AASHE Bulletin – January 29

There are three days left to take advantage of the AASHE 2019 New Year’s Sale. Save $50 when you register for the conference by Jan. 31. Exclusions apply.

News of the Week

U Cincinnati Clermont College Becomes 100% Wind Powered
The university recently signed an agreement to purchase 100 percent of its electric supply with Green-e certified wind power renewable energy credits. This action is projected to reduce the university’s total annual greenhouse gas emissions by 16 percent.



Ohio State U Announces Creation of Sustainability Institute
At the opening of the Ohio State Community Engagement Conference, the university president announced the Sustainability Institute, which aims to promote the teaching of sustainability; drive research; work with public and private partners to develop sustainable solutions; engage students in learning about sustainability through research and experiences; and help the university in attracting students, talent and resources.




UK Government Allocates $22M for Nitrogen Pollution Research
Three Universities Win Energy Innovation Awards
Washington College Signs Energy-Efficiency Agreement
California State U, Northridge Obtains Bee Campus Designation
Planning & Administration
Delta College Professors Form Union


Call for Reviewers: 2019 AASHE Conference & Expo

Higher education sustainability stakeholders are encouraged to sign up as conference abstract reviewers for AASHE 2019. The expertise of reviewers will help develop a conference program that includes a variety of high-quality sessions to meet the diverse interests of attendees. Reviewers can expect to examine roughly 25 proposals on topics in their area of expertise. The deadline to sign up is March 8, which is also the deadline for the call for proposals and will not be extended.

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.

U.S. House Climate Change Sign-On Letter

Any member of an HEI is invited to sign (with a .edu address) a letter being sent to Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, about the importance of a strong climate action agenda in the new Congress. The letter will also have support from other sector leaders and will be publicly released when it is sent to Pelosi in February. The deadline for signing is Feb. 1.

2019 Colby Summer Institute in Environmental Humanities

Colby College is hosting a Summer Institute in Environmental Humanities from Aug. 5-10, 2019 with the aim of engaging with contemporary issues in the environmental humanities through participatory, interdisciplinary events, including seminars and workshops. Participants will collectively explore how this developing field contributes to the theorization, imagination and practice of socially just and ecologically hopeful futures. Applications are due Feb. 1.

Post-Landfill Action Network Campus Visits

Post-Landfill Action Network (PLAN) is seeking partners to host customized events on their campuses. These events can range from a two-hour presentation to a multi-day event. Fees are based on a sliding scale.

Geothermal Design Challenge 2019

The U.S. Department of Energy Geothermal Technologies Office, in partnership with the Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy and the Idaho National Laboratory, invites both high school and university (undergraduate & graduate) teams to sign up to research data, interpret information and create a data visualization portfolio that will tell a compelling story about geothermal energy.

Good Food Challenge Student Standards Committee: Call for Researchers

Meal Exchange invites students at higher education institutions to apply to be on its Canadian Student Standards Committee, which will research and contribute to the Good Food Guide and Standards Package Version 2.0, which will be launched in 2-3 years.

New Resources 

New Report: Business School Rankings for the 21st Century

This new report gives an overview of the current state of business school rankings and suggests possible changes to help align business school education with the needs of the 21st century. The report suggests 20 actions to improve evaluation and ranking, including incorporating criteria that measure environmental, social and/or SDG-linked factors within core curricula, research output, hiring and special research clusters, and awarding credit to schools that train students who work for low-paying but societally valuable organizations after graduation.


Using Competition to Improve Campus Recycling Programs
Jan. 30, 2019 (1:00 p.m. Eastern) – Online
Reporting With SIMAP: Overview & Refresher
Feb. 1, 2019 (1:00 p.m. Eastern) – Online
AASHE Webinar: AIM2Flourish: An Experiential SDGs-Assignment for Students
Feb. 13, 2019 (3:00 p.m. Eastern) – Online
Campus Energy 2019
Feb. 26, 2019 – March 1, 2019 – New Orleans, Louisiana
9th UNICA Green Workshop
March 6 – 8, 2019 – Lausanne, Switzerland
National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education 2019 Conference
March 6 – 9, 2019 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Youth Food Leadership Training
March 9 – 10, 2019 – Toronto, Ontario
Symposium on Sustainability Reporting in Higher Education
March 14 – 15, 2019 – Edinburgh, Scotland
World Symposium on Sustainability Science and Research
April 1 – 3, 2019 – Curitiba, Brazil