Robert Gordon U Divests From Fossil Fuels

The university recently announced its commitment to exclude fossil fuel extraction companies from all its investments, despite a number of links to the industry, including courses that are specific to the oil and gas industry.

Princeton Review Releases 2024 Guide to Green Colleges

Princeton Review's latest Guide to Green Colleges features sustainability-related distinctions from 522 higher education institutions, plus the Top 50 Green Colleges ranking. The highlighted institutions were selected based on survey data from attending students and administrators. Of the schools selected, 474 are in the U.S., 30 are in Canada, four are in Ireland, three are in United Arab Emirates, two each are in Australia and Mexico, and one each is in Azerbaijan, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Egypt, Greece, Morocco, Philippines and Taiwan.

Second Nature Announces Catalyst Grant Recipients

Eleven colleges and universities have been selected to receive up to $10,000 each for projects that accelerate decarbonization, climate resilience and climate justice. The 11 institutions are Central Oregon Community College, Earlham College, Morehouse College, Northeastern University, Paradise Valley Community College, SUNY New Paltz, Tecnológico de Monterrey, University at Buffalo, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Warren Wilson College and Western Colorado University.

Texas A&M U Unveils Athletics Sustainability Master Plan

The university's newest sustainability plan serves a guide for how the athletics department will support the university in achieving the goals and actions. The 12 themes of the plan include zero waste; waste minimization; built environment and site design; energy use and greenhouse gas emissions; mobility and transportation; community engagement; student success; health and wellness; voice and influence; education, outreach and engagement; administrative support; and instruction and innovation.

Six HEIs to Receive $5M for Climate Resilience Centers

Michigan Technological University; Morgan State University; North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University; Northern Arizona University; San Jose State University; and University of California, Merced will receive $5 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy for six projects that will increase the use and utility of research to improve climate resilience, particularly in vulnerable communities.

New York U to Divest From Fossil Fuels

In a letter to the fossil fuel divestment campaign student activist group, the university committed to avoid any direct investments in any company whose primary business is the exploration or extraction of fossil fuels and not to renew or seek out any dedicated private funds whose primary aim is to invest in the exploration or extraction of fossil fuels.

Indiana U Publishes Climate Action Plan

The university's new Climate Action Plan establishes a 2040 carbon neutrality goal. It contains 12 recommendations across six categories–utility grid, infrastructure, renewables, behavior, financing and implementation.

AASHE Releases 2023 Sustainable Campus Index

AASHE recently published the 2023 Sustainable Campus Index, spotlighting sustainability achievements and celebrating top-performing colleges and universities in 17 impact areas. Powered by the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS), this annual report includes a new Trends & Innovations section identifying innovations and trends that are shaping the field of sustainability in higher education, including progress toward carbon neutrality, large-scale renewable energy transitions, advancing racial equity & social justice, closing the sustainability skills gap, major investments in sustainability research, and dissociation from fossil fuel companies.