Clarkson U Student Starts Project to Offset Carbon Emissions

(U.S.): A graduate student recently developed an forestry project in Uganda in an effort to balance the effects of carbon emissions generated by university air travel. Micro-finance groups were also set up to create paid jobs for women who work on this project.

McGill U Boost Sustainability Initiative

(Canada): The university recently launched the ECOLE initiative, after three years in the pilot stage. This initiative allows students to examine sustainable living in urban communities, learn about clean energy and green produce and conduct community events.

U North Georgia Receives Grant to Boost Sustainability

(U.S.): The university recently received a grant that will allow students to conduct research on the impact of locally sourced food in an effort to promote a sustainable future.

Maharishi U Students Learn Farm Techniques

University students grew, harvested and locally sold thousands of pounds of organic vegetables this past summer allowing them to learn essential farming skills.

Michigan State U Introduces New Student Farm Stand

Organic goods can be purchased for a second year by students, grocery stores and the university's dining services department from a farm stand grown and run by university students.

U Missouri Students Hold Sustainable Food Festival

The university's student led sustainable agricultural program recently had a festival that encouraged environmentally friendly farming practices focused on organic produce.

College Idaho Provide Eco-House

A self-sustaining college sponsored residency provides opportunities for students to promote food consciousness and a more environmentally friendly lifestyle for a second year.

Johnson C. Smith U Students Garden

In an effort to provide a sustainable garden and food source to the campus, the university had students plant fall crops for harvesting in November and December. This garden will also encourage healthy eating habits.

Indiana U Purdue U Indianapolis Repurposes Food Waste

The university’s new student-led food rescue and distribution operation will turn wasted food into meals for those in need while creating opportunities for student leadership and empowerment, service learning opportunities and additional community partnerships, to promote sustainability throughout the campus to community.

Wright State U Students Advocate for Fair Trade

In order to increase the variety of products and price points to consumers at the university, the Fair Trade Student Association will soon begin a campaign to increase the availability of eco-friendly products by laborers who were treated fairly and ethically.

Albright College Opens Sustainability House

Five college undergrads will take part in green activities at a new affinity house focused on sustainability, such as recycling and tracking their energy use, developing a relevant event for students on campus, and writing a grant application for a capital item for the house, such as a solar panel.

College of St. Benedict Diverts Waste [VIDEO]

The college held its first annual “Big Sale” this semester in which discarded furniture and appliances were sold back to students at a low price rather than put into a landfill.

U South Florida to Bring Local Food to Campus

This November the university plans to bring organic fruits and vegetables from a garden to the university for consumption and to increase convenience while reducing the need to travel for produce.

Georgia State U Sparks Food Movement

(U.S.): University students have set out to close the gap between the food on the plate and where the food is grown in a new “Know Your Grower Atlanta” campaign sparking conversations and connections related to the local food process.

Government Model Engineering College Promotes Organic

(India): The college recently started a month-long campaign to spread awareness about the harmful effects of the use of pesticides and additives and to promote the use of purely organic farming methods by having students pass out organic kits and provide student access to an organic farm on campus.

Purdue U Campus Grocery Stocks Local Food [Video]

(U.S.): A new market, Fresh City Market, stocks and uses local produce from the Purdue Student Farm and meat from the university-operated butcher shop.

Bryant U Student Studies Campus Solar Lighting

A student recently accepted into National Wildlife Federation’s Emerging Leaders Fellowship Program conducted research and analysis about implementation of solar-powered street lights and is finishing the feasibility analysis and presenting it to the university.

Heartland CC Students Learn Using Campus Wind Turbine

This week the on-campus, commercial wind turbine has afforded students the opportunity to train for proper safety procedures, wind tower rescue and competent-climber training.

Roosevelt U Students Initiate Green Projects

Sustainability interns have cultivated a rooftop garden, with more than 100 pounds of produce donated to campus dining, and are preparing a sustainability plan using skills learned in the sustainability studies program.

Smith College Students Engage in Community Garden

In its first year out of the pilot program, the college offers students the opportunity to increase knowledge and hands on learning about sustainable food through managing the daily operations of the garden in collaboration with Dining Services. Harvested food is donated to local nonprofits or sold to students.

Colorado College Sells Produce to Public

Students from the college have begun selling produce from a college-owned, 1.5-acre, student-operated farm to the public in addition to its food service provider.

U Maryland Donates Plants to Dorm Residents

Modeled after the university's Green Office Program, the Green Dorm Room Project, students living in residence halls will receive green plants to decorate their rooms and improve air quality.

Doak College Operates a Paper Recycling Unit

(India): In an effort to become more environmentally-friendly, service-learning students from the Botany Department course on Waste Paper Management collect paper materials used across all departments and recycles it into paper for college invitations and program brochures.

Southern Illinois U Edwardsville Students Begin Community Garden

The new student garden was started by Natural Connections, a student organization concerned with community gardens and nutritional education for students, for the purpose of learning about growing, cooking and harvesting their own food.

Keene State College Students Explore Fair Trade in Ecuador

After students of the Fair Trade-status university organized a Fair Trade Club, select participants traveled to Ecuador for a service-learning opportunity with a foundation from which the college procures tea.

U Iowa Student Releases Mobile App for Recycling

After a recent educational trip to garbage-infested beaches of Mexico, the senior marine conservation student recently created an application to turn recycling into a competition with users challenging each other on a virtual platform.

U Saskatchewan Class Furthers STARS Progress

After mining the university's bronze STARS submission, a new undergraduate course through the School of Environment and Sustainability involved teams working on self-selected projects that could help the university move its official rating up.

Knox College Sustainability Office Initiates Grad Pledge

(U.S.): The university's Sustainability Office recently took over Graduation Pledge for Social and Environmental Responsibility and was able to secure signatures for 90 percent of the spring 2014 graduating class. The pledge reads, "I pledge to explore and take into account the social and environmental consequences of any job I consider and will try to improve these aspects of any organizations for which I work."

Penn State U Students Advance Recycling Efforts

Students from a spring marketing class recently created and implemented plans to help increase the rate of recycling through better advertising and promotion of recycling.

U Missouri Hosts First Farm to Dinner Event

The recent locally-produced on-campus dinner aimed to showcase the university's involvement in the local food movement in Columbia and introduce students to the farming community.

North Carolina State U Class Boosts Water Efficiency

This spring, aided by the professor's desire to generate real-world sustainability experience, 15 students in a quality control in food and bioprocessing science class focused on improving sustainability in the university-owned creamery by researching the facility’s processes and choosing to focus on enhancing efficiency of the case washer, which cleanses reusable plastic cases that transport milk.

U Wisconsin Madison Tests Campus Sustainability Game App

Designed with support from the university's Office of Sustainability, students from an introductory environmental studies course tested the new app, called Sustainable U, which directs players to find signs posted in campus buildings and scan a code with their mobile device to pull up information, videos or games related to waste, energy, water or transportation.

U Minnesota Crookston Dedicates Campus Garden

The new vegetable and flower garden, in collaboration with Sodexo Dining Services, will grow food for the campus dining hall and will employ a student intern.

Blackpool and The Fylde College Students Examine Beauty Industry

(U.K.): Attempting to infuse sustainability into curriculum, students have held lively debates about animal testing in the cosmetics industry, the ethics behind hair extensions, and examining exactly what goes into everyday beauty products.

Colorado Mountain College Holds Sustainability Summit

(U.S.): The college's inaugural summit featured an overview of the sustainability-related accomplishments to-date, signing onto the Real Food Challenge, instituting a sustainability award, and nearly 50 posters by sustainability capstone students.

Ohio State U Students Work with City Policymakers

(U.S.): Spring semester students worked in teams to collect data, research best practices, and develop recommendations regarding strategies for the City of Columbus related to climate change adaptation, urban agriculture, alternative vehicles and green buildings.

Penn State U Wins Energy Dept Collegiate Wind Competition

(U.S.): The U.S. Department of Energy awarded the first place standing to the university after achieving the highest amount of points through performance testing, business plans and market opportunities for their turbine designs. The University of Kansas and University of Massachusetts at Lowell were second and third respectively.

Illinois Valley CC Dedicates Land for Organic Farm

With hopes its farm will produce enough organic vegetables to be brought to local markets, the new one-acre farm is used for research on sustainable farming methods by the college's Sustainability Club.

Ohio State U Class Develops Sustainability Framework

During the spring 2014 semester, a class from the university's Environment, Economy, Development and Sustainability program worked with a local materials company to develop strategic sustainability initiatives for which the company can use to engage stakeholders.

Energy Dept Announces Home Student Design Competition Winners

Grand winners of the U.S. Department of Energy's Challenge Home Student Design Competition are State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry in partnership with Onondaga Community College and Ryerson University. In its inaugural year, 28 teams from U.S. and Canadian universities competed to develop cost-effective zero energy ready homes for mainstream builders. Other categories include Best Design Solution Integration, Best Technical Integration, Best Presentation, Best Production Home Integration and Special Recognition for Subject Area Excellence.

EPA Releases Winners of Second Annual Campus RainWorks Challenge

Recently announced are four winners of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's competition to engage college and university students in reinventing the nation's water infrastructure and developing innovative green infrastructure systems to reduce stormwater pollution and build resilience to climate change. The winners are University of Florida at Gainsville; Kansas State Univerity; Michigan State University; and Mississippi State University.

Knox College Celebrates High Tunnel Construction

A recent ribbon cutting honored the college's first high tunnel for growing vegetables, which will all be used in campus dining operations.

Pueblo CC Students Begin Environmental Club

(U.S.): The recently started student club helps bring awareness and education to the campus and surrounding community and has several projects underway including initiating a recycling and tree planting program.

U Maryland Awarded $50K for Urban Design Competition

(U.S.): A team of university graduate students took top honors at the 12th annual ULI Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition, which asked the student teams to submit a development proposal that would promote healthy living for the residents of a Nashville neighborhood. Georgia Institute of Technology, Harvard University, and the University of Texas at Austin each received $10,000.

Student Startups Compete for $100K in Energy Dept Competition

University of Colorado at Boulder, University of Colorado at Denver, Iowa State University and University of New Mexico were represented at the CU Cleantech New Venture Challenge. The seven groups representing the universities presented solutions to pressing sustainability issues. The winning team receives $100,000 seed funding and a chance to compete at the national competition in Washington, D.C.

Ursinus College Issues Green Living Certification

In an effort to grow the culture of sustainability, the four-tiered pilot program for students is designed to encourage sustainable actions across campus including residence halls, classroom, bathrooms and dining halls.

California State U Fullerton Students Map Campus Trees

The university's Geographic Informations Systems students have inventoried the 2,333 campus trees and produced a website where users have access to identifying information including its measurements, health and recent treatment.

North Carolina State U EcoVillage Learns from Boston

The living and learning group recently traveled to Boston to learn how the city embraces sustainability through its Greenovate Boston program. The trip included learning about sustainability at Harvard University, The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston College and Boston Architectural College.

Stanford U Organizes Inaugural Climate Week

Part of a Stanford Green Fund Project, the university's Graduate School of Business organized the week-long series of events, which seeks to highlight the urgency and opportunity of climate change and engage the campus community in solutions-based thinking.

U New Hampshire Holds Local Foods Expo

The university's inaugural Nutritional Expo focused on the importance of local foods while raising awareness for on-campus healthy options including the Farm to UNH farm food that is served in one of its dining halls.