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.
As somebody walks down the halls of mixed-use building Welch Hall on the campus of California State University Dominguez Hills, ceiling lights automatically illuminate. A few moments later, after the person has passed by, the lights dim again. The result of that little bit of intelligence built into the lighting fixtures is a dramatic reduction in energy usage.
George Washington University, the American University and George Washington University Hospital have joined forces to launch a sustainable energy project that will bring 52 megawatts of solar power from North Carolina to the Washington, D.C.-based institutions.
This summer, Colorado State University, University of Pittsburgh, University of Washington and the University of Wisconsin-Madison will each receive four electric vehicles for a variety of sustainable research projects, including reducing the campus's carbon footprint; using vehicle sensor data; and broadening the understanding of the Internet of Things.
Stanford University has opened the Stanford Research Computing Center to serve the computational needs of researchers through an energy-efficient shared facility.
A team at Carnegie Mellon University's School of Architecture has developed a dashboard designed to help users see and reduce how much energy they use at work.
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.