Spotlight on Green Schools
Schools are focusing more and more heavily on cutting back on the energy they use and trying to reduce their impact on the environment. The articles on these pages spotlight individual campus energy conservation programs, energy initiatives, solar installations, energy-related technology, HVAC, research, grants, policy, and other topics related to green campuses.
Colleges and universities that want to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions face a huge number of challenges and barriers. To address these, Rocky Mountain Institute has released a free 121-page PDF guide, titled "Accelerating Campus Climate Initiatives: Breaking Through Barriers."
A team of researchers at Carnegie Mellon University is examining how an electric vehicle's efficiency can be boosted and its battery life extended by using artificial intelligence to manage power.
The San Diego Community College District (SDCCD) is going solar without having to make a capital investment. The district recently approved a 20-year agreement with Borrego Solar, a national solar power contractor based in San Diego suburb El Cajon, CA, to construct and maintain a photovoltaic system that will annually provide about 2.4 megawatts of green energy at six locations in the district, the equivalent of powering 650 homes per year.
Duke University's board of trusties endorsed a plan this month to make the school carbon neutral by 2024.
Server performance may get a green speed boost as a result of research coming out of Carnegie Mellon University and Intel Labs Pittsburgh.
The University of Delaware in Newark has signed an agreement with Spain-based Gamesa Corporacion Tecnologica to install a utility-scale two-megawatt Gamesa wind turbine at the university's Lewes Campus in 2010.
The University of Colorado at Boulder recently filed its Conceptual Plan for Carbon Neutrality with the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment, making public how the campus plans to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.
Team Germany, made up of students from Technische Universität Darmstadt, took first place in the Solar Decathlon Competition, which took place this month in Washington, DC. Hosted by the United States Department of Energy (DOE), the event allowed 20 university teams to compete in designing, building, and operating the most attractive, effective, and energy-efficient solar-powered house.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has signed a contract with power company Duke Energy to place wind turbines along the Outer Banks as a demonstration project.
Macalester College submitted its first long-term plan for combating climate change to the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) in an effort to eliminate waste and move to carbon neutrality by 2025.
Engineering students at the University of Alabama at Birmingham will have the chance to receive training for green jobs. A new program will train them in carbon sequestration engineering by utility Southern Company in a project to commercialize technologies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from power production.
Zipcar, which makes car-sharing service available on 120 university campuses, has released a free application for the iPhone and iPod touch in the Apple App Store.
China's Northeastern University, the City of Shenyang, and IBM are collaborating in a research institute aimed at turning Shenyang, an industrial hub in northeast China with a concentration of heavy industry manufacturing, into a "smart city." Shenyang aims to be the country's model city for environment protection and development.
The University of Michigan has committed to a 10,000-seat licensing agreement with BigFix to automate desktop power management as part of its efforts to adopt eco-friendly IT practices.
Winona State University in Minnesota, with about 8,100 students, has signed on for the Zipcar service in an effort to offer its campus community an alternative to owning a car.