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5 Things to Be Thankful for this Thanksgiving

The holidays for me are all about family and enjoying nature.  When I was growing up, my family and I use to go camping for Thanksgiving in California.  I know, …

New rankings show prominence of sustainability

The Sustainable Endowments Institute's new green rankings are out, and there is some good news: With all the focus on sustainability in higher education over the past few years, grades …

Rudders on the Rudder: Thinking Beyond Master Planning

We talk a lot about climate and the environment here at Campus Ecology, but the truth is that long-term sustainability requires more than ecological considerations. If a school is carbon-neutral, …

How Campus Climate Leaders Will Help Revive Regional Economies

Former President Bill Clinton, at the third annual meeting of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) in Chicago today, shared valuable perspectives on investing in large-scale building …

Reporting from the 3rd Annual Butte College Sustainability Conference

Butte College’s 3rd annual sustainability conference opened with a welcome from the school’s president, Dr. Diana Van Der Ploeg. Her speech exhorted attendees to remember that sustainability is as much …

Deferring Climate Committments: An Issue of Costs or Priorities?

A new article in the Chronicle of Higher Education (sub. req.) profiles a minority trend that could, if economic conditions persist, become a majority problem. Scott Carlson reports that "about …

Ball State to spend $66M on ground-source heat

Ball State university, long a leader in climate action (and frequent sustainability conference host), has just approved drilling almost four thousand closed-loop wells to heat and cool the campus. Ground-source …

LAT Covers Green Building at Universities

  |   July 7, 2008

Here’s another trend-skimming piece for you: this Los Angeles Times article highlights more than a dozen schools building green. If you already know a lot about LEED, geothermal and recycled …

Moving Past the Low-hanging Fruit at University of Missouri

One of our Chill Out! competition winners, the University of Missouri, has accomplished the admiral task of reducing their energy use by 19% per square foot since 1990, while still …

Sunshine State Awards $8.5M for Solar Power to Florida Gulf Coast University

  |   May 19, 2008

It’s not often that a state’s motto so appropriately fits the actions of its Congress: the Sunshine State of Florida recently passed a bill which allocates $8.5 million to Florida …

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