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Northwestern U Earns LEED Platinum on 63-Year-Old Building

The building includes a 254-panel rooftop photovoltaic array that provides five percent of the building’s electricity, LED light sensors that automatically dim or brighten based on the amount of natural light, and radiant ceiling panels that use chilled water from the university's utility plant to reduce the amount of energy needed for air conditioning.
  • Oct 2, 2017

AASHE Releases Value of Sustainability in Higher Education Publication

AASHE announced the release of its latest publication, “Beyond the Right Thing to Do: The Value of Sustainability in Higher Education.” This publication aims to help sustainability practitioners more powerfully articulate the value sustainability offers their institutions.
  • Oct 2, 2017

EcoChallenge 2017

  • Oct 2, 2017

AASHE STARS and Organizational Learning Survey

AASHE STARS liaisons and other STARS users are invited to participate in a new study by Smith College on STARS and organizational learning. The aim of the study is to assess the impacts of STARS across the U.S. and Canada. Survey participants will answer questions about institutional characteristics and history of campus sustainability on their campus, learning at their institution in general, and campus sustainability and STARS on their campus. Completion of this online survey is estimated to take less than 20 minutes. Respondents can enter to win a complimentary registration pass to the 2018 AASHE Conference & Expo.
  • Oct 2, 2017

U Maryland Expands Campus Compost Collection

The Office of Solid Waste and Recycling has successfully expanded campus waste diversion to include compost collection sites at 25 locations, including 12 residence halls.
  • Oct 2, 2017

National Recycling Coalition Announces 2017 Award Winners

The University of Florida received this year's Outstanding Higher Education award from the National Recycling Coalition (NRC), while the University of Illinois at Chicago was recognized as honorable mention. The NRC mentioned UF’s Hinkley Center for Solid and Hazardous Waste Management and curricular opportunities for waste professionals. The University of Illinois at Chicago was cited for its Sustainability Internship Program.
  • Oct 2, 2017

Cleveland State U Earns LEED Silver on Medical Building

The building reduces the heat island effect through shading, hardscape materials and green space. It also improves stormwater management and reduces runoff with the use of pervious concrete pavers. The project diverted over 99 percent of demolition materials from landfills through recycling and reuse.
  • Oct 2, 2017

Cleveland State U Receives Grant to Expand Recycling Program

Thanks to a new $3,000 grant from the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District, the university installed 24 battery recycling receptacles across campus. A portion of the grant also will be used to obtain additional recycling bins for bottles, cans and paper.
  • Oct 2, 2017

Sustainability Across the Curriculum Workshop at the University of South Carolina

This workshop will explore how educators can utilize their unique role to inspire, inform and train today’s students to become tomorrow’s sustainability champions. Intended to support faculty of all disciplines and levels of familiarity with sustainability, this workshop will provide hands-on activities, case studies and examples of how developing sustainability curriculum can transform challenges faced by today’s environment, local economies and society. The deadline to apply is Oct. 15. The University of South Carolina is one of 13 regional AASHE Centers for Sustainability Across the Curriculum.
  • Oct 2, 2017

Campus Sustainability Month

Campus Sustainability Month, sponsored by Colgate, is happening this month and is focused on water conservation. AASHE is encouraging higher education stakeholders to join the #EveryDropCounts movement. A variety of other engagement opportunities are available, including a discounted movie screening offer, Project Green Challenge and Global Climate Change Week.
  • Oct 2, 2017

U New Hampshire Earns STARS Platinum

The University of New Hampshire recently earned a Platinum rating in AASHE STARS, which measures sustainability achievements in academics, campus and community engagement, operations, and planning and administration. Some highlights of the university’s sustainability achievements include powering the main campus with 100 percent renewable energy and composting 25,000 pounds of food waste every month.
  • Sep 27, 2017

Film Screening Opportunity: 'An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power'

National Wildlife Federation has partnered up to offer schools a chance to host a screening on Oct. 26 of An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, followed by an exclusive 30-minute live-stream Q&A with Al Gore. Participating schools will receive, among other benefits, a curriculum and discussion guide created in partnership with the National Wildlife Federation, a screening toolkit, and a one-year streaming subscription for An Inconvenient Sequel. National Wildlife Federation schools and partners receive a 25 percent discount using the code NWF1026.
  • Sep 27, 2017

Orange Coast College Debuts $7.5M Recycling Center

The new facility accepts a variety of recyclable materials from the community. It also houses classrooms and offices, a conference room, a first aid room, men’s and women’s showers, as well as solar panels and solar tubes for indoor lighting.
  • Sep 25, 2017

PepsiCo Recycling Zero Impact Fund

Applications are open for the Zero Impact Fund, which offers up to $10,000 to start an impactful sustainability program on campus. Any college or university that has a direct or indirect contract or a direct agreement to sell PepsiCo products can apply. Proposals and applications should focus on creating environmental, economic and/or social impacts that support the school's zero-impact journey. The deadline to apply is Dec. 19.
  • Sep 25, 2017

Yale U Implements Carbon Charge for Buildings & Departments

After three years of study, discussion and experimentation, the university has implemented a carbon charge that affects more than 250 buildings and nearly 70 percent of campus carbon dioxide emissions. A university carbon charge pilot program ran from December 2015 to May 2016 in 20 buildings and tested four approaches to reducing carbon.
  • Sep 25, 2017

U North Carolina Asheville Earns Green Restaurant & Fair Trade University Status

One of the university's dining halls is now certified as a Three Star Certified Green Restaurant by the Green Restaurant Association. Additionally, the university's Dining Services worked together with a committee of student, faculty and staff volunteers to achieve Fair Trade University designation by Fair Trade Campaigns.
  • Sep 25, 2017

Saint Anselm College Hires First Chief Diversity Officer

The college recently hired Ande Diaz, Ph.D., to lead its diversity efforts. Coming from Princeton University as an assistant dean for Multicultural Affairs for seven years, Dr. Diaz is responsible for increasing diversity and inclusivity in the campus community.
  • Sep 25, 2017

American Council on Education Issue Brief on Trump Administration’s DACA Decision

The issue brief details the key elements of the Trump administration’s “DACA Rescission Memorandum” and how it will impact students and campuses. Along with talking points, this brief attempts to help campuses prepare to assist students and speak to their congressional delegations about the importance of acting now to protect DACA recipients.
  • Sep 25, 2017

U California System Takes Legal Action in Defense of DACA

The University of California System has filed suit in federal court against the Trump administration for its recent decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. DACA allows undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children to remain in the country without fear of deportation. Approximately a quarter of the country’s 800,000 DACA individuals, commonly known as DREAMers, live in California. Of those, roughly 4,000 are enrolled in the University of California System.
  • Sep 25, 2017

New Issue: International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education

The latest journal issue features articles about incorporating education for sustainable development into higher education curriculum and professional development, as well as articles about campus sustainability tours and living laboratories.
  • Sep 25, 2017

Pennsylvania State U Greater Allegheny Breaks Ground on Community Garden

In early September, a crew at the Greater Allegheny campus broke ground on a new community garden with the hopes of helping to combat food insecurity on campus and in the local neighborhoods.
  • Sep 25, 2017

INSIGHT Into Diversity Acknowledges 2017 HEED Award Recipients

This year's Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award was given to 80 higher education institutions, 15 of which were categorized as Diversity Champions by exemplifying an unyielding commitment to diversity and inclusion throughout their campus communities, across academic programs, and at the highest administrative levels.
  • Sep 25, 2017

New Senate Bill Addresses Access for Homeless Students

A recently announced senate bill directs colleges and universities to publicize financial aid and resources available for those students and to set up a single point of contact on campus to help them find and obtain assistance. It also attempts to streamline the verification process to determine that a student is independent.
  • Sep 25, 2017

Net Impact Food Solutions Challenge

The Food Solutions Challenge by Net Impact invites students to host an event to raise awareness and generate solutions about food loss, meaning food that never makes it to the consumer. Net Impact will provide students with resources to hold the event. Teams will submit solutions to Net Impact for a chance to travel to a paid capstone event to sharpen design thinking skills and refine their solutions. The top team will win $5,000. Deadline to apply is Jan. 15.
  • Sep 25, 2017

Pitzer College Launches ESG-Focused, Fossil-Free Fund

This August, the college became the founding investor in a new global equity index fund that is both environmental, social and governance focused and fossil fuel free. The fund is designed to help endowments, foundations and other nonprofit organizations meet their responsible investment goals.
  • Sep 25, 2017

Yale U Announces Academic Initiative to Improve Corporate Reporting

Recognizing the critical role that private capital flows will play in moving society toward a more sustainable future, the university recently launched a new academic effort to provide high-quality research on the flow of capital into sustainability-oriented projects and sustainable companies. Called the Yale Initiative on Sustainable Finance, the initiative will focus on three initial sustainable finance issues: impediments to the movement of mainstream capital into sustainability-related projects, needs of sustainability-minded investors, and standards in the sustainability bonds market.
  • Sep 25, 2017

U Albany Renovates Building to LEED Standards

The $10.3 million project on the 51-year-old residence hall included mechanical, plumbing, electric and lighting systems replacement, new energy-efficient windows, a new roof, new bathrooms, updated laundry facilities, and community study and recreation spaces. Recycled content and low-VOC materials were used.
  • Sep 25, 2017

Appalachian State U Installs Community Garden Space

A new garden space at the university brings together people from across campus and throughout the community to share knowledge about gardening, seed-saving, beekeeping and solar energy. Currently the gardening program has seven interns, who work to build, maintain, plan and educate.
  • Sep 25, 2017

Cornell U Launches Interactive Sustainability Campus & Community Map

The new interactive map features over 200 data points organized in topical map layers with sustainability features across campus, including green buildings, bottle water filling stations, bike share and car share locations, sustainability landscape sites, electric-vehicle charging stations, sustainability centers and institutes, and reuse centers. Through joint funding between the Campus Sustainability Office and the Office of Engagement Initiatives, the map was developed with living laboratory and engagement opportunities in mind.
  • Sep 25, 2017

Georgetown U to Install 32.5 MW of Solar Energy

The university recently signed a power purchase agreement to develop a 32.5 megawatt photovoltaic project in La Plata, Maryland. The project is expected to supply about 49 percent of Georgetown’s electricity load annually for its Washington, D.C., campus. The power plant is expected to be completed in summer 2019.
  • Sep 25, 2017

Exposing the Ties Between Australian Universities and the Fossil Fuel Industry

The report highlights links between universities and the fossil fuel industry through research funding, and the relationship between members on university boards and companies with significant business in fossil fuels. The report was released by Fossil Free Universities, which is run by environmental organization 350.org and university divestment groups.
  • Sep 25, 2017

Call for Abstracts: Symposium on Universities and the Sustainable Development Goals

Interested parties may submit a paper for the 2018 Symposium on Universities and the Sustainable Development Goals, April 11, 2018, hosted by Manchester Metropolitan University (U.K.). The event will focus on integrating, promoting and catalyzing higher education institutions in the global efforts to implement the Sustainable Development Goals. The deadline to submit an abstract is Sept. 30.
  • Sep 25, 2017

NWF EcoLeaders Partnership

The National Wildlife Federation's EcoLeaders Program is offering a new institutional membership opportunity, EcoLeader Campus Partners. Among other things, participating institutions receive discount on EcoLeader Certification for their students; free registration to the annual EcoCareers conference for students, faculty and staff; and free access to the EcoLeader career planning. Colleges and universities that sign up to be an EcoLeader Campus Partner by Oct. 31 will receive a $250 discount on an AASHE STARS subscription (new STARS subscribers only).
  • Sep 25, 2017

AASHE STARS and Organizational Learning Survey

AASHE STARS liaisons and other STARS users are invited to participate in a new study by Smith College on STARS and organizational learning. The aim of the study is to assess the impacts of STARS across the U.S. and Canada. Survey participants will answer questions about institutional characteristics and history of campus sustainability on their campus, learning at their institution in general, and campus sustainability and STARS on their campus. Completion of this online survey is estimated to take less than 20 minutes. Respondents can enter to win a complimentary registration pass to the 2018 AASHE Conference & Expo.
  • Sep 25, 2017

AASHE Governance Call for Applications

AASHE seeks interested candidates to serve on its Board of Directors, Advisory Council and STARS Steering Committee that will help inspire and catalyze higher education to lead the global sustainability transformation. These groups bring together leaders from diverse backgrounds to identify the opportunities and challenges facing sustainability in higher education. Applications are being accepted through Oct. 23.
  • Sep 25, 2017

Campus Energy & Sustainability Podcast

Highlighting sustainability on higher education campuses, the podcast has five episodes available that have covered sustainability in laboratories, sustainable public water systems, and sustainability in curricula.
  • Sep 18, 2017

Arizona State U to Implement Bike-Share Program

A new regional bike rental program with four stations will soon be available to the campus community. A unique aspect to this service is the freedom to park bikes at either the service's hubs or at a public rack.
  • Sep 18, 2017