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UC Irvina Tops Sierra’s Annual College Ranking

The University of California, Irvine, for the second year in a row tops Sierra magazine’s ninth annual “Cool Schools” ranking of America’s “greenest” colleges and universities. UCI took the top spot for diverting more than 80 percent of campus waste from landfills and using clean energy. The UC system has … Read more »

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Water Conservation Projects that ‘Value Nature’ Are Good for Business

Water conservation projects that “value nature” can help improve business decision-making and risk management — while saving companies money — according to a new study published in the journal Ecosystem Services. The research was conducted as part of the Dow Chemical Company and The Nature Conservancy’s multi-year collaboration to help … Read more »

Human Development Linked with Spread of Invasive Plants

Human Development Linked with Spread of Invasive Plants

There is a marked increase in the abundance of invasive species in rural areas just colonized by humans according to a study by US Geological Survey and Colorado State University researchers. The study, which is titled Human infrastructure and invasive plant occurrence across rangelands of southwestern Wyoming, USA and is published in … Read more »

Cool Planet, CSU Team Wins $10M Biofuel Grant

The US Department of Agriculture has awarded almost $10 million to a consortium of academic, industry and government organizations led by Colorado State University to research using insect-killed trees in the Rockies as a sustainable feedstock for biofuel. Other organizations involved with the Bioenergy Alliance Network of the Rockies project include … Read more »

Green Building Should Not Cost More, Report Says

Building green and performing green retrofits for commercial uses need not cost more than traditional construction and renovation methods as long as cost strategies, program management and environmental strategies are built into the project plan from the start, according to a report released by M&G Investments’ real estate division. Ultimately, … Read more »

Tool Calculates Pharmaceutical Products’ Carbon Cost

Tool Calculates Pharmaceutical Products’ Carbon Cost

The Carbon Trust and the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) have launched a spreadsheet tool to help UK companies estimate the carbon footprint of tablet medicines in blister packs. The tool, which the organizations say is a first of its kind for the pharmaceutical sector, was funded by … Read more »

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Construction GHG Assessment Tools in the Works

Researchers at Colorado State University have been awarded a $600,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop measurement and assessment tools that architects and others can use to measure greenhouse gases produced by construction activity in real time. The green building assessment tools will be integrated with existing architectural … Read more »

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Database Tracks Energy Legislation in All 50 States

Colorado State University’s Center for the New Energy Economy (CNEE) has gone live with an online database of energy-related legislation pending in all 50 states. The Advanced Energy Legislation (AEL) Tracker, which was created in partnership with Advanced Energy Economy (AEE), is available to the general public. Read more at … Read more »

Ohio State Wins Environmental March Madness National Championship

The Ohio State University is this year’s Environmental March Madness national champion. The school beat out Colorado State University, George Mason University and University of Washington in last week’s “Finest Four” round of the tournament to win the 2013 title. In announcing the winning university, Lawrence Goldenhersh, CEO and president … Read more »

Colby College Achieves Carbon Neutrality

Colby College has achieved carbon neutrality, two years before its target date. The small Waterville, Maine school says it achieved neutrality by switching to 100-percent renewable electricity starting in 2003 and using sustainably harvested wood biomass instead of oil as its primary fuel for heat and hot water beginning in … Read more »

Colorado State, George Mason, Ohio State and University of Washington Advance to ‘Finest Four’

Colorado State University, George Mason University, Ohio State University and University of Washington have advanced to the “Finest Four” round of the second annual Environmental March Madness tournament. In a format similar to the NCAA Men’s College Basketball Tournament, these schools have survived two elimination rounds, the “Sustainable 16” and … Read more »

Ohio State, CSU Among Environmental Eight

Ohio State University, Colorado State University, the University of Virginia and five other US colleges have been named quarter finalists in the second annual Environmental March Madness, a competition to find the most sustainable university in the country. According to tournament sponsor Enviance, George Mason University, Michigan State University, Middlebury College, the University of California … Read more »