Mississippi State is the first university to have a LEED-certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) chapter house in the US. The 16,000 square foot Pi Beta Phi chapter house maximizes open space, uses indigenous landscaping and bicycle storage.
A total of 1,252 peaceful protesters were arrested for opposing the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline in Washington including 350.org founder Bill McKibben, and NASA’s chief climatologist James Hansen.
Mount Wachusett Community College in Gardner, Massachusetts moved from being a sustainable laggard to being a sustainability leader.
With the increased importance of protecting our environment, many cities are taking part by investing in clean energy. Local governments have begun taking initiative which will ultimately encourage other cities and homeowners to take initiative as well.
Students are increasingly interested in sustainability and a growing number of schools, community colleges and universities are responding to this demand by offering a range of programs from short duration certificate programs to post doctoral degrees.
The Princeton Review has released its fourth annual Green Honor Role of colleges and Universities in the U.S. These schools were ranked on a scale of 60 to 99, based on a survey that asked questions about academic offerings, energy use, recycling, food, buildings and transportation.
In March of this year, consumption of energy generated from renewable sources of power exceeded consumption from nuclear power in the United States.
As classes start this month in many universities across the country, a number of colleges have taken steps to reduce the waste and wanton consumption that comes with the freshman fifteen.