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U Louisville Eases Process for Staff to Change Gender Identity

The university's assistant provost for diversity recently announced to Staff Senate that employees can now update their gender identity in the human resources system without having legal documents, which were previously required.
  • Apr 18, 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 16, 2018

U North Carolina Asheville Earns Tree Campus USA Recognition

The university recently earned the new designation by meeting five standards developed by the Arbor Day Foundation that promote healthy trees and student involvement on campus, including creating a campus tree advisory committee, a campus tree plan, a campus tree program and a service learning project, and observing Arbor Day.
  • Apr 16, 2018

U North Carolina Wilmington Student Creates Wellness Campaign

UNCW sophomore Victoria Rause founded a new student organization called PERK, People Encouraging Random Kindness, that seeks to help students cope with stress by doing encouraging things for fellow students, like distributing notecards with nice thoughts written on them or passing out candy, all while teaching students to look for opportunities to promote kindness and rethink the way they view their perceived obstacles.
  • Apr 16, 2018

Indiana U-Purdue U Indianapolis Hosts Inaugural Sustainability Summit

The summit, which happened in late March, was a collaboration between the university and the City of Indianapolis Office of Sustainability. The goals of the summit were to highlight the impact of community and collaborative efforts in advancing sustainability in Indianapolis and to engage the community in creating a vision of sustainability for Indianapolis.
  • Apr 16, 2018

AASHE Workshop: Leading Deep Change in Higher Education

Hosted by Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, this workshop will introduce participants to a leadership development program designed to enable practitioners to generate deep organizational change and establish sustainability as a strategic priority. The workshop is designed to highlight and make sense of the very broad set of topics and disciplines that are relevant for leading a transformational sustainability program. The workshop is limited to 30 participants. The deadline to register is June 15.
  • Apr 16, 2018

National Wildlife Federation Campus Pollinator Pledge

The National Wildlife Federation is asking college and university students, faculty, and staff to take action on their campus to provide healthy habitat for pollinators. By taking the Campus Pollinator Pledge, campuses are committing to protect pollinators by providing healthy habitat through creation, restoration and protection efforts. Campuses that take the pledge are also committing to engage and educate their campus community.
  • Apr 16, 2018

U California Davis Releases Growth Plan Alongside an Environmental Impact Report

The university recently released an updated Long Range Development Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR), which assesses the potential environmental impacts of the proposed development plan along with new housing projects. The goal of the new development scheme is to plan for future growth in programs while targeting environmental goals in areas such as energy and water use, transportation, and waste management.
  • Apr 16, 2018

DePauw U Dining Hall Receives LEED Gold

The university's Hoover Dining Hall is a 48,600 square-foot facility that seats more than 600 people in the main dining room with an array of smaller dining rooms that provide additional seating options. Food Services implements zero waste initiatives, such as reusable carry-out boxes, trayless dining, composting and using leftover fruit peels to make infused water. The university also donates leftover food to those in need and gives a portion of its scraps to local farmers for livestock feed.
  • Apr 16, 2018

Eastern Kentucky U Introduces Dockless Bike-Share System

Designed to help students get around the Richmond campus, the university recently contracted with LimeBike to introduce 100 brightly painted green and yellow bicycles at no cost to the university, with plans to increase the fleet to 250 in the upcoming weeks.
  • Apr 16, 2018

31 Colleges & Universities Begin Higher Education Anchor Mission Initiative

The Higher Education Anchor Mission Initiative is a joint project of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities and The Democracy Collaborative aimed at developing and sharing new strategies for deploying higher education’s intellectual and place-based resources to enhance the economic and social well-being of the communities they serve. The Higher Education Anchor Mission Initiative builds on and expands the work of The Democracy Collaborative’s Anchor Dashboard Learning Cohort, in which six urban universities—SUNY Buffalo State, Cleveland State University, Drexel University, Rutgers University-Newark, University of Missouri-St. Louis, and Virginia Commonwealth University—collaborated in a multi-year process to pilot effective metrics for tracking anchor mission impact.
  • Apr 16, 2018

Call for Contributions: Competencies in Education for Sustainable Development

This special issue of Sustainability will focus on education for sustainable development (ESD) competencies. Suggested topics include the integration of ESD competencies in policies, strategies and programs, innovative pedagogical approaches to ESD competencies, processes and tools to assess ESD competencies, and professional development in ESD. The deadline for manuscript submission is Nov. 30.
  • Apr 12, 2018

Cornell U Promotes Climate Literacy for Staff

Members of the university's Employee Assembly voted earlier this month to support staff involvement and participation in campus climate change literacy policy and programs, in an effort to ensure the success of the Climate Action Plan. Highlighting the scientific consensus of global climate change, the resolution notes the impact of climate change on employee happiness and well-being. Climate change literacy was defined in the resolution as an understanding of an individual’s influence on climate and climate’s influence on individuals.
  • Apr 12, 2018

California State U System Creates Healthy Food Working Group

In an effort to offer healthier food options on campus for students, the California State Universities' Food Systems Working Group convened had its inaugural meeting in March. The meeting was attended by students, professors, technical experts, dining management staff, food producers and administrators from all 23 campuses and their respective communities. Their goal is to get more real food, defined as local- and community-based, fair trade, ecologically sound and humane, on CSU campuses.
  • Apr 9, 2018

Western U Receives $11.6M Grant for Energy Upgrades

The grant will go toward a retrofit to modify heating systems from steam to hot water in an effort to increase efficiency and reduce the use of natural gas. The change is expected to result in a 12 percent reduction in emissions from 2016 levels and an estimated cost savings of $1.5 million annually. The funding is from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Program of the Ontario Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.
  • Apr 9, 2018

Arizona State U Hosts 'Day Without Cars' Event

As part of a coordinated effort to further sustainable transportation efforts, nearly 400 university students and staff members signed a pledge to take an alternate, non-single occupancy vehicle mode of transit to campus on March 27.
  • Apr 9, 2018

Ball State U Students Create SGA Green Council

The Student Government Association voted recently to add a green council to its senate. This council will bring together environmentally-focused student organizations to collaborate on improving campus sustainability.
  • Apr 9, 2018

Call for Applications: Future Organic Farmer Education Grant

The California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) Foundation is now accepting applications for educational grant funding from students currently enrolled in the U.S. who are pursuing a career in organic agricultural production. Applications must be submitted by May 15.
  • Apr 9, 2018

U South Dakota to Offer MS & Doctoral Programs in Sustainability

The South Dakota Board of Regents recently granted the university’s request to offer both the Master of Science degree and the Ph.D. degree in Sustainability, which will be offered through face-to-face instruction with an emphasis on research.
  • Apr 9, 2018

Stetson U to Launch Minor in Sustainable Food Systems

Courses in the new minor will be taught by professors of public health, chemistry and other environmental sciences, as well as media and communication. The new minor can be paired with any undergraduate degree, and requires five courses and 20 credit hours. The new program is expected to launch fall 2018.
  • Apr 9, 2018

Stetson U Students Compile ESG Stock Index

Five university seniors in the Roland George Investments Program (RGIP) created a new index focused on environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors. In total, $300,000 was approved from the RGIP Growth Fund for investment in four of the six stocks comprising the index.
  • Apr 9, 2018

U Richmond Receives $75K Grant for Energy Management Plan

A $75,000 grant from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund will support the development of a comprehensive energy conservation management plan, including an energy audit to document energy usage and identify measures to increase efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Apr 9, 2018

U Dayton Hires Executive Director of Sustainability Institute

Ben McCall was selected to be the first executive director of the University of Dayton's Hanley Sustainability Institute. Currently a professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, McCall helped develop a project to verify carbon credits from campus emission reductions, raising nearly $1.5 million for campus sustainability efforts. He also coordinated design of and fundraising for a biomass boiler system; advocated for the first wind energy power purchase agreement for the campus; and facilitated the initiation of a student-led program to convert used cooking oil from dining halls into biodiesel. His appointment begins in mid-August.
  • Apr 9, 2018

Still Hungry and Homeless in College: Results From an Annual National Basic Needs Insecurity in Higher Education Survey

A new report out of the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Wisconsin HOPE Lab summarizes survey results from a survey of 43,000 students at 66 institutions in 20 states and the District of Columbia. The report finds that 36 percent of university students and 42 percent of community college students were food insecure in the last 30 days. In the past year, 36 percent of university students and 46 percent of community college students were housing insecure, and 9 percent of university students and 12 percent of community college students were homeless. It also shows that basic needs insecurities disproportionately affect marginalized students. The report provides recommendations for what students, campuses and policymakers can do to ensure basic needs insecurities are addressed.
  • Apr 9, 2018

Sustainability Across the Curriculum: Integrating Undergraduate Research and Community Engagement

This workshop, held at Central College from May 24-25, will introduce best practices for integrating sustainability-focused undergraduate research across the curriculum, with an emphasis on community-based research. Participants will have the opportunity to design courses with a research component as well as non-course-based research projects, such as summer research experiences and independent student-faculty projects. Central College is one of 13 regional AASHE Centers for Sustainability Across the Curriculum. The registration deadline is April 15.
  • Apr 9, 2018

Sustainability Across the Curriculum Workshop at Colorado College

This workshop, held at Colorado College from May 17-18, is designed to help faculty develop an outline or course module that broadens the sustainability course offerings at their institution. Participants engage in exercises that foster a broad and deep understanding of sustainability, including reflection, field trips, and group discussion to support the development of a greater sense of place. Faculty from all disciplines are encouraged to participate. Colorado College is one of 13 regional AASHE Centers for Sustainability Across the Curriculum. The deadline to apply is April 13.
  • Apr 9, 2018

Resources Intern

  • Apr 9, 2018

Education Intern

  • Apr 9, 2018