Five colleges and universities and one high school from across the United States have been awarded national recognition as winners of the National Wildlife Federation's annual Chill Out: Climate Action on Campus competition. This award program is America's leading competition to honor schools that design and implement creative approaches to advance sustainability on campus.
The "National Wildlife Federation applauds the efforts of these young innovators who are so energized to protect their future and the future of our planet's natural resources," says Jeremy Symons, Senior Vice President of Conservation and Education for National Wildlife Federation. "The educators and students have proved it is possible to significantly reduce the pollution that is fueling global warming, and they are creating a clean energy workforce that is prepared to help decrease our country's dependence on oil."
Chill Out participants are inspirational examples of effective and innovative ways to substantially decrease campus carbon footprints, conserve resources and save money. The winning initiatives address the broad spectrum of sustainability challenges, including creating viable solar powered homes, improving school and community energy efficiency, coordinating university-wide curricula and programs and increasing recycling among fans at sporting events.
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