Like many kids of her millennial generation, Natalie Tran grew up on fast food meals, fried chicken and hamburgers that her parents lugged home after long work days. Today, she’s rethinking that past while working as a student organizer championing “real food” for the national Real Food Challenge, which is taking hold on campuses nationwide.
Campuses continue to show it can be done. The latest to take home a top LEED rating? Binghamton University’s Science and Engineering building.
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 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, a collective effort to find global warming solutions that’s being called the 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.
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.