September, 2008

U.S. House Votes to Leave No Child Left Inside!

Remember the good old days of field trips and watching your classroom’s tadpoles “magically” develop into frogs? Well, some Congressmembers must too, because on September 18th, the U.S. House voted …

Universities, EPA Work to Cool Heat Islands

By Ryan Newhouse If only all islands could be like those in a Jimmy Buffet song: warm, sunny, uncrowded and relaxed. Unfortunately, a new kind of island—while it usually qualifies …

The “Demand” Response—Training Wheels to Energy Efficiency

American universities and colleges, much like commercial and industrial facilities, are often poorly equipped to assess their own energy use. Less than one percent has any sort of real-time monitoring …

Universities Lead the Charge to Mine the Heat Beneath our Feet

Within the next year, the Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls hopes to break ground on a project that would tap one of the most promising, and overlooked, forms …

Loyola Brews Up a New Model for Sustainability Courses

On the shores of Lake Michigan, just north of downtown Chicago, something special is happening at Loyola University. As they enter the third semester of the Solutions to Environmental Problems …

Butte College Going Carbon Neutral without the Credits

In 2005 Butte College flipped the switch and turned its campus on to solar power; just one in a series of efforts that the community college of 20,500 students has …

Ratings and Rankings and Lists, Oh My! (Part 2)

As part 2 of last week’s post on college sustainability rankings, here’s a little more information on the Sustainable Endowment Institute’s newly issued Green Report Card. The Sustainable Endowments Institute …

Creating a Field Guide to Your Backyard, Part II

In April I introduced a no-cost, low-impact way to observe and enjoy nature with your kids by creating a field guide to your own backyard. Taking as little or as …

Take a ‘Field Skip’

Introduce a new concept to your child’s school: the field trip that doesn’t cost a dime.

Happening This Week

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