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U Winnipeg Begins Using Biomass

The university’s new biomass heating system runs on locally sourced wood pellets that are fed into two 100 kilowatt boilers. The system is expected to produce approximately 2.5 percent of the university's energy needs.
  • Jul 9, 2018

Princeton U Uses Sheep to Trim Plants at Solar Plant

Eliminating the need for toxic herbicides, gas-powered mowers or trimmers, 75 Katahdin sheep now graze at the Princeton University Solar Field thanks to a partnership with a local farmer.
  • Jul 9, 2018

Harvard U Adopts Sustainable IT Standards

The new standards focus on actionable recommendations that schools and departments can adopt in three core areas – waste, energy and practice – aimed at reducing the environmental impact of technology. The Sustainable IT Standards were created by the Green IT Working Group that comprises IT, operations and facilities professionals, in collaboration with the Office for Sustainability and Harvard University Information Technology.
  • Jul 9, 2018

U Central Florida Joins Coastal Sustainability Consortium

As part of its ongoing efforts to help develop sustainable, resilient and economically successful coastal communities while ensuring the ecological security of coastal ecosystems, the university’s National Center for Integrated Coastal Research recently became a member of the Blue Community Consortium. The consortium has developed a certification process based on global sustainable tourism criteria that emphasizes coastal-habitat protection, restoration and enhancement.
  • Jul 9, 2018

Northeast Schools Partner to Launch Sustainable Energy Training Consortium

Antioch University New England, Greenfield Community College, Keene State College, and the School for International Training started the Ecovation Hub Education and Training Consortium to bring broader sustainable economy knowledge and opportunities to the tri-state area of Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. The consortium introduced its first course this summer at Keene State College, which was a two-week program in sustainable building practices.
  • Jul 9, 2018

US EPA Releases Top 30 List of Green Power Users

The Environmental Protection Agency's Top 30 College & University list highlights the largest green power users among higher education institutions within the Green Power Partnership. The combined green power use of these organizations amounts to more than 3 billion kilowatt-hours of green power annually. Nine of the top 30 institutions are meeting 100 percent (or more) of their electricity demand with green power.
  • Jul 9, 2018

Integrating Sustainability Across the Curriculum Workshop at Innovation for Sustainability Conference

This workshop will be a hands-on workshop to identify common obstacles to integrating sustainability into the curriculum, solutions for overcoming them and highlighting best practices. It is being offered on July 22, just prior to the Innovation for Sustainability Conference at Seattle University. Participants will leave with a better understanding and clear road map for making learning easier for students and integration easier for faculty, while also knowing how to meet both STARS and accreditation requirements. Seattle University/Western Washington University are regional AASHE Centers for Sustainability Across the Curriculum. The deadline to register is July 20.
  • Jul 9, 2018

Online Sustainability Across the Curriculum Workshop

This asynchronous, online workshop, happening from July 9-Aug. 12, is designed for higher education instructors wishing to infuse sustainability (ecological stability, social equity, and economic vitality) into their curriculum regardless of the discipline. The intent of this course is to identify areas of sustainability intersection. Effective assessment of critical thinking skills, collaboration, creativity, and the ability to analyze, discuss and create solutions to real-world sustainability problems will be explored. Moraine Valley Community College is one of 13 regional AASHE Centers for Sustainability Across the Curriculum. The deadline to register is July 9.
  • Jul 9, 2018

AASHE Member Discount: $100 Off Sustainability Certification Through ISSP

The International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) offers students, faculty and staff from AASHE-member schools a $100 discount on the ISSP Sustainability Associate (ISSP-SA) credential exam. The program is designed to recognize the knowledge, skills and abilities of those in the sustainability field, including students with knowledge of core sustainability concepts.
  • Jul 9, 2018

GSA Fan Engagement Playbook

The Green Sports Alliance Fan Engagement Playbook is a guide for sustainability and sports professionals describing how to ideate, design and manage fan engagement programs that develop effective, behavior-changing fan engagement programs around environmental sustainability.
  • Jul 9, 2018

U Minnesota Duluth Adds 40 KW Solar System to Residential Apartments

After three years of planning by a student organization called the Solar University Network (SUN) Delegation, the university connected a 40 kilowatt solar electric system to the Aspen Building, part of its Oakland Apartment Complex. The installation was funded by a student service fee, the university's green revolving fund and UMD's Housing and Residence Life. The system is expected to reduce electricity costs by about $3,500 per year.
  • Jul 9, 2018

2018 Biomimicry Global Design Challenge Announces Winners

California State University at Long Beach, Cornell University, Georgia Tech, Tung Hai University (Taiwan), and the University of Utrecht (Netherlands) were recently named institutional winners of the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge, a competition that asks innovators to create nature-inspired inventions that reverse, mitigate or adapt to climate change. Over 60 teams from 16 countries entered the challenge. Finalist teams receive cash prizes and an invitation to the 2018-19 Biomimicry Launchpad.
  • Jul 9, 2018

Emory U WaterHub Receives Innovation Award

Given to the university for its wastewater reclamation and reuse system, the 2018 IDEA Innovation Award is an annual competition by the International District Energy Association (IDEA) intended to recognize energy and water savings. To date, using an ecological treatment process to clean wastewater, Emory's WaterHub has displaced over 160 million gallons of municipally supplied potable water with reclaimed water. It also provides opportunities for research and education.
  • Jul 9, 2018

South Dakota State U Becomes Bee Campus USA Affiliate

The Bee Campus USA program requires that the university promote pollinators, such as bees, butterflies, birds and bats, and their habitats on campus.
  • Jul 9, 2018

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  • Jul 9, 2018

AASHE 2018 Workshop: Rising to Meet the Challenge of 100% Renewable Energy

This pre-conference, half-day workshop will cover a portfolio of approaches that can be part of a comprehensive renewable energy strategy including on-campus and community solar, off-site projects, aggregation, and academic integration. Providing a process for campuses to identify strategies, the workshop will assist participants in outlining key considerations appropriate to their institution's size, location and energy context. This workshop is presented by Christen Blum at Edison Energy, Ryan McPherson at University at Buffalo, Rob Andrejewski at University of Richmond, and Dennis Carlberg at Boston University.
  • Jun 27, 2018

AASHE 2018 Workshop: Biophilic Design Principles: Green Infrastructure, Nature, Harmony and Resilience

This pre-conference, half-day workshop will explore the principles of the Biophilic Effect, a psychological phenomenon that describes humans’ need be in natural environments. Using the principles of biophilia, participants will learn about approaches to architecture that connect building occupants more closely to nature through infrastructure such as vegetative roofs and walls, bioswales and infiltration gardens, and low impact development projects. The workshop will be presented by Joanne Rodriguez with GreenStructure, Ltd, and Mary Ann Uhlmann with Urban Horticulture Consulting.
  • Jun 27, 2018

Centre College to Offer Social Justice Minor

Starting in the fall of 2018, the interdisciplinary minor in social justice would require 19 credit hours in courses that discuss areas of methods, intersectionality and political economy, in addition to a number of electives covering topics of race, gender, wealth, poverty and environment. Currently, there are 11 students registered for the social justice minor, along with one student who has designed the model as a major.
  • Jun 25, 2018

Kent State U Architecture Building Receives LEED Platinum

The 107,000-square-foot building, which houses academic programs in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design, features radiant flooring, high energy-efficiency LED lighting and a planted roof.
  • Jun 25, 2018

Shepherd U & U West Indies Receive $100K Grant Each Install Solar Array on Library

The $100,000 grants, awarded on behalf of EBSCO's 2018 solar grant program, will offset the cost of installing solar panels at the two schools' libraries. Solar energy on Shepherd University's library will be the first building on campus to use net metering to offset an academic building's energy consumption, while the installation at the University of the West Indies will help the school reduce electricity supplied from conventional sources.
  • Jun 25, 2018

Madison College to Connect Solar Electric System

The installation of 5,250 photovoltaic (PV) panels at Madison College's Truax campus is expected to be complete by September and could save the college $200,000 per year in electricity costs. Students enrolled in related fields such as electrical apprentice, electronics, electrical engineering, industrial maintenance and architecture will also benefit from having access to the PV installation.
  • Jun 25, 2018

Georgia College Students to Upgrade Electric Golf Cart Fleet

This summer, three Georgia College students, along with two high school students, will use a $7,700 grant from the Office of Sustainability to increase the efficiency of solar electric powered golf carts on campus. They will also locate spots on campus where the carts can be parked to get the most solar energy.
  • Jun 25, 2018

U Nottingham Partners With Volvo on Energy Storage Research

(U.K.) The new partnership with Volvo Trucks aims to convert diesel engines due for scrap into renewable power storage units that can charge electric bus and truck fleets. The project idea is to re-task the engines to become machines that compress and expand air to store and release energy, called Compressed Air Energy Storage.
  • Jun 25, 2018

Humboldt State U & Santa Rosa Junior College to Receive $5M Each for Microgrids

The California Energy Commission recently announced that Humboldt State's Sponsored Programs Foundation will receive $5 million for a multi-customer, front-of-the-meter microgrid with renewable energy generation owned by a community choice aggregation and the microgrid circuit owned by an investor-owned utility. Santa Rosa Junior College campus will receive $5 million from the energy commission for a renewable energy microgrid demonstration project, which will meet 40 percent of the electricity needs at the campus and allow the campus to provide emergency services during power outages.
  • Jun 25, 2018

Online Sustainability Across the Curriculum Workshop

This asynchronous, online workshop, happening from July 9 through Aug. 12, is designed for higher education instructors wishing to infuse sustainability (ecological stability, social equity, and economic vitality) into their curriculum regardless of the discipline. The intent of this course is to identify areas of sustainability intersection. Effective assessment of critical thinking skills, collaboration, creativity, and the ability to analyze, discuss and create solutions to real-world sustainability problems will be explored. Moraine Valley Community College is one of 13 regional AASHE Centers for Sustainability Across the Curriculum. The deadline to register is July 9.
  • Jun 25, 2018

Kalamazoo College Environmental Center to Receive $250K Grant

A $250,000 grant from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations to the college's Center for Environmental Stewardship will be used to increase sustainability and environmental stewardship across its curriculum, expand the college’s capacity for responsible resource management and sustainable development, and increase the effectiveness of college’s arboretum as a learning lab for the campus and community.
  • Jun 25, 2018

Indiana U Partners With City on Bike-Share Program

The city of Bloomington and the university have partnered to launch a dockless bike sharing service, operated by company Zagster, which aims to give residents, students and visitors an affordable and sustainable on-demand transportation option. With an initial base of 150 bicycles, the program will offer rides at $1 per half-hour, with monthly subscriptions available for unlimited 60-minute trips.
  • Jun 25, 2018

Stetson U to Install Solar Array With Inaugural Green Fund

Launched in 2017, the university's student green fee will be used to fund a solar array, planned for connection in August 2018. Aside from the $30,000 raised through the 2017-2018 green fund, the Student Government Association and the university each has agreed to match that amount. Avoided costs have been estimated at $17,000 annually.
  • Jun 25, 2018

AASHE Workshop: Leading Deep Change in Higher Education Registration Deadline Approaching

Registration closes July 6 for a new workshop, Leading Deep Change in Higher Education. Based on Refocus, a leadership development program designed to enable practitioners to generate deep organizational change and establish sustainability as a strategic priority, the two-day workshop is limited to 30 participants and will be held in Waterloo, Ontario. An archived webinar is available to AASHE members expounding on the Refocus program and the benefits of participation.
  • Jun 25, 2018

2019 Online Certificate on Education for Sustainable Development: Registration Open

This five-month, online program is designed to provide participants with the understanding, knowledge and skills to integrate education for sustainable development and education for global citizenship into curricula. It contributes to Sustainable Development Goals 4, target SDG 4.7. Offered January through July 2019, the program is through the Earth Charter Center for Education for Sustainable Development at the University for Peace in Costa Rica. A 10 percent registration discount is offered through Nov. 16.
  • Jun 22, 2018

Call for Presentations: US Composting Council Compost 2019 Conference

The U.S. Composting Council encourages proposal submissions for 90-minute sessions related to composting, organics recycling and related topics for its annual conference, happening Jan. 28-31 in Arizona. The deadline to submit a proposal is June 30.
  • Jun 22, 2018

Mississippi Project VIII: The Value of the Humanities in Teaching and Learning for Sustainability

This workshop is an interactive experience to explore how the humanities can add value to your curriculum, as well as sustainability learning outcomes, strategies for infusing sustainability into the curriculum, and assignments that promote systems thinking and a sustainability mindset. The workshop is taking place at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville on Aug. 15. Participants will have opportunities to extend research and teaching horizons across disciplines and create new networks with fellow colleagues. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is one of 13 regional AASHE Centers for Sustainability Across the Curriculum. The deadline to register for this workshop is Aug. 8.
  • Jun 21, 2018

Integrating Sustainability Across the Curriculum Workshop at Innovation for Sustainability Conference

This workshop will be a hands-on workshop to identify common obstacles to integrating sustainability into the curriculum, solutions for overcoming them and highlighting best practices. It is being offered on July 22, just prior to the Innovation for Sustainability Conference at Seattle University. Participants will leave with a better understanding and clear road map for making learning easier for students and integration easier for faculty, while also knowing how to meet both STARS and accreditation requirements. Seattle University/Western Washington University are regional AASHE Centers for Sustainability Across the Curriculum. The deadline to register is July 20.
  • Jun 21, 2018

Auburn U Students Create Games That Teach Campus Green Infrastructure

Landscape Architecture graduate students recently created and released interactive board games for the Office of Sustainability to teach students, faculty and visitors about the green infrastructure stormwater control measures that are integrated into the campus landscape.
  • Jun 21, 2018

61 Catholic Universities Sign 'Catholic Climate Declaration'

The declaration affirms the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement by renewing Catholic support for continuing U.S. actions to address climate change. In addition to the 61 higher education signers, 37 dioceses, close to 200 religious communities, and more than 100 parishes and more than a dozen Catholic health care organizations signed on. The signing announcement coincided with the third anniversary of Laudato Sí, Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment and human ecology.
  • Jun 21, 2018

U Brighton Begins Using Liquid Air to Store Energy

(U.K.) Called Liquid Air Energy Storage, the technology works by storing air as a liquid in above-ground tanks and, when electricity is required, the liquid air is brought to ambient temperature where it regasifies and turns a turbine. The 5-megawatt plant is a result of a two-year partnership project to develop understanding of high grade power storage and influence design guidelines for future plants.
  • Jun 21, 2018