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Richland Creek Watershed Alliance
“This is the organization that works to protect the watershed for Richland Creek. The creek that runs right behind the college. They have a fun walk/run every Spring.”

Ride for Reading
This organization, started by a school teacher here in Nashville, helps get books into the hands of low income children, while at the
same time promoting bicycle safety and a healthy lifestyle.

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Check out CollegeOnly.

It’s a site where college students can chat and socialize with students on other campuses.

Nashville State Community College is not yet listed, but all a student needs to do is to contact the site creators to be added.

There is also a college interactive TV game show. Featuring the “Game of Boxes”.

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http://www.victorygardenoftomorrow.com/

“The VGoT is a poster-art campaign committed to civic innovation and social progress– better food, better gardens, better cities. It is modern propaganda art for new American homefront values.”  Each year there is a new set of  designs.

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Eat wild

Try steering clear of factory-farmed foods.  Check out eatwild for a great directory: local purveyors of grass-fed meat. eggs, and dairy in all 50 states.

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National Wildlife Federation’s Campus Ecology Fellows confront global warming on their campuses and help to educate and engage the campus community on global warming impacts and solutions.

NWF Fellowships allow students to pursue their vision of an ecologically sustainable future through tangible projects to confront global warming on campus and in the community. Fellows gain practical experience in the conservation field and first-hand knowledge of the challenges and opportunities inherent in successful conservation efforts.
 

Now Accepting Applications for 2011 Campus Climate Fellowships!

 

How to Apply

Please review the following documents and send all application materials to campus@nwf.org.

 

Deadline Extended – Applications due January 31, 2011.

 

Meet Past Campus Ecology Fellows

Since 2000, NWF has awarded 133 fellowships to students across the country working on projects ranging from campus-wide energy audits to implementing sustainable forestry practices. Search the Fellowships database by campus, topic and year to learn about these projects and get inspired!

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Campus Ecology’s Greener Campus Conference Series gives NWF Campus Ecology members and partners the opportunity to hear from leading practitioners in the field on conservation and sustainability topics and to provide a forum for questions and discussion.

Each conference features three to four speakers and provides a question and answer session to encourage discussion among the participants and speakers.

Check out archives from the 2009-2010 Greener Campus Conference Series and previous series below.

 

2010-2011 WEBINAR SCHEDULE:

February 10: Eco-Reps – Training student leaders to model environmentally responsible behavior

February 24: Geothermal on Campus – Clean, green approaches to heating and cooling campuses in all parts of the U.S.

March 10: Green Community Partnerships – Advisory councils and other ways community college leaders are building partnerships for the success of green workforce initiatives

April 27: Green Campuses and Hands-on Training – How community colleges are tapping campus sustainability initiatives to provide hands-on green jobs training

May 12: Green Credentials – Examining diverse certifications and other credentials and their role in facilitating green career pathways for lower-skilled adults and others

July 14: Sustainability in the Curriculum – Successful strategies for integrating sustainability into the curriculum

September 22: Student Perspectives – Green jobs education and training and perspectives from current students and recent graduates

* All webinars begin at 2:00pm Eastern and end at 3:00pm or 3:30pm. 

A dial-in number and URL will be sent to each participant two days before the webinar. If you are unable to participate online a copy of the presentation will be sent to you via email upon request. Webinars are a free resource for Campus Ecology members and partners. Please contact campus@nwf.org with any questions or to suggest webinar topics.

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Greenways Can Achieve Most of 2020 US Climate Goal

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by Dennis Markatos-Soriano

As world leaders gather in Copenhagen to negotiate international strategy to lower global greenhouse emissions, I’d like to share a vision for part of the solution. Greenways and other improvements in bicycling and pedestrian infrastructure can make make a huge impact lowering emissions in the coming decade. Some economists and politicians who drag their feet regarding climate action complain that lowering emissions could come with a difficult price tag. But at least half of Obama’s 2020 goal can be achieved alongside large savings if we seize the opportunity to increase our use of renewable human power for transportation.

In 2009, US greenhouse gas emissions are ~10% above the goal Obama and the House have set for US emissions in 2020 (17% below 2005 levels). So, how do we lower pollution levels in the 2010s?

Transforming our Transportation System from Polluter to Solution

Transportation is currently one of the biggest polluting sectors, accounting for ~28% of US greenhouse gas emissions (US EIA, 2008). Carbon dioxide-spewing cars, trucks, and planes make up most of our national means of transportation. According to a recent study, only ~12% of Americans utilize active transportation regularly today (9% walk, 1% bike, and 2% take the bus or train). By increasing the bicycling and walking share by just 12.5% per year in the decade to come, we can achieve an active transportation share of more than 36% in 2020.

Such an increase in walking and cycling would cut transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions by over 20%, translating into a >5% drop in total US emissions. That’s more than half the goal Obama is aiming for over the next 11 years, and it comes with serious savings rather than costs. The shift would lower our need to import expensive oil by 25% or more than $60 billion per year (based on $70/barrel oil this would cut our trade deficit by more than 10% from 2009 levels). And by reducing demand for oil, it could help prevent a huge spike in oil prices in the 2010s as oil production becomes more difficult from hard-to-reach sites such as deep offshore fields and polar regions.

A 36% share for active transportation is not far-fetched, since countries such as The Netherlands and Sweden already enjoy 50-65% shares. And the health benefits from more active transportation would help keep health care costs from rising so quickly in the future.

There are some investments necessary to make this transition a smooth one. We need to foster more respect between drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians. And we need to improve cycling and walking infrastructure — building greenways so that non-motorized users have a safe, accessible route without competition with dangerous cars and trucks.

The East Coast Greenway is a perfect example of a transportation corridor that is vital to achieving a 36% active transport share. By connecting neighborhoods to schools, work, and play within cities and between cities, this developing 3,000-mile greenway makes everyday use and long-distance travel achievable by everyone from children to seniors. Where financing is lacking for greenways, we are incorporating low-cost but high-impact improvements in bicycling infrastructure such as bike lanes and signage to achieve the safest route possible in the near-term. And we look forward to working with our friends at the Alliance for Biking & Walking and elsewhere to make this vision one that communities and regions all over the US and beyond can embrace.

While efficiency, solar, and wind power are poised to provide the remaining emissions reduction, an increase in the use of our own renewable muscles can help stabilize our global climate in the decade to come. Achieving emissions reductions never felt so good!

Onwards in the Sustainable Energy Transition-

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