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Sustainable Carolina Farm and Garden's build a hydroponic tower garden in the Honors Residence hall here at the University of South Carolina.

A new generation of Canadian college students is integrating sustainability into daily student life. In the process, they are influencing official policy. At McGill University, a student-run agriculture program produces local vegetables for student dining halls and a Meals on Wheels program. At the University of Toronto, students focus on behavioral changes to save energy, such as turning off the lights when they leave a room. They also support a recycling program that has resulted in one of the highest rates of recycling at any institution in Canada, 74 percent. And at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, just 50 percent of students and staff arrive on campus by car—former parking lots are being replaced by new buildings, which include shower facilities for cyclists. These student projects are supported by university policies.

Coral reef conservation field work by Dr. Stuart Sandin, Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, looking at human impacts on coral reef ecosystems in the Line Islands, which are located in the central Pacific Ocean, and working on conservation and management strategies.

A device called VIVACE developed at the University of Michigan draws power out of slow water currents to produce clean electricity. It imitates the swim strategy of a school of fish.

To reduce the volume of trash going to landfills, Rush University Medical Center in Chicago switched to biodegradable disposal products in the cafeteria and now uses a pulper to grind up compostable material.

The Yale Sustainable Food Project was founded in 2001 by Alice Waters and members of the Yale faculty, and the Project now operates a one-acre organic farm in New Haven and directs a sustainable dining program at the university.

An introduction to University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign's very own Student-run Sustainable Farm!

Sustainable Duke and three students from the Students for Sustainable Living program collaborated to create Duke's first green dorm room for 2010 summer tours.

The University of Memphis' Center for Biofuel Energy & Sustainable Technologies has its own biofuel refinery right on campus.

 
 
 
 
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