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U South Florida Establishes Sustainability Ctte, Website, & Newsletter

The University of South Florida has established a Campus Sustainability Steering Committee comprised of 30 faculty, staff, student, alumni, and community members. Additionally, 14 subcommittees are in the process of being created to address such topics as waste recycling, food, landscaping, water and energy. USF has also created a sustainability website and published the first issue of its Sustainability Newsletter. The website features the latest copy of USF's Sustainability Report, campus sustainability news and events, and Sustainability Steering Committee documents. The first issue of the newsletter provides information on three upcoming green buildings, an update on the University's initiatives related to the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment, and a list of green transportation options on and around campus.
  • Jul 17, 2008

Washington State U to Implement Co-mingle Recycling

Washington State University Facilities Operations will introduce single stream recycling campus wide in early August. Recyclables at the WSU campus will be collected as co-mingled, with the exceptions of corrugated cardboard, white paper and glass, which will still be collected separately. WSU officials hope that the new program will increase the volume of recycling materials collected. The implementation of single stream collection follows a pilot program that started in February 2008.
  • Jul 17, 2008

Macalester College Students Donate Graduation Gowns

Macalester College (MN) has begun a new program that allows graduates to donate their caps and gowns to a local high school. This year, students donated 109 caps and 130 graduation gowns, approximately 1/3 of the gowns worn at graduation. The program, which was initiated by a 2008 Macalester graduate, saved the local high school over $2,000.
  • Jul 17, 2008

U Central Florida Students Build Biodiesel Reactor

A group of University of Central Florida Mechanical Engineering students have designed and constructed a system that converts restaurants' used vegetable oil into biodiesel fuel. The system, which can produce about 60 gallons of biodiesel every two days, is the result of a Senior Design class project. The University uses the biodiesel fuel produced to power its lawn mowers and heavy equipment. The students involved in the project have since graduated and started a company that will use the design for the biodiesel reactor that they constructed. Future UCF Mechanical Engineering students will be tasked with improving the current system.
  • Jul 17, 2008

Fresno Pacific U Implements 4-day Work Week

Fresno Pacific University (CA) has implemented a compressed work week for the summer. The new schedule, which consists of four 10-hour days, was introduced as an initiative to help reduce the amount of money employees spend on gas each week. Approximately 200 of FPU's employees are taking advantage of the new schedule, which will last until early August when the University returns to the normal work schedule.
  • Jul 17, 2008

U North Alabama to Reduce Energy Use

The University of North Alabama has undertaken a project designed to reduce the University's environmental impact and utility costs. UNA plans to replace windows and doors in older buildings, re-insulate heating and cooling ducts, and install motion-sensitive lighting where appropriate.
  • Jul 17, 2008

Arizona State U to Establish Solar Power Laboratory

Arizona State University has announced plans to establish the Solar Power Laboratory to advance solar energy research, education, and technology. The goal of the lab is to improve the efficiency of solar electric power systems while making them more economically feasible. The laboratory will be a collaboration between the University’s Global Institute of Sustainability and the Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering. The initiative is a response to the Arizona Board of Regents’ Solar Energy Initiative.
  • Jul 17, 2008

U Kansas Installs Green Roof on Football Complex

The University of Kansas has installed a green roof on a portion of its new football complex. The weight room of the complex has been built underground, which reduces heating and cooling costs, so the green roof has been planted with grass and functions like a normal lawn. The University expects the green roof and underground building to save approximately $20,000 per year in energy costs.
  • Jul 17, 2008

Christian Science Monitor Article on Green Campus Ratings

The Christian Science Monitor has published an article on campus sustainability rating systems and the importance of colleges and universities collaborating to improve their green ratings. The article mentions the Princeton Review, AASHE's Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS), the Sustainable Endowments Institute's College Sustainability Report Card, and Grist Magazine's ranking of the top fifteen green colleges and universities in 2007.
  • Jul 17, 2008

Saint Michael's College Names First Sustainability Coordinator

Saint Michael's College (VT) has hired Heather J. Ellis as the College's first Sustainability Coordinator. The new coordinator is tasked with developing and managing campus sustainability programs, and she plans to work towards a culture of sustainability on campus as well. Ellis graduated in 2007 from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in Environmental Conservation.
  • Jul 17, 2008

Smith College Hires Sustainability Director

Smith College (MA) has hired Dano Weisbord as Sustainability Director, a new position tasked with integrating sustainability principles and practices into campus operations. Weisbord's responsibilities will include directing the development and implementation of the College’s sustainability plan, goals and standards; working with college departments and programs to develop a culture of sustainability; and researching and recommending environmentally sustainable technologies and practices. Weisbord will begin in August.
  • Jul 17, 2008

Grand Valley State U to Offer 4 Certificates in Sustainability

Grand Valley State University (MI) has begun an initiative to redesign the campus curriculum to incorporate sustainability. GVSU also plans to develop certificates in renewable energy, green chemistry, sustainable business, and urban sustainability; offer new sustainability-based courses; and establish a minor in environmental studies and a liberal arts major that emphasizes sustainability.
  • Jul 17, 2008

Hillsborough CC Opens Green Building

The Hillsborough Community College (FL) South Shore campus has opened its first building, a 55,000 square foot structure that was built to achieve LEED Gold. The building features an east-west footprint that limits heat absorption and maximizes light, a water reclamation system that allows for rainwater to be used for irrigation and plumbing, and indoor lighting that automatically dims in the presence of natural light.
  • Jul 17, 2008

Sault College Installs 32 kW Wind Turbine on Campus

Sault College (ON) has constructed a 32 kW wind energy turbine on its campus. The turbine features 9-meter blades, a low noise level, and an aerodynamic blade design that was optimized for the highest annual production in areas with average winds of 3 – 6 meters per second.
  • Jul 17, 2008

UNC Charlotte Receives $57 M for Clean Energy Production Training Ctr

The University of North Carolina, Charlotte has received state funding for its Energy Production Infrastructure Center (EPIC) project in the amount of $57.2 million. EPIC will address the shortage of trained engineers capable of servicing and replacing an aging fossil fuel and nuclear infrastructure and developing future infrastructures for wind, solar, and biofuels. UNCC received $19 million last year for the center's design and planning.
  • Jul 17, 2008

Oakland U Offers 4-day Work Week

Oakland University (MI) has begun offering a four-day work week to its full-time employees. The optional program, which aims to help university employees save money on gas, is only offered in departments where the alternative week is feasible and does not hinder the University's overall goal of quality student services.
  • Jul 17, 2008

St. Lawrence U Sends Green Shopping List to Freshmen

St. Lawrence University (NY) has sent a list of suggested green dorm room items to freshman, offering advice to students about what "green" shopping means and what to look for. The Green Shopping List begins by encouraging students to share items with their roommates rather than to buy new items, and suggests Energy Star products and used products as well. The list also encourages students not to bring items such as TVs and refrigerators, which are already provided in common areas.
  • Jul 17, 2008

Williams College Installs 26 kW Solar Array

Williams College (MA) has installed a 26.88 kW photovoltaic array on the college's new library shelving facility. The array is part of Williams College's campaign for greener buildings. The solar modules used in the project were built in Massachusetts.
  • Jul 17, 2008

Tufts U Joins Clean Energy Development Program

Tufts University has signed an agreement with the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MTC) to join “Clean Energy Choice-On Campus,” a green energy development program coordinated by MTC, a Massachusetts development agency for renewable energy. For every dollar donated by individual members of the Tufts community, MTC will put aside a matching grant of $2. MTC will divide the matching funds three ways — one-third will be available to Tufts to use for future alternative energy sources on campus like solar panels and wind turbines, one-third will be put into a fund for renewable energy programs in the city, and the remaining funds will go into an account administered by MTC for green energy projects in low-income communities across the state. The original contributions from Tufts will be used to purchase renewable energy credits.
  • Jul 17, 2008

Northwestern U Guide to Living Green

Northwestern University (IL) has posted "Sustainable You! A guide to green living at NU" online. The guide is intended to demonstrate how students can live sustainably on campus by reducing their personal impact on the environment and contributing to NU's sustainability efforts. The publication lists simple steps students, faculty, and staff can take to conserve energy and water, and provides information on NU's recycling system and alternative transportation options available on campus.
  • Jul 17, 2008

U Maryland Baltimore Reduces Energy Load by 20 M kWh in 2 Years

The University of Maryland Baltimore has announced that it reduced its electricity load by more than 20 million kWh in two years as a result of its participation in Comverge, Inc's PJM (Pennsylvania-New Jersey-Maryland) Demand Response Programs, which helped UMB to reduce its peak demand and overall consumption. Examples of the strategies that UMB and Comverge are implementing include: using an existing 20,000 ton-hour/2,000-ton output thermal storage system to shift air conditioning load from daytime on-peak operation to night-time off-peak operation; remotely controlling all public area lighting and turning off all non-essential lighting loads during periods of high demand; and putting a portion of the campus chilled water production on a "current limiting" mode for short 30-minute periods.
  • Jul 17, 2008

AASHE Student Research on Campus Sustainability Award

AASHE invites undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled at U.S. or Canadian institutions of higher education to submit research papers of any length on campus sustainability that have not been previously published, are written in English, and were completed after August 1, 2007. A version of the winning paper will be published in Sustainability: The Journal of Record (subject to editorial review). Longer papers will be edited to meet the Journal's length standards. Papers are due August 1, 2008.
  • Jul 17, 2008

Tyler Prize

The University of Southern California invites nominations for the John and Alice Tyler Prize, an award for environmental science, energy, and medicine conferring great benefit upon mankind. Prizes are awarded for: the protection, maintenance, improvement or understanding of an ecological or an environmental condition anywhere in the world; the discovery, further development, improvement, or understanding of known or new sources of energy; and medical discoveries or achievements with such worldwide implications that they significantly benefit environmental aspects of human health. Living individuals or public or private institutions of any nation, are eligible for nomination. Nominations are due September 15, 2008.
  • Jul 17, 2008

Clinton Global Initiative U Outstanding Commitments Awards

The Clinton Global Initiative University invites applications for its Outstanding Commitments Awards. Students, student groups, and universities have the chance to received funding directly from the Wal-Mart Foundation to help them implement Commitments to Action in CGI U’s four main focus areas: energy & climate change, global health, human rights & peace, and poverty alleviation. Students can win up to $10,000, while universities will compete for two prizes of $250,000 and $100,000 each. Any CGI U commitment-maker is eligible to apply for this award. The deadline to apply is July 28, 2008.
  • Jul 17, 2008

Michigan Tech, Michigan State U to Develop Ethanol Plant

Michigan Technological University has been selected to partner with Michigan State University and the Mascoma Corporation in Michigan’s first Center of Energy Excellence. The three institutions will develop the state's first commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant. Michigan Tech will contribute its knowledge of sustainable forestry management practices and access to its automotive engineering labs for analysis of the biofuels produced. MSU will provide expertise in pretreatment technology for cellulosic ethanol production and assistance with renewable energy crops that can be used by the bio-refinery. The universities will each receive an estimated $1 million to analyze issues related to the availability and cost of supplying the wood fiber and other plant materials to produce cellulosic ethanol.
  • Jul 17, 2008

AASHE Student Sustainability Leadership Awards

AASHE is now accepting applications for the 2008 Student Sustainability Leadership Award, to be presented in November at AASHE 2008: Working Together for Sustainability – On Campus and Beyond. The Student Sustainability Leadership Award honors an undergraduate student from an AASHE member institution who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in promoting campus sustainability. Applications are due August 1, 2008. The Student Sustainability Leadership Award includes a $750 prize. In addition, the winner of this year's award will be featured in Sustainability: The Journal of Record .
  • Jul 17, 2008

Benedictine U to Offer 2 Concentrations in Sustainability

Benedictine University (IL) will offer two new concentrations focused on sustainability in its Master of Business Administration program - Sustainable Business and Sustainable Leadership. Both degrees will be obtained by choosing 12 or more credits from a list of sustainability-focused courses.
  • Jul 17, 2008

BCSEA Launches Canadian Clean Energy Academic Program Directory

The BC Sustainable Energy Association, a non-profit organization committed to promoting sustainable energy and energy efficiency, has launched its "Clean Energy Classrooms" project. The initiative includes an online portal that features a directory to all of Canada's currently available training and education options in renewable energy. The Clean Energy Classrooms resource guide is meant to provide comprehensive information to prospective students, help schools ensure strong enrollment for their renewabl
  • Jul 17, 2008

Indiana U Students’ Energy Contest Website Wins Int'l Competition

Two Indiana University School of Informatics graduates took a first-place award at the Imagine Cup finals, an international competition sponsored by Microsoft Corp., for their residence hall energy reduction competition website. The theme of this year's Imagine Cup was the environment; specifically, participants were encouraged to "imagine a world where technology enables a sustainable environment." The pair’s website design won against 200,000 other entrants.
  • Jul 17, 2008

Call for Articles: Consilience: The Journal of Sustainable Development

Consilience: The Journal of Sustainable Development seeks submissions for its Fall 2008 edition. Articles may be in the form of field notes, scholarly articles, photo essay, or opinion pieces. The deadline for the Fall 2008 issue is August 15, 2008.
  • Jul 17, 2008

Intl. Higher Ed Institutions Sign Sustainability Declaration

Leaders from University of British Columbia, University of Alberta, University of California, Los Angeles, Yale University (CT), and other institutions attended the G8 University Summit in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan, prior to the G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit, to discuss the responsibility of universities to contribute toward the attainment of sustainability, and the specific actions they must undertake to fulfill that responsibility. In all, Presidents, Rectors, Chancellors, Vice-Chancellors and representatives of 27 educational and research institutions in the G8 member nations attended the summit and signed the Sapporo Sustainability Declaration. The declaration emphasizes the vital role of research institutions in sharing knowledge and serving as models to advance sustainability worldwide. It calls for universities to work collaboratively with governments, surrounding communities and each other to synergize research, policy and public programs, and commits them to establishing a new international network capable of addressing the broad and complex range of sustainability issues. The declaration also calls on G8 leaders to recognize the contributions of universities in solving the most pressing issues facing the global community today, to adopt an effective framework for implementing scientifically appropriate countermeasures, and to pursue partnerships in implementing sustainability initiatives.
  • Jul 10, 2008

Long Island U Purchases Electric Vehicle

The Long Island University (NY) Facilities Services department at the C.W. Post Campus added an electric vehicle to its fleet. The electric powered vehicle can travel an average of 50 miles on an estimated $2 worth of electricity, saving money and reducing emissions.
  • Jul 10, 2008

Suffolk U Joins Massachusetts Clean Energy Program

Suffolk University has joined the "Clean Energy Choice-On Campus Program," administered by the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative. Through the program, Suffolk will help grow the demand for alternatives to fossil fuel-generated electricity, earn funds for on-site renewable energy projects at Suffolk, and generate a double-matching grant from the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative to provide clean energy funds for the City of Boston and low income communities throughout Massachusetts.
  • Jul 10, 2008

U Southern Mississippi to Establish Office of Sustainability

The University of Southern Mississippi has announced plans to establish an Office of Sustainability to direct campus sustainability initiatives and to help the University meet the American College & University President's Climate Commitment. The newly created office will be a part of the Division of Business and Finance and will report to the Director of Human Resources. Southern Miss hopes to have a sustainability officer in place by mid-July to establish the office.
  • Jul 10, 2008

AASHE Student Research on Campus Sustainability Award

AASHE invites undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled at U.S. or Canadian institutions of higher education to submit research papers of any length on campus sustainability that have not been previously published, are written in English, and were completed after August 1, 2007. A version of the winning paper will be published in Sustainability: The Journal of Record (subject to editorial review). Longer papers will be edited to meet the Journal's length standards. Papers are due August 1, 2008.
  • Jul 10, 2008

FL Universities Form Renewable Energy Technologies Consortium

A Florida bill has been passed that will create the Florida Energy Systems Consortium, a group of Florida universities that will work to develop renewable energy technologies. The University of Florida will head the consortium receiving $15 million in funding. Florida Atlantic University, Florida State University, the University of Central Florida, and the University of South Florida will each receive $8.75 million as part of the consortium.
  • Jul 10, 2008

CFP: Climate Action Planning at US & Canadian Campuses

The International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education (IJSHE) and the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) have announced a call for papers for a special issue of the Journal on climate action planning at campuses in the United States and Canada. Judy Walton, AASHE's Acting Executive Director, will guest edit this special issue. Submitted articles must be between 2,000 and 4,000 words in length. The closing date for submissions is August 29, 2008.
  • Jul 10, 2008

U Arkansas Little Rock Expands Recycling Program

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock has expanded its recycling program to include all types of paper. In the past, students, faculty, and staff have only been able to recycle white paper in bins throughout campus. Now, the UALR community can recycled colored paper, card stock, magazine, cardboard, and paper sacks as well. Additionally, recycling bins for aluminum and plastic have been placed in areas of high traffic to encourage students, faculty, and staff to recycle their drink cans and bottles.
  • Jul 10, 2008

Adelphi U Receives Commuter Excellence Award

Adelphi University (NY) has received the 2008 Regional Commuter Choice Outstanding Achievement Award from the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council and Long Island Transportation Management. The award recognizes organizations who demonstrate a strong commitment to economic and environmental issues through a commuter benefits program. To be eligible for the Regional Commuter Choice Award, an organization must provide quality service and elicit high participation for their program through a marketing campaign that encourages the use of buses, carpools, bicycling, and/or walking as alternatives to driving.
  • Jul 10, 2008

Presidents' Climate Commitment Annual Report

AASHE, ecoAmerica, and Second Nature, the three organizations that support the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment have released the 2007 ACUPCC Annual Report. In addition to a snapshot of all signatory reports received by December 31, 2007, the 2007 Annual Report includes a collection of brief stories from select ACUPCC institutions describing exciting climate and energy successes on their campuses related to ACUPCC implementation. In related news, AASHE, ecoAmerica, and Second Nature have also released an ACUPCC Reporting Snapshot that is current as of June 30, 2008.
  • Jul 10, 2008

UMD Strategic Plan Includes Sustainability as a Guiding Principle

The University of Maryland has adopted a strategic plan that includes sustainability and environmental stewardship as guiding principles, stating "We will be a campus that is a model for the sustainability of its environment, and we will be a university that seeks solutions to the world's most challenging and vexing problems." The plan includes the milestones of the Presidents Climate Commitment and outlines the role of the Office of Sustainability as the coordinator of "a bold plan to become carbon neutra
  • Jul 10, 2008

Publication on the State College Role in Advancing Sustainability

The American Association of State Colleges and Universities has published "The State College Role in Advancing Environmental Sustainability: Policies, Programs and Practices." The paper discusses the need for partnerships between higher education and state policymakers in order to advance sustainability as a public policy priority.
  • Jul 10, 2008

Socially Innovative Idea Competition

Conscious Lifestyle and Youth Venture invite submissions for the 2008 Venture Competition. The competition will award up to $1,000 in start-up funding, web space, a monthly skill-building workshop, and mentoring from a professional to a group of full-time high school or college students with the best idea to help students and schools be more socially responsible. The idea should work on both the individual and institutional levels; be created, led, and managed by students; and have a credible plan and budget. Applications are due August 1, 2008.
  • Jul 10, 2008

Opportunity to be a Student Campus Rep for One Penny Per Mile

One Penny Per Mile, a non-profit carbon offset organization that collects one penny for every mile a car is driven to construct and donate renewable energy production systems, seeks student volunteers to start pilot programs at their campuses. Responsibilities will include representing OPPM at campus events, soliciting contributions from students, staff, and members of the general public, and helping OPPM to develop an educational campaign on driving reduction strategies. Participants must be full-time students currently enrolled in good standing at a recognized institution of higher learning in the U.S.; be over 18 years of age; and have college-level computer, writing, and discussion skills.
  • Jul 10, 2008

Harvard Aims to Reduce GHG Emissions 30% by 2016

Harvard University has released the report of its Task Force on Greenhouse Gas Emissions. In the report, the task force, appointed by President Drew Faust in February, proposes elements of a framework for much-intensified efforts to reduce the University's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, as part of a broader effort to promote environmental sustainability. In a statement following the release of the report, President Faust outlined a set of substantive intentions and procedural next steps drawing on the report's analysis and proposals. As an initial short-term goal, Harvard will aim to reduce its GHG emissions, including those associated with prospective growth, by 30 percent - relative to its 2006 baseline - by 2016, as the task force recommended.
  • Jul 10, 2008