Colleges and universities

Scope 2: Changing the Way Companies Think About Electricity Emissions

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Approximately 40 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions come from energy generation, and about half of that energy is consumed by industrial or commercial users. If a fifth of the world’s emissions come from the energy that keeps the world’s businesses running, how does business report those emissions?

Sustainability Sit-Downs: Blaine Collison

Starting in January 2015, Second Nature released a new video series titled Sustainability Sit-Downs. The series, which consists of 12 interviews, features sustainability leaders from higher education, as well as non-profit and private sector organizations that work closely with colleges and universities.

The second video in the series features Blaine Collison, Managing Director- Network Services, Altenex. You can view other videos in the series here.

New ISTC Publication: Teaching Sustainability with Electronics

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Changing perceptions about our place in, and relationship to, the rest of the natural world, is a crucial aspect of fostering sustainable behavior. Worldviews shape decisions. Lack of awareness, confusion, or apathy toward the effects of our actions on the greater system to which we belong, can be seen as the root causes of many of our collective environmental, social, and economic problems — in other words, as threats to sustainability. However, the concept of “sustainability” can seem abstract and complex without context to make it relatable to an individual’s everyday experiences. Electronic devices permeate our society, and serve as a point of interest and familiarity in discussions of sustainability issues. Considering the impacts of the production, use, and disposal of your smartphone, for example, can be more engaging and comprehensible than out-of-context discussions of issues like rainforest destruction, climate change, etc. One of the goals of the Sustainable Electronics Initiative (SEI) at the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is to use examination of the product life cycles of electronic devices to teach concepts of sustainability and systems thinking.

 

Biomimicry Global Design Challenge

The Biomimicry Institute and the Ray C. Anderson Foundation are inviting professionals and students from across the world to participate in a Biomimicry Global Design Challenge. Using biomimicry as a tool, participants are invited to tap into nature-inspired solutions to help solve key food and agriculture issues like food waste, food packaging, agricultural pest management, food distribution, energy use, and more. Participants may be featured in high profile media, will have access to biomimicry experts and mentors, and can compete for cash prizes totaling $160,000, including the Ray C. Anderson Foundation $100,000 “Ray of Hope” Prize.

 

Green Chemistry Student Awards Deadline Approaching

Via the American Chemical Society.

Are you a student looking to be recognized for your efforts in green chemistry research? If so, there are two awards administered by the ACS Green Chemistry Institute® to look into!

The ACS GCI Joseph Breen Memorial Fellowship Award sponsors young, international green chemistry scholars to participate in an international green chemistry technical meeting, conference or training program. The student is awarded up to $2,000, based on estimated travel fees. This “young” scholar is defined as undergraduate students, graduate students, post doctoral fellows, and above, but below the level of assistant professor and within the first seven years of a professional career. Applicants residing within the U.S. or abroad are eligible for this award. The applicant must demonstrate research or educational interest in green chemistry.

The Kenneth G. Hancock Memorial Award provides national recognition for outstanding student contributions to furthering the goals of green chemistry through research and/or studies. This includes but is not limited to the research, development, and implementation of fundamental and innovative chemical technologies that incorporate the principles of green chemistry into chemical design, manufacture, and use, and that have the potential to be utilized in achieving national pollution prevention goals.The recipient of the award receives $1000, plus travel and registration to the Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference held in the Washington, D.C. area July, 2015.

The deadline for both awards is February 2, 2015.

Second Nature Launches New Video Series Featuring Network Leaders

Starting in January 2015, Second Nature will be rolling out a new video series titled Sustainability Sit-Downs. The series, which consists of twelve interviews, features sustainability leaders from higher education, as well as non-profit and private sector organizations that work closely with colleges and universities.

Interviewees sat down with Second Nature during the 2014 Climate Leadership Summit, hosted from October 1-3, 2014 in downtown Boston, MA. Participants shared their thoughts and experiences regarding topics such as:

  • Higher Education’s role in creating a sustainable society, and the biggest sustainability challenges it faces
  • Sustainability progress in the field
  • The arc of their own careers and involvement in the field
  • Future hopes and advice for students

Videos will be released once per week starting January 21, and will be available on Second Nature’s YouTube Channel.

Call for Proposals: Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability 2015 Regional Conference

June 17-19, 2015, Bemidji State University, MN

Healthy Planet = Healthy People, Campuses and Communities

Campus sustainability is more than greening operations and integrating sustainability into the curriculum.  During our 2015 UMACS conference we seek to elevate the conversation around integrating wellness and healthy lifestyles into sustainability to ensure that not only are our campuses and communities sustainable, but that the people within our institutions are also developing healthy and sustainable lifestyles.

Submitting a Proposal:

Proposals on any area of campus sustainability are welcome, but priority will be given to proposals focusing on wellness, environmental and social justice, and campus-community partnerships. Proposals may be submitted online at www.umacs.org.

Deadline for Submissions:  February 13, 2015

Submission Categories:  Submit a 250 word abstract that fits into one of the following categories:

  • Poster:  Showcase your sustainable campus/community initiatives.  Posters will be displayed throughout the conference and the schedule will include a specific time for poster viewing and discussion.
  • Rapid-Fire Showcase (10 minute Lightning Talk style with time for Q&A at the end):  Showcase your project or initiative in a creative way that engages the audience.  Presentations will be paired with similar topics.
  • Presentation (30 minutes):  The standard format will be a 20 presentation with 10 minutes for Q&A.  Presentations will be paired by subject area.

Questions may be directed to Erika Bailey-Johnson @ ebaileyjohnson@bemidjistate.edu.