News Digest: 'Green' Thinking Continues to Sweep College Campuses

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about some fascinating and encouraging news from other college campuses throughout the U.S. that, in some form or another, are embracing “green” technology and lifestyles.

Since then, plenty has happened at schools like the University of Montana, the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Maryland. Here’s a snapshot of what’s going on at these campuses, with links included to the full stories for further reading.

U. Montana to offer climate change minor this fall

The Montana Kaimin newspaper reported today that a new minor program on climate change studies will be available to students this fall. The program will incorporate studies involving science and social issues as well as looking at potential solutions to climate change.

U. California Regents approve deal between universities, utility companies

The Board of Regents for the University of California system approved a program that could lower energy costs and increase efficiency on a number of UC campuses. The program could save the UC system $36 million, the Daily Californian reported.

U. Connecticut gets a ‘kick’ out of environmental activism

The University of Connecticut began a shoe recycling program as part of Nike’s Reuse-a-Shoe program to cut the school’s carbon footprint and promote environmental awareness on campus, The Daily Campus reported.

The collection kicked off on March 1 as part of Nike’s Reuse-a-Shoe program, a program in which the company collects shoes so that their rubber soles may be turned into running tracks, athletic surfaces and playgrounds. According to the company’s Web site, in 19 years, Nike has collected 22,736,188 pairs of shoes globally.