Looking for a little good news about the future of our planet? Schools across the U.S. are back in session, and a number of colleges are moving away from business as usual toward sustainability and health. The University of Washington in Seattle is just one of many examples of how educational institutions can set an example for how to do things the right way:
- UW students are exploring how to use cooking oil from campus eateries to fuel university cars.
- The student body agreed to pay up to $10.50 a quarter to buy renewable electricity -- becoming one of the first in the state to go 100 percent green on the main campus.
- Food compost from the cafeterias fertilizes the flowers instead of going into the garbage.
- Due to pressure from students, campus eateries serve locally grown foods, organic fruits and vegetables and fair-trade coffee.
- Students helped the University build the new Urban Horticulture building in an ecologically friendly manner. The building features a garden roof, second-growth Washington wood and recycled concrete.