Although taking steps to protect the environment is “the right thing to do,” it doesn’t stop people from wanting to know their efforts are making a difference. An energy dashboard can be the answer to communicating the results of campus initiatives.
With dropping solar prices, state and federal incentives, and innovative financing models, the crop of campus solar installations has become a healthy one.
Campus water use is high, particularly in residence halls, at a time when The U.S. Drought Monitor (operating from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln) estimates that as much as 60 percent of the contiguous United States is experiencing abnormally dry conditions.
Every action starts with an idea. That’s why, for the seventh annual green issue, the University Business editorial team decided to share some great ideas that have resulted in changes in the way campuses think about food, water, energy consumption, and solar energy.
Move over LEED, there’s a new certification in town. It’s not just buildings getting a green stamp of approval these days—events are, too.
Sometimes the way to improved efficiency lies in a spreadsheet. Sometimes it lies in a piece of software.
And sometimes it lies in a restroom.
Advancement officials at Southern Polytechnic State University (Ga.) had both practical and aspirational reasons to reconsider how it ran its faculty/staff annual giving campaign.
Most colleges and universities attending EduComm send one or two, sometimes three, people to the conference.
The second year of the ongoing Models of Efficiency program continues to demonstrate that campus departments can be innovative and inspired when it comes to finding ways to provide superior service and maximize resources.
Harvard University has long been known to take the lead in research, public administration, and business and law studies, so why not sustainability?
In higher education, sustainability and green design have moved beyond buzzwords to become real practice. Programs such as the U.S.
Albert Einstein had this to say about problem-solving: "You can never solve a problem on the same level on which it was created." In other words, the solution lies at a higher level. That is certainly the truth for many efforts in higher education, where overcoming administrative challenges?
This issue marks our sixth annual "green guide," looking at sustainability trends and technologies at campuses around the country. Some students even base enrollment decisions on an institution's commitment to the environment.
For six years each June, University Business editors have been sharing snapshots of sustainability efforts taking place at campuses across the country. As green continues to grow in popularity, institutional efforts and the collective impact of those efforts continue to impress.