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August 12, 2014

Hi loyal and dedicated campus sustainability leaders! I am writing to inform you that I'll be stepping down as editor of the Bulletin and this is my last issue. Andrea Huggins, AASHE's marketing & communications coordinator, will be taking the helm as of the August 19 issue. Please be sure to send all the great innovations, achievements and firsts for your institution to bulletin@aashe.org.

In the past year as your editor, I have noted the remarkable progress in some of the most meaningful issues of our time, having far-reaching and profound effects not only within higher education but also beyond. From fossil fuel divestiture to access & affordability to the campus community unity movement, I applaud those working in these socially impactful areas.

A metaphor I oft use for higher education is a glacier. Merriam-Webster indicates that glaciers move forward under their own weight. Forward. They carve, create and move mountains. Forward. Under the weight of higher education's long institutional history the impact of your school's sustainability actions, initiatives, innovations and projects will ripple across generations. Forward.

Thank you for continuing to inspire hope for our shared human future. Together we move. Forward.

Always dedicated, Crystal Simmons

News of the Week

Education & Research

Curriculum

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Co-Curricular Education & Student Organizing

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Campus Sustainability in the Media

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Campus Operations

Buildings

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Energy

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Grounds

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Waste

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Water

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Planning, Administration & Engagement

Assessments & Ratings

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Human Resources

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New Resources

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Opportunities

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Jobs & Internships

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News of the Week

Education & Research

Curriculum

1. U Pennsylvania Program Advances Sustainability in Curriculum

A student selected to participate in the Penn Green Campus Partnership's Integrating Sustainability Across the Curriculum recently spent eight weeks with two professors to examine sources from which to include relevant supplemental readings and conducted research for a joint paper on business contributions toward environmental protection.
See also: AASHE Resource: Sustainability Curriculum
See also: AASHE Business Members Offering Education Products or Services
See also: AASHE Discussion Forum: Curriculum

Co-Curricular Education & Student Organizing

2. Heartland CC Students Learn Using Campus Wind Turbine

This week the on-campus, commercial wind turbine has afforded students the opportunity to train for proper safety procedures, wind tower rescue and competent-climber training.
See also: AASHE Resource: Sustainability in Co-Curricular Education and Student Organizing
See also: AASHE Resource: Campus Wind Turbine Installations

3. Smith College Students Engage in Community Garden

In its first year out of the pilot program, the college offers students the opportunity to increase knowledge and hands on learning about sustainable food through managing the daily operations of the garden in collaboration with Dining Services. Harvested food is donated to local nonprofits or sold to students.
See also: AASHE Resource: Campus and Campus-Community Gardens
See also: AASHE Discussion Forum: Co-Curricular Education and Student Organizing

4. Roosevelt U Students Initiate Green Projects

Sustainability interns have cultivated a rooftop garden, with more than 100 pounds of produce donated to campus dining, and are preparing a sustainability plan using skills learned in the sustainability studies program.
See also: AASHE Resource: Sustainability in Co-Curricular Education and Student Organizing
See also: AASHE Discussion Forum: Co-Curricular Education and Student Organizing

Campus Sustainability in the Media


5. NPR: How to Grow Green Energy and Endowments [Audio]

National Public Radio's Marketplace investigates Sustainable Endowments Institute's Billion Dollar Green Challenge and Green Revolving Investment Tracking System (GRITS) to advance the idea of a rolling green fund to finance sustainability projects.

Campus Operations

Buildings

6. North Carolina State U Receives APPA Sustainability Award

Designed to recognize leadership and sustainability advancements in facilities, this Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers (APPA) award, announced in August 2014, honors the university for maintenance and operations, energy and utility use, and planning and construction.
See also: AASHE Resource: Campus Green Buildings
See also: AASHE Resource: Policies Related to Campus Green Building

7. U Pennsylvania Buildings Receive LEED Gold

The university's new nanotechnology science building features high-efficiency mechanical, electrical and plumbing equipment for public spaces, 90 percent waste diversion of construction material, natural light, low volatile compound emitting interior finish materials, two green roofs and outside public community spaces. The second certified space, an addition, includes green roofs and community common areas.
See also: AASHE Resource: Campus Green Buildings
See also: AASHE Business Members Offering Green Buildings Products or Services
See also: AASHE Discussion Forum: Buildings

Energy

8. Dartmouth College Purchases Energy Credits

Part of an ongoing $16 million grant to improve campus sustainability, the college’s newly installed windows and light fixtures and $50,000 of clean energy credits, equal to 7.3-million kilowatt-hours of energy, has helped the community earn recognition as a Green Power Community by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
See also: AASHE Resource: Campus Sustainable Energy Management
See also: AASHE Business Members Offering Energy-Related Products or Services
See also: AASHE Discussion Forum: Energy

9. Western Nevada College Completes 180KW Solar Install

Expanding its use of clean energy to aid in greenhouse gas reductions, the college recently completed the 180-kilowatt project.
See also: AASHE Resource: Campus Solar Photovoltaic Installations
See also: AASHE Business Members Offering Energy-Related Products or Services
See also: AASHE Discussion Forum: Energy

10. 10 Chicago Institutions Commit to Reduce Energy Use

The ten schools that recently signed onto the Retrofit Chicago’s Commercial Buildings Initiative, which commits to a 20 percent energy reduction, are City Colleges of Chicago, Columbia College Chicago, DePaul University, Illinois Institute of Technology, Loyola University, Northwestern University, Roosevelt University, School of the Art Institute, University of Illinois at Chicago and University of Chicago.
See also: AASHE Resource: Campus Sustainable Energy Management
See also: AASHE Business Members Offering Energy-Related Products or Services
See also: AASHE Discussion Forum: Energy

11. U Texas Completes Solar Charging Stations

As part of its mission to support environmental-conscious campus initiatives, the university recently hooked up two new charging stations that convert solar energy into electricity and can charge up to six cell phones, laptops or electrical bikes at a time.
See also: AASHE Resource: Campus Solar Photovoltaic Installations
See also: AASHE Business Members Offering Energy-Related Products or Services
See also: AASHE Discussion Forum: Energy

Grounds

12. Auburn U Restores Campus Creek

Giving students, faculty and the community the ability to learn more about water resources, facilities recently restored the ecological function of the creek and included an outdoor classroom.
See also: AASHE Resource: Sustainable Campus Grounds Management
See also: AASHE Resource: Sustainable Water Management on Campus

Waste

13. Yale U Takes New Steps to Divert Waste

In addition to mattress recycling, the university's athletics department now donates unused high jump and pole vault mats to local schools to achieve its goal of 50 percent waste diversion rate by June 2016.
See also: AASHE Resource: Campus Surplus Property Recycling Programs
See also: AASHE Business Members Offering Waste & Recycling-Related Products or Services
See also: AASHE Discussion Forum: Waste

Water

14. Concordia U Cuts Water Consumption

The university has enacted a new program to reduce water consumption at two campuses by 20 percent over the next three years, which includes facility upgrades and a water consumption awareness campaign for students, faculty and staff.
See also: AASHE Resource: Campus Water Conservation Efforts
See also: AASHE Discussion Forum: Water

Planning, Administration & Engagement

Assessments & Ratings

15. 14 Institutions Earn STARS Rating

As part of AASHE's ongoing efforts engage and recognize the full spectrum of colleges and universities, once per month the Bulletin will publish the names of those institutions that have recently submitted for a STARS rating. Having acquired a rating in July, congratulations to Bentley University, Colgate University, Colorado College, Concordia College Moorhead, Emory University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Macalester College, Okanagan College, Smith College, Stanford University, University of New Hampshire, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Vassar College and Western Michigan University.

16. Princeton Review Releases Green Rating

Aiding students in their decision to apply to or attend a school, the Green Rating project, now in its seventh year, has reported its annual rating of 861 colleges and universities based upon their sustainability-related practices, policies and academic offerings.
See also: AASHE Resource: Campus Sustainability Assessment Tools
See also: AASHE Business Members Offering Sustainability Consulting Services

Human Resources

17. Kentucky State U Raises Employee Wages

After learning that the lowest paid employees were earning $7.25 per hour, the university's interim president is recompensing those employees by forgoing $90,000 of his annual income in order to create a living wage.
See also: AASHE Resource: Campus Living Wage Policies

New Resources
18. 2014 Conference & Expo Full Schedule

Themed Innovation for Sustainable Economies & Communities, the 2014 Conference & Expo now offers its full schedule of workshops, sessions, expo hours and more to assist participants in creating their personalized plan.

19. AASHE Member Discount: Northwest Earth Institute Course Books

The Northwest Earth Institute offers AASHE members a discount of $5 off each $25 sustainability-focused course book. Course book titles include Choices for Sustainable Living, Menu for the Future, Seeing Systems, Voluntary Simplicity, and more.

Opportunities
20. STARS 2014 Survey

As part of the 2014 Listening Project, the STARS 2014 Survey is now available. AASHE invites everyone, regardless of STARS participation status, to take this survey. The survey is meant to reach campus sustainability practitioners at any higher education institution who have an interest in tracking and bench-marking campus sustainability performance.

21. Executive Education for Disruptive Sustainability Workshop

At this year's AASHE 2014 Conference & Expo, AASHE has invited Leith Sharp from Harvard University's Center for Health and the Global Environment, in collaboration with the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council, to deliver a new one-day intensive session for senior leaders and experienced sustainability professionals who are wanting to integrate sustainability into the core of their university or college as a driver of innovation, effectiveness and growth. This all-day workshop is on October 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
See also: AASHE 2014 Conference & Expo

Jobs & Internships
22. Sustainability and Resource Conservation Manager, Seattle U

23. Facilities Director, Pacific Lutheran U

24. Facilities Mgr/Outreach Coord, Enviro Studies, Oberlin College

25. Energy Management Coordinator, U Mississippi

26. College Programs Coordinator, Lucid

Events
27. Promoting Sustainable Landscapes: Making a Case for Campus Trees

Aug. 20, 2014; 2:00 p.m. Eastern ; Online

28. Project Management for the Sustainability Professional Webinar

Sept. 17, 2014; 3:00 p.m. Eastern ; Online

29. 2014 Presidential Summit on Climate Leadership

Oct. 1-3, 2014; Boston, MA
Hosted by Second Nature

30. Introductory Community Based Social Marketing Workshop

Nov. 17-18, 2014; Boston, MA
Hosted by Tufts University

31. Advanced Community Based Social Marketing Workshop

Nov. 19-20, 2014; Boston, MA
Hosted by Tufts University

32. Mid-America Prosperity and Security Conference

Sept. 12, 2014; Terre Haute, Indiana
Hosted by Indiana State University


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