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Southern Illinois U Edwardsville Releases Top Illinois HEIs for Underserved

The Illinois Education Research Council at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has published a new report that identifies the state’s top seven, four-year postsecondary institutions that are good investments for underserved students. Motivated by the need to provide an equitably education, the study analyzed publicly available institutional data on graduation rates, earnings, student loan debt and loan default rates to rank 55 public, nonprofit private, and for-profit private institutions in the state of Illinois.
  • Dec 14, 2017

Cornell U Launches Staff Sustainability Champions Program

The university's Employee Assembly and Campus Sustainability Office staff created the new recognition program as a way to capture and better recognize the hundreds of daily acts that staff demonstrate to reduce waste, create a more welcoming environment, save resources and champion new ideas for sustainability.
  • Dec 14, 2017

College William & Mary Uses $10K Grant for Lighting Upgrade

A $10,239 Green Fee grant awarded in fall 2017 will be used at the college's Virginia Institute of Marine Science to reduce electricity usage and improve working conditions by replacing 52 dated, energy-demanding bulbs with new light-emitting diode (LED) lamps in three buildings.
  • Dec 14, 2017

Integrating Social Responsibility and Sustainability at Universities Survey

The Inter-University Sustainable Development Research Program and World Sustainable Development Research and Transfer Centre invite campus sustainability stakeholders to participate in a 10-question survey that aims to understand the extent to which universities and colleges integrate social, economic and environmental considerations.
  • Dec 14, 2017

2018 AASHE Conference & Expo: Call for Proposals

Submissions are being accepted for the 2018 AASHE Conference & Expo in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Oct. 2-5, 2018. With the theme “Global Goals: Rising to the Challenge”, the conference provides a platform to examine the critical role of higher education in achieving the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals, which are ambitious global targets to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all by 2030. All accepted presenters receive a discount applicable to full conference registration. The submission period closes Feb. 16.
  • Dec 14, 2017

New England Farm & Sea to Campus Network Mentorship Program

Applications are being accepted for a six-month pilot mentorship program that is designed to link food service professionals with specialists that can help source local and regional products. Mentee applications are due by Dec. 22.
  • Dec 11, 2017

Brown U Replaces Loans With Scholarships

Having achieved its initial fundraising goal of $30 million, the university will replace loans with scholarship funds in financial aid packages for all returning and incoming undergraduate students starting in the 2018-19 academic year.
  • Dec 11, 2017

New Campus Sustainability Hub Resources

The Campus Sustainability Hub is a one-stop shop for AASHE members to access toolkits and resource collections in all aspects of sustainability in higher education. With advanced search filtering, this key member benefit is designed to facilitate information sharing between campuses and organizations. Recently added publications include:
  • Dec 11, 2017

Brown U Launches Three-Year, $24M Project to Boost Thermal Efficiency

As part of its continued work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 42 percent below 2007 levels by 2020, the university will increase energy efficiency by replacing its steam-based central heating system with a medium-temperature hot water system. Completion is expected in October 2020.
  • Dec 11, 2017

Johns Hopkins U Building Earns LEED Gold

Sustainability features of the university's Malone Hall are heat reutilization, an energy recovery wheel, radiant panels and LED lighting. Water conservation measures include low-flow fixtures, dual-flush toilets and electronic faucets that are estimated to reduce water consumption by 40 percent. The building landscape incorporates a bioretention swale, which is a shallow, vegetated, landscaped depression with sloped sides that manages storm water runoff.
  • Dec 11, 2017

U South Australia Receives $2.7M for Alternative Energy Installations

(Australia) The University of South Australia will soon receive 3.6 million Australian dollars ($2.7 million) for a project at its Mawson Lakes campus that is expected to cut campus emissions by 35 percent. The project includes hydrogen production with a 50 kilowatt hydrogen fuel cell and a 1.8 megawatt photovoltaic array.
  • Dec 11, 2017

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

AASHE members can receive a 10 percent discount on tuition for all courses associated with the Sustainability and Behavior Change Certificate through the University of California San Diego Extension. 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 discount expires Feb. 28.
  • Dec 11, 2017

Bucknell U Earns LEED Silver on Campus Health & Wellness Building

The seventh campus building to obtain LEED Silver, the Graham Building diverted more than 93 percent of construction waste from landfills through recycling while incorporating more than 10 percent recycled and more than 20 percent regionally sourced materials into the building's design. It also features technology to ensure efficiency such as occupancy sensors, daylighting and low-flow water fixtures.
  • Dec 8, 2017

U Nottingham Agrees to Living Wage to Low-Paid Staff

(U.K.) Two weeks after protesters asked the university to pay a living wage, the university agreed to do so for the 2017-18 academic year. The agreement guarantees the lowest-paid staff 8.75 pounds ($11.72) an hour.
  • Dec 8, 2017

Utah Valley U Completing Sustainability Communications Wall

In an effort to educate students and staff about sustainability measures on campus, a soon-to-be completed wall will include an interactive display that will allow students to see the current energy usage for different buildings as well as information about green features of campus such as geothermal energy, recycling, transportation and water.
  • Dec 8, 2017

Clemson U to Cover Parking Area With 1 MW of Solar Panels

The university has partnered with Duke Energy to develop and install a solar panel canopy with a 1 megawatt capacity over a campus parking lot near Memorial Stadium.
  • Dec 8, 2017

Charles Sturt U Installs 1.77 MW Solar Electric System

(Australia) Completed in October 2017, the 1.77-megawatt solar electric array spans 17 buildings and will provide approximately 20 percent of the power needs of the Wagga Wagga campus.
  • Dec 7, 2017

Calls for Student Posters: Intermountain Sustainability Summit

Intermountain Sustainability Summit organizers invite students to submit posters for the ninth annual conference happening March 1-2, at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. Posters related to sustainability under the categories of graduate/undergraduate research, green design, education and community engagement, creative arts and humanities, and/or sustainability in action are due Feb. 5. Students whose posters are selected will receive complimentary admission and are entered to win prizes.
  • Dec 6, 2017

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  • Dec 6, 2017

U Waterloo Publishes Environmental Sustainability Strategy

After two years of consultation and planning, the president's Advisory Committee on Environmental Sustainability released the university's first environmental sustainability strategy, which seeks to strengthen organizational sustainability across academics, operations, and student and employee engagement.
  • Dec 6, 2017

Barnard College Affiliates With the Worker Rights Consortium

The college's president recently announced its decision to affiliate with the Worker Rights Consortium. The affiliation will assist Barnard in implementing a manufacturing code of conduct with which apparel vendors contracting with Barnard will be asked to comply.
  • Dec 6, 2017

Photovoltaic Development for Institutions Online Course

The Midwest Renewable Energy Association is offering Second Nature implementation liaisons and other campus contacts in the Climate Leadership Network the opportunity to apply for an eight-week online course that guides campuses through the creation and implementation of solar photovoltaic plans. A pilot of the course is free to higher education institutions for the January 2018 cohort. Applications are due by Dec. 15.
  • Dec 4, 2017

U Michigan Building Receives LEED Gold

The Stephen M. Ross School of Business' Kresge renovation and Jeff T. Blau Hall project has received LEED Gold certification. The project includes energy and water conservation measures such as occupancy sensors for lighting control, energy-efficient light fixtures, the incorporation of natural daylight and low-flow bathroom fixtures. Energy measures are expected to allow for energy savings of an estimated 30 percent.
  • Dec 4, 2017

Six Universities Receive Energy Dept CHP Research Funding

North Carolina State University, Pace University, Pennsylvania State University-University Park, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Maine, Washington State University, Houston Advanced Research Center and the Center for Sustainable Energy will split a U.S. Department of Energy $25 million grant to further the installation of cost-effective, highly efficient combined heat and power (CHP) technologies. These institutions will, among other things, become regional CHP Technical Assistance Partnerships that will assist in the development of strategies to increase resilience to natural disasters and improve grid and electric delivery reliability.
  • Dec 4, 2017

Penn State U Offers Energy Storage & Microgrid Training

A new training program is part of the university's GridSTAR Center, a smart-grid education and research center at Penn State at The Navy Yard. The program is intended to help instructors prepare to teach electrical workers about safe and productive energy storage and microgrid construction. A unique element of the program is that the curriculum is based on lessons learned in the design and construction of multiple energy storage and microgrid systems at Penn State.
  • Dec 4, 2017

Colorado State U Receives $50K for Campus Sustainability & Water Research

The $50,000 grant will be split between campus sustainability research and collaboration, and STEM opportunities for diverse and underrepresented students. The university's National Western Center Sustainability Team will use $37,500 to develop innovations in water, energy, food systems, and health and recreation, and improve the natural environment. The second part of the grant, $12,500, supports the CSU Water Fellows program. First-generation CSU students from diverse and often underrepresented backgrounds will team with neighboring high school students to work on water issues.
  • Dec 4, 2017

AASHE Asks Elected Officials to Protect the Graduate Student Tuition Waiver

AASHE has joined more than 30 other organizations in opposing the repeal of the Graduate Student Tuition Waiver that is included in the House of Representatives' Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1). Reclassifying these waivers as taxable income will significantly increase the cost of a graduate education and make it even more difficult for working class and low income students to pursue advanced degrees.
  • Dec 4, 2017

Cornell U Living Lab Waste Project Reduces Contamination

The student club WasteNot prototyped designs for waste sorting signage that is more user-friendly and inclusive of the international community by featuring clear directions in several languages and visual cues. In the first pilot with the redesigned signage, total contamination dropped by 10 percent for landfill, 17 percent for recycling and 19 percent for compost. Plans are underway to roll out piloted designs across campus facilities.
  • Dec 4, 2017

Cornell U Launches Food Security Grocery Store

Based on results of a Cornell University survey indicating a high percentage of students were regularly without access to food, the Center for Transformative Action launched Anabel's Grocery to provide nutritious, affordable food that includes low-priced meals, daily meal kits and fresh staples. The store is student-led and has served over 1,000 students in the first semester of operations. The store also offers educational programs around quality food, food choices, wellness and positive social change.
  • Dec 4, 2017

York U Releases Inaugural Institutional Sustainability Strategy

The university's first published sustainability strategy was led by a working group comprised of members of the university president’s Sustainability Council and included participation from more than 1,000 community members. The goals of the strategy are divided into three key categories: people, focusing on a culture of collaboration; knowledge, using its strengths in sustainability research to inform teaching; and place, creating a pedestrian-oriented campus.
  • Dec 4, 2017

AASHE Member Discount: Intentional Endowments Network Membership

AASHE members can receive a discount on membership in the Intentional Endowments Network. The discount amount is dependent upon endowment size. The offer expires Dec. 31, 2018.
  • Nov 30, 2017

Request for Information: Energy Dept Collegiate Wind Competition

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) requests feedback about the Collegiate Wind Competition. The objective of the inquiry is to ensure that the event is effectively meeting its objectives of increasing student interest in wind energy, expanding wind-focused university programs, and meeting industry workforce needs. Responses must be received by Jan. 10.
  • Nov 30, 2017

Indiana U Bloomington Receives $50K to Convert Emissions to Fertilizer

A $50,000 grant from Duke Energy will help Indiana University Bloomington convert emissions from its heating plant into fertilizer using a photo-bioreactor. The fertilizer will be used in the more than 200 flower beds across campus.
  • Nov 30, 2017

McGill U Releases Climate & Sustainability Action Plan

In its new plan, the university commits to carbon neutrality by 2040 and sets a long-term goal of earning AASHE STARS Platinum by 2030. The result of an extensive consultation process, the plan includes offsetting air travel emissions and recruiting an Indigenous scholar or artist-in-residence.
  • Nov 30, 2017

Fair Trade Campaigns National Conference Partnership

Fair Trade Campaigns is accepting partners for their national conference, happening March 23-25, 2018, in Washington, D.C. Any campus that commits to financially supporting five or more students to attend the conference will be recognized through various promotional and advertising schemes.
  • Nov 30, 2017

Colgate U Initiates Green Fund for Sustainability Projects

The university's new Green Revolving Loan Fund was seeded with $230,000 and aims to reduce the university’s carbon footprint. Funded projects must reduce carbon and provide a return on investment. Colgate has committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2019, the university’s bicentennial.
  • Nov 29, 2017

Colgate U Class of 1965 Arena Earns LEED Gold

The new athletics facility includes water-saving technology, specialized climate controls, and recycled and locally sourced building materials. The university relied on paints, adhesives and other building materials that have no or low volatile organic compounds.
  • Nov 29, 2017

U Nebraska-Lincoln Installs Ventilation Technology for Efficiency

Several buildings on campus now use Aircuity, a technology that monitors the ventilation rates of buildings for optimal level of airflow to save energy and maintain air that contains low contaminants. It is estimated that Aircuity can reduce lab energy use by 40 to 60 percent.
  • Nov 29, 2017

U Hawai'i Explores Tariff for Renewable Energy Projects

To help the university achieve its net-zero energy goal and bring more cost-effective, renewable energy resources online, the university is working with local power companies to explore the possibility of a tariff that would go toward projects to increase renewable energy generation, improve grid capacity for renewables and lower energy costs for the university.
  • Nov 27, 2017