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.


Researchers Throw Out Digital Waste Scheme

A couple of computer scientists--one from Johns Hopkins University and the other at the University of Alabama at Birmingham--have looked to the science of waste management for guidance on what to do with unwanted or unused data from the digital world.

Arizona State U Surpasses 10 MW Solar Capacity

Arizona State University has surpassed 10 megawatts of solar energy capacity with multiple installations on two of its four campuses.

New School Recieves STARS Silver Rating

New York's New School has earned a Silver rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education's (AASHE) Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating system (STARS).

UC San Diego Receives $150,000 in Software Licenses from Power Analytics

The University of California, San Diego's Jacobs School of Engineering has received a software donation, worth $150,000, from Power Analytics.

U Houston Looks To Save Money, Improve Air Quality with HVAC Optimization

The University of Houston is developing a ventilation optimization program to improve air quality and energy efficiency in its new health and biomedical science center.



Harvard Reduces Emissions, Costs With 50 LEED Certifications

Harvard University has achieved its 50th LEED certification as part of an institution-wide effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 30 percent below 2006 levels by 2016.

University of Minnesota Awards $4.1 Million in IREE Grants

The University of Minnesota's Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment has awarded $4.1 million to 20 energy projects.

Notre Dame Receives Free 10 kW Solar Array

A flexible thin-film solar array and monitoring system has been installed on the rooftop of the University of Notre Dame's Fitzpatrick Hall of Engineering at no cost to the university.

Virginia Tech EcoCAR Entry Tops 81 MPG Equivalent

A car that achieved a fuel efficiency of nearly 82 miles per gallon gasoline equivalent helped a team of students from Virginia Tech University take top honors during the final rounds of the three-year EcoCAR Challenge competition last month.

Texas A&M To Save $1.1 Million Annually Through Efficiency Upgrades

Texas A&M and Siemens have entered a $15.1 million performance contract guaranteed to save the university $1.1 million dollars in annual energy and operational costs.

Butte College Goes 'Grid Positive' with Solar Energy

Butte College in Oroville, CA said it has made history this week by becoming the first institution in the United States to go "grid positive." The Northern California college, which has about 14,000 students, now generates more electricity from its solar arrays than it consumes and will deliver power back to the electric grid.

BenQ To Launch Energy-Efficient Projector

BenQ will release the MX850UST, an energy-efficient DLP projector with a contrast ratio of 13,000:1, this August.

A California college has shaved $650,000 off of its energy expenses with a few strategic moves, including solar panels that double as cover for parking and Web-based software for micromanaging lighting and mechanical energy use.

The Solar College: Generating Savings with Green Technologies

A California college has shaved $650,000 off of its energy expenses with a few strategic moves, including solar panels that double as cover for parking and Web-based software for micromanaging lighting and mechanical energy use.

U South Carolina Cuts Computer Energy Use with Software

The University of South Carolina's Computer Science and Engineering department is experimenting with software that micro-manages energy use on PCs. The result has been savings of up to 38 percent.

Stanford's Knight Management Center To Receive LEED Platinum

Using solar power generation, recycled materials, and a water-efficient sewage system, Stanford University's new Knight Management Center will achieve a LEED Platinum rating for environmental sustainability, according to information released by the school.