AASHE Bulletin – October 6 edition

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October 6, 2020

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We are honored to announce Tasneem Essop and Mateo Nube as keynote speakers at the AASHE Global Conference on Sustainability in Higher Education (GCSHE).

Tasneem Essop is the executive director of the Climate Action Network – International and will be sharing lessons learned from her efforts to advance the concept of a just transition in global climate negotiations. Mateo Nube is the co-director of Movement Generation Justice & Ecology Project and will speak to Movement Generation’s pioneering work to develop and deepen the concept of a just transition.

News of the Week

Rutgers U Receives $15M Grant for Global Racial Justice
Rutgers president announced recently the receipt of a five-year, $15 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the establishment of the Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice. The institute will support and amplify the scholarship of researchers who are based in the humanities or lean on humanistic methods and whose work has consequences in areas such as policy reform, K-12 education, social justice work and the carceral state. The institute will span the entire university and will include centers at Rutgers’ campuses in Newark, New Brunswick and Camden.
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U Cambridge Adopts Divestment Proposal
(U.K.) The University Council recently endorsed a set of proposals articulated by the university’s Investment Office that seek to divest from all direct and indirect investments in fossil fuels by 2030 and ramp up investments in renewable energy. The proposal also says that the university will not accept funding from sources misaligned with its commitment to address climate change and achieve net zero emissions by 2038.
More Diversity & Affordability News | Diversity & Affordability Resources

Hood College Launches Sustainability Degree Program
U Strathclyde Opens Center for Sustainable Development
California Lutheran U Launches Ethnic & Race Studies Major

College Lake County Adds Solar Electricity
Wayne State U Pilots Composting

Planning & Administration
Miami U Names Building After First Black Graduate
U New Mexico Appoints Director of Sustainability Studies Program

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Call for Applications: AASHE Governance
AASHE seeks interested candidates to serve on the Advisory Council and STARS Steering Committee. The STARS Steering Committee is responsible for approving changes to STARS credits, new versions of the assessment system and serves in an advisory role on all matters related to STARS. The Advisory Council promotes and supports the organization’s growth and development, and advises staff on complex or specialized matters as well as general programmatic goals. Applications are being accepted through Oct. 26.

AASHE Member Discount: Discount on Climate Change & Health Certificate
Students, staff and faculty at AASHE member institutions are eligible for a 10 percent discount off an 18-week online certificate through Yale University’s School of Public Health that teaches about tools to address the health impacts of climate change.

Free for Students: Virtual Global Climate 2020
Hosted by The Alliance for Sustainability Leadership in Education (EAUC) out of the U.K., the Virtual Global Climate 2020 conference, happening Nov. 16 – 20, is free for students to attend. The conference seeks to bring together university and college students, academics and professionals to address the climate and ecological emergency.

Survey: Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on SDGs Implementation
Administered by the U.N. Department of Economic and Social Affairs, this survey seeks to understand how COVID-19 is impacting the contributions of stakeholders from different sectors to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It also aims to identify how COVID-19 is affecting countries’ abilities to engage stakeholders and promote effective partnerships around implementation and follow up of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs.

New Resources

NWF Career Services Toolkit
Published by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), this toolkit is designed for career services professionals, guidance counselors, teachers and other educational professionals to provide a framework and process for utilizing the NWF’s EcoCareers resources in their classes, on their campuses, and in coordination with other academic and career development programming.

USGBC Integrative Process Curriculum Toolkit
The toolkit, curated by the U.S. Green Building Council, provides higher education faculty with resources and processes organized to aid in teaching about and engaging students in the concepts of applying the integrative process to green building design, construction, and operations.


Climate Justice=Social Justice: Exploring the Intersections of People, Planet & Power
Oct. 5, 2020 (3:00 p.m. Eastern) – Online

AASHE Webinar: The Connected Classroom of the Future
Oct. 7, 2020 (3:00 p.m. Eastern) – Online

AASHE Global Conference on Sustainability in Higher Education
Oct. 20, 2020 – Oct. 22, 2020 – Online

AASHE Webinar: HEIs: Partners in Social & Economic Community Resilience
Oct. 28, 2020 (3:00 p.m. Eastern) – Online

Visit the Sustainability Events Calendar

Jobs & Internships

Institute for Sustainability & Energy Program Coordinator
Northwestern University

Admissions Associate for Graduate Programs in Sustainability
Bard College

Environmental Change & Sustainability Faculty
University of Maryland Global Campus


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