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Sustainability Across the Curriculum Faculty Workshop at U California Santa Barbara

This workshop will provide peer-to-peer support for faculty who wish to add sustainability or climate change education to an existing course. Discussion and brainstorming will center on pedagogical approaches and resources. Faculty from all disciplines are encouraged to apply. The University of California is one of 13 regional AASHE Centers for Sustainability Across the Curriculum. View a complete listing of all the centers and find an event to attend.
  • Apr 27, 2017

Sustainability Across the Curriculum Workshop at Ramapo College of New Jersey

Participants of this two-day workshop will explore how to permeate sustainability, very broadly defined, across the higher education curriculum while facilitating interdisciplinary dialog. Ramapo College of New Jersey is one of 13 regional AASHE Centers for Sustainability Across the Curriculum. View a complete listing of all the centers and find an event to attend.
  • Apr 27, 2017

Environmental Education Research: Special Issue Call for Proposals

This special issue of Environmental Education Research will focus on investigating the relationship between research and policy in environmental and sustainability education. Contributions should examine the current state of play with respect to research-policy relationships within environmental and sustainability education. Submissions are due by May 15.
  • Apr 24, 2017

Portland CC Helps Students Save $1M in Textbook Costs

In response to the skyrocketing cost of textbooks, the community college's staff, faculty and students came together to establish an open educational resources (OER) program that has reduced the cost of books, saving students $1 million since the program began in 2015. Open educational resources involve open textbooks, which are texts released under flexible copyright licenses, such as Creative Commons, that facilitate copying, printing and adapting at no cost. They are often written by scholars and published by grant-funded projects or universities.
  • Apr 24, 2017

U Maine System Announces ESG Investment Policy

Maine’s public universities celebrated Earth Day 2017 with an announcement of a change to their investment policy that gives consideration to environmental, social and governance (ESG) principles when completing asset allocation and investment manager reviews. The system's managed investment pool's market value is currently $287 million. The universities also heralded the release of a report that details a 34 percent decline in total gross emissions across the seven-campus system over the last decade.
  • Apr 24, 2017

Dartmouth College Sets Goals for Low-Carbon Future

Dartmouth’s president has announced new principles, standards and commitments in the areas of energy, waste and materials, water, food, transportation, and landscape and ecology. Based on a report developed by the Sustainability Task Force, these commitments include a goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from campus operations by 50 percent by 2025, and by 80 percent by 2050.
  • Apr 24, 2017

Brown U to Waive Application Fee for Low-Income Students

Beginning with prospective undergraduates who apply for admission to the class entering in fall 2018, the university will automatically waive the application fee for any high school student eligible for free and reduced price lunch through the National School Lunch Program, as well as students enrolled in federal, state or local programs that aid students from low-income families. This achievement comes after a coalition of undergraduate student governments and first-generation, low-income student groups advocated for waived fees for first-generation and low-income applicants.
  • Apr 24, 2017

New Issue: International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education

The latest issue of the International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education features literature reviews, research papers and case studies on campus sustainability topics, like social media use for environmental sustainability, assessing undergraduates' environmental stewardship reasoning and knowledge, energy use in residence halls, and sustainability perceptions among different stakeholder groups.
  • Apr 24, 2017

Pac-12 Releases Zero Waste Bowl Results

The Pac-12 Road Zero Waste Bowl provides a friendly and spirited platform for Pac-12 universities to engage on best practices in waste diversion and to learn how each campus strives toward zero waste goals. The winners of the Zero Waste Bowl for the 2016-17 basketball season, in order of rank, are the University of California, Berkeley, diversion rate of 94 percent; the University of Colorado, Boulder, diversion rate of 92 percent; and University of Arizona, with a diversion rate of 65 percent.
  • Apr 24, 2017

Chatham U Aims to Invest Endowment in Sustainable Energy

At a recent meeting of the university's investment committee of the board of trustees, members voted to approve two new investment opportunities that are specifically aimed at excluding fossil fuels and supporting sustainable energy. With those changes, 96 percent of its endowment will be fossil fuel-free. Currently, about five percent of the $80 million endowment fund is invested in fossil fuels.
  • Apr 24, 2017

Bard College Unveils Environmental Education Degree Program

Beginning fall 2018, the college's Center for Environmental Policy will host the new Master of Education degree program in environmental education, which aims to prepare educators to create an informed and engaged citizenry that will support progress toward a sustainable future.
  • Apr 24, 2017

Columbia U Releases First Sustainability Plan

The university's inaugural Sustainability Plan, released for Earth Day 2017, is its first formalized document bringing together sustainability efforts. It is the result of a 16-month focused collaboration with students, faculty, administrators and scientists working across departments to create a three-year, operations-focused roadmap to a more sustainable campus. The plan’s overarching goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 35 percent in the next three years through focusing on energy use and conservation, transportation and waste management.
  • Apr 24, 2017

EERE Postdoctoral Research Awards

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Postdoctoral Research Award Program supports scientific research in energy efficiency and renewable energy by attracting scientists and engineers to pursue breakthrough technologies. The award will provide an annual stipend of $65,000, allowances for health insurance and research-related expenses, and limited reimbursement for relocation expenses. The deadline to apply is May 31.
  • Apr 24, 2017

Arcadia University Adjuncts Vote to Join Union

Adjunct faculty at the university voted recently in the majority to affiliate with the American Federation of Teachers and its local affiliate, United Academics of Philadelphia.
  • Apr 24, 2017

AASHE Member Discount: 10% Off Sustainability & Behavior Change Certificate

University of California San Diego Extension is offering AASHE members a 10 percent discount on tuition for all courses associated with the Sustainability and Behavior Change Certificate. The new certificate in Sustainability and Behavior Change provides an online setting for an advanced educational training in conservation psychology, behavior change strategies and community engagement tools. The aim is to help practitioners build successful sustainability projects and programs.
  • Apr 24, 2017

Using Campus & Community as Sustainability Living Learning Labs

This interactive workshop, from Aug. 2-4 at Furman University in South Carolina, will create a platform for sharing and establishing best practices to utilize the campus and surrounding community as sustainability living learning labs. The three-day workshop will focus on building a shared framework for developing, institutionalizing, expanding and maintaining sustainability living learning lab programs both on campus and in the surrounding community. Participants will be asked to share their experiences, vision, approach and curricular integration strategies for creating and expanding sustainability living learning labs at their respective universities. The deadline to register is May 20. Furman University is one of 13 regional AASHE Centers for Sustainability Across the Curriculum.
  • Apr 24, 2017

Sustainability and Indigenous Knowledge Curriculum Workshop

Indigenous faculty members and knowledge holders will gather with faculty who are focused on sustainability education to discuss the synergies between indigenous teachings and sustainability goals. Held at Fleming College in Peterborough, Ontario, on June 15, the day will involve exploring the synergies between these models and sustainability curriculum activities such as sustainability learning outcomes, applied student sustainability projects and interdisciplinary teaching and learning. The deadline to register is June 5. Fleming College is one of 13 regional AASHE Centers for Sustainability Across the Curriculum.
  • Apr 24, 2017

Harvard U Awards Inaugural Campus Sustainability Innovative Fund Grants

The new fund supports projects that use the campus or the neighboring community as a test bed for envisioning and piloting innovative solutions to sustainability challenges. The projects align with one of the five topics in the university-wide Sustainability Plan: emissions and energy, campus operations, nature and ecosystems, health and well-being, and culture and learning.
  • Apr 24, 2017

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  • Apr 21, 2017

U California Launches Climate Change Video Series

In a partnership with Vox, the university launched Climate Lab, a six-episode video series exploring global climate change and the university's work to mitigate its effects. Hosted by a conservation scientist and UCLA visiting researcher, the series showcases ways people can harness known and emerging technologies to address the complex problem of climate change. The first episode has been released, with five additional ones premiering over the next five weeks.
  • Apr 21, 2017

Montclair State U Offers Online Sustainability Science Graduate Degree

The university's new Master of Science in Sustainability Science with a concentration in Sustainability Leadership program, which can be completed in one year, focuses on preparing professionals for a dynamic workplace that requires proficiency in both the sciences and business.
  • Apr 21, 2017

U Virginia Launches Nitrogen Footprint Tool Network

The University of Virginia, along with Brown University, Colorado College, Colorado State University, Dickinson College, Eastern Mennonite University, Marine Biological Laboratory and the University of New Hampshire, has launched the Nitrogen Footprint Tool Network, a group of higher education institutions that are measuring and attempting to reduce their output of reactive nitrogen. The Nitrogen Footprint Tool Network is working with the University of New Hampshire Sustainability Institute to build the nitrogen footprint tool into the Campus Carbon Calculator.
  • Apr 21, 2017

U Virginia Dedicates 126KW Solar Array

Since mid-February, 324 panels on Clemons Library's roof have been producing what will amount to about 199,600 kilowatt hours of electricity per year. This will account for about 15 percent of the library’s annual electricity usage.
  • Apr 21, 2017

North Carolina State U Coliseum Achieves LEED Silver

Following a 16-month renovation, the building now features a new energy-efficient heating and air conditioning system, exterior replacement windows that better insulate the building and save energy, high-efficiency plumbing fixtures, native and adaptive species of outdoor plants that require little to no irrigation, and infrastructure for alternative transportation, including bike racks, pedestrian paths and a bus stop served by six different campus bus routes.
  • Apr 21, 2017

AASHE Member Discount: 25% Off Sustainability Culture Indicator Survey

Through April 26, AASHE members can receive a 25 percent discount on the Sustainability Culture Indicator, a ready-made online survey for measuring key elements of sustainability in organizational culture.
  • Apr 18, 2017

Cornell U Announces Bike Share Program

Partnering with Zagster to launch an updated and expanded bike share program, Big Red Bikes Bike Share, the new program features 32 cruiser bikes available at five locations around campus for riders to check out for on-demand, local trips.
  • Apr 18, 2017

SUNY ESF Becomes Pollinator-Friendly Campus

The Center for Food Safety recently congratulated the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry for agreeing to avoid the use of bee-toxic pesticides. This recognition comes from the BEE Protective Campaign, a program led by Center for Food Safety and Beyond Pesticides, which aims to protect bees and other pollinators from harmful pesticides that have severe impacts on bee populations.
  • Apr 18, 2017

Ohio State U Student Uses Grant Funding to Give Away LED Bulbs

After hearing Dominic Frongillo, Student Summit keynote speaker at AASHE 2016 in Baltimore, speak about the impact that young people can have in their community, a third-year student used a $4,500 grant to begin the Light Up with LED program this semester. The Light Up with LED program allows students to bring in up to five non-LED light bulbs in exchange for five LED light bulbs.
  • Apr 18, 2017

Rutgers U Approves $74.5M for Energy Facility Upgrades

The school's Board of Governors approved a $74.5 million upgrade to the university’s cogeneration plants, one built in 1995 and the other in 1987, to generate more electricity while producing fewer emissions. Between the two facilities, six turbines will be replaced and a total of $5.86 million per year will be avoided.
  • Apr 18, 2017

Nottingham U Building Achieves BREEAM Outstanding & LEED Platinum Designations

(U.K.): The university's new GSK Carbon Neutral Laboratory for Sustainable Chemistry building, partially funded by GlaxoSmithKline, features minimal energy use, utilization of natural ventilation, wind catchers, a water leak detection system and sustainable drainage systems to deliver energy and water reductions. A green roof featuring drought-tolerant native species is also installed. Excess energy generated by the building during its lifespan will offset all the carbon associated with its construction, allowing it to reach carbon-neutral status.
  • Apr 18, 2017

Louisiana State U Opens Sustainability Living Laboratory

The university's new BASF Sustainable Living Laboratory selects researchers to reside in the laboratory based on, in part, whether or not their research is designed to meet sustainable solutions as defined in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The aim of the lab is to promote problem-based teaching and research focused on sustainable solutions that meet global challenges.
  • Apr 17, 2017

AAUP 2016-17 Faculty Compensation Survey Report

Compiled and published by the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), the 2016-17 report analyzes compensation data for full-time ranked and part-time faculty members. For the first time, the AAUP Faculty Compensation Survey collected separate data on part-time faculty members teaching on a per-section basis.
  • Apr 17, 2017

American U Grad Students Vote to Unionize

Graduate student workers at the university recently voted 212 to 40 in favor of forming a union affiliated with Service Employees International Union. Some 761 students were eligible to vote.
  • Apr 17, 2017

Energy Department Announces 2018 Collegiate Wind Competition Participants

The 12 collegiate teams selected to participate in the third Collegiate Wind Competition are California State University Maritime Academy; California State University, Chico; Iowa State University; James Madison University; Kansas State University; Northern Arizona University; The Pennsylvania State University, University Park; Seattle University; Texas Tech University; Universidad del Turabo (Puerto Rico); University of Wisconsin, Madison; and Virginia Tech University. This competition, led by the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory, challenges undergraduate students to design and build a model wind turbine, develop a business plan to market the products, and test the turbines against a set of rigorous performance criteria.
  • Apr 17, 2017

Loyola Marymount U & Rhode Island School of Design Win RecycleMania

With a recycling rate of more than 83.9 percent, Loyola Marymount University is the top school in the Diversion category, while the Rhode Island School of Design is first in the Per Capita Classic category. RecycleMania is an annual waste reduction and recycling competition among colleges and universities, managed by Keep America Beautiful.
  • Apr 17, 2017