The Landscape of Student Housing Insecurity and Homelessness
This report highlights findings regarding the scope of student housing insecurity within the Campus Compact network. The findings are based on data from Campus Compact's Student Housing Insecurity Mapping Tool and represent a variety of institution types: rural and urban, public and private, and two-year and four-year.
AASHE 2018 Workshop: Key Competencies in Sustainability: Curriculum and Program Development
This half-day, post-conference workshop will explore questions for the field of sustainability in higher education related to key competencies in sustainability degree programs. Workshop participants will share the learning outcomes of their courses/curricula and compare these with each others and with key competencies in sustainability. The workshop aims to identify lessons learned for the future development of key competencies in sustainability and formulate next steps, including what would be useful support structures for institutions to support development and administration of sustainability programs in the field. It will be presented by Ira Feldman with the Sustainability Curriculum Consortium, and Katja Brundiers, Christopher Boone and Rod Parnell at Northern Arizona University.
ISSP CEUs By Attending the 2018 AASHE Conference & Expo
The International Society of Sustainability Professionals offers continuing education units (CEUs) to those attending or presenting sessions, workshops, tours and/or evening events at AASHE 2018, happening in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, from Oct. 2-5. Up to two CEUs can be earned by attending the conference. Additional CEUs can be earned by attending a workshop, tour and/or evening event. The last day to register online is Sept. 17.
18 Schools Earn Top Spots in 2018 Sustainable Campus Index
AASHE recently released the 2018 Sustainable Campus Index, which 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). The report highlights innovative and high-impact initiatives. Top performers overall by institution type are Nova Scotia Community College (associate’s), Dickinson College (baccalaureate), Green Mountain College (master’s), and University of California, Irvine (doctoral/research). The full list of top-performing institutions for each of the impact areas can be found within the report.
Oglethorpe U Matches Public Tuition Prices
Members of next year’s freshman class who meet certain benchmarks, such as cumulative grade point average and SAT or ACT test scores, will pay the in-state tuition rates of flagship universities in their home state. It’s a non-need-based scholarship program.
Portland State U to Offer Major In Indigenous Nations & Native American Studies
Starting this fall, students will have the option of majoring in Indigenous Nations and Native American Studies. The university says the major aims to offer native and non-native students alike with opportunities to study the history, values and contemporary issues of native peoples. The major will cover critical studies, tribal race theory, decolonizing methodologies, and traditional and cultural ecological knowledge, among other topics.
Yale U Adopts Policy Against Investing in Assault Weapon Retailers
The university's recently adopted policy regarding the investment of its endowment says that it will not invest in any retail outlets that market and sell assault weapons to the general public. The decision was based on the recommendation from its Corporation and Advisory Committees on Investor Responsibility.
U Iowa Allocates Benefits to Non-Tenure-Track Professors
Following months of protests and meetings with administrators, non-tenure-track faculty members at the university won expanded health insurance benefits, dependent coverage, retirement and sick leave. As of next month, visiting faculty members with half-time or greater appointments for a year or more are eligible for the same university benefits as full-time university employees.
Rollins College Bans Straws
Plastic straws have now been removed from all food services on campus. Paper and pasta straws will be available upon request and cups now have lids with openings to drink from directly.
California State U East Bay Approves First Climate Action Plan
In early May 2018, the campus completed one of Second Nature's Carbon Commitment milestones by approving its first Climate Action Plan. The plan, which includes immediate, near-, medium- and long- action steps, indicates the university has set a goal of carbon neutrality by 2040.
APPA Selects Five 2018 Sustainability Innovation Award Recipients
Central Michigan University, James Madison University, Simon Fraser University, San Jose State University, and University of Calgary were recipients of this year's Sustainability Innovation Award given by APPA. This award is designed to recognize and advance sustainability in educational facilities.
Call for Contributions: Environmental Education for Sustainability
The journal Sustainability is curating a special issue titled Environmental Education for Sustainability that intends to document and promote scholarly research and projects that show how environmental education can help the implementation of sustainability efforts. Emphasis will be given to both formal and non-formal education, as well as to innovative teaching methods, inclusive approaches and transformative processes that may lead to a better interaction between environmental education and sustainable development. The deadline for manuscripts is April 10.
U Texas Austin Grounds Goes Nearly 100% Organic
The university's 431 acres are now organic thanks to ongoing effort to discontinue the use of chemicals to fertilize and control weeds. The university grounds team makes and uses 250 gallons of compost tea each week to enrich the soil and make plants healthier, which nearly eliminates the use of chemicals and reduces water use for irrigation. The tea is made from compost, coffee grounds, molasses and seaweed. Some limited chemical treatments are used to manage invasive plants and fire ants.
Project Green Challenge 2018
Taking place Oct. 1-31, Project Green Challenge 2018 invites college students to participate in 30 days of sustainability-themed challenges. Each day of the challenge, 20 prize packages will be awarded to participants. Up to 16 finalists will be flown to San Francisco to attend a four-day eco-summit in late November.
U Illinois Urbana-Champaign Wins International Freezer Challenge
Earning first place in the 2018 International Laboratory Freezer Challenge, the university had 45 labs from 17 buildings participate in the program. Researchers earned points for tasks such as eliminating fridge and freezer usage, cleaning lab spaces and moving samples to warmer storage. Combined efforts to conserve energy resulted in a 720 kilowatt-hours per day reduction of energy use.
Culver Academies Installs Solar Array
The 24-kilowatt solar-electric system recently installed on campus will be used for educational purposes. Since data for each panel will be available and the panels can be tilted individually, the school aims to determine the best angle for different times of the year in order to maximize the system's efficiency.
Ithaca College to Pilot Peer Program That Addresses Hunger
Students will soon have the option to anonymously donate their allotted guest passes on their college meal plan to fellow students facing food insecurity. The initiative is being undertaken in collaboration with Swipe Out Hunger, an organization that partners with higher education institutions to address student hunger. The program will begin with a yearlong trial phase, during which the college's Student Financial Services will collect data, including the number of passes donated and the number used, in order to assess its effectiveness.
Call for Applications: Turning the Page on Campus Paper Use
AASHE invites applications from institutions to join a cohort of 10 to 12 AASHE members that will receive in-depth training, guidance and tools to implement a behavior-based paper saving program on their campus. This new cohort will focus specifically on campaigns to reduce the number of personal desktop printers, which is a particularly high impact strategy for reducing costs and paper use. Representatives of these institutions will participate in an in-person training at the 2018 AASHE Conference and Expo. Participants will receive ongoing support to refine, implement and evaluate their campaigns. Applications are due by Sept. 7.
AASHE 2018 Workshop: To Rise, We Need Critical Conversations About ‘Unsustainable’ Race, Class & Gender Privilege
This half-day, post-conference workshop is designed to help participants dive more deeply into the complicated and often fraught conversation about race, class and gender privilege in the service of developing more collaborative campus sustainability efforts. In addition to setting a shared understanding of how systems of oppression work and their impacts on climate change, environmental issues and sustainability work, this session identifies the unconscious and unintentional ways race, class and gender privilege thwart collective sustainability work on campuses. Participants will learn ways to interrupt and dismantle these privileged dynamics and connect this social justice work to campus sustainability efforts. This workshop will be presented by Heather Hackman of Hackman Consulting Group.
AASHE 2018 Student Summit Registration Ends Soon
The Student Summit on Oct. 2 at the 2018 AASHE Conference & Expo is a platform for student sustainability leaders to network with hundreds of other like-minded students from around the globe. Attendees will learn change-maker strategies for their campuses and communities and have the opportunity to connect with professional organizations and activist networks that can amplify their efforts and provide ongoing support. Garrett Blad, currently executive coordinator of SustainUS, is the keynote speaker. The last day to register online for the Student Summit is Sept. 17.
New York U School of Medicine Goes Tuition Free
In an effort to address the rising costs of medical education, the school is offering full-tuition scholarships to all current and future students in its MD degree program regardless of need or merit. The yearly tuition costs covered by the scholarship are $55,018.
U Western Australia Tests Driverless Electric Bus
(Australia) The autonomous driving bus travels at 5 kilometers per hour (3.1 miles per hour) and can carry up to 14 passengers. Students and faculty will evaluate the accuracy and reliability of autonomous driving and the effects the vehicle has on other traffic, such as cyclists and pedestrians.
U Louisiana Lafayette Adopts Sustainability Strategic Plan
The 21-point plan enumerates goals through 2021 that seek to reduce the university’s greenhouse gas emissions and overall energy and water consumption. It is the institution's first comprehensive statement of environmental objectives.
U Hawaiʻi Mānoa Launches 2 MW Solar Installation
The installation includes a large photovoltaic canopy on the top deck of the university's main parking structure as well as several rooftop systems. The university is buying the electricity under a power purchase agreement that is expected to save between $2 million to $8 million over its lifetime, depending on future energy costs.
Danville Area CC Sustainability Land Learning Lab Receives Grant
The $20,000 gift from the Arconic Foundation includes funds to improve the honey bee project with new bees and hives, bee suits, and honey harvest equipment. Another portion of the funds will provide tools to aid in production and curriculum such as a solar powered remote weather station and agricultural drone. Finally, the grant provides funds for equipment to improve working conditions at the lab – a utility vehicle and gas generator.