U Minnesota Students Turn Lawn Into Community Garden

Dozens of students and community members gathered with shovels, rakes and hoes to transform the vacant piece of land into a project that will increase community members' access to affordable, healthy food and to serve as a teaching tool for students and faculty members.

U Manitoba Takes Action to Save Local Lake

The university formally joined the growing coalition to improve water quality in Lake Winnipeg, the 10th largest freshwater lake in the world, by signing the Lake Friendly Accord. The university's commitment in the agreement integrates research, education, planning and operations.

Champlain College Organizes Community Service Day

The college's faculty, staff and leadership team recently took an afternoon off from their regular duties to give back to the Burlington community with its second annual Dare to Contribute Day of Service that included social and equity initiatives.

U North Carolina Greensboro Tackles Local Food Access Issues

University students, staff, faculty and community members recently took part in FOODSTORM, a local brainstorm about Greensboro’s food needs. The purpose of the event was to host interdisciplinary conversations about local food needs and then to catalyze action to gear up for the local growing season.

Rice U Faculty Lead Guerilla Environmental Public Art Campaign

To raise awareness of climate change and its impact on the world’s species, two university faculty organized the Fossilized in Houston art campaign that hosts 15 local artists' represenations of species that are expected to go extinct as a result of climate change in the near future. With the help of dozens of concerned Houstonians, they’ve been placing these images around the city.

U Illinois Chicago Promotes Transboundary Water Sharing

The university's Institute for the Humanities & Institute for Environmental Science & Policy sponsored Water after Borders: Global Stakes, Local Politics, a summit that brought humanities scholars into dialogue with international policy to explore the political, ethical, cultural, economic and environmental dimensions of water management. The focus was on transboundary waters.

The George Washington U Announces Winners of Eco-Equity Challenge

On Earth Day, the university celebrated the Power of Partnerships by announcing the winners of the new Eco-Equity Challenge initiative, funded by Siemens, that provides up to $15,000 in grants for students to partner with community organizations and pursue original environmental and social justice projects during the 2015-16 academic year.

Morehead State U Hosts Community Earth Day Festival

The university's Sustainability Committee hosted a Community Earth Day Festival at the city park that included local food and craft vendors. The purpose of the festival was to bring awareness to the community of environmental & sustainability issues in the community. Information on local watershed protection programs, bicycle safety, local food, and energy conservation were provided.

Emory U Program Partners with Farmworkers to Give Healthcare

A service-learning project that includes more than 200 students, faculty members, and community volunteers, the annual South Georgia Farmworker Health Project clinics use teams of students and faculty from different Emory School of Medicine programs to treat people who have never seen a doctor before, women in labor, and workers with acute illnesses and chronic conditions.

Paul Smith's College Students Communicate About Climate Change

A climate communication class recently organized a science, art and music festival, where students developed creative, place-based presentations on climate change in the Adirondacks for influential members of the region who can pass the information along to their constituents.

U Maryland Sorority Transforms Plastic Bags Into Sleeping Mats

The sorority members have been slowly piecing together the plastic strips to create material that they will use to crochet sleeping mats for the homeless population.

U Kansas Launches Local Produce Delivery to Campus

The new campus program allows the campus community to sign up to receive weekly produce deliveries from four certified-organic area farms.

Northern Arizona U Helps Feed Food Insecure Population

(U.S.): University students recently had the opportunity to collaborate with Campus Dining and the campus' Food Recovery Network chapter to make sandwiches that were delivered to a local food center whose mission is to feed those who face food insecurity.

Seattle Pacific U Opens Campus to Homeless

(U.S.): For three months, the university will house about 80 homeless people in a tent city. The university has added educational and service programs so that students can learn about the issue of homelessness and provide direct help to those who are living on campus.

Northern Arizona U Initiates 'Food Recovery Network' Program

Helping the university reduce food waste, the four-month old program permits students to collect and redistribute extra prepared food from on-campus dining and donate it to local food and homeless shelters.

Penn State U Students Initiate Community Projects

Projects selected through the university's Sustainable Communities Collaborative include an exploration of net-zero energy strategies from an engineering and a human resources perspective, stormwater mitigation tools for residential neighborhoods, composting evaluation and marketing studies, communication strategies to increase participation in recycling, and marketing strategies for a farmer’s market. Sustainable Communities partnerships are formed through agreements developed between local governments and the university's Sustainability Institute to link community-based sustainability projects with existing courses across the university.

Carnegie Foundation Designates 'Community Engagement' Schools

(U.S.): The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has selected 240 U.S. colleges and universities to receive its 2015 Community Engagement Classification. Community engagement describes collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity. Of this number, 83 institutions are receiving the classification for the first time, while 157 are now re-classified. These 240 institutions join the 121 institutions that earned the classification during the 2010 selection process.

Champlain College to Offer Housing for Homeless

Due to frigid temperatures, the college is donating one of its vacant buildings to a local organization that will soon be using it as a night shelter for homeless people through April.

Eastern Connecticut State U Partners to Offer Solar to Community

In an effort to make solar affordable and accessible, the university recently brought the Solar U program online. Part of the Solarize Connecticut program, Solar U offers faculty, staff and students' families the opportunity to compare online competitive bids from pre-screened installers of solar energy systems.

Delta College Offers Urban Gardening Class to Community

The college recently introduced the new series about practical and easy-on-the-earth methods of modern day urban agriculture including six topics: soil health and amendments, starting seeds and companion plants, growing in small spaces, raising chickens, building farm equipment, and sharing goods.

U Colorado Boulder Salvages Computers for Low Income Communities

The university's Computers for Youth program, now ongoing and year-round, provides middle and high school students from low-income communities around Colorado with upgraded computers and basic computing programs. Surplus computer equipment is gathered, tested and re-furbished to original specifications and loaded with the latest software to assist students' academic achievement.

Emory U Students Combat Community Food Insecurity

After nearly two years of planning, students from the newly formed Campus Kitchens Project, a Washington, D.C.-based community service program, recover food from university dining venues that otherwise would be wasted and prepare and deliver meals to several community organizations fighting hunger.

Seattle U Adopts Initiative to Provide Food to Homeless

Part of the new Food with Spirit initiative, students recently delivered 40 boxes of produce, grown by students, to feed homeless through a local church kitchen.

U California Santa Cruz Hosts Land Management Program

A collaboration between the university arboretum and the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band, the relearning program taught the importance of traditional resource management and uses of native plants to Tribal members and the public.

Clarkson U Partners on Electricity Reliability and Resiliency

(U.S.): Funded by a $1.2 million grant from the Energy Department's Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability and $300,000 from General Electric, the newly formed partnership will conduct research and implement solutions to improve the reliability and resiliency of electricity delivery in northern New York.

Black Hills State U Requires Projects for Scholarships

A recent $1 million gift will enable the university's Make a Difference Initiative, which requires scholarship recipients, in exchange for scholarship funding, to lead sustainable community projects designed to make a difference in the lives of others.

Indiana State U Hosts Community Sustainability Poster Competition

In an effort to encourage sustainability within the community, the university recently announced the Terre Haute Sustainability Championship 2014 in which participating students from kindergarten through college will be given a question related to sustainability that they will have to answer using a poster.

Manhattan College Reports Two Engineering Certificates

As part of the university's continued focus on advancing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in the classroom, two new graduate certificates offered are energy systems and green building engineering.

U Bristol Partners for Year as Green Capital 2015

(U.K.): The city in which the university resides is set to become the European Green Capital 2015, and as such, the university has committed to ensuring the legacy of the year by aiming to become a net carbon neutral campus by 2030, decreasing the university’s transport footprint, and ensuring that its students have the opportunity to undertake education for sustainable development. The university will host or co-host over 100 public events across the city including major conferences, seminars, debates and art installations.

Colorado State U Donates to Local Food Bank

Landscaped campus beds this year provided vegetables and herbs that were donated to the community in addition to food from the university's community-supplied agriculture horticulture farm.

Loyola U Chicago Promotes Healthy Communities

The university recently collaborated with the City of Chicago, Cook County Department of Public Health, and Great Lakes Centers at the University of Illinois at Chicago to host a multidisciplinary summit to raise awareness about the burdens of unhealthy housing and begin the work of developing a blueprint for the city and county to address indoor environmental toxins, especially as they relate to children.

U Central Oklahoma Partners for Community Sustainability

Overlapping sustainability goals helped form the new partnership between the university and Sustainable Oklahoma City bringing the city's grassroots sustainability campaign under the university's foundation nonprofit umbrella.

Portland State U Hosts Sustainability Accelerator Program

The university's Urban Sustainability Accelerator program is hosting a 2014 cohort of partners, including the University of Minnesota Duluth, New Mexico State University and Auburn University, in a five-day workshop to guide participants through implementation of sustainability projects. The 2014 theme is city-university sustainable redevelopment projects.

Two Universities to Lead U.S. Contribution in Global Initiative

The University of Colorado at Boulder and Colorado State University have been selected as the U.S. hub for Future Earth, an ambitious 10-year research initiative to address global environmental change solutions and actions by linking scientists, decision makers and private sector for change at local and regional levels. Other global hubs are located in Canada, France, Japan and Sweden.

Auburn U Partners on Urban Sustainability

The university and the City of Auburn recently began working to implement a downtown master plan that includes pedestrian safety enhancements, rain gardens, transportation efforts and a feasibility study of daylighting local streams.

AASHE Executive Director Attends MomentUs Leadership Summit

AASHE Executive Director Stephanie A. Herrera attended MomentUs last month to develop actionable solutions to climate change with over 140 other leaders from faith, business, health, higher education and communities. Herrera said, "At AASHE we take the issue of climate change very seriously. We believe the MomentUs initiative is in line with our goals, vision and mission. This is why we provide the inspiration and resources to help create a cleaner, greener and environmentally sustainable transformation, one college campus at a time."

Governors State U Opens Organic Community Garden

The newly opened 52-plot garden gives area residents a chance to use organic methods to grow the vegetables of their choice while building a sense of community with fellow gardeners. A subset of the garden area will be designated for a student food pantry and the on campus childcare facility.

Portland State U Bolsters Community Sustainability Goals

The university's Institute for Sustainable Solutions recently announced the Sustainable Neighborhoods Initiative work with three Portland communities to match classes, researchers and interns with neighborhood partners to work on a range of sustainability-related issues, such as district-scale waste reduction, neighborhood livability, energy efficiency and transportation alternatives.

Iowa Lakes CC to Host Wind Company Test Facility

Windtest recently announced that it will house its North American headquarters at the community college's new Sustainable Energy Resource and Technology building. The German company will be a provider for wind energy services, including testing, measuring, and trouble shooting for developers and grid operators.

Ferrum College to Aid Local Economic Development Strategy

The college will implement a shared plan to make locally produced food part of the county's economic development strategy through a partnership with the county on behalf of a $15,000 grant from the state.

Indiana U Partners on Public Gardens

The university's Office of Sustainability recently partnered with a nature center and garden to offer gardening workdays to the public for free as part of its Campus Green Initiative, which fosters sustainability through interactive work spaces.

Purdue U Partners with Navy

(U.S.): Researchers at the university are in the early stages of collaborating with the Navy in an effort to help the armed forces shift to alternative sources of energy, specifically liquid transportation fuels.

U Winnipeg Selected for Climate Change Project

The university's Richardson College for the Environment has been selected by Natural Resources Canada to co-ordinate a $500,000, three-year project on climate change called the Prairies Regional Adaptation Collaborative. The collaborative project will focus on agriculture, energy, mining, forestry and water as they relate to climate change.

Georgetown U $5M National Energy Competition Goes Live

The Georgetown University Energy Prize will offer $5 million in 2017 to one eligible community develop and implement plans for replicable, scalable and continual reductions in the per-capita energy consumed from local natural gas and electric utilities.

North Carolina State U Launches Sustainable Business Initiative

The university's Poole College of Management launched the North Carolina Sustainability Connection, which will showcase the innovation and impact of sustainable businesses across North Carolina and to connect entrepreneurs, business people, communities and citizens.

U Utah Offers Community Solar Program

(U.S.): Called U Solar Program, the university is now sponsoring the community solar program, offering a 25 percent discount on installation of rooftop solar panels for students and other university associated residents.

Springfield College Students Clean Local Zoo

As part of a 735-acre city park, the zoo recently hosted students from the college's Project for Sustainability club to volunteer their time with clean-up to prepare it for its opening.

U Maryland Procures Solar Panels Jointly

Partnering with a local renewable energy-based nonprofit, seventeen university faculty and staff have recently signed up for a bulk purchase of photovoltaic panels.

U Maryland to Help Community Overcome Challenges

A new university program to begin in fall of 2014 called Partnership for Action Learning in Sustainability will offer students the opportunity to engage with specific sustainability-related community challenges with coursework tailored to reflect those challenges.

Syracuse U Holds Green Chemistry Workshop for Teachers

The recent teacher workshop with labs and hands-on activities targeted 24 area high schools to inspire students to pursue scientific careers and to encourage teachers to purchase more environmentally benign chemicals.