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April 16, 2013

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News of the Week

Education & Research


1. California State U Fresno to Offer Water Mgmt Masters Program

The university has created a professional science masters degree in water resource management. Some of the courses to be offered include geospatial technologies, climatology, water economics, hydrological systems and natural and agriculture uses of water. The new degree requires students to have a Geographic Information Systems certificate or the equivalent work experience.
See also: AASHE Resource: Sustainability-Focused Masters Degree Programs

2. RISD Pilots Nature-Culture-Sustainability Studies

The Rhode Island School of Design has created a pilot program in Nature-Culture-Sustainability Studies (NCSS). This two-year program aims to ascertain levels of student interest in NCSS and create a pathway of study which would allow students to compliment and add focus to work explored in their major areas of study.

3. U Colorado Integrates Sustainability into General Ed Requirements

As part of the university’s Sustainability Strategic Plan Goal 2, students will be required to take one course that integrates sustainability into its coursework beginning in fall 2014.

Co-Curricular Education & Student Organizing

4. Ohio State U Wins Environmental March Madness Championship

The university won the second annual Environmental March Madness Tournament, defeating other schools in the “Sustainable 16”. Organized by Enviance, an environmental software company, institutions competed against one another based on environmental curriculum and campus sustainability efforts. The university will be awarded $5,000 for its Environment, Economy, Development and Sustainability (EEDS) program.

Campus Operations


5. U Buffalo Dana Hall Achieves LEED Gold

Among the hall’s eco-friendly features are an outdoor plaza that includes water-efficient landscaping and methods to capture stormwater, a small green roof, bicycle racks, the use of recycled building materials, and energy-efficient heating, cooling and ventilation systems.

6. U Oregon Sports Arena Earns LEED Gold

The 400,000-square-foot Matthew Knight Arena features bike-friendly enhancements, recycled and regional building materials, and water efficiency measures that include a 50 percent reduction in water used for landscaping and a 30 percent reduction in building water use.
See also: AASHE Resource: Green Athletic Buildings (member resource)

7. Rochester IT Debuts Green Education and Research Hub

The institute has opened its new Sustainability Institute Hall, a living lab that represents RIT’s commitment to the environment. The 84,000-square-foot facility was designed to exceed LEED Platinum standards and features solar panels, vertical wind turbines, and specialized research areas that include the Staples Sustainable Innovation Lab, Eco-IT test bed and a fuel cell test bed.


8. U Maine Machias Releases Carbon Emissions Report

The university has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions from heating and electricity by 44 percent between 2006 and 2012. Campus-wide oil consumption was reduced by 48 percent over the seven-year period. Electricity use dropped by 11 percent, resulting in fewer upstream emissions from utility production, and the campus saw a 26 percent reduction in water use.

9. U New Hampshire Releases Updated GHG Report

The university has lowered its greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 26 percent compared to a 2001 baseline. Emissions are expected to continue their downward trajectory in coming years as more efficiency projects on campus are completed, new policies and practices are considered, and the university’s transportation demand management and outreach and behavioral programs continue to expand.


10. Georgetown U Dedicates Solar Street Project

The student-spearheaded initiative, Solar Street, has installed 75 solar panels across rooftops of six university-owned historic townhouses. The project is expected to offset an average of approximately 40 percent of the electricity used in each townhouse, and provide up to $43,000 in savings to the student body government over the 20-year life of the power purchase agreement.
See also: AASHE Resource: Campus Solar Photovoltaic Installations

11. Indiana U Bloomington Sustainability Fund Announces First Project

The Student Sustainability Council has announced plans to install motion-sensing, energy-efficient lighting as its first capital project. The project will be funded by the student-supported and student-directed sustainability fund, which was established via an 11,000-signature student petition in fall 2010.


12. Drake U Campaign Leads to Restriction of Bottled Water Sales

The university has announced plans to restrict sales of plastic single-serving water bottles next fall. A student-led campaign worked for months to raise support for the initiative. To ease the transition, every new student will receive a reusable bottle that can be filled at hydration stations.

13. Kentucky Dept. of Agriculture to Launch Farm to Campus Program

Under the Farm to Campus program, the state agriculture department will partner with Eastern Kentucky University and other state colleges to assist with buy-local efforts. Over the next two years, the department will target college campuses to increase Kentucky Proud products in their bookstores, gift shops, cafeterias and food service systems.


14. U Buffalo Debuts Bike Share Program

The university’s office of Sustainability has partnered with the office of Parking and Transportation Services, Buffalo BikeShare and a New York-based company to launch a beta test of a new bicycle-sharing program. BikeShare harnesses GPS technology, allowing users to track and rent a bicycle with the convenience of a mobile device or computer during the beta test phase. Bicycles can also be rented from the keypad interface on the bicycle.
See also: AASHE Resource: Bicycle Sharing & Rental Programs (member resource)


15. U Colorado Colorado Springs to Implement E-Waste Recycling Policy

The university has announced plans to institute a new electronics recycling policy beginning July 1. All university computers and electronic equipment will be addressed by this policy and will be recycled with an e-Steward certified recycler.
See also: AASHE Resource: Campus Electronic Waste Programs, Policies, and Events (member resource)

16. U Minnesota Launches Virtual Warehouse

The university has launched a new online exchange to facilitate reuse and waste reduction. Similar to Craigslist or Freecycle, the virtual warehouse allows users to exchange university property without visiting the ReUse warehouse or moving items to a building's dock for pickup.

17. San Francisco State U Students Monitor Recycling Bins

The Cesar Chavez Student Center has launched a new program that aims to educate students on waste diversion. Ten student volunteers will monitor recycling bins to ensure items are discarded properly. The university’s goal is to reach 100 percent waste diversion by 2020.


18. Southern Oregon U to Offset 100 Percent of its Water Use

In partnership with the Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF), the university announced that it will offset 100 percent of its water use through a five-year commitment to BEF’s Water Restoration Certificate program. Funded through a student-led green fund, the university will restore approximately 80 million gallons of water per year to the Klamath River Basin.

Planning, Administration & Engagement

Affordability & Access

19. Obama’s Proposed Budget Aims to Increase College Affordability

President Obama’s proposed budget for the 2014 fiscal year includes several measures to increase student financial aid and college affordability. The budget calls for market-based student loan rates that would stay fixed for the loan's lifetime. The plan also includes a “Pay as You Go” measure, allowing students to pay no more than 10 percent of their discretionary income. Moreover, any outstanding debt after 20 years of payment would be forgiven.

Assessments & Ratings

20. North Central College Earns Earth Flag for Campuses Award

The college has earned an Earth Flag for its sustainability efforts. A green audit was performed to identify energy efficiency opportunities and potential environmental hazards. Following the audit, the college adopted several recommendations, including establishing a recycling program and other initiatives to reduce waste and energy consumption.

21. UC San Diego Receives Alternative Transportation Award

The university has received a SANDAG iCommute Diamond Award in recognition of the university’s contributions to alleviating the region’s traffic congestion and greenhouse gases with alternative transportation options.

Diversity & Inclusion

22. San Diego State U LGBT Student Union to Receive Diversity Award

The LGBT Student Union has been selected to receive the school’s annual “Diversity Award,” a top honor that reflects the organization’s commitment to inclusion on campus and in the community.


23. Kennebec Valley CC Receives Grant for Sustainable Ag Program

The college will receive a $2.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration to create an agriculture-oriented education hub. A two-year associate degree in sustainable agriculture will be one of the first programs to make its debut in the fall. The program will provide students with the technical and small business skills needed to manage or develop a small farm or agricultural business.

24. U Maine Machias New Green Fee Funds Sustainability Projects

The university’s new Green Fund Committee has selected its first set of campus sustainability projects to receive funding. Projects selected include installation of new recycling stations and water filling stations, distribution of reusable water bottles and new bins for electronic waste collection.
See also: AASHE Resource: Student Fees for Sustainability

25. U New Hampshire Receives Grant to Expand Sustainability Institute

The university’s Sustainability Institute has received a $50,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation to expand its Sustainability Learning Collaborative initiative. The project will link university faculty with regional high school teachers and community college faculty to help develop sustainability curricula for classrooms.

Health & Wellness

26. American Public U System Explores New Wellness Efforts

The university system has increased sustainability and wellness efforts that focus primarily on employees. Recent initiatives include a carpooling program and hosting walking clubs during lunchtime. The university also plans to host a wellness day that will feature information on composting, wellness clinics, vendors and yoga.

Public Engagement

27. U Minnesota Expands Resilient Communities Project

The university’s Resilient Communities Project (RCP) has selected North St. Paul as its partner community for the 2013-2014 academic year. Each year, RCP chooses a city partner, helps identify potential projects, and matches the city’s project needs with University of Minnesota courses. The partnership will bring the expertise of hundreds of graduate students and the university to sustainability-related projects identified by North St. Paul.

28. Cuesta College to Open Sustainability Resource Center

The college has announced plans to open a Sustainability Resource Center that will focus on alternative energies in the San Luis Obispo County school systems and the local community. The center will provide resources and training for teachers at all grade levels and delivery of sustainability learning modules to students both at Cuesta College and local schools. MidAmerican Solar, SunPower and NRG Energy provided financing for the project.

New Resources
29. AASHE Guest Blog: Helpful Support Increases Impact

This latest guest blog features Susan Powers, director of sustainability for Clarkson University. She shares the university’s experience of participating in Focus the Nation’s Forums-to-Action framework and the support it provided to help develop students’ leadership skills.

30. AASHE Workshop: Developing a Campus Sustainability Living Lab

Taking place June 7-9 at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon, this workshop will introduce systematic efforts to break through the current curricular and operational paradigms and form a new model for both education and sustainability action—the campus living lab. Participants will leave with: a plan and a set of actions/strategies for implementing a campus living lab; a deep understanding about the underlying theory and value proposition in implementing a sustainability living lab on campus; a clear typology and definition for a living lab program and courses that increase sustainability education; a network of peers; and more. The deadline to register is April 23.

31. Call for Proposals: Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability

The Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability invites proposals on any area of campus sustainability for its regional conference at Luther College, to be held November 8-9. The conference will celebrate sustainability success stories, work to build community, and instigate action to address the many challenges of climate change. The deadline to submit is April 26.

Jobs & Internships
32. Director of Diversity and Advocacy, Mary Baldwin College

33. Sustainability Manager, Colorado College

34. Sustainability Outreach Specialist, Texas A&M U

35. Program Associate, MBA in Sustainability, Bard College

36. AASHE Webinar: Implementation Strategies for Campus GRFs

April 23, 2013; 2:00 pm Eastern; Online

37. Collegiate Sports Sustainability Summit

June 25 -26, 2013; Atlanta, GA
Host: Georgia Institute of Technology

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