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.

Harvard U Students Develop Indicators for Safe Oil Drilling

Students from the university's Emmett Environmental Law and Policy Clinic developed the recently released report, currently being circulated among legislators, which suggests ways to protect the environment from the impact of routine drilling as well as major oil spills.

Australia National U Releases Mobile Energy & Water App

(Australia): The newly released app allows on-campus residents to self-evaluate lighting, electricity, heating and water consumption in their rooms.

Dickinson College Hosts First Student Sustainability Conference

(U.S.): The statewide event was student-organized and student-focused with round table discussions about the Keystone XL pipeline, obstacles to achieving sustainability initiatives, fossil fuel divestiture, and interdisciplinary collaboration as a part of sustainability practices.

Manhattanville College Begins Community Focused Program

(U.S.): The college's first year program is involved in community volunteerism including farm work, beautification projects, tree planting, and on-campus gardening.

Ten Schools Selected to Compete in Energy Dept Wind Competition

The Collegiate Wind Competition, which aims to cultivate wind-specific interests and skills, will feature 10 teams of students who will design and construct lightweight, portable wind turbines intended to power small electronic devices. During the competition event, teams will present on current market drivers and deployment opportunities for the wind industry, pitch their business plans, and put their turbines to the test in an on-site wind tunnel. The 10 selected schools are Boise State University, California Maritime Academy, Colorado School of Mines, James Madison University, Kansas State University, Northern Arizona University, Pennsylvania State University, University of Alaska Fairbanks, University of Kansas and University of Massachusetts at Lowell.

North Carolina State U Class to Assist in LEED Certification

Beginning fall of 2014, students from a design class will lead the documentation process required for LEED certification on Nelson Hall, in addition to gaining the documented experience required to take the LEED AP exam.

UC Santa Cruz Sustainability Organizations Retreat Together

In an effort to strengthen ties amongst campus sustainability groups, 120 students met over two days to discuss the theme Beyond the Campus and Ourselves: Creating Impact Through Collaboration.

Rice U Students Explore Campus Food Supply Chain

Continuing the connection between local farmers and the university, students recently attended a local farm that supplies sustainably-grown food for on-campus consumption.

Tufts U to Hold Student Solar Project Competition

The Tufts Energy Conference offers students the opportunity to submit a photovoltaic technology project that will operate without a connection to the university's electric grid. The winning proposal will be allocated $10,000 toward implementation on campus.

U Maryland Cultivates Campus Farm

In partnership with the university's Dining Services, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the Office of Sustainability, the new sustainable farming operation will be located 15 miles from campus and it will supply the university and food-insecure campus and community members with fresh and sustainably-grown food.

Wesleyan U Begins On Campus Food Cooperative

Recently began in concert by interested students, the local food co-op, which now has nearly 600 members, was started to meet the needs of those who wanted locally-grown and ethically-raised products, including meat and eggs, dairy, bread, jams and vinegars.

Hampshire College Students Check Out Vegetable Seeds

(United States): Called a seed-lending library, students interested in learning more about sustainable gardening and seed saving can now check out seeds from the on-campus library. Once the plants produce fruit or flowers, students harvest and dry the seeds, and then return them to the library's catalog.

Wesleyan U Coffee Shop to Promote Community Building

(United States): Attempting to provide a space for student-faculty conversations, the on-campus coffee shop recently submitted a proposal to expand the shop's current hours to include daytime hours.

Davidson College Unveils Sports-Centered Sustainability Programs

The college's The Next Play program will use the influence of sports to encourage sustainability through the creation of a Student-Athlete Sustainability Coalition, two zero waste athletic events and a speakers series. The initiative will also coordinate two national events: a sustainability-in-sports venture pitch tournament and a virtual discussion on sustainability and sports.

U St. Michael's College Student Organizes Social Justice Event

Trying to improve the community's attitude toward issues of social justice, the free event invited campus and community members for poems, speeches and songs on current topics including free trade and the environment, and discrimination.

Middlesex CC to Host Statewide Sustainability Conference

Designed for staff and students of the state's public and private colleges and universities, the event, featuring workshops and discussion panels, will focus on campus and community engagement, curriculum, teaching and research, and campus planning and facilities management.

U Kentucky to Open New Residential Learning College

Available to students in fall 2014, the university's Greenhouse Residential College is a living and learning community for those interested in learning different aspects of their local environment through the lens of sustainability.

North Carolina State U Pilots Plastic Bag Recycling

NC State Stewards, a student group of sustainability ambassadors, are managing a pilot program to collect and properly recycle single-use plastic bags.

U Georgia Students Receive $28K to Promote Sustainability

The university's Office of Sustainability recently announced $28,000 to be used by nine student groups' projects that aim to promote a culture of campus sustainability. While biking was the most popularly submitted proposal, others included an on-campus garden and water quality testing.

Oxford College Acquires Land for Organic Farm

(U.S.): After an alumni recently donated land, the college will now offer an organic farm to model sustainable farming techniques and for integration into the school's curriculum.

North Carolina State U Students Opt to Live in EcoVillage

The new sustainability-focused living and learning community drew 63 students whose focus is on service programs and a first-year student course on sustainability, which encourages students to lead, serve, problem solve and engage in complex issues.

Small Steps, Big Wins Campus Challenge Announces Fall Results

A national contest to empower college students to take positive social and environmental actions, such as donating blood or recycling, released the top scoring schools for fall semester as Oklahoma State University, University of California at Berkeley, Southern Illinois University, Penn State University and Washington University.

Green Mountain College Students Build Sustainable Mobile Home

Motivated to build a mobile living space that could be towed behind a four-cylinder vehicle, the Renewable Energy and Ecological Design students custom-built a 70-square-foot room with a composting toilet, rainwater collection system and a 120-watt photovoltaic panel.

North Carolina State U Students Engineer Heat Ventilation System

Students from the university's Landscape Construction Studio class recently designed and implemented the heat ventilation system for a garden space that has steam pipes underneath it causing vegetation to die. The student-staff collaboration won a local award.

U Wisconsin Eau Claire Students Collaborate with Campus Partners

Fulfilling their desire for hands-on experience in sustainability, the Honors Program in campus ecology students researched and presented a solution for cardboard recycling, conducting analysis of costs and revenue streams.

Delta College Publishes Book on Creativity and Sustainability

(U.S.): The recently unveiled publication, The Green Book Project, celebrates the college's sustainability efforts through the compilation of creative and artistic projects and actions.

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.