Thinking Green

Mindset changes that make a difference

Every action starts with an idea. That’s why, for the seventh annual green issue, the University Business editorial team decided to share some great ideas that have resulted in changes in the way campuses think about food, water, energy consumption, and solar energy. Whether by helping members of their communities realize the impact of the food they eat, or reminding them to carry a reusable water bottle, institutions are seeing huge reductions in their environmental impact. And it all started with an idea. Read the rest of our stories to get the green wheels turning.

NY's Binghamton University Pitches Energy Research

The latest plans to transform New York's four public university centers into top national research facilities and high-technology job producers were released Wednesday in a proposal for a "smart energy" research facility at the University at Binghamton.

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Western Michigan University Named Among The Nation's Most Environmentally Friendly Colleges

Western Michigan University has been named one of the most environmentally responsible green colleges by Princeton Review and the U.S. Building Council's Center for Green Schools.

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Iowa State University Selects LiveRoof for Memorial Union Green Roof

With funds allocated by its Government of the Student Body (GSB), Iowa State University (ISU) is installing an 855-square-foot green roof atop its historic Memorial Union. The LiveRoof® Hybrid Green System from LiveRoof, LLC (Spring Lake, Mich.) was selected for the project.

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Kalamazoo Valley Community College Sees $642,000 In Energy Savings Over Year

The best part of Ted Forester's job at Kalamazoo Valley Community College is seeing the energy bill, he says.

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Greenpeace Blasts Michigan State For Adopting New University Energy Plan

Greenpeace said Michigan State University has failed its students by adopting an energy plan that doesn't go far enough.

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Another LiveRoof Green Roof Boosts Stormwater Management at Loyola University Chicago

In an ongoing effort to promote sustainability by reducing the volume and velocity of stormwater runoff, Loyola University Chicago is installing a green roof on Cuneo Hall, a new academic building. The 2,400-square-foot installation is Loyola’s seventh green roof.

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Haiku Brings Big Ass Fans’ Famous Engineering To Smaller Spaces

Backed by years of research and development and hundreds of prototypes, Haiku, a revolutionary small fan from the company known worldwide for its large diameter, low speed fans, reflects that attention to detail. Its industry-leading efficiency, silent motor, tops-in-class airflow, sustainable materials, quality craftsmanship and minimalist design combine to create the perfect air-moving machine. With eight patents worldwide, Haiku is a true original.

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