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Wind, Solar, Biomass Power UM-Morris

The University of Minnesota Morris is a small school—it has just shy of 2,000 students—but it’s making a big splash with its commitment to renewable energy.

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American University Going Zero Waste by 2020

American University has made it clear that it takes waste management seriously. The university has pledged to reach zero waste by 2020, meaning that it will no longer send any waste to the landfill. It’s an ambitious goal, but AU is already two-thirds of the way there, thanks to an innovative waste management strategy.

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UCSB Leads the Way in Water Conservation

California has long been a leader in the sustainability movement; its public universities are no exception. The university system has taken some big steps to go green in the last several years, one of which was its commitment to reduce water use by 20% by 2020.

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The Future of Green: Solar Sidewalks


**This is the newest installment of our blog series: The Future of Green. Every other Friday we will post a blog about a cutting-edge and futuristic innovation in the world of green technology. Technology is one of several barriers that stand between today’s society and a sustainable future. The innovators we highlight through The Future of Green are shattering these barriers. Make sure to tune in every other Friday for a glimpse into the future of energy and sustainability.

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Climate Change Investment Falls Short

The Climate Policy Initiative just released its assessment of global climate change investment, and the results are disheartening. According to the report, climate change investment—which includes investment in renewable energy, energy efficiency, and adaptation—checked in at $359 billion in 2012, $5 billion short of its 2011 total.

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California Takes Big Step to Encourage Urban Farming

Governor Jerry Brown is doing his best to make California an even greener state. On September 28, 2013, Governor Brown signed a law called the Urban Agriculture Incentive Zones Act. This act, which is set to go into effect on January 1, 2014, gives tax breaks to property owners who lend their unoccupied land to urban farmers.

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The Shutdown and the Refuge of School Food

For many kids, school food provides the main and sometimes only source of nutrition they receive on a daily basis. In some of our nation’s schools, 98 percent of the children depend on this program to eat. During the government shutdown, this program was especially critical for our children due to cuts in the SNAP and other supplemental nutrition programs as well as sudden disappearance of millions of paychecks. But even our school lunch program was in jeopardy.

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The Future of Green: Solar Windows


**This is the sixth installment of our new blog series: The Future of Green. Every other Friday we will post a blog about a cutting-edge and futuristic innovation in the world of green technology. Technology is one of several barriers that stand between today’s society and a sustainable future. The innovators we highlight through The Future of Green are shattering those barriers. Make sure to tune in every other Friday for a glimpse into the future of energy and sustainability.

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Report: Carbon Capture Projects Not Progressing Fast Enough

When the EPA announced last month its intention to regulate the carbon emissions from new fossil fuel power plants, the fossil fuel industry claimed that the emissions standards were largely out-of-reach for coal-fired power plants. In order for a new coal power plant to be built in the US, it would need to install carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology to cut its emissions down to 1,110 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt hour—a reduction of about 60%.

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What Is the Heat Island Effect?

Have you ever noticed that urban areas often feel hotter than their more rural surroundings? The culprit? The heat island effect.

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