Since its inception, the concept of using green energy to turn a profit has slowly infiltrated our world. To be fair, many environmental specialists would agree that the planet at large is still in jeopardy for the consistency with which its inhabitants burn fossil fuels and reject the notion that reusable energy is a credible alternative to harming the environment. That said, many college campuses, nearly 300 in the U.S alone, have been classified as green campuses. Of these, many embrace reusable energy and the conversation of our natural resources as the central theme on which to base their operations. Let’s examine a few.
College of the Atlantic
This campus in Bar Harbor, Maine is a relatively small one, chiefly for the fact that it’s only major is Human Ecology, the study of how humans interact with species in their natural habitats. This college was responsible for starting one of the most important trends in U.S. history with respect to the conversation of our natural resources. Their decision to pledge carbon neutral has been mirrored by almost 300 college campuses in the interim.
Evergreen State College
This Washington State college has lived up to its name, running on green power alone. If having a compost reactor were not enough for Evergreen State College to have earned itself the title of a green campus, consider the organic farm from which they purchase their product. This one-acre farm produces enough food to support the needs of the campus dining service for a full year and still walk away with surplus, the proceeds of which are funneled back into student initiatives and funding for local farm projects.
Vermont is home to a host of natural attractions. From skiing and whitewater rafting to lodging affording patrons breathtaking views of the Green Mountain foliage, this New England state is famous for its ecological preservation efforts. Middlebury College, regarded by many as fertile ground for climate activism, has been a green campus for years. Recently, a group of Middlebury student activists convinced the board of trustees to approve a plan of action that would render the campus completely carbon-neutral by 2016. In the interim, students continue to promote and pursue the preservation of the climate by opting for public transportation over personal vehicles with respect to commuting short distances both on and off campus, and residence halls compete with each other to see who can save the most energy.
This Ohio campus has been green since 2005, using a system that monitors water and energy consumption in the residence halls. This system affords students feedback and helpful suggestions with respect to keeping campus energy expenditures to a minimum. The implementation of this monitoring system continues to result in lower energy costs for the campus at large. Residents have also collaborated with organizations off-campus to create a program whereby commuting students share cars under the pretext of reducing fossil fuel emissions.