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April 23, 2013

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News of the Week

Education & Research

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Campus Operations

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Transportation

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Waste

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Planning, Administration & Engagement

Diversity & Inclusion

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Funding

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Human Resources

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Public Engagement

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Campus Sustainability Discussion Forums Highlights

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News of the Week

Education & Research

Co-Curricular Education & Student Organizing

1. N Carolina Central U Organizes Farmers’ Market College Day

The university’s Green Team organized a College Day at the Durham Farmers’ Market to promote healthy eating, local farming and supporting local businesses. Students using public transportation received a five-dollar coupon for the market, and farmers offered a 10 percent discount to students with a college ID. In collaboration with the farmers market, the Green Team has also organized a student internship program where students next fall will work alongside farmers and the market manager to learn about sustainable agriculture, marketing and local economic development.

2. North Carolina State U Creates Steward Program

The Steward program will attempt to consider the challenges facing the environment more holistically, and integrate economic and social aspects into their advocacy. As ambassadors for environmental advocates, the Stewards hope to collaborate with other environmental groups by holding workshops, presentations and campus events.

3. Portland State U Teams with Wells Fargo on Cleantech Challenge

The university has partnered with Wells Fargo to present a new competition for students and faculty with innovative ideas on how to improve the way communities operate in a resource-constrained environment. The PSU-Wells Fargo Cleantech Challenge will offer $50,000 in cash to help innovation teams bring their ideas to market.

4. Students Compete in DOE-Sponsored Cleantech Challenge

The U.S. Department of Energy-sponsored CU Cleantech New Venture Challenge has recognized five student groups from the University of Colorado Boulder, University of Colorado Denver, Iowa State University, University of Utah and Brigham Young University to compete in the regional semifinals. Student projects include a cooling system for data centers, a rooftop system that captures carbon dioxide, and a brewery byproduct that is converted to an algae-based nutraceutical. The first-place team will receive $100,000 and will go on to the national competition, June 11-12, in Washington, D.C.

5. U Colorado Boulder Debuts One Million Acts of Green

The university has announced the launch of One Million Acts of Green, a campus-wide sustainability-based social networking tool that will enable users to visualize the impact of their efforts to live green. For each of the first 1,000 people to sign up for One Million Act of Green, the Office of Campus Sustainability will put $10 toward campus sustainability projects.

6. U Vermont’s Eco-Reps Launch Follow the Leaf Campaign

The university’s Eco-Reps have launched a Follow the Leaf campaign in an effort to make it easier for students to make sustainable choices. As part of the launch, the Eco-Reps held an even that included green leaf eco-pledges and their own Eco-Option label.

7. Long Island U Uses Blender Bike to Make Smoothies and Raise Money

A graduate assistant has partnered with Dining Services to convert a bicycle into a food blender in an effort to raise awareness about energy conservation. The blender bike will be used to create smoothies made from local and organic ingredients that will be sold to the campus community with the intention of showcasing how sustainability can be fun and profitable. The money raised will go toward future sustainability initiatives.

Campus Operations

Buildings

8. U Iowa Renovation of Stuit Hall Earns LEED Gold

The building incorporates passive solar design, a rain garden to capture storm water from the roof, occupancy sensors to control electric lights, new insulation and windows, low-VOC and formaldehyde-free products, energy-efficient mechanicals, and recycling storage and collection centers on every floor.

Dining Services

9. Food Recovery Network, Bon Appétit Partner to Fight Food Waste

Bon Appétit Management Company has partnered with the Food Recovery Network (FRN), a student-operated nonprofit working on college campuses to curb food waste and end hunger. Bon Appétit and FRN will work together to recover surplus food from campus dining halls and deliver it to local shelters to combat hunger in the surrounding communities.
See also: AASHE Resource: Sustainable Dining Initiatives (member resource)

10. Warren Wilson College Signs Real Food Challenge Commitment

The college and Sodexo Dining Services have signed the Real Food Challenge Commitment. The agreement, augmenting previous sustainability commitments by the college, states that Warren Wilson will procure 40 percent “real food” annually by the year 2020. The College’s local foods crew is charged with monitoring the food purchasing.

11. Loyola Marymount U Commits to Sustainable Seafood

The university has earned the Marine Stewardship Council’s Chain of Custody certification. The certificate attests that the fish stock used on campus comes from sustainable fisheries that are concerned with the marine ecosystem; and is supplied by processors and distributors through sustainable sourcing practices.

Energy

12. U British Columbia Deploys New Smart Grid Energy System

The university has unveiled a new $5.1 million energy storage system, created in partnership with Alpha Technologies Ltd. and Corvus Energy. The smart grid technology will allow the storage of clean power when it is generated and its use in times of peak demand.

13. Agnes Scott College Installs Energy Efficient Lamps

The college has replaced fluorescent lamps across campus with more energy-efficient bulbs. The lamps are part of the college’s first green revolving fund project and are expected to save about $11,000 annually in electricity bills.

Transportation

14. Georgetown U Mobile App Allows Users to Track Buses

The university has debuted a new GPS-tracking feature for campus shuttles. NextGUTS maps the location of the next available Georgetown University Transportation Shuttle (GUTS) in real time, allowing anyone with a mobile device to access estimated times of arrival for the next available shuttles.
See also: AASHE Resource: Campus Alternative Transportation Initiatives (member resource)

Waste

15. Bowdoin College Athletes Implement Shoe Reuse Program

Bowdoin Green Athletes (BGA) looks to continue its campaign to ingrain sustainability into the athletic culture through a team-by-team strategy and a shoe reuse initiative. As part of the Rerun Shoes initiative, BGA has installed two boxes for students to donate their old, unwanted sneakers. About 200 pounds of shoes have been collected so far.

16. Cabrillo College Purchases Refillable Dry-Erase Markers

The college’s Division of Natural and Applied Science has begun using refillable dry-erase markers in an effort to eliminate toxins, reduce waste and save money.

Planning, Administration & Engagement

Diversity & Inclusion

17. U Michigan Diversity Resolution Passes Assembly

The Senate Assembly voted to approve a resolution that would increase efforts to promote inclusivity. The goals of the four-part resolution include reassessment of the strategies used to increase diversity, adoption of active, intentional, creative and ongoing efforts to improve diversity, assurance that diversity efforts are woven into the university’s fabric, and publicly asserting the goal of improving diversity on all three university campuses.

Funding

18. U Maryland Apiary to Add 8 Hives with New Grant Money

The beekeeping club has received a $9,600 grant from the Sustainability Fund to expand the university’s apiary with eight more hives. Members hope to develop a “Terps Bees” brand of honey products and beeswax candles to sell at the Maryland Food Co-op, farmers markets and the university’s convenience shops.

19. Western Michigan U Receives Funding for Solar Racing Vehicles

Three student engineering teams will receive $8,000 from Eaton Corp. to help design and develop racing vehicles. One of the projects being funded includes a solar-powered vehicle for the American Solar Challenge.

20. Eastern Illinois U Receives Recycling Grant

The university has received a $15,000 grant from the Alcoa Foundation to purchase 2,150 deskside recycling bins to be placed in residence halls.

Human Resources

21. Montgomery County CC Launches Green Office Initiative

The college has selected six offices to participate in a new Green Office pilot program. The four-tier, goal driven system requires that a minimum of 50% of an office’s staff must sign the registration to participate. Each participating office will have an internal office mentor who reports to the Green Office Committee and also serve as a conduit for goals and news from the Climate Council.
See also: AASHE Resource: Campus Green Office Programs (member resource)

22. U Cincinnati Creates Environmental Literacy Certificate Program

The Sustainability Office has begun a non-credit Environmental Literacy Certificate of Achievement program this academic year with members of the housekeeping staff. In the fall semester, a new group of staff members will participate in the program, and a parallel program targeting students will begin. Participants will attend 20 events, including lectures, film discussions and sustainability supper discussions.

Public Engagement

23. Washington U St. Louis Announces Land Lab Winners

The Sustainable Land Lab is a joint program between the city and the university’s Office of Sustainability to turn vacant land into innovate public competition that will give teams the opportunity to demonstrate their ideas through tangible projects at the scale of a single vacant lot. Winners of the inaugural competition include a franchise-model urban farm, a bistro built out of re-used shipping containers, and a sunflower lab piloting efficiency of plant-based soil remediation.

New Resources
24. Princeton Review Releases 2013 Guide to Green Schools

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 320 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.

Opportunities
25. AASHE Workshop: Next Steps for Campus Sustainability

When sustainability has been included in a few courses and all of the light bulbs have been changed, what comes next? Taking place August 26-28 at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, this AASHE workshop will focus on helping you build the connections across disciplines, across campus and into the community that will transform the way your institution works toward sustainability. You will leave this workshop with: the ability to identify both opportunities for and barriers to transformative change in academics, operations and administration; and the skills to initiate strategies for meaningful change for sustainability. Link to the workshop description and register here by July 25.

26. Earth Day Network Seeks 'Face of Climate Change' Submissions

The Earth Day Network is organizing a massive collection of images from around the world that show the face of climate change. Change can be negative - floods, droughts, disappearing species - but it can also be positive, like the change wrought by activists and concerned citizens who are working to protect the earth. Images will be displayed online for anyone to see and share. Upload your images to the Earth Day Network web page or email them directly to varvel@earthday.net.

27. Environmental Leadership Program National Fellowship

The Environmental Leadership Program is accepting applications for its 2013 National Fellowship Program. The program brings together environmental and social change leaders from academia, business, government and the non-profit sector. It offers intensive leadership training and regional networking opportunities. The application deadline is July 1, 2013.

28. SustainUS Climate Change Negotiations Delegation to CBD COP 19

The SustainUS Agents of Change program is now accepting applications to join the SustainUS youth delegation to the 19th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, to be held in Poland in November 2013. Delegates will work with each other and with international youth in advance of the conference to educate themselves and their communities, develop policy priorities, acquire skills in effective lobbying, and engage the broader youth community in action related to international biodiversity policy. Applications are due by May 12.

Jobs & Internships
29. Sustainability Institute Director, Williamette U

30. Director, Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise, U Michigan

31. Coordinator for Sustainability, U Colorado Boulder

32. Alternative Transportation Manager, Colorado State U

33. Chief Diversity Officer, Arkansas State U

34. Regional Organizer, CoFED

35. Community Green Lead, USGBC

36. Environmental Scientist, Climate Change Science, Bard College

Events
37. 2013 Colloquium on Internationalization and Sustainability

May 26 -31, 2013; St. Louis, Missouri
Host: NAFSA: Association of International Educators

38. Collegiate Sports Sustainability Summit

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

Campus Sustainability Discussion Forums Highlights

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39. Aerobic Digester

Due to space constraints and limited access to trucks, we are looking into managing 20 tons of food scraps from our student center by using an aerobic digester. Do you use an aerobic digester to manage your food waste on campus? If so, what company do you use and would you recommend them?

40. Fixture Analysis

I'm a senior from Chapman University and I am working on an audit of my university's water usage for my senior thesis. Part of my plan, is to complete a life cycle analysis of the current fixtures we are using (automatic toilets, automatic sinks, shower heads, and possibly washing machines) and compare them to more efficient options. Are there any particular fixtures that I should look into that are both water efficient and cost effective? I'm interested in what other universities have installed! Also, if any of you (or your university) have completed a similar analysis, I would love to talk to you about some of the assumptions you made when calculating your results.


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