Case Western Reserve Developing Comprehensive Plan Toward Carbon-Neutrality

Case Western Reserve University is developing a comprehensive plan to taper off use of energies that emit greenhouse gases and move toward carbon-neutrality.

"The goal is to produce a roadmap to get us as close to zero-emissions as we can get," said Gene Matthews, director of Facilities Services and a leader of the Climate Action Plan Steering Committee. "Those of us who have been involved in campus sustainability are looking forward to it.

Through operations, transportation, utilities and its waste stream, the university emits the equivalent of 250,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually. Case Western Reserve pledged to make the campus carbon-neutral in 2008 when President Barbara R. Snyder signed the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment. The university has since moved in that direction by promoting public transportation, installing pervious pavement, LED lighting, solar-powered trash compactors and more.

The committee expects to complete the plan by year's end.

Campus News

Campus members are invited to become fans of the university's bookstore on Facebook. Receive updates about upcoming sales, new merchandise and more.

FOX 8's Robin Swoboda Show is scheduled to air a segment featuring experts from the Skin Cancer Research Institute at 10 a.m. on Aug. 11. The institute's work was recently highlighted in a story about sun safety.

For Faculty and Staff

The Department of Human Resources will deliver three training sessions this month for PeopleSoft HCM Careers (eRecruit). This new service was implemented on June 1 to enhance the staff employment and hiring process. The sessions will focus on creating a staff employment requisition online. Sessions will take place from 11 a.m. to noon on Aug. 12 at the Mandel School, Rooms 320 B and C; from 2 to 3 p.m. on Aug. 17 at the Mandel School, Room 209; and from 2 to 3 p.m. on Aug. 19 in the Wolstein Research Building, Room 1413. Register online.

For Students

Case Western Reserve continues to welcome the Class of 2014 to campus.


The next orientation session for new students and parents will convene Aug. 16-18. In addition, the university will host its inaugural orientation for international students on Aug. 13. Orientation leaders are wearing purple shirts as they guide news students and their families around campus.

Details for first-year, transfer and international students — as well as parents — are available on the Orientation 2010 website.


The Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities will present "A Workshop on American Council of Learned Societies Grant Opportunities" from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Aug. 31 in Clark Hall 206. Nicole A. Stahlmann, director of fellowship programs of the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), will provide an overview of ACLS fellowship and grant opportunities, discuss the ACLS review process, and talk about the characteristics of successful ACLS proposals. Lunch will be provided. Registration is recommended. Go online for more information and to register.

The views and opinions of those invited to speak on campus do not necessarily reflect the views of the university administration or any other segment of the university community.

Et al.

Several Case Western Reserve faculty and staff were named to the 2010 Who's Who in Black Cleveland list of honorees: Ronald Blanton, Lolita Hines, Latisha James, LaShanda Korley, Erica Merritt, Marilyn Sanders Mobley and Sandra Noble.

Aug. 10, 2010

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In the News

DNA test may speed colon cancer diagnosis

New York Times Aug. 9, 2010
A new generation of DNA tests for colon cancer seems likely to improve the detection both of cancers and of the precancerous polyps that precede them. The tests, if validated, could reduce the burden of disease substantially by detecting tumors at an early stage, including those not picked up by a colonoscopy. Exact Sciences' test is based on work by Bert Vogelstein of Johns Hopkins University, Sanford Markowitz, professor and researcher of cancer and genetics at Case Western Reserve University, and David A. Ahlquist of the Mayo Clinic.

Northeast Ohio's slow recovery took a break in June, report says

The Plain Dealer Aug. 9, 2010
The local economy's slow recovery hit a pause at midyear, much like the nation's, a new report shows. Northeast Ohio's manufacturing-heavy economy began climbing out of the cellar in the second half of last year, a Team NEO analysis of federal statistics indicates. But June saw dips in the region's two largest employment sectors -- government and services, according to Team NEO's quarterly snapshot of our 16-county region. Initial unemployment claims in Northeast Ohio have been trending down for more than a year. Claims ticked up to 5,000 in June, but remain in the neighborhood of pre-recession levels, the report showed. That's good news, said Susan Helper, professor of economics at Case Western Reserve University.

Why some parents kill their kids

CBS News Aug. 7, 2010
Police in Edinburgh, Scotland, have arrested an American woman and accused her of killing her three children. Sara West, a forensic psychiatrist at Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals Case Medical Center, comments.

Publish or post?

The Scientist Aug. 9, 2010
A new European-funded initiative is advocating an entirely new system of science publishing, in which scientists avoid the hassles of traditional peer review by taking a quietly radical step: post their results on their websites. David Kaplan, professor of pathology at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Conflict shouldn't surprise franchisors and franchisees

Small Business Trends Aug. 9, 2010
Scott Shane, A. Malachi Mixon III Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies at Case Western Reserve University, writes about conflicts within franchise agreements.

Higher Ed News

Families use more money from all sources to meet rising costs of college

Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription required) Aug. 8, 2010
Families turned to the same mix of resources to pay for college in 2009-10 as they had in previous years, but they used more money from each source as the overall cost increased, according to a report released Tuesday by Sallie Mae and Gallup Inc.