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 Colorado Boulder Files Climate Action Plan

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 Takes Student Solar Decathlon Competition

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.

U North Carolina To Pilot Coastal Wind Turbine Project

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 Pledges Carbon Neutrality by 2025

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.

U Alabama Teams with Utility on Carbon Greenhouse Gas Emission Research

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 App Now Available on the App Store

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 U Collaborates with Shenyang and IBM on 'Smart-City' Work

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.

U Michigan Automates Desktop Power Management as Part of Energy Savings Program

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 Adds Zipcar Service

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.

Red Hat Launches Linux Release with KVM Hypervisor

Red Hat has released the fourth update of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) platform, which the company is calling the foundation of its virtualization portfolio.

Ole Miss Incorporates Social Media into Green Initiative

The University of Mississippi is looking to reduce power consumption in its campus buildings, and, as a component of the effort, it's going to be making its progress public in real time through popular social media outlets.

Microsoft Unveils Hyper-V Server 2008 R2

Microsoft released the latest version of its free standalone server virtualization solution Friday.

Expanding HPC & Research Computing - The Sustainable Way

How one university is creating cost-effective growth models for data center and resource expansion that are also environmentally and community-friendly.

Report: Energy Programs Driving IT Savings, But Fewer Execs Emphasize Efficiency

The majority of colleges and universities that have energy management strategies in place are experiencing cost savings as a result of their efforts. But, according to new research released this week, IT executives are de-emphasizing energy efficiency as a priority in their departments.

Bentley U To Manage Group Study Rooms with PeopleCube and Steelcase Apps

Bentley University in Waltham, MA has chosen software from PeopleCube and Steelcase to manage group study rooms in its library.