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 Notre Dame Powers up Football Stadium with LED Lighting System

The University of Notre Dame upgraded its football stadium with an energy-efficient LED lighting system from Musco Lighting, enhancing the facility’s overall atmosphere and significantly reducing energy consumption.

Norfolk State Awarded $25,000 Grant to Expand Green Tech

The grant will go toward expanding an engineering program at NSU that studies the application of small instruments to enhance energy lighting, solar cells and internet speeds.

UMass Amherst to Save $6.2 Million with Solar Energy

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is installing solar panels in a move that will reduce its electricity costs by $6.2 million over the next 20 years.

Duke U Turns to Natural Gas, Steam To Improve Efficiency

Duke University has entered a partnership designed to provide cleaner and more efficient power for itself and the surrounding community.

Des Moines U To Cut Costs With Lighting Upgrades

Des Moines University will replace the lighting in campus buildings with LED lights in an effort to improve efficiency, reduce maintenance costs and improve light quality.

Lehman College Improves Energy Efficiency with Lighting Retrofit

Lehman College has retrofitted its campus with LED lights in an effort to improve sustainability and energy efficiency.

Report Lays out Role of Community Colleges in Building 'Green' Workforce

Community colleges are positioning themselves to become the launch pad for a new wave of graduates pursuing "green" careers in fields as diverse as efficient transport, smart buildings, energy storage and climate-change habitat restoration projects. A new report from Jobs for the Future and the National Wildlife Federation offers recommendations for how those programs can be scaled to reach 20 million students with "sustainability knowledge" and skills by 2025.

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.

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