College Planning & Management

MAR 2013

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Campus Scene IN T HE SPOT LIGH T HotTips This Month Purchasing Advice 'Green' Site Furniture MANY FAIL TO REALIZE THE IMPACT benches, litter receptacles, tables, bike racks, and the like have on an outdoor setting. They contribute to visitors' perceptions and the greening of the campus. When considering a purchase or standardization of site furniture, research manufacturers and consider the following. Look for recycled content. How much of the product comes from recycled materials? The majority of site furniture manufacturers will offer steel and recycled plastic; some also offer aluminum and other recycled materials. A quick perusal of the manufacturer's website will typically tell you the recycled content of their materials. Look for proven durability. Will these products last in the intended setting? At colleges and universities, site furniture must sustain high usage. The more durable the product, the less often replacement purchases are made; durability lowers your long-term costs. Infrequent purchases also cut down on the carbon emissions from shipping. Durable products also tend to be low maintenance; low maintenance translates to less use of energy, water, or cleaning chemicals. Look for recycling options. How can these products be used to encourage students to recycle? Many site furniture catalogs provide you with ways to promote your green initiatives, particularly recycling initiatives. This can often be achieved with special lids and decals on existing litter receptacles or through recycling stations customized to accept your unique recyclables and litter. Look for locally made products. How far are these products traveling from the supplier to campus? The closer the manufacturing plant, the fewer carbon emissions released during transport. A bonus of purchasing locally made products is the probable access to the facilities; should a problem arise, a purchaser can easily reach the supplier. Caitlin Scarry is a corporate business developer for Victor Stanley, Inc. ( She can be reached at or 800/368-2573. 8 { CONT. FROM PAGE 3 } some courses that offer credit toward the degree. Students will be able to complete the program in four semesters. U.S. Department of Labor statistics indicate that between 2011 and 2018, the need for emergency management professionals, protective service workers, and police and sheriff's patrol officers are likely to increase by more than 33 percent. For more information about the Homeland Security and Emergency Management degree visit homelandsecurity. Reimagining Student Financial Aid As student aid programs rapidly approach reauthorization in 2014, they continue to face severe funding and efficiency problems. With grant assistance from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation through their "Reimagining Aid Design and Delivery" (RADD) project, The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) recently released a policy brief examining the current systems of student aid with an eye towards reimagining how they could be improved in the future. This report does not make specific recommendations, but rather puts forward broad ideas intended to generate discussion and debate with the goal of advancing key policy issues facing student aid. "The issues discussed in this brief were generated through a multi-step process, layered with healthy, challenging, and innovative discussion regarding the current and future states of the federal student aid programs," says NASFAA President Justin Draeger. "While none of these policy considerations are put forward as definitive solutions, they are all worthy of additional consideration and discussion." For more information or to download the policy brief, visit New School of Nursing Facility for California Baptist College California Baptist University, Riverside, CA, has commissioned Cannon Design to provide architectural and engineering services for its new School of Nursing and College of Allied Health. The 100,000-sq.-ft. facility will be a holistic learning environment that integrates academics with spiritual and social development opportunities. The iconic design will create a landmark building at the heart of the campus, combining and interweaving four distinct elements: a technical academic core, shared academic support, a connective social gathering space, and an indoor/outdoor component. These elements will form a collaborative and integrated learning environment for future caregivers. A terraced indoor/outdoor plaza, defined by a large overhead trellis, will be the building's social and spiritual hub, actively engaging and bringing together allied health and nursing students, faculty, and community. COLLEGE PLANNING & MANAGEMENT / MARCH 2013 WWW.PLANNING 4EDUCATION.COM

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