Colleges and universities

University of Illinois Homecoming goes green with gameday recycling challenge

Read the full story from the University of Illinois.

This year’s U. of I. Homecoming game against the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers is about more than Orange and Blue – it’s also about green. Various campus and community partners are working together to raise awareness and have a positive lasting impact at the inaugural zero-waste football game. Hundreds of volunteers from the Champaign-Urbana community will assist the thousands of spectators in reducing waste…

Leading this cooperative initiative are ISTC; the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics; Facilities and Services; and the Institute for Sustainability, Energy and Environment. To volunteer for the event, sign up at: http://bit.ly/1vN44SK. Organizers hope to have many students involved in making this event a success.

Nationwide, the Game Day Recycling Challenge is a partnership of the College and University Recycling Coalition, RecycleMania and Keep America Beautiful, and is supported by EPA’s WasteWise program.

Supporters of the cause are encouraged to like the Fighting Illini Gameday Recycling Challenge Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/518311078270593/.

For more information, contact Bart Bartels at bbartel@illinois.edu.

FIT offering Algae Technology Research Grant

Read the full post in Algae Industry Magazine.

Scarborough, Maine-based laboratory instrumentation manufacturer Fluid Imaging Technologies, has announce the Algae Technology Research Grant. Graduate students and senior undergraduates enrolled at a North American college or university who are studying advanced uses of algae for biofuels, plastics, nutraceuticals or other commercial applications are encouraged to apply for the use of a FlowCAM® to support their research.

Winner of the competitive award will receive the following:

  • Use of a FlowCAM® for a period of up to four months
  • Comprehensive instrument training and on-going technical support
  • A paid trip to the 2015 ABO Algae Biomass Summit (or other appropriate North American conference within 12 months of completion of project)

Webinar: Sustainable Printing: Panel Discussion on Paper, Ink and Going Digital

Wed, Oct 22, 2014 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CDT
Register at https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/497042350

Sustainable printing is about more than just using recycled-content paper. It encompasses inks, printer settings, processes and much more in addition to paper—including doing away with printing altogether in some cases. Sports teams, venues, and leagues are embracing innovative ways to not only reduce paper waste, but to minimize the impact of the entire printing process. Deciding where to start and navigating all the options can be daunting, but our webinar panelists will shed light on more environmentally-friendly practices around printing, sharing valuable insights that Alliance members can implement right away.

For this webinar, we have assembled an all-star panel of experts on sustainable printing practices, including sports teams, industry partners, and NGO’s. We will learn about current sustainable printing practices in the sports industry, as well as future possibilities.

Panelists

  • Allen Hershkowitz, Senior Scientist, Natural Resources Defense Council & Board of Directors, Green Sports Alliance (Moderator)
  • Ian Hanna, Director of Strategic Development, FSC International
  • Molly Ray, Environmental Solutions Manager | Office Depot, Inc.
  • Christina Reeves, Sustainability Consultant | Progressive Associates & Xcel Energy Center
  • Harlan Roberts, National Sales, bluemedia
  • Jeff Shaw, President | SEEDS Green Printing and Design
  • Vancouver Whitecaps FC (Speaker TBD)

Questions? Email Membership Director David Muller at david@greensportsalliance.org.

Webinar: Transitioning Towards Effective Resource Management

Wed, Oct 15, 2014 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM CDT
Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3530879643806556161

We hope you can join us on October 15th for our next webinar, Transitioning Towards Effective Resource Management. We will be joined by representatives from Cornell University, University of Vermont, and Skidmore College in a moderated session by Casella Resource Solutions to discuss various ways in which these campuses have worked with their partners to effectively manage waste on campus.

GreenerU recognizes there are many barriers to managing your campus resources. In order to create a lasting impact, it is important for colleges and universities to tackle these issues from different angles.

By joining our webinar, you will learn about techniques used by these three colleges to address campus challenges around resource management. Our speakers will discuss resource management through the lenses of:

  • Supply Chain Management
  • Food Waste Diversion
  • Performance Based Contracts

Registration Opens for Third Annual Campus RainWorks Challenge

Registration opened on September 2, 2014 for EPA’s third annual Campus RainWorks Challenge, a green infrastructure design challenge for college and university students. Student teams and faculty advisors are invited to submit design boards, a project narrative, and a letter of support describing a proposed green infrastructure project for a location on their campus. Registration ends October 3, 2014, and registrants must submit their entries by December 19, 2014.

Commentary: Divestiture Is Nothing but a Distraction

Read the full commentary in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

As a college president and chemist, I have worked throughout my career in areas connected to climate change. As an educator, I have written chemistry textbooks and regularly teach courses in which the most urgent issue is climate change. As a president, I frequently face decisions about investments in sustainable practices, whether green buildings (our most recent construction has been certified LEED platinum) or reductions in water and energy use, or curricular changes in support of our strong environmental-analysis major.

And yet on the topic of divestment of stock in companies that produce and market carbon-based fuels—an issue that is gaining attention on college campuses and in the news media—I am a profound skeptic. Why? Because we have passed the point for symbolic actions and need to take real steps to achieve change. Feel-good measures that have no effect on actual greenhouse-gas production are a diversion from the critical actions we must take before it is too late.

Educators Say Higher Ed in Sustainability a Must; Business Execs Mostly Agree

Read the full story from Environmental Leader.

Higher education in sustainability and environmental management is more important now than ever before, some education professionals believe. While environmental work was a fringe issue decades ago, this is no longer the case. “The issue of the environment has merged with the issue of economic development. In the seventies, managers could avoid paying attention to these issues; today they can’t,” says Steve Cohen, executive director of Columbia University’s Earth Institute and consultant to the EPA.