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.

U Michigan, DTE Team Up To Launch $100,000 Clean Energy Prize

A new competition is challenging teams from Michigan colleges and universities to develop the best business plans for bringing new clean energy technologies to market. Organized by DTE Energy and the University of Michigan, the Clean Energy Prize challenge will award $100,000 in prize money during spring 2009 in an effort to help draw emerging technologies out of university labs in Michigan and into the commercial space.

VMware Launches in Response to 'Massive Growth' in Academic Membership

After announcing a four-fold increase in its VMware Academic Program over the last 12 months, virtualization giant Vmware unveiled a new Web site dedicated to virtualization researchers and academics. is an online resource intended to help support the growing interest in virtualization among the global academic community.

VMware Fusion 2 Expands Hardware Support, Improves Networking

VMware has released VMware Fusion 2.0, a major update to the desktop virtualization solution for Mac OS X that has been in public beta since back in July. The new version, a free upgrade for users of VMware Fusion 1.x, focuses on expanded support for Mac hardware configurations, including additional graphics capabilities, as well as networking, security, storage, and application sharing improvements.

Niigata U and Oki Collaborate in Developing Biodegradable Toner

Niigata University in Niigata, Japan and Oki Printing Solutions announced an agreement to jointly develop and manufacture environmentally conscious toner that uses biodegradable complex fine particles, originated from biomass resources. A toner prototype will be ready by 2009 and Oki Printing Solutions plans to market the product by 2010 globally.

Intel Rolls Out 65W, 6-core Xeon 7400 Processors

Intel this week began rolling out its new line of Xeon processors targeted toward server markets. The new Xeon 7400 series features four- and six-core configurations designed to be used in systems with at least four processors and is targeted largely toward data centers and, in particular, virtualization applications.

Microsoft Releases More Virtualization Details

Microsoft, following its earlier announcement about new virtualization products and imminent releases, has filled in some details that give more shape to its vision.

Borrego To Install 1.2 Megawatt Solar System for UCSD

Borrego Solar Systems announced last week that it has been selected by the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) to install a 1.2 megawatt solar electric system. The grid-connected system will provide approximately 2.4 million kilowatt hours of energy per year, contributing to the university’s overall sustainable energy goals.

Red Hat Makes Strategic Virtualization Buy

Open source server distributor Red Hat Inc., which is carving out a virtualization path unique in the industry, added another arrow to its quiver Thursday with the acquisition of Qumranet Inc.

UCSD Plants Solar Trees on Parking Structures

University of California, San Diego is taking a novel approach to generating sustainable energy on its campus by transforming its parking garages into solar power plants. With the help of Envision Solar, the university is "planting" Solar Trees on the roofs of two of its parking structures to generate electricity for the campus and provide infrastructure for supporting electric vehicles.

Sun xVM VirtualBox 2.0 Hypervisor Adds 64-bit Support, Bolsters Performance

Sun Microsystems this week rolled out version 2.0 of its xVM VirtualBox. The product is a cross-platform, open source hypervisor that supports hosts ranging from Mac OS X and Windows to Solaris and 18 varieties of Linux.

Xen Hypervisor Gets an Update

The open source hypervisor Xen has a new version, 3.3, that includes a number of upgrades and enhancements that make it more enterprise-worthy and start to move it beyond the datacenter.

Arizona State To Webcast Sustainability Summit with Help from Modavox

Arizona State University has signed an agreement with Modavox to Webcast the Sustainability Summit the school is hosting in Washington, DC September 17, 2008. Modavox will facilitate the delivery of streaming audio and video.

University of Miami Brings Zipcar on Campus

When students come back for classes at the University of Miami (UM) this month, a new transportation option will be available to them. Zipcar is a car-sharing program that allows members to reserve cars online or via phone or mobile device for an hourly rate of $8, which includes gas and insurance.

Report: Green Efforts Improving on Campuses

More campuses in the United States have shifted their focus to environmental and sustainability programs, but funding and staffing issues have prevented them from implementing green initiatives on the scale campus administrators would like, according to a new report released recently by the National Wildlife Federation.

Microsoft Changes Virtualization Licensing Rules

Microsoft has made substantial changes to its virtualization licensing program, changes that will lower the cost of using virtualization for many customers.