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Teams From Two Universities Win Affordable Housing Design Competition

Teams from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte won first and third, while a team from California College of the Arts won second place in the 2018 Steel Design Student Competition, put on by the American Institute of Steel Construction and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture. The Affordable Housing category is socially oriented to challenge students to design affordable multi-family housing in an urban context.
  • Sep 10, 2018

U Washington Researchers Help Government Building Get Fitwel Certification

Two researchers in the university's Civil & Environmental Engineering department assisted the city of Bellevue with Fitwel certification of its city hall. Administered by the Center for Active Design, Fitwel encourages the adoption of 63 strategies that support healthy behavior by occupants. Out of a total possible 144 points, Bellevue City Hall earned 92 points, receiving a one-star rating.
  • Sep 10, 2018

U Illinois Urbana-Champaign Launches Green Laboratory Program

Launched in August 2018, the Certified Green Lab Program is for university labs that commit to sustainability through actions like reducing waste, conserving energy and abiding by the 12 Principles of Green Chemistry from the American Chemical Society. The lab program is managed by the university's Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment.
  • Sep 10, 2018

Washington & Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference Call for Proposals

The call for proposals is open for the Washington and Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference (WOHESC), happening Feb. 25-27, 2019 at the University of Washington. Examining systemic change and generating dialogue, WOHESC 2019 aims to continue its work advancing equity, diversity and inclusion through thematic elements, speakers and attendees. The submission deadline is Oct. 5.
  • Sep 7, 2018

2018 AASHE Sustainable Campus Index

The 2018 Sustainable Campus Index recognizes top-performing colleges and universities overall by institution type and in 17 sustainability impact areas as measured by the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS). The report also highlights innovative and high-impact initiatives from institutions that submitted STARS reports in the most recent calendar year.
  • Sep 7, 2018

Online Sustainability Across the Curriculum Workshop

This online workshop, happening from Oct. 15 through Nov. 18, is designed for higher education instructors wishing to infuse sustainability (ecological stability, social equity, and economic vitality) into their curriculum regardless of the discipline by identifying 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 Oct. 14.
  • Sep 7, 2018

U North Carolina Charlotte Adopts Air Quality Measures for Construction

The university, with assistance from Clean Air Carolina, recently changed its Design and Construction Manual to require contracted companies to reduce diesel fuel emissions while working on campus. These new standards, which apply to all future construction projects on campus, discourage prolonged idling of equipment on construction sites and require all equipment to use the lowest exhaust emissions possible.
  • Sep 6, 2018

2018 Campus Sustainability Month

Celebrate Campus Sustainability Month (CSM) this October by engaging and inspiring incoming students and other campus stakeholders to become sustainability leaders. The theme for this year’s CSM is Nonpartisan Engagement and the November Elections. Complementing Earth Day, CSM aims to provide campus sustainability advocates with a platform through which to deepen campus engagement around sustainability.
  • Sep 3, 2018

Three Days Left to Apply: Turning the Page on Campus Paper Use

Apply to be part of a new cohort of 10-12 institutions of higher education who will receive training and support to implement a behavior-based strategy to reduce paper use. This new cohort will focus specifically on campaigns to reduce the number of personal desktop printers, which AASHE and Root Solutions have identified as a high impact strategy for reducing costs and paper use. The deadline for applications is Sept. 7.
  • Sep 3, 2018

U Missouri Announces Ban on All Tobacco Use

The new policy prohibits all use of tobacco and electronic cigarettes on campus. The university applied for and won a grant from the American Cancer Society to help implement it.
  • Sep 3, 2018

U Tennessee Knoxville Initiates Smoke-Free Campus Policy

In an effort to protect the health and safety of university students, employees and visitors and to promote a healthy and safe work, educational and living environment, the university passed a smoke-free policy and procedure, which prohibits smoking in and on all university property, including smoking in private vehicles when parked or operated on university property. The policy also prohibits littering on university property with tobacco products or the remains of any tobacco products.
  • Sep 3, 2018

Lehigh U to Phase Out Plastic Straws

The university will be replacing plastic straws with paper ones across campus by Sept. 11. Plastic straw bans have raised concern among disability rights groups, which is why the university decided against a ban. Dining services staff will provide reasonable access to plastic straws for people who need them.
  • Sep 3, 2018

Sonoma State U Bans Plastic Straws

The university is enacting California's Assembly Bill 1884, which prohibits any sit-down food facility from providing single-use plastic straws to consumers unless requested by the customer. Culinary services will switch to paper straws.
  • Sep 3, 2018

Stony Brook U Joins County in Eliminating Plastic Straws

The university recently signed onto a county-wide initiative aimed at eliminating plastic straws. Instead of plastic, all campus dining locations other than Starbucks will now offer special straws made of polylactic acid.
  • Sep 3, 2018

Baylor U Removes Plastic Straws From Cafeterias

This semester the university pulled plastic straws from routine use in cafeterias operating in Baylor’s four residence halls. Students wanting a plastic straw must request one. Straws will be available for take-out orders.
  • Sep 3, 2018

Goucher College Goes Smoke- & Tobacco-Free

As part of continuing efforts to improve the health and well-being of the Goucher community, Goucher College is a smoke-free and tobacco-free campus, as of mid-July. This policy applies not only to smoking any substance, but also to the use of e-cigarettes and any form of tobacco anywhere on campus.
  • Sep 3, 2018

York College to Transition to Smoke- & Tobacco-Free Campus

Taking effect June 2019, the college will implement a full ban on smokeless tobacco, cigars, cigarettes, pipes or other smoking material and devices, including electronic cigarettes.
  • Sep 3, 2018

Sustainability and the Humanities

This book explores the links between sustainability and the humanities, which attempts to go beyond the inclusion of social sciences in discussions on sustainability, and offers a holistic discussion on the intellectual and moral aspects of sustainable development. The book reiterates the need to promote integrated approaches to sustainable development.
  • Sep 3, 2018

Virginia Wesleyan U Installs Flower-Shaped Solar Array

The university held a ribbon cutting in late August for the solar electric system in the shape of a flower. The flower was designed with a dual-axis system, which allows the modular fan to follow the sun across the sky throughout the day, always maintaining the optimal angle.
  • Sep 3, 2018

George Washington U Expands Dining Representative Program

There are now six GW Dining representatives who tweet information about on-campus dining options for students with dietary restrictions. GW Dining debuted the dining representative program last September, using students with specific diets – Kosher, vegan and vegetarian, Halal and gluten-free – to advertise dining vendors and meal options for students.
  • Sep 3, 2018

Purdue U Receives $70M to Lead Research Consortium on International Development

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) awarded $70 million to the university to lead a multi-university consortium that aims to devise evidence-based solutions for pressing development challenges. The consortium will help USAID identify research challenges across all its technical sectors and geographical locations and identify experts worldwide to answer questions about the challenges, such as food security, global health and early childhood education. Purdue’s supporting partners in the consortium are Indiana University and the University of Notre Dame.
  • Sep 3, 2018

Bowling Green State U Building Attains LEED Gold

The building that houses the university's School of Media and Communication features solar energy, automated lighting controls, a reflective roof, and native and organic landscaping.
  • Sep 3, 2018

U Wisconsin-Madison to Open Two Cultural Centers

The Latinx Cultural Center and the Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Cultural Center will open this fall. Both spaces will be supported by the Multicultural Student Center. With the addition of the two new spaces, there will now be four cultural centers on campus.
  • Sep 3, 2018

Pueblo CC to Introduce Renewable Energy Living Lab

The community college recently announced a new partnership with NextEra Energy Resources where NextEra will deliver and install 52 photovoltaic solar panels to create a 20-kilowatt solar energy system on PCC’s Pueblo campus. NextEra also will provide training and curriculum to help the college create a pipeline of skilled workers into the solar industry.
  • Sep 3, 2018

U Louisiana Lafayette Adds Composting at Football Games

As part of a larger campus-wide effort to produce zero waste, the university is replacing trash cans inside Cajun Field with stations that hold separate bins for compost and recycling. The stadium will serve food on biodegradable plates or in reusable containers instead of plastic-lined paper products. Wooden spoons, forks and knives will replace plastic utensils. Fans will consume beverages from either aluminum cans or recyclable plastic cups, and they can request compostable straws.
  • Sep 3, 2018

RIT Inspires Climate Change Modification for Minecraft

After attending a course on climate change science, technology and policy last spring at Rochester Institute of Technology, Minecraft Developer Nick Porillo created a new plugin that adds climate change factors to the game. Different elements of gameplay affect the carbon dioxide levels in the game world’s atmosphere.
  • Sep 3, 2018

2018 GameDay Recycling Challenge

Colleges and universities across the U.S. and Canada can register for the GameDay Recycling Challenge, a friendly competition that promotes waste reduction at football games. The challenge is presented through a new partnership with National Wildlife Federation, and continued partnership with RecycleMania Inc, College & University Recycling Coalition (CURC), and U.S. EPA’s WasteWise program.
  • Sep 3, 2018

U Richmond Procures Solar Energy for 100% of Its Electricity

The university has announced a partnership with sPower to construct a 130-acre, 20 megawatt solar array 50 miles away from campus. Expecting to go online in 2020, the 47,000-panel array is projected to produce 41,000 megawatt-hours of solar energy.
  • Sep 3, 2018

U Iowa Residence Hall Earns LEED Gold

The Catlett Residence Hall includes energy efficient windows and the use of natural light throughout, high-efficiency HVAC and lighting systems are controlled by occupancy sensors, and Energy Star-certified laundry, kitchen and dishwashing equipment, and low-flow plumbing fixtures. Seventy-six percent of waste was diverted from the landfill.
  • Aug 31, 2018

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  • Aug 31, 2018

AASHE 2018 Workshop: Best Practices in Integrating Sustainability and Business Education

The focus of this half-day, post-conference workshop will be integrating the B Corp Impact Assessment framework into business curriculum while facilitating cross disciplinary engagement with non-business students and faculty. Impact Assessment frameworks help businesses identify and measure the material impacts their operations have on environmental and social resources. Participants will learn how to implement their own integration activities. This workshop will be presented by Tammy Kowalczyk and Jessica Thomas from Appalachian State University.
  • Aug 31, 2018

Flinders U Installs 1.8 MW Photovoltaic Carport

(Australia) The solar electric system will go online in October and is projected to provide 20 percent of needed electricity for the university’s Bedford Park campus. It will include a charging dock for recharging planned autonomous shuttles and plug-in electric vehicles. Costing 4.895 million Australian dollars ($3.6 million) it is expected to pay for itself within seven years. Flinders' draft sustainability plan indicates its commitment to achieve zero net emissions from electricity by 2020.
  • Aug 28, 2018

Lehigh U Installs Solar-Powered Recycling & Trash Receptacles

The university is removing more than 150 open-top trash cans and replacing them with Bigbelly trash and recycle bins in an effort to cut labor and waste costs. The bins have a sensor and compactor mechanism powered by the sun that allows the material inside to be compressed when it senses the trash level is too high. Then when the bin is full, a red light blinks and trash collectors are notified through an app on their phones.
  • Aug 28, 2018

Susquehanna U Becomes Bee Campus USA Certified

The new certification signifies that the university has taken strides to support pollinators, which includes maintaining landscape spaces that attract pollinators, hosting educational events and keeping bee hives. Next steps include Susquehanna's Department of Facilities Management drafting an integrated pest management plan to govern the use of pesticides, herbicides and insecticides.
  • Aug 28, 2018

U Texas Rio Grande Valley Attains Bee Campus USA Designation

The new certification as an affiliate of the Bee Campus USA program means that the university provides healthy habitats with a variety of native plants and free of pesticides. The Lower Rio Grande Valley is an area that can especially help with butterflies, as it is home to nearly 40 percent of the 700 species of butterflies found in the U.S. The university recently added a butterfly garden on its Brownsville Campus.
  • Aug 28, 2018

U Iowa Launches Dorm Room Composting

The university launched a composting initiative for first-year and other students living in the residence halls after recent building trash audits revealed that about 30 percent of waste was organic material. The sustainability office made available 1,125 individual compost bins at a recent open house.
  • Aug 28, 2018

Pace U Moves Toward Plastic-Free Campus

The university's Elisabeth Haub School of Law will no longer use non-reusable water bottles, plastic straws, disposable plates or cutlery. Instead, paper straws, china and metal flatware will be used in the cafeteria. In addition, at all of its programs, the school will not use paper or plastic products and will provide water-bottle fill stations rather than individual plastic water bottles.
  • Aug 27, 2018

U Central Florida Introduces Bike Sharing

The bicycle-sharing company, Lime, will be providing the university with 500 bikes to start the school year. Lime will also provide maintenance without charge to the school. Bikes will be available for students, employees and visitors for 50 cents per half-hour.
  • Aug 27, 2018