Showing Us the Way

from Wildlife Promise

4 4/28/2007 // By Larry Schweiger

             Remember what it was like to be a student in spring?  There was so much to do – write term papers, study for finals, and there was always the desire to hang out with your friends on the green and absorb the sun after a long winter.  National Wildlife Federation’s Campus Chill Out winners have taken time in their very busy lives to lead others in significantly reducing greenhouse gases on their campuses.  With persistence, determination, and hope, together these students, faculty, and staff have implemented programs on their campuses that have removed 20,000 tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and saved their campuses an estimated $5 million annually. 

            On this spring day, when I get even busier with cutting the lawn, weeding, and starting to prepare the garden beds, these Chill Out winners inspire me with their leadership.  Their example reminds me that my actions too can make a difference and that it’s worth the time for me to take the steps I can in my own home to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.  See NWF’s Reduce Global Warming at Home to learn more about what you can do.

View the Chill Out Broadcast with a special message from Former Vice President Al Gore and showcasing the eight winning campuses from the Chill Out contest.