Greener by Degrees

Grist_logo_jpegA recent, "Grist special series on college eco-activism," links to two ecoAmerica programs: the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment and The Princeton Review’s new Green Ratings.  The post focuses on the many different ways colleges and students are raising awareness about the environment. 

Posted Sept. 16, 2008
By Grist

Greener_by_degrees_pic_jpegIt’s that time again. College students have settled into their dorms,
started their classes, checked out some parties, and started cramming
for the gnarliest pass-fail test of all time: saving the planet. Not
all students are engaged in green endeavors, of course, but
fast-growing numbers are — and the results have been eye-popping.

Students today join green frats, launch green business ventures,
and host green bashes. At many U.S. colleges and universities,
buildings are going efficient, cafeterias are serving local and organic
fare, administrators are pledging to fight climate change, and some lucky students are even getting degrees from new programs focused wholly on sustainability and the environment. 

Many students are crusading for the environment beyond their campuses
as well. Since 2007, student- and youth-driven campaigns like Focus the Nation, Step It Up, and Power Shift
have brought together more than a million people nationwide in
demonstrations and other actions to stop climate change. This year, the
Power Vote campaign
aims to mobilize a million young voters who will prioritize climate
change at the polls. Voters between the ages of 18 and 29 — some 68 percent of whom voted for Democrats in the 2008 primaries — could be a deciding force in choosing the next president.

In short, the college crowd deserves a special series, so we’re giving it to them.  Dig in:

Tips, ideas, and resources

Profiles of green student activists

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