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Sara is the NWF Campus Ecology Intern. She has a degree in Environmental Conservation Studies from the University of New Hampshire, where she specialized in Public Participation. Sara is chiefly interested in the role of youth in the climate movement and the potential power of the collective student voice to build more sustainable and well-connected campus communities.
Campus Ecology Fellow Ellen Teygart collects a soil sample from the field. Image credit Brittany Prischak.

Campuses Safeguard Wildlife, Cut Carbon Pollution

6/20/2013 // By Sara Gassman

Sure you’ve noticed the extreme weather events of the past few months: extended drought, supercharged storms. But do you know the specific effect of climate change on wildlife at your campus and in your community? The 2013 NWF report “Wildlife in […] Read more >

Many move-out programs rely on volunteers. Top: CCU volunteers with a few random finds from Campus Salvage (image courtesy Sustainability Initiative of CCU). Bottom: Skidmore College volunteers help with 7th annual Give+Go (image courtesy of Riley Neugebauer, Sustainable Skidmore

Campuses Aim for Zero-Waste Move Out

5/23/2013 // By Sara Gassman

College dorm rooms are really good places to accumulate stuff. Beyond textbooks and late-night snacks, students in dorm rooms tend to amass a funny collection of miniatures–refrigerators, rugs, coffee pots–and things that are more or less useless to young people […] Read more >

Van Jones gets the crowd excited about creating a green collar economy.

Students Lead for Smarter, more Sustainable Campuses

5/6/2013 // By Sara Gassman

The University of Maryland hosted the eighth annual Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference in Bethesda, Maryland in April 2013. Top students, faculty, sustainability administrators and other organizations related to sustainability in higher education (NWF Campus Ecology, for example!) attended the […] Read more >

Celebrate CCN 2013 by watching the CCN video program! Click the image to watch on YouTube.

Announcing Campus Conservation Nationals Video Contest Winners!

5/1/2013 // By Sara Gassman

If you happened to spend time on a college campus between February 4 and April 26, 2013, you may have noticed that dorm buildings were darker than usual, and that students may have smelled a little bit more funky. In […] Read more >

Congratulations to the Class of 2013 for graduating with zero carbon debt!! Image via Microsoft Clip Art.

Graduate with Zero Carbon Debt!

4/25/2013 // By Sara Gassman

I’m sure you don’t need anyone else to tell you that college graduates these days are entering the “real world” with no shortage of student loan debt. But there’s another type of debt that many graduates and institutions of higher […] Read more >

UNH SEAC will celebrate the 20th annual Solarfest, a solar-powered music and arts festival this year. Photo credit Abigail Gronberg.

Earth Day Celebrations on Campus

4/15/2013 // By Sara Gassman

Students at colleges and universities across the nation and even across the world have been celebrating Earth Day yearly since its inception in 1970. Many colleges and universities host an array of events throughout “Earth Week” and even “Earth Month,” […] Read more >

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Three Tips for “Making Good” from Billy Parish

3/29/2013 // By Sara Gassman

Are you about to graduate? Interested in working to make the world a better place, and also interested in making money along the way? For those convinced that the two goals are mutually exclusive, the latest webinar in the NWF Emerging […] Read more >

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A Student’s Guide to the National Climate Assessment

2/13/2013 // By Sara Gassman

We are currently in the midst of a 90-day comment period for a defining government document on the climate, the draft National Climate Assessment. The 1,000-page report is available online for the general public to review and, importantly, to submit […] Read more >

A student at St Clair County Community College scans a QR code with her smartphone to learn more about a campus green feature. Image credit St Clair County Community College.

The Future of Campus Sustainability

1/31/2013 // By Sara Gassman

On the afternoon of Tuesday, January 29, as part of the Johnson County Community College Center for Sustainability webinar series, Dr. Jay Antle, Executive Director, and Dave Newport, Director of Colorado University-Boulder Environmental Center, held a riveting conversation on the […] Read more >

Lori from Larry's Beans, an especially sustainable coffee roaster in Raleigh, NC, participates in the Wake Tech Green Symposium. Image Credit:  Lisa Haywood

Best Green Jobs Fairs of 2012

12/13/2012 // By Sara Gassman

With the fall semester winding down, members of the Class of 2013 are probably thinking about their impending final semester…and beyond. Beyond! What a mysterious and overwhelming place. Luckily, up-and-coming trends on campuses are green-themed job fairs, and building connections between […] Read more >