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The M.U.M. Review
Maharishi University of Management, Iowa, USA
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1 November 2010

A course on campus sustainability headed to Denver, Colorado, for five days last month to take part in a gathering of enthusiasts who are working to create sustainable campuses around the country.

The 10 students and professor David Fisher attended a conference hosted by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) and heard from keynote speakers ranging from the president of the Alliance for Climate Protection, a nonprofit founded by Vice President Al Gore, to Ed Begley, Hollywood actor and long-time environmental activist.

'Going to a conference to see where we fit in the realm of sustainability in higher education was well worth it,' said Sustainable Living student Victoria Petrovsky. 'There is a lot that made MUM stand out, but there is also a great deal to learn from what other colleges are doing. The main goal now is to see what changes are a priority, and how we could organically implement them.'

Dr. Fisher gave a presentation at the conference on MUM's off-the-grid Sustainable Living Center, which is currently under construction.

The focus of the course was campus sustainability and entailed becoming familiar with MUM's sustainability features, such as restored prairies, geothermal installations, and compost system.

The students also spent time preparing to attend the conference, including planning which sessions they would attend. After returning from Denver, they gave oral presentations to the class about their experiences and findings at the conference.

The course culminated with the students forming teams and documenting MUM's sustainability using a rating system developed by AASHE called STARS (Sustainability, Tracking, Assessment and Rating System).

'This will provide a useful foundation for moving forward with sustainability on all fronts,' Dr. Fisher said.

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