At American Public University System (APUS), environmental consciousness can be seen across our campus buildings. From recycling bins in every building to green cleaning products and from solar power to parking lots, our dedication to sustainable practices is evident. Because most of our campus buildings are historic and most were previously used as private residences, there was a general lack of parking available.
In celebration of Earth Day, this week we will share a series of images representative of tangible sustainability efforts at American Public University System. Happy Earth Day…everyday!
The American Public University System (APUS) solar array is the largest solar array in West Virginia. The array contains 1,660 solar panels and doubles as a covered parking lot for staff.
by Sarah Myers
American Public University System is no stranger to adaptive reuse (or “upcycling” on a rather large scale). Etter Hall, the Samuel Washington House, and Gray Hall are three excellent examples of the university lovingly and efficiently renovating older buildings into office space. On a smaller scale, APUS supported my tiny house project for my Master’s thesis where I was able to upcycle many different things for a new purpose.
by Ryan Harding
Years ago, I sat across the table from a good family friend, a (doctoral-level) professional meteorologist and researcher. Talks about weather are usually what we reserve for new acquaintances, and coworkers with whom we have trouble finding common intellectual ground. It is the sort of indifferent congenial nattering in which you unwittingly thrust yourself as you, and the person standing opposite you, search, frantically, through your mental rolodex for a topic of discussion with greater staying power than one whose sole purpose is to–like a news anchor ‘winging it’ to fill empty airtime–serve as short-lasting alternative to apocalyptic awkward silence.
Second Nature recently notified American Public University System (APUS) that the school is a finalist for a Climate Leadership Award. “The annual Second Nature Climate Leadership awards recognize innovative and advanced leadership in education for sustainability, climate mitigation and adaptation and institutionalized sustainability at signatory campuses of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment [ACUPCC].”
Each finalist was asked to create a 1-3 minute video highlighting sustainability efforts at their school.
by Kelly Wenner
We have all read stories about the soothing qualities of nature. From natural remedies that soothe the senses either by consumption or smell, to the effects that outdoor play has on childhood development, there is evidence that the power of the natural world can be harnessed to improve our quality of life. Cornell University Library incorporated this idea recently when it decided to install a temporary lawn in the middle of its University Library during finals week.
Today is World Water Day. Water is essential to all known forms of life and the United Nations’ World Water Assessment Programme estimates that each person needs between 20 and 50 liters of water a day to ensure basic needs are met (drinking, cooking, cleaning, etc.). One in 6 people on Earth, however, do not have access to clean water.
by Beth Gray
In the October 2012 issue of Sustainability: The Journal of Record, editor Jamie Devereaux interviewed Helena Norberg-Hodge, founder and director of the International Society for Ecology and Culture (ISEC). Norberg-Hodge provides some thought-provoking insights about our global economy, its impact on the environment and even its impact on our happiness.
Norberg-Hodge presents a holistic view of globalization and in the end, her analysis of the global phenomenon that has shrunk our world is less favorable than many others’.
I live in Virginia, and Joan loves it here. We have a lot of hills that provides her battery with a quick boost in order to keep the trip alive. However, last week, she took some offense to legislation in Richmond as Governor Bob McDonnell’s proposed to tax electric and hybrid vehicle owners $100 a year for making the decision to drive green.
Once upon a time, say a century or so ago, there was a scourge making its way across the American countryside: the automobile. In his report Automobile in American Life and Society, Martin V. Melosi quoted historical automobile critics as “infuriated with urban car enthusiasts who gave little attention to frightening livestock or disturbing the tranquility of the countryside.” With all the noise these metal monsters were making, a call rose from concerned citizens to do something about these menaces of the public roadways.
- Composting in the Work Place and at Home March 3, 2010
- Water Efficiency November 13, 2010
- Boldly Sustainable: Hope and Opportunity for Higher Education in the Age of Climate Change March 8, 2010
- SS Credit 6.2: Stormwater Design—Quality Control March 2, 2010
- Ready or Not, Here It Comes: Fracking in the Marcellus Shale April 18, 2011
- A Sustainable Yard June 11, 2013
- ACUPCC Releases 2012 Annual Report May 31, 2013
- Exploring the Psychology of Behavior Change May 20, 2013
- Hydro-Fracturing News May 8, 2013
- Hazardous Waste Management and Liability May 3, 2013
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