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RESOURCES FOR ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS

These resources aid educational institutions in their efforts to alter their facilities, operations, and procurement processes to reduce their carbon footprint; increase awareness; host conferences; conduct research; and offer environmental education and green vocational and retraining programs.

  • The Massachusetts Department of Education 2008 report, “Campus Sustainability Best Practices,” outlines environmental programs and uses examples from universities and colleges across the US.
  • Green Guide for Universities, published by the International Alliance of Research Universities, presents key environmental issues and recommends courses of action for developing a culture of sustainability and environmental consciousness on university campuses.
  • Cool California hosts a page devoted to schools with the goal of helping schools “stop global warming and save money by taking cost-saving actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”
  • The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s general resources page contains links to sustainability blogs, campus profiles, events, and more.
  • The California Student Sustainability Coalition provides resources for students to organize campus movements and information about intercollegiate sustainability events. The coalition has chapters in dozens of California schools and has seven overarching projects on topics like fossil fuel use and sustainability education.
  • The Green Apple Day of Service “gives parents, teachers, students, companies and local organizations the opportunity to transform all schools into healthy, safe, and productive learning environments through local service projects.”
  • New monitoring technology has helped San Luis Costal schools save millions of gallons of water, according to a recent San Luis Obispo Tribune article.