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Universities’ Response to Climate Change Impacts Students’ Decisions


By Dave Lubach Educational Facilities

Climate change — and more notably what universities are doing about it — is having an impact on prospective students’ decisions on where to attend college.

A USA Today online article from Jan. 10 addresses the issue.

Students are not only interested in what the schools are doing to reduce their own carbon footprint but are also interested in how the universities can prepare them for future environmental challenges.

During discussions with maintenance and engineering managers from institutions of higher learning, managers say they work closely with the student body on environmental issues. During recent years, students are more aware of the environmental impact of fossil fuels and are encouraging campuses to turn to systems that are more environmentally friendly.

“Students are graduating to a world where environmental and sustainability challenges are likely to become more and more threatening,” Julian Dautremont-Smith, director of programs at the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education told the Des Moines Register.

Two recent Facility Maintenance Decisions articles profiled energy efficiency upgrades at major campuses: a boiler replacement project at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Vanderbilt University moving away from coal in an upgrade of its power plant.

This Quick Read was submitted by Dave Lubach, Associate Editor of Facility Maintenance Decisions, and managing editor, facilitiesnet.com. Reach him at dave.lubach@tradepress.com.

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