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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.
  • Jan 24, 2020

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.
  • Jan 24, 2020

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.
  • Jan 21, 2020

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.
  • Jan 20, 2020

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.
  • Jan 20, 2020

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.
  • Jan 20, 2020

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.
  • Jan 20, 2020

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.
  • Jan 17, 2020

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.
  • Jan 17, 2020

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.
  • Jan 17, 2020

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.
  • Jan 17, 2020

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.
  • Jan 17, 2020

U Virginia Sports Field & Stadium Earns LEED Silver

The university's Davenport Field and Stadium recently completed a renovation that resulted in the LEED Silver certification from major improvements to the energy systems.
  • Jan 17, 2020

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.
  • Jan 17, 2020

Campus Sustainability Hub Resources

The Campus Sustainability Hub is a simple, intuitive and centralized platform for higher education that houses best practices, course materials, and comprehensive lists including research centers and institutes, publications, green funds and more. With advanced search filtering, this key member benefit is designed to facilitate information sharing between campuses and organizations. Recently added publications include:
  • Jan 17, 2020

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.
  • Jan 17, 2020

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.
  • Jan 17, 2020

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.
  • Jan 17, 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.
  • Jan 16, 2020

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.
  • Jan 16, 2020

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.
  • Jan 14, 2020

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.
  • Jan 14, 2020

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.
  • Jan 14, 2020

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.
  • Jan 13, 2020

U Florida Opens Institutes of Black & Hispanic-Latino Cultures

The facility for each is a gathering place for people of the respective culture to uniquely express their history, culture and social activism.
  • Jan 13, 2020

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.
  • Jan 13, 2020

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.
  • Jan 13, 2020

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.
  • Jan 13, 2020

U California Santa Cruz Shifts to Biodiesel

The university moved to 100 percent biodiesel in 2019 for all its diesel-fueled student shuttles and other fleet vehicles.
  • Jan 13, 2020

National U Ireland Galway Announces Carbon Neutral By 2030 Goal

(Ireland) The university's new strategic plan, “Shared Vision, Shaped by Values”, calls for a roadmap to carbon neutrality by 2030. One of the four shared values embedded in the plan is sustainability, along with respect, excellence and openness.
  • Jan 13, 2020

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.
  • Jan 13, 2020

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.
  • Jan 13, 2020

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.
  • Jan 13, 2020

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.
  • Jan 13, 2020

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.
  • Jan 13, 2020