U Otago Discontinues Using Disposable Cups
(New Zealand) Three cafes at the university's Dunedin campus have recently discontinued offering single-use cups. Patrons can bring their own or choose to borrow a cup, which will be free for about two weeks, then will be offered for a deposit fee.
Pennsylvania State U Offers Business Sustainability Strategy Certificate
A new, nine-credit graduate certificate in business sustainability strategy is being offered online by the Penn State World Campus and led by the Penn State Smeal College of Business. Students will take courses in sustainability strategy development, strategy implementation and organizational change, and sustainable supply chain management.
United We Dream: Higher Education Educators & Schools Toolkit
This toolkit was designed to help undocumented students and educator allies work with their institutions to increase the resources and support systems available to undocumented students at their school. Presented by United We Dream, this toolkit was created to provide examples for institutions to create sanctuary spaces for their students, parents and educators.
Energy Dept Announces Collegiate Wind Competition Results
The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced the first place overall winner as The Pennsylvania State University, while Virginia Tech clinched second and California State Maritime Academy third. The Collegiate Wind Competition aims to prepare college and university students from multiple disciplines to enter the wind energy workforce by providing real-world technology experience. The competition challenges participants with tasks including business plan development, wind plant siting, and wind turbine design, building, and testing.
US Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) Poster Awards
The U.S. C3E Poster Competition is an opportunity for students and early-career researchers to participate in a poster competition at the 8th Annual U.S. C3E Women in Clean Energy Symposium at Texas A&M University, happening Nov. 13-14. The poster competition seeks to expose cutting-edge research in a variety of clean energy fields.
NAAEE Awards for Excellence
The North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) is accepting nominations for individuals or organizations for a variety of awards, all of which seek to highlight outstanding achievements in environmental education. The deadline to submit a nomination is Aug. 1.
Felipe Floresca 'High Road' Fellowship Program
The Felipe Floresca "High Road" Fellowship Program seeks to build the capacity of people of color and justice advocates to develop and implement clean energy and climate resilience programs that include and benefit low-income, communities of color. It does this through a 12-month (September 2019-August 2020) experiential learning program that implements sustainable energy, water and food projects. The program provides a $50,000 annual stipend plus benefits. Placements are available for projects in one of the following ECC Sites: Washington D.C.; Oakland; San Francisco; and Seattle.
EAUC Announces International Green Gown Winners
Announced in mid-July, the winners of the International Green Gown Awards are Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand) in the category of Benefitting Society; Ndejje University (Uganda) in the category of Student Engagement; and McGill University in the category of Sustainability Institution of the Year. For each category, three schools were also highly commended.
U Texas Austin Expands Tuition Assistance
The Board of Regents recently voted to establish a $160 million endowment that will be used to expand the university's Texas Advance Commitment program for in-state undergraduate students. Students of families earning up to $65,000 will have all tuition and fees covered by new endowment. Students of families with incomes up to $125,000 will have some assured tuition support.
Call for Online Research Volunteers
A geography PhD student at The University of Southern Mississippi studying sustainability in higher education and searching for research volunteers to help conduct web assessments of environmentally sustainable higher education institutions in the U.S. Formal training and research is entirely online. Participants will be acknowledged in a published dissertation. A prize of $150 will be given to the person who conducts the most web assessments by Aug. 23.
U Virginia Earns Sustainable Fleet Accreditation
The university's Facilities Management Fleet recently garnered tier 2 of the Sustainable Fleet Accreditation, recognizing its efforts to build a fleet of cleaner and more sustainable vehicles. In the last year, facilities replaced 10 of its older, less efficient vehicles with electric and hybrid vehicles, and reduced the number of older diesel vehicles. The accreditation is a joint program between the National Association of Fleet Administrators (NAFA) and Calstart, both transportation-related nonprofits.
Cleveland State U Receives $1M for Students-in-Need Support
A new $1 million gift will support the work of the university’s Lift Up Vikes! program, which supplies students with food and support services. The gift will also establish a student resource center and create an emergency grant fund for individuals facing unforeseen circumstances that impact their ability to remain enrolled in school. The resource center will connect students with resources that will assist them in overcoming financial emergencies, meeting basic needs, providing personal finance education and creating comprehensive, sustainable plans for individual students’ success.
Arizona State U Creates Socially Responsible Investment Fund
In late June, the university's foundation established a socially responsible investment fund that endowment donors can select for their money rather than the traditional endowment pool. The investments will be in public and private companies with strong racial and gender equality, good governance and a focus on economic, social and environmental sustainability.
Request for Proposals: IT Strategy Consultant
AASHE seeks requests for proposals for an IT strategy consultant. The consultant (person or group) is to assess AASHE’s current IT needs, offer a strategy with a specific staffing approach for all IT needs (including web development, third-party platforms, IT support, security, etc.), and recommend a process for web development projects. Proposals are due July 31.
Elon U Building Earns LEED Silver
Sankey Hall features low-flow plumbing fixtures and energy-efficient systems. Compared to standard plumbing fixtures, the low-flow fixtures in the building are expected to reduce water usage by 31 percent. The energy cost savings for the buildings is about 23 percent compared to buildings that just meet the standard building energy code.
2020 Climate Leadership Awards
Presented by The Climate Registry and the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES), the Climate Leadership Awards is a national awards program that recognizes and incentivizes exemplary corporate, organizational and individual leadership in response to climate change. Applications are due Sept. 20.
AASHE 2019 Workshop: Facilitation for Organizational Change
This full-day, pre-conference workshop will explore what it means to be a strong facilitator. The first part of the workshop covers the basics of facilitation. The second part involves a three-part exercise where participants join teams and co-facilitate a series of meetings in a simulation of gaining consensus with stakeholders in a mock sustainability strategic planning process.
AASHE 2019 Workshop: The World Climate Simulation: A Tool to Motivate Science-Informed Climate Action
This half-day, pre-conference workshop aims to teach participants about the World Climate simulation, a tool that mimics global engagement from various countries and regions in an effort to provide solutions to climate change. Solutions from groups are then analyzed using a climate policy model, which reveals the expected climate impacts of the solution. Participants will learn how to facilitate World Climate successfully and tie it to opportunities for student learning and action on campus.
U Kentucky Receives Award for HR Wellness Initiatives
The Human Resources department's community-supported agriculture (CSA) program received the HR Innovation Award from the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) for reducing the cost of buying organic produce and supporting local farms. The CSA benefit provides participants with a voucher for either $200 toward a large share or $100 toward a small share of weekly produce from a participating local organic farm of their choice. The program had 470 participants in 2019.
James Madison U Adopts Living Wage
The university determined the living wage using information published by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for a single adult in Rockingham County, which came out to be $11.38 per hour. Those JMU employees who received the living wage increase, a total of 109 employees, now earn $12 per hour.
U Northern Colorado Installs Solar Flower
The artificial plant, nicknamed the Solar Flower, was installed in front of the university's cultural center and is sized at 2,500 watts, nearly enough power to meet the majority of the cultural center's needs. The project was funded through the Student Leadership for Environmental Action Fund (LEAF), which is a student fee that brings in $1 per enrolled credit, and up to $10 per student per semester.
U Basque Country Creates SDG Roadmap
(Spain) The university recently launched a website that maps the university's efforts to 12 of the 17 the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and includes an additional commitment to linguistic and cultural diversity, and uses the 12+1 as a roadmap for its work. Each goal includes targets and key indicators that enable monitoring and measurement.
Pennsylvania State U to Develop Living Lab for Stormwater Infrastructure Research
A proposal to develop a living laboratory for green stormwater infrastructure research, education and innovation on campus was recently funded through the university’s Strategic Plan Seed Grant program. The goal of the proposal is to implement long-term, cost-effective solutions to water quality and quantity. Expanding the current relevant courses at Penn State on stormwater management to include green stormwater infrastructure practices is one of the priorities of this project.
Tufts U Installs Solar Arrays
Two new roof-mounted solar photovoltaic installations on buildings located on the Medford/Somerville campus will generate 161,000 kilowatt-hours of renewable energy for the university and surrounding community and are expected to save the university approximately $187,000 over the next 20 years. One array was installed on Lewis Hall, a residence hall, while the other was installed on the Science and Engineering Complex.
Call for Proposals: Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit
Second Nature and the Intentional Endowments Network invite the Climate Leadership Network and stakeholders from all disciplines, backgrounds and perspectives to submit proposals for next-level conversations, workshops and concurrent sessions for the 2020 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit, happening Feb. 23-25, 2020, in Atlanta, Georgia. The request for proposals will close on Sept. 30.
U Kentucky Begins Food Waste Composting
In an effort to reduce the amount of material going into the landfill and to produce an organic, nutrient-rich soil amendment for use at the university’s Organic Research Farm and by UK Grounds, the new program will accept food waste from certain dining areas and turn it into compost.
Carleton U Recycling Program Wins National Award
The university's recycling program in the University Center Food Court recently won a Quality and Productivity Award from the Canadian Association of University Business Officers (CAUBO). The program was cited for improving recycling behaviors through innovative recycling stations and realigned consumer packaging with less wasteful material. Throughout the transition, Carleton trained staff on best use of the new stations, resulting in a waste diversion rate of 90 percent, up from 12 percent, in less than a year.
Black Hills State U Dorm Receives Solar Electric Array
A solar array on the university's Thomas Hall was completed in May, featuring 186 370-watt photovoltaic panels. The cost of construction and installation was approximately $125,000 and has a payback time of less than 15 years.