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Chalmers U Tech Professor Contributes to New Environmental Cost ISO Standard

(Sweden) Over the past three years, Bengt Steen, professor emeritus at Chalmers, has led the development of a new ISO standard that will help companies evaluate and manage the impact of their environmental damage, by providing a clear figure for the cost of their goods and services to the environment. The ISO standard contains a guide for how monetary valuation should be made, defines terms and sets requirements for documentation.
  • Mar 18, 2019

Purdue U Eliminates Plastic Straws

Beginning March 18, Purdue Dining & Catering is making the switch from plastic to paper straws in its residential and retail outlets.
  • Mar 18, 2019

U Florida Establishes Institute to Study Resilience in Built Environment

The Florida Institute for Built Environment Resilience, housed in the university's College of Design, Construction and Planning, will focus on research that helps communities respond to complex environmental challenges by improving the way they plan, design and build the physical environment.
  • Mar 18, 2019

2019 Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award

The Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award recognizes one senior faculty member each year for exemplary engaged scholarship, including leadership in advancing students’ civic learning, conducting community-based research, fostering reciprocal community partnerships, building institutional commitments to service-learning and civic engagement, and other means of enhancing higher education’s contributions to the public good. Nominations are due by May 31.
  • Mar 18, 2019

21 HEIs Launch the Public Interest Technology University Network

With the support of the Ford Foundation, New America, and the Hewlett Foundation, 21 colleges and universities recently announced the creation of the Public Interest Technology University Network. The network is a new partnership dedicated to defining and building the field of public interest technology, as well as growing a new generation of civic-minded technologists and digitally fluent policy leaders. Public interest technology is a broadly defined and emerging area of study that combines digital innovation and public policy.
  • Mar 18, 2019

Illinois State U Names Director of Office of Sustainability

As program director for Sustainability, effective June 3, Elisabeth Reed will be responsible for facilitating sustainability programs initiated by students, faculty and staff members; serving as advisor and fiscal agent for the Student Sustainability Committee and associated fund; reporting on the university’s efforts through STARS; and managing interns and graduate assistants who perform research or work on sustainability projects. Reed is currently an instructional assistant professor in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences.
  • Mar 18, 2019

Elon U Adjuncts Vote to Form Union

In mid-March, adjunct professors at the university voted 112-to-68 in favor of forming a union with the Service Employees International Union. The successful vote means that Elon’s adjunct faculty can begin negotiations with university leaders over pay, benefits, working conditions and other work-related issues.
  • Mar 18, 2019

Free Guide: Policies to Protect Against Donor Interference

The aim of this report is to provide models for university policies that will protect against interference from all private donors. The guide contains templates for faculty senate motions, improving gift acceptance procedures, approving and overseeing donor-sponsored centers and institutes, and disaffiliation from the Charles Koch Foundation. The report also includes background on Koch’s strategy for higher education, examples of donors violating academic freedom and faculty governance, and stories of faculty taking a stance against undue donor influence.
  • Mar 18, 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:
  • Mar 15, 2019

AASHE Sustainability Awards: Call for Submissions

The AASHE Sustainability Awards program raises the visibility of high-impact sustainability projects, pioneering research, and student leadership, helping to disseminate innovations and inspire continued progress toward environmental, social and economic health. Submissions are accepted through May 10.
  • Mar 15, 2019

Santa Clara U Releases Sustainability Strategic Plan

The university's new sustainability plan is a living, people-oriented plan that includes three focus areas: climate action, responsible consumption, and quality education. Additionally, the plan includes "Playbooks", which are guides for action that are based on campus roles, such as students, staff, supervisors, etc.
  • Mar 15, 2019

Western Washington U Receives $1M to Support Low-Income Engineering Students

The university's Engineering and Design Department has been awarded a five-year, $1 million National Science Foundation grant to help low-income students in their pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in engineering. Aiming to address challenges in recruiting and retaining academically-talented, low-income students from diverse backgrounds into the undergraduate engineering programs, the Becoming Engaged Engineering Scholars (BEES) program will provide scholarships of up to $10,000 a year to about 48 students over the life of the five-year program.
  • Mar 15, 2019

Mills College Offers Car Sharing

At the end of January, the college placed two Zipcar vehicles on campus that can be used by any student or staff member at a discounted rate.
  • Mar 11, 2019

U Texas Arlington Creates UN Regional Center of Expertise

In an effort to unify sustainability efforts across North Texas, the university was recently approved to establish a U.N. Regional Center of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development. Called the North Texas RCE, the center aims to address how to advance sustainability in the face of a booming population.
  • Mar 11, 2019

Portland State U Receives $2M Research Grant for Ocean-Generated Electricity

The U.S. Department of Energy has approved a $2 million, three-year grant to a PSU engineering professor to study a new method of generating electricity from ocean waves.
  • Mar 11, 2019

Florida A&M U Trustees Give Green Light to 75 MW Solar-Electric Project

The university's Board of Trustees approved a 25-year lease agreement for a 74.9-megawatt, grid-tied photovoltaic project to be constructed at its Agricultural and Environmental Research Station. The solar facility would occupy between 600 and 800 acres of property and feature approximately 270,000 tracking solar panels.
  • Mar 11, 2019

Gender Lens Investing: A Primer For College And University Endowments

This primer explores the link between value creation and gender diverse companies; highlights the rising trend of colleges and universities moving towards mission-aligned investing; and outlines a diverse range of tools and investment strategies available to decision makers as they consider the integration of gender lens products in endowments.
  • Mar 11, 2019

Michigan Governor Proposes Tuition-Free Community College

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer proposed a tuition-free community college plan that would start in 2021 and include a $2,500 scholarship for eligible students who attend a four-year college. The proposal offers financial aid for students after all other federal aid and grants are applied to a student's tuition bill. Whitmer also proposed a tuition-free program for adults called Michigan Reconnect. The program would allow residents age 25 and older to enroll in the state's two-year institutions, career certificate programs and union apprenticeships for free.
  • Mar 11, 2019

U Virginia Raises Minimum Wage to $15 Per Hour

UVA recently announced that it will pay all full-time, benefits-eligible employees in its academic division and medical center a living wage of at least $15 an hour, beginning Jan. 1. Of the university's more than 17,400 full-time, benefits-eligible workers, 1,400 paychecks will be affected.
  • Mar 11, 2019

McGill U Receives $1.8M for Energy Upgrades

The Canadian Federal government recently announced that it will be investing up to $1.8 million in support of the university’s efforts to reduce its carbon footprint. With the investment, McGill plans to upgrade its heating equipment and distribution system.
  • Mar 11, 2019

U California Riverside to Place Solar Trash Compactors

The Office of Sustainability and Transportation and Parking Services have ordered several BigBelly bins to be placed in high traffic areas across campus in an effort to increase the rate of recycling and streamline the amount of time crews spend checking waste and recycling bins.
  • Mar 11, 2019

Northwest Missouri State U to Install 18 KW Solar System on Library

The 18.5-kilowatt solar-electric system will power a floor of the library and all of its outside lights. The library was chosen as the location for the solar panels because it has a lot of roof space and the panels will be easily seen.
  • Mar 11, 2019