Rensselaer Launches New Degree Program in Sustainability Studies
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is launching a new undergraduate major in sustainability studies through the School of Humanities Arts, and Social Sciences. The new major, which results in a B.S. in Science and Technology Studies – Sustainability Studies, is an option that crosses disciplinary boundaries by design at the nation’s oldest technological university.
Student Eco-Reps Teach Peers about Sustainable Living
More than 20 ESF students took a trip to the Central New York Regional Market as part of a new Eco-Representative Program that uses peer-to-peer interaction to educate students about sustainability. Called Eco-Reps for short, the program focuses on raising awareness about sustainability issues among students who live in Centennial Hall, ESF’s first residence hall, and educating them about sustainable practices. Nine students who live in the building were selected after an application process to be the Eco-Reps who help educate their peers.
Northwestern students push plastic water bottle ban
Students covered The Rock in plastic water bottles Friday to launch a campaign to ban their sale on Northwestern’s campus. Headed by Pura Playa, a plastic reduction team within Engineers for a Sustainable World, the initiative involves petitioning the student body and spreading an educational message about the harmful effects of plastic on the environment.
New sustainability office grand opening scheduled for Nov. 8 at Western Michigan University
After months of renovations, the Western Michigan University’s Office for Sustainability is unveiling its new home on the corner of Howard Street and West Michigan Avenue.
Eastern students, faculty produce biomass, biodiesel
Eastern’s biological sciences department is collaborating with the efforts of the Renewable Energy Center to promote a greener future for the university.
Colleges turn garbage into ‘really good dirt’
Four local colleges and universities — Medical University of South Carolina, College of Charleston, Trident Technical College and The Citadel — have contracted with Koeckeritz’s Food Waste Disposal to recycle their food waste, said Christine Cooley, MUSC’s sustainability manager. Working together, she said, the colleges likely will save money and help support a program that is good for the environment and saves space in the landfill.
Empowerhouse — Opening Soon!
It’s hard to believe that it’s been more than a year since Empowerhouse was in the Solar Decathlon (where it won the competition’s first Affordability contest). Now, after several years of hard work by the Empowerhouse team and our partners, this project will become a real home for two local families in the D.C. neighborhood of Deanwood, and the District’s first passive house (meeting today’s highest energy standards). At a ribbon-cutting ceremony on December 4, the project partners will gather one final time to celebrate with the community, and welcome two lucky homeowners to their new homes.