AASHE Bulletin – November 24th edition

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November 24, 2020

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News of the Week

21 HEIs to Receive $1M Each for Academic Success of Students of Color
In an effort to help students of color successfully complete the education and training necessary to be successful in today’s workforce, Bank of America announced in mid-November a plan to give $1 million each to 21 higher education institutions including community colleges, historically Black colleges and universities, and Hispanic-serving institutions. Each partner institution will develop or enhance existing programs to meet specific skill gaps in their communities, while Bank of America will work alongside major employers to ensure these programs target specific hiring needs and create a clearly defined career pathway to future employment.
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U California Adopts Gender Pronoun & Lived Name Policy
Under the new policy, university students, employees, alumni, retirees, vendors, medical center patients and other affiliates completing university-issued documents may choose from man, woman or nonbinary gender identification options. In addition to gender identification, individuals may also state a lived name, i.e., a personal or preferred professional name, that differs from their legal name. Legal names will be kept confidential and not published on documents not requiring a person’s legal name.
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U Pennsylvania Pledges $100M for Environmental Remediation

Maine HEIs Join Renewable Energy Consortium
Vanderbilt U to Purchase 25 MW of Solar Energy
Luther College Connects Solar Array
U Sheffield Pledges Carbon Neutrality
Lehigh U Achieves Real Food Challenge Goal
Ohio State U Tests Waste Diversion Strategies

Planning & Administration
Howard U Receives $1M for Women & Gender Leadership Center
U Michigan Expands Anti-Racism Initiative Through Hiring Initiative
U Virginia Uses HVAC Systems to Cull Spread of COVID
Vanderbilt U Receives 2020 USGBC Leadership Award

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World Sustainable Development Teach-In Day 2020
The World Sustainable Development Teach-In Day, happening online on December 4, aims to accelerate progress toward achieving the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals by focusing on education. Academic staff from any country are encouraged to contribute presentation slides designed in an open educational resources style, prepared in English, German, French, Portuguese or Spanish language related to one of four categories. The presentations will be made accessible and academic staff are invited to hold a lecture based on one of the presentations. The teach-in day is lead by Hamburg University of Applied Sciences and Manchester Metropolitan University (U.K.).

AACC Advancing Diversity Award
The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) invites applications for its Advancing Diversity award, which recognizes colleges that have contributed significantly and over a sustained period of time to advancing diversity in community college leadership, the community, and within higher education as a whole. The deadline to submit is Dec. 31.

New Resources

GRITS 4.0: GRITS Goals
Users of GRITS (Green Revolving Investment Tracking System) are now able to develop detailed climate action plan models or track an existing plan’s impacts by assembling their projects into resource reduction scenarios at the institution-wide, campus/site, or building scale. GRITS Goals combines the platform’s business case analysis with customizable project timelines and dynamic charting to map out pathways from business-as-usual to aggressive energy, carbon and other resource reduction targets. GRITS is a platform designed by Sustainable Endowments Institute to help institutions analyze, track and share the energy, financial and carbon-saving impacts of their sustainability projects.

University Air Travel Offset Policy: A Case Study
This case study looks at California State University East Bay’s new policy to offset greenhouse gas emissions from university-funded air travel by charging a carbon fee. The monies from the initiative are invested in on-campus projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Basic Needs Insecurity in the Higher Education Instructional Workforce
A new report from the Hope Center for College, Community and Justice analyzed the rates of basic needs insecurity among faculty and staff from almost 550 instructional staff from four community colleges and one university. According to the report, 38 percent of respondents surveyed experienced some form of basic needs insecurity in 2019.


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

2020 AASHE Sustainability Awards Ceremony
Dec. 3, 2020 (Noon Eastern) – Online

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Jobs & Internships

Sustainability Analyst
Johns Hopkins University

Environmental Program Assistant Teaching Professor
Wake Forest University


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