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2 CT Schools in Princeton Review's Top 50 Green Schools

Just released online, Princeton Review’s 2018 Guide to Green Colleges lists two Connecticut Colleges in the top 50:

  1. Wesleyan University  - Checking in at No. 22
  2. University of Connecticut - Checking in at No. 28

The expanded list of 399 colleges includes the following (listed alphabetically):

  1. Central Connecticut State University, New Britain
  2. Connecticut College, New London
  3. Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic
  4. Fairfield University, Fairfield
  5. Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven
  6. Yale University, New Haven

Follow the link below to read more about how the rankings were determined and for descriptions of each school on the list.

https://www.princetonreview.com/college-rankings/green-guide

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Green Bank gets prestigious gov’t award

The Connecticut Green Bank beat out approximately 500 competitors for a government innovation award from Harvard University, which comes with a $100,000 prize.

The Innovations in American Government Award is presented by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, part of Harvard's Kennedy School. The award began in 1985 and is now given biennially.

Harvard said it chose the Green Bank to recognize its first-of-a-kind status in the United States and its leadership in green financing innovation. The bank, formerly called the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority, says it has helped drive $1 billion worth of clean energy investment in Connecticut.

Harvard judges rate programs for their novelty, effectiveness, significance and transferability.

"The Connecticut Green Bank is an exemplar of how states can meet their climate change reduction targets by working to leverage private-sector dollars to help finance green energy infrastructure," Stephen Goldsmith, a professor and director of the awards program, said in a statement. "The success of Connecticut's Green Bank is spurring the adoption of similar efforts by states and cities across the country, and illustrates how Hartford's innovative approach to green energy financing can create jobs, reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions, and lower energy bills."

Green Bank spokesman Craig Connolly said the quasi-public agency will use the award money to help further its Green Bank Academy in Washington, D.C., launched several years ago to teach other states about green financing.

The academy is also sponsored by the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program and the Coalition for Green Capital

Connecticut last received Harvard's award in 2006, when the university recognized the state's Supportive Housing Pilots Initiative.


 

Link to the full article from the Hartford Business Journal.

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The top 5 green building stories in 2016

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) reports that buildings are the largest contributors to climate change through carbon emissions. They are responsible for around 30 to 40 per cent of global energy usage, consume a third of total resources used, and generate 40 per cent of solid waste.

But buildings can minimize their own carbon footprint when they are powered with and generate clean energy. In the face of rapid population growth and urban migration, green buildings have increasingly grown in importance and have the potential to foster a more sustainable lifestyle among urban dwellers.

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http://www.eco-business.com/news/the-top-5-green-building-stories-in-2016/

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