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AASCU Announces Program to Assess Political Learning & Engagement

The American Democracy Project (ADP), a program of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), recently announced a new two-year initiative to work with 12 AASCU campuses over two years to pilot processes for engaging campus communities in measuring, understanding and improving campus climates in order to prepare students to be informed, engaged citizens.
  • Feb 12, 2018

U Wisconsin-Madison Introduces Free Tuition Program

Beginning in fall 2018, Wisconsin residents admitted as a new student with an adjusted gross family income of $56,000 or less will have tuition and some fees waived. Those that qualify, however, will have to pay for books, housing and other living expenses.
  • Feb 12, 2018

CUMU Higher Education Anchor Mission Pilot Initiative

The Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU) invites its members to participate in a pilot program aimed at advancing anchor mission approaches within the institution and the community it serves. With access to facilitated peer learning exchanges, tools and strategies, institutions participating in the pilot year will help to co-design a set of activities to develop innovations for the field. The deadline to apply to participate is Feb. 23.
  • Feb 12, 2018

Creighton U Welcomes Inaugural VP for Institutional Diversity & Inclusion

Christopher M. Whitt, Ph.D., joins the university this month as the its first vice provost for Institutional Diversity and Inclusion. Most recently, Whitt served as an associate professor and department chair in Political Science at Augustana College. He also founded and directed the Center for Inclusive Leadership and Equity at Augustana.
  • Feb 12, 2018

13 North American Universities Form Climate Action Coalition

The University Climate Change Coalition (UC3) is a group of 13 North American research universities, each of whom will convene a climate change forum in 2018 tailored to meet local and regional objectives shared across sectors and will aim to speed the implementation of research-driven climate policies and solutions. A coalition-wide report, to be released in late 2018, will synthesize the best practices, policies and recommendations from all UC3 forums into a framework for continued progress on climate change goals across the nation and the world. The UC3 will operate in close partnership with Second Nature’s Climate Leadership Network.
  • Feb 12, 2018

U Connecticut Senate Passes Environmental General Education Requirement

All incoming students will now be required to take an environmental literacy course as part of the university's general education requirements.
  • Feb 12, 2018

U Edinburgh Divests Fossil Fuel Holdings

(U.K.) The university recently announced that it will sell its final $8.7 million (6.3 million British pounds) of fossil fuel holdings, making it completely free of all coal, oil and gas holdings. This announcement comes after its 2015 decision to divest from companies involved in coal and tar sands.
  • Feb 12, 2018

Princeton Environmental Ideathon

Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to apply for the Princeton Environmental Ideathon, a program where students, along with academics and industry leaders, will address environmental challenges and propose solutions to developing a more sustainable modern city. The program runs from April 13-15 at Princeton University. The deadline to apply is March 1.
  • Feb 12, 2018

Using Campus and Community as Sustainability Living Learning Labs

Furman University is offering an interactive idea-generating workshop for sharing and establishing best practices to utilize the campus and surrounding community as Sustainability Living Learning Labs. The workshop is intended for faculty and sustainability staff who are currently using sustainability living learning labs on their campus or in their surrounding community. This two-day workshop will focus on building a shared framework for developing, institutionalizing, expanding and maintaining a sustainability living learning lab program both on campus and in the surrounding community. Furman University is one of 13 regional AASHE Centers for Sustainability Across the Curriculum. The deadline to apply is April 9.
  • Feb 12, 2018

Georgia Tech Launches Serve, Learn, Sustain Teaching Toolkit

The toolkit is a library of lesson-planning resources that helps instructors integrate sustainability, community engagement, and service-learning into their courses.
  • Feb 12, 2018

Culver Academies Begins Food Recovery Program

Culver is now repackaging its leftover food, freezing it, and then providing it to three different agencies for distribution to elderly in the area.
  • Feb 12, 2018

College William & Mary Installs Water Bottle Filling Stations

Under a new plan, W&M and the student group Take Back the Tap are working together to install water bottle filling stations in every high-traffic building on campus. New buildings and major renovations on campus now include a requirement for at least one bottle-filling station. Currently there are 52 filling stations on the W&M campus and three at W&M’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science.
  • Feb 12, 2018

Harvard U Announces Fossil-Free Climate Action Plan

Recommendations from a climate change task force informed a new set of climate commitments that the university recently adopted - a long-term goal of being fossil fuel-free by 2050 and a short-term goal of climate neutrality by 2026.
  • Feb 9, 2018

U Helsinki Es­tab­lishes In­sti­tute of Sus­tain­ab­il­ity Sci­ence

(Finland) The newly formed Helsinki In­sti­tute of Sus­tain­ab­il­ity Sci­ence seeks to solve global sustainability issues by focusing primarily on the study of cities, the global south and Arctic areas, systems of sustainable consumption and production, and the theory and methods of sustainability science. Ten new professorships are being established in conjunction with the new institute, connecting nearly 200 researchers from six different faculties.
  • Feb 5, 2018

Green Office Implementation Online Course

The online course from rootAbility and Leuphana University Lüneburg aims to help students and staff establish a student-led sustainability team that works alongside them on student engagement and communication. The program is based on the Green Office Model, which won the 2015 UNESCO Prize on Education for Sustainable Development.
  • Feb 5, 2018

Northern Arizona U Initiates Collaboration to Benefit Pollinators

The Office of Sustainability manages the Northern Arizona Pollinator Habitat Initiative, an initiative that promotes the creation, protection and registration of pollinator habitat across Northern Arizona. Two pollinator gardens have been installed–one on campus and one in the community. The program recently secured a grant that will pay wages to the part-time director and for the creation of a regional pollinator plan.
  • Feb 5, 2018

Narratives of Educating for Sustainability in Unsustainable Environments

Narratives of Educating for Sustainability in Unsustainable Environments is a book that seeks to confront the contexts that make environmental pedagogies difficult, the challenges to the well-being of the teacher-scholar, and the corrosive academic structures that compartmentalize knowledge and people. The collection simultaneously offers models for working through and within these challenges to advance understandings and ways of being on local, global and personal levels.
  • Feb 5, 2018

Call for Abstracts: Symposium on Sustainability in University Campuses

The second Symposium on Sustainability in University Campuses, themed transforming campuses towards sustainable development, is accepting abstract proposals for its December 2018 conference in Italy. The aim of the conference is to demonstrate the role of campuses as platforms for transformative social learning and research, and explore the means by which university campuses can be made more sustainable. Abstracts are due March 25.
  • Feb 5, 2018

Paul Quinn College Introduces Bike Sharing Program

The college recently announced that it will partner with ofo to offer a dockless bike sharing program on campus. The system will provide free rides to Paul Quinn students for the spring semester.
  • Feb 5, 2018

Survey on Sustainability Initiatives of Higher Education Institutions

This survey is collecting data related to introducing and maintaining the sustainable development strategies and activities at different universities. It will catalog and examine the different challenges and opportunities for integrating sustainability into the institution, whether throughout the whole organization or in a partial manner.
  • Feb 5, 2018

Call for Contributions: Special Issue: "A Holistic View of Sustainability Assessment in Higher Education: From Campus Operations to Curricula, Research and Outreach"

A special issue of Sustainability will focus on advancing the topic of sustainability assessment in higher education. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications with conceptual and empirical contributions addressing holistic approaches to assess and integrate sustainability into all aspects of higher education institutions may be submitted. The deadline to submit is May 14.
  • Feb 5, 2018

Hawaiʻi Sustainability in Higher Education Virtual Symposium

The sixth annual Hawaiʻi Sustainability in Higher Education Summit will convene from Feb. 8-10, on Hawaiʻi Island and offers virtual participation, which is open to all and free. Participants can live stream many of the plenaries and sessions, and can interact during Q&A. The University of Hawai'i is one of 13 regional AASHE Centers for Sustainability Across the Curriculum.
  • Feb 5, 2018

Sustainability Across the Curriculum Workshop at Dickinson College

Dickinson College invites faculty from other colleges and universities to participate in its Valley & Ridge Faculty Development Workshop, which focuses on integrating social, economic and/or environmental sustainability into new and existing courses across the curriculum. The deadline to register is March 31. Dickinson College is one of 13 regional AASHE Centers for Sustainability Across the Curriculum.
  • Feb 5, 2018

AASHE Member Discount: Intentional Endowments Network Membership

AASHE members can receive a discount on membership with the Intentional Endowments Network. The discount amount is dependent upon endowment size. The offer expires Dec. 31, 2018.
  • Feb 5, 2018

Smith College Showcases Student Engagement With New Website

The college's new sustainability website features student profiles and highlights sustainability in academics, student culture, operations and planning.
  • Feb 5, 2018

AASHE Publishes 2017 Annual Report

AASHE’s recently released annual report details accomplishments and progress throughout 2017, spotlighting STARS, educational and professional development opportunities, the AASHE Sustainability Awards, the 2017 conference and expo, resources, a membership profile and information about two news initiatives launched last year – a mentorship program and the AASHE Affiliates program.
  • Feb 5, 2018

North Carolina State U Launches Composting Program in Campus Apartments

Residents of a campus apartment complex now have access to kitchen composting courtesy of a compost collection program started by a student. So far, about 60 apartments are participating in the program, which requires residents to empty their containers in an outdoor composting dumpster. The material is then transported to a nearby composting facility for processing.
  • Feb 5, 2018

California State U Northridge Rolls Out Bike Rental Program

In mid-January, LimeBike delivered 400 bicycles to the campus that are now part of a rental program to provide an alternative mode of transportation to the campus community. There is no membership fee required, however the rental fee is 50 cents per half hour with no time limit. Solar-powered GPS units will allow the university to determine where bike lanes are most needed.
  • Feb 5, 2018

U Maryland Secures $18.3M for Energy Conservation Projects

The Maryland Clean Energy Center has allocated $18.3 million to the university for the development of an energy-efficiency project across eight buildings. The project includes LED lighting upgrades, water conservation measures and lab ventilation controls upgrades. The project will reduce campus-wide energy consumption by approximately six percent.
  • Feb 5, 2018

Northern Arizona U Pilots Reusable Containers

In an effort to reduce waste and recycling, the university implemented a program in January 2018 to gauge student interest in using reusable containers. Students pay a one-time fee of $5 for a container that can be used at several dining facilities. The NAU Green Fund spearheaded the campaign to get the container system on campus.
  • Feb 5, 2018

Duke U Partners With Delta Airlines on Carbon Offset Initiative

The university and Delta Airlines covered the cost of 1,000 trees that will be planted in Duke's hometown of Durham, North Carolina. The purchase, facilitated by Urban Offsets, simultaneously offsets carbon from all university business travel on Delta in 2017. The 1,000 trees are equal to 5,000 carbon credits and will be planted during the 2017-18 planting season in neighborhoods found to have insufficient tree cover, according to a 2016 survey by Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment.
  • Feb 5, 2018

U Rhode Island Building Earns LEED Gold

The university’s newly certified Chemical and Forensic Sciences Center contains exhaust hoods and snorkels with sensors that activate them when teaching and learning laboratories are in use and power them down when they are idle, occupancy sensors for interior lighting, LED technology for exterior lights, and a rain garden.
  • Feb 5, 2018

Moraine Valley CC Achieves Arboretum Accreditation

The community college was recently acknowledged with Arboretum Accreditation-Level I status through the ArbNet program. The accreditation acknowledges the school's effort to have a healthy and robust tree canopy, while providing educational opportunities about the trees. Thus far, 1,322 trees in 77 distinct species have been mapped while efforts are still underway to identify and map more area.
  • Feb 5, 2018