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Virginia’s Community Colleges are going green

12/16/2011 // By Kristy Jones

The Virginia Community College System hosted its annual Hire Education conference, Extreme Innovation – Workforce Edition, last week at The Homestead in Hot Springs, Virginia. More than 400 workforce development faculty and other professionals gathered to network and share best practices of […] Read more >

5 Things to Be Thankful for this Thanksgiving

11/21/2011 // By Juliana Goodlaw-Morris

The holidays for me are all about family and enjoying nature.  When I was growing up, my family and I use to go camping for Thanksgiving in California.  I know, camping on Thanksgiving might seem a bit weird, but trust […] Read more >

NWF Campus Ecology Staff Tour New Green Building at Germanna Community College

11/21/2011 // By Kristy Jones

National Wildlife Federation Campus Ecology staff, Jen Fournelle and Kristy Jones, toured Germanna Community College’s new green academic facility, still under construction, in early November. The new building located at Germanna’s Fredericksburg campus is scheduled for completion in March 2012; […] Read more >

Join NWF for Tar Sands Rally in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, November 6th

10/28/2011 // By Kristy Jones

On November 6th, thousands of people will encircle the White House to send a peaceful and lawful message urging the President to reject the Keystone XL pipeline–which would bring nearly one million barrels per day of dirty tar sands oil […] Read more >

What does your campus and community do when your natural gas pipeline is severed?

9/28/2011 // By Juliana Goodlaw-Morris

  This past weekend, September 23-24th, almost 200 students, staff, and faculty were faced with this issue while at the University of Minnesota, Morris (UMM) for the UMACS conference.  The main natural gas pipeline between Benson, MN and Morris, MN (approximately […] Read more >

Virginia’s largest solar energy system to be installed at Washington and Lee University

9/2/2011 // By Kristy Jones

Washington and Lee University has signed an agreement with Secure Futures L.L.C., a solar-energy developer based in Staunton, Virginia, to install two solar photovoltaic arrays, totaling approximately 450 kilowatts. The first solar array, with a capacity of 120 kilowatts, will […] Read more >

Butte College Proves “Grid Positive” Possible

7/18/2011 // By Julian Keniry

When Butte College publicly stated its goal in 2008 to become grid positive by 2012, the campus sustainability community watched developments closely, wondering how Butte would achieve this goal.  The technical, financial, and staffing barriers would be formidable, we all knew from […] Read more >

Michigan Greenforce Initiative Summit a Success

2/18/2011 // By Juliana Goodlaw-Morris

Yesterday at Lansing Community College- West Campus, 90 participants from across the state of Michigan participated in the first Greenforce Initiative summit. With 15 community colleges represented, state agencies, non-profit organizations, foundations and small-to- large green businesses the excitement in the room […] Read more >

Southern Virginia prepares to build biomass power plant

2/4/2011 // By Kristy Jones

Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative (NOVEC) is preparing to build a biomass plant in South Boston, Virginia, using the wood waste left over from the local logging companies. NOVEC is a locally based and locally owned electric distribution system headquartered in […] Read more >

Our Changing Oceans – Impacts of Global Warming

1/21/2011 // By Kristy Jones

The National Council for Science and the Environment hosted their 11th annual national conference this week, Our Changing Oceans. The three day conference focused on how the ocean environment will be impacted by climate change including both physical and biological […] Read more >