AASHE Bulletin – November 17th edition

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November 17, 2020

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News of the Week

California Community Colleges Receive $100M for Students Facing Financial Hardships
The California Community Colleges chancellor’s office, in partnership with the Foundation for California Community Colleges, announced a $100 million pledge over 20 years to help eliminate regional educational gaps by providing scholarships to students who are on their way toward completion of a certificate or degree at a California community college or transferring to a university. The pledge also provides emergency financial aid to students facing unexpected financial hardships. The initiative is supported by a donation from the Jay Pritzker Foundation.
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Six HEIs Launch Racial Equity Leadership Alliance
The presidents of Depauw University, and Macalester, Oberlin, Occidental, Pomona and Skidmore colleges are co-founding the Liberal Arts Colleges and Racial Equity Leadership Alliance to address racial inequities at liberal arts colleges. They have been joined by the presidents of 45 other institutions, and are collaborating with the Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education at the University of Southern California.
More Public Engagement News | Public Engagement Resources

Villanova U Receives Gift for Interdisciplinary Initiative on Poverty & Inequality
U California Santa Barbara Announces Racial Justice Fellowship
U Wisconsin Green Bay to Offer Sustainability Certificate

Loyola U Maryland Creates Institute for Race, Peace & Social Justice

Georgetown U Signs Renewable Energy PPA
U Virginia Launches ‘Energy Transition Initiative’

Planning & Administration
U Tasmania Commits to Fossil Fuel Divestment
American U Announces Wellness Platform for Students

Submit sustainability news & information from your institution


2020 AASHE Sustainability Awards Ceremony
On Dec. 3, starting at noon U.S. Eastern time, AASHE will host a live reveal of the 2020 AASHE Sustainability Award winners. From over 450 applications and nominations, 11 winners will be named, including the Lifetime Achievement Award winner. This year’s winners hail from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal and Australia.

Request for Proposals: The Way Forward Grants
Bringing Theory to Practice invites proposals for a new round of multi-institutional innovation grants, as part of a larger initiative called The Way Forward. Proposals must involve collaborations with at least two higher education institutions, and respond to current crises–systemic racism, the pandemic, and the economic catastrophe–and the imperative for change in higher education. Grant proposals are due Dec. 7.

2021-2022 Newman Civic Fellows Nominations
The Newman Civic Fellowship recognizes and supports community-committed students who are changemakers and public problem-solvers at Campus Compact member institutions. Fellows are nominated by their president or chancellor on the basis of their potential for public leadership. Through the year-long fellowship, Campus Compact provides students with training and resources that nurture their assets and passions and help them develop strategies for social change. Nominations will be accepted through Feb. 1.

Publication Opportunity for Practitioners & Scholars
For this issue of the eJournal of Public Affairs, the editors seek submissions from community practitioners and scholars exploring collaborative, participatory approaches to strengthening democracy. These submissions may take multiple forms, from articles to descriptive essays and multimedia formats. Submission topics could include, but are not limited to, coalition-building and movement building; student civic education/engagement initiatives; community based participatory research; and deliberative dialogue and action. Deadline to submit is Feb. 1.

AASHE Member Discount: Free Subscription to gb&d Bimonthly Magazine
AASHE members are eligible to receive a free subscription ($60 value) to gb&d’s (Green Building & Design) bimonthly magazine. Green Building & Design is a trade magazine that connects and inspires green building professionals by partnering with those at the forefront of sustainable design, development, planning and policy. This offer expires on Dec. 31.

New Resources

Evolution of Proxy Carbon Pricing Implementation at Princeton University: A Case Study
Released by Second Nature, this case study discusses Princeton University’s process of implementing a proxy carbon price to evaluate physical infrastructure decisions for both capital planning and energy conservation projects on its campus. It uses the proxy carbon price as a strategy to bias cost study evaluations toward more energy efficient systems in order to advance carbon reduction goals.

Toolkits for Equity: Transforming Scholarly Publishing Communities
These toolkits provide a common framework for analysis, a shared vocabulary, and best practices to address racial disparities specific to the scholarly publishing community.


International Education Week: A Sustainable Future for International Education
Nov. 16, 2020 – Nov. 20, 2020 – Online

GRITS Goals Launch: A Powerful New Tool for Climate & Energy Action Planning
Nov. 17, 2020 (1:00 p.m. Eastern) – Online

Mock COP26
Nov. 19, 2020 – Dec. 1, 2020 – Online

UCI Carbon-Capture Symposium
Nov. 30, 2020 – Dec. 1, 2020 – Online

Co-Producing Knowledge in Environmental Justice Research & Teaching
Dec. 1, 2020 (3:00 p.m. Eastern) – Online

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Jobs & Internships

Farm Manager/Educator
Grand Valley State University

Business Development Manager, Education Sector
International Living Future Institute


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