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High School Students Speak Up at Power Shift ’09

3/2/2009 // By Xarissa Holdaway

During lunch on Saturday, I went from table to table to ask groups of students why they had come to Power Shift and what they were hoping to gain. Two high school students from Lehman Alternative Community School in Ithaca, …

Environmental Justice Takes Center Stage at Power Shift ’09 Opening Session

2/28/2009 // By Xarissa Holdaway

Power Shift, a conference and lobby event that aimed to bring 10,000 young people to the Capitol to take action on climate change and environmental degradation, took a turn for the socially-aware at last night's opening keynote speeches. Almost 12,000 …

Ball State to spend $66M on ground-source heat

2/17/2009 // By Xarissa Holdaway

Ball State university, long a leader in climate action (and frequent sustainability conference host), has just approved drilling almost four thousand closed-loop wells to heat and cool the campus. Ground-source heat pumps use constant ground temperature, which is cooler than …

Kicking off the National Teach-In at University of Maryland

2/4/2009 // By Xarissa Holdaway

Five minutes before the meeting started, Scott Lupin, Director of the Office of Sustainability at UMD, could already see that more chairs would be needed. The room was packed, and students were quickly dispatched to bring extra chairs for everyone …

Making it work: Geothermal on campus

2/2/2009 // By Xarissa Holdaway

In case you haven’t heard, geothermal and ground-source heat mining are pretty hot right now — though someone needs to come up with a catchier title for the latter, we think. In short, geothermal electricity comes from using scalding groundwater …

Greener IT on campus

1/29/2009 // By Xarissa Holdaway

While good green citizens are fond of using email to save trees, the widely-ignored fact is that those same emails take up all kinds of server space. Space which, as Warren Arbogast points out in the latest episode of Tech …

ClimateEdu: New Solar Tech, Curriculum, and Bike-shares

1/27/2009 // By Xarissa Holdaway

Our latest issue is live. Here are today's headlines: Is There Room for Sustainability in Every Classroom?Faculty are finding new ways to incorporate issues of ecology, natural resources, social justice and human behavior into their classes, even those not in …

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1/22/2009 // By Xarissa Holdaway

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“Roll back the specter of a warming planet”

1/21/2009 // By Xarissa Holdaway

In his inaugural speech, Barack Obama made no less than three separate mentions of the climate crisis, noting that as president he will lead the nation to "roll back the specter of a warming planet." Now that we're in the …

Students’ time in the sun?

1/15/2009 // By Xarissa Holdaway

An interesting discussion is taking place over at DotEarth, one of our favorite blogs. The post, which discusses students taking their places in the worlds of innovation and activism, mentions Ben Gulak's one-wheeled electric motorcycle, NJIT students capturing exhaust energy, …