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.
Team Germany, made up of students from Technische Universität Darmstadt, took first place in the Solar Decathlon Competition, which took place this month in Washington, DC. Hosted by the United States Department of Energy (DOE), the event allowed 20 university teams to compete in designing, building, and operating the most attractive, effective, and energy-efficient solar-powered house.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has signed a contract with power company Duke Energy to place wind turbines along the Outer Banks as a demonstration project.
Engineering students at the University of Alabama at Birmingham will have the chance to receive training for green jobs. A new program will train them in carbon sequestration engineering by utility Southern Company in a project to commercialize technologies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from power production.
Macalester College submitted its first long-term plan for combating climate change to the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) in an effort to eliminate waste and move to carbon neutrality by 2025.
Zipcar, which makes car-sharing service available on 120 university campuses, has released a free application for the iPhone and iPod touch in the Apple App Store.
China's Northeastern University, the City of Shenyang, and IBM are collaborating in a research institute aimed at turning Shenyang, an industrial hub in northeast China with a concentration of heavy industry manufacturing, into a "smart city." Shenyang aims to be the country's model city for environment protection and development.
The University of Michigan has committed to a 10,000-seat licensing agreement with BigFix to automate desktop power management as part of its efforts to adopt eco-friendly IT practices.
Winona State University in Minnesota, with about 8,100 students, has signed on for the Zipcar service in an effort to offer its campus community an alternative to owning a car.
Red Hat has released the fourth update of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) platform, which the company is calling the foundation of its virtualization portfolio.
Microsoft released the latest version of its free standalone server virtualization solution Friday.
The University of Mississippi is looking to reduce power consumption in its campus buildings, and, as a component of the effort, it's going to be making its progress public in real time through popular social media outlets.
How one university is creating cost-effective growth models for data center and resource expansion that are also environmentally and community-friendly.
The majority of colleges and universities that have energy management strategies in place are experiencing cost savings as a result of their efforts. But, according to new research released this week, IT executives are de-emphasizing energy efficiency as a priority in their departments.
Bentley University in Waltham, MA has chosen software from PeopleCube and Steelcase to manage group study rooms in its library.
This fall students from 20 colleges and universities will haul homes to Washington, DC to participate in the United States Department of Energy's 2009 Solar Decathlon. Institutions from the United States, Canada, Spain, and Germany will show off the structures as part of a competition that tests their students' ability to design energy-efficient, solar-powered homes.