By Zulima Palacio
Voice of America
June 23, 2011
Washington, D.C. –More than 300 universities across the U.S. are turning green, meaning environmentally oriented. They are building sustainable facilities, renovating buildings, connecting solar and wind systems, planting organic gardens and reducing their overall carbon footprints. They also have initiated academic programs on environmental issues. Experts call it the largest transformation of colleges and universities in the last few decades.
George Washington University – in urban Washington, D.C. – is having a good strawberry harvest. The sunflowers grew back after the winter, and the zucchinis are looking good. Eloise Smith just graduated from GW and is looking after its community garden.
“These are the little squash blossoms,” she said. “You pick the male ones because those aren’t the ones that will turn into the vegetable.”