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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.

Arizona State and U Arkansas Working with Walmart on Green Index

Arizona State University in Tempe and the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville will lead a consortium of organizations to work with Walmart in developing a "green" index for the products it sells.

Cost Containment at Delta State University

Delta State's president details his university's implementation of an institution-wide cost containment strategy in a challenging economy.

U Rhode Island Moves Toward Paperless Student Refunds

The University of Rhode Island (URI) has partnered with Higher One, a financial services and payment company, to provide a new student service that will eliminate tuition refund and similar checks and replace them with electronic deposits made to a student-directed bank account.

New Version of Print Management Software Aims To Help Cut Costs

Netop has released PrintLimit Pro 9.4, an update to the company's print management software that's geared toward more efficient printing and helping school environments save on three heavily used commodities: paper, ink, and time.

Tapping Technology for Space Management

When Appalachian State University in Boone, NC went through a leadership change several years ago, the new chancellor and provost looked around and realized that much of school's physical assets were not being properly managed. They hired an outside consultancy to confirm their assertions, and then set out to do something about it.

Huntington Junior College Cuts Paper Use

Huntington Junior College in Huntington, WV, will be implementing Perceptive Software's ImageNow for document management in its admissions, academics, and financial aid departments. One reason the college chose ImageNow was because it integrates with Campus Management's CampusVue, Huntington's student information system.

Sustainability in the Data Center Part II

Two weeks ago we began a conversation with Notre Dame's Gordon Wishon about sustainability in the data center, opening with a description of Notre Dame's virtualization strategy. Here, Wishon talks about further sustainability initiatives, with particular focus on environmental issues.

U Connecticut Developing Green Tech To Clean Up Environment

The University of Connecticut and VeruTEK Technologies are teaming up to research and develop green chemistry solutions for eliminating the toxic effects of chemical waste in the environment.

Sustainability in the Data Center, Part I

The first of two conversations with Notre Dame CIO Gordon Wishon about sustainability in the data center. Here, Wishon focuses on virtualization. In two weeks, we'll complete the circle with a discussion of environmental initiatives.

The Green Data Center

Greening the data center-- and cashing in on the resulting energy savings-- is an achievable goal. Here, two different approaches.

Syracuse U Aims for Greener Data Center

Syracuse University is teaming with IBM and the state of New York to build what it expects to be one of the most energy-efficient data centers in the world.

Engineering Students Design Cars of the Future in EcoCAR Challenge

Student engineers participating in EcoCAR are getting the opportunity to work with model-based design technologies with recent contributions from dSPACE, National Instruments, and The MathWorks. The hardware and software tools provided by the companies are helping 17 student teams design fuel-efficient cars of the future.

Virginia Universities Team with Rolls-Royce on Propulsion Center

The University of Virginia in Charlottesville and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) in Blacksburg are partnering with UK-based Rolls-Royce to create the Commonwealth Center for Aerospace Propulsion Systems (CCAPS), a virtual research and technology center focused on propulsion systems.

U New Hampshire Powered with Landfill Gas

The University of New Hampshire has begun powering its campus primarily with landfill gas, a first for a campus in the United States. The 5 million square-foot campus is receiving up to 85 percent of its electricity and heat from purified natural gas through EcoLine, a landfill gas-to-energy project that uses purified methane gas from a nearby landfill.

Anaheim U Pursues Paperless Goal

In pursuit of its goal to become paperless in 2010, California's Anaheim University said it is working with publishers to convert its textbooks into e-books to enable students to download and store their class materials on the Sony Electronic Book Reader or the Amazon Kindle.