Opportunities

EPA 2011 Game Day Challenge

Registration is open through September for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's 2011 Game Day Challenge. Open to any college or university in the U.S., the EPA initiative challenges schools to design a waste reduction plan for one regular season home football game and measure the results. The amount of waste generated and recycled will determine which school is the greenest of the gridiron.
  • Posted Sep 13, 2011

Biomimicry Institute Student Design Challenge

The Biomimicry Institute invites submissions for its 2011 Student Design Challenge, open to students from any university. Students are challenged to use biomimicry to design a solution that improves energy efficiency, and ultimately reduces greenhouse gas emissions, ideally in the student's own local area. Teams must register by Oct. 1, 2011 to participate.
  • Posted Sep 6, 2011

Call for Papers: Greening of the Campus IX

Ball State University (IN) invites abstract submissions for its "Greening of the Campus IX: Building Pedagogy" conference. The event will take place March 18-21, 2012. Faculty, students, administrators, facilities professionals and others working in campus sustainability are encouraged to share their interpretation of the conference theme as it relates to policies, operations and practices; events, programs and opportunities; clubs, organizations and groups; courses, minors and degrees; and campuses, buildings and spaces. Abstracts should be between 250 and 300 words and will be accepted through Oct. 14, 2011.
  • Posted Aug 30, 2011

Ithaca College Online Sustainability Leadership Certificate

The Professional Certificate in Sustainability Leadership from Ithaca College (NY), offered in partnership with AASHE, is for practitioners who want to apply best practices in leading sustainability initiatives. The certificate catalog features 12, two-week seminars delivered online - anytime, anywhere - with open enrollment. The program currently has three upcoming seminars that will take place Sept. 8-24, 2011. "A Systems Approach to Sustainability" will cover awareness of sustainability as a multidimensional, dynamic interaction between interrelated and interdependent elements in an organization. Participants in "Establishing Sustainability as an Organizational Purpose" will learn how to implement a sustainability branding strategy for their organization that defines their values and interactions. "Marketing Metrics that Matter" will provide an orientation to qualitative research methods and their use in designing and implementing tools and methods for identifying high value opportunities. The registration deadline for all is September 8 and discounts are available for AASHE members.
  • Posted Aug 30, 2011

Spring 2012 Sustainability Studies Semester in Thailand

The International Sustainable Development Studies Institute is now accepting applications for its spring 2012 study abroad semester in Thailand, including the newest study site in Laos. Designed in partnership with local communities, courses focus on the link between culture, ecology and sustainable development. The institute offers academically challenging coursework in unique learning environments from backpacking into remote upland tribal villages to sea kayaking and skindiving the islands of Southern Thailand. The deadline for applications is Oct. 14, 2011 and the early application deadline is Sept. 12, 2011.
  • Posted Aug 30, 2011

Call for Papers: Symposium on Campus Sustainable Development

Papers are invited for the World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities in June 2012, planned as a parallel event to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. The symposium, to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, aims to provide institutions around the world with the chance to present works including curriculum innovation, research, activities and practical projects as they relate to education for sustainable development at the university level. Attendees will discuss methodological approaches and projects that aim to integrate the topic of sustainable development in the curriculum of universities and have the chance to network and explore possibilities for cooperation. A special issue of the International Journal of Sustainable Development will feature selected papers from the conference and the latest volume of the book series, "Environmental Education, Communication and Sustainability," will also include papers from the conference. Abstract submissions are due by Sept. 30, 2011.
  • Posted Aug 23, 2011

Real Time Farms' Food Warrior Internship Program

Real Time Farms, a crowd-sourced online food guide, is currently accepting applications for its fall 2011 Food Warriors Internship Program. Starting September 12, the part-time internship will provide an experience-based opportunity to interact with farmers, visit farmers markets and write for the Real Time Farms blog. Real Time Farms is looking for five students or recent graduates for this unpaid internship, which may qualify for school credit. Through integrative work with all parts of the food system, interns will gain an understanding of regional food sourcing and agricultural production practices. Applications will be accepted through Aug. 24, 2011.
  • Posted Aug 23, 2011

AASHE Bulletin Reader Survey

AASHE would like to hear from its Bulletin readers! Please take a moment to fill out this brief survey, which will take about 10 minutes to complete. The questions are designed to learn how readers interact with the AASHE Bulletin format and content, and will help inform any future content and/or design changes. Please submit your answers by Aug. 18, 2011 . For any questions, please contact [email protected]
  • Posted Aug 16, 2011

AASHE Seeks Education Steering Committee Members

AASHE invites individuals at member institutions to apply for openings on its new AASHE Education Steering Committee (ESC). The ESC will provide guidance and feedback on the strategic and fiscal direction of AASHE Education projects, initiatives and resources supporting the advancement of sustainability in higher education, and oversight regarding AASHE efforts to lead the transformation of educational practices (including the curriculum) to ensure that all students acquire the knowledge, skills and dispositions to meet sustainability challenges. Committee members should possess an understanding of the AASHE mission and goals and familiarity and significant experience with the transformation of educational practices; successful professional development approaches and curricular change processes; and the development, assessment and evaluation of EfS learning outcomes.
  • Posted Aug 16, 2011

Call for Case Studies: NWF Campus Ecology

National Wildlife Federation's (NWF) Campus Ecology program is calling for case studies that showcase campus sustainability practices and global warming solutions for the 2010-2011 school year. Case studies will be featured in NWF's "ClimateEdu: News for the Green Campus" newsletter and as illustrated reports in an online searchable case study database. Submissions are due by Aug. 20, 2011.
  • Posted Aug 9, 2011

Call for Stories: Global Edition of the AASHE Bulletin

AASHE will publish the fifth edition of its semi-annual AASHE Bulletin: Global Edition in August. We invite press releases and news article suggestions from institutions outside the U.S. and Canada for inclusion in the upcoming issue. The Global Edition covers the continued strides made by college and university campuses around the globe toward sustainability in areas including new sustainability educational programs, waste reduction efforts, public engagement initiatives, green buildings, climate and energy initiatives and more. Institutions from nearly 15 countries were represented in the March 2011 issue and we'd like to hear from even more. To submit an item for consideration, email a hyperlink to the news story or press release that is posted online to [email protected] with the subject line, “global edition.” The deadline for submissions is Aug. 11, 2011.
  • Posted Aug 9, 2011

USGBC Classroom to Boardroom Mentorship Opportunity

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Classroom to Boardroom Diversity Mentorship program aims to provide highly individualized executive-level mentoring to undergraduate students interested in sustainability or green building from members of USGBC's Board of Directors. Students will be provided with the tools and guidance necessary to become successful professionals in sustainability-related fields, and advocates for this work in their communities. The deadline to apply is Sept. 2, 2011.
  • Posted Aug 9, 2011

Northwest Earth Institute EcoChallenge

Registration for the Northwest Earth Institute's EcoChallenge 2011 is now open. The event, to be held Oct. 1-15, 2011, will challenge students, faculty and staff to choose one action in the areas of water, trash, energy, food or transportation to reduce their environmental impact and stick with it for two weeks.
  • Posted Aug 2, 2011

Call for Papers: Building a Global Future Conference

Co-sponsored by West Chester University (PA) and Universidad Nacional at Heredia (Costa Rica), the Knowledge Crossing Borders conference is seeking conference workshop papers that focus on border-crossing perspectives in broad contexts. Themed "Building a Global Future through Research and Innovative Practices," the international conference will examine how knowledge crossing regional and international borders creates both challenges and opportunities for cooperation, change, creativity and innovation. Paper topics may be related to tracks including sustainability, technology and science, globalization and transnationalization in higher education, and funding models for higher education. The conference will take place May 29 - June 3, 2012 in West Chester, Pa.
  • Posted Aug 1, 2011

EAUC 'LiFE' Sustainability Performance Webinars

The Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC) has announced the launch of its Learning in Future Environments (LiFE) program, a comprehensive performance management and benchmarking tool developed specifically to help colleges and universities manage, measure, improve and promote their social responsibility and sustainability performance. EAUC will host a series of webinars in September and October designed to give participants an overview of the program and to gain feedback from the higher education sector.
  • Posted Aug 1, 2011

AASHE Seeks Board of Directors Nominations

The Nominations Committee of AASHE's Board of Directors invites AASHE members to nominate candidates to fill several slots on the board. The full board holds multi-day, in-person meetings at least once a year (usually twice), and holds bimonthly phone meetings. In addition, each board member is expected to participate in at least one board committee. Committees meet by phone an average of six times per year, depending on their respective work agendas. Overall, board members should expect to contribute an average of five to 10 hours per month to AASHE. The closing date for nominations is August 23, 2011. Before nominating yourself or someone you know, please read the Description of Role and Responsibilities of AASHE Board Members.
  • Posted Jul 26, 2011

Dept. of Energy Student Clean Energy Business Competition

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced $2 million in available funding for the National University Clean Energy Business Challenge. This nationwide initiative will create a network of regional student-focused clean energy business creation competitions whose winners will compete for a national grand prize in early summer 2012. The funding will support up to six regional competitions that will mentor and train students from across the country to develop successful business plans to create a new generation of American clean energy companies. Applications are due on Aug. 22, 2011. Selections are expected to be made before the end of September 2011.
  • Posted Jul 26, 2011

EPA Seeks Students for 'ecoAmbassador' Program

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is launching its OnCampus ecoAmbassador program on Sept. 1, 2011. Students are encouraged to participate in the program, a chance for higher education students to green their campuses and promote environmental awareness. Students can educate their peers through informational events or initiate environmental change on their campus through longer-term projects. Past ecoAmbassadors have improved recycling efforts, organized Earth Day celebrations, initiated composting programs and worked to certify campus buildings as Energy Star compliant. Students benefit by developing valuable leadership, research and teamwork skills in addition to working closely with an EPA program to build awareness. The highest achieving students will have the opportunity to visit EPA offices and meet with EPA staff and leadership.
  • Posted Jul 26, 2011

Real Food Challenge to Host National Campus Food Day

The Real Food Challenge (RFC) is partnering with the Center for Science in the Public Interest to plan the first-ever Food Day across campuses nationwide on October 24, 2011. The event aims to bring attention to the issues of obesity, supporting sustainable farming and making real food available to everyone. On Food Day, RFC will launch its GET REAL! Campaign, an effort to get every school in the nation to sign its "Real Food Campus Commitment." The commitment will work to ensure healthy food, fair working conditions, transparency and a $1 billion dollar shift of existing campus food budgets to fair, local and sustainable farms and food businesses. RFC is seeking students, staff and faculty members to be campus coordinators for the event. Coordinators will receive support, help and advice from the RFC office and each individual campus event will be recognized during Food Day.
  • Posted Jul 12, 2011

Deadline Extended: USGBC Research to Practice Program

The Call for Interest deadline has been extended to July 15, 2011 for the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) Research to Practice Program. The program engages interdisciplinary collegiate teams in investigative green building research that will aggregate in-depth analyses of the built environment to inform and educate peer institutions. Research will take place in fall 2011.
  • Posted Jul 5, 2011

Ithaca College Online Sustainability Leadership Certificate

The Professional Certificate in Sustainability Leadership from Ithaca College (NY), offered in partnership with AASHE, is for practitioners who want to apply best practices in leading sustainability initiatives. The certificate catalog features 12, two-week seminars delivered online - anytime, anywhere - with open enrollment. The program currently has two upcoming seminars that will take place July 14-30, 2011. Participants in "Communicating the Organization's Sustainability Efforts" will learn the technical knowledge and judgment to assure that sustainability reports highlight the documentable priorities and achievements of the organization. "The Sustainability Coordinator as an Organizational Change Agent" will enhance proficiency in the use of facilitation, persuasive communication and collaboration toward sustainable business processes. The registration deadline for each is July 14 and discounts are available for AASHE members.
  • Posted Jul 5, 2011

Dept. of Energy Funding Opp: Industrial Assessment Centers

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) invites funding proposals for its Industry Assessment Center (IAC) program, a workforce development initiative aimed at creating the next generation of energy engineers with a mixture of engineering and energy management expertise. Currently funded in the amount of $1 million annually, the DOE is expanding the program to $6 million per year for the next five years ($30 million total). As a result, 20 to 30 colleges and universities throughout the U.S. will be selected as IACs. Each IAC will provide extensive training for undergraduate and graduate engineering students in industrial processes, energy assessment procedures and energy management principles. Proposals are due on August 2, 2011. For questions, use FedConnect. You must be a registered user in the system and submit questions by sending messages in your FedConnect email box.
  • Posted Jun 28, 2011

Deadline Extended: AASHE 2011 Awards Program

The deadline has been extended to June 24 for the 2011 AASHE awards program. AASHE is accepting applications in six categories that will be presented at the "AASHE 2011: Creating Sustainable Campuses and Communities" conference. New this year are the Faculty Sustainability Leadership and Innovation in Green Building awards. These join the existing Student Sustainability Leadership and Student Research on Campus Sustainability awards, and the "Best" and "Oops!" categories of the Campus Sustainability Case Study award.
  • Posted Jun 21, 2011

EPA 'Apps for the Environment' Challenge

Colleges and universities are encouraged to participate in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) "Apps for the Environment" challenge. An effort to encourage the development of innovative environmental applications for people and communities, the challenge invites the information technology community to create applications that help people make informed decisions about environmental issues that can affect their health. Winners will receive recognition on the EPA website and at an event in Washington, D.C. in the fall where the winning apps will be presented to senior EPA officials and other interested parties. The public will also vote for a "People's Choice" winner. Submissions are due by Sept. 16, 2011.
  • Posted Jun 21, 2011

'Building Community in the Long Emergency' Summer Course

Schumacher College's (UK) "The Road Ahead: Building Community in the Long Emergency," to be held June 27 - July 2, 1011, will focus on what communities can and are doing to create maximum resilience and sustainability in a time of change and instability. Featuring Oberlin College's (OH) Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics David Orr and Steve Mayer, chair of the psychology department and the peace and conflict studies program, this summer course is open to the public and will look at the larger theoretical issues of psychology, philosophy, economics and politics. Also featuring Transition Town Totnes and Transition Network co-founder Rob Hopkins, the majority of this course will focus on issues of food, energy, shelter, water and economy at a scale commensurate with neighborhood, community-wide and regional action, and how these might be linked into effective networks at regional, national and global scales.
  • Posted Jun 14, 2011

Call for Interest: New USGBC Research to Practice Program

The U.S. Green Building Council invites interdisciplinary college and university research teams to participate in its new Research to Practice Program, designed to engage collegiate teams in investigative green building research that will aggregate in-depth analyses of the built environment to inform and educate peer institutions. The scope of the project is open to one building, multiple buildings or neighborhoods, which can include LEED-certified, LEED-registered or non-LEED buildings. The Call for Interest closes June 30, 2011, with research scheduled for fall 2011.
  • Posted Jun 14, 2011

American Public Power Student Research Grants

Students studying energy-related disciplines in the U.S. or Canada are invited to apply for one of 10 American Public Power Association student research grants/internships in conjunction with its Demonstration of Energy-Efficient Developments (DEED) Program. Provide assistance to DEED member utility sponsors, the $4,000 grants support students and increase awareness of career opportunities in public power. Applications are due by October 15 and February 15 each year.
  • Posted Jun 7, 2011

Antioch U New England Conservation Psychology Institute

Antioch University New England (NH) will host a new Conservation Psychology Institute, a week-long event to bring together students, scholars and faculty to explore how the tools of psychology can be used in conservation and sustainability practices. Slated for July 25-29, 2011, participants will look at what determines environmental worldviews; effective behavior change; and the psychological benefits of restorative natural settings. The registration deadline is June 24.
  • Posted Jun 7, 2011

Call for Applications: Focus the Nation Recharge! Retreat

Focus the Nation College invites students between the ages of 18-28 who have a passion for clean energy to apply for Recharge! The organization will select and fund 20 rising clean energy leaders for the August 2011 retreat, a week-long event on Mt. Hood in Oregon where participants will explore the skills needed to stay committed to clean energy throughout the entirety of their careers through collaboration with critical counterparts and multi-sector counterparts. The organization will choose young leaders in the areas of technicians, innovators, politicos and storytellers. Applications are due by June 22, 2011.
  • Posted Jun 7, 2011

Call for Submissions: Australasian Campuses Sustainability Conf

Australasian Campuses Toward Sustainability (ACTS) invites abstracts from the sustainability community for its 2011 conference. Themed "Sustainability as Core Business: Building the Case for Change," the September event will reflect the new direction of ACTS by moving away from a traditional conference format and creating an interactive environment to learn and engage with like-minded colleagues. Submissions are due by July 1.
  • Posted Jun 7, 2011

Ithaca College Online Sustainability Leadership Certificate

The Professional Certificate in Sustainability Leadership from Ithaca College (NY), offered in partnership with AASHE, is for practitioners who want to apply best practices in leading sustainability initiatives. The certificate catalog features 12, two-week seminars delivered online - anytime, anywhere - with open enrollment. The program currently has two upcoming seminars that will take place June 16 - July 2, 2011. "How Green is Your Organization? Sustainable Policy and Practice" will explore and apply rating tools and environmental scans that help assess an organization's level of achievement with industry standards in policy and practice. "Tools and Techniques for Planning and Managing Sustainability Projects" will help organizations create a structure for completing tasks that advance goals, timelines and key milestones while putting sustainability initiatives into practice. The registration deadline for each is June 16 and discounts are available for AASHE members.
  • Posted Jun 7, 2011

Outdoor Nation Regional Youth Summits

Outdoor Nation is seeking delegates between 18 and 28 years of age to participate in multiple three-day regional youth summits in New York City, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Denver and San Francisco from June 23 through July 31, 2011. In each location, delegates will brainstorm project ideas that address regional issues and ultimately engage more young people in the outdoors by removing barriers to participation. They will vote on the top ideas in each region and receive funding and training from the Outdoor Foundation to carry out these projects.
  • Posted Jun 7, 2011

USGBC Students Program Seeks Regional Chairs

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) seeks to train a small group of regional chairs for its USGBC Students program. Including the recruitment, training and facilitation of the activities of USGBC student groups, this volunteer position will assist USGBC in advancing campus sustainability and green building goals through student engagement. Ideal applicants will have experience working on sustainability initiatives in higher education and experience in grassroots initiatives and/or community engagement. Chairs should be able to donate two to three hours a week to the program for one year.
  • Posted Jun 7, 2011

2011 Architectural Portfolio Contest

Adaptive reuse is a new category in this year's 2011 Architectural Portfolio contest, which invites portfolios for school or university projects. Also including renovation and community use categories, the contest's winning entries will be featured in the November issue of American School & University magazine for use by administrators at schools and universities across the country. Entry forms are due June 10, 2011 and submission binders by July 11, 2011.
  • Posted May 31, 2011

Call for Applications: AASHE 2011 Awards Program

The expanded 2011 AASHE awards program is now accepting applications in six categories that will be presented at the "AASHE 2011: Creating Sustainable Campuses and Communities" conference. New this year are the Faculty Sustainability Leadership and Innovation in Green Building awards. These join the existing Student Sustainability Leadership and Student Research on Campus Sustainability awards, and the "Best" and "Oops!" categories of the Campus Sustainability Case Study award. The deadline for applications is June 17, 2011.
  • Posted May 31, 2011

Fulbright Scholar Awards in Environmental Sciences, Technology

Administered by the Institute of International Education's Department of Scholar and Professional Programs, the Fulbright Scholar Program is now accepting grant applications for 2012-2013. Grants for teaching or research in the Middle East and North Africa in specializations of environmental sciences and technology will be awarded. Water resources, alternate energy, resource management, pollution prevention, waste management and other fields will be supported for periods of three to 10 months in Egypt, Israel, Palestine, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar or Kuwait. The application deadline is Aug. 1, 2011.
  • Posted May 31, 2011

Green Power Leadership Awards

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Energy and Center for Resource Solutions invite nominations for the 2011 Green Power Leadership Awards. The awards seek to recognize the actions of individuals, institutions, companies and organizations that are significantly advancing the development of renewable electricity sources through green power markets. Nominations are due by June 21, 2011.
  • Posted May 31, 2011

Ithaca College Online Sustainability Leadership Certificate

The Professional Certificate in Sustainability Leadership from Ithaca College (NY), offered in partnership with AASHE, is for practitioners who want to apply best practices in leading sustainability initiatives. The certificate catalog features 12, two-week seminars delivered online —anytime, anywhere— with open enrollment. The program currently has three upcoming seminars that will take place May 26 – June 11, 2011. "A Systems Approach to Sustainability" will cover awareness of sustainability as a multidimensional, dynamic interaction between interrelated and interdependent elements in an organization. Participants in "Communicating the Organization's Sustainability Efforts" will learn the technical knowledge and judgment to assure that sustainability reports highlight the documentable priorities and achievements of the organization. "Marketing Research for Sustainability Initiatives" will provide an orientation to qualitative research methods and their use in designing and implementing tools and methods for identifying high value opportunities. The registration deadline for all is May 26, 2011, and discounts are available for AASHE members.
  • Posted May 24, 2011

AASHE Members: Sustainability Workforce Survey

California Community Colleges and the California Employment Development Department invite AASHE members located in California to provide input as part of their research on the sustainability and environmental compliance workforce. This survey will help community colleges and workforce developers prepare the present and future labor pool for working with sustainability issues. The survey addresses what types of tasks and job functions related to sustainability and environmental compliance are performed; what skills and knowledge are needed to accomplish these tasks; and the necessary training and education pathways. The 10-minute survey should be completed by May 25, 2011 and participants will have the chance to win an iPod Nano.
  • Posted May 17, 2011

Deadline Extended: AASHE Cover Art Contest

AASHE has extended the cover art contest deadline of its upcoming publication, "2010 Campus Sustainability Review," to May 19. We invite photo, illustration and graphic design submissions that represent a higher education sustainability initiative, and creative takes on this theme are encouraged. The winning entry will be featured on the cover of this publication and the initiative will receive a 50- to 100-word write-up on the inside cover page. Submissions will also be considered for inclusion in sections of this publication and future AASHE publications. Submissions should be print quality resolution of at least 300 dpi in a .pdf, .jpeg, .eps or .tiff format. For questions, email [email protected]
  • Posted May 17, 2011

Keynote Contest: Campus Progress National Conference

This year's Campus Progress National Conference is holding a Keynote Contest. The national organization that works with and for young people to promote progressive solutions to key political and social challenges is asking youth to grab a video camera, cell phone, laptop or technology of choice and answer the question, "In your own life, how are you changing the rules of our race conversation, and creating real solutions for racial and social justice?" Winners will get the chance to address attendees at the conference with a free trip to Washington, D.C. Last year's winners included an undocumented student activist, a young man once caught up in gang violence who now advocates for peace, and a first-generation college student working to bring young people to the table in discussions about policies that impact their lives. Submissions will be accepted through May 22, 2011. Themed "Turning Truth to Power," this year's conference will take place July 6-7, 2011.
  • Posted May 17, 2011

U.S. Dept of Energy Seeks Energy Literacy Stakeholders

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has started the Energy Literacy Initiative, a collaborative effort to define and promote energy literacy. DOE's energy literacy efforts bring together stakeholders from federal agencies, universities, community colleges, professional societies, national labs, power utilities, museums, community organizations, business and industry, and interested members of the public through public meetings and online collaborative tools. Stakeholder input helped inform a guiding document on energy literacy titled "Energy Literacy: The Essential Principles of Energy Education," slated for a fall 2011 completion. DOE is also exploring the possibility of establishing an "Energy 101" course at colleges and universities nationwide. DOE is calling on educators and academic institutions, among others, to increase support for energy education.
  • Posted May 17, 2011

Students: CoFed Regional Leadership Summer Trainings

The Cooperative Food Empowerment Directive (CoFed) is offering week-long summer incubations to prepare students to launch new student-run food co-ops on their campuses. CoFed will teach campus teams the skills and strategies for establishing new co-ops including how to write a business plan, conduct market research, raise start-up capital, collaborate with local farmers, gain support from college administrators and recruit a team of fellow students committed to practicing the cooperative business model.
  • Posted May 10, 2011

George Mason U Student Training for Enviro Protection Program

George Mason University's (VA) Environmental Action Group invites applications for its Student Training for Environmental Protection Summer Program, to be held July 8-15, 2011 at Prince William Forest, Va. Designed to give students the skills they need to become effective environmental advocates, the week-long course focuses on how to create or extend strong and successful groups that will be able to run effective environmental campaigns on campuses or in their communities with workshops in areas including recruiting, leadership development, coalition building, campaign planning, event planning, public speaking, message development and lobbying.
  • Posted May 2, 2011

USGBC Classroom to Boardroom Diversity Mentorship Program

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) invites students at under-resourced U.S. institutions who are pursuing degrees in the field of sustainability to apply for its new Classroom to Boardroom Diversity Mentorship Program. The initiative aims to support undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds to pursue careers in fields related to sustainability and is structured to provide executive level mentoring by members of the USGBC Board of Directors. Selected students will be matched with board members. Applications will be accepted through May 18, 2011.
  • Posted May 2, 2011

USGBC Students Program Seeks 10 National Chairs

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) seeks to train 10 national chairs for its USGBC Students program to assist USGBC National in its charge to advance campus sustainability and green building goals through student engagement. The primary responsibilities of this volunteer position will include the recruitment, training and facilitation of the activities of USGBC Students regional chairs and new student groups. USGBC Students recruits, connects and equips the next generation of green building leaders by empowering them to transform their campuses, communities and careers. The group represents college and university-based groups of students from all disciplines. Ideal applicants will have a bachelor's degree and the ability to travel, expenses paid, to Washington, D.C. for trainings in addition to donating up to five hours a week to the cause. The deadline to apply is May 20, 2011.
  • Posted May 2, 2011

Call for Proposals: ACPA Institute on Sustainability

The deadline for proposals for the fourth annual ACPA (College Student Educators International) Institute on Sustainability has been extended to April 22, 2011. Hosted by the University of Colorado at Boulder, the event will bring together students, staff and faculty from colleges and universities across the country. Proposals are sought that meet the programmatic goals of exploring sustainability in higher education and fostering healthy environments, social justice and strong economies. The goal of the Institute is to provide individuals and institutional teams with a plethora of knowledge about sustainability so that they can return to their campuses prepared to contribute to the development of sustainable policies and practices and the education of campus community members. AASHE members can register at the member rate.
  • Posted Apr 18, 2011

Ithaca College Online Sustainability Leadership Certificate

The Professional Certificate in Sustainability Leadership from Ithaca College (NY), offered in partnership with AASHE, is for practitioners who want to apply best practices in leading sustainability initiatives. The certificate catalog features 12, two-week seminars delivered online —anytime, anywhere— with open enrollment. The program currently has three upcoming seminars that will take place April 28 - May 14, 2011. "Designing Effective Communication Media" will give participants an understanding of how to engage an audience and enhance comprehension of messaging through graphic design and clear, crisp persuasive writing. "Integrating Sustainability into Training and Curriculum" will explore opportunities for investigating and leveraging cross disciplinary solutions to contemporary issues through the lens of sustainability. "Using Evaluation to Craft the Business Case for Sustainability" will cover two common methods—Return on Investment and Social Return on Investment—for establishing the quantitative and qualitative benefits of investing in sustainability initiatives. The registration deadline for both is April 28, 2011, and discounts are available for AASHE members.
  • Posted Apr 18, 2011

New U Virginia Summer Sustainability Program

The University of Virginia is inviting applications for its inaugural Morven Summer Institute, a four-week experience held on the grounds of its Morven Farm. Open to students and the public, the program is designed for people with interests in sustainability, design, food systems and ecology. Alongside coursework in architecture and interdisciplinary food studies, the Morven Kitchen Garden will be both a highlight and focus of the experience. Applications will be accepted through April 22, 2011.
  • Posted Apr 18, 2011

National Real Food Awards Program

The Real Food Challenge is announcing its first-ever Real Food Awards program, which honors the people that produce, prepare, organize around and coordinate food on college campuses. The organization seeks nominations from students for Outstanding Worker Leaders, Producer of the Year, Student Group or Student Activist of the Year, and Faculty or Administrator of the Year. Winners will receive a cash prize or be featured as a speaker at one of the Real Food Challenge regional summits. Nominations are due April 15, 2011.
  • Posted Apr 11, 2011