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green@rensselaer is a new series of articles, blog entries, podcasts, and videos highlighting issues and topics related to sustainability, energy, and the environment. The series will examine the research, student initiatives, administrative efforts, and individuals at Rensselaer who are striving in different ways toward the shared goal of reducing society’s impact on the environment.
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Constructing a More Sustainable Campus  
Constructing a More Sustainable Campus

6/23/10 - From the innovative design of new buildings to the retro-commissioning of century-old Institute landmarks, Rensselaer has embraced sustainability as a way of life and is dedicated to ensuring the ol’ red and white campus is forever green.

Students Using Solar Power To Create Sustainable Solutions in Haiti and Peru  
Students Using Solar Power To Create
Sustainable Solutions in Haiti and Peru

4/16/10 - Students at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute are harnessing the strength of the sun to improve the situation of an impoverished Haitian school and jumpstart a new dairy industry in rural Peru.

Order Up! Sustainable Dining Options at Rensselaer  
Order Up! Sustainable Dining Options at Rensselaer

4/2/10 - The taste for new and original fare is changing campus dining at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. A plethora of delectable meal options — often using local and organic ingredients — can now be found across the campus.

A Semester in the Adirondacks  
A Semester in the Adirondacks

3/9/10 - Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute undergraduate biology student Nicole Nolan recently looked into the murky water of a fish tank here, checking on hundreds of zebra mussel larvae that she studied in the laboratories of the Darrin Fresh Water Institute.

 
Student-Made “Sustain-a-Bear”
Puts Green Spin on Timeless Toy

12/22/09 - Most teddy bears, regretfully, face a lonesome retirement once their owners grow up or move on. With few parents wanting to purchase second-hand teddy bears, and no quick or easy way to sanitize or recycle the toys, most teddies and other plush animals inevitably end up relegated to basements, attics, and landfills.

 
Researchers Reveal That Environmentally Devastating Zebra Mussels Can Be Controlled

12/7/09 - Cloaked in a delicate brown and cream striped shell and measuring a mere inch in length, the zebra mussel certainly doesn’t look ominous. This tiny invasive species, however, has wreaked havoc in waterways across Europe and North America.

 
Switching Gears to Greener Transportation

11/6/09 - Sustainable transportation is not only about what’s under the hood of your car – how you use it also matters.

 
Seafloor Fossils Provide Clues on Climate Change

10/22/09 - Assistant Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Miriam Katz has spent the past two decades studying ancient, deep-sea fossils to reconstruct the climates of Earth up to 250 million years ago.

 
The New Standard of Living and
Learning in the Campus Community

10/7/09 - Students at Rensselaer are part of a diverse campus community of artists, engineers, scientists, athletes, entrepreneurs, community service volunteers, and sustainability advocates.

 
Navigating the Hudson River With Hydrogen Fuel Cells

9/16/09 - A group of ambitious Rensselaer students recently set sail up the Hudson River, propelled by pollution-free hydrogen fuel cells and a clear vision for a cleaner, greener future.

 
Greenlighting a Greener World

9/02/09 - Just a few years ago, most conversations Christian Wetzel had about his research began with a quick explanation of LEDs. More recently he’s noticed that the mention of LEDs — light-emitting diodes — no longer prompts puzzled looks.

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