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Australian Catholic U Raises AU$200M Through Sale of Sustainability Bonds

(Australia) The university has secured 200 million Australian dollars ($158.5 million) in investor funds earmarked for projects that deliver positive social and environmental outcomes. The funds will go toward teaching and research in areas including education and healthcare and green property projects that are in alignment with the International Capital Market Association’s Sustainability Bond Guidelines. The ACU Sustainability Bonds are the first sustainability bonds issued in Australia.
  • Aug 7, 2017

U Illinois Chicago Receives $450K to Help Chemistry Teachers Tackle Heavy Metals

UIC has received a nearly $450,000 National Science Foundation grant that will help high school chemistry students and teachers from seven Chicago public schools study and address urban heavy metal contamination in their communities. The project, called “The Poisoned Onion,” will support educators to teach chemistry within the context of heavy metal contamination in the soil and water of Chicago neighborhoods.
  • Aug 7, 2017

New Book: Sustainability Practice and Education on University Campuses and Beyond

The book's case studies cover campus sustainability topics that include student-driven and college-driven environmental sustainability programs in undergraduate and graduate classes, issues in teaching environmental sustainability, the LEED certification of universities, issues of shrinking cities, and a comparison of sustainable military bases with college campuses.
  • Aug 6, 2017

New Book: University Campus Solid Waste Management

Using University of Malaya as a case study, the author assessed waste disposal, management and recycling techniques in order to understand how to reduce the environmental impact while retaining the maximum cost savings for the university. A method for analysis of solid waste composition is also proposed. The book can serve as a guide and blueprint for other universities that are taking steps toward sustainability through improved solid waste management.
  • Aug 6, 2017

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Earns LEED O+M Silver for Three Buildings

The oldest of the three buildings that achieved LEED Silver certification for Operations and Maintenance (O+M) is 1941, while the other two are 1999 and 2008. The three buildings comprise over 117,000 square feet.
  • Aug 6, 2017

U Washington Utility Plant Receives Gold Designation From ISI

The new West Campus Utility Plant has received an Envision Gold award from the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI). The ISI Envision system measures sustainable infrastructure in five categories: quality of life, leadership, natural world, resource allocation, and climate and risk. Sustainable elements of the plant include natural rain gardens and enhanced pedestrian infrastructure, measures to prevent pollutants from contaminating surface and groundwater, and increased energy efficiency.
  • Aug 5, 2017

Unity College Launches Sustainable MBA Degree

Launching January 2018, the college's new MBA degree program is a 14-month online program that seeks to educate students on how to make the business case for applicable sustainability innovations in industry.
  • Aug 3, 2017

Registration Ends Soon: Sustainability Across the Curriculum Workshop at Southern Illinois U Edwardsville

The upcoming workshop on Aug. 14 will explore how to meaningfully infuse the integrated concept of sustainability into the classroom. Hosted by Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, the workshop offers participants the chance to develop a new course or modify an existing course to incorporate sustainability. The deadline to register is Aug. 9. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is one of 13 AASHE Centers for Sustainability Across the Curriculum.
  • Aug 3, 2017

AASHE Member Discount: 20% Off Washington/Oregon Sustainability Conference

The Washington & Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference (WOHESC), happening Feb. 6-8 at Portland State University, is a platform for empowering and inspiring change, and facilitating action, sharing and collaboration related to sustainability within the region's higher education institutions. Through facilitated sessions and networking opportunities, participants will be empowered to advance environmental performance at Washington and Oregon state institutions of higher education and support regional policy goals and initiatives. AASHE members can attend WOHESC for 20 percent off. The discount expires Jan. 12.
  • Aug 3, 2017

Recent Additions to the AASHE Campus Sustainability Hub

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:
  • Jul 31, 2017

AASHE Member Discount on Intentional Endowments Network Membership

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

California State U Receives $250K for Clean Tech Workshops

The university received a $250,000 grant from the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator's new Energize California initiative that will fund clean technology innovation workshops and events at five Los Angeles-area CSU campuses over the next five years. The workshops are intended to help students learn about resources and programs that could help them bring new clean energy technologies to the market.
  • Jul 31, 2017

U Notre Dame Announces Waste Diversion Plans for 2017 Football Season

For the first time, fans will be able to recycle bottles, cans and paper products inside the stadium via single-stream recycling receptacles. A game day food donation program has also been developed to decrease waste from the stadium while providing consumable food to local nonprofit agencies.
  • Jul 31, 2017

Dartmouth College Deploys Reusable To-Go Containers

After two years of research and assistance from the Dartmouth Office of Sustainability and Dartmouth Dining Services, a student helped launch the Green2Go food takeout program, which replaces the disposable to-go containers with reusable ones. The program involves a one-time payment of $4 for a reusable container. Used containers can be dropped off at any dining location on campus.
  • Jul 31, 2017

Thompson Rivers U Installs Sidewalk Made of Solar Panels

A professor from the university's Geography and Environmental Studies department and students helped install photovoltaic panels on a sidewalk in July. The solar sidewalk project is meant to demonstrate the role sidewalks and other everyday structures can play in generating energy.
  • Jul 31, 2017

Sustainability Across the Curriculum Workshop at Southern Illinois U Edwardsville

The upcoming workshop on Aug. 14 will explore how to meaningfully infuse the integrated concept of sustainability into the classroom. Hosted by Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, the workshop offers participants the chance to develop a new course or modify an existing course to incorporate sustainability. The deadline to register is Aug. 9. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is one of 13 AASHE Centers for Sustainability Across the Curriculum.
  • Jul 31, 2017

George Brown College to Erect a 12-Story Carbon Neutral Building

The planned structure is designed to be a carbon-neutral, tall building made from wood that produces the same amount of energy or more than it uses. The college plans to create a Tall Wood Research Institute to share their experiences, ideas and research in low-carbon, mass timber construction.
  • Jul 31, 2017

SustainUS Fall 2017 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 Aug. 8.
  • Jul 31, 2017

Unity College Launches Master's in Environmental Geographic Information Science

To support a developing need for geographic information systems and remote sensing skill sets in the environmental community, the college’s distance education program launched an expansion of the master’s in Professional Science program with a new track of study in Environmental Geographic Information Science.
  • Jul 31, 2017

Northwestern U Upgrades Lab Ventilation Systems

In an effort to conserve energy and maintain healthy, safe and comfortable labs, eight buildings now have an air quality monitoring system that saves energy by ensuring that lab ventilation systems run only as much as needed to maintain healthy air quality. Research and testing in one of the campus' buildings revealed that, with the new system, the number of air exchanges per hour could be reduced from nine to four, resulting in a cost savings of $117,000 per year.
  • Jul 31, 2017

U Illinois Chicago Students Plant Urban Garden

Aiming to address issues of sustainability and food security in low-income Chicago communities, the new urban garden was developed and implemented by two undergraduate students in the university's Human Development and Learning program. During the spring 2017 semester, the two students acquired access to the plot of land and earned funding from the university to partner with a local sustainable garden-to-table organization.
  • Jul 31, 2017

North Carolina State U Architecture Class Builds Facility for Campus-Grown Food

The student-designed and built facility will bolster productivity of the university's Agroecology Education Farm by offering a place to wash and store produce grown for university dining halls. The building includes integration of reused materials, such as a sink basin, cedar siding and three steel coolers that will be modified to function with brand-new cooling systems. The building will also include a rain garden, a small herb garden, a cistern to collect rainwater for irrigation and exterior landscaping with native plants.
  • Jul 31, 2017

Saint Mary's College California Utilizes Solar Trailers

The college now has six mobile solar generators that contribute to exterior lighting and electric vehicle charging. At no cost to the college, each solar generator consists of two solar panels, a backup biodiesel generator and battery storage.
  • Jul 31, 2017

Indiana U Purdue U Indianapolis Earns Bee Campus Designation

The university recently obtained Bee Campus USA certification for its activities designed to support pollinators. The designation was announced during the university's second year participating in Pollinator Count Week, a Keep Indianapolis Beautiful event that seeks to take inventory of pollinators and raise awareness of their role in the human food system.
  • Jul 31, 2017

MIT Announces Inaugural Incubator Fund Recipients

The school's Office of Sustainability announced the recipients of the first-ever Campus Sustainability Incubator Fund, with $200,000 awarded between four multi-departmental projects, all of which use the MIT campus as a test bed for research in sustainable operations, management and design. The four selected projects include water recapture at the power plant, modeling the environmental impact of buildings, evaluating the benefits of recycling laboratory gloves, and eliminating wasted energy in HVAC systems.
  • Jul 24, 2017

U Notre Dame Connects 145KW Solar Array to Grid

A new 144.72 kilowatt ground-mounted photovoltaic array is expected to generate approximately 194,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity annually. This would offset nearly one-third of the total electricity used by the 5.77 acre warehouse to which it is connected.
  • Jul 24, 2017

Loyola Marymount U Signs Principles for Responsible Investment Pledge

In an effort to promote and support ethical decision-making, the university recently announced its decision to sign onto the U.N.-supported Principles for Responsible Investment, a set of guidelines for incorporating environmental, social and governance factors into investment decisions.
  • Jul 24, 2017

Western Michigan U Receives LEED Gold for Residence Halls

The Western Heights housing complex includes energy-efficient HVAC and other mechanical systems, occupancy sensors for common areas and low-flow plumbing fixtures. Amenities within the new halls are strategically located in communal spaces to encourage students to have more interpersonal interactions with their peers.
  • Jul 24, 2017

Northland College to Divest From Fossil Fuels

The college's board of trustees voted recently to fully divest the college’s endowment funds from fossil fuels in the next five years. Approximately 2.9 percent of the college’s $28 million endowment is currently invested in fossil fuels listed in the Carbon Underground 200. These investments will be replaced with more socially responsible investments and no new endowment funds will be invested in fossil fuel companies.
  • Jul 24, 2017

U California San Diego Tests Vehicle-to-Grid Charging Platforms

A San Diego-based company will use the university to pilot its new vehicle-to-grid technology, which allows a parked electric vehicle to become part of the electric grid by enabling charging from and discharging to the grid. Drivers will be paid for energy discharged from their car while still being guaranteed the expected level of charge needed to operate the vehicle.
  • Jul 24, 2017

Solar Energy Photo Contest

The U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative is looking for solar energy technology photos from across the U.S. The Hit Me with Your SunShot photo contest will award solar photographers with $2,500 in cash prizes, including a $500 grand prize, and the winning photographs will be featured by the Department of Energy.
  • Jul 24, 2017