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University-CC Partnership Addresses Homelessness

As part of a statewide plan to address youth homelessness in Massachusetts, the governor recently announced a pilot program to house a small group of homeless community college students at nearby four-year colleges and universities. Up to 20 homeless students at four community colleges will receive dormitory housing through partnerships. The university-community college matches are Massasoit Community College and Bridgewater State University, Quinsigamond Community College and Worcester State University, Middlesex Community College and the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, and MassBay Community College and Framingham State University.
  • Feb 5, 2019

U St. Thomas to Open Center on Race, Leadership and Social Justice

The center will provide law students the opportunity to leverage legal training to address social justice challenges. Students will interface with lawyers in the community who are fighting for justice and equity to gain in-depth insights related to civil rights, human rights law and advocacy. It will also collaborate with the entire university and share its expertise on racial equity and social justice.
  • Feb 5, 2019

Amherst College Announces Climate Plan for Neutrality by 2030

At its January 2019 meeting, the Board of Trustees unanimously approved the college's Climate Action Plan, which calls for changing the campus energy infrastructure from a traditional fossil-fuel powered steam system to renewable electric heat pumps that use geothermal energy sources. The plan does not rely on the purchase of carbon offsets.
  • Feb 5, 2019

Brown U to Offset All Electricity Use With Solar & Wind

As a major part of a campus-wide effort to cut greenhouse gas emissions, the university has finalized agreements for two renewable energy projects. Projected to offset around about 70 percent of Brown’s annual electricity consumption generated through fossil fuels, the first project is a 50-megawatt photovoltaic facility that will be constructed on an old gravel pit. The second renewable energy project is an 8-megawatt wind power project being developed in Texas, which will offset the remaining electricity use.
  • Feb 5, 2019

Parul U Bans Gas & Diesel Vehicles on Campus

In an effort to reduce pollution on campus and protect the health of teachers and students, the university recently banned the use of gasoline and diesel vehicles inside campus boundaries. To facilitate transportation across campus, one hundred bicycles have been placed across the campus, which the campus community can rent at a minimal cost.
  • Feb 5, 2019

Communicating Climate Change: A Guide for Educators

Communicating Climate Change provides environmental educators with an understanding of how their audiences engage with climate change information as well as with concrete, empirically tested communication tools they can use to enhance their climate change program. An open access version of this book is available through Cornell Open.
  • Feb 5, 2019

Rider U Wins Electric Vehicle Challenge

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection named the university a winner of the New Jersey Charging Challenge: Electrify Your Workplace recognition program in December 2018. Rider received a certificate of recognition for its installation of five single-port, level-two EV charging stations and the use of smartphone applications that provide information on proper charging etiquette.
  • Feb 5, 2019

2019 UL Innovative Education Award

Offered by UL in partnership with the North American Association for Environmental Education, the award program seeks to recognize those that promote learning through STEM priorities, engage all people in civic and social responsibility, and find solutions to environmental challenges. Five winning organizations will be named winners in 2019, with one grand-prize winner to receive $100,000; two second-tier winners to receive $50,000 each; and two third-tier winners to receive $25,000 each. Eligible organizations must apply by March 12.
  • Feb 5, 2019

Environment America Launches 100% Renewable Energy Campaign

Environment America, along with students across the country, will launch 50 campaigns in 15 states this year, imploring colleges and universities to generate 100 percent of their energy from renewable sources. The nationwide initiative will include educational forums, petition drives and direct engagement with administration officials to press for 100 percent renewable energy. In support of these efforts, more than 950 faculty and campus leaders have signed a statement calling for higher education administrators to make a clear commitment to achieve 100 percent renewable energy for all operations.
  • Feb 5, 2019

Call for Proposals: 2019 NAAEE Conference & Research Symposium

Presentation submissions for the 2019 North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) conference (Oct. 16-19) and research symposium (Oct. 15-16) happening in Lexington, Kentucky, are being accepted through March 31. The conference theme is Educating for a Just and Sustainable Future.
  • Feb 4, 2019

SJOR Features AASHE Sustainability Award Winners

Sustainability: The Journal of Record (SJOR) highlights each of the 11 winners of the 2018 AASHE Sustainability Awards program. The winners were recognized for their campus sustainability research, campus achievements and student leadership. Award submissions for 2019 are accepted on a rolling basis.
  • Feb 4, 2019

Danish Academics Call for Climate Leadership

Over 650 Danish academics from multiple research fields in Denmark signed a letter at the end of 2018 calling on universities to immediately develop and implement a series of far-reaching policies to drastically reduce the universities’ carbon emissions. The letter was signed by researchers both inside and outside of climate research and has been sent to all management and boards of universities in Denmark.
  • Feb 4, 2019

U California Merced Introduces Student Climate Resiliency Program

Students participated in the new Student Leadership Institute for Climate Resilience, a three-day residential program that introduced students to the campus’ carbon neutrality, sustainability, food action and environmental justice communities through activities and tours. Students were instructed on ways scholarship and practice at the UC level address issues of climate and ecological crisis, social equity and regenerative economy.
  • Feb 4, 2019

Sustainability Across the Curriculum Leadership Workshop

Become familiar with the philosophy of change in higher education developed through the Ponderosa Project at Northern Arizona University and adapted at Emory in Piedmont Project and learn how to lead curriculum change for sustainability by participating in a two-day workshop featuring presentations, exercises, discussions, reflection and planning. Readings and organizational materials are provided. Drs. Peggy Barlett and Geoffrey Chase will facilitate the workshop. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until March 29.
  • Feb 4, 2019

Southern Oregon U Implements Audio Wayfinding App

The university is now more friendly to those who are sight impaired after partnering with an outside vendor to provide an audio wayfinding app. The university has placed 200 beacons across campus as waypoints that communicate with the free app, which allows users to locate both outdoor and indoor destinations.
  • Feb 4, 2019

Middlebury College Releases Plan for Energy, Investments & Engagement

The college's new 10-year commitment, Energy2028, puts the institution on a path toward a complete shift to renewable energy to power and heat its central campus by 2028, sets goals to reduce energy consumption, phases out direct fossil fuel investments in the endowment, and creates new educational programs and opportunities.
  • Feb 4, 2019

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.
  • Jan 31, 2019

Environmental Education Advocacy Day

Supported by the North American Association for Environmental Education, AASHE and others, the Environmental Education Advocacy Day on Feb. 20 is an opportunity to promote environmental education policies and priorities by engaging with Congress. Registration closes Feb. 6.
  • Jan 31, 2019

Three Universities Win Energy Innovation Awards

The University of Maryland, University of Virginia, and University of California San Diego were recently recognized as the 2019 Smart Energy Decisions Innovation Award winners. The objective of the Innovation Awards program is to recognize the individual and collective efforts of large electric power users, their suppliers, and their utilities in support of the energy transformation currently taking place.
  • Jan 28, 2019

Washington College Signs Energy-Efficiency Agreement

The college recently signed an agreement to analyze and implement low- and no-emissions energy generation, storage technologies and energy conservation solutions.
  • Jan 28, 2019

UK Government Allocates $22M for Nitrogen Pollution Research

The U.K. government recently announced a $22 million (17.1 million British pounds) commitment for an international research program to tackle the challenge that nitrogen pollution poses for the environment, food security, human health and the economy in South Asia. The South Asian Nitrogen Hub will study the impacts of the different forms of pollution to form a coherent picture of the nitrogen cycle. Comprising around 50 organizations from across the U.K. and South Asia, partners include the Universities of Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Bristol, plus research institutes and universities in South Asia.
  • Jan 28, 2019

Good Food Challenge Student Standards Committee: Call for Researchers

Meal Exchange invites students at higher education institutions to apply to be on its Canadian Student Standards Committee, which will research and contribute to the Good Food Guide and Standards Package Version 2.0, which will be launched in 2-3 years.
  • Jan 28, 2019

Delta College Professors Form Union

The faculty at the Michigan college voted to unionize 145 to 24. The new bargaining unit is affiliated with the National Education Association.
  • Jan 28, 2019

Geothermal Design Challenge 2019

The U.S. Department of Energy Geothermal Technologies Office, in partnership with the Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy and the Idaho National Laboratory, invites both high school and university (undergraduate & graduate) teams to sign up to research data, interpret information and create a data visualization portfolio that will tell a compelling story about geothermal energy.
  • Jan 28, 2019

U.S. House Climate Change Sign-On Letter

Any member of an HEI is invited to sign (with a .edu address) a letter being sent to Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, about the importance of a strong climate action agenda in the new Congress. The letter will also have support from other sector leaders and will be publicly released when it is sent to Pelosi in February. The deadline for signing is Feb. 1.
  • Jan 28, 2019

2019 Colby Summer Institute in Environmental Humanities

Colby College is hosting a Summer Institute in Environmental Humanities from Aug. 5-10, 2019 with the aim of engaging with contemporary issues in the environmental humanities through participatory, interdisciplinary events, including seminars and workshops. Participants will collectively explore how this developing field contributes to the theorization, imagination and practice of socially just and ecologically hopeful futures. Applications are due Feb. 1.
  • Jan 28, 2019

California State U, Northridge Obtains Bee Campus Designation

Joining 57 other U.S. campuses in improving college landscapes for pollinators, the university will form a campus committee to provide a forum for the campus community to get involved in providing pollinator education, and establishing or restoring habitat that provides food, nesting sites and sites for pollinators. The university will be responsible for developing and maintaining a campus pollinator habitat plan, hosting an annual campus event to raise awareness about the importance of pollinators, and offering workshops to students who are interested in learning more about these topics.
  • Jan 28, 2019

U Cincinnati Clermont College Becomes 100% Wind Powered

The university recently signed an agreement to purchase 100 percent of its electric supply with Green-e certified wind power renewable energy credits. This action is projected to reduce the university's total annual greenhouse gas emissions by 16 percent.
  • Jan 28, 2019

AASHE Member Discount: 10% Discount on Tayst Coffee

Tayst Coffee, a distributor of compostable coffee k-cups, is offering AASHE members a lifetime 10 percent discount on all orders.
  • Jan 28, 2019