Colleges and universities

Green Guide for Universities

The ten universities that comprise the International Alliance of Research Universities released a new publication — the Green Guide for Universities — at the international conference Making Universities Sustainable Conference in Copenhagen last week. The guide, which addresses key areas of sustainability at universities, ranging from laboratory design to managerial and organizational aspects, makes it easier for universities around the world to become more sustainable.

Resilient community on the rise

Read the full story from the University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment.

Only one month into the fall semester there is already an unseasonable chill in the air. But things are heating up in classrooms across the University of Minnesota Twin Cities and Duluth campuses as more than 200 students in dozens of classes begin work on an impressive array of projects with the City of Rosemount, this year’s Resilient Communities Project partner community.

RCP, an initiative of the Sustainability Faculty Network at the University of Minnesota, with funding and administrative support provided by the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs and the Institute on the Environment, organizes yearlong partnerships between the University and Minnesota communities. The partnership is bringing the expertise of hundreds of graduate students to sustainability-related projects identified by Rosemount city staff and community partners.

Today, Rosemount is a rapidly developing outer-ring suburb located 15 miles from the Twin Cities but the city has a long and rich history. Settled by Scottish and Irish immigrants in the early 1850s, Rosemount organized as a township in 1858 and was incorporated as a city in 1974. Rosemount has a land area of nearly 36 square miles and is home to a mix of industry, commerce, agriculture and residential development. With its population expected to double by 2040, Rosemount faces unique challenges and opportunities in the coming decades as it strives to become a more sustainable and resilient community.

This fall semester, RCP has matched 25 community-defined projects in Rosemount with more than 35 University courses. The projects are wide ranging and engage both undergraduate and graduate students from a variety of disciplines. Here are a few highlights:

Webinar: Introduction to the State Electronics Challenge

November 18, 2014, 2-3 pm CST
Register at

Join Lynn Rubinstein from the State Electronics Challenge to learn how your organization can reduce its environmental footprint through improved management of electronic office equipment.

The State Electronics Challenge is a voluntary national program, open free of charge any state, tribal, regional, or local government agency, as well as any K-12 school or non-profit organization. The SEC promotes environmental stewardship of computers, monitors, and imaging equipment — from purchasing green office equipment through power management, paper use reduction, and responsible end-of-life management — resulting in measurable reductions in energy, greenhouse gases, solid and hazardous waste, and associated costs.

Attend this introductory webinar to learn how your organization can join the Challenge and benefit from the program’s proven free technical assistance, action plan, implementation tools, and environmental benefit calculations.

Ag Water Management Network Honored for Innovation

Read the full story from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture has honored UNL’s Nebraska Agriculture Water Management Network with a Partnership Award for its groundbreaking water-management work and contributions in advancing agricultural science.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign offers graduate fellowship in specialized journalism

To create a new generation of expert journalists, the Illinois journalism department has launched a program to support as many as six master’s degree candidates each year who have deep knowledge in the form of advanced degrees, including the Ph.D., MBA, M.D. J.D, and aspire to work as journalists covering their fields of specialization. The program includes a tuition and fee waiver, plus a personal stipend.

Candidates will emerge not only with a year of intensive experience in journalism but also with a capstone project designed to demonstrate their journalistic abilities for potential employers.


For information on how to apply contact: Nancy Benson, Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Journalism,


University of Illinois Homecoming goes green with gameday recycling challenge

Read the full story from the University of Illinois.

This year’s U. of I. Homecoming game against the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers is about more than Orange and Blue – it’s also about green. Various campus and community partners are working together to raise awareness and have a positive lasting impact at the inaugural zero-waste football game. Hundreds of volunteers from the Champaign-Urbana community will assist the thousands of spectators in reducing waste…

Leading this cooperative initiative are ISTC; the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics; Facilities and Services; and the Institute for Sustainability, Energy and Environment. To volunteer for the event, sign up at: Organizers hope to have many students involved in making this event a success.

Nationwide, the Game Day Recycling Challenge is a partnership of the College and University Recycling Coalition, RecycleMania and Keep America Beautiful, and is supported by EPA’s WasteWise program.

Supporters of the cause are encouraged to like the Fighting Illini Gameday Recycling Challenge Facebook page at

For more information, contact Bart Bartels at

FIT offering Algae Technology Research Grant

Read the full post in Algae Industry Magazine.

Scarborough, Maine-based laboratory instrumentation manufacturer Fluid Imaging Technologies, has announce the Algae Technology Research Grant. Graduate students and senior undergraduates enrolled at a North American college or university who are studying advanced uses of algae for biofuels, plastics, nutraceuticals or other commercial applications are encouraged to apply for the use of a FlowCAM® to support their research.

Winner of the competitive award will receive the following:

  • Use of a FlowCAM® for a period of up to four months
  • Comprehensive instrument training and on-going technical support
  • A paid trip to the 2015 ABO Algae Biomass Summit (or other appropriate North American conference within 12 months of completion of project)