U Puerto Rico Partners to Deliver Clean Water
The university recently partnered with two organizations to provide continuous, clean water and power to some of those affected by the hurricanes this fall. A solar-powered system will provide long-term benefits to the local people while being used as a teaching instrument for the engineering students at the university campus.
AASHE STARS Review Template
As part of AASHE's efforts to continuously improve STARS data quality and the reporting process, AASHE has released a STARS Review Template. The template highlights common issues that AASHE staff have identified during standard post-submission reviews. Conducting an independent or internal review using the review template can earn the institution bonus points.
APPA’s Facilities Manager Magazine Call for Case Studies
The March/April 2018 issue of APPA’s Facilities Manager magazine will highlight innovative sustainability programs and services at colleges and universities. Submissions will also be considered for a forthcoming publication of sustainability success stories. Submissions are due by Jan. 19.
PLAN Student Advisory Board
Post-Landfill Action Network is seeking six to eight founding members for a Student Advisory Board that will help shape PLAN’s programming. Members of this board will provide insight on how PLAN’s resources and guidance are used on different campuses, give feedback on proposed initiatives, and have the opportunity to propose and/or create new resources or campaigns.
Energy Innovation Student Leadership Experience
Open to undergraduate and graduate engineering students currently studying in the U.S., this immersive program at Penn State at The Navy Yard in Philadelphia combines hands-on learning in sustainable energy systems with an internship experience. It enables students to experience challenging real world problems and work with leading companies and research teams on innovative solutions.
U Illinois Chicago Hospitals Pilot Providing Shelter for Homeless
The university has concluded a 2015 pilot program that provides housing for 26 emergency room “super utilizers”. Health care costs per patient housed dropped 18 percent on average each month. The University of Illinois Hospital will expand the program to house 25 additional homeless patients. At least three other Chicago hospitals are launching or recently launched similar programs.
Emory U Students Create Educational Waste Diversion Videos
Multiple two-minute videos were created by Emory students that educate viewers about the importance of landfill waste diversion, including the social and environmental impacts of landfills. The videos were submitted on behalf of a video competition as part of the university's zero waste commitment, which aims to divert 95 percent of campus waste from municipal landfills by 2025.
Maharishi U Students Build Electric Vehicle Charging Station for Campus Use
Eleven students in a recent course on energy and sustainability built a charging station for electric cars that is attached to its Sustainable Living Center grid. The station uses some of the excess energy from the wind turbine and solar panels that power the building. The charging station, which is free for anyone to use, was set up for about $600.
Emory U Creates Zero Waste Policy
In an effort to divert 95 percent of campus waste from municipal landfills by 2025, the university recently formalized its commitment by publishing a new waste management policy that engages the entire campus in the push to enhance recycling efforts. The new policy calls for adding additional collection stations, making existing stations more efficient and creating a new team to assist with removal of compost and recycling at campus stations.
Call for Reviewers: 2018 AASHE Conference & Expo
Higher education sustainability stakeholders are invited to sign up as conference abstract reviewers for AASHE 2018. Reviewers help develop a conference program that includes a variety of high-quality sessions to meet the diverse interests of attendees. All reviewers examine roughly 25 proposals on topics in their area of expertise. The deadline to sign up is Feb. 16.
Broward College Adjuncts Form Union
Adjunct faculty members at the college in Florida recently voted to form a union affiliated with Service Employees International Union. The new unit has approximately 1,700 eligible members, and some 92 percent of those who voted approved of the union bid.
U California Davis Building Earns BREEAM Certification & LEED O+M Gold
The Plant and Environmental Sciences Building, completed in 2001, comprises 140,394 square feet, about 80 percent of which is lab space. A lab retrofit project in 2014 resulted in 36 percent energy savings from temperature setbacks and reduced ventilation rates during occupied hours. Other green features include occupancy-based lighting and heating-ventilation-air conditioning control for spaces and fume hoods, low-flow fixtures and Energy Star-rated computers. The university is using the building as a test case for comparing the LEED and BREEAM rating systems.
U Minnesota Replaces Old Heating Plant With Co-Gen Plant
A decommissioned 104-year-old heating plant on the university's Twin Cities campus has been resurrected as a 22.8 megawatt combustion turbine and heat recovery co-generation system that will generate electric power and steam. The university expects the system will reduce its net carbon footprint by 10 to 13 percent.
AASHE Member Discount Expires Soon: 20% Off Washington/Oregon Sustainability Conference
The Washington & Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference (WOHESC), happening Feb. 6-8, 2018, at Portland State University, is a platform for empowering and inspiring change, and facilitating action, sharing and collaboration related to sustainability within the region's higher education institutions. AASHE members can attend WOHESC for 20 percent off. The discount expires Jan. 12.
AASHE's Sustainability Across the Curriculum Leadership Workshop
Through an intensive two days of presentations, exercises, discussions, reflection, and planning, participants will become familiar with the philosophy of change in higher education developed through the Ponderosa Project at Northern Arizona University and adapted at Emory in Piedmont Project. Readings and organizational materials are provided. Applications must be submitted by Feb. 1.
Call for Proposals: Sustainable Earth 2018
Sustainable Earth 2018 is an annual conference connecting research with action to work towards solutions to sustainability challenges. It is an informal and interactive event, aimed at a global audience to increase collaborations between organizations and researchers. Anyone is invited to submit proposals for sessions or posters. The deadline for submission is Feb. 11.
U Alberta Releases Sustainable Purchasing Guide for Promotional Products
The new guide aims to assist procurers of promotional products in embracing sustainability criteria and principles into their purchasing processes. It contains best practices, a directory of suppliers, and a worksheet to determine the most sustainable choice among three different suppliers.
Western Washington U Releases Sustainability Action Plan
The new plan, which was drafted with campus-wide input including three public input sessions, will serve as the university’s roadmap for protecting local and global ecology, upholding social equity, creating economic vitality, and maintaining human health.
U Washington Creates Sustainability Engagement Games
A group at the university held the Sustainability Game Jam, an event that brought together dozens of students, faculty and staff over a weekend to create game prototypes that communicate concepts around sustainability. It was funded by a Campus Sustainability Fund (CSF) grant.
College William & Mary Facilities Management Receives CIMS Sustainability Certification
In late October, ISSA, a trade association for the cleaning industry, awarded William and Mary's Facilities Management the Cleaning Industry Management Standard (CIMS)-Green Building Certification, which means that Facilities Management administration and a staff of 165 custodians offer environmentally friendly cleaning across the campus' 170 buildings.
Johns Hopkins U to Divest Holdings in Major Coal Producers
Following a recent vote of its board of trustees, the university will divest from its separately managed holdings in thermal coal recently. The board's vote directs the university to stop buying the stocks and bonds of companies that produce coal for electric power as a major part of their business, and to sell from its endowment or other investments any securities it directly owns from those companies, on a schedule that minimizes financial loss.
Rutgers U Raises Pay to $11 Per Hour for Student Workers
The minimum wage for student workers will go from $8.44 an hour to $11 an hour, starting Jan. 1, Rutgers President Robert Barchi said in a letter to students. The 30 percent raise affects more than 13,000 students who work in dining halls, libraries, offices and other facilities on the New Brunswick-Piscataway, Newark and Camden campuses.
Sunrise Semester Fellowship
Sunrise Semester is a fellowship program for young people (18-35) who care about environmental issues or politics. Fellows will work together to raise awareness of climate change and make it a decisive issue in the 2018 midterm election. The fellowship begins on June 1 and ends on Nov. 18, 2018. The deadline to apply is Jan. 5.