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Campus Energy & Sustainability Podcast

Highlighting sustainability on higher education campuses, the podcast has five episodes available that have covered sustainability in laboratories, sustainable public water systems, and sustainability in curricula.
  • Sep 18, 2017

Arizona State U to Implement Bike-Share Program

A new regional bike rental program with four stations will soon be available to the campus community. A unique aspect to this service is the freedom to park bikes at either the service's hubs or at a public rack.
  • Sep 18, 2017

Monroe County CC Cuts Ribbon on Geothermal System

The $16.1 million ground source heating and cooling system is comprised of 288 wells that are 350-400 feet deep. The community college will save an estimated $275,000 per year over the next 20 years.
  • Sep 18, 2017

U Rochester Rolls Out Bike Sharing Service

For as little as $1, students can now rent a bike from two stations on campus.
  • Sep 18, 2017

Duke U Raises Minimum Wage to $15 Per Hour

Duke will increase its minimum wage to $15 per hour for all regular university and health system staff, according to an Aug. 25 university statement. Over 2,300 staff members will get a pay raise by 2019.
  • Sep 18, 2017

SUNY New Paltz to Divest From Fossil Fuel Companies

The SUNY New Paltz Foundation board voted recently to remove endowment funds from direct investment in fossil fuel companies. The initial request to consider divestment came from a group of students who raised the issue with the college president in September 2016. The SUNY New Paltz Foundation endowment currently stands at about $20 million. Data as of June 30, 2017, show that about 4.5 percent, or $920,055, was directly invested in fossil fuel companies.
  • Sep 18, 2017

AthleteAlly Releases Report on LGBTQ Inclusion Policies & Practices in NCAA

The Athletic Equality Index inaugural report, measuring LGBTQ inclusion policies and practices in athletic spaces, provides a comprehensive look at how member programs of the NCAA Power Five conferences are supporting their LGBTQ student-athletes, coaches, administrators, staff and fans.
  • Sep 18, 2017

U Nottingham Wins ‘University of the Year’ Accolade From MSC

(U.K.) The university received the honor at the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Awards 2017 for serving students with the most MSC-certified seafood. The MSC’s annual awards recognize U.K. retail and foodservice providers for improving the world’s oceans.
  • Sep 18, 2017

U California Davis Pilots Energy Saving Technology to Keep Cows Cool

In an effort to demonstrate an effective alternative to cooling cows that consumes less energy and water, the university's new pilot program uses chilled water and air cooling. The project is part of a four-year, $1 million grant from the California Energy Commission to help improve water and energy efficiency in California’s dairy industry.
  • Sep 18, 2017

U Winnipeg Announces Institutional Sustainability Strategy

The university's second five-year plan outlines four overarching sustainability goals and 19 targets to ensure those goals are met, including exceeding Canada’s commitments under the Paris Accord, deriving five percent of total campus energy from renewable energy sources, and establishing a baseline and reduction target for emissions resulting indirectly from university activities, such as waste, paper use and air travel.
  • Sep 18, 2017

2017 GameDay Recycling Challenge

Registration is open for the 2017 GameDay Recycling Challenge, a friendly competition for colleges and universities to promote waste reduction at home football games. Open to college football games of all divisions and conferences, the competition aims to increase awareness of sustainability and recycling on campus, create student engagement and draw a connection between athletics and sustainability.
  • Sep 18, 2017

U California Merced Launches Sustainable Careers Initiative

The university's sustainability office launched an internship program earlier this year that gives students applied learning and internship opportunities in sustainability-related careers.
  • Sep 18, 2017

Harvard U Renovations Achieve LEED Gold Certification

Harvard’s historic Memorial Church includes access to natural light, energy-efficient heating and cooling systems, LEDs, occupancy sensors, low-flow water fixtures and Energy Star rated appliances.
  • Sep 18, 2017

American U Receives Energy Star Certification

By managing the energy related practices of its College of Arts and Sciences building, the university was awarded with its first U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Energy Star certification. The EPA’s Energy Star certification recognizes buildings that have reduced greenhouse gas emissions by using more energy-efficient products and implementing energy savings practices.
  • Sep 18, 2017

Energy Manager

  • Sep 18, 2017

Harvard U & U California San Diego Win 2017 Freezer Challenge

The University of California San Diego was identified as the organizational winner by saving an estimated 500,000 kilowatt-hours per year. Harvard University's Hoekstra Lab was the individual laboratory winner, saving an estimated 13,000 kilowatt-hours per year. Individual labs at the University of Alberta and the University of California San Diego received honorable mention. The Freezer Challenge encourages researchers to implement sustainable practices around cold storage management. Labs received points for taking actions such as properly maintaining freezers and refrigerators, discarding old samples and retiring unneeded units.
  • Sep 18, 2017

Sustainability Across the Curriculum Workshop at the University of South Carolina

This workshop will explore how educators can utilize their unique role to inspire, inform and train today’s students to become tomorrow’s sustainability champions. Intended to support faculty of all disciplines and levels of familiarity with sustainability, this workshop will provide hands-on activities, case studies and examples of how developing sustainability curriculum can transform challenges faced by today’s environment, local economies and society. The deadline is Oct. 15. The University of South Carolina is one of 13 regional AASHE Centers for Sustainability Across the Curriculum.
  • Sep 18, 2017

Call for Proposals: AASHE 2018 Webinar Series

AASHE invites webinar proposals for 2018. Proposals at any level on topics of interest to AASHE’s diverse membership are welcome. Deadline to submit is Oct. 27.
  • Sep 15, 2017

2017 Higher Education Sustainability Staffing Survey Report

The 2017 Higher Education Sustainability Staffing Survey Report examines the nature of sustainability positions at colleges and universities, providing insights into salaries, funding, supervision, job satisfaction and challenges. Improvements to the report include information from outside of the U.S. and Canada, and graphical data comparisons.
  • Sep 13, 2017

Sponsor-A-Hive Bee Partnership

Open to universities and colleges in the U.S., the Sponsor-A-Hive program, hosted by The Honeybee Conservancy, provides free bees and equipment to help schools safely set up, maintain and observe on-site bee sanctuaries. The deadline to apply to sponsor a hive is Oct. 31.
  • Sep 13, 2017

Campus Sustainability Month Movie Screening Opportunity

Held every October, Campus Sustainability Month is an international celebration of sustainability in higher education. As part of the celebration, AASHE and Bullfrog Films are offering institutions the opportunity to screen one of four movies in October for the discounted rate of $85 (normally $100+) or purchase the DVD with a 15 percent discount.
  • Sep 13, 2017

New Issue of Sustainability: The Journal of Record

The most recent issue includes articles about measuring institutional water use and estimating carbon footprints of food menu items, as well as a book review of Let Knowledge Serve the City, a compilation of articles out of Portland State University that highlights how communities and institutions can work together to solve sustainability challenges.
  • Sep 11, 2017

U California Riverside Fellows Help Reduce Carbon Emissions

As part of the Carbon Neutrality Initiative Student Fellowship Program, five participating fellows will receive a stipend of $3,000 to fund a project that reduces greenhouse gas emissions produced by UCR buildings and vehicles. An additional student engagement fellow will serve as the initiative’s ambassador, receiving a $4,000 stipend plus $1,000 to fund campus event programming geared toward educating and inspiring other students.
  • Sep 11, 2017

Northern Kentucky U Establishes No-Mow Zones

No-mow zones are land that will be returned to a natural state. The university now has 4.8 acres designated as no-mow zones, which helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and soil erosion. Natural areas also create habitat for native species.
  • Sep 11, 2017

Higher Education Leaders Criticize DACA Repeal

Many college and university leaders have spoken out against the Trump Administration’s announcement that it would rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, a federal program that allows undocumented immigrants who were brought here as children to remain in the U.S.
  • Sep 11, 2017

Getting Started With the SDGs in Universities: A Guide for Universities, Higher Education Institutions, and the Academic Sector

A new guide from the Sustainable Development Solutions Network Australia/Pacific aims to accelerate action on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It highlights the role universities specifically in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific have in implementing the SDGs and provides practical guidance on how they can accelerate their contributions.
  • Sep 11, 2017

Northeastern U Opens New Science Building

The university’s new science and engineering building features triple-glazed windows to reduce glass condensation and prevent heat loss, variable air volume (VAV) fume hoods, and occupancy-based airflow controls.
  • Sep 11, 2017

Cornell U Launches Free Online Climate Change Course

The new course on climate change science, communication, and action focuses on equipping learners with the tools they need to understand climate science and policy fundamentals, and how to take action to communicate and implement climate change related projects in their community and work.
  • Sep 11, 2017

North Carolina State U Opens Edible Garden on Rooftop

The university's Student Union hosts a new rooftop garden with raised beds for planting herbs and vegetables that will be used by university dining facilities. The department of horticultural science will also use the garden for experimental pollinator plants and perennials.
  • Sep 11, 2017

Tips for Detoxing Your Dorm

This research-based set of tips released by the Healthy Green Campus Project aims to help students eliminate exposure to chemicals found in everyday products, such as food, cleaning products, toiletries, clothing, and laundry and bedding.
  • Sep 11, 2017

Pomona College Releases 2030 Carbon Neutrality Plan

The college's new plan, known as SAVE: Sustainable Action Visible Effects, strives for carbon neutrality by 2030 through energy, water, waste, transportation, buildings, and landscaping and food initiatives. The college intends to reach net-zero carbon emissions without purchasing carbon credits, but rather by reducing its greenhouse gas emissions to zero and then offsetting remaining emissions by retrofitting buildings, installing solar panels, investing in off-site renewables and promoting alternative transportation programs. The plan was crafted by the Office of Sustainability and the President's Advisory Committee on Sustainability.
  • Sep 11, 2017

McHenry County College Receives $500K to Develop Ag Degree

An anonymous donor recently gave the college $500,000 toward the first phase of an effort to promote sustainable urban agriculture education. The project will provide experiential learning related to intensive, organic food production, business management and marketing. During a two-year pilot program, the new funds will be used to research sustainable agricultural trends and practices, facilitate partnerships across the agricultural community, and promote the use of sustainable practices and food production in the region.
  • Sep 11, 2017

Bucknell U Earns 'Performance Excellence in Electricity Renewal' Certification

The recent Performance Excellence in Electricity Renewal (PEER) certification, administered by the Green Business Certification, Inc., recognizes the university for reliable delivery of electricity, reducing the environmental impact of electricity generation, leveraging value gap analysis to identify and eliminate waste, and assessing customer contribution to grid service, investment and innovation. PEER is a framework for continuous energy improvement and performance assessment that leads to greater efficiency, reduction in carbon emissions and greater power quality.
  • Sep 11, 2017

U Florida Receives LEED Gold on Building Renovation

The newly renovated building designed for study and collaboration space includes systems for reusing wastewater, and use of regional and recycled materials. No additional parking spaces were added for the building during renovation.
  • Sep 11, 2017