Sustainability

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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Mt. Hood CC project taps students to seed native forest floor

Students from Mt. Hood Community College (Ore.) are collecting seeds from native plants that blanket the forest floor and will transplant them to baron locations to ensure their future survival.

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Colby is biggest college yet to go carbon neutral

Along with Colby, which has just over 1,800 students, College of the Atlantic (Maine), Green Mountain College (Vt.), and University of Minnesota at Morris have achieved carbon neutrality

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