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.
Lehman College has retrofitted its campus with LED lights in an effort to improve sustainability and energy efficiency.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
The Thomas and Stacey Siebel Foundation is launching a new cross-school institute to advance the development of machine learning algorithms for energy systems.
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 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.
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.
The University of California, San Diego has teamed with a private partner for work on sustainable energy technology.
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.
The University of South Florida St. Petersburg has launched a new research initiative aimed at exploring better ways to store energy from the sun.