Position announcement: Sustainability Analyst, University of Virginia

The U.Va. Office for Sustainability is seeking a Sustainability Analyst to contribute to developing solutions to meet university-wide goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, energy consumption, and overall environmental stewardship. The Sustainability Analyst is a core member of the University of Virginia’s Office for Sustainability and assists in providing, and advocating for, sustainable operations to support the educational, research, health care and public service mission of the University.  The Sustainability Analyst is responsible for maintaining and analyzing, with a high level of accuracy and integrity, the University’s greenhouse gas inventory, nitrogen footprint, developing annual reports and other communication tools, developing projections for the impact of potential strategies, and supporting the development of new programs.  The ideal candidate must have knowledge of energy or emissions-related metrics, experience analyzing large data sets, and must demonstrate: the ability make independent decisions, a high level of initiative, and proactive approaches to problem-solving.

Qualifications

  • A bachelor’s degree in engineering, architecture, sustainable design or related technical field.
  • Experience in sustainability programming, outreach, consulting, communication or training.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of data sets – calculating, analyzing, and communicating energy or emissions-related metrics.
  • Ability to make independent decisions and demonstrate a high level of initiative and proactive approaches to problem-solving.
  • General knowledge of a wide range of sustainability metrics related to energy, greenhouse gas emissions, recycling and waste.
  • Attention to detail, organization and ability to manage multiple priorities.
  • Demonstrated self-starter, analytical skills with ability to use strong problem-solving, strategic thinking, and project coordination skills to organize information.
  • Strong computer skills, with the ability to create advanced spreadsheets, with strong math skills and the ability to perform accurate calculations.
  • Excellent communication and teamwork skills; ability to effectively communicate information in a clear manner, both in writing and verbally, ability to proofread documents and calculations, and follow instructions.

How to apply

Please prepare and upload a cover letter and a resume to https://jobs.virginia.edu, and search US Position Number 0617546 or view: jobs.virginia.edu/applicants/ Central?quickFind=77558. To ensure consideration, applications must be received by November 6, 2015

To Preserve the Earth, Rethink Our Relationship with Nature (Op-Ed)

Read the full op-ed at Live Science.

Justin Adams, global managing director, lands, at The Nature Conservancy contributed this article to Live Science’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights.

This is a big year for the planet. Just look at the United Nations’ calendar.

Just last week, the global community saw the launch of the U.N.’s new and ambitious 15-year Sustainable Development Goals. And in December, leaders will be convening at the U.N.’s Conference of Parties (COP) 21 in Paris with the hopes of coming to a worldwide agreement — after more than 20 years in the process — to reverse runaway carbon emissions  and minimize climate change.

Humanity has the opportunity this year to take a huge step in transforming our current course for the better.

Air pollution and its effect on the heart

Read the full story at MultiBriefs.

Smog in urban areas has long been a health concern because of the problems it can cause for our lungs. As it turns out, tiny pollution particles in the air can lead to big problems for our hearts as well.

Medical researchers are particularly concerned about pollution particles smaller than 2.5 microns, which are usually related to fuel combustion. Because they are so tiny, they aren’t easily screened and more readily enter the human body where they then begin to irritate the lungs and blood vessels around the heart. Data suggest that over time pollutants aggravate or increase the process of disease in the arteries.

Now, in what is believed to be the largest, most detailed study of its kind in the United States, scientists have confirmed that tiny chemical particles in the air we breathe are linked to an overall increase in risk of death.

2015 Health Facilities Management (HFM) Sustainable Operations Survey

Read the full story in Health Facilities Management.

Hospitals make fruitful progress toward sustainability as some take great strides and others stick to baby steps.

Children’s hospital to tap sustainable water practices

Read the full story from Stanford University.

Architects, designers and planners for the expansion of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford are working to significantly reduce water consumption.

50 of the Greenest Hospitals in America 2015

Read the full story in Becker’s Hospital Review.

No longer simply a place to heal sick people, many hospitals across the nation have taken on the responsibility of being a beacon of health in their respective communities by reducing their environmental footprint.This list features hospitals whose sustainability policies and practices (and in some cases, very construction) have demonstrated a commitment to environmental responsibility.

To develop this list, the Becker’s Hospital Review team conducted research and analyzed sustainability information from sources such as Practice Greenhealth, Healthier Hospitals Initiative, the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program and the Environmental Protection Agency, among others.

Specifically, the editorial team looked at Practice Greenhealth’s 2015 Top 25 Environmental Excellence Awards and Practice Greenhealth’s 2015 Circle of Excellence Awards, which recognizes hospitals that achieved top scores in at least one of the following 10 categories: Leadership, waste reduction, chemical reduction, greening the operating room, sustainable food services, environmentally preferable purchasing, energy efficiency, water conservation, tracking and measuring greenhouse gas emissions and green building achievements.

Hospitals that have committed to all six challenges of the Healthier Hospitals Initiative — including engaged leadership, healthier food, leaner energy, less waste, safer chemicals and smarter purchasing — were also considered. HHI is a national campaign to implement a completely new approach to improving environmental health and sustainability in the healthcare sector.

The EPA’s National Top 100 list of the largest green power users and the EPA’s ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year-Sustained Excellence Award were considered as well.

Note: This list is not a ranking and is also not an endorsement of included hospitals or associated healthcare providers. The following content should be used for informational purposes only. Hospitals cannot pay to be included on this list and are presented in alphabetical order.