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.
A high-power wall connector for Tesla electric cars has been installed for public use at Carnegie Mellon University's Electric Garage facility, a former gas station that houses electric vehicle research.
A new solar installation is powering an 11,064-seat multi-purpose arena at the University of Colorado Boulder.
The energy business arm of facilities services company ABM is installing a 2 MW solar array on Cornell University's Ithaca, NY, campus.
Maryland's Towson University is the first to pilot new outdoor solar charging technology from CarrierClass Green Infrastructure.
Energy company Constellation has selected 10 recipients for its 2013 E2 Energy to Educate grant program.
Penn State has launched the Reinvention Fund, an internal grant program aimed at inspiring and enhancing sustainability innovation and education across more than 20 of its Pennsylvania campuses by its own students, staff, and faculty.
Ohio State University has been named a Green Power Partner of the Year by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, in part due to its use of wind-generated electricity.
Western University of Health Sciences has signed a partnership contract to have roof-mounted solar panels installed and operated on its Pomona, CA, campus.
Twenty teams of college students will congregate in a park in Irvine, CA to set up solar-powered houses to compete in the bi-annual Solar Decathlon, put on by the United States Department of Energy.
FundingFactory has launched an electronics waste recycling program for higher education. The program, CollectED, and pays institutions for certain recycled gear, like inkjet cartridges, tablets, and phones.
Lucid is introducing BuildingOS, an "online operating system" for buildings. The new service can pull data from 150 meter types and building systems, including utility meters, building and lighting controls, sub-meters, onsite generation feeds, and plug loads meters.
Appalachian State University has launched phase two of an energy efficiency initiative, turning its attention to energy use in lab and non-lab areas within three science buildings on its Boone, NC campus, in hopes of saving one million kilowatt-hours of energy each year.
Old Dominion University has entered a partnership to install 600 solar panels on the roof of the university's student recreation center at the heart of its Norfolk, VA, campus.
Power purchasing agreements allow universities to harness solar power without large capital outlays. Two schools share their insights about the benefits and how to set one up right.
Gone are the days when green campus initiatives were a balm to the soul and a drain on the wallet. Today's environmental initiatives are all about saving lots of green--in every sense of the word.