National Wildlife Federation released its new report, Generation E: Students Leading for a Sustainable, Clean Energy Future, today.
The report highlights 165 campus examples in 45 states, covering 35 categories of creative student effort. The time for climate action is now-the release of Generation E comes just weeks before major international climate negotiations kick off in Copenhagen, Denmark. The report is a story of student leadership, showcasing how individuals, teams of peers, as well as faculty, can all have a positive impact on our environment.
Report topics range from renewable energy and conservation to dorm move-out programs; from campus food systems to wildlife habitat restoration. Students have creatively stepped up to raise funds for efficiency projects; there is great community outreach through weatherization projects; and we are seeing some campuses leap over hurdles to achieve behavior change in dorms.
NWF and partners released the guide today with a press call moderated by Scott Carlson, reporter at the Chronicle of Higher Education. The teleconference included students highlighted in the report who are making a difference on their campuses and in their communities.
Campuses featured in Generation E are encouraged to enter NWF's Chill Out national competition this fall. The Chill Out: Campus Solutions to Global Warming competition rewards and recognizes all the cool things our campuses do to reduce the impacts of global warming. Students, faculty and staff can create a two minute video that shows what their college or university is doing to reduce global warming pollution and filling out the entry form