Second Nature Climate Leadership Network & Three Commitments

Second Nature's network of signatory institutions is now named the Climate Leadership Network. Following a strategic planning process with feedback from presidents and implementation staff at signatory institutions, Second Nature has announced three commitments that integrate and rebrand current efforts. The American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) has been renamed the Carbon Commitment. …

Flame Retardant Breakthrough is Naturally Derived and Nontoxic

Read the full story from the University of Texas. Inspired by a naturally occurring material found in marine mussels, researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have created a new flame retardant to replace commercial additives that are often toxic and can accumulate over time in the environment and living animals, including humans. Flame …

The College Wild: How College and University Green Landscapes Provide Havens for Wildlife and “Lands-on” Experiences for Students

This new guide highlights how colleges and universities are playing a dynamic role protecting wildlife and restoring habitats in campus green spaces, including on-campus landscapes and natural areas, as well as distant campus-owned lands. It explores how such green places benefit the campus community through hands-on learning, energy and water conservation, and leadership opportunities.

The Price of an Oil Spill

Read the full story in Pacific Standard. On Monday, the United States Justice Department announced a settlement with BP over the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The oil behemoth must pay more than $20 billion to government agencies on both the state and federal levels. Although the Justice Department first announced …

Green Lunchroom Challenge Kickoff presentations and video now available

On September 17, 2015, a Green Lunchroom Challenge Kickoff Workshop and Training was held at the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) in Champaign, IL. This session provided an overview of the Green Lunchroom Challenge, presentations on relevant tools and programs, and a group discussion of barriers and opportunities related to food waste prevention and reduction …

Ancient Soil Samples Link Fires to Climate Change

Read the full story in Pacific Standard. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. In the case of global warming, that can have dangerous, smoldering-hot implications. Global surface temperatures are expected to go up at least a degree over the next century, and the last time that happened, in the Middle Ages, the frequency …