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American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment
The ACUPCC Implementer

Dear Implementation Liaisons,

Many of you have been anxiously awaiting the outcome from the Steering Committee's review of the extension policy during their meeting on February 11. I am pleased to announce that a second extension period of up to four months has been approved for the Climate Action Plan. As with all extension requests, you may access the application by logging on to the ACUPCC Reporting System. Approval of an extension for any report does not affect the deadlines for subsequent reports, and an application must be completed for any report that you intend to submit after the original deadline. At the meeting, the Steering Committee also considered the issue of the (fortunately, very few!) institutions that sign the ACUPCC but never submit a report. The result was a new Policy for Unengaged Institutions which requires that any school which does not submit the first three required reports (the Implementation Profile, GHG Report, and Climate Action Plan) by the deadline for the CAP will be removed from the signatory list. There will be a three-month grace period to give the institutions currently affected the opportunity to submit their reports and remain in the Commitment. Finally, please make sure to visit our "green" version of the NCAA college basketball championships on the web, and for more information on the subject check out AASHE's 2009 Collegiate Athletic Department Sustainability Survey Report. We'll certainly be paying close attention here in the Bluegrass!

With regards,
Toni Nelson

Table of Contents

  1. The LACCD Sustainable Media Studio: Shooting A Green Tomorrow, Today
  2. Help Your School Win the Green Bracket Just Launched This Week
  3. Business Environmental Program Reaches Out to Help Local Businesses Become More Energy Efficient
  4. Students Release Groundbreaking Report on Sustainability Efforts at Christian Campuses

The LACCD Sustainable Media Studio: Shooting A Green Tomorrow, Today

by Melinda Ann Farrell, Director, LACCD Sustainable Media

It's Lights, Camera, Action at LACCD Sustainable Media, the student-led documentary studio of the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD). Armed with high definition cameras, field recording equipment, big imaginations and one of the largest public sector green building programs in the country as their subject, the talented student auteurs of the LACCD are educating and entertaining their peers on the subject of sustainability and climate neutrality, using the art of documentary filmmaking. Producing video sustainability stories "by students, for students," the studio's filmmakers are turning the camera's lens on themselves and their colleges to showcase marquee building projects campus by campus and reveal the behind-the-scenes transformation of the LACCD. "Energy and You", the group's recent production, comedically tracks a community college student's carbon footprint as he valiantly tries to get to class on time. Read more...

Help Your School Win the Green Bracket Competition

by Gina Coplon-Newfield, Director of Communications and Outreach and Rima Mulla, Communications Associate, Second Nature

The much-anticipated NCAA Basketball Tournament is right around the corner, and we expect a high percentage of the schools competing in the men's and women's division I games to be ACUPCC signatories. If you and others from your school send in enough great photos, videos, and stories about sustainability and athletics on your campus, your school just might win the Green Bracket (if not the NCAA one). The Second Nature team will be posting the best images and stories online in the effort to generate some friendly competition and publicity for green schools as well as highlight progress on the greening of athletics programs. Could you forward this information to your colleagues and students at your school who are leaders in sustainability and/or sports? Could you let us know if you have ideas, stories, or images to submit to greenbrackets@secondnature.org? See www.greenbrackets.com for more information and contest rules.

Business Environmental Program Reaches Out to Help Local Businesses Become More Energy Efficient

by Sam Males, State Director for the Nevada Small Business Development Center, University of Nevada, Reno

We accomplish so much more when we forge partnerships in our communities, and that philosophy is an integral piece of our sustainability plan at the University of Nevada, Reno. As one of the charter signatories to the ACUPCC, we have set a goal to integrate sustainable practices into everything that we do - from the way we construct our buildings, to our energy usage, to our curriculum, to our outreach mission as a land-grant institution. As part of these outreach efforts, our Nevada Small Business Development Center is offering energy-efficiency assistance to small businesses and targeted industries such as retail, food service, grocers and offices, through its Business Environmental Program. The Center was one of just four small business development centers in the country awarded funding from the U.S. Small Business Administration last year for projects offering energy-efficiency assistance to small businesses. The award provides $125,000 a year for three years for the program. Read more...

Students Release Groundbreaking Report on Sustainability Efforts at Christian Campuses

by Ben Lowe, Co-Coordinator, Renewal: Students Caring for Creation

Renewal, a grassroots Christian environmental network active on campuses across the United States and Canada, is proud to present the first-ever report on our growing movement, Green Awakenings: Stories of Stewardship and Sustainability from the Next Generation. Now is a momentous time for our generation; the planet is in crisis and environmental stewardship is a biblical priority for Christians. The purpose of Green Awakenings is to show what it looks like when Christian students and campuses come together to care for all of God's creation. We want to demonstrate the breadth, depth, and diversity of the growing student movement. More than fifty campuses are featured in the report, most of which are members of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, but only a handful of which are currently signatories to the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment. Signatories are identified in the report by the torch logo next to their names. Read more...

Earth Hour
Earth Hour
Opportunities

AASHE 2010 Awards Program
Accepting applications through July 1, 2010

Events

GreenTown: The Future of Community
March 17-18, 2010
Lake County, IL

Smart & Sustainable Campuses Conference
March 21-23, 2010
College Park, MD
IL Networking Meeting
March 22, 2010

Solutions Module Bootcamp: Using the Campus Carbon Calculator™ for your Climate Action Planning
April 9, 2010
River Falls, WI

Hope for Creation: A Live Simulcast Event
April 21, 2010

Webinars

EPA Mandatory Reporting of Greenhouse Gases Rule
February 10, 2010
(Presentation Slides)

Welcome to the ACUPCC
March 9, 2010

Resources

Campus Green Builder

Accelerating Campus Climate Initiatives: Breaking Through Barriers

Financing Sustainability on Campus

Campus Sustainability Discussion Forums

Climate Neutral Campus Report

Critical Path Issues on the Way to Carbon Neutrality

Climate Action Planning Wiki

ACUPCC Reporting System

Implementation Guide (PDF)

Join AASHE
AASHE

Membership in AASHE provides excellent value for signatories of the ACUPCC, offering access to a rich array of online resources and numerous opportunities for networking, information sharing, collaboration, and professional development. Join now!

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Issue 18, March 4, 2010