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 Michigan Tests Smart Lighting

Limelight used to light up the stage in music halls. Now a wireless lighting system by the same name will get a test in a parking lot at the University of Michigan to see how well it can reduce energy usage and light up the space.

Green Competition Looks for Urban Energy Conservation Ideas

A new international competition challenges college students--and particularly women--to come up with creative ways to save energy in five different sectors of city environments.

Virtualizing the Campus Data Center

Reducing servers in the data center through virtualization saved so much money for Loyola University Chicago that the move paid for itself almost before the project was complete. At another Chicago institution, Saint Xavier University, annual virtualization savings from energy cuts and less hardware is estimated at some $7,500 a year--including not just a smaller utility bill, but fewer software licenses and greater efficiency.

Seattle College Upgrading Energy Systems in Capital-Free Deal

Seattle Central Community College has entered into an agreement that will allow it to make improvements in its energy systems with no capital investment.

State Program Funds Solar Project at U Maryland College Park

With the help of a Maryland state energy program, the University of Maryland, College Park is gearing up to deploy a 631 kilowatt solar rooftop installation.



MIT Energy Savings Program Beats First Year Goal

A partnership between the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Massachusetts energy company to reduce electrical use on campus by 15 percent has surpassed the initial target a year after it was formed.

New York U Powers Up New Uber-Efficient CoGen Plant

New York University has completed construction of an underground co-generation plant that's expected to save the university between $5 million and $8 million annually in energy costs.

Coppin State U Houses 500 Kilowatt Solar Plant

Baltimore's Coppin State University is the site of a new 500 kilowatt photovoltaic plant that will go online this spring.

How Next-Gen Automotive Engineers Are Educated

The EcoCAR competition is nearing its three-year end. Along the way students have gained an amazing education in hybrid vehicle design. But that's just the beginning.

Bryant U Data Center Cuts Energy Use by 15 Percent

A "smarter building" initiative is helping Bryant University in Smithfield, RI reduce its data center energy consumption by 15 percent. The project, which uses technology from both IBM and Schneider Electric, helps monitor and control building systems, including heating, ventilation, air conditioning, humidity, lighting, access control, video, and physical security.

UC Davis Joins Governors in Climate Action Alliance

University of California, Davis has lent its support to a new public-private climate-action alliance being promoted by California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Eastern Mennonite U Adds Largest Solar Block in State of Virginia

Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, VA recently flipped the switch on a new solar installation that has the capacity to generate 104.3 kilowatts of electricity.

Washington Schools, Colleges Receive State Energy Grants

With the help of a state jobs bill and a large renewable energy company, 21 school districts and eight community and technical colleges in Washington State are funding energy conservation projects that will help create local jobs and reduce utility costs.

Stanford Dedicates Green Engineering School Home with Major Solar Installation

Engineering students at Stanford have a new home. The university recently dedicated the Huang Engineering Center, which will house 270 faculty, staff, and students from the Management Science and Engineering, the Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering, and the Stanford Technology Ventures Program.

IT Managers Renew Focus on Energy Efficiency, but Budget Barriers Still Loom

According to new research, energy efficiency is more important to college and university IT managers than ever. About three-quarters of all campuses have a program in place or in development to reduce energy consumption in IT, and most of those have already begun seeing cost savings from their efforts. But barriers to more widespread energy efficiency initiatives remain.