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September 11, 2008

Back to School Week -- Classes

Reading_in_the_grass_istock_0000060Rise to the top of the class with our smart suggestions for kicking off a green school year.

Tip #4: Study the Earth

The good news: Students are biking to class and recycling their textbooks. The bad news: They aren't necessarily being taught why these habits benefit the earth.

According to a recent study conducted by the National Wildlife Federation, fewer environmental classes, majors, and faculty programs are offered today than seven years ago. In 2001, 80 percent of undergraduates had taken at least one course on the basic functions of the earth's natural systems; in 2008, however, only 69 percent of undergrads are learning about the planet.

Greening your school might start with a campus-wide switch to compact fluorescent lamps, but don't forget the "lightbulb" inside your head. Demand to receive an education that'll keep you in the eco-loop. If your school's administration is slow to react, don't waste time--start learning with these essential environmental books. Continue to supplement your reading list with selections from Sierra's bookshelf at powells.com.

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