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Dickinson College Achieves Carbon Neutrality

Dickinson recently achieved its carbon neutrality goal by cutting its greenhouse gas emissions 25 percent from 2008 levels and purchasing carbon offsets to mitigate the remaining emissions. From 2020 forward, all the activities included in the college’s carbon footprint—like heating and cooling the campus, use of vehicles and air travel—will result in zero net emissions of greenhouse gases.
  • Apr 13, 2020

U New Hampshire Creates Student Hardship Fund

The university's newest student assistance program helps undergraduate and graduate students dealing with a temporary or unexpected hardship. The Student Emergency Assistance Fund offers short-term assistance, ranging from $100 to $500, for such things as emergency travel, medical costs, safety and security needs, auto repairs and academic supplies.
  • Apr 13, 2020

U Virginia Launches Green Lab Certification Program

Launched in 2019, the Green Labs Certification program allows researchers to tailor action items to their specific processes. Five focus areas, including Cold Storage, Electronics and Appliances, Chemicals and Reagents, Materials and Refuse, and Engagement, provide 45 different opportunities to earn points towards Bronze (14 actions), Silver (16 actions), or Gold certifications (20 actions).
  • Apr 13, 2020

California State U Channel Islands Makes & Donates PPE

Faculty, staff and students from several different academic programs recently used university-owned and personal 3D printers to print protective face shields. Their goal is to print and provide 3,000 face shields to regional healthcare facilities.
  • Apr 13, 2020

Land Ethics Curriculum Resources

These resources form the Aldo Leopold Foundation explore land ethics generally and specifically through Aldo Leopold’s articulation of a “land ethic” and can be used either as standalone elements such as a film, video or book in your course, or they can build upon each other.
  • Apr 13, 2020

Coping with Climate Anxiety in the Classroom and for Yourself

This online workshop aims to help faculty understand their own emotions around eco-grief and eco-anxiety in order to create and hold space for their students to integrate and process hard realities about climate change impacts. A short overview of research on climate change education and pedagogies will be followed by four experiential activities that can be used in the classroom. The two-hour workshop is being offered twice: May 14 and June 11. The University of Hawaiʻi is an AASHE Center for Sustainability Across the Curriculum.
  • Apr 13, 2020

An Interdisciplinary Approach to Integrating the UN SDGs Within your Course

During this day-long, online workshop, participants will learn what faculty in Canadian colleges are doing to integrate the U.N. SDGs in their courses in a meaningful way using place-based learning. Best practices, resources and tools will be provided to participants, as well as techniques to address climate anxiety in the classroom. Participants should be able to develop one sustainability-based learning activity or assignment. The deadline to register is May 25. Fleming College is an AASHE Center for Sustainability Across the Curriculum.
  • Apr 9, 2020

AASHE Member Discount: Discount on Climate Change & Health Certificate

Students, staff and faculty at AASHE member institutions are eligible for a 10 percent discount off an 18-week online certificate through Yale University's School of Public Health that teaches about tools to address the health impacts of climate change.
  • Apr 9, 2020

Call for Volunteer Judges: AASHE Sustainability Awards

AASHE seeks judges to help evaluate 2020 AASHE Sustainability Awards submissions. Judges can expect to spend approximately 5-15 hours reviewing applications. The deadline to respond is May 15.
  • Apr 9, 2020

Rachel Carson Council Fellowship Program

The Rachel Carson Council Fellowship program trains fellows to do environmental organizing and advocacy work on their campus and in their community while gaining important grassroots organizing skills. The fellowship is for the 2020-21 academic year and offers a $2,000 stipend. Applications are due May 1.
  • Apr 9, 2020

Hope College Building Earns LEED Certification

The college's Campus Ministries house includes a vegetated roof, water-efficient plumbing fixtures, LED lights and occupancy sensors. In addition, the building was built atop a site that was already in use rather than on a parcel of undeveloped land.
  • Apr 6, 2020

Iowa State U Releases Land Acknowledgement

In collaboration with the university's director of American Indian Studies, the university developed and recently released an official land acknowledgement recognizing Indigenous Peoples that were stewards of the land on which the university now exists.
  • Apr 6, 2020

Online Engagement Opportunities for Earth Day & Beyond

While in-person Earth Day programming has been canceled to prevent the spread of COVID-19, a number of online engagement opportunities are happening in April to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.
  • Apr 6, 2020

Boston U Partnership Produces Comparison Guide for Sustainable Products

University Sourcing & Procurement, in partnership with W.B. Mason and a team of university stakeholders, announced the new Swap and Save Program. The program provides an easy way for departments to compare recycled and/or sustainable products as well as lower cost items without the hassle of manual product comparison. The goal of this effort is to help departments maximize their budgets while fulfilling their office supply needs and sustainability goals.
  • Apr 6, 2020

Four American U Buildings Achieve LEED Gold

Four buildings on the university's East Campus feature computerized thermostats, low VOC building materials and ultra-low-flow faucets, toilets, and urinals. Ninety-seven percent of the on-site construction waste was diverted from the landfill and 21 percent of materials used were from sources within a 500-mile radius.
  • Apr 6, 2020

Virtual Workshop: Coping With Climate Anxiety in the Classroom and for Yourself

This two-hour, online workshop, happening April 9 from 3 - 5 p.m. Eastern time, is for faculty to understand their own emotions around eco-grief and eco-anxiety in order to create and hold space for students to integrate and process hard realities about climate change impacts. A short overview of research on climate change education and pedagogies will be followed by four experiential activities that can be used in the classroom. The deadline to register is April 8. The University of Hawaiʻi is an AASHE Center for Sustainability Across the Curriculum.
  • Apr 6, 2020

Cardiff U to Discontinue Investments in Fossil Fuels

(U.K.) Following a recent meeting about the university's draft ethical investment policy, the university announced its decision to stop investing in fossil fuels by 2021.
  • Apr 6, 2020

Call for Submissions: 'Sustainability' Journal

Submissions are invited for a special issue in the journal Sustainability called “Environmental Justice and Sustainability”. The special issue aims to examine how sustainability strategies intersect with or obscure racial inequalities, social hierarchies, environmental rights, housing segregation, and spaces of advantage and disadvantage.
  • Apr 6, 2020

Operational Recommendations for Higher Education During COVID-19 Shutdowns

Released by TVA EnergyRight for Business and Industry, the "COVID-19 Response: Modified Operations Recommendations for Higher Education" resource provides guidelines for turning off or adjusting electronics, appliances, and energy and water systems across campus, as well as sanitation, maintenance and operational practices to undertake while facilities are unoccupied.
  • Apr 6, 2020

U Pittsburgh Launches Student Emergency Fund

The Student Government Association recently announced the launch of the Student Emergency Assistance Fund. Students can apply for a grant from the fund to cover expenses such as medical necessities, food insecurity and unexpected travel expenses. The maximum request that can be made by a student is $600.
  • Apr 6, 2020

Northwestern U Receives Sustained Excellence Award

The university recently received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2020 Energy Star Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence Award for energy efficiency and energy conservation solutions.
  • Apr 2, 2020

Miami U Donates PPE to Health Care Facilities

Unused personal protective equipment (PPE), including gloves, goggles, N95 respirators, and surgical masks and gowns, were recently collected from across the university’s Oxford and Regionals campuses for donation to area hospitals and medical centers.
  • Apr 2, 2020

Missouri U Science & Technology Launches Emergency Fund

The new Miner Resilience Fund aims to help students meet basic needs with short-term financial assistance, allow the university to expand counseling and wellness programs online, and ease technology difficulties for students in remote areas where internet access can be a problem.
  • Mar 31, 2020

U Pennsylvania Provides Community Emergency Support

The university recently announced a series of new initiatives that total $4 million in emergency financial assistance to Penn employees, third-party contract workers and organizations impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. The university’s dedication of $4 million for these new initiatives is in addition to the $1 million employee assistance fund announced earlier this month by Penn Medicine, for a total of $5 million in emergency.
  • Mar 31, 2020

Smith College Publishes Alumnae Magazine Focused on Sustainability

As a part of college's "Year on Climate Change", the Smith Alumnae Quarterly focused its Spring 2020 issue on personal and institutional sustainability.
  • Mar 30, 2020

Cornell U Releases Lab Shutdown Procedures

The university recently released a set of guidelines to assist lab managers in quickly identifying energy-saving measures to be implemented during the COVID-19 crisis.
  • Mar 30, 2020

Call for Applications/Nominations: EE 30 Under 30

The North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) invites applications and nominations for the EE 30 Under 30. People recognized with this honor use environmental education to address social and environmental issues. All winners will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the 2020 NAAEE Annual International Conference in Tucson, Arizona, from Oct. 14-17, 2020.
  • Mar 30, 2020

Emerson College Creates COVID-19 Emergency Fund

The college recently created an emergency fund to help students pay their rent, transport themselves back home, rent learning equipment and more. Every member of the board of trustees, including the president, made gifts and pledges, bringing the total to $72,000.
  • Mar 30, 2020

Sustainable Development and Higher Education Institutions: Acting With a Purpose

This special issue, published in the open access journal "Sustainability", builds on papers presented at the 2018 International Sustainable Campus Network conference. The articles cover a range of perspectives on sustainability, including organization and management issues, networking and city partnership themes, student involvement, gender issues, and metrics and indicators related to the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Mar 30, 2020

Stony Brook U & U Massachusetts Amherst Win Energy Award

The two universities were recently highlighted as Customer Project Award winners of the 2020 Smart Energy Decisions Innovation Awards for exemplary use and implementation of innovative technologies and progressive practices that reflect new approaches to energy procurement and management. Stony Brook won for its data analytics platform and UMass Amherst was recognized for its 1.3-megawatt battery storage.
  • Mar 30, 2020

Turning Green 30-Day Virtual Classroom

Launching April 1 and celebrating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, this 30-day lesson plan aims to inform and inspire students through hands-on environmental education.
  • Mar 30, 2020

AASHE Sustainability Awards: Call for Submissions

Each year, AASHE gives 11 awards across four categories to those at the forefront of higher education sustainability. The award categories recognize sustainability achievements by individuals and institutions as well as high impact research on campus sustainability. Submissions and nominations are due on May 15.
  • Mar 30, 2020

Virtual Workshop: Coping With Climate Anxiety in the Classroom and for Yourself

This two-hour, online workshop, happening April 9 from 3 - 5 p.m. Eastern time, is for faculty to understand their own emotions around eco-grief and eco-anxiety in order to create and hold space in the classrooms for students to integrate and process hard realities about climate change impacts. A short overview of research on climate change education and pedagogies will be followed by four experiential activities that can be used in the classroom. The deadline to register is April 8. The University of Hawaiʻi is a regional AASHE Center for Sustainability Across the Curriculum.
  • Mar 27, 2020

Second Nature Solutions Center

Second Nature's Solutions Center identifies carbon and energy reducing activities to support campus climate action goals. The objective of the Solutions Center is to help campuses review more quickly the solutions available and to help build a presentation for decision makers to be able to assess and prioritize decisions faster in order to accelerate climate action.
  • Mar 26, 2020

Emory U Receives Energy Dept Smart Labs Award

In the fall, the university received the Accelerating Smart Labs Award for Program Development and Implementation from the U.S. Department of Energy for having developed a comprehensive strategy based on the goals of the Smart Labs program. Some strategies include identifying lab energy conservation measures, estimating savings, seeking funding to expand the program, and starting to implement projects in seven of its lab buildings.
  • Mar 26, 2020