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.


Arizona State Expects $127k Annual Savings from Lighting Switch

Arizona State University (ASU) has retrofitted six parking structures at its Tempe campus with new light-emitting diode (LED) fixtures. The university said it expects that the change, which uses hardware from Lighting Science, will save up to $127,000 annually in energy and maintenance costs.

The Sustainable Campus

Where building owners once settled for whatever was placed in front of them--with little or no regard as to how those materials or systems would affect the environment--a revolution is underway, driven by closer attention to issues like global warming, renewable energy sources, and high fuel costs.

North Carolina State Gets Funding on Hybrid Battery Research

North Carolina State University in Raleigh has garnered a $1.3 million grant from the United States Department of Energy to work on improving the batteries used in hybrid vehicles.

North Carolina State Releases First Greenhouse Gas Inventory

North Carolina State University has released its first greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory--about 14 months after initially signing onto the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment.

Oregon Health Science Saves on Natural Gas Through World Energy

Oregon Health Science University recently sought the help of the World Energy Exchange, run by World Energy Solutions, in figuring out the optimal purchase of natural gas.



Arizona State and U Arkansas Working with Walmart on Green Index

Arizona State University in Tempe and the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville will lead a consortium of organizations to work with Walmart in developing a "green" index for the products it sells.

Cost Containment at Delta State University

Delta State's president details his university's implementation of an institution-wide cost containment strategy in a challenging economy.

U Rhode Island Moves Toward Paperless Student Refunds

The University of Rhode Island (URI) has partnered with Higher One, a financial services and payment company, to provide a new student service that will eliminate tuition refund and similar checks and replace them with electronic deposits made to a student-directed bank account.

New Version of Print Management Software Aims To Help Cut Costs

Netop has released PrintLimit Pro 9.4, an update to the company's print management software that's geared toward more efficient printing and helping school environments save on three heavily used commodities: paper, ink, and time.

Tapping Technology for Space Management

When Appalachian State University in Boone, NC went through a leadership change several years ago, the new chancellor and provost looked around and realized that much of school's physical assets were not being properly managed. They hired an outside consultancy to confirm their assertions, and then set out to do something about it.

Huntington Junior College Cuts Paper Use

Huntington Junior College in Huntington, WV, will be implementing Perceptive Software's ImageNow for document management in its admissions, academics, and financial aid departments. One reason the college chose ImageNow was because it integrates with Campus Management's CampusVue, Huntington's student information system.

Sustainability in the Data Center Part II

Two weeks ago we began a conversation with Notre Dame's Gordon Wishon about sustainability in the data center, opening with a description of Notre Dame's virtualization strategy. Here, Wishon talks about further sustainability initiatives, with particular focus on environmental issues.

U Connecticut Developing Green Tech To Clean Up Environment

The University of Connecticut and VeruTEK Technologies are teaming up to research and develop green chemistry solutions for eliminating the toxic effects of chemical waste in the environment.

Sustainability in the Data Center, Part I

The first of two conversations with Notre Dame CIO Gordon Wishon about sustainability in the data center. Here, Wishon focuses on virtualization. In two weeks, we'll complete the circle with a discussion of environmental initiatives.

The Green Data Center

Greening the data center-- and cashing in on the resulting energy savings-- is an achievable goal. Here, two different approaches.