Monthly Archive for August, 2009

1,001 campus greening opportunities

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), of which UT Arlington is a member, has released its annual digest of campus sustainability initiatives and developments. Numerous aspects of UT Arlington’s sustainability efforts in 2008 are covered, including the green roof project, groundbreaking on the Engineering Research Building, and release of the white paper on curriculum and research. Hundreds of developments at hundreds of campuses are described. 
 
The AASHE Digest 2008 shows the breadth of the campus sustainability movement and puts our own efforts in context. It also gives glimpses of opportunities for campus greening that the President’s Sustainability Committee’s work groups could consider adopting. For example:
 
Campus garden?  (Columbia U., item 11)
 
Business and Sustainability MBA?  (U. Maine, item 157)
 
North American Solar Challenge?  (15 institutions, item 345)
 
Reduce greenhouse gas emissions 30% by 2016?  (Harvard U., item 544)
 
Eco café?  (U. Waterloo, item 612)
 
Purchase of 200,000 megawatts of wind energy? (U. Pennsylvania, item 776)
 
Green tissue dispensers?  (Georgia Tech, item 834)
 
Solar-powered carts for grounds crews?  (Arizona State U., item 889)
 
Renewable energy technologies consortium?  (Florida universities, item 1311)
 
The digest is available at: http://www.aashe.org/files/documents/AASHEdigest2008.pdf.
 
The table of contents is listed below.
 

 
AASHE Members   ……………….. 11
Section 1: Education and Research  ………………………………………………. 19
Chapter 1: Co-Curricular Education  …………………………………………… 19
Campus Farms   …………. 21
Campus Sustainability Events  …………………………………………………… 23
Outreach Campaigns and Competitions  ……………………………………… 27
Themed Living   ………….. 35
Themed Semesters/Years  ……………………………………………………….. 35
Other   ………………………. 36
Chapter 2: Curriculum   .. 40
Class Projects   ………….. 43
New Academic Programs  …………………………………………………………. 45
Continuing Education and Technical Training Programs  ……………. 45
Graduate Programs   .. 49
Undergraduate Programs  ……………………………………………………… 53
Other   ………………………. 57
Chapter 3: Faculty and Staff Development  …………………………………. 65
Chapter 4: Research   ….. 67
Funding for Sustainability Research  …………………………………………… 69
New Research Centers and Facilities  …………………………………………. 73
Research Partnerships   . 81
Other   ………………………. 83
Chapter 5: Other Education and Research News  ……………………….. 86
Section 2: Operations   ……. 87
Chapter 1: Buildings   ….. 87
Green Cleaning   ………… 91
New Construction and Renovation …………………………………………….. 91
Academic and Classroom Facilities  ………………………………………… 91
Administration/Office Facilities  ……………………………………………….. 98
Green Roofs   …………. 98
Laboratories and Science Facilities  ………………………………………. 100
Libraries   ……………… 105
Residential Facilities  ………………………………………………………….. 105
Student Unions and Campus Centers  …………………………………… 110
Other Facilities   ……. 111
Water Consumption in Buildings  ………………………………………………. 114
Other   …………………….. 115
Chapter 2: Climate  ……. 117
Climate Planning   …….. 118
Climate Commitments    120
Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventories  ……………………………………. 124
Offsets   …………………… 126
Other   …………………….. 127
Chapter 3: Dining Services  …………………………………………………….. 131
Biodegradable Foodservice Products  ……………………………………….. 132
Sustainable Foods  …… 133
Tray-free Dining   ………. 136
Other   …………………….. 139
Chapter 4: Energy   ……. 140
Energy Conservation and Efficiency  …………………………………………. 143
Energy Performance Contracts and Facilities Upgrades  ………….. 143
IT and Energy Conservation  ………………………………………………… 148
Other   …………………. 150
Renewable Energy   ….. 153
On-Site   ………………. 153
Geothermal Installations  …………………………………………………. 153
Solar Installations  …………………………………………………………… 153
Wind Installations  …………………………………………………………… 161
RECs and Renewable Energy Purchasing  …………………………….. 163
Renewable Fuel   ….. 165
Other Renewable Energy Initiatives  ………………………………………. 167
Other   …………………….. 168
Chapter 5: Grounds   …. 170
Ecosystem Protection and Restoration  ……………………………………… 170
Irrigation Water   ……….. 171
Other   …………………….. 171
Chapter 6: Purchasing    173
Purchasing Initiatives   . 173
Purchasing Policies   …. 175
Other   …………………….. 176
Chapter 7: Transportation  ………………………………………………………. 177
Campus Fleet   …………. 179
Alternative Fuels  ….. 179
Biofuels   …………… 179
Electric Vehicles   . 182
Other  ………………. 184
Hybrids and Other Alternative Vehicles  …………………………………. 184
Demand Management    185
Bicycle Promotion  … 185
Car Sharing and Carpooling  ………………………………………………… 189
Transit Pass Programs  ……………………………………………………….. 191
Other   …………………. 193
Chapter 8: Waste   ……… 196
Composting   ……………. 198
Solid Waste Recycling  …………………………………………………………… 200
Reduction and Reuse   . 207
Other   …………………….. 211
Chapter 9: Other Operations News  ………………………………………….. 212
Section 3: Administration and Finance  ……………………………………….. 213
Chapter 1: Assessments and Ratings  ……………………………………… 213
Chapter 2: Campus Sustainability in the Media  ………………………… 218
Chapter 3: Diversity, Access, and Affordability  ………………………… 223
Affordability and Access  …………………………………………………………. 224
Diversity   …………………. 230
Chapter 4: Funding   ….. 232
Grants   ……………………. 234
Student Fee Increases  …………………………………………………………… 249
Other   …………………….. 251
Chapter 5: Human Resources  …………………………………………………. 255
Flexible or Alternative Schedules  ……………………………………………… 255
Other   …………………….. 256
Chapter 6: Investment    258
Chapter 7: Planning   …. 260
Chapter 8: Policy and Legislation  ……………………………………………. 265
Chapter 9: Public Engagement  ………………………………………………… 268
Chapter 10: Sustainability Institutionalization  ………………………….. 280
Awards and Recognition (general)  ……………………………………………. 282
Sustainability Assessments and Reports  …………………………………… 285
Sustainability Commitments  ……………………………………………………. 287
Sustainability Councils and Task Forces  …………………………………… 288
Sustainability Offices, Centers, and Institutes  …………………………….. 291
Sustainability Websites  ………………………………………………………….. 294
Other   …………………….. 296
Chapter 11: Sustainability Staffing……………………………………… ….. 298
Hiring Announcements  …………………………………………………………… 303
Faculty   ……………….. 303
Staff   …………………… 304
Job Postings   …………… 311
Student Sustainability Positions  ……………………………………………. 311
Sustainability Directors/Coordinators  …………………………………….. 313
Sustainability Focused Academic Positions  ……………………………. 325
Specialized Sustainability Staff  …………………………………………….. 333
Chapter 12: Trademark Licensing  ……………………………………………. 346
Chapter 13: Other Administration and Finance News  ……………….. 347
Chapter 14: Other New Resources  …………………………………………… 350
Publications   ……………. 351
Videos and Podcasts   . 355
Other   …………………….. 355

University begins new search for Sustainability Director

The following job announcement has been posted:

Sustainability Director
09-08-13-01-0345

Monthly salary: OPEN

Purpose of position: Direct, manage, and coordinate the University’s sustainability efforts and initiatives by interfacing with the President’s Sustainability Committee, co-chairs and steering committee, University Communications, other members of the university community, and the public.

Essential functions: Initiate and coordinate programs related to the following: utility efficiency and management, carbon footprint reduction, recycling and waste reduction, toxics minimization, campus master planning, sustainable building design and construction (e.g. Green Building Council, LEED), transportation, environmentally preferable purchasing, program management and metrics, and curriculum development. Develop short term and long term strategic plans, recommending policy and organizational changes needed to advance sustainability initiatives. Conduct research on relevant issues and best practices, assemble business plans (when necessary), develop and implement program policies and procedures. Perform sustainability-related outreach to UTA students, faculty, and staff as well as the wider Arlington and North Texas community. Facilitate team building and work effectively with diverse students, faculty, staff, and others. Responsible for the preparation and administration of the department’s annual operating budget. Apply for grants and other external funding opportunities. Update executive management and communications/media relations on program accomplishments (to include producing an annual report), attend conferences, plan and attend local events, and make program presentations. Provide general supervision, guidance, and direction to the Safety Specialist I, who oversees the University’s Recycling Program, and the Safety Technician I who is responsible for the University’s Composting Program. Other duties as assigned.

Required qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in environmental studies, biology, business, architecture, engineering, or related field. Minimum of 5 years relevant work experience in progressively responsible positions with a university, municipality, or corporation. High ethical values and excellent leadership skills. Ability to organize and direct sustainability initiatives and operations. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. Broad general knowledge in managing a comprehensive sustainability program. Successful track record of developing and implementing sustainability initiatives as project manager and as facilitator. Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

Preferred qualifications: Master’s degree in a related field. Environmental certifications. 7+ years of previous relevant work experience in progressively responsible positions with a university, municipality, or corporation. General knowledge and experience with the following: utility efficiency and management, carbon footprint reduction, recycling and waste reduction, toxics minimization, campus master planning, sustainable building design and construction (e.g. Green Building Council, LEED), transportation, environmentally preferable purchasing, program management and metrics, and curriculum development.

Working conditions: May work around standard office conditions. Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation. Limited travel to attend conferences. May be required to work after-hours on an infrequent basis. Security sensitive job; criminal background check conducted.

Application Instructions: Applicants MUST apply online at www.uta.edu/jobs. For questions and assistance, call 817-272-3461. These positions may close at any time. Please check www.uta.edu/jobs for a list of currently open positions. UTA is an EO/AA employer.

“The EPA: Balancing Environmental Interests,” Sept. 2

7-8 a.m., Wednesday, September 2

601 Nedderman Hall 

Breakfast served

Members and students free       Others $5

Reservations required — go to www.arlingtontech.org.

The Arlington Technology Association will host a talk by Richard Greene, Adjunct Professor, School of Urban and Public Affairs.

The US Environmental Protection Agency is in a conundrum; it is charged with keeping air, soil and water free of hazardous chemicals, but how and at what cost? It’s faced with an ongoing quest to balance the interests of a cleaner environment with a healthy economy. In this presentation, Richard Greene, former regional administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency in North Texas, provides a first-hand examination of the operating philosophies of the EPA, plus an update on the progress, or lack thereof, in Washington’s efforts to craft global warming law and regulation. Richard Greene, mayor of Arlington from 1987 until 1997, teaches courses on environmental policy. As the Dallas-based EPA regional administrator, Greene was responsible for the oversight of federal environmental programs in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. Greene led North Texas’ bid for the 2012 Olympics and became the first director of the Arlington Technology Incubator (a collaboration between UT Arlington, the Arlington Chamber of Commerce, and the U.S. Department of Commerce) in 2002, initiating the project aimed at bringing researchers and entrepreneurs together. 

Announcing fall schedule of OneBook events on sustainability

The OneBook program has announced an extensive line-up of events on sustainable economy during the fall semester. These events are in conjunction with the program’s adoption of  Bill McKibben’s Deep Economy as a common reading in freshman English courses. Additional events are being planned for the spring semester.

Wednesday, September 9

Three Keys to Understanding Deep Economy – John Garrigus (Department of History), Nedderman Hall 100, 12-1 PM.

Friday, September 25

Global Climate Change and its Impact on North TexasArne Winguth (Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences). Sixth Floor Library Parlor, 12-1 PM.

Wednesday, September 30

Green Screen: Student Films about the Environment – Sixth Floor Library Parlor, 12-1 PM.

Wednesday, October 7:

Sustainability and the Crisis of ExpertiseJeff Howard (School of Urban and Public Affairs). UT Arlington Library Focus on the Faculty, Sixth Floor Library Parlor, 12-1 PM, reception following.

Friday, October 14-17

The Hermanns Lecture Series, hosted by the Department of English, presents a colloquium titled “Greening English Studies.” For more information: http://www.uta.edu/english/. Extensive schedule of events is now being finalized. <<Update 9/4/09: http://blog.uta.edu/sustainability/2009/09/04/greening-english-studies-oct-14-17/>>

Thursday, October 22 — SPOTLIGHT EVENT!

Petroleum Free in One Year: An Afternoon with Doug Fine – Rosebud Theater, University Center, 3:30 PM. Fine is author of Farewell, My Subaru: An Epic Adventure in Local Living.

Wednesday, November 4

Community Empowerment Along the U.S. Mexico Border – Presented by Center for Mexican American Studies at UT Arlington and OneBook – Laura Treviño (Associate Regional Director, Lower Rio Grande Valley Colonias Program of the Center for Housing and Urban Development/College of Architecture at Texas A&M University). Sixth Floor Library Parlor, 12-1 PM, refreshments immediately following.

Friday, November 20

Approaches to Sustainability: A UT Arlington OneBook Poster Session (info) – Palo Duro Lounge, University Student Center, 9-5 PM. Announcement of awards at 12:30 PM.

2009-2010 OneBook Deep Economy Study Guide is available at: http://www.uta.edu/uac/one-book/resources

For more information on this program, or for press contact: Dr. Chris Conway, OneBook Program Faculty Co-Chair

Princeton Review boosts our “green rating”

Last year Princeton Review gave our sustainability efforts a disappointing rating of 60 on a scale of 60-99.  As I predicted, our new rating, published July 27, is better. It’s gone up to 74. The PR web page gives no details on the factors responsible for the increase.

A couple of other Texas universities’ ratings improved as well:

TCU: 78 –> 83

UNT: 60 –> 82

Rice: 60 –> 78

A couple stayed the same:

SMU: 69 –> 69

UT Austin: 60 –> 60

One went down:

Baylor: 78 –> 60

Other Texas schools whose prior ratings I don’t know:

UT El Paso: apparently not rated

UT San Antonio: apparently not rated

UT Galveston: apparently not rated

Texas A&M (College Station): 86

Texas Tech: 60

Princeton Review press release

Last year’s rating

A note from K.C. Poulos

I received the following from K.C. Poulos today.

Jeff

Dear staff, students and faculty of UT-Arlington,

It was with great regret that I submitted my resignation for the position of Sustainability Director.  Due to an unexpected change in my family situation, I must remain at home [in Illinois] and therefore cannot fulfill my plans to relocate to Texas and begin sustainability work at UT-Arlington.

Please know that this is a heart-breaking decision for me.  I remain deeply grateful for the opportunity the President’s Sustainability Committee offered me, and do not take lightly this decision to forego a chance at furthering UT-Arlington’s sustainability programs and goals.  Please accept my apologies for this turn in fortune, and for the inconvenience this will cause the PSC, whose members I greatly admire and enjoyed meeting.

Sincerely,

K.C. Poulos

Announcement, July 22

Another course — Sustainability Ethics

This fall the Honors College is offering a 1-hour, junior/senior level course entitled “The Ethics of Environmental Sustainability.” Students need not be in the Honors College to take the course, but they will need permission from the instructor. The main text will be James Speth’s book The Bridge at the Edge of the World.

 For more info, contact Dr. Tim Henry.

Revised meeting schedule for 2009/10 academic year

Full PSC

October 13 (Sweet Center, 406 Summit)

December 8 (UC – Carlisle Suite)

February 9 (Sweet Center, 406 Summit)

April 13 (UC – Carlisle Suite)

June 8 (UC – Carlisle Suite)

August 10 (UC – Carlisle Suite)

Steering Committee (Facilities Management Conference Room – Wetsel Building)

November 10

January 12

March 9

May 11

July 13