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US Youth Delegation for UN Climate Talks

SustainUS invites students to apply to be part of the U.S. youth delegation at the 2018 climate talks, COP 24, taking place from Dec. 3-14, 2018, in Poland. To apply for this delegation, applicants participate in the SustainUS Climate Justice Challenge. The challenge asks for applicants to publicly share their work and stories of resilience with their communities, networks and the wider movement.
  • Apr 30, 2018

U Massachusetts Boston Releases Report on Climate Resilience Financing

In April 2018, the university's Sustainable Solutions Lab released a report, Financing Climate Resilience Report, that looks at different financial mechanisms for climate resilience. It provides recommendations for the city of Boston and the region on how to pay for climate adaptation investments and suggests that funding needs to be leveraged at the federal, state, municipal and district levels.
  • Apr 30, 2018

College William & Mary Issues Apology for Slavery & Discrimination History

The William & Mary Board of Visitors adopted a new resolution that includes an apology for the college’s history as it relates to exploiting slave labor and racial discrimination. Since 2009, the college has been investigating the college's role in perpetuating slavery and racial discrimination through a project called The Lemon Project. The project, named after a man who was once enslaved by the College of William & Mary, is a multifaceted and dynamic attempt to rectify wrongs perpetrated against African Americans by the college through action or inaction. A major effort that will soon formally get underway is a design competition for a memorial on the Historic Campus honoring the enslaved.
  • Apr 27, 2018

Energy Dept Announces Zero Energy Student Design Competition Results

Prairie View A&M University was deemed the grand winner of the U.S. Department of Energy's Race to Zero Student Design Competition, a competition that challenges collegiate teams to apply sound building science principles to create cost-effective, market-ready designs for zero energy ready homes and schools.
  • Apr 27, 2018

American U Becomes Carbon Neutral

The university achieved carbon neutrality two years earlier than expected through a combination of on-site renewables, a renewable energy partnership in North Carolina, and carbon offsets. The university relies solely on renewable energy for its electricity.
  • Apr 27, 2018

Harvard U Graduate Assistants Vote for Union

Graduate students at Harvard University voted 1,931 to 1,523 to form a union affiliated with the United Auto Workers. The election, held earlier this month, was the second on the union issue, as a 2016 vote proved inconclusive.
  • Apr 27, 2018

Early Childhood Education Programming and Pathways to Stewardship and Kinship Model at Fleming College

This workshop, held at Fleming College on June 8, will focus on experiential learning in the natural environment, including tools, practical examples and case studies regarding the Pathways to Stewardship & Kinship Framework and Fleming College’s Eco-Mentorship model. These programs focus on delivering early childhood education programming with a focus on sustainability. The deadline to register for this workshop is May 8. Fleming College is one of 13 regional AASHE Centers for Sustainability Across the Curriculum.
  • Apr 26, 2018

New Campus Sustainability Hub Resources

The Campus Sustainability Hub is a one-stop shop for AASHE members to access toolkits and resource collections in all aspects of sustainability in higher education. With advanced search filtering, this key member benefit is designed to facilitate information sharing between campuses and organizations. Recently added journal articles include:
  • Apr 26, 2018

U Maryland Pilots Compostable Paper Straws

During the month of April, the Maryland Dairy at the Stamp Student Union piloted using compostable paper straws. The pilot program was initiated by the general manager and supported by the student-led group Sustainable Ocean Alliance.
  • Apr 26, 2018

U Maryland Installs Wall of Plants in Library

In an effort to inspire creativity and support well-being, living plants now cover the surface of an interior wall at the university's McKeldin Library as part of a series of renovations to the library’s busy first floor. The bio-wall project was partially funded by students through the University Sustainability Fund.
  • Apr 26, 2018

U Louisville Launches Student Sustainability Fund & Philanthropy Program

The new fund allows finance students to participate in socially responsible investing by selecting funds, investing real dollars, managing the fund and voting their proxies. Then, social change students use the proceeds to fund local nonprofit or philanthropic projects either on or off campus. The inaugural beneficiary was a local non-profit organization dedicated to housing and mentoring youth who are in the state's custody and aging out of the foster care system.
  • Apr 26, 2018

Fleming College to Receive $12.1M for Sustainable Energy Projects

Thanks to funding from the provincial government, the college will get nearly $12,147,000 in infrastructure and research funding, a portion of which will be used to install a new geothermal heating and cooling system at its Sutherland Campus as well as rooftop solar and wind energy.
  • Apr 23, 2018

Loyola U Maryland Joins Beyond Benign Green Chemistry Program

Challenged to join the program by John Warner, Ph.D., founder of Beyond Benign, Loyola’s department of Chemistry recently signed up for Beyond Benign’s Green Chemistry Commitment program, which commits the department to incorporating green chemistry into the curriculum.
  • Apr 23, 2018

U Tennessee Replaces Paper Towels With Hand Dryers

A total of 1,034 hand dryers will be installed in restrooms of academic buildings across campus. Paper towels will remain in break rooms, kitchens and labs. This project aims to reduce waste and paper towels, which make up more campus waste than any other single item. Hand dryers will also result in less labor to clean and maintain restrooms, reduce transportation for deliveries of paper towels, save liners, a costly custodial supply item, and prevent litter and overflowing trash cans in restrooms.
  • Apr 23, 2018

Two U Notre Dame Buildings Earn LEED Gold

Undergraduate residences Flaherty Hall and Dunne Hall contain high-efficiency faucets, shower heads and toilets, and used regionally sourced building materials. During the construction of both residence halls, project managers eliminated and minimized waste as much as possible, and reused materials when feasible in the construction of the halls.
  • Apr 23, 2018

Keene State College Students Organize On-Campus Food Bank

When students from two campus organizations learned last semester that food insecurity is a problem for some Keene State students, they secured a location for a new pantry, the Hungry Owl, and launched a nonperishable-food drive. The space has a fully operational kitchen in which organizers hope to add services like cooking nights or providing recipes or assembling pre-made meals.
  • Apr 23, 2018

Colorado State U-Pueblo Building Receives LEED Platinum

More than 80 percent of the construction materials for the General Classroom Building were recycled on the job site and flooring, drywall and ceiling tiles in the building all include recycled content. Water-saving plumbing fixtures were installed and indoor water use was reduced by 38 percent compared to a similar building designed to code. The existing campus solar array provides approximately 15 percent of the building’s electricity.
  • Apr 23, 2018

Bowling Green State U Buildings Achieves LEED Gold

University Hall features LED light fixtures, water-efficient plumbing fixtures, better indoor air quality, and more natural light, reducing the building's energy footprint.
  • Apr 23, 2018

UK's National Union of Students Awards $140K to Student Projects

(U.K.) The National Union of Students' (NUS) Student Eats Program recently awarded over $138,000 (100,000 British pounds) to projects at nine universities in an effort to help scale-up programs that help students to grow food and develop food-based social enterprises.
  • Apr 23, 2018

U North Carolina Asheville Offers Free Summer Courses

In an effort to help students reduce student debt, the university is now offering students who are one or two classes shy of junior or senior status (60 or 90 credits) free summer courses to encourage them to complete the 120 credits required to graduate in four years.
  • Apr 23, 2018

How Colleges are Tackling Affordability

The news articles in this compilation from Inside Higher Ed explore college affordability in public and private higher education. It covers state actions to make higher education more affordable, online learning, promoting a three-year graduation timeline, and emphasizes how students' decisions about selecting a school can impact their debt. A webinar on May 15 will cover the themes of this resource.
  • Apr 23, 2018

Protecting Academic Voice, Intellectual Freedom, and Diversity in an Era of Media Intimidation

This workshop will be presented at the 2018 Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS) conference on June 20. The workshop concerns the growing media attacks upon academic faculty publishing or speaking publicly on environmental issues objectionable among some political conservatives. The workshop will include personal statements by victims of these attacks, a description of common attack strategies, discussion of resources available to individuals subject to these assaults and the AESS’ contribution to these resources.
  • Apr 23, 2018

U Illinois Chicago Releases Climate Action Implementation Plan

The new Climate Action Implementation Plan includes seven strategies that integrate the university's goals for carbon neutrality, zero waste, net zero water, and creating a biodiverse university. The strategies cover energy, transportation, natural systems and ecosystem services, materials and waste, curriculum and engagement, and climate resiliency. The portfolio of solutions will be implemented over the next 10 years through 2028.
  • Apr 23, 2018

Five Colleges Create Renewable Energy Partnership

Amherst, Bowdoin, Hampshire, Smith and Williams Colleges have formed the New England Colleges Renewable Partnership, an effort that will facilitate the development of additional solar electricity generation. The planned project will allow them to offset 46,000 megawatt-hours per year of their collective electrical needs from a new solar power facility to be built in Farmington, Maine.
  • Apr 23, 2018

Bowdoin College Achieves Carbon Neutrality

Two years ahead of schedule, the college has achieved carbon neutrality through a variety of campus energy projects, campus engagement, regional carbon offsets and renewable energy credits, with additional contributions from changes to the Maine electrical grid. The college has reduced its on-site carbon emissions by 29 percent compared to a 2008 baseline.
  • Apr 20, 2018

Grand Challenges of Conservation: Western Science & Indigenous Wisdom

This workshop, being held May 14-16 at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, aims to design project-based curriculum with an emphasis on learning outcomes assessment, place-based learning, and meeting of wisdoms between Western Science & Indigenous Wisdoms. This event is a professional development opportunity for faculty that includes collaborative and individual work time to draft practical, usable research and course designs. The deadline to register is May 1. The University of Hawai'i is one of 13 regional AASHE Centers for Sustainability Across the Curriculum.
  • Apr 20, 2018

Sustainability Across the Curriculum Workshop at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

This intensive faculty development program, being held from May 18-19, brings together faculty from all fields to explore the shifts in pedagogy needed to incorporate sustainability concepts, problems, or solutions into new or existing courses. Registration is open through April 27. University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is one of 13 regional AASHE Centers for Sustainability Across the Curriculum.
  • Apr 20, 2018

Deadline to Apply May 1: AASHE Workshop: Sustainability Professionals Retreat

One week remains to apply for this AASHE workshop designed to support and advance sustainability professionals’ vision, energy, capabilities and support system as a sustainability change agent on campus. With a focus on flow, systems thinking, skills-building and strengthening relationships and community, attendees will explore important trends in the higher education and how to position sustainability as a solution driver. The deadline to apply is May 1.
  • Apr 18, 2018

AASHE Sustainability Awards: Call for Submissions Reminder

Each year, AASHE bestows its awards on institutions and individuals who demonstrate a commitment to higher education sustainability. Submit an entry by May 11 for your chance to be recognized through this esteemed program.
  • Apr 18, 2018

AASHE Event: Sustainability, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Workshop

This workshop is designed for attendees to return to their campus with an understanding of how to integrate sustainability, diversity, equity and inclusion on their own campus. It is designed for faculty, administrators, staff and student activists of all disciplines. The deadline to register is June 8.
  • Apr 18, 2018

Hampshire College Appoints a Sustainability Officer as President

Miriam E. Nelson, PhD. comes to Hampshire College as its seventh president from the University of New Hampshire, where she has served as deputy director of the Sustainability Institute since 2016. Prior to the UNH, Nelson spent over three decades at Tufts University where she served on the faculty and was chair of the faculty at Tisch College of Civic Life, founded the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, published over 100 scholarly papers and presented at hundreds of conferences nationally and overseas, and was health and nutrition adviser to the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, and Agriculture.
  • Apr 18, 2018