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Power Shifts in Michigan

10/20/2009 // By Juliana Goodlaw-Morris

Over 300 young people and students showed up at Lansing last weekend for Power Shift Michigan, an event intended to give activists, students, and community members a chance to take action on climate issues. Power Shift events are also taking …

Reporting from the 3rd Annual Butte College Sustainability Conference, Second Day

8/17/2009 // By Kristy Jones

Day two of the Butte annual sustainability conference opened with a special keynote featuring Ken Grossman, Owner and President of Sierra Nevada Brewing Company – a very popular company with the Butte crowd! Grossman, an alumni of Butte, gave an …

How Campus Climate Leaders Will Help Revive Regional Economies

8/14/2009 // By Julian Keniry

Former President Bill Clinton, at the third annual meeting of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) in Chicago today, shared valuable perspectives on investing in large-scale building retrofits for efficiency and clean energy on campuses, including the …

$12 billion to go to community colleges

7/20/2009 // By Xarissa Holdaway

Last week, President Obama announced the creation of the American Graduation Initiative, which is expected to funnel $12 billion to community colleges to educate underemployed or unemployed workers in preparation for the day when the economy swings upwards again. "..[T]he …

YouTube Launches EDU Channel

4/15/2009 // By Xarissa Holdaway

Curious about the finer points of the clean energy grid? Looking for new ideas on campus low-impact farming or biomass plants? Just need to relax by watching students throw paint on each other in the name of art? YouTube's new …

Community Colleges: Training Clean Energy Workers

3/19/2009 // By NWF

Our own Xarissa Holdaway has a story at WorldChanging that describes how some California community colleges are experimenting with green-collar training programs. In many regions, early reports suggest there are not enough workers to meet demand for wind, solar and …

Deferring Climate Committments: An Issue of Costs or Priorities?

3/9/2009 // By Xarissa Holdaway

A new article in the Chronicle of Higher Education (sub. req.) profiles a minority trend that could, if economic conditions persist, become a majority problem. Scott Carlson reports that "about 25 percent of the colleges that should have turned in …

Rallying at the Capitol for Power Shift ’09

3/6/2009 // By Xarissa Holdaway

The final event of Power Shift, which took place on a snowy, below-freezing day in Washington, DC, drew thousands of students to the Capitol for pre-scheduled visits to members of Congress. Christopher Applegate, a Missouri transplant now attending the University …

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 …

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