Top 100 green blogs for students

1. Tree Hugger – This interactive environmental site has proven to be one of the top green blogs on the web, and has even been called “the green CNN.” The site posts up to 30 articles a day, and readers can use the site’s “Climate Culture Calculator” to see how much carbon they can save daily. Recommended posts: “10 of the Best College Environmental Programs in the U.S.,” “Great, Green Back-to-School Gear for College Students (Slideshow),” and “U.S. Colleges Strive for Green Credentials.”

2. Earth911 –  “Earth911.com hosts the nation’s largest recycling directory,” explains Jennifer Berry, the site’s Public and Strategic Relations Manager. “We wanted people to see how everyday events were related to the 3R’s and other aspects of a green lifestyle, and also how our readers can get involved to make a real difference in their communities. We hope that they learn that there are simple, easy and cost-effective ways to help the environment. Also, we hope that they feel empowered through learning more to take action and realize the potential positive impact even the smallest changes can make.” Recommended posts: “7 Ways to Power Up” and “Campus Cell Phone Recycling Could Expand Nationwide.”

3. Mother Nature Network – “I hope that my readers learn, contrary to what Kermit the Frog would like us to think, that it is easy being green, especially at home (or in the dorms),” explains Matt Hickman, writer for the site’s Home channel section. “While many environmentally progressive actions do require some kind of financial adjustment, there are tons of things one can do that are inexpensive and just require simple habit adjustments whether it’s using a reusable shopping bag or being more mindful of electricity consumption. And, of course, it’s not just about buying certain products or installing/using certain gadgets and gizmos – it’s about educating yourself and becoming active within your community.” Recommended posts: “10 eco-tips for college students” and “Smarter back-to-school shopping.”

4. Grist –  The majority of the posts on this site are political and cover environmental news from all over the world. The site hosts an “Ask Umbra” series where readers can send in their questions to get green tips from an expert, and there is also a teacher’s resources section where teachers or professors can learn how to use Grist in the classroom. Recommended posts: “The climate clock ticks faster, a solar campus, butter as biofuel, and 7 more green tales” and “Umbra on choosing a college.”

5. Ecorazzi – Want to save the planet and read up on celebrity gossip at the same time? The articles on this blog cover  a number of different celebrities who are using their star status to make a positive changes to the environment, such as Stella McCartney, Calvin Klein, Halle Berry, and Alicia Silverstone. Recommended posts: “Daughter Of ‘Real Housewives Of New York City’ Star Offers Green College Advice” and “Dr. Oz’s Daughter Pens Bestselling Book Promoting Planet-Friendly Diet.”

6. The Guardian – The Guardian newspaper’s Environmental Blog keeps readers updated on the latest in environmental news, green gadgets, and even politics.  Categories include nature and wildlife, climate change, carbon emissions, renewable energy, and much more. Recommended posts: “Dr Keith Pitcher’s innovation: the eco campus,” “Climate change denial? There’s an app for that,” and “How to make your school more eco-friendly.”

7. Do Your Part – This site is packed full of tips on how to maintain a greener lifestyle and save money at the same time. Their content has also been published in over 70 media outlets in the U.S. as well as ten international media outlets. The site’s founder Terri Bennett was the first female Chief Meteorologist on television in the Carolinas, and hosts the Do Your Part’s daily “Green Dish” videos. Recommended posts: “Make Cash With Old Printer Cartridges” and “A Greener Dorm Room.”

8. Planet Green – Besides writing numerous articles on environmental news and how to live a greener life, Planet Green is also a 24-hour eco-lifestyle television network, and the sister site of TreeHugger.com. Since the site was launched in 2008 it has produced more than 250 hours of “original green lifestyle programming.” Recommended posts: “10 Ways to Promote Green Campus Activism,” “Unemployed College Grads: Stay Green and Save Money With These Tips,” and “Rent College Texts, Save Money, Resources.”

9. Eartheasy –  Eartheasy has been referenced in An Inconvenient Truth, Businessweek, Newsweek, and several books on sustainable living.. They also provide content for The Weather Network and NASA’s Quest program, as well as municipal and school websites. Recommended posts: “One-Pot Cooking,” “Green Gold: the hidden savings of green living,” and “Saving electricity at home has a bigger impact than you might think.”

10. World Changing –  This site has been referenced in numerous publications, such as The New York Times and the Guardian, and claims to help bring awareness to international issues like refugee aid, renewable energy, and how to maintain a greener lifestyle. The site was also named as one of the top 15 environmental websites in the world by TIME magazine, and has won multiple awards for their content. Recommended posts: “Training the Green Collar Workforce: A Role for Community Colleges” and “New School Sustainability: Majors Making a Difference.”

11. Green Economy Post – This unique site covers the latest in political and environmental news, and helps bring awareness to readers on how they can make positive changes to their lifestyles and the world that they live in. Categories include green jobs and careers, scholarships, green recruiting, green marketing, and campus sustainability. Recommended posts: “Campus Sustainability Programs: Putting Universities at the Forefront of Green Movement,” “Getting Scholarships to Pay for Your Green MBA is Not as Hard as You Think – Part 1” and “Who’s Tweeting Sustainable Brands ‘10 – See Our Top 85 SB’10 Tweeters List.”

12. The Green Guide – National Geographic’s environmental blog covers a wide range of different categories, such as energy-saving tips for your home and garden, green parenting, green tips on travel and transportation, and much more. The site also has a “Buying Guides” section where readers can get tips on where to find environmentally friendly air conditioners, bikes, laptops, or refrigerators. Recommended posts: “Mobile Apps Help Find Sustainable Seafood” and “What Is Your Water Footprint?

13. Planetsave – Planetsave’s editor Zach Shahan has a passion for exposing the “constantly evolving environmental problems we face” as well as their “large-scale solutions.” Through the articles, readers can learn about the latest in environmental news, or how to “incorporate greener actions and thinking into their lives.” Recommended posts: “Greenest Cell Phone Companies” and “Global Warming: Is It True? [10-Minute Video Introduction]

14. ecomii – The numerous categories on this blog touch on easy or money-saving tips, herbal medicines, as well as healthy living tips for parents and investors. The site also has an ecopedia, green dictionary, science dictionary, and science encyclopedia. The majority of the topics on this blog are usually health-related, and cover a variety of different topics such as organic recipes, eco-friendly products, and even acupuncture. Recommended posts: “Green Computing” and “Passive Cooling: Using Physics to Ventilate and Cool Your Home.”

15. Eco-Libris - “We started this blog because we wanted to provide book lovers as well as publishers and authors with resources and information on how to make reading more sustainable,” writes Raz Godelnik, CEO of Eco-Libris. “We also use the blog to promote books that are printed in an environmentally sound manner and explore and new challenges such as how really green e-books are. We hope readers, including college students who are large consumer of books, will become more aware of the environmental issues we explore and discuss on the blog.” Recommended posts: “Is E-Reading Really Greener?” and “10 Ways Geolocation is Changing the World.”

16. Student Switch-Off – Even though it isn’t necessarily a blog, this interactive site has environmental quizzes and articles on the latest in green news. Students from various UK-based universities can participate in the Student Switch Off campaign or send in personal pictures to receive prizes for their green deeds. Recommended posts: “Student Switch Off exceeds carbon saving target” and “The Student Switch Off passes 700 tonnes.”

17. The Good Human – Since 2006, this site has published over 1,800 posts which touch on both environmental and political issues. The site’s author states that he hopes readers will learn how to live a greener lifestyle without “being made to feel guilty or like they were not doing enough.”  Recommended posts: “Products You Can Share With Others To Reduce Consumption And Waste,” “16 Ways To Reuse Old Coffee Grounds,” and “12 Reasons To Stop Drinking Bottled Water.”

18. Cool Tribe – On this site readers can learn how to “green your finance,” “green your fashion,” “green your brain,” “green your pets” and much more. The authors describe their blog as an “eco-ethical online community” because users can share green news and tips, and post their own pictures and videos.

19. Green Student U – “College students are an important target audience because the habits and world views that they establish today will provide them with the tools they need for their future,” as written on Green Student U’s website. “By informing students of up-to-date ecological concerns and providing the advice they need to tackle these concerns, Green Student U will help advance the green movement for both current and future generations.” Recommended posts: “How to Find an Eco-friendly Campus” and “10 Ways to Make Your School a Green Campus.”

20. Fake Plastic Fish –  The sole mission behind this blog is to educate readers on the overwhelming amount of toxic chemicals and products entering our oceans, or how to reduce the use of plastic in our everyday lives. Get tips on everything from plastic-free living, organic towels, re-usable grocery bags, organic snacks, or how to store produce without plastic. Recommended posts: “In Hell, they drink Le Froglet wine in individual plastic wine glasses” and “Toxic Food Packaging Labels.”

21. The Eco Diva – Because every diva needs fashionable clothes and beauty products, this site updates readers on eco-friendly cosmetics, fashion and accessories. The site’s author also writes reviews for the products on her site, and readers can submit questions for the weekly “Ask The EcoDiva!” series. Recommended posts: “Fast, Easy and Cheap DIY Recipes For Face, Body And Hair” and “Top 5 Benefits to Using Eco Friendly Beauty Products.”

22. ecofriend – On this site readers can get updated on the latest gadgets, products, technology, and lifestyle trends. The majority of the articles  focus on environmentally friendly vehicles, such as vegetable oil-powered buses, or solar-powered gadgets. Recommended posts: “High-tech, green backpack for the Campus of the Future,” “10 eco-friendly classrooms and schools teaching green lifestyle,” and “Solar-powered Transit Shelter promises safety to both occupants and environment.”

23. Toxic Beauty – “I started Toxic Beauty Blog to let more people know about this issue so they can make safer cosmetic choices for themselves and their family,” explains blogger Robin Adler. “I hope readers of my blog will learn about which toxic ingredients to avoid and the ill effects they can produce as well as safer, organic alternatives they can happily use. Hopefully, younger readers, such as high school or college students can learn how to go green at an earlier age so they can reduce or even avoid health problems from using toxic products in the future.” Recommended posts: “The Story of Cosmetics” and “A Gift From the Bees.”

24. EnviroGadget - “I hope that readers will be inspired to seek out energy saving/water saving alternatives when purchasing gadgets, or at least consider buying gadgets that have a strong eco-friendly aspect to them,” writes eco blogger Dan Harrison. “For students, I’d like to inspire them to create more eco-friendly products, both gadgets and non-gadgets. There’s a massive market out there, shown by the huge following of Envirogadget. Therefore there’s the potential to make a great career out of green products and services.” Recommended posts: “Juicebar Pocket Solar-Powered iPhone and iPod Charger” and “Battery-Less Hydro Powered Calculator.”

25. Sustainability at Harvard – Students and professors from all over the world can learn a thing or two from Massachusetts’ Harvard University Office for Sustainability’s blog. “The Sustainability at Harvard website serves as a hub for efforts to make Harvard a greener place,” explains Lev Rickards. “Faculty, students and staff contribute to stories about these efforts and share what they have learned with the whole campus and the wider community. Recommended posts: “Students’ environmental involvement on Youtube,” “Setting Up Waste Disposal Facilities in Labs” and “Web-based Display Tracks Campus Energy Use.”

26. The Greenists -The articles on this blog cover everything from green beauty products, organic food and liquids, or how you and your pet can live a greener lifestyle. The site is written by multiple authors, some of whom work in the educational field, and inspire students and teachers to think of new ways to increase their energy efficiency. Recommended posts: “10 Environmental Studies Programs You Should Know About” and “Book Review – Ten Ways to Change the World in your Twenties.”

27. Civil Eats – “Civil Eats is a site with over 40 diverse contributors covering food and environmental health from the ground up, to the policy coming out of Washington,” writes Paula Crossfield, the site’s Managing Editor. “We hope to provide a place that anyone can join in the conversation, from those new to the issues facing the food system to the experienced policy pros.” Recommended posts: “Feeding College Students One Garden at a Time,” “Finding a Farm Apprenticeship” and “School Gardens Across the Nation, and a Resource List for Starting Your Own.”

28. Ethicurean – All of the posts on this blog cover green recipes, eco-friendly food products, and how to grow your own fruit and vegetables. The Ethicurean has been referenced in Real Simple magazine as one of “The Best Blogs” in 2008, the Washington Post, the Sydney Morning Herald, and was even recommended by Andrew Zimmern, a food writer and host on the Travel Channel. Recommended posts: “Students slice and dice for a better future in ‘Pressure Cooker’ documentary” and “Freeze! Avoid food waste and save time with these savvy tips.

29. Eco-Chick –  Winner of the 2010 “Best of Green” award by Treehugger.com, the articles cover everything related to women’s environmental issues such as the latest in eco fashion and natural beauty products. The posts also touch on numerous fashion designers as well as locally produced organic cosmetics, creams, and lotions. Recommended posts: “Profits Before People: 7 of the World’s Most Irresponsible Companies” and “Got Environmental Issues? The Next Generation’s On It with Solutions-Oriented Projects Galore.”

30. Life the Green Way – “I had a very ‘green’ upbringing, splitting my time between our family farm in rural Alabama and Birmingham,” writes Elena T. White, founder and author of Life the Green Way. “I learned how to waste as little as possible and how to grow, cultivate and harvest fruits and vegetables.  I recycled aluminum cans (in the city) for spending money.  I started the blog to share information with mainstreamers to show them how to live a more sustainable lifestyle. I hope that readers will see how easy (and cost-effective) it is to live a greener life and how even small changes can make a big difference.” Recommended posts: “Feeling Drained? Vampire Energy Can Suck the Life From Your Utility Bill!” and “8 Easy Ways to Save Green.”

31. Enviroblog – This award-winning blog updates readers on the various popular products that contain toxic chemicals. Gets tip on how to avoid these toxins by reading the site’s articles on eco-friendly sunscreen, infant formulas, mineral-based make-up, and much more. Recommended posts: “Test your knowledge of cosmetics safety: 8 myths debunked,” “EWG’s Tips to avoid BPA exposure” and “Toxic parties? You bet.

32.  It’s Getting Hot in Here – The authors call their site “the voice of a growing movement” and a “community media project.”  The articles consist of the latest in political and environmental news, as well as student and/or youth leaders who aim to “stop global warming” and to “build a more just and sustainable future.”Recommended posts: “Jack Black: Clean Energy Hero” and “2010: The year nature struck back?

33. 365 Ways to Go Green – “I was doing a lot of talking about “going green,” but what was I doing?” writes eco blogger Mike Lieberman. “So I posed a challenge to myself to perform one simple green act a day for a year and to document them to hold myself accountable. These are simple green acts that you can also do without rearranging your daily lives.” Recommended posts: “Day 342: Turned Off Faucet While Washing Hands,” “Day 26: Used Shower Water for Plants,” Day 315: Used Vinegar to Clean Oven,” and “Day 153: Set Screen Saver To A Black Screen.”

34. Cheap Like Me – “I have been trying to live an enjoyable life — and not a deprived life — since I was in college, when an environmental science class changed the way I saw the world,” explains Susanna Donato. “I initially started blogging about my methods to save money while still living “rich,” and as time went on I realized that many of my frugal habits, like buying things used, fixing existing things, and buying the most delicious produce and meats — which often happen to be raised organically and locally — also have a lower environmental impact than living conventionally.” Recommended posts: “Check in to keep electricity bills low” and “10 ways to save money while saving waste.”

35. Green-Talk – “I have been turning greener for over a decade mostly due to my children who have learning disabilities and allergies,” writes author Anna Hackman. “I was (and still am) convinced that the products we eat and use [have] caused their disabilities and allergies.” Anna hopes to inspire her readers not only to lead a more sustainable lifestyle, but to also reconsider their shopping habits: “The future and our Planet will be in their hands. If they buy fair trade, organic and environmentally friendly products, then more and more companies will change their ways to accommodate the market.” Recommended posts: “Drink Organic Beer Responsibly” and “Organic Vodka, Starting From Square One.”

36. Groovy Green Livin – “I have made some pretty substantial lifestyle changes in my own life over the past 12 years, [and] I have been inspired by the positive results that have come from those changes,” writes blogger Lori Alper. “After so many years of research and educating myself I wanted to share this information with others. It is my hope that my readers pick up a thing or two from my posts that they can carry into their own personal lives. Ultimately, I would hope they would pass the information on to others.” Recommended posts: “Top 12 Fruits and Vegetables to Buy Organic” and “Send Your Kids Back to School the Eco-Friendly Way.”

37. Organic on the Green –  This award-winning blog is tailored for university students, professors and administrators; and its mission is to “feed the organic revolution in campus dining.”  The two authors are both students at Colgate University: Shae Frydenlund is majoring in Environmental Geography, and Nina Merrill worked as an intern with the Communications Department at the Organic Trade Association (OTA). Recommended posts: “Organic on a Budget” and “Organic Farming for Credit.”

38. Vegan Beauty Review – “I really wanted to show the world that not all vegans are crunchy granola hippies, and that we can be girlie and glam while following a compassionate lifestyle,” explains author Sunny Subramanian. “I want my readers to learn how important it is to buy cruelty-free, natural and environmentally-friendly beauty products. Animal testing is useless and cruel (and NOT required by law), and most conventional beauty products contain so much toxic crap anyway, that the only logical and ethical choice is to buy clean cosmetics.” Recommended posts: “There’s no shortage of vegan Halloween candy!” and “Make Your Own Body Scrub at Home.”

39. Big Green Purse – “I write my blog to help people make green choices that make sense and that won’t cost them a fortune,” explains Diane MacEachern. “That we should all consume less; that we should choose the most environmentally friendly products and services available; and that when we shift our spending to safer goods, we create incentives to company to reduce pollution and save energy. The way we spend our money matters – no matter how much or how little we spend.” Recommended posts: “Five Steps to a Greener, Cleaner Drain” and “Clean Drinking Glasses with Toothpaste.”

40. Climate Edu – From the National Wildlife Federation, the authors of Climate Edu educate readers on how colleges and universities from all over the world are adapting to greener practices. This site is a blog-version of a bi-monthly online newsletter which provides readers with various resources, book reviews, tools, and editorials. Recommended posts: “Are Green Jobs Programs Justified?,” “Forestry Schools Trade Pat Equations for Critical Thought,” “Community Colleges Step Up to Train Clean Energy Workers” and “Psychology and Social Science Inform Climate Campaigns.”

41. iGreen Spot –  The majority of the posts on this blog cover the latest in green technology, transportation, design, and concept. Categories include architecture, home and kitchen appliances, product reviews, solar energy, and much more. Recommended posts: “Conserve Insight: Allows You To Save On Energy As Well As The Environment” and “Love Coffee? Then Love The Eco Kettle.”

42. EcoStreet – EcoStreet’s articles are directed towards a younger audience who want to stay updated on the latest environmental news and gadgets. As written on the site’s webpage: “Walking the green walk can be a rich and rewarding experience…That’s why we don’t rap others over the knuckles or berate them for choosing the lifestyles they do, but rather strive to inspire simplicity and creativity as we walk the green path ourselves as ambassadors of the earth.” Recommended posts: “7 groovy handmade recycled gifts to make & give” and “Play It Again Sam: Alternatively Powered Radios and Players.”

43. Haute Nature –  Author Holland Seydel works as an oil painter, sculptor, and furniture/architectural designer, and writes about the latest in eco-friendly home furnishings, decor, design, and products. Readers get updated on the latest  eco-art, medicinal herbs, recyclable materials and clothing, and much more. Recommended posts: “paper work: recycled magazines” and “indigenous designs: eco fashion.”

44. Re-nest – This site is a great resource for all you artsy students looking for environmentally friendly ways to redecorate their dorm rooms or apartments. The articles also provide tips on eco-friendly products you can use in your home, how to recycle your old clothing, and architectural designs from all over the world. Recommended posts: “How To Make a Homemade Wasp Trap” and “49 Creative Reuse Ideas That Will Inspire & Surprise You.”

45. Politics of the Plate – ”Unlike many other political issues, well-informed consumers can actually make changes occur through their buying habits,” explains Barry Estabrook. “Note the increase in local food at some campus cafeterias, college students were key to getting chain restaurants to agree to pay tomato pickers fairer wages, food service companies such as Compass have become very aware of food issues because of the influence of college students they provide food to.” Recommended posts: “Newsbites: Wine Drinkers to the Rescue–Popping Corks Saves Endangered Forests; Shrimp on Prozac (No, They’re not Depressed About the Oil Spill); There’s Oil in Them There Cereal Boxes” and “Newsbites: Oil Enters the Gulf Food Chain; Ohio Farm Aminals Break Free of Crates; Undocumented Workers Tell Americans to “Take Our Jobs!” Farmers Turn up Noses at Monsanto’s GM Soybeans and Corn.”

46. The Girlie Girl Army –   Blogger Chloé Jo is a “NYC local celebrity,” and was named as one of the Hot 100 by HEEB Magazine. She was also the host of Celebrity Dirt on RiverWired, and has made cameos on several popular television shows. She describes her award-winning site as a “Glamazon Guide to Green Living” or “‘Sex in the City’ with brains and a pit bull.” Recommended posts: “New Vegan Recipe Finder iPhone App” and “How To Really, Truly Save A Dime.”

47. Climate Neutral Campus – From the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), this site serves as a great resource for college and university students, faculty, and even IT professionals. The articles also include case studies of various universities who have transformed themselves into environmentally friendly campuses. Recommended posts: “Visions of Sustainability in 2050,” “Minority-Serving Institutions: Harbingers of Education for Sustainability” and “Education for Sustainability Blueprint.”

48. The Green Life – The articles on this site not only cover the latest in environmental news, they also touch on various eco-friendly products, or how to adopt an earth-friendly lifestyle. There are also numerous articles covering the latest in environmental literature and films, green fashion, and home design. Recommended posts: “Share Some Sugar: A Site to Reduce Consumerism Through Sharing,” “Green Your School” and “Organic Coffee Causes College Buzz.”

49. Eco Vegan Gal - “I want to show readers how easy and rewarding it is to make changes,” writes author Whitney Lauritsen. “My main message is one of simplicity – I believe that the best way to save the environment is to reduce excess from our lives and focus more on necessity. However, it is important to convey that being green doesn’t equal a bland life – it can be fun and exciting, and my goal is to show my readers how to achieve that.” Recommended posts:  ”How to Gain Weight on the Vegan Diet,” ”Easy Vegan Meals in Less Than 15 Minutes” and “Way Better Baked Mac ‘n’ Cheese.”

50. Urban Organic Gardener – Eco blogger Mike Lieberman, (also known as CanarsieBK around the web, and author of “365 Ways to Go Green”), entertains readers with his vegetable gardening  journey. Although most of the articles provide tips on how to maintain your own garden, some posts also touch on some of the humorous trials and tribulations that go along with planting dill seeds, tomato plants, and much more. Recommended posts: “Is Growing Food in a Plastic Container Safe?” and “Testing Soil Amendments: Manure Tea vs Compost.”

51. People and Planet –   “Our blog is written by a range of young people actively involved in the People & Planet network,” writes Louise Hazan.  “We are the largest network of student groups in the UK campaigning on world poverty, human rights and the environment. People & Planet’s Grassroots Blog aims to help young people share their opinions, perspectives and campaign ideas with others to inspire them to take action on the biggest issue facing our generation: climate change.” Recommended posts: “Scoop a bargain: the rise of student food coops” and “Where Are The Facts? Climate Change And The Science Of What We Don’t Know…

52. Ecosize Me – “I was inspired to write Ecosize Me because I wanted to share my passion for environmental education and environmental conservation,” writes Tracy Purrenhage is also co-owner of Earth-Smart LCC, a company which provides environmental educational programs. “I really hope our readers will learn to appreciate and respect our natural environment; realizing that even though we live in an instantly-gratifying, convenient and disposable society, that living and being green is truly easy and can be accomplished with small, deliberate steps.” Recommended posts: “Are We Too Lazy to Save the Planet?” and ”

53. The Jew and the Carrot –  ”The idea [of our blog] is that it be the center of any goings-on in the New Jewish Food movement which is centered around sustainability and connected to food justice, environmentalism, etc.,” explains author Mara Friedman. “As for college students, I think it’s a great resource to learn about “current events” in the sustainability ‘world.’  I think another thing that college students can gather is that choices matter, even if you don’t have the money or time as a student to buy all organic straight-from-the-farm produce, you can still make sustainable choices and contribute to the green movement simply by your actions.” Recommended posts: “Raw Milk-Why Mess With Udder Perfection?” and “Students on the rise: ‘lets get CoFed‘”

54. EcoGeek – EcoGeek’s founder Hank Green started EcoGeek as a class assignment when he was in graduate school. Since then, he has appeared on Planet Green’s nightly news show “G Word,” and has been featured in various publications such as Mental Floss Magazine and The New York Times. Recommended posts: “How Green is Your Bracket?,” “Colleges Look to Cut Down on Paper with Kindle” and “Europe Will Be Powered By Saharan Sun in Five Years.”

55. Inhabitat –  Readers of this site can get updated on the latest green architecture and design, products, fashion, and art. Creator Jill Fehrenbacher is a designer from NYC who has a passion for “investigating emerging trends in product, interior, and architectural design.” Recommended posts: “America’s First Bookless Library Coming Soon to Texas,” “Stanford Scientists Create the World’s First Peel-and-Stick Solar Cells” and “Ingenious 14 Year Old Invents Solar Powered Water Purification System for the Developing World.”

56. Let’s be Green Together – Cathy Herard started her blog to document the ways her and her family were saving money by going green. Because she is a vegetarian, the majority of the posts cover various easy and cheap recipes as seen on her “Meatless Monday” series. Recommended posts: “Tips for a Greener and more Simple Bookshelf,” “Greener Living is A Good Habit” and “Healthy Fruit and Yogurt Smoothie.”

57. Australian Youth Climate Coalition – Since 2009, the AYCC has been involved in several environmental projects such as Power Shift, Australia’s first national youth climate summit, Youth Decide, the world’s first national youth vote on climate change, and many more. “Young people in particular will be impacted by climate change and it is important there is a way to discuss those issues,” writes National Director Amanda McKenzie. “I hope readers will take inspiration from the blog to take action on climate change and sustainability.” Recommended posts: “UQ Climate group visit Climate Skeptics” and “What do sustainability, Asia, and Indigenous Australia have in common?

58. Campus Ecology – “[We were] inspired to start writing an environmental blog to serve as another outlet to provide resources and insight to college and university communities about current best practices in campus greening, and climate action,” writes Courtney Cochran. The Campus Ecology Program Assistant. “We hope that our readers will gain perspective on how to initiate change on their campuses and be climate action leaders within their colleges and universities.” Recommended posts: “LeadAmerica Students Get a Lesson in Environmental Leadership” and “Campaigning for credit.”

59. No Impact Man – Eco blogger Colin Beavan writes on various environmental issues that are making the headlines, specifically the BP oil spill. He also released a book and a film, both titled “No Impact Man,” and has been described as “a liberal schlub who got tired of listening to himself complain about the world without ever actually doing anything about it.” Recommended posts: “The Senate decides to do nothing about climate change… and what you can do” and “Denison University students go No Impact!

60. Talking on Common Ground – “I created Talking on Common Ground to address the practical side of living greener, but every so often the topics stray from just living greener directly,” explains Kelly Barrett, who is also author of Local Foodie Fight. “It was designed to be a bit broader so I had wiggle room to talk about issues that interested me. I hope that [college students] learn to be critical thinkers, to see from both sides of an issue to understand that there is a practical end of living green that must be sustained or else that product or service or way of life is just not going to be realistic for the long-term.” Recommended posts: “7 Attitudes to Lose” and “7 ways to green your life while saving money.”

61. Project Laundry List – Alexander Lee was inspired to start his blog after the New York Times’ “Room for Debate” blog wrote an article on green laundry tips which received numerous comments from readers. “We are partnering with Seventh Generation and they, too, find that there is a great response to topics related to laundry,” he explains. Readers of this site can incorporate these green laundry tips in their everyday lives, whether it be at their campus gym or their dorm room. Recommended posts: “Washing with cold water has a bigger impact than you might think, says new study” and “Drying in Winter.”

62. Alternative Consumer – “At Altcon we try to introduce people to products and services that are produced in a more sustainable, eco-friendly fashion than many mainstream products that can be poorly made, mass produced in places like China, or disposable landfill-bound junk,” explains Maureen O’Connor. “Consumers need to look at a products entire lifecycle when making a purchase.  Search out the ‘greener’ alternatives which can often include not buying anything at all, making it yourself, or re-using, or upcycling something that already exists.” Recommended posts: “5 Easy Ways to Go Green” and “Top 3 Green Graduation Gifts.”

63. Glamology –  ”Out of my own search for natural products and education about the beauty industry, I created Glamology to help educate others on the dangers of conventional skin care products and to help people make healthy and responsible lifestyle choices,” explains Charmaine Leah Cianciullo, who works as a professional esthetician and skin therapist. “The average adult uses 9 personal care/cosmetic products daily and is exposed to over 168 chemicals each day. What I really hope readers learn is that we all need to be more aware about what we buy and what products we use.” Recommended posts: “Top 10 Safest Sunscreens – 2010 EWG Sunscreen Guide” and “Tips to Green Your Beauty Routine.”

64. Inside Urban Green –  This blog covers everything plant-related: from indoor plants, plant maintenance, gardening, plantations, and fresh food produce. Categories include artificial lightening, balcony gardening, botanical gardens, climate change, plant furniture, and recycling. Recommended posts: “McGill University Edible Campus,” “A Green Kitchen Can be Now” and “Going to School for Landscaping.”

65. Condo Blues –  “I grew up in a family that didn’t waste things and we fixed items that were broken instead of buying new. Green living is nothing new to me,” writes Lisa Nelsen-Woods. “I started Condo Blues to share those green living tips and tricks I learned to give others several options for doing the same green thing. That you don’t need a movie star budget or live in one of the green hot spot areas to live a more environmentally friendly life. And if you’re trying to save money, doing it the green way more often than not, is going to save you money too.” Recommended posts: “10 Ways for College Students to Go Green on the Cheap” and “How to Identify BPA Free Plastics the Easy Way.”

66. Green Inspiration –  This blog is written by two Moms who were “inspired” to start an environmental blog after falling in love with a bag made out of recycled candy wrappers. Besides writing articles on eco-friendly bags, other posts cover topics like nutrition, recycling tips, and beauty products. Recommended posts: “The Tide is Turning to Method,” “Paper Avalanche” and “Greening Your School Supply Shopping.”

67. The Cheap and Choosy – This ESL teacher educates readers on how to live a greener lifestyle and save money at the same time. The majority of the posts cover product giveaways, how to simplify your grocery list, and numerous nutritional recipes. Recommended posts: “Toiletry Tips Part Three: Adios Facial Scrub!,” “Switchin’ the Kitchen to Cloth – Part Two” and “Two Toiletry Tips-Little Ways to Save.”

68. Campus Green Builder – This site has a primary focus on how universities and colleges can adopt greener, architectural designs for their campuses. It also provides numerous case studies as well as announcements of campus sustainability events, conferences, workshops, summits, webinars, and courses. Recommended posts: “Preserving history with building green practices,” “The Virtual Green Movement” and “Howard U Bookstore Employs Go Green Marketing Strategy.”

69. The Discerning Brute – “The Discerning Brute has a lot to do with reclaiming manliness in the sense that the popular gender definition of ‘male’ is very along the ‘Brute’ lines, and being ‘Discerning’ from both an aesthetic and ethical persective is often viewed as feminine and weak,” writes Joshua Katcher. “With my blog, I am trying to showcase that you can be a man and still care about stuff. A protector, defender, hero is the man of the 21st century. Anything and everything pertaining to an ethically-handsome lifestyle for men who enjoy food, clothing, art, and culture.” Recommended posts: “Meat Is (Still) Murder” and “Blazers and Suits for Gentle Men.”

70. Do the Green Thing – “The main purpose of our blog is to act as an ‘inspiration feed’ to readers,” writes author Katherine Hui. “Our hope is that people see this and feel compelled to get involved/start something/change their behaviour/share with others/ be inspired…Being an environmental charity, maintaining a blog is something that we as an organisation feel is important for engaging with our readers and for showcasing new ideas and current discussions and debate within the environmental realm.” Recommended posts: “5 things you probably didn’t know you could rent” and “A view from NASA.”

71. James’ Blog – Author Dr. James O. Jenkins works as a Senior Lecturer in Environmental Management at the University of Hertfordshire in the UK. He was inspired to start a blog to educate his students on environmental issues, the latest in politics…and Noam Chomsky. Recommended posts: “Why we disagree about climate change,” “Is Geography the New History?” and “Toxic Fuels.”

72. Green Beanie – “I started as a green home and lifestyle consultant a few years ago and the blog was a natural way to get answers to friends and clients about how to live a greener lifestyle,” writes Caroline Howell. “My interest in the field came from concern over the correlations between health and the environment, after my mother passed away from breast cancer and my son developed asthma. That being green doesn’t have to be a complete overhaul of your life or home, and that little changes can make a difference.” Recommended posts: “Getting your school into green” and “A Greener College Experience.”

73. Getting to Green – “If there’s one thing I hope students will get from my posts, it’s that their institution probably isn’t as monolithic as they probably experience it to be,” states  G. Rendell, an administrator at an American university. “…sustainability isn’t just about the environment, or even ecology.  It’s about every single thing that we need for existence.  And that our offspring (and their offspring, and their offspring’s offspring) will need in order to lead happy, healthy, useful lives.  Sure, a lot of that comes from the environment (air, water, temperate climate, food, raw materials, waste processing services), but some of it’s just about how we treat each other and ourselves.  The ever-increasing income gap in this country, for example, is an example of a non-ecological pattern that’s totally unsustainable.” Recommended posts: “A slice of bread – Why companies aren’t greener.”

74. Earth Promise –  The goals of this site are to “provide an easy way for people to make, track, and keep promises about changes that will benefit the environment,” and “connect people with others who share the same vision for change.” Users can also post their own “earth promise” and share it with the other readers on the site.

75. Students of Environmental Action Coalition –  The Student Environmental Action Coalition (SEAC) is run by students who strive to “uproot environmental injustices through action and education.” Since 1988, SEAC has been involved in the “No Coal Days of Action,” “No War No Warming,” and has started various recycling programs at over 200 high schools and college campuses in America.

76. Eco to the People – “I was inspired to start writing my blog in 2009 when I had been laid off for the second time in a year,” explains Heather O’Neill. “I was afraid that being out of work would limit my efforts to live a more green lifestyle and then eco-friendly products would be priced out of my reach. What I learned, and what I hope my readers learn from reading Eco to the People, is that living a greener lifestyle is possible at any income level. I also hope to teach people that being environmentally-friendly is about progress, not perfection. Even small steps in the right direction make a difference at the end of the day.” Recommended  posts: “Teens Green the Dorm Room” and “Pump the Savings, Dump the Waste.”

77. Recycled Fashion –  “I have been fortunate enough to travel to many developing countries and experienced first-hand how developing countries, and their environment are affected by our consumer driven society,” writes author Erica Louise. “Fashion is not limited to the high street, and fashion does not have to be unaffordable. Style can be created from the abundance of threads available in circulation. Shop second hand and refashion your existing garments to create those special recycled fashion wardrobe piece, not only will you be unique, but you will be saving a heap of money, which is particularly important for a student!” Recommended posts: “Make your own undies!” and “From jeans to bag.”

78. Life, Love, Green – “I wanted to share my experiences and the practical ways I found to be green in my everyday life,” writes eco blogger Amber. “Being green doesn’t have to take over your whole life there are many easy things you can do. But be warned once you start and find out how easy it is you will become addicted. Being green can also save you money and help reduce stress by de-cluttering your house.” Recommended posts: “Natural Soap!” and “Green your drive-Take the Bus.”

79. My Recycled Bags – “It’s rewarding to me to help others create beautiful and useful things from trash,” writes blogger Cindy. “…I started my blog and began making all kinds of things using plastic bags, old jeans, VCR tape, cassette tapes, plastic packaging, rags, t-shirts etc. I’ve posted a few green and frugal ideas in hopes of helping others learn how to do things with recycled materials, [and] I offer all my patterns and tutorials free to everyone.”  Recommended posts: “Camo Plarn Ditty Bag” and “Recycled Paper Bag Mailer.”

80. Commerce with a Conscience – “There are a lot of great menswear sites out there, but few of them ever delve into where the products are made, or what they’re made out of (all things that I take into consideration when I make a purchase),” writes the site’s founder Brad Bennett. “There are also a lot of “eco-fashion” sites, but very few of them have an aesthetic similar to my own, and none of them focus specifically on men’s clothing. So, I started CWAC as sort of a best of both worlds. All of the items are on-trend design-wise, but also on-point social responsibility-wise. It requires a hell of a lot of research, but I’m up for it.” Recommended posts: “Apolis Activism Market Bag” and ”Archival Clothing Rucksack.”

81. UNC Sustaina-Blog –  The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill started their sustainability blog to ” advance the triple bottom line of ecological integrity, economic prosperity and social equity on campus.” It may not be the fanciest blog in the world, but UNC students can get updated on the latest environmentally-friendly courses, programs, and events, as well as any Carolina-related media mentions. Recommended posts: “Science teachers to explore future of electricity at UNC workshop” and “‘Eats 101’ Course to Feed Sustainability Venture.”

82. Ecologue: The Oregon State University Sustainability Blog – Even though it is written specifically for students in Oregon; through this site others in the educational field can find inspiring ways to bring green ideas and changes to their own campuses. “It seemed like an appropriate way to reach out in a less formal way than through a traditional website,” writes Brandon Trelstad, who work as the Sustainability Coordinator at OSU. “It is a good conversation space. I hope they will get a sense of what we’re doing, not through just information sharing, but a little bit of insight into how we do what we do, and what attitude we have about our work in this less formal setting.” Recommended posts: “Testing computer power management software” and “Car sharing coming to OSU.”

83. Welcome to the Good Life –  ”I attended a wonderful environmental studies program in college at Wisconsin’s UW-Madison Nelson Institute, and I wanted to share what I was learning,” ,” writes eco blogger Jenny Lynes. “Now, I keep it up as I take that knowledge and bring it into my adult life (I just graduated this May). I hope readers will realize that there are fun, cheap, and easy ways to ‘be green.’ Recommended posts: “Simple Pleasures- College Edition,” “Eco-Facts Labels: Rapanui Genius” and “Why I don’t eat fast food.”

84. Big Dreams for a Simple Life –  ”I wanted to chronicle my family’s journey of learning to live a self sustainable life,” explains Ginger Bergemann. “We want to exchange our life in the suburbs for a more simple life raising our own food and finding natural sources of energy. I hope my readers will be inspired to take the leap into green and simple living. They may or may not try the same things I do, but as long as we each make an effort to live a more sustainable life, our earth will benefit from it and last for future generations.” Recommended posts: “Saving Green” and “Getting Crafty with Old T-shirts.”

85. Budget Confessions –  ”I was inspired to start writing a blog with an environmental slant when I realized how much the environment affects other areas of my family’s lives, like our finances,” explains eco blogger Cate. “For example, using environmentally-friendly cleaning products (like vinegar and baking soda) is much cheaper than buying chemical-laden products to do the same job…I use things that are tried and true: vinegar and baking soda, a Rubbermaid compost bin…Being environmentally-friendly often means saving money and helping your community to boot.” Recommended posts: “Frugal Meatless Meals: Bean Tacos” and “Simple gift giving.”

86. Local Foodie Fight – “I became interested in sustainable agriculture a few years back when I started going to farmers markets,” explains Kelly Barrett, who is also the author of “Talking on Common Ground.”  “Then, in the senior year of my undergrad at American University, I took an independent study on sustainable food systems and decided to keep a blog in addition to writing a final report and doing readings…The idea is that college students could learn that eating locally is not difficult, and can actually be affordable, delicious, and much healthier.” Recommended posts: “What many environmentalists haven’t learned: economics says personal action drives change” and “Communicating the benefits of urban agriculture while innovation grows.”

87. Citizen Green – “My son, Joel Paschal, is an environmental activist against single-use plastic,” explains the blog’s author, who is now a retired high school biology teacher. “His activities has inspired me to write a blog about reducing our use of plastic.I hope my readers are motivated to stop using single-use plastics.”

88. The Harvard Community Garden –  “The blog is written to raise awareness of the Garden Project at Harvard, and also to provide those interested in the garden and environmental issues with a source of relevant news,” explains intern Emily Osborne. “We hope readers will learn how feasible, fun, beneficial and rewarding urban organic gardening is, and also hope to spark their interest in issues revolving around food access, environmental health, and agriculture.” Recommended posts: “Video Cooking Demo: Chef Johnny D. of the All Star Sandwich Bar cooks at the Harvard Farmer’s Market” and “Urban Gardening vs. Rural Gardening, Part 1.”

89. The Garden of Eating -  “After my son was born, I started to focus more on things of a chemical nature since I realized that we’re bombarded with potentially toxic substances all the time in the most seemingly unlikely places (shampoo, toothpaste, dish soap, air fresheners, tupper wares, canned foods, etc.) and the idea of exposing this tiny infant to all those chemicals was kind of scary,” writes Eve Fox. “What we eat, where we get our food, what dish soap we use, how much garbage we produce, whether we buy bottled water or just drink good old tap water — these may seem like small things but they are all part of the bigger picture.” Recommended posts: “Oxo Sink Strainer – Gift From The Kitchen Gods” and “The Edible Schoolyard.”

90. Going Green with Noah – Author Melanie Melugin started writing her blog after she became pregnant with her first child, and she was inspired to journal her experiences on how to live a healthier and more eco-friendly live. “I hope that all my readers, including college students, will find some inspiration to take the baby steps that are necessary to make a true difference in their own lives,” she writes. “These changes, no matter how small, make huge impacts in our environment.  We only have one Earth – we must learn to sustain what we have.” Recommended posts: “Terracycle – Sell your Trash? – Giveaway” and “Greener Pup: A Story and a Review.”

91. Family Organic – Eco blogger Sara Simeral was inspired to live a healthier lifestyle after reading The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan, and watching the internationally recognized documentary Food Inc. “I felt like I needed to make a change, but I wasn’t sure where to start,” she explains. When I was in college I lived on french fries and chicken fingers. I hope to show college students that there are a great variety of healthy and organic options to eat instead of the standard dining hall fare. The more we as consumers demand better quality food, the more farmers, restaurants, and grocery stores will carry it. We vote with our dollars, so it’s important to make conscious choices as much as can.” Recommended posts: “Beef…. It’s What’s For Dinner” and “Breakfast of Champions.”

92. Crafty Green Poet –  ”I was inspired to start writing my blog because I saw it as a way of combining my interests in poetry, crafts, wildlife and the environment,” explains Juliet Wilson, an environmental educator at the University of Edinburgh. “I felt that people who might not normally be interested in the environment might be drawn into my blog by the poetry or the crafts. I hope that readers of my blog can learn a bit about wildlife in the UK, about creative recycling and about environmental issues in general as well as finding out about interesting books and films on environmental themes.” Recommended posts: “Introduction to the Water of Leith” and “Black Flood.”

93. Columbia University Food Sustainability Project – “The blog was started as a forum for a student group at Columbia University, called CUFSP (Columbia University Food Sustainability Project),” explains CUFSP  President Kristina Gsell, “which manages the community garden on campus, promotes both indoor and outdoor composting on campus, and engages in other activities (such as potlucks, movie nights, etc) to raise awareness of and practices in support of food sustainability. Our posts are mostly informational about our club’s affairs (such as meetings, garden work days, garden updates, workshops, events, etc) — but also link to other interesting articles, sites, etc that are related to Food Sustainability.” Recommended posts: “Summer’s Bounty!” and “Sonoma County planted over 600 waterwise food gardens in a single weekend.”

94. Mindful Momma – “I was inspired to start my blog because I wanted to make smart, eco-friendly choices for my family and to help others navigate the complex maze of information about green living,” writes Micaela Preston. “My goal for both my blog and my book, (Practically Green: Your Guide to EcoFriendly Decision-Making) is to inspire, not intimidate!!  I provide information and tips about green and healthy living in an easy to understand format, along with many fun recipes and DIY projects and ideas.” Recommended posts: “Links to Make You Think: About Body Care Products” and “5 Fun & Affordable Ways to Green Your Wardrobe.”

95. 2MuchStuff – “I just found it difficult sometimes to find things (either services or products) that I felt were sufficiently ethical and/or environmentally friendly, and I thought that if I am having these problems maybe either people are too,” explains Lisa, the sole blogger of 2muchstuff. “Just the fact that it’s O.K. to not live in a commune or feel guilty about your purchasing decisions if they haven’t been researched to the endth degree, because every positive decision you make to try and live ethically and sustainably is a good thing.” Recommended posts:  ”3 of the best…..natural cold and flu relievers” and “Beauty Review: Yes To Carrots Body Lotion and Eye Contour Cream.”

96. Center for a Livable Future –  With numerous contributors, the articles cover agriculture, climate change, diet, industrial food animal production, food and farm policy, and even book reviews. “The interaction between diet and health is receiving significant attention in recent years and a growing body of work is developing about human-generated environmental hazards that impact the health of communities,” the authors explain. “Less studied and documented is how our industrialized food production systems impact human health and the natural environment.” Recommended posts: “‘Diet for a Hot Planet’ Explores Links between Diet and Climate Change” and “CLF is reading…

97. Homegrown Revolution – Author Erik Knutzen was inspired to start this environmental blog due to his “interest in old-style home economics. He explained that his journal is more of  a “diary” which documents his experiments and projects around his household. Recommended posts: “It ain’t “eco” if you can’t fix it,” “No garden space? Check this out” and “Laundry to Landscape 2.0.”

98. Real Food Challenge – “Young people in general (and students in particular) are, and will be, a driving force in this movement because of our collective ability to demand and achieve widespread structural and social change,” explains the authors. “A focus on students has further benefits and ripple effects due to our: economic power (directly and through their institutions), energy and creativity, high standards, influence on dominant culture, and eventual roles as decision-makers in the family and society.” Recommended posts: “Students on the rise: “let’s get CoFed.”

99. Peace College Green Team and the Sustainable Campus Committee – Even though there are no articles posted during the summer months, the blog for North Carolina’s Peace College strives to “identify and recommend…specific actions and strategic plans the College community can pursue to move…towards great environmental sustainability.” Students, professors, and administrators from all over the world can get inspiration from the articles, which cover various environmental activities, events and campaigns at Peace College in Raleigh, NC. Recommended posts: “Peace College Community; Leaders in Reduce, Reuse and Recycle” and “Sustainability: Different Shades of Green in Higher Education.”

100. The Green Guide for Kids – Sometimes you need to be talked to like a three-year-old when it comes to the environment. Despite its younger target audience, this blog provides educational articles and advice that every student should take into consideration. “The goal was to share ideas on being with kids, parents, and teachers from around the world,” explains Deirdre Gill. “I hope that kids will learn how their actions have can have a direct consequence on the health of the planet, both positive and negative. I hope the site inspires and empowers readers to take action locally and globally.” Recommended posts: “Beware the dust bunnies!” and “Biodegradable and compostable picnic disposables.”

Posted on 08/15/10 | by alexis | in Resources | 9 Comments »

9 Comments on “Top 100 green blogs for students”

  1. Anna Says:

    Wonderful list, Alexis! Thanks for including Green Talk.

  2. Seth Leitman Says:

    Check out my site The Green Living Guy. Worked on many DIY green guru guide books for McGraw-Hill. Not a text book type website. Also great interviews with people like Ted Danson, Gloria Ruben and more

  3. Marlon Says:

    hey how about http://www.howgreenworks.com?

  4. Khushali Upadhyay Says:

    Another great blog is ClimateProgress.com. It gives daily updates on any news about climate change and the topics revolving that.

  5. Greener Tomorrow Says:

    Too bad tomorrowisgreener.com isn’t listed :(

  6. Linda Says:

    Another great blog is forcedgreen.com. It covers a plethora of subjects.

  7. Sandra Says:

    OMG! Was there some reason you left out Forced Green (forcedgreen.com)? I’ve been a super-fan of that site for over two years and I can NOT believe they were omitted! But don’t take my word for it go check it out for yourselves. Far as I’m concerned it should have been in the top 10, but not in the top 100? Makes no sense to me, just sayin’.

  8. Alex Says:

    I think you missed a pretty good one:

    Go Green Zine

  9. Brian Says:

    Kendall-Jackson Winery has been and continues to work on its green initiatives. Not only are we interested in making good wines, but also helping keep the planet green.

    Check out the latest blog on cork recycling:
    http://blog.kj.com/category/sustainability/

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