Saturday, February 14, 2009

Organization: Association For The Advancement Of Sustainability In Higher Education (AASHE)

The Association For The Advancement Of Sustainability In Higher Education (AASHE)

"is an association of colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada working to create a sustainable future. It was founded in 2006 with a mission to promote sustainability in all sectors of higher education - from governance and operations to curriculum and outreach - through education, communication, research and professional development. Businesses, NGO's, and government agencies can participate as AASHE partner members.


AASHE aims to advance the efforts of the entire campus sustainability community by uniting diverse initiatives and connecting practitioners to resources and professional development opportunities. The association also provides a professional home for campus sustainability coordinators and directors.

AASHE defines sustainability in an inclusive way, encompassing human and ecological health, social justice, secure livelihoods, and a better world for all generations.

AASHE is a member-driven, independent 501(c)(3). Membership in AASHE covers every individual at an institution.





AASHE Programs & Projects

American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment

The American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment is a high-visibility effort by college and university presidents to address global warming. Signatories commit to eventually neutralize their institution's greenhouse gas emissions, and to help accelerate the research and educational efforts of higher education to equip society to re-stabilize the Earth's climate. AASHE, in partnership with Second Nature and ecoAmerica, is providing implementation and administrative support for the initiative.

Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System (STARS)

AASHE is leading a collaborative effort to develop a formal classification system for campus sustainability, with guidelines by which institutions may measure themselves and qualify for different levels of recognition of accomplishment. The project responds to the need expressed by many stakeholders for a standard campus sustainability rating system that compares higher education institutions on progress toward sustainability.

Resource Center (Online)

Our online Resource Center is a rich source of information on campus sustainability. It includes: a policy bank with over 300 sustainability related policies organized by category (e.g., building, procurement, energy, general policies, etc.); master and strategic plans that incorporate sustainability, a directory of full-time campus sustainability professionals and a list of job descriptions; extensive lists of campus solar electric and wind turbine installations; archives of AASHE Bulletin; articles, reports, fact sheets, and books related to campus sustainability; and links to over 200 campus websites describing their sustainability efforts. New resources are added on a regular basis.

Professional Development

AASHE offers a variety of opportunities for professional development, including:
Biennial conference - Our North American conference welcomes participants from every sector of higher education, as well as businesses and NGOs. AASHE 2006 at Arizona State University was the largest campus sustainability gathering to date, attracting nearly 700 participants. [snip][The 2nd AASHE conference was held in Raleigh, North Carolina in November 2008

  • Workshops and trainings - Held at member campuses, these events offer sustainability practitioners and advocates opportunities to network, share resources, and collaborate on projects and publications.

  • Interest Groups - Electronic discussion lists targeted at those with specialized interests, they facilitate networking, learning, and collaboration on particular topics and specialized interests.

  • Co-sponsored events - We partner with other organizations whenever possible to offer professional development opportunities such as webinars, workshops, and conferences, and to provide discounts for AASHE members

AASHE Awards

AASHE offers professional recognition for sustainability leadership by students and campuses though its Awards program. Each year, AASHE presents four Campus Sustainability Leadership Awards, one Student Sustainability Leadership Award, and one Student Research on Campus Sustainability Award.

Publications & Communications

Online communications are the core of AASHE's outreach efforts, and include several publications:

AASHE Bulletin (weekly) - a free e-newsletter providing the latest campus sustainability news, announcements, resources and opportunities. Formerly EFS-News.

AASHE Digest (annual) - a compilation of campus sustainability stories that appeared in AASHE Bulletin during the previous year, arranged by category.

AASHE Update (occasional) - updates from the office informing readers about the association's activities and new resources, and spotlighting member campuses.

Puget Sound Campus Sustainability Project (2004-2007)

This project seeks to transform curriculum and operations at universities in the Puget Sound through a model of institutional collaboration that can be replicated in other regions. Activities include multi-sector workshops, forums for high-level administrators and business leaders, and assistance in implementing initiatives such as a region-wide system for campus sustainability assessment. The project is generously funded by The Russell Family Foundation.

Partnerships and Collaboration

Campus Climate Challenge (Energy Action)

AASHE is a member organization in the Energy Action coalition. We promote the coalition's Campus Climate Challenge, long term initiative to reduce global warming pollution from campuses. AASHE also provides resources and technical information to coalition partners.

Campus Sustainability Day

AASHE helps promote Campus Sustainability Day (CSD), an annual fall event sponsored by the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP). The centerpiece is a live webcast downloaded by several hundred campuses. Each campus is encouraged to plan its own additional events.

Campaign for Environmental Literacy

The Campaign for Environmental Literacy seeks to secure and significantly increase the amount of federal funding dedicated to environmental literacy, including restoring federal funding for environmental education in NOAA and EPA. AASHE supports these efforts with letters of support and notifications to members.

Disciplinary Associations Network for Sustainability (DANS)

The Disciplinary Associations Network for Sustainability (DANS) is an informal network of professional associations. Among other activities, they are working on professional development around sustainability as well as changing curricula, standards, and tenure requirements to reflect sustainability. DANS members are committed to supporting sustainability within the disciplines, across the disciplines, and beyond the academy. Educating the public and promoting sustainability-related legislation are among their goals.

Higher Education Associations' Sustainability Consortium (HEASC)

HEASC was formed in 2006 to leverage the efforts of mainstream higher education associations to advance sustainability in their operations, programs, and professional development. AASHE is an active HEASC member and provides resources and services to the group, in addition to hosting its website. Current plans are for AASHE to coordinate and manage HEASC starting in 2008.

Net Impact's Campus Greening Initiative

Net Impact is a network of MBA students and young professionals committed to using the power of business to improve the world. The Campus Greening Initiative engages Net Impact members to use their business skills to improve their school's impact on the environment, as well as to raise awareness of environmental problems and solutions among emerging business leaders. AASHE serves as an advisor for the initiative.

US Partnership for the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (USPDESD)

The US Partnership is a voluntary partnership of individuals, organizations, and institutions dedicated to fulfilling the goals of the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014). AASHE is an active partner and has helped establish a Disciplinary Associations Network for Sustainability (DANS) whose goal is to make sustainability a focus of their publications, programs, and operations.



AASHE Blog: Campus Sustainability Perspectives



AASHE 2008: Working Together for Sustainability -- On Campus and Beyond


AASHE's Campus Sustainability Calendar

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Academic Programs in Sustainability

Friday, February 13, 2009

Article: CHE: WSU Goes Paperless

Internal Communications at Washington State U. Go Paperless / Steve Kolowich

The Chronicle of Higher Education / Wired Campus / February 10, 2009

Washington State University has decided to go paperless for all internal communications on its four campuses, moving all memos, fliers, posters, and its weekly newspaper to cyberspace. “Experts have been predicting a transition to a paperless society for years,” wrote Elson S. Floyd, the university’s president, in a statement ... :

"Recently we announced that, for budget reasons, all internal communications at Washington State University will be shifted from paper to electronic formats."



“Meanwhile, it seems that the piles of papers that cross our desks keep growing. We plan to reverse that trend.”

The decision, made official last month, comes amid an effort to trim $10-million from the university’s budget by June, with further cuts anticipated next year. Barbara B. Petura, vice provost for university relations, said that it was “probably impossible” to project how much Washington State would save by phasing out paper, and she admitted that the savings would only put a small dent in the amount the university hopes to cut from its operating expenses. [snip]

While the budgetary impact of going paperless might be largely symbolic, university officials note that the switch also has environmental benefits.[snip]

[Barbara B. Petura, vice provost for university relations] also said that quitting paper cold turkey would encourage the university to integrate Web 2.0 technologies—such as blogging and social networking—into its internal communications. [snip]




Sunday, February 8, 2009

Book: Commerical Energy Auditing Reference Handbook / 2008

Lilburn, GA : Fairmont Press / 2008 / ISBN: 0-88173-567-1/ 6 x 9 / Illus. / 427 pp. / Hardcover / $95.00

This practical desk reference for energy engineers and managers is designed to serve as a comprehensive resource for performing energy audits in commercial facilities. Although there are no "typical" commercial buildings, the book begins with the premise that when commercial facilities are subdivided into categories based on business type, many useful patterns can be identified that become generally applicable to the performance of an effective energy audit. Hence, discussion of procedures and guidelines is provided for a wide range of business and building types, such as schools and colleges, restaurants and fast food, hospitals and medical facilities, grocery stores, laboratories, lodging, apartment buildings, office buildings, retail, public safety, data centers, churches and religious facilities, libraries, laundries, warehouses and more. All focal areas of the building energy audit and assessment are covered, including building envelope, lighting, HVAC, controls, heat recovery, thermal storage, electrical systems and utilities.


1 – Benchmarking
2 – Reading Energy Use Graphs
3 – Energy Saving Opportunities by Business Type
4 – Manufacturing
5 – ECM Descriptions
6 – Utility Rate Components
7 – Automatic Control Strategies
8 – Building Operations & Maintenance
9 – Quantifying Savings
10 – Sustaining Savings
11 – Mechanical Systems
12 – Motors & Electrical Information
13 – Combustion Equipment & Systems
14 – Compressed Air
15 – Fan & Pump Drives
16 – Lighting
17 – Envelope Information
18 – Water & Domestic Water Heating
19 – Weather Data
20 – Pollution & Greenhouse Gases
21 – Formulas & Conversions



Detailed Table of Contents (Library of Congress)

Libraries / Museum / pp. 42-43


Saturday, February 7, 2009

Book: Handbook of Energy Audits / 7th Edition / 2008

HANDBOOK OF ENERGY AUDITS / 7th Edition / Albert Thumann, P.E., C.E.M. and William J. Younger, C.E.M.
Lilburn, GA : Fairmont Press / 2008 / ISBN: 0-88173-577-9 / 6 x 9 / 462 pp. / Illus. / Hardcover / $110.00

Newly revised and edited, this best-selling handbook is the most comprehensive and practical reference available on energy auditing in buildings and industry. Updated with new chapters on energy assessment and computer software, this book includes detailed analysis of the latest technologies and software available to optimize the audit process. You'll find all the information necessary to plan and carry out a thorough and accurate energy audit of any type of facility, including electrical, mechanical and building systems analysis. Clear, easy-to-follow instructions guide you through accounting procedures, rate of return and life cycle cost analysis. A full chapter is devoted to understanding your utility bill, and using that knowledge to trim your energy costs. Loaded with forms, checklists and handy working aids, this book is must reading for anyone responsible for conducting or overseeing a facility energy audit.


1 – Energy Auditing Basics
2 – Energy Accounting and Analysis
3 – Understanding the Utility Bill
4 – Energy Economics
5 – Survey Instrumentation
6 – The Building Envelope
7 – The Electrical System Audit
8 – The Heating, Ventilating & Air Conditioning Audit
9 – Upgrading HVAC Systems for Energy Efficiency
10 – The Physical Plant Audit
11 – Central Plant Retrofit Considerations
12 – Maintenance & Energy Audits
13 – Self-Evaluation Checklists
14 – In Transition from Energy Audits to Industrial Assessments
15 – A Compendium of Handy Working Aids
16 – Computer Software for Energy Audits
17 – World Class Energy Assessments
Software Directory, Glossary, Index


Google Book / Handbook of Energy Audits / 6th Edition / 2003

Friday, February 6, 2009

Library/Arizona: Scottsdale Arabian Library Wins Smart Environment Award

Bridgette Steffen / January 28, 2009 /

Borrowing books from the library is the responsible and environmentally friendly thing to do, and this new library in Scottsdale Arizona makes us want to use the library all the time. Designed by Richärd + Bauer, the Arabian Library utilizes great green building design and innovative new thinking to encourage people to lend from the library. Not only that, but the building is gorgeous, inviting, brightly lit, and a recent winner of the 2008 IIDA/Metropolis Smart Environments Award.


The building itself is shooting for LEED Silver rating and is constructed primarily from local materials. The structure’s pre-rusted steel, granite, and recycled cotton insulation all came from nearby towns in Arizona. There are charging stations for alternative-fueled vehicles and the parking lot itself is reused from a previous building. Ceilings are made from recycled perforated MDF board and the hanging lighting fixtures can be moved as needed, giving the sense that the library is a big living room where Herman Miller chairs provide comfortable seating. Indoor air quality is also carefully considered and the building utilizes low VOC paints, and a HVAC system that circulates air in a underfloor system.

Richärd + Bauer’s library was inspired by the beautiful slot canyons of Arizona, which are suffused with light streaming down from above. Full length windows draw in light from the interior courtyard and views of the surrounding mountains are carefully framed to block views of busy road on the west side of the building.


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