EPA Releases Top 30 List of Green Power Users
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Top 30 College & University list highlights the largest green power users among higher education institutions within the Green Power Partnership. The combined green power use of these organizations amounts to more than 3.5 billion kilowatt-hours of green power annually.
Higher Education and Research for Sustainable Development Report
This report is the result of the analysis of the second Global Survey on Higher Education and Research for Sustainable Development conducted by the International Association of Universities. It discusses the role that higher education institutions play in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.
U Maine Receives Grant to Recycle Greenhouse Plastic
The university's Cooperative Extension has been awarded $38,764 by a State of Maine Department of Environmental Protection Waste Diversion Grant to develop a statewide pilot program to recycle agricultural greenhouse plastic. The program’s goal is to collect at least one-third of Maine’s annual waste greenhouse plastic, and partner with an end-user who can convert the collected plastic into resin feedstock used in the manufacture of new plastic products.
North Carolina State U Pilots Driverless E-Shuttle
Thanks to a partnership with the N.C. Department of Transportation, the university is conducting a six-month pilot test of an autonomous electric vehicle that can ferry 12 passengers. The vehicle completes a one-mile route in about 12 minutes and is designed to be a first- and last-mile solution for commuters and those with mobility challenges.
Call for Nominations: 2020 ISCN Awards
The International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN) invites submissions for its Sustainable Campus Excellence Awards. The awards promote landmark projects that demonstrate how environmental, social and economic issues provide opportunities for university administrations and faculty alike to improve campus infrastructure. The deadline to apply is March 4.
Stanford U Recommends Civic Engagement During Registration
As part of a broader push by the organization StanfordVotes to increase participation in the 2020 elections, a new action is required by students when they are enrolling for classes. During enrollment, there is now an embedded form through which they can register to vote and requires students to check a box saying that they “acknowledge the recommendation of civic engagement” before they can enroll in classes. It doesn't require that they register to vote and it will not store any data on whether or not they do.
ACE Produces Series on Race in Higher Ed
The Let’s Talk About Race interview series captures the voices of prominent higher education scholars and leaders as they share their perspectives and experiences on race and ethnicity in higher education.
Georgetown U Adopts Fossil Fuel Investments Policy
Under the new policy, the university will continue to make investments that target a market rate of return in renewable energy, energy efficiency and related areas while freezing new endowment investments in companies or funds whose primary business is the exploration or extraction of fossil fuels. Georgetown will also divest from public securities of fossil fuel companies within the next five years and divest from existing private investments in those companies over the next 10 years.
RFP: Waste & Recycling Behavior Change Consultant
The University of Florida is soliciting proposals from qualified firms to develop, implement and evaluate sustainable materials management marketing and behavior change communications and messaging. In particular, UF is seeking expert advice on consistent branding across campus and best practices for waste programs based on successful examples from peer higher education institutions in the United States.
2020 International Green Gown Awards
The International Green Gown Awards recognize exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities and colleges. Supported by U.N. Environment, the program is open to any university or college, except where there is an existing Green Gown Awards program. The deadline to apply is March 31.
Call for Presentations: World Sustainable Development Teach-In Day 2020
The World Sustainable Development Teach-In Day, being held on Dec. 4, is a day for faculty and lecturers to pick a Sustainable Development Goal and offer an in-person or online lesson. Online options include a live or a pre-recorded webinar. Academic staff from universities anywhere can participate.
AASHE STARS Data Accuracy Video Series
The STARS Data Accuracy Video Series is a compilation of short videos that highlight tips and resources for submitting high-quality and accurate content for credits with high error rates. The series also contains a video describing differences between STARS 2.1 and 2.2, and a video that goes over where to find resources and support for conducting a STARS assessment.
Rochester IT Bans Single-Use Plastics
Ahead of a state ban on plastic bags that begins March 1, the university is launching a Ditch the Disposables campaign that will eliminate plastic bags, straws and stirrers. The campaign will also encourage campus members to reduce plastic waste. There are no immediate plans to replace plastic spoons, forks and knives on campus, but alternatives are being studied.
U Southern California Hotel Achieves Green Seal Certification
The USC Hotel underwent a full year of an in-depth audit of purchasing records, practices and on-site inspections to meet Green Seal’s GS-33 lodging standard. Sustainability measures at the hotel include an elimination of single-use plastics, using shower curtains made of recycled plastic water bottles, and staff training in waste reduction, water conservation and energy savings.
Colorado State U Receives $20M for Community Resilience
The National Institute of Standards and Technology has renewed a $20 million partnership for a Colorado State University engineering center designed to improve community resilience planning for natural hazards. The funding will extend the center of work for another five years, allowing its researchers to apply the modeling system they’ve developed to actual communities.
U North Carolina Chapel Hill Introduces Recyclable Aluminum Cups
The university's Department of Athletics recently announced a partnership to bring a recyclable aluminum cup to fans at sporting events, beginning with the men’s basketball game at the beginning of February. The 20-ounce recyclable drink cups will serve soft drinks for $5 per cup at men and women’s basketball, baseball, softball, and men and women’s lacrosse games as part of a pilot program.
University Award for Innovative Civic Engagement
The University Award for Innovative Civic Engagement is a pilot grant program to discover novel research and learning strategies for university civic engagement among Talloires Network member universities. It provides direct support for the local expansion of civic engagement partnerships to build more equal and inclusive societies. It also aims to facilitate critical reflection as well as dialogue and exchange among awardees and members of the network. The deadline is April 6.
MobilizeU Green Campus Network
The Earth Day Network invites campuses to join MobilizeU's Green Campus Network. By joining the network, campuses will join others in magnifying the effect of Earth Day.
U Pittsburgh Launches Textile Recycling Program
The university recently launched a textile recycling program to prevent clothing that is unsuitable for donation and other worn-out textiles from going to the landfill. The new program aims to help move the campus closer to its Pitt Sustainability Plan goal of reducing landfill waste 25 percent by 2030.
Catholic U America Building Earns LEED Gold
Maloney Hall, the recently renovated home to the Busch School of Business, now includes rainwater recovery system, low-flow bathroom fixtures, and energy-efficient HVAC and lighting systems. Landscaping features such as native plants and trees were carefully chosen to not rely on permanent irrigation systems.
William & Mary Eliminates Single-Use Plastics
In addition to becoming certified by the Green Restaurant Association, Dining Services recently eliminated single-use plastics in two dining halls by changing behaviors, such as not putting straws out and using larger bulk containers made out of non-plastic material rather than offering individual jelly, butter and cream cheese servings.
Introduction to Zero Carbon Online Course
Offered by the International Living Future Institute, this course is a one-hour introduction to carbon in the built environment, and what project teams should consider when pursuing their first Zero Carbon building.
Students are invited to sign up to be ambassadors for MobilizeU's Earth Day event, Earthrise, happening on April 22, 2020, which is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Ambassadors help organize the Earthrise event for their university.
William & Mary Signs Power Purchase Agreement
The recently signed 20-year power purchase agreement is for the output of a 20-megawatt photovoltaic system that is projected to generate approximately 50 percent of the university’s electricity needs. The production of solar energy at the farm will likely begin in 2021. William & Mary expects the contract will begin to save the university money after about six years.
Three Universities Form Racial Justice Consortium
As the Charlotte Racial Justice Consortium, the University of North Carolina Charlotte, Johnson C. Smith University and Queens University of Charlotte will collaborate to understand their history of race and racism, and develop student, university and community leaders who work across the region toward truth, racial healing and equity. The effort is supported by the consortium’s selection as a Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Campus Center by the American Association of Colleges & Universities (AAC&U).