Colleges and universities are hardly the worst offenders when it comes to producing the greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming. But with about 17 million students, they are massive energy consumers--and some schools say they consider it a moral responsibility to be at the forefront of the green movement.



On June 12, a consortium of colleges formally launched an initiative committing them to a path toward "carbon neutrality"--that is, reducing demand for greenhouse gases, and taking steps to offset the harmful effects of energy production on their behalf.



"When one looks at the major movements for progressive society change in the...

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