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Dartmouth College is investing $500M to become a sustainability leader. Will others follow?


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Dartmouth College is investing $500 million in sustainable infrastructure, focusing on transitioning to a hot-water heating system to reduce emissions. The investment represents a quarter of the institution’s capital improvement plan and aims to reduce emissions by 60% by 2030 and 100% by 2050. Other colleges are also working on sustainability efforts, with a focus on reducing emissions from heating, electricity, and transportation. While some colleges are leading in sustainability, others are lagging behind. Colleges can reduce emissions through strategies like power purchase agreements for green energy and implementing energy-saving measures like temperature controls and building renovations. Cultural and structural obstacles hinder some efforts, but small steps and organizational approaches can make a difference in achieving sustainability goals….

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