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Harvard U Partnership Allocates $100K to Local Community

Thirteen local nonprofits were selected to receive Harvard Allston Partnership Fund grants totaling $100,000 to support programs in the community. The program, established by Harvard University and the city of Boston in collaboration with the Allston community, was created to support nonprofit organizations providing neighborhood improvement, cultural enrichment and educational programming for residents.
  • Mar 23, 2017

North Carolina State U Upgrades Lab Lights to LED

New LED light fixtures now provide light for the senior design lab of the university's Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science program, replacing 84 metal halide and fluorescent fixtures. With new fixtures and occupancy motion sensors installed, the retrofit project is expected to save $4,700 annually in avoided energy costs, providing a return on investment in less than six years.
  • Mar 23, 2017

21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge

The challenge is designed to create dedicated time and space to build more effective social justice habits. Participants will explore the impact of race in the food system, uncovering racial inequities and injustices to discover ways to collectively promote a more just food system for all. The challenge is hosted by Food Solutions New England, a regional network coordinated by the Sustainability Institute at the University of New Hampshire. The challenge will take place from April 9-April 29.
  • Mar 23, 2017

AASHE Endorses March for Science

AASHE joins hundreds of other organizations supporting the March for Science, happening on Earth Day, April 22, in Washington, D.C., and at satellite marches around the globe. The March for Science aims to unite as a diverse, nonpartisan group to call for science that upholds the common good and for political leaders and policymakers to enact evidence based policies in the public interest.
  • Mar 23, 2017

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  • Mar 22, 2017

Urban Environmental Education Online Course

This eight-week course, offered by Cornell University’s Civic Ecology Lab from April 10-June 4, is designed to help participants improve their knowledge of urban environmental education. Urban environmental education includes any learning practices that foster individual and community well-being and environmental quality in cities. Course participants will learn about urban contexts, theoretical underpinnings, educational settings and educational approaches in urban environmental education.
  • Mar 21, 2017

Williams College Students Turn Leftovers Into Donations

Leftover meals that went unserved in the dining halls are now being gathered up by students, packaged into meals and delivered by volunteers from several different student organizations under an umbrella initiative known as "The Campus Kitchens Project," a leading national nonprofit empowering students to fight hunger and food waste. Student volunteers pick up food three nights a week from campus dining halls, chill the food for 24 hours, and then package the meals for deliveries to multiple affordable housing communities.
  • Mar 20, 2017

U Idaho Begins Fueling Trucks With Biodiesel

The university's Steam Plant has begun reducing greenhouse gas emissions from their operation by fueling their semi-truck and front-end loaders with a 20-percent blend of biodiesel made on campus from used cooking oil from Dining Services.
  • Mar 20, 2017

Arizona State U Opens Local Foods Market

Around nine local vendors now sell locally grown, harvested and produced organic products on the Tempe campus once per week.
  • Mar 20, 2017

Michigan State U Begins Construction of Solar Carport

Construction has started on a new solar array project at five different parking lots across campus that are estimated to generate more than 15,000 megawatt-hours annually, about 5 percent of the electricity used on campus annually. As part of the power purchase agreement, the university will purchase electricity produced from the solar arrays at a fixed price for 25 years. The university is covering the cost of connecting the arrays to the university’s power grid while project investors are paying all other construction and maintenance costs projected to be about $20 million.
  • Mar 20, 2017

Northwestern U Alumnus Donates $3M to Support Social Justice Reporting

Northwestern University alumnus David F. Freedman ’81 has made a $3 million commitment to further the study of reporting on social justice issues. Freedman’s gift will establish the David F. Freedman Fund for Social Justice Reporting Initiatives to support research, students, curricula, conferences and other activities at the intersection of journalism and social justice.
  • Mar 20, 2017

U Arizona Publishes Online Campus Sustainability Map

More than 600 projects, programs and features are presented on the university's new web-based map. Launched to illustrate campus-wide sustainability efforts in an accessible and centralized way, the map visualizes efforts meant to reduce energy and water consumption, and aid in waste diversion and recycling.
  • Mar 20, 2017

Tidewater CC Partners to Offer Renewable Energy Training

The community college has partnered with Dominion Virginia Power to train students for the technical workforce in the fields of solar, wind and geothermal energies.
  • Mar 20, 2017

U Maryland Student Launches Ride-Sharing App

A sophomore accounting major launched CarPo on March 1 after almost a year and a half of planning and developing the app. Through the app, students looking for rides to and from their hometowns and colleges are able to see registered students with cars who are already driving to the same place.
  • Mar 20, 2017

MIT Creates Sustainability Incubator Fund

The new Campus Sustainability Incubator Fund seeks to enable MIT community members to use the MIT campus as a test bed for research in sustainable operations, management and design. It is intended to support the generation of breakthrough sustainability solutions.
  • Mar 20, 2017

U Michigan Launches Three Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Initiatives

As part of its ongoing strategic efforts to enhance diversity in higher education and society, the university's National Center for Institutional Diversity is starting the Distinguished Diversity and Social Transformation Professorship, Grants to Support Research and Scholarship for Change, and the Distinguished Diversity Scholar Career Award and initiatives. Through these initiatives, the center is actively working to highlight the interconnections of diversity and excellence in research and scholarship in ways that positively affect knowledge production and its use for societal change.
  • Mar 20, 2017

Three Higher Ed Groups to Implement Open Access Initiative

The Association of American Universities, Association of Research Libraries, and Association of American University Presses are implementing a new initiative, expected to launch spring 2017, to advance the wide dissemination of scholarship by humanities and humanistic social sciences faculty members by publishing free, open access, digital editions of peer-reviewed and professionally edited monographs. To date, there are 12 institutions that have committed to participate in this initiative.
  • Mar 20, 2017

Energy Dept. Smart Labs Accelerator

The U.S. Department of Energy's Smart Labs Accelerator works with partner organizations to set a target to improve energy efficiency across their portfolio of laboratory buildings by at least 20 percent in 10 years or less. Partners will work together to develop standardized approaches to overcoming common barriers to energy efficiency in laboratories such as insufficient energy performance measurement methods and resistance to implementing efficient operational procedures.
  • Mar 20, 2017

Campus Dining 101: A Benchmark Study on Farm to College in New England

A report from Farm to Institution New England is the second report in a new series designed to help food system stakeholders understand the impact of institutional markets on New England's food system. The report presents in-depth findings and makes specific, data-based recommendations for institutions of higher education as well as government officials, funders and institutions.
  • Mar 20, 2017

Our Climate Fellowship

Students will train and organize other students, rallying public support for carbon pricing policy, and engage directly with elected officials on the local, state and national level. Applications are currently being accepted for summer 2017, fall 2017 and spring 2018 fellowship positions.
  • Mar 20, 2017

Umeå U Ends Fossil Fuel Investments

(Sweden): The decision to end all university investments in fossil fuels was made in December 2016 and contributed to the university being nearly fossil free at the beginning of 2017. A small portion of investments remain that will be phased out this spring. The university's investment policy is now being revised to include a statement prohibiting investments in fossil fuels.
  • Mar 20, 2017

National U Ireland Galway Commits to Fossil Fuel Divestment

(Ireland): After a student club submitted a petition of over 1,000 signatures and report highlighting the case for divestment, the university announced that it will officially divest from fossil fuel shares by the end of 2017.
  • Mar 20, 2017

Columbia U Announces Coal Divestment Plans

The university's board of trustees has voted to support a recommendation from its Advisory Committee on Socially Responsible Investing to divest from companies deriving more than 35 percent of their revenue from thermal coal production and to participate in the Carbon Disclosure Project’s Climate Change Program.
  • Mar 20, 2017

Hungry and Homeless in College: Results From a National Study of Basic Needs Insecurity in Higher Education

A new report by the Wisconsin HOPE Lab provides insight into food insecurity, homelessness and housing insecurity among today’s college students. The report is based on the results of a survey distributed by Wisconsin HOPE Lab and the Association of Community College Trustees to 70 community colleges in 24 states. It also provides policy recommendations for community colleges, state and federal policymakers, and researchers on ways in which each can support these students and help provide the services they need.
  • Mar 20, 2017

The Glocal Curriculum: A Practical Guide to Teaching and Learning in an Interconnected World

The book covers three different stages, from envisioning the "glocal" curriculum and its design to implementing and evaluating the "glocal" curriculum and program, to designing the "glocal" teaching-learning environment. It provides guidance for curriculum and program developers, quality managers, as well as teachers and instructors. "Glocal" is defined in this book as integrating both local and global considerations when addressing the pressing real-world sustainability problems.
  • Mar 20, 2017

AASHE Workshop: Sustainability, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Workshop

This workshop, happening June 28–30 at University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment, is for faculty, administrators and staff of all disciplines, as well as community organizers and city officials and planners, who wish to interconnect and integrate sustainability, diversity, equity and inclusion into their campus, curriculum and departments. The format will include opportunities for participants to bring forward topics from their own experiences to inform the discussion and gain insight from the perspectives of the presenters as well as fellow participants. The deadline to register is June 2.
  • Mar 20, 2017

U Virginia Hosts First Zero Waste ACC Game

With the help of 75 student volunteers, UVA Athletics, Aramark and the Office for Sustainability, fans at the sold-out Atlantic Coast Conference game recycled and composted 94 percent of all waste generated at the arena as part of this year’s Game Day Challenge. The nationwide Game Day Challenge contest promotes waste diversion at college basketball games.
  • Mar 20, 2017

Wake Forest U Appoints Former EPA Official as Director of Sustainability Grad Program

Stan Meiburg, alumnus and former Environmental Protection Agency official from 2014-2017, will lead the master of arts in sustainability program and associated dual degree and certificate programs. He is known for leading efforts to protect the nation’s air and water, clean up hazardous and toxic waste sites, build collaborative relationships with state and tribal environmental programs, and promote sound management in the EPA.
  • Mar 20, 2017

International Center for Sustainability Across the Curriculum Conference 2017

Growing out of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s successful Project Sin Fronteras, the workshop, happening May 19-20 in McAllen, Texas, aims to bring together faculty from all fields, allowing for an exchange of ideas in a nurturing and enriching collaborative atmosphere. The intensive two-day interdisciplinary exercise helps faculty to explore the shifts in pedagogy needed to incorporate sustainability concepts, problems and/or solutions into new or existing courses. The deadline to register is April 20. The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is one of 13 regional AASHE Centers for Sustainability Across the Curriculum.
  • Mar 16, 2017

Student, Educator Scholarships Available to Energypath 2017

The Sustainable Energy Fund is providing 150 scholarships to professional educators and college students to attend Energypath 2017 on July 27 at DeSales University in Pennsylvania. Scholarships cover the cost of the conference, exposition, science fair, a pre-conference energy camp and the keynote dinner.
  • Mar 14, 2017

Harvard Executive Education for Sustainability Leadership Informational Sessions

Three informational sessions are available to choose from that will discuss the Executive Education for Sustainability Leadership program, happening Nov. 13–17 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Leith Sharp, director of Executive Education for Sustainability Leadership, and past program participants and faculty will respond to questions from prospective applicants and those interested in promoting attendance to a senior leader in their organization or network. Information sessions are planned for March 27, April 26 and May 31.
  • Mar 14, 2017

Livestream the EarthEd Symposium

On April 20, the Worldwatch Institute is launching its newest State of the World report, EarthEd: Rethinking Education on a Changing Planet, at Appalachian State University. Worldwatch invites other schools to host a satellite event by livestreaming all or a portion of the event and include local speakers. The symposium is organized into a three-hour morning session on the fundamentals of Earth education, and an afternoon session focusing on higher education. The new report explores how teachers can equip students with the skills necessary to navigate the turbulent century ahead. Those interested in hosting an event or learning more may contact Erik Assadourian.
  • Mar 14, 2017

Northland College Pledges to be Sanctuary for Undocumented Students

In a letter dated March 2, the college's president cites a rising national rhetoric of intolerance and acts of hate that threaten minorities as a basis for affirming Northland’s intention to support all students in their quest to pursue their education without government interference. Unless it is legally required to do so, the college will not voluntarily share student information with or grant property access to immigration enforcement officials, nor participate in the enforcement actions of immigration officials on campus.
  • Mar 14, 2017

Johns Hopkins U Commits $55.5M to Locally Owned Businesses

The university and the Johns Hopkins Health System hired 304 workers from Baltimore's distressed neighborhoods and campus-area communities and committed $55.5 million of construction project spending with minority- and women-owned or disadvantaged businesses in the first year of their HopkinsLocal initiative, an effort to use the university's purchasing and hiring power to help expand opportunities for those living in city neighborhoods.
  • Mar 14, 2017

Large-Scale Renewables: The Next Chapter in Higher Education Sustainability Leadership

This white paper, created by Second Nature in partnership with CustomerFirst Renewables, walks through the opportunities and challenges of large-scale renewable energy projects, how to set them up and first steps.
  • Mar 13, 2017