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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.

Constellation Awards $310,000 in Energy Education Grants

Energy company Constellation has selected 10 recipients for its 2013 E2 Energy to Educate grant program.

Penn State Looks Within for Sustainability Innovation

Penn State has launched the Reinvention Fund, an internal grant program aimed at inspiring and enhancing sustainability innovation and education across more than 20 of its Pennsylvania campuses by its own students, staff, and faculty.

Ohio State U Recognized by EPA for Use of Wind Power

Ohio State University has been named a Green Power Partner of the Year by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, in part due to its use of wind-generated electricity.

Western U of Health Sciences Goes Solar To Cut Costs

Western University of Health Sciences has signed a partnership contract to have roof-mounted solar panels installed and operated on its Pomona, CA, campus.

Student-Designed Homes Mix Sustainability with Function and Form

Twenty teams of college students will congregate in a park in Irvine, CA to set up solar-powered houses to compete in the bi-annual Solar Decathlon, put on by the United States Department of Energy.

Lucid's BuildingOS Unites Energy Data

Lucid is introducing BuildingOS, an "online operating system" for buildings. The new service can pull data from 150 meter types and building systems, including utility meters, building and lighting controls, sub-meters, onsite generation feeds, and plug loads meters.

FundingFactory Kicks Off E-Waste Recycling Program for Universities

FundingFactory has launched an electronics waste recycling program for higher education. The program, CollectED, and pays institutions for certain recycled gear, like inkjet cartridges, tablets, and phones.

Appalachian State U Eyes Energy Efficiency in Science Buildings

Appalachian State University has launched phase two of an energy efficiency initiative, turning its attention to energy use in lab and non-lab areas within three science buildings on its Boone, NC campus, in hopes of saving one million kilowatt-hours of energy each year.

Old Dominion University Inks Solar Energy Installation Partnership

Old Dominion University has entered a partnership to install 600 solar panels on the roof of the university's student recreation center at the heart of its Norfolk, VA, campus.

Licensing Solar Power

Power purchasing agreements allow universities to harness solar power without large capital outlays. Two schools share their insights about the benefits and how to set one up right.

Can Green Tech Save Cash?

Gone are the days when green campus initiatives were a balm to the soul and a drain on the wallet. Today's environmental initiatives are all about saving lots of green--in every sense of the word.

Hartnell College Eyes $11 Million in Solar Savings

Hartnell College has embarked on a solar energy project expected to save the community college more than $11 million by improving energy efficiency and replacing 90 percent of its electricity use at its Alisal campus with solar power.

Georgetown U Launches Student-Driven Solar Energy Project

Georgetown University student solar initiative "Solar Street" has partnered the university with SolarCity to install 75 solar panels atop six university-owned townhouses on the Washington D.C. campus.

Tennessee Tech, Chapman University Embark on Energy Output Challenge

Tennessee Tech University and Chapman University have begun a contest to see which school can produce the most electricity for the power grid by using gym equipment installed at their schools.

Solar Panels Reduce Carbon Footprint and Energy Bill at CU-Boulder

A new array of solar panels installed at the University of Colorado at Boulder has doubled solar power production on campus, providing clean energy for research facilities and saving the campus about $50,000 a year in utility costs.