U Illinois Urbana-Champaign Hires Natural Resource Sustainability Dir.
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has hired William W. Shilts as the Executive Director of the Institute of Natural Resource Sustainability. Since joining the Institute, Shilts has made the environmentally preferable development of Illinois’ energy resources a priority. The Institute comprises the four state scientific surveys that recently became part of the Urbana campus: the Illinois State Geological Survey, Illinois Natural History Survey, Illinois State Water Survey, and Illinois Sustainable Technology Center.
Bates College Receives $2.5M for Sustainable Foods on Campus
Bates College (ME) has received an anonymous donation of $2.5 million to meet the additional cost of serving more local, natural, and organic food at Bates. The gift has allowed the college to spend 28 percent of its annual food budget on sustainable foods. As a result of the donation, Bates is dedicating the 2008-2009 school year to understanding the food system.
Montana State U to Host Wind Applications Center
Montana State University has been named by the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory as the home for the state's Wind Applications Center. As part of the project, MSU will incorporate more wind-specific topics into existing engineering courses for students, help educate the public about wind energy and provide support for Montana's growing wind industry. The wind applications center contract, which was awarded in April, provides the University with $40,000 a year for three years. MSU will begin offering wind-related coursework this fall.
Suffolk U Residence Hall Earns LEED Gold
Suffolk University's (MA) 10 West Residence Hall has been awarded LEED Gold certification. The renovated building features low-flow plumbing fixtures, a bike storage room, EnergyStar products, and low-emitting materials such as carpets, sealants, and paints. The Residence Hall also contains signage that informs occupants and visitors of its green features.
Park U Opens Green Residence Hall
Park University (MO) has officially opened Copley Quad Student Residence Hall, an 86,000 square feet building designed to LEED Silver standards. The design incorporates recycled content carpets, carpet pads, and underlayments. Plumbing in the building uses low-flow fixtures, with a projected water reduction of 40 percent compared with similar buildings.
Saint Xavier U Opens Green Residence Hall
Saint Xavier University (IL) has opened a new green residence hall. The 36,664 square-foot building was built with the goal of achieving LEED Gold certification. The new hall was designed to use both natural and mechanical ventilation, and a 50-foot high circular glass stair tower draws tempered air to assist in summer night pre-cooling and winter heating. The structure also features solar panels on the roof and a rain garden that filters roof water runoff. In addition, 100 percent of its power comes from a mixture of renewable energy sources and carbon offsets.
Goucher College Launches Community Bicycle Program
Goucher College (MD) has launched a community bicycle program to make it easier for the campus community to use alternative transportation. Each of the 10 cruiser-style bikes is unisex and clearly labeled as being part of Goucher’s community bicycle fleet, which will be maintained by the college. There is no fee for using the bikes, and they can be picked up and left anywhere on campus, as long as they remain on well-traveled paths. Helmets, helmet bags, and combination locks will also be available for riders.
U Southern Miss to Create Bike-Share Program
The University of Southern Mississippi has announced plans to create a campus bike-share program. The President’s Office, together with the Student Government Association, is heading up the initiative that is tentatively named Eagle Bikes. The aim of the effort is to provide bicycles for faculty, staff, and students to use, then leave them behind for the next rider. The bicycles will be painted the same, bright color for easy identification.
NWF Chill Out Competition
The National Wildlife Competition invites submissions to its 2008 Campus Chill Out Competition. College and university campuses are encouraged to submit their projects to address global warming. Winners will receive grant money and a chance to be featured in the Chill Out multimedia broadcast in April 2009. Students, faculty, and staff are all eligible to submit either written or video competition entries. The deadline is November 30, 2008.
U Chicago Launches New Sustainability Website
The University of Chicago (IL) has launched a new sustainability website that aims to provide an overview of sustainable practices on campus and help raise environmental awareness. The new website serves as a portal to the University of Chicago's sustainability activities, initiatives, and programs, and lists resources to help students, faculty, and staff develop new ideas and enhance green initiatives on campus.
Website Lists Top 5 Green Colleges
Planet Green has published a list of the top 5 green colleges. The list includes Pitzer College (CA), College of the Atlantic (ME), Evergreen State College (WA), Oberlin College (OH), and Harvard University (MA).
Roanoke College Forms Green Advisory Committee
Roanoke College (VA) President Michael Maxey has formed a Green Advisory Committee. The group of more than 20 faculty, staff, and students will begin its work by conducting an audit of current College efforts. Results of the audit will be used to help identify additional opportunities for sustainability efforts. The committee will then examine the feasibility of the various options in regards to impact and cost-effectiveness and will make recommendations to President Maxey and his Cabinet.
NWF Green Campus Newsletter
The National Wildlife Federation has started a free bi-weekly e-newsletter called ClimateEdu: News for the Green Campus. The newsletter aims to provide news, in-depth case studies, research updates, reviews, reports, tools, and announcements for on-campus environmental efforts. The goal of the publication is to support colleges and universities in their work of protecting wildlife and our own human habitat from the effects of environmental degradation and climate change.
U Maryland College Park GHG Report
The University of Maryland, College Park has released its inaugural inventory of campus greenhouse gas emissions. In Fiscal Year 2007, the University emitted 352,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents. The major sources of campus emissions were from the electricity and steam produced by the campus co-generation plant (38%), purchased electricity (25%), and transportation including the daily commuting of the campus community (19%), air travel (13%), and the University fleet including the campus shuttle bus system (2%). Total emissions during the 2002-2007 study period decreased slightly, despite campus growth, due to the installation of a combined heat and power plant, which began operating in FY 2004, and greater on- and near-campus student housing. Work will soon begin on the FY 2008 GHG inventory.
Western Michigan U Greens Form Submission System
Western Michigan University has created a system that allows campus members to submit Temporary Appointment Forms and Incidental Payment Forms online. The change from paper to electronic forms took place in late July.
Baylor U to Expand Recycling Program
Baylor University (TX) has announced plans to expand its recycling program to include athletic events and campus offices. Recycling bins will be placed at strategic locations around Baylor athletic complexes when a game is taking place. In addition to the containers, food vendors will be requested to recycle cardboard boxes, clean paper, and plastic as they prepare their booths prior to each game. After the event, cleaning crews will remove recyclables left over in stands. The University will offer recycling at football, basketball, softball, volleyball, tennis, and baseball, with other athletic events to be incorporated at a later time. Additionally, over the next month, the first 400 recycling containers will be placed at various offices on campus. An additional 200 bins will be added at a later date. The containers will be used to collect cardboard, white paper, colored papers, plastics, aluminum and tin cans.
U Maryland to Recycle at Home Football Games
The University of Maryland College Park has launched "Feed the Turtle," a new recycling program for home football games that is part of a campus-wide initiative to green the University. The program will recycle bottles, cans, and cardboard, and compost food waste and biodegradable packaging. In all, more than 50 tons of material is expected to be diverted from landfills. If successful, the program will be rolled out to other Athletic Department venues on campus.
SF Chronicle Covers Green Curriculum in Culinary Schools
The San Francisco Chronicle has published an article on the increasing amount of green projects and curriculum in culinary schools across California. The article mentions the Culinary Institute of America's farmer's market stand; the California Culinary Academy's course devoted to vegetarian cooking; and the Art Institute of California's used cooking oil project.
UC San Diego Students Help University Cool Buildings
A group of University of California, San Diego undergraduate students have designed, built, and deployed a network of five weather-monitoring stations as a key step toward helping the University use ocean breezes to cool buildings, identify the sunniest rooftops to expand its solar-electric system, and use water more efficiently in irrigation and in other ways. The network, which will be expanded to 20 stations in 2008, includes stations on San Diego-area schools and businesses.
Bentley College Signs Agreement to Reduce Energy Use
Bentley College (MA) has made an agreement with Infor to monitor and reduce energy consumption throughout campus. Bentley is currently gathering data on the energy efficiency of its campus-wide assets, including air handlers, chillers and other large equipment, which will be used to develop a preventative maintenance program that incorporates energy consumption patterns.
U Florida Challenges Community to Use Green Transportation
The University of Florida is challenging students, faculty, and staff to give up their cars and use alternative transportation on October 17, 2008 and as often as possible, with the hope that it becomes a habit. In meeting the challenge, campus members will pledge to commute by an alternative to single-occupancy vehicle travel on One Less Car Day and as often as possible throughout the fall semester. In addition to individual commitments, each department or organization on campus can sign up to pledge as a team.
NWF Releases 2008 Report Card on Sustainability in Higher Ed
The National Wildlife Federation has released its 2008 Report Card, "Campus Environment 2008: A National Report Card on Sustainability in Higher Education, Trends and New Developments in Leadership, Academics, and Operations." The 2008 Report Card, based on a survey conducted in partnership with Princeton Survey Research Associates International, reviews programs at 1,068 institutions. The study recognizes colleges and universities for exemplary performance and awards academic letter grades (A through D)
Free Student Opportunity to Use Green Building Tool
The Green Building Initiative is pleased to offer students a one-year, up to 3 projects, complimentary use of the Green Globes tool. Green Globes is a green building guidance and assessment program that integrates a comprehensive environmental assessment protocol, software tools, qualified assessors with green building expertise, and a rating/certification system. Student affiliation must be renewed each year that the student is still in school.
New Thesis on the Factors That Affect Campus GHG Emissions
AASHE has posted a new thesis entitled, "U.S. Higher Education and Global Climate Change: An Exploration of Institutional Factors That Affect Greenhouse Gas Emissions". The study explores the differences between greenhouse gas emissions of different colleges and universities in the U.S. and analyzes some of the factors that might explain these differences. The thesis was completed by Luba Zhaurova, a Master's degree candidate in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University. This resour
U Tennessee Chattanooga Launches Recycling Program
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga has launched a new recycling program on campus. The University partnered with a local recycling center to provide bins for the students, faculty, and staff to recycled plastic, paper, and aluminum cans.
Mount Mercy College Partners to Increase Energy Efficiency
Mount Mercy College (IA) has announced plans to install a campus-wide energy management system. The new system is expected to save an estimated 1.3 million kWh annually, which is about 20 percent of the campus' current annual electric usage. Installation will commence this fall and will be operational for the 2009-2010 academic year. Interstate Power and Light Company will install the new system.
J. Sargeant Reynolds CC Pilots 1-Day School Week
J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College (VA) has launched "Smart Fridays," a pilot class schedule that allows students to drive to campus only one day a week and still earn a full load of credits for the semester. The College has calculated that a student could potentially save over $1,080 dollars per semester in vehicle operating costs by participating in the new program.
Wilson Community College Opens Green Student Center
Wilson Community College (NC) has opened its eco-friendly Student Center. The building features a ground source heat pump for heating, a light-colored roof, and energy efficient windows and insulation. WCC hopes to achieve LEED Gold certification for the new building.
U Miami Sign Agreement with Zipcar, Bans Freshman Cars
The University of Miami (FL) has announced an agreement with Zipcar, a car-sharing program that allows members to reserve cars online or via phone or mobile device for an hourly rate. The new program was launched in conjunction with the University's recent ban on freshman cars.
Net Impact Announces Winners to 2008 Green Challenge
Net Impact has announced the student winners of this year's Green Challenge. RJ Panda and Jake Berlin Jeff of New York University have been awarded first place for their Green Roof Proposal. The team planned a 6,500 square-foot expansive garden on top of the main Stern School of Business campus building, the Kaufman Management Center. Through extensive outreach, the Proposal will be partially funded by the Legacy Gift of the MBA Class of 2008. Second place was awarded to Charlie Coggeshall and Jeff Malcolm of the University of Denver (CO), and third place was awarded to Katherine Macrostie, Barbara Beaudoin, Alison Haight, and Erin McFee of Simmons College (MA).
U New Mexico-Taos Constructing 500 kW Photovoltaic System
The University of New Mexico-Taos recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for a 500 kW photovoltaic solar panel system installation. The UNM solar array is part of a 1.1 MW photovoltaic system distributed among several sites in New Mexico. The project has an expected completion date of January 2009.
Pennsylvania Campuses to Receive Solar Power Education Funding
PPL Electric Utilities has announced that it will provide $250,000 to support Solar Scholars, a program run by a Pennsylvania non-profit. Specifically, the donation will help fund solar power education and the installation of 12 solar power systems at Pennsylvania colleges and universities. Participants will be invited to apply for grants in the fall to install a photovoltaic system on their campus that generates a minimum of 3 kilowatts.
Associated Press Covers Increasing Need for Wind Turbine Technicians
The Associated Press has published an article on the rapidly increasing need for wind energy technicians and the corresponding launch of several renewable energy technician programs at community colleges across the U.S. The article notes that a new program at Iowa Lakes Community College has experience a class size increase from 15 to approximately 90 students from last year to this year.
Missouri S&T Opens First Hydrogen Fueling Station
The Missouri University of Science and Technology has opened E3 (E-cubed), its first fueling station for hydrogen vehicles. Two Missouri S&T hydrogen buses that provide shuttle service in Rolla and back and forth to Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. were on display during the ribbon cutting ceremony along with a coast-to-coast tour of hydrogen vehicles sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
College of the Atlantic Offers Green Business Undergraduate Prgm
The College of the Atlantic (ME) has begun offering an undergraduate program in Green and Socially Responsible Business. The program aims to teach students to learn how to do well financially by doing good ecologically and socially. The new program will be led by Jay Friedlander, who will also hold the Sharpe/McNally Chair in Green and Socially Responsible Business.
Kaplan Releases Green Schools & Green Careers Guide
Kaplan Publishing has released its "College Guide 2009," which, for the first time, focuses on environmentally responsible schools and green careers. The guide features 25 green private and public colleges from across the nation. The section provides students with a look inside the classroom, around campus, and at student life, while shining a spotlight on what's good for the globe at each college. The Guide also profiles 10 hot green careers -- from environmental engineering to geothermal development -- a
Online Sustainable Design Courses
The Boston Architectural College, in partnership with BuildingGreen, Inc., will offer several online sustainable design courses starting September 2, 2008. Courses available without prerequisites include Sustainable Design as a Way of Thinking; Materials, Resources, and Indoor Environmental Quality; Green Practice: Energy and Air Quality; Site Design, Landscaping and Site-Water Issues; Sustainable Transportation; Sustainable Communities: Land Use, Transportation, and Planning; and LEED Accreditation Exam Preparation. All courses can be taken individually or may be applied toward completion of the Sustainable Design Certificate.
oikos Case Writing Competition
oikos invites the submission of case studies for its 2009 Case Writing Competition. The two categories are corporate sustainability and social entrepreneurship. Corporate sustainability cases should illustrate sustainability-related strategies and change processes in established medium and large organizations, and social entrepreneurship cases should illustrate entrepreneurial initiatives that use business principles to address social and environmental challenges. The competition is open to everyone; teachers, research assistants, and students are encouraged to apply. The submission deadline is November 30, 2009.
U New Hampshire Distributes Free CFLs
The University of New Hampshire has announced plans to pass out 1,720 free compact fluorescent light bulbs to students living in UNH residents halls this fall. The CFLs are estimated to save the university $17,250 in energy costs. The CFLs for students will be divided among UNH's 23 residence halls and distributed door-to-door by hall directors in the first few weeks of the fall semester. All students who receive a CFL will also get an informational postcard outlining other ways to minimize greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption on campus and describing safety procedures for disposing of broken or burnt-out CFL or incandescent bulbs.
U Connecticut to Go Trayless
The University of Connecticut has announced plans to go trayless this fall. The project, which will be implemented in 7 of 8 dining halls, aims to reduce the amount of wasted food and water, which is used to wash the trays. During a weeklong trial last semester in two dining halls, UConn saved about 760 pounds of food and more than 913 gallons of water just by going tray-less at dinnertime.