RFP: Project to Accelerate Campus Climate-Change Initiatives
The Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) invites U.S. colleges and universities to submit proposal applications to participate in a research project to accelerate campus climate-change initiatives. The project is an opportunity for campuses to receive assistance with their climate action plans; generate climate solutions and innovative ideas with peer campuses, RMI, and AASHE; benefit from an RMI site visit; and obtain seed funding for implementation of high-potential greenhouse-gas emissions-reduction projects in campus operations. The project aims to develop a framework that campuses can consult for guidance in the planning and implementation of a successful climate-change-mitigation initiative that is targeted to campus operations; assist participating campuses in creating plans for tangible, whole-system actions to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions from campus operations; and connect participating campuses with potential funding partners. RMI will visit ten campuses selected from those offering proposals. The proposal deadline is September 3, 2008.
Champions of Sustainability in Communities Awards
The Sustainability Endowments Institute invites nominations for the Champion of Sustainability in Communities Award and the Sustainability Innovator Award. The Champion of Sustainability in Communities Award will be presented to a U.S. college or university with community partnerships that demonstrate the impact of collaboration in achieving sustainability goals. The Sustainability Innovator Award seeks to recognize a small group of highly innovative schools for their leadership in campus and/or endowment sustainability. Those selected will be recognized in the College Sustainability Report Card 2009 scheduled for release this fall. Nominations are due September 12, 2008.
The Real Food Challenge
The Real Food Challenge, a national campaign to redirect the $4 billion spent by colleges and universities on food each year to food that is healthy as well as local, ecologically sound, fair, and humane, invites participants for its Real Food Now! Month of Action. Students, faculty, and staff can submit their real food events on the Real Food Challenge website.
Become an AASHE 2008 Supporting Institution
In an effort to encourage strong student participation at its 2008 conference, AASHE is inviting colleges and universities to become Supporting Institutions. Supporting Institutions offer to cover the cost of participation in the conference for at least one of their students, and provide $250 to support the conference. In exchange, they will be recognized in the conference website, printed program, signage and other publicity materials.
CU Boulder Launches Zero-Waste Program for Football Games
The University of Colorado at Boulder has announced the "Ralphie's Green Stampede" zero-waste and carbon-reduction program at Folsom Field, the University's football stadium. The goal is to move toward zero-waste at Folsom Field during the football season and invest in local carbon-reduction projects to match energy used to power the stadium, for team travel, and other football-related energy use. CU hopes to recycle or compost at least 90 percent of the waste generated at Folsom Field this year. Accordi
U Southern Mississippi Hires Sustainability Officer
The University of Southern Mississippi has hired Larry Lee as Sustainability Officer. Lee will be responsible for establishing the University's new Office of Sustainability, which will focus on recycling, operations, and education. Lee will also focus efforts on an educational component called EcoEagle, with the goal of incorporating educational elements into the curriculum as well as implementing other activities for students and employees.
Syracuse U Develops Carpooling Incentives
Syracuse University (NY) Parking and Transit Services has developed a new carpool program that provides parking for two or more University employees who commute to work together. To participate in the plan, all members of a carpool register their vehicles under one multi-vehicle permit, which will provide campus parking for one vehicle; the hanging permit is then transferred between the carpooling vehicles.
Pacific U Building Receives LEED Gold
Pacific University's (OR) Berglund Hall has received LEED Gold certification. Berglund Hall is the third building on campus to have received a LEED Gold rating. The new $12 million building is home to the College of Education.
The College of St. Joseph Installs Green Roof
The College of Mount St. Joseph (OH) has installed a green roof on its library. The roof features 8,880 plants that were obtained locally. The Library’s green roof is designed to reduce heating and cooling costs, extend the lifespan of the roof membrane, and decrease storm water runoff and pollutants into storm sewers.
NWF Guide to Climate Action Planning
The National Wildlife Federation Campus Ecology Program has released a "Guide to Climate Action Planning." The guide addresses how colleges and universities can develop and implement plans to significantly reduce their greenhouse gas emissions quickly and cost effectively.
New Issue of Sustainability: The Journal of Record
Mary Ann Liebert, Inc has released the August issue of Sustainability: The Journal of Record . This month's issue features an editorial by Nancy Cantor, chancellor of Syracuse University, articles on "Core Competencies for Sustainability Professionals" and "Sustainable Transportation Initiatives," and a profile of Butte College's sustainability efforts.
California Campuses Receive Sustainability Awards
Many University of California and California State University campuses have received recognition for their sustainability efforts in areas such as building retrofits and operations, green buildings, sustainable transportation, and student sustainability programs at the Seventh Annual CSU/UC/Community College Sustainability Conference. The conference’s Best Practice Awards highlight successful and cost-effective projects on CSU and UC campuses that implement green building technologies, sustainable design strategies, and energy-efficient operations. Campuses that received awards include Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, UC Davis, CSU Channel Islands, UC Berkeley, Sonoma State University, UC San Diego, Fresno State University, CSU Monterey Bay, San Diego State University, CSU Chico, and Humboldt State University. Several Best Practices case studies have been posted online to showcase the award-winning projects.
13 New Campuses Sign Presidents' Climate Commitment
13 new institutions have signed the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment since the last update in AASHE Bulletin. In doing so, these campuses have committed to develop comprehensive plans for achieving climate neutrality. The new signatories are: E. Gordon Gee of Ohio State University, Barbara Snyder of Case Western Reserve University (OH), Bob Kerrey of The New School (NY), David B. Ashley of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, James R. Ramsey of the University of Louisville (KY), Steven G. Poskanzer of the State University of New York at New Paltz, Joseph L. Kennedy of the State University of New York at Canton, Dennis Dease of the University of St. Thomas (MN), Oscar C. Page of Austin College (TX), John W. Byrd of Simpson College (IA), Michael Alexander of Lasell College (MA), Gary Tollefson of Skagit Valley College (WA), and Judith Cardenas of Lansing Community College (MI). 565 college and university presidents and chancellors have now signed the Commitment.
Georgian College to Build Sustainable Technologies Centre
Georgian College (ON) has received $6.5 million in funding from the Ontario government to complete upgrades on its Barrie campus. The funding will help the college build an 18,000 square-foot Centre for Sustainable Technologies, which will house new and existing construction and energy-related programming and skills training. Construction will begin by September and is expected to conclude prior to the fall 2009 semester. The Centre for Sustainable Technologies will create a total of 153 student workstations and include space for a Design Lab, High Voltage Electrical Lab, Surveying Lab, Materials Testing Lab, Industry-based Technical Reports Laboratory, Computer Lab and Innovative Technology Lab.
Rockhurst U Purchases Green Computers
Rockhurst University (MO) has purchased 230 new computer workstations that are expected to last twice as long as PCs and will use 90 percent less energy than traditional desktops. The new computers, which are about the size of a VHS tape, will produce less heat, cutting down on air conditioning and electricity costs. The system calls for moving the software and storage from each individual computer to five powerful servers located in the campus data center. The Virtual Desktop Infrastructure will speed processing times, provide instant desktop recovery, and lessen the time spent on upgrades and repair. Once the system is fully implemented, Rockhurst plans to donate more than 200 CPUs to local nonprofit organizations.
UC San Diego Increases Green Curriculum
The University of California San Diego has announced plans to offer more than 80 green seminars, workshops, and courses that cover sustainability issues this fall. Course topics will include global warming, consumerism, alternative energy, climate change and society, and corporate social responsibility. Nearly 200 courses with sustainability related content will be offered in total.
Drew U Hires First Sustainability Coordinator
Drew University (NJ) has hired Christina Notas as the school's first Campus Sustainability Coordinator. Notas will be responsible for spearheading the University’s green initiatives and fostering a culture of environmentalism among students, faculty, and staff. Notas, who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental studies, is a recent graduate of the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry and an alumna of the New Jersey Governor’s School on the Environment.
AASHE Member Discount on Clear Standards Carbon Management Software
Clear Standards has partnered with AASHE to provide members with a 20% discount on its “Green Campus” subscription. Clear Standards provides on-demand software that helps higher education institutions calculate and understand their greenhouse gas emission, and evaluate methods to reduce their carbon footprint at the lowest cost.
oikos Student Awards for Sustainable Development Projects
oikos invites students to apply for its 2008 Student Award competition. The annual oikos Student Award recognizes outstanding student driven projects in the field of higher education for Sustainable Development. This year's categories include curricular change and sustainable campus. Each winner will receive 500 Euro and the chance to participate in a one week training session on sustainability entrepreneurship at the oikos Winter School in Germany. The deadline to apply is September 30, 2008.
U-Wisconsin Madison Students Create Local Food Map
Four University of Wisconsin, Madison geography students have created an interactive, online map of food sources within 100 miles of Madison. Their 100-Mile Diet Map aims to educate consumers and provide a central resource for those interested in eating close to home. The map shows the locations of a variety of local-food sources, including farms, farmers' markets, food cooperatives and restaurants that serve locally produced items. The initiative is the result of class project to design a web-based map that addresses a real-world problem.
3 Appalachian State U Students Create Wind Energy Documentary
Three Appalachian State University (NC) students have produced "Harvesting Wind: North Carolina's Alternative Progress," a documentary on the current debate over wind energy in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The video aims to raise awareness about and acceptance of wind energy, and includes interviews about wind energy and common misconceptions.
UW Madison Students Start CSA
Members of the University of Wisconsin, Madison's F.H. King Students for Sustainable Agriculture have started a small-scale community-supported agriculture (CSA) farm. Although the student organization has operated a garden for several years, this is its first year running a CSA, in which customers make a flat payment at the beginning of the season in exchange for a weekly share of produce. The students sold shares to 10 faculty and staff, and they gave another 15 shares to student volunteers who devote an average of four hours per week to the program.
Lafayette College Students Win Third Place in USGBC Contest
Five Lafayette College (PA) students have received top honors among undergraduates in the United States Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Natural Talent Design contest to create the most sustainable learning environment in New York City and revitalize premier park space on the Brooklyn waterfront. The Lafayette team of civil engineering majors placed third, trailing only two teams of professional architects. The students designed a middle school, community arts center, and commercial space to transform the Empire Stores and Tobacco Warehouse and adjacent Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park while preserving the neighborhood’s historic nature. The contest provides an applied learning experience in integrated design, sustainability, innovation, and social consciousness, components of the building council’s LEED rating system.
Unity College Starts Green Cleaning Program, Adds New Recycling Bins
Unity College (ME) has established a new green cleaning program on campus. The new program provides green cleaning products for custodians to use and allows custodians to work together, rather than independently. Additionally, Unity has also installed newly designed recycling stations in the residence halls. The color-coded bins aim to increase the amount of recycling collected on campus by make recycling easier for the Unity community.
Call for Papers: 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.
Santa Clara U Wins Energy Innovator Award
Santa Clara University (CA) has won one of five Silicon Valley Power Energy Innovator Awards. SCU received the Environmental Innovator Honor for constructing a 338-panel solar system on its mail facilities building and promoting creative energy and sustainability programs that reach 9,500 staff, faculty, and students.
CSU Monterey Bay Receives 2 Awards for Energy Conservation
California State University, Monterey Bay has received two awards for its energy conservation efforts. The first award came from the Monterey County Business Council's Public/Private Partnership. The University was honored for implementing projects that have resulted in significant energy savings. Projects included lighting retrofits, heating and ventilation retrofits and controls upgrades, resulting in an annual savings of 16 percent of the University's electricity consumption and 11 percent of natural gas consumption. CSUMB's second award was part of an Energy Efficiency Partnership Program among California utility companies. The University received a best practice award for a project to monitor and reduce energy consumption in nine campus buildings. An 11 percent savings in electricity use and a 24 percent savings in natural gas consumption were achieved in the nine buildings that were monitored by the centralized energy management system.
New York Times Special Feature on Campus Sustainability
The New York Times has published an Education Life supplement with three articles on campus sustainability. "Green, Greener, Greenest" covers the emergence of campus sustainability ranking systems. The article mentions the Princeton Review's soon-to-be released annual guide to colleges, which will include a green rating, AASHE's Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS), the Sustainable Endowments Institute's report card, and other ranking lists provided by Forbes, Grist, and Sier
EPA Announces Partnership with Norfolk State U & Hampton U
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced a new partnership with Norfolk State University, Hampton University, and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality that will enhance environmental research and teaching at the two universities and fund projects benefitting their local communities. The partnership establishes an EPA-founded program called LEAP -- Linking Environmental and Academic Programs -- at both universities. Through Norfolk State University's LEAP project, ninth grade students in the Hampton Roads area will have an opportunity to learn more about air pollution and environmental science. At Hampton University, LEAP will enhance a graduate curriculum and air quality research activities within the Hampton Roads area. The EPA also announced a $50,000 grant to Norfolk State University and a $49,995 grant to Hampton University for environmental education projects.
RFP: Sustainability Consultant, Point Park University
Point Park University invites qualified firms or individual consultants to submit a proposal to provide Sustainability Initiative Consultancy Services for PPU. The consultant will compile necessary data and documentation to enable the University to complete the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) Version 1.0 upon release; develop Strategic Sustainability Action Plans based on industry best practices in each of the STARS rating categories and associated subcategories listed on the STARS Summary Score document; and write a university-wide Sustainability Mission Statement that acknowledges upper management support for prioritization of sustainability education and practice in all STARS rating categories. The consultant should have experience with similar projects, particularly for higher education clients. The deadline to apply is August 25, 2008.
Page Prize for Sustainability Issues in Business Curricula
The University of South Carolina's Moore School of Business is honored to announce the inauguration of the Alfred N. and Lynn Manos Page Prize for Sustainability Issues in Business Curricula. Faculty, doctoral students, and others are invited to submit non-published materials related to innovative curricula, courses (including full syllabi), and/or substantial course components appropriate for rigorous and relevant teaching about environmental sustainability and business. Two prizes will be awarded in all: one prize will honor the best submission from faculty in the United States; the second will be awarded to the best submission from faculty at an overseas institution. Initial prizes will be $1,000 each, and two Honorable Mention prizes will be awarded at levels of $250 each. The deadline for submission is October 31, 2008.
List of Campus Climate Action Plans
AASHE has released a list of existing campus climate action plans and a list of publications useful for preparing a climate action plan. The list also contains information on schools that have formally adopted their plan and schools that have signed the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment.
RFP to Participate in a Project to Accelerate Campus Climate-Change Initiatives
Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) is inviting colleges and universities to submit proposals to participate in a project to accelerate campus climate-change initiatives. Ten selected campuses will be visited by RMI and later will receive funding to collaborate in an RMI workshop with AASHE and interested funders. Campuses will be assisted in strengthening their climate-change initiatives related to campus operations. They will be eligible to receive modest seed funding for high-potential projects after they have completed the workshop. The project will ultimately result in a web-based RMI framework for operations-based campus-climate action. Proposals are due September 3rd.
Princeton Review Releases Green Ratings
The Princeton Review has released its first "Green Rating" of colleges, a measure of how environmentally friendly, responsible, and committed the institutions are. The Green Rating is a numerical score on a scale of 60 to 99 that The Princeton Review tallied for 534 colleges and universities based on data it collected from the schools in the 2007-08 academic year concerning their environmentally related policies, practices, and academic offerings. The scores appear in the website profiles of the 534 scho
Congress Passes Higher Education Sustainability Act (HESA)
Congress has passed all provisions of the Higher Education Sustainability Act (HESA) as part of the new Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HR 4137). HR 4137, expected to be signed into law shortly by President Bush, creates a "University Sustainability Grants Program" at the Department of Education. It will offer competitive grants to institutions and associations of higher education to develop, implement, and evaluate sustainability curricula, practices, and academic programs. This is the first new