Sustainability

Dining Hall Dilemma

Changing the way campuses think about food

Making dietary changes isn’t just a good idea for staying healthy—it’s a way of going green, too. Colleges and universities are quickly taking notice. By buying local and promoting eating less meat, they’re helping students change the way they think about food in their dining halls and across campus, for the health of not only the campus community, but the planet.

Water Woes

Eliminating wasteful habits

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. Thirty-seven percent of that area was at drought levels as of April, an increase from 27 percent a year ago.
That's why it is more important than ever to conserve this precious natural resource, and colleges and universities are stepping up to save.

Thinking Green

Mindset changes that make a difference

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. Whether by helping members of their communities realize the impact of the food they eat, or reminding them to carry a reusable water bottle, institutions are seeing huge reductions in their environmental impact. And it all started with an idea. Read the rest of our stories to get the green wheels turning.

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Green Technology Energizes Classes

Renewable energy program at MCC uses state-of-art lab

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NY's Binghamton University Pitches Energy Research

The latest plans to transform New York's four public university centers into top national research facilities and high-technology job producers were released Wednesday in a proposal for a "smart energy" research facility at the University at Binghamton.

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Western Michigan University Named Among The Nation's Most Environmentally Friendly Colleges

Western Michigan University has been named one of the most environmentally responsible green colleges by Princeton Review and the U.S. Building Council's Center for Green Schools.

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Iowa State University Selects LiveRoof for Memorial Union Green Roof

With funds allocated by its Government of the Student Body (GSB), Iowa State University (ISU) is installing an 855-square-foot green roof atop its historic Memorial Union. The LiveRoof® Hybrid Green System from LiveRoof, LLC (Spring Lake, Mich.) was selected for the project.

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Kalamazoo Valley Community College Sees $642,000 In Energy Savings Over Year

The best part of Ted Forester's job at Kalamazoo Valley Community College is seeing the energy bill, he says.

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Greenpeace Blasts Michigan State For Adopting New University Energy Plan

Greenpeace said Michigan State University has failed its students by adopting an energy plan that doesn't go far enough.

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"Green Technologies: Classrooms, Courses, Labs, and Buildings" at UBTech2012

Presenter Ken Woo will focus on leveraging the "green" theme throughout.

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