Colorado College Achieves Carbon Neutrality
The college recently achieved carbon neutrality through a variety of initiatives that include efficiency upgrades, building renovations, campus engagement initiatives, on-site renewable energy, local renewable energy purchases, and carbon offsets.
Call for Proposals for the Sustainability Student Leaders Symposium Host Institution
The Sustainability Student Leaders Symposium board of curators invites proposals from schools wishing to host the 2020 symposium. The annual symposium brings together peer-to-peer student sustainability educators/leaders from many different colleges and universities in the northeast to learn and be inspired by each other for a half-day conference. Proposals are due by Feb. 20.
Embodied Carbon Guidance Document
The International Living Future Institute has created the Embodied Carbon Guidance Document in order to provide practices and methodologies that help draw a common understanding of embodied carbon. This guidance seeks to help project teams quantify the reductions made within their projects and empower them to create measurable change in order to meet their climate action goals.
U Tennessee Knoxville Commits to 2030 Waste Goal
The university recently committed to diverting half of its waste from landfills by 2030 as part of a larger goal of becoming a zero waste institution. The diversion rate in 2018 was 33 percent.
Brandeis U Includes Caste in Non-Discrimination Policy
Discrimination based on caste, a system of inherited social class, is now expressly prohibited at the university, just as discrimination based on race, color, ancestry, religious creed, gender identity and expression, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, age, genetic information, disability, military or veteran status, or any other category protected by law is prohibited.
Lumina Foundation Grants American Indian College Fund $650K
The recently announced grant will be used to examine the barriers affecting Native American students' higher education success. Under the grant, the American Indian College Fund will establish a two-part and 30-month project aimed at analyzing completion rates under factors such as the rising cost of college and high rates of poverty among American Indian and Alaska Native communities. Additionally, the research will focus on the sustainability of tribal colleges and universities, both academically and financially.
Pennsylvania State U Adopts Open Access Policy
Under the new policy, university researchers automatically grant Penn State a non-exclusive license to make their work available through the university’s open access institutional repository, which is designed to help increase the global visibility and impact of Penn State research and scholarship. The new open access policy took effect on Jan. 1 and applies to all university faculty and staff, university appointees, graduate and post-doctoral research assistants or fellows, and visiting scholars.
Arizona State U Library Renovation Includes Sustainability
While the LEED certification is still under review, the sustainability practices included the reuse of materials, approximately 80 percent of which were diverted from the landfill, a highly reflective rooftop photovoltaic solar power system, and low-flow fixtures coupled with high-efficiency irrigation systems.
U Buffalo Receives $3.2M for Indigenous Studies Department
The university's College of Arts and Sciences recently received a $3.174 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in support of a new department of Indigenous Studies. To be launched over the next four years, the proposed department will focus on humanities-centered research, educational programs and community outreach aimed at addressing key issues central to indigenous life in the region, as identified by faculty, students, alumni and community stakeholders from the surrounding Haudenosaunee territories.
The Scoop Journalism Contest
Earth Day Network's Foodprints for the Future campaign invites original essay, podcast and video submissions from students for The Scoop, a journalism contest encouraging students to think about the intersection of food and climate. The deadline to submit is Jan. 31.
2020 NWF EcoCareers Conference
The National Wildlife Federation EcoCareers Conference, happening online April 1-2, prepares students and young professionals for wildlife and sustainability careers by providing information on the latest career trends from leading analysts and employers, clarifying career enhancing credentials and academic offerings, and formulating a better understanding of the competencies employers seek in the sustainability sector.
Call for Proposals and Reviewers: 2020 AASHE Conference & Expo
AASHE is accepting proposals for the 2020 AASHE Conference & Expo, happening in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Oct. 4-7. This year’s theme, Mobilizing for a Just Transition, focuses on centering justice within the transition from an extractive economy to a regenerative one, ensuring that it leaves no one behind. All accepted presenters receive a discount applicable to full conference registration. The submission period closes Feb. 28.
Recyclemania 2020 Registration
Colleges and universities can sign up to participate in the 2020 competition, which is a platform for colleges and universities to have a friendly waste reduction competition over an eight-week period in the spring. Institutions will report recycling and trash amounts each week and are ranked in various categories. Registration closes Feb. 1.
Washtenaw CC Earns Bee Campus USA Designation
The community college now boasts the pollinator-friendly certification after meeting the Bee Campus USA requirements, which include providing pollinator-friendly landscaping, eliminating toxic fertilization and eradication techniques, and providing educational events about pollinators.
California State U Channel Islands Receives Grant for EV Charging Ports
The university recently received a grant from the Ventura County Air Pollution Control District to install an additional six electric vehicle (EV) charging stations on campus, bringing the university's total to 15 charging ports. The new charging stations will be the first networked stations on campus, enabling the university to gather data on charging patterns and energy usage.
2020 Saving Endangered Species College Student Art Contest
The Endangered Species Coalition and National Wildlife Federation invite students to submit entries for the 2020 Saving Endangered Species College Student Art Contest. The contest is part of the 15th annual Endangered Species Day, happening on May 15, 2020. The first place winner will be featured in National Wildlife magazine and promotions for Endangered Species Day 2020.
Biomimicry Global Design Challenge 2020
The Biomimicry Global Design Challenge asks teams of students and professionals to address critical global issues with nature-inspired solutions that align with one or more of the Sustainable Development Goals. The design concepts may address any aspect of climate change adaptation, mitigation and reversal in any sector of the economy. Submissions are due May 1.
Circular Economy Program: From Linear to Circular Atlanta
The Ellen MacArthur Foundation encourages postgraduate students or professionals who are committed to accelerating the transition towards a circular economy to apply for the Linear to Circular program. Through expert-run sessions and collaborative team-projects, this program gives participants the opportunity to expand their circular economy knowledge and professional networks. The deadline to apply is Feb. 4.
Patagonia Case Competition
Patagonia and the Berkeley Haas Center for Responsible Business seek proposals from graduate students to tackle the interconnected business and sustainability aspects of a current, real-life issue facing the outdoor gear retailer Patagonia. First place teams win $15,000, second $5,000 and third place $2,500. The deadline for team sign-up is Jan. 15 and case proposals are due Feb. 9.
U Oregon Introduces Sustainability Open Houses
The new Sustainability Open House meetings include brief presentations from pre-selected staff, faculty members and student groups, as well as time for casual networking to build collaborations between faculty and staff units. The quarterly meetings are hosted in partnership by the Environmental Studies Program, the Student Sustainability Center and the Office of Sustainability.
Oregon State U Bans All Tobacco Products
The university recently enacted an expanded policy that prohibits the use of all forms of tobacco products on all university campuses and university-controlled properties.
Columbia U Staff Complete Energy Efficiency Training
Forty-five Columbia residential operations and maintenance staff completed the 30-hour New York City Building Operator Training program to help improve energy efficiency of residential buildings and reduce operating costs. The curriculum provides participants with energy and resource conservation techniques related to a building’s heating, electrical and water systems.
Cornell U Joins Supply Chain Greening Group
The university's Center for Sustainability announced its new partnership with The Sustainability Consortium. With more than 100 corporate, academic and nongovernmental organization members, the consortium explores paths to address environmental, social and economic imperatives in business supply chains. Specifically, the partnership seeks to connect faculty, students and staff with projects that could translate Cornell research into business tools that spur consumer product sustainability, to initiate new projects that influence corporate and policy-level decision-making, and to advance conservation finance to accelerate the adoption of sustainable practices and investment.
Marymount Manhattan College Purchases 100% Renewable Energy
The college now purchases all of its power from renewable sources. Additionally, after consulting with an energy and water management company, the college has installed a building management system for heating, cooling and electricity, and installed energy-efficient windows in its Carson Hall.
Higher Education for Sustainability
This book explores how higher education and sustainability interact in New Zealand, and argues that higher education at present may be contributing as much to unsustainability as it does to sustainability. It considers how education, and higher education in particular, works alongside a wide range of other life experiences to impact individuals’ attitudes and actions. In turn, it envisions a form of higher education that supports graduates to decide what their contribution to a sustainable future will be. This book addresses those aspects of higher education that are best suited to fostering the development of students’ abilities and dispositions to think deeply, critically and independently about the world.
Indiana State U Begins Sustainability Partnership With City
The university's Office of Sustainability and the municipality in which it resides, Sullivan, have launched a partnership to develop collaborative community-based sustainability projects and to find proactive ways to incorporate ecological operations at the city level. The projects will be completed by Sustainable Cities faculty and ISU students.
Two Universities Join Consortium to Study Slavery
The University of Georgia and the University of Nottingham (U.K.) recently joined the Universities Studying Slavery Consortium. Universities Studying Slavery (USS) is dedicated to organizing multi-institutional collaboration to facilitate mutual support in the pursuit of common goals around the core theme of universities studying slavery.
Vanderbilt U Announces Zero Waste By 2030 Goal
The university recently announced its commitment to achieving a 90 percent diversion rate from the landfill and reducing the amount of waste generated on campus by 30 percent, both by 2030. Additionally, the institution committed to addressing emissions related to waste disposal and recycling.
Climate Justice League
The Sierra Student Coalition's Climate Justice League is a 10-week organizing fellowship for high school and college-aged young people to learn key organizing and leadership skills, meet other youth activists from around the country, and take action for climate and social justice. Apply for the spring fellowship by Jan. 17.
2020 International Laboratory Freezer Challenge
The Freezer Challenge is a cold storage competition for laboratories run by the non-profit organizations My Green Lab and the International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories. The International Laboratory Freezer Challenge utilizes friendly competition over a five-month period during which individual labs and institutions work at their own pace to implement optimal cold storage management practices. Any type of laboratory is eligible to participate.