Sustainability

Addressing E-Waste to Reach Campus Sustainability Goals

Turning e-waste on campus into revenue for higher ed institutions

Colleges and universities have widely embraced sustainability goals and commitments, from climate action plans to zero-waste goals. However, in order to see measurable results, they must address the largest growing waste stream in the United States: electronic waste, or e-waste. This web seminar, originally broadcast on July 15, 2014, shared how the University of San Diego has been able to turn this growing waste stream into a revenue stream. In 2011, USD opened the Electronics Recycling Center (ERC), San Diego’s first full-time e-waste collection facility for the public.

Thwarting the threat of agroterrorism

The role of higher education on the frontline

At the drop of a hat, we run down to the grocery store to grab food and water - never thinking these consumables are actually vulnerable to the threat of agroterrorism. Former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Tommy Thompson, put it this way "For the life of me, I cannot understand why the terrorists have not attacked our food supply, because it is so easy to do.”

Higher ed partnership taps offsite solar energy

The George Washington University and American University working toward carbon neutrality

A 20-year agreement to bring solar power from North Carolina to D.C. could become a model for how large urban organizations can meet energy needs by tapping offsite solar energy.

The partnership, involving The George Washington University, American University and The George Washington University Hospital, is the latest step the two universities are taking toward carbon neutrality, which both have pledged to reach.

What’s the best formula for a sustainable campus?

How to make a year-round commitment to sustainability

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.

Greening College Game Days

Sustainability is a key factor in helping your university remain competitive

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 ranks first on Sierra Club's greenest campuses list

Green campuses matter because students are likely to continue environmental lifestyle after graduation, Sierra Club says

Some 600 sustainability-related classes and a 15 percent reduction in water use over the past several years pushed the University of Connecticut to the top of the Sierra Club’s 2013 list of greenest campuses.

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.

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Switching from print to digital saves costs at Walsh College

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.

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UConn tops Sierra Club's 'green' college list

Energy-efficient light bulbs, classes on sustainability and honey from the on-campus apiary helped propel the University of Connecticut to the top of Sierra magazine's annual green schools list.

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Antioch College dorm, dating back to 1853, lands LEED certification

North Hall, one of the college’s original three buildings, underwent a $5.7 million renovation completed in October 2012.

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What's big with the college kids? Bike sharing

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.

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