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Sustainability -- Meeting the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

Sustainability in the Campus Strategic Plan

 

The campus strategic plan is the document that guides the University's policies for the next decade. Auburn is in the process of developing a new strategic plan. The full Strategic Plan draft with an outline of of 62 potential areas of focus is now available online.

All members of the Auburn community are encouraged to provide public comment online through Friday, March 7th regarding which areas they think should be included in the final draft.

We encourage everyone to read through all the items but want to highlight that three are directly related to sustainability on campus: #8 - a student wellness and sustainability center, #36 - green building or LEED guidelines for all campus buildings, and #55 - to establish specific measurable sustainability goals for all of campus.

Jared Diamond Speaking at ALEEC Conference

 

Dr. Jared Diamond, acclaimed author of Collapse and Guns, Germs and Steel, will be the Keynote speaker at the Spring 2008 Alabama Environmental Education Consortium Conference.

Dr. Diamond's talk will be at the Samford University Wright Center at 9am on April 19, 2008, presenting his lecture entitled Lessons From Environmental Collapses of Past Societies.

View the Conference Announcement online.

AUSI Internship Positions

 

The Auburn University Sustainability Initiative is accepting applications from students for the Fall 2008 Internship positions. Students who are interested in working to promote sustainability can apply now for one of three paid and three unpaid internships. The internships are open to students in any department with junior or senior standing who have shown a previous commitment to sustainability projects.

To learn more about the internships and how to apply, view the application announcement.

Auburn Sustainability in the Curriculum Workshop

 

The Auburn University Sustainability Initiative invites faculty and advanced graduate students to participate in the third Auburn University Sustainability in the Curriculum Workshop, May 12-13, 2008.

Based on a nationally recognized model, the workshop offers an intellectually stimulating and collegial experience for faculty across the range of disciplines at Auburn. Please register by April 11. For more information please visit the workshop website, or view a full description of the workshop and a preliminary schedule.

Have a good Idea? Want to Win $10,000?

 

Clif Mojo and Focus the Nation are sponsoring Project Slingshot, a contest that offers up to $10,000 to three individual winners who come up with ideas to increase awareness about or to help protect our imperiled planet. The three categories for entry are:

  • outdoor fanatics
  • artists
  • innovators

More information is available from Focus the Nation and Project Slingshot.

Sustainable Endowments Institute Summer Fellowships

 

The Sustainable Endowments Institute is taking applications for full-time summer research fellowships. Research Fellows will collaborate on surveying and analyzing sustainability initiatives at hundreds of prominent colleges and universities in the United States and Canada to help produce the College Sustainability Report Card for 2009.

For more information, visit the Sustainable Endowments Institute internships webpage.

Tigers for Tigers Challenge

 

The University of Missouri, Clemson University, and Auburn University are competing against each other in the Tigers for Tigers Challenge, hosted by the World Wildlife Fund.

Though one of the largest and most noble of the great cats, tigers in the wild are quickly declining. In order to help protect these noble animals, Auburn University has pledged to raise $75,000 before Clemson and Missouri. If you would like to donate to the Tigers for Tigers Challenge, please click here.

Global Citizens Writing Contest

 

The East Alabama Medical Center, in conjunction with the College of Liberal Arts, is sponsoring a student essay contest titled "The University's Role in Creating Good Global Citizens."

$500 will be offered for the winning essay. The deadline is 4:45 p.m. on March 14, 2008.

New Sustainability Internship/Job Page Up on the Web
 

Interested in a job or internship in sustainability?

Then check out the Auburn Sustainability Initiative's new Sustainability Job/Internship page featuring career opportunities for students interested in sustainability and conservation.


Visit Auburn Sustainability Initiative for more information about Auburn's environmental stewardship efforts.
 
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