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 California Davis Goes Solar

The University of California, Davis has completed construction of a 16.3-megawatt solar power plant that will produce approximately 14 percent of the university's electricity needs.

Making Waves of Innovation — A Model from Pepperdine University

Many higher education institutions are working on initiatives to maintain a culture of creativity and innovation even in difficult economic times. CT spoke with Vice Provost for Research and Strategic Initiatives Lee Kats, to learn about Pepperdine University's Waves of Innovation model.

Adelphi U Budget-Neutral Cogen Plant To Reduce Annual Energy Bill by $1.6 Million

Adelphi University in New York is continuing work on a major facilities project that will eventually save the private institution $1.6 million annually on energy.

U California Los Angeles Wins $1.62 Million To Build Energy Storage System

Engineers from the University of California Los Angeles Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science have won a $1.62 million grant to build a hybrid energy storage system.

San Diego CC System Lowers Utility Bills with State-Funded Lighting Upgrade

The San Diego Community College District recently took advantage of a state-wide program to modernize its lighting technology to reduce energy consumption and generate rebate savings.

Energy Efficiency Cost Savings Trump Environmental Concerns at Nation's Colleges

On campus cost is a bigger driver for energy efficiency than environmental concerns, according to a new study jointly commissioned by Schneider Electric and the Alliance To Save Energy.

New Energy Institute Charged with Advancing Energy System Intelligence

The Thomas and Stacey Siebel Foundation is launching a new cross-school institute to advance the development of machine learning algorithms for energy systems.

California Community College District Aims To Improve Energy Efficiency with Analytics

The San Mateo County Community College District has launched an energy efficiency project designed to reduce energy waste and create a cohesive facility management system across its three colleges and 82 buildings.

Midland College To Save $4.4 Million with Efficiency Upgrades, Cloud Computing

Midland College has completed sustainability upgrades, including efforts to improve IT efficiency, projected to save $4.4 million in energy and operational expenses over the course of 15 years.

New York Community College Goes Solar

Tompkins Cortland Community College has completed a solar photovoltaic installation at its main campus designed to provide 90 percent of the college's electricity, for a savings of approximately $300,000 per year at current utility rates.

U California San Diego Boosts Sustainable Energy Research with Private Partner

The University of California, San Diego has teamed with a private partner for work on sustainable energy technology.

Campuses Compete To Reduce Power and Water Usage

In a recent conservation competition held at 125 colleges and universities, students and staff at some winning schools were able to reduce residence hall energy usage by almost 31 percent and water consumption by nearly 20 percent.

U South Florida St. Petersburg Launches Solar Battery Research Initiative

The University of South Florida St. Petersburg has launched a new research initiative aimed at exploring better ways to store energy from the sun.

MIT Holds First Clean Earth Hackathon

Massachusetts Institute of Technology held its first Clean Earth Hackathon over the Earth Day weekend.

Online Degrees Show 'Net Positive' Campus Impact

Online education is good for the planet and good for the student, according to a new study by sustainability scientists at Arizona State University and Dell.