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Cleveland State U Transitions to Compostable Tableware

The university's Dining Services recently announced that they will be transitioning to 100 percent plant-based compostable cups, plates and utensils in all dining facilities and for catered campus events.
  • Mar 5, 2018

Radford U Begins Bags for Benches Program

The university's student government association and sustainability office have partnered to collect unwanted plastic bags. The bags will be mailed to an outdoor decking and furniture company to be recycled into benches that will be placed around campus.
  • Feb 28, 2018

George Washington U Announces a Sustainable Investment Fund

The Sustainable Investment Fund is a Student Association-driven initiative focused on responsible investment and student engagement. GW will establish the fund with an initial $2 million from the university endowment and aim to engage stakeholders on issues relevant to responsible investing, including promoting and producing innovation in sustainable practices and seeking to avoid investments in the top coal, oil and gas companies.
  • Feb 28, 2018

State Of Sustainability In Higher Education 2017: Trends In Climate Change Mitigation And Adaptation

The report, from Sightlines and The Sustainability Institute at the University of New Hampshire, explores how investments in sustainability have helped campuses to mitigate and adapt to climate change and provides a series of forward-looking recommendations across four widely-adopted strategies: fuel switching, energy efficiency, space management, and mechanical upgrades.
  • Feb 28, 2018

U California Santa Barbara Earns LEED Platinum EBOM on Bren Hall

Bren Hall was first certified as LEED Platinum for new construction in 2002, and in 2009, received its second LEED Platinum certification for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance (EB O+M). During the 2016-17 academic year, students from a LEED Living Lab class broke off into teams for each of the eight LEED categories, assumed responsibility for a credit within each category, and submitted a complete application in spring 2017. The building features a white roof, daylighting and energy-efficient fixtures, a 100 kilowatt photovoltaic system, and an energy-efficient lab exhaust system.
  • Feb 28, 2018

New Issue: International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education

The latest issue contains articles about implementing sustainable development at the university level, measuring student performance on learning outcomes, a case study on mainstreaming sustainability into campus life, and three separate articles related to engineering students and sustainability.
  • Feb 26, 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.
  • Feb 26, 2018

U Newcastle Installs 2 MW Photovoltaic Array

(Australia) The 2 megawatt system will have more than 6,000 panels installed across about 25 buildings at the Callaghan campus with additional panels installed at the Ourimbah campus. The system is projected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2,800 tons of carbon dioxide.
  • Feb 26, 2018

Ohio State U Board Votes on Energy Conservation Measures

The university's board of trustees recently approved two proposals that will improve lighting at dozens of campus buildings and create a more efficient heating and cooling system for a campus laboratory building. The approved proposals are part of the university's $1 billion partnership.
  • Feb 26, 2018

Purdue U Building Earns LEED Gold

The university's Honors College and Residences building features high-efficiency heating, cooling and ventilation equipment and water saving shower and faucet fixtures.
  • Feb 26, 2018

Boston U Agganis Arena Receives Lighting Upgrade

The university recently upgraded its arena lighting to LEDs with occupancy-based controls and dimming functionality, reducing the arena’s annual lighting electricity use by 65 percent.
  • Feb 26, 2018

Webster U to Offer Bike-Share Service

The university will roll out a bike-share service to campus in March that will be free for short, two-hour trips and have a nominal cost for longer trips.
  • Feb 26, 2018

U Arkansas Little Rock Begins Bike Sharing Program

Peppered throughout high-traffic campus areas will be 200 dockless Spin bikes that are equipped with a GPS and can be unlocked using a QR code. Riders pay 50 cents per 30 minutes or $14 per month.
  • Feb 26, 2018

Lincoln College Upgrades 7000 Lights

(U.K.) As part of its commitment to improving its energy efficiency and reducing its carbon footprint, over 7,000 outdated light fixtures were upgraded to LED technology in 23 buildings across the college’s three campuses. The new technologies are predicted to reduce carbon emissions by over 605 tons annually.
  • Feb 26, 2018

NACUBO Excellence in Sustainability Award

The National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) is accepting nominations for their Excellence in Sustainability Award. This award recognizes institutions that have demonstrated excellence and innovation in finance, facilities, operations, environment, community and climate. Nominations for this award close on March 9.
  • Feb 26, 2018

U New Hampshire Appoints Professors of Practice in Sustainable Food Systems

In early February, the university named Curtis Ogden and Karen Spiller joint recipients of the Thomas W. Haas Professorship in Sustainable Food Systems, which was established in 2013 to deepen the ties between the university and the New England food system. Ogden and Spiller’s primary responsibility will be to connect the transdisciplinary work of Food Solutions New England, and in particular its racial equity work, to students, faculty and staff at UNH through lectures, workshops and collaborative scholarship.
  • Feb 26, 2018

University of Maryland Green Terp Program Expands to 13 Residence Halls

The Office of Sustainability and the Department of Resident Life partnered to expand a one-year-old pilot program, Green Terps, into 13 dorms. The Green Terps program helps students adopt sustainable practices by asking them to pick 10 different sustainable behaviors and submit their progress. Once completed, their name is written on a pledge board in the lobby of their dorm.
  • Feb 26, 2018

Columbia U Introduces Master's Program in Sustainability Science for Professionals

The new program is designed for full-time and aspiring sustainability professionals who wish to develop their skills in Earth systems observation, analysis, projection and environmental remediation. The program’s coursework is organized by the following five areas of study: integrative courses in sustainability science, methods of earth observation and measurement, analysis and modeling environmental conditions and impacts, scientific tools for responding to sustainability challenges, and sustainability policy or management.
  • Feb 22, 2018

Call for Paper Contributions: The Role of Sustainability in Universities

The International Society for Intercommunication of New Ideas invites paper contributions that offer critical reflections on the role of universities in sustainability and the role of sustainability in universities. Select papers may be presented at the thirteenth international conference of the International Society for the Intercommunication of New Ideas (ISINI) taking place at the WSB University in Wroclaw, Poland from Aug. 29-30. The deadline for a paper abstract is May 1.
  • Feb 22, 2018

Harvard U Installs Rails on Trucks to Protect Cyclists & Pedestrians

After a successful pilot to improve pedestrian and cyclist safety, university fleet technicians have begun installing side guards on all existing, eligible Harvard-owned trucks, including box trucks, and solid waste and recycling trucks. Harvard has also begun asking vendors that drive large trucks to campus to install side guards on eligible trucks as quickly as possible.
  • Feb 22, 2018

ISCN Sustainable Campus Excellence Awards: 2018 Call for Submissions

The International Sustainable Campus Network invites submissions for sustainable campus projects that demonstrate leadership, creativity, effectiveness and outstanding performance in the areas of building and innovative infrastructure, campus planning and management systems, innovative collaboration and student leadership.
  • Feb 22, 2018

Malcolm X College Health Sciences Building Earns LEED Gold

The building's sustainable features include a series of green roofs, a rain water harvesting system, and white reflective membrane roofs that deflect sunlight and significantly reduce the energy load on the building.
  • Feb 22, 2018

Call for Submissions: AASHE Sustainability Awards With New Category

The annual AASHE Sustainability Awards provide global recognition to the individuals and organizations leading the higher education sustainability movement. By raising the visibility of high-impact sustainability projects, pioneering research and outstanding leadership, the awards help to disseminate innovations and inspire progress toward environmental, social and economic health. New this year is the Lifetime Achievement Award. Submissions and nominations are due by May 11 to be considered for an award.
  • Feb 22, 2018

The Solvable Problem Challenge

PYXERA Global invites submissions for solvable problems, defined as relatable, widely acknowledged problems with solid evidence that they can be solved. One idea will be selected to become a featured track at the Global Engagement Forum: Live in October 2018, a two-day event seeking to develop cross-sector concepts that address urgent, yet solvable problems within the United Nations Global Goals. The deadline for submission is Feb. 28.
  • Feb 21, 2018

Emory U, Georgia Tech & Spelman College Lead Regional Center for Expertise on Sustainability

Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology and Spelman College will lead the newly designated regional sustainability network, RCE Greater Atlanta. Seven sustainable development goals were deemed to be priority for the Greater Atlanta region. Designated by the United Nations University, the Regional Centers of Expertise (RCE) on Education for Sustainable Development are networks of multidisciplinary stakeholders committed to implementing the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals at the local level. Other higher education institutions collaborating on the RCE Greater Atlanta include Agnes Scott College, Atlanta Metropolitan State College, Clark Atlanta University, Georgia State University, Kennesaw State University, Morehouse College and University of Georgia.
  • Feb 21, 2018

U Illinois Urbana-Champaign Launches Campus as Lab Seed Funding Program

The Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE) at the university recently announced that it will provide seed funding for faculty members to assist in preparing a proposal for external funding that will include using campus sustainability features and projects in their research related to sustainability. Specifically, iSEE wants to leverage this seed money to attract external funds that are relevant to objectives from the Illinois Climate Action Plan.
  • Feb 21, 2018

Chaffey College Installing Solar Carports Totaling 5.5MW

The soon-to-be-connected solar shade structures totaling 5.5 megawatts have been installed on parking lots at the college's main campus in Rancho Cucamonga as well as the Fontana and Chino campuses. The installation is projected to offset more than 90 percent of the college district’s annual electricity usage.
  • Feb 19, 2018

Bournemouth U Installs Solar Bus Stop Shelters

(U.K.) A new bus station hub was fitted with solar panels and real-time displays to show the departure times for all public bus services.
  • Feb 19, 2018

New York U Appoints Assistant Vice President for Sustainability

Cecil Scheib returns to NYU after nearly six years during which he served as the managing director of the Building Resiliency Task Force for the City of New York and chief program officer at Urban Green Council. He previously served as director of Energy and Sustainability at NYU from 2007 to 2012. Scheib holds a bachelor's degree in civil and environmental engineering from Stanford University, is a New York State licensed professional engineer, and is a LEED Accredited Professional.
  • Feb 19, 2018

U St. Thomas Hires First Sustainability Director

The university recently welcomed Amir Nadav as its new assistant director of campus sustainability. Nadav’s first task will be assessing the full scope of St. Thomas’ current sustainability work and using that to inform a sustainability plan.
  • Feb 19, 2018

U Toronto Commits $26.7M for Sustainability Projects

As part of a program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the university will combine $26.7 million in new funding with $15.3 million already earmarked for energy efficiency projects to complete energy measures across its three campuses. Projects include a geothermal well and upgrades to a 106-year-old central steam plant.
  • Feb 19, 2018

Loyola U Maryland Implements Zero-Tolerance Policy on Plastic Bags

In an effort to avoid being fined for recycling contamination, on Jan. 1, 2018, Loyola implemented a zero-tolerance policy on plastic bags found in campus recycling bins. The university could be fined $950 for contamination, which also includes food, liquids or non-recyclable material.
  • Feb 19, 2018

Appalachian State U Connects Outdoor Solar Charging Tables

Solar-powered picnic tables were installed outside of the university's College of Business. A gift from the Appalachian State University Renewable Energy Initiative, a student-led, student-funded organization that installs renewable energy and energy efficiency projects on campus, the three tables feature wireless charging, USB ports and regular outlets.
  • Feb 19, 2018