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  • Nov 5, 2018

Call for Proposals: New England Farm to Institution Summit

The New England Farm to Institution Summit, happening April 2 - 4, 2019, at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, encourages session proposals that will help participants gain inspiration to set and achieve bold goals and connect farm to institution work to the bigger picture in regional and national food system work, develop new skills, continue to build relationships, and learn about innovative farm-to-institution strategies.
  • Nov 5, 2018

Western Carolina U Students Develop Campus Tree App

Students from natural resources and conservation management classes, environmental science, computer information systems and graphic design, with the guidance of faculty and the assistance of an alumnus, have collaborated to produce a smartphone app called WCUTrees. The app allows users to view and identify nearly every tree on WCU’s developed campus. Users can search for them by name or by using the interactive map. The app also provides information on each species of tree.
  • Nov 5, 2018

Georgia Tech Pilots Using Wastewater to Grow Vegetables

A U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture grant totaling $5 million over five years will enable the university to pilot a hydroponic growing system using domestic wastewater extracted from the campus sewer system. The overall goal is to show that using the nutrients and water resources from domestic wastewater in an urban controlled environment agriculture system is socially, environmentally and financially sustainable and can easily be replicated in other cities.
  • Nov 5, 2018

Keele U Opens 'Institute for Sustainable Futures'

(U.K.) Based around six themes each mapped to the SDGs, the new institute will bring together academics, students and other stakeholders to identity sustainability challenges and work together on solutions.
  • Nov 5, 2018

Virginia Commonwealth U Plants Trees in Local Community for Carbon Offset Credits

A project to plant dozens of trees this month in Richmond's Carver area will make the neighborhood a greener and more walkable community, while offsetting the carbon footprint of the university as the trees grow. The Carver Tree Project has brought together resources from VCU, nonprofits and state agencies to plant and maintain 75 trees in the neighborhood. VCU will claim carbon offset credits for the new trees under a peer-reviewed program developed at Duke University.
  • Nov 5, 2018

Southern Illinois U Carbondale Launches Green Office Program

The new Green Office SLEUTH (Student-Led Energy-Use Treasure Hunts) program is a joint project of the university's Sustainability Office and the Advanced Coal and Energy Research Center. Selected students will work with campus offices to find ways to reduce energy use and adopt good recycling techniques. At the end of the program, students receive $500 and a certificate at the completion of the assignment.
  • Nov 5, 2018

Crowder College Building Earns LEED Platinum

The newly certified building houses the college's Roy Blunt Center for Missouri Alternative and Renewable Energy Technology. It features motion sensor lights, solar panels that supply about 60 percent of the building's electrical needs, and an occupancy sensor for the heating and cooling system. To increase the efficiency of the solar electric panels, a series of water pipes underneath the solar panels pulls away heat, and then the heated water is dumped into a geothermal well to use later for heating and cooling. Another aspect of the building that helped it achieve Platinum certification is that Crowder solar and wind energy students maintain all of the building's equipment as part of their classes.
  • Nov 5, 2018

Southern Illinois U Edwardsville Opens Free Store

The Cougar Cupboard is a new initiative that stocks food and important hygiene products free of charge for students. Patrons of the cupboard receive enough food for each family member residing in their household to eat for approximately three days.
  • Nov 2, 2018

U Queensland Diverts Cardboard From Landfill By Reusing for Horse Bedding

(Australia) Used cardboard boxes are now turned into bedding material for horses and foals at the university's VETS Equine Specialist Hospital. Using cardboard allows the university to save approximately $80,000 (100,000 Australian dollars) annually in bedding costs. The initiative was originally developed by the 2017 cohort of Agribusiness students as part of an integrated learning project to make the university’s Gatton campus more sustainable. The project is now sourcing additional cardboard waste from local supermarkets.
  • Nov 2, 2018

St. Thomas Aquinas College Earns Fair Trade Designation

The college recently announced its official designation as a Fair Trade College as part of the national initiative by Fair Trade Campaigns to engage college and university students in issues of global poverty. This student-led initiative at the college began as a small independent study and grew into a collaborative team of students, faculty and administrators that worked to meet the campus certification requirements through further incorporating Fair Trade principles into our curriculum and serving fair trade products at campus dining facilities.
  • Nov 2, 2018

Purdue U Studies Best Practices for E-Scooters on Campus

In the coming weeks, 40 scooters will be distributed across Purdue's campus to begin the initial four-week research project to study how e-scooters can best be incorporated into an urban environment. While the research results are intended to be used by civil engineering and city planners worldwide, Purdue will be using the information for future decisions about whether to allow scooters on campus and how they should be used.
  • Nov 2, 2018

EPA College & University Green Power Challenge

Throughout the 2018-19 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 2, 2018

U Manitoba Launches Single-Use Cup Reduction Campaign

Following a waste audit that resulted in a public disposable cup display to raise awareness for how many cups are used, the Office of Sustainability launched a Choose to Refuse Single-Use Cups campaign in an effort to reduce the nearly 1.2 million disposable coffee cups used in an academic year.
  • Nov 2, 2018

Green Guy Podcast: University of Notre Dame's Comprehensive Sustainability Strategy

The university's senior program director of Sustainability, Allison Mihalich, discusses UND's Comprehensive Sustainability Strategy for campus and the impact of student engagement on the South Bend community.
  • Nov 2, 2018

AASHE Member Discount: IEN Membership Discount Ends Soon

AASHE members can receive a discount on Intentional Endowments Network membership. The discount amount is dependent upon endowment size. The offer expires Dec. 31.
  • Nov 2, 2018

AASHE Member Discount: 10% Discount on Tayst Coffee

Tayst Coffee, a distributor of compostable coffee k-cups, is offering AASHE members a lifetime 10 percent discount on all orders.
  • Nov 1, 2018

AASHE Member Discount: 5% Off NCSE 2019 Conference

AASHE members can receive a 5 percent discount on registration to the 2019 National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) conference. The conference will take place Jan. 7 - 10, in Washington, D.C. The theme is Sustainable Infrastructure & Resilience. The offer expires Jan. 10.
  • Nov 1, 2018

Pennsylvania State U Gets Nearly $4M Grant for Community Wellness Program

Penn State College of Medicine has received a nearly $4 million grant to promote healthy lifestyles and improve nutrition for Hispanic people living in nearby Berks and Lebanon counties. Awarded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s REACH project, the grant will help establish healthy nutrition standards, provide healthier food access at community venues and increase electronic benefit transfer acceptance. It will also help create a bilingual hospital-based breastfeeding program.
  • Nov 1, 2018

U Notre Dame Installs 2-Acre Green Roof

Home to the Fighting Irish Athletics Department, the building now has a 79,096-square-foot vegetative rooftop. The layout consists of 25 plant species, including 22 varieties of sedum. A rooftop irrigation system also was installed.
  • Oct 31, 2018

Pennsylvania State U Beaver Prolongs Growing Season With Greenhouse

At the Beaver campus, a new high tunnel is 96 feet long and will help fill campus-supported agriculture (CSA) subscriptions and the local Salvation Army’s food bank year-round.
  • Oct 29, 2018

U Notre Dame to Close Coal Plant One Year Early

Last month, the senior director of Utilities and Maintenance said the campus power plant will cease burning coal sometime in 2019, one year ahead of the initially predicted deadline in 2020. This recent decision is a direct result of the Comprehensive Sustainability Strategy, a multi-pronged plan for a more sustainable campus. The strategy, created by a standing committee of faculty, administrators, undergraduates, graduate students and campus staff, is organized into six areas of focus: energy and emissions; water; building and construction; waste; procurement, licensing and food sourcing; and education, research and community outreach.
  • Oct 29, 2018

U Wisconsin-Platteville Receives $270K for Sustainable Ag Research

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently awarded $270,000 to the university to continue collaboratively exploring best practices for sustainable agriculture. Plots of land at a local enterprise will be used to evaluate alternative cropping practices and their effect on improved production and sustainability before potentially upscaling the methods. The project intends to take a comprehensive approach to integrating the research with education and outreach components, which will help ensure its value to the local farming community.
  • Oct 29, 2018

C2C Fellows Sustainability Leadership Training

Now accepting applications for its Nov. 30 - Dec. 2 workshop training, the C2C Fellows Network at the Bard Center for Environmental Policy is a national program for undergraduates and recent graduates aspiring to leadership positions in sustainable policy, politics and business. Graduates of these workshops gain access to continuing educational and professional opportunities.
  • Oct 29, 2018

U Texas Dallas Begins Post-Consumer Composting

In addition to pre-consumer food waste from meal preparation, now students in one dining hall will be able to scrape everything from their plates, including food waste and napkins, into composting bins before placing their plates, cups and utensils in the dish return area. The university will use an outside contractor for composting. The transition was aided by prior changes including eliminating trays, straws and plastic foam cups.
  • Oct 29, 2018

Environment and Pedagogy in Higher Education

This book proposes concrete pedagogical approaches to the study of environmental issues outside of the humanities and aims at inspiring and motivating both educators and students to become actively engaged in the pursuit of ecological preservation.
  • Oct 29, 2018

Case Western Reserve U Students Compile Business Innovation Case Studies

The university's Weatherhead School of Management recently announced a student learning initiative co-sponsored by the city called Aim2FlourishNEO. Using the Sustainable Development Goals as their lens, students research and identify a business innovation and interview a business about it. Students then publish case studies to the Aim2FlourishNEO site that are also shared at an annual forum.
  • Oct 29, 2018

Real Food Challenge Initiates 'Uprooted & Rising' Campaign

The Real Food Challenge recently launched Uprooted and Rising, a movement that seeks to end higher education’s support for "Big Food" corporations and white supremacy in the food system and to direct the energy of students' towards food sovereignty. Uprooted & Rising aims to create a culture shift through public action, digital organizing and creative storytelling that uplifts and centers the ideas and experiences of those who have been marginalized in the food system.
  • Oct 29, 2018

The Role of Business in Education and Training for Sustainable Development

This new report demonstrates how business can help people gain the skills and knowledge to advance sustainable development, navigate the future of work and create a more prosperous society. The report also shares insights and recommendations for business to promote education and training for sustainable development. The project was led by Business Fights Poverty, Pearson, Arizona State University and PRME, an initiative of the United Nations Global Compact.
  • Oct 29, 2018

Zero Waste Manager

  • Oct 29, 2018

Sustainability: Key to Long-Term Institutional Success

This report gives guidance and examples of how universities that embed sustainability in their vision, mission and values can realize a host of business benefits across four key pillars of institutional success: financial resilience; student outcomes; research and innovation, and societal impact. The publication was developed by the Environmental Association of Universities and Colleges (EAUC) and University of Edinburgh.
  • Oct 26, 2018

U Illinois Urbana-Champaign Earns Bee Campus USA Certification

Making the world safer for pollinators through extensive habitat improvements, awareness efforts, and engagement strategies earned the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign recognition as a certified Bee Campus USA. The Bee Campus USA program is designed to amass the strengths of educational campuses across the country for the benefit of native bees, honey bees, butterflies, moths, hummingbirds, bats, beetles and flies that 90 percent of the world's wild plant species rely on for pollination.
  • Oct 26, 2018

UCLA Wins National Athletic Sustainability Award

The University of California, Los Angeles was the winner of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics and USG Corporation Sustainability Award for its work on the Wasserman Football Center. The award was designed to recognize NACDA member institutions across all divisions, honoring athletics directors and their universities for incorporating sustainable practices and materials into their athletics facilities. Bentley University and Georgia State University were finalists, receiving $10,000 each in USG product while UCLA received $40,000 in USG product.
  • Oct 26, 2018

McGill U Provides Staff With Resources to Incorporate Sustainability

The McGill Office of Sustainability has released two new resources that encourage staff to make sustainability a part of their everyday work life. One resource is for new employees while the other outlines many different ways to engage with sustainability practices, programs and initiatives on campus.
  • Oct 26, 2018