Net Impact's 'Small Steps, Big Wins' Campus Challenge
Small Steps, Big Wins is a university-focused national student competition to spark undergraduates into doing positive social and environmental actions such as donating blood, recycling or organizing a volunteer day. The competition closes on December 1.
Call for Proposals: Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference
The annual conference, slated for March 3-4, 2014 at the University of Maryland, seeks proposals in the themes of adaptation and resilience, change management and implementation, social sustainability, the built environment, and the campus as a learning laboratory. The proposal submission deadline is Oct. 18, 2013.
Call for Proposals: Washington HE Sustainability Conference
Calling upon faculty and students to submit proposals, the conference focuses on sharing best practices and dissemination and adoption of sustainability in academics, operations and research. Any stakeholders throughout the Pacific Northwest are invited to participate in the February 6-7, 2014 event in Bellingham, Washington. Proposals are due October 25.
Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure Envision Training
Open to full- and part-time students, ISI now offers a training program for EnvisionTM, an infrastructure rating system developed to help designers and building contractors build infrastructure projects toward increasing levels of sustainability.
Funding through Chevrolet Carbon Reduction Initiative
Supporting the development of a carbon credit methodology focused on campus-wide reductions and high performance in individual LEED certified buildings, new funding is available from Chevrolet for universities and colleges pursuing aggressive carbon reduction goals through clean, energy-efficient solutions. Chevrolet will be hosting a lunch networking event at the AASHE 2013 Conference & Expo on Monday and an educational workshop at 11 a.m. on Tuesday. David Tulauskas and Sue Hall will be available to answer questions. Chevrolet will also be recognizing the next generation of clean energy entrepreneurs through awards and competitions. Join its AASHE 2013 Student Summit session at 9 a.m. on Sunday to learn more about how Chevrolet is empowering students to pursue their leadership.
Hosted by the Northwest Earth Institute, this challenge asks participants to stick with one action to reduce their environmental impact for two weeks. Sign up as an individual, class or university team starting August 15. This year's EcoChallenge takes place October 15-30.
Call for Submissions: Research Proposals on Compost
The Composting Council Research and Education Foundation's Young Investigator Scholarship has an open call for projects which focus on research on compost application and utilization as it relates to reducing erosion and water pollution. The goal of the Young Investigator Scholarship is to bring attention to emerging young professionals in the field of compost research and to spark interest in the future of the composting industry. Application deadline is October 20.
Call for Submissions: Student Entrepreneur Awards
Called the Unilever Sustainable Living Young Entrepreneur Awards and in partnership with the Cambridge Program for Sustainability Leadership, students under age 30 from any part of the world are invited to submit ideas for innovative and practical solutions to help make sustainable living commonplace. A total of €200,000 in financial support and mentoring will be awarded to seven entries for development and scaling of their initiatives. Applications due by November 1.
Int'l Sustainable Electronics Competition Registration Open
Accepted registrants are asked to explore solutions to remediate the existing electronic waste problem, electronic waste generation in the future, and foster a more sustainable system for electronic device development, use, and management. Registration closes on November 1.
Renewable Energy Grant Program Now Accepting Applications
The Bonneville Environmental Foundation's Renewable University Grant Program is offering one-to-one cost share matching grants of up to $35,000 each toward the development of an on-site renewable electric energy generation system to higher education institutions within Washington State, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. The first grant cycle closes October 15; the second closes December 15.
AASHE Membership Survey Open through September 20
This survey is part of a collective effort to guide dialogue at the AASHE 2013 Conference & Expo in Nashville and beyond. As part of ongoing member feedback activities, the goal of this survey, part of the AASHE Listening Project, is to provide the AASHE community with deeper opportunities for input and dialogue as the organization evolves. Responses are due September 20.
Limited-time AASHE Discount Offers Ending September 16
AASHE is offering discounts for new campuses, businesses and nonprofit organizations including up to 30 percent off of AASHE membership, 50 percent off of the AASHE 2013 Conference & Expo, and up to $400 off of STARS registration. These discount packages are good through September 16.
Call for Proposals: SCUP International Conference
The Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) seeks ideas for fostering purposeful change through practical solutions and applications, fresh approaches and best planning practices for its annual conference taking place July 12-16, 2014 in Pittsburgh. The deadline for proposals for the conference, themed "Plan for Transformation," is Oct. 1, 2013.
Student Bike Trip to Greenbuild Nation 2013
The U.S. Green Building Council is accepting student applications to cycle from Washington, D.C. to Philadelphia, PA while participating in service projects and public awareness initiatives. Students will share their experience at Greenbuild Nation 2013. The application deadline is September 6.
Author Jonathan Safran Foer Virtual Classroom Visit
Sponsored by Farm Forward, this free October 10 program gives educators the opportunity to discuss bringing Foer’s book, “Eating Animals,” to the classroom. The topic of the book is the moral and environmental impact of eating animals.
Emerging Writers Wanted for COP19
The Verb is looking for students or recent graduates with skills in writing, data communication and multimedia production for the 19th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Warsaw, Poland in November 2013.
U Michigan Seeks Master’s Project Proposals
Targeted toward environmental and non-profit businesses, students at the School of Natural Resource and Environment will provide client organizations with solutions to complex environmental issues and useful products. Submission deadline is Dec. 3, 2013.
USGBC Seeks Volunteer Community Green Chair
The U.S. Green Building Council's Center for Green School is looking to fill a volunteer leadership position in Washington for its Community Green program. This position will be focused on overseeing the development, implementation, management and growth of green building education and training activity at community colleges regionally.
USGBC Students Seeks National, Regional Chairs
National U.S. Green Building Council Students chairs work with the Center for Green Schools staff to manage a multi-state region, engaging with regional chairs and student groups. Regional chairs help shape and build a program that works toward large-scale sustainability projects on college campuses and communities as well as impact a large number of students to pursue careers in the green building and sustainability industry.
Workshops at AASHE 2013
These half day workshops taking place on October 6 and October 9 as part of the AASHE 2013 Conference & Expo are an opportunity for an intensive professional development experience in areas including behavior change, student affairs leadership, faculty development, research methods, STARS, and more.
Get Involved with President Obama's Climate Action Plan
In a recent conference call about President Obama's Climate Action Plan, White House Liaison to Young Americans Ronnie Cho encouraged higher education campuses to contact him to discuss ways that higher education can be involved. Email Ronnie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Call for Nominations: Center for Green Schools President's Awards
The U.S. Green Building Council's Center for Green Schools is now accepting nominations for its annual President’s Awards. The awards recognize two higher education leaders, from a two- and four-year institution each, who are propelling the green campus movement and activating change both on campus and in the broader community. Nominations are due by 11:59 p.m. Pacific on July 12, 2013.
Summer Women's Sustainability Leadership Circle
This Spheres of Influence monthly virtual series will join women sustainability leaders from a variety of settings including higher education for topics ranging from work-life balance to best practices for strategic planning and stakeholder engagement.
Call for Papers: BioCycle 13th Annual Conference
Abstracts are now being accepted for tracks including municipal, agricultural and industrial organic waste streams with a primary focus on anaerobic digestion. New this year, a fourth track is dedicated to food recovery and recycling including source reduction, donation, separation, collection, preprocessing and the integration of anaerobic digestion and composting.
Call for Proposals: AERA Environmental Ed Special Interest Group
Themed "Embodiment, Wellbeing, and the Inner Dimensions of Environmental Education," the 2014 meeting of the AERA Environmental Education Special Interest Group seeks submissions that explore, critique and extend ideas related to well-being, holism, embodiment, spirituality, psyche, emotion and the relation of these aspects of human experience to environment, culture and politics, as well as to innovations in environmental education policy and practice. Submissions are due by July 22.
Training: Undergraduate Sustainability Experiences in Math
In this Professional Enhancement Program for the Mathematical Association of America workshop, participants will explore the relationship between sustainability and introductory-level mathematics on college campuses. For example, how can data from dining halls, facilities management, or campus farms be used in undergraduate math courses?
Energy Department Announces $9 Mil for Fuel Cell Technologies
The U.S. Department of Energy will make available up to $9 million for up to eight projects from academia, national labs and industry to accelerate the development of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies for use in vehicles, backup power systems, and hydrogen refueling components. Projects selected for funding will demonstrate, deploy and validate hydrogen and fuel cell technologies in real-world environments.
Mosaic Launches Solar Schools Campaign
Mosaic, an online marketplace for investing in solar, invites higher education submissions for a new program that connects developers with potential solar projects at schools.
Call for Papers: AERA Annual Meeting
The American Educational Research Association (AERA) seeks paper and sessions submissions from the education research community and related disciplines for this year's theme, "The Power of Education Research for Innovation in Practice and Policy." The deadline is July 22.
Higher Education Green Sports Initiatives Survey
Along with AASHE, Natural Resources Defense Council, Green Sports Alliance and NIRSA: Leaders in Collegiate Recreation, the University of Arizona invites colleges and universities in the U.S. to take a survey regarding green sports initiatives on their campus. The 10-15 minute survey aims to determine which campus groups are primarily responsible for implementing green initiatives; understand how students and fans are involved in green initiatives, and promote successes. The deadline has been extended to June 7.
Call for Applications: Green Gown Awards
Open to universities and colleges in the U.K. and organized by the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges, the annual Green Gown Awards recognizes exceptional sustainability initiatives at higher education institutions. New award categories this year include Sustainability Champion, Technical Innovations for Sustainability, and Facilities and Services.
Green Living Project Student Film Competition
Sustainability-focused multimedia production organization Green Living Project is accepting submissions for its spring 2013 Student Film Project through May 30. Student films can be up to five minutes in length and cover any sustainability-related topic. Winning filmmakers will be eligible to have their film screened at events around the country.
$35.8 M in Funding Available for Climate, Energy Initiatives
The Sustainability Education & Economic Development (SEED) Center has identified nearly $35.8 million of funding for state, local and tribal governments from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Agriculture (USDA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Economic Development Administration (EDA), and National Tribal Air Association (NTAA) that can be used to support climate and energy initiatives including renewable energy, environmental job training and local agriculture.
AASHE Awards Application Deadline Extended to May 17
Held during the conference, the AASHE 2013 Awards ceremony will celebrate campus and student sustainability achievements in three categories. Check out new updates to this year's program including special recognition for finalists leading up to the live announcement of the award winners. The photos and stories of the top candidates will be featured on the AASHE website and in a special press release mailing. Apply by May 17.
i°Change Student Video Competition: Deadline May 15
Connect4Climate invites entries for its i°Change global student video competition. Students worldwide can create a 30-second video about climate change that tells a story to raise awareness about climate change, encourages action, and/or proposes potential solutions. Prizes include scholarships and exposure for the winning entry at the New York Film Festival. Entries due May 15.
Student, Educator Scholarships to Energypath 2013
The Sustainable Energy Fund is providing scholarships to professional educators and college students to attend the Energypath 2013 at Villanova University July 29-Aug. 2, 2013 and a pre-conference Energy Camp.
Call for Proposals: Yale Food Systems Symposium
The Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies invites proposals for the Yale Food Systems Symposium in October 2013. The event will address ecological and socio-economic processes of food production, consumption, climate change and rapid urbanization through panels, working groups, roundtables, poster presentations and papers. Proposals are due by July 1.
Campus Sustainability Grants for New England Students
The 2013 New England Campus Sustainability Forum is offering mini-grants (up to $100 for each project) to student-run groups at colleges and universities in the New England region. Student groups at under-resourced institutions, minority-serving institutions, and American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) signatory institutions are strong encouraged to apply. Possible grant activities include a project that will promote and/or improve sustainability efforts on campus or a guest speaker series on sustainability/climate issues. Proposals are due May 15.
Join the SustainUS Climate Youth Delegation to COP 19
The SustainUS Agents of Change program is now accepting applications to join its youth delegation to the 19th Session of the Conference of Parties (COP 19) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Taking place Nov. 11-22, 2013 in Warsaw, Poland, COP 19 will help determine future international policy on climate change in the lead up to the next agreement in 2015. The SustainUS Agents of Change delegation will join young people across the globe who are organizing around climate change. Applications are due by May 12.
AASHE Workshop: Developing a Campus Sustainability Living Lab
Taking place June 7-9 at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon, this workshop will introduce systematic efforts to break through the current curricular and operational paradigms and form a new model for both education and sustainability action—the campus living lab. Participants will leave with: a plan and a set of actions/strategies for implementing a campus living lab; a deep understanding about the underlying theory and value proposition in implementing a sustainability living lab on campus; a clear typology and definition for a living lab program and courses that increase sustainability education; a network of peers; and more. The deadline to register is April 23.
Earth Day Network Seeks 'Face of Climate Change' Submissions
The Earth Day Network is organizing a massive collection of images from around the world that show the face of climate change. Change can be negative - floods, droughts, disappearing species - but it can also be positive, like the change wrought by activists and concerned citizens who are working to protect the earth. Images will be displayed online for anyone to see and share. Upload your images to the Earth Day Network web page or email them directly to email@example.com.
Environmental Leadership Program National Fellowship
The Environmental Leadership Program is accepting applications for its 2013 National Fellowship Program. The program brings together environmental and social change leaders from academia, business, government and the non-profit sector. It offers intensive leadership training and regional networking opportunities. The application deadline is July 1, 2013.
SustainUS Climate Change Negotiations Delegation to CBD COP 19
The SustainUS Agents of Change program is now accepting applications to join the SustainUS youth delegation to the 19th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, to be held in Poland in November 2013. Delegates will work with each other and with international youth in advance of the conference to educate themselves and their communities, develop policy priorities, acquire skills in effective lobbying, and engage the broader youth community in action related to international biodiversity policy. Applications are due by May 12.
Call for Proposals: Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability
The Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability invites proposals on any area of campus sustainability for its regional conference at Luther College, to be held November 8-9. The conference will celebrate sustainability success stories, work to build community, and instigate action to address the many challenges of climate change. The deadline to submit is April 26.