SustainUS Agents of Change Youth Delegation
The SustainUS Agents of Change program is currently accepting applications to join the youth delegation to the Sixteenth Session of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development to take place Mary 5 – 16, 2008. The CSD-16 will be a review session and will address the topics of agriculture, rural development, land, drought, desertification, and Africa. 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. Applicants must be between the age of 18 and 26 as of April 2008. The deadline for applications is February 22, 2008.
Green Corps Field School for Environmental Organizing
Green Corps is currently accepting applications for the 2008-09 Field School for Environmental Organizing. The program trains college graduates to run environmental campaigns, starting by building a core group of activists and finishing by convincing decision-makers to pass laws, change policies and create reforms to protect our environment. Trainees start working on campaigns from the start of their education. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.
Smart and Sustainable Campus Conference Student Scholarships
The partnering organizations of the Smart and Sustainable Campus Conference are pleased to announce a call for conference student scholarship applications. The scholarship will include on-site registration materials, attendance at all conference sessions, and meals offered during the event. The conference will be held March 31 – April 2, 2008 at the University of Maryland, College Park. 20 scholarships are available for the both undergraduate and graduate students. Deadline for applications is February 29, 2008.
Sustainable Investment Challenge
The 2007-08 SustaInvest: Sustainable Investment Challenge is a virtual portfolio competition that calls for its student participants to jointly maximize profitability and sustainability in investment decisions. The competition is comprised of three categories: university student teams, undergraduate students, and graduate students and is open to all colleges and universities. Portfolio judging criteria rewards successful, sustainability-driven investments that promote a long-term, triple bottom line business strategy as a means of increasing investors' financial bottom line.
2008 Citizen Science Paper Competition
SustainUS is holding the 2008 Citizen Science Paper Competition. Participants are asked to submit a paper related to the discussion topics of the upcoming UN Commission on Sustainable Development. This year's discussion topics are: Africa, Agriculture, Desertification, Drought, Land, and Rural Development. The purpose of the competition is to make technical aspects of those topics relevant and understandable to the general public and influence sound public policy. Winners have their work published in the online journal Citizen Science, and are given the opportunity to present at the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development to be held May 5-16, 2008 in New York City. Papers will be accepted in three categories, based upon education and experience, with a winner chosen within each: 1) Middle and high school; 2) Undergraduate, including all two- and four-year institutions; and 3) Graduate, including all masters, professional and doctoral programs. All participants must be residents of the United States (this includes international youth studying at a US academic institution) and between 13-26 years of age. The application deadline has been extended to February 15, 2008.
Call for EPA Environmental Justice Awards Nominations
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will recognize academic institutions that undertake environmental justice initiatives to make a positive impact in a community. The goals of the award include, but are not limited to promoting positive behavior on environmental justice issues by all stakeholder groups, documenting EJ models of success for other to emulate, encouraging achievement of environmental results in communities having EJ issues, and encouraging collaborative problem solving by all stakeholder organizations to address significant EJ concerns. Nominees will be evaluated based on innovation, community responsibility, community, equity, and public involvement, partnership and collaboration, environmental justice integration, and demonstrated results in effectiveness or sustainability. Nominations must be postmarked by February 11, 2008.
Call for Jane Goodall Youth Leadership Awards Nominations
The Jane Goodall Global Leadership Awards honor organizations and individuals who share Dr. Jane's values, vision and commitment to making a positive difference in the world for all living things. The awards are given in the categories of Youth Leadership, Excellence in Public Policy, Global Leadership, Corporate Social Responsibility and Responsible Activism in Media and Entertainment. The youth award recognizes an individual, age 14 to 24, who exhibit leadership and excellence through his or her work to help preserve our natural world, protect animals or benefit our human community. Nominations should be submitted by an adult who is closely acquainted with the nominee. Deadline is 5pm EST on February 15, 2008.
Chronicle of HE Calls for Guest Writers
The Chronicle of Higher Education is calling for guest writers for their new Buildings and Grounds blog. The Chronicle plans to feature one guest blogger per month, and asks that the blogger post at least one item per week about facilities, campus buildings, landscape, sustainability, energy, or anything relevant. Blogs must be 500 words or less.
Oxfam America Student Leadership Program
Oxfam America, an international relief and development organization, is currently accepting applications for the CHANGE Initiative, their national student leadership program. CHANGE offers students entering their sophomore or junior year at US based colleges the opportunity to become effective social change agents. CHANGE Leaders are exposed to the international development issues that inform Oxfam's work, and apply their skills and insights to run Oxfam campaigns on their campuses and in their communities. Selected students are required to participate in a week-long training in Boston, July 19-25, 2008, which is organized and paid for by Oxfam. Students must also implement an Oxfam campaign on their campus and communicate regularly with Oxfam staff about the work they are undertaking during the 2008-2009 academic year. Applications are due April 1st, 2008.
Service Learning, Humanitarian, and Leadership Award Applications
The online application process for Campus Compact's Howard R. Swearer Student Humanitarian Award, Frank Newman Leadership Award and Thomas Ehrlich Faculty Award for Service Learning is now open. The awards aim to spotlight the work of students and faculty members who are dedicated to the principles of civic engagement. Winners will receive national recognition and a cash reward to support community work.
UC Boulder Online Course: Carbon Neutral University Planning
February 4-April 18, 2008
Dave Newport, the Director of the CU Environmental Center, will lead a web-based course on Carbon Neutral University Planning. The course will explore the concepts and methodologies involved in analyzing and planning for campus climate neutrality, and the opportunities and barriers to achieving climate neutrality. Participants will learn how to develop an analytical framework by which to evaluate emissions mitigation options, and draft a proposed strategic plan that would guide implementation of climate neutrality.
Call for Applications: Community Engagement Classification
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has announced the call for applications for the 2008 Community Engagement Classification process. The program provides a way for institutions to describe commitments to their community with a public and nationally recognized classification. The documentation framework's purpose is to honor the diversity of institutions and their approaches to community engagement. The deadline for declaring intent to apply is March 1, 200
Smart and Sustainable Campus Conference Student Scholarships
The partnering organizations of the Smart and Sustainable Campus Conference are pleased to announce a call for conference student scholarship applications. The scholarship will include on-site registration materials, attendance at all conference sessions, and meals offered during the event. The conference will be held March 31 - April 2, 2008 at the University of Maryland, College Park. 20 scholarships are available for the both undergraduate and graduate students. Deadline for applications is February 29, 2008.
Conscious Lifestyle Innovative Idea Competition
Conscious Lifestyle is accepting applications for its 2008 Ventures program, which offers $1000 in start-up funding, web space, monthly skill building workshops, and personalized support to the team with the most innovative idea on how to sustainably make students and their institution more socially responsible. Applicants must be full time students, have leadership and/or volunteer experience, and be able to work with an adult ally and other community leaders. Application deadline is February 15, 2008.
Presidential Forum on Renewable Energy Essay Contest
The Presidential Forum on Renewable Energy is sponsoring a student essay contest in which three college students will be awarded a $10,000 educational prize. The contest is intended to engage college students in the issues of renewable energy, sustainability, and conservation. It is open to students who, as of January 1, 2008, are between the ages of 18 and 24; enrolled, full-time or part-time, in an undergraduate college program; and a citizen of the US. Deadline is February 1, 2008.
Call for Chapters: Sustainability in Management Education
The publishers of the Research in Management Education and Development book series have issued a call for chapters for a book on Sustainability in Management Education. Proposals may address any aspect of aligning management teaching with the need for global sustainability, such as creating a college or graduate school concentration in global sustainability, helping executives in company-based programs change their management practices, using real-world projects to develop in learners visions of new roles for business in solving environmental and social problems. The deadline for submissions for this volume is January 31, 2008.
Harvard Green Campus Initiative Course on Institutional Change
Registration is open now for ENVR E-117: Sustainability, The Challenge of Changing Our Institutions. This course is open to all through the Harvard Extension School, and can be taken either in Cambridge or anywhere in the world through the online Distance Learning Program. The course aims to address the challenges of environmental sustainability by building change agent capacities of adults who operate within a myriad of institutional and other contexts. Students who take this course will be challenged to improve their personal capacities to influence change in pursuit of environmental sustainability within their places of work, study and life. These skills will be put to the test through a semester long independent project in which students implement real environmental changes within an organization of their choosing. The course is informed by the work of the Harvard Green Campus Initiative and will draw upon numerous case studies directly experienced by the course instructors and teaching fellows.
National Campus Energy Challenge
The Energy Action Coalition is inviting campuses to sign up for the National Campus Energy Challenge. In February 2008, participating institutions compete to achieve the greatest percent reduction in total energy use. Winners will be selected on the regional level as well as nationally. Organizers have posted a manual online that describes the rules of the competition and provides suggestions for reducing campus energy use.