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AASHE Receives Award for Exemplary Workplace Practices

AASHE was recently given the prestigious When Work Works Award, part of the Society for Human Resource Management’s When Work Works project, a national initiative that helps employers become more successful by transforming the way they view and adopt effective and flexible workplaces. AASHE was evaluated on factors associated with employee health, well-being and engagement; opportunities for learning; a culture of trust; work-life fit; supervisor support for work success; autonomy; and satisfaction with earnings, benefits and opportunities for advancement.
  • Jul 4, 2017

Florida International U Places Recycling/Food Donation Hubs Across Campus

New visually appealing collection bins have been installed across campus to accept small electronics, plastics and food donations. Previously, cardboard boxes were used to collect food donations.
  • Jul 4, 2017

GSA Announces 'Environmental Innovators of the Year' Award Winners

The Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis received Environmental Innovator of the Year from Green Sports Alliance for converting one of its athletic facilities to zero waste, while Oregon State University won the award for creating a sustainability team of athletes that educate fans on recycling, seek to compost all team meals and install light timers on electronics to save energy.
  • Jul 3, 2017

Leading for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education Online Course

This online course is for higher education professionals who are currently working or interested in issues of diversity, equity and inclusion on college campuses. Some objectives of the course are to understand the historical narrative of institutions and institutional structures that have created instances of inclusion and exclusion in colleges and universities, and being able to describe how transformational leadership is enacted for diversity, equity, and inclusion in a complex and contested environment.
  • Jul 3, 2017

NC BOG Attempts to Ban Students From Practicing Litigation in Law School

The North Carolina Board of Governors has proposed a ban on litigation efforts by the UNC Center for Civil Rights at the law school of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which takes on legal cases of school desegregation, fair housing and environmental justice for poor and minority clients. Several board members want to prohibit the center from filing legal claims and lawsuits, saying it is inappropriate for the center to represent clients in court against other government entities. Some UNC and N.C. Central University law school leaders say barring the centers and clinics from engaging in legal action would effectively end those student training opportunities, potentially leading to questions from the American Bar Association.
  • Jul 3, 2017

Purdue U, St. John's U & Towson U Win RecycleMania's 2017 Campus Engagement Case Study Competition

Purdue University won the Waste Minimization category; St. John's University won the Food Waste Reduction category; and Towson University won the Education and Awareness Campaign category. Unlike traditional RecycleMania categories that rank based on recycling, food waste or trash weights, this is a judged competition that recognizes schools based on the creativity and impact of their efforts. North Lake College and Stanford University won honorable mention.
  • Jul 3, 2017

Haverford College Requests Suppliers Use Pallets Made From Paper

Seeking innovative ways to reduce their carbon footprint, the college recently sent a letter to all its suppliers asking for deliveries to campus to be made on lightweight, recyclable corrugated paper shipping pallets. Haverford's initiative comes one year after Change the Pallet wrote to the presidents of more than 300 U.S. colleges and universities. The letter calls on colleges to use their buying power to encourage or require suppliers to ship to campuses on corrugated pallets to further reduce emissions and waste.
  • Jul 2, 2017

Towson U Achieves Energy Goal Three Years Early

The university joined the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge in 2013, setting a goal to reduce energy consumption 20 percent by 2020, which it achieved this spring. The energy savings were achieved through a mix of major projects and smaller improvements that resulted in incremental energy reductions year after year, such as a lighting upgrade to nearly 35,000 light fixtures and installation of over 10,000 occupancy sensors.
  • Jul 2, 2017

Northwestern U Performs Outdoor Lighting Upgrade

As part of its commitment to reducing its carbon footprint, the university is replacing all of its outdoor lighting with energy-efficient LED bulbs and installing a dimming system. When the two-part project is completed in 2019, the university expects to save over 300,000 kilowatt-hours per year, avoiding roughly $40,000 in energy costs.
  • Jul 2, 2017

U Maryland Hosts Inaugural Competition Designed to Solve Agricultural Issues

Earlier this spring, the university's College of Agriculture & Natural Resources hosted an innovation and entrepreneurship competition for students to submit business ideas that address pressing challenges such as food safety, energy conservation, green infrastructure and environmental protection.
  • Jul 2, 2017

Act on Climate: Steps to Individual, Community and Political Action

Act on Climate: Steps to Individual, Community, and Political Action is an online course designed to help participants understand, address and respond to climate change as individuals and in partnership with their communities and political leaders. Designed by students, faculty and learning specialists, the course focuses on how to translate learning into action on climate change in the areas of food, energy, transportation and the built environment.
  • Jul 2, 2017

Call for Proposals: Washington & Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference 2018

The Washington & Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference (WOHESC) is currently accepting proposals for speakers, sessions and case studies around the theme of Equity & Diversity: Planning for Equitable Actions through Climate Resilience. The event is scheduled to take place Feb. 6-8, 2018 in Portland, Oregon. The aim of WOHESC is to enliven the role of higher education in the future of Washington and Oregon and the role students play in a future world. The deadline for submission is July 17.
  • Jul 2, 2017

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 2, 2017

New Campus Sustainability Hub Resources

The Campus Sustainability Hub is a simple, intuitive and centralized platform that houses best practices, course materials and comprehensive lists including research centers and institutes, publications, outreach materials and more. With advanced search filtering, this key member benefit is designed to facilitate information sharing between campuses and organizations. Recently added publications include:
  • Jun 26, 2017

Hawai'i CC Pālamanui Gets LEED Platinum

The 24,000-square-foot classroom building includes: on-site photovoltaics for electricity; sustainable water technology, including a living, natural wastewater recycling system; certified sustainable wood; and low-emitting paints and adhesives.
  • Jun 26, 2017

New Issue: The International Journal of Management Education

The latest issue of The International Journal of Management Education is a special issue focused on the Principles for Responsible Management Education. Research articles address a wide variety of topics, including the role of business schools in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the Sustainability Literacy Test, service learning, and pedagogy for responsible management education.
  • Jun 26, 2017

New Book: News From the Front of Sustainable University Campuses

New From the Front of Sustainable University Campuses attempts to untangle and test how universities can help the localities and societies in which they operate transition toward carbon neutrality, societal sustainability and resilience to climate change. Strategies highlighted include policies and action plans, management programs, new interdisciplinary and cross-cutting committees, bottom-up governance structures and green teams, and advanced IT systems for energy management.
  • Jun 26, 2017

U Wisconsin Madison Meets Student Needs With Food Hub

The UW Campus Food Shed is a new program that gives students and faculty access to free vegetables and produce, stocked by university agriculture researchers and local farms with excess crops. Many of these excess crops would otherwise be composted or thrown out.
  • Jun 26, 2017

U Winnipeg Regents Approve New Responsible Investment Policy

Created and approved by the university’s foundation, the responsible investing policy ensures that environmental, social and governance factors guide endowment investment decisions. The foundation plans to include regular updates on the application of its responsible investing policy in its quarterly investment reports.
  • Jun 26, 2017

Pennsylvania State U Professor Earns Climate Communication Award

Michael Mann, distinguished professor of atmospheric science and director of the Earth System Science Center at The Pennsylvania State University will receive the seventh annual Stephen H. Schneider Award for Outstanding Climate Science Communications from Climate One. The $15,000 award is given to a natural or social scientist who has made extraordinary scientific contributions and communicated that knowledge to a broad public in a clear and compelling fashion.
  • Jun 26, 2017

Johns Hopkins U to Receive $150M for Civic Engagement

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation has committed $150 million to establish the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University, a joint effort to address the deterioration of civic engagement worldwide and facilitate the restoration of open and inclusive discourse. As an academic and public forum, the institute will bring experts from different fields together to examine the dynamics of societal, cultural and political polarization and develop ways to improve decision-making and civic discourse.
  • Jun 26, 2017

U North Carolina Chapel Hill Wins $1M Prize for Commitment to Equity

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation recently awarded the university the 2017 Cooke Prize for Equity in Educational Excellence, an honor that bestows a $1 million gift. The Cook Prize recognizes achievement in enrolling low-income students and supporting them through graduation. The university will match the foundation’s award through private funding, and will use the $2 million to support efforts that benefit low-income students.
  • Jun 26, 2017

California State U San Marcos to Go Smoke/Tobacco-Free

In an effort to protect and promote the health and well-being of the campus community, the university will become a completely smoke- and tobacco-free campus beginning in fall 2017. Electronic cigarettes will also be banned. The effort will be aided by a $20,000 grant as part of the American Cancer Society and the CVS Health Foundation’s Tobacco-Free Generation Campus Initiative, a $3.6 million effort to accelerate and expand smoke- and tobacco-free campuses. The funding will be used for educational material, supplies and personnel essential to implement and evaluate the initiative.
  • Jun 26, 2017

AASHE Member Discount Expires Soon: Complimentary Access to ACCO Training Resources

AASHE members can receive complimentary trial access to a subset of the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO) online training resources that address challenges related to climate change and sustainable energy. ACCO will provide up to three individual accounts on its online training portal to each institution. The offer expires June 30.
  • Jun 26, 2017

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  • Jun 26, 2017

Investor Blueprint to Incorporate ESG Factors Into Portfolios

In response to the U.S. government’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement, the Intentional Endowments Network released a blueprint for investors to align with the Paris Climate Agreement by incorporating environmental, social and governance factors into investment portfolios.
  • Jun 26, 2017

Radford U Launches Faculty Workshop to Expand Sustainability in Curriculum

In May, the university held its first workshop designed to support faculty in revising existing courses or creating new curriculum to include sustainability components and outcomes. Participating faculty received a stipend for developing sustainability curriculum and a plan for implementation.
  • Jun 22, 2017

Wilfrid Laurier U Receives Recognition for Sustainable Energy Management

The Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change recently honored the university with its Minister's Award for Environmental Excellence for putting in place a series of innovative energy conservation measures to reduce energy consumption while improving efficiencies and functionality of space. To date, the initial phase of the Laurier Energy Efficiency Program (LEEP) has reduced the university’s current energy consumption by approximately 40 percent. LEEP is a multi-campus energy management program designed to reduce the consumption of all utilities across the Laurier’s campuses.
  • Jun 22, 2017

U Idaho Receives LEED Gold for College of Education Building

The College of Education building was built in 1969 and recently underwent a two-year, $17 million remodel, which features glass walls throughout to allow for daylighting across all five floors and incorporates design elements that help create community.
  • Jun 22, 2017

East Carolina U Receives Tree Campus USA Designation

The university has officially earned the Tree Campus USA designation by the National Arbor Day Foundation for the first time in university history. University staff worked over the past year to meet Tree Campus USA standards, which include having a Campus Tree Advisory Committee and a tree care plan.
  • Jun 22, 2017

Delaware Technical CC Completes 1.3MW Solar Installation

The college has completed the installation of a 449-kilowatt carport and a 296-kilowatt (kW) rooftop array on its Terry Campus and two rooftop arrays totaling 585 kW on the Owens Campus. The four arrays, along with 806 kW of previously installed solar systems, provide approximately 12 percent of the annual energy needs of four of the college’s campuses.
  • Jun 19, 2017

U Rhode Island Launches Certificate in Energy Economics and Policy

Launched earlier this year, the university’s newest certificate program provides students with skills for the green energy sector by providing training in energy economics, management and policy. The program is open to full and part-time undergraduates and can be pursued as a stand-alone certificate, or combined with most academic majors to create an interdisciplinary learning experience.
  • Jun 19, 2017

Western Michigan U Earns LEED Platinum on Building Renovation

The university renovated Heritage Hall, which opened in 1905, in an effort to turn the least energy-efficient building on campus into one of the most efficient. The building now contains geothermal heating and cooling, LED lighting, energy-efficient windows and a high level of repurposed historic building materials. The energy-saving elements make make the hall more than 50 percent more efficient than buildings that use more traditional elements.
  • Jun 19, 2017

U Kentucky Scores LEED Gold on Academic Building

The building utilizes water-efficient plumbing fixtures, which reduce water use by 42 percent compared to a baseline model, and is 26 percent more energy efficient than the baseline model. More than 40 percent of materials used in the renovation were regional and all adhesives, sealants, paints, composite woods, sealers and floor systems are low- or no-VOC (volatile organic compounds) emitting materials.
  • Jun 19, 2017

Madison Area Tech College to Construct 1.4MW Photovoltaic System

The technical college plans to contribute $1.8 million to a grant from a local utility to build a 1.4-megawatt solar photovoltaic system, which is projected to avoid approximately $200,000 per year in electricity costs. The construction and maintenance of the system will contribute to the college's renewable energy curriculum program.
  • Jun 19, 2017

U Michigan to Roll Out Tuition-Free Program

The new financial aid program for in-state students offers a guarantee of free tuition for up to four years for students with family income of up to $65,000, which is roughly equal to the state's median family income. Recently approved by the university's Board of Regents, the new program will launch in January 2018.
  • Jun 19, 2017