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U New Hampshire Student Research Leads to New Wind Energy Law

A group of University of New Hampshire students' undergraduate research project on local ordinances regulating residential wind systems has led to a new state law that supports the use of residential wind energy. The new law provides guidelines for cities and towns regarding what to do when someone wants to erect a residential wind energy system. It addresses height issues, noise, setbacks, and aesthetics, and outlines a process for input from neighbors affected by such systems.
  • Jul 31, 2008

Georgia Tech Students Support Local Food

The Georgia Tech Students Organizing for Sustainability and the Office of Environmental Stewardship have signed "A Plan for Atlanta’s Sustainable Food Future: The Atlanta Local Food Initiative" (AFLI). The plan outlines goals and objectives designed to create a food system that provides safe, nutritious, and affordable food from local, sustainable farms and gardens. The initiative seeks to “enhance human health, promote environmental renewal, foster local economies, and link rural and urban communities.”
  • Jul 31, 2008

New York Times Special Feature on Campus Sustainability

The New York Times has published an Education Life supplement with three articles on campus sustainability. "Green, Greener, Greenest" covers the emergence of campus sustainability ranking systems. The article mentions the Princeton Review's soon-to-be released annual guide to colleges, which will include a green rating, AASHE's Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS), the Sustainable Endowments Institute's report card, and other ranking lists provided by Forbes, Grist, and Sier
  • Jul 31, 2008

EPA Announces Partnership with Norfolk State U & Hampton U

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced a new partnership with Norfolk State University, Hampton University, and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality that will enhance environmental research and teaching at the two universities and fund projects benefitting their local communities. The partnership establishes an EPA-founded program called LEAP -- Linking Environmental and Academic Programs -- at both universities. Through Norfolk State University's LEAP project, ninth grade students in the Hampton Roads area will have an opportunity to learn more about air pollution and environmental science. At Hampton University, LEAP will enhance a graduate curriculum and air quality research activities within the Hampton Roads area. The EPA also announced a $50,000 grant to Norfolk State University and a $49,995 grant to Hampton University for environmental education projects.
  • Jul 31, 2008

Online Reporting Tool for Campus GHG Emissions

As part of its support for the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment, AASHE has created an online tool for signatories to report on their GHG emissions. The new tool, which is integrated with the tool for submitting two-month reports, also includes new data about the tangible actions that signatories have committed to implement. Finally, the tool also includes a directory of ACUPCC Implementation Liaisons.
  • Jul 31, 2008

AASHE Interview Series: Vice Chancellor, U Minnesota-Morris

In the third installment of the AASHE Interview Series, Lowell Rasmussen, the Vice Chancellor of Finance and Facilities at the University of Minnesota, Morris, discusses the many renewable energy projects that the University is undertaking and the partnerships it has built in the community.
  • Jul 31, 2008

AASHE Member Discount on Sustainability: the Journal of Record

As a result of a new partnership with publisher Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., AASHE members receive discounted subscription rates on Sustainability: the Journal of Record . This bimonthly journal serves professionals in academia, industry, policy, and government who have the responsibility and commitment to advancing sustainability. The Journal frequently covers sustainability in higher education.
  • Jul 31, 2008

National Wildlife Federation Campus Ecology Fellowship Grants

The National Wildlife Federation Campus Ecology program invites undergraduate and graduate students who are committed to reducing their campus carbon footprint to apply for a fellowship grants. Projects such as greenhouse gas inventories, climate action plans, energy conservation and efficiency, habitat restoration, convening climate action gatherings and more will be considered. Undergraduate students are eligible to receive up to $2000 in funding, and graduate students may receive up to $5000 in funding. The deadline to apply is October 1, 2008.
  • Jul 31, 2008

EPA Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Grants

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is offering a new grant designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency, clean energy and corporate greenhouse gas management. The outcomes for projects supported by this grant might be environmental, behavioral, health-related or programmatic in nature -- but must be quantitative. The total estimated funding for this opportunity is approximately $6 million. The EPA anticipates awarding one to ten grants, ranging in annual value from $40,000 to $90,000. Proposals will be accepted from States, local governments, Indian Tribes, international organizations, universities and colleges, hospitals, laboratories, and other public or private nonprofit organizations. The application deadline is August 6, 2008.
  • Jul 31, 2008

Trinity U Brings Local and FSC-certified Printing Company to Campus

Trinity University (TX) has announced that a local copying company will be replacing an international chain on campus. Ginny's Printing of Austin, a Forest Stewardship Council certified printer that uses vegetable- and soy-based inks, originated in a small house near the University of Texas at Austin and will open on campus in August.
  • Jul 31, 2008

Congress Passes Higher Education Sustainability Act (HESA)

Congress has passed all provisions of the Higher Education Sustainability Act (HESA) as part of the new Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HR 4137). HR 4137, expected to be signed into law shortly by President Bush, creates a "University Sustainability Grants Program" at the Department of Education. It will offer competitive grants to institutions and associations of higher education to develop, implement, and evaluate sustainability curricula, practices, and academic programs. This is the first new
  • Jul 31, 2008

Page Prize for Sustainability Issues in Business Curricula

The University of South Carolina's Moore School of Business is honored to announce the inauguration of the Alfred N. and Lynn Manos Page Prize for Sustainability Issues in Business Curricula. Faculty, doctoral students, and others are invited to submit non-published materials related to innovative curricula, courses (including full syllabi), and/or substantial course components appropriate for rigorous and relevant teaching about environmental sustainability and business. Two prizes will be awarded in all: one prize will honor the best submission from faculty in the United States; the second will be awarded to the best submission from faculty at an overseas institution. Initial prizes will be $1,000 each, and two Honorable Mention prizes will be awarded at levels of $250 each. The deadline for submission is October 31, 2008.
  • Jul 31, 2008

oikos Student Awards for Sustainable Development Projects

oikos invites students to apply for its 2008 Student Award competition. The annual oikos Student Award recognizes outstanding student driven projects in the field of higher education for Sustainable Development. This year's categories include curricular change and sustainable campus. Each winner will receive 500 Euro and the chance to participate in a one week training session on sustainability entrepreneurship at the oikos Winter School in Germany. The deadline to apply is September 30, 2008.
  • Jul 31, 2008

RFP: Sustainability Consultant, Point Park University

Point Park University invites qualified firms or individual consultants to submit a proposal to provide Sustainability Initiative Consultancy Services for PPU. The consultant will compile necessary data and documentation to enable the University to complete the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) Version 1.0 upon release; develop Strategic Sustainability Action Plans based on industry best practices in each of the STARS rating categories and associated subcategories listed on the STARS Summary Score document; and write a university-wide Sustainability Mission Statement that acknowledges upper management support for prioritization of sustainability education and practice in all STARS rating categories. The consultant should have experience with similar projects, particularly for higher education clients. The deadline to apply is August 25, 2008.
  • Jul 31, 2008

Call for Papers: Climate Action Planning at US & Canadian Campuses

The International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education (IJSHE) and the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) have announced a call for papers for a special issue of the Journal on climate action planning at campuses in the United States and Canada. Judy Walton, AASHE's Acting Executive Director, will guest edit this special issue. Submitted articles must be between 2,000 and 4,000 words in length. The closing date for submissions is August 29, 2008.
  • Jul 31, 2008

Colorado State U to Establish School of Global Env'l Sustainability

Colorado State University has unveiled plans for the state's first School of Global Environmental Sustainability. The School of Global Environmental Sustainability will be an umbrella organization that encompasses all environmental education and research at the university. Diana Wall will serve as founding director of the school. Over the next year, Wall will form advisory committees to help create curriculum and programs for the school, which could start offering new courses as early as 2010. The curriculum will include courses from eight different colleges in areas such as atmospheric science, environmental politics, wind engineering, agricultural economics, green building, wildlife biology, ecotourism, forestry, ecology, sustainable entrepreneurship and public policy. Students will have the opportunity to complement their majors with environmental courses.
  • Jul 24, 2008

Arizona State U Adds Solar-powered Carts to Grounds Fleet

Arizona State University Grounds Services has purchased solar-powered carts. The carts are expected to arrive in July.
  • Jul 24, 2008

U Hawai'i at Manoa Installs Pervious Concrete

The University of Hawai'I at Manoa has used pervious concrete to pave some of the walkways and areas around two student housing buildings. The pervious concrete will allow water to seep through to the underlying ground, reducing storm-water runoff and recharging groundwater supplies.
  • Jul 24, 2008

Associated Press Covers Increasing Number of Green Res Halls

The Associated Press has published an article on the increasing number of green residence halls on college campuses across the U.S. The article mentions environmentally friendly residence halls at Sarah Lawrence College (NY), Wake Forest University (NC), and Emory University (GA). The article reports that there are 236 LEED certified buildings on college campuses and 1,547 campus buildings are in the process of pursing certification. Green building initiatives at Rollins College (FL), Vanderbilt University (TN), and the University of California, San Diego are also mentioned in the article.
  • Jul 24, 2008

Whitepaper on Trayless Dining

ARAMARK has published a whitepaper entitled, "The Business and Cultural Acceptance Case for Trayless Dining." The paper lists reasons for considering, the cultural shift in accepting, and the business case for tray removal. The publication also provides best practices and gives case studies for the University of Maine at Farmington and Grand Valley State University (MI). In related news, the USA Today has published an article on how colleges and universities are going trayless. The article reports
  • Jul 24, 2008

Pratt Announces Green Faculty Stipend Program

The Pratt Institute (NY) has announced a Faculty Stipend Program to encourage and support Pratt's educational community in creating innovative ways to bring environmental awareness to students. The program consists of three types of stipends that support faculty in their attempts to integrate sustainability into existing courses, workshops and lectures, and academic initiatives. The program is offered through Pratt's Center for Sustainable Design Studies (CSDS), created and funded by the FIPSE grant awarded to Pratt last year, "Greener by Design".
  • Jul 24, 2008

Rhode Island College Res Hall Receives LEED Certification

Rhode Island College's new 367-bed residence hall has received LEED certification. The 127,500 square foot structure, which was completed in August 2007, features an air/vapor barrier to seal the building from drafts, a high efficiency HVAC system, a white Energy Star roof, recycling centers for students, low VOC indoor finishes. Additionally, over 56 percent of the construction trash was recycled, totaling over 750 tons, and over 27 percent of materials were supplied from within 500 miles of the project.
  • Jul 24, 2008

Simon Fraser U to Establish Faculty of the Environment

Simon Fraser University (BC) has announced plans to establish the Faculty of the Environment. The new department will bring together SFU’s Department of Geography, the School of Resource and Environmental Management, the Centre for Sustainable Community Development, the SFU Environmental Science Program, and the Graduate Certificate Program in Development Studies. The new faculty will begin accepting new students for the fall of 2009.
  • Jul 24, 2008

CFP: Climate Action Planning at US & Canadian Campuses

The International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education (IJSHE) and the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) have announced a call for papers for a special issue of the Journal on climate action planning at campuses in the United States and Canada. Judy Walton, AASHE's Acting Executive Director, will guest edit this special issue. Submitted articles must be between 2,000 and 4,000 words in length. The closing date for submissions is August 29, 2008.
  • Jul 24, 2008

Green Mountain College to Assess Green Curriculum

Green Mountain College (VT) has received a $248,000 grant from the Davis Education Foundation to fund a project that will assess sustainability skills and knowledge students acquire in the College’s Environmental Liberal Arts (ELA) program. All Green Mountain students complete the 37-credit ELA general education program and all faculty members teach in it. Over the past twelve years, the environmentally-themed curriculum has changed incrementally in response to standard survey assessment results and the faculty’s evolving understanding of sustainability. The funding will be used over a three-year period to introduce new “ePortfolio” software which will be used to track students’ progress on learning outcomes, to help students across the entire ELA curriculum identify strengths and weaknesses, and guide their choice of future coursework. GMC will also post results of the assessment on its website and disseminate its model for assessing sustainability skills.
  • Jul 24, 2008

Simon Fraser U Building Wins Earth Award

The Simon Fraser University Arts and Social Sciences Complex 1 has won an Earth Award from the Building Owners and Managers Association of British Columbia. The Earth Awards recognizes excellence in environmentally sound office building management and design. The structure features a cistern underneath the building’s inner courtyard that can store more than 50,000 gallons of rainwater for irrigating; variable-speed drives on pumps, fans, compressors to meet changing load requirements, reducing consumption and prolonging equipment life; and 50 percent recycled steel content in architectural columns and the substitution of as much as 50 percent fly-ash in place of cement for architectural concrete.
  • Jul 24, 2008

Middlebury College Master Plan Focuses on Sustainability

The Middlebury College (VT) Board of Trustees has approved the campus' 50 year master plan, a document that was built on a foundation of sustainability principles. The plan contains many recommendations that support the college’s goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2016, ranging from dramatically increasing renewable energy for heating and cooling to making the campus more bike-friendly. Goals of the new master plan include promoting sustainability in all college operations and planning, enhancing Middlebury’s relationship to the ecological landscape, promoting an accessible pedestrian-friendly campus, and improving the relationship between town and college.
  • Jul 24, 2008

Culinary School of the Rockies Launches Farm to Table Externship

The Culinary School of the Rockies (CO) has launched a Farm to Table Externship. The off-campus Externship takes students to work on farms and ranches in Colorado's North Fork Valley and in Boulder County, allowing students to learn firsthand how to source local ingredients from farmers, growers, and producers. Students also have an apprenticeship with Colorado chefs that cook with local and organic food.
  • Jul 24, 2008

Florida State U Expands UPASS to Include Employees

Florida State University has partnered with its local city bus company to expand its UPASS initiative to include all FSU employees. Employees have been able to ride StarMetro buses for free in the past, but had to surrender their FSU parking passes to do it. Now, employees can keep their parking passes and ride StarMetro for free as well.
  • Jul 24, 2008

Glendale CC to Install 262 kW Solar Array

Glendale Community College (CA) has partnered with Glendale Water & Power and Chevron Energy Solutions to create a project on the college's campus that comprises 872 solar panels with a rated output of approximately 262 kW. The photovoltaic panels will be installed on a parking structure on campus. Glendale Water & Power will own and operate the system and sell the emission-free solar energy back to the college at the same price as conventional power.
  • Jul 24, 2008

Grand Valley State U to Offer Household Member Benefits

The Grand Valley State University (MI) Board of Trustees has approved the expansion of health benefits for employees to include Household Member benefits. The new plan will cover an adult who lives in the employee's home for at least 18 months but is not a tenant or boarder or already a dependent of the employee, without regard to marital status or gender. The new, three-year trial benefit aims to attract and retain talented faculty by addressing the increase in households that contain couples living together without being married.
  • Jul 24, 2008

U Illinois Chicago Begins Green Renovation

The University of Illinois at Chicago has begun its first green building renovation project on campus, with hopes of achieving LEED certification. The Lincoln Hall project, which is being funded through student fee revenue, will feature geothermal heating and cooling and thermally insulated windows. UIC expects the building to be complete in the summer of 2009.
  • Jul 24, 2008

Richard Stockton College Breaks Ground on Green Campus Ctr

The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey has broken ground on its new 153,000 square-foot campus center, which has been designed to achieve LEED Gold certification. The building will run on the campus' existing geothermal well-field, will have a digital building management system that will monitor and control how the campus center can best operate on alternative energy sources, and its roof will collect stormwater to irrigate an onsite rain garden of native and adaptive plant species. The project is scheduled for completion in early 2011.
  • Jul 24, 2008

SUNY Cortland Residence Hall Earns LEED Certification

The State University of New York at Cortland's Glass Tower Hall has received LEED certification. Completed in 2005, Glass Tower Hall features bike racks, changing stations for renewable energy cars, and environmentally friendly outside lighting.
  • Jul 24, 2008

Dickinson College Residence Hall Receives LEED Gold

Dickinson College's (PA) Center for Sustainable Living student residence, known as the "Treehouse," has achieved LEED Gold certification. Green features include highly efficient heating and cooling systems, dual flush toilets, low-flow fixtures, and the capture of gray water for sewage conveyance. Additionally, the house has all Energy Star appliances; was built with recycled, regional and salvaged materials; and includes provisions for alternative transportation such as a bicycle storage facility and pre
  • Jul 24, 2008

Rochester CC to Offer Associate's in Environmental Science

Rochester Community and Technical College (MN) has announced plans to offer an Associate's degree in Environmental Science starting Fall 2008. The program aims to provide a broad based understanding of basic sciences and important environmental and social issues. The AS program will prepare students with content-based and experiential-based knowledge in the environmental science field to continue on to a four-year degree or start a career.
  • Jul 24, 2008

NCSU Establishes Office of Sustainability, Sustainability Website

North Carolina State University has hired Tracy Dixon as its first Sustainability Director and has established a University Sustainability Office. Dixon is tasked with leading, coordinating, communicating and expanding NCSU's sustainable efforts. Dixon holds a joint Masters degree in Natural Resources and Public Administration from NCSU where her research focused on measuring regional sustainability. The new Sustainability Office will serve as a go-to resource for campus sustainability information. The office will also work closely with the Campus Environmental Sustainability Team, a group of faculty, staff, and students, to create and implement a campus wide sustainability strategic plan. In related news, NCSU has launched its new sustainability website. The site is intended to be a centralized sustainability resource and a communication tool, allowing students, faculty, and staff to provide content, suggestions and feedback. The new website features a community events calendar, campus sustainability news, and sustainability initiatives taking place on campus.
  • Jul 24, 2008

Compilation of Feedback on STARS 0.5

AASHE has released a document compiling all feedback received on version 0.5 of the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System (STARS). The document includes feedback from over 50 individuals from across the campus sustainability community.
  • Jul 24, 2008

U Louisville Performs Energy Audit, Creates Sustainability Council

The University of Louisville (KY) has hired Siemens Building Technologies under a 12-year contract to help the University reduce its energy use through equipment upgrades and better systems for controlling the use of electricity, water, and other resources. The University predicts that the upgrades will save them more than $33 million by 2020. Additionally, the University of Louisville has announced the creation of an internal Sustainability Council to provide oversight and direction, coordinate activity and recommend policy.
  • Jul 24, 2008

Coolio and Jarez Work to Green HBCUs

The Environmental Justice and Climate Change (EJCC) has enlisted rapper Coolio and jazz saxophonist Jarez as spokespersons to educate students at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) about global warming. The initiative, which resulted from a partnership between EJCC and former Vice President Al Gore's Alliance for Climate Protection's "We" campaign, aims to use unique voices to encourage black youth to get involved in greening their campuses.
  • Jul 24, 2008