Middlebury College Releases Plan for Energy, Investments & Engagement
The college's new 10-year commitment, Energy2028, puts the institution on a path toward a complete shift to renewable energy to power and heat its central campus by 2028, sets goals to reduce energy consumption, phases out direct fossil fuel investments in the endowment, and creates new educational programs and opportunities.
Environmental Education Advocacy Day
Supported by the North American Association for Environmental Education, AASHE and others, the Environmental Education Advocacy Day on Feb. 20 is an opportunity to promote environmental education policies and priorities by engaging with Congress. Registration closes Feb. 6.
Three Universities Win Energy Innovation Awards
The University of Maryland, University of Virginia, and University of California San Diego were recently recognized as the 2019 Smart Energy Decisions Innovation Award winners. The objective of the Innovation Awards program is to recognize the individual and collective efforts of large electric power users, their suppliers, and their utilities in support of the energy transformation currently taking place.
UK Government Allocates $22M for Nitrogen Pollution Research
The U.K. government recently announced a $22 million (17.1 million British pounds) commitment for an international research program to tackle the challenge that nitrogen pollution poses for the environment, food security, human health and the economy in South Asia. The South Asian Nitrogen Hub will study the impacts of the different forms of pollution to form a coherent picture of the nitrogen cycle. Comprising around 50 organizations from across the U.K. and South Asia, partners include the Universities of Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Bristol, plus research institutes and universities in South Asia.
Delta College Professors Form Union
The faculty at the Michigan college voted to unionize 145 to 24. The new bargaining unit is affiliated with the National Education Association.
Geothermal Design Challenge 2019
The U.S. Department of Energy Geothermal Technologies Office, in partnership with the Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy and the Idaho National Laboratory, invites both high school and university (undergraduate & graduate) teams to sign up to research data, interpret information and create a data visualization portfolio that will tell a compelling story about geothermal energy.
U.S. House Climate Change Sign-On Letter
Any member of an HEI is invited to sign (with a .edu address) a letter being sent to Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, about the importance of a strong climate action agenda in the new Congress. The letter will also have support from other sector leaders and will be publicly released when it is sent to Pelosi in February. The deadline for signing is Feb. 1.
2019 Colby Summer Institute in Environmental Humanities
Colby College is hosting a Summer Institute in Environmental Humanities from Aug. 5-10, 2019 with the aim of engaging with contemporary issues in the environmental humanities through participatory, interdisciplinary events, including seminars and workshops. Participants will collectively explore how this developing field contributes to the theorization, imagination and practice of socially just and ecologically hopeful futures. Applications are due Feb. 1.
California State U, Northridge Obtains Bee Campus Designation
Joining 57 other U.S. campuses in improving college landscapes for pollinators, the university will form a campus committee to provide a forum for the campus community to get involved in providing pollinator education, and establishing or restoring habitat that provides food, nesting sites and sites for pollinators. The university will be responsible for developing and maintaining a campus pollinator habitat plan, hosting an annual campus event to raise awareness about the importance of pollinators, and offering workshops to students who are interested in learning more about these topics.
U Cincinnati Clermont College Becomes 100% Wind Powered
The university recently signed an agreement to purchase 100 percent of its electric supply with Green-e certified wind power renewable energy credits. This action is projected to reduce the university's total annual greenhouse gas emissions by 16 percent.
Call for Reviewers: 2019 AASHE Conference & Expo
Higher education sustainability stakeholders are encouraged to sign up as conference abstract reviewers for AASHE 2019. The expertise of reviewers will help develop a conference program that includes a variety of high-quality sessions to meet the diverse interests of attendees. Reviewers can expect to examine roughly 25 proposals on topics in their area of expertise. The deadline to sign up is March 8, which is also the deadline for the call for proposals and will not be extended.
Ohio State U Announces Creation of Sustainability Institute
At the opening of the Ohio State Community Engagement Conference, the university president announced the Sustainability Institute, which aims to promote the teaching of sustainability; drive research; work with public and private partners to develop sustainable solutions; engage students in learning about sustainability through research and experiences; and help the university in attracting students, talent and resources.
Post-Landfill Action Network Campus Visits
Post-Landfill Action Network (PLAN) is seeking partners to host customized events on their campuses. These events can range from a two-hour presentation to a multi-day event. Fees are based on a sliding scale.
New Report: Business School Rankings for the 21st Century
This new report gives an overview of the current state of business school rankings and suggests possible changes to help align business school education with the needs of the 21st century. The report suggests 20 actions to improve evaluation and ranking, including incorporating criteria that measure environmental, social and/or SDG-linked factors within core curricula, research output, hiring and special research clusters, and awarding credit to schools that train students who work for low-paying but societally valuable organizations after graduation.