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Hazmats among us on college campuses

04/2017
SUBSTANCE ALERT—Hazardous waste materials aren't just limited to items found in chemical containers at colleges. Toxic and corrosive materials can be in anything from electronic devices and fluorescent lamps to mercury thermometers and batteries. (AU Photographic Services.)

Renowned research chemist Karen Wetterhahn was working with dimethyl mercury in her lab at Dartmouth College, when she spilled a drop of the toxic compound on her glove.

She had taken every precaution possible while working with the volatile substance, from using a hood to prevent her from inhaling fumes, to wearing a face shield to protect her eyes and face, and putting on latex gloves to protect her hands.

Unfortunately, the chemical was absorbed by the glove instantly and, perhaps unbeknownst to her, made contact with her skin.

Waste management providers on understanding hazmat

What is the biggest mistaken belief higher ed leaders have about hazardous materials and chemicals on campus?

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College groundbreakings: Iowa State, U of North Texas, U of Cincinnati

May, 2017
Iowa State is constructing Collegiate Housing Community, a higher ed student residential and mixed-use retail space to the southwest corner of campus.

Iowa State is partnering with EdR and River Caddis Development (Memphis) to add 320,000 square feet of student residential and mixed-use retail space to the southwest corner of campus.

Higher ed choices: Ground-mount versus rooftop

May, 2017

Deciding where to install a solar array is one of the most critical decisions you’ll make.

Respond yes or no to the following questions as a first step in determining which type of installation makes more sense for your campus.

Rooftop installation

Are there obstructions on the roof—such as skylights, HVAC systems or other equipment—that would make it difficult to install solar panels?

Trees—even off college campuses—cut carbon footprints

May, 2017
Some local agencies across the country help colleges plant trees where the campus community can enjoy them, even if it’s not on campus. (Photo courtesy of Arbor Day Foundation).

Besides reducing emissions, higher ed institutions can reduce the impact of their carbon footprint in other ways, including getting credit for trees planted.

More ISA programs on the way for college students

May, 2017

ISA provider 13th Avenue, which is currently talking to several institutions about setting up ISA pilot programs, has found that funding is a key challenge. “The schools are interested, but they are reluctant to fund the program so we are busy trying to raise money,” says Casey Jennings, chief operating officer.

Higher ed points of interest

May, 2017
CLICK AND LEARN–The University of Washington’s sustainability map features seven main categories related to higher ed campus sustainability and dozens  of examples, from the location of charging stations to recycling bins.

Many institutions shine a spotlight on their sustainability efforts by creating online maps to showcase eco-friendly sites and green activities on campus—areas of interest to both the student body and the general public.

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5/15/2017

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5/9/2017

The current generation of prospective business students expects more from potential institutions than students of the past did. Identifying the best-fit students, as well as engaging and recruiting them, is more challenging than ever before.

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5/4/2017

The new generation of students and parents has a unique perspective on viewing and paying tuition bills, and a different set of expectations when it comes to the eCommerce options available at their college or university. Understanding and responding to these changing expectations is crucial, not only to remain competitive as an institution, but also to improve efficiency and reduce costs by taking advantage of current tools, technologies and strategies in billing and payments.

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4/27/2017

Attend this webcast to learn how an instructor and two students at East Stroudsburg University (Penn.) are using the Stratasys J750 3D Printer in their coursework. Projects include environmental designs, branding championship, medical problem-solving and more.

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4/20/2017

Like many institutions, Yale University first adopted academic video at a departmental level. This proved the potential of video as a study aid, but also created a number of challenges, including requiring administrators to maintain a complex web of disconnected media storage solutions, and forcing students to learn multiple systems for accessing their recorded lessons. As video became an increasingly relied-upon pedagogical tool for both online and on-campus learning, it was determined that the university should transition to a unified media platform.

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