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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.
  • Sep 20, 2019

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.
  • Sep 20, 2019

AASHE Member Discount: $10 Off All ISSP Instructor-Led Courses

AASHE members can receive $10 off all International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) instructor-led courses. The discount is available until Dec. 31.
  • Sep 18, 2019

AASHE Member Discount: Free Customization on Solar-Powered Charging Stations

AASHE members can receive free customization in their university/college color and logo when ordering three or more SuperCharge35 or larger model of solar-powered charging stations from SolarSynthesis. The discount expired Dec. 31.
  • Sep 18, 2019

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.
  • Sep 16, 2019

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.
  • Sep 16, 2019

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.
  • Sep 16, 2019

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.
  • Sep 16, 2019

Villanova U Launches Center for Biodiversity & Ecosystem Stewardship

The new center, launched through the university’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, seeks to advance research that is focused on the biological principles, components and ramifications of biodiversity and ecosystem science in a changing world.
  • Sep 16, 2019

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.
  • Sep 16, 2019

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.
  • Sep 16, 2019

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.
  • Sep 16, 2019

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.
  • Sep 16, 2019

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.
  • Sep 16, 2019

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.
  • Sep 16, 2019

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.
  • Sep 16, 2019

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.
  • Sep 16, 2019

2019 Campus Sustainability Month

Campus Sustainability Month (CSM) is an international celebration of sustainability in higher education in the month of October. The goal of CSM is to raise the visibility of campus sustainability and provide advocates with a platform through which to deepen campus engagement. AASHE has partnered with Bullfrog Films to offer a movie screening of one of four movies at a discounted rate of $85. Additionally, a 15 percent discount is available for educational copies of any of the movies.
  • Sep 16, 2019

California State U East Bay Releases Sustainability Dashboards

After having launched its first Climate Action Plan progress report, the university also released new sustainability dashboards that track pertinent data in order to visualize its commitment to carbon neutrality by 2040 and other goals.
  • Sep 16, 2019

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.
  • Sep 16, 2019

Sul Ross State U Installs Water Bottle Filling Stations

After a number of sustainability-related concerns were expressed in a 2019 campus satisfaction survey, the university installed two new water-bottle filling stations with two more set to be operational in September.
  • Sep 16, 2019

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.
  • Sep 16, 2019

Portland CC & Portland State U to Purchase 20,500 MWH of Solar Energy

The two institutions recently committed to purchasing a combined 25,000 megawatt-hours of renewable energy from an Oregon-based solar facility set to be operational in 2021.
  • Sep 16, 2019

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.
  • Sep 16, 2019

Plowing, Sowing and Harvesting: Sustainable Educational Facilities (Resource in Spanish)

This publication for Spanish-speaking institutions shares lessons learned from efforts to transform educational institutions into sustainable spaces.
  • Sep 16, 2019

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.
  • Sep 16, 2019

Call to Educators: Take Action for Climate Justice on September 20

Don't Teach, Strike! invites educators to sign a letter endorsing and participating in the global climate strike on Sept. 20, in solidarity with students across the globe. This petition and call to action is presented by Educators' Global Climate Strike.
  • Sep 10, 2019

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.
  • Sep 9, 2019

Simon Fraser U Opens School of Sustainable Energy Engineering

The new program blends fundamental and interdisciplinary engineering education in energy systems with elements of public policy, economics, management and entrepreneurship.
  • Sep 9, 2019

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.
  • Sep 9, 2019

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.
  • Sep 9, 2019

Southern Crescent Tech College Installs Solar

Thanks to a $58,000 Solar for Schools grant, the college recently completed a 30-kilowatt solar-electric installation that will supply power to the main building.
  • Sep 9, 2019

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.
  • Sep 9, 2019

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.
  • Sep 9, 2019

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.
  • Sep 9, 2019

College William & Mary Incoming Students Create Bags From T-Shirts

Incoming new students participating in the college's community service pre-orientation program transformed hundreds of old t-shirts into tote bags that will be used by a local food pantry.
  • Sep 9, 2019

Indiana U-Purdue U Indianapolis Begins Using Electric Landscaping Equipment

Thanks to a collaboration with the sustainability office and a $12,000 Greening IUPUI grant, grounds workers now have an arsenal of new electric equipment: two tillers, nine leaf blowers, nine weed trimmers, five chainsaws, two pole saws and two push mowers.
  • Sep 9, 2019

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.
  • Sep 9, 2019

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.
  • Sep 9, 2019