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LEED: Prioritizing Energy Efficiency

9/7/2008 // By Xarissa Holdaway

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the first and largest certifier of green building, is by now familiar to anyone who works with buildings or campus planning. Another LEED (for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) building is registered, completed, […] Read more >

College of the Atlantic Aims for the Triple Bottom Line

8/28/2008 // By Xarissa Holdaway

When businesses go green, they do it for reasons ranging from profit and good PR to reliable supply chains and genuine concern for the environment. Examples of individual companies taking action are plentiful at sites such as GreenBiz, Treehugger, and […] Read more >

University and Utility Partnerships in California Lower Emissions

8/28/2008 // By Xarissa Holdaway

As schools become greener, they are finding a need to reach out to their surrounding communities to manage transportation and supply networks, develop and renovate neighborhoods, and source cleaner energy. In other words, the phrase “we are not alone” has become […] Read more >

Stony Brook Southampton Combines Curriculum with Sustainable Operations

8/26/2008 // By Xarissa Holdaway

Students at Stony Brook University’s new Southampton campus will help determine building design, campus energy decisions, cafeteria fodder and waste systems, as well as their own coursework, as part of an interesting real-time experiment on the intersection between university curriculum […] Read more >

Tulane and Yale Structures Earn Top Ten Green Building Awards

8/26/2008 // By Xarissa Holdaway

The American Institute of Architects’ COTE (Committee on the Environment) recognizes 10 high-profile and environmentally sensitive buildings each year, and for 2008 chose two university buildings to highlight in its Top Ten list. Tulane University’s Lavin-Bernick Center, originally built in […] Read more >

MU Researchers Find that Submerged Oak Trees Store Carbon 2,000 Years Longer

8/26/2008 // By Xarissa Holdaway

The role that forests play in climate conditions is vast and complex, including conversion of carbon dioxide into oxygen, stabilization of coastlines and open terrain, shade provision, and the reflection or absorption of sunlight. Because trees lock carbon dioxide away […] Read more >

Utah government joins universities in switching to 4-day workweek

8/26/2008 // By Xarissa Holdaway

Until recently, most considered their commute to be nothing more than a necessary evil, if they considered it at all. But rising gas prices, air pollution and the awareness of carbon emissions are forcing changes in the ways they get […] Read more >

Chasing Clean Fuel in the Lab

8/26/2008 // By Xarissa Holdaway

The idea of an efficient, clean-burning, sustainable fuel that could power everything from cars to commercial skyscrapers is a seductive one. Currently, many world-class research labs and over 200 small companies are racing to overcome technical barriers and make it […] Read more >

The Campus Environment in 2008

8/25/2008 // By Xarissa Holdaway

In case you missed all the hullabaloo, let me direct you to our newest report: Campus Environment 2008: A National Report Card on Sustainability. It recognizes colleges and universities for exemplary efforts and awards academic letter grades (A through D) […] Read more >

HESA Act Signed into Law: What Does It Mean for Climate Action on Campus?

8/15/2008 // By Xarissa Holdaway

Several weeks ago, Congress passed the Higher Education Sustainability Act (as part of HR 4137, the College Opportunity and Affordability Act), and on the 14th of August, the President signed this act into law. This is the first authorized bill […] Read more >