Colleges and universities have tens of billions of dollars of purchasing power, so working to green your school’s purchasing of everything from electricity to food to financial services will lead to a greener economy! Check out a great outline of how to get involved in greening campus procurement from AASHE’s Sam Hummel, who I worked with when we were both students on spreading campus renewable energy and sustainability initiatives around NC and the Southeast and who then became the Sustainability Coordinator at Duke University. He was involved in this work as a student and a university employee, so he has some great advice. Read the article here.
Liz is a North Carolina native who first became involved in college organizing around clean energy. She cofounded the Energy Action Coalition (EAC) in 2004 and was involved in the youth climate movement through 2008 including helping to start the international youth climate blog: www.itsgettinghotinhere.org and co-chairing of the EAC Steering Committee from 2006-2008. She directed the Southern Energy Network, a founding member of EAC, from 2006-09. She has collaborated with a number of community, state, regional and national organizations on fighting new dirty energy facilities and promoting cleaner energy alternatives. Through her work she became more interested in broader social justice issues, and her involvement with social justice in Knoxville connected her with the Highlander Research and Education Center, where she has been a board member since 2008 (www.highlandercenter.org). Currently, she is pursuing a masters degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Oregon, but she hopes to soon return to the South. During the summer of 2013, she co-taught the Cycle the Rockies course with the Wild Rockies Field Institute (http://www.wrfi.net).