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.

Miami University Adopts Idle Regulators To Reduce Emissions, Costs

Miami University in Oxford, OH has adopted a tool designed to help reduce engine idling for campus service vehicles in order to reduce emissions.

Going Solar in a Big Way

Now nearly a year old, Colorado State University's 5.3-megawatt solar plant is currently providing about a third of the electricity needs for the institution's Foothills campus. CSU's Carol Dollard discussed the planning and implementation of the plant--one of the largest for an American university--with Campus Technology's Bridget McCrea.

Santa Clara University Takes Ridesharing Social

Santa Clara University (SCU) has established a private online ridesharing network to help students, faculty, and staff share commutes or one-time road trips.

Vermont Institutions Seek Energy Savings

Two Vermont schools are pushing forward on commitments to reduce campus energy consumption.

Cornell, Technion Partner To Build Net-zero Academic Building

Cornell University plans to use geothermal and solar power to build the fourth largest net-zero energy building as the centerpiece for its proposed New York City Tech campus on Roosevelt Island.

U North Texas Health Science Center Attacks Energy Usage

The University of North Texas has been doing $8.6 million worth of energy improvements in its Health Science Center.

Sustainable Endowments Institute Launches Billion Dollar Green Challenge

The Sustainable Endowments Institute, along with 15 partner organizations, has launched the Billion Dollar Green Challenge to encourage higher education and nonprofit institutions to invest a total of $1 billion in green revolving funds to finance energy efficiency improvements.

San Diego State U Adds 355 kW Solar Installation

Kyocera and Independent Energy Solutions have completed a 355.9-kilowatt solar photovoltaic solar installation at San Diego State University.

Portland State U Researchers Try To Increase Solar Panel Production with Green Roofs

Researchers at Oregon's Portland State University are trying to increase the efficiency of photovoltaic solar panels and green roofs by combining the two.

NRG Energy, U Delaware Announce eV2g Initiative To Develop Electric Vehicle-to-Grid Technology

NRG Energy, Inc. will partner with the University of Delaware to launch the eV2g program to commercialize vehicle-to-grid technology.

California University Turns to Tech To Improve Indoor Air Efficiency

California State Polytechnic University has chosen Aircuity's OptiNet system to help improve indoor air efficiency and decrease energy costs in its biotechnology building.

Researchers Throw Out Digital Waste Scheme

A couple of computer scientists--one from Johns Hopkins University and the other at the University of Alabama at Birmingham--have looked to the science of waste management for guidance on what to do with unwanted or unused data from the digital world.

Arizona State U Surpasses 10 MW Solar Capacity

Arizona State University has surpassed 10 megawatts of solar energy capacity with multiple installations on two of its four campuses.

New School Recieves STARS Silver Rating

New York's New School has earned a Silver rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education's (AASHE) Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating system (STARS).

UC San Diego Receives $150,000 in Software Licenses from Power Analytics

The University of California, San Diego's Jacobs School of Engineering has received a software donation, worth $150,000, from Power Analytics.