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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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Overcoming Solar’s Challenges with a New Technology

1/27/2009 // By NWF

A research team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has invented a cheaper method for harnessing solar energy that could ultimately power homes, campuses and office buildings through tinted windows. Led by MIT Professor Marc Baldo, a team of three …

Is There Room for Sustainability in Every Classroom?

1/27/2009 // By NWF

The scene:¬† Art history class. The professor is showing slides of stained glass windows from a medieval cathedral. Her lecture describes the process and procedures for making stained glass, their significance in history, and the artistic intent behind them. Is …

Recession is the Mother of Invention: Innovative Ways Campuses Are Coping with the Financial Crisis

1/13/2009 // By NWF

As Van Jones put it in The Green-Collar Economy, “the bottom fell out” of our economy last year. The seizing credit market has reverberated across all sectors of society, hitting the already struggling higher education community with force. As legislators …

Service Learning Takes a Climate Approach

1/13/2009 // By Courtney Cochran

As colleges and universities across the country address their carbon footprints, Warren Wilson College (WWC) is taking climate action past the confines of campus. INSULATE!, a service-learning project which gets students’ hands dirty, is designed to help local elderly and …

Youth Activists Vocal at Climate Talks

1/13/2009 // By NWF

More than 500 young people from 54 countries converged on the coal-mining region of Poznan, Poland last month to weigh in on a critical discussion in preparation for a new global climate treaty, expected to be hammered out late this …

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