Penn State green group EcoAction has been pressing uni-prez Graham Spanier for two years to lower greenhouse-gas emissions and get PSU in compliance with Kyoto (Now!). Last month, the group staged a sit-in in the guy’s office (and also, clearly, outside, as seen in the photo above from It’s Getting Hot in Here). They also delivered about 4,500 signatures of support, including a string of thousands of signed letters delivered via a human chain into his office. Apparently, in a recent campaign, they planted 4,000 red and orange flags along a campus green area to represent the 4,000 students (10 percent of the student body!) supporting their cause — in the process making a nice statement about wind power and creating a can’t-miss-it visual display. Kudos, kids!
And speaking of creative visuals, 41 student teams recently competed in a sustainable design competition sponsored by the EPA and held on the National Mall. The P3 award — for People, Prosperity, and the Planet — includes funding up to $75,000 for the students to see their ideas to fruition.
The winning teams and their ideas, below the fold:
- Appalachian State University, Boone, N.C. Closing the Biodiesel Loop: community based production of biodiesel from local waste vegetable oil.
- Lafayette College, Easton, Pa. Sustainable Water Systems in Honduras — a simple method to remove inorganic arsenic from groundwater sources.
- Portland State University, Portland, Ore. WISE, an interactive Web site for educators and students on a holistic approach to sustainable development.
- Stanford University, Stanford, Calif. The Green Dorm: design and construction of a sustainable facility for residential, laboratory and commons space.
- University of Massachusetts, Lowell, Mass. Cancer treatment drugs from green tea.
- University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich. Growing alternative sustainable buildings from natural fiber, biodegradable or recyclable materials.