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By Carlos Ochoa, Interim Director, University of Arkansas Office for Campus Sustainability
(This article appears in the April, 2012 issue of The ACUPCC Implementer)

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The University of Arkansas Office for Campus Sustainability is changing.  We have new members on board including an interim-director, five interns, and newly appointed executive director for Campus Sustainability, who will report directly to the provost.  Via Dave Newport’s blog on the Death of Campus Sustainability, we see a changing tide of sustainability in higher education across the nation.  Technologically, we’re seeing new social media platforms rising (think Klout, Kred, Pinterest, and Google+).  Change is scary but our office is using it to our advantage.

In March, our office held our first Google Hangout via Google+ to discuss Earth Day 2012 on college campuses across the US.  We openly invited people from every listserv and outlet we know to participate in a free videoconference on Google+.  Several sustainability folks in higher education participated in the event.  Emily Cumbie-Drake from Emory, Chris Remley from Carleton College, Steve Muzzy from Second Nature, Shannon Remley from the University of Arkansas Applied Sustainability Center, and a RecycleMania intern and I represented the UA Office for Campus Sustainability.  There’s a slight learning curve that prevented several people from participating and that’s okay because there’s more to this story than new technological innovations.

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By Carra Beth Cheslin, MobilizeU Campaign Coordinator, Earth Day Network
(This article appears in the April, 2012 issue of The ACUPCC Implementer)

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This year, Earth Day Network (EDN) is launching an international student movement called MobilizeU, encouraging university students across the globe to organize four weeks of environmental activism leading up to Earth Day 2012 (March 29 – April 29). MobilizeU is both a dynamic network for student organizers to share ideas and learn from each other’s campus environmental initiatives, as well as a month-long competition where students quantify their projects as “acts of green”—actions that either reduce individuals’ carbon footprints or raise awareness about environmental issues. Every act of green generated by students during the MobilizeU Month will contribute to EDN’s A Billion Acts of Green® initiative, thus providing students a platform to promote their activism on the international level.

ACUPCC Signatory University of Massachusetts Lowell is kicking off the start of the MobilizeU Month by running a dinner and discussion event called “UML Goes Green.”

in which they will get students’ input on the university’s plan to reach carbon neutrality by 2050. This event can be quantified as acts of green toward the MobilizeU Competition for UML by calculating the number of hours per person spent planning and implementing the event as well as any deliverables (in this case the number of people in attendance at the event will also count as acts of green).

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By Will Samson, Director of Advancement and Institutional Relations, Blessed Earth
(This article appears in the April, 2012 issue of The ACUPCC Implementer)

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Blessed Earth is an educational nonprofit that brings the message of environmental stewardship to faith-based institutions of higher learning. The group was founded by Matthew and Nancy Sleeth. A decade ago, Matthew Sleeth, author of Serve God, Save the Planet and the Introduction to The Green Bible, was a successful ER physician and chief of the hospital’s medical staff. After an environmental and spiritual conversion experience, he and his family cut back their energy use by more than two-thirds and trash production by nine-tenths. Together the Sleeths now help lead national efforts to teach churches and seminaries how integrate the values of environmental stewardship into their practices and their curriculum.Most recently they announced an initiative entitled the Seminary Stewardship Alliance (SSA). The goal of the alliance is “for member seminaries to teach, preach, live, inspire, and hold each other accountable for good stewardship practices.” They do this by catalyzing sustainable practices in seminaries, advancing scholarship on Christian models of environmental care and nourishing dialog within and among seminaries. Already on board are some of the largest and most notable seminaries and divinity schools, including Asbury Theological Seminary, Fuller Theological Seminary, and Duke Divinity School.

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By Ulrike Klein, Director of Operations and Communications, Second Nature and John Salak, President, The Salak Group
(This article appears in the April, 2012 issue of The ACUPCC Implementer)

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The ACUPCC will celebrate Earth Day the entire month of April by profiling successful sustainability programs and activities at 15 colleges and universities. The Celebrating Sustainability series will demonstrate how effective our signatories are in building sustainable practices that have positive impacts on their campuses, students and surrounding communities.

The month-long celebration will highlight a different success story for each business day in April leading up to Earth Day on April 22nd. The campaign was announced nationally at the end of March.  Every profile will be supported by outreach to media outlets that matter most for the schools involved. The signatory success stories will also be identified on our ACUPCC Web site.

The profiles will cover a range of institutions in terms of size and location. They will also outline a wide array of success stories from Mount Washusett Community College’s drive to achieve near climate neutrality in operations thanks to the installation of two 1.65 MW wind turbines to UC Irvine’s launch of energy-saving Smart Labs.

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By Harry L. Williams, President, Delaware State University
(This article appears in the June, 2011 issue of The ACUPCC Implementer)

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In Delaware State University’s climate neutrality and sustainability pursuits, engagement has been a key concept. It is not a process in which we simply tell people what we want to do regarding sustainability initiatives at DSU, but it is critically important to engage them intellectually and actively in the process. There are many jobs to do in such an endeavor, and we would be neglectfully remiss and not very effective if we did not fully engage members of the DSU community in this work. From the very beginning, we have understood that the significant reduction of the carbon footprint of DSU could not be effectively done without the participation of all segments of the DSU campus and community at-large.

Dr. Harry L. Williams, President, and Amir Mohammadi, Vice President of Finance and Administration, receive a recyclable mug from Chanel Paul, a DSU Green Ambassador

That is why upon committing to be a part of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) in August 2009, we immediately embarked on the establishment of a campus-wide Go Green Sustainability Committee.

Our 14-member steering committee encourages the involvement of others through the example set by our top leadership. All of the University’s vice presidents and deans are a part of the steering committee, as well as the president of the Student Government Association. Through that leadership group, seven subcommittees were created that include more than 80 active members from the University’s business and administration personnel, as well as students, faculty and staff from all walks of DSU academic life.

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