U.N. Global Climate Action Awards
Spearheaded by U.N. Climate Change's Momentum for Change initiative, the U.N. Global Climate Action Award recognizes innovative, scalable and replicable examples of projects and initiatives that tackle climate change. There are four areas of focus: Women for Results; Financing for Climate Friendly Investment; Planetary Health; and Climate Neutral Now. The deadline to apply is April 30.
U Victoria Launches Campus Cycling Plan
The university's inaugural Campus Cycling Plan provides a comprehensive and coordinated approach to support cycling as a safe, enjoyable and convenient mode of transportation on campus for students, faculty, staff and visitors. It includes bicycle parking, cycling paths and end-of-trip facilities, as well as policy direction on strategies to improve levels of comfort and safety on shared paths and roads.
U San Diego Introduces PhD in Education for Social Justice
The School of Leadership and Education Sciences at the University of San Diego will welcome its first cohort of students in fall 2019 for the Education for Social Justice Ph.D. and Ed.S. programs. The online program offers a course of study that allows students to develop research, teaching and advocacy skills by using local, national and international contexts to construct more equitable, tolerant and socially just societies and institutions.
Three Schools Selected for Free Carbon Neutrality Program
The College of Saint Benedict, the University of Minnesota Morris and the University of St. Thomas have been selected to participate in Ever-Green Energy's pilot program: Roadmap to Carbon Neutrality. As part of this pilot program, the institutions will receive free energy and carbon neutrality planning services over the next year that will help them map out plans, evaluate feasibility and lay out next steps.
Muhlenberg College Announces Sustainability Studies Major
Beginning in fall 2019, a new sustainability studies major and newly revised minor will offer students an interdisciplinary approach to understanding complex environmental-human challenges and developing solutions to effect real change. Exploring how issues related to sustainability impact, and are addressed at, the local, national and global levels, the program addresses the intersectional nature of environmental and social issues in relation to human difference, power relations and equity.
AASHE Sustainability Awards: Call for Submissions
The annual AASHE Sustainability Awards provide global recognition to the individuals and organizations leading the higher education sustainability movement. By raising the visibility of high-impact sustainability projects, pioneering research and outstanding leadership, the awards help to disseminate innovations and inspire progress toward environmental, social and economic health. Submissions and nominations are due by May 10.
AASHE Member Discount: 20% Off NESI Global Forum
The New Economy and Social Innovation (NESI) Global Forum, taking place April 24-26, 2019, in Málaga, Spain, is a global gathering of people and organizations involved in the development of the new economy that focuses on people and planet. This year’s NESI gathering will explore how to achieve the U.N. SDGs through local action and social innovation. AASHE members can receive 20 percent off tickets by using the code C00-AASHE.
Fair Trade Campaigns National Conference 50% Discount
AASHE members can receive a 50 percent discount on registration for the Fair Trade Campaigns 2019 National Conference, taking place in Chicago, Illinois, from March 1-3. The conference brings together local, national and global leaders in the Fair Trade movement – students, community advocates, producers, businesses, nonprofits and institutions committed to sustainability and social justice. AASHE members use code AASHE to receive the 50 percent discount on registration.
U Colorado Boulder Building Earns LEED Gold
The Center for Academic Success and Engagement (CASE) features LED lighting throughout, low-flow plumbing fixtures, energy-efficient HVAC and glazing on some south-facing windows that self-dims as sun exposure increases, minimizing heat gain and glare. Also significant was construction of the building atop an existing parking garage, avoiding consumption of green space and introducing new sources of vegetation to the site on the north-facing slope.
New York U Announces Plastic Bottle Policy
As part of an institution-wide drive toward creating a more sustainable campus, the university president recently announced that NYU will no longer purchase single-use plastic water bottles, effective January 1, 2020. The new policy is expected to reduce waste by over 330,000 plastic water bottles per year. The plastic bottle policy was one of several sustainability-focused initiatives. Other initiatives include replacing fossil fuel vehicles with electric vehicles, reducing "k-cup" waste, and making events more sustainable.
U Virginia Collaborates With City & County to Reduce Emissions
The city of Charlottesville, Albemarle County and the university will soon embark on a collaborative community outreach effort as each entity begins to update their greenhouse gas reduction targets and develop climate action plans. To enable broad community engagement and participation in informing these commitments, the three organizations are coordinating their outreach efforts across their sustainability offices and encouraging residents, businesses and area stakeholders to get involved.
U Hawai'i Repurposes 4K Misprinted Mugs
The university redistributed 4,000 brand new reusable mugs that were headed to the landfill due to a misprint to the Mānoa, West Oʻahu, and Maui College campuses of the University of Hawai'i, and Honolulu, Windward, and Kapiʻolani Community Colleges. UH Mānoa Dining Services is subsequently launching a bring-your-own-cup campaign while distributing the rescued mugs to students.
Bowdoin College Building Achieves LEED Platinum
The college's Roux Center for the Environment features a rooftop garden that absorbs stormwater runoff and adds insulation, a roof-mounted photovoltaic solar system, and a 1,500-gallon storage tank that collects filtered rainwater to flush toilets.
21 New York Universities Form RE Purchasing Coalition
Called New York Campuses’ Aggregate Renewable Energy Solutions (NYCARES), the newly formed consortium is comprised of 21 private and public higher education institutions and is working towards a goal of purchasing or producing electricity from 100 percent zero-net-carbon sources.
Vanderbilt U Science Building Earns LEED Gold
The building includes LED bulbs as well as occupancy sensors, windows that optimize natural solar light and help prevent bird strikes, and a 10,000 gallon cistern to capture rain water for irrigation.
Concordia U Issues “Sustainable Bond” for New Green Building
The $25-million bond will help finance a new Science Hub that is expected to receive LEED Gold certification. Slated for completion in fall 2019, the building is projected to be 35 percent more efficient than an average non-certified research facility.
Drawdown EcoChallenge challenges participants to take action on the 100 most substantive solutions to global warming. The initiative is a 21-day engagement program focused on carbon reduction. The challenge follows actions highlighted in Drawdown, a book based on research that maps, measures, models and describes solutions to global warming that already exists. Participants track and share their progress online and earn points for taking action. The program takes place April 3 - 24 and is free and open to the public.
Incorporating Sustainability in Management Education
Responding to the need of business schools to incorporate sustainability thinking into their curricula, this book is structured on a typical MBA program. Each chapter explores how sustainability thinking can be integrated into existing subject areas. Rather than being prescriptive, the chapters provide opportunities to reflect on successes as well as challenges associated with embedding sustainability into MBA courses. Contributors explore the employability implications of sustainability and how these are reflected in course designs, pedagogy and assessments.
Dickinson College Building Reaches LEED Platinum
The college's new residence hall features energy-efficient exterior walls and high-efficiency windows. An upgraded stormwater management system, including four rain gardens, will minimize impacts to the existing community systems.
NACUBO Excellence in Sustainability Award
The National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) is accepting nominations for their Excellence in Sustainability Award. This award recognizes institutions that have demonstrated excellence and innovation in a specific process, innovation or program that embraces the full range of sustainability leadership: financial, facilities, operational, environmental, community and climate. Nominations for this award close on March 8.
2019 AASHE Conference & Expo Call for Proposals Closes March 8
The last day to submit a proposal and/or sign up to be a reviewer for AASHE 2019 is March 8. Hosted in Spokane, Washington, from Oct. 27-30, the conference theme is Co-Creating a Sustainable Economy and aims to tackle a root cause for the continued rise in carbon emissions: our dysfunctional economic system. All accepted presenters receive a discount applicable to full conference registration. This deadline will not be extended.