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Calvin College Receives $375,622 State Grant To Help Clean Up Plaster Creek

Calvin College has received a $375,622 state grant to strengthen cleanup efforts in the Plaster Creek watershed, long one of the region’s most polluted streams.

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It's Electric

The University of Utah will launch a fleet of electric buses this fall to shuttle some 47,000 students, staff, and administrators around its 1,500-acre campus. Forty buses, similar to the one pictured here, have been ordered from BYD, a Chinese company that is the world’s largest manufacturer of electric vehicles. The drawback to electric buses in the past has been battery weight. But the BYD buses use a much lighter rechargeable battery, so they can carry more passengers.

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New software helps colleges and universities simplify campus sustainability assessment and reporting

CarbonSolve Inc. recently added to their line of carbon and sustainability management software solutions with the launch of a University module, designed specifically for higher education institutions, as the latest edition to their line of carbon and sustainability management software solutions.

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Hamline University Tops Off New Building with a LiveRoof Green Roof

LiveRoof, LLC, the green roof industry’s top horticultural experts, and Bachman’s, a family-owned wholesale and retail nursery based in Minneapolis that serves as a LiveRoof regional distributor and grower, announced that the LiveRoof system was selected for the 1,800-square-foot green roof installed atop the new Anderson Center at Hamline University. Located on the southwest edge of Hamline’s campus in St. Paul, Minn., the 100,000-square-foot Anderson Center will be the official entrance to campus and a stunning meeting place for students, faculty, staff, alumni and visitors.

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Introducing LiveWall: New Planted Wall System Achieves Simplicity and Sustainability in Vertical Greening

Manufacturer of LiveRoof, the Most Refined and Successful Green Roof System, Introduces a Planted Wall System Designed in Harmony with Nature… A New Way to Green Up Campuses

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U. Of Utah Shuttle System Getting Wireless Electric Bus

Utah campus showcasing new technology hoped to transform transportation.

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Book Excerpt: The Sustainable University, Part I

The Sustainability University: A Need to Move Forward

Over the course of approximately 200 conversations and interviews for our book, The Sustainable University: Green Goals and New Challenges for Higher Education Leaders (Johns Hopkins, 2012), it became apparent that while many believe the period for orientations to sustainability has passed and the movement has transitioned from one of general citizen awareness to the need for tangible solutions, many

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Watching the Dials

Energy dashboards promote responsible usage

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.

“Real-time, web-based dashboards really take what’s happening in the boiler room to the dorm room,” says Mike Kempa,
senior marketing manager for the Energy and Environmental Solutions Group at Honeywell.

Panel Planting

Solar farms sprouting up on campuses

With dropping solar prices, state and federal incentives, and innovative financing models, the crop of campus solar installations has become a healthy one. In fact, installed solar capacity grew 450 percent from 2008 to 2011, when the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) launched its Campus Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Installations Database.