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March 10, 2020

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Just a few days remain to apply for a valuable professional development opportunity, the 2020 AASHE Sustainability Across the Curriculum Leadership Workshop, happening June 3-4, on the beautiful campus of San Diego State University. Two days of rich presentations and exercises will acquaint participants with how to lead their fellow faculty in implementing sustainability across the curriculum regardless of discipline. The deadline to apply is March 16.

News of the Week

Arizona State U to Plant Carbon Sink & Learning Forest

The university will plant 1,000 desert trees on what is currently an empty plot of land to help meet its goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2025. The forest will be used as a way of sequestering carbon and will be open for university researchers and classes.

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U California Los Angeles to Phase Out Single-Use Plastics

The draft single-use plastics policy, announced in late January, is scheduled to begin in July of this year by officially phasing out plastic utensils, cup lids, bowls, and plastic bags and similar food accessory items. Locally compostable or reusable alternatives would be provided only on request, and would shift over time to only reusable alternatives for all dine-in eaters.

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Dixie State U Adds Environmental Science Degree


Indiana U Partners to Develop City-Level CAPs
U California Launches Institute for Organic Research & Education


Cornell U Signs PPA for 1 MW Rooftop Solar
SUNY Geneseo Dining Facility Earns LEED Gold

Planning & Administration:

Brown U Divests From Fossil Fuels
Wesleyan U to Divest From Fossil Fuels

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Coping With Climate Anxiety in the Classroom and for Yourself

This two-hour, online workshop, happening April 9 from 3 – 5 p.m. Eastern time, is for faculty to understand their own emotions around eco-grief and eco-anxiety in order to create and hold space in the classrooms for students to integrate and process hard realities about climate change impacts. A short overview of research on climate change education and pedagogies will be followed by four experiential activities that can be used in the classroom. The deadline to register is April 1. The University of Hawaiʻi is a regional AASHE Center for Sustainability Across the Curriculum.

Sustainability Across the Curriculum Workshop

Dickinson College invites faculty from other colleges and universities to participate in its Valley & Ridge Faculty Development Workshop, happening May 19 – 21 in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. The workshop will focus on integrating social, economic and/or environmental sustainability into new and existing courses across the curriculum. The deadline to register is April 1. Dickinson College is one of 13 regional AASHE Centers for Sustainability Across the Curriculum.

Sustainability Across the Curriculum Workshop

Happening June 17 in Santa Clara, California, this workshop is for faculty members from any discipline who are planning to include a module on sustainability in an existing course or to develop a new course focused entirely on sustainability. Inspiration will be drawn from multiple visions of sustainability, including the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals, academic associations, and the mission of participants’ schools. Sessions will explore teaching environmental justice issues, how to use the campus as a living lab for experiential and project-based learning about sustainability, as well as options for community-based learning. The deadline to apply is April 3. Santa Clara University is one of 13 regional AASHE Centers for Sustainability Across the Curriculum.

Integrating Sustainability Across the Curriculum Workshop

This interactive two-day workshop is open to undergraduate faculty from any academic disciplines interested in incorporating sustainability into existing courses or developing new courses with sustainability content. The workshop will be held at the Furman University Shi Institute for Sustainable Communities in Greenville, South Carolina, from June 11-12. The deadline to register is April 15. Furman University is a regional AASHE Center for Sustainability Across the Curriculum.

Second Nature Climate Solutions Acceleration Fund

Colleges and universities who are Second Nature Climate Leadership Network signatories and/or members of the University Climate Change Coalition (UC3) are eligible to apply for small-grant funding ($5,000-$10,000) through the Climate Solutions Acceleration Fund. The fund is dedicated to supporting the scaling of climate action acceleration activities of colleges and universities. This round will fund between 5-10 proposals. The deadline to apply is April 3.

Net Impact Food Solutions Challenge

The 2020 Food Solutions Challenge is an event series and case competition using target 2.3 of goal 2 of the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals, which states, “by 2030, double the agricultural productivity and incomes of small-scale food producers, in particular women”. Students anywhere are invited to host a campus or community event to find solutions to this challenge. Net Impact will provide training, resources and support to successfully develop solutions that impact female smallholder farmers worldwide. There is a $10,000 grand prize, and $2,500 and $1,000 prize to runners-up.

2020 Ford College Community Challenge

The 2020 Ford College Community Challenge encourages college students to develop creative community-building projects that address local needs, around the theme Making Lives Better by Building Sustainable Communities. Up to 10 winning proposals will be selected to receive $25,000 each. Winning student proposals must consider, in a unique way, a tangible, unmet community need, tied to one or more of the following categories: mobility, water, social enterprise, safety, workforce development and community need. Proposals are due April 1.

2020 Artists & Climate Change Incubator

The Artists & Climate Change Incubator, happening May 5 – 9, is open to artists, activists, scientists and educators who want to engage or further their engagement with climate change through artistic practices. During this five-day intensive think-tank workshop, participants will interact with guest speakers from the natural and social sciences who have in-depth knowledge of the Florida climate context, with a special focus on the built environment.


The Climate Solutions Acceleration Fund Info Webinar
March 11, 2020 (2:00 p.m. Eastern) – Online

AASHE Webinar: Digging In: Specific Examples of Diversity in Sustainability Work
March 11, 2020 (3:00 p.m. Eastern) – Online

AASHE Webinar: The Real Food Database
March 25, 2020 (3:00 p.m. Eastern) – Online

2020 NWF EcoCareers Conference
April 1, 2020 – April 2, 2020 – Online

AASHE Workshop: Earth as Relative: An Indigenous Lens for Sustainability in Higher Education
June 16, 2020 – June 19, 2020 – Bemidji, Minnesota

2020 Sustainability Professionals Retreat: Accelerating your Impact
July 28, 2020 – June 1, 2020 – Wallingford, Pennsylvania

Higher Education Summit 2020
Aug. 31, 2020 – Sept. 2, 2020 – Bern, Switzerland

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Jobs & Internships

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McGill University

Summer Sustainability Fellowships
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Operations Program Coordinator, Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship
Santa Clara University

Environmental Resilience Institute Summer Internship
University of Virginia

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