AASHE Bulletin – December 18th edition

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December 18, 2018
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Season’s greetings! The AASHE Bulletin will be on hiatus Dec. 25 and Jan. 1, returning to your inbox on Jan. 8. Also, AASHE offices will be closed from Dec. 24 through Jan. 1. From all of us here at AASHE, we wish you a safe and peaceful holiday and happy new year!
News of the Week
U Newcastle Procures 100% Renewable Electricity
(Australia) In response to feedback from students, staff and stakeholders who wanted to see the university increase its investment in renewable energy, the university recently signed a contract to purchase wind, solar and hydroelectric energy that will cover 100 percent of the university’s electricity needs across its Newcastle and Central Coast campuses.
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Duke U Pilots Carbon Sequestration Farm
After recently acquiring the rights to a 10,000-acre farm in eastern North Carolina, the university began a two-year pilot program on 300 acres of the land. University researchers aim to identify the best ways to restore the former farm fields to their original wetland state and measure and verify how much carbon the land’s saturated peat soil can store. If enough carbon credits can be generated at a cost-effective rate, production will then expand to the other 9,700 acres.
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Beloit College Turns Coal Plant Into Recreation Center
The decommissioned Blackhawk Generating Station is projected to open in fall 2019 as a 120,000-square-foot student recreation center and student union. One of the aims of the renovation project is to showcase sustainable redesign of the historic building.
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Academics
Georgetown U Offers Master’s Degree to Inform Environmental Policy
U Wisconsin Oshkosh Launches Creative Scholarship Fund
Clemson U Engineering Students Partner on Sustainable Vehicle
Operations
U Victoria Selects Two Carbon Offset Projects
Colby College Achieves LEED Platinum & SITES Certification
Western Technical College Building Remodel Achieves LEED Gold
St. Joseph’s College Switches to Biodegradable Straws
U Maine Begins Using Bioplastic Food Packages
U New Hampshire Pilots Employee Bike Program
Planning & Administration
TIAA Difference Maker 100 Honors Florida State U & Lehman College Staff
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New Resources
Green Guy Podcast: Auburn University’s Awards Program

Mike Kensler, director of the Office of Sustainability at Auburn University, joined the College Sustainability Summit Series to talk about the university’s Spirit of Sustainability Awards that recognize individual students, groups, faculty, staff and/or alumni that exemplify the Auburn spirit by making significant contributions towards sustainability on campus.

The Impact of Real Food: 8 Ways Institutional Procurement is Building a Real Food Economy

The Impact of Real Food: 8 Ways Institutional Procurement is Building a Real Food Economy is a report from Real Food Challenge that is based on research focused on vendors who sell to colleges and universities that have signed the Real Food Campus Commitment. The report identifies patterns in farm/vendor-to-institutional relationships that have a positive effect on the food supply chain.

Events
Placed-Based Community Engagement in Higher Education Webinar
Jan. 24, 2019 (3:00 p.m. Eastern) – Online
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Jobs & Internships
Energy & Sustainability Manager
California State University, San Bernardino
Senior Sustainability Planner
Northwestern University
Sustainability Coordinator (Aramark)
California State University East Bay
Sustainability Program Manager, Patriot Green Fund
George Mason University
Environmental Systems Supervisor
Alvin Community College
Assistant Professor, Sustainability & Climate Informatics
University of Toronto
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