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Arizona State U Becomes Fair Trade-Designated University

The university joins 47 other universities and 533 university retailers pledge to provide Fair Trade products, including coffee, tea, chocolate, textiles and more.
  • Apr 3, 2018

Utah State U Offers Bike Sharing

Through a partnership with Spin, a new bike-share program is now available to the campus and surrounding community. The program costs students and those within the USU community 50 cents for 30 minutes. Logan City will also be deploying up to 100 bikes soon.
  • Apr 3, 2018

Ithaca College Moves to 100% Renewable Electricity

Working toward its goal of becoming carbon neutral, 100 percent of the college’s electricity has been purchased from Green-e certified national wind farms since February 2018. The purchase will offset around 7,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents per year, roughly 35 percent of IC’s total emissions.
  • Apr 3, 2018

Cape Fear CC Receives $16.5K Grant for Solar Energy Program

Of the $16,500, $9,000 will be used for student scholarships and certification tests, such as the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners certification exam, while $7,500 will be used for ongoing training for instructors. The grant was dispersed by Cypress Creek Renewables.
  • Apr 3, 2018

Cranfield U to Complete Large Solar Array

(U.K.) Covering roughly four acres, a total of 3,508 solar panels will generate five percent of the annual electricity at the campus and also provide a new renewable energy research facility to be used by students attending energy courses.
  • Apr 3, 2018

Hobart & William Smith Colleges Announce Completion of 5 MW Solar System

With support from New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the completed five-megawatt solar project consists of two solar arrays, each providing 2.5 megawatts of clean energy. Containing more than 15,000 solar panels, the system will provide enough power for approximately 50 percent of the campus’ electric needs and provide students with hands-on experience in clean energy learning.
  • Apr 3, 2018

Ball State U Students Conduct Solar Assessment of Community Brownfield Sites

A group of second year urban planning students in the university's College of Architecture and Planning studied the brownfield redevelopment programs of the Environmental Protection Agency and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, and then analyzed the solar potential of 19 Delaware County brownfields as well as the existing conditions of many sites. Nine students authored a summary report of the process and output of this immersive learning project.
  • Apr 3, 2018

Beyond Doom and Gloom: Engage in Climate Solutions

Created by the Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium (HEASC), this resource offers teachers and students simple steps to participate in American democracy and encourages energy policies to reduce climate instability. It can be used as a supplement to finish any course or activity on climate change.
  • Apr 3, 2018

Mount Holyoke College Seeks Carbon Neutrality by 2037

The college's board of trustees recently announced the 2037 carbon neutrality goal, which is also the institution’s bicentennial. To achieve carbon neutrality, the college aims to invest in energy efficiency and conservation, retrofit historic buildings and transition to carbon-neutral heating and electricity sources. The decision to pursue carbon neutrality came after nearly a year of analysis and research by the college's Sustainability Task Force.
  • Apr 2, 2018

APPA Facilities Manager Magazine Featuring 36 Campus Sustainability Best Practices

APPA's March/April issue of Facilities Manager magazine includes a compilation of 36 campus best practices in sustainability, and environmental stewardship and education. These short case studies show a variety of innovation, collaboration and success from institutions large and small throughout North America.
  • Apr 2, 2018

Third-Party Sustainability Certifications & Memberships on Decision-Making Survey

Developed as a senior research project out of Messiah College, this survey attempts to understand the impact of third-party certifications and memberships on decision-making pertaining to environmental practices at higher education institutions.
  • Apr 2, 2018

Social Educator Impact Toolkit: The Impact Gaps Canvas and Map the System

The Social Educator Impact Toolkit is a toolkit designed for educators to help put systems-led teaching into practice. It includes ideas for short workshops and full courses as well as tips for adjusting funding practices, social impact business plan competitions and accelerator programs.
  • Apr 2, 2018

2018 Green Sports Alliance Summit Poster Session

Green Sports Alliance is accepting poster submissions as part of its 2018 Green Sports Alliance Summit in Atlanta, June 26-27. A poster session will be offered exclusively for universities, colleges and other academic institutions focusing on sustainability in athletics and/or recreation. The poster sessions will run throughout the summit with dedicated time in the conference program for presenting posters. The deadline to submit is April 6.
  • Apr 2, 2018

North Carolina State U Gregg Museum Addition Earns LEED Gold

The building’s native and water efficient plants will reduce water use by 52 percent, a reflective roof will reduce heat absorption from the sun, and there are preferred parking spaces for low-emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles, as well as visitors who carpool or vanpool.
  • Apr 2, 2018

U North Carolina Charlotte Connects With City by Light Rail

The 9.3-mile stretch of extended light rail tracks offers 11 new stations providing service to the university’s main and uptown campuses. The campus added sidewalks, crosswalks, and bus stations to support pedestrian traffic from stations. For the station on the edge of campus, the university funded a pedestrian bridge over a highway.
  • Apr 2, 2018

U Washington Installs Solar Fins for Shade & Power Generation

In an effort to reduce heat gain and use renewable energy in the university's Life Sciences Building, the building, which is still under construction, will feature vertical glass fins that include embedded photovoltaic cells along the south side of the building.
  • Apr 2, 2018

U Virginia Tests Compostable Bed Linens for Orientation

The university recently used compostable sheets and pillowcases for overnight freshman orientations. The material is made from plants and is chemical-free, hypoallergenic and USDA Certified Bio-Based. A local composting business that picks up the university's food scraps will also take the bedding and compost it, returning a portion of the resulting compost back to UVA for use in their campus garden.
  • Apr 2, 2018

PepsiCo Recycling Announces Awards for 19 Colleges and Universities

The institutions will receive up to $10,000 from PepsiCo Recycling's Zero Impact Fund, which helps colleges and universities accomplish their environmental goals. They were selected from more than 60 proposals that PepsiCo Recycling received.
  • Apr 2, 2018

St. Lawrence U Publishes Campus Sustainability Map

The intention of the new map application is to provide the university community with information and locations related to sustainability points of interest on the main campus. The map allows viewers to navigate different layers of sustainability on campus ranging from where to bring organic waste to locations with renewable energy to information about outdoor air quality.
  • Apr 2, 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:
  • Apr 2, 2018

Using Campus and Community as Sustainability Living Learning Labs

Furman University is offering an interactive idea-generating workshop, June 7-8, designed to share and establish best practices to utilize the campus and surrounding community as Sustainability Living Learning Labs. The workshop is intended for faculty and sustainability staff who are currently using sustainability living learning labs on their campus or in their surrounding community. This two-day workshop will focus on building a shared framework for developing, institutionalizing, expanding and maintaining a sustainability living learning lab program both on campus and in the surrounding community. Furman University is one of 13 regional AASHE Centers for Sustainability Across the Curriculum. The deadline to apply is April 9.
  • Apr 2, 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.
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Arkansas State U-Newport To Derive Half of Its Electricity Needs From Solar

The community college recently connected the 2,100-panel solar array, which is expected to create 50 percent of the energy consumed by the Newport campus each year and generate $2.5 million in energy savings over its lifetime.
  • Apr 1, 2018

U Hawai'i Maui College to Generate 100% of Energy Needs with Onsite Solar

A new solar photovoltaic system coupled with battery storage will be capable of eliminating the campus’ fossil fuel-based energy use when it becomes operational in 2019. The project is part of a partnership with Johnson Controls and Pacific Current that will also allow four UH community college campuses on Oʻahu to significantly reduce their fossil fuel consumption through the combination of solar shade canopies, distributed energy storage and energy efficiency measures.
  • Mar 26, 2018

U Bristol Strengthens Divestment Commitment

(U.K.) The University has pledged to divest completely from all investments in fossil fuel companies within two years. The new commitment builds on its previous commitment to end investment in companies that derive more than five percent of turnover from the extraction of thermal coal or oil and gas from tar sands.
  • Mar 26, 2018

UNESCO Designates Chair of Global Understanding for Sustainability at University of Jena

(Germany) The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has established a Chair on Global Understanding for Sustainability at Friedrich Schiller University Jena. Over the next four years, the new chair will primarily encourage getting social sciences and humanities to become more involved in sustainability research. Social geographer Dr. Benno Werlen will hold the position.
  • Mar 26, 2018

College of the Holy Cross to Phase Out Knight Mascot and Imagery

Noting that the visual depiction of a knight, in conjunction with the moniker Crusader, inevitably ties the college to religious wars and the violence of the Crusade, it will gradually phase out the use of all knight-related imagery. It will instead use the interlocking HC on a purple shield as the primary marker for all athletic teams, uniforms and advertising.
  • Mar 26, 2018

U Florida Launches Center for Public Interest Communications

The center is dedicated to developing, translating and applying the science of strategic communication to drive social change. Among other things, the center will promote scholarship that can advance the practice of public interest communications and will create undergraduate and graduate curricula for adoption by other institutions. The university's College of Journalism and Communications has also launched the Journal for Public Interest Communications, an open-access academic journal devoted to this emerging field.
  • Mar 26, 2018

Georgetown U Begins Dockless Bikesharing Program

Georgetown has partnered with LimeBike to make bicycles available at 12 locations across campus for students to rent at a discounted rate.
  • Mar 26, 2018

East Carolina U Launches Dockless Bikesharing Program

ECU has partnered with LimeBike to offer dockless bike sharing on campus.
  • Mar 26, 2018

Gustavus Adolphus College Renovation Receives LEED Gold Certification

The renovation of 70-year-old Arthur H. Anderson Hall incorporated low-flow water fixtures, daylighting, new boilers, and low-VOC materials. The building is expected to achieve energy cost savings of nearly 40 percent below baseline.
  • Mar 26, 2018

U California Los Angeles to Offer Bachelors Degree in Climate Science

Housed in UCLA's department of atmospheric and oceanic sciences, the program will be among first undergraduate degree programs in climate science worldwide. The degree program will provide undergraduates with the scientific understanding they need to assess the effects of climate change, both from human activity and from natural climate variability. It also will provide students with the knowledge and tools they need to communicate on the subject with decision-makers in the public and private sectors.
  • Mar 26, 2018