When it comes to saving energy, it’s really not all about the money

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recent psychological study has provided suggestive evidence that when people decide to take steps to use less energy at home, and so to protect the environment, they don’t merely do so because they want to save a little bit of cash on their electricity bills. If anything, it suggests, some forms of materialistic or competitive thinking may inhibit deep or long-lasting conservation attitudes.

 

North Carolina State University says “Pollinators Welcome Here”

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The home of the Wolfpack is also becoming a home for pollinators.

That’s the intent of numerous NC State students, staff and faculty, who are driving an effort to create food sources for pollinators through strategic plant selection on the university’s urban campus.

Opportunity to be a Center for Sustainability Across the Curriculum

AASHE is seeking 4-6 partner institutions or organizations to help us develop and pilot a “Centers for Sustainability Across the Curriculum” program. Applications to serve in this role are due by Monday, August 1.

Gizmo Attaches To Garbage Disposals, Turns Food Waste Into Compost

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A tiny tweak can have a huge impact.

Six students at Rice University have created a motor-operated device that attaches to your food disposal and turns food waste into compost, which can be used as nutrient-rich soil.

The mechanical gadget, called BioBlend, is activated whenever someone turns on a food disposal. BioBlend then separates food waste by chopping it up and straining out water.

The water is then sent to a municipal wastewater treatment, while the food waste is stored under your sink until it can be composted — or used for biogas generation, which uses waste to generate gas for cooking.

The Sustainability Literacy Test

The Sustainability Literacy Test (Sulitest) provides higher education institutions, companies and other organization around the world with an internationally recognized and locally relevant tool to measure and improve sustainability literacy for all. The fee structure is available here.

Student research project taps into bottled water consumption on campus

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At Michigan State University, plastic water bottles account for a large amount of campus waste, yet it is estimated that only 25 percent of the nearly three million water bottles on campus make their way to MSU’s Recycling Center each year. To better understand water consumption and uncover areas for improvement, graduate students Cheng-Hua Liu, Melissa Rojas-Downing and Zhenci Xu partnered with MSU Sustainability to conduct a research survey that measured water usage and preference of the MSU community.

A Student-Run Farm Cultivates Passion For Sustainable Agriculture

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A weathered wooden shed that holds wheelbarrows, hoes and other basic tools is the beacon of the Student Organic Farm, a two-acre swath within the larger horticultural research farm at Iowa State University.

On a warm spring evening, a half-dozen students gather here, put on work gloves and begin pulling up weeds from the perennial beds where chives, strawberries, rhubarb and sage are in various stages of growth.

“I didn’t know how passionate I [would] become for physical work,” says culinary science major Heidi Engelhardt.

So passionate, she’s now the outreach coordinator for the farm. Within her major, she says, “people want to work in kitchens and they want to work in big cities. And that is important, but it’s also important to have that farming aspect. And I think I’m very lucky to have discovered that.”