Drew U Center Claims LEED Silver
The university's newly redesigned Ehinger Center features a renewable energy system, low-emission paint and recycled construction materials. Other features include an indoor composting station, pervious concrete pavers that allow rainwater to be reabsorbed and waterless urinals in the men’s bathroom.
Stanford U Releases 2014-15 Year in Review
The newly released, digital edition of Sustainability at Stanford: A Year in Review highlights 14 topical areas and monthly snapshots that represent collaborative efforts across multiple campus entities. Topical areas include assessment and evaluations, behavior-based programs, collaborative governance, interdisciplinary research, student leadership and activities, and training and education.
Oct 5, 2015
Coordination, Planning & Governance
rootAbility Earns International Accolades for University Green Office Program
The U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization-Japan (UNESCO-Japan) prize for outstanding projects related to Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) was recently awarded to rootAbility for its Green Office Model, which began at Maastricht University in 2010 and now has 14 green offices at 14 universities in six countries. rootAbility was awarded $50,000 for the honor.
Oct 5, 2015
'The Campus Wild' National Wildlife Federation Report
The new guide highlights how colleges and universities are playing a dynamic role protecting wildlife and restoring habitats in campus green spaces, including on-campus landscapes and natural areas, as well as distant campus-owned lands. It explores how such green places benefit the campus community through hands-on learning, energy and water conservation, and leadership opportunities.
The Guardian 'England's Universities are Losing Steam on Climate Change'
(U.K.): A recent analysis by Brite Green indicates more than three-quarters of England's universities are set to miss the 43 percent reduction by 2020, which was set by the Higher Education Funding Council for England in 2010. Institutions state that significant growth in institution estates and student population were taken into account when targets were set.
Oct 5, 2015
Air & Climate
Enrollment in Food-Related Courses & Degrees Rises
Civileats.com released a partial compilation of universities and colleges that offer degrees and courses in food. The article discusses the surge in demand in recent years for food as an academic subject. Among other areas, students are interested in learning about food equality issues, the local and organic food movement and food policy.
U Albany Faculty Garners Solar Society Award
University Atmospheric Scientist Richard Perez has been selected by the International Solar Energy Society (ISES) to receive the Farrington Daniels Award. Named in honor of ISES founder, the award recognizes outstanding contributions in science, technology and engineering of solar energy applications that lead to enhancing our world and the conditions of human kind.
Call for Applications: Energy Dept Race to Zero Student Design Competition
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Race to Zero Student Design Competition is intended to provide the next generation of architects, engineers, construction managers and entrepreneurs with skills and experience in integrating advanced home designs with building science principles. The competition will culminate April 16-17, 2016, where selected teams will have the opportunity to present to industry leaders at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colo. Teams must register by Nov. 12.
Inside Higher Ed: 'Does Divestment Cost?'
The recent article from Inside Higher Ed offers two opposing analyses of divestment from fossil fuels. The article goes on to discuss different strategies and reasons that some universities and colleges have for divestment and investment.
Penn State U Names First Transportation Coordinator
Cecily Zhu recently took the helm as the university's first transportation coordinator. Before coming to Penn State, she most recently worked as a transportation policy and planning fellow for the Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group. Editorial Photo Credit: Lilyana Vynogradova / Shutterstock.com
Oct 2, 2015
Coordination, Planning & Governance
U Colorado Boulder Expands Pollinator-Friendly Landscaping
The specialized landscaping across campus, totaling about 10,000-square-feet of land, is pollinator-friendly, can withstand heavy heat and minimal water, and enables pesticide-free practices to continue. The project was funded by the campus' sustainability fund and involved students from the university's Environmental Center and permaculture class.
Sustainability Across the Curriculum Leadership Workshop
Applications are now open for the Sustainability Across the Curriculum workshop with Peggy Barlett, Jan. 7-8, 2016, at Emory University in Atlanta. For faculty leaders of all disciplines, workshops involve an intensive two days of presentations, exercises, discussions, outdoor place-based activities and planning. Participants also reflect on their own roles in the transformation of higher education, receive readings and organizational materials and share challenges and strategies with supportive fellow leaders. Over 500 campus leaders from across the U.S. and eight foreign countries have praised the workshop. Deadline to apply is Nov. 6.
College Value Online: Sustainable College-Operated Farms
College Value Online website sorted 30 college and university farm operations by student involvement, environmentally friendly methods, diversity of production, connection with college instruction, and farm sales targeting both the college and surrounding community.
U Colorado Boulder Expands Recycling Center With New Building
Designed to get the university closer to its goal of diverting 90 percent of campus waste from landfills, the new two-story, 19,500-square-foot building includes designated space for waste composition analysis and educational outreach and collaboration with students. An intent of the new facility is to more easily accommodate changing waste streams and difficult-to-recycle items.
Call for Applications: New England Farm & Sea to Campus Network Steering Committee
The New England Farm & Sea to Campus Network is seeking applicants for a six to eight member steering committee to provide strategic guidance to the network. The New England Farm & Sea to Campus Network is a community of higher education and food systems stakeholders who connect, share and collaborate to develop transparent regional supply chains and educate campus communities about regional food systems. This effort was organized by Farm to Institution New England (FINE), with input from dozens of other organizations and institutions. Steering committee applications are due by Oct. 9.
New White Paper: Internal Carbon Charges for Colleges
Vassar College Sustainability and the Undergraduate Research Institute, with support from the Environmental Defense Fund's Climate Corps program, has released a white paper investigating the potential role of internal carbon charges in further campus climate action efforts.
AASHE Member Discount: Smart Power Strips
AASHE members can buy a 10 case of seven-outlet smart strips for $20.37 instead of the regular retail of $29.95. This includes the freight to your location. Discount offer expires Oct. 22.
Energy Department Defines Zero Energy Buildings
After leading a stakeholder engagement process over the past year and a half, the Energy Department states a Zero Energy Building is “an energy-efficient building where, on a source energy basis, the actual annual delivered energy is less than or equal to the on-site renewable exported energy." The findings were released in the recently published A Common Definition for Zero Energy Buildings.
Fair Trade Photofest 2015
In honor of Fair Trade Month, Fair Trade is hosting a photo contest to showcase America's love for Fair Trade Products. The photofest takes place the entire month of October with a different theme for the first three weeks. Prizes will be given away each week and the top two best overall winners receive a Fair Trade trip to Mexico.
INSIGHT into Diversity Magazine Recognizes 92 Colleges and Universities with Award
The INSIGHT Into Diversity Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award recognizes colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion through initiatives, programs and outreach; student recruitment, retention and completion; and hiring practices for faculty and staff. This year, 92 schools were acknowledged.
Sep 28, 2015
Diversity & Affordability
University Business 'Inside Look: Sustainable Campus Buildings'
The recent article from University Business highlights the upward trend of colleges and universities that incorporate sustainability into new construction and renovations including energy and water efficiency, aesthetics, monitoring systems and learning opportunities for students.
U Maryland Sustainability Fund Reaches $1M Milestone
This semester marks a significant milestone for the university's Sustainability Fund. Since 2011, more than $1 million has been granted to 72 projects that promote environmental sustainability and positively impact the student experience.
Energy Education Summit Webinar Series
The Council of Energy Education and Research Leaders (CEREL) of the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) will hold a series of webinars to discuss the conclusions of the first National Energy Education Summit. The webinars will be held the first Monday of the month at 3:00 p.m. Eastern. The first webinar, in the events section below, is titled Energy Majors, Minors, Concentrations and Certificates and is being held on Oct. 5.
Call for Design and Construction Projects Interested in Achieving High Energy Performance
Accelerate Performance is a U.S. Department of Energy-funded initiative that empowers building owners and developers to achieve desired energy performance goals by requiring specific goals at the forefront of the project. The Accelerate Performance team is currently seeking building owners or developers interested in piloting this approach to constructing the next generation of low and zero-energy buildings at a cost comparable to current construction. Projects should be in the pre-planning phase and before the design team is selected.
Eastern Connecticut State U Enters $2M Built Environment Agreement
The new $2 million cooperative agreement involving the university's Institute for Sustainable Energy will launch a pilot program called Accelerate Performance that integrates performance-based procurement into new construction or major renovation projects. The initiative is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and includes Seventhwave and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
NY Times 'Top Colleges Doing the Most for Low-Income Students'
The NY Times' The Upshot recently indexed colleges' efforts on economic diversity. The College Access Index is a combination of a colleges' Pell graduates and net price, compared with the average school. The table also shows the colleges' endowment per student, which is a measure of the resources available to colleges.
Sep 18, 2015
Campus Sustainability in the Media
Williams College to Invest $50M in Carbon Reduction Activities
In response to a petition from alumni, faculty, staff and students calling for endowment divestment from fossil fuels, the college's board of trustees recently announced a $50 million investment effort to address climate change through a comprehensive set of initiatives targeted at reducing carbon emissions, obtaining carbon neutrality by 2020, and educational efforts related to climate change.
Frostburg State U Building Obtains LEED Gold
The university's newest LEED Gold-certified building utilizes recycled materials, conserves energy and water, manages storm water quality, minimizes the heat island effect and automatically adjusts temperature and lighting to fit the environment outside.