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U Tennessee Knoxville Initiates Smoke-Free Campus Policy

In an effort to protect the health and safety of university students, employees and visitors and to promote a healthy and safe work, educational and living environment, the university passed a smoke-free policy and procedure, which prohibits smoking in and on all university property, including smoking in private vehicles when parked or operated on university property. The policy also prohibits littering on university property with tobacco products or the remains of any tobacco products.
  • Sep 3, 2018

Lehigh U to Phase Out Plastic Straws

The university will be replacing plastic straws with paper ones across campus by Sept. 11. Plastic straw bans have raised concern among disability rights groups, which is why the university decided against a ban. Dining services staff will provide reasonable access to plastic straws for people who need them.
  • Sep 3, 2018

Sonoma State U Bans Plastic Straws

The university is enacting California's Assembly Bill 1884, which prohibits any sit-down food facility from providing single-use plastic straws to consumers unless requested by the customer. Culinary services will switch to paper straws.
  • Sep 3, 2018

Stony Brook U Joins County in Eliminating Plastic Straws

The university recently signed onto a county-wide initiative aimed at eliminating plastic straws. Instead of plastic, all campus dining locations other than Starbucks will now offer special straws made of polylactic acid.
  • Sep 3, 2018

Baylor U Removes Plastic Straws From Cafeterias

This semester the university pulled plastic straws from routine use in cafeterias operating in Baylor’s four residence halls. Students wanting a plastic straw must request one. Straws will be available for take-out orders.
  • Sep 3, 2018

Goucher College Goes Smoke- & Tobacco-Free

As part of continuing efforts to improve the health and well-being of the Goucher community, Goucher College is a smoke-free and tobacco-free campus, as of mid-July. This policy applies not only to smoking any substance, but also to the use of e-cigarettes and any form of tobacco anywhere on campus.
  • Sep 3, 2018

York College to Transition to Smoke- & Tobacco-Free Campus

Taking effect June 2019, the college will implement a full ban on smokeless tobacco, cigars, cigarettes, pipes or other smoking material and devices, including electronic cigarettes.
  • Sep 3, 2018

Sustainability and the Humanities

This book explores the links between sustainability and the humanities, which attempts to go beyond the inclusion of social sciences in discussions on sustainability, and offers a holistic discussion on the intellectual and moral aspects of sustainable development. The book reiterates the need to promote integrated approaches to sustainable development.
  • Sep 3, 2018

Virginia Wesleyan U Installs Flower-Shaped Solar Array

The university held a ribbon cutting in late August for the solar electric system in the shape of a flower. The flower was designed with a dual-axis system, which allows the modular fan to follow the sun across the sky throughout the day, always maintaining the optimal angle.
  • Sep 3, 2018

George Washington U Expands Dining Representative Program

There are now six GW Dining representatives who tweet information about on-campus dining options for students with dietary restrictions. GW Dining debuted the dining representative program last September, using students with specific diets – Kosher, vegan and vegetarian, Halal and gluten-free – to advertise dining vendors and meal options for students.
  • Sep 3, 2018

Purdue U Receives $70M to Lead Research Consortium on International Development

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) awarded $70 million to the university to lead a multi-university consortium that aims to devise evidence-based solutions for pressing development challenges. The consortium will help USAID identify research challenges across all its technical sectors and geographical locations and identify experts worldwide to answer questions about the challenges, such as food security, global health and early childhood education. Purdue’s supporting partners in the consortium are Indiana University and the University of Notre Dame.
  • Sep 3, 2018

Bowling Green State U Building Attains LEED Gold

The building that houses the university's School of Media and Communication features solar energy, automated lighting controls, a reflective roof, and native and organic landscaping.
  • Sep 3, 2018

U Wisconsin-Madison to Open Two Cultural Centers

The Latinx Cultural Center and the Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Cultural Center will open this fall. Both spaces will be supported by the Multicultural Student Center. With the addition of the two new spaces, there will now be four cultural centers on campus.
  • Sep 3, 2018

Pueblo CC to Introduce Renewable Energy Living Lab

The community college recently announced a new partnership with NextEra Energy Resources where NextEra will deliver and install 52 photovoltaic solar panels to create a 20-kilowatt solar energy system on PCC’s Pueblo campus. NextEra also will provide training and curriculum to help the college create a pipeline of skilled workers into the solar industry.
  • Sep 3, 2018

U Louisiana Lafayette Adds Composting at Football Games

As part of a larger campus-wide effort to produce zero waste, the university is replacing trash cans inside Cajun Field with stations that hold separate bins for compost and recycling. The stadium will serve food on biodegradable plates or in reusable containers instead of plastic-lined paper products. Wooden spoons, forks and knives will replace plastic utensils. Fans will consume beverages from either aluminum cans or recyclable plastic cups, and they can request compostable straws.
  • Sep 3, 2018

RIT Inspires Climate Change Modification for Minecraft

After attending a course on climate change science, technology and policy last spring at Rochester Institute of Technology, Minecraft Developer Nick Porillo created a new plugin that adds climate change factors to the game. Different elements of gameplay affect the carbon dioxide levels in the game world’s atmosphere.
  • Sep 3, 2018

2018 GameDay Recycling Challenge

Colleges and universities across the U.S. and Canada can register for the GameDay Recycling Challenge, a friendly competition that promotes waste reduction at football games. The challenge is presented through a new partnership with National Wildlife Federation, and continued partnership with RecycleMania Inc, College & University Recycling Coalition (CURC), and U.S. EPA’s WasteWise program.
  • Sep 3, 2018

U Richmond Procures Solar Energy for 100% of Its Electricity

The university has announced a partnership with sPower to construct a 130-acre, 20 megawatt solar array 50 miles away from campus. Expecting to go online in 2020, the 47,000-panel array is projected to produce 41,000 megawatt-hours of solar energy.
  • Sep 3, 2018

U Iowa Residence Hall Earns LEED Gold

The Catlett Residence Hall includes energy efficient windows and the use of natural light throughout, high-efficiency HVAC and lighting systems are controlled by occupancy sensors, and Energy Star-certified laundry, kitchen and dishwashing equipment, and low-flow plumbing fixtures. Seventy-six percent of waste was diverted from the landfill.
  • Aug 31, 2018

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  • Aug 31, 2018

AASHE 2018 Workshop: Best Practices in Integrating Sustainability and Business Education

The focus of this half-day, post-conference workshop will be integrating the B Corp Impact Assessment framework into business curriculum while facilitating cross disciplinary engagement with non-business students and faculty. Impact Assessment frameworks help businesses identify and measure the material impacts their operations have on environmental and social resources. Participants will learn how to implement their own integration activities. This workshop will be presented by Tammy Kowalczyk and Jessica Thomas from Appalachian State University.
  • Aug 31, 2018

Flinders U Installs 1.8 MW Photovoltaic Carport

(Australia) The solar electric system will go online in October and is projected to provide 20 percent of needed electricity for the university’s Bedford Park campus. It will include a charging dock for recharging planned autonomous shuttles and plug-in electric vehicles. Costing 4.895 million Australian dollars ($3.6 million) it is expected to pay for itself within seven years. Flinders' draft sustainability plan indicates its commitment to achieve zero net emissions from electricity by 2020.
  • Aug 28, 2018

Lehigh U Installs Solar-Powered Recycling & Trash Receptacles

The university is removing more than 150 open-top trash cans and replacing them with Bigbelly trash and recycle bins in an effort to cut labor and waste costs. The bins have a sensor and compactor mechanism powered by the sun that allows the material inside to be compressed when it senses the trash level is too high. Then when the bin is full, a red light blinks and trash collectors are notified through an app on their phones.
  • Aug 28, 2018

Susquehanna U Becomes Bee Campus USA Certified

The new certification signifies that the university has taken strides to support pollinators, which includes maintaining landscape spaces that attract pollinators, hosting educational events and keeping bee hives. Next steps include Susquehanna's Department of Facilities Management drafting an integrated pest management plan to govern the use of pesticides, herbicides and insecticides.
  • Aug 28, 2018

U Texas Rio Grande Valley Attains Bee Campus USA Designation

The new certification as an affiliate of the Bee Campus USA program means that the university provides healthy habitats with a variety of native plants and free of pesticides. The Lower Rio Grande Valley is an area that can especially help with butterflies, as it is home to nearly 40 percent of the 700 species of butterflies found in the U.S. The university recently added a butterfly garden on its Brownsville Campus.
  • Aug 28, 2018

U Iowa Launches Dorm Room Composting

The university launched a composting initiative for first-year and other students living in the residence halls after recent building trash audits revealed that about 30 percent of waste was organic material. The sustainability office made available 1,125 individual compost bins at a recent open house.
  • Aug 28, 2018

Pace U Moves Toward Plastic-Free Campus

The university's Elisabeth Haub School of Law will no longer use non-reusable water bottles, plastic straws, disposable plates or cutlery. Instead, paper straws, china and metal flatware will be used in the cafeteria. In addition, at all of its programs, the school will not use paper or plastic products and will provide water-bottle fill stations rather than individual plastic water bottles.
  • Aug 27, 2018

U Central Florida Introduces Bike Sharing

The bicycle-sharing company, Lime, will be providing the university with 500 bikes to start the school year. Lime will also provide maintenance without charge to the school. Bikes will be available for students, employees and visitors for 50 cents per half-hour.
  • Aug 27, 2018

Sierra Magazine Releases 2018 Cool Schools Full Ranking

This year, Sierra's Cool Schools ranking features 269 North American institutions, including, for the first time, community colleges. The annual ranking assesses colleges' environmental practices in food and transportation systems, water and waste management, purchasing procedures, academics, investments and more. Sierra based its ranking this year on scores from the AASHE Sustainability, Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS).
  • Aug 27, 2018

The Landscape of Student Housing Insecurity and Homelessness

This report highlights findings regarding the scope of student housing insecurity within the Campus Compact network. The findings are based on data from Campus Compact's Student Housing Insecurity Mapping Tool and represent a variety of institution types: rural and urban, public and private, and two-year and four-year.
  • Aug 27, 2018

AASHE 2018 Workshop: Key Competencies in Sustainability: Curriculum and Program Development

This half-day, post-conference workshop will explore questions for the field of sustainability in higher education related to key competencies in sustainability degree programs. Workshop participants will share the learning outcomes of their courses/curricula and compare these with each others and with key competencies in sustainability. The workshop aims to identify lessons learned for the future development of key competencies in sustainability and formulate next steps, including what would be useful support structures for institutions to support development and administration of sustainability programs in the field. It will be presented by Ira Feldman with the Sustainability Curriculum Consortium, and Katja Brundiers, Christopher Boone and Rod Parnell at Northern Arizona University.
  • Aug 27, 2018

ISSP CEUs By Attending the 2018 AASHE Conference & Expo

The International Society of Sustainability Professionals offers continuing education units (CEUs) to those attending or presenting sessions, workshops, tours and/or evening events at AASHE 2018, happening in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, from Oct. 2-5. Up to two CEUs can be earned by attending the conference. Additional CEUs can be earned by attending a workshop, tour and/or evening event. The last day to register online is Sept. 17.
  • Aug 27, 2018

18 Schools Earn Top Spots in 2018 Sustainable Campus Index

AASHE recently released the 2018 Sustainable Campus Index, which recognizes top-performing colleges and universities in 17 sustainability impact areas and overall by institution type as measured by the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS). The report highlights innovative and high-impact initiatives. Top performers overall by institution type are Nova Scotia Community College (associate’s), Dickinson College (baccalaureate), Green Mountain College (master’s), and University of California, Irvine (doctoral/research). The full list of top-performing institutions for each of the impact areas can be found within the report.
  • Aug 27, 2018

Oglethorpe U Matches Public Tuition Prices

Members of next year’s freshman class who meet certain benchmarks, such as cumulative grade point average and SAT or ACT test scores, will pay the in-state tuition rates of flagship universities in their home state. It’s a non-need-based scholarship program.
  • Aug 27, 2018

Portland State U to Offer Major In Indigenous Nations & Native American Studies

Starting this fall, students will have the option of majoring in Indigenous Nations and Native American Studies. The university says the major aims to offer native and non-native students alike with opportunities to study the history, values and contemporary issues of native peoples. The major will cover critical studies, tribal race theory, decolonizing methodologies, and traditional and cultural ecological knowledge, among other topics.
  • Aug 27, 2018

Yale U Adopts Policy Against Investing in Assault Weapon Retailers

The university's recently adopted policy regarding the investment of its endowment says that it will not invest in any retail outlets that market and sell assault weapons to the general public. The decision was based on the recommendation from its Corporation and Advisory Committees on Investor Responsibility.
  • Aug 27, 2018

U Iowa Allocates Benefits to Non-Tenure-Track Professors

Following months of protests and meetings with administrators, non-tenure-track faculty members at the university won expanded health insurance benefits, dependent coverage, retirement and sick leave. As of next month, visiting faculty members with half-time or greater appointments for a year or more are eligible for the same university benefits as full-time university employees.
  • Aug 27, 2018