|This is a reminder that online registration for the 2018 AASHE Conference & Expo closes at 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Sept. 17. Unfortunately, we are unable to extend online registration this year. Register soon!|
|News of the Week|
|Chronicle of Higher Ed Showcases Sustainable Campus Index|
|In early September, The Chronicle of Higher Education highlighted AASHE’s 2018 Sustainable Campus Index, an impact report that spotlights top-performing colleges and universities in 17 distinct aspects of sustainability and overall by institution type. The Chronicle piece features the top 10 schools by overall score for doctoral, master’s, baccalaureate and associate institutions, along with seven of 10 subcategories, which are sortable by score.|
|Campaign Calls on Food Contractors to Invest in Real Food|
|The Community Coalition for Real Meals recently launched a nationwide campaign urging the higher education divisions of Aramark, Compass Group and Sodexo to commit to serve 25 percent “Real Food” as defined by Real Food Challenge, reduce carbon emissions and industrial animal products, invest in racial justice and equity, and increase transparency and accountability. The coalition will publish report cards on the progress of each company. The coalition is a grassroots alliance of farmers, ranchers, fishers, food workers, students and environmental advocates.|
|U California Expands Systemwide Sustainability Goals|
|As part of its Carbon Neutrality Initiative, the university now aims to provide 100 percent of its electricity across its campuses and medical centers from clean sources by 2025. Additional goals include reducing energy-use intensity by 2 percent year over year and discontinuing on-site fossil fuel combustion for water and space heating in new buildings and major renovations after June 2019. Enhanced purchasing requirements supporting sustainable sourcing were adopted and each campus will reduce municipal solid waste 25 percent by 2025, and by 50 percent by 2030.|
|Teams From Two Universities Win Affordable Housing Design Competition|
|U Illinois Urbana-Champaign Wins International Freezer Challenge|
|U Illinois Urbana-Champaign Launches Green Laboratory Program|
|U Washington Researchers Help Government Building Get Fitwel Certification|
|Bucknell U Prepares Five Acre Campus Garden|
|Washington Post Covers Rise of Campus Gardens|
|U North Carolina Charlotte Adopts Air Quality Measures for Construction|
|U Montana Secures $1.5M Grant to Purchase Three Electric Buses|
|Western Carolina U Hosts Air Quality Monitors|
|La Trobe U Builds 100 KW Solar Carport|
|U Wisconsin Green Bay Offers Bike-Sharing|
|Washington U St. Louis Rolls Out Bike Share Program|
|Planning & Administration|
|Times Higher Education to Develop International SDGs Ranking|
|U Strathclyde Begins Employee Well-Being & Sustainability Program|
|Free AASHE 2018 Workshop: Financing & Legal Strategies for Renewable Energy Procurement by Colleges & Universities|
This no cost pre-conference workshop outlines new opportunities for energy procurement by colleges and universities. It will include panels on The Ohio State University’s innovative 50-year energy management partnership with ENGIE Services and on options for the purchase of renewable energy (including on-site and off-site generation). Elizabeth Kocs, director of Energy Institute at University of Illinois-Chicago, will give the keynote address. The workshop is Monday, Oct. 1 from 2-5 p.m. at the Pittsburgh office of the law firm K&L Gates.
|Online Sustainability Across the Curriculum Workshop|
This online workshop, happening from Oct. 15 through Nov. 18, is designed for higher education instructors wishing to infuse sustainability (ecological stability, social equity, and economic vitality) into their curriculum regardless of the discipline by identifying areas of sustainability intersection. Effective assessment of critical thinking skills, collaboration, creativity, and the ability to analyze, discuss and create solutions to real-world sustainability problems will be explored. Moraine Valley Community College is one of 13 regional AASHE Centers for Sustainability Across the Curriculum. The deadline to register is Oct. 14.
|Washington & Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference Call for Proposals|
The call for proposals is open for the Washington and Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference (WOHESC), happening Feb. 25-27, 2019 at the University of Washington. Examining systemic change and generating dialogue, WOHESC 2019 aims to continue its work advancing equity, diversity and inclusion through thematic elements, speakers and attendees. The submission deadline is Oct. 5.
|Break Free From Plastic Campus Pledge|
Post-Landfill Action Network (PLAN) has released a pledge to guide campuses through the long-term elimination of single-use disposable plastics. The Break Free From Plastic campus pledge and toolkit address accessibility and inclusivity concerns and generate a framework for college campuses to develop long-term systemic solutions to issues around waste.
|Free Online Green Office Course|
Through a series of four 60-90 minute phone calls, the Green Office Course aims to help participants start or improve a green office program at a college or university. The learning goals of the course include pitching the green office model to students and staff, making the case for institutional sustainability, and designing an initial design for a green office. The English version of the course begins on Oct. 24. The deadline to apply is Oct. 16.
|Sustainability Case Studies: Best Practices in Campus Life|
This is a collection of short case studies highlighting a range of best practices that enhance environmental stewardship, improve cost and energy efficiencies, and provide for greater collaborations among students, faculty and staff at colleges and universities. Compiled by APPA, this book includes 123 best practices from 92 separate colleges, universities or schools.
|2018 AASHE Sustainable Campus Index|
The 2018 Sustainable Campus Index recognizes top-performing colleges and universities overall by institution type and in 17 sustainability impact areas as measured by the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS). The report also highlights innovative and high-impact initiatives from institutions that submitted STARS reports in the most recent calendar year.