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Updates from HEASC

NIRSA is proud to be a member of the Higher Education Associations’ Sustainability Consortium

NIRSA is pleased to share the following items of interest from HEASC.

New resources on the HEASC website

A number of new items have been posted in the Resources section of the HEASC website. A wealth of links, articles and information is available, including the PowerPoint and audio file from the hour-long “Education for a Sustainable Future – What You Need to Know” teleconference with Deb Rowe, Judy Walton (AASHE) and Terry Calhoun (SCUP) held June 6. The panelists shared the latest information on sustainability within higher education.

Live Earth-SOS concert July 7

On 7/7/07, two billion people worldwide will join together for an historic global call to action to solve the climate crisis. The Live Earth-Save Our Selves concerts will feature more than 150 of the world's top musicians for 24 hours of music from 7 concerts across all 7 continents and set the standard for sustainable, zero-carbon events. The Alliance will partner with The Climate Group, MSN, Brand Neutral and Control Room on this event to reach people in every corner of the planet through television, film, radio, and the internet. The proceeds from the Live Earth concerts will create the foundation for The Alliance and our multi-year effort to combat the climate crisis. See more about this unprecedented global event and how you can get involved at

The Alliance for Climate Protection is a new organization engaged in an unprecedented public education campaign on both the urgency and the solvability of the climate crisis. With the leadership of Alliance Chair Vice President Al Gore; Theodore Roosevelt IV, Managing Partner at Lehman Brothers; General Brent Scowcroft and others, our objective is to move the United States to a point at which political, business, and community leaders compete to offer policies and programs that will sharply reduce emissions. Further, The Alliance is working to persuade individuals, communities, states, and corporations around the world to begin to quickly reduce their own climate pollution in order to become “carbon neutral.”

Deploying Green Facilities: Web conference sponsored by AASHE on 7/31, 8/2 and 8/7

Join AASHE for this three-part Deploying Green Facilities web conference to learn about green building trends, review performance data and learning initiatives from recently established facilities, and explore how to apply lessons learned to your projects.

  • Session I will offer a primer on LEED projects and green design
  • Session II will offer guidelines for deploying a green facility
  • Session III will offer guidance on using a green facility as a learning tool

More info.

Seen An Inconvenient Truth? Now what?

Focus the Nation is building a national dialogue at hundreds of colleges, universities, high schools, middle schools, places of worship, civic organizations, and businesses, directly engaging millions of students and citizens with the nation’s decision-makers. Focus the Nation culminates on January 31, 2008 with simultaneous educational symposia to be held at more than a thousand campuses and other venues.

Save trees (and $$$) with GreenPrint

Would you like to cut down on those annoying, nearly blank pages that appear at the end of your print jobs? Want to suppress those unnecessary images that waste gobs of ink and paper? An easy way to do this is with GreenPrint, software designed to cut down on wasted paper and ink resulting from print jobs. In a nutshell, this software allows you to preview the document (or webpage) and lets you select pages and/or images that you don’t wish to print. In addition, it comes with a PDF writer and a reporting mechanism that tells you how many trees you have saved. Of course, the best way to reduce waste (and save energy) is not to print at all! But if you have to—GreenPrint appears to be a good option. More info.

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