A publication of Appalachian Voices


A publication of Appalachian Voices


How Green is your Campus?

There are many ways to find out how green your school is. The US EPA has a green power challenge for colleges, and Princeton Review has a rating system.

There are also a dozen ways to make your school greener. And there are new funding initiatives through the Dept. of Education for financing green initiatives at the college and K-12 school level.


Going green?



• Organize — Find groups on campus at www.climatechallenge.org

• Create a symbol — For example, Appalachian State University’s solar Christmas tree.

• President’s Climate Commitment — Ask your university president to sign the Climate Commitment

• Institute Green fees — A green fee of $5 to $20 is part of the student activities fees in hundreds of colleges, funding recycling bins, building conservation, biodiesel fueling and many other programs.

• Hold Eco-Olympics — Duke university holds one every year for energy, waste and water reduction — www.duke.edu/web/env_alliance/games

• Sign up for courses in renewable energy — and sustainability.

• Ask your university to join the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).

• Create an office of sustainability — This has become standard on campuses. The AASHE has standards and guildelines.

• Buy green power — Its possible now to buy power from renewable sources.

• Buy green products — Everything from recycled paper to regionally grown food.

• Build green buildings — The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System is a national standard. Green buildings on campus save money and also serve as an educational example.


Top 10 Green Colleges



  • UNC Chapel Hill..................................96


  • Warren Wilson (NC)............................95


  • Elon (NC).............................................94


  • U.Memphis (TN)..................................94


  • James Madison (VA)...........................93


  • Duke (NC)............................................93


  • UVA......................................................92


  • NC State..............................................90


  • VA Tech................................................90


  • Berea (KY)...........................................89


  • Top 10 Green Colleges * From ratings by Princeton Review for NC, VA, TN and KY.



    Resources

  • President’s Climate Commitment

    www.presidentsclimatecommitment.org




  • Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education

    www.aashe.org




  • US Green Building Council

    www.usgbc.org




  • EPA Green Power Challenge

    www.epa.gov/greenpower/partners/hi_ed_challenge.htm


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