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U Rochester, RIT & Suffolk County CC to Receive $1M Each for Clean Energy Projects

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced that New York State will award nearly $1 million each to the University of Rochester, Rochester Institute of Technology, and Suffolk County Community College as part of the Energy to Lead Competition. The competition challenges New York colleges and universities across the state to develop plans for local clean energy projects on campus and in their communities.
  • Oct 26, 2018

Maharishi U Management Receives $200K Grant to Conduct Solar Array Comparisons

In addition to providing a third of the electricity on campus, the university’s new 1.1 megawatt solar array will be compared to another solar array in Iowa. Funded by the Iowa Economic Development Authority, the $200,000 grant will enable evaluation of return on investment, operation and maintenance issues, battery performance, and effectiveness of solar tracking. A state-level committee will evaluate the findings of this research project and consider how to widely apply the lessons learned.
  • Oct 26, 2018

San Francisco State U Receives Funding to Offer Bike-Share Memberships for Free

The San Francisco County Transportation Authority board approved a $56,000 grant to provide free bike share memberships for university students for two years. Lyft will contribute funding to continue the program beyond the two-year pilot phase. Each year, the grant will provide free bike sharing to 400 Pell Grant-eligible students, and for 150 non-Pell Grant-eligible students. About 300 single month passes will also be provided to other students.
  • Oct 26, 2018

U Virginia Launches Food Justice Initiative

Named after the former Virginia first lady, the First Lady’s Food Lab is a meeting space and kitchen in a former barn that will support food justice initiatives at the university and in the Charlottesville area. The Charlottesville City Council recently voted to support the initiative with $65,000.
  • Oct 26, 2018

U Virginia Connects 17 MW Solar Facility

The 17 megawatt UVA Hollyfield Solar facility was connected last month. The university and Darden School of Business are purchasing the entire output of electricity produced at the 160-acre solar facility for the next 25 years from Dominion Energy. The project is expected to produce 12 percent of the university’s electric demand. The Darden School is assuming responsibility for about 25 percent of the electricity production, which enables the school to achieve its long-term zero-carbon goal.
  • Oct 26, 2018

Green Guy Podcast: The Environmental Center at the University of Colorado-Boulder

Dave Newport, director of the Environmental Center at CU Boulder, joins the College Sustainability Summit Series to discuss the student-led center's accomplishments and service to the campus and surrounding community.
  • Oct 26, 2018

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  • Oct 26, 2018

Stony Brook U Professor Earns Sustainable Engineering Forum Education Award

Alex Orlov, Ph.D., associate professor of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences and a faculty member of the Consortium for Inter-Disciplinary Environmental Research and the Advanced Energy Center at Stony Brook University, will receive the American Institute of Chemical Engineering’s Sustainable Engineering Forum Education Award for "outstanding contributions to sustainability education". He is being recognized for new approaches to teaching sustainability practices to undergraduate and graduate engineering students. The annual award comes with a $1,000 cash prize.
  • Oct 23, 2018

U Arizona Receives Over $1M for Graduate Program Pipeline for Minority Students

A $1.075 million grant from the National Science Foundation allows the the university to continue helping underrepresented students through the Bridge to the Doctorate Program. The program combines financial assistance with opportunities for professional development, such as coaching on scientific writing and assistance with applications for federal fellowships.
  • Oct 23, 2018

Anglia Ruskin U Pilots Behavior Change Program

(U.K.) Called ARUgreen, the new program uses gamification to encourage members to engage in a range of actions themed by key sustainability priorities: energy saving, sustainable travel, waste reduction, responsible purchasing, and health and well-being. Members are rewarded with points and compete with their colleagues to win monthly voucher prizes. The program will be piloted for six months and cover 700 employees initially of ARU’s total 18,000 employees.
  • Oct 23, 2018

U Texas Dallas Implements Post-Consumer Composting

Building on its pre-consumer food composting program, the university recently set up its dining hall so that students can scrape their plate, including napkins, into a collection bin. Aiding the reduction of food waste, the dining hall does not use trays, eliminated straws and foam cups, and works with a student chapter of Food Recovery Network to collect leftovers from campus dining locations for those struggling to avoid hunger.
  • Oct 23, 2018

U Colorado Boulder Helps B Lab Map Its Work to the SDGs

The new partnership between university's Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility and B Lab will map the 1,000 indicators of the B Impact Assessment to the targets underlying the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as well as the more than 1,500 indicators featured in the SDG Compass.
  • Oct 23, 2018

Mississippi State U Opens Community Garden

A ribbon cutting ceremony took place in mid-October for the MSU Community Garden. The garden includes eight accessible planters and 19 large raised planters. The garden also features two autonomous farming robots, or “Farmbots,” operated by the Students for Sustainable Campus organization and two 2,000-gallon cisterns that hold rain water and condensation from a nearby air conditioning unit. Compost for use in the garden is collected from dining halls and Campus Landscape.
  • Oct 23, 2018

Indiana U Bloomington Shares First Harvest From Campus Garden

Thanks to a $50,000 grant from the school's Sustainability Innovation Fund last fall, a garden plot now provides food on campus and gives back to the local community, while teaching students about sustainable agriculture and food systems.
  • Oct 23, 2018

Marshall U Offers Bike Share Program

Called Rolling Thunder, a fleet of 30 new white bikes will allow Marshall students and staff to access bikes for free for the first two hours and $5-per-hour after the first two hours.
  • Oct 23, 2018

U Calgary Begins Sustainable Office Program

Intended for all students, faculty and staff who work in an office, the Sustainable Offices Program is a certification program offering tools and resources that help connect everyday decisions to the university's larger sustainability goals. The program launched with two badge areas: waste and meetings. Additional badges will be rolled out in 2019.
  • Oct 23, 2018

Tufts U to Offer Master’s Degree in Sustainability

Tufts has announced a new graduate program offered by the department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning that will begin in fall 2019. Students can pursue a sustainability solutions approach or a natural systems emphasis, or craft a program that includes elements of both. The thirty-six-credit program is designed for full-time completion in twelve months, although students may also pursue the program part-time.
  • Oct 23, 2018

U Nebraska Enters 5-Year Partnership to Save Energy

Recommended by a university-wide committee and approved by the Board of Regents in June, a new five-year partnership with an energy-efficiency company aims to find energy savings across the university's campuses through technology- and behavior-based strategies. Each month during the partnership, the university will pay the company 50 percent of total energy savings realized during that month that resulted from the firm’s recommendations.
  • Oct 23, 2018

Stanford U Launches Sustainable Finance Research Program

The university’s Precourt Institute for Energy is launching a new research program, supported by Bank of America, that will fund research to develop finance and policy tools for financing sustainable infrastructure. The program, called the Sustainable Finance Initiative, seeks to accomplish this by engaging public and private financial institutions, companies and governments with Stanford researchers in economics, law, business and computer science to create solutions that support the transition to a climate-resilient global economy.
  • Oct 22, 2018

Call for AASHE Advisory Council Applications

AASHE seeks interested candidates to serve on its Advisory Council, which provides advice and guidance on high­-level strategy as well as specific AASHE programs and services. New this year, the STARS Technical Advisors are being incorporated into the Advisory Council. The AC brings together leaders from diverse backgrounds to identify the opportunities and challenges facing sustainability in higher education. Applications are being accepted through Nov. 14.
  • Oct 22, 2018

U New Hampshire Opens Aquaponic Greenhouse Facility

Under construction for two years, the new aquaponics research facility at the university's Kingman Research Farm will allow scientists to evaluate hydroponic plants grown in a recirculating aquaculture system with nutrients from the food fed to fish. Using three identical greenhouses, researchers aim to develop an economically sustainable aquaculture production system design.
  • Oct 18, 2018

Princeton Review Releases Guide to 399 Green Colleges

The Princeton Review's 2018 Guide to 399 Green Colleges is a free guide that profiles universities and colleges with commitments to sustainability based on their academic offerings, campus policies, initiatives and activities. The edition includes a Top 50 Green Colleges list. In related news, STARS ratings have now been added to campus profiles on Princeton Review website. The rating is displayed in the Sustainability section of the Campus Life tab.
  • Oct 18, 2018

Monash U to Deploy Microgrid With Storage

(Australia) Building upon the university’s $135 million commitment to reach net zero emissions by 2030, the university is partnering with the Australian Renewable Energy Agency to build a microgrid that will control a minimum of 1 megawatts of solar panels, 20 buildings, electric vehicle charging stations and 1 megawatt-hour of energy storage. The goal is to demonstrate how a 100 percent renewable electricity system can operate reliably and the value it can provide to consumers and the broader energy network.
  • Oct 16, 2018

2018-2019 International Green Gown Awards

The International Green Gown Awards recognize exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities and colleges. Supported by U.N. Environment and the Global Universities Partnership on Environment and Sustainability (GUPES), the program is open to any university or college, except where there is an existing Green Gown Awards program. The deadline to apply is Jan. 1, 2019.
  • Oct 16, 2018

East Carolina U Introduces Community Food Pantry

The Purple Pantry is a food bank aimed at reducing food insecurity for students–both those that are food insecure and those in recovery from substance abuse disorders.
  • Oct 16, 2018

Chartwells Higher Education Announces Its Commitment to Sourcing Fair Trade Products

Chartwells Higher Education, in conjunction with Fair Trade Campaigns, recently announced its commitment to sourcing Fair Trade products at all 280 Chartwells locations across the U.S. As part of this commitment, Chartwells Higher Education began offering Fair Trade Certified food and beverage items such as coffee and tea, chocolate, energy bars, sugar and bananas in each of its dining operations this fall.
  • Oct 16, 2018

Trinity College Formalizes Composting Program

Expanding the former, student-led program, the college will begin working with an outside contractor in November to collect food scraps eight times per month. Implementation of this expanded program puts the college's dining hall closer toward its goal of getting Green Restaurant certified.
  • Oct 16, 2018

U New Mexico Begins Denim Recycling Partnership

The university’s Environment Coalition partnered with the Blue Jeans Go Green program to kick off a denim recycling effort to turn the collected material into insulation. Once the denim is processed, it is turned into a non-toxic denim insulation that gets donated to eligible grant programs or sent out to various Habitat for Humanity affiliates.
  • Oct 16, 2018

PepsiCo Recycling Zero Impact Funding

Through the Zero Impact Fund, schools can submit ideas to accomplish their environmental, economic and social goals, with winning applications receiving up to $10,000 each from PepsiCo Recycling. The deadline to submit for funding is on or before Dec. 21.
  • Oct 16, 2018

Carroll College Receives $48K Incentive for Solar Array

After having received a $48,000 incentive for a 38-kilowatt solar array, the college raised the matching funds needed for the project by seeking philanthropic gifts and by hosting a five-kilometer fundraiser run.
  • Oct 15, 2018

Request for Proposals: Collegiate Wind Competition 2020

The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory has issued a request for proposals to colleges and universities interested in participating in the 2020 Collegiate Wind Competition. The organizers will select 10 to 12 teams of students to compete in the challenge. The deadline to apply is Nov. 30.
  • Oct 15, 2018

Ball State U Faculty Receives 2018 Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award

Eva Zygmunt is the Helen Gant Elmore Distinguished Professor of Elementary Education and co-director of the Alliance for Community-Engaged Teacher Preparation at Ball State University. Zygmunt was selected for her work in training future teachers in thoughtfully engaging communities to work toward social justice and educational equity in the classroom. This Campus Compact award is bestowed annually to recognize one faculty member and up to four finalists for exemplary leadership in advancing student civic learning, conducting community-based research, fostering reciprocal partnerships, building institutional commitments to engagement, and enhancing higher education’s contributions to the public good. Four finalists were also acknowledged for their achievements.
  • Oct 15, 2018

New Book: Sustainability, Human Well-Being, and the Future of Education

This open access book explores the key dimensions of a future education system designed to enable individuals, schools and communities to achieve the twenty-first century challenges of sustainability and human well-being in the face of volatility and uncertainty caused by digitalization, globalization and climate change. Using case studies drawn from Finland and the U.S., chapter authors explore various aspects of learning and education system design through the lenses of sustainability and human well-being to evaluate how our understanding and practice of education must transform.
  • Oct 15, 2018

Call for Contributions: UNESCO Position Paper on the Future of Education for Sustainable Development

UNESCO has prepared a position paper that reflects on the increasing importance of Education for Sustainable Development as an integral element of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) on quality education and a key enabler of all the other SDGs, and proposes a strategy for 2020-2030. UNESCO invites review and commenting of the draft by completing the online comment sheet by Nov. 9. The final draft of the paper will be submitted in 2019 to the governing bodies of UNESCO and the U.N. General Assembly for their approval. Once approved, it will be summarized into a program and launched in 2020 for implementation.
  • Oct 15, 2018

Call for AASHE Webinar Proposals

Proposals for AASHE webinars in 2019 are being accepted through Nov. 2. Proposals can be suitable for any level and on any topic relevant to AASHE’s diverse membership. AASHE staff will provide guidance on how to prepare presentation slides and training on the webinar platform, and will share best practices for presenting a webinar.
  • Oct 15, 2018