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A new report, Going Underground on Campus, by the National Wildlife Federation's Campus Ecology Program, with Energy Action Coalition, APPA:  Leadership in Educational Facilities, GEA, GEO and Jobs for the Future, documents how more than 140 colleges and universities in 36 states are cutting the heating and cooling footprint on campus by 40% or more, creating good green jobs and saving money.  

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The Energy Action Coalition brought together over 5,000 young people for Power Shift 2007, the first national youth conference to solve the climate crisis. This is me, taking pictures onstage as Van Jones addressed the crowd gathered at the Capitol Building. A year earlier, I graduated from the Greenpeace Semester and was catalyzed into the youth climate movement.

The Greenpeace Semester empowered me with the skills and confidence to tackle my generation's biggest challenge: averting catastrophic climate change. By the following summer, I found myself back in Washington, DC organizing for the largest gathering on climate change the world had ever seen.

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Guest Post by Claire Still, Power Shift Recruitment Team

The University of Arizona and Arizona State University have a long standing rivalry. In everything from athletics to academics -- you name it -- the two schools compete for the top. Now, coordinators at both campuses have made Power Shift their most recent contest.

Both schools originally set a goal of registering 20 people for the conference, but that number didn't last for long. As soon as students at the University of Arizona heard about Arizona State University's goals, they sent U of A a challenge. "Tell ASU that U of A is going to get whatever ASU registers, plus one," they said.

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I have had the great opportunity to be a member of the California Student Sustainability Coalition (CSSC). At our statewide leadership retreat we developed tactics for organizing for Power Shift 2011. Our amazing campaign director, Gabe Elsner wrote a sample letter to assist with fundraising.

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