U Michigan Planet Blue Announces Student Project Grants
Out of 22 concept proposals submitted for consideration, four student-led sustainability projects have received financial support from the university’s Planet Blue Student Innovation Fund. Selected projects include a reusable containers program, bicycle repair station, sustainable food kiosk and a student-run campus farm.
Udall Foundation Announces 2012 Scholars
(U.S.): Eighty students from 70 colleges and universities will receive up to $5,000 each and assemble in August to meet policymakers and community leaders in environmental fields, tribal health care and governance. Sixty-eight of this year's scholars intend to pursue careers related to the environment and 12 Native American/Alaska Native scholars intend to pursue careers in tribal public policy and health care.
U Queensland Awarded $10 M for Sustainability Research Center
(Australia): Funded through a Dow Chemical Company contribution worth $10 million over the next six years, the university will establish the Centre for Sustainable Engineering Innovation. The center will pursue research and collaborations aimed at confronting large-scale sustainability challenges.
U South Florida Announces Green Energy Fund Awards
The university's Student Green Energy Fund Council has awarded a total of $269,510 to five approved proposals for energy-conserving projects around campus. Projects include the installation of lighting controls; software that will put computers in sleep mode when not in use; and upgrades to a campus building's heating, ventilation and cooling system.
Arizona State U Receives $27.5 M for Sustainability Efforts
The university’s Global Institute for Sustainability will use the gift from the Rob and Melani Walton Fund to develop and deploy solutions to sustainability challenges including energy, water, environment, climate, urbanization, social transformation and decision-making in local, national and global contexts. The fund will support sustainability efforts, which also include educating future leaders in sustainability, over the next five years.
U California Santa Barbara Announces Green Grant Awards
Thirteen projects were selected to receive awards totaling $172,932 including four solar power array installations, a website that will allow the campus community to track energy use, hydration stations and a Green Gateway procurement program.
U Florida Student Senate Passes Green Energy Fund
The unanimously passed fund will be used for student-proposed projects to lower energy consumption and electricity costs on campus. The $6 per semester fee is expected to generate $600,000 annually.
Arizona State U Announces Sustainability Revolving Loan Fund
Individuals or departments at Arizona State University can submit proposals for its new Sustainability Initiatives Revolving Fund. The funds will be invested in campus projects like community gardens, motion-detecting lighting systems, energy metering projects and thermal insulations for cooling and heating pipes.
U Michigan Receives $10 M for New Sustainability Fellowship
(U.S.): The university plans to host 300 sustainability scholars over the next six years to study sustainability as it relates to energy, climate change, water, food, housing, transportation and health. The Dow Chemical Company gift will help launch one- and two-year fellowships for master's, doctoral and postdoctoral students, and support a lecture series focused on sharing sustainability research and best practices.
U Iowa Receives Grant to Explore Biofuels for Campus Power Plant
A $25,000 grant from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture will help the University of Iowa locate and procure sources of biomass fuel to replace coal at the main power plant. Several working groups will study different types of renewable biofuels including invasive plants, switchgrass and miscanthus grass.
U Maryland College Park Announces Sustainability Fund Awards
The University of Maryland College Park has announced $130,000 in Sustainability Fund awards. Supported by a student sustainability fee, the fund will aid composting, wind, green roof, food recovery and aquaponics research this year, among other projects.
Florida A&M U Passes Student Green Energy Fund
Florida A&M University has passed a new Student Green Energy Fund. Between 25 cents and $1 per credit hour will be paid by each student toward energy efficiency and renewable energy projects on campus. The fund is sponsored by the university’s Green Coalition, which works with campus officials to create a more sustainable campus.
Ohio State U Announces Student Sustainability Grant Winners
The Ohio State University's Office of Student Life has announced the winners of its Student Sustainability Grant. Funded through a partnership with Coca-Cola, the grant provides seed funding to undergraduate, graduate and professional students for projects that directly contribute to reducing environmental impacts on campus. Winning projects include a campus garden that will provide local, sustainably grown fare to the campus cafe; a mobile bike repair station; and a project to examine savings from the use of smart power strips.
Georgetown U Broadens Socially Responsible Investing
Georgetown University (DC) has expanded the scope of its Committee on Investments and Social Responsibility to consider investment proposals written by members of the university community. It also plans to broaden the constituency of the committee by the fall to foster open dialogue and diverse perspectives.
Portland State U Announces 'Solutions Generator' Student Projects
Portland State University (OR) has announced the 13 projects selected for funding through its Solutions Generator student award program. Initiatives include a testing ground for processing compost; treating wastewater with a living wetland; and feasibility studies for a universal transit pass to encourage students to take mass transportation and a new bicycle route to campus.
Luther College Receives $384K for Sustainability Education
Luther College (IA) has received a $383,612 grant from the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation toward sustainability education including student internships, environmental education outreach programs and a new staff coordinator to oversee these efforts. The college is also launching the Luther Sustainability Grant Fund, which will award $3,500 per year to student projects.
Northwest Technical College Gets $250K for Green Job Training
Northwest Technical College (MN) has received a $250,000 Minnesota State Energy Sector Partnership Grant to teach students about new green energy products and services. The college will partner with the Rural Minnesota Concentrated Employment Program and other local organizations to provide training in the installation and maintenance of solar panels, wind turbines and energy-efficient heating units.
Obama Seeks $8 B for Community College Job Training Programs
In his budget for the 2013 fiscal year, President Obama has proposed $10 billion for job training programs including an $8 billion "Community College to Career Fund," reports a recent Chronicle of Higher Education article. The fund would provide money to community colleges and states to form partnerships with businesses to train an estimated two million workers in high-growth and in-demand areas. The budget would also raise the maximum Pell Grant by $85, double the number of work-study jobs and reward colleges and states that slow their tuition growth and sustain their higher-education budgets.
Seattle U Awarded $100K to Create Urban Farm
Seattle University (WA) has received $100,000 from Wells Fargo Bank to transform an unused wastewater treatment site into an urban farm. Biosolids compost and reclaimed water recovered from the wastewater treatment process will be used to nourish the soil and vegetables. The produce harvested at the farm will go to local food banks.
Sault College Awarded $1.8 M for Renewable Energy Education
Sault College (ON) has received $1.79 million to establish programs that will provide aboriginal students with employment skills in renewable energy. Through partnerships with First Nations communities, participants will receive accreditation and certification through a selection of green training initiatives.
U Vermont Commits $13 M to Billion Dollar Green Challenge
The University of Vermont has announced a $13 million commitment to the Sustainable Endowment Institute's Billion Dollar Green Challenge, bringing the to-date total of the challenge to nearly $80 million. Launched in October 2011, the program invites colleges to invest a total of one billion dollars in energy efficiency upgrades delivered through self-managed revolving funds. Potential projects at the university include the installation of demand-controlled ventilation systems in buildings and the upgrade of external lighting across campus with energy-efficient LED fixtures.
New York U Announces 2012 Green Grant Winners
New York University's Sustainability Task Force has announced eight 2012 Green Grant projects proposed by students, faculty and staff. Projects include seed funding for a student food co-op; student-led composting collection for academic spaces and events; a LEED evaluation study for the university's existing building stock; a "meatless Mondays" campaign exploring relationships between food and climate change; and a series of solar-powered kinetic sculptures that resemble flowers and biomimetically open and close their petals. Since its establishment in 2007, the Green Grant program has awarded nearly $400,000 to a total of 61 projects.
Southern Illinois U Carbondale Announces Green Fee Projects
Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Sustainability Council has announced nearly $29,000 in awards for campus sustainability projects including the creation of a climate action plan; the compilation of sustainability curriculum and research; recycled art workshops; and an environmental ambassador award. The funding comes from a $10 per semester student green fee.
U Georgia Students Awarded $20K for Sustainability Projects
Funded by a $3 student green fee, the University of Georgia’s Office of Sustainability has awarded $20,000 to six student projects. Winning initiatives include a recycling program at a satellite campus and a demonstration project illustrating how construction waste from landfills can be refigured into projects that benefit the community.
U Pennsylvania Announces Latest Round of Green Fund Awards
The University of Pennsylvania has announced the award of eight new Green Fund grants for sustainable campus projects. Projects include a water density system at the university ice rink; a campus chemical inventory and waste management system; a new sustainability journal in the Earth and Environmental Science department; a bike-sharing pilot program; and Franklin Farmers, a network of local gardeners who will aim to raise awareness of health issues in the community.
U South Carolina Introduces Student Sustainability Fund
The University of South Carolina has unveiled a new Student Sustainability Fund, which will allow the campus community to submit proposals for sustainable projects. While $25,000 in seed money has been allocated to the fund, an optional student fee will add to it in the future. A committee of 14 students and five faculty members are in the process of accepting and reviewing proposals.
Kalamazoo College Awarded $23 M toward Social Justice Efforts
Kalamazoo College (MI) has received a $23 million grant for its Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership. The largest grant in the college's history will endow scholarships and internships for students, fellowships and professorships for faculty members, lectures and conferences, local and global partnerships, and residencies for social justice scholars and activists. The grant is from the same foundation that established the center three years ago.
U Illinois Chicago Approves Student Sustainability Fee
The University of Illinois at Chicago has approved a refundable $4.00 per semester sustainability fee for students. The fee was proposed by students to assist the university in aligning its operations and academics with the principles of sustainability. A student-led committee, supported by faculty and staff, will decide which student-driven initiatives receive funding through the initiative.
U Washington Seattle Announces Sustainability Fund Awards
The University of Washington, Seattle has announced the latest round of Campus Sustainability Fund project winners. Collected through a quarterly $118 student fee, the $180,227 will be split between five projects including a new sustainability service learning coordinator student liaison, on-campus composting facility, parking lot bioswale, green wall and feasibility study for a student biodiesel campus cooperative.
Portland State U Announces 2012 Campus-Community Project Grants
Portland State University's (OR) Institute for Sustainable Solutions has launched the 2012 Solutions Generator, offering student awards to carry out a physical installation, event, solutions-focused research paper, new program or recommendation to make the campus and community more sustainable. Each student involved in a selected proposal will receive up to a $1,000 Leadership Service Award and in addition, selected proposals will be awarded up to $1,500 toward budgeted project expenses.
U Manitoba Receives $3 M to Study Green Ag Practices
As part of a partnership among the Government of Canada, Canadian universities and industry to boost producer profitability through green agriculture technologies, the University of Manitoba has received $3 million to the to study cost-effective greenhouse gas mitigation practices for the cattle sector. Funded through the Agricultural Greenhouse Gases Program, a five-year, $27-million initiative that focuses on the development of on-farm greenhouse gas mitigation technologies, the university's research will lead to the development of new beneficial management practices toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the cattle sector.
U Minnesota Morris GreenCorps Prgm Receives Funding to Continue
The University of Minnesota, Morris has received funding to continue Minnesota GreenCorps, an environmentally focused AmeriCorps program administered by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, on its campus. The program is funded through a grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service with additional support from ServeMinnesota. The university's Morris Center for Small Towns, a community outreach program that serves as a point-of-entry to the resources of the university, is partnering to match five university students with community partners and projects this year.
Clarkson U Receives Grant for Energy-Efficient Food Facility
Clarkson University (NY) has received a $40,000 Educational Partnership grant from the Dominion Foundation to support the university’s Local Energy Efficient Food Facility. The grant will be used to integrate a pilot greenhouse that will grow plants year-round utilizing a biomass-solar thermal heating system and an anaerobic digester. Real-time data generated for analysis and system monitoring will be used in classrooms across campus.
Cornell U Named Winner of New NYC Science School
Named as a top contender during the year-long international competition, Cornell University (NY) has been chosen by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to partner with Technion-Israel Institute of Technology to create a new high-tech graduate science school. Cornell's proposed campus includes 2.1 million square feet of building space and a range of sustainable features including a heavy use of solar energy and geothermal wells. With the plan to make New York City a world leader in computer engineering and transform the city’s economy, Bloomberg announced that the $2 billion plan will include a $150 million venture capital fund for start-up companies that agree to remain in the city for three years, as well as math and science education support for 10,000 city children. With plans to complete 300,000 square feet of space on Roosevelt Island by 2017 and more than 2 million square feet by 2037, the campus is estimated to create 20,000 construction jobs and spin off 600 new businesses over the next generation.
Fanshawe College Receives Donation for Renewable Energy Program
Fanshawe College (ON) has received $95,000 from the Alma College Foundation and $405,000 from the Dorothy Palmer estate to create a renewable energies technician program. Renovations to the college’s old theater area and the equipment needed to sustain the program are to be funded entirely by the two donations. The program is expected to launch in fall 2012.
Mass College of Liberal Arts Awarded Co-Gen Feasibility Grant
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has been awarded $120,000 to determine what it will take to renovate its power plant with a co-generation unit and update its boilers to provide additional steam to heat the campus. The feasibility study, which will determine the savings derived from the biomass project, is the result of a previous energy study by the state's Division of Capital Asset Management that looked at what renewable energy sources that college might use.
Danville Area CC Receives $416K for Hybrid Wind Training
Danville Area Community College (IL) has received a $416,404 grant to develop a hybrid wind energy technician program in partnership with Highland Community College (IL). The funding is part of a $19.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Initiative, distributed among 17 Illinois Green Energy Network hub colleges that will work cooperatively to develop certificate and degree programs for green economy workforce training.
College of William & Mary Selects Green Fee Projects
The College of William & Mary’s (VA) Committee on Sustainability has announced the recipients of the fall 2011 Green Fee awards. Including water bottle refill stations and a community garden, the 12 winning proposals were awarded a total of $64,380. The committee also invested $40,000 of this year’s Green Fee revenue to the college's green endowment.
DOE Awards Funding to St. Joseph’s U for Green Roof Installation
Saint Joseph’s University (PA) has received funding from the U.S. Department of Energy to install a green roof and host homeowners' workshops for the public. Through a series of mini-workshops, participants will have the opportunity to tour the university’s green roof system and learn about stormwater management techniques including rain gardens, rain barrels and meadows.
U Utah Awarded Federal Grant for Electric Transit Bus System
As part of $100 million in grants to promote innovative and clean-fuel transit projects, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has announced a $2.7 million grant to the University of Utah and Utah Transit Authority to implement a campus electric transit bus system. Based on technology developed by the university's Energy Dynamics Laboratory, the future fleet of electric shuttles will wirelessly recharge through underground electric pads as they wait for passengers.
Yale U Receives $5.5 M for Reforestation Program
Yale University's (CT) Environmental Leadership & Training Initiative (ELTI) for Biodiversity Conservation in Tropical Forest Regions has received a six-year, $5.5 million grant by the Arcadia Fund to continue its work in Latin America and Southeast Asia. Aiming to restore tropical forests and the livelihoods that depend on them, the program trains environmental managers and local decision-makers to support conservation efforts where forests have been cleared and exploited.
College of Marin Receives Grant to Expand Organic Farm
The California Community College chancellor’s office has awarded a $233,000 grant to the College of Marin (CA) to expand the regional teaching organic farm laboratory into a self-sustaining, expanded farm production operation. With the help of more than $200,000 in matching grants, students will have access to expanded core curriculum and a new certificate program.
San Francisco State U Awarded $1.1 M from Department of Energy
San Francisco State University (CA) has received a new five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Energy totaling $1.1 million for the continuation of the School of Engineering's Industrial Assessment Center. The center provides students with training to improve the energy efficiency of manufacturing plants with a focus on reducing carbon footprints, conserving energy and cutting costs.
Western Michigan U Receives $700K for Solar Panels
Western Michigan University has received a $700,000 grant from the Department of Energy to install solar panels on campus. The energy generated will be used for electric car charging stations and additional energy will be fed back into the university’s electrical grid.
Brandeis U Sustainability Fund Receives $25K Gift
Brandeis University (MA) has received a $25,000 Gift of Inspiration for Education from National Office Furniture. The gift will boost the university's Student Sustainability Fund, enabling the Sustainability Fund Committee to implement larger investment projects and allow students greater opportunities to further campus sustainability initiatives.
Penn State U Awarded $2.3 M for Organic Agriculture Research
Pennsylvania State University has received a $2.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to investigate how certain cover crops and rotations can improve the production of organic commodities. The study’s goal is to determine whether diverse cover crop mixtures can enhance ecosystem functions. The university’s project is one of 23 in 18 states chosen for funding.
Stanford U Receives $150 M Gift to Tackle Global Poverty
Stanford University (CA) has received a $150 million donation from an MBA alum and his wife to establish an institute aimed at alleviating global poverty, reports a recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education. Known as SEED, the Stanford Institute on Innovation in Developing Economies will work to develop innovations that improve the lives of people in developing countries and support entrepreneurs as they expand their businesses to solve problems in areas such as transportation, health care and mobile communications.
U Idaho Announces Student Sustainability Project Grants
The University of Idaho's Sustainability Center has awarded grants totaling $7,500 to three student-led sustainability projects. The selected projects include the installation and maintenance of a major sub-irrigation system to increase water use efficiency in the university’s nursery; research on the effects of adding biochar, a soil amendment, to compostable wastes; and the purchase and installation of headlights and taillights for student bicycles. The projects will be completed by May 2012.