Energy Department Awards $1.08M for Diversity in Solar Industry

The U.S. Department of Energy's SunShot Diversity in Science and Technology Advances National Clean Energy in Solar (DISTANCE-Solar) program awarded funding to Delaware State University and the University of Texas at San Antonio. The DISTANCE-Solar initiative aims to drive solar innovation among underrepresented groups and spur new domestic job creation.

Naropa U Divests from Fossil Fuels

After recent unanimous vote by the university's endowment committee, the institution has fully divested from companies identified as having the highest potential greenhouse gas emissions. From, a campaign to divest from fossil fuels, Naropa is one of eight institutions that has committed to divestiture of fossil fuel holdings.

Foothill-De Anza CC Foundation Divests from Fossil Fuel Holdings

Citing the community college district's commitment to environmental sustainability and a thoughtful student campaign, the college's Board of Directors voted to discontinue direct investments in fossil fuel companies and minimize investments in commingled assets that include such companies. As of the date of this article, the foundation's holdings were valued at about $33 million, of which approximately one percent was invested in fossil fuel companies. From, a campaign to divest from fossil fuels, eight higher education institutions have committed to divestiture from holdings in fossil fuels.

Penn State Senior Class Gift for Green Roof Terrace

The senior class' recent decision will expand the terrace to include additional seating and more space for organizational programming.

Chatham U Receives $15M Gift

The Falk Foundation recently awarded the university funding that will support the university's School of Sustainability & the Environment through an academic endowment and help fund construction of the Eden Hall Campus. Further, the funding will be applied to student internships and expansion of the university's Rachel Carson Institute.

U Maine Farmington Receives $5,000 Grant for Curriculum

The university recently received the funding from Northern New England Campus Compact for integrating climate change and water quality community projects into students' regular coursework during the 2013-14 academic year.

Penn State Commences Sustainability Grant Program

Supporting collaborative projects that improve and expand campus sustainability at the university, the new Reinvention Fund will invest approximately $600,000 in projects proposed by teams from across all of the University's colleges, campuses and administrative units. Faculty can submit proposals under one of three different areas while student proposals will fall under the grant category student sustainability innovation.

Case Western Reserve U Receives $6M Gift

The Weatherhead School of Management received the gift from Fairmount Minerals for the newly formed Fowler Family Fellowships, a fellow program that supports MBA students who focus on application of the principles of sustainability in business.

Coastal Carolina U Receives $5M Donation

Along with supporting the university's athletic program and endowed scholarships, a portion of the donation from TD Bank Group will support the continued sustainability initiatives of the university.

Franklin Pierce U Receives Grant for Sustainability Forum

Bolstering the support of the university's year-long sustainability communication campaign called Voices: Engaging Communication for Sustainability, the $1000 grant will be used to conduct workshops and solicit speakers.

Jacksonville State U Students Propose Green Fund

Inspired by other green fund campaigns in Alabama, two student clubs have teamed up with the Coalition of Alabama Students for the Environment to propose a new campus fund that would support student-designed projects for energy independence, efficiency, renewables and water conservation.

Western Kentucky U Receives Grant for Greenhouse

The recently acquired $5,000 grant from Farm Credit Mid-America in Glasgow will enable the student-led Greentoppers Program to renovate a campus greenhouse.

HKUST Receives Grant

(Hong Kong): The Ford Motor Company recently announced the university is the recipient of HKD500,000 for the Ford-HKUST Conservation and Environmental Research Grants which support postgraduate environmental and conservation science, and conservation engineering advancements. A maximum of 20 project will be supported during the 2013-14 academic year.

Portland State U Awards $25K to Cleantech Competition Winners

(U.S.): Sharing the award money to further their business plan, two teams were recently announced as final winners in the competition, which drives development an innovative product that conserves resources. One team engineered naturally derived solar materials while the second team focused on sustainable fisheries.

Western Kentucky U Glasgow Receives $5K Grant

(U.S.): The recently appointed funding from Farm Credit Mid-America will support agriculture and sustainability through expansion of the university's student-led Greentopper Program, an outreach program focusing on the environment, community and economy.

New Program Increases Community College Access

As the country grapples with how to make college more affordable, the new Benefits Access for College Completion program aims to help low-income community college students connect to social services support such as child care subsidies and food assistance. The three-year $4.84 million pilot initiative is funded by Ford Foundation, the Kresge Foundation, Lumina Foundation, the Open Society Foundations, and managed by the Center for Law and Social Policy and the American Association of Community Colleges.

Portland State U Grant Supports Climate Modeling Computer

A recently awarded $350,000 grant from Murdock Charitable Trust supports research related to climate, air pollution and energy-efficient transportation systems. Additional support provided by Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science (MCECS), the Institute for Sustainable Solutions and PSU’s office of Research and Strategic Partnerships.

U Idaho Awarded $3.1M from National Science Foundation

Recently awarded from the NSF’s Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship program, the five-year program allows the university to expand its interdisciplinary water resources degree program and provide financial support for its 24 doctoral students.

U Maine Partners for Offshore Wind-Wave System

A recent $983,997 grant from the National Science Foundation will allow university researchers to create a new wind and wave generating system simulating conditions in the Gulf of Maine. Data collected from the project will be used to develop test standards and understand the effects of ocean wind and waves on offshore wind turbines.

Energy Department Awards $7.9M Toward Transportation Technology

Building on President Obama's Climate Action Plan, the U.S. Department of Energy recently announced nearly $8 million in funding to eight institutions of higher education for new projects that accelerate the research and development of vehicle technologies to improve fuel efficiency, lower transportation costs, and protect the environment in communities nationwide. Recipients include Regents of the University of Michigan, The Ohio State University, Arizona Board of Regents for Arizona State University, Mississippi State University, Johns Hopkins University, Michigan State University, The Pennsylvania State University and Northwestern University.

Energy Department Invests in Wave & Tidal Energy

As part of the Obama Administration’s strategy for American energy independence, the U.S. Department of Energy has awarded $3.74 million in funding for projects that will increase the power production and reliability of wave, tidal and current power. Universities involved or awarded funding include Texas A&M University, University of Maine, University of Washington, Oregon State University and Florida Atlantic University.

Champlain College Initiates Green Revolving Fund

Encouraging environmentally sound technologies, the fund finances innovative activities that reduce the college’s environmental impact, contribute to education for sustainability, and generate financial returns, a portion of which support projects that lack monetary savings but are aligned with sustainability objectives.

Lawrence Technological U Receives $20M Gift

Supporting the planned Dr. Richard E. Marburger STEM Center, funding will bolster, in part, academic programming in sustainable design and energy systems, and support cross-disciplinary faculty training and instructional resources.

New York State Announces Awardees for Large Solar Projects

In an effort to boost the state’s solar capacity, $54 million was awarded under its NY-Sun initiative. Administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, the following colleges and universities were funded: State College of New York Cortland, Rochester Institute of Technology, Clarkson University and Cornell University.

Ray C. Anderson Foundation Awards $600K to Higher Education

In support of environmental initiatives and sustainability research, the recipients include Auburn University, Clark Atlanta University, Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia State University, and University of South Mississippi.

U.S. Institute of Peace Announces Grant Recipients

The U.S. Institute of Peace and the Institute of International Education have awarded 58 institutions a mini-grant for peace-building events that advance and promote the understanding of peace-building and international conflict resolution.

3 Massachusetts Schools Receive $387K for STEM Programs

(U.S.): As part of the state’s Clean Energy Center Workforce Capacity Building Program, the grants will aid projects that help build science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs at Bristol Community College, Cape Cod Community College and Northeastern University. The schools will receive $100,000, $144,000 and $143,000 respectively. Bristol CC will provide STEM-related curricula to educators to increase students’ exposure to clean energy career paths. Cape Cod CC will build a college preparatory program to serve low income high school students who are interested in careers in the solar energy field. Northeastern U will offer a credit bearing, clean energy course for low income high school students.

Auburn U Receives $84K Grant for Waste Reduction

(U.S.): The grant from the Alabama Department of Environmental Management will be used to fund new recycling bins and Waste Reduction & Recycling Department outreach efforts. The university aims to foster a more convenient recycling environment and culture of waste reduction.

Nine Microgrid Projects Awarded $7.2M

(U.S.): In partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the state of Connecticut just announced funding for projects that are designed to keep critical buildings powered during electric grid outages. The University of Hartford will receive $4.33 million, the University of Connecticut’s Depot campus will receive $2.14 million, and Wesleyan University will receive $694,000.

Student Green Fund Awards Funding for 25 Projects

(England): Led by a student funding panel, the National Union of Students will fund 25 ethical and environmental projects which intend to drive sustainability across their campuses. Projects include greening of unions, sustainability curriculum and community work. The Students’ Green Fund is funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

Manchester U Receives Scholarship Donation

In recognition of the university’s high quality research and students of environmental studies, the Indiana Air & Waste Management Association has gifted $1000 in scholarship funds for two biology and environmental studies students.

Wesleyan U College of the Environment Receives $3M Gift

Inspired by the need for global solutions to environmental issues, the gift from history alumnus will endow a visiting professorship and bring the college close to full funding.

U Oregon Receives $1M Gift for Environmental Law Center

The university's School of Law is using the Bowerman family contribution to double the number of student fellows in its Interdisciplinary Projects and Fellows Program. The program is focused on meeting the needs of today's environmental law field.

Jacksonville U Receives $10K for Sustainability Education

Half of the Siemens Industry Inc. grant will go toward monitoring and comparing a sustainable versus non-sustainable dorm this fall. Sustainability degree majors will be selected to live in the sustainable side of the dorm, adhering to efficient lighting and HVAC usage, recycling and more. The other side will not have sustainability initiatives in place. In their second year, the students will write a white paper comparing each sides of the dorm. The rest will go toward a rooftop garden where students will train homeless veterans how to garden.

U.K. Union of Students Debuts Green Fund

(U.K.): Funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England, the National Union of Students has recruited submissions for its £5 million Student Green Fund, to be distributed for impactful sustainability projects across England. Twenty-five to 50 projects will receive between £150,000 and £300,000 for two years.

Ecotech Institute Receives Gear Gift for Wind Technician Program

Winergy, a subsidiary of Siemens, has donated an Eichoff gearbox to the institute's Wind Turbine Technician program, allowing students the opportunity to learn first-hand about borescope inspections, bolt fastening and troubleshooting gearboxes.

U Mass Boston Awarded $200K for Biomimicry Work in Urban Systems

Anamarija Frankic, director of the Green Harbors Project at the university, has received a $100,000 grant from the Schmidt Family Foundation to establish LivingLabs in Dorchester, Mass. and another $100,000 from the Cape Cod Commission to continue the work of LivingLabs in Wellfleet, Mass. The recently completed pilot LivingLabs project on Nantucket Island included a cohort of 16 students that lived and worked on the island while developing and implementing holistic solutions to environmental issues at local levels.

Appalachian State U Announces Sustainable Arts Grantees

Chosen by the university's Sustainability Council, the 2013 winning proposals from students, faculty and community members include a permanent campus labyrinth and meditation installation, photography contest in conjunction with a local farm tour, theater performance about environmental awareness, and an arts festival during local International Day of Peace activities.

Metropolitan CC Receives $15K Grant for Stormwater Management

With funding from the Nebraska Environmental Trust, the college's Garden Green Roof Shelter project will manage and reduce stormwater run-off at the college's 4,700-square-foot bio-retention garden.

College Divestment Campaigns Shaping Passionate Environmentalists

A recent National Public Radio story focuses on how student-driven fossil fuel divestment campaigns on about 300 campuses across the country are helping to prepare the environmental leaders of the next generation. "It's been really exciting for me to feel like this is the first time where I've seen how I can directly make a difference on my campus and force my administration to make a decision that could have reverberations around the country," says Brown University senior Emily Kirkland in the article.

Loyola Chicago Students Pass Green Initiative Fund

Led by the Unified Student Government Association, the new Green Initiative Fund will give students the opportunity to start green projects that require funding that is otherwise unavailable. After a multi-month campaign, 64 percent of students voted "yes" to the fund in March.

Sodexo Foundation Grants $150K to Food Recovery Network

The start-up funding will help the network of college students working to reduce hunger and food waste by recovering surplus food from their dining halls and delivering it to Americans in need of a meal. Since its inception at the University of Maryland, College Park in September 2011, the Food Recovery Network has expanded to 21 campuses in nine states plus Washington, D.C., recovering more than 140,000 pounds of food.

Texas State U San Marcos Announces Green Fee-Funded Projects

Thirteen projects have been approved for funding from the Environmental Service Committee including 3-D signage for the Bobcat Blend Composting program, which recently received a Texas Environmental Excellence Award. With the program, students have diverted 57 tons of organic waste from the landfill and reduced university costs and fuel usage through fewer waste hauls.

U Vermont Clean Energy Fund Awards $180K to Campus Projects

Pulling from the $225,000 generated each year from the university's Clean Energy Fund, $150,500 will go toward upgrading the existing solar array panels at the university's central heat plant and installing additional 30-kilowatt panels. Another $24,800 will enable a hybrid street lamp system on campus that uses LED lights powered by a combination of helix bamboo wind turbines and solar panels.

Southern Illinois U Carbondale Announces New Green Fee Projects

The university's Sustainability Council recently announced approximately $150,000 in awards for six projects to enhance campus sustainability. The projects, funded by a $10-per-semester student Green Fee, include solar trash compactors, rechargeable batteries and paperless medical records systems.

Dalhousie U College of Sustainability Receives $1.5M Gift

(Canada): In celebration of Earth Day, the Royal Bank of Canada announced that it will donate $1.5 million over 10 years to the university’s College of Sustainability to support the sustainability leadership certificate program. The program develops leaders in sustainability through workshops held on weekends during the school year.

Delta College Receives $40,000 Award for Rainwater Harvest System

(U.S.): Funded by Saginaw Bay Watershed Initiative Network, the rainwater harvesting system is expected to save 169,000 gallons of water each year. The system will benefit the newly renovated Health Professions facility by conserving water, saving money, protecting the watershed, and feeding a hydroponic green wall.

Rochester IT Sustainable Manufacturing Center Receives Funding

(U.S.): The institute’s Center of Excellence in Sustainable Manufacturing will receive $500,000 as part of the 2013-14 New York state budget agreement. The center, housed within the Golisano Institute for Sustainability, will enable expanded research and technology transfer activity between industry and the institute.

U Missouri Receives $2M Gift for Sustainability

(U.S.): The university will create a sustainability endowment from a gift of $2 million from Enterprise Holdings. The endowment will seed transformational research, education, and applications that sustain health, culture, economic vitality, and quality of life in a volatile global environment.

U Toledo Awarded a Grant from the Alcoa Foundation

(U.S.): A grant from the Alcoa Foundation will be used to purchase 75 new 60-gallon bins for recycling bottles and cans