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South Dakota State U Building Receives LEED Gold

The recent Harding Hall renovation included reusing 75 percent of the existing materials in the building, the use of low-emitting materials and enhanced HVAC air filtration.
  • May 28, 2020

South Dakota State U Installs 7.4 KW Photovoltaic System

A new 7.4-kilowatt system was recently mounted on the university's American Indian Student Center.
  • May 27, 2020

Climate Science Research Universities Form Alliance

The International Universities Climate Alliance is a new collaborative of over 40 climate research universities aiming to increase access to research-based facts on climate change science, impacts, adaptation and mitigation. UNSW Sydney is currently spearheading the alliance.
  • May 25, 2020

U Buffalo Produces Map of Food Resources

Researchers at the university recently released a map of food resources in Buffalo to help people access food amid the coronavirus pandemic. The map includes grocery stores and sources of free food like food pantries, soup kitchens and schools offering meal pickup for students.
  • May 25, 2020

North Carolina State U Installs Thermal Energy Storage Tank

Equivalent to a seven-story swimming pool holding more than 3 million gallons of water, the thermal energy storage tank enables the university to create chilled water for campus buildings at night when electricity rates are lowest and store the chilled water for use during the day when electricity rates are highest. The system is designed to supply chilled water for mechanical systems at more than 20 buildings.
  • May 25, 2020

Stanford U Announces Climate & Sustainability School

The university president in a recent address to the Academic Council announced the creation of a school focused on climate and sustainability that will help the university address the challenges facing the planet. In addition to leveraging the university's climate and sustainability research areas, the school is also to include a sustainability neighborhood providing place-based education and sustainability across the curriculum, and an accelerator, which would drive new sustainability solutions through external partnerships with government, industry and nongovernmental organizations.
  • May 25, 2020

Cornell U Announces Moratorium on Fossil Fuel Investments

The university's board of trustees voted in May to institute a moratorium on new private investments focused on fossil fuels and to grow its investments in alternative energy technologies. The moratorium emerged from the university's Investment Committee review of its $6.9 billion endowment portfolio; the near- and medium-term financial outlook for the coal, oil and gas industries; and the potential threat posed by climate change. The percentage of long-term investments focused on fossil fuels is expected to dwindle to zero over time as existing investments mature.
  • May 25, 2020

U Illinois System Invests $160M Using ESG Lens

The university system recently invested nearly $160 million of the system endowment into a new environmentally and socially focused strategy launched by a global asset manager. The three-university system’s investment decision was rooted in its Guiding Principles, which include financial and environmental sustainability.
  • May 25, 2020

Call for Submissions: 'Sustainability in Libraries'

"Sustainability in Libraries" aims to offer insights into the important developments on how librarians provide leadership and how libraries serve as models for sustainable practices. The editors are seeking articles from a variety of perspectives on topics related to sustainability—including crisis preparation, response, and recovery—within the library profession. The chapter summary proposal deadline is June 15.
  • May 25, 2020

Campus Compact Impact Awards

The Campus Compact Impact Awards recognize individuals and institutions for their achievement in advancing the public purposes of higher education. Applications are due Sept. 15.
  • May 25, 2020

Greenville U Completes Solar Installation

The university's recently completed photovoltaic project will cover approximately 75 percent of the university's electricity needs. The project was feasible thanks to an Illinois renewable energy program that allowed the school to acquire the system at no up-front cost and pay over six years with the money that would have been spent on electricity.
  • May 25, 2020

Northwestern U to Support 16 Community Solar Projects

The university recently signed an agreement with a community solar provider to support the development and construction of 16 community solar projects in Illinois, totalling 11.9 megawatts. Additionally, the partnership will provide hands-on experiential learning for students. Community solar allows customers to subscribe to a local solar project, receive credits on their utility bill and reduce their overall electricity costs.
  • May 22, 2020

Call for Applications: Future Organic Farmer Education Grant

The California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) Foundation is now accepting applications for educational grant funding from vocational and higher education students currently enrolled in the U.S. who are pursuing a career in organic agricultural production. Applications are due June 1.
  • May 21, 2020

Call for Applications: New England Farm & Sea to Campus Steering Committee

Farm to Institution New England is looking for up to six individuals to join the New England Farm and Sea to Campus Network Steering Committee. The Farm and Sea to Campus Network is a community of higher education and food systems stakeholders who connect, share and collaborate to develop transparent regional supply chains and educate campus communities about regional food systems. Applications are due by June 8.
  • May 21, 2020

Lafayette College Building Receives LEED Platinum

The college's Rockwell Integrated Sciences Center features renewable energy that meets 70 percent of the building's electricity needs, a reflective roof, ample daylighting, and bird-safe window glazing.
  • May 21, 2020

AASHE Member Discount: Subscription to Sustainability: The Journal of Record

AASHE member institutions can receive a 15 percent discount off the regular, full subscription rate for an online institutional subscription to Sustainability: The Journal of Record.
  • May 21, 2020

Coping With Climate Anxiety in the Classroom and for Yourself

This online workshop, happening on June 11 from 3 - 5 p.m. Eastern, aims to help faculty understand their own emotions around eco-grief and eco-anxiety in order to create and hold space for their students to integrate and process hard realities about climate change impacts. A short overview of research on climate change education and pedagogies will be followed by four experiential activities that can be used in the classroom. The deadline to register is June 10. The University of Hawaiʻi is an AASHE Center for Sustainability Across the Curriculum.
  • May 21, 2020

U Rhode Island Farm Receives Organic Certification

Three acres used to conduct crop research at the university was recently certified as organic by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Organics Program. Now the acreage will be used to conduct research on organic production methods and for comparison studies of organic and conventional crop production. The land will also be used in classes on sustainable crop production.
  • May 18, 2020

Appalachian State U Building Earns LEED Silver

The university's new Hall of Health Sciences includes rooftop solar panels, water-efficient fixtures and landscaping, pollution-reducing lighting, and access to public transportation.
  • May 18, 2020

Clemson U Introduces Virtual Map of Food Resources

University faculty and staff, in coordination with the United Way and Ten at the Top, recently released an interactive map that provides information on different food resources for individuals and families facing food insecurity. The regional map includes nearly 400 providers across 10 counties complete with information on the type of assistance they provide as well as operating hours and availability.
  • May 18, 2020

George Washington U Installs Solar on Five Buildings

Five buildings at the university's Foggy Bottom campus now house solar panels with a combined capacity of 497 kilowatts.
  • May 18, 2020

Citizens’ Climate Lobby Advocacy Training Program

Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) is offering a 15-week Climate Advocacy Training Program for anyone interested in learning and applying CCL’s methods for climate action. No application or prerequisites are necessary to join and there is no cost. The program commitment is about two hours a week and can easily be done alongside a full-time job or internship.
  • May 18, 2020

New Support Website for Dreamers and DACA Recipients

RemembertheDreamers.org, launched by the American Council on Education (ACE) and a coalition of partners, aims to be a resource for students, families and higher education institutions as Dreamers and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients await the Supreme Court’s decision on whether President Trump illegally ended DACA in 2017. The decision is expected to be made between now and mid-June.
  • May 18, 2020

Be-Trayed: How Kickbacks in the Cafeteria Industry Harm Our Communities & What to Do About It

The new report from Real Food Generation examines the practice of cash rebates between major cafeteria contractors operating on campuses, such as Aramark, Sodexo and Compass Group, and large agricultural corporations, like Cargill and Tyson. The report provides resources and guidance to students and school administrators to implement institutional procurement policies that contribute to local food economies that advance racial justice and prioritize ecological balance.
  • May 18, 2020

Macquarie U Signs Hydroelectricity Agreement

(Australia) The new seven-year contract allows the university to source hydroelectricity for its North Ryde campus. Under the contract, the university will purchase approximately 54,422 megawatt-hours of electricity per year.
  • May 18, 2020

AASHE Member Discount: Distributed Energy Resources Savings Assessment

AASHE members can take advantage of a free remote distributed energy resources savings assessment from GridMarket. This discount expires Dec. 31.
  • May 18, 2020

An Interdisciplinary Approach to Integrating the UN SDGs Within Your Course

During this day-long, online workshop happening June 2, participants will learn what faculty in Canadian colleges are doing to integrate the U.N. SDGs in their courses in a meaningful way using place-based learning. Best practices, resources and tools will be provided to participants, as well as techniques to address climate anxiety in the classroom. Participants should be able to develop one sustainability-based learning activity or assignment. The deadline to register is May 25. Fleming College is an AASHE Center for Sustainability Across the Curriculum.
  • May 18, 2020

Online Sustainability Across the Curriculum Workshop

This online workshop, happening from May 25 - June 28, is designed for higher education instructors wishing to infuse sustainability (ecological stability, social equity, and economic vitality) into their curriculum regardless of the discipline by identifying areas of sustainability intersection. Effective assessment of critical thinking skills, collaboration, creativity, and the ability to analyze, discuss and create solutions to real-world sustainability problems will be explored. Registration is open through May 24. Moraine Valley Community College is one of 13 regional AASHE Centers for Sustainability Across the Curriculum.
  • May 18, 2020

Coping With Climate Anxiety in the Classroom and for Yourself

This online workshop aims to help faculty understand their own emotions around eco-grief and eco-anxiety in order to create and hold space for their students to integrate and process hard realities about climate change impacts. A short overview of research on climate change education and pedagogies will be followed by four experiential activities that can be used in the classroom. The two-hour workshop is being offered twice: May 21 and June 11. The University of Hawaiʻi is an AASHE Center for Sustainability Across the Curriculum.
  • May 18, 2020

Emory U to Install 5.5 MW of Solar

The university will install more than 15,000 solar panels across 16 buildings on its Druid Hills campus, which will generate approximately 10 percent of Emory’s peak energy requirements. The project is part of a 20-year agreement to install 5.5 megawatts (MW) of solar electricity across campus.
  • May 15, 2020

SUNY ESF & Syracuse U Win $5K Waste Reduction Grant

The New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse and Recycling (NYSAR3), and NYS Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I) recently awarded the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry and Syracuse University with $5,000 each for projects that focus on source reduction, reuse or recycling. SUNY ESF is developing a menstrual product accessibility and sustainability program, and Syracuse researchers will be studying incoming freshmen behaviors and attitudes toward waste and material use.
  • May 15, 2020

Graduation Pledge for Social & Environmental Sustainability

Fair Trade Campaigns and the Graduation Pledge Alliance invite college graduates to advance social and environmental sustainability by signing the Graduation Pledge for Social and Environmental Sustainability. Signatories of the Graduation Pledge will be connected with resources to find careers in sustainability and resources to continue learning about sustainable lifestyles.
  • May 15, 2020

John Wood CC to Install Photovoltaics

The college expects the installation of a new photovoltaic system on the Agricultural Education Center to be completed in mid-June 2020. The project was partially funded by a grant from the Illinois Green Economy Network, an AASHE Affiliate.
  • May 11, 2020

Energy Dept. Announces Solar Decathlon Winners

For the first time, the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon Design Challenge recognized and awarded two grand winners. The winners were University of Oregon in the commercial building division and Miami University in the residential division. The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is a collegiate competition that challenges student teams to design and build highly efficient and innovative buildings powered by renewable energy.
  • May 11, 2020

My Green Lab Ambassador Program

The My Green Lab Ambassador Program is designed for scientists and laboratory professionals who seek to implement sustainable lab operations. This free, online learning program will provide participants with an introduction to lab sustainability and ideas for how sustainable actions can be implemented.
  • May 11, 2020

Designing an Innovative Pedagogy for Sustainable Development in Higher Education

This book offers pedagogical support to both students and university/college-level instructors using approaches based on innovative design thinking, arts-based practices, digital transformation, and entrepreneurship for sustainable development. It includes an education toolkit to help instructors support students in the process of creating new knowledge for addressing real-world problems and enhance their societal involvement, foster entrepreneurial spirit, and reach opportunities for a sustainable future.
  • May 11, 2020

Storytelling for Sustainability in Higher Education: An Educator's Handbook

Written by academics and storytellers, the book is based on each author's experiences of using stories within teaching. It uses storytelling as a useful tool for facilitating understanding of sustainability concepts that tend to be complex and multifaceted.
  • May 11, 2020

Partnership Results in Student Emergency Aid Effort

A new initiative from an alliance of educational technology companies and education-focused nonprofits will distribute emergency aid to college students affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, building on $1.1 million in initial funding. In the first phase of the initiative, Course Hero will work with five education-related nonprofits to raise awareness and distribute funds. The second phase involves a partnership with Edquity, which developed an app through which students can apply for emergency aid from their colleges and receive funds directly in their bank accounts, and the nonprofit organization Believe in Students, which focuses on alleviating poverty among college students.
  • May 11, 2020

Four Canadian Institutions to Enhance Support for Indigenous Students

A total of $380,000 from the Mastercard Foundation Recovery and Resilience Program will be evenly divided between Coast Mountain College, the College of New Caledonia, Northern Lights College, and the University of Northern British Columbia to enhance support for Indigenous students and invest in technological solutions to improve access for remote education in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Indigenous students studying at the four institutions can receive academic mentoring and mental health counselling to help navigate the barriers and challenges that come with isolation at home.
  • May 11, 2020