Call for Input: Sustainability Across the Curriculum Workshop Inventory
The online inventory form will collect information about existing and past workshops, programs, and/or projects that support incorporating sustainability across the curriculum of higher education institutions. Collected and compiled by member schools of the AASHE Centers for Sustainability Across the Curriculum, the inventory aims to improve networking, strengthen offerings by the AASHE centers, and document the evolution of the movement.
Campus Sustainability Leadership Professional Certificate
The University of Vermont's Continuing and Distance Education program is offering a five-day on-campus Campus Sustainability Leadership course from June 17-21 focusing on change through transformative and financially sustainable initiatives to help campuses become sustainability models. Participants will have the opportunity to expand their professional network and learn from leaders in the field.
AASHE Member Discount: 30% Off Washington Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference Registration
The Washington Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference (WOHESC) is a platform for inspiring change, facilitating action, and promoting collaboration related to sustainability within the region's higher education institutions. Conversation, workshops, and networking opportunities will empower participants to advance environmental performance at Washington and Oregon State institutions of higher education. Any person from an AASHE member institution or organization can receive a 30 percent discount on registration through Feb. 27.
GreenMetric Releases 2018 Ranking
The GreenMetric World University Ranking, administered by the University of Indonesia, recently released its sustainability ranking for 719 universities participating from 81 countries. The information is organized under six main categories: Settings and Infrastructure, Energy and Climate Change, Waste, Water, Transportation, and Education and Research.
STARS Data Quality Boot Camp Webinar Series
The STARS Data Quality Boot Camp Series will focus on data accuracy tips for credits that are commonly misinterpreted. Spanning across five webinars beginning Jan. 22, the series aims to teach STARS liaisons and those involved in reporting how to submit a high-quality STARS report in time for the 2019 Sustainable Campus Index, Princeton Review and Sierra data sharing deadlines. Participation on the webinars is free for anyone, although registration is required. Recorded webinars are available for AASHE members only.
Professor Sir David Watson Awards for Community-University Partnerships
Hosted by University of Brighton, these awards have been created in memory of Professor Sir David Watson to honor his leadership in encouraging community-university engagement and recognize the combined efforts of community and university partners towards making a difference to the lives of people in their shared community. Nominations are judged by community-university partnership and mutual benefit, university support, sustainability and impact. Nominations are due March 29.
Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program
Offered through the University of California Santa Cruz, the program selects 20 early-undergraduate scholars to participate in a two-year conservation mentorship program centered on the summers between academic years. The goal is to serve students from groups traditionally underrepresented in conservation who can contribute to diversifying, redefining and strengthening efforts to protect land, wildlife and water.
U California Berkeley Building Earns True Zero Waste Platinum & LEED Platinum Certification
Chou Hall at the Haas School of Business now has two Platinum certifications, one covering waste reduction efforts and the other for the building's energy-efficient design and operation. The True Zero Waste certification comes after more than a year of dedicated waste sorting, composting and other waste reduction efforts to divert over 90 percent of the buildings landfill waste.
Docademia: Documentaries for Academia
Docademia's mission is to bring marginalized voices into class by using documentaries and live interviews with the documentaries' filmmakers to open a discussion about pressing issues of the world. The platform matches curriculums and syllabi with documentaries.
U Pittsburgh Conducts Tree Inventory
The tree inventory of campus trees is underway in an effort to track progress toward the university's goal of increasing the campus tree canopy 50 percent by 2030. The inventory will also provide data for on-campus biological and environmental science research, and inform the design of new landscapes.
AASHE Releases 2018 Annual Report
AASHE recently released its 2018 annual report detailing accomplishments and progress. It spotlights STARS, educational and professional development opportunities, the Sustainability Awards, the 2018 conference and expo, and outreach and advocacy. The report also includes information about new efforts: AASHE Connect - an online community for members, AASHE’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion statement, and a partnership with Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS) to advance STARS.
Grand Valley State U Names New Sustainability Director
Beginning January 1, Yumiko Jakobcic, who served as campus sustainability coordinator since 2014, assumed the role of director of the university's Office of Sustainability Practices. Jakobcic earned a bachelor's degree in natural resources management from Grand Valley in 2006 and a master's degree in environmental management from Duke University. She is in the process of earning a doctoral degree in natural resources from the University of Vermont.
Indiana U-Purdue U Indianapolis to Open Inclusion & Social Policy Center
Announced by the university's School of Public and Environmental Affairs and the IU Public Policy Institute, the Center for Research on Inclusion and Social Policy, or CRISP, will serve as a centralized resource for reliable, nonpartisan data, research and analysis on interrelated issues that make up the elements of social policy.
Corporate Knights Releases 2018 Ranking of Sustainable Business Schools
To determine the 2018 Better World MBA Ranking, Corporate Knights assessed 141 business schools across 25 countries. The schools were graded on five indicators: the number of institutes and centers dedicated to sustainable development (up to a maximum of five); the percentage of core courses that integrate sustainable development; faculty research publications and citations on sustainable development themes; and faculty gender and racial diversity (new in 2018).
Yale U Pilots Charging Fee for Waste Disposal
This month, Yale launched a Pay-As-You-Throw (PAYT) pilot program in select locations across campus. The pilot includes three different tactics for waste reduction, with two of them containing “test bills," which show how much the building would be charged for the quantity of trash produced. The third approach is comprised of sending monthly waste data and engaging in competition to encourage positive behavior change. The PAYT approach differs from the current protocol, whereby buildings are charged based on square footage, regardless of the amount of waste produced. The program supports the university's diversion goal to achieve a diversion rate of 60 percent by 2024.
AASHE Adopts Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Statement
Developed over the course of a year with input from the Advisory Council and board of directors, the new Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) statement reaffirms AASHE's resolve to advancing DEI as a core value. As a result, AASHE will be providing DEI training for AASHE staff, offering professional development opportunities for members, and continuing to emphasize equity and social justice throughout AASHE programs and partnerships.
Jefferson CC Receives Funding for Stormwater Management
The community college was recently selected to receive $980,000 from the latest round of New York State Regional Economic Development Council funds. The funding will be used on the main entry corridor to campus to install bio-retention medians, porous roadway shoulders and educational signage with ongoing monitoring.
Joliet Junior College to Install 1.37 MW Solar Array
The college's Board of Trustees approved in December the installation of a 1.37 megawatt photovoltaic array on its main campus. There will be no out-of-pocket costs to JJC, which will initially pay a fixed discounted rate for the energy generated and take ownership of the panels after 10 years. Over its lifespan, the solar array is projected to save the college more than $1.1 million.
Delta College & U Illinois Urbana-Champaign Win Climate Leadership Award
Second Nature, in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), recently announced the winners of the Climate Leadership Award. Delta College was recognized for implementation of an Energy Optimization Incentive Program in collaboration with its utility provider, as well as a sustainability-immersive study abroad program, and climate adaptation and resilience learning sessions. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was honored for using power purchase agreements to reduce more than 17,000 metric tons of CO2 annually, creating a task force to address climate resilience concerns, and enhancing classroom learning through a sustainability mentorship program. Six institutions received honorable mention.
Bridgewater College Gets Grant for Water Filling Stations
Waste Management of Virginia recently awarded the college $3,500 that it will use to install four to five additional water filling stations on campus, joining nine others already in place, in an effort to help reduce the amount of plastic water bottles used.
U Kentucky Offers Support for Bicycle Commuters
Earlier in January, the university opened an indoor bike room that has indoor parking available for 60 bicycles, four showers, lockers, a fix-it station and water fountains with bottle fillers.
Second Nature Signatories Receive 40% Discount on SIMAP
Second Nature has partnered with the University of New Hampshire to support the Sustainability Indicator Management and Analysis Platform (SIMAP) by offering Second Nature signatories a 40 percent discount on SIMAP. SIMAP is used for measuring institutional carbon and nitrogen emissions.
Appalachian State U Attains Bee Campus USA Designation
The Xerces Society has recognized the university for providing safe habitats for bees and other pollinators on campus. The university will host pollinator workshops, awareness events and utilize a committee for spreading awareness about bees. The certification also ensures Appalachian does not use bee-harming pesticides on campus and that a list of the campus pollinator plants is made available.
U Arkansas Opens Bike Lane
Green and white paint now mark a formal bike route on campus that was previously used by cyclists as a common route to avoid pedestrians.
2019 Newman Civic Fellowship Nomination Cycle
The Newman Civic Fellowship recognizes and supports community-committed students who are changemakers and public problem-solvers at Campus Compact member institutions. Through the fellowship, Campus Compact provides students with training and resources that nurture their assets and passions and help them develop strategies for social change. Nominations are due by Feb. 1.
Six Public Affairs Schools Announce Diversity Alliance
A collective of six schools of public affairs recently announced the launch of the new Public Affairs Diversity Alliance that aims to encourage and sustain a pipeline of candidates for faculty positions in criminal justice, policy and public administration. American University School of Public Affairs, which initiated and founded the Alliance, will chair the Public Affairs Diversity Alliance for a two-year term. Five other schools have joined as inaugural members: the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, the Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan, the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University, the Price School at the University of Southern California, and the Evans School at the University of Washington.
U Notre Dame Buildings Earn LEED Silver
The university's Jenkins and Nanovic Halls have low-flow faucets in bathrooms and kitchens, high-efficiency shower heads and toilets, energy-efficient LED lighting throughout, and high-efficiency heating and cooling systems. Spaces such as classrooms, conference rooms, lounges and lobbies have lighting controls with dimming capabilities.
SDG-Education 2030 Steering Committee Meeting Report
The new report summarizes the Feb. 28 through March 2, 2018, meeting in Paris on the Sustainable Development Goal 4: Education. It defines positions and recommendations by the SDG-Education 2030 steering committee on key strategic areas, discusses the critical role of regional engagement, provides broad strategic policy guidance, and proposes a global advocacy, communication and outreach strategy.
Higher Education Cluster Addresses Agenda 2030
The Global Cluster on Higher Education and Research for Sustainable Development was initiated by the International Association of Universities to advocate for the key role that higher education institutions play in achieving Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development. Consisting of 16 lead universities, the cluster has two main objectives: to serve as a resource and networking hub for universities around the world, and to be a global voice for higher education in sustainable development, informing international organizations and national governments about the role of universities in achieving the SDGs.
Georgetown U Creates Faculty Research Collaboration
The Georgetown Global Cities Initiative is a network of university faculty and students who share ideas and research on global urbanization. It includes about 70 Georgetown faculty from disparate disciplines who work on the relationship between cities and climate change; governance and diplomacy; history and the humanities; health; sociology; digitization; infrastructure and numerous other issues.