Jess Caron has always loved nature—perhaps because she has been to 13 national parks, including one in St. Kitts and Nevis, and another in India—and is passionate about saving the environment. She also relishes writing fiction and poetry, and practicing journalism. She is a senior at a science magnet high school and has ambitions of majoring in environmental studies and working in sustainable development in poorer nations.
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America is at an energy crossroads, says Michael Levi, energy expert and member of the Council on Foreign Relations think tank. According to Levi, we are experiencing an energy-related climate crisis—global warming—in addition to localized environmental problems created by fossil fuels. Think the earthquake in Youngstown, Ohio, caused by a shale gas well drilled too close to a fault line.
We are also experiencing two energy revolutions: an oil and natural gas boom and the ascendance of renewable energy technology. With The Power Surge, Levi aims to help Americans understand every intricacy of this country’s energy scene, from energy independence to its economic significance to the environmental impact of oil, coal, natural gas, and renewable energy. [Photo: Courtesy of Oxford University Press]!--/end tags-->
As a senior in high school, I’m constantly thinking about where I’ll go to college. What academic programs does each school offer? What extracurricular and study abroad options will I have? Then, of course, there’s the all-important question: What’s the food like? Because I’m interested in a sustainability- or conservation-related career (not sure quite what yet) and want to live a greener everyday life, I’m also concerned about how eco-friendly my school options are. So, I decided to see which colleges and universities have earned A’s where the environment is concerned. Here are a few of my favorites.!--/end tags-->