Furman U Sustainability Institute Receives $1M Donation

Furman University President Emeritus David E. Shi's recent $1 million gift to the endowment of The Shi Institute for Sustainable Communities will ensure fellowships and its other signature programs and services.

U California Awards $80M Toward Climate Priorities

As part of a historic partnership between the University of California (UC) and the state of California, the university in August announced it is awarding over $80 million in climate action grants to spur implementation of solutions that directly address state climate priorities. The selected projects aim to improve the health of farmworkers; increase resilience of state water and power systems; and identify innovative nature-based solutions toward biodiversity degradation, sea level rise, and wildfire risk.

US Climate Groups Call on Institutions to Fire Fossil Fuel Lobbyists

Almost a dozen climate justice groups in mid-August issued a call for colleges and other organizations to end their relationships with lobbyists who also work for the fossil fuel industry.

Rhodes College Receives $800K to Establish Institute for Race and Social Transformation

A $800,000 three-year grant recently awarded to the college from the Mellon Foundation will establish the Institute for Race and Social Transformation. The institute will serve as an intellectual hub for research and curricular development focusing on racial equity, discrimination and justice in Memphis and the Mid-South region.

U Michigan Hires Shana Weber as AVP for Campus Sustainability

Shana S. Weber was recently appointed as the university's first associate vice president for campus sustainability. Currently the founding director of Princeton University’s Office of Sustainability, Weber will work with all 19 schools and colleges, Student Life, Michigan Medicine, Athletics, and various organizations within Business & Finance to advance sustainability and carbon neutrality across the Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint campuses. She assumes the role on Sept. 5.

AASHE Publishes 2023 Higher Education Staffing Report

Using data provided through AASHE's Higher Education Staffing Survey, the 2023 Salaries & Status of Sustainability Professionals in Higher Education Report examines the nature of sustainability positions at colleges and universities in the U.S., Canada and other countries. The report provides insights into salaries, funding, supervision, job satisfaction, challenges and more. Among the key findings, there was an increase in responses from chief sustainability officers and sustainability directors, and 73 percent of respondents indicated their position was housed in an office or unit with sustainability in its name, compared to 68 percent in 2020.

Seattle U Completes Fossil Fuel Divestment

As of late June, the university's endowment portfolio has been divested from publicly traded fossil fuel investments.