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February 2013

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2013 Greener Campus Conferences & Webinars


We've put together a list of upcoming green events in 2013. Here are a few highlights:

  • March 5: Higher Education Collaboration for a Sustainable Community. SEED/AACC Webinar.
  • April 2-4: National Adaptation Forum: Action Today for a Better Tomorrow. Denver, CO.
  • April 8-10: Climate Change and the Common Good. Notre Dame, IN.
  • April 16-18:  Good Jobs Green Jobs National Conference. Washington, DC.

Are we missing your conference or event? Email us at, or share the event with us on facebook and twitter.

News Corner

New NWF Report on Wildlife, Climate Change

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Sure you've noticed the extreme weather events of the past few months: extended drought, supercharged storms. But do you know the specific effect of climate change on wildlife at your campus and in your community? NWF released a new report, "Wildlife in a Warming World:  Confronting the Climate Crisis" on just that topic.

The report provides tons of evidence that we need to take immediate action in order to protect wildlife. Read more about effects of climate change on wildlife here, and visit our Campus Sustainability Case Study database for over 800 student projects that are reducing fossil fuel consumption and protecting wildlife habitat at colleges and universities nationwide. 

Join AASHE 2013 in Nashville

Abstracts for the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) 2013 conference are due March 21. Join AASHE in Nashville next year! Submit your abstract today

USGBC Names Best Green Schools of 2012

Congratulations to Johnson County Community College, named "Best 2-Year Institution" and Oberlin Collge, named "Best 4-Year Institution" on the U.S. Green Building Council's list of Best Green Schools 2012. The list highlights higher education institutions and communities at large working toward the common goal of universal healthy and high-performing learning places. View the awards here.


Apply for a Campus Ecology Fellowship

National Wildlife Federation is currently accepting applications for both our Campus Ecology Fellowships (open to current undergrad and graduate students of any age) as well as our NEW NWF Emerging Leader Fellowships (open to young professional post-grads age 21-35).

Since 2000, NWF has awarded Campus Ecology Fellowships to more than 150 undergrad and graduate students working on climate action projects on campuses and in their communities, reaching more than 2.5 million students, faculty, staff and community members. 

"The NWF Campus Ecology Fellowship gave me one of my first opportunities to take a formal leadership role in political debates about environmental issues that I was studying in school. It was a formative moment in applying my passions for research and activism in service of a lifelong dedication to the health of social and ecological justice."-- Emma Gaalaas Mullaney, 2005 Campus Ecology Fellow

Please visit to learn more and access application materials. Find out more about past fellows and projects.

Image credit Ian Johnson, 2009 NWF Campus Ecology fellow.

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Connect your Campus with Climate Science 

Do you ever wish you could get your community as excited about climate science as you are?! Speaking of climate science, have you heard about the National Climate Assessment (NCA)? It's a premier collection of facts and figures that proves human-induced climate change is happening now, and that we need to take immediate action to curb carbon pollution if we want to maintain some semblance of normal on this planet.

Between now and April 12, the public is invited to submit comments on the NCA. Let the authors know about a particular section of interest to you, or point out something they may have missed. NWF Campus Ecology encourages you to  engage your campus and community with the findings of the NCA by hosting a forum with a local expert on climate change, or by organizing a "Climate Adaptation Workday." Find more ideas for bringing the NCA to your campus here. Be sure to share your event with us! 

Did you attend an NCA town hall event? Send an email to if you would like to write a blog about your experience


Campus Conservation Nationals Video Contest

The resource-use reduction competition, Campus Conservation Nationals is well underway! Students at nearly 200 colleges and universities are rallying to save energy and water across campus. NWF Campus Ecology invites participants to enter our CCN 2013 video contest. Show us how you're motivating your dorm or your entire campus to use less energy and water! Enter and vote via the NWF Campus Ecology facebook page. Videos must be submitted by April 5, and voting will take place April 6-17. The video with the most votes will win $1000Visit our facebook page for video contest rules and guidelines.


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