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Welcome to the first issue of AASHE Bulletin: Global Edition! In an effort to help our members learn from campus sustainability leaders across the globe, AASHE will now offer a twice-yearly newsletter that covers sustainability stories from higher education institutions located outside of the U.S. and Canada. AASHE Bulletin: Global Edition supplements our weekly AASHE Bulletin, which focuses on campus sustainability in the US and Canada. Please visit our Global Edition homepage for more information.

Table of Contents for August 2009:

NEWS
Buildings 1. Dubai Intl Academic City Complex Receives LEED Silver
2. Ho Chi Minh City U of Architecture Receives Green Construction Award
Co-Curricular Education 3. Monash U Students Assess Footprint of University Leaders
4. U Western Sydney Students Develop, Promote Green Projects
Dining Services 5. U Huddersfield Receives Fairtrade Accreditation
Energy 6. Harper Adams University College to Install Anaerobic Digester
7. Sathyabama U Completes 2.2 MW Solar Steam Cooking Project
8. U Western Australia to Install Geothermal
9. EARTH U Transforms Wastewater into Cooking Fuel with Bio-Digester
10. Northumbria U Purchases Green Computers
11. Queen Margaret U Wins National Green IT Award
Grounds 12. Indira Gandhi National Open U Launches Green Campus Project
Investment 13. Edinburgh U Students Refuse Bank Ads Due to Investment Practices
Research 14. North Highland College to Research Marine Energy Development
15. Sathyabama U Students' Satellite to Monitor Pollution from Space
Sustainability Institutionalization 16. 28 South Korean Presidents Sign MOU for Green Campuses
17. 21 Intl Research Campuses Sign Sustainability Statement
18. 13 Taiwanese Universities Sign Talloires Declaration
19. Kingston U Establishes Sustainability Hub
20. Switzerland & Australian Campuses Win Intl Sustainability Awards
Sustainability Staffing 21. Macquarie Hires Sustainable Transport Officer
Transportation 22. Karnataka State Women's U to Establish Bio-Diesel Park
23. Monash U Begins Campus Bike Share Program
Waste 24. INCAE Holds Recycling Contest
Water 25. Banaras Hindu U to Install Sewage Treatment Plant

News

Buildings

1. Dubai Intl Academic City Complex Receives LEED Silver
Dubai International Academic City (United Arab Emirates) has received LEED Silver certification for its Phase-III complex. Comprising four academic buildings and a food court, the 600,000 square-feet DIAC Phase-III complex features heat recovery wheels, enhanced levels of insulation, optimization of fresh air through variable speed drives on air handling units, recessed windows, and low lighting power densities.

2. Ho Chi Minh City U of Architecture Receives Green Construction Award
Ho Chi Minh City University of Architecture (Viet Nam) has received a Silver Award in the Holcim Awards Sustainable Construction competition and $200,000 in prize money for its planned low-impact greenfield university campus. The structure design uses wind for natural ventilation of buildings and open circulation areas to reduce the use of air conditioning. It also features rain water harvesting, natural daylighting, and local construction materials whenever possible. The Holcim Awards is an international competition of the Holcim Foundation and offers prize money of $2 million per three-year competition cycle. The project was selected from almost 5,000 construction plans from 121 countries entered at the competition.

Co-Curricular Education

3. Monash U Students Assess Footprint of University Leaders
A group of Monash University (Australia) students have assessed the University's leaders on the environmental impact of their work through the University's Green Steps program, an extra-curricular course that teaches students how to apply sustainability in the workplace. Over a number of weeks the Green Step students worked with more than twenty University leaders including the Vice Chancellor, Deputy and Pro Vice Chancellors, divisional directors, and senior lecturers to calculate the environmental impact of their work using an ‘ecological footprint’ calculator. The students defined 'ecological footprint' as a measure expressed in ‘global hectares’ (gha) of how many natural resources such as water and land a person uses to support the way he or she lives and works. The Green Steps students reported that the global average footprint is nearly 3 gha; the average Australian’s is about 8gha, and the average for the Monash leaders came to 9gha (with the highest at 37gha and the lowest just 1.1).
See also: Green Steps Program Homepage

4. U Western Sydney Students Develop, Promote Green Projects
Students at the University of Western Sydney (Australia) have begun a program to work with the UWS Greening Taskforce to design, construct, and promote several environmentally friendly projects and campaigns. Initiatives will include water recycling, solar power work, bio-fuel production, and organic waste composting. While Engineering students will play a key role, students from all areas have the opportunity to participate throughout the design and promotion process. In addition, students studying 'Learning Through Community Service' have formed a group called "Communication Projects in Sustainable Development" that provides support to the UWS Greening Taskforce by developing awareness campaigns. One of these campaigns will work to get students and staff to turn off non-essential power when not in use.

Dining Services

5. U Huddersfield Receives Fairtrade Accreditation
The University of Huddersfield (England) has received Fairtrade status from the Fairtrade Foundation. To gain official accreditation, universities and other organizations have to demonstrate commitment to a number of criteria set by the Foundation. The University has offered Fairtrade products in all its catering outlets and at all meetings and events for several years, and has recently expanded its offerings so that products are now more widely available and there is a 100-plus selection to choose from. The University has also created a formal policy and the Fairtrade Steering Group.

Energy

6. Harper Adams University College to Install Anaerobic Digester
Harper Adams University College (England) has announced plans to install an anaerobic digester to reduce its carbon emissions. The system will digest farm and food waste into three byproducts: biogas, which will fuel a unit producing both heat and power and will make the northern half of the campus entirely self-sufficient for energy; liquid fertilizer; and compost, which can be used for the college's farm and grounds operations, reducing reliance on manufactured fertilizers. The University College expects the digester to mitigate more than 3 times the amount of carbon generated by campus buildings. HAUC will fund the project through its portion of the £10 million that was set aside for "transformational" projects under the new Revolving Green Fund which was set up by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

7. Sathyabama U Completes 2.2 MW Solar Steam Cooking Project
Sathyabama University (India) has installed 110, 10 square-meter solar concentrator dishes on the terrace of the boys hostel mess. The dishes can supply up to 2.2 MW of thermal power to the building's kitchen and can be used to cook up to 30,000 meals per day.

8. U Western Australia to Install Geothermal
The University of Western Australia has announced plans to begin a geothermal energy project that will replace approximately one third of the electricity presently used to power the University's central air-conditioning plants. UWA has hired a company to drill two geothermal wells to a depth of around 3,000 meters. One well, a production well, will be used to access and obtain the hot geothermal water and the other, an injection well, will be used to return the cooler geothermal water following the extraction of the geothermal energy (in the form of heat) by an absorption chiller.

9. EARTH U Transforms Wastewater into Cooking Fuel with Bio-Digester
EARTH University (Costa Rica) has inaugurated Rumen II, a new 52 cubic meter bio-digester that transforms campus wastewater into cooking fuel. Rumen II produces approximately 30 cubic meters of biogas daily which it uses to fuel three burners in the institution's cafeteria. The device collects wastewater from the cafeteria, two student dorms, two laboratories, and the Academic Administration buildings. The University has reduced its liquefied petroleum gas usage by 15 percent, saving more than $2,750 per year. EARTH University now has a total of 5 bio-digesters on campus.

10. Northumbria U Purchases Green Computers
Northumbria University (England) has purchased 450 energy efficient "thin client" desktop computers. The new terminals consume a fraction of the electricity compared to a standard PC and generate much less heat.

11. Queen Margaret U Wins National Green IT Award
Queen Margaret University (Scotland) has received a national Green Gown award for sustainable information and communication technology. The Green Gown Awards recognize exceptional sustainability initiatives being taken by the UK’s education institutions. QMU was selected for implementation of energy efficiency thin client computers. QMU was also ‘highly commended’ in the Sustainable Construction category of the Green Gown Awards. This award recognizes the exceptionally high standard of sustainability within the design and build of its new campus.

Grounds

12. Indira Gandhi National Open U Launches Green Campus Project
Indira Gandhi National Open University (India) has launched its "Green IGNOU" project in an effort to make the campus more eco-friendly. As part of the project, the University plans to plant 80 percent of its landscape with trees and dense foliage.

Investment

13. Edinburgh U Students Refuse Bank Ads Due to Investment Practices
Students at Edinburgh University (Scotland) have announced that they will refuse Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) advertising on campus during Freshers' Week, the week immediately before classes start, until the bank changes its investment practices. The decision was made at the Students' Representative Council (SRC) which also voted to call on the university to sell all of its shares in RBS. Students are upset over allegations that RBS is the UK's largest funder of the oil, coal, and gas extraction industry. RBS usually sets up a portable building on campus during Freshers' Week and markets itself heavily as the primary student bank.

Research

14. North Highland College to Research Marine Energy Development
North Highland College (Scotland) has announced plans to develop a research project centered on marine energy and the environment. The Marine Renewable Energy and the Environment research programme (MaREE) will be built in collaboration with the Scottish Association for Marine Science. MaREE's projects will focus on issues surrounding marine energy development such as grid constraints, design expertise, environmental impacts, and synergies between the oil and renewable industries.

15. Sathyabama U Students' Satellite to Monitor Pollution from Space
The Indian Space Research Organization has announced plans to launch a nano satellite designed and developed by students at Sathyabama University (India). The satellite, which is scheduled for completion in June 2010, has been designed to monitor air and earth surface pollution. A team of 27 students will construct the satellite.

Sustainability Institutionalization

16. 28 South Korean Presidents Sign MOU for Green Campuses
Presidents of 28 South Korean universities, the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, and the Ministry for Health, Welfare and Family Affairs have signed a memorandum of understanding for joint efforts to make campuses more environmentally-friendly. The participating universities have agreed to develop annual plans to conserve energy and resources, expand liberal-arts classes on sustainable growth and the environment, and promote research on new renewable energies and eco-friendly technologies. The group of presidents also agreed to join efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by promoting the use of bicycles on campus and striving to make the universities car-free. The MOU was developed by the country's Green Campus Council, which was initiated in November 2008.

17. 21 Intl Research Campuses Sign Sustainability Statement
Vice-chancellors and presidents from Universitas 21, the international network of 21 research-intensive universities in 14 countries, have signed a statement on sustainability at their annual meeting. The statement emphasizes the important role universities play in facing the challenges of climate change, the decline of biodiversity, the need for energy, food and water security, and of economic sustainability and of human health. Under the agreement, each university will develop, publish and monitor targets, share the results with the others, undertake research aimed at a sustainable future, establish the university campus as a living laboratory for such a future, emphasise citizenship and engagement to promote faculty, staff, and student volunteers, and build capacity through cross-network collaboration. Participating campuses include the University of Auckland (New Zealand), University of Birmingham (England), University of Delhi (India), University of Dublin (Ireland), University of Edinburgh (Scotland), University of Glasgow (Scotland), University of Hong Kong (China), University of Korea (South Korea), University of Melbourne (Australia), University of Nottingham (England), and University of Queensland (Australia).

18. 13 Taiwanese Universities Sign Talloires Declaration
13 Taiwanese universities have signed the Talloires Declaration. By signing this international declaration, the universities commit to implement a 10-point action plan to incorporate sustainability and environmental literacy into teaching, research, operations and outreach. The 13 institutions include: National Chung Cheng University, Yuan Ze University, Taipei Medical University, National Kaohsiung University, Ching Yun University, Chaoyang University of Technology, National Chin-Yi University of Technology, Tzu Chi University, I-Shou University, National Chiayi University, National Chi Nan University, National Tainan University, and National Taiwan Normal University.

19. Kingston U Establishes Sustainability Hub
Kingston University (England) has established a Sustainability Hub which aims to bring people together to exchange ideas, enliven debate, and raise the campus' sustainability profile on campus and beyond. The Hub will also works on such projects as campus recycling, curriculum development, and community engagement.

20. Switzerland & Australian Campuses Win Intl Sustainability Awards
Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (Switzerland) and Australian National University have won The International Sustainable Campus Network's First International Sustainable Campus Awards. The awards recognize sustainable campus projects that demonstrate leadership, creativity, effectiveness, and outstanding performance in two categories: Excellence in Construction and Excellence in Impact. EPFL took first place in Construction and ANU won the Impact category. Tongji University (China), Gothenburg University (Sweden), and Luneburg University (Germany) placed in the top five for the Excellence in Impact Award.
See also: EPFL News Release
See also: ANU Press Release

Sustainability Staffing

21. Macquarie Hires Sustainable Transport Officer
Macquarie University (Australia) has appointed Adrian Emilsen as its new Sustainable Transport Officer. Emilsen will focus on reducing transport related greenhouse gas emissions and will be working with the expanding Sustainability@MQ team which includes staff and volunteers from the Chancellery, facilities, faculties, and student body. Amongst other transport education and awareness campaigns, Emilsen will be working with the Office of Facilities Management to oversee the implementation of a central campus Bike Hub, whereby swipe card access grants users access to secure bike storage, lockers, showers, and maintenance tools.

Transportation

22. Karnataka State Women's U to Establish Bio-Diesel Park
Karnataka State Women's University (India) has signed an agreement with Indian Bio-Diesel Society to establish a bio-diesel park on its campus. The purpose of the park will be to maintain the quality of the bio-diesel and to encourage area farmers to grow trees that can be converted into the fuel.

23. Monash U Begins Campus Bike Share Program
Monash University (Australia) has begun a bike share program on campus. Students who join the program are provided with a special key which enables them to ride bicycles from a holding area at the halls of residence to various docking stations around the campus. Industrial Design students from the Faculty of Art and Design created the bikes from old and discarded cycles. The same group of students also designed a prototype bicycle to become the iconic centerpiece of the bike sharing initiative. The "Uni-cycle" was built from recycled plastic and has been designed with innovative features including a gas lift seat, photosensitive lights, and a drive shaft instead of the traditional oily chain. The University hopes the Uni-cycle will be available in the next two years.
See also: Uni-cycle News Release

Waste

24. INCAE Holds Recycling Contest
Instituto Centroamericano de Administración de Empresas (INCAE) (Nicaragua and Costa Rica) has completed its "First Institutional Recycling Contest. The competition, which was held from April 13 – May 8, 2009, required participants to bring recyclable material to the institution's collection center. The team that recycled the most waste per person was declared the winner. The competition collected approximately 5 tons of recyclable material and has encouraged participants to continue recycling.

Water

25. Banaras Hindu U to Install Sewage Treatment Plant
Banaras Hindu University (India) has announced plans to install a sewage treatment plant on campus. Currently, 350 million liters of sewage is generated per day in the city and only a portion of it is treated. The remaining untreated sewage is released into a nearby river.

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