Colleges and universities nationwide marked the 10th annual Campus Sustainability Day in October with events and discussions that reflect on the success of the sustainability movement in higher education.
Game days at university campuses tend to generate a large amount of waste, which is costly to the environment and the institution. To demonstrate its devotion to sustainability, the University of Arizona partnered with Waste Management to implement an extensive recycling program at its football stadium during the 2012 season, successfully diverting over 25 tons of trash from the landfill.
UConn also has cut 2,640 tons of carbon dioxide emissions within the last two years by retrofitting 13 buildings. And a quarter of the food served in its trayless dining halls is processed within 100 miles of campus, with some ingredients grown at the university, according the rankings.
Walsh College (Mich.) used an iPad app to reduced the cost of preparing massive, paper-filled binders used by board members at meetings. Now the institution is saving money, and the confidential documents are much more secure.
At least 33 universities in the United States have some kind of bike sharing program. Experts say university campuses are ideal for the systems, saving students the hassle of bringing bikes to campus, and keeping a lid on car congestion.