New APPA Energy and Sustainability Assessment Tool
Debuting this fall, the new tool is part of APPA’s Facilities Performance Indicators (FPI), which assesses and benchmarks areas related to the construction, operation and maintenance of institutional facilities. The new features will expand the annual FPI report with a "solutions snapshot" aimed at helping building owners know where they stand in terms of achieving their sustainability goals including strengths and areas for improvement. The Energy and Sustainability Assessment Tool will also provide a portfolio report that shows campus-wide performance as well as performance of individual buildings.
New Issue of Int'l Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education
Educating engineers for sustainability is the main focus of Emerald Group Publishing's latest issue of the International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education. Content includes "How to Educate Engineers For/In Sustainable Development: Ten years of discussion, remaining challenges," "Teaching Engineering Ethics with Sustainability as Context" and "Embedding of ESD in Engineering Education: Experiences from Chalmers University of Technology."
New Paper: Sustainability Challenge for U.K. Universities
"Looking through the 'Greenwashing Glass Cage' of the Green League Table towards the Sustainability Challenge for UK Universities," a new paper in Emerald Group Publishing's Journal of Organizational Change Management, aims to critically focus on the UK's People & Planet's "green league table" in order to explore to what extent such league tables contribute to the transitional and transdisciplinary challenge of ecological sustainability for universities.
AASHE Summer 2012 STARS Quarterly Review
"Innovations in Campus Sustainability" explores new and ground-breaking practices within the Innovation (IN) category of AASHE's STARS program, focusing on the unique solutions within higher education that positively impact current and future generations. With 11 institutions highlighted, this issue covers data from STARS reports submitted through June 1, 2012.
AASHE 'Higher Education Sustainability in Pittsburgh' Highlights
Supported by the Heinz Endowments, this new AASHE publication profiles the sustainability innovations of the Pittsburgh institutions that hosted campus tours during the AASHE 2011 conference. Profiled innovations include green building design, waste elimination, alternative transportation options, climate positive goals and community partnerships toward sustainability. Compiled from tour materials, surveys and follow-up interviews, this report also captures the knowledge gained and lessons learned by the tour participants.
Arbor Day Tree Campus USA Toolkit
The Arbor Day Foundation has released a new Tree Campus USA Toolkit to help institutions earn national recognition for their work to promote sustainable tree planting and management on campus.
AASHE Blog: What's Going on at Rio+20
AASHE Executive Director Paul Rowland outlines commitments including the Higher Education Sustainability Initiative and the People’s Sustainability Treaty on Higher Education, and the activities associated with the United Nations Rio+20 Conference, taking place this week in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. AASHE will be posting updates from Dr. Kim Smith of Portland Community College, who is representing AASHE at a consortium of higher education sustainability associations that are presenting the side event, Aiming Higher, Unlocking Tertiary Education's Potential to Accelerate Sustainable Development and the Transition to a Fair and Green Economy.
New Issue of Sustainability: Journal of Record
The latest issue of Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.'s Sustainability: The Journal of Record features "The Road to Rio+20," an editorial by Cristina Rumbaitis del Rio; "On the Record" with Karl-Henrik Robèrt, founder of The Natural Step; and a profile of the campus garden living laboratory at the University of Utah.
Science, Innovation and Partnerships for Sustainability Solutions
Materials including session power point presentations and videos are now available from the National Academies' "Science, Innovation, and Partnerships for Sustainability Solutions Symposium," held May 16-18, 2012. Supported by the National Science Foundation, the symposium featured experts like Oberlin College's David Orr, who examined academic and nonprofit efforts to link sustainability science and technology to action. Participants including AASHE Executive Director Paul Rowland also identified opportunities and key priorities to enhance the link between science and decision-making.
AASCU Innovations Exchange: Open Access for All
Originally only available to American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) members, this online resource is now open and available to all. The AASCU Innovations Exchange offers a repository of applied innovations on a range of topics at the campus and system level including resource management, student success, research and regional stewardship, program design and delivery, and institutional change processes.
Chemistry Education Research and Practice: Sustainability Issue
Featuring articles including "Sustainable Development and Green Chemistry in Chemistry Education" and "Green Chemistry Teaching in Higher Education: a review of effective practices," the latest issue of the Chemistry Education Research and Practice journal explores a variety of ways to incorporate sustainability in chemistry curriculum.
Interactive EcoMotion Campus Greening Presentation
"Sustainable Horizons: Solutions for Campus Greening," produced by sustainability advising company EcoMotion, is a two-hour, customized presentation designed to raise awareness of sustainability issues on campus and get the ball rolling toward solutions. The workshop aims to equip audiences with a new understanding of the root problems driving today's environmental and human crises, and to feel empowered to take action on campus.
NCSE Environmental Internship Clearinghouse Portal
The National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) has created an environmental internship clearinghouse that enables university students to search for internships in the environmental field, and provides a forum for internship providers to tap into a community of qualified applicants.
New Blog: Branding AASHE - It's Roundup Time Out West
" I see you work for AASHE; what’s that? For the past few years, I have been asked this question by a wide variety of people. Although I’ve got my own 'elevator speech' for an answer, I’ve often wondered if that speech represented a shared understanding of AASHE’s identity," writes AASHE Executive Director Paul Rowland in a new blog about AASHE's upcoming launch of a new visual identity and brand messaging. He explains the impetus and process behind the introduction of new logos and messaging, and encourages the higher education community to think about how AASHE's new identity phrases might help explain AASHE to others. Stay tuned for the new logo and other visual identity elements in AASHE Bulletin in the near future.
AASHE '2011 Higher Education Sustainability Review'
AASHE's latest review quantifies successes in the higher education sustainability movement while looking at the challenges ahead. Through the lens of AASHE Bulletin stories in 2011, this review reveals an increased focus on higher education access, affordability and success; more green building efforts than ever; and growing campus community engagement with food security initiatives, among many other achievements. Contributors include Lumina Foundation's James Applegate, Sustainability Education and Economic Development (SEED) Center's Todd Cohen, Ball State University Council on the Environment's Robert J. Koester, and the University of Vermont's Mieko A. Ozeki. The review also takes a look at "what's next," profiling four innovative campus-community partnerships toward resilient, secure, sustainable communities to keep an eye on in the coming years. Stay tuned for an e-book version that will be able available to both members and non-members soon.
SEI Investment Primer on Green Revolving Funds
As part of its Billion Dollar Green Challenge initiative, the Sustainable Endowments Institute (SEI) has released an Investment Primer on green revolving funds. The free resource is designed for senior financial officers, boards of trustees’ investment committees, and key decision makers who wish to know more about developing a green revolving fund that matches their institution’s resources, goals and programs. The primer answers the most-asked financial questions that come up when considering the development of a green revolving fund.
New Issue of Sustainability: Journal of Record
The latest issue of Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.'s Sustainability: The Journal of Record features a new web-based campus carbon calculator; "A Manifesto for Sustainable Capitalism" by Al Gore; and a framework for thinking about educational innovation with regard to universal sustainability.
NWF Campus Ecology Greener Campus Webinar Series Archive
"Student Sustainability Educators: A Guide to Creating and Maintaining an Eco-Rep Program on Your Campus," co-produced by AASHE and the National Wildlife Federation's Campus Ecology program, is the latest webinar found in the Campus Ecology Greener Campus Webinar Series archive. Featuring leading practitioners in conservation and sustainability fields, the archive includes topics like LEED on campuses, sustainability in the curriculum and green jobs.
New Issue: Int'l Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education
The latest issue of this Emerald Group Publishing journal looks at the importance of industrial ecology in engineering education for sustainable development, applying the "ecocity" model to develop green university and college campuses, and user-driven innovation for sustainability.
NWEI Course Book: Powering a Bright Future
This new Northwest Earth Institute (NWEI) discussion course book addresses energy and its related issues: access, security, production and environmental impacts. Featuring authors including Lester Brown, Richard Heinberg, Amory Lovins and Sandra Steingraber, the book is designed to spark discourse on energy production and extraction, peak oil, fossil fuel subsidies, energy efficiency, equity, energy policy and environmental impacts.
Princeton Review Releases 2012 Guide to Green Colleges
The Princeton Review, in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council, has released its annual guide to the greenest institutions in North America. The resource profiles 322 higher education institutions that demonstrate notable commitments to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation. The free publication includes statistics and facts on each institution's use of renewable energy sources, recycling and conservation programs, availability of environmental studies programs and green jobs career guidance.
ACUPCC 'Celebrating Sustainability' Series
The American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) is recognizing 15 colleges and universities in April that exemplify the initiative's mission to re-stabilize the earth's climate through education, research and community engagement in a new Celebrating Sustainability series. The signatories that will be celebrated include Allegheny College (Pennsylvania); Arizona State University; Austin Community College (Texas); Georgia Institute of Technology; Haywood Community College (North Carolina); Pratt Institute (New York); Luther College (Iowa); Montgomery County Community College (Pennsylvania); Mount Wachusett Community College (Massachusetts); SUNY Upstate Medical University; University of California, Irvine; University of Central Missouri; University of Louisville (Kentucky); Weber State University (Utah); and William Paterson University (New Jersey).
Strategies to Address the Rising Cost of Higher Education
The 2012 installment of Presidential Perspectives, a higher education leadership series written by and for college presidents and published by ARAMARK, is focusing on the innovations, best practices and strategies that colleges and universities are embracing to address the rising cost of higher education. One chapter will be released each month.
New Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences Article
The newest issue of the Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences features a campus sustainability case study at the University of Michigan. "Building Sustainability Change Management and Leadership Skills in Students: lessons learned from 'Sustainability and the Campus' at the University of Michigan," reveals that while student learning and project “success” are not directly correlated, students gain a deep understanding of change management complexity and build leadership skills, as well as confidence, while bolstering their resumes.
New STARS Spring 2012 Quarterly Review
Based on data from submitted STARS reports, AASHE's first STARS Quarterly Review offers a big-picture outlook on how diverse institutions are tackling challenges and capitalizing on opportunities to advance sustainability. Due to the growing number of STARS participants, AASHE will now publish quarterly reviews that capture the insights and knowledge gained from STARS reports.
New Facilities Manager Magazine with Sustainability Theme
Themed "Environmental Sustainability," the latest issue of APPA's Facilities Manager Magazine examines whether current campus climate efforts are enough. In his lead article, "Cool Campuses?!" (available as a free download), Walter Simpson says that the movement for campus climate action deserves high grades, but a greater effort is needed to address the growing climate crisis.
New Guide to Creating and Maintaining Eco-Rep Programs
This step-by-step guide, co-published by AASHE and National Wildlife Federation’s (NWF) Campus Ecology program, takes readers through the design, implementation and evaluation stages of an Eco-Rep program. The publication includes brief descriptions of actual programs and their best practices; case studies of successes and roadblocks; activity, event, marketing and outreach examples; and Eco-Rep recruiting tools, sample job descriptions, and other resources.
New Journal of Sustainability Education Issue
The just-launched 2012 issue of the Journal of Sustainability Education, a peer-reviewed, open access interdisciplinary e-journal from the Institute for Sustainable Social Change and the sustainability education Ph.D. program at Prescott College (Arizona), is themed "The Geography of Sustainability." New content includes "A Tale of Two Sustainabilities: Comparing sustainability in the global North and South to uncover meaning for educators" and "A Note on Urban Sustainability-Education Nexus" from the University of Memphis (Tennessee).
U Toronto Carbon Professional Path Workshop
The University of Toronto's (Ontario) Centre for Environment has partnered with HRCarbon to offer a "Carbon Professional Path" workshop in May 2012. Preparing participants for the CSA Standards greenhouse gas inventory quantifier certification, the workshop will cover the requirements of inventory quantification and quality management and reporting.
AASHE Expands Member Resources with Int’l Partners
With the goal of fostering a global dialogue around higher education sustainability, AASHE has partnered with Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS) and the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC) to share member resources. Members from each organization will now have access to all resources including publications, e-newsletters and networks, as well as sharing good practice from around the globe on issues such as resource efficiency, education, waste minimization and sustainability reporting.
GUNi Report: 'Higher Education's Commitment to Sustainability'
The Global University Network for Innovation (GUNi) has released the fourth report in its Higher Education in the World series: "Higher Education's Commitment to Sustainability: from Understanding to Action." Analyzing the link between sustainability and higher education, the publication includes trending topics, good practices and a map of how regions around the world are advancing sustainability. The publication also explores the main barriers that prevent the transformation of higher education institutions towards contributing to the sustainability paradigm, and highlights possible solutions.
USGBC White Paper: Impact of School Bldgs on Student Health
Higher education faculty, graduate and doctoral students who wish to pursue study in the area of school buildings and childhood health may be interested in this recently released white paper, "The Impact of School Buildings on Childhood Health and Learning: A Call for Research." The paper, released by the U.S. Green Building Council's Center for Green Schools in partnership with the McGraw Hill Foundation, is designed to be an accessible account of current research in this field, an assessment of research needed, and a summary of how individual groups can support the effort to draw connections between where students learn and their health and learning outcomes.
AASHE Interview Series: Small Planet's Frances Moore Lappé
AASHE talks with Frances Moore Lappé, founder of the Small Planet Institute, about her newest book, "EcoMind: Changing the Way We Think to Create the World We Want." Lappé discusses the importance of thinking critically about how different messages and metaphors impact our choices, and shares stories of her encounters with campus sustainability.
Bioneers Resource: Mapping Local Food & Energy Systems
Bioneers has released its "Dreaming New Mexico Methods" booklet, designed to provide tools, insights and tips on how to map existing food and energy systems, and how to imagine what an appropriate energy or food system might look like in the future. The free resource, designed to serve as a case study for higher education students, offers tips on social entrepreneurship and what one may encounter in attempting a project of this kind.
New Issue of Sustainability: The Journal of Record
The latest issue of Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.'s Sustainability: The Journal of Record looks at why the Living Building Challenge should be the new policy for every higher education institution in an interview with Cascadia Green Building Council CEO Jason McLennan. The issue also explores how to turn higher education budget cuts into sustainability opportunities, and profiles Portland State University's (OR) interconnected web approach to integrating sustainability into the curriculum with students as key players.
USGBC Higher Education Sustainability Profiles
Designed as examples to advance higher education sustainability practices at other institutions, the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) Center for Green Schools has debuted a series of campus sustainability best practice profiles. The PowerPoint presentations, which include speaker notes, showcase stand-out stories and initiatives like Evergreen State College's (WA) partnership with Washington's Department of Corrections to reduce the operating costs of their prisons and provide green collar job trainings for inmates and staff.
AASHE Releases STARS 1.2
AASHE has released STARS 1.2, a version of STARS with minor substantive changes to the previous version, STARS 1.1. Minor changes include changing reporting fields associated with a credit; modifying criteria or definitions within a credit; and modifying how points are calculated for individual credits. Changes were recommended by Technical Advisor Work Groups and STARS staff in response to STARS participants’ questions and comments regarding STARS 1.1. All institutions registering after Feb. 8, 2012 will be required to use STARS 1.2.
AASHE Campus Sustainability Data Collector
As announced in January, AASHE has created a new Campus Sustainability Data Collector (CSDC) that eliminates the need for institutions to complete four separate surveys by collecting all campus sustainability data in one place. The CSDC, now available on AASHE's Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) website, allows any higher education institution to report sustainability data and share it with The Princeton Review, Sierra magazine and the Sustainable Endowments Institute.
AASHE's 'Higher Education Occupation' Project
The voices of students, faculty, staff and administrators across the country are featured in AASHE's new "Higher Education Occupation" project. To help better understand the motivations of the Occupy Movement, AASHE asked the higher education community: "What does the Occupy Movement mean to you in the context of higher education sustainability?" Here are their answers. For those that didn't have a chance to share their voice on this topic, it's not too late! AASHE will include the Higher Education Occupation project in its upcoming 2011 Higher Education Sustainability Review. AASHE welcomes entries through March 15.
New AASHE Guest Blog: To Revolve or not to Revolve?
The latest AASHE guest blog features Joe Indvik, a 2010 graduate of Dartmouth College (NH) who helped design and implement a $1 million green revolving loan fund on campus. Indvik shares his perspective on this increasingly popular and innovative tactic for financing sustainability projects and generating monetary savings on campus.
Inaugural Issue of RIT Journal of Environmental Sustainability
The Rochester Institute of Technology (NY) has launched the Journal for Environmental Sustainability, a new publication with editorial staff from around the globe and informational articles about current understandings and trends within the field of environmental sustainability. The journal includes a broad selection of theoretical papers, applied research, case studies and commentaries by professionals in the field of environmental management.
Journal of Global Responsibility Special Issue: EfS in Business
Emerald Group Publishing Limited's The Journal of Global Responsibility has released a special issue on education for sustainability in business curriculum. "Nurturing Responsibility: Connecting Business Practice, Education and Sustainability" showcases examples of emerging good practice and includes a critical discussion of the broader contexts and initiatives that are guiding innovation in this area. Daniella Tilbury with the University of Gloucestershire's (UK) International Research Institute in Sustainability examines this issue in the lead article, "Today becomes Tomorrow: Re-thinking Business Practice, Education and Learning in the Context of Sustainability."
ACUPCC 'Campus Climate Leadership: Reports from the Field'
Released by the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), "Campus Climate Leadership: Reports from the Field (October 2008 - December 2010)" is a compilation of articles drawn from issues of its monthly newsletter, the ACUPCC Implementer, and other organizations implementing sustainability strategies. Articles written by experts and practitioners include examples, best practices and relevant stories from the education for sustainability movement over the past two years.
New Issue of Sustainability: The Journal of Record
The latest issue of Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.'s Sustainability: The Journal of Record includes a Q&A with Majora Carter, the founder of an economic consulting firm and nonprofit Sustainable South Bronx, who talks about instilling real change through group collaboration. AASHE's Niles Barnes takes a look at the innovations and sustainability champions honored during the annual Sustainability Awards at the AASHE 2011 conference. Part two of a roundtable discussion, "Race, Environment, and Sustainability," addresses the politics of race and urban environments and the movement of localization and global solidarity.
SEI Green Revolving Fund Case Study Series: U Colorado Boulder
The ninth installment of the Sustainable Endowments Institute's new series, Green Revolving Funds in Action: Case Studies of 10 Colleges, features the University of Colorado Boulder's green revolving fund. In partnership with AASHE and other organizations, the series takes a look at how innovative green revolving funds save energy and "grow money" at higher education institutions.
Education for Sustainability: Guides for Teaching and Learning
In an effort to provide a framework for enhancing teaching and learning in sustainability, the Sustainability Team at the University of Gloucestershire (UK) has released two installments of its Education for Sustainability (EfS): Guides for Teaching and Learning series. A Guide for University Managers on Needs and Opportunities explores strategic needs, benefits and the potential for EfS in the curriculum and in partnership with external organizations. A Guide for Educators on Teaching and Learning Approaches provides orientation on the aims and principles of EfS to inform curriculum development work.
New AASHE Resource: Conference Materials Database
AASHE has made available all of the conference posters, panels and presentations from AASHE 2011 in Pittsburgh and AASHE 2010 in Denver in one searchable database. Conference materials can be searched by conference year, category, organization, session type and keyword. Blog posts, photos and videos can also be found on the AASHE conference website. Stay tuned for details about AASHE 2012, slated for Oct. 14-17 in Los Angeles.
New and Improved AASHE Campus Sustainability Officers Web Page
AASHE has released a new and improved web page, Resources for Campus Sustainability Officers, featuring professional development opportunities, example job descriptions, sustainability staffing surveys and other resources to help build the profession and facilitate the work of sustainability officers.
New SEED Sustainable Ag, Transportation Resources
The American Association of Community College's (AACC) Sustainability Education and Economic Development (SEED) Initiative has debuted two new resources to help educators develop and enhance green job training programs and courses. The Sustainable Ag., Food & Land sector includes organizations and resources that integrate environmental, social and economic factors into land use, food preparation and land specific practices. The Transportation & Fuels sector covers the area of electric and hybrid vehicle development and maintenance, natural gas, fuel cells, battery storage and renewable fuel sources including ethanol, biodiesel, algae and methane.
New AASHE Blog: Higher Education's Future - Not Failing the 3R's
"As I look at the future of higher education I see three things institutions must do better to survive (not just succeed but survive)," writes AASHE Executive Director Paul Rowland in this new blog. Incorporating Relevance, Responsibility and Relationships, Rowland describes the "3R" framework that he sees as essential to the future of higher education.