Revolving Loan Fund and Green Fees Resources
Campus InPower has posted two new resource pages on its website. The Green Fees page contains sample bylaws, a campaign timeline and guide, a volunteer training guide, and sample flyers. The Revolving Loan Fund page features an RLF overview, a payback guide, and AASHE's Clean Energy Revolving Loan Fund guide.
Drexel U Increases Campus Recycling
Drexel University (PA) has completed its 2008 Recycling Report. The report found that DU increased its recycling from 21.08 percent to 29.88 percent between 2007 and 2008. The University has attributed the increase to the purchase of new bins that were placed in multiple locations throughout the main campus.
EKU to Establish Ctr for Renewable Fuel Technologies
Eastern Kentucky University has announced plans to establish the EKU Center for Renewable and Alternative Fuel Technologies (CRAFT). The Center will provide researches with the opportunity to examine the potential for a cellulose-derived biodiesel industry in Kentucky. CRAFT will aim to identify and develop baseline agricultural and economics data. The work will include: the prioritization of agricultural crops that would make good feedstock for the production of bio-oils; the identification of land that could be cultivated without negatively impacting existing agricultural businesses; the determination of potential/probable crop yields; the identification of the economic impacts on the Commonwealth’s agricultural, transportation, and biofuels industries; and the determination of transition scenarios for moving toward a biofuel industry in the Commonwealth.
U Waterloo Signs MOU for Renewable Energy Research
The University of Waterloo (ON) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Petroleum and Energy Studies in India and the Centennial Energy Institute in Canada to further enable research on renewable energy, nanotechnology, and nuclear engineering. The goal of the agreement is to improve energy security, reliability, and affordability. The partnership will allow for students and faculty from both institutions to collaborate.
U California Santa Barbara Unveils Solar Array
The University of California, Santa Barbara has installed a rooftop solar array on the campus' recreation center. The University expects the $1.5 million solar project to reduce its energy costs by $100,000 annually. The bulk of the project’s cost, about $872,000, came from student fees that are allocated to the Recreation Center Governance Board.
U Phoenix Offsets Energy for Monday Night Football Game
The University of Phoenix (AZ) has purchased 95,000 kWh of renewable energy certificates to offset 100 percent of the electricity used in the Monday Night Football game between the Arizona Cardinals and the San Francisco 49ers held at University of Phoenix Stadium on November 10, 2008. The University purchased the electricity through the Salt River Project's EarthWise program.
Princeton Alumni Climate Effort Receives 100 Endorsers
The Princeton University (NJ) Sustainable Energy Transition has begun the Princeton Alumni Climate Effort. The project aimed to reach, and has attained, 100 endorsers from 30 classes who agree to encourage their alma mater to become a leader in climate change practice. After going live in early October, the Princeton Alumni for Climate Excellence (PACE) campaign has connected with alumni over email, on Facebook, and at alumni events in New York City. The statement signed by over 100 alumni calls on the University to aim for climate neutrality in its campus operations by 2030.
Frostburg State U Receives Champion Award for Solar Energy
Frostburg State University (MD) has received the "Champion Award" from the Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia section of the Solar Energy Industries Association. The award recognizes FSU’s success in establishing a renewable energy demonstration and training program and its Wind and Solar Energy Residential Demonstration System, WISE.
Rice University Completes Recycling Competition
Rice University (TX) has completed its November-only inter-college recycling competition. Sid Richardson College came in first place with 54 pounds of collected material, more than twice the amount of runner-up Wiess College. Campus recycling increased by 52 percent during the competition, which was created by a group of students in a course entitled, Environmental Issues: Rice in the Future.
Podcast: Understanding What the Sustainability Movement Means
The Chronicle of Higher Education has posted a podcast interview with Debra Rowe, a professor of renewable energy, energy management, and psychology at Oakland Community College (MI). Rowe is also the President of the U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development.
Caltech Installs Solar Arrays
The California Institute of Technology has installed 2 of 9 planned solar arrays on its campus. Caltech has completed a solar array on the North Holliston Avenue parking garage and a student-designed and student-built array on the Watson Laboratory building. Once complete, the 9 arrays will provide 7 percent of the institution's energy needs by 2009.
4 Ohio Colleges Partner to Launch Master's in Renewable Energy
The University of Dayton, Wright State University, Central State University and the Air Force Institute of Technology have partnered to launch a Master's degree program in Clean and Renewable Energy. Faculty from all four institutions will teach courses, and students will earn a degree from either UD or Wright State, depending on where students enroll. Classes will focus on the development of energy-reducing design techniques, renewable energy and manufacturing systems, and better forms of solar energy, fuel cells, and biofuels.
Cabrillo College Adds New Degree in Organic Food Production
Cabrillo College (CA) has announced plans to launch a new degree program in Organic Food Production in the spring of 2009. In the program, students will learn to manage organic farms and how to produce fruits, vegetables, and meats for market.
Oklahoma State U to Launch Wind Turbine Technology Program
Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma City has announced plans to offer an Associate's of Applied Science degree in Wind Turbine Technology. The two year degree will focus on training technicians to work on utility-scale wind turbines and will consist of classes in electrical, power transmission, industrial safety, climbing, scheduled maintenance and general service. Students can begin enrolling in the new program immediately and will start classes in January 2009.
Suffolk U to Renovate Theatre for Student Housing
Suffolk University (MA) has announced plans to restore and renovate a theatre constructed in the 1800s. The Modern Theatre Project will include a new 184-seat theater, a 197 bed residence hall, and gallery space. The University has designed the building to achieve LEED certification.
Clarkson U Establishes Center for Sustainable Energy Systems
Clarkson University (NY) has launched the Center for Sustainable Energy Systems. The Center aims to create new approaches to energy education, biofuels, hydrogen cells, solar energy, wind power, and efficiency. CSES supports energy research for more than 40 faculty members.
U Michigan, GM Partner to Train Alternative Powertrain Engineers
The University of Michigan has partnered with General Motors to train 50 GM engineers on alternative powertrain technology, the skills and tools used to create hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and electric vehicles. The GM engineers will begin taking UM courses in January in pursuit of a Master's degree. GM initiated the partnership in hopes of refocusing a portion of its company around the electrification of the vehicle.
Saint Xavier U Opens Office of Sustainability
Saint Xavier University (IL) has opened an Office of Sustainability to coordinate environmentally friendly initiatives on campus. Student employees and interns have begun working on green projects ranging from searching for grants, collecting data for a green house gas audit, and maintaining SXU’s new GreenBike program, which allows students to borrow bikes from computerized kiosks around the campus.
Emory U to Build Green Science and Math Center
Emory University (GA) has announced plans to build a $35 million Science and Mathematics Building at Oxford College. The building has been designed to meet LEED certification standards. Green features will include: an on-site wetland, outdoor classroom seating, a green roof, and natural lighting.
Shenandoah U Tries More Equitable Salary Increases
Shenandoah University (VA) has increased each employee's base pay by $1,000 instead of implementing its normal raises that are based on a percentage of each employee's pay. This year's increase allowed lower-paid staff to receive more help than usual. Additionally, several senior-level administrators at Shenandoah have decided to forgo their raises this year. The excess money is being used to help students who are struggling to pay their tuition.
Northampton CC Waives Tuition for Unemployed
Northampton Community College (PA) has announced plans to reinstate its Tuition Waiver program for Spring 2009. The program will allow unemployed persons to take up to 12 credits tuition-free in certain career programs, or a maximum of $900 in specified non-credit work-related classes.
Central Lakes College Receives $100,000 for Energy Research
The Central Lakes College (MN) Ag Center at Staples has received a $100,000 renewable energy grant from the state of Minnesota Next Generation Energy Board. The grant will help the center with projects such as cellulosic ethanol production, an anaerobic digester technology for hog manure, and using turfgrass to produce electricity. The center will also evaluate the best methods for growing and harvesting switchgrass, intermediate wheatgrass, Survivor false indigo, prairie cordgrass, and miscanthus as cellulosic energy crops.
U North Dakota to Establish Bioproducts Center of Excellence
University of North Dakota affiliate, North Dakota Sustainable Energy Research Initiative and Supporting Education (SUNRISE) group has been awarded $2.95 million from the North Dakota Department of Commerce for 2009-2011 to establish the SUNRISE BioProducts Center of Excellence for biobased chemicals, polymers, and composites. In addition to research, development, and commercialization activities, SUNRISE BioProducts will contribute to three SUNRISE outreach programs: Power ON! - a program to encourage 5th-8th graders in math, science, and engineering; the NATURE Freshman Experience to expose Native American high school and tribal college students to chemistry and chemical engineering; and the SUNRISE Research Experiences for Undergraduates-a summer program to introduce college undergraduate students to research.
U Georgia Holds Green Football Game
The University of Georgia has partnered with Georgia Power to power its football game against Georgia Tech with renewable sources. The majority of electricity for them game came from the Seminole Landfill methane gas facility.
College Presidents Give Back Pay
The New York Times has published an article on the high number of college and university presidents that have returned a portion of their base pay and/or declined a pay increase due to recent financial difficulties at their institutions. The article specifically mentions the chancellor of Washington University (MO), the president of the University of Pennsylvania, the president of the University of Washington, and the president of Washington State University as campus leaders that have taken voluntary cuts in pay.
Notre Dame Hosts Carbon Neutral Football Game
The University of Notre Dame's (IN) final home game of the 2008 football season, played against Syracuse University (NY), was carbon-neutral. For the first time, all of the carbon emissions produced by stadium energy use, fan travel, hotel stays, and visiting team travel were offset by energy conservation projects coordinated by the University’s Office of Sustainability.
U Michigan Provides $365 K for Energy Modulating Tool
The University of Michigan has announced that it will provide $365,000 in seed money to launch an effort to build a robust, ultimately Web-based, interactive tool that enables people to answer real-world questions about how and if energy technologies can succeed. The University hopes that the models, which are intended to be modular, accessible and changeable over the web, will provide capability and accessibility for answering how the energy world works and what are the likely consequences of actions, policies, and world events. The immediate goal is to create an interactive website-based model where users can explore scenarios for future automotive and electricity grid performance and costs, as well as market conditions subject to regulation, and visualize the time-scales over which plug-in hybrid electric vehicles will reduce greenhouse gas emissions. UM also plans for the website to be able to present measures that will aid in assessing the quality of simulation outcomes for society and the realism of the input scenarios.
New MPH Degree at GWU Focuses on Sustainability
The School of Public Health at George Washington University (DC) has announced plans to offer a new Master's of Public Health degree in Environmental Health Science and Policy, starting in the summer of 2009. The new degree will emphasize regulatory policy, sustainability, and practical experience. Courses will include Environmental Health in a Sustainable World, Protecting Public Health and the Environment, and Global Environmental and Occupational Health. Students will also complete the public health core courses required of all of the school’s MPH students, and will have six elective credits that allow them to pursue their particular areas of interest, such as occupational safety and health, climate change, or child health.
Harvard U Unveils Green Housing Complex
Harvard University (MA) has unveiled a new green housing complex for graduate students. The 115,000 square foot building is expected to receive LEED certification. Green features of the 215 bed residence include regionally-sourced siding with recycled content, renewable bamboo flooring and wall paneling, and low-VOC finishes.
Emory U Breaks Ground for Green Bookstore & Admissions Office
Emory University (GA) has started construction on a new three story, 58,000 square foot building. The facility will contain admissions offices and a new bookstore. The structure, which is being built in accordance with LEED certification standards, will feature native vegetation walls and a green courtyard.
Eastern Mennonite U to Build Green Residence Hall
Eastern Mennonite University (VA) has announced plans to construct a new green residence hall on campus. The $6.5 million building will seek LEED Silver certification. The 120 bed facility will open in the fall of 2009.
Humboldt State Launches Sustainability Website
Humboldt State University (CA) has launched a new sustainability website that details initiatives and policies the University has launched to reduce its ecological footprint. The site also gives users information on sustainability-focused clubs and organizations, profiles members of the HSU and Humboldt County communities, and offers advice for greening your daily life. The website also features regularly updated articles concerning campus news related to sustainability, a calendar of eco-friendly events, and a guide for undergraduates wishing to focus their studies on environmental issues.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.