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  • Mar 27, 2019

East Sussex College Installs Community-Funded Solar

(U.K.) East Sussex College recently completed a community-funded solar-electric project that will supply approximately 72 percent of the college's electricity. Partial funding came from local residents who will receive a 5 percent per year return. The array will generate a community fund over its 25-year lifespan that will be used by the college for renewable energy education and community projects.
  • Mar 25, 2019

U Notre Dame Installs Food Waste-to-Energy System

The new food waste system converts non-consumable food waste to renewable energy by composting it anaerobically. The gas is used for energy while the solid byproduct is used as a fertilizer at a local farm. Two additional systems will be installed in the near future that will reduce non-consumable food waste by 99 percent.
  • Mar 25, 2019

Call for Applications: Young Champions of the Earth 2019

Young Champions of the Earth supports individuals between 18 and 30 who have ideas for creating a positive environmental impact and sustainable future. Seven winners will be selected in 2019 to receive seed funding, intensive training, and tailored mentorship to bring their environmental ideas to life. The deadline to submit is March 31.
  • Mar 25, 2019

U Maryland Baltimore Building Achieves LEED Gold

The university's School of Medicine building now features a green roof planted with native and adaptive plants, a cistern water collection system, high-performance glazing on the south façade, natural ventilation, high-efficiency flush fixtures, low-flow sinks, secure bike storage spaces and shower facilities.
  • Mar 25, 2019

U Illinois Urbana-Champaign Classroom & Research Building Receives LEED Gold

A recent $79 million renovation of the historic building includes energy-efficient heating and air conditioning, high levels of daylight for natural lighting, occupancy sensors and continual energy monitoring. More than 76 percent of the construction waste was recycled. The building was able to reduce its water usage by at least 20 percent. The project also received high marks for using an existing site, having convenient access to public transportation and incorporating bicycle parking.
  • Mar 25, 2019

2019 GSA Innovators of the Year Awards

This year's Green Sports Alliance Innovators of the Year award will recognize an organization or individual that has demonstrated excellence and innovation in environmental and social stewardship in the world of sports. The deadline to submit is March 29.
  • Mar 25, 2019

Princeton Environmental Ideathon 2019

Held from April 5-7, the theme of the Princeton Environmental Ideathon is the Green Metropolis, which aims to create project proposals that have the potential to reduce carbon emissions in selected cities. Teams will choose one city and identify an environmental problem that is related to at least one of five categories: energy, transportation, water, waste and food. Teams are guided by experts from all the necessary disciplines to help draft a project proposal. The deadline to apply is March 27.
  • Mar 25, 2019

Student Survey on Attitudes Toward & Expectations for Sustainability

The National Union of Students encourages students from any institution of higher education to participate in the survey that aims to capture attitudes towards and expectations on sustainable development, regardless of the students interest or involvement in sustainability. The deadline to complete the survey is April 30.
  • Mar 25, 2019

Pennsylvania State U Expands EcoCoin Program

Launched at the University Park campus bookstore last summer, the EcoCoin program offers patrons the option of receiving a plastic bag at checkout, or forgoing the bag and instead donating the nickel the store would have spent on their bag to a student philanthropic organization engaged in sustainable development. Now the EcoCoin program is expanding to a total of 22 retail locations - the Penn State Bookstore, Market East at University Park, and 19 commonwealth campus bookstore locations.
  • Mar 25, 2019

Pennsylvania State U Sustainability Institute Introduces Affiliate Program

Open to Penn State community members from all colleges and at all 24 campuses, the Affiliate Program is a new initiative for faculty, staff and students interested in becoming affiliates of the institute in order to build stakeholder communities with common interests in issues of sustainability in researching, teaching and engagement.
  • Mar 25, 2019

Sustainability Across the Curriculum Workshop at Dickinson College

Dickinson College invites faculty from other colleges and universities to participate in its Valley & Ridge Faculty Development Workshop, which focuses on integrating social, economic and/or environmental sustainability into new and existing courses across the curriculum. The deadline to register is April 1. Dickinson College is one of 13 regional AASHE Centers for Sustainability Across the Curriculum.
  • Mar 25, 2019

Dalhousie U Sexton Campus Undergoes Green Renovation

The university's redesign of its downtown campus was a $64-million project, with $4 million earmarked for specific green features, including ground-source heating and cooling, photovoltaic electricity tied to a 180-kilowatt battery bank, and a 6,600-gallon underground cistern that will capture and treat rainwater for toilet and urinal flushing.
  • Mar 25, 2019

U Colorado Boulder Offers Scholarships for Sustainable Actions

Students can now earn scholarships for tuition and fees by taking sustainable actions on campus with PIPs for School, a program offered by the PIPs Rewards app. PIPs Rewards is a mobile app that rewards users for verifiable behaviors that benefit personal wellness, the environment and community good, such as biking, recycling and volunteering. Starting in spring 2019, students can also convert their PIPs into a PIPs for School scholarship toward next semester’s school expenses.
  • Mar 25, 2019

Southern Oregon U Student Rec Center Earns LEED Gold

The athletic pavilion and recreation center complex, which opened last spring, was recognized for bike-friendly infrastructure and electric vehicle charging stations, lighting that minimizes disturbances to night skies and wildlife, plumbing fixtures that reduce water usage by 39 percent and efficiency measures that reduce energy consumption by almost 23 percent. Other elements include a rooftop solar installation that offsets 10 percent of the facility’s annual electricity consumption, the use of sustainable lumber products and recycled building materials, and the use of substances such as paints and sealants that emit only low levels of volatile organic compounds (VOC).
  • Mar 25, 2019

82 US Schools Receive Grants to Create Smoke/Tobacco-Free Policies

The CVS Health Foundation, in partnership with the American Cancer Society and Truth Initiative, is awarding more than $1.4 million total to 82 U.S. colleges and universities to help them advocate for, adopt and implement 100 percent smoke- and tobacco-free campus policies, including limiting the use of e-cigarettes.
  • Mar 22, 2019

AASHE Member Discount: 10% Off 2019 Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council Summit

AASHE members can receive a 10 percent discount off registration to the 2019 Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council Summit, happening May 20-22, in Portland, Oregon.
  • Mar 22, 2019

U Mississippi to Relocate Confederate Statue

This month, the university's Associated Student Body, Graduate Student Council, Faculty Senate and Staff Council all voted to relocate the Confederate monument to a nearby cemetery that’s also on university grounds. The administration was in agreement.
  • Mar 22, 2019

Tufts U Bolsters Carpooling With App

In an effort to reduce carbon emissions, the university entered a partnership with the carpooling app miles2share in early March, which allows students, faculty and staff within the Tufts community to connect with riders and drivers with overlapping routes.
  • Mar 18, 2019

Lackawanna College Introduces Online Certificate in Sustainable Leadership

Offered through the college's Environmental Education Center, the new certificate program develops broad leadership and management skills through exploring issues involving sustainability.
  • Mar 18, 2019

Lafayette College Trustees Approve Carbon Neutrality Plan

The recently approved plan sets the college on a path of carbon neutrality by 2035 and outlines specific steps to be investigated and implemented over a three-phase timeline. Recommendations cover the areas of energy, waste and transportation, with a focus on immediate, high-impact actions that can reduce carbon emissions and improve energy efficiency on campus.
  • Mar 18, 2019

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