a Student-Developed Learning Community?

I've just completed phase I of a project I began back in January. The goal of the project was to identify influential and accurate books about climate science, sustainability, behavioral/political science, economics, psychology, science and technology that would have the best chance of reaching students today...I got votes back from people like David Orr, Stewart Brand, Eric Assadourian, James Hoggan...from their consensus we found 25 books that people think have the power to inspire students to drive change... Next up is Phase II. I want to develop an online community, framed around a game that will encourage students, and anyone in general, to both read these books and take action in their lives...What are the best options to take, both within education and outside of institutions?

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