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Student Fee Creates Green Initiative

One school in Texas has created an interesting way to encourage its students to go green. A student funded fee is creating programs across campus to build make the entire campus more environmentally friendly.

Each student pays $1 per semester as an Environmental Service Fee, which is funding 13 projects across campus to make the entire college greener. Projects are looked at by a committee and approves which programs will be created and built on campus.

Green items already approved and currently being worked on are a Living Library, which is being managed by the Agriculture Department and several 3-D signs to mark the compost bins and recycle bins.

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How the Greenest Colleges go Green

In this day and age, many college campuses are creating or growing programs to encourage its students and staff to go green. There are programs in place from recycling programs, water conservation programs, and even competitions within campus organizations to be as green as possible. So, the question is there…how do these campuses do it?

Colleges becoming more environmentally friendly is good for many reasons, besides the obvious. It actually saves universities money where funds are becoming scarcer every year. Also, students who develop the habit of going green now will carry this habit into their adulthoods and make it normal for themselves and everyone they’re around.

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An Amazing Eco-Friendly Campus

Going green can be fun on a college campus and not a bore. One campus recently proved this, as Hunter College did. During the event “Hunter Goes Green” they played games, had competitions, and other events to show the benefits of being environmentally friendly.

The students that created the event are hoping that everyone on campus get inspired and motivated to do their own little part to help the planet. Also, they want everyone to understand that it’s not hard to do, and can even be a little fun.

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Cool Ways to Green your Dorm Room

A small space to do all your living, sleeping, and most of your studying and eating. This is your dorm room. It’s your home while you’re away at college and having to cram who you are into a tiny room can be tough. Trying to be green while doing this can be even tougher. But, there are some cool ways to get it done while helping the environment.

Think green while you’re buying things for your room. There are so many products to buy that are made from at least partially recycled components. Other product are simply better on the environment once it’s thrown out.

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Make Your Classroom Green

Creating an eco-friendly classroom environment many times starts with the teacher. It may be on them to build a green program for their students to learn about being environmentally friendly.

Teach students about recycling, including what can be recycled, how to separate it, and how it gets recycled. Help the students choose eco-friendly supplies and other classroom items to help the environment. Find ways in the classroom and with students’ assignments to save paper or other supplies.

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Greeks are Going Green!

At one college, the member of the fraternities and sororities are doing more than the stereotypical having a good time. They are working toward making the planet better and greener.

It’s actually a competition between several of the Greek organizations on campus to see who can be more environmentally friendly. Every week, they are each given one challenge on one particular way to make campus greener. The organizations are ranked and points are given out based on the winners. At the end, the greenest organization get some great prizes.

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Students Receive Grant for Green Projects

40 schools across the country are receiving $15,000 grants each to further push their environmentally friendly programs. The schools’ projects are everything from green buildings to sustainable campus areas and nearly everything in between.

These teams will work their projects through the Fall and Winter and will present their findings so far at an expo in Washington, D.C. Their results will be part of a competition where the winner will receive a larger grant to move their project further along.

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College Majors Prepare Student for Green Careers

Businesses are putting more and more focus on green positions and, therefore, green careers. Companies are looking to see how they can have employees who are keying in on making them and their customers more environmentally friendly. Many of these careers are within the construction industry, with many buildings being built or rebuilt to be more green, especially with the LEED certification.

Majors such as Environmental Engineering and Sustainability are becoming growing degrees to attain to in many universities. These degrees will help out many companies to become greener within not only their individual organization, but for their future customers as well.

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HBCU Works to be Greener

Historically African-American colleges have wanted to go green but has been tougher due to the amount of funding they may or may not receive. But, many of these schools are stepping up their efforts to become more environmentally friendly.

These schools are establishing conservation programs and are updating their campus infrastructures. Through a grant called the Building Green Initiative, many of these minority-based schools are being able to go green more easily.

Many schools are truly becoming partners with the Initiative to create green-based campus programs and activities, work on creating LEED-friendly buildings, and many other creative methods.

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How Environmentally Friendly is Your Classroom?

Learning about being friendly to the environment can start in the classroom. But how green is your classroom? Is your classroom doing enough to help protect the environment? It could be just a matter of checking over every part of your class to confirm your doing your part.

Check how much water is being used. Is there a conservation program? Do you share it with your class? Look into your classroom recycling program. In your town, are you recycling enough items?

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