Rinse, Recycle, Repeat College Campus Competition
Garnier and DoSomething.org invite students to participate in the Rinse, Recycle, Repeat campaign and college campus competition, which aims to educate consumers about the importance of recycling empty beauty product containers. Interested students register to participate, decorate a recycling bin, and collect their empty containers, which will be received by TerraCycle, for a chance to win a $5,000 scholarship.
Susquehanna U to Install 3.9 MW Photovoltaic Array
At the end of 2017, the university entered into an agreement to develop a 3.9-megawatt ground-mounted solar array that will supply 30 percent of the university's electricity needs. The 12,000-panel, 14-acre project is expected to be completed by summer of 2018. Susquehanna will purchase that electricity from WGL Energy, who will own and operate the facility under a 25-year power purchase agreement.
Two Harvard U Buildings Achieve LEED Commercial Interiors Certification
Two recent renovation projects at the university recently achieved LEED v4 for Commercial Interiors certification. The Science Center – Cabot Library Project features all new mechanical, lighting, power, and plumbing upgrades; a new air-handling unit with high efficiency fans and motors, occupancy sensors, and temperature sensors; and low-flow water fixtures installed throughout the project space are expected to reduce water use by 38 percent. The Extavour Laboratory includes automatic receptacle controls, which turn off plug loads when spaces are not occupied; occupancy sensors for ventilation and lighting; and low-flow fixtures. Additionally, 95 percent of the equipment purchased for the project is ENERGY STAR certified.
Texas A&M U Installs Dockless Bike System
Texas A&M Transportation Services partnered with ofo to introduce 500 dockless bicycles to campus in early March. Next semester, an additional 4,000 ofo bikes will be introduced to campus.
U California San Diego Partners With Lyft
In an effort to meet the university’s evolving transportation needs, the university and Lyft formally announced a partnership to provide access to alternative commuter options, safe rides for students, patient transport, designated pick-up and drop-off locations, direct billing for business travel, and ride credits for certain university-sponsored events.
AMS Climate Studies Diversity Project for Minority-Serving Institutions
The American Meteorological Association, in cooperation with the National Science Foundation, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, invites minority-serving institutions to apply to learn how to incorporate an introductory climate science course, AMS Climate Studies, into their curriculum. The program also includes a faculty professional development workshop from July 29 - August 3. The application deadline is April 15.
Mohawk College to Receive $10.8M for Energy Retrofits
The funding will be used to replace an existing natural gas-fired boiler with an electrical boiler, and construct a solar-powered car park for over 200 parking spaces. The electricity from the solar system will be used to help power the new net-zero $54-million Joyce Center for Partnership and Innovation building currently under construction.
2018 Saving Endangered Species College Student Art Contest
On behalf of Endangered Species Day on May 18, the Endangered Species Coalition and National Wildlife Federation are pleased to announce the 2018 Saving Endangered Species College Student Art Contest, which is open to current college students. College students are encouraged to share their art by entering the contest and also take action for wildlife on campus and in their community. Entries must be received by March 31.
2018 Best of Green Schools Awards and 2018 Green Apple Day of Service Award
The Center for Green Schools at USGBC is accepting submissions for two award opportunities: The Best of Green Schools Awards and the Green Apple Day of Service Award. The 2018 Best of Green Schools Awards, which are co-presented with the Green Schools National Network, celebrates work being done by individuals, schools, campuses and organizations to push the green schools movement forward. The Green Apple Day of Service Awards honors exemplary Green Apple projects and project leaders. The call for nominations for both awards closes on March 23.
Pennsylvania State U to Lead Global Building Science Network
Faculty expertise in the university's Institutes of Energy and the Environment led the United Nations to ask the it to lead the Global Building Network, a global network to advance building science, construction processes and building management that advances energy efficiency and human performance.
Chalmers Tech & U Gothenburg Strengthen Collaboration Toward Sustainable Development
(Sweden) Chalmers University of Technology and the University of Gothenburg have signed an agreement that reorganizes a long-standing sustainability collaboration between the two schools. The Gothenburg Center for Sustainable Development is organized directly under the two universities and aims to create strategic cooperation both internally and with various external partners. It will continue to serve as a forum for various areas of expertise and a platform for projects, initiatives and networks.
North Carolina State U Tests Water Quality With Floating Islands
A faculty member and a student in biological and agricultural engineering recently installed floating islands of plants at an on-campus research site to evaluate whether the islands can improve stormwater quality. A temporary vinyl barrier divides the pond into a control side and an experimental side with water quality sensors providing continuous, multi-point data as water enters and exits the pond.
AASHE Workshop: Sustainability Professionals Retreat
The Sustainability Professionals Retreat is designed to encourage professional growth and build targeted skills in facilitation, meeting design, organizational design, governance, idea flow, senior leadership engagement and decision-making. Facilitated by Leith Sharp and Aurora Winslade, this retreat will take time to explore important trends in the higher education and how to position sustainability as a solution driver. It is taking place from June 24-27 at Swarthmore College near Philadelphia. The deadline to apply is May 1.
AASHE Member Discount: $100 Off Sustainability Certification Through ISSP
The International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) offers students, faculty and staff from AASHE-member schools a $100 discount on the ISSP Sustainability Associate (ISSP-SA) credential exam. The program is designed to recognize the knowledge, skills and abilities of those in the sustainability field, including students with knowledge of core sustainability concepts.
SustainUS Spring 2018 World Bank Delegation Call for Applications
SustainUS invites applications to be part of a delegation of 15-20 young people that will attend the World Bank annual meetings from Oct. 9-15, 2017, in Washington, D.C. In partnership with civil society organizations, the SustainUS delegation aims to influence the World Bank Group to change its policies on climate change and equitable distribution of development finance. Applications are due by March 9.
U Kentucky Offers Commute Planning Assistance
In an effort to increase the number of campus community members using alternative modes of transportation, the university's Transportation Services now offers free personalized commute planning assistance.
Mohawk College to Offer Training Certificate on Local Food Procurement
Through a $30,000 grant from Ontario, the college will be offering an online course this fall to provide information on local food procurement skills, as well as information on how to use Ontario foods. Completion of the course gives participants a certificate for food procurement training.
Cameron U Establishes Social Change Endowed Lectureship
The establishment of the Albert Johnson Sr. and Josephine Johnson Endowed Lectureship in Social Change aims to advance the study of social justice, racial and ethnic cultures and human interaction. The funds will be used to bring distinguished lecturers and workshops to campus, to support faculty development related to civil rights and social justice, and to aid faculty and students in providing services to the community.
Campus Recycling & Materials Management Practices Survey
The College and University Recycling Coalition (CURC) is encouraging schools to participate in a survey to document waste reduction initiatives and strategies. The submitted information will be compiled into a report to be released in spring of 2018, and will be used to populate a database for CURC members and survey participants to compare themselves against similar institutions.
Voter Friendly Campus Designation Application
The Voter Friendly Campus designation program is a tool to support higher education institutions fulfilling the requirements of the Higher Education Act of 1965, which necessitates that institutions distribute voter registration forms to their students. The Voter Friendly Campus designation process provides guidelines for institutions to follow in order to create a more voter-friendly campus. Voter Friendly Campus Designation Interest Forms will be accepted until 150 institutions are accepted or April 2.
Southern Illinois U Carbondale Funds Campus Lake Restoration
After spending over $400,000 to reduce cyanobacteria levels, the university's green fund allocated another $30,000 to implement features to help keep the lake healthy, including a solar-powered fountain and at least one stationary bike to help aerate the lake’s water.
Harvard U to Construct a District Energy Facility
Construction is underway on a new, 58,000-square-foot natural gas facility that will provide heating, cooling and 2.5 megawatts of electricity for the campus. With a focus on energy efficiency, an element of the facility will be a 1.3-million-gallon tank for storing chilled water that will be used to cool buildings with some limited other applications to support research. In order to minimize impacts from potential flooding the building is raised above projected flood levels.
U California Merced Receives Grant for Food Reduction Program
The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery will issue the university $100,000 over three years to develop and implement a mobile food-waste prevention and storage distribution center that diverts food waste from the landfill.