Colleges Listening to Student Demand and Going Green

Colleges Listening to Student Demand and Going Green
Colleges Listening to Student Demand and Going Green
The green movement has taken off so suddenly and rapidly after years of lying under the radar that it can even seem like a passing trend rather than a serious commitment to helping the environment. Yet, the green revolution is so much more than just a hyped up fad filled with reusable grocery bags and organic foods. It is a genuine effort to overhaul existing habits and business practices that damage and deplete natural resources. As homes and businesses all adapt to comply with green standards, university campuses across the country are following suit and altering their long-held routines to fit a more eco-conscious future.

The decision for many colleges to go green was not arrived at due to altruism alone. In fact, many schools decided to become more environmentally friendly due to pressure from the student body as well as the positive marketing that such actions would bring. Nonetheless, numerous universities now boast a host of green features. Such eco-friendly attributes include changing the way foods are dealt with on campus. Schools such as Yale University and the University of California at Santa Cruz offer sustainable food options in their dining halls. Sustainable food is food that has been responsibly harvested, most often from local farms. This reduces the amount of environmental impact that bringing in food for the university has, as the school no longer has to truck or fly in its ingredients from across the country. In addition, sustainable foods often adopt the growing standards of organic foods, such banning the use of pesticides on crops and unnecessary antibiotics or growth hormones in livestock. This ensures that the produce yielded is free from chemical contamination.

Other colleges are going green with buildings that have been retrofitted with energy and water efficient systems, such as low flow sinks and Energy Star-approved compact fluorescent light bulbs. Still others have built new structures that were designed to be environmentally-friendly, using efficient means of heating and cooling as well as constructing the building itself out of local and recycled materials. For example, Middlebury College’s Franklin Environmental Center is a LEED Platinum-certified building featuring construction out of recycled materials, energy efficient lighting, and a ground water cooling system.

Student demand for their schools to adopt environmentally friendly practices has been heard loud and clear. Universities are now swept up in a race to become more and more green, resulting in a healthy amount of schools changing from environmental detriments to environmental advocates.
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