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Table of Contents for 11/29/2011:

NEWS
Buildings 1. Santa Clara U Student Center Earns LEED Gold
2. Jamestown CC Debuts Green Science Center
3. Norwalk CC Opens Green Science, Health and Wellness Center
Curriculum 4. U Maine Machias Debuts New Sustainability Minor, Certificate
Energy 5. Mission College Dedicates 1.1 MW Solar Power System
6. RIT Partners for LED Upgrades, Fellowship Program
7. Point Loma Nazarene U Installs Solar with Student Green Fees
Funding 8. Yale U Receives $5.5 M for Reforestation Program
9. U Utah Awarded Federal Grant for Electric Transit Bus System
10. DOE Awards Funding to St. Joseph’s U for Green Roof Installation
11. College of William & Mary Selects Green Fee Projects
Purchasing 12. U System of Maryland to Purchase Wind Farm Share
Research 13. U California System Gifted 4,584 Acres of Research Forest
Transportation 14. Coastal Carolina U Installs First Electric Car Charging Station
15. Georgia Tech Launches Bike Share Program
Waste 16. U Michigan-Flint Installs Water Refilling Stations
17. Appalachian State U Unveils New Compost Facility
18. U Missouri Debuts Closed Loop Compost System
19. Aquinas College Expands Composting, Recycling Efforts

NEW RESOURCES
20. Updated NWF Campus Sustainability Database

OPPORTUNITIES
21. AASHE Member Opportunity: GLAD Waste Diversion Grant
22. Call for Applications: 2012 AASHE Conference Steering Committee
23. Deadline Extended: Second Nature Climate Leadership Awards
24. White House 'Campus Champions of Change' Student Challenge
25. CoFED 2012 Winter National Leadership Retreat
26. Call for Proposals: National Volunteering and Service Conference

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
27. Assist. Director, Sustainability and Energy Mgmt, Pomona College
28. Faculty, Smart and Sustainable Cities, Northeastern U
29. Faculty, Social Justice and Human Rights, Prescott College
30. Faculty, Urban Sustainability, Antioch University Los Angeles
31. Graduate Faculty, Sustainable Systems Design, Prescott College
32. Assist. Prof., Urban Food Production, U Illinois Urbana-Champaign
33. Assistant Professor, Community Development, U Vermont
34. Academic Coord., Renewable Energy, U Northern British Columbia

EVENTS
35. ACORE Renewable Energy Policy Conference
36. USGBC Webcast: Campus LEED Implementation Strategies

CAMPUS SUSTAINABILITY DISCUSSION FORUMS HIGHLIGHTS
37. How Can AASHE 2012 Engage More Arts and Culture Sessions?
38. Laboratories
39. Sustainability Plans

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News

Buildings

1. Santa Clara U Student Center Earns LEED Gold
Santa Clara University’s (CA) Paul Locatelli Student Activity Center has achieved LEED Gold certification. Built in 2010, the 16,284-square-foot building integrates energy-efficient features like trellises and overhangs to reduce direct solar gain. Additional sustainable features include the use of permeable walkways and low-emission materials during construction.
See also: AASHE Resource: Green Student Centers (AASHE Member Resource)

2. Jamestown CC Debuts Green Science Center
Jamestown Community College’s (NY) new science center has achieved LEED certification. The 26,762-square-foot facility features a rainwater harvesting system that provides water for flushing toilets, greenhouse plants and a drip irrigation system for the vegetative roof garden. Additional sustainable features include passive solar design, permeable pathways and a wetland habitat restoration space.
See also: AASHE Resource: Green Science Buildings (AASHE Member Resource)

3. Norwalk CC Opens Green Science, Health and Wellness Center
Norwalk Community College (CT) has debuted a new Science, Health and Wellness Center with green features including double-pane windows glazed to reduce emissions, compact fluorescent lighting, and controls that sense occupants. The building has saved the college $79,300 in utility costs since its August opening.
See also: AASHE Resource: Green Science Buildings (AASHE Member Resource)

Curriculum

4. U Maine Machias Debuts New Sustainability Minor, Certificate
In response to career opportunities in the emerging green economy, the University of Maine at Machias has announced a new minor in sustainability management and a certificate in sustainability.
See also: AASHE Resource: Minors in Sustainability
See also: AASHE Resource: Certificate Programs in Sustainability

Energy

5. Mission College Dedicates 1.1 MW Solar Power System
Mission College (CA) has installed a 2,640 solar panel array totaling 1.1 megawatts. The 1.5-acre parking lot canopy structure will generate approximately one-third of the college’s electricity demand and reduce electricity costs by $8.5 million over 25 years.
See also: New AASHE Resource: Campus Solar Photovoltaic Installations Database (AASHE Member Resource)

6. RIT Partners for LED Upgrades, Fellowship Program
To reduce its electricity and maintenance costs, Rochester Institute of Technology (NY) has partnered with Trans-Lux Corporation to install energy-efficient LED lights in place of fluorescent tube lighting on campus. The partnership will also support a fellowship program for students interested in developing new applications for LED technology.

7. Point Loma Nazarene U Installs Solar with Student Green Fees
Financed by its Student Green Fund, Point Loma Nazarene University (CA) has installed two new solar systems. The two projects - a 620-kilowatt photovoltaic system and a 54-kilowatt solar thermal hot water system - are expected to save the university up to $1.6 million over the next two decades.
See also: New AASHE Resource: Campus Solar Photovoltaic Installations Database
See also: AASHE Resource: Student Fees for Sustainability

Funding

8. Yale U Receives $5.5 M for Reforestation Program
Yale University's (CT) Environmental Leadership & Training Initiative (ELTI) for Biodiversity Conservation in Tropical Forest Regions has received a six-year, $5.5 million grant by the Arcadia Fund to continue its work in Latin America and Southeast Asia. Aiming to restore tropical forests and the livelihoods that depend on them, the program trains environmental managers and local decision-makers to support conservation efforts where forests have been cleared and exploited.

9. U Utah Awarded Federal Grant for Electric Transit Bus System
As part of $100 million in grants to promote innovative and clean-fuel transit projects, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has announced a $2.7 million grant to the University of Utah and Utah Transit Authority to implement a campus electric transit bus system. Based on technology developed by the university's Energy Dynamics Laboratory, the future fleet of electric shuttles will wirelessly recharge through underground electric pads as they wait for passengers.

10. DOE Awards Funding to St. Joseph’s U for Green Roof Installation
Saint Joseph’s University (PA) has received funding from the U.S. Department of Energy to install a green roof and host homeowners' workshops for the public. Through a series of mini-workshops, participants will have the opportunity to tour the university’s green roof system and learn about stormwater management techniques including rain gardens, rain barrels and meadows.

11. College of William & Mary Selects Green Fee Projects
The College of William & Mary’s (VA) Committee on Sustainability has announced the recipients of the fall 2011 Green Fee awards. Including water bottle refill stations and a community garden, the 12 winning proposals were awarded a total of $64,380. The committee also invested $40,000 of this year’s Green Fee revenue to the college's green endowment.
See also: AASHE Resource: Student Fees for Sustainability

Purchasing

12. U System of Maryland to Purchase Wind Farm Share
The University System of Maryland has announced plans to purchase 20 percent of a wind farm that will result in about 100,000 megawatt hours of energy per year. Through a partnership with the Maryland Energy Administration and other state agencies, universities across Maryland are working to become carbon neutral by 2050, a goal they set as signatories to the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC).

Research

13. U California System Gifted 4,584 Acres of Research Forest
The University of California system has received a land donation of 4,584 acres of forest in the Shasta and Nevada counties. The donation will allow the system to nearly double its research forests, conserving a swath of the Northern California watershed to investigate how forest ecosystems respond to climate change, increased fire risk and invasive species. Students and the public will also be able to access the areas.

Transportation

14. Coastal Carolina U Installs First Electric Car Charging Station
Coastal Carolina University (SC) has announced the installation of its first electric vehicle charging station. The demonstration charging station will help the campus and its partners learn more about car charging needs and preferences.

15. Georgia Tech Launches Bike Share Program
Georgia Institute of Technology has partnered with ViaCycle to launch a new bike sharing program. The program will allow students, faculty and staff to purchase short-term bike rentals using their cell phones. Five drop-off locations have been installed across campus.
See also: AASHE Student Diary Series featuring Georgia Tech: Creating a Bike Friendly Campus
See also: AASHE Resource: Bicycle Share Programs

Waste

16. U Michigan-Flint Installs Water Refilling Stations
The University of Michigan-Flint has installed two pilot water bottle refilling stations. If successful, the university hopes to replace a quarter of the 68 water fountains on campus. A student, inspired by a petition to ban plastic bottles on the University of Michigan's Ann Arbor campus, initiated the project.
See also: AASHE Resource: Bottled Water Elimination and Reduction on Campus (AASHE Member Resource)

17. Appalachian State U Unveils New Compost Facility
Appalachian State University (NC) has opened a new compost facility to create landscaping mulch and divert food-prep waste from the area’s landfill. The facility can handle up to 275 tons of materials, including meat scraps, compared to the 100-ton capacity of the university’s former system. The system also has the potential to take post-consumer waste in the future.
See also: AASHE Resource: Campus Composting Programs (AASHE Member Resource)

18. U Missouri Debuts Closed Loop Compost System
The University of Missouri's College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources has launched the “Zero Carbon Footprint Vegetable and Compost Production System.” The closed-loop system will combine food waste from the dining halls and animal manure from the university’s local research centers to create compost. The construction of the 2,400-square-foot facility was funded by matching grants of $35,000 from Campus Dining Services and the Mid-Missouri Solid Waste Management District.
See also: AASHE Resource: Campus Composting Programs (AASHE Member Resource)

19. Aquinas College Expands Composting, Recycling Efforts
Aquinas College (MI) has announced expanded campus composting and recycling programs. With bins now at every collection location on campus, all food waste can be composted including meat, bones and dairy products. The college has also streamlined its recycling efforts with one bin (single-stream recycling) at each location.
See also: AASHE Resource: Campus Composting Programs (AASHE Member Resource)

New Resources

20. Updated NWF Campus Sustainability Database
The National Wildlife Federation has added 100 new case studies to its campus sustainability case study database, which now includes more than 600 studies from higher education campuses across the U.S. Highlighted efforts include energy efficiency improvements, alternative transportation systems and green jobs training programs. The database is searchable by topic, year and school, and includes information on project goals, successes, challenges, funding strategies and project leaders.

Opportunities

21. AASHE Member Opportunity: GLAD Waste Diversion Grant
The Glad Products Company has announced a collaboration with AASHE to provide a series of grants to AASHE college and university members that are designed to help reduce game day waste during football season. Applications will be accepted through Dec. 15, 2011.

22. Call for Applications: 2012 AASHE Conference Steering Committee
AASHE invites applications for members of its AASHE 2012 Conference Steering Committee. The committee, which will include two to three board members and five to eight volunteers who represent the diversity of the campus community, will provide guidance, advice and oversight regarding the annual AASHE conference. Applications will be considered through Dec. 9, 2011.

23. Deadline Extended: Second Nature Climate Leadership Awards
Second Nature has extended the nomination period for its 3rd Annual Climate Leadership Awards to November 30. Nominations are invited from American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) signatory institutions to highlight the ways that senior leadership, academic and curricular initiatives, institutional efficiency and innovative financing are being used to adapt to a changing climate. Finalists will be featured in a public voting forum on PlanetForward.org during spring 2012, with award winners announced and recognized at the ACUPCC Climate Leadership Summit in June 2012.

24. White House 'Campus Champions of Change' Student Challenge
In an effort to highlight student initiatives that are moving their communities forward, the White House has announced its "Campus Champions of Change Challenge," in partnership with MTV U. Students are invited to explain via web form how their projects are improving their campus communities for a chance to become one of five projects that are honored at the White House.

25. CoFED 2012 Winter National Leadership Retreat
Registration is open for the Cooperative Food Empowerment Directive's (CoFED) 2012 Winter National Leadership Retreat for students. Slated for January 2012 in Berkeley, Calif., participants will receive two days of intensive education workshops in green business planning, fundraising and co-op management. The event also offers an opportunity for networking among like-minded students doing similar projects on their campuses across the country.

26. Call for Proposals: National Volunteering and Service Conference
The Points of Light Institute invites proposals for the 2012 National Conference on Volunteering and Service, slated for June 18-20, 2012. Presentations from the higher education community are welcome in areas including "excellence in education" and "youth leadership," among others. Proposals are due by Dec. 5, 2011.

Jobs & Internships

27. Assist. Director, Sustainability and Energy Mgmt, Pomona College
Pomona College (CA) is seeking an assistant director of sustainability and energy management. The position will provide leadership to the college’s sustainability programs and will develop, implement and assess efforts for the integration of sustainability throughout campus. Successful candidates will have a minimum of a bachelor's degree in environmental studies or related field and five years of hands-on experience implementing environmental or sustainability programs.

28. Faculty, Smart and Sustainable Cities, Northeastern U
Northeastern University's (MA) smart and sustainable cities program seeks applications for open rank positions in all relevant areas of urban sustainability. Successful candidates will have a Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree in a relevant area with a record of scholarship and teaching.

29. Faculty, Social Justice and Human Rights, Prescott College
Prescott College (AZ) seeks a full-time faculty member with an educator’s focus on social justice and human rights. Teaching duties for this position will include courses in a new graduate social justice and human rights program and undergraduate courses in the cultural and regional studies program. Successful candidates will have a Ph.D. in a relevant field and an active research agenda.

30. Faculty, Urban Sustainability, Antioch University Los Angeles
Antioch University Los Angeles (CA) is accepting applications for a full-time core faculty position in the graduate urban sustainability program. In addition to teaching, the position is expected to mentor students, participate in the development of curriculum and assess student learning. Successful candidates will have a Ph.D. in environmental studies, urban planning, environmental history, political science, sociology, humanities, political economy or other relevant field.

31. Graduate Faculty, Sustainable Systems Design, Prescott College
Prescott College (AZ) seeks a full-time faculty member to help develop and co-lead a Master of Arts program in sustainable systems design and leadership. Successful candidates will have a terminal degree in a related field with experience in biomimicry, ecological economics and systems theory, thinking and design.

32. Assist. Prof., Urban Food Production, U Illinois Urbana-Champaign
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign seeks an assistant professor to help establish an applied research program focused on the local and space-intensive production of food crops for Midwestern regional metropolitan areas. The position will be expected to use interdisciplinary methods in research that emphasize diversifying production systems, production in built environments, and production approaches that reduce carbon footprints and foster energy conservation. Successful candidates will have a vision to improve the economic sustainability of the production systems. The review of applications will begin Dec. 15, 2011.

33. Assistant Professor, Community Development, U Vermont
The University of Vermont seeks an assistant professor in the Department of Community Development and Applied Economics with expertise in community development and food systems. The position will teach four courses per year, including community and economic development with an opportunity to develop new courses in food systems. Successful candidates will have a Ph.D. and a strong history or potential for applied, scholarly research and publication in a related field.

34. Academic Coord., Renewable Energy, U Northern British Columbia
The University of Northern British Columbia seeks an academic coordinator for its Renewable Energy Initiative. The one-year appointment will work to produce a road map of academic and research projects required to move the initiative forward. Successful candidates will have a master's degree in environmental science, engineering or a related discipline and a minimum of five years of experience in an academic or research environment.

Events

35. ACORE Renewable Energy Policy Conference
Dec. 6-7, 2011; Washington, D.C.
With support from AASHE, this year's American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) National Policy Forum will explore issues of national and energy security, economic development, capital raising and jobs for under and unemployed Americans. Thought leaders from the global stage will join leaders from the national and state level to assess the status of renewable energy policy today, the range of policy options available, and help advise on a best case policy framework for 2012 and beyond. AASHE members will receive a 20 percent discount on registration.

36. USGBC Webcast: Campus LEED Implementation Strategies
Dec. 2, 2011; 2:00 p.m. Eastern ; Online
The U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) Center for Green Schools invites those who are working on LEED implementation in a campus setting to attend this free webcast. The discussion will present revisions to the “2010 Application Guide for Multiple Buildings & On-Campus Building Projects,” discuss strategies for minimizing documentation for campus buildings, and review opportunities for implementing LEED strategies on a campus scale.

Campus Sustainability Discussion Forums Highlights

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37. How Can AASHE 2012 Engage More Arts and Culture Sessions?
From AASHE's events manager: Would love to hear your thoughts about how to engage more arts and culture sessions for conference programming at AASHE 2012 in Los Angeles!

38. Laboratories
Does anyone have any experience with retrofitting/upgrading existing lab space to make it more energy-efficient? Our science building is an older building, and not a building that the campus considers a wise place to spend money. Particularly not on mechanical improvements that won't really be seen. Any suggestions/experiences that people have had or useful resources would be most appreciated.

39. Sustainability Plans
Does anyone have any input as to how to develop a Sustainability Plan for a university? I am the Senator of Sustainability of the Associated Students of SSU and we have no Sustainability Plan, nor do we have a Sustainability Director or Office. Do we need to hire someone to get a plan for sustainability going, or is there a nonprofit agency that can help us out with that? I am just a student, I really have no idea how to do something so enormous.

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