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Xarissa writes and blogs for the Campus Ecology team, focusing on energy, land use, construction, agriculture, curriculum and sustainability issues at colleges and universities. She also edits and produces ClimateEdu: News for the Green Campus, an email newsletter covering campus projects that are breaking new ground in climate action and sustainability.

Cash for clean tech

3/22/2010 // By Xarissa Holdaway

Campus energy projects are costly, even with rock-solid paybacks, and colleges of modest means often need to find creative ways to pay for them. A suite of financing options from third-party contracting agreements to revolving loan funds are making this …

Another top ten

3/15/2010 // By Xarissa Holdaway

We focus a lot on facilities and the operational side of sustainability on this blog, but the research being done on campuses is equally important, so we'd like to draw your attention to Shawn Lesser's round-up of the top ten …

Summer Days

3/11/2010 // By Xarissa Holdaway

With the spring semester ending in a few months, students are making break plans and some universities are taking a close look at their buildings to see where they can save energy during the hot, laid-back days of summer. The …

Campaigning for credit

3/5/2010 // By Xarissa Holdaway

Some Kansas University students are giving students credit for making their campus more green, as reported here by the Lawrence Journal: "When leaders at the KU Energy Council and Center for Sustainability looked for recommendations to unify green efforts at …

A smaller footprint for the biggest schools

2/17/2010 // By Xarissa Holdaway

A new resource from the National Renewable Energy Lab aims to help large, four-year research institutions reach their carbon neutrality goals. Split into five sections, the site details the steps research universities–which consume more energy per square foot than other …

President Obama at Lorain Community College

Department of Labor Distributes Money for Green Workforce Training

1/26/2010 // By Xarissa Holdaway

As further proof that community colleges have a big role to play in building capacity for green business and technology, 17 out of the 25 recipients of job training grants, awarded this month from the Department of Labor (DOL), list at …

Finding alternatives to coal on campus

1/13/2010 // By Xarissa Holdaway

A few weeks ago, we drew your attention to students who are fighting against coal power on their campuses: University of Kentucky students voted against the building of a "Wildcat Coal Lodge" dorm that was sponsored by Alliance Coal, and …

Your Short Guide to Tracking the Climate Talks in Copenhagen

12/8/2009 // By Xarissa Holdaway

As we head into the second day of climate talks, we want to highlight the best news tracking sites of the ongoing negotiations at Copenhagen: Yale Climate Media Forum: This site focuses on youth engagement at Copenhagen; blogs will be …

Students Refusing Coal-Funded and Coal-Powered Buildings

12/8/2009 // By Xarissa Holdaway

At the University of Kentucky, students are fighting back against Alliance Coal's sponsorship of a new dorm for basketball players. MSNBC reports that the $7 million dorm will be called the "Wildcat Coal Lodge," though it will be powered to …

Pathways Out of Poverty

12/1/2009 // By Xarissa Holdaway

Tabari Morris, a 34-year-old Northern California resident, says he was doing janitorial work before he heard about a unique opportunity from his brother-in-law. “I was thinking, I need a real career,” he says. “In 30 years, I need to be …