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Into the Gap: Can Round-the-World Trips Justify Their Emissions Cost?

11/18/2009 // By NWF

NWF November 18, 2009 “In my senior year of high school, I was basically planning to go to college and just keep taking classes in the things I’d done well in, which for me was physics and math. I wasn’t …

Learning from the Ancients: Passive Solar Design

11/18/2009 // By NWF

NWF November 18, 2009 Passive solar design techniques have been employed by humans for centuries, going back as far as first century Greeks who designed entire south-facing communities to give homes maximum access to the sun’s rays. But passive solar …

Hands Off That Hood! Saving Energy in the Lab

11/10/2009 // By NWF

NWF November 10, 2009 University laboratories are already known to consume five to ten times more energy than any other building on campus. Respectively, many energy-saving campaigns have been targeted at these laboratories, including managing how researchers operate their fume …

Capturing Student Energy

10/27/2009 // By NWF

Molly Murfee October 27, 2009   Student Peter Hoy used to think advertising was “evil,” an enterprise that supported the commercialism that depleted the world’s natural resources. But after one semester, marketing became a major focus in Hoy’s efforts in …

Taking the Pulse of Climate Disruptions

10/27/2009 // By NWF

NWF October 27, 2009 From restaurant table to the law courts to hospital rooms, students at the University of New Hampshire (UNH), the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), and Georgetown Law are all checking up on the health …

Buildings Get a Breath of Fresh Air with CO2 Sensors

10/13/2009 // By Guest Author

When it comes to energy use in buildings, emphasis is often placed on saving electricity by turning up the thermostat when running the A.C., or setting the thermostat a little lower when the heat is on. With the heating, ventilation, …

Five Questions: Coordinating Multiple Campuses in their Sustainability Efforts

10/13/2009 // By NWF

October 13, 2009 Matthew St.Clair is the sustainability manager for the University of California’s Office of the President, leading sustainability efforts across the UC system. He talks to Campus Ecology about what makes his job unique and the politics of …

Let It Rain!

10/13/2009 // By NWF

NWF October 13, 2009 LaGrange College’s director of campus services got the harsh news in 2007 as severe drought gripped the Southeast: no more outdoor watering. Watering plants may seem trivial in a drought, but not at LaGrange, which like …

Shop Class Saves Electricity

9/29/2009 // By NWF

NWF September 29, 2009 Energy is no longer being wasted by lights left on at the Kwantlen College Polytechnic University’s Cloverdale campus (BC, Canada) thanks to a simple, yet effective tool: the light switch. The LEED Gold building that houses …

Master Planning for Sustainability

9/29/2009 // By NWF

NWF September 29, 2009 Call it a sign of the times. For decades, sustainability initiatives in higher education were conceived and executed through grassroots, bottom-up efforts, from sustainable investments to campus recycling programs. But as stakes and publicity rise, and …