Fossil Fuel Divestment: Some Points of Utility

April 7, 2015 by Benjamin Franta

Those who are serious about the risks of climate change should base their analyses on reason and evidence, not on rhetoric. And both reason and evidence strongly suggest that we need to be serious about efforts to divest from fossil fuels.[read more]


How the Top-Rated Colleges for Sustainability Are Raising the Bar: From Princeton Review's Annual 'Guide to Green Colleges'

April 22, 2014 by Jim Pierobon

Green Colleges Raising the Bar

More colleges are offering sustainability majors, have greenhouse gas reduction programs underway, and are ramping up interaction with administrators about sustainability. But the percentage offering locally grown and organic foods actually dipped slightly from last year. -Princeton Review's Davie Soto[read more]

Universities Leading the Way to Our Transportation Future

February 9, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Universities and Transit

This week I trekked up to Philadelphia to speak to a graduate design class at the University of Pennsylvania about a project of theirs, namely delivering greenhouse-gas-reducing policy recommendations to their client, the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission.[read more]

US Colleges Building A Clean Energy Future

April 26, 2013 by Silvio Marcacci

climate change on campus

Climate issues are clearly important to today’s college students – 62% of all college applicants in a survey said a school’s commitment to the environment would influence their decision to apply or attend the school.[read more]

Universities Become Natural Leaders In Renewable Energy

February 15, 2012 by Nino Marchetti

Beneath the campus of Ball State University in Indiana is a labyrinth of pipes 400 feet deep, filled with water that heats and cools much of the campus and that, when complete, will allow the school to retire four archaic coal-fired boilers.At the University of Minnesota’s twin campuses in Morris, two 1.6-megawatt wind turbines...[read more]

Sustainability: Challenges and Risks

October 14, 2010 by Ruth Ann Barrett

“Ideally, however, no institutions in modern society are better situated and none more obliged to facilitate the transition to a sustainable future than colleges and universities…” This quote is from David Orr’s book, The Nature of Design: Ecology, Culture, and Human Intention. He is the Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of...[read more]

DOE Announces “Innovation Ecosystems”

September 16, 2010 by Teryn Norris

Yesterday, I attended the Department of Energy’s announcement about their new university based “innovation ecosystems” project.  This $5.3 million initiative will attempt to create and enforce innovation clusters in five locations that have the potential to produce cutting edge renewable energy technologies...[read more]

Start-Ups Rise to Push Solar on College Campuses

May 11, 2009 by Rachel Barge

Universities are on the cutting edge of solar energy research, but they’re surprisingly laggard when it comes to adopting it. Only nine campuses have installed systems producing more than 1 megawatt of electricity, and even those system are making only a tiny dent in their campus power supplies. The 1.2 MW system at the University of...[read more]