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Aspire to Go Green

Aspire To Go Green



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Sustainability Minor

The foundation course for the sustainability minor SUST 2010 (formerly CU 2010) is open to all majors and is designed to familiarize students with the core values of sustainability. If you are interested in minoring in sustainability, speak with your advisor or contact Jennifer Goree at goree@clemson.edu. For more information, visit clemson.edu/sustainability/academics.

The following resources provide information about the movement to a sustainable world and how you can start making the change to make a difference.


Educational Tools

NASA - Global Climate Information:  Want to know more about the state of our planet? Take a look at what NASA has to say about the causes, effects, and solutions of climate change as well as an overview of other issues that are important to the health of our environment.


The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change:  Do some in depth research on climate science as well as important policy decisions. The IPCC provides some of the most thorough and agreed-upon information of climate change in its Assessment Reports.


Moving Forward

Project Drawdown:  Amid all the discouraging information of impending disaster, Project Drawdown released a plan to reverse climate change in this century. Go look at their top 100 solutions to be inspired and see the future of sustainable development.


The UN released 17 Sustainable Development goals to track progress as part of a 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. Check out the “shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet”.


What Other Schools Are Doing

Sierra Club - Cool Schools Ranking:  Check out where Clemson falls on the Sierra Club’s 2019 Cool Schools list. The ranking reports a score in each of the following areas: curriculum, food, energy, waste, research, and transportation.


Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education:  Colleges and universities make up the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). Explore their website to learn more about top campus sustainability news stories, professional development opportunities, interactive resource center and other information.


Furman University’s Center for Sustainability:  Nearby Furman University is taking the lead in working for sustainability with their David E. Shi Center for Sustainability created in 2008. Visit their website to learn more about how their campus is getting involved and taking action.


National Organizations

Greenpeace USA:  Greenpeace USA is an activist organization whose main issues are: global warming and energy, oceans, forests, nuclear, toxics and genetic engineering. Visit their website to learn more about these issues and how you can get involved.


International Society of Sustainability Professionals:  The International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) is a nonprofit society that allows members to share information and practices. The website includes information about ISSP, discussion forums, upcoming events, publications and an education center that all focus on the issue of sustainability.


Natural Resources Defense Council:  The National Resources Defense Council is an environmental action organization whose main priorities are: curbing global warming, getting toxic chemicals out of the environment, moving America beyond oil, revising our oceans, saving wildlife and wild places, and helping China go green.


ONE Campaign to End Extreme Poverty:  The ONE campaign is a nonpartisan grassroots campaign that works to end extreme poverty and preventable disease across the world, with a specific focus on Africa. To learn more about their campaign, policies and issues, check out this website.


U.S. Environmental Protection Agency:  The Environmental Protection Agency is a U.S. federal agency with the main focus of protecting human health and the environment.


World Health Organization:  The World Health Organization is a United Nations Organization that is taking the lead on global health matters. Explore this website to learn more about health topics, publications, data and statistics, and programs and projects throughout the world.


World Wildlife Fund::  The WWF is a global organization with the overall mission of conservation of nature. Visit their website to learn more about the WWF, what they do, the places and species of focus, their science background, the issue of climate and how to act now.


Looking for a ‘Green’ Career?

Emerging "Green" Fields:  Environmentally-sustainable industries are booming, so environmentalists are need in all fields (from engineering to education). Check out the diversity of “green” jobs and how you could help the planet with your future.


Related Issues

Earth 911 — Making Every Day Earth Day:  Earth 911 is a recycling database that lists recycling locations across the country, as well as provides information and tips on how you can help reduce the impact on Earth.


The Story of Stuff:  Ever wonder what happens to all the ‘stuff’ you throw away? Check out this video to learn more about production and consumption, as well as its effects on the surrounding environment.


Unnatural Causes — Health Equity:  Unnatural Causes explores the racial and socioeconomic inequalities in health. By exploring the website you can learn more about the PBS “Unnatural Causes” documentary, learn more about health equity, how to take action against health inequity, and explore media and documents relating to this issue.


Unnatural Causes: Health Equity Quiz:  Learn more about health equity and put your knowledge to the test. See how much you know about health equity by taking this online quiz.