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Lynn U Becomes Fair Trade Certified

The university recently announced its official designation as a Fair Trade University, having completed the requirements in less than three months. Lynn met five essential requirements, which included making Fair Trade products available on campus and passing a Fair Trade resolution.
  • May 9, 2018

Second Nature Unveils 'Marks of Distinction' Program

Marks of Distinction is a new initiative for the Climate Leadership Network that recognizes a select group of higher education institutions that set high-performance goals and that demonstrate and report progress towards those goals. More than 175 institutions in 39 states have received Marks of Distinction in 15 categories.
  • May 9, 2018

Penn State Behrend Partners for Biofuel Research Opportunities

A $1 million investment by Hero Bx, an Erie-based biodiesel company, will create research opportunities for students and faculty members in the School of Science. Students will work in a new, 1,500-square-foot chemistry lab with Hero Bx chemists and other researchers to reduce the sulfur in biodiesel feedstocks, which are processed for reuse as transportation fuels and heating oil. Subsequent studies will focus on increasing the efficiency of biodiesel in cold-temperature applications, including commercial aviation.
  • May 9, 2018

Maharishi U to Install 1.1 MW Photovoltaic Array With Storage

Construction is set to begin in June on a 1.1 megawatt solar array on university-owned land that will provide approximately one-third of the electricity used on campus. The five-acre field of solar panels will track the sun throughout the day. Excess energy will be stored in a battery bank for use during the night and during times of peak energy needs.
  • May 9, 2018

U Richmond to Enlist Goats for Invasive Species Removal

Part of a four-part eco-corridor project, the goats will be used for 12 weeks to help remove invasive species. The full project includes the removal of invasive species, stormwater management, stream restoration and the construction of a multi-use recreational trail.
  • May 9, 2018

AASHE Workshop: Leading Deep Change in Higher Education

This workshop is based on Refocus, a leadership development program designed to enable practitioners to generate deep organizational change and establish sustainability as a strategic priority. Hosted by Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario on July 19-20, the workshop aims to highlight and make sense of the very broad set of topics and disciplines that are relevant for leading a transformational sustainability program. The workshop is limited to 30 participants. The deadline to register is June 15.
  • May 9, 2018

Academic Bicycle Challenge

The Academic Bicycle Challenge is for college and university staff, faculty and students to track their cycled miles for a chance to appear on one of eight different leaderboard types. There are two competition cycles from which to choose: June and September. Each cycle will reveal a global comparison of cycling activities between universities, academic disciplines, self-generated teams and individuals.
  • May 9, 2018

Climate Atlas of Canada

The Climate Atlas of Canada is an interactive tool for citizens, researchers, businesses, and community and political leaders to learn about climate change in Canada. It combines climate science, mapping and storytelling to inspire action at all levels that will move the needle from risk to resilience.
  • May 7, 2018

Reframing the Curriculum: Design for Social Justice and Sustainability

A new practical and hands-on guide will be released in August that seeks to integrate the concepts of healthy communities, democratic societies and social justice into academic disciplines. The book presents a method for designing units that give educators the tools to bring sustainability and social justice into experiential, project-based instructional approaches, and comes with a free facilitator's guide.
  • May 7, 2018

New Issue: International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education

The latest journal issue features articles ranging in topics from sustainability leadership and eco-health communities of practice to academic air travel at Australian universities to zero-energy goals and sustainability literacy.
  • May 7, 2018

Rice U Collaborates to Restore Native Habitat

The university's Arboretum Committee, an Ecology and Evolutionary Biology class, and several community partners collaborated to plant an urban prairie on campus that will help retain flood water, sequester carbon and sustain a variety of native species.
  • May 7, 2018

Northern Arizona U Collaborates With Flagstaff on Bike-Share Program

In conjunction with the City of Flagstaff, the university launched a new bicycle share program through Spin as part of an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The city is testing the bike-share program fee-free for six months, which allows people to use one of 300 dockless bikes for 50 cents per hour.
  • May 7, 2018

American College Greece Launches Sustainable Events Guidelines

(Greece) The college's Center of Excellence for Sustainability recently launched the Sustainable Events Guidelines in an effort to help reduce the environmental and financial costs of events. The guidelines include key performance indicators that focus on policy, catering, energy, and materials and waste.
  • May 7, 2018

U Illinois Urbana-Champaign Announces Inaugural Campus as Lab Seed Funding

Launched in February 2018, the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment's (iSEE) Campus as a Living Lab program is designed to link campus sustainability targets to national and global sustainability, energy and environment challenges. Inaugural funding is going to two research projects: a study to examine redirecting waste heat from industrial processes using a thermochemical battery, and testing a no-waste system for turning food scraps into biofuel while also treating wastewater and creating natural fertilizers. Funding covers startup costs for the researchers to prepare larger proposals for substantial external funding.
  • May 7, 2018

St. John's U Students Introduce Bike-Share Program

Two students introduced Johnnie Bennie Bikes to campus, which provides 12 bikes available for use between St. John's University and the College of St. Benedict. The bikes are available for six-hour stretches, 24/7. The university's Outdoor Leadership Center is in charge of the bikes.
  • May 7, 2018

DePauw U to Invest $12M in Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy

In an effort to reduce the university’s carbon footprint and improve energy efficiency, the university will spend $12 million on new HVAC technology, upgraded heat and water delivery systems, LED lighting throughout campus, and solar panels. The changes, as indicated by the Campus Energy Master Plan, are estimated to save $750,000 annually in energy expenditures and reduce greenhouse gas emissions 28 percent.
  • May 7, 2018

Wesleyan U Offers Bike Sharing Service

In mid-April, the university placed 100 orange bikes on campus through a company called Spin, a bike sharing program that allows students to use the bikes for a small fee. The system works with an app that allows registered users to scan a QR code on any bike, which unlocks the bike for use. In the first seven days, nearly 1,000 individuals used the bikes for 2,082 total trips.
  • May 7, 2018

Southern Oregon U Implements Meatless Monday

In celebration of Earth Day, the university recently implemented quarterly Meatless Mondays in its main dining hall with hopes to expand the program on a monthly or weekly basis pending student feedback. The meatless proposal was headed by the Ecology and Sustainability Resource Center (ECOS,) who helped with advertising the event and demonstrating the pros and cons of meat consumption.
  • May 7, 2018

Early Bird Registration: 2018 AASHE Conference & Expo

The 2018 AASHE Conference & Expo, themed “Global Goals: Rising to the Challenge”, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, from Oct. 2-5, will bring together 2,000+ sustainability professionals from around the world to share ideas and be inspired. Register before May 31 to take advantage of early bird prices.
  • May 6, 2018

U Nottingham Divests From Fossil Fuels

(U.K.) Any investments in coal and tars sands will be removed immediately and the university will completely divest its financial portfolio from fossil fuels within the next 12 months. Currently around 6 percent of the university’s $67.6 million (50 million British pounds) endowment fund is invested in the oil and gas sector.
  • May 4, 2018

EPA Announces Green Power Challenge Results

At the end of April, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency concluded the Green Power Challenge and recognized the Champion Green Power Conference, as well as the largest single green power users within each participating conference. At more than 496 million kilowatt-hours, the Big Ten Conference topped the list with the largest total amount of green power used among all conferences. The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, belonging to the Southeastern Conference, was the single largest user of green power at 250 million kilowatt-hours.
  • May 4, 2018

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.
  • May 3, 2018

U Maryland Students Develop Educational Recycling App

In an effort to reduce contamination in recycling and compost bins, three university students created an app, Recyclify, that teaches users how to properly separate their waste. The app provides users with a full list of recyclable and compostable items from each restaurant at the food court. It tracks students' recycling behavior and awards points that are redeemable for discounts at certain restaurants.
  • May 2, 2018

Solution Search: Behavior Change for Climate Change

Solution Search is a contest to find successful strategies for helping consumers reduce their carbon footprint through behavior change. Using the power of emotional appeals, social incentives and choice architecture, solutions should apply behavior change insights to inspire and enable people to change the way they consume. Two winners will receive $25,000 to further the solution and organization’s goals. Applications are due Aug. 7.
  • May 2, 2018

2018 AASHE Webinar Series

The remaining schedule of 2018 AASHE webinars is available. The webinars are free for anyone to join. AASHE members can access the archive of video recordings and presentation materials in the Campus Sustainability Hub.
  • May 2, 2018

AASHE Online Community: AASHE Connect

AASHE Connect is a new online platform for members to connect, communicate and collaborate with peers around the world. All members, including faculty, administrators, staff, students, and business and nonprofit representatives, are able to participate in the AASHE Connect online community. Log into the platform using your aashe.org user ID and password. To learn more, visit the Getting Started Guide, or register for the upcoming webinar on May 31 at 2 p.m. Eastern.
  • May 2, 2018

EPA Announces Campus RainWorks Challenge Winners

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign received first place in the Demonstration Project Category for integrating a variety of green infrastructure practices into a campus parking lot, while the University of New Mexico received second place. The University of California, Berkeley earned first place in the Master Plan Category for its commitment and vision in stormwater management, while the University of Maryland, College Park earned second place. The University of Arizona received an honorable mention in both the Demonstration Project and Master Plan categories.
  • Apr 30, 2018

Orange Coast College Launches Apparel Sustainability Program

After receiving interest from students and suggestions from faculty to offer more classes in sustainability, faculty members worked up a curriculum that translates to an Apparel Industry Sustainability certificate program, which will begin fall 2018.
  • Apr 30, 2018

Northern Illinois U Rolls Out Bike-Share Program

A campus bike sharing option called VeoRide launched at the end of April that offers students a free month of service, followed by discounted rates for three months. Once the three-month period ends, the service will charge its regular rate of 50 cents per 15 minutes.
  • Apr 30, 2018

U Windsor to Receive $4.5M for Energy Efficiency

In an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Ontario Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development has awarded the university $4.5 million for the replacement of eight aging air-handling units. The grant also includes funding for new LED lighting and roof insulation.
  • Apr 30, 2018

U Bath to Pay Voluntary Living Wage

(U.K.) The university is applying for formal accreditation from the Living Wage Foundation to reinforce its commitment to ensure salaries keep pace with the cost of living. The Living Wage Foundation announces living wage rates in the first week of November each year and, once accredited, the university will be committed to implementing that rate.
  • Apr 30, 2018

Academic Bicycle Challenge

The Academic Bicycle Challenge is for college and university staff, faculty and students to track their cycled miles for a chance to appear on one of eight different leaderboard types. There are two competition cycles from which to choose: June and September. Each cycle will reveal a global comparison of cycling activities between universities, academic disciplines, self-generated teams and individuals.
  • Apr 30, 2018

Three US Legislators Introduce Climate Change Education Act

U.S. Senator Edward Markey (D-MA), Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter of New Hampshire, and Congresswoman Debbie Dingell of Michigan recently introduced legislation that would create a grant program at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration aimed at promoting climate literacy. By supporting the application of the latest scientific and technological discoveries, it would promote formal and informal learning opportunities that emphasize actionable information. The grant program would also support professional development for teachers.
  • Apr 30, 2018

American U Launches Local Carbon Offset Program

The new program aims to offset the carbon emissions caused by students, faculty and staff members who commute to campus by planting and nurturing 650 trees throughout the nation’s capital. The initiative will also provide students with access to the urban forestry data from this program to inform their own field studies in urban planning and other related fields.
  • Apr 30, 2018