AASHE Bulletin – September 17th edition

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September 17, 2019
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Smith College Adopts ‘Year on Climate Change’ for 2019-20 Academic Year
The college has designated the 2019-20 academic year as the Year on Climate Change, a college-wide initiative to critically examine the complex and urgent issue of climate change. This program encourages the entire campus community to engage in deep and authentic critical thinking, collaboration, listening and action. The initiative opens in October with the Climate Equity and Justice: Solutions in Action conference that will bring more than a dozen speakers to campus.
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Virginia Theological Seminary Designates $1.7M for Reparations Fund
Recognizing that enslaved persons worked on the campus, and that even after slavery ended, VTS participated in segregation, the seminary recently announced that it will create an endowment fund from which the income will fund reparations. The income from the endowment will be allocated annually in conversation with key stakeholders for designated purposes.
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31 Institutions Form the Anchor Learning Network
The Anchor Learning Network is a joint project of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities and The Democracy Collaborative. Building on the success of the year-long pilot program launched in 2018, brings colleges and universities together to jointly explore how they can adopt an anchor mission: using their place-based assets—educational and operational—to advance the well-being of the communities they call home.
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Villanova U Launches Center for Biodiversity & Ecosystem Stewardship
California State U East Bay Releases Sustainability Dashboards
U Memphis Professor Creates Green Living App
Portland CC & Portland State U to Purchase 20,500 MWH of Solar Energy
U Northern Colorado Completes 172 KW Solar Array
U Pittsburgh Deploys Electric Box Trucks
U Miami to Offer Electric Scooters
U California Merced Launches ‘No Food Left Behind’ Initiative
Ohio U Introduces Food From Student Farm
Sul Ross State U Installs Water Bottle Filling Stations
Planning & Administration
U Arizona Announces Pell Pledge Grant
U Buffalo Raises PhD Student Stipend to $20K
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2019 Campus Sustainability Month

Campus Sustainability Month (CSM) is an international celebration of sustainability in higher education in the month of October. The goal of CSM is to raise the visibility of campus sustainability and provide advocates with a platform through which to deepen campus engagement. AASHE has partnered with Bullfrog Films to offer a movie screening of one of four movies at a discounted rate of $85. Additionally, a 15 percent discount is available for educational copies of any of the movies.

AASHE 2019 Workshop: Lots of Watts: Building an Energy Cohort to Buy Big Renewables

During this pre-conference, half-day workshop, participants will examine large-scale renewable energy aggregation at MIT, Lehigh University and Swarthmore College. Attendees will learn best practices for pursuing aggregated renewable energy power purchase agreements by understanding the economic, risk-management, reputational and academic benefits. Participants will work in small groups to conduct exercises that will help prepare them for a renewable energy buyers cohort.

Global Climate Change Week

Global Climate Change Week, scheduled for Oct. 14-20, aims to encourage academic communities to engage with each other, their communities and policy-makers on climate change action and solutions. During the Global Climate Change Week, teaching staff coordinate their teaching to be on an aspect of climate change. They also organize various other activities focused on awareness, behavior change and political transformation in relation to climate policy.

Campus Farmer Summit Request for Proposals

The Martin Institute at Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts, will host the New England Campus Farmer Summit on Feb. 22, 2020. The summit program will focus on the theme of nourishment. Organizers are accepting proposals from campus farmers, students and representatives. Proposals are due Oct. 25.

Student Opportunities at Life Cycle Assessment Conference

The upcoming The American Center for Life Cycle Assessment (ACLCA) conference, LCA XIX, being held from Sept. 23-26 in Tucson, Arizona, has several student-focused opportunities. Students can apply to volunteer, attend the student-focused events at no charge, and/or attend the pre-conference workshops for 50 percent off.

Racialized Students Caucus, Digital Storytelling Workshop

The three-day workshop, offered by Meal Exchange, taking place on Nov. 22-24 at the University of Guelph, aims to bring together racialized students with lived experience of food insecurity to build skills in video making and gain knowledge of artistic methods for community dialogue, policy action, and challenging dominant narratives. All costs of the workshop (registration, travel, accommodations and food) will be covered. Students from all campuses across Canada are welcome to apply to attend.


New Resources
Plowing, Sowing and Harvesting: Sustainable Educational Facilities (Resource in Spanish)

This publication for Spanish-speaking institutions shares lessons learned from efforts to transform educational institutions into sustainable spaces.

AASHE Webinar: Sustainability Master Planning From All Perspectives
Sept. 18, 2019 (3:00 p.m. Eastern) – Online
AASHE Webinar: Off-Campus Move Out – Moving in the Right Direction
Oct. 2, 2019 (3:00 p.m. Eastern) – Online
2019 AASHE Conference & Expo
Oct. 27, 2019 – Oct. 30, 2019 – Spokane, Washington
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