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AASHE 2018 Workshop: Advancing Carbon Pricing at your Institution

This full-day pre-conference workshop will explore how schools can engage with carbon pricing. The first half of the workshop will provide background on the theory and economics of carbon pricing, and will explore case studies. The second half will focus on ways participants can engage their institutions in carbon pricing work. It will be presented by Nathaniel Graf and Aurora Winslade at Swarthmore College, Casey Pickett at Yale University, and Alex Barron at Smith College.
  • Jun 8, 2018

AASHE 2018 Workshop: Resilience Bootcamp: Turning Threats into Opportunities

Designed to complement Second Nature’s “Organizing a Campus-Community Resilience Building Workshop”, this pre-conference, half-day workshop will provide guidance on best practices in the planning, design and evaluation of resilience projects. It will use Rochester Institute of Technology’s recently updated Climate Action Plan as a case study. It will be presented by Enid Cardinal and Jennifer Schneider at Rochester Institute of Technology, Ryan Kmetz at St. Lawrence University, and Ruby Woodside at Second Nature.
  • Jun 8, 2018

Energy Manager

  • Jun 8, 2018

U Northern Colorado Receives Grant for Solar Array

A $500,000 grant from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment will enable the university to purchase and install a solar electric system on the roof of Parsons Hall. The system will produce about 4.7 million kilowatt-hours of electricity with estimated savings of $176,500 over the expected 20-year life of the system.
  • Jun 4, 2018

U Maryland Joins National Program Supporting Monarch Butterfly Populations

The university's Golf Course has joined a national program called Monarchs in the Rough, which provides milkweed seeds in an effort to help save the declining monarch butterfly population. In May, just under an acre of land between the golf course's first and 18th holes was cleared and milkweed seeds were planted.
  • Jun 4, 2018

Call for Research Partners: Solutions Enabling SMEs to Adopt Sustainability

SuperGreen Solutions is seeking academic partners to help identify the barriers preventing small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) from pursuing sustainable business practices. Current academic partners include Palm Beach Atlantic University and University of Southern Indiana.
  • Jun 4, 2018

U Michigan Students Unveil Straw-Bale House at Campus Farm

A University of Michigan green building class recently unveiled an off-grid straw-bale house. The team of about 20 students built the house using sustainable building techniques and installed a 1.5 kilowatt solar electric array attached to eight golf cart batteries.
  • Jun 4, 2018

Indiana State U Rolls Out Bike-Share Option

For Earth Day, the Office of Sustainability launched a new bike-share pilot program with Spin by placing 100 bikes across campus. Bikes can be used for $0.50 every half-hour or unlimited 30-minute rides for $14 per month.
  • Jun 4, 2018

Arizona State U Partners With Lyft

Under a new agreement between the university and Lyft, ASU will replace a shuttle line with free Lyft rides to relevant individuals and will install marked ride-share pick-up and drop-off points on every campus. All ASU students, faculty and staff all will receive a one-time $15 credit on Lyft rides.
  • Jun 4, 2018

Penn State U University Park Reduces Plastic Bag Use

A new program called EcoCoin aiming to reduce the number of plastic bags used at the Penn State Bookstore give customers the option to take a plastic bag or receive an EcoCoin. Customers can then place the EcoCoin into one of three boxes, each one representing a student philanthropy organization engaged in social impact for sustainable development. Each EcoCoin represents a 5-cent donation. On top of the total amount collected through EcoCoins, the Penn State Bookstore will contribute $500 per semester to each organization.
  • Jun 1, 2018

U Virginia Students Pledge a Balloon-Free Graduation

A new pledge from the Office for Sustainability and Green Greeks is challenging the long-standing tradition of graduates letting balloons go during their graduation ceremony. The balloon-free pledge was introduced for the first time this year as a mental reminder to students to consider the consequences of using balloons. Instead of balloons, other more environmentally-friendly methods of celebration were suggested for graduation by the Green Greeks, such as bubble blowers or garden spinners.
  • Jun 1, 2018

Yale U Building Earns LEED Gold

Yale's Edward P. Evans Hall, housing the university's School of Management, features high-performance windows, interior and exterior solar shading, rooftop solar panels, a reflective white roof, additional insulation, LED and daylight-controlled lighting, carbon dioxide sensors that adjust circulation of fresh air as needed for the number of people in each space, and high-efficiency shower heads, urinals, and toilets. Potable water is not used for irrigation. Evans Hall provides covered parking for 104 bicycles and seven electric vehicle charging stations.
  • Jun 1, 2018

U Michigan Grants Target Sustainability Challenges in Puerto Rico & Michigan

The Graham Sustainability Institute at the University of Michigan has awarded more than $200,000 to support three sustainability-related research projects in Puerto Rico and Michigan. The projects vary in scale and address energy and food system resilience in Puerto Rico, stormwater management on tribal lands in Michigan, and plans for a green energy village in Detroit’s Eastern Market.
  • Jun 1, 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.
  • Jun 1, 2018

New Campus Sustainability Hub Resources

The Campus Sustainability Hub is a one-stop shop for AASHE members to access toolkits and resource collections in all aspects of sustainability in higher education. With advanced search filtering, this key member benefit is designed to facilitate information sharing between campuses and organizations. Recently added journal articles include:
  • Jun 1, 2018

Worcester Polytechnic Institute Receives Grant to Identify Racial & Gender Biases

Supported by a $240,000 grant from the Davis Educational Foundation, university researchers will teach students how to work in groups in ways that promote equity and how to identify and address unconscious racial and gender biases in project-based teamwork, such as biases in assigning tasks or making decisions.
  • Jun 1, 2018

Ethics in Environmental & Sustainability Programs Survey

The Aldo Leopold Foundation is conducting a survey of faculty and administrators in sustainability and environmental programs to accomplish to learn more about how ethics are currently included in curricula, and to identify the types of resources that might assist faculty with incorporating ethics content, including the work and concepts of conservationist and author Aldo Leopold.
  • Jun 1, 2018

AASHE Workshop: Leading Deep Change in Higher Education

Limited time remains to register for AASHE’s new workshop based on Refocus, a leadership development program designed to enable practitioners to generate deep organizational change and establish sustainability as a strategic priority. Participants can expect to become familiar with the anatomy of a transformational sustainability program, assess their own sustainability program, and gain an understanding for how to build new capabilities and generate systemic change. Held on July 19-20 in Waterloo, Ontario, the workshop is limited to 30 participants. Registration closes on June 15.
  • May 30, 2018

Three Days Remain to Register: Sustainability, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Workshop

Gain the understanding and tools needed to integrate sustainability, diversity, equity and inclusion into campus, curriculum and departments by attending this workshop, happening June 20–22 at North Hennepin Community College in Minneapolis. It is designed for faculty, administrators, staff and student activists of all disciplines, as well as community organizers, city officials and planners. Registration is required by June 8.
  • May 30, 2018

Maharishi U Student Farm Launches CSA

Students studying regenerative organic agriculture started a community-supported agriculture (CSA) program and are providing 20 memberships to community members. For $320, CSA members will receive a weekly box of fresh vegetables during the 16-week growing season.
  • May 28, 2018

Leadership for Sustainability in Higher Education

Leadership for Sustainability in Higher Education is a book for higher education sustainability change makers that brings together the core constructs of leadership theory and sustainability, perspectives through which to view and value sustainability, successful activities and actions undertaken by sustainability leaders, and models and methods to successfully implement sustainability that are new to the sector. It also examines influencers on the sustainability agenda, and barriers to and enablers of success for leaders at individual, institutional and sector levels.
  • May 28, 2018

UN Academic Impact Millennium Fellowships

The Millennium Fellows program is for students leaders who are advancing the U.N. goals on their campus and in their community. Presented by the United National Academic Impact and the Millennium Campus Network, the Millennium Fellowship is a semester-long leadership development program that provides training, networking and recognition in order to take social impact to the next level. The general application deadline to apply for the program is May 31.
  • May 28, 2018

NAAEE Outstanding Achievement in Environmental Education Awards

Presented by the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) and bestowed on NAAEE members, the Outstanding Achievement in Environmental Education Awards will highlight outstanding achievements through its seven award categories. The deadline to submit is August 3.
  • May 28, 2018

SUNY New Paltz Creates Two Faculty Sustainability Funds

The two new funds are the Campus Auxiliary Services Sustainability Endowment Fund, and the Campus Auxiliary Services Sustainability Expendable Fund. The overall purpose of both funds is to empower New Paltz faculty members to develop course curricula that include sustainable lessons and activities that draw on the rich agricultural resources and infrastructure of the Hudson Valley.
  • May 25, 2018

North Carolina State U Installs Bee Hotels

New bee hotels on campus are providing vital habitat for North Carolina’s native bees, thanks to Jonathan and Sara June Giacomini, two N.C. State students who designed and built them for the campus community. Funding was provided by a grant from the NC State Sustainability Fund.
  • May 25, 2018

U Utah Building Earns LEED Gold

The building that houses the university's Department of Mechanical Engineering features a 34.2 kilowatt solar electric array, an energy-efficient air conditioning and heating system, energy-efficient elevators, and a new pedestrian walkway. The university's Revolving Loan Fund helped to offset the cost of making these changes to the building.
  • May 25, 2018

Education Dept. Announces 2018 Green Ribbon Schools

The U.S. Department of Education's 2018 Green Ribbon Schools program selected six postsecondary institutions, 46 schools, and six districts as honorees. They are being honored for their innovative efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, improve health and wellness, and ensure effective sustainability education.
  • May 25, 2018

Emory U Opens Biking & Pedestrian Trail

Developed through a partnership with Emory and the Path Foundation and opened on Earth Day, a new, 12-foot wide, paved bicycle and pedestrian trail opened that will eventually link Emory’s Clairmont Campus to a scenic, off-road trail system. The new trail replaces a previous section of narrow sidewalk.
  • May 25, 2018

Emory U Students Propose SDG 7 Solutions

21 student teams recently proposed solutions for implementing Sustainable Development Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy at the municipal scale as part of the Emory Sustainability Case Competition. The case competition is an annual academic challenge that seeks innovative and practical solutions to a real-world energy issues for the United Nations Regional Centre of Expertise (UN RCE) Greater Atlanta on Education for Sustainable Development and the city of Atlanta.
  • May 25, 2018

Seattle Colleges Hires Associate Vice Presidents for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

For the first time in the history of Seattle Colleges, all colleges have established campus diversity officers for equity, diversity and inclusion. These positions will report directly to their respective college presidents. Each position will be tasked to work collaboratively across the district and to help establish and monitor the equity and inclusion goals in the Seattle Colleges strategic plan. D’Andre Fisher is at North Seattle College; Betsy Hasegawa is at South Seattle College; and Valerie Hunt is at Seattle Central College.
  • May 25, 2018

South Seattle College Hall Earns LEED Gold

Cascade Hall is 58,000 square feet of classroom and lab space serving 140 students. It features LED lighting throughout, a 72 kilowatt photovoltaic system, occupancy sensors, low flow toilets and other water efficiency technology, and rain gardens. During construction, more than 95 percent of construction and demolition waste was diverted from the landfill.
  • May 25, 2018