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Grand Challenges Institute: Water

Grand Challenges Institute: Water, hosted by the University of Hawaiʻi from May 13-15, is three days of intensive trans-disciplinary professional development around course and educational project (re)design focusing on water in the wider contexts of lived practice, community engagement, indigenous knowledge, sustainability, food sovereignty and climate change. The deadline to register is May 1. The University of Hawai'i is one of 13 regional AASHE Centers for Sustainability Across the Curriculum.
  • Apr 15, 2019

Sustainability Across the Curriculum Workshop at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

The curriculum workshop, happening at UTRGV from May 16-17, is an interdisciplinary experience that aims to help faculty incorporate sustainability concepts, problems or solutions into new or existing courses. Participants will discover new ways of aligning personal values to theoretical course content, and connecting these to the real world sustainable development goals. The deadline to register is May 3. UTRGV is one of 13 regional AASHE Centers for Sustainability Across the Curriculum.
  • Apr 15, 2019

12 HEIs Make Canada's Greenest Employers List

Canada's Greenest Employers is an editorial competition organized by the Canada's Top 100 Employers project. This designation recognizes the employers that lead the nation in creating a culture of environmental awareness in their organizations. The higher education institutions that won this achievement in 2019 are the Durham College of Applied Arts and Technology, Humber College, McGill University, Mohawk College, Red River College, the Universities of Alberta, British Columbia, Calgary, Toronto and Victoria, Wilfrid University and York University.
  • Apr 15, 2019

Georgia Tech Receives $40K Grant for Sustainability Network

The Turner Foundation recently awarded the Georgia Tech Foundation a $40,000 grant to support two projects of the region’s new sustainability network, the Regional Center for Excellence (RCE) Greater Atlanta. The projects include a training program on the U.N. SDGs to be led by the RCE Greater Atlanta Youth Network and the fourth iteration of the Environmental Justice Academy leadership development program. RCE Greater Atlanta brings together 10 universities and colleges with nonprofit, community, government, and business partners to offer broad-based, multi-stakeholder educational and training programs that support key regional sustainable development efforts. It focuses especially on equity and justice issues inherent in sustainable development.
  • Apr 15, 2019

McGill U Drops Redmen Name From Sports Teams

The university announced its recent decision to drop the Redmen name from varsity sports teams after consultation with the McGill community. The name is considered to be an offensive term for Indigenous peoples. Moving forward, a steering committee will be established to lead a consultative process for choosing a new name.
  • Apr 15, 2019

Chalmers U Tech Launches Gender Equality Project

(Sweden) GENIE, Gender Initiative for Excellence, launched January 2019 with a budget of $32 million (300 million kronor) over 10 years, aims to increase the proportion of women at the professor level from 17 percent to 40 percent and remove structural and cultural obstacles that hamper career progression of women.
  • Apr 15, 2019

North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) Conference Scholarships

NAAEE invites eligible faculty and/or administrators to apply for a scholarship to the annual NAAEE Research Symposium and Conference, happening Oct. 15-19 in Lexington, Kentucky. The scholarship provides up to $500 toward the conference and Accreditation workshop registration fee. The deadline to apply is June 17.
  • Apr 15, 2019

Salem State U Receives $57K in Fund Holdings for Divesting

The Multi-School Fossil Free Divestment Fund was established in 2014 to collectively pressure universities to divest from fossil fuels. The fund allowed parents, alumni, faculty, staff and students to leverage their donations to help participating universities divest. The fund held and invested donations until a school froze any new endowment investments in fossil fuel companies and divested within five years from current holdings of fossil fuel companies. Salem State University was the only institution out of 30 to fully divest from fossil fuels. The university will use the funds to establish two endowed student scholarships – a climate justice and social justice undergraduate award.
  • Apr 15, 2019

Eight Presidents Commit to Island Sustainability

At the Presidential Summit on Island Sustainability, the presidents of eight island colleges and universities committed to seek indigenous/island solutions to island problems, connect heads of research and workforce development with one another, create an inventory or website of best practices and solutions, and foster exchange visits of faculty, staff and students. The leaders present for the summit were from the University of Guam, Guam Community College, Northern Marianas College, the College of the Marshall Islands, the University of Hawaii, Western Philippines University in Palawan, Jeju National University in South Korea, and the University of the West Indies in Jamaica.
  • Apr 15, 2019

California State U Los Angeles Bans Plastic Straws & Bags

As of April 8, food vendors at the university are no longer offering plastic straws or carryout bags. Instead, paper alternatives will be available. The move is part of a new California State University system policy that aims to eliminate single-use plastic straws, plastic bags and water bottles on all 23 campuses by 2023. Styrofoam food service items will be phased out by 2021 and the use of single-use plastic water bottles will end in 2023.
  • Apr 15, 2019

Georgetown U Students Endorse Slavery Reconciliation Fund

Students recently voted overwhelmingly in favor of a referendum to establish a semesterly fee of $27.20 that would go toward a fund to benefit descendants of the GU272, the 272 enslaved people sold by the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus in 1838 to financially sustain the university. If approved by the university, the referendum would create a reconciliation fund, which would be presided over by a Board of Trustees including five students and five descendants.
  • Apr 15, 2019

American College Greece Holds Inaugural Climate Change Symposium

(Greece) The inaugural event focused on the economic consequences of climate change impacts and related risk estimates, the national plan for energy and climate, forecasting of extreme weather phenomena resulting in catastrophic flooding and fire incidences in the country, and the development of climate change adaptation plans.
  • Apr 15, 2019

San Bernardino Valley College Receives Clean Energy Training Grant

The San Bernardino Valley College Foundation has been awarded a $50,000 grant from Edison International to benefit students looking to work in the automotive industry, specifically on electric vehicles. The grant will be used to develop a certificate program for clean energy EV technician training.
  • Apr 15, 2019

Request for Proposals: NextGen 2019 Grant

The NextGen Committee of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation is currently seeking proposals for new or existing programs that will help to reduce global warming, whether through direct carbon avoidance, climate communication, climate education, industry engagement or otherwise. The foundation intends to award one $100,000 grant to the organization with the best proposal, to fund work during the 2020 calendar year. The deadline to submit a request for proposal is July 12.
  • Apr 12, 2019

U Saskatchewan Completes Water Efficiency Project

The project involved the replacement of 75 percent of the toilets and urinals and installing aerators on 85 percent of the faucets in the university's Arts Building. The project has an estimated savings of roughly 13,263,000 liters per year and annual cost savings of approximately $33,000.
  • Apr 12, 2019

Northwestern U Receives Energy Star Award

The 2019 Energy Star Partner of the Year Award recognizes the university’s achievements in energy efficiency, including efforts to accurately track energy usage data and measure progress in reducing consumption. Northwestern’s notable accomplishments include completing a comprehensive building energy consumption audit of all 222 campus buildings and implementing a new dashboard system that supplies key departmental contacts across campus with monthly utility consumption reports.
  • Apr 12, 2019

2 Florida Community Colleges Win Aspen Award

Indian River State College and Miami Dade College are the winners of the 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. The $1 million Aspen Prize recognizes institutional performance in four areas: student learning, certificate and degree completion, success after graduation in the labor market and in transfer to four-year institutions, and equity in access and success for students of color and low-income students.
  • Apr 12, 2019

Colgate U Benton Hall Earns LEED Platinum

Benton Hall features a passive house design with high-performing windows, occupancy sensors and daylight-responsive light dimming. Stone was sourced within a 500-mile radius and 75 percent of its construction waste was recycled or salvaged.
  • Apr 12, 2019

Georgia Drawdown Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Georgia Drawdown Project seeks two recent Ph.D.s to to participate in research and to collaborate with principal investigators and faculty from Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of Georgia and Emory University, which comprise the core partners of the Georgia Climate Project. The team will deliver an assessment that identifies a set of 10-12 promising climate mitigation solutions for Georgia.
  • Apr 10, 2019

2019 Green Sports Alliance Summit Discount

The Green Sports Alliance Summit, taking place from June 19-20 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, aims to convene stakeholders to learn and share better practices and the latest innovations in greening operations, advancing the supply chain, and engaging fans. This year’s theme is Playing for the Next Generation. Receive a $75 discount by using code AASHE.
  • Apr 10, 2019

Change the Pallet Sign-On Letter

Change the Pallet, AASHE and ICLEI invite individuals to sign onto a letter asking suppliers to consider shipping to college and university campuses on lightweight, recyclable, corrugated cardboard pallets instead of wood or plastic, in an effort to reduce transport emissions.
  • Apr 10, 2019

THE Releases University Impact Rankings 2019

The Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings assess universities against the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals. The first edition of the ranking includes metrics based on 11 SDGs. This first edition includes more than 450 universities from 76 countries.
  • Apr 9, 2019

Environmental Leadership Program National Fellowship

The Environmental Leadership Program is accepting applications for its 2019 National Fellowship Program, which offers leadership and skills training, national networking opportunities, and time for personal and professional reflection. Through immersive retreats, the curriculum is designed to help emerging leaders hone their leadership styles, improve their strategy and organizational development, and strengthen their outreach to diverse constituencies. The application deadline is July 15.
  • Apr 8, 2019

SIILK Network Mentorship Program

The Sustainable and Impact Investing Learning and Knowledge (SIILK) Network mentorship program aims to engage students with diverse backgrounds and experiences, including students of color and low-income students, with a goal of creating a more diverse pipeline of finance professionals with a solid grasp on sustainable investing. Coordinated by the Intentional Endowments Institute, the Sustainable and Impact Investing Learning and Knowledge Network brings together students, faculty, administrators, trustees, and financial professionals to provide real-world experience in sustainable investing and build professional networks.
  • Apr 8, 2019

Rutgers U Commits $20M to Faculty Diversity

An additional $20 million on top of a 2016 commitment of $22 million has been allocated to extend the Rutgers Faculty Diversity Hiring Initiative through June 2024. Under the initiative, the university has agreed to provide half the salary support for the first three years of each newly hired faculty member’s service at Rutgers, along with additional funds to support mentoring and retention.
  • Apr 8, 2019

New Campus Sustainability Hub Resources

The Campus Sustainability Hub is a one-stop shop for AASHE members to access toolkits and resource collections in all aspects of sustainability in higher education. With advanced search filtering, this key member benefit is designed to facilitate information sharing between campuses and organizations. Recently added journal articles include:
  • Apr 8, 2019

U California Academic Researchers to Form Union

The UC system and United Auto Workers 5810 have reached an agreement on the composition of a new collective bargaining unit covering professional researchers and other academics at UC campuses and Schools of Medicine. Once the collective bargaining has been certified, bargaining is expected to begin in early may.
  • Apr 8, 2019

Washington U St. Louis Adds 1.9 MW of Solar Energy

Construction is underway on a 1.9-megawatt solar electric project that will add arrays to six university buildings. The project is expected to be completed by the end of the fall 2019. A new interdisciplinary program allows students to use the project as a case study to learn about the business, policy and engineering aspects of the solar industry.
  • Apr 8, 2019

Brown U to Cover Textbook Cost for More Than 1,100 Students

After a successful pilot with high-need students, Brown will expand textbook and course materials program to roughly 1,100 first-year students receiving university scholarship funds and undergraduates who have a $0 parent contribution.
  • Apr 8, 2019

Georgetown U Names Smithsonian Scientist to Direct Georgetown Environment Initiative

As the new director of the Georgetown Environment Initiative, Peter Marra will help bring together students, faculty and staff across the university's campuses to contribute to Georgetown’s scholarship and outreach regarding the earth’s stewardship. Marra is the Laudato Si’ chair in Biology and the Environment, and professor in the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University.
  • Apr 8, 2019

HKUST Launches Living Lab Program With $6.7M Pledge

(Hong Kong) The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) has pledged $6.37 million ($50 million Hong Kong dollars) toward a new initiative aimed at transforming the campus into a testing ground for real-life challenges. Called the Sustainable Smart Campus as a Living Lab, nine inaugural projects were selected that will be carried out in collaboration with the sustainability office.
  • Apr 8, 2019

Early Bird Registration Open: 2019 AASHE Conference & Expo

The 2019 AASHE Conference & Expo, themed Co-Creating a Sustainable Economy, in Spokane, Washington, from October 27-30, will examine the root cause for the continued rise in carbon emissions: our dysfunctional economic system. The agenda features deep dives for select topics, curated tracks, keynote speakers, topical sessions and experiential learning opportunities. Register before May 31 to take advantage of early bird rates.
  • Apr 8, 2019