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Syracuse University

ROCKPORT — Evan Bianchi of Rockport, a first-year student at Syracuse University, is a member of the University’s prestigious “University 100” student group.

University 100 is a highly selective group of student volunteers who work directly with the Chancellor’s Office and the Office of Admissions to serve as ambassadors of Syracuse University. Members represent the ‘best and the brightest’ of the student body and are selected based on outstanding academic and extracurricular achievement. University 100 members share experiences at Syracuse University with prospective students and parents, members of the board of trustees, alumni and visiting dignitaries in a manner that accurately represents the University.

Unity College

UNITY — One of the most energy-efficient colleges in the United States has signed on to one of the most ambitious initiatives in “green” history.

Unity College joined 31 other institutions on Oct. 11 to launch the Billion Dollar Green Challenge. The goal is to invest a cumulative total of $1 billion in self-managed green revolving funds that finance energy efficiency upgrades on campus.

Unity College, Harvard, Stanford, Arizona State and other colleges committed a total of $65 million to innovative energy efficiency financing initiatives.

As part of the Founding Circle, Unity College has the distinction of being the only institution in Maine to take the lead in making the commitment. The Challenge is inspired by the performance of existing green revolving funds, which have a median annual return on investment of 32 percent, as documented by Greening The Bottom,, a report published by the Sustainable Endowments Institute.

The investments help create green jobs in campus communities, while lowering operating costs on college and university campuses.

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