Clarkson U opens an all-local food grill, reducing ‘food miles’ and raising yumminess

Little did they know, when the students of Clarkson University pushed to have a more sustainable campus, they’d be learning to love goat cheese. Even Executive Chef Kyle Mayette admits goat cheese is an acquired taste. But it is a vital component of a delectable chicken sandwich that’s winning over hearts, minds and palates at Clarkson’s new all-local food grill.

Sierra student groups push campuses to expel coal plants

Sierra Club’s “Beyond Coal” campaign has been turning up the heat on coal users, including campuses.

According to Sierra, 60 U.S. universities operate their own coal plants. The environmental group wants them to convert to another source of energy that produces fewer greenhouse gases, which are contributing to rapid climate change. Coal plant emissions also create ground-level pollution and contain mercury and arsenic, which ends up on land and in oceans and lakes.

Focus The Nation Seeks The Two Percent Solution, Tonight

By Barbara Kessler

Focus the Nation, a collective effort to find global warming solutions that’s being called the2percentsolution2.gif country’s largest ever national teach-in, kicks off tonight with a free web cast available to anyone who wants to participate.

The web cast will focus on the “2% Solution,” which refers to the need to decrease carbon emissions by two percent each year for the next 40 years to reach the goal scientists advocate of an 80 percent reduction by 2050. To view the virtual web cast, which begins at 8 p.m. EST, you’ll need to go the Earth Day Television website and download the Flash player.

Focus the Nation: Global Warming Solutions for America will continue on Thursday with hundreds of gatherings at college campuses across the country involving millions of students and faculty and at least 50 U.S. Congressional representatives including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), according to Focus the Nation. Find events on the map the FTN website.

Focus The Nation: Engages Students On Climate Change

focus_the_nation_poster.png By Shermakaye Bass

Some of America’s most progressive and ambitious movements have incubated on college campuses: Civil rights, anti-war, anti-Apartheid, nuclear disarmament, to name a few. And now, global climate change.

It should come as no surprise, then, that a professor, Eban Goodstein of Lewis & Clark College in Portland, conceived “Focus the Nation: Global Warming Solutions for America,” a national teach-in and series of public forums (both actual and virtual) set for Jan. 30-Feb. 1.