The nationwide competition challenged student members of Net Impact, a non-profit that mobilizes people to use their careers to change the world and to develop strategies that lessen the environmental footprint of their college campuses, the release stated.
According to the release, the top entry comes from a team of students at the Monterey Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California.
"The students from Monterey did the best job of aligning their plans with xpedx''s commitment to maintain sustainable operations and provide leadership in sustainable business practices," said David Wallace, xpedx''s director of sustainability.
"However, each of the teams generated big ideas that offered realistic solutions to common sustainability problems," Wallace added.
The Monterey students'' plan was to reduce carbon emissions from electricity, reduce water consumption and create policies to encourage energy efficiency upgrades on campus, the release noted.
xpedx will present this team with $1,000 during an on-campus visit later this year, the release added.
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