Call for Abstracts: AASHE 2011 Conference
AASHE invites abstracts from the campus sustainability community for "AASHE 2011: Creating Sustainable Campuses and Communities." The AASHE conference offers a platform to present innovations, design frameworks, learning outcomes or leadership initiatives to university, college, business and governmental partners focusing on campus sustainability through cross-sector collaboration. New this year, AASHE has collaborated with the International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education to peer-review a select group of accepted presentations to appear in a special IJSHE issue, provisionally scheduled for spring 2012. The online submission process will remain open through April 14, 2011.
International Sustainability Leadership Project
The International Sustainability Leadership Project invites students aged 18-24 to participate in an educational, business engagement and community development event to be held in Beaverton, Ore. from July 18 – August 5, 2011. A total of 60 representatives from Beaverton and its six sister cities in Germany, France, Russia, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan will converge during this project to cooperatively explore sustainability issues and to evaluate local city, corporate and community sustainability initiatives and successes from a global perspective. The project will introduce participants to local and regional sustainability projects, products and services through site visits, experiential learning workshops and Q&A sessions with local leaders in business, governmental and community organizations. The deadline to apply is May 1, 2011.
U British Columbia Summer Sustainability Leadership Institute
The University of British Columbia's Summer Institute in Sustainability Leadership will take place July 4-8, 2011 in Vancouver, British Columbia. The one-week professional development program is designed for those taking a leadership role in developing policy, creating plans and implementing sustainability projects in college, university, business and government contexts. Interactive formatting encourages networking and the exchange of ideas across sectors. Early registration prices are available through May 13, 2011.
Sustainability Across the Curriculum Leadership Workshop
The deadline for applications for AASHE's Sustainability Across the Curriculum Leadership workshop has been extended to April 8, 2011. The workshop is slated for July 7-8, 2011 at San Diego State University (CA). For faculty leaders of all disciplines who wish to develop curriculum change programs around sustainability on their campuses, the workshop will include two days of presentations, exercises, discussions, reflection and planning. Participants will experience a range of workshop strategies, hear local experts, enjoy outdoor place-based activities and dialogue with faculty from around the country as they gain help in adapting this model to their own campus.
Call for Proposals: Keene State College 2011 Symposium
Keene State College (NH) invites proposals for its 2011 Symposium, to be held Nov. 2-4, 2011. Themed "What Sustains Us? Envisioning the Future," the symposium will focus on discussions that broadly explore sustainability from multiple perspectives, paying particular attention to promising models, successful action plans, and/or innovative solutions that address, or have addressed, sustainability issues. Scholars, artists, journalists, business leaders and community members are encouraged to explore connections between individual responsibility and global solutions. The deadline for proposals is March 25, 2011.
Call for Proposals: SCUP Southern Regional Conference
The Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) invites proposals for its Southern Regional conference, "Surviving the Battle, Reshaping the Future." Slated for October 2-4, 2011, this conference will look at current survival strategies of institutions that are stretched to their structural limits due to a lack of available resources. Some private institutions have been sold to for-profits while others have partnered with for-profits or used corporate partners to provide in-kind services to fund a capital project when state appropriations are inadequate. Proposals should speak to this theme; forging previous competing factions into a team, seeking funding from unique sources, designing singular projects that resolve multiple needs, creating a for-profit component in a nonprofit institution, and merging scattered efforts toward a definite value or a common view. Submissions will be accepted through April 4, 2011.
Call for Submissions: Student Sustainability Film Festival
Portland State University's (OR) Institute for Sustainable Solutions invites high school and higher education students from North America to submit entries to its "2011 Student Sustainability Film Festival." The festival encourages teams to create short films about programs or projects that their campus or community is doing to create sustainable solutions to environmental concerns. The films should be inspired by real-life events, issues or solutions. All final selections will be screened at a public event in Portland, Ore. in May 2011 and prizes will be awarded for the following categories: "Best in Show," "Individual Judge's Acknowledgement" and "Audience Favorite." The deadline to submit is May 14, 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 March 24 - April 9, 2011. "A Systems Approach to Sustainability" will cover awareness of sustainability as a multidimensional, dynamic interaction between interrelated and interdependent elements in an organization. "How Green is Your Organization? Sustainable Infrastructure" will help sustainability coordinators apply rating tools and environmental scans to assess an organization's level of achievement with industry standards in infrastructure. The registration deadline for both is March 24, 2011, and discounts are available for AASHE members.
Second Nature Climate Leadership Awards
Second Nature invites nominations from American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) signatory institutions that demonstrate excellence in climate leadership. Like last year's award recipients, who provided examples of how higher education is shifting behavior on campus and within communities to make a low-carbon economy possible, Second Nature would again like to share with the entire ACUPCC network and general public the best examples of how ACUPCC signatories are moving society to a sustainable future. Up to five Institutional Excellence in Climate Leadership awards will be presented, one for each basic Carnegie Classification institution type. The winners, who will be honored at the 2011 ACUPCC Climate Leadership Summit in June, will be selected by Second Nature board members not affiliated with signatory institutions. Applications are due by April 15, 2011.
Foresight Immersion Summer Sustainability Career Training Program
Foresight Design Initiative, a Chicago nonprofit dedicated to urban transformation, is recruiting for its Foresight Immersion summer program that trains emerging/transitioning professionals to be sustainability change agents. College graduates looking to gain experience to professionals accelerating their career development are invited to apply for the six-week program. After two weeks of a comprehensive overview of urban sustainability, participants spend four weeks working in career-focused tracks including business, product design, graphic design, buildings or civic innovation. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until April 1, 2011 or earlier if spaces fill.
Summer Renewable Energy Train the Trainer Academies
The Consortium for Education in Renewable Energy Technology (CERET) invites two-year college science and technology instructors to apply for its Train the Trainer Academies in biofuels and photovoltaics. Accepted applicants will receive hands-on experience and instructional training necessary to incorporate renewable energy technology into their own classrooms. The academies are taught by veteran industry experts, and are based on existing programs certified by national training/accrediting bodies such as the National Alternative Fuel Training Consortium and the Institute for Sustainable Power Quality. Two academies are offered each summer in a staggered pattern to meet the scheduling needs of teachers. Funding through the National Science Foundation allows CERET to provide teachers with stipends to offset the costs of tuition, travel, room and board for the class. The deadline to apply is March 20, 2011.
U.S. Dept of Labor Green Jobs Innovation Fund
In the midst of the regional community college summits being hosted by the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Labor has announced the Green Jobs Innovation Fund grant competition. The initiative will award approximately $40 million to support five to eight grantees with awards ranging from $5 million to $8 million each. Applications are invited from national and state organizations that work with local communities that currently offer career training programs and benefit a minimum of six communities per grant. The funds will enable organizations to develop training programs that incorporate green career pathways by forging linkages between apprenticeship programs and integrating technical and basic skills training through community-based partnerships. The deadline for applications is March 29, 2011. In related opportunities, the Department of Labor invites grant applications for the $122 million Career Pathways Innovation Fund, which replaces the Community-Based Job Training Program. While at least $65 million of the total funds is slated for projects that focus on the health care sector, financial awards will be given to community colleges developing or expanding career pathway programs in partnership with education and training providers, employers, and the workforce investment system.
Ars Electronica 'Next Idea' Art and Technology Grant
Higher education staff and students with innovative campus sustainability projects from around the world are encouraged to apply for Ars Electronica's "Next Idea" grant. The art and technology grant invites submissions for "new and extraordinarily promising ideas" in the form of artistic, social, technological and/or scientific innovations. The Austria-based digital media organization seeks to nurture projects that deal with energy, mobility and access in relation to the future of humankind. Each submission should include a three-minute video documentation in which the author of the project personally introduces the concept. The concept description should explain the essentials of the idea and how it could be realized in terms of technical details (hardware and software), production tasks and spatial requirements. Submissions will be accepted through March 18, 2011.
Call for Presentations: AASHE 2011 Conference
AASHE invites abstracts from the international campus sustainability community for "AASHE 2011: Creating Sustainable Campuses and Communities." The AASHE conference offers a platform to present innovations, design frameworks, learning outcomes or leadership initiatives to university, college, business and governmental partners focusing on campus sustainability through cross-sector collaboration. In 2010, the conference hosted more than 2,100 participants from 500 organizations, 49 states and 10 countries, including Australia, Thailand, Scotland, England, Qatar, Japan, Denmark, and the U.S. and Canada. New this year, AASHE has collaborated with the International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education to peer-review a select group of accepted presentations to appear in a special IJSHE issue, provisionally scheduled for spring 2012. The online submission process will remain open through March 16, 2011.
AASHE Seeks Nominations for Undergraduate Student Board Member
The Nominations Committee of AASHE's Board of Directors is inviting members to nominate candidates to fill an opening for an undergraduate student on the board. Board members serve as an active ambassador for AASHE and help promote the mission and programs; stay informed about AASHE's mission, policies and programs, as well as about developments in sustainability, higher education and nonprofit governance; participate in fundraising through some combination of memberships/renewals, grants, donations, in-kind support and personal financial contributions to the organization; participate actively in board committees, volunteer for assignments, and work collaboratively with staff; and participate actively in the board's annual evaluation and strategic planning efforts. Candidates should have demonstrated leadership in support of sustainability in higher education, a comprehensive understanding of sustainability and of higher education, and a personal commitment to sustainability. Self nominations are allowed.
Agroecology Summer Intensive and Sustainability Semester
Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College (IN) is now accepting applications for its Agroecology Summer Intensive and the new Sustainability Semester in Residence. The Agroecology Summer Intensive is a nine-week field and classroom training experience in sustainable food and farming issues and involves immersion at the Merry Lea Sustainable Farm as well as field trips to area farms. Up to 12 academic credits may be earned, and a certificate program is available to those not seeking academic credit. The Sustainability Semester in Residence allows student scholars to tackle real-life problems of sustainability at the regional and personal levels. Fifteen credits will be earned through immersion in the Elkhart River Watershed and problem-based exploration of themes like regeneration, sustainable living, eco-justice and ecosystem thinking. Scholarships are available.
Call for Proposals: California Higher Ed Sustainability Conf
The 10th Annual California Higher Education Sustainability Conference seeks proposals that highlight innovative examples and best practices in areas including campus and community partnerships for sustainable solutions, curriculum, energy, food systems, green building new construction, and more. Hosted by California State University, Long Beach, the conference will take place July 10-13, 2011. Interactive and creatively designed presentations, best practices proven on California campuses, proposals that are directly relevant and exciting to campus faculty, staff and/or students, and projects that tie into the theme of campus and community partnerships are especially encouraged. Nominations are also open for the conference's Higher Education Energy Efficiency And Sustainability Best Practice Awards portion. Nominations and proposals are due by April 4, 2011.
Call for Submissions: NACA Events
"Earth Day and Beyond: Sustainability and Campus Events" and "Getting Your Concert on the 'Green'" were among the educational sessions at this year's National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) convention, an opportunity for professional development and training for campus activities professionals and student programming boards. Beginning April 1, 2011, NACA invites educational session submissions for its 2012 National Convention, 2012 Mid Atlantic Festival and 2012 Northern Plains Conference.
Eco League Sustainable Business Summer Field Program
The Eco League, a college consortium dedicated to sustainability education, is accepting applications for its summer field program, "Humans in Place: Sustainable Business and Community in Vermont." Students will learn sustainable business theory and practice and examine how sustainable businesses operate in and influence their communities through Vermont-based case studies including Ben & Jerry's, Rhino Foods, Grow Solar, Green Mountain Coffee and King Arthur Flour. The program will take place June 13 - 24, 2011. Applications will be accepted through March 1, 2011.
Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming Programs
The Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming in Ithaca, N.Y. is now accepting applications for its New Farmer Training Project and Summer Practicum in Sustainable Farming & Local Food Systems. The New Farmer Training Project will take place April 15 - Nov. 15, 2011 with hands-on and classroom training experience for aspiring farmers and market gardeners and a Sustainable Farming Certificate upon completion. The Summer Practicum in Sustainable Farming & Local Food Systems is a six-credit Tompkins Cortland Community College/Groundswell course that offers an eight-week intensive of immersion at West Haven Farm as well as classroom time and field trips to area farms. Partial and full scholarships are available.
Teaching Climate Change and Faculty Development Workshops
Dickinson College (PA), with support of a grant from NASA's Global Climate Change Education program, is offering two faculty development opportunities to enhance competencies for interdisciplinary teaching about climate change. The year-long Changing Planet Faculty Study Group will include sessions led by subject area experts that address climate change causes, consequences, ethical dimensions, adaptation, mitigation and policy. The workshop will emphasize participatory sessions for sharing expertise, experiences, lesson plans, exercises and ideas for teaching about climate change. Participants will have time to work individually and collaboratively on courses or course modules that they will teach at their home campuses. The Climate Modeling and Data Tools Workshop will be held August 8 - 11, 2011 on the Dickinson campus with training in the use of a global climate model and tools to integrate and visualize climatic, environmental and socioeconomic data for teaching about climate change. Applications are invited from faculty of any higher education institution and will be accepted through March 25, 2011. There is no fee to participate.
Climate Change Education Partnership Program Funding
The Climate Change Education Partnership (CCEP) program is seeking proposals for the development of Phase I Partnerships as part of its efforts to establish a coordinated national network of regionally- or thematically-based partnerships devoted to increasing the adoption of effective, high-quality education programs and resources related to the science of climate change and its impact. Grantees will receive up to two years of funding to support synthesis, network building and strategic planning activities. The proposal deadline is March 15, 2011.
Colorado State U Sustainable Design Summer Program
The Department of Construction Management at Colorado State University is offering a summer study program in Maho Bay, U.S. Virgin Islands. Open to students and young professionals wishing to further their knowledge in the sustainable design field, Sustainable Construction and Design will take place May 18 - 28, 2011. Applications are due March 31, 2011.
AASHE Seeks STARS Technical Advisors
AASHE seeks individuals with expertise related to campus sustainability to serve as technical advisors for the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS). STARS Technical Advisors provide input and insight regarding the content of STARS and its ongoing development. Technical advisors are organized into work groups associated with the STARS subcategories (co-curricular education, curriculum, research, buildings, climate, dining services, energy, grounds, purchasing, transportation, waste, water, coordination and planning, diversity and affordability, human resources, investment and public engagement). STARS is seeking applicants for all technical advisor work groups. Applications will be reviewed through Feb. 25, 2011.
Call for Abstracts: AESS 2011 Conference
The Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS) welcomes abstracts for an oral or poster presentation at its 2011 conference, to be held in Burlington, Vt. on June 23 - 26. Themed "Confronting Complexity," practitioners and scholars from many fields will have the opportunity to present and collaborate with one another to address the complex problems that face nature and society. The deadline for submissions is March 15, 2011.
Call for Papers - Sustainability: The Journal of Record
Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.'s Sustainability: The Journal of Record invites manuscript submissions from varied research avenues. Welcomed topics include sustainability in higher education; integration of environmental, social, human and economic goals; sustainable products, food and agriculture; design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings; development of laws and policy; government and nonprofit initiatives; and new collaborations and opportunities.
FoodCorps Recruiting First Class of Members
The brand new national service program, FoodCorps, is currently recruiting its first class of service members. The 80 men and women of at least 18 years of age who are selected will dedicate one year of full-time public service in school food systems helping to source healthful local food for school cafeterias, expanding nutrition education programs, and building and tending school gardens. The inaugural term of service begins Aug. 15, 2011 and ends August 14. 2012. The deadline to apply is April 10, 2011.
Call for Proposals: Canadian Assoc. of Food Studies Annual Mtg
Graduate students, members of the nonprofit community and researchers are among those invited to contribute works for the Canadian Association for Food Studies' Exploration Gallery as part of its sixth annual general meeting. Examples include posters, books, slide shows, video or works of art. The meeting will be held at the University of New Brunswick on May 28 - 30, 2011 in conjunction with the 2011 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. The deadline for gallery proposals is April 1, 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 Feb. 17 – March 5, 2011. "The Sustainability Coordinator as an Organizational Change Agent" will enhance proficiency in the use of facilitation, persuasive communication and collaboration toward sustainable business processes. "Establishing Sustainability as an Organizational Purpose" will teach organizations how to implement a sustainability branding strategy that defines their values and interactions. The registration deadline for both is Feb. 17, 2011, and discounts are available for AASHE members.
Join SustainUs Youth Delegation to CSD-19
SustainUS is now accepting applications to join the Agents of Change (AoC) youth delegation to the nineteenth session of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD-19), which will be held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City from May 2-13, 2011. Selected delegates will have the opportunity to work with government officials, scientists, civil society representatives and youth from around the world to review progress on issues related to sustainable development. Applications are due by Feb. 14, 2011.
Call for Abstracts: Future of Food Grad Student Research Conf.
The Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University (MA) invites students to submit abstracts for its fifth annual graduate research conference, "The Future of Food and Nutrition," slated for April 2, 2011 in Boston, Mass. The conference attracts students interested in any component of the interactions between food, the environment, nutrition, human well-being and society. Abstract submission forms can be submitted electronically by Feb. 4, 2011.
Call for Proposals: CRS Fair Trade 'Solutionaries' Program
As an active participant in the U.S. Fair Trade marketplace, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is seeking to invest up to $50,000 each year for a period of two years in action-oriented research and/or pilot initiatives to help tackle persistent questions in the fair trade movement. The higher education community is invited to submit proposals that are tailored to specific issues raised in the fair trade movement, outlined below in the CRS Fair Trade "Call for Proposals." Interested applicants should submit an initial concept paper by Feb. 15, 2011.
USDA 1890 National Scholars Program for HBCUs
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for its 1890 National Scholars Program. A partnership between the USDA and Historically Black Land Grant institutions, the program awards scholarships to students pursuing a bachelor's degree in agriculture, food, natural resource sciences or a related academic discipline and who are willing to work full-time with the USDA upon graduation. Each award provides annual tuition, employment and other benefits like the use of a laptop computer. Applications are due by Feb. 1, 2011.
2011 Sustainable Transportation Youth Summit Delegates
The Prairie and Territories Chapter of the Canadian Urban Transit Association invites youths between 18-28 years old to apply as delegates for its "Leading the Way: 2011 Youth Summit on Sustainable Transportation" in May 2011. Delegates from Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Yukon and Territories will share ideas, discuss issues and opportunities and explore career paths with transit and sustainable transportation industry professionals. Applications will be accepted through Feb. 18, 2011.
American School & University Magazine Ed Interiors Showcase
American School & University magazine has announced the addition of a sustainable design editorial section to its Educational Interiors Showcase issue, schedule for August 2011. All entrants are invited to contribute a green design strategy from a recent project. From classrooms to media centers, the magazine is accepting design entries in 25 category choices for pre-kindergarten through higher education institutions. Entry forms will be accepted through March 7, 2011.
Planet Forward Energy Innovation Video Contest
Whether it is a new battery technology that makes electric cars a reality, an unprecedented development in sustainable biofuels or a modification to building practices that reduces our carbon footprint, Planet Forward is looking for two- to three-minute videos that feature an idea or innovation that would improve how we use or generate energy. Approved contributions will be featured on the Planet Forward website and selected ideas will be considered for its Earth Day special on PBS in April. Planet Forward, a project of the Center for Innovative Media at the George Washington University (DC), looks to students, business leaders, scientists and policymakers for user-generated solutions to our shared climate, energy and sustainability challenges. Submissions will be accepted until Feb. 4, 2011.
Environmental Leadership Program Fellowship
The Environmental Leadership Program is now accepting applications for its 2011 New England and Eastern Regional Leadership Programs. Consisting of three retreats, a total of 10 days, the fellowship program offers intensive skill training and regional networking opportunities with curriculum that helps emerging leaders hone leadership skills, improve strategic communications and strengthen outreach to diverse constituencies. The program targets emerging environmental and social change practitioners eager to connect their specialized work to larger environmental and social concerns. Applications are due by April 1, 2011.
U Vermont Farmer Apprentice Program
The University of Vermont, in partnership with the Intervale Center, invites aspiring farmers to its seven-month Farmer Apprentice Program. The hands-on, entrepreneurial approach to sustainable farming is designed to teach the necessary skills in production, management, marketing and entrepreneurship. Participants will work alongside current Vermont farmers, learning management of a sustainable small-scale vegetable operation with relevant classroom instruction and field trips.
Call for Proposals: Community Food Security Coalition Conference
The Community Food Security Coalition is accepting proposals for its May 2011 conference, "Food Policy from Neighborhood to Nation." The conference will bring together academics, elected officials and government staff for three days of networking, information exchanging and skill building. Conference attendees will participate in the formation of a national Food Policy Network. Proposals will be accepted through Jan. 28, 2011.
Deep Ecology and Sustainable Living Short Course
Earth Education International invites applications for its 2011 summer program, Deep Ecology and Sustainable Living, in Central America. The two-week short course program will investigate personal and collective relationships with earth systems through an exploration of the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of humans as part of nature. Discussions, field activities, and individual and group exercises will address self-awareness, ecopsychology and ritual and ceremony. Academic credit is available and the deadline to apply is April 22, 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 Jan. 20- Feb. 5, 2011. “A Systems Approach to Sustainability” will cover awareness of sustainability as a multidimensional, dynamic interaction between interrelated and interdependent elements in an organization. “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 Jan. 20, 2011, and discounts are available for AASHE members.
National Wildlife Federation Seeks Young Leader Delegates
The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) invites applications from young leaders to serve as a delegate to its 75th anniversary annual meeting in April 2011. Young leader delegates will help strategize ways to bring young voices and energy to the conservation movement and will be charged with drafting a charter that will govern the engagement of young leaders working with NWF and its sister organizations. Applications will be accepted through Feb. 7, 2011.
Campus Green Scene Video Competition
Johnson Controls, Inc. invites university and college students, faculty and staff to submit a two-minute video describing an idea for making their campus greener. A winning video from each of the four school categories (four-year private institutions, four-year public institutions, historically black colleges and universities, and community colleges) will be selected and $5,000 awarded to each winning institution. Winning entrants will also be featured in a Johnson Controls-produced documentary filmed on their campus and highlighted at the National Energy Efficiency Forum in June 2011. Videos will be accepted through April 27, 2011.
Registration Open for 2011 RecycleMania Tournament
Registration is open for the spring 2011 RecycleMania Tournament. Set to begin in February, the nationwide competition invites colleges and universities to compete to see who can reduce, reuse and recycle the most campus waste. The tournament will run from February 6 to April 2, 2011 with two weeks of non-binding pre-season "trials" beginning January 23. Throughout the combined ten weeks, colleges will report their recycling and trash weights with rankings revealed on RecycleMania’s Results page. RecycleMania is a project of the College and University Recycling Council and is supported by Keep America Beautiful and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's WasteWise Program.
UNESCO Sustainable Development Japan-U.S. Teacher Exchange
Sponsored by Fulbright Japan, the 2011 Japan-U.S. Teacher Exchange Program for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) is now accepting applications. The exchange will provide up to 48 U.S. teachers and administrators with the opportunity to travel to a three-day conference in the U.S. and to Japan for two weeks to learn about ESD efforts and strengthen ESD curricula in both countries. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) defines ESD as “a vision of education that seeks to balance human and economic well-being with cultural traditions and respect for the earth’s natural resources.” Applications will be accepted through Jan. 6, 2011.
The Climate Change Solution: Video Competition
Rushing, a mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering and sustainability firm in Seattle, invites submissions to its Voices of Climate Change Video Competition. College and university students are encouraged to submit an eight-minute video that captures their vision for engaging engineers to solve the climate crisis. Winners will receive $2,500 and their footage included in the firm's 2011 documentary about engineering and science as the groundwork for developing solutions to mitigating climate change, spearheaded by Rushing's Rae Anne Rushing. Rushing, who is a member of the Clinton Global Initiative, is producing the video as part of her Commitment to Action with the initiative. Submissions are due by Dec. 17, 2010.
$50K for Water Conservation Ideas: Intelligent Water Use Awards
Irrigation products manufacturer and provider Rain Bird invites institutions, students, facility managers and others to submit water conservation projects in need of funding. The interactive Intelligent Use of Water Awards program will award more than $50,000 to water conservation and environmental sustainability projects that promote green spaces. Participants log on to the awards website to describe their project and upload photos and/or YouTube videos. Winners will be announced on World Water Day: March 22, 2011.
ARAMARK Environmental Internship Program
In partnership with the Student Conservation Association (SCA), ARAMARK has launched an Environmental Internship Program for young professionals to engage in hands-on environmental initiatives at ARAMARK client locations. Full-time and part-time paid internship opportunities include energy management at Baylor University (TX); waste management in the Olympic National Forest (WA); sustainable food and beverage at the Asilomar Conference Center (CA); food carbon footprinting at New York University; sustainable eating at the University of Chicago (IL); waste management at the University of Michigan - Ross School; sustainable procurement and waste management at JP Morgan Chase and Goldman Sachs (NY); environmental marketing and communications at ARAMARK Uniform Services Headquarters (CA); and sustainable procurement and waste management at the Anaheim Convention Center (CA). Interns will be selected by February 2011 and the internships will run from March to August 2011.
Call for Grant Proposals: Sustainable Ag and Food Systems
The University of California Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program is seeking proposals for its 2010 Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Competitive Grants Program. Climate change, nutrients and water in agricultural landscapes, harnessing ecosystem services, sustainable waste management in agriculture, building regional markets, community food security, food system assessments/policy and farmworker and rural community well-being are some of the topics that will be considered. Proposals are due Dec. 13, 2010. The total available funding of $200,000 will be divided among four types of projects: planning grants, education and outreach grants, research grants, and graduate student research grants. California public and private institutions of higher education are among those eligible to apply.