Indian Institute Technology Kharagpur Invites Student Engagement

(India): In an effort to make the campus more sustainable, the new Innovation Challenge Grants aim to foster and support innovative green solutions to issues of waste, electricity, water and pollution.

U Idaho Students Develop Net-Zero Lab

(U.S.): After time spent researching forestry's role in wood production, graduate students were challenged to use the resource in new and innovative ways to construct a new campus laboratory building.

U Iowa Students Hold Sustainability Summit

(U.S.): Hosted by the university's Student Government, the event invited dialogue from administrators, students, faculty, staff and community members about campus sustainability and taking action beyond campus borders.

U South Carolina Students Give Back to Community

(U.S.): Using funds from the end-of-year move out campaign, university students partnered with Habitat for Humanity to renovate a home in the community with new carpet, paint and appliances.

Frostburg State U Students Initiate Action in Meetings

In support of a more sustainable campus, students in the university's Learning Green, Living Green Committee decorated windows with eco-friendly messages and images, and planted 1,400 tree seeds.

Maharishi U Management Students Build Adobe House

A group of 12 students studying natural building traveled to the Texas desert last month and spent 11 days building an adobe house measuring 14 feet by 14 feet. Construction included local soil for the bricks and locally harvested dead trees.

Dickinson College Selects Sustainability Fellows

The Baird Sustainability Fellows, a college-wide honors program, recognized seven graduating seniors who have advanced campus sustainability goals through scholarship, leadership and service.

Humboldt State U Hosts Student Sustainability Conference

The university recently held its biannual California Student Sustainability Coalition Convergence themed Building Sustainable Communities, and focused on building, feeding, powering, organizing action and social justice.

Princeton U Students to Install Solar in Peru

A pilot program of the university's Pace Center for Civic Engagement, eight students and one faculty will install a portable solar unit and provide education to the community members about how to install and maintain the system.

UC Berkeley Students Help Community Develop Climate Action Plan

This semester, university planning students are helping a neighboring city develop a roadmap for greenhouse gas mitigation and adaptation in a manner that distributes the responsibilities across all segments of the community.

Boston U Held Regional Eco Rep Conference

(U.S.): The recent Eco Rep Symposium at the university featured games to prompt discussions, presentations and roundtables about campus sustainability topics including waste, engaging students and communities, programs, effective communication, social justice and failures.

Cambridge Regional College Students Showcase Solar Thermal

(U.K.): At an upcoming skills show, the college's students will work on a solar thermal installation and demonstrate building efficiency technology.

Ursinus College Students and Community Plant Nearly 500 Trees

(U.S.): A groups of students from the university's Forest & People class along with over 70 volunteers planted the 480 trees to connect their classroom theory with experiential service-learning.

Loyola U Students Help Lower Avian Mortality

In a concerted effort to reduce avian mortality on three of the university's buildings, service-learning students enrolled in the spring 2013 SOAR (Student Operation for Avian Relief) program designed a plan that includes nets and usage of the building's automation system to lower blinds during early morning hours.

North Carolina State U Homecoming Becomes Sustainable Certified

Through the university's Sustainability Office, the fall event earned the highest achievement, Wolfpack-Certified Green Champion Level, for its efforts to reduce event waste, including parade materials, offer healthy food options and donating leftover food, and community engagement.

U Nebraska Lincoln Begins Student Engagement Campaign

Students of the campus' Association of Students of the University of Nebraska are hosting events that engage on-campus residents to reduce energy consumption, discuss campus sustainability, and further Dining Services food waste diversion and recycling program.

U Wyoming Releases Walking Tour

The newly released self-guided walking tour highlights LEED-certified buildings and a student farm.

Wesleyan U Uses App for Sustainability Contest

A fresh effort to engage students in campus sustainability and learn how social media can promote behavior change, the JouleBug Sustainability Contest used the mobile application to track environmentally-friendly efforts, such using a reusable mug.

Southern Illinois U Edwardsville Hosts Sustainability Art Exhibit

The new two-week long exhibition at the university's Center for Spirituality and Sustainability will pay homage to the designer of the domed center, Buckminster Fuller, through its geometry, spirituality and sustainability theme.

U Texas Austin Students Plant On-Campus Farm

The new green-fee funded Micro Farm is the university's first student-run operation where students grow vegetables, fruits, flowers and herbs for university dining halls, a local food shelter and an onsite farm stand.

U West Florida Students Begin USGBC Chapter

In hopes of creating an environmentally-friendly campus, the new U.S. Green Building Council student club's first project will be construction of an Earthship structure composed of compacted dirt and used tires, which will be used as a seating area outside of the science and engineering building for campus members to create community.

Duke U Arts Festival Centers Around Sustainability

The annual festival's thematic choice this year is sustainability in order to promote interdisciplinary collaboration and expand the boundaries of artistic endeavors on campus. Organizers' intention is for participants to consider how creativity can galvanize sustainable behaviors.

Portland State U Questions Oppression in Sustainability Movement

The university's new Social Sustainability Month theme for 2013-14 is Decolonizing Sustainability: Unsettling the Dominant Paradigm, a focal point that encourages consideration of how the mainstream environmental and sustainability movements may perpetuate historical systems of oppression, colonization and domination.

Wesleyan U Students and Faculty Re-Envision 'The Commons'

As part of the university's College of the Environment year-long academic think tank on critical environmental issues, students and faculty discuss management of common property from an interdisciplinary perspective involving humanities and performing arts. The think tank will conjoin its scholarly work with the efforts of student sustainability groups like the Long Lane Farm Club, WILDWes and WesFresh.

Students Organize Around Campus Food Day 2013

(U.S.): Campus Food Day was celebrated recently at 350 U.S. colleges and universities. The event mobilized students to unify the food movement and launch efforts to change food policies on campus through events such as lectures, documentary screenings and petitions. Johns Hopkins University, Northeastern University and The University of Massachusetts, Amherst signed onto the Real Food Campus Commitment, pledging to source 20 percent of its food from local, fair, sustainable and humane farms and food businesses. As of Campus Food Day, 22 institutions have signed the Real Food Campus Commitment.

Concordia U Students Learn About Homelessness

In an effort to understand the plight of the homeless demographic, students organized an event in which they built cardboard shanties that they slept in overnight and spent time serving the homeless.

Penn State Students Aid in Stormwater Infrastructure Rebuilding

Students from the university's architecture program, staff and community volunteers worked with the Penn State Cooperative Extension and Public Media to rebuild one of the city's rain gardens and stormwater remediation areas. The project was part of an outreach effort for Penn State Public Media’s documentary "Water Blues, Green Solutions," which aims to encourage public education and awareness of green infrastructure.

Western Illinois U Celebrates First Sustainability Day

Hosted by the University Sustainability Committee and Facilities Management, the inaugural event will encourage campus members to implement sustainability to promote financial savings.

Columbia College Expands Paper-Fiber Teaching Garden

The newly expanded teaching garden features a rainwater cistern system and showcases natural and sustainably-grown plants whose fibers are used for paper making.

Temple U Students Create Health-Focused Teaching Garden

The recently renovated community garden, now focused on teaching the importance of healthy food choices, is the home of vegetables and herbs planted and grown by student volunteers.

U Toronto Launches 'Faces of Sustainability'

The university's sustainability office's new the bi-monthly feature recognizes the individuals who are contributing to campus sustainability, bridging dialogue across campus with varying stakeholders.

Binghamton U Students Grow Food for Campus

Operated by students, the two-acre university Acres Farm Project brings pesticide-free food to campus and is given out for free.

New Mexico State U Maps Outdoor Recycling Bins

Attempting to understand how far campus members have to walk to recycle, student researchers in the Spatial Applications and Research Center discovered only 22 percent were located within 25 feet of building, whereas 70 percent of the trashcans were within 25 feet.

Santa Clara U Initiates Sustainability Challenge

Designed by Campus Ministry and the Center for Sustainability, this new month-long challenge engages students to reflect on the spirituality of their sustainable behaviors.

Sullivan County CC Students Create Hop Research Garden

After local microbreweries expressed an interest in locally-grown inputs, students at the college developed and now maintain an experimental research garden that features regionally-appropriate varieties of hops.

Taylor U Begins Sustainability Assistants Program

After a recent trip to the Bahamas, a honors cohort conceptualized and brought to fruition a program where volunteer student representatives educate students in residence halls about environmental issues and act as change agents for sustainable living.

Western Michigan U Announces Climate Change Events Series

In an effort to raise awareness about the biological, social, political and economic consequences of climate change, the university is offering the new series of presentations and events throughout October and November.

Clemson U Launches New Student Sustainability Committee

Called the Sustainability Fund Committee, members oversee the $10 optional per-student fee budget that is earmarked for furthering campus sustainability, renewable energy or energy efficiency.

Metropolitan CC, Central CC Begins Sustainability Speaker Series

The inaugural Sustainability Leadership Presentation Series, a collaboration between the two community colleges, seeks to foster discussion on topics related to energy, the environment, sustainability, and application to daily living.

Tufts U Creates 'Sustainability House'

Students helped implement what is now the Sustainability House, an on-campus housing initiative where students who have a common interest in sustainability can live in community together. Students in the community are required to work on research related to sustainability or work with groups that seek to create change on campus.

U Richmond Sororities Begin Sustainability Awareness Campaign

Greeks Going Green is a new competition-based campaign that seeks to spread environmental awareness amongst the Greek organizations on campus through weekly activities and events.

Concordia College Appoints New Student Sustainability Committee

(U.S.): The college’s Student Government Association created the new committee because of student interest in sustainability. The new committee will deal with environmental and financial issues and work with other student organizations.

Falmouth U, U Exeter Cornwall Launches Green Living Project

(U.K.): Student members of the Falmouth and Exeter Students’ Union are launching two projects aimed at promoting more sustainable behaviors within the student and staff populations. The projects aim to significantly reduce carbon dioxide emissions and reduce resources being sent to landfills.

National U Singapore, U Melbourne Win Design Competition

(Australia): Open to architecture students from higher education around the world, the Tropical Architecture Design Competition focuses on tropical green architecture and sustainable building design solutions. A collaboration between the two universities, this year’s winning entry was inspired by natural mushrooms and relies heavily on fresh air, daylight and rainwater for energy, and local construction materials such as ramp earth and rice straw walls.

U Illinois Chicago Students Teach Diversity with Gardens

(U.S.): Birthed from two different student cultural groups' desire to promote the importance of environmental and cultural diversity, the new Heritage Garden provides an experiential learning space where students, in collaboration with campus and community members, can engage in hands-on horticultural activities while expanding their knowledge of culturally diversity and environmentally friendly traditions and values.

U Richmond Initiates Dorm Eco-Rep Program

(U.S.): The university's Office of Sustainability has initiated this new program in an effort to increase awareness for on-campus sustainability programs including Eco-Olympics, Campus Conservation Nationals and Recyclemania.

Virginia Tech Wins Tree Farm Design Competition

(U.S.): A faculty and student team were recently awarded first place in the Casey Trees Master Plan Design Competition, a juried program to help Casey Trees fulfill its mission of protecting the tree canopy of Washington, D.C. Runners up were Clemson University, University of Maryland at College Park and a joint submission from Syracuse University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

DePauw U Begins Organic Farm

The new one-acre farm for students, faculty and staff serves as a learning lab while 10-15 percent of the food grown will be donated to the local emergency food pantry.

Franklin Pierce U Launches Sustainability Awareness Campaign

In an effort to help students gain practical experience in the field of sustainability communication, the student-run Pierce Media Group has created Voices: Engaging Communication for Sustainability. This year-long project includes guest speakers, student-created media announcements and a column in the campus newspaper.

St. Olaf Creates New First-Year Dialogue Program

The newly offered fifth topic in the college’s Conversations program, the Environmental Conversations path gives first-year students an opportunity to engage in discussion-based learning with a focus on sustainability. The college recently designated Kittelsby-Hilleboe Hall as housing for those interested in sustainable living and learning.