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2018 AASHE Conference Tours & Evening Events

Tours and evening events give participants the opportunity to see sustainability projects on local campuses, visit sustainability-related attractions in the community and learn more about the city with other conference attendees. Tours and events this year include Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper Quad Facility; the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens; Chatham University’s Eden Hall; and the University of Pittsburgh’s urban campus in Oakland.
  • Jul 16, 2018

AASHE 2018 Workshop: Organizing a Campus-Community Resilience Building Workshop

This half-day pre-conference workshop will train participants in how to organize and facilitate a community resilience building workshop. A community resilience building workshop is a community-driven process that aims to equitably improve resilience to natural and climate-related hazards. This how-to workshop will be presented by Ruby Woodside at Second Nature and Adam Whelchel at The Nature Conservancy.
  • Jul 16, 2018

U Glasgow Initiates Deposit System for Bottles & Cans

(Scotland) A newly installed machine accepts the campus community's recyclable bottles in exchange for a deposit. For every bottle that is accepted, a donation to a charity that raises funds for the university's cancer research is made.
  • Jul 16, 2018

Call for Presentations: Sustainability and Development Conference

A collaboration between the University of Michigan and the journal World Development, this international conference seeks to bring together diverse and interdisciplinary stakeholders to engage with the best approaches to implement the Sustainable Development Goals and assess progress towards them. The conference is Nov. 9-11, at the University of Michigan. The deadline for conference submissions is July 22. Free registration is available to a limited number of undergraduates. Selected students will be paired with a senior researcher whose work best aligns with the student's interests.
  • Jul 16, 2018

Director, Programs

  • Jul 16, 2018

Wild Pedagogies: Touchstones for Re-Negotiating Education and the Environment in the Anthropocene

The editors and contributors of this book explain that 'wild pedagogy' is a re-negotiated education that acknowledges the necessity of listening to voices in a more than human world, and relearning how to dwell in a place. It examines how 'wild pedagogy' can be relevant across disciplinary boundaries, offering six touchstones as working tools for educators.
  • Jul 16, 2018

Arizona State U Launches 'Carbon Project'

The ASU Carbon Project is a program that purchases carbon offset credits and supports local projects that mitigate carbon. To partially fund the carbon-reduction initiatives, the university enacted a mandatory price on carbon for all ASU-sponsored air travel at a current rate of $8 per round-trip flight. The ASU Carbon Project will begin to use these funds for carbon offset credits in 2025.
  • Jul 13, 2018

Energy Dept Announces Winners of Cleantech University Prize

A team at California Institute of Technology took first place in the Energy Department's Cleantech University Prize (Cleantech UP), while Northwestern University clinched second place and the University of Houston claimed third place. A Building Technologies Prize was awarded to a team at Princeton University, and the Department of Defense sponsored an Operational Energy Prize, which went to a team from University of Chicago and Northwestern University. Cleantech UP business plan competitions provide aspiring student entrepreneurs with the mentorship, business development skills and training, and investor feedback they need to turn their clean energy ideas into businesses offering real-world solutions.
  • Jul 9, 2018

U Winnipeg Begins Using Biomass

The university’s new biomass heating system runs on locally sourced wood pellets that are fed into two 100 kilowatt boilers. The system is expected to produce approximately 2.5 percent of the university's energy needs.
  • Jul 9, 2018

Princeton U Uses Sheep to Trim Plants at Solar Plant

Eliminating the need for toxic herbicides, gas-powered mowers or trimmers, 75 Katahdin sheep now graze at the Princeton University Solar Field thanks to a partnership with a local farmer.
  • Jul 9, 2018

Harvard U Adopts Sustainable IT Standards

The new standards focus on actionable recommendations that schools and departments can adopt in three core areas – waste, energy and practice – aimed at reducing the environmental impact of technology. The Sustainable IT Standards were created by the Green IT Working Group that comprises IT, operations and facilities professionals, in collaboration with the Office for Sustainability and Harvard University Information Technology.
  • Jul 9, 2018

U Central Florida Joins Coastal Sustainability Consortium

As part of its ongoing efforts to help develop sustainable, resilient and economically successful coastal communities while ensuring the ecological security of coastal ecosystems, the university’s National Center for Integrated Coastal Research recently became a member of the Blue Community Consortium. The consortium has developed a certification process based on global sustainable tourism criteria that emphasizes coastal-habitat protection, restoration and enhancement.
  • Jul 9, 2018

Northeast Schools Partner to Launch Sustainable Energy Training Consortium

Antioch University New England, Greenfield Community College, Keene State College, and the School for International Training started the Ecovation Hub Education and Training Consortium to bring broader sustainable economy knowledge and opportunities to the tri-state area of Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. The consortium introduced its first course this summer at Keene State College, which was a two-week program in sustainable building practices.
  • Jul 9, 2018

US EPA Releases Top 30 List of Green Power Users

The Environmental Protection Agency's Top 30 College & University list highlights the largest green power users among higher education institutions within the Green Power Partnership. The combined green power use of these organizations amounts to more than 3 billion kilowatt-hours of green power annually. Nine of the top 30 institutions are meeting 100 percent (or more) of their electricity demand with green power.
  • Jul 9, 2018

Integrating Sustainability Across the Curriculum Workshop at Innovation for Sustainability Conference

This workshop will be a hands-on workshop to identify common obstacles to integrating sustainability into the curriculum, solutions for overcoming them and highlighting best practices. It is being offered on July 22, just prior to the Innovation for Sustainability Conference at Seattle University. Participants will leave with a better understanding and clear road map for making learning easier for students and integration easier for faculty, while also knowing how to meet both STARS and accreditation requirements. Seattle University/Western Washington University are regional AASHE Centers for Sustainability Across the Curriculum. The deadline to register is July 20.
  • Jul 9, 2018

Online Sustainability Across the Curriculum Workshop

This asynchronous, online workshop, happening from July 9-Aug. 12, is designed for higher education instructors wishing to infuse sustainability (ecological stability, social equity, and economic vitality) into their curriculum regardless of the discipline. The intent of this course is to identify areas of sustainability intersection. Effective assessment of critical thinking skills, collaboration, creativity, and the ability to analyze, discuss and create solutions to real-world sustainability problems will be explored. Moraine Valley Community College is one of 13 regional AASHE Centers for Sustainability Across the Curriculum. The deadline to register is July 9.
  • Jul 9, 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.
  • Jul 9, 2018

GSA Fan Engagement Playbook

The Green Sports Alliance Fan Engagement Playbook is a guide for sustainability and sports professionals describing how to ideate, design and manage fan engagement programs that develop effective, behavior-changing fan engagement programs around environmental sustainability.
  • Jul 9, 2018

U Minnesota Duluth Adds 40 KW Solar System to Residential Apartments

After three years of planning by a student organization called the Solar University Network (SUN) Delegation, the university connected a 40 kilowatt solar electric system to the Aspen Building, part of its Oakland Apartment Complex. The installation was funded by a student service fee, the university's green revolving fund and UMD's Housing and Residence Life. The system is expected to reduce electricity costs by about $3,500 per year.
  • Jul 9, 2018

2018 Biomimicry Global Design Challenge Announces Winners

California State University at Long Beach, Cornell University, Georgia Tech, Tung Hai University (Taiwan), and the University of Utrecht (Netherlands) were recently named institutional winners of the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge, a competition that asks innovators to create nature-inspired inventions that reverse, mitigate or adapt to climate change. Over 60 teams from 16 countries entered the challenge. Finalist teams receive cash prizes and an invitation to the 2018-19 Biomimicry Launchpad.
  • Jul 9, 2018

Emory U WaterHub Receives Innovation Award

Given to the university for its wastewater reclamation and reuse system, the 2018 IDEA Innovation Award is an annual competition by the International District Energy Association (IDEA) intended to recognize energy and water savings. To date, using an ecological treatment process to clean wastewater, Emory's WaterHub has displaced over 160 million gallons of municipally supplied potable water with reclaimed water. It also provides opportunities for research and education.
  • Jul 9, 2018

South Dakota State U Becomes Bee Campus USA Affiliate

The Bee Campus USA program requires that the university promote pollinators, such as bees, butterflies, birds and bats, and their habitats on campus.
  • Jul 9, 2018

Dining Director

  • Jul 9, 2018

AASHE 2018 Workshop: Rising to Meet the Challenge of 100% Renewable Energy

This pre-conference, half-day workshop will cover a portfolio of approaches that can be part of a comprehensive renewable energy strategy including on-campus and community solar, off-site projects, aggregation, and academic integration. Providing a process for campuses to identify strategies, the workshop will assist participants in outlining key considerations appropriate to their institution's size, location and energy context. This workshop is presented by Christen Blum at Edison Energy, Ryan McPherson at University at Buffalo, Rob Andrejewski at University of Richmond, and Dennis Carlberg at Boston University.
  • Jun 27, 2018

AASHE 2018 Workshop: Biophilic Design Principles: Green Infrastructure, Nature, Harmony and Resilience

This pre-conference, half-day workshop will explore the principles of the Biophilic Effect, a psychological phenomenon that describes humans’ need be in natural environments. Using the principles of biophilia, participants will learn about approaches to architecture that connect building occupants more closely to nature through infrastructure such as vegetative roofs and walls, bioswales and infiltration gardens, and low impact development projects. The workshop will be presented by Joanne Rodriguez with GreenStructure, Ltd, and Mary Ann Uhlmann with Urban Horticulture Consulting.
  • Jun 27, 2018

Centre College to Offer Social Justice Minor

Starting in the fall of 2018, the interdisciplinary minor in social justice would require 19 credit hours in courses that discuss areas of methods, intersectionality and political economy, in addition to a number of electives covering topics of race, gender, wealth, poverty and environment. Currently, there are 11 students registered for the social justice minor, along with one student who has designed the model as a major.
  • Jun 25, 2018

Kent State U Architecture Building Receives LEED Platinum

The 107,000-square-foot building, which houses academic programs in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design, features radiant flooring, high energy-efficiency LED lighting and a planted roof.
  • Jun 25, 2018

Shepherd U & U West Indies Receive $100K Grant Each Install Solar Array on Library

The $100,000 grants, awarded on behalf of EBSCO's 2018 solar grant program, will offset the cost of installing solar panels at the two schools' libraries. Solar energy on Shepherd University's library will be the first building on campus to use net metering to offset an academic building's energy consumption, while the installation at the University of the West Indies will help the school reduce electricity supplied from conventional sources.
  • Jun 25, 2018