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Chicago-Area Universities Collaborate to Promote Bicycling

3/31/2009 // By NWF

The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) is participating in a program to promote bicycling and other alternative transportation modes on campus. By collaborating with the Chicago Department of Transportation and the five largest campuses in Chicago- UIC, University of …

A Lot to Digest with Composting on Campus

3/31/2009 // By NWF

There is a certain waste stream on college and university campuses that can travel two very different paths. One path, which ends at the local landfill, leads to the uncontrolled release of methane, a greenhouse gas (GHG) 21 times more …

Guest Post: Is Culture Shift Possible?

3/31/2009 // By NWF

Students and visitors walking into a residence hall at Oberlin College shouldn’t be surprised to find glowing orbs mounted on walls, changing colors throughout the day. Sound like one of the DHARMA Initiative research stations on the television show “Lost”? …

Clean Energy From Humans? No Sweat

3/31/2009 // By NWF

A light switch can be powered by sun, wind or water, but what about by the sweat of one’s brow? Oregon State University is one of the first universities to do just that, by harnessing kinetic energy from students’ workouts. …

Guest Blog: Bringing the Purchasing Power of the Campus to Bear: A Word from Our Partners

3/17/2009 // By NWF

Ria Knapp is campaign coordinator for Climate Counts and a recent Boston University graduate. During her college years, Ria’s fervor for the outdoors turned into a passion for finding ways to preserve and protect it. A four-season biker and runner, …

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, …

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. …

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, …

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 …

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 …

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