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Table of Contents for 2/21/2012:

NEWS
Affordability and Access 1. U Missouri Expands Partnership to Support Low-Income Students
Buildings 2. Harvard U Building Goes Double LEED Platinum
3. Seattle U Buildings Go Carbon Neutral with Upgrades, Offsets
4. U Georgia Art Museum Earns LEED Gold
Campus Sustainability in the Media 5. Huffington Post Covers Growing Field of Sustainability Studies
Co-Curricular Education and Student Organizing 6. U Michigan Establishes Student Clean Energy Venture Challenge
7. Washington U St. Louis Students Push for Renewable Energy
8. Temple U Students Use Art to Promote Safe Bird Migration
Coordination and Planning 9. Concordia College Moorhead Hires First Sustainability Coordinator
10. Tufts U Launches Community Supported Agriculture Project
Curriculum 11. Northern Maine CC Partners for Green Workforce Training
Dining Services 12. Manhattan College Earns Fair Trade Status
13. Saint Michael’s College Receives Fair Trade Status
Diversity and Inclusion 14. U North Florida Partners to Enhance Diversity, Inclusion Efforts
Energy 15. Brown U Debuts 168-Panel Hybrid Solar Array
16. U Maryland College Park Installs Lighting Occupancy Sensors
17. York U Turns Down Heat for National Sweater Day
Funding 18. Obama Seeks $8 B for Community College Job Training Programs
19. Luther College Receives $384K for Sustainability Education
20. Northwest Technical College Gets $250K for Green Job Training
21. Seattle U Awarded $100K to Create Urban Farm
Grounds 22. Washington U St. Louis Students Spearhead Green Landscaping
Transportation 23. San Diego State U Unveils Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
24. U Kentucky Debuts DIY Bicycle Repair Stand
Waste 25. U Iowa Encourages Recycling with Removal of Waste Cans

NEW RESOURCES
26. New Issue of Sustainability: The Journal of Record
27. USGBC Higher Education Sustainability Profiles

OPPORTUNITIES
28. Clean Air-Cool Planet 2012 Fellowships
29. Energy Department Clean Energy Workforce Training Grants
30. Turn Out the Lights for Earth Hour 2012
31. U Vermont Campus Sustainability Leadership Program
32. Create a Regional Center of Expertise on Sustainable Development
33. Ithaca College Online Sustainability Leadership Certificate

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
34. Events Assistant, AASHE
35. Professor, Sustainable Engineering, Northern Illinois U
36. Assistant Professor, Sustainable Development, Appalachian State U
37. Enviro Health and Safety Coordinators, Columbia College Chicago

EVENTS
38. CURC Webinar: College Recycling Processing Equipment & Vehicles
39. Good Jobs-Green Jobs Conference
40. Academic Impressions Webinar: Green Programs for Residence Halls
41. Educational Practices for Green Building and Conservation Webinar

CAMPUS SUSTAINABILITY DISCUSSION FORUMS HIGHLIGHTS
42. Geothermal District Heating


News

Affordability and Access

1. U Missouri Expands Partnership to Support Low-Income Students
The University of Missouri's School of Medicine has announced an expanded partnership with the Cristo Rey Network to provide access and opportunities to low-income students who might not otherwise consider the medical profession. The Cristo Rey network supports 24 Catholic college preparatory high schools that are available to low-income youth, and offers a work-study program that funds 70 percent of the tuition. The university will expand its three-day Summit, where low-income students get to experience health careers and campus life, to more students in the Midwest by June 2012.

Buildings

2. Harvard U Building Goes Double LEED Platinum
Harvard University (MA) has announced a second LEED Platinum certification for its Campus Services building. The university initially achieved its first LEED Platinum certification with the building in 2007 in the New Construction category. Now, the building has earned a second Platinum nod in the LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance (EBOM) category and has outperformed the energy reduction predictions developed during the original renovation.

3. Seattle U Buildings Go Carbon Neutral with Upgrades, Offsets
Through new infrastructure enhancements and offsets, campus buildings at Seattle University (WA) have achieved carbon neutrality. The university saves emissions with a new natural gas fuel source, highly efficient gas boiler loop and a manure-to-power project investment. Ninety-eight percent of the university’s electricity is produced from Seattle City Light’s mix of hydro, wind and biomass, and the remaining 2 percent is offset with renewable energy credits.

4. U Georgia Art Museum Earns LEED Gold
The University of Georgia’s Museum of Art has achieved LEED Gold certification. Sustainable features include two underground cisterns for landscape use, rain gardens, low-flow plumbing fixtures and passive solar design. Ninety-one percent of the construction waste was also salvaged or recycled for use on site or in campus projects.

Campus Sustainability in the Media

5. Huffington Post Covers Growing Field of Sustainability Studies
Students are challenging their faculty to develop creative solutions to the world’s environmental sustainability crisis, reports a recent Huffington Post story. Focusing on the growth of environmental studies programs at U.S. universities, the article says that "more and more students are coming into our colleges with an intuitive and profound understanding of the changing nature of the planet." New academic programs at New York institutions including Columbia University, the New School and Bard College are profiled for their efforts to satisfy students' search for "new approaches to economic life that will permit the material comfort they have grown up with, while keeping the planet intact."
See also: AASHE Resource: Academic Programs Database

Co-Curricular Education and Student Organizing

6. U Michigan Establishes Student Clean Energy Venture Challenge
The University of Michigan has partnered with DTE Energy to establish the Michigan Clean Energy Venture Challenge. The program provides student teams interested in clean energy entrepreneurship the education, mentorship and resources to accelerate their ideas forward. Sixteen student teams from six universities statewide have been selected to present their business ideas and will compete for more than $100,000 in prizes. The competition is part of a national effort to encourage young entrepreneurs to develop renewable energy solutions through President Obama’s Startup America campaign.

7. Washington U St. Louis Students Push for Renewable Energy
Students at Washington University in St. Louis (MO) have launched Renew WashU, a new initiative to push the university to invest in renewable energy. With wind and solar energy, the students say that the university has the potential to use 100 percent renewable energy.

8. Temple U Students Use Art to Promote Safe Bird Migration
To raise awareness about bird collisions on campus buildings and offer potential solutions to the problem, graphic and interactive design students at Temple University (PA) have created decorative window film panels that enable birds to recognize windows as an obstruction. Nearly 1,000 birds die from building collisions each year on the campus, which sits in the middle of a migratory path.

Coordination and Planning

9. Concordia College Moorhead Hires First Sustainability Coordinator
Concordia College, Moorhead (MN) has appointed Kristin Brethova as its first sustainability coordinator. Brethova will lead the charge for a more environmentally and economically streamlined campus and serve as a resource for student-driven sustainability projects. Initial projects include the implementation of an outdoors recycling program and collaborating with university officials to establish conservation goals.

10. Tufts U Launches Community Supported Agriculture Project
Tufts University (MA) has partnered with a local sustainability-minded farm to launch a Community Supported Agriculture pilot program for the campus community. Fresh produce will be delivered to the campus weekly through April. The farm accepts food stamps and is willing to receive payments in installments.
See also: AASHE Resource: Campus Supported Agriculture and Farms (AASHE Member Resource)

Curriculum

11. Northern Maine CC Partners for Green Workforce Training
As part of the American Association of Community Colleges' (AACC) Sustainability Education and Economic Development (SEED) initiative, Northern Maine Community College has announced collaborations with local business partners on a new suite of courses to prepare students for the green workforce. The college will work to expand biomass conversion, small and large wind installations, and financing structures to support energy-efficient modifications throughout the region.

Dining Services

12. Manhattan College Earns Fair Trade Status
Manhattan College (NY) has received Fair Trade College status from Fair Trade USA. The certification is a result of five years of work to expand fair trade products within all campus dining halls, restaurants, cafes and bookstore.
See also: AASHE Resource: Campus Fair Trade Practices and Policies (AASHE Member Resource)

13. Saint Michael’s College Receives Fair Trade Status
After passing a campus-wide Fair Trade Resolution and Fair Trade Procurement Policy, Saint Michael’s College (VT) has been named a Fair Trade College by Fair Trade USA. The college will work to make fair trade coffee, tea and bananas available in the dining facilities at all times and integrate fair trade information and events into the campus community.
See also: AASHE Resource: Campus Fair Trade Practices and Policies (AASHE Member Resource)

Diversity and Inclusion

14. U North Florida Partners to Enhance Diversity, Inclusion Efforts
The University of North Florida has partnered with the OneJax Institute, a local nonprofit organization, to promote understanding among different religions, races and cultures on campus. The institute will work with students, staff and faculty to strengthen community partnerships and conversations on diversity and inclusion, and will complement services provided by the university’s Interfaith Center and the Intercultural Center for PEACE.

Energy

15. Brown U Debuts 168-Panel Hybrid Solar Array
Brown University (RI) has installed 168 solar panels on the roof of its new aquatics center. The hybrid installation combines a solar-powered electrical and heating system to provide electricity for the building and heat for the pool. The $800,000 project will be operational in April, when the building opens for students.
See also: AASHE Resource: Campus Solar Photovoltaic Installations

16. U Maryland College Park Installs Lighting Occupancy Sensors
The University of Maryland, College Park has installed more than 200 occupancy sensors in response to student concerns that many classroom lights remain on overnight and exceed campus building lighting standards. About 30 classrooms also received new energy-efficient fixtures with more planned. Funded through the Maryland Energy Administration State Agency Loan Program and PEPCO rebates, the project is estimated to save $100,000 in utility costs per year.

17. York U Turns Down Heat for National Sweater Day
In an effort to reduce campus energy consumption and draw attention to climate change, York University (ON) recently took part in World Wildlife Fund's National Sweater Day. The university's Sustainability@York initiative encouraged faculty, staff and students to participate by sending in photos of their sweaters for a chance to win a sustainability prize pack.

Funding

18. Obama Seeks $8 B for Community College Job Training Programs
In his budget for the 2013 fiscal year, President Obama has proposed $10 billion for job training programs including an $8 billion "Community College to Career Fund," reports a recent Chronicle of Higher Education article. The fund would provide money to community colleges and states to form partnerships with businesses to train an estimated two million workers in high-growth and in-demand areas. The budget would also raise the maximum Pell Grant by $85, double the number of work-study jobs and reward colleges and states that slow their tuition growth and sustain their higher-education budgets.
See also: Chronicle of Higher Education Table: Proposed Budget Highlights

19. Luther College Receives $384K for Sustainability Education
Luther College (IA) has received a $383,612 grant from the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation toward sustainability education including student internships, environmental education outreach programs and a new staff coordinator to oversee these efforts. The college is also launching the Luther Sustainability Grant Fund, which will award $3,500 per year to student projects.
See also: AASHE Resource: Sustainable Investment and Financing

20. Northwest Technical College Gets $250K for Green Job Training
Northwest Technical College (MN) has received a $250,000 Minnesota State Energy Sector Partnership Grant to teach students about new green energy products and services. The college will partner with the Rural Minnesota Concentrated Employment Program and other local organizations to provide training in the installation and maintenance of solar panels, wind turbines and energy-efficient heating units.

21. Seattle U Awarded $100K to Create Urban Farm
Seattle University (WA) has received $100,000 from Wells Fargo Bank to transform an unused wastewater treatment site into an urban farm. Biosolids compost and reclaimed water recovered from the wastewater treatment process will be used to nourish the soil and vegetables. The produce harvested at the farm will go to local food banks.
See also: AASHE Resource: Campus Supported Agriculture and Farms (AASHE Member Resource)

Grounds

22. Washington U St. Louis Students Spearhead Green Landscaping
Two Washington University St. Louis (MO) students have been awarded $5,000 to convert grassy campus areas to bio-swales, expand the student-run organic garden and enlist a small flock of sheep to maintain selected turf areas on campus. Their sustainable landscaping proposal won first prize in the university's Olin Sustainability Case Competition.
See also: AASHE Resource: Sustainable Landscaping on Campus

Transportation

23. San Diego State U Unveils Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
San Diego State University (CA) has announced the installation of 14 electric vehicle charging stations across campus that are free for students, faculty and staff. The stations were made available by a grant from the University of California Department of Energy.

24. U Kentucky Debuts DIY Bicycle Repair Stand
The University of Kentucky's Wildcat Wheels Program has launched a DIY Bicycle Repair Stand in an effort to enhance the services available to campus cyclists. The new stand includes a waterproof dispenser with free, pre-glued patches and instructions on how to patch a flat.

Waste

25. U Iowa Encourages Recycling with Removal of Waste Cans
The University of Iowa has taken its campus-wide single-stream recycling program a step further by removing waste containers from all classrooms in a campus building. With the goal of encouraging students, faculty and staff to recycle as many items as possible, the pilot initiative may be expanded to more buildings in the future.
See also: AASHE Resource: Campus Recycling and Waste Minimization Policies (AASHE Member Resource)

New Resources

26. New Issue of Sustainability: The Journal of Record
The latest issue of Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.'s Sustainability: The Journal of Record looks at why the Living Building Challenge should be the new policy for every higher education institution in an interview with Cascadia Green Building Council CEO Jason McLennan. The issue also explores how to turn higher education budget cuts into sustainability opportunities, and profiles Portland State University's (OR) interconnected web approach to integrating sustainability into the curriculum with students as key players.

27. USGBC Higher Education Sustainability Profiles
Designed as examples to advance higher education sustainability practices at other institutions, the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) Center for Green Schools has debuted a series of campus sustainability best practice profiles. The PowerPoint presentations, which include speaker notes, showcase stand-out stories and initiatives like Evergreen State College's (WA) partnership with Washington's Department of Corrections to reduce the operating costs of their prisons and provide green collar job trainings for inmates and staff.

Opportunities

28. Clean Air-Cool Planet 2012 Fellowships
Clean Air-Cool Planet is inviting applications for its 2012 Fellowships program. The 10-week, full-time summer positions pair students with real-world projects to advance innovative climate change solutions and leadership. Fellows are provided mentorship, networking opportunities and a stipend. The deadline to apply is February 24.

29. Energy Department Clean Energy Workforce Training Grants
As part of President Obama's blueprint to help U.S. businesses cut energy costs, become more competitive in the global market and reduce pollution, the U.S. Department of Energy and the Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Program have announced up to $1.3 million for clean energy workforce training programs. Higher education institutions can apply to partner with MEP Centers to create building efficiency training programs that are tailored to building operators, building managers and energy service providers. Applications are due March 30, 2012.

30. Turn Out the Lights for Earth Hour 2012
The World Wildlife Fund is encouraging higher education institutions to raise awareness about the world's environmental challenges and empower students to make sustainable choices every day by turning off non-essential lights for one hour on March 31 in support of Earth Hour. Last year, Earth Hour reached 1.8 billion people from more than 5,000 cities and towns in 135 countries and territories across every continent. Students can register online to join the Earth Hour community and create an event.

31. U Vermont Campus Sustainability Leadership Program
The University of Vermont Continuing Education is offering a five-day Campus Sustainability Leadership Program this summer. This program will focus on the institution's role in the transformation to a sustainable future with opportunities to expand the professional network of participants and learn from leaders in the field. The program will be led by Debra Rowe, president of the U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development, Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium advisor, AASHE senior advisor, Second Nature senior fellow and professor of sustainable energies and behavioral sciences at Oakland Community College and the Consortium for Education in Renewable Energy Technology. The program can be taken as a professional certificate program or for three college credits.

32. Create a Regional Center of Expertise on Sustainable Development
The United Nations University is accepting applications for new Regional Centers of Expertise on education for sustainable development. A chance to learn from international partners working on sustainability, this network of formal and informal education organizations works to deliver education for sustainable development to local and regional communities.
See also: RCE 2012 Application

33. Ithaca College Online Sustainability Leadership Certificate
Ithaca College's (NY) online professional certificate program offers practitioners the ability to credential their work as sustainability coordinators or advocates on college campuses and in other organizations across professions. With the option to register for a single course or a six-course certificate, participants will learn to assess their institution's green policies and practice, communicate sustainability initiatives and evaluate best practices. New classes begin 11 times each year. Each online class is 16 days long, but work can be completed anytime on any schedule. Next two session start dates: Feb. 23, 2012 and March 22, 2012. Discounts are available to AASHE members. Next courses include "How Green is Your Organization: Sustainable Policy and Practice" and "How Green is Your Organization: Sustainable Infrastructure."

Jobs & Internships

34. Events Assistant, AASHE
AASHE is seeking a part-time events assistant to help with the development of AASHE's yearly conference and other events. Duties will include creating conference comparison reports; overseeing and formatting a contact database of multiple audiences; gathering and creating content for AASHE conference announcements, mass emails and website; and promoting and planning portions of the conference including the AASHE Student Summit. Successful candidates will have a minimum of two years of experience with event-planning, communications, hospitality and/or project management. This position will be based out of the AASHE office in Denver, Colo. Applications will be accepted through Feb. 24, 2012.

35. Professor, Sustainable Engineering, Northern Illinois U
Northern Illinois University seeks an assistant professor to teach courses in environment technology studies and sustainable engineering and energy. Additional responsibilities will include advising students, conducting scholarly research and generating external funds. The successful candidate should have expertise in one or more aspects of green engineering, clean production, energy systems and design for energy efficiency. Successful candidates will have a Ph.D. in industrial and systems engineering with teaching experience. The review of applications will begin Feb. 28, 2012.

36. Assistant Professor, Sustainable Development, Appalachian State U
The Program in Sustainable Development at Appalachian State University (NC) seeks a nine-month faculty position at the rank of assistant professor. Responsibilities include teaching courses related to environmental humanities, environmental justice and sustainable development. The position will also have an active research agenda and participate in curriculum development and student advising. Successful candidates will have a Ph.D. in an area related to the intersection of sustainable development and the environmental humanities.

37. Enviro Health and Safety Coordinators, Columbia College Chicago
Columbia College Chicago's (IL) Department of Campus Safety and Security is seeking applications for two environmental health and safety coordinators. The position will develop and coordinate the college's environmental health and safety programs; assist with the development of safety programs to meet local, state and federal guidelines; and serve as an expert liaison with all safety and code related departments of the city and all related federal agencies. Successful candidates will have a minimum of a four-year degree in occupational safety, industrial hygiene, environmental discipline or an equivalent field of study and at least three years of experience with an emphasis in environmental, health and safety program management and employee training.

Events

38. CURC Webinar: College Recycling Processing Equipment & Vehicles
March 8, 2012; 1:00 p.m. Eastern; Online
Hosted by the College and University Recycling Coalition (CURC), this webinar will identify ways to maximize efficiencies through processing equipment and vehicles; discuss which types of trucks are best suited to collect which materials; evaluate the pros and cons of different types of processing equipment; and review the factors driving the decision process to purchase or contract out vehicles and equipment necessary for pre-processing, bailing and processing materials.

39. Good Jobs-Green Jobs Conference
February-May 2012; Nationwide
Higher education institutions are invited to participate at four locations in the national Good Jobs-Green Jobs Conference. Sponsored by the Blue-Green Alliance, workshops will cover topics including workforce development, clean energy manufacturing, transportation infrastructure investments, emerging green sectors and the financial tools needed to build the green economy. The conference kicks off in Atlanta with following events in Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Detroit.

40. Academic Impressions Webinar: Green Programs for Residence Halls
April 17, 2012; 1:00 p.m. Eastern; Online
Supported by AASHE, this Academic Impressions webinar will look at the importance of engaging students in the residence halls in a campus-wide sustainability strategy. Representatives at the University of British Columbia will give an overview of the university's "Green Stars Unit" initiative, as well as share program ideas and tips for implementing similar programs at higher education institutions.

41. Educational Practices for Green Building and Conservation Webinar
Feb. 21, 2012; 10:00 a.m. Eastern; Online
Representatives of the Trans-Atlantic Technology & Training Alliance and Alliance for Sustainability who traveled to Denmark last year to learn about educational practices for green building and conservation will describe what they learned and how it might inform practice in the U.S. and other European countries. Speakers from the host college in Denmark, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Cleveland State Community College and West Virginia University-Parkersburg, West Virginia will be present.

Campus Sustainability Discussion Forums Highlights

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42. Geothermal District Heating
Does anyone have experience with, or know of other campuses, that have used geothermal district heating? This is something we are currently exploring on our campus (Champlain College in Burlington, VT) and would love to learn from others as well.

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