Rutgers U to Establish Office of Climate Action
Toward the end of September, the university's president announced a new Climate Action Plan and the formation of a new Office of Climate Action, which will lead the university's efforts to achieve carbon neutrality by 2040. The office will be housed in the Office of University Strategy, and will work to achieve key milestones, including ensuring that Rutgers removes more greenhouse gases than it emits by its 275th anniversary in 2041.
Virginia Tech Launches Climate Action Living Laboratory
The new Climate Action Living Laboratory seeks to more deeply integrate the university's climate action commitment efforts into the university's educational mission and engage more students in hands-on learning opportunities around sustainability.
AASHE ED Appointed to Times Higher Ed Advisory Board
AASHE's executive director, Meghan Fay Zahniser, is now one of 10 Times Higher Education (THE) advisory board members who were selected to advise THE on how to improve THE's Impact Rankings. The rankings capture higher education institutions' impact on society based on delivery of the SDGs.
Wege Prize 2022
Wege Prize is an annual competition challenging students to collaborate across institutional, disciplinary and cultural boundaries to redesign the way economies work. Participants contend for over $65,000 in total cash prizes. The Wege Prize is organized by Kendall College of Art and Design’s Wege Center for Sustainable Design with support from the Wege Foundation. The deadline to submit a team application is Nov. 1.
Call for Video Messages From Higher Education Students
Students Organizing for Sustainability International invites students at higher education institutions to submit video messages that provide a critical and solution-focused perspective on how climate education is and should be integrated into the curriculum. The five best videos will be compiled into a 4-5 minute video that will be played for ministers and delegates at U.N. Environment Program and the Times Higher Education Climate Impact Forum on Oct. 28, ahead of COP26.
Complimentary SIMAP Tier 1 Subscription
New or renewing GRITS Unlimited subscribers will get a complimentary subscription to the SIMAP carbon and nitrogen accounting platform through Nov. 1. Current SIMAP users are also welcome to take advantage of this opportunity to expand their access.
Georgetown U Hires Inaugural VP of Sustainability
Meghan Chapple, Georgetown’s first vice president of sustainability, will oversee Georgetown’s Office of Sustainability and lead the university’s strategic sustainability actions. Chapple most recently served as sustainability director and senior advisor on sustainability at The George Washington University.