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.


UC San Diego Increasing Energy Capacity of Microgrid

The University of California, San Diego will be installing a battery-based energy storage system on campus as the newest addition to its microgrid.

U California, Davis To Add 16-Megawatt Solar Plant

The University of California, Davis will build a solar power plant that will be the largest in the UC system and will meet 14 percent of the university's energy needs.

Houghton College Moving to Solar for More Than Half Its Energy Requirements

Houghton College, a small, Christian liberal arts college with about 1,000 students, is installing a 2.5 megawatt solar array on its campus in Western New York. The college broke ground on the project Wednesday.

U Iowa Grows a Green Roof

U Iowa Grows a Green Roof

The University of Iowa recently opened its new $126 million interdisciplinary biomedical research center, which sports what it claims is a first for the state: a green roof.

Culver Stockton College Cuts Electricity Use with Energy Management Platform

Culver-Stockton College has deployed an energy management platform in an effort to reduce costs.



Cal State Dominguez Hills Saves with Smart Sensor Lighting

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.

3 D.C.-Based Institutions Partner on Nation's Largest Power Purchase Agreement

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.

4 Universities Receive Electric Vehicles for Internet of Things Research

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 Opens New Energy-Efficient Research Computing Center

Stanford University has opened the Stanford Research Computing Center to serve the computational needs of researchers through an energy-efficient shared facility.

Carnegie Mellon U Team Develops Plug Load Monitoring Dashboard

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.

Carnegie Mellon Installs Free Tesla Charger for Public Use

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.

New Solar Installation Powers U Colorado Sports Facility

A new solar installation is powering an 11,064-seat multi-purpose arena at the University of Colorado Boulder.

2 MW Solar Plant To Save Energy and Dollars at Cornell

The energy business arm of facilities services company ABM is installing a 2 MW solar array on Cornell University's Ithaca, NY, campus.

Towson U Pilots Solar Charging Stations

Maryland's Towson University is the first to pilot new outdoor solar charging technology from CarrierClass Green Infrastructure.

Constellation Awards $310,000 in Energy Education Grants

Energy company Constellation has selected 10 recipients for its 2013 E2 Energy to Educate grant program.