Princeton U Pilots Food Waste Biodigester
Beginning in February 2018, the university will pilot an in-vessel aerobic digester that will convert a portion of campus food waste into a soil amendment for university grounds, while serving as a living laboratory for multi-disciplinary investigations into all aspects of food waste conversion.
University BioQuest Competition
Open to anyone, University BioQuest invites individuals to join their university's biology and/or sustainability departments to map biodiversity on campus. The competition uses the real-world nature exploration app QuestaGame and will take place in April 2018.
North American Laboratory Freezer Challenge
The International Laboratory Freezer Challenge promotes sample accessibility, sample integrity, reduced costs and energy efficiency by harnessing a spirit of competition within and between laboratories. The challenge occurs over a five-month period where individual labs and institutions work at their own pace to implement optimal cold storage management practices.
Humber College Receives Fair Trade Designation
The Canadian Fair Trade Network designation was granted to Humber’s south Etobicoke campus in mid-January for the college’s commitment to ensuring the availability of Fair Trade products, such as coffee, tea and chocolate in vending machines, the bookstore, and campus eateries and catering. Achieving the designation is part of the college’s five-year plan to make its campuses more sustainable.
The Campus Kitchens Project Grant Competition
The Campus Kitchen Project is offering $5,000 startup grants to colleges and universities that are interested in addressing food waste on their campus and food insecurity in their community. The deadline to apply is April 20.
Food Waste & Hunger Summit: Call for Sessions and Organizations to Table
The Campus Kitchens Project's Annual Food Waste & Hunger Summit, held on March 24-25 at the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus, is a two-day conference that brings together students, young professionals and field experts from across the country to discuss complex issues related to hunger and food waste and exchange best practices in the movement towards a waste and hunger free world. Interested participants can submit session ideas and/or share work and resources by tabling at the event.
Spring 2018 Climate Justice League With Sierra Student Coalition
College students across the U.S. and Puerto Rico are invited to apply to become an organizing fellow with the Sierra Student Coalition. Fellows deepen their understanding of climate justice, learn the skills of community organizing, and take action for climate justice on their campuses or in their communities. The deadline to apply is Jan. 19.
Meal Exchange Releases Food Report Card for Ontario Universities
The Campus Food Report Card released by Meal Exchange measures the success of Ontario universities in providing locally-grown, sustainable, healthy and accessible food as rated by students, foodservice staff and campus administrators at 21 campuses across the province.
Northwestern U Earns LEED Platinum for School of Management Building
The university's new Kellogg School of Management building features a geothermal system, LED lighting throughout the facility and low-flow plumbing fixtures in restrooms and kitchens. Its landscaping is designed for efficient irrigation and contains plants that require minimal watering. The building's location offers occupants various forms of public transportation, and cyclists have access to bike racks, showers and changing rooms.
Blackfeet CC & U Montana Western Partner to Increase Indigenous Educators
A new partnership between the two schools, aided by a $1 million federal Office of Indian Education grant, seeks to design and implement a program that addresses the shortage of teachers serving Indigenous children on the Blackfeet Reservation. Through this grant, the schools have recruited Blackfeet faculty to design and deliver a Blackfeet culture-infused curriculum for Blackfeet teacher candidates who teach or will teach in area schools.
Call for Contributions: Project Management Research and Practice Journal
The Project Management Research and Practice Journal solicits applied academic and professional practice articles that reflect how education is changing to address sustainability. Specifically, contributions are wanted that tell the story of how education is being transformed in terms of funding, delivery, practice and/or strategy to make higher education institutions part of a sustainable future.
Warren Wilson College & Bard College Collaborate on Five-Year Undergraduate/Graduate Program
Warren Wilson College has partnered with Bard College’s graduate programs in Sustainability to help environmental studies students graduate with a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in five years. Through the new agreement, undergraduates can opt to dual enroll at both campuses. For the first three years, students study, work and serve at Warren Wilson College and then complete their education at Bard.
U Florida Publishes Guidebook for Integrating Cultural Resources into Disaster Planning
With support from the National Park Service, the Conservation Clinic at the university's Levin College of Law recently released a guidebook to help Florida state and local governments better integrate cultural resources into hazard planning. It describes current emergency management and preservation planning frameworks, provides examples of disaster planning practices, and presents new policy and planning recommendations.
Nobel Peace Prize for Sustainable Development Nomination Request
A group of teachers and practitioners of Ecological Economics encourages nominations of "Sustainable Development" for the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize. Organizers propose that the prize be awarded to The Club of Rome, Herman Daly and Pope Francis for their roles in the creation of guiding principles and institutions, and refocusing society’s attention on the urgent need for sustainable development. Nominations from qualified individuals are being accepted until Jan. 31 at midnight Central European Time.
New Issue: Sustainability: Journal of Record
The most recent issue of Sustainability: Journal of Record includes a special feature on the 2017 AASHE Sustainability Award Winners, and the articles “Giving Up Hope Won’t Save the Planet - Ending Poverty Might” by Jane Goodall and “Shines! University Engineering Students Advancing Duluth's Sustainable Development”, which articulates project‐based learning and subsequent collaborations between the University of Minnesota Duluth and a nonprofit, local utilities, and area businesses.
AASHE Member Discount: $100 Off Sustainability Certification Through ISSP
The International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) offers students, faculty and staff from AASHE-member schools a $100 discount on the ISSP Sustainability Associate (ISSP-SA) credential exam. The program is designed to recognize the knowledge, skills and abilities of those in the sustainability field, including students with knowledge of core sustainability concepts.
2018 Edition: Choices for Sustainable Living Course Book
The Northwest Earth Institute's 2018 edition of Choices for Sustainable Living course book includes a new session on water and has also been designed to complement the EcoChallenge, an online friendly challenge that helps participants discover new ways to make sustainable change more possible.
U Virginia Creates Online Solar Energy Tracker Tool
Multiple work groups at the university collaborated to develop and launch an online tool that displays real-time data on its renewable energy portfolio, which includes energy production on 1,700 panels installed in 2017. The goal of the tool is to raise awareness of the university’s investment in solar energy production and the environmental savings resulting from these initiatives, and to support learning opportunities for students, faculty and staff.
North Carolina State U Uses Compostable Cups
Through a new partnership between the University Sustainability Office and Waste Reduction and Recycling, NC State Dining started using compostable cups in early January at two major dining locations on campus. This expands an existing compostable selection at the student union that includes napkins, to-go containers and single-use bamboo plates.
Hampshire College Uses 100% Solar Electricity
The residential college now has 100 percent of its electricity sourced from 15,000 photovoltaic arrays on two fields that have a capacity of 4.7 megawatts. The college is buying the electricity at a fixed rate for about half the rate the college had been paying. The project is estimated to save the college about $400,000 a year in electricity costs for up to 20 years, for total estimated savings of $8 million.
Michigan State U Completes 11 MW Solar Carport
As of December 21, five parking lots spanning 45 acres now have fully operational photovoltaic arrays over them totaling 11 megawatts of electricity. The arrays are expected to save the university $10 million over 25 years, and provide approximately five percent of its annual electricity needs.