Interested in getting certification yourself? or pass this along to your patrons! Check out the Professional Certificate in Sustainability Leadership Online Certificate. It’s designed for practitioners who want to improve their skills and knowledge of “best practices” in order to lead effective sustainability initiatives in their university, corporation, community, or municipality. This online professional certificate program combines the strengths of Ithaca College’s School of Business, Roy H. Park School of Communications, Department of Environmental Studies and Science, and their campus Sustainability Initiatives (awarded the 2008 Campus Leadership Award by the AASHE – Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education)
With young, involved, educated, eco conscious writers from all over the globe, Think Green Live Clean offers environmental news, tips, and guides – short, simple info and ideas to help anyone find a way to start being green. Check out their Green Guides of categories Households (lighting, water, etc), College Students (books, school supplies, etc), Shopping (organic, meats, etc), and Business (jobs, lunch, etc). Visit their website, find them on facebook, or twitter. Have something to say? you can request to write for them as well. Right now, Think Green Live Clean has a contest for the Greenest Student (w/ an iPad giveaway!)
Webinar: Higher Education and COP15: What Happened, and Now What?
On April 5, 3-4 pm EDT
Registration is free, but you must register in advance
Tune in to an engaging webinar sponsored by AASHE on the implications for higher education from the 2009 U.N. Climate Change Conference and 15th “Conference of the Parties” (COP 15). Learn about the proceedings and takeaways from an interdisciplinary team of Dickinson College students and staff who attended the climate negotiations as part of a ‘Kyoto to Copenhagen’ course. The students and their instructor will discuss how higher education can show climate leadership, both as individuals (professors, administrators, students) and as an industry, and the importance of using our success in climate change reporting (GHG inventories) and emissions reductions plans to strengthen national and international progress on these issues. All are invited to attend this important event. For more information contact Niles Barnes, webinar moderator and AASHE Projects Coordinator, at email@example.com or 859.940.2888.
P.S. Save the Date – AASHE 2010: Campus Initiatives to Catalyze a Just and Sustainable World on October 10-12, in Denver, CO
Online Degree Programs has a great blog post called: Teaching Green: 100 Tips, Tools & Resources for Every Kind of Classroom. They offer lists of online resources by category and here are some examples:
- K12 Educators: TeachingGreen, Classroom Earth,or Project WILD
- K12 Students: Kids Links Teaching Green, A Walk in the Woods or EcoKids
- College Resources:Second Nature or Teaching Sustainable Product Design
- Green Organizations: National Wildlife Federation, Fuel Economy, or Earth Day Network
- Tips for K12 Educators: create school garden or worm bin
- Tips for College Educators: virtual speakers or green challenges.
- Online Games & Tools:WolfQuest, ElectroCity, or Global Warming Interactive.
- Green Lectures: Michael Pollen gives a plant’s-eye view
- Online Courseware Classes: Tropical Ecology and Conservation or Seminar in Environmental Science
The American College & University President’s Climate Commitment has over 600 signatures now. Is your institution one of them? By joining the ACUPCC institutions commit to work toward climate neutrality through education, leadership and modeling of sustainable behavior. They agree to:
- Complete an emissions inventory.
- Within two years, set a target date and interim milestones for becoming climate neutral.
- Take immediate steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by choosing from a list of short-term actions.
- Integrate sustainability into the curriculum and make it part of the educational experience.
- Make the action plan, inventory and progress reports publicly available.
Green IT: Saving Money, Saving the Environment (in higher education)
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 2pm, ET
“Technology drives higher education, but unfortunately, it’s also a tremendous drain on the environment. It doesn’t have to be that way. Innovative programs from Alcatel Lucent and Bell Labs are at the forefront of eco-sustainability efforts, providing ways to save money while saving the environment”
From AASHE bulletin:
Duke University (NC) has launched a free directory of environmental information at nearly 2,000 U.S. colleges and universities. The directory provides listings of environmental degree programs as well as environmental opportunities and organizations at campuses around the country. The directory was created by student volunteers at 40 campuses nationwide, including undergraduate and graduate students at Duke. It offers information on undergraduate, masters and PhD degree programs and includes links to campus carbon inventories and recycling opportunities, environmentally focused student clubs and organizations, and environmental opportunities in the local community. Duke U Press Release
AASHE (assoc for advancement of sustainability in higher education) recently created these Campus Sustainability Discussion Forums to ask questions and get answers or idea from others on greening your campuses. There are 17 forum topics: co-curricular education, curriculum, research, buildings, climate, dining services, energy, grounds, purchasing, transportation, water, waste, coordination and planning, diversity and affordability, human resources, investment, and public engagement.
Some upcoming events, mostly at cost, from AASHE bulletin:
Pre-Conf Workshop: How Higher Education Can Lead Restoration
October 15, 2009; 9am – 5pm Pacific; San Francisco, CA/ Cost $150
Second Nature, AASHE, and the California Student Sustainability Coalition will host “Education for Action in the Age of Climate Change: How Higher Education Can Lead Restoration In and Out of the Classroom,” a pre-conference workshop at Bioneers 2009. The workshop, which is designed for students, faculty, staff, administrators, and the general public, will challenge participants to rethink the purpose of formal education related to solving the complex problems we face, while demonstrating breakthrough examples of leadership and successful innovations. Keynote speakers will include David Orr, leading environmental educator and Bioneers board member; Dr. Anthony Cortese, founder and President of Second Nature; and Julian Keniry, Senior Director of Campus and Community Leadership for the National Wildlife Federation.
Transformative Learning through Sustainability Education Workshop
October 20, 2009; British Columbia Institute of Technology/Cost $75
The British Columbia Institute of Technology will host “Transformative Learning: Creating Communities Through Sustainability Education.” The event is for students, faculty, staff, and administrators and will focus on building capacity for sustainability education in post secondary institutions across BC. The one-day workshop will cover such topics as: trends and opportunities in the sustainability education movement; professional development tools and approaches for faculty members; building relationships with communities to foster critical sustainability research; experience and hands-on learning; and identifying sustainability learning outcomes. Registration is currently available.
Campus Sustainability Day Webcast
October 21, 2009; 1 – 2:30pm Eastern/Cost $195
The Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) will host a Campus Sustainability Day webcast. Participants in the webcast will discover how institutions across North America are finding opportunities in the wake of budget cuts and providing the appropriate campus infrastructure and knowledge on how to finance, plan, operate, and manage low carbon, energy efficient campuses. Attendees will also learn how these actions are supporting broader community, regional, and national initiatives. Participants will hear from Andrew Revkin, Science Reporter for the New York Times; Sarah Brylinsky, Sustainability Education Coordinator for Dickinson College (PA); Larry Eisenberg, Executive Director for Facilities Planning and Development at the Los Angeles Community College District; Joseph E. Grasso, Assistant Dean of Finance and Administration at Cornell University (NY); and Angela Halfacre, Director of the David E. Shi Center for Sustainability and Professor of Political Science at Furman University (SC).
Carbon Neutral Campus Architecture Webcast
November 19, 2009; 1 – 3pm Eastern/COST $195
The Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) will host “Carbon Neutral Campus Architecture: Climate Specific Design and Innovation,” a webcast that will investigate carbon neutral architectural projects. Buildings from three to four different climate zones will be highlighted. Learning outcomes include discovering what drivers and change agents have been put in place at campuses and institutions to lead to the successful design and construction of carbon neutral; exploring projects and design possibilities that can or will achieve carbon neutrality; and deriving inspiration for climate-specific design and understand the strategies related to specific climate zones.
Many campuses around the country are hosting Power Shift ’09 Regional Summits where young voters are asking “President Obama and Congress to pass a clean energy jobs plan by December to rebuild our economy, end our dependence on dirty energy, and bring America lasting security.” Check out the dates, locations, or how to get involved.