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Know Thy Building: Paradoxes in Heating and Cooling on Campus

3/17/2009 // By NWF

To save energy and reduce your carbon footprint, you turn the thermostat down in the winter and up in the summer, right?  This is true in a small building such as a house. In a large commercial or institutional building, […] Read more >

Forestry Schools Trade Pat Equations for Critical Thought

3/17/2009 // By NWF

From the outside, the forestry field may seem simple: cutting down trees (bad), preventing trees from being cut down (good) and planting more (also good).  But the reality of forestry professions, and the training for them, is far more complex. […] Read more >

Cultivating Responsibility: Liberal Arts Schools’ Contribution to Sustainable Agriculture

2/24/2009 // By NWF

Gordon Jones is majoring in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Sustainable Agriculture. As he speaks, a handsaw growls in the background while a student repairs an ax handle. From his perch in the Swannanoa Valley of the Appalachian Mountains, […] Read more >

Buying Carbon Neutrality: New Protocol Suggests Wise Investments

2/24/2009 // By NWF

Parents and students who attended Oberlin College’s 2008 commencement had an extra reason to be proud: the event was among the nation’s first carbon-neutral graduations. All the greenhouse gasses emitted by the ceremony-from powering the microphones to traveling to Ohio […] Read more >

Never-Ending Story: Moving Forward on Climate Action Planning

2/24/2009 // By Amanda Stone

Late last year, Brett Pasinella, Coordinator of Climate and Biodiversity Initiatives at University of New Hampshire (UNH), had to make some adjustments in the Climate Action Plan (CAP) of the university. “The university gained renewable energy service provider status,” he […] Read more >

Balancing Nostalgia with Efficiency

2/10/2009 // By NWF

Retrofitting historical buildings for greater energy efficiency is no easy task for those also interested in faithfully preserving an aged structure. This was certainly true for the team involved in the sustainable renovation of the 46 Blackstone Street complex, now […] Read more >

Your Recommended Daily Allowance of Real Food

2/10/2009 // By NWF

On a sunny day in October 2008, ten students marched across Brown University’s campus with a very small message for the school’s vice president. Rather, they carried hundreds of very small messages. In their hands they held cardboard boxes overflowing […] Read more >

Finding Solutions in the First 100 Days of a New Administration

2/10/2009 // By NWF

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 […] Read more >

Communication and Finesse Crucial to Successful Temperature Setbacks

2/10/2009 // By NWF

If you’re not going to be there, turn the heat down. That’s the essence of a temperature setback program. Institution-wide temperature setback programs effectively conserve energy and reduce the carbon footprint of a campus. The Amherst campus of SUNY-Buffalo reduced electrical consumption […] Read more >

Students Follow the Yellow Bike Road

1/27/2009 // By NWF

In 1994, the Portland, Oregon-based Community Cycling Center helped launch the city’s Yellow Bike program, the first of its kind in the United States. Portland citizens could use any Yellow Bike they came across for their riding needs. And though […] Read more >