Two HEIs Receive Plastics Reduction Bronze Certification

The National Wildlife Federation, in partnership with the Campus Race to Zero Waste Program, has awarded Bard College and California State Polytechnic University, Humboldt a Plastics Reduction Partner Bronze level certification. This program recognizes higher education institutions (HEIs) for taking action to reduce the purchase and use of single-use plastics on campus.

U Hawaii Manoa Receives $1.25M for EJ Initiative

The university's College of Arts, Languages and Letters recently received a $1.25 million grant from the Mellon Foundation that will fund an interdisciplinary environmental justice (EJ) initiative within the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities. The funding will help establish two new faculty positions, a humanities lab to develop new teaching materials, and a forum for professional development and the exchange of ideas.

Dillard U Publishes Carbon Neutrality Action Plan

The recently published plan includes strategies covering energy, transportation, waste, procurement, academics, and outreach. The overarching goal is to systematically reduce the universities carbon footprint through infrastructure upgrades, operational changes, and cultural transformation.

U Pennsylvania Purchases Solar Electricity From 220MW Farm

The university will now be receiving all of the solar electricity from a recently connected 220-megawatt photovoltaic farm, which will meet the equivalent of 70 percent of the electricity demand of its campus and health system facilities in the Philadelphia area.

Yale U Commits $10M Toward HBCUs Collaboration

The new initiative is the latest in a continuing series of university commitments in response to the findings of a long-term examination of Yale’s historical role in and association with slavery. Yale will commit $2 million annually, for a total of $10 million, to establish the Alliance for Scholarship, Collaboration, Engagement, Networking, and Development, a bidirectional initiative centered on research, teaching and access.

SUNY Adopts Policy to Phase Out Single Use Plastics

The recently adopted policy details a staged elimination of single-use plastics across all SUNY campuses. Items covered in the policy include bags, beverage bottles, food service products, utensils, plastic wrap and packaging films. Additionally, the university system is partnering with a public service platform to create a plastics-free solutions hub.

Franklin U Switzerland Purchases 100% Hydroelectricity

The university recently announced the purchase of Guarantees of Origin to buy hydroelectricity to meet 100 percent demand for 2024 and 2025. The university's 2024 participation in the hydroelectricity program is sponsored by a company that is partnering with the sustainability office to develop an internship program to communicate the company’s sustainability commitment and efforts.

Johns Hopkins U Launches Campus as Lab Grants

Launched by the university's Sustainability Leadership Council and the Office of Sustainability, the new program enables Johns Hopkins researchers and instructors to test scalable sustainability solutions within the context of university infrastructure, operations, and administration. Researchers can get grants up to $50,000 while instructors are eligible for $12,000 and students $10,000.

DOE Announces 10 HBCU Clean Energy Prize Recipients

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the first 10 prize winners in the inaugural Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Clean Energy Education Prize Partnerships Track. Each winning team will receive $100,000 to support partnerships between HBCUs and other universities and partners to build new programs and provide professional opportunities that will equip HBCU students with the skills needed to succeed in the clean energy industry.

AASHE Releases 2023 Annual Report

Including the most-clicked Bulletin stories of 2023 (page 22), AASHE's recently published annual report captures achievements and impactful initiatives, providing insights on collective efforts and milestones in advancing sustainability in higher education.