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20% Off Full Access AASHE STARS Subscription

Higher education institutions that haven’t earned a rating under the AASHE Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) in the past five years can sign up between now and Dec. 31 to get 20 percent off a full access subscription. To see if your institution qualifies, click on the institution in this list. Any previous reports will be listed on the Summary Tab.
  • Nov 10, 2017

New Campus Sustainability Hub Resources

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 journal articles include:
  • Nov 7, 2017

Bates College Switches One Boiler to Renewable Fuel Oil

To aid the college's long-term carbon neutrality goals, it recently switched fuel sources on one of its three boilers from natural gas to renewable fuel oil, a proprietary product made by vaporizing wood feedstock (e.g., sawdust) at a very high temperature. The vapor, which retains the energy of the wood’s organic compounds, is then re-condensed into a fuel oil.
  • Nov 6, 2017

Western Kentucky U Regents Approve Five-Year Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Plan

The new plan focuses on opportunity through the recruitment and enrollment of diverse students; student success through retention, graduation rate and degrees conferred; and impact through campus climate, inclusiveness and cultural competency.
  • Nov 6, 2017

Mohawk Valley CC Installs 3 MW Solar Array

Projected to offset about $90,000 per year in electricity costs, the three megawatt project is net-metered, meaning that any excess energy the system produces beyond the needs of the campus will be sold back to the utility company.
  • Nov 6, 2017

U Minnesota Duluth to Purchase 100 KW Block From Solar Farm

Three Student Life units at the university are sharing the $213,215 cost of purchasing a 100 kilowatt block of solar electricity from an in-state community solar garden. In return, the units – Dining Services, Housing and Residence Life, and Transportation and Parking Services – will receive annual discounts on their electricity bills.
  • Nov 6, 2017

Monroe CC Earns LEED Gold for Its State Street Campus

The college's State Street campus features a vegetative roof, rainwater capture and reuse elements, and energy-efficient construction materials. Cost avoidance is expected to be nearly $120,000 per year.
  • Nov 6, 2017

Second Nature & AASHE to Host Gathering at COP23

Second Nature and AASHE, along with the University of Connecticut and Tufts University, are hosting a reception and networking event at COP23, in Bonn, Germany, on Nov. 14 at the U.S. Climate Action Center. Along with networking, attendees will hear briefly from a select group of speakers about climate leadership programs within the higher education sector.
  • Nov 6, 2017

Princeton U Files Lawsuit Regarding DACA

In early November, Princeton University and Microsoft joined together to file a lawsuit against President Trump’s rescinding of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. A DACA-protected student at Princeton, Maria De La Cruz Perales Sanchez, is also listed as a plaintiff.
  • Nov 6, 2017

Farm Coordinator

  • Nov 6, 2017

Southern Oregon U Introduces Dish Loan Program

The Sustainability Resource Center at Southern Oregon launched a new program to loan reusable dishes and utensils for free at campus events in an effort to move toward zero waste events.
  • Nov 6, 2017

College & University Green Power Challenge

Throughout the 2017-18 academic year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership will track and rank U.S. collegiate athletic conferences based on combined green power usage. The program includes any collegiate athletic conference in the U.S. with at least two U.S. EPA Green Power Partners and an aggregate green power purchase of at least 10 million kilowatt-hours.
  • Nov 6, 2017

2017 Sustainable Campus Index Lists Top Performers

The 2017 Sustainable Campus Index recognizes top-performing colleges and universities in 17 sustainability impact areas and overall by institution type, as measured by the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS). Top performers overall by institution type are Appalachian State University (master’s); Nova Scotia Community College (associate); Stanford University (doctoral/research); and Sterling College (baccalaureate). Also included in the report are innovative and high-impact initiatives.
  • Nov 6, 2017

Messiah College Offsets Printing With Planting

The college is participating in PrintReleaf, which allows organizations to reduce their environmental impact by automatically planting trees to offset their paper consumption. Through the program, Messiah plants an average of six trees per month in Madagascar.
  • Nov 3, 2017

2018 International Sustainable Campus Conference Call for Abstracts

The theme of the 2018 International Sustainable Campus Conference is Sustainable Development: Acting with Purpose. The conference is scheduled for June 11-13, 2018, in Stockholm, Sweden. Abstracts are due Dec. 15.
  • Nov 3, 2017

Bucknell U Launches Sustainability Website

As part of increased sustainability programming, the university recently launched its first sustainability website as resource to the campus community. The website serves as a centralized place for the campus community to explore the institution's academic, research, engagement and operational goals.
  • Nov 3, 2017

Guide to Making Claims About Your Solar Power Use

The Guide to Making Claims About Your Solar Power Use, released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, describes best practices for appropriately explaining and characterizing solar power activities and the fundamental importance of renewable energy certificates for solar power use claims. This guidance is primarily focused on claims associated with on-site projects but is also relevant for off-site owned projects.
  • Nov 2, 2017

U Notre Dame Teaches Course on Faith and Sustainability

The new sustainability class, offered each fall semester, integrates Catholic teachings into environmental studies to reflect on issues of sustainability. The course examines topics in theory and how to implement these theories in a practical way.
  • Oct 30, 2017

U North Carolina Chapel Hill Rolls Out Bike Sharing

The official launch of UNC’s new Tar Heel Bikes program happened in late October, offering students the opportunity to rent a bike from one of 18 hubs on campus. The new bike-share program is one of the latest efforts in the university’s Three Zeros Environmental Initiative, which aims to reduce waste, water use and carbon dioxide emissions on campus.
  • Oct 30, 2017

U West Indies Finishes Net Zero Energy Building

(Jamaica) The 2,300-square-foot structure, which will house a research center in photovoltaic, wind and biomass energy, is designed as a model to encourage construction of sustainable and energy-efficient buildings throughout the region.
  • Oct 30, 2017

Trinity College Dublin Students Pass Motion to End Single-Use Plastic Bags

(Ireland) The Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union passed a motion that seeks to replace single-use plastic items on campus with compostable alternatives.
  • Oct 30, 2017

Arizona State U Student Spearheads Lab-Glove Recycling Program

A junior majoring in sustainability and interning at Kimberly Clark, a paper company, started a lab glove recycling program in partnership with Kimberly Clark called RightCycle. Lab gloves are collected with special cardboard boxes, sent to recycling centers and processed into plastic pellets or nitrile powder, which can then be used to manufacture anything plastic.
  • Oct 30, 2017

Texas Tech U to Create Local Food Concentration

The department of Plant & Soil Science will establish a new undergraduate degree specialization in local food and wine production systems, the creation of which was a response to the continued growth of local-food sales.
  • Oct 30, 2017

Farm Forward Leadership Circle

Farm Forward is accepting applications to join its Leadership Circle, which are universities, businesses and restaurants that leverage buying power to change the way animals are raised for food. Once a member of the Leadership Circle, Farm Forward helps institutions align their supply chains with their values by providing a comprehensive set of tools and hands-on consulting.
  • Oct 30, 2017

Engaging Stakeholders in Education for Sustainable Development at University Level

This book discusses the role of stakeholders engaged in education for sustainable development at university level. It describes practical experiences, partnerships, networks and training schemes for increasing the capacity of education for sustainable development.
  • Oct 30, 2017

U Edinburgh Invests Millions in Low Carbon Companies

(U.K.) The university recently moved $79.3 million (60 million pounds) of its investments into two funds that businesses that support a cleaner, more sustainable and climate-friendly future. One fund invests in companies that tackle a range of sustainability issues, including green products, low-carbon infrastructure, sustainable water, energy and food, while the second fund direct supports a global transition to low-carbon and renewable energy.
  • Oct 30, 2017

Guidelines for Universities Engaging in Social Responsibility

The new report aims to help universities successfully incorporate university social responsibility, defined as all aspects of a universities’ impact on society, in their strategies and everyday activities.
  • Oct 30, 2017

Campus Compact Announces Positive Engagement Grant Recipients

Campus Compact, a nonprofit organization working to advance the public purposes of higher education, recently announced 40 college and university recipients of grants from its Fund for Positive Engagement to bring people together across lines of difference.
  • Oct 30, 2017

World Sustainability Award & Emerging Sustainability Leader Award

Both awards encourage new initiatives and developments in sustainability with the goal of recognizing those who have made an outstanding academic or societal contribution to sustainability. The World Sustainability Award will be granted to individual researchers or research teams, while the Emerging Sustainability Leader Award will be granted to an individual researcher.
  • Oct 30, 2017

My Green Lab Launches Environmental Label for Laboratory Products

My Green Lab recently announced the launch of ACT (accountability, consistency, transparency), an environmental impact factor label for laboratory products. The ACT label is designed to provide critical information on the environmental impact of laboratory products in an effort to increase transparency and assist customers in making sustainable choices in purchasing.
  • Oct 30, 2017

Smith College Establishes a $100K Student Managed Fossil Fuel-Free Fund

Smith College has provided $100,000 to the Smith College Investment Club to create and manage a new portfolio of fossil-fuel-free investments. Students will set criteria for what meets the standard of a fossil-fuel-free portfolio, and will make investment decisions. The new fund, which grew out of a recommendation from the Study Group on Climate Change, offers students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the growing field of impact investing.
  • Oct 30, 2017

Fort Lewis College Receives $355K to Further Food Security

The Environmental Center at Fort Lewis College, along with community partners, have been awarded a $355,000, three-year U.S. Department of Agriculture Local Food Promotion grant to launch a Durango Regional Food Recovery Hub. The initiative will address food insecurity, create secondary markets for farmers, and offer student learning opportunities.
  • Oct 30, 2017