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Fair Trade Campaigns National Conference Partnership

Fair Trade Campaigns is accepting partners for their national conference, happening March 23-25, 2018, in Washington, D.C. Any campus that commits to financially supporting five or more students to attend the conference will be recognized through various promotional and advertising schemes.
  • Nov 30, 2017

Colgate U Initiates Green Fund for Sustainability Projects

The university's new Green Revolving Loan Fund was seeded with $230,000 and aims to reduce the university’s carbon footprint. Funded projects must reduce carbon and provide a return on investment. Colgate has committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2019, the university’s bicentennial.
  • Nov 29, 2017

Colgate U Class of 1965 Arena Earns LEED Gold

The new athletics facility includes water-saving technology, specialized climate controls, and recycled and locally sourced building materials. The university relied on paints, adhesives and other building materials that have no or low volatile organic compounds.
  • Nov 29, 2017

U Nebraska-Lincoln Installs Ventilation Technology for Efficiency

Several buildings on campus now use Aircuity, a technology that monitors the ventilation rates of buildings for optimal level of airflow to save energy and maintain air that contains low contaminants. It is estimated that Aircuity can reduce lab energy use by 40 to 60 percent.
  • Nov 29, 2017

U Hawai'i Explores Tariff for Renewable Energy Projects

To help the university achieve its net-zero energy goal and bring more cost-effective, renewable energy resources online, the university is working with local power companies to explore the possibility of a tariff that would go toward projects to increase renewable energy generation, improve grid capacity for renewables and lower energy costs for the university.
  • Nov 27, 2017

Middlebury College to Buy Biogas From Local Cow Farm

A new college partnership will deliver renewable natural gas to the college's main power plant. The gas will be produced at a local farm in an anaerobic digester using cow manure and food waste, and will travel by pipeline to the college. The college will purchase approximately 100 million cubic feet (100 Mmcf) of gas annually.
  • Nov 27, 2017

Mindanao State U Installs 141 KW Photovoltaic Array Plus Storage

(Philippines) In an effort to provide reliable, continuous power to the university, a new 141-kilowatt solar electric system was installed along with batteries.
  • Nov 27, 2017

Medicine Hat College Gets $215K Grant for Microgrid

The college was recently awarded $215,000 for planning a $2 million renewable microgrid on campus. The college intends to install a solar parking lot canopy and electric vehicle charging station. Called the Community Renewable Energy Microgrid Demonstration Project (CREMDP), the installation will act as an equipment testing site for innovators and serve as a learning lab for students.
  • Nov 27, 2017

Denison U to Construct 2.3 MW of Solar Electricity

In an effort to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels, the university is currently completing a solar project using 6,750 photovoltaic panels with a 2.3-megawatt capacity. The panels are on university-owned land while the arrays are owned by a power company. Under the agreement with the power company, the university will purchase all of the generated electricity.
  • Nov 27, 2017

U California Riverside Raises Solar Canopies Totaling 4.3 MW

The new solar canopies, with a combined capacity of 4.3 megawatts, will provide shade and LED lighting for 2,450 parking spaces. UC Riverside does not own the panels but will purchase the electricity they produce from a third party.
  • Nov 27, 2017

Herkimer County CC Adjuncts Vote to Unionize

Some 68 percent of adjunct professors who voted recently approved of the bid to form a union affiliated with Service Employees International Union.
  • Nov 27, 2017

U Exeter Joins Circular Economy Network

(U.K.) The university recently joined the Ellen MacArthur Foundation as a Pioneer University, a program that seeks to accelerate the transition to a circular economy by engaging academics to research new business models to overcome environmental and economic challenges.
  • Nov 27, 2017

Medical U South Carolina Converts Street to Greenway

The university and a team of partners are reclaiming a street on campus to establish it as a space for people to walk, sit and relax. Called the Charleston Medical District Greenway, it will become a natural area with trees and gardens that enables patients to heal more quickly, as well as a gathering place for people visiting and working in the hospitals.
  • Nov 27, 2017

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 publications include:
  • Nov 20, 2017

U South Florida St. Petersburg Installs 40 KW Solar System

The university unveiled a 40-kilowatt solar array carport, which was completed in partnership with Duke Energy Florida and was funded by the Student Green Energy Fund. The system is projected to power about 15 percent of the new biology and chemistry labs on campus.
  • Nov 20, 2017

Bates College EcoReps Construct 3 KW Photovoltaic Project

Doubling the capacity of a system installed in 2016 on the Bates Coastal Center, the colleges EcoReps installed 12 new solar panels to complete a six-kilowatt photovoltaic array that is estimated to produce 100 percent of the building's electrical needs. Bates’ sustainability office covered the cost of the 2017 installation, which was approximately $10,000.
  • Nov 20, 2017

Gavilan College to Connect 1.4 MW of Solar Electricity

The 1.4-megawatt solar electric system will be installed across two of the college's largest parking lots before the end of 2017 and enhanced by a 250-kilowatt (500 kilowatt-hour) energy storage solution. The system is expected to save the college $12.5 million in energy costs over 30 years. The Gavilan Joint Community College District will own the solar power system along with the associated renewable energy credits.
  • Nov 20, 2017

U Buffalo Coordinates 100 MW RE Community Initiative

A renewable energy initiative being spearheaded by the university aims to invest in the city’s urban core, while reducing energy costs for some Buffalo-area anchor institutions. Called Localizing Buffalo’s Renewable Energy Future, the plan calls for the creation of 100 megawatts of renewable energy, mostly in the form of solar power, by 2020. Other participating higher education institutions are SUNY Buffalo State and Erie Community College.
  • Nov 20, 2017

Hampshire College Chronicles Its Mission-Based Endowment Investing

A case study released by Intentional Endowments Institute describes Hampshire College's policy and process for aligning its endowment investments with its nonprofit mission and values. The case study also reveals how the college developed its investment policies with staff and student engagement.
  • Nov 20, 2017

Fordham U Professors and Postdoctorals Vote to Form Union

After an agreement was signed by the administration and non-tenure track faculty that allowed for a free and fair election, adjunct faculty, full-time non-tenure track faculty, and postdoctoral fellows recently voted 16-to1 to join Service Employees International Union.
  • Nov 20, 2017

Catawba College Participates in US EPA Air Quality Flag Program

The college now participates in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Air Quality Flag Program designed to help the community be aware of and respond to air quality conditions by flying one of five various colored EPA flags on a daily basis. The flag color is determined by the Air Quality Index (AQI) color that corresponds to the expected level of air pollution for that day.
  • Nov 20, 2017

Corporate Knights Releases 2017 Greenest Campuses in Canada Index

A new index released in October used data from AASHE STARS (Sustainability, Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System) to produce a top 10 ranking of Canadian institutions of higher education. The ranking was based on 13 indicators: building area and clean air management, green certified building space, environment friendly dining certification, clean energy, Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool score, green purchases on cleaning products and office paper, green transportation, commuting, waste and water management, and sustainable investing.
  • Nov 20, 2017

ISCN 2018: Call for Abstracts

Abstracts that include topics related to any aspect of sustainability and higher education institutions are being accepted to the 2018 International Sustainable Campus Conference, themed Sustainable Development: Acting With Purpose. The 2018 International Sustainable Campus Conference will be held at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, June 11-13, 2018, in Stockholm, Sweden. Abstracts are due by Dec. 15.
  • Nov 20, 2017

U Virginia to Open Community Food Space

The Morven Food Lab at the university's Morven Farm will be both a physical space and an organizational structure that aims to bring together food-related initiatives across the university, including the UVA Food Collaborative, the University’s Sustainable Food Strategy Task Force, the Morven Summer Institute and the Morven Kitchen Garden, and from within the community.
  • Nov 20, 2017

U Montreal Launches Support Program for Fair Trade

The university launched a financial support program designed to encourage and support the promotion of fair trade and campus outreach on fair trade issues by allocating $2,000 toward select projects. The Fair Trade Student Initiatives Project is managed by students and funded by the Sustainability Office and students association.
  • Nov 20, 2017

Southern Connecticut State U to Install 3 Photovoltaic Arrays Totaling 1 MW

The 1 megawatt photovoltaic project is expected to provide approximately 4 percent of the university's annual electricity consumption. Planned for completion in 2018, the more than 3,000 panels will be installed in three arrays: as a combination ground mount and carport array, and a rooftop array on the west side of campus.
  • Nov 17, 2017

Lehigh U Signs Real Food Campus Commitment

By signing the Real Food Campus Commitment, the university pledges to purchase at least 20 percent of its food annually from local/community-based, fair, ecologically sound, and humane sources by 2020. Becoming a signatory is aligned with the food purchasing goal captured in its 2020 Campus Sustainability Plan.
  • Nov 17, 2017

International Study on Sustainable Procurement at Universities

The Inter-University Sustainable Development Research Program and World Sustainable Development Research and Transfer Center invite responses on an international study on sustainable procurement among universities. The study attempts to understand the extent to which sustainable procurement is currently being considered or practiced by universities around the world.
  • Nov 17, 2017

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  • Nov 17, 2017

Fulcrum Awards

The Fulcrum Awards aims to recognize excellence in the design, construction, planning and advocacy communities that highlights groundbreaking work toward a resilient future. Submissions will be accepted through Dec. 31.
  • Nov 14, 2017

Making College Affordable: Providing Low-Income Students With the Knowledge and Resources Needed to Pay for College

The report examines the numerous barriers preventing low-income students from enrolling and persisting in college, including concerns over high tuition and fees, lack of clarity on award amounts and duration, and a limited understanding of how financial aid works. It also offers institutions 11 best practices to help students pay for college and stay in school.
  • Nov 13, 2017

North American Association for Environmental Education Announces Award Winners

Jacqueline S. McLaughlin at Pennsylvania State University won the Higher Education Educator of the Year Award, and Constance Russell of Lakehead University won the Outstanding Contributions to Research in Environmental Education Award.
  • Nov 13, 2017