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IN THE KNOW EN H A NCI NG + ENGAGI NG + C ON N EC T I NG A PR I L 2 013 THIS MON TH 64 EMERGING TECHNOLOGY 65 TECH WATCH 66 TECH UPGRADE The Greener Side of Tech Green technology initiatives on campus rely on coordination from facilities and IT. by KAREN SPRING ure, it's easy to toss trash into the proper receptacles and to turn off the lights when leaving a room, but how does a university with thousands of personnel, administrators, and students on campus initiate a greener place to live, work, and study? Green initiatives for the higher education sector are everywhere, and there are so many ways that colleges can get involved, from implementing cleaner technologies that use less power consumption to offering vegan dining choices in the cafeteria to properly disposing of old, outdated printers. Sustainability Initiatives Sustainability is a big topic these days, and the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) is at the forefront, providing resources and support to organizations that want to make their campuses greener. For members who want to improve upon or measure their sustainability performance, AASHE offers a framework known as the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) for higher education institutions. STARS is ideal for a campus in the begin- 62 PHOTO COURTESY OF THE WHARTON SCHOOL OF BUSINESS S ning stages of implementing sustainability measures as well as for institutions that are considered leaders in this area. Paul Rowland, AASHE's executive director, says, "STARS helps higher education institutions to better understand the importance of sustainability by providing the resources needed to implement such a program while also helping colleges see what others are doing in this area." STARS offers a large checklist that highlights various suggestions for higher education participants to earn credit for every change that is implemented. These changes include organic COLLEGE PLANNING & MANAGEMENT / APRIL 2013 gardening, sustainability-related college courses, trayless dining in the cafeterias, timers for temperature control, landscape waste composting, and telecommuting. The Wharton School, the business school of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and San Francisco, has implemented a sustainability program, which the operations department oversees. The sustainability program identiﬁes issues and works to identify solutions and implement actions that will help reduce the school's environmental footprint and promote sustainable behavior, WWW.PLANNING 4EDUCATION.COM