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U Massachusetts Boston Building Earns LEED Gold

The university's Dining and Residence Hall includes low-flow showers, faucets, toilets and urinals, a high performance building envelope, energy recovery units, and LED lighting throughout.
  • Mar 5, 2019

California College of Arts to Complete Green Residence Hall

The new, five-story student housing building, which will provide housing for more than 500 students, will feature rooftop photovoltaic arrays and solar water heating systems, 167 indoor bike parking spaces and high-performance floor-to-ceiling windows. The building infrastructure has also been designed to enable the eventual connection of campus energy systems to a microgrid. All rooms will be ADA accessible.
  • Mar 5, 2019

Williams College Highlights Sustainability With Interactive Map & Audio Tour

A newly created map and self-guided audio tour of Williams’ campus highlights the college’s sustainability initiatives in an effort to help raise visibility about how sustainability is integrated into the campus.
  • Mar 5, 2019

Binghamton U to Establish Institute for Social Justice for Women & Girls

A large donation from Ellyn Uram Kaschak '65 will be used to fund an institute focused on equality for women and girls. The institute will support faculty affiliates, practitioners-in-residence and student fellows at the graduate and undergraduate levels, all while fostering public engagement and outreach.
  • Mar 5, 2019

U Washington Press Receives $1.2M to Diversify Academic Publishing

A four-year, $1,205,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has been awarded to the University of Washington Press to support the continued development and expansion of the pipeline program designed to diversify academic publishing. This new grant will provide for three annual cycles of editorial fellows at six university presses: Northwestern University Press, the University of Washington Press, the MIT Press, Cornell University Press, the Ohio State University Press and the University of Chicago Press.
  • Mar 4, 2019

New Report: Diversifying Graduate Schools and the Faculty

The new report released by Inside Higher Ed features recommendations and practical ideas from nearly 30 experts across higher education on how to hire and promote faculty members, as well as how to recruit diverse groups of graduate students.
  • Mar 4, 2019

Mercer U Students Grow Food for Local Food Bank

Two third-year students at the university's School of Medicine are growing fresh produce for a local food bank to combat a lack of access to fresh, local food. They also create and donate health resource pamphlets with the food they donate.
  • Mar 4, 2019

U Wisconsin-Madison Approves Health Promotion & Health Equity Degree Program

The university system’s Board of Regents voted recently to approve a new undergraduate degree program, which will train students to practice as health educators. The program is broadly designed to provide students with the skills and perspectives to facilitate healthy practices at the individual and societal levels.
  • Mar 4, 2019

U California Berkeley Commits to 100% Renewables by 2050

The University of California, Berkeley's chancellor recently signed a memorandum of understanding committing the Berkeley campus to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050. This commitment covers purchased electricity as well as energy used for transportation and heating.
  • Mar 4, 2019

School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Creates Climate Change Curriculum Project

Doctors and staff at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai are working to integrate climate and health concepts into existing medical courses through their Climate Change Curriculum Infusion Project. By weaving the material into existing course lectures, rather than having a standalone “climate change module,” they hope to better highlight the interconnectedness of climate and health concepts with current medical school competencies.
  • Mar 4, 2019

Colorado College Becomes Tree Campus USA Certified

The college was recently honored by the Arbor Day Foundation with a 2018 Tree Campus USA recognition. It achieved the title by completing Tree Campus USA’s five standards, which include maintaining a tree advisory committee and a campus tree-care plan, dedicating annual expenditures for its campus tree program, and hosting an Arbor Day observance and a student service-learning project.
  • Mar 4, 2019

USCC Campus Composting Survey

The U.S. Composting Council is gathering data about how composting is added to campus recycling and facilities programs. The survey includes five questions.
  • Mar 4, 2019

Higher Education Leaders Announce a Call to Action

In response to the recent scientific reports that strongly advise unprecedented action in the next decade, 21 higher education leaders announced a call to action for accelerating equitable and just climate solutions to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. The declaration, which was released at the 2019 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit, provides guiding principles for higher education institutions to accelerate climate leadership and concludes with signatories' belief that leveraging their institutional strengths is critical to doing more.
  • Mar 4, 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.
  • Mar 4, 2019

Sustainability Across the Curriculum Workshop at Santa Clara University

Santa Clara University invites faculty members from any discipline to apply to attend this curriculum workshop, which aims to help faculty include a module on sustainability in an existing course or to develop a new course focused entirely on sustainability. Participants will draw inspiration from multiple visions of sustainability, including the U.N. SDGs, academic associations in their field, and their school’s mission. There will also be a breakout session for faculty members from Jesuit institutions that will draw links to Ignatian pedagogy and Catholic social teaching on sustainability and justice. Santa Clara University is one of 13 regional AASHE Centers for Sustainability Across the Curriculum.
  • Mar 4, 2019

U Maryland Unveils 'Do Good Accelerator' Program

The Do Good Accelerator program supports student teams by providing space and assistance to develop ventures and projects aimed both at tackling societal problems and building successful companies and nonprofits.
  • Feb 27, 2019

Indiana U Bloomington Receives LEED Gold on Three Buildings

The School of Public and Environmental Affairs addition, Ray E. Cramer Marching Hundred Hall and Hodge Hall all received gold certification in late 2018 and early 2019.
  • Feb 27, 2019

New Issue: Sustainability: Journal of Record

The latest issue includes an article about making the connection between environmental justice and sustainable development, and a review of books, reports, films, websites and applications.
  • Feb 25, 2019

Murray State U Unveils BS in Civil and Sustainability Engineering

The new Bachelor of Science degree in civil and sustainability engineering includes the study of transportation systems, stormwater control, wastewater treatment and site remediation.
  • Feb 25, 2019

SUNY Fredonia Creates Endowment to Promote Diversity Ed

The Collingwood Distinguished Lecture for Diversity was recently established with a $250,000 gift from an anonymous Fredonia graduate. The donation will provide annual support for an honorarium to bring a nationally recognized speaker of diversity to the Fredonia campus each year. The lecture is an effort to promote leadership, education, advocacy and outreach for underrepresented groups or issues in society, and support the integration of diversity, as a whole, into the academic community.
  • Feb 25, 2019

West Chester U Implements Bike Sharing

The Office of Sustainability at the university implemented a bike-share program across campus through a company called Zagster. The program allows students to rent bicycles with a one-time, annual fee for up to three hours at a time.
  • Feb 25, 2019

Ohio State U Introduces Eco-Friendly Search Engine

A group of Ohio State graduate students and their faculty adviser were awarded $40,000 in funding to install Ecosia as the default search engine onto 30,000 campus computers. Ecosia is a search engine where 80 percent of ad revenue generated by internet searches is used to fund organizations that plant trees around the world. The team plans to spend the $40,000 on different marketing initiatives, including widespread advertisement campaigns on campus and through social media channels, and hiring support staff to manage programming and development, track usage, and handle public relations and social media.
  • Feb 25, 2019

U Maryland Installs Indoor Vertical Garden

With the help of a University Sustainability Fund grant, students, faculty and staff can now reap the health and well-being benefits of a 240-square-foot, vertical garden installed on the ground-floor patio inside the Student Union.
  • Feb 25, 2019

International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education: New Issue

The latest issue includes articles on sustainability in chemistry curriculum and textile and apparel education, the impacts of higher education institutions on sustainable development, and teaching the health impacts of climate change.
  • Feb 25, 2019

College Lake County Building Earns LEED Platinum

The 42,000 square-foot Science & Engineering Building features photovoltaic solar panels, LED lighting, ample natural light, vegetated rooftops, a geothermal heating and cooling system, and energy-efficient fume hoods in chemistry labs.
  • Feb 25, 2019

Methodist Theological School Ohio Announces Masters in Social Justice

The new professional master's degree provides a core curriculum drawing from ethics, religion and public leadership. Students engage in a cross-cultural immersion experience and a customizable 280-hour internship. The program aims to help students develop skills and strategies for leading, organizing, educating and collaborating in diverse social, political, religious and educational contexts.
  • Feb 25, 2019

CoFED Summer Co-Op Academy

CoFED’s Summer Co-op Academy is a week-long education intensive designed for Black, Latinx, Indigenous, Asian and Pacific Islander youth who are working in food cooperatives and collectives to grow community health and wealth through food and land. The next academy is June 17-23, location to be announced. Applications will be accepted through March 15.
  • Feb 25, 2019

Metropolitan Universities Journal: Urban and Metropolitan Universities: The Transformative Power of Anchor Institutions

The new issue of Metropolitan Universities Journal focuses on the role of urban and metropolitan universities as anchor institutions in their community to address long standing inequities. Anchor institutions are nonprofit or public institutions that are rooted in place. These institutions have a mission to serve and are the largest employers and purchaser of goods and services in many communities. Also, they have other assets and capacities that can be leveraged to support reciprocal community development, including local hiring, procurement, and investment practices.
  • Feb 25, 2019