Kate Zernike

Higher education can't resist a ranking: best college, best cafeteria, biggest endowment, biggest party school. It says something about what's important on campus, then, that when the Princeton Review releases its annual guide to colleges this week, it will include a new metric: a "green rating,' giving points for things like "environmentally preferable food,' power from renewable sources and energy-efficient buildings.

Cheng Zhiliang
ECO-FRIENDLY: The Beijing University of Technology Gymnasium is built to environment specifications. - PHOTO: XINHUA

BEIJING: Two wells as deep as 2,000 metres would provide heat for a 7,500-seat gymnasium in winter, the competing venue for the badminton tournament of Beijing Olympic Games, and another 12 wells are used for the cooling system in summer.

The Beijing University of Technology Gymnasium will realise zero emission in the use of geothermal energy, and energy consumption would be reduced by 30 per cent, said university vice-president Zhang Ailin.

Pune, June 26 This year's Sant Tukaram and Sant Dyaneshwar Palkhis will comprise an ecological purpose in addition to their religious fervour. In an initiative conceptualised by the Directorate of Social Forestry, Maharashtra State, Pune, school students who are a part of the Eco Clubs formed under National Green Corps (NGC) scheme will be distributing seeds to the warkaris and even guiding them about their plantation.

Manav Sarathi, a voluntary organisation, launched its Greening India programme at Tetelia LP School, Dimoria Block of Kamrup (M) district on the occasion of World Environment Day. Addressing the inaugural function, Dr Manjushree Pathak, president of the organisation, said that the project Greening India is meant for the benefit of rural people of the Dimoria Block and is also designed to create environmental awareness and to promote ecological balance in the area.

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The Prayavaran Mitra Program by CYG Pune, 2008 in association with United Nations Environment Program ( UNEP ) and Indian Medical Association (IMA) had on Thursday organised the "Paryavaran Mitra Din " at Bhairavnath Mandir-Baner especially to educate the residents of the fringe villages. The programme has support from University of Pune, Sarathi, Dada Kondke Foundation, Vasundhara Swatchta Abhiyan and Jetking Info, stated a press release.

Gangtok, May 13: Sikkim is supporting the world environmental concerns

Volunteers clean up the plastic mess left behind by unthinking tourists and visitors. The plastic is used by KK Plastic when laying roads with plastic in the bitumen mixture.

The Social Forestry Department of the State Government has decided to set up National Green Corps (NGC) parks in each district by July 31. In a joint venture with the forestry department, the city-based Poona Club is engaged in wooing environmentalists

GREEN TEAM: Microsoft India chairman Ravi Venkatesan with the Mumbai-based Novices@work team in Bangalore on Friday. The team will represent the country in the global Imagine Cup contest in July in France. The challenge of