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.


Harvard rooftop solar installation

Harvard Adds 600 kW Rooftop Solar Array

As part of its goal to decrease institutional energy usage by 30 percent in the 10 years between 2006 and 2016, Harvard University has just installed the largest solar project on campus.

How Much of the Cloud Is Dirty Smoke?

A Greenpeace report on the environmental impact of the biggest cloud service providers is prompting some campuses to rethink their clean-energy options.

 Phase 1 of Crowder Colleges new Missouri Alternative and Renewable Energy Technology (MARET) Center

Project Profile: Crowder College's 'Role Model' for Green Campus Facilities

When construction on Crowder College's new Missouri Alternative and Renewable Energy Technology (MARET) Center kicked off in September 2011, the word "green" was on everyone's mind. From the facility's construction materials to its energy sources to it wastewater management, literally every corner of MARET Center's 10,000-square-foot first phase factored in environmentally conscious practices and decisions.

IT Efficiencies Leading to Cost Savings in Higher Ed Data Centers

Energy-efficient power systems, server consolidation, and expanded use of virtualization are helping to drive down costs in higher education data centers, according to a new report released Monday.

On Bike Share Launches New Bike Sharing Service

On Bike Share has launched a new campus bike share system designed to provide an alternative transportation choice to college and corporate campuses.



Rereading the Green

A year after being rocked by scandal, LACCD aims to turn its tarnished reputation green again.

Community College in Massachusetts Using New Technology to Teach Sustainability

A new building dashboard at Bunker Hill Community College lets students, faculty track energy use in health-wellness center.

Concordia College To Save $100,000 Per Year with Efficiency Upgrades

Bronxville-based Concordia College has made energy efficiency upgrades designed to save the school nearly $100,000 per year.

UH Manoa Begins $15-million Renovation of Science Facility

A $15-million makeover will update labs and classrooms, improve energy efficiency, and create new spaces for collaborative learning activities at UH Manoa's Edmonson Hall.

Bryant University green data center

Bryant U Cuts Energy Expenses 15 Percent with New Data Center

Rhode Island's Bryant University has adopted a "green" approach to energy management in its data center and has experienced campus-wide benefits as a result, including significant decreases in energy costs.

U Southern Maine To Save $70,000 Each Year with Lighting Upgrade

The University of Southern Maine has begun a lighting upgrade designed to save the school more than $70,000 each year.

Cycling Pulse Takes Campus Bicycle Programs Mobile

Cycling Pulse has unveiled Web-based and mobile portal Ride Campus for college and university faculty, staff, and students who commute by bicycle.

Solar Roof Powers Facility at U of Mississippi

The University of Mississippi has completed installation of a solar roof on its Center for Manufacturing Excellence.

5 Facility Design Tips for Universities

The University of Connecticut unveils a new "Classroom Building" that was designed and built with a calculated approach.

UA Solar System Reduces Costs, Enhances Curriculum

A 10-kilowatt solar installation at the University of Arizona is lowering energy bills and enhancing curriculum in some computer science and geology classes.