Jefferson CC Receives Funding for Stormwater Management
The community college was recently selected to receive $980,000 from the latest round of New York State Regional Economic Development Council funds. The funding will be used on the main entry corridor to campus to install bio-retention medians, porous roadway shoulders and educational signage with ongoing monitoring.
Joliet Junior College to Install 1.37 MW Solar Array
The college's Board of Trustees approved in December the installation of a 1.37 megawatt photovoltaic array on its main campus. There will be no out-of-pocket costs to JJC, which will initially pay a fixed discounted rate for the energy generated and take ownership of the panels after 10 years. Over its lifespan, the solar array is projected to save the college more than $1.1 million.
Delta College & U Illinois Urbana-Champaign Win Climate Leadership Award
Second Nature, in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), recently announced the winners of the Climate Leadership Award. Delta College was recognized for implementation of an Energy Optimization Incentive Program in collaboration with its utility provider, as well as a sustainability-immersive study abroad program, and climate adaptation and resilience learning sessions. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was honored for using power purchase agreements to reduce more than 17,000 metric tons of CO2 annually, creating a task force to address climate resilience concerns, and enhancing classroom learning through a sustainability mentorship program. Six institutions received honorable mention.
Bridgewater College Gets Grant for Water Filling Stations
Waste Management of Virginia recently awarded the college $3,500 that it will use to install four to five additional water filling stations on campus, joining nine others already in place, in an effort to help reduce the amount of plastic water bottles used.
U Kentucky Offers Support for Bicycle Commuters
Earlier in January, the university opened an indoor bike room that has indoor parking available for 60 bicycles, four showers, lockers, a fix-it station and water fountains with bottle fillers.
Second Nature Signatories Receive 40% Discount on SIMAP
Second Nature has partnered with the University of New Hampshire to support the Sustainability Indicator Management and Analysis Platform (SIMAP) by offering Second Nature signatories a 40 percent discount on SIMAP. SIMAP is used for measuring institutional carbon and nitrogen emissions.
Appalachian State U Attains Bee Campus USA Designation
The Xerces Society has recognized the university for providing safe habitats for bees and other pollinators on campus. The university will host pollinator workshops, awareness events and utilize a committee for spreading awareness about bees. The certification also ensures Appalachian does not use bee-harming pesticides on campus and that a list of the campus pollinator plants is made available.
U Arkansas Opens Bike Lane
Green and white paint now mark a formal bike route on campus that was previously used by cyclists as a common route to avoid pedestrians.
2019 Newman Civic Fellowship Nomination Cycle
The Newman Civic Fellowship recognizes and supports community-committed students who are changemakers and public problem-solvers at Campus Compact member institutions. Through the fellowship, Campus Compact provides students with training and resources that nurture their assets and passions and help them develop strategies for social change. Nominations are due by Feb. 1.
Six Public Affairs Schools Announce Diversity Alliance
A collective of six schools of public affairs recently announced the launch of the new Public Affairs Diversity Alliance that aims to encourage and sustain a pipeline of candidates for faculty positions in criminal justice, policy and public administration. American University School of Public Affairs, which initiated and founded the Alliance, will chair the Public Affairs Diversity Alliance for a two-year term. Five other schools have joined as inaugural members: the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, the Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan, the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University, the Price School at the University of Southern California, and the Evans School at the University of Washington.
U Notre Dame Buildings Earn LEED Silver
The university's Jenkins and Nanovic Halls have low-flow faucets in bathrooms and kitchens, high-efficiency shower heads and toilets, energy-efficient LED lighting throughout, and high-efficiency heating and cooling systems. Spaces such as classrooms, conference rooms, lounges and lobbies have lighting controls with dimming capabilities.
SDG-Education 2030 Steering Committee Meeting Report
The new report summarizes the Feb. 28 through March 2, 2018, meeting in Paris on the Sustainable Development Goal 4: Education. It defines positions and recommendations by the SDG-Education 2030 steering committee on key strategic areas, discusses the critical role of regional engagement, provides broad strategic policy guidance, and proposes a global advocacy, communication and outreach strategy.
Higher Education Cluster Addresses Agenda 2030
The Global Cluster on Higher Education and Research for Sustainable Development was initiated by the International Association of Universities to advocate for the key role that higher education institutions play in achieving Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development. Consisting of 16 lead universities, the cluster has two main objectives: to serve as a resource and networking hub for universities around the world, and to be a global voice for higher education in sustainable development, informing international organizations and national governments about the role of universities in achieving the SDGs.
Georgetown U Creates Faculty Research Collaboration
The Georgetown Global Cities Initiative is a network of university faculty and students who share ideas and research on global urbanization. It includes about 70 Georgetown faculty from disparate disciplines who work on the relationship between cities and climate change; governance and diplomacy; history and the humanities; health; sociology; digitization; infrastructure and numerous other issues.
STARS Data Quality Boot Camp Webinar Series
The STARS Data Quality Boot Camp Series will focus on data accuracy tips for credits that are commonly misinterpreted. Spanning across five webinars, the series aims to teach STARS liaisons and those involved in reporting how to submit a high-quality STARS report in time for the 2019 Sustainable Campus Index, Princeton Review and Sierra data sharing deadlines. Participation on the webinars is free for anyone, although registration is required. Recorded webinars are available for AASHE members only.
AASHE Member Discount: 5% Off NCSE 2019 Conference
AASHE members can receive a 5 percent discount on registration to the 2019 National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) conference. The conference will take place Jan. 7-10, in Washington, D.C. The theme is Sustainable Infrastructure & Resilience. The offer expires Jan. 10.
AASHE Member Discount: $100 Off Sustainability Certification Through ISSP
The International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) offers students, faculty and staff from AASHE-member schools a $100 discount on the ISSP Sustainability Associate (ISSP-SA) credential exam. The program is designed to recognize the knowledge, skills and abilities of those in the sustainability field, including students with knowledge of core sustainability concepts.
2019 AASHE Conference & Expo: Call for Proposals
AASHE encourages proposals for the 2019 AASHE Conference & Expo in Spokane, Washington, taking place Oct. 27-30. With the theme "Co-Creating a Sustainable Economy", the conference provides a platform for attendees to tackle a root cause of the continued rise in carbon emissions: a dysfunctional economic system. All accepted presenters receive a discount applicable to full conference registration. The submission period closes March 8.
Special Discount Available for 2019 AASHE Conference & Expo
Now through Jan. 31, AASHE is offering a $50 discount on regular attendee registration for the 2019 AASHE Conference & Expo taking place Oct. 27-30, 2019, in Spokane, Washington. Presenters, students, and one-day pass, workshops and companion registrations are not eligible for this discount.
EPA Announces Food Recovery Challenge Winners
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Food Recovery Challenge highlights outstanding accomplishments in preventing and diverting wasted food. California State University, Northridge and University of Texas at Arlington, Texas were 2018 national winners. In addition to national awards, EPA regional offices across the country provided recognition to Food Recovery Challenge participants for outstanding accomplishments in preventing and diverting wasted food. Regional winners include Boston College, Haskell Indian Nations University, Kansas State University, Skidmore College, and the University of Pittsburgh.
The Impact of Real Food: 8 Ways Institutional Procurement is Building a Real Food Economy
The Impact of Real Food: 8 Ways Institutional Procurement is Building a Real Food Economy is a report from Real Food Challenge that is based on research focused on vendors who sell to colleges and universities that have signed the Real Food Campus Commitment. The report identifies patterns in farm/vendor-to-institutional relationships that have a positive effect on the food supply chain.
Duke U Pilots Carbon Sequestration Farm
After recently acquiring the rights to a 10,000-acre farm in eastern North Carolina, the university began a two-year pilot program on 300 acres of the land. University researchers aim to identify the best ways to restore the former farm fields to their original wetland state and measure and verify how much carbon the land's saturated peat soil can store. If enough carbon credits can be generated at a cost-effective rate, production will then expand to the other 9,700 acres.
Clemson U Engineering Students Partner on Sustainable Vehicle
Clemson University students are partnering with ExxonMobil to develop an ultra-efficient, lightweight, highly durable sustainable concept vehicle. The project emphasizes the integration of sustainability in the entire product lifecycle – from manufacture and operation with circular economy considerations.