Southern Illinois U Carbondale Receives $900K for Solar Plus Storage Project
The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Energy recently issued a $900,000 grant award to the university for a solar photovoltaic plus energy storage and communication resiliency project. The project will feature more than 150-kilowatts of solar generation and 310 kilowatt-hours of storage capacity. The project intends to demonstrate that photovoltaic systems with energy storage provide a viable alternative when selecting backup power sources for small-scale applications.
U California System Divests Billions From Fossil Fuels
By the end of September 2019, the University of California system's $13.4-billion endowment will be completely divested of holdings in fossil fuel companies, although a timeline was not given, its $70-billion pension fund will be divested as well.
31 Institutions Form the Anchor Learning Network
The Anchor Learning Network is a joint project of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities and The Democracy Collaborative. Building on the success of the year-long pilot program launched in 2018, brings colleges and universities together to jointly explore how they can adopt an anchor mission: using their place-based assets—educational and operational—to advance the well-being of the communities they call home.
Virginia Theological Seminary Designates $1.7M for Reparations Fund
Recognizing that enslaved persons worked on the campus, and that even after slavery ended, VTS participated in segregation, the seminary recently announced that it will create an endowment fund from which the income will fund reparations. The income from the endowment will be allocated annually in conversation with key stakeholders for designated purposes.
Racialized Students Caucus, Digital Storytelling Workshop
The three-day workshop, offered by Meal Exchange, taking place on Nov. 22-24 at the University of Guelph, aims to bring together racialized students with lived experience of food insecurity to build skills in video making and gain knowledge of artistic methods for community dialogue, policy action, and challenging dominant narratives. All costs of the workshop (registration, travel, accommodations and food) will be covered. Students from all campuses across Canada are welcome to apply to attend.
Campus Farmer Summit Request for Proposals
The Martin Institute at Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts, will host the New England Campus Farmer Summit on Feb. 22, 2020. The summit program will focus on the theme of nourishment. Organizers are accepting proposals from campus farmers, students and representatives. Proposals are due Oct. 25.
U Miami to Offer Electric Scooters
The university recently partnered with a company that offers ride-and-park electric bikes. Users can pick up a scooter through a free app, which tracks where scooters are located to make finding transportation easy.
Ohio U Introduces Food From Student Farm
The university has begun sourcing food from its Student Farm, which has also been running a weekly produce sale. Money earned from the sale of produce goes back to funding food studies-themed internships for students.
U Buffalo Raises PhD Student Stipend to $20K
The university will raise all Ph.D. teaching assistant, research assistant and graduate assistant stipends to a baseline of $20,000 for the 2019-20 academic year. The stipend announcement came with the launch of a Ph.D. Excellence Initiative which will examine issues related to Ph.D. programs in order to enhance Ph.D. students’ educations. Some departments’ stipends were already close to, or above, $20,000, while others will see a 30-40 percent increase in their stipends.
U Memphis Professor Creates Green Living App
Green Fee, developed by Susan Elswick, a professor in the social work department at the university, is a game-based app that allows users to track their green-living efforts, as well as green-living issues they encounter. Users can identify and geotag a green-living issue or problem they see, such as trash on the ground, then users may opt to address the issue and tag that activity.
U Northern Colorado Completes 172 KW Solar Array
A 172-kilowatt photovoltaic array funded by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment was recently connected, along with an interactive dashboard to track the performance. The array is part of a $8.9 million energy saving contract.
U Arizona Announces Pell Pledge Grant
Beginning with the fall 2020 semester, all Arizona-resident, Pell-eligible freshmen attending the main campus will have the full cost of their tuition covered for four years.
Global Climate Change Week
Global Climate Change Week, scheduled for Oct. 14-20, aims to encourage academic communities to engage with each other, their communities and policy-makers on climate change action and solutions. During the Global Climate Change Week, teaching staff coordinate their teaching to be on an aspect of climate change. They also organize various other activities focused on awareness, behavior change and political transformation in relation to climate policy.
AASHE 2019 Workshop: Lots of Watts: Building an Energy Cohort to Buy Big Renewables
During this pre-conference, half-day workshop, participants will examine large-scale renewable energy aggregation at MIT, Lehigh University and Swarthmore College. Attendees will learn best practices for pursuing aggregated renewable energy power purchase agreements by understanding the economic, risk-management, reputational and academic benefits. Participants will work in small groups to conduct exercises that will help prepare them for a renewable energy buyers cohort.
U California Merced Launches 'No Food Left Behind' Initiative
The No Food Left Behind initiative provides the campus community with two ways to help ensure there is no food waste for catered events on campus. Students, faculty and staff can sign up for text alerts when leftover food might be available after a catered event, and event attendees may bring food containers to take remaining food after the event is over.
U Pittsburgh Deploys Electric Box Trucks
The university added four new zero-emission electric box trucks to its fleet. Designed to travel 60 to 80 miles on a single charge, the light-duty trucks are used for campus moving and delivery services.
Smith College Adopts 'Year on Climate Change' for 2019-20 Academic Year
The college has designated the 2019-20 academic year as the Year on Climate Change, a college-wide initiative to critically examine the complex and urgent issue of climate change. This program encourages the campus community to engage in deep and authentic critical thinking, collaboration, listening and action. The initiative opens in October with the Climate Equity and Justice: Solutions in Action conference that will bring more than a dozen speakers to campus.
Student Opportunities at Life Cycle Assessment Conference
The upcoming The American Center for Life Cycle Assessment (ACLCA) conference, LCA XIX, being held from Sept. 23-26 in Tucson, Arizona, has several student-focused opportunities. Students can apply to volunteer, attend the student-focused events at no charge, and/or attend the pre-conference workshops for 50 percent off.
Vanderbilt U Eliminates Single-Use Plastic Water & Soda Bottles
The university recently announced it will eliminate all single-use plastic water and soda bottles in its operations throughout dining facilities, markets and vending machines. Starting this academic year, all undergraduate students will be given a reusable aluminum Vanderbilt tumbler for use at hydration stations throughout campus.
U Sunshine Coast Installs Solar Energy & Thermal Storage Tank
(Australia) The university recently installed a 2.1-megawatt photovoltaic system, the energy from which will be used to cool water in a three-story tank. The chilled water will then be used for air conditioning, which is currently the single biggest user of electricity at the campus.
Hampton U Offers Enrollment to Displaced Bahamian Students
In an effort to help those students and families affected by Hurricane Dorian, Hampton University is entering into an agreement with the University of the Bahamas-North to allow students who have been displaced by the hurricane to continue their education on HU’s campus. Students from the University of the Bahamas-North will be able to attend classes at Hampton for the fall 2019 semester, receive room and board for one semester, and will have the option to stay at Hampton once the semester is over at regular rates for tuition and fees.
Ohio U Receives Grant to Expand Zero Waste Efforts
The university was recently awarded an Ohio Environmental Protection Agency Recycling Grant of nearly $130,000 that, combined with internal matching funds, will allocate more than $160,000 toward a 12-month project to improve the collection and processing of organic waste on campus. The grant money will be used for three main improvements, which include installing stationary co-located bins in the Convocation Center and using a portable conveyer to assist with sorting.
Investments & Climate Survey by Columbia Law School
This global survey from Millstein Center for Global Markets and Corporate Ownership at Columbia Law School seeks to understand how institutional investors and board directors incorporate climate-related issues in their investment decision-making and their oversight responsibilities, respectively.
University Grants Commission of India Encourages Ban on Single-Use Plastics
(India) The University Grants Commission of India has issued guidelines to higher education institutions across the country to impose a ban on single-use plastic, including in their canteens, hostels and shopping complexes. The higher education regulator, while issuing the guidelines, said that plastic waste has emerged as one of the biggest environmental concerns adversely impacting the soil, water, health and well-being of citizens at large and that time has come for a systematic campaign to reduce the usage of plastics.
U Colorado Boulder Introduces Aluminum Cup at Stadium
A new partnership was recently announced that will bring Ball Corporation's recyclable aluminum cup to the university's Folsom Field during the 2019 football season. The CU Athletic Department hopes to significantly reduce plastic use in the stadium during the 2019 season, with the university's goal of becoming plastic-free in sports venues by 2020.
2019 GameDay Recycling Challenge
Presented through a partnership with the National Wildlife Federation, RecycleMania Inc., the College & University Recycling Coalition, and EPA’s WasteWise program, the GameDay Challenge seeks to reduce trash generated inside and outside stadiums during home football games. During the competition, participating schools track and report how much recyclable and organic materials they collect, donate, reduce and recycle.