Generating Acts of Green

 

An act of green is any activity that educates someone about the environment or reduces your carbon footprint

 

That means that each MobilizeU student activist has the power to decide what type of environmental activities will make the biggest impact in their campus communities during the MobilizeU Month (March 29 - April 20). Not only can you generate acts of green by starting up new environmental projects, but it's also a chance to amplify initiatives your campus is already working on. Generating acts of green is easy, since most activities will count as multiple acts of green.

 

Calculating the number of acts of green for each of your initiatives will be up to you, but the most common way to calculate acts of green is:

number of hours spent planning, implementing, and participating in a project (per person involved)

 

Throughout the MobilizeU Month and the weeks leading up to it, we will suggest a variety of different activities that MobilizeU student activists may choose to organize on their campus, in order to generate acts of green. These initiative suggestions will range from community service projects like hosting a campus clean-up and installing CFL light bulbs around campus, to activism ideas like registering new voters or organizing a non-violent direct action demonstration.

Additionally, we will feature a selection of "big ticket ideas" for MobilizeU student activists looking to make an especially big impact on their campuses while generating a large number of acts of green. Two of these big ticket ideas involve encouraging your university president or administration to join one of the following nationwide initiatives to green higher education:

  • American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC)
  • The ACUPCCis a national effort undertaken by 674 colleges and universities to reduce their impact on global climate change by signing a formal commitment letter and creating institutional climate action plans. http://www.presidentsclimatecommitment.org/
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  • Billion Dollar Green Challenge (The Challenge)
  • The Challenge encourages colleges, universities, and other nonprofit institutions to invest a combined total of one billion dollars in self-managed revolving funds that finance energy efficiency improvements. Participating institutions achieve reductions in operating expenses and greenhouse gas emissions, while creating regenerating funds for future projects. For more information contact: max@endowmentinstitute.org or visit: http://greenbillion.org/

 

For ideas of environmental initiatives to take on during the MobilizeU Month and more information about how to calculate acts of green, check out our Generating Acts of Green Resource.