Building Green Initiative Names Ten Greenest HBCUs

(U.S.): The Building Green Initiative at Clark Atlanta University ranked Historically Black Colleges and Universities based on administration, energy efficiency, green building, recycling, renewable energy generation, food, transportation, purchasing and student involvement. Of the 43 respondents to the survey, the top ten are (public schools) University of Maryland Eastern Shore; Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University; Elizabeth City State University; North Carolina Agricultural & Technical University; and (three-way tie) Morgan State University, Bowie State University and Mississippi Valley State University; (private) Spelman College; Howard University; Morehouse College; Livingstone College; and (tie) Claflin University and Clark Atlanta University.

Seattle U Publishes First Sustainability Report

(U.S.): The recently released four-year sustainability progress report highlights the institution's climate action plan and its goals for academics and research, co-curricular education, environmental justice, operations, and strategies for the future.

U Hawai'i Manoa Hires First Sustainability Coordinator

(U.S.): Aurora Winslade, previous director of sustainability at the University of Hawai'i West O'ahu, is now charged with moving Manoa's sustainability efforts forward as directed in its strategic plan, and hopes to empower campus leaders, staff, faculty, students who care about campus sustainability.

Ursinus College to Form Sustainability Committee

The new committee's primary mission will be to oversee the integration of sustainability into the life of the college and to help guide and oversee the implementation of the Climate and Sustainability Action Plan. Some of the subcommittees are tree care, sustainable student experience, sustainable facilities and energy conservation, and membership on the committees is open to campus members.

Bucknell U Creates Sustainability Council

At the university's recent Sustainability Symposium, the president promised a ten-fold increase in green project funding and the creation of a President's Sustainability Council to address large-scale initiatives at the highest administrative level.

U North Carolina Pembroke Hires First Sustainability Director

Jay Blauser will assist university efforts to reach carbon neutrality, grow some of its food, create efficiencies in water and electricity use, and integrate sustainability into curriculum.

Calicut U Institutes Green Campus Awards

(India): The university's new award program will select the most environmentally-friendly and sustainable campus among its 421 campuses, and will be based upon initiatives implemented on the campus including water conservation, number of students engaged in environmental activities, campus greening activities, and environment-related academic activities.

U Washington Lab Receives Green Lab Certification

(U.S.): The university-developed certification recently delivered a bronze achievement to an on-campus lab for its efforts to reduce energy consumption, divert waste from the landfill, and signage that educates technicians about lab sustainability.

Central College to Develop Strategic Sustainability Vision

The college's soon to be developed plan for undergraduate sustainability education will include support for course development, student research opportunities, faculty workshops, and the integration of carbon reduction activities that stimulate citizenship skills.

Humboldt State U Produces Virtual Residential Room

The new website encourages healthy and sustainable living habits through its interactive website that allows users to get more information about green cleaning, ridesharing, buying reused items, indoor air quality, energy efficiency and waste reduction.

Lehigh U Hosts Regional Campus Sustainability Conference

Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges (LVAIC), a consortium of six private colleges and universities, recently offered a regional Campus Sustainability Conference with focused workshops on divestment, climate change, green theatre, strategies for sustaining sustainability and environmental leadership.

U Rhode Island Launches Climate Change Website

Called the Climate Change Collaborative, the goal of the site is to educate the public about the effects of climate change, and personal and professional steps to manage the impacts.

Illinois Wesleyan U to Open Social Justice Center

The university's new Center for Human Rights and Social Justice will host programs and activities to enhance opportunities for collaboration and exchange of ideas that tie the theme to the academic mission of the institution.

Swarthmore College Hires Sustainability Director

In her role as director of sustainability, Laura Cacho will help organize courses focused on sustainability, invite outside speakers to raise awareness about environmental issues, progress climate action goals, and help the various departments of the college become more sustainable.

U Maryland Certifies First Green Office

The university's Center for Young Children was certified Gold through the Green Office Program, which includes children charting lunch waste on certain days, composting, reusing art material, installation of power strips that eliminate phantom loads, and usage of indoor plants to improve air quality.

U Michigan Issues Interactive Sustainability Report

The recently released new report highlights progress and accomplishments in the areas of student engagement, research and innovation and campus operations.

Missouri State U Hires First Sustainability Coordinator

(United States): Lauren Bansbach was recently selected for a two-year appointment to oversee projects focused on conserving energy, improving the environment and preserving resources.

Penn State Releases Sustainability Planning Guidebook

(United States): The new guidebook aims to help university departments engage with sustainability across all functions with a particular focus on aligning operations with academics.

U Alberta Introduces Green Lab Certification

(Canada): As part of the university's Green Spaces certification, the newly developed process specifically tailored toward lab classes recently accredited 22 biology teaching labs, which recognizes best practices in areas such as waste reduction, energy efficiency, chemical handling and water use.

EPA Releases Quarterly List of Top 30 Green Power Partners

The latest quarterly report from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency highlights the top 20 colleges and universities using power from renewable energy. They are University of Pennsylvania, University of Oklahoma, Carnegie Mellon University, Georgetown University, Oklahoma State University, Drexel University, Northwestern University, University of Utah, University of Phoenix, University of Tennessee at Knoxville, University at Buffalo, University of Wisconsin, The City University of New York, American University, University of Missouri, Texas A&M System, The Catholic University of America, Western Washington University, Quinnipiac University, University of St. Thomas, Santa Clara University, University of Central Oklahoma, Bentley University, Syracuse University, St. Mary's College of Maryland, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Adelphi University, Union College and Columbia College at Chicago.

U Arizona Debuts Interactive Energy Website

The newly released tool allows on and off-campus students and employees to explore their electric footprint by creating a virtual space with the electric items they use.

Harvard U Earns Green Restaurant Rating

All 13 undergraduate dining halls have earned either two or three-star recognition from the Green Restaurant Association. Sustainable features of the university's Dining Services include energy-efficient HVAC, lighting, refrigeration, and exhaust; organic, sustainable, cage-free, and vegetarian or vegan menu options; low-flow water management devices; recycling, composting and reusables for waste management; and compostable or recycled material disposables.

U Hawai'i Regents Adopt Sustainability Policy

In the wake of the inaugural Hawai‘i Sustainability in Higher Education conference last spring, the new policy was added to the system's mission and purpose and incorporates seven goals in the areas of social, cultural, environmental and economic sustainability in operations; education, research and service; planning, administration and engagement; and cultural and community connections.

Sonoma State U Appoints First Sustainability Director

In a recent press release, Paul Draper was named the university's first director of sustainability and will also chair the university's Sustainability Executive Committee.

San Diego State U Achieves LEED Platinum, Smoke-Free, LGBT Center

The university's recently completed LEED student union is designed with retail space, community areas, an outdoor courtyard and recreation areas. The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender resource service center recently opened its doors to offer student support and a sense of community.

Princeton U New Sustainability Website Goes Live

The university's new website is an online sustainability platform where the campus community can get involved, explore the campus as a living lab, view live data, and read news and announcements.

Cornell U Hosts Climate Change Website

(U.S.): The newly released website houses university research and outreach program information, issue-specific pages to help farmers, local government and youth educators, a climate change forum, videos and question and answer section.

Georgetown U Invites Campus Input on Sustainability Plan

(U.S.): After recently establishing its Office of Sustainability, the university held a sustainability planning workshop soliciting engagement from students, faculty and staff members in the areas of food systems, transportation, water, buildings, energy, solid waste, grounds and procurement.

Long Island U Publishes First Sustainability Review

(U.S.): The new report is a snapshot of the previous year, which includes upcoming short-term goals, in the areas of campus recycling, curriculum, and facilities and dining.

U Oman to be Built on Sustainable Premise

(Oman): The yet-to-be-built university will use best practices for environmentally-friendly design and offer fossil-free transportation systems. Academic themes will include Energy, Resources and Sustainability, Systems Design and Technology, and Community Development and Wellness.

U South Sewanee Releases First Sustainability Master Plan

(U.S.): Representing a blueprint for the institution's direction, the new plan has seven strategic goals and 39 operational goals touching on energy use, materials management, food operations and environmental stewardship.

Loyola Marymount U Becomes Green Restaurant Certified

Two dining facilities at the university recently became 3 Star Certified through attention to waste reduction, energy consumption, food choices, water efficiency and chemical and pollution reduction.

Roosevelt U Appoints New Sustainability Committee Members

The university's Environmental Sustainability Committee recently appointed the members to help advance its campus sustainability agenda including waste diversion, energy use, sustainable land use and water management, green transportation options and green building guidelines.

Long Island U Debuts Waste Reduction Web Page

Comparing the university's waste-per-student totals to the national average, the new web page tracks waste and recycling by material and location.

McGill U Students Release Sustainability Plan

Officially adopted in October 2013, the McGill Post-Graduate Students' Society recently compiled the 5-year report for actions that can be incorporated into the Thomson House building.

Roosevelt U Unveils Sustainability Website

The website for sustainability encapsulates many of the university's finished and ongoing endeavors, provides sustainability education for the campus and community, and recent news.

U North Carolina Chapel Hill Releases New Sustainability Report

The university's recently released report explicitly outlines goals, progress and strategies in water management, climate, food, wellness and health, education and curriculum, affordability and diversity, innovation and entrepreneurship, research, and engagement.

York U Releases First Sustainability Report

The newly released report summarizes progress of the President's Sustainability Council and the Environmental Sustainability Report, which covers energy usage, waste diversion and other tracked indicators of sustainability. The document also highlights new recommendations that form the core of the university's sustainability plan.

Coalition formed for Green Schools

(U.S.): Announced at the Greenbuild Conference & Expo and called the Global Coalition for Green Schools, 29 founding members have committed to establishing and leading a national coalition for green schools, within each of their respective countries, that will share best practices, resources and case studies, provide tools and infrastructure to the growing network, and introduce programs, initiatives and campaigns that can be replicated around the world.

Strathmore University Launches Energy Center

(Kenya): In the face of energy scarcity, the new center's goal is to advance renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Eastern Michigan U SGA Creates Sustainability Committee

The university's Student Government Association created the new Energy and Sustainability Committee to focus on campus policies regarding energy and sustainability and community service involvement among the student body.

U Illinois Urbana-Champaign to Debut New Sustainability Institute

Evolving out of chancellor-led campus planning exercises and pending Board of Trustees and Illinois Board of Higher Education approval, the Center for a Sustainable Environment will soon be the Institute for Sustainability, Energy and the Environment. Launching with a $500,000 annual budget, the campus-wide research enterprise is projected address globally significant challenges.

Sierra, Princeton Review Announce Coordinated Reporting Deadline

AASHE has collaborated with Sierra Magazine and The Princeton Review to allow institutions to report all data in one place using the new and improved STARS 2.0. The new version of STARS offers a basic level of access at no cost to institutions. Simply follow these steps: 1) register for STARS (at the basic or full level of access), 2) report your data in the STARS Reporting Tool, and 3) save a “snapshot” to also share with Sierra Magazine and The Princeton Review. To help further address survey fatigue, Sierra Magazine and The Princeton Review have coordinated their deadlines. Register for STARS 2.0 and submit your data by Feb. 28, 2014 to be included in Sierra’s “Cool Schools” list or The Princeton Review's “Guide to Green Colleges.”

SUNY System Commits to Local Food

The university system recently committed to increase the procurement of fresh and minimally processed New York-grown produce by SUNY dining services at a competitive price that provides a sustainable profit margin for farmers. It will include an educational campaign to increase awareness among campus faculty, staff, and students on the benefits of purchasing locally grown fruits, vegetables, and meat.

U Hawai'i Proposes Sustainability Policy to Board of Regents

Students, faculty and community members' newly introduced policy calls for the recognition that the knowledge base in sustainable island systems resides in the indigenous people and residents of Hawaiʻi, and to commit to consult with local cultural practitioners and sustainability experts on best practices in sustainable resource allocation and use.

U Wisconsin Madison to Create Framework for Diversity & Inclusion

Now in process of updating its plan for diversity and inclusion through a series of engagement sessions, the university is asking for campus member feedback for guiding, shaping and strengthening the university’s commitment to inclusive excellence and innovation. The listening series will be held in Spanish, Hmong, Tibetan and Mandarin as well as English.

EAUC Announces 2013 Green Gown Awards Winners

(U.K.): Winners and commendations were bestowed across 13 categories at the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges’ 2013 Green Gown Awards. Now in its ninth year, the awards program recognizes exceptional initiatives being undertaken by universities and colleges across the U.K. to become more sustainable.

INSIGHT into Diversity Magazine Announces Higher Ed Awards

(U.S.): INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine has announced the 56 recipients of its first annual Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award. The national award, open to all colleges and universities throughout the U.S., measures an institution’s level of achievement and intensity of commitment in regard to broadening diversity and inclusion on campus through initiatives, programs and outreach; student recruitment, retention, and completion; and hiring practices for faculty and staff.

'Sustainable Campus International Competition' Announces Winners

(Canada): In its inaugural year, the SCIC recognized sustainability innovations from worldwide post-secondary institutions. Superior Institute of Management (Dakar, Senegal) placed first for its Green'Act, a program that enables students and community members to collect waste and sell recyclables back to industry. Two Canadian institutions, McGill University and MacEwan University, competed for first alongside Superior Institute of Management. A total of 13 projects from seven universities located in five countries submitted works.

Gonzaga U Signs St. Francis Pledge to Protect Creation & the Poor

Responding to calls by Pope Francis, the Society of Jesus and the U.S. Catholic Bishops for mission-based sustainability consistent with Catholic ideals and values, the university recently signed the St. Francis Pledge to Protect Creation and the Poor, an initiative of the Catholic Coalition on Climate Change. The pledge addresses the impact of climate change on the socio-economically depressed population and advocates for behavior change.