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Win a Grant from FilterForGood for Your Green Idea

brita-filterForGoodThe FilterForGood Eco-Challenge from Brita launched two years ago, and ever since has been rewarding college students for going green. This year, the challenge is expanding to include all students and school levels, from kindergarten to college. The motto: no project is too small.

Brita’s FilterForGood challenge funds student-created projects that help protect and improve the environment. Past winners include University of California Berkley students, who created a sustainable food guide and a group from George Washington University that made their dorm water bottle free.

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UNC Wins Green Dorm Award

UNC-chapel-hill-logoA University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill dorm has been rewarded for improving their energy efficiency. The Morrison Residence is the winner of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star National Building program. The competition challenged 14 buildings to reduce their energy use over the course of a year.

Students living in Morrison Hall competed by floor to save the most energy by unplugging electronics that weren’t in use and turning off lights.  WRAL reported that residents tracked their progress on a touch-screen computer in the lobby. The building’s temperature control and ventilation systems were also optimized to be more efficient. In the end, the dorm cut its energy consumption by 35.7 percent and $250,000 in utility bills.

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Wisconsin Schools Get Hybrid School Buses

school-busIn Ocononowoc, Wisconsin, students will be getting greener rides to school. The Oconomowoc transportation department now has 11 hybrid school buses in its fleet. The buses run on a combination of plug-in electric, inlayed solar panels on the bus roof and diesel fuel. Each bus uses diesel to start, and then switches to electric power when it reaches a speed of about 25 miles per hour.

“We’re increasing the fuel economy by 50 percent, we’re reducing emissions by 30 to 40 percent,” says Sandy Syburg, president of Oconomowoc Transport. The city paid for the original buses, and the hybrid upgrade was funded by a grant from the Wisconsin Clean Transportation Program, a part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

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The Princeton Review’s Greenest Schools

green collegesSince 1991, the Princeton Review has created guidebooks to help students find a college that is perfect for them. These guidebooks factor in everything students would be concerned with, from academics to campus life to majors.

This year, the Princeton Review has released its first annual Princeton Review’s Guide to 286 Green Colleges – just in time for Earth Day.

The Princeton Review collaborated with the U.S. Green Building Council to create the guide, which is 200-pages long and is offered for free online. For students who are interested in attending a green school, this book is a gift from up above.

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