University students get serious about going green

Mon Nov 3, 2008 6:07am EST
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By Nick Rosen

LONDON (Reuters Life!) - University students may best be known for last-minute cramming, drunken escapades and sleeping late.

But while the rest of the world is focused on the financial troubles flowing out of the credit crunch, some students are becoming increasingly vocal about turning their campuses green.

A single dormitory at the elite east coast U.S. college Sarah Lawrence is a microcosm of what is happening in student communities across the United States and elsewhere.

Formerly Warren House, it was renamed Warren Green at the start of the current semester and its 13 student-residents have adopted a set of eco-rules they are hoping will spread to the rest of the "dorms" on campus.

The college responded with a grant of $150,000 spent on measures such as insulation, water recycling, solar panels and air source heat pumps.

"The initial set of rules were modified since the start of the Semester" said Justin Butler, one of the students.

"We found many more ways to green ourselves and a few problems as well," said the 20-year-old Butler, who is in his senior year of his Writing and Public Policy studies.

The original rules were as follows:   Continued...

<p>Trashed Blackberry phones sit in a bucket during the NBC Today Show in New York April 21, 2008. The phones were to be used by students in an art piece and then recycled for Green Week. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson</p>