GWU Business School Launches 'Green Sports Score Card'
The George Washington University (DC) School of Business' Institute for Corporate Responsibility and Sport Management program has launched a "Green Sports Score Card" research initiative that will help sports organizations globally assess their environmental friendliness. The Green Sports Score Card is an assessment tool that sports teams and other organizations, from youth to professional levels, may use to determine their "green score" and compare how they rank among peers. The GW Institute for Corporate
U Louisville to Help Kentucky Schools Reduce Energy Use
The Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center, located in the J.B. Speed School of Engineering at the University of Louisville (KY), has announced plans to work with all of the state’s school districts to help them reduce energy costs through the Kentucky Energy Efficiency Program for Schools (KEEPS). In a two-year pilot, KEEPS helped five school districts and three colleges and universities save more than $1 million, close to a 10 percent reduction, in energy costs during fiscal years 2006-07 and 2007-08.
Kwantlen Polytechnic U Building Receives LEED Gold
Kwantlen Polytechnic University's (BC) Cloverdale Campus has received LEED Gold certification. The $42.3-million, 17,203-sq. meter building accommodates up to 900 full-time students and contains 21 shops, 27 classrooms/labs, and additional space dedicated to computer labs, student services, a bookstore, a cafeteria, study lounges, and a library. The trades and technology training facility features low-flow toilets, waterless urinals, and sensor-controlled faucets, and 87 percent of the waste generated during construction was recycled. In addition, the placement and positioning of the building optimizes the energy performance of the campus by allowing more natural light.
Saginaw Valley State U Building Receives LEED Silver
Saginaw Valley State University's (MI) Pioneer Hall has received LEED Silver certification. Green features include on-site water retention, high performance glass, a 30 percent reduction in water use, and an energy recovery system. In addition, half of all construction waste was diverted from the landfill, a minimum of 20 percent of the building materials contain recycled content, and part of the structure's wood materials come from sustainably-managed forests. Pioneer Hall, which underwent a $16 million expansion and renovation, opened in September 2008.
Ohio State U 4-H Center Receives LEED Certification
The Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center on Ohio State University's campus has received LEED certification. The building, which received 30 points under the LEED system, features dual-flush toilets; recycled materials in carpeting, wall panels, and structural steel and concrete; and a geothermal heating and cooling system.
Eastern Michigan U Breaks Ground for Green Science Building
Eastern Michigan University has broken ground for the 72,000 square foot addition to the Mark Jefferson Building, which will be undergoing a renovation as well. Green features to the new science addition will include a mechanical system that will reduce energy consumption, a green roof, and a rain garden.
U Arkansas to Complete Energy Upgrades, Signs Energy Contract
The University of Arkansas has announced plans to begin a campus-wide energy conservation program. The University will begin installing energy-saving projects in 57 campus buildings in December or January. The measures will include installing sensors that regulate lighting and temperature when rooms are not occupied; low-flow bathroom fixtures; more efficient lighting; and more efficient heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems. The upgrades are expected to cost $32.8 million over 13 years, but the University expects the improvements to pay for themselves in energy savings. In related news, UA has signed a $22.9 million energy performance contract with Energy Systems Group to make the energy conservation improvements.
WKU Extends Breaks to Reduce Energy, Signs Energy Contract
Western Kentucky University has added a week to its winter break and has cancelled classes for one week in July in an effort to reduce energy consumption costs and to offset the shortfall in the utility budget. The December and July breaks are expected to save the University $80,000 and $60,000 respectively. In addition, WKU has signed an Energy Savings Performance Contract with Johnson Controls.
Rensselaer Launches Center for Architecture Science & Ecology
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (NY) and architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) have officially launched the Center for Architecture Science and Ecology (CASE). Headquartered at SOM’s offices on Wall Street in lower Manhattan, CASE is a collaboration that engages scientists, engineers, and architects from the professional and academic worlds toward a common goal of redefining how we build sustainable cities and environments. The idea is to tap and cultivate the talents of a new generation of architects, thinkers, and planners and to turn out sustainable and energy-efficient solutions to environmental challenges in the global building sector.
PLNU Installs 310KW Array, Receives Award for Sustainable Design
Point Loma Nazarene University (CA) has received an Orchid Award for Sustainable Design. Each year, the San Diego Architectural Foundation hands out Orchids and Onions for the best and worst designs respectively. PLNU’s 310 KW solar panel system from SPG Solar earned the award. The system provides approximately 80 percent of peak energy for four major buildings, including a residence hall and the gymnasium, and reduces CO2 emissions significantly. In total, more than 50 percent of the buildings’ annual electricity costs will be offset by clean, solar power.
Madison Area TC, U Notre Dame Join LED University Program
Madison Area Technical College (WI) and the University of Notre Dame (IN) have joined the LED University program, an international community of universities working to accelerate the adoption of energy-efficient LEDs across their campuses. LED University member institutions seek to promote and deploy LED lighting as they work toward increasing energy savings, protecting the environment, reducing maintenance costs, and providing better light quality for improved visibility and safety. Since 2007, MATC has installed approximately 400 LED fixtures on its campus. Notre Dame has implemented four pilot installations to evaluate the feasibility of LED lighting on its campus, and has experienced energy savings of 50 to 80 percent on each project thus far.
Goucher College, U Phoenix Purchase RECs
Goucher College (MD) has announced that it will purchase renewable energy to offset a portion of its electricity usage. Constellation NewEnergy will supply Goucher with Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) to match 25 percent of the college's projected electricity consumption for the next three years. Goucher's RECs will come from wind energy sources certified by Green-e Energy, an independent verification program for renewable energy. Similarly, the University of Phoenix (AZ) has announced plans to purchase 46.5 million kWh of RECs, an amount equal to the electricity used by its 26 buildings in the Phoenix area annually. The University is purchasing the RECs from a wind farm in Washington through Salt River Project's EarthWise program, which will also be certified by Green-e Energy.
George Washington U Opens Office of Sustainability
George Washington University (DC) has established an Office of Sustainability. The new Office will coordinate GW's sustainability initiatives, move the University toward carbon neutrality, and implement the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment. The Office is currently searching for a director.
Montana State U Signs Contract to Save Energy
Montana State University has signed a contract with Integrated Energy Solutions to reduce its overall energy consumption on campus. The agreement will be paid for with a percentage of the savings the campus realizes from conservation opportunities identified by the firm. The focus of the program is on behavioral and low-cost, practical ways to reduce energy use and instilling a culture of energy conservation among the campus community.
12 PA Campuses Receive 2008 Solar Scholars PV Grants
12 Pennsylvania colleges have received a total of $180,000 in matching grants to fund the design and installation of a solar system on campus and to help integrate renewable energy concepts and technologies into the curriculum. The grants, which were provided by the Sustainable Energy Fund and PPL Electric Utilities, were awarded to Dickinson College, Elizabethtown College, Franklin & Marshall College, Harrisburg Area Community College, Lycoming College, Muhlenberg College, Northampton Community College in Bethlehem; Penn College of Technology in Williamsport; Pennsylvania State University, Hazleton, Pennsylvania State University, Schuylkill, Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology, and the University of Scranton.
Queen's U Establishes Statement of Responsible Investing
Queen's University (ON) has established a Statement of Responsible Investing. The purpose of the Statement is to set down the principles which govern investments at Queen’s and to provide details on the process under which non-financial factors will be considered in investment decisions. The Statement allows the University to take Special Action on investments which contain "social injury" and explains the steps by which faculty, administrative and support staff, students, retirees, and alumni can submit
Massachusetts Maritime Academy Res Hall Earns LEED Gold
A cadet residence hall at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy has been awarded LEED Gold certification. Sustainable design elements include on-site energy production, operable occupancy sensors, energy-efficient lighting, abundant daylighting, a high percentage of recycled content materials, and plumbing fixtures that have reduced domestic water use by 48%. Energy for the building comes from an on-site wind turbine, a rooftop photovoltaic array, and natural gas-powered cogeneration turbines.
74 Campuses Participate in Bon Appetit's Eat Local Challenge
74 campuses recently participated in the Eat Local Challenge, an event when all Bon Appétit customers across the country offer a meal, cooked by Bon Appétit chefs, made with ingredients from within 150 miles of their café. Bon Appétit, a food services company, started the event in 2005 and continues to hold the event annually.
CFP: Thresholds in Education
Thresholds in Education, a peer-reviewed journal, invites manuscripts related to topics which address sustainability across the higher education curriculum for consideration in Vol. 35, No. 1, 2009. The focus and central purpose of this issue will be to showcase articles that discuss theory, practice, and innovative strategies or models of education for sustainability in the higher education context. The deadline for proposals is December 30, 2008.
New AASHE Resource on Responsible Investment Practices
AASHE has posted a new resource that highlights colleges and universities that take sustainability into account when making investment decisions. The resource provides a list of Responsible Investment Policies and a list of Committees on Responsible Investment.
Southern Utah U Installs 6 KW Solar Array
Southern Utah University has installed a 6 kW photovoltaic system on the roof of the facilities building. The installation was funded by a Blue Sky grant from Rocky Mountain Power.
UI Chicago Establishes Community Garden, Replaces Light Bulbs
The University of Illinois, Chicago has established a new community garden on campus. The 40 foot by 30 foot plot is currently managed by one farmer, but the University hopes to open it up to more community helpers in the spring. In addition, the University's Office of Sustainability recently started an initiative to replace all incandescent light bulbs on campus with more efficient compact florescent bulbs. The Office estimates that by changing all of the bulbs in the main administrative building on campus, the University will save $170,000 annually.
Canadian Report Features Student Activism in Campus Sustainability
GlobeCampus, The Globe and Mail 's site dedicated to undergraduate education in Canada, has published is Canadian University Report 2009. The publication features an article entitled "Lean green campus machines" that discusses the catalytic role students have played in an effort to make colleges and universities more sustainable. The article mentions students' presence on sustainability committees, student approved green fees, and grassroots efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and waste. Oth
WVU Announces the Sustainable & Renewable Energy Grants Prgm
West Virginia University has announced the Sustainable and Renewable Energy Grants Program. The Program will offer $500 to $1,000 grants to teams of WVU students to further their energy research projects. WVU will announce the grant winners in December. Funding will be available January 7th, 2009.
Virginia Commonwealth U Purchases 2 Electric Trucks
Virginia Commonwealth University has purchased two small electric trucks. Facilities Management uses the electric trucks for collecting trash and recycling and maintaining the grounds on both of VCU’s campuses.
U Lethbridge Opens Water & Env'l Science Research Facility
The University of Lethbridge (AB) has opened its new Water and Environmental Science Building. The 60,000 square foot facility will house an Aquatic Research Facility, offices, meeting rooms, classrooms, wet labs, dry labs, and an Analytical Lab. Environmentally friendly features of the $27 million structure include a rainwater collection system, natural airflow, efficient air-conditioning and heating systems, and a three-story vertical greenhouse. The rainwater collected in the cistern will be used in building toilets and for irrigation.
Mass Maritime Academy Installs Solar Outdoor Lighting
The Massachusetts Maritime Academy has installed solar-powered LED outdoor lighting on campus. MMA believes the installation to be the largest in New England. The lights are powered by photovoltaic panels, making them completely independent of the electric grid. The lighting project was largely funded by a $325,000 state renewable energy grant to Mass Maritime, supplemented by a $34,000 rebate from the Commonwealth Solar program managed by the Mass Technology Collaborative. The balance of the funding was provided by the Massachusetts State College Building Authority and other Mass Maritime funds.
Trinity College Signs Contract for Climate Plan Development
Under a new partnership between Trinity College (CT), Groom Energy Solutions, and Nexus Environmental Partners, Groom and Nexus will provide Trinity with a multi-year climate commitment plan and will implement facilities upgrades to help the College meet the requirements of the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment. The two companies will provide detailed campus and building energy assessments, energy efficiency facility upgrades, on-site renewable energy installations, and water conservation measures. Nexus and Groom will also work closely with administration, faculty, and student organizations to implement campus wide messaging, training and process change. The companies will also deliver and manage the measurement tools for tracking performance over time.
SUNY-ESF Launches Car Sharing Program
The State University of New York School of Environmental Science and Forestry has launched CuseCar, a not-for-profit community car sharing organization. CuseCar's mission is to provide a sustainable transportation program in Onondaga County that will reduce vehicle miles traveled, lower the carbon footprint, improve air quality, and assist in developing a new green energy fuel distribution system for the community. CuseCar is offered to drivers 18 and up and who are SUNY-ESF students, faculty, and staff. Those who are eligible for the program may participate by paying an annual membership fee of $100 and an hourly and mileage rate for usage. CuseCar’s fleet consists of alternatively fueled vehicles. As part of the program, CuseCar will have a designated parking space on the SUNY-ESF campus and convenient designated parking throughout the city of Syracuse and Onondaga County.
Middlebury College Student Newspaper Publishes Green Issue
Middlebury College's student newspaper, The Middlebury Campus , has released a special "green" issue to report on green issues affecting the campus and engage the community in environmental dialogue. Special features of the green issue included all content on environmental topics, including green submissions from regular columnists and articles on topics like organic food, environmental art, and local trends in eco design; Op-Eds solicited from environmental thinkers; and environmentally friendly pro
Michigan State U Department of Theatre Goes Green
The Michigan State University Department of Theatre has announced plans to produce its first "green" play. The set for Shakespeare’s “Love’s Labour’s Lost” features natural fabrics, eco-friendly lighting, and recycled materials. The student set crew made portions of the set from papier-mâché constructed from issues of the State News and used low-VOC paint. In addition, the actors didn't use paper copies of scripts and materials were not shipped in for the production. MSU plans to host at least one “gree
Stanford U Holds Bike Safety Contest
Stanford University (CA) has announced the 2008 Invention Challenge, which challenges students in teams of up to four to think of new ways to prevent or mitigate bicycle-related injury. The hope is that the competition will result in new products, methods, or solutions to existing safety problems on campus and elsewhere. Cash prizes of $1,000 to $5,000 will be awarded to the top ideas.
App State U Students Pass Water Conservation Legislation
Appalachian State University’s (NC) Student Government Association has passed legislation recommending that all urinals in new campus buildings or renovated structures conform to low-flow standards. The legislation asks that the urinals use only one-eighth of a gallon of water per flush.
Marshalltown CC Starts Organic Garden
Marshalltown Community College (IA) has started an organic garden on campus. The two-acre garden will be tended by six students in the Entrepreneurial and Diversified Agriculture Program. The students plan to start a Community Supported Agriculture Program with the organic fruits and vegetables that will be grown in the garden starting next spring.
Coastal Carolina U Receives Grant to Study Wind Power
Coastal Carolina University has received a $200,000 grant from the Budget and Control Board’s South Carolina Energy Office to study offshore wind power potential in South Carolina. Coastal Carolina University and North Carolina State University partners will collect data using an observation network along the South Carolina coast that measures wind, wave, and tide resources. The data will be acquired using several ocean/atmospheric monitoring stations off the coast to identify optimal sites for wind energy structures based on overall energy potential and projected grid connection and foundation costs, as well as environmental and aesthetic impacts. Coastal Carolina University plans to investigate areas along the South Carolina coast, stretching from the North Carolina border to the Winyah Bay area in Georgetown County.
U Wyoming Partners with GE for Cleaner Coal
The University of Wyoming and GE Energy have reached an agreement on a proposed development plan for the High Plains Gasification Advanced Technology Center. The Center is intended to enable researchers from both GE and UW to develop gasification and cleaner coal technologies for Powder River Basin and other coals. The center will include a small-scale gasification system.
15 Ohio Campuses Receive Recycling Grants
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) has announced a total of $390,235 in grants to 15 public colleges and universities across the state to expand recycling and waste reduction efforts on their campuses. The grants range from $5,833 to $50,000, depending on the type of project funded and the grant amount requested. Institutions receiving grants will expand existing recycling programs, as well as initiate new ones. Many of the programs are innovative and virtually all involve increased education and awareness of the need for material conservation and waste reduction. Awards were given to the Central Ohio Technical College, Columbus State Community College, Jefferson Community College, Kent State University Campus – East Liverpool, Kent State University – Tuscarawas, Cuyahoga Community College, Kent State University (main campus), Bowling Green State University, Northwest State Community College, the University of Toledo, Shawnee State University, Central State University, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, Miami University, and Sinclair Community College.
Columbia College Receives Recycling Grant
Columbia College has received $35,000 from the California Department of Conservation's 2008-09 Beverage Container Recycling Grant. Columbia College's grant will be used for purchasing campus recycling stations, consumer education, and funding of a part-time student worker to assist in coordination.
Auburn U Reduces Water Usage by Up to 80%
Auburn University (AL) has announced that it has reduced its water usage in landscaping by up to 80 percent in 2008. The University did so by planting drought resistant species, installing drip-tape instead of sprinklers, and using frequency and duration timers.
College of William & Mary to Expand Outdoor Recycling
The College of William and Mary (VA) Student Senate has passed the Outdoor Recycling Containers Act which will place 13 new recycling receptacles on campus. The student environmental group SEAC and the service fraternity APO will empty the receptacles, just as they currently empty the ones located in academic buildings. The new receptacles would be placed around the Sunken Gardens, the UC terrace, the Campus Center, and the Undergraduate Admissions office.
Opportunity to Be a Correspondent for the Mother Nature Network
The Mother Nature Network (MNN) invites applicants to submit a blog or video for its College Correspondents Contest. The purpose of the contest is to encourage original, environmentally minded blogger journalism on college campuses and to identify young talent who wish to pursue careers as journalists and writers. The judges will select the finalist blogs on quality of the writing, the intellectual merit of the posts, and the ability of the blogs to bring across a strong voice and keen insights. Winners will be selected on a state-by-state basis. Videos and blog posts are due January 16, 2009.
Los Angeles Southwest College to Install 4 MW Solar Array
Los Angeles Southwest College (CA) has announced plans to install 4 MW of solar panels on campus. The installation will consist of 2 MW arrays mounted atop five carport structures, 1 MW integrated onto building rooftops and 1 MW installed on ground-mounted arrays with tracking systems. The system is expected meet the College's electricity consumption, and will provide educational opportunities for students. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2009.
Building Local Food Programs on College Campus
The Community Alliance with Family Farmers has published "Building Local Food Programs on College Campus," a guide that provides tangible guidance on how to conceptualize, structure, and implement food programs that support local family farmers. The publication includes chapters on "Understanding College Student Interest," "Financial Guidelines," "Working with Distributors," "Guidelines for Farmers," "Education, Marketing, and Making the Case," and "Summary Tips for Getting Started."
People, Ecology, & Development Study Abroad Prgm, Thailand
The International Sustainable Development Studies Institute is now accepting applications for its Fall 2009 People, Ecology and Development study abroad semester in Thailand. Designed to be academically and experientially challenging, the program will enable students to learn about sustainability, culture and ecology from local communities while backpacking in the mountains of Mae Hong Son with tribal leaders, sea kayaking and skin diving in the Andaman sea, and working alongside communities practicing sustainable agriculture in Chiang Mai province. The deadline for applications is March 13, 2009.
NWTC, LTC Receive $987K to Train Energy Technicians
Northeast Wisconsin Technical College and Lakeshore Technical College have partnered with the Wisconsin Public Service Corp., Dominion Energy, and the Bay Area Workforce Development Board to form the NEW Energy Project. The project has received $987,000 to fund a Utility Engineering Technician Associate of Applied Science Program at NWTC beginning in August of 2009 and a Nuclear Technology of Applied Sciences Program at both LTC and NWTC. The funding will also be used to develop appropriate advanced technical certificates to upgrade existing workers in energy generation.