Campuses in the Sustainability Spotlight
Over the last three and a half years, I’ve had the pleasure of watching colleges and universities across the country prove their ability to lead and innovate as sustainability doers. Green buildings are a starting point for institutional leadership, but by no means the end. From students and faculty, to staff and senior administrators, to boards and alumni, I’ve observed a groundswell of environmental stewardship, pedagogy and practice indicating that the changes these champions are putting into place are here to stay.
As a result, the Center for Green Schools recognized an opportunity to showcase some of the stories and initiatives at institutions of higher learning that have most impressed us. Whether it’s the College of Atlantic demonstrating that a campus can be carbon neutral or the Evergreen State College’s partnership with Washington’s Department of Corrections to reduce the operating costs of their prisons and provide green collar job trainings for inmates and staff, the level of activity and commitment to excellence are well worth sharing.
Check out our first handful of campus profiles that went live this month. Each profile showcases stand-out programs, projects and initiatives across buildings, curriculum, community and holistic campus greening that are worth knowing more about. We’ve intentionally created each profile as a polished PowerPoint slide deck with speaker notes so that you can download and use them in presentations you might be giving. Even better, we’d love for you to showcase how your college or university is innovating within these areas and invite you to email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a Campus Profile Toolkit to get started.